Monday, July 18, 2016

Obsolete eBooks: A Poster Session

Last month I presented a poster session at the national American Theological Library Association annual conference.

A poster session is commonly used to display research on poster board. The researcher stands in front of their poster during a scheduled time of a professional conference when fellow attendees can meet and dialog one-on-one on the given topic. Guidelines for poster dimensions are provided by the association organizers.

My poster session was on weeding obsolete eBooks. Libraries have Collection Development Policies that guide their decisions about what kinds of books they will buy to support the research and information needs of their patrons. In our case, we focus on adding items that support the HIU curriculum. The policy also addresses the criteria for the de-selection of materials. Books or videos that have become out-dated or irrelevant over time may be weeded out (i.e., topics that are no longer taught). Physical condition, circulation history, and the need for shelf space are also considered - but not so much for eBooks.

eBooks can certainly “age” over time but that did not occur to me until after we nearly lost a collection of over 2,000 eBooks due to an accounting mistake.

I found very little written in the library science journals about the deselection of eBooks and very few of my colleagues had even considered it. Should we keep all eBooks forever just because we can? Can we discard old eBooks? What are the implications for library policies and for institutional accounting practices?

I submitted my idea when the ATLA annual conference organizers posted a call for presentations in January. It was accepted in March and I was asked to submit a brief bio to establish the level of my credibility on the subject and abstract to pique the interest of conference attendees for the program. Then I began thinking about how I might deliver on my promise to fully, yet succinctly, present a complex issue (as I saw it) visually within proper context.

With everything else on my plate, why did I prioritize this? Committing to give a presentation, write an article, or participate in a panel discussion at a conference is a good way to force myself to engage in the current topics affecting the library profession. To get prepared, I have to take my idea and go deeper with study and reflection.

During the session, I ended up telling my story several times, engaging in interesting dialog with colleagues, and coming away with more questions to think about. I had created a supplemental LibGuide ahead of time and handed out the URL with my business cards for follow up.

It is good for me professionally. It is good for the academy. It is good for the university. And besides, it’s fun!

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Robin Hartman is Director of Library Services at Hope International University. She is curious about how the organization and communication of information shapes society and is committed to equipping students to impact the world for Christ.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Closed for Independence Day

The Darling Library will be closed Monday, July 4th in observation of Independence Day (the US National Holiday, not the movie.) Regular summer hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm.

Image from Wikipedia Independence Day (United States)
Regular Summer Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ATLA 2016 Conference - HIU Participation

Hope International University is a member of the American Theological Library Association which met in Long Beach, California for its annual conference June 15-18, 2016. As a member of the local Southern California chapter of ATLA (SCATLA), HIU served on the Local Host Committee. The LHC provided conference bags filled with information and goodies for the 300+ attendees, manned a local host table to greet members and inform them of local points of interest, we “hosted” dinners at local restaurants to facilitate fellowship and networking, and led excursions such as a tour of the Getty Museum and the Huntington Library. We were busy!

On top of our hosting responsibilities, Hope International University participated in the programming. Terri Bogan, Reference & Instruction Librarian, and James Yuile, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ministry and Biblical Studies led a session on a case study of Librarian/Faculty Collaboration.

In this well-attended session, James and Terri described their experience in preparing a course on the Book of Acts for upper division Biblical Studies majors. They experimented with using LibGuides to facilitate student research throughout the course. Students in the course were aware that they were part of this experimental method of teaching and provided feedback which the presenters used in their evaluation. Perhaps the most valuable outcome reported, however, was Professor Yuile’s analysis of student grades compared to five courses he had previously taught with an exegetical research paper as the major assignment. Although Professor Yuile has often invited Mrs. Bogan into the classroom to give library instruction, this librarian intensive pedagogical experiment resulted in increased scores by nearly 10 points per student – a full letter grade – above student averages in his previous courses.

Librarians rarely hear the professor’s perspective or the kind of outcomes assessment provided in this study. We hope that our efforts in the classroom make a difference but rely on informal anecdotal feedback to assess our efficacy. Evidence of learning outcomes is invaluable to any instructor. According to attendee feedback forms, the session inspired other librarians to seek a partnership with a professor in their home institutions. One attendee tweeted about it to Springshare, the company that makes LibGuides. Springshare has asked to showcase the presentation on their website.

Attending professional association meetings is invaluable to librarians. Giving presentations at these conferences is a great way to make a contribution to the profession, learn by doing, and hone our skills. Peers provide immediate feedback, uploaded archived sessions give further opportunity for peer review, and published proceedings makes for long term preservation. Participation in the academy is good for the librarian (and professor,) good PR for their institution, good for the association, and good for the profession overall.

Congratulations to Terri Bogan and James Yuile on a job well done!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Library Closed for Repainting

It has been over fifteen years since the library was completely renovated with a generous grant from the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation. The facility has held up very well but there are some expected evidence of wear and tear.

Next week, while the librarians are away attending conferences, the hand rails and banisters are being repainted and refinished.

The doors will be closed to the public while the work is being done and there will be no library staff on the premises.

All will be refreshed when we reopen on Monday, June 20th.

All online resources will be available as usual.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Therapy Dogs are Coming!

It must be finals week on the Fullerton campus of Hope International University because therapy dogs are coming to the library!

This year the College of Psychology and Counseling is partnering with the Darling Library to bring Therapy Dogs, International to the library for some pet therapy. A dog will be waiting to be snuggled once or twice a day during finals week: Monday, May 9th through Thursday, May 12th.

Dog Schedule:
  • Monday, 5/9, 9:30am to 11:30am - Shannon (Golden Retriever)
  • Monday, 5/9, 1:00 to 3:00pm - Zhi (Lab/Retriever mix)
  • Tuesday, 5/10, 1:00 to 3:00 - Moshi (Akita)
  • Wednesday, 5/11, 9:30am to 11:30am - Sophie (Black Lab)
  • Wednesday, 5/11, 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Noel (Akita)
  • Thursday, 5/12, 9:30am to 11:30am - Diamond Lil (Great Pyrenees)
  • Thursday, 5/12, 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Bentley (Miniature Pinscher)

Take break for some unconditional puppy love!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Open Saturdays

The Darling Library is open the last two Saturdays of the spring 2016 semester:

Saturday, April 30th - 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 7th - 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 Darling Library Grand Opening, 2000
(Picture from the Darling Library Archives)
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

National Library Workers Day 2016

Today is National Library Workers Day!

Annually held on Tuesday of National Library Week, it is a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Encourage your Darling Library workers today!

You can even nominate a stellar library worker on the American Library Association website: