Thu. Session 1

Thursday, June 12th

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Session 1

  • Pushing Out the Boundaries and Establishing New Frontiers: An Active Information Literacy Program at Work
    • Charles Keyes, Hong Cheng, Galina Letnikova, and Alexandra Rojas, all of LaGuardia Community College
    • Quite often an academic library’s role within the curriculum is proscribed by an institution’s limited understanding of what a library can really contribute. At LaGuardia Community College, library faculty have successfully worked to build the Library’s reputation as a department that is key in helping to develop and teach research and critical inquiry skills. The presenters will outline how they established a strong, key presence in the new first year experience program, the teaching of credit courses, the Honors Program, and co-curricular activities. Advice and suggestions on pushing out a library’s boundaries and establishing new frontiers will be given.
  • Information Literacy Portal: Status and Next Steps
    • Logan Rath, The College at Brockport
    • At the OpenSUNY summit on December 5th librarians overwhelmingly decided that development of guidelines for and portal to share information literacy practices and content was a priority. This presentation will cover where we are and what our next steps will be. Want to be involved? This collaborative discussion is definitely for you!
  • From Silos to the Semantic Web: as Library Catalogs Open, What Do Students Hope to Find?
    • Madeline Veitch and Megan Coder, both representing SUNY New Paltz
    • With the arrival of discovery services and RDA cataloging rules, there is growing interest in making library catalog data more accessible to searchers on the open web. In a linked data or semantic web environment, bibliographic record content would coexist or integrate with commercial content. In a study of user preferences among undergraduate students at SUNY New Paltz, we asked students to reflect on which elements of a book or film record they value the most highly, and to rank existing commercial databases such as Amazon, IMDb, and LibraryThing against corresponding records in the SUNY New Paltz Ebsco Discovery Service. Trust and perceptions of credibility may play an important role in how students regard library catalog and commercial data, another topic explored in this research study.
  • Trash or Treasure? Gifts-in-Kind Practices Among New York State Libraries
    • Joseph A. Williams, SUNY Maritime College
    • Gifts-in-kind are often the bane of acquisition and collection development librarians. Unloved and unsolicited, they nevertheless form an important part of our print collections. The presenter, unduly fascinated by gifts-in-kind, conducted a survey of all public and academic New York State libraries to measure and analyze gifts-in-kind practices. The results are enlightening, not only as to the perceived role of gifts-in-kind by librarians, but also how the results underscore the fundamental differences between academic libraries and their public brethren.
  • Citations: There’s an App for That!
    • Mary Van Ullen and Jane Kessler, both of University at Albany
    • A common problem students struggle with is using correct citation format to create accurate bibliographies for their assignments. Bibliographic citation management software and web-based citation generators have existed for years. In addition, many popular academic databases also have online citation help features. With the increasing popularity of mobile devices, developers have created a variety of citation apps. These apps enable a patron to interact directly with library materials to create citations using their smartphones and tablets. In this presentation, we will share the results of our research on the ease of use and accuracy of some of the apps for both Android and IOS devices.
  • Website Usability without Bogging Down
    • Emily Mitchell, SUNY Oswego
    • Wouldn’t it be great if libraries could collaborate with our users to make our websites better? But getting user input takes exorbitant amounts of time, effort, money, or mad skills–doesn’t it? Come hear how one librarian is working with library stakeholders plus users and their data to find quick, high-quality solutions to her library website’s problems. We’ll touch on website analytics, task analysis, first-click testing, and what to do about that important page that no one is using.
  • Improving ILL Efficiencies with IDS Logic
    • Shannon Pritting, IDS Project and Syracuse University Libraries
    • During the past year, the IDS Technology Development Team has created an automation and efficiency service, IDS Logic, for Interlibrary Loan that connects to ILLiad through a dynamic server addon. Although there is a great deal of automation already in ILLiad and Interlibrary loan, IDS Logic can help automate the complex parts of ILL that now require staff mediation. Using connections to a library’s tools (such as its z39.50 server) as well as connecting to external APIs and web services, IDS Logic can find and import information that is needed to enhance ILL efficiency. This presentation will feature what automation tools, such as Lending Availability Service, are ready for release, and future development plans will also be discussed.