Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian

Library Academic Programs/Physical Sciences and Engineering; 341 Walter Library
612-626-0629
spic0016@umn.edu

Library Media Services: http://lib.umn.edu/media

Welcome, My name is Scott Spicer and I serve as Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian for the Libraries. In this role, I serve as head of Media Services, a program dedicated to supporting the development of media literacy skill sets, and promotion of deeper subject knowledge and meaningful, authentic learning experiences through the integration of media resources and student produced media into curriculum.

Media Services (in collaboration with SMART Learning Commons and campus partners) provides the following services:

  • Outreach consultation to faculty in developing, assessing, and coordinating support for student produced media assignments.
  • Coordination of media production equipment access and hands-on media production support in the Walter/Wilson Library SMART Learning Commons.
  • Customized class visits to discuss media projects. Example topics: quality production process and composition, accessing production equipment and support in the SMART Commons, copyright/fair use, library research, media resources, and use of production software - equipment.
  • Support for instructional media resources. Example media resource support services include: recommendations of local and freely available media resources (video, image, audio), reserving films, and integrating media into Moodle.
  • Guidance on copyright/fair use and media (often in collaboration with Copyright Librarian).

Research interests:

  • Innovative uses of media production to support teaching and learning.
  • Innovative uses of commercial instructional media resources to support teaching and learning.
  • Convergence of digital media, technology, user practice, and library services in the Digital Arts, Sciences and Humanities
  • Emerging models for media outreach, media literacy support, and library media services - centers.
  • Innovative learning spaces in academic libraries.
  • Potential of student produced video to serve as a catalyst for critical thinking.
  • Role of previous experience, self-efficacy, and student-produced video.
  • New models for distributing media (i.e., streaming video).
  • Multimodal scholarship (i.e., video abstracts in scholarly journals).
  • Innovative search and discovery of media resources.
  • Copyright and media use in higher education.
  • Future of mass media and new media business models.

Education

M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - Learning Technologies ("LT Media Lab"), College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

M.L.I.S. Library and Information Science, Dominican University (River Forest, IL)

B.A. Child Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Selected Presentations & Publications

Spicer, S. R. (2013). The relationship between digital storytelling creation and self-efficacy beliefs on media production skill sets in first year college students. (Master’s thesis). University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, http://purl.umn.edu/147651.
 

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Spicer, S., & Horbal, A. (In Press). The future of video playback capability in college and university classrooms. College & Research Libraries, crl16-962. http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2016/07/27/crl16-962.abstract (pre-print).

Spicer, S. & Miller, C. (2014). An exploration of digital storytelling creation and media production skill sets in first year college students. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning. (adapted from M.A. thesis).

Spicer, S. (2014). Exploring video abstracts in science journals: An overview and case study. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. http://jlsc-pub.org/jlsc/vol2/iss2/2/. (see also: University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy: http://hdl.handle.net/11299/162873).

Johnston, L., & Spicer, S. (2012). Tech Expo: A model for emerging technology education for library staff. Journal of Library Innovation, 3(1), 66-85. http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/151. (see also: University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, http://purl.umn.edu/126961).

Spicer, S. (2010). A framework for media resources support program development. College & University Media Review, 16, 79-90. (see also: University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, http://purl.umn.edu/130289).
 

Book Chapters

Spicer, S. (In process). Why Instructional Video is Worth Fighting For! Benefits and Evolving Roles of Video in Higher Education. Submitted to R. Hobbs (Ed.), Routledge Companion on Media Education, Copyright and Fair Use.

Schell, J., Burroughs, J., Boudewyns, D., Marcus, C., & Spicer, S. (2015). From Digital Arts and Humanities to DASH. In K. Sacco, Richmond, S., Parme, S., & Wilkes, K. (Eds.), Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisitions in Modern Libraries. (pp. 234-253). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. (See also: University Digital Conservancy, http://hdl.handle.net/11299/172865).

Solheim, C., O'Brien, M., & Spicer, S. (2015). Illuminating a Course Transformation Journey. In R. Williams & Lee, A. (Eds.), Internationalizing Higher Education: Critical Collaborations across the Curriculum. (pp. 171-187). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.
 

Selected Conference Presentations

“Blending Large Scale Syllabi Text Analysis with Qualitative Instructor Preferences Data to Help Inform Directions for Media Collections Development and Outreach,” at the Library Technology Conference, March 16, 2017, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

(with Linda Buturian, Greg Steinke, Christiane Reilly, and Pete McCauley) "A Digital Storytelling Course: An All Inclusive Resource for K-College Faculty who want to develop Digital Storytelling Activities in their Courses," at the 2016 Annual Minnesota eLearning Summit, Minneapolis, MN, July 28, 2016. Reprised presentation (with Greg Steinke, Christiane Reilly, and Pete McCauley) at the 2016 TIES Conference, Minneapolis, MN, December 12, 2016.

"Publishing Opportunities in Media Librarianship: A Panel Discussion," (panelist) at the American Library Association 2016 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, June 26, 2016. (remote participation).

“Media Literacy in Higher Ed: Digital Scholarship, Media Labs, and Information Literacy's,” (panelist) at the 2015 Annual National Association of Media Literacy Education Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2015 (remote participation).

(with Deborah Boudewyns, Justin Schell and Denise Hattwig) "When Text Isn’t Enough: An Exploration into the World of Multimodal Scholarship in the Digital Arts, Sciences and Humanities,” at the American Library Association 2015 Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 27, 2015. (adapted presentation) (See also: presentation recording, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqbkdyGZZGc)

“Can I Get That Video in Streaming? Traversing the Obstacles of Educational Media,” at the Library Technology Conference, March 18, 2015, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

(with Cris Lopez and Pete McCauley) “Digital Storytelling in the Classroom,” MN eLearning Summit 2014, July 31, 2014, University of Northwestern, Roseville, Minnesota.

“Production Spaces in Libraries,” (panelist) at the American Library Association 2014 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 29, 2014.

(with Deborah Boudewyns and Justin Schell) “When Text Isn't Enough: An Exploration into the World of Multimodal Scholarship in the Digital Arts, Sciences and Humanities,” at the Library Technology Conference, March 19, 2014, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

“A Snapshot of Student Produced Media Projects from Digital Stories to Online Interactives,” MN eLearning Summit 2013, July 30, 2013, University of Northwestern, Roseville, Minnesota.

“Welcome to the Wonderful World of Academic Digital Media,” at the Library Technology Conference, March 15, 2013, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

(with Lois Hendrickson, Lisa Johnston, Julie Kelly, Jody Kempf, and Amy Neeser) “Personal Archiving: Helping Users Recognize and Preserve Their Treasures,” at the Library Technology Conference, March 15, 2013, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Reprised presentation (with Lois Hendrickson and Amy Neeser) at the Association of Research Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library Association Conference “ARLD Day”, April 26, 2013, Chanhassen, Minnesota.

“How Did that Get in There? Streaming Media in the Land of Discovery,” (panelist) at the Charleston Conference, November 8, 2012, Charleston, South Carolina.

“DeWitt Code,” (panelist) at the Libraries Information Technology Association (LITA) Game Making Group at the American Library Association 2012 Annual Conference, Anaheim, California, June 24, 2012.

“Media Literacy for Libraries 101: What it is, the University of Minnesota Model,” at the Library Technology Conference, March 15, 2012, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

“Utilizing Crowd Sourcing Methodology to Develop a Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Image Resource Guide for the University of Minnesota,” (panelist) at the ACRL Images Resources Discussion Group at the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 25, 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Connecting to the Campus through Creativity: Libraries, Media, and Knowledge Production," (panelist) at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, March 31 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(with Nancy Sims) “Debunking DMCA - DVDs & Digital Devices,” at the Midwest Library Technology Conference, March 17, 2011, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

“Leading Successful Student Media Production Services: Different Models, Perspectives, and Recommendations,” (panelist) at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers Annual Conference, October 10, 2010, Buffalo, New York.

“Three Models for Streaming Video, One Year Later,” (panelist) at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers Annual Conference, October 15, 2009, Greensboro, North Carolina.

“The Camera is Due Back at 3:00! A Case Study of Library Support of Student Produced Media with Post Secondary Teaching and Learning,” (poster presenter) at the Midwest Library Technology Conference, March 18, 2009, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

“Effecting Change at the Grassroots Level: A Success Story on the Implementation of Wireless Networking from a Library Student’s Perspective,” at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference, October 25, 2007, Mankato, Minnesota.


Selected Professional Service

Board Member - Avalon Media System Advisory Board (open source digital media management platform developed by Northwestern and Indiana (Bloomington) Universities funded in part by an Andrew W. Mellon grant. See: http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/ for more info.) (2015-present).

Chair Elect - Chair - Past Chair of the Video Round Table (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) (2011-2014).


National Research Project Contributions

Participant on the IMLS grant sponsored, Moving Image Specialist project (2012), a project of New York University Tisch Film School. Provided video testimony and promotional advocacy on the growing audiovisual preservation needs of academic librarians and potential placement of moving image specialists. (See also: online video interview: http://bit.ly/1EoHGBL)

Participant, provided feedback on the Video At Risk studies (2010 & 2012) led by New York University (NYU). Video At Risk is a 2 year Mellon funded collaborative study between NYU Libraries, NYU Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program, University of California Libraries – Berkeley, and Loyola Libraries (New Orleans), charged with researching and documenting a range of copyright-fair use, technical, and policy issues related to long term preservation and access to VHS content in the circulating video collections of research libraries. http://www.nyu.edu/tisch/preservation/research/video-risk/