Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Special Libraries Association 2016, Philadelphia [from Sue Vazakas]

Here are some highlights from this year's SLA conference.

Portico (at the Mathematics Round Table)
  • A mathematics journal whose editorial board resigned is now available through Portico. Portico was persuaded that Springer's refusal to make it available online (because of what they said was a copyright snafu) constituted a "triggering event," as our catalog record shows
Value Proposition (at The Indispensable Librarian: Talking about Your Value Proposition So They Get It
  • Mary Ellen Bates reviewed ways to present what we do;  for example:
  • WHO do you talk to (make sure they need our services), WHAT do you talk about (make sure it's *their* work, *not* our services), HOW do you say it (don't use jargon), WHEN do you talk to them (when they're paying attention?), WHY are you talking to them (talk 100% about *their* outcomes)
  • It's our job to sell, *not* their job to buy
Grey Literature (at Hidden Treasures: Mastering Grey Literature)
  • Speakers discussed sources of grey info including Open Society Foundations, ResearchGate, and (which was soundly trashed by a later speaker)
  • University IR's -- Cornell's Digital Projects Coordinator reminded us that it's not hard to enter grey lit. Usually the creators have the rights, gov info is free and you can just grab it, etc. 

  • Guidestar also has up-to-date country information
  • mdrc is great for public policy
  • DeepWebTech now has Explorit
  • Datasets are available in
 Data Literacy (at Teaching Data Literacy)
  • U. Albany, which has an info lit requirement, also offers a 7-session class to undergrads about data literacy
  • For the class, she chose a data set from and did lots of hands-on exercises about the set's limitations, and asked questions like "why isn't a zip code numerical data?"
  • For grad students, here's Purdue's "Get a G.R.I.P." libguide
Value Added (at Value-added Services: Becoming a Strategic Research Partner)
  • The director of NIST's library described how they add value to the info they give the researchers, such as giving not only the lit review, but adding an Intro, Methodology (what they searched), and findings such as most cited authors and journals in the field
  • When asked for an H-index, they also add tables, graphs, citation maps, and/or data viz, as well as context: e.g., if the researcher has been in the field a long time, or whether the field is math or biology 
  • [I learned elsewhere that Indiana U. offers a MOOC on info viz]
Professional Competencies (at Professional Competencies and You)
  • SLA has a new set of professional competencies (last revised in 2003)
  • Intended for four audiences: (1) members of the profession (to help assess skills), (2) employers (why should I hire you?), (3) students and prospective students, (4) LIS educators (what should you be teaching?
  • An audience member said that the 5th intended audience should be HR departments, who mostly don't know about the specific skills that we have

If you have any questions about these notes or the conference, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Joint Maryland/Delaware Library Association Conference, 2016

Joint Maryland/Delaware Library Association Conference
May 4-6, 2016
The Clarion
Ocean City, Maryland

Mark Cyzyk

Patrick D. Weadon, Curator of the Museum, National Security Agency's National Cryptologic Museum
Really interesting lecture about cryptology, the NSA, the Museum.  Alan Turing did not crack Enigma -- the Poles did.  Turing then figured out how to make the process more efficient.  Enigma machine present at the front of the room!

Potential Future of Reference: The Next Five Years
Joseph Thompson, Harford County Public Library
Laura Bosley, Johns Hopkins University
Cathay Keough, Delaware Division of Libraries
The definition and history of reference services in libraries
These days not necessarily provided by a librarian
Not necessarily at a counter/desk
Samuel Green, late nineteenth century, "Personal Relations Between Libraries and Readers"
Lots of quotes from 1922 for some reason.  Lofty.  Gatekeepers
1960s, instructional services formalized.
1980s big bookstores, going to put libraries out of business.  Reference questions in Barnes and Noble.  Cozy furniture, lighting, Hang Out
1990s Amazon, internet, etc.
Reference moving toward virtual services, delivered via remote devices
2/3 of Americans own smartphones.  Most of the rest own cellphones
Reference via Texting/IM
Query type is changing
Pew Research Center studies
Which transactions count as reference transactions?  Directional = No   Technology = Yes
Combatting misinformation
Data does not speak for itself
Must improve self service experiences.  UX.  Designed for mobile
Physical space, self checkout, self pickup of holds, self payment, self print
Mobile reference service with Mifi device
ALA Center for the Future of Libraries

Show me the $$$: Maryland Humanities Council Grant Program
Marilyn Hatza, Program Officer, Grants and Strategic Partnerships, Maryland Humanities Council
Regranting organization based on NEH monies
Public programs
Make Humanities part of everyday life
Maryland History Day competition
Chautauqua, travels around the state, living history performers
One Maryland One Book
Provide grants to nonprofit organizations, not individuals
For public humanities programming, primarily
Mini grants.  Up to $1200
Major grants:  Up to $10,000
Wide range of programming, Lectures, symposia, etc.
How to apply: Go to Website

Digital Maryland and Digital Partnerships: Developing Collaborative Digital Collections
Linda Tompkins-Baldwin, Digital Maryland Coordinator
Mary Mannix, Maryland Room Manager, Frederick County Public Library
Kristen Welzenbach, Digital Systems and Services Librarian, Goucher College
Digital Maryland, at Enoch Pratt
Portal for libraries to put their digital collections
DPLA Service Hub
Any collection held in Maryland
Digital portal, scanning services/digitization FREE, host collections, outreach, standards, consultations, push metadata to DPLA
Digital asset management software:  ContentDM
Public library collections
College/University collections
Museum collections
Historical Societies
Private collections, school collections, etc.
Pre-scanning workshops
Case study:  Frederick County Public Library
Case study:  Goucher College.  John Franklin Goucher Collection.  ContentDM.  Digitization program at Goucher
Archival collections of Goucher's papers/diaries at Lovely Lane Methodist church
Too much for Goucher's digitization operation.  So, Digital Maryland did the scanning.  Overhead scanners
Goucher uploaded their metadata into Digital Maryland's ContentDM

Information Literacy: From Classroom to Workplace
James McCloskey, Library Director, Wilmington University
First generation students
Information literacy for workplace readiness
Howard Gardner
Career readiness
Information literacy as basis for lifelong learning
Information literacy standards.
Employability Skills Framework
Ability to make sound judgements about information
Academics are mostly for career preparation and economic benefit.  NAH!
ACRL Information Literacy Standards.  The Dreyfus Model
Meh!  Most of what he's proposing was done 20+ years ago at Towson University

Making Connections With the One Button Studio
Michael C. English, Patricia J. West, Jason Byrd, George Mason University
Video recording studio.  Three point lighting, audio mixing, etc.
Penn State developed concept of One Button Studio
Preconfigured lights, camera, microphone.  Write .mp4 to USB drive
Controlled by single app created by Penn State
Lights controlled by home automation system: Genaray SpectroLED, INSTEON, Indigo 6 Software
BlackMagic h.264 Pro Recorder
PowerMate USB Button
App runs on Mac, any Mac
Estimate:  6K to 10K to construct
Self-scheduled through Springshare LibCal's MyScheduler app
Fall 2015, almost 300 appointments!
Supports Mason's Core Learning Outcomes
Marketing:  Teaching and Learning Conference Poster, promoted to Subject Librarians, promoted to Distance Education Council, invited key players to tour studio
Promoted via social media, student newspaper
Mason would be happy to host a tour (especially in the summer)
UDel also has this