BLC Networking Day - May 30th


BLC Networking Day - May 30, 2018 - Brandeis University

The BLC will hold its annual membership meeting, Networking Day, on May 30th at Brandeis University.  Registration is open to staff at all BLC member libraries and is available here.  This year we are pleased to have Dr. Robert W. Livingston from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard joining us for a keynote address on the challenges and benefits of diversity and how best to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment.  Susan Stearns, BLC's Executive Director, will provide an update on activities of the Consortium, and following a networking lunch, we will hear lightning talks on a number of new initiatives across the BLC member libraries.

The full program for the day is:

 9:30am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00am  Keynote by Dr. Robert W. Livingston, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University -Strategies for Building and Leveraging Diversity -   This presentation will give participants a deeper understanding of the challenges and benefits of diversity, as well as practical tools for promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment. Participants will learn about the psychological and structural determinants of prejudice and discrimination, with a focus on understanding the nature of racism and sexism.  Dr. Livingston will also present a model for how individuals and organizations can move from conversation to action to progress.

12:00pm  Update on the BLC - Susan Stearns

12:30pm  Lunch

1:30pm  Lightning Talks: What's New at BLC Libraries

  •  Creating Virtual Pathways for Real Results: Course Collaborations for Integrating Virtual Reality Into the Curriculum – Sarah Hutton, UMass, Amherst:  Describes the virtual reality installation and course projects in the UMass Amherst Digital Media Lab and highlights partnerships with faculty. 
  • Something There is that Loves a Wall: Anonymous Reference Queries – Steven Runge, Boston College: In February 2017, Boston College O'Neill Library began a reference/outreach experiment called The Answer Wall: patrons were invited to post questions on brightly colored 3x3 sticky notes on a two foot by three foot dry-erase board.  One year later, The Wall has answered about 1100 questions: everything from "Is a hot dog a sandwich?" to "How do I come out to my parents?" 
  • Mapping Campus Research: A Student-Centered Exploration– Erica Shattle, Tufts University: How do first-year students begin to connect with research happening on campus? Students in a first-year seminar course created an interactive map of campus research outputs. A series of assignments gave students broad exposure to a sample of research happening in fields with which they were unfamiliar and specific exposure to fields of interest. This project yielded practical and personal gains, with students beginning to build connections to the physical and intellectual spaces of potential majors.
  • Data Architecture Framework for Library Collections – Patrick Carr & Greg Colati, UConn:  UConn Library recently developed a data architecture framework, which we are currently applying to examine the preservation, management, and access characteristics and requirements of the digital content in our collections. This Lightning Talk will briefly describe UConn’s framework and how we are using it to analyze collections and technology systems.
  • Kickstarting the Diversity Conversation: The Libraries Diversity Reading Group at Williams Libraries – Jonathan Miller, Williams College: Libraries that decide to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion often begin with committees, workshops, and changes to formal procedures like hiring. While this work is important it can presuppose a common understanding of the issues involved and a level of shared trust that might not exist. At Williams Libraries, we tried to take a step back and find a less formal way to build that trust and understanding. This talk will describe why we chose this route, how we organized it, what we read, and evaluate the experience.
  • Data Visualization at the Library: The Many Uses of Tableau – Carla Spina, Boston College: The Boston College Libraries recently started using Tableau to publicly share information about the library, to facilitate internal assessment projects, and to teach patrons data visualization techniques. This talk will detail our early successes with this tool and offer advice for other libraries considering it. 
  •  The College Matters for U Program – Annette Vadnais, UMass, Amherst: This talk describes a program that brings students from the Springfield area to the UMass Center to participate in a day of activities focused on educating K-12 students about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) career options and expose them to opportunities available after high school.
  •  Mid-Year Orientation: Bringing Light, Warmth, and Information Literacy to January – Amanda Nevius, Hirsch Health Sciences Library, Tufts University: Mid-year orientation can slip by almost without notice as the arriving class sizes are smaller and the rest of the campus is already caught up in their work. Additionally, mid-year programs often consist of special groups of students such as international, second career, or part-time students. We set out to bring the same energetic welcome to them as to our fall orientation groups while being mindful of their unique needs.

3:15pm  Break

3:30pm  Breakout Sessions for the BLC Communities of Interest and kickoff meeting for BLC Leads 2018– Locations TBD