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David Lankes, Syracuse University

Presentations (30 Minutes)

Using Knoodl for Ontology Creation – Sarah Theimer
Streamlining Writing and Research with Citation Managers – Regina Vertone & Jennifer Anderson
Managing Your Workflow with an Automated To-Do List – Jaclyn McKewan
Faculty Use of Online Social Networks: Toward Supporting Collaborative Research on the Web – Sarah Young
Ad-Lib Guides: Pinterest Pathfinders – Sarah Bratt


Does Your Institution Have a Disaster Plan Currently in Effect? – Marianne Hanely
Bringing Tools from Cornell’s Fine Arts Library into the Classroom – Marsha Taichman
How to use SpringShare’s LibAnalytics software to record reference statistics and more! – Jane Verostek

Using Knoodl for Ontology Creation
Sarah Theimer, Syracuse University Libraries

Semantic web concepts like ontologies and RDF can seem vague and esoteric without hands on experience. Web ontologies put concepts in context and can enable a shared understanding of terms. Examples range from large medical ontologies to the categorization of products for sale by commercial entities. Knoodl enables us to create a customized ontology, visualize the ontology in RDF and graphs, and query the data using The Knoodl ask function, which defines a SPARQL query.
Using an easily relatable subject domain (My to do list) I will demonstrate the construction of a domain specific ontology and how it can be used to visualize data, and generate meaningful reports.

Streamlining Writing and Research with Citation Managers
Regina Vertone & Jennifer Anderson, The Sage Colleges

Do you or your library users struggle with collecting, organizing and citing sources when writing papers? Citation Managers (CMs) are now being embraced by librarians and educators as tools that streamline the research and citation processes. CMs combine the “old-fashioned”
notion of gathering bibliographic information with powerful features-including the ability to generate properly formatted citations in MS Word, and much more advanced Web 2.0 functionality that helps users discover new sources. Whether your users have tried CMs without success or use CM tools but still get citations wrong, this presentation will discuss the benefit of using these tools correctly, and will give practical advice for librarians and researchers. A selection of citation management software will be compared and demonstrated.

Managing Your Workflow with an Automated To-Do List
Jaclyn McKewanw Western NY Library Resources Council

Today’s librarians are often juggling many long-term projects and daily tasks. Learn how you can keep track of regular repeating tasks by letting your to-do list remember for you, as well as remind you of upcoming deadlines once the date draws near. Combining this with an online calendar, as well as widgets for your desktop and mobile device, ensures you will never forget a deadline or appointment in your busy schedule. Featured programs in this presentation are ToodleDo and Google Calendar, but other to-do list managers will also be discussed.

Faculty Use of Online Social Networks: Toward Supporting Collaborative Research on the Web
Sarah Young, Cornell University

Traditional forms of scholarly communication remain the primary means of research dissemination and impact measurement. However, social media tools and alternative venues for sharing and collaborating are becoming more prevalent in academic practice, and buzzwords like ‘altmetrics’ and ‘open access’ are making their way into mainstream discourse. Early career faculty show variable levels of usage of social research networks and communication tools like Twitter. Given the overwhelming number of social networking tools and research sharing platforms, it is not surprising that many faculty reject the use of these tools for lack of time or interest.

Nonetheless, the use of such tools can be effective means of disseminating research, and facilitating new collaborations within and across disciplines. Librarians have an opportunity to play an active role in tracking emerging trends in research networking and educating faculty in the effective use of such tools. We have recently begun a pilot project to assess the use of online research networking and communication tools among faculty across the life sciences, social sciences and engineering disciplines at Cornell University. Here, we present data from faculty interviews and web-based screening on the use of a variety of tools and websites. Preliminary data indicate trends in usage depending on discipline and age of the user. This data is meant to inform the direction of continued research on this topic and the development of innovative library services for Cornell faculty and researchers.

Ad-Lib Guides: Pinterest Pathfinders
Sarah Bratt, Syracuse University

Libraries are fundamentally changing. With new foundations that embrace collaboration and the support of communities’ information needs, librarians are now “emerging from behind the reference desk” to leverage platforms used by the community.

Through clever improvisation, librarians and MLIS students have been quick to adapt traditional services to the social media scene. If our mission as librarians is to engage, inspire, and teach, then embedding in a familiar (and, let’s be honest, fun) digital environment is an intuitive next action. But is a Pinterest pathfinder viable? What sets a Pinterest pathfinder apart from traditional pathfinders? And what does Pinterest have to offer as platform for librarians to advocate and educate?

Innovate. Pathfinders are often an underused tool. While Lib Guides and paper-based subject guides have proven effective, social media platforms are exciting, daring, and socially engaging. If we stretch the boundaries of what pathfinders have been, and re-imagine them as the ultimate guide to a subject area, Pinterest pathfinders will revitalize subject guides–especially in a new library paradigm where teaching is learning, and ownership is engagement.

Collaborate. Pinterest is a uniquely “librarian” way to connect and share ideas. “Pinners” can share in multimedia formats across wide-reaching regions and learning types, reinforcing a librarian
vision: to facilitate a democratic environment of intellectual safety and social engagement.

Strategize. Libraries are notoriously bad at “selling the invisible,” that is, marketing library services. It is possible to leverage Pinterest as a marketing tool, increasing a library’s traffic, and marketing events for massive growth in a library’s marketing campaign. Under the radar, librarians across the country have become Pinterest power-players, re-purposing Pinterest’s digital space to gain popularity through re-pins and increased followers on Pinterest.

Case studies
1. 1) A pathfinder I created for an assignment for Reference and information literacy Services taught by Jill Hurst-Wahl at Syracuse University’s iSchool: Syracuse Historic Architecture.
2. 2) Simply search Pinterest for “subject guides” and see for yourself! There are exciting examples across the nation (like Library People’s reader’s advisory) that I’d like to share in a poster session.

Pinterest pathfinders ultimately address an exciting opportunity for scholarship in action, and have the potential to propel a revolution in self-directed learning.

Does Your Institution Have a Disaster Plan Currently in Effect?
Marianne Hanely, Syracuse University

The need for disaster preparedness by libraries is well documented. A sufficiently planned response to fire, flood, and other calamities can mean the difference between adequate recovery and total loss. It can mean that collections representing decades of acquisitions can be salvaged and returned to public use. It might even mean that disasters can be avoided entirely through prevention and detection techniques.

Bringing Tools from Cornell’s Fine Arts Library into the Classroom
Marsha Taichman, Cornell University

Ideas about how to get into the university classroom and embed yourself in the curriculum.

How to use SpringShare’s LibAnalytics software to record reference statistics and more!
Jane Verostek, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Does your library use paper forms to keep track of reference statistics? Does your library already track reference statistics in an online environment but you are looking for a different and more powerful software tool? Are you familiar with Springshare and their LibGuides and LibAnswers products? Did you know Springshare also has a product called LibAnalytics. This software helps library capture and analyze a multitude of data regarding library operations. In the Fall of 2013 Moon Library at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry started using LibAnalytics to record statistics for all of our reference and reserve questions. This poster reviews how LibAnalytics is used in the real world everyday from tracking questions and even better the answers to generating statistics in a moment’s notice for reports!

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