Show Me the Money (and the Information)

Conducting and publishing high-quality research takes more than just good information—it also takes funding. Information professionals are known for their ability to find the former, but where can researchers go to locate the latter?

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At the University of Michigan, librarians at the Taubman Health Sciences Library helped develop a guide to funding after a survey revealed widespread frustration among researchers. The survey, conducted by the Office of Research at the university’s medical school, found that faculty and staff lacked the time and ability to conduct comprehensive searches for research funds.

“The [survey] respondents expressed the concern that between juggling administrative and teaching responsibilities, attending meetings, and working in the lab and the clinic, they could not find the time to seek research funding,” write Merle Rosenzweig and her colleagues in “Creating Connections in the Research Enterprise,” a paper being presented at the SLA 2016 Annual Conference. “Also, they felt overwhelmed with e-mails and information about funding which, in many instances, did not meet their specific research needs.”

Working with the Office of Research, Rosenzweig and fellow informationists at the Taubman Library created a guide to streamline the task of locating funding resources. The guide was designed to serve all academic disciplines (not just health and medicine) and includes funding opportunities available from the University of Michigan as well as government agencies and foundations.

To learn more about this project, be sure to attend the June 12 contributed papers session at SLA 2016. The following papers will also be presented during that session:

  • “Considerations for Controlled Vocabulary Interoperability: A Special Libraries Case Study Review,” Ashleigh Faith
  • “Moving Targets: Instruction with iPads,” Necia Parker-Gibson and Michelle Gibeault

These papers are proof that research is alive and well in the special library profession, and they’re just three of dozens of good reasons to attend SLA 2016. For information about conference registration options (for example, one-day and exhibit hall passes), click here. To learn more about the contributed papers, click here.

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