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Archive for 2022

(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine – Region 6)

Join us for a special NLM (National Library of Medicine) Office Hours Listening Session, focused on Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms related to population groups. This web event will take place on Thursday, June 30, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

Dianne Babski (NLM Associate Director, Library Operations) will discuss the process of developing and updating the MeSH vocabulary, as well as upcoming adjustments NLM is pursuing, in line with the NIH Unite Initiative to end structural racism and promote racial equity and inclusion at NIH and within the larger biomedical research enterprise. Following the brief presentation, the panel will answer questions and listen to feedback from the audience.

To register, please go here. Registration requires having an NLM account. To create one, go here.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) invites all library workers, educators, authors, journalists, publishers, social justice workers and First Amendment advocates to attend and participate in its free virtual symposium, Where Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Meet: A Call to Action to be held on July 12 and 13, 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday). The symposium will take place from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT on both days.

Sofia Leung, a librarian, facilitator, and educator will provide the opening keynote presentation on day one. Leung is a first-generation Chinese American focused on building community among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in libraries and beyond. She is a founding editor at up//root (a we here publication) and the co-editor with Jorge López-McKnight of Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies Through Critical Race Theory. You can find more of her work here.

The agenda for day one will focus on exploring the core values  of Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice and how to find the balance between them. Panelists will address essential topics such as library policies, intellectual freedom and community values, alternatives to neutrality, and challenges facing the library community. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions of the panelists and engage in both small-group and large-group discussions.

Day two will focus on empowering participants to take action. Panelists will draw on their knowledge and experience to offer strategies for community change, building consensus, developing strong policies, and building coalitions and public outreach.  Participants will be invited to participate in breakout groups to plan specific strategies to shift narratives and communicate the ways in which social justice and intellectual freedom support one another.

A special edition of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy,  Social Justice and Intellectual Freedom: Working within a Divided Nation will collect papers addressing the intersection of intellectual freedom and social justice,  the challenges arising from their interaction, and ways to forge a deeper understanding of how they support and enhance one another. The call for papers is now open and provides deadlines for submitting papers and commentary.

The Freedom to Read Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association that is dedicated to protecting and defending each person’s First Amendment right to read and the right of library workers to serve the information needs of their community. Since 1969 FTRF trustees, staff, and members have worked to protect First Amendment rights through education, litigation, and advocacy.

Online registration is open for the symposium via this link. Those interested in attending can also inquire about registration by sending an e-mail to ftrf@ala.org.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

The Society of American Archivists’ Science, Technology, and Health Care Section Steering Committee invites you to join us for our next virtual coffee chat on Tuesday, July 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, to discuss conducting research on science, technology, and health care-related topics in corporate archives.

Our invited speakers will include the following people.

  • Scott Grimwood (Archives Manager, SSM Health & Franciscan Sisters of Mary Archives)
  • Jamie Martin (Corporate Archivist, IBM)
  • Bonnie Smith (Corporate Archivist, The Aerospace Corporation)
  • Meghan Turney (Archives Supervisor, Rochester Electronics)

To access the chat at the scheduled time, please go here.

Discussion topics will include balancing the interests of researchers with those of the organization, collection development concerns, professional development, and tips for conducting research in a corporate or business archives.

You do not need to be an SAA member to attend. We hope to have a robust discussion and look forward to seeing you on July 12!

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(via Amber Wessies, Union University)

Registration is open for the free ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee webinar “Libraries and Learning Analytics: The Future is Now”. The webinar will take place on Friday, July 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. Please see below for a description and the registration link.

Learning analytics offers a new tool in the library assessment toolbox, one that closes gaps left by other assessment methods but requires different ways of framing assessment questions, innovative strategies for using or connecting data, and strengthening collaborations with campus partners. This workshop is a continuation of the November 2021 ACRL ULS webinar, “Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays” (presentation link available here, recording link available here), and is designed to help librarians take the next step in learning analytics preparedness by guiding them through a series of activities designed to support them in thinking through decisions, data, and conversations necessary for ethical, effective, and engaging learning analytics work at their institutions. Attendees are requested to watch the recording of the earlier session (65 minutes; presentation slides are available separately) as this content is foundational to the current workshop.

This highly-interactive workshop will open by reviewing the next steps identified in the previous presentation and then delve into concrete hands-on activities designed to help librarians prepare to initiate those first steps in collaboration with library and institutional colleagues and students.

  • Presenters and participants will consider questions and problems that may merit a learning analytics approach across a variety of institution types.
  • Presenters will lead a guided activity in which participants apply a user story format to explicitly articulate potential stakeholders, goals, and anticipated outcomes.
  • Participants will brainstorm potential data sources, including those that may not traditionally be considered, to address these user stories.
  • Presenters and participants will discuss how their anticipated user stories and data identification efforts can lead to maximum positive impact of learning analytics work and anticipate ways in which normalizing these processes will expedite future solutions.
  • Participants will identify potential new collaborations with campus partners and students to fill data gaps and ensure that results are accurate and actionable.

To wrap up, presenters will facilitate a conversation about the broader future of learning analytics in libraries, including ways to overcome technical challenges and conduct initial pilot testing of this approach.

Participants will leave this workshop with a solid foundation or action plan for taking the next steps at their institutions and a list of discussion questions and readings for continuing the conversation at their individual institutions.

Presenter Bios

Megan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s iSchool. She is the PI of two IMLS grants on libraries and learning analytics, Library Integration in Institutional Learning Analytics and Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success.

Ken Varnum is a Senior Program Manager in Library Information Technology at the University of Michigan. He is the Technical Lead for the IMLS Library Learning Analytics Project and works with the library’s analytics data retention and access processes.

Rebecca Croxton, Head of Assessment at UNC Charlotte’s library, is the PI for a campus wide student success initiative focused on quantifying the role of student engagement with the library and other co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

Register here. If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you’ll receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

Please direct questions and concerns to Andrea Wright (Andrea.Wright@afacademy.af.edu) or Sam Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), co-chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee’s past and future programs is available here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Lauri Rebar, Florida Atlantic University)

The Reference Librarian, a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal, is soliciting submissions for articles surrounding recent issues faced by reference librarians in their work. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following ones.

  • distance learning and librarians
  • digital literacy as part of library instruction
  • other types of essential literacies for reference librarians
  • post-COVID changes to work, collections, patrons, etc.
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion in librarian recruitment
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion in the implementation of reference services
  • current and future models of reference service

Please send all preliminary expressions of interest or questions (and all subsequent correspondence) to editors, Lauri Rebar (lrebar@fau.edu) and Steve Black (steveblack12053@gmail.com). Instructions for Authors and other journal information can be found here.

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(via Lisa Becksford, Virginia Tech University)

The IRDL (Instruction for Research Design in Librarianship) Online Research Conference will showcase some of the most creative thinking in research methods geared for the 21st century librarian. The Conference is the first research methods-focused conference of its kind in the United States and will offer a friendly and inclusive environment to increase participants’ understanding of methodologies and research in practice. During an engaging two days (Thursday, November 10, and Friday, November 11), participants will have opportunities to share their current research, reflect on research challenges and enjoy a variety of seminars and hands on practice sessions with some of the most inventive researchers in the field.

The Conference is designed to create community and enhance research collaboration. Its purpose is to facilitate discussions of new perspectives, experiences, and innovations in library research design and methodologies.

For more information about the Conference as it becomes available, please check here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

You’re invited to an upcoming webinar that is being co-hosted by CAA (Chicago Area Archivists) and SLA (Special Libraries Association) Illinois. On Wednesday, July 13, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT, please join us for “The Accident Archivist”!

While some professionals go into the field wanting to be archivists, many fall into the role with “other duties as assigned”. Join CAA and SLA-IL for a co-hosted online event to discuss this topic. Corporate Librarian and Archivist, Julie Snyder will moderate a discussion between Becca Smith MLIS, MBA, CA and Drew Davis to talk about their experience working in both the role of special librarian and archivist. Time will be left of audience participation and questions.

Please register via Eventbrite.

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(via Sam Eddington, LYRASIS)

Registration is now open for the LYRASIS webinar “Online Library Instruction: Best Practices for Live, Online Teaching”. It will take place on Tuesday, July 12, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. Please see below for more information, including a link to registration.

Synchronous online library instruction–classes delivered live via Zoom, Webex, or other conferencing platforms–have become much more common in the past two years, but most of us never learned in library school how to approach this teaching format. This session will help your live online classes become a little less nerve-wracking: learn how to take advantage of the live online classroom environment, discuss some advantages and limitations compared to the in-person classroom, and how to make the most of your time with students.

Presented by Jason Puckett, Online Learning Librarian and Associate Professor at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia. Puckett has an MLIS from Florida State University and is the author of the ACRL books Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides and Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers & Educators.

To register, please go here. The cost is $50 for LYRASIS members and $75 for non-members.

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(via Jennifer Castle, Tennessee State University)

The single-blind, open access journal Documents to the People wants your submissions! We’re looking for articles on government information and activities, and current events at the local, state, national, and international or intergovernmental levels.

Submit your work by Friday, July 1, for publication in the Fall issue.

Check here for more information.

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(via Andrew Johnson, University of Colorado Boulder)

The ResearchDataQ Editorial Board (part of the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section), is seeking proposals for editorials that will be featured prominently on the ResearchDataQ website. We are seeking editorials that describe services, support, or related activities around research data at your institution. Topics could include the following.

  • Collaborative data management/services (computing infrastructure, storage, software/code, etc.)
  • Data ethics (privacy, ethical sharing, data ownership, data governance, data sovereignty, etc.)
  • Data literacy
  • Data policies
  • FAIR data in practice
  • Qualitative data management and analysis
  • Replication/reproducibility
  • Or anything else you want to share with the ResearchDataQ audience!

Proposals (up to 250 words) should clearly describe the following.

  • The services, support, or related activities you intend to address;
  • How you implemented this and/or what would be required to implement it elsewhere; and
  • How this relates to relevant existing recommendations, policies, or standards (if applicable).

Please submit proposals here by Sunday, July 31. We expect to notify authors of accepted proposals in late August, and we will ask authors to expand accepted proposal topics into approximately 1000-1500 word editorials (ideally by mid-October with the possibility to extend if needed). The editorials will be featured on the ResearchDataQ website on a rolling basis beginning in early 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Clara Llebot Lorente (incoming Chair) at clara.llebot@oregonstate.edu.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Scholarly Publishing | No Comments »