2019 CALA Midwest Chapter Annual Conference Program

Winds of Spring – Trends and Challenges in Libraries

2019 CALA Midwest Chapter Annual Conference Program

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CST

Format: Virtual. URL will be provided prior to the conference

9:00 – 9:05 AM

Welcome by the CALA Midwest Chapter President

Mingyan Li, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago

Presenter Bio

9:05 – 9:20 AM

Opening Remarks (President, CALA)

Ying Zhang, Department Head, Acquisition and Collections, University of Central Florida

9:20 – 9:50 AM

Presenter Bio

Presenter: Lian Ruan, Head Librarian, Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title: Developing the State Fire Academy Library through Global Community Engagement

To support the global visions of the Illinois Fire Service Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under Dr. Lian Ruan’s leadership, the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library has worked hard on its international outreach efforts and a variety of international programs. This presentation will report what we have done and what we have learned through mutual exchange and understanding.

Presenter Bio

9:50 – 10:20 AM

Presenter: Qi Chen, Library Director, Calumet College of St. Joseph

Title: Applying Learner-Centered Pedagogy in Library Instruction and Reference Services.

This presentations talks about serving students from various background and age group, including nuns from 3rd world countries  and seniors in a college setting. Knowledge and skills to understand and help them effectively.

Presenter Bio

10:20 – 10:30 AM

(10 minutes break)

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Presenters: Jane Darcovich, Digital Services Librarian; Kate Flynn, Digital Programs & Metadata Project Librarian; Mingyan Li, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago

Title: Together We Make It Work! – Metadata Collaboration in UIC Libraries

This presentation is a case study that discusses the successful collaboration between different departments within our university library to improve our metadata. The collaboration combined library faculty and staff knowledge of metadata standards from our Resource Acquisition and Management Department (RAM), an understanding of the user assessment/experience perspective from our Digital Programs & Services Department (DP&S), and a more content-oriented perspective from our Department of Special Collections and University Archives. A cross-departmental Metadata Working Group was created to develop new Metadata Guidelines, in conjunction with a project to analyze and clean up our legacy metadata. These two projects facilitated needed standardization of our digital collections metadata, and improved coordination of our standards with those of aggregate systems and projects we were involved in. The resulting positive impacts include improved communication and workflows and resulted in higher quality metadata that better meets user needs. We will also cover how the work above prepared us to migrate into a new Digital Asset Management System (DAMS).

Presenters Bio

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Presenter: Si Chen, Branch Manager, Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, sichen@chipublib.org

Title: Community Engagement

Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library continues to serve as a social hub and a community center for culture, information, education and technology to all people. People are welcomed to the library to learn, work, play, gather and participate in programs. It is very important for the public library to engage with the community in strengthening partnerships and collaborations to achieve a success.

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11:30 – 12:00 PM

Presenters: Susan Howell, Cataloging & Metadata Librarian; Jian Anna Xiong, Government Information Librarian, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Title: Introduction to Linked Data

Linked Data is a powerful semantic web technology that makes knowledge and information spaces of different knowledge domains sharable, exchangeable, interoperable, and more. It is increasingly being used in libraries. This presentation is primarily based on literature review. It will provide an overview of the origin of the linked data, its development, and practices in general and in libraries, its current state, major challenges and future impact. We are also going to share some preliminary ideas for developing linked data in our library for discussion and feedback. The presentation is for anyone who is interested in learning about linked data and its usage in libraries, with or without experience with it.

Presenters Bio

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

(One hour lunch time)

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Presenter: Jung Mi Scoulas, Clinical Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago

Title: Developing Logic Model Workshops for Library Staff: Strategies, Challenges and Lessons

Is there a method to collect input from all library staff when developing and updating a strategic plan that is aligned with the institution’s mission and vision ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard? Developing a valuable and meaningful professional development workshop for library staff and faculty requires innovative strategies and a significant investment in time and resources. Given the importance of strategic planning, the university library acknowledges that including all library staff and faculty in the strategic planning process is crucial to developing and maintaining a meaningful strategic plan. The University of Illinois at Chicago (or “UIC”) Library developed a strategic plan using a logic model to provide a picture of how the program is intended to work. However, it is challenging to develop measurable outcomes based on the input of only a few library staff. The UIC Library came up with an idea to seek their colleagues’ contribution by explaining the basic concept of the logic model so that the strategic plan reflects everyone’s work. This presentation will demonstrate how the UIC Library developed logic model workshops for library staff to encourage their involvement in strategic planning and demonstrate how to apply the logic model to various projects. During this presentation, strategies, challenges, and lessons from the workshops will be shared with the audience.

Presenter Bio

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Presenters: Yijun Gao, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, Dominican University; Matt Isaia, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Title: Reading Preferences of Suburban Library Patrons

This is the first part of an on-going study examining the reading behaviors of adult library patrons. Using multiple years’ circulation statistics from four public libraries in the north suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, we try to identify the trends in reader preferences between traditional print reading (print book checkouts) and e-reading (eBook downloads). We find the most likely genre to be checked out by adult patrons is fiction and the preferred reading method is print. This study also offers some suggestion on public library’s collection development, as well as readers’ engagement and retention as they relate to emerging technologies.

Presenters Bio

2:00 – 2:15 PM

(15 minutes break)

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Presenter: Vincci Kwong, Head of Library Web Services, Franklin D. Schurz Library, Indiana University South Bend

Title: Escape or Trap? Incorporating Escape Room Learning Experience for Information Literacy.

In this presentation, the presenter will share her experience on how to utilize an immersive learning games platform, Breakout EDU, to create an academically focused escape room experience for a one-credit information literacy course. In addition to sharing information on how to create, incorporate and evaluate the Breakout EDU games designed for specific topics, the presenters will share feedback gathered from students regarding their Breakout EDU experience. Each Breakout EDU games are set up to be completed in 35 minutes, so the immersive learning game experience can easily be adapted for any course in one class session.

Presenter Bio

2:45 – 3:15 PM

Presenters: Taylor Ralph, Kathryn Otto, Alissa Fial, Claire Dinkelman, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI

Title: Springing into Assessment

The current trend and practice of library assessment can help better our services, instruction, and collection development. Though important, many libraries and librarians struggle with how assessment practices fit into their day-to-day tasks, and how to integrate those practices into current responsibilities. At Marquette University, four librarians implemented a new assessment working group to survey our libraries’ current involvement with assessment, and help our library build a new culture around assessment practice. We worked with our supervisor, gathered background information on current assessment practices, surveyed similar universities, scaffolded a manageable peer-to-peer observation project, and provided accessible documentation to our department, all while aligning the working group’s work to our libraries’ strategic plan and goals. By then end of this session, attendees will learn how we implemented our assessment group and projects, how our current peer-to-peer observation project is going, and our plans for the future of the working group.

Presenters Bio

3:15 – 3:45 PM

Presenters: Hong Li, Technical Services Librarian; Xiaocan Wang, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Missouri Southern State University

Title: All Starting from Baseline Data: What Can We Do with Library Resources and Services?

What happens if an academic library is not aware of any baseline data about distance learners’ use of library resources and services? What will the baseline data mean to the library’s existing and potential resources and services? Through a web-based survey, learn how one university library takes steps to explore and gather baseline data about whether distance learners use the library, the resources and services they used, and their preferences. Join the presenters to see how they identify and analyze the awareness and use of library resources and services by distance learners, as well as the library’s initiatives implemented to further prompt distance learners’ visit and use of library resources and services. The presenters will also share the survey instrument, its results, the issues they faced with and their future assessment plans.

Presenter Bio

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks (Vice-President, President-Elect, CALA)

Fu Zhuo, Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Missouri at Kansas City

Presenter Bio


Conference Planning Committee — Professional Committee, CALA MW

Liping Song, Metadata Librarian, Galter Library of Health Sciences and Learning Center, Northwestern University

Xiaocan Wang, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Missouri Southern State University

Minhao Jiang, Software Development Librarian, Wayne State University Libraries

Fu Zhuo, Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Missouri at Kansas City