The OVPR had neither the personnel nor the infrastructure to conduct such training sessions for a campus community of over 50,000 people.
* Communication networks: The OVPR regularly communicates with many groups potentially interested in identifying funding opportunities
* Existing relationships: The strong link between the OVPR and the University's Graduate School is especially helpful in reaching the potential audiences of graduate students, Directors of Graduate Studies, and postdocs.
Our first joint task was to evaluate the existing workshop's ability to meet the needs of the OVPR's initiative.
Although grant proposal preparation was not a topic, we highlighted a collection of web-based resources, selected by the OVPR, that support the grant writing process.
During the initial offerings of the workshop, a representative from the OVPR attended each session in order to field questions and fill in information, but as the sessions became more popular and workshop frequency increased, his regular attendance was no longer possible.
* creating more practical handouts and posting these on the OVPR's Web site (see http://www.collaborate.umn.edu/explore/searching.html);
The popularity of the grants sessions was due in large part to promotion by the OVPR, through a prominent advertisement on their Web site, and in orientation sessions for new faculty.
Workshop attendees are now predominantly graduate students, and their needs and questions present areas of further work for the workshop instructors and the OVPR. For example, some international students wish to limit their searches to those opportunities available to non-U.S.
The librarians involved in the initial work with the OVPR staffed the three large science libraries on campus: the Bio-Medical Library, the Magrath Library (with a focus on agriculture, ecology and life sciences), and the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library.
In addition to conducting training sessions, the authors helped the OVPR staff to evaluate additional databases to add to the pool of resources, an outgrowth of our collaborations on the training sessions, and provided extensive input to the OVPR about the organization and description of features of its CRS Website
With the help of the OVPR, these librarians presented a well-received workshop on academic publishing issues, including copyright and author's rights.