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College and University Section - Research Committee

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College and University Section - Research Committee Welcome to the RESEARCH COMMITTEE website!               part of College and University Section 

   FY 2011:    July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011

Proposal Discussion:  Research Roundtable on First Fridays


Research Committee's Mission

The Research Committee promotes research among librarians in the State of NJ.  It does so by sponsoring two juried events each year.   Each is tied to the NJLA Conference Research Forum held at the NJLA Annual Meeting each April.  The Research Award honors a New Jersey librarian by presenting a monetary award for the best published research from the previous year. The Research Forum winners present their work-in-progress as a short talk at the Research Forum.  The Research Committee remains dedicated to seeking ways that support and encourage sharing information about research projects on a wide variety of topics from all types of libraries.  The Research Committee is the joint committee of NJLA's College & University Section and the NJ Chapter of ACRL.  As a committee of CUS, we provide opportunities for academic librarians to become actively involved in projects, professional development activities and in the general development of the academic organization.

NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Research Award and Forum Calls for 2012

1.    Call for Nominations for the 2012 Research Award

(Awarded Spring 2012 NJLA Annual Conference)

To recognize excellence in the research efforts of New Jersey librarians, the Research Committee of the NJLA College and University Section (CUS) and the ACRL New Jersey Chapter seeks nominations and applications for its annual Research Award to honor the best published research completed by a New Jersey librarian during the past year (2011). The Award will be presented at the NJLA Annual Conference in May (date and location to be announced).

All types of research published in 2011 will be considered, including books, journal articles, bibliographies, and electronic publications. A New Jersey librarian practicing or professionally active in the New Jersey library community must be the author or co-author.  Doctoral dissertations and master’s theses are not eligible; however, publications based on them will be considered.  Individuals may nominate themselves or a colleague.

Please submit to the co-chairs a letter of nomination that specifies the evidence for and the significance of the original research. A copy of the publication in either electronic or hard copy format must accompany the nomination.  Please include an abstract.

2.    Call for Papers for the 2012 Research Forum

(To be held at the Spring 2012 NJLA Annual Conference)

To promote research by New Jersey librarians, the Research Committee of the NJLA College and University Section and the ACRL New Jersey Chapter seeks presenters for its Research Forum to be held at the NJLA Annual Conference in May (date and location to be announced).

New Jersey librarians who are involved in, or have participated in, any type of research project are invited to give a brief presentation of their project during the Forum.

Please submit your application including: Name, Address, Telephone, Email, Title of Research, and Abstract of 150-200 words that specifies the significance of the research to the co-chairs. Email submissions are preferred. Those selected for presentation will be notified in March 2012.

BOTH Submissions are due on Monday, February 6, 2012. Those selected for presentation will be notified in March 2012.  Send to:


Melissa A. Hofmann

 Bibliographic Control Librarian

 Moore Library

 Rider Univesity

2083 Lawrenceville Road

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099

609.895.5637 (Phone)

 609.896.8029 (Fax)




Karen Pifher
Branch Director
Peapack & Gladstone Library
A branch of the Somerset County Library System
P O Box 369
1 School Street
Peapack, NJ 07977


2011 Research Award

It is our pleasure to announce that Eleonora Dubicki, Associate Librarian, Monmouth University, has been selected as this year's recipient of the NJ Research Award granted by the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Research Committee for her article "Research Behavior Patterns of Business Students" published in the Reference Services Review 2010, Vol. 38 Iss: 3, pp.360 - 384.

Dubicki's article discusses the results of a study designed to identify information-seeking behaviors of business students. Additionally, the study investigated the students' preferred methods of seeking assistance in completing their research, as well as how they evaluated the credibility of sources they uncovered. The award recognizes excellence in the research efforts of New Jersey librarians.

A formal presentation of the award will take place at the College and University Section's luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, during the NJLA Conference at Ocean Place, Long Branch, NJ.

This year's selected presenters for the 2011 NJLA Research Forum are: Judit H. Ward, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rut-gers University, for her research entitled "Building Relationships with Numbers: Bibliometrics in Academic Libraries"; Ma Lei Hsieh and Pat Dawson, Rider University, for their re-search entitled "A Feasible Method for Determining Snapshots of Student Information Literacy Skills at Rider University"; and Gary D. Saretzky for his research entitled "Nineteenth Century New Jersey Photographers."

Karen Pifher, Co-Chair, Research Committee
Branch Director, Peapack & Gladstone Library, Somerset County Library System

Melissa A. Hofmann, Co-Chair, Research Committee
Bibliographic Control Librarian, Rider University


25th Anniversary (1985 to 2010) Celebration at NJLA Annual! 

     See:  Award Winner Profiles Booklet and Impact of Committee Talk

     See: Photos of the Annual Meeting celebrations and winners. 


2010 Research Award Winners


List of Research Committee members.  CUS-ResComm-Minutes.


History of the NJLA College and University Section and ACRL New Jersey Chapter


Interested in becoming a member? The Research Committee welcomes all librarians, academic/public/private interested in library research and publishing. To join the committee, contact any member for information or just come to our next meeting:


  • Next regular meeting will be in late September, 2010.  Please join us. 


More information and photos: Research Committee Website


More 25th Anniversary - Research Award Winner info


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