MSU Libraries eResources & Emerging Technologies Summit (MSU LEETS): 2012

Friday, August 3: eResources

Keynote Speaker

Tim Collins

President & Founder, EBSCO Publishing

eResources in Academic Libraries: A Look Ahead
EResources are an essential component in providing information to our patrons. Changing patterns and models dealing with access, ownership, management, pricing, technology and many other issues contribute to questions on what the future will be like as we work to manage our growing eResource collections. This session will provide insight from one of the industry’s experts and developers.


Having E-Journal Title and ISSN Problems? Have Some PIE-J!

Regina Reynolds, Director, U.S. ISSN Center, and Head, ISSN Publisher Liaison Section, Library of Congress

E-journal content is critical for today’s scholarly research and consumes a high proportion of the budgets of many colleges and universities. The manner in which e-journal content is presented, identified, and linked together on journal web sites can either facilitate or frustrate researchers’ ability to locate cited articles. This presentation will illustrate some of the situations that currently frustrate researchers, followed by an overview of the draft recommended practice guidelines developed by NISO’s PIE-J (presentation and identification of e-journals) working group. The purpose of the draft guidelines is to provide guidance to e-journal publishers and providers to help ensure that e-journal content can be reliably discovered, cited, and accessed by users over time. The presentation will also use PIE-J as an example of how standards and best practices are initiated, reviewed, created, and marketed at NISO (the National Standards Information Organization).

Starting from Scratch on Perpetual Access

Kristin Calvert, Electronic Resources Librarian, Western Carolina University

After an exceptionally large budget reduction and subscription cuts, the Western Carolina University library saw an opportunity to develop a perpetual access plan for journals. The large number of cancelled titles gave librarians a variety of license terms and platforms to practice on and identify problem areas. This presentation will describe the library’s experience developing a plan and incorporating perpetual access set-up into staff workflows, as well as talk through some of the ongoing issues, in particular the need to balance staff time versus the benefit of retaining access. The presenter will also demonstrate how to make use of EBSCO’s ERM Essentials (an ERMS) and AtoZ journal list as tracking tools.

Demonstrating Our Value: Tying Use of Electronic Resources to Academic Success

Ed Cherry, Systems Librarian, and Stephanie Rollins, Instruction Coordinator, Samford University Library

Samford University Library conducted a study to see if there is a correlation between library use and academic success. For purposes of this research, we focused on one facet of library use: online resources. We chose grade point average as the measure of academic success. We collected EZProxy login data over the course of a semester This login data was sent to the University’s Institutional Research office where it was linked to demographic data on users, including class and academic department. The resulting data shows the percentage of EZProxy users by half-point GPA ranges. We found that the higher a student’s GPA, the more likely they were to have logged in to use the library’s online resources, and the more likely they were to use these resources frequently. While we can’t prove that use of online resources leads to higher GPA (cause/effect), we have strong evidence that the two are positively correlated. This study has implications for targeting reference and instruction resources, as well as purchase/subscription decisions. It also provides persuasive evidence that demonstrates to university administrators that the library makes a difference in the academic success of students.

Library Technical Services: Key Ingredients in the Recipe for a Successful Institutional Repository

Tammy Sugarman, Associate Dean for Collections, Georgia State University Library

For several years, academic institutions have been establishing and maintaining institutional repositories (IRs) to collect, make accessible, preserve and showcase the institution’s research and scholarly output. At a majority of institutions, the library is the entity that takes on the responsibility of organizing and maintaining the repository. As the nature and purpose of IRs has evolved over time, the opportunities and challenges for units within the library have also shifted. What has been the impact of IRs on academic libraries and specifically, on technical services functions within the library? What are some of the contributions technical services units can make to insure the success of an IR? This talk will address these questions and explore the changes in professional roles, resources and organizational structures that are currently taking place in academic libraries to support IR programs.

All About Demand-Driven Acquisition

Carol Cramer, Head of Collection Management, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

This presentation will introduce Demand-Driven Acquisition models for e-books. Learn how to choose providers, modify the catalog records, predict and control costs, and analyze usage. Possible reactions of subject selectors to the DDA model and implications for acquisitions, budgets, and publishing will also be discussed.


Saturday, August 4: Emerging Technologies

Keynote Speaker

Nicole Hennig

Head of the User Experience Group, MIT Libraries

Librarians as Rational Optimists: Using Top Tech Trends to Build Our Future
In this talk we’ll explore current trends of human-centered design, modularity, learning by creating, location-independence, and social good.

For each trend, we’ll look at technologies that don’t require huge budgets or years of planning to implement. We’ll show examples of what libraries and other organizations are doing in order to spark your thinking.

Librarians are well-positioned to find the balance between naysayers and pollyannas, and to build a bright future using our values of openness, sharing, and practical creativity.


Opening the Chamber of (Library 2.0) Secrets: Charms and Potions for the First Year Tech Wizard

Kim Gunter, Library Media Specialist, Florence High School

Not quite ready for an advanced emerging technology workshop? Start here and get the basics on html, widgets, apps, RSS, social bookmarking, web 2.0, and cloud computing. Kim will show you “secret” websites and tools that will make you feel comfortable trying new technologies without fear, including Google Docs, LiveBinder, Edmodo, Mindomo, Symbaloo, Voki, ExtraNormal, Evernote and Scoop It! This fun and engaging section will allow you to explore your interest in emerging tech without a lot of tech lingo or mysterious acronyms. Come find your own charms and potions that will prepare you to become an Emerging Tech Wizard!

An Introduction to Free Mobile App Development Tools

Rachel Renick, Public Services Librarian, Millsaps College

In the current mobile device driven culture, libraries must be ready and willing to create mobile applications that help with user instruction, user access, and organizational processes. Free web-based utilities provide the ability to create apps at minimal to no cost for libraries. The technical skills needed to use these online tools range from basic to advanced.
This session will provide an introduction and brief demonstration of how to get started selecting and using an online tool to create an app. Mobile by Conduit will be the main focus of this session, but the tools Appsbar, Appcelerator, Tiggzi, and more will also be addressed. For each tool, the topics that will be addressed are the: platforms that are supported, useful features, technical expertise needed, and which types of libraries are best suited to deploy a specific tool. Free tools can be helpful for libraries to try out creating an app before considering budget expenditures on app development. This session is adapted from a poster session presented at the 2012 Alabama Library Association Convention by the authors Brett Spencer, Rachel Renick, Laurie Bonnici, and William Friedman.

Technology Solutions in the Cloud

Jenn Bielewski, LYRASIS Technology Services Representative

In this one-hour session, attendees will learn about online resources they can use to answer questions on technology and be introduced to cloud computing solutions for streamlining workflow and collaboration. As we know, providing staff and patron access to all of the desktop applications they need or want can be a costly endeavor that is not limited to the price of the software. To run photo editing and publishing programs you need to have the most up to date computers, and then when the file is completed where does the patron store it? The solution to all of these issues lives in the cloud. Cloud computing and web-based applications are all the rage these days. In this class we will talk about Cloud Computing and explore a wide range of web-based productivity tools that anyone can have access to without downloading a thing.

Think Tank Session: New Online Staffing Models Needed!

Pattye Archer, Coordinator for Instructional Media Center, and Amanda Clay Powers, Assistant Professor / Virtual Reference Project Manager / Social Media, Agriculture & Life Sciences, and Extension Librarian, Mississippi State University Libraries

Coming up with Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest updates day in and day out, year in and year out, is not thrilling work, but if you have committed to an online social tool for outreach or marketing or reference, it is vital to maintain your presence and engage your community. Your bleeding-edge tech geeks may not be in the same group that can sustain the online projects that become part of your institution. So how do you develop deep enough expertise in your staff so that your brilliant, innovative, bleeding-edge techies can hand off viable projects? Pattye Archer and Amanda Clay Powers will kick off this session with a discussion of the staffing of social media accounts at the MSU Libraries, highlighting the success of the Libraries Twitter account in engaging the MSU community (msu_libraries). The round table discussion will source ideas from all the participants and develop recommendations to take back to the rest of the Summit.

Rethinking Library Instruction Statistics – Going Beyond the Numbers to Tell Our Story

Stephanie Rollins, Instruction Coordinator, Samford University

In libraries, we capture statistics for almost every aspect of service. We use these statistics to prove our worth to administrators, deans, and faculty. We often capture details such as time, date, number of students, etc. for library instruction, but what does that really tell us? We often miss crucial information such as how well our students master information literacy skills and how additional feedback might inform changes in our instruction programming. Numbers do not often demonstrate a complete picture of how well or how poorly library instruction programs are working. This presentation will focus on how Samford University Library uses LibAnalytics to go beyond statistics to capture student, librarian and faculty learning. With LibAnalytics forms, which allow for multiple librarians to input data and that also allow for personalization, we can monitor several phenomena. First, we can generate statistics for data such as type of assignment, instructor, librarian, date, time, class rank, department, type of session. Second, we can monitor achievement of student and faculty performance on information literacy standards by having input on each standard from librarians after teaching and by including information literacy skill questions in LibAnalytics. Third, we can use LibAnalytics to generate and monitor feedback from librarians on their own performance. Fourth, we can obtain feedback from both faculty and students on the librarian’s performance. This rich data, which is not strictly numbers, can provide immediate, crucial information that not only helps us adjust and improve our current teaching methods but also contributes overall to Samford University Library’s information literacy program goals and outcomes.

Perception is Knowledge: 10 AR Technologies to Know & Love

Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies & Evaluation Coordinator, Southeastern-Atlantic Region, NNLM-SE/A, Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Presentation will discuss 10 essential technologies that use augmented reality to enhance, layer, or filter information retrieval for users. This presentation is intended for all experience levels with plenty to excite the AR novice as well as hold the interest of those with an existing familiarity with the topic. Attendees will be introduced to each technology and given a brief “live” overview of how it works and where it might be applied in library, professional, and/or personal settings. Topics to be discussed will include broad-reaching technologies such as Google Goggles as well as tools with specific applications such as WordOptic and Tagwhat.

Transforming Tutorials: Tips to Make Digital Library Videos More Engaging and Accessible Online

Josh Sahib, Distance Education Librarian, Gorgas Library, University of Alabama

This presentation will show how to use the new TED-Ed tool to increase engagement, participation, and retention of concepts covered in library videos. The presentation will also showcase how library videos can be embedded in popular platforms such as LibGuides, Blackboard or social networking websites to reach a wider audience. Finally, the presentation will comment on how the YouTube hosting platform supports accessibility on mobile devices as well as advanced captioning features that allow videos to be accessible to non-native speakers. What participants can expect to get out of the presentation are concrete tips on how to utilize free resources to take library videos to the next level.

Think Tank Session: The Evolving Online Life of the Librarian

Melissa Fortson Green, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, University of Alabama

This round table session will be kicked off by Melissa Fortson Green sharing her own experience with using emerging tech and social tools for organizational, professional, and technological growth. In this interactive session, participants will share the new (and “traditional”) social tools we are using in our work (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) and in our personal lives – from Pinterest to Tumblr to Instagram and more. We will be looking at our evolving strategies for leveraging these tools effectively in our professional development, teaching, and learning. This collaborative session will give us all a fresh look and a broad view of what participants have learned this year, and hopefully we will produce something exciting and relevant to share with the rest of the Summit.

Apps4Librarians (2-part workshop)

Nicole Hennig

Smartphones are everywhere and there is an explosion of apps for productivity, research, reading, and studying. Librarians can better serve their communities by having expertise in mobile technologies.

Learn about the best apps for library users, such as Evernote, Dropbox, Instapaper, iBooks, Kindle, and GoodReader. We’ll look at apps for e-reading, productivity, reference, and multimedia.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, bring it with you to this workshop. We’ll look at several video demos, so you can become familiar with the apps even if you don’t have a mobile device. Most of the apps we’ll discuss are available for both Apple and Android devices. Some are Apple-only and we’ll recommend Android alternatives in those cases.

Some questions we’ll discuss:

  • Are iPads mainly for consumption? Or are do they lend themselves to creative work?
  • What are some of the qualities to look for in an excellent app?
  • What are some ways librarians can serve their users in this new world of apps?
  • What are some of the best resources to follow for keeping up with the world of apps?

You’ll come away from this workshop with a complete list of resources discussed, and concrete ideas and inspiration for how to use this knowledge in your work.

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