We are proud to announce the three winners of the 2017 JoVE Librarian Travel Award. These librarians advocate for reproducibility at their institution and will be headed to the Charleston Conference this November with a $1,500 travel stipend.
Click on the winners to read their Q&A Interview
In line with JoVE’s mission to provide video resources that help scientists’ research be more reproducible, this year we celebrated librarians who are educating their patrons about the information, services, and tools that maximize reproducible research. The award was created this year – in 2017 – as a celebration of the company’s 10th year anniversary and our commitment to scientific advancement. Our first cohort of award-winners was announced this spring and attended the MLA’17 conference.
Why should librarians care about research reproducibility?
Franklin Sayre: “Reproducibility is a core part of the scientific method, and the current reproducibility ‘crisis’ has consequences for the extent to which our students, faculty, and the public at large can trust experimental results. Our faculty builds on these results with their own research, and our students and the public use these results for everything from public policy to patient care. As information experts, librarians have a responsibility to help users understand systematic biases and problems with the scientific literature.”
Cynthia Thomes: “Librarians are uniquely positioned to help support research reproducibility since many of us have contacts in many of the different communities involved in the research process. We work with faculty and students on a regular basis, so we know the problems that they encounter in trying to get their studies run in the first place and in interpreting the results of their studies, etc.”
How can librarians get started on the topic?
Luti Salisbury: “Start by reading the papers in this areas to understand the problem, attend conference sessions where this issue is discussed and then use the information gathered to start the discussion at the local level.”
Recommended reading list from our winners:
- Many scientific studies can’t be replicated. That’s a problem.
- Is there a reproducibility crisis?
- What does research reproducibility mean?
- Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science
- A manifesto for reproducible science