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The National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016 1:42 pm

The National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016

The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16), co-sponsored by the UCLA Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), was held on the UCLA campus on August 10 – 13, 2016. This was the second NDLC, the first occurred in 2010, and in 2013, the UCLA Library agreed to host this event with the theme “Bridges to Inclusion”. Monesha and I are hopeful that the success of this NDLC will encourage ARL to hold another one soon!

For this Professional Development blog post on the conference, Monesha and I have decided to collaborate rather than post twice. Additionally, the ZSR Staff Development Committee has arranged for Monesha and I to host a discussion about the conference on Wednesday, September 28th from 10-11am in ZSR Library room 204. Please join us if you are interested!

NDLC from Monesha

The National Diversity in Libraries conference at UCLA was everything I expected and much more. Never had I experienced such passion about any topic at any conference ever! From the beginning our opening keynote speaker Lakota Harden had attendees in tears as she spoke from her heart not her head. Lakota’s experiences with injustices pertaining to her family’s homeland opened my mind and made me think how this relates to me and ZSR. The answer was easy. It’s everything. Every individual has a story and somehow we have to find a way to make our stories co-exist and we have to be open to listen to someone else’s story. My personal experiences and the things happening in my community are passionate to me and as Lakota said, “Don’t take it personal when I’m raging.” We have to have those uncomfortable conversations and create dialogue in order to bring forward awareness and create change. Diversity is not just the color of your skin. Privilege is not just man versus woman. It is much deeper and there are so many layers that we as a community have to be willing to get uncomfortable and start to build those bridges to inclusion which was the theme of this year’s conference. I attended sessions on Thursday and Friday on multiple topics including “Being the bridge”, “Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce,” and “Do we walk the walk, or just talk the talk?” Every session was interesting and made me think about what we are doing at ZSR and what we think we’re doing. It was a shock to me to find so many libraries and schools that don’t support diversity training.There are many schools that have a diversity committee only as a check box and don’t take the committee seriously at all. On many occasions I was proud to be a member of the ZSR family and was able to offer suggestions to staff members struggling just to get acknowledgement that there was a problem. Hu and I will be having a more in depth conversation about our takeaways from the conference at our talk on September 28th at 10am in room 204.

NDLC from Hu

After the challenges of getting from LAX to UCLA, I was happy to settle into a residence hall room and head to the Wednesday night opening reception at the Powell Library. After seeing people I knew, like Mary Horton, and meeting new people, I was ready to head back the residence hall, grab dinner in the cafeteria and get a good night’s sleep. I mention the accommodations, because UCLA was an amazing place, and with all the conference participants in such close proximity, we had many informal opportunities to gather and talk in places like the cafeteria and the wonderful outdoor gathering spots.

Thursday began with an excellent keynote by Lakota Harden, orator, activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, radio host and poet. She led off with the fact that while she was happy to be there with us, she really wanted to be protesting at construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline. She closed her keynote with this powerful video addressing the effects of historical trauma in tribal communities. Thursday and Friday were packed with sessions, ranging from “Making the Invisible Visible: Diversity, Dialogue and Multicultural Awareness Through Digital Projects” with Erin White, Norda Majekodunmi, Yemisi Dina, and Alice Campbell, to “Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities” with Jade Alburo, Cheryl Beredo, Tessa Dover, April Hathcock, and Mark A. Puente.

Wanda and I had prepared a presentation entitled “Scaling Up: The Next Level of Diversity and Inclusion Training” in which we talked about ZSR’s New Student Assistant bootcamp, and the module on “Serving Diverse Populations” within that training. Commitments at WSSU prevented Wanda from attending, and I was sorry she didn’t get to experience the positive reaction to our presentation.

I’ll stop here because April Hathcock does a much better job than I can do of summarizing the conference! Monesha and I are looking forward to our presentation on September 28th where we can further discuss this amazing experience!

The First-Year Experience Conference 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016 3:47 pm

This was the third First-Year Experience (FYE) conference I have attended, and while not a traditional “library conference,” there are always many librarians who attend and there is always useful content! I began planning for this conference almost a year in advance. I had been looking for a place to present on the Faculty Fellows Program and a place to present on the new model for the first-year summer reading project, “Project Wake“. FYE 2016 seemed like the perfect conference for both presentations! With over 1900 participants from all division of higher education, these two projects involving first-year students seemed like a great fit! Once accepted, Christy Buchanan, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Advising, professors Barbara Lentz and Erica Still, and myself began preparing our presentations. Fortunately, there was overlap on the panels for these presentations, with three of my four co-presenters getting two opportunities to present.

Our first presentation, “WFU Faculty Fellows: Embedding Faculty Without Living in the Halls“, was very well attended. When we polled the room, about 1/3 of the audience had an residential faculty fellows model, only a couple of other schools had a model like WFU. It was fun to present on this topic and the audience had great questions. There were many schools there interested in replicating the WFU model. Our second presentation, “The Uncommon Common Reading Project: Bringing Choice Around a Theme“, drew a smaller, but equally engaged crowd that appreciated our creative model for the optional summer academic project that allowed student to choose from one of 22 different books.

Once we had our presentations out of the way, it was easier to focus on all the other amazing presentations at this conference. One theme that is saw across several presentations was financial literacy, something I know is important for our students and one of the dimensions of THRIVE. One presentation on this topic focused on the fact that “one size does NOT fit all” and showed tools like “CashCourse” that can help students. I also attended a variety of sessions on student engagement and retention. Always popular topics at this conference!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing keynote by Brian Murphy, president of De Anza College in Cupertino, CA., a community college that consistently ranks #1 or #2 in the state for the total number of students who annually transfer to University of California and California State University campuses. He focused on how we might think about students in transition if we want to better prepare them to engage the social and political world they inherit. He reminded of us John Dewey’s famous quote, “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.”

Lastly, I want to mention the Rosen Centre that hosted the conference. I was curious because rarely is a large convention center book ended by two hotels of the same name that aren’t nationwide chains. I did some research and learned about Harris Rosen, the founder of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Rosen is widely known in the Central Florida area due to his philanthropy.

 

 

Hu at NCLA: “A Librarian, an Archivist, and a Professor walk into…Collaboration that Matters”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:38 am

Since others have already posted about NCLA, I thought I would use my post to talk about an exciting program I attended by Shanta Alvarez and Patrick Rudd from Elon University. This program focused on the use of primary sources in classes, most notably, the Cable School, a restored 1850s schoolhouse that was part of the first public school system in North Carolina, known as the Common Schools.

Courtesy of Elon School of Education: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/education/outreach/default.xhtml

Along with using the Cable School to teach about education, for Elon’s 125th anniversary, students in a first year English class wrote stories about buildings on campus. Additionally, photos of mills and mill villages from the LEARN NC collection were used by students as primary sources in field work in the school system.

As a result of attending this session, I would like to try the research and writing assignment around campus buildings with LIB100 students at WFU as a way of introducing both primary sources and Special Collections to them!

Hu and the First-Year Experience Conference 2015 in Dallas

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:57 pm

The annual FYE conference isn’t a typical conference for a librarian. Dean Sutton first made me aware of FYE a few years ago and this is my second conference. There were 2000 attendees from 17 countries. Many were from Offices of Orientation, Advising, and First-Year Experience, but more and more divisions of the university are represented each year, including libraries! This is a friendly conference where we are not bound by our institutional role but rather by our desire for first-year student success. Like many library conferences, discussions spontaneously occur everywhere at FYE. Each session has an interactive segment where participants engage with the material and each other. The conference was held in the Dallas Omni, which meant most attendees were able to stay in this hotel and all the sessions were in the hotel. This size and structure encourages great discussions!

Here is a selection of sessions and speakers I attended while at FYE:

Opening session, featuring Adrianna Kezar, from the University of Southern California.

Kezar is the author of 14 books and over 100 articles. She examined and discussed the national trend of decreasing tenured faculty. Many aspiring academics are looking for work in a tight labor market and taking adjunct positions. She encouraged us to each find out the numbers of tenured and non-tenured faculty at our own institutions! (So I did just that!) She also encouraged us to look at how we support adjuncts across campus. Do the serve on committees? Do they have access to resources from the Teaching and Learning Center? Do they have time to use these resources? You can find more info on this issue and on how to support adjuncts at: The Delphi Project on Changing Faculty and Student Success

Orientation 101: The Basics of Orientation
Scott LeBlanc, Education and Program Director, NODA
Andy Cinoman, Director New Student Programs, Florida Gulf Coast University

I was unaware of NODA prior to this session. NODA is the “Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education.” They have resources for schools to evaluate their orientation programs. We also discussed the recently published the CAS Guiding Principles for Orientation. It is always good to hear about best practices and to learn other schools share similar issues when conducting orientation for new students. The take away here was that there is not just one correct way to do orientation.

Enhancing an Established Common Reading Program
Tiffany Shoop, Associate Director for Special Programs, Virginia Tech
Megan O’Neill, Associate Director for First-Year Experiences, Virginia Tech

Common Reading Programs and Peer Mentoring Programs were two common themes at this conference. Virginia Tech has an excellent common reading program that gave me some ideas for our program at WFU. One key point here, students want to read books about an individual’s journey, not books that tell them what they should do. (We learned that lesson here last year with P.M. Forni’s “Choosing Civility.” It was not well-received!) There also needs to be more transparency in the selection process, something we are already doing here at WFU, taking suggestions from faculty, staff, and students for this summer’s common reading program. I attended several sessions on common reading programs, but this one was by far the most informative and relevant to WFU.

The Conference Awards Luncheon

Each of the eight winners present to receive the “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award” gave a 2-3 minute talk on someone who was an advocate for them when they were a student. This prompt for the winners, provided by FYE, made this a much more meaningful event. The most touching stories came from two recipients in particular who described how they were first generation college students who came from households where English was the second language. They didn’t find an advocate during their first-year, so they focused their careers to become the advocate they didn’t have. It was worth waiting in line to get a seat!

Supporting a Diverse Student Population: The First-Year Residential Experience
Lauren Ramsay, Faculty Director Leeds Residential Academic Program, University of Colorado, Boulder
Mazhar Ali, First-Year Student, University of Colorado, Boulder

Boulder has an interesting program where students can join a residential academic program (think living-learn communities) that focuses on a particular discipline (in this case, business) The best part of this session was breaking up into small groups and discussing issues of reaching underserved populations from the application process to graduation.

Librarians at FYE

On Sunday night, I tweeted out to the Librarians at FYE and we met for drinks and discussion in the lobby bar! It was great to find other librarians at the conference and to exchange our ideas for engaging first-year students. (Twitter is such a great conference tool!)

Connecting the Common Read with Information Literacy and Student Success
Lisa Kerr, Interim Associate Provost, Enrollment Management, Auburn University at Montegomery
Lisa Farrow, Director Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, AUM

Bloom’s Taxonomy and Harvey Daniel’s Literature Circles were featured in this session. I learned some great tools to help student unpack a reading assignment individually and in groups. Like all the sessions I attended, we had to participate and try out the tools in a small group! This was so much better than a traditional conference presentation, but it also made it hard for me to check email and work on my blog post! (ohh, maybe that was the point!)

Crucial Conversations: Empowering Peer Educators to Facilitate Dialogue
Lauren Bosselait, Assistant Director First Year Experience and Learning Communities
Susie Mahoney, Assistant Director, Leadership Initiatives, University of Cincinnati

This session was packed! As I mentioned earlier, Peer Mentoring was a major theme at this conference. As an academic adviser, I appreciated the scenarios we examined in this session. Scenarios are a great way to practice these difficult discussions around social justice issues. It reminded me of the moderator training WFU has for the deliberative dialogues!

Meaningful Academic Collaborations Through Information Literacy for First-Year Students
Leah Tobin, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Gemstone Program
Rachel Gammons, Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Maryland

The Gemstone program does an amazing job of connecting the common reading program to information literacy, but we reach a larger percentage of our students for a longer time with our numerous sections of LIB100. Between our LIB100/200 sections and our “one-shot” research instruction sessions to First-Year Seminars we reach a number of students that other schools envied! That was nice to hear. Still, this session had me thinking how we could reach even more students. Leah and Rachel are rock star presenters! Rachel has a great description of why “libraries are weird” If you want a toothbrush on Amazon, you search “toothbrush” and click “Buy.” If it were set up like a library database, you would need to call the toothbrush a “dental hygiene device” in your search, and you would be taken to a site the a description but not the actual item. Also, there would be an embargo for one year or you would need to borrow the toothbrush from another place. The room cracked up at this. (We all asked for blanket permission to steal her description and use it ourselves!)

I appreciated this opportunity to branch out from traditional library conferences. There was much content that I’ll be able to leverage as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian! I hope I’ll be able to attend FYE again in a few years!

Embedded Librarians and the LENS Program

Monday, July 14, 2014 4:03 pm

This is the fifth year of the LENS (Learn, Experience, Navigate, and Solve) program at Wake Forest, and librarians from ZSR have been embedded in the program since the first year! Each year the program as grown, but this year the number of students increased from 35 to 51, requiring the students to split into two teams, and doubling the number of workshops we held for these students! In addition to all the sessions the librarians lead for the LENS program, we also participate in LENS planning meetings before, during and after the program! About half the LENS students will end up as freshmen at WFU and all LENS students receive an admissions interview while on campus!Fortunately, with the increase in students participating in the program, the leaders of LENS increased the number of writing faculty involved in the program and increased the number of student program assistants. Meanwhile, the ZSR Library’s LENS team grew to three with the addition of Meghan Webb to the existing team of Hu and Bobbie! These additional resources allowed for a smooth and successful LENS 2014!

The Library kicked off its role in the program with a brief technology orientation on Monday, June 23rd, then continued with an Introduction to Google Tools on Tuesday and “Capture the Flag” on Wednesday! On Friday, Bobbie and Meghan led a scavenger hunt in the Library and a session on scholarly research. On Tuesday, July 1st I lead a session on presentation tools and on July 3rd we hosted a game of Humans v Zombies in the Library with the BTFT (Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.) We wrapped up our time with the LENS program on Thursday, July 10th, with a clicker question survey of the program and attended the LENS concluding ceremony on Friday, July 11th. At the ceremony each group gave a final presentation of their sustainability project with a local community partner! The community partners included, Campus Kitchen and the Cobblestone Farmer’s Market, just to name two!

This is always a rewarding project, and this year was no exception! Even with the larger crowd, the students responded very favorably in the final evaluations and based on the citations in their final presentations, many of them were paying attention during the research instruction session! Many thanks to Meghan Webb, the newest ZSR staff member on the LENS team! Adding another person to the team was a huge help in meeting the needs of the LENS students!

-Hu Womack, Bobbie Collins, and Meghan Webb

Hu’s Wrap-Up of ALA 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 4:38 pm

Clearly I’m still in search of a catchy title for these posts! On Saturday at ALA, I had a chance to meet with our contact at Media Education Foundation, (MEF) Alexandra Peterson. We talked about creative solutions to market out new streaming titles from MEF. You can check out our new streaming titles from MEF here.

After a long LITA meeting to work out the details for Sunday’s Top Tech Trends, I attended a interesting program on 3D printing and makerspaces in libraries without extra space! One library described having the 3D printers on carts by the Reference desk and another library did the same thing with 3D printers on carts by the Circulation desk! In both cases users were fascinated by these printers and enjoyed seeing them in action. Users appreciated having a place to experiment with this new technology!

Sunday began with the Alexander Street Press breakfast at 7:30am, which featured a wonderful talk byPaul Rusesabagina, the humanitarian Rwandan hotel manager who hid and protected 1,268 refugees during the Rwandan Genocide. Afterwards, I checked out the exhibits hall with Rosalind and Mary Beth, and then it was time to set up and prepare to stream the LITA Top Tech Trends Program and the LITA President’s Program!

This was my second and final year on the LITA Top Tech Trends committee. After serving on the LITA program planning committee (Thanks, Susan!) and streaming the LITA Annual Forum that year, I was asked to joinTop Tech Trends and have streamed that program for the last two years. The addition of the ZSR Library’s newVidiu encoder from Teradek (Thanks Thomas and Barry!) made it possible to stream HD video on YouTube of both events. If you are interested, both the Top Tech Trends Program and the President’s Program can be see on the LITA YouTube channel. While only 14people were watching the stream live, 100 have already watched the recording! The LITA President’s Program speaker, Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, was particularly wonderful. The story of how she came to create her non-profit was truly inspiring!

My ALA experience wrapped up on Sunday evening with the Proquest Intota launch party and a quick tour of the Las Vegas strip led by Rozas we walked and monorailed back to our hotel after the event! While it was a very productive weekend, I’m very happy to be back to my routine at ZSR!

 

ALA 2014 according to Hu….(I can’t think of a catchy title for this.)

Saturday, June 28, 2014 4:49 pm

I know, I know, it’s Vegas, and I should have a catchy title for this post. Alas no catchy title, but hopefully some good content!

Friday started with a 6am run on the strip, followed by an online meeting about flipping my Lib210 class. (During this meeting I discovered that my iPhone hot spot and the cell signals in Las Vegas were not robust enough for a smooth Google+ Hangout, but Bally’s is not getting $15 a day for WiFi from me!)

Zappos!

Next, I had the pleasure of joining the APALA sponsored tour of the Zappos corporate headquarters located in the historic Las Vegas City Hall (Only in Vegas can a 40 year old building be historic!) Sarah Jeong, and the other leaders of APALA, did an amazing job arranging this tour. Many of you may have heard about the Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, and his new book, “Delivering Happiness.” Zappos is known for its corporate culture and we were witness to it while there! The new employees who had just finished their four-week training program (all employees, no matter the job, go through a month-long training program, and all take shifts doing customer service!) held a parade through the headquarters, celebrating their completion of the program! We also saw the bocce court and hammocks pictured below!

Streaming Video in Academic Libraries

After lunch, the group visited the Downtown Project, a plan revitalized downtown Las Vegas, spearheaded by Hsieh, but I had to dash off to ProQuest Day at ALA to hear the presentation “Streaming Video in Academic Libraries.” Jane Hutchison from William Paterson University and Deg Farrelly from Arizona State University surveyed a variety of libraries regarding streaming video and presented some of their finding at this presentation. Keep in mind, while the survey data wasbroken up by Carnegie classification, the data presented at this program isaggregated. Their survey instrument can be found at http://Tinyurl.com/SurveyASV

Here are some of the interesting points they discovered or confirmed. First, most libraries reported that tech support comes from the IT department, but primary responsibility comes from the library, where key responsibilities are widely distributed.

Licensing:

Only 3% of libraries have a dedicated agent, 16% were media librarians, 34% were Acquisitions Librarians, 39% other (from director to consortium and all in between)

Converting collections:

  • 63% already stream
  • 89% plan to convert
  • 35% have not converted but plan to in the next 3 years

81% converting content with digital content licensing from a distributor as opposed to in-house digitization

58% don’t digitize on request

40% who digitize on request do it via licensing

33.3% digitize under fair use, following guidelines from some of the documents listed below:

  • Code of best practices in fair use
  • Fair Use Evaluator
  • Copyright Guidelines (NYU)
  • ARL Code
  • TEACH Act
  • Internal copyright guides

The libraries that were digitizing on request were very serious about making a case for fair use. They were not just going about it without considering the repercussions.

Spending;

In the aggregate, libraries were found to be spending more on streaming than hard copy video, 28K for streaming as opposed to 20K for hard copy video.

  • 32% anticipate spending less for hard copy video next year.
  • 42% anticipate spending more for streaming individual titles
  • 48% anticipate spending more for streaming collections
  • 44% purchased streaming titles in perpetuity
  • 42% purchased streaming collections in perpetuity
  • 66% use term license titles
  • 90% subscribe to at least one collection from an aggregator

Films Media Group and Alexander Street Press were the two primary players during the time of the survey. New players include: Kanopy, Docuseek2, Hoopla.

  • 34% of libraries place lease records in catalog
  • 46% of libraries place purchase records in catalog
  • 57% of libraries place subscription records in catalog
  • 22% of libraries don’t catalog any of the individual streaming video titles
  • 72% use a vendor’s hosting (cloud storage for some or all of streaming video)

I look forward to seeingthe full report when it is published. The researchersplan to run this survey again and improve some issues with the survey instrument before the next round.

RUSA 101

Next, I attended RUSA 101 session and met Andrea Hill. I had worked with Andrea on presenting a recent webinar for RUSA and wanted to meet her in person and thank her for the opportunity. She mentioned there will be another open call to submit a proposal to lead a RUSA webinar soon after ALA if anyone is interested! This session offered a greatintroduction to RUSA and plenty of time to meet with the various sections set up at tables around the room.

Keynote-Jane McGonigal

I thought nothing could be better than the Zappos tour, but Opening Keynote, Jane McGonigal, game designer and author, proved me wrong! She was just as amazing as Zappos! I’ve been a fan of her TED Talks for years and was pleased to have the opportunity to hear her speak in person.

She began her talk by explaining that there are currently over1 billion gamers world wide! (Those are people who spend one hour a day or more gaming.)
Next she quoted a study that found that 81% of workers are not engaged in their work, which results in a 3.1 billion dollar loss in productivity. She argues that people are looking for a source of engagement. If we could take 1% of the 7 billion hours spent on games, we could build a new Wikipedia each day.

After presenting research that shows gaming can improve positive emotional resilience. for example, gamers spend 80% of time failing in videogames! She believes the coming generation of gamers will be super-empowered hopeful individuals! If we can harness that gaming energy toward constructive games, it could change the world. She used the example of the “game” Foldit, a multiplayer online game that engages non-scientists in solving hard prediction problems, and how its 50K players were all listed as authors in the 2010 “Nature” article resulting from their efforts.

She then asked the audience, what if libraries were the place for solving these epic challenges. Her game “Find the Future” a pioneering, interactive experience created especially for NYPL’s Centennial, did just that, using the New York Public Library as a place where 500 players wrote found artifacts and prompts that directed them to write their own essays. At the end of the 12 hour event, the essays were published in a book and added to NYPL’s collection, with each of the 500 participants listed as authors!

After hearing Jane McGonigal describe this event, Carolyn McCallum and I spent the next half hour discussing how ZSR could host this kind of event!

ANSS Social at Tamba Indian Cuisine

I ended the day with Carolyn McCallum at the ANSS Social, where we met a prison librarian and two librarians who had recently worked in Russian libraries. We also chatted witha librarian from Arizona State University about the new Starbucks/ASU online education program! It was a interesting crowd and a great way to end a busy day!

More to come!

 

Hu’s ALA 2013 Wrap-up

Friday, July 5, 2013 3:39 pm

I spent ALA wearing two hats, my tech geek hat (which is a bit old and dusty) and my reference librarian hat (which is a much better fit these days!) Streaming the LITA Top Tech Trends and the LITA President’s Program gave me an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and dust off that tech geek hat. It was nerve-racking to pull of the streaming, but it forced me to learn some new skills and it gave me a chance to work with a great committee and meet some interesting people on the Top Tech Trends panel! (And it gave me a great excuse to buy a cool, new MacBook Pro!) You can check out the less than perfect results of my streaming video at the links below:

Cory Doctorow onVimeo
https://vimeo.com/69711015
Top Tech Trends onVimeo
https://vimeo.com/69648058
Streaming LITA Top Tech Trends

Streaming LITA Top Tech Trends

While wearing my reference librarian hat, I attended an interesting session on screen sharing for reference questions. The two applications discussed were Google+ hangouts and Join.me. I really like the idea of screen sharing as a way of enhancing our virtual reference, the trick seems to be making it as easy as chat! There are issues to using Google+ hangouts in our computing environment, but I’m confident that we will get past those issues at some point and need to consider how to best incorporate screen sharing into our services.

So to recap, there is a reason they call it a comfort zone and I’m happy I don’t have to spend all my time outside of it!

Hu’s ALA 2013 (It’s all about LITA)

Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:51 pm

So maybe it was a little crazy getting to our hotel in the middle of a city-wide celebration, and maybe Susan, Carolyn and I looked a little strange wheeling our luggage through a sea of red shirts (and no shirts), but honestly, how often does crazy like that happen, and how often do you get to be right in the middle of it all? It was an adventure!

Susan and Carolyn and the Blackhawks Fans

Susan and Carolyn and the Blackhawks Fans

Upon arriving at our hotel, Susan, Carolyn and I headed to McCormick Convention center (my first time there!) to get our badges. Then Susan and I headed to the LITA 101 session where we met up with Thomas. One of my main purposes this weekend is the successfully stream the LITA Top Tech Trends program on Sunday afternoon! (2pm EST, 1pm CST) So I began giving out handbills to everyone in the room for “Sunday Afternoon with LITA” and talking up the event. I was a marketing machine! I didn’t even notice when I handed one to Cory Doctorow, which is good, because I might have been star-struck if I had realized it was him.

LITA 101

LITA 101

After LITA 101, Roz, Mary Beth and I heard Steven Levitt, of Freakonomics fame! He told about his failures rather than his successes (the failures made for much better stories) and he had a wonderful story on pricing models that really isn’t blog appropriate, but I’ll happily discuss with anyone who is interested! Oh, and did I mention that RahmEmanuelwelcomed us all to Chicago? It was a good day that only got better when Susan, Roz, Mary Beth, Thomas, Carolyn, and I met Chelcie Rowell for drinks and then dinner at the Italian Village (Thanks for a great dinner venue choice, Roz!)

Rahm Emanuel at ALA 2013

Rahm Emanuel at ALA 2013

But I digress, as I said in the title, “It’s all about LITA”. On Saturday, the Top Tech Trends committee met and reviewed all the details for our program on Sunday afternoon! We are trying to improve an already successful program, which is a challenge. I’m also responsible for streaming the program, a nerve-racking task as many of the key elements for successful streaming, like bandwith and audio feeds, are out of my hands and require me to have faith in the resources at the convention center. I’ll be very stressed until that part of the conference is over!

After inspecting the venue for “Sunday Afternoon with LITA”, I attend 19th Annual Reference Research Forum. There were several great presentations; one was a usability study of LibGuides that generated some great insights on how students use our resources, and another was on data visualization of reference transactions. The data visualization was impressive, but the human coding of the data was an arduous task. I followed this session with a trip to the Exhibits Hall where I walked half the exhibits and found a nice place to sit and write this before my next session, “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron”.

Tonight I’ll test drive all the video equipment for streaming! Fingers crossed! Check out #ALA2013 on Twitter for more about the conference and check out #ALA2013TTT for more about the LITA Top Tech Trends program!

 

NCBIG Camp 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013 4:59 pm

On Friday, May 31st, Joy Gambill, Kyle Denlinger, and I attended the NCBIG Camp 2013 at UNCG’s Jackson Library. The North Carolina Bibliographic Instruction Group (NCBIG) is an NCLA discussion group, and this “unconference” was designed to be a participant-driven event, with facilitators for each of the twelve session (three breakout sessions with four facilitated discussions in each session). Joy, Kyle and I all agreed to facilitate a session. I attended a discussion on “Assessing Student Learning Outcomes“, where I got some great ideas for embedding some assessment tools in my LibGuides and learned about an excellent LibGuide on assessment from Portland State University on “Assessing Library Instruction“. Next, I attended Kyle’s session on “Technology for Teaching and Learning“, where we discussed a variety of useful tools including Infogr.am (yes, it is spelled that way!) “Mozilla Thimble” just to name a couple. After lunch, I facilitated a discussion on “Outreach to Students“. I was glad I had prepared a structure for the discussion, developing an icebreaker and bring flip chart paper and pens for participants to use to list their successful outreach programs and their challenges.

After everyone wrote their ideas on the flip charts, we discussed the results and found interesting differences and similarities between the K-12 and public libraries and the academic libraries. There was some interest in Humans v. Zombies and it looks like I made a connection that will get us a contingency from Winston Salem State University for the next event in October! All in all, we agreed it was a very productive day with some new and interesting ideas and some great networking with other librarians! Thanks to Joy and Kyle for a great day!


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