Joyce Coleman, Freedom Center
Mary Ellen Sloane, Middle Tennessee State University, moderator
Molly Stover, ProQuest
Curating Course Content
The Problem: Textbooks are too expensive, and many colleges and universities are trying to find affordable alternatives for students. Librarians and faculty are working together to create affordable course materials for classes. Solution: Create Course Content templates for faculty looking to teach without a textbook. Coordinate within your library resources to create course materials using: eBooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and videos. This template can be a resource that will further develop communication between faculty and the library.
Rita Shacklett, Linebaugh Public Library System
Cultivating Community Connections
The Linebaugh Public Library System [LPLS] serves 254,632 of nearly 290,000 residents of Rutherford County. Approximately 2 years ago LPLS, the Joint Board of Directors, Friends of Linebaugh Library and the Library Foundation envisioned an all digital “community technology center” as part of the growing need for Rutherford County. In working with Rutherford County and the City of Murfreesboro, land was located on an elementary school campus, funds were raised for construction, equipment and furnishings and the facility is set to open mid-July 2017. The model is 5,942 sq. ft. and will house 36 computers, provide 4 fully equipped meeting rooms varying in size for collaborative work, a maker space area, open seating, and a children’s area for programming events. Services include computer training, loaning of internet-enabled devices and programming events for all ages. Serving a disadvantaged neighborhood, the opportunities to improve access to healthcare research, gain job-related skills, serve as a small business incubator, will improve the lives of visitors, especially those with little or no access to technologies many now take for granted.
Mark Baggett, University of Tennessee
Carolyn Runyon, Assistant Head of Collection Services and Director of Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
Cats Herded: Successfully Wrangling Your Metadata for the Digital Public Library of America
Wrangling metadata is challenging. Missing elements, inconsistent values, and changes in descriptive practice are common problems all digital libraries face. This session will demonstrate a new open source tool developed for the Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN), and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) service hub, that helps identify problems and inconsistencies in your metadata. The session will also demonstrate the use of CONTENTdm, a poplar digital asset management system, to create descriptive metadata that conforms to DPLA’s Metadata Application Profile. Please note that you do not need to be a DLTN or DPLA partner repository for this session to be useful.
Jill Blades, Baker & Taylor
AXIS 360 School Share Opportunities
Our nation’s Public Libraries and Schools are better together. See how the combination of Follett and Baker & Taylor can allow a seamless reading experience for our children and teachers 24/7, whether the school or library is open or closed. AXIS 360 School Share opportunities drive literacy in the community.
Richard Billings, Leafless Publishing
Changing of the Guard
As the landscape of the publishing industry has changed drastically over the last 10 years, no longer are the large publishers the only gatekeepers. Distributors, indie publishers, and more importantly readers, through crowd-sourced and hybrid publishing models, are joining the ranks as the guardians of the gates. This means libraries will have more access to local, regional, and colloquial literature and the data to support purchasing decisions.
Scott Steward, Gale, Cengage Learning
Statistics: The story behind the numbers
Statistics have the ability to tell a compelling story to our community and our funders that demonstrate our worth. What is missing from our statistics that we gather from our electronic resources? What can we do to better explain the outcome measures that statistics provide to our libraries. Attendees will better understand how statistics are gathered, the discrepancies that can be found and a way to tell the library story effectively.
Joan VanSickle Sloan, Blount County Public Library
Becca Baker, Youth Services Manager
Denise Robertson, FOL President
How to Offer Incredible Programs at Your Library
No matter what your budget or size, you can offer incredible programs at your library. Utilize your community contacts, music groups, special interest groups, service agency information or needs and more. You'll hear about ways to create adult programs, youth programs and how the Friends of the Library can help out.
Amy Shelton, LibraryH3lp/Nub Games, Inc.
Many ways to engage: maximize patron outreach with LibraryH3lp
Move beyond content and maximize patron engagement by transforming your library’s website into an extension of your in-person services, opening up outreach possibilities. We’ll show you how to how to build effective virtual reference services using the LibraryH3lp Ask a Librarian software platform, which includes real-time chat for instant answers, searchable knowledge bases for self help, email for asynchronous communication and follow-up, plus texting messaging to connect with patrons on the go. Even if you already use another virtual reference solution, please come anyway! We’ll be covering our Ask a Librarian mobile app, available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire OS. The app works with any virtual reference platform and connects patrons to your library’s virtual reference services, including chat, texting, email, and knowledge bases. All libraries, not just LibraryH3lp subscribers, can participate in the app free of charge.
Scott La Counte, PiracyTrace, Inc (DBA BuzzTrace)
Librarian to Startup CEO: Using Research To Take Advantage of the Publishing Industry
Ever since the printing press was invented in 1440, publishing has had very little innovation. Ebooks revolutionized the industry, however, and made it possible for indie publishers to become players in the industry. This presentation will look at the landscape of publishing, how it's changed in recent years, and how publishers and authors can continue to succeed when there's so many books being published.
Mary Jane Spehar, Chattanooga Public Library
Gathering the Evidence: Effective use of Documented Feedback to Identify the Needs of Patrons
It has become increasingly important today for libraries to provide evidence of their value. Librarians are expected to provide "proof" that programs and services are effective, that patron needs are being met, and that funding is being used efficiently to provide what the public wants. With that in mind, the Chattanooga Public Library created Comment Cards and began encouraging patrons to answer the question, "How are we doing?" While some libraries may be afraid to hear what patrons have to say, at Chattanooga Public we try to respond to concerns, act on creative suggestions and identify exactly what our patrons really want from their library. As a result, our patrons know we value their feedback and we gain valuable insight about meeting patron demands for services and programs.
Clive Wright, EBSCO
Redefining the Library Services Platform from the inside out
Traditionally, the library services platform (LSP) has focused on providing a comprehensive, all-in-one solution for the management of library operations. Yet, at the same time, the traditional LSP has not been able to fulfill all needs. Indeed, as one size does not fit all, libraries increasingly look at adopting tools that provide much desired functionality underserved by the LSP. These tools run the gamut from stand-alone discovery, to integration with learning environments, support for financials, integration of institutional repositories, deployment of self-check systems, and much more.
The challenge is integration. To achieve a sustainable model in which libraries can readily choose applications to support discovery, learning, and knowledge dissemination, the LSP must evolve into a new, open services platform. This platform, based on open interfaces, will have integration and extensibility at its core, allowing for ready deployment of applications and supporting flexible workflows to meet institutional needs and requirements.
Melanie Allen, Rachel Caldwell, Ann Viera, Alan Wallace
Accessing Scholarship: Piloting a Half-Day Research Workshop for Non-Profit Organizations
Staff from twelve nonprofit organizations recently attended a workshop at the University of Tennessee Libraries to learn about gaining access to the latest research. The pilot project, led by librarians in the health sciences, social sciences, and scholarly communication services, involved twelve East Tennessee nonprofit organizations selected by lottery. Participants received research assistance and access to peer-reviewed journals using both state-wide resources, such as the Tennessee Electronic Library, as well as campus-access-only subscription databases. Librarians also briefly discussed open access publishing. Presenters will provide summaries of lessons learned from the pilot project, responses from participants, and plans for a new and improved workshop for nonprofits to be held during Open Access Week. The presenters hope to meet librarians offering similar outreach to discuss strategies, successes and challenges.
Heidi Busch, Pat Sanders, Georgia Baskett
Technology - Give them what they want!
What do your users really want? They want technology! We can get that for you! Paul Meek Library has reached out to students, faculty, and community members to determine their needs. In this presentation we will discuss what was selected, how it was added to our collection, and the marketing of these resources. This can be expanded to a 45 minute presentation if needed.
Making guides using Content Builder
I want to show how useful and cost effective Content Builder can be for making some really nice and interactive information guides to the library's resources. Content Builder is a free and easy to use Web tool available through MERLOT. Since library budgets are always being cut it is always nice to know some good free sources for making professional and shareable guides. This could be useful for both academic, school and public librarians.
Outside The Lines: Libraries Reintroduced
Outside the Lines is a week-long celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries around the world. This year the event will be Sept. 11-17. The only Tennessee library participating so far is the Chattanooga Public Library. I would to like to discuss ways Tennessee libraries can think "outside the lines", and show our communities how libraries in Tennessee are both relevant and engaging to the lives of people today. This could be useful to all types of librarians. We all have communities that we serve.
Sally Robertson, Richard Lumadue
SkillsCommons: open for learning
This new SkillsCommons. by the California State University, is a new open resource for workforce development. I want to introduce all librarians to this great resource. As librarians we are always looking for ways to help our students/patrons find the training they need to pursue their mission in life. Since it is an open resource it is accessible to everyone. I am hoping to have Richard Lumadue from California State join in virtually and talk about this new tool, too. Also, learn about TAACCCT the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program.
Images in your LibGuides: Usability meets Accessibility
Take a look at that annotated screenshot from a database in your LibGuide. Is it accessible to a screen reader? Is it even useful? The process of reviewing LibGuides' content for accessibility led me to reevaluate the associated images and how they were used. This session provides tips on how to improve usability while creating accessibility. Librarians will see images from a new perspective after this session.
Mary Ellen Sloane
Author Identifiers - ORCID and ResearcherID
The session will provide an orientation to the author identifiers ORCID and ResearcherID. The presenter will discuss how these tools are integrated with library resources and how author identifiers can help faculty communicate about the scope and impact of their scholarly work.
Carolyn Runyon, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jami Awalt, Tennessee State Library and Archives
Digital Library of Tennessee: Promoting Your LIbrary’s Best Work on a National Stage
This is a general overview of the DLTN/Digital Public Library of America project.