In many cases, information literacy instruction in academic settings is something that occurs piecemeal and predominantly in the first year. I set out to design an Open Educational Resource that will help ensure students towards the end of their academic careers have a solid foundation in information literacy by reminding them of earlier lessons and filling in any blanks. With the help of the instructional librarians at Occidental College, I have produced the course plan for this resource, which will supplement the instructional efforts of librarians and ensure our students reach their senior year and beyond as information literate individuals.
In IIIF and Mirador at UW Libraries, I sought to understand how the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) functions and how the IIIF-compliant Mirador Image Viewer can be used at UW Libraries. All images in the UW Libraries Digital Collections are IIIF-compliant and viewable in Mirador, but this function is underutilized by staff and researchers. After interviews with Libraries staff and my own extensive research, I created three mini-tutorials on accessing and using Mirador. The tutorials take the viewer through using the Mirador Classic Image Viewer features, loading two or more images, and loading images from other IIIF-compliant institutions.
This project applied insights gained from surveys, focus groups, interviews, and meetings with library administrators, managers, and staff, and volunteers from several Friends of the Library groups. The goal was to inform a new Library administrative liaison role between the Friends and the Library. We began to create training materials, a toolkit for library staff and friends. Next steps involve revision and refinement of existing Friends agreements and charters to support a fruitful partnership. The project team involved collaboration with a library administrator and a consultant on non-profit organizational success, as well as Friends volunteers.
I researched improving metadata with natural language processing for libraries. I finished my research with a Python script for extracting named entities from text and another for analyzing the sentiment of a text. This project helps spur interest in using natural language processing for library metadata. It also shows how easy and scalable it can be as a baked-in feature of integrated library systems.
Internationally used systems such as LC Subject Headings, LC Classification, and Dewey Decimal Classification use misrepresentative or offensive language, marginalize Indigenous topics, and categorize them as things of the past. Through research, interviews, and consultations, our project focused on developing alternative subject headings. The ultimate goal is to reflect the identity of Native students, faculty, and staff at UM and increase their ability to access resources. The project team developed an annotated bibliography and provided the library with recommendations for immediate changes and strategies for continuing the project as part of the library’s commitment to an inclusive library experience.
INFO 101: Research Essentials is a 2-credit course taught by librarians at Pierce College that introduces students to research skills, ranging from building a topic to locating and evaluating information. For this project, the librarians were interested in assessing and updating the current course shell or set of foundational modules to see how they could build a more inclusive, anti-racist course. Through a survey of librarians, research of anti-racist teaching tools, assessment, and revision of the course, we were able to pinpoint ways to better support students and highlight their unique perspectives.
After receiving copious mail in recent years documenting abuses experienced by those incarcerated at Illinois civil commitment facilities, Black and Pink Chicago sought to create an archive to shed light on this little-known issue. This project involved digitizing nearly 100 documents from incarcerated individuals, establishing appropriate metadata standards, populating an engaging Omeka site, and creating guidelines for project continuance. The archive is now a tool Black and Pink Chicago can use to share stories from inside with researchers, activists and the general public to facilitate rehumanization of the incarcerated, advocate for measurable changes and ultimately abolish the carceral system.
The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Preservation Project aims to provide the sponsor organization with the necessary tools to manage and maintain their museum's collection. Through this, the organization will better understand the information and history available through their collection.
KidsTeam Rural took up the challenge of developing a Participatory Design (PD) infrastructure in a COVID-era, remote-only environment for two rural libraries. Working with a team of LIS students and librarians, KidsTeam Rural supported Colfax Library (Whitman County,WA) in transitioning an in-person Lego Mindstorms PD project to Zoom. For Chewelah Library (Stevens County, WA), we designed an asynchronous, analog-only design infrastructure to get kids’ co-designing their library space. The two projects enable youth in these communities to connect with librarians and contribute to their libraries in meaningful ways.
KraftKit was created with the intention of giving library workers, teachers, and other individuals that want another resource to find their next programming inspirations. It is also a platform where individuals can upload and share their programming ideas and connect with other users. Our goal is to become a free central resource for programming ideas so that it can enhance the services and experience in libraries, schools, or other recreational institutions.