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    Automating the Authority Control Process
    (2019) Wolf, Stacey
    Authority 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.
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    The Art of the Hustle: Making the Most of Your Paraprofessional Role
    (2019) Cox, Kayleen; Pierce Farrier, Katie
    Becoming 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.
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    Building a Coalition for Statewide OER Initiatives in Texas
    (2019) DeForest, Lea; Anaya, Phillip
    The Statewide OER Coordinating Committee is comprised of staff members from a variety of academic libraries in the state including community colleges, ARLs, and the Texas Digital Library consortium. The committee is intended to “bridge the gap” between the OER Summit and a more formal coalition of institutional stakeholders that can act on the priorities set forth at the summit. Since January 2019, the committee has undertaken the writing of a white paper, investigating further meeting opportunities, coalition-building and advocacy efforts. This 25-minute presentation will inform participants of the work done by the committee so far and planned outreach and activities for the 2019-20 academic year.
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    Subject-Based Collection Evaluation: Context, Assessment Strategies, & Enhancement
    (2019) Crawford, Laurel; Harker, Karen; Condrey, Coby
    This panel discussion will review the way collection development librarians at UNT have designed ongoing assessment and augmentation of the research collection in a holistic manner. The approach includes dividing the collection into subjects, creating a means to include interdisciplinary resources, scheduling assessments over time, implementing infrastructure changes in order to use assessment data and analyses effectively, and allocating resources to enhance subject areas by addressing gaps identified during the evaluation process. The program will include examples of completed collection enhancements and conclude with a question-and-answer segment.
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    Active Learning Classroom Design to Support Innovative Information Literacy Instruction
    (2019) Burns, David; Filgo, Ellen; James, Amy; Towers, Sha
    The 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.
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    The Venn Diagram of Teaching and Librarianship: Partnerships Between the Library and First-Year Writing Programs
    (2019) O'Neill, Ashley; McMichael, Jonathan
    Information literacy and first-year writing programs are a natural partnership. Most college composition courses include a research component, and collaboration with librarians on teaching important research skills is a logical step. But what if the collaboration went further? This presentation will examine, through anecdotal evidence, how the principles of librarianship and the information literacy framework established by the ACRL can strengthen first-year writing assignments, resulting in better outcomes for first-year students.
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    Changing Models of Library Practice to Benefit Rural Communities
    (2019) Perryman, Carol L.; Jeng, Ling Hwey
    School of Library and Information Studies - Rural libraries whose librarians have expertise in digital literacy and a deep understanding of unique communities can be an important part of efforts to improve the quality of life for residents. However, traditional library education does not include the development of students as future leaders of community growth. This presentation will describe efforts to build on prior research in the Appalachian region. The MLS/Community Informatics program extends traditional library roles by getting librarians out into their communities, working with community leaders and residents to facilitate needed and wanted change.
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    Assessing an Academic Library Mentoring Program
    (2019) Harker, Karen; Keshmiripour, Setareh; McIntosh, Marcia; O'Toole, Erin; Sassen, Catherine
    A 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.
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    Adding Some Bam! Pow! Boom! To Your Outreach with Comics
    (2019) Martin, John Edward; Griffith, Bobby; Condrey, Coby
    This 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.
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    Knitting Together Qualitative and Quantitative Data About Your E-journals
    (2019) Harker, Karen; Hergert, Christopher
    When it comes to developing collections, librarians have historically faced the dilemma of providing access to high quality resources versus those that are highly used. The Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a tool that provides a series of metrics of journal quality or impact for more than 15,000 major research journals. While the validity of these metrics has been regularly debated, there are precious few other tools or metrics that are so easily accessible. This presentation covers a method using MS Access and Excel to combine JCR metrics with local usage to generate comparisons with only a modest amount of work. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to export data from JCR, clean it, match the JCR list with their list of e-journals, generate overlap rates by category, and compare external rankings with internal usage.
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    Implement and Maintain Your DDA Plan in 500 Easy Steps
    (2019) Siu, Natasha; Sanabria, Sarah; Barrett, Heather
    Was setting up Demand Driven Acquisition at your library a memorable experience? After six years under a DDA ebook plan, the SMU Libraries began to fully reevaluate what had been turned on. With attractive new purchasing models and programs from different vendors, the SMU Libraries decided to move forward by implementing DDA through JSTOR in addition to a previous DDA plan primarily through ProQuest. Having multiple vendors set up the DDA program quickly lead to complications. While these programs are still ongoing and new issues could arise, this session will share lessons learned and what to know before getting started.
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    Getting Down to Earth with Free Government Resources: Geology
    (2019) Morland, Marna
    Marna Morland, member of the Government Information Affinity Group, returns with an explosion of free government electronic resources on the topic of Earth Sciences. This presentation covers topics such as astrogeology, hydrology, mineralogy, seismology and volcanology. Attendees of this session will receive a list of resources, a booklet of geology resources, and a USB flash drive with ALL the past free government resources presentation booklets.
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    Creating & Executing a Website Re-Design Simultaneously: A Hyper Rational Approach
    (2019) Scott, Jane
    Can a web redesign project be executed and created simultaneously? Inspired by the architect of the Seattle Public Library’s innovative hyper-rational process, the UT Southwestern Library embarked on a similar approach to redesign their website in 2017. By harnessing web statistics, designers were able to make definitive choices about content and invest in better user experience design and technology. This approach fostered easy adoption and minimal training, while also inspiring innovation and improvement. By identifying core issues and taking the position that the website is a virtual librarian, UT Southwestern was able to determine what systems and products we should implement to maximize that experience. What resulted was a unique and customized site that adheres to our values, experiences, and service standards.
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    Bring the Internet Home: Wi-Fi Hotspots at Fort Worth Public Library
    (2019) Combs, Katie; Duke, Deborah
    This is the age where the internet is a necessity and libraries can meet that need by helping communities to bring the internet home. In January of 2018, the Fort Worth Public Library began the process of providing Wi-Fi hotspots to patrons using funds from the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library. The program now provides 200 hotspot devices and has been a massive success in the Fort Worth community. This presentation will discuss choosing vendors that are right for every library, how to perform data profiles, programming and marketing for a hotspot program.
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    Wellbeing at the Library: Collection Development and Programming
    (2019) Whitmer, Susan; Cox, Elaine; Rumohr, Suzie; Ward, Pamela; Reeves, Michelle; Elaine Cox, Suzie Rumohr, Pamela Ward, Michelle Reeves,
    This presentation describes and justifies wellbeing activities at an academic library. Working in collaboration with the University Wellbeing Director, academic librarians have created a culture that promotes wellbeing at the Texas Woman’s University Libraries. The Wellbeing at the Library panelists will describe their experiences creating collections and programming which include the creation of a Wellbeing Collection, yoga sessions during midterms and finals, and eye strain prevention practices for cataloging staff. As libraries evolve with the 21st century by expanding offerings, collection development and programming are keeping pace by taking on new responsibilities to help serve academic communities.
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    John Rogers and Georgette de Bruchard: A Photographic History of Development and Life in Dallas, 1950-1990
    (2019) Ivie, Sam; Dodson, Margaret
    This archives collection contains the photography of John Rogers and Georgette de Bruchard. The materials focus primarily on the Dallas and Fort Worth region, particularly on Dallas development during the 1950s-1980s and work with stores such as Neiman-Marcus. Rogers' work also includes photography for such publications as Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living. Work with companies such as DP&L (Dallas Power and Light), Jarvis-Putty-Jarvis (buildings and architectural models), Southland Life, Southwest Airmotive, Southwestern Bell, Texas Utilities and many others form a large portion of this collection. John Rogers' photography from years spent at the Art Center School in Los Angeles and time spent in World War II is also included. Noteworthy architecture includes the Rio Grande Hotel, the Southland Life Building, One Main Place, the Kirby Building, Richardson Public Library, Fountain Place, KPMG Centre, Thanksgiving Square, Statler Hilton, Bank of America Plaza, One Dallas Centre and numerous others. Black and white, as well as color photo prints of varying sizes are included along with color negatives, color positives, black and white negatives and black and white positives. Images consist primarily of people, architecture (office buildings, interiors, exteriors, houses) and advertising. Photographs of political events, businessmen, and family members are included. The materials range from 1920-1997, with most of it coming from the 1945-1991 timeline. Georgette de Bruchard's (John's wife) photographs include images from France (her home country), the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU, the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Zoo, Six Flags and people such as Pat Boone, Maria Callas, Bobby Darin, Alice Faye, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Paul Kletzki, Ann-Margret, Jack Nance, Richard Nixon and Charlie Pride."
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    Meditative Mandala
    (2019) Vaidyanathan, Revathi
    The word “Mandala” is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning symbols of unity and completeness. The principle of Mandala art has been utilized by various cultures around the world as a means of self-expression, spiritual transformation, and personal growth. The process of creating a mandala emphasizes focus and instills a calm mind. The skills learned by the making of a mandala can be readily applied to life. Because these projects require minimal resources, libraries can provide their communities with a means to produce art and promote self-care. The McKinney Public Library has incorporated the Meditative Mandala Program, which meets once a week, and has developed an art display and created a program for the tween/teens based on the community’s response.
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    The Kempner Empire: Establishing Digitization Processes and Workflows for a Large-scale Collection
    (2019) Kellum, Christina
    With support from the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund and the Rosenberg Library, the University of North Texas Digital Projects Unit has taken on the job of digitizing the Kempner family’s business papers, which span decades. One of Galveston’s most iconic families, the Kempner family influenced the social and philanthropic landscape of Galveston, and its members created an expansive economic empire. This presentation will breakdown the procedures created for a collection broken up in yearly batches of roughly 18,000 pages over six years. The project moves through digitization and metadata creation onto the Portal to Texas History. Providing digitization and international access to the collection is an innovative project, and certainly the largest project of its type in existence. This collection brings forward interests in farming, banking, business, travel, exports/imports, and family operations.
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    DARTing Across North Texas
    (2019) San Antonio, Amy
    Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the University of North Texas (UNT) Special Collections have teamed up to create the DART Historical Archive, which documents its history from August 1983 to the most recent technological endeavors. This presentation will address the building blocks of developing the archive from the ground up, the challenges of partnering with an outside agency or corporation, and the benefit of effective and clear communication, which is essential to developing trust and lasting relationships.
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    Creating Creators
    (2019) Stayton, Jenn
    This presentation will discuss strategies for working with students to impart project management and content creation skills. Student work drives many library projects, but too often students are not allowed to drive those projects. Instead of relying on comfort areas and ability to be contributors, the UNT Libraries have challenged students to be creators and are now leaving room in library projects for student creativity, innovation, and learning processes. The “Student Collaborators Bill of Rights” became a starting point to refine a system of project development and reporting that benefited both student and department. Letting students take the wheel was scary for UNT library staff at first, but that risk was worth the reward of seeing students go from cautious participants to confident practitioners.