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Defining Excellence in Academic Librarianship at USC (DEAL at USC): Your Research/Scholarship Statement

When the time comes for annual or continuing appointment [tenure] reviews, how are we to document and explain to our colleagues (both within our library and within our institution), exactly what we have accomplished?

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Your Research/Scholarship Statement

Demands for increased accountability, assessment, measures for effectiveness, and evidence-based research productivity are among the vast array of pressures that we, as administrators or faculty, are facing in the context of higher education in today's competitive global environment.

At the university-level where we, as library faculty, face scrutiny by colleagues unfamiliar with our discipline and our scholarship, it may not be easy to articulate the multi-faceted nature and value of librarians' scholarship.  One solution is for us to articulate our research/scholarship in terms of Scholarship of Engagement  (to build on Ernest Boyer's terminology - See page, Scholarship of Teaching, in this section's drop-down menu)

As recently noted by Craig Gibson and Christopher Dixon (George Mason University Libraries) some of the complex challenges that libraries and librarians must address are: "Issues of scholarly practices and scholarly communication; the rapid migration of content to digital environments and the attendant behavioral changes of students, faculty, and others; shifts in pedagogy toward enquiry, critical reflection, and evidence-base reasoning; issues of intellectual property and author rights; data mining and e-science; and assessment of learning and program outcomes ... ." (Gibson and Dixon, 2011: p. 341).

The field of opportunities for librarians in research libraries to engage in the Scholarship of Engagement  is now, more than ever,  fertile  ground for evidence-based engagement and scholarship undertaken with "internal partners" (e.g., student associations, teaching/learning centers, academic researchers) and "external partners" (e.g., museums, school districts, health care providers). 

Suggested Readings

Argow, Britt and Rachel Beane (2009). “Developing your Research Statement,” 2009 Pursuing Academic Careers Workshop (Carleton College).

Booth, A. and A. Brice (2004). Evidence Based Practice for Information Professionals: A Handbook. London: Facet Publishing. 

Bradigan, Pamela S. and Carol A. Mularski (1998)  “Evaluation of Academic Librarians’ Publications for Tenure and Initial Promotion,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship  22(5): 360-365, September 1996.

Brew, Angela (1999).  “The Value of Scholarship,” pp. 1-4 in HERDSA Annual International Conference, Melbourne, 12-15 July 1999.

Brown, Jeanne M. (2001). “Time and the Academic Librarian,”  portal: Libraries and the Academy 1(1): 59-70, January 2001.

Cronin, Blaise, and Kara Overfelt (1995). “EJournals and Tenure,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science 46: 700-703, (October1995).

Crumley, Ellen and Denise Koufogiannakis (2002). Developing Evidence-based Librarianship: Practical Steps for Implementation,” Health Information and Libraries Journal 19(2): 61  June 2002.

Eldredge, Jon (1997). “Evidence-based Librarianship Levels of Evidence,” Hypothesis 16(3) (1997) 4–7.

Emory University (2003). “Cultures of Research,” pp. 35-51 in Research at Emory – The Report of the Commission on Research, October 2003.

Fox, David (2007). “Finding Time for Scholarship: A Survey of Canadian Research University Librarians,” portal: Libraries and the Academy 7(4): 451-462, October 2007.

Gibson, Craig and Christopher Dixon (2011). New Metrics for Academic Library Engagement,” pp. 340-351 of A Declaration of Interdependence - ACRL Conference March 30–April 2, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kloda, Lorie A., Denise Koufogiannakis, and Katrine Mallan (2011).  “Transferring Evidence into Practice,” Information Research: An International Electronic Journal 16(1): 14, March 2011.

Koufogiannakis, Denise (2007). “On Evidence Based Practice and Innovation,” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 2{4): 108-11, Dec 2007.

Koufogiannakis, Denise and Ellen Crumley (2006).  “Research in Librarianship: Issues to Consider,” Library Hi Tech 24(3): 324-340.

Koufogiannakis, Denise and Linda Slater (2004).  “A Content Analysis of Librarianship Research.” Journal of Information Science 30(3): 227-239.

Law, M. (2005). “The Systematic Review: A Potential Tool for Research-Grounded Library Management,” Proceedings of the Canadian Association for Information Science/L’Association Canadienne des Sciences d’Information (CAIS/ACSI) 2005 Annual Conference, London, Ontario, June 2-4.

Lewis, Suzanne and Lisa Cotter (2007). “Have the Most Relevant and Answerable Research Questions Facing Librarians Changed Between 2001 and 2006?” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 2(1): 107-120, March 2007.

Lowry, Charles B. (2004).Research and Scholarship Defined for portal,” portal: Libraries and the Academy 4(4): 449-453, October 2004.

McClintock, Robert O. (19 Nov. 2006). “Scholarship   Research   Criticism.”  StudyPlace. Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. Columbia University.

McKibbon, Ann (2006). “Systematic Reviews and Librarians,” Library Trends 55(1): 202-215, Summer 2006.

Peritz, B. C. (1980). “The Methods of Library Science Research: Some Results from a Bibliometric Survey,” Library Research 2(3): 251-268.

Plutchak, T. S. (2005). “Building a Body of Evidence,” Journal of the Medical Library Association 93(2): 193-195.

Powell, Ronald R. and Lynn Silipigni Connaway (2004).  Basic Research Methods for Librarians. Libraries Unlimited. 4th ed.

Pritchard, Sarah M. (2011). A Wider View of Librarians in the Academy (Editorial)” portal: Libraries and the Academy 11(1): 463-465.

Russell, Keith (2008).  “Evidence-Based Practice and Organizational Development in Libraries,” Library Trends 56(4): 910-930, Spring 2008.

Sapon-White, Richard, Valery King, and Christie Anne. (2004). “Supporting a Culture of Scholarship for Academic Librarians,” portal: Libraries and the Academy 4(3): 407-421, July 2004.

Wirth, Andrea A., Maureen Kelly, and Janet Webster (Nov. 2010). Assessing Library Scholarship: Experience at a Land Grant University,” College & Research Libraries  Nov. 2010.