The library staff is using a team-based approach to collaborate on high impact projects that will have demonstrable benefits to Vanderbilt teaching and research. Below are descriptions of the current projects. Some projects will take a major commitment of staff time; interested library staff should speak with their manager about opportunities to participate on a project.
Goal: to digitize, describe, and share artistic resources with the campus and the public
Members: Carla Beals, Kali Mason, Jamen McGranahan, Phil Nagy, Fay Renardson, Emily Wiener
Representative Materials: Gallery Collections, Visual Resources Collections, Contini-Volterra, etc.
Systems: Alma, JSTOR Forum, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, WordPress
Articles, Theses, Dissertations
Goal: to describe and share scholarly products from Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students with the public
Members: Zora Breeding, Regina Berry, Sarah Swanz, Tao You
Representative Materials: capstone projects, faculty publications, doctoral dissertations, open access journals
Systems: Alma, DSpace, Open Journal Systems, Vireo, Wikidata
Archives, Books, Pamphlets, Journals
Goal: to digitize, describe, and share publications from the library's general and special collections with the campus and the public
Members : Zach Johnson, Chris Ryland, Kathy Smith, Dajin Sun, Scott Walker
Representative Materials: select archival collections and published materials from general and special collections
Systems: ArchivesSpace, HathiTrust, JSTOR Open Community Collections
Campus and Event Photography
Goal: To transition campus event photographs to OrangeLogic for campus use and for licensed public consumption
Members: Mary Anne Caton, Jodie Gambill, Teresa Gray, Shore Griffin, Kim Yandell
Representative Materials: Special Collections' photographic database, ACE network files (lower priority)
Goal: To develop a dark archive of websites and digital assets for long-term preservation
Members: Stacy Curry-Johnson, Jim Duran, Dale Poulter
Representative Materials: university websites and digital assets in the systems listed above
Systems: Archivematica, Fedora, Heretrix, OpenWayback
Teaching and Learning Projects
Development of Digital Pedagogy Skills
Goal: Create opportunities for librarians to build skills around teaching online in order to prepare them for revamping LibGuides and lesson plans to support an online teaching environment
Members: Melissa Mallon, Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, Rachel Walden
Representative Deliverables: T&L Committee Summer Series on Digital Pedagogy (3-part workshop series for teaching librarians + a digital pedagogy resource guide); participation in Center for Teaching's Course Design Institute; creation of mini Teaching Communities of Practice for librarians
Timeline: Summer series training sessions for librarians on June 11, July 9, and August 6. The Center for Teaching's Course Design Institute runs throughout the summer. Communities of Practice will be launched during the summer and continue through the academic year.
Virtual Research Services
Goals: Improve and expand virtual research services, including Ask a Librarian services such as chat and online FAQs.
Members: Amy Corbitt, Robbi DePeri, Camille Ivey, Frank Lester, Sarah Stevenson
Representative Deliverables: Coordinate schedule for Heard Libraries online reference services (both live chat and asynchronous help); develop best practices and guidelines for training and providing reference services. Update language for help guides, including the Ask a Librarian FAQ.
Timeline: Chat services go live by end of spring semester; best practices guidelines developed by July 1; FAQ updated by start of fall classes.
Goal: Using a team-based approach, design curriculum and plan for delivery of 2-3 synchronous virtual workshop series (with 4-5 topic areas in each series) - have staff trial runs in the summer and launch in fall semester for students.
Members: Josh Borycz, David Golann, Pam Morgan, Andy Wesolek
Representative Deliverables: workshop series to include "Research Productivity" series on information literacy skills (including job-ready skills in collaboration with the Career Center; primary source instruction; presenting research – e.g. creating research posters, graphic visualizations of data); Digital/critical information literacy
Timeline: Workshop curriculum and schedule developed during the summer for fall deployment; program dates publishable by August 1. Some ad hoc workshops will be offered virtually during the summer and fall.
Goal: Investigate VU plans for undergraduates fall 2020 and propose opportunities for librarians to innovatively engage undergraduate students, particularly incoming students (i.e. first years and transfers) who may be joining the Vanderbilt community for the first time virtually
Members: Yuh-Fen Benda, Mariah Ford, Leslie Foutch, Judy Johnson, Jason Schultz
Representative Deliverables: librarians participating in Campus Connectors Program; review Immersion requirements and brainstorm possibilities for supporting students in the four Immersion pathways; identify concrete methods of connecting with incoming students in the fall semester.
Timeline: Develop list of concrete methods for connecting with students, by August 1st. Selection of librarians to participate in the Campus Connectors program will happen in May, with selected librarians participating in training in late June. Create and send Personal Librarian communication for undergraduates by end of August.
Vanderbilt Libraries and the Undergraduate Experience
In order to properly visualize the undergraduate experience --and how the Vanderbilt University Libraries interact with it-- the Undergraduate Experience [UG] team created a concept map.
The purpose of this map has a two-fold purpose:
- To visualize the undergraduate experience, and
- To identify where the library can and does interact with the undergraduate population.
Goals: Develop asynchronous learning materials that can be embedded in LibGuides and/or Brightspace and to develop a template for subject librarians to more easily create high-quality subject-specific asynchronous learning tools on their own. Enhance current instructional embedded librarian services in Brightspace.
Members: Alex Carroll, Sarah Dunaway, Heather Laferriere, Rachel Lavenda, Sara Manus, Ramona Romero, Sarah Stevenson
Representative Deliverables: self-paced virtual instructional videos and/or interactive tutorials that can be used by librarians in all areas; a template for others to do the same; librarians will review research guides connected to courses in Brightspace for providing point-of-need research support.
Timeline: Have template ready for tutorials by end of July; have several asynchronous materials available by start of fall semester.
Connecting with Students
Goal: Develop a plan and implement 2-3 virtual events to connect librarians with students (undergraduate and/or graduate students); at least one single event and one sustained through the semester; develop a template for campus libraries to replicate for their student constituents.
Members: Melinda Brown, Kashif Graham, Shahpar Kamtarin, Robert Rich, Debra Stephens
Representative Deliverables: a series of new virtual engagement opportunities for students (e.g. book clubs related to first year reading, game or trivia nights, co-curricular events with campus partners)
Timeline: Develop programming during the summer, program and plan dates publishable by August 1, and be ready to deploy in the fall.
Virtual Engagement Opportunities
- A monthly series of brief, 30-minute Zoom interviews on current issues
- Scheduled for the first Fridays at 1:00 PM (CST)
- September 4th with Dr. Rosevelt L. Noble, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges, Director, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
- October 2nd with Rick D. Burr, Assistant Chief of Police, Vanderbilt University Police Department
- November 6th TBD
“ZOOM IN ZINE OUT” WORKSHOP
- Zine (pronounced “Zeen”) are miniature booklets, created on any topic and in limited quantities, usually an artistic expression of the creator.
- Friday, September 18th, 1:00 PM (CST)
- Students will be encouraged to make zines on their COVID-19 quarantine summer experience. Students will be asked if they’d like to donate their Covid-19 zines to the COVID-19 Archive.
- Learn more at What Exactly is a Zine? and We Make Zines
ZOOM TRIVIA GAME NIGHT
- Engage students with fun activities outside of academic study
- Repeat several times throughout the academic year
- Date and Time TBD
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY READING GROUP
- Interest Meeting on September 10th, 6:30 PM (CST)
- Co-sponsored by the libraries and Office of LGBTQI Life
ESCAPE ROOM/SCAVENGER HUNT GAME
- Details and date TBD
De-Duplicating Government Documents
Goal: To identify government document duplicates using reports created from Alma Analytics
Members: Tristan Keen, Will Stringfellow, Jim Thweatt, Glen Waters
The Enumeration Project
Goal: To clean up Alma records that have incorrect Item call numbers
Members: Terri Bante, Yolanda Campbell, Gregory Collins, Linda Davis, Nancy Dolinger, Caroline Grinham, Shahpar Kamtarin, Machelle Keene, Aiden Layer, Charlotte Lew, Laura Matthews, Caleb McLoud, Thanita Sweat, Karen Swoopes, Daisy Whitten, Debbie Williams
Transcribing Television News
Goal: To improve the searchability of television news by transcribing broadcast news shows
Materials: TV News Shows
Members: Dana Currier, Alla Foliyev, Ryan Peak, Karen Pillow, Kathy Turbeville
WikiCite for Vanderbilt
Goal: To foster scholarly communications by increasing the number of faculty items and items about faculty publications on Wikidata
Members: Chris Benda, Marymae Jansson, Jeff Taylor, Greg Weldy, Sue Widmer
Materials: Bibliographic records
Systems: VanderBot, Wikidata, Zotero
Goal: Modify the library webpages to aspire to achieve the standards set forth by WCAG 2.0, Level AA
Members: Matt Dillingham and Leanna Myers
Representative Materials: library domain webpages
Systems: Omni and Wordpress