Unconference 2019 Archive

1:10 - Keynote Speaker, NINA JANKOWICZ

Nina Jankowicz is this year's invited keynote speaker. Ms. Jankowicz is currently writing a book on the evolution of modern Russian influence campaigns in Eastern Europe and her past research has focused on responses to Russian disinformation. She is frequently called upon to share her expertise on these topics. We look forward to hearing about her incredible experiences and learning from her research.

2:10 - State Library Update (Mary Soucie)

2:40 - Sessions

Karlene Clark - Success in Training Using Gamification
The past year, a method of training was used by implementing the concept of a "character sheet" with skills to be mastered. This presentation will discuss how it was implemented and its success.

Tammy Oltz - Legal Research Resources of North Dakota: The Basics
It can be difficult to keep track of legal research resources that are available to the citizens of North Dakota. This session brings all of these resources together in one place.

Merete Christianson - Collection Development and CAM: Prioritizing Intellectual Freedom or Quality Information?
This session will present the results of a survey sent to 2000+ health sciences librarians regarding how they make collection development decisions regarding items on complementary and alternative medicine, a controversial topic as it is widely practiced but often not backed by scientific evidence as effective.

Jessica Garner - Using the Archives as Primer: Flipping the Use of Primary Sources from Capstone to Foundation
Primary source materials can spark conversation, inspire inquiry, and provide students with an understanding of the building material for a scholarly argument. Why are these sources often held back until the final years of a student’s academic career, particularly as they are foundational to research? Often these materials are seen as too difficult for students to engage with in their early academic career, however, by being intentional with the materials used and the assignments required students can and should begin with primary sources. Using archival materials in foundational courses allows students to engage with sources that can be more relevant or interesting, while also introducing them to the basics of information literacy, authenticity, and the evaluation of materials.

Anne Mostad-Jensen - Twitter, Our President, and the Law: Everything You Wanted To Know About Trump’s Twitter Account But Were Afraid To Ask
President Trump’s use of Twitter is groundbreaking and historic for a multitude of reasons. Attend this presentation to get a brief background of the President’s use of Twitter and how it interacts with the law. Must the White House keep and archive all of POTUS’s tweets? Have judges cited to his tweets in court cases? Is Mueller looking at Trump’s tweets in his investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election? These are just a few of the questions this presentation will delve into. Feel free to tweet during the presentation using #everythingyouwantedtoknowabouttrumpstwitteraccountbutwereafraidtoask

3:35 - Facilitated Discussion

Devon Olson - Let's Talk About Context
In this session, we will discuss the role of context in research skills instruction. Specifically, how we imagine the current and future contexts of our students and patrons, and how we incorporate these imagined user contexts into our instruction sessions. Following the model of flipped classroom instruction, participants will be asked to read one or both of the following articles prior to the discussion:

Hoyer J. (2011). Information is social: information literacy in context. Reference Services Review, 39(1), 10-23. DOI 10.1108/00907321111108088 

Monge R. & Frisicaro-Pawlowski E. (2014). Redefining Information Literacy to Prepare Students for the 21st Century Workforce. Innovative Higher Education, 39(1), 59-73. DOI 10.1007/s10755-013-9260-5