Curated Learning and Social Media in the Academic Library
By Kristy Bowen and Jennifer Sauzer
Move & Groove Scavenger Hunt
By Lyndsey Carney and Randi Sutter
Taking Your Displays Online with Take 5
By Amy Chellino
Staff Engagement in the Time of COVID
By Lesley Cyrier and Barbara Doerries
Strategies for Planning Virtual Reference Hours
By Alissa Droog and Nestor Osorio
Research with Confidence: A Library Workshop
By Kristin Duffin
Preventing Compassion Fatigue
By Britta Krabill
What the Heck is Blockchain and What Does It Mean for Libraries?
By Matt Matkowski
Reaching Youth and Teens in the Time of COVID-19
By Julia Nephew and Rachel Kaiser
Social Workers Changing Lives
By Jennifer Pride
By Gretchen Schulz
Wine & Words: Hosting an Adult Spelling Bee
By Joel Shoemaker and Dawn Smith
Common Practices Adopted by Access Service Departments in Response to COVID-19
By Bradley Tolppanen
Contactless Print Delivery: Service During a Pandemic
By Cherie Weible and Janelle Sander
Poster Description: Many Sudanese citizens have left Sudan because of the dictatorship that resulted in harsh living situations and the lack of freedom of speech. This historically significant mode became an important element of the 2019 revolution. Scholars expressed how the Sudanese community circumvents the issue of lack of freedom of speech with poetry. Unfortunately, Sudanese poetry is not well represented in libraries located in America compared to Eurocentric poetry. At the same time scholars suggest that the merge of humanities and technology into digital humanities help us understand digital culture. This research identifies the importance of the expansion of awareness of Sudanese poetry in a digital form and how this elevates awareness of freedom of speech needed in Sudan. I used a qualitative analysis to catalog Sudanese poets and their work through a collaboratively developed website creating a Sudanese Poetics Archive. This type of cataloging is crucial to diversify the libraries in America.
Poster Description: While the uses of social media for library marketing and promotion are various, much can also be said of possibilities for library teaching and learning within the campus community, particularly in the Covid-19 era as we rethink programming, exhibits, and virtual learning spaces. Curated learning, which combines traditional instruction with library programming, offers a great framework for thinking about the ways we can use social media as an educational vehicle that engages our community on all fronts. From information literacy and research skills to creative practice and community building, this poster outlines how various social media platforms can serve as bridges not only for engaging your community, but also fostering a multi-modal learning environment that encourages both self and peer directed learning outside the classroom.
Poster Description: In response to COVID-19, all library programs moved to a virtual environment in the spring and summer of 2020. In an effort to engage our preschool patrons and their families, librarians transitioned their traditional in-person story times to a vibrant Zoom format. Move and Groove Scavenger was born! A story time filled with interactive songs, stories, and a scavenger hunt for household items. The result was the creation of a community of joyful learners. Our poster will be a roadmap for others wishing to replicate this program at their institutions.
Poster Description: Learn about a fun, clear and simple way to create virtual displays that will engage your community and promote resources. When our campus closed due to the pandemic, I developed an idea to recreate our traditional displays for an online environment. These virtual displays celebrate important events, monthly commemorations, seasonal stories and more. We call these “Take 5” as each is comprised of 5 categories of resources with 5 items in each. Our support staff have paired up with our librarians to assist in identifying resources to include in these guides. This has been a wonderful way to encourage teamwork while working from home, and at the same time marketing our extensive digital collections to our users.
Poster Description: How do you throw a retirement luncheon for 60 people when it is unsafe to be in a room together? How do you make staff feel like a team when they go from sharing a physical desk to never being in the building at the same time? How can you make work fun when everyone is dealing with the effects of a pandemic on their personal and professional lives? The Addison Public Library's Funshine Committee has found creative ways to answer these questions and engage staff members while following all safety guidelines. From a boxed lunch & zoom retirement party with a quarantined jar of notes to retooling our space to share news and offering virtual engagement, we have found unique solutions to ensure that our staff have a strong sense of community even when they are physically distanced.
Poster Description: This poster will present a case study about how a strategic approach to collecting and analyzing data can be of significant value for advising the library administration on service hours of a critically important activity, such as the virtual reference/chat service of an academic library. We demonstrate how large amounts of data from different sources such as library webpage visitors, activities from subject guide pages, and chat and email transactions can be summarized and presented in a meaningful format. We also show how this data and an environmental scan of peer institution service hours can be leveraged to solicit input from our library colleagues. Although limited to our chat reference service, the findings show that an analysis of this type provides valuable results and has the potential to help make evidence-based recommendations for services hours.
Poster Description: Research with Confidence is a one-hour interactive library workshop based on principles of resilience in the psychology literature and aimed at upperclassmen to advance their research skills. The workshop was publicized to minority students in collaboration with our Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement in order to promote student success. The development of this workshop was supported through the presenter's participation in the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. This project's primary obstacle was recruitment, with just nine participants. Reconsidered as a pilot project, results merit expanded study. All participants increased their self-efficacy in the post- and follow-up assessment. The workshop can be offered as a class session or tailored to the needs of campus groups (e.g., TRIO, student organizations, student athletes). By incorporating simple techniques of resilience training, which are similar to methods we already use in the classroom, academic librarians can better engage students in the learning process.
Poster Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has left many programming librarians scrambling to provide engaging content, activities, and community spaces for their patrons. Thankfully, gamers across the world have years of experience in producing instructional videos and entertaining viewers. Programming librarians can tap into this wealth of knowledge to create virtual activities and foster virtual spaces so their patrons can interact and explore together. This Poster Session will provide a rundown of tools, tips, and tricks for programming and outreach librarians wanting to reach their patrons virtually. Reviewed applications will include Discord, a VoIP application and digital distribution platform often preferred by teens; synchronous collaborative art and gaming applications like Aggie.io and Quizshow.io; and multimedia production tools for creating video content. Recommendations will include options for all budgets. The Poster Session will include discussions on internet security and safety concerns, such as managing Discord filter bots, and navigating conversations with administration.
Poster Description: Tips for preventing emotional burnout in one's staff and steps to take if you see burnout setting in.
Poster Description: Looking for reading programs that can assist patrons with homeschooling or virtual learning? Then this poster is for you! The Illinois State Library's Illinois Center for the Book offers three reading programs -- and one offers a writing component that supports Common Core and National Language Arts and Reading Standards for students in grades 4-12. You'll also find out about two Illinois Reading Council partnership programs that recognize excellent Illinois authors to discover at any age. Come take a peek!
Poster Description: A very basic overview of what blockchain is, how it works, and use cases for the technology in public, academic, and special libraries.
Poster Description: How can public libraries remain relevant in the COVID-19 era? By doing what they have done for decades: reinvent themselves. What can you do when many patrons are too frightened to come to the library or your library limits visitors? The Addison Public Library Teen and Children's Departments are taking their creativity to where the families are in their community with craft and learning kits. By partnering with community organizations, thousands of children are reached and learn that their public library is there for them. This poster will help library staff formulate a plan for outreach to the preschool through teen demographic by including ideas that were popular with patrons along with those that had less engagement.
Poster Description: Our library has started a new program for our community to help with any problems they may have. Such as where to find food, how to get help with housing or just someone to talk to. The poster
gives a basic overview of a much needed service that our library is happy to provide.
Poster Description: Recharge Committee is an independent networking and professional development group that provides free continuing education in the Chicago area to inspire library leaders at all levels.
Poster Description: For the last few years, IPDPL has hosted thrice-annual adult spelling bees as fundraisers for the library, in partnership with a local winery. Staff creates three rounds of spelling lists based on various themes. Players participate in teams from two to six each. Prizes include bottles of wine, wine-related books or other themed items. The library caps registration at 35 due to the small size of the winery which is a number that works well in our rural situation. This result is an inevitable sell-out nearly every time. It is a lot of fun and the library makes some money along the way! We believe this is an effective fundraiser, easily replicable, in which other libraries could find great success!
Poster Desription: During the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, access services departments in academic libraries had to quickly develop and implement new policies and procedures to meet the challenges of providing patron service as their institutions switched to online classes and sent the students home. This poster session will present the commonly implemented practices in access services departments based on the results of an online survey of more than 100 academic libraries from across the United States. These practices include procedures adopted for staffing, fines/due dates, new services for return of materials, quarantine periods, interlibrary loan and reserves, and delivery of materials to patrons.
Poster Description: The ongoing COVID-19 world pandemic has impacted everything we do including how we provide access to patrons for print materials from our library collections for their instructional and research needs. This poster describes the steps undertaken by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's library system in order to provide this access while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines required in our new environment to keep both staff and patrons as safe as possible. Our contactless print delivery system involves the use of lockers and simple steps for the patron to arrive in-person and obtain their materials. We outline the behind-the-scenes workflow that has also changed so that we can manage the check-out process in advance of the patron's arrival, thus making the patron's visit as quick and smooth as possible.