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2015 ARLD Day Breakout Session Descriptions
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Breakout Session 1 (11:00 a.m. -11:50 a.m.)

Opening up with Islandora

Presenters: Linda Richter, Innovation Coordinator PALS, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; Anne Stenzel, Archives Technician, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Pam Sukalski, Librarian, Southwest Minnesota State University

Over the past year, Southwest Minnesota State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and PALS have formed a collaborative partnership to build digital repositories using Islandora, an open source digital asset management system. Islandora features Drupal for the front end user interface, Solr for fast indexing, and Fedora for the underlying digital repository. It can showcase and preserve your distinctive collections due to flexible solution packs that support many different formats. In addition, one of Islandora’s major strengths is the ability to customize features and add new abilities to meet ever changing needs.  

This presentation will highlight SMSU and MSU-Mankato’s digital collections, sharing their efforts to make these valuable resources more broadly available to researchers, genealogists and the community. We will also discuss their workflows, where these projects are going, what’s worked (and a few things that haven’t), and what we have learned about building open source digital repositories.

Minnesota Libraries into the Future: A Kitchen Table Conversation

Presenter: Michael Dowling Director, Chapter Relations Office American Library Association

What do you believe is the future of the library profession? What do you aspire libraries to become? What can associations and others do to actually help achieve professional and community goals. Learn about ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative, and join us for a frank and honest conversation about where we are and where we're going.

Harness the Power of Qualitative Methods to Improve Your Assessment and Research Efforts

Presenters: Scott Marsalis, Social Sciences Librarian; Alice Motes, Social Sciences Data Curation Specialist; Shannon Farrell, Natural Resources Librarian; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Qualitative methods are increasingly being adopted by scholars throughout academia, as a result of an increasing focus on interdisciplinarity and mixed methods. By focusing on how people understand the world through interviewing and observation qualitative methods can provide information that quantitative data is unable to capture.  Yet many in libraries are unfamiliar with them. We will introduce the foundational concepts and approaches, including a quick look at interviewing and coding, and provide a resource list for further exploration. Whether you just want to become more familiar with the vocabulary in order to better assist others or are looking to possibly incorporate qualitative methods into research projects of your own, this session should be of interest.

Breakout Session 2 (1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.)

Finding Our Fit: Tailoring Open Access to User Needs

Presenters: Rachel McGee Director of Library Services; Jane Littlefield, Reference/Instruction Librarian; Carrie Keillor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Before Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s library burst at the seams, the Twin Cities campus librarians pinned down a sustainable open access solution for digitizing dissertations. By tailoring open access to user needs, the librarians fashioned an immediate classic for all stakeholders: students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and librarians. This session will model how librarians assessed needs, developed collaborative partnerships with faculty and administrators, generated support for open access, identified the most fitting repositories, and updated the University’s dissertation publishing procedures. Discover how our library’s approach to open access dissertations could be altered to suit your users’ needs.

Engaging with Students in Online Courses: Forming Real Connections in Digital Spaces

Presenters: Michelle Desilets, Reference and Instruction Librarian; Jennifer DeJonghe, Reference and Instruction Librarian; Metropolitan State University

How can you connect in a meaningful way with online students? How can you apply the new information literacy framework inside of Content Management Systems? Presenters will share the ways that they've built information literacy concepts into online learning spaces for credit-bearing courses as well as within modular tutorials and activities that can be used as virtual “one-shot” sessions. Presenters will also showcase assignments that encourage students to think of themselves as creators of digital content, and will discuss ways that they have utilized a variety of online tools such as video, interactive discussion boards, and social media sites to engage with online students. Session attendees are encouraged to bring ideas and examples from their own institutions to add to the discussion.

Family History Learning Community

Presenter: Kris MacPherson, Research/Instruction Librarian, St. Olaf College

Daily outreach to our faculty and students is a given.  Connecting with staff members, families associated with our institutions and emeriti is more challenging.  Using as the focal point for a Family History Learning Community serves as an excellent bridge to this group at St. Olaf College.  The overall result -- an administration celebrating new methods of library outreach and excited new  learners.  How many people on your campus are working out puzzles in their family histories -- and have never used library resources for their adventures?  Want to try a FHLC, too?  Today’s session will provide details on how our LC is advertised and structured, topics covered, resources used, challenges overcome, campus and administration response, and suggestions for research/instruction librarians not trained in genealogy.  Time to brainstorm possibilities for your own libraries and for future St. Olaf Family History Learning Community meetings will be included.

Breakout Session 3 (2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.)

Setting the Cornerstone: Creation of an Institutional Repository for Minnesota State University, Mankato

Presenter: Heidi Southworth, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato

On June 17, 2014, Library Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato launched Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works, the new institutional repository for the University.  Cornerstone showcases the intellectual output of Minnesota State University, Mankato's faculty, staff, and students by preserving their works digitally and presenting them to the world in an easy-to-find format.  Launching Cornerstone did not just happen overnight.  This session will talk about our process in launching the repository and our marketing campaign and how our progress has well exceeded our goals and expectations.

One Thing Leads to Another: Fostering an Open Library with Student Partners

Presenters: Heather Tompkins, Reference and Instruction Librarian; Susan Hoang, Reference and Instruction Librarian; Kristin Partlo, Reference and Instruction Librarian; Carleton College

Partnering with undergraduates in campus outreach creates rich and authentic avenues for opening up the library.   Library staff at Carleton College have been working with students in a number of capacities to promote open access, highlight library services, and support digital pedagogy.  This year, reference interns created materials and facilitated conversations about open access, our outreach student worker brought a student perspective to the library outreach program, and the digital humanities associates participated in campus discussions about the future of the scholarly record.   Collaborating with students in project-based, public facing work not only extends the library’s reach, but gives our student partners opportunities to engage creatively in ways that will likely mirror the work they will do when they leave, whether in graduate or professional school, employment, or as citizens

Freeware and Open Source Software in Libraries

Presenter: James E. Corbly, Researcher

This session will explore the role freeware and open source software can play in college and university libraries.  Freeware and open source software packages are being welcomed on campuses not only for their cost-saving benefits but also for their ability to perform on a par with, if not better than, their commercial equivalents.  Many librarians already employ this software on a daily basis without even realizing its source.  This program will identify the unique characteristics of freeware and open source software vis-à-vis commercial software.  Attendees will acquire a solid understanding of licensing considerations related to freeware and open source software, including insights on the GNU General Public License, a widely used freeware license.  These software packages will also be classified by function before concluding remarks are offered for their procurement and implementation into daily work routines.

Lightning Round (3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)

Twitter for Current Awareness

Presenter: Mary O'Dea, Emerging Technologies and Systems Librarian, St. Cloud State University

In its 9-year existence Twitter has grown into something of a classic among Web 2.0 spaces: It is built for two-way communication and engagement. But since July 1, 2013 when Google eliminated its “Reader” for RSS feeds, Twitter has grown in its usefulness for current awareness among writers and scholars in numerous fields.
Come for this 5-minute overview of a few of the more active disciplines, and some lightning-fast impressions of why Twitter works as a feed-reader. Then stay for 3 minutes of discussion -- and sharing your own favorites, if you, too, use Twitter in this way.

Continuous Improvement: Re-evaluating Engineering Students’ Use of Information Resources in the Workplace

Presenters: Natalie Reynolds, Engineering Librarian; Meghan Lafferty, Collections Coordinator for Physical Sciences and

Engineering; Brian Conn, Engineering Librarian; Meghan Lafferty. Collections Coordinator for Physical Sciences and Engineering; Brian Conn, Engineering Librarian; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

In 2010, our library surveyed engineering co-op students about information use in their workplaces based on the assumption that these skills are similar to those expected of professional engineers. We plan to survey co-op students at the end of the spring semester and include engineering internship students at the end of the summer to obtain a more complete picture of engineers’ workplace information needs. We will discuss the process of revising the survey based on what we previously learned and how our future results will inform the continuing improvement of instructional services and outreach to students.

Smart Librarians Travel Smart

Presenter: Barb Bergman Media Services Librarian Minnesota State University, Mankato

Would you like to travel more for professional development and fun, but are held back by finances or timid about going to new places alone?  Tips about Couchsurfing and other ways to travel smart.

Outreach through Readers’ Advisory in an Academic Library

Presenters: Amber Fick, Library Assistant; Becky Adamski, Library Assistant,; Kaia Sievert, Library Assistant; Danika Stegeman, Library Assistant; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

What does outreach through Readers' Advisory look like at a large academic institution? U of MN Wilson Library Access and Information Services staff will discuss experiences increasing student engagement with themed displays, pop-up libraries, blind dates with books, and a book matchmaking service. Presenters will share what they’ve learned as well as tips about how to start outreach through fun reading at your library.

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