Engagement Fellow Archive

2018-2019 Projects

DEI Programming

Project Leader: Jeff Witt

DEI Programming Fellows worked with the library Diversity & Inclusion Specialist and DEI Program Manager to increase the quality and quantity of DEI programming within the library.  These Student Fellows received a level of autonomy to explore the dynamic field of DEI work within the multi-faceted world of academic libraries.  

Library Learning Analytics Project (LLAP)

Project Leader: Doreen Bradley

The University of Michigan received a three year IMLS grant ($495,280) to study how academic libraries impact learning. The project is lead by Dr. Felichism Kabo from the Institute for Social Research in collaboration with faculty and researchers from the U-M Library and the School of Information. Two Student Engagement Fellows worked on discrete projects that used campus, library, and other data to examine the impact of the library on learning at the university.  Fellows ran existing SQL queries and created new queries, visualized data for internal and external audiences, and assisted in interpreting data from our research.

Climate Action Outreach

Project Leaders: Lori Tschirhart and Jacob Glenn

Urgent action is needed to engage everyone in the fight against climate change. As climate action outreach planners, Fellows worked in a small team (comprised of 2 student undergraduate Student Fellows). The team collectively worked to facilitate community discourse, activism, and practical, locally oriented actions related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Trauma-informed Librarianship Project

Project Leaders: Stephanie Rosen and Marna Clowney

Students investigated trauma-informed practices as they apply to librarianship and other service- or consultation-based professions, reviewing literature and interviewing practitioners. Students made recommendations for training and pilot programming at U-M to incorporate, implement, and assess promising practices.

Copyright for Creatives

Project Leaders: Melissa Levine and Raven Lanier

The Library’s Copyright Office celebrated its 10th birthday in 2019. For the past 10 years we’ve focused on the rights of users – libraries, faculty, students – for things like research, scholarship, preservation, digitization and more. With the Library’s growing engagement with North Campus through brightspot, we’d like to develop a copyright education program tailored specifically to the needs and interests of students and faculty in music, art, design and similar creative work. This project engaged students in the design of the program which will be launched as a prototype in calendar 2019. Students gained an opportunity to learn about copyright and business issues for creative professionals. 

Needs Assessment & Usability of Research Guides

Project Leader: Karen Reiman-Sendi

Students learned about project management, assessment, and UX techniques as they scoped a project to gather and analyze user feedback and data that could impact the design, navigation, or content of selected Research Guides curated by the Taubman Health Sciences Library staff. The project processes and deliverables could serve to improve all current and future Research Guides, and will inform decisions related to current web content projects.

 

2017-2018 Projects

Instructional Design

Project Leader: Alex Deeke

Fellows participated in the role of instructional designer to translate research, learning theory, assessment, and technical knowledge into learner-centered instruction Canvas modules. Involved in each stage of the design cycle, Fellows co-led the design and development of learning object in Canvas, implemented Universal Design strategies for learning objectives, and co-led focus groups for usability testing.

Library Communication and Marketing

Project Leader: Alan Pinon

Fellows participated in the role of communication and marketing assistants to brainstorm, design, and execute an on-the ground marketing plan and materials to get information about library services to undergraduate students. The Fellows were trained in marketing and communications practices including design and dissemination for the campaign intended to get students attention for services they need when they need them.

Dipping into the Well(es): Using Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds to Teach Primary Source Material

Project Leader: Phil Hallman

Fellows helped digitize the approximately 1,200 letters listeners sent to Orson Welles following the original War of the Worlds broadcast in 1938, built a database, created supporting documents and a possible website, and developed a teacher’s lesson plan to be aimed at middle school, high school, and first and second year college students.

The Library Green

Project Leader: Diana Perpich

This project began with a blank, green canvas–the grassy space surrounded on three sides by libraries: Hatcher, Shapiro, the Clements–and the notion that Play is not only fun but also valuable for personal growth and intellectual development. Under the supervision of the collaborating librarian, two fellows will investigated the potential for piloting a collection of lawn games (e.g., bocce ball, croquet, Norwegian ladder golf, kubb, Slammo) available on loan to be used outdoors in the area one might call the “Library Green.” Fellows developed a project plan, conducted literature review, explored costs, benefits, and challenges, and drafted an implementation and evaluation plan.

 

2016-2017 Projects

Learning and Teaching Digital Educational Tools

Project Leader: Alexandra Stark

Fellows collaborated with Alexandra and other library staff to assess the digital education needs of general library instruction. Fellows applied learning theories, design principles, and technology to develop and implement learning objects, modules, and other library instruction materials.

Library and Learning Space Design

Project Leader: Emily Petty Puckett Rodgers

Fellows collaborated with Emily, other library staff, and external experts to define, design, and develop creative expressions and experimentations in space design within the library using data generated from visioning and evaluation exercises.

Climate Survey of U-M Library Student Employees

Project Leaders: Jeff Witt and Elise Hall

Fellows assisted Jeff in developing and implementing the survey with the help of a focus group. Fellows also assisted in gathering, managing, analyzing, reporting, and following up on the data gathered.

Dipping into the Well(es): Using Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds to Teach Primary Source Material

Project Leader: Phil Hallman

Fellows helped digitize the approximately 1,200 letters listeners sent to Orson Welles following the original War of the Worlds broadcast in 1938, built a database, created supporting documents and a possible website, and developed a teacher’s lesson plan to be aimed at middle school, high school, and first and second year college students.

 

2015-2016 Projects 

iTeam — Exploring Integrative Tools for Engagement at Michigan

Project Leader: Carrie Luke

Based on qualitative campus research, iTeam Fellows prototyped a digital resource of tools that support student engagement through reflection, integration, experimentation, and application of knowledge in real-world settings.

Wolverine Podcast — Telling Stories About First Experiences at Michigan

Project Leader: Elly Daftuar

Wolverine Podcast Fellows used storytelling, an exciting peer-to-peer process, and audio engineering to craft compelling narratives from all around campus and share them with a broad audience.