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WEBINAR | Fostering research community through library spaces and services

Feb 22, 2016

Library Connect Webinar - Fostering research community through library spaces and services

If you build (or offer) it, they will come …


Find out why this maxim is only part of the solution when it comes to library spaces and services. Researchers and faculty do not have to leave their labs or offices to access the information they need to do their work. How then do you – as their librarian – connect with this critical user group? And how do libraries ensure that their research community is making the most of the resources available to them?


In this webinar three experienced librarians, who are leading major initiatives within their universities, will discuss getting to know their research communities and outreach activities to engage various user groups. They will explore how services and a physical space, like a research commons or makerspace within the library, can enhance collaboration, interdisciplinarity and raise the profile of the library. However, “if you build it, they will come” is just part of a broader outlook. Find out why it’s important to venture beyond the library to become a true partner in the academic life and research mission of your institution.


Fostering research community through library spaces and services

Thursday, March 31, 2016

10:00-11:00 a.m. North American EDT (15:00-16:00 GMT, 16:00-17:00 CEST)






  • Different approaches for the library to engage with the research community
  • Setting up a research commons or makerspace
  • High-impact services for researchers
  • Strategies for getting to know your stakeholders
  • Effective ways to communicate with your communities
  • The magic of cross-pollination




Meris Mandernach, Associate Professor and Head of Research Services, University Libraries, The Ohio State University

Meris is responsible for developing, refining, assessing and sustaining an evolving program of research services for faculty, researchers and students throughout the university. She led a team that developed the services and space for the new Research Commons at OSU’s library. Meris is also a member of the STEAM Factory, an Ohio State network that facilitates collaboration, innovation and dissemination. More …



Danianne Mizzy, Head of Kenan Science Information Services, Kenan Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Danianne is the first head of Kenan Science Information Services. She oversees the Kenan Science Library Research Hub and serves on the BeAM (Be a Maker) Executive Committee. She conceived of the Maker-in-Residence program and the cross-disciplinary Periodic Table Project, both of which combine art and science. More …



Yvonne Nobis, Head of Science Information Services, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, University of Cambridge 

Yvonne is the Head of Science Information Services at Cambridge University, overseeing the Central Science Library and the Betty and Gordon Moore Library. Prior to joining Cambridge, Yvonne worked in development at ProQuest and LexisNexis Butterworths, and was IT Training and Development Officer at the University of Oxford. More …





Registration is required for this live one-hour webinar. It will be broadcast internationally and includes time to ask the panelists questions during the session. The webinar is a complimentary event and part of Elsevier's Library Connect program for academic, medical, corporate and government librarians.


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