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ARLD Day 2013 – Changing Collections: Advocating for Our Future
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When: 4/26/2013
8:30 AM
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr
Chaska, MN  55318

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presented by the Academic and Research Libraries Division

We are excited to have Jenica Rogers, the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, as our keynote speaker. Ms. Rogers has taken a stand against unsustainable pricing structures by database content providers, most notably by cancelling the American Chemical Society journal package for 2013 and instituting alternate resources. In addition, Ms. Rogers has said she will not agree to any more non-disclosure forms with publishers going forward. Will librarians follow her lead in advocating for our future?

We will have breakout sessions and lightning rounds featuring information on flipped classrooms, e-resource management, MOOCs, digitization, and much more.

Please join us at 8:30am for a full breakfast and networking.

Questions? Contact Cindy Gruwell at


8:30Registration, breakfast, networking
10:30Innovator Award
10:40Ebsco presentation (update, drawing, break)
11:00Breakout 1
1:00Breakout 2
2:00Breakout 3
2:50Break, Drawing
3:00Lightning Round
4:00Closing, Drawing

Session Descriptions

Breakout Session 1

E-Book Rights Advocacy

Presenters: Aaron Albertson and Katy Gabrio, Librarians, Macalester College

This session is about the process Macalester College is navigating for taking a stand on e-books. We have generated a list of standards we want publishers and vendors to meet before we invest significant funds on e-books. We are seeking ways to use these standards to advance the conversation about e-books between publishers, vendors, and academic libraries. This session will share information about 1) what prompted us to take initiative, 2) the process of developing our standards document, and 3) what we are planning and hoping to do in the future.

Knowledge Is Power: An Information Literacy Class on Human Rights

Presenters: Martha Hardy, Librarian and Michal Moskow, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University

Per Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, information access and freedom of expression are basic human rights. Metropolitan State University faculty Martha Hardy (librarian) and Michal Moskow (linguistics/communication) taught an information literacy course focused on human rights. Students were trained by The Advocates for Human Rights to conduct interviews with immigrants in Minnesota. By contributing their interview transcripts to a study being conducted by the Advocates, students became an active link in the research and publication chain. Students further learned to contribute to a community of learners through oral and written projects, including database searches, book reviews and presentations.

The Digital Public Library of America: Minnesota’s Contribution to a National Library

Presenters: John T. Butler, Associate University Librarian for Data & Technology, University of Minnesota

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launches in April 2013, and is expected to provide a window onto America’s history and culture through its digital libraries. The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is one of seven U.S. state and regional digital libraries selected as a "service hub” to the DPLA. This presentation will profile the DPLA initiative, its inspirations, and initial set of services; and then describe Minnesota’s contributions to this national endeavor. As a service hub, the MDL and digital libraries in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Carolina, and Utah, along with several massively-scaled digital libraries and museums in the U.S., have begun populating the DPLA. Ultimately, users will be able to search across the DPLA’s large-scale metadata aggregation of hundreds, perhaps thousands of digital library collections across the country to find information on topics like the Civil War, native cultures, the National Park Service, the Great Depression, industries that built America, and more.

Breakout Session 2

Flipping the Classroom; Checking for Flops

Presenters: Beth Hillemann, Dave Collins, Ginny Moran Heinrich, Research & Instruction Librarians, Macalester College

You "flipped your classroom;” now what? Take advantage of collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, Prezi, and more to extend your classroom past the one-shot. In this session, Macalester College librarians will share their strategies for utilizing Google Docs for classroom formative and summative assessment, during and after instruction along with class assessment strategies. Come to connect, discuss, and engage.

The MOOChing Librarian: Using Massive Online Open Courses for Professional Development and Campus Advocacy

Presenter: Kent Gerber, Digital Library Manager, Bethel University

What is a MOOC, what is it like to take one, why are they important, and what do they have to do with libraries? This session will provide answers to these questions and give attendees a closer look through the presenter’s experience as a participant in seven different courses in 2012. Participants will be better prepared to discuss and make use of the opportunities and challenges these new learning communities present to our institutions. Come learn about the different kinds of MOOCs, how they can be used to learn new skills, how they implement and share open educational materials, and other topics to engage your colleagues and campus community in conversations about their future.

Licensing E-books: Creating a Scorecard for Academic Libraries

Presenters: Rita Baladad, Coordinator, Cooperative Purchasing and Electronic Resources Services, Minitex, and Peter Bremer, Reference Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris

What objectives do academic libraries have when acquiring ebooks and what business models are ebook vendors providing to fulfill these objectives? What are some variables (such as ILL, privacy, mobile) that academic librarians might want to consider when evaluating ebook licenses? Applying emerging best practices in ebook licensing to ALA’s "Ebook Scorecard for Public Libraries” and JISC’s "Challenge of Ebooks in Academic Institutions” project, this presentation will lay the groundwork in creating best practices for licensing ebooks in academic libraries.

Breakout Session 3

Put Yourself in the Driver’s Seat: Google Drive for Librarians

Presenters: Karen Dubay, Reference and Instruction Librarian, and Kent Gerber, Digital Library Manager, Bethel University

Google Drive is a tool that enables librarians to collaborate and quickly assess their impact by easily collecting and sharing their own data. Bethel University librarians, Karen Dubay and Kent Gerber will demonstrate how they have used this tool with examples from their library instruction sessions, project management, and surveys. The presenters will review the technical benefits and limitations, including resources a user needs for access, numerical limits for editing documents, types of sharing available, and consideration of student privacy. Attendees will come away with some templates and models to implement instruction or collaboration within their own institutions.

User-defined Value Metrics for Electronic Journals

Presenters: Katherine Chew, Associate Director for Research, Collections and Access Services for the Health Sciences Libraries; Jim Stemper, Organizational Data Strategist; Caroline Lilyard, Business and Global Studies Librarian; and Mary Schoenborn, Liaison, Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Carlson School of Management; University of Minnesota

For years, libraries have searched for the metrics that will best inform journal retention decisions and minimize the impact on our users. Every available metric has unique limitations. For this study, user value was assessed in three categories: utility / reading value, quality / citing value, and cost effectiveness. Using correlation analysis, the project combines and compares these metrics to determine the value academic users assign to electronic journal collections via journal article download and citation activity. What emerges is a granular picture of journal usage trends at the disciplinary level, creating a customized and powerful approach to collection management.

Lessons on Advocacy: The Closing of the University of Minnesota Library School as Case Study

Presenter: Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Minnesota

Tim is working on a book, now nearing completion, on the closing of the University of Minnesota Library School in the mid-1980s. His research uncovered differing attitudes by faculty and administrators towards ALA accreditation of library education, differing levels of sophistication with internal university politics, and differing approaches to advocacy on behalf of the library school once closure threatened. This session explores some of the stories, issues, and personalities and the impact of the loss of an accredited program on the state of library education within Minnesota.

Lightning Round Sessions

Adding Videogames to Your Library? Meet VideoGameCat, a VideoGame Collection Companion

Presenter: Shannon L. Farrell, Natural Resources Librarian, University of Minnesota

Academic libraries have started adding videogames to their collections to support both general faculty research and classroom instruction as well as game design curricula. Despite the need for videogame collection development resources, very few exist. This session will discuss a new resource that aims to fill this gap: VideoGameCat is targeted toward librarians/educators and provides original and objective evaluation of videogames, links to reputable reviews, a database of award-winning games, and sample collection kits for librarians. Those interested in including videogames in their library should attend to learn how this website can help them build videogame collections.

Leveraging Library Resources: Accessibility in Your Online Learning Management System

Presenter: BethMarie Gooding, National Online Librarian, Rasmussen College

Connecting students seamlessly from coursework to library services and resources is an ongoing challenge. Rasmussen College has implemented system-wide accessibility by working with our online course developers and instructional designers to integrate widgets for librarian chat, webinar calendars and registration, as well as online course and subject specific LibGuides, directly into all online and campus-based courses via a LMS dedicated resources page. Discover the tools used in the process of collaboration between librarians and instructional designers to provide enhanced visibility and usability of library resources.

Highlighting Undergraduate Work Online

Presenter: Jayne Blodgett, Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris

Wondering how to publicize cool undergraduate research? Why not start your own e-journal through your campus institutional repository or website? Learn some quick tips, tricks and best practices for starting a publication to highlight undergraduate work.

Into the Bright Sunshine of Human Rights: Accessing the Legacy of Hubert H. Humphrey Through Digitization

Presenter: Meagan M. Kellom, Archival Digitization and Metadata Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society

Hubert H. Humphrey believed all humans share basic rights and freedoms. He spoke about this theme throughout his four-decade political career. Archivists at the Minnesota Historical Society believe that digitization is the key to accessing the cultural and political affairs history of our state. Large-scale digitization projects such as our current grant, funded by the National Historic Preservation and Records Commission to digitize the speech text files of Humphrey, allow better access to our collections than ever before. This session will share the methods and results our digital repository has developed throughout this project to provide researchers better access to this high-use collection, while simultaneously preserving the collection for future research.

Reference Collections: Do Libraries Need Them?

Presenter: Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, Reference & Government Documents Librarian, University of Minnesota Duluth

The UMD Reference Team needed to reduce the size of the reference collection to create space on the second floor of the Library. We attempted to the build the "best reference collection” for our users. In preparation for this project I took the online class "Rethinking Reference”. So how many reference books are necessary to serve our library users? Should the books be electronic or paper? What happens when you try to get 8 librarians to agree on what books should be in the collection? I will outline the various phases of our project to build the "best reference collection” for our library users.

Personal Archiving: Helping Users Manage Digital Materials for Long-term Access

Presenters: Lois Hendrickson, Assistant Curator, University of Minnesota Wangensten Historical Library; Amy Neeser, Reference Librarian, University of Minnesota Walter Library; Scott Spicer, Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian, University of Minnesota

As we collect and produce a variety of digital materials, organizing and preserving them becomes a growing challenge. Following the lead of the Library of Congress’ Personal Archiving Initiative, the University of Minnesota Libraries is investigating user needs and solutions. Surveying first year student revealed concern about managing music, photos, digital notes, e-books, and videos. Teaching students how to manage their digital photos today will translate into skills that will help them manage their class notes and research data tomorrow. We plan to educate library staff on these issues, create educational opportunities for students, and provide outreach to UMN community.


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