Dartmouth College Library October Conference Index

Making Connections
& Cultivating Community

Friday, October 18, 2013

The seventeenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians,
sponsored by the Dartmouth College Library.

Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

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Check-In and Continental Breakfast


Opposites Attract: Connecting Science and Literature, an Experience of Embedded Librarianship

Barbara Merolli
Science Librarian
O'Callahan Science Library
College of the Holy Cross

Leila Philip
Associate Professor
English Department
College of the Holy Cross

Presentation Slides
This presentation articulates the joint efforts of an English professor and a science librarian collaborating to offer undergraduate students an opportunity to explore creative writing based on scientific topics. They guided the students through conducting research, identifying appropriate materials, developing a writing style, constructing essays, learning to read their own writings to a live audience, and promoting a public reading event of their works in the science library. The results were a novel learning experience for students that increased their confidence, and additional opportunities for collaboration of faculty and library between the sciences and the humanities.

People I Can Trust: Life Skills Through Shelf Reading

Abbie Weinberg
Reference/Instruction Librarian
Mortensen Library
University of Hartford

Jill Adams
Employment Specialist
Farmington Valley Transition Academy

Presentation Slides
Each year, the University of Hartford Libraries play host to 3-5 student workers from the Farmington Valley Transition Academy, as part of a job-placement program to help these developmentally disabled students learn life and job skills. Under the supervision of one of the FVTA job coaches or one of the University Librarians, these students perform tasks in the library, such as shelf reading, shifting books, and stuffing envelopes for library mailings. This presentation will explain the background behind the partnership and will explain the hows and whys of what makes it successful - and what other libraries might do to establish a similar program.


Infiltrate to Collaborate: Becoming an Integral Partner in Online Course Development

Heidi Steiner
Head of Digital and Distance Education Services
Kreitzberg Library
Norwich University

Presentation Slides
This presentation will offer key strategies and tips from experience for positioning the library as an integral player in the creation of online courses. Often the process of online course creation is quite different from that of those held on campus, making it difficult to know where to start. Having an infiltration strategy is imperative to becoming a partner in these ventures. Tactics discussed will include methods for identifying stakeholders, fostering relationships, showcasing expertise, playing off of strengths, and creating targeted instructional content.

Connecting Underserved Communities with the National Library of Medicine

Michelle Eberle
Consumer Health Information Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region – NN/LM NER

Presentation Slides
Want some tips and techniques to connect with your community? The NN/LM NER conducted three cycles of a Focused Health Information Outreach project to connect underserved geographic areas in New England with National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources. The NN/LM NER’s Consumer Health Information Coordinator will share stories about making connections and collaborating with an Adult Basic Education Center, public health agencies, social workers, and teens, to increase access to NLM health information resources and services.

Building Multiple Literacies through Brazilian Film: Faculty, Staff, and Student Involvement in the Portuguese-Language Films at Dartmouth (PLFD) Guide

Jill Baron
Librarian for Romance Languages & Literatures, Latin American Studies
Baker-Berry Library
Dartmouth College

Adrienne Gauthier (for Nikki Boots)
Instructional Designer
Educational Technologies
Dartmouth College

Rodolfo Franconi
Associate Professor of Portuguese and Spanish
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Dartmouth College

Presentation Slides
Since March 2013, Rodolfo Franconi and Carlos Minchillo of Dartmouth’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Nikki Boots in Educational Technologies, and Jill Baron in Baker-Berry Library have worked together to develop the PLFD guide. This guide serves as a digital gateway to the Dartmouth Library’s collection of over 1000 Portuguese-language (primarily Brazilian) films. Users may search, browse, and comment on films in the guide, with each entry linking to the library catalog record. The PLFD also serves as a pedagogical tool, enabling students to contribute content in the form of summaries, comments and ratings. As a team, Franconi, Minchillo, Boots and Baron collectively guide students in the use of the PLFD in order to cultivate core values of metaliteracy in their learners (Mackey & Jacobson, 2013).

Yours, Mine, and Ours: Experiences of Two Academic Libraries in a Consortium with Ten Public Libraries

Kathy Van Weelden
Professor and Library Director
H. Raymond Danforth Library
New England College

Heather Shumway Rainier
Library Directory
Hooksett Public Library

Betsy Holmes
Director of the Teti Library and Special Collections
New Hampshire Institute of Art

Presentation Slides
GMILCS, Inc. is a consortium of ten public and two academic libraries in New Hampshire. Three GMILCS library directors will report on the benefits (and occasional challenges) of this partnership, including its ILS, resource sharing, and commitment to professional growth. We’ll highlight our new collaborative collection of consortium owned e-books- find out how we did it!


Lovin' Libraries: Stanford Internship Program

Felicia Smith
Information and Instructional Services Librarian
Stanford University Libraries

Chris Bourg
Assistant University Librarian for Public Services
Stanford University Libraries

Presentation Slides
Stanford University Libraries collaborated with Eastside College Preparatory School to provide paid summer internships to seven local, low-income, minority, first-generation college-bound students. Our goal was to create successful students, with transferable skills, who love libraries. Our presentation will detail the logistics required to implement such a program, as well as challenges we encountered.

One Book One Community

Pamela Hayes-Bohanan
Bridgewater State University

Sue McCombe
Director, University and Community Partnerships
Bridgewater State University

Presentation Slides
Bridgewater State University has been an active and leading partner in the town’s One Book One Community (OBOC) program since its inception in 2005. Presenters will discuss how the program has evolved, and explain how University involvement, along with the other partnerships in town, helped keep the OBOC from folding after the public library and public schools lost much of their funding and how the University’s connection to this program has helped to alleviate some of the town/gown tensions.


Fostering Student Engagement: Partnership of Library and Instructional Technology & Design Departments Flips Faculty

Mimi Guessferd
Assistant Head, Reference and Instruction
Geisel Library
Saint Anselm College

Cindy DiMascio
Instructional Technology Support Specialist
Saint Anselm College

Everyone knows that library staff and IT staff don’t always “gel.” At Saint Anselm College, not only do they get along, but Library staff and Instructional Technology & Design (IT&D) staff collaborated to conduct a successful four-day faculty workshop in May 2013 that engaged faculty in looking at their classroom instruction in a new way.

Making Non-Traditional Connections: Steps Librarians Can Take to Effectively Reach Beyond the Ivory Tower

Curt Friehs
Business Librarian
SUNY College at Old Westbury

Academic and public librarians often play a crucial role in the community. All too often, many of us in the profession are uncertain of potential avenues to engage key stakeholders outside of the library. Whether it’s reaching out to community stakeholders as a business librarian to offer career services programming with business databases or volunteering through the National Park Service to preserve Teddy Roosevelt’s presidential book collection at Sagamore Hill, there are a variety of opportunities for librarians to make a difference in the community while increasing library visibility. Although those last two activities may seem unrelated, Curt Friehs has found that in many academic and public libraries, one librarian can wear a variety of hats.

Siena College's Information Literacy Faculty Development Grant Program: Facilitating Collaboration and Creating Community

Catherine Crohan
Coordinator of Library Instruction
J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library
Siena College

Alison M. Larsen
Serials and Web Resources Librarian
J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library
Siena College

Presentation Slides
Find out how Siena College's Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants facilitate librarian-faculty collaboration and create community. The presenters will give examples, noting factors that have led to success, but will also acknowledge some possible obstacles to successful collaboration. Siena's librarians are well integrated into the academic community, with the grant program providing opportunities for creating student learning goals, course modules, assignments, as well as additional instruction opportunities.

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