First-Time Attendee: How to Get the Most Out of Being a Student at a Music Library Association Meeting
Taylor Greene and Zoua Sylvia Yang
"When you are a student in library school, the thought of attending a Music Library Association Annual Meeting can seem both daunting and logistically challenging. You might feel unsure about how to socialize with professionals, or worry that your presence will be unwelcome. You may be concerned about negotiating the time off from classes and your library job(s) and wonder if you should just avoid that hurdle altogether. On top of that, the cost of lodging and travel could be a serious strain on the student budget. While all these concerns are perfectly valid, you may find that the benefits of attending MLA as a student far outweigh the costs."
Libraries all over the world are incorporating events, displays and exhibitions as a tool to engage with students, faculty, and the larger communities as well as to raise awareness about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion throughout its walls, activities and collections. The scale of these programs can vary from small in-house displays to library-wide or loaned exhibitions or events. They can either be collaborative in nature or curated internally by students, staff or librarians. The Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University engages the wide community with its Events and Exhibition programming not only to promote DEI initiatives at the Leatherby Libraries but also to encourage the community to explore the wide variety of its collections and resources. Despite some of the time and budget challenges these efforts may bring, the Leatherby Libraries administration is committed to bringing these activities to life. The benefits offset many of the obstacles.
"This chapter will address some of the pitfalls (and positive results) of using humor as part of your teaching method. We will explore the acting techniques of personalization and improvisation; and mindful tools to prepare mentally with attention, awareness, and intentionality. Key takeaways from mindfulness and the craft of acting will embolden you to discover how to personalize your own sense of humor, and demonstrate authenticity, caring, and trust--critical factors for student acceptance and engagement--within the learning environment. You will not only survive the instruction session; you will also feel enlivened and more attuned to your teaching purpose during the process."
Shared Service in the Archives: The Johns Hopkins University First-generation Students Oral History Project
Jennifer Kinniff and Annie Tang
"Archivists, like librarians, often provide service to users that is defined by the mission and the institutional context of their employer. University archivists are tasked with documenting the history of their institution, and in doing so, have historically focused much of their attention on the records of institutional offices. This practice leaves out the stories of students and other communities affected by the institution. As immersed as university archivists are in academic libraries and the infrastructure of the academy, activist archivists can still challenge the status quo through intentional collecting of what is neither de facto, nor traditional. As archivists at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, we recognized the lack of student representation in our university archives and set out to fill these gaps in our collection."
Kevin Ross, Carolyn Radcliff, and Talia Cain
"The Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University started its research prize contest for undergraduate students in 2007. Having reached the tenth anniversary of the contest, we are well positioned to reflect on how the contest has changed in concert with new ways of inquiry and information creation and on its role in supporting and honoring student research. A decade of experience has taught us how to diversify the contest and reflect collectively on its merits. In this chapter, we present a case study of how the Kevin and Tam Ross Undergraduate Research Prize (URP) recognizes and honors student scholarship. We explain the goals and processes of the contest and discuss the partnership elements that make the URP contest successful. A student contestant and a contest benefactor coauthor this chapter, enabling a forum with rich and diverse perspectives on the benefits of the competition. The reflection by student Talia Cain, presented in part above, underscores how the process of conducting research has contributed to the development of her scholarly identity."
Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow
Library instruction is like a theatre performance. You play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience. You may receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition a bit unnerving!
In The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence, join Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow for a fun and creative approach to library instruction as they demonstrate how acting techniques can hone your presentation skills, your teaching style, and your performance to create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students.
Douglas R. Dechow and Daniele C. Struppa
This is the preface to "Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson", which examines and honors the work and influence of the computer visionary and re-imagines its meaning for the future. Emerging from a conference held in 2014 at Chapman University, it includes contributions from world-renowned computer scientists and media figures.
The full text of this book is available on an open access basis at Springer.
The blog for the Intertwingled Conference can be read here.
Julie Artman wrote Chapter 1, "Motivating Millennials: The Next Generation of Leadership", for Leadership in Academic Libraries Today: Connecting Theory to Practice. This chapter is free to view on Google Books.
"This chapter will examine the characters [of Supernatural] using several indicators of present/absent fathers: the father hunger scale designed by Paul. B. Perrin et al and the schemas developed by several father-focused theorists. These indicators will help explain the motivations that drive Dean, Sam, and to a lesser extent, Bobby. Based upon this exposure to fatherhood and father roles, Dean and Sam seem to be fulfilling a destiny that was decided, not by fate, but by the effects of their relationships with their father."