Senior Librarian Appointed as Librarian Liaison to the Knight Campus

Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, Kenneth M. and Kenda H. Singer Science Librarian for PSC, will serve as the Librarian Liaison to the Knight Campus

Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, Science Librarian

The recent grand opening of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact launches the University of Oregon into the realms of applied and translational research and development.

Announced in 2016 with a $500-million lead gift from Phil and Penny Knight, the Knight Campus is designed to accelerate the cycle of translating scientific discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. Rooted in the University of Oregon’s 60-year history of interdisciplinary collaboration, the Knight Campus catalyzes new research opportunities, forges partnerships with industrial and clinical practitioners, and provides integrated experiential training for the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs.

In support of that effort, Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, a senior librarian at the Allan Price Science Commons (PSC) and Research Library, has been appointed by Interim Dean Mark Watson as the Librarian Liaison to the Knight Campus. This new role will be in addition to Zeidman-Karpinski’s current job as the Kenneth M. and Kenda H. Singer Science Librarian for the PSC, where she specializes in Chemistry and Human Physiology.

For Zeidman-Karpinski, serving as the Librarian Liaison to the Knight Campus is a natural fit. She has worked for several years with the Bioinformatics and Genomics Master’s Program, part of the Knight Campus’ Graduate Internship Program.

This past year, Zeidman-Karpinski worked with Rayne Vieger, eLearning & Open Educational Resource Librarian, to help the program’s instructors set up and navigate remote learning through Canvas and to implement other innovative tools for on-line education.

“I was able to facilitate remote teaching in COVID-19 times with the training that I got from my colleague to help these instructors and, at the same time, be somebody that they can consult with on strategies for remote teaching and learning,” said Zeidman-Karpinski.

Additionally, Zeidman-Karpinski played an instrumental role in planning and implementing Impact Week, a new Knight Campus orientation program for incoming graduate students.

Hosting such an orientation during a pandemic and the local wildfires represented many challenges. “If it needed to happen, we did it,” said Zeidman-Karpinski. “[As part of the team,] I did everything from helping with virtual tours to leading a session on library resources for graduate students. It was pretty fun to figure out the logistics of it all." As part of the Impact Team for Impact Week, she even went as far as giving a personal virtual tour with her iPad to one student who couldn’t attend in-person.

Zeidman-Karpinski also helped plan and organize the research poster session for the virtual 2020 Oregon Bioengineering Symposium. This was the first time that the Knight Campus hosted the symposium. This included helping presenters convey their findings during the virtual poster session convened via SpacialChat.

“We helped with how the posters should be laid out to take advantage of the virtual setting and how to infuse more of the researcher's science story into the posters,” said Zeidman-Karpinski. “I hope in the future we will be able to help more scientists with finding the tools and resources they need to communicate the impact of their work.”

Zeidman-Karpinski’s role as Librarian Liaison to the Knight Campus includes connecting students and faculty studying within the Knight Campus to research resources all throughout campus, especially within UO Libraries.

“I’m a people person; I enjoy connecting people, and that’s what I believe I do really well,” said Zeidman-Karpinski. “I’m hoping with this new role I’ll be able to do that for the Knight Campus and UO Libraries.”

Going forward, Zeidman-Karpinski is excited to support graduate students in their research processes.

“Research is an iterative process,” said Zeidman-Karpinski. “So, I hope I’ll get to help graduate students as they go through the process of learning how to do research in greater and greater depth in their fields.”

With that in mind, she has high hopes not only for what the mission of the Knight Campus sets out to accomplish, but also for what kind of innovative research will ultimately come out of this new addition to the University of Oregon.

“I’m a firm believer in using the right tool for the job, so I’m excited to come up with better tools,” said Zeidman-Karpinski. “I aim to enhance the excellent research taking place on the Knight Campus with the most efficient ways of finding information, as well as the most accurate and complete picture of the information that’s available.”

Ultimately, Zeidman-Karpinski is thrilled to expand her current role at Price Science Commons with hopes of strengthening the relationship between UO libraries and the Knight Campus.

- by Kenzie Hudler, Social Media Writing Assistant, UO Libraries