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    Promoting Open Access: Strategies for Engaging Faculty Across Departments as a Liaison Librarian
    (MLA | DLA Library Conference 2024, 2024-05-08) Sarah Weiss
    As the push for Open Access (OA) gains momentum, libraries play a pivotal role in facilitating equitable access to scholarly research. The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) Libraries, supports OA through a number of tools and initiatives including transformative agreements, publishing grants, an institutional repository, and advocacy. As a liaison librarian, it is my job to promote OA resources, to the departments I serve. This poster explores the multifaceted approach I’ve developed to do this. Adapting outreach methods to resonate with each specific department is crucial. Educating faculty on the basics of OA, addressing individual misconceptions, and collaborating with the Open Scholarship department are foundational steps. Engaging faculty through tailored seminars and personalized consultations amplifies the impact of OA initiatives. Moreover, customizing tools for specific departments and offering ongoing support through reference services enhance accessibility. Despite time constraints, faculty exhibit genuine interest in OA, emphasizing the significance of tailored engagement strategies. By meeting faculty where they are and fostering discussions within their cohorts, liaison librarians can effectively champion the principles of OA and advance scholarly communication practices.
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    Teaching While Learning: An Approach to Incorporating Artificial Intelligence Literacy to Library Instruction
    (Connecticut Academic Libraries Conference, 2024-06-14) Pierdinock-Weed, Amber; Shaw, Benjamin
    As Artificial Intelligence (AI) became increasingly more prevalent in higher education, and showed clear implications in the ways we approach academic research, librarians needed to learn what impacts AI would have in their practice. The Teaching and Learning Services unit at the University of Maryland, College Park spearheaded how to incorporate discussions about AI literacy into library instruction by preparing lesson plans and talking points for research librarians and organized professional development workshops for librarians about AI. This session will discuss how Teaching and Learning Services librarians collaborated with our Academic Writing Program to regularly incorporate AI literacy into our First-Year library instruction curriculum and actionable strategies we used to prepare research librarians to discuss AI in their classroom. We will also discuss our plans for the future as AI continues to evolve.
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    Repairing Archival Description: AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records
    (2024-04-04) Eidson, Jennifer Gathings
    This presentation was shared at the Fighting for Freedom: Labor and Civil Rights in the American South symposium on April 4, 2024. Increasing access to the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records involved many people and milestones over the course of three years. Through a digitization grant partnership between the University of Maryland and Georgia State University, over 100,000 pages were made accessible beyond the reading room. This grant project consisted of selection and preparation for digitization, rights research, creation of digital repository metadata for aggregate harvesting, landing page development, and outreach. In addition, archival description was reviewed and edited as a social justice initiative as part of this grant work. This is otherwise known as “reparative description” - the remediation of language that excludes, silences, harms, or mischaracterizes marginalized people in the finding aid created by archivists to describe archival resources. This session will focus on reparative description by sharing an overview of the process and share examples of edits made in the collection finding aid and view selected digitized documents
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    Overview of the Gordon W. Prange Collection, University of Maryland Libraries
    (2022-04-22) Jenkins, Kana
    The National Japan Bowl is a Japanese-language competition, hosted by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC. The author was invited as one of the workshop hosts to introduce the Gordon W. Prange Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Maryland Libraries. This is a PDF version of the power point presentation slides that were shared at the workshop.
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    From the “Battle of the Books” to Internationally Known Special Collections
    (2024-05-14) Jenkins, Kana
    The Baltimore Bibliophiles is a group of book enthusiasts based in Baltimore, Maryland. The author was invited as a guest speaker to introduce the Gordon W. Prange Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Maryland Libraries. This is a PDF version of the power point presentation slides that were shared with the group.
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    Discussion: Formations of Gendered Labor in Postwar Japan: Perspectives from Cultural Studies, Economic History, and Labor Studies
    (2023-03-18) Jenkins, Kana
    The author was invited as a discussant to the panel "Formations of Gendered Labor in Postwar Japan: Perspectives from Cultural Studies, Economic History, and Labor Studies," held at the annual conference of Association for Asian Studies. This is a PDF version of the power point presentation slides that were shared at the panel.
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    Using Blog Posts for Professional Development and Team Building for Students, Interns and Staff Members
    (2020-03-12) Jenkins, Kana
    This poster addresses an creative use of WordPress Blog at the Gordon W. Prange Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, at the University of Maryland Libraries.
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    Gordon W. Prange Collection: Accessible Materials from Japan
    (2017-11-07) Jenkins, Kana
    This poster introduces the various types and formats of the materials held at the Gordon W. Prange Collection, Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), University of Maryland Libraries.
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    What does it mean to publish digital scholarship? (...and how do I do it?)
    (2024-05-15) Wilson, Michelle
    This presentation from the 2024 Library Publishing Forum provides a framework and set of questions for library publishers considering offering services to digital scholarship creators. Nested within the Digital Scholarship unit, Columbia University Libraries’ publishing program provides education, development support, and publishing services for a range of scholarly forms that have included, over the years, podcasts, digital exhibitions and editions, encyclopedic projects, maps, and other dynamic digital humanities projects. Through longstanding stewardship of this digital scholarship program, the Libraries have come to recognize a set of common challenges for novel forms of digital scholarship and the need to envision how these scholarly products will fit into current systems of dissemination, evaluation, and long-term storage. Through several case studies, this presentation outlines how a the menu of services was offered to digital scholarship project owners by the Columbia Libraries’ digital publishing program between 2018-2022 and the solutions that were developed to balance the need to support creativity and novelty in digital scholarship with concerns about sustainability and the ability for these projects to interact with existing systems for managing and promoting scholarship. When we think about preservation and publishing from the vantage-point of a Digital Scholarship department, which has traditionally been an incubator of “alternative” scholarly research outputs, we must consider both the research object as a whole (e.g., digital humanities project website), and as its parts (e.g., individual podcast episodes) and the vast variety of media and modes that digital scholarship may take. Any publishing tools and methods we employ must be flexible enough to recognize that DS projects require tailored solutions to help integrate them into the established publishing ecosystem built around digital but primarily text-based scholarship such as journals and monographs. This record also contains a worksheet/workbook to guide digital scholarship project owners and library publishers in designing publishing partnership agreements. The worksheet contains a sample MOU for such a partnership.
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    Music Binding Symposium
    (2024-04-16) Coulbourne, Mark; Norman, Kim; Carli, Alice; Quintilian, Steve; Foley, Michael; Shirts, Peter; Risseeuw, Katherine
    On April 16th the ALA/Core Preservation Administrators Interest Group and the Music Library Association Preservation Committee met for an online symposium on the binding, preservation and care of music scores. We have the list of panel presenters below, and we discussed why we bind music scores, binding decision trees, formats and treatments (with examples), budgets and advocacy, as well as the latest news on commercial binding. There was time for Q&A along with numerous examples of music scores. Presenters included: Alice Carli - University of Rochester Michael Foley - University of California, Berkeley Dan Lopata - University of Rochester Steve Quintilian - University of Maryland, College Park Katie Risseeuw - Northwestern University Peter Shirts - Emory University
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    A Quick Guide to Academic Publishing
    (2024) Wilson, Michelle
    This short guide functions as a teaching aide in workshops and other settings where scholarly communications are being taught. Geared toward graduate students, this guide suggests several starting points for evaluating scholarly publications, managing your scholarly work, and setting up a scholarly online presence.
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    Author Contract Checklist
    (2024) Wilson, Michelle
    This worksheet guides authors reading through publisher contracts. The questions in this guide help to parse the legal terms in publishing agreements and support authors in making decisions about their scholarship that align with their publishing and career goals.
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    Open Access Presentation Template Slides
    (2024) Wilson, Michelle
    These slides offer an outline and language to engage a faculty or graduate student audience in a discussion about open access and to acquaint them with OA resources available through the university library. Please feel free to use these slides for your own teaching or to develop presentations tailored to your own community.
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    Understanding the Relationship between Crime and Temperature in the Chicago Region
    (2024-01-24) Hans, Abhimanyu; Benjamin, Alice; Sharma, Ashish; Harp, Ryan; Veiga, Carolina; Budhathoki, Milan; Budhathoki, Milan
    This study investigates the relationship between temperature and crime rates in Chicago over a 20-year period. Crime and temperature data were analyzed at the census tract level to examine spatial and temporal correlations. The study tested the hypothesis that certain crimes increase with warmer temperatures while others rise with colder temperatures, and that higher temperatures predict higher crime overall. Urban climate data from the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) and public crime data were compared to identify census tracts sensitive to seasonal temperature changes. Different crime types were found to correlate with a heat vulnerability index based on socioeconomic and health metrics. The findings aim to help law enforcement, urban planners, and stakeholders locate areas of heat stress and develop interventions to reduce violence and structured racism in highly crime-prone neighborhoods. This novel investigation of the overlooked links between climate, geography, and crime can inform strategies to mitigate urban heat impacts on public safety.
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    Beyond Plagiarism: Scientific Ethics and Its Other Aspects
    (MDPI, 2018-05-08) Baykoucheva, Svetla
    The purpose of science is to advance human knowledge, cure diseases, and make life for people better. Does the current competitive environment in academia allow researchers to pursue such noble goals? The increase we see in the number of articles retracted by even reputable journals is quite alarming, and we need to have an honest discussion about why this is happening. When talking about scientific ethics, we usually focus on plagiarism and scientific fraud. Scientific misconduct may be very subtle (like, not citing peer’s articles), but sometimes it is more obvious (fabricating results). Scientific ethics, though, is much more than plagiarism and fabrication of data. As you will see, the authors of the articles included in this issue have looked at scientific ethics from a broader perspective.
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    Generative Discussions on Generative AI: Preparing Librarians to Teach about Artificial Intelligence
    (2023-11-14) Pierdinock-Weed, Amber; Shaw, Benjamin; Yocco, Daria
    AI is the latest issue in higher education that librarians are finding themselves needing to address in the classroom. With the capabilities of AI changing daily, it has been difficult for librarians to keep abreast of the latest developments. Additionally, AI is an overwhelming concept for many librarians to grasp. The Teaching and Learning Services unit at the University of Maryland created instructional resources and a community of support for UMD librarians to teach and learn about AI. These included an LMS module, a structured workshop series, and a collaborative repository to share lesson plans.
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    Eugene Garfield’s Ideas and Legacy and Their Impact on the Culture of Research
    (MDPI, 2019-06-14) Baykoucheva, Svetla
    Eugene Garfield advanced the theory and practice of information science and envisioned information systems that made the discovery of scientific information much more efficient. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), which he founded in Philadelphia in 1960, developed innovative information products that have revolutionized science. ISI provided current scientific information to researchers all over the world by publishing the table of contents of key scientific journals in the journal Current Contents (CC). Garfield introduced the citation as a qualitative measure of academic impact and propelled the concepts of “citation indexing” and “citation linking”, paving the way for today’s search engines. He created the Science Citation Index (SCI), which raised awareness about citations; triggered the development of new disciplines (scientometrics, infometrics, webometrics); and became the foundation for building new important products such as Web of Science. The journal impact factor (IF), originally designed to select journals for the SCI, became the most widely accepted tool for measuring academic impact. Garfield actively promoted English as the international language of science and became a powerful force in the globalization of research. His ideas changed how researchers gather scientific information, communicate their findings, and advance their careers. This article looks at the impact of Garfield’s ideas and legacy on the culture of research.
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    From Individual to Community: Building a Community of Practice Around Teaching
    (Routledge, 2023-04-06) Gammons, Rachel W.; Luckert, Yelena; Inge-Carpenter, Lindsay; Armendariz, Anastasia
    University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries has a large teaching program that serves between 16,000 and 20,000 students per academic year. This chapter documents the transformation of UMD Libraries’ teaching program from an individualistic approach to a strong community of practice based on the mutual affirmation, support, and respect of library teachers, and includes the following sections: (1) history of the UMD Libraries’ teaching program, with special attention to how the program has been shaped by the Libraries’ partnership with the UMD Academic Writing Program (ENGL101); (2) overview of the theoretical framework of Communities of Practice (COP); (3) exploration of COP at UMD Libraries, including analysis of two teacher training programs, the Research and Teaching Fellowship, and Fearless Teaching Institute; and (4) recommendations for practice.
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    Bridging the digital divide: challenges and opportunities in rural broadband access and adoption in Tennessee
    (2021-10-27) Baxter, Isabella; Upendram, Sreedhar; Lerner, Mekayla
    This presentation describes a mobile lending hotspot program and other broadband initiatives that were supported by the University of Tennessee Extension.
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    Digital Literacy Initiative in Tennessee: A Case Study
    (2021-10-27) Baxter, Isabella; Upendram, Sreedhar; Lerner, Mekayla
    This presentation describes a collaboration with the University of Tennessee Libraries and Extension units, which sought to establish a digital literacy curriculum and training program. This initiative connected Extension agents, K-12 educators, public librarians, and other community services in counties across the state of Tennessee.