Thursday Sessions

June 15th

Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D


Session A: 10:15am – 11:00am

A1. Developing a Collaborative Tutorial Assessment System

Julia Glauberman & Aleshia Huber

The pace of change in the field of technology and on our university campuses has accelerated in recent years. Online library tutorials need to be continually evaluated and updated in order to capitalize on new technology and meet the needs of diverse campus communities. Two early-career librarians tasked with overseeing the Libraries’ tutorials established a system to assess existing content and implement changes using feedback from students, teaching faculty, and subject librarians. This presentation will examine our tutorial assessment process and provide attendees with guidance on applying this method in a variety of academic library settings.

A2. Engaging Diverse Learners in the Information Literacy Classroom: Discovering the Performer Inside

Mark Aaron Polger

All learners absorb and synthesize information differently, and this holds true for the information literacy classroom. In this session, the presenter will share the results of his exploratory study on student engagement in the information literacy classroom. He will summarize how librarians define student engagement, how they manage a disengaged class, the creative activities librarians experiment with, and how they measure the success of these activities. Lastly, the presenter will provide a variety of creative engagement practices to target these diverse learners so that it fosters an inclusive environment.

A3. Open Roads: OERs and the Community College

William Blick, Sheila Beck, Leslie Ward & Connie Williams

The use of Open Educational Resources represents a noble cause, but the idea often remains elusive for many faculty members. In 2015, librarians at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York implemented a campaign to promote and facilitate the use and development of OERs. The primary objective was to reduce the growing financial burden on students in textbook purchase requirements. Concomitant goals were to provide instructors with greater academic control and freedom in course content, and to add to the pool of knowledge and resources for collaborative faculty work. The core of the Queensborough campaign was the offer of grants to foster the creation of OERs. The campaign was successful, resulting in the growing presence of OERs on campus steadily gaining momentum and more current grant programs and workshops.

A4. Inexpensive Digital Signage in all Flavors, Shapes, and Sizes

Damon Vogel

In this presentation, we will discuss using the $30$40 Raspberry Pi single board computer to create digital signage to your personal taste. We will go through the various types of displays that can be created, from a single or group of rotating images, to a video or videos, or even a touch screen kiosk that allows patrons to search the library catalog. There will be demonstrations of two of the existing variations that are currently being used at Suffolk County Community College.

A5. An Ethnographic Study of Student Library Use: Space Is the Case

Kimberly Mullins, Natalia Tomlin & Eamon Tewell

Long Island University Libraries completed a multi-year ethnographic project from 2012 to 2016. The study explored students’ research and study habits with the goal of improving the library user experience. The research team used a mixed-methods approach, resulting in 30 in-depth interviews, 32 observation hours, and 1,100+ online survey responses. One finding indicated that while students’ research processes increasingly occur online, a strong need for collaborative and individual study space remains. Based on the data, several strategic actions were and continue to be pursued regarding the redesign of the library spaces within the confines of a limited budget and shrinking real estate.

A6. Developing an e-Training System with Blackboard: The Integration of Student Employee Training and Assessment Using Blackboard’s Course Management System

Jennifer DeVito & Christopher Larson

Using the course management system Blackboard and guided by instructional design principles, our goal is to put forth an engaging and creative online student employee training program, appealing to different learning styles and streamlining the training process both for student employees and their supervisors. This path allows for greater continuity in trainings and assessment, with the ability to reach a wider base of student employees working irregular and late-night hours.

A7. EBSCO Presents: Maximus EDS – learn how to maximize your Discovery experience

Chad McInnis, EBSCO Library Service Engineer

Join Chad McInnis, EBSCO Library Service Engineer as he shares recent experiences working together with SUNY Librarians to implement EDS best practices for maximizing search results and the user experience.


Session B: 11:15am – 12:00pm

B1. Analyze This!: Implementing and Assessing Reference Analytics

Matthew Laudicina, Colleen Lougen, & Kristy Lee

In 2016, the Sojourner Truth Library reopened its renovated main floor and began work at its new shared service desk (merging Reference, Circulation, and Technology Help). Additionally, the librarians began logging questions using Springshare’s Reference Analytics software. This session will discuss how we implemented this new way of gathering detailed information about the interactions between reference librarians and patrons, and how we analyze this data to propose improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of our reference services.

B2. All for One and One for All: Active Learning, Student Engagement, and Information Literacy

Alexandra Hamlett

Employing active learning techniques during one-shot information literacy sessions offers librarians new opportunities to enrich student learning in a more engaging and collaborative environment. This presentation will focus on strategies to infuse active learning into library instruction sessions at a small, urban community college. It will demonstrate opportunities to engage active learning when teaching IL skills and present specific lesson plans and methods of assessment that can be used and adapted by fellow instructional librarians. Additionally, attendees will identify ways to critically evaluate non-traditional pedagogies at their own institutions and discover opportunities to infuse their own teaching sessions with student-centered learning.

B3. Fake News, Fake Journals: How Can You Tell if a Publisher Is Legitimate?

Darren Chase, Clara Tran, Claudia McGivney & Robert Tolliver

Fake news is in the headlines, and knowing how to critically evaluate information sources is more important than ever before. Researchers and scholars under pressure to publish may accept solicitations to submit articles for publication even if they aren’t familiar with the journal or publisher. Some of these offers are legitimate, but others turn out to be scams perpetrated by predatory publishers. It is wise to take a few basic steps to learn more about a new or unfamiliar scholarly journal. In this session, we will present guidelines and resources for effectively evaluating news, information sources, journals, and publishers.

B4. Librarians in the Machine: Libraries in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR)

Ken Fujiuchi

As VR, AR, and MR technologies evolve rapidly, what implications do they hold for the library field? How will librarians and libraries develop in a world where data and physical spaces begin to merge? We will take a look at current developments, like Google Cardboard, linked data, 3D printing, and other innovations that can affect how we think of libraries in the future. Come get an overview of current VR, AR, and MR applications, and discuss how we can apply them to libraries and librarians.

B5. Weeding by Wading In

Lisa A. Errico & Katrina Frazier

Most academic libraries are reassessing and reducing their print collections in order to create more collaborative working spaces. With a renovation plan on the horizon, the NCC Library began a weeding project using circulation statistics. We quickly realized that we were missing out on valuable information. We switched gears and took a global approach by diving into the collection to assess each title. This yielded unexpected results. Not only were more titles being weeded, but this method became an important collection development tool in discovering the diverse needs of our students. Join us as we discuss weeding and collection development.

B6. 658.31

Carrie Fishner

Teamwork is essential in any work environment, but when you work within a small area and have a small staff it becomes even more so. The presenter will talk about some strategies that can be used to help bring new teams together, build stronger established teams, and help if a team has struggled. We will practice some strategies and learn some of the theory behind this concept; there will also be a chance for group discussion.

B7. Gale/Cengage: Understand the future of LBGTQ and women’s equality by interrogating our past

Marc Cormier, Gale

In the recent years, important issues such as LGBTQ equality, civil liberties, and women’s rights have been at the forefront of the news. Individuals and scholars alike require quality resources as they seek to contribute to (or change) the mainstream narrative which exists around contemporary topics like same-sex marriage, immigration, race, and gender equality.
To better understand our future, we must look at our past. Primary source archives can help researchers dive deep into the history and evolution of the people, themes, and topics top-of-mind for our generation today. This session will show how students and researchers can use rich digital archives to make never-before-possible connections in subjects like civil liberties, LGBTQ issues, and women’s rights.  


Session C: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

C1. Using Journalism Pedagogy in the Information Literacy Classroom

Jennifer Noe

Journalism pedagogy and the basic concepts of information literacy share commonalities that include the evaluation of sources, fact-checking, and the retrieval and ethical use of information, among others. This presentation, given by a librarian with both a work and academic background in journalism, will examine ways in which the information literacy classroom can adapt the techniques used to teach young journalists with the aim of providing potent anti-plagiarism and fabrication lessons.


C3. Teaching with Primary Sources: Reports from the Front Lines

Annie Tummino, Morgan Gwenwald & Patrick Williams

As the pedagogical benefits of working with primary sources have become more well-known, archivists are increasingly serving as educators and interpreters of their collections. At SUNY New Paltz, objects from the library’s special collections were successfully integrated into an honors history seminar. At SUNY Maritime, the library hosted 60 K-12 teachers for “Working with Primary Sources” professional development workshops. At Syracuse University, librarians collaborated within the special collections environment to engage archival intelligence as a critical component of information literacy instruction. In these “reports from the front lines,” panelists will analyze what worked well, what they’d change next time, and what their ideal program for teaching with primary sources might look like.

C4. What’s Next for the SUNY Learning Commons

Lisa Raposo

Since its launch, the current SUNY Learning Commons platform has served us well to achieve its current level of usage and identify the varied use cases of such a tool throughout SUNY. However, due to functionality and user experience limitations, a formal SLC Upgrade Project began in 2016 with the goal of replacing the current system. The project team met with commercial vendors that responded to the RFI, which highlighted additional areas to incorporate into the requirements of a formal RFP. In this session, we will report on the upcoming changes to the SUNY Learning Commons and its timeline for implementation.

C5. Mixed Methods of Assessment: Measures of Enhancing Library Services in Academia

Nilda Sanchez-Rodriguez

Collection assessment is an essential aspect of library collection development, especially for public institutions currently affected by financial budget cuts. Collection managers working with little to no budget have the task of establishing unconventional methods of selecting most relevant materials. This presentation employs mixed use assessment strategies to evaluate a library collection. The research proposes to demonstrate the correlation between a syllabi analysis, a faculty survey, and circulation statistics as a practical measure to enhance and expand the architecture library services at the City College of New York (CCNY) and in academia in general. The scope of the study supports combining collection-based practices and use-based methods to gather two types of data: quantitative (including collection size, and/or in-house use statistics) and qualitative (accomplished by user opinion surveys, focus groups, and/or list checking).This presentation will provide a better understanding of faculty perceptions to discover academic needs and achieve library integration into the design curriculum. Despite the study demonstrating prospective directions for collection evaluation and consultation, faculty collaboration may open more opportunities for building a successful collection. The presentation reinforces the importance of exploring syllabi analysis as a method of assessment and revealing opportunities for cultivating library collections. Using syllabi analysis supports teaching faculty looking to revise an existing course and/or to incorporate readings to supplement the design discipline. These methods may be an effective resource that students and faculty alike can utilize as a point of reference in becoming familiar with the program’s expectations.

C6. Being an Internship Mentor

Cynthia L. Koman

Over the past three years, Hudson Valley Community College’s Dwight Marvin Library has hosted six graduate student interns from both SUNY Albany’s School of Information Science and Syracuse University’s MSLIS iSchool program. While there is a lot of information for students completing an internship, there is not a lot of guidance for the internship mentor. Attend this workshop to learn about Hudson Valley’s intern experience and get inside tips on being an intern mentor/supervisor. Topics covered will include advertising the internship, creating an intern schedule, reviewing sample intern projects, and evaluating the intern. Come share your experiences as well.

C7. PolicyMap: Using PolicyMap to understand diversity in your area

Tom Love, PolicyMap

See a live demonstration of PolicyMap, the user-friendly, multi-disciplinary Geographic Information System (GIS) data and mapping tool, with a focus on diversity as well as inequality in areas such as income, education, health and the environment.  See examples of how colleges and universities are using PolicyMap as part of their curriculum in the social sciences, health, business, policy and public administration.  Learn how PolicyMap is used in government agencies, health systems, non-profit organization and in business, in areas such as housing, banking, urban and regional planning, and public policy.  Colleges and universities that have not yet subscribed to PolicyMap are encouraged to set up an academic trial after the SUNYLA conference.


Session D: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

D1. Cultivating Information Literacy Dispositions through Integrated First-Year Instruction

Sara Quimby

This session will focus on the creation of a first-year seminar one-credit course that integrates the standardized curriculum for a freshman seminar with information literacy dispositional learning outcomes, or habits of mind, based upon the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. Integrating information literacy dispositional learning outcomes into a freshman seminar may increase the effectiveness of the seminar, while simultaneously teaching information literacy. This session will explore activities, assignments, and discussions that were designed to engage students’ attitudes towards information. Furthermore, the presenter will discuss an assessment tool that she used to measure change in students’ learning.

D2. Enhancing Reference Services for Students with Mental Health Challenges

Elin O’Hara-Gonya

Recent years have witnessed a significant increase in the number of students with mental health problems and a concomitant increase in their willingness to reveal these mental health issues to others. This situation poses a unique challenge for librarians, who are often untrained to respond appropriately to students’ mental health issues. Our professional responsibility to foster student success, however, necessitates expanding our reference repertoire into new areas of practice. We must not only learn to deal empathetically with students’ emotional and behavioral challenges, but also fulfill an ethical responsibility to possess in-depth knowledge of campus response systems and community mental health resources. This presentation will allow academic librarians to better recognize when students are engaging in help-seeking behaviors during the course of reference services and to respond empathetically and appropriately to those students.

D3. Faculty and Librarians Collaborate to Incorporate Library Archives into a HIS280 Public History Course

Maaike Oldemans, Richard Powell & Jenifer Phelan

This presentation will show how librarians and history faculty at SUNY Cortland collaborate to meet the needs for a new HIS280 Public History course. Students research aspects of SUNY Cortland’s history, which stretches back to 1868 when it was the Cortland Normal School. They are required to use documents from the SUNY Cortland Memorial Library Archives collection. To help students place historical campus events in a global perspective, students are introduced to library databases and primary resources by a liaison librarian. Members of the Archives Steering Committee provide access to the Archives collection for students working in small groups.

D4. Redesigning and Refining Your Web Presence

Dana Haugh

This presentation will explore ways in which libraries can refine and redesign their web presences. It will take an in-depth look at the Stony Brook University Libraries’ website redesign and provide tools, tips, and tricks for developing a strong web identity. The presentation will touch on minisites, graphic design, brand identity, little- or no-cost design tools, user experience, and outreach.

D5. Technical Services Interest Group Lightning Rounds

Wendy West & Rebecca Nous

The Technical Services Interest Group will host a lightning round session that will consist of brief presentations highlighting a variety of Technical Services work, practices, workflows, projects, and research. Presentations will have a 10-minute time limit.

D6. Undergraduate Interns at the Library: Think Outside the Box

Stephan J. Macaluso, Madeline Veitch, Lydia Willoughby, Jasper Campos, & Katherine Zipman

At SUNY New Paltz, we have pursued two major initiatives with undergraduate interns and have reconceptualized the traditional internship model. The Zine Librarians challenged interns to rethink the publisher-to-library paradigm by building a collection of self-published and highly expressive materials, and by devising inventive, grassroots methods of cataloging, digitizing, and facilitating access to them. The User Experience Librarian and intern learned UX as peers and developed projects iteratively. These projects invited staff and student workers to reflect on their assumptions about library patrons, spaces, and processes. These creative approaches to undergraduate internship opportunities facilitated students’ creativity, global thinking, and sense of mutuality with the library and the college.

D7. Elsevier presents: Scopus – A Valuable Resource for Librarian in Supporting their Researcher Communities

Maggie Gatza, Elsevier

Elsevier provides information and analytics that help institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance. Elsevier’s goal is to expand the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of humanity.
Elsevier’s Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.
Scopus can help Librarians:
• Provide users with a global, comprehensive abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed content
• Link quickly and accurately to full-text articles, optimizing your institution’s investments
• Increase the visibility of and access to other library resources
• Inform collection management decisions through analysis of highly cited articles and journals
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