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UMD Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum

Please join us Tuesday, June 09 and Wednesday, June 26, 2020 online 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. We hope you can enjoy as many sessions as possible. All Q&As will be moderated in the chat by Zoom Monitors.

Interested in last year's presentations? Have a look at the 2019 LRIPF schedule of events


Time: 10:00 AM

Welcome & Keynote Address

The Presence of Our Absence: Researching Piscataway History

Gabriel Tayac

Maryland's cultural history extends 10,000 years back in time, yet the vast majority of this knowledge remains absent. The continuous Piscataway tribal community holds elements of this history in orality while other archival sources present other materials. Currently, there are only a handful of accessible secondary manuscripts to illuminate the Piscataway experience. Given indigenous centrality to Maryland's identity, how can the library support restoration and expansion of Native knowledge? This presentation offers potential routes to take to bolster the essential task of reclaiming indigenous presence.

Dr. Tayac's Bio:

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, is an activist scholar committed to empowering Indigenous perspectives. Gabi earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Social Work and American Indian Studies from Cornell University. Her scholarly research focuses on hemispheric American Indian identity, multiracialism, indigenous religions, and social movements, maintaining a regional specialization in the Chesapeake Bay. Gabi served on NMAI's staff for 18 years as an educator, historian, and curator. She engages deeply in community relationships and public discourse. She recently returned from a two year journey to uplift the voices of indigenous elder women leaders, sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Gabi is now an Associate Professor of Public History at George Mason University.

Time: 11:00 AM

What happens when a traditional classroom course has to go online? The experience of teaching and learning in a suddenly changed environment

Panel: Eric Lindquist, Christine Kirchner, Katarina Keane, Jakera Webb

Instruction is a core responsibility of many UMD librarians, but although a few us teach semester-long for-credit courses, mostly we teach single sessions for classes, and our sense of the experience of teaching and learning over the course of a semester is limited. In this panel, a member of the teaching faculty, a graduate student, and an undergraduate talk about what it is like teaching and learning when traditional in-person courses suddenly have to go online. How do interactions and course expectations change? What happens when research materials counted on for course papers and projects are no longer available? Hearing about the experiences of faculty and students in this stressful time might help UMD Libraries staff better support such teaching and learning in the future.

Time: 12:00 Noon

Lunch & Posters

When safe is not enough: creating Brave Spaces at the libraries

Jodi Coalter, Nneka Chisholm-Edwards, Tahirah Akbar-Williams

With the Black History Month Read-a-Thon in February 2020, the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee launched its new Brave Spaces program. Based on the Brave Spaces principles laid out by Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens in their work From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces1, and as an extension of last year's Safe Space program developed for the Libraries, Brave Spaces are designed to encourage challenging conversations around principles of "IDEA‚". The Committee recognizes that tolerance is not enough, that as Library employees we need to move into affirmation and action.

Library Streaming Media Reserves: What's Happening Now, and What's Coming Next

Jenny Cotton, Brynne Norton

Over the past semester there have been notable changes to the way we are providing the Streaming Media Reserves service, due to both the integration of Streaming Media Reserves into the Resource Sharing & Reserves unit and the current conditions related to the COVID-19 closures of the Libraries buildings. This poster will provide an update on how the service is functioning now (including recent revisions to the copyright policy related to the service), and also outline the future steps we are working on implementing.

Breaking the Rules Carefully: Technical Implementation of Inclusive Terminology in the Catalog

Linda Seguin

In January 2020, a group of employees at Towson University's Cook Library petitioned the Metadata Subgroup of the University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) to change the OPAC display of authorized Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) containing the pejorative term "illegal alien" to the more inclusive term "undocumented immigrant," and other LCSH containing "alien" to "noncitizen." As the technical liaison to the subgroup, I implemented a proof of concept in the Aleph Test OPAC to facilitate evaluation of the proposal. This presentation outlines the technical considerations of such a change and its implementation using tools available in the Aleph integrated library system. If you are interested in more inclusive library systems, then this poster will give you insight into the technical work that goes on behind the scenes.

Identifying research topics with bibliometrics: guidelines for practitioners

Amy Trost

Librarians who practice bibliometrics are often asked to compare the research output of an academic department or research group to a larger body of scholarship. Here I explore techniques to address these requests with a case study examining two fields of study: Library and Information Science(LIS) and Translational Life Sciences Research. Scholarship is evaluated in two ways: broadly, and as produced by librarians within the University System of Maryland (USM). This analysis relies on bibliographic data from EBSCO's Library and Information Science Source (LISS)and Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science for the time period of 2009-2019. Records will be retrieved via bulk export and analyzed using text mining in R, burst detection in Web of Science, and network analysis in Gephi. The final analysis will explore both controlled vocabulary and subject terms associated with these articles and endeavors to answer three questions: 1. Can the co-occurrence of thesaurus terms be used to map the research landscape in a specific discipline? 2. How is the research focus of a specific institution within the University of Maryland different from the focus of the broader collection of documents? 3. How can other librarians who practice bibliometrics implement these techniques into their portfolio of services? (I am working on creating a paper that answers many of these same questions)

A Minimalist Contribution to Medieval Manuscript Studies

Josh Westgard

This poster presentation will describe my efforts to apply the principles of minimal computing to the field of medieval manuscript studies. It will include a discussion of the different uses of the term "minimalism" in computing, and especially its use in contemporary digital humanities scholarship. It will also include a case study in the application of these principles to my ongoing scholarship on the textual transmission of the works of the Venerable Bede (AD 672/3-735).

Time: 1:00 PM

Working at home when your work is all about the physical object - perspectives from cataloging, special collections, and preservation

Panel: Carla Montori, Amber Kohl, Bryan Draper, Mark Coulbourne, Neil Frau-Cortes, Sarah Hovde

Original cataloging, special collections, and preservation all depend upon close contact with and reading of physical objects. This panel will discuss how five CSS members have learned how to work from home, and get the job done.

Time: 2:00 PM

Growing Professionals: Implementing, and Improving, a Student Employment Program with an Emphasis on Career Development

Andrew Yager, Franklin Ofsthun

In 2018 the Priddy Library at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) began reevaluating the way we had been interacting with our student assistants. After review, we discovered that we were doing a poor job of furthering the USG mission of a student-centered experience, and effective workforce preparation. Our utilitarian model was useful for managing disruptions to our staff's , but was ineffective at developing students' non-procedural skills and, considering their academic experience, was an inefficient use of human resources. To remedy this, in Fall of 2019 we made massive changes to the library's student employment program to emphasize employee growth. We added new training, including librarian instruction sessions and a seminar with campus I.T. staff, and introduced mandatory engagement with development activities, such as skills workshops and responding to articles on professional and personal improvement. We also implemented a biannual, formal review process with a self-evaluation component. While these changes appear to have succeeded in some ways, feedback during the review process highlighted areas where our redesign was still drawing on many of the same assumptions that had underpinned the old model. These failures are helping us to continually reevaluate our development and training activities as we strive for improvement. This presentation will center on the changes made to our program, our reasons for making them, outcomes/student evaluations, and plans for incorporating improvement for next academic year, which will address some of the issues that came up in the moment and through further feedback.

Time: 2:30 PM

Why is there a play about Benjamin Lay?

Drew Barker

Benjamin Lay was the Quaker dwarf who was the first revolutionary abolitionist, and he used guerilla theatre to get his point across. This presentation will be a distillation of my published article on this topic after interviewing the playwright and historian who co-wrote the yet-to-be-published play.

Time: 3:00 PM

TLS' 10 Tips for Teaching Online

Rachel Gammons, Lindsay Inge Carpenter, Suzy Wilson

Looking to switch your instruction session, training, or presentation to an online format? Join Teaching & Learning Services for our top 10 online teaching tips, including instructional strategies, tips, and tools showcased in our Keep Teaching LibGuide. All teachers and learners (staff, students, faculty) are welcome, no teaching experience necessary.


Time: 10:00 AM

Are we there yet? - Electronic Resources Discovery in WorldCat

Panel: Beth Guay, Aaron Wilson, Robin Reiss, Erica Hemsley, Ben Bradley

Panel presentation from Aaron Wilson, Robin Reiss, Erica Hemsley, Beth Guay, and Benjamin Bradley Abstract: In 2012 the Technical Services Division implemented a policy directing that access to individual e-resource titles in WorldCat knowledge base (WCKB) collections that supplied OCLC numbers would be established only via WorldCat (not via the local catalog). OCLC numbers are not available for all e-resource titles in all WCKB collections, and some e-resource titles are not available in any collections. We have been working together to make those resources discoverable. Our panel will discuss how our understanding of WorldCat Discovery continues to inform our work to make the Libraries' resources available to students, faculty, staff and others who rely on OCLC catalog records for library resource discovery.

Time: 11:00 - 11:30 AM

All-Staff Meeting

No sessions during this time

Time: 11:30 AM

Better Together: a Holistic Approach to Academic Libraries' Role in Affordable Learning

Jenny Cotton, Lindsay Inge Carpenter

The rising costs of higher education and the associated problems inherent in academic capitalism have been a growing issue for some time, and the current pandemic situation and its economic fallout have made these concerns all the more urgent. While we may not have power over setting tuition rates or student fees, those in the libraries do have expertise in collection development, resource sharing, and instruction that we can use to address this issue. We can and do provide services that ameliorate some of the problems presented by the high costs of higher education. Although the University of Maryland Libraries has robust resource sharing and instruction initiatives, these units are administratively separate, presenting challenges to collaboration. This work is siloed in the professional discourse as well, with access services and public services workers typically meeting and publishing in separate venues. In this presentation, we will discuss how collaboration between our User Services and Resource Sharing and our Teaching and Learning Services units is essential to the success of affordability initiatives. We will discuss the features of our open and affordable education initiatives, exploring how the combined expertise of our two units has been key in developing programs and promoting services. We will address how our work seeks to make sure that open education initiatives work in conjunction, and not competition, with other affordable educational resources such as course reserves. Finally, we will discuss how we partner to provide instruction and outreach to faculty and students regarding their rights and responsibilities as content consumers and creators.

Time: 12:00 Noon

Can I Say?: The punk oral history project at SCPA

John Davis

This presentation describes efforts that I have undertaken since 2017 to record oral history interviews with various participants in the Washington, DC punk subculture, which emerged in the late 1970s and continues to thrive. With support from the Library Research Fund, I have traveled from coast to coast interviewing fanzine creators and musicians. A recent boom in documentation of this subculture through documentary films and books has left some participants feeling left out of the narrative, so this oral history project offers them a chance to tell their stories in their own words. I have conducted more than thirty interviews throughout this project and my presentation offers highlights from the interviews, as well as discusses oral history best practices I employed, projects at other institutions that inspired me, and examples of how SCPA makes the interviews accessible to patrons.

Time: 12:30 PM

Lunch & Lightning Talks

How I Used Python to Transform Metadata to Provide Access to Materials Available from the HathiTrust Emeregency Temporary Access Service

Benjamin Bradley

The HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) is a program manage by HathiTrust to enable member libraries to provide access to digital surrogates of library materials in the HathiTrust Digital Library when the library has closed access to collections due to an emergency. In this lightning talk I will discuss and demonstrate how I used Python to automate creating a KBART file for titles available through ETAS to provide access to the UMD Libraries user community to these titles. I will provide a walk-through of the script, the HathiTrust Bibliographic API, and explain how I managed the project overall.

Preparing Student Workers for Remote Work

Robin Pike, Pamela McClanahan

Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting has unique software and hardware needs that were challenging to setup to facilitate remote work for students. This session will discuss how Pam McClanahan and Robin Pike worked together and with User and System Support to configure laptops and files on temporary storage to facilitate telework.

Gamifying Library Orientation: UNIV 100 Pilot Program

Suzy Wilson, Karina Kletcher

In Fall 2019, Teaching & Learning Services piloted a gamified library orientation program in partnership with Freshman Connection. The orientation, offered in Freshman Connection sections of UNIV 100, utilized Breakout EDU, an escape-room like puzzle box, to create a game-based library orientation. This lightning talk will introduce Breakout EDU, summarize the pilot program and the game we designed, and share the feedback we received from students and faculty.

Time: 1:30 PM

What happens to a core library service when the world changes? Reference in the time of coronavirus

Panel: Eric Lindquist, Judy Markowitz, Jodi Coalter

Providing reference help to faculty and students is a core library service and is one of the most important responsibilities of all UMD Research, Teaching and Learning librarians. Librarians have long made use of online resources in their reference work and provided much of their service remotely. But what happens when all reference has to be done remotely and online? Librarians in all disciplines have been challenged to continue providing reference services in the changed environment, but librarians in different disciplines have experienced the challenge differently. In this panel, representatives from the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences discuss how they have learned to adapt to the new environment while also embracing new opportunities.

Time: 2:15 PM

Librarians as agents of change -Crossing Borders - Transferring Technology - Empowering Communities

Lily Griner, Patricia Herron, Preston Tobery

In this presentation Lily Griner, Pat Herron, and Preston Tobery will describe our collaborations with a public library in San Juan del Sur (SJDS), Nicaragua and share the development of our latest Nicaraguan project‚ the start of a 3D printing enterprise as a means of support for the library's operations. Our collaborative efforts with the SJDS public library support the mission and values of both the UMD Libraries as well as the Core Values of Librarianship endorsed by ALA. We will describe our involvement, over a period of many years, in helping to develop and implement study abroad experiential learning opportunities to San Juan del Sur for UMD students. These experiences exposed the students to the culture and the people of the town while simultaneously revealing the crucial role the library plays in the community. These programs benefited the local community and provided the SJDS library with funds to continue offering essential and unique services. The SJDS public library is financed by the Libraries for All Foundation based in Colorado, whose mission is to strengthen local schools, support community development‚ and offer educational and trade learning opportunities. Its mission complements the core values and mission of the UMD libraries and the American Libraries Association. Political disruptions in Nicaragua have put a halt to the study abroad programs and the support it provided. To help the SJDS library continue its vital community services, a proposal for starting a 3D printing business in the library was submitted and accepted by the Director of the Libraries for All program. Our presentation will recount the history and impact of our work with the Libraries for All program, and how the idea of the 3D printing business developed, came to fruition, and our hopes for its success.

Time: 3:00 PM

Project Academic Knowledge: Using the Microsoft Academic API to evaluate institutional repository impact

Joseph Koivisto

Microsoft Academic (MA) is a publicly-accessible commercial discovery interface that supports creative reuse and evaluation of data through the implementation of accessible APIs. This presentation will provide an overview of both MA and its associated APIs, focusing on unique features that provide a competitive advantage over similar platforms. Additionally, this presentation will provide use case demonstrations of using MA-sourced data to evaluate citation data for MD-SOAR records. Technical requirements will be discussed at entry-level detail, allowing non-programmers to understand what is needed to get started using MA APIs.

Time: 3:30 PM

Comprehensive History of the Solar Decathlon: Finding, 2002, 2005, 2007

Patricia Cossard,

The Solar Decathlon held its inaugural competition in 2002, with the RFP released by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2000. The University of Maryland has participated in the US (2002-2007, 2011, 2017), Europe (2019), Africa (2019) and was an invited competitor for the Middle East (2020). While more than 500 books, thesis/dissertations, reports and articles have been written about the individual competitions in its twenty years of existence, to date there has been no systematic archiving of the research, scholarly and creative work created by these competitions, making it very difficult to assess impact of this huge enterprise. Beginning with the original data collection of IR's and the prevalence of Solar Decathlon deposits, the data collection has expanded more in the area of impact measures. Moreover, the research targets are all internet based gray literature necessitating deep research in the Internet Archive. This presentation will discuss collection methods, findings, and potential future linked-data strategies that will enable the discovery of the enormous impact the Solar Decathlon has had on the multi-disciplinary curriculums in Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Education, Libraries, and Information Science. This discovery will form a basis for funded-research, intra-University networking, and open data systems.

The LRIPF is sponsored by the UMD Libraries' Faculty Mentoring Committee and the Library Research Fund Committees. The planning committee welcomes proposals on works in progress as well as completed studies from all library employees. Although LRIPF is arbitrated, the planning committee does not use a formal peer-review process for selecting presentations.