Faculty Scholarship

Publications, working papers, performance programs, and other materials that document that scholarly and creative accomplishments of Grinnell College faculty and staff.

In March 2020, during the COVID-19 crisis, Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, United States decided to close its campus and that the majority of its employees would be working remotely. The library technology team had to work with limited time to ensure that the rest of the staff could perform their tasks remotely. This poster discusses how the library technology team set staff up to work remotely and lessons learned and best practices for setting up library staff to work remotely during the next crisis.

Code and experimental data for [Rp] Reproducing: "Typographical features for scene text recognition". ReScience C.

The usability and long-term preservation of digital humanities projects, such as a digital archive or other project built around digitized materials, depend on thoughtful and thorough metadata creation. The variety of expertise required to create highquality metadata for digital humanities projects practically requires a collaborative approach. Putting the call for collaboration into practice requires tools that are accessible and functional for all collaborators. Research on tools for metadata creation has tended to focus either on tools for librarians to manage digital project metadata or on tools for independent author metadata creation (Greenberg, 2003; Crystal & Greenberg, 2005). The literature has also tended to focus solely on the use of spreadsheets for metadata creation. Lincoln (2018) has discussed best practices for Google Sheets in archival metadata entry, and Broman and Woo (2017) have discussed best practices for spreadsheet data entry in general. This article positions tool selection and configuration as site of collaboration for the creation of digital project metadata through its examination of a Google Forms-based workflow for the creation and organization of metadata.

Review of the book Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up, by David Colander and Roland Kupers (Princeton University Press, 2014).

A presentation slated for ELUNA 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) discussing an analysis of popular search strings inputted into the Grinnell College Libraries' discovery system, Primo VE.

Failure to succeed in introductory science classes is a barrier to diversification of the scientific workforce. In the early 1990s, it was found that Grinnell College students —particularly those of color, women, and first-generation college students⎯were entering Grinnell College with an avowed interest in pursuing degrees in the sciences but abandoning their academic goals when they failed to do well in introductory science courses. To address this problem, a program called the Grinnell Science Project was developed to help students overcome three barriers to success in the sciences. We developed this list of barriers from data analysis of performance and issues experienced by students as: (1) unsuccessful acclimation to college life; (2) ineffectiveness of traditional pedagogy; and (3) a lack of mentoring and role models. Results of this project reveal improved grades for domestic students of color, as well as comparable rates of science major completion and pursuit of graduate study for all groups of students. The culture of the Science Division has changed to reflect, both in architecture and in actions, a commitment to establishing a supportive and inclusive community to promote excellent science. The sciences have undergone major curricular reform, including revision of introductory courses throughout the sciences to provide more active and engaged pedagogies and provide increased opportunities for course-embedded and dedicated research experiences.

In spring 2021, the Pfau Library and Teaching Resource Center (TRC) at California State University, San Bernardino developed a virtual Critical Information Literacy Leadership Institute, which was meant to introduce the foundations and pedagogical applications of critical information literacy (CIL) so departmental faculty could teach it and advocate for its integration across campus. The institute was a new approach to faculty development at the Pfau Library, as it engaged a multidisciplinary team and incorporated leadership and advocacy training. Though some library-led workshops and activities had been co-sponsored by outside units, they had never been developed and led by faculty or campus leaders other than librarians. Such an approach asks that librarians give up, to a certain extent, 'control' over CIL on their campuses. While this might be uncomfortable for those who are understandably concerned about sharing their already miniscule institutional space and power with others, participants can benefit from a collaborative approach that leverages the strengths and experiences of those who are invested in CIL but 'live' outside the library. And because Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, a librarian, was an institute co-lead, participants still understood her -- and by extension, her colleagues in the library -- to be knowledgeable resources on all things CIL. Below, Monideepa Becerra, professor of public health and then-TRC director, addresses questions to expand on the initiative, illustrating how such an approach can serve as a viable alternative to the one-shot model of library instruction and can allow for the 'deeper learning, critical thinking, and inclusive pedagogy' that Nicole Pagowsky argues the one-shot can elude.

This case study highlights the evolution of the Pfau Library Ambassador program from its inception to its current model. Beginning as a small initiative within the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) John M. Pfau Library, the LAI program has grown into a student-centered campus partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Studies' Student Mentoring Program (SMP) and continues to reach an increasing number of first-year students.

Ever since Religious Studies emerged as a distinct area of inquiry in the 1960s and 1970s, scholars in the field have worried about its academic legitimacy. To put it a bit simplistically, they've worried about what constitutes the difference between teaching religion and teaching about religion.

This paper is a critical reconstruction of Luciano Floridi's view of librarianship as "stewardship of a semantic environment" a view that is at odds with the dominant tradition in which library and information science (LIS) is understood as social epistemology

Weinman, J. J.
Materials to support the teaching and completion of a Mentored Advanced Project in Computer Science