Session E

Friday, June 5, 2015
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.



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