Inside ZSR

Evidence Synthesis Institute (Kathy and Hu)

Last week we spent 16 hours on Zoom participating in the fourth Evidence Synthesis Institute cohort. The Evidence Synthesis Institute is aimed at library staff supporting evidence syntheses outside of the health sciences and is fully funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There is no charge for accepted applicants. The institute’s instructors... more

The Innovative Library Classroom (Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, 2022)

Website: The Innovative Library Classroom 2022 Conference: Schedule | Full Program Coming into the 2021 – 2022 academic year, when I started thinking about “Where shall I go for professional development?  Which conferences do I want to present at?”, I was torn between in-person and online conferences.  To be completely transparent, my reactions to the... more

Molly goes to New York to get a skull (not really, but sort of really)

In mid-July, I attended the Cambridge University Press & Assessment North American Librarian Advisory Board meeting in New York City. This was our first in-person meeting since 2019 and it was wonderful to be back together for two days of engaging conversation about research and learning. I’ve been on the board since 2017, with many... more

Morgan goes to Social Science Summer Camp (ICPSR Summer Program)

From June 21st through July 15th I attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. This annual program welcomes social scientists from around the world to the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus and, since the beginning of the pandemic, virtually. This year was my first time attending and the first time... more

Colleen’s New Happy Place

What I’ve learned two weeks in…  So it may be a little dramatic to say the last couple of weeks have been life changing, but I’m gonna go there! I know transitioning to a new role is life changing in itself – and I’ve moved into new roles relatively frequently in my life, either by... more

Kathy S. at ALA Annual 2022 in DC

ALA Annual was my first fully in-person conference since ALA Midwinter in January 2020. It was a much smaller conference (by ALA standards) than it has been in previous years, but it still felt strange to be around so many people again! This year, my conference revolved around my responsibilities as Chair of the RUSA... more

Mary Beth at ALA (virtually)

I attended ALA virtually, although I’d hoped to go in person, but the sudden and early appearance of my grandson upended those plans. So I’ve been availing myself of several of the sessions that were recorded and made available to all ALA registrants. I have found many very interesting and relevant sessions. ALA stepped up... more

Steve at 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC

After getting back into the conference-going groove with NASIG, I attended the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, from Friday, June 24th through Monday, June 27th. A big part of the reason I attended the conference in person, rather than virtually, was that I had business to do with Core. Now, you may be asking... more

ALA 2022

To me ALA felt surprisingly normal this year, despite masks and lower attendance. I suppose masks simply no longer feel weird; and all the sessions I attended were full, as were the exhibits and hallways. On Saturday morning, being a member of two committees in the same section, I had to choose which table to... more

Steve at 2022 NASIG Conference in Baltimore

After 3 long years, I attended my first in-person national conference from June 5th to 8th in Baltimore, MD. The NASIG Conference (which focuses on scholarly communications, the information chain, electronic resources and serials) is my favorite conference to attend and it was good one to “break the seal” with, even though it was a... more