The Social Sciences & Humanities Community is proud to present the following sessions at the upcoming 2021 virtual SLA Annual Conference.
Social Sciences & Humanities Community Roundtables
Live | Wednesday, August 4, 3:00-4:00pm ET
Get to know the Social Sciences & Humanities Community and its various sections by joining in our roundtable discussions. Network with your peers and catch up on what’s new in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate among breakout rooms for the Museum, Nonprofit, Labor Issues, or Geography & Map and learn about each section. We’ll have questions to get the conversation started, but the session will also include time for open-ended discussion.
Virtual Tour of the American Philatelic Research Library: Stamp Collecting’s Research Home
Mock Live | Monday, August 9, 2:30-3:30pm ET
Since 1886 the American Philatelic Society is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization for stamp collecting in the world. Based in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania in a recently renovated 19,000 sq. ft. space of a historic match factory, the American Philatelic Research Library is the research home of the Society serving the needs of its members, researchers and the philatelic community worldwide. As the largest public philatelic library in the world, its collection consists of over 90,000 items including books, journals, government documents, archival items and many other materials related to stamps, stamp collecting and postal history. Librarian / Director of Information Services Scott Tiffney will introduce attendees to the resources and services of the library as well as some of those of the American Philatelic Society.
Fundraising 102: Grantseeking - A Funder’s Perspective
Mock Live | Friday, August 13, 2:00-3:00pm ET
What does it take to win a grant? Hear from representatives of different types of foundations on what they look for in a proposal and learn how grantseekers can cultivate lasting partnerships with funders. Panelists will offer insight into the entirety of the grantseeking process, from identifying potential funders to submitting a grant proposal. This session will be particularly relevant for anyone interested in seeking foundation support for projects or special initiatives. Following the panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions directly of panelists.
Promoting Equity in Entrepreneurship through Business Information Services
Small business ownership can provide a pathway to wealth building and prosperity. However, racial disparities in access to resources and capital have resulted in the historical underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic Americans among business owners in the United States. Libraries and similar organizations that offer business services for the public have a responsibility to help address this gap by providing targeted information and education for entrepreneurs in communities of color. This session will explore how librarians at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh are each working to support diverse entrepreneurs in the community. Attendees will hear about current initiatives and models of community outreach, learn about recommended business information resources, and gain insight into how public and academic libraries can work together to promote equitable access to business information.
The Librarian is Sus: Impostor Syndrome in the Library
Intellectual self-doubt, or impostor syndrome, is a widely experienced phenomenon in the field of librarianship; not only for LIS students and new librarians, but across the librarian landscape. This presentation will demonstrate what impostor syndrome looks like across a small, academic library by surveying the experiences of a library paraprofessional, a librarian with under three years’ experience, a mid-career librarian, and a managerial level librarian.
The presenters offer a look at impostor syndrome, its sufferers, and possible triggers from a librarian centric point of view before introducing strategies and methods they use to identify and cope with impostor syndrome as they experience it in their daily lives. This includes among other topics, creating communities of support, learning how to separate facts of inadequacy from feelings of inadequacy, and recognizing managerial opportunities to acknowledge and reduce IS within libraries.
Quantifying Qualitative Data: An Introduction to Text Mining for Librarians and Information Professionals
Text mining allows researchers to gain new insights from textual resources by analyzing unstructured text for patterns and relationships. Librarians and information professionals, often the gatekeepers of data repositories, have a key role to play in facilitating text mining practice. This session will provide an overview of text data mining, its applications in academic and special libraries, its terminology, and key concepts. Attendees will learn about popular tools and programming languages that can be used for text mining. We will also discuss the ethical and legal issues involved when mining text within both proprietary and open source databases.
Mapping the Pandemic: Scientific, Social and Economic Visualizations
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of data visualizations. Researchers have used these tools to map the incidence, mortality, and variations of the infection, including overlap between chronic health conditions, environmental factors, and rates of infection, as well as the socioeconomic impact of the virus.
This program will highlight the variety of mapping tools and resources that have been developed during COVID and what impact they have had on both literacies and visualization from scientific, socioeconomic, and social justice perspectives.