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Please Join Us for the NLA College & University Section Spring Meeting!

When: Friday, June 1, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Clarkson College
101 S. 42nd St.
Omaha, Nebraska  68131
United States
Contact: Emily Nimsakont

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We hope to see you at our C&U Spring Meeting on June 1, 2018!


Registration Rates:

C&U Member: $35
Non-Member: $45
Library Science Student: $25

**Registration fee includes a buffet lunch.

Our schedule for this meeting is as follows:






Howard Hall


Coffee & Rolls (Panera)


Poster: Opening Access: Increasing Scholarly Impact with DigitalCommons@UNO
Yumi Ohira, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha

DigitalCommons@UNO is an institutional repository (IR) and an initiative implemented by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Libraries to support our UNO scholars through providing a Green Open Access solution. DigitalCommons@UNO disseminates a wide variety of scholarship including faculty papers, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), conferences and journals. Since its launch in 2014, the UNO Libraries have been implementing and managing DigitalCommons@UNO through outreach to the UNO community in an effort to collect scholarly works into the IR. This poster will present the differences in participation levels between disciplines and the strategy for outreach to UNO communities across campus. Also, this poster will communicate the challenges and future plans to promote DigitalCommons@UNO through detailed analysis of the data exported from the IR dashboard.


Poster: Dealing with Rejection: When Wikipedia Says No
Julie Pinnell, University Librarian, Nebraska Wesleyan University

The history of Nebraska Wesleyan University (up to 1988) was recorded in the David Mickey book entitled Of Sunflowers, Coyotes, and Plainsmen. Many people have asked for a continuation of that story, so the NWU library saw an opportunity to make this recent history available by adding an NWU history page to Wikipedia. My experience as a Wikipedia editor suggested that adding information to an existing page was relatively easy. However, creating a new page proved to be exasperating, if not downright farcical. This is a tale of a bruised ego, resilient tenacity and ultimate success.


Howard Hall

Opening Keynote: The University of Nebraska, a Visual History

Kay Logan-Peters, Professor, Art and Architecture Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln




Room 209 & 307

Breakout Session 1


Cleaning Your Data with OpenRefine

Emily Dust Nimsakont, Head of Cataloging & Resource Management, Schmid Law Library, UNL College of Law

Are you looking for ways to edit your catalog records more efficiently, transform your library data from one format to another, and easily detect misspellings and other inaccuracies in your metadata? OpenRefine is a powerful tool that can help you deal with all of these issues. In this session, you will learn how to harness the power of OpenRefine to make your work easier.


We Got To Live Together: University of Nebraska Working Groups
Mary Ellen Ducey, University Archivist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Alissa V. Fial, Education & Research Services Librarian, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Joyce Neujahr, Director of Patron Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Amy C. Schindler, Director of Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Members of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL) participate in working groups corresponding to library departments or services including access services, archives and special collections, research services, and others. Library types represented in this consortium include academic, law, and health sciences. The chairs of these working groups will briefly outline current stages of projects along with an examination of lessons learned about managing collaborative committees, communication on existing processes, development of new ideas, and how best to incorporate organizational culture and local best practices. While the libraries are diverse in the services offered and needs of their users, finding common ground around assisting users and universal principles is key. This presentation will provide ideas that are practical for any institution. An overview of UNCL will precede remarks by the working group chairs.



Howard Hall

Lunch (Qdoba Taco Bar)

Business Meeting and Table Talks




Room 209 & 307

Breakout Session 2

What do we do with this Drone?: Adventures in Electronic Equipment Management
Elizabeth Coday, Library Assistant for Circulation, & Terri Raburn, Library Assistant for Cataloging and Acquisitions, Nebraska Wesleyan University' Cochrane-Woods Library

Where can students borrow Audio Visual, or A/V, equipment to make a movie? What if they need a laptop, digital camera, or voice recorder? Nebraska Wesleyan University’s library has these items and more available for students use. The bad news, students did not know the library had the equipment available.

The A/V equipment was in dire need of an organizational update. Users could not find the items in our catalog because the equipment was catalogued as temporary items. The library needed a fresh way to advertise this underutilized resource on campus. We reorganized and fully cataloged all of the A/V equipment.

A Libguide was created with all of the important information for each piece of equipment in one easy to navigate area. Each item has a link that shows the availability in our catalog. Patrons can also find relevant accessories for the items. The A/V Libguide, the library’s most used Libguide, can be accessed from our library website homepage. This highly successful reorganization has fostered partnerships with the Art and I.T. Department to take on more A/V equipment.


Explanations, Analogies, and Elaborations: Incorporating Questioning Prompts in Instruction Sessions
Omer Farooq, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Educational psychologists have long studied and advocated for using learning techniques that help students achieve their learning outcomes in a variety of different contexts. These strategies include elaborative interrogation and self-explanation which bring the processes of comprehension and synthesis to the explicit attention of the learner. A similar case can be made for the use of strategies such as self-explanations, analogies, and elaborative interrogation prompts that enhance learning by facilitating the various stages of the research process. This presentation highlights ways to incorporate specific questioning prompts as a pedagogical tool including examples of prompts in deconstructing a topic, identifying resources, platforms, and knowledge gaps, and synthesizing ideas from multiple sources. The focus of this presentation is to illustrate and engage participants on how to imbed these examples of question prompts in their information literacy sessions.



Room 209 or Howard Hall

Lightning Round


Investing in Knowledge: The Benefits of an Open Access Fund

Kate Ehrig-Page,Institutional Repository Coordinator, University of Nebraska at Omaha

The Open Access Fund program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Libraries was established in 2014 with a budget of $40,000 per annum. Since its inception it has received 96 applications for help with publishing fees. This presentation will seek to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Open Access Fund through analysis of the disciplinary diversity of applicants and the platform of publishing open access. Furthermore, it will seek to discover ways to increase participation in the Open Access Fund and by extension, the institutional repository, through comparison with other universities’ OA funds.



Using Turnitin in an Academic Library

Anna Wigtil, RIS Research Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The UNL Libraries provide students with free access to Turnitin, the most popular brand of plagiarism detection software. This presentation will explain how we have implemented Turnitin as an educational, not punitive, tool that can help students at all levels learn to properly cite their sources.



First-Gen Stories

Blake Graham, Digital Archivist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A brief discussion on the First-Gen Stories project - an oral history project that encourages first generation Nebraska to create videos about their perspectives and experiences as the first in their family to attend college. This project serves as a proactive way to help connect first generation students with campus and campus resources, and contributes towards building a sense of place between students of different backgrounds. This lightening round talk will include some of the statistics for first generation students, the strategy used for launching the project, and similar initiatives at other institutions.


I Spy with my Librarian Eye: Utilization of LibAnswer Query Spy to Better Address Patron Questions

Anne Heimann, Director of Library Services, Clarkson College

Nicole Caskey, Resources Librarian, Clarkson College
Amy Masek, Access Services Librarian, Clarkson College

Springshare’s LibAnswer query spy provides insightful data on patron inquiries. This presentation will discuss how the query spy can be used to better address patron questions through the creation of targeted FAQ entries. We will review what the query spy is and provide a project summary of how we categorize, analyze and use the data to improve and enhance our FAQ database.


Using the ACRL Framework at Nebraska Wesleyan University

Dr. Martha A. Tanner, Head of Research Services and Archives, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Each year, NWU librarians teach information literacy sessions in all sections of the first-year Archway Seminar. In 2017, we developed several learning outcomes for these sessions based on the ACRL Framework. Come and learn about how we developed these, what worked (and didn’t) in the pilot year, and what we have planned going forward.






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