How Librarians Are Helping to Build the Connected, Global Scholarly Community: The Evolution of ScholComm

Sponsored by Gale Business: Insights

Recorded on 06/05/2023
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 323

In this four-episode series, we’re joined by Barbie Keiser, information resources management (IRM) consultant and Reference and Instruction Librarian at Northern Virginia Community College. Barbie highlights broader market forces at play in scholarly communication, including the transformations made by platform vendors, academic publishers, and educational technology companies to support researchers and stay relevant in a rapidly shifting environment. In addition, she discusses library impacts, underscoring “new territory” opportunities libraries can take advantage of, such as aligning verbiage with the administration’s values and investing in both long-term projects and short-term wins. Finally, Barbie looks ahead to new horizons like open access and artificial intelligence. She spotlights several innovative (and useful!) AI tools that can benefit librarians and faculty in everyday tasks.

In this first episode, Barbie explains how ScholComm has evolved over the course of her career, offering insights into the effects of social media, increased teamwork, and the COVID-19 pandemic on library services. Further, she speaks to a key strength of librarianship—being quick to recognize and adapt to change—and why the academic community can fail to acknowledge this strategic asset.

About the guest:

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Barbie Keiser
Barbie E. Keiser Inc.

Barbie Keiser is an information resources management (IRM) consultant. For over thirty years, Ms. Keiser has attempted to bring the availability of information sources to management’s attention and assist in maximizing their use. Barbie has established and reengineered libraries and information centers, working with the staff to create new information products and services that support and enable the activities of individuals, local businesses, organizations, and government agencies. 

Barbie is an established author and sought-after speaker on advanced research techniques and tools, the future of libraries, emerging information technologies, scholarly publishing, competitive intelligence, knowledge management, and transparent government through open information/data. Known for her column in ONLINE Searcher magazine, she is a frequent contributor to Information Today NewsBreaks and a book reviewer for Marketing Libraries Journal and Education Libraries. Barbie also serves as a peer reviewer for several library journals, including Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Communications in Information Literacy

Barbie received her MSLS from Case Western Reserve University. She was a Fulbright Specialist in Slovenia (2004) and Lithuania (2007) and is an advisory board member of the World Computer Exchange ( This not-for-profit organization bridges the digital divide among youth in developing nations. Current teaching assignments include Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Knowledge Management (KM) for the College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky, and Library Juice Academy.

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