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Breakout Session 1 (11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)

Open English: Library-Faculty-Student Collaboration to Create OERs for TESOL  

Presenters:

Rachel Wexelbaum, Collection Management Librarian / Associate Professor, St Cloud State University

Michael Schwartz, Intensive English Center Director, EAP Director, English Department, St Cloud State University

Plamen Miltenoff, Professor, InforMedia Services, University Library, St Cloud State University


Multiple types of instructional materials exist for TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages), but few are freely licensed and open. Open TESOL instructional materials are in high demand due to the increase of TESOL instruction taking place online, and the increase of TESOL instruction taking place among low income populations around the world. With the support of the University Library, one TESOL professor learned about OERs, and gave his students the opportunity to make them. This presentation will focus on the type of OER support that the St Cloud State University Library provides for OER discovery and development, the successes and challenges that the library, the professor, and the students had in taking on this new endeavor, and what we learned from the experience.


Welcome to the Diversity Cafe! 

Presenters: 

Megan Peterson, Instruction and Digital Services Librarian, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Rashika Webb, Multicultural Academic and Career Services Adviser, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota


How can a small, liberal arts campus stoke the fire for discussion on complex issues to promote a more welcoming and inclusive campus community? The Diversity Cafe -- a partnership between Student Success and the Library -- was started with the goal of tackling issues of injustice and inequality, while giving students and staff of color and those who identify outside of heteronormative identities a platform to share, learn and have their experiences affirmed and space for the dominant majority to learn, affirm, and share as well. Some of the topics covered include Colorblindness and Anti-Blackness, Intersectionality and Privilege, Going Beyond the Binary, and the Importance of Pronouns. Those who participate in DC leave with actionable items to put forth, not only in the university community, but in other communities of which they are a part. Attend this session to learn how to implement your own Diversity Cafe as a way to facilitate dialogue and awareness around conversations not usually talked about in the open (when they clearly need to be addressed) and seek to chip away at the discomfort of speaking up.

Mentoring the Next Generation of Research Librarians 

Presenters

Claudia Peterson, Reference and Instruction Librarian to Languages and Cultures, Carleton College

Maggie Epstein, Research and Instruction Librarian, St. Olaf College

Ken Johnson, Research and Instruction Librarian, St. Olaf College

Presenters will be joined by Carleton Reference interns and St. Olaf Research and Writing tutors


Librarians at Carleton and St. Olaf have a history of hiring and training students to provide research and writing assistance as peer tutors. The result has been two-fold: students gain valuable experience and marketable skills, and our research departments gain much needed assistance at our research desks and in other areas of the library. Students are exposed to librarianship and often become interested in pursuing professional work in the field.

St. Olaf employs student workers at our Research Desk and recently added a new embedded research and writing tutor position to provide individualized support for first-year students. Carleton has been employing Reference Interns for the past several years to help give students professional skills and assist fellow students at the Reference Desk.

We will share the trainings that we implement to develop research skills in our students, and will lead a thoughtful discussion about other ideas for student training.

 

Anderson Horticultural Library Tour [limit 10 participants]

Presenter:
Katherine Allen, Andersen Horticultural Library

Learn the story behind the beginnings of Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) and the exquisite Nakashima furnishings. Library staff will turn pages of bird and plant books from the rare book collection. You will also get a chance to tour the Rare Book Room to view one of AHL's oldest nursery catalogs (1620) and unusual objects from one of the largest historic seed & nursery catalog collections in the country.


 

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

Inward UX: Improve your Library's Work Culture with UX

Presenter:
Matthew Reidsma, Web Services Librarian, Grand Valley State University 

You’ve seen the impact that UX research and design can have on your users’ experience of the library. But what about what happens in library offices and conference rooms? User experience shouldn’t just be about the library’s public face. The same UX techniques that you use to improve your users’ work apply to you and your coworkers. Improve meetings, communication, and outcomes by applying UX techniques to your organization, and make your library a better place to work (no foosball or ping pong table needed).

Beyond Citation Counts: Policy & News Media Impact

Presenters:

Katherine Chew, Research/Outreach Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries

Melissa Aho, Evening and Circulation Supervisor, University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries

Caitlin Bakker, Biomedical Research Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries

Jenny McBurney, Research Services Coordinator & Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries

Del Reed, Reference Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries

Researchers, institutions, and funding agencies have shown a growing interest in demonstrating the public impact of research. In 2016, the University of Minnesota Libraries began offering faculty reports detailing impact in these non-traditional areas. The Policy & News Media Impact Service launched a pilot with five departments in the UMN’s Academic Health Center. The team established policies and procedures, refined workflows, and identified core resources which were freely available or already in the Libraries' collections. The reports were most frequently requested for promotion and tenure dossiers and grant applications. The team engaged in active marketing and ongoing evaluation of the service and its utility. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 91% of report recipients indicating that they would recommend the service and many respondents reflected upon the usefulness of the report for its intended purpose. In response to this success, the pilot has been expanded into an established service.

 

Managing Demands While Teaching More: Information Literacy Praxis for Moving Beyond the One-Shot

Presenters:

Amanda Mills, Faculty Librarian, Minneapolis College

Ginny Moran, Research & Instruction Librarian, Fine Arts & Humanities,

Macalester College


Emotional labor and burnout are concepts all too familiar to academic librarians- especially those who teach. While teaching multiple sessions or credit-bearing courses can allow librarians to engage in more meaningful instruction with students and remove the stress of trying to “do it all” in one meeting, the additional student contact and workload can lead to an increase in emotional labor and burnout. Librarian instructors from Macalester and Minneapolis Colleges will share techniques and practices they use to minimize these challenges for both themselves and their students. Techniques and practices discussed will include using growth mindset feedback, project-based learning, use of student learning outcomes, and integrating information literacy with relevant courses in both credit-bearing and course-integrated instruction environments. Q&A breaks throughout the session will give participants the opportunity to ask questions and identify ways to utilize the techniques, ideas, and practices discussed.


 

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

Write Your Own Textbook: What Librarians Can Learn about OER Textbooks by Writing Them  

Presenters: 

Elissah Becknell, Faculty Librarian, Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Rebecca March

 
In this session, Elissah and Rebecca will share their experience adopting, adapting, editing and publishing an Open Education Resource (OER) textbook for a course they teach. You will learn about available tools for editing and publishing OER textbooks on the web. We will also discuss the practices and procedures on our campus that had to change in order to facilitate OER textbook adoptions in the classroom. We will focus on how academic librarians can help create campuses that are supportive of OER textbooks.
 
Librarians' Experiences with Academic Freedom: Preliminary Answers from a Recent Survey

Presenters: 

Alexis Logsdon, Humanities Research and Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Danya Leebaw, Director of Social Sciences and Professional Programs, University of Minnesota Libraries

In November 2018, we administered a survey asking academic librarians about their perceptions of and experiences with academic freedom. This session will serve as a report on some of our preliminary findings. We will share the overall findings as well as findings broken down by race, financial security, gender identity, and other socioeconomic groupings. We will also reflect on emerging academic freedom discussions amongst academic librarians since we last presented on this topic two years ago at ARLD.


Checking out Transit

Presenters: 

Karen Alexander, Access Services Librarian, Lindell Library, Augsburg University

Rebecca Ganzel, Metadata Librarian, Lindell Library, Augsburg University


Augsburg University’s Lindell Library became home to a flock of superheroes last year — superhero bicycles, that is. Augsburg Day Student Government bought 14 bicycles, 9 helmets, and 5 Metro Transit bus cards, all for checkout to Augsburg students at the library. It was up to us librarians to figure out how to catalog, process, maintain, and check out these new items. We classified the bikes with superhero names in alphabetical order (Ant-Man to Nightwing), created detailed OCLC catalog records and local holdings records in WMS, figured out checkout policies, trained student Circulation workers, marketed the program with LibGuide pages, and schlepped the bikes to a nearby repair shop when necessary. We also weathered some major setbacks, like villainous bike thieves, and learned some lessons that we are happy to pass on to other libraries. Bottom line: Bike- and transit-share is a popular program that is worth the effort.


 

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

The Current Playlist Project: Web Scraping and Digital Humanities Research 

Presenters:

Shane Nackerud, Technology Lead, Library Initiatives, University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities

Cody Hennesy, Journalism & Digital Media Librarian, University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities


In December 2018, U of M librarian Shane Nackerud became obsessed with the idea of downloading the entirety of The Current Playlist Twitter feed (@currentplaylist) in order to determine what the most played songs and artists are on the popular Twin Cities radio station since the feed started. This side project provided a great opportunity to learn about a variety of tools and processes for downloading and making sense of such a large data set. The project also revealed a number of ethical and methodological considerations related to web scraping, terms of service, and digital humanities research. Join Shane and Digital Media Librarian Cody Hennesy as we discuss web scraping methods that digital humanities scholars use every day, as well as many of the legal and ethical issues that surround text mining.


Comprehensive, Transparent & Reproducible Search Methods: Peer-to-Peer Review  

Presenters: 

Amy Riegelman, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Scott Marsalis, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Librarians in academic and special libraries are increasingly bringing their expert search skills to research teams as collaborators or advisors, especially in support of systematic reviews or other synthesizing methods. Librarians in these roles need to be aware of standards for reproducibility and transparency. We will discuss the role of peer-to-peer review of search strategies for quality assurance. Attendees will learn about established checklists and guidelines including Peer Review Electronic Search Strategies (PRESS), existing hedges, and common search and reporting errors in published reviews.

Even if you aren’t currently involved in evidence synthesis initiatives, this interactive session will be useful in sharpening your own search skills, and give you ideas when teaching literature search skills and strategies to others. Appropriate to librarians with any level of experience.

 

Forging Our Path: Re-Envisioning Information Literacy Instruction in the Age of Integrative Learning

Presenter
Jennie Archer, First-Year Experience Librarian, Concordia College


Integrative learning helps students make interdisciplinary connections and apply theory to real world situations. As faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN incorporate integrative learning into the curriculum, the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library is re-envisioning what information literacy instruction looks like in an integrative learning environment. This presentation will explain what integrative learning is and what it looks like at Concordia in order to contextualize the steps the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library is taking to be at the forefront of campus integrative learning initiatives. Attendees will learn about changes in instruction and reference interactions and opportunities for new campus partnerships. The presentation will also outline the importance of information literacy instruction beyond the classroom and how the library’s Civic Engagement Week programming exemplifies integrative learning. Attendees will have time to share their experiences with integrative learning and brainstorm how their libraries can respond to and lead integrative learning initiatives.

Anderson Horticultural Library Tour [limit 10 participants]

Presenter:
Katherine Allen, Andersen Horticultural Library

Learn the story behind the beginnings of Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) and the exquisite Nakashima furnishings. Library staff will turn pages of bird and plant books from the rare book collection. You will also get a chance to tour the Rare Book Room to view one of AHL's oldest nursery catalogs (1620) and unusual objects from one of the largest historic seed & nursery catalog collections in the country.

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