Data Literacy Mini-Conference

Data Literacy Mini-Conference

Date: Monday, October 24, 2022
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Michigan State University, Main Library, Green Room (4th Floor, West)

During this day-long event, attendees will hear from their library colleagues around the state who are incorporating various aspects of data literacy into their teaching, research, and professional practice. Please read about our Covid-19 policies. A light breakfast and buffet lunch will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Instruction and Information Literacy Interest Group and iASSIST.

Please register here-registration will close Thursday, October 20 at 3pm.

8:30 amRegistration
8:50 amWelcome and Housekeeping
9:00 - 10:20 amKeynote Address - Dr. Kafi Kumasi, Wayne State University
10:30 - 11:15 amSpeed Networking
11:15 - 12:15 pmStudents Working with Sources - Grace Pregent, Michigan State University Writing Center
12:15 - 1:15 pmLunch - Data Exhibit by MSU Special Collections unit
1:15 - 2:15 pm Biodiversity Data - Rebecca Hill Renirie, Central Michigan University
2:25 - 3:25 pmSecondary Data Literacy - Daria Orlowska, Western Michigan University
3:30 pmWrap Up

$20 for MiALA members (includes lunch)
$40 for non-members (includes lunch)

Local information: 
Library address and maps:
Parking: MSU is on fall break and parking is complimentary in any pay-by-plate parking spots, including lot 62 near the library. Here is a map for reference:

Session descriptions

Keynote Address - Data Literacy: What Hip Hop Can Teach LIS Professionals, Dr. Kafi Kumasi, Wayne State University.
  • This talk explores what a hip hop epistemology of knowledge in library and information sciences (LIS) might look like and features current data driven projects that center hip hop in the LIS field.
Students Working with Sources: Perspectives from a Writing Center, Katie Filion and Dr. Grace Pregent, Michigan State University
  • From the perspective of writing center administrators and consultants, this session offers librarians an overview of the obstacles students face when using data and working with sources. We will cover an approach to navigating literature reviews and related assignments so that students can develop toolkits for analyzing and synthesizing data for their own purposes. We will also discuss current conversations regarding citation politics.
Data Exhibit by MSU Special Collections unit
  • Come join MSU Libraries' Ruth Ann Jones to explore data literacy topics through SPC materials! How did Noah Webster play a role in understanding the cause of epidemics? What can you learn about data communication from thousands of cookbooks? How did W.E.B. Dubois use data viz to communicate to audiences?
Biodiversity Data: An Exercise in Ethics, Rebecca Hill Renirie, Central Michigan University
  • This presentation will explore a data ethics exercise designed for students at the undergraduate level. After a brief overview of ethical considerations for biodiversity data, educational materials from DataONE, and the open data repository Dryad, attendees will have the opportunity to practice the exercise. Attendees will search the repository for a dataset, identify areas specifying the ethical use of that dataset (including the Terms of Use, license information, and READ ME files), and write a complete data citation.
Secondary Data Literacy: Helping others ask the right questions for their need, Daria Orlowska, Western Michigan University
  • Secondary data is a great solution for projects that have time or budgetary restrictions. Although there is not a one size fits all solution to helping others with finding data, this workshop will provide some data literacy strategies academic librarians can use to guide others through the process. Workshop goals include: being able to list reasons for secondary data use, identifying pitfalls and strategies for successful reuse, obtaining questions to focus data needs, and gaining an understanding of where to find data in the wild.

Curious about what events we have done in the past? Please feel free to take a look at the 2019 Bootcamp page.

The Data Literacy Mini-con planning committee:
Molly Ledermann
Emilia Marcyk-Taylor
Leah Morin
Terence O'Neill
Joanna Thielen