ACRL International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group Community
What: ACRL International Perspectives on Academic & Research Libraries DG
When: Friday, January 30th from 1 - 2:30pm
Where: McCormick Place West - W186c
We had three very exciting speakers lined up for our DG this year; and had about 30 people who joined us for a wonderful discussion.
- Zachary Newell - Library Program Area Chair & Arts Librarian - Salem State University Library
- As a librarian at Salem State University, Zach worked with a group of faculty to successfully write a grant to bring a group of Iraqi Fulbright Scholars to study at the University in the summer of 2014. Working with the group, he identified effective teaching strategies related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. Zach will also address how a “Muslim Journeys” grant highlighted an international context that, combined with the work of the Fulbright Scholars, led to enduring collaborations with area groups. Zach will also highlight how these initiatives align with the University’s mission and work to internationalize its campus.
- Started with a Fulbright scholarship experience in Alexandria, Egypt with the arts & multimedia library. Brought in speakers to the library.
- Salem State University – State Run institution – revamped its learning outcomes for the university for general education.
- World Cultures
- Information Literacy
- Move to Internationalism & Globalism
- When he returned from Egypt – NEH Bridging Cultures Award that he applied for to give them books on Muslim Journeys and POV’s. Grant wrapped up last year.
- Programming around Islam, including lectures & discussions
- They helped model the First year reading experience, including reading circles and master classes
- Single reading/book for all first year students
- Integrating dialogue into class – looking for teachable moments, research & resources
- Friends Forever Program – Rotarian project
- Build Peace
- Bring Israeli/Palestinian Youth to the NH for cultural exchange
- Muslim Journeys Dialogue
- Symmetry with Programming
- Decided to host visiting scholars from Iraq through Fulbright
- Brought in a group of 8 Iraqi scholars. All junior, many without PhD. Taking ESL classes. 3 were Kurdish Scholars and 5 were Iraqi.
- Teaching Critical Literacy & Information Literacy - Creating Mutual Understanding (theme of the whole visit)
- Building a mentorship program
- Helping them understand multi-cultural experience
- Applying to graduate programs – helping them understand the academic structure
- Providing an initiation into the University and Research
- Providing understanding of teaching and how they could bring it back to Iraq.
- Continued partnerships with area groups
- Rotary Club of Marblehead
- Guest speakers, many conversations throughout the library
- Interested in establishing a rotary club in Iraq.
- Continued programs with Friends Forever
- Programming through the library – using a Muslim Journey discussion style.
- Pax Populi
- Brought many people how to help run many programs.
- This led to the creation of a task force on Comprehensive Internationalization
- More detail about event put on using Muslim Journeys Funding?
- Predominantly lectures
- Olga Hart, Coordinator of Library Instruction & Rosemary Franklin, ESL Librarian - University of Cincinnati
- Thanks to special grant funding made available to campus units through University of Cincinnati's five-year diversity plan, UC Libraries started special library programming for international students. Olga and Rosemary will discuss the identified areas of special service and programming as well as the diversity project's current success and future planning.
- Ohio is 8th in the nation in number of international students studying in post-secondary education and the state views education of these students as an investment in it’s economic future.
- Ohio has a globalization initiative
- University of Cincinnati has international partners in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Northern Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
- History of Library Involvement
- General Orientation, course instruction within ESL and ELS (outsourced service) classes, and doing collection development around supporting the international student population.
- UC Libraries submitted a proposal that would focus on the international students body by building external and internal communities and raising cultural awareness of staff and students.
- Looked at other universities to see what they were doing well – from a pool of international universities. Looked at UK, Canada, New Zealand, etc.
- Hired an International Student to focus on international programming. Great insights into how to run the program, what life was like for kids in China growing up, and what life was like at UC. Helpful for designing programming that is relevant to students’ needs and level and suitable to their language proficiency level.
- Orientation Conference with a formal presentation and an information poster session, some basic facts about plagiarism, general way for students to ask questions and learn more information about academics at UC, but also, how to talk to librarians despite language barriers.
- Undergraduate Orientation – greeting by the members of the faculty & staff at UC in several languages , student-ledactivities , candy rewards, handouts..
- After the session ended, everyone had a chance to affix a star on where they come from.
- Holidays around the world – library brought in ethnic holiday foods from students’ home countries, as well as traditional American thanksgiving foods. Presentation about holidays associated with harvest, Fall, family or giving thanks.
- Not all fun – tried to bring in an academic emphasis through the monthly newsletter called the Library Lifesaver where they tell students about relevant resources and activities going on at the library.
- Designing online orientation, working more with the study abroad program, and a Lunar New Year event.
- Plans for the future will be focusing on academic aspects of student success as well as collaborating with campus initiatives toward building cultural competency.
- In regards to the newsletter, are you using something fun like constant contact or graphic design, or just a plain text email?
- Text email, possibly brand in the future. They are also connecting via social media
- How do you find the time to do all of this ON TOP of your regular duties as Instruction Coordinator?
- Right now, she’s under a lot of stress. She has a team of enthusiastic co-workers who help her. No release time.
- Need to set priorities – Globalization is a big strategic initiative at the campus level.
- Could you clarify – how long is the orientation for international students and how long does the library have
- 9am – 3:30pm for the Full-day conference. Library has 1 hour session. They conflicted last year with internships & fellowships. Next year, the library orientation won’t conflict
- Hour long window where students could access the open table.
- 1 hour
- Undergraduate orientation – an hour and a half is open to them, schedule of activities can be shared upon request.
- Did you have to give Orientation to International Students on what a US Library is? Is that an odd experience for those students?
- Not that it ever came up, but they will be providing an basic introduction to American Libraries – even if its just a few sentences on the LibGuides.
- Laurie Kutner, Information & Instruction Librarian - University of Vermont Libraries
- Laurie ran an ALA sponsored trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2014. The 13 librarians from all over the US worked on 3 different library projects in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica and contributed a total of 200 hours to these projects. Laurie will talk about the experiences gained on this trip and the interest of librarians to engage in this kind of international travel and service.
- UVM Libraries – combined educational travel with community library service component. In Costa Rica for 9 days this summer
- ALA International Relations Office and sponsorship by ALA
- History of Library work in Menteverde, CR
- Started with sabbatical work – worked with Monteverde Institute
- Combining educational opportunities, international travel, and service
- Created digital collections of research materials during 2008 – 2012 through MLIS program at Syracuse
- Because of this work, she wanted to start a program for current librarians – wrote the proposal as part of her sabbatical application.
- ALA office did logistical work, promotional work, and other assistance.
- Had 30 applicants – wanted to take no more than 12 librarians at once. They had 13 participants.
- Day 1 & 2 – Getting to know each other
- People are coming from all over the country – travel gods smiled on them. The group was all women
- First day was set-up to get to know each other, food, etc.
- Second day, went to an organic educational farm as a get to know you activity.
- Day 3 – 8
- 4 hours of work, ecotorism, and lectures and learning opportunities.
- Monteverde is a cloud forest ecosystem/farming community founded by Quaker conscientious objectors from Alabama who left the US during the Vietnam war.
- 3 Projects for a combined 200 hours of volunteer work
- San Luis Community Library project, San Luis School Activity, Area School Mobile Library Project
- Worked out of the community health center because the community center was being used.
- Went out with someone who runs a book truck/lending library
- Monteverde Friends community & school Library
- Library in the Quaker community. Primarily in English and built through donations. Open 24/7. The library is run by a member of the Quaker community with an MLS and runs it through a volunteer committee
- Uses a card catalog. The library purchased some ILS software to create a catalog that is also in use at the Monteverde Institute.
- The group was going to be adding content into the system. Unfortunately, the server wasn’t working the week they were there, so they did organization and got it ready for ingestions.
- Third Group did more digitization work at the Instituto Monteverde – worked on getting data into ecology collection
- Locally based research materials, community health & sustainable community development.
- Lots of tourist activities
- Brought Spanish language books, library cards & book pockets etc. as donations.
- In the end, the opportunity to contribute service was the initial main appeal. Participants appreciated the combination of education & tourist activities. It was transformative, especially for early career librarians. There is a demand for this type of international international travel.
- Did you have a Spanish language requirement
- Some kind of knowledge of Spanish was necessary in San Luis
- Can you bring this back to UVM – we have nothing like this where questioner is and no sabbatical either.
- The sabbatical application at her institution helped her craft this over time.
- As far as service/international travel – what’s the one main element to make that trip/planning that trip successful
- Planning a really good itinerary, and having something solid to actually deliver, and then actually deliver what you’re saying to deliver.
- What does ALA sponsorship mean?
- ALA didn’t fund this at all. People funded their own travel. ALA fielded inquiries and promotion. They also collected all the money, some of that money went to ALA. They did logistical and financial transactions.
- Have you talked to ALA about other intentional trips like this?
- Not aware of any other projects. Trouble is finding someone who can set up all the community service pieces.
- Do you know what ALA would be looking for as far as what ALA would be looking for?
- Laurie approached them and ALA said we’d be interested. The process of getting through ALA is a bureaucratic one.
- The National Libraries of Costa Rica don’t lend, why?
- It’s a question of availability of resources
- Did you have more applicants than you were willing to take? How did that work if you had to reject folks
- Preference was given to ALA members. She didn’t have to cut anyone because people who wanted to bring spouses who weren’t ALA members just opted out.
- What was the cost?
- $1900 + airfare – all inclusive
Speakers had about 25 minutes to present their topic, including Q&A. Overall, this was a very successful program. Slides are attached.
Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Reaching out to International Communities Through Student Engagement, Outreach Services and Embedded Librarianship,” on Tuesday, January 13 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).
How can librarians best support their international communities? This webcast addresses how librarians can collaborate with academic and non-academic partners to support and connect with international students through various programming and outreach services. The speaker will discuss the importance of outreach services and embedded librarianship in developing student engagement and success. Learn how to identify key groups to collaborate with on campus and create an outreach strategy to support international groups. In addition, the speaker will discuss various collaborative programs and the latest apps and social media tools to promote the library's resources and services and to connect with international students. During the presentation, there will be a series of questions, polls and surveys for participants to think about, to answer or to discuss. Questions involving social media strategy, outreach plans and collaborations may get users to think about these features in their embedded librarianship model. The speaker will also encourage audience members to "tweet" their questions or ideas while using the hashtag #acrl_elearning to keep another set of ideas and conversations flowing.
- Identify appropriate groups to focus on; learn and understand the value of embedded librarianship
- Build relationships and foster collaborative opportunities with academic and non-academic partners to support international groups
- Utilize and maximize the latest social media tools creatively and effectively to develop library's content and outreach strategies
Presenter(s): Raymond Pun, Reference and Research Services Librarian, NYU Shanghai
Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website; group registration and other discounts are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.
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