Friday Sessions

Session E : 9:10am – 9:55am

E50. Opening Up Avalanche: Collaborating to create an open access, open source index
Location: Library 1004C, First Floor

Amy Ballmer, Fashion Institute of Technology & Jennifer Poggiali, Lehman College, CUNY
The Avalanche Magazine Index (, an open access annotated index to the artist publication Avalanche (1969-1975), is the result of a collaboration between art and instructional technologies librarians. This project serves as a model for those interested in combining strengths in subject knowledge, librarianship, and technology to create works of public scholarship. We will cover the project’s origins and rationale and the specific WordPress customizations on which it is built. Along the way, we will make the case that the open source and open access movements can help bring avant garde content into the research canon.

E51. Flipping the First Year Experience: Using mobile scavenger hunts to orient students to library resources
Location: Library 0014, Lower Level

Jennifer Collins, SUNY Delhi
SUNY Delhi developed a mobile scavenger hunt as an active learning exercise that combines technology and librarian guidance to allow students to work together to learn about the resources available at the Resnick Library. The session will show the process that the scavenger hunt has undergone since it was first used for new student orientation in August 2014. This includes the creation of questions, collaborations with faculty and other campus partners to make improvements to content and implementation, the creation of discipline specific questions to focus the scavenger hunt for the array of information needs for different majors, data about results, and the development of an assessment strategy.

E52. The Art of Engagement: Gathering the tools for one-shot masterpieces  |  Handout
Location: Library 0001, Lower Level

Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College
Few librarians are trained teachers, but most are expected to teach at some point. John Steinbeck has said, “A great teacher is a great artist.” But how can you be a great artist when you only have one shot? Every artist must have the right tools to create a masterpiece. This session will give librarians whose primary responsibility is not teaching the necessary tools to effectively engage students (and keep them from snoozing before your masterpiece is complete) without losing control of the classroom. A librarian who is a teacher by training will share secrets to the art of engagement.

E53. The Pyramid of Evidence: Engaging students with an active learning exercise on authority  |  Handout
Location: Library 1014, First Floor

Rebecca Hewitt, Hartwick College
Inspired by cognitive psychology, constructivism and my experience using post-it notes to foster interaction in one-shot instruction classes, the Pyramid of Evidence activity is designed to bridge the gap between high school and college expectations for research. First-year students work together to build a Pyramid of post-it notes that represents their perception of the authority of sources they have used in past research. Throughout the one-shot information literacy class that follows, the Pyramid is slowly transformed from one depicting a high school understanding to one representing college-level expectations.

E54. Libraries Just Want to Have Fun!
Location: Library 0002, Lower Level

Carrie Fishner, SUNY Delhi
This presentation will discuss the programming aspect of academic libraries. What programs can an academic library do, must they all be educational? Participants will be asked to share what has and has not worked at their library, and ideas will be exchanged!

E55. College Student Tech Use: A survey of trends and data gathering techniques
Location: Student Services Building, Red Room

Curt Friehs & Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi, SUNY-College at Old Westbury
Librarians discuss technology at length in professional literature, conference presentations, and even in meetings. Seldom does anyone in our profession survey actual end-users to gauge their technology use and interests. To this end, a survey was developed at SUNY Old Westbury to determine the ways college students use technology. We truly wanted to gain a better picture of the patrons we serve on the reference desk. In addition, we explored ways to tabulate data and create charts, conduct research and more. When it comes to data collection and learning more about our students, it’s both an art and a science.

E56. Library Exhibits Hack: Creating quality displays on a shoe-string budget
Location: Library 0012, Lower Level

Amy F.  Stempler, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Exhibits and displays are wonderful tools to help promote a library’s collections and programs. This presentation will provide practical guidelines for librarians with little experience creating exhibits and even less funding to do so. Based on the presenter’s strong background in creating exhibits in a variety of libraries and museums, attendees will learn best practices, such as consistency in color and design, diversity of materials, and use of dimension. These tips will make exhibits easier to create while taking advantage of in-house resources and other low-budget materials to help make one’s efforts look professional and appealing to patrons.

Session F : 10:00am – 10:45am

F60. What are Open Education Resources? Teaching Non-Librarians about OER
Location: Student Services Building, Red Room

Steven Ovadia, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY & Ann Fiddler, CUNY Office of Library Services
Open Education Resources are shareable, reusable pieces of digital content used to support student learning. While commonly thought of as textbooks, they can be everything from course shells to slide shows. In Fall 2014, CUNY’s Office of Library Services launched a fully online seminar to train faculty in the implementation of OER. This workshop will explain the online seminar and discuss some of the challenges and successes of trying to spread the gospel of OER.

F61. Interactive Orientation Using GooseChase
Location: Library 1014, First Floor

Leah Galka, Katherine Bertel, Ken Fujiuchi & Amy Rockwell, SUNY Buffalo State
Butler Library at Buffalo State was recently looking for a way to engage students in an interactive orientation activity. After much research and planning, we decided to host a self-guided photo scavenger hunt (using the GooseChase app) that took students throughout the library and the campus. They explored Buffalo State by answering questions and tracking down important areas around the library and the campus – all while having fun and taking silly pictures of each other. This presentation will share our findings in planning and implementing this activity.

F62. Library Instruction Humor Roundtable
Location: Library 0012, Lower Level

Logan Rath, The College at Brockport, SUNY & Eileen Daly-Boas, University of Rochester
This round table invites those who employ humor in library instruction to come and exchange their best tips, tricks, analogies, and examples that infuse humor into an instruction session.

F63. Flipping for Instruction: Using the Flipped Class Model in Library Instruction
Location: Library 1004D, First Floor

Eduardo Rivera, Long Island University – LIU Post
Are you looking for new ways to approach your library instruction classes? Then take a look at the “flipped classroom” model, which has been gaining traction in classrooms around the country of late with high profile spots on 60 Minutes and TED talks on The idea of the students doing the classwork at home and the homework in the class, with the teacher to help out and guide the practical application of the material, is one technique that teachers have used for some time. This session will look at ways to flip your library instruction classes, whether they are of the one-shot delivery variety or a full course. The session will also present the results of a two year experiment that ran library workshop courses using a traditional lecture method and compared the grades to sections that used the flipped classroom model. The experiment was done at Long Island University/LIU Post.

F64. No More Sleepy Hollow: A Collaborative Approach to Teaching and Promoting E-resources to Attentive College Students
Location: Library 0014, Lower Level

Kristin D’Amato & Susan Slaga-Metivier, Central Connecticut State University
With library vendor fairs all the rage right now, Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library decided to try out this approach for e-resource promotion. Electing to try a different spin on the idea, the Burritt Library had librarians rather than vendors work the “vendor” booths in order to promote and instruct patrons on the use of the library’s e-resources. Learn how a program that successfully promoted awareness of e-resources also built relationships between staff and students and increased staff morale through interdepartmental collaboration.

F65. Computer Club & Library Projects
Location: Library 0002, Lower Level

Kristy Lee, Michael Divitto & Gary Oliver, SUNY New Paltz
A presentation of two library home-grown programs – PC Tracker and Faculty Publication Bookshelf. PC Tracker is a tool for patrons to check the PC availability. Staff can monitor and change the status of PC via an admin console. Provides analytic and PC usage data. Faculty publication bookshelf is an e-bookshelf on the library website, that compiles and displays faculty publication information with integrated search features.

F66. Many Hands Make Light Work: Alfred University’s digitization working group and the art of collaboration
Location: Library 0001, Lower Level

Ellen Bahr, Brett Arno, Alfred University, John Hosford, & Trevor Riley, NYS College of Ceramics of Alfred University, SUNY
Using the Alfred University Libraries’ Digitization Working Group as a model, this presentation explores how working groups can be used to encourage the acquisition of new skills among library employees, to facilitate communication and collaboration, and, ultimately, to help move complex projects forward. The presentation will include a general discussion of the challenges and benefits of cross-functional working groups, and a presentation of some of the specific tasks undertaken by the Digitization Working Group.

Session G : 11:15am – 12:00pm

G70. Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions
Location: Library 0001, Lower Level

Laura Murray & Karen Gardner-Athey, SUNY Office of Library and Info Services
Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS),, is a service to assist SUNY faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and other interested staff in learning about, locating, evaluating, and using open educational resources. It features a showcase of SUNY faculty who are using and/or creating OERs, information about IIT grant funding for OER projects, access to Open SUNY MOOCs, information on Open SUNY Textbooks, tools to launch an affordable learning solutions initiative on your own campus, and MORE. You can learn about OERs through self-paced open courses that are also available for you to adop and adapt for your campus. Instructions for locating open textbooks and evaluating OERs are available for use and re-use. Your quest for OERs can begin with Open SUNY ALS using a variety of search forms, including MERLOT’s federated search that searches multiple repositories simultaneously.  SUNY Librarians can play a vital role in the location, adoption, and creation of open educational resources and Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions is a great place to start!

G71.  Biology and the Library: Creating a Model Assignment for Information Literacy in the Life Sciences
Location: Library 0012, Lower Level

Susan Wood & Joe Napolitano, Suffolk County Community College, SUNY
Collaborations between librarians and classroom faculty are an effective way to increase students’ information literacy skills and improve their attainment of subject-based knowledge.  Joe Napolitano (Assistant Professor, Biology) and Susan Wood (librarian) collaborated on a “mini literature review” assignment for Joe’s Modern Biology II students. The assignment was designed to foster the development of information literacy skills and to encourage critical thinking on current life sciences topics.  In this presentation, Susan and Joe will discuss their instructional techniques and materials and share the results of their assessment of the effectiveness of the assignment in meeting the learning objectives.

G72.  Teaching Visual Literacy Skills in a One-Shot Session
Location: Library 1014, First Floor

Molly Schoen, University of Michigan
Just as one-shot information literacy sessions are often integrated into the undergraduate curriculum to improve students’ research capabilities, similarly-styled sessions on image research can increase awareness of how to effectively use visuals. The web has become increasingly visual over the years, and most students interact with images daily. Yet many are unaware of the implications of image use for personal and academic reasons—from avoiding plagiarism to protecting one’s own original content. This presentation will elaborate on reference instruction methods librarians can use to teach the concepts of visual literacy to college students.

G73. Creating Effective Group Activities Using the 4S Structure
Location: Library 1004C, First Floor

Allison Hosier, University at Albany
Group activities are a creative way to enliven one-shot information literacy sessions but when students fail to respond meaningfully and tune out when other groups give their answers, designing and implementing such activities may not seem worthwhile. The 4S structure for application exercises avoids these common pitfalls by using the following elements: significant problem, same problem, specific choice and simultaneous reporting. This presentation will take participants through several example activities using the 4S structure to give them a feel for the design and help them think of ways to use the structure as part of their own instruction.

G74. Blended strengths: Formal and Informal Onboarding Towards an Integrated Whole
Location: Library 0002, Lower Level

Rachel M. Minkin & Jill Morningstar, Michigan State University
MSU Libraries are in the fortunate position of hiring up to twenty new librarians over a 5 year period. How does the institution welcome and acculturate all these new employees as well as assure their success within our rigorous evaluation system? Onboarding. Why do we focus on onboarding, an organizational socialization concept? What does onboarding look like at MSU? Who are the actively involved participants and leaders? Is this scalable to be used in my library? Join leaders of the library’s New Librarian Roundtable and the Head of Reference Services as we discuss onboarding as used within the MSU Libraries.

G75. Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)  | Slide Set 1  |  Slide Set 2
Location: Library 1004D, First Floor

Kerri Willette & Chris Stanton, Empire State Digital Network, Metropolitan NY Library Council (METRO)
Thousands of items from New York State are available in Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Kerri Willette, manager at the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) and Chris Stanton, ESDN Metadata Specialist, will provide an overview of DPLA and how New York institutions can contribute content to DPLA through ESDN.

G76. The Art of Collections Budgeting
Location: Library 0014, Lower Level
Marianne Hebert, State University of New York at Potsdam
For several years, SUNY Potsdam has been struggling to design a better budget allocation model for library collections. In the past, the formula we used for allocating funds seemed to be equitable, but in reality it was not the best approach. Our “New Budget Model” focuses on supporting the research projects assigned to students rather than what librarians and faculty think ought to be in a “good college library”. While the new model continues to be a work in progress, we have learned a lot about faculty perceptions and have had opportunities to share our ideas about the changing nature of academic library collections and services.


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