OCLC Research Experts Present Several Sessions at ACRL 2019

This April, researchers will present on topics including scholarly identity work, research data management, students' information choices, and research information management.

With the conference just up the road from OCLC’s US headquarters, OCLC Research will have a robust presence at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2019 conference. The conference will take place 10­-13 April at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.

In addition to the sessions described below, OCLC will feature Hot Topics presentations in booth 525. On Thursday, 11 April, Senior Research Scientist Ixchel Faniel will lead the OCLC Hot Topic: Research Data Management (RDM) session, a 15-minute overview on how research universities manage research data through the research life cycle. Learn more about this work at OCLC.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Trending Now: Recasting Services to Support Scholarly Identity Work
9:40 – 10:10 am, Huntington Convention Center, Room 26A
This paper reports results from 30 semi-structured interviews with academic librarians, faculty, and PhD students that explore current practices researchers use in creating and managing scholarly identity (SI) via online platforms (e.g., ORCID). It also investigates innovative services that academic librarians provide (or could provide) to support these efforts. Results indicate that online SI tools are confusing, difficult to maneuver, and fraught with perils that might damage professional reputations. Participants welcome practical assistance from libraries, including advice on strategies for efficient and ethical use of digital platforms. Attendees will receive practical recommendations and worksheets for effective implementation/expansion of SI service. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, Director, Library Trends and User Research, will lead the discussion with fellow panelists Marie L. Radford (Rutgers University), Vanessa Kitzie (University of South Carolina), Stephanie Mikitish (Rutgers University), and Diana Floegel (Rutgers University).

(Re)Casting Call: Sculpting Services and Strategies for Cultivating Online Scholarly Identity
4:00 - 5:00 pm, Huntington Convention Center, Room 6
Scholars are increasingly required to manage their online scholarly identity (SI) using digital tools and social networking sites like ORCID to promote professional reputation and research impact. Cultivating an online presence is particularly pressing for individuals seeking tenure-track positions and career advancement. Panelists will consider: How should (or could) academic librarians assist users who wish to build their SI? What services are currently offered? What opportunities, as well as concerns, surround this work? Panelists will also provide information for librarian-scholars who manage their own online SI. Audience engagement opportunities include a hands-on activity, interactive online exercises, and group discussion. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, Director, Library Trends and User Research, will lead the discussion along with fellow panelists Marie L. Radford (Rutgers University), Lisa Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Kristen Mapes (Michigan State University).

Friday, 12 April 2019

Research Information Management: Libraries Leading the Way
8:30 - 9:30 am, Huntington Convention Center, Room 4
Librarians are assuming larger roles in managing research data and other aspects of research support, and our institutions are taking a much greater interest in the data about the research. In this discussion, panelists—practitioners in the emerging field of research information management (RIM)—will talk about the different motivations that led to RIM systems implementations on their campuses and how their libraries are leading the way. Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, will lead the discussion along with fellow panelists Jan Fransen (University of Minnesota), Maliaca Oxnam (University of Arizona Libraries), and Anne Rauh (Syracuse University Libraries). Learn more about this work at OCLC.

OCLC Update Luncheon: The Library On-demand
11:30 am -1:00 pm, Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Hope Ballroom D
Increasingly, library services are being shaped by end-users’ experiences with commercial services and websites. People expect to easily find what they’re looking for. They expect one-click ordering and delivery of all materials. They expect the fulfillment of physical library materials to be as fast as their favorite online retailer. And, they want an equally simple way to return physical materials. To support these shifting expectations, OCLC envisions a “library-on-demand” approach, where libraries deliver materials quickly, ensure intuitive discovery, provide connected collections, and take advantage of automated staff workflows. OCLC research with end users lays the groundwork and helps identify how these expectations are manifested in the library environment. Join fellow library leaders and OCLC colleagues to learn how OCLC enables libraries to offer an unprecedented user experience from Discovery to Access. Cathy King, Executive Director, Delivery Services, and Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, Director, Library Trends and User Research, will speak. Lunch will be served. Registration is required so that we can best accommodate our guests. Register here.

Container Collapse and the Information Remix: Students' Evaluations of Scientific Research Recast in Scholarly vs. Popular Sources
4:15 - 4:45 pm, Huntington Convention Center, Room 26B
What’s in a name? Or perhaps the saying should be, “What’s in a result?” When exploring results pages from our favorite search engine, does the resource container matter? How do these information seeking behaviors influence the current information literacy instruction landscape? Learn how students from high school to grad school evaluate the citability and credibility online resources. Find out how students in an IMLS-funded project react when a journal article is reported on in scholarly and popular news. Discover the variety of uses students consider when selecting resources and engage with colleagues to devise new strategies for addressing student needs. Ixchel Faniel, Senior Research Scientist, and Brittany Brannon, Research Assistant, along with Amy Buhler (University of Florida, Marston Science Library) will lead the discussion. Additionally, a proceedings paper on this subject will be published as part of the event. Stay tuned for that to be shared on the OCLC Research site when it is published. Learn more about this work at OCLC.

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