Well. It’s been awhile, but I’m happy to announce that the final report (PDF) of our SLA Research Grant has been published at SLA and the article has been published in Information Outlook. (Note: this is subscriber-only content and still links to last month’s edition.) I am so grateful to all of our participants for opening their lives to us, and I hope readers find the report useful.
I would highly encourage everyone to engage in this kind of professional research, even at a smaller scale. SLA has discontinued their research grant program until further notice, but I really hope they restart it soon. I not only learned a great deal about biomedical librarianship and the direction of research support, I found out that I really loved doing research.
Thanks to my experience with the SLA grant program, I began a PhD program this fall in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. My research will focus on the support and coordination of collaborative biomedical research under the watchful eye of my advisor Dr. Charlotte Lee, an expert in cyberinfrastructure. Professor Lee also directs the Computer Supported Collaboration (CSC) Laboratory.
In the weeks ahead, I hope to comment more on the experience of doing this research project, as well as on what I’m learning in school. Please feel free to leave any feedback on the report or article here in the comments section.