2023 Joint ACRL NEC /NELIG Annual Conference

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    Design Thinking for Library Instruction
    (2023-06-05) Benzing, Matthew
    Design focused learning activities can increase student engagement and participation and retention of information literacy skills. Design thinking is focused on empathy, on understanding the needs of the user. This is followed by defining the essential problem and brainstorming solutions that address that problem, which in turn leads to prototyping and testing and modification. By presenting library research as a creative iterative process rather than a series of routines for following set patterns of database searching librarians can tap into students innate curiosity. Even when instruction is limited to a one shot classroom visit the principles can still be internalized by students and can encourage them to learn more on their own. This session is based on work being done by DIAD, the Design Initiative at Dartmouth, which seeks to bring design thinking practices to all aspects of instruction. Through action-oriented learning, scholarship, and impactful projects, DIAD seeks to create a system for human-centered design creativity accessible to everyone. This session will present several examples of how design thinking can be applied to instruction in general and the ACRL Framework in particular. Participants engage in activities that will stimulate their innovation lateral thinking. They will take away knowledge in creating design experiences in the library classroom, an understanding of the principles involved, and a plan for bringing these concepts into their own instruction sessions.
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    Engaging in Informal Leadership: Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies
    (2023-06-05) Miles, Linda; Markgren, Susanne
    Informal Leadership (IL) can be a "heavy lift," with varied challenges. Yet in certain organizations, IL may be the only way to gain specific skills, acquire necessary experience, and build crucial relationships. So how do you determine whether this (often undercompensated) labor is right for you? And if it is, how do you identify IL opportunities and develop strategies that can help prepare you for the challenge? In this interactive workshop, participants will learn from each other and discuss their experiences with, or nascent interest in, informal leadership. The presenters will provide definitions of IL, taken from the literature of various disciplines, and talk about how IL has affected, and driven, their respective career trajectories. They will also discuss the challenges of 'leading from amon' and 'leading from below,' and the importance of understanding organizational culture prior to taking on an IL role. During a knowledge-share exercise, individuals with varying levels of IL experience will work together in groups to develop questions and provide stories of successes and failures based on specific prompts related to IL opportunities, how to do IL, managing relationships, and difficult lessons learned. They will also work together to identify particular skills and strategies that are important to the success of IL, as well as ideas and strategies on how to avoid potential burnout. Finally, a larger discussion will tackle individual and organizational benefits, challenges, and where to find support. Participants will begin to develop their own proposals of how best to undertake or facilitate IL and how to inspire professional engagement in their own institutions and among their peers.
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    Building Knowledge Across the Curriculum: Utilizing the Learning Community Model to Maximize Relevant Information Literacy Instruction
    (2023-06-05) Hogan, Laura; Brown, Emily
    This session will focus on the collaborative efforts of the librarians at this Community College and their proposed course in information literacy designed to teach research methods within specific majors. The course was created to act as a sort of “lab†for a foundational course in the disciplines that will focus on research methods utilized in those academic areas. For example, the course could be paired with a foundational sociology course and would focus on the research methods in that field. Or, it could be paired with a history course, where students would learn research methods in that field. The course would include bringing in the college writing center in order to teach students to write within their chosen field, as well as feature guest lecturers who have conducted research and can ask questions about interviewing, data collection, and other facets of research. The course is based on the High Impact Practice (HIP) of a learning community. The course will be offered as part of the required college first-year curriculum but will specifically be tailored to declared majors. The course, as a part of a learning community, would teach to the research assignments that are assigned in its partner course. In doing so, the students will be able to gain the research skills and support required to complete assigned research assignments.
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    Evolving library marketing & communications strategies with intention
    (2023-06-05) Pothier, Wendy; Dow, Donald; Fowler, Elizabeth; Sweetman, Kimberly
    Over the past decade, the UNH Library outreach efforts have evolved from a workplace add-on to a department headed by an experienced marketing and communications professional. Budget and staffing concerns precipitated by the global pandemic as well as a new organizational structure provided opportunities for the library to reassess their approach to communications, marketing, and outreach. By prioritizing these efforts, the UNH Library used strategic planning to re-envision our engagement with our campus community. This panel will provide insights from four participants who were instrumental in shifting the library's approach to a more centralized and intentional practice, which produced a more engaging strategy. Panel highlights will include developing the library's first marketing plan, launching new initiatives including library tours and orientation sessions, hiring brand ambassadors, including communications duties into existing position descriptions, standardizing practices for outreach and assessment, developing a social media strategy and hiring two newly created positions. Panelists will share individual and organizational strategies for this work that may be replicated or reframed for attendees to take back to their institutions. Conversation will include proactive next steps and areas for further growth, including measuring impact and developing programming, to continue engaging positively with our community. Key takeaways for the attendees include learning concrete, easy to implement approaches for developing and assessment of marketing, communications, and outreach initiatives that lean on utilizing in-house talent as well as approaching this work through a growth mindset. Participants can engage in the topic from a variety of distinct perspectives from panelists who work in areas of user engagement, library administration, communications & outreach, and information literacy.
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    Emerging Technologies in the Library: From Test Pilots to High Flying Success
    (2023-06-05) Papini, Allison; Kohl, Laura
    How many of us have brought new technology into the library with high hopes only to have it crash and burn? Why do some tools become instant relics while others develop lives of their own? Like nearly everyone else, Laura and Allison have experienced every point on the spectrum between flop and success and want to share the lessons they've learned. Topics will include virtual reality, data visualization tools, ChatGPT, and more. By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Identify best practices for engaging library staff in emerging technologies 2. Develop an outreach strategy to connect with hidden allies 3. Create a method of assessment to determine the effectiveness of a new technological tool