Join us for the ninth annual Social Science Librarians Boot Camp:
Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Tisch Library, Tufts University

Registration is now closed.
Looking forward to seeing you at SSLBC 2019!

Morning Keynote

How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities

japonicaJaponica Brown-Saracino is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. An ethnographer, she has published widely on cities, gentrification, sexualities, culture, and identity. She is the author of A Neighborhood That Never Changes: Gentrification, Social Preservation, and the Search for Authenticity, which received the Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award, and editor of the Gentrification Debates. Her most recent book, How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018. At BU she directs the Urban Inequalities Workshop, sponsored by the Initiative on Cities.

Afternoon Keynote

Migration: Beyond the US-Mexican Border

burgessKatrina Burgess is Associate Professor of Political Economy. Before joining the Fletcher faculty, she taught at Syracuse (the Maxwell School), Brown, UCLA, and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She is author of Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy, which won the 2006 Outstanding Book Award for the best publication on labor issues granted by the Section on Labor Studies and Class Relations of the Latin American Studies Association, and co-editor with Abraham F. Lowenthal of The California-Mexico Connection. Her current project addresses the impact of migration and remittances on the quality of democracy in developing countries. She has also served as Assistant Director of the U.S.-Mexico Project at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, D.C. and Associate Director of the California-Mexico Project at USC in Los Angeles.


8:00-9:00am Registration/Breakfast
9:00-9:30am Welcome & opening remarks
9:30-10:15am How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities with Japonica Brown-Saracino
10:15-10:35am Coffee break
10:35-12:00pm Rotating tables discussion groups
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:45pm Migration: Beyond the US-Mexican Border with Katrina Burgess
1:45-2:00pm Break
2:00-3:20pm Workshop I
3:20-3:40pm Coffee break
3:40-5:00pm Workshop II
5:00-6:30pm Closing reception

Workshop Abstracts

Court Cases as Data

Researchers frequently want to use court cases or litigation as “data” for a variety of research projects. This session will begin with a broad view on how to assess patrons’ needs for such projects and an overview of potential data sources. It will be followed by an introduction and demonstration of the Caselaw Access Project API.
Presentation Slides
(Michelle Pearse and L. Kelly Fitzpatrick)

Introduction to Community-based participatory research: An approach to engaging with communities in partnered research

This workshop will present an overview of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and discuss key principles. We will also present an example of a CBPR project conducted in partnership with Tufts faculty, students and community partners and in doing so, present key benefits and challenges associated with CBPR. Presenters will also discuss ways in which librarians can support researcher efforts to engage in CBPR and serve as a resource to CBPR partnerships. Finally, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in an applied learning activity and debrief about the activity.
(Ashley Benitez and Shalini A. Tendulkar)

Introduction to Web APIs

Are your faculty asking for your help accessing APIs? Have you heard your colleagues mention them, but aren’t too sure what they are or what they do? This workshop will introduce the basics of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), how they work, and how researchers use them. No programming experience required!
(Jessica Parr and Amber Stubbs)

It’s all about Story: Incorporating storytelling into your teaching and professional communications

To be human is to tell stories. We engage with story every day, from the anecdotes exchanged with friends, to exciting tales in books or film, to the stories we read to children, stories are all around us. In this workshop, Dr. Melanie Kimball reviews the psychological and social value of storytelling, how stories work, and practical and ethical considerations in selecting, adapting and presenting story materials. This session will include exercises to get you started with effective storytelling techniques.
Presentation Slides
(Melanie Kimball)

Social Media Data Collection and Analysis: Overview and Demonstration

This session will offer an introduction to social media data collection, visualization, interpretation, and analysis. Participants will learn how to quickly collect and visualize social media data to better understand user conversations around specific topics. The session will begin with an overview of social media analysis and then continue with a live demonstration of a social media data collection, visualization, and analysis platform.
Presentation Slides
(Brittany Andersen)

Supporting Primary Source Research with Location-Based Tools

This workshop will provide an overview of resources available to support historical primary source document instruction in tandem with modern, free, cloud-based location tools. Attendees will leave with a practical step-by-step guide to support one-on-one reference or classroom instruction for faculty and students wishing to incorporate inherently spatial primary source documents with free, sleek presentation tools like ESRI StoryMaps. In addition to a step-by-step workshop, we will provide a brief overview of ways primary sources have become more accessible using geographic information systems at various libraries including BPL, NYPL, Stanford, and Library of Congress, and how the barrier of entry is becoming less significant as free tools increase in popularity.
Note: This workshop will only be offered once, during the 2-3:20pm Workshop I slot
(Belle Lipton)

Universal Design for Learning in the Library Classroom

We know that each student is unique. In fact, their brains are as unique as their fingerprints! This can feel overwhelming for educators to differentiate or personalize learning experiences that address this variability. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that can help proactively bust barriers for learning. UDL aligns with disciplinary expertise and scaffolds learning opportunities through purposeful design for engagement, representation, and action and expression. In this session, we will uncover how UDL can be integrated into the library classroom and we will share strategies that can be integrated immediately in service of rigorous learning goals. This session will offer connections between the brain science of learning and practical strategies to engage all learners in rigorous learning. It will include concrete action-items that can be used “tomorrow.”
Presentation Slides
(Allison Posey)