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Works in Progress Webinar: Librarians on interdisciplinary research teams—a case study from the University of Miami

Learn about an innovative pilot program in which University of Miami librarians, as embedded team members, played a crucial role in interdisciplinary research projects.

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OCLC Research Report - Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-campus partnerships and the university research enterprise 
U-LINK (University of Miami Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge)
How librarians contribute to interdisciplinary research teams blog post


Kineret Ben-Knaan, Research & Assessment Librarian
Angela Clark Hughes, Director, Rosenstiel School of Marine &  Atmospheric Science Library
Kelly Miller, Associate Dean, Learning & Research Services
James Sobczak, STEM Librarian


In this webinar, representatives from the University of Miami Libraries will share how librarians at the university have served as critical team members on interdisciplinary research projects. Through the university’s Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge (U-LINK) project to support innovative interdisciplinary research, librarians were embedded as team members in more than a dozen interdisciplinary projects over the course of a three-year pilot. As fully-integrated team members, University of Miami librarians played a significant role by offering support for resource discovery and access, serving as a connector to experts and resources, and by improving collaboration and communication—especially by serving as an informal “cultural translator” between disciplines. 

Members of the University of Miami Libraries team will share how their program was developed, describe their experiences on specific research projects, and describe how they assessed their involvement. They will also provide a glimpse into lessons learned and how they plan to move forward with the next generation of U-LINK projects.

This webinar is part of a series offered by the OCLC Research Library Partnership focusing on cross-campus collaboration in research support, in conjunction with the publication Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-campus partnerships and the university research enterprise, which examines the growing imperative for cross-campus, cross-domain institutional collaboration in the provision of successful research support services.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone interested in cultivating positive campus partnerships and demonstrating the library’s value proposition, particularly library leaders, and librarians engaged in providing research support services. It will be of particular interest to librarians who are eager to serve as project members on interdisciplinary research teams.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


10 September 2020


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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Virtual via WebEx

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.