Nevada Library Association Annual Conference - 2019; November 2-4, 2019

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Sunday, November 3

2:00pm PST

Upgrading Information Literacy in First-year English Composition: Mapping Student Learning Outcomes to the ACRL Framework
In response to the shifting trends of library instruction for first-year English Composition courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, a team from Research & Instructional Services collaborated with the English Department’s Core Writing Program to identify intended learning goals and differentiated outcomes for each course, develop a bank of shared information literacy activities to address those outcomes, and avoid redundancy in information literacy instruction. Working in teams and using recent ENG 101 and ENG 102 syllabi as a starting point, the presenters identified course learning outcomes with information literacy components. From the course outcomes, the presenter's wrote information literacy learning outcomes that were tied to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education and identified or developed activities for each information literacy learning outcome. The presenters will share strategies for mapping student learning outcomes, creating a shared activity bank, designing interactive learning exercises, and marketing newly scaffolded instruction to faculty.

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Rayla Tokarz

Information Literacy Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno
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Tati Mesfin

Instructional Librarian, University of Nevada Reno-Library
Tati Mesfin provides information literacy instruction at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She helps support English Composition faculty and first-year students with their research. Her research interests include peer-assisted learning and reference services.
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Rosalind Bucy

Research & Instruction Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno
Rosalind Bucy is a Research & Instruction Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she supports faculty and students in teaching, learning, and research for the Humanities and Core Writing.

Sunday November 3, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Pyramid Room
Monday, November 4

10:00am PST

Librarians and Researchers on Academic Library Impact: Characteristics and Perspectives
The ACRL Academic Library Impact (ALI) report defines strategic directions of research for the area of academic library impact on student success through six priority areas. These areas were developed through a literature review and interviews with primarily administrators and provosts. This research project seeks to address this limitation by surveying and interviewing librarians and researchers who conduct academic library impact research. We focus on two main questions: 1) What are the characteristics of the population of librarians and researchers who conduct research in this area? and 2) What are the thoughts and perspectives of this group in response to the ALI report? This presentation will discuss the results in order to explore the perspectives and experiences of librarians and researchers, particularly around their experiences conducting library impact research, and compare and contrast the responses between librarians and researchers versus administrators.

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James Cheng

Library Data Analyst, University of Nevada Las Vegas
James has been the Library Data Analyst in the University Libraries since December 2016. Prior to joining UNLV, he was the North Carolina State University Libraries Lois Madden Todd Fellow. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Colorado College and his Master... Read More →

Monday November 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Pyramid Room

2:00pm PST

Building Bridges With Virtual Reality
The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries' @One Digital Media Technology department has been working on a cultural preservation project that includes the scanning and photographing of a portion of the UNR Anthropology Department’s collection of Native American baskets, which are housed in a secured and condition-monitored vault and are rarely seen, handled or interacted with, especially by the public. The scans will comprise a Virtual Reality museum--developed entirely in-house, and both the scans and photographs will comprise a digital collection hosted in the Libraries’ digital asset management system: Islandora. Thus, the delicate and sacred baskets can be digitally seen, researched, and virtually touched and interacted with far more broadly than ever before. A compliment to this will be a documentary highlighting the Native American tradition of basket weaving, featuring interviews of several Native American basket weavers from a variety of Northern Nevada/regional tribes, sharing their feelings/impressions about and experience(s) with the tradition. This project has organically created opportunities to build relationships between the University and a variety of Native communities and individuals throughout the region. Several of these relationships have additionally led to collaborations with said communities/individuals in relation to various aspects of the overall project--one of which includes reuniting interested parties with the baskets housed at UNR. Many Natives who have put on a VR headset and seen the 3D scans of the baskets have been surprised and impressed by how realistic they look, as well as by the fact that they offer a way for this integral part of their culture to be shared with a broader audience, while simultaneously preventing the physical baskets from being damaged and digitally preserving them. The project will be discussed in full detail--genesis, process (workflow, relationship-building, obstacles along the way, reception, lessons learned,) and technical aspects--and those interested will get to put on the VR headset to see the baskets for themselves.

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Luka Starmer

VR Specialist, University of Nevada, Reno
Luka is a VR Specialist on the multimedia team for the @One Digital Media Technology department in the University Libraries. He has a masters degree in interactive journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism where he learned about immersive storytelling and 360 video. Now he... Read More →
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Laura Rocke

Digital Humanities Project Manager, University of Nevada, Reno
Laura was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and received her Master of Arts in History from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), focusing her studies on Early American History, Race and Ethnicity with an emphasis on slavery in Colonial America, and Public History. Currently, she is... Read More →

Monday November 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Topaz Room

3:00pm PST

Sewing Machines in an Academic Library
The recent proliferation of sewing machines on many college campuses across the country highlights cultural currents beyond an interest in crafts. Ideas like “adulting,” “slow fashion,” and the DIY ethos bridge the personal and political, and sewing can be about mending as much as it can be about costuming or finding a mode of personal expression. Students’ research papers occasionally focus on fashion in terms of interdisciplinary social questions. Makerspaces and experiential learning invite students to think about the processes of research and information creation, especially so when they are asked to submit non-traditional projects for class in a variety of formats. Students attending the library’s sewing programs ranged from fully novice to very skilled, which meant many were able to learn from their peers as well as sewists in the community who had been invited to co-host. Several students described links to their grandparents through sewing, which fostered discussions about traditions, skills, and knowledge, and the value of these. Beyond the novelty factor, adding sewing machines to the library is part of a core commitment to connect students with tools and resources. This presentation describes the experiences with adding sewing machines to a university library for both programming and circulation, and documents the process, from initial request to purchase, marketing, and assessment. Ultimately, the experience with sewing machines in this library illuminates the potential interconnections between programming, research and makerspace culture, and student engagement. 

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Catherine Bowers

Reference Librarian, Odum Library, Valdosta State University
Catherine Bowers is a reference librarian and the coordinator of library instruction at Odum Library, Valdosta State University. Part of her job includes teaching Research Methods, and the Information Society, and leading a study abroad to Ireland. In her non-work time, she likes... Read More →

Monday November 4, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Topaz Room