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ACRL Conference Notes + Selected Tweets

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Building a Dream Team: Library Personas in the 21st Century Library by Lynda Kellam (Data Services & Government Information Librarian at UNCG Jackson Library), Jenny Dale (First-Year Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian at UNCG Jackson Library) and Lauren Pressley (Associate Director of Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech)

  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (read this)
  • What do I do best that other people cannot do as well? Those are my competencies/persona.
  • What do I spend time on that other people could do or do better? Try to ignore, minimize, or outsource those things.
  • What is your professional persona?  How do you incorporate different personas into a future-forward organizational structure? Try to organize “functional specialties” in a diverse team approach.

Library Publishing and Undergraduate Education: Strategies for Collaboration by Stephanie Davis-Kahl (Scholarly Communications Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University), Michael Seeborg (Professor of Economics at Illinois Wesleyan University) and Isaac Gilman (Scholarly Communications and Research Services Librarian at Pacific University)

  • Use students to peer-review submitted articles and write critical reviews of articles once they’re published to help them learn about scholarly publishing and become part of the process.
  • “silos belong on farms”
  • Teaching students how to package information will help them think critically about the information they encounter/consume
  • Gilman created a journal publishing for-credit course that was then expanded into a publishing minor program that explores both traditional and emerging forms of publishing (sounds awesome!)

Hacking the Learner Experience: Techniques and Strategies for Connecting with your Instructional Ecosystem by Andy Burkhardt (Emerging Technologies Librarian at Champlain College), Lauren Pressley (Associate Director of Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech), and Brian Mathews (Associate Dean at Virginia Tech)

  • What do we need to start, what do we need to stop, and who do we need to work with?
  • William Perry, 1968, big in student affairs (look up)
  • Kolb, experiential learning, think about the cycle – where are you and where is everyone else in the room?
  • Think about who students are through information – make it personal and relatable.
  • Legitimately learn together – not sage on the stage but also not guide on the side.

The Mother of all LibGuides: Applying Principles of Communication and Network Theory in LibGuide Design by Carol Leibiger and Alan Aldrich (Associate Professors at University of South Dakota)

  • The average subject guide takes an experienced librarian between 8-20 hours to create.

Hidden Patterns of LibGuides Usage: Another Facet of Usability by Wendy Wilcox, Gabriela Castro Gessner, and Adam Chandler (Access Services Librarian; Research and Assessment Analyst; and Electronic Resources User Experience Librarian at Cornell University Libraries)

  • Studied 637 LibGuides using stats from Springshare and bibliomining to log user location.
  • 70% of guide usage was by non-Cornell affiliated users (who is using them – other librarians I guess? Are we all just looking at each others’ guides?)
  • Number of tabs in the guides they studied ranged from 1 to 19 (…WHAT!).
  • Is it even important to know who is viewing our guides (my opinion, yes).

The Art of Problem Discovery by Brian Mathews (Associate Dean at Virginia Tech)

  • If we just keep doing what we’ve always done but a little bit better, we miss out on growth opportunities.
  • What is our total landscape?
  • Don’t sell products or services – help people address the needs they have/their jobs.
  • What if we scrapped all existing library services (no legacy services), identified the tasks of our communities, and rebuilt new services around those needs? What would the library look like? (This was probably my favorite idea of the whole conference… I really wish I could do this somewhere. Maybe I should just do it conceptually and then see if I can get anyone on board with the idea).
  • Invest in other people’s problems.
  • We can’t just be louder (YES. I feel like this is always an issue with library marketing. People seem to think if we just put up more and larger posters around campus, an initiative will be successful, when in reality it has to be more strategic… and the right message).
  • Librarians as problem developers/problem designers.
  • Disrupt intentionally.
  • Just read the whole paper, people.

Love your Library: Building Goodwill from the Inside Out and the Outside In by Adrienne Lai (Emerging Technologies Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries), Lia Friedman (Director of Learning Services at UC San Diego Library), Alice Whiteside (Librarian & Instructional Technology Consultant at Mount Holyoke College), and Char Booth (Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian at Claremont Colleges)

  • Cultivation, communication, collaboration, context, camogogy (camouflage + pedagogy) = outreach
  • Pull children’s books from your education section for stress-relief events
  • Sneak teach!
  • Special Collections pop up library in Art & Design building- bring it to them
  • When they opened a new building, had students take photos of library spaces and tag them on Instagram. A program fed the images to digital displays within the building (after moderation) and some will be preserved in the archives. Over 1700 photos already. Students like seeing the student-perspective (DO THIS AT MILLERSVILLE).
  • Put a Q&A board away from public service points for privacy and then post pictures of answers on social media.
  • Full-sized librarian cardboard cutouts for visibility when not at a desk/office.
  • Google outreach map with different locations for events, hanging things, tips. Helpful for student employees (yup, do this).
  • Slides / Handout (“steal with joyful permission” – Char)

Written by Erin Dorney

April 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

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ACRL 2013 Conference

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I’ll be at the Association of College & Research Libraries 2013 Conference Wednesday through Saturday (April 10-13). Thought I’d share my tentative schedule here in case anyone wants to catch up before/during/after a session. I have lunches and Friday night dinner open if people wanna meet up! Comment, text me, tweet or DM @edorney to get in touch.

I’m presenting with some of the other Lead Pipe Editorial Board members on Thursday at 3 PM about #diylib culture. We’d love to hear your thoughts before the panel session so we can incorporate a variety of perspectives. Check out our recent editorial for all the details. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 10

8 PM – Battle Decks! – Imagine, Improvise, Inflict: Get Inspired or Die Trying

Thursday, April 11

8 AM – Building a Dream Team: Library Personas in the 21st Century Library

9 AM – Meeting with Lead Pipe Editorial Board members

10:30 AM – Library Publishing and Undergraduate Education: Strategies for Collaboration

1 PM – Hacking the Learner Experience: techniques and strategies for connecting with your instructional ecosystem

2 PM – Poster Session

3 PM – From the Periphery into the Mainstream: Library DIY culture(s) and the academy

4:20 PM – Henry Rollins Keynote

Dinner with Lead Pipe Editorial Board members

Friday, April 12

9:30 AM – Poster Session

11 AM – Contributed Papers: “The Mother of all LibGuides”: Applying Principles of Communication and Network Theory in LibGuide Design/Hidden Patterns of LibGuides Usage: Another Facet of Usability/The Unobtrusive “Usability Test”: Creating Measurable Goals to Evaluate a Website

1:30 PM – The Art of Problem Discovery

2:30 PM – Poster Session

4 PM – “Love your library”: building goodwill from the inside out and the outside in

8 PM – All Conference Reception

I’ll probably be blogging at some point since this is my first time attending ACRL. Anything you’re looking forward to?

Written by Erin Dorney

April 7, 2013 at 12:18 AM