2019 FACRL Annual Conference

Breakout Sessions

Session A

Room: Gallery
Title: A New Generation of Textbook Affordability Practices
Topic: Textbook affordability
Themes: Access, Learning
DescriptionThis session analyzes an innovative Textbook Affordability Project that began with a team of experts who assessed faculty textbook choices, investigated alternatives that would mitigate costs to students, and made recommendations to faculty which resulted in $3.9 million of reduced costs to USF-system students in one semester.
Presenters: Jennifer Slagus & Susan Ariew, University of South Florida
BiosJennifer Slagus is a College Coordinator with the USF Libraries’ Textbook Affordability Project where she helps faculty lower their course materials cost. Jennifer is a current MLIS student and has completed New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. Her research promotes OER, affordability, and access to education. 
Susan Ariew is the liaison for Education, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at the USF Tampa Library. Her research and publication interests include academic librarians' status, collaborative relationships between librarians and academic faculty, information literacy, and assessment tools for evaluating library instruction and student learning.

Room: 4009
Title: Expanding Distance Education Possibilities with Library and Center for eLearning Collaborations
Topic: Instruction
Themes: Learning, Collaboration
DescriptionA multi-year process of collaboration between FAU’s library and Center for eLearning includes librarian participation in weekly Professional Development sessions and pedagogical training provided to librarians alongside other faculty. This session explores some of the skills, resources, and collective wisdom shared across our evolving community of practice.
Presenters: Lauri Rebar & Judy Somers, Florida Atlantic University
Lauri Rebar is an Instructional and Engagement Services librarian at Florida Atlantic University Libraries. She recently received a degree in Instructional Technology and enjoys finding ways to incorporate the educational pedagogy and appropriate techniques and technologies into her library instructional sessions. 
Judy Somers is an instructional designer at FAU’s Center for eLearning and coordinator of their Professional Development Community of Practice, and is also an adjunct instructor at FAU’s College of Education. Her educational/research interests are in the areas of brain-based learning, metacognition, visual literacy, emotional intelligence, and the learning process.

Session B

Room: Gallery
Title: Clear is Kind: Strategies for Daring Leadership in the Academic Library
Topic: Leadership
Themes: Leadership
DescriptionWhile it can be challenging to rise up and lead a team, certain strategies can be utilized to create an atmosphere where every team member flourishes. This presentation will share information from recent literature on leadership by Brene Brown, Christine Porath, and Kim Scott. Participants will leave with practical takeaways to utilize in their daily work.
Presenter: Kellie Barbato, Palm Beach Atlantic University
BioKellie Barbato is the Access Services Librarian at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. She serves as the liaison to dance, leadership, music, and the Orlando campus. She has worked at PBAU since 2017. Kellie is pursuing a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership from Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York.

Room: 2053
Title: Keeping Pace with Research: Maintaining Effective Data Services at Academic Libraries
Topic: Data
Themes: Technology
DescriptionOne of the most difficult components of data work in libraries is keeping pace with research. In this presentation, I draw on my experiences building a data services program at the University of Miami Libraries to offer practical suggestions for keeping pace with the frenetic world of academic research. 
Presenter: Cameron Riopelle, University of Miami Libraries

Room: 4009
Title: Collaboration between Faculty, Instructional Design and the Library to use all OER for Curriculum Development and Delivery
Topic: OER
Themes: Access, Learning, Collaboration
DescriptionStudents at four-year public universities spend an average of $1,250 per year on textbooks and related course materials. Can a collaboration between the Library and the Instructional Design Department create value for the university and student population by incorporating OER into the course development process? This presentation is a case study of one University with a large online and distributed network that tightly controls the course design process and timeline and curriculum delivered by the faculty. During one course development, this University's faculty tested whether the entire course could be designed using free, quality OERs and specifically collaborated with a research librarian to structure and organize the resources so that students will have ready access to the resources every time the course runs. The material needed to be assembled to be displayed via Canvas, the Learning Management System. The University has developed a basic structure on how to collaborate with the Library with course development. The impact will explore how adopting OERs shifted assignments and assessments models in their courses, redesigned course assignments and assessments, and fostered the development of original OERs focusing on discipline-specific topics and content. The impact is a greater use of library resources by both faculty and students, and of course, an economic impact to the student who does not have to purchase texts and other high cost materials. This process also supported the creation of authentic assessments within the course that are not dependent upon paid resources.
Presenters: Dr. Kelly Whealan George & Anne Marie Casey, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
BiosDr. Whealan George serves as Accreditation liaison and a faculty member in the Social Sciences and Economics Program in the Department of Arts and Sciences at ERAU. Mrs. Whealan George currently teaches Economics and Statistics courses for ERAU. Dr. Whealan George has over twenty eight years of teaching experience. Anne Marie 
Casey is currently cochair of the ACRL/LLAMA Interdivisional Committee on Building Resources (2017–19) and a member of ACRL 2019 Virtual Conference Committee (2017–19). Casey’s work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving on the Florida Library Association (FLA) Board of Directors (2017–present). Casey formed a coalition of research faculty and staff at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to secure funding for an institutional repository called Scholarly Commons.

Session C

Room: Gallery
Title: Consolidate and Visualize Your Library's Data using Google Data Studio
Topic: Data
Themes: Technology
DescriptionThis session presents the University of Miami Libraries’ work with the free Google Data Studio dashboards, where we created live connections to diverse data sources in order to provide a solution for data gathering, consolidation, and access.
Presenter: Kineret Ben-Knaan, University of Miami Libraries
BioKineret is the Research & Assessment Librarian at the University of Miami, where she shares data-driven insights with leadership and management teams. Her assessment activities are focused on collections, operations & services.

Room: 2053
Title: Digital Collections in the University Classroom: Inspiring your Faculty with Regional Content
Topic: Collections
Themes: Learning, Collaboration
DescriptionThis session will explore how to engage faculty and inspire them to use digital collections as a core research tool in their courses. Attendees will learn to assess their collections for unique content that may be particularly well-suited for research projects.
Presenters: Kelley Rowan, Florida International University & Dr. Christopher Davis, Florida Atlantic University
BiosKelley Rowan is the Digital Archives Librarian at Florida International University where she is the principal ETD librarian. She has published articles on digital repository management and faculty union membership attitudes. She is the editor of Athenaeum: Scholarly Works of the FIU Libraries and serves as the UFF-FIU vice-president. 
Dr. Christopher Davis is currently a Visiting Instructor at the Department of History at Florida Atlantic University. He graduated from Florida International University in December 2018 with a PhD. in Atlantic History. His research and teaching focus includes Race, Science, and Citizenship in the United States, the Caribbean, and African Diaspora.

Room: 4009
Title: Beautiful Alchemy: How LER Enhances OER
Topic: OER
Themes: Access, Learning
DescriptionThis session will explore how LER (library/licensed educational materials) enhance OER (open educational resources) initiatives in higher education. Participants in this session will explore the special connection between LER and OER, and learn how academic librarians have a unique opportunity to draw from this beautiful alchemy to support broader, more inclusive, more scalable approaches to finding textbook alternatives.
Presenter: Michael Moore, Miami Dade College

Plenary Panel Session: Integrating Libraries in the Learning Management System

Collaboration and Integration: Embedding the Library into Canvas

Title: Collaboration and Integration: Embedding the Library into Canvas

Description: Librarians at the University of North Florida realized the library needed to have a presence in Canvas. This would enable students to easily transition between their coursework, and finding resources and services to support their studies. During this session, participants will learn more about the planning and implementation process.


Jennifer L. Murray, Director of Technical Services and Library Systems, University at North Florida
Jennifer L. Murray, MLS, has worked in academic libraries for over eighteen years. She has a diverse history in the field, ranging from enhancing and migrating library systems, managing all aspects of technical services, to using Tableau to develop informative, user-centric visualizations utilizing library data.

Daniel E. Feinberg, Online Learning Librarian, University at North Florida
Daniel E. Feinberg MLIS, M.Ed., has worked in libraries since 2007 in various types of institutions. His position at UNF supports the institution, especially with Canvas and Open Education Resources. He continues to build his career based on his passion for working with not only students, but also faculty.

Bridging Distance Learning Inequities with LibGuide LTI

Title: Bridging Distance Learning Inequities with LibGuide LTI

Description: This session will demonstrate how integrating LibGuides into a Learning Management System increased LibGuide use and improved the distance learning experience by embedding curated resources and connecting students digitally to librarian expertise. This one-stop approach to library resources and services bridges the access gap for online students and respects the adult learners as they navigate work, life, and school.


Elia Trucks, User Experience and Student Outreach Librarian, University of Denver
Elia Trucks is the User Experience and Student Outreach Librarian at the University of Denver. She attended Florida State University for Bachelor of Arts in Art History and her Master of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include early career librarianship, feminist pedagogy, and social justice in the library.

Nicolas Pares, Instructional Designer, University of Denver
Nicolas Pares works in course design at the University of Denver's University College. Nicolas is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the Colorado Community College System where he teaches applied linguistics and adult instruction courses. Nicolas is an Open Education Ambassador to Colorado through OTN and he is pursuing an MLIS.

Poster Sessions

Poster Session - A

Title: The High Cost of “Free” Access: Cost Analysis of Citations Collected from Florida State University

  • Kelly Grove, STEM Research and Learning Librarian, Florida State University

Title: If You Have a Garden and a Library: Creating a Library Sensory Garden to Appeal to Neurodiverse Students
  • Debbi Dinkins, Stetson University

Title: Echo Show & Tell: Innovations in Reference Service

  • Christopher M. Jimenez, Web Services Librarian, Florida International University
  • Ramces Marsilli, Education Librarian, Florida International University
  • Sarah J. Hammill, Business & Online Learning Librarian, Florida International University

Title: Collaborative Code Envy: ILS vs. MARC for ACRL Statistics

  • Susan A. Massey, Head of Discovery Enhancement, University of North Florida
  • Jennifer L. Murray, Director of Technical Services and Library Systems, University of North Florida

    Title: Rev up your instruction with response boards and buzzers!

    • Rachel Cooke, Education & Arts Librarian, Florida Gulf Coast University
    • Amy Craig, Instructional Support Specialist, Florida Gulf Coast University

      Poster Session - B

      Title: Advancing Accessibility: Smathers Libraries 360-degree Virtual Tours

      • Danielle Sessions, Human Resources Specialist, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
      • Lisa Campbell, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
      • Sarah “Moxy” Moczygemba, Social Media Specialist, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
      • Samuel R. Putnam, Engineering Librarian, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida

      Title: zSpace: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Mixed Reality

      • Brittany Kester, Education Librarian, University of Florida
      • Rachael Elrod, Associate Chair of Departmental Libraries and Director of the Education Library, University of Florida
      • Bojan Lazarevic, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida, College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning

      Title: Demystifying Digitization: How to Learn and Teach New Digital Skills to Patrons

      • Megan M. Daly, Specialist Librarian, Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, University of Florida

      Title: How Inclusive Language Strategies Enhance Access to Services and Collections in Academic Libraries and Archives

      • Jade Kastel, Reference & Instruction Services Librarian, Johnson & Wales University

      Title: Conducting a Signage Inventory to Improve Accessibility at the University of Central Florida’s John C. Hitt Library

      • Rachel Edford, Instruction & Engagement Librarian, University of Central Florida
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