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UMD Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum (2018)

Please join us Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 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.

Interested in last year's presentations? Have a look at the 2017 LRIPF schedule of events



Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Room: McKeldin 6137

Welcome & Keynote Address

Design Thinking in Academia

Mega Subramaniam

Dr. Subramaniam is an Associate Professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of emerging digital literacies that are essential to STEM learning among underserved young people. She has received grant funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the National Science Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, among others. Dr. Subramaniam is the lead PI for the IMLS-funded Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Youth Experience (YX), co-leads two IMLS-funded projects, ConnectedLib and Safe Data Safe Families, and serves as a Fellow for Google's Libraries Ready to Code project - all intended to bring research and practice together to enhance the skills of in-service and pre-service librarians. To learn more about her research and teaching interests, please visit

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

Time: 10:10 - 11:15 AM

Room: McKeldin 6137

Historical Research in Libraries

Eric Lindquist, Drew Barker, Jordan Sly, Eric Stoykovich, Elizabeth Novara

Many librarians are engaged in historical research; this panel will provide a forum for sharing some of their work.

Eric Lindquist, Queen Elizabeth I and Women's Intellectual Authority in the Renaissance 
By convention Renaissance women were not supposed to rule, be intellectuals, or speak publicly. Nonetheless, some women did these things, though within certain limits. In this presentation, I will explore Queen Elizabeth's public speaking, particularly her learned orations.

Drew Barker, Designing Isabella: Exploring Performance through Art
My talk will elaborate on how we became "information designers" in regards to a very large painting and very large amount of information concerning 17th century European performance and politics. The exhibit will open in early June 2018 at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.

Jordan Sly, Mythography and Diaspora: The Waldensians of North Carolina and their Books
I will be looking at the collection of an American Waldensian library in order to understand the founding ideologies, collection purpose, and the larger connection of the Waldensian church and history.

Eric Stoykovich. Antebellum Women: Recorders of American Families
By the 1840s, middle-class women preserved family archives -- saving documents, preserving records, and cultivating family memories. Middle-class women also preserved relics of other families and national history documents. The phrase "family record" entered the lexicon of American newspapers, periodicals, and novels.

Elizabeth Novara, Maryland Women's Political Activism, 1890s-1920s
My research is focused on political activism in the woman's suffrage movement in Maryland. I seek to continue to challenge the still dominant white women's historical narrative of the suffrage movement, and focus on black women's activism as well as the rural/urban divide.

Room: McKeldin 6103

The Libraries' Role in Supporting UMD Researcher Networking

Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Kate Dohe, David Durden, Ben Wallberg

Faculty engage in a vast array of activities in the course of their careers, such as teaching, mentoring, producing scholarship, conducting research, securing funding, serving on committees, and building relationships with a network of graduates and peers. Simply tracking this activity much less reporting, assessing, and promoting the achievements of our researchers requires an increasingly complex ecosystem of applications to manage identities, productivity, and expertise. That ecosystem is crowded; the distinctions between seemingly-similar services can be nuanced and the Libraries are uniquely positioned to manage and coordinate data across disparate systems. The University of Maryland is implementing a number of these applications, including Activity Insight and ORCID, and the Libraries have been stakeholders in both initiatives and have explored VIVO for faculty profiles. This panel will provide an overview of the variety of systems available to manage faculty activity data, what implementation of the University's chosen applications will mean for faculty and librarians, and the ways in which the UMD Libraries collaborate on these systems.

Room: McKeldin 6107

John & Stella Graves MakerSpace FY18 in Review

Andy Horbal, Yitzy Paul, Preston Tobery

This panel will highlight work done in the John & Stella Graves MakerSpace in McKeldin Library in FY18. Following a brief introduction by Andy Horbal, Yitzy Paul will talk about the progress made developing services related to augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) technology and the new Hackables and Tryables programs he developed. Preston Tobery will then talk about a collaboration he worked on with a professor in the Behavioral & Social Sciences College whereby we helped children create 3D models of their own brains based on MRI scans and the capsule vending machine in the lobby of McKeldin Library that we installed in the fall as a marketing initiative.

Room: McKeldin 7121

Performing Arts? yep...Digital Humanities? yep...In the Library? but of course: teaching a graduate course on 'Performing the Digital Humanities'

Susan Wiesner

In the early 2000s those working in the Digital Humanities struggled with definitions of DH, discussed methods, tools, data structures, the digital library, and pointed to the overarching humanities disciplines and 'disciplinary kinships' that feed the digital humanities beast. Forward thinking, they included the disciplines of Performance Studies and Musicology, disciplines that generally were not considered in the context of the digital humanities (or for that matter, by some as disciplines within the humanities). Yet even with their supposed inclusion in the DH world, acceptance of the performing arts in DH conferences has been minimal, with music and musicology having the lion's share, and dance and theatre often dismissed as 'just art projects'. Yet this lack has not been for want of the desire to practice and include Performing Arts research, specifically digital research, within the DH milieu, rather it is that so few practitioners (a) exist, (b) are being trained, and (c) know that the performing arts can use digital technologies for more than 'cool' performances. Therefore, this course asks what theoretical and applied research emerges out of the space of digital humanities and the performing arts. It equips students with a nuanced overview of the history of the digital within performance and explores various technical approaches that can enable the exploration of intersections of research and practice, the connections between creation and research, and yes, even 'cool' performance.

Adobe Spark Your Social Media to Enhance Your Communications

Emily Spangler & Leah Rufus

Creating a profile for your library with a distinct personality can be a challenge, especially in the current digital age where social media and mobile platforms are patrons' main sources of interaction and information-gathering. How do libraries manage this hurdle and connect to the varying demographics of their patrons? The Priddy Library is using Adobe Spark to upgrade its social media to engage with patrons at their level through the platforms they frequent the most, such as Instagram. Our goal is to have a unique profile with a strong voice that attracts patrons, but also provides them with the resources they need from the library. Adobe Spark allows our social media team to create captivating posts, pages and videos that connect users with library services, inclusive and diverse experiences, along with other tools they will need to be successful. Through trainings we offer on the use of Adobe Spark for students, faculty and staff, it can not only enhance our users' experience with social media but in a variety of other aspects of their life, such as personal milestones, business ventures, professional promotion, and academia. Attendees will walk away with practical knowledge on using Adobe Spark and social media practices that can help take your library's digital marketing to an entirely new level.

Time: 11:15 - 11:30 AM - Break

Time: 11:30 - 12:00 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Pop-Up Libraries in Academic Settings: Taking it To The People

Johnnieque B. Love

This Presentation will share and demonstrate the Art Library: "Pop-Up Library" Pilot Project and its successes as an outreach services strategy. The Pop-Up Library concept intersects with the mission of the University Art Department and mission and strategic plan of the UM Libraries. It seeks to promote full utilization of the Art Library collections while promoting instruction of multi-dimension of art concepts. We will highlight Pop-Up Libraries that have been utilized for course work as well as for the 10th anniversary celebration of Stamp Gallery and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Maryland University Gallery. Outcome and statistics will show how the existence of the "Pop-Up Library concept was an aid to increase traffic and significant benefit to instructional outcomes.

Room: McKeldin 6107

My Very First Robot: Programming a Twitter Bot to Promote Open Access Scholarship

Joseph Koivisto

Social media is now recognized as an important element in promoting scholarship available on institutional repository sites. To capitalize on the value-added by social media engagement, automated "bots" can be deployed to facilitate social media outreach with minimal administrative investment. In this presentation, I'll provide an overview of social media's value in the context of open access publishing. I will also walk through the steps of creating a Python-based Twitter bot, providing high-level concepts that will be understandable for non-programmers. I will also provide a narrative description of my experience building my first Twitter bot to help reveal the sometimes hidden labor that goes in to the development of behind-the-scenes programmatic tools.

Room: McKeldin 7121

Reenvisioning the RDA Toolkit: Improving the Cataloger User Experience

Kathy Glennan

In June 2018, ALA Publishing will release the significantly revised RDA Toolkit, a result of the multi-year RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project. Changes to the interface include improving long-standing problems and making the Toolkit more intrinsically of the web. Kathy Glennan, Chair Elect of the RDA Steering Committee, will speak about design influences on the changes coming in the user interface, as well as on how the changed instructions will support RDA use outside of MARC.

Time: 12:05 - 12:35 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Implementing Project Management Tools and Strategies

Robin Pike, Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Rachel Gammons, Hilary Thompson

Many people are stretched thin at work because it's difficult to balance many competing priorities. In this panel, learn from four of your colleagues how they have implemented project management tools to stay organized, track projects and milestones, balance priorities, update stakeholders, delegate tasks, and more.

Room: McKeldin 6107

EEBO in WorldCat Discovery

Beth Guay

This presentation will provide a descriptive overview of the EEBO cataloging project described in "A Case Study on the Path to Resource Discovery," in Information Technology and Libraries, 36:3 (2017). The project began as an attempt to adapt cataloging workflows to the new environment in which e-resources copy cataloging takes place within discovery system tools rather than MARC record set or individual record downloads into online catalog. The presentation will cover EEBO’s relationship to scholarship and to cooperative cataloging. The presenter will share her recommendations for maximizing existing bibliographic metadata to improve resource discovery and to open a dialogue with a goal to extend cooperative cataloging of EEBO resources beyond traditional lines. 

Time: 12:35 - 1:35 PM

Room: McKeldin 6137 - Lunch & Poster Session

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

Library Resources in Museum Exhibits

Anne Dempsey

As part of the exhibit on the 1616 painting, Ommegang: The Triumph of Isabella, in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, resources from the library will be on display which users will also be able to view and borrow from the University Libraries. This poster will detail the challenges with this display, how the materials were selected, and how they were displayed captioned so that they were accessible to visitors. This display allows for visitors of the exhibit to continue their exploration of exhibit topic and ask them to engage further with the library in a new way. Especially because the exhibit space is physically outside of the library, the goal of this display is to further connect visitors of the exhibit and the Clarice, and those from the School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, to the Performing Arts Library and its collections and serve as a form of outreach.

Take Two: Repurposing Assessment Data in Special Collections

Caitlin Rizzo, Joanne Archer

This poster will showcase how the Special Collections and University Archives team analyzed and re-purposed collection assessment data gathered from 2013 to use as the basis for a new, data-driven workflow for establishing processing priorities, addressing a backlog of 'hidden' collections, and overhauling the processing guidelines across several curatorial units. The poster will showcase how commonly collected assessment data can be leveraged to revamp outdated processes, and will ultimately highlight the impact (and limitations) of assessment within special collections.

Teaching Innovative Tech: Improving Online Instruction of MakerSpace Technology

Cecelia Vetter

This project highlights the process of creating web pages to improve the instruction program of a library MakerSpace. By placing instruction material online, the MakerSpace instruction program becomes scalable, allowing instructors to reach a much larger number of students each semester. The new web pages also create a centralized place for MakerSpace information, so that students can learn about workshops, hours of operation, and equipment all in one place.

The Open Bede Project

Joshua Westgard

This Venerable Bede (672/3-735) was the author of more than 30 exegetical, hagiographical, historical, scientific, and pedagogical works, and one of the most important intellectuals of the early Middle Ages. In this poster I will summarize my ongoing effort to create an open source corpus of his works using a data pipeline that uses scans of early-modern through nineteenth-century editions of his works (all in the public domain), OCR, and text processing scripts to generate TEI XML that can serve as the basis for an open source corpus available for anyone to use.

Teaching as Research: Information, Instruction, and Collaboration

Kelsey Diemand

I would like to present the results and experiences from my Teaching as Research Project, a part of my graduate field study as a UMD Research and Teaching Fellow. Primarily, I will focus on the partnership with the Architecture Librarian, Cindy Frank, where I provided research assistance and information literacy instruction to architecture thesis-level graduate students. I will analyze and present results of my student learning outcomes-based assessment in relation to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the UMD Libraries general student learning outcomes.  Additionally, I will include reflective information from other aspects of my field study, including improving my library instruction through active learning methods and pedagogical methods, creating an inclusive space for patrons during instruction and reference interviews, and learning the IRB process. This poster will present an example of a Teaching as Research project as it relates to library instruction and research assistance with university students. My hope is that this poster will help inform other MLIS students and new librarians' approach to instruction and research and demonstrate the benefits of collaboration in academic librarianship.

Gaming with Kahoot! in one-shot library instruction

Nedelina Tchangalova, Kirsten Houpt, Stephanie Ritchie

This poster will discuss librarians' experiences to increase student engagement and learning in one-shot library instruction classes. Kahoot!, an open source game-based learning platform, was used to reinforce concepts taught during undergraduate classes and to assess student learning. Feedback from student responses indicate that they valued this exercise.

Data Management to Define an Emerging Discipline

Patricia Cossard, David Durden

University of Maryland Libraries are taking the lead in archiving and curating data sets for the UMD Solar Decathlon Team Maryland (2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2017, and Solar Decathlon Europe 2019). A 2017 report from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Insights on Technology Innovation - A Review of the U.S.Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition Entries 2002-2015 (Simon, 2017) found that over time, the technologies developed, demonstrated, and perfected for the competition series have become more commonplace in industry. While more than 500 books, thesis, reports and articles have been written about the individual competitions in its sixteen years of existence, to date, there has been no systematic archiving of the research, scholarly, and creative work created by these competitions. Patricia Cossard and David Durden (DSS) are working with the U.S. Department of Energy (all competition deliverables/documents have recently been transferred from NREL to DOE with no developed maintenance plan), the OECD's International Energy Agency (the Solar Decathlon Knowledge Base (SDKB), and Team Maryland to develop a data management standard and best practices for international dissemination to all teams and agencies, past, present and future.

Welcome to Special Collections: Creating an online module for first-year students

Suzy Wilson, Ashleigh Coren

This poster explores the online learning tool created as part of the UMD Libraries Research & Teaching Fellowship, in collaboration with Ashleigh Coren, Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning. The online module mirrors the in-person instruction sessions that Special Collections & University Archives provides for UNIV 100: New Student Orientation students. The module explores university history and encourages students to see themselves as contributors to the university legacy. Adobe Captivate was used to build the module and the creators partnered with two undergraduate students to create short videos to highlight and explore artifacts from university history to integrate into the module. The poster will include the methodology behind the creation of the module, identify the module's learning outcomes, highlight challenges faced, describe usability findings, and detail the next steps to both host the module in Canvas Commons and distribute to UNIV 100 students.

Podcasting & Librarians

Tracee Haupt

My poster will give an overview of how librarians and archivists have been using podcasting as a tool for outreach and professional development. It will suggests ways in which librarians can take advantage of the new medium and provide an overview of the resources available through Library Media Services to assist in creating a podcast.

Sharing and Collecting Latin American Publications in the Big Ten: Developing a Methodology for Consortial Data Analysis

Hilary Thompson, Austin Smith

Inspired by the 2017 Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection Conference, the presenters undertook a research study to better understand the consortium's resource sharing needs for Spanish and Portuguese materials published in Latin America and to develop data-informed models for cooperative collection development of these publications. Using ILLiad custom request searches, Access queries, Python scripts, Google's Language Detection Library, and WorldCat APIs, the presenters gathered and analyzed interlibrary loan and collections holdings data from the 15 members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance's Library Initiatives. Given these libraries' high volume of ILL requests and large collection sizes, it was imperative to employ various technologies to expedite analysis and reconcile data from different sources, making this project an excellent case study for exploring how to work with consortial data. The presenters will share their methodology and invite conversation about how it can be used to help academic libraries to build distinctive collections that support consortial and national resource sharing.

Time: 1:35 - 2:05 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Library Services for First Generation Students: Looking to Pierre Bourdieu, Habitus, and Understanding the Whole Student

Jordan Sly

This presentation will investigate the use of theory, in particular Pierre Bourdieu's Habitus, in researching library populations and developing a complex, multi-dimensional understanding of an important library community. By utilizing the framework of Habitus, we seek to investigate Pierre Bourdieu's thesis of Habitus, which is to say, a social theory of determinism that centralizes behavior without essentializing groups. The aim of the project is to study first-generation students and the issue of retention. Habitus, in many respects, speaks to an unwritten language, sense, or code (le sens practique) in which certain members of a group are naturally and unconsciously conversant and which other members must constantly use cognitive energy to work within. The hope is to investigate some aspects of this language by studying both college-normative students (i.e., those for whom college was a foregone conclusion) and first-generation students to understand, perhaps, an aspect of the difference in experience and to use some of the findings to propose some sort of library intervention.

 Of interest to attendees: application of theory to a practice, new methods of analysis of library populations, sharing of research methods, and possibly issuing a call for papers for an edited monograph on this topic.

Room: McKeldin 6107

Transforming External Legacy Metadata for ArchivesSpace: A Labor of Love

Bria Parker

When the AFL-CIO collection was acquired, University of Maryland Libraries received a database export of all the metadata associated with the materials. While we already had a proven process for transforming our local metadata from our migration from The Beast (Access Database) into ArchivesSPace, this process would not apply, as the metadata in the case of AFL-CIO was given to us in a different format. In this presentation I will outline the challenges of transforming the metadata and describe the transformation workflows. Specifically, I will show the tool (Stead) that was modified and used for the majority of the transformation work, as well as review the other steps, tips, and tools I utilized to format the metadata for optimal import into ArchivesSpace.

Room: McKeldin 7121

Make learning awesome with Kahoot!: Tips for engaging students in the classroom

Stephanie Ritchie, Nedelina Tchangalova, Kirsten Houpt

Want to have a fun one-shot library classroom without extra planning? Bring your phone to the workshop and play! In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the basics of designing fun activities using Kahoot!, a free game-based learning tool. Several tips will be shared on how to successfully incorporate Kahoot! quizzes in already established teaching plans.

Time: 2:10 - 2:40 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Planning for the PARC (Performing Arts Research Commons)

Drew Barker, Steve Henry

This presentation will lay out the new mission and vision for the Performing Arts Research Commons at MSPAL, which will include examples of new technology and programming.

Room: McKeldin 6107

How to Innovate Fearlessly

Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger, Sharon Epps, Kate Dohe

A few barriers to innovation include not having a safe space to experiment, fear of failure, and big egos. Panelists Sharon Epps and Kate Dohe will discuss how to avoid these barriers. A moderated group discussion will follow on how we can promote innovation at the Libraries.

Room: McKeldin 7121

Finding Potential Funders

Robin Pike, Mary Dulaney, Rebecca Wack, Joanne Archer, Kristen Gladsky

Do you find yourself in need of money for special projects but aren't sure where to look? As an extension of the grants workshop offered in fall 2017, in this 30-minute workshop, facilitators will break down how to find a grant or foundation find for a large-scale project and how to start developing a proposal for that specific entity. Bring yourself, writing materials of your choosing, and at least one project or collection idea to focus on.

Time: 2:40 - 2:55 PM - Break

Time: 2:55 - 3:25 PM

Room: McKeldin 6103

Instructor Use of Educational Streaming Video Resources Revisited

Andy Horbal

At last year's Libraries Research & Innovative Practice Forum I presented preliminary results from a qualitative research study called "Instructor Use of Educational Streaming Video Resources." This presentation will review the final results from the same study, as discussed in an article forthcoming from The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Findings include that that instructors think educational streaming video resources compare favorably to commercial and non-streaming alternatives in most respects and use them whenever possible, that the primary benefit of these resources is to facilitate better use of limited class time by enabling instructors to assign videos as outside-of-class viewing, and that the library is not the primary means instructors use to discover new educational streaming video resources. The article and presentation contain additional insights into factors that academic libraries should consider when deciding which educational streaming video resources to invest in, which acquisition models to pursue, and what marketing strategies to employ to ensure maximum usage.

All On Board! An Online Approach to Orientation Programs

Sharon Epps & Nneka Edwards

In this Lightning Talk, Sharon Epps and Nneka Edwards will describe the impetus that drove the Libraries Human Resources office to update their new employee orientation program and the steps taken to create an online product that is conveniently accessible to employees 24/7. There will be a brief demonstration of the SWAY site used to create the E-Orientation and time for questions from the audience.

Room: McKeldin 6107

Sounds of the Silent Majority: Recordings of the 1960s-1970s from the Spiro T. Agnew Papers

Eric Stoykovich

Special Collections of the University of Maryland libraries is reformatting one-of-a-kind audio recordings from the Papers of Spiro T. Agnew, Vice-President of the United States (1969-1973). These recordings on at-risk media formats include speeches, sermons, folk songs, spoken word, and off-air broadcasts. While the majority are the political speeches and media remarks of Spiro T. Agnew, a significant portion feature sermons, folk songs, off-air broadcasts, and spoken word discussions, created by the so-called "Silent Majority" These common constituents made the recordings and mailed them to the Vice President's Office, often with the intent of supporting Agnew's views. But, quite unintentionally, included is a conference of the Black Panther Party, a speech by Leroi Jones, and a grade-school discussion about school discipline. Although the original intent of the recordings may have served a particular political purpose, this digitized audio, made available via UMD Libraries’ Digital Collections, could be utilized for international research on African-American history, media studies, political rhetoric, religious culture, and political science. DSS and SCUA partnered to write a CLIR "Recordings at Risk" grant for the February 2018 cycle. Regardless of the decision, the pilot project recordings (with metadata) may be accessible in Digital Collections in time for the June 2018 LRIPF.

Harvesting MARC with the WorldCat Search API

Ben Bradley

The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) hopes for a world where all content providers openly share their metadata with all discovery service providers, but we are still far from that world. While libraries depend more and more on publisher-provided metadata, libraries are often left with poor quality metadata or sometimes with no metadata at all. In this environment, librarians need to develop web-scale tools to provide web-scale discovery and access.
 In this lightning talk I will introduce a Python script I have been developing which uses the WorldCat Search API to batch search and download OCLC MARC records which I use to harvest metadata to supplement publisher-provided metadata or to transform the records into a KBART file for ingest.

Room: McKeldin 7121

The Digital Diamondback: Unfolding University History through Open Standards and Open Data

Liz Caringola, Robin Pike, Josh Westgard

Student newspapers have a long tradition of capturing unfolding narratives of campus history. As such, they are an invaluable resource for researchers interested in campus history and our staff when answering reference questions. Though microfilmed to ensure long-term preservation, many researchers find microfilm tedious to use, and it can also be prohibitive for researchers unable to travel to campus to use it. In response, staff at the UMD Libraries began planning in 2013 for a multi-year project to make digitized issues of The Diamondback accessible through the Libraries' website. As of the end of March 2018, nearly 7,900 issues of The Diamondback spanning from 1910 to 1998 are available online with full-text searching and browsing by date and title. 
 The panelists from Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS) and Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will discuss different aspects of the project, including: Fundraising using UMD's crowdfunding platform, Launch UMD; metadata based on the National Digital Newspaper Program specifications; data modeling that enables our metadata to be repurposed across applications; and the impact of having The Diamondback digitized and online for our users and staff.


Time: 3:30 - 4:00 PM

Room: McKeldin 6137

Wrap Up