Our Numbers Tell Our Story: Libraries in the Age of Analytics
An estimated 2.5 exabytes of data is produced daily and, like Moore’s Law, is doubling in size every two years. Big Data, both in consumer and research form, and more importantly, the robust analysis of this data is what is defining, shaping, and changing our society every day. So as our campuses have turned to studying and leveraging data in all forms, libraries are now turning to a focus on the evaluation of data they have about their students and faculty, their use of collections and services, and their effectiveness in accomplishing valued outcomes. And although libraries have always collected a variety of usage measure, like book circulation, gate counts, and reference questions, in today’s ubiquitous environment of measurement, librarians have an unprecedented opportunity to collect and evaluate data. In this inspirationally practical talk, I will explore some of the promise and peril of analytical evaluation, describe a variety of recent analytical studies, and forecast the future of library analytics and assessment.
Presenter(s): John McDonald (EBSCO)
John McDonald joined EBSCO Information Services in June 2017 as the Director of Product Management for Analytics & Assessment. His primary role is to lead the development of products and solutions that will address the issues that librarians face in collecting, storing and leveraging data so they can turn it into robust decision support systems to improve their services and collections. Previously, John had a 20 year career as an academic research librarian in a variety of roles at the University of Southern California, The Claremont Colleges, the California Institute of Technology, and Virginia Commonwealth University. A strong believer in the power of collaboration, John has participated in and held leadership positions in his local consortia, SCELC, most recently serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Active professionally, John has published a number of articles on collection development and information usage behaviors, with a focus on statistical analysis of data. His most recent work, with his research collaborators Jason Price and Michael Levine-Clark, was a large study of the effectiveness of library discovery systems on discovery of Open Access articles, following on previous studies on the statistical analysis of the effect of Library discovery systems on publisher-hosted journal usage. He is the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 4th edition, forthcoming from Taylor & Francis.
Bringing Life to Your Library Services with 360 Virtual Tours
360˚ photo and tour editing software is making it even easier to create virtual library tours that are more than just a walk through the building. New annotation and embedding tools offer libraries the opportunity to use 360˚ tours to create engaging library instruction, promote library services, and offer additional points of information access. This session will suggest strategies, compare software options, and include discussion of how libraries can make the most of this emerging technology.
Presenter(s): Jennifer Hamilton, Heather Plaisance, Jordan Richardson, and Blair Stapleton (ULL)
MEASURING RESULTS TO ASSURE SUCCESS
Student Surveys for E-textbook Programs
Have you started an e-textbook program and are now looking to get student feedback? This presentation will review student surveys deployed in classes with a library-provided e-textbook at LSU since 2015, highlight findings, and discuss survey questions to include in your own surveys.
Presenter(s): Emily Frank (LSU)
Measuring Visual Literacy: Creating an Online Assessment Tool
This session will discuss the challenges of measuring undergraduates' visual literacy competencies. The presenter will provide an overview of how Louis, LibGuides and the ACRL Framework were used to construct an online assessment tool. Results from the first round of student responses and areas of improvement needed in the assessment questions will be covered as well.
Presenter(s): Marty Miller (LSU)
Nexis Uni - The New Research Solution for Students
Nexis Uni is a replacement for LexisNexis Academic. It has many new features and allows students to personalize their searching experience, and collaborate with other students; allows instructors to share information with students; allows
Presenter(s): Jude Hayes, Lynn Smith
User Experience Design and Your Library (A Joint Presentation by EBSCO and SirsiDynix)
Learn how SirsiDynix and EBSCO make important design decisions and go home with ideas you can use to create a better user experience for your patrons.
Presenter(s): Arthur Hayden (EBSCO) and Garr Ovard (SirsiDynix)
Library Space: The Final Frontier
Higher education technology and collaborative space are topics at the forefront of libraries. This session will explore trends in what libraries and learning centers are doing to reallocate space.
Presenter(s): Brian Sherman (LSUS)
More Than A Feeling: Integrating Active Learning into Information Literacy Instruction
Have your one-shots become stale? Do you have a classroom of students with glazed-over eyes just going through the motions? Moving beyond "librarian as presenter" and the "point and click" approach to instruction, active learning engages students with different learning styles and provides students the opportunity to interact with different facets of information literacy in a way that increases understanding and helps push students from novice to expert in alignment with the ACRL Framework. But what is active learning and how can it be used effectively in the classroom? This presentation will explore various methods and styles, tips and tricks, and successes and failures. Come learn how to increase student learning and ensure that your students (and you) have fun while doing it!
Presenter(s): Sarah Simms (LSU)
Overcoming Barriers to Recreational Reading Collections
Are you struggling to get buy-in for your recreational reading collection? Is push-back preventing your leisure reading project from taking flight? Look no further. In this session, the presenters will introduce many of the common arguments against leisure reading in academic libraries and disprove them using compelling evidence from the literature. Attendees will leave this session armed with the knowledge to reassure any recreational-reading-naysayer.
Presenter(s): Jessica Louque (ULM), Lindsey Reno (UNO)
Reference Re-imagined: Discover what’s new in Oxford Reference, Oxford Research Encyclopedias, and Oxford Handbooks
At this session, representatives from Oxford University Press will provide an overview of Oxford Reference, Oxford Research Encyclopedias, and Oxford Handbooks Online and discuss new content within each of these. Oxford Reference Oxford Reference brings together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning 25 different subject areas. We will highlight new additions including A Dictionary of Nursing, A Dictionary of Disaster Management, and the latest publishing in Science on Oxford Reference. Oxford Research Encyclopedias Oxford Research Encyclopedias combine the speed & flexibility of digital with the rigorous standards of academic publishing. Each of the 22 subjects goes beyond the basic facts to contextualize topics within existing scholarship and help pave the way to deeper engagement and inquiry. Content is being added all the time, including the newest module, Planetary Science. Oxford Handbooks Online Oxford Handbooks Online is a trusted source for scholarly research reviews in 14 subject areas, including forthcoming subjects Earth Science and Physics. The series brings together articles by the world’s leading scholars that survey the current state of scholarship in their field, reviewing the key issues, revealing original arguments and concepts, and setting the agenda for new research.
Presenter(s): Jenifer Maloney
Simple Steps to Successful Search
EDS administration can be a complicated matter. There are so many options to choose from, apps to install, and settings to configure, that it can be difficult to find the right mix that will be most beneficial to your students and faculty. In this session, EBSCO’s Library Services Engineers Mike Abrahamson and Ellie Collier will cover the most impactful changes libraries can make to EDS to improve the search experience and demonstrate how these changes make a different through a before-and-after example. We will also cover new features that have arrived in EDS since the last LUC, including hyperlinked database names, autocorrect and an improved Did-You-Mean engine, updates to our relevancy ranking system, and integration with Flipster, a digital magazine platform. Finally, we will discuss the Faculty eTextbook portal now available to LOUIS libraries and other projects on the horizon.
Presenter(s): Mike Abrahamson and Ellie Collier (EBSCO)
Better Together: Our Community of Practice
Louisiana’s academic librarians do great things, but focusing on our community of practice can make us even better. This presentation will touch on the challenges faced by Louisiana's academic librarians (shrinking budgets, staff shortages, etc.) and discuss how a strong community of practice can help us deal with these issues.
Presenter(s): Andrea Hebert (LSU)
Collaborating with Campus Faculty to Tackle Fake News
Fake news has always existed and libraries have been there to help our patrons find trust-worthy information. While not a new issue, partisan politics and the rise of social media have led to an influx of misinformation. Academic faculty have now taken on the mission as well. This talk will focus on how librarians can collaborate with faculty in equipping students with the critical thinking skills needed to overcome a media-saturated culture.
Presenter(s): Rebecca Kelley (LSU)
Enterprise Discovery Platform - Getting to know Enterprise
Learn more about the possibilities of Enterprise, including delivered functionality and customization options to suit your library's particular needs
Presenter(s): Adam Viator (SirsiDynix)
Maximizing Value with SAGE Evidence-Based Acquisition
Learn more about the SAGE Knowledge platform and how best to maximize your experience with the Evidence-Based Acquisition model (EBA). See how you can enhance affordable learning options for your faculty and students with the award-winning reference and eBook content on the SAGE Knowledge platform.
Presenter(s): Danielle Afdem (SAGE Publications)
Visualizing Library Metrics: An Introduction
Data visualization can make the reporting of statistics more dynamic and digestible to a variety of stakeholders. This hands-on workshop, targeted at beginner and intermediate spreadsheet users, will enable participants to create data visualizations using public services and collections metrics for use in annual reports, internal assessments, and public displays. The workshop will focus on using Google Sheets to create charts and graphs, but instructions will also be provided for using Microsoft Excel, and other visualization tools be briefly discussed. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet.
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Kelly (Loyola)
Enhancing Your Institution’s Language and Cultural Programs through Campus Partnerships
With a significant increase in international diversity, colleges and universities are looking for ways to expand their language-learning initiatives on campus. Southeastern Louisiana University’s “Real-World Ready” initiative promotes learning to at least one foreign language to increase our graduates success in the global workplace. This session describes how the Department of Languages and Communication along with Sims Memorial Library collaborated on reaching that goal through the acquisition of Mango Languages (language-learning software). Outreach and training initiatives as well as assessment to international students and ESL learners will also be discussed.
Presenter(s): Angela Dunnington (SLU)
Fine Tune Your Discovery System
Key control areas within EBSCOadmin will be reviewed to include searching options, databases searched and linking with time for Q&A.
Presenter(s): Lisa Jones
How can I customize my GVRL collection and get better usage
GVRL now features customization options to help your library easily align your eBook collections with your institution’s curriculum and boost usage of your eBooks. This presentation will discuss how to create and integrate custom eBook collections for your institution’s programs and courses, extend the reach of your eBooks with collaborative workflow tools and enhance discovery of your GVRL eBook collections.
Presenter(s): Brett Holmes and Muna Sharif
LIGHTNING TALKS ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Using Trello for Collaborative Project Management
LSU Libraries Technology Initiatives team uses Trello to manage software development and metadata transformation projects. Trello allows for collaborative project management in a highly visual manner. See how the team uses Trello's columns, color coding, checklists, threaded comments, and other features to handle complex library projects.
Presenter(s): Mike Waugh (LSU)
Scope It Out: Managing Project Scope
If your projects finish on time and within budget, give yourself a round of applause and skip this session. If not, this speedy presentation will introduce basic concepts in project management with a focus on controlling scope. We'll discuss how to identify requirements, define scope, and stop the dreaded scope creep.
Presenter(s): Carly Searcy (McNeese)
Managing Student Workers with Project Management Tools
Learn how LOUIS used Asana to keep their two student workers on task and productive.
Presenter(s): Jaime Barrilleaux (LOUIS)
When it Rains, it Pours: Handling a Large Donation after the Flood of 2016
The flood of August 2016 affected many people in Southern Louisiana. Shortly after the flood, Dupre Library received an urgent request to accept a donation of approximately 7000 books and other materials from a house affected by the flood. This presentation discusses how the massive donation was organized and processed, affecting many employees and users of the library. The presentation will also review how academic libraries currently handle large donations.
Presenter(s): Andrea Flockton, Sheryl Curry (ULL)
Affordable Learning Tools for Faculty
LOUIS has launched several tools to support campus affordability initiatives. Come learn about how the EDS Faculty Portal, Find Textbooks Tool, and Sage eBook Collection can support faculty in the selection of low and no cost textbooks.
Presenter(s): Teri Gallaway (LOUIS) and Laurie Philips (Loyola)
Getting the Most from Your New Credo Platform
This summer LOUIS members transitioned from the Literati research platform to an enhanced version of Credo Online Reference Service. This session will introduce members to the new user interface and present several features designed to help students orient to their topic faster, discover background information more efficiently, and explore related concepts and keywords without becoming overwhelmed. Credo Online Reference Service provides the same award-winning content and research tools LOUIS accessed with Literati for years, such as Topic Pages, Mind Maps, and a customizable homepage. Librarians will appreciate the opportunity to see the new platform’s tools and features in action, including LMS or VLE embeddable reference entries, Google Drive integration, and new filtering and permalinking capabilities.
Presenter(s): Lisa Hill
Programming for Fun and Profit: Engaging students, fostering relationships, and promoting your library
Engaging students in an academic library can be tough. Aside from workshops, lectures, and the occasional Open House, students continue to see the library as a place for serious work and study. However, just as we are the “go-to” for serious and stressful, we can also find room for the fun and relaxing. Programming can be a great way to show the libraries fun side while also providing students resources and activities that can make a serious library seem more like home and take the edge off exams. This presentation will discuss programming at LSU Libraries, which include the Relaxation Room and our “De-Stress Study Fest”, and how our attempts at programming can easily be replicated in other libraries for little to no extra cost.
Presenter(s): Randa Lopez Morgan (LSU)
SirsiDynix Product Roadmap, SPPs and Enhancement Process - Partnering with our customers
Updates on our enhancements: SPP - How does it work? How can you help us help you?
Presenter(s): Berit Nelson and Carla Clark (SirsiDynix)
Would You Kindly? : Considering Video Game Collections in Academic Libraries
The presenter will make the case that video games constitute an art form and support the curriculum, and therefore are worthy of inclusion in academic library collections.
Presenter(s): Janelle Zetty (ULL)
Flipping the Leadership Style
We all know that flipping the classroom benefits students by making learning active and requiring students to apply learning effectively. Just as we can flip the classroom to improve student learning outcomes, we can flip our leadership and management styles within our organizations to improve services, provide more opportunities for librarian career development, and to encourage creativity, adaptability, and flexibility in the face of our constantly changing environments. In this presentation, I will describe two leadership models, transactional leadership and transformational leadership. Traditionally, librarians have led and managed their departments and organizations along the transactional model, a model best suited to stable, unchanging working conditions that employs authoritarian “command and control” reward structures for completed work. With changes that have occurred in libraries and higher education during the past thirty years, transactional leadership is no longer the best fit to guide us through our current work environments. Transformational leadership empowers librarians to take radical responsibility and ownership for their work. Transitioning from the transactional model to the transformational model encourages librarians to question legacy assumptions about library work and motivates them to facilitate strategic re-visioning of services and the library’s place within the college or university.
Presenter(s): Cristina Caminita (LSU)
Full Text Finder: HLM - Holdings Management Overview
This session will offer an overview of Holdings Management within EBSCOadmin, used for managing your collection in Full Text Finder, EBSCO’s state-of-the-art publication search service and link resolver. We will review adding and removing titles and packages, managing coverage, adding custom resources, Notes, and management of the link resolver Target links.
Presenter(s): Allyson Zellner
Measuring Openness and Matching Strategy to Support a Cultural Change
Librarians at LSU and UNO are increasingly supporting openness at the university through projects like participation in the Open Textbook Network via LOUIS and the launching of an institutional repository. These tools and services are elements of a broader aim to deepen the culture of openness institution-wide, and there is growing momentum at LSU, UNO, and in Louisiana supporting open. This presentation will use existing data to assess how this strategy aligns with current open practices, attitudes, and infrastructure at the university. Attendees will learn how to assess the open access landscape on their campuses and how these findings can be used to craft a strategy to encourage a cultural change making open a core value.
Presenter(s): Emily Frank (LSU), Jeanne Pavy (UNO)
No single library can hold every item its users may need, so libraries rely on the OCLC resource sharing network to lend and borrow resources locally, in groups, and around the world. We make it easier for libraries to support one another and their users, no matter what resource is requested. Tipasa is a new ILL management system for individual libraries to share and obtain materials through different resources and systems as well as to provide an exceptional experience for the patron. You can meet your users’ needs without heavy IT support, server management or extensive configuration and training. During this session, Tony Melvyn will provide an overview of Tipasa, update you on product development and phases, review some frequently asked questions and present opportunities for you to get involved with the project.
Presenter(s): Tony Melvyn
Teaching with the Louisiana Digital Library
The Louisiana Digital Library recently migrated to a new platform, which has a modern design that showcases the valuable and diverse collections within, making it a great tool for library instruction. This session will highlight the features and collections of the LDL that would be useful for instruction, along with real-world case studies, and suggestions for building lesson plans for digital library materials.
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Kelly ( LOYNO), Cara Key (LSU), Mike Waugh (LSU)
Managing Electronic Subscriptions and Licenses with BLUEcloud ERM
Presenter(s): Adam Viator (SirsiDynix)
Implementing Springshare’s LibApps LTI
LSU Libraries implemented Springshare’s LibApps LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) to simplify how instructors can add LibGuides to their Moodle courses. Find out how we set up the tool, worked with LSU’s Moodle administrator to allow for the use of the powerful LTI Automagic option, and created a unique library landing page. We’ll show off successful examples of its adoption and discuss plans for future use.
Presenter(s): Andrea Hebert (LSU), David Dunaway (LSU)
Making the Most of Your SAGE Premier Renewal
Get a firsthand look at SAGE Video, currently on trial with LOUIS Consortium members, and learn best practices for using the SAGE Video platform. Additionally, if you are in a 2018 SAGE Premier renewal, we will present ways your investment could go even further with one-time purchases, including SAGE Video.
Presenter(s): Marta Kwiatek (Sage Publishing)
A User's View of LOUIS Databases
This presentation reports on a usability study of e-Library and database interfaces on five Unified Work Station computers and its implications for teaching and for interface design. Questions and the sharing of related experiences, including solutions, are welcome.Frustrations are immediate and unpredictable at the reference computers for public use. To document them, a student worker and I did several sample searches in various EBSCO and other LOUIS-provided databases. If, by the date of the presentation, the computers or their software have been changed, it will be partly due to this study.
Presenter(s): Patricia Brown
Academic libraries have never been more successful, but how to express that success in terms of numbers that decision makers and external constituencies understand? We propose the establishment of a small number of easy-to-collect metrics that will communicate our successes in the areas of collection use, information mediation, and facility use. We will invite like-minded Louisiana libraries to experiment in modifying and implementing such numbers.
Presenter(s): Cristina Caminita, Alice Daugherty, Stanley Wilder (LSU)
Assessing and Testing EDS
LSU Libraries launched EDS in 2012 and librarians completed an initial assessment in 2014, using staff and user surveys and search logs to assess perceptions and usability. These findings led to immediate enhancements, and further adjustments have been made to the service during the subsequent years through upgrades and user feedback. In 2017, EDS was reassessed to compare how attitudes and user behaviors have shifted over this period of time. Additionally, the Web Development Librarian led user testing comparing LSU’s EDS with two other academic library discovery systems. These exposed users to variations in search box and result display, including the bento box display and traditional interfiled results display. Insights gained on user perceptions and preferences in search design and results display were used to inform changes to LSU’s EDS. This presentation will discuss the planning and design process for assessing and user testing EDS, the analysis of the resulting data, and the problems identified through these processes.
Presenter(s): Dave Comeaux (LSU), Mike Waugh (LSU), Emily Frank (LSU)
Critically Rethinking Critical Thinking
Current models of Critical Thinking may no longer be fully adequate for tomorrow's workforce. Through the lens of the ACRL Framework, as well as established assessment rubrics, I will suggest new and revised criteria that show undergraduates how to make sound judgments, emphasizing practical critical thinking skills that go beyond the classroom, as well as the risk-taking necessary to keep libraries and Information Literacy relevant in the university curriculum.
Presenter(s): Ben Bell (SLU)
Hits and Misses in Library Programming
The Xavier University of Louisiana Library began a series of cultural and thematic library programs in 2015. These programs were presented in hopes of engaging students in the planning of the programs, collaborating with community members for their sponsorship and/or active participation in the programs, and entertaining the Xavier community. Addressing an identified Xavier community need, librarians hosted library talks, movie nights, short story book club meetings and wikipedia programs that brought students into the library.
Presenter(s): Nancy Hampton (Xavier), Paula Singleton (Xavier)
LCTCS Affordability Initiative and OER Bootcamp
The LCTCS system office offered grants to schools in support of OER and affordability initiatives. This presentation will describe the successful library grant proposals including both eBook and OER projects, a faculty OER Bootcamp, and the plans to assess the overall effectiveness of these initiatives.
Presenter(s): Teri Gallaway, Wendy Johnson, and Tim Stamm
Making Wikis Work For Your Library
The presenter will discuss the wiki format as a way to share information with your fellow librarians, SOWELA’s experience translating its library instruction manuals into a wiki format, and tips for creating a wiki for your own library environment.
Presenter(s): Darren MacLennan (SOWELA)