2021 Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference – July 16, 2021

With the support of the Panhandle Library Access Network, we are pleased to present the third annual conference in the Panhandle for academic libraries. The Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference is open to all library staff at no charge. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Our virtual conference is free to all library staff!

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Our theme is Function and Form: Academic Libraries in Motion

KEYNOTE: Ways Out/Ways In: Academic Libraries and the Disruption of Generational Poverty with Tracie D. Hall — Starting with the premise that, along with financial and social capital, education is one of the most formidable vehicles to socio-economic mobility, Tracie Hall, the American Library Association’s tenth executive director, reflects on the educational and social responsibility of post-secondary institutions to end generational poverty and the role that academic libraries can play. This interactive session will share ALA’s learning and actions and also provide attendees a way with a checklist to jumpstart planning.

Tracie D. Hall is the Executive Director of the American Library Association. Prior to her appointment, Hall served as the Director of the Joyce Foundation Culture Program. She also served as Chicago’s Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In libraries, Hall was VP of the Queens Public Library, and Assistant Dean of Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She was also the Director of the Office for Diversity for the American Library Association.

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Breakout Sessions

Breaking Away from the Talking Head Style of Instruction in Zoom with Sarah J. Hammill
Come participate in an interactive library instruction session! Learn from other librarians and test out how to use breakout rooms to engage students. Bring your ideas on how to best keep students interested in learning about the library online. Sarah J. Hammill is the Business & Online Learning Librarian at Florida International University. Her research interests include student engagement, library usability, event planning, and how meditation and yoga can lead to better focus and increased learning.

Controlled Digital Lending with Xuan (Lily) Pang, Peggy Glatthaar, and Alvin Lee
We will talk about the process each of us used to get CDL started at our institutions, defining CDL, and citing legal documents and court cases that support libraries using CDL. Xuan (Lily) Pang has more than 10 year’s professional experience in Access and resource sharing at academic libraries. Lily was appointed as the Head of Access and Resource Sharing Department at George A. Smathers libraries at University of Florida in September 2018. Lily’s role is to support the teaching and research goals of the UF community. Peggy Glatthaar is Head of Customer Services at FGCU. She manages, develops, and evaluate the library’s Customer Service Department, which includes Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Course Reserves. Prior to coming to FGCU Peggy worked at the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. Alvin Lee is an Instructor Librarian at FAMU. Her is responsible for Interlibrary Loan, Scholarly Communications and Copyright. Alvin is a graduate of USF and is currently enrolled in a Post Master’s Certification program at NCCU. Alvin has a passion for libraries and serves on several state committees.

Evidence-Based Practice: The Role and Opportunities for Librarians with Roy Brown
The session will provide strategies that librarians can use to leverage the role evidence-based practice plays in healthcare to become more integrated into the academic and clinical environment that they serve. Roy Brown is a Research and Education Librarian at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He serves as liaison to the nurses of VCU Health and the VCU School of Nursing (SON). As part of this work, Roy serves on VCU Health and SON evidence-based practice (EBP) and research committees.

Framing Library Responses to Faculty Perceptions on Academic Publishing at Florida State University with Renaine Julian, Valerie Boulos, and Scott Schmucker
We had a recent opportunity to participate in an Ithaka S-R study involving faculty interviews about the effect of journal cancellations on their research as well as their perceptions on the academic publishing industry. This session will highlight takeaways from that study as well as next steps for furthering conversations in this area. Renaine Julian is the Director of STEM Libraries at Florida State University Libraries. In this role, he leads a team of science librarians and staff that provide support for STEM scholars across the research and learning life cycles. Renaine has a background in data librarianship in STEM and social sciences disciplines. Valerie Boulos is the Associate Dean for Resource Management & Discovery Services at Florida State University. Valerie has a background in both public and technical services through her years in Florida academic libraries, having worked in Reference, E-Resources,and Collection Management. Scott Schmucker is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Florida State University. Over his 20 year library career he has worked for academic libraries, a statewide library consortium, a state library, and a commercial ILS vendor.

Resources for Homeless Students with Dr. Clarissa West-White and Betty Story-Westlake
Bethune Cookman University librarians will provide an overview of the steps involved in creating the Resources for Homeless Students LibGuide, which includes information per each state and the wide disparity in resources available to students. Betty Story-Westlake has been working at Bethune-Cookman University as a librarian for 10 years. She enjoys working with students and faculty on their research projects. She is passionate about the role of libraries and patrons’ access to information. She attended the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida. Dr. Clarissa West-White has been employed with Bethune-Cookman University since 2014. She was initially an Assistant Professor of English and subsequent department chair in the College of Liberal Arts. Since January 2018, she has served the university as a Research Instructor/Reference Librarian in the Carl S. Swisher Library.

Building Services with Interdepartmental Partnerships – An Examination of a STEM Review Series with Erica Cooper and Joy Enid Wright
This presentation will discuss how FSU began a new academic support initiative with no additional budget allowances or grants. It will cover the development process from idea to implementation plus the revisions made for the relaunch of the program. Erica Cooper is the coordinator of Strozier Library’s late-night STEM tutoring program at FSU. As an undergraduate, she double-majored at FSU in psychology and creative writing, and she worked in both publishing and alternative education before returning to FSU in 2019. She is currently an ISLT Master’s student. Joy Enid Wright is currently the CARE Lab Coordinator at FSU. She graduated from FSU with a Bachelor’s in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Business Management and is pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education. She is a proud Jamaican-American, first generation graduate.

Buying Everything Black: Going Beyond DEI Talk in Collection Development with Mallary Rawls, Adam Beauchamp, and Hannah Menendez
In this session, we will consider ways to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in collection development through an examination of anti-Blackness, anti-racism, and practical strategies to create more inclusive academic library collections. Mallary Rawls is a Humanities Librarian at Florida State University serving as the liaison to African American Studies, International Affairs, English, Middle Eastern Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Mallary’s current research interests include critical pedagogy, critical race theory, vocational awe, and neutrality in libraries. Adam Beauchamp is a Humanities Librarian at Florida State University Libraries serving as liaison to the departments of History, Philosophy, and Religion. Adam’s current research interests include critical pedagogy, ethical assessment and research in libraries, and the historical relationship of archives and libraries to colonialism. Hannah Menendez is a student in the Master of Science in Information program at Florida State University. She is a graduate assistant in the FSU Libraries Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities department.

Access Services and Delivery in Response to COVID-19 with Jeff Hipsher, Cynthia Harley, and Myriam Bilodeau
In this session, we’ll discuss how Access Services and Delivery created a suite of library material retrieval services, including Curbside Delivery, in response to Covid-19, and the positive impact this project had on our departmental identity. Jeff Hipsher is the Service Desk Manager at Strozier Library. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Master of Science in Information, both from Florida State University. Cynthia Harley is the STEM Service Desk Manager at Dirac Science Library and Engineering Library. She has worked in several areas of the FSU Libraries for thirty-two years, assisting many co-workers and scholars. Bremen Hill is the Overnight coordinator for Strozier Library for the past 7 years but has worked with FSU libraries for 13 years. His team manages the circulating technology and keeps circulation and reference services operating throughout the night. Myriam Bilodeau is the Stacks Unit Supervisor for FSU’s Strozier Library where they and their team handle all materials returns, request pulls, and stacks upkeep.

What You Need to Know About Interviewing in Academic Libraries with Michelle Finley
Understanding how to communicate before, during and after the interview is often the key to consideration from a committee. This session will provide attendees insight into the interview process that they should consider when applying for jobs. Michelle Finley was appointed the Head of Circulation and Assistant Librarian at The University of West Florida in January 2020. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies at UWF and enjoys researching human resources in libraries.

Information Versus Knowledge Versus Disinformation: Librarians at the First Line of Offense! with Stephanie Johnson
Take a journey of creation! Information Literacy workshops from North Carolina to Pensacola, and the transition to Zoom. Learn the basic foundations, GLO benefits, and new ways to engage students and faculty alike. A graduate of FSU’s MLIS program, Stephanie Johnson has been the Assistant Archivist at UWF, a librarian at Fayetteville Tech. Community College, and is now a faculty librarian at Pensacola State College. She is passionate about teaching Information Literacy to faculty, students, and anyone else she can get to sit still and listen!

Overcoming Weeding Avoidance: An Ongoing Adventure with Sarah Addison
Join me, an avid collection management maniac, for a laid-back but detailed presentation about the need to weed, hesitancy to weed, the triggers, the process, the goals, the push back, the buy in, and a long-term plan for maintenance. Sarah Addison is a Faculty Librarian at Pensacola State College. She has worked in academic libraries, school libraries, public libraries, gov docs, serials, and she shelved books in college. Though it is usually not even in her job description, she always finds a way to tie collection management to her role and work on it every single day.

Virtual Health Literacy – An Answer in a Pandemic with Jessica Daly
Bringing free access to online health information, services, and health education for patients, family caregivers, and community members is not only a priority but a necessity in order to improve overall health and quality of life during a pandemic. Jessica Daly serves as the Consumer Health Librarian for the Clifford E. Graese Community Health Library. Each day she connects the importance of patient health literacy to over-all health outcomes and quality of life for those in her community. She was recently named the “Hospital Librarian of the Year 2020” by the SC/MLA.


Snakes in the Library: Harvesting Syllabi with Python to Analyze Library Outreach Effectiveness with Josh Camacho and Michelle Finley
How can libraries track instructor engagement with library initiatives, especially regarding Open Education? “Snakes in the Library” documents the use of scripting technologies in combining automation, analysis, and application with library outreach. Josh Camacho is responsible for ensuring that patrons have free, universal access to copies of required undergraduate textbooks at the University of West Florida. His involvement in the Circulation Department with course reserves led to a natural involvement in the Marketing & Outreach Committee, where he works to promote the textbook program. Michelle Finley was appointed Head of Circulation & Assistant Librarian at The University of West Florida in January 2020. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Administration & Leadership Studies at UWF and enjoys all things statistical.

Thoughtful Faculty Outreach with Kellie Sparks
Learn how UWF Libraries leveraged a rise in email usage to create a targeted email campaign. Identifying faculty research interests lead us to increased brand awareness. This session includes details on implementation and compelling messaging. Kellie Sparks is Head of Reference and Evening Reference Librarian at the University of West Florida Libraries. Her research interests include library marketing and branding, social media, and creativity and academic libraries.

Tech Fails Got you Down?: Tips for Improving Your Online Teaching and Video Tool Experience with Sandy Avila and Sarah Norris
This session will explore a variety of online technology tools for use in teaching and learning. The presenters will discuss how to avoid pitfalls and challenges by offering strategies and solutions for tech tool success. Sandy Avila is the Science Librarian in the Research & Information Services Department at UCF Libraries. Her research interests include: emerging technologies in education, online learning, and STEM-related programming and instruction. Sandy handles library instruction, research consultations, and collection development to her assigned departments. Sarah Norris is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries. In this role, she leads the UCF Libraries’ Scholarly Communication and open access efforts, with an emphasis on scholarly publishing and copyright training and education

A Librarian’s Guide to Radical Gatekeeping: Reducing Academic-Driven Harm in Chronically Exploited Communities with Stephanie Birch
Libraries are uniquely positioned as vectors for creating access to people and information. However, information professionals learn to recognize the burden of access on chronically exploited communities and become radical gatekeepers. Stephanie Birch is the African American Studies Librarian at the University of Florida Libraries. Off campus, Birch is also engaged in community-driven Black heritage and preservation work within the greater Gainesville and Alachua County regions, towards the protection and equitable development of the area’s historically Black communities.

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