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Presentation given at the Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association 2018 Annual Conference - Cambridge, Maryland, May 3, 2018,This presentation discussed the on-going e-resources review process implemented at the University of Maryland College Park. The University of Maryland Libraries (UMD), has experienced a static collection budget for over 15 years. In the fall of 2015, the Libraries initiated its first-ever comprehensive e-resources review process to address the current budget situation as well as plan for the future. The process started with a comprehensive database review, evolved into a serials review the following year, and continues to be adapted for each subsequent e-resource review process. The presenters described the process used to develop the review procedures, discussed how decisions were made and communicated, and highlighted the experience of a subject specialist librarian with the process.,
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MARAC Spring 2018 Hershey, PA poster presentation,During the U.S. Civil War, thousands of immigrants served in the military, many receiving pensions upon discharge from service. The Bureau of Pensions kept extensive service records, which are now held at the National Archives and Records Administration, and those records now serve as popular resources for research, particularly genealogical research. However, many soldiers, both immigrants and U.S.-natives, moved overseas, leaving behind a paper trail which can be traced if one knows where to look. This project examines records from four National Archives records groups which document the life of Joseph Eschenlohr, a German-born immigrant to the U.S. who served in the Union army during the Civil War and later returned to his home in Alsace, to examine how linking metadata can help archivists maximize the discoverability of historic records, both to the benefit of the institution and the public.,
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At the Pennsylvania State University Library Annex, staff safety is paramount when working within collection storage areas. Closed to the public, our unit consists of four separate facilities, three of which are unmanned. Thorough training, effective communication and the use of safe practices and safety devices is crucial to keeping everyone safe. A combination of verbal and non-verbal forms of communication ensure all team members are aware of the location of others working within the collection. This includes recorded and/or verbal communication between staff; flashing beacons at the end of each bay to indicate occupancy within a compact shelving bay; barrier tape at the far end of each range within compact storage bays to prevent unsafe entry into the bay by other staff; and sensors at the base of each range to stop the travel of compact shelving if an obstacle is detected. Radios are used to keep staff alert to the condition of others who may be using a lift or otherwise working alone. Well-maintained and appropriately-sized ladders and hydraulic lifts with safety barriers are also used to promote staff safety. Orange vests, safety cones, and teaming up to move heavy book trucks contribute to the safe transfer of additional material to the collection. When an issue arises that compromises safety, a blue-colored cone is located at the site to alert library and maintenance staff as to the location of the problem. Our HelpDesk Ticket system allows library staff to communicate a problem directly to maintenance personnel for evaluation.
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This talk outlined the enterprise Decision Support project at the University of Maryland. This initiative was developed to put data into the hands of individuals who need it to inform their decision making. The project utilizes data from many of the University's transactional systems (e.g., HR, student information, research and grants) to populate warehouses from which BI reporting can be conducted.,Slides from a lightening talk describing the University of Maryland's Decision Support project. Project includes a Tableau implementation, SAS implementation, data modernization in AWS, and data documentation.,
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Poster presented at the MLA & DLA Joint Library Conference, Cambridge, MD, May 2-4, 2018.,As electronic resource collections continue to grow, librarians often struggle with maintaining these growing collections. Librarians need web-scale tools to manage e-resources in a web-scale discovery environment. This poster presents two tools I use to help manage e-resources. The first is a Ruby script originally developed by Kristina Spurgin, the E-Resource Access Checker. In the poster, I discuss how I use this tool and have developed the code further to meet my needs. The second tool is a Python script I have been developing which uses the OCLC WorldCat Search API to harvest metadata to supplement publisher provided metadata in our e-resource management tool, OCLC Collection Manager.,
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Technology to provide access to research literature in the sciences is evolving at the same rapid pace as most information technology innovations. Once the domain of a few specialized databases, much research literature is now covered by broad, multidisciplinary databases. In this changing landscape, how do researchers and librarians know which existing and new tools best serve information needs? A study to determine the most comprehensive database(s) for agricultural literature searching, in terms of the scope of agricultural subject content provided by each database, was developed to help answer this question for the agricultural and related sciences. We compared eight databases that cover a sample set of agricultural research literature for a range of agricultural sub-topics to determine how much overlap exists and which database(s) best support discovery of agricultural research literature. We found that the multidisciplinary databases provided the most comprehensive coverage, but also that one of the agriculture subject specific databases matched the coverage provided by the multidisciplinary databases. In addition to comparing the subject coverage of each database, we explored data visualizations tools developed for other disciplines to determine if they could be used to display associations between the eight databases. A couple network visualizations tools including Cytoscape, helped produce figures to illustrate the connections between the sample set of literature and each database, as well the databases relative to each other. This study will help researchers and librarians determine where to invest their effort when looking to find agricultural research content.
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Presentation to ReThink It! 2018 conference, January 8-10, 2018, at the University of Texas, Austin, TX,Since mid-2012, the division of Public Services at the University of Maryland Libraries has been involved in an ongoing experiment in the way the Libraries’ primary services are led and managed. The speakers, representing two of four directors in the division of Public Services, manage the vast majority of the division’s librarians and support staff and some of its most important collections and services, including reference and research assistance, library instruction, access services, learning and research commons, makerspace, and more. The past five years have brought substantial reorganizations of staffing, collections, spaces, and services, to improve Libraries services to our users, and to position the Libraries and its staff for the future. These changes, based on carefully collected data and assessment, include: - Merging reference and circulation service points - Implementing new chat and virtual reference services - Re-defining the role of librarians and staff, and adjusting responsibilities and workloads - Shifting from a collection-centric to service-centric model - Staff development and training These changes have required the speakers to move toward deeper collaboration, even co-managing, units which are typically separate (and, in some libraries, antagonistic toward one another.) Communication has been key to these efforts, as has a willingness to put aside old divisions and ways of doing things and to think about the best way to design and deliver future-oriented library services. This presentation will explore the speaker’s experience with co-managing public services in a large academic library. It will cover some of the successes and failures as a way to highlight best practices and potential pitfalls of collaboration across units to create the next generation of library services.,
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The BagIt structure, the Bagger GUI tool, and BagIt.py Python library are free and easy-to-use tools that can help your repository establish and verify fixity for born-digital archives.,The BagIt structure, the Bagger GUI tool, and BagIt.py Python library are free and easy-to-use tools that can help your repository establish and verify fixity for born-digital archives.,
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The goal of this round table discussion is to share ideas and experiences with different shelving techniques. By drawing on the experiences of people from many different institutions and storage facilities, participants can hear about practices that were put into place, and how these may have evolved to better store different materials. Questions will revolve around how needs for the majority of the collection has expanded or changed. This will include location naming conventions in item records; environmental storage (including cool or cold storage); unique materials storage containers and strategies (oversize items, archival boxes, picture hanging storage, microfilm/microfiche cabinets); and rarity or security needs of specific collection materials. In our conversation, it is my hope that we can share our various successes and why they worked, as well as problems we encountered and their solutions so that others may not make the same mistakes. This will create a welcoming space for people to reflect on their own work in off-site storage facilities and to take others’ experiences to assist as they problem solve any projects or complications in the future.
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This poster will discuss librarians’ experiences to increase student engagement and learning in one-shot library instruction classes. Kahoot!, an open source game-based learning platform, was used to reinforce concepts taught during undergraduate classes and to assess student learning. Feedback from student responses indicate that they valued this exercise.
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