October Conference 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
The eighteenth October Conference for New England academic librarians,
sponsored by the Dartmouth College Library.
Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Associate Librarian for User Engagement and Technology
Dartmouth College Library
Maximize Your Services Through Outreach
Director of Library Services
Washington & Jefferson College
The U. Grant Miller Library began outreach efforts in 2011 with a staff restructure and a new vision. The Library now broadcasts a weekly radio show, has a thriving outreach program, which attracts over 200 students each semester, and offers specialized activities for first-year students. We bring a wide-range of programming to a primarily residential campus of 1300 students through collaborations with offices outside of Academic Affairs. Additionally, the Library offers programs specific to the campus’ growing ESL population. This presentation will offer advice for academic librarians interested in breaking the mold through outreach and provide guideposts for program evaluation.
Early Intervention: An Academic Library Research Seminar for Early College High School Freshman
Education & Outreach Librarian
To foster college readiness, Brooklyn College Library’s outreach librarian developed a six-week research seminar for high school freshman enrolled in a partnering Early College High School program. This seminar exposes students to the research process through a structured project, and its curriculum includes instruction on searching and using library resources, a component on researching using primary sources in our special collections unit, and weekly in-class, reflective exercises that culminate in an annotated bibliography. This discussion focuses on the program’s creation (challenges and all), its collaborative nature, the experiences of the instructor and the students, and plans for the future
Retreating Writers: Creating Space, Time, and Support for Faculty & Staff Writing
Head of Research and Instructional Services, Krupp Library
Assistant Director, Academic Center for Excellence and Writing Center
At Bryant University, a collaborative group made up of the Academic Center for Excellence-Writing Center, The Center for Teaching and Learning, and The Krupp Library has been holding semi-annual Faculty and Staff Writers’ Retreats. These retreats have created the right combination of space, time, and support to engage community members in the writing process. Each retreat brings together experts to work with writers on brainstorming, research, and revising, while providing publication assistance and other writing support. Retreat attendee experiences demonstrate positive outcomes of this collaborative engagement. This session will provide guidance on how to establish and manage successful writers’ retreats.
Re-thinking survey promotion: It’s not just about the numbers
Assistant Director for Library Services
James Madison University
Library Services Assistant
James Madison University
Promoting a survey – it’s all about getting people to click on it, right? Not always. This session will describe the promotion campaign we designed for the James Madison University Libraries’ 2015 LibQUAL+® survey. Ultimately, this campaign was not just about the survey – it was about how we want our campus to feel about the Libraries. Our campaign placed the concept of “responsiveness” front and center, with 2 taglines: “Make your Life Better. Take the Library Survey” and “Your Campus. Your Library. Have Your Say.” Survey promotion and engagement initiatives can also play very important role in your library’s assessment cycle.
Graphic Engagement: Designing a Comic Book Guide for Basic Information Literacy and Research Skills
Director, Library Undergraduate Services
Oklahoma State University
Comics and graphic novels are now regularly featured in college courses and are increasingly the topic of academic research in many areas, especially pedagogy and student engagement. The presentation will detail efforts to utilize graphic narrative and humor to engage students, model behavior, reduce anxiety, and provide greater context for abstract or difficult to understand concepts through the use of visual metaphor, all with the ultimate goal of increasing information literacy competency in students. The presentation will also offer examples of information literacy and research skills comics co-created by the presenter, including a newly released graphic novel textbook.
Celebrating Undergraduate Research: The Scholars in Action Day program at Springfield College
Coordinator of Undergraduate and Graduate Research
Librarians rarely have a chance to see students’ final research products. By participation in Scholars in Action Day, a juried campus-wide program showcasing undergraduate research, librarians at Springfield College join faculty, academic administrators, and other members of the college community in affirming students’ work and supporting ongoing professional development of the student body. During this presentation we will examine Scholars in Action Day with a dual focus - the interdepartmental collaboration between the Library and Academic Affairs in preparation for the program, as well as the role librarians play during the program by participating as evaluators of the students' research.
STEM Sell: Piloting a Science Librarianship Internship Program for Undergraduates
Lee Ann Fullington
Health & Environmental Sciences Librarian
Education & Outreach Librarian
In the Fall of 2014, Brooklyn College Library launched the pilot version of the Science Information Internship. This program exposes undergraduate science students to the field of science librarianship and presents librarianship as a viable career path. We seek undergraduate students to engage students early, while they are considering their future careers to present an alternative to laboratory science or clinical research. Our presentation discusses the genesis of the internship, the collaborative approach to developing the curriculum, the experiences of the intern and the librarians, and the overall execution of the project, highlighting its successes and challenges.
Meeting Students Where They Are: Library Peer Research Fellows
Curricular Design and Research Librarian
Peer Research Fellow, Currier House
Peer Research Fellow, Adams House
Desiring to engage with students in a more holistic way and keeping in mind the value of peer instruction, Harvard College Library launched a pilot Library House Outreach Program (LHOP) in Fall 2014. We hired an undergraduate peer research fellow (PRF) for each House, or dorm, and matched each of them with a dedicated mentor librarian. Our presentation will cover practical matters involved in the program’s conception, the PRF training curriculum, the services the PRFs offer, and assessment. In addition, we will talk about the value of learning from each other in this community of practice.
Lunch followed by your choice of Library tours, discussion groups, or free time
Director, Research Services
Assistant Director of Instructional Technology
Michelle H Brannen
Media Literacy Librarian
University of Tennessee
Interlibrary Loan and Instruction Librarian
Saint Michael’s College
Research and Education Librarian
Reference, Outreach & Instruction Librarian
University of Massachusetts Boston
School of Business Librarian
Community Outreach Librarian
The Whole Student: The Library Learning Commons as an Academic and Co-Curricular Space
Outreach and Student Engagement Librarian
John Carroll University
Today’s college students report that they regularly feel stressed and yet push themselves to excel. Many libraries are addressing part of this trend by including academic support within library spaces. However, how can libraries create a space that also encourages students to adopt healthy lifestyles and de-stress when necessary? In this presentation attendees will learn how to form meaningful collaborations across campus in order to facilitate creating a Learning Commons space that addresses a well-rounded student. Participants will learn how pairing academic support and co-curricular activities in a library space will engage the whole student.
"Drawing on Walls" in the Science Library
College of the Holy Cross
Science librarian Barbara Merolli and studio arts professor Marguerite White collaborated in a “Drawing on Walls” course. For their final project, the students created science inspired artwork on the walls of the science library. The themes include: a galaxy, planets, waves, e-coli, DNA, gorilla with sign language, jelly fish and octopus, spiders, fish, and chemical symbols overwritten in Japanese symbols. The exhibit has generated much energy and discussion since being installed in May 2015. This project brings together—and brings into the science library-- art majors, science majors, their families and friends, faculty and college community members.
Bringing Therapy Dogs to Academic Libraries: the MIT Libraries experience
Ellen Finnie Duranceau
Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright & Licensing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Volunteer, instructor, and instruction coordinator
Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts.
Special Guest: Gracie, Golden Retriever
This session will provide an overview of the means --and magic -- of bringing therapy dogs to an academic library to reduce student stress. The presentation will include: motivations, methods, and benefits of a library-based therapy dog program, including a short background on therapy dogs in libraries; an overview of how the MIT Libraries established, marketed, and expanded a therapy dog program at MIT; the impact on students and benefits to the Libraries; and applicability of such programs to school and public libraries. The presenter expects to have her certified therapy dog with her at the session.
Questions or comments? Contact Laura Barrett, Director of Education & Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.