Mar 16 2017

Assessing Library Space: A Framework for Getting Started [video]

On March 8, 2017, the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee sponsored an online program discussing frameworks for assessing user space, major considerations in doing so, and their experiences assessing and redesigning library space. Below is the video of this program. For more information about the program, please send questions & inquiries to Jason Martin (Jason.martin@mtsu.edu).

ALA ACRL. 2017. ACRL ULS Assessing Library Space: A Framework for Getting Started. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tstagquBio&feature=youtu.be.

Feb 24 2017

2017 ULS-Sponsored Emerging Leader: Lorelei Rutledge

Lorelei Rutledge is this year’s ULS-sponsored American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader. The Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program for no more than 50 newer library workers a year that provides participants with the opportunity to work with a team to complete a 6-month project proposed by an ALA unit. Each project team will present the results of their project in a poster session at the ALA Annual Conference.

Read this interview to learn more about Lorelei and her experience in the Emerging Leaders program so far.

1. Tell us about your current position. What do you enjoy the most about it?

Picture of Lorelei RutledgeI am a Faculty Services librarian at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. I liaise with the Center for Disability Access, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ethnic Studies, Family and Consumer Studies, and Nutrition. I think the thing I enjoy the most is supervising our resident librarians—they come for two years to gain some experience in academic libraries. I love hearing their creative ideas and getting to know them.

 

2. Why did you decide to apply for the Emerging Leaders program?

I wanted to be a part of the Emerging Leaders program so that I could network with and learn from all of the people involved. I would also love to be involved in national service, and participating in the EL program seemed like a great way to learn more about how to do that.

3. How has your Emerging Leaders experience been so far? What project are you working on?

It has been really wonderful—I really enjoyed attending Midwinter and meeting my team, and I am really looking forward to working with them. Our project is to work with the Learning Roundtable to help them revitalize a past program that pairs people who have had conference presentations accepted with reviewers who can help them improve those presentations. I think it is a great service.

4. Where do you see your career going from here?

I would like to continue to grow and eventually take on more leadership roles, either formally in a management position or informally through service to the library community.

5. Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I absolutely love sloths! I think they are one of the cutest members of the animal kingdom. For my last birthday, I splurged on a program where I got to spend a full night hanging out with sloths and feeding them treats.

Sloth picture

 


Feb 21 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Secretary: Emily Frigo

Emily Frigo is one of two candidates this year for ULS Secretary. She is the Instructional Services, First Year Initiatives Coordinator at Grand Valley State University. Read this interview to learn more about Emily and what her goals would be if elected as Secretary.

1. Tell us about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

I double majored in Art History and Italian, and I always thought I would go for a masters in art history.  My mom actually made an offhand comment that led me to consider librarianship.  It took me awhile to appreciate that being curious about many things rather than having one overriding passion was a strength.

 

Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Michigan to be a liaison librarian Grand Valley State University over ten years ago.  I am now the First Year Initiatives Coordinator with an eye towards the library’s engagement and support of new students.  This year, I have taken on the additional role as our Designated Unit Head for Library Personnel Actions and facilitate the contract renewal process within our unit.

2. How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

I have been involved with the ULS Academic Outreach Committee from 2014 to 2016.  I joined a dynamic group and I was thrilled by how quickly our virtual discussions built community.  I became interested in ULS for it comprehensive focus as well as its reputation for inclusiveness and engaged members.  I am still curious by a wide many things: student success, tenure/promotion criteria, information literacy, or creating professional development opportunities to name a few.  I would welcome the opportunity to bring these interests together in my work on ULS.

3. In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we’re seeing in university libraries?

Change and transition are some themes.  Declining student enrollment is a hot topic in Michigan and many other states.  Rather than view this as a budgetary concern, how do we turn this into a reinvigorated focus on student success initiatives?   Inclusiveness in all senses of the word is timely as well.  Student demographics are changing and our roles as librarians are changing.  How do we build a sustainable and accessible collection?  In the current climate, how do we communicate and uphold our professional values?

4. What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

I would facilitate as well as lead.  I would look at recommendations from current/past committee leaders.  I also hope to focus on committee member engagement, community building, and creating professional development opportunities.

5. Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

In my mind, staying relevant means checking in with the community you serve, continuing to ask questions, and being willing to change when needed.  I would also like to ask committee members about future directions and ensure that we have the proper infrastructure to support ongoing work.  Just like our profession, the higher education landscape is rapidly evolving, and we need to be cognizant of these changes so we can actively engage and have a progressive response rather than letting it chase us.

6. Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I am a closet singer.  I sing in the car and to my two children.


Feb 17 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Member-at-Large: Bruce Henson

Bruce Henson is one of three candidates this year for ULS Member-at-Large. He is the Associate Dean of Research and Learning Services at Georgia Institute of Technology Library. Read this interview to learn more about Bruce and what his goals would be if elected as Member-at-Large.

Tell us more about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

I received my MLS in May 1997 and began my librarian career at the Georgia Tech Library in February 1998 as a Reference Librarian. I am currently the Associate Dean for Learning and Research Services at Georgia Tech Library. I originally planned to stay only three years at Georgia Tech and have chosen to stay because of the opportunities to participate in an always evolving research library, which has had an environment of experimentation. Becoming a librarian was a mid-life career change—I worked for over a decade as an Audio-Visual Technician at a community college library (when AV meant filmstrips and 16mm films), during which time I earned a BA and decided to pursue an MLS.

How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

I’ve been a ULS member since the beginning of my librarian career in 1998, when a mentor helped guide me to a committee membership on the ULS Communications Membership Committee. I subsequently served as Co-chair of the ULS Communications Committee from 2000-2002, Chair of the ULS Membership Committee from 2002-2006 (which was a brand new committee), ULS Member at Large from 2005 – 2008, and as a member of the ULS Program Committee (2002-2003), ULS Nominating Committee (2008 – 2009) and ULS 2010 Program Planning Committee (2008 – 2010). I was attracted to the section because of the opportunities to network and learn, and because people in the section were very willing to mentor me.

In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we are seeing in university libraries?

A fascinating project that I’m involved with is the reimagining of the Georgia Tech Library, including the complete renovation of buildings, a new organization and infrastructure, and redesigning services for the 21st century research library. Part of the project is to create a library online presence that is as good as or better than the library’s physical presence.

4. What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

To maximize university libraries sharing information and best practices on how to best serve our users and redefine our services and resources. ULS. To serve as a place for networking and mentoring and learning.

Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

As the largest ACRL section, ULS has the potential to serve as a valuable source of professional development and information sharing and discussion. Because of its size, being relevant to all members is a challenge, which can be addressed by ULS continuing to be adaptable to its members’ needs, as it has in recent years in the areas of committee membership.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I read about 200 books a year, fiction and non-fiction and am an avid fan of movies and film history.

Read our interviews with the other candidates for ULS Member-at-Large, Nancy Garmer: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-member-at-large-nancy-garmer/ and Ryan Litsey: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-member-at-large-ryan-litsey/


Feb 17 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Member-at-Large: Ryan Litsey

Ryan Litsey is one of three candidates this year for ULS Member-at-Large. He is an Associate Librarian at Texas Tech University Libraries. Read this interview to learn more about Ryan and what his goals would be if elected as Member-at-Large.

Tell us more about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

I was a doctoral student for a time when I got my first job in an academic library. While I was unsuccessful in doctoral school, I did realize while working the potential for helping students of all varieties achieve their academic mission through the library. The desire to help is what lead me to Library school and eventually to my current position as a member of the Texas Tech University Libraries

How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

I am a relative new comer to ULS. What attracted me to the ULS section is the ability to connect with other academic librarians who have similar goals and ambitions for helping students. As a current student of Student Development theory I am also interested in learning more from my colleagues about college student development and the role the academic library plays. Even though I am a newcomer to ULS, I am not without experience in ALA committees. I am a very active participant in RUSA/STARS given my role as the head of Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan.

In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we are seeing in university libraries?

I think the current climate of multivariate methods of assessment are very interesting to me. I am also very intrigued about new technologies that can help student access the library as well as gain access to materials and resources previously unavailable, like 3D objects, and makerspaces

What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

My goals are two fold

First, I think there should be a continued examination of methodologies of assessment. Assessment is a best way to understand our users and their expectations. I think that all of the sections can contribute meaningfully to ideas and methods assessment. Given the variety of methods of assessment and student expectations I think now is a very interesting time when we consider how we understand what our students want and expect from the library

Second, libraries should invest more in library-developed technologies. In times of shrinking budgets and increasingly mainstreamed and often expensive services, it would behoove libraries to examine ways they can develop technologies that meet their unique needs in house.

Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

The future for ULS for me is also two-fold.

First, access to new resources. The expectations student bring to the contemporary academic library have been informed by the technology they have access to and often use personally. These technologies have changed what students view as resources that can be supplied by the library. A library at is core is a place where students and faculty can gain access to items they cannot access on their own. To that end, the academic library needs to take on the challenge of developing and providing new types of resources. We have already seen this happened, with smart boards, augmented reality, 3D printing, virtual reality, etc. Each of these technologies helps transform the learning experience.

Second, using cutting edge technological advances libraries can deploy the copious amounts of information they collect on a daily basis to transform the ways in which the library can help students. Using technologies like, predictive analytics, machine learning and anticipatory commerce, libraries can fundamentally alter and improve the interaction between the library and the library patron.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

In my free time I use my librarian skills to collect, restore and play vintage videogames from the original 1984 NES era. I have over 1500 videogames in a room in my house.

Read our interviews with the other candidates for ULS Member-at-Large, Nancy Garmer: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-member-at-large-nancy-garmer/ and Bruce Henson: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-member-at-large-bruce-henson/


Feb 17 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Member-at-Large: Nancy Garmer

Nancy Garmer is one of three candidates this year for ULS Member-at-Large. She is the Acting Assistant Dean of User Experience and Learning at Florida Institute of Technology. Read this interview to learn more about Nancy and what her goals would be if elected as Member-at-Large.

nancy garmerTell us more about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

I worked in the Brevard County Public Library system for ten years before accepting a job at Florida Institute of Technology as the head of Public Services. User experience and adult services are my areas of expertise and my transition to the academic environment has been transformative in terms of the expansiveness of user experience opportunities at this STEM research university.

How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

When I joined ACRL two years ago, I was looking for a way to reach out to the professional academic librarian community. I gathered, correctly, that the listserv and committees would provide a dynamic exchange of information to help shape my understanding of academic libraries and fuel my growth as an academic librarian.

In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we are seeing in university libraries?

The Library’s role in student success is a pressing one. I currently sit on two subcommittees to support Library involvement in meeting student needs and enhancing retention and graduation rates. I also believe the pursuit of Open Access as a new model for scholarly publishing and OER are trends that will drive the future of libraries.

What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

I would like to see ULS embrace sustainability issues as an integral goal of university librarianship. Social responsibility, civic engagement and outreach to international students are all necessary components of a growing, global community of which the Library plays a central role. I think these goals should be central to the ULS Committee on the Future of University Libraries.

Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

Libraries inherently change and evolve and I think relevancy is no longer an issue. As professionals, librarians are continuously embracing new frameworks, strategies, technologies and spaces to support evolving learning models and digital scholarship. The members of ULS, the largest section of ACRL, will carry ULS into the future.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I was a caretaker for properties on an island in the Caribbean for a year and in the North Atlantic for two years before moving to Melbourne, Florida. I then served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for a year which provided the impetus and stipend for my MLIS. Thank you for considering me!

Read our interviews with the other candidates for ULS Member-at-Large, Bruce Henson: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-member-at-large-bruce-henson/ and Ryan Litsey: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-member-at-large-ryan-litsey/


Feb 15 2017

Assessing Library Space: A Framework for Getting Started

assessing library space

Join the University Libraries Section on March 8, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EST) for an online presentation and discussion about assessing user needs to advocate for and design learning spaces in academic libraries.

The panel of experts will discuss frameworks for assessing user space, major considerations in doing so, and their experiences assessing and redesigning library space. The presentation is intended for individuals new to assessing learning spaces in academic libraries and will have a Q&A session at the end.

Featured Speakers

Kim Duckett, Head, Research and Instructional Services, Duke University

  • Kim was part of the team that created the IMLS-funded Learning Space Toolkit and has led or co-led workshops on library space assessment at the Library Assessment Conference (with Joan Lippincott of CNI) and the Texas Library Association Conference.

Mandy Shannon, Head of Instruction and Research Services, Wright State University

  • Mandy is the chair of a six-person assessment team that conducted a year-long building use study and needs assessment, and presented on that process at the Library Assessment Conference.

Kelly Miller, Associate Dean for Learning & Research Services, University of Miami

  • Recently oversaw a large space redesign in her library.

To register for the online program, go to this URL and click on the Register link: https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7d9a50161fda61064d389e2426fbe34b

This session is facilitated by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. Please send all questions to Jason Martin (Jason.martin@mtsu.edu)


Feb 13 2017

Deadline to Volunteer for ACRL Committees is February 15

There’s still time to volunteer to serve on an ACRL committee! The deadline is this Wednesday, February 15th. Consider volunteering with ULS, the largest section of ACRL. To help you learn more about the opportunities available with ULS and the types of work you might contribute to, we’ve made these LibGuides:

We hope these guides help you find a volunteer opportunity that would be a fit based on your interests, available time, and professional goals.

A special thanks to Nancy Gibson and the rest of the ULS Procedures Committee for helping to put these guides together.

Find the ACRL committee volunteer form here: http://www.ala.org/acrl/membership/volunteer/volunteer

Thank you for considering becoming involved with ACRL ULS!

 


Feb 03 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Nicole Sump-Crethar

Nicole Sump-Crethar is one of two candidates this year for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. She is an Associate Professor and Head of Digital Resources and Discovery Services at Oklahoma State University. Read this interview to learn more about Nicole and what her goals would be if elected as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect.

 

Tell us more about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

My very first library job was in the archives. I absolutely loved it and even though I worked in a couple of different libraries in between when I finally landed at Oklahoma State University, I knew I was in the right place for me.

 

 

 

 

How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

I joined ULS in 2008 shortly after arriving at Oklahoma State University. I was new to university librarianship. People who work in universities know that there are differences that aren’t always easy for a newcomer to navigate. My ULS colleagues were always patient and helpful.

 

In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we’re seeing in university libraries?

For my department, linked data has been an important focus of our efforts. Technical services is seeing some pretty dramatic shifts in how we work and where to apply increasingly limited resources. There are so many wonderful things in our libraries, and we want to link them to the wider world. My state recently became a hub for DPLA and our institutional repository is a joint project with other universities in the state, but there is more that needs to be done and linked data is an efficient way to spread out more. Of course, anything that makes accurate information more accessible is critical in an age of alternative facts and fake news.

 

What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

University libraries are in a unique position to lead efforts to save data from oblivion and educate people on filtering fact from fiction. ULS can help us better coordinate our efforts and leverage our resources. Continuing to build on the section’s work in professional development and networking to help us tackle the enormous challenges we face in the coming years is critical.

 

Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

In recent years we’ve already made some great changes to become more agile in terms of committee make-up and charge as well as adding in more web-based discussions to help members feel connected throughout the year. I’d like to see us build on the work that has already started so we can stay nimble and responsive to our membership.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I was a copy cataloger and a storytime lady in my past life. I have been told my Tarzan yell is excellent.

 

Read our interview with the other candidate for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Kerry Creeland, here: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-vice-chairchair-elect-kerry-creelman/


Feb 03 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Kerry Creelman

Kerry Creelman is one of two candidates this year for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. She is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach at the University of Houston. Read this interview to learn more about Kerry and what her goals would be if elected as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect.

 


Tell us more about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

I’m Canadian and have been living in Texas for the past 7 and a half years. I started my career as the English Librarian, and am now the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach at the University of Houston. I became interested in academic librarianship while I was completing my Masters in English Literature and teaching Freshman Composition. Collaborating with Instruction Librarians to teach information literacy concepts introduced me to a career option I hadn’t previously considered. The opportunity to work across disciplines with faculty and students, to conduct research and to impact teaching and learning in higher education through library advocacy was so exciting that I enrolled in library school with the goal of becoming an academic librarian.

 

How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

I’ve been a member of ULS since 2012 and have served on the Academic Outreach Committee since 2012, becoming co-chair in 2013. ULS attracted me because of its comprehensive approach to university libraries issues. I was looking to engage in conversations about topics ranging from instruction and outreach to management and scholarly communications, through the higher education lens. ULS provides a welcoming, collaborative community within which I can consider these issues and learn from colleagues across the country.

 

In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we’re seeing in university libraries?

I am excited to see the academic library’s role in the teaching & learning and research mission evolving within higher education. Academic librarians are engaging in teaching and learning conversations in innovative ways. Conversations around information literacy instruction and student learning assessment have become more exciting with the introduction of the ACRL Framework. Discussions of threshold concepts, critical information literacy, social justice in the library classroom and how all of this informs faculty collaborations are invigorating. These conversations provide great opportunities to share, debate, and learn from one another in ways that will lead to meaningful learning opportunities for our students.

University libraries are central to the evolution and success of scholarly communications initiatives as we are partners and leaders in the curation, production, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly output in a changing information landscape. And we are developing new systems to protect and disseminate research data and scholarship on evolving platforms. As the research lifecycles of our faculty and students change, we are adapting our spaces, services, technologies, and collections to meet and exceed their research needs.

 

What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

As one of the largest ACRL sections, I want to ensure that ULS committees and discussion groups are meeting the needs of our members. Many university libraries are currently concerned with succession planning and leadership development. ULS just created a new Professional Development Committee and I look forward to the new online programming opportunities this committee will provide. I’m eager to continue to explore new ways to meet the needs of our members as well as to ensure they are aware of, and have easy access to, our existing resources and programs.

I aim to ensure committees and members are aware of the section’s charge, as well as its resources and opportunities for involvement. We offer a number of quality programs, discussion groups, listserv and social media discussions and other resources where members who face common opportunities and challenges can engage, share lessons learned, and support one another. I want to increase awareness of these opportunities with a renewed focus on marketing and promotion.

Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

I see ULS becoming more relevant to academic librarians as we navigate an ever-changing role within higher education. We need to continue to evaluate the relevance of existing committees and discussion groups, as well as be flexible and proactive in revising priorities, charges, and activities in order to respond to the evolving challenges and opportunities facing academic libraries. As we identify new needs, or information gaps, we can create opportunities to engage and support our members.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I enjoy traveling, scuba diving, and yoga. I’m also trying to learn Spanish. I was a competitive swimmer throughout school and my varsity career, specializing in sprint butterfly and freestyle events. I now compete on a part-time basis for a Masters team, but it’s mostly social.

 

Read our interview with the other candidate for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Nicole Sump-Crethar, here: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-vice-chairchair-elect-nicole-sump-crethar/


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