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2020 ARLD Day Breakout Session Descriptions
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Breakout Session 1 (11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)

Academic & Research Libraries Working (and Linking) Together : Implications for the Discovery and Information Ecosystem  

Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Metadata and Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries
kalan Knudson Davis, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Academic and research libraries have a long history of working together to create best practices, spearhead change, and collaborate across collections.  The Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P2) project has profound implications for all stakeholders within the library ecosystem, not just catalogers and metadata wranglers.  During this session, Christine DeZelar-Tiedman and Kalan Knudson Davis will reflect on the University of Minnesota’s participation in the 2-year massively collaborative and multi-institutional grant supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the potential it has to enhance the discoverability experience, while providing an overview of the LD4P2 process for developing a linked data cataloging infrastructure, the University of Minnesota’s goals within the project, and the lessons learned along the way. 

A Different Vantage Point: Supporting Research Through Art Libraries 

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


Beth Goodrich, Librarian, American Craft Council
Beth Goodrich is the librarian for the American Craft Council, a non-profit arts organization located in Northeast Minneapolis, where she manages the research library, archives and digital collections.  She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jennifer Riestenberg, Assistant Librarian, Walker Art Center
Jennifer Riestenberg is the Assistant Librarian of the Walker Art Center’s library in Minneapolis where she develops and maintains its contemporary art-focused collections and acts as liaison to both staff and public.

Kova Walker-Lečić, Collections Assistant, Minnesota Museum of American Art
Kova Walker-Lečić is a collections assistant at Minnesota Museum of American Art and holds an MA in photographic preservation and collections management. She is passionate about making collections more accessible, and the idea of museums and archives as sites of decolonization.

Art can tell a tale other forms of information cannot, and can illuminate research all across the disciplines. Librarians can help make those connections for the public, and that public includes our students. Join members of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America for this interactive panel discussion on how art libraries and special collections can partner and support academic library colleagues. Panelists will give an overview of their collections and share examples of student research projects across the disciplines supported by museum and special library collections, and how partnering with academic librarians make a difference.  What sorts of partnerships would you welcome?

Prison Labor and Libraries: Uncovering the Connections 

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

From newspapers to yearbooks to state records, incarcerated workers across the country are responsible for the digitization of an increasing number of cultural records. In South Dakota, a full-scale digitization lab has been built at the women's prison in Pierre to digitize newspapers from across the state on behalf of the state archives. These recent projects mark a new era in prison labor in service to higher education, but the practice is not new. In this talk, you will learn about several digitization efforts in prisons, trace some of the roots of prisoner labor for libraries, and be introduced to critical voices in prison studies that examine the ethics of prison labor. Optional readings will be shared in advance of the session and the session will include some group discussion.


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

Keynote Session

Fobazi M. Ettarh, Undergraduate Success Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries 


Joint Session on Innovative Uses of Library Spaces

Talk 1: Collaborative Collection Spaces, the What, the Why, and the How

Cory Mitchell, Collection Development Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Collaborative Collection Spaces (CCS) are purposely designed to promote collaboration, interaction, engagement and the active and innovative use of the library’s collections and spaces. This presentation will provide an in-depth explanation of the design concept, give reasons why it should be done, and detail a road map of how to accomplish it in your own library. Real-world examples from the UW-Stout Library include the Gaming and Digital Innovation (GDI) Lab and Video Games collection, the Arts Makerspace and the Comics & Graphic Novels collection, and the Tabletop Games collection and active gaming space. A two-year large-scale weeding project (70% reduction in physical periodicals and weeding of 75,000 books) was completed to help provide the necessary space to employ the CCS design concept. The talk will also highlight a collaboration with the UW-Stout School of Art and Design faculty to employ the CCS design concept to the library’s Main Collection.

Talk 2: Popping Up at a Library Near You: Experiential Learning, the Toaster, and the University of Minnesota Libraries


Carissa Tomlinson, Director, Physical Sciences & Engineering, University of Minnesota Libraries
Danya Leebaw, Director, Social Sciences & Professional Program, University of Minnesota Libraries

As the needs of our students and the priorities of our institutions have changed over time, academic libraries have been quick to re-purpose spaces, change services, and offer new technology. For example, when curricula began to emphasize collaborative group work, academic libraries added group study spaces and learning commons. Now, as many universities and colleges have shifted focus to experiential learning, there is a new opportunity for libraries to support the needs of our students. This presentation will focus on the University of Minnesota’s new Toaster Innovation Hub and how it supports student engagement and academic success through student-led innovation and entrepreneurship programming, makerspace equipment, and unique collaboration spaces for student organizations and project groups. Attendees will take away scalable ideas to implement at their own libraries.


DEVO Database: Building an Internal Database of International Authority Files at HMML

Dr. Daniel K. Gullo, Joseph S. Micallef Curator of the Malta Study Center, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Dr. Catherine Walsh, Metadata and Rare Materials Librarian, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library 
John Meyerhofer, Systems Librarian, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

In 2020, HMML was awarded a NEH grant to develop an online database to provide thousands of authority files for underrepresented communities in Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East which will be made available to the public via online database and open API for data search and harvesting. Our presentation will introduce this major project and how it follows international RDA standards for metadata creation, provide a preliminary discussion of our schema and use of RDF triples to link data openly, and a a discussion of the complexities of using a graph database that connects with individual users and institutions via single search operations as well as automated APIs.


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

Cooperative Collection Management in Minnesota  

Matt Rosendahl, Library Director, University of Minnesota Duluth
Katy Gabrio, Associate Director, Collection Development and Discovery, Macalester College

Academic Libraries face competing pressures to provide access to materials, but also to reimagine and redesign spaces occupied by stacks in order to meet the diverse needs of today’s campus communities. Increasingly, libraries are working together to address these demands. The Council of Academic Library Directors, convened by Minitex, has been working on this issue for three years. This group recently completed an LSTA-funded Cooperative Collection Management pilot project where libraries analyzed their collections and collectively agreed to retain their scarcely-held items to ensure long-term access to researchers and resource sharing networks. Learn more about this effort, and participate in an informal input session during the presentation to help inform the future of the project.

Getting published: Programs and services to encourage undergraduate researchers and writers

Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Minnesota Duluth
Kate Peterson, Undergraduate Services Librarian, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Students are hungry to be part of research. They might not always know what that means but many are passionate about the idea of creating new ideas and knowledge. The University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities have been working to encourage undergraduate research by students. This has taken many forms including an early semester workshop and one-on-one peer research consultations; hosting 1000+ student posters and projects in the digital conservancy; teaching a research themed first-year experience course; hosting and working with student journal editors on the Minnesota Undergraduate Research & Academic Journal and with supporting an undergraduate journal publishing as part of a class. UMD Undergraduates publish three journals: Aisthesis: Interdisciplinary Honors Journal, Duluth Journal of Undergraduate Biology and the soon to be published Duluth Journal of Writing Studies

Organize this! A panel on unionization in libraries

Amy Mars, Research, Instruction, & Outreach Librarian, St. Catherine University


Angel Gardner-Kocher (pronouns: she/her/hers)
AFSCME Local 2864
Angel is a Youth Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library and has been working in libraries since 2011. She has been active in both the paraprofessional and professional unions since 2012. She currently serves on AFSCME 2864’s Executive Board as a Member-at-Large and a union steward, and is part of the AFSCME’s policy committee representing Hennepin County workers.
Tom Eland
Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF)
Tom Eland has been a member of the Library & Information Studies faculty at Minneapolis College since 1995. He teaches liberal arts classes in Information Studies as well as courses in the Library Information Technology career program.  He currently serves as the library faculty coordinator with primary responsibilities in reference and collection development. His union leadership roles have included: faculty union vice president, faculty union president, faculty union grievance representative, and chair of the Academic Affairs and Standards Council. He holds a master of arts degree in library & information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of arts degree in theology from the University of St. Thomas, graduate coursework in liberal studies from Hamline University, a bachelor of arts degree in history from Bethel University, and an associate of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Marinette.
Anna Zillinger
AFSCME Local 2864
Anna earned her MLIS from the University of IL, Urbana-Champaign and holds a MAT in urban education from Hamline. She worked in libraries in Indianapolis, Denver, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Anna has served as union president since spring 2017 and will be stepping down in April to a steward role so she can focus more on worker-focused legislation and the elections in 2020.
Robin Ewing
Interfaculty Organization (IFO)
Robin Ewing is a Professor and Research Librarian at St. Cloud State. Robin is the Library Faculty Chair at St. Cloud State University and a proud member of the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO). She currently represents the University Library Faculty on the St. Cloud State University Faculty Senate.

What is the relationship between unionization in libraries and salary/benefits, job security, and intellectual freedom? In this session, we will explore these questions and more as we look at the data, talk to librarians in both academic & public libraries who have been active union members/organizers, and have a critical conversation about library labor issues and the potential of unions.


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

Computational analysis of the Library Quarterly

Cody Hennesy, Journalism & Digital Media Librarian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries
David Naughton, Web Applications Developer, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries

This presentation will introduce methods to access and analyze large collections of scholarly literature using computational tools. We will outline a project in which we performed topic modeling to understand shifts in subject coverage across 7,773 articles from The Library Quarterly from 1931 to 2015. We will introduce how to access journal collections using JSTOR’s Data for Research platform, and demonstrate how to use Python to run topic model algorithms for exploratory data analysis. These methods present new opportunities to generate hypotheses about the history of library and information science, and to collect primary sources outside of traditional information retrieval frameworks. We also consider challenges and opportunities for libraries to develop new kinds of research support in areas related to text mining.

You call this a collection! Understanding complexities of open access collection building.  

Emma Molls, Publishing Librarian, University of Minnesota

Increasingly, publishers and vendors are shifting their business models to be more inclusive of open access. These new business models add a significant confusion to how library collection dollars are spent, and even more confusion as to what library collection dollars are actually buying. This breakout session will guide subject librarians, selectors, and staff working in collections through additional questions and frameworks in considering what open access ventures are "worth" library investment. This session will specifically touch on transformative agreements, APCs, subscribe to open, and coalition memberships. Attendees should leave with a better understanding of the open publishing landscape.

Lightning Rounds

• Civic Engagement and the Academic Library, Alicia Kubas, Government Publications & Data Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

• Facilitating Research on Transgender Topics: Developing a Guide with an Interdisciplinary Team, Meghan Lafferty, Science and Engineering Librarian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Caitlin Bakker, Research Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries; Kristi Bergland, Music Metadata Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries; Kim Clarke, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries; Liz Weinfurter, Nursing Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

• Identifying Humanities Graduate Student Research Support Needs, Alexis Logsdon, Humanities Research and Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries; Brian Vetruba, European Studies and Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries; Jessica Abbazio, Music Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

• Librarian Professional Development through Partnerships and Programming, Mark McCullough, Reference/Faculty Development Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Pat Lienemann, Electronic Access and Discovery Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato

• Solving the Library Catalog's Geographic Discovery Problem, kalan Knudson Davis, Special Collections Metadata Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Anderson Horticultural Library Tour [limit 10 participants]

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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