1. I co-facilitated a roundtable called "PhDs in the Academic Library: The Role of the Scholar-Librarian," with four other current and former CLIR Fellows, Patricia Hswe, Heather Waldroup, Amanda Watson and Christa Williford.
A week or so before the conference, we chose some readings and questions to facilitate the conversation. The readings, accessible through the ACRL website, included:
- Andrew Dillon, “Accelerating Learning and Discovery: Refining the Role of Academic Librarians,” in No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2008, pp. 51-57.
- Thea Lindquist and Todd Gilman, “Academic/Research Librarians with Subject Doctorates: Data Trends 1965-2006,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 8:1 (2008), pp. 31-52.
- James Neal, “Raised By Wolves: Integrating the New Generation of Feral Professionals into the Academic Library,” Library Journal, February 15, 2006.
- Daphnee Rentfrow, “Groundskeepers, Gatekeepers, and Guides: How to Change Faculty Perceptions of Librarians and Ensure the Future of the Research Library,” in No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2008, pp. 58-65.
(GoogleDocs won't let me upload these, so if anyone wants to read them, let me know and I'll send you the pdf files.) The general questions we focused on were these:
- How does the very specific knowledge gained during Ph.D. research apply in an academic library setting?
- What roles do Ph.D.-holders play in the future of academic librarianship?
- How are Ph.D-holders particularly poised to mentor student research?
2. I also participated in a workshop on teaching with primary resources. This was a really interesting, informative 3-hour session led by several current and former librarians at UC Irvine. We gained some hands-on experience and learned about different ways to use primary resources in research instruction, different modes of instruction, and different groups of students who might benefit. The organizers have been kind enough to share their hand-outs, powerpoint slides and bibliography.