Three Reports from our Researchers-in-Residence

This year, we decided to try a new spin on our myMETRO Researchers project. Historically, the project has united teams around shared research interests. Several of these projects grew into longer-term initiatives; the Fashion Blogging Team, for example, went on to present at ARLIS’s national conference in Pasadena. The team who studied the implications of the Affordable Care Act on libraries continue their mission to engage METRO members around health literacy thanks to their ACA Special Interest Group.

This year, we opted to give individual researchers a chance to develop their ideas. With the help of research consultations, access to METRO’s referral system, and other support provided from METRO, our three researchers have recently completed their reports. For a taste of the diverse subjects covered by these three participants, we asked them to provide us with a synopsis of their work:

Caroline Gabrielli
Menil Collection
Preparing the Catalogue Raisonne: A Guideline for Publishing Online

My paper presents findings from interviews conducted with catalogue raisonné projects in various stages of development, along with the work we are doing at the Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings of Jasper Johns. Here I summarize the common mission and challenges in preparing the catalogue raisonné as well as the considerations for, and benefits of, publishing online. The result is a concise reference tool of best practices and suggestions for future catalogues raisonné and online catalogue projects. This paper discusses the features available if publishing online, staff recommendations, workflow, database options, data migration, research, storage of research assets, and long-term maintenance. This paper concludes with a synopsis of recommendations for the artist’s archive that are beneficial to the preparation of a catalogue raisonné.

View Caroline's report.

Kelly Hamilton
Best Practices: How can a librarian enhance learning for the adult English Language Learner students in American colleges?

With nearly one million international students in higher education in the United States, many services are needed to facilitate making the adjustment to university life. Most especially, help is needed in critical areas such as research and learning. Most of this can be accomplished in an academic library with the combined assistance of an English Language Learner (ELL) professor and academic librarian.

I sought to ask librarians how many ELLs they are servicing, how they are helping them, and how frequently they are working in tandem with ESL professors. I sent out a survey via Google docs to various listservs and various community colleges that would likely service ELLs across New York City to determine the answers to those questions.I found programs in place to help ELLs, acknowledging the need to enable foreign language students to become more independent researchers and learners in academic libraries.

View Kelly's report.

Brian Hasbrouck
Graduate Student at LIU Palmer School
The Social Science Sources Project

With a panoply of international and domestic organizations that provide data, it's difficult for some librarians and, especially, students to know in which direction to go. Although speaking to a subject specialist can be helpful there is no one centralized hub where a student, researcher, or librarian can go to find a listing of the sources available. In an attempt to remedy this, the Social Science Sources (SSS) project aims to be the first stop for these groups with no prejudice or preference and with continued updates. Additionally, most resources will come with tutorials for the uninitiated and bringing permalinks, if available, to these avenues. With this aim, the SSS project will aim at economics, business, political science, and political economy broadly and has focused on inequality and defense spending initially.

View Brian's Report.

While these papers are a significant milestone in this project, our researchers aren’t off the hook just yet. We look forward to welcoming them to METRO for presentations at our next myMETRO SIG meeting on September 9, 2014. Look for an event announcement to follow, and we look forward to seeing you there!