Presenter: LaReina Adams
Practicum Location: University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Title: “Choosing Effective Keywords for Maximum Visibility and Discoverability of Research Reports”
My practicum site is the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation. The center serves and helps coordinate all the University faculty whose research is about or relates to transportation. These researchers are the center’s primary demographic, and as the librarian intern, it is my job to help the center support them. One of my primary duties is to provide keywords for research reports. Before my internship, I had minimal experience with research reports or choosing keywords. I decided to remedy this by investigating how to choose effective keywords for research reports. My preliminary findings have led me to create some simple recommendations and strategies that could be useful to my successor. Ultimately, I hope to add this information to the intern guidelines for choosing keywords for research reports. My suggestions so far are:
1. Ask the question: If I was researching a topic, what terms would I use to search for papers related to the topic?
2. Test Keywords: Do results include similar reports?
3. Note terms/phrases that repeatedly appear in the text and abstract
4. Find the closest similar term to the suggested keywords from the researcher
Presenter: Alicia Eldridge
Practicum Location: University of Wisconsin – Madison Special Collections, Madison, Wisconsin
Title: “How Do Institutions Manage Unorganized Archives?”
For my practicum, I’ve been working at UW Madison Special Collections. The project I’ve been working on is the CLMP Archival Collection. CLMP, otherwise known as Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, is and has been a source of funding for little magazines. UW is home to one of the largest little magazine collections which is why the CLMP archive is a great addition to the collection. I decided I needed research how other institutions handle large, unorganized archives. When the CLMP Collection made it’s way to UW Madison it hadn’t had much attention til now. Upon receiving it, there was little known about what was actually in the collection and the previous caretakers of the collection didn’t have much to offer UW when it came to it’s origins. The collection is still going to need some work, but I have prepared it for further processing and established order chronologically. The collection ranges from 1967-1983 so it may be some time before digitization happens, but the collection is on it’s way to being more complete than it was when it arrived.
Presenter: Deborah Frost
Practicum Location: Marine Corps University (MCU), Quantico, Virginia
Title: “Student Theses and the Library Collection”
Each year the Marine Corps University (MCU), located at Quantico, starts a new class in the School of Advanced Warfighting. Each class consists of roughly 25 officers from primarily the U. S. Marine Corps and other U.S. military services. The Library of the Marine Corps, also a part of the Marine Corps University, supports this and all other professional military education courses held at MCU with reference services and a collection of over 150,000 volumes. How many of these volumes are being used by the students in their bibliographies? To answer this question, the most recent academic year of the School of Advanced Warfighting theses will be analyzed for print books (volumes), then compared to the Library’s collection through a search in the catalog. Preliminary findings based on two theses suggest that over 50% of the print books cited are in the Library’s collection.
Presenter: Minda Maurer
Practicum Location: College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Title: “Recreational reading collection in an academic library”
One of my projects was a collection management project in College Library’s Open Book recreational reading collection, focusing on the graphic novels and fiction. College Library is the university’s main undergraduate library.
My job was to determine which books to weed and recommend books for purchase to while keeping the following two questions in mind:
• What does a recreational reading collection look like for millennials?
• Are all points of view and diversity being represented?
Using shelf lists to examine circulation statistics, I determined which books to weed based on low checkout history. I also looked at titles, keeping in mind the interests of today’s young adults. I discovered books by Young Adult authors, who often write about diverse characters and settings, had high circulation in the fiction and graphic novel collections. However, libraries need to rely on more than just circulation statistics to determine how to manage a collection. Undergraduate students aged 18-23 are increasingly diverse. Research has shown young adults want to read about other points of view and representation. We as librarians must ask ourselves if our users see themselves in the stacks? We have the responsibility to honor those wishes.
Presenter: Amy Odwarka
Practicum Location: Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois
Title: “Evaluating Academic Outreach:
Keeping track of programs and events at an academic library is not easy, especially when the depth of institutional knowledge is not systematically organized. This data is necessary because it justifies the value of staffing and budgets crucial to the work of outreach/engagement department. While working with the Academic Engagement unit at Northwestern University Library this summer, I was tasked with developing a dynamic tool all stakeholders could use to visualize, organize and evaluate programming over the course of a school year. This lead me to research what are considered best practices when evaluating outreach/engagement in academic libraries. Three themes emerged from the literature: defining terminology, strategic planning using goals and outcomes and use of mixed methodology of evaluation tools.
Presenter: Morgan Wentworth
Practicum Location: Research Data Services, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Title: “How are data management needs assessed in an institution?”
My project was quality improvement research. The institution where I did my project was Research Data Services (RDS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The research question I was investigating was, “How are data management needs assessed in an institution?” My conclusions found that needs assessment taking the form of interviews about research processes of the interviewees, rather than simply asking them what they think they need, is an effective way to identify holes in services offered by RDS. My interviews confirmed that the iSchool is home to multidisciplinary research, with needs that range from more secure data storage to more hours in the day.
Presenter: Lee Werner
Practicum Location: University of Minnesota Libraries – Wilson Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Title: “Evaluation and Assessment of Faculty Research Performance Data at Universities”
Research performance assessment can be used in either a competitive or non-competitive funding environment, each of which heavily influence the research efficiency of faculty. From an analysis of eight different countries’ funding competitiveness structures, it was found that environments with less funding competition fostered higher research efficiency. This result is likely the cause of. Furthermore, research assessment can be divided into evaluation of either research productivity or quality. The literature finds that assessment based on quality will, as expected, drive more quality. However, it is less obvious that increased research quality drives better teaching quality as well – whereas increased research productivity is shown to have no relation to teaching quality.
These findings suggest that the Experts @ Minnesota initiative to collect faculty research performance metadata should be directed towards more measurements that assess the quality of research, and that it would be useful to also include data about teaching performance.
Presenter: Kristen Whitson
Practicum Location: University of Wisconsin – River Falls Archives, River Falls, Wisconsin
Title: “CCDC at UW River Falls: Digital Preservation”
Digital preservation is the set of principles and actions designed to ensure digital information of enduring value remains usable and accessible over time. One significant set of digital preservation tasks requires the migration or digitization of content from analog or degrading formats. When that content is migrated or digitized, it ends up in a digital format such as a Word document, a PDF, a sound file or video file. One question I asked during my practicum at the UW River Falls University Archive was: what are the preferred file formats for these digital files, and why? The answer is that preferred file formats are those that are at the least risk of obsolescence, formats that use open source software, and formats that have the least amount of loss in compression.