TCAL 2018

 3rd annual
“Creative Connections”
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University

Link to opening welcome activity:


TCAL 2018 Presentations


30- and 60-minute sessions


A Rose by Any Other Name: Identities in Library Materials

Discovery of information is only as effective as the tools we have. How often, though, do we neglect to understand the words and their definitions that we use to name things (and people and places). And as many of us can attest to, these names and labels can often be controversial. This workshop looks at identities in the LGBTQ+ community and the names and labels that identify those groups and individuals. We will look at Library of Congress Subject Headings and compare it alongside other taxonomies, social tagging, and vernaculars for accessing information in this content area.

Disclaimer: The language used in this workshop may make some uncomfortable.

John Bartles, Cataloger and System Librarian, Prince George’s Community College

Access for All: Creating Partnerships to Promote Accessibility Across Campus

The Loyola Notre Dame Library and Loyola University Maryland Office of Technology Services will share how they have collaborated with each other, Disability Support Services, and other campus partners to develop accessibility guidelines and promote accessibility across the campus.

Danielle Whren Johnson, Copyright and Special Projects Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Tracy McMahon, Assitant Director of the Office of Educational Technology, Loyola University

Build Your Own Ticketing System: Zoho Creator 101

Learn how LNDL created a customized application to aid in eResource Troubleshooting and tracking using Zoho Creator, an online system which allows user to track processes and manage data with custom apps. Then go behind the scenes to a sample Zoho application.

Kimberly Arleth, Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Building Bridges: Coordinating to Bridge the Transition from High School to College

Join a group of college librarians as they discuss recent work with academic librarians and high school media center specialists to streamline and strengthen support for high school students moving into new academic or professional environments. Come with a question about the process or a challenging outreach situation to troubleshoot.

Elizabeth Davidson, Head of Public Services, McDaniel College
David Brennan, E-Resources Librarian & Head of Technical Services, McDaniel College
Jessica Barbera, Information Literacy Coordinator, McDaniel College
Andrea Briggs, College Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, McDaniel College

Cataloging in Languages You Don’t Know: A Practical Guide

You’re handed a collection of non-English materials to catalog, none of which you can read. Now what? Join us for a presentation and discussion on strategies for cataloging materials in languages you don’t know! If desired, bring along a book (or pictures thereof) to practice applying the ideas discussed.

Jennifer Martin, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, Salisbury University

Creativity in Academic Libraries: Perceptions of Staff and Strategies for Enhancement

Survey results will be used to explore perceptions of creativity among academic library staff, and what characteristics were perceived as encouraging or discouraging creativity in participants’ work. This data will be connected to psychological literature on creativity, and the presentation will conclude with suggestions for enhancing personal and workplace creativity.

Nancy Falciani-White, Library Director, Randolph-Macon College

Endangered Data Week: How University Libraries Can Get Involved

Endangered Data Week is a national initiative started to raise awareness of threats to public research data from institutes such as NASA, NOAA, and more. But how can you get your campus involved? In this session, you’ll learn about Endangered Data Week topics and brainstorm ideas for how you can participate in 2019.

Joseph Koivisto, Systems Librarian, University of Maryland College Park

Exhibits: An Engaging Way to Connect with Students, Staff and the Community

Looking for ways to engage students and connect with the community? Are professors interested in new projects for their classes? Exhibits may be your answer! Janie Kreines, Curator at the Salisbury University library, will discuss how she develops exhibits while collaborating with library staff, professors, students and community members.

Janie Kreines, Exhibits & Artifacts Curator, Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University

Focus on Students: Using Focus Group Research to Tell Your Library’s Story

Learn how to do ethnographic research in conjunction with other methods to tell the full story of the library’s impact. This step-by-step session enables participants to plan a quality focus group study and will examine a recent IMLS grant project example for context. Come with a question you want answered.

Jessame Ferguson, Director of Hoover Library, McDaniel College
Joel Wright, Research Analyst, Anne Arundel Community College

Having the Relationship Talk: Proposing a Formal Community of Learning

Communities of learning form organically when sparks fly over shared interests, but they can fizzle just as quickly. This session covers how to make those relationships stick long-term. Explore how to find your people, “have the talk” to determine logistics and benefits of your community, and keep that spark alive. While our case involves a local reference librarian community, these tips can apply to any library staff in a targeted role.

Robin Vickery, Business Librarian, Salisbury Librarian
Natalie Burclaff, Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, University of Baltimore

Just Swipe Right: Libraries and Learning Centers Are a Perfect Match

Libraries must justify staffing, budget, and space. Learning Centers are understaffed and underfunded. At Frederick Community College, we joined forces, integrating personnel, spaces, and budgets to better serve our students. Since opening, we’ve created collaborative workshops drawing on expertise from writing coaches and librarians; trained staff to support both spaces, allowing us to offer better service with the same level of staffing; and shared systems to strengthen our data collection and outreach. Our directors, librarians, and learning center staff will tell the story of why we embarked on this transformation, the lessons learned along the way, and share how the design of the space and the administrative structure of the team reflects a deep commitment to student achievement. By the end of the session, Librarians and Administrators will see how “swiping right” can support student success.

Colleen McKnight, Director of Library Services, Frederick Community College
Betsey Zwing, Director of the Tutoring and Writing Center, Frederick Community College
Rebecca Montgomery, Digital Resources Librarian, Frederick Community College
Daniel Gallaher, Information Literacy Librarian, Frederick Community College
Courtney Sloan, Coordinator of the Tutoring and Writing Center, Frederick Community College

Making Complex Images Accessible: A Case Study Using Floor Maps

Have you wondered how to add alt-text to complex images? Are you struggling with how to make a visual PDFs accessible? Jake Simone (Electronic Resources Library Associate, TU) and Julia Caffrey (Web Services Librarian, TU) discuss working together to make the library’s visual PDF floor maps accessible in more formats (audio, text).

Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University
Jacob Simone, Electronic Resources Library Associate, Towson University

Mortal or Moodle? Working with Faculty to Move Library Instruction Online

Join us to hear about how librarians collaborated with faculty to transition one-shot library instruction into online modules, with changes informed by student feedback. Come with ideas you have for working with faculty and get input from your peers about how to pitch them!

Emily F. Gorman, Research, Education & Outreach Librarian, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Catherine Staley, Research Services & Innovation Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: How Mindfulness Practices Can Benefit Librarian and Library

Mindfulness might seem like just buzzword, but research shows the centuries-old practice can enhance concentration, improve emotional intelligence, and promote well-being. Implications from workplace research are applied to librarianship to show how mindfulness can improve both quality of life and patron service. For mindfulness experts and beginners, and anyone in between!

Kaitlyn May, Head of Access Services, Hood College
Emily Hampton Haynes, Reference and Education Services Librarian, Hood College

Student Led “Code of Ethics” Mash-Up

Learn how the University of Baltimore Langsdale Library student staff from Access Services, Achievement and Learning Center, Integrated Digital Services, and Acquisition & Discovery Services departments collaborated to develop a finding aid in LibGuides for use at a single service point.

Sean Hogan, Head of Access Services, University of Baltimore
Kristin Conlin, Reference & Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
John Chapin, Director for Achievement & Learning, University of Baltimore

Universally Friendly: Selecting Accessible and Usable Interfaces

What rules of thumb can we use when evaluating web tools (search interfaces, websites)? How can libraries advocate for better, more inclusive web tools from providers? This hands-on workshop will describe user experience rules of thumb (“Heuristic Evaluation” and “Laws of UX”), translate web accessibility alphabet soup (WCAG and VPAT), and provide email writing strategies for what irks us.

Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University

Using Special Collections to Reach Across Disciplines at Salisbury University

In this interactive presentation, attendees will engage with Nabb Research Center Special Collections in a primary source instruction session modeled after the classes taught in the Nabb Center classroom at Salisbury University, learning how to analyze and use historical documents, focusing on inter-disciplinary collaboration and faculty outreach.

Ian Post, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University


Adapting Kira Kanban to Library Departments

A case study of using Jira Kanban boards for agile team management in diverse library divisions, and how we adapted Jira configurations and Kanban practices for different situations.

Alistair Morrison, Manager of Library Applications, Johns Hopkins University

Collecting Your Thoughts: Organizing the Heck out of Meeting Notes

Don’t get caught flat footed at a meeting again! Planning your talking points, taking effective notes, and a list of action items when you leave, make all the difference. Come learn this astounding system, developed over eight grueling years of meetings, which will revolutionize your electronic note taking experience!

Bill Helman, Information Technology Librarian, Towson University

Engagement, Enthusiasm, and Empowerment: Participatory Learning in Special Collections Instruction

Students less than enthused? Energize them with active learning, critical pedagogy, and reflective teaching!

UMBC Special Collections faculty Lindsey Loeper and Susan Graham have developed interactive one-shot instruction sessions that foster a welcoming environment and allow students to practice visual and archival literacy. Our poster will showcase a practical example of primary source instruction through the lens of active learning, critical pedagogy, and reflective teaching.

Susan Graham, Special Collections Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Engaging Instructors in E-reserves

The HS/HSL’s course reserve unit worked with various groups on campus to enhance the service to suit their unique needs. We collaborated with course designers from several schools to allow them to update their own courses on the fly. This work has streamlined the process for faculty, making it a more polished solution to their needs; it has also freed valuable staff time to work on other projects.

Everly Brown, Head of Information Services, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Kathleen Hand, Reserves Coordinator, Health Sciences and Human Services Library

Fast, Fancy or Cool? Data Scraping Government Statistics

Although the accessibility of data is advancing all the time, the Internet still abounds in static data tables. Excel makes data interactive, but how to transfer data to Excel? This poster will give users three methods suitable for non-programmers, allowing users to “interview” data for better insight.

Carl P. Olson, Research and Instruction Librarian, Towson University

Gamifying Graduate Writing: Building Connections by Identifying Gaps

Learn how JHU Libraries developed a sustained program to support PhD student writing using gamification and collective writing spaces. Listening to graduate student pain points to create a supportive program with playful incentives turned an exploratory summer program with one academic department into a year-round discipline wide initiative.

Stephanie Gamble, Academic Liaison Librarian, Johns Hopkins University

#HappyToHelp: A Marketing Campaign Connecting Students and Library Staff

Learn how one library created short, branded Instagram videos in an effort to introduce library staff to students and make the library seem more approachable.

Joyce Garczynski, Assistant University Librarian for Development & Communications, Towson University
Eden Parks, Librarian for Outreach and Student Engagement, Towson University

ILL Cost Recovery at University of Maryland Baltimore

Due to budget constraints, the HSHSL has canceled subscriptions resulting in increased demand for ILL services and higher costs for copyright fees. To sustain the service, the HSHSL implemented a charge-back model where schools pay for articles requiring copyright fees. This poster describes the implementation, outcome and lessons learned.

Vickie Campbell, Resource Sharing Supervisor, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Lorrie Woods, Resource Sharing Specialist, Health Sciences and Human Services Library

Joint Effort! Student Driven Assessment Tool that Evaluates Library Resources at Prospective Graduate Schools

The UMBC library instruction program has developed a summative assessment tool that allows students to evaluate prospective graduate schools focused on their library resources and services. The assessment tool, a participatory-designed checklist developed collaboratively with students and librarians, lets students practice their newly developed information literacy skills.

Semhar Yohannes, Science Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Late Night in the Library: Campus Departments United Against Procrastination

Late Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) events have occurred in libraries worldwide as a way to help connect students to campus resources, mitigate stress, and provide a dedicated space for students to study. Stevenson University hosted its pilot LNAP in fall 2017 and then again in spring 2018. See how departments across campus came together for student success and why we consider the spring LNAP a greater success even though there was a 70% drop in attendance!

Bria Sinnott, Library Assistant, Stevenson University
Sara Godbee, Instruction and Learning Services Librarian, Stevenson University

Library Carpentry

Library Carpentry is a growing community of instructors and lesson developers whose mission is to teach librarians the tools, techniques and best practices to: work with data, automate repetitive tasks, support world-class research, and deliver data-savvy, team-based services to the academic and wider community.

Drew Heles, Library Applications Software Engineer, Johns Hopkins University

Mapping Interlibrary Loan: Exploring Data Visualization in Resource Sharing

Traditional interlibrary loan statistics consist of fill rates, turnaround times, and reasons for cancellation, which often can lead to generic tables and hard to read charts. This poster will explore data visualization in resource sharing, examining what stories we can tell by combining geography and interlibrary loan statistics. We will present our interlibrary loan interactive map, which tracks the libraries that we have borrowed from and lent to through a variety of filters.

Kate Strain, Interlibrary Loan Assistant, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Zach Gahs-Buccheri, Interlibrary Loan Assistant, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Mentoring at the Sheridan Libraries: Three Years’ Progress at Johns Hopkins

The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums Mentoring Program at Johns Hopkins University is currently in its third year of operation. This poster documents the founding, purpose, progress, assessment, and future development of the program.

Christopher Case, Head of Technical Services, Johns Hopkins University
Kristen Diehl, E-Resources Specialist, Johns Hopkins University

Supporting Anatomy & Physiology through Cross-Departmental Partnerships

New ways to non-traditionally support content-intensive courses using both electronic and face-to-face methods.

Susan E. Brazer, Science Research and Instruction Librarian, Salisbury University

Who Are We? Building Community through a Mission Revision Project at Marymount University Library

Three librarians from Marymount University showcase their collaboration to develop a new mission statement for the library. The librarians teamed up to transform the mission from a lengthy and prescriptive statement into an actionable, forward-looking distillation of the library’s ethos, and built-in community building activities for their colleagues along the way.

Jenise Overmier, Research and Instruction Librarian, Marymount University
Katharine Baldwin, Access and Outreach Librarian, Marymount University
Meaghan Burke, Metadata/Electronic Resources Librarian, Marymount University

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