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Getting on the Same Page: Newspaper Digitization Initiatives in the Mountain State

  • WVU Potomac State College


Are you thinking about undertaking a newspaper digitization project in your library? You're not alone. Plenty of us have already gone down this road. Let's talk about processes, vendors, funding, and more. Come to this interactive session to hear how you can align your project with on-going digitization initiatives in West Virginia.
West Virginia Library Association
Virtual Spring Fling 2021
We invite you to a sneak peek of the Spring Fling 2021 online presentations and event schedule
set for April 6-7-8-9. Topics are being presented by several of our knowledgeable library
community members and affiliates. We look forward to seeing you via Zoom. Please watch for
online registration and plan to join us as we learn together during what is yet another
"unprecedented" time in library world.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
9:00-9:30 am
Technical Roundtable
9:45-10:15 am
Digital Roundtable
10:30-11:00 am
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Roundtable
11:15-11:45 am
Social Responsibilities Roundtable
1:00-1:30 pm
Literacy Roundtable
1:45-2:15 pm
Director’s Roundtable
2:30-3:00 pm
Interlibrary Loan and Reference Roundtable
3:15-3:45 pm
Foundation Roundtable
4:00-4:30 pm
Preservation Roundtable
4:45-5:15 pm
Government Documents Roundtable
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
9:00-9:30 am
Basic Website Development for Librarians
Lisa Hayes-Minney (Gilmer Public Library)
Your library website is a virtual branch of your library. But where and how do you begin?
Learn the basics of sound web design to make your site fresh, user-friendly, secure, and
easy to maintain. Learn the basic terminology of web design and how to use WordPress
or Wix to create professional-looking intuitive websites with minimal knowledge of coding
or design skills.
9:45-10:15 am
Basic Web Presence Development for Librarians
Lisa Hayes-Minney (Gilmer Public Library)
You have your website, and your social media set up, so now what? Is your online
presence well-rounded? Does your social media work in tandem with your website? Are
you sending and drawing traffic to your online branch? Disappointed with your likes,
comments, visits, shares? Learn how to develop your online presence to be cohesive,
connected, and effective with minimal cost and effort.
10:30-11:00 am
Calendar Fundraisers for My Library
Corina Chang (Morgantown Public Library)
While the project’s outcomes were overwhelmingly positive, there were some major
pitfalls that could have derailed the entire project. In this session, I will talk about setting
proper expectations with commensurate project goals, adapting marketing and PR
strategies to keep the sales momentum, and making sure your project partners are
pulling their weight. At the end of the session, based on the size of your community,
available staff resources and skills, you will be able to determine whether or not a
calendar fundraiser is appropriate for your library.
11:15-11:45 am
An Open Meeting with the Legislative Committee
Sarah Palfrey and WVLA Legislative Committee Members
A brief overview of what the committee does and then an open discussion about
everything you've ever wanted to know about working with local, state and federal
elected officials.
1:00-1:30 pm
Policy and Procedure Creation
Heather Campbell-Shock (West Virginia Library Commission)
Policies and procedures are the foundation for all a library’s operations and necessitate a
lot of thought and preparation. You will learn about developing both and what policies are
required by the Library Commission in this session.
1:45-2:15 pm
West Virginia Library Commission Meet & Greet
Join staff from the Library Commission to learn how we can assist you in this meet and
2:30-3:00 pm
Library Patron and Staff Privacy
Heather Campbell-Shock (West Virginia Library Commission)
Ensuring patron and staff privacy can be challenging on the best of days. Join in to learn
about West Virginia Code §10-1-22, developing internal and patron policy and
procedures, and making sure everyone is on board.
3:15-3:45 pm
Public Libraries Division Meeting
4:00-4:30 pm
Trustee Division Meeting
4:45-5:15 pm
Friends Division Meeting
Thursday, April 8, 2021
9:00-9:30 am
Rock-N-Read, Animals on the Move
Toni Martirano (Tony M. Music)
Young or old, we all have an animal we wish we could move like; for example, flying
through the air like a bird, swimming in the sea like a dolphin, running fast like a cheetah,
or climbing mountains like a goat. In Tony's program, "Rock-N-Read, Animals on the
Move”, participants will be able to do just that. Through literature, movement, and music,
Tony will share songs and stories about some of our most favorite animals. This high-
energy, educational, and fun program is guaranteed to get you up and moving.
9:45-10:15 am
Stress Less with Mindfulness
Dianna Lewis, WVU Extension Instructor
Stress Less with Mindfulness is a five class series that introduces participants to the
experience and practice of mindfulness to reduce stress. Mindfulness can be defined as
paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-
judgmentally. Research has shown that the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses
are effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression, and
physical tension, and can be helpful in managing cardiac disease and diabetes. Dianna
will share a brief overview of the program and how to contact your local WVU Extension
Office to share this program with your Library community.
10:30-11:00 am
How Small Libraries Can Stay Connected During the Pandemic
Beth Anderson and Avis Lake (Burnsville Public Library)
Burnsville Public Library has done a good job of staying connected and still providing for
our community, despite only being able to have two patrons inside the building. Join us
as we talk about the ways we have been able to stay connected without going totally
virtual, but still not having patrons in the building.
11:15-11:45 am
Getting On the Same Page: Newspaper Digitization Initiatives in the Mountain State
Nicholas M. Gardner (WVU Potomac State College), Stewart Plein (WVU
Libraries, WVRHC) Gena R. Chattin (West Virginia Library Commission), and
Angela Strait (Marshall University)
Are you thinking about undertaking a newspaper digitization project in your library?
You're not alone. Plenty of us have already gone down this road. Let's talk about
processes, vendors, funding, and more. Come to this interactive session to hear how you
can align your project with on-going digitization initiatives in West Virginia.
1:00-1:30 pm
Developing Citizen Science Experiments for Your Community
Emily Helton and Josh Revels, Education Outreach Specialists
Looking to engage more members of your community with the library? Want to increase
your community's participation in citizen science and improve scientific research
conducted globally by submitting measurements from your community? Join us to learn
about an exciting plan in the works with the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V ERC
designed specifically for libraries and informal educators across the state of West
1:45-2:15 pm
Design a Digital Bookmark with Canva
Emily Helton and Josh Revels, Education Outreach Specialists
Meet up with Education Outreach Specialists from the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V
Education Resource Center and get a personal tour through the new ERC Google Site
for browsing opportunities, developing equipment trainings, and requesting to borrow
FREE resources. We will show you some of our favorite Canva design icons created for
our website and lead you through designing your very own digital bookmark.
2:30-3:00 pm
Beyond 975.4
Catherine Norko (Charles W. Gibson Library) and Paul Norko (Upshur County
Public Library)
Do you have a collection of WV Materials that are all shelved with the generic 975.4
dewey number? This presentation will talk about ways to arrange those materials in a
more meaningful and practical manner.
3:15-3:45 pm
WV DEP Youth Environmental Program
Susan Parker (WV DEP Youth Environmental Program)
Presenters will give an overview of the WV DEP Youth Environmental Program and what
we offer to youth in the state through our various events and activities. We will do a
hands-on learning activity with attendees as an example of some of the activities we
could offer to their youth patrons.
4:00-4:30 pm
Youth Services Roundtable
4:45-5:15 pm
Special Libraries Division
Friday, April 9, 2021
9:00-9:30 am
WV Electronic Resources Consortium (WVER) Update and Look to the Future
Monica Brooks, Heather Lauer, & Gena Chattin (West Virginia Electronic
Resource Consortium)
WVER is maintained by the West Virginia Library Commission with guidance from the
higher education institutions in West Virginia. Currently it facilitates higher education
having consistent library database support and facilitates the development such as a
prospective interlibrary loan as well as unified support for open access educational
resources. With a renewed interest in resource sharing and OER at the state level,
WVER members would like to host an update session and Q&A to share current events
and plans for the future with the WVLA membership.
9:45-10:15 am
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: A Discovery Platform Evaluation
Jessica McMillen and Angie Maranville (WVU Libraries)
The WVU Libraries conducted a research project in 2020 to determine the best discovery
layer for our library. Through three levels of analysis, we compared OCLC’s Worldcat
Discovery, Proquest/ExLibris’s Summon, and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). After
setting up trials of Summon and EDS, we surveyed library employees, conducted
usability testing with undergraduate and graduate students, and created a rubric to
evaluate features of each discovery layer. We were able to complete these tasks without
a budget outside of staff time and make a reasoned recommendation to the Dean of
Libraries. Our project plan could be adapted to other libraries who are interested in
evaluating their current discovery platform or other software products in order to tweak
administrative settings to better suit user needs, request enhancements to vendors, or
advocate for new or different software products.
10:30-11:00 am
Breaking Free of Imposter Syndrome
Sabrina Thomas (MU Libraries and Online Learning)
Imposter syndrome is rampant in higher education. In this session imposter syndrome is
discussed and how breaking free helps both you, your colleagues, and your students.
Attendees will leave with specific steps, recommendations, and encouragement to take a
leap of faith and live more authentically in their careers.
11:15-11:45 am
Gateway to Discovery Using the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway to Generate
WorldCat Records for Continuing Collections
Michelle Echols (WVU Libraries)
In an effort to avoid duplicating work and to address a backlog, we at WVU Libraries used
the free WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway self-service tool to generate WorldCat
records for continuing collections such as finding aids and electronic theses and
dissertations (ETDs). In this presentation I’ll describe our experience in establishing and
optimizing a Gateway connection and give an overview of the pros and cons we found
with Gateway-generated metadata.
1:00-1:30 pm
Establishing an Open Access Publication Policy
Larry Sheret (Marshall University)
Marshall University formally adopted an Open Access Publication Policy in November
2020. We will discuss what worked and what didn't to finally secure this policy.
1:45-2:15 pm
Establishing Open Textbooks at Marshall University
Larry Sheret and Jingping Zhang (Marshall University)
We will discuss the process used at Marshall University to implement open textbook
adoption, statistics and future plans.
2:30-3:00 pm
Digital Libraries and Archives Update
Gena Chattin (WVLC), Lori Hostuttler (WVU Libraries), and Jessica McMillen
(WVU Libraries)
Gena Chattin, Lori Hostuttler, and Jessica McMillen will provide an update on what's
going on with digital libraries and archives in WV. Gena will give an update on the
preliminary results of the 2020 West Virginia Special Collection Survey. Lori will talk
about including finding aids in Virginia Heritage (soon to be renamed). Jessica will
discuss what's happening with the Digital Virginias Digital Public Library America (DPLA)
service hub. Join us to learn more about steps you can take to get involved.
3:15-3:45 pm
Library Instruction Roundtable
4:00-4:30 pm
Academic Libraries Division
4:45-5:15 pm
School Libraries Division
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