Presentation Descriptions

Room 2435

The Library Detached: Emerging Technologies for Information Distribution
Emily Reynolds, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Irina Zeylikovich, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

LibraryBox is a DIY open-source tool used for creating a local file server to share digital content on a self-contained wireless network. The device requires only a small wireless router, a power source, and USB storage, and is relatively simple and low-cost (less than $50) to build. It bypasses outside infrastructure such as the Internet, 3G networks, and even the power grid, as it can be run on a solar battery. We will demonstrate the LibraryBox that we built, as well as discuss its implications in the specific area of health education and outreach, incorporating the input of scholars associated with the Taubman Health Sciences Library. The development of systems like this will allow for digital information resources to reach broader audiences and have greater impact in situations where technical infrastructure is lacking.

Page-a-Librarian: Rethinking the Roving Reference Model
Jessica Venlet, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

College students don’t use the library reference desk in the traditional way for a variety of reasons. In the past several years, there has been a lot of focus on using technology and virtual reference to reach these students. Those services are great, but what about preserving in-person reference? This is where a new service, possibly called Page-a-Librarian, might come into play. Essentially, students could request that a librarian come to where they are and assist them with research. The service would be available in the library building as well as a few select locations on or near campus. Drawing on some aspects of the established Roving Reference model, this service would aim to empower students while also creating a greater awareness of librarians and reference services.

Rebuilding Iraq’s Libraries: Challenges and Collaborative Solutions
Andrea E. Cluck, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

Over a year after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, Iraqis are working to rebuild their society, despite continued sectarian violence and a shattered infrastructure. Educational institutions like libraries are vital for a healthy Iraq, but the status of many Iraqi libraries is grave, with both buildings and collections severely damaged. As the rebuilding process continues, American librarians can play a role by aiding Iraqi libraries in innovative ways. By helping ensure that all Iraqis have access to quality information resources, American librarians can promote a more peaceful, unified Iraqi society. Additionally, improving the condition of Iraqi libraries ensures that the country’s unique resources are available for researchers around the world. This presentation will begin with some historical background to explain why current day Iraq is so divided. Next, it will outline the current status of the country, with a particular focus on libraries. After this groundwork is laid, examples of ways that American librarians have assisted with reconstruction efforts will be provided. Last, the presentation will focus on future ways that librarians can help, including: carefully planned donations, international partnerships, in-person and virtual training, and ALA memberships. I welcome the chance to discuss the topic with the audience and brainstorm further innovative ways to help out Iraqi libraries.

Writing with Pictures: How Making Comics Can Strengthen Student Writing Skills and Abstract Comprehension
Rachel Moir, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

This presentation will offer an overview of the ways in which comics make abstract concepts such as pacing, time, and tone tangible and malleable, and their teaching potential as a result, with a focus on creating library programming for teens that takes advantage of these unique principles.

Librarian vs. Archivist DEATHMATCH
Jacqueline DiOrio, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

I think there’s a gap of knowledge between what archives and librarians do, and with information going so digital these days the two will probably overlap more as time goes on. This presentation will cover some of the differences and similarities between archivists and librarians and libraries and archives.

Data and Geospatial Information Assessment Within a Business Department: A Painless Survey that Makes A World Of Difference
Ilana Barnes, Assistant Professor of Library Science – Business Information Specialist
Purdue University

There are often gaps in our traditional relationships with our faculty members as librarians, many of which stem from our historical strengths. In a business department, librarians have not typically worked as data or GIS consultants. I sent out a survey to my department asking them to report on what they were working on in terms of data, institutional repositories, and GIS and whether they would like more help from me or my specialists in those areas. This survey allowed me to move across these traditional boundaries and assess the need for data and geospatial consulting at my institution, specifically in business and management. It took less than two hours to create and send out, and has been a great help in developing new relationships both for me and my institutional repository.

Presented entirely with hilarious charts.

Room A – 1255

Using LIS Graduate Student Assistantships to Support Diversity
Crystal Jolly, Substitute Librarian, Plymouth District Library
& Wayne State University, School of Library and Information Science Alumni

A new kind of student assistantship was created at Wayne State University in an effort to promote diversity in LIS through outreach, research, and recruitment. Such positions as this one along with organizational support, are important because they encourage our profession to look at ways to enhance our relevance as information professionals at broad and narrow angles to various populations, especially those from underrepresented groups.

Attendees of this presentation will be able to do the following: 1) identify various projects they can use to enhance how they cultivate diversity in LIS at an educational institution; 2) identify possible challenges they might want to consider when executing diversity-related efforts in educational, social, and professional environments; and 3) Use phases of this position to develop their own student assistantship programs that focus on promoting diversity.

Edit Your City, Edit Your Library: Wiki, an Infrastructure for Community Information
Edward Vielmetti, Community Organizer
University of Michigan, Alumni, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Michael Barera, Wikipedian in Residence, Ford Presidential Library
University of Michigan, School of Information

Arborwiki is hosted on servers provided by the Ann Arbor District Library, and though it does not belong to the library, it gets technical support and assistance from that organization. Edward will look at how public libraries can help in the shared role of community engagement in Localwiki efforts, via services like references, archives of local news and history, and other locally focused information resources. Michael will speak to the role of Wikipedia inside the Ford Presidential Library, where he is the first “Wikipedian in Residence.”

Detroit and “Ruin Porn”: Using Archives to Reconstruct the Image of a City
John Simmons, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Jesse Tucker, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Ikumi Crocoll, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

We will discuss the potential that archival materials have for social justice. Specifically, we will explain the concept of “Ruin Porn,” a type of photography that exploits run-down urban areas. Photographers compose pictures of urban blight in order to shock viewers. However, these photos are not “authentic” representations of the city, and ruin-porn photographers often fail to provide context for their images. The audience reacts to these stark, depressing pictures without understanding that this decay did not happen immediately. There is a long story that accompanies these photos, including what happened before the decay and the vibrancy that still exists in the city today. As information professionals, and particularly as archivists, we can find materials that would help someone make sense of a city like Detroit, moving beyond a simplistic distillation of the area into images of despondence to a more complex, and hopefully more complete and accurate understanding of this place.

We Meme Well: The Use of Memes and Web 2.0 for Library Marketing
Lydia Howes, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

This presentation will focus on how memes can be used for marketing services and events. It will also include a quick demonstration of how quickly memes can be created and posted to a social media site or blog.

Participatory Learning: Library-based Makerspaces
Caroline Mossing, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Sharona Ginsberg, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Terence O’Neill, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Victoria Lungu, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

Incorporating makerspaces and maker culture into libraries provides patrons with new opportunities to collaborate, build important skills, and explore in innovative ways. Makerspaces also help introduce new technologies to patrons. In general, adding this type of space and these services to a library presents many new possibilities regarding what the library can offer its patrons. In this panel, we will discuss our experiences with makerspaces in public, academic, and school libraries, and will take questions about how to incorporate makerspaces into your library.

View the recording!

Room B – 2255

Mobilizing the Library – The Further Reach
Somesh Rahul, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Rishabh Gandotra, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Rohit Vairamohan, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

With over 70 percent of people having access to a smartphone and the rest having other intelligent devices like laptops, etc., the goal of complete mobility of the library is no more a utopia. We are in a continuous process of making sense of the things we see and perceive in this world. The library has enormous resources which might help us in simplifying the understanding of these objects, but the lack of flexibility provided by the library has prevented it from becoming a part of our daily life. The library is structured in a very rigid manner, and until the person exactly knows what they are looking for, they cannot make use of the resources. Our presentation will aim towards assuaging the non-mobility issue of the library for the students, professors and staff who use the library.

Crowdsourcing Volunteer Transcriptions from Civil War Diaries to DIY History
Colleen Theisen, Outreach and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections & University Archives
University of Iowa

Digitized manuscript collections and their problematic handwriting still defy the capabilities of OCR scanning to make them searchable. Come and hear a tale of how the University of Iowa’s project crowdsourcing transcription for Civil War diaries went viral, enabling the launch of an expanded site called DIY History, drawing in volunteers from around the world to transcribe everything from the diaries of a football star to handwritten cookbooks, and the social media participation and real life clubs that have grown around the transcribed material.

Redesigning Public Library Websites
Andrew Katz, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Christan Bulin, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Amanda Kauffman, Master of Science in Information Candidate
Leah Williams, Master of Science in Information Candidate
University of Michigan, School of Information

Unlike the University of Michigan or the Ann Arbor District Library, not all libraries have the resources to fund an in-house information technology team. As libraries start to put more services online, having a functional and vibrant website is very important. This panel will discuss efforts to help redesign the websites of public libraries in Southeastern Michigan. The panel will discuss such topics as: their goals for the website vs. the needs of the user, using the website to create an online community, and the role of social media on the website.

Preserving Personal Digital Files: The Importance of Educating Users
Sarah Wingo, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

It is widely recognized that digital preservation is important within libraries and cultural institutions. However, preservation of digital files of everyday individuals is an area of research which until recently has been largely underrepresented within the archival and preservation fields. Librarians and information professionals would benefit from focusing more resources on educating the public about where their digital vulnerabilities are and teaching basic techniques for preventing file loss and/or corruption. Thanks to an IMLS grant, I had the opportunity to spend last summer researching and testing out tools and practices for the preservation of personal digital files. This talk will cover the importance of educating users about the digital preservation techniques I researched.

Achievement Unlocked! at the Library
JJ Pionke, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

There is a huge gap between formal education and the non-traditional learning that happens in a library through exploration on an individual level. This presentation explores bridging that gap through badging and will be an exploration of badging and what it might mean for libraries, especially in higher education.

Behind The Desk & Over Your Head: Images Of Traditional Information Professionals & How We Could Do A Lot Better
Derek Kroessler, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

This presentation will examine how the traditional information professions, namely librarians and archivists, are perceived in both historical and contemporary American culture, using both professional literature and popular media as evidence. One of the core cultural problems facing traditional info pros is precisely the kind of gap between public perception/understanding of these professions and how they personally see themselves/what they actually do. The presentation will include a discussion of how these images can/could be altered by librarians/archivists in order to create a positive public countenance for their professions: specifically some ideas and suggestions for us to think about and answer ourselves as we begin our professional lives.

Self-Plagiarism: Why Copying and Pasting Your Own Work is Wrong
Priya Kumar, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

Librarians help teach people how to conduct research, part of which includes evaluating the value of sources or considering the validity of ideas. In an age when publishing information is so easy, what obligation do people have to acknowledge their sources, even if the source is themselves? How can we mind this gap in information literacy?

This presentation will open with the the example of science journalist Jonah Lehrer, who occasionally published his work verbatim in different venues (e.g., New Yorker’s website, WSJ’s website). It will also describe the threat self-plagiarism poses in academic publishing (especially in the sciences). I’m interested to have a conversation with participants about whether they see this as a problem and how librarians can promote information literacy among people, especially those who conduct research.

Room C – 2245

Digitization Overseas: Ghana’s Move Forward
Stacy Maat, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Amanda Kauffman, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

Given this year’s theme of serving the underserved, we would like to focus on how new technologies (especially digitization) are helping to promote access to information on a global scale. In many developing countries, libraries may be just beginning to take steps toward preserving their information using these digital technologies. As such, libraries and cultural institutions in other countries (which are often under-resourced) represent a significant new population in the library world. Our talk will discuss digitization efforts at the University of Ghana’s Balme Library, based on our experience as interns there this summer. We will also look at examples of other digitization efforts undertaken by institutions in developing countries and explore how we, as information professionals, can contribute to this ongoing process.

The A2 DataDive: a Service Learning Model for the Information Age
Claire Barco, Master of Science in Information Candidate
University of Michigan, School of Information

Mention the word “data” in conversation and you will marvel at the reactions you see. Some people see it as a terrifying collection of zeros and ones. Others see it as the pathway to the future of health, education, business … you name it. In this talk, I’ll explain how the A2 DataDive, built off a concept from DataKind, not only provides people with an opportunity to give back to their community, but also builds skills in statistical analysis and information visualization. I’ll explain how this model can be adapted for iSchools, libraries, and even high school classrooms.

Archives in the Classroom: Expanding the Archival Audience
Emma E. Hawker, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

My presentation will discuss a practicum I did in the Fall of 2012 for SI 641 Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning. I was privileged to complete my practicum at the Bentley Historical Library where I was tasked with planning a class, teaching it, and then translating it to the web. My class introduced future elementary school teachers from the School of Education to the value of utilizing archives in history education. The resulting website makes archival resources openly accessible to teachers with a combination of contextual information, example questions, and digital images. My experiences over the course of the semester taught me important lessons about the challenges and rewards of “minding the gap” in the archival audience.

I Spy: A Visual Approach to Reference Services for Children
Sarah Cramer, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

While conducting research on the developmental stages of children, I became very interested in the notion that even young children can think in terms of images and symbols. It struck me that using images and symbols might help young children to better navigate the library. Digging into the subject more, I came across a psychological phenomenon known as the “picture superiority effect,” which basically states that people are more likely to recall pictures than they are to recall words. In my presentation, I will describe how libraries can use a visual approach to provide developmentally appropriate reference services to their youngest patrons using approaches such as cover images in the catalogue, visual dictionaries and topic-identifying stickers.

Constructing Knowledge: A New Take on Learning in Libraries and Archives
Naomi Herman-Aplet, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Ellen Gustafson, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
Shauna Masura, Master of Science in Information Candidate
University of Michigan, School of Information

We will discuss and explore attempts to engage authentic learning in information centers, such as libraries and archives. Research suggests that inquiry-based practices can make learning more interactive, more interest-based, and more personally meaningful to learners, our target populations. Naomi will explore inquiry in archives through document-based activities. Shauna will discuss alternative programming for youth in a variety of settings. Ellen will discuss inquiry-based environments in formal instructional settings. Demonstration of concepts, as well as discussion, will be at the forefront of this presentation.

Musings on Digitizing Artist Books
Sara DeWaay, Master of Science in Information Candidate   
University of Michigan, School of Information

Artist books are in a sort of gap. They belong somewhere between museums, archives, and libraries. They also sit in a gap in terms of what it means to access them: Digitizing cannot take the place of accessing them according to what the artist intended. My talk will outline a current project I am working on: digitizing artist books. I will also consider broader concerns about digitizing this sort of media and what access means in terms of items that are not solely information-based.

Computer Lab – 1245

Evernote for Professional Organization
Katherine Marshall, Acquisitions Librarian
Ohio Northern University, Taggart Law Library

It’s a personal success story for a new-ish technology that helps me serve others, organize differently, and do my job well. I will be helping attendees sign up for an Evernote account (if they don’t already have one), introducing David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” methodology for organization, talking about & showing ways to use Evernote for professional (and/or personal) organization and workflow, and ending with a brief introduction to Evernote Trunk apps for those with smartphones/tablets.

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