2019 VALE/ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Users’ Conference
20 Years Later: Redefining Libraries’ Core Values in Disruptive Times

Date/Time: Friday, January 4, 2019 | 8:30am – 4pm
Location: Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway NJ



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



Joanna Burkhardt, Full Professor/Librarian, University of Rhode Island Libraries

Bio: Joanna Burkhardt is Full Professor at the University of Rhode Island.  She received her MLS from the University of Rhode Island in 1986, although her work in libraries began long before that.  She also holds an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anthropology. She is the director of the branch libraries and collection management office at the University of Rhode Island.

In response to the rapidly changing information environment of the late 1990’s Burkhardt and her URI Library colleagues created one of the first credit-bearing courses in Information Literacy and began teaching it in 1999.  An online version of the course was created in 2004/05. Burkhardt also created ALA and ACRL short courses for teachers of Information Literacy.

Burkhardt is author or co-author of four books and numerous papers about information literacy.  The most recent paper “Combating Fake News in the Information Age” is the result of the troubling proliferation of Internet and social media based information that is biased, misleading, satirical, inaccurate, or downright false.  She was an invited speaker at the ALA Annual Conference in 2017. She helped to create two poster/bookmarks for ALA editions—one about Fake News and one about Information Literacy. She has been interviewed on the Dewey Decibel podcast and has participated in several webinars concerning Information Literacy and Fake News.  She is a long-time reviewer for both Library Journal and ARBA.

Keynote Title: The good news is…we’re still making lemonade in disruptive times

Abstract: It has been an exhausting couple of years—fake news, propaganda, election interference, bots, political gridlock, predictive searching, audio and video manipulation technology…all linked to the unrelenting 24/7 flood of information that comes at us at high speed and volume from all sides.  Fast-changing technology and new applications that use that technology add to the chaos by providing new possibilities for undetectable sources of false or misleading information.

American individualism seems to require that we solve our information problems individually, yet most people don’t have the time or expertise to accomplish the task. Librarians, one of the most trusted groups in the world, have an opportunity in these disruptive times to provide help and guidance to our users.  We can use those traits to reaffirm our core values to provide an information safe haven in disruptive times and beyond. It’s what we do. It’s time to juice the information lemons, add some sugar and create something palatable, healthy and appealing for everyone.



P01. Using Springshare to Create Camden County College Library Following Branding Standards

Isabel Gray, Camden County College
Lori Lenox, Camden County College

Abstract: Camden County College uses the basic Springshare (without CMS) for our website design. We were tasked by college administration to update the Library website to match the College’s new branding requirements and mimic the look of the College’s website. This was not an easy or straight forward task with the limitations of Springshare. However, the CCC Library (aka Elayna) was able to find work-arounds to make these changes.


P02. The ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS Research Committee Wants You

Presenter:Cynthia Coulter, Hudson County Community College

Abstract: This poster will market the NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ Research Award & Forum session that will be presented at the 2019 NJLA Conference. A small table will display flyers of the poster, for take away information. And, we will have a sign up sheet for people interested in becoming members of the Research Committee.

P03. Reference data collection in NJ academic libraries: types, tools and methods

Susan Bucks, Monmouth University
Maria, Deptula, Berkeley College
Joe Louderback, DeVry University
Dina Meky, Berkeley College

Abstract: In 2017, NJLA/ACRL-CUS Reference Services Committee surveyed NJ academic libraries to learn what methods have been used to collect reference statistics and how the collected data is being used. Similar surveys were distributed in 2008 and 2011. The results of those reference surveys were presented at the VALE Annual Users Conferences in 2009 and 2012. This poster will reveal the newest results on how data is being collected/ measured, what tool (if any) is being used to record and analyze the data, and how the results are being used. The current study will contain a comparison of previously given surveys.


P04. Show Me the Money: How OER Publishing Works

Presenter: Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College

Abstract: This infographic poster demystifies the OER publishing process as compared to commercial textbook publishers. As expert resource-finders and advocates for open access, academic librarians are helping to redefine higher education by supporting OER initiatives. Librarians can use this information to help faculty understand that just because OER are free doesn’t mean they aren’t high quality. A CC license version of this poster will be available to those who would like to use it at their institutions.


P05. Using JSTOR Forum for Digital Collections at Caldwell University

Presenter: Kimberly Reamer, Caldwell University

Abstract: This poster will highlight how Caldwell University Archives is using JSTOR Forum for its digital collections. Caldwell University Archives began using JSTOR Forum in 2015 as the result of a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research. In addition the original project, we have used JSTOR Forum to host digital collections of archival photographs, and as a basic institutional repository for student research. Our future plans for JSTOR Forum include integration with Omeka.net to create digital exhibitions and supplement the original project by establishing a user-generated archive.


P06. Transforming Traditional Research and Publication Support Services

Benjamin Saracco, Rowan University
Karen R. Stesis, Rowan University

Abstract: Librarians at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University support the research efforts of the medical students and faculty. Additionally, we provide reference and information services to the clinical staff of Cooper University Hospital. Over the past two years, Cooper Hospital and Rowan University have had an increased emphasis on conducting and publishing research. In response to the proliferation of requests for assistance, the Librarians have streamlined existing resources and developed new tools to meet these needs. These innovative services address the following processes: database searching, journal selection and appraisal, publication guides and training our scholars.


P07. Wellness in the Library

Presenter: Lori Petrozzello, Montclair State University

Abstract: The presenter will display how the Access Services Department developed and brought wellness initiatives into the library by collaborating with campus partners. It will feature photos and fliers of popular events including Yoga in the Stacks, Relaxation Stations, Therapeutic Harp Music, Furry Friends for Finals (therapy dogs), and a Relaxation Room during final exams. It will discuss obstacles in launching different programs as well as work-around solutions. Participation headcounts will be included as well as creative assessments. Finally, visitors will have an opportunity to write-in some of their successful wellness programs to share ideas.


P08. Don’t Just Post! Why Tracking on Social Media Platforms is Essential During These Disruptive Times

Presenter: Linda Salvesen, Caldwell University

Abstract: Many academic libraries have created accounts on different social media platforms, where they post regularly. And with these platforms comes almost unlimited ways to track different metrics. While our University library had already succeeded in building a presence on many social media platforms for years before I started with the organization, I aimed to formalize the tracking process and tie what we track to our goals so that we could better serve our patrons. Using this complex data also better informs our social media strategy going forward so that we can continually be seen as responsive to changes in technology.


P09. Jumpstarting Research Data Management (RDM) Services: Lessons learned from participating at the DLF eRn 2018 Program

Shilpa Rele, Rowan University
Stephen Robishaw, Rowan University
Benjamin Saracco,Rowan University

Abstract:The Digital Library Federation E-research Network (DLF eRN) is a six-month program that brings together teams from research-supporting libraries to strengthen and advance their organizational data services and digital scholarship roles. Stakeholders from Rowan University (RU) Libraries and the Division of University Research participated in the 2018 cohort and developed strategies and documentation to guide the implementation of RDM at RU. The following materials were drafted and will be implemented in the coming months: A roadmap for RDM services, a data dictionary for research data sets, a survey instrument for an environmental scan, and an IRB application.


P10. What is Trendy in Information Literacy for International Students?

Sharon An, Rowan University
Jianrong Wang, Stockton University

Abstract:Information literacy is the core service that academic libraries should provide to international students who came from a different academic setting in their native countries and have difficulties in finding resources in American academic libraries. How to help international students adapt to the new learning environment effectively is crucial to their academic success. Based on a review of current literature, this poster will identify challenges that the international students have encountered in the American library environment and highlight trendy features and methodologies in library instruction programs for international students.


P11. Curated and Shareable Disabilities Resources for Libraries

Tim Dewysockie, Rowan University
Michelle Kowalsky, Rowan University

Abstract: This poster reports on a small research team’s selection and categorization of scholarly and practitioner research related to students with disabilities. A seed-funded project was undertaken to identify the most commonly accessed and available materials for professional development of educators who teach students with disabilities at any grade level. The resources selected will form a shared online portal of materials with links to major academic and scholarly library databases available in the region and around the country.


P12. Redefining our Work with NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ

Kate Hossain, Bergen Community College
Hilary Westgate, Ramapo College

Abstract: This poster will offer information about the organization of NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ and its committees. This year, we are working on redefining our organization in the form of a name change and associated changes to our bylaws. We will more clearly define our organization’s purpose and goals and try to reach new audiences with a new group name. Poster handouts will provide information about our committees, as well as offer attendees an offer to sign up to receive more information about joining.


P13. Back to Basics: Engaging Challenged Students through Discovery in the Library

Joan Dalrymple, Bergen Community College
Kate Hossain, Bergen Community College

Abstract: Librarians at Bergen Community College successfully partnered with developmental education faculty to create a learning experience that went beyond the traditional library tour. Using the Goosechase app, students worked in teams to complete missions: taking pictures of library spaces, answering questions about services, and asking questions of library staff. Students came in thinking libraries were only about books and left impressed by our study spaces, reserve books and helpful librarians. We will share our tips on implementing an activity like this and what we learned in the process.



Breakout Sessions I – 11:10am – 12pm

B01. Keynote Speaker Follow-Up Session

Presenter: Joanna M. Burkhardt

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


B02. VALE Strategic Planning Focus Group

Linda Beninghove, Stevens Institute of Technology
Melissa Lena, VALE
Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College
Donna Rosinski-Kauz, Ocean County College

Abstract: The Strategic Planning working group of the VALE Executive Committee’s Planning and Assessment Committee (PAC) is inviting members to participate in a focus group to help shape VALE’s policies and practices. The feedback in these focus groups will help VALE with its current strategic planning initiative. At this session, we will be asking for your thoughts and opinions on current and future paths that VALE can take to serve the needs of New Jersey’s academic libraries.


B03. Reference on the Respirator: Current status of academic library reference services

Samantha Kennedy, Rowan University
Dan Kipnis, Rowan University
Ashley Lierman, Rowan University

Abstract: Depending on your institution, the scholarly literature shows that traditional reference transactions may be on the decline.  Some libraries have responded by changing their reference models. Join us for a discussion as we present recent survey results from our survey we created to capture the current status of reference services at public state colleges and universities. This presentation will share results including the fate of traditional reference desks, staffing levels, consolidation of service desks, and the new forms of reference services.  Interactive polling will provide snapshots of the audience’s current reference services. A lively discussion will follow as the audience joins us in contributing their own experiences.


B04. Preservation Awareness Outreach Amidst Shrinking Budgets: A Success Story

Jianrong Wang,  Stockton University
Stephanie Sussmeier, Stockton University

Abstract:Libraries in the twenty-first century heavily rely on electronic resources, even though print materials are present and will continue to exist. Raising the users’ awareness in caring for books along with other types of materials will not only effectively secure collections, but also enable them to accompany libraries moving forward. This presentation will cover over 16 years of experience in hosting preservation awareness exhibits at Stockton University, with a focus on budget-friendly ideas and activities, as well as lessons learned.


B05. Using Statistical Methods to Better Understand E-Resources Usage Data

Yongming Wang, The College of New Jersey
Jia Mi,  The College of New Jersey

Abstract: One of the core values of libraries today is to manage budgetary constraints while ensuring that collections are committed to institutional research and curricular requirements. Making the usage data more meaningful and insightful has been a task for all libraries. In our presentation, we will demonstrate our experiment using some traditional and popular statistical methods, such as Pearson Correlation Coefficient and Linear Regression, to analyze our library’s e-resources usage data. We will explain the terminology and selected statistical methods.  Our goal is to discover and understand the real relationships between different variables of data. Our tools are R and RStudio.


B06. Marketing & Outreach Program Showcase

Carina Gonzalez, Raritan Valley Community College
Kate Hossain, Bergen Community College
Gary Marks, William Paterson University
Hilary Westgate, Ramapo College

Abstract: As marketing and outreach increasingly become core values for librarians, we are always looking for fresh ideas on how to best reach our users.  Come and hear from a varied panel of academic librarians about ways to market your resources, services, and events/programs. Each panelist will be discussing a specific marketing or outreach program that their library has initiated recently.  We hope to showcase the great work that NJ academic libraries are doing and inspire you to try something new at your library!


B07. Lightning Talks

A. The Design and Use of a Web-Based Model in First Year Library Instruction

Cara Berg, William Paterson University
Tony Joachim, William Paterson University

Abstract: Information literacy instruction is an essential component of student success and lifelong learning. At William Paterson University, first year students receive library instruction, taught by all librarians. To facilitate and standardize the instruction, two web-based modules were designed in-house: one for the librarian and one for the students. Using the flipped classroom model, students used their portal to complete in-class active learning activities. The librarian’s portal would display the real-time results from the students as they would complete the activities, leading to stronger engagement and discussion from the students. This talk will showcase the modules and provide tips for replication.

B. Information Literacy in STEM Summer Scholars Academy

Elaine Goldman, Passaic County Community College
Kathleen Vancheri, Passaic County Community College

Abstract: Information literacy and STEM programs are a perfect pairing! By working with the STEM Department, the Library introduced information literacy concepts to first semester students in short lessons with incremental interventions. This created a fluid learning experience throughout the semester.  Worksheets and surveys were used to evaluate the lessons, documenting the increase in students’ confidence in finding and evaluating information.

C. Pop-Goes-The-Library! Using a Pop-Up Library to Innovate Outreach to Science and Engineering Students

Presenter: Joanne Dera, NJIT

Abstract: A Pop-Up Library program was started at the New Jersey Institute of Technology as an innovative means of outreach and education for our students to increase library visibility by promoting and providing library services in other locations across campus.  The benefits of taking the library to the students include providing opportunities for the library staff to meet more students and faculty, promote library research resources, and create follow-up appointments for one-on-one research assistance. Discussion will include how to determine the best locations, set-up of the space, marketing and publicity, resources to highlight, and an assessment of the outcomes.

Breakout Sessions II – 12:10pm – 1pm

B08. Using Metacognition to Address the ‘Illusion of Knowing’ among First Year Students

Presenter: Leslin H. Charles, Rutgers University

Abstract: How do freshman students filter through information on social media to gain accurate knowledge? To what extent does their familiarity with social media platforms influence their ‘self-perceived knowledge’ of how to evaluate information? Through a course titled, ‘Truth or Fiction?’ the author is sensitizing students on how they interact with, create, and disseminate information via social media, thereby allowing them to realize their ‘actual knowledge’. Students periodically utilize metacognition to reflect on their social media habits to reveal behaviors like confirmation bias and are thus able to confront their ‘illusion of knowing’. They then take steps to increase ‘actual knowledge’.


B09. VALE and Open Textbook Network: Supporting Libraries’ OER Efforts

Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College
Ann Hoang, NJIT

Abstract: In order to support NJ academic libraries’ involvement in open educational resource initiatives, VALE became a consortia member of the Open Textbook Network. This session will introduce to you the Open Textbook Network, or OTN, give an overview of their purpose and methodology, and highlight some actions you can start taking now to become an OER champion at your institution. As open access disrupts traditional higher education and textbook publishing, librarians can reaffirm their value by participating in or even leading these movements. Full-day workshops will be facilitated by OTN in spring, 2018; this session briefly previews those workshops.


B10. Working the Problem and Proving Our Value with Chat Reference

Laura Costello, Rutgers University
Romel Espinel, Stevens Institute of Technology
Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College

Abstract:All librarians endeavor to reach more of their communities, but this issue is particularly difficult to assess in chat reference. Is there some technology or practice that can break through and reach new users or more fully engage our existing stakeholders? Most libraries have chat buttons or boxes that connect users to librarians, but even with this handy tool the statistics do not match the cost and time spent on chat. In this session, we’ll talk about proactive approaches that are making big differences in our virtual interactions with students and proving our value.


B11. Disruptively Redefining the Work of Authority Control

Guy Dobson, Drew University
Yanira Ramirez, Drew University

Abstract:At Drew our Technical Services Task Force disrupted our mild mannered monthly receipt of authority records from Marcive by asking a few simple questions: did updated headings get flipped? is it really that easy? isn’t some follow-up, aka human intervention, required? Our answers inspired us to build a database driven web app that we call Shuffle Headings that is now disrupting our assumptions about the value of outsourcing this work. Listen to our story, check out Shuffle Headings, and help us debate the pros and cons. Would a cost-effective and user-friendly system like Shuffle Headings make outsourcing authorities unnecessary?


B12. Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): What do We Know?

Sebastian Derry, Seton Hall University
Gerard Shea, Seton Hall University

Abstract:Current research indicates 1 in 59 children in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As a result of the increased prevalence of ASD, a larger number of higher functioning ASD students are now participating in higher education. This potentially disruptive trend could impact academic libraries. The service values of librarianship require creating inclusive and accessible environments for college students with ASD. We will examine how the American with Disabilities Act concerns academic libraries regarding providing access and services to students with ASD. Attendees will learn how outreach initiatives by academic libraries can help ASD students succeed in college.


B13. The Library’s role in supporting faculty activity tracking systems

Lisa DeLuca, SHU Libraries
Elizabeth Leonard, SHU Libraries
Sharon Ince, SHU Libraries
Lisa Thornton, SHU Libraries
Katie Wissel, SHU Libraries

Abstract: In Fall 2018, Seton Hall University (SHU) implemented Digital Measures, an online faculty activity reporting system to track accomplishments and activities for tenure and advancement. SHU Libraries were invited by the Provost’s office to take part in the pilot group and provide institutional support for setting up Digital Measures profiles and importing scholarship. We will discuss the Libraries’ participation in this project, including what we have thus far determined to be best practices.  We will also share our future plans to integrate Digital Measures with SHU’s institutional repository and the anticipated long-term benefits for SHU Libraries.


B14. Hyrax: An Open Source Digital Repository Solution

Daisy DeCoster, Saint Peter’s University
Scott Kushner, Saint Peter’s University

Abstract: This session will present the planning and early development of a combined digital archive and institutional repository at Saint Peter’s University. This collaborative library/archives project utilizes open-source tools–Hyrax and Spotlight–to provide access to a variety of digital collections, from archival photos and documents, to student and faculty scholarship. Our session will present the challenges to institutional repository development at a small university library with no dedicated scholarly communication librarian, or digital projects staff. Presenters will also discuss the library’s potential role in promoting open access scholarship on campus and engaging various stakeholders in the repository project.


Breakout Sessions III – 2:10pm – 3pm

B15. What’s So Special About Our Collections: Promoting Special Collections to Redefine Academic Libraries

Sara Borden, Rowan University
Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University
Brianna LoSardo, Seton Hall University
Heather Perez, Stockton University
Bob Wolk, William Paterson University

Abstract: New Jersey Colleges and Universities have amazing special collections. These collections include everything from New Jersey history to jazz to sports and beyond. In this session, Special Collections librarians and archivists from various colleges and universities will present an overview of the special collections at their institutions, both to inform the attendees’ research and to encourage the attendees to inform their constituents of the existence of these collections. This session will be presented as either Pecha Kucha or as lightning talks, depending on the number of participants.


B16. Purchasing and Licensing E-Resources: A More Robust Role for VALE through Member Engagement

Richard Kearney, William Paterson University
Melissa Lena, VALE

Abstract: The VALE Purchasing and Licensing Committee is seeking to expand its role as a consortial agent for member institutions, negotiating with vendors for high-value discounted offerings in response to member needs. To become more effective, we are exploring methods for improved communication with members at critical points in the process, starting with identifying products of interest and moving to offers we can bring to the membership. To be effective, we need help from member institutions. In this session we’ll provide some background on our current processes, outline possible approaches for improved member engagement, and – most important – seek your input. Member are urged to participate by bringing their ideas and suggestions. Let’s work together to make VALE your go-to consortial agent for e-resources.


B17. Lightning Talks

A. Voicing History: Digital Projects and Oral History Initiatives at the Littman Library

Maya Gervits, NJIT
Danielle Reay, NJIT

Abstract: Among factors that help libraries to thrive in disruptive times, researchers name “customer focus and continual innovation” as important elements. Our presentation will highlight these factors through the development of the “Digital Archive of Newark Architecture” and “History of the College of Architecture and Design”. These initiatives aim to apply technology to make archival materials more generally accessible. The presentation will demonstrate how through the archiving and analyzing historic materials in a variety of formats, including elements of oral history, it is possible to amplify the narratives that constitute collective memory and create a more holistic picture of the past.

B. Collecting Student Course Reserve Requests at Service Desks Using a Web Form

Sarah Hughes, William Paterson University

Abstract: Providing student access to course reserves has always been a core value in academic libraries. However, libraries face challenges in getting faculty to provide copies of reading material. The Cheng Library decided to radically shift the traditional model for obtaining reserves by adding a new supplemental outreach method. The library began track what textbooks our students were requesting that were not owned by using a web tracking app at all service points. By taking a more personalized approach to reach out to faculty with specific student requests for material lead to an increase in material on reserve.


B18. The Academic Library and Civic Engagement: Experiences, Examples, and Resources

Maria Deptula, Berkeley College
Suzanne Kosempel, Raritan Valley Community College
Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University
Gary Marks, Jr., William Paterson University

Abstract:NJ academic librarians engage their communities in a variety of activities that encourages students, and staff to be informed, concerned, and involved citizens. In this presentation, librarians will report on a number of civic engagement programs that can be adapted to many academic institutions. From debating controversial topics, to questioning public officials, from panel discussions through gamification, students have the opportunities to learn from authorities, defend their arguments and form their own opinions on matters that concern us all in recent reality. This program will provide some examples of campus partnerships developed to foster Civic Engagement and Civic Literacy initiatives.


B19. We Ditched the Lecture; They Were Not Listening

Joanne Dera, NJIT
Joe Mercuri, NJIT
Davida Scharf, NJIT
Ray Vasquez, NJIT

Abstract:Find out how the NJIT instructional librarians stopped lecturing in class and substituted workshop sessions that require little prep and get better results.  See an example of a productive email exchange with faculty that helps us turn the one-time session into mini individual or group consultations between librarians and students.   We call it speed reference. This active-learning workshop will include small group brainstorming and discussion, followed by the full group working collaboratively to come up with practical applications in your setting, so you too may ditch the lecture, lose the prep, and increase learning


B20. Redefining the County College Library as a Community Hub

Theresa Agostinelli, Middlesex County College
Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College
Joseph Pascale, Middlesex County College

Abstract: Academic libraries are extending core missions to include a focus on becoming community hubs. Learn how this evolution occurred at a community college library. The theme of community is infused in collaborative programming and outreach through activities such as a speaker series on local social justice issues, collaborations with the college’s service learning program, and “Community in Focus” student photo and video contests, pop-up maker stations, and a consistent presence at campus events. These initiatives merge elements of creation with academics and social topics. Information on relationship building and successful partnerships will also be shared during this lively session.