Lightning Talks

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Wednesday, 2:30-3:45pm - Ballroom East

For topics shorter than a full presentation or poster, new this year is the Lightning Talks program. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to speak on their topic. PowerPoint slides will be gathered ahead of time and presented as one continuous presentation, with an emcee coordinating the talks and delegating time.


Chatty Cathies and Butts in Seats
Ane Carriveau, UW-Fox Valley

Using a method discovered at an ACRL program, UW-Fox Valley did a space study of how students were using the library throughout the day. A "heat" map of how often seats were occupied was created and where the pockets of noise within the library were located. This information was used to rearrange seating and a follow up study was conducted the next semester to determine if the noise pockets had improved and unused areas were being utilized.

Image of Librarians Today
Matthew Coan, Madison College

Popular media have long offered a fairly narrow image of what librarians 'look like'. In light of how our visual identity has been somewhat 'modernized' with the newer, stereotypical nerdish aesthetic, Matthew became more interested in how librarians see and present themselves, rather than how librarians are presented in most media representations. To gauge how librarians see themselves, he shared a short, unscientific survey with (mostly) academic librarians throughout the state via email, Facebook and through contacts made courtesy of the Wisconsin Library Association. He also reviewed some of the academic literature on the topic and will share what he has learned and will invite further conversation on the topic.

Digitizing Glass Plate Negatives
Sally Cubitt, St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College has a collection of glass plate negatives that they wanted to digitize, but with money for this limited, they were able to scan and using PhotoShop to convert the images to a large positive image.

Engage Your Students with an Advisory Board
Eric Jennings, UW-Eau Claire

McIntyre Library recently started a student advisory board which provides feedback on improving library services and helping select popular reading/viewing/listening materials. Find out about the process used to create the student advisory board and leave energized to start one at your library.

Transitioning E-Reserve to D2L: Still Providing Service and Meeting the Needs of Faculty & Students
Beth Kucera, UW-Milwaukee

In the spring of 2013, UW-Milwaukee Libraries began to investigate whether we could redesign reserve services and use interlibrary loan (ILLiad) for handling e-reserve requests. Word across campus was that faculty and staff wanted more control over their course content and students demanded one-stop access through D2L. UW-Milwaukee Libraries thought they could make that happen. The e-reserves and ILL departments collaborated on making this a possibility and a smooth transition for all involved. This talk will provide a brief look at how changes were made but still continue to provide a needed service to the faculty.

Library Web Developer Interns
Maccabee Levine, UW-Oshkosh

UW Oshkosh Polk Library began an internship program back in 2009 for Computer Science students to develop useful, student-focused digital services for the library. It's been a big success with skilled labor, new library services for campus, as well as income (and post-graduation job success) for students. Maccabee will explain the structure of the program and show screencaps of a few past projects.

Marketing Financial Literacy: putting lipstick on the pig(gy bank)
Kate Moody, Ripon College

Marketing to undergraduates is always tricky, doubly so when you are trying to sell something so unsexy as financial literacy. Kate recently started a 6-week money management workshop titled MoneyFitness. She will discuss the marketing techniques, which include adapting class programming to directly relate to students' needs, increasing demand by creating the illusion of limited supply and access, and provocative advertising methods. She will also review what she changed for the next workshop. Lastly, Kate will share some of her preliminary outcomes.

Teaching Critical Information Literacy in the Age of Google
Anthony Sigismondi, St. Norbert College

This talk will highlight the challenges librarians face when developing an information literacy program built on the notion of critical literacy, a form of education that fosters an awareness of the cultural and social structures that produce and reproduce the systematic oppression, exclusion, and subordination of underprivileged groups. Rather than focus on the ways that particular definitions of information literacy might mitigate against the possibility of adopting a critical information literacy framework, this presentation examines how the dominance of Google and the ongoing proliferation of information in digital formats has transformed students' expectations about the research process in ways that make the development of such awareness difficult to obtain. At the same time, it suggests that college libraries could build more robust and effective information literacy programs by gaining a better of understanding of how students' reliance on online search engines and digital information formats has shaped their attitudes about the research process and directly addressing those expectations when working with students.

Finding Current Religion Statistics in the U.S. and Worldwide
Rose Trupiano, Marquette University

The U.S. Census Bureau does not collect data on religious affiliation in its survey, so how can one find statistics on the religious make-up of the U.S.? There are several organizations which routinely collect survey information detailing religious trends in the United States: Religious Congregations Membership Study conducted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies and the Baylor Religion Survey administered by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Data from both of these surveys can easily and freely be obtained from the Association of Religious Data Archives (ARDA). ARDA contains authoritative statistics regarding U. S. congregations, groups, beliefs and other religious findings extracted from polls and surveys. Most data can be broken down to regional, state and county levels. Searching and retrieving data is straightforward and ARDA also contains worldwide statistics on religion.