Sue McFadden, Associate Librarian for Research

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I am an academic librarian finding the way amidst the ever-changing world of Information. This collection describes the breadth of work and transitions over a thirty year period. Ernest Boyers’ Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, provided a useful structure to a new academic in the early 1990s. My work experiences contribute to my research and professional development, and in turn contributes to the ways I may serve others. Knowledge contributes to new ideas, new ideas lead to education and sharing, and eventually back to knowledge. The expressions of the journey is like a weaving with ups and downs, redirections, errors and misdirections. And products that help tell the story.


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    How can undergraduate students participate in UR at a regional campus university:
    (CUR Council on Undergraduate Research Connect UR 2023 Conference, 2023-06-27) McFadden, Sue; Pomper, Markus
    IU East is a regional campus of Indiana University and is in Richmond Indiana; the campus’s physical service area is east-central Indiana and west-central Ohio. In the 1990’s online instruction began as an experiment and continues through today with over 50% of our students being enrolled in programs that are entirely online. Even students who are enrolled in face-to-face programs avail themselves of our deep offering of online courses. Indiana University prides itself in offering a full co-curricular experience to students, regardless of the student’s program modality. A recent call to research informs student research proponents that more information is needed about online student research opportunities and the comparability to traditional models, (Falconer, E. & Gruss, A., 2019) We therefore offer undergraduate research as a possible co-curricular activity. This case study explores models for offering undergraduate research opportunities to students in online programs. We will provide examples that demonstrate that the full range of undergraduate research engagement, from Honors program’s senior theses to faculty-mentored research projects.
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    What Websites Tell Us About Student/Undergraduate Research:
    (CUR Council on Undergraduate Research, 2023-06-23) McFadden, Sue
    IU East is a regional campus of Indiana University located in Richmond. A culture of student research at Indiana University East is critical for efforts of attraction, retention, commencement, and the employability of our students. Institutions of higher education are asked to adapt to be an effective path to careers and employment. My interest in student research practices and outcomes dates from my years as a librarian with underlying concern of how do librarians help promote strong student/undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative programs? A review of the literature makes the connection that undergraduates engaging in scholarship/research/creativity, "…bring “skills in demand” with them to their first job and are better prepared to apply them successfully."(1) This process aids undergraduates to pull together the diverse learning practices to conceptualize/practice problems and solutions. Specific questions developed, “how can universities help more students become active researchers, scholars, and creators; how do libraries support these efforts; and how do I help students develop deeper engagement and a stronger sense of their capabilities as they graduate and use throughout their lives? And how do institutions help students be more aware of these opportunities? Part of an academic library’s role is to provide information. Historically this relied on the key strengths of organization, storage, retrieval, and discovery and are useful in guiding the study. This presentation develops from sabbatical research, 2019-2021. The global pandemic changed the project to an observational study about the practices of undergraduate research. The developed rubric focused observations of eight characteristics identified through a general review of academic websites. The eight UR characteristics are: Responsible Unit/People, Program, Linked Experiential Learning, Event, Publication(s), Institutional Repository, Website, and Funding. This rubric looked for evidence of the eight characteristics from institutional websites of Indiana University East Peers* to identify undergraduate research and related concepts. The objective is, how are students informed about UR? This study provides insights into the connections and departments of UR on any campus. The search terms are provided along with a reusable rubric. This presentation will report the findings from the observational web-site study, identify good practices, provide observations of innovative ideas, and suggest how the structure of information impacts general knowledge and may be used to encourage student participation. Through use of an online tool, attendees can experience the rubric for themselves.
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    Growing a Student Research Journal in the Pandemic: Journal of Student Research at IU East (JSRIUE)
    (2023-06-22) McFadden, Sue
    This presentation tells the story of a path forward even in the disaster that was COVID. Described during the 8-minute story will be: how an internship helped to develop student support and a marketing plan; goal development; and how conversation informs planning. Details of outreach planning & marketing to key student groups such as FYS (First Year Students) will be provided. Many ideas will be shared, such as cover art contests, new writers contests and branded journal swag to encourage students to remember, expect, and participate. The presentation provides many ideas for journal development as a result of this cooperation. But did the student’s efforts enhance learning, help the student prepare for the future, or help the student develop reusable skills? Included in the narrative are examples of possible growth of the intern/student editor. The presentation is an example of how an internship model can be utilized to enhance both the student and the academic project
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    Growing Student Research, One Article at a Time
    (2017-06-25) McFadden, Sue A
    The information shared in the poster describes the steps taken to begin to publish the Journal Student Research at IU East. The poster describes process, example documents, and links to information about planning, process, options, and technical information.
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    On the Road Again, with a Low-Tech, Community, Mobile-Maker's Space
    (2017-06) Baldwin, Lora K.; McFadden, Sue A.
    This poster describes 2 academic librarians’ community service project, Needs for Beads (N4B) that began in 2015 as an idea to provide service to our community through bead and craft projects and workshops, in the Richmond, IN area. The initial plan was to serve local Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) and other groups of people in need of creative, hand-mind projects. Individuals in unexpected circumstances have many needs, and generally diverse funding, organizations, donations, and government agencies support and provide the necessities. But what about individual’s mental well-being? Stress significantly impacts health and well-being. A beading/craft project will not solve all problems, but it offers an experience of mind and hand interaction to set aside the seemingly insurmountable for a moment of peace. As the program has developed, it fits in with the concept of a low-tech, Mobile Makerspace. The craft projects are portable and may be created in a variety of physical spaces; it does require equipment and supplies.
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    eTexts and Ham: The Scholar’s Book Fair
    (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2021-10-28) South, Beth; McFadden, Sue; Shao, Zihang
    Nutrition Information: Similar to Scholastic Book Fairs, which were carnival-like events that created an exciting environment for children to engage with books and reading, the Scholar’s Book Fair is designed to do the same with getting faculty excited about affordable content and digital technologies such as eTexts, OERs, Pressbooks, virtual reality, and underutilized library resources. Faculty are able to drop in to the event at any time, visit the different stations devoted to a certain platform, and collect “scholar dollars” from each station, which they then exchange for prizes and a raffle drawing.
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    IU Libraries Discovery Layer Advisory Group Progress Report
    (2018-06-25) Baich, Tina; Bennett, Terri; Cohen, Rachael; Kwong, Vincci; Lent, Randy; Greene McDonald, Courtney; McFadden, Sue; Moore, Kate; Peters, Chuck; Pusnik, Angie; Seykowski, Ed; Whittaker, Thomas; Dill, Emily; Skekloff, Sue
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    Gaining P’interest: Academic Images Reimagined
    (2016-06-25) McFadden, Sue; Baldwin, Lora
    Libraries continually renew the concept of library-services. Social Media is a proven method of contact, collection and marketing for libraries. This session will provide ideas and methods of creating a visual conduit into the e-world for e-books, database articles, archives, and other online resources. The presentation includes ideas on how to discover and use academic-resources to locate, “Pin”, and share relevant content with courses and the community of users. In addition, this poster will examine means of assessing the usability of web sites to include. Viewers will learn how to create information access that graphically leaves a trail to follow for multi-modal library-users. Examination of the literature provides context for the “Pinnable” exchange of ideas. Use Pinterest settings for best effect and double your impact by sending Pins to your academic Facebook site. Examples and outcomes of information literacy coursework using Pinterest are provided to help other librarians develop their own content-related-Pinterest sites. Pinterest has generated a large user population. How will we know if students build on this idea and create their own Pinterest boards for research and information access? Answers to this and other questions are discussed at this presentation. Pinterest Business accounts have analytics available to quantify usage. Monthly data provides an account of the top boards seen and also the engagement of Pinners. Further analysis of the data and your email notifications can help you gain understanding of who is repining and following the Academic Pinboards.
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    Exploring Information Ethics with Undergraduate STEM Students
    (2016-06-27) Baldwin, Lora; McFadden, Sue
    Observation of students in a for-credit Information Literacy course demonstrates response to information ethics in all its forms. This poster session will explore the literature and provide ideas for further analysis. What are the tools provided to help undergraduates gain knowledge and experience in understanding information ethics? A literature review provides articles on coursework and assignments that help STEM-undergraduates learn about information ethics and application directed specifically to science majors. This poster explores possible interactions and assignments designed to challenge student thinking. Students need to separate fact from opinion, an important critical thinking goal in higher education and scientific work. In the new information environment, opinion is represented as fact, and scientific concepts are represented as opinion. The concept of peer-reviewed literature is sometimes difficult for undergraduates to grasp. As educator’s we provide definitions and examples, but what learning methods assure understanding for all students in a course or program? The assignments have students: define the concepts of opinion and fact by reviewing controversial issues from different perspectives; explore the context of citations; explore copyright and plagiarism; develop individual literature-research plans; and analyze the peer review process using examples of misconduct to explore the effects and outcomes. Questions include: How do STEM students perceive information ethics? Will structured ethics assignments impact learning? How do new methods of information sharing impact student’ understanding of information ethics? Are students who are aware of information ethics able to apply that to future research assignments?
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    STEM-Undergraduate Understanding of PIM (Personal Information Management)
    (2016-06-27) McFadden, Sue; Baldwin, Lora
    Is undergraduate understanding of personal information management (PIM) important to STEM higher education and students’ futures? A review of the literature provides a narrow focus on undergraduates. How can academic libraries and librarians define their work to support PIM? Should there be intentional learning opportunities for undergraduates? What is the next step in digital/information literacy? As librarians expand their skills to actively include PIM in their interactions with patrons/students, this changes library services. This change can be described as moving the organizational structures of yesterday’s library into the new technologies as students and patrons adopt their own information management skills. Stem undergraduates, as individuals practice PIM and are active-information managers, accessing a configuration of individualized e-tools, selected resources, links and personal organization to support intellectual events and life choices. The individual adapts, upgrades, and organizes for self-awareness, efficacy and actualization. The individual relies on the ability to adapt and reskill in support of a continually dynamic environment. Subject specialties and academic programs provide greater needs for STEM-undergraduates to build individual understanding and flexible PIM resources. The poster discusses the available content and possible curricular implications to support PIM.
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    Content information from IUE Media
    (Indiana University East Campus Library Archives, 2016-03-31) McFadden, Sue
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    Thomas J. Thomas - potential video artifacts
    (Indiana University East Campus Library Archives, 2015-10-15) McFadden, Sue
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    Tom Thomas Remembered: A Digital TOC to the Digital Archive
    (Indiana University East Campus Library Archives, 2015-09-23) McFadden, Sue
    This document provides link access to the digital artifacts in the collection. It is a digital Table of Contents or TOC.
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    Tom Thomas Remembered: A Conversation with Ed Thornburg, Gallery
    (Indiana University East Archives-Sue McFadden, 2014-07-30) Thornburg, Ed
    Ed Thornburg was a friend and colleague of Tom Thomas, from mid 1970's-2009. The audio file is a conversation between Ed and Sue McFadden, IU East Librarian.
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    IU Libraries Discovery Layer Implementation Task Force Progress Report and Notes & Recommendations for Future
    (2014-06-01) McDonald, Courtney Greene; Baich, Tina; Charbonneau, Gary; Cohen, Rachael; Lent, Randy; Long, Chris Evin; McFadden, Sue; Skekloff, Susan
    In May 2013, the primary public interface for IUCAT transitioned to a new discovery layer interface, powered by the open source web application Blacklight. This document reports on progress and makes recommendations for enabling ongoing system-wide input into the development of the catalog discovery interface through the completion of the upcoming OLE migration project. Appendices include groups’ charges & memberships, and an annotated version of the original selection rubric notating status of product features.This report was prepared for the IU Council of Head Librarians.
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    Supplemental Tom Thomas Information
    (Campus Library Archives, Indiana University East, 2015-09-15) McFadden, Sue
    The links provided in this document represent varied information sources and include images. As needed these will be corrected over time
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    Tom Thomas Remembered: a conversation with Professor Emerita Eleanor Turk
    (IUE Campus Library Archives, 2014-11-20) Turk, Eleanor
    Eleanor tells about her friend Tom Thomas, she was also his chair/supervisor and colleague. She discusses Tom's energy, his brilliant mind, his campus service, his service to students, his active teaching years, and his almost always smiling face. She describes him as crucial to the Indiana University East Campus. A wonderful and dedicated remembrance of Tom Thomas.
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    Tom Thomas Newspaper Clippings
    (Campus Library Archives, Indiana University East, 2015-08) Multiple
    These clippings are shared to provide a more complete image of Tom Thomas.
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    Tom Thomas Dossier of Service
    (Campus Library Archives, Indiana University East, 1996) Thomas, Tom
    Tom Thomas is a presence at IU East. His artworks hang and define the spaces on our campus. When he passed away in 2009 he left behind 34 years of service to IU East. In some ways he drew IU East into social spaces that helped define the campus. When IU East was growing Tom’s efforts helped the campus move forward. Among these efforts his artworks of the campus sold as notecards in the bookstore, he was called upon to design marketing pendants and emblems, he delivered the IU All –Campus Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition across the state, and the Whitewater Annual Art Competition caught the attention of artists and institutions in a five state area. The Whitewater Annual Art Competition began as Tom’s “path breaking” model for jurying art shows; the innovative judging design drew a newly retired art critic, John Canaday, from the New York Times to Richmond, IN. The Whitewater Annual Art Competition is ongoing through today as a testament to Tom’s boundless energy and excitement about art and artists. Tom encouraged his students to grow, explore and find ways to commercial success as artists. In his service record he writes about work frustrations and the needs of IU East coming before his own research and work, “…but this feeling quickly passes when I see a student that twenty years ago would never dared walk through the entrance of a university and realize that they too, are entitled to a little chunk of this world.”
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    Tom Thomas Remembered: A conversation with retired Chancellor David Fulton
    (IUE Campus Library Archives, 2014-08-05) Fulton, David
    David Fulton was a friend, colleague and Chancellor to Tom Thomas, from 1978-2009. The audio file is a conversation between David and Sue McFadden, IU East Librarian.