Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference 2020 (Virtual)

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Date(s) - 07/24/2020
9:30 am CDT - 4:30 pm CDT

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Focus on Libraries: 2020 Vision

With the support of the Panhandle Library Access Network, we are pleased to present the second annual conference in the Panhandle for academic libraries. There is no cost to register for and attend this conference.

Register now for access to the live virtual event and recordings. Links to the live event will be emailed prior to the conference. Links to the recordings will be emailed after the conference.

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Welcome (9:30 a.m. CT / 10:30 a.m. ET)

Keynote (10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET)

Accelerating Cultural Change in Libraries and Archives: When Diversity and Inclusion Are Not Enough — Mark A. Puente, Senior Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Library and archive organizations have been working towards greater diversity for decades, yet the LIS profession remains homogenous with respect to racial/ethnic representation of the workforce, and in representation across many human dimensions. Moreover, the historical, cultural, and scientific canon that libraries and archives collect, describe, and otherwise curate are representative of a limited number of experiences and word views. This session will explore the reasons for this lack of diversity in the profession and make the case for deeper personal and institutional commitments to achieving equity in LIS. Participants will come away from the program better equipped to provide leadership in this arena regardless of one’s professional role or positioning.

Discussion Topics via Zoom (11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon CT / 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET):

  • Continue the Discussion with Mark Puente: Continue the discussion with keynote speaker Mark Puente.
  • Marketing in the Time of COVID, facilitated by Maria Goodspeed: We will have a lively discussion and sharing of ideas for marketing library resources and services within the challenging environment of closures and social distancing. We will also exchange strategies and methods for meeting the needs of students and faculty within the distance learning framework and the most effective ways to make the campus community aware of our services.
  • Gazing into Our Crystal Balls: Library Collections After COVID, facilitated by Valerie Boulos: The past few months have seen major changes to how our patrons access our collections. Print collections are closed to the public, vendors have granted additional electronic access, and interlibrary loan processes are impacted by library closures. In the upcoming year, our collections could additionally be impacted by budget cuts. Let’s get together and visualize what library collections and related processes may look like in the near future.

Lunch Break (12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET)

Breakout Sessions (1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. CT / 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. ET)

Cultivating Shared Vision: Strategies for New Library Leaders — Devin Soper, Mike Siriwardena, Beth Boatright, Brew Schoonover, and Shelly SchmuckerEstablishing a shared vision in a group or team can be a powerful way to increase motivation, improve communication, and promote openness and transparency. It can also be challenging, especially for new library leaders. In this panel presentation, participants will hear different accounts of how new leaders have approached the task of establishing shared vision in a variety of contexts, including building new teams, re-energizing established teams, and changing team cultures.

Devin Soper is the Director of the Office of Digital Research & Scholarship at Florida State University Libraries. His research focuses on the intersections of copyright and digital publishing in higher education, with an emphasis on open access and open educational resources.

Mike Siriwardena is Director of Access Services and Delivery at Florida State University. He oversees the Circulation, Course Reserves, Circulating Technology, General Collection, Mail Services, and Library Express Delivery Service units. His professional focus is staff professional development, project management, and user experience.

Beth Boatright is Director of Service Strategies at FSU Libraries and leads the newly formed Teaching, Learning, and Engagement team. Her current research and professional practice interests include inclusive leadership, best practices for performance evaluation, and integrating a user experience mindset across the library.

Brew Schoonover directs the team of social science, arts & humanities subject librarians. He is the liaison to the Department of Anthropology and either leads or sits on a large number of committees.

Shelly Schmucker currently directs the resource sharing and monographic acquisitions units of the library. She has led numerous, diverse teams in her career, including technical and public services staff teams and managing short and long term projects.

Practical Data Literacy Instruction: Fundamentals for Teaching Any Topic or Tool — Jesse Klein, Ph.D. and Nicholas Ruhs, Ph.D.In this session, the presenters will outline the development and implementation of two successful data literacy workshop series and how what they have learned applies to anyone providing data literacy instruction. After identifying the key factors needed for successful data literacy instruction, presenters and attendees will discuss ways to adapt and apply these fundamentals at any institution.

Jesse Klein, Ph.D., is the Social Sciences Research and Data Librarian at Florida State University Libraries. In addition to conducting various academic research projects, she currently serves as the data librarian for the social sciences and provides reference, instruction, and consultation services to students and faculty across campus.

Dr. Nick Ruhs is the STEM Data and Research Librarian at Florida State University. He leads the development of data services for STEM scholars and provides support for research data management and data literacy. He is the subject librarian for the Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Scientific Computing, and Statistics departments.

A Tale of Silo Busters: Providing Integrated Services through Cross-Departmental Collaboration — Kyung Kim and Velma SmithLibrarians are great with one-on-one service, but “knowledge silos” and other internal barriers can get in the way when users need resources from multiple service areas. Learn the steps FSU librarians took to break down the silos in their institution, coordinate efforts to identify and obtain the materials to support a professor with a major project, and receive national recognition in the process.

Kyung Kim is the Social Sciences Librarian at Florida State University who earned a Ph.D. in Library & Information Science at Rutgers University. She taught at the FSU iSchool for over nine years prior to joining the FSU Libraries. She leads the Doctoral Support Special Interest Group and International Scholars Special Interest Group at the Libraries.

Velma Smith is the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Florida State University who, in addition to collaborating with the Subject Specialist at FSU, is an ALA Ambassador, a member of RUSA’s Education and Training Committee, and serves as a primary contact for International Federation of Library Associations.

Breakout Sessions (2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. CT / 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. ET)

Bullying in the Library Workplace — Amy AnWe tend to think of bullying as a schoolyard problem, but it can rear its head in the workplace… even in libraries. Is your library affected by bullying or other dysfunctional behaviors, and, if so, what are the costs to individuals and the organization? Learn what the literature has to say on workplace dysfunction, how to identify and measure it, and what steps can be taken to correct it.

Amy An teaches information & tech literacy at a Florida public library. Before working in a public library, she worked at the FAU Wimberly Library and taught high school history. She also serves as the discussion group leader for the SEFLIN Security & Privacy Discussion Forum and is a member of the FLA Marketing & Membership committee.

How Remote Graduate Work Can Increase Student Opportunity — Courtney EvansOnline MLIS degree programs offer convenience for students and reduce barriers to our field, but do not provide the opportunities for skill-building and networking available in traditional, in-person programs. How can we as leaders create opportunities for distance learners to gain work experience that prepares them for their library career? This presentation focuses on the daily activities of a remote graduate assistant and the challenges that can arise from working from a distance.

Courtney Evans is a first-year MSI student at Florida State University. She is also a remote STEM Research and Learning Services Graduate Assistant for FSU since Fall 2019 and a part-time library specialist for the Alachua County Library District. She is currently interested in public and academic library partnerships and open science initiatives.

Developing and Assessing Collections for Diversity: A Roundtable Discussion — Melissa Gonzalez and Melissa DavisIn today’s increasingly diverse and multicultural world, it is our duty as librarians in higher education to provide our users with diverse information resources reflecting not only the diversity of our student and faculty populations, but of our academic communities at large. This session will facilitate discussions about the assessment, development, and promotion of diverse library collections, incorporating both college and university perspectives.

Melissa Gonzalez is a Humanities & Social Science Reference Librarian and the Collection Development Coordinator at the University of West Florida.

Melissa Davis is the librarian at Pensacola State College’s Warrington campus, the health science campus.

Breakout Sessions (3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. ET)

Finding a Counter Rhetoric: How Access Services and Delivery Used Critical Librarianship to Improve the Student Worker Program at FSU Libraries — Jeff Hipsher, Cynthia Harley, James Waters, Mike Siriwardena, Mimi Bilodeau, and Eleanor Cleveland: How can you improve your student workers’ morale and performance when increasing pay is not an option? Learn how focusing on “tangible value” and “voluntary participation” instead of increased responsibility helped FSU rethink its methodology for student professional development and learn how these terms can help identify similar opportunities in your own institution.

Jeff Hipsher is the Service Desk Manager at Strozier Library. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing his MSI at FSU’s iSchool.

Cynthia Harley is the STEM Service Desk Manager at Dirac Science Library and Engineering Library. She manages two supervisors, one staff person, and 22 OPS/FWS workers. Cynthia has worked in several areas of the FSU Libraries for 32 years, assisting many co-workers and patrons.

James Waters is the Library Operations Supervisor in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities Department at Strozier Library. He recently graduated with a masters degree in Information Science.

Mike Siriwardena is Director of Access Services and Delivery at Florida State University. He oversees the Circulation, Course Reserves, Circulating Technology, General Collection, Mail Services, and Library Express Delivery Service units. His professional focus is staff professional development, project management, and user experience.

Mimi Bilodeau is the Stacks Unit Supervisor for FSU’s Strozier Library. Her team handles materials returns, request pulls, and stacks upkeep.

Eleanor Cleveland is the Strozier Circulation Library Associate. She worked as an OPS at Strozier for four years, while she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English.

Survey Says… : Effective Survey Design for Evaluation and Research — Dr. Jesse KleinFor surveys to deliver credible and useful data, they need to start with good survey design, piloting, and a strategy for analysis. Based on the presenter’s experience conducting surveys for various projects, this interactive workshop will walk attendees through how to design an effective survey. Through individual and small group activities, demonstration, and discussion, participants will learn how to develop survey questions useful for research and evaluation at their institutions.

Jesse Klein, Ph.D., is the Social Sciences Research and Data Librarian at Florida State University Libraries. In addition to conducting various academic research projects, she currently serves as the data librarian for the social sciences and provides reference, instruction, and consultation services to students and faculty across campus.

Insight is 20/20: Considering Undergraduate Perceptions of Information Literacy to Improve Library Instruction — Hunter MurphyIn the age of “fake news,” student perceptions of the library as a source of information are more important than ever. In this session,  the presenter will describe his research into how students view the library and will share insights on how participants can use this information to improve instruction quality, classroom engagement, and faculty collaboration.

Hunter Murphy is the Engagement and Learning Librarian at Stetson University’s Library, where he teaches information literacy skills and research strategies and works with faculty, students, and staff to develop course-specific instruction sessions and promote the library. He also manages the library’s social media and performs reference services.

Closing Session (4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.. to 5:30 p.m. ET)

We are excited for this second conference and hope you will join us.

Your conference organizing team:

  • Jenni McKnight (Florida State University), conference co-chair
  • David Russell (Gulf Coast State College), conference co-chair
  • Valerie Boulos (Florida State University)
  • Regina Burgess (Panhandle Library Access Network)
  • Melissa Davis (Pensacola State College)
  • Brian Erb (Florida Virtual Campus)
  • Maria Goodspeed (Pensacola State College)
  • Mike Lane (Pensacola State College)
  • Alvin Lee (Florida A&M University)
  • Portia McQueen (Florida A&M University)
  • Michael Meth (Florida State University)
  • Tom Cruz (Florida State University)

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For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.