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2017 ARLD Day Breakout Session Descriptions
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Breakout Session 1 (11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)

Part of a Community: Creating Meaningful Experiences for Undergraduate Interns

Presenters: Michelle Twait, Reference Coordinator, Gustavus Adolphus College; Danya Leebaw, Carleton College; Matt Bailey, Carleton College; Anna Hulseberg, Gustavus Adolphus College; and intern panelists from both institutions

Our panel will introduce the audience to internship programs from two small liberal arts college libraries and describe how these experiences foster meaningful learning and professional exploration for students, and are distinct from other more typical library student work positions. The internships are designed, managed, and funded in distinct ways; we will highlight ways that programs may operate in a variety of contexts.  In addition, current library interns will discuss their projects and offer their perspectives on the internship programs.  Attendees will learn about best practices, potential pitfalls, and assessment strategies in a variety of contexts.  The panelists will also foster audience participation through reflection and discussion. We hope that by sharing our experiences, other libraries will be inspired to consider developing their own internship program or walk away with new ideas for existing programs.


A Curious Skeptic’s Guide to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework

Presenters: Amy Mars, Research & Instruction Librarian, St. Catherine University; Trent Brager, Online Librarian, Globe Education Network; Kim Pittman, Information Literacy & Assessment Librarian, University of Minnesota Duluth

This critical discussion is for the skeptic, the optimist, the social justice advocate, and those who are just plain curious about the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education. Current and former Instruction Roundtable (IRT) Co-chairs will facilitate a discussion about the Framework centering around questions like:

--How does the Framework differ from the Standards?
--What challenges and opportunities does the Framework present for academic librarians?
--Can the Framework be used as a tool for social justice? In what ways does it fall short?

In this interactive session, participants will be invited to share their perspectives and experience with the Framework. We will end the discussion with an invitation to participate in a 23 Things: ACRL IL Framework Edition that IRT is developing and will launch at ARLD Day.

Minnesota Academic Librarians’ Experience with Negotiating Salary, Compensation, and Benefits

Presenters: Shannon Farrell, Natural Resources Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Aliqae 
Geraci, Coordinator, Labor and Employment Research Team, Cornell University

This session will present results from a study of academic librarians’ experience with and perspective on compensation and benefits negotiation in academic libraries. We will focus on responses from Minnesota academic librarians and compare them to a pool of national results. There is a significant body of research on negotiation, but none specific to the library workplace. We hope this information will grow academic librarians’ confidence, skill, and comfort with negotiating compensation in the library workplace through increased awareness of negotiation success rates, scope of negotiation topics, and variables impacting outcomes.

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

Intentional Design: Creating Library Spaces that Impact Learning

Presenter: Lee C. Van Orsdel, Retired Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University (Keynote)

 Designing academic libraries that positively impact the learning of today's students requires fresh thinking about space, furniture, programs, technology and job assignments.  Grand Valley State University's Mary Idema Pew Library, Learning and Information Commons, started with an uncommon vision and, once it opened in 2013, dramatically changed the campus' understanding of what an academic library can be.  The presenter will share eight principles that were intentionally designed into the new library.  While not everyone has the luxury of building, these principles can be applied to renovated or updated spaces as well.  Participants will have the opportunity to think deeply about what it takes to create new learning environments and to consider the potential value of the principles in re-envisioning their own libraries.

The Quest for Dr. Biblio: Revamping Library Orientation

Presenters: Kellie Meehlhause, Instruction Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris; Angela Stangl, Digital Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris

Over the last few years, Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota, Morris has evolved its library orientation program from a traditional library tour to information sessions to an interactive student experience.  This presentation will highlight the instructional design and implementation of a themed “Training Academy” experience, wherein student groups were given a quest to explore the library in order to find a hidden message.  In so doing, participants actively demonstrated knowledge gained while engaging with library services and staff.  With over 320 students impacted each year, the simulation not only encouraged student autonomy in the library but also lessened librarian workload.  We will also cover feedback from the event and our plans for future orientations, closing with a session-wide discussion of best practices for new student orientation.

The Reproducibility Crisis and the Role of Academic Libraries

Presenters: Amy Riegelman, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Frank Sayre, Pharmacy Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Come to this session to learn about the “reproducibility crisis” in science and what libraries can do to help researchers make studies more reproducible. Learn about the difference between replicability and reproducibility, and how existing services and expertise (e.g., data management, support for systematic reviews) could be used to support reproducible research. The presenters will highlight exciting initiatives at the University of Minnesota as well as other universities (e.g., NYU, NCSU, Utah). Attendees will leave inspired to support reproducible research outreach at their institution.  

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

Will I get fired for saying that? Academic Freedom for Librarians

Presenters: Alexis Logsdon, Research and Instruction Librarian, Macalester College; Danya Leebaw, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Carleton College

Tenured status means that many faculty can speak out on controversial topics without fearing retribution. In this political moment, many academic librarians find themselves participating in public discourse around controversial topics to an extent they never have before. Some librarians also enjoy tenure protections, but many do not. Institutions vary in terms of how non-tenured speech is viewed, managed, nurtured, or discouraged. Our session will discuss the state of public speech for librarians. How do policies and experiences vary among librarians? What are potential opportunities and pitfalls in attempting to “speak out” without tenure protections? While we will share our own observations, the session will take the form of a roundtable discussion in order to hear as wide a range of experiences and insights as possible.

Frame by Frame: Using the new ACRL Framework for IL to create a Library Assessment Plan

Presenters: Kevin Baggett, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Concordia College; Virginia Connell, Associate Librarian, Concordia College; Allison Thome, Web Services Librarian, Concordia College

Inspired by the introduction to the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy to “emphasize dynamism, flexibility, individual growth, and community learning,” librarians at the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Concordia College, Moorhead decided to scrap our old assessment plan and start from scratch.  In conversation with librarians and our office of assessment, we decided to scaffold our new assessment plans.  Starting with only one frame, Authority is Constructed and Contextual, we will develop assessment strategies in collaboration with teaching faculty in our First Year Experience program and in selected disciplines.  Taking advantage of small class size and Concordia’s tradition of face-to-face instruction, we hope to mold student knowledge practices and dispositions which are transferable to life beyond graduation.  With this frame that is relevant to today’s information landscape as our start, we hope to build our assessment efforts to evaluate student learning.

Understanding Minnesota’s Achievement Gap: Resources

Presenter: Kellian Clink, Librarian, MN STATE U, Mankato

So many agencies research the reasons Minnesota has one of the highest achievement gaps in the country. Come and be introduced to the research that you can use to inform your faculty and students not only the nature of the problem but the means of being an agent of change. 

Breakout Session 4: Lightning Round (3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Creating a Central Service Desk: Renovating Spaces

Presenter: Amy Sheehan, Associate University Librarian, Hamline University Library and Archives

In the summer of 2016 Bush Library at Hamline University created a centralized service desk; merging the Library's Circulation, Reference and the Information Technology Service Desk. This Lightning Round presentation highlights the construction process and the ways we improved centralized support for library and IT users.

Pressbooks - MN Library Publishing Project

Presenter: Anne Hatinen, Electronic Resources Librarian, Minitex

Minitex and academic libraries statewide are offering an 1-year license to Pressbooks: a tool for creating high quality ebooks. Pressbooks provides a customized online ebook platform as well as exporting and printing support. Minitex is working with academic community to create communities of interest to explore how libraries can be part of publishing support on campuses.  We are also collaborating with the public library community (MELSA) on support for self-published authors. 

How to Create a Games Collection at Your Library

Presenters: Kelly Kraemer, Business Information & Outreach Librarian, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University; Violet Fox, Metadata Librarian, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University; Colleen Nelson, Access Services Associate -- Circulation, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

In Fall of 2016, we kicked off a new board games collection at the CSB/SJU Libraries. In this session, we will share the steps we took to choose the right games, catalog our collection, develop a student-friendly circulation policy, and introduce it all to our campus through several “Game Night at the Library” events. You will take away an outline of ideas, actions, and tips to create your library’s own fun and successful board games collection!

Changing America Exhibit and Supporting Events

Presenters: Katherine Gerwig, Library Assistant, University of Minnesota; Martha Hardy, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University

In Fall 2016, Metropolitan State University hosted the Changing America Smithsonian traveling exhibit. During the exhibit we hosted opening and closing keynote lectures, an art exhibit, a digital storytelling contest, a circle discussion and created a walk-through assignment for the K-12 groups who visited the exhibit. In a flash, we will tell you a bit about the events, the high and low points, and what we learned along the way.

ProActive Chat Reference: Lessons Learned

Presenters: Kasia Gonnerman, Head of Research and Instruction, St. Olaf College 

In August 2016, St. Olaf College Libraries began using a proactive chat service to provide point-of-need reference services to our patrons. This lightning talk will describe the process by which we selected a chat service (LiveChat), lessons we learned during implementation, and how it has impacted our reference work.


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