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    Nordic Studies
    (2023-06-23) Vetruba, Brian W.
    Presentation about relevant collection development tools, vendors, publishers, databases, and reference works to assist librarians covering Nordic Studies or Scandinavian Studies. Also includes an overview of the academic field and recommendations for scoping a collections. The presentation also highlights content in the Nordic Studies chapter in the forthcoming Handbook for European Studies Librarians. Presented at the "European Language and Area Studies Workshop" on Friday, June 2023 which is sponsored the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of Research & College Libraries (ACRL)
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    2024 Evidence Synthesis Institute Conference Abstracts
    (2024) Evidence Synthesis Institute
    In April 2024 past Evidence Synthesis Institute attendees and instructors gathered for a three day hybrid conference at the University of Minnesota and online. There were two keynote speakers: Jaron Porciello and Whitney A. Townsend. Attendee presentations included the following themes: Service Development, Review Project Experiences, Methodologies and Review Types, Supporting Evidence Synthesis, Teaching and Outreach, Panels, Lightning Talks, and Tech Talks. This 2024 Evidence Synthesis Institute Conference Abstracts document contains links to presentation slides and some recordings (Keynotes).
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    Open Letter to APA seeking changed language in the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms
    (2024-01-24) Riegelman, Amy, L.; Marsalis, Scott E.; Clarke, Kimberly L.; Clark, Ian
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    The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Special Map Processing Project, 1951–2003
    (Washington Map Society, 2023-12) McElfresh, Laura K.
    From 1951 to 2003, the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division hosted a summer project, primarily intended to assist the Division in processing maps and cartographic resources either for inclusion into the collection or for dispersal as duplicates to other libraries. This paper draws on research by Paige Andrew, Linda Musser, and Laura McElfresh, constructing a comprehensive history of the LC G&M Special Project.
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    Creating Information-Literate Musicians in the Academic Library
    (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2023-08) Abbazio, Jessica M.; Pratesi, Angela L.; Yang, Z. Sylvia
    For musicians, the act of creation is multifaceted: musicians perform, analyze, write, speak, and teach in highly collaborative and diverse environments. Information-literate musicians require training to understand and engage with the myriad kinds of content and materials inherent to the contemplation, study, creation, and enjoyment of music. The various information needs of musicians requires creators to make many choices--from selecting a particular score edition or recording from many similar options, to employing a specific scholarly or pedagogical methodology to their work, musicians require the skills to critically evaluate information and determine its usefulness. Music’s ubiquity adds a further layer of intricacy, as music-related research happens in both the concert hall and the classroom, and is not limited to music programs. Disciplines from anthropology to psychology to literature to media studies employ music as a lens through which to examine art, culture, and social structures. As in other creative fields, the history of music scholarship has been heavily influenced by its focus on Western art music and has resulted in the prioritization of Euro-centric musical traditions in study and performance, making research on non-Western and popular music trickier for creators and researchers to conduct. Each of these elements contributes to a complex landscape for librarians planning information literacy instruction activities in support of music-related research and creation. Because of this complexity, students pursuing academic projects that involve music may need support for a range of creative endeavors, and information literacy instruction might seem like a complicated feat for the librarians who work with these creators. By defining what information literacy is for music students and exploring the ways that academic research and creation in music intersects with other disciplines, the authors provide a framework to help librarians contribute to the development of information-literate musicians.
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    Creator Name Standardization Using Faceted Vocabularies in the BTAA Geoportal
    (Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 2023-04-19) McElfresh, Laura
    Digital libraries incorporate metadata from varied sources, ranging from traditional catalog data to author-supplied descriptions. The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Geoportal unites geospatial resources from the libraries of the BTAA, compounding the variability of metadata. The BTAA Geospatial Information Network’s (BTAA GIN) Metadata Committee works to ensure completeness and consistency of metadata in the Geoportal, including a project to standardize the contents of the Creator field. The project comprises an OpenRefine data cleaning phase; evaluation of controlled vocabularies for semiautomated matching via OpenRefine reconciliation; and development and testing of a best practices guide for application of a controlled vocabulary.
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    The Benefits and Drawbacks of Moving into Management at Mid-career
    (ACRL, 2023) Leebaw, Danya; Tomlinson, Carissa
    For some of us, climbing the career ladder feels like a natural progression, something we are supposed to do. We find ourselves consciously or unconsciously working to position ourselves for the next leadership opportunity or job without necessarily realizing what the next role entails. Moving up the ladder often involves choices that do not get a lot of explicit attention and for which there are few opportunities to discuss, and a lack of clear models or step-by-step paths. What does it mean to formally lead in a library, and how does this vary by library type and size? What do you give up and what do you gain? What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks? This chapter will offer responses to these questions by reflecting on the authors’ experiences moving up the career ladder within academic libraries, taking on new positions, and eventually moving to much larger libraries in new leadership roles. We will discuss our choices and their impacts on us as individuals, as well as our organizations. We will reflect on our specific experiences, while acknowledging what makes these distinct and/or privileged. Our goals in this chapter are to highlight a potential path for early career librarians who have ambitions for leadership later in their career, while also surfacing issues to consider when deciding if and how to move into leadership roles.
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    Grey literature: Advocating for diverse voices, increased use, improved access, and preservation
    (College & Research Libraries News, 2021) Marsolek, Wanda; Farrell, Shannon L; Kelly, Julia A; Cooper, Kristen
    Grey literature (GL), or works that are more ephemeral in nature and not produced by traditional publishers, plays an important role in research and teaching. Some disciplines, such as economics and forestry, rely on and value GL for how it allows rapid dissemination of information. Additionally, as systematic reviews become increasingly popular in a wider variety of disciplines, the focus on GL has intensified due to guidelines calling for its inclusion. These factors led the authors to further explore the role of GL across disciplines of our institution. We examined the current levels of GL in databases and institutional repositories, and surveyed and interviewed faculty on their relationship with GL. This research found a lack of diverse voices in GL holdings and issues in preservation and access. Libraries are well situated to address these issues and in this article we argue that they should: increase the collection of diverse voices in GL, preserve digital born materials, and provide access to GL. Finally, we offer several ways that libraries can accomplish this goal.
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    “A Supernova that Sparks in Every Direction”: A Long-Term Assessment of the Research Sprints Faculty Engagement Program
    (College & Research Libraries, 2021-03) McBurney, Jenny; Brown, Sarah Jane; Gyendina, Mariya; Hunt, Shanda; Orozco, Rebecca; Peper, Michael; Valentine, Greta; Wiggins, Benjamin; Younger, Karna
    PREPRINT: Article to be published in College & Research Libraries in March 2024. This is the accepted version of the manuscript prior to copyediting. The Research Sprints program offers faculty partners the opportunity to collaborate intensively and exclusively for one week with a team of librarians to achieve significant progress on research or teaching projects. This longitudinal study extends previous immediate and short-term assessments by interviewing Research Sprints participants at two research-intensive institutions 2-4 years after their concentrated week. The authors evaluate the enduring impact of the program on the participants’ projects, research/teaching practices, and relationships with the library. Participants report achieving project goals, improved skills and student success, and greater awareness and appreciation of librarians’ work.
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    Making Data Right: Embedding Ethics and Data Management in Data Science Instruction
    (IGI Global, 2022) Marsolek, Wanda; Barrick, Katie; Kubas, Alicia; McBurney, Jenny; Hofelich Mohr, Alicia
    Learning how to wield data ethically and responsibly is a critical skill for data scientists, but one that is often lacking from traditional curriculum. Libraries have a long history of teaching data stewardship and sharing, and, in collaboration with collegiate research support entities, are good candidates to expose students engaging in data science to data ethics. This chapter presents four case studies on how the University of Minnesota Libraries and its partners have deeply integrated ethics into data management instruction. The chapter will highlight ethics for general data management instruction to undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines, human subject data de-identification, qualitative methods and sharing, and biodiversity location data. Together, the case studies show how libraries and their partners are a natural fit to advance the work of data science curricula when it comes to managing data and the myriad ethical considerations that go along with this work.
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    Library Programming for a Summer Institute for New Graduate Students from Underrepresented Groups
    (2022-05-25) Vetruba, Brian; Peterson, Kate
    This talk will discuss the University of Minnesota Libraries' programming for the University of Minnesota Graduate School Diversity Office's Summer Institute (SI) which began in 2018 as a seven-week summer bridge program for newly admitted graduate students who are primarily students of color or are from other underrepresented groups. During the SI, participants attend seminars focusing on how to successfully acclimate to graduate school, receive an overview of various university services, as well as meet with peer mentors who are former SI participants. Working closely with a faculty mentor, each participant engages in a new research project culminating in a presentation at the end of the seven weeks. The goal of the research is not to complete an entire research project, but rather gain experience conducting research and writing that they will do in their graduate programs. In this talk, Kate Peterson and Brian Vetruba, the two librarians who organized and coordinated the Libraries' efforts in the SI, will provide an overview on how the Libraries' participation has evolved. They'll also share feedback from participants, the Graduate School, and librarians involved as well as thoughts on moving forward. Finally, they'll offer tips for other librarians who wish to do something similar at their own institutions.
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    Library Employment Practices that Support Student Engagement
    (Johns Hopkins Press, 2022-07) Tomlinson, Carissa; Arnold-Garza, Sara
    Academic libraries have long employed students in roles vital to running a library, such as checking books in and out, shelving, and answering basic patron questions. More recently, academic libraries have also sought ways to demonstrate value and align with campus priorities, such as student engagement. This study uses interviews with library employers and the engagement indicators from the National Survey of Student Engagement as a framework for identifying a range of student employment responsibilities and program components that support campus engagement goals and enrich the work experience for students.
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    Cultivating and Sustaining a Compassionate Culture of Mentorship
    (ACRL, 2021) Holmes, Claire; Arnold-Garza, Sara; Tomlinson, Carissa
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    Mapping the Past: Inside the LC Geography and Map Division Special Map Processing Project, 1951-2006
    (2020-10-15) McElfresh, Laura K.; Andrew, Paige G.; Musser, Linda R.
    Following World War II, the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress (LC G&M) launched a summer internship program aimed at map librarians and others. The unpaid experience gave participants the opportunity to work with LC G&M personnel and collections while offering sending organizations the incentive of receiving free duplicate maps. This presentation traces the history of the program, describes participation and projects, and provides examples of duplicate maps distributed via the program.
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    How We Leave: Migrating Library Publishing Platforms
    (2019-03-04) Molls, Emma
    In 2017, University of Minnesota Libraries migrated a dozen open access journals to a new publishing platform. This six-month process provided insight into the technical and logistical needs of a new type of content, library-produced publications. Library publishers can leverage in-house expertise in the areas of metadata and digital preservation.
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    Cooperative Collection Development: Current Practices for Area Studies
    (2021-04-12) Vetruba, Brian W.
    Using results from a 2020 survey sent to librarians at ARL institutions, this poster will provide a composite view of current cooperative collection activities for area studies and foreign language collections. Data for the type of cooperative collection initiative and collection criteria used, as well as languages and formats included, will be shared. The poster also notes librarians’ attitudes and opinions regarding cooperative collection development, especially its benefits and challenges.
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    Institutional Repositories for Public Engagement: Creating a Common Good Model for an Engaged Campus
    (2020) Moore, Erik A.; Collins, Valerie M.; Johnston, Lisa R.
    Most higher-education institutions strive to be publicly engaged and community centered. These institutions leverage faculty, researchers, librarians, community liaisons, and communication specialists to meet this mission, but they have largely underutilized the potential of institutional repositories. Academic institutions can use institutional repositories to provide open access and long-term preservation to institutional gray literature, research data, university publications, and campus research products that have tangible, real-world applications for the communities they serve. Using examples from the University of Minnesota, this article demonstrates how making this content discoverable, openly accessible, and preserved for the future through an institutional repository not only increases the value of this publicly-engaged work but also creates a lasting record of a university’s public engagement efforts and contributes to the mission of the institution.
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    Lessons in grey literature: Applying study results to library practice
    (2020) Cooper, Kristen; Wanda, Marsolek; Riegelman, Amy; Farrell, Shannon L; Kelly, Julie
    Working with grey literature (GL) in their libraries, the authors bring a breadth of experience with GL, including archiving GL and helping users locate GL for use in their teaching and research, such as systematic reviews, and conducted three research studies focusing on discoverability, preservation and faculty perceptions and use of GL. A survey of 100+ article indexes and 100+ institutional repositories (IRs) found GL in most resources but nearly all lacked comprehensive inclusion or adequate methods to limit to GL. Overall searching in the IRs was rudimentary at best. A Web survey of faculty members in a wide variety of disciplines revealed that they are creating, using, and citing many types of GL. Faculty discover GL most often via Google Scholar and professional contacts and the most-used types were conference papers, theses and dissertations, and technical reports. Interviews with faculty members in numerous subject areas found that in addition to using GL, many created it, often for lay audiences. GL was used to supplement textbooks, communicate with community partners, and in other nontraditional settings. Searching for GL was a particular challenge. In the poster the authors discuss recommendations developed over the course of this research for ways librarians can support GL. These include but are not limited to enhancing web stability of grey literature via depositing grey literature in institutional repositories or subject repositories, thoughtfully and purposely emphasizing new and diverse voices, raising awareness of GL’s role in systematic reviews and promoting its use in teaching.
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    Proposing a C&RL Registered Reports Option
    (2020-06-11) Riegelman, Amy
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    Faculty Perceptions of Grey Literature: A Qualitative Analysis of Faculty Interviews. Grey Journal (TGJ), 16(3).
    (2020) Marsolek, Wanda; Cooper, Kristen; Riegelman, Amy L.; Farrell, Shannon L.; Kelly, Julia A.
    To examine the use, field perception, citation practices, creation, methods for finding, and dissemination of grey literature, this study used interviews of faculty at a large Rl university. Further, interviewees were asked specifically about one type of grey literature - preprints - as well as about ways in which libraries could support their overall grey literature goals. The study findings included concerns about the challenges of finding known items and the unstable nature of web pages. Some less expected findings included the use of grey literature in undergraduate instruction as well as faculty creation of grey literature for lay audiences. In terms of implications for practice, librarians could use these findings to inform long term preservation practices as well as access to institutional repositories.