Program Session

11 - Working Together to Advance Scientific Inquiry: Successful Partnerships Between a University's Libraries and Translational Research Center

Sunday, May 28
3:55 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: 612

Objective: Provide an overview on the development of a collaborative relationship between Virginia Commonwealth University’s libraries and translational research center to more deeply engage the university community in opportunities for scientific inquiry and discovery through co-sponsored activities and events. 

Methods: VCU Libraries’ core values include advancing health information research and encouraging collaboration with and between the communities served. We have closely partnered with our Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research to launch new programs and coordinate events to advance these values. Over the last few years, our joint accomplishments include launching an annual workshop of hands-on bioinformatics sessions, co-taught by librarians and bioinformatics specialists; initiating a fall speaker series, where selected postdoctoral researchers are given an opportunity to teach health sciences topics to multidisciplinary audiences; coordinating an experimental three-way speed networking event for clinicians, scientists, and engineers; and inviting speakers to educate the academic community on various research and education topics. Attendee evaluations of these programs and events will be discussed to assess the outcome of the partnership and explore further areas for collaboration.

Results: Based on an overall assessment of survey results, the co-sponsored programs and events appear to be fairly well received and successful in achieving their objectives. This partnership allows both organizations to share the workload, increase their marketing reach, and utilize different skillsets and knowledge for the common purpose of furthering health sciences research.

Conclusion: This partnership contributes to the goals of both organizations and, subsequently, to the university as a whole. The partner organizations plan to continue this collaboration and explore new ways to educate and support the academic health sciences community together.

Keywords: collaboration, partnerships, translational research



Program Session

Karen Gau

Research and Education Librarian
Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
Richmond, Virginia

Karen H. Gau, MLIS, AHIP, is the Health Sciences Collections Librarian at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. Prior to working in collections, she worked with the basic sciences departments in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine, as well as the university's Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

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