Poster Session and Reception

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Thursday, April 25

Poster Session and Reception

2:30 - 4:00 PM

Palm Garden Main Foyer

"Best Student Poster", "Best Poster Content", and "Best Visual Design" ribbons will be awarded.


Archives, Cultural Memory and Shame: Japanese Internment Camps

Valerie Vega, UW Milwaukee, SOIS Grad School

Archives are essential to maintaining cultural memory. This poster will focus on the importance of archiving the records of shameful events, which much of society may want to forget or ignore. Archives can ‘remember’ that which might otherwise be forgotten because of cultural silence and lack of discussion. Studying prior research about the internment and applying archival theory if needed, I explored the importance of archives in how individuals and communities remember the WWII era Japanese Internment in the United States and Canada, as well as the role shame plays in how the events are remembered. I found that, providing the records of the events are properly kept and preserved, archives can keep those events active in cultural memory, allowing cultural discussion to happen at a later time. Archives do not ensure this cultural dialogue, but they can be the catalyst for it.


Assessing Multiple Aspects of Academic Library Services: Collections, Staff, Accessibility, & Space
Soohyung Joo, UW-Milwaukee, SOIS Grad School
Inkyung Choi, UW-Milwaukee, SOIS Grad School

This study intends to propose a multi-dimensional assessment model for academic library services. The model posits four aspects of services in academic libraries, including collections, staff, accessibility, and space. For each aspect, we proposed three to five measurement items as follows: (1) collections: amount, coverage, and recency; (2) staff: reliability, responsiveness, expertise, willingness to help, and friendliness; (3) accessibility: navigability, organization, and availability; and (4) space: stack space, comfortableness, available seats, and studying area. The suggested model was validated from an actual evaluation of an academic library in a research university. The reliability of and validity of the assessment model were examined based on a Cronbach’s α test and a factor analysis respectively. The results indicate that the model can be reliable and valid to assess the identified aspects of library services. Also, a multiple regression analysis confirmed that the four aspects would adequately explain user satisfaction in academic libraries.


Birds of a Feather: Academic Libraries, Students, and the University Tweet Together
Emma Molls, UW Milwaukee Libraries, Learning Commons Intern

With smartphones and tablets on the rise and the backlash against Facebook’s reorganization of “Pages,” Twitter is now becoming the go-to social media application—doubling in usage between 2011 and 2012. Academic libraries are able to play a central role in campus culture through effective use of a Twitter account. By creating meaningful “lists” for subscribers, promoting campus re-tweets, maintaining a colorful voice, and increasing followed handles, academic libraries’ Twitter accounts can bring together students, library staff, and other university organizations. Check out Twitter beyond the basics, find out what academic libraries across the state are tweeting, and hear UW-Milwaukee Libraries favorite tweets!


Capturing UW-Milwaukee’s Web Presence through the Archive-It Web Crawler Service
Charles Welbom, UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives, SOIS Grad School
Dan Hauck, UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives, SOIS Grad School

Information once disseminated through traditional channels at UW-Milwaukee increasing finds a wider audience through university Web space. While this trend allows for the proliferation and exchange of an unprecedented amount of documentary material, these developments also produce challenges from an archival and technical perspective. To counter the potential loss of documentary evidence to the ephemeral nature of the Internet, the Archives Department partnered with the Archive-It web crawler service to capture UW-Milwaukee’s Web presence. UW-Milwaukee’s Web Presence Archive serves to document campus activities and student life to an unprecedented extent, ensuring future access to otherwise transitory university documentation distributed via the Internet.


Data Management Planning at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Leah Ujda, UW-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research

As more and more funding agencies begin to require a data management plan in new grant applications, we at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) decided to leverage this requirement and encourage all of our researchers, regardless of their funder, to think carefully about data at the beginning of their projects. We developed a web based tool that walks users through a series of questions about his/her project and the data that will be gathered and created. Users are asked to describe their data and metadata, access and security needs, and preservation and long term storage requirements. Standard language about services and infrastructure provided by WCER's Technical Services department and multiple help tips are included to make some of the more complex aspects of data management easier for the user to address.


EMIERT: Supporting Diversity in Wisconsin Libraries
Karla J. Strand, Vice Chair, EMIERT, Diversity Librarian, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) is new to WLA. Formed in 2011, WLA's EMIERT serves to support librarians of color, librarians who work closely with ethnic and multicultural groups and library professionals interested in supporting diversity in Wisconsin libraries. Stop by our poster to learn more about EMIERT and see how to get involved!


Evaluating ArCat: A User, System, and Comparative Analysis
Kadie K. Seitz, UW Milwaukee SOIS Grad School

This study examines the Wisconsin Historical Society’s online archival catalog system, called ArCat. Previous work on how historians use archives as well as State Historical Society web presences is examined. A user analysis is performed; results show that the users targeted most are historians, genealogists, teachers, students, archaeologists, and local government officials among others. The system is determined to be somewhat unfriendly to users, in part due to its lack of browsability. The system itself is also analyzed, examining the individual features as well as several sample searches in order to determine its effectiveness. Lastly, ArCat is compared to the Minnesota Historical Society Archives digital catalog and some sample searches are performed, finding that the Minnesota Historical Society’s system is more user-friendly due to its browsing features.


Getting Graphic…novels that is. Collaborating with other Library Departments to Enhance a Graphic Novel Collection
Beth Kucera, UW-Milwaukee Libraries

The popularity of graphic novels (GN) has exploded and the UW-Milwaukee campus has been offering courses that focused on GNs. Because of this, the ILL department noticed an increase in the number of requests for GNs and thought our existing collection needed a boost. We started by using our own purchase on demand system, ILLiPOD, to purchase select GNs that were newly published, difficult to borrow, or ones that may fit our collection needs. We also won a UWM Libraries mini-grant to purchase even more GNs that were ordered and processed by the acquisitions department, put on display in a new location, and used during an outreach program for middle school students. Find out how the interlibrary loan department successfully implemented a new and improved graphic novels collection.


If You Can Find It, We Can't Get it for You: How Ebooks Subvert Sharing
Raina Bloom, UW-Madison, College Library
Carrie Nelson, UW-Madison, College Library

We invite librarians to consider the complicating role that ebooks play in creating flexible collections. When an ebook is purchased, the resource is differently restricted than its print equivalent would be, and in ways that violate commonly-held principles of sharing and access. This has the potential to become a significant issue as patrons increasingly encounter ebooks with no print equivalent, which reduces the ability to move resources between libraries. This poster will provide background on ebooks, address drawbacks to their acquisition, and suggest and solicit alternative approaches.


Intellectual Freedom: An Important Concept for All Librarians
Kristin Pekoll, IRFT Chair, West Bend Community Library
Gretchen Revie, LRFT member at large, Lawrence University
Dawn Haggerty, Herzing University – Kenosha

WLA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table provides an opportunity for all WLA members to be involved with intellectual freedom principles and issues. Stop by to learn more about the IFRT, and share ideas on intellectual freedom in our academic libraries and communities.


In-person and Online Instructional Workshops by Graduate Students for Graduate Students
Adrienne Evans, UW- Madison SLIS library
Mallory Inman, UW-Madison SLIS library
Nattawan Junboonta, UW-Madison SLIS library
Tracy Steffens, UW-Madison SLIS library

This year the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) Library offered five workshops in face to face environments. Both course-integrated and drop-in, the workshops focused on instructional technology and were designed by graduate students for graduate students. The workshops focused on software and programs including Omeka, Presentation Design and Information Graphics, Jing, and Google Drive including Google Spreadsheets. Come learn about the process the SLIS Library staff used for collaborating with faculty, as well as designing, and delivering workshops.


Lights, Camera, Action: Creating a Virtual Library Tour
Eric A. Kowalik, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries
Nia Schudson, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries

Attend a screening of our 3 minute virtual library tour. Why and how did we create it? We will explain the process from writing a script to finding a narrator, and discuss our challenges and surprises. We also developed a mobile version to provide a flexible option to meet our patrons’ needs. All of our cinematic secrets will be revealed.


Making Friends with Strangers: Using Postcards as Enticement to Global Studies
Kate Moody, Ripon College Lane Library

Ripon College would like to increase the number of students who travel abroad. In order to support this goal, the library set up a Postcrossing account to send and receive post cards from all over the world. We collect and display these cards along with a map displaying where our cards are from. We feel that this personal interaction with strangers from across the globe reminds our students that the world is a very big place and they should explore it.


Recollection Wisconsin: Discovering and Sharing State and Local History
Emily Pfotenhauer, Wisconsin Library Services

Meet the new WHO! Wisconsin Heritage Online, the statewide digitization program sponsored by Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is now known as Recollection Wisconsin. The new recollectionwisconsin.org website is a gateway to more than 120,000 digital history resources from libraries and archives of the University of Wisconsin System and private colleges across the state, as well as dozens of public libraries, museums and historical societies. This poster will introduce the newly redesigned website and highlight some of the free tools, including Tumblr and Pinterest that Recollection Wisconsin is using to help visitors discover personal connections to the past.


Rethinking Outreach: Engaging Undergraduates in a College Archives
Abigail Brown, Carthage College, Staubitz Archives

In an increasingly virtual educational environment, engaging undergraduates in a college archives requires looking beyond traditional partnerships and methods of outreach. Collaborating with faculty in inquiry-based learning exercises, partnering with campus offices to reach students outside the archives, and effectively utilizing social media allow college archives to meet the future with confidence. Drawing on outreach conducted at Carthage College’s Staubitz Archives, this poster will provide concrete examples and advice on incorporating fresh strategies into your undergraduate outreach.


Teaching Technology to Pre-Service Teachers
Robin Amado, UW-Madison, MERIT, WTI Project Assistant
Ashley Guy, UW-Madison, MERIT, Research Intern
Dawn Wing, UW-Madison, MERIT, Teaching Assistant

In January 2013, MERIT (UW-Madison’s School of Education Media, Educational Resources, and Information Technology unit) provided interactive whiteboard training to sixty Secondary Education student teachers. The purpose of the trainings was twofold: to provide hands-on technology workshops to future educators; and for the pre-service teachers to share technology skills they learned with their cooperating teachers. Participants were highly encouraged to attend basic and advanced Promethean board sessions over a two-week period. Our experience has demonstrated that MERIT’s effort to provide meaningful technology training to students has built new and stronger relationships within the School of Education. Survey results indicate the necessity to integrate educational technology training into teacher education curriculum.


What America Thinks: Using the Online General Social Survey as a Reference Tool
Rose Trupiano, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries

Not able to find a poll about how Americans think about certain issues? Need to compare American societal attitudes through the past decades? The General Social Survey (GSS) may be just the Reference tool you need! Since 1972, the GSS has been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center measuring American thought, activities and trends. Thousands of scholarly journal and newspaper/ magazine articles have been published analyzing GSS data. The GSS is freely available online and with University of Berkeley’s free SDA software, you can quickly run variable cross-tabulations to answer a number of potential reference questions (e.g. “Do males and females differ on societal views?”; “Are college graduates more satisfied with their jobs than high school graduates?”; “Are Republicans generally happier than Democrats”? and many more.) Come learn about the GSS and how it can help you in your reference work!


What Do Students Really Know about Information Literacy? Project SAILS at the UW Colleges
Peggy Turnbull, UW-Manitowoc
Katie Sanders, Library Support Services, UW Colleges

Librarians at the UW Colleges sought to learn more about what students know and what they learn about information literacy over the course of a semester. During Spring 2012 the UW Colleges libraries assessed student knowledge using Project SAILS, a standardized assessment tool developed at Kent State University. SAILS test items are based on the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Of the 13 UW Colleges campuses, 9 participated in the survey, with 495 students taking test one and 335 taking test two. The poster session will include charts with results by ACRL standard, major, and class standing, and will identify the topics associated with the highest and lowest scoring questions. The poster will also show the impact of the results upon the information literacy program at the UW Colleges.


When Free is Enough: Locating Quality Chemical Information With and Without Subscription Databases
Ariel Neff, UW-Madison, Chemistry Library

Chemspider, PubChem, eMolecules.... There are more free chemical resources available online than ever before. How can the generalist librarian know which of these sources contains the best quality information? What types of reference questions can be easily addressed utilizing free resources, and when do more specialized subscription services (SciFinder, Reaxys) or print materials need to be consulted? This poster will demonstrate when, and when not, to use free chemical databases by walking through a few reference question case studies from undergraduates at UW-Madison.


You really like us!: Using Facebook to Attract and Engage
Erin Carrillo, UW-Madison, Steenbock Memorial Library
Troy Espe, UW-Madison, Steenbock Memorial Library
Jessica Newman, UW-Madison, Steenbock Memorial Library

In December 2012, Steenbock Memorial Library employed a new Facebook campaign to complement and showcase a recurring event: Student Appreciation Week. This campaign was designed to express appreciation for and introduce patrons to student employees, who are the face of the library for many patrons. Twenty-five student staff were individually photographed next to a whiteboard displaying their first name, major, favorite book, and hidden talent; these photos were shared on Facebook over a two week period. The campaign built rapport between librarians and student staff, and resulted in a highly positive social media response. The library’s Facebook page received almost twice as many new followers, almost ten times as many likes, and more than eight times as many comments compared to the previous month. This poster discusses the campaign’s development, implementation, assessment, and subsequent campaigns that built on this success.