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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.