5 College All Staff Lightning Talk Proposals

Lightning Talk Descriptions

Borrowing Across Collections - Yours, Mine, and Ours

A visual look at book duplication and borrowing across all five libraries.

1. The percentage of books purchased at each library that were also purchased elsewhere in five colleges.

2. The percentage of local circulation that comes from items owned elsewhere in five colleges.

3. Borrowing methods of our users: from home library, through the five
college delivery service, or by going to another library in person to check out items.

Presented by UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke

Primary presenter:
Rachel Lewellen, Assessment Librarian, UMass

Additional presenters:
Leslie Button, Associate Director for Library Services - UMass
Kathleen Norton, Director of Collection Development - Mount Holyoke
Pam Skinner, Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian - Smith

Building Bridges for Sharing Media

We will update the five college staff on our work to collaboratively create an infrastructure for sharing digital media among consortial institutions.

Primary presenter:
Elisa Lanzi, Director, Imaging Center Project Manager, Digital Asset Management & Preservation, elanzi@smith.edu

Additional presenters:
Rachel Beckwith, Arts Librarian, Hampshire College

Digital Strategies and the Working Groups at UMass

Digital initiatives at UMass Amherst Libraries are coordinated under the direction of the Digital Strategies Group and facilitated by the activities of three working groups: the Metadata Working Group; the Digital Creation and Preservation Working Group; and the Data Working Group. This informal infrastructure is enabling the library to develop the technical and cultural environment for digital content to thrive in the library and on campus. This lightning round will briefly describe each Working Group, their functions and activities, and how they are working to realize the Library's mission with regard to unique digital content.

Primary presenter:
Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Digital Strategies Coordinator, UMass

Additional presenters:
Meghan Banach Bergin, Bibliographic Access and Metadata Coordinator
Steven Folsom, Metadata Librarian

Discovery - product and process

A quick look at the Discovery tool from the MHC perspective, but including a glimpse at how we got here in the larger 5C DSTF context. Potentially I will hone in on what this new tool is best used for &/or where it fits in the pantheon of research tools. (not firm at this point)

Primary presenter:
Janet Ewing, Reference Librarian, Mount Holyoke College

The new Book Studies Concentration at Smith College

This year we inaugurated a new academic concentration at Smith College, Book Studies, which is based in the library and focuses on all aspects of the book in society and history. This will be a report about the rationale and goals of the concentration and on the progress we made in the first year.

Primary presenter:
Martin Antonetti, Curator of Rare Books, Smith College

Teaching the Research Snowflake, Experimentally

No two research projects are alike, which can make teaching a process to undergrads challenging. In a 3-year Mellon-supported pilot project at Amherst College, faculty in the social sciences and humanities are developing experimental small-group tutorials based on their own research interests—not unlike the lab model used in the sciences. Librarians are closely involved in most of these seminars. We've used essentially an embedded approach, but each course looks different from the next and has forced us to think about other models for introducing students to in-depth inquiry. When and how should we teach specific tools? Approaches? Sources? What is a researchable question? This talk will cover just a few crystals' worth of opportunities, issues, and ideas about how to recast what we bring to the classroom as librarians in this context of disciplinary research.

Primary presenter:
Missy Roser, Head of Research & Instruction, Amherst College

To Boldly Go Where We Are Needed: Data Management Plans and Libraries

Do you have faculty who have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, or the National Endowment for the Humanities? Of course you do. Do your faculty want to be awarded more grants from these institutions? Of course they do.

What does this have to do with the library? Libraries can play a role in data management by:
* advising on data management plan writing;
* educating on best practice for data management;
* identifying resources for depositing and sharing data.

Sound exciting? Scary? Out of this world? Data management is an issue which touches us all. Using our expertise in information organization, sharing, and access, we can help faculty comply with mandates and get more funding.

This lightning round presentation will cover data management plans and the library support services being developed locally and nationally.

Primary presenter:
Gretchen Gano, Social Sciences Librarian, Amherst College

Additional presenters:
Sarah Goldstein, Digital Working Group, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Oelker, Digital Working Group, Mount Holyoke College
Matt Sheridan, Digital Working Group, UMass

Tracking Video Requests Across Departments

Professors request films for a number of different purposes.
Sometimes, they want to have something we own streamed for a course they're taking. At other times, they want us to purchase a DVD. At other times, they want to book a screening for viewing during class time. While these functions are handled by different departments within LITS (Access, Technical Services and Media), they have one thing in common in the mind of the professor. They are all Video Requests. To address the Video Request process from the user's perspective, we assembled a Video Request Task Force. After identifying the different processes involved, we created a unified Video Request Form for all of the user's video needs. Then, we employed Track-It to track video requests to the different departments that might be involved in filling the requests. We moved the complexity from the front end (asking the user to figure out where to go) to the back end (working together across departments to satisfy user needs).

Primary presenter:
Nancy Lois, Head of Technical Services, Mount Holyoke College

Additional presenters:
Ethan Powers, Night Supervisor, Access Services

Other talk proposals

We received many excellent lightning talk proposals but, due to time constraints, were only able to fit eight talks into the All Staff event schedule. The following proposals didn't get enough votes to make the final eight, but the proposers are happy to answer your questions about their projects if you contact them directly.

AskLITS Window

The ASK LITS (and LITS ASKS) board is a public, anonymous, question and answer board in the Mount Holyoke library. It has become a great success as a popular communication tool for students and source for collaboration and publicity for LITS.

ASK LITS is a low tech, high visibility bank of windows where students write questions and comments with dry erase markers and see answers within 24 hours from LITS staff. Students who are hesitant to ask a question in person or via email have a place to interact with staff, and others can see the exchanges.

The board, originally created and monitored by the Research and Instructional Support team, has expanded to include point people in each area of LITS. Questions are archived each week via photos taken weekly and uploaded to flickr using an iPad.

Sample questions:

"How many poems did Emily Dickinson write?"

"Are we able to view our library account online? If so, how?"

"How do you sign up to get into the Cutter Collection?"

"Can you please make the cell phone booth a little less creepy?"

"What's with the Goose?"

"Why not stay open later on weekends? My thesis needs it!"

See more at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhc_lits/sets/72157627679852784/

Chrissa Godbout, Library and Instructional Technology Consultant, cgodbout@mtholyoke.edu

Don't Mind the Gap: Archivists and Librarians Teaching Together

Reference librarians and archivists often provide instruction to students, teaching them how to identify and locate primary source material for their research assignments. This session will explore the experiences of librarians and archivists at Mount Holyoke College collaborating to provide instructional services to their communities. The collaboration yielded many benefits including both the discovery of new primary sources and new ways to integrate them into research instruction sessions.

Bryan Goodwin, Reference Librarian, bgoodwin@mtholyoke.edu

From Nothing to Something (and That Ain't Bad): Building a Foundation for Electronic Records at the Mount Holyoke College Archives

In December 2011 the Mount Holyoke College Archives completed a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) electronic records start-up grant project. The grant provided funding to develop workflows and procedures to ingest, process, describe, and preserve campus records that were once printed but are now available only in electronic form. These records include the Mount Holyoke College Course Catalogs, Board of Trustees meeting minutes, faculty meeting minutes, and the Office of Communications' News & Events stories.

Leslie Fields, Interim Head of Archives & Special Collections at Mount Holyoke, and formerly the NHPRC Electronic Records Archivist, will present the project's background, goals, and outcomes.

Leslie Fields, Head of Archives & Special Collections, lfields@mtholyoke.edu

Giving Candy to Strangers: Social Media Success in the College Archives

A candy heart from 1892 became the talk of the Smith College facebook page on Valentine's Day this year. How did a 120 year-old piece of sugar get liked by over 340 viewers, shared 148 times, and commented on 36 times in a few short hours? Leslie Fields, formerly Digital Records Archivist at Smith, will discuss this social media win and other successful uses of social networking tools to draw attention to unique materials in archives and special collections.

Leslie Fields, Digital Records Archivist, leslie.fields@gmail.com

Outreach machine: why we love our button maker

At the end of the Fall 2011 semester, Mount Holyoke's Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) purchased a button-making machine to support outreach and marketing initiatives. Just a few months after its debut in December, the button maker has generated considerable buzz and was even mentioned on the front page of the student newspaper. We have used it at a variety of events, from a study break tea to our Discover Launch Party to a Valentine's Day button blitz. At the spring semester Resource Fair, the button maker both drew students to the LITS table and provided an opportunity for more sustained interaction and conversation. In April, LITS is collaborating on an event with the Language Resource Center, where we'll be repurposing old foreign language newspapers (that LITS donates to the LRC) for button fun, simultaneously raising awareness about our foreign-language resources. The button maker facilitates positive interactions with students, fostering an atmosphere of approachability and engagement, and has led to the distribution of hundreds of LITS-related buttons across campus.

Alice Whiteside, Librarian & Information Technology Consultant, awhitesi@mtholyoke.edu

Taking Advantage of the Cost/Usage Module in UStat

E-journals and E-Journal Packages reviews are on everyone's plates and cost-per-use data is an important factor in the process. UStat (an ExLibris product all Five College Libraries have access to) now has a cost/usage module, offering both opportunities as well as presenting challenges. While the task of implementing the module seems overwhelming at first, we have found the end product is well worth the effort.

Sara Colglazier, Technical Services Librarian, scolglaz@mtholyoke.edu