How have librarians successfully embraced the role of researcher? How can we best support and encourage each other to develop as researchers? To help answer these questions, we’ll look at a recently published paper, “Examining success: Identifying factors that contribute to research productivity across librarianship and other disciplines,”* co-authored by Kristin Hoffmann, Selinda Berg, and Denise Koufogiannakis. This is the first phase of a research project investigating factors that contribute to academic librarians’ success as researchers. Kristin Hoffman will lead the discussion about how to build on those successes and encourage continued development for librarians as researchers. The initial findings of her research will facilitate conversation about what it looks like to be librarian-researchers and how we can foster a supportive research culture for librarians.
About the speaker: Kristin Hoffmann is Head, Research & Instructional Services at the D.B. Weldon Library, University of Western Ontario. She began her career as a science librarian at the University of Victoria in 2004, and has been at Western Libraries since 2006. She was the 2013 President for the Ontario College and University Library Association, and in July 2015 will take on the role of President for the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association. She has a keen interest in supporting librarians’ research, serving as a Peer Mentor for the CARL Librarians’ Research Institute and as Program Chair for the 2015 LRI. Her research interests include academic librarians’ professional identity and the role of librarians as practitioner-researchers. Her publications and presentations are available at http://works.bepress.com/kristinhoffmann