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UMD Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum (2017)

Please join us Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM in McKeldin Library to learn about the various research and projects happening across the University of Maryland Libraries. Library faculty and staff will be highlighting their work through lightning talks, presentations, workshops and posters.

With thanks to Dean Hamidzadeh, lunch will be provided during the poster session, from 12:20-1:20PM

LRIPF is pleased to offer participants and attendees two community spaces: the Coffee Lounge and the Quiet Room.

  • The Coffee Lounge will be a place for participants to get caffeinated and chat between sessions
  • The Quiet Room is a space for attendees (particularly those who do not work in McKeldin) to take a breather, or get work done between events.

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Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Room: McKeldin 6137

Welcome & Keynote Address

Advocacy by Design: Moving Between Theory and Practice

Purdom Lindblad (BIO)

How can librarians, archivists, and digital practitioners practice an Ethic of Care, in explicitly anti-racist and anti-violent ways? How can libraries contribute to the infrastructures needed to define, scope, and practice care?

This talk focuses on research practices to do the speculative work of imagining what the infrastructures of an Ethic of Care could and should be. Advocacy by Design (AbD) is a design framework for critical engagement centered on advocacy.  AbD articulates a series of principles—transparency, openness, polyvocalism (resisting one narrative, opening possibility of many points of view, many narratives around a single event), stewardship, etc.—and a series of applied techniques to realize these principles throughout the project’s cycle.  This talk will first describe the broad focus of Advocacy by Design, with a particular attention to how it is a framework to help prompt reflection and articulation of the purposes of the project (any project from system design to creating a working group to helping at the reference desk), then to outline what the principles are for Advocacy by Design, highlight several ‘elements’ for each principle for a few example projects—within the Library and liaison-collaboration with researchers; and finally point towards why the library might care about centering design, particularly AbD, in our work, from the ways we think about and invite users to the library, to discovery interfaces, and to collaborations in digital projects.

Time: 10:00 - 10:10 AM - BREAK

Time: 10:10 - 10:40 AM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Student-Centered Teaching Strategies for One-shot Information Literacy Instruction

Lindsay Inge, Erin Durham, Catherine Fravel

Although information literacy instruction is an integral part of librarians' work, few librarians have opportunities for formal coursework or instruction in pedagogy. Instead, we rely on informal communities of practice, which serve as support groups for colleagues to share ideas, projects, and teaching tips. While there are several groups that offer teaching support on campus, these groups often focus on teaching semester-long, credit-bearing courses, which present very different opportunities and challenges from librarians' typical one-shot sessions.

This workshop seeks to fill that gap, fostering a community of practice for library instructors at UMD with a focus on discussing student-centered instruction in one-shot information literacy sessions. Presenters will facilitate an informal discussion about where to find support for your teaching, and will highlight specific active learning strategies they use to make their instruction student-centered. Participants will learn about accessing and sharing lesson materials and teaching ideas online through DRUM, Creative Commons, the ACRL Sandbox, and more. Participants are encouraged to bring along examples of strategies/activities they employ in their own courses to share with the group. 

This workshop session allows participants to share challenges they face in their instruction and get feedback from the group. The presenters' hope is that this session will be the beginning of regular conversations about teaching in the libraries, and that the issues raised by the group will provide an agenda for future discussions.

Room: McKeldin 6107

Spotlight on Digital Data Services: Entrepreneurship and Revenue Generation in Digital Systems and Stewardship

Ben Wallberg, Kate Dohe

Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS) has been engaged the last several years in building a revenue generation program driven by calls for entrepreneurship from campus leadership and the vision of Babak Hamidzadeh, Associate Dean for DSS. We have established a revenue generating account for a program named Digital Data Services and begun offering digitization, data, software, and equipment services to the campus community. This program has enabled DSS, and consequently the Libraries as a whole, to expand our capacity and expertise to ultimately improve many of our mission-driven services. We describe the services provided so far, program oversight, specific project advantages, how revenue is returned to the Libraries and to the campus.

Room: McKeldin 7121

Ditch the Survey? Lessons Learned From a Qualitative Research Study

Andy Horbal

In this presentation, Andy Horbal will share lessons learned from a qualitative research study he recently conducted and will provide tips and resources to help people who are interested in conducting qualitative research themselves.

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Coffee Lounge

Time: 10:40 - 11:10 AM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Sharing Success: Using a Teacher Training Program to Improve Information Literacy Instruction and Support MLIS Students

Rachel Gammons, Lindsey Inge

The University of Maryland Libraries Research and Teaching Fellowship prepares MLIS graduate students to enter into a competitive academic job market. The scaffolded training program equips fellows with the skills and experience to perform entry-level public services functions including: information literacy instruction, research assistance, basic program assessment, and peer training. The fellowship goes beyond basic job responsibilities to prepare fellows to step into faculty roles by providing funding and support for professional development, including presentations, posters, and conferences; engaging in discussions about current literature with academic librarians through a monthly journal club; and the opportunity to lead a small scale research and assessment project of their choosing. Finally, it supports fellows through their job search processes by providing career readiness workshops, mentorship, and a supportive community of practice.

The proposed presentation will provide an overview of the Fellowship and reflections on the first three cohorts, including job placement rates.

Room: McKeldin 6107

Assessing Effectiveness of Communication and Collaboration Platforms at USMAI Partner Campuses

Joseph Koivisto, David Dahl, Heidi Hanson

The USMAI library consortium — originally formed to capitalize on cooperative resource sharing — provides partner institutions with a knowledge-sharing network and a pool of talented, insightful collaborators. By combining a range of perspectives, practices, and localized expertise, consortial partners have become better equipped to address the individual needs of their campus community while also gaining increased library domain knowledge through collaborative engagement and collegial correspondence. While acknowledging this noble mission, the authors of this proposal posed a question to the USMAI consortium: do the communication and collaboration platforms used among consortial partners help enhance this aim, or do they rather serve as a stumbling block to an otherwise motivated community of peers?

During the summer and fall of 2016, the project team conducted a series of surveys, meetings, and focus groups to determine the effectiveness of the variety of tools available to the consortium for communication and collaboration purposes, such as the USMAI web sites, web conferencing platforms (e.g., GoToMeeting), and the USMAICollaborates Google site. In this presentation, the project team will describe the motivating factors for this assessment, an overview of the planning and execution of our data collection activities, and a report of our findings on the user assessment of tool effectiveness and usability. The authors will also lay out a series of recommendations for enhanced platform development that have been submitted to the USMAI executive leadership and the Council of Library Directors.

Room: McKeldin 7121

TLS Undergraduate Research Workshop Series

Catherine Fravel, Erin Durham

For many undergraduate students, accessing academic library resources is a new experience and can feel overwhelming. While the Teaching and Learning Services instructors work to relieve research anxiety during one-shot information literacy sessions, these sessions generally take place early in the semester, and may not come at the time of the students' greatest need. To address this issue, Teaching and Learning Services has developed a series of research workshops spaced throughout the semester to provide timely interventions for students engaged in the research process. Varying workshop topics help students learn effective search strategies, evaluation of sources, citing and integrating sources, and more.

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Coffee Lounge

Time: 11:10 - 11:20 AM - Break

Time: 11:20 - 11:50 AM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Instructor Use of and Preferences for Educational Streaming Video Resources

Andy Horbal

During the Spring, 2016 semester Andy Horbal conducted in-depth interviews with 19 instructors at the University of Maryland about their use of and preferences for educational streaming video resources. The goal was to gain insights into what factors affect instructor use of and satisfaction with educational streaming video resources and how dependent instructors are on them in order to aid in the development of tools to help librarians at UMD and in other academic libraries make informed decisions about how to best allocate limited resources to develop and promote their streaming video collections. This presentation will discuss the results of this study.

Room: McKeldin 6107

The Writer's Voice: The Sound Recordings of Katherine Anne Porter

Eric Cartier

The Texan-born American writer Katherine Anne Porter made sound recordings of her readings, conference speeches, classroom lectures, interviews, public ceremonies, and personal telephone conversations. Paul Porter, Jr., the writer's nephew, captured many of the conversational recordings in the 1970s, when Porter was in her eighties, just a few years before her death. Beth Alvarez, a Porter scholar and the Curator of Literary Manuscripts Emerita at the University of Maryland Libraries, selected the recordings from the Katherine Anne Porter papers for in-house digitization in 2014. The Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting staff transferred the open reel audiotapes and Alvarez listened to the digital audio files in their entirety, making copious notes as she did so. Her notes became part of the metadata records linked to the streaming files in Digital Collections, and they provide robust descriptive summaries of the content of each recording. This is an invaluable set of audio recordings for literary scholars, because it provides listeners with unedited selections of the great American short story writer talking about her craft, her personal history, and her family. Porter's reading of one of her most famous stories (Noon Wine) is a treat for admirers of her work, too. This presentation provides an opportunity to consider the voice of an artist known almost entirely to 21st century readers as a voice fixed in print. Porter's readings, her interactions with the public, press, teachers, and students, and the intimate conversations she and her nephew recorded add rich new dimensions to appreciating Porter's archives and published textual work on the shelf.

Room: McKeldin 7121 - Quiet Room

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Coffee Lounge

Time: 11:50 - 12:20 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Recovering Women's Lives in Digital Worlds: An Undergraduate Teaching Collaboration in Primary Source Literacy and Research

Elizabeth Novara

This presentation will explore the practical implementation of a collaborative teaching project focused on two student projects in an upper-level undergraduate English and Women's Studies course. In Spring 2016 and 2017, a Curator/Special Collections Librarian and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, worked together to implement these projects in the classroom. The first project involved an online archival transcription project of a nineteenth century woman's diary, including the hosting of a campus-wide Transcribe-A-Thon using the UMD Libraries website TranscribeMD, and the second project required students to research biographies of little-known American suffragists. Both these projects engaged students in "the archive" in different ways, taught a variety of information literacy and research skills, and allowed the students to "go public" with their projects in the physical and digital worlds. This presentation will provide an overview of the class projects and students' learning, practical steps for implementing such projects in the classroom, and ideas for garnering feedback from students regarding these projects. Both of these students assignments produced new knowledge about individual women and made that knowledge more widely available to the public, but the research strategies used and public engagement with the archival sources were very different. Undergraduate student engagement with primary sources and special collections materials will be emphasized, as will the complexities inherent in engaging publicly with digital texts particularly through crowdsourcing.

Room: McKeldin 6107

Can Google Scholar Give Us Everything We Need? Evaluation of Research Literature Databases for Subject Scope and Search Retrieval in the Sciences

Stephanie Ritchie, Kelly Banyas

Prompted by changes to the creation and indexing of scientific literature and those databases that compile this literature, an evaluation and comparison of eight databases (AGRICOLA, AGRIS, BIOSIS, CABI, FSTA, Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science) for their breadth of subject scope and effectiveness in search result retrieval for the agricultural sciences was conducted over the past year. In one study, we evaluated the databases for subject scope in agricultural literature. Thirty citations from three large literature reviews in different domains of agricultural science (agronomy, animal and meat science, and human nutrition) were randomly selected and searched in each database. In a second study, we evaluated the quality of the precision and recall in these eight databases by conducting a series of searches for the three domains of agricultural research to test the retrieval of content and examine the first 100 results for relevance. A reexamination of the subject scope and search quality of the major agricultural sciences databases will help determine which of these database tools are most useful for agricultural research. This is an especially important topic to explore with trends toward the exclusive use of Google Scholar by my students and faculty.

Room: McKeldin 7121 - Quiet Room

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Coffee Lounge

Time: 12:20-1:20 PM

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Lunch & Poster Session

Lunch will be provided during the poster session in McKeldin 6137. 

The SCUA Researcher Snapshot: Collection Users and Usage

Amanda Hawk

An overview of the researchers served by Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), using statistics drawn from almost three years of data from Aeon, our collection management software. Data trends and use of the collections will be covered, as well as how SCUA might utilize statistical information to make changes within the unit.

Using the Memory Lab: Values, Impacts, and Discourses

Amy Wickner

Personal digital archiving is how individuals accumulate, organize, store, and preserve digital possessions in their personal lives. New initiatives like the Memory Lab at the DC Public Library increasingly bring DIY digital conversion and preservation practices into public spaces. In order to study the values and impacts of such services and the discourses they activate, I interviewed 13 library staff and patrons about their experiences with personal digital archiving resources at DCPL. Interviewees emphasized values and impacts such as access to resources and the library's role in supporting digital literacy, as well as obstacles to participation including the difficulty of learning new skills and technologies. A critical discourse analysis of one interview reveals additional discourses at play: personal digital archiving at the public library can be valued as a resource for managing (having power over) change, a means of re-situating identity, and a vehicle for (re)imagining the future. This research contributes to our understanding of the narratives and attitudes that shape emerging personal digital archiving practices.

Participatory Learning Strategies for One-Shot Instruction Sessions

Erin Durham

Drawing from active learning strategies that I employed in Spring 2017 one and two-shot information literacy sessions, I will present two lesson activities that foster a classroom environment of participation. These activities highlight principles embodied in adult learning theories of Malcolm Shepherd Knowles. The first is a Brainstorming activity that moves students through their broad-based research topics into more refined and narrowed research questions. The second is an Evaluation activity where students are arranged in “jigsaw” formations, a technique developed by pedagogue Elliot Aronson. By dividing students into jigsaw groups where each individual has a unique responsibility to their team, a collaborative classroom environment is created where even the shyest of students are given a voice. Drawing on the work of Knowles and Aronson, my poster will discuss barriers that prevent meaningful student engagement in one-shot instruction sessions and highlight two active learning strategies for overcoming these challenges. My poster will show clear practices and interventions that viewers can implement in their teaching institutions and classrooms.

Archiving Punk at SCPA

John Davis

Since 2014, Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) has stewarded several collections of archival material related to the punk rock subculture in Washington, D.C. My poster will present a description of the work we're doing related to archiving D.C. punk, as well as offer highlights from relevant collections like the D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine collection, the Sharon Cheslow Punk Flyers collection, the Jason Farrell Posters and Flyers collection, the forthcoming Ian MacKaye Fanzines digital collection, and others.  

Blind Spots, Gaps, and Unexpected Traffic: A (brief) history of the transition to Google Tag Manager and new approaches to improved MD-SOAR analytics

Joseph Koivisto

The transition to Google Tag Manager (GTM) seemed like an obvious choice for the MD-SOAR shared institutional repository: easier management of custom analytics tags, immediate integration with existing DSpace and Google Analytics infrastructure, and easy customization translating to better item-level statistics for participating campuses. However, now - more than a year post implementation - numerous issues with the GTM approach have been observed. In addition to breaking existing custom development that was implemented for recent DSpace releases, GTM was revealed to miscount metrics related to bitstream downloads and inbound web traffic from indexed search engines.

This poster will provide an overview of problems observed with the Google Tag Manager implementation for the MD-SOAR DSpace instance and the custom tag development necessary to adequately address these problems. Furthermore, this poster will provide an overview of a newly formed partnership with the RAMP initiative headquartered at the University of Montana, a collaboration that hopes to support the development of a novel analytics approach that more accurately reflects platform and bitstream use. A comparatively assessment of gathered metrics will be provided.

Fedora Repository Work

Joshua Westgard, Peter Eichman

Over the past year, staff members from DSS (SSDR and DPI) have collaborated on numerous presentations related to the development of digital repository infrastructure based upon Fedora 4. In this session we will present two posters that grew out of this work: "Hatching a Hydra at the University of Maryland Libraries" (HydraConnect 2016), and "Newspapers Re-issued: Developing a custom IIIF newspaper viewer at the University of Maryland Libraries" (Code4Lib 2017).

The Network Visualization and Analysis of Twitter Followers: Gordon W. Prange Collection

Kana Jenkins

This poster introduces a creative method to analyze the relationship of Twitter followers at the Gordon W. Prange Collection, Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), University of Maryland Libraries. By using Gephi, a visualization and exploration open-source software for network analysis, "diagrams" of the Prange Collection Twitter followers (both English and Japanese accounts) are generated. These easy-to-read visualizations enable the Prange staff member to make a data-driven decision to define the cultivable groups of people in order to make the Prange Collection social media initiative via Twitter more effective.

Terps Publish: A Student Publication Fair

Kate Dohe, Terry Owen, Anne Turkos, Eric Bartheld

Student-run publications are valuable to the campus and scholarly record, serving as an academic playground for emergent forms of publishing and media. However, student publications face many of the same sustainability problems affecting the broader publishing industry as well as unique problems inherent in student publications, such as routine turnover, unreliable or shifting income sources, and few networks to share knowledge. The inaugural Terps Publish, modeled on Hoyas Publish at Georgetown University, provides student publishers with a discussion venue to connect with peers and library resources for publishing, and a fair on April 11th to promote and celebrate student publishing activities. This poster will share outcomes from the student round table, discussion points, and opportunities for the Libraries to support student publications. 

An Update on the BTAA Geoportal Workflow, Holdings, and Interface

Kelley O'Neal, Bria Parker, Karen Majewicz

The BTAA Geoportal is now live! We will provide an overview of the Geoportal, current holdings, collection development and metadata workflows, and future plans. We will also show a useful and efficient method for scraping metadata. In addition, we will demo the new interface.

Research As Teaching

Kelly Banyas, Rachel Gammons

This poster will display major takeaways from the Research as Teaching project completed as part of the Research & Teaching Fellowship at the University of Maryland Libraries. This project involved teaching information literacy sessions in two different classes of graduate students in the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and creating online resources for researchers studying architecture at the University of Maryland.

Reserves UNreserved

Madhu Singh, Toni Negro, Emily Spangler

Academic libraries struggle with managing print course reserves and making them easily accessible to students, while also attempting to streamline their service desk operations. At a state university system regional center, the library provides academic support to students from nine institutions that offer graduate and undergraduate studies at the center, which includes course reserves for all programs.

The library has initiated a pilot that provides open and easy access to course reserves. This pilot is an effort to improve services to students and faculty following the merger of our circulation and reference desks. When additional consideration was given to improving transactions that occur daily at the service desk, we arrived at the conclusion to make the "Reserves UNreserved."

The pilot is a transition from a traditional check out process to an open self-service, on site use, with no required time limit restrictions.

How can libraries best manage their course reserve collections, while making them easily accessible to students without hindering their service desk operations? Explore how to overcome this challenge as we discuss the preliminary results of a pilot project that moved course reserves from behind the barrier of a desk to an area in open stacks.

Embargoes for UMD Theses & Dissertations: Workflows & Trends

Terry Owen

The Graduate School has required electronic submission of theses and dissertations since 2003 and all graduate research is automatically deposited in DRUM ( and made widely available. Faculty and students expressed concerns about having this research available on the Internet. In response, the Graduate Council voted in 2006 to offer students the option of restricting access to their thesis or dissertation. This poster will describe the workflows developed by the Libraries to implement embargoes and present embargo trends from 2006 to the present.

Time: 1:20 - 1:50 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Assessing the Faculty Mentoring Program at the University of Maryland Libraries

Eric Cartier and Sharon Epps, with Cindy Frank, Joseph Koivisto, Vin Novara, Maggie Saponaro, Nedelina Tchangalova

Sharon Epps and Eric Cartier, members of the Faculty Mentoring Committee (FMC), will facilitate a 30-minute panel with six fellow colleagues to discuss mentor/mentee experiences. As FMC member Kate Dohe wrote in her call for participants, "[S]hare some best practices [and] approaches that have worked for you in your relationships. It should be a fairly brief and informal session, with give-and-take among peers and colleagues." This should be a beneficial exchange in which we can learn more about how we help each other develop personally and professionally.

Room: McKeldin 6107

The Recusant Print Network Project, Phase I

Jordan Sly

This project illustrates how the use of data-driven visualizations of sixteenth and seventeenth-century title page imprint information can illuminate aspects of the recusant printer network in the era of high-recusancy, c.1558-1640. This period represents the era of the Recusancy Acts that made non-conforming (non-Protestant- practice of faith illegal. Recusant literature, therefore, represents the body of literature designed to maintain the faith (through both materials for hidden priests and or personal devotion) of the Catholic communities in England to actively work to subvert the message of the Protestant Church). This project is largely one of experimental remediation with the goal of investigating whether new insight into an established field can be gained by collating, analyzing, and graphically displaying like information "”in this case Recusant literature"” that is distinct from traditional forms of scholarship. I argue that by removing the impediments of shelf-bound and geographically separated volumes and by quantifying elements of their creation, the network and nature of recusant literature is made more immediate by illustrating trends and anomalies at the same level of access and visibility and thereby potentially opening new avenues of research. Additionally, the aim is to combine methodological approaches of traditional book history "” in this case merging bibliographic studies with quantitative history"” and also utilizing new methods of corpus mining and data visualization to help make the obscure known. While much has been written about recusancy, there are still new stories to be told by investigating new forms of evidence made available through newer methods of humanities scholarship.

Room: McKeldin 7121 - Quiet Room

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Coffee Lounge

Time: 1:50-2:20 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Web Archiving and You

Amy Wickner, Joanne Archer

We propose an interactive session on web archiving: why it matters, how we do it, and how we can do it better. Web archiving has now been in practice for decades and is relatively well-established in libraries, archives, and museums, but there are many under-explored areas of research and practice. Web archives have been used for teaching, scholarly research, journalism, e-discovery, and art, but remain "œemerging" as a source of data. The UMD Libraries have maintained a Web Resources Collection Program since 2009 but how we accomplish this work is always evolving. In this interactive session, we'll frame the landscape of web archiving today, both at UMD and beyond, and introduce issues and opportunities we might take on in the future. We'll also recruit participants to envision how web archives can play a role in their librarianship and act as a resource for the library users they know best. We hope to glean information about a community of potential stakeholders that can help inform next steps for our work on web archives.

Room: McKeldin 6107

Finding, and Making, Dance in the Archive

Susan Wiesner

This proposal is based upon a current project, Schrifftanz Zwei, which combines archival research, dance choreography, music composition, animation creation, and video projection and performance production with the goal to better understand the place of the Arts in the Digital world. A collaboration of four researchers, the project is challenged by three time zones, 3000 miles, and four personal processes used while re-imagining a dance score created in 1927 by Irmgard Bartenieff, founder of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, and a rare text by Rudolf Laban both held by SCPA.

The Laban text and the Bartenieff dance score were discovered while processing an archival collection at SCPA in MSPAL. Bartenieff, a student of Rudolf Laban and dancer, emigrated from Germany in 1936. Fluent in Labanotation, she also used her own descriptive system consisting of symbols and colour to describe dance movement and space. Better known for her work with Somatics, the discovery of 4 choreographic works within her notebooks dated 1927-28 generated a desire to see them off the page. The proposed presentation will discuss the creative processes, the archive, metadata creation for analog and digital components, AND will show the film.

The collaborators will be acknowledged, but will not present.

Room: McKeldin 7121 - Quiet Room

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Coffee Lounge

Time: 2:20 - 2:30 PM - Break

Time: 2:30 - 3:00 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

How and Why We Contribute to the Fedora Project

Joshua Westgard

This Lightning Talk will cover both the ways individuals can contribute to the Fedora Project as well as our motivation for having done so. Specifically, it will cover the import/export sprints that took place in the summer/fall, our contributions to them, and the benefits of participation for our local development efforts. The import/export feature is focused on creating a "round-trippable" resource serialization that can be used to export Fedora repository data losslessly for backup and other administrative purposes, as well as a tool that will move create such serialized resources from repository resources and vice versa.

Maryland Newspapers in Chronicling America

Robin Pike

The Historic Maryland Newspaper project, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant project, has digitized over 211,000 Maryland newspaper pages since 2012, and is currently in its third grant to digitize more than 100,000 additional pages. The newspapers are ingested into Chronicling America, the Library of Congress database, which is freely accessible to the public, and now contains over 11.7 million newspaper pages published across the US. This presentation will demonstrate several features of Chronicling America and other extras so that librarians can use this resource in reference inquiries or other projects.

Room: McKeldin 6107

Social Media as Outreach: The Basics

Rebecca Wack

An overview of the main social media streams (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) will be offered, as well as a brief outline of the demographics and types of posts which are appropriate for each site. Using examples from the Historic Maryland Newspaper Project accounts, as well as the social media accounts other active libraries and museums, the potential for direct community outreach and project promotion will be discussed, offering ideas that participants can apply to their own collections.

Room: McKeldin 7121

Our Stories in Numbers

Lulu Barnachea

I will present selected data to show a broad view of our collections. Selected metrics regarding users and usage of collections, among others, will be included. The purpose is to create awareness of data that is available and encourage conversations.

Using Live Polling in Instruction

Laura Cleary

This semester I tested out some live polling software that could be embedded into my presentation slide show (Poll Everywhere) in my typical 50-minute one-shot library instruction session. It provided extra engagement opportunities for the students and allowed us to see responses from students who may be reluctant to participate in small or large group discussion.

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Coffee Lounge