Meghann Kuhlmann

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Meghann Kuhlmann in an Instruction and Research Services Librarian and Assistant Professor. She holds a BA in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She joined the Wichita State University Libraries in August 2015.

Her research interests include information literacy instruction, first-year experience, and the library’s role in student retention efforts.

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    Adaptive scaffolding toward transdisciplinary collaboration: Reflective polyvocal self-study
    (Springer International Publishing, 2022-12-16) Alagic, Mara; Sclafani, Maria; Filbert, Nathan; Rimmington, Glyn M.; Demissie, Zelalem S.; Dutta, Atri; Bowen, Aaron; Lindsay, Ethan; Kuhlmann, Meghann; Rattani, Ajita; Rai, Atul
    Contemporary global challenges require experts from various disciplines to work together. Since every field of knowledge has its unique language and discipline-based culture, collaborative inquiry presents an additional challenge during such collaboration. Ideally, collaborators from each discipline can transcend their respective linguistic and cultural boundaries to achieve transdisciplinarity, where this includes sharing and taking perspectives, active listening; and adaptive, relational metacognitive scaffolding. Within such a framework, the merging of ideas, theories, research design, and methodologies can allow technological applications from each discipline to be achieved through active collaborative, sense-making, and sustained constructivist relations. Within the context of the Disaster Resilience Analytics Center (DRAC) research team, we developed a model of adaptive scaffolding via self-consistent, iterative refinement. This convergence project focused on socio-economic aspects, outreach, and STEAM education, along with postgraduate education. The research team comprised researchers from STEAM disciplines in physical sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, and library science. It proved essential to occasionally step away from the research topic and to critically co-reflect on the initial and ongoing challenges in the convergence path. This resulted in more constructive integration and transcendence of disciplines, leading to the development of an adaptive scaffolding framework. We present this framework and additional reflective insights and limitations related to its potential application in different contexts.
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    Superheroes in the Stacks: Halloween ComicFest and Wichita State University
    (Taylor & Francis, 2019-04-03) Kuhlmann, Meghann; Walker, Lizzy
    Academic libraries’ graphic novel and comic book collections hold a wide appeal for both scholarly study and personal reading. Programming around these materials can attract diverse audiences to promote library services and resources in a distinctive way. Wichita State University Libraries hosted their first Halloween ComicFest in 2017 and it has grown into an annual event from the success of this initial endeavor. In this article, the authors discuss the challenges of planning and hosting a comic convention in an academic library as well as the potential benefits such events hold for both libraries and their patrons.
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    Entrepreneurship outreach through research workshops
    (American Library Association, 2017-06-24) Butts, Sara; Kuhlmann, Meghann
    In fall 2016, Wichita State University Libraries introduced an Entrepreneurship Research Series with workshops designed to support both the burgeoning startup culture on our campus and also entrepreneurs in the greater community. With topics ranging from intellectual property protection to market research techniques, this outreach benefits not only the community but also the library by increasing our visibility and promoting a wider usage of our business resources. We reached out to several small business support organizations who helped us advertise the series among local entrepreneurs. Our marketing efforts led to success in drawing a mix of students and community members to each session. Through this experience, and the assessment data we gathered, we are learning about the information needs of local business owners, inventors, and entrepreneurial students which is helping us improve our services to these groups. In Spring 2017 we expanded the series with guest speakers, an additional day and time slot, and more targeted marketing efforts. This poster will be of particular interest to medium sized libraries looking to increase entrepreneurial outreach with limited staff and budget resources. The presentation will feature strategies for promoting entrepreneurship programming both on campus and in the community and aligning entrepreneurship outreach with library and university missions and strategic plans.
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    A simple software prototype to enhance academic and industry research collaboration
    (North American Business Press, 2016) Abdinnour, Sue; Kuhlmann, Meghann
    This paper introduces a software prototype designed to enhance local collaboration between researchers from across academic disciplines and institutions as well as industry partners. Academic departments can create barriers for new researchers identifying others working in their field. Industry practitioners also face challenges identifying potential partners in academia. All this is often compounded by lengthy publication cycles that can impede applied research outcomes. The prototype we propose (shell) in this paper is a database driven platform enabling researchers and practitioners to search through abstracts of works-in-progress, upload their own research, and contact or recommend others who share similar research interests.
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    Learning from librarians and teens about YA library spaces
    (Public Library Association, 2014-05) Kuhlmann, Meghann; Agosto, Denise E.; Bell, Jonathan Pacheco; Bernier, Anthony
    Young adult (YA) librarianship has received growing attention in the library literature over the past several years. However, the majority of writing on this topic has focused on the services provided rather than on the physical spaces where these services take place. As U.S. public libraries are evolving to meet users' changing needs, we are in need of new design principles that reflect how users are actually using and interacting with their library spaces. Physical design elements have a large impact on how welcoming and comfortable the library feels, making user-centered design a crucial consideration in serving teens.