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The Librarian as Researcher: Weaving Data Threads into Research Outputs.

Presented at ANLTC (Academic & National Libraries Training Co-operative) Librarian as Researcher Seminar. 8th May 2014

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The Librarian as Researcher: Weaving Data Threads into Research Outputs.

  1. 1. Source: http://spring4thpublishing.com/ The Librarian as Researcher The Librarian and the Academic Weaving Data Threads into Research Outputs. Siobhán Dunne 8th May 2014
  2. 2. Source: https://flic.kr/p/963gSh
  3. 3. Rationale for Collaboration • You’ve formed a natural working relationship with an academic colleague & share similar views • You want to develop your learning of a shared teaching experience or research project • You recognise a gap in available literature and want to remedy that • You want to promote the value of librarians in your institution and beyond
  4. 4. My Prompt to Write up Research A conference paper at INULS 2007 Which led to a peer reviewed article of the same title: Dunne, Siobhán (2008) ‘The Irish Research electronic Library initiative – levelling the playing field?’ Library Management, 29 (8), pp. 757-769. First steps towards research collaboration: Byrne, Ursula and Dunne, Siobhán (2008): ‘Partnership - What's in it for You?’ Presentation at UCD Teaching & Learning Colloqium, 29th May 2008, UCD. Tweaked from an institutional symposium to a national conference : Dunne, Siobhán and Byrne, Ursula (2008) Making it real: information literacy and student engagement. Presentation at: AISHE International Conference Series: Encouraging Student Engagement, 28-29 August 2008, NUI Maynooth.
  5. 5. 2 Collaborative Projects Academic E books: Survey + focus group Reflective Journals: conference paper + journal article + chapter Source: https://flic.kr/p/B8HeG
  6. 6. Reflective Journals - Research Rationale to map transition issues in information literacy for first year learners to ‘acknowledge’ the student voice to identify areas for inter institutional collaboration to improve the module for future students
  7. 7. Research proposal submitted to University Ethics Committee Qualitative framework Journals used retrospectively 35 participants Journals coded (grounded theory) manually as hand-written in diary format 15 categories
  8. 8. Feedback from Academic 1
  9. 9. Where did the idea for our collaborative research come from? I decided to use reflective journals with the first years as I had already taught them. Then I contacted you (but we had already talked about the study skills module and timing the library input for critical moments). Remember I made attendance compulsory for library training? Then we talked about the project and you introduced me to the McGuinness article and we took the method from it and refined it for our purpose.
  10. 10. Did the joint research process 'work'? most definitely as we both brought something to the table. when I asked if you were up for doing the data analysis, that was also really productive. You had insights which I would not have had so another set of 'eyes' was really beneficial.
  11. 11. How did it differ to collaborative research work you've done with non librarian colleagues? I think we talked more as I was not expecting an 'academic' and that talk and different perspective was useful. You were really good with coming up with good material such as the contributions to the HEA from students and lecturers.
  12. 12. Any specific skill set you think having a librarian on board brought? Yes, searching in areas where I may not have done as well as bringing your specialist knowledge any other observations? I think such collaboration should happen more often because librarians possess so much knowledge which can fit well into small-scale research projects for instance.
  13. 13. https://flic.kr/p/dpxhrv
  14. 14. Feedback from Academic 2
  15. 15. Where did the idea for our collaborative research come from? This project has been on a back burner, stemming from my interest in digital learning. Given the nature of the research topic it was then a logical choice for me to involve a librarian. As well as being our subject librarian, you have been involved in our Master's methodology module, so I knew your profile and also as someone I can count on, so on all accounts it was an obvious choice for me.
  16. 16. Did the joint research process 'work'? Absolutely. From compiling the survey questions to writing the final report our collaborative thinking was very positive and gave a balanced view to the whole study. The particular funding call (Quality Development Office) encouraged a collaborative study with another school/unit, so it fell into place
  17. 17. How did it differ to collaborative research work you've done with non librarian colleagues? Given the nature of the topic it would not have worked if I had a non-librarian collaborator who is unlikely to be familiar with behind the scenes information including issues such as how e-books are sourced, priced and what are current issues from the lender's point of view
  18. 18. Any specific skill set you think having a librarian on board brought? Having knowledge about relevant resources to help our research, such as previous reports from JISC, not to mention the ability to be able to informally canvas other librarians' views and sentiments, as we did, on survey questions and certain issues.
  19. 19. Any other observations? To me having different perspectives is always eye-opening and educational. This provided me with a great opportunity to realise that academics tend to be ignorant of certain issues with the library despite our heavy reliance on it. I felt I learnt quite a lot from the experience going beyond the issues related to our specific project.
  20. 20. Take Advantage of Available Supports… Twitter @Write4Research @writingcentre @Acwri @awhelp Adventures in Qualitative Analysis LINK Research Institute Workshop, DCU. Publishing Pedagogical Practice workshop facilitated by Sarah Moore, UL (organised by Learning Innovation Unit, DCU) Introduction to Writing for Academic Publication : workshop facilitated by Helen Fallon, NUIM (organised by ANLTC) Writers Retreat facilitated by Rowena Murray, University of Strathclyde (organised by Learning Innovation Unit, DCU) Academic Writing Librarians established by Helen Fallon = invaluable, informal forum for sharing writing ideas, tips and calls for papers
  21. 21. Source: https://flic.kr/p/7mPUvV Tips for Collaborative Research Divide administration duties: Researching appropriate journals Liaising with editors Responsibility for formatting Responsibility for checking references Be clear about the contribution you are making and not making Harness sharing tools like Google Docs & Drop Box Afford enough time to the planning and editing phase
  22. 22. Thank You siobhan.dunne@dcu.ie @dunnesiobhan https://flic.kr/p/67ow36