Thursday Conference Sessions

Session A: 10:15-11:00 am

A1. All Aboard at the Citation Station!: Convergence of librarian and faculty expertise in information literacy instruction

Lisa Czirr

University Union 102

Information literacy instruction is the convergence of librarian and faculty expertise. This presentation will explore that convergence in a citation class. An essential part of the research process, citation is often taught only briefly, which can leave students still unclear. Thanks to a faculty member’s suggestion, the opportunity arose to construct this class. Through close collaboration, this session evolved from a lecture on the fundamentals to an active experience with learning stations that incorporates higher-level concepts. Knowledge practices and dispositions from the Information Has Value and Scholarship As Conversation frames laid the foundation during the creation of the improved session.

A2. Developing Transparent Assignments around Archival and Special Library Collections

Priscilla Finley; Su Kim Chung

University Union 103

Librarians Su Kim Chung and Priscilla Finley conducted a retreat with historians to dive deep into collections from UNLV’s special collections and design assignments that facilitate student use of unique primary sources and address specific learning goals from each history course. Faculty explored finding aids to identify relevant collections, shared their experiences teaching with primary source material, and selected collections or documents to develop assignments around. We’ll share our experience combining instructional design and collection exploration to facilitate the creation of assignments featuring authentic tasks relevant to course and university-wide goals.
Transparent assignment design helps students understand the reasoning behind the work set before them by spelling out the purpose, task and criteria for success and relating those to the skills and knowledge that are core to the discipline they are working in. Together, the librarians and teaching faculty applied transparent design principles, structuring tasks and milestones for each project so that students can get feedback along the way from peers, librarians, and the instructor. A discussion of archival literacy competencies also helped faculty and librarians plan activities that introduced some of the skills and knowledge students need to use special collections and archives effectively.

The retreat resulted in the design of six new assignments that will expose students to UNLV’s unique resources while also supporting campus retention, progression and completion goals. Faculty were attracted by the opportunity to dig deep into special collections; as a result of this retreat, students will be given assignments that are carefully aligned with both available collections, course learning objectives, and University-wide transparency goals.

A3. Transitioning to a shared services model

Joleen McInnis; Kristy Lee

University Union 108

The renovation of the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz included a transition from multipoint services desks: Collection Access (Circulation, Reserves), Research Services, and Technical Services to a single, shared service model, where the staff of these departments are represented at a single desk. his period leading up to this transition included many important changes within the library, including a major staffing review and strategic planning process, meaning focused conversations about transitioning to this new service model involving impacted staff began late. Joleen McInnnis and Kristy Lee, key members of the Shared Services Desk Task Force at STL, will talk about the conversations and planning process leading up to the implementation and the initial successes and challenges experienced following implementation.

A4. Becoming Hogwarts: Building campus and community connection through library programming

Eva Sclippa

University Union 111

The Scholes Library at Alfred University has been seeking ways to increase awareness of our Special Collections, and to improve and expand on our connections across campus and with the Alfred community. A traveling exhibit on Harry Potter from the National Library of Medicine turned out to be the perfect answer. Students, faculty, staff, and community members joined together in the libraries from August through October to attend “Hogwarts” lectures, participate in a themed scavenger hunt, meet live owls, and much more. This presentation will share our experiences in planning and implementing this event series, as well as the results of a survey the following spring.

A5. Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions: An Update on OER Activities

Laura K. Murray

University Union 206

Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) is a service of the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services and Open SUNY ( It is a centralized web presence where open educational resource (OER) initiatives across SUNY are showcased, and OER resources are available to everyone. One of the featured services of Open SUNY ALS is open courses designed to educate librarians, faculty, and instructional designers about OER. This presentation offers a quick educational overview of OER, a tour of the Open SUNY ALS web site, reviews the important roles for librarians in the OER revolution, and shares experiences with teaching OER online.

A6. Navigating the Stream: Best Practice Roundtable

Valerie Mittenberg; Maaike Oldemans; Rebecca Oling; Jennifer Kronenbitter

University Union 215

Video is a popular instructional tool, and streaming video offers multiple advantages over the DVD format. Academic libraries are becoming increasingly involved in providing steaming video content in support of pedagogy and research. Librarians from SUNY Cortland, New Paltz, and New Paltz will share current practices and discuss challenges and ethical dilemmas in providing video-streaming services to faculty and students. Come share your ideas and questions with your colleagues.

A7. Using PolicyMap to Bridge the GIS Divide – Live Demo

Tom Love, PolicyMap

University Union 124

Place-based data is often of key interest to faculty, staff and students who are not in a specific GIS-based curriculum or are not familiar with complicated software.  Learn more about PolicyMap, the easy-to-use nationwide online interactive GIS mapping tool used in academia and in practice in the social sciences, urban studies and planning, economic development, public policy and administration, public health, education, business and economics, environmental studies and more.  Explore aspects and trends in different New York communities through a live demo of PolicyMap.

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

B1. A Study of Flipped Information Literacy Sessions for Business Management and Education

Jennifer Poggiali; Madeline Cohen; Alison Lehner-Quam; Robin Wright

University Union 102

This presentation reports the results of a quantitative study of flipped classroom approaches to information literacy instruction in business and education classes. The presenters used pre- and post-tests to assess learning objectives for students in traditional class sessions and flipped sessions. The findings of our study show a statistically significant improvement in student achievement on pre-tests for those students in the flipped group, but no statistically significant difference in learning outcomes on the post-tests. We will discuss the implications of these and other results, as well as the design and execution of the classes.

B2. How to Win (Almost) Every Website Fight

Emily Mitchell

University Union 103

Everyone thinks they know what the library website should look like, but no two people–let alone groups–can ever agree. If you’re in charge of a website, you’ve faced down conflicting demands from the campus, library administration, librarian committees, annoyed faculty members, unhappy students, and more. Did you win all those fights? If so, at what cost? This session will examine the weapons in our arsenal–from data to documentation–and discuss how those weapons can be wielded to win (almost) any fight.

B3. Collecting and Using Data for Space Design

Kristin Hart; Katie Bram

University Union 108

SUNY Maritime librarians have an opportunity to overhaul their space as part of a SUNY grant for an “Academic Success Center” — the first renovation of this AIA-award winning space since the 1970s. The library needed to determine how to adapt its space for exciting new purposes, incorporating its needs with the needs of the Learning Center, the administration, the faculty, and the students. We used surveys, observations, and visioning groups to quantify these needs and elicit ideas. This presentation will examine how we collected and used various forms of data to guide our process, including successes and pitfalls.

B4. Open CUNY: 24 Colleges, 5 Boroughs, 1 Repository

Megan Wacha; Ann Fiddler

University Union 206

In March 2015, CUNY Libraries launched an open access institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works, to collect and provide public access to the intellectual output of the students, faculty, and staff at the City University of New York. This presentation details a collaborative model in which the Office of Library Services at the Central Office partners with libraries at each of CUNY’s campuses to adopt more open practices. Primary focus is on access to faculty research publications and the current state of the OER landscape at CUNY.

B5. Health Sciences collection development at a community college

Cynthia L. Koman

University Union 215

The most common way to discover whether materials in a library are being used is through usage statistics. During this session, the presenter will share the experiences of collection development in the health sciences at Hudson Valley Community College. Trends in annual usage over multiple years are tracked rather than relying on aggregated multi-year usage totals. Ebook usage will also be discussed and its role in collection development in the health sciences as well.

B6. Credo: So Much More Than A Reference Database

Kathy Fagan, Credo

University Union 124

You’ll see how Credo facilitates the foundational research process for both beginning and experienced researchers and then helps them structure their research to include citable journal articles through customized Topic Pages. See the wealth of multimedia files in the database and the tools that help students brainstorm and narrow their topics. Also, take a peek at how we help you teach your students how to be better consumers and producers of information through our Info Lit Modules.

Session C: 2:00-2:45 pm

C1. Seeing is Believing – Introduce, Instruct and Educate Students via a 3D Experience

Julie Wang; Jill Dixon

University Union 102

The Binghamton University Libraries, along with its partner of the Confucius Institute, created a new Chinese Cultural Experience Center in the main library as a pilot program to introduce world cultures through innovative and immersive technology and an ongoing exhibition showcasing the Libraries’ collection. The center is used for class instruction as well as a unique educational venue where visitors learn about various aspects of Chinese culture. This presentation will share the experience of establishing the cultural center, discuss the challenges, opportunities and benefits.
Following the presentation, there will be a guided tour of the CCEC in Bartle Library.

C2. Ghosts in the Library: Collaborative Approaches to Student Learning with Game-Based Pedagogy

Lydia Willoughby; Mandy Babirad; Heather Shimon

University Union 103

Can the required library instruction session foster a culture of curiosity beyond the classroom? This proposal describes a game that is at the convergence of English Composition programmatic outcomes and critical pedagogy. “Ghosts in the Library” is a library game that meets programmatic outcomes presented in a problem-based context and engages a collaborative approach to student learning. Students navigate library resources to ‘bust’ a ghost haunting the library, solving a paranormal problem with collaborative storytelling. Using game-based pedagogy, this lesson plan connects student participation to the ways in which college level research can be confusing, overwhelming–and even otherworldly–to students.

C3. Sustainable Thinking

Megan Coder; Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

University Union 108

The New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative (NYLA-SI) is a movement to help libraries make decisions that are economically feasible, environmentally sound, and in line with their community’s core values, to ensure libraries remain vital, visible, and viable. Rebekkah Smith Aldrich is one of the pioneers behind the NYLA-SI, and Megan Coder is one of the co-creators selected for this project. They will give an overview of the concept of “sustainable thinking”; an orientation to the NYLA-SI project and provide a preview of the practical “get started” tools in development through the project that will aid attendees in making the case to library administration about the importance of infusing sustainability into an academic library setting.

C4. Work for credit : bringing students into the Libraries to work for a grade

Nancy Abashian

University Union 111

Traditionally, libraries pay student workers to perform assorted tasks throughout their organizations. These jobs are often limited in scope, responsibility and expectation and also by funding and scheduling availability. This presentation will outline the creation of a research project within the Libraries that tackled a large project using undergraduate research assistants working toward a grade rather than a paycheck. It will describe the creation and promotion of the project as well as its outcomes including the behavior of students when working for a grade in a flexible, independent environment.

C5. Weeding without Walking: A List-Based Approach

Steven Ovadia; Francine Egger-Sider; Louise Fluk; Christopher McHale

University Union 206

The LaGuardia Community College Library took the opportunity presented by a major renovation to conduct comprehensive weeding of its collections, rather than return aging, little-used materials from temporary storage to a shiny new facility. The Library used publication and circulation data to generate a discard list for review by Library faculty–at their desks, not in the stacks. This presentation will walk participants through the project workflow, from deciding upon list parameters, to training reviewers, to handling the physical discard of books. The Library-wide collaboration demonstrated the value of making weeding a departmental project .

C6. Time Management for Technical Services

Amber Billey

University Union 215

Technical services work can shift and fluctuate depending on the time of year, type of materials, staffing levels, and changing technology. By utilizing time management methods inspired from business strategies, software development, and mindfulness-based practices, technical services librarians and staff can set goals and prioritize tasks to
successfully accomplish daily work and special projects. This presentation will cover prioritization techniques, as well as freely available organizational and project management tools.

C7. EDS: Apps & Cloud Services, get in the Cloud!

Ellie Collier, EBSCO

University Union 124

Join Discovery Services Engineer, Ellie Collier, for a discussion on how new EDS features along with Apps and Cloud Services are making results more relevant than ever, allowing for easier integration of your research guides, and showing how your users are searching and interacting with Discovery. Ellie will also discuss future directions and how user research and data analysis are shaping EDS development.

Session D: 3:00-3:45 pm

D1. A comparison of two 3D printing programs in academic library settings

Jamie Saragossi; Molly Higgins

University Union 102

While working at Touro College School of Health Sciences, Jamie Saragossi obtained grant funding through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to launch a 3D printing program that would be incorporated into two graduate level health science classes along with an embedded librarian. At Stony Brook University Health Sciences Library, 3D printing was introduced to students through a partnership Molly Higgins cultivated with the campus Innovation Lab. We will look at both projects and compare strategies for marketing, launching the program as well as assessing student interest and value added to the library.

D2. Early Intervention: An Academic Library Research Seminar for Early College High School Freshman

Matthew Harrick

University Union 103

To foster college readiness, Brooklyn College Library’s outreach librarian developed a six-week research seminar for high school freshman enrolled in a partnering Early College High School science program. This seminar exposes students to the research process through a structured project, and its curriculum includes instruction on searching and using library resources, a component on researching using primary sources in our special collections unit, and weekly in-class, reflective exercises that culminate in an annotated bibliography. This discussion focuses on the program’s creation (challenges and successes), its collaborative nature, the experiences of the instructor and the students, and plans for the future.

D3. If we can program the way we want to…

Amanda M. Lowe; Carol Anne Germain

University Union 111

Our academic libraries tend to be busiest during the evening and late night hours. So it seems logical to coordinate programs for those times to increase attendance rates. Similarly, programming should be as non-traditional as these hours. This embraces the idea of “library as place” both in a social and academic context. We want to encourage exploration, creation, and collaboration through innovative (outside of the ordinary) programming. We believe our outrageous ideas including: therapy cats at night, Quidditch pong, indoor bubble blowing, and an inside park – complete with grass, will excite students and let them experience the library as a more user friendly (FUN) environment.

D4. Designing Information Assignments for Literacy: An Open Web Resource

Alexandra Rojas; Dianne Gordon Conyers and Priscilla Stadler

University Union 206

The Library faculty at LaGuardia Community College work together in collaboration with LaGuardia’s nationally recognized Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to offer a professional seminar to help faculty across disciplines incorporate research and information literacy skill-building into class assignments. Participants then contribute to a web-based repository of publicly viewable Open Education Resources (OER) to be shared with colleagues at LaGuardia and around the world. Participants learn about research and information literacy, critical information literacy and the principles behind OER.

D5. Technical Services Interest Group Lightning Rounds

Wendy West; Rebecca Nous

University Union 215

The Technical Services Interest Group will be hosting a set of 3 lightning round presentations on research and topics related to Technical Services.

D6. 3 New Ways to use Scopus to Support Your Academic Community


University Union 124

As the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, Scopus has evolved into a globally trusted data source for academic institutions, funders and international ranking bodies. 1) We’ll discuss why Scopus is being considered the new gold standard by organizations around the world, and you’ll learn various ways to access and visualize Scopus data to make better decisions. 2) We’ll introduce the latest metrics that Scopus now offers to provide both a qualitative and quantitative view of the research landscape. This will let you give your researchers multi-dimensional insight. 3) We’ll discuss how to support mentoring and undergraduate research with unique Scopus author profiles. The aim of this session is to empower you to use Scopus to support users across your entire academic community.

D7. Taylor & Francis

Beth Mullen and Sean Concannon (Taylor & Francis)

University Union 108

Taylor & Francis is the largest publisher of Social Science & Humanities journals. We also offer a considerable portfolio of Science & Technology journals. In 2015, Taylor & Francis added clinical Medical titles. Beth will discuss the different journal subscription options for academic institutions, as well as reviewing key features and functionality for our content platform, Taylor & Francis Online (TFO). On the ebooks side, Sean will give an overview of our major ebooks platforms, Taylor & Francis eBooks and CRCnetBASE, where we host 80,000 ebooks in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, technology, engineering, medicine, mathematics, and many other subject areas. Sean will touch on other resources, including Routledge Handbooks Online, Routledge Performance Archive, Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Online, and more. Sean will also discuss our various acquisition models: individual purchase for perpetual use, collection purchase, and evidence-based selection.