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Scholars often rely on librarians as gatekeepers and tour guides of information in a variety of different fields, but should librarians, especially reference librarians, also be engaged in “librarian as scholar activities”? Science Librarian Charles Smith, among many others including past award winners Cheryl LaGuardia, have written about this. He notes that in conducting research themselves librarians (1) become more familiar with the operational needs of their patrons (2) become more adept at search techniques (3) encounter new tools and databases useful in aiding their patrons (4) draw additional attention to their library and university, and (5) find that those they serve have higher levels of confidence in them. During his live conversation with Rosemary Meszaros of WKU, Brian will offer tips and insights into how librarians can cultivate their own research activities while bolstering their reference collections in new and exciting ways.

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  1. 1. The Librarian as Scholar: Developing Your Research Interests Presented by Brian E. Coutts with Rosemary Meszaros
  2. 2. Brian E. Coutts Head of Public Services Western Kentucky University 2017 Isadore Mudge Award winner
  3. 3. Scholar as Librarian Richard Garnett, Keeper of the Printed Books
  4. 4. Library Profession Established Melvil Dewey founds School of Library Economy, 1887
  5. 5. Isadore Mudge and the Creation of Reference Service in Academic Libraries Isadore Mudge April 1897 Ca 1932 Courtesy of Columbia University Archives Historical Photograph Collection
  6. 6. Butler Library Reference Room
  7. 7. March, 1911 edition of the Library Journal
  8. 8. 1941 Reference Collection at Columbia • Language dictionaries in 44 languages • General encyclopedias in English and foreign languages • 2,000 volumes of indexes to periodicals • Large collection of annuals, directories, bibliographies • Dozens of quotation books and guides to dissertations
  9. 9. “God Almighty Hates a Quitter” The “enemy sources approach”
  10. 10. “Turning the Kaleidoscope”
  11. 11. “Incessantly and doggedly verifying titles to produce the most reliable and definitive information.”
  12. 12. Applying the Mudge Philosophy to Today’s Library
  13. 13. Librarians, Faculty Status and Scholarship The WKU Example • From 1966 – Faculty? • Shift to scholar driven faculty in the 1970’s • Evelyn Thurman • Departments established 1981 – • Advanced credentials required
  14. 14. Librarians, Faculty Status and Scholarship The WKU Example • Tenure and promotion mirrors other faculty • Private offices/spaces and student assistants • Mentoring of new library faculty • QTAG (Quick Turn Around Grants)
  15. 15. Library Faculty Scholarship 2012 - 2017 Left to Right • Kinder, Sean. Una Merkel: The Actress with Sassy Wit and Southern Charm. Albany, GA: BearManor Media, 2016. • Yuan, Haiwang, trans. Different Carmela. Nanchang, China: 21st century Publishing House, 2016. • Pennavaria, Katherine. Genealogy: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. • Smith, Charles H, and Patterson, Kelsey, eds. Dear Sir: Sixty- Nine Years of Alfred Russel Wallace Letters to the Editor. Queensway, UK: Siri Scientific Press, 2014. • Yuan, Haiwang, Kunga, Awang, and Li, Bo. Tibetan Folktales. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. Forthcoming: Gottfried, John and Pennavaria, Katherine. Providing Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017.
  16. 16. Benefits of Librarians as Scholars • Charles Smith in an article for Kentucky Libraries identifies five reasons 1. To become more familiar with operational needs of their patrons. 2. Become, through practice, more adept at search techniques. 3. Encounter new tools and databases useful to aiding their patrons. 4. To add to the services provided by, and draw additional attention to their library and university. 5. Find that those they serve develop higher levels of confidence in them.
  17. 17. What’s in a name? William Burdett-Coutts Baroness Burdett-Coutts Developing Your Research Ideas
  18. 18. Chicleros & Prime Ministers Chiclero Former Belize Prime Minister George Price Developing Your Research Ideas
  19. 19. Reference books/sources you wish you had! Developing Your Research Ideas
  20. 20. Online Encyclopedias: State & Local Developing Your Research Ideas
  21. 21. Thank you! QUESTIONS? Brian Coutts Head of Public Services Western Kentucky University Rosemary Meszaros Government Information and Law Coordinator Western Kentucky University