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1. A new frontier for open access: IRs and small scholarly journals?
Speaker: Julie Kelly, University of Minnesota Libraries
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication
Every discipline has a collection of small scholarly journals, often published by societies. They may not have high impact factors or wide circulation but academic researchers serve as their authors, editors, and reviewers. They often cover niche topics (think Journal of Food Distribution Research) and many have been published for decades. In the subdiscipline of agricultural economics, the subject repository AgEcon Search houses over 90 of these small journals, working closely with the societies to make the journals available. Most have a less-than-robust Web presence elsewhere, but an academic repository offers benefits, including preservation and high rankings in Google and Google Scholar. Since not every discipline has a subject repository, institutional repositories are an alternative to commercial publishers. Institutions could select a subject area which has a strong program on their campus and pursue the journals, working with them to digitize material that was not born digital.

2. A Simple Technique for Assessing the Worldwide Impact of Scholarship
Speaker: A. Ben Wagner, University at Buffalo
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication
Scholars increasingly asked to demonstrate the impact of their research throughout the world. Using the Web of Science Analyze feature, I will show a simple technique to download the country of origin of citing papers of a scholar’s publications into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet data can then be used to create a chart or geospatial map.

3. Coloring outside the Information Literacy Lines: the Art Library Coloring Book
Speaker: Megan Lotts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning
In the 21st century a resurgence in coloring has been sweeping the nation. Coloring books are no longer materials for children, and coloring related events can be found in many public and academic libraries.  Although coloring books are often seen as a medium used to relax, they can also be used as a medium to educate.  The Art Library Coloring Book was created to connect with individuals with whom the Librarian is a liaison, to educate individuals about the possibilities available within an academic library, all while being creative and having fun. The Art Library Coloring Book was designed by an artist/academic librarian and a run of 500 booklets were made. Takers of the art library coloring book were invited to submit their artistic creations to the libraries social media sites.

4. Creating Interesting Library & Archival Displays for Next to Nothing
Speaker: Corbin Taggart, Southern Nazarene University
Primary Tag: Special Collections/Archives
This lightning talk will feature quick and simple ways to utilize commonly accessible materials in libraries to create 3D displays for new books, archival displays, and other library needs.  The purpose of this is to inspire self-proclaimed ‘un-creative’ individuals to create eye-catching, informative and interesting displays with materials that one might already have. The displays created are made from everyday objects, utilizing regular copy machines, hot glue, glue sticks, etc.  I will include photographs of sample displays I have made, and discuss simple techniques for using archival photos to create displays, and simple basics of creating visually appealing displays, that are useful to both librarians and archivists alike.

5. Developing Your Negotiation Skills
Speaker: Claire Dygert, CDygert Solutions, LLC
Primary Tag: Professional/Staff Development
Librarians aren’t trained to negotiate with vendors, and good negotiation skills can only come with training and experience.  This talk will discuss the importance of developing negotiation skills, and how librarians can use these skills to improve relationships with vendors and gain more favorable pricing and licensing terms from vendors.  The presenter will draw upon her twenty years of experience in negotiating e-resources contracts with vendors, including the negotiation of large statewide e-journal packages and other STEM materials.  She will discuss the importance of planning for negotiations, strategies for building leverage, and effective negotiation techniques. Attendees will take-away tips that they can begin to employ immediately at their home institutions.

6. Fabio: A Work of Art, from the Stacks to the Studio
Speaker: Andrea Briggs, McDaniel College
Primary Tag: Special Collections/Archives
This lightning talk will illustrate obstacles and opportunities encountered through managing a unique special collection of popular genre fiction with limited resources, adjusting collection development priorities to fit changing library needs. It will show that a small liberal arts college library can successfully promote a niche special collection that is useful not only to the college and scholarly community, but to a wider audience through outreach programming and collaboration with faculty from unexpected departments.

7. From features to benefits: talking about special collections impacts
Speaker: Bridget Burke, University of Wyoming
Primary Tag: Outreach
In five minutes I will outline a shift from talking about special collections as things that we hold (features), to talking about special collections as agents of change, sparks for interdisciplinary dialogue, and sites of performance (benefits). A brief summary of features-based and benefits-based marketing will be followed by stories about three projects: work with Native Alaskans on cultural repatriation; the performance of early liturgical music from an original 16th c. score, and student-curated exhibition work with comic books. The presentation will conclude with why four words–fixity, custody, visibility, and dialogue– deserve special interrogation as we think about impactful collections-based activities.

8. Fulcrum: A Library-based Platform for Publishing Digital Scholarship
Speaker: Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication
Fulcrum is a new library-built publishing platform leveraging Hydra/Fedora data repository development to make the library-run presses (incl. university presses) distinctive publishing partners for humanities scholars. All faculty members are now digital scholars and they want to make the electronic files they have produced and gathered during their research available alongside their publications. This means making those files durable and discoverable, and those are two things that libraries are uniquely positioned to accomplish. Because one size does not fit all, the flexibility of Hydra’s open source software is so important. WordPress? Not durable. Scalar? Not discoverable. Atypon? Not flexible. Meet Fulcrum, the library solution that makes publishing digital scholarship safe for humanists.

9. How an engineering project helped a collections librarian uncover usage of reference materials
Speaker: Caroline Muglia, University of Southern California
Primary Tag: Collections
Librarians experience the data deluge everyday. Inquiring about usage and ROI are becoming a common part of the collection development process. But, what how do we evaluate the materials without metrics? Non-circulating print materials represent a blind spot in this arena. At USC Libraries, materials like reference books and journals do not circulate, which means we have no circulation metrics associated with these titles and cannot answer some basic questions including: Is this reference book worth keeping? These materials occupy coveted shelf space in libraries and repositories. In an attempt to derive statistics of these materials, I teamed up with a PhD student in Engineering to build a camera and develop an algorithm to track usage of a sampling of materials in our flagship library, adding metrics to a set of resources that previously never produced them. These findings are being applied in 3 ways: weeding, comparison, and space needs.

10. Incentivizing ORCID iD Sign-Ups Among Faculty and Graduate Students with Gourmet Cookies
Speaker: Christina Chan-Park, Baylor University
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) maintains a global registry of unique identifiers for researchers and allows them to associate their ORCID ids with different name variants as well as education and work history, funding received, and research/creative works.  Unique ORCID ids allow researchers to distinguish themselves from others and maximize their research measurement impact.  However, individuals must sign up individually for a free ORCID iD. In Spring 2015 librarians at a private research university with approximately 14,000 undergraduates, 2500 graduates students, and 1000 faculty led a campaign to promote ORCID and encourage voluntary sign-ups.  The libraries gave away free gourmet cookies branded with the ORCID logo to over 230 researchers when they signed up for ORCID ids at stations positioned near prime lunch spots over the course of three days.  This campaign was cost-effective and low-tech and can be adapted to most academic institutions.

11. Librarians’ experiences of copyright in their professional lives
Speaker: Jane Secker, CILIP Information Literacy Group / LSE
Primary Tag: Professional/Staff Development
Drawing on research from the UK, including interviews and a multi-national survey this talk will highlight how librarians’ experience copyright in their professional lives. It will consider why copyright causes anxiety and fear, the role of copyright experts and why teaching copyright as part of information literacy is so important. Librarians are not compliance officers, yet why does copyright cause many to feel conflicted and what can be done about it? The talk will outline a new approach to copyright education that the authors hope to develop for UK librarians. This course will support librarians’ own professional development, but will also help librarians to teach library users about copyright in a way that is both empowering and liberating. The authors will also discuss Copyright Card Game, which is a games-based learning approach to teaching librarians about copyright, which is currently being adapted for US copyright law.

12. LinkedIn @ the Library: How we sustained a microgrant project
Speaker: Ariana Santiago, University of Houston
Primary Tag: Outreach
In 2015, the University of Houston Libraries hosted LinkedIn @ the Library, an event where students were able to have their LinkedIn profiles reviewed by staff volunteers, gain professional networking advice, and get professional portraits taken. The team that initially launched this event was able to do so with funding from the libraries’ Microgrant Program, which is designed to foster the creation of new and innovative initiatives. LinkedIn @ the Library was well-attended and met with excitement from students and staff, however, repeating the event would mean doing so without the funding previously awarded from the microgrant. This lightning talk will share how the UH Libraries sustained this innovative project and fostered collaboration with University Career Services.

13. Neutrality Bias: Examining our complicity in Librarian Instruction
Speaker: Nancy Noe, Auburn University
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning
“Neutrality” and “Objectivity” are not the same thing and by not recognizing the differences, or conflating the two concepts, librarians may unknowingly be contributing to neutrality bias and imparting the same to students during library instruction.  This lightning talk with define “neutrality bias” clearly, describe how it impacts students views on information, provide examples of how librarians may be propagating this particular bias, and provide attendees with strategies for addressing neutrality bias in their library instruction.

14. Open Access’ dark corners
Speaker: Robert Hudson, Upper Iowa University
Primary Tag: Reference
Online piracy of academic materials and predatory journals are both unexpected developments in the open access movement. The session idea is to describe this grey area of open access with ethical and legal issues for researchers. For example, websites like Library Genesis offered more than a million popular books without charge from a location in Kazakhstan. Additionally, predatory publishers hid behind open access to de-fraud authors and scholars with practices that were unethical and are detailed in Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2016. Both of these practices continue to grow and so future trends will also be discussed.

15. Promoting Diversity, Special Collections, Scholarly Activism: Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thons and 9066 Exhibit at Fresno State
Speaker: Raymond Pun, California State University, Fresno – Henry Madden Library
Primary Tag: Outreach
This lightning presentation covers how one university engaged the community in a Wikipedia-Edit-Athon program through its resources from special collections, archival materials and exhibits on the memory of 9066 in Spring 2017.  The exhibit commemorates the 71st anniversary of the searing part of U.S. history when the U.S. government incarcerated 100,000 Japanese Americans from 1942-1946 under the Executive Order known as 9066. This Wikipedia-Edit-Athon invited participants to create and enhance new entries on the lives of incarcerated Japanese Americans by shedding light to the material cultures and artifacts, genealogy and the local history of this community that had many camps during the order. The lightning talk will share how librarians collaborated with academic departments, and campus and community partners to promote scholarly and digital activism by bringing diversity and marginalized voices from the past into Wikipedia entries through reference tools, special collections and library exhibits.

16. Promoting the Library Through Food Truck Fun
Speaker: Candace Moorer, Medical University of South Carolina
Primary Tag: Outreach
Objective: To demonstrate how the library has raised awareness of services and resources through weekly games at library-sponsored food trucks. Methods: In today’s current library landscape we need to be where our users are in order to help, serve, and disseminate information. But what if some of our potential users aren’t sure the purpose of the library and what it can do for them? What better way to promote the library than to a captive audience waiting in line for food at local food trucks on campus? The library sponsors food trucks every Wednesday. We built on this success by starting a fun marketing program called “Food Truck Fun.” Each week, we play a game in front of the food trucks. These games are themed (based on holiday, campus event) and/or highlight a library resource, service, exhibit, and often include supplemental handouts. Each week, everyone who plays the game –

17. Pyre or Vault?: Creative Stewardship of Circulating Collections
Speaker: Christopher Caldwell, University of Tennessee – Knoxvile
Primary Tag: Collections
Long-overdue collections maintenance can lead to frustrated staff and teetering, dangerous shelves. But hasty weeding decisions can result in unprecedented woes such as cultural loss and missed opportunities for development. Learn how a humanities librarian is collaborating with multiple departments in an academic library to quickly assess and address crowding woes while also attempting to give “redundant” print collections new roles in teaching, alternative collection-building, and even financial development.

18. Reaching University Students via Partnerships with Non-academic Departments
Speaker: Joan Serpico, Rider University
Primary Tag: Outreach
How do academic libraries reach the college student who does not seek assistance from the library but needs it?  We know that students are sometimes reluctant to ask their campus librarians for help. Collaborations with non-academic departments can help. As a result of these mutually beneficial partnerships, use of library resources and the number of students served increases. The alliances can also result in an improved standing of the library in the campus community. Examples of successful partnerships and results will be provided.

19. Research Reflection through Informal Writing
Speaker: Gina Kessler Lee, Saint Mary’s College of California
Primary Tag: Outreach
In 2015-2016, librarians were invited to participate in two workshops for Composition faculty on informal writing. At first, we librarians were unsure what connections we might make between informal writing and information literacy; after all, the nature of informal writing is that it doesn’t require research. But soon we realized that the metacognitive and low-stakes emphasis of informal writing could be a powerful way to get students to reflect on their research topics and practices. In the workshop, faculty energetically brainstormed dozens of informal writing prompts they could use to get students to open up about research. In turn, we librarians were inspired to incorporate informal writing into our library sessions more frequently, and our sessions have benefited from this practice. Our experience demonstrates how research-related informal writing can benefit library instruction as well as empower faculty to get their students thinking about research in new ways.

20. Reverse Engineering a Playdough Machine to Teach to the Frameworks
Speaker: Laura Robinson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning
Undergraduate engineering students want to get their hands dirty. They enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together better than before.  Instruction librarians can take advantage of this playfulness to illustrate critical information literacy and lifelong learning skills. When it comes to their future careers engineers will rely heavily on the framework concept that information is constructed and contextual.  They will be challenged to seek a myriad of technical resources, understand their market, listen to multiple stakeholder needs, and ideally consider potential societal and environmental impacts of their work. This lightening talk will illustrate how challenging students to reflect on deconstructing a playdough machine is an effective and engaging way to teach how to critically consider and contextualize a variety of traditional and non-traditional information sources.

21. Speed-Geeking:  Introducing Graduate Students to Library Services
Speaker: Christina Chan-Park, Baylor University
Primary Tag: Outreach
A riff on speed-dating, speed-geeking consists of six short presentations on library-related topics.  Students are assigned to their first 5-minute session and then move in groups sequentially around the room to see all the presentations.  Using large video monitors, the speakers present a service or tool.  The topics are relevant to graduate students and fall into three categories:  finding resources, organizing research, and publishing. Speed-geeking effectively and quickly informs graduate students about library services and tools that are important to them. It also encourages students to attend more in-depth library training sessions. With a mix of topics that are different each year, speed-geeking appeals to both new and returning graduate students. The short presentations keep the students engaged and help maintain an informal atmosphere.  Our institution uses speed geeking during an annual graduate student reception, but speed-geeking can be adapted to fit situations from formal orientations to informal socials.

22. Taking it to the (Virtual) Streets: Reaching students and Faculty where they “live”
Speaker: Doris Van Kampen-Breit, Saint Leo University
Primary Tag: Outreach
January 2017, Saint Leo University went live with a new Integrated Student Learning System that includes LionsShare, an academic and social space for students, staff, and faculty. Using this interface, the librarians at Saint Leo University are reaching out to students who have not made an effort to formally contact the library, but have made comments about an information need, such as locating resources, narrowing topics, accessing their online course and using assigned readings, research frustrations, and more. Instead of waiting for students to reach out to the reference desk or other library support, we are monitoring the space to reach out to them. While this effort is in its early stages, the initial, informal feedback indicates there is a need for this service, especially among students who might not otherwise ask for help.

23. The Inquiry Worksheet: Helping Students Integrate Sources
Speaker: Gina Calia-Lotz, Harford Community College
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning
Laura Fox, Associate Professor of English, and Gina Calia-Lotz, Instructional Services Librarian, collaborated in redesigning Fox’s English 101 course to improve students’ research and analysis skills, using the concept of “Research as Inquiry” from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.  The “piece de resistance” of this course redesign was the “Inquiry Worksheet.” These worksheets were designed to guide students through the process of selecting quotes from outside sources, summarizing information from these quotes, providing a bibliographic as well as in-text citation for each quote, and, with the help of a series of questions, analyzing and responding to these quotes. The resulting papers showed a marked improvement in students’ integration of source material and on drawing inferences from and establishing relationships between evidence and their theses. Many students commented in their final evaluations that they actually “had fun” and enjoyed writing their papers, and that the worksheets helped them significantly.

24. The Library Learning Narrative: A Pilot Project to Capture Learning Outcomes at the Reference Desk
Speaker: Beth Hendrix, University of idaho
Primary Tag: Reference
Libraries often gather quantitative data about reference desk interactions, but conventional measures do little to connect to learning that can occur during reference encounters. Without evidence, it is difficult for libraries to say that reference encounters contribute to campus learning outcomes. This lightning talk outlines a pilot project to redesign the reference service’s assessment instrument to highlight student learning activities such as how to evaluate resources, correctly cite materials, or other information literacy skills. The project introduces a simple yet innovative method of collecting evidence at the reference desk to better articulate the library’s impact to educational partners and stakeholders.

25. The Library Within: Creating Pop-up Reading Rooms
Speaker: Miriam Neptune, Smith College
Primary Tag: Outreach
Pop up reading rooms can be an opportunity to curate mini-collections of materials across a theme, and to create a space that is responsive to users. After hosting Bekezela Mguni’s Black Unicorn Reading Room in 2016, we have continued to experiment with pop ups to create intimate and dynamic spaces that welcome specific communities to form around themes such as intergenerational activism, our new library design, and the scholarship of women of color. We’re learning how pop-ups can be a vehicle for participatory design, collection-building, and authentic outreach.

26. The Whiteboard: Creating Daring Space for Library Engagement
Speaker: Tavish Bell, College of Southern Nevada
Primary Tag: Outreach
In the myriad of education technologies within the library, how many are designed to help us listen better to students? One of the most meaningful ways libraries extend community is through creating space for individuals to speak. Discover how a simple whiteboard with weekly discussion questions on relevant social issues blurs hierarchical boundaries and relationships to foster more honest civic discourse. The ability to write and respond anonymously brings students’ needs, knowledge, and perspectives to the fore while increasing the visibility of the library as a safe(r) space.

27. They want their baked potatoes loaded: Outreach to Res Life through a program menu
Speaker: Jennifer Park, Mount Saint Mary College
Primary Tag: Outreach
In order to further library outreach efforts to students outside the classroom, focus was placed on reaching out to Resident Assistants (RA) through Residence Life at Mount Saint Mary College. A program menu was created to promote possible presentation topics. Each topic showcased an aspect of the library’s services and/or collection. Program titles and details listed in a campy diner menu format were presented to new incoming RAs. Whereas previous outreach to Residence Life was met with little success, the semester following the inception of the program menu not only saw a sharp increase in RA-driven library programs, but also strong attendance at these programs. The presenter will showcase the program menu, discuss why the menu resonated with the Resident Assistants, provide the most popular topics, and touch upon current and future collaborations that have resulted from this creative approach.

28. This talk gives me anxiety: Outing myself as a first-generation academic
Speaker: Lindsay O’Neill, California State University, Fullerton
Primary Tag: Professional/Staff Development
Working as an academic feels like I’ve betrayed my working-class roots. My dad was a truck driver, my mom was a secretary, and my sister is a waitress. I’m the only person in my family to have a college degree, let alone two graduate degrees. Academia is a strange world where you don’t have “coworkers,” you have “colleagues.” My work is largely self-directed and desk-based, a far cry from my previous jobs loading trucks, shoveling snow, or bussing tables. I think it’s very strange that you take your kids on college tours. I’m incredulous that you have relatives that are doctors. I’m amazed that you’ve traveled abroad so much that you assume I have, too. I feel out of place, though I look like I belong. In this talk, I will share my experience in the hope that other first-generation academics will feel less alone.

29. UX? We Answer! The Library as a Nexus for Inclusion
Speaker: Taylor McNeir, Marquette University, Raynor Memorial Libraries
Primary Tag: Assessment
Take a moment to ask yourself: is your library friendly? This is a question that librarians don’t often think about, but the answer has a significant impact on your students and campus communities. Library space can directly influence how your users experience library resources, and each other! It is our unique job as librarians to not only provide intuitive access to these resources, but foster an environment of collaboration, inclusion, and a safe space for inquiry. So, how do you measure library friendliness, and how can you make positive changes? Learn 5 simple, effective (and affordable) ways in which you can turn any library into a friendlier space for all students and community members.

30. Visualizing Library Instruction Across the Curriculum
Speaker: Gina Kessler Lee, Saint Mary’s College of California
Primary Tag: Assessment
Our instruction librarians manage and scaffold information literacy content within their own discipline-specific courses. However, since students take classes across the departments, not just in their major, it became evident that some students were getting as many as five library sessions in a year, while others were getting none. We asked ourselves, how do we paint a fuller picture of library instruction across the curriculum, in order to better distribute and scaffold our teaching? Partnering with the College’s Office of Institutional Research, we used the data visualization software Tableau to correlate our instruction data with student course registration data, allowing us to see how our instruction is distributed across a student’s’ actual course load. With this visualization, we can more strategically deploy our instruction moving forward, and avoid student library session fatigue.