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Library Staff Presentations and Research

The UCSC University Library, founded in 1965, is committed to intellectual freedom and the widest possible access to information. The University Library strengthens the UCSC academic enterprise by providing, presenting, and preserving a wide range of information resources. We utilize innovative approaches in working with faculty and students to help them discover, use, manage, and share the array of information that supports their research, teaching, and learning.

Basic MarcEdit Skills for Searching, Cleaning & Enhancing Your MARC Data


One of the basic tools for technical services is skills with MarcEdit. This free utility provides the ability to batch analyze, edit, and enrich MARC records. The Metadata Services Department at the UC Santa Cruz University Library has used MarcEdit to find records lacking an OCLC number, sort and separate records by format, prepend URLs with proxy information, remove unwanted vendor data, add local fields, and detect duplicate fields. This presentation made at the New England Technical Services Librarians 2019 Annual Spring Conference demonstrates, through examples, how to accomplish these tasks. In addition to analyzing and editing records, this presentation covers the creation of MARC records from spreadsheet data and the enhancement of records with RDA elements and URIs.

Following the BIBFLOW Roadmap: First Steps toward a Linked Data Environment


UC Santa Cruz Library recently enhanced bibliographic data with identifiers to facilitate the eventual reuse of MARC data as Linked Data. The project was a result of Associate University Librarian Kerry Scott’s desire to position the library system for a linked data environment. Uniform Resource Identifiers, or URIs, were a topic of great discussion in the library community in 2018. The consensus was that the first step in preparation for Linked Data was moving from “strings” of bibliographic data to “things,” machine-actionable identifiers that uniquely identify things on the Semantic Web. Based on recommendations from the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Task Group on URIs in MARC and the BIBFLOW roadmap report produced by UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz Library added URIs to controlled access points in local MARC records as the first step toward a Linked Data bibliographic environment.

This presentation will include what to consider when adding URIs to MARC data, why this is an important first step, and options for achieving URI enrichment.

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Creating Evidence-Based Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Supplemental File Guidance


As a small university library, our research support efforts are focused on Early Career Researchers (ECRs) including graduate students. Many of our campus Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs) have supplemental files which we examined to determine what support our graduate students need. A majority of the files had significant preservation and usability issues, and basic data best practices were not being followed. Based upon this review, we created an ETD supplemental file guide, and partnered with the Graduate Division to communicate this guide to students. In this poster, we will share our supplemental file discoveries, our approach, and resources.

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Measuring Information Literacy Outcomes: Process as Value Added


The University of California (UC), Santa Cruz University Library partnered with the campus Writing Program and Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies to participate in the 2015/16 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Assessment in Action Program in order to assess the effectiveness of an online library research tutorial for conveying relevant Information Literacy skills to Composition 2 students completing a research assignment. This case study will give an overview of the project outcomes and describe the library’s strategy for using project data and design artifacts to support campus goals for defining Information Literacy learning outcomes across the curriculum.

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Library space redesign: stimulus and response –University of California, Santa Cruz


This chapter examines the renovation of the UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library, user assessment of library space use post-renovation, and adjustments to the program that resulted from assessment studies.

Promoting archives and making interdisciplinary connections through the Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)


The Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) at UC Santa Cruz is a graduate fellowship program in which PhD students get paid training and experience in archival processing techniques, and curate a public exhibit showcasing their work on the archival collection and their own research interests. CART is mutually beneficial for graduate students and for the library.

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Information Literacy Learning Outcomes: Collaborative Assessment in Action


Presentation at the Third Annual UCSC Assessment Symposium, Santa Cruz, CA. 01/27/2017.

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Dream of a common language: Developing a shared understanding of Information Literacy concepts


Librarians are an essential part of the diverse community of campus stakeholders focused on student success. Establishing a mutually understood and shared foundation of concepts is critical if we wish to collaborate successfully with these stakeholders on assessment projects and ultimately integrating Information Literacy into campus learning outcomes and student success goals. The process of developing and normalizing a collectively accepted understanding of Information Literacy between librarians, faculty and institutional research partners was more of a challenge than anticipated and required research, discussion, documentation, and patience to achieve.