Poster Sessions


Thursday, June 12, 2014
University Library, NE Wing
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Academic Integrity Bowl: A Competition Where Everyone Wins!

Jennifer Farquhar Suffolk County Community College

The Suffolk County Community College Academic Integrity committee has been providing educational programs for students for the past several years. This year the Ammerman campus collaborated with the English department by creating an Academic Integrity Bowl similar to Jeopardy. This pilot project involved 3 sections of Freshman Composition. Students in each section competed against each other resulting in a winner from each. These 3 students will compete in a Championship Bowl in May to win a Kindle Fire. This pilot project is one way of addressing the results of a 2012/2013 assessment of information literacy skills in 100 level courses in which students did not meet the standard for citing sources in their research projects. Students’ reactions to the pilot have been very positive. We plan to expand the project to the other two campuses next year and increase the number of course sections competing.


Anatomy of a Collaboration

Nancy Williamson Nassau Community College
Lisa Errico Nassau Community College

With the prevalence of streaming video, the Library’s Media Reserve room had become a pretty sleepy place. At the same time, Nassau’s Anatomy and Physiology program was bursting at the seams, leaving no open lab time in the Allied Health Department for students to study using the A & P models. With the donation of a couple of models to the Library Media Reserve room, an interdepartmental collaboration was born, leading to an expanded study room, an influx of models, some culture shock, and A LOT of students using the newly expanded and equipped facility. Visit us for the details!


Collection Development through Crowd-Sourcing

Jenny Collins SUNY Delhi

Crowdsourcing is a growing phenomenon in and outside of libraries. Large scale crowdsourcing projects have been undertaken by the Library of Congress, University of Hong Kong as well as purely digital services such as LibraryThing and LibAnswers. Even small libraries can get in on crowdsourcing through small targeted projects. This poster will present information about a recent crowdsourcing project at SUNY Delhi’s Resnick Library. Students were asked to participate in an event called March Movie Madness. Students were able to cast votes, online and in person, to determine which of the Resnick Libraries outgoing VHS tapes would be purchased as DVDs. The event ran the entire month of March with high student participation throughout. This collection development through crowdsourcing fostered high social engagement with the students and allowed for collaboration between students and librarians that otherwise would not have happened. The poster will outline the project from start to finish.


Digital Outreach: The “Love Your Library” Augmented Reality Tour

Rachel Santose SUNY Canton

Digital initiatives are commonly used in the library and classroom to improve student motivation and cognition; however, at the Southworth Library Learning Commons (SLLC) at SUNY Canton, we have successfully integrated digital initiatives into our outreach and programming. This poster describes the Augmented Reality Tour, created using the iPad application Aurasma, which was developed for our annual Love Your Library Day (Valentine’s Day). Students used SLLC iPads to make photographs of our librarians come to life. The librarians spoke about different resources and services available at SLLC and then virtually showed students around the building. The response from students, faculty, and staff was overwhelmingly positive. We have even been approached by our Admissions Office to help develop a tour for prospective students. We hope to further develop our Augmented Reality initiatives at SLLC and anticipate their seamless incorporation into additional outreach and programming.


Displays: Educating and Marketing

Katherine Brent SUNY Cobleskill

Displays in libraries can serve both to educate patrons about particular topics and to highlight (market) particular library materials by making them more visible. They can also make a space inviting through visual appeal. The poster will highlight some of the recent displays in the Van Wagenen Library and how well they are working towards these goals, as well as future plans for displays.


EDS Widgets: Identifying and Meeting Patron Information Needs

Michelle Eichelberger  Genesee Community College

The widget creation tool in EDS allows librarians to create custom search results for common patron searches for general library information such as library hours, citation guides, the names of specific databases, etc. This session will demonstrate how to use Aleph cataloging reports and other tools to find examples of your patrons’ informational searches, and it will describe how to create high ranking results for these searches in EDS.


Librarian Lost And Found: A Personal Assessment Journey

Stephanie Herfel Kinsler SUNY Orange

One of the most challenging and sometimes intimidating questions for instruction librarians to ask themselves is: “Are students learning in my one-shots?” A new librarian describes her journey of experimenting with different IFL assessment methods and shows the changes made over time to discover ways to best assess student learning.


Library Services Supporting Information Literacy

Sarah Morehouse Empire State College SUNY

I surveyed all SUNY (inc. community college) library directors regarding resources and services at their libraries that support information literacy across the campus and throughout SUNY, particularly with regard to Open SUNY. My poster highlights some of the most interesting, surprising, and inspiring findings.


Myth Busting: Using the iPad to Scan Journal Articles for ILL

Wendi  Ackerman Upstate Medical University

The seemingly simple idea of using iPads to scan journal articles for ILL ended up like an episode of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. This poster will describe the unanticipated issues that we encountered and our efforts to overcome them.


No Straight Answers: Service to LGBT Library Patrons

Alex Hoag SUNY Albany

Heteronormativity and homophobia are the primary factors in the difference of information seeking behavior between gay and straight library users. The shame and discrimination faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community can make them feel the need to be secretive about their information needs and therefore makes finding what they are seeking incredibly difficult. Even the most open and LGBT friendly library cannot overcome an LGBT patron’s internalized homophobia and fear on its own. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest for libraries, librarians, and schools to fight against heteronormativity and homophobia, and to advocate for the rights of LGBT people. My presentation will explore the unique information needs of LGBT patrons and what libraries and librarians can do to improve their services to this community.


Open Education Resources: Search & Deliver & More

Mary Timmons Monroe Community College

Finding Open Educational Resources (OER) isn’t new to librarians, as one of our major strengths is the ability to locate the right material at the right time and deliver it in a method and format suitable to the patron’s needs. A recent request for OER material for a developmental English course, however, took the idea of “seek and find” to a whole new level. The faculty member wanted to use the findings in a grant application—with a six-day deadline–to explore incorporating OER into the curriculum. Identifying the material was easy; making sure, within such a tight timeframe, it fit the many technological, curricular, and user requirements were the unexpected hurdles.


The Personal Librarian Program: An Information Literacy Collaborative

TiffanyDavis   Mount Saint Mary College

Personal Librarians have long been used as a means of library outreach to new students in academic institutions. Mount Saint Mary College is taking the Personal Librarian moniker and using it as a vehicle to systematically teach information literacy skills to our freshman students. Collaboration emerged between the Library and the Division of Arts & Letters to develop a program in which every student in ENG 1010 and ENG 1020 would receive information literacy instruction. The working group consisted of three Arts & Letters faculty and one librarian. Time was a challenge with only three months to plan, develop, and implement the program. The working group identified eleven Information Literacy Learning Outcomes to be introduced in ENG 1010 and reinforced in ENG 1020. Learning Outcomes were grouped into six core topics. Instruction was a blend of video tutorials and class visits. Learning was assessed through short quizzes created with Google Forms. A pre-test and post-test was administered to evaluate student learning and the effectiveness of instruction.


Pinning Down the Reader: Reader Advisory through Social Media at the University at Albany

Cary Gouldin University at Albany
Abigail Simkovic University at Albany

In an academic library, where the stacks are organized to facilitate scholarly research, it is often challenging to discover pleasure reading—particularly for undergraduates. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the University at Albany Libraries addressed this challenge in an innovative way by leveraging Pinterest’s function as a visual discovery and indexing tool. Pinterst is one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the world. Its diverse user group, visual emphasis, and easily browasable interface has enabled the University Libraries to curate and share a series of reader advisory pinboards on a variety of themes.


Read Between the Lines: Marketing Graphic Novels

Wendy West University at Albany
Rebecca Nous University at Albany
Kate Seidlinger University at Albany

This poster session highlights a marketing initiative for graphic novels, an underutilized collection, at the University Library at the University at Albany. The marketing initiative was a collaboration between the presenters and the University Library’s Marketing Coordinating Committee. It included an exhibit case, book marks, a library Pinterest page, a designated location for the books with signage to draw attention to the books, writing a piece for the Libraries newsletter, creating a promotional slide for the library lobby and Web site, coordinating with the bibliographer in the Science Library about her graphic novel display, and sending emails notifying staff about the display.


(Re)Discovering Anna Clift Smith: A Digital Humanities Collaboration Project

Sara Parme SUNY Fredonia

The poster will highlight a project envisioned by the SUNY Fredonia Digital Humanities interest group. Members include librarians and faculty from several disciplines. Anna Clift Smith’s journal, owned by the Friends of Reed Library, is small and self-contained, has strong local appeal, and includes content with broad interdisciplinary applications. The journal will be publicly available that will allow for public and private use and annotation.


Resource Sharing Today: A Practical Guide to Interlibrary Loan, Consortial Circulation, and Global Cooperation

Corinne Nyquist SUNY New Paltz

A practical ILL guide is desperately needed. During paper verification, a degreed librarian was dedicated. Modest technology such as OCLC’s Interlibrary Loan Subsystem made it accessible to all library users. No academic library questions the necessity of interlibrary loan, but many have no idea where to put it or how to staff it. ILL is relegated to a back room and combined with a somewhat related function. Efficiency comes at the price of customer service.

Removed from our clients and our counterparts at other institutions, it is a series of unrelated transactions instead of part of a global community functioning on trust and generosity. Without community, resource sharing would not be possible. Libraries that fail to respect that trust find themselves on “do not loan” lists. We tell users we work for them till the book arrives—when that book arrives we’re working for the library that lent it to us.


A Special Campus Collaboration: The University Libraries and the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP)

Carol Anne Germain University at Albany

At the University at Albany, the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) provides support to economically and educationally disadvantaged students who want to attend college. The program supports a range of services to help students who need assistance in academic, financial, social and personal matters. EOP faculty and counselors work with the University Libraries to enhance the experiences of these students.

The EOP liaison librarian provides fundamental instructional sessions which address information literacy needs and teaches 3-4 different information modules during the summer program. This instruction covers evaluating resources, a tour of the University Library, and an introduction to the Libraries’ catalog and a research database. During the academic year, additional classes for students include What’s in a Word (language and reading), Writers’ Thoughts on Writing (what inspires authors), and other information literacy sessions. Additional support includes weekly office hours in the EOP Computing Center, referrals from EOP counselors, and outreach efforts.


Strengthening Librarian-Faculty Relationships with Professional Development Webinars

Rachel Santose SUNY Canton

The Southworth Library Learning Commons (SLLC) at SUNY Canton has had a historically difficult time articulating to faculty the ways in which we successfully assist their students. To help resolve this long-standing issue, in the spring of 2014 the SLLC collaborated with the Office of Online Learning to develop webinars for an Academic Support Services Professional Development series.   Our Instruction and Assessment Librarian developed library-centric faculty professional development webinars, which included the titles “Using LibGuides in the Classroom,” “Turnitin: Detecting Plagiarism,” “eBooks in the Library,” and “All About Information Literacy.” These successfully promoted faculty awareness of library resources and services, and helped to develop stronger bonds between SLLC’s information literacy program and the overall faculty body.


Taking the Library Out to Pasture

Katie DeRusso SUNY Cobleskill
Brendan Aucoin SUNY Cobleskill

This presentation will explore creative solutions for providing outreach to students in agriculture programs at SUNY Cobleskill. Through observation it became clear that students in our School of Agriculture were not using the library as often as their peers in the School of Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences. Therefore, to best serve this large demographic at SUNY Cobleskill, we needed to revamp our current practices and find ways to attract this base of library users. Commensurate with this endeavour we focused on five specific areas: information literacy, reference, collections/acquisitions, learning objects, and onsite services. These practices all involve meeting the students on their own “turf,” such as: program specific LibGuides, reference services in the agricultural building, highlighting tailored collections, and working with faculty to incorporate agriculture specific information literacy into their pedagogy.


Using Multimedia to Market Print Book Collections

Dana Antonucci-Durgan Suffolk County Community College
Paul Turano Suffolk County Community College
Johanna MacKay Suffolk County Community College
Susan Wood Suffolk County Community College

In the fall of 2013, the Media Services Department and the Eastern Campus Library of Suffolk County Community College collaborated to market the library’s print book collection. The purpose of the collaboration was to investigate how the combination of print book displays with multimedia elements such as video, sound, animation, and images could effectively market the print book collection. The Media Services Department created video montages, clips, and a video book review to display on a flat panel screen above the print book display. Librarians selected the titles for the print book displays based on a theme or current campus event.   The accompanying 3-5 minute videos incorporated the print book theme and served to increase visual appeal and attract patrons to the display table. Since the development of the print with video displays in September 2013, circulation of the print book collection has increased an average of 19% from the previous academic year.


Using Technology to Engage Faculty in Large-Scale Collection Weeding

Cori Wilhelm SUNY Canton
Jessica Spooner SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons began an extensive weeding project in 2013, working to update our collection while reorganizing our space to best meet the needs of our students. Our librarians wanted faculty input regarding weeding decisions, but the scale of the project was too large to have faculty physically review all of the materials.

By integrating technologies including spreadsheets, Springshare’s LibGuides, and Google Forms, Learning Commons’ staff members were able to engage our faculty with the process. Faculty members were able to review titles slated for withdrawal online, and instantly provide valuable feedback electronically to our librarians. This helped to streamline an otherwise impossible project.