Fri. Session 1

Friday, June 13th

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Session 1

  • Against Speed Dating: Collaboration in Cataloging an Historical Collection
    • Jessica Ernye and David Mitchell, both of University at Albany
    • The Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children’s Literature Collection of SUNY Albany, includes over 15,000 children’s books and periodicals published in the 19th century and up to 1960. The Mathes Collection provides children’s books that are generally no longer available in a standard children’s library collection today. Proper and in-depth physical description of the book, especially edition and printing dates, correct subject analysis, as well as the safety and security of the books during transport between buildings, were all concerns when this collaborative project began. Ms. Ernye and Mr. Mitchell will present on the partnership between Cataloging and Special Collections in regards to the cataloging of these materials. How this collaboration benefits both cataloger and curator, the preservation of materials, the quality of the bibliographic records, as well as how this alliance contributes to the library’s mission, will also be discussed.
  • An IL-integrated Gen Ed Course and Students’ Continued Use of the University Libraries’ Web Portal
    • Yu-Hui Chen, University at Albany
    • Researchers have indicated that user training plays an important role in facilitating technology acceptance and use. The “Internet and Information Access” is one of the semester-long, 3-credit information literacy integrated Gen Ed courses. Every semester the class attracts a mix of 200-400 undergraduate students from various academic programs and grade levels. Using students enrolled in this course as the research population, I investigated if students would continue using the University Libraries’ Web portal after their completion of the course.
  • Rockin’ the Res Halls
    • Carrie Fishner, SUNY Delhi
    • This presentation will primarily be a discussion about the possible partnerships that exist between the residence halls and the library/librarians on campus. I had an 8 year background in Residence Life before switching my career track to librarianship, and would like to offer up some of the experiences I have gained in creating this mutually beneficial partnership. What programming can work in the residence halls, and why this is something libraries should seek out will be two of our main discussion points. Residence Halls and campus libraries should not be at odds with each other!
  • What Was News When: NYS Historical Newspapers
    • Laura Osterhout, Rochester Regional Library Council and John Hammond, Northern New York Library Network
    • The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. collaborates with libraries, archives, and museums across the state on projects that expand access to all of New York’s information and cultural resources. NYS Historical Newspapers ( is a growing collaboration that brings together digitized historical newspapers using the Chronam platform, the same platform used by the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project. Over two million pages to date have been digitized, OCR’d and placed on the site. During this session we’ll discuss this project, how it operates, how the site can be used, and how organizations from around the state can participate.
  • Starting a Bike Library
    • Stephen Weiter, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    • In 2013, the student cycling club came to the library and asked for help establishing a bike library, so that students could borrow bikes for use around town. We agreed to help facilitate this program. This presentation will detail the considerations and planning involved, and how we set up the library. I will talk about what worked, what didn’t, and lessons learned when establishing innovative or non-traditional services.
  • Gathering Expertise: Designing a Library Orientation Game with Cross-Campus Partners
    • Elizabeth Andrews, SUNY Potsdam
    • What if you have an amazing idea for a new program or service, but don’t have the in-house expertise to pull it off? Learn how the SUNY Potsdam College Libraries partnered with campus offices, faculty members, and graduate students to design and build a new first-year orientation game. Library Quest, which consists of an online game, physical scavenger hunt, and follow-up quiz, was successfully completed by over 350 freshmen during Fall 2013.
  • Informing the Past, Present, and Future
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Laura Anne Gilman, Chuck Rothman, Carrie Cuinn, Ryk E. Spoor
    • From fashion to tanks, science fiction and fantasy has informed the mainstream world in many ways. We use Star Trek technology every day, the government employs SF authors to advise on issues of national security, and a luxury chocolatier created a line based on the Hunger Games movies. Leading science fiction and fantasy authors will discuss the impact of the genre on li so far, and its potential to shape our future.