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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
We’ll Always Have Paris: Long Distance Research Collaboration in the City of Lights

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Academic librarians devote their lives to research. Whether it’s providing scholars access to authoritative works or guiding new students through the uncharted territory of online databases and primary sources, librarians are an integral part of the research process. However lack of time and resources can often restrict librarians’ abilities to apply in-depth research methodologies to evaluate their own institutions.

The irony of this circumstance was not lost on the librarians at the American University of Paris, where innovation and collaboration are strong tenets of the institution’s culture. AUP librarians chose to build on their partnerships both internally and externally with faculty and vendors to transform their challenges into a growing study about undergraduate student research behaviors. By administering online surveys to students, and following-up with in-person interviews, librarians were able to collect qualitative data about students, their research behaviors, and their opinions about the library’s resources.

The session will provide an overview of results about students and their use of Literati, as well as highlighting what worked well during the collaborative research process between AUP librarians and Credo Reference. AUP librarians and Credo Reference as partners will discuss the experience of becoming strategic partners, tools for successful collaboration, and lessons learned.

The discussion will be jump-started with an interactive exercise that explores issues specific to attendees. Collaborative solutions to the most burdensome hardships will be considered, and audience members will be asked to share through the facilitation of questions and instant-feedback polls.


Speakers
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Shiva Darbandi

Solutions Associate, Credo Reference
A service-oriented library professional with a background in education and grassroots organizing, Shiva Darbandi is currently a Solutions Associate at Credo Reference, where she collaborates with a broad range of libraries to develop and implement information literacy instructional materials, assessments, and promotional campaigns. Shiva also has experience in the nonprofit sector, impacting over 22,000 students with volunteer-run... Read More →
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Sally Murray

Technical Services, Web and E-Resources Librarian, American University of Paris
Sally Murray has been working at the American University of Paris (AUP) library since 2002.  She is the cataloguer, webmaster, head of technical services and, with the other librarians, teaches information literacy and performs reference duties.  Before moving to France, she worked at the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library for over 10 years. | | At AUP, the librarians teach information literacy in freshman FirstBridge courses... Read More →
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Jackie LaPlaca Ricords

Credo Evangelist, Credo Reference
Jackie Ricords has an academic background in education policy, history, and economics and has completed research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, a Rotary International Fellowship in England and Spain, as well as a NEH Fellowship in Rome. Jackie spent 10 years coordinating education non‐profits, faculty professional development programs, and government projects in the areas of educational technology, service‐learning, and... Read More →
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Michael Stoepel

User Service Librarian, American University of Paris
Michael Stoepel is the User Services Librarian at the American University of Paris. Michael earned his MLIS degree at the Humbolt University in Berlin (2009). His focus is on information literacy and library research integrating the user perspective into all aspects of library design. 


Thursday November 8, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Francis Marion Calhoun Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403