Many of us who work in college and research libraries will be converging on Cleveland next week for ACRL 2019. Ohio State University Libraries’ faculty and staff are well represented across the conference program – a total of nine sessions by my count – presenting on affordable learning initiatives, research impact interventions, library experiences of students of color, library-community partnerships, and more. The theme for this year’s conference is “Recasting the Narrative,” and our University Libraries colleagues will be reporting on research and service initiatives that are indeed changing the story of how a research library can impact the research, educational, and outreach missions of a national public flagship university.

Take a look at some of the important work our Buckeye colleagues will be presenting:

Recasting the Affordable Learning Conversation: Considering Both Cost Savings and Deeper Learning Opportunities

“We present Deeper Learning (DL) as a valuable theoretical framework to recast the affordable learning conversation from one based on cost-savings to a narrative of pedagogical opportunities that encourage 21st century skills and transferable knowledge. Recent research has indicated that students may not be cultivating modes of critical thinking related to the DL framework. The development of these skills require instructors to engage students in the classroom, encouraging an active role in their learning that can increase student success. Faculty who adopt affordable materials often do so with a goal of improving student learning and critical thinking skills.”

Speakers: Marcos Rivera, Amanda Folk, Shanna Jaggars, and Marisa Lally

How Faculty Demonstrate Impact: A Multi-Institutional Study of Faculty Understandings, Perceptions, and Strategies Regarding Impact Metrics

“Faculty and institutions are increasingly called upon to present succinct, quantified descriptions of their research impact to administrators, funders, legislators, and academics. This project explores how researchers feel about these research impact measures across disciplines and institutions. Presenters will discuss findings from a multi-institutional faculty survey (n=1202), including what faculty actually know about journal and article-level impact metrics, what faculty think about these metrics, and how they use statistical measures to demonstrate the importance of their scholarship, as well as possible implications for librarians supporting these faculty members.”

Speakers: Dan DeSanto, Caitlin Bakker, Jonathan Bull, Aaron Nichols, Jenny McBurney, Allison Langham-Putrow, and Nancy Courtney

Narratives of (Dis)Engagement: Exploring Black/African-American Undergraduate Students’ Experiences with Libraries

“Libraries are increasingly devoting resources to programs and services related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as including these as core values of the organization. Despite this, there is a dearth of literature that highlights the voices of students of color. While we often boast about our community outreach programs on diversity, there is a lack of engagement in research about servicing students of color and understanding their library experiences. We will introduce a qualitative research study that explores Black/African-American undergraduate students’ experiences with libraries both before and during college, as well as sharing preliminary findings.”

Speakers: Amanda Folk and Tracey Overbey

Enhancing Career Readiness through a Library-Community Partnership: Living the Land Grant Mission

“Learn about how the Ohio State University Libraries is partnering with a community organization, the Expanding Visions Foundation, to support high school students from underserved and at-risk communities with career development and work place experience. The program also introduces the students to professional mentorship and careers in libraries. This panel discussion will explore the successes and learning after two years of the program from the perspective of a library administrator, a library faculty sponsor, the program coordinator, and a representative of the community organization.”

Speakers: Quanetta Batts, Nena Couch, Diedra Herring, Cornell Lewis, and Jennifer Vinopal

Improving Diversity Residencies through learned experiences

“This panel session provides an opportunity to learn about Library Diversity Residencies through the experiences of Library Diversity Residents and a Residency program director. A panel of two current residents, one former resident and a residency program director will discuss the design of their residencies, practical skills gained, suggested new approaches and work-preparedness after a residency. Participants will come away with a more holistic understanding of diversity residencies from multiple perspectives. This knowledge will hopefully lead to new ideas of how to recast and design residencies to better suit new librarians and increase the diversity in the profession.”

Speakers: Selena Bryant, Sheila Garcia, Carlos Duarte, Morgan Davis, and Quanetta Batts

Start something new: How libraries support cross-campus entrepreneurship education, commercial and nonprofit start-ups, and entrepreneurial thinking

“Students are increasingly creating their own jobs and supporting their communities through both commercial startups and social entrepreneurship. Campuses across the country are adopting mandates to support entrepreneurial thinking and cross-campus entrepreneurship education. Libraries are at the center of such initiatives, with librarians helping students find their paths and make a difference. In this session, you’ll hear from four librarians supporting entrepreneurship in a variety of ways on diverse campuses. Topics will include outreach, instruction, campus and community engagement, and collection issues. We will ask audience members to contribute their own ideas, successes, and challenges with campus entrepreneurship.”

Speakers: Ash Faulkner, Steve Cramer, Genifer Snipes, and Marlinda Karo

Reflect, Express, Compare: Reimagine Your Teacher Identity with the TeachPhil U-model and Strengths-Based Reflective Practice

“Find out how our new flexible U-model can help you develop or refresh your teaching philosophy and assert your teacher identity. Choose the path through our process that reflects your strengths, and engage in a series of reflect-express-compare activities in response to trigger questions and sentence-completion prompts, with support from three experienced facilitators and handouts containing models and examples as additional guidance. By the end of the workshop you will have captured and connected the key features and contexts of your teaching, including your inspirations, guiding principles, goals, style, and distinctive practices, as the basis for an authentic congruent self-portrait.”

Speakers: Sheila Corrall, Amanda Folk, and Ethan Pullman

Teaching and Learning Centers: Recasting the Role of Librarians as Educators and Change Agents

“Teaching and Learning Centers in higher education are a growing force for educational development and changing the culture of teaching and learning. Librarians can transform their role as educators through joining forces with these Centers and developing a repertoire of approaches for becoming strategic partners, including the use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy as a catalyst for conversations and collaborations. This paper presents survey results from higher education teaching and learning centers across the U.S. which explore the involvement of librarians and perceptions of their contributions. These results point to ways for implementing deeper teaching and learning collaborations.”

Speakers: Sharon Mader and Craig Gibson

Beyond Town Versus Gown to Local Partner for Student Success: Recasting the Academic Library for Community Support

“Universities located in urban areas are partnering with neighboring communities to have an impact on middle and high school students’ pathway to higher education. The presenters will share their experience collaborating on local initiatives and programs which introduce students to the college library, both as an academic support and as a potential job and career opportunity. Attendees will learn how to connect with socially beneficial services and discuss how engagement with community programs might serve as a pipeline for bringing under-served populations into the library profession.”

Speakers: Steven Bell, Alison Armstrong, and Aaron Mason

I’m extremely pleased to see so much of our colleagues’ work featured at ACRL 2019. The volume is impressive, but, personally, I’m most gratified by the nature of the work and its alignment with university-level strategic priorities, which are themselves grounded in the land grant mission of The Ohio State University.

Go Bucks!

Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries