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Event Research and Statistics Committee (RUSA RSS)

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Meeting of the RSS Research and Statistics Committee during the RSS All-Committee Meeting.

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Event Research and Statistics Committee Meeting (RUSA RSS)

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Meeting of the RSS Research and Statistics Committee at the All Committee Meeting

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Event 16th Reference Research Forum @ ALA Annual

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 01:11 pm

 

Sunday, 6/27, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Grand Hyatt, Constitution B

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Anthropologists in the Library: The ERIAL Project and its Implications for Reference Service

Andrew Asher, Lynda M. Duke, Sue Stroyan, Monica Moore, Suzanne Wilson (Illinois Wesleyan University)

 

Sunday, 6/27, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Grand Hyatt, Constitution B

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Anthropologists in the Library: The ERIAL Project and its Implications for Reference Service

Andrew Asher, Lynda M. Duke, Sue Stroyan, Monica Moore, Suzanne Wilson (Illinois Wesleyan University)

The ERIAL Project, a two-year research study funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant through the Illinois State Library, ethnographically examines how undergraduate students at five universities in Illinois conduct academic research and utilize library reference services and resources.  Using a mixed-methods approach that integrates a variety of anthropological data collection techniques, this study builds a holistic and user-centered portrait of student needs through an in situ examination of what students actually do while completing their research assignments.    The presenters will focus on the implications for reference service on their own institution, Illinois Wesleyan University.

 

Do LibGuides Make a Difference? A Quasi-Experimental Investigation Into the Impact of LibGuides

Steven Bell  (Temple University)

Multiple articles about library subject guides have examined how users respond to the design of the guides, how effective the users think the guides are and other aspects such as user familiarity with guides. But the literature contains no articles that attempt to connect the use of library guides to academic performance. This presentation reports on the use of a quasi-experimental research study designed to determine if LibGuides actually did make a difference in the quality of a student research assignment. The presenter will provide an overview of the methodology, the use of the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment module and the findings of the experimental study.

 

Minding the Gap: Generational Differences in Attitudes toward Reference Service in Academic Libraries

Eric Jennings, Hans Kishel, Jill Markgraf (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

Reference services in academic libraries are undergoing substantial change as a result of technological developments, limited human and financial resources, and significant observed and anticipated library staff retirements.  With an impending shift in generational balance in the library workforce come changes in attitudes, expectations, and priorities that may have profound effects on librarianship.  This research study focuses on the generational differences in attitudes toward reference service to reveal potential conflicts, changes, and trends in attitudes and philosophies.  The findings will be valuable to those working in, managing or planning library reference services as the profession undergoes a major generational shift in its workforce.

 

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Event Due: 16th Reference Research Forum Proposals

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 08:50 am

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:
http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Washington, D.C.

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 8, 2010. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

lluckman@txstate.edu

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To collect, analyze, and disseminate information on current research needs and statistical procedures in the fields of reference and information services; to sponsor an annual Reference Research Forum.

 

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