ACRL International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group Community
Thank you everyone who attended our DG meeting on Saturday, January 25th, 2014. We had 23 people in attendance, our largest meeting to date!
Below, please find my notes from the discussion. A number of you requested slides, they are attached or linked to in the text below.
Thank you everyone for attending. I hope to see you at Annual!
ACRL International Perspectives DG Convener
ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group
Saturday, January 25th
3 - 4pm
MAR (Philadelphia Marriott Downtown) - Room 404
o Evviva Weinraub – Convener
· Presentations - 10 minutes each with time for Q&A
o Bonnie Smith, Assistant Program Director for HR - University of Florida
§ Bonnie is hoping for feedback from colleagues on a potential research topic - International collaborative efforts in HR, management, and staff training.
· Awarded funding for a research project
· What is it that’s been done in the last 5 years, what’s been done between associations, not institution to institution. What areas are open for collaboration between institutions in terms of HR support.
· Year long project. She’ll be visiting IFLA in 2014, and then writing an article on her findings, and perhaps some ideas on how we can move forward.
· Your thoughts on benefits working more collaboratively and a broader perspective. Pull together a small team of international collaborators. She has some funding for help with the survey and the survey tool.
o Subject ideas from Scandinavia – how do you keep consistency in your services when you have faculty going out on maternity/paternity leave.
o ALA Annual - IRT preconference – train the trainer – cooperative training with libraries overseas
o Juleah A Swanson, Assistant Professor, Acquisitions Librarian for E-Resources - Ohio State & Jose O. Dias, Associate Professor, Ohio State
§ Juleah spoke about the Ohio State University Libraries Global Crossroads program where students can engage with and discover global resources and services the Libraries offer.
· Her slides can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/JuleahS/global-crossroads-presentationalamidwinter2014
· Getting stakeholders that using the space, using the LED screens, setting the iPads up, etc – funding was gotten through an internal grant. They were able, once they had the funding, to be able to get that kind of check-mark seal of approval from admin, which got them more traction to get the project going.
· International Office – not a real collaboration, but were given a heads up. They are more likely to be able to partner with them in the future. The library is more likely to have cross-collaborative outcomes.
· Assessment – the assessment information received wasn’t terribly effective.
· In addition to the physical space – on your website – did you have any content rich information on different cultures.
· Focused on the internationally focused apps
· Blog wasn’t really kept up. Twitter hashtag, was easier to promote
· Colleague Jose is taking a lot of the learning outcomes around the collection areas and promotes things within the library and around campus.
o Paula Smith, Reference Librarian, Penn State, Abington
§ Paula will speak about the Global Awareness Dialog Project, a series she created in collaboration with her campus' Coordinator of Global Programs to help educate faculty around internationalization of the campus.
· The library initiated the program – as Paula’s final project, she set the project up as part of her thesis.
· Asked for $30k for an internal grant. They laughed, but gave her money for food - $200 - $300. No honorarium, transportation, etc for speakers.
· How did you decide that this was a topic – we decided we wanted to focus on educational systems – what was the background of those students – what’s the system like.
· Age range of international students seem to be parallel to the regular matriculated students. The African panel skewed older. Primarily African immigrant students, not “international” students
· Before they do a session, the faculty are sent pre work, video, scholarly reading, and web sites. They are given a folder when they arrive as well. What they haven’t done, but are trying to do, is to create a page on the website.
· Peer-to-peer opportunities – no formal program in place, but some through the ESL program
o Li Fu, Head of Access & Outreach Services, University of San Diego
§ Li Fu will be speaking about her role as a liaison to international student groups on her campus
· Outreach & Outlook International Perspective
o Partnership & Collaboration with non-academic units and teaching faculty
o Personalized & customized services
§ Created cross-cultural Tea Time and culture exchange programming
o Working with HR on International Scholars Access
o LIB 101 class – Internationalization Curriculum – American students going abroad – part of the curriculum of elective classes.
o Similar services for faculty coming from abroad
§ Feedback about the session
· More time at the end for open discussion
· Li Fu suggested that perhaps parts of this discussion could be expanded into a larger day-long symposium.
· Evviva mentioned that Laurie Bridges, a librarian at OSU Libraries participated in the OSU Faculty Global Community – a 5-part workshop to internationalize the curriculum at OSU. 10 faculty members were chosen. Each proposed a class to re-vamp. Laurie submitted the idea of creating a library guide. Over the five weeks she created the guide, along with feedback and input from the faculty participants. http://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/global
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the first meeting of the International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group at ALA Annual! We had 16 DG members join us for a discussion of international issues on their campuses, and to hear from Margaret Law about her work as AUL for International Programs at the University of Alberta.
In addition to hearing Margaret describe how she launched the international initiative at Alberta, and its major components focusing on sharing collections and expertise among partner programs, we gained valuable insight into the challenges involved in inserting the library into the often decentralized efforts around internationalization on a large campus.Other DG members introduced local issues and ideas that we might want to pursue further on this list or at future meetings, including the international agenda at community colleges, the international dimension of library staffing (i.e., challenges and opportunities that come with supporting a diverse library staff - both full-time staff and student staff - in terms of national origin), connections between this group and others in ALA that are looking at specific issues such as library support for international students and international resource sharing, the provision of research support services to support international partnerships in research, and the challenges inherent in providing library resources and services across international branch campuses and/or in support of degree programs that span domestic and international campuses.I invite anyone else who was at the meeting to add important points that I've missed, and everyone else to continue to contribute to the discussion.See you in Seattle!
Here is a brief summary of potential program ideas discussed on the DG electronic discussion list in April 2012 (for possible follow-up at ALA or other meetings):
- Impact of “Internationalization” of Curriculum on Library Services
- How the Academic Library Contributes to International Programs on Campus
- Services to International Students on Campus
- International Library Associations and National Library Associations
- International Perspectives on LIS Education
- International Perspectives on LIS Research
- International Partnerships Among Libraries
- How the Academic Library Contributes to International Partnerships at the University Level
- Issues Benefitting from an International Perspective
- Information Literacy
- Research Support Services
- Library Facilities
- Library Assessment
- Library Funding
- Open Access Publishing
- Fostering Collaboration Among Academic Librarians in the U.S. and Abroad on Issues of Mutual Concern in Research and Practice
The ACRL International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group will hold its inaugural program at ALA Annual 2012 on Saturday, June 23rd from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
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