Kristen L. Mastel

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    Creating Fantastic Gardening Kits
    (Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2020) Mastel, Kristen; Gaither, Renoir
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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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    Ma and the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden: A Reflection of Space, Time and Place
    (2016-08) Mastel, Kristen
    “Ma” is a Japanese philosophy that combines space, time, and place that provides a mechanism to understand Japanese garden aesthetics. The medium of papercutting is used to explore the concept of “ma” using the subject of the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden at Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In addition, to exploring the concept of “ma,” this thesis aims to document the history of the Japanese garden and the garden’s designer, Masami Matsuda, as a symbol of friendship between Saint Paul and Nagasaki sister cities, and cultural understanding.
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    Extending Our Reach: Embedding Library Resources and Services within Extension
    (ACRL, 2011) Mastel, Kristen
    This chapter will discuss how the University of Minnesota is seeking to reach out to previously underserved Extension staff through virtual and personal services. A variety of techniques have been used, such as trend spotting, lurking and active engagement, to identify the strengths and weakness in our library programming and services for Extension staff; with this information we are able to develop strategies for outreach opportunities.