Higher education institutions in the United States and across the globe, are realizing the importance of enabling internal and external collaborative work, e.g., interdisciplinary research and community partnerships. In recent years, researchers have documented the benefits of organizational collaboration for research including greater efficiency, effectiveness, and enhanced research reputation. In addition, accreditors, foundations, business, and government agencies have been espousing the value of collaboration for knowledge creation and research and improved organizational functioning. As a result of both the external pressures and the known benefits, many forms of internal and external research collaborations have begun to emerge in higher education.
At the heart of this change, academic libraries, who have long been models for collaborative work, are increasingly participating in the research process by providing a widening range of research services beyond traditional reference services. Innovative library services, in areas such as bibliometric analysis, research data management, and data repositories, are evolving in response to changes in education funding and policies. These funding and policy changes have also coincided with technological developments to create opportunities for academic librarians to find new roles within their institutions and the research community. There is a growing body of literature examining these changing academic library roles, but few volumes have concentrated on how the nature of collaborative work in libraries is helping to reshape institutional research practices.
Academic Libraries and Collaborative Research Services fills that void by providing academic librarians and administrators with case studies and guidance on how academic libraries are establishing their place in this new collaborative research arena in the areas of emerging liaison roles, research data services, open access and scholarly publishing, and professional development programming. The book will also be useful to higher education administrators and institutional research officers looking for information on how to partner with libraries to increase the effectiveness of collaborative research.
Carrie Forbes, PhD, MLS, professor and associate dean, oversees the University of Denver Libraries' public services including research support, instruction, outreach/programming, and borrowing and lending services. She has worked as an academic librarian for 20 years and has published several articles and edited volumes on the changing nature of public services in libraries. She coedited Rethinking Reference for Academic Libraries: Innovative Developments and Future Trends, published by Roman & Littlefield in 2014 and Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community Through Collaboration also published by Roman & Littlefield in 2018. Other recent publications include a coauthored chapter in Academic Librarianship Today on research and instruction service models in libraries and an edited volume, Academic Library Services for Graduate Students Supporting Future Academics and Professionals.
PART I: EMERGING LIAISON ROLES: FROM RESEARCH SUPPORT TO RESEARCH PARTNER
1—Changing the Liaison Role to Enhance Library Collaboration within the Academic Community
Victoria Eastes, Michelle Shea, and Dawn Harris
2—Reconnecting the Dots: An Analysis of Campus Stakeholders’ Awareness of Library Scholarly Communication Services
Emily Chan, Suzanna Conrad, Daina Dickman, and Nicole Lawson
3—Growing Deep Collaboration for Research Support
Stephanie Crowe, Laura McBrayer, and Ashley Knox
4—Student-Led, Cross-Institutional Collaboration Between France and Morocco
Paul Love, Michael Stöpel, and David Tresilian
5—Librarians as Research Partners for Developing Evidence Synthesis Protocols
Gregory Laynor and Stephanie Roth
6—Beyond Collaborations: Transforming Liaison Practices into Impactful Research Partnerships
Danielle Mihram and Melissa L. Miller
7—Archives and the Incarceral State: The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Museum Project
Zachary G. Stein, David N. Khey, and Scott T. Jordan
PART II: FOCUS ON DATA: RESEARCH DATA SERVICES
8—If You Offer It, They Will Come: Turning Your Interests into Action
9—Library-IT Collaboration for Secure Data Collection and Management with REDCap
PART III: LIBRARY AS PUBLISHER: OPEN ACCESS SERVICES AND SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING
10—A Consortium Approach to Library Publishing Via Open Journal Systems
and the Texas Digital Library
Alexa Hight, Susan Elkins, David Lowe, Laura Waugh, Justin White, Kristi Park, and
Bruce E. Herbert
11—Publications Oversight Board for Open Access Journals at the University of Memphis:A Case Study
Caitlin Harrington and Kenneth Haggerty
PART IV: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR A CHANGING PROFESSION
12—Leveraging Research Information Management to Center the Library as Campus Leader
Clarke Iakovakis, Megan Macken, and Matt Upson
13—Soften Up Your Skills: Tips, Strategies and Methods to Practice and Enhance Interpersonal Skills
Jay A. Edwards
14—Expanding the Skillset: Data Literacy in Undergraduate Education
Susan E. Montgomery
About the Editor and the Contributors
Within the robust body of literature on collaborative efforts in the library, this timely collection of case studies and theoretical essays stands out. Designed to “realize the full potential that collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships with librarians can have,” editor Forbes offers a curated collection exploring how “the nature of collaborative work in libraries helps reshape institutional research practices...” This edited volume will be useful to academic librarians and higher education campus administrators looking for practical methods to facilitate cross-campus collaboration.
Librarians have the expertise and campus positioning necessary to advance research and dissemination in higher education, and this well curated volume brings together a diverse set of voices sharing experience in doing just that. From research data management services to publication support, evidence synthesis to copyright, readers will find case studies and best practices that they can draw upon to influence research practices and policies at their own institutions. Recommended reading for librarians and campus partners alike.
Editor Carrie Forbes has gathered an excellent collection of essays and case studies from scholars, administrators, and practicing librarians on current and future practices for working in scholarly communication. This is sure to be an invaluable guide for all librarians working in areas of outreach for scholarly communications services, including copyright, digital publishing, data preservation, and faculty research assistance. The book focuses on the emerging roles for liaisons, providing research data management services, establishing the library as a publisher, and ways to further the professional development of 'Schol Comm' librarians.
I would recommend this book as I see it as a timely addition to conversations around the practice of academic librarianship. It is useful for both academic librarians and health science librarians looking to understand their role in the academic library environment.
Forbes’ examination of collaboration in research services is an excellent addition to the literature in an area of importance to academic libraries. Moreover, the collection of material on this topic makes an excellent case for the potential impact of collaboration within the libraries on research across the institution. The book includes an index and brief author biographies, and each chapter has notes and a bibliography. This book would be an appropriate purchase for all academic libraries.
As the role of the academic librarian continues to evolve, collaboration, both with other librarians and with constituent researchers, will continue to be an increasingly vital component of the profession. Trends in the profession and the ever-changing needs of researchers lead to the expansion of the librarian’s role and to increased collaborations of all types. The wide variety of partnerships covered in this book provide an excellent opportunity for both new and experienced librarians to learn more about the ways in which they can increase their own collaborative efforts, expand their knowledge, and improve services at their institutions.
6/9/22, Choice: This book was included in a roundup of forthcoming library and information science titles.