Location: Scholarly Communication Center @ Alexander Library, Rutgers University (New Brunswick Campus)
Street parking is available.
A talk by Steven Bell
Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
and President Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries
Librarians will claim that their work improves the quality of life for community members. Students are academically successful. Faculty obtain more research grants. The unemployed access resources that help them gain employment. Everyone obtains lifelong learning skills for societal success. While all this may be true, as the resource pool shrinks it will be increasingly critical for librarians in all sectors to quantitatively and qualitatively demonstrate how their practice creates better communities. To move beyond its dependence on mostly anecdotal evidence, the library profession must get better at integrating research into its practice. In this keynote, Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instruction at Temple University, discusses the value of bringing together library science students and library faculty for joint research endeavors. Inculcating students into a research culture will improve the likelihood that future library practitioners are better skilled at using research methods to concretely demonstrate how they make a difference.