The Eighteenth Annual Users Conference

“Libraries as Agents of Change”
Friday, January 6, 2017

Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 VALE / ACRL-NJ / NJLA-CUS Users’ Conference, to be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Rutgers University Busch Campus Center in Piscataway, NJ.

We have a program of *23* breakout, *14* poster sessions, *8* lightning talks and a distinguished keynote speaker. This is the largest annual gathering of New Jersey academic librarians, and we hope you will join your colleagues and share your ideas on January 6th.

Our theme is “Libraries as Agents of Change”. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction from the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be our keynote speaker.


8:30am-10:00am  Registration/Breakfast- International Lounge
8:30am-10:00am  Poster Sessions – International Lounge
10:00am-11:00am  Welcome and Keynote Speaker – Multipurpose Room
11:10am-12:00pm  Breakout Sessions I
12:10pm-1:00pm  Breakout Sessions II
1:00pm-2:00pm  Lunch-Multipurpose Room
1:30pm-2:00pm  Announcements and Organizational Updates
2:10pm-3:00pm  Breakout Sessions III
3:05pm-4:00pm  Post Conference Networking/Dessert Reception


Your Registration Includes:

Keynote and Breakout Sessions
Breakfast and Lunch
Post Conference Dessert Reception
Guest Wireless


Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction from the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be our keynote speaker.


Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Lisa served as the 2010-2011 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, which launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her presidency. Along with Debra Gilchrist, Lisa is the lead designer for ACRL’s training program for the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and the IMLS-funded Assessment in Action project.  Lisa has presented and published widely on information literacy, teaching and learning, the value of libraries, library assessment, program evaluation, and organizational innovation. Lisa was the recipient of the 2015 ACRL Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award and was awarded the University of Illinois GSLIS Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award in 2003. Lisa earned her Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently a PhD student in Global Studies in Education in the Department of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Keynote Title: Evidence-Based Advocacy through a Value Framework

Abstract: Academic libraries are agents of change – contributing to student learning and success, transforming scholarly communications, and strengthening institutional culture and mission. Academic libraries prevail amidst a multitude of challenges in responding to user needs as well as economic, technological, and accountability demands. With so many daily priorities,  we may struggle to keep our focus as the urgency of the moment can win out over the strategic. How do we strengthen ourselves and make others aware of these contributions and the impact that academic libraries are having at their institutions? Value is the principle that can serve as a touchstone in today’s challenging environment. By providing value to our users, documenting that value, and communicating that value, libraries can use the concept of value as a framework for evidence-based advocacy.


P01.     Customizing VuFind to Enhance Discoverability of Library Resources

Presenters: Hao Zeng, William Paterson University

David Cupo, William Paterson University,

Abstract: During the summer of 2016, the Cheng Library at William Paterson University began a special project to develop and deploy a Bento Box discovery search layer using open source VuFind. The interface displays our holdings in Voyager, search results for journal articles from EDS, and information from LibGuides and library webpages. This poster presentation will describe the process of testing, development, and deployment of the interface. It will also describe our simultaneous retrospective cleanup of legacy metadata in Voyager to provide VuFind with a more useful pool of information about our resources to relay to patrons.

P02.     Thanks for Coming! But Why Are You Here?

Presenter: Adriana Mamay, Middlesex County College

Abstract: In an effort to learn more about how students use the Middlesex County College Library, a large bulletin board was erected at the entrance asking students to place a sticker next to a photo depicting their primary reason for stopping by. The students could choose from five options: homework and studying; finding books and articles for assignments; working in the group study rooms; getting help with research; and using the computers and printers. This poster will showcase the results of our informal sticker survey and describe how we plan to modify our space to reflect student needs.

P03.     Space Reclamation: Transforming Library and Creation of a Learning Commons

Presenters: Kerry Chang FitzGibbon, Stockton University Library

Eric Jeitner, Stockton University Library

Committee Sponsor(s): VALE Assessment Special Interest Group(SIG)

Abstract: In our LibQual+® survey results, students were vocally critical of the library resources and space. They wanted more e-resources and learning spaces, especially quiet study areas. Repurposing library building space is a common practice, but that often comes with limitations and compromises. With strategic planning, determination, and collaborative efforts, the Space Team at Stockton University took on the challenges – reshaping learning spaces where there was no extra library space, and effectively expanding the concept of a library to include not just collections, but also a learning commons that supports a variety of educational activities.

P04.     Become an Agent of Change in your Library Community: NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ

Presenters: Kate Hossain, Bergen Community College

Bonnie Lafazan, Berkeley College

Denise O’Shea, Montclair University

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Marketing & Outreach

Abstract: Are you interested in making a difference for academic libraries locally? Would you like to learn and grow with your colleagues? Find out how NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ can serve as your locus for ideas, inspiration, and change-making! As the professional and advocacy organization for NJ academic librarians, NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ strengthens the abilities of its members to energize their libraries and campuses. Professional relationships and networks are created and sustained through involvement with NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ. Membership helps support professional excellence through advocacy and professional development. Through this poster, attendees can learn more about the benefits of NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ membership and learn about becoming more involved.

P05.     Introducing BibFrame 2.0

Presenters: Cathy Weng, The College of New Jersey

Jianrong Wang, Stockton University

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS BCMC

Abstract: Bibliographic Framework project is an initiative currently being developed by the Library of Congress to replace the outdated data model MARC. It aims to effectively integrate library data into the Web community for maximum discovery and access. Recently, the Library of Congress released BibFrame 2.0 which was developed based on comments from the library community. This poster provides an overview of BibFrame model 2.0 including its vocabulary and how library can experiment with BibFrame 2.0.

P06.     Reference Committee Up and Running

Presenters: Jane Kingsland, County College of Morris

Maria Deptula, Berkeley College

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Reference

Abstract: In 2015 members of the VALE Reference Services Committee opted to join NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ, as VALE updated its mission and purpose. The reorganized and revitalized Reference Committee bases its goals and events on those of the former VALE Reference Services Committee, but also plans to incorporate new ideas and activities. The poster will present information about past and future plans of the Committee.

P07. CATCH “e” IF YOU CAN: Challenges of e-book acquisitions


Megan O’Connor, Rutgers University

Dominique Dixon, Rutgers University

Committee Sponsor: ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS Bibliographic Control and Metadata Committee

Abstract: In today’s increasingly digital world, one can access information at the touch of a button. Libraries are not only expected to provide access and information, but also to find newer and faster methods of acquiring content for their users.   E-book acquisition has evolved tremendously, but libraries still face obstacles when acquiring institutional access.  Taking advantage of purchase models for monographs, like Publisher Direct options in an already established online acquisitions system, can address some of these obstacles for library staff and selectors, in addition to streamlining the overall ordering process.

P08.     The Big Ten Academic Alliance: Partnering to Meet the Challenges of Format and Foreign Language Cataloging

Presenters: Mary Beth Weber, Rutgers University Libraries

Catherine Sauceda, Rutgers University Libraries

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS BCMC

Abstract: Collaboration and support are important aspects of technical services work. Many libraries face the challenge of cataloging books in foreign languages, and lack expertise or funds to outsource these materials. This been a long-standing problem at Rutgers, and relief has been provided by the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s (BTAA) Cataloging Partnership. The partnership is between 12 of the 14 BTAA libraries to share language and format expertise. It began with an inventory of expertise and needs, and a workplan was developed to detail what institutions would handle the work. Rutgers is contributing expertise in Polish, Hungarian, Hindi and music scores.

P09.     ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Research Committee’s Award & Forum

Presenters: Cynthia Coulter, Hudson County Community College

Karen Pifher, Somerset County Library System

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Research

 Abstract: A brief description of the origins of ACRL-NJ’s Research Committee and its purpose of rewarding research by NJ Librarians. This poster will help advertise the NJLA convention’s Award & Forum session.


P10.     Becoming Effective Change Agents with the Archives and Special Collections Committee

Presenters: Jianrong Wang, Stockton University

Susan Kurzmann, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Archives & Special Collections

Abstract: Technological advances have resulted in profound changes in the roles, responsibilities and expectations of archives and special collections professionals. The environment in which archives and special collections librarians work is ever-changing, including formats of the materials, the diversity of the users, method of access, and the increasing demand for service. How will archives and special collections professionals deal with such changes? The newly formed the NJLA-CUS/ACRL-NJ Archives and Special Collections Committee can provide answers. This poster illustrates what the Committee does and how it can help these professionals become effective change agents.

P11.     “Turnaways” are now “Denials”:  a sales pitch by any other name?

Presenters: Sulekha Kalyan, Seton Hall University

Lisa Rose-Wiles, Seton Hall University

Abstract: Many publishers routinely include unsuccessful attempts to access full text (“turnaways”) in their journal usage statistics. However, publishers and now vendors have become increasingly persistent in presenting librarians with turnaways as evidence of “unmet demand” for journal content and urging us purchase subscriptions. In addition, many now include all of their content (subscribed or not) on platforms and search results by default, which helps to generates turnaways. Now publishers often call turnaways “denials”, a negative term that implies we are failing to serve our patrons by “denying” them the content they need.

Turnway statistics may be a useful collection development tool, but the number of “denials” for journals that we subscribe to prompts us to wonder how these statistics generated, how accurate they are, and what they actually mean. Is pursuing libraries with “denials” simply another sales pitch, or does it represent a more fundamental change in the journal market? Does the combination of “offering all content” (subscribed or not) and then reporting “denials” seem like a Demand Driven Acquisition Plan, implemented without our requesting it? Is that good or bad for libraries? If it is bad, how do we initiate a change?

P12.     Group study space reservation system: implementation and best practices in using LibCal

Presenter: Mei Ling Lo, Rutgers University

Abstract: LibCal, a Springshare product, is used to manage group study space at Rutgers Libraries.  It has been a popular service among the students.  This poster aims to reflect on the implementation of LibCal at Rutgers and suggest best practices for using LibCal.  It will also review the findings of users’ survey on group study space at Rutgers.

P13.     Circulating Chargers, Calculators, and More to Students at the HCCC Library

Presenters: John DeLooper, Hudson County Community College

Oliva Montero, Hudson County Community College

Rikki Reyes, Hudson County Community College

Devlyn Courtier, Hudson County Community College

Abstract: This poster will demonstrate how the Hudson County Community College Library expanded a program of circulating electronic equipment to faculty and staff into one targeted towards the needs of the College’s student body. As part of this program, the HCCC Library began to circulate items such as graphing calculators, iPads and Surface tablets, and charging cables for iPhones and Android devices. This poster will show how our Library’s decision to circulate electronic equipment to students both increased circulation and provided an important service to the College’s students.

P14.     From Office Hours to Webinar Series: How Librarians Can Change the Delivery of Library Services

Presenters: Mina Ghajar, Rutgers University

Roberta Bronson Fitzpatrick, Rutgers University

Abstract: Access to online resources has led to decreased in-person contacts between librarians and users at service desks. As a result, many students and faculty are unaware of the wealth of library resources available. In November 2015, Rutgers, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences introduced an Office Hours program for the School of Health Profession at the Scotch Plains Campus. There is no physical library at this location, yet the objective of this program is to establish a library presence, promote library resources and services, and to strengthen collaboration among library, faculty and students in support of scholarly research. As a result of this initiative, new and improved contacts have been established and unique programs, such as a webinar series aimed at students and faculty, have been sponsored. This poster will review the findings and discuss future plans.


B01.    Keynote Speaker Follow-Up Session

Presenter: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: You are invited to continue the conversation with our Keynote Speaker in an informal exchange session.

B02.    Innovation in the Library: Reimagining Orientation with Augmented Reality Gamification

Matthew LaBrake, Berkeley College
Maria Deptula, Berkeley College

Abstract: Augmented Reality (AR) overlays digital content onto reality in real time through the use of camera-enabled devices such as a mobile phone, tablet, or headset. Come learn how the Berkeley College Library reimagined new student orientation for the College using this cutting edge technology in combination with our LibAnswers platform. This presentation will provide a general overview of AR, discuss and demo ideas for practical application of AR in Higher Education Libraries, and provide direction for librarians in creating their own AR experiences (for free). The future of Augmented Reality will also be examined.

B03.    What Is Linked Data and Why Is It Important?

Jianrong Wang, Stockton College
Cathy Weng, The College of New Jersey

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS BCMC

: Linked data, a new technology, provides a mechanism to make connections among web data that can lead to better contextualization and credibility of web resources. Using linked open data technology, library data can gain exposure, be captured and be shared beyond the library community. It enables library data to interact and become integrated with other data on the web, which not only increases the visibility of library resources, but also enables easy discovery of library data. This breakout session introduces linked data, what it is, and why it is important. The presentation will also illustrate some recent linked data projects in the US.

B04.    Challenge accepted: How new librarians become successful researchers

Erin Ackerman, The College of New Jersey
Zara Wilkinson, Rutgers University Libraries
Jennifer Hunter, Penn State Abington

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Research

Abstract: Scholarly research is a critical activity for many academic librarians pursuing tenure and/or promotion, but new librarians often feel adrift as they initiate and navigate their research agendas. How have librarians learned to conduct scholarly research in library science? What resources or experiences have been the most effective? What has enabled librarians to succeed in the tenure and promotion process? We will present results from a survey that asked early career academic librarians about their preparation for and experiences with conducting scholarly research. We will discuss how individual librarians and library organizations can overcome research challenges.

B05.    Engaging a Wider Community: The Academic Library as a center of Creativity, Discovery, & Collaboration

Presenter: Steven Shapiro, Montclair State University

Abstract: Many academic libraries have experienced significant declines in circulation, reference transactions, reserves, and other indicators. Increasingly, libraries are perceived as being less critical to academia. Are these trends irreversible? Perhaps public libraries can provide us with some answers. A recent IMLS survey of public libraries reported increased visitation and circulation over the past decade. Community outreach via programming and other services contributed to these outcomes. Using these findings, the poster session outlines strategies employed by Montclair State University’s Sprague Library and other academic libraries to attract a broader community (including the general public) through innovative programming and outreach activities.

B06.    Changing the Library – Re-envisioning ourselves with LibGuides

Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College
Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College

Abstract: RVCC released a new website over the Summer. We became agents of change when a direct link to the library wasn’t (and won’t be) included. We changed our entire approach to our web presence by completely reinventing ourselves with LibGuides. LibGuides is the foundation for our website and also serves as our institutional repository, assessment tool, instruction scheduler and museum passes, newsletters home, citation generator, electronic resources management system, and other custom created content for whatever purpose we can dream of. We changed our site to be simple, jargon-free, and approachable to our users – in person and online.

B07.    Information Literacy is Lifelong Learning: Collaborating between the Libraries

Cara Berg, William Paterson University
Maureen Donohue, Piscataway Libraries
Darby Malvey, SLMS, Clayton Middle and High School

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS User Education

Abstract: Information literacy is a lifelong learning skill. Ideally, these skills are introduced at the K-12 level, expanded in higher education institutions for many, and continue on into the workplace and everyday life. However, in many instances, school libraries are underfunded and many students do not learn information literacy skills, which affects them as they enter college or the workplace. With the passage of the ESSA, there is a way to assist this. This poster will showcase the working relationship between academic, school, and public libraries and highlight ways for all librarians to raise awareness of the need for school libraries.

B08. Diversifying your Audience: Expanding your library’s reach through collaborative programming

Samantha Kennedy, Rowan University Libraries
Aileen Bachant-Pritch, Rowan University Libraries

Abstract: This session will center on creating and maintaining diverse programming in a university library setting.  Focused on the freshman reading initiative, we planned programs using the themes in the chosen novel, Americanah.  These programs included book discussions, a trip to Washington, DC, and a writing and art contest.  To reach a wider audience and expand our efforts, we started new partnerships across campus to work with new departments.  We will discuss the process of designing new programming, especially programming focused on bringing in a diverse audience, as well as working with old and new partners to stimulate ideas and opportunities.

B09.    Visualizing Success: One library’s experience using LibInsight’s data assessment tool.

Amanda Cowell, The College of New Jersey
Bethany Sewell, The College of New Jersey
Jia Mi, The College of New Jersey

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Technology

Abstract: In order to engage in assessment activities, The College of New Jersey Library is now using Springshare’s data collection tool, LibInsight.  Going beyond traditional data collection, LibInsight allows us to visualize, evaluate, and assess library services and collections and compare them internally and against industry standards. TCNJ uploaded historical data for 10 active data sets ranging from gate counts and circulation to electronic resources and reference. Our presentation will show how this tool has facilitated our assessment initiatives. We will also share tips and tricks learned during the adoption of Insight and ways other libraries may benefit from this tool.

B10.    Research Instruction: is there a disconnect between high school and college expectations

Presenter:  Martha Loesch, Seton Hall University

Abstract: Encouraging changes are taking place in high schools across New Jersey in regard to technology and information literacy. However, students still subscribe to bad habits and ignore key research skills unless absolutely forced upon them. Many are not yet ready for college level research. In an effort to learn what type of research instruction takes place at the high school level in the state of New Jersey, interviews of how high school librarians conduct research instruction within various socioeconomic regions was undertaken. The methodology and outcomes of the study will be discussed as well as observations and suggestions offered.


B11.    Create Interactive Visualizations for Library Instruction Classes

Presenter:  Xue-Ming Bao, Seton Hall University

Abstract: This session explores the best ways to create interactive visualizations of database content as a way of enriching library instruction classes. It is a persistent challenge to introduce library databases to students in an engaging, interesting, and meaningful way. The session shows how to use Microsoft Power BI to create interactive visualizations by using bibliographic data such as authors, book and article titles, journal names, year of publication, keywords, subjects, and so on. This project is developed as a part of Digital Humanities Fellowship Program at Seton Hall University in 2016.

B12.    Partnerships between Academic and Public and High School Libraries – a Win-Win-Win

Joan Serpico, Rider University
Laura Bishop, Library and Media Center Director at the Hun School of Princeton

Abstract: Want to increase student enrollment and retention at your institution and the standing of the library in your campus community?  Partner with a local high school library.  Want to improve your students’ access to resources?  Partner with a public library.  A public library can benefit from such a partnership with increased library use and membership from local college students.  High school libraries can gain information about how to better prepare their students for a college degree.  It’s a win-win-win.  Find out how to create these mutually beneficial partnerships.

B13.    The launch of usability testing at the Cheng Library: What we learned

Presenter: Ray Schwartz, William Paterson University

Abstract: Usability testing is a means to be responsive to the needs of our patrons by methodically evaluating their behavior in a controlled setting.  It allows libraries to identify small revisions in website interfaces, online tools, and other library services that could have a positive impact on the user experience.  The session will describe the experience of the Cheng Library’s ‘foray’ into usability testing, and what we learned from it.

B14.    Access Services Leading the Change


Bethany Sewell, The College of New Jersey

Yini Zhu, Rutgers University

Rob Krack,  Rutgers University

Susan Van Alstyne, Berkeley College

Abstract: Access Services is at the front line for serving library users and practitioners wear many hats.  This panel will include a discussion of Access Services’ frontline role in patron-centered activities, a presentation of a unique online map of the library, and a collaboration of Access Services professionals across a multi-campus institution.

B15.    Consortia Manager: Launch for VALE Member Libraries

(repeat session offered at 2:10-3pm; see B25)


Judy Avrin, Vale Business Manager

Judy Cohn, Rutgers University

Greg Fallon, Passaic County Community College

Richard Kearney, William Paterson University

Committee Sponsor(s): VALE Executive, VALE Electronic Resources

Abstract: All member libraries will be actively using Consortia Manager to renew their subscriptions for electronic content in the next renewal cycle. These are important sessions for representatives of VALE member libraries to attend and learn about this tool which will be fully deployed for the upcoming renewal term. VALE will be rolling out Consortia Manager to its member libraries in these sessions. We are requesting that there be one session in the morning and another session after lunch. VALE has licensed Consortia Manager for use by its member libraries. It is the first electronic tool developed specifically for consortia and their member libraries to manage their renewals for electronic content, — including negotiations, pricing, and usage data (both by institution and consortium-wide).

B16.    Who? Us: A Government Documents Librarian and Projects Specialist Collaborate on Establishing an Institutional Repository


Darren Sweeper, Montclair State University

Karen Ramsden, Montclair State University

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Technology

Abstract: Our talk focuses on how a government documents librarian, with professional experience in social sciences and information literacy and a projects specialist with experience in fundraising and research were thrusted into leadership roles for establishing an Institutional Repository at Montclair State University. Our seemingly unrelated backgrounds served us well as we work to bring an essential and much needed service to our university. As “Agents of Change,” we will discuss the process involved for promoting the value of the Repository to administration, faculty and library staff through our own antidotes for success based on our extensive reading, outreach and collaboration.

B17 : Lightning Talks

      A. The Growing Digital Demands of Everyday Life: Are we Preparing our Students?


Bonnie Lafazan, Berkeley College

Amanda Piekart, Berkeley College

Abstract: In 2012, ALA recognized digital literacy as a set of skills needed for classroom performance, workforce readiness and full participation in civic life. However, recent studies and informal searches have revealed that academic libraries still need to further embrace digital literacy as a separate set of skills. This talk will address the assumption we might make about our student’s digital literacy skills, uncover the reality of those perceived skills and provide examples of how academic libraries can be  agents of change and prepare our students for the growing digital demands of everyday life

       B. Paradigm Shift in How Libraries View Their “Wells of Silence”


Christy Goodnight, Stockton University

Eric Jeitner, Stockton University

Abstract: The presenters report on their ongoing study involving low-level, ambient/“white noise” sound zones and library study spaces. Would a quiet study space with low-level white noise attract or repel students? Would some students consider such an atmosphere ideal for studying and deliberately seek it out?

The presenters have previously researched and written on the value of silent space for student learning, and are expanding their focus beyond the binary considerations of “silence vs. noise,” to include other degrees of ambient sound.

      C. Interactive tutorials using LibWizard

Presenter: Heather Cook, Caldwell University

Abstract: The Jennings Library at Caldwell University had been providing information literacy online through video tutorials, virtual reference, and online guides. This summer we added Springshare’s LibWizard (a tool that creates online tutorials) to expand the interactivity of our online instruction. This tool solved three immediate problems for us: How do you provide asynchronous APA citation instruction? How do you create an interactive academic integrity workshop for over 100 students? How do you teach freshman to locate books without taking up scheduled class time? These questions as well as pros and cons of the tool will be covered.

B18: Lightning Talks

       A. Epilogue: Message from books that heal


Judit Ward, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies

William Bejarano, Rutgers School of Communication & Information

Nicholas Allred, Rutgers English Department

Molly Stewart, Franklin Township Public Library

Maria Ortiz-Myers, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies

Rebecca Berkowitz, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies

Abstract: The Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies received a two-year Carnegie-Whitney grant from the American Library Association to develop an easily discoverable, non-commercial, open-access website to assist readers with substance use problems. This poster describes the resulting “Reading for Recovery” (R4R) project, which connects users with a diverse, curated collection of titles for guided therapeutic reading (or bibliotherapy). Building on best practices of Readers Advisories, librarians can use online tools to serve patrons who wish to retain their anonymity. The poster is of importance for anyone interested in the potential of bibliotherapy in addictions, including librarians and counselors.

       B. Collaboration and building flexibility into cataloging for the Lester Brown project


Julianna Ritter, Rutgers University

Li Sun, Rutgers University

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS BCMC

Abstract: The Central Technical Services of Rutgers University Libraries recently collaborated with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) to process the Lester R. Brown Collection, which is housed in a newly created reading room. The challenge to catalog almost 1,000 titles in 42 languages in two months required close collaboration between monographs and serials catalogers, system personnel, end processing and shipping, but also intense communication between the school and Central Technical Services to fulfill their special requirements. This project was a perfect example how to flexibility and creativity to collaborate for optimal results.

B19.    Gamifying a First Year Biology Lab Library Session     


Lisa Rose-Wiles, Seton Hall University

Veronica L Armour, Seton Hall University

Abstract:  Three years of work with a Biology lab course suggests that an embedded librarian has a positive impact on some student research skills.  However, student feedback indicated that students want more interactive library sessions.   The science librarian worked with an instructional designer to introduce elements of “gamification” into a library presentation and other library materials. In fall 2016 the science librarian integrated Top Hat, a teaching platform designed to help professors engage students, into library sessions for 16 biology labs.  In this session we report on the instructional design, the hands-on experience, and discuss the results.

B20.    Training Agents of Change: Critical Pedagogy in the Library Instruction Classroom

Presenter: Romel Espinel, Stevens Institute of Technology

Abstract: Information literacy over the years has focused on instructing students to learn the important skills of finding, evaluating and assessing information according to needs and use. But how can we support students so they become active agents in the development of knowledge and move them to a better understanding of the world where social justice is needed? Applied to library instruction, critical pedagogy engages students to question and challenge positions of domination and connects their practice to the world around them. In this breakout session, we will discuss critical library pedagogy specifically to my library instruction classes and 5 steps toward a more liberatory pedagogical practice.

B21.    Whatever Happened to Class (In Class)? Civility Issues on the College Campus and in the Library

Presenter: Angela Camack, Mercer County Community College

Abstract: People who work in an academic environment have had concerns about a decline in civility and an increase in disruptive behavior by students. These concerns have influenced how academic libraries create policies and respond to students. What social and cultural changes have caused a decline in civility? What changes have caused students to become less civil? What can we do to encourage appropriate behavior? This session will discuss the issue of civility on campus and ways libraries can respond to disruptive behavior and continue to be a resource for students.

B22.    The New Cataloger: No Longer a Record-Keeper but a Guide to Discovery

Presenter: Melissa De Fino, Rutgers University

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS BCMC

Abstract: Before online catalogs and faceted searching, the Catalog served as an inventory of the Library’s holdings. Catalogers were record-keepers, tracking bibliographic data for materials that were only available in-house. Now the Catalog has the potential to serve as a tool for discovery. Catalogers are no longer record-keepers but guides, leading our most unique collections from the confines of our stacks to the eyes of users across the world. In this environment, metadata is more important than ever before. This session will address the challenge of enhancing existing inventories to become rich tools of access.

B23.    Changing the Way Users See Your Library: Academic Libraries as Marketing Agents


Bonnie Lafazan, Berkeley College

Mari Deptula, Berkeley College

Katie Cohen, Ramapo College

Hilary Westgate, Ramapo College

Amanda Cowell, The College of New Jersey

Committee Sponsor(s): ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Marketing & Outreach

Abstract: “Do you find it challenging to promote your library’s services, resources and tools to your campus community? Are you interested in improving the marketing of your services but you are not sure where to start? Attend this panel presentation where four academic libraries will share their successes and failures in reaching their communities through various outreach initiatives.

Come learn how programming, outreach events, the development of promotional material and the use of social media helped these libraries identify and overcome their marketing challenges.”

B24.    Agents of Change, or Managing Change, or Victims of Change?


Carolyn Bujak, Rowan College at Burlington County

David Peterson, Rowan College at Burlington County

Abstract: How do we perceive ourselves as academic librarians in a world of constant change, and how does that perception affect our daily decisions and actions? We’ll explore this question interactively with participants beginning with a review of current library literature. The call to remain relevant, prove our worth, and measure success via marketing and social media tools will be discussed. Our rush to be perceived as forward thinking librarians may contribute to our becoming librarian-centric managers, leaving our students in need of student-centric agents of change.

B25. Consortia Manager: Launch for VALE Member Libraries

(repeat of session offered at 12:10-1pm; see B15)


Judy Avrin, Vale Business Manager

Judy Cohn, Rutgers University

Greg Fallon, Passaic County Community College

Richard Kearney, William Paterson University

Committee Sponsor(s):  VALE Executive, VALE Electronic Resources

Abstract: All member libraries will be actively using Consortia Manager to renew their subscriptions for electronic content in the next renewal cycle. These are important sessions for representatives of VALE member libraries to attend and learn about this tool which will be fully deployed for the upcoming renewal term. VALE will be rolling out Consortia Manager to its member libraries in these sessions. We are requesting that there be one session in the morning and another session after lunch. VALE has licensed Consortia Manager for use by its member libraries. It is the first electronic tool developed specifically for consortia and their member libraries to manage their renewals for electronic content, — including negotiations, pricing, and usage data (both by institution and consortium-wide).

B26. Lightning Talks

      A. Enriching Point-of-Need Reference with Virtual Office Hours

Presenter: Julie Hunter, Berkeley College

Abstract: Although the concept of virtual office hours is not new, it is often an under-utilized resource in academic libraries. By overcoming the challenges of establishing virtual consultation hours and encouraging students to take advantage of this resource, we can effectively change the way students interact with librarians. This talk will focus on simplifying the process of establishing virtual office hours to enhance point-of-need reference; including: the steps taken to investigate and establish this resource, the use of 21st century technologies such as Skype for Business and Doodle MeetMe, and tips on what worked and what didn’t for both the students and the librarian.

       B. Digital Archive of Newark Architecture


Maya Gervits, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Monica Kenzie, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Abstract: The Digital Archive of Newark Architecture, launched in 2007, is a unique online collection of materials related to the history of Newark built environment.  Not only does it cover the rich past of Newark’s architecture, it also documents current urban renewal efforts. This powerful and actively used tool which has already been incorporated into study, research and practice of scholars and professional across the US and from abroad is currently being converted from static website to a searchable database. Our presentation will introduce this resource and will discuss technological and legal challenges that we were able to overcome

       C. Student-run, Student-centered Social Media

Presenter: Daisy DeCoster, Saint Peters University

Abstract: In the spring of 2015 Saint Peter’s University Libraries allowed a student team from a Digital and Social Media Marketing class to conduct a “social media takeover” of the library Facebook page and to kick-start a library Instagram presence.  This team-based project eventually led to the establishment of a social media plan for the library and the creation of a new work study position focused on digital marketing and social media outreach. This lightning talk will describe the experience of transitioning from librarian-run to student-run social media at a small university library, including pitfalls to avoid and opportunities to embrace.