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Elisabeth Jones, Intermittent Lecturer at the UM School of Information, Research Area Specialist for the Dean of Libraries, and Doctoral Candidate in Information Science at the University of Washington, briefly describes the uses and pragmatics of a selection of social research methods, such as surveys, interviews, and experiments, within library settings, with particular focus on research conducted by professional librarians. We also discuss the role of research within the library profession, and the extent to which focused training in research methods might (or might not) be useful within MLIS/MSI curricula and/or as a trajectory for continuing education.
Paul N. Courant, whose appointment as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries ends in September, speaks about the academic library landscape and the ongoing reverberations of library digitization.
The mission of the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is to “effectively transfer University technologies to the market so as to generate benefits for the University, the community, and the general public.” Katie Moynihan and Jack Minor provides a general overview of OTT and discuss their work, specifically with licensing and startups. In addition, they talk about how OTT reconciles their role with the movement toward open access, when a researcher should contact OTT, and more.
Aaron McCollough, Editorial Director of Michigan Publishing (which includes the University of Michigan Press) discusses the library's on-going efforts to find a sustainable model for publishing high quality scholarship in support of a range of academic needs, including the preservation and dissemination of ideas as well as the professional vetting of those ideas for hiring and tenure processes.
April 29 is the day of Greek poet Constantine Cavafy's birth (1836) AND death (1933). In celebration of his life and work we hosted an "open mic" event in which faculty, students, artists, and community members are invited to offer readings from testimonies of the poet.
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research provides leadership and training in data access, curation, digital preservation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. Staff from ICPSR discusses their work in encouraging open access to data and closer links between publications and data, collaborative data curation, and improving data discovery and reuse.