All Together Now: How Electronic Materials Changed a Reference Collection
Presented by Megan Myers, Environmental Protection Agency
In 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency's National Library Network created The Core List for an Environmental Reference Collection. This bibliography of environmental resources was created to assist in developing and managing an environmental information collection. The 2010 version of The Core List designates 60 titles that were deemed essential reference items for an EPA Library to have onsite. However, a 2012 analysis of holdings in the Network's 26 libraries showed that in two short years, twenty of the titles in "The Core's Core List" were generally held electronically. This poster will look at what makes a given resource "essential" rather than "nice to have" while examining the role electronic resources have played in strengthening the EPA Library Network's reference collections and what having a resource "onsite" really means.
Alternative and Traditional Careers for Librarians and Information Professionals
Presented by Betsy Sutliff, Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC; Elana Kleinman; David Shumaker, The Catholic University of America
The purposes of this poster are to explore non-traditional career paths in the Federal government for librarians, and to make comparisons of the skill sets needed in traditional and non-traditional roles. The poster will present the results of an initial survey conducted in Fall 2012. These insights will be of interest to students preparing for Federal careers, experienced librarians considering a career change, and LIS instructors concerned with the relevance of today's curriculum to the emerging as well as traditional job opportunities for MLIS graduates.
Another Look: Reprocessing Photograph Collections
Presented by Jordan Patty, George Mason University
In 2010, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded the George Mason University Libraries a Detailed Processing Grant to reprocess two important photograph collections. The Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection and the Arthur Scott Photograph Collection both contain images of significant people and events in Washington, D.C., the United States, and abroad in the 20th century. Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) staff created detailed typewritten and handwritten inventories in the 1980s, but they never updated those inventories using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Thus, most of the contents remained hidden from researchers; and staff could not easily locate images to meet reference requests. The grant provided partial funding for SC&A staff to reprocess the two collections according to proper archival standards while also using previous description efforts where appropriate. The result is that both collections are far more accessible to the research community than they have ever been before. This poster will highlight the successes and the challenges as well as possibilities for other institutions to tackle similar projects.
Best Practices and Worst Pitfalls for Developing Library Webinars
Presented by Abbey Gerken, Environmental Protection Agency
In early 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency's National Library Network launched a monthly webinar-based training program. Sessions are hosted by the Library Network's coordination team, taught by EPA librarians, and offered to EPA employees and contract staff. Topics are often based on librarian expertise and popular user requests. This presentation will look back on three years of webinar experiences to examine what works and what doesn't when dealing with marketing, technology troubleshooting, interacting with attendees, easing the burden on presenters, creating environments conducive to learning and training the trainers themselves. This poster will also examine how a webinar program can benefit a library's outreach efforts, both in promoting new or underused resources and showcasing the skills of library staff.
Capitalizing on Change: Developing Embedded Librarian Services for an Association in Transition
Presented by Megan Smith, American Physical Therapy Association
Organizational restructuring often causes anxiety among staff, especially those employed in areas that feel vulnerable or are under pressure to demonstrate value, such as libraries or information resources departments. The American Physical Therapy Association recently undertook a major association-wide staff reorganization to increase efficiency, reduce redundancies, and align resources with strategic priorities. It resulted in one of the two staff librarians being embedded in a new public policy unit. This poster will illustrate the proactive process used by the embedded librarian to define her new role and design products and services that meet stated needs. It will present the results of an information needs assessment, and demonstrate how the results led to the creation of a SharePoint community, later named the Research & Policy Hub (the Hub). It will also show how this work increased visibility and led to participation in other projects. This poster will help shed light on embedded librarianship in an association and demonstrate how librarians' roles can evolve in rapidly changing workplaces.
Challenges of Cataloging Art Images: Based on a University Visual Resources Archive Practices
Presented Oksana Prokhvacheva, George Washington University
This poster shares the experience of cataloging art images using VireoCat software. It will discuss the process of cataloging of images in a relational database and the decisions cataloger has to face when assigning and selecting metadata elements or database fields. It will also focus on the methodology of image classification from the point of view of a cataloger. Despite the fact that many attempts have been made to create systematic and comprehensive image classification vocabularies (such as the Iconclass or Getty Thesauri), many museums and image archives prefer using local vocabularies specific to the collection that allows them to apply user-centered approach and customize existing systems to their specific needs.
Creating an Embedded Library Instruction E-Classroom: A Campus Partnership
Presented by John Danneker, George Washington University
The George Washington University Libraries have a very active library instruction program, highlighted by a close partnership with the University Writing Program. As a major renovation of the Ames Building on the Mount Vernon Campus created new office spaces for the Writing Program, an opportunity arose for the Eckles Library to work with several campus partners to create a technology-rich e-classroom in the same building. In so doing, for the first time in recent GW library history, a major library service and a dedicated space have physically embedded librarians into a vital academic building, expanding the reach of the library while serving students and faculty outside the footprint of the library proper. This poster will highlight the spaces and the services offered, in addition to the campus partnerships and the ongoing assessments of the space as it is used to teach a wide range of library instruction sessions.
Creating More Access Opportunity for eSerials Through System to System Integration
Presented by Carlos Martinez, Library of Congress; Anupama Rai, Library of Congress; Theron Westervelt, Library of Congress
The Library of Congress' Repository Development Center will make digital collections of eSerials accessible for both on and off-site researchers. The e-Deposit project involves the Delivery Management System (DMS) and the Integrated Library System (ILS) undergoing a system-to-system integration in order to complete summary holdings records for eSerial titles. Currently, software developers and the cataloging team are collaborating to identify the business rules around developing Library access codes and requirements for accessing digital content available on the Library's server. The overall goal is to allow system-to-system integration between DMS and ILS to automatically create and provide summary holdings access information definitions with URLs. This information will be used by DMS to provide appropriate access and render the Journal contents based on the access code and the library wide access policies. The poster helps library and information science professionals learn about an instance of system-to-system integration addressing the many challenges and opportunities of creating and providing access to digital collections.
CUA Libraries Mobile App
Presented by Elizabeth Bateman, The Catholic University of America; Katherine Perdue, The Catholic University of America; Maura Williams, The Catholic University of America
This poster focuses on the creation of a CUA Libraries Mobile App to help students and patrons more easily access online content through their phones and tablet devices. The poster includes a summary of the process, and what worked and didn't work ultimately in the design of this app. The goal of the app is to improve the library experience for Catholic University students through this project and add to the new field of research into faceted search for mobile devices.
Developing an Ontology for Legal Research
Presented by Amy Taylor, American University
This poster will show efforts to develop a legal ontology for teaching legal research. There are currently more than twenty legal ontologies worldwide that encompass legal knowledge, legal problem solving, legal drafting and information retrieval, as well as several subject ontologies, but no ontology of legal research. A legal research ontology would be useful because the transition from print to digital sources has shifted the way research is both conducted and taught. Legal print sources have much of the structure of legal knowledge built into them, so teaching students how to research in print also teaches them what they are researching. With the shift to mostly digital sources, this structure is now only implicit, and researchers must rely more upon a solid foundation in the structure of legal knowledge. The poster also investigates the possibilities and methods of representing this legal ontology visually to make it easier to incorporate into instruction.
Presented by Judine Slaughter, The Catholic University of America
You can easily, effectively, and, inexpensively market yourself, your employer, and others by writing book reviews. This poster explains how Do-It-Yourself Marketing has the potential to build your confidence to market your writing skills, develop your managerial savvy by working with different social networks, and establish relationships with industry professionals.
Erasing the Borders: Sister Libraries Open Doors Worldwide for Local Libraries
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Presented by Barbara Conaty, District of Columbia Library Association; Jacqueline Protka, The Corcoran Library
Sister Libraries is a long-standing initiative of the International Relations Round Table of the ALA. Sister Libraries partnerships between American and overseas libraries inspire pride, opportunity, and creativity between two institutions. They enhance global awareness, facilitate intercultural communication, and increase the sustainability of library programs and services. This poster will introduce visitors to the basic concepts of Sister Libraries, review several success stories, provide names of local and national contacts, and provide in-person experts for on-site consultations.
Improving Accessibility for the Deaf: A Partnership Between DCPL Adaptive Services and the University of Maryland
Presented by Lynn Olson, University of Maryland; Carol Ido, University of Maryland; Jean Lee; Barbara Dickey Davis, Future of Information Alliance
In the spring of 2012, for the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies course, LBSC622: Information and Universal Usability taught by Dr. Mega Subramaniam, a group of students collaborated with staff at the District of Columbia's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library's Adaptive Services Division in an effort to improve access to information resources for the Deaf community. The primary objective of the project was to provide captioning for the video "Libraries, Access and ASL Literature: The Deaf Share Our Not-So-Silent Stories" to make it more accessible to the Deaf community. This poster will provide insight into value of libraries collaborating with LIS students, highlight the important relationship between access and technology and supply recommendations by the student group for future work on this project and how similar projects can be implemented.
Online Instruction: Supporting Our Patrons Virtually
Presented by Tom Harrod, George Washington University
This poster considers experiments using the online instruction software Collaborate (formerly Elluminate Live). We have expanded our use of this tool to include the instruction of library 'drop-in' classes for patrons who are unable to visit the library for our in person sessions, distance education library instruction sessions for students, and training for faculty whom we serve so that they might apply it in their own teaching. As a result of these efforts, we've reached out to patrons whom we would have otherwise missed, expanded our involvement in the distance-education programs that we serve, and increased our influence among local faculty as a go-to resource for this emerging technology.
Preparing for Change and Taking Action: Effective EBSCO Discovery Service Workflows at Two University of Maryland Libraries
Presented by Lenore England, University of Maryland University College; Kelly Shipp, University of Maryland
The implementation of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is a complex process, and the way in which this process is structured differs according to the type of library and its organizational structure. A common element to all libraries is that as this process progresses, it becomes clear that workflows to build, maintain, and develop EDS may mean significant changes within the organization. As shown at two University of Maryland libraries, it’s critical to prepare for the coming potential storm of changes, as well as managing the change from the very beginning. The poster will also describe the means to control the potential deluge of changes through the establishment of effective workflows, including the development of workflows that are flexible enough to bend and change in future.
Question after Question: Mentoring and Collection Development
Presented by Trevor Riley, United States Coast Guard Academy
As a librarian at the beginning of my career I have found that I spend countless hours working to understand not only how to maintain a well balanced collection, but wrapping my head around the vast number of resources and the vendors who provide them. The complexities of collection development as it relates to variety topics such as DRM, vendor relations, strategies, subscription services, and consortiums can be extremely daunting for a young librarian. Experiences and knowledge a young librarian gains will act as a foundation for that librarian in the future. In order to develop a well rounded and prepared future generation of librarians, it is critical that mentors emerge and actively step up to aid its maturity. This poster shows how a mentor who is open and honest can provide a young librarian a solid foundation for librarianship. Looking at first hand experiences, this poster also examines the challenges specific to academic, government, and military libraries.
Research & Analysis Frameworks: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach
Presented by Angela J. Kent, The Catholic University of America
All disciplines seek and analyze information to identify truths. The most obvious "truth-seeking" research and analysis model is the intelligence cycle; other models include evidence-based medicine (medical profession) and legal discovery and analysis models (legal profession). Finally, there is the well-established, research and analysis framework found within library and information sciences. This research will present a comparative view of the above-noted disciplines' research and analysis methods. The scope of this research includes identifying general research and analysis frameworks used by the intelligence, medical, and legal communities; with the baseline being set by current library and information sciences research and analysis methods. This poster analyzes the core practices of research and analysis frameworks with an intentional view of cross-disciplinary comparison. The poster will include: (1) preliminary assessments and conclusions of best practices for the library and information sciences as a discipline and in practice, and (2) future research within other disciplines.
Studies in Embedded Librarianship in First-Year Undergraduate Programs
Presented by Jennifer L. Adams, The Catholic University of America; Angela J. Kent, The Catholic University of America
Embedded librarianship is a trending practice in many learning environments, including traditional academia. This project will survey studies in embedded librarianship programs geared towards first-year, undergraduate programs at academic institutions. As academic librarians continue to adapt and improve their presence among users, embedded librarianship offers an avenue for them not only to reach out to the newest members of the university learning community, but also to establish new or improved working relationships with faculty and the university as a whole. This project aims to identify three to four current and robust programs for further research. Future research may include examining current information literacy assessment measures and/or establishing a matrix for evaluation of first-year undergraduate programs.
The Literature Published by Civil War Soul Sisters
Presented by Lavonda Kay Broadnax, Library of Congress
Librarians in a variety of institutions frequently sponsor activities to coincide with local, state or national celebrations. This poster will highlight one librarian's response to the sesquicentennial of the U.S. Civil War. This commemoration was viewed as an opportunity to examine this time of American history from a non-traditional vantage point. The librarian compiled works that were published by African American women who lived during the Civil war, a time when it was illegal in most place for African Americans to learn to read or write. Their diverse works included autobiographies, biographies, poetry, novels, speeches, essays, textbooks and more. The women documented their challenges, struggles and triumphs. They shared their humor, joy, and spirituality. The compilation is limited to works that can be accessed online and free. It contains over 100 items, with images of most of the women and many of their book covers.
Presented by Camille Salas, Library of Congress; Trevor Owens, Library of Congress
Viewshare is a free, web-based tool that allows organizations to generate and customize interfaces to digital collections. The Library of Congress initially developed the software to enhance access to digital materials preserved through the National Digital Information and Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). It was then launched to the wider cultural heritage community in October 2011. In addition to creating interactive views, the system creates normalized and reusable data. Viewshare has been used to display art collections, government documents, and scientific research results. Educators have also used Viewshare as an instructional tool for humanities and information science coursework. As of September 2012, there were about 1,200 total Viewshare accounts. This poster will provide a visual introduction to Viewshare and demonstrate how it can be used to visualize collections and promote them to the public at large.