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Going back to work: How supervisors can support new mothers as they transition back to the library
Returning to work after becoming a mother is a crucial psychological developmental transition (Wiese & Heidemeier, 2012). For many new mothers, the transition is challenging and may lead them to question their career. The field of librarianship is 79 percent female (Department for Professional Employees AFL-CIO, 2018); this places libraries in a distinct position to support mothers as they return to the workplace. This presentation will outline some of the ways in which a manager can support new mothers and parents. Some of which include: advocating for better maternity and paternity policies; making a family friendly work environment; allowing flexible work schedules and job sharing; establishing a baby-at-work program; and creating a transition that eases the employee back into work after leave. For a supervisor, creating a positive transition experience is crucial for retaining employees. Libraries can set an example for other professions on how to support new parents.
Speaker: Emily Swanson, Westminster College
Primary Tag: Administration, Management, and Leadership

Deploying Tableau for Visualizing Library Assessment Data
Incorporating data visualization into your skill set is an absolute necessity for librarians actively engaged in their library’s assessment activities. Data visualization is a great way to share findings—especially when presenting to administrators who do not have the time to wade through complex spreadsheets. Importantly, when you visualize data in graphs, the complexity wrought by the size of your data set is nullified and important data trends become much easier to spot. There are several software platforms that support data visualization, Tableau being one of the more popular and innovative options. In this lighting talk, the basics of Tableau, as well as tips for its effective deployment as a data visualization solution within your library assessment toolkit, will be discussed. From set up, to linking data, to creating and sharing visualizations, this talk will provide the practical information you need to get you started.
Speaker: Kevin Walker, The University of Alabama
Primary Tag: Assessment

Using Small Grants to Make the Library a Driver of College & Career Access and Affordability
Every semester hundreds of students come to the library searching for their course textbooks because they cannot afford to purchase or rent these required course materials. Like many academic librarians, we believe that making course texts freely available is of tremendous benefit to our students, for reasons including expanding educational access and affordability, social justice, and sustainability.

SUNY Polytechnic’s shrinking collection budget, however, does not provide a sustainable solution. Or does it?

A small grant allowed us to purchase 23 textbooks during the 2017-18 academic year, and our circulation of reserve materials doubled.  Remarkably, though, it wasn’t the texts that we purchased that were the most heavily used. Ebooks already in the library collection, made easily discoverable through our extensive textbook marketing campaign, were used most often.

What this surprise says about the discoverability of existing library resources is a question with which we continue to struggle.
Speaker: Rebecca Hewitt, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Primary Tag: Collections

How Much Fun Can You Have at a Library Program? More Than You Think!
Find out how one academic library at a small commuter campus found a way to support student engagement and success through innovative programming! In line with the conference theme “Recasting the Narrative,” you’ll see how we moved beyond traditional instruction, research assistance, and information literacy workshops to expand the role of the library, providing opportunities for students to connect with faculty, staff, and each other outside of the classroom.

Our programs proved to be an excellent way to connect with international and commuter students. Many students established meaningful and supportive relationships through participating in these events, crediting the library with helping them develop a sense of belonging on campus.

You’ll experience the excitement of these events and see how we engaged students with library resources and with diverse groups of people in order to spark curiosity and complement classroom learning. Come see how we replicated research, celebrated, collaborated, and connected!
Speaker: Barbara Eshbach, Penn State York
Primary Tag: Outreach

Surfacing and Evolving the Libraries’ Research Support and Engagement Strategies
The rise of interdisciplinarity in research has led to rapid change across the disciplines and new challenges for libraries to provide research support . While libraries do much to support these needs, our continued success depends not only on providing this support, but also on making our collections, spaces, technology, services, and expertise easy to access and evident at the point of need.

To address this challenge we carried out two separate research efforts using the semi-structured interview method. We conducted hour long face-to-face interviews with faculty and student researchers across campus to discover unmet needs of researchers and develop new forms of outreach to better promote and deliver research support at the point of need .

This lightning talk will briefly introduce our premise and methods and spend the majority of the time discussing our results and recommendations.
Speaker: Colin Nickels, North Carolina State University
Primary Tag: Outreach

Encouraging racial justice activism on a predominantly white campus
Dr. Beverly Tatem’s book, “Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”, describes a theory of racial-ethnic-cultural identity development for Black people as well as White people. We already have a few groups on campus to support racial-ethnic-cultural identity development of Black students at our small, predominantly white, liberal arts institution. We need to balance this by educating and activating White folks to fight racism. The library is working to create displays, host events and partner with existing campus groups to support this end. Come learn about ways we are activating White folks to listen to the lived experiences of Black people in our community, educate themselves, and speak out against racial injustice.
Speaker: Kristen Peters, Wittenberg University
Primary Tag: Outreach

Accessibility for All (Including Your Fellow Librarians): How to Build Accessible Conference Materials
There has rightfully been a push in the Library profession to build accessibility into design for our educational materials directed towards students. However, in attending conferences it has become clear that this standard is frequently not met within our own professional materials. It is a common occurrence that a slide is unreadable  or an image is unrecognizable. The presenters will discuss common concerns with conference presentations and simple ways to build accessibility into your slides and materials. Best practices, guidelines, and developmental resources will be reviewed and provided to attendees.
Speaker: Kelleen Maluski, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library
Primary Tag: Professional/Staff Development

Service Beyond the Stacks: Applying Instructional Systems Design to a Student Employee Training Program
What do student workers in an academic library know about customer service? What about the Library Bill of Rights? Does your student employee training program cover these topics? Revising an existing training plan or developing a new program for student library employees should not be a mystery! Using instructional systems design techniques, this talk shares the structured approach used to revise an existing student employee training program at a small branch library in a university system. We designed our training to cover customer service, shelving and call numbers, quality of work, and library ethics and privacy. The program was then delivered through a combination of online instruction using courseware and hands-on training. Instructional systems design provides grounded techniques for creating successful training and instruction. This talk summarizes the process and demonstrates how to apply it to a specific training need.
Speaker: Shane Roopnarine, University of Central Florida
Primary Tag: Professional/Staff Development

Rockin’ the short-term appointment: A countdown of top professional development tips for early career librarians
Short-term librarian appointments are increasingly common: two-year residencies, one-year fellowships, leave fill positions. These are enticing opportunities for early career librarians to gain valuable experience and mentorship without the pressures that come with rank and promotion. But will it be okay to delay entry into a permanent position? What can a new librarian accomplish in a term-limited position? Is it worth it? In a word, YES! Professional development opportunities abound regardless of the permanency of your position, so take advantage of what is offered both within your institution and in the profession. Find a mentor. Explore different roles if your position allows. Absorb as much as you can while you don’t have the pressure to meet institutional promotional requirements. Get some tips from a new librarian currently in a short-term position on how to maximize your time and gain the most from your experience.
Speaker: Kelle Rose, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
Primary Tag: Professional/Staff Development

Playing the Numbers Game: Kickstarting a Conversation about Values at Your Institution
Libraries, librarians, and the scholars they work with are increasingly under pressure to provide metrics to demonstrate the value of their collections, scholarship, and professional performance. But what are these metrics measuring—and what does making decisions based on such metrics say about our the purported values of our institutions? What if instead we—administrators, faculty, graduate students, and librarians at all levels—reverse engineered the process and started with a conversation about our values, individual and institutional? This lightning talk will give help attendees instigate the difficult conversation and compromise necessary to the establishment of shared values on campus, with the goal of forging alternatives to metrics mania and helping chart a future in which we measure what we value, rather than value what we measure.
Speaker: Nicky Agate, Columbia University Libraries
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

Copyright Essentials for Academic Librarians
Do you hear the word copyright and have a panic attack?  Well, fear no more, my friends!  This lightning talk will empower you to impress your friends with your quick recall of important copyright concepts and resources.  In just a few minutes, the Copyright Librarian will provide you with the essential basics that all academic librarians should know.  And, when in doubt, refer back to the helpful tools and guidelines referred to in the presentation.  This quick talk will have you wearing a copyright superpower cape!
Speaker: Sara Benson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

Ramona or Beezus: Who’s the favored child? A case study of an academic institution’s use of twitter to promote research in different fields of study.
Twitter is presented to academics as an effective tool to market research to the public and stakeholders. It has been stressed that it may even help to redistribute some of the imbalances between STEM and social sciences and humanities fields. Aim: This study analyzes how the official twitter account of a large research intensive Canadian university uses twitter to promote research. Method: Three years of twitter data was retrieved for the official research twitter account of the University of Alberta to determine which disciplines and types of research were tweeted about and which tweets the public engaged with. Conclusion: This study will enable librarians to understand how institutions use twitter and if field discrepancies exist, what types of tweets the public pays attention to, and provides an opportunity to begin conversations with academic marketing units to consider if changes are needed for how research is promoted at interdisciplinary institutions.
Speaker: Thane Chambers, University of Alberta Libraries
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

Recycling:  Adapting the Research Life Cycle for an Institution
In Fall 2017, our scholarly communications committee was tasked with adapting the research life cycle to our libraries and institution.  Starting with an outline based on other research life cycles, we began brainstorming all the research services that the libraries provide, and then asked the entire library faculty to provide feedback to ensure that we covered every service.  We found 66 research services that our libraries use to help patrons, which are delivered in more than 30 different ways including consultations, workshops, and research guides.  The research services were mapped onto 15 research steps which fall into three categories:  Idea Conception and Design, Conducting Research, and Disseminating Research and Tracking Impact.  This reworking of the research life cycle for our institution allows us to show to administrators, donors, and researchers how the library is involved with research and for different divisions of the library to make referrals to one another.
Speaker: Christina Chan-Park, Baylor University
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

Librarian as Editor-in-Chief
Whether through presentations in the library or other campus research symposiums, a number of students present their research in a public forum during their academic career. This offers an opportunity for librarians to reward outstanding scholarship and publish the best of both graduate and undergraduate students’ work. This lightening talk will describe how a library created a Colloquium for student research, partnered with a College within the university to fund research prizes, and used their digital commons to publish an online journal. Now in its fifth year, the journal has over 10,000 article downloads and fifteen papers. In this presentation I will cover logistics, obstacles encountered through the last six years, and pay-offs of running the aforementioned endeavors.
Speaker: Joe Clark, Kent State University
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

A bibliographic analysis of librarian assistance on systematic reviews at CU Anschutz Medical Campus
An analysis was performed to determine the impact of librarian assistance on systematic reviews published by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. We believe that that systematic reviews with librarian assistance were published in journals with a higher Journal Impact Factor than those without a librarian. A search was conducted in PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and Web of Science to retrieve systematic reviews by our institution’s authors. EndNote X8 was used to dedupe and organize the citations into groups based on whether or not librarian assistance was used. A statistically appropriate number of articles was chosen from each group.  Articles were analyzed based on the Journal Impact Factor for their publication year. Results found that reviews with librarian assistance had lower journal impact factors, but still fell within the range of data for reviews without librarian assistance. Further research is being done to determine why this is.
Speaker: Hannah Craven, Indiana University School of Medicine
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

Integrating Digital Measures’ Activity Insight product into your Library workflow
Digital Measures’ Activity Insight database is being used in universities and colleges to streamline the process of tracking faculty activities on an annual basis. The data provides a clear picture of faculty involvement. This lightning talk provides a case study of how a university library integrated Digital Measures (DM) into its workflow as both a contributor and a beneficiary of the database. As a contributor, the library gathered bibliographic data and metrics related to journals that have published faculty publications. This data was imported to DM for a journal instrument in order to evaluate faculty publications. As a beneficiary, the library downloaded faculty publications’ data and repurposed it for the library’s annual bibliography of faculty publications. Both workflows will be discussed, as well as, the pros and cons of these approaches.
Speaker: Annamarie Klose Hrubes, William Paterson University of New Jersey
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

Coauthorship and Collaboration: The Evolving Story of Librarian Scholarship
Scholarly communication in the library profession is a means of documenting and sharing practice-based and research activities of librarians, as well as trends, issues and innovations in the field. Previous studies on publication patterns of academic librarians suggest, however, that only a small percentage of academic librarians contributed to peer-reviewed journal literature from 2003 to 2012. By comparing data from the last six years to previous findings, we hope to explore trends and issues that may be driving and impacting contributions to the scholarly record, including coauthorship rates, the scope of the activities reported, and possible connections to promotion and tenure requirements for academic librarians. We will also discuss the limitations of previous studies on academic librarian publication patterns and considerations for further study. Exploring such factors is a necessary step in beginning to understand the implications of the current professional emphasis on collaborative work and the resulting coauthorship practices.
Speaker: Erica Lopez, University of Houston
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

The OU Impact Challenge: A Year Long Program to Enhance Scholarly Reach
Active scholars are no longer “simply” submitting their manuscript to a journal then sitting back and waiting. Instead, they are managing and curating their digital identity to their benefit. Over the course of the academic year, the OU Impact Challenge has successfully helped University of Oklahoma faculty members, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and undergraduate students enhance their digital identity and scholarly reach. Each week, the OU Libraries introduced a strategy for scholarly and public impact: why it’s important, how to get started, and resources to help participants excel. During this lightning talk I will review the motivation and background behind the OU Impact Challenge, the nuts-and-bolts of implementation, and future directions and goals for the program.
Speaker: Jen Waller, University of Oklahoma
Primary Tag: Scholarly Communication

GLAM It Up! Launching a Digital Portal for Art and Archival Collections at Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library
In 2017, Atlanta University Center’s (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library launched the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) Center for Collaborative Teaching & Learning, a collaboration between the Library’s Archives Research Center and the AUC’s on-campus museums: the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. The project aims to provide faculty training in object-based pedagogy and other visual thinking strategies to encourage student interaction with art and archival materials. A primary component of this initiative is GLAM’s digital portal, hosting GLAM-created exhibits, student exhibits, and resources for faculty. GLAM’s Digital Exhibitions Coordinator, Gayle Schechter, will discuss challenges posed by collaborating across institutions and developing a digital repository to increase visibility, resource sharing, access, and discoverability of the cultural heritage resources housed across the institutions of the Atlanta University Center, the world’s largest consortia of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Speaker: Gayle Schechter, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
Primary Tag: Special Collections/Archives

“Adult learners, college readiness, and the first year experience: a handbook for librarians”
In school districts across the country, many high school graduates enter college lacking research and information literacy skills. Secondary students are not receiving the information literacy instruction needed to prepare them for college level research. There is a strong body of literature that asserts that college success is linked to critical thinking and information literacy. The themes addressed in this talk will examine the correlation between information literacy and college success; the evolving role of the first year experience librarian; and how to implement successful teaching partnerships with our secondary counterparts.
Speaker: Carl Andrews, Bronx Community College (CUNY)
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Representation through Participation: A Course-Integrated Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
In Fall, 2018, the library’s history librarian collaborated with two faculty members on a Wikipedia assignment with the goals of increasing the encyclopedia’s coverage of women and giving students the opportunity to contribute content to Wikipedia. Students in two classes, The History of San Antonio and Research Methods in History, worked in groups to research and write articles on notable women from San Antonio and South Texas. Students submitted drafts to the professor a week prior to the Edit-a-thon, and at the event, they entered their articles in Wikipedia.  Sixteen students and two professors participated in the 3-hour event, and 13 articles were created, including an entry for Rosie Castro, a Mexican-American civil rights activist who is also the mother of Julian and Joaquin Castro. Feedback from the students and professors was enthusiastic and positive. One professor commented that participating in the Edit-a-thon had raised her students’ self-esteem!
Speaker: Melissa Cadena, University of Texas at San Antonio
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good: Teaching Critical Evaluation of Information
The one-shot format of most library instruction makes it  challenging to engage with students in a meaningful way on a nuanced or complex topic, in particular the concepts around critically evaluating sources. Trying to facilitate a discussion can be painful, with drawn-out silences. Even if they contribute in their regular class, many students are reluctant to speak in a class led by a librarian.

Faced with the dual goals of wanting to build trust within the classroom in order to have a robust discussion, and with wanting to get students to start thinking more deeply about their sources of information, I developed a lesson plan using the web-based noteboard program Padlet.

The scaffolded activity is flexible enough to accommodate different learning levels and source types, and offers students different ways to participate. There is space for individual reflection, as well as small and large group discussion.
Speaker: Sarah Cohn, The City College of New York
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Research-based student narratives fuel collaborative partnerships for evidence-based information literacy instruction
Four librarians in the intermountain west wanted to recast the narrative of how we teach nursing students by surveying recent alumni to capture information behavior of nurses in the field. The research resulted in clear recommendations for instructional strategies to improve workplace information literacy for nurses. Instruction sessions are more interactive, closely aligned with real-world cases, and searching skills refined through practice. This lightning talk will relay the librarians’ journey from ideation to implementation with the goal of adjusting instruction based on research evidence. Walk away with an encouraging story that can give you more reason to reach out to students and get their feedback to gain narratives that can inform your information literacy instruction.
Speaker: Anne Diekema, Southern Utah University
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

#CritLib in the Classroom One-Shot: Dialogues of Power and Privilege
What is information privilege? How are power dynamics revealed within library search results? While critical information literacy may be explored more expansively in semester-length courses, the majority of students often participate in one-shot instruction sessions. Such one-shot sessions typically introduce skills such as searching for and evaluating sources– skills that illuminate stark dynamics of power and privilege. Thus, exploring subject heading inequities in a one-shot session facilitates both critical inquiry and the development of practical keyword selection skills. Drawing upon experiences of engaging both first year and upper level students in discussions of information power and privilege during one-shot instruction, this 5 minute lightning presentation shares two “consciousness-raising” teaching activities to help draw students into critical discussions even as they learn and apply practical search strategies. Full access to teaching materials will be provided so attendees can freely download and tailor the activities to the specific needs of their students.
Speaker: Erin Durham, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Recasting Doctoral Library Instruction: tips and tricks for working with a fully online doctoral Kinesiology EdD program
Many universities and colleges are creating more online courses and degree programs. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of Fall 2015, 26 percent of post baccalaureate students are enrolled in “exclusively distance education courses” (  With this new trend in higher education, more and more programs are moving online, which changes the way librarians work with graduate students.  In this quick lightning talk, a health science librarian will discuss strategies of working with a fully online doctoral Kinesiology EdD program.  This presentation will cover tactics to recast library liaison work with higher level research and dissertations, including providing services such as virtual consults, embedding with the learning management system, tech tools to create interactions, library orientations, webinars, and asynchronous instruction.
Speaker: Samantha Harlow, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Reframing the First Year Experience: Collaboration Across the Campus
In an effort to improve delivery of information literacy concepts to first-year students, librarians, faculty, and staff re-worked information literacy instruction into two first-year courses and aligned the courses’ learning outcomes with the ACRL Framework.  This collaboration resulted in a revised curriculum for the first-year experience class (FYE) and the first-year composition class.  Information literacy outcomes were scaffolded across four separate sessions for first-year students and taught cooperatively with peer mentors and classroom teaching faculty.  They also incorporated the new “It’s a TRAP!” module (Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Purpose) where students learned how to evaluate sources and their own search strategy results.  The initial assessment results showed an improvement in the students’ understanding of library resources and the quality of their search strategies and works cited.  These assessments, now used for the college’s general education requirements, will be included, along with the assignments and the TRAP module.
Speaker: Jennifer Kegler, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Talk data to me: Approaches to data literacy for undergrads and grads
Data literacy is growing in importance, particularly in today’s political climate. We need to start looking systemically at how our students are encouraged to think about data as a resource, approach the use of others’ data, and how data can be incorporated into the larger research process. Advanced researchers realize that before analyzing data, you should question it first. The tools that students, novice researchers, and advanced researchers need run the spectrum of what librarians can provide during library instruction. In our presentation, we will discuss: data consultation services for graduate students and faculty; library workshops for data curation, software carpentry, data conservation, and management. Data literacy instruction for undergraduates include activities around data visualization, data clean-up, intellectual property and data shared in repositories for others’ use that can be incorporated into one-shot library instruction and for-credit information literacy courses.
Speaker: Mary-Michelle Moore, University of California Santa Barbara
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

“Embedding Librarians: How One University Used Technology to Connect Students to the Library (and you can too!)”
This talk will explain the process of integrating the library’s LibGuide contents into the university’s CMS via an LTI tool. This achieved an embedded library presence in each university course through a passive process and enabled the libraries to meet students in a digital space at their point of contact with their classes.

Topics covered will include:

Reasons for linking Springshare products to Brightspace.

Working with campus partners and Springshare.

Challenges encountered during implementation

Explanation of the stacked LTI searching process

Demonstration of the display options.

Future improvements to the LTI landing page.

Discussion of how libraries and librarians using other technology platforms can partner on their campus to increase their visibility and reach out to students via partnerships with their local stakeholders.
Speaker: Ramona Romero, Vanderbilt University
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Nudging Adult Learners into Wikipedia Editorship: a swift look at a long process
In an attempt to teach according to best practices for socio-economically challenged adult learners in Harlem, a New York City-based librarian tentatively embedded a credit-bearing course in a Wikipedia shell, with guidance and support from the Wiki Ed Foundation. In the process, both students and instructor learned incrementally that the skills required for making Wikipedia entries engage–in a dynamic, empowering, active learning fashion–essential information literacy skills:  finding, evaluating and synthesizing sources and practicing a neutral, unbiased writing voice when paraphrasing/summarizing material from these sources–among others. Along with this, the presentation will include the class’s pitfalls and challenges and recommendations for similar Wikipedia-based teaching activities.
Speaker: Julie Turley, Kingsborough Community College/CUNY
Primary Tag: Teaching and Learning

Creative Collection Management
As librarians we are well-aware of the cost of collection management. Faced with the increasing cost of acquiring resources, I turned to my local public library and their collections. My main objectives for integrating the public library into our learning resources were to reduce collection acquisition costs and leverage their collections where possible.  A tool that was especially helpful in realizing this integration was Google Chrome’s “Library Extension.” Installed on Chrome, The Library Extension (LE) lets users “instantly see book and e-book availability from your local library.” LE works when Amazon or Barnes and Noble are used to shop for books. Once set-up, search results include the availability of that title at users’ libraries. LE offers librarians the option to preview titles by borrowing them from the public library, before spending limited budget dollars. For small college libraries with an equally small budget, the “Library Extension” tool is a lifesaver.
Speaker: Lucy Bellamy, Gnomon School of VFX & Animation for Film & Games
Primary Tag: Technology and Tools

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