Sessions with Handouts

Time Title Type Location

Friday, January 30 - 8:30am

8:30am - 4:00pm
Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W185bc
Description :

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. Agenda and speakers to be posted at wwww.ala.org/united.

Saturday, January 31 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Pathways between Social Justice Issues and LIS Forum/Update/Assembly, News You Can Use McCormick Place West
W183b
Description :

The ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellows have developed an online user-centered resource, The Social Justice Collaboratorium (SJC). In tandem with an ALISE poster, this session seizes the opportunity to gather practitioners and educators doing social justice (SJ) work within their institution/research. An SJC overview is followed by a conversation about how people approach social justice--and ways that institutions have either denied, co-opted or morphed initiatives— through discussing 1) What is Social Justice?, 2) What aspects of SJ are most needed in LIS?, 3) What are model programs or initiatives?, and 4) How does SJ move forward in LIS?

Sponsors :
ALA
Affiliate Organization
American Library Association (ALA)
8:30am - 10:00am
Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations Other McCormick Place West
W178
Description :

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 1 will help librarians focus on community aspirations and identify next steps for change.

To access the tools that will be used in this session, please visit http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/resources-2015-ala-midwinter-me....

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, January 31 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Electronic Resources Management Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W194a
Description :

Data-Driven Decision Making in E-Resources Management: Beyond Cost per Use

Galadriel Chilton (University of Connecticut) will describe the process and outcomes of the UConn Libraries’ Massive Analysis Project, which used nearly a decade of extensive cost and usage data to compare their subscriptions to Scopus and Web of Science, leading to high-impact decisions about renewal or cancellation.

Josephine Crawford (Kansas State University) will take a hard look at the value of managing detailed e-resource “business terms” data—meaning dollars paid and the content, rights, and/or services received—leading to improved collection assessment, user support, and budget management.

Lynda Aldana (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Randall Lowe (Frostburg State University) will discuss their decision-making process for a demand-driven e-book acquisitions program across the USMAI Library Consortium, comparing many facets of data—such as title, publisher, subject, and institution-level usage—against past expenditures to support consortial fine-tuning.

10:30am - 11:30am
Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W187a
Description :

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

Old Habits Die Hard: Changing the roles in Technical Services in a Small Academic Library
Anne LePage, Technical Services Librarian, Mount Allison University Libraries & Archives

In 2014 and 2015, Mount Allison University Libraries & Archives will lose 5 technical services staff due to retirements and staff cuts. It is unlikely that the library will be able to refill all positions. As a result, a new Technical Services position has been created that focuses on cross-trained skills to support in the library – cataloguing, acquisitions, access services, etc. The focus will be on cataloguing skills to help support new initiatives and enhanced workflows, especially for our current Technical Services staff that need this skill set. This presentation will provide a look at the new position and focus on the training plan. We hope this model of cross-training will enhance the skills of all library staff, new and old, and anticipate the areas of further staff development in the future.

The Evolving Role of the Electronic Resources Librarian
Monica Moore, Electronic Resources Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

As our collections become increasingly electronic, the acquisition and discovery processes for our resources have become more and more complex. This complexity is not always well understood by subject librarians, reference librarians, or library administrators. In a sense, it is like a “digital divide” among library faculty, which needs to be overcome if we are all to make sound, strategic decisions on the direction of our collection, its impact on our users, and its relevance to our institution. This presentation will describe these challenges, but also include specific suggestions and ideas for attendees to help them promote better communication with other librarians at their respective institutions.

Sponsors :
10:30am - 12:00pm
Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz Other McCormick Place West
W178
Description :

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 2 will introduce librarians to the “Turn Quiz” tool, enabling them to assess the focus of their efforts in the community as they shift their orientation from internal to external.

To access the tools that will be used in this session, please visit http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/resources-2015-ala-midwinter-me....

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, January 31 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
GameRT Forum Forum/Update/Assembly McCormick Place West
W180
Description :

Digital Citizenship in Minecraft: Serious Gaming in the Library, presented by Valerie Hill, PhD

Because students spend much time in global participatory digital culture, on mobile devices, the need for digital citizenship and 21st century learning standards has become critical. Understanding personal responsibility for evaluation of content, ethical online behavior, and cyber-safety are just a few examples. For this project, a school librarian shared Common Sense Media resources and the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner with elementary school students. Elements of digital citizenship were aligned in a Minecraft 3D library designed and built by fifth graders. Questions developed by the project team of fifth graders sent younger students on a journey through the 3D world with a digital citizenship crown prize as the final goal. With 110 million children registered in 2014, Minecraft is one of the most popular videogames in the world (Kzero, 2014). Many students are already familiar with the Minecraft interface and embedding information literacy elements is a natural extension for school libraries.

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Small Boxes and Big Fun: Starting a Board Gaming Collection, presented by John Pappas

Board gaming is entering a golden age with wonderfully crafted games coming out daily by board game publishers large and small, as well as from individual designers. This leads to a large amount of diversity and choice in the board games space when trying to develop a circulating board game collection or choosing which games to include in a gaming group. This talk will discuss the basics of organizing a modern board game group (any ages) including tips on moderating, teaching, and promoting the group while providing a welcoming and safe space for new and emerging gamers. Additionally, the mechanics (the inner workings of the games), genres, and the themes of games will be reviewed and discussed. The talk will end in a presentation of a starter kit of inexpensive and fun board games which will get your library's collection started for less than $150. The cost of getting into the board gaming hobby does not have to be prohibitive if the right games are purchased and the proper partnerships fostered.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Intentionality Other McCormick Place West
W178
Description :

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 3 will enable participants to test the external orientation and mindfulness of their community engagement choices and decisions.

To access the tools that will be used in this session, please visit http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/resources-2015-ala-midwinter-me....

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, January 31 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Discussion Forum: What Should be the Future of Reference Education for Librarians? Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W473
Description :

Should library schools still strive to prepare new librarians to provide reference help? If so, what skills and knowledge should they teach and how should they teach it? What qualities should library managers seek when the hire librarians who will provide reference service? If these questions intrigue you, come and join the discussion! We will begin with a short presentation to kick-start the discussion and then break up into small groups to share ideas. Sponsored by the Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Reference Services in Transition: Changing Models and Assessing Success Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W175a
Description :

Traditional reference service models have been moving towards combined service desks, no service desks, triaged research help, among many other models. The goal for the discussion is to explore what new models are being employed, the benefits and/or drawbacks of changed models, and how new models are being assessed. To jumpstart this discussion, we will look at some of the results from a survey on reference service models conducted by the Evaluation of Reference and User Services Committee (RSS) in January 2014. This discussion is open to anyone interested in reference services in any type of library.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Residency Interest Group Meeting Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W175c
Description :

The Residency Interest Group will meet to discuss ongoing initiatives and successes of residents and fellows, as well as to provide updates on current and upcoming residencies and fellowships throughout the country. Current and past residents, residency coordinators, and anyone interested in residencies, are encouraged to attend. This is an incredible opportunity to network with a diverse group of early career librarians, to learn about upcoming opportunities and positions, and to get connected and involved with RIG itself through our active working teams!

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Sustaining Yourself Other McCormick Place West
W178
Description :

All communities have challenges. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools. Through four hands-on sessions, Harwood Institute coaches will show you how to leverage your trusted position in the community you serve to engage people on issues that matter to them. Each stand-alone session focuses on a single tool; taken together, they become a powerful framework for engaging community and leading change. Session 4 will help librarians personally map the components that feed their motivation and commitment for community work.

To access the tools that will be used in this session, please visit http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/resources-2015-ala-midwinter-me....

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, February 1 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
Metadata Interest Group Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W176c
Description :

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will hold a meeting at the ALA Midwinter in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8:30 to 10am in McCormick Place West Room W176c. The meeting will include two presentations and be followed by a brief business meeting.

Jennifer Wright and Matt Carruthers from the University of Michigan Libraries will present "Breaking the Bottleneck: Automating the Reconciliation of Named Entities to the Library of Congress Name Authority File."

“At the University of Michigan Libraries, we have developed an intuitive, straight-forward process for automating the reconciliation of named entities against the Library of Congress Name Authority File. Using OpenRefine and stable, publicly available APIs, the process automatically searches the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) for matches to personal and corporate names, looks for a Library of Congress source authority record in the matching VIAF cluster, and extracts the authorized heading. The end result is a dataset, exportable from OpenRefine, with the corresponding authorized LCNAF heading paired with the original name heading, along with a link to the authority record on lccn.loc.gov. This process is automated and requires no programming knowledge or support from developers. Using this process, we have been able to reduce the time taken to reconcile name headings drastically.

In this presentation, we will lead attendees through the quick and easily generalizable process, and explain what is happening behind the scenes. We will also discuss the impact it has had on our local workflows, the limitations of the process, and detail how attendees can use this process themselves to aid in their authority control processes.”

Nancy Fallgren and Barbara Bushman from the National Library of Medicine will present "Linked Data Initiatives at NLM."

“In January 2014, following an environmental scan of linked data at peer institutions and a survey of NLM’s “datascape”, NLM formed the Linked Data Infrastructure Working Group to investigate the potential for publishing NLM linked data, determine best practices for publishing NLM linked data, and prioritize linked data projects. The Working Group was charged to develop and build an infrastructure for transforming, storing and publishing NLM linked data beginning with transforming MeSH as a linked data pilot. This presentation will review the progress of our pilot project to convert MeSH XML to MeSH RDF. We will discuss our collaborative process, the technical and organizational issues we tackled, and the future of linked data at NLM.”

We look forward to seeing you all!

Sunday, February 1 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
A Conversation on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W375c/Skyline
Description :

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are vitally important in the way they relate to ALA, its members, and the future of the library profession. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with colleagues in a facilitated dialogue designed to elicit honest conversation on these issues that affect all of us. The forum, sponsored by the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, continues the Midwinter tradition of engaging attendees in important conversations for the profession.

Dr. Jorge Reina Schement, vice president for institutional diversity and inclusion at Rutgers University and former dean of the School of Communications & Information, and Nancy Kranich, lecturer and special projects librarian at Rutgers University and chair of the ALA Center for Civic Life, will facilitate the discussion.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Acquisitions Managers & Vendors Interest Group Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place West
W176a
Description :

The Acquisitions Managers and Vendors IG will be discussing the following topic at ALA Midwinter 2015:

“Using what we’ve got – analyzing data in a useful way”
The panelists are: Leslie Button, Associate Director for Library Services, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Krista Coulson, Digital Publishing Manager, University of Chicago Press, and Daniel Dollar, Director of Collection Development, Yale University Library

Usage data has become more and more important in collection development, but how are librarians to use this information in a way that informs collections thoughtfully? Should historical usage drive acquisitions, or should collections be built with maximum usage in mind? What kinds of decisions are made based on usage patterns? How much weight should be given to usage versus “just in case” collection building. The panelists will speak of best practices for obtaining, analyzing, and putting to use the myriad data available today.

Please bring questions for the panel and join the discussion!

Monday, February 2 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Leading in Times of Crisis: A Conversation with Ferguson Library Director Scott Bonner Forum/Update/Assembly, News You Can Use McCormick Place West
W183c
Description :

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, brought chaos to Ferguson, Mo., a city of about 21,000 near St. Louis. The ensuing protests divided residents and caused schools and city services to shut down -- but the library stayed open, providing a much-needed safe haven for the community. Join Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library and its sole full-time librarian, as he shares his experiences, strategies and lessons learned.

This session is sponsored by Libraries Transforming Communities, an ALA initiative that seeks to strengthen libraries’ role as community leaders and change-agents. Learn more at ala.org/LTC.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)