Fri. Session 3

Friday, June 13th

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 3

  • From Superhero Rings to Tangled Plastic Spaghetti: Our Year With a 3D Printer
    • Kenneth R. Wierzbowski, Kim H. Myers, Gregory M. Toth, and Wendy Prince, all of The College at Brockport
    • The College at Brockport acquired a MakerBot Replicator 2 in the summer of 2013. The initial excitement was quickly tempered by questions of logistics, management, application, and policy. The following semesters were an effort to answer these questions, establish a place for the 3D printer in the library, and garner interest on campus from students, faculty and staff. We will discuss the challenges we encountered as we moved from a knick-knack factory to active faculty and student involvement.
  • Collaborating Across Campus: Organizing a Successful Program Without Grant Funding
    • Katrina Frazier and Lisa Errico, both of Nassau Community College
    • Two faculty members from the A. Holly Patterson Library at Nassau Community College will discuss how the experience of not being awarded a grant to celebrate Banned Books Week turned into a positive development. Through creative and integrative approaches, the NCC Library Banned Books Week Committee was able to secure funding through alternate sources. Interestingly, as planning for the series of programs evolved, a campus-wide collaborative effort developed that included representation from a variety of constituencies on campus. In addition to campus-wide recognition for the Library, the end-result of such teamwork resulted in one of A. Holly Patterson Library’s most successful endeavors.
  • Transformative Writing Experiences
    • Jeffrey Berman, University at Albany
    • Jeffrey Berman will be speaking about how students who write about their personal experiences with love and loss can reach important educational and psychological insights into their lives. Such writing can be both transformative and therapeutic for everyone in the classroom, including the teacher. These classroom experiences have informed his book publications.

    Jeffrey Berman

    Jeffrey Berman

  • Let’s Review Reviews
    • Brandon West and Tina Chan, both of SUNY Oswego
    • One of the best opportunities in librarianship is writing book reviews. Writing book reviews is an easy method for starting an academic writing career. This activity also provides a venue for keeping up with current literature, whether leisure reading or for a particular collection. The speakers will provide some tips and insights into writing reviews since they are experienced in reviewing materials for Choice, Library Journal, and Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database.
  • The Story of Our Livelihoods: Salary Comparisons at Buffalo State
    • Eugene J. Harvey and Marianne Foley, both of SUNY Buffalo State
    • For over a decade, SUNYLA has investigated salary disparity between librarians and non-library faculty, and they continue to advocate for equitable librarian salaries across SUNY. Despite these efforts, change is slow, if at all, and librarians’ salaries continue to lag — sometimes at an alarmingly disparate level. At Buffalo State, faculty librarians have compared their own salaries to other Masters-level faculty on campus, and furthermore they examined job descriptions and other unions’ salary pay grades of NYS civil service librarians in comparable roles. All findings were presented to various campus administrators to foster awareness and dialogue, and these endeavors and results will be shared here. Join the presenters to learn about the methodology behind the comparisons, what the data indicate, possible remediation, and how your own library can advocate for equitable salaries.
  • Enhancing the User Experience: A Look into the Overhaul of E. H. Butler Library’s Website
    • Katherine Bertel and Chris Parana, both of Buffalo State
    • The web has become much more dynamic and interactive in recent times. We see an opportunity for libraries to adhere to the same design principles used by popular websites, to create a more intuitive, dynamic, and enjoyable user experience. In our presentation, we will discuss the results from usability testing after a website redesign in 2012 (library.buffalostate.edu), our guiding design principles, and solutions to enhancing user experience, such as responsive web design, unified searching, and transitional interfaces. The goal is to create an engaging experience that draws users in, encourages usage, and inspires discovery.
  • Foreign Gods, Inc.
    • Okey Ndibe, author
    • Okey Ndibe, author of the recent Foreign Gods, Inc., will talk about his experiences as a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote of Foreign Gods, “Razor-sharp… Mr. Ndibe invests his story with enough dark comedy to make Ngene an odoriferous presence in his own right, and certainly not the kind of polite exotic rarity that art collectors are used to… In Mr. Ndibe’s agile hands, he’s both a source of satire and an embodiment of pure terror.”

    Okey Ndibe

    Okey Ndibe