2021 Annual Conference

Please join us for the virtual 2021 ASEE/ELD conference on July 26-29. Registration is now open!

Upcoming Conference: 2021 ASEE Conference July 26 – 29, 2021


2021 ELD Program (Pacific Time)*

Program Brochure in PDF (Pacific Time)*

Presentation slides are available in the OSF

Recordings of lightning talks are available in Google Drive

Monday, July 26 Tuesday, July 27 Wednesday, July 28 Thursday, July 29
FREE TIME 8:00 am to 1pm (Pacific Time) Plenary – 8:00 am to 9:30 am Annual Business Meeting – 8:00 am to 9:30 am

Welcome to all ELD members.

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TS3: Working with Students – 8:00 am to 9:30 am

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Getting Started with LaTeX and Overleaf Panel – 9:45 am to 11:15 am

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Sponsor & Exhibitor Tech Sessions & ELD Poster Session – 9:45 am to 11:15 am

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Sponsor & Exhibitor Tech Sessions & NSF Grantees Poster Session – 9:45 am to 11:15 am
ELD Meet & Greet – 12:00 pm – 1 pm

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Librarian’s role in the Accreditation Process – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

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Plenary – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Round Table Discussion – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

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ASEE Awards Ceremony –11:30 am to 1:00 pm
FREE TIME 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm FREE TIME (ELD TRIVIA)– 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

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FREE TIME 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Lightning Talks – 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm

The lightning talks will be 4 sessions with the format: 10 member talks, Q&A, break; 10 member talks, Q&A, break; 8 member talks, Q&A, break; and 9 sponsor talks, Q&A

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TS1: Diversity– 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm

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TS2: Special Topics – 1:45 pm to 3:15  pm

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Distinguished Lecture Series – 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm Extended Executive Committee – 1:45 pm to 3:15pm

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Operationalizing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EDISJ) in Engineering Librarianship Panel – 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

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Preprints, Postprints, ePrints:  The Case for Engineering Information Panel – 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

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Free time 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
ELD Social Events – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

At Home Scavenger Hunt

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ASEE President’s Farewell Reception & International Forum Poster Presentations – 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm

Monday, July 26

ELD Meet & Greet | 12 PM – 1 PM PDT

Join us on the CONGRETATE Platform for a social hour where ELD members can mix and mingle before our sessions start.

Lightning Talks | 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Program Moderators: Sylvia Jones & Mel DeSart

Tech Moderators: Holly Surbaugh & Jennifer Long

Join us on the Zoom Platform for both members and sponsor talks. Find a list of talks and a zoom link in the flyer.

The lightning talks will be 4 sessions with the format: 10 member talks, Q&A, break; 10 member talks, Q&A, break; 8 member talks, Q&A, break; and 9 sponsor talks, Q&A

Recording of Member Talks Block 1 (Start 1:20 PM)

  1. Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Librarianship without a Designated Librarian, Julie Arendt (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Biographical Databases, Jodi Bolognese (Northeastern University)
  3. Calculating Journal Overlap Between Engineering Databases, Joshua Daniel Borycz (Vanderbilt University)
  4. Reorganizing a LibGuide for a Technical Writing Course to Parallel the Engineering Design Process and Adding a Social Justice Component, Susan Boyd (Santa Clara University)
  5. Adapting an Active Learning Library Research Session to Online Zoom Rooms, Erin Burns (Texas Tech University)
  6. Online Yoga from Texas Tech University Libraries, Erin Burns (Texas Tech University)
  7. No Biggie – Integrating Information Literacy in Over 250 Undergraduate Programs, John Canter (Ohio University)
  8. ULIB101-ENGR The First Class, Martin Dunlap (West Virginia University)
  9. Textbook Project for Student Success and Student Cost Savings, Bernadette Ewen (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
  10. Applying Evidence Synthesis Methods to Engineering Topics, Melanie Gainey (Carnegie Mellon University)

Recording of Member Talks Block 2 (Start 2:15 PM)

  1. Collaborations Between Engineering and Business Librarians, Kelly Giles (James Madison University)
  2. Targeting Senior Project Students with Information Literacy Workshops, Paul Hottinger (Cal Poly Pomona)
  3. Customizing LibGuides for Engineering Design Courses, Aleshia Huber (Binghamton University)
  4. Capture the Creature: Gaming Library Instruction with a Digital Escape Room, Kari Kozak (University of Iowa)
  5. Locating Engineering Collaborators on the African Continent Using SciVal, Matthew Marsteller (Carnegie Mellon University)
  6. Bento-Style Discovery Systems: Why are 46 University Libraries Employing Bento? William H Mischo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library)
  7. The Grainger Engineering Library IDEA Lab Services and Facilities, William H Mischo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library)
  8. Teaching, Assessment, and COVID – Oh, My! Debbie Morrow (Grand Valley State University Libraries)
  9. Cataloging the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Depository Collection, Linda Musser (Penn State University)
  10. Creating a STEM Diversity Collection, Eric Prosser (Arizona State University)

Recording of Member Talks Block 3 (Start 3:10 PM)

  1. Supporting Open Access through Transformative Agreements, Hema Ramachandran and Tracy Gilmore (California State University, Long Beach)
  2. Entrepreneurship@Beach, Hema Ramachandran and Nicollette Brant (California State University, Long Beach)
  3. Critical Librarianship and Engineering – Where Are We? Kelly Durkin Ruth (United States Naval Academy)
  4. Introducing Unsub Extender, Eric Schares (Iowa State University)
  5. Licensing of industry-based information sources, Daniela Solomon (Case Western Reserve University)
  6. Equipping Students with Tools to meet their Virtual Needs during a Pandemic: Breaching the Digital Divide, John Teleha (North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University)
  7. Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality Lab at the Library, Alfred Wallace (Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota)
  8. Beyond students: Using library outreach to form partnerships across campus, Tracy Zahradnik (University of Toronto)

Recording of Sponsor Talks Block 4 (Start 4:05 PM)

  1. Overleaf, Mary Anne Baynes (Overleaf)
  2. ICE Knows Infrastructure, Tom Burnosky (ICE Publishing)
  3. AccessEngineering’s Comprehensive Textbook Library and Learning Tools, Jayme Crowder (McGraw-Hill Professional)
  4. Techstreet Emterprise, Skip DeWall (Techstreet)
  5. ASCE Legacy Journals Archive, Kevin Higgins (American Society of Civil Engineers)
  6. ASTM Videos: Bringing Procedures to Life, Mark Reese (ASTM INTERNATIONAL)
  7. The Begell Digital Portal: Benefits and Features for Your Library, Meghan Rohrmann (Begell House, Inc. Publishers)
  8. AWS Digital Library, Michael J. Rovins (American Welding Society)
  9. Innovating and Partnering with IEEE, Ruth Wolfish (IEEE)

Tuesday, July 27

ASEE Plenary | 8 AM – 9:30 AM

Getting Started with LaTeX and Overleaf Panel | 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

This workshop is intended for Engineering Librarians who wish to learn more about the document markup and preparation language LaTeX.  Attendees will gain hands-on experience writing LaTeX code, debugging errors, and formatting sample equations and text.

Moderator: Aman Kaur


  • Dr. Sarah Over (University of Maryland-College Park)
  • Mr. Eric J. Schares (Iowa State University of Science and Technology)

Librarian’s role in the Accreditation Process Panel | 11:30 PM – 1 PM

Engineering librarians often have questions about the level of involvement libraries are expected to have in the accreditation process. Even for those who have experience with accreditation documentation and site visits, the process has changed in the time of COVID. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the overall accreditation process, as well as best practices for the librarian’s role.

Moderator: Zac Painter (Stanford University)

Tech Moderator: Mindy Thuna


  • Sue Wainscott (University of Nevada – Los Vegas)
  • Frederick C. Berry (Purdue University)

TS1: Diversity | 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Papers Presented

  1. Engineering Libraries and Student Organizations: Working Together to Enhance Outreach to Underrepresented Groups [view paper]
    Mr. Paul McMonigle (Pennsylvania State University) and Linda M. N. Struble (Pennsylvania State University)
  2. Raising Algorithm Bias Awareness among Computer Science Students through Library and Computer Science Instruction [view paper]
    Shalini Ramachandran (Boise State University), Dr. Steven Matthew Cutchin (Boise State University), and Sheree Fu (California State University, Los Angeles)
  3. Raising Awareness of Diversity and Inclusion in One-shot Information Literacy Classes [view paper]
    Dr. Anamika Megwalu (San Jose State University)

Operationalizing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EDISJ) in Engineering Librarianship Panel | 3:30 PM – 5 PM

The panelists explore beyond how and why the issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice (EDISJ) in libraries are not just important but focusing on how librarianship can go about achieving EDISJ (a systematic process) and also how to practice EDISJ (operationalizing) in many areas associated with engineering librarianship (collections, reference services, recruitment, teaching, research support, outreach, and leadership). The panelists will describe their approaches to EDISJ, presenting cases, key challenges they encountered, success stories and ideas for how each can help foster a more inclusive organization. Panelists will discuss the professional and personal experiences that led them to become involved in diversity and inclusion within their organizations and emphasized the importance of their work.

Moderator: Dr. Nasser Saleh

Tech Moderator: Bruce Neville


  • Ms. Julia M. Gelfand (University of California, Irvine)
  • Ms. Aditi Gupta (University of Victoria)
  • Mrs. Nastasha E Johnson (Purdue University at West Lafayette)
  • Prof. Ibironke O Lawal (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Ms. Sarah E Lester (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
  • Prof. Linda R. Musser (Pennsylvania State University)

Social Event | 6:30 PM – 8 PM

At Home Scavenger Hunt.  Re-connect with colleagues in a fun, casual social setting. Attendees will compete by rotating through random small group break out rooms and scramble to be the first to find items in their homes like their favorite mug.


Wednesday, July 28

ELD Business Meeting | 8 AM – 9:30 AM

Moderator: David Hubbard, ELD Division Chair

Welcome to all ELD members. Come hear about the state of the division and Professional Interest Council I. The ELD Business Meeting will take place over the pathable platform. Those not registered for the conference, but have signed up on the google form, will be receiving a link to the event roughly 15 minutes before the meeting starts.

This annual business meeting will include updates from the various committees, update from the PIC I chair, and other events. The event will conclude with Bernhardt, publishing, poster, and longevity awards ceremony.

Exhibitor Talks | 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Stop in and attend the session by our various sponsors.

ELD Posters | 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

ELD Posters Presented

  1. Augmented Library: A Vertically Integrated Project [view paper]
    Dr. Matthew Frenkel (New York University), Jada Forrester (Affiliation unknown), Mr. Andrew Qu (Affiliation unknown), Shinkyum (Kevin) Rho (New York University), and Sofia Rose Larson (Affiliation unknown)
  2. Engineering Literature Retractions: Applications to Scholarly Communications Training [view paper]
    Mrs. Daniela Solomon (Case Western Reserve University) and Christopher Heckman (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)
  1. Online OER Champion Courses: How a scrappy solution to cope with capacity turned into a vital tool to build OER awareness, interest, and knowledge on campus [view paper]
    Emily Bongiovanni (Colorado School of Mines), Ms. Brianna B Buljung (Colorado School of Mines), Mr. Alexander Luis Odicino (Colorado School of Mines), and Allyce Horan (Affiliation unknown)
  2. The (Augmented) World is our Campus [view paper]
    Mr. David S. Pixton (Brigham Young University) and Mr. Jared Aaron Landetta A (Brigham Young University)


ASEE Plenary | 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Lunch Time Trivia | 1 PM – 1:45 PM

Join us over the lunch break for a little general Trivia using ZOOM and Kahoot.

TS2: Special Topics | 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderators: John Teleha & Denise Wetzel

Papers Presented

  1. Embedded Librarians to Support Data Management Needs of a Multidisciplinary Research Program [view paper]
    Ms. Qianjin Zhang (The University of Iowa) and Mr. Brian Westra (University of Iowa)
  2. Examining the Teaching Needs of Engineering Faculty: How the Library and Librarian Fit In [view paper]
    Ms. Erin Rowley (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York)
  3. Using the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam as an assessment tool for engineering schools and their libraries [view paper]
    Ms. Jean L Bossart P.E. (University of Florida)

Preprints, Postprints, ePrints:  The Case for Engineering Information Panel | 3:30 PM – 5 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how critical access to timely scientific information is and how public engagement has demanded reliance on such sources documenting the latest research findings at an unprecedented scale. The relationships between preprint authors and traditional commercial and society publishers have changed as a result of the pandemic. This caused publishing workflows to aggressively compete for acquiring future submissions from preprint authors with new publishing conditions and greater intensity. Preprint servers demonstrate far higher use (biorxiv reports 15x more) than from pre-COVID times, especially for content related to researching the virus and supporting patients and the understanding of their longtime medical, social and technical needs.

Moderated: Ms. Julia M. Gelfand

Tech Moderator: Aleshia A Huber


  • Mr. Jay J. Bhatt (Engineering Librarian, Drexel University Libraries)
  • Steven Heffner (Managing Director IEEE Publications)
  • Kim Martin (Editorial Director, Journals and Technical Papers, SAE)
  • Shirley Decker-Lucke (Content Director, SSRN & Elsevier)


Thursday, July 29

TS3: Working with Students | 8 AM – 9:30 AM

Moderators: Willie Baer & Leena Lalwani

Papers Presented:

  1. A First Year Engineering Information Literacy Workshop: Redesigned for Remote Delivery [view paper]
    Jodi A. Bolognese (Northeastern University), Dr. Richard Whalen (Northeastern University), Evie Dee Cordell (Northeastern University), Alissa P Link Cilfone (Northeastern University), and Ms. Brooke D Williams (Northeastern University)
  2. Accessing Engineering Standards: A Study in ARL Best Practices for Acquiring and Disseminating Standards [view paper]
    Ms. Denise Amanda Wetzel (Florida A&M University – Florida State University), Kelly Grove (Florida A&M University – Florida State University), and Jake Adam Flaks (Florida State University)
  3. Desperately seeking standards: using text processing to save your time [view paper]
    Ms. Halle Burns (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Ms. Susan B. Wainscott (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  4. Student to Scholar: A Professional Skills Focused Library Collaboration [view paper]
    Dr. Matthew Frenkel (New York University) and Dr. Azure Janee Stewart (Affiliation unknown)


Sponsor & Exhibitor Tech Sessions & NSF Grantees Poster Session | 9:45 am – 11:15 am

Stop in and attend the session by our various sponsors.

Round Tables | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Moderator: Prof. Amy Van Epps

Open discussion for members to talk about current topics and issues facing engineering librarianship.

We will be using CONGREGATE platform for our open round tables based on topics suggestion on the Padlet before the sessions start. Participants will have the ability to add topics during the session based on hot topics that arise during the conference.

ASEE Award Ceremony | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Extended Executive Committee Meeting | 1:45 pm – 3:15pm

Moderator: Kari Kozak

This meeting is for all the chairs of the various committees. Open to any ELD Member

Distinguished Lecture Series | 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

ASEE President’s Farewell Reception & International Forum Poster Presentations | 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm


Thank you to all our Sponsors!

Call for Lightning Talks

Do you or your library/organization have an exciting new project, program, partnership, or tool that you would like to share with your fellow ELD members? If so, please consider proposing a Lightning Talk for the 2021 ASEE Virtual Conference in July. The Lightning Talk session will be on Monday, July 26th, 1:15-4:30pm (PDT)

What is a Lightning Talk? A Lightning Talk is a very short presentation on a timely topic of interest to the audience. This year, we are hoping for a variety of talks on any number of subjects, including, but not limited to:
• Digital initiatives
• New partnerships
• Innovative programs and services
• Or anything you think might be of interest to your peers

There are two types of Lightning Talks: Member Lightning Talks and Sponsor Lightning Talks. Member Talks are 2-3 minutes and Sponsor Lightning Talks are 1 minute, 1 slide. The main goals of this session are to learn about what our colleagues and sponsors are doing, and to generate discussions during the session and over the course of the conference. A separate call will go out to ELD’s sponsors over the next day or two to make sure that all ELD sponsors are aware of this opportunity.

All proposals are due by Friday, May 21st.

If you have questions, please contact:
• Member Lightning Talks: Sylvia Jones (sylviagw@smu.edu)
• Sponsor Lightning Talks: Mel DeSart (desart@uw.edu)

Once your proposal has been accepted, you will be asked to submit a short recorded video presentation of your talk. All of the presentations for each category of lightning talk will be edited together prior to the conference presentation. This will help with possible technical issues of having to manage many presentations within a short time. The submission deadline for recorded talks will be roughly a week prior to the date of the session, so there will plenty of time for you to work on your talk after you find out whether it is accepted.

All presenters are required to be registered for the ASEE conference and to be present at the session to answer questions during the Q&A. Remember that the time you have to present your talk is shorter than most TV commercial breaks!
Submit your proposal at: https://forms.gle/HEqaW5fqR6XfyCML6


ASEE 2021 Call for Papers: Deadline Extended to Oct 16

The Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is seeking abstracts for consideration for presentation at the 2021 Annual Conference & Exposition in Long Beach, California, June 27th to June 30th.

ELD accepts abstracts for full-length presentations and posters and welcomes abstracts from or joint presentations with members of other divisions. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment
  • Collaboration
  • Collection Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • eTextbooks & OERs
  • Instruction (online or in person)
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Technology in Engineering Librarianship
  • Marketing and Outreach Activities

Papers on diversity are also always welcome; to qualify for the Society’s Best Diversity Paper, diversity and inclusion must be the focus of the paper.

Suggestions/proposals for “Special Sessions,” e.g., panel discussions, workshops, and cross-divisional sessions are welcome. A proposal for a special session should include:

  • description of the intended audience
  • summary of the ideas to be explored and discussed
  • outline of the session format, including strategies to engage those attending
  • vision for the type of individuals who would present
  • expected outcomes for the session

All paper submissions are publish-to-present. Papers submitted to technical sessions are peer reviewed through the Engineering Libraries Division review process, and those accepted will appear in ASEE Proceedings.