The following posters have been selected for the 2012 ACRL/NY Symposium. The committee received many excellent applications and thanks everyone who submitted a proposal.
1. TITLE: Entrepreneurial Techniques to Leverage Non-Library Resources: A Case Study in Instructional Technology Development
This poster will highlight entrepreneurial techniques used to save money while developing innovative instructional technologies. Viewers will learn how librarians at a cash-strapped college developed a series of web comics that introduce students to information literacy topics and basic research skills by leveraging the resources of their college’s art department — technology, know-how, creativity, and (importantly!) eager interns. The comics, now in their third year, vividly demonstrate how strategic collaboration can generate instructional tools without taxing a library’s budget or overextending library staff.
The poster will present the project’s structure, goals, and development and will outline the entrepreneurial strategies underlying the partnership. We will also include reproductions of the comics and provide iPads for viewers to experience how instructional content can be conveyed through stories and images.
We hope to inspire viewers to recognize the instructional possibilities of web comics, consider different projects that might be undertaken with their art department, and adapt the entrepreneurial approach outlined to their own institutional context. Faculty and students across all departments bring skills and
resources frequently in short supply within academic libraries. Not only is it possible for libraries to leverage these — we’ll show that it’s beneficial to everyone involved.
Presenters: Jennifer Poggiali, Robert Farrell, Lehman College (CUNY)
Entrepreneurial Techniques to Leverage Non-Library Resources
2. TITLE: Library/IT Collaboration for a Clinical Data Warehouse
Our medical library partnered with a new IT team in a project that created an opportunity for librarians to teach, elevated the library’s profile, increased marketing for a valuable new resource, and increased the efficiency of the IT team. An IT group in our institution created a clinical Data Warehouse, with HIPAA compliant patient data for retrospective cohort studies and process improvement. The Data Warehouse technical team and the library began collaboration in 2010 to co-teach classes in how to use the database, with classes lead by a librarian and supported by an IT staff member. This allowed classes to be taught more often, increasing attendance over the past two years of the program.
The need to use the Data Warehouse brings staff and students to the library and gets them familiar with librarians and library services, while advertising the classes through library promotions increases awareness of the Data Warehouse on campus. Library class evaluation forms have contributed considerable feedback on the class, resulting in a major class redesign in the fall of 2011 and improved evaluations. The class continues to be extremely popular and shows the benefits of library-IT collaboration.
Presenter: Elsa Anderson, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
3. TITLE: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Cost-Effective and Sustainable Online Library Instruction
Serving as teaching partners is perhaps the most essential role academic librarians can play. Information and digital literacy are increasingly in the forefront and online education is experiencing booming growth. Despite these widening forces and increased expectations, the number of instruction librarians on staff and budget allocations rarely match demand. Libraries must explore more sustainable ways to provide instruction. This does not have to mean expensive tutorial creation software and web conferencing suites, expansive embedded librarian initiatives, or burnt out teaching librarians at mid-semester. This poster will provide practical tips and resources for creative, cost-effective and sustainable online library instruction.
Online instruction is an entrepreneurial opportunity to cultivate a culture of reduce, reuse and recycle! Reduce the funds spent on instructional technology and take advantage of free or low cost tools. Stop reinventing the wheel with online instructional materials and reuse existing public repository and vendor content. When creating originals, make flexible learning objects and create a local repository to make recycling easy! Coming full circle, the burden of time is reduced, allowing more opportunities to focus on intensive instruction and collaborating with faculty. No matter means or staffing, any academic library can begin cultivating sustainable online instruction.
Presenter: Heidi Steiner, Norwich University
4. TITLE: Digitizing Don Quixote: An Open-Source Solution to the Digitization of Rare Books
Our project presents a new approach to the digitization of rare books, centered around a collection of 14 early editions and related works of Don Quixote. This new online tool provides both access to the collection and an interactive digital experience in which users are able to explore the print history of each edition. With this site we aim to bring together archival principles of description with fresh, new interactive platforms. However, one of the primary challenges for the project has been a lack of funding. Using the open source software Omeka, we have been able to build a content management system for the collection at no up front cost. All of the software tools and extensions included in the site are also either free or open source, including slide shows, rollover text boxes, a wiki, a visual node map, and an interactive timeline. Through the creative use of the free tools available online, we have been able to craft a unique experience for users while simultaneously exposing a valuable hidden collection. We hope to implement this model with additional collections in the future and develop an innovative, interactive visual catalog for rare book resources.
Link to project: http://qcarchives.com/books
Presenters: Christine Parker, Justin Mancini, Jessica Rozler, Queens College
5. TITLE: Designing A Better Student Orientation
We propose a poster session on a new method for orienting student workers to the library workplace. This method utilizes fresh and free web-based presentation software and involves the collaboration of multiple departments. Joining forces in presenting student policies consolidates library resources and ensures that policies are presented to students in a consistent way. It also allows the students to become familiar with each other and the work done across departments. This student orientation method was recently piloted in our library and was successful and well received. Two department supervisors met, collaborated, and compromised on a set of policies that were common to both departments. We used an interactive, team-based game to familiarize students with workplace jargon and workflows. Students left understanding their role in the library, their department’s contribution to library operations, and their impact on the work done in their departments. By consolidating resources and time, the information delivered was better synthesized. Since the departments work side-by-side, they were presented as a cohesive unit; hence, the students left more aware of how the departments collaborate in everyday operations.
Presenters: Amy Donnelly, Jennifer Salvo-Eaton, New York University
6. TITLE: Shoestring Budgets, Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, and Corporate Sponsorship: Programming & Marketing the library in the 21st century
This poster will look at the ideas of how to create programming, and market the library while working on a shoe-string budget. I will provide ideas and tips from my own experiences while comparing two library projects that focused on the ideas of cross-disciplinary collaboration and corporate sponsorship. This poster will also include a literature review of how corporate sponsorship and cross-disciplinary collaboration can and are playing a role in the everyday lives of libraries and librarians.
Presenter: Megan Lotts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
7. TITLE: Essential Faculty Tools to Grow Your Library’s Business
How does a small enterprising library with big ideas get down to the business of spreading the word about their ever-expanding information literacy program and new products and services? Creating a faculty toolkit using Libguides offered the Middlesex Community College librarians the opportunity to market to all instructors (part-time, full-time, online, off-site) and the flexibility to manage information as needed. The toolkit has also been showcased during advisory and division liaison meetings, new faculty orientations, and other venues.
The poster will highlight certain tools (pages) in the guide including:
• details of our college’s information literacy program
• best practices contributed by faculty
• a sample assessment rubric developed for faculty
• a hot topic page on visual literacy
• new product and services pages (Research Assignment Review Service and Teaching Across the Curriculum)
• pages devoted to various faculty communities (adjuncts, teaching online, teaching at our satellite)
With a few new ideas, a clear mission statement, strong customer awareness, and some marketing flair, any library can build its own faculty toolkit.
Presenter: Joy Hansen, Middlesex Community College