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A guide to understanding what is an ORCID, why researchers should be interested and how to obtain one of these unique identifiers.

"Helping researchers compile and track their publications and other research products is a key research support service provided by librarians." 

Akers, Sarkozy, Wu and Slyman (2016)

About this section

This section is meant to help Liaison Librarians at McGill University become more familiar and confortable with supporting their faculty and students with questions regarding ORCID iD. 

Note: this page is still being compiled and will include two additional section :

  1. Ready-to-go PPT presentations that can be used and adapted to different liaison librarian needs
  2. Online and video tutorials to help liaison librarians better familiar themselves with ORCID

If you have any suggestions on ORCID iD training materials, tutorials, videos, etc., please do not hesitate to communicate with Michael David MILLER, Acting Librarian for Scholarly Communication. 

Librarians and ORCID iD

Here are some first steps in supporting the faculty in your assigned liaison areas:

  1. Create and populate your own ORCID iD Profile: this process will help familiarize yourselves with the initial set-up of an ORCID iD Profile.
  2. Add your ORCID iD Profile link to your Librarian profile page and to your email signature
  3. If you have works in eScholarship, ask to add your ORCID iD to your publications

These three simple steps help you lead by example and will make you more confortable talking about ORCID iD with your researchers and graduate students. 

Ready PowerPoint Presentations

Guide on Impact Measurements

LIS Publications

Craft, A. R. (2020). Electronic resources forum - managing researcher identity: tools for researchers and librarians. Serials Review46(1), 44–49. Access via the Sofia Catalogue.

Akers, K. G., Sarkozy, A., Wu, W., & Slyman, A. (2016). Orcid author identifiers: a primer for librarians. Medical Reference Services Quarterly35(2), 135–144. Access via the Sofia Catalogue

Rosenzweig, M., & Schnitzer, A. E. (2015). An initiative to address name ambiguity: implementing orcid at a large academic institution. College & Research Libraries News76(5), 260–264. Access via the Sofia Catalogue


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