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Monday, July 30 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
MT10 Opening the Research Enterprise: Partnering to Support Openness in Grant-Funded Faculty Research

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MT10 Opening the Research Enterprise: Partnering to Support Openness in Grant-Funded Faculty Research
Course Chairs: Nina Exner, Research Data Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University
Instructor: Nina Exner, Research Data Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University

Description: In the U.S. and many other countries, federal funding mandates are encouraging a culture of openness and reproducibility. Libraries have been working to support and advocate for these trends toward openness. But faculty researchers need training, and they may not think of the library first when thinking about grant compliance. So librarians must reach out to Sponsored Research and Research Development departments on campus. This session will help librarians new to working with Sponsored Research to understand the campus research enterprise.
When campuses talk about the “research enterprise,” they are referring to the infrastructure around seeking, administering and growing grant funding on campus. The departments that work with the research enterprise have their own structures, priorities and terminology. It can be hard for librarians to know who to talk to about getting involved in grant support because of the mismatch in terminology and jargon. Learning who to talk to and how to approach them is the first step in building relationships with the campus grant support infrastructure. After identifying and discussing with those teams, librarians face a second hurdle of explaining what they can do and how it aligns with the openness and sharing mandates under federal regulations. Making a workshop can be comparatively easy; aligning a workshop so that campus researchers and administrators understand its value is harder.
This course is aimed at librarians who want to support Sponsored Research but are not sure how to start. Participants in this course will come away with a better understanding of how grants work from two directions: the faculty perspective and the research administrator perspective. After learning these structures and processes, participants will then apply them to their own institutions by searching their campus to identify relevant contacts who they can reach out to for potential partnerships. Looking at the departments and research focuses involved on their campus, each will consider specific grantmaking agencies and priorities that are relevant to their campus.
Participants will then learn about the concepts and terms that are used in the grantseeking arena to discuss Open Access and Open Science. Finally, participants will combine what they have found about their campus research enterprise’s structure with their own expertise to plan support offerings. Together, we will workshop how to explain and offer these supports in a “grantseeker-friendly” way that aligns library scholarly communications skills with Sponsored Research perspectives. The result will be a strategy for reaching out to the Sponsored Research team and offering concrete ways the library can partner with them to support Open Access and scholarly communications skills among grant-funded faculty on campus.

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Nina Exner

Research data librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University
Nina Exner brings more than 20 years experience as a practicing librarian in academic and health sciences libraries to VCU Libraries. As the Research Data Librarian, she brings to bear vast teaching interests and knowledge of best practices in managing research studies. She concentrates... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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