Collection Development Speaker:
Professor, Michigan State University
Academic Research in the Digital Age
Monday, April 8, 2019
Garden View Room - 337 Park Library
(Located on the 3rd floor, entrance to the right of the Mary Dow Reading Room)
No RSVP required.
Join us for one or both hour-long presentations:
11:00 a.m. - Understanding the Research Workflow
The term "workflow" refers to the logical or deliberate organization of work, and is often associated with manufacturing systems. But it would be a mistake to see a biology laboratory or an historian's study as the location of only carefully calibrated decisions and actions. There is always room for imagination, chance, and improvisation. What researchers do in identifying and using the resources they need, and communicating with colleagues and others in publications and other formats, is essential to scholarship and science. This presentation will feature recent accounts of the workflow. No less than other professionals, scholars are adapting to evolving digital conditions of work. Still, as empirical studies show, the workflow remains a highly individualized element of academic life.
2:00 p.m. -
Lessons from ITHAKA on Research Practices
ITHAKA, the influential academic service organization, launched a series of studies in 2012 reflecting a scholar-centered approach to understanding research in higher education. By now, in collaboration with university libraries, ITHAKA has studied researchers in seven disciplines, including history, chemistry, and Asian Studies, and more are planned. This presentation shows how viewed together the “Changing Research Practices” studies represent a unique collective portrait of scholars at work, loyal to research conventions but encountering new digital tools for research requiring new forms of institutional support. The ITHAKA studies help us understand how disciplinary habits shape professional expectations and research practices, and what might be done to serve scholars having different positions about technological innovation, from indifference to enthusiasm.