Presentations

We are actively seeking to present our IMLS-funded work and related research at professional and scholarly conferences, as well as at institutional and organizational meetings. Forthcoming and past presentations are listed below with brief abstracts and links to slides when available.

A “†” indicates presentations not supported by IMLS.

Forthcoming

Perry, M.R., Robertshaw, M.B., Asher, A., Briney, K.A., Goben, A., Jones, K.M.L., Salo, D. (2018, December) Library Participation in Learning Analytics Initiatives: Library and Student Perspectives. Library Assessment Conference, Houston, TX, USA.

This presentation will discuss the initial findings of a survey of Association of Research Libraries member libraries on policies and procedures around LA initiatives and data. It will also share initial findings from phase one of the Data Doubles three-year research project.

†Robertshaw, M. B. & Asher, A. (2018, December). Impact and Ethics: A meta-analysis of library impact studies. Library Assessment Conference, Houston, TX, USA.

This presentation has two purposes. The first purpose is is discuss the methodological issues which were detected while conducting a meta-analysis on library impact studies. The second purpose is to present findings from a meta-analysis conducted on studies that were published between 1 January 2008 and 30 April 2018.

†Jones, K. M. L., & Robertshaw, M. B. (2018). Just because you can doesn’t mean you should: Learning analytics and their ethical issues as discussed by academic library and information science professionals. OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference, Chicago, IL.

Academic libraries are participating in learning analytics initiatives by providing access to and analyzing the behavioral data of library users and related learning outcomes. Depending on the source, type, and granularity of what the data capture, along with the way they are used, ethical issues emerge. This presentation discusses interviews with academic library and information science professionals and their perspectives of and interactions with ethical concerns, including student privacy, autonomy, consent, and institutional power.

Goben, A., & Perry, M. (2018). Library participation in learning analytics initiatives: Library and student perspectives. OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference, Chicago, IL.

This presentation will discuss the initial findings of a survey of Association of Research Libraries member libraries on policies and procedures around LA initiatives and data. It will also share initial findings from phase one of the Data Doubles three-year research project, which addresses questions about how LA initiatives align with and counter to student expectations of privacy, and how libraries might maximize the benefits of learning analytics while respecting student privacy expectations.

Past

†Robertshaw, M.B. (2018, August). The lock to the safe has been tampered with: Why FERPA & IRB aren’t enough to protect student data in higher education. NISO Virtual Conference: The Computer Campus: Integrating Information Systems and Services, Online. 

This presentation discussed why the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), and Institutional Review Boards (IRB), are not effective safe guards for protecting student data in this time of big data and learning analytics, even in the library. It ended with a list of practical actions that people can take in response to what they will learn from this presentation.

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†Goben, A., Briney, K., & Robertshaw, M. B. (2018). Libraries and Learning Analytics: Identifying the Issues. Annual Conference of the American Library Association, New Orleans, LA.

This presentation covered the ethical and practical challenges in the learning analytics movement and reviewed current data handling procedures against best practices for maintaining data security and privacy. Presenters identified gaps in understanding how libraries balance institutional/library administration demands with patron privacy and discussed plans to start filling those gaps.

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†Briney, K., & Jones, K. M. L. (2018). Learning analytics & academic libraries. Library Values and Privacy in our National Digital Strategies Summit, New York, NY.

Briney and Jones presented a lightning talk, which introduced what learning analytics is, how academic libraries are pursuing learning analytics, and some of the ethical issues.

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