The Catholic University of America


Eighth Annual Symposium

Program Details: Poster Presentations

Posters will be available throughout the day. Presenters will be available to discuss their posters during the lunch break, 1:00—1:45 p.m.

A Collaborative Approach for Creating a Digital Collection: The James Cardinal Gibbons Medal Digital Library, by Jessica Sigman, Emily Wagner, and Emily Clough, Catholic University of America

The James Cardinal Gibbons Medal Digital Library ( is a digital collection of images and relevant information about the Gibbons Medal award, the highest honor bestowed by the Catholic University of American Alumni Association. The Gibbons Medal recognizes an individual, who may or may not be a CUA alumna or alumnus, for distinguished and meritorious service to the Church, the nation, or the University. Although the award has been bestowed since 1949, there has been no uniform collection effort to consolidate or organize the materials associated with the award or its recipients.  Many of the photographs are stored at the CUA Archives, some of the born-digital images are kept within the CUA Alumni Association’s computers, and the rest are with the University photographer. Through collaboration among the Alumni Association, CUA Archives, and CUA University Photographer, three LIS students took an initiative to create a digital collection of the award recipients and related information about the award by applying best practices associated with digital library development.  The students will discuss various aspects of the project development and successful collaborative experience, and how Omeka was used to develop the digital collection.

Come Say Hello!: Generating Internal and External Awareness for Library and Archives Services as a Form of Departmental Advocacy, by Jaime McCurry and Margaret Huang, Hillwood Museum

The Archives & Special Collections Department at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C. has made it a priority to extend its reach on-site and digitally in order to create and sustain meaningful connections with staff and with both general and specialized public user audiences. This poster will discuss how these meaningful connections help to raise awareness of and support for the Department by reviewing: how the initiative generates buy-in by incorporating larger institutional strategic goals; various social media and online collection tools currently in use such as the Google Art Project, Artsy, and Artstor; and the role service analytics play in evaluating programmatic success. The poster will present easily implementable strategies by highlighting recent successes and discussing how library and archival services translate into advocacy work for the department with the museum's public audience and the institution itself.

Comparing Religious Studies and Theology Faculty Citations and Library Holdings, 2002-2012: an Update by Kevin Gunn, Dustin Booher, Taras Zvir, and Sam Russell, Catholic University of America, and Jennifer L.A. Whelan, College of the Holy Cross

We are expanding the scope of last year’s poster 'Are We Serving Our Faculty?: Comparing STRS Faculty Citations and Library Holdings, 2007-2012,' to include monographs published by faculty from 2002-2006 and journal article citations from 2002-2012. Our work is unique in that no recent study exists which analyzes Religious Studies and Theology collections from the point of view of comparing and contrasting what faculty cite in their monographs. While there exists a plethora of such citation studies on a wide variety of disciplines in the literature, the hesitancy of research librarians to tackle this project is inherent in the complexity of religious studies and theological research itself. Since religious studies and theology are critical subject areas studied at the Catholic University of America, such a study would be beneficial for evaluating our collections to see if we are meeting the needs of faculty research. This project also provides an opportunity to use a corpus analysis toolkit (AntConc) and the programming language R (iGraph package) for comparing the monograph and article corpora and their citations and delving deeper into possible hidden relationships among citations.

Competencies for Librarians and Information Professionals, by David Shumaker, Catholic University of America

For nearly two decades, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) has led the way in articulating the competencies of librarians and information professionals. From its first edition of professional competencies in 1996 through revisions in 2003 and 2014, SLA has defined the practical and intellectual foundations of the work librarians do. Currently, the SLA Competencies Task Force is updating the statement to focus on the unique competencies that differentiate information professionals from other members of an organization, as well as the enabling competencies that they need in order to apply their skills effectively. This poster will describe the task force's process and share some insights from work done so far.

Designing Responsive User Interfaces of Mobile Applications and Sites for Information Organizations, by Devendra Potnis and Reynard Regenstreif-Harms, University of Tennessee -- Knoxville

In response to the rising popularity of mobile devices, information organizations, increasingly develop mobile applications and mobile sites (MAMS) to better serve patrons. Studies show that responsive design plays a critical role in user adoption and continued usage of MAMS. This secondary analysis of the experiences and advice shared by librarians and IT professionals engaged in developing MAMS reveals key components and techniques to design MAMS with a responsive user interface. In particular, we identify the following three human-computer interaction (HCI) areas critical in helping libraries design responsive user interfaces for MAMS: (a) user-centered design, (b) usability engineering, and (c) information organization, retrieval, and visualization. Planning, analysis, prototyping, evaluating prototypes, designing MAMS, and evaluating MAMS are some of the key steps for designing user-centered MAMS. Design of a user interface, content, labels used for presenting the information, functionality of MAMS, and wayfinding are the five areas of usability engineering. Since responsive design focuses on the content of MAMS, we find "information organization, retrieval, and visualization" to be one of the most important aspects of designing responsive user interfaces for MAMS.

Eat, Pray, Library
, by Heather Wiggins, Library of Congress

This poster presents the digital project that was created for the Visions of Italy study abroad course summer 2015. Using images taken at some of the most breathtaking historical sites in Rome, Florence and Assisi, the audience will have an opportunity to see structures, artefacts and texts that illuminate the rich history of Italy.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at American University Library, by Derrick Jefferson, American University

In our efforts to embrace our changing student population on campus, we began to examine what it means to be inclusive and diverse in order to provide the best services and collections to our users and patrons. As we began to look at these changing populations, we also were mindful to pay attention to the make-up of our library personnel: What do we look like, to ourselves and others? -- How do we identify?  -- What, if anything, can we add to the conversation? Additionally, we felt it necessary to expand the definition of diversity and inclusion beyond the typical race, gender, and sexual identities. A first generation student, a student with veteran status, or a student with a disability can often times feel different or “other”. This poster highlights steps we have taken to share our story in the hopes that others can learn from what can be difficult conversations about diversity and inclusion. The engagement has been profound. We found that taking the time to listen to one another, despite our differences, can lead to change and transformation. 

Implementing an EAD compliant workflow at UMBC, by Lindsey Loeper and Emily Somach, University of Maryland Baltimore County

In 2015, librarians at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) began work to implement an archival description workflow compliant with Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Existing collection descriptions in PastPerfect, formatted according to Describing Archives: A Content Standard (SAA, 2013), are exported as PastPerfect-XML and then transformed into both EAD-XML and MARC-XML using two XSLT stylesheets. The resulting records are made available to researchers through the catalog of the University System of Maryland, OCLC’s WorldCat and ArchiveGrid databases, and as HTML finding aids on the Library website.  Throughout the project, UMBC Library staff have emphasized the importance of allowing any work completed “including XML and XSLT templates, description guidelines, and the general workflow process” be made available to the archival community for reuse and adaptation. The poster will outline the general workflow, the procedures and templates developed, and examples of the EAD, MARC, and HTML records that were produced.

Increasing scholarly access to a newly donated collection at the George Washington University Museum
, by Rebecca Moore, Catholic University of America

In spring 2016, the George Washington University Museum moved its collections to a new facility in Foggy Bottom. The move gave the museum an opportunity to makes its collections more accessible to the GWU community and the wider public in the District of Columbia. CUA LIS student Rebecca Moore worked with staff at the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana collection to assist in this process over the summer, processing the collection in order to further integrate the newly-moved collection into the museum for increased accessibility. This summer-long project consisted of several phases: first, the books were cleaned, cataloged, and tagged for integration into the Gelman library OPAC; then, indexes of the sub-collections were created from inventories, so that PDF finding aids would be available on the Internet; finally, condition reporting aided in the long-term health of the collection. Though a continuing process, this project has laid the groundwork so that students, researchers, and others interested in Washington, D.C. history can find and access these valuable resources more easily.

Information Curated by Information Professionals
, by Jennifer Boettcher, Georgetown University

With machine learning becoming a reality, what are the possible roles for public service information professionals in the academic realm?  Roles of librarian and library and higher education are changing.  Information professionals need to expand their definition of information resources beyond print models such as journals and books.  We need to assist students in organizing their information gathering, beyond creating bibliographies.  Information professionals are ideal for educating producers and users of information in intellectual property rights. This presentation will explore investigative organizations like ProPublica, personal knowledge management like e-portfolios, and personal publication models.

LibGuides Best Practices: Redesigning for Usability, by Lindley Homol and Robert Miller, University of Maryland University College

LibGuides enable librarians to aggregate content for the purposes of reference and instruction. However, there are potential problems with LibGuides usability. Do students perceive--and can they use--LibGuides in the ways that librarians intend? We conducted a literature review to identify issues with LibGuides usability. Our poster session will highlight those issues and demonstrate ways that we have addressed them in a redesign of LibGuides at our university.

A New Professional Identity Framework for Librarians
, by Bruce Rosenstein, Catholic University of America

Despite the challenges and disruptions librarians face, many of the skills, talents and attributes that we possess are prized in the current organizational world. We need a new way of thinking about and conceptualizing what we do, how we do it, and who benefits from our work. I have devised a new framework for rethinking and repositioning this work, one that relies not on functional areas, but benefits, positive results and outcomes. It includes: 1. Serendipity and “aha” moments 2. The Power of Questions 3. Packaging and “selling” relevance 4. Curation of Data, Information and Knowledge 5. Sensemaking Skills 6. The Power of Introverts and “Quiet” 7. Servant Leadership: The Power of Service 8. Discovery 9. Architecture 10. Healing. We must embrace, express and “own” these attributes, abilities and qualities for our future success. This presentation will demonstrate how librarians can reposition their work within this framework, and how it can be turned into a major advantage for our profession.

Purchase replaced by License: Impact on Cultural Heritage and Research
, by Michelle Polchow, George Mason University

Although information seems but just a click away, when libraries embraced licensing as a means of acquisition, the choice had far reaching implications.  The hard hit to academic library budgets is well documented, but the impact even encumbers access to our cultural heritage.  Societal costs are incurred through the restrictions to access, barriers to discovery, impediments to fair use, and the overall length of copyright. While vendors try to create a comprehensive platform and tools under one click, librarians have stayed the course to fight for vendor neutral collections, open access alternatives, and reduced digital rights management constraints.  The scope of licensing practices is expanding to address not only legal but technical specifications, privacy concerns, authors’ rights, accessibility, national information standards and emergence of preservation registries. With copyright constraints unlikely to revert back to its original 17 years of protection, the library community’s struggle under the effects of licensing are leading to clever and creative initiatives that will begin to write a new chapter in digital information management.

Raising Awareness about Personal Archiving with DC Public Library's Memory Lab
, by Jaime Mears, District of Columbia Public Library

As a 2015 National Digital Stewardship Resident, my project is to create a DIY personal archiving lab and programming series at Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library. In the lab, patrons will be able to transfer home movies off of obsolete media, digitize slides and photographs, and learn how to care for these digital files. The program series will include outreach on archiving social media, digital estate planning, and general best practices to address both physical and digital possessions. This is the first program of its kind in a public library in the United States, and by February 2016 the lab will be operational. This poster communicates the project's evolution and how the lab will work after my residency. Archivists and librarians may be inspired to adopt something similar or raise awareness about personal digital archiving with those they serve within their own institutions.

Secondary to None: An Analysis of Secondary Source Lists and Treatise Finders at the Top 50 Law Schools, by Savanna Nolan, Catholic University of America

For the past twenty-five years, there has been discussion about how to “bridge the gap” and prepare law students for real-world legal research. However, many law firms now state that in the current economic market, new associates needed to be “practice ready” upon graduation. One of the most efficient ways to get students practice ready is to familiarize them with legal treatises—resources that serve as in-depth summaries of a particular legal subject. Each subject has its own source that the legal community generally recognizes as preeminent, but there are often multiple treatises available on a subject. It can be difficult to identify the preeminent source if one is not already fairly familiar with the topic. This poster compares the websites for the law libraries of the top fifty law schools in the country and notes which sites have lists of treatises by subject, commonly known as “treatise finders.” It also identifies which libraries label specific resources as “preeminent” in an attempt to create a master list of preeminent treatises.

Smallest to Tallest: Height-Based Shelving for Rare Books at the Library of Congress
, by Jamie Roberts, Library of Congress

Libraries are growing organisms, but historic buildings often can’t expand with collections. With new storage space several years away, this poster gives an overview of a plan to restructure our existing stacks to increase shelf density and relieve crowding.

“What Are We Going To Do?” Applying Content Analysis Methodology to Solve Your Research Problems
, by Elizabeth Lieutenant, Catholic University of America

Research methods are critical in legitimizing a discipline’s scholarly contributions and advancing evidence-based professional practice. When compared to other disciplines, Library and Information Science has historically held a limited understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and assessment and evaluation concepts (Connaway & Powell, 2010; Hernon, Dugan, & Schwartz, 2013). LIS scholars are now adopting more sophisticated research methodologies, including content analysis (Chu, 2015). This offers potential improvements to the field’s research base and creates the need for professionals to enhance their facility with research methods. This poster presentation will review the problem-driven content analysis procedures defined by Krippendorff (2004) and applied to a study by Lieutenant and Kules. It will include our study’s research questions, the relationship between our questions and the analyzed texts, our units of analysis and coding categories, our process of locating, sampling, coding, and analyzing textual and numerical data, and measures used to establish interrater reliability between the lead researcher and her contributor. Handouts of this study's various research outputs, including papers, presentations, and posters, will be provided. This poster presentation will be valuable for researchers interested in conducting problem-driven content analyses, enhancing their data collection and management techniques, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.

Systems to Manage Reference Service Performance Metrics
, by Emily Wagner and Laura Spence, Catholic University of America

There are many methods and tools that academic libraries use to store and analyze library data and usage statistics. This poster presents a comparison of the platforms, dashboards, and performance metric collection methods used at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)'s Alexandria campus library and the Montgomery College Rockville campus library. It describes how each environment captures and analyzes a wide variety of reference and library operations data, and compares other tools currently on the market. It also demonstrates how tracking questions and generating statistics can support better service.