This collection contains presentations, publications and other works by staff members at Rice University's Fondren Library

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  • Teaching with Quantitative Data in Undergraduate Social Science Classes at Rice University: An Ithaka S+R Local Report 

    Spiro, Lisa; Rimmer, Miaomiao; Goetz, Joseph E.; Thomas, Amanda L. (2021-10)
  • Academic Libraries Join the Fight Against Climate Change 

    Spiro, Lisa; Fitzpatrick, Ashley (2020)
    In 2017, Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain on Houston, causing approximately 100 deaths and $125 billion in damage. Research indicates that Harvey’s impact was worsened by climate change. More recently wildfires, floods, and droughts - as well as concerted action by climate activists - have demonstrated the urgency of fighting climate ...
  • Strategic Service Excellence: Creating a Holistic Training Program at Fondren Library 

    Garrison, Susan; Sewell, Jeanette Claire; Boff, Colleen; Cardwell, Catherine; ACRL (2020)
  • Cultural Anthropology and Open Access—Interview With Dominic Boyer, Cymene Howe, and Marcel LaFlamme 

    Vieira, Scott; Kipphut-Smith, Shannon (2019)
    In this installment of “Conversations,” Dominic Boyer, Cymene Howe, and Marcel LaFlamme, of the Cultural Anthropology editorial team, discuss the ins and outs of publishing a gold open access journal in the field of anthropology. Highlights of the discussion include Cultural Anthropology’s move to open access, the ethics of open access, the growth ...
  • The Electronic Vesalius: Embodying Anatomy Atlases 

    Mulligan, John; Wettergreen, Matthew; Jin, Ying; Rasich, Benjamin; Phillips, Isaac (2018)
    A multidisciplinary team at Rice University transformed the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library’s collection of rare anatomy atlases into a physical-digital, human-sized atlas-of-atlases. The Electronic Vesalius installation gives these old books new life, informed by contemporary media theory and the centuries of medical and aesthetic criticism ...
  • Measuring Open Access Policy Compliance: Results of a Survey 

    Kipphut-Smith, Shannon; Boock, Michael; Chapman, Kimberly; Hooper, Michaela Willi (2018)
    INTRODUCTION: In the last decade, a significant number of institutions have adopted open access (OA) policies. Many of those working with OA policies are tasked with measuring policy compliance. This article reports on a survey of Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) members designed to better understand the methods currently used for ...
  • Deepening the Conversation 

    Kolah, Debra; Thomas, Amanda (2018-07)
  • Women Inventors: Information Sources 

    Spiro, Linda (2018)
    This paper describes information sources related to women inventors and patent holders from the inception of patenting in the United States through 2017. It includes books, websites, blogs, and studies from government and private agencies and individuals. These sources describe the kinds of patents obtained by women and present possible explanations ...
  • Creating a Community-Driven Digital Archive: The Harvey Memories Project 

    Spiro, Lisa (2018-04-23)
    Between August 17 and 30, 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey -- later Hurricane Harvey -- crisscrossed the Southeast corner of Texas, killing 88 Texans, damaging or destroying more than 119,000 homes in Harris County, and causing as much as $190 billion dollars in damage. Behind these numbers are thousands of stories of loss, trauma, recovery, and ...
  • Shame: The Emotional Basis of Library Anxiety 

    McAfee, Erin L. (2018)
    In 1986, Constance Mellon found that 75 to 85 percent of undergraduate students experienced library anxiety as well as shame about their anxiety. Fifteen years earlier, Helen Block Lewis began her groundbreaking research in shame theory. This paper explores the affective components of library anxiety using the pioneering research of Constance Mellon, ...
  • Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars 

    Tenner, Elka; Thomas, Amanda; Cooper, Danielle; Schonfeld, Roger (2017-02-08)
    Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program is a series of projects that investigate the research support needs of scholars by their discipline. In 2016 Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of academic religious studies scholars in the United States, with the goal of identifying services to better support them. The project ...
  • Rescoping research through student-librarian collaboration: Lessons from the Fondren Fellows program 

    LaFlamme, Marcel; Kipphut-Smith, Shannon; Association of College and Research Libraries (2018)
    Academic library professionals increasingly see student workers as full coparticipants in the design and delivery of library resources and services. For some librarians, this perspective grows out of a commitment to critical and feminist pedagogy,1 while for others, greater reliance on student workers in the face of flat or contracting budgets has ...
  • Who Me, a Journal Editor? A Ten Year Journey 

    Weimer, Katherine Hart (2018-01-22)
    An essay reflecting on ten years serving as a journal co-editor.
  • UX Toolbox:Using Ethnography to Design Library Services for Scientists 

    Kolah, Debra (2013)
    Ethnography of scientists can provide a rich framework to provide insights to create actionable results that inform library services for research scientists. Learn a brief history of ethnographic work done with scientist as subject. Learn some ways that you can incorporate rapid ethnography into your librarian workflow.
  • Master Class: Mastering the Art of User Experience 

    Kolah, Debra (2015)
    Session Abstract: It's time to rethink what we know about gathering user data, going beyond surveys and other traditional methods to engage our users in deep conversations around the way they do research in order to develop tools and library resources that support user needs. This session will show you new ways to collect data, understand the stories, ...
  • Collecting to the Core--Physics 

    Fosmire, Michael; Kolah, Debra; Doherty, Anne (2012)
    Column Editor’s Note: The “Collecting to the Core” column highlights monographic works that are essential to the academic library within a particular discipline, inspired by the Resources for College Libraries bibliography (online at In each essay, subject specialists introduce and explain the classic titles and topics that ...
  • Can a UX Department Really Make a Difference? 

    Vacek, Rachel; Kolah, Debra; Fondren Library (2017-04-03)
    When a library is truly invested in UX, with total awareness of and buy-in on user-centered thinking, its staff more readily embrace UX principles and have more empathy. However, creating a user-centric culture can be challenging as a solo UX Librarian. Wouldn't it be easier with a dedicated department? For this presentation, a panel of UX department ...
  • Building and Managing Your Online Profile as an Academic 

    Spiro, Lisa; Kipphut-Smith, Shannon (2016-12-07)
    Slides from a workshop on raising your online visibility as an academic.
  • Preserving Music Recitals 

    Rivero, Monica (2017-04-05)
    This session seeks to present a series of impactful case studies showcasing locally designed and implemented digitization workflows that serve the source material and its designated community while complimenting the institutional context.

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