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VIVA: 2022 VIVA Community Forum

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2022 VIVA Community Forum

Community and Collective Action: What's Next?

March 18th, 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Virtual) 


VIVA Community Forum Pre-Conference Workshop  

In conjunction with the 2022 Community Forum, VIVA will be offering a related pre-conference workshop introducing creativity in an academic library context, including practical strategies intended to support and enhance creativity personally and in the work environment.  Additional details and workshop registration here:   

Creativity in Academic Libraries: Strategies and Foundations 

Please note VIVA's Code of Conduct


Heather Joseph
Open by Default and Equitable by Design: The Future of Knowledge Sharing

Heather Joseph is the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of academic and research libraries that promotes the open sharing of scholarship. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become the leading advocacy voice championing innovative open research and education practices. She leads SPARCs strategic work, and has spearheaded the organization’s growing portfolio of initiatives promoting community-control of knowledge infrastructure and content, realigning research incentive, and academic publishing market reform. Heather is a widely respected expert on national and international open research policies, practices and implementation strategies.

Prior to joining SPARC, Heather spent 15 years as a journal publisher in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She is deeply engaged in the global scholarly communications community, and serves on the Board of Directors of organizations ranging from the Arcadia Fund to Public Resource to Invest in Open Infrastructure. She is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications and higher education issues, and on open access in particular.


Time Session
10:00-10:20 AM

Welcome & VIVA Update

Anne Osterman, VIVA Director

10:20-11:05 AM

Keynote: Open by Default and Equitable by Design: The Future of Knowledge Sharing

Heather Joseph - Executive Director, SPARC 
11:05-11:55 AM

Member Talks - Lightning Round

Building Community Across Subfields of Librarianship: Amelia Anderson (ODU) 

The Old Dominion University’s library science program has experienced a monumental shift. What was once an MEd granting program for only school librarians, is now an MLIS granting institution in which future school librarians are enfolded. This session will explore the reflections from a very unique group of students, those who began coursework to become school librarians specifically in the K-12 environment, after taking a 3-credit hour elective course about academic libraries. In this session, we will consider the potential for building community across librarian subfields, specifically between school and academic librarians, and taking collective action to support each other. Too often, librarians are siloed within subfields as they grow professionally. This session will illuminate the potential of reaching beyond those subfields within the field.

Information Literacy Curriculum Mapping: Jana Schellinger (EHC) and Ruth Castillo (EHC)

This presentation describes the process used to develop lessons for the information literacy curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students at Emory & Henry College.  Librarians developed student learning outcomes which were grouped into lessons and mapped to the ACRL Framework. Examples of student learning outcomes include:  students will successfully navigate the library on campus and online and students will execute a search for a library book and successfully retrieve it.  The librarians developed in-person lesson plans along with online modules, each containing an assessment. Librarians then collaborated with faculty to outline curriculum maps which identified how the information literacy program pieces fit into the curriculum of a specific program. Librarians and faculty agreed to course placement and delivery methods (in-person library instruction, online library modules, and/or faculty responsibility).  

Do Things for the Kids: The Virginia Tech University Libraries' Community Engagement Fellows & Culturally Sustaining Programming: Craig Arthur (VT) and Jasmine Weiss (VT)

VTDITC: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech is an award-winning transdisciplinary, experiential learning and critical community engagement-focused program that takes place across Southwest Virginia. Thanks in part to the pandemic, our reach is now global. VTDITC: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech is deeply rooted in hip hop culture and pedagogy. The program is cosponsored by roughly a dozen organizations. Our team currently consists of eight Virginia Tech student leaders, several of Virginia Tech’s creative arts-focused student organizations, the campus radio station, the Cultural & Community Centers, Student Opportunities and Achievement Resources, a living/learning community, several community-based youth-focused organizations, and faculty members from the College of Engineering, the University Libraries, the Department of English, and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ Dean’s Office - amongst many others Simply put, our mission is to: remove barriers to entry, recognize art as scholarship, learn by doing, and, importantly, have fun. This talk will center the perspectives of our Community Engagement Fellows - our team of students who iteratively help design, lead, and assess the program. 

An Introduction to the University of Virginia Library Subject Access Enhancement Working Group: Jeremy Bartczak (UVA) and Dan Ray (UVA)

The University of Virginia Library Subject Access Enhancement Working Group formed in July 2021 with the goal of making our catalog a more welcome and inclusive space for all researchers. The team includes representatives from the library’s Metadata and Acquisitions, Circulation, Public Services, and Special Collections units. Together this working group designed a form that library colleagues can use to submit proposals to update biased or offensive Library of Congress Subject Headings found in our bibliographic records. The team reviews these proposals and, upon approval, uses tools to implement changes in the ILS. After piloting this work with our Library colleagues, we hope to expand our efforts to include input from students and faculty at the University of Virginia. This presentation will provide an overview of how the group evolved from initial work to address the Illegal aliens subject heading in our catalog. We will describe some of our technical workflows, highlight valuable resources, and provide a brief look at our proposal form. We hope to inspire others in the consortium to engage in similar work as we continue to develop and expand our approaches.   

11:55 AM-12:00 PM

Wrap Up

Lisa Broughman (Randolph), VIVA Community Forum Chair

The VIVA Community Forum is a virtual event that focuses on highlighting member library initiatives and collaborations.


Programming by the VIVA Outreach Event Planning Committee