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Item[Pre-Conference Workshop] Providing GIS Services and Support: An Introduction to GIS for Librarians(2019-07-18) Shensky, MichaelThis workshop will provide an introduction to GIS (geographic information system) software, covering key terminology and concepts while also showing applied examples of how the software can be used to map, manage, and analyze geospatial data. By the end of this session you should have a good understanding of how GIS software can be used to facilitate research and what types of library services can be developed to support GIS users at a university. Item[Pre-Conference Workshop] Talking Research Data Management: A Guide to Good Practice for Librarians(2019-07-18) Trelogan, JessicaWhether you’re brand new to the subject, or just want to brush up on a few basics, this workshop is intended to help you build skills and confidence in talking about data management with researchers. We will cover a range issues that come up throughout the research lifecycle, from the earliest planning stages to long-term archving. Item[Lightning Talk] Texas Data Repository: a Two-Year Update(2019-07-19) Morganti, Dianna; Chan-Park, ChristinaThe Texas Data Repository (TDR) is a consortial effort to assist academic libraries in sharing and preserving the research data produced at their universities. The TDR’s Assessment working group has produced their 2-year review. Dianna will share information about the TDR; Christina will share the 2-year assessment statistics; and both will discuss plans for the future. ItemInformation Sources in Environmental Science: A Citation Analysis of Master’s Theses(2019-07-19) Reycraft, Kimberly; Whiteman, GabyWhile many analyses of citations from theses and dissertations in STEM have been published, none have focused on environmental science. We analyzed over 6,500 citations from all master’s theses completed in Environmental Science at Florida Gulf Coast University from the inception of the program to 2017. Our results illuminate information sources and trends in this highly interdisciplinary and timely field. We will present a novel method for collecting and processing the citations, as well as results in the data visualization software Tableau. Types and formats of sources cited, subject categories of journals and books, most-used journals and books, important web and government information sources, age of cited sources, publication dates and other results will be discussed. ItemLibrary Training in Data Research(2019-07-19) Vaidhyanathan, Vedana; Chan-Park, Christina; Been, JoshuaStudents and researchers in health-related fields increasingly need to find, analyze, and manage data; but they often lack the skills to do so properly. The library has created a library-driven data certificate program in data research to meet this need. The digital scholarship librarian along with the data management librarian partnered with librarians who work with the health sciences, social sciences, medical humanities, administration programs to pilot this certificate beginning Fall 2018. This team of librarians created a series of workshops covering finding discipline-specific data, analytical tools, and data management. Two tracks with slightly different requirements were outlined: one for undergraduates and one for graduate students and faculty. To allow for greater flexibility, the certificate is designed to be completed between one and four semesters, and participants can pick the most relevant workshops for their research. The workshops are not tied to the certificate program and are open to anyone in the university community. We initially expect 10% of the workshop attendees will pursue the library certificate. ItemA Model for Quality Education to Support STEM Student Success(2019-07-19) Avila, Sandy; Basco, VenIn an evolving academic library environment, the duties of the subject liaison librarian are ever changing and being adapted as new responsibilities are added year after year. The Science Librarian and Engineering & Computer Science Librarian at the University of Central Florida are taking a model-based approach to handling these changes in STEM discipline support. During this session we will cover strategies for improving STEM student success based on a model for collaborative instruction, creative outreach, and cooperative service. This “STEM Team” based approach involves working closely on STEM based initiatives by facilitating and organizing related events and workshops which may include working with other librarians like the Scholarly Communication Librarian or the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Librarian. We will share easy to apply tactics on how to increase your presence on campus and how to utilize resources available to at your institution. In creating an innovative approach to handling research activities on our campus, the STEM Team at the UCF Libraries has created a model that has helped to spur collaborative ways of thinking across the Research and Information Services Department. ItemScreen Readers and SciEng Interfaces: How Accessible is Database Content?(2019-07-19) Stephens, JaneThe presentation will highlight the use of screen readers with common science and engineering database interfaces. An overview of how a screen reader (JAWS) interacts with the coding (buttons, drop down menus, etc.) on a page (i.e. search page, results page, etc.) will be provided. Users with print impairments cannot access database content if the database interfaces do not interact easily with screen readers. For each interface selected, a description of how the screen reader interacts with it – what works and what does not work? Will be presented. Finally, the author will discuss what developers can do to make these interfaces more accessible. Item[Lightning Talk] Evaluating Engineering Databases: A Pilot Project(2019-07-19) Qian, JunThe subject librarians continue to receive requests from faculty about new databases. However, the situation we face is we have to cancel some of our current databases to cover the cost for new subscriptions. In order to make sure the library's collection meets the current needs of our faculty, it is critical for us to evaluate current databases. We finished a project named “Conducting a Faculty-centered Information Needs and Resource Assessment” in 2017. We reached out to six science and engineering departments. Through the project, we have saved $50,758.18 from cancellations and used this savings to subscribe to new journals to meet faculty needs. Based on successful experiences that we had in 2017, we evaluated a different type of resource – engineering databases – for this new project. We analyzed usage data, conducted interviews and collected feedback from all engineering tenure track faculty. As a result, we made recommendations regarding purchases and cancellations.