STEM Librarians South 2019

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The STEM Librarians South conference, now in its ninth year, brings together information professionals and academics from across the Southern U.S. and beyond to share their ideas, current research, best practices, and unique insights that help librarians advance the cause of STEM education and research. We invite you to join us in Austin to present your latest work and network with colleagues in an intimate small-conference setting.


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    Science Library Consolidation: Collection Development after the E-book
    (2019-07-19) Noel, Robert; Minix, Amy
    Science branch and subject libraries at large, research universities have been closing with some regularity for the past two decades. With shared print repositories being established, the amount of print available on campus has steadily declined, as “just in time” request delivery options for users has increased. This study examines the consolidation of science libraries on a Research I campus, shows the quantity and subject breakdown of print collections, and reveals how information services continue in a leaner, online environment. It also shows which publishers are demanded the most as fewer print books are acquired. Collection development tools used include BLUEcloud Analytics®, GreenGlass®, and the enterprise-wide Indiana University Information Environment (IUIE).
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    Advocating for Student Course Material Affordability: Selling STEM Faculty on OER
    (2019-07-19) Hill, Natalie; Vaughn, Porcia
    With the cost of course materials outpacing the rate of inflation, students are struggling to afford necessary materials and, as a result, are suffering academically. What can the library as an institution built on student success and information access do to address this? One solution is advocating for greater faculty adoption of open educational resources (OER) to alleviate the cost burdens currently placed on students. Due to their subject knowledge and existing faculty relationships, STEM Liaison Librarians especially can serve as ideal advocates for OER. This presentation will introduce attendees to OER, including federal and state legislative mandates, with an emphasis on STEM applications. A case study from a R1 research university will cover approaches and examples to programmatically engaging with faculty in the biosciences regarding the use and creation of OER.
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    Information Sources in Environmental Science: A Citation Analysis of Master’s Theses
    (2019-07-19) Reycraft, Kimberly; Whiteman, Gaby
    While 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.
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    Science Communication Workshop
    (2019-07-19) Bogucka, Roxanne
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    Makerspace Collaboration between the Baylor University Libraries and the Maker’s Edge
    (2019-07-19) Chan-Park, Christina; Telep, Andrew; Vaidhyanathan, Vedana
    In Fall 2018, the Baylor University Libraries entered into a collaboration with a local makerspace: Maker's Edge. This collaboration was coincident with the opening of Baylor's makerspace which repurposed a 12' x 16' storage room in the library basement and is part of Techpoint, which offers audio and video booths in addition to laptop and technology checkout. Because of space and staffing limitations, Baylor needed a solution to offer training and more tools and services than digital fabrication. Maker's Edge is a community makerspace in Waco located approximately 2 miles from the library. They opened in 2015 and offer a wood shop, metal shop, hot work area, computer lab, digital fabrication, fine arts studio, and textile lab in addition to the basic shop. Maker's Edge offers basic safety training and scaffolded training for each of these areas. Through an agreement with Maker's Edge, the libraries pay for 2-week passes to Maker's Edge for Baylor affiliates. After completing the two basic training classes at Maker's Edge, which has been approved by Baylor's risk management, Baylor affiliates can continue with more training at Maker's Edge to use the equipment there or take the introductory Digital Fabrication classes to use the equipment at Baylor Libraries. There is a limit of four, 2-week passes a Baylor affiliate can use per semester. In Spring 2019, the College of Engineering and Computer Science began a pilot program for students working on their senior design projects through the Libraries' collaboration with Maker's Edge. After completing training at Maker's Edge, students gain access not only to college lab spaces, but also the Maker's Edge and the library. The college plans to expand this program to all engineering freshmen in Fall 2020. In this presentation, we will share about the Baylor science librarians' experiences completing the six classes at Maker's Edge required for the engineering students and recommended for using the library's makerspace. We will also provide more details on the costs of the collaboration and present data on users and usage. We will comment on the pros and cons of program and discuss the future directions.
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    [Keynote] Open Science: Refining and Revealing Scientific Practice
    (2019-07-19) Cohoon, Johanna
    Open science is increasingly receiving attention and support from scientists, institutions, and publishers. The movement seeks to improve scientific practice by effecting cultural change in the research community. Current incentives and behavioral norms lead to issues like low reproducibility rates and “the file drawer problem,” both indications of a need for reform. Open science seeks to address those issues by using technology and policy to encourage transparency and intellectual egalitarianism. Furthermore, while budgets are stretched and datasets grow, the research community can benefit from open practices like data sharing to make better use of funds. Examples of open science in action show that the movement is having a dramatic effect, but individual researchers face continuing challenges to engaging in open behaviors.
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    [Lightning Talk] Evaluating Engineering Databases: A Pilot Project
    (2019-07-19) Qian, Jun
    The 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.
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    [Lightning Talk] Texas Data Repository: a Two-Year Update
    (2019-07-19) Morganti, Dianna; Chan-Park, Christina
    The 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.
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    [Lightning Talk] Learning Lounge Sandbox: Designing Resources, Services and Curriculum to Advance Health Literacy Needs
    (2019-07-19) Vetter, Imelda
    The Dell Medical School, which opened in 2016, made a commitment to improve the health outcomes of the community it serves and to reach beyond traditional health care models in delivering care. The Design Institute for Health, a Dell Medical School entity, created the Learning Lounge in the Dell Medical School Health Transformation Building to enable a wide array of new learning opportunities for the population served at UT Health Austin (Dell Medical School’s outpatient clinics) and the greater community. The Design Institute for Health and the Dell Medical School Library collaborated on a research project to plan and implement services, and to create and collate information resources to the visitors of the Learning Lounge. Patients of providers at UT Health Austin were referred to the Learning Lounge via an "information prescription" form. This presentation will highlight the four-phase plan to create and pilot this program: Understand/Frame, Strategize, Create, and Launch; the resources and website created; the results of the IRB-approved survey and ethnographic notes; major successes and challenges; and next steps.
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    An Open Access Data Workshop Curriculum for Researchers
    (2019-07-19) Schilling, Amanda; Tweedy, Brent; Curry, Claire
    OU Libraries recently began offering research data workshops. These workshops focus on skills and tools needed by students, staff, and faculty who are involved in research. In this talk we will discuss how we developed weekly, 1 - 2.5-hour workshops to improve research efficiency and reproducibility on campus. We organized the workshops into three categories to reflect researcher needs: Survival Skills 101 to teach research data basics (such as backups, data formatting, and file organization); Better Practices to teach data practices that many researchers will use but may not be applicable to all individuals (such as version control and data management plans); and Workflow Tools to teach specific beginner and intermediate tools (such as graphing in R and Python and formatting documents in LaTeX). We make our slides, instructor notes, and workshop materials open to the community at OU and beyond through Open Science Framework with a CCBY license to facilitate curriculum sharing. We are in year one of this initiative and our future plans include developing new beginner and intermediate topics and expanding campus partnerships with interested departments.
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    Library Training in Data Research
    (2019-07-19) Vaidhyanathan, Vedana; Chan-Park, Christina; Been, Joshua
    Students 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.
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    A Model for Quality Education to Support STEM Student Success
    (2019-07-19) Avila, Sandy; Basco, Ven
    In 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.
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    Experiential Learning in the Library
    (2019-07-19) Simpson, Jessica
    This talk will provide a brief overview of constructivism and experiential theories of learning. The work of Chatterjee, Hannan and Thomson in their book "Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in Higher Education," will be viewed through the lens of library services for the STEM and STEAM areas. Information regarding current library services as they concern supporting materials and programs such as makerspaces, fablabs, and tinker-spaces will be explored. This talk will attempt to draw connections between the known pedagogical literature and "real world objects" in libraries.
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    Screen Readers and SciEng Interfaces: How Accessible is Database Content?
    (2019-07-19) Stephens, Jane
    The 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.
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    Neurodiverse STEM Students and the Academic Library
    (2019-07-19) O'Toole, Erin; Anderson, Chelsea
    The likelihood of STEM librarians interacting with students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is increasing as recent research estimates 34% of college students with ASD are now entering the STEM disciplines. This presentation will provide STEM librarians with a general overview of the behaviors associated with ASD. Our focus will be on the corresponding strengths students with ASD bring to STEM and the needs that must be met for them to achieve academic success. We will also explore hypothetical situations with neurodiverse students in the classroom setting and one-on-one meetings. Participants will leave with resources to support further learning about ASD and positive interactions with students.
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    [Pre-Conference Workshop] Providing GIS Services and Support: An Introduction to GIS for Librarians
    (2019-07-18) Shensky, Michael
    This 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.
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    [Pre-Conference Workshop] Talking Research Data Management: A Guide to Good Practice for Librarians
    (2019-07-18) Trelogan, Jessica
    Whether 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.