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    Drawers, Shelves, and Boxes Full of Data: Status of Analog Life Sciences Data and Solutions for the Future
    (2019-06-23) Farrell, Shannon L.; Kelly, Julie; Mastel, Kristen L.
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    Considering Outreach Assessment: Strategies, Sample Scenarios, and a Call to Action
    (In the Library with the Lead Pipe, 2016-05-04) Farrell, Shannon; Mastel, Kristen
    How do we measure the impact of our outreach programming? While there is a lot of information about successful outreach activities in the library literature, there is far less documentation of assessment strategies. There may be numerous barriers to conducting assessment, including a lack of time, money, staff, knowledge, and administrative support. Further, many outreach activities are not tied back to institutional missions and event goals, meaning they are disjointed activities that do not reflect particular outcomes. High attendance numbers may show that there was excellent swag and food at an event, but did the event relate back to your missions and goals? In this article, we examine the various kinds of outreach that libraries are doing, sort these activities into six broad categories, explore assorted assessment techniques, and include a small survey about people’s experience and comfort with suggested assessments. Using hypothetical outreach scenarios, we will illustrate how to identify appropriate assessment strategies to evaluate an event’s goals and measure impact. Recognizing there are numerous constraints, we suggest that all library workers engaging in outreach activities should strongly consider incorporating goals-driven assessment in their work.
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    Examining the Research Practices of Agricultural Scholars at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
    (2016) Farrell, Shannon L.; Kocher, Megan
    During the spring and summer of 2016, the University of Minnesota Libraries joined 18 other institutions to participate in Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program to explore agricultural scholars’ research focus, research methods and publishing practices. This report summarizes our local findings, resulting from 16 interviews with University of Minnesota faculty from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences on the Twin Cities campus. It also offers suggestions for agriculture libraries and librarians based on the data we have gathered.
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    Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit
    (American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), 2014-04) Dorning, Jennifer; Dunderdale, Tara; Farrell, Shannon L.; Geraci, Aliqae; Rubin, Rachel; Storrs, Jessica
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    Exploring Disciplinary Differences in Data Management Practices
    (2015) Bakker, Caitlin J.; Farrell, Shannon; Neeser, Amy
    Our poster will compare and contrast the differences in requirements and practice of data management plans in the broad disciplinary fields of life sciences and health sciences. We will discuss the similarities and differences in both the researchers’ attitudes and approaches to data management plans, the potential barriers to adoption, and practical strategies for librarians to address these potential needs and obstacles. Further, we will consider differences in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) data management requirements and how they impact researchers, including faculty members, post-docs, students, and staff. The libraries at our large, research university are in the process of collecting information about researchers’ data management needs in a variety of disciplines. Further, we are reviewing researchers’ submitted data management plans in order to examine trends and potential opportunities for service development. We are examining the broad differences both between and within disciplines, in order to better equip both researchers and library staff to develop better data management practices. To that end, we are currently developing more robust training for both researchers and library staff in order to address identified areas of need and create a culture shift where data management becomes an integrated part of researchers’ work flow.
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    From “Apples to Apples” to “Topics to Keywords”: An Information Literacy Party Game
    (2014) Farrell, Shannon; Neeser, Amy; Peterson, Kate; Veile, Jenny
    Many universities support video game scholarship, and in turn, academic libraries have developed gaming services to support student interests, scholarship, and teaching. Research suggests that students struggle most with developing topics and that game-based learning is an opportunity to increase student engagement. The University of Minnesota Libraries Gaming Community of Practice is developing an information literacy party card game to align with information literacy competency standards. The game will be used in undergraduate-level courses with the goal of helping students develop paper topics and related search terms. We will play this game as a demonstration while explaining the rules.
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    Beyond Butts in Seats: Creating campus and community partnerships through meaningful outreach
    (2015) Farrell, Shannon L.; Mastel, Kristen
    In order to stay relevant and meet the needs of our existing and potential users, libraries are forming partnerships and engaging users in numerous ways outside of the classroom. How do we measure the impact of our outreach programming? High attendance numbers may show that we had excellent swag and food at an event, but is counting heads a meaningful assessment measure? This poster will share examples of various kinds of outreach, discuss opportunities for forging partnerships, consider the impact of different outreach activities, and examine new assessment strategies to move beyond simple head counts.
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    Internationalizing a Campus: Opening Doors for Collaboration and Creating Better Services for All
    (2014-04-11) Farrell, Shannon L.; Bullington, Jeffrey S.
    In 2011, Colorado State University (CSU) developed a relationship with INTO UK, a recruitment agency, to increase the number of enrolled international students on campus and further internationalize the campus and curriculum. To ensure that library service and resource quality would not be negatively affected, the CSU Libraries decided to explore potential impacts. We approached library personnel, numerous CSU campus units, and the two previous US INTO campuses (Oregon State University and University of South Florida) for focused interviews asking, 'How can the Libraries contribute to the INTO partnership to ensure overall student success?' It became clear that continued outreach and collaboration are necessary given the complex university environment to support student success and that addressing service gaps with the increased international student population would benefit the campus overall.
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    Embracing INTO: Library Plans and Campus Collaboration to Serve an Increased International Student Population
    (Collaborative Librarianship, 2013) Farrell, Shannon L.; Cranston, Catherine L.; Bullington, Jeffrey S.
    Universities are using private recruitment agencies to fast-track internationalization initiatives and realize tuition-based revenue increases. Colorado State University (CSU), with this dual aim of increasing the proportion of international students on campus and generating income via out-of-state tuition, signed a contract with INTO, a British organization that works to recruit international students to attend partner institutions from countries across five continents. International students, although not a homogeneous population, as a whole do bring unique challenges. Our study examined how both campus and the library could prepare for the expected large influx of international students. Seeking to understand the INTO model and the effect it would have on campus, particularly in terms of resource planning, we conducted a series of interviews with INTO staff, librarians at other U.S. INTO institutions, and CSU faculty and staff who would interact most substantially with the INTO population. Various campus departments have made significant preparations to prepare for the growing INTO population, and we identified several steps that the CSU Libraries could take to better serve these students, including enhancing existing services and fostering new campus collaborations.