Library Research Showcase

The Research and Publication Cmte is pleased to invite you to the 2021 Library Research Showcase!

Day 1: Thursday, May 20th

1:00pm-2:30pm

Librarians as Researchers: Research Life @ Illinois (15 minutes each with 20 minutes for guided discussion and Q&A) — Registration required https://go.library.illinois.edu/ResearchLifeIllinois1 

Welcome message from John Wilkin, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

Join four University of Illinois Library researchers to discuss their research agenda, how their research fits into their librarianship, and how COVID has impacted their research.

Panel Members:

  • Marek Sroka, Central European Studies Librarian, Professor
  • Sarah Williams, Head, Funk ACES Library & Agriculture Librarian, Associate Professor
  • Bethany Anderson, Natural & Applied Sciences Archivist, Assistant Professor
  • Will Schlaack, Digital Reformatting Coordinator
  • Moderator: Chris Prom, Associate Dean & Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Assistant University Archivist, Professor

All are welcome!

Registration required: https://go.library.illinois.edu/ResearchLifeIllinois1

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3:00pm-4:00pm

NOTE: Panel #1 – no registration necessary – REQUIRES an illlinois.edu email address in order to access the Zoom webinar

“Qualitative analyses of faculty research and teaching practices across disciplines” with Co-panel facilitators, Jen-chien Yu and Chris Wiley and panelists, Erin E. Kerby, Paula Carns, Matthew Roberts, and Cara S. Bertram

This panel brings together Illinois librarians who participated in three cross-institutional studies for which they interviewed faculty and researchers about their research and teaching practices. The participants will discuss their study design, processes and actionable recommendations for how libraries can improve support services for research and teaching.

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Day 2: Tuesday, May 25th

1:00pm-2:30pm

NOTE: Lightning Talks (10 minutes each with up to 30 minutes Q&A) – no registration necessary – REQUIRES an illlinois.edu email address in order to access the Zoom webinar

  • “Uncovering the Woman Behind a Medieval French Coronation Book in the Rare Book andManuscript Library” with Paula Mae Carns: The identity of the person responsible for the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s 14th century French coronation manuscript, known as the Ordo, has long been a mystery. By decoding the meaning of two curious images and through historical investigation, I identify this person and explain why they ordered the book.
  • “Unexpected Uses and Opportunities for the NAR Database Census Dataset” with Heidi Imker: In 2018, I published a census of databases. Currently, the dataset is being used in new and unexpected ways including for undergraduate instruction and in EU efforts to document and fund data resources. I will discuss interest in the dataset and how it has been useful in these disparate ways.
  • “Rethinking Authority Reconciliation Process: Emblematica as a LOD Case Study” with Myung-Ja K. Han and Greta Heng: Reconciliation is essential to use linked open data (LOD) resources in aid of bibliographic authority control. However, LOD sources vary, so integrating LOD sources is a challenge. This Emblematica Online case study compares LOD sources, our use of these sources for name authority, and other lessons learned about LOD-based reconciliation. [Funded by the Elaine and Allen Avner Professorship in Interdisciplinary Research]
  • “Results of A Qualitative Study of Undergraduate STEM Majors’ Copyright Knowledge” with Sara Benson, Kelli Trei, and Merinda Kaye Hensley: This lightning talk will share highlights from an upcoming publication in College & Research Libraries: “A Qualitative Study of Undergraduate STEM Majors’ Copyright Knowledge and Educational Experiences.” The scope, results, and future plans for this research will be presented.
  • “Network Diagramming University Library” with Monica Carroll: This project uses publicly available information on University Library’s web pages, as well as the data contained in the restricted web access database https://quest.library.illinois.edu/LibDirectory/ to begin to create a visual model of how University Library’s pieces, both the units and the people, fit together.
  • “Library Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic” with Janis Shearer: Interviews were conducted with academic library workers who are responsible for engagement programs such as discussions, exhibits and events. This lightning talk will share preliminary interview analyses of how the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted academic library programs and events and those who do this work.

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3:00pm-4:00pm

NOTE: Panel #2 (20 minutes each with 20 minutes for Q&A) – no registration necessary – REQUIRES an illlinois.edu email address in order to access Zoom the webinar

  • “The Curious Case of Crowdfunded Comics” with Mara Thacker and Matthew Murray: This presentation draws on survey data to discuss comics collecting practices in libraries. We will focus on barriers and opportunities for including crowdfunded comics in collections in order to ensure that comics collections are diverse and inclusive of the wide range of materials published outside of mainstream publishing avenues.
  • “Bibliometric and Research Support Services in the UIUC Library: What Have we Learned?” with Bill Mischo, Mary Schlembach and Elisandro Cabada: This project examined the relationships between a set of research impact measures extracted using bibliographic tools. To better understand these relationships, the project team performed a correlation analysis over the research impact indicators for 360 faculty from the UIUC College of Engineering and several physical science departments. [Partially funded by IMLS grant on immersive scholarship] 

For more information: https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/research-and-publication-committee/ 

View past presentations for the showcase: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/46408

All are welcome!

We are looking forward to hearing about our colleagues’ research!
The Research and Publication Cmte
Chris Bailey, Peg Burnette, Merinda Hensley, Erin Kerby, Tracey Popp, Antonio Sotomayor