NORDP 2020 Conference Notes: Spy Networks and Scholarship – Work with your Library to Gather Intel and Win at Research Development

Over the next several weeks, we will share notes from select NORDP 2020 virtual presentations. Check out the learning management system for details on all of the NORDP 2020 available presentations:

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  • Jeff Agnoli, The Ohio State University
  • Rebecca Bryant, OCLC Research
  • Nina Exner, Virginia Commonwealth University

Thanks to our session scribe, Daniel Campbell, Old Dominion University!

Key points from the session 

Libraries are not ends in themselves, they are shifting from collection centric model to engagement-oriented model supporting teaching, learning and research workflows

Libraries are becoming partners in the research enterprise. They enhance researcher productivity, facilitate analysis of research, and make research visible to the scholarly community and beyond.

Librarians are very skilled at finding the literature; awareness of trending topics within fields, crossing disciplines for potential impact on other areas, alerting services to keep up with new literature, and citation management.

The Ohio State University has developed a University Libraries Research Commons which serves as a neutral physical/virtual space; offers consultations, education & training, referrals, and space to showcase.

Libraries are often viewed as neutral players and can be very helpful with communication across a team of researchers.

What did you hear at this presentation that surprised you?

Librarians can use bibliometrics to help PI’s strategically build the impact of their publications over time.

What was the most interesting question asked by an audience member?

What type of librarian would help with competitive intelligence?

Response: Their title varies depending on the institution, but examples include Research Impact Librarian, Bibliometrics/impact, Business subject specialist, Scholarly communications, or Metrics Librarian.

What else from this session should NORDP members know?

The presenters used a virtual whiteboard during the Q&A portion and it was a great example of live interaction and sharing of ideas on RD partnerships.

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