TCAL Talks

TCAL Talks are shorter (6-8 minutes), Pecha Kucha-style presentations. Presenters give brief hot takes on their topic or project in order to entice the curiosity of the audience. These presentations have been pre-recorded by their presenters. Conference attendees can view them whenever their schedule allows.

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Book it Forward: Library Outreach to West Baltimore

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What do parents do with books their children have outgrown or with books their children left at home when they moved out? Most are in almost new or gently used condition. This presentation focuses on how an academic health sciences library helped solve that problem and helped the local community in the process.

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Jessica Bauer

Resource Development and Acquisitions/Library Services Specialist, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Jessie Bauer works as a Library Services Specialist at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She was a key member of the Book it Forward team. Bauer graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in English before spending two years in a public library as a children’s librarian. Currently, she is working towards her Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland. She has a passion for working with children and teaching library and digital literacy skills.

Convening Meaningfully with People at the Center

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Before the pandemic, conferences and events were a typical part of professional development for library workers – attending them, presenting at them, following the discussion on Library Twitter. But now that the dust has settled and as a field we’re navigating a new world, we must ask, what really is important to us about the events in which we participate? In this short presentation, attendees will learn major takeaways about what went well in the planning for the recent virtual DLF Forums, what could have gone better, and where expectations and reality converged or diverged when planning and executing our events. Attendees will also learn what they can do to make any events they plan – large-scale like a conference, or small-scale like a Zoom meeting – more inclusive, more intentional, and better serving the needs of their communities.

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Aliya Reich

Program Manager for Conferences and Events, Council on Library and Information Resources
Aliya Reich is the Program Manager for Conferences and Events at the Council on Library and Information Resources. She leads the planning for the annual Digital Library Federation Forum, an inclusive and accessible conference for digital library practitioners and folks working in the GLAMS (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums). Her background is in libraries and museums, and she holds an MA in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Virginia. She has been happily based in Baltimore City since 2012.


Far-Flung Solutions: How We Managed A Distance Returns Service

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This presentation will give an overview of the Distance Returns Service, which was launched at the beginning of the pandemic to assist UMCP students, staff and faculty return library books via pre-paid UPS return labels if they lived out of state. This is a service that came out of unexpected circumstances to anticipate our patrons needs and is still ongoing. We will discuss why the service was suddenly necessary, the challenges we have encountered, the data and feedback we have gathered so far, and how this service has helped our users not just around the country, but around the world.

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Emily Spangler

User Services and Resource Sharing/Library Services Supervisor, University of Maryland, College Park
Emily Spangler (she, her, hers) has been a Library Services Supervisor at McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2018. She supervises student assistants at the library services desk and mailroom in the evenings, and ensures that mail operations in the library are running smoothly. She received her MLIS from University of Maryland, College Park in May 2019.


Fishing for a Stream: Using Microsoft Stream to Provide Access to Streaming Video Content

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Is your library looking for a way to provide access to streaming video content that isn’t hosted by a vendor? Faculty are using streaming video more than ever, and there is a lot of video content that is not available through streaming video platforms. If your institution has a subscription to Office 365, you may already have the solution! Join us to learn about Microsoft Stream: we will briefly go over what it is, how we implemented it, how we made it discoverable and accessible, and share the concerns we have for the future.

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Nicole Kulp

Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian, Salisbury University
Nicole Kulp is the Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian for Salisbury University. She is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park’s MLIS program. She also holds a Bachelor of Art in English from UMGC.

Jennifer Martin

Head of Cataloging, Salisbury University
Jennifer Martin is the Head of Cataloging at Salisbury University. In addition to managing the Cataloging Department, she catalogs materials for the Boyd Curriculum Resource Center and the Nabb Research Center and manages both the discovery layer and the institutional repository. Her MSLS is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris Woodall

Technology Librarian & MakerLab Coordinator, Salisbury University
Chris Woodall is the Technology Librarian for the Salisbury University Libraries and the coordinator of the SU Libraries MakerLab. He has a BA in Music from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and an MLS from Indiana University. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of the MakerLab, he provides instruction to SU students using MakerLab equipment for coursework, supports various back-end library technologies, creates custom web and mobile applications for the Libraries.


Go On, Brush Your Stacks Off: A Comprehensive Approach to Stacks Maintenance

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In Access Services, we understand that well-kept library stacks allow for increased discoverability, circulation, and patron satisfaction. Nonetheless, it can be difficult to tackle the beast that is effective stacks maintenance, especially after several years of neglect due to a global pandemic that shuttered our doors. In order to address the dust, missing items, and congestion, however, we must first gain a greater understanding of the current state of our stacks. At the Loyola Notre Dame Library, we have introduced a Stacks Maintenance Plan for the summer of 2022 to assess four major areas of stacks maintenance: shelf-reading, wayfinding, shifting, and general maintenance. The results of this plan will allow for effective planning for larger stacks maintenance projects in the coming year. This presentation will lay out the workflow for each summer project, reflections of the implementation process, as well as early findings.

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Mallory Walker

Access Services Supervisor/ILL Assistant, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Mallory Walker (she/they) is an Access Services Supervisor/ILL Assistant at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. They received their Master of Library Information Science from Simmons University and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies from the College of William & Mary. Mallory is also an ALA Spectrum Scholar, 2018-19 cohort.


On the Horizon: Virtual Reality and the Metaverse

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Is virtual reality finally poised to be the next big thing? Is the metaverse a landscape we need to explore and integrate now? This session will provide an overview of the history of virtual reality, current uses, and potential issues.

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Ron Hansen

Director of Instructional Systems, Chesapeake College
Dr. Hansen has a rich background in teaching, instructional design, media production, and online learning. He has a passion for following how video games, virtual environments, and virtual reality is an can be used to support student learning.


“What if we make a Wiki?”: Connecting Users to Primary Sources through a Familiar Interface

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Students often approach the Special Collections and University Archives at Towson with no primary source research experience. When looking for information through our Digital Collection they expect to find resources they recognize – such as books or articles – but are often confronted with a milieu of meeting minuets, letters, catalogs, photographs, and other unfamiliar sources. In response, we sought to design an easily accessible resource to serves as an introduction to the primary source materials in our collections – thus we created the Towson History Wiki. The Wiki is designed as an introductory reference tool for students, researchers, and university faculty and staff. It provides users with brief topical overviews about institutional history and links to relevant resources. In this TCAL Talk I will explain how the wiki was developed, how it is constructed and maintained, how it is linked to our collections, and how it is used to facilitate learning.

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Allison Fischbach

Research and Archives Associate, Towson University
Allison is a Research and Archives Associate at Towson University, focused on digital collections access, digital preservation, and web collecting. She has served on the SAA Web Archiving Steering Committee, the USMAI Digital Lifecycle Management Interest Group, and is currently MARAC Maryland Caucus Representative. In Spring 2022, she completed her MLIS in Archives and Digital Curation from the University of Maryland and is a recent TU Impact Award winner. She is also a practicing bookbinder, printmaker, gardener, and horror movie fan.

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