Thursday Sessions

Thursday, June 13

Session A: 10:15 am-11:00am

A1. Academic Makerspaces on a Shoestring Budget–Pauline Lynch Shostack and Dennis Thoryk

This presentation will provide an overview of Coulter Library’s journey into the world of making with limited staffing and budget. The presenters will provide an overview of the steps they took to create and now maintain their maker space. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in some inexpensive maker activities and challenges during the session.

A2. Library Advocacy and Marketing Through Social Media–Charlene V. Martoni-McElrath

Meet your community members where they are: online. Libraries must begin to take advantage of social media marketing tools in order to adequately identify and serve the needs of their communities. This presentation will explain: (1) why libraries should be active on social media, (2) how libraries can gather information about their communities through social media to better meet their needs, (3) how libraries can foster a community of library advocacy and engagement through social media, (4) ways libraries can market their services, resources, and programs through social media, and (5) how to set up a strategic marketing plan specific to individual library cultures. Take your embedded librarianship and library advocacy practices to the next level by attending this workshop.

A3. On Board the Mentorship: Sailing the Sea of Change with Tenure Track Librarians–Lisa Czirr, Jennifer Moore, Janet Ochs, Maaike Oldemans, Jen Parker, Jeremy Pekarek, Richard Powell, and Hilary Wong

Tenure-track librarians face many challenges, from figuring out the basics of their jobs, to learning the nuances of a campus culture, to fulfilling the criteria for continuing appointment. Their roles are not entirely the same as teaching faculty, so they generally require different support. At SUNY Cortland, the hiring of several new librarians created an opportunity to develop an informal mentorship program. This panel of presenters, composed of newer librarians and mentors, will discuss their successes, challenges, and overall experiences with mentorship in an academic library setting.

A4. Using the Institutional Repository to Support and Promote the Humanities—Kayla Siddell, Mary George

The humanities are often underrepresented in institutional repositories. The capstone projects for humanity fields generally are kept within the department and are not available online. The humanities incorporates unique concerns including plagiarism and the ability to publish the work in the future.
The English Department’s capstone projects are created, stored, and archived within Special Collections. These students’ works can only be access on campus in the University Archives Reading Room. Using the institutional repository, we will create an opportunity for English majors to share their works publicly if they desire and can help them understand and navigate copyright concerns.
In this presentation, participants will learn strategies for addressing humanities specific open access publishing concerns and to create a platform for access and preservation of creative works.

A5. Six Stages of Feelings, Thoughts, and Actions: Engaging Students with a Model of the Information Search Process—Andrea Kingston

Whether they’ve mastered keywords and database searches or not, many first-year college students have yet to understand what the research process actually looks like and are taken aback when it’s not linear and straightforward. This session will explore how incorporating Dr. Carol Kuhlthau’s model of the information search process into information literacy instruction sessions can help students better understand the various stages of research. This model summarizes the feelings, thoughts, and actions that many researchers cycle through as they seek information. A classroom-tested lesson plan based around the model and informed by the ACRL Information Literacy Framework will be shared, as will student learning outcomes.

A6. Interdepartmental Collaboration to Foster IL Development Within a Discipline—Anne C. Deutsch, Jessica Welsh

In an effort to meet students’ learning needs, a professor and librarian collaborated to gather student feedback with the intent of systematically developing students’ information literacy (IL) in two introductory courses. They administered skills based pre-surveys and reflection based post-surveys (both end of session and semester) and the information they gathered facilitated the refinement of IL student learning outcomes and adjustment of course assignments and rubrics. When the professor began teaching an intermediate course she had data to inform a developmental approach to IL and to apply it to discipline-specific learning. This presentation will explore what was learned, adjustments made, and provide opportunities for discussion.

Vendor 1. EBSCO

One SUNY Library’s journey to improving barriers to knowledge with OpenAthens–Heidi Webb, Nancy Grimaldi

Join Heidi Webb, Discovery Services Librarian, SUNY Upstate Medical University and NancyGrimaldi, EBSCO NY Academic Representative, to learn about the benefits of setting up OpenAthens. From problem solving to setup and solution, Heidi shares here experiences and goals to: simplify user access to the library resources, enable seamless account management, and gain access to new statistics and data tools.

OpenAthens is a next-generation authentication service that provides single sign-on-access for end users. OpenAthens’ approach to authentication provides the flexibility to adapt to changing workflows, the security to protect against fraud and misuse, and the transparency librarians need to make informed purchasing decisions.

Session B: 11:30am.-12:15pm

B1. Transforming Library Services through the ReCAP Shared Collection–Melissa Gasparotto

In September 2017 the ReCAP Consortium, whose members include Columbia University Libraries, Princeton University Libraries and The New York Public Library, launched the Shared Collection, successfully transitioning from joint management of an offsite storage facility to joint stewardship of a shared collection. Learn how this transformative collections sharing initiative has enhanced the researcher experience and impacted staff workflows, as well as how librarians at SUNY institutions can leverage the Shared Collection in the service of their patrons.

B2. Changing Populations, Changing Focuses: Transfer Students and the Library–Matthew Harrick, Lee Ann Fullington

Transfer students are now Brooklyn College’s largest student population. Campus constituents, including the Library, are responding to this change in our student population majority, and transfer student support is a major mandate in the College’s Strategic Plan. To understand their needs from a library perspective, and to create new, effective programs and outreach, we conducted focus groups to ask transfer students about their experiences, desires, and frustrations with the transfer process.

Our presentation will share our findings, discuss ways to tailor outreach to transfer students, and identify opportunities for future collaborations between community college and four-year college librarians.

B3. What We Talk About When We Talk About Assessment: A Content Analysis of SUNYLA Conference Abstracts 2012-2018–Stephan Macaluso, Katherine Zipman

Assessment has been a major change agent in SUNY libraries in the past decade. But how do librarians talk about assessment at SUNYLA meetings? An analysis of SUNYLA conference abstracts from 2012-2018 reveals that 15% of SUNYLA presentations discussed assessment in some way. Most assessment presentations involved library instruction although many other areas and workflows are represented. Assessment is frequently presented as part of a cycle, e.g., as either a driver or as an end-step in an initiative. Overall, the majority of presentations discuss how assessment plays a role in either planning or demonstrating a library’s value. This content analysis suggests ways to examine how assessment and other change drivers in librarianship are represented at SUNYLA annual conferences.

B4. Digging Into OneSearch: Teaching Through The Transition–Brianne Hagen, Kimberly Stelter

An Instruction and Research Librarian and a Metadata/Cataloging Librarian worked together to navigate the transition from Voyager/Articles+ to Alma/Primo combining the front end user experience with back-end expertise to teach students, faculty, and staff about finding information through the new interface. We developed and taught two lessons through our active learning workshop program, SkillShops. Burrow into OneSearch introduced the interface, navigation, and content, and the second session, Digging Deeper into OneSearch, focused on search strategies. In this session, we will discuss designs for collaborating successfully across departments to market and implement a new interface. Participants will learn strategies for on-boarding and achieving buy-in from users.

B5. Transplanting Teaching Techniques: Informal Conversation about Instruction–Megan Benson

Looking to migrate away from the same-old lesson plan? Want to learn what your colleagues are doing? Or troubleshoot an issue? Join us for an informal conversation about what has worked (or hasn’t) with your instruction. Come prepared with examples and questions to share and learn from the group. Possible topics for discussion include technology in the classroom, active learning, instructional design, credit-bearing classes, and more.

B6. The Peer Advantage: Students Helping Students at the Reference Desk–Deborah Bauder, Michelle Toth, Mechelle Romanchock

Research has shown that students often ask questions of each other before they reach out to a librarian for information services help. The use of students at the library reference desk acknowledges this fact and provides a student face to this valuable service. A panel of three academic librarians will talk about their experiences with hiring, training, and motivating students to succeed using the peer reference model at their libraries. They will speak about the challenges and rewards, as well as the perceived impacts and benefits of having students in this important role.

Vendor 2. TBA

Session C: 2:00pm-2:45pm

C1. Going Green on a Budget: Environmentally Friendly Acquisitions Practices–Nicole Wood

This presentation will chronicle the efforts of an acquisitions librarian at a mid-sized public university to create environmentally-friendly practices without tapping into the library’s budget. Through trial and error, success and failure, collaboration, and a hint of begging, the library made a series of changes that reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills. Learn about practical changes your library can make, such as carbon offsetting and collaborating with vendors to receive books in plastic-free packaging, and discuss efforts being made at your library!

C2. Makerspace Marketing: A Library Anniversary Extravaganza–Sharona Ginsberg, Juan Denzer

Makerspaces are typically viewed as a service aimed at and used by patrons. This presentation explores how librarians and library staff themselves are also important users of makerspaces, and how projects created internally by library employees can be used to market the library. Specifically, the presenters will talk about the makerspace-driven activities they incorporated into their library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration event, and how these successfully highlighted other important library resources.

C3. Resistance to Change–Nancy Sarah Murillo

Sure, they say that change is good for you. But, change can be stressful! Sometimes we resist moving forward even though we may know it’s usually for the best and sometimes unavoidable. This workshop will allow participants to explore reasons why we avoid change and how we can embrace it without having to sacrifice our authentic “librarian” selves. We’ll discuss the changes in academic libraries in the arena of technology, staffing and our relationships with our larger college campuses. I will guide the participants in coming up with some strategies to deal with the stress of change and discovering ways to grow and adapt without burning out.

C4. Usability and Customization Options for Primo VE: Learning to Love a Fixer-Upper–Michelle Eichelberger, Jill Locascio, Rebecca Nous

This session will report on usability issues identified by members of the Discovery Working Group, SUNY librarians, and members of the Alma/Primo community. The presenters will discuss which problems can be easily fixed and which are more of a challenge. The topics will include authentication, availability language, page layout, etc. The presenters will provide attendees with a range of configuration how-tos, from basic to more in-depth, that they can bring back to their campus Discovery Administrator.

C5. Library Culture: Transforming the Culture of Mobile Phone Use in the Library–Nandi Prince

The mobile phone has integrated into the information seeking behavior of students, as evident in their engagement with library staff. Attendees will come away with innovative ways to provide students with additional resources using their cell phones as the tool (1) receive content and further brand engagement by scanning QR codes (2) incorporate Kahoot, an online game platform that may be used to create trivia quizzes to assist students with learning, measure engagement and comprehension, and assess the effectiveness of an information literacy one-shot instruction session. It is necessary to introduce strategic initiatives to change and challenge the library’s cultural disdain for mobile phones in its space.

C6. First Blood: Using Games to Teach Authority as Constructed and Contextual to Freshman–Jenifer Phelan, Daniel Harms

Can a vampiric infestation teach students about authority? We explore the ACRL’s Information Literacy Framework’s threshold concept “Authority is Constructed and Contextual.” In order to teach source evaluation in a way that ensures all students are able to successfully demonstrate Student Learning Outcomes, we embarked by researching the ACRL’s First Frame and explored different ways to integrated active learning activities for first year students. We will share what we learned about Authority and a “vampire game” that we have developed to actively impart knowledge practices and dispositions to Freshmen.

Vendor 3: Third Iron

One-click to PDFs: LibKey, the big migration and the future of access–Ted Tyson

Users expect the process of accessing full text to be fast, seamless and intuitive.  LibKey services from Third Iron help libraries meet these new expectations by incorporating one-click access to PDFs from discovery services, core databases, open web searches and more.  Join Third Iron co-founder and CEO Kendall Bartsch to learn how libraries are using LibKey services and the impact on researcher workflow.

Session D: 3:15pm-4:00pm

D1. The Big Book Migration: From Outdated to Updated–Jamie Saragossi, Gregg Stevens, Laurel Scheinfeld, Jessica Koos, Michael Huang

The Stony Brook Health Sciences Library embarked on a large-scale collection assessment project. The task was overdue and the need for space was becoming a growing issue. While the scope was broad, the turnaround time for completion was short due to the scheduling of a mini-renovation. The librarians embraced the challenge and worked together to follow a well-designed plan, implemented in phases. The goals were to create a more effective and robust health sciences collection and to better utilize space. In this presentation we will share details of the entire project, from the planning phases through the lessons learned.

D2. Informational needs of individuals who experienced a terminal cancer diagnosis of a loved one: an exploratory study–Megan Coder

This research explored the informational needs of family members and other individuals who experienced a terminal cancer diagnosis of a loved one that included a predicted lifespan (e.g. 5 months, 2 years, etc.). Quantitative and qualitative methods investigated the print and online resources these individuals used, reliability of the medical information, barriers faced in obtaining information, and anticipated information uses. An online survey was designed consisting of 40 questions with an average response rate of 63 respondents per question. Twelve interviews were conducted with survey participants who indicated interest in speaking about their loved ones and information-seeking experiences.

D3. Win-Win: Students Solving Problems–Lauren Stern, Maaike Oldemans, Szilvia Kadas

What challenges does your library face? Which ones could be transformed into authentic learning opportunities for students? At SUNY Cortland Memorial Library, we partnered with the Art & Art History department to re-imagine one of our most critical documents, the library map. Students in an undergraduate graphic design class competed in an authentic design challenge, and the library has adopted the winning design. Attendees will learn about the essential elements of this collaboration, and consider how they might apply this concept on their own campuses.

D4. SUNY Workplace: What Is It and How Are We Using It?– Kelly Williamson

A global overview of the SUNY Learning Commons Workplace platform project complete with use cases, user experience and functional improvements. Topics include: – Engagement Statistics – Implementation Reflections – Best Practices – Relevant Campus-Specific Use Cases

D5. Live In The Classroom: Virtual Reference–Aleshia Huber

Students working on research projects live during class sounds like an excellent opportunity for roaming reference by their subject librarian. However, there is only one subject librarian available and multiple class sections occurring simultaneously across campus. In order to finally achieve the goal of being in multiple places at once, the subject librarian provides reference assistance using online chat during the class times when they are scheduled to do library research. This presentation will cover the logistics, challenges, and tips and tricks of providing course-dedicated virtual reference and instruction during live course sessions.

D6. No More Naps: How to Wake Up Your Library Instruction with Active Learning–Jennifer Whittaker, Sarah Lane

Making the shift from lecture and demonstration style instruction to a more active learning structure has not been seamless. Fortunately, the outcome has been worth the effort. Using models such as “Learning by teaching,” scavenger hunts, and “Think-Pair-Share,” we discovered teaching is more enjoyable and students are more engaged. It has also allowed us to better address the Framework for Information Literacy.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss motivating factors for the change, how we implemented the change, and faculty response. We’ll also include lessons learned along the way.

Vendor 4: EBSCO 2