Lectures & Forums presents Schmidt and Shelburne

The Library’s Lectures and Forums Committee is hosting two presentations on Friday, August 14, 2009, by Professor Karen Schmidt, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Professor Wendy Shelburne, University of Illinois.

Joys and Sorrows: How to Make Collaborative Research Work
10:00 am – 11:30 am in Room 303 LHS-Chicago
This presentation by Professors Schmidt and Shelburne will draw upon their experience from several projects in discussing collaborative research from conception to completion. Their presentation will address the joys and pitfalls of collaboration and methods for finding and exposing the strengths of each member of a group on any given project. There is a rich literature on multi-authored works in library and information science and evidence that library science co-authored works exhibit higher quality and have higher acceptance rates in peer-reviewed journals.

E-books from the Ground
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm in Lower Level (Institute for the Humanities), Stevenson Hall
Professor Shelburne will share her experiences with e-books implementation at the University of Illinois Library. She will report the results of her latest research, an e-book survey that investigated usage patterns, discovery, and knowledge of e-books among the university community, and will highlight user predictions of how they will use electronic and print materials in the future.

Karen Schmidt, University Librarian and University Copyright Officer at Illinois Wesleyan University. She has been a member of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University since 2007. Karen has edited two editions of Understanding the Business of Library Acquisitions for ALA Press, and has written a number of scholarly articles on library collection development and acquisitions, and library history. She has a BS and MLS from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Her current areas of research include serious gaming in higher education, archiving of web content as primary source material, and how the evolving world of publishing affects academic libraries.

Wendy Shelburne is Electronic Resources Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois. She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois Library since 2000. She received her MLS as well as a MA in Russian and East European Area Studies from the University of Illinois. Her research interests include access to and management of electronic and digital resources, production and usage of electronic resources and their impacts upon scholarship, and collection development strategies for the digital age.

Both Professor Schmidt and Professor Shelburne are the recipients of the Best of LRTS Award and the Blackwell’s Scholarship Award in 2009 for their article with David Vess on “Approaches to Selection, Access, and Collection Development in the Web World: A Case Study with the Fugitive Literature,” Library Resources and Technical Services,” 52 (3) 2008, 184-191.