PDA May 2021

Fair Use Gameshow

May 4, 2021 @ 11:00am EST

Are you interested in fair use, but not interested in long lectures on the topic? Would you like to test your fair use knowledge and have some fun? If the answer to either or both of these questions is yes, then join us as we play the Fair Use Gameshow! Your host, Sara Benson, the Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois will ask fun, challenging fair use questions to the audience and our panel of esteemed copyright experts will chime in with their opinions. Join the fun as the panel including Melissa Ocepek, Assistant Professor at the iSchool, Pia Hunter, Access Librarian and Online Learning Consultant at the University of Illinois College of Law, and Barbara Kaplan, Faculty Outreach Librarian at the University of Illinois College of Law discuss the many nuances of fair use.

Media Landscapes: Critical Thinking and Evaluating Information

May 5, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST

Are you curious about the role of digital humanities in your library community? New technologies are transforming the way our patrons and we do research and communicate ideas. This workshop provides an introduction to the field of digital humanities and digital tools for text and visual analysis. We will look at a selection of free tools for creating visualizations, timelines, mapping and image recognition.

Presented by Jenna Rinalducci, Art & Architecture Librarian at UNC-Charlotte

Getting Started with Tableau for Data Visualization

May 11, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Tableau, a free tool for creating data visualizations. Its drag-and-drop interface provides tools to build a variety of visualizations with no coding required, and visualizations can be embedded in websites by copying and pasting embed code. In this workshop, participants will create an interactive dashboard together along with static charts. Resources will be shared to help attendees continue learning how to use this resource beyond the workshop.
No prior experience is required but attendees will need to download and install Tableau prior to the workshop. 

Presented by Lorin Bruckner, Data Visualization Services Librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill


Universities Studying Slavery: Multi-Institutional Collaboration (Info and Updates)

may 12, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

The Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium, created and led by the University of Virginia, currently includes 78 institutions who are committed to research, acknowledgment, and atonement regarding institutional ties to the slave trade, to enslavement on campus or abroad, and to enduring racism in school history and practice.
This webinar will include an update about USS and the 2022 conference planning as well as institutional project updates from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Wake Forest University, and the College of William & Mary.

Presented by Dr. Arwin Smallwood, Kami Chavis, Dr. Jody L. Allen, and Jay Gaidmore

Striving for Excellence, Achieving Perfection: What Went Wrong?

May 18, 2021 @ 11:00am EST

Leaders and team members aim to attain goals, to meet objectives, and please all of their stakeholders and employees along the way. This webinar will focus on a key leadership distinction: excellence versus perfection, and how a leader or team member’s overall effectiveness is influenced by how aware they are of their own inclination (and that of their team members) toward each dimension. The discussion will cover:

  • What does it mean to be an “excellent leader or team member” versus a “perfect leader or team member”? What happens to a team member or leader, and the organization they support when their journey toward excellence diverges to a quest for perfection?
  • How metrics and key performance indicators can work for, and against a team member or leader’s effectiveness. And, how might one shape these important measures to motivate toward excellence.
  • Coaching team members who may be seeing the pursuit of perfection as a surrogate for achieving excellence. How to help them view their own contributions through the lens of excellence, and to help them refocus their efforts and energy accordingly.

Presenter Garry Sanders is Principal, AssistLeadership, LLC and is an Executive Coach having earned a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, and the designation of Professional Certified Coach by The International Coaching Federation. He is coaching leaders and team members at universities, businesses, and government agencies around the United States. He says that he “practices imperfection daily.”

An Afternoon with Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada (ALA President Elect)

May 20, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada is the Adult Services Assistant Manager at the Palos Verdes Library District in Southern California. She serves as the Executive Director and is a Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). Much of her professional work focuses on services to youth and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries, librarianship, and her local community. She lives in San Pedro, California with her poet husband, Chrisitan Hanz Lozada and their menagerie of pets.

Afrofuturism (ART & ALGORHYTHMS)

May 24, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

Spend some time with Dr. Gaskins who is taking the world by storm!

  • https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-debut-groundbreaking-futures-exhibition-its-175th-anniversary
  • http://panthernow.com/2021/03/12/a-i-and-african-art-meet-at-new-frost-museum-exhibit/

Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins is an African American digital artist, academic, cultural critic and advocate of STEAM fields. In her work she explores “techno-vernacular creativity” and Afrofuturism. Dr. Gaskins’ work explores how to generate art using algorithms in different ways, especially through coding. She also teaches, writes, “fabs” or makes, and does other things. She has taught multimedia, computational media, visual art, and even Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles with high school students who majored in the arts.

Dr. Gaskins earned a BFA in Computer Graphics with Honors from Pratt Institute in 1992 and an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She received a doctorate in Digital Media from Georgia Tech in 2014. She has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels in the Boston Public Schools and at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Currently, Dr. Gaskins is the assistant director of the Lesley STEAM Learning Lab at Lesley University. She will publish her first full-length book, Techno-Vernacular Creativity and Innovation through The MIT Press.


Media Landscapes: Using News Literacy to Make Sense of the Current Media Landscape

May 25, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

Our current media ecosystem is filled with a mix of both professionally produced and user-generated content that tends to get blended together on internet social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. Because lots of the content that we see online is shared with very little human-mediated oversight, users are largely left to fend for themselves in order to determine the levels of credibility and reliability of the information that they see regularly. In this talk, we’ll discuss the issues of dealing with today’s media ecosystem, and how to actively sort and evaluate media online using tools and activities adapted from the Center for News Literacy’s approach to news media literacy education, being taught in classrooms around the world.

Presenter Michael A. Spikes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, with a focus on news media literacy education. Prior to Northwestern, Michael developed curriculum and training for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University as director of its Digital Resource Center and Illinois News Literacy & Civic Learning Project. Michael has also worked as a Media Studies and Production teacher in both public and public charter schools in Washington DC, a member of the former Newseum’s educational advisory team, and as a media producer and editor for NPR, the PBS NewsHour, and the Kellogg School of Management.

The Application of 3D Printing Services in the Academic Library – Part 1

May 26, 2021  @ 11:00am EST

Driven to democratize access to emerging technologies and the knowledge it affords, the Academic Library is well positioned to provide access to 3D Printing services to support the design learning pedagogy in higher education. Additive manufacturing technologies allow you to design, 3D print, and test your design in real time. In this 2-part series, you will learn about 3D Printing and develop an understanding for how the technologies can be implemented in the Academic Library.

Presenter Elisandro Cabada is an Assistant Professor and the Medical and Bioengineering Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he provides emerging technology services to support higher education. His research interests include studying the barriers to access, pedagogical affordances, and application of emerging and immersive technologies in research and instruction. Elisandro is a recipient of the 2021 Best Emerging Technology Award, awarded by the ALA RUSA Emerging Technologies Section.