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Research works and presentations included here have been selected by the LAUC Research and Professional Development Committee of the UC San Diego Library.

Cover page of Safeguard Plan for E-resources : Specifying Licensing Terms for Perpetual Accessand Exploring Means of Data Preservation

Safeguard Plan for E-resources : Specifying Licensing Terms for Perpetual Accessand Exploring Means of Data Preservation


The presentation discussed the current and potential issues we faced with electronic resources, especially Chinese e-resources like ebooks from Apabi, which filed bankruptcy (and we've bought a lot of books there!), and databases from CNKI, which are suspended until further notice due to government audits. Brings up a lot of questions on how to handle these situations from perpetual access rights in licensing terms to safeguard plans for preservation and activating perpetual access.

Cover page of Open Educational Resource Program Development: A View from Two Institutions

Open Educational Resource Program Development: A View from Two Institutions


As affordability continues to be a growing concern in higher education, more institutions are building programs to not only bring down course materials costs for undergraduate students, but to align affordability with student success and retention. In this presentation, two institutions will share their program development around open and affordable course materials. One institution is just at the beginning of developing their program and has created a robust program for gathering data on student and course instructor needs and desires on their campus. The other institution has a much more well-established initiative with a focus on both OER and open educational practices, leveraging the impact of the program to advance the goals of access, equity, and student success. In both cases, campus partnerships ranging from undergraduate students to high-level administrators are a critical component to success. We will reflect on lessons learned for beginning and expanding programs, and the variety of pathways that can be pursued in expanding the reach of OER.

Link to YouTube recording and conference page  

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Cover page of Open Access Publication: Implications for Research in Theatre and Performance

Open Access Publication: Implications for Research in Theatre and Performance


Scholars, publishers, and library experts discuss the current OA landscape in Europe and North America and the implications of new developments for the theater education field.

The notes for the presentation slides are included in the supplemental files.

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Cover page of Partnering Local to Create Statewide Impact : CalPIRG Students and Librarians Align to Motivate Action

Partnering Local to Create Statewide Impact : CalPIRG Students and Librarians Align to Motivate Action


A flourishing partnership between undergraduate CALPIRG representatives and the campus scholarly communications librarian was able to withstand obstacles the pandemic piled on and increase faculty and student engagement with OER advocacy. This presentation will give background to our individual efforts, alignment during the pandemic, amendments made, and where we hope to go from here. We’ll discuss how we took advantage of an all virtual environment, adjusted outreach methods, collaborated on statewide education efforts, and aligned individual initiatives. Despite the hardships, we saw opportunities to engage faculty, not only on our campus but as far as the internet would take us as we moved our advocacy efforts online along with classrooms and instruction. We saw opportunity as the UC installed a new president who is vocal about affordable education and diversity.

We have held multiple virtual sessions inviting other student advocacy groups, faculty from local community colleges and several UC campuses to discuss experiences, publishing, and initiatives focused on open educational resources. The campus CALPIRG student representative will discuss their initiatives, a UC Open Textbook Grant Program through the UC Regents that would incentivize faculty to use open textbooks. She will disclose the results of the CALPIRG faculty survey and screen the student testimonial video. The librarian will discuss; guiding, collaborating, and learning from the students; faculty publishing challenges; and the campus-wide team accepted to the AAC&U Institute on Open Educational Resources that will design a pilot OER Incentive Program.

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Cover page of Exploring the (de)Colonial Gaze through Archival Analysis and Teaching

Exploring the (de)Colonial Gaze through Archival Analysis and Teaching


Who controls knowledge? How is indigenous knowledge shared, preserved, and maintained? Through an examination of the recently-digitized Papua New Guinea Patrol Reports in the Melanesian Archive at the UC San Diego Library, students dove into first-hand accounts from the post-World War II era of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to explore how remote indigenous communities were documented by kiaps or patrol officers, capturing information on village life such as census figures, languages spoken, health, food supply, tribal warfare and other local conditions.  The 5-week course called "Patrolling the Past to Explore the (de)colonial Gaze" was a CAT practicum (Culture, Art, and Technology) through Sixth College at UC San Diego.  In the course, students gained practical experience learning how to summarize the "aboutness" of texts and identify key subject terms of primary sources. On a theoretical level, students learned about the colonial history of Papua New Guinea, specifically thinking about how indigenous groups are represented by outsiders, who has access to knowledge, and methods of doing research in a decolonial way. They also focused on knowledge organization and forms of representation in order to consider how to create and curate digital data for audiences from all backgrounds. 

Descriptions of the course, the final syllabus, and blog posts written by the students were captured and shared on Knit, the UC San Diego Digital Commons open source teaching and community-building tool Commons In A Box (CBOX) at  By asking students to publicly share their reflections and class assignments via KNIT, students had to consider how they represented themselves and indigenous groups through their writing. The online platform alongside classroom meetings allowed for continual collaborations and interactions after class ended each day.   Using digital collections, especially historical archives, in the classroom allows for conversations about past representation, current access, and how archives can contribute to or hinder decolonial research.  It also allows for valuable collaborations between librarians, academics, and students.  

Co-taught by a Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology and a Librarian, the presentation will review the course objectives, share the teaching-and-learning and collaboration experience, as well as explain lessons learned through using a digital collection in the classroom and using CBOX as a tool for class engagement.  Through this presentation, we suggest that online platforms allow for collaboration, which when combined with archival analysis opens up the access to knowledge and learning often only available to those within academia.

Cover page of Developing a Sustainable Online Video Instructional Program through Lean Production Values and Assessment

Developing a Sustainable Online Video Instructional Program through Lean Production Values and Assessment


BACKGROUND: Online videos can support large-scale library instruction and reference consultations while reducing time and access barriers for users. However, the development of online videos entails a time investment, a learning curve, and an ongoing maintenance effort that can be more significant compared to other instructional modes. This project aimed to streamline video production and maintenance in order to establish a sustainable online instructional program. In this poster, we describe the lean production values and assessment techniques that facilitated efficient online video development.


DESCRIPTION: Our video production is grounded in three principles. First, create short videos; each covering a single learning objective. Second, use modular building blocks of video lectures, demos, and transcripts, which will facilitate future video revisions. Finally, rely on low-cost, self-sufficient production. This involves a production workflow that embraces low-cost technology to lower collaboration barriers. For video maintenance, we used assessment-driven methods. We rely on a periodic review cycle and survey feedback to identify necessary changes. Examining audience retention statistics help us identify high-impact areas for focused effort. Additionally, we conducted a qualitative 2x2 matrix analysis (for skill level and subject scope) to identify gaps and trends in our instructional videos. This identified strategies for future video development.


CONCLUSION: Through reflective practice, we observed several positive outcomes. First, short modular videos are easier to tailor instruction to different clinical audiences and to introduce self-instruction in the reference workflow. Second, our lean production flow enabled staff to work independently and efficiently such that an instructional program was developed in a relatively short amount of time. Finally, our assessment identified precise strategies for future development. In particular, to focus on high-impact learning, to customize to learner preferences, to collaborate with other disciplinary librarians for advanced information literacy skills training, and to re-use existing video content.

Poster presentation at the Medical Library Association 2020 vConference (August 10-14). 

Cover page of Building Users’ Search Skills for Systematic Reviews: Development of Self-Directed Learning Through Qualitative Synthesis of Guidelines

Building Users’ Search Skills for Systematic Reviews: Development of Self-Directed Learning Through Qualitative Synthesis of Guidelines


Conference paper presentation at the Medical Library Association 2020 vConference (August 10-14)

BACKGROUND: When conducting a systematic review, the search for evidence can be a challenging process for novice searchers. There are complicated procedures with multiple sources of guidelines, and the prevailing instruction targets intermediate and higher skill levels. To address these challenges, this project created self-instruction materials framed along an explicit search workflow. This instruction was developed through a qualitative content analysis of four major systematic review guidelines. The result is a comprehensive yet straightforward self-instruction guide for advanced literature search skills. This paper reports the development methodology and observations from the guide’s use in reference consultations. 

DESCRIPTION: Instructional development began with the qualitative content analysis of search guidelines by four organizations (Cochrane, NAM, AHRQ, and CRD). Over 300 recommended search objectives and tasks were extracted, with many duplications across the guidelines. This analysis defined the phases of a comprehensive search workflow and synthesized recommendations into search tasks and stepwise procedures. The workflow has five phases addressing search strategy design, search conduct, results management, document retrieval, and search reporting. Additionally, a directory of 150+ recommended databases was compiled. The resulting self-instruction guide is assigned as preparatory reading before a reference consultation, serves as a discussion framework during the session, and functions as a reference tool afterward. The guide was evaluated through librarian peer review and user feedback. 

CONCLUSIONS: The self-instruction guide supports the UC San Diego Library’s systematic review service. It is situated in the consultation process as pre-session reading, discussion framework, and post-reference support. Anecdotal evidence indicates the guide may prompt a user-driven consultation and may facilitate instruction on advanced literature searching. Because the guide synthesizes multiple guidelines, it has the potential to standardize library services for systematic reviews. Future evaluation would assess the guide’s pedagogical usability. The guide is publicly available for re-use and customization.

Cover page of Unlocking the Value of the Monograph: 6400 Book Pairs Speak

Unlocking the Value of the Monograph: 6400 Book Pairs Speak


Delivered as part of the session "Unlocking the Value of the Monograph" at Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) 15th Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, March 9, 2020.

Scholarly monographs are undergoing a digital transformation that brings new value to both libraries and researchers. This presentation approaches the session theme with a single institution’s view of the digital environment unlocking the value of the scholarly monograph. It builds upon and expands a preliminary appreciation from ER&L 2019 that compared local download activity across ebooks recently acquired via two evidence-based programs at UC San Diego with the lifetime circulation histories of our matching legacy print holdings. This new foray is powered by a 10 times larger study pool of every JSTOR Books title purchased since the inception of our local contract in early 2015, which now includes DDA, EBA, and Pick-and-Mix channels.

Slides 8 & 9 were not presented at ER&L 2020 owing to session time constraints. All script notes and slide transitions are preserved in the supplemental file.

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Cover page of Using in-house 3D printing to support creative solutions to library facilities work

Using in-house 3D printing to support creative solutions to library facilities work


The paper describes a case study in which staff at the UC San Diego Library used the Library’s 3D printing technology to develop unique solutions to a variety of facilities-related challenges.