Poster Presentations

P1. Veterans are Invisible Library Patrons

Danielle Masursky

Veterans exist in all communities, and in some communities, they exist in quite large numbers. But they are not visible the way that some underserved populations are, and their needs are somewhat specific. This poster presents several tips for appealing to veterans, and reaching out to them in ways that will be successful.

P2. Librarians and health inequities: what can we do?

Elaina Vitale

We know health inequities exist–now how do we prove it and moreover how do we talk about it? This poster aims to address health inequities in our communities and to introduce librarians to freely available health resources to use at home and at work. The poster will explore online evidence-based resources, sources of reliable health statistics and mapping websites. Not just for medical librarians, the poster will also introduce librarians to fundamental concepts of health literacy.

P3. Expanding Mobile Makerspaces to Enhance Active Learning throughout Suffolk County Community College

Kerry Carlson

The poster will highlight the successes of the 2015 IITG Tier 2 grant award entitled, “Expanding Mobile Makerspaces to Enhance Active Learning throughout Suffolk County Community College (SCCC).” It will focus on creating a makerspace with limited space – a problem faced by many libraries. Makerspaces promote student engagement and active learning in both formal and informal settings. Establishing a makerspace at your institution offers your students a unique opportunity for learning.

P4. Become a Stellar Researcher in 3 Easy Steps! A WOLFIE Course

Dana Haugh

Research has become something we do informally almost everyday, be it searching for the best restaurant in the area or checking the validity of a statement. Our familiarity with informal research, however, can sometimes impair our ability to do formal research that requires peer-reviewed, authoritative sources and established experts on a topic.

This free online course teaches users how to become stellar researchers in 3 easy steps and awards badges based on mastery of the skill.

P5. Utilizing the Empire Shared Collection Repository to preserve print collections!

Christopher Keough

The Empire Shared Collection Repository is the result of a collaboration between many New York State Libraries to develop a cost-effective method to preserve serial print collections within our consortia. This was accomplished by reducing the overlap of serial collections among the participating libraries based on the holdings of materials housed within high density storage at SUNY Buffalo. To date the Empire Shared Collection Program has 11 members and contains 31,451 titles encompassing 645,119 items.

In this poster presentation, I will present and discuss the methods we undertook to analyze the serial overlaps of each of the participating libraries. I will also display examples for discoverability of Empire Shared Materials through a variety of different platforms. I will also have conversations regarding assessment and analysis of the services of program to date and delve into future plans for the program.

P6. Crowdfunded Research: An Exploration into a Cultural Phenomenon

Victoria Pilato, Dana Haugh, Darren Chase

Crowdfunding has taken traditionally linear fundraising methods and transformed them into dynamic and interactive experiences. Our project explores crowdfunding for research-specific endeavors, including the motivations for funders, the responsibilities of the researchers, and how universities like Stony Brook are using crowdfunding platforms to further their own research projects. We draw insight from literature, interviews, analytics, and first-hand experiences to answer key questions surrounding this cultural phenomenon.

P7. Libraries in Support of Interdisciplinary Programs

Jamie Saragossi & Kathleen Kasten

Using the medical humanities as a case study, this poster addresses the ways in which academic libraries support interdisciplinary programs. Medical humanities program descriptions were analyzed using text mining and data visualization in order to illuminate priorities and opportunities for collaboration within and outside the library. Our research engages with examples of library services, collections, and spaces to support research and creative work in interdisciplinary fields.

P8. Fake News, Real Consequences

Darren Chase, Dana Haugh, Victoria Pilato

Did your mother call you to tell you that liberals hate science? Did your Facebook feed pop up with an article on a new pesticide that’s going to kill us all? Did one of your friends tell you that president Donald Trump was going to pardon mass shooter Dylann Roof? You might have heard any or all of these stories, but there’s one thread connecting all of them: they’re not true.

News isn’t fake just because you disagree with it. Fake news is intentionally false; it contains false claims or cites non-existent or fabricated evidence.

There are real, sometimes dramatic consequences when people believe and act on information that isn’t true. The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life. This poster will give you strategies for telling fact from fake.

P9. Green Open Access, Gold Open Access

Darren Chase, Dana Haugh, Victoria Pilato

Open access is free, unrestricted online access to scholarly articles. What it means to academia and research is that cost and access restrictions are removed from the equation, allowing free access to peer-reviewed, scholarly works, books, and just about any other electronic print material with the designation.

Open Access works fall into two categories:

*Green Open Access is free online access to peer-reviewed materials like accepted manuscripts of articles, provided by the author, for self-archiving or publishing in an institutional repository.

*Gold Open Access is free online access provided by the journal or publisher, whether the journal is subscription-based, APC (article processing charge)-based, or subsidized.

This poster illustrates the characteristics of Green and Gold open access.

P10. Cultivating Legacies with Cross-Departmental Collaborations

Dana Haugh & Victoria Pilato

Stony Brook University Libraries teamed up with Professor Peg Christoff from the department of Asian and Asian American Studies to collaborate on an exciting digital initiative. Each semester, students in Christoff’s Women in US-Asian Relations class propose, request, and conduct interviews with women making significant contributions in the field. Students record and analyze these interviews, and deliver a written report and class presentation of their findings. After each semester, files are sent to the University Libraries where the Digital Projects Librarian and the Web Services Librarian collaborate to make them available as a digital collection. This initiative not only brings attention to these educational interviews, but also strengthens the bond between academic libraries and the departments they serve.

P11. Open Access Funding and Sustainability

Jessica Koos & Jamie Saragossi

Open access (OA) publishing has been gaining attention in the world of scholarly communication over the past several years. The OA model differs in several ways from that of traditional publishing, largely in the way that it is funded. This poster will compare the fundamental differences between these publishing models. It will also present various methods for authors to offset the expense of Article Processing Charges (APCs) to help increase the sustainability of the OA model.

P12. Video Game Book Club: A New Spin on an Old Tradition

Adam Saunders

The Morrisville State College Library presents its experience with hosting a Video Game Book Club as part of the campus STS Symposium: from planning and picking the game to the facilitation of weekly discussions. Video games offer a new dynamic for the book club format. They are visual, auditory, narrative driven, and interactive- the perfect elements for engaging in an in-depth discussion on the game experience. This poster will cover planning, marketing, execution of the event, as well as feedback and future plans.

P13. Project Management in the Library: Methods to improve efficiency and collaboration

Jennifer A. DeVito

Project management is an established method in many industries, like IT and manufacturing. The same tools that help project teams see an airplane through the design phase to the production, transportation, assembly and delivery can be used in library projects to streamline workflows and improve interdepartmental communication and collaboration. This poster will outline some of the project management tools used in library projects.

P14. Beginner’s Mind: Usability Testing with Undergraduate Interns

Emily Mitchell, Lilly Kiel & Gabrielle Darling

The whole point of website usability testing is to see your site from fresh perspectives, without all of a librarian’s assumptions and preconceptions. If you run the same tests on (almost) the same pages for several years, though, the users’ experiences can stop feeling quite so revelatory. What to do? Bring in a couple of undergraduate students who think they might be interested in librarianship! Come hear what these library usability interns learned in their own words–plus what their supervising librarian learned from them.

P15. Contemporary Lens: A New Approach to Teaching Observation In the Visual Arts

Meredith Starr, Joseph Napolitano, Dana Antonucci-Durgan

While artists and scientists are equally creative, they explore and research their subjects with different perspectives, technology and techniques. When Visual Arts students are offered the opportunity to enter the science lab, they discover new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around them. “Contemporary Lens: A New Approach to Observation” is a poster presentation that conveys the ongoing collaboration between Drawing I and Drawing II students, and the Biology and Library Departments at SUNY Suffolk County Community College. As part of the collaboration, artists develop advance observational skills to accurately depict texture. Students who are a part of this collaboration study insects under the microscope as well as explore animal skulls and skeletons with their naked eye and assistance of a magnifying glass. Students are exposed to possible career paths beyond scientific illustration and learn about the research process of animators for popular movies. Students are then introduced to critical texts about observation, such as John Berger’s “New Ways of Seeing.” They contemplate the contrast between their eye as a lens, and the lenses of scientific and modern technology. They have the opportunity to create 3d print renderings of the skulls they observed and compare and contrast the success of the drawing produced with their naked eye versus the 3d sculpture produced by the printer. This visual presentation will describe the creative and technical exercises and assignment details of the unit that occur within the studio setting as well as the role of the science and library labs through photographs, video and textual representation. Student examples, positive outcomes, models for assessment and ways to integrate this collaboration at other institutions will also be included. Collaboration between the Visual Art and Science, and Library disciplines has the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes.

P16. Demonstrating that library staff campus engagement matters

Jess Spooner & Tina Demo

While events were not a new concept to SLLC, they were held at a minimum. About 3.5 years ago the library staff were asked to start doing more. At first we grumbled and didn’t see the point. The library seemed just fine. However, as the events grew, so did our popularity on campus. This opportunity allowed students to feel more at ease when seeking assistance and they were able to engage with staff on a different level. Other departments recognized the success of our events and not only started attending them, but wanted to coordinate events with us. This all led to an overwhelming, positive increase in campus engagement.

P17. Exhibiting a special collection of Gope boards from Paupua, New Guinea

Mary Jo Orzech, Bruce Conrad-Reingold, Bruce Avery, Helena Bourque

Twenty Gope boards, artfully inscribed elliptical wooden boards, used as part of initiation rites for young men in Papua, New Guinea, are on display in Drake Memorial Library. This poster answers the most immediate questions of what, where, and how these unique art pieces came to the library. It will also probe underlying questions of culture and history as a focus for library discovery, teaching and learning. The display presents an opportunity to reflect and celebrate Pacific Island heritage and culture. The boards represent oceanic tribal art forms and as art objects, they inspire consideration of design, form, function, aesthetics and meaning. As historical artifacts, the boards invite a deeper understanding of context, environment and time. Anthropological aspects offer students a deeper dive into Pacific Island societal culture, mores and norms. For more information see:

P18. Moving Forward 2017: Be Informed. Be Engaged. Be Empowered.

Dawn Wing

“Moving Forward 2017” will showcase the collaborative, grassroots efforts librarians, faculty, students and staff at Suffolk County Community College are making to address concerns and questions regarding current issues and ongoing changes in domestic and international policies. The poster will cover how SCCC librarians are taking initiative to support our diverse community of learners by curating themed book/information displays, creating a LibGuide and facilitating discussion panels on immigration, LGBTQ rights, civil liberties and gender equality among other topics. I will also highlight the importance of librarians taking on other roles within the College community (eg: club advisor, Teaching and Learning Center coordinator, etc.) to effectively engage with students, faculty, administrators and staff of diverse backgrounds.

P19. Closing the Loop: Operationalizing Three Years of Information Literacy Rubric Assessment Results

Rebecca Hewitt

After three rounds of assessing first year student research projects with an adapted information literacy rubric, instruction librarians studied the results for opportunities to strengthen instruction practice. Although these assessment results easily show patterns in student strengths and weaknesses and clearly indicate what is necessary to address them, operationalizing these results is a greater challenge.

P20. Representing the future in Black Space: Curating an exhibit to celebrate the African Diasporic imagination by showcasing Schaffer Library’s black speculative literature and music collections

Robyn Reed

In small liberal arts colleges, black students often experience alienation while navigating white spaces with little acknowledgement of their presence on campus. A recent NCES study indicates that 78% of faculty in higher education are white, 84% of academic librarians are white. Library collections are often more representative of campus diversity, yet most students are unaware of these rich resources. In an effort to showcase distinctive and diverse collections, Schaffer Library presented the exhibit Black Space: Reading (and Writing) Ourselves into the Future. A Celebration of Afrofuturism. This poster will show the positive impact that exhibiting culturally representative materials had on the Union campus community.

P21. Empowering Culturally Sensitive Academic Librarians in a Global Campus

Melissa Aaronberg

Cross-cultural communication is an invaluable tool for academic libraries struggling to meet the needs of international students. Within this presentation, I intend to develop a deeper understanding of cross-cultural communication with the goal of improving the library experience of international students within American academic libraries. My main objective is to put forth a comprehensive framework for training culturally sensitive academic librarians. Librarians with high cultural intelligence, or CQ, are able to identify the linguistic and cultural nuances international students may bring to the reference desk or classroom while recognizing the student as a unique individual. First, I will examine the cultural attitudes of a variety of international students towards libraries and how they inform these students’ library use, while also taking into consideration the perspectives librarians have of serving international students. My proposed framework consists of four components: collaboration, cross cultural training, practical applications of cultural sensitivity on the job, and assessment. Librarians adept at cross cultural communication are better prepared to serve a diverse academic community.

P22. “To Have and To Share”: Starting a Library Seed Exchange at a Small Liberal Arts College

Lisa Hoff

Inspired by the popularity of Seed Exchange programs in Public Libraries, and interest in collaboration opportunities with a new Center for Sustainability and the Environment on campus, the Wells College Seed Exchange was launched in the Spring of 2015 and continues today. This poster presentation will discuss how the Seed Exchange helped the library to engage students, service the local community, and collaborate across campus. Tips for starting a seed exchange, along with promotion, costs, and event ideas will also be discussed.

P23. Embedded Librarian Thesis Support

Vanessa Viola & Fabio Montella

NYIT Art & Architecture Librarians are developing hybrid information literacy instruction. The Education Hall Library at New York Institute of Technology supports the undergraduate students, faculty, and alumni of the Architecture, Interior Design and Fine Arts Programs. Without the platform of an actual information literacy course, our embedded approach looks to maximize research skill building in a hybrid style. This poster session outlines the evolution, practice and feedback based on experiences in the past year. Our hybrid approach began with classroom introductions to students and faculty. Currently we join class sessions, and critiques then continue research conversations through one on one exchanges, email, and Google Doc collaboration. We aim to move from this outreach approach to an improved practice aligned with current standards and competencies.

Education Hall Art & Architecture Library supports the Associates through Graduate Architecture programs as well as the Undergraduate Interior Design programs where approximately 300 students are enrolled.

P24. Every Book Its Reader: Multi-language Outreach through Children’s Literature

Keri Thomas-Whiteside

Erie County is one of the largest areas of immigrant and refugee resettlement in the United States. As the city branch of a community college, Erie Community College – City Campus sees a large portion of English as Second Language students (ESL) within our walls. Many of these students are parents of young children. In order to increase outreach to these students, we began purchasing books in our Early Childhood collection in Arabic, Spanish, Somali and Burmese. It also serves to extend an additional resource to our Early Childhood Education department as they begin to student teach within the community. The campus also added a circulating Arabic-language serial, Al Hasnaa, based on feedback from our Student Assistants as an additional point of outreach.

P25. Resources for Online Instruction to Satellite Campuses: An Example from SUNY Korea

Laura Costello & Claudia McGivney

During 2016-2017, Stony Brook University partnered with SUNY Korea to offer information literacy courses in an online format. This poster will examine tools and techniques for teaching remotely to domestic and international audiences. Using SUNY Korea as an example, we will address issues of assessment, time management, connecting with international audiences, and effective online teaching.

P26. New York Academic Libraries as a part of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

Roger Reyes & Carol Anne Germain

NYLA’s Sustainability Initiative promotes a strategy for the future success of New York’s libraries. All types of New York Libraries face economic challenges, environmental concerns, and other difficulties in providing equitable access to library resources and services.

In 2014, the NYLA Council passed the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries – identifying the value in the role libraries play in larger community conversations about resiliency, climate change and a sustainable future for the communities that they serve. NYLA is currently exploring the varying methods libraries use to adapt to our changing world. This initiative also aims to articulate and shape strategies that ensure our libraries remain vital, are able to rebound from interruption, and provide on-going value to New York communities. The group posed several questions:

What does it look like when libraries make “sustainable decisions”?

What activities will promote “sustainable thinking” in libraries?

This interactive poster session seeks input from New York academic libraries to address these questions, identifying current fundamental practices and suggestions for future techniques for thriving in a sustainable world.