The fall WNYO ACRL conference in West Henrietta focused on publishing and research in the library profession. It featured entertaining and informative sessions such as a primer on reviewing books, an analysis of library science manuscripts submitted for publication and an address on the importance of research in librarianship. The fall conference also offered a wide selection of poster sessions and some lively discussions between presenters and attendees.
Samantha Gust from Niagara University started the morning with a look at book reviews. She gave tips and pointers on the process of writing and publishing book reviews and included many humorous anecdotes from her personal experiences as a reviewer.
Chris Hollister from the University at Buffalo followed with an analytical look at manuscripts submitted to a professional library science journal. Hollister outlined some of the common problems with research articles submitted for publication. He broke these down in measurable categories and showed the audience the leading reasons why submissions failed to get published in a journal for which heis the editor. He is currently finishing up research on this topic and hopes to have it published soon.
Michael Ridley of the University of Guelph was the closing speaker. Ridley made a compelling case for changing the culture of the academic librarian and moving away from the traditional service role and embracinga research role. He advocated moving out of the library and into the halls of academia. He thought that many of the libraries services could be handled by clerical workers leaving the librarian time to concentrate of research in a more coordinated manner.
The spring conference will pick up on themes explored during this conference so please join us!