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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Presentations, Library Journal mentions and more

Like most folks it has been a busy summer around here so far. Here are a few places are work has been presented or mentioned:

ALA in Las Vegas
Jan was part of a panel on June 30, 2014 during ALA entitled, Sticking with STEM: How the Academic Library Can Help to Retain Successful Students.

  • How can librarians assist with student diversity and retention in the STEM and health science fields at their institution? During this session, three speakers will discuss how library services and instruction can aid student performance overall, as well as highlighting specific retention issues for student groups underrepresented in the STEM fields. Ample time will be provided for audience questions and discussion. This is a joint program between the ACRL Science and Technology Section and the ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group. The STS Poster Session will immediately follow.

What's So Sacred About Privacy?
We are working to get a conversation going about the relationship between privacy and data collection. Our short talk at the CIC CLI conference presentation accomplished this on a few levels including this thoughtful piece in What's So Sacred About Privacy? in Peer to Peer Review in Library Journal By Barbara Fister on May 29, 2014.

Presentation at CUNY Reinventing Libraries: Reinventing Assessment Conference
Kate presented on behalf of the project at the CUNY Reinventing Libraries: Reinventing Assessment Conference in New York City on June 6, 2014.

  • Now What!?! Exploring the Next Steps for Large-scale Library Assessment Projects
    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Libraries are entering the fourth year of a large-scale data analysis project. Yet challenges and questions remain. A more streamlined authentication system and a new discovery layer have required us to re-assess our data collection techniques and goals. We will discuss some of the successes, as well as questions of patron privacy, resistance to data collection, persistent and growing data gaps, complex policy issues, and more.

  • The presentation was also part of a write up on the conference in Library Journal, CUNY Helps Libraries Take Stock By Meredith Schwartz, Ian Chant, and Matt Enis

Driving With Data

Our project was mentioned in a foot note in Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries from Ithaka S+R from May 2014.