Friday Sessions

June 16th

Session E
Session F
Session G


Session E: 9:15am – 10:00am

E1. SUNY OER Services—Librarians’ Roles in OER

Alexis McMillan-Clifton & Mark McBride

SUNY OER Services (SOS) at Open SUNY Textbooks (OST) supports OER initiatives across SUNY. Librarians play key roles in the discovery, adoption, adaptation, creation, and curation of OER. Attendees of this session will:

  • gain an understanding of OER activities and initiatives in SUNY;
  • discuss the roles librarians in SUNY are playing in the implementation and scale up of these OER initiatives;
  • envision future roles and challenges for librarians in OER, not just in SUNY, but globally.

E2. Imperfect but Authentic and Invaluable: Information Literacy Assessment by Applying Rubrics to Anonymized Student Papers

Dana Longley

Empire State College employs an intensive quadrennial process to directly assess anonymized student work. This presentation will analyze those processes and their results in relation to the Information Management Gen. Ed. and information literacy more generally, as well as how it stacks up against more traditional modes of information literacy assessment. We will also look at how that data and other data points tie into and impact library instruction, college-wide student orientation, and other aspects of the college.

E3. They Want Their Baked Potatoes Loaded: Outreach to Res Life through a Program Menu

Jen Park

In order to further library outreach efforts to students, focus was placed on reaching out to Resident Assistants (RAs) at Mount Saint Mary College. A campy program menu was created to promote possible presentation topics, with each topic showcasing an aspect of the library. The semester following the inception of the program menu not only saw an increase in RA-driven library programs, but also strong attendance at these programs. The presenter will showcase the program menu, discuss why the menu resonated with the RAs, provide the most popular topics, and touch upon collaborations that have resulted from this creative approach.

E4. Building Multi-Disciplinary Digital Collections in Academic Libraries

Victoria Pilato & Ching-Jung Chen

When leading the institution-wide efforts to build digital collections, libraries face the challenges of motivating faculty, departments, and schools to contribute content. Barriers could lie in inter-departmental communication, faculty members’ awareness of the available tools, and libraries’ outreach focus, but the contribution channel could still take shape. This session explores how librarians can leverage communication channels and utilize the strength of tools to start and maintain communication. Victoria Pilato, the Digital Projects Librarian from SUNY Stony Brook, will share her story of working with faculty to build a coursework-based digital collection and also talk about how the library establishes the digital collection in collaboration with Special Collections and Archives. Ching-Jung Chen, the Digital Scholarship Librarian from CUNY City College, will concentrate on the process of initiating and building digital collections of a variety of content, from science animation to UN Secretary General papers.

E5. Ramp Up Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts: Concrete Steps for Your Library

Sharona Ginsberg & Emily Mitchell

Working toward diversity and inclusion at your library might seem time-consuming and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Join us to learn what steps you can take at your institution to make the library a safe and welcoming space for everyonefrom quick fixes to goals that may take some time to achieve. Bring your questions, as well as your own ideas to contribute!

E6. Good Luck, We’re All Counting on You: Instruction and Assessment Overhaul

Holly Kuhl & Sara Davenport

This presentation examines the steps taken by Cayuga Community College Library to transform the library’s instruction program. Following a re-accreditation visit from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the CCC Library was empowered to assume a leadership role in the college’s initiative to infuse information literacy instruction through the college’s academic programs. This talk highlights changes in instructional design at the classroom level, integration of assessment measures at the program level, and the intellectual work undertaken by CCC librarians to integrate the ACRL’s recently adopted Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into the library’s instructional practices.

E7. JoVE presents: College Ready Community Program

Michael Lucerto, JoVE

Lack of funding and resources in high school STEM programs can lead to a steep learning curve for students as they enter higher education. In response, universities and colleges develop initiatives to increase success and retention among STEM freshmen. But, why start flattening the STEM learning curve there? Why not become a bridge of STEM learning between the High School and College level? In this presentation, we’ll review STEM performance data from within the SUNY System and how JoVE’s material could improve STEM Education University system-wide and in New York High Schools.


Session F: 10:15am – 11:00am

F1. Stony Brook University Open Access Policy

Darren Chase & Shafeek Fazal

This session describes the process of developing an open access policy for Stony Brook University, including campus partners, the role of the library, administration support, outreach and promotion activities, resources and models, a timeline, and lessons learned.

F2. No Room for Argument: Researching Politicized Topics as a Learner

Susan Wood

Many writing assignments force students to adopt a consumerist and combative approach to research: accumulating a given number of sources to use as evidence to justify a particular assertion they have likely already decided they will make. Abandoning “argument” as the initial impetus for research encourages students to disengage from this consumerist and stunted approach. Creating a context in which students can conceptualize themselves as willing learners enables a mindset for engaging and examining, rather than disregarding and cherry-picking, the abundance of diverse information available. The lost ideal that research is for learning is an especially important mindset to embrace in the era of “alternative facts” and hyper-partisanship. This presentation will address a semester-long assignment called the Research & Learning Narrative that the presenter developed for a credit-bearing information literacy course. Through a guided research process on topics they selected from the United Nations’ 2016 Sustainable Development Goals Report, students were asked to think and write critically and reflexively about the research process itself, carefully exploring the context of the information sources they encountered and externalizing their personal criteria for source selection.

F3. Reaching Out to Diverse Populations: What Academic Librarians Can Learn from Public Library Outreach Programs

Michael Bartolomeo & Ariana Kaleta

Outreach programs at public libraries can offer valuable lessons for outreach efforts at the university level—especially when focused on diverse populations. This presentation will look at how two public libraries—one in Connecticut and one on Long Island—have developed their outreach programs for patrons of diverse backgrounds, and how these programs can help academic libraries meet the needs of their own diverse student body.

F4. Student Success at SUNY Geneseo: Building a Data Collection Model to Support Long-Term Assessment

Bonnie J. M. Swoger & Daniel Ross

Milne Library has partnered with SUNY Geneseo’s AOP Program (EOP/TOP) to provide multiple library instruction sessions to participants in a four-week summer bridge program culminating in an academic poster session. Our Student Success Project enables us to assess the effectiveness of this summer bridge program and evaluate student usage of library services. We collected data on student use of circulation, interlibrary loan, instruction, and reference services. Working closely with the Institutional Research Office, we found that students in the AOP summer bridge program use the library at a higher rate than their first-year peers. Some studies suggest that higher library use is associated with higher GPAs.

F5. The Fast-Forward Fixation: A Critical Examination of Academic Librarians’ Focus on the Future

Danielle S. Apfelbaum & Derek Stadler

Librarians have been trying to predict the future of libraries since the dawn of the profession. But, how useful and productive has this investment in forecasting been? In this session, the presenters will share the results of their investigation into the successes and failures of library predictions, as well as the degree to which these forecasts may mirror or serve as manifestations of the day’s prevailing mood in academic librarianship. As such, the researchers hope to better understand how the academic library forecast may be utilized as both a predictive tool and reflective artifact.

F6. Outreach Revival: Reinvigorating and Assessing our Library Liaison Program

Michelle Toth

This presentation outlines the process used to reinvigorate our library liaison program. This process included: (1) equitably assigning departments, (2) whether we include areas outside of academic departments, or how to address programs that don’t have a department home, (3) determining a reasonable baseline level for services and support, and (4) setting up a system of accountability to ensure we are all meeting our liaison obligations and we stay engaged as liaisons. One year after the relaunched liaison program, we surveyed faculty to assess this service and are using that data to meet some of the additional needs identified.

F7. GOBI Library Solutions: Exploiting Vendor Systems to Streamline Workflow

Pat Adams and Deb Silverman, GOBI Library Solutions joined by SUNY Stony Brook panel representative.

Discussion and sharing of GOBI Collections and Acquisitions workflows including GOBI API for cloud-based systems


Session G: 11:15am – 12:00pm

G1. Open Digital Humanities: Supporting the Digital Humanities through Open Mic Events and Open Access Resources

Kathleen Kasten, Laura Costello & Darren Chase

Academic libraries have an important role to play in supporting digital humanities projects. In May and October 2016, librarians at Stony Brook University Libraries hosted Open Mic events for digital humanists on campus. Inspired by a desire to better serve digital humanists with existing projects, this event was also intended as a platform to connect scholars and students with nascent projects to valuable open-access resources and to one another. For the Libraries, the Open Mic was an opportunity to understand the scope and practices of the digital humanities community at Stony Brook, and to identify ways to make meaningful interventions.

G2. Everyone Is Welcome Here: Neurodiversity in the Library

Emily Carlin

Students on the autism spectrum represent a growing demographic on college campuses and often face unique challenges in pursuing higher education. Libraries can help autistic students succeed by partnering with other campus organizations such as the Office of Disability Services and disabled student groups and by ensuring that the library is a safe and welcoming place for neuroatypical students. This session will outline some best practices for working with autistic individuals in a library setting and provide examples of library outreach and programming that may be especially helpful and interesting for autistic students.

G3. From Puppies to Puzzles: Combating Student Stress at UAlbany Libraries

Amanda M. Lowe

In the fall of 2014, with approximately two weeks left until finals extended hours arrived, I embarked on the journey to create UAlbany Libraries’ first “Stress Less” campaign. This campaign focused around activities that the libraries could hold late at night to help relieve stress for our students during finals. Since the fall of 2014, the Stress Less campaign has had much success and has grown in the number of events and participants. This presentation will focus on the history of the campaign, specific challenges, marketing these events to students, and where this campaign is headed in the future. Some tips and tricks for how to start your own successful “stress less” campaign will also be shared!

G4. Mock Up, Test, and Refine: An Approach to Usability Testing

Mark Eaton & Carlos Arguelles

Kingsborough Community College Library ran a usability study aimed at improving users’ experience of our library’s website. To accomplish this, we built prototype pages that recorded users’ interactions. Our prototypes mimicked a real library website and allowed us to gather data on how users interact with the interface. They also gave us an opportunity to mock-up and test potential improvements for the library web page. Through repeated rounds of testing and refinement, we developed recommendations that will ultimately move our library toward a more user-friendly and well-tested web interface, one that is better suited to the needs of our stakeholders.

G5. Globalized Librarianship

Claudia McGivney, Michael Huang & Victoria Pilato

This panel presentation will feature librarians from Stony Brook University and the international initiatives they have participated in, including instruction, digitization, scholarly communication, and transnational scholarship. Michael Huang has partnered with universities in China and across the world to facilitate scholarly exchange and enable Stony Brook researchers to access publications and academic resources abroad. Claudia McGivney has offered online information literacy sessions for Stony Brook’s satellite campus in South Korea. Victoria Pilato traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to facilitate digitization efforts in the Leakey Family archives. This panel will outline these projects in the context of international librarianship.

G6. Leveraging Your Makerspace to Support Department Collaborations

Dana Antonucci-Durgan

In 2014, the Eastern Campus Library was awarded a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant to develop a mobile makerspace model to support experiential learning. The mobile makerspace includes 3D printing hardware, a technology lending library, and a video creation suite. This presentation will discuss two recent collaborations that used the 3D printing technology portion of the mobile makerspace to provide students with a basic understanding of the technology while also offering, in one of the collaborations, an applied learning opportunity with a global reach.

G7. OCLC PRESENTS: Sustainable collection services – a brief introduction & demo

Pete Zeimet

Space use is changing in academic libraries. The library paradigm is shifting from book-centric to learning-centric. Coupled with a gradual decline in circulation, libraries are reconsidering their existing focus on housing as many print materials as possible. Moreover, Academic libraries are increasingly under pressure to make changes in library space. Whether prompted by completely full shelves, renovation/building projects, or adding student success centers, librarians are often making aggressive deselection decisions. OCLC’s GreenGlass allows libraries to make data-driven decisions about which materials they want to preserve, and consequently which materials they can weed. In this session, we will see how GreenGlass uses local library data in the context of peer, state, and nationwide holdings to give staff the confidence they need to make collection management decisions.