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    AI Tools for Research and Writing Workshop
    (2023-08) Burns, Erin; Quinn,Brian
    The 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.
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    Welcome to the Machine: Embracing emerging AI technology to support active learning and critical information literacy
    (2023-08) Owens, Erin; Johnson, Stacy; Kim, Dianna; Menendez, Hannah
    Despite concerns that generative AI tools such as ChatGPT may enable student laziness or plagiarism, librarians have an opportunity to leverage ChatGPT creatively in instruction to help students hone critical information literacy skills, including known-citation searching, fact-checking, source analysis, and the ethical use of information. In this session, presenters will describe a learning activity that leveraged ChatGPT-generated essays in order to “do more with less” in teaching information literacy: experientially build student understanding of database searching techniques, fact-checking, and more; increase faculty knowledge of AI’s current capabilities and limits; and reinforce the value of library collections, services, and personnel. Session participants will complete the activity in the role of students to better understand its potential and envision applications at their institutions. The speakers will discuss the activity’s conceptualization, rapid cost-free development, implementation outcomes, and faculty and student feedback from four sections of an introductory English class.
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    How Covid made us a better organization
    (2023-08) Talley, Helen; Herod, Alayana
    In response to Covid, our organization was forced to adopt new technology both public facing and staff side, adopt a completely new service model, and completely rearrange our layout. As a result our organization functions at a higher level with decision making at all staff levels, circulation is surpassing pre-Covid levels and we're adopting new technology at a much higher level than ever.
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    Boosting Efficiency and Data Quality in Batch Editing MARC Records
    (2023-08) Kim, Misu; Cong, Emlyn
    This presentation will discuss MarcEdit and OCLC Connexion and illustrate how cataloging librarians or Technical Services librarians can utilize these tools to do more projects with less effort. Massive numbers of MARC records can be edited effectively and efficiently by using these utilities. Vendors send various types of MARC files, but record quality and issues vary. Setting up a customized automatic editing process for each vendor expedites record editing, which eventually accelerates patrons’ resource discovery and access. This presentation will share tips and tricks that the presenters acquired from using these tools for more than 15 years and discuss real world examples. We will also demonstrate creating MARC records for theses and dissertations by editing machine-generated data with MarcEdit and OCLC Constant Data. This session will be beneficial to any librarian who is looking for cost-effective ways to manage MARC records or enhance the quality of vendor-supplied MARC records.
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    CLP: re-imagining adult workforce development service models
    (2023-08) Roadarte, Daisy; Saucedo, Mel
    Learn about how Dallas Public Library re-imagined their jobseeker programming, without additional funding, in response to low program attendance and high community need for individualized services. DPL staff created an appointment-based service model to directly address barriers to accessing resources. The creation of the Career Launchpad (CLP) stemmed from analyses of staff observations, program statistics, and frequently requested services by patrons. CLP has been an invaluable tool to address equity barriers for underserved communities: most of our service population are seniors, people experiencing homelessness, people impacted by the criminal justice system, and low-income communities. Our team is currently training staff at all DPL branch locations to begin offering this service later this year. This presentation will give public servants insight on how our staff has successfully implemented CLP as well as tools to adapt this model to serve the needs of their own communities.
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    Predicting Student Success with and without Library Instruction
    (2023-08) Hargis, Carol; Harker, Karen
    The University of North Texas Libraries provides instructional support for students through collaboration with course instructors, mostly with short, in-class sessions, called "one-shot sessions". To determine the impact that such sessions had on students' success in two foundational English courses, the liaison librarian compiled data with the assistance of the university's research office (Data Analysis and Institutional Research, or DAIR).
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    Outreach Out of Your Mind
    (2023-08) Thenayan, Sylvia
    Like many libraries, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library at the University of Dallas operates on a reduced budget, which severely limits our funding for outreach efforts. The University of Dallas also has a unique, almost quirky culture and the library’s low- / no-cost outreach activities engaging with that culture have made the library a bigger part of campus life. Armed with creative thinking, our librarians have produced numerous successful (and a few not-so-successful) campaigns. Join us to learn about which outreach efforts gave the best return on our time investment, which campaigns were most effective with various members of our campus community, and a discussion of attendees’ campus cultures with examples of related outreach activities to consider.
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    Leveraging Collaboration and Peer-to-Peer Strategies to Expand Outreach Efforts
    (2023-08) Knox, Briana; Brents, Madison
    The UNT Libraries’ Access Services Department recently completed a reorganization to address changing workflows and service demands, including reallocating duties to create a position that focuses on outreach and programming for the department. One goal of this position was to open involvement in outreach activities to all interested employees in the department, particularly student employees. The presenters will share the strategies they used to expand outreach efforts and the benefits of involving student employees in planning and hosting events, including strategies on empowering student employees to have a voice in the department. Methods of planning and organizing events and strategies for communicating with a large group of employees will be discussed. Presenters will share examples of events organized over the past year to demonstrate successes and lessons learned. They will also share ongoing plans to further improve planning and communication for future events.
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    Gamifying Library Volunteerism to Improve Productivity, Rapport, and Retention
    (2023-08) Rico, Jessica; Stout, Dorothy
    This presentation will link past and current volunteer experiences using Plano Public Library’s volunteer program model as an example. By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand how to gamify their library volunteer program, subsequently supporting participants with work experience and life skills through positive involvement and awareness of their contributions to the community. Additionally, we will demonstrate how the gamified volunteer experience increases the motivation and enjoyment of volunteers while supporting staff productivity, strengthening relationships with your library’s volunteer community, and improving staff awareness of volunteer impact.
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    DEI Assessment of a Graphic Novel and a Comic Book Collection
    (2023-08) Harker, Karen; Byrne, Sephra
    Last year, the UNT Libraries developed methods of assessing collections through DEI lenses. We were particularly interested in meeting the expectations of our students regarding the representation of voices. An advisory board provided guidance to the Collection Assessment Department regarding methods and focus of assessment, as well as link to the community of students and faculty. We selected the Graphic Novel and the Comic Book collections, primarily because these had been developed with the intent of representing a variety of communities. We conducted an online survey and a focus group session regarding the importance of representation in these collections and perceptions of the UNT Libraries' own collections. We then evaluated the quality of the UNT Libraries' collections by comparing our holdings with qualitative lists of titles and series. For this presentation, we will provide insight into our methods, as well as the results of our assessment and our next steps.
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    STEAM on a Budget: Developing High-engagement, Low-cost STEAM Programs
    (2023-08) Hargrove, Laura
    Libraries hosting STEAM programs encourage patrons to engage in lifelong learning by providing opportunities to explore, create, and collaborate. High-quality STEAM programs do not require a large budget. Plano Public Library will share ideas for developing exciting STEAM programming, maximize their impact through practical training and offer tips to sustain your program over the long term.
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    Organizing a Successful Workload Analysis Project
    (2023-08) Sassen, Catherine; Yanowski, Kevin
    Although a workload analysis project can yield a wealth of valuable information for an administrator, it must be strategically organized to engage participants and provide useful results. This presentation describes how a department head organized and implemented a successful workload analysis project in a large university library. The goals of the project were to enable a relatively new department head to understand the workload of each employee and to ensure that assignments were equitably distributed. Employees were heavily involved in planning the project, conducting the pilot study, and documenting their workloads. The results of the project were used to rebalance assignments in the department and determine cross-training needs.