Full Conference Program

Unless noted next to the session, the number indicates the room where the session is held (A1 = Room 1, B4 = Room 4, C2 = Room 2, etc.).

Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday


Wednesday, June 16

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Workshop 1

W1.1: Critical Information Literacy: Steps Toward Becoming Antiracist in Our Libraries

Don Simmons Jr., Becky Leathersich, Megan Benson, Brandon West, Fatoma Rad, and Holly Kuhl

Room 2

Critical information literacy examines many aspects of library instruction—involving an approach that encourages learners to better understand social issues that tie into their coursework. It also expands the role of academic librarianship, reinforcing elements of academic equity and inclusion into the classroom. Integrating instructional practices that reflect this methodology can be challenging, given the time investment and limited engagement with students. This workshop will offer strategies to incorporate critical information literacy concepts into our instruction. Participants will apply these strategies in small groups, working collectively to figure out how to move our libraries forward.  

W1.2: Improving Documents, LibGuides, Tutorials, and More: Digital Accessibility Basics for All Library Content Creators

Claire Payne and Laura J. Harris

Room 3

Every day, library workers create digital content as we write emails, share handouts, or create videos. Making these materials accessible is a crucial part of communicating effectively with disabled patrons and colleagues; however, creating accessible content benefits all users. In this workshop hosted by members of the SUNY Library Accessibility Cohort, participants of all skill levels will discover straightforward changes they can make to improve the accessibility of digital content. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities to assess their own digital materials, and will leave the workshop with resources to help them continue this work in their own libraries.

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Session A

A1: The Digital Creator: Engaging Student Interest in Virtual Instruction

Sharell Walker

Student engagement in the classroom has always been a difficult issue to overcome. However, solutions for student engagement in person are varied and well known. When you are trying to create engagement and interest in a virtual environment, when a student may not even have their camera on so you can see their face, you may find it extremely difficult and exasperating. However, when you reach out to a student’s creative side and introduce them to new digital technologies for their assignments, it can help spark their interests. This session will focus on the new types of digital literacy Sharell Walker has introduced into her lessons, including digital footprint tracking, virtual games, and webpage building. Sharell will demonstrate how she has incorporated these into both one-shot lessons and longer coursework to help students learn new skills in creative and entertaining formats. 

A2: Course Reserves in Pandemic Times: Strategies for Moving Forward

Deanna Roberts and Jennifer Loubriel

At the onset of the pandemic, physical course reserves at Columbia University Libraries (CUL) came to an abrupt end. Since then, the CUL staff have tried to envision a new way of providing textbook access by strategizing new policies for electronic acquisitions and different ways to market course reserves to students, and especially faculty. However, there is still much room for growth and improvement in the way CUL handles reserves. This session will give a brief literature review of pre-COVID-19 reserves practices and current pandemic-times strategies while leaving space for a group brainstorming discussion focused around what has been effective and/or ineffective at the institutions of those in attendance. 

A3: Undertaking a Liaison Needs Assessment Project to Better Serve Subject Students and Faculty

Sarah Jones and Courtney Eger

Academic librarians work closely with college departments as liaisons or subject librarians. We all know the positive impact that librarians have on students: students produce better research papers, graduate with higher information literacy levels, and perform better if they feel a personal connection to the library. But what should a subject librarian do when these relationships are struggling and when they aren’t being invited into the classroom to give instruction? Two librarians undertook similar needs assessment projects, but with different goals, processes, and outcomes. We will discuss how we overcame obstacles to better engage with our subject faculty and students.

A4: The Flowers of Tomorrow Are in the Seeds of Today: Planting Seeds of Diversity in Your Library’s Collection So They’ll Bloom in Your Campus Community

Lisa Czirr, Jenifer Sigafoes Phelan, and Maria McLane

Cultivating a strong anti-biased library collection takes time and effort. Alongside adding new items, it can be surprising how many existing resources are waiting to be uncovered. In order to effectively connect students and faculty with diverse materials, it’s important to provide an expanded guide that explores a variety of identities, example books, links, tips, etc. This session will showcase a guide for diverse classroom resources, discussing the background and process for building it, as well as current and future uses. Participants will be able to consider how they can adapt this information to their own unique situations and collections.

12:00–2:00 p.m.
SUNYLA Council Meeting

Zoom Link

2:00-2:10 p.m.
Chair Yoga Break

Megan Benson

Room 5

Join certified yoga teacher Megan Benson for a gentle yoga session to stretch the body and relax the mind. No special clothes or props are needed for this 10 minute opportunity to check in with yourself.

2:15–3:15 p.m.
Session B

B1: How Can Theory Help Us Be Better Librarians? A Panel Discussion

Logan Rath, Amy VanScoy, and Carol Anne Germain

Have you engaged with theory recently in your job? If not, you’re not alone. The theory-to-practice gap has been well documented in the LIS literature, although it is not unique to our field (Hall et al., 2019). This panel session will bring together practicing librarians and library school faculty in SUNY to discuss how to bridge this gap. Library school faculty will discuss theories from their research and how those theories can help to move practice forward. Practicing librarians will share how theory shapes their practice of librarianship, and audience members can ask questions.

B2: When a Guide Is Not a Guide: Using LibApps for Web Design

Emily Underwood and Tricia McEldowney

Entrusted with redesigning the library’s website and given comparative freedom to ideate how we wished, we identified existing pain points and undertook a massive overhaul to improve our web users’ experience. Our primary objectives included unifying the look and design of the website, making it easier to navigate, and improving accessibility. Considering budget restraints, we opted to continue to use Springshare as the platform for our homepage, but we were determined that our website was not going to “look like a LibGuide.” With some expanded skill sets, we delivered a fresh website, in spite of a global pandemic.

B3: Sowing Good Seeds: Outreach Strategies for Liaisons

Hilary Wong

Growing positive relationships with faculty and new opportunities for instruction can be daunting, especially as a new library liaison. What kinds of outreach are most effective? And what do you do when you have no background in the subject area? In this session, Hilary Wong will discuss transitioning from special collections work to serving as an Instructional Services Librarian and liaison to several science disciplines at SUNY Cortland. She will explain the strategies she has found most effective in creating new opportunities for instruction, both before and during the pandemic, and will lead a discussion to hear other participants’ experiences. 

B4: Lightning Talks Group 1

B4.1: Low Effort, Big Impact: Easy Ways to Improve Online Reference Services

Claire Ehrlich

Want to improve your students’ experience with your website, but don’t have the time or know-how for a major overhaul? Learn some quick, limited-know-how ways Mohawk Valley Community College has improved services for our students using what we already have. Many, but not all, suggestions use Springshare products like LibGuides and LibAnswers.

B4.2: Planting Seeds of College-Level Research: Library Instruction with Dual-Credit Students

Lily Wadsworth

Local high school students who are dually enrolled at Mohawk Valley Community College have access to the library’s various services and resources but can lack the knowledge of how to effectively use them. In recent semesters, members of a dual-credit EN101 class visited campus to close this gap and learn the research skills necessary for success as they grow further into their college experience. In this lightning talk, Lily Wadsworth will describe how she prepared and delivered instruction for students’ first experience of academic libraries, aspects that differed from a typical library instruction session, and how this partnership has the potential to expand.

B4.3: Delivering Online Information Literacy Classes via a GPS Mindset

Madeline Ruggiero

Using a growth mindset, communicating the purpose and relevance of the lesson, and providing students with online support that gives them a sense of belonging will motivate students to learn. Incorporate messaging into the lesson plan that stresses a growth mindset, purpose and relevance, and a sense of belonging. The belief that intelligence and skills can be developed translates to a growth mindset. It is important to reveal the purpose and relevance of what students are learning to maintain their attention. Students who are supported and respected will gain a sense of belonging in an isolated online learning environment.

B4.4: Repairing the Curriculum: Using OER to Fill Gaps

Kevin Adams and Samantha Dannick

Students in a formal education system are not only imparted content knowledge; they are indoctrinated into a way of thinking. In the traditional, Western education system—which has spread throughout the world—this way of thinking includes a mindset that there are credentialed experts from whom, and only from whom, others learn. In this lightning talk, Kevin Adams and Samantha Dannick will explore the gaps in the “Western curriculum” and examine some of the ways in which OER can and cannot serve to fill those gaps.

B5: Software Innovations from EBSCO

Andrew Nagy, Director Software Innovation, EBSCO Information Systems

Innovation in technology is forcing academic libraries to rethink processes and workflows to address the evolving demands on collections and research support. During the 2020 academic year, libraries witnessed a rapid evolution in the demand of electronic access and seeing print circulation nearly go to zero. How are libraries ensuring that their money spent on eBooks and eJournals are optimized for their patrons needs and the educational programs that we support? How are we managing this ever-growing collection both in size and complexity? How are we ensuring equity in access for users who may be in remote locations or dealing with technical challenges to accessing content? In this talk, we will show how EBSCO is bringing new solutions to libraries to better help and support the electronic resource collection. EBSCO’s new Panorama provides insights based on analytical data to help libraries make the right decisions about how to ensure their budget is aligned with their collection needs. OpenAthens single sign-on authentication solution helps to simplify users access to publisher content by leveraging modern authentication technology and helps to support the SeamlessAccess.org movement. Please join EBSCO in learning more about how we are building new solutions to help address your changing needs.

3:30 – 4:15 pm
SIGs & Functional Meetings

Room 3

  • Personnel Policies Committee: invites anyone interested in the revamp of the SUNYLA Exit Survey to join us for an informal discussion.  Our goal in revamping the survey is to capture the realities of why librarians change jobs.
  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Marketing & Outreach
  • TDG Committee

7:00–9:00 p.m.
Social Events

Jackbox/Among Us hosted by Angela Rhodes

Room 3

These are two party games that will require you to join the Zoom call on your computer for sound, voice, and visuals, and to use your smart phone or computer to play along. Jackbox requires only a browser (either on your computer or on your phone), and for Among Us you will need to download a copy of the game to either your computer or your phone ($5 on Steam or free on Mac App Store and Google Play Store). Each game can support 8-10 players, and Jackbox can support a large number of onlookers (nonparticipant voters). Based on the number of people we have, we may flex to play one game over another.

Crochet as Self Care hosted by Danielle Apfelbaum

Room 4

Come and learn about crochet as a method to de-stress while embracing your inner maker. In this session, you’ll be introduced to foundational crochet skills and stitches as you make your very own face scrubby. Please review this supply list if you’re planning to crochet along with the group: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TBNyYJgXCb28cSWYIEzvspiGrKpcuUhhWui6lBYIag8/edit?usp=sharingto Interested, but not ready to participate? No worries! You’re welcome to attend, watch the techniques, and ask questions as we go.

Social Open Chat

Room 5

Thursday, June 17

9:00–10:00 a.m.
Session C

C1: Building a Culture of Empathy during a Pandemic

Caterina Reed and Dana Reijerkerk

Starting in March 2020, many SUNY libraries shifted to remote work environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to continue library operations remotely during a global pandemic brought to light the urgency to create a culture of empathy among library faculty and staff. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect are embedded in professional librarianship standards such as the American Library Association (ALA) Code of Ethics, the ALA Core Values of Librarianship, and the Society of American Archivists Core Values of Archivists. While librarianship focuses on building an empathetic culture for users, are these values extended to colleagues? In this session, Caterina Reed and Dana Reijerkerk will discuss the need for empathy internally among library employees and provide practical examples for librarians (faculty and staff) to create a more empathetic workplace. They will share personal experiences on building a culture of empathy, compassion, and understanding at Stony Brook University Libraries. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences.

C2: Impacts of SUNY ScienceDirect Cancellation on STEM Faculty at UB

Erin Rowley and Amanda McCormick

The University at Buffalo (UB) Libraries participated in a multi-site study led by Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit that helps academic communities, which was intended to determine the impacts of “cancelling the big deal.” UB Libraries’ researchers interviewed faculty from the departments of Geology, Chemistry, and Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering during the fall of 2020 to inquire how the ScienceDirect cancellation impacted their research and teaching. Findings from the multi-site study will be published by Ithaka S+R in a forthcoming report. This session will go over the findings from UB, including potential future changes to faculty outreach by the Science and Engineering Librarians.

C3: Orange Quest: Organizing a Campus Trivia and Research Competition during a Pandemic

Marianne Hanley, Abby Kasowitz-Scheer, and Anita Kuiken

Faced with a new, mostly virtual academic year, Syracuse University Libraries (SUL) developed an outreach framework designed to safely engage students through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Working within this framework, SUL, in collaboration with the student-run Residence Hall Association and with assistance from the Office of Student Living, organized a campus trivia and research competition during the Fall 2020 semester for undergraduate students that tested their knowledge of university history, campus landmarks, and library research prowess. The presenters will share how the event evolved, how the game was developed and marketed, and a surprising lesson learned for this and future events.

C4: Going beyond the IR: The Library as Central to Research Funding and Communication

Matthew Smith and Casey Koons

The year 2020 was an opportunity to critically evaluate ourselves in many ways. One such way was to look holistically and strategically at the connections between the library and the research funding/communications complex at SUNY ESF. After several years, the lack of a clear return on investment from ESF’s existing institutional repository (IR) and few connections to larger institutional initiatives warranted changes in the processes and scope of the library’s programming. Matthew Smith and Casey Koons will share how the library gained internal support for a transformative new initiative to increase ESF’s competitiveness in the research funding and communication landscape.

10:15–11:15 a.m.
Session D

D1: Adapting the Jigsaw to Grow Online in a Hurry

Lauren deLaubell and Jennifer Kronenbitter

At SUNY Cortland Memorial Library, a classroom technique called the jigsaw method was modified for use in a professional development program and online instruction reboot. Teams of librarians investigated different areas of online pedagogy and technology, shared their findings, then remixed into working groups tasked with creating building blocks for online library instruction. Using an adapted jigsaw approach increased the amount of content that could be covered; fostered small, effective teams; and provided leadership opportunities for librarians.  Attendees will learn more about the project, as well as consider the implications of managing a jigsaw within their own libraries.

D2: Understanding and Reviewing E-resource Accessibility

Carli Spina, Michelle Eichelberger, and Rebecca Oling

While accessibility is a hot topic in libraries, it’s difficult to know how to evaluate e-resources or even get started. Since the summer of 2020, the SUNY Library Accessibility Cohort has worked to address this through a combination of e-resource reviews and best practice development. The cohort created a workflow and support tools for reviewing vendor-provided VPATs (Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates), as well as a growing toolkit of best practices for communication and more to support libraries undertaking this work. In this session, members of the cohort will present their VPAT review process and introduce the resources available for this work.

D3: A Tale of Two Seed Libraries: Sharing Seeds in the Academic Library

Paulina Borrego, Nancy Schuler, Jenica Ibarra, and Alyssa Koclanes

Seed libraries have been cropping up in public libraries all over the country, and now the trend is germinating on college campuses as well. A seed library may be the perfect vehicle to bring in new patrons to the library space and foster community engagement. How-to, logistics, and best practices will be examined from the perspectives of the thriving and established Mass Aggie Seed Library and the recently sprouted Eckerd Seed Library. Even with limited resources, imperfect spaces, and pandemic restrictions, a seed library can become a flourishing campus institution using an adaptive and low-key approach.

D4: Creating an OER on the Participatory Process of Policymaking

Mona Ramonetti, Daniene Byrne, and Raphael Apeaning

This session will provide insight into the intricacies of producing and implementing an open educational resource (OER). The OER created is designed to help students learn policy processes and how to effectively participate by sharing their knowledge. The presenters will describe the “behind the scenes” challenges of creating an OER from scratch: from gathering materials, to copyright issues, to how (and where) to present and test the course format, to accessibility, etc. Additionally, they will share “Technology Policy: Research, Analysis and Participation” course details. Rulemaking is open to all, yet for many agencies, rarely does anyone but lobbyist groups and those trained in administrative law participate. 

D5: Options and Opportunities for Increased Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Collection Development

Ashley Fast, Laura Zusman Foss, Steve Hyndman

Join us as we discuss monograph collecting with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) approach. Learn about initiatives at GOBI to support DEI collection development; hear from our Collection Development Manager working with profilers to describe content; how to use these resources and incorporated curated lists, awards, and metadata descriptions in a library’s collection development practices; and join a discussion about the challenges and opportunities in working together to discover and increase access to DEI content.

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting, Lunch & EBSCO Presentation

Room 1

Annual Meeting

Lunch – Cooking in the Catskills

The Delhi area has its own bounty of wonderful products available from fresh dairy, to honey and maple syrup, and local produce favorites like ramps and garlic scapes. Join in where we will be preparing a perfect summer meal made with some of our proud local to Delhi products. Our take on Tandoori Chicken will be featured along with some fresh sides that are delicious and easy for summer cooking, finished off with a refreshing mango drink. Recipes will be provided after this workshop for your adventures at home.

From Library Analytics to Learning Analytics
Presenter: John MacDonald, Director of Product Management for Analytics & Assessment for EBSCO Information Services.

Robust analytics and new ways of leveraging statistics are poised to become a transformative force in libraries as we are continually re-evaluating how we invest in our people, systems, and services. Some libraries have begun to invest in tools and methods of collecting data that are helping them to connect user interactions with library systems & services, and sometimes with overall patron success outcomes. Moving from simple descriptive statistics to correlations and connections between input, output, and outcomes measures can paint a more detailed picture of how the library contributes to the University’s educational mission. .Join EBSCO product management to learn about how we are thinking innovatively about how library data could and should be used and developing tools that enable librarians to gain greater insights into how their users are engaging with their libraries, librarians, and collections & services.

1:00-1:10 p.m.
Chair Yoga Break

Megan Benson

Room 2

Join certified yoga teacher Megan Benson for a gentle yoga session to stretch the body and relax the mind. No special clothes or props are needed for this 10 minute opportunity to check in with yourself.

1:15–2:15 p.m.
Session E

E1: Scaling an Embedded Librarian Program: Using a Blackboard Repository to Disseminate Resources and Collaborate in a Remote Setting

Jewel De La Rosa and Jacqueline Coffey Scott

Librarians at SUNY Erie Community College will discuss how they utilize a blank Blackboard course shell to serve as a library repository to coordinate and share content for their embedded librarian program. With the increasing demand for virtual library instructional support, the program has seen exponential growth during this past academic year. In order to facilitate an efficient and sustainable model, librarians created a Blackboard “course” to store, share, and embed videos, LibWizard tutorials, handouts, and other course content. This content is created and shared by librarians in a format that can be easily copied into other courses. This gives librarians who are new to the embedded model and librarians who are new to specific courses a foundation of content to build upon and has allowed the library’s embedded support to grow in an organized and cohesive way. Learn how this content is organized and how this resource is shared among librarians embedded in multiple departments across three community college campuses.

E2: Uncomfortable Discussions: Diversity and Inclusion in Campus Libraries

Tim Saka

College campuses are more diverse than ever, while their libraries remain the least diverse department on U.S. campuses, with only 12% diversity among their staff. Often, the lack of diversity among librarians—including race and ethnicity, age group, and other dimensions—distances the very communities they are committed to serving. In this session, Tim Saka will lead a discussion about strategies and approaches that increase college librarians’ cultural competence, effectively engage diverse students, and increase students’ sense of belonging on campus.

E3: Agile Leadership and Library Services

Jennifer Jeffery

The COVID-19 pandemic has called on libraries to pivot rapidly to transform old services or create new services while dealing with staffing and funding constraints connected to the response to and fallout from this global event. This session will explore agile leadership skills and practices to help library teams think creatively about the services they provide or ones they would like to create, even when conditions do not seem favorable to developing new initiatives. Agile leadership principles and examples, ideas for creating nimble team dynamics, tools for increasing communication, and strategies for gaining technical expertise quickly will be examined.

E4: Lightning Talks Group 2

E4.1: Using Controlled Digital Lending for Course Reserves

John Raymond and Diana Hurlburt

In response to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on library access, services, and collections, the Siena Library utilized controlled digital lending guidelines, tools, and technologies to provide faculty and students with considerably uninterrupted access to course reserves. The end result for patrons was a transformation of traditional library reserves to a safer digital environment, from the point of item discovery and request, to the check-in process. This digital expansion not only provided increased safety for the library’s community and a continuation of services, but also served as an opportunity to educate patrons on copyright, ebooks, and digital alternatives.

E4.2: Expanding Collections with Limited Funds: A SUNY-wide, Subject-Specific Collection Development Initiative

Jesús Alonso-Regalado and Caryl Ward

Binghamton University and the University at Albany have been working together on a cooperative collection development program that effectively stretches dollars, combines subject expertise, and expands resources available to both institutions. It focuses on Latino and Puerto Rican studies resources. Two major components are part of this program: a joint subscription to the Chicano database at discounted rates and an acquisition project for monographs published in Puerto Rico. This initiative demonstrates that cooperative projects are useful and possible for institutions with limited funding. A willingness to work as a team and reach agreements is an essential component of its success. The coordinators of this program hope that this successful project will set the foundation of future subject-focused, SUNY-wide collaborative projects.

E4.3: Tips and Tricks for Managing a Streaming Video Collection

Cathy Austin

Streaming is now the preferred method of showing films on college campuses, especially because of the increase in online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a lot more to know beyond the initial purchase of a streaming license. This lightning talk will provide helpful information to be aware of when purchasing and managing streaming content, such as questions to ask vendors when purchasing films, how to work with faculty to find access to the films they need, how to make films accessible, and how to successfully navigate license and copyright restrictions.

E4.4: How to Grow Your Archives and Special Collections Digital Library

Jane Verostek

The SUNY ESF archives and special collections have literally gone from “seeds to services”—our conference theme—as they have focused during the past several years on digitizing nursery orders, garden plans, garden photographs, etc. related to Rochester, New York–born landscape architect Fletcher Steele. This lightning talk will outline steps and costs of how the library digitized the variety of materials it has on Fletcher Steele in its archives and special collections. Jane Verostek will also show the online platforms where these materials are now available.

E5: EBSCONET and ALMA: Renewal Integration API, EDI, and more time saving efficiencies!

Frank Durkin and Anne Campbell

A discussion of time-saving efficiencies using EBSCONET including our new Renewal Integration Service between EBSCONET and ALMA, EDI invoicing and other new features.

2:30–4:00 p.m.
Workshop 2

W2.1: “There’s No Crying Allowed at the Reference Desk!”: Techniques for Alleviating Student Distress in Reference Transactions

Elin O’Hara-Gonya and Kim McCoy Coleman

Room 1

A student approaches the reference desk with tear-filled eyes and professes she is extremely stressed by her assignment. The transactional model of reference services we are taught in library school is simply inadequate for responding to situations like this, particularly given the emotional and interpersonal attributes of our college library patrons. This workshop will allow attendees to learn and practice new skills drawn from the counseling field that can enable us to respond more appropriately to students in distress. These skills include recognizing signs of distress, using immediacy, responding empathetically, and reacting when a student may be in crisis. 

W2.2: Making New Friends: How to Achieve Better Outreach for Your Library

Amanda Lowe, Megan Benson, Fatoma Rad, Sarah Rhodes, and Alessandra Otero-Ramos

Room 2

Making new friends can be hard, but it does not have to be. Prevent that FOMO from setting in and join librarians from multiple institutions in this interactive workshop to learn and explore new strategies for outreach for your library. The presenters will provide tips and tricks learned from the trenches. Participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to examine current outreach problems and potential obstacles, leaving the workshop with a firm handle on incorporating these tools into their own outreach strategy. Attendees will receive virtual handouts with information generated before and during the session.

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Poster Time

Room 1

Full poster descriptions…

Cocktail Hour

Who doesn’t want a refreshing cocktail after a long day of zooms? Hannah will share some of her summer favorites with quick recipes anyone can make at home. It will surely be a smash with a few tips on how to create your own signature drink. She will also be preparing an easy “bar snack” that you can’t get enough of.

7:00–9:00 p.m.
Social Events

Show & Tell hosted by Yvonne Kester

Room 3

It’s a blast from elementary school, but librarians are an eclectic bunch with lots of interesting stories and varied passions. Let’s get together to share and learn about one another through our personal collections! Do you have an object with an interesting history or a tattoo with a great story behind it? Grab your stuff and tell us!

Virtual Trivia Night! hosted by Erin Rowley

Room 4

Join us for two rounds of virtual trivia. We will play using Kahoot; you can download the app for your phone or play on your computer (quick note: it does tend to work best when you have two screens if using your computer, but it’s not mandatory). Questions will be multiple choice and will cover categories including geography, pop culture, literature, and technology. Hope to see you there!

Social Open Chat

Room 5

Friday, June 18

9:45–10:45 a.m.
Session F

F1: Experiential Learning through Digital Literacy: Cross-Functional Collaboration to Empower Students and Faculty for 21st Century Contexts

Melissa Netzband, Jenica Rogers, Karen Caldwell, Janelle Jacobson, and Mary Catherine Collins

A multi-disciplinary, cross-functional team will share the findings of their collaborative project that engaged learners in applied learning and digital media literacy development in undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as in library and student support services. Digital literacy is a crucial competency in 21st century learning and workplace environments, and applied learning experiences prepare students to navigate complex, real-world settings. The presenters will also discuss how cross-functional teamwork has allowed for support in their push to advance information literacy initiatives across campus, as digital literacy goes hand in hand with information literacy.

F2:  Library Accessibility Plans

Nazely Kurkjian and Laura J. Harris

Library accessibility is an integral component of campus EIT accessibility plans, in accordance with SUNY Board of Trustees policy. The presenters will provide an overview of library accessibility plans submitted to SUNY, highlight exemplary practices, and discuss areas for continued growth. 

F3: Taking Faculty Development Online

Danielle S. Apfelbaum and Fatoma Rad

Although pandemic-related campus closures have been disruptive, they have also presented a unique opportunity for librarians to showcase their acumen for creating and executing valuable online professional programming for teaching faculty. The presenters will discuss the design and deployment of two online faculty development programs: Building a More Affordable Course, which focuses on helping instructors incorporate library-licensed and openly licensed materials into instruction; and Performing a Cultural Audit, which utilizes an openly licensed text to help faculty understand why and how to perform a cultural audit of their physical and virtual classrooms.

F4: Lightning Talks Group 3

F4.1: Social Justice Education through Outreach

Sharell Walker

This lightning talk will discuss the social justice series “Stand Up and Speak Out” presented by the Borough of Manhattan Community College library over the course of fall 2020. The purpose of the series was to educate students and faculty about relevant social justice issues and to advocate for activism and self-care. The talk will cover the planning of the series, the content of the presentations, and the feedback gathered from post-event surveys.

F4.2: “Podded” Plants: Grow a Library Outreach Event Using Recycled K-Cup Pods

Mechele Romanchock

From a trailing philodendron across the top of a bookcase to the ubiquitous fern in the corner, many patrons have a strong, positive association between plants and libraries. The presence of plants brings joy and comfort to the indoor environment. Combining their bounty of library plants with their disdain for non-recyclable K-Cups, Alfred University Libraries have conducted a popular outreach program for the last two years: a plant giveaway! By growing cuttings from library plants in rescued K-Cups, the AU Libraries lured students to the libraries for a free plant. That’s when the staff and librarians dazzled them with their sparkling personalities, engaged them in conversation, and showered them with grab-and-go literature about their services! This unexpectedly popular program won a regional library council sustainability award and has been repeated by popular demand.

F4.3: Growing an Academic Library Book Club: Strategies for In-Person and Virtual Contexts

Nicole Helregel

Driven by student requests, Purchase College Library created a book club in the Fall 2019 semester. The club has continued, largely successfully, through the COVID-19 era. This lightning talk will highlight strategies, lessons learned, and practical suggestions for starting and maintaining a student-driven campus book club, whether in person or virtually. Topics covered will include: planning, partnerships, promotion, book selection, meeting facilitation, and assessment. 

F4.4: Cultivating Community through a Virtual Campus Book Club

Jillian Sandy

In September 2020, the Corning Community College Library worked with the Development Foundation to launch a book club for college alumni, inviting current students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. Initially intended as a strategy for connecting with alumni, their book club mission has expanded to provide support and social connection for all who are interested. This lightning talk will provide an overview of the librarians’ approach to planning, promoting, and cultivating their virtual book club, including collaborating across departments and academic units, marketing the club despite challenges with engagement, and selecting a discussion-worthy book each month.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session G

G1: Cross-Pollination: Lessons Learned from Online Delivery to Enhance the Return to In-Person Information Literacy Instruction

Lisa Czirr

Many librarians had to rapidly adjust in order to figure out online learning pedagogies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, their delivery of sessions changed considerably. But what will happen in the eventual return to regular in-person instruction? Should we really just go back to “business as usual”? This session will discuss the takeaways from the online format that can potentially improve in-person instruction. Attendees will also have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for their own situations. 

G2: Collaborating and Growing OER Efforts across Campus

Christine Faraday and Nicole Simon

As campuses across SUNY are struggling with budget and enrollment issues, open educational resources (OER) efforts are more crucial than ever. Two Nassau Community College faculty members from different departments (Library and Engineering/Physics/Technology) will discuss their unique approach to promoting OER across campus. Learn how they identified goals and then worked backwards to assemble a core group of campus innovators to form their OER advisory group. Learn from their highs and lows and gather ideas for tackling issues, from promoting and creating OER policies to pushing back against inclusive access deals.

G3: Building a Library Ambassador Program

Amanda Lowe

Connecting with students can seem like a daunting task. Staying on top of what is “hip” or “trending” in order to relay what we have to offer to students, in a way that is meaningful and engaging, can be exhausting! Having students hear the good word about the libraries from their peers can be an excellent way to combat this. At UAlbany, librarians built a student ambassadors program to foster peer-to-peer outreach with their student community. In this session, participants will learn how they built their program and about the benefits of having such a program exist.

G4: Mission and Vision Creation: Effectively Capturing the Views of Library Staff

Alan Witt

During 2019 and 2020, a team created a mission and vision for the SUNY Geneseo library despite disruptions from asbestos remediation and the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. They built a process designed to include and synthesize the views of everyone in the library as well as outside stakeholders, avoiding failure due to cynicism or workload issues. This session will outline the process that they used, give attendees the tools to replicate it, and go over the lessons that they learned during implementation. Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute their own tips and experiences through polling tools and breakout room discussions.

G5: Beyond the IR: Elevating the research repository to a campus-wide information hub (Title changing)

Sara Branch and Jessica Clemons

As the institutional repository community reaches a new phase of maturity, we see what was once a niche, library-focused endeavor is now considered by most academic institutions as a necessity. With developments in digital technology and cloud-based solutions, the IR has the potential to maximize its original goals and expand supported use cases as the authoritative source of data around scholarly outputs and impact, plus so much more. Join us to learn about Ex Libris’ solution to support research and how it connects to existing SUNY systems.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Keynote & Lunch

Room 1


Samantha D’Acunto, Librarian and Nicole Tarnowsky, Assistant Director of the Herbarium will share an overview of the world-renowned library and herbarium collections at the New York Botanical Garden. In their presentation, they will cover collection-based programming and outreach, citizen science projects, digitization efforts, and more!

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Session H

H1: Teaching Library Instruction Classes for Science Majors during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Various Modes and Varied Experiences

Aditi Bandyopadhyay

Remote teaching of library instruction classes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges for academic librarian instructors. This session will discuss a science librarian’s experiences in transforming her in-person library instruction classes into three different modes of teaching and learning: synchronous (online), asynchronous, and Hyflex. Aditi Bandyopadhyay will discuss the changes that were needed in terms of the technology and the contents to adapt to the various modes of instruction and learning. This session will also address the challenges and the advantages of teaching library instruction classes in three different modes.

H2: How Catalogers Learn: Illuminating the Esoteric

Laura Haynes

This session aims to provide a holistic portrait of cataloging training. Based on results of a survey of 349 participants related to their process of learning cataloging, this session will reveal some common issues catalogers experience during training. Potential catalogers will learn common expectations of employers in relation to prior experience, and what they may expect in their training. Laura Haynes will expand upon data points related to the number of years spent in the field, what type of experience catalogers had before beginning their first cataloging position, and how they were trained in their first cataloging position.

H3: Growing Sustainability Initiatives: Planting the Seed of Academic Libraries as Partners

Sarah Rhodes, Neyda Gilman, Jennifer Embree, Jean-Paul Orgeron, and Heather Stalter

Pairing sustainability initiatives with libraries is like peanut butter and jelly; it works perfectly together. Librarians from two institutions (Binghamton University and SUNY Oneonta) have been extremely successful in cultivating partnerships with various stakeholders to ground their own libraries as sustainability hubs. This session will share the successful practices, partnerships, and programs grown at each institution. The librarians will discuss tips and tricks for finding partners and overcoming obstacles. Participants will leave the session with practical information, as well as an understanding of how leveraging sustainability can market your library in a fresh way.

H4: Strategic Planning in a Time of Transition: What We’ve Learned One Year In

Maria Cabaniss

The Sueltenfuss Library at Our Lady of the Lake University initiated a strategic planning process beginning in late 2018. Following the retirement of the former dean and several long-time librarians, the library was in an ideal position to use this period of transition to reimagine the library’s future and develop new goals. In this session, Maria Cabaniss will discuss why and how they engaged in this process, including some of the helpful resources and tools they employed. She will also discuss the beginning stages of implementation and some of the obstacles encountered along the way, including the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


2:15–3:15 p.m.
Session I

I1: Exploring Untold Stories in an Information Literacy Class: An Introduction to Primary Sources

Madeline Ruggiero

We need to involve students in learning by creating assignments that are relevant to students’ lives. Our 21st century global economy requires people to work with others who are from diverse cultural backgrounds. Students will learn patience and tolerance of others when they become self-aware of their own ethnic backgrounds. Introducing students to primary sources by asking them to analyze family letters, photos, and documents or conduct oral histories motivates students to learn. Primary source analysis worksheets and sources listed in Madeline Ruggiero’s guide “Queens History as World History” will be explored. Breakout rooms will be used to discuss ideas.

I2: Developing Diverse and Inclusive Gaming Collections

Beth Caruso, Julio César Bahamón, Tiffany Davis, Heather D. Freeman, and Christin Lampkowski

As we grow innovative experiences in the new academic library, we have a responsibility to praise diversity and promote inclusivity in our offerings. In 2020, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Atkins Library began building its Diversity in Gaming Collection, which features accessible controllers and games demonstrating diverse characters, gameplay, or development teams. Games were made available to playtest, and students’ opinions on a game’s application to diversity and inclusion were used to determine whether the game would be included in the collection. This session will showcase the titles considered, the survey tool, and the final results of the first iteration of the collection.

I3: The St(AR) of the Show: Embracing Augmented Reality for Online Special Collections Exhibitions

Karen Trivette, Miyo Sandlin, and Joseph Anderson

In April 2020, the FIT Library launched the FITting Room, an augmented reality (AR) experience that allows users to “try on” rare materials from the FIT Library’s Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC). Built using the ZapWorks platform, this AR experience brings historic fashion illustrations to life. Using a smartphone, users can “try on” accessories, share a selfie on social media, and link to more information about the garment. This project was incorporated into the online exhibition Max Meyer and A. Beller & Co.: Interpreting a Hidden History of NYC’s Garment District. The presenters will share how the exhibit and AR experience help users to understand the historic process of garment and accessory design and encourage the discovery of digitized SPARC material.

I4: Lightning Talks Group 4

I4.1: Our Pink Drink Chats: The Importance of Mentoring (Formal, Informal, and Peer)

Jamia Williams and Twanna Hodge

Mentorship is a way to cultivate a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship with an individual through consistent nurturing with being vulnerable and honest about various topics. Sometimes these interactions need a Starbucks “pink drink” to help process challenging issues and situations. It allows us to commiserate and take a step back to reframe the problem, and provides a brief respite from the demands of work and personal commitments. It offers a space to engage in community care and support each other’s well-being. Participants will leave with several takeaway strategies for inclusive mentoring, especially for BIPOC, early-career librarians.

I4.2: All Panels, No Borders: Measuring Access to Comic Book and Graphic Novel Collections in Academic Libraries and Archives

Ryan King

The inclusion of comics in academic libraries and archives continues to grow in popularity and support. While much of the literature written about these collections tends to focus on collection development, best archival practices, pedagogical benefits, and diverse representation, concern regarding access to these collections is rarely considered or discussed. This lightning talk aims to call attention to the unintentional barriers comic collections in academic institutions might pose and seeks to understand how to limit or break down such barriers. An assessment of key institutions provides findings to ensure academic comic collections exist without the restriction of unnecessary borders.

I4.3: Poetry, Pizza, and Pandemics: How an Academic Library Successfully Moved a Popular In-Person Program Online

Stephanie Evers Ard

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced libraries to move services online, librarians at the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library not only offered online services to support students’ academic needs, they also recognized the importance of providing social support. In this lightning talk, Stephanie Evers Ard will describe how the librarians reached out to students by moving their popular “Poetry & Pizza” event online. She will explain how they adapted available technology, collaborated with faculty and campus organizations, and drew upon a strong social media presence to plan two virtual poetry events. Stephanie will discuss their successes, reflect on problems, and provide suggestions for organizations planning similar events.

I4.4: Using the Primo Popular Searches Report in Alma Analytics to Gain Insight into User Search Behaviors and Better Respond to Their Needs

Jill Locascio

In this lightning talk, Jill Locascio will share the results from a long-term project that involved analyzing the Primo Popular Searches report over the course of a year and then identifying areas of concern where the discovery system did not adequately fulfill user information-seeking needs. She will also share how, after identifying these areas of concern, librarians are able better respond to the information-seeking needs of their users by employing a variety of solutions, including finer-tuned instruction, interface tweaks, configuration improvements, and possible enhancement requests to submit to Ex Libris.


3:30–5:00 p.m.
Workshop 3

W3.1: Save Scribbler Online! Developing a Library Escape Room for Zoom

Johanna MacKay and John Cosgrove

Room 1 *updated*

Skidmore College’s Lucy Scribner Library offers an alternative library orientation session for first-year students. Save Scribbler! combines an escape room with a scavenger hunt, providing an interactive way for students to utilize library resources. Previously developed for in-person instruction, Save Scribbler! was redesigned for Zoom for fall 2020. During this workshop, participants will play the online game. The presenters will then detail how this game was modified from in-person to online play. They will also discuss how participants can develop an escape room to fit their own instructional needs, whether that instruction takes place in person or online.

W3.2: Promotion and Tenure: The Rebooted Bootcamp

Carrie Fishner, Angela Rhodes, Keri Thomas-Whiteside, Jennifer DeVito, April Davies, Dan Harms, and Jamie Dangler

Room 2 *updated*

Back by popular demand, SUNYLA librarians will be on hand to try to demystify the stressful process of promotion and tenure. Come to share lessons learned, ask questions, gain insights, and see examples of portfolios. Some presession planning will go out via the listserv for those who wish to have documents reviewed. Breakout rooms will be utilized for some topics and discussions, including a panel about the UUP contract as it pertains to librarians.