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Our 1st Book Chapter
Rusty and I wrote a proposal for a chapter to be included in this edited collection in October 2016, shortly after our first article was published in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship. I saw Dirk’s CfP and thought we had a project that would work well for it. We literally wrote the proposal on an airplane, flying home from attending the AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) conference in Las Vegas. A few months later we learned we were accepted, wrote the chapter, and the book was published in February 2018. This may give you a little insight into publishing timelines – from proposal to publication is not a typically a fast process.
Today we received our personal copies from the publisher.
Apply for that CfP (Call for Proposal) before you think you’re ready. Whether it’s a conference presentation, journal article, book chapter, etc… This proposal was our first book chapter proposal. I didn’t know if we were ready but we wanted a book chapter so we went for it. It was honestly the best feeling to hold this book in my hand today – an actual published hardback book that was not my dissertation. So apply. Even if you don’t think you are ready. If you get a no, find another CfP and try again.
Rusty and I recently had the opportunity to present with Dr. Kevin Hunt at the University of Delaware for the Delaware Division of College and Research Libraries’ (CRLD) Spring Program. Our presentation, Using Qualtrics to Assess Students’ Engagement with Digital Primary Sources, shared our experiences working with Kevin and his first year composition courses last fall.
I was first introduced to this organization by Rusty, who is finishing out his year serving as president of CRLD Delaware. I thoroughly enjoyed the program despite not currently working specifically within an academic library. I wanted to point this out because I think it’s easy to think that CRLD is only for those who work in libraries. While sometimes it may seem from my publications and the events that I attend that I do work in the library field, I don’t at the moment (though between the amount of time I’ve spent in libraries since elementary school – which is when my Mom began working in libraries – and since my field of research mainly focuses on work related to academic libraries – it often feels like I always have!). As we always say to those who ask about how we work together so much – there are many more cross-over goals and projects between libraries and institutional research than one might think.
We always enjoy local speaking and networking opportunities, particularly when we are able to present with a colleague from our institution. If you haven’t checked out your local chapter of CRLD I highly recommend it!
Are you utilizing Author Profiles online? We have a few different services that we maintain, mainly ORCID and Google Scholar. If you’re new to these services, ORCID,
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
and Google Scholar,
- Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
- Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
- Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
- Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
- Check who’s citing your publications, create a public author profile
Rusty recently shared about the importance of creating author profiles in this post. We also recently co-hosted a faculty workshop at our institution with presenters from Montana State University on the same topic. Dr. Kenning Arlitsch (Dean of the Library) and Dr. Justin Shanks (Interim Department Head, Digital Library Initiatives) shared, via Skype for Business, about the importance of maintaining your scholarly presence online using author profiles. Their talk focused on ORCID and Google Scholar.
As a result, we thought it was time to add links to our ORCID profile pages and Google Scholar profiles to our website. You can add links to your profiles anywhere on a website that will accept some embedded code. I chose to add ours to the sidebar of our blog. This quick video capture below (no sound) shows you where I added the code to the sidebar.
If you haven’t created profiles with ORCID and Google Scholar, we highly recommend it!
Rusty and I are excited to announce the upcoming launch of a new online course, Online Onboarding for Academic Libraries, designed specifically for academic library staff. More information coming soon!
As Monica and I (& Alison Wesel) stated in our article “8 Years of institutional assessment feedback: students’ satisfaction with library services“, developing quality questions to ask students is key to a quality satisfaction survey. It is important to ask both qualitative and quantitative questions over as a longitudinal as was practiced at the institution in this study. If you need guidance on adding library questions to a student satisfaction survey or how to craft questions for your institution’s survey, please contact us as we have many years of experience.
Rusty and I had the opportunity recently to serve as guest judges for New Castle County Vocational Technical (NCCVT) School District’s Howard High School of Technology’s SkillsUSA competitions.
Students competed at Howard H.S. from across the state of Delaware in the areas of Business Applications, Web Design, and Animation. We enjoyed interacting with the students and having the opportunity to review their extremely creative competition submissions. This was a special trip for me, personally, as I taught in the NCCVT school district for eight years – it was great to see some familiar faces again.
Stephanie Foster, the Computer Networking instructor and a friend of mine for many years, took us on a tour of Howard after judging concluded. We had the opportunity to see their new building in progress – an absolutely beautiful facility! It’s clear the teachers and staff care deeply about their students and school. Thanks, Stephanie, for hosting us!
Check out some of the pictures form our tour from clicking through the gallery below.
As Kenning Arlitsch and Justin Shanks mentioned in their article “Making Sense of Researcher Services” marketing oneself as a researcher is an important piece of the research process in the 21st century. The LinkedIn post below illustrates ways to further one’s presence online with an ORCID. In addition, an author can build an author profile with Google Scholar profile, which pulls all types of information (presentation, dissertations, white papers, peer-reviewed articles) to an author’s Google Scholar profile page. Here is an example of our, Russell Michalak and Monica Rysavy, Google Scholar profile pages, as well as Kenning Arlitch’s.
Rysavy & Michalak Consultant’s blog is authored by Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D. and Russell Michalak, MLIS. We are academic directors with a combined 28 years of experiences working in higher education institutions. Learn more about us by visiting our About Us page.
Our Research Online
You can find our recent publications on our Publications page, or you can check out one of the several author profile services we both utilize, including:
Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D.
Russell Michalak, MLIS
Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D.
Russell Michalak, MLIS