Data Curation – Assessing Datasets With R

Through this assignment, I explored an open dataset within R Studio and ran several regressions to determine potential correlations within the data. This assignment serves to show my skill in manipulating datasets through programming and interpreting them based on that manipulation.

Databases & Indexing – Restoration Ecology Thesaurus

This thesaurus was developed to provide guidance for subject-based searching in the domain of restoration ecology. This thesaurus is intended to be used by people who are relatively new to the theory and practice of restoration ecology as well as those who want to put knowledge into practice with their restoration efforts. The thesaurus can be used to index and retrieve a body of literature that includes scholarly journal articles and monographs, case studies, operational reports, technical reports, policy memos, white papers, and datasets.

Created in collaboration with Michelle Clark, Claire Eldredge-Burns, and Darian Pina for LIS 537: Construction of Indexing Languages.

Data Curation – Digging In: Community Garden Data [Protocol]

A repository focusing on food-producing community garden data within the United States. Digging In is unique because it allows for gardens to be established within the repository through batch uploads of datasets (from research, NGOs, etc.) as well as through submissions of a single garden’s data and metadata. Digging In is particularly interested in establishing governance over gardens, as well as variables that allow from comparisons across multiple types of civic data, and the unique resources (tools & produce) that each garden provides.

Created in collaboration with Leah Hammerquist in LIS 598: Advanced Data Curation.

Research & Implementation – UW MLIS Program Mentorship Network

Please check back for more narrative information on the University of Washington’s Student-to-Alumni Mentorship Program (iSTAMP). Until then, the following documentation is available for review and provides a solid description of the program and it’s founding:

Training Materials & Participant Packets

Mentor Training (video [16:09] | slides | transcript) – Slide Content: Sam Buechler; Slide Design: UW Marketing; Script: Sam Buechler

Mentee Training (video [15:50] | slides | transcript) – Slide Content: Sam Buechler; Slide Design: UW Marketing; Script: Sam Buechler

iSTAMP Participant Agreement Packet (link) – Packet Content: Sam Buechler & Dovi Patino; Packet Design: UW Marketing

Presentation – Deconstructing Power and Expectations

The idea of deconstructing power and expectations was developed out of a group initiative at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library. In collaboration with Natalie Bond, Jaci Wilkinson, and Ben Chiewphasa, we explored the ways that our expectations of student’s needs are built on systems of hierarchical power and can ultimately cause harm. To counter this harm, we utilized a user-centered design approach to determine what UM students valued in our library, what staff expected these students valued, and what students sought for a “future library.”

Here is the most recent presentation on the topic, created by Ben Chiewphasa and myself, from the Montana Library Association 2018 Conference. This topic is in continued exploration.

Displays – North Idaho College

Last updated: February 4, 2020.

North Idaho College’s Molstead Library serves a diverse community with a broad range of experiences and needs. As Circulation/ILL Manager, I aim to ensure that all of our displays are inclusive and representative of this population, and society at large. By focusing on social justice, wellness, and representation, the hope is to demonstrate library values and create spaces that are welcoming to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Here is a selection of 2019 displays:

Black History Month – February 2020

In recognition of Black History Month, NIC housed a display that not only celebrated Black history, but also those creating history today, and the actions we can all take to celebrate Black excellence outside of February.

This display was created in collaboration with the newly created Kootenai County NAACP chapter here in Coeur d’Alene. James McDay, president of the chapter, and founder of the TOC Diversity Resource, collaborated with me on this display by writing about his community involvements and highlighting local efforts.

Below are two galleries: one of the posters used in the display and the other of the actual display.

Wellness – December 2019/January 2020

During December and January, NIC housed a Wellness display that focused on the ways in which students can be more holistic individuals by investing in hobbies, self-care, and mindfulness. The timing of this display was at the end of finals and the beginning of the following semester; allowing students to see and consider things as they enter two of the most stressful points during college.

Main display accompanied with relevant library materials and hobby-based materials (e.g. knitting, chess set).

Native American Heritage Month – November 2019

During November we held a main display for Native American Heritage month that focused solely on works written by Indigenous authors. These were based on two themes: Own Voices and Own Legacies.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day & Modern Magic – October 2019

October holds Indigenous Peoples’ Day, formerly known as Columbus Day. Molstead Library is part of the NIC’s 9-Point Agreement between the college and the Coeur d’Alene tribe, and so, through collaboration with various stakeholders, I created a display that focused on Indigenous Peoples’ day and the ways to be an ally to the tribe outside of specific celebrations.

Along with our Indigenous Peoples’ Day display, we also had a display that focused on magic in modern society. This display highlighted the ways that magic interjects into pop culture and modern aesthetic (all. those. astrology. memes.) as well as the ways that ancient rituals inform these modern phenomena.

Freedom to Read – September 2019

September contains banned books week, I decided to take a different direction for our display this month. This change is a result of the nature of the materials, the imagery associated with banned books week, and the often disproportionately affected communities of challenged materials. Through this display, the aim is to inform the NIC community of the wider issues at play when materials are challenged or censorship occurs.