Session D

Thursday, June 4, 2015
3:00pm – 3:45pm

D40. Reading the Room: Assessing user needs and setting priorities in an undergraduate library
Location: Library 1014, First Floor

Robyn Reed, Courtney Seymour & Trevor Martin, Union College
We have significant data that suggest students would like to see prime library real estate and monetary resources going to the creation of innovative study environments and the installation of some sort of in-house caffeine dispensary. Other stakeholders would like to see these resources used for exhibiting distinctive Special Collections, including showcasing artwork; or deployed to reinforce the zeitgeist that is the maker movement. How do librarians set priorities in the era of dwindling analog collections and competing space philosophies? How we use data gleaned from focus groups, user suggestion forums, and survey instruments will be key to creating a harmonic balance between user needs and ever-changing trends in the library profession. This presentation will help participants to “read the room,” that is, we will examine a variety of assessment tools to measure user needs and we will share some examples of our success.

D41. The New(ish) Librarian Support Group
Location: Library 0001, Lower Level

Michelle Bishop, State University of New York at Oswego; Leah Galka, Buffalo State College, SUNY; Lisa Czirr, SUNY Cortland; Sara Parme, SUNY Fredonia
New tenure-track librarians have a lot on their plates. Seasoned colleagues and mentors offer helpful advice and support. However, the pressures and demands faced by new librarians are usually better understood by their newly hired peers. This panel of four new-ish librarians will discuss their struggles navigating the political work landscape, balancing self-promotion and self-preservation, collaborating with faculty, and developing instructional expertise. Be prepared to participate in this interactive sharing and exploration of effective strategies to support the successful transition and professional development of newer librarians.

D42. On-again, off-again: Same course, different contexts
Location: Library 0012, Lower Level

Greg Bobish, University at Albany, SUNY
Recently the presenter had the opportunity to teach the same course first online, and then in-person. Using the same course project, the same exercises, and the same discussion topics in each section provided the chance to directly compare student engagement in both contexts. This presentation will describe several of the assignments used in the course, how they worked or didn’t, and what changes had to be made to adapt the coursework for online or in-person instruction. The presenter will also address the new Framework for Information Literacy as it pertains to specific course exercises.

D43. Engage! Creative and Practical Strategies for Capturing Students’ Attention in Information Literacy Sessions
Location: Student Services Building, Red Room

Stephanie Herfel Kinsler &  Andrea Laurencell Sheridan, SUNY Orange
Librarians face an enormous challenge when it comes to engaging students in a one-shot sessions or embedded classes. Due to a variety of factors, students do not always recognize the value in learning information literacy skills. Learn simple techniques and maybe even discover a new way of thinking about your teaching that will help you do CPR on “dead fish” students and draw them into your lesson. A brief literature review of student engagement books and articles will be provided. A SUNY Orange librarian and an English professor team up to demonstrate and discuss specific methods and overall teaching pedagogies to help breathe life into your information literacy classes.

D44. Text and Data Mining Research
Location: Library 0002, Lower Level

Ray Abruzzi, VP and Publisher of Gale Digital Collections
This presentation will highlight aspects of Gale’s new program to support text and data mining research in literature and the humanities. The challenges and opportunities TDM present to libraries and librarians will be discussed, particularly around how to manage access to and store data, how to archive project outcomes, and how to assist both sophisticated and novice researchers in undertaking successful data mining projects. Ray will also be demonstrating tools currently available in Gale primary source collections, as well as describing Gale’s current and future services related to TDM.

D45. Preliminary Findings: A comparative study of user- and indexer-assigned subject terms
Location: Library 0014, Lower Level
Hannah Marshall, Cornell University
In this study, art history and classics students were asked to perform descriptive tasks for art images from Cornell University Library’s images for teaching collection. The descriptive terms that they assigned to the images were recorded and compared to the existing descriptive metadata for those images. Correspondence between the existing metadata and the participant-assigned subject terms will be analyzed and coded in an effort to assess the retrieval utility of the images, gain insight into the search behaviors of users with art historical training, and determine the level of correspondence between users and indexers about subject analysis in images of artworks. The study is also designed to determine, through the use of a variable group, the degree to which priming participants with questions about the image at hand affect the nature and content of their responses. Data collection is currently underway and preliminary results will be available in the spring.

D46. Art in Communication and Marketing of Libraries
Location: Library 1004D, First Floor

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Prairie View A&M University
For libraries to stay relevant they must continue to communicate their worth through marketing and public relations. Librarians are often called upon to create publicity materials, newsletters, flyers, etc. These all require some knowledge and skill using artistic techniques. This presentation will discuss ways librarians can use their creativity to market their library programs in print and electronic forms.

 

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