Biophilia for Bibliophiles: Using Biophilic Design Principles in Library Workspaces to Increase Employee Health and Wellbeing

Track: Building & Operations

Mindy Berg She/Her Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, University of South Florida

Banished to the basement? Crammed in a cubicle? Library employee workspaces are often dark and dreary and overlooked in terms of design. Learn how poorly designed workspaces negatively affect library employee health and wellbeing and how simple and inexpensive biophilic design principles can be used to decrease stress, increase health and wellbeing, and positively impact employee performance.


Comparing Apples and Oranges: Assessing Different Methods of Acquisition for Books

Tracks: Assessment, Metadata & Collections

Whitney Jordan She/Her Director, Acquisitions & Content Management, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

With no single acquisition model available to meet all an institution’s needs, librarians must strike a balance between the acquisition models believed to provide patrons with content at their point of need (buy not borrow program, EBA, approval plans, packages, etc.) with content purchased to support the curriculum. Assessing these different acquisition models to ensure the research and learning needs of patrons are met is challenging. This poster will look at different acquisition methods employed by one academic library over the last 4 years for print and electronic books and how these different models have been assessed.


Creating Community: The Value of the Core Mentoring Program to the New Continuing Resources Cataloger

Tracks: Leadership & Management, Metadata & Collections

Sharolyn Swenson Continuing Resources Catalog Librarian, Brigham Young University

Bonnie Parks Collections Technology Librarian, University of Portland

Our poster will focus on how working with a CONSER-trained cataloger can help the new continuing resources cataloger learn not only how, but also what it means to catalog in a cooperative cataloging environment. Highlights: • Introduce the new cataloger to professional development opportunities like the CONSER DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) project, networking opportunities, and other ways to contribute to the larger library community. • Identify freely-available tools of the trade. • Lessons learned and tips for future collaboration


Discovery in Context: Discovery Presentation on ARL library websites

Track: Technology

Stacie Traill She/Her/Hers Discovery and Metadata Systems Lead, University of Minnesota Libraries

Research libraries have made a variety of presentation choices for search and search results, many of which are supported by internal user testing and usability studies (despite their differences). This poster will present the results of an environmental scan of how Association of Research Libraries members present search and search results to users in the context of their library websites. Questions addressed by the scan include: how many libraries offer a single search box? What options are offered as pre-filters? Are search results presented through a “bento box” design, with different resource types separated, or as a single multi-format result list? How do the underlying systems and software, whether commercial, open source, or locally developed, affect presentation choices? This poster will present preliminary data that answers these questions and others.


Liaising through Numbers: Implementing a Transparent and Sustainable E-resource Assessment Plan

Track: Assessment

Taylor Ralph She/Her Collection Assessment Librarian, Oregon State University

The purpose of this poster is to outline a guide for implementing a sustainable, systematic assessment plan for electronic resources. By providing a necessities checklist and a list of questions to consider when creating any collection assessment plan, this poster will act as a concise, low-barrier entry point for this complicated process and how to translate results. With library budgets being cut and journal prices continuing to increase there is a need to look more closely at expensive electronic resource subscriptions, and make consistent decisions about renewing, cancelling, or unbundling.


Library IT Services Advancing Education and Student Success

Tracks: Access & Equity, Building & Operations, Leadership & Management, Technology

May Chang Library Chief Technology Officer, University of Cincinnati

Scott Sorrell Head, Library IT Services, University of Cincinnati

Beyond providing and supporting the usual computing and audio-visual equipment and software applications, library IT services can also proactively expand its range of new and innovative technology to enhance the library’s mission. As more classes return to on-campus mode, we had the opportunity to reimagine the role of library IT and taking the lead in creating technology-rich spaces to enable students and faculty to explore current and potential innovative technologies for education and research. These Include virtual and augmented reality, simulation and visualization tools, and specialized medical and engineering education technologies.


Metadata Clean Up Project: Where to start

Track: Metadata & Collections

Jason Smith He/Him Metadata Librarian, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

A look at where and how to start a Metadata clean up project.


A Perfect Match: Merging IT and Facilities Operations

Tracks: Building & Operations, Leadership & Management, Technology

David Dahl He/Him/His Associate Dean of Libraries – Digital Services & Technologies, University of Maryland, College Park

Uche Enwesi Director, IT and Facilities Operations, University of Maryland

Our organization recently underwent a change initiative that merged our facilities management personnel and responsibilities into our IT operations team. This poster will cover the reasons for the change, benefits and challenges that have come from it, and takeaways for those considering similar organizational changes.


Planning and Productivity in a Virtual Reality Sandbox

Tracks: Building & Operations, Leadership & Management, Technology

Greg Hatch He/Him/His Head of Creativity & Innovation, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

During the COVID-19 pandemic, seven library faculty and staff investigated how virtual reality (VR) systems can be applied toward workplace productivity. Connecting through Oculus Quest headsets from our individual homes, we experimented with five VR applications to attend staff meetings, host a department retreat, engage in team building activities, and collaboratively design a work space (realized in 2021). This poster documents the challenges, learning curves, and successes of these experiments. It also offers best practices for librarians who want to adopt immersive tools into their own work environment. VR headsets will be available for attendees to experience the apps investigated.


Representing LGBTQIA+ artists in the Library of Congress Name Authority File

Tracks: Access & Equity, Metadata & Collections, Technology

Nicole Smeltekop She/Her/Hers Special Materials Catalog Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries

The Library of Congress Name Authority File is used by catalogers worldwide; however much of the scope of the file is focused on published authors and well-known organizations. Our Special Collections LGBTQIA+ librarian has been working to diversity our collections and expand the experiences represented in their collections. To that end, many recent art prints and posters have been purchased by lesser known artists with intersectional identities who interact and publicize themselves on Etsy and Instagram. This poster will document my work in creating authority records for these artists and highlight the responsibility catalogers have for diversifying the authority file.


Text mining the catalog for inclusivity: Analyzing most frequent words in bibliographic descriptions

Tracks: Access & Equity, Metadata & Collections

Janelle M. Bitter She/Hers Systems & Technical Services Librarian, Raritan Valley Community College

In an effort to learn what language patrons encounter in the catalog, one method used to determine the most prominent terminology was text mining. After downloading MARC records and exporting relevant fields as text with MarcEdit, files were uploaded to Voyant Tools, an online platform for text analysis, and further analyzed using Excel. Bibliographic information evaluated included title and subtitle (field 245), summary (field 520), and subject (field 650). This poster will display the findings and discuss the results as they pertain to the goal of creating an inclusive online catalog that serves users equitably.


Using data to map & move mountains (of books and more). Developing visualizations to right-size and locate collections

Tracks: Assessment, Building & Operations

Anne Koenig Assessment Specialist, University of Pittsburg

Berenika Webster She/Her Associate University Librarian for Assessment and Public Services, University of Pittsburgh

Libraries rely on ILS reporting modules to answer questions about their collection and patrons. However, the systems we use aren’t intuitive for everyone and can be intimidating. It’s not always obvious how to use what you have to efficiently gather the information you’re seeking. In order to empower library employees to use these tools to ask and answer questions they have, our library created a community of practice for Alma Analytics. This poster will show how a foundation was laid to ensure a common understanding of basic functions and features and how the community has continued to build their knowledge.


Wait, How Did You Get It to Do That? Building a Community of Practice around Alma’s Analytics

Tracks: Access & Equity, Assessment, Metadata & Collections

Whitney Jordan She/Her Director, Acquisitions & Content Management, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Emily Thompson She/Her Director, Library Studio, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Libraries rely on ILS reporting modules to answer questions about their collection and patrons. However, the systems we use aren’t intuitive for everyone and can be intimidating. It’s not always obvious how to use what you have to efficiently gather the information you’re seeking. In order to empower library employees to use these tools to ask and answer questions they have, our library created a community of practice for Alma Analytics. This poster will show how a foundation was laid to ensure a common understanding of basic functions and features and how the community has continued to build their knowledge.


The Words We Use: Qualifying, Hedging, and Distancing in Harmful Language Statements

Tracks: Access & Equity, Metadata & Collections

Justine Withers She/Her/Hers Electronic and Continuing Resources Catalog Librarian, University of San Francisco

My study looks at wording choices in harmful language statements, particularly comparing phrases that qualify the language – “it may reflect,” “some may consider offensive” – and those that qualify the specific search instance – “may encounter” – and explicitly say that the language is harmful. I will share the progress of my research tracing the citation history, development, and evolution of harmful language statements and placing them in the context of what might be called “distancing behavior” or “hedging” and current discussions about neutrality and whose place it is to call something harmful.


Speaker Bios

Mindy Berg

She/Her
Melinda “Mindy” Berg, MLIS, is the Cataloging & Metadata Librarian for the USF Health Libraries, the Shimberg Health Sciences Library and the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange, at the University of South Florida. Ms. Berg is a graduate of the USF School of Information and holds a certificate in Digital Asset Management from Rutgers University. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Core New Members Interest Group. Her research interests include the health and wellbeing of library workers, issues facing early career and second career librarians, and linked data applications for library metadata. She is a science fiction/fantasy nerd, loves to travel, and is the proud mom of two teenage sons.

Janelle M. Bitter

She/Hers
Janelle Bitter is the Systems & Technical Services Librarian at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ. She oversees the library’s use of WMS and supervises two employees in cataloging and acquisitions. She also provides reference services, maintains the college archives, teaches information literacy, and is the department liaison to Arts & Design; Communication & Languages; and Humanities & Social Sciences.

May Chang

May Chang is the Library Chief Technology Officer at University of Cincinnati. Her professional interests include digital transformation of organizations, digital competency and literacy, and IoT and smart and connected communities. She views technology as a tool that can connect people and be a positive driver of change for citizen well-being. She is an active member of IFLA as Mentor in the IT Section and AI SIG committee member, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Library Hi Tech.

David Dahl

He/Him/His
David Dahl is Associate Dean of Libraries for Digital Services and Technologies at University of Maryland, College Park. His portfolio includes application management, desktop support, digital asset management, software development, systems, and, most recently, facilities operations. He has participated in and managed several space renovations, and he lives by the maxim “everything is an IT project”.

Uche Enwesi

Hello, my name is Uche Enwesi, I am the Director of IT and Facilities Operations for the University of Maryland Libraries. I received a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park and a M.S. in Information Technology Management from the University of Maryland, University College. I have has over twenty years of IT experience including, but not limited to support and implementation. I am currently responsible for IT support of all the UMD Libraries, both computer and server support and also facilities operations. Over the years,  the Libraries has adapted and learned from its patrons what its most critical needs were. With that knowledge, my team and I have fought for major changes such as the Terrapin Learning Commons, a one stop shop where students can borrow laptops, iPads, and etc.

Greg Hatch

He/Him/His
Greg Hatch is a faculty librarian at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, where he is the Head of Creativity & Innovation. His department offers collaborative support and expertise to scholars in their transdisciplinary research and productivity, with an emphasis on arts and design, multimodal communication, small-scale fabrication technology, interactive media, and artificial intelligence. His research and creative interests meet at the intersection of information science and the arts, exploring visual literacy and communication, data visualization, and interdisciplinary applications of the arts. Greg also moonlights as a dramaturg for Pioneer Theatre Company, Plan-B Theatre Company, and freelance playwrights in Salt Lake City. He earned an MLIS at the University of Washington and a BA in Theatre at Saint John’s University, MN.

Whitney Jordan

She/Her
Whitney works with colleagues in Collection Services to provide the UTC community with access to information resources to meet their educational and research needs.
Whitney joined the UTC community in August of 2021. She has an MS in Information Management and Preservation from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She enjoys finding creative solutions to problems and working with colleagues to ensure the library collection continues to meet the needs of the campus community.

Nicole Smeltekop

She/Her/Hers
Nicole Smeltekop is the Special Materials Catalog Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. In this role, she primarily catalogs posters, manuscripts, and other special formats held by the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections within MSU Libraries. She became BIBCO independent in graphics cataloging in March of 2020. Nicole also contributes to the digital repository by transforming metadata from various sources into standards-compliant MODS and Dublin Core.

Jason Smith

He/Him
Jason Smith graduated in 2014 with his master’s degree in Library and information Science in 2014. After that, he worked briefly for a for profit college and a technical college before becoming the Metadata Librarian at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Since coming to MUSC, he has handled the migration from OCLC WMS to Ex Libris Alma Primo and has worked on clean up of years of neglect in the catalog and clean up from two migrations.

Stacie Traill

She/Her/Hers
Stacie Traill is Discovery and Metadata Systems Lead at the University of Minnesota Libraries, where she is responsible for oversight and coordination of discovery and resource management functionality in Primo and Alma, as well as metadata analysis, transformation, maintenance, and interoperability. Prior to her current role, Stacie held positions as Metadata and Discovery Analyst, Cartographic and Electronic Resources Cataloger, and Special Formats Cataloging Coordinator, also at the University of Minnesota. Stacie has frequently presented and published on topics including metadata analysis and quality, Python coding for metadata management, and e-resources troubleshooting.

Emily Thompson

She/Her
Originally from Montana, Emily got her BA in Theatre from Drake University. After spending several years working as a costume designer and director, she moved to South Korea to teach English. She then moved to Taiwan before heading to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to get her MSI in Library and Information Services. Prior to UTC, Emily worked at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Berenika Webster

She/Her
Dr Berenika M Webster joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Library System in 2013 year, as Coordinator for Strategic Assessment. In 2022 she was promoted to Associate University Librarian for Assessment and Public Services. She holds a Masters degree in Information Science from University of Western Ontario and PhD in bibliometrics from Warsaw University.
Prior to joining ULS, Dr Webster held academic posts in UK (Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne and City University in London) and New Zealand (Victoria University in Wellington) and was an Academic Project Manager (Research Quality) at Office of the DVC-R at University of Queensland in Australia. She also worked for Thomson Reuters in Australia and USA, including as Product Manager responsible for the development research evaluation tools.
Her research interests include application of bibliometrics in scholarly communication and impact assessment. She also conducts research in the areas of library service effectiveness and assessment.

Justine Withers

She/Her/Hers
I have been the Electronic and Continuing Resources Catalog Librarian at the University of San Francisco since 2015. I previously worked at Stanford University and Sonoma County Libraries after transitioning from a career in technical writing and instruction. I am a white, cis-gendered woman. I acknowledge my privilege of feeling comfortable in this space and talking about these uncomfortable topics.