Library Research & Innovative Practice Forum

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The Library Research & Innovative Practice Forum is an annual event in June featuring lightning talks, presentations, and poster sessions by UMD Libraries’ librarians and staff.


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    Ph.Done! Library Employees and Doctoral Degrees
    (2023-06-07) Gammons, Rachel W.; Inge-Carpenter, Lindsay; Chisholm-Edwards, Nneka
    Three library employees who are enrolled part-time in doctoral degree programs discuss strategies for managing doctoral work with full-time employment.
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    ChatGPT and its Impact on Libraries
    (2023-06-07) DiCiesare, Leah; Shaw, Benjamin; Kovisto, Joseph; Inge Carpenter, Lindsay; Asadi, Nima
    Artificial Intelligence and its impact on education has been a prevalent topic, especially these last six months with the release of ChatGPT. Most of the conversation regarding ChatGPT has revolved around how it affects teaching and learning, but libraries are often left out of the conversation. This panel-workshop combination will explain what ChatGPT is and help us to know the correct terminology to use when discussing artificial intelligence and machine learning. We will also discuss how ChatGPT is affecting libraries and the work that we do on campus. If you have not gotten a chance to use ChatGPT yet, this is a great opportunity to do so, as we will workshop using ChatGPT and analyze its responses. After dabbling with ChatGPT, we will discuss how we, as librarians, can respond to this new technology. Artificial intelligence is only going to become more ubiquitous and it is our responsibility to understand it and have a plan for how to handle it in our work.
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    White House Correspondents Association Pool Reports Digital Collection
    (2023-06-08) Cossard, Patricia Kosco; Howell, Chuck; Kanke, Timothy; Schumer, Mathew
    In May 2023, the University of Maryland Libraries announced a major upgrade to the Pool Reports Digital Collection Website. This release marks a milestone in the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) project as it moves from a prototype pilot to a dynamic and active collection now available for the study and teaching of US Presidential reporting. The collection can be accessed at This new iteration is greatly enhanced with content about the White House Correspondents' Association. It includes profiles of past and present White House pool reporters; feature stories on a variety of related topics, complete news & press releases; resource lists of materials both within the UMD Libraries Collection; and important material beyond the Libraries' walls. This presentation provides an overview of the project timeline, milestones, content, and innovative digital tools being developed. As part of the Pool Reports Collection, the University Libraries are developing such a tool not only for this collection but for future digital collections. The UMD email processing and redaction tool, SCUTES (named for the protective scales on a turtle's shell), will auto-redact Personal Identification Information (PII) and reformat emails so that they are uniformly displayed in the collection regardless of the email service provided.
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    The University of Maryland Libraries WikiProject: Challenges and Delights
    (2023-06-08) Hovde, Sarah; Doherty, Jennifer; Philips, Rigby; Guay, Beth
    In June 2020, members of what is now the Cataloging & Metadata Services team launched a project to begin exploring Wikidata, a free and open knowledge base of structured data. Over the next two and a half years, almost two dozen participants created and edited 1,492 Wikidata items related to 1,294 collections from SCUA and SCPA. In the process, UMD's Wikidata editors got to know our special collections, explored a linked data interface, and made library resources more discoverable by users on the open web. This panel features four project participants, who will provide an introduction to the editing project and share some of the challenges, delights, and historical backstories they discovered while working on Wikidata.
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    McKeldin Library Map Collection: an interactive story
    (2023-06-07) Xueting Zhang; James Nealis; Milan Budhathoki
    The Map Collection located on the fourth floor of the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland Libraries holds over 350,000 print maps and hundreds of atlases, the majority of maps that were published by U.S. government agencies and came to the libraries through the Federal Depository Library program. The collection includes USGS Topographic maps, Soil maps, CIA, Aeronautical maps, Forest Service maps, Historical maps, and National Geographic maps, among others. Coverage includes all U.S. states, most of the U.S. territories and possessions, and some areas outside of the United States. The library's GIS and Data Service Center pioneered an effort to build a story-telling application using ArcGIS StoryMaps that will promote the print map collection and atlases in an interactive manner making the collections more visible to the campus community and beyond. As far as we know, it is one of a kind storytelling application ever built in HigherEd libraries to showcase the diversity of print map collections in an immersive fashion to experience the collection under the patron’s fingertips. The McKeldin Map Collection StoryMaps includes one collection guide and 14 categories of maps. Each category contains an introduction to the map type, some sample map displays, locations at the map collection, and some additional resources
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    GIS and Data Services Workshop Analysis
    (2023-06-07) Mohak Verma; Abhimanyu Hans; Sakar Phuyal; Milan Budhathoki
    This study examines the demand for GIS and data science workshops at UMD Libraries by thoroughly analyzing the registration and feedback data collected from the previous two semesters. Following the introduction of user-centric data service in the summer of 2022, the GIS and Data Services center has been offering an array of workshops, such as qualitative data visualization with Tableau and NVivo, and the reintroduction of SAS. We employ this data to acquire a deeper understanding of the demographics of workshop participants and to assess the demand for each specific workshop. Consequently, we develop a dashboard that visualizes our findings, offering a comprehensive representation of user needs and preferences. The constructed dashboard displays participant demographics categorized by their highest level of education (undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D.), the school they are affiliated with, and various other similar classifications. These results will contribute to the planning and enhancement of future workshops to better address the requirements of the UMD community. In summary, this study emphasizes the significance of employing data to guide the design and implementation of library services, particularly in the context of emerging data science and GIS technologies.
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    Exploring the Seasonal Dynamics of Crime in Chicago
    (2023-06-07) Abhimanyu Hans; Milan Budhathoki; Milan Budhathoki
    This study investigates the relationship between crime and temperature in Chicago, a metropolitan area known for its high crime rates and diverse crime categories. The spatial unit of our analysis is a census tract level. We use spatial and temporal data from the past 20 years and examine how temperature affects crime trends on a census tract level. In our analysis, we study the hypothesis that certain types of crime, such as theft and assault, tend to occur more frequently during the warmer months, while others occur more frequently during the colder months. We also study if temperature is a significant predictor of crime rates in Chicago, with the neighborhoods with higher temperatures generally leading to higher crime rates.
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    Don’t Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater: Recreating a Valuable Feature of a Legacy System in a New Ticketing System
    (2023-06-07) Seguin, Linda
    In 2021, the USMAI library consortium replaced three disparate channels for receiving service requests with a single USMAI Service Desk, using Atlassian’s Jira Service Management (JSM) - Server software. One of the ticketing systems being replaced was the homegrown and aged AlephRx, which lacked some useful features typical of a modern ticketing system. However, AlephRx had one not-so-typical feature beloved by staff at USMAI libraries: all service requests, submitted by anyone, were visible to all logged-in users, creating a de facto knowledge base. This poster describes how systems librarians configured Jira Service Management - Server to preserve this functionality so valuable to our customers.
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    National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day, March 19-21, 2023.
    (2023-06-07) Luckert, Yelena; Sly, Jordan
    The NHA Annual Meeting brings together faculty, administrators, and representatives from scholarly societies, museums, archives, libraries, and other humanities organizations to build their capacity to advocate for the humanities. On Humanities Advocacy Day (this year on March 21, 2023), state-based delegations, including Maryland's, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to ensure federal humanities funding in 2023.
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    (2022) Budhathoki, Milan; Abban, John; Rumingan, Napoleon Jr; Budhathoki, Milan
    During COVID-19 pandemic, UMD libraries & GIS and Spatial Data Center established a virtual GIS lab to connect users who needed access to GIS computing resources remotely. The lab went live 24/7 in October of 2020 and it gained popularity among the users immediately. The lab was equipped with specialized software in Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing and statistical softwares (ie., SaS, SPSS). I will present how setting up the virtual GIS lab was instrumental to students, faculty, researchers and staff for their research, teaching and learning experience during the pandemic. This presentation will also include facts and figures of the lab users across the campus.
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    Pivoting Towards People and Puppets During the Pandemic
    (2022-06) Barker, Drew
    This presentation explained how we as a library (the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library) decided to re-evaluate our gallery space when we knew we would re-open in the fall of 2021 after enduring the pandemic and moment of social crisis. We put our Edward MacDowell exhibit on the shelf and chose to do two exhibits that attempted to respond to our community.
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    Why is there a play about Benjamin Lay?
    (2020-06) Barker, Drew
    This presentation discusses the article by Barker entitled "Human Histories Onstage: A Conversation with Naomi Wallace and Marcus Rediker," which was published by the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism in the Fall of 2019.
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    (2018-06-14) Barker, Drew
    This presentation was given at the UMD Libraries sponsored Library Research & Innovative Practice Forum 2018. It described the exhibit and the collaboration needed.
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    Season of Change: Government Information at UMD
    (2022-06-08) McDonald, Celina; Wilson, Aaron
    This presentation was made as part of the UMD Libraries' Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum on June 8, 2022. The presentation provides a general description of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), along with the University of Maryland's role as an FDLP Regional Depository. Additionally, the presenters discuss the variety of changes that have occurred within the Government Information Team from late 2019 through June 2022, ranging from the processing adjustments during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the backlog cataloging project, and staffing adjustments.
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    Fearlessly Forward: Applied Research Librarianship
    (2022-06-09) Cossard, Patricia Kosco; White, Gary W
    What does it mean to be a faculty Librarian at a Research University? Defined as a university that is committed to research as a central part of its mission, and faculty responsibilities are defined as teaching/librarianship, Research/Scholarship/Creativity, and Service, what applied research responsibilities do faculty Librarians have? UMD has published a new strategic plan "Fearlessly Forward." The Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs, and the Division of Research have initiated a number of attendant programs focusing on promoting the pillars of the plan: "Reimagining Learning," "Humanities Grand Challenges," "Investing in People and Communities," and "Partnerships for Advancing the Public Good." This panel will provide an introduction to these faculty initiatives and discuss the role of UMD faculty Librarians along with instructional, research, and PTK faculty in achieving the strategic goals of "Fearlessly Forward."
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    The Closed-Loop: Academic Publication Data Conundrum
    (2022-06-08) Koivisto, Joseph; Sly, Jordan
    In this talk we will discuss the problems inherent in the publications-as-data model of large publishing and educational technology platforms. The datafication of scholarly communications establishes a closed-loop pipeline endangering library values and university goals through the narrowing of impact-ratio focused research and the development of a surveillance publishing model. These new methods of extracting value from scholarly content producers and consumers could dramatically impact the future of academic freedom for students, faculty, and libraries. Universities are in a unique position as we have become both the data source and the consumer for publications and data regarding the use of the publications. We will look at distinct aspects of these content models and the ways in which they present problems to the diversity of university research, library acquisitions, and data security for library users.
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    Implementing Project Management Tools and Strategies
    (2018-06-06) Pike, Robin; Gammnos, Rachel Wilder; Corlett-Rivera, Kelsey; Thompson, Hilary
    Many people are stretched thin at work because it's difficult to balance many competing priorities. In this panel, learn from four of your colleagues how they have implemented project management tools to stay organized, track projects and milestones, balance priorities, update stakeholders, delegate tasks, and more.
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    A Destination for DRUM Dataset Deposits: Creating the UMD Data Collection
    (2022-06-08) Buser, Allison
    As publisher policies and funding agencies increasingly require or encourage research data be made open for wider access and review, improving data collection and curation practices in institutional repositories has become commensurately necessary to support the needs of researchers and the goals of open scholarship. Since the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland’s (DRUM) launch in 2005, it has been utilized in archiving research datasets produced by UMD researchers. However, as noted by Durden & Buser in the 2021 LRIPF poster, “Uncovering Hidden Datasets in DRUM,” the repository’s general self-submission workflow lacks mechanisms to consistently collect essential identifying metadata as well as other metadata necessary for best practices in research data archiving. The UMD Data Collection was created in the summer of 2021 to address such issues. This poster outlines the design and implementation of the collection and its customized workflow to better enable future curation, management, and discovery of research datasets archived in DRUM.