MLibrary Lightning Talks 2012
Past events: MLibrary Lightning Talks 2011
 2012 Summer Edition
- Thursday, July 26th
- 2 PM to 3:30 PM
- Bert's Study Lounge
- Shapiro Library Lobby
Come and learn about the exciting work that your MLibrary colleagues have been doing in these rapid five-minute presentations. A lightning talk is a brief presentation that quickly informs the audience about a specific topic. In this case, each talk will be just 5 minutes long, and will focus on an area of interest or innovation within the MLibrary community.
Light refreshments will be served.
Topics and presenters:
- E-Textbooks in Engineering Courses - Sara Samuel (AAEL). The engineering librarians, along with the assistance of Natsuko Nicholls, conducted a survey in Fall 2011 to learn if engineering students were aware that their textbook was available through the library as an e-book, and if they were using it and what they thought about it. This talk will share our main findings.
- Publish, not Perish: Supporting Graduate Students as Aspiring Authors - Barbara Alvarez & Jen Bonnet (GL Reference). This presentation will report on a new workshop offered at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, to help graduate students familiarize themselves with the world of academic publishing and prepare for their role as publishing scholars. A result of a collaboration between RLL liaison librarians and MPublishing, the workshop and its accompanying guide addressed issues that face aspiring authors in today’s publishing environment, and offered practical tips on what to publish, when to publish, how to select journals, how to shape papers/conference presentations into publishable articles, and how to respond to reviewers’ feedback. Given its success, the workshop is planned to be expanded into a series of campus-wide sessions.
- Two years of COPE – Open Access Funding - Kristina Eden (Copyright Office). Over the last two years the library has funded open access journal articles through COPE (Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity). Maybe you have referred a faculty member to this funding source and would like to know what impact this pilot program has had on campus? We’ll take a look at the publication statistics and responses to our second year survey of program participants.
- Pancreapedia: building an online pancreatic research community - Bryan Smith (MPublishing). Pancreapedia is a scientific community website designed to expedite research on the pancreas, with the goal of reaching 100% participation of exocrine pancreatic researchers worldwide. During this talk, I will discuss how Pancreapedia came to be, where it is headed, and our approach to building an online research community.
- The Library’s New Espresso Book Machine - Terri Geitgey (MPublishing). This talk will focus on the new upgraded EBM installed in the library at the end of December. Points covered will include how the EBM works, who can use it, and the types of services we can provide.
- Mobile Polling - Megan McGlynn (Library Operations). Have you ever wondered what library users are thinking? Mobile polling gives the opportunity to gather feedback from users in our space, even if they're not in front of a computer. I'll demonstrate polleverywhere.com, give examples of polls we've conducted, and discuss an upcoming conference poster on polling to assess user engagement with digital screens.
- The CRMS Projects: Putting Books to Rights - Richard Adler (Copyright Office). The HathiTrust Digital Library includes over ten million volumes, but how much access to those volumes will current copyright law allow? That's what the Copyright Review Management System was created to find out. During its first IMLS-funded grant period CRMS examined the copyright status of over 170,000 books published between 1923 and 1963. Now in its second grant period, CRMS continues to review US titles—and also over 150,000 English-language books published in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This talk will look at the challenge of reviewing such a large number of books and how, when it comes to an old book, some parts of it may be more of a dilemma than others.
- Adventures with iBooks Author - Jason Colman and Kelly Witchen (MPublishing). iBooks Author is billed as an easy way to create amazing textbooks for the iPad, but the reality is a bit more complicated. MPublishing staff Kelly Witchen and Jason Colman will describe the process of converting SI Professor Chuck Severance's book in iBA, and shed light on some of the program's features and quirks.
- Update on library streaming services - Jeff Pearson (Askwith Media Library). The library offers a variety of online video resources that instructors and students can use in support of instruction and coursework. This includes an array of streaming databases from Alexander Street Press, of which our most recent acquisition is the New World Cinema collection. We also now have a yearly licensing agreement with Swank Motion Pictures, and will be able to offer streaming of many feature films and mainstream documentaries. This presentation will describe the streaming services offered by the library and how instructors may make streaming requests.
- Using Technology to Convey Customer Service Expectations - Stephen Griffes and Sanam Arab (Library Operations, Hatcher/Shapiro Access Services). How can you communicate customer service expectations to a wide array of employees, ranging from new temporary student workers to experienced permanent staff? Sanam Arab, Steve Griffes, and Megan McGlynn researched various options for developing an online training and ultimately decided to create it themselves using Captivate. The training, which is hosted on the Library webpage, is interactive and engaging, and even includes built-in quizzing at the end. Entertaining photos of staff are used to demonstrate common customer service scenarios and can be easily updated with new images as staffing changes over time. Slide information can be quickly adjusted and edited as user needs and service expectations evolve.