Thursday Sessions

June 14th

Session A: 10:15am – 11am

A1. Welcoming Those Who Served: Library Outreach to Military and Veteran Students

Laurel Scheinfeld, Kathleen Kasten

The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers college funding to 2 million service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has led to an increase in student veterans enrolling in state universities. These students can sometimes feel like outsiders. Since they often served in the military during the traditional college years, they tend to be older, live and work off-campus, have spouses and children, take longer to complete degrees, and have training and experiences traditional students might not easily relate to. Academic libraries can support this diverse population through information literacy, research consultations, targeted presentations, and responsive collections and spaces.

A2. Postsecondary Information Literacy Readiness Assessment Using ILAAP

Cynthia Tysick, Logan Rath, Jewel de la Rosa, and Tiffany Walsh

The University at Buffalo, College at Brockport, and Erie Community College collaborated on validating the quality of the Information Literacy Assessment & Advocacy Project (ILAAP) is an assessment tool designed to investigate the information literacy skills of first and second-year post-secondary students. This presentation will report our findings across three SUNY campus types.

A3. OER Program Strategies in SUNY Libraries: Four Million Dollars Later

Alexis Clifton, Carrie Fishner, Jessica Clemons, Katie Ghidiu, Ben Rawlins, and Malina Thiede

This panel brings together librarians from across the state, in a variety of roles, and from diverse institutions. Their common factor: each is a leader of a campus-wide OER initiative with large-scale impact this year.

Panelists will share successes and challenges from his or her library’s OER campaign, and how the initiative has impacted campus-library relationships overall. They will offer advice in getting a library-based OER program established. Each will discuss advantages offered by system-level coordination, as well as how to take advantage of local resources and talents.

A4. Throw Open Our Doors and Tear Down the Walls

Kathryn Machin and Fatoma Rad

With the looming change from Aleph to Alma it is important to address the skill sets, or the lack thereof, in regard to Technical and Access Services. Many libraries have had the same ILS for many years resulting in the need for updated skill sets. It takes courage to admit that you are missing a skill in the field, no matter how small or large it may be. The electronic resource world has drastically changed and is continuing to change.. As a result, they’re stuck with inefficient practices instead of asking for help.

A5. Making Boundaries Irrelevant: Pop-up Librarians Engage Students & Faculty Across Campus

Andrea Kingston, Alice Wilson, Pam Czaja, Michelle Beechey, and Alicia Gunther

Breaking down the perceived boundaries between the library and the rest of campus is essential if we want to be seen as a vital resource. Monroe Community College Libraries’ pop-up librarians bring library resources and services to locations around campus in an effort to engage students and faculty where they are instead of waiting for them to come to us. Goals include raising awareness about library resources and services, fostering and strengthening relationships, and exploring an alternative reference services model. In this session, we will discuss the project, logistics, lessons learned, perceived benefits and challenges, and future plans, as well as attendees’ ideas about how this kind of project could be implemented at their libraries.

A6. Preparing to Open Pandora’s Box: Readying Your Library’s E-Resources for Alma Migration

Marianne Hebert, Stephanie Hess, Sophie Forrester, Colleen Lougen, and Susan Davis

Members of the SLC Electronic Resources Management Working Group will discuss our findings to date regarding ERM processes in Alma. Topics are likely to include ERM workflow in the Alma environment, ERM best practices, and policy recommendations for managing e-resources in the Network Zone. We will also report on the SUNY-wide ERM practices survey sent to campuses in December 2017. Time will be allotted for questions.

Vendor1. ProQuest and SUNY:  Partnerships and Possibilities

Meet with ProQuest representatives to learn more about:

  • Developments at ProQuest relevant to SUNY’s migration to Alma and Primo, including deeper integrations between Alma, Primo, Ebook Central, and OASIS for new workflow possibilities.
  • Enhancements to Academic Complete.
  • Leganto course resource list solution

We hope you can attend and take part in the conversation.

Session B: 11:15am – 12pm

B1. From “Show and Tell” to “Teach and Learn”

Sue Slivan and Jackie Tiermini

“Librarianship is a profession in transition, and this is especially true in the case of academic librarians.” Academic Librarians have found themselves in a gray area between ‘service provider’ and ‘information literacy educator.’ Unfortunately, since few librarians are trained teachers, classes result in a One Size Fits All demonstration that does not fulfill the goal of information literacy. Based on recent collaborative experiences, this session will address the various types of classes librarians encounter, and how to plan for any type that will ensure the student, the instructor, the librarian, and your college will find library classes worth it.

B2. Research is Not a Basic Skill: The ACRL Framework and the Importance of Context in Information Literacy Instruction

Allison Hosier

Students’ confidence in their research skills does not always match their proficiency with those skills. Often, what students fail to realize is that the skills they have developed as part of everyday information searches are valuable in some research contexts, but are less useful in others. Previously, skills-based information literacy instruction based on the Standards limited opportunities to talk about the importance of context to the research process. This presentation will describe how the Framework offers a chance to help students learn about the contextual nature of research. A model for application in the classroom will also be presented.

B3. Printing Open Textbooks: It’s Not All Black and White

Laura K. Murray and Allison Brown

Open textbooks exist digital formats, but many instructors want printed versions for a variety of pedagogical reasons. Learners want print too, because of how they learn, or accessibility needs, or the lack of online connectivity and digital reading devices. Print on demand services such as Amazon’s CreateSpace and Lulu, seem like a quick and efficient solution. However, the reality of using printing services is a little more complicated than uploading a PDF.

With the help of librarians from SUNY campuses, this workshop will address these questions:

– Do we really need to print open texts?
– Exporting PDFs – What is Needed to Make them Print-Ready?
– Print on demand vendors – how do you choose?
– Why is color is a luxury OER can’t afford?
– How do you partner with the campus bookstores?
– What is an affordable textbook price?
– Can open textbooks fit into established printing models? (A review of the SUNY OER Services printing pilots.)

B4. Supporting Transitions with Comprehensive Professional Development Planning

Janetta Waterhouse, Karen Gardner-Athey, and Sara Davenport

Members of the SUNY LSP Migration Training Working Group will present their efforts to design professional development for all libraries migrating from ALEPH to Alma. The discussion will start with their initial focus on infrastructure — selecting tools; selecting and standardizing multiple training formats; and creating a comprehensive and consistent online presence. They will then share plans for content development that includes training for volunteer trainers on tools and online training methods; specific migration issues, such as change management, workflow analysis, and data evaluation & cleanup; and functional training in all aspects of the Alma and Primo systems.

B5. Ready (or not): A Community College Library’s Experience with a One Book, One College Program

Erin Wilburn

In the spring of 2017, it was announced that Corning Community College’s “One Book, One College” selection for the 2017-2018 academic year would be “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. Librarian Erin Wilburn reached out to campus and community partners to design programming that would connect readers with the text in new ways. Come hear about what worked, what didn’t, and why!

B6. SUNY LSP Data Migration Task Force Recommendations & Best Practices

Wendy West

The SUNY LSP Data Migration Task Force has developed best practices and recommendations for data migration from Aleph to Alma, in collaboration with SUNY Office of Library and Information Services, SUNY University Centers, the LSP Task force, and the SUNY LSP Working Groups and Ex Libris. This session will consist of 30 minutes of discussion about the Task Force’s recommendations, followed by a 15 minute Q & A session.

Vendor2. GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, connecting with Alma



Session C: 2pm – 2:45pm

C1. UX Testing for Instruction

Abby Smith Juda, Kelly Hallisy, and Laura Kuo

Librarians spend a lot of time anticipating the problems our users might encounter, but how can we get a glimpse of what our users are really doing? A group of librarians at Ithaca College decided to borrow a page from web designers and try some user testing. We observed our students perform a set of tasks and compared their choices with our expectations. We’re using the results to improve our instruction and our web presence. We’ll discuss how to design and run user testing and how to use the results.

C2. Librarian/Professor Collaboration 101

Cindy Hagelberger, Nicki Lerczak, and Paul Brew

The Alfred C. O’Connell Library has a unique and effective long term educational partnership with history professor Paul Brew. We have worked with him as his assignments have ranged from authentic historical costumes, to historical scrapbooks, to their current form as multi-part primary and secondary source explorations using jointly created worksheets. He and the librarians design his research assignments around library resources, and he includes librarians in the delivery and use of those resources with students. Through a series of library drop-in visits and work sessions throughout the semester, Paul’s students learn to dig a bit deeper, think more critically, understand the integral role of the library, and evaluate information through the study of history.

C3. The Leap From OER to Open Pedagogy

Julie Turley, Natalia Sucre, and Lusiella Fazzino

Interested in lowering textbook costs for students and tailoring the content to their lived experience, College of New Rochelle librarians hacked an OER on Information Literacy for their credit bearing course. After several iterations, it became obvious the textbook was a fluid document. The librarians quickly became aware of the power of moving away from the traditional textbook: control over content; inclusivity; localization. As a result, the discourse evolved away from the textbook to the classroom. How does this “openness” impact teaching? We will discuss how a Wikipedia curriculum and a deep listening framework bolster active information literacy learning.

C4. Library Marketing- What’s Up With That?

Amanda Lowe

There are so many avenues to go down when trying to find the right fit for marketing your library and the resources your library offers. Marketing can be very passive or it can be active. All the avenue choices usually help to generate many questions. Do I make flyers? What should I bring with me when I am out tabling? What can I do to prevent these flyers from going straight into the trash? How can I ramp up my social media game to get students to interact? How does marketing differ from outreach on social media platforms? How should I differentiate marketing between students, faculty/staff, and community members? This presentation will focus on some tips and tricks for library marketing and how to turn marketing opportunities into active outreach opportunities.

C5. MAKEing Connections: Library Makerspaces for Outreach and Promotion

Sharona Ginsberg and Juan Denzer

Library makerspaces are beneficial not only to patrons but to the library itself. This presentation will discuss how the library makerspace can be a tool for outreach, promoting services and social media, and engaging students, faculty, and staff. The presenters will highlight projects created at SUNY Oswego. We encourage attendees to share their own projects and experiences.

C6. SUNY Libraries and Accessibility: A Panel Discussion

Jill Locascio, Laura Harris, Sophie Forrester, Jen Parker, and Rebecca Olin

Accessibility of higher education websites is a hot button issue which has directly impacted SUNY campuses. This session will be an open discussion led by a panel of librarians from 5 SUNY institutions where we discuss how libraries at the various SUNY institutions have been responding and how to go forward from here.


Session D: 3pm – 3:45pm

D1. A Brainstorm is Brewing: Creative Teaching Strategies for Starting Research

Lisa Czirr

Strategizing to begin a research project can be challenging for students. In this presentation, a librarian will discuss the concept of brainstorming and demonstrate how it can be creatively adapted to information literacy pedagogy. What does “brainstorming” really mean? How can you guide your classes to become more inquisitive about their research, right from the start? Find out how to spark some inspiration into your students’ research process with several engaging ideas that you can bring into your research sessions.

D2. How I Turned a One-Shot into a Four-Shot

Emily Underwood

One of the biggest challenges with Information literacy instruction is convincing faculty that it’s worthwhile for them to give up class time for your instruction session. Knowing that information literacy skills are a necessary part of life and that a professor’s class time is limited, how do you convince a faculty to give you more time? How do you help the faculty member see that these skills are every bit as important as their course content? Learn tactics you can use to help you get more class time.

D3. Academic Libraries and Open Education: Maintaining the Scholarly Record

Mark McBride

In response to the increasing prices of scholarly content academic libraries have been making strategic investments in areas such as open access, open educational resources, and open data. But do we have a responsibility to make these investments in order to regain control over the scholarly record and not solely because of the increase in costs.

D4. Shouldn’t This be at a Public Library? A Collection to Support the Community, not the Curriculum

Adam Saunders, Angela Rhodes, and Mandy Babirad

Morrisville State College has the unique position of being an academic library that collects materials normally only found in public library settings. Thanks to a special, yearly grant from the Sheila Johnson Institute, the Morrisville State College Library has built a popular collection of materials that serves their residential, diverse student community in a rural section of New York State. Join the Morrisville librarians for a discussion about the collection, how to curate unique and varied voices, and advocate for making diversity part of your own collection.

D5. Engaging a Wider Community: The Academic Library as a Center for Creativity, Discovery, and Collaboration

Steven Shapiro

Many academic libraries have experienced significant declines in circulation, reference transactions, reserves, and other indicators. Increasingly, libraries are perceived as being less critical to academia. Are these trends irreversible? Perhaps public libraries can provide us with some answers. A recent IMLS survey of public libraries reported increased visitation and circulation over the past decade. Community outreach via programming and other services contributed to these outcomes. Using these findings, the presentation outlines strategies employed by Montclair State University’s Sprague Library and other academic libraries to attract a broader community (including the public) through innovative programming, collaboration, civic engagement and outreach activities.

D6. Technical Services SIG Lightning Round

Rebecca Nous and Rebecca Hyams

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.