Library Instruction

Webinar announcement: “Beyond Trinkets: The Value of 3D in the Library,” May 10, 2017, at 9:30am (Miami Time)

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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.

Please join us for an upcoming event, “Beyond Trinkets: The Value of 3D in the Library,” May 10, 2017, at 9:30am (Miami Time).

Presenter: Dr. Sara Gonzalez, Marston Science Library, University of Florida

Click here to participate in the online event: http://ufsmathers.adobeconnect.com/Caribbean

About the Presentation:

“Beyond Trinkets: The Value of 3D in the Library”

In spring 2014, the UF Libraries opened its 3D services to the university and public.  This service, funded by student technology fees, expanded from 2 small 3D printers in the science library to now include 4 branch libraries with 10 3D printers, and circulates multiple portable 3D printers and scanners.  The library accepted over 1000 3D orders last year and librarians regularly teach workshops to the campus community and public, along with offering specialized consultations regarding 3D scanning and printing.

This presentation will provide an introduction to 3D printing and scanning technology, describe the opportunities and challenges of offering 3D technology in a library, and provide case studies that illustrate the potential of 3D across disciplines.

About the Speaker:

Sara Gonzalez is a science librarian at the University of Florida where she is the physical sciences and mathematics liaison and coordinates UF Libraries’ 3D Service and the MADE@UF software and virtual reality development lab.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.L.I.S. from Florida State University.  Her current research interests include emerging technologies in libraries, modeling and visualization of data, and scientific literacy instruction. Dr. Gonzalez recently co-authored 3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

About the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series:

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), in partnership with the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico, the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives roundtable (LACCHA) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), has organized a series of online events, Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.

Other upcoming webinars in the series include:

  • Date pending for: Caribbean Memory

Recordings of all webinars will be available in dLOC soon after the webinar.

Please join us for next stage conversations from the webinars, to take place at ACURIL’s 2017 annual conference, focusing on Interdisciplinary Research in the Caribbean: http://acuril2017puertorico.com/

Twitter: #digcaribbeanscholarship

Twitter: @dlocaribbean

Position Vacancy Announcement: Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the University of Florida

DEADLINE DATE: May 1, 2017applications will be reviewed beginning April 5, 2017
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials – see our website at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/careers.htm
JOB SUMMARY
The Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries is a 12 month, tenure track faculty position, which serves as the instruction, outreach, and student engagement librarian with additional responsibilities supporting Library West’s Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) reference and collection services. Develops and leads library programs related to student engagement and information literacy instruction. Connects the Libraries with campus-wide initiatives focused on student engagement, success, and academic wellbeing. As the liaison to the University Writing Program, Innovation Academy, the Honors Program, and the Dean of Students Office, develops customized information literacy programming and works with the Assessment Librarian to assess services to undergraduate students. Works closely with and provides training and support for all Library West faculty and staff members who teach. Coordinates all major H&SS instruction initiatives in collaboration with other branch libraries.

The Libraries encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Instruction and Outreach Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Instruction and Outreach Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The Instruction and Outreach Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Coordinates the Library West undergraduate instruction and information literacy program, including creating and updating instructional materials, videos, course guides, and tutorials using a variety of formats including print, digital, and web-based technologies such as LibGuides and social media.
2. Liaises with the University Writing Program (UWP), Innovation Academy (IA), the Honors Program, and the Dean of Students Office (DSO). Regularly communicates and meets with the departments’ staff and faculty; provides specialized assistance to faculty and students. Builds and strengthens established relationships with groups on campus.
3. Actively pursues new humanities and social sciences outreach opportunities on campus; cultivates new constituencies and identifies new services.
4. Co-chairs the Smathers Libraries Instruction Committee and leads instruction and outreach strategies to promote and support library programs, services, and collections. Coordinates H&SS instruction programs with other libraries on campus.
5. Teaches sections of Introduction to Library and Internet Research (LIS2001). Leads the Libraries Instruction Committee in development of new content for LIS2001, supports other LIS instructors, and helps promote and market the course.
6. Provides reference services at the Research Assistance Desk, online via chat and email, and by appointment.
7. Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists and librarians.
8. Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly research resulting in publication, including digital humanities projects.
9. Participates in planning, policy formation, and department decision-making relating to Library West services, collections, and new technologies.
10. Represents the Libraries in appropriate university, local, state, regional, and national bodies.
11. Participates in Library fundraising efforts.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required:
– Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent professional experience, plus advanced degree in subject specialty.
– Eight years of relevant, post graduate degree experience for appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank.
– Experience with in person and online instruction.
– Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources, particularly instruction.
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills.
– Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
– Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.
– Capacity to thrive in a dynamic environment, respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities of library constituents, and afford a willingness to be flexible with liaison and selector assignments as appointed.
– Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities.
– Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion outlined at http://library.ufl.edu/cdh.

Preferred:
– Advanced degree in a related field in the humanities and/or social sciences, or in curricular design.
– Experience providing instructional services and outreach in an academic or research library environment.
– Experience in provision of online and in person reference assistance to users or experience with public service.
– Experience in the digital humanities.
– Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
– Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.

APPLICATION PROCESS
To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding instructional needs in academic libraries (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by May 1, 2017 (applications will be reviewed beginning April 5, 2017). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/501741/instruction-outreach-librarian Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

Graduate Student Research Series Spring 17

And we are back for another semester of workshops dedicated to helping graduate students with their research. Two colleagues and I will be offering 4 workshops on the following topics: Finding scholarly sources, Reading scholarly sources effectively, Building scholarly knowledge in your field, and Tips for writing an effective scholarly paper.

The sessions are open to all graduate and professional students at UF and will be held in room 212 Library West (aka Scott Nygren Studio) from 1.55-2.45pm.

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Graduate Student Research Series Act II

Join UF Librarians Richard Freeman (Anthropology), Hélène Huet (European Studies), and David Schwieder (Political Sciences) this Thursday for session 2 of our new Graduate Students research Series. This session will offer students tips for reading scholarly sources effectively. The session will be Period 7 (1:55-2:45 p.m.) in Room 211, Library West. No registration required. Join us!

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Learning to be a Librarian: Creating Research Guides and Documentation

Hello everyone,

I have been fairly quiet these past few months because I have been quite busy. I started my new job as the European Studies Librarian at the University of Florida on August 3 (Go Gators). One of my first tasks was to redo the research guides for the Romance languages. And if you have ever done this, you know this is a never-ending task!

I am so happy to share them today with you. If you have any feedback please let me know. I am always looking for new ways to improve them. You will find my contact information on the homepage of each guides.

  1.  French and Francophone Studies
  2.  Italian Studies
  3.  Portuguese Studies
  4.  Spanish Studies

I also created three documents that some of you may find helpful. The first was for a Spanish Literature class and the second one was for MA students in French. Both are very similar (not knowing exactly what their knowledge of library research was) and are divided into two parts. The first part gives some information about the Libraries and is accompanied by useful links (at least, I hope they are useful!). The second part showcases three important databases and explains to the students how to request the books and articles they find there. In class we went over how to properly search these databases. The third document details more how to use the MLA International Bibliography and how to borrow books from ILLIAD or UBorrow.

  1. Library Tools for SPW 4283
  2. Library Tools for MA Students in French
  3. MLA International Bibliography