PDA Event: CARLI Undergraduate Research Webinar Series - Day 1

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

10:00 a.m. CST: At the Heart of Learning: The Library Research Scholars and Adobe Scholars Program / presented by Ava Brillat & Lauren Fraliger, University of Miami Libraries

11:00 a.m. CST: The Library's Synergy with Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research / by Merinda Hensley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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At the Heart of Learning: The Library Research Scholars and Adobe Scholars Program 

At the Heart of Learning: The Library Research Scholars and Adobe Scholars Program at the University of Miami Libraries pairs librarian faculty mentors with undergraduate researchers to provide a yearlong program of engagement with library resources, with the goal of creating an intellectual product on a topic of their own devising. In this webinar, the co-managers of the program, Ava Brillat and Lauren Fralinger, will detail the structure of the Library Research Scholars and Adobe Scholars program, the mentoring process, and the incorporation of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. 

Lauren Fraliger

Lauren Fralinger is the Education and Arts & Sciences Librarian the University of Miami Libraries. Lauren has worked to establish and lead the Library Research Scholars program since its inaugural year in 2015. She currently co-manages the Library Research Scholars and Adobe Scholars program with Ava Brillat, and has regularly served as a mentor for participating Scholars. Along with aligning the goals and structure of the program with the mission of the UM Libraries Learning Commons, she organizes the annual Library Research Scholar and Adobe Scholar Celebration, in which the projects of the Scholars are shared with the university community.           

Ava Brillat

Ava Brillat received her MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2010 and her MA in Liberal Studies from the University of Miami in 2019. She co-manages the Library Research & Adobe Scholars program with Lauren Fralinger.  She is also the subject liaison librarian to English, English composition, Theatre arts, and Classics.



The Library's Synergy with Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research 

Campus coordinators of undergraduate research support the pedagogic mission of their institution with a driving commitment to the praxis of disciplinary research, through both specialized programs and course-based offerings. While there is abundant room for librarians to design a wide spectrum of support (e.g., instruction, collections, student symposiums and awards, publishing), how can we better align library support to the perceived (read: getting to know one another better) needs of undergraduate research coordinators? In this presentation, Merinda will discuss several intersections between the Library and the Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research including a lively discussion on refining the definition of undergraduate research, why analyzing results from two campus-wide surveys of the undergraduate researcher experience isn't enough, and what happens when students do not own the data they want to publish in the institutional repository. 

Merinda Hensley

Merinda Kaye Hensley is Associate Professor and Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is part of the Scholarly Commons team, a digital scholarship center that partners with subject liaison librarians and campus initiatives to support scholarly work across disciplines. Merinda leads several library initiatives related to undergraduate research including the publication of several undergraduate research journals, collecting and archiving undergraduate theses and capstone projects in the institutional repository, and administering the Image of Research — UR Edition competition. She also serves as an advisory board member for the Office of Undergraduate Research and has been part of the leadership team for the Ethnography of the University Initiative since 2013. Merinda was most recently appointed as Senior Fellow of Information Literacy for Project Information Literacy.