- Combating misinformation with a multi-tiered information literacy approach
Melissa Foge, Mariette Largess, and Colleen Quinn, University of Maryland Global Campus
As a global online university, ensuring that our students have the ability and skills to access quality information is vitally important. With the rise of misinformation in the era of “fake news”, the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) library has worked to ensure that our students have the tools and instruction they need from multiple sources such as LibGuides, tutorials, reference and research help, and classroom instruction.
Our tutorials and LibGuides cover the topics of evaluating websites, determining the credibility of sources, and our new PRIMO- accepted Introductory Research Tutorial. We work one-on-one with students when visiting classes and providing reference services. We consult with UMGC’s undergraduate and graduate introductory research courses. We also work with faculty to develop assignments that include information literacy concepts. The UMGC Library is constantly looking out for new ways to empower students and faculty regarding information literacy.
- The Six-Week Project: How to get from ideas to results in a hurry
Topher Lawton, Georgetown University Library
Over the course of six weeks in early 2019, a three-person team at the Georgetown library developed best practices, an assessment rubric, and an internal communications plan to update the Georgetown approach to online chat service. View this poster to see a project-management case study, including the tools we used, our timeline and approach, and our tips for turning recommendations into actions. Come learn about our strategies for speedy projects, and leave with concrete ideas, templates, and notes to run your own six-week project!
- Preserving U.S. Government’s Medical Corpus for the Well Being of Contemporary Society
Jennifer G. Gilbert, National Library of Medicine
NLM Digital Collections is the National Library of Medicine’s online repository of biomedical resources, providing free, downloadable access to NLM’s rich historical resources and select modern resources. Included in the collection are U.S. federal texts, moving images, still images and maps. The Digital Collections repository infrastructure relies on open source applications. Fedora provides the framework
for structuring, managing and disseminating digital content. Apache Solr and Lucene index the content to deliver full-text and faceted metadata search. The Blacklight discovery interface is used to display the Digital Collections resources and provide search functionality. Digitized texts are presented via Internet Archive’s BookReader. Images are provided by the Loris IIIF image server and displayed through the OpenSeaDragon image viewer. Digitized films are viewable on resource pages via the embedded Video.js player. Preservation actions of the managed content include storing every master file with an MD5 checksum that is periodically verified and replicating content at a secondary data center and a third-party location. NLM is committed to preserving and providing free public access to these government-produced works.
- Exploring Information Silos at the Royal Anthropological Institute: Reviewing Information Architecture, Content, and Search Tools within a LAM
Erin Mir-Aliyev, The Catholic University of America
This poster presents major findings of a research project that analyzed the organizational scheme and content of the website of the Anthropology Library of the British Museum. It explains the information architecture of the Royal Anthropological Institute website, and shows how resources are organized to facilitate searching and browsing. It assesses the effectiveness of tools on the website to support discovery and access. The poster addresses how the arrangement of the website influenced the user’s understanding of the how the British Museum, Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Anthropology Library and Research Center are related. It reviews the issues resulting from the existence of separate information silos within the website. The poster also briefly explains the convergence of LAMs (Libraries, Archives, and Museums as one institution) and how this website reveals this trend.
- A Semester at Congressional Research Services
Kate McGovern, The Catholic University of America
Over the fall 2019 semester, I interned at CongressionalResearch Services in the Domestic Social Policy division as a research intern. During the practicum, I worked on many different types of reference requests, such as literature reviews, bill searches, and other types of reference requests. I also worked on other assignments between the reference requests. This poster will discuss the different projects I worked on and the different sources used. My practicum experience will be related to the Reference and user services Association guidelines and the reference competencies in the FLICCCompetencies for Federal Librarians. More importantly, this poster will also discuss the mentorship I’ve received from CRS Librarians and other librarians outside of CRS. It will also discuss the events I attended during my internship. Lastly, I will include essential lessons that other librarians and graduate students can learn from.
- The Arlington Public Library Website: A Forward-Thinking Community Resource
Annette Russell, The Catholic University of America
Public library website navigation increasingly mimics online shopping in an attempt to attract more users. Arlington Public Library’s (APL) website and online catalog follow that trend while demonstrating how public library systems can appeal to users without sacrificing their role as information resource providers. For example, APL has “Frbrized” their online catalog and established a partnership with RBdigital to show how library systems can overcome cataloguer shortages by recycling third-party metadata. APL also broadens its offerings with the “Library of Things,” whose items provide numerous non-textual learning tools for patrons. Based on a project completed in LSC 551 Organization of Information (Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee), this poster illustrates how APL organizes and presents its resources to support the FRBR user tasks (find, identify, select, obtain), resulting in “smarter” search tools (IFLA, 2009). The APL website can serve as a model to other public libraries of how to be truly current and community-oriented in meeting user needs.
- Library Luminary: Melvil Dewey
Sandra Lima Rocha Teixeira Neves, The Catholic University of America
This poster is about Melvil Dewey’s life and contribution to the librarianship: showing his path since his early life; when he started to prepare to go to college; going through the various stages of his life and career, and; his contribution to the Library Science until his death. He had a major impact in the United States and all over the world. This is a result of a research paper for the course LSC 557 - Information Professionals in Society. Dewey is the creator of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), the founder of librarianship education, intellectual professor and promoter of permanent education in libraries, the founder of library organizations, including the American Library Association, and the Library Journal, etc. He was a motivator in the library field, and his endeavors inspire students. He remains a strong impact on the modern library. He is remembered and honored all over the world.
- What Woman Librarians Can Do
Janae Carter, The Catholic University of America
The proposed poster will showcase the lives of four pioneering women librarians—Mary Foy, Tessa Kelso, Minnie Dearing Miller, and May Wood Wiggington to show how they have contributed to the Library field. Foy and Kelso were pioneers in the L.A. public library system and Miller and Wiggington were extremely vital at the military camp of Campy Taylor in Louisville, KY during WWI. Each of these four women, through reforming old practices or introducing new services and initiatives, became trailblazers in the Library and Information Science field. While their names may not be well-known, these women are models of service, ingenuity, and dedication for library information professionals. These profiles of courage and perseverance are especially relevant in light of Carla Hayden becoming the first woman and African-American Librarian of Congress in 2016.
- Marketing the Library through Information Literacy Instruction: Collaboration, Innovation, and Insights
Marianne E. Giltrud, Prince George’s Community College
The Association of College and Research Libraries Assessment in Action Project (Brown & Malenfant, 2017) , a three year project with over 200 institutions, studied the influence the library had on student success. Three key findings: 1. students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework; 2. Library use increases student success; 3. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes are addressed. This presentation articulates the degree to which a library can be marketed through information literacy instruction that is innovative, collaborative, and insightful and thereby advance student success.
Because the Prince George’s Community College Library’s academic year 2017-2018 library statistics showed a decline, the instruction librarian envisioned new and innovative ways to engage faculty and students with the library. Beginning with the fall semester 2018, the “Information Literacy Unbounded” program launched to engage students when they are and where they are. This program created a variety of ways that the faculty could integrate information literacy into their courses either virtual and face to face. Next, in the fall semester of 2019, the library launched “Embedding the Library: Blackboard (LTI) Virtual Library.” Both initiatives integrate library services, face to face and embedded in the Learning Management System (LMS) as a virtual learning environment. When seen through the lens of constructivism, the students’ ability to retain what they learn and more importantly transfer their knowledge to other disciplines increase. Importantly, critical thinking and self-directed learning reinforce learning. The Blackboard Virtual Library integrates content into every course section and appears directly in the LMS. The Virtual Library incudes digital learning objects, course guides, interactive instructional videos, library assignments, A-Z database databases, e-books, ask a librarian chat, and more. The research tutorial with interactive instructional videos and quizzes were designed, developed, implemented and evaluated to provide a framework for ongoing assessment. The multiple means of representing content reinforces deep, reflective, critical analysis that flows from the students to ensure student success.
- Step into the Spotlight! A University Library Innovative Guest Lecture Series
Semhar Yohannes and Susan Graham, University of Maryland
UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is turning the spotlight on campus researchers! In this poster, we present our new collaborative research-based workshop series. A mid-size university library has created a guest lecture series where members of the university's community (researchers, artists, authors, staff, faculty and graduate students) share their research and creative endeavors in a one-hour talk hosted in the library.
Learn about the creation of our Spotlight! Guest Instructor workshop series; the purpose, branding, outreach and promotion, format, partnerships formed, future directions, challenges and issues of sustainability.
- Book Tastings in the Library
Siobhan Dannaher, Bishop O'Connell High School
According to Francis Bacon, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested [ ] some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few are to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” Inspired by this quote, my library has been hosting a rich array of book tastings this year in order to expand our students’ literary palettes and expose them to new reads. Very similar to the popular read-dating activity, book tasting gives high school students the opportunity to sample some juicy reads in a short period of time and come away with a wish list of titles. No more choruses of “I don’t have anything to read!” Book tastings are special events created by the teacher that can be either simple or fancy. They can be arranged in the school’s media center, cafeteria, or in the classroom. When I create my own, I arrange for a restaurant-like setting with classical music playing, vases of flowers, tablecloths, place mats, and napkins on the tables. Each table has a specific theme such as Historical Fiction or Romance and it is set with a book at every plate and an extra stack of books in the center. Students each take a seat and “sample” each of the books on the table. Every four minutes they move to a different table until they have visited each one.
- Personal librarianship: Impact on Information Literacy Confidence and Academic Outcomes
Cathy Meals, University of the District of Columbia
Many academic libraries have implemented personal librarian programs, aiming to improve relationships with students and reduce library anxiety. Published studies on personal librarian programs have focused on program implementation, and program assessment described in the literature has largely focused on utilization and student and faculty satisfaction. In the Fall 2019 semester, the UDC Library conducted a pilot study on whether a PL program has an impact on student information literacy confidence and academic outcomes. This poster will share early findings from this study and reflections on the pros and cons of our approach to personal librarianship.
13.Recording (in) Progress: Building a Library Podcast from the Ground Up
Amanda Hahn and Josh Waltman, Liberty University
Podcasts have exploded in the media landscape and have become a mainstream platform for conversation. Through interviews with academic library professionals and leaders, the Librarian Lunch Break podcast provides opportunities for learning and professional development for both ourselves and our listeners. This poster will address the development of a podcast including the initial idea, the preparation, the interview process, and ultimately the deployment and promotion of the finished product. As an outcome of our experience, we will also share principles gleaned from our first season of the podcast, which focused on the landscape of early career librarianship. Although we started with the same questions, the interviews all went in various directions, providing a wide array of insight that we may not have been able to gain across other professional development channels. Learn about the things we planned for, the things we didn’t, and the value we found in the process along the way.
- Beyond 36 Inches: Conducting an Accessibility Audit
Babak Zarin, Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for library patrons with disabilities takes time, research, and consideration, requiring up-front assessment and strategy in order to meet the variety of needs such patrons have. At the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, we conducted both physical and digital accessibility audits this past fall at two of our ten branches, using the information gathered to review and continue the library’s commitment to providing access to all in our community. This poster describes the audit process, beginning from initial conceptualization of reasons to conduct the audit, through implementation, and finally through plans for review and follow-up. In doing so it provides a detailed guideline and model for those at both academic and non-academic libraries who wish to conduct an accessibility audit in their own library settings, as well as provides guidance regarding measures and factors to consider throughout the audit process.