FSU Libraries have officially wrapped up our first year with the Diverse Voices in STEM Speaker Series. In the summer of 2021, Denise Wetzel, STEM Research & Learning Librarian at FSU Libraries, as well as others around the libraries, wanted to start a speaker series aimed at showing undergraduate students the variety of journeys researchers take to get where they are today, while highlighting their current work. All of this was planned and done in hopes that those from historically underrepresented groups would see someone and hear a story of someone like themselves, and be encouraged to continue on in their STEM journey.
After accepting an amazing offer, Denise departed from the Libraries, and Kelly Grove, STEM Research & Learning Librarian and Emily McClellan, Student Engagement Specialist took over the project. The speaker series ran from September 2021 – April 2022, and included five speakers, a website, and blog posts interviewing FSU STEM alumni. We were able to connect with over 160 attendees across these five events. We want to give a special thanks to our STEM Libraries Team and our Marketing Partners who helped make these events possible.
We’re so grateful to our speakers for sharing their stories and research with the community. Catch up on the Diverse Voices in STEM Speaker Series with the videos below!
It’s almost Finals Week here at Florida State, and we’re ready to help you through it! The University Libraries will be hosting several events to alleviate stress and to help you finish the semester strong! This year, our Finals Week events will pay homage to the award-winning comedy show New Girl. So get ready for a fun-filled week of snacks, crafts, and games as you prepare for your exams!
We’ve made a webpage! University Libraries will be launching a webpage filled with different online resources to help you ace your exams. The site will show you different ways for you to get connected and maximize your studying! This blog will feature New Girl themed stress-busting activities. Articles, playlists, character quizzes, and so much more! We’ve also added ways to get personalized library help, explore our research guides, and library consultation scheduling. Be sure to check out this exciting webpage on Monday, April 18th!
It’s once again time for Love Data Week! LDW is a yearly, international outreach event taking place the week of Valentine’s Day (February 14-18 this year). The week is focused on promoting good data stewardship and best practices around working with and interpreting data. LDW was started in 2015 and is currently celebrated by academic libraries and data organizations around the world. While every institution celebrates in their own way, common activities include data workshops, social media outreach, and more!
Each year, a theme is chosen around which organizations can theme their Love Data Week activities. For 2022, the theme is “Data is for everyone.” This year, we are shining a light on the “people-side” of data, and on how different folks use and interact with data. Data often means something different to everyone, and how someone interacts with data varies based on their chosen discipline, research project, life experiences, and their own beliefs and values. There are also often inherent biases that exist in data collection, analysis, and interpretation, which can affect one’s own impression of a dataset. Despite these differences, the ability to critically evaluate data and interact with it is a universal skill that is crucial for everyone.
Think you know what data services are offered through the libraries? Finish the Data Services Quest to find out! Complete the quest and be one of our 3 prize winners! Play for the chance to win a Study Room for Finals Week or a Smoothie King Gift Card!
When?: Play Monday, March 29th – Midnight on Friday, April 2nd to be entered to win one of our 3 prizes!
As part of the Seminole First Impressions contest, FSU Facilities encouraged students, faculty, staff, and alumni to submit their ideas for campus beautification projects.
We all absolutely love Strozier Library, but definitely think there is some room for improvements. These improvements would provide a better experience for the many students, faculty, staff, and community who visit Strozier every year to study, research, grab a coffee, or just hang out.
Check out our First Impressions video entries for the FSU Libraries Service Desk; the Strozier Lobby; and the Special Collections & Archives Research Center.
When you’ve finished hunting ghosts, get to know the library’s website and services better by completing the challenging Library Quest. Hunt the archives for rare manuscripts and prowl through the site’s pages looking for the answer to these puzzles and riddles. Can you get all the way to the end?
Celebrate Love Data Week, February 10 – 14, with FSU Libraries and librarians Dr. Jesse Klein and Dr. Nick Ruhs. Join us for a week of workshops and activities to raise awareness and share practice tips, resources, and stories to encourage good data practices.
This year, the event will focus on working with students to help them get to know the data specialists at their institution, the kinds of work they do, and the data and associated issues with which these data specialists engage.
Listen to the Meet Your Librarians podcast to learn more about your data librarians.
Follow us all week on Twitter and Facebook for updates all week! Post along with us using #lovedata20.
Check out the full event schedule:
Adopt a Dataset (tabling event) Monday, February 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Strozier Library (near circulation desk) About: What better way to love data than to adopt a dataset? This year, you can adopt an ICPSR dataset for your very own. Meet with FSU Libraries’ Data Librarians, Jesse and Nick, to find out how and grab some awesome swag!
Introduction to Python Tuesday, February 11, 3:00 – 4:30 pm Dirac Instruction Room About: This workshop will introduce Python and its components. By the end of this workshop, attendees will understand basic programming concepts and terminology and will be able to write Python scripts. Attendees will know how to find and use resources available for furthering their knowledge of Python and apply these skills for practical applications. Presented by the Research Computing Center (RCC).
Finding & Using Social Science Data Wednesday, February 12, 3:00 – 4:30 pm Scholars Commons Instruction Room & Zoom (https://fsulib.zoom.us/my/jrklein.fsulib) About: This workshop will help participants become familiar with key concepts and resources for data in the social sciences. We will cover resources to expand your data vocabulary and search strategies for finding and using social science data.
Adopt a Dataset (tabling event) Thursday, February 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Dirac (near circulation desk) About: What better way to love data than to adopt a dataset? This year, you can adopt an ICPSR dataset for your very own. Meet with FSU Libraries’ Data Librarians, Jesse and Nick, to find out how and grab some awesome swag!
Introduction to Tableau Friday, February 14, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Scholars Commons Instruction Room & Zoom (https://fsulib.zoom.us/my/jrklein.fsulib) About: Tableau is a data visualization tool used to analyze and illustrate data, emphasizing the patterns and insights behind them. This session will introduce participants to the basics of preparing, analyzing, and sharing data using Tableau Public. Prior to Workshop: Download Tableau Public (https://public.tableau.com/en-us/s/download) (Free). Note: Please bring a laptop
The University Libraries has a rich tradition of hosting interdisciplinary symposia. In the past, faculty members and students from across the disciplines have come together at the Libraries to explore topics such as water, open education, academic publishing, coffee, ethnography, and climate science. On Thursday, November 7, 2019, the University Libraries will continue this tradition by hosting a symposium on the topic of immigration.
The event will be held in the Bradley Reading Room in Strozier Library and is sponsored by the FSU Civil Rights Institute as well as the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy. Coffee, pastries, and lunch will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Throughout the day, different presenters will look at the topic of immigration from the perspective of their particular disciplines. The schedule has been structured to allow for numerous presentations and perspectives, as well as dialog and conversation. A primary objective of the symposium is to model critical thinking and civil discourse in a positive environment.
Terry Coonan, director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, and Darby Scott, director of the FSU Immigration Law Project, will kick off the day by talking about current issues, recent policy changes, and legal battles. They will discuss topics like diminishing protections for refugees and asylum-seekers, changes to DACA, birthright citizenship, and family separation. Suanne Sinke, Professor of History, will examine the role of family in three different groups in three different time periods of U.S. immigration. Justin Vos, also from History, will look specifically at how letters are used to encounter the first-hand perspective of immigrants, and Professor of English, Virgil Suarez, will share how his own poetry is witness and record to his family’s immigrant experience. From an anthropological perspective, Vincent Joos (Modern Languages) will discuss the brutal repression of migrants in northern France and the persistence of those migrants to rebuild their lives in the U.K. Javier Ramos, from Criminology, will then examine the link between immigration and recidivism. Ramos’ research considers the impact of legal status and nationality on the tendency to reoffend. The next two presenters, Miguel Hernandez, the co-interim director of the Center for Leadership & Social Change, and Luciana Hornung, Associate General Counsel, will both look at the impact of immigation policies on our own FSU community. Hernandez will talk about the efforts FSU has taken over the past two decades to support students that are unauthorized residents, and Hornung will discuss hot topics in employment-based immigration cases, immigrant visas, and the role of in-house counsel. Finally, Matt Hauer, a sociologist and demographer, will talk about his research on forced migration due to sea-level rise and how that migration could reshape the U.S. population distribution.
We hope that you will be able to join us for an day of collaboration and engagement around this very important topic. A detailed schedule of the day can be found at this site: https://www.lib.fsu.edu/immigration
Join FSU Libraries this semester for a Zoom webinar series and learn about popular datasets and databases.
Finding and Accessing Data Using ICPSR Date: Monday, September 9 Time: 3 pm Location: Zoom The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a data repository hosted by the University of Michigan that maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science and interdisciplinary data for research and instruction.
Finding and Accessing Data Using Data.Gov Date: Monday, September 23 Time: 3 pm Location: Zoom Data.gov aims to improve public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. The site is a repository for federal, state, local, and tribal government information, made available to the public.
General Social Survey Date: Friday, September 27 Time: 1 pm Location: Zoom Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society using comprehensive surveys measuring attitudes and behaviors.
Introduction to Census Data and American FactFinder Date: Monday, October 14 Time: 3 pm Location: Zoom The U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder is the main extraction tool for Census Bureau data and is a key resource for data users.
Cambridge Structural Database: In Celebration of National Chemistry Week! Date: Thursday, October 24 Time: 1 pm Location: Zoom Established in 1965, the CSD is the world’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures. Containing over one million structures from x-ray and neutron diffraction analyses, this unique database of accurate 3D structures has become an essential resource to scientists around the world.
Exploring Environmental Spatial Data: In Celebration of Geography Week and GIS Day! Date: Wednesday, November 13 Time: 3 pm Location: Zoom This webinar will provide an overview of key sources for finding spatial data pertaining to the environment and environmental science. Learn to discover and download a variety of spatial datasets from sources such as the EPA’s Environmental Dataset Gateway, the Florida Geographic Data Library, and Esri Open Data.
Last week I was able to attend the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) Open Educational Resources (OER) Summit in Orlando, FL. I was the only one from FSU Libraries who was able to attend, but I had a wonderful experience learning more about how to implement OER at FSU.
One of the surprising things at the summit was the amount of faculty in attendance. There were also librarians in attendance, as well as administrators. Having faculty show up and learn more about the what, why, and how of OER is very important. Librarians have been one of the leading forces behind the push for OER and it’s nice to see the sharing of responsibility with faculty. Faculty play a huge role in deciding what’s used in the classroom, so knowing that we’re sharing this space is a step in the right direction.
The summit began on Wednesday February 27thand opened with remarks from Dr. John Opper, FLVC Executive Director. He welcomed Una Daly, Director of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) that’s a division of the global Open Education Consortium. Her opening speech was about asking ourselves as educators, librarians, administrators “why” we’re choosing to learn or implement OER and “what” we’re doing. Daly spent a lot of time talking about Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) courses and programs, open pedagogy, and using instructional designers to help faculty plan their courses around OER. This is something that is open to anyone teaching at FSU. Our OER Task Force works with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching(CAT) and Fabrizio Fornara, Assistant Director of CAT recently joined our OER Task Force.
After Daly’s opening keynote speech, we were able to move into different rooms depending on the subject. The rooms were split into four groups: Mathematics, Writing & Composition, Humanities, and Business. I went with the humanities group where Kim Molinaro, a psychology professor at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL spoke about how she had worked extremely hard to implement OER in all of her psychology courses. Next we heard how Dr. Bruce Wilson, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida and James Paradiso, an instructional designer and program coordinator for textbook affordability at UCF worked together to also flip all of Dr. Wilson’s classes to use only OER. Attendees had their questions answered and I was able to meet a great group of librarians from University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and Tallahassee Community College. There was a lunch & learn that afternoon where Ethan Senack from Creative Commons, USA gave a presentation on the basics of creative commons (CC) licensing, the difference between CC and copyright, and how different licensing interact with OER.
Thursday, February 28thwas the second and last day of the summit and Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education at SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) was the keynote speaker. Allen gave a great speech on her experience with OER and how she came to know what it is and how it has changed over the last decade. Hearing about her experiences and seeing how OER and the terminology has changed over time meant a lot to me. It really helped me put things into perspective and think of ways to talk to other librarians and faculty about how to approach OER.
We know change can be scary, but it happens. Seeing the toll of the rising and high costs of getting an education takes on students, parents, and other stakeholders is a reason why we should be implementing OER. Attending this summit has given me a lot to think about and a lot to work on, but I do think movement is achievable. FSU Libraries has supported a lot of endeavors and we’re fortunate because not all universities encounter the same support and encouragement, but we have so much more work to do.