Thu. Session 4

Thursday, June 12th

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 4

  • Incorporating Information Literacy in the Majors: New Roles for Librarians
    • Trudi Jacobson, Jesus Alonso-Regalado, Patricia Pinho, and Paul Toscano, all of University at Albany
    • The University at Albany has a new requirement that academic departments must ensure that students in their majors meet upper level competencies (information literacy, advanced writing, oral discourse, and critical thinking). Moving responsibility to departments for this type of learning is happening at an increasing number of institutions. This can be a difficult transition, but provides the opportunity for conversation and collaboration. Learn how librarians at UAlbany were involved in the process, and what steps they took, at both the institutional and departmental levels, to facilitate a quality outcome. Hear, too, from a faculty member about how her department addressed this addition to the major.
  • ACRL’s Assessment in Action: Assessing Library Instruction, Collaborating across Campus and What We’ve Learned So Far
    • Kenneth R. Wierzbowski and Jennifer Kegler, both of the College at Brockport
    • The Drake Memorial Library is 1 of 75 libraries across North America to participate in ACRL’s Assessment in Action program. The 14-month program entails the development and implementation of an action learning project examining the library’s impact on student success and contribution to assessment activities on campus. Brockport’s 4 person team includes members from outside of the library to foster cross-campus collaboration. In this presentation, librarians on the team will discuss impressions with the program so far, some of the pitfalls and triumphs faced developing the project, and experiences in working with faculty and staff across campus.
  • Tag, You’re It: Enhancing Access to Graphic Novels
    • Wendy West, University at Albany
    • This presentation examines social tagging as aid for access to graphic novel titles in the discovery layer catalogs. In this project, the catalogs of a group of Association of Research Libraries were reviewed to determine if they offered social tagging options and, if they were, whether their users were applying social tags to records identifying materials as graphic novels. The presentation also discusses such issues as specific patterns in the tagging terminology and metadata used by catalogers to identify graphic novels.
  • Reading Habits Across Disciplines: A Study of Student eBook Use
    • Lee A. Cummings, Anne Larrivee, and Leslie Vega, all of Binghamton University
    • The advantages to choosing a title in electronic over print format have been widely publicized: saved shelf space, no lost or damaged materials, and concurrent access between unique users. But do these users have a preference? And if so, why? To begin to answer these questions, subject librarians from Binghamton University surveyed students in various fields of study. The resulting data offers some insights into what’s most important to students when using print or electronic books, and gives librarians information that can be used to improve the effectiveness of their collections.
  • Uncovering Discovery: Collaboration between Systems and Reference at Sojourner Truth Library
    • Lauren Marcus, Valerie Mittenberg, and Kristy Lee, all of SUNY New Paltz
    • Web scale discovery systems have been around for several years and the list of commercial vendors continues to grow annually. These systems promise more efficient scholarly research and increased access to collections far beyond library walls or even the library catalog. Yet academic librarians do not equally embrace these new research models. While IT specialists welcome the streamlined maintenance of “one click” search bars, out-of-the-box systems rarely meet the needs of academic libraries and require extensive customization. In addition, relevancy rankings may prioritize access to electronic resources, while diminishing access to print holdings. For these reasons, many reference librarians are hesitant to adopt the consumer-centric search model promoted by these systems. In January 2014, the Sojourner Truth Library (STL) implemented the “soft launch” of its EBSCO Discovery Service. This presentation discusses the collaboration between Reference and Systems Librarians at STL on the evaluation, selection, and customization of the EDS product. Topics of concern include: control over relevancy rankings, advanced search functionality, enhanced access to local holdings, and integration into bibliographic instruction.
  • New Technologies, Collaboration, and Entrepreneurship in Libraries: Harnessing Their Power to Help Your Library
    • Stephanie Walker, Dr. Howard Spivak, and Alex Rudshteyn, all of Brooklyn College, City University of New York
    • Academic libraries are caught in budget squeezes and struggle to communicate value to senior administration. At Brooklyn College, we’ve taken an unusual approach. Our technology staff work directly with librarians to develop products that meet user needs. We’ve developed 8 products, including an award-winning content management system (4MyLibrary) and a user-friendly book scanner. Recently, we started selling 2 products: our book scanners (at half the price of commercial alternatives), and a hosting service, whereby we host and support 4MyLibrary for libraries with minimal technology staff. Both yielded major benefits. We hope to spur broader technology collaboration among libraries.
  • Constructing a “Shared Services” Interlibrary Loan Department: A Narrative
    • Glen Bogardus, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Shared Services
    • As part of the campuses’ “Shared Services” initiative, the SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam libraries jointly hired an Interlibrary Loan Specialist in 2012. The ILL Specialist was charged with uniting the two campuses’ ILL departments, using merged resources to ensure quality ILL service to each institution, while capitalizing on these new cooperative resources to rejuvenate and expand existing document delivery services.
    • This presentation is a narrative account of the ILL Specialist’s efforts to build the newly conceived shared ILL service. In particular, the Specialist will discuss challenges faced in managing the merged library department while tailoring services to the distinct needs of each SUNY college—each with its own unique patron population and identity.