How Librarians Are Helping to Build the Connected, Global Scholarly Community: Looking at the Market

Sponsored by Gale Business: Insights

Recorded on 06/12/2023
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 325

In the second episode of this four-part series, Barbie Keiser, information resources management (IRM) consultant and Reference and Instruction Librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, considers broader market forces impacting scholarly communication. To start, she discusses the evolution in dissemination and promotional strategies by vendors, publishers, and technology companies. Spotlighting current examples in publishing and educational tech, Barbie chats about initiatives like advancing web design, incorporating multi-media formats, and enhancing data analytics services. In addition, Barbie reflects on how authorship has transformed and the ways in which librarians have worked to meet those changes. She highlights the library’s role in ScholComm by helping researchers choose a publisher, find open access options, and make content accessible for the general public through infographics and press releases.

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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