Unconference 2017 Archive

The first annual (pilot) Unconference was held on May 16, 2017. It was an informal online meeting that provided an opportunity for participants to hear about libraries across the state of North Dakota and around the region.

View the full RECORDED EVENT or jump to a specific segment using the links below. When appropriate, session slides and poster presentations are available in PDF format.

Mary Soucie, ND State Librarian

The State of Libraries/Librarianship in ND

Q&A with State Librarian

Framework Discussion

Framework for Information Literacy Discussion 
(All Unconference Participants)


​Life in a Bookless Library: A Discussion on the Future of Libraries [view recording]
Kelly Thormodson

​​Summer 2016, saw the complete transformation of the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Dakota as we transitioned to a new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building. The library is now 99% bookless. There are no stacks and really no library. All that remains is an information desk and some work space and offices. The education librarians are embedded elsewhere in the building. Our ILL is up 10%. We didn’t have money to replace any paper that was discarded with e-versions of books or journals. Our whole idea of reserves and reference has changed. Everyone has an opinion of the new library from “I hate it” to “That’s cool.” It has been a year of major change and one that we have successfully met. This session will be a summary presentation of the health sciences library’s current situation as a lead into to a discussion on the futures of libraries.

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Leadership in Today's Libraries [view recording]
Karlene Clark

​​Discussion based on emerging trends in leadership. What is the difference between leadership and management?

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Open Educational Resources at the University of North Dakota [view recording]
Holly Gabriel, Megan Carroll, and Zeineb Yousif

​As the cost of course textbooks increases dramatically, the use of open textbooks and materials becomes more of a concern to increase student success and retention. By collaborating with multiple stakeholders, the University of North Dakota has been successful in helping faculty adopt open educational resources (OERs). We will share the Chester Fritz Library’s involvement in bringing open education resources to our campus.

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Encouraging OER Use at Small Universities
Kelly Kornkeven

This poster presents the MSU OER Proposal funded by the North Dakota University System. In the proposal instructors were given redevelopment funds to switch to an OER textbook.

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UND Medical School Librarians Conduct an Information Needs Assessment for ND Health Professionals
Erika Johnson

This poster describes the work we have been doing through a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. We have distributed a survey to health professionals and biomedical researchers across the state of North Dakota. The poster reports on the results and discusses our next steps.

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Enhanced Bibliographic Access and Scalar: A Case Study
Devon Olson

This poster presents the creation of enhanced finding aids and resource guides using the open-source web publishing platform, Scalar. It presents the Scalar site created in collaboration with colleagues in 2016 for the Special Collections Department of the Seattle Public Library. Scalar is an open-source semantic web authoring tool created by the University of Southern California that allows authors to create websites with structures directly reflecting the relational nature of narratives and resources. In particular, the platform’s ability to generate data visualizations, which double as navigational widgets, allows patrons to engage with resources in a completely different manner from traditional library sites and records. The platform’s ease-of-use, scalability, and engaging interface make it a particularly exciting tool for librarians.

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Redesigning an Active Information Literacy Series
Dawn Hackman

This poster presents the UND Health Sciences Library's efforts to redesign the library series for the medical school curriculum to incorporate more active and case-based learning type sessions.

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