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Diane Shepelwich

Name

[Shepelwich, Diane]
  • Librarian, Library

Biography

Diane Shepelwich received her Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2006. She has worked at the University of Texas at Arlington since 1996 starting in the Honors Program as an academic advisor. She was a member of the Honors Program staff that transitioned the program to the Honors College providing a place within the larger UTA community for highly-motivated undergraduate students. In 2004, Diane began her graduate degree in Library Science and moved to the UTA Central Library as a reference assistant. On completion of the MLS, Diane received the position of Assistant Coordinator for Information Services supervising the services of the reference desk and providing library instruction. Since 2006, she has liaised with academic departments across the campus including English, Communication Studies, Disability Studies, Modern Languages, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Theatre Arts, Art History, and the Honors College.

Professional Preparation

    • 2006 MLS in Library ScienceTexas Woman's University
    • 1994 BA in SociologyUniversity of Texas at Arlington

Appointments

    • Dec 2015 to Present Librarian, Experiential Learning & Undergraduate Success
      Unviersity of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 2014 to Dec 2015 Librarian, Outreach & Scholarship
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2013 to Sept 2014 K-12 Librarian
      Central Library, UT Arlington
    • Jan 2007 to Jan 2013 Assistant Coordinator, Information Services
      Central Library, UT Arlington
    • Jan 2005 to Jan 2007 Reference Assistant
      Central Library, UT Arlington
    • Jan 1999 to Jan 2005 Student Development Specialist
      Honors College, UT Arlington
    • 1996 to Jan 1999 Administrative Assistant
      Honors College, UT Arlington

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Apr 2016 to Present American Society for Indexing
  • Membership
    • June 2015 to Present American Library Association (ALA)
  • Membership
    • June 2015 to Present American Library Association (ALA)  Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Membership
    • June 2015 to Present American Library Association  Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)  Arts Section (ACRL)
  • Membership
    • June 2015 to Present Instruction Section (ACRL)
  • Membership
    • June 2015 to Present Literatures in English Section (ACRL)
  • Membership
    • June 2015 to Present University Libraries Section (ACRL)

Awards and Honors

    • Feb  2013 You Make the Difference Award sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
      Achievements:

      Received recognition as an exemplary supervisor by demonstrating dedication to staff and customers.

    • Feb  2008 Applause Award sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
    • Dec  2006 Applause Award sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
    • Aug  2006 You Make the Difference Award sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
    • Aug  2006 Bright Idea Award sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
    • Dec  2006 Applause Awards sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

News Articles

Other Activities

    • Conference Attendance
      • Nov 2014 Open Education Conference
      • Conference Attendance
        • Apr 2012 Distance Library Services Conference
        • Conference Attendance
          • Mar 2009 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference
          • Jan 2009 Institute on Scholarly Communication, Association of Research Libraries
          • Conference Attendance
            • Aug 2008 Reference Renaissance, Reference & Users Service Association
            • May 2008 Living the Future: Transforming Libraries through Collaboration
            • Conference Attendance
              • Aug 2007 Association of Research Libraries, Library Management Skills Institute
              • Conference Attendance
                • American Library Association National Conference, 2006 & 2007

Research and Expertise

  • UTA Libraries Research Guides

    Created (or co-created) and currently maintain 45+ subject, course, and topic guides.

Presentations

  • Past
    •  
      Discovering Open Educational Resources

      Discussion of tools and resources made easily accessible for faculty to locate open educational resources for their specific disciplines and research needs.

  • Past
    •  
      No Reservations Needed at the Paper's Due Drop Inn

      Shepelwich, Diane & Trkay, Gretchen. (2006, June). Poster presentation at the American Library Association annual conference, New Orleans, LA, providing information about the benefits and challenges of developing a drop-in research clinic.

  • Past
    •  
      Copyright & Publishing

      Castle, Mary & Shepelwich, Diane. (2010, March). Become informed about your copyright and options available to you before you sign a contract with a publisher. This session provides information about publisher policies and choices for alternate publisher contracts.

  • Past
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      Your Rights as an Author

      Castle, Mary & Shepelwich, Diane. (2011, October). This session discusses and explains copyright, provides information and options for authors to retain copyrights, reviews publication agreements and contracts, and links authors to tools and resources to manage copyright.

  • Past
    •  
      Why do we no longer call the library "the library"?

      Presentation to Grand Prairie Independent School District teachers and administrators about the changing role of libraries. During the session we discussed new trends in library sciences, digital research, and information resources. (August 2014)

  • Past
    •  
      UTA Library Services

      Presentation at the Mansfield Curriculum Conference. Presented to Mansfield ISD teachers and administrators concerning the services and resources available through the UTA Library and opportunities for collaboration with library staff. (June 2014)

  • Past
    •  
      Student’s guide to evaluating university libraries

      Presentation to high-achieving high school students and their parents. Provided the students with a number of questions to ask themselves as they visited various university campuses to help them evaluate, compare, and decide on the university to attend. Discussion focused on academic library issuess such as, print and electronic resources, staffing, distance education, user experiences, instruction, and services. (January 2014)

  • Past
    •  
      Text analysis using Voyant
      Presented to Dr. Sonja Watson's SPAN 4313 topics in Hispanic Culture: Reggae en español and Digital Humanities class about applying digital humanities tools such as Voyant to the analysis of literature, culture, and music. (fall 2017)

Projects

  • 2016
    • Oct 2016 to Present Research Coach Program

      The purpose of the Research Coach program is to create a welcoming environment by offering peer-to-peer guidance for students seeking in-depth help with their research assignments. Research coaches are UTA undergraduate and graduate students specially trained to help their peers with all stages of the research process. This research consultation service started with four students. As of fall 2018, we have 18 coaches providing research assistance at two service points: in-person and virtual chat.

      Role: Other PI:
  • 2012
    • Sept 2012 to Dec 2012 UTA Library Population Study :: Charrettes, Team Lead

      In order to elicit students' and faculty research/study space preferences, participants were asked to illustrate their ideal, on-campus research/study space. Each participant was given a large sheet of paper, markers and crayons, and post-it notes. They were given 30 minutes to draw their ideal space. Participants were then asked questions intended to gather infomration about what makes their space design ideal. Participants' answers were video recorded. Data gathered provided insight into participants' preferred characteristics of research/study spaces; study habits; technology use; and utilization of research/study related tools, services and resources.

      Role: Other PI:
  • 2011
    • Dec 2011 to Dec 2012 LibGuides Usability Study and Redesign

      This study consisted of two rounds of usability testing of UT Arlington Libraries' LibGuides.  The data gathered was used to create a new LibGuides template for the Libraries that was based on students’ information seeking behavior.  The new design was tested during the second round of the usability study and resulted in improved completion scores, completion times, fewer errors, and higher user satisfaction.  Collaborators for this project include the LibGuide Committee members (Gretchen Trkay, Andy Herzog, Carol Byrne, Suzanne Beckett, Rafia Mirza, Sylvia George Williams, and Diane Shepelwich).

      Role: Other PI:
  • 2010
    • Aug 2010 to Dec 2010 Unobtrusive Observation of UTA Central Library Reference Desk

      Participated in planning evaluation and analyzing results of an unobtrusive observation assessment of the UTA Central Library reference desk. Actual "mystery shopper"-type research was carried out by students in a marketing class taught by Adwait Khare. The results provided the reference staff with valuable information about the strengths and weaknesses of the current service. Based on the information from the survey and student feedback, a number of specific recommendations and improvements to the service were made. (Planning team included Jody Bailey and Suzanne Beckett)

      Role: Other PI:
  • 2009
    • Aug 2009 to Dec 2009 Tools & Services for Keeping Current

      Frierson, Eric & Shepelwich, Diane. (2009). Conducted a survey of UTA faculty and graduate students to learn about how they "keep current" in their academic discipline. Used the information to identify the type of tools they prefer to use for finding out about new, relevant research. The results informed the development of new or improved information services offered by the library.

      Role: Other PI:

Exhibitions

  • 2012
    • 2012 Political Cartoons :: History, growth & meaning

      Curated a display providing visuals and text discussing the history, development, and political, social and cultural impact of political cartoons.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2006
    • 2006 Kite Runner :: UTA's OneBook

      Curated exhibit to promote the campus-wide OneBook initiative for the community to read Kite Runner and participate in events and discussions.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2005
    • 2005 Einstein :: World Year of Physics

      Curated exhibit showing highlights from Einstein's life and world events to commemorate the World Year of Physics in recognition of Einstein's landmark papers published in 1905. 

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2015
    • Oct 2015 Open for Collaboration

      An exhibit providing images and text to demonstrate how people are sharing their research and knowledge through open access principles and how their efforts are shaping our world in new and positive ways. Open Access (OA) provides the opportunity for research, creative works, and all forms of published outputs to be made immediately and freely available. 

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2014
    • June 2014 Summer Movie Hullabaloo

      Weekly showing of movies in the Central Library during the summer of 2014. Open to all campus community members. (June - July 2014)

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Other Creative Activities

  • 2015
    • Digital project
      • Oct 2015 Open Access Week :: Open for Collaboration

        Created subject guide for Open Access Week (October 19-25, 2015) providing a broad overview and resources about the background and philosophy of open access. The guide included an online exhibit as a companion to the physical exhibit located in the Central Library.

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2014
    • Discussion Group
      • 2014 Mavs' Book Club

        Organized, promoted, and lead discussions for the Mavs' Book Club. Book club sponosored by the UTA Central Library and open to all campus community members. Organizers of the book club included Evelyn Barker and CD Walter. (intermittent from August 2005 - May 2014)

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2013
    • Digital project & Discussion
      • Jan 2013 Muslim Journeys Bookshelf :: Mavs' Book Club

        Created a subject guide as a companion to the American Library Association's  Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of 25 books, 4 DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. Included discussions at the Mavs' Book Club gatherings (January - May, 2013).

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Courses

      • EDUC 1302-009 College Learning

        The College Learning Course is designed to introduce college students to learning strategies and behaviors necessary for academic success.  In this course students will be introduced to theoretical models and the application of these models.  The theories and strategies presented in this course may be applied to knowledge across academic programs and in personal and career development.  The course contains three major units of study:  1) Self-Assessment and Self-Regulation, 2) Cognitive Theory and Learning Strategies, and 3) Behavior Modification.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2008 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EDUC 1302-009 College Learning

        The College Learning Course is designed to introduce college students to learning strategies and behaviors necessary for academic success.  In this course students will be introduced to theoretical models and the application of these models.  The theories and strategies presented in this course may be applied to knowledge across academic programs and in personal and career development.  The course contains three major units of study:  1) Self-Assessment and Self-Regulation, 2) Cognitive Theory and Learning Strategies, and 3) Behavior Modification.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2007 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EDUC 1302-001 EDUC 1302

        The College Learning Course is designed to introduce college students to learning strategies and behaviors necessary for academic success.  In this course students will be introduced to theoretical models and the application of these models.  The theories and strategies presented in this course may be applied to knowledge across academic programs and in personal and career development.  The course contains three major units of study:  1) Self-Assessment and Self-Regulation, 2) Cognitive Theory and Learning Strategies, and 3) Behavior Modification.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2006 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2006
    • Library Instruction
      • 2006 Research Process / Finding Information

        2006 to present: On-going basis during each semester, facilitate discussion and experiential learning activities to inform students about the reserach process including choosing a topic, refining the search, and finding relevant information through the efficient use of library databases and online resources.

    • Library Instruction
      • 2006 Evaluating Sources

        2006 to present: On a regular basis during the semesters, facilitate discussion and experiential learning activities to assist students in understanding the importance of and questions to ask in regards to evaluating information. Students apply a systematic evaluation tool to a source to determine its credibility, authority, and relevance to their research.

    • Library Instruction
      • 2006 Citing Sources

        2006 to present: On a semesterly basis, facilitate discussion and experiential learning opportunities for students to dentify, locate, and arrange necessary publication information in order to accurately cite a source primarily using MLA and APA.

    • Library Instruction
      • 2006 Academic Integrity / Avoiding Plagiarism

        2006 to present: Facilitate discussion and experiential learning activities to assist students in identifying, locating, and arranging necessary publication information in order to accurately cite a source. Students consider the ethical use of information and assess the consequences for unethical information use.

Service to the Community

  • Volunteered
    • Mar 2015 to  Present Tarrant County College Library Technology Advisory Council

      Serve on the advisory council providing support for the planning and coordination of the TCC Library Technology Program offering a degree or certificate in preparing paraprofessionals with skills in organizing and managing information.

Service to the University

  • Volunteered
    • Oct 2013 to  May 2014 SharePoint Implementation Team, Member

      Member of SharePoint team developing intranet, training, and implementation for use of SharePoint by all Library staff

    • Oct 2010 to  May 2012 UTA Library Inventory Task Force

      Task force served to plan and implement a library-wide inventory of print materials. Over 1 million items were verified between the library catalog and the stacks. 

    • Jan 2010 to  Aug 2012 UT Arlington Library Collections Council, Member

      Drafted policy and procedure for the library's collections; including housing, classification, inventory, and issues pertinent to the collections aquired by the library.

    • Sept 2012 to  Dec 2012 Library Bench-marking Task Force, Co-Chair

      The Benchmarking Task Force conducted an environmental scan beyond our campus to highlight strategic opportunities, low hanging fruit, and areas where there is wide agreement that a library (or related stakeholder) has achieved excellence. Examination of important national reports in higher education and libraries; best practices and white papers; quality surveys; awards for outstanding libraries; etc. were used in the final report.

    • Sept 2012 to  Dec 2012 Library Population Studies Task Force, Member

      To answer the research question "What are the academic and research behaviors and attitudes of students and faculty including the factors that influence them?" the Population Studies' Task Force gathered data using six different ethnographic techniques. This was an enthographic study performed by library on our campus (including DE) population.

    • Dec 2009 to  Dec 2011 LibGuides Working Group, Member

      This group was responsible for the implementation and design of the LibGuides' platform.

    • Dec 2008 to  Dec 2010 Digital Learning Objects Team, Member

      This group developed standards and priorities for the development of digital learning objects.

    • Jan 2010 to  Sept 2013 TDOC Task Force, Member

      Planning and implementing the digitization of UTA Library's legacy Texas documents collection.

    • Aug 2014 to  Present Popular Reading Collection Selection Committee, Member

      Make selections for the Popular Reading Collection.

    • July 2004 to  May 2005 Kalpana Chawla Hall Time Capsule Committee, Member

      This group planned the creation and dedication of a time capsule located in Kalpana Chawla Hall as a dedication to the life of Kalpana Chawla. On Feb. 1, 2003, Dr. Chawla died with six other crew members when their space shuttle, the Columbia, disintegrated while entering earth's atmosphere.

    • Mar 2010 to  Mar 2011 MultiCultural Collection Advisory Committee, member

      The MultiCultural Collection (MCC) is a circulating and reference collection covering the political, social, cultural, economic, and intellectual history of multicultural groups in the Southwest. The committee advised on the maintenance and management of the collection.

    • July 2013 to  Oct 2013 Textbook Policy Task Force

      Task force charged with reviewing current textbook policy, researching textbook purchasing policies of other academic libraries, summarizing findings, and providing pros and cons for consideration. Task force members included Debbie Carter, Diane Shepelwich, Doreen Munna, John Dillard, Josie Murdoch, and Sylvia George-Williams.

    • Apr 2018 to  Present Library Staff Advisory Council

      Responsible for informing the Library Dean and colleagues about activities in each department.

    • Oct 2009 to  Oct 2012 LibGuides Working Group

      This group was responsible for usability testing and redesign of the libguide platform and continued maintenance and quality of the research guides.

  • Appointed
    • Feb 2014 to  Feb 2014 Textbook Purchase Guidelines, Member

      Developed definition of and guidelines for purchase of textbooks.

    • Dec 2012 to  Dec 2012 Search Committee for Instruction & Information Literacy Librarian position, Member

      Search committee

    • Dec 2008 to  Dec 2008 Search Committee for Subject/Liaison Librarian in the Humanities, Member

      search committee

    • May 2014 to  Feb 2015 Consolidated Service Point Strategic Initiative, Member

      Enhance student experience by streamlining academic student support services available in the UTA Central Library.

    • May 2014 to  Dec 2014 Triage Model of Service Strategic Initiative, Member

      Enhance student experience through an efficient, consultative service model in the UTA Central Library Service Zone.

    • May 2014 to  Nov 2014 Outreach for FabLab Strategic Initiative, Team Leader

      Create partnerships to stimulate K12 student interest in design thinking and provide hands-on experience in iterative design and invention.

    • May 2014 to  Sept 2014 Open Educational Resources Strategic Initiative, Member

      Enhance student experience through expanded access to open educational resources.

    • Dec 2009 to  Apr 2010 Customer Service Task Force, Chair

      Develop a document to provide Library staff with specific standards and expectations for providing consistent, superior customer service.

    • May 2004 to  Aug 2004 Mavs Meet Fall Convocation Planning Committee, member

      Committee to plan and coordinate the Mavs Meet Convocation for Fall 2004.

    • Dec 2005 to  Mar 2007 Implementation Planning Team, Signage & Exhibits, Member

      Develop library-wide philosophies to apply to both an exhibits policy and a signage policy.

    • Nov 2005 to  July 2006 Implementation Planning Team, Branding, Member

      Develop a process to define the library's identity and work with the university on a library brand.

    • Dec 2005 to  Aug 2007 Implementation Planning Team, Marketing, Member

      Develop marketing strategies for targeted segments of the University community.

    • Sept 2006 to  June 2007 Implementation Planning Team, Grants, Member

      Develop a process for library staff to identify and collaborate with faculty members writing grants in order to include funding for related library resources.

    • July 2008 to  July 2009 Strategic Planning Team, Scholarly Communication (Internal), Member

      Educate library staff about the trends and issues regarding scholarly communications so that they can serve as resources for the faculty and advocates for open access.

    • July 2008 to  July 2009 Strategic Planning Team, Scholarly Communication (External), Member

      Expand communication efforts to faculty and the administration about scholarly communication issues.

  • Other
    • Dec 2016 to  Present Honors Faculty Advisory Committee, Member

      Committee that advises the Honors College

  • Elected
    • 2008 to  2009 Professional Forum, Chair

      The Professional Forum of the UT Arlington Library addressed the professional interests and concerns of library staff and served as a collective voice on issues related to the library and archival professions.

Other Service Activities

  • Conference planning
    • Sep 2015 International Translation Day

      Coordinated International Translation Day events with Dr. Marko Miletich, Department of Modern Languages. Events included a presentation by renowned translator Marian Schwartz discussing her newest translation of Anna Karenina. Schwartz has translated more than 60 volumes of Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art.

  • Conference planning
    • Apr 2015 Cultural Constructions 2015: Image/Text/Meaning

      The Biannual Cultural Constructions Conference brings together student and faculty presenters for collegial and engaging multidisciplinary conversations. The conference planning committee invites 500 word abstracts for scholarly presentations on the 2015 theme of "Image/Text/Meaning."  Proposals in all fields of scholarly inquiry are welcome, as long as they address the topic of visuality in relation to representation, identity and meaning. Actual oral presentations and posters will be juried for awards during the conference. 

  • Student Outreach and Engagement
    • Oct 2015 Open Access Week

      Member of team planning, promoting, and executing campus activities for the 2015 and 2018 International Open Access Week. Contributions include curating physical and virtual exhibits, creating promotional materials, producing and maintaining research guides, and implementing the events.

  • Student Outreach and Engagement
    • Dec 2006 Welcome Week planning committee

      Member of team that planned and executed UTA Libraries Welcome Week activities. Volunteered for this service group for several years from 2006 to 2012.

  • Student Outreach and Engagement
    • Dec 2006 Banned Books Week

      Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. For several years from 2006 through 2015, volunteered to create and execute events for the week-long celebration. Activities included brainstorming events, creating informative exhibits, curating relevant titles, producing promotional materials, and recruiting and organizing volunteers.