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Symposium-January 2010
School of Library & Information Science
Catholic University

The presentation was based on LSC 607 Management course, taught by Adjunct Professor Blane Dessy, Head of Libraries, United States Department of Justice. Most MLS professionals will go on to management positions within a few years of starting their careers. The instructional design maximized critical thinking skills, self-analysis and real world library management balancing acts. The opportunity to share our course projects with the professional library community provided an excellent showcase to potential employers.


Library Science Class 555
Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
School of Library & Information Science
Catholic University

  • Academic Library Information Kiosk project at Mullen Library, Catholic University of America
  • Critical evaluation of library internet resources for middle school students
  • Digital Archives at Catholic University of America- redesign to improve usability
  • Data Flow Diagram for Library Workflow

Archive of Folk Culture
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress

Dr. Michael Taft, head of Archive of Folk Culture assisted our student group with an analysis of the Archive. We visited the facility and interviewed both Dr. Taft and director of American Folklife Center, Division Chief Peggy Bulger. Our report and presentation detailed the collection, services, budgeting, staffing, and its organizational structure.

Newseum Library
Washington, D.C.

For the study of special libraries, I selected the Newseum Library, as it not only supports a museum, but also the editor of USA Today and is part of the Freedom Forum. It had recently undergone a sever downsizing due to economic factors. User services were being evaluated for upgrading, but the collection of physical items is quite specialized and very valuable in curation and museum exhibition development. Librarians take on multiple roles for the various needs of the museum staff and are extremely proud of their excellent standards of service.

Field study for reference services
Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
George Washington University Medical Center
Washington, D.C.

The medical students exemplify the behavior of the millennium users who prefer electronic resources as opposed to physical resources. The library had recently sent a great deal of the library into storage and converted space into study cubicles and group work rooms. Academic concerns regarding information literacy has initiated a new program of informatics which librarians teach. Students must meet with librarians for several sessions to gain information literacy skills in health care research. The students are then tested and graded by the librarian, as if in a reversed reference interview!

Intellectual Property Institute
School of Library & Information Science
Catholic University of America

Dean Kimberly Kelley initiated the SLIS program on copyright, fair-use, electronic resources, public domain and all the other constitutional issues that make up this field of study. An all-star list of experts in the area spoke to our class. Additionally we took a field trip to the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Access to information is a driving force behind the existence of libraries which enables a democracy to thrive. Technology's effect in this area charts new territory for librarians to know.

Special Libraries Association Symposium
Professionals and CUA Students
Washington, D.C.

Bruce Rosenstein, formerly of USA Today and recent author of Living in two worlds is the adjunct professor for Special Libraries class. When the conference is held in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area, students are required to attend a designated number of hours at the conference as fulfillment of course requirements. Mr. Rosenstein is extremely well connected with leaders in the field of library and information science. He contacts these individuals and hosts a one hour networking opportunity for his students.

Usability Testing
Nursing Faculty at CUA
Washington, D.C.

Professor Bill Kules, faculty at SLIS, provided his expert knowledge and experience in establishing a usability testing opportunity. The User Interface Design course students conducted the usability test with nursing faculty. The professors were given instructions for testing both BlackBoard and Sakai. Students conducted the test, compiled the data, and assisted with the writing of the report submitted to the university for evidence based input on learning management system (LMS) selection.

User Interface Design
School of Library & Information Science
Catholic University of America

Dr. Bill Kules and Professor Janet Wood and a professor from St. Catherine University served as academic educators seeking a more interactive Learning Management System (LMS) for teaching. They liked the concept of the wiki for classroom interaction and group collaboration. However, professors were required to use the more secure features of Blackboard for grades, personal communication and other individualized scholastic functions. Our student group worked with the clients to ascertain needs, develop mock-ups from conceptual model and to critque and rework the prototypes as the details become more complex and explicit. This project involved a series of presentations and a written report.

Library Science Course 610
Web Design
School of Library & Information Science
Catholic University of America

Dr. Bill Kules, faculty at SLIS, coordinated his course deliverables using the SLIS web site for student analysis and input. As web content manager, I prepared an inventory of site pages and created cards to be used in an information architecture exercise using the card sort process. Students divided into groups and took different analytical approaches to redesign and suggested improvements. I served as the client for the students at the final project presentations. The feedback was reviewed and implemented in an incremental process of transition.

Library Science Course 877
Metadata and Project Management
School of Library & Information Science
Catholic University of America

Ms. Jackie Shieh, Resource Description Coordinator at George Washington University, taught course that prepares students and information professionals to create, edit, and implement metadata for the purpose of describing, controlling and providing access to materials in text, image, audio, video, and other formats. For description and organization of information resources, the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard will be the focus. For structural metadata, MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) and Dublin Core, and MARC will be discussed. Issues of
interoperability, metadata harvesting, and repurposing of metadata will be examined. Learned how to transform metadata in MARC and XML
schemas using open source application such as MarcEdit, MARC::Record, etc. In
addition to lectures and hands-on practice, visited information
organizations and agencies in Washington, DC, to learn about best practices. In the
process, learned about the implementation process of various schemas, including success and lessons learned at the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institute, Government Printing Office, National Library of Medicine and World Digital Library.

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