Visit the University of Maryland at the 2014 American Library Association Conference

Visit the University of Maryland at the 2014 American Library Association Conference

Maryland's iSchool Table in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, June 27, 5:30-7:30 pm & Saturday, June 28, 11 am-2 pm

Stop by the ALISE booth where the iSchool is on display. 

University of Maryland Reception: Sunday, June, 29, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm

Payard Patisserie & Bistro
Caesar's Palace Hotel
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Join alumni, faculty, staff and students for free food, drinks and the best company in Vegas. Right on the Las Vegas Strip at ALA Headquarters Hotel Caesar's Palace, this year's iSchool Reception is in the middle of all the action!

Sponsored by the College of Information Studies, the University of Maryland Libraries and the iSchool Alumni Chapter.


Copy Cataloging Interest Group: Saturday, June 28 – 8:30-10:00am

  • Nathan Putnam, University of Maryland Libraries

Copy catalogers at the University of Maryland, College Park are using their copy cataloging skills in areas outside of MARC and AACR2/RDA. One area is copy cataloging of digitized postcards, where catalogers review the metadata created during the digitization process, correct errors as needed, and add subject terms outside of LCSH. Instead of working in the Aleph ILS, catalogers are reviewing and updating in our Digital Repository (Fedora), using a locally created University of Maryland Description Metadata profile. The other area in which the copy catalogers are working is the WorldCat Knowledge base. Here, catalogers receive email alerts for newly purchased ebooks, and then check for accuracy and working links in the WCKB, thus leveraging WorldCat bibliographic data. My presentation for the Copy Cataloger’s Interest Group would be to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented to copy catalogers by working in these systems outside of MARC and AACR2/RDA.

Landing Your First Academic Library Job: A Cohort Study of Recent Graduates from the UNC at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science: Saturday, June 28 – 12:30-2:00pm

  • Alexander Carroll, Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian, University of Maryland – College Park

HackHealth: Engaging Tweens in Seeking and Utilizing Health Information: Saturday, June 28 – 2:30-4:00pm

  • Beth St. Jean, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
  • Christie Kodama, Doctoral Student, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
  • Mega Subramaniam, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
  • Natalie Greene Taylor, Doctoral Candidate, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Panel: Public Libraries and Digital Inclusion: Sunday, June 29 – 10:30-11:30am

  • John Bertot, Universit of Maryland Information Policy & Access Center

The ubiquitous nature of the Internet and accompanying services and technologies makes digital inclusion – equitable access to and participation in the online environment – essential for success in education, employment, finance, health, civic engagement and more. This session brings local community and public library leaders together to discuss the roles public libraries play in building digitally inclusive communities, and presents selected findings from the Digital Inclusion Survey funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), University of Maryland’s Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Who Am I? Incorporating Identity Play to Boost Teen Engagement: Sunday, June 29 – 12:30-2:00pm

  • June Ahn, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
  • Mega Subramaniam, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
  • Amanda Waugh, Graduate Research Associate, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Digital Curation Interest Group Meeting: Sunday, June 29 – 1:00-2:30pm

  • Trevor Muñoz, Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research, University of Maryland Libraries; Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Join the Digital Curation Interest Group for "Data Curation You Can Taste: Improving Crowd-Sourced Data from the New York Public Library's Menu Transcription Project."
The New York Public Library's "What's On the Menu?" project—a crowdsourced effort to transcribe historic menus from the Library's collections—is one of the most successful public digital humanities projects of recent years. In this presentation, Lydia Zvyagintseva will describe her experience trying to clean up, classify, and describe data from "What’s on the Menu?" in the context of an internship project at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). Trevor Muñoz will describe why the Menus data set is an ideal site for practical data curation training. Muñoz will also describe new work on the project. The DCIG business meeting will follow the presentation.

FEAST: Future & Emerging Access Services Trends: Sunday, June 29 – 3:00-4:00pm

  • Tim Hackman, University of Maryland

Why choose between presentations when you can come to one FEAST? Future & Emerging Access Services Trends (FEAST) is back for a fourth year, providing multiple speakers and topics in one 60 minute session. Hear practitioners and experts discuss what's new or just around the corner in circulation, shelving, reserves, interlibrary loan, offsite storage and more in short seven minute courses. Fresh and timely. Never frozen. There's always plenty to choose from at the FEAST!

Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group: Monday, June 30 – 1:00-2:30pm

  • Nathan Putnam, University of Maryland Libraries

Moving from print-centric to e-centric workflows: a reorganization of the Technical Services Group at the GMU Libraries
In 2010, the George Mason University Libraries Technical Services Group (TSG) underwent a massive reorganization in order to update for new workflows and demands. After a year of research, targeted focus groups, and departmental meetings, a new TSG emerged. The hallmark of the reorganization was flexibility, particularly with regard to format. The two new TSG departments - Resource Acquisitions and Resource Description & Metadata Services - are format blind. Job descriptions are also format-neutral, to allow all staff to work with any format. The focus on flexibility is embodied most significantly by an E-resources Team that crosses departments and even bridges other library divisions. Membership on the team is fluid, so that over time the team can expand or contract as needed. This presentation will focus on the impetus for the reorganization, the team model and the improved electronic workflows within this team, and the other changes, such as cataloging on receipt, that allowed us to allocate additional staff to electronic resources.