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ItemAssessing scholarly communication programs(2021-07) Chan, Emily; Yaukey, Suzanna; Dickman, Daina; Lawson, Nicole; Towson University. Albert S. Cook Library. Administration; CSU Digital Repositories MeetingIn August 2019 California State University, Sacramento and San Jose State University were awarded an IMLS National Forum Grant to identify standards and best practices in evaluating scholarly communication programs at M1 Carnegie-classified public universities. ItemThe Baltimore Hebrew Institute Collection: A Jewish Studies Library Re-imaged(Association of Jewish Libraries, 2022-12-31) Mael, Elaine; Towson University. Albert S. Cook Library. Content ManagementThe Baltimore Hebrew University (BHU) was one of a handful of independent Jewish studies institutions in the United States during the twentieth century. Located in the heart of the Baltimore Jewish community, it grew from a small teachers’ college to a doctoral degree-granting university over the course of its many decades. Several factors, including shifting educational trends, pragmatic economic considerations, and societal expectations altered the academic landscape for this institution; dwindling enrollment forced the once-thriving school to consider options for re-location, re-organization, or closure. A little more than ten years ago, BHU’s programs, faculty, and library were incorporated into a large public university located in nearby Towson, Maryland. As part of this move, the extensive resources of the BHU library were integrated with the much larger library of Towson University (TU), and both collections are now housed in one multi-storied building in the middle of a busy urban university campus. This article addresses the phenomenon of merging two disparate library collections and focuses on both the positive and negative results of consolidating academic libraries of different sizes, content, and cultural heritage. The author was a former librarian at BHU and is currently a librarian at TU. ItemBit by Byte: Building Best Practices in Data Literacy(2022-05-05) Price, Carrie; Garczynski, Joyce; Yaukey, SuzannaData-related jobs are among some of the fastest growing in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for data scientists is likely to grow by more than 30% by 2030 (Kness, 2022). Even if students don’t choose a data science career, data skills are becoming more and more in demand across several professions, from marketing to the health sciences. Increasingly, "digital technologies and data systems play central roles" in our lives and in society (Raffaghelli & Stewart, 2020, p.435). In order to jumpstart data skills at Towson University, LIS professionals at the Albert S. Cook Library sought to incorporate and support data skills and proficiencies through several different approaches over time. ItemChange is Hard: Using Conceptual Change Theory to Promote "Research as Inquiry"(Association of College and Research Libraries, 2018) Miller, Kimberly ItemA Cloud of Witnesses: External Mediation in Frodo’s Journey to Rivendell and Beyond(The Mythopoeic Society, 2018) Olson, Carl; Albert S. Cook LibraryApplies Rene Girard’s mimetic theory to a study of Frodo’s motivations and role models in the early phases of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s incorporation of extensive background material deepens our understanding of his main characters, most of all his central hero, Frodo. Commonly described as “role-models,” external mediators work to pacify relations in a community, and act to endow individuals with meaning, purpose, and direction they otherwise would not have. By the imitation of role-models, Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry become real to Tolkien’s readers by comparison and contrast to Bilbo Baggins, Gildor and his high elves, Tom Bombadil and ultimately, the long-lost Eärendil. Tolkien arrived at similar insights to Girard by drawing upon his legacy of classical and Catholic education. ItemCreative collaboration: Research as creative act in the art studio classroom(Rowman & Littlefield, 2021-06-15) Sinnott, Bria; Towson University. Albert S. Cook Library. Research and Instruction Item#Donate: the role of social media in academic library fundraising(Emerald, 2016) Garczynski, JoycePurpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the extent to which academic libraries are using social media to fundraise, what tactics they are using to fundraise on social media and how academic libraries’ social networks are responding to their fund-raising efforts. Design/methodology/approach: This research is a content analysis of 276 posts from 2015 on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of 16 academic libraries. Findings: This study found that academic libraries are just beginning to use social media for fund-raising with many adopting non-profit best practices that brought significantly more likes and shares/retweets to their accounts. Originality/value: This research is one of the few systematic examinations of how libraries use social media to discuss fund-raising, and the findings suggest tactics for libraries to adopt in their fund-raising posts to generate more likes and shares/retweets. ItemEnhancing Information Literacy Instruction with Google Drive(Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) Putnam, LaksameeBy using the various tools available through Google Drive (forms, spreadsheets, presentations), librarians can increase student participation and provide more interactive instruction sessions. This chapter will profile how one academic librarian integrates Google tools into lesson plans, and provide examples of in-class activities for a range of topics, from citation style to database practice. ItemEvaluating the Consistency and Quality of Search Strategies and Methodology in Cochrane Urology Group Systematic Reviews(2018) Lyon, Jennifer; Price, Carrie; Saragossi, Jamie; Tran, Clara; Towson University. Albert S. Cook Library. Research and InstructionIntroduction: Systematic reviews (SRs) are the foundation of evidence-based medicine. As essential tools for synthesizing and evaluating evidence, they guide informed decision-making for clinicians and other stakeholders. In particular, the SRs produced by The Cochrane Collaboration are considered to be standards of methodological rigor and comprehensiveness. Therefore, it is imperative that Cochrane Systematic Reviews (CSRs) adhere to the highest standards, particularly in terms of the fundamental collection of evidence represented by databases searching and transparency of reporting search methods. Methods: To assess the quality of searches and reporting in 65 Cochrane Urology Group Systematic Reviews and Protocols covering the past 2 decades, the authors created an evaluation form based on the PRESS Checklist, the Cochrane Handbook, and the Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews. The search methodology, strategies, and reporting for each was independently reviewed by two librarians; any conflicts were resolved by group discussion. Results: Comprehensive search methodology reporting, quality and inclusion of the search strategies varied widely over time. Fifteen percent (10/65) did not report a single full search strategy, and 62% (40/65) did not include search strategies for all databases reported. Errors in search strategies included line number mistakes, misspellings, incorrect syntax, and incorrect subject headings. Conclusion: While CSRs are highly esteemed for methodological exactitude in other areas, they remain in need of improved search quality and reporting. Transparent reporting of search methods and reproducible search strategies is vital to the future of SRs if they are to continue to be a cornerstone of evidence-based medicine. ItemThe Flipped Classroom Teaching Model and its Use for Information Literacy Instruction(Communications in Information Literacy, 2014) Arnold-Garza, SaraThe flipped classroom, a teaching method that delivers lecture content to students at home through electronic means and uses class time for practical application activities, may be useful for information literacy instruction. This article describes many of the characteristics of the flipped classroom teaching model, illustrated with examples from current higher education and library instruction literature. Pedagogical benefits of the model are highlighted along with potential challenges to its use. ItemFrom Idea to Instagram: How an Academic Library Marketing Committee Created a Character for the YouTube Generation(Rowman & Littlefield, 2016-05) Putnam, Laksamee; Garczynski, Joyce; Woznicki, LisaAfter observing low usage statistics for a handful of library services, Albert S. Cook Library’s Marketing Committee decided to create videos to promote underutilized resources. In past videos, the library relied on student actors, but it became increasingly difficult to find students willing to participate. As a result, the library purchased a puppet and then created videos featuring him. This chapter details how committee members created the puppet’s persona and scripted, filmed, edited, promoted and assessed the effectiveness of these videos. The chapter concludes with considerations for other libraries wishing to develop their own character-centric promotional campaigns. ItemThe good, the bad, and the media: distinguishing Islam from Islamic terrorism and the role media plays in spreading Islamophobia(2017-05-12) Manning, TylerThe text of a talk on the topic of educating against Islamophobia, given during the "Advocacy and Resistance in Education" panel of the 2017 Shadows Symposium. ItemI Just Want Tenure: Mapping Librarian Dissatisfaction with Library Science Scholarship(ACRL Conference, 2015-03) Browndorf, MargaretThis research is formulated on a single large significant assumption – that there exists among readers of LIS literature some degree of dissatisfaction associated with the quality of library literature. It was designed as an exploratory study to determine the shape of dissatisfaction in order to lay the groundwork for further work examining the scholarly conversation, discrepancy between the themes of dissatisfaction and evidence in the literature, and possible causes and solutions for the dissatisfaction. Four rough themes emerged, characterized by a series of subthemes. These are: perspective, depth and relevance; writing quality and presentation; methodology; and innovation and creativity. Additionally, some minor themes emerged, which attempted to explain major themes or represented conversations within the data. I have provided select examples in this poster. The poster was presented in March 2015 at the ACRL conference in Portland, Oregon. ItemIn-person to virtual in six weeks: moving a conference online due to COVID-19(2021-07) Chan, Emily; Yaukey, Suzanna; Dickman, Daina; Lawson, Nicole; Towson University. Albert S. Cook Library. Administration; Towson Conference for Academic Libraries ItemIntentional failure and Rhianna's tattoo as pedagogy(Elsevier, 2022-07-05) Sinnott, Bria; Albert S. Cook LibraryAcademic teaching librarians are often classroom visitors, with limited time to build relationships with students and teach them something useful. To maximize impact, librarians commonly deploy a canned search to demonstrate information seeking strategies. Demonstrating instant perfection is a detriment to student learning that reinforces classroom power inequities and portrays an unrealistic expectation of reallife searching and research. This column invites teaching librarians to instead demonstrate failure in classroom instruction as a way to bolster student confidence, experiential learning and mutual trust. ItemThe Library as Leadership Incubator: A Case Study of Towson University’s A-LIST Program(Association of College and Research Libraries) Tomlinson, Carissa; Arnold-Garza, SaraThis chapter explores a program at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library that gives students leadership opportunities while helping the library enhance visibility and promote academic success. The chapter describes the development of the program, the hiring and training of students, the program outcomes, student participant feedback, and best practices for similar programs. ItemLife and literature beneath the surface: Using neurodiverse young adult literature as mentor texts for narrative writing(Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, 2020) DesHarnais, Miriam; Barker, Lisa M.; Towson University. Albert S. Cook Library. Research & InstructionWhen capturing the inner life of neurodiverse characters, authors of young adult literature (YAL) often make compelling, unconventional choices with structure, formatting, syntax, and diction. Stories shaped through this stylistic variety are interesting for students to analyze, and offer empowering possibilities for illustrating the range of techniques highlighted in the Common Core State Standards for narrative writing. In this article, the authors advocate for including neurodiverse YAL as mentor texts for narrative writing--for the dual purpose of exposing students to a range of writing techniques, and normalizing conversations about the brain, how it shapes our perceptions of self and others, and how our experiences shape our brains. The authors align the Common Core State Standards for narrative writing with neurodivergent YAL, outline an instructional sequence for utilizing such texts, and conclude with considerations and resources for selecting and discussing neurodiverse YAL.