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Summer Projects

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.

Digital Initiatives

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    Art Collections

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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)

    Systems: OrangeLogic

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    Digital Preservation

    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

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    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.

    Active Learning
    Educational Technology
    Engaging with Students
    Learning Objectives

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    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.

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    Workshop Series

    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.

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    Undergraduate Experience

    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:

    1. To visualize the undergraduate experience, and
    2. To identify where the library can and does interact with the undergraduate population.
    This process will permit us to see what proactive steps the Libraries can take in the future. Ideally, the map will also allow us to distinguish the different types of interaction the Libraries has with the undergraduate population.

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    Online Instruction

    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.

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    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
    • 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
    • Engage students with fun activities outside of academic study
    • Repeat several times throughout the academic year
    • Date and Time TBD
    • Interest Meeting on September 10th, 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Co-sponsored by the libraries and Office of LGBTQI Life
    • Details and date TBD

Access Projects

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    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

    Material: MARC

    System: Alma

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    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

    Materials: MARC

    System: Alma

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    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

    System: Trint

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    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

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    Web Accessibility

    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