Presentation Redux: Using Omeka for Ephemeral Scholarship Curation

In June 2016 at the Metrolina Library Association‘s Annual Conference, I presented a poster titled “Digital scholarship on the small campus: Using Omeka to curate scholarship.” The poster succinctly presents the work I’ve done to curate research and scholarly activity of students, faculty, and staff on my small rural campus.

MLA2016 Poster

Even though my campus is part of a large flagship institution, we are not part of the institutional repository (and even if we were, we don’t have the human resources required to be consistently active with the platform). Simultaneously, we do have faculty and student scholarship and research going on, and I wanted to figure out a way to capture some aspect of it. I thought – ‘what about (what I’ve named) ephemeral scholarship?’ Things like poster sessions, PowerPoint presentations, and the like – that don’t get published traditionally but do count as scholarly communication and output? 

So I used my knowledge of Omeka to create a local repository of my campus’ ephemeral scholarship. I named the repository Lancer Scholar Square. Faculty, students, and staff who present poster sessions, presentations, or even art and design work, can submit their work to this platform. If there is a published article connected to their work, a link is connected to that database or IR. Links to all submitted works include the most restrictive Creative Commons license unless the submitter requests otherwise. 

You can view the poster image to learn more about the challenges and implications for this project. At the time of this blog, the repository has 29 items, and I hope it keeps growing.

If there are ways you think I can improve this project or if you have questions, let me know!


#thedamndamndiem: 1

Yesterday on Twitter, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) shared their discussion on (racial and ethnic) diversity in librarianship. Their tweet included the American Library Association’s (ALA) latest chart on the topic:


A closer look: 


Put the needle on the record and watch it barely move.

Read Dr. Nicole A. Cooke’s work discussing the development and implementation of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program.


Consider the work of the ALA  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Think of own work. Realize it could just as well be published, as-is, today.

Think of other hashtag for this post #notateench.

Ugh. #moodrightnow:

NOTE: #damndamndiems are opposites of #hurrayoftheday. #damndamndiems may also appear as #circadiansideeye, #teethsuckdaily, or the always-in-style #cmonson (originated by Ed Lover, made extra-good by Shawn and Gus.)



#hurrayoftheday: 1

I’ve been working with Dr. J. Brenton Stewart – a grande amigo, colleague, and Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University’s School of Library & Information Studies – on a unique library as place study. Specifically, we are looking at how African-American/Black students enrolled at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) perceive their campus libraries. We identified three factors of perception influence:

  • staff interactions
  • library as place
  • information access

Nadal’s racial and ethnic microaggressions scale (REMS) was applied to develop constructs surrounding those factors, and qualitative data analysis reveal the significance of other library users’ behaviors on perceptions of library welcomeness for African-American/Black students.

I’ve been notified that our proposal centering on this study has been accepted for the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting! 

Check out the unique track themes for this conference and *guess* which one our study aligns with.  One of the things I really enjoy about the LIS profession is the vast interdisciplinary channels we can apply to or employ to disseminate our work.

What is your #hurrayoftheday?