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ALLA Annual Convention



The schedule for the 2015 Poster Sessions is below. A printable version of this schedule is also available here.



Wednesday April 8 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm (Q & A from 4 pm - 5 pm)

Mangala Krishnamurthy, John Sandy, Mary Ann Robbins- University of Alabama
Academic/Special/Public/School - Chess for STEM at Rodgers Library: Development of both mind and discipline in studies at leisure

Abstract: What? One-of-a-kind service offered at Rodgers Library for Science & Engineering for the entire University of Alabama Campus. Two chess sets are available for check out for 2-4 hours from the circulation desk in Rodgers Library for Science & Engineering at University of Alabama.

Why? It is well documented that chess is a powerful tool for developing high order thinking skills, creativity, and memory. Access to chess sets will provide students an alternate leisure activity during study breaks. Students can enjoy the social and intellectual atmosphere it offers. It could reduce stress around exam time and help increase concentration in studies. Chess can be played anywhere and anytime. During exam times, the big floor chess set could be a de-stressor and lets them stretch, stand, socialize, and play a game of chess. This is an outreach effort in creating a welcoming, intellectual, and informal atmosphere for students.


Who? Students and UA community can check out sets and the players have the option to play indoors using the teak wood set or take the mega chess set outside to play and enjoy. Funds from UA Libraries Innovation Grant made this possible and many students and chess club on campus have been using this service since fall of 2014 and it is gaining popularity on campus in a cool way! Having access to chess sets in Alabama libraries (public, academic, special and K-12) may be as beneficial to patrons as research documents!

Rachel S Hooper, Natalie P. Bryant, J.D. - Troy University
Academic/Special - Embedding for Sustainability

Abstract: The Library provides various programs and services on campus which show that we, as librarians, are relevant to the university and that we are more than just a large building with books and computers. One goal of the Business Reference Librarian this past year was to work with the business faculty to become “embedded” in classes. A Legal Environment of Business professor has been working with the librarian to embed research help, starting with basic legal resources instruction, increasing to three small-scale research assignments that students are to complete periodically throughout the course. This poster will outline the steps taken, research, progress thus far, feedback, impacts, results, and future plans and goals of this endeavor.

Working this closely with the faculty members and students allows librarians to see which resources are being used, which are needed (books, databases, etc.), and see other ways in which the library can help. This allows us to build a presence around campus. Students become more familiar with a librarian and realize that we are available to assist with questions, so librarians become more accessible to them. Also, faculty members may begin to see other ways in which librarians can help and we can form better communication throughout the departments on campus.

Jeff Luzius -Air University
Academic/Special - Lessons Learned from a Major Library Renovation Project

Abstract: Air University's library went through a complete renovation, building addition, and furniture refresh from 2011 through 2014. The entire library staff & collection were displaced during construction yet the library remained open. This poster will present before and after pictures of the renovated space. It will also highlight the process of the renovation project and offer practical advice for anybody else contemplating a similar venture.

Jeff Simpson - Troy University, Marylyn Wright Eubank - Emmet O’Neal Library
Academic/Special - The Superheroes’ Guide to the ALLA: A 3-Year Look Back at the Membership

Abstract: This poster will present current membership data that has been derived from the Alabama Library Association's (ALLA) information management system. Membership statistics have been used for comparisons -- and they will be of interest to the entire Association. The ALLA is composed of a diverse membership group. We reside in geographic locations from our state's most northern boundary, to the areas in-between, and to the southern shores along the Gulf of Mexico. We live in states from coast-to-coast. We are professionals, paraprofessionals, staff, support personnel, business men and women, and retirees. We have endeared ourselves to libraries and have strived to meet the needs of a constantly changing information environment. You, the membership, are the true Superheroes of the ALLA!

Lisa Vardaman, Jeff Simpson, Rachel Hooper- Troy University
Academic/Special - Bringing International Film Festivals to the Library

Abstract: This poster session will discuss three International Films Series that the Troy University Library has recently hosted. In 2014 and 2015, two French Film Festivals that consisted of five to six films per Academic Year were presented. This Tournees Foundation sponsored program has been well-received and has captivated audiences at the showings. Additionally the Library hosted a four film series to spotlight a Cuban Study Abroad Program that took place in 2013 and 2014 -– and will conduct the Pradga Spanish film series event over six weeks during 2015 at Troy University’s Dothan, Montgomery, and Troy Campuses. Join the discussion with this engaging topic and share information about how easy it can be for your library to participate in a film series.

Thursday April 9 8:30 am to 10 am (Q & A from 9 am - 10 am)

Jennifer L. Pate - University of Alabama, Mark D. Robison - Valparaiso University
Academic/Special - Roving Reference: Combating Library Anxiety by Extroverting the Reference Desk

Abstract: Students at the university level may be anxious about using the campus library for research. This anxiety can stem from an unfamiliar cataloging system, the overwhelming size of the building or collection, unfamiliarity with doing scholarly research, or the damage caused by previous negative experiences. Approaching the main reference desk, particularly if it is located in a high-traffic area, and admitting that you need help locating a resource can be nerve-racking and so may be avoided by the student. This avoidance leads not only to the student being without the information source s/he needs, but also with a negative view towards the library. To combat library anxiety, the University of Alabama Libraries has started a Roving Reference program that utilizes our student workers at the Information Desk. Armed with iPads, these student workers, all of whom are graduate students in the LIS program, rove each floor of the library looking for patrons who may be in need of assistance. To assist the rovers, we bookmark frequently used sites and load helpful apps on the iPads. From the relevant library literature, we developed best practices for roving, which we teach to the new student assistants each semester. The best practice training includes advice on recognizing patrons who needs help and on approaching and interacting proactively with students. This roving program helps the anxious student in the stacks find what s/he needs while also teaching the LIS student worker how to conduct a reference interview away from the desk.

Alyssa Martin - Troy University Montgomery Rosa Parks Library, Dr. Chris Shaffer - Troy University, Olga Casey - Troy University Dothan Campus
Academic/Special - Small Grant Writing for Librarians: What to do and why

Abstract: Why write a small grant? How do I locate these grants? What are grant agencies looking for? What are some grant writing strategies? These are a few questions that we will answer during this poster presentation. Pursuit and implementation of small grants can have a transformative impact on a community’s perception of an academic institution as well as the institution’s overall culture. Successful transformation of a culture by one small grant at a time involves an understanding of the dynamics between university culture, community perceptions, and small grants. This poster presentation provides insight into how to not only locate grant opportunities but also how to decide what opportunities are best for individual institutions. Furthermore, using a variety of small grants from Troy University Libraries as examples, we will provide an overview of grant writing strategies and procedures. The grant making organizations examined include the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF), which is representative of other state humanities organizations throughout the United States, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Target Corporation, and several other corporations and organizations that provide grants for educational causes. Finally, reflections are offered on how these small grants influenced a University’s climate and the community perceptions of that university.

Todd Shipman - Auburn University Libraries
Academic/Special - "Flipping and Backflipping": Library Instruction Using a Pre- and Post-Session Instructional Content via Online Videos

Abstract: This presentation explores how the “flipping” model may be modified using pre- and post-session instructional videos for library instruction at an academic library. The instructional design aims at reducing in-session instructional content to information and skills that students “need to know” to complete the assignment at hand. With a portion of content presented before the session (“flipped”) and additional “good to know” information presented after the session in supplemental videos, the librarian may design the session to include limited content and provide more time for active learning activities. The use of supplemental videos (“backflipped”) may also allow students opportunities to expand their information literacy skills beyond those needed for their current assignment and it may provide exposure to a broader set of information literacy skills. The presentation provides examples of how this instructional method has been used recently at Auburn University along with samples of student feedback from the sessions.

Nancy DuPree- University of Alabama Libraries
Academic/Special - Alabama Authors Database

Abstract: For years, the Alabama Library Association has gathered and preserved information on Alabama Authors. Our former publication, the Alabama Librarian, often included material on the state’s authors, and in the 1960’s ran a series of articles and reports on authors. In the late sixties the Bibliographic Committee published Twentieth Century Alabama Authors: A Checklist, and Executive Secretary Ruth Waldrop published Alabama Authors: Books in Print in 1980. By the 1990’s it was clear that a digital compilation would suit our needs better, and in 1992 the web-based bibliography of Alabama Authors was brought up for the first time. Currently ALLA continues to sponsor an online bibliography of Alabama Authors, which is housed in the University of Alabama Libraries website and attempts to keep up with the ever-increasing list of authors and publications from the state. Alabama Authors defines “Alabama Author” in broad terms and attempts to include as many of the state’s writers as possible. The database is created in WordPress, which is very easy to use and is fully searchable. Members who are interested in working on the bibliography or suggesting names to be added may want to join the Bibliographic Committee.

Steven D Yates, Jamie Naidoo, Jeff Weddle - University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, Jessica Ross, Donovan Reinwald, Christie Betharrd - University of Alabama, Jim Smith, Alabama Public Library Service
Public - Progress Report for Sustainable Training for Alabama Public Library Employees (STAPLE)

Abstract: STAPLE is an IMLS funded grant project designed as a model training initiative to meet the educational needs of public library managers (and library directors with no formal LIS education) in Alabama. The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at The University of Alabama and the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) formed a partnership for this project to create a replicable, sustainable, educational program to train 2 cohorts of 30 library managers. STAPLE offers built-in, continuous educational activities in various formats by combining interactive experiences, such as virtual and face-to-face training sessions, with opportunities for participants to share challenges and successes from their library. Participants gain instant feedback from their peers in public libraries of similar sizes, thereby developing a comprehensive catalog of best practices. This STAPLE project model will enable library managers to immediately address identified challenges in their library plans and to orchestrate strategies that will deliver better results. Current STAPLE project managers and participants will be available during convention poster presentation to share personal experiences, including information on speakers and live demonstrations of how to access recorded training sessions. Success stories of the STAPLE's impact upon the job performance and professional abilities of participants will also be shared, as well as highlighted plans for sustainable training opportunities for public library managers in Alabama and beyond.

Thursday April 9 10:30 am to 12 pm (Q & A from 11 am - 12 pm)

Irina Stanishevskaya - University of Alabama at Birmingham Libraries
Academic/Special - Authority Work for Personal Names in RDA Environment

Abstract: Creating and revising authority records (NARs) for personal names can be a challenge. As an independent member of the Library of Congress PCC NACO program and participant in the NACO-AV funnel, the author will share important documentation and provide the best practices and guidelines for authority work for personal names according to a new cataloging standard RDA, the LC-PCC Policy Statements and MARC 21 Authority Format. Cooperative endeavors in authority wok help to build a consistent shared file that reduces the workload of the global cataloging community and enhances discoverability of the resources in libraries worldwide.

Alissa F Matheny- University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies
Academic/Special - Unresolved Boundaries: the Definitional History of Special Libraries

Abstract: Discontent with the term “special libraries” has pervaded the library and information field since the formation of the Special Library Association (SLA) and the term's widely adopted usage in 1909. The literature related to special libraries has reflected this debate over the precise meaning and nature of special libraries for just as many years. This poster, which is taken from my thesis research, considers the historical dialog regarding the varied definitions of special libraries that librarians and information professionals have been engaged in for more than a century. Using systematic review, the scholarly and trade literature is examined and analyzed to track definitional and descriptive characteristics of special libraries in the United States to identify how and why changes have occurred over time. Results reveal strong correlations between definition changes and shifting movements in broader library and US history, especially in relation to the emergence and application of technological advances. Along with encouraging renewed discussion about the boundaries of what we in the field consider special librarianship, this study confirms that rather than permanent and rigid definitions, special libraries have always had dynamic definitions that react to the changing technologies and practices of the profession.

Jessica E Platt, Fagdéba Bakoyéma- Alabama State University
Academic/Special - Designing a Research Process to Develop Information Literacy Skills in Undergraduates

Abstract: Librarian-faculty collaboration is a topic of deep importance in academia, as is reflected in the library literature. The Association of College & Research Libraries states that collaboration between teaching faculty and librarians is fundamental to information literacy because it greatly impacts the development of students’ research abilities and enhances faculty feedback on term papers/projects. With this in mind, the Levi Watkins Learning Center introduced a new collaborative initiative for professors and librarians in the Spring of 2015, titled “Designing a Research Process to Develop Information Literacy Skills in Undergraduates.” The objective of the project is two-fold: a) make the lives of both students and professors easier by providing a clear pathway to research success, b) enable students to more easily write high-quality research papers with the potential to be submitted to student paper conferences. This poster will cover all aspects of the project, including the project design, implementation, and assessment.

Yingqi Tang, Paula Barnett-Ellis - Jacksonville State University
Academic/Special - User-centered Collection Development: A Citation Analysis of Graduate Biology Theses

Abstract: Gathering and assessing information regarding library collections and their usage is an important fact of life for academic libraries. Subject specialists at Jacksonville State University’s Houston Cole Library (HCL) conduct collection assessments approximately every five years for reasons such as re-accreditation of specific programs, or building collections needed for new programs. For the purpose of supplementing the usual collection assessment methods, the authors examined citations in 40 Biology Masters theses from 2008 to 2014. Data was recorded and figures were drawn in Microsoft Excel 2010. Descriptive data analysis for this study was conducted using the statistical software package SPSS 22 for Windows.

A total of2,3551 citations were analyzed, of which journals accounted for 75%, books for 10%, and the remaining 15% included government documents, web sites, dissertations, and theses. The poster will present more detailed results including the types and frequency of materials cited, age range of materials cited, and library holdings of cited sources. The authors will discuss problems discovered in the theses’ reference lists, and will compare citation patterns with those of other studies in biology and related fields. Finally, the authors will provide some suggestions for future collection development and library instruction practices.

Thursday April 9 1:30 pm to 3 pm (Q & A from 2 pm - 3 pm)

Muriel D. Nero, Jia He- Marx Library University of South Alabama
Academic/Special - Behind the Scenes: Quality Control in the Cataloging Department

Abstract: By definition, quality control means rules or policies are in place to make sure products meet a desired standard. Usually this is done by inspecting the product for any defects before it is released to consumers. You find this most often in the business world; indeed, some companies having an entire department committed to the quality control of their products. The Marx Library Cataloging Department uses a similar method of quality control to check all cataloged materials for errors before they are transferred to the Circulation Department for shelving. Performing quality control checks on cataloged materials provides assurance that students and faculty will have access to our materials to complete their coursework and research endeavors. In this presentation, we will illustrate some of the steps we take in our quality control process. This will include what is checked in the Voyager Cataloging module, OCLC, and the physical steps for processing books and media. The physical processes include checking barcodes, spine labels, and the Library of Congress Classification call number written on the item. Although time-consuming, quality control is a necessary measure to make sure all cataloged items meet the proper cataloging standards and local practices for our collection. This practice also ensures materials are accessible through our online catalog and discovery service.

Sara M Whitver, Paige Crumbley, Claire Clemmons, and Lauren Gilpin- University of Alabama Libraries
Academic/Special - Once Upon A Time: Using Storytelling in the Information Literacy Classroom

Abstract: Through stories, we are able to relate to each other as people, to communicate context as well as content, and to make cognitive connections. In his chapter entitled “How Do They Conduct Class,” Ken Bain (2004 What the Best College Teachers Do) describes the use of storytelling within a number of disciplinary and pedagogical situations to illustrate its strength as a devise that teachers can use to engage students. Within the information literacy classroom (where time is always limited,) storytelling can be used to make connections with students quickly. Graduate students learning to teach information literacy for EN102 at Gorgas Information Services have begun focusing on storytelling as a teaching technique that beginning teachers can use to establish connections and clearly communicate with students. During this experiment, a variety of storytelling techniques have been employed in the classroom. First- and second-person narration are employed in demonstrating tools, comparing and contrasting ideas, and approaching topics from alternate perspectives; back stories, analogies and framing devises help with information-seeking behavior, narrowing topics, and explaining related keywords. As a result, these beginning teachers have found that storytelling helped to alleviate their performance anxiety and clearly articulate sometimes-complex ideas to EN102 students, which in turn has improved teacher-student connections and boosted teacher confidence.

Olga Casey - Troy University, Dothan campus, Dr. Christopher Shaffer -Troy University
Olga Shulga - Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University (Ukraine)
Academic/Special - “Sister Libraries: 5 years of successful partnership between the Libraries of Troy University, Dothan and Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University (Ukraine)”

Abstract The Sister Library Program of ALA International Relations Round Table helps to link the libraries around the world and promotes exchange of information and cultural understanding. Informal partnership between the American and Ukrainian academic libraries of the above mentioned universities was established in 2009 on the base of informal communication between the libraries’ staff members. Since 2010 a representative of Troy University library visits Kirovohrad University library every year. We are exchanging presents: the Ukrainian library receives encyclopedias, dictionaries, monographs and periodicals on linguistics, science, humanities, education, and psychology. Troy University library receives from Ukraine books, works of Art Department students, and other materials, which were used for the display-exhibition about Kirovohrad University and the Sister Library (photos will be presented, as well as a historical display of library instructions for Soviet library users dated (1950th).
In May 2012 a report on the sister libraries was presented on the Ukrainian Conference of academic libraries in Crimea. In September 2014 more than 150 articles on the situation in Ukraine from American newspapers were delivered to the Ukrainian library for public display. The partnership that may serve a good example for libraries international cooperation.

Tommy C. Brown - Auburn University Libraries
Academic/Special - Crunching the Numbers: Assessing Digital Collections Using Google Analytics

Abstract: In recent years the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Auburn University Libraries has partnered with the Systems Department to develop a series of digital projects based upon collections housed within the archives. Three of these digital collections, the Cooperative Extension Service Photographs, the Civil War Letters and Diaries Collection, and the Auburn University Photographs Collection, have attracted the attention of historians, researchers, Auburn University alumni, and the general public. This presentation provides an overview of an in-depth analysis of these three digital collections. The research relies upon statistical data gathered from Google Analytics, a web tracking service that “generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and traffic sources.” The Google Analytics tool tracks and breaks down data by demographics, total number of sessions and pages viewed, web site origination, landing pages, individual item pages, browsing tendencies, total number of new users versus first time users, and a variety of other parameters. By crunching the numbers, digital collections developers will gain a better understanding of their target audience, how visitors arrived at the sites, and what people were looking for. Perhaps most importantly, data drawn from existing websites should help with the planning, creation, and design of future collections.

Hayley Johnson, Sarah Simms - Nicholls State University
Academic/Special - : “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” Now What?
A Critical Examination of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in the Classroom

Abstract: You got the grant and the right stuff, now how do you put it into action? Having secured grant funding for a collaborative multidisciplinary research workshop series to promote undergraduate research, Nicholls State University librarians and teaching faculty have begun to implement these workshops targeted to Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Business, and Biological Sciences.

Through this collaboration, we can see the needs of students and faculty in these traditionally self-contained disciplines. The grant allows us to be involved in team-teaching, a new concept beyond the one-shot. Librarians now have the opportunity to partner with undergraduates at the outset of their research process, making us in-tune with ground-level research being conducted on campus. We are moving from the desk to the classroom in an approachable and flexible environment, positioning not just the library as the primary center of research, but also librarians as valuable additions to the research process. Interestingly, faculty from unexpected disciplines, such as English, have expressed interest, while some faculty from targeted disciplines have fallen by the wayside.

This poster will examine student and faculty response to the workshops, the revolving door of faculty buy-in, and future possibilities for this module.



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