Friday Sessions

June 15th

Session E: 9:15am – 10am

E1. Using Games to Teach Information Literacy

Emily Underwood and Heather Binion

Keeping students engaged during “library sessions” can be a challenge. We have found that incorporating games into our teaching has been a fun way to engage students and help them understand that library instruction doesn’t have to be a snooze. Learn about ways you could easily incorporate games into your own teaching and watch your students become more engaged.

E2. Rethinking LibGuides: Design, Content, and Sustainability

Lara Nicosia and Jennifer Freer

When faced with upgrading from LibGuides v1 to v2, RIT Libraries decided to use the upgrade as an opportunity to start fresh rather than migrating existing content – rethinking design and purpose, rebuilding content, and implementing a maintenance plan to ensure long-term sustainability of content and design. This re-imagining of purpose has led to a dynamic design for presenting content, as well as interesting projects such as class-built resources around relevant subject areas. This presentation will provide background on the design process, share examples of interesting projects along with pedagogical insights, and outline a system for content maintenance for site administrators.

E3. OER: Fact and Fiction

Kerrie Fergen Wilkes, Sophie M. Forrester, and Dawn Eckenrode

What is the role of academic libraries in supporting OER? How do OER initiatives fit into libraries’ current reference and instruction programs? How can librarians serve teaching faculty in OER adoption and creation? Where and how can librarians and instructors find quality OER content? What struggles do instructors face with regard to copyright? These questions and more will be addressed in an interactive panel discussion on Fredonia’s successes and challenges with OER. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions as well.

E4. How to Tackle Your Digitization To Do List

Jane Verostek

Are you thinking of tackling a digitization project? Are you curious how to get started, where to find funding, the steps involved with regards to digitization and metadata and where to store your digital images? Learn how SUNY ESF took a closed archives and 3 years later successfully digitized and created metadata for 1,000s of items. Steps reviewed will include how we found funding, used on campus resources, used Google forms and NY Heritage and Digital Commons. Projects reviewed will include how we digitized and created metadata for our yearbooks, over-sized plans, photographs and films.

E5. Open to Discussion: Speaker-centric Programming in the Academic Library

Kathleen Kasten, Jamie Saragossi, and Dana Haugh

Stony Brook University Libraries’ strategic plan has placed an emphasis on academic engagement and outreach to the campus community. One mechanism for this engagement has been speaker events. This presentation will outline three different types of speaker events: the Colloquium Series, a monthly event designed for library faculty and staff to showcase their own research; faculty speaker events honoring nationally recognized heritage months and other campus initiatives; and guest lectures that highlight the work of our colleagues and peers. Strategies for recruitment and promotion as well as attendance and sustainability will be discussed.

E6. Opening the Discovery Door: Getting to Know Primo

Michelle Eichelberger, Erin Rushton, Esta Tovstiadi, Nancy Babb, Jessica McGivney, Erin Sharwell, Jill Locascio, and Rebecca Nous

SUNY will be migrating to Ex Libris’ Discovery System Primo as part of the Alma migration in June 2019. Join us for a short live demo of Primo, and a discussion of the LSP Discovery System Working Group’s initial recommendations for SUNYwide implementation.

Session F: 10:15am – 11am

F1. Breaking Out of the Ordinary: Using Gamification in the Library Classroom and Beyond

Lara Herzellah

Join me to learn about the use of gamification in library instruction, outreach and programming. Game-based learning motivates learners and builds problem-solving skills, while also achieving learning outcomes. I will focus on my use of BreakoutEDU, a learning game platform that uses escape room mechanics to encourage critical thinking, teamwork, communication and creativity. See how BreakoutEDU aligns with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and I will discuss the preliminary results from my ongoing study on its use in general education.

F2. Student Research Day: Fostering Student Scholarship Through Library-Faculty Collaboration

Megan Margino

In support of student research, the Farmingdale State College (FSC) Greenley Library will host Student Research Day (SRD), FSC’s first poster session open to students in all disciplines (February 2018). Through establishing SRD, the Library formed a variety of campus partnerships to promote a culture of student scholarship for the future of FSC. Details include: (1) Instituting and managing FSC’s first poster printing services open to the campus community; (2) Securing funding for SRD participants’ poster printing costs; (3) Obtaining faculty buy-in to ensure student participation; (4) Supporting students via information literacy and poster design workshops; and (5) Assessing students’ confidence levels in conducting research and participating in research-related activities.

F3. Open Scholarship on a Shoestring

Rebecca Hewitt, Jen Parker, and Shannon Pritting

Grant funding has been central to SUNY Polytechnic’s leadership in the open access (OA) campaign on campus. Partnering with SUNY, regional, and campus associations, our library has won thousands of dollars to support educational access and affordability initiatives. Projects are selected strategically to align with campus OA priorities and faculty and student needs. Contributions to NY Heritage, SUNY Poly’s institutional repository, course reserves, professional exam prep, and adoption of a purchase on demand model are examples of projects that have been completed successfully, and more are underway.

F4. SUNY System Administration Update

Mark McBride and Maureen Zajkowski

This presentation will focus on activities currently taking place at SUNY System Administration that should be of interest to the SUNY Library community.

F5. ComiCon and Beyond: Library Programming as a Gateway to Faculty and Student Engagement

Jenny Burnett and Dave Ghidiu

Looking to increase engagement? Capture reluctant library users? Become the hub of your college community! Join us for a short presentation on creating truly enticing events for your faculty, staff and students. Learn some of the basics of library programming in academia and hear Finger Lakes Community College faculty talk about what academic library programming has done for both their instruction and their students.

F6. 25 Ways to Open Your Collection and Improve Discovery

Heidi Webb

From digital social footprints to integrations and more, come hear some tips, tricks, and ideas on how to improve access to your collections and beyond. The focus will be on different ways to enhance the user experience, make your collections more findable, and connect your users to the broader world of open access and resource sharing.


Session G: 11:15am – 12pm

G1. Make Information Literacy Fun with Menti!

Heather Binion

Information Literacy Instruction can be viewed by students as something they do no need or that they find boring. Academic Librarians often struggle with ways to make IL instruction new and interesting to students. Menti can be the answer! Menti is an interactive presentation tool that can be easily used in IL instruction. In this session attendees will be able to experience Menti first hand as the students do in IL sessions. They will be encouraged to interact with it and hear how Menti has sparked conversation with faculty, been utilized in the library for training, and left a lasting impression on students.

G2. Library Instruction Request Forms: Empowering Change Through Technology

Joshua Becker

Requesting library instruction through an online form is a common practice at many college libraries. While any institution can create a simple request page, some schools choose to construct elaborate online forms with a vast menu of instruction options. This raises the question: Which type of form best serves my institution? At the Shapiro Library the previous form failed to serve the needs of a growing and diverse instruction program. After considering many factors, librarians developed a highly functional form that aids instruction, record keeping, and assessment. This session will discuss that process and offer strategies on implementing changes at other libraries.

G3. Does Data Need a Center?: Developing a Culture of Data Literacy in a Liberal Arts Environment

Courtney Seymour and David Fuller

Developing A Culture of Data Literacy in A Liberal Arts Environment

In our classrooms, on our campuses, and in our interconnected, information-rich society, we are learning to harness the power of data to learn and communicate about our world. Data Services are up-and-coming offerings for academic libraries, and with all other aspects of information literacy, we strive to complement emerging curricular offerings. The most elegant way of reaching this goal is in partnership with faculty who are already working and teaching with data. In this presentation we discuss our collaboration with the conceptually brand-new Union College Data Center and how we share services, staff, and spaces for learning data analytics, visualization, and general data literacy, as well as techniques associated with GIS.

G4. Non-Academic Support Outcomes and Key Performance Indicators at E.H. Butler Library: A New Partnership with Buffalo State’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness

This session has been cancelled 

G5. Reaching Out Beyond the Book: Creating Opportunities for the Stony Brook University Community to Engage in Native American History and Culture

Mona Ramonetti and Jay Levenson

In the traditional academic setting, Native American history and culture have largely been relegated to books. Beginning in 2013, the Stony Brook University Libraries began to direct some attention to Native history. It started with a display of artifacts in the Main Library, followed by an even larger display outside the doors of the library in 2014. In the years that followed, grants were awarded and collaborations were forged with other campus departments to accommodate the growing campus interest. This presentation highlights the challenges and successes encountered with the primary goal to open the campus to the rich Native American culture.

G6. EZproxy Therapy: Massaging Meaningful Data out of Messy Logs

Bill Jones and Amanda Wentworth

Have you ever taken a look at your EZproxy logs and thought to yourself, “What does all of this mean and how can I possibly use this to supplement my library usage statistics?” This presentation aims to answer that question by sharing step-by-step instructions on setting up a local environment to run EZpaarse, which is an open-source software that can ingest and analyze EZproxy log files. After covering the software setup, we’ll provide a live demonstration of parsing the logs and share some ideas on extracting meaningful information from the data.

Vendor3. EBSCO Database Updates and Open Athens

Nancy Grimaldi

Come learn about new EBSCO database offerings including special SUNY Ultimate upgrade. Find out why libraries are switching to OpenAthens.

Stop the login fiasco and barriers to knowledge with OpenAthens; a SAML-based approach for improved identity and access management. OpenAthens moves beyond IP authentication with a simple, secure and seamless access experience for your end-users,  Save yourself from the hassle of managing multiple credentials and gain new insight and detail into the way your library resources are being used.