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Legal Research Using Technological Tools: Librarians' View, Lauren M. Collins, Susan Silver, Whitney Curtis Oct 2019

Legal Research Using Technological Tools: Librarians' View, Lauren M. Collins, Susan Silver, Whitney Curtis

Lauren M Collins

The technology revolution has impacted every aspect of our daily lives. It is hard to imagine a world without smartphones and the Internet. Where and how we access information has changed dramatically over the last decade. Gone are the days of traveling to the library check out books and read printed journal articles. No longer simply storehouses of print information, libraries but now serve as starting points for searching online information that can be be accessed anywhere, any time and on any device. Library research that used to take hours or days can now be done in minutes. Online materials ...


Demystifying Wikipedia, Alie Visser, Erin Johnson Oct 2019

Demystifying Wikipedia, Alie Visser, Erin Johnson

Alie Visser

Wikipedia: we all know it, and we all use it. As the 5th most visited website in the world, the English version of Wikipedia was viewed 92 billion times last year. Yet, in its short history, libraries have historically stigmatized this resource for its crowd-sourced editing system and inconsistent source quality. Increasingly, librarians from around the world are collaborating with Wikimedia to improve its authority by linking to open resources, hosting edit-a-thons, and integrating our organizational structures into Wikidata. In this workshop, we will highlight the power of the platform, the overlapping values of libraries and Wikipedia, and how both ...


Libraries Curating Evidence, Pru Mitchell Sep 2019

Libraries Curating Evidence, Pru Mitchell

Pru Mitchell

With their passion for information literacy and critical thinking, library staff are natural advocates for evidence–based practice. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers require knowledge and understanding of research across all career stages (Standard 1.2). If the role of the library is to ensure the community has the resources and knowledge it needs to improve learning, then an important part of this role is to ensure teachers and leaders have access to research related to learning. This session looks at how to keep up with research (especially ICT-related research) and to see dissemination of research as part of ...


About Collaboration, Jill Emery, Michael Levine-Clark Aug 2019

About Collaboration, Jill Emery, Michael Levine-Clark

Jill Emery

No abstract provided.


Libraries As Sustainability Leaders: Ala’S Special Task Force, René Tanner, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho Jun 2019

Libraries As Sustainability Leaders: Ala’S Special Task Force, René Tanner, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho

Adrian K. Ho

This article discusses the work of the American Library Association (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, which identified 52 recommendations, including the adoption of sustainability as a core value of librarianship. The group aims to promote libraries as catalysts, connectors, and conveners to promote sustainability, resilience, and regeneration. The Task Force is guided by the concept of the triple bottom line, which states that an organization’s practices must be not only economically feasible but also socially equitable and environmentally sound. The article also provides examples of how libraries engage in sustainable practices to support the cities and towns they ...


Making Local Knowledge Visible: An Ir In Kosovo, Michele Gibney Jun 2019

Making Local Knowledge Visible: An Ir In Kosovo, Michele Gibney

Michele Gibney

In 2017, a joint international effort commenced under the direction of the President of University for Business and Technology (UBT) in Kosovo with colleagues from Linnaeus University (Sweden) and University for the Pacific (USA) to define, create and populate a Knowledge Center for UBT which would include an institutional repository (IR). Enlivened by discussion and feedback from the intended recipients, the needs and goals of a UBT IR were identified. Of course, creating and populating an IR is a lengthy process with many potential problems and varied approaches. Discussion of best practices was undertaken early and currently, the UBT Knowledge ...


To Scan Or Not To Scan, Nancy Richey, Amanda Drost, Allison Day Apr 2019

To Scan Or Not To Scan, Nancy Richey, Amanda Drost, Allison Day

Amanda Drost

Librarians and archivists have made great strides in making collections discoverable and accessible to a wide audience by creating electronic finding aids, digitizing materials and using social media, but modern researchers want more. Their research needs, practices and expectations are rapidly changing both in academia and in many other areas. Researchers are looking for quick, painless access to primary resource materials and the ability to use new communication technology mechanisms to gain this access. The authors of this study were interested in the policies and practices of academic special libraries in the United States and Canada. Did they permit scanning ...


Engaging With Black Lives Matter And Supporting Our Communities, Yasmeen Shorish, Michael Mungin, Kristen S. Shuyler Apr 2019

Engaging With Black Lives Matter And Supporting Our Communities, Yasmeen Shorish, Michael Mungin, Kristen S. Shuyler

Kristen S. Shuyler

In October 2016, the Diversity Council of Libraries and Educational Technologies produced book displays in Carrier and Rose Libraries that focused on "Understanding Black Lives Matter." The council wanted to provide information on this social movement within the context of national history and racial identity. A list of books that covered topic areas of criminal justice, Jim Crow, racism, and the Black experience - among others - was generated, along with two informational placards. One placard placed the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement within historical and social context, while the other placard offered a preemptive response to the question "Why not All ...


Promoting Civic Engagement Through Academic Library Outreach Programs, Kristen S. Shuyler, Liz Chenevey, Ryan Winfree Apr 2019

Promoting Civic Engagement Through Academic Library Outreach Programs, Kristen S. Shuyler, Liz Chenevey, Ryan Winfree

Kristen S. Shuyler

How are Virginia's academic libraries promoting civic engagement? This poster presents results of a statewide civic engagement survey and shares one academic library's civic engagement outreach activities. Civic literacy competencies, such as the ability to contact representatives, are related to information literacy skills, and libraries should continue to promote them.


Investing In The Student Staff Development Process, Jeremy Mcginniss, Joshua B. Michael Mar 2019

Investing In The Student Staff Development Process, Jeremy Mcginniss, Joshua B. Michael

Jeremy McGinniss

This paper argues for the need for librarians to invest in the student staff development process, particularly in the context of biblical higher education. The foundational pieces of hiring, training, development and assessment which inform the student staff development process are defined and explored to see how they should fit into the library context. Examples from the library literature coupled with practical experience provide a framework that encompasses theoretical and pragmatic application. This paper narrates how a particular library worked through this process while providing principles from which libraries of varying sizes of collections and staff can benefit.


Combining Resources, Combining Forces: Regionalizing Hospital Library Services In A Large Statewide Health System., Heather J Martin, Basia Delawska-Elliott Mar 2019

Combining Resources, Combining Forces: Regionalizing Hospital Library Services In A Large Statewide Health System., Heather J Martin, Basia Delawska-Elliott

Basia Delawska-Elliott, MLIS, AHIP

After a reduction in full-time equivalents, 2 libraries in large teaching hospitals and 2 libraries in small community hospitals in a western US statewide health system saw opportunity for expansion through a regional reorganization. Despite a loss of 2/3 of the professional staff and a budgetary decrease of 27% over the previous 3 years, the libraries were able to grow business, usage, awareness, and collections through organizational innovation and improved efficiency. This paper describes the experience--including process, challenges, and lessons learned--of an organizational shift to regionalized services, collections, and staffing. Insights from this process may help similar organizations going ...


The Failure Of Skepticism: Rethinking Information Literacy And Political Polarization In A Post-Truth Era, Christopher A. Sweet Feb 2019

The Failure Of Skepticism: Rethinking Information Literacy And Political Polarization In A Post-Truth Era, Christopher A. Sweet

Christopher A. Sweet

Fake news has been shown to spread far faster than facts on social media platforms. Rampant fake news has led to deep political polarization and the undermining of basic democratic institutions. Skepticism is an important component of information literacy and has often been pointed to as the antidote to the fake news epidemic. Why are skepticism and information literacy failing so terrifically in this post-truth era? The presenters will summarize research drawn from the fields of psychology and mass communication that shows just how hardwired people are to believe information from their own “tribes” and resist outside contrary information.
 
How ...


Big Data's Impact On Privacy For Librarians And Information Professionals, Lindsey M. Harper, Shannon M. Oltmann Feb 2019

Big Data's Impact On Privacy For Librarians And Information Professionals, Lindsey M. Harper, Shannon M. Oltmann

Lindsey M. Harper

In a digital age, it is very difficult to maintain complete privacy when posting on social media or making purchases. Individual activity on the internet is increasingly collected by corporations, even with the user’s knowledge, and can be used to predict future behavior, purchasing choices or other sensitive subjects. This data analysis is often done without a user’s consent and in many cases presents unethical behavior and breaches of privacy. Big data can be beneficial to libraries in many ways, and if pointed at library systems, rather than the habits of patrons, can also keep privacy intact.


Developing A Social Justice Mindset In Technical Services, Ione T. Damasco Oct 2018

Developing A Social Justice Mindset In Technical Services, Ione T. Damasco

Ione Damasco

These days, the words "equity," "diversity," and "inclusion" are used throughout libraries. But what do people mean when they use these words? And how do these words manifest in library technical services work? In this talk, participants explored how they can give these words real power when they frame them within a social justice mindset. The program started with an understanding of who participants are as individuals and how they fit into larger systems and structures of societal oppression. They they explored together how their work in technical services can contribute to the dismantling of those systems to ensure a ...


Transforming Libraries To Serve Graduate Students [Introduction], Crystal L. Renfro, Cheryl Stiles Oct 2018

Transforming Libraries To Serve Graduate Students [Introduction], Crystal L. Renfro, Cheryl Stiles

Crystal L Renfro

Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students is a practical atlas of how librarians around the world are serving the dynamic academics that are today’s graduate students. Edited by Crystal Renfro and Cheryl Stiles, this 460+ page text (34 chapters) compiles chapters from librarian authors from across North American and Europe. In four sections—One Size Does Not Fit All: Services by Discipline, Degree, and Delivery Method; Librarian Functions and Spaces Transformed to Meet Graduate Students’ Needs; More Than Just Information Literacy: Workshops and Data Services; and Partnerships—readers will discover a plethora of programs and ideas gleaned directly from ...


Mayflower: Ode To New Beginnings — A New Column For New Times With A Positive Mission, Antje Mays Oct 2018

Mayflower: Ode To New Beginnings — A New Column For New Times With A Positive Mission, Antje Mays

Antje Mays

Numerous studies and articles downplay the value of libraries, citing instances of library defunding, layoffs, and outright closures, along with studies on the waning usefulness of libraries based on flawed quantifiables. Such pronouncements spread fear of obsolescence and irrelevance, contributing to dissatisfaction in the library profession. Yet polls in the United States and Great Britain reveal the library profession's enduring value among the most trusted professions.

To kick off the column "Mayflower: Ode to New Beginnings", this article frames library pressures in a context of broader trends affecting economic and educational conditions, examines professional stewardship and the library profession ...


Mission College, Thailand, Assignment: October 26 - November 8, 2000, Keith Clouten Aug 2018

Mission College, Thailand, Assignment: October 26 - November 8, 2000, Keith Clouten

Keith Clouten

This report tells the story of a library consultation visit to Mission College, a new Adventist post-secondary school situated in the hill country northeast of Bankok, Thailand.


Getting Started With Materials Booking, Susan Dow, Jennifer L. Murray Jul 2018

Getting Started With Materials Booking, Susan Dow, Jennifer L. Murray

Jennifer Murray

No abstract provided.


You Are Welcome Here: The Genesis And Evaluation Of A New Employee Orientation Program Within The Library, Rebecca French, Jennifer A. Keach, Elizabeth Price, Susan Thomas, Michael Trocchia Jun 2018

You Are Welcome Here: The Genesis And Evaluation Of A New Employee Orientation Program Within The Library, Rebecca French, Jennifer A. Keach, Elizabeth Price, Susan Thomas, Michael Trocchia

Elizabeth Price

Your library may hire new employees throughout the year, but do you prepare them to succeed in your environment? Learn how James Madison University Libraries developed a new employee orientation program designed to meet the needs of new employees, their supervisors, and the entire organization.


Practical Management Or Practical Magic: A Conversation With Julene Jones And Nyama Reed, Julene L. Jones May 2018

Practical Management Or Practical Magic: A Conversation With Julene Jones And Nyama Reed, Julene L. Jones

Julene L. Jones

Presentation and discussion on the topic of difficult conversations between supervisors and those they supervise.


Meeting The Accessiblity Standards For Digital Content At Csu, Marsha Miles, Barbara Loomis May 2018

Meeting The Accessiblity Standards For Digital Content At Csu, Marsha Miles, Barbara Loomis

Marsha Miles

Presentation to the Ohio Digitization Interest Group on Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library workflows for processing files to meet the accessibility standards.


On Trac To Success: Creating A Multi-Institution, Statewide Fulfillment Network, R. Todd Vandenbark, Brian Thompson, Dawn Mick, Greg Davis, Andrew J. Welch May 2018

On Trac To Success: Creating A Multi-Institution, Statewide Fulfillment Network, R. Todd Vandenbark, Brian Thompson, Dawn Mick, Greg Davis, Andrew J. Welch

Dawn Mick

In 2015, ten Iowa and Nebraska academic library systems prepared to migrate to Alma and Primo. Simultaneous adoption of a common ILS was unprecedented in Iowa, and we knew this was an opportunity to forge stronger connections between our libraries, collections, and institutions. Representatives from each library began meeting to discuss shared goals and objectives, and they formed TRAC: the Two Rivers Alma Collaborative.
Four TRAC libraries already belonged to a small regional consortium, but the rest did not. Our parallel migration timelines provided a chance to leverage our common--if not shared--library platform. Discussions ranged from sharing a Primo environment ...


Challenges And Obstacles In Palestinian Libraries, Majed J. Khader Phd Apr 2018

Challenges And Obstacles In Palestinian Libraries, Majed J. Khader Phd

Majed J Khader

This chapter provides readers with an understanding of the current situation of libraries in Palestine. It offers an overview of the challenges and obstacles facing Palestinian libraries in this information age of the twenty-first century. It deals with general barriers inhibiting libraries from flourishing and functioning like peer libraries elsewhere.


An Old Tool With Enduring Value: Using Excel To Prepare Data For Analysis, Gregory A. Smith Mar 2018

An Old Tool With Enduring Value: Using Excel To Prepare Data For Analysis, Gregory A. Smith

Gregory A. Smith

Microsoft Excel was first released on the Windows platform 30 years ago and has since become widely used. Although new tools for manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data are constantly emerging, Excel remains a potent tool—and not just because of newer features. Simple functions such as TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, FIND, ROUNDDOWN, and VLOOKUP can be used to manipulate data sets in powerful ways. This workshop applies selected functions to realistic library data sets. Demonstrations include: deriving time-series categories from date and time stamps pre-coding survey comments based on keywords dealing with messy data points such as call numbers and publisher ...


A Review Of “Makerspaces: A Practical Guide For Librarians”., Denise O'Shea Jan 2018

A Review Of “Makerspaces: A Practical Guide For Librarians”., Denise O'Shea

Denise O'Shea

The article reviews the book Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians by Burke, John J.


Let's Circulate: A Report On The 1st Annual New Jersey Access Services Meeting., Denise O'Shea, Bethany Sewell Jan 2018

Let's Circulate: A Report On The 1st Annual New Jersey Access Services Meeting., Denise O'Shea, Bethany Sewell

Denise O'Shea

In 2014, access services librarians and professional staff from various institutions all over New Jersey came together at The College of New Jersey, in Ewing Township, to discuss regional trends and issues in access services. Library staff at these institutions face many of the same issues from managing student assistants, to dealing with stacks management, and handling building security. The goal of the daylong meeting was to build bonds between access services staff at the different institutions, and to learn from one another's experiences during a series of roundtable discussions, and informal conversations over coffee and lunch. It was ...


Sirsi Integration With A Discovery Tool, Denise O'Shea, Kathleen Hughes, Mary Mallery Jan 2018

Sirsi Integration With A Discovery Tool, Denise O'Shea, Kathleen Hughes, Mary Mallery

Denise O'Shea

Presentation at regional Sirsi conference on integrating Symphony Dynix with Ebsco's EDS Discovery tool.


Streamlining Digital Project Management, Marsha Miles Jan 2018

Streamlining Digital Project Management, Marsha Miles

Marsha Miles

Presentation to the Ohio Digitization Interest Group on how Cleveland State University's Michael Schwartz Library streamlined digital project management using Microsoft SharePoint.


Academic Librarians And Labor Unions: Attitudes And Experiences, Ian Mccullough Dec 2017

Academic Librarians And Labor Unions: Attitudes And Experiences, Ian Mccullough

Ian McCullough

This research project investigates librarians’ attitudes toward unions and collective bargaining through data collected from a nationwide survey of 359 academic librarians in the United States. We found that academic librarians have a generally positive view of unions and collective bargaining agreements, a notable result in a national political atmosphere that is demonstrably anti-union. Union membership is strongly bound to faculty status. Our research results imply that unionization and collective bargaining provide stronger job protections and higher wages than faculty status alone, and suggest that discussions of faculty status in academic libraries may not have provided best possible way to ...


Redefining Open Access For The Legal Information Market, James G. Milles Nov 2017

Redefining Open Access For The Legal Information Market, James G. Milles

James G. Milles

The open access movement in legal scholarship, inasmuch as it is driven within the law library community over concerns about the rising cost of legal information, fails to address - and in fact diverts resources from - the real problem facing law libraries today: the soaring costs of nonscholarly, commercially published, practitioner-oriented legal publications. The current system of legal scholarly publishing - in student-edited journals and without meaningful peer review - does not face the pressures to increase prices common in the science and health disciplines. One solution to this problem is for law schools to redirect some of their resources - intellectual capital, reputation ...