CRD SPRING PROGRAM
Open and Shut: The Case for OA in Libraries
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Expanded Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios
“Benefits and Implementation of Open Access Policies” with Sue Kriegsman
Open-access (OA) literature is defined by Peter Suber as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.”
Sue will describe Harvard University’s experience with open access, making scholarly information freely available to all, and the benefits to faculty. She will discuss the elements of an open access policy, the critical step of engaging stakeholders, and implementation options. There will be time for discussion after the presentation.
Sue Kriegsman is the Program Manager for the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication. She identifies and implements ways for Harvard to open, share, and preserve scholarship. Sue has worked at Harvard since 2001 on a variety of digital initiatives such as the Harvard-Google book digitization project as the Project Manager. She also manages the Harvard Library Lab that is an internal grant program to create lightweight, open, and scalable projects bringing innovation to the Library. Prior to Harvard, she was the Project Manager for the Colorado Digitization Project.
“Open Access: Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Here?” with Tom Reinsfelder & John Barnett
Open access to scholarship has been gaining momentum for well over a decade. As academic librarians, we have an opportunity to educate others about open access publishing and advocate for the best interests of our libraries, our institutions, and our researchers. The presenters will describe past situations and actions that have led to current conditions and practices, highlighting recent developments in open access publishing, policy, and legislation. Whether new to the idea of open access or if one has been following the movement for many years, it is critical to keep up with the frequent and often dramatic developments. Participants will learn more about open access, past and present, and will gain knowledge and resources to better support faculty and students at their institutions.
John Barnett is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently Co-Editor of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal, sponsored by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association. He earned his MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Tom Reinsfelder is the Reference & Instruction Librarian at Penn State Mont Alto. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal, sponsored by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association. He earned his MSLS from Clarion University, and his PhD from Indiana University of PA. His dissertation research explored aspects of open access to scholarly research.
“The Library as Publisher” with Timothy Deliyannides & Lauren Collister
Academic libraries are increasingly investing in new efforts to support their research and teaching faculty in the activities they care about most. Learn why becoming a publisher can help meet the most fundamental needs of your research community and at the same time can help transform today’s inflationary cost model for serials. Using the 35 peer-reviewed journals published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh as a case study, we will explore not only why to become a publisher but exactly how to achieve it, step by step, including careful selection of publishing partners, choosing the right platform for manuscript submission and editorial workflow management, one-time processes to launch a new journal, conducting peer reviews, maintaining academic quality, and measuring impact. We will close with a review of tools, services, and communities of support to nurture the new library publishing venture.
Lauren B. Collister, Ph.D., is the Electronic Publications Associate for the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 35 e-journals published by the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the 45 e-journals hosted by Scholarly Exchange. She works daily with editors and journal managers to navigate the publishing world, including software training, workflow consultation, and technical and editorial support. Lauren comes from an academic research and teaching background, receiving her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, and is the author of several journal articles, book chapters, and conference publications. As part of her academic life, she has been on the author, reviewer, and editor side of the journal publishing process. She is an open access and electronic freedom advocate. You can find her on Twitter at @parnopaeus.
Timothy S. Deliyannides, MSIS. As Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head of Information Technology, Tim Deliyannides is responsible for the extensive electronic publishing initiatives of the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. With over 25 years’ experience in library information technology, Tim has spent the last decade working with academic units and scholarly associations to promote Open Access to research and to help transform models of scholarly publishing. Tim oversees a number of author self-archiving repositories for research materials including 35 peer reviewed journals and six subject-based repositories, as well as conference proceedings, electronic theses and dissertations, pre-print publications, and other ‘grey literature’ such as white papers and technical reports. He is the current Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), the world’s leading developer of open source journal publishing software.
“Paving the way for Open Access” with George Aulisio
In this presentation, the speaker will discuss the trials and tribulations of starting an Open Access policy at a small liberal arts college. The speaker will share his outreach experiences, responses from campus governing bodies, results of an on campus survey that tested faculty awareness and understanding of Open Access, and the next steps for Open Access on his campus.
George Aulisio is Assistant Professor, Public Services librarian, and Outreach Coordinator for The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library. He has a Philosophy B.A. from Bloomsburg University, a Library and Information Science M.S. from Drexel University, a Philosophy and Metaphysics M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he will be entering the Philosophy PhD program at Temple University in Fall 2014. His library research interests revolve around Copyright, Open Access, Professional Ethics, and Sustainability.
“If you build it, they will come (if you invite them thoughtfully): Institutional Repositories in Academic Libraries” with Eric Jeitner & Janelle Wertzberger
The road to a successful institutional repository is a long and involved one – so where would an interested library begin? What are some important initial considerations? What options exist for repository platforms? Eric Jeitner will discuss some of those considerations, as well as the methodology used to decide on the staging for Arcadia University’s ScholarWorks repository.
After picking a platform, decisions must be made about what work belongs in your IR, and why? How can librarians build campus awareness about open access? Who should be promoting your IR? Janelle Wertzberger will talk about the education and outreach efforts that contributed to early and broad participation by faculty and student authors at Gettysburg College. Less than two years after Gettysburg College launched its institutional repository, The Cupola contains over 1,100 items.
Janelle Wertzberger is the Director of Reference & Instruction and has worked in information literacy instruction and reference since 1997. Her professional interests also include open access scholarship. She manages Gettysburg College’s institutional repository, The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College. In addition to working in partnership with students and faculty, she regularly designs and implements public programs designed to support curricular inquiry, encourage critical thinking, and enliven the imagination.
Eric Jeitner works as the User Experience Librarian at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is interested in the roles that libraries can play in open access, emerging technology, usability, and social justice.
Be sure to REGISTER before May 23!
Librarians Creating Infographics:
Make Boring Information Fun! Impress Students & Faculty!
March 14, 1:00pm EDT
by Rebecca Hodson, Librarian at Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, IL
Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. Librarians are uniquely poised to be leaders in understanding, creating, and using infographics, as they are closely tied to information, visual, and digital literacies. In this workshop you will become a master of infographics: learn what distinguishes a great infographic from a bad one, why a library would use or make them, and how to create them using Piktochart, a free online tool.
There are two things you can do before the webinar to get a jump start:
- Create an account ahead of time – go to Piktochart and either log in via Facebook or Google, or create an account.
- If you have a project or idea already in mind, have your data available as a Google Spreadsheet or Excel document and you can upload it on the spot!
Rebecca Hodson is a librarian at Kishwaukee Community College located in Malta, IL – 75 miles west of Chicago. She is part of the reference team there and coordinates all programs, events and displays for the library. Her favorite thing about libraries is working with people and always learning new things. She received her MSLIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science from Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May of 2013.
Please register at the following link: http://goo.gl/Euv6Ew
- To test your computer in advance (recommended):
- To run the Adobe Connect Meeting Connection Diagnostic at
- To join the live program, please direct your web browser to: http://meet30727816.adobeconnect.com/infographics/
- Enter as a “guest,” providing your name OR your library’s name and the number of participants if attending as a group (example: Jane Doe OR School Campus Library – 6), as this will simply help us get an accurate count of attendance.
- To troubleshoot audio problems in Adobe Connect by going to Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard (top left corner)
- Any additional questions may be asked via the Chat box.
- For this program, participants will need speakers to hear the presenter speaking, but will not need any additional audio equipment. Participants may ask questions via the Chat box; moderators will monitor the Chat box and facilitate question and response.
- A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members and program registrants following the program.
If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: http://goo.gl/4urXl . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)
Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!
by Jill Hallam-Miller, February 21, 2014
The Connect & Communicate Series of online programming offered by the PaLA College & Research Division aims to help foster a community of academic librarians in Pennsylvania. We hope you will find our programming thought-provoking, informative, and timely.
The 2014 PaLA Conference Program Committee is now accepting conference session proposals for the 2014 conference, PA Libraries: Marketplace of Ideas. The conference will take place September 28 through October 1, 2014 at the Lancaster County Convention Center/Lancaster Marriott. If you are, or know someone that is, an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to librarians, we invite you to submit a proposal for a session.
While all program submissions will be considered, the Program Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals on topics suggested by previous PaLA conference attendees:
Please note that the individual suggestions can be viewed beginning on page 3 of this document.
All proposals should be submitted via the online program proposal link. For a working copy of the form, or to view the questions in advance of submission, a PDF of the form is available for download. The link to both the online form and PDF are available on the Annual Conference Page of the PaLA website.
The deadline for proposals is Sunday, April 6, 2014. The program committee will notify all submitters regarding the acceptance of their proposal(s) in early May. Poster session proposals will be solicited in mid-April through mid-May.
Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals, we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries!
The Pennsylvania Library Association is proud to introduce the “PA Forward Speak Up! Authors & Illustrators Speak Up for PA Libraries” initiative for Thursday, November 6, 2014. This initiative places Pennsylvania authors and illustrators in the spotlight, increasing support for libraries everywhere.
PA Forward Speak Up will match participating PA authors and illustrators with libraries to do programs in which they speak about the importance and personal impact of libraries and present a program related to their work. The program could take a variety of forms, depending on the capabilities of the authors and illustrators and the program interests of the library: it could be a reading, a lecture about the topic of the book, a demonstration (examples: cooking demonstration by a cookbook author), a presentation of writing/illustrating tips, a talk about their career, etc.)
If you are interested in participating please link to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/speakuppart and complete all information. We will attempt to match as many authors/illustrators with libraries as possible.
As a partner, your involvement can help fuel the dialogue on Pennsylvania libraries and the key role these institutions play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our state.
By participating in Speak Up! Your library agrees to advertise and evaluate the program, provide a location, refreshments and any technology equipment for the author/illustrator. Program must be free and open to the public.
Book sales are authorized. Autographs will be up to the author/illustrator. Speak Up! will not be coordinating bulk purchases for titles.
Speak Up! will attempt to match your library with an author/illustrator and will provide marketing assistance with press releases and flyers.
If you have any questions, please contact Margie Stern at 610-891-8622 or email@example.com.
In the December 28 post, Reflecting on the Standards, we read about a special issue of Communications in Information Literacy that examines the proposed changes to the ACRL Information Literacy Standards. Taking place in parallel to the work ACRL is doing on the Information Literacy Standards, the Middle States Commission of Higher Education has also spent the past year reviewing their current accreditation standards and have developed proposed new standards.
One of their guiding principles during this revision process focuses on the ‘Student Learning Experience’. In particular, as quoted from their guiding principles document:
The standards should ensure that institutions of higher education succeed in educating students and providing them with the skills and competencies they need for personal success, including employment and lifelong learning.
As librarians, the work that we do, the services we provide, and the resources we purchase are all centered on enhancing the students’ learning experience. Just as it is important that we are knowledgeable of and support the Information Literacy Standards of ACRL, we should also be aware of other standards that reflect the work we do at our institutions.
Middle States is working to simplify the current standards, Characteristics of Excellence. They are reducing the number of standards from 14 to 7, stating their intent is to eliminate redundancies while maintaining the overall focus of the standards. Middle States is inviting review of the initial draft as well as comments on this draft. With ACRL currently drafting new Information Literacy Competencies, this comes at an ideal time.
Please review the Middle States press announcement, which includes links to the proposed standards as well as an area for comments:
Should the above link not work, here is a direct link to the proposed revision: http://www.msche.org/documents/characteristicsdraft120913.pdf
Comments can be shared with Middle States by January 31: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CHXRevisions2013
Middle States will also be hosting various Town Halls later this year. Those dates and locations are also listed in the above press announcement link.
Last month, the Huffington Post Canada featured a post by Teacher/Blogger Lori Gard, asking readers to reflect on what they “remember most” about their teachers. Although her discussion is directed at a more traditional teacher student relationship, the topic begs the question – when our students look back at their experiences in the library, what will they remember most about librarians? Will they remember Boolean operators and advanced search strategies? Interlibrary loan or express printing stations? Perhaps. Or, at least we hope! But they will certainly remember the person that took the time to help answer their questions and made them feel heard.
As we begin our spring semesters and commence the inevitable instruction sessions and references exchanges, perhaps it might do us well to take a moment to reflect on Lori’s advice. “Because we want our students to think we’re the very best at what we do and we believe that this status of excellence is achieved merely by doing. But we forget – and often. Excellence is more readily attained by being. Being available. Being kind. Being compassionate.Being transparent. Being real.Being thoughtful.Being ourselves.”
This spring, how will you be?
Image c/o Washing State Libraries and Aaron J. Louie
Communications in Information Literacy has just published “Reflecting on the Standards,” a special issue examining the proposed changes to the ACRL Information Literacy Standards. The scope and range of authors and topics selected by issue editor Robert Schroeder is amazing. As Schroeder notes in his editorial:
This special issue of CIL does not consist of a single comprehensive program or plan to revise the Standards; instead, it includes a wide range of worthy and provocative ideas from our colleagues in the information literacy community. Some contributors to this issue have written extensively about information literacy in the past, and some may be new to readers. Some of the contributed ideas dovetail nicely, while other suggestions are mutually exclusive.
In this issue, readers will be introduced to the ways in which the information search process and threshold concepts might inform new standards. Readers will see how metaliteracy, digital literacy, and e-science intersect with information literacy; they will learn what the British models of information literacy and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner might add to the conversation. Readers will also find articles that look at the Standards in the larger contexts of assessment, politics, values, or marketing. In addition, readers will encounter authors who advise caution with any revision of the Standards.
I was delighted to see the article by Ellysa Cahoy Stern, Craig Gibson, and Trudi Jacobson, titled “Moving Forward: A Discussion on the Revision of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education” — really a transcript of their discussion that took place at the first PA Forward Information Literacy Summit held at the Pennsylvania State University July 24, 2013 (and which I moderated). Cahoy, past chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards Committee, and the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards Review Task Force, and Gibson and Jacobson, current co-chairs of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Revision Task Force, discussed the process by which the Standards came to be under review, some of the issues involved in the review, and the time line for the review and librarian feedback and comment on the process. Their articles provides essential background and context for the impending changes.
I am planning on thoroughly reading (and reflecting on) the entire issue. Schroeder has selected a very balanced group of articles, presenting some legitimate concerns and critiques as well as positive aspects about the changes to the ACRL standards. The abstract for Heidi Jacobs’ article, “Minding the Gaps: Exploring the Space Between Vision and Assessment in Information Literacy Work” sums up the opportunity/threat we are facing:
Regardless of what the review yields, the [revision] process is an excellent opportunity for us to think broadly and creatively about the Standards and to remember that they are not a fixed set of rules but a malleable and evolving document. Asking questions about the practical, pedagogical, and theoretical implications of the Standards and considering alternative approaches will yield engaging, fruitful, and necessary conversations not only about the teaching of information literacy but about our role as librarians within the educational mandates of our institutions.