myMETRO Researchers 2014

The myMETRO Researchers program took a bit of a turn from previous years by featuring individual projects. We are delighted to present the following project from our Winter 2014 cohort of Researchers-in-Residence.

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

This paper presents findings from interviews conducted with catalogue raisonné projects in various stages of development, along with the work Gabrielli and her colleagues are doing at the Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings of Jasper Johns. The guidelines summarize the common mission and challenges in preparing the catalogue raisonné, as well as the considerations for, and benefits of, publishing online.

The result of Gabrielli's work is a concise reference tool of best practices and suggestions for future catalogue raisonnés and online catalogue projects. Her paper discusses the features available if publishing online, staff recommendations, workflow, database options, data migration, research, storage of research assets, and long-term maintenance. Her paper concludes with a synopsis of recommendations for the artist’s archive that are beneficial to the preparation of a catalogue raisonné.

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. Hamilton sought to ask librarians how many ELLs they are servicing, how they are helping them, and how frequently they are working in tandem with ELL professors.

Hamilton sent 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. She found that there are some programs in place to help ELLs and this indicates that programs like these enable the foreign language student to become more independent in an academic library.

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. 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.