From Vanaja Menon, Director of the Library
Welcome to the UW-P Library! On behalf of the library staff, I extend a warm welcome to all of you.
Research Fellows @ Parkside
Ever wonder how terrific it will be for your teaching and research if you could have access to UW-Madison’s electronic resources? There are some of our faculty who are enjoying this access and you may be able to join this group next year. During the last two biennium, the UW Libraries jointly requested and lobbied for a significant amount of funding for shared electronic resources for all UW campuses. Our hope was to open up UW-Madison Libraries’ vast electronic Resource collection to all UW faculty and staff. Although we were not successful in getting this funding, the Library directors worked together to expand access to UW Madison’s electronic resources to a number of faculty across the system. The incredibly expensive licensing agreements with vendors make it difficult for Madison to make these costly resources available to all UW faculty, but they offered to add a handful of faculty members as Research Fellows from each UW campus. The pilot group from Parkside in 2010/11 had eight members: Kathleen Barry, Patricia Cleary, Kate Gillogly, Moses Langley, Marcelo Milan, Dave Rogers, Ed Schmitt, and Wei-jun Zheng. For FY 2011/12 we were able to increase the number to 10. Ross Astoria, Rob Barber, Kathleen Barry, Patricia Cleary, Herbert L. Colston, Teresa Coronado, Kate Gillogly, Moses Langley, Tracie Lee, and Ed Schmitt were selected as Research Fellows last spring and they enjoy the rich resources at UW-Madison Libraries.
At Parkside, the selection as a Research Fellow is done through a competitive process. A selection committee that includes 3-5 faculty members and one librarian, reviews the applications from individual faculty members and selects individuals based on their research interest, availability of resources at the Parkside Library, etc. Once they are assigned a Madison NetID, they have access to all those electronic resources at Madison. The feedback from this initial group of Research Fellows has been extremely encouraging and shows a great need to continue with this program. Here are some excerpts:
“There are a few centers for SE Asian studies in the U.S.; Madison is among the top three, and their library collection probably rivals that of Cornell. Being able to access most of what I need to keep current in my field and, especially, do literature reviews for articles I am working on, has been a tremendous help. It makes me a ‘better’ scholar, in the sense of the standards of my profession…”
“…remote access to these sources has saved me probably months of legwork in tracking down and viewing microfilm arriving via Interlibrary Loan, and it has given my current book project a momentum that would not otherwise be possible. It has also provided me with countless primary source items I've culled that will be put to use in at least four of the courses I teach.”
“Thank you for all your efforts here. This program is invaluable to my research and teaching as I now have direct access to key literature in my field.”
“…I find that I am more engaged with my research because of my faster access to journals and resources. I use the resources quite regularly in a number of my studies. .. Not only can I accomplish things faster and with ease, but not waiting for interlibrary loan allows for seamless research time devoted to literature searches and establishing context for my studies. Having to wait significant amounts of time for references (some of which may never arrive) breaks up the research process into a disjointed haphazard endeavor…”
“This way I can keep abreast of top notch research being done in my area. It also makes me more productive, since I don't have to wait for interlibrary loans to arrive (as I said, it is rapid, but not instantaneous). Of course, by following the major developments in my field enables me to do more research, but also to offer a better learning experience for my students…”
“Without these resources it would be painstakingly slow to obtain the research articles that I need to continue my research. I’m very satisfied and have not had any technology glitches to speak of. Thanks for your efforts to advocate for this program.”
Kathy Barry, Patricia Cleary, Kate Gillogly, Moses Langley, Dave Rogers, and Ed Schmidt will be part of a panel on October 26 at noon in the Hickory Room (Student Center). They will share their experience as Research Fellows and how this program helped them with their teaching and research. The program will be co-sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center and the Library. Hope to see many of you there.
Don’t miss the call for proposal from the Committee in spring 2012. You could be among the Research Fellows @ Parkside.
Have a great fall semester!