Presented by:Rebecca Durney, MLSJessica Kiebler, MLSDavid Golann, MLSStop, Collaborate & Listen: Tools for Solo Librarians
Jessica1Who is Jersey College?Jersey College is an associate degree granting nursing institution with 5 campuses in NJ and FL. We offer programs for Practical and a Bridge Program for Registered Nursing. Our Librarians work in 3 of our 5 campuses to provide resources & support for students at all campuses.
Jessica2Jessica Kiebler- Graduated Rutgers University with an MLIS- Worked at Jersey College as Library Director until 2015- Moved to NY and started at Berkeley College- Currently works to provide reference and instruction support to students and faculty at the White Plains and NYC campuses- Favorite part of her day: When students realize the joy that can be found in learning - even the smallest light bulb of knowledge. Jessica3Rebecca DurneyGraduated from the University of South Florida with an MLIS degree in December 2013.Began working for Jersey College in March 2014.Acts as librarian for Tampa campus and satellite librarian for Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale campuses.Works with students and faculty to ensure library is meeting their needs.Main focus as a librarian is user experience. The most satisfying part of the job is making the library as easy to use and accessible to students and faculty as possible.
Rebecca4David GolannGraduated Rutgers with an MLISHas worked at Ewing, NJ campus of Jersey College since 2012Performs cataloging, circulation, and reference tasksTeaches Composition courseEnjoys giving library instruction to studentsDavid5Be Empowered! Why Being Solo is Amazing!Youre in charge! You are the go-to person for faculty.You are frequently the only person on campus trained in information literacy (Wheeler, 2007).In many schools, you are an equal with faculty (Wheeler, 2007).You are not alone. Although no solutions were apparent all felt a little better after sharing their viewpoints and realities (Butler, Andrews & Boyett, 2001).Students often feel a connection with you (Wheeler, 2007). Jessica6Literature ReviewSeems to be an abundance of articles on solo media specialists, but a lack of articles on other types of solo librarians. Despite this focus, the articles are still useful for solo librarians.
Collaboration and networking among solos was a common theme among the literature.
If you are working in a school collaboration with faculty is also important.
Solo librarians in small or rural libraries may want to connect with consortiums.
Rebecca7Can organize information by tab just like an actual binder.There are different packages that you can use depending on the type of LiveBinder you would like to create.Allows for collaboration among a group of people as many individuals can access the LiveBinder.Can be accessed by more than one person at once.Librarian Uses:Use the LiveBinder as a go-to resource for patrons & faculty for information about the library.Organize library policies and related information for staff in one easy-to-access location.Create subject specific binders for courses or topics
Rebecca8Provides online reference to patrons through live chat, text messages, or e-mail.Administered by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC).The hours of Ask a Librarian usually extend beyond normal library hours which is sometimes more convenient for patrons.Librarian Uses:Chat services like this are a great collaboration opportunity. Librarians can chat with patrons across the state to see what their needs are which can help them improve their own library services.Librarians can also collaborate with one another. It is not uncommon to reach out to other librarians to help answer a difficult question.
Rebecca **Even though this isnt an option nation-wide, its possible that other libraries or other consortiums offer a similar service. The New Jersey campuses are able to use this service because we have 2 campuses in Florida and AaL made a special exception.9Is an easy-to-use survey generator for businesses (can be used for libraries, too!). There are different types of survey templates for varying survey needs.Requires a subscription (affordable options available), but there are free survey companies like: SurveyMonkey and KwikSurveys.Librarian Uses:Use surveys for library service evaluations. This can range from the customer service you provide to the amount and quality of materials made available to your students.Surveys can also be used among staff members to better understand their needs or to allow them to give anonymous feedback.Can also be used as assessment tools in the classroom if students are at computer terminals.
Rebecca10Provides the ability to share and control screens.Perfect for training because of the ability to see each others actions.Simple to install & connect to computers. FREE!
Train new employees from a distanceGet help from someone or tech support company with little issueTeach students, faculty or staff new concepts or policies from afarMaintain computers from afarLibrarian Uses:David11
Web conferencing allows for instruction (video & document sharing)Recording rooms allow sessions to be recordedCan be costly but there are many college functions that could make it worth the cost to a schoolCan be integrated with Polycom phones & conference systems for a cohesive communication process Librarian Uses:Record instruction sessions & classes (although there are cheaper alternatives if not meeting with others)Have meetings in real-timeTeach students, faculty or staff new concepts or policies from afarJessica12Make training videos either solo or with a group of people (you can view your screen or use a PowerpointHost live meetings & workshops for students who cant stay for them in person (and record them!)Host live instruction sessions
An online recording product that allows you to host & record meetingsRecord training sessions to edit & play later Manage recordings & make offline FLV files for sharingNot free there is a subscription costLibrarian Uses:Jessica13
Can be used to share or create documents of all typesSimple to use & only requires a Google email account (Multiple Librarians can use a single [email protected] account together)There is a desktop option to use to connect to your online accountFREE! Caveat Watch share settings if you dont want things shared on the web
Librarian Uses:For simple project management solo or as a teamShare documents with faculty or staff that you dont want on a websiteCan be accessed from anywhere so you can work from off-campusCreate shareable checklists new employee training, book lists, comparison sheets for vendorsJessica14Allows recording of videos, and easy posting on YoutubeVideos give instruction on searching the catalog, writing and formatting a research paper, creating APA-style references, and other research and library tasksFREE!!Librarian Uses:Gives librarians across campuses an easy way to direct students to answers to frequently asked questionsVideos can be used in library orientations (as well as by Composition instructors in the classroom)Can be used for a flipped classroom students view videos before class & then do activities in class
David15Literature ResourcesCherry, W. R. (2011). Working Independently: One librarians experiences flying solo in an independent schools library. Knowledge Quest, 40(2), pp. 60-64. Bishop, L. (2013). The solo act. Knowledge Quest, 41(5), pp. 30-35.Butler, B., Andrews, M., & Boyett, J. (2001). Solo librarian: Jack-of-all-trades. In J.W.Markham & J.L. Duda (Eds.), IAMSLIC 2000 tides of technology: Proceedings of the 26th annual conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (pp. 109-112). Fort, Pierce, FL : IAMSLIC.Plutchak, T. S. (2012). Breaking the barriers of time and space: The dawning of the great age of librarians. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 100(1), pp. 10-19.Sugnet, C. (2009). Collaboration no better time for libraries: An interview with Dr. Camila Alire, President Elect, 2008-2009, American Library Association. Collaborative Lib5rarianship, 1(1), pp. 13-17.Tucker, C. (2011). Library Collaboration exploring new business models: An interview with Marvin Pollard. Collaborative Librarianship, 3(4), pp. 217-220.Wheeler, A. (2007). Information literacy, technology, and forgotten barcodes: The life of a solo librarian. College & Research Libraries News, 68(6), pp. 368-369.Bishop, L. (2013). Managing the school library with an army of one and learning from one another. Knowledge Quest, 41(5), pp 49-52.Boyd, E. E., Casey, O., Elder, R., & Slay, J. (2013). Collaboration at the Troy University Libraries. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 51, pp. 202-213.Nickel, R. (2011) Solo librarians working collaboratively. Knowledge Quest, 40(2), pp. 40-43.Norman, M. (2013). Collaborative libraries: Can we do and measure things differently? Public Library Quarterly, 32, pp. 223-239. Pleviak, P. and Karabush, C. (2011) Talk me off the ledge: Surviving solo librarianship. Knowledge Quest, 40(2), pp. 49-52.
Rebecca16Resources for Paddling Along:ARTICLES: (Google) Drive Your Library by INALJ.com - http://inalj.com/?p=80765 Creating an online library catalogue with Google Drive - by Andreas Hofer http://glearningblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/creating-online-library-catalogue-with.html BLOGS:The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarianhttps://lonewolflibrarian.wordpress.com/ Rebecca17Resource WebsitesLiveBinders: http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/learn_more AskALibrarian: http://info.askalibrarian.org/about/faq/?Source=Standard_ SurveyGizmo: http://www.surveygizmo.com/ TeamViewer: http://www.teamviewer.com Screen Cast OMatic: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ GoogleDrive: https://support.google.com/drive/?hl=en#topic=14940 Polycom: http://www.polycom.com/products-services.html AdobeConnect: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect/faq.html
Jessica18Questions? We have answers!