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ItemAccessing and Preserving Texas Information in TRAIL(2020-08) Sare, Laura; Rohrig, TomThere is an open resource that all library types in Texas can access. TRAIL – the Technical Report Archive & Image Library - contains over 300 items about Texas. These range from biological surveys to water, to mineral deposits, to of course oil. Technical Reports might not be the first information resource people think about, but many federal agencies have published reports containing information on many different topics. Technical Reports communicate research in science and technology, technical development, and contain valuable information serving specialized audiences of researchers. Scholarly research papers often summarize research findings but technical reports often lay out the detail and data of research. This presentation will introduce attendees to the TRAIL Project and why this is a unique source for a variety of topics such as Texas oyster beds to saline water conversion. Technical reports have always been challenging to discover because of inconsistent and differing dissemination practices, no title level cataloging, and series level records with no holdings making it difficult to get technical reports via ILL. Member libraries of TRAIL are collaborating to digitize federal agency technical reports in print and micro-formats and cataloging them at the item level and depositing them in the HathiTrust and University of North Texas digital repositories where they are viewable to anyone in the world. Attendees will learn about Technical Reports and TRAIL’s mission, as well as how to publicize this free resource to their patrons. ItemThe Accidental Mentor: The Process of Learning How to Effectively Mentor Students as a Librarian/Instructor(2021) Zerangue, Amanda"Are you a librarian mentoring students? Do you feel unprepared or surprised by the development of the mentoring relationship? While there is a rich body of scholarship describing the benefits of a teacher as a mentor for students, and librarian to librarian mentorship (peer mentorship), there is a gap in the literature regarding librarians as mentors for students. This interactive presentation will discuss the development of a librarian mentor, the different mentoring needs of students in terms of support and academic/professional guidance, and strategies for sustaining the relationship with students post-graduation. ItemActive and Reflective Instruction In Zoom Where It Happens(2021) Johnson, Stacy; Kim, Dianna; Strickland, Susan"Presenters from an R-3 university will explore adapting in-person active and reflective group learning to remote delivery in 2020-2021. Through a game-based session, attendees will learn about using shared drive documents and Zoom as delivery methods, providing students across disciplines and at all levels with engaging remote library instruction and facilitating collaborative learning relationships with faculty at a distance. Presenters will discuss their “Anatomy of a Scholarly Research Article"" instruction activity adaptation and will seek feedback and participation from attendees on how to be flexible in creating an effective group learning environment with meaningful, measurable interactions using Microsoft shared documents and storage, Zoom break-out rooms, and Microsoft Forms. Participants will learn: How to implement active and reflective instruction remotely, applicable to public-facing activities anywhere. Tips for using shared documents and storage to supplement active learning in the remote environment. How to incorporate games and surveys to gain immediate, actionable assessment." ItemActive Learning Classroom Design to Support Innovative Information Literacy Instruction(2019) Burns, David; Filgo, Ellen; James, Amy; Towers, ShaThe Baylor Libraries have converted underutilized office/ storage space into much needed library instructional space. In light of the growing body of evidence that indicates active learning techniques have a positive impact on students, an opportunity was identified to create a premier space that focused on active learning. The design process employed active learning standards from the Learning Spaces Rating System and advanced technology to create a versatile, modern learning space that enables and encourages librarians (and others) to use active learning techniques for instruction. The Active Learning Lab provides a space for librarians to experiment with pedagogical approaches, has generated new partnerships between librarians and faculty, schools, and departments, and has established the libraries as a campus leader in active learning initiatives. ItemAdapting an Active Learning Library Research Session to Online Zoom Rooms(2021) Burns, ErinDuring the spring of 2021, I was able to adapt an in-class activity to an online format using a flipped classroom technique for an honors course learning about library research. The class was given a slide with database questions and features, and students were sent into various Zoom rooms to collaborate on the database for about 10 minutes. They then came back to the main room to share what they learned, and why they might use a particular database in their researching. I also included space for a brief reflection on what students learned during this process. ItemAdding Some Bam! Pow! Boom! To Your Outreach with Comics(2019) Martin, John Edward; Griffith, Bobby; Condrey, CobyThis roundtable discussion will cover aspects of outreach with comics and graphic novels collections in an academic setting. Comics are lurking throughout libraries—in dedicated comic collections but also in government documents, rare or special collections, music collections, and media collections. Over the past two years, UNT Libraries has engaged its patrons and the wider community through education, outreach, and collection development initiatives using comics and graphic novels as the focus of conversation. Library staff have a comics studies reading group and blog, collaborate with faculty to produce programs, host events and exhibits, maintain social media channels, and routinely recommend and acquire additions to the collection. These efforts have provided a means to keep momentum energetic and discussions active that support teaching, learning and research using materials that may be relatively new to academic audiences. ItemAI Tools for Research and Writing Workshop(2023-08) Burns, Erin; Quinn,BrianThe world of artificial intelligence is exploding with new tools emerging that have the potential to make the research and writing process easier and faster than previously imagined. This workshop examines a range of new AI tools such as ChatGPT, focusing on the best ones and how to use them effectively to improve your research and boost productivity while saving time and effort. Discover which tools are most useful at each stage of the research process and learn how to correctly cite them in your work. ItemAll-Gender Restrooms: Necessary and Possible(2023-08) Peebles, Emily; Ericson, Lora; Ross, AlyssaDoes your library have an all-gender restroom? Why not? The U.S. Trans Survey found that many trans and gender diverse people avoid using public restrooms for fear of confrontation, and some suffer health complications as a result. Formerly, the UNT Library Annex provided restroom access for employees and guests who identify as women and those who identify as men. A group of employees recognized the need for an all-gender restroom, researched solutions, surveyed employees, outlined a plan, advocated to administration, and worked with facilities to convert an existing restroom for all-gender access. This has provided safe restroom access for our employees and guests who are trans and gender diverse. We were also able to establish the all-gender restroom using only staff time and funds for the restroom sign and lock, “doing more with less.” The goal of our poster presentation is to encourage library employees to advocate for all-gender restrooms in their own workplaces and show that such a task can actually be done without a lot of time and money. ItemThe Art of the Hustle: Making the Most of Your Paraprofessional Role(2019) Cox, Kayleen; Pierce Farrier, KatieBecoming a professional librarian requires tenacity, a desire to serve the community and a diverse professional tool belt. Many promising job listings prefer applicants to have several years of experience, but this can be an obstacle for incoming professionals. MLIS/MIS students often gain experience through internships or practicums, but is this enough? Some students can benefit from their para-professional work in a library where hands-on experience is gained and can expand professional networks. Some students utilize volunteering and professional organizations that offer opportunities to enhance skills from project management to circulation and programming. Students and graduates that come from a non-library background will learn methods for building a professional tool belt, find opportunities to give back to the community, and prepare for a professional library career. This presentation will highlight two stories of recent graduates who are hustling to build resumes and ultimately become professional librarians. ItemAssessing an Academic Library Mentoring Program(2019) Harker, Karen; Keshmiripour, Setareh; McIntosh, Marcia; O'Toole, Erin; Sassen, CatherineA continuous cycle of assessment contributes to the success of a mentoring program, as illustrated in this case study from a large academic library. The Mentoring Competencies Assessment, the Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale, a satisfaction survey, and a focus group are used to assess the program. The assessment results indicate that the program is meeting its goals of facilitating the professional development of protégés, improving mentor competencies, increasing the confidence of participants, and expanding future participation in the program. ItemAudience Warm-Up: Engage Your Audience Before You Present(2020) Dominguez Baeza, VictorWhether a public, private, or academic librarian, some form of presenting has increasingly become part of the job. Your presentations are often around an hour long, and when planning it seems like an hour is just not enough for all the activities you want to include. You settle on your program and then your audience begins to arrive. It’s time to begin so you do an awkward introduction of yourself and then dive right into your material. You and your audience are cold, and the attendees may not know much about you just as you may have no idea who they are. Your hope is that things will go well and that your strategy will engage your audience. Well, why not warm up the room before you actually start? You can warm up the audience with casual conversation prior to your program, or have pre-presentation activities planned. You can learn who is attending, why they came to your session, and what they are hoping to learn. That way they are thinking about the topic before you start, and you can have an idea of who is in your audience, what they expect, and what they are bringing to the presentation. Warming up the crowd can help improve the presentation, create a personal relationship between speaker and audience, and make the session more fulfilling and engaging. ItemAutomating the Authority Control Process(2019) Wolf, StaceyAuthority control is an important part of cataloging and there are a variety of methods for providing it, ranging from time-consuming manual processes to the time-saving automated. However, automated processes often seem out of reach for small libraries when it comes to using a pricey vendor or expert cataloger. This presentation will introduce ideas on how to handle authority control using a variety of tools, both paid and free. The presenter will describe how their library handles authority control, compare vendors and programs, and demonstrate authority control using MarcEdit. ItemBatteries not included? Enhancing customer service(8/10/2018) Christenson, TroyEvery person is special but many times we simply answer the question or take action to solve the problem. Frequently there is more we can do with the people we touch that makes them want to come back to you or your organization. The objective of this presentation is to provide some suggestions on how you can provide that special touch to your daily job and make people feel special by taking customer service to the next level. ItemBe a Utility Player(2021) Dunlap, HeatherThis is my twentieth year working for the Dallas ISD, but my first year as a school librarian. Until now, I was a classroom teacher in several different areas. I have earned distinctions, won awards and brought programs back from the dead, but a few years back, I needed a new challenge. Enter librarian school. I was hired at the middle school right down the street from the high school where I had been working, and I walked in on a mission. I wanted to make myself completely indispensable. In the middle of a pandemic, how did I become an MVP on my campus and the kind of employee that my administration says they just can’t live without? I will talk about the goals I set, big and small, and the ways I have made myself useful while sneaking in library advocacy and promoting library programs. ItemBecoming a One Service Desk(8/10/2018) Ravenell, AlmaMuntz Library had endeavored to become a one service station for a number of years. This is an idea that the Executive Director had desired for some time. When the opportunity arose, the idea began to take shape. The Library took advantage of it, and began the One Service Point initiative. This poster represents the start, the transition, and the final product. ItemBeyond Sensory Storytime: Developing Library Programs for Neurodiverse Participants(2022) Kieffer, Brin; Courtney, EmeryNeurodiverse individuals benefit from specialized library programming designed for their needs. Creating successful programs for this audience requires establishing a supportive, organization-wide mindset. Plano Public Library will share how it developed autism- and neurodiverse-friendly programming that supports education, inclusion, and access by effectively training staff and working with community partners.