Last week, I drove to Virginia Commonwealth University Library to present at the Empirical Librarians Conference in Richmond, VA. When I first arrived at the conference, I was approached by a conference attendee who expressed gratitude for encouraging her to become a science librarian while she was a master’s student at UNCG. I was delighted to hear that after graduation she got a job as a science librarian at Kansas State University.

The keynote speakers from Loyola Marymount University Library in California were Kristine Brancolini and Marie Kennedy, who are the founders (Library Dean Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator, respectively) of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. The keynote speakers shared about the origin of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship as a continuing education research bootcamp for academic librarians to address the “inconsistent quality” of our professional literature and lack of post-master’s training opportunities. They highlighted three factors for research success: self-efficacy, institutional support, and research network.

I contributed a peer-reviewed lightning talk in the “Performing Research in Libraries Track” of the conference on “An Integrated Workflow of Multi-database Bibliometric Analysis,” which I developed based on my own genomic research endeavor, literature review, and continuing education courses that I have passed. My presentation was well-received by ARL colleagues who encouraged me for “working so hard and doing a great job” to develop my skills and expertise to  advise science faculty in bibliometric analysis the last 7 years, and they asked me to share my integrated workflow at this national conference. During the Q&A, I replied that accuracy and objectivity are the hallmark of my research and work. If you would like to see my presentation slides, they are available in WakeSpace. It was great to reconnect with familiar faces and meet other colleagues interested in empirical research.