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Suggestion You + [insert your School's Mascot name here] = Marketing BFFs

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:05 pm
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You + [insert your School's Mascot name here] = Marketing BFFs
  
Speaker:

Lisa Thornell-Gargiulo, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University

You + [insert your School's Mascot name here] = Marketing BFFs
  
Speaker:

Lisa Thornell-Gargiulo, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University

Description:
Do students erupt in cheers and applause when a librarian enters the room? Do students pause to take selfies with their librarian? No, not really. Who is the person/animal/object/entity that often elicits the most enthusiastic response and can draw a crowd on campus? Your school mascot of course! Hear from an academic librarian about how the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University utilized the beloved school mascot to promote library services such as research appointments, "Ask a Librarian" services, and celebrate National Library Week, while generating social media content. We will brainstorm other possible events or venues to collaborate with your school's mascot. This conversation will also be applicable to elementary and secondary school librarians.

Library Types:
Academic, Community College, Elementary School, High School, School/Media Center

Subject Headings:
Marketing, Outreach Services, Partnerships, Social Media & Networks

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Suggestion Why news literacy education is important, and how the checkology® virtual classroom teaches essential news literacy skills

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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Why news literacy education is important, and how the checkology® virtual classroom teaches essential news literacy skills
  
Speakers:
John Silva, NBCT, Virtual Classroom Coordinator, The News Literacy Project

Peter Adams

Why news literacy education is important, and how the checkology® virtual classroom teaches essential news literacy skills
  
Speakers:
John Silva, NBCT, Virtual Classroom Coordinator, The News Literacy Project

Peter Adams

Description:
In today’s digital age, information (and misinformation) can be created, published, shared and commented on with just a single click. Presenters will demonstrate the News Literacy Project’s checkology® virtual classroom, which provides students with authentic, innovative and timely blended learning experiences that teach them how to know what to believe. The checkology® learning activities use real-world examples to engage students, either as a class or 1:1, and encourages meaningful discussion about what is fact, what is fiction and how to tell the difference.

Library Types:
Academic, Community College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Nonprofit, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Rural, Student, Undergraduate

Subject Headings:
Community Engagement, Distance Learning, Information Literacy, Instruction, Literacy, Popular Culture, Social Media & Networks

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Suggestion When Public Libraries Stretch Out the Hand of Friendship to Enterprises.

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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When Public Libraries Stretch Out the Hand of Friendship to Enterprises.

Speaker:

SHUNCHI CHIANG, Librarian, National Library of Public Information(Taiwan)

When Public Libraries Stretch Out the Hand of Friendship to Enterprises.

Speaker:

SHUNCHI CHIANG, Librarian, National Library of Public Information(Taiwan)

Description:
In spite of lack of budget, the public libraries refused to suffer from promoting reading with less resources. The libraries acted with positive and optimistic attitude to the private enterprises and actively stretched out the hand of friendship. We believe the energy and ideas from enterprises can let the libraries sparkle. Once the public libraries and private sectors put up mutual cooperation and integration, it could carry out mutually beneficial partnership. Based on Taiwan’s experiences, the transformed practices of making good use of resources of society and enterprises have replaced the competitive strategy of competition law between public and private sectors. Last year, we cooperated with CITIC Brothers Baseball Team to promote family reading together, the program was co-organized with 13 counties and cities, 50 libraries, in particular, 12 rural libraries that relatively lack of resources in Taiwan. We aimed to evoke the importance of parent and child interaction as well as shorten the gap between urban and rural areas. The public libraries actively connect the both sides of public-private relationship to an equal and sharing of cooperation and successfully create a win-win situation, so that people who are committed to open-minded cooperation would see a new power of reading!

Library Types:
Public

Subject Headings:
Public Programs, Public Relations, Public Services

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Suggestion Wait, How Do I Teach Media Literacy? Becoming a Media Specialist

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Wait, How Do I Teach Media Literacy? Becoming a Media Specialist
  
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Miriam Larson, MLS, Library Media Specialist, Kenwood Elementary School

Wait, How Do I Teach Media Literacy? Becoming a Media Specialist
  
Speaker:
Miriam Larson, MLS, Library Media Specialist, Kenwood Elementary School

Description:
Many of us are re-branding ourselves as media specialist. Whether we rebrand with a name or with our actions, it is important to engage with digital media if we want to meet kids where they are. Common Sense Media’s 2015 report found that kids age 8-12 “use an average of six hours of entertainment media per day.” However, many of us came to librarianship because we love books and so learning to be media specialists is a process of experimentation.

I will describe three projects that have been part of my experimentation in teaching and creating digital media in the elementary school context. The first two projects are units that aim to give kids tools to critically analyze entertainment media, specifically short animated films and TV advertisements. The third project is a student-led video-production project where students create our school’s morning announcements.

Finding space for media literacy in a busy elementary curriculum and weekly 20-30 minute library lessons is tough. But I hope librarians, or media specialists, or whatever we choose to call ourselves, can work together to make time and support each other. The rewards are more engaged students and critical thinkers who will ultimately be more prepared to be digital citizens.

Library Types:
Elementary School, Middle School, Public, School/Media Center

Subject Headings:
Children’s Services, Information Literacy, Instruction, Librarianship, Literacy, Popular Culture, Social Change, Technology, Youth Services

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Suggestion Utilizing Courier Technology for Real-Time Tracking and Reporting

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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Utilizing Courier Technology for Real-Time Tracking and Reporting
  
Speaker:

Natasha Boekholt

Utilizing Courier Technology for Real-Time Tracking and Reporting
  
Speaker:

Natasha Boekholt

Description:
Library systems that choose to outsource courier services need a reliable tracking method that allows staff to monitor the status of transfers in real-time as they are in transit. Software utilized by couriers like Stat Courier offer an improved client user experience, extensive reporting and analytical capabilities, and intuitive tracking and monitoring tools. Utilizing barcode scanning technology, data is automatically transferred between the courier and client systems, eliminating the need for manual data entry. Interaction and responsibility on the library’s part is minimal—staff simply log in to check the status of materials and a particular route at any time, from anywhere.

This Ignite session will highlight the benefits this technology offers to libraries, such as verification of driver performance and delivery timeliness; how data is transferred between a courier and library through these systems; and the capabilities of web-based courier software, including:
• Barcode scanning and printing
• Order entry
• Container tracking, including pick-up and delivery times and locations
• GPS vehicle tracking, shown as color-coded pinpoints on maps for early, on-time, and late deliveries
• Robust reporting
• Data management

Additionally, this session will discuss best practices for balancing the convenience of technology with the need for live customer service.

Library Types:
Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Corporate, Elementary School, Federal, Government, High School, Information-related Organization, Joint Use, Law, Library School, Medical, Middle School, Museum, Native, Nonprofit, Other, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Retired, Rural, School/Media Center, Seeking Employment, Special, State Library, Student, Tribal, Undergraduate

Subject Headings:
Administration and Management, Emerging Technologies, Outsourcing, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Technology

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Suggestion Using Web GIS in an Academic Library to Evaluate Learning Spaces: A Pilot Project

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Using Web GIS in an Academic Library to Evaluate Learning Spaces: A Pilot Project
  
Speakers:

Bruce Godfrey, GIS Librarian, University of Idaho

Richard Stoddart, Education Librarian, University of Idaho

Using Web GIS in an Academic Library to Evaluate Learning Spaces: A Pilot Project
  
Speakers:

Bruce Godfrey, GIS Librarian, University of Idaho

Richard Stoddart, Education Librarian, University of Idaho

Description:
Academic libraries are creating more diverse learning spaces for students, but measuring how students use these spaces can be a challenge. Online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) platforms have matured to a point where they offer intriguing capabilities for collecting, analyzing, sharing, and visualizing in-library use data for space assessment initiatives. As these platforms continue to mature, it is reasonable to conclude that enhancements to these platforms will not only provide librarians more opportunities to collect in-library use data to inform the use of physical space in the buildings their patrons use, but that they will also potentially provide opportunities to more easily share database schemas and data for future research. This presentation will report on a pilot project that uses ArcGIS Online to gather evidence of library space usage.

Library Types:
Academic

Subject Headings:
Assessment and Evaluation, Buildings and Facilities, Emerging Technologies, Geospatial Data and Services, Technology

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Suggestion The new Joplin Public Library

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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The new Joplin Public Library

Speakers:

James Stufflebeam, AIA, Vice President, Sapp Design Associates, Architectes

Jacque Gage, Director, Joplin Public Library

Description:
A short visit through the new Joplin Public Library; a testament to community engagement, collaboration, and new opportunities rising out of a tragic tornado event in 2011.

Library Types:
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Suggestion The Cats Are Herding Us: Neko Atsume and Mobile Usability

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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The Cats Are Herding Us: Neko Atsume and Mobile Usability
  
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Valerie Forrestal

The Cats Are Herding Us: Neko Atsume and Mobile Usability
  
Speaker:

Valerie Forrestal

Description:
Neko Atsume, a popular mobile app for smart phones and tablets, was an international hit despite the fact that gameplay was originally directed entirely in Japanese. This presentation assesses the usability of this app using Jakob Nielsen's "5 Aspects of Usability," as well as research on interface design for low-literacy users, in order to point out techniques for designing user-friendly mobile applications.

Library Types:
Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Elementary School, High School, Information-related Organization, Joint Use, Law, Library School, Medical, Middle School, Museum, Native, Nonprofit, Other, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Rural, School/Media Center, Special, State Library, Tribal, Undergraduate

Subject Headings:
Digitial Libraries, Electronic Resources, Emerging Technologies, Games and Gaming, Technology

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Suggestion The APA Assistant: A New Model for Helping Students Cite their Sources

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:59 am
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The APA Assistant: A New Model for Helping Students Cite their Sources
  
Speaker:
Miranda Orvis. Kispert, MLIS, Science Librarian, Weber State University

The APA Assistant: A New Model for Helping Students Cite their Sources
  
Speaker:
Miranda Orvis. Kispert, MLIS, Science Librarian, Weber State University

Description:
Resources for teaching and learning about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism abound, but to date they have resided at the far reaches of the spectrum of helpfulness – they either describe what to cite and how to cite it, often in astonishing detail, or they simply do it for you by exporting metadata or asking you to fill in a form. What is missing is a resource that avoids both the text-heavy descriptions that are apt to make already nervous writers or library users even more nervous, as well as the pitfalls of citation generators, including inaccuracy and a failure to actively teach users to cite sources.

The APA Assistant seeks to bridge this gap by providing a new model for teaching and learning about citing sources in APA style. Rather than a static text display or a fill-in-the-box citation generator, the APA Assistant utilizes a fluid format, similar to a clickable flowchart, creating a question-and-answer experience for students navigating the citation process. The APA Assistant, which can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/1zpk6nmaLxfBvkXf2, first seeks to discover the need (In text citation or list of references? Book, journal article, or website?), then gives a brief description of how to cite the source, including examples.

In addition to the basics -- what to cite, why we bother, and how to cite it -- the APA Assistant provides links to outside resources such as the Purdue OWL for those who need or want additional details, as well as an example of a complete list of references of varying types, culled from the examples used throughout the assistant. Built in Google Forms, the APA Assistant can also be linked to, embedded (including into LibGuides pages), or sent via email or other social media platforms, and can keep some interesting and useful statistics as well as archiving comments or suggestions from users.

Library Types:
Academic, Community College, Research Library, Student, Undergraduate

Subject Headings:
Information Literacy, Instruction, Transforming Libraries

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Suggestion Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century: A New Service Model for Entrepreneurs

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:59 am
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Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century: A New Service Model for Entrepreneurs
  
Speakers:

Caitlin Rietzen, Librarian II, Business Resource & Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Gillian Robbins

Caitlin Seifritz

Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century: A New Service Model for Entrepreneurs
  
Speakers:

Caitlin Rietzen, Librarian II, Business Resource & Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Gillian Robbins

Caitlin Seifritz

Description:
The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) recently launched the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC), a new programming model which combined the resources of the nonprofit and small business assistance centers. After extensive research, BRIC staff realized there was a niche in the small business community which needed to be filled- librarianship. Whether clients were part of a larger small business development program, or did not have a university background, they often encountered problems that librarians could help them solve. Chiefly, these were finding quality, low-cost programs, evaluating which local resources would best fit their needs, and getting assistance with conducting research. The BRIC model is designed to reduce the barriers to local entrepreneurship by creating more accessible points of entry into organizational development. Staff librarians provide personal guidance to clients by engaging them in research appointments geared towards grant funding, proposal writing, demographic and market research, and competitive analysis. By maintaining strong partnerships and curating local resources, librarians guide and advise clients on area offerings to fit their organizational needs. Additionally, with resources that span the fields of for-profit and nonprofit, the BRIC is uniquely poised as a hub for social entrepreneurship in a region with great potential for local innovation. Learn how staff librarians were able to develop and launch the core of this model, as well as generate relevant data, on basically no budget.

Library Types:
Nonprofit, Public, Special

Subject Headings:
Adult Services, Advocacy, Community Engagement, Diversity, Electronic Resources, Equity of Access, Instruction, Librarianship, Networking, Organizational Change, Outreach Services, Partnerships, Project Management, Reference Services, Research and Statistics, Technology, Urban Libraries

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