This session will explore some unintended benefits of a comprehensive LibGuide re-design project, particularly for new liaisons or those wishing to reevaluate their outreach activities. The benefits include developing relationships with instructors, learning advanced subject-specific database features, taking advantage of new LibApps products and tools including LibWizard and LTI, and thinking more strategically about outreach and marketing to various groups.
Alice Kalinowski is the Liaison Librarian for Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Some of her favorite responsibilities include developing and conducting instruction sessions and creating online learning objects.
Shifting from a list of databases and print books to a research "jumpstart" model improves reference efficiency, enhances student research skills, and allows librarians to model what academic resources look like. Shifting our Literature LibGuide to the "jumpstart" model tripled our usage and has improved the reference transaction, student outcomes, and faculty buy-in. This presentation examines how the change in our LibGuides helps meet our students research needs without spoon-feeding them content, and the nuts and bolts of designing your own "jumpstarts".
Claire A. Miller obtained a BA from New College of Florida in British and American Literature, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Thus armed, she began a career of academic librarianship focused on teaching research skills, information literacy, and the nuts and bolts of too many citation styles. Currently a Librarian and Adjunct Instructor at South Florida State College, Miller runs the college’s LibGuides, workshops and outreach, and teaches developmental writing. When not wearing one of her many hats at work, she makes things and reads science fiction, fantasy, and a wide assortment of non-fiction.
Finding ways to reach students -- whether they are distance learners or in a face-to-face class -- can be challenging. Even the one-shot library instruction session does not provide the opportunity to build rewarding partnerships with faculty and students and provide the one-on-one assistance they need. Embedded librarianship is one strategy that can help bridge the gap between students and librarians. This presentation will detail how I have integrated myself into the curriculum through faculty partnerships. Harnessing the power of several LibApps tools, I have been able to build successful relationships with on- and off-campus students and gather great feedback for future semesters. This strategy uses a combination of surveys in LibWizard, helpful guides in LibGuides, individual research consultations using LibCal, and custom Chat widgets from LibAnswers to create a continuous and expanding library presence in liberal studies courses. This presentation will cover both the strategies for collaborating with faculty on this integration and examples of how I've used these tools for instruction, outreach, and assessment.
Brittany O’Neill is an Assistant Professor and Librarian at Hodges University in Naples, Florida, specializing in instruction, usability, and outreach. Brittany is passionate about innovative approaches to learning and fostering the library’s role in the university community. While at Hodges, Brittany has spent several semesters building embedded librarian services for the School of Liberal Studies, particularly in courses in the Communications department and in Strategic Thinking, Hodges University’s first-year experience course. She is a recent MLIS graduate of the Florida State University iSchool with a specialization in Reference Services.
Recently Hutchins Library undertook two projects within LibGuides CMS which celebrate the scholarship of our students and faculty. These guides serve as more than virtual placeholders for the local physical collections they represent, though – they add value to these collections. The first project was the creation of our BC Scholarship collection, which are individual profiles of campus staff and faculty members that offer insight into their expertise as well as access to their body of scholarly or creative works. The second project was the digitization of a large collection of zines donated by an alum several years ago. This collection became the inspiration for a collaboration between the library and our Graphic Design faculty members, who soon began to include a zine component in their course curriculum, requiring students to create their own original zines which were later gifted to the library and added to the online zine repository. Attendees will learn from our experience as we share insight gleaned from our process as well as tricks and tips for using the unique features in LibGuides CMS that made these projects so easy to pull off.
Amanda Peach is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Berea College's Hutchins Library. She is passionate about one-on-one student reference consultations and going for walks through Berea's countryside with her daughters.