The Research Sprint: Faculty as Learners in an Academic Library

Traditionally, FSC librarians have offered professional development to campus faculty. However, as attendance at the workshop fell, the sessions were canceled. To revive interest, we found inspiration in a summer program we offer – the Faculty Research Marathon – when the library is reserved for faculty research and writing. Supplementing the Marathon format with information useful for faculty, we rebranded our workshops as a Research Sprint, with each session providing focused work time after a brief presentation about library resources. The PDI was successfully implemented, and sign-up numbers were high. Feedback was positive, with suggestions including a library tour for new faculty, handouts, and shortening the presentation time. Participants also requested resources to help track research and information on leveraging social media for research sharing.
Research, Research teams, Information services, Group work in research, Interdisciplinary research, Authorship, Education—Research