Amanda B. Albert
This poster will discuss what is meant by “bullish*t” in libraries, as defined in a seminal talk given by Jane Schmidt in a 2018 keynote at the Canadian Association for Professional and Academic Librarians. The presenter will identify various types of BS perpetuated and created in libraries, highlighting such concepts as “innovation,” “leadership,” and “(ir)relevance.” The presenter seeks to answer the question "is BS ever beneficial to the library and it’s organizational culture?” Finally, the poster will discuss specific strategies for combating BS in one’s own library, including overcoming the "cult of busy". Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own libraries and their own practice in order to ...Read More
Amanda B. Albert
You want the librarian to teach your students everything they need to know about the library and how to do research in one 50 minute instruction session in which this is the first time they're meeting, there is limited use of technology, and their papers are due in 10 weeks? Any instructor knows that this is not going to be a successful instruction session, but there is a way to increase the likelihood that the librarian and your students will have a more successful interaction: embed the librarian and the library in your LMS! Benefits include: building a rapport with the librarian prior to their in-person visit, flipping the classroom ...Read More
Emily Stenberg, Lisa Palmer, Joanne Paterson, and Wendy Robertson
Presented at Digital Commons—Heartland User Group (DC-HUG) meeting, October 12-13, 2017, Missouri S&T University The goal of the SHARE initiative, a partnership between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Center for Open Science (COS), is to build a “free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle.” As of August 2017, 161 repositories and publishers have made metadata available to SHARE for harvesting, and the aggregated data set is available for searching. Many metadata providers are institutional repositories utilizing the bepress Digital Commons platform whose metadata is harvested through the OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) protocol for repository interoperability. A group ...Read More
As many librarians who work with digital collections know, ambiguous or meaningless rights statements can cause confusion and limit downstream use of materials. Following DPLA and Europeana's lead in drafting simple, standardized terms that help metadata contributors more effectively communicate copyright and re-use status of digital objects, we evaluated materials in 50+ exhibits at Washington University Libraries in order to assign each an appropriate statement from RightsStatements.org and help facilitate the same for other contributors to the Missouri Hub. This poster focuses on the implementation of project statements and recommendations. Its purpose is to share and discuss practical steps and workflows that organizations can use to assign statements to materials ...Read More
Presented at Midwest Archives Conference, spring 2017 Annual Meeting. This talk briefly outlines two collaborative projects (Documenting Ferguson, and Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis) going on at Washington University Libraries. These projects aim to both preserve and provide access to primary source (archival materials) of under-represented people in our (collective) historic record. These collaborative projects include archive staff working actively with members of the community, leveraging technology, and being open to new ways of approaching traditional archive tasks such as outreach, collection acquisition, and reference.
In late 2015 the Art & Architecture librarian contacted the Digital Publishing Librarian about expanding access to a high-demand local book. This was a HUD report on the Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis. Our university had the only print copy in circulation in the region, and the report was in high demand among design and urban planning students. Following consultation with the Copyright and Digital Access Librarian, it was decided to digitize the report and publish it in the repository. Since then at least five additional publications have been published online and have become part of the St. Louis Reports and Case Studies collection. This project is an ...Read More
Amanda B. Albert, Katherine Ahnberg, and Lauren Hays
Presented at ACRL 2017, Baltimore, Maryland This poster addresses various strategies in successfully navigating the transition from LIS programs to entry level academic library employment. Comparing and contrasting qualitative early career librarian survey data with the ARL SPEC Kit 344: Talent Management, in which on-boarding and succession planning practices are discussed at the administrative level, visitors gain insight to common challenges and opportunities, including: workplace integration, communicating competency levels, evaluative criteria, professional development planning, and more.
Thirteen Washington University Students and their Deep Dive into the Study of the Holocaust: Reflections from a trip to Germany, Poland, and Lithuania and a year of intensive study
Brian Vetruba, Cecily Hibbs, Talia Wazana, and Abigail Wippel
This poster exhibit offers reflections and images from Washington University (WU) students, faculty, and staff who traveled across Germany, Poland, and Lithuania in May 2016. The trip took place after a year of intensive study in 2015-2016 as part of the FOCUS program “The History, Memory, and Representation of the Holocaust.” The exhibit encompasses critical perspectives on the history, memory, and representation of the Holocaust alongside students’ first-person reflections. The exhibit is being held at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center from Feb. 2 to Marcy 15, 2017. A video recording of interviews with students and faculty accompanies the exhibit. The video is available on YouTube....Read More
The History, Memory, and Representation of the Holocaust: Reflections on a Yearlong Freshman Seminar and Study Trip
Brian Vetruba, Cecily Hibbs, Talia Wazana, Abigail Wippel, Erin McGlothlin, and Anika Walke
Presented at the Lessons and Legacies conference on Holocaust Studies in November 2016, these posters document a year-long freshman FOCUS seminar held at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015-2016 that aimed to give incoming college students a sophisticated understanding of the causes, dynamics, representation, and memory of the Nazi genocide. Created and co-taught by Anika Walke and Erin McGlothlin, this intensive academic engagement featured two semesters of coursework focusing on the history and the literary and filmic representation of the Holocaust and a twelve-day trip to Germany, Poland and Lithuania. The group visited important Holocaust-related sites to deepen their understanding of the historic events, to study current trends of ...Read More
With a growing emphasis on undergraduate engagement in academia, library publishers are discovering that it is vital to negotiate the conflicting directives of publishing, protecting, and promoting undergraduate scholarship. Some faculty are concerned that publishing student work online is harmful to both the student and faculty publishing prospects; while others may make publication a course requirement with little concern about copyright or reputation. Students themselves often have little understanding of privacy and intellectual property. This panel will explore some of the questions and concerns libraries must answer in order to build stronger relationships and successful publishing opportunities for all Emily Stenberg, Washington University in St. Louis. While the repository at ...Read More
You’re in Good Company: Developing a Research Conference for Advanced Graduate Students in the Humanities
Brian Vetruba, Daria Carson-Dussan, and Melissa Vetter
In 2014, librarians at Washington University in St. Louis developed an annual research conference for advanced graduate students in the Humanities. This conference was inspired by the desire to connect to graduate students at the dissertation stage as librarians had observed a gap in librarian-graduate student interactions between the first years of graduate school and when students embark on their own dissertation research. Librarians discovered that graduate students often struggle in isolation with similar research questions as well as project management and dissertation writing; thus, we aptly entitled the conference “You’re in Good Company: A Mini-Conference for Advanced Graduate Students in the Humanities.” We will share the make-up of the ...Read More
Engineering a New Home: Creating a Repository Collection for Faculty AND Building a Larger Digital Presence for the School of Engineering
Lauren Todd and Emily Symonds Stenberg
This talk is an expanded version of one given at the 2015 MOBIUS conference. Washington University librarians Emily Stenberg and Lauren Todd explain how they created and manage a collection in the university’s repository Open Scholarship for the Computer Science and Engineering department. This presentation will highlight how they developed a step-by-step workflow, addressed customization requests from the department, what really happened once that plan was implemented, and how they handle Bepress troubleshooting and faculty concerns. The presenters will also discuss how this project has helped them offer Open Scholarship as a service to other engineering faculty.
Shannon Davis, Rudolph Clay, Meredith Evans, Makiba Foster, Chris Freeland, Nadia Ghasedi, Jennifer Kirmer, Sonya Rooney, and Micah Zeller
An update on the activities of the Documenting Ferguson collecting initiative one year after the death of Michael Brown. The presentation highlights community contributed items in the collection, how to contribute to the collection, how this project is different from traditional archival and digital projects, and plans for the future.
The Center for Research Libraries, along with the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) and the Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is co-sponsoring an "International and Area Studies Workshop for Librarians" on Friday, June 26, 2015. The workshop is timed to coincide with the ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco. The full-day workshop is designed to assist librarians who are newly responsible for Western European and Latin American humanities and social sciences collecting. It will cover publishing trends in Western Europe and Latin America, providing reference services, and tips for getting up to speed quickly as a ...Read More
Emily Symonds Stenberg and Lauren Todd
Open Scholarship provides access to the scholarly output of faculty, staff, and students from Washington University in St. Louis by gathering it in one place. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Senate passed the Open Access Resolution in order to make "scholarship and creative works freely and easily available to the world community." The Open Scholarship site was officially launched on March 26, 2012 as a platform for realizing this goal. Powered by bepress's Digital Commons, and supported by the Libraries’ Digital Library Services, Open Scholarship is a further step in the University's commitment to open access. However, populating the collections beyond electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) has been inconsistent, ...Read More
Sonya Rooney and Jennifer Kirmer
This poster chronicles a novel archive project—the Documenting Ferguson Project at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). Our poster highlighted our steps in the documentation and preservation of materials created in the course of and surrounding events in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. WUSTL created a committee, consisting of University Archives and other library staff, faculty, and additional university staff, to coordinate the efforts to capture the history as it happened. The Documenting Ferguson Project Team was called together in August 2014, soon after the death of Michael Brown and the first protests in Ferguson, Missouri. It was immediately clear that the ...Read More
Shannon Davis and Joel Minor
The James Merrill Digital Archive (JMDA) is comprised of digitized Ouija board session transcripts, poem drafts, and other materials toward Merrill’s epic narrative poem, “The Book of Ephraim,” part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Divine Comedies. The JMDA is the result of expertise and input of many collaborators across the Washington University campus. Shannon Davis and Joel Minor will speak on various aspects of the ongoing project, including successful cross-campus collaboration, employing student workers to perform high-level encoding and exhibit curation, and how Omeka was used to develop the digital archive.
Trevor A Dawes
Slides from the Closing Keynote presentation at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) Annual Conference, April 2015. The talk was about the changing roles of librarians that have come about as a result of changing needs of faculty, scholars and researchers. Some libraries have also modified their structures to better carry out these new roles.
Shannon Davis and Makiba Foster
A presentation on Documenting Ferguson for Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE)'s annual Spring Symposium, outlining how the project was started, project team members and roles, how to contribute to the collection, how the collection is being used, and next steps for the initiative.
Makiba Foster and Kristine Helbling
Avoiding the one-shot instruction standard was the goal when targeting adult learners in our university’s evening degree program. We crafted a semester-long course to help returning adult learners navigate academic research. Attendees learned how we designed our course based in adult learning theory. We also discussed our strategy for persuading reluctant administrators on the importance of information literacy courses. This presentation also included feedback from students regarding their newly gained skills.
This poster presents a case study of how archived documents provide multi-faceted, dynamic opportunity for teaching and learning in both academia and indigenous communities. Anthropologist Jules Henry compiled extensive language and cultural field notes in the 1930s while living among the Xokleng Laklãnõ (Brazil) and Pilaga (Argentina) communities. Until recently, these documents and photographs archived at Washington University in St. Louis were seldom used. However, by starting a collaborative digital project with Unicamp State University (São Paulo, Brazil) a number of innovative uses have emerged. Examples include: The Unicamp Linguistics Department is working with the Xokleng Laklãnõ to turn the digitized documents into teaching materials for community schools. A Washington ...Read More
Shannon Davis and Joel Minor
The James Merrill Digital Archive, comprised of Merrill’s poetry drafts, typescripts, and Ouija board session transcripts, is the result of expertise and input of many collaborators across the Washington University campus. Shannon Davis and Joel Minor will speak on various aspects of the project, including successful cross-campus collaboration, employing student workers to perform high level encoding and exhibit curation, and how Omeka was used to develop the digital archive. - Shannon Davis, Digital Projects Librarian, and Joel Minor, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
Expatriate Japanese Families as Unexpected Users of Public Libraries: A Case Study in a College Town Community in the United States
Ryuta Komaki, Fukuji Imai, and Yukinori Okabe
This study explores the use of local public libraries by expatriate Japanese families staying in a micro-urban, university-centered community in the United States, with a specific focus on their reading and information gathering practices. The data used for the study was collected through semi-structured interviews the authors conducted in 2013. The expatriate families in this study consist of those who temporarily live in the area with clear prospects of returning to Japan. All of the families the authors interviewed included a member who was either a corporate transferee (i.e. an employee of a transnational corporation assigned to work in a U.S. office) or a degree-seeking international student, and had concrete ...Read More
In January 2014, representatives from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and University Libraries at Washington University agreed to move the master’s thesis submission process from a local, electronic form directly to the university’s repository Open Scholarship, which is supported by Digital Commons. This presentation will discuss the development of new workflows and associated issues. Implementation included developing a new submission form, re-evaluating the structure of the existing ETD series, creating new ETD series within the repository, developing new submission instructions for students, creating instructions for administrators, coordinating training for reviewers with bepress, and customizing email templates. The presentation will cover the benefits and consequences of this new workflow ...Read More
Cynthia Hudson-Vitale and Jennifer Moore
Many digital data curators will agree that making digital storage, online platform, digitization best practices, and metadata schema choices is a complicated process, even for a simple database. Curating a project that encompasses tooth casts, palm prints, field sheets, videos, images, and a database assembled over a thirty-year period extends those challenges, but also creates an opportunity to preserve and share an irreplaceable contribution to research. Librarians at Washington University in St. Louis are currently working with Dr. Jane Phillips-Conroy, Professor of Physical Anthropology; Anatomy and Neurobiology, to digitally curate this heterogeneous mix of physical and digital data. Dr. Phillips-Conroy’s work has centered on the long-term study of the of ...Read More