Greetings from Loyola Marymount University (LMU)! Marie and I would like to introduce ourselves to you. We are the co-directors of the IMLS grant-funded project Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL). Lots of information is available online about our project and the research institute for librarians that we are holding next summer at the William H. Hannon Library on the LMU campus in Los Angeles. We thought you might want to know a little about the two of us. I have been the Dean of the Library at LMU since 2006; before that I was Director of the Digital Library Program at Indiana University in Bloomington, where I also held a number of other positions for 23 years. Librarians at IU have faculty status; I began doing research there in pursuit of tenure and promotion, but once I got started I found that I enjoyed research. I believe that all librarians and our libraries benefit when librarians engage in research and that you don’t need a Ph.D. to conduct reliable and valid research.
Marie has been the Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian at LMU since 2008; before that she was the Head, Metadata and Content Management, Norris Medical Library (USC). She found her interest in research while managing the pre- and post-doctoral fellows in the research office of Glen H. Elder, Jr., a position held while attending library school at UNC Chapel Hill. She has been active in reading the literature and conducting research since then, and in 2013 co-authored her first book, Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual (Kennedy, Marie R., and Cheryl LaGuardia. 2013. Chicago: ALA).
We look forward to helping to create a community of scholars that are energized by the research process. We welcome your comments and any feedback along the way.