Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship     Program Asynchronous Annual Online Summit 2011         Joh...
Agenda           Introduction           The ITRL Purpose           Why the ITRL Program is Important           Five Ph...
IntroductionIn 2009, the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at theUniversity of Tennessee (UT) was awarded a $567,660gra...
The ITRL PurposeThe ITRL purpose is to recruit sixteenparaprofessionals working in rural libraries in theSouthern and Cent...
The ITRL PurposeITRL students are receiving:   Part-time degree in a ALA-accredited program   A structured, individually...
Why the ITRL Program is Important The SCA regions are experiencing:    Information poverty and unemployment    Economic ...
Five Phases of the ITRL Program1. Recruitment of ITRL students from rural libraries in the   SCA region2. Needs assessment...
Education in the ITRL Context   16 ITRL students are enrolled part-time, taking six credit    hours (two courses) each se...
Education in the ITRL Context     IT Outcomes                           Management Outcomes1.   1.Technology infrastructur...
Participating Faculty      Dr. Bharat Mehra, Assistant Professor      (Principle Investigator)              Dr. Kimberly ...
Participating Partners   Nancy Renfro, Director, Watauga Regional Library   Donald B. Reynolds, Director, Nolichucky Reg...
ITRL Students   Heather Duby, Acquisitions Assistant at Pellissippi State    Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee.   ...
ITRL Students   Richard Haynes, Director, Harlan County Public Library    System, Harlan, KY   Kevin Jump, Circulation A...
ITRL Students   Marilyn Pontius, Hancock War Memorial Branch Library,    Washington County Free Library, Washington Count...
Voices of ITRL Students1.   Heather Duby        7. Fran Owen2.   Brittany Fletcher   8. Marilyn Pontius3.   Julie Forkner ...
1. Heather Ruble Duby               ITRL Summit                  2011              Thank you for the opportunity!         ...
1. Heather Duby: About Me              Attended Pellissippi State Community College               (PSCC) from 1991-1993; ...
1. Heather Duby: A Change inPerspective & Skills            Perspective as a paraprofessional            Perspective as ...
2. Brittany Fletcher   Collection Development   Lessons and Activities through Literature   “Hands on Learning” Project...
2. Brittany Fletcher: The Future…   Practicum allowing me to work with students of all ages   Switching collection datab...
3. Julie Forkner             E. G. Fisher Public Library                                           ITRL Annual Online Summ...
3. Julie Forkner: McMinn County, TN   11% Unemployment   14% holds a bachelor’s degree   ~ 40% is over 45 years old    ...
3. Julie Forkner: Computer Use at E. G.Fisher   Service population: 45,834       Open 54.5 hours/week       23 Public A...
3. Julie Forkner: Laptop ComputingLab   12 Laptops including one for the visually    impaired.   Which in turn prompted:...
4. Angela Glowcheski              Information Specialist,     Lumpkin County Library, Dahlonega, Georgia   5.15 full-time...
4. Angela GlowcheskiChanges resulting from coursework: Reorganized Computer Classes Built in tools of patron feedback R...
4. Angela Glowcheski                 Benefits of the ITRL             Master’s Scholarship Program   Relationship with Te...
5. Becky Grindstaff   Former English as a Second Language Teacher   Now Knox County Schools Technology Dept. Staff   Wo...
5. Becky Grindstaff                      ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
6. Susan MacrellisITRL student            [text/images]Susan Macrellisand the East RidgeCity Library staffwith formerUS C...
6. Susan Macrellis                     East Ridge City Library, serving                     20,000 residents of the       ...
7. Fran Owen  How the ITRL Program has Fostered    Growth in Sevier County School                LibrariesChanges implemen...
7. Fran Owen   510-----Researched the Digital Divide in Sevier County    and what is being done to bridge the gap   520-...
7. Fran Owen   560-----Developed a partial opening day collection for a    school currently under construction   567----...
7. Fran Owen   585-----Created a wiki for school librarians to share    curriculum development and designed and    implem...
8. Marilyn Pontius        Marilyn Pontius        Branch Manager        Hancock War Memorial Library        Hancock, Maryla...
8. Marilyn Pontius    IT Deliverables:   IS 585: Information Technologies         Closing the Digital Divide: Expanding C...
8. Marilyn Pontius   Rural Management Outcomes    IS 554 Public Library Management and    Services       User-Centered As...
9. Chris Smith                     [text/images]            C Bascom Slemp Memorial Library         located in the heart ...
9. Chris SmithMeet my favorite community partner, Lyric, the READ dog.                                 Completing the req...
10. Susan WilliamsI am very privileged to be in the ITRL program at theUniversity of Tennessee School of Information Servi...
10. Susan Williams: What have I learned?   This program has made me much more comfortable with    technology, and I am le...
10. Susan Williams: More thoughts aboutthe program   I am very appreciative of the faculty with the UT SIS for many reaso...
10. Susan Williams  Many thanks from me and my cats!                          ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
11. Vicki Winstead              Native of East Tennessee              Library Media Specialist at              Andrew Jack...
11. Vicki Winstead: IS 560-Developmentand Management of Collections     Evaluation and selection of print and non-print  ...
11. Vicki Winstead: IS 554 – Public LibraryManagement and Services      Performed and evaluation and user-centered       ...
11. Vicki Winstead: IS 572 Resources andServices for Young Adults  Evaluation and review of young adult     magazines and...
12. Amber Woodard                      [text/images]       Amber Woodard, Library Technical Assistant     Cumberland Univ...
12. Amber Woodard           The most beneficial project for my library:     Screencast tutorials created for my final pr...
12. Amber Woodard             My Goals for the Remainder of the Program:1.        1. Continue to learn about the field of ...
12. Amber Woodard    •Thank you for the  opportunity to participate      in the program!                    ITRL Annual On...
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The Information Technology Rural Librarian Master's Scholarship Program (ITRL) has been awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee to train sixteen paraprofessionals working in the Southern and Central Appalachian rural libraries to get their master’s degree part-time (June 2010 - August 2012) with a focus on information technology and rural librarianship via distance education.

The ITRL Annual Summit 2011 is a recorded presentation of two faculty members and thirteen ITRL students regarding their experiences during their first year in the program.

You can access the ITRL Annual Summit 2011 recording at URL: http://asp8.centra.com/GP/main/0000008aeed00000013325341d9e95f8 . Before viewing the file, the system will ask you to enter an email address. Any valid email address will work.

For additional comments or questions about ITRL, please contact Dr. Bharat Mehra (principal investigator of ITRL), Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, by phone 865-974-5917 or email: bmehra@utk.edu.

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ITRL Annual Summit 2011

  1. 1. Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship Program Asynchronous Annual Online Summit 2011 Johnson City Public Library, TN Hancock County Public Library, Sneedville, TN Sevier County Public Library, Sevierville, TNLake City Public Library, TN Bharat Mehra, Kimberly Black, Vandana Singh School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
  2. 2. Agenda  Introduction  The ITRL Purpose  Why the ITRL Program is Important  Five Phases of the ITRL Program  Education in the ITRL Context  Participating Faculty  Voices of Faculty  Participating Partners  Voices of Partners  ITRL Students  Voices of ITRL StudentsITRL Planning Meeting13 November, 2009 ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  3. 3. IntroductionIn 2009, the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at theUniversity of Tennessee (UT) was awarded a $567,660grant entitled “Rural Library Professionals as ChangeAgents in the 21st Century: Integrating InformationTechnology Competencies in Southern and CentralAppalachian Region” (ITRL) by the Institute of Museumand Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century LibrarianProgram. Laurel Jones Public Library, Laurel, MS ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  4. 4. The ITRL PurposeThe ITRL purpose is to recruit sixteenparaprofessionals working in rural libraries in theSouthern and Central Appalachian (SCA) regions tocomplete their master’s degree part-time (June 2010– August 2012) with a focus on IT and rurallibrarianship in the UT’s SIS program via distance. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  5. 5. The ITRL PurposeITRL students are receiving: Part-time degree in a ALA-accredited program A structured, individually-tailored IT and rural management curriculum Rural library practices and needs incorporated into the curriculum IT competencies in developing rural library work applications Formal/informal professional mentoring by educators and practitioners Full-tuition scholarship for two years Allowance for materials Provision of a laptop computer. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  6. 6. Why the ITRL Program is Important The SCA regions are experiencing:  Information poverty and unemployment  Economic challenges  Low levels of information literacy and educational attainment  A lack of access and use of IT  Other unique environmental challengesLibrary professionals who are embedded in their communities are in astrong position to help address and develop solutions to these needs. Laurel Jones Public Library, Laurel, MS ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  7. 7. Five Phases of the ITRL Program1. Recruitment of ITRL students from rural libraries in the SCA region2. Needs assessment of library services and information challenges faced by rural regional libraries3. Implementation of educational/training activities4. Mentoring5. Evaluation/assessment of program outcomes, and dissemination of program results/experiences. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  8. 8. Education in the ITRL Context 16 ITRL students are enrolled part-time, taking six credit hours (two courses) each semester (summer, fall, and spring). Forty-two credit hours (14 courses) plus a comprehensive examination or thesis are required for graduation. Students began courses June 2010 and will graduate August 2012. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  9. 9. Education in the ITRL Context IT Outcomes Management Outcomes1. 1.Technology infrastructure  1. Service evaluation in rural planning and analysis libraries2. 2. Web design, development,  2. Management of a rural library and usability program for adults and3. 3. Database design and children/young adults implementation;  3. Reader’s advisory4. 4. Building digital library and  4. Grant writing and development web portals5. 5. Establishing hardware and software networking6. 6. Creating Library 2.0 tools ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  10. 10. Participating Faculty Dr. Bharat Mehra, Assistant Professor (Principle Investigator)  Dr. Kimberly Black, Assistant Professor (Co-Principle Investigator) Dr. Vandana Singh, Assistant Professor (Co-Principle Investigator) ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  11. 11. Participating Partners Nancy Renfro, Director, Watauga Regional Library Donald B. Reynolds, Director, Nolichucky Regional Library System Susan Simmons, Director, Clinch-Powell Regional Library KC Williams, System Director, Sevier County Public Library ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  12. 12. ITRL Students Heather Duby, Acquisitions Assistant at Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee. Brittany Fletcher, Elementary School Teacher/Media Team Member, Mountain City Elementary School Media Center, Mountain City, TN Julie Forkner, Reference Librarian, E. G. Fisher Public Library, Athens, TN Angela Glowcheski, Information Specialist, Lumpkin County Public Library, Chestatee Regional Library, Dahlonega, GA Becky Grindstaff, Software Support Specialist, Knox County Schools, Knoxville, Tennessee ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  13. 13. ITRL Students Richard Haynes, Director, Harlan County Public Library System, Harlan, KY Kevin Jump, Circulation Assistant, Weeks-Townsend Memorial Library, Barbourville, KY Lauren Long, Library Technologist, Madison County Public Library, Marshall, NC Susan Macrellis, Library Director, East Ridge City Library, East Ridge, TN Helen Owen: Instructional Supervisor for Materials and Supplies, Teacher Resource Center, Sevier County School System, Sevierville, TN ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  14. 14. ITRL Students Marilyn Pontius, Hancock War Memorial Branch Library, Washington County Free Library, Washington County, MA Deborah Ratliff, Branch Manager/Program Specialist, Goshen Public Library, Rockbridge Regional Library, Goshen, VA Christine Smith, Branch Manager, C. Bascom Slemp Memorial Library, Lonesome Pine Regional Library System, Big Stone Gap, VA Susan Williams: Resource Center/Education Coordinator, Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, TN Vicki Winstead, Library Media Specialist, Jackson Elementary School Library, Kingsport, TN Amber Woodard, Library Technical Assistant, Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  15. 15. Voices of ITRL Students1. Heather Duby 7. Fran Owen2. Brittany Fletcher 8. Marilyn Pontius3. Julie Forkner 9. Chris Smith4. Angela Glowcheski 10.Susan Williams5. Becky Grindstaff 11.Vicki Winstead6. Susan Macrellis 12.Amber Woodard ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  16. 16. 1. Heather Ruble Duby ITRL Summit 2011 Thank you for the opportunity! ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  17. 17. 1. Heather Duby: About Me  Attended Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) from 1991-1993; Graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in English  Attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 1993-1995; Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English  From 1996 – Present I have worked in the PSCC library  Learned about the ITRL program from my friend, Bill Stevens  Began my Master’s Degree coursework in the summer semester of 2010 ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  18. 18. 1. Heather Duby: A Change inPerspective & Skills  Perspective as a paraprofessional  Perspective as a future information professional  Improvement in technology skills & the ability to think about tasks in new ways  Coursework has broadened my horizons and has had real-world impact on my library ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  19. 19. 2. Brittany Fletcher Collection Development Lessons and Activities through Literature “Hands on Learning” Project : iPads in the classroom Mountain City Elementary School ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  20. 20. 2. Brittany Fletcher: The Future… Practicum allowing me to work with students of all ages Switching collection database to Destiny Continue training with new technology in the classroom Johnson County Middle School ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  21. 21. 3. Julie Forkner E. G. Fisher Public Library ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  22. 22. 3. Julie Forkner: McMinn County, TN 11% Unemployment 14% holds a bachelor’s degree ~ 40% is over 45 years old ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  23. 23. 3. Julie Forkner: Computer Use at E. G.Fisher Service population: 45,834  Open 54.5 hours/week  23 Public Access Computers  Wi-Fi Available Computer Use in FY 2009-2010: 42,345 ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  24. 24. 3. Julie Forkner: Laptop ComputingLab 12 Laptops including one for the visually impaired. Which in turn prompted:  A relationship with Techsoup  Updating public desktops to Windows 2010  Mobile lab to take to community libraries  Laptop Check-Out to increase computer access ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  25. 25. 4. Angela Glowcheski Information Specialist, Lumpkin County Library, Dahlonega, Georgia 5.15 full-time equivalents An average of 3,580 patrons served weekly An average of 14 programs a month serving adults, young adults and children Ten public computer stations Public internet access and wireless access ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  26. 26. 4. Angela GlowcheskiChanges resulting from coursework: Reorganized Computer Classes Built in tools of patron feedback Reference Interview ProcessMore to come: Web Presence Community Partnerships ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  27. 27. 4. Angela Glowcheski Benefits of the ITRL Master’s Scholarship Program Relationship with Teachers and Mentor Interaction with fellow students Portfolio of Coursework Program design ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  28. 28. 5. Becky Grindstaff Former English as a Second Language Teacher Now Knox County Schools Technology Dept. Staff Work in schools and school libraries each week (librarians are often the support for technology) Will be assisting with the implementation of a distance learning program during the 2011-2012 school year ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  29. 29. 5. Becky Grindstaff ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  30. 30. 6. Susan MacrellisITRL student  [text/images]Susan Macrellisand the East RidgeCity Library staffwith formerUS CongressmanZach Wamp .(EastRidgeChristmas Parade2010) ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  31. 31. 6. Susan Macrellis East Ridge City Library, serving 20,000 residents of the Chattanooga, TN suburb, is located in the left wing of the City Hall building. ERCL has formed a committee to evaluate the suitability of adopting OSS Evergreen as its ILS. See what all the excitement is about at http://open-ils.org/ or http://www.georgialibraries.org/pu blic/pines.php ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  32. 32. 7. Fran Owen How the ITRL Program has Fostered Growth in Sevier County School LibrariesChanges implemented due to my experiences in the program and course work ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  33. 33. 7. Fran Owen 510-----Researched the Digital Divide in Sevier County and what is being done to bridge the gap 520-----Learned how to properly assign subject headings and about vocabulary control to improve Sevier County’s OPAC entries 530-----Learned about various selection, reference, and evaluation tools important to all libraries and the ethics involved in providing virtual reference services ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  34. 34. 7. Fran Owen 560-----Developed a partial opening day collection for a school currently under construction 567-----Learning how to create a Sevier County School Library web site 572-----Age appropriate school librarians have copies of quality young adult selections and are performing book talks to share their collection additions ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  35. 35. 7. Fran Owen 585-----Created a wiki for school librarians to share curriculum development and designed and implemented an instrument to improve communication between the school system and a software vendor 590-----Learning how to develop a marketing plan to educate school principals on the value of school librarians in improving student achievement ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  36. 36. 8. Marilyn Pontius Marilyn Pontius Branch Manager Hancock War Memorial Library Hancock, Maryland ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  37. 37. 8. Marilyn Pontius IT Deliverables: IS 585: Information Technologies Closing the Digital Divide: Expanding Computing at the Hancock War Memorial Library Hancock Library in 1904 Hancock, Maryland ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  38. 38. 8. Marilyn Pontius Rural Management Outcomes IS 554 Public Library Management and Services User-Centered Assessment/Evaluation of Public Library Services: Computer Services Hancock War Memorial Library ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  39. 39. 9. Chris Smith  [text/images] C Bascom Slemp Memorial Library located in the heart of Southwest Virginia Our Motto Start Here Go Anywhere And I’m the perfect example, thanks to the ITRL Masters Scholarship Program ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  40. 40. 9. Chris SmithMeet my favorite community partner, Lyric, the READ dog.  Completing the requirements for my Master’s degree has forced me to examine my community, my library, and myself.  When I started the application process I told Dr. Mehra I expected to be in the same place either with or without my degree.  I’m still planning to stay, but I’m a different person, and I’ve made Slemp Library a different place. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  41. 41. 10. Susan WilliamsI am very privileged to be in the ITRL program at theUniversity of Tennessee School of Information Service. Iwork at the Highlander Center library in NewMarket, Tennessee and this program is providing manywonderful learning opportunities. opportunities.  This is a photo of the Highlander library. The mound on the left is the archive room, and to the right is the main book room, sun room and the rest of the building. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  42. 42. 10. Susan Williams: What have I learned? This program has made me much more comfortable with technology, and I am learning more all the time. Some of the technology areas covered include: --Basic computer hardware and software including PowerPoint. --Graphic design using Photoshop --Drupal, wikis, blogs, social networking I have also been very interested in learning more about reference librarianship, information literacy and how people can learn more about maneuvering through the vast internet information world. This area provides great fuel for our work in participatory research with grassroots groups. All of this also helps our library to think about what are some additional communication vehicles and services that could be useful. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  43. 43. 10. Susan Williams: More thoughts aboutthe program I am very appreciative of the faculty with the UT SIS for many reasons but especially because they are so willing to allow me to choose topics that are interesting and helpful to me. Some of the projects that have been very informative include: --A research paper about Broadband access in rural areas --Research on digitizing historical photographs --Evaluation of our participatory research service --Currently, a training module for user instructions for groups that come to Highlander. Most rewarding has been the chance to use my brain, and to be creative. I also appreciate the opportunities to work in teams for some projects. This program has at times been quite a challenge for me, given my age and limited knowledge of technology. Many thanks to all!!!! ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  44. 44. 10. Susan Williams Many thanks from me and my cats! ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  45. 45. 11. Vicki Winstead Native of East Tennessee Library Media Specialist at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Kingsport, TN Participant in Kingsport City Schools’ Teacher Leader Academy Completed Advanced Technology Academy for Kingsport City Schools School Web Master Certified Smart Board Trainer ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  46. 46. 11. Vicki Winstead: IS 560-Developmentand Management of Collections  Evaluation and selection of print and non-print materials.  Deselection and weeding  Project: Develop a Small Collection  For my elementary school library, I evaluated and selected materials to support the science curriculum in Kindergarten through fifth grade  This collection was developed using various criteria including Purpose, Audience, Definition, Format, and Cost. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  47. 47. 11. Vicki Winstead: IS 554 – Public LibraryManagement and Services  Performed and evaluation and user-centered assessment of the Job-Seeking service of the Kingsport Public Library. ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  48. 48. 11. Vicki Winstead: IS 572 Resources andServices for Young Adults  Evaluation and review of young adult magazines and movies  Book talks  Collection development project  Reading responses  Challenged/banned book essay  YA awards ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  49. 49. 12. Amber Woodard  [text/images] Amber Woodard, Library Technical Assistant Cumberland University Vise Library, Lebanon, TN ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  50. 50. 12. Amber Woodard  The most beneficial project for my library:  Screencast tutorials created for my final project in IS 585, Information Technologies. These can be viewed at youtube.com/culibrary. To read more about the project, please visit sis.utk.edu/Woodard ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  51. 51. 12. Amber Woodard My Goals for the Remainder of the Program:1. 1. Continue to learn about the field of librarianship and develop my skills as a librarian 2. 2. Study emerging library technologies and how to implement them within my library setting3. 3. Collaborate with my peers in the program in order to learn from paraprofessionals in other library settings ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011
  52. 52. 12. Amber Woodard •Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the program! ITRL Annual Online Summit 2011

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