Collins Library Annual Report 2016-2017 Supplemental Material


High Impact Practices at Collins Library

The Collins Library supports high impact initiatives through a variety of programs, services and resources.  This report provides an overview of significant contributions that enhance the student experience.  The report is organized by the following categories:

  • First-Year Experience
  • Teaching and Learning
    • Writing Intensive Courses
    • Experiential Learning/Digital Liberal Arts
    • Capstone Projects and Courses
  • Research and Reference Services
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity and Global Learning
  • Student Employees
  • Community Engagement
  • Inspirational Spaces

First-Year Experience
The first-year seminars at the University of Puget Sound include sequenced and scaffolded information literacy components.  In Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry 1, typically taken in the fall, students learn to identify and work with different types of sources.  In Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry 2, usually taken in the spring, students undertake an independent research project.  Librarians work intensively with both faculty and students to support the information literacy learning outcomes in the first-year seminars.

  • Librarians offer consultations with faculty on designing and sequencing assignments within a syllabus that allow students to practice and demonstrate new information literacy competencies.
  • Librarians teach one or more hands-on sessions in the library for 63 percent of the SSI-1 courses and 92 percent of the SSI-2 courses.
  • Students enrolled in SSI courses schedule an average of 200 individual research consultations per year with a librarian.  Librarians offer individualized assistance about research strategies and techniques.
  • Librarians create customized online research guides for almost every SSI currently taught.
  • A Peer Research Advisor, a junior or senior with proven research skills, offers drop-in research help to first-year students during evening hours ten hours a week.
  • The library, with logistical support from Institutional Research, conducts the Research Practices Survey every three years with incoming first-year students and graduating seniors.  The data allows the university to measure students’ expanding research skills over their four years and make adjustments in pedagogy as needed.
  • Librarians participate in parent orientations to share information about services and programs.
  • Librarians participate in the Prelude portion of Orientation by creating and teaching active learning sessions for Prelude groups.
  •  The library maintains, promotes, and supports an online Academic Integrity tutorial that all incoming students take that introduces concepts of copyright, research, and scholarship.

    Library 118  instruction classroom; Reading Room

Teaching and Learning
Librarians teach over 400 information literacy sessions per year to students at all levels and in nearly all academic departments.

Writing Intensive Courses
Librarians support writing-intensive courses in the following ways:

  • Librarians meet with the new peer writing tutors at the CWLT at the beginning of each academic year. They review library services and resources and discuss when and how to make referrals.
  • Librarians participate in the CWLT-sponsored May faculty writing workshops, either as presenters, participants, or both.
  • Collins Library maintains a subscription to RefWorks and also supports Zotero users on campus.  We promote RefWorks and Zotero not simply as citation generators, but as knowledge management tools that help students organize materials and see connections between ideas. Librarians create shared folders in RefWorks for courses to facilitate group project communication as well as communication between groups and the professor.
  • Librarians regularly teach students to use concept mapping tools like Mappio or Coggle to explore, broaden, or narrow the scope of writing and research projects and to spot opportunities for interdisciplinary inquiry.
  • Librarians create online guides to the citation styles most commonly used in courses on campus. 

 Experiential Learning/Digital Liberal Arts

  • The library offers HUM 399: Library as Collaboratory, a quarter credit course, for up to ten students in the fall semester.  Students in this course undertake small-scale but genuine library projects and in the process hone their communication, problem-solving, and project management skills.
  • The Library’s project:  From Script to Stage: Documenting the Process of Performance and Production showcases the interdisciplinary nature of the theatre arts by documenting the process of faculty directed campus productions through images of set, stage and costume design drawings and photographs, production photographs, playbills and posters. The images are accessible through the Artstor Shared Shelf platform and available to the academic community. The project is funded through the Council of Independent Colleges and Artstor, with support from the Mellon Foundation.  Students have gained significant skills as a result of engagement with this project including metadata creation, image creation, and technical writing.
  • The “Now, Mr. Lincoln?” Project Honors 401 students produced in Scalar, with embedded content from TimelineJS, HistoryPin, and Social Explorer is an outstanding example of a digital humanities project.
  • Hands on work with primary sources offers opportunities for students to engage in research and acquire critical thinking skills. For example, Laura Edgar, Archivist for the Abby Williams Hill Collection, worked with students in the fall semester. Professor Elise Richman, Department of Art & Art History, brought her ART 350: Intermediate Painting students to the A&SC to view the sketchbooks and journals of Abby Hill. They used the sketchbooks to examine Hill’s technique and they used the journals to shed light on the Hill paintings that currently hang in the Collins Memorial Library. 
  • Many co-curricular activities such as the Library’s Saturday Rocking Chair Reading Room, exhibits and blogs offer students the opportunity to engage in meaningful experience, conduct research, manage programs and engage with the community.

Capstone Courses and Projects

Research and Reference Services

  • The Library supports 24/7 Reference Service which provides the opportunity for Puget Sound students to get help at any hour of the day, with personal follow-up from library staff.
  • In 2015, librarians provided help to over 1,600 students via in-person, online and chat reference.  Of these reference transactions, nearly 900 were intensive one-to-one research consultations.
  • Collins Library offers a “library course on demand” option for students working on group projects where a small group of students can request and receive a learning experience customized to their particular needs.
  • There is a Librarian on Call from 9:00 to 6:00 each day.
  • The Library offers LibCal, an easy to use calendaring system which allows students to connect with the appropriate subject librarian.

    Library Art Award 2016 - Matt Hufford; Research Practices Award - Linnaea Arnett

Undergraduate Research
Collins Library is committed to the undergraduate research experience at all levels, from the first-year seminars up through the senior capstone projects.  A few examples of this commitment:

  • Collins Library recognizes exceptional student research by judging and selecting two recipients—one from the Humanities/Social Sciences and one from Mathematics/Sciences for the Research Practices Award.
  • Student artists are recognized with the Senior Art Award.
  • New digital publications such as The Race & Pedagogy Journal offer students the opportunity to publish original research.
  • Increasing visibility of student research is also supported by the growing number of publications in Sound Ideas.

Diversity/Global Learning

Student Employees

·         The library is a large employer of students on campus and provides mentoring and training for close to 80 students each semester. This work is meaningful and impactful, and perhaps best reflected in 2016 graduate Addison Mercer’s creation of library cords to be worn at graduation, as her supervisor Chris Dowd states, “Addi said that the library was such a large part of her college life that she wanted to have some sort of visual way to represent the library.”

  • The Library sponsors a Student Excellence in Action Award.
  • We provide student training on quality service, career development and incorporate aspects of diversity and inclusion.
  • We provide a student newsletter and involve our students in library projects and programs.
  • We have developed new and meaningful positions such as the Peer Research Advisor that provides the opportunity for a student to engage in teaching and learning programs.

    Rocking Chair Room Story Hour; Dead Feminists! presentation with Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary

Community Engagement

The Library has a strong commitment to community engagement.  We plan and promote programs with faculty and with community partners.  In fall 2016 the Library sponsored over 30 programs, many co-sponsored with community groups as well as Puget Sound departments.   Some highlights include:

  • Pop Up Books Extravaganza
  • Food for Fines
  • Rocking Chair Room Story Hour
  • Dead Feminists! A presentation/celebration of the work of Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary
  • Karen E. Fisher – Participatory Design with Syrian Youth at Zaatari Refugee Camp
  • Behind the Archives Door

    Collaboration Corner in Collins Library; Archives & Special Collections study room

Inspirational Spaces

The Library is committed to maintaining and developing spaces that inspire and enhance learning.  On any given day or night, the Library is filled with students.  There are a variety of learning spaces to meet the demands of group, individual and technology driven research and study.  Recent examples of building enhancement include:

  • Archives & Special Collections Space Enhancement
  • Learning Commons Update and Collaboration Corner
  • Makerspace (proposed)


2016-2017 End of the Academic Year Team Reports

  1. ALT Library Annual Report
  2. Puget Electronic Resources Team Annual Report
  3. SILS Team Report
  4. Digital Projects Team Report
  5. User Experience Team Report
  6. Teaching and Learning Team Report