Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference

Date(s) - 07/12/2019
8:30 am CDT - 3:00 pm CDT

Florida Virtual Campus

Note: Time is 8:30 a.m. CT to 3 p.m. CT (9:30 a.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET)

Unable to attend the conference? Most of the sessions for this conference will be livestreamed and recorded.

We are pleased to present the first annual conference in the Panhandle for academic libraries. Our theme is Making Connections, Building Bridges. Libraries have long been places of connections—connections between people, ideas, and the community. Libraries are safe places on campus for students to discover new thoughts and ideas by interacting with fellow students and faculty. The academic library has been called the heart of the university or college, and as the center of the campus connecting learning and human interaction, this statement is as true today as ever.

General Session: Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: Data for Impact and Improvement with Eric Ackermann, Radford University, Chair of the ACRL Project Outcomes for Academic Libraries Task ForceAre you interested in measuring learning outcomes to drive change, make data-informed decisions, and demonstrate the impact of programs and services at your library? Then come to this ACRL-sponsored workshop on implementing outcome measurement using Project Outcome for Academic Libraries. Prior to the workshop we recommend that participants register for Project Outcome, review basic materials in the toolkit, and consider a goal for outcome measurement at their library.

Keynote: FALSC: The Challenges and Opportunities of Academic Library Collaboration in Florida with Brian Erb, Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative

Breakout Sessions:

Collaborating to Align Journal Licensing Practices around Open Principles with Devin Soper of Florida State University: The University of California’s “Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication” is both a compelling example of inter-institutional collaboration and a powerful statement in support of incorporating open principles in journal licensing practices. This roundtable discussion will give participants an opportunity to discuss the Declaration from the perspectives of both collaboration and openness, and to consider the feasibility of facilitating a similar collaboration in Florida.

Collaborative Community Partnerships and DPLA Educational Resources with Krystal Thomas of the Sunshine State Digital Network and Florida State University: Learn more about the Digital Public Library of America and its potential use in library instruction and research. Find out how FSU Libraries and the Sunshine State Digital Network have been working to create community partnerships around digital cultural heritage projects that contribute to the DPLA.

Citation Managers….or “Sigh-tation MyAnger?” Which One of These Is the Best for My Patrons? with Denise A. Wetzel, Jeff Phillips, & Tiffany Davis of Florida State University: This session will be a chance for participants to learn about the FSU Libraries model of introducing citation managers. After a brief introduction, session attendees will then experience the exciting round robin style themselves as the presenters demonstrate the citation manager workshop.

Entrepreneurship Programming: Building a Network of Librarians, Students, and Entrepreneurs with Rebecca M “Missy” Murphey, Min Tong, Sandy Avila, and Buenaventura Basco of University of Central Florida: Four librarians, all liaisons to very different departments, collaborated to plan an event series that serves their common audience: student entrepreneurs. Hear how they connected with other campus units and organizations–and each other–to cooperatively provide programs featuring local entrepreneurs, market research, intellectual property, and business coaches and mentoring.

Coding Virtual Reference Transcripts: A Mixed Methods Approach with Lane Miller, Hakyeong Min, Gwendolyn Pomidor, Sanga Sung, and Jesse Klein of Florida State University: Researching the quality of virtual reference interviews creates many opportunities, including developing training curriculum, revising communication and referral workflows, and improving patron services. This presentation will provide attendees with a demonstration of the tools necessary for analyzing the structure and various attributes of virtual reference transcripts.

Moving Beyond CRAAP: Information Literacy for Students in the Era of Fake News with Chris Levesque of Pensacola State College: This presentation explores the problems posed by common techniques taught in information literacy sessions, and presents alternative techniques to help students and faculty more reliably access high-quality information sources.

Emergency! Collaboratively Responding to Natural Disasters with David Russell and Wendy Dover of Gulf Coast State College: When disaster strikes, librarians join faculty to be Academic EMTs, working together to respond to critical student need for academic resources.

The Role of Librarians in Designing and Implementing Collaborative Educational Programs to Initiate Campus and Community Conversations around Critical Issues with Kelli Herm, Fyiane Nsilo-Swai, Sabrina Dyck, Dr. Edward (Ted) Duggan, and Dr. Andrea Oliver of Tallahassee Community College: TCC Librarians, in collaboration with faculty and local community stakeholders, collaborated on a three-part educational program series that examined the issues of mass incarceration, race, and the American criminal justice system during the fall 2017 and Spring 2019 semesters. Using a multidisciplinary approach, TCC Librarians worked with English, Humanities, and Behavioral and Social Science faculty to develop educational resources (LibGuide, booklist, and library display) to use in teaching about these complex issues within a classroom setting.

Gen-next Research and Next-gen Library Catalogs with Christine Dunleavy of University of South Florida – St. Petersburg: As Florida’s public academic libraries consider a vendor for the new integrated library system, college and university library employees can help and stay connected.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided.

Conference organizing team:

  • Michael Meth (Florida State University), Conference Chair
  • Melissa Davis (Pensacola State College)
  • Mike Lane (Pensacola State College)
  • Alvin Lee (Florida A&M University)
  • Valerie Boulos (Florida State University)
  • Jenni McKnight (Florida State University)
  • David Russell (Gulf Coast State College)
  • Brian Erb (Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative)

Seats are limited, so register now!

We appreciate our sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

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Supporting Sponsors:

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A special thanks to the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative and Florida Virtual Campus for the use of their facilities for this conference.


If the conference is fully booked and you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email Regina Burgess.

Registration is closed for this event.

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.