2020 AC Poster Session Information

2021 Annual Conference Poster Session/Information Fair

Poster Sessions



Choose Your Own Adventure: Navigating ambiguity and building support structures for librarians in newly developed positions
As the higher education environment evolves, many libraries are developing new positions that bring opportunity to meet shifting user needs and guide organizational change. We will outline our experiences in newly introduced positions and suggest best practices for librarians in similar situations. We will also propose ways that supervisors and administrators can support colleagues in new roles. Finally, we will discuss the potential for future research and support for librarians in these kinds of positions.
Presenters:
Maya Hobscheid, Grand Valley State University
Kristin Kerbavaz, Grand Valley State University
 
Grounded in service, thriving with data: dashboards for reference services decision making
Staffing challenges are well-documented in reference services, but use of dashboards to support data-driven scheduling for in-person and virtual reference shifts are not often discussed. This poster examines how one large academic library utilized data-influenced decision-making and dashboard design iterations to streamline reference staffing amidst evolving conditions. This required continuous communication between dashboard users and creators and iteration of visualizations and dashboard designs. Limitations of a purely quantitative data-driven strategy are also discussed.
Presenters:
Rachel Minkin, Michigan State University
Hui Hua Chua, Michigan State University
 
Growing a Collection of Circulating Textbooks: Reducing College Expenses and Reaching Out to Students
To promote affordability in higher education, one institution created collection of textbooks for high-enrollment classes. This collection has grown to include textbooks from the 100 classes with largest enrollment. This session will provide an overview of how this project began and evolved to respond to unexpected challenges.  Topics addressed in this session will include: Creative strategies for obtaining funding, publicizing availability of textbooks, analyzing usage patterns, and developing strategies to deal with un-returned items.
Presenter:
Rob Withers, Miami University
 
Growing Beyond A Loss: Reassigning Tasks, Reassessing Workflows, and Carrying on after an Employee Death
One library recently experienced the deaths of several staff members in a short period of time. This program will share our experiences in piecing together our response to these deaths. Issues we have addressed have included: communicating with family, disposition of personal property at work, processing timecards, and identifying / tracking / handing off work in process at the time of the staff member's passing.
Presenter:
Rob Withers, Miami University
 
Growing from Seed: Creating an Academic Seed Library
Seeking a means of grounding library services into a rich agricultural history, a large academic research library planted a seed lending library in early 2020. The seed library is a new and unique lending collection of diverse heirloom vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Free and open to the public, this poster describes the seed library's growing reach beyond the university's campus through partnerships with community organizations and outreach events like a local Science Festival.
Presenter:
Tom Volkening, Michigan State University
 
Growing Our Services Through Cross-Departmental Collaboration: Adding Equipment Checkout
Access Services piloted an equipment checkout program based on user requests. Although the equipment was available at multiple service points, it was not searchable in the Libraries' discovery interface. Cataloging staff expanded the brief records for the equipment to be keyword-searchable. Through this collaboration between Access Services and Cataloging staff, we have built partnerships, maintained usage statistics to justify needs, and expanded equipment checkout to better serve users.
Presenters:
Alison Greenlee, Wayne State University
Robin Darling, Wayne State University
 
Instruction Junction (What's Your Function?): Combining Functional & Subject Specialties in Library Collaborations
This poster will describe how two liaisons, history and sciences, use functional and subject specialties in collaborations across disciplines to support higher-impact learning experiences. It will show, in visual, the intersection of their subjects with functional areas of archival and data literacy in instruction and consultations to demonstrate the value and challenges of combining these areas. The poster will detail a collaboration in History of Science, implementation of programming and impact on learners. 
Presenters:
Anna White, Grand Valley State University
Leigh Rupinski, Grand Valley State University
 
Making the Most of An Adjunct Placement
This poster discusses approaches to ensure that adjunct placements leverage the temporary placement to the benefit of both adjunct librarians and institutions. Librarians can leverage short-term employment to develop skills and gain experience in new library environments. Libraries maintain services while seeking long-term solutions and progress on key projects leveraging skill areas supporting adjunct librarians' professional development. Clear career goals, intentional supervision, and guidance on translating experience to future job applications can ground an adjunct appointment in mutually-beneficial principles.
Presenters:
Leah Morin, Grand Valley State University
Jon Jeffryes, Grand Valley State University
Austin Phillips, Grand Valley State University
 
Open Access & Transformative Agreements: Transforming Scholarly Publication
The world of scholarly communication is changing. Open access means the familiar subscription model is being transformed. From Plan S in Europe to the California Digital Libraries decision to end its Elsevier subscription, libraries are embracing new ways of paying for and accessing journal content. This poster session will provide learners with definitional information on the topic, outline potential transformative models and explore what this means for libraries as they anticipate future changes.
Presenters:
Stephanie Davis, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
Chrystal Pickell, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
Alicea Doyle, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
 
Rebuilding Your Print Collection From the Ground Up
When a library collection of 250,000 print items occupying over 30,000 linear feet is charged with moving into space with half of the shelving, what are the challenges and opportunities? Learn some tricks to conduct meaningful collection analysis that creates a new print collection in new space that is vastly different from how things were in the past. Also, learn about what makes a good print collection in a digital world.
Presenter:
Duane Strojny, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
 
Representation in Collections: An MLIS student research project to increase the diversity in an academic library's collections
This presentation will follow efforts to assess collections at an academic library for diversity and improve representation. As part of a university-wide initiative, an MLIS practicum student under the collections manager was charged with determining the current level of diversity, recommending methods for improvement, and articulating strategies for maintaining diversity in collections going forward.  Topics of discussion will include assessment strategies for e-journals, successes and pitfalls, and insights gained from faculty in relevant departments.
Presenters:
Erica Schiller, Grand Valley State University
Cara Cadena, Grand Valley State University
 
Revamping the Reference Referral: Information Strategies for Student Workers
At the Library Info Desk, student assistants are the first point of contact for users with reference questions. They need to determine when and how to refer reference questions to supervisors or librarians for more specialized assistance. To help improve the quality of reference service, student assistants completed a series of interactive training modules designed to increase their familiarity with basic information literacy strategies and understanding of various reference questions needing referrals.
Presenters:
Anna Granch, University of Michigan - Dearborn
Heidi Keppen, University of Michigan - Dearborn
 
The Case of Open Access in Physics - Exploring Disciplinary Literature
Physics is often viewed as a success story of the Open Access movement. However, support for Open Access (OA) initiatives like Plan S is not unanimous across the field. This poster will explore how open access is discussed within the disciplinary literature of the physics research community. It will also address the models of open access that have been successful in the field to date.
Presenter:
Erika Weir, Michigan State University
 
The Monomyth Strikes Back: The Continued Importance of the Hero's Journey
Through the Library Summer Scholars Program, I was able to create a LibGuide on the Monomyth, a narrative framework, as well as gain insight into the academic library field. The Monomyth, or Hero's Journey, examines the stages of the hero who goes on an adventure, faces a crisis, and returns victorious. I connected this framework to my own research process on the topic and the experience of the program.
Presenter:
Kristie DeVlieger, Grand Valley State University