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Stopwatch Session 4

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Stopwatch sessions feature a group of speakers giving 6 minute and 40 second presentations on a f topic.  There were several of these at the conference; this is the 4th one which was moderated by Beth Bernhardt, Conference Program Chair. Here are brief summaries of the 4 presentations.

  • Uncovering Diversity and Specialization, by Ann Baird, Associate Librarian, University of Florida (UF). UF works through “affiliated libraries ” which are separate from the UF library system. They have specialized collections.in return for being established, they agree to offer collection development and circulation services. At UF, there are 4 affiliated libraries. Each library has a contact person and a liaison with the main library system. . It is difficult to establish an affiliate library because the process is complex. Here are examples of affiliated libraries:
  • Susie Kopecky, Associate Librarian Allan Hancock College:: A more equitable distribution of resources for both online and in-person students was needed.so an on demand course reserve model was developed to ensure maximum good for students when they get resources. In 2020, they needed to find digital equivalents of course resources; many of the materials students checked out were textbooks, and they had to be in the library personally to borrow a text book; This changed during the pandemic. Students can purchase access to a book.  Now they use BiblliU (https://bibliu.com/. .EasyProxy is used to authenticate students. About 100 titles are available. Students prefer printed books. They can borrow as many books as they wish as long as they have not been checked out by another student.. The university has established a deposit account to fund this service, so students no longer have to pay for access;640 students have used it.
  • Carissa Thatcher, Acquisitions Team Lead, University of Cincinnati Libraries.  Microsoft Flow (https://flow.microsoft.com is used to streamline acquisitions and provide automated in-house ordering. When the in-house server was retired,Flow was ised to automate and connect forms, spreadsheets, etc. It handles flows, connectors, actions, triggers, conditions, expressions, variables. Responses to forms were cumulated so they could get quick statistics of usage. A Sharepoint site collected the data, and Microsoft Power Automate built the flow and a repository of  comments.
  • Anna Croft, Coordinator of Metadata Services, University of North Carolina, Greensboro: What have we learned about remote work in technical services–? How things have changed during the pandemic? in writing her column in  Serials Review, only a few articles were found that addressed both remote work and technical services. The literature only reflects experiences and does not reflect everything; not all librarians write articles, and full text online access was not available for all articles..Remote work in technical services was discussed in the mid-1990s. Planning for remote work is important. Challenges include technology, isolation, socialization, work-life balance, and equity. Remote work can be an equity issue.

    We are not out of the pandemic yet, and we do not know its full or lasting effects on libraries, our work, spaces, services, and users. It is hard to imagine remote work in a pre-internet time, but it is not hard to imagine technical services personnel testing new and different ways to get their work done.

    Don Hawkins
    Charleston Conference Blogger





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