Morning Breakout Sessions -  10:45 a.m. - 12 noon


Strategic Partnering:  Working Outside And Inside Your Library
Session moderator: Ms. Janet Crowther

Great Room B

Partnership discussion: Anne McDonough, Jim Heller, Barry Trott
Flipping the Switch: Rajesh Singh & Kyle N. Brinster, St. John’s University

Janet L. Crowther, Assistant Director (retired), Williamsburg Regional Library
Anne McDonough, Library & Collections Director, Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
James S Heller, Professor of Law Emeritus, Director of the William & Mary Law Library, College of William and Mary
Barry Trott, Special Projects and Technical Services Director, Williamsburg Regional Library
Rajesh Singh, Associate Professor, St. John’s University
Kyle N. Brinster, MS LIS Candidate, St. John’s University

Libraries of all sorts are increasingly looking to public and private sector partnerships to expand access, build new audiences, and leverage resources. Symposium keynote speaker Janet Crowther will first moderate a panel featuring three noted librarians from the academic, special, and public library fields. These three  panelists will have a conversation about their experiences with different types of partnering projects, including shared spaces, resource creation, improving access, and more. The audience will come away with an understanding of the opportunities and the challenges of building successful collaborations. 

Bringing a new tool such as partnering to an institution can be stressful for staff. Ms. Crowther will next introduce Rajesh Singh & Kyle N. Brinster, who will give a presentation that will shed light on how Heath and Heath’s “Switch” framework (2010) can ease the path to lasting change in libraries and information organizations by understanding and tapping into the emotional aspects of managing change into fast changing internal as well external information environments. Moreover, this presentation will demonstrate the importance of seeking buy in from 25% of engaged employee who can be critical in implementing and managing any change management initiatives.

The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of all session participants during the last 15-minutes of the session.

Data Science (Room 321/323)
Session Moderator:  Dr. Sue Yeon Syn

Gap Between Biomedical Researchers Research Data Management (RDM) Practices and Professional and Institutional Support: A Case of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Sue Yeon Syn, The Catholic University of America
Soojung Kim, Jeonbuk National University

This study explored biomedical researchers’ Research Data Management (RDM) practices and investigated how institute and professional services support their practices through the RDM processes with a case of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Biomedical researchers tend to have wide spectrum of needs due to differences in their research project processes and sources of research data. It was also observed that depending on the researcher’s stage of career, their needs for support varies. Responding to researcher’s needs, it was found that institutional information technology (IT) and library services are focused on certain stages of RDM processes. In addition, it was found that having a close collaboration among service units within an institute is important to maximize their resources for services, reduce duplicated services, and publicize their services to a wider range of users. This presentation will provide an overview of current RDM practices of biomedical researchers and support provided by professionals and institutes to discuss gaps and opportunities for improved services.

A Framework for Acquiring Datasets:  A Pilot Project at the Library of Congress
Lynn Weinstein, Library of Congress 

Datasets are a critical component of research that need to be preserved alongside other forms of research output. The Library of Congress is dedicated to supporting emerging styles of research and created a pilot program focused on the acquisition of select datasets nominated by a diverse group of disciplinary experts. Nomination criteria included content delivery method, format, size, rights restrictions, subject, and risk for loss.  A team was developed across functional units to collaborate and create multiple workflows that take advantage of existing resources and are straightforward enough to routinize. A core set of factors influenced selection and helped to ensure that a varied group of exemplars were received that  “kick the tires” on our acquisition workflows. These workflows are defined primarily by the content delivery method (direct download, SFTP, Web Archives, external media). We are in the process of rolling out the results of these efforts and will focus next on outreach. I will review how the pilot was designed and executed, lessons learned, and next steps.

 A Gradual Shift towards Open Access in Business Schools: A Bibliometric Analysis of Open Access Faculty Publications in Accounting Departments at Three Universities
Jonathan M. Torres, Rutgers University.

The following presentation will examine outcomes using bibliometric analysis between (OA) open access and non-OA publications from the accounting departments from three business schools (the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Auburn University).

 The objective of this research is to identify specific trends of OA from three Southeastern Conference (SEC) Institutions. As budget constraints continue to greatly impact academic institutions, this bibliometric assessment will help us determine whether or not accounting faculty are becoming more receptive to making their research more accessible to the public, other scholars, and other higher education institutions that cannot obtain access to specific journals. 

This presentation will demonstrate the extent of faculty’s publications that OA compared to non-OA and their relative scholarly impact and merits for the period 2013-2018. Furthermore, the presentation will outline OA articles have continued to increase gradually for all three academic institutions. The predictive analysis would suggest that professors within the accounting departments are gradually embracing OA based on the five-year trend and forecasting data.


Literacy (Great Room C)
Session Moderator: Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee

 The American University Experience (AUx): Creating a Foundation for Inclusive Excellence
Hannah Park, American University Library 

American University (AU) has revamped its general education requirements, and all incoming freshmen are required to take AUx2, which is a course that looks at structures of power, privilege, and inequality. As a member of the AUx2 Council, which provides curricular review and instructor training, I worked on revising the learning goals and objectives of the course and creating lesson plans for specific weeks in the curriculum. Of the four learning outcomes, one specifically touches upon critical information literacy: “Describe how historical and current structures of power, privilege, and inequality influence the creation, access and use of information and knowledge.” Students focus on looking critically at the technological and information infrastructure that enables certain content to proliferate. At the end of the course, students will recognize how structural inequality manifests itself in all areas of the world around them. With each passing semester, AUx2 will have a compounding impact on making sure that American University achieves its goal of inclusive excellence.

Primary Source Literacy & Confronting the Holocaust
Eric Shannon and Rodney Obien, Keene State College 

The archives and special collections at Keene State College house significant collections of Holocaust-related materials that bear witness to the persecution of the Jewish population in Europe and the genocide of two-thirds of that population between 1938 and 1945. Increasingly, faculty teaching Holocaust-related courses have been requesting primary source literacy sessions in the archives for their students to work with original archival documents. Primary sources can be difficult for students and faculty to use effectively because of their format, relative scarcity, bias and lack of context and background information to explicate the materials being examined. In this presentation, we will demonstrate an instructional session that uses German passports belonging to Holocaust survivors as a means of teaching students how to interpret and analyze primary source documents. We will also discuss how to use both formative and summative assessment to gauge student learning.

The Phenomena of Sharing Misinformation and the Need for Information Literacy
Tricia Bailey and Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, The Catholic University of America

This proposed briefing is designed to advance our understanding of the phenomena of sharing misinformation and to demonstrate that information literacy for information users is the best line of defense in a democratic but chaotic information environment. To engage the audience, the presentation will begin with a brief discussion of a piece of misinformation. This will be followed by a historical overview of how librarians have dealt with propaganda and misinformation. We will then present a taxonomy for understanding why people share misinformation, using examples to illustrate the problems. Potential impact of information literacy on information use and sharing behavior will be explained next. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of information literacy strategies for academic, public, and school libraries to promote critical thinking and responsible information sharing.