Metronet’s 23 Mobile Things program was an experience that I benefited from by learning how librarians can effectively use mobile apps in their work with patrons. The idea of a 23 things program is to immerse participants in a subject by exploring 23 selected facets of the subject and writing (usually a blog post) about each facet. Long-time friend and fellow academic librarian, Amy Mars, and I, enjoyed the 23 Mobile Things program. So, when I became the co-chair of the Instruction Round Table (IRT) of the Minnesota Library Association and she suggested we do a 23 things program, I was all for it. Working with Amy and the past co-chair and co-founder of the IRT, Kim Pittman, we made 2017 the year to focus on the often-confusing ACRL Info Lit Framework for Higher Ed. In late April, we facilitated a workshop, presented at a conference, and launched the 23 Framework Things program to help librarians in Minnesota (and anyone who wants to participate nationally or internationally) better apply the Framework at their institution. Together, we have learned a great deal about the employing the Framework in various contexts, securing funding for a professional development program, and collaborating effectively over time and distance.
Due to my previous experience using the APA citation style, I was asked to be on an ad hoc library committee to create a local resource to replace the APA pocket guides that students were required to purchase. With the small committee, we created a course using iTunesU that students could access using their iPads. iPads have been institutionally required for students at the Minnesota School of Business since mid-2013. The course consists of several explanations of the various uses and intricacies of APA citation style. I was primarily tasked with creating reference list examples for the 55 source types that we identified, including notes on the general form. The images below show a snippet of the APA guide that we created.
I have embraced professional development since becoming a librarian. I feel as though I am a lifelong learner and I love the process of acquiring more knowledge. I have expanded my knowledge by attending conferences and in-services, partaking in webinars, giving a conference presentation, and continuing my college education by taking more courses. I have attended the Library Technology Conference in 2013, the Minnesota Library Association 2013 Conference, and the Academic and Research Libraries Division (of the MN Library Assn) day-conference for the past three years. I have completed one course and enrolled in two more courses at the Minnesota School of Business to obtain my Certificate in Mobile Application Development. Also, this past February, I presented with my former professor, Dr. David Lesniaski, at the Music Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Our presentation was titled, Illustrating Musical Relationships Through Visualization Software. Don’t believe me? Check out the conference program below.
Each quarter at the Minnesota School of Business there is an in-service that faculty, librarians, and administrators attend. One in-service per year is held at the local campus. I thought this would be a great opportunity to speak with the faculty at the Rochester campus directly about the ways they can assist students in finding credible resources to use for completing research assignments. I have linked to the PDF slides below.
In my Practicum experience at the Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) Library I worked closely with Librarian, Bill Vann. He is a jack of all trades as a librarian, with knowledge of instruction, reference, and technical services. We collaborated quite a bit on the Information Studies 1000 class offered at MCTC. The course is required by most majors at the college and is offered for 2 credits. Together Bill and I partnered on teaching and developing lessons, giving student feedback using various methods, including screencasts, creating informative and fun activities, as well as working individually with students. Also, as part of my Practicum I worked a weekly shift at the library’s Reference Desk with Librarian, Chad Gilman. Below are examples of lesson plans that I developed for the INFS 1000 course.
These lesson plans were developed for the MCTC Library.
As part of my Graduate Assistantship with the St. Catherine University Library, St. Paul campus, I worked with Reference Librarian, Jeremy Quinn on Information Literacy Tutorials. These tutorials were made in preparation of the St. Catherine University introductory course, The Reflective Woman, or TRW, now being offered as a hybrid course, with instruction primarily online. We developed a series of short slideshows to introduce some aspects of information literacy and to show students how to use the library’s website.
These tutorials were made on behalf of the St. Catherine University Libraries.
As a member of the Progressive Librarians Guild – St. Catherine University Chapter, I was able to assist in getting three Little Free Libraries installed on the St. Catherine University campuses. I specifically worked to get the approval of several parties of the university to allow us to put up the structures, including the facilities director, the marketing/communications department, the MLIS program director, the dean of our college, and the director of the SCU Libraries. I also helped in the building of the libraries which was done by our chapter’s student members and our faculty advisor. The President of St. Catherine University was so taken with the Little Free Libraries that one was given to her as a personal gift! These structures are our way of starting a conversation between members of the university and the surrounding community that we are a part of. The link below is to an article written about our chapter during the installation of the first of the Little Free Libraries.
The photo above appears courtesy of Melissa Kaelin for St. Catherine University.
I have been quite active with the reformed St. Catherine University Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild. I have been a member since we decided to restart the group at St. Kate’s in 2010. As an officer, I took great responsibilities to further the group with new ideas and coordinating with fellow students and members of the St. Kate’s community to bring our ideas to fruition. The slideshow below shows what has been done since we reformed the chapter. I personally took part in each of the events listed. For further information about our chapter, follow the link for our blog.
Near the end of my schooling at St. Catherine University, I worked with my fellow MLIS classmates and with my contacts in the SCU Libraries to co-found the Student Library Advisory Board. The goal of the board is to work with the librarians to help build the library that the students want. Though the board was only in its early stages when I graduated, it will be opened to all students, graduate as well as undergraduate. The board has already made plans for activities in the fall semester. Below are the notes from our initial meeting this spring.
Within my Collection Management course, my small group of three tackled a project conducting a collection overlap analysis of a small library. We communicated with a board member of the Quatrefoil Library, dubbed the Twin Cities GLBT Library, to find what they specifically wanted to find out from our analysis. As a small group, we decided the best methods to reach this end, eventually taking a sample of 500 books and comparing these to the holdings of these books in OCLC to make our analysis. Through the use of spreadsheets and a few long nights we developed a statistics sheet and a final report that we presented to the folks at the Quatrefoil Library.
The materials above were created for the Quatrefoil Library.