Library departments represented at the Research Fair

Mar 10, 2021 · Nacuya Rucker

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Iowa State University Research Day program will return March 23-25, 2021, as a multi-day, webinar-based experience. If you are in pursuit of a new collaboration or innovative opportunity to advance your research or enhance the student experience, we encourage you to attend our Resource Fair breakout session. 

On Wed., March 24, 1:30-2 p.m. and Thurs., March 25, 9:30-10 a.m., Iowa State students, faculty, and staff will gain insight on new and growing library services, interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities, and resources available to advance research across our institution and state. To learn more about our topics, have a look at the briefs below. 

To register for Research Day and the Resource Fair (as an attendee), click here. Each unit will have its own Zoom room, and the link will be provided after registration. Can’t attend? Contact our presenters directly via email to discover your next pathway with the University Library and receive a PDF with additional information about their unit.

Unit: Datashare

Presenter: Megan O’Donnell, Data Services Librarian (

Drop in to learn how DataShare, ISU’s open access data repository, can make your research more accessible, meaningful, and visible! Get a tour of DataShare, ask how to write an awesome data management plan, and learn about training opportunities. Members of our Research Data Services team, which include O’Donnell and Katie Wampole, residency librarian, will be available at both Resource Fair sessions.


Unit: Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI)

Presenter: Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Scholarship & Initiatives Department Head (

Do you have an idea that will take your research to another level but don’t know how to do it? Digital Scholarship & Initiatives provides the opportunity to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff with a range of expertise from web development, mapping, text mining, course development, databases, and much more, all in one place. DSI staff are here to help make your research digital, sustainable, and more engaging. We can help scope and plan a digital project that will make an impact on your teaching and learning, and turn your traditional research paper into something more exciting. All you need is an idea.


Unit: Digital Repository

Presenter: Hope Craft, Digital Repository Specialist (

Big changes are coming to the ISU Digital Repository – the university’s hub for free and open access to scholarly and creative works, research, publications, and reports by students, faculty, staff, and administrative units. Whether you are a long-time user or this is the first time you have heard about the repository, come learn about how it can help increase the visibility and impact of your scholarship and all the new features and functionalities of our new DSpace repository.


Unit: Research and Instruction

Presenter: Lorrie Pellack, Research and Instruction Interim Associate Dean and Research Services Department Head (

What can your librarian do for you? Librarians are researchers, information experts, instructors, and part-time detectives. They assist researchers and scholars with a wide variety of problems each day — from recommending databases to tracking down that hard-to-find paper, they’ll get you what you need. Each semester, we equip the Iowa State community with essential research skills and information, including copyright best practices, open access strategies, and EndNote training. Whether you need a quick brush-up or an in-depth walkthrough, we are here for you!


Unit: Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA)

Presenters (images below l to r):

-Greg Bailey, University Archivist (

-Amy Bishop, Rare Books and Manuscripts Archivist (

-Daniel Hartwig, SCUA Department Head (

-Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist (

Come discover how you can incorporate archival resources into your teaching, learning, and research at Iowa State. Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is home to Iowa State's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records, and other historical documents. Our collections cover a large range of areas, including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, engineering, technology, and ISU history. We teach primary source literacy and are committed to supporting innovative scholarship, including, mass digitization, exhibitions, lectures, presentations, film screenings, workshops, oral history, and more. If you have thoughts on how you might too collaborate with us, or just want to hear about our current projects, please stop by.