Pre-Recorded Presentations

These longer (20-50 minutes) presentations have been pre-recorded by their presenters. Conference attendees can view them whenever their schedule allows. We will host live viewing parties of some these sessions during the day of the conference. Attendees of a viewing party will be able to watch the presentation together, and then engage in live discussion and Q&A with the presenters following the viewing.

To view a recording (on or after July 20), click on “Access Presentation” below the presentation title.

AWS (Amazon Web Services) for Librarians

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This year, the UMB Health Sciences and Human Services library was awarded the Web Services Office of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. This office supports 16 servers. With funding for the project beginning May 1st 2021, and the UMB management of the sites beginning the same day, we needed to get the infrastructure up and running quickly. In this session, I’d like to discuss our AWS planning, a general outline of how we’re using AWS, and how our planning differs from the reality we ended up with.

James Stephens

Associate Director, Computing and Technology Services, University of Maryland Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
I have worked in Library Technology for 15 years at three very different universities. I am interested in how Library IT is always different at every campus; the responsibilities in these positions varies greatly! As Associate Director at UMB’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library, I provide leadership for technology support and innovation within the library. I oversee a division that supports an Innovation Space, a Presentation Practice Studio, the library web presence, as well as library classroom, staff, and public access computers. Throughout my career I have been focused on service to patrons and to my fellow staff.


Conducting a Targeted Equity Audit at Your Library: Tips and Lessons Learned

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Evaluating library practices through an equity lens is a high priority for many institutions—but how do you begin? In this session, one library will share how they conducted a targeted equity audit designed to be conducted in an iterative manner using internal staff and resources. The result was a process that energized staff, created a set of recommendations that were adopted, and generated a list of ideas for the future that the library can continue to pursue. Presenters will discuss both successes and pain points they encountered in the audit process.

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Danielle Whren Johnson

Copyright and Special Projects Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Danielle Whren Johnson (she/hers) is the Copyright and Special Projects Librarian at Loyola Notre Dame Library, a library that serves Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has an MLS from University of Maryland, College Park and copyright certifications from UMUC’s Center for Intellectual Property and the Harvard Copyright X program.

Jenny Kinniff

Head of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Jenny Kinniff (she/her) is the Head of Archives and Special Collections at Loyola Notre Dame Library, a library that serves Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has an MLS and an MA in History from the University of Maryland-College Park, as well as Certified Archivist and Digital Archives Specialist certifications.


Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Scholarly Research: Connecting the Dots

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This presentation will discuss the ways in which Digital Humanities, Librarianship, and traditional scholarship intersect using the micro-edition of selections from Mabel Dodge Luhan’s “Whirling around Mexico,” as a case study. The edition illustrates the subject’s skills as a connection-maker through hyperlinking and visualization tools. Its efficacy is a direct result of the editor’s training as a librarian, including her ability to create a database, practice basic TEI coding, and navigate permissions. By recognizing the many ways in which these disciplines inform each other, we empower ourselves as professionals to serve as intellectual translators between the digital and the humanist. Librarians do not need to be scholars or digital experts to do this work. Instead they need to understand possibility and locate resources–operating along traditional lines in a new arena.

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Christina Taylor Gibson

Performing Arts Librarian, Towson University
Christina Taylor Gibson is the Performing Arts Librarian at Towson University. She completed her Ph.D. in musicology in 2008 and will complete the MLIS with a specialization in academic librarianship in August 2022. Recent scholarly publications have focused on Mexican composer Carlos Chávez and his collaborations with women, including Martha Graham and Mabel Dodge Luhan. Her current obsession is optimizing the liaison librarian role to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration.


Effectiveness of Borrowing Ebooks via Interlibrary Loan

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How effective are we at borrowing ebooks via interlibrary loan? The increasing desire to borrow materials electronically is reflected in the increasing numbers of ebook requests made via interlibrary loan (ILL). Ebooks are challenging to borrow due to publisher licensing restrictions as well as software limitations. At University of Maryland College Park an ebook workflow was established in response to the pandemic which included increased decision points and communications with patrons when an ebook could not be borrowed. This new workflow privileged customer service with an offer to request a portion of an item or a number of chapters. Once the library re-opened we asked ourselves if this workflow was sustainable with the increased staff workload combined with how effectively libraries can borrow ebooks. The results demonstrated that borrowing ebooks via ILL is rising in effectiveness.

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Brynne Norton

Head, Resource Sharing & Reserves, University of Maryland, College Park
Brynne Norton is the Head of Resource Sharing & Reserves at the University of Maryland College Park. She started this role in November of 2019. Brynne earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from McDaniel College. Her research interests are on career development and career paths in access services drawn from experience working in a variety of academic and special libraries.

Ashley Chen

Borrowing Specialist, University of Maryland, College Park
Ashley Chen is the Borrowing Specialist in the Resource Sharing & Reserves unit at the University of Maryland College Park. She started this role in October of 2018. Ashley earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland and is interested in improving user experience while also seeking out new efficiencies for staff workflows.


No Small Talk: Building Engaging Conversations at a Community College

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Getting started is the hardest part. The Garrett College Library tackled this responsibility by starting the conversation on the historical and cultural importance of local indigenous populations in their small, rural community. A recipient of a Libraries Transforming Communities Grant, the library hosted engaging community conversation events to educate and raise local awareness to the Garrett College and local community on these indigenous groups. These conversations were achieved by detailed project planning, building community partnerships, and leveraging existing resources. As a result, this catalyst event is transforming a community and serves as a springboard to keep the conversation going.

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Stephanie Miller

Learning Commons Technical Services Librarian, Garrett College
Stephanie Miller currently serves as the Technical Services Librarian at Garrett College. Within this position, she is responsible for reference services, managing technical services such as electronic management, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and special collections management. Stephanie is also an advisor for the Alpha Omicron Phi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Before working at Garrett College, Stephanie served as Broad Ford Elementary School’s media specialist for six years.

Jenny Meslener

Director of the Libary & Learning Commons, Garrett College
Jenny Meslener currently serves as the Director of the Library & Learning Commons at Garrett College. In this position, she is responsible for reference services, information literacy instruction, technical services, information technology, collection development and strategic planning. Jenny also oversees the college’s OER Committee and eCampus textbook initiative. She is a member of the college’s Student Life & Services Governance Committee, and serves as Staff Senate Vice President. Before stepping into this role, Jenny was a member of the library team at Cazenovia College.


Transforming Academic Library Orientation in Times of Change

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This session addresses how an academic library, motivated by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, reimagined and revitalized its orientation activity for incoming first-year students by utilizing a new platform. The speakers will outline the positive changes made in collaboration with multiple departments on campus to transform and ultimately improve the Heritage Hunt program. Attendees will learn about steps taken to reduce the program’s impact on staff through automation. The speakers will discuss adaptations to the orientation program to expand the experience to other student and University communities year round with minimal impact on library staff. Attendees will discover tools and strategies for creating similar orientation sessions at their institutions, including platform testing and modification, marketing of the program, and improving assessment, including analysis of feedback from student participation.

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Marleen Cloutier

Technical Services / Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, University of Scranton
Marleen Cloutier is the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library. She has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management degree from the University of Scranton.

Jennifer Galas

Systems & Digital Services / Systems Specialist and Web Developer, University of Scranton
Jennifer Galas has a background in computer science and mathematics, and holds a Master of Science in Information Science degree from Drexel University. She works as a Systems Specialist and Web Developer in the Library Systems and Digital Services departments of the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton.

Kelly Banyas

Research and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences, Washington College
Kelly Banyas is the former Research & Instruction Librarian for Student Success at The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library and the current Research & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences at Washington College. She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Health Informatics degree from the University of Scranton.

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