BLC Webinar: Demystifying Research and Publishing in Libraries

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This discussion-based webinar offers guidance for academic library staff who want to conduct research and get published. The webinar comes from the perspectives of four librarian authors and editors who are at varying stages of their careers. Speakers will attempt to demystify topics such as developing research ideas and methods, conducting research projects, writing for your audience, intriguing editors with unique angles to your work, and more.

Tips and tricks will be shared! Speakers will address a diverse range of publication types, from peer-reviewed articles to reviews and case studies. This webinar is designed for any and all library workers who want to explore pursuing research and publishing, including librarians going up for promotion, tenure, or review. Following the webinar, attendees will be provided with additional learning materials to keep.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will understand how to develop research ideas and identify methodologies.
  • Attendees will identify the various elements and avoid the various pitfalls of the research, writing, and publishing process.
  • Attendees will understand the editorial process for various types of publications, think through their research agendas, and select the right venues for their work.


Michael Rodriguez is the Collections Strategist at the University of Connecticut Library, where he coordinates collection development and strategic initiatives. Prior to this role, he was Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian, also at UConn, and E-Learning Librarian at Hodges University in Florida. A 2017 graduate of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, he has published three book chapters and many articles and reviews in Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Charleston Advisor, Technical Services Quarterly, and other venues. Michael is a column editor for Serials Review and was a Library Journal Reviewer of the Year and an Against the Grain Up-and-Comer.

Juleah Swanson is an Assistant Professor and Head of Acquisition Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research areas include exploring librarianship through the lens of racial, ethnic, and professional identity theory, as well as examining equity and inclusion in the knowledge production system, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Juleah has published a number of peer reviewed articles in journals such as College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, In the Library with the Lead Pipe, and Library Resources & Technical Services. Juleah was a participant in the first cohort of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship.

Ken Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, Ken is responsible for the library's discovery interface and the library's evolving and emerging analytics infrastructure. He received a master's degree from the University of Michigan's School of Information and his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College. Ken is editor of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Information Technology and Libraries. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, he has written or edited five books, including 2019’s Beyond Reality: Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Library.