Friday Conference Sessions

Session E: 9:15-10:00 am

E1. Breaking Through the Silos: Collaboration that Supports Instruction

Anne Larrivee; Eric Howd

University Union 102

There are many departments that offer instructional support on campus, but some of these services often function through silos. Collaborative partnership can strengthen outreach efforts and diversify services offered. This session seeks to explore how collaborative partnerships can shift beyond one-shot experiences, into on-going, sustainable projects. Learn how an instructional designer and a librarian converged to develop an informal lunchtime discussion group and a faculty support network. In addition, learn how librarians have participated in a variety of other projects that range beyond general instruction sessions. This program will also leave time for participants to share some of their own collaborative experiences.

E2. Experiencing Medieval Manuscripts Using Arduino Technology: An Experiment in Digital Humanities Interactive Tools

Kristen Gallant; Juan Denzer

University Union 103

Arduino boards, a current trending open-source platform technology in the United States, are being used by museums and other institutions to create interactive exhibits for their patrons. As the Libraries at Binghamton University are always looking for new inspirations to educate our patrons, the Touching is Seeing exhibit is an attempt to teach the campus about the sensory experiences of medieval patrons and their manuscripts. Kristen Gallant and Juan Denzer will be explaining Arduino technology, its partnership with illuminated manuscripts, the process of illumination, and the scholarly texts and image sources needed to make this project happen.

E3. 2015 SUNYLA Salary Survey: A Report of the Personnel Policies Committee

Eugene J. Harvey; Chris Keough; Jill Locascio; Nancy Abashian

University Union 108

In 2015, the SUNYLA Personnel Policies Committee proceeded with the administration of the SUNYLA Salary Survey. Historically, survey results have been used not only to gauge librarian salaries within SUNY longitudinally but also to compare librarian salaries to those of faculty in other SUNY academic areas. Committee members will present on: 1) the historical context of the SUNYLA Salary Survey, 2) the survey methodology used to collect responses, 3) the research methodology behind analyses, and 4) various statistical comparisons for a wide range of variables. The presenters also will discuss the need to advocate at different systemic levels to strengthen change efforts.

E4. Enhancing Patron Service, Engaging Student Workers: Capitalizing on the Seduction of the Smartphone Aesthetic

Sharon Fisher; Sean Bustard

University Union 111

How does a supervisor effectively draw library student assistants’ attention away from the allure of their smartphones? Our solution: emulate what is so appealing about the applications they use! We designed a webpage that captures the smartphone aesthetic and simplifies the presentation of library resources. Our minimalistic, app-like, central hub links all the separate tools and forms our workers might use in any given shift. The result is a noticeable increase in reporting, accessing staff manuals, and communicating with supervisors. Our webpage supports Binghamton Libraries’ mission to maintain a productive work environment with empowered, knowledgeable and creative staff.

E5. What’s Your LGBTQ IQ?

Sharona Ginsberg; Brandon West

University Union 206

The breadth of diversity at our institutions continues to grow and it is our job as academic librarians to strive towards serving our entire campus communities. Our presentation explores the needs of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and other nonconforming (LGBTQ+) students, faculty, and staff. This presentation will further attendee knowledge and awareness by sharing important terminology and concepts, as well as common challenges. Collectively, attendees will brainstorm solutions to these challenges and suggestions for actionable steps librarians can take to ensure they are serving a diverse population. Questions–including anonymous questions–are welcome!

E6. Selecting and Ordering eBooks: One Library’s Workflow using YBP’s Gobi Interface

Jane Kessler and Steve Sutton

University Union 124

Jane Kessler, Head of Reference and Research Services at the University at Albany Library, and Steve Sutton, Regional Sales Manager for YBP Library Services will provide an overview of the University at Albany Library‘s workflow for the selection and ordering of eBooks using YBP’s GOBI Interface.

E7. Read a Zine, Then Make One – Repeat: The Zine Library as a Point of Convergence between Communities and Collections

Madeline Veitch; Lydia Willoughby

University Union 215

Academic libraries facilitate the convergence of community values and information access beyond the classroom. As an emerging special collection, the New Paltz Zine Library strives to reflect the campus values of creativity and interdisciplinary research in the institutional holdings of the Sojourner Truth Library. Since 2014, the Zine Library has expanded to include workshops, a funded internship position, and (coming soon) a mobile zine lab. This presentation addresses why academic libraries are collecting zines, and how zines create community space. Through programming and library instruction, we explore zines at the convergence of civic and campus life.

Session F: 10:15-11:00 am

F1. Reclaiming the Spotlight: Using Open Access Benefits to Cast the Library in a Starring Role

Doug Cannon, bepress

University Union 102

SUNY’s new open access resolution is an opportunity to reposition the library in a leading role on campus. Why? SUNY librarians are in a position to offer services to faculty at a time when scholarship is increasingly digital and complex to organize: faculty work now includes videos, course materials, datasets, and more. When the library steps into the spotlight and offers its expertise, faculty work is organized, visible, and preserved. Even more exciting to faculty are the benefits of getting their work discovered by other academics, government institutions, and organizations in the private sector. Learn how your library can get ready for its close-up by offering faculty services alongside valuable impact and readership analytics that make open access mandates fun again.

F2. Peer Instruction and Experiential Learning Come Together in a Collaborative Information Literacy Project

Leah Galka; Amy Rockwell

University Union 103

In an effort to foster peer instruction and experiential learning, students from Buffalo State’s Introduction to Library Research Methods (LIB 100) course created Database Fact Sheets for the use of students in Mastering the Academic Environment (UNC 100). The fact sheets are designed to give new students, such as those in UNC 100, an introduction to the features of various databases and basic information literacy concepts. The student-created fact sheets were then compiled into a LibGuide used as part of the information literacy instruction in UNC 100. This collaboration allowed for cross-course peer instruction and practical research experience for students.

F3. From Worst to First: WTF? How getting over ourselves improved student satisfaction and retention

Michelle Currier; Cori Wilhelm

University Union 108

Through student-focused management and decision-making, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons takes a unique approach to student success and retention. This presentation will serve as an in-depth account of the decisions and practices linking our library services with student success. Highlighted throughout will be the intentional focus on student-driven changes, and the strategies key players prioritized to bring the vision to life.

SUNY Canton’s model aids in retention by allowing the students to have a voice in decision making, and giving students ownership of the library space and services. Presenters will cover vision, space management and aesthetic, communication strategies, introduction of emerging technologies, community building and engagement, intentional assessment and planning, reputation management, and the future and strategic direction of the Southworth Library Learning Commons relative to the successes that have been realized and the partnerships that have been formed.

F4. 1-Hour Article Delivery Doesn’t Have to Be a Miracle: Getting Past Manual Copyright and Article Purchase Review in ILL

Shannon Pritting; Nickie Colello; Anne Bouvier

University Union 111

Most libraries have experienced positive feedback when everything goes right in the borrowing article workflow, and an article is delivered to a patron in a few minutes or hours. Delivery time of articles is an area in ILL workflows that has been vastly improved. However, there are still many parts of the ILL borrowing process that stop articles from being sent and delivered without staff intervention or delays. Come learn how UB and SUNY Poly libraries are working to make the dream of “virtually instant” ILL article delivery a reality.

F5. Global Perspectives: Shared Values of Cuban Librarians

Kenneth Schlesinger; Tess Tobin

University Union 206

A delegation of ten CUNY librarians and archivists visited Cuba for one week in January 2016. When we encountered leading Cuban libraries, archives, and cultural institutions, we immediately sensed the passion and commitment of Cuban librarians. Despite major technological challenges, they are proactively digitizing collections, preserving materials, and creating dynamic open access discovery tools. We left inspired by our Cuban colleagues’ resiliency and efforts to enhance the principles and values of librarianship by providing access to information and designing programming services for their communities.

F6. Speed Weeding on the Cheap

Amanda Hollister; Sue Slivan

University Union 215

In the fall of 2013, the SUNY Broome library director dangled the promise of new carpeting and mass weeding began. While there are plenty of circulation reports available in the Aleph client, the reports did not compare our holdings to those of other SUNY libraries. Using the Aleph x-server and the OCLC Search API, we created a web-based tool that creates reports that combine the circulation data from Aleph with the OCLC holdings data from SUNY libraries. Circulation data for the entire monograph collection was analyzed using Tableau, which allowed bibliographers to target “circulation hotspots” or areas of “dead wood.” About 12,000 books were weeded in about six months.

F7. Research is a Verb

Sara Tarpley, Gale

University Union 124

There’s research, and then there’s Gale Researcher—an intuitive research platform and curriculum tool that launches students into citable sources that are topically relevant to course curriculum for undergraduate-level research projects. Please join Sara Tarpley, Director of Academic Product Sales at Gale to learn how Gale Researcher can help libraries partner with faculty to support student outcomes through curriculum alignment while helping students drive new insights leveraging cutting-edge tools in line with the student’s workflow.


Session G: 11:15 am-12:00 pm

G1. Is “good enough” “good enough?” Envisioning the Future Intersection of Libraries and Online Learning

Mia Breitkopf; Logan Rath

University Union 215

We invite anyone interested in the intersection of libraries and online learning to join us in a round-table discussion. Let’s share what we’re doing as well as our aspirations and strategies for overcoming challenges we will continue to face as online and hybrid enrollments grow across our system. This round-table discussion will be facilitated by two Brockport librarians, and anyone with a positive attitude is welcomed.

G2. PastPerfect software – The Perfect way to catalog archival collections

Jane Verostek

University Union 103

In the Fall of 2014 the SUNY ESF Archives re-opened after a 3 year closure. Faced with an outdated card catalog and backlogs of donations and no way to search the archival collections as a whole – the SUNY ESF College Archives purchased the PastPerfect software. This software has helped to catalog, document and organize our archival collections. Participants will see via pictures, photos and screen captures the process and progress of how we re-opened our archives and moved from a card catalog to an online catalog and database dedicated to the archives and will demonstrate how we use the PastPerfect software.

G3. BNG-TV Presents the Property Sisters

Aleshia Huber; Sandy Card; Jill Dixon

University Union 108

Binghamton University Libraries are faced with space opportunities – crowding of the libraries and possible asbestos abatement in Technical Services. In Technical Services, the asbestos abatement would require removal of all walls leaving only the supporting columns. A group of students with appropriate backgrounds, working with current staff needs, were used to provide us with some fresh ideas for new configurations. Additionally, two heavily used public spaces – the Information Commons and a quiet reading area – are in need of makeover. In these areas, a different group of students provided possible renovation plans based on student feedback and space analysis. The presentation will discuss working with students on library space projects.

G4. From $3000 to 0: Utilizing college CMS to integrate electronic library reserves into course content

Amy E. Handfield

University Union 111

This presentation will describe the migration from an outside vendor’s electronic reserve system to Moodle conducted by the O’Malley Library at Manhattan College. The process has both cut library budget costs and integrated electronic reserves into the college’s content management system. The migration has allowed for increased transparency between students, faculty, and library staff when accessing electronic reserve material in addition to drastically lowering the cost of processing library reserves. The presentation will cover the migration process, the results, and suggestions for other institutions as to how they can utilize CMS with academic library services.

G5. Mapping the convergence of library/faculty research in the sciences

Molly Higgins; Bob Tolliver; Clara Tran; Jennifer Devito; Sally Steiglitz

University Union 206

Our group set out to explore publishing patterns among academic librarians who collaborate with non-library faculty on research projects. We examined publication patterns in high impact library and education journals across science, technology, and health sciences disciplines. This presentation will discuss our findings. We address questions like “What liaison subjects have the most collaborations between library and non-library researchers?” “What types of research are library and non-library researchers collaborating on?” And “Can these results tell us anything about the types of institutions and job responsibilities that allow librarians to research and publish more extensively?”

G6. Web of Science

Will Edgar, Thomson Reuters

University Union 124

Thomson Reuters will be finishing a system-wide trial for the Web of Science through SUNYConnect, and we can use this time to review the trial resources.  We will also allow 15-20 minutes to answer questions. The main topics covered will be: SUNYConnect Web of Science trial, Web of Science content, use cases, questions, and feedback from participants.