Lightning Talks

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Wednesday, 3:15-4:45pm - Daycholah

The Lightning Talks program is for topics shorter than a full presentation or poster. 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.

The Academy and Information Literacy: Guiding Information Literacy Collaborations with Action Research

Katie Blank (Marquette University)

Twelve in-depth interviews were conducted this year (2016) to explore what successful collaborations look like and barriers to collaborations. This presenteation provides an overview of preliminary research findings on collaborations between faculty teaching research methods and faculty instruction librarians. The researcher will discuss the research process, next steps, and implications for future research. By understanding the current practices, there is the potential to develop best practices for building improved and sustainable instruction collaborations.

Creating More Diversity on Campus and within the Profession

Ronald G. Edwards (Western Technical College)

The subject of diversity on campus has become so prevalent and ingrained at times that reasons for its integration into college documents, strategic plans, and meeting agendas often loses its edge when the conversation starts.  People assume it exists when it actually doesn’t.  Close scrutiny has given way to automatic acceptance as an idea.  The fact that it remains a topic is good, but more serious discussion, better evaluation and more progress is needed.

Five minutes of practical and objective steps to take regarding how to increase diversity on campus and in the profession will be presented.  Some of these suggestions are historical and some are more cutting edge.  Action is the key to all of them.  Like the lightning bolt, some are electrifying and others take little time to implement.  Learn what you can do to make diversity happen and not just pay it lip service.

Engaging Pages

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon (UW-Milwaukee)

Eight hours of collaboration with local developers and UX designers through #HackMKE, Milwaukee's local instance of the National Day of Civic Hacking, resulted in a more engaging design for the UWM Libraries Special Collections home page and a web structure that is more intuitive and easier to navigate. This quick overview of our process can be scaled up or down to refresh single web pages or entire websites, ensuring that your most important and engaging content is front and center. 

Eye-tracking technology and evaluating library services

Sukwon Dean Lee (UW-Milwaukee SOIS)

Recently, eye-tracking technology was introduced into Library and Information Science. Due to the development of the eye-tracking technology, library scientists are able to better understand a patron’s information seeking behaviors on various forms of information retrieval systems. There was a usability study on users’ basic eye movements and sequential patterns throughout 10 different search tasks on Google. However, there is little research on library websites. This study will discuss the possible outcomes in the case of implementing eye-tracking technology in library settings. One of the research goals is to investigate patrons’ eye movement when they are interacting with a library’s website interface. In addition, this study aims to evaluate library patrons’ satisfaction with libraries’ online reference service. Thus, eye-tracking technology can provide insights of evaluating library practices. Hence, libraries can benefit from adopting eye-tracking technology. 

Feminist Pedagogies for Librarians

Raina Bloom (UW-Madison)

Feminist pedagogies are a mindset and a method to support thought and practice in the classroom. Feminist pedagogies concern themselves with power/empowerment, lived experience, and notions of authority in education and society. This lightning talk will present a brief introduction to feminist pedagogies and illuminate their value for librarians. 

High-Density Shelving: What is it and why do we need it?

Chrissy Hursh (UW-Madison)

Nearly every academic library system is facing space shortage issues. As library collections grow – and spaces are repurposed – libraries face increasing pressure to house their materials off-site. High-density shelving facilities are potential solutions to the space crisis, though many librarians don’t know much about them. My lightning talk will introduce you to the first facility of its kind in the state of Wisconsin – The Verona Shelving Facility at UW-Madison. I’ll begin by defining high-density shelving – what is it, why do we need it, and how does it impact libraries? Then I’ll introduce you to the workflow and software program we use to manage our collection. Finally, I’ll touch on staffing needs and long-term implications.

Jumping In: Supporting Faculty Research as a Co-Author

Erin McArthur (UW-Oshkosh)

Tenure-seeking faculty need all the help they can get in their quest to "publish or perish." While academic librarians typically play a supporting role, helping faculty with literature searches, journal selection or proper formatting, we can also seize the opportunity for a true partnership by joining them as co-authors. I will share my experiences co-authoring articles with three nursing faculty members, and my vision for further expanding our library's role in faculty research. 

The Library is a Shrinking Organism!: Five Things Learned During a Massive Collection Reduction

Dave Bloom (UW-Madison)

Due to space needs, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering tasked library staff with reducing Wendt Commons’ physical footprint from three floors to a single floor between Fall 2014 and Fall 2016. Critically, this has involved an analysis and reduction of a print collection of approximately 250,000 volumes. This talk will cover just 5 of the 500 or so things we’ve learned during this challenging process.


Licensing Trends: the new, old and the ugly

Judith A. Louer (UW-Madison)

Licensing is ever evolving as new uses of content and new business models emerge.  I will discuss briefly some newer additions to our licenses such as accessibility requirements and text data mining and how vendors are responding to these changes.  I will also show some examples of some “ugly” terms that we can never accept.


PUMPS: Partnership of UWM & MPS to Prepare Students to Succeed

Tiffany Thornton (UW-Milwaukee)

PUMPS is a unique partnership between the UWM Libraries and Milwaukee Public Schools; providing library research instruction and campus experiences to underserved student populations. The PUMPS program was developed to alleviate financial barriers for MPS High Schools in order to visit our campus for research purposes. In collaboration with School Library Media Specialists, our goal is to assist students with obtaining the skills and resources to finish short term assignments connected with their curriculum, to prepare students for after high school, and to help with a successful transition for students into their desired career pathway. Over the course of three visits, PUMPS students complete a career assessment and participate in tours and departmental visits including financial aid, student veterans, Student Success Center, campus admissions, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Lubar School of Business, and Peck School of the Arts. These customized experiences provide MPS students the opportunity to visualize themselves in a college environment and to gain greater comfort in an academic library setting.


Shedding Light on the Dark Web

Rose Trupiano (Marquette University)

Did you know that Google, Bing and other common search engines only index approximately 4% of the entire Internet?  In addition to this Surface Web, there is the Deep or Hidden Web (~500% larger) containing links to websites not crawled or indexed by search engines. Some Deep websites are free (government databases, library catalogs, etc.) and some for pay or with other restrictions.  Within the Deep Web is the controversial “Dark Web”, a small portion of the Internet NOT accessible to common Internet browsers but which require special software.  The Dark Web allows anonymity for Internet users and servers and offers whistleblowers and censored citizens the ability to anonymously email or post. The down side is that the Dark Web is also being used for illegal and criminal activities.  This informational talk delves into the positive and negative aspects of the Dark Web and its implications for the library world.


The Token Resource: Making the Transition Seamless

Amy B. Rachuba (Ripon College)

As budgets remain flat and the cost of electronic resources continues to rise, it is imperative that librarians continue to evaluate and look at new options available.  In 2015 Ripon College took the leap from an unlimited access high-cost science database to one using tokens.  This talk will look at the background information needed before making the jump, as well as how the changes were received by faculty and students and how to adapt each year.