2022 Joint ACRL NEC / NELIG Annual Conference

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    Coffee Connections: Rebuilding Connections Among Coworkers in the Library
    (2022-06-03) Lim, Edward Junhao; Cowan, Susanna
    The Coffee Connections project was designed to facilitate Community-building in the UConn Library through unstructured, short, one-on-one virtual conversations. Proposed as a strategic project several months into the pandemic, the project’s aim was both to strengthen existing relationships between staff members, especially beyond their immediate work units, and also to create new connections between staff who knew each other minimally or not at all. We encouraged staff to use the Connections to get to know each other as individuals and to focus on non-work topics. To facilitate conversations, we provided both a list of prompts and the option to use a deck of purchased conversation-starter cards. By the end of the project, nearly half of our staff participated. Feedback from those who participated was overall very positive, so much so that we are currently working on incorporating the program into new employee orientation and as an ongoing optional activity to bolster connection-building. After briefly introducing the project design and implementation in our library, this workshop will share how to facilitate one-to-one connections between library colleagues in this format. We will highlight how one can structure these interactions to keep them simple and safe while still enabling colleagues to discover new things about one another, deepening trust based on emotional bonds and interpersonal relatedness. We’ll share how one can prepare such an initiative with little or no budget, ensure random matching from interested participants, and collect feedback for this activity. Our hope is that staff at other libraries will adopt a version of the Coffee Connections that fits their organization in order to strengthen their organizational culture. This simple project can help facilitate connections and break down silos between functional and physical divisions. And best of all - it’s a lot of fun! Learning objectives: Strengthen ties and establish new ones between library colleagues Promote better communication between individuals with the use of teambuilding questions to help colleagues discover new things about one another
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    Advocating for Individual and Collective Agency Through Community
    (2022-06-01) Baer, Andrea
    Agency can be defined as the ability of an individual and/or a group to enact power and choice in their surrounding environments. Our understandings of and experiences of agency play tremendous roles in how we experience the world and engage in it, both individually and in community. While often agency is discussed in terms of individual choice and action, literature from the social sciences and critical theory tend to approach the concept of agency in more collective terms, as a phenomenon that is influenced by larger structures and systems and by the unique context of any given moment. Within academic librarianship, our views and experiences of agency are affected largely by our relationships to communities within and beyond various library circles. This is reflected in findings of a survey on academic instruction librarians’ conceptions and experiences of agency that the presenter conducted in 2021. This interactive workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the concept of agency through an ecological lens, one that takes into account the complex environments and systems in which individuals and groups find themselves and in which they interact. The presenter will then draw from findings of her 2021 survey on librarians’ experiences of teacher agency and share examples of librarians’ working to foster and to grow professional community and to encourage cultures of individual and shared agency. Participants will then engage with the following activities and objectives: Explore experiences of individual and shared agency, including in relation to community and community building. Generate ideas for further growing professional communities that support and sustain librarians as individuals and as collectives, and that allow space for shared understandings and values alongside differing views and dissensus.
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    Building Community With a Wellness Library
    (2022-06-01) Walsh, Renee; Chaput, Jennifer
    The workshop will begin with an overview of several existing Wellness Library collections at university libraries. It will then explain the reasoning for collecting titles on topics like self-help or memoir that are normally outside of the collecting scope of Psychology and Health acquisitions. The UConn Wellness Library is made up of a Springshare Libguide and a Primo page. The Wellness Library collaborated campus-wide with Student Health staff and undergraduate students. The library’s subcollections include themes like: BIPOC Wellness, Community & Friendship, Self-Care, Depression, LGBTQIA Wellness, Grief, Mindfulness, and Sexual Health. The Libguide is designed as an educational tool at the first year undergraduate level, which offers introductory information on wellness themes. Finally, the library hosted an event in Spring 2022 with a student entrepreneur, Allie Davenport, who created a journal to promote mindfulness and self reflection for her peers. The library distributed free copies of the Starmind journal to students attending the event. After looking at the steps taken to create the UConn Wellness Library, participants will receive materials to brainstorm how to create a similar initiative at their home institution. Participants will be able to identify community stakeholders, outreach opportunities, and possible themes for their collection. Participants will also learn to advocate for funding for their Wellness Library in the form of a proposal. The first half of the workshop will present materials about Wellness Libraries in university libraries, while the second half will focus on brainstorming and collaboration amongst attendees. Attendees will leave with a draft of ideas for creating a Wellness Library at their home institution. Finally, they will also have ideas for how to create a short funding proposal to submit to their library.
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    Backwards Design: A Critical Approach to Instructional Design
    (2022-06-03) Owen, Heather C.; Oakleaf, Megan
    How can librarians ensure their sessions have an instructional impact on their students? How can librarians design lessons which centralize universal design of learning, encourage student-centered learning and equitable learner engagement, and emphasize critical and meaningful understanding? Backwards design, a pedagogical approach, encourages instructors to begin their lesson planning with an enduring understanding, instead of a list of activities. By doing so, instructors can ensure their lessons inspire critical thinking and reflection, while also reinforcing an inclusive and accessible approach to education. Attendees will leave the session with the ability to create their own enduring understandings, essential questions, learning outcomes, and assessments, and the capability to embed backwards design into their lesson plans.
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    Rainbow Reflections: Exploring LGBTQIA+ Representation in Curriculum Materials Library Picture Book Collections
    (2022-06-02) Vaandering, Alicia G.; Rosenzweig, James; Melilli, Amanda
    In order to prepare future preschool to twelfth grade (P-12) educators and researchers, it is vital that youth literature collections in academic libraries reflect diverse and intersecting identities. However, simply including books with historically underrepresented characters in our library collections is not enough. A deeper understanding of the breadth of representation is necessary to prepare students for the communities they will serve. Current and emerging librarians who work with pre-service educators and researchers must be well versed in the different types of representation found in youth literature and know how to communicate with their communities about the power of inclusive collections to reach and empower young readers. In this presentation, the presenters will share their adaptation of the Diverse BookFinder categories (focused on racial and ethnic representation) to analyze LGBTQIA+ representation in picture books. In building a detailed glossary for classifying the representation of specific LGBTQIA+ identities, the presenters examined which identities are represented most prevalently, how frequently LGBTQIA+ characters are depicted with intersecting marginalized identities, and which identities are still lacking in picture book representation. Finally, the presenters will share their findings from a secondary analysis on the terminology used in picture book summaries and professional reviews to determine the scope of LGBTQIA+ visibility in information used by librarians and readers to discover LGBTQIA+ materials.