Session G

Friday, June 5, 2015
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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