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Taylor & Francis
New York Times
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Sage Publishing
Adam Matthew Digital
Third Iron
Library Link NJ
WS Hein
Cambridge University Press

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2020 VALE/ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Users’ Conference
Inclusive Libraries: Connecting Users in the Digital Age

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 8:30am – 4pm
Location: Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch, NJ

This year’s conference will be co-located with EdgeCon, the region’s premier technology gathering. 


8:30am-10:00am  Registration/Breakfast/Exhibitor Networking
8:30am-10:00am  Poster Sessions
9:00am-9:45am Vendor Demos:
HeinOnline; ITHAKA – JSTOR Security Studies, JSTOR Sustainability, Books at JSTOR, Text Analyzer; ROAM.plus;  Rittenhouse – R2 Digital Library eBook Platform; Third Iron – LibKey Suite; Wolters Kluwer – Visible Body
10:00am-11:00am  Welcome and Keynote Speaker
11:10am-12:00pm  Breakout Sessions I
12:10pm-1:00pm  Breakout Sessions II
1:00pm-2:00pm  Lunch
1:30pm-2:00pm  Announcements and Organizational Updates

  • NJ State Library – Margaret Nizolek, Chief Deputy State Librarian
  • ACRL-NJ Chapter / NJLA College and University Section – Cara Berg, President
  • LibraryLinkNJ
  • VALE – Kurt Wagner, Executive Committee Chair

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

KEYNOTE – Jason Schmitt

Keynote Speaker – 10am-11am
Room: Atlantic 1 & 2

Uncovering the Profiteers of Academic Publishing 
Jason Schmitt, Producer/Director of the film “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” and Chair of the Communication, Media & Design Department at Clarkson University, will discuss the need for open access to research and science and its associated inclusive nature for global scientific synergy. Further, Schmitt will question the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examine the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and identify how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. Highlighting key points from his 150,000 miles of travel interviewing over 75 key leaders in academic scholarship and speaking globally about open access will help to situate the need and benefits of open access to research from a variety of perspectives.

A special thank you to Rittenhouse Book Distributors for sponsoring our keynote.

Jason Schmitt is a filmmaker, journalist and Chair of the Department of Communication, Media & Design at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Schmitt concentrates his research toward online education impacting a global audience, open access relating to academic publications, and the reproducibility crisis in science. As a filmmaker, his documentary, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, has had 400 public screenings at institutions around the globe and an audience of over 250,000 have viewed the film. Since September 2018, Schmitt has given lectures in support of open access to research at venues as diverse as the United Nations, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the University of Iceland, Université Côte d’Azur in Nice, France, The British Library in London, England, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) in Indonesia, National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan and nearly every ivy league institution in the US.

Schmitt’s documentary, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, specifically investigates the economic and societal impact of academic publishing, the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier, and how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable technology companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google. Schmitt’s prior film career found him as the interviewer/field producer for the documentary, Louder Than Love, a film on the historic rock venue The Grande Ballroom and its influence on rock and roll music. The film was awarded an Emmy in 2016 and has been to more than 35 festivals from Detroit to LA and London to Australia.

As a journalist, Schmitt has written more than 70 pieces for outlets like Forbes Asia,The Guardian, Huffington Post, Slate, EdSurge, BoingBoing, EuroDoc, Elmore Magazine, and DBusiness. He also has had his photographic work featured in National Geographic.


P01. User experience of students with disabilities
Catherine Pontoriero, Ocean County College
Gina Zippo-Mazur, Ocean County College

Ocean County College’s Library and Disability Services collaborated on research to develop an article entitled “Evaluating the User Experience of Patrons with Disabilities at a Community College Library” which was published in Library Trends in 2019. This poster session would explore this collaboration between a librarian and the coordinator for accessibility services. It will show the results of our survey and focus groups with students with disabilities on their experience using the library. Overall our focus would be on how to make libraries more inclusive for students with disabilities.

Hacking Naxos: Delivering Music Metadata to Discovery
Colin Bitter, The College of New Jersey

Naxos Music Library, a popular choice of classical music streaming services for libraries, contains over 100,000 sound recordings. While the Naxos database contains comprehensive metadata within its library, exporting full-level metadata to an external product can be costly, confusing, or both. As libraries continue to move to discovery systems, omitting this metadata from discovery prevents Naxos Music subscribers from finding relevant resources. This poster will show how to retrieve full-level Naxos records at no cost, provide instructions on how to treat and import records to your local ILS/LSP, and offer suggestions for collection maintenance. While this process is designed for music resources, it can be used to obtain quality metadata for non-music collections as well, increasing access and inclusivity at point of discovery.

Assessing Open Access Trends in Business Schools to improve Collection Development: A Bibliometric Analysis of Open Access Faculty Publications in Accounting Departments at Three Universities.
Jonathan M. Torres, Rutgers University
Aaron Manjarrez-Dominguez, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

This poster will examine the outcome using bibliometric analysis between (OA) open access and non-OA publications from the accounting departments from three business schools (University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Auburn University). These schools were selected based on comparable sizes of the departments. The poster will demonstrate the extent of faculty’s’ publications that  OA compared to non-OA and their relative scholarly impact and merits for the period 2013-2018. Diagrams will be presented of the data that was gathered from the Web of Science and Google Scholar. Furthermore, the poster will outline cost-effective strategies for libraries with shrinking budgets.

Scientific research in popular sources: Comparing and contrasting delivery of information
Janelle Bitter,  Raritan Valley Community College

This activity was developed for Information Literacy instruction for STEM courses. It is intended to be of use to professors as well as librarians, explicitly outlining Info Lit concepts to elucidate learning outcomes to students and non-library faculty. A worksheet guides students through analyzing popular and scholarly articles, helping participants understand why they are being asked certain questions and how they apply to future research. The in-class activity incorporates digital articles and utilizes a variety of teaching/learning styles to reach all members of the class, as well as encouraging them to think about content from a variety of perspectives.

P05. Find out how to make on-campus events inclusive to distance education students
Isabel Gray, Camden County College
Lori Lenox, Camden County College
Lorraine Smith, Camden County College

Like many libraries, the Camden County College Library has been tasked with being more inclusive of our distance education students. In Fall 2019, we explored ways to include these students in on-campus events. We started with our annual Zombie Apocalypse Scavenger Hunt. The purpose of this event is to learn how to use library resources. Using Springshare, we created an online hunt using this concept and offered a digital prize equivalent to our on-campus prize. At our Video Game Night, students played and tested student-created video games. We made these games available via the library website to our distance students.

eBooks, Hashtags, QR Codes, OH MY: The Digital Pathway to Libraries of the Future
John Foglia, Georgian Court University
Christine Attardo, Georgian Court University
Caitlin Connelly ,Georgian Court University

This poster will introduce and briefly review the importance of the integration of digital technologies into academic libraries. By connecting users to a variety of pathways to learning, libraries will enhance the overall student experience. Avenues such as social media outlets, QR Codes, and access to eBooks will be explored in order to demonstrate the advantages of connecting students to online tools and communities. These digital pathways will ensure the library is an approachable, welcoming, familiar resource for students to turn to during their time on campus and beyond. This presentation will cover successful past projects and upcoming plans.

Accolades for Academics
Adriana Mamay, ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS Honors & Awards Liaison

Recognize your peers and honor them with the awards they deserve! This poster highlights four New Jersey Library Association awards that academic librarians are exclusively eligible for and describes how college and university librarians can nominate themselves and their colleagues. The winners of the Distinguished Service Award, Research Award, Technical Services Award, and Technology Innovation Award will be honored at the NJLA Conference in Atlantic City, which attracts 700 librarians annually. New Jersey’s academic librarians are extremely accomplished. Let’s ensure that our accolades are recognized and appreciated by the wider NJ library community. .

Management of Transferred Electronic Journals
Lucretia E. Forte, Rowan University

In this digital age users have increased expectations for access to electronic resources. This poster will show the workflows Rowan University Libraries uses to manage transferred journals, using information from the NISO Transfer alerting service and content providers. Specific topics to be discussed are evaluating journal usage to make renewal decisions as well as the option for perceptual access and/ or back file access.  This will determine if the journal can be available to access for patrons, reducing the amount of user compliments surrounding journal coverage dates and access. This process also helps open access journal visibility and usage.

A Tale of Two Research Platforms: Partnering and promoting a statewide database while managing an Institutional Repository!
Darren Sweeper, Montclair University
Karen Ramsden, Montclair University

The purpose of this poster is to share our experiences and to highlight lessons learned from the establishing of our institutional repository while collaborating in a statewide initiative to showcase the scholarly output of New Jersey researchers. We will discuss how we collaborated with multiple stakeholders from across the campus to establish an open, discoverable, and sustainable resource, to support the University’s vision plan and to connect users to our research in the digital age. Through the implementation of new technology, we preserve the history of our University and provide access to the intellectual capital of our faculty and students.

Keeping Current with BCMC in the Digital Age
Sharon An, Rowan University
Jianrong Wang, Stockton University

In the digital age as today, changes are never-ending. This is especially true to the field of cataloging and metadata management. The Bibliographic Control and Metadata Committee (BCMC) under Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, NJ Chapter and NJ Library Association (NJLA, College and University Section (CUS) is comprised of cataloging metadata librarians. This poster describes the mission and goals of the committee, its past activities, research activities and future projects. It also emphasizes that a major role of BCMC is to keep the members up-to-date by providing training opportunities on current cataloging/metadata standards and skillsets. It encourages other cataloging metadata librarians to join BCMC and to keep current with this committee in the digital age.

ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS  Technology Committee Updates
Amanda Cowell,  The College of New Jersey & ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS Technology Committee Chair

The NJLA/CUS/ACRL technology committee is committed to recognizing distinguished leadership in developing new technologies for academic libraries.  This poster on the technology committee’s work will showcase some of the projects that won and were nominated for the NJLA/CUS/ACRL technology award in the past.  We will also share some of the projects the committee is planning for the future and provide information and how to join, participate in upcoming events, and how nominate projects for the award.

Learning Through Games
Lynee Richel Dokus, County College of Morris
Dylan Vetter, County College of Morris

Our poster will describe an Escape Room Style Treasure hunt that we designed to teach library catalog searching, shelf reading for LCSH call numbers and navigating the library layout during a college special event for students, employees and the local  community.

Open and Affordable Textbooks at Rutgers: Approaches to OER Pedagogy
Lily Todorinova, Rutgers University
Matthew Bridgeman, Rutgers University
Laura Palumbo, Rutgers University
Zara Wilkinson, Rutgers University

The Rutgers University (RU) Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program provides $1,000 incentive awards to (part- or full-time) faculty who commit to redesigning a course to use open or affordable course materials. This can include replacing a traditional textbook with open educational resources (OER), library-licensed materials, course reserves, self-developed materials, or a combination of these.  In this presentation, we will give an overview of the OAT program, strategies for outreach, as well as discuss approaches faculty awardees have taken to designing their courses.

A Pilot Project of Using Machine Learning and AI at Academic Library
Yongming Wang, The College of New Jersey

This presentation will talk about the project of using classification method, a machine learning technique, to categorize the library online chat transcripts. Two classification models, random forest model and gradient boosting model, were explored to classify the chat questions into two categories: reference questions vs. non-reference questions, so that the library may better use the resources and serve the library users more effectively and efficiently. The basic concepts of machine learning and general steps and procedures will be explained. Snippets of python code will be presented.

Sending in the SWOT Team: An Experiential Learning Assignment for Capstone Business Students
Sara Purifoy, Centenary University
Nick Consales, Integra LifeSciences

This poster highlights a librarian-faculty teaching collaboration involving a library-centric assignment and a new online instructional environment with direct free access to an online textbook. Students are required to meet with a library representative to discuss trends within the information industry and provide feedback through a SWOT Analysis for improvement of library services utilizing a course specific libguide for research. While the first iteration of the study was intended to examine information seeking behaviors of students, subsequent iterations have uncovered unexpected but welcomed feedback for inclusivity. For example, this study exposed gaps in library services across patron populations, which has encouraged the library staff to reexamine outreach efforts and generate ideas to better serve transfer and commuter students.


Breakout Sessions I – 11:10am – 12pm

B01. Keynote Speaker Follow-Up Session
Room: Sea Bright South
Jason Schmitt, Clarkson University

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

B02. Digital Decisions: User-Driven Digitized Collections

Room: Atlantic 4
Stephanie M. Sussmeier, Rider University

Heather Perez, Stockton University
Julia Telonidis, Rider University

When digitizing materials from Archives and Special Collections, does user access play a role in what should be digitized? This Breakout Session will explore how two Universities have established their digitization practices, compare and contrast the different types of users, collections, and the need for access. From university archives to community collections, this session will cover the decision-making processes relating to digital content management systems, digitization decisions, and how to connect users to digital collections.

B03. Reference Reborn: Challenges facing libraries in New Jersey and the Nation, Update 2020
Room: Atlantic 5
Samantha Kennedy, Rowan University
Dan Kipnis, Rowan University
Ashley Lieman, Rowan University

Libraries need to challenge their perceptions to meet the needs of all users. From our national mixed-methods survey on the status of United States academic libraries’ reference services (260 respondents) we received 40 responses from libraries in New Jersey. This presentation seeks to compare the current reference models and perceptions of librarians in New Jersey with those around the country, based on our survey results. We will highlight strengths and weaknesses of New Jersey librarian attitudes towards reference as well as the steps we can take to do better. Attendees will be invited to join the conversation using interactive technology.

B04. The Open-NJ Open and Affordable Educational Resources Collection: Creating a Digital Space for Faculty Connections
Room: Oceanport North
Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College
Mayra Aley, Middlesex County College
Laura Bishop, The Hun School of Princeton
Matt Bridgeman, Middlesex County College
Alison Cole, Felician University
Smit Shah, Middlesex County College
Mohamad Sherif, Middlesex County College
Mark V. Sullivan, Sobek Digital

The beta Open-NJ Open and Affordable Resources (OpenNJ) repository collection is being developed for New Jersey higher education institutions. This repository benefits faculty members and program implementers by providing a centralized resource for finding and accessing open educational resources along with open and affordable materials adopted, adapted, and created for use at institutions within New Jersey. The session addresses how a state repository is used to assist faculty in identifying teaching materials; how educational content can be submitted to this state repository; and what features are needed to meet the needs of state educators. This session includes usability testing.

B05. Lightning Talks
Room: Oceanport South

A. Application of Smart Counting Systems in Libraries
Anwar Hussein, Rowan University Libraries

Smart Counting System uses an infrared sensing technology to determine the number of people using a given space in real time. The system provides an affordable solution to library administrators to determine how often and by how many users different areas and spaces at the library are used. This technology makes the head count data available online in real time and makes use of different charts and graphs to display the data for effective data analysis. The device is small size and can easily be mounted near entrances and exits of rooms and spaces in a given facility.

B. How Subject Headings Can Influence Diverse User Discovery
Imani Hardaway, William Paterson University

Impartiality is a skill catalogers must utilize when classifying various subject matter. Depending on the complexity of the work, research is conducted to assign an appropriate call number and subject heading. However nuanced the subject is, using a variety of narrow and broad terms helps users discover resources. Assumptions about user ability and subject knowledge can hinder a record’s ability to be found. The goal of this lightning talk is to discuss methods of determining subject vocabularies that not only provide professional accuracy, but improve the odds of discovery for those conducting searches in library databases.

B06. Linking Librarians: Finding Common Ground

Room: Atlantic 1 & 2
Maria Deptula, Berkeley College
Bonnie Lafazan, Berkeley College
Adriana Mamay, Middlesex County College
Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College

Join fellow librarians for no-stress networking! Get to know your colleagues with games and fun. Don’t forget to bring your business cards to share with your new friends. It’s time to #networkonthebeach and #letloosewithlibrarians

Breakout Sessions II – 12:10pm – 1pm

B07. Escape Rooms: Campus Partnerships & Student Engagement
Room: Sea Bright South
Gary Marks, William Paterson University

Escape Rooms are fun interactive activities that promote teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. At the WPUNJ Library, we’ve integrated elements of Library instruction and Information Literacy into our very own Escape Room. Our Escape Room was featured as a Homecoming Week activity and led to a partnership with Residence Life to have regular Escape Room participants from our resident population. This creative approach enables our Library to incorporate an innovative method for delivering academic knowledge into a fun interactive experience. Learn how to create your own Library Escape Room at this informative and interactive session.

B08. Creating Content Collaboratively: Faculty Partnerships in OER
Room: Atlantic 5
Samantha Kennedy, Rowan University
Jude Miller, Rowan University
Amanda Haruch, Rowan University
Amy Woodworth, Rowan University

Librarians and faculty are always looking for opportunities to help students they serve in new ways.  This presentation will highlight the efforts of faculty members and a librarian at Rowan University as they created an OER (Open Educational Resource) textbook for their students to use in a college composition course. We will discuss the benefits of OER, including cost savings, use of UDL (universal design for learning), and representation of authors.  Attendees will learn more about the decision-making process, the development and publishing of the OER textbook, including how to find already existent OER materials, and the technical skills required.

B09. Research Data Services on a Shoestring: Leveraging Undergraduate Skill Sets
Room: Atlantic 3
Gerard Shea, Seton Hall University
Lisa DeLuca, Seton Hall University
Elizabeth Leonard, Seton Hall University
Sharon Ince, Seton Hall University

At Seton Hall University (SHU) there has been a growing interest from faculty and students for Research Data Services (RDS) support: providing help with data analysis (SPSS, R, Excel), file manipulation of online data, and instruction on data visualization tools (Tableau). We are doing this with limited resources. This presentation will discuss the creative approaches we used to start a RDS department, by leveraging work-study undergraduate skills to create an information desk to assist with faculty and student’s data needs, building curriculum for classes, and creating research guides and online video tutorials.

B10. Inclusive Learning through Scaffolding and Flexible Pedagogy
Room: Atlantic 4
Andrea Baer, Rowan University

Although scaffolding is often seen as a linear and process in which students progress from one stage to another, librarians know first-hand that learning is a messier process, with starts and stops, circling back, relearning, and sometimes the need for unlearning. Moreover, students’ learning needs differ – some benefit from more structure, while others may work best with more open-endedness. Scaffolding that fosters inclusive learning is therefore ideally flexible and responsive to student needs. Participants in this interactive session will explore how scaffolding and flexible pedagogy can work in tandem in their instructional work and how it can foster more inclusive learning environments.

B11. Library Scavenger Hunt: Outreach to Freshmen and Adjuncts
Room: Shrewsbury
Nicole Potdevin, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Last summer, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus Library overhauled its one-shot intro-to-the-library lesson for a required freshmen CORE course primarily taught by adjuncts to promote more active and collaborative learning. We created a scavenger hunt during which small groups of students follow guides to answer questions about library resources and services by exploring our building and website. Pre- and post-quizzes demonstrate that students absorb more information about the library than in traditional lecture-based classes. The scavenger hunt serves as a valuable outreach tool to students and adjuncts. We also gathered information informally on the usability of our website and catalog by observing students navigate them.

B12. Roundtable Discussions
Room: Oceanport North

A. Meet Your VALE OER Ambassadors
Ken Karol, Passaic County Community College
Alison Cole, Felician University
Janet Marler, Ocean County College
Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College

Meet the four inaugural VALE OER Ambassadors as they address the following questions: What are      Open Educational Resources (OER)? Why is it important to adopt OER? Where can quality OER materials be found?  How can institutions launch successful OER initiatives? The Ambassadors will address these big picture concerns and inform attendees about how they can get follow up assistance with their own OER initiatives, including how to create an OER plan for their institutions as prescribed by the State.

B. Overcoming Library Anxiety
Joe Louderback, DeVry University
Kaitlyn Clohosey, Felician University

Academic libraries are filled with information and materials to help students succeed in their  classes. From the building itself to available online catalogs, students have a vast amount of resources available to them. And it can be overwhelming. The sheer size of the building and the information it contains can lead to confusion and helplessness, leaving students feeling scared and confused. This leads to library anxiety. As academic librarians, we strive to ease this fear. In this roundtable discussion, we will discuss how academic librarians can make the library and its services more inclusive for students who suffer library anxiety.

C. In Sickness and in Health: Educating Student Workers
Kaitlin, Kehnemuyi, Seton Hall University

With a move towards a shared student worker population in Access Services and the change in NJ state law that allows student workers to accrue sick time, the department decided to modify our student training program. This change included creating digital content for student workers to use during training, such as LibGuides, and quizzes. This new training was implemented during the summer of 2019 and as issues have come up we have worked to revise this training to make sure that students are comfortable with all aspects of working within Access Services as well as understand the services offered by the library. Join this round table to learn more about creating instruction tools for student workers and time to discuss issues that arise with student training.

D. Issues Facing Community Colleges
Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College

Community colleges are faced with increasing challenges in today’s educational landscape. From declining enrollment and shrinking budgets to students facing basic-needs insecurities, providing the best possible library services can sometimes feel overwhelming. This roundtable discussion will pose questions for community college librarians to consider when providing services to their patrons and will hopefully provide some tangible ideas to reach solutions in light of all of the challenges.

E. The quagmire of the academic streaming media collections; selection models, costs, platforms, and more
Maria Deptula, Berkeley College

From multiple vendors with their various acquisition models and streaming platforms to shared or individual subscriptions, academic libraries are facing numerous difficulties on the streaming media arena. Yet, new generations of students grow up surrounded by videos streamed to their tablets and smartphones. In order to support the need of providing audiovisual resources and get the best services for their money, librarians must become experts on the variety of available streaming collections. At this round table we will discuss the streaming media options available in the New Jersey academic libraries and will share our collective wisdom on selecting models appropriate for the needs as well as approaching vendors for the best deals.

B13. Lightning Talks
Room: Oceanport South

A. Beyond Project Management: Process Planning to Scale Up
Rhonda Marker, Rutgers University Libraries

In typical project management (PM), each new project goes through common PM stages. This helps to produce a quality result. Libraries have used PM tools to set realistic expectations and keep work on track, on budget, and on time. PM goes through the same steps for all projects, resulting in repetitious activity for repeated projects. Process planning approaches projects differently, establishing standards and roles for repeated projects. The emphasis is on setting up a common process and applying it uniformly to all projects to produce consistent results. Break the cycle of customizing every project and establish streamlined processes.

B. Information Literacy for English-Language Learners: A three-part approach to introducing scholarly communication concepts
Janelle Bitter, Raritan Valley Community College

After noticing his students were looking up answers to questions that required no research (i.e. what does it mean to be a good friend), an RVCC professor reached out to the library in an effort to curb suspected plagiarism and get students to think for themselves. Using activities and discussion covering authority, attribution, and trustworthy resources, students were introduced to acceptable academic practices in a hands-on, collaborative lesson. This three-part, interactive lesson included student-led topic selection, a lecture and citation activity on ethical information use and giving credit, and an introduction to the library’s discovery layer. Although it was believed the students understood the cultural and ethical issues surrounding plagiarism, their professor later confessed that some continued their behavior which will lead to possible areas of improvement for future sessions.

C. A Framework for Institutional Unity: Standardizing Our Learning Outcomes
Saskia Kusnecov, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Like many other college and university libraries, we are working to incorporate the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into our instructional learning outcomes. We began this process last year, just as the academic departments at our university were undergoing major structural changes. This led us to consider not only our own learning outcomes, but the culture and educational mission of our institution as a whole. In this lightning talk, I will discuss the process of aligning our learning outcomes to the Framework and our University-Wide Assessment Goals for Student Learning, describing challenges that we encountered as well as our next-steps for the future.

Breakout Sessions III – 2:10pm – 3pm

B14. Weaving the Invisible Threads: Connecting Students to the College Library Through Virtual Campus Visits
Room: Atlantic 3
Rebecca Bushby, The College of New Jersey

Virtual campus visits can help academic libraries connect with potentially college-bound students. This presentation will describe a college library’s efforts to host high school students in ways that are more equitable and inclusive than the more common in-person campus visit. Using video application technologies (Skype, Google Meet, and Kaltura), the academic librarian collaborated with high school teachers and librarians to provide virtual college library visits. These sessions allow students to build early familiarity with college-level resources, potentially reducing library anxiety. These collaborations have yielded insights that can inform academic librarians’ outreach and instruction with their own students.

B15. Supporting Inclusion Through our Libraries’ Marketing and Outreach Efforts
Room: Atlantic 4
Hilary Westgate, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Theresa Agostinelli, Middlesex County College
Bonnie Lafazan, Berkeley College
Gary Marks, William Paterson University
Linda Salvesen, William Paterson University

Marketing and outreach in an academic library is often geared toward inviting more users to learn about the library and become familiar with our resources, services, and people. Five academic librarians from five NJ institutions will share their marketing and outreach projects or assessments intended to unite the campus library with its students, faculty, staff, and the larger campus community. Our projects have supported inclusiveness by making the library a place for all and by strengthening these vital relationships. We hope to give you great ideas for inclusive marketing, outreach and assessment activities to take back to your own institutions.

B16. Implications of Adding Open Access Content into Library Discovery Indexes
Room: Atlantic 5
Jia Mi, The College of New Jersey

With the fast-growing Open Access (OA) content, more OA content are integrated into library discovery indexes (e.g. Alma PCI), as well as traditional abstracting and indexing databases.  However, turning on OA content are likely to start showing tons of irrelevant materials. This presentation will discuss the current two OA integration methods: “OA as an alternative access” and “OA as a collection.” The first method provides alternative access to OA but does not increase the size of their index and the number of results. The second method is adding collections of Gold journals and will increase the number of search results. Librarians need to consider the implications of OA content and its impact on library collection. What exactly is added, OA alternative or OA collection? Which version? When are OA shown and in what order on the results list? How does included OA affect information literacy class?

B17. Configuring Primo with a Cross-Institutional Fulfillment Network
Room: Oceanport North
Ray Schwartz, William Paterson University
Amanda Cowell, The College of New Jersey
Jonathan Jiras, Rowan University
Margaret O. Oluwanifise, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Natalie Wadley, Stockton University
Nancy Weiner, William Paterson University

Five institutions in New Jersey implemented Alma and Primo together as a cohort this year.   We also implemented a fulfillment network where patrons from any of the five institutions can borrow in person or request online from any of the other four libraries.  In addition to the considerations as to how to configure the search scopes and profiles, each of the five institutions had to decide how to place the fulfillment network with the search scopes.  This presentation will report on each libraries’ decisions on configuration and how they are performing at this time.

B18. Practical Advice for Accessible LibGuides
Room: Shrewsbury
Catherine Baird, Montclair State University
Heather Cook, Caldwell University
Paul Martinez, Montclair State University

Librarians at Caldwell University and Montclair State University have recently undertaken projects to improve the accessibility of their Libguides. In this session, we will provide: a brief overview of the principles of web accessibility; a list of recommendations on how Libguide editors can improve the accessibility of their Libguides (including textual content, multimedia and attachments); as well as strategies and advice on accessibility training for editors. While this session is geared towards those who are new to this area, we will also provide concrete strategies to pursue accessibility initiatives at your own institution.

B19. Lightning Talks
Room: Oceanport South

A. Find out how to make on-campus events inclusive to distance education students
Isabel Gray, Camden County College
Lori Lenox, Camden County College
Lorraine Smith, Camden County College

Like many libraries, the Camden County College Library has been tasked with being more inclusive of our distance education students. In Fall 2019, we explored ways to include these students in on-campus events. We started with our annual Zombie Apocalypse Scavenger Hunt. The purpose of this event is to learn how to use library resources. Using Springshare, we created an online hunt using this concept and offered a digital prize equivalent to our on-campus prize. At our Video Game Night, students played and tested student-created video games. We made these games available via the library website to our distance students.

B. Dragged In: Out-of-the-box student facing programming
Candace Reilly, Drew University
Irina Radeva, Drew University 

In the age of social media and accessible streaming entertainment, it is a challenge to engage students in library/archive programming.  We at Drew University have crafted a new model of unconventional programming: structuring events around our current exhibits that resonate with pop culture. We created events centered around the archives’ fashion exhibit “’On Dress’: Form and Fashion” that force students and faculty to consider the intersections of drag queens, and cosplayers as representations of fashion by hosting drag panels and a comic con. Using digital and unconventional in-person means to promote these initiatives, it is our goal to make the archives and library a seamless part of the university experience.

C. Sunday Storytellers
Jodi Shelly, Felician University
Alison Cole, Felician University

Our library embarked on a collaborative literary storytelling project with the school’s radio station.  This project is an ongoing weekly ½ hour program bringing together the voices of all members of our community. University students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni – as well as members of the Felician Sisters are all invited to read short works to the radio audience interested in hearing “a good tale”.   The short works are either original to the reader or material in the public domain. These works can be entertaining, amusing, confounding, or thought-provoking. The library embarked on this project to: 1 give the readers a chance to become a voice-over “radio star”, 2 give the readers the opportunity to showcase their works, 3: humanize archives by capturing the voices of the whole community, and 4 share literature with the masses. The content of this lightning talk will discuss our journey from idea to reality.  We will explain how the library addressed issues as they arose such as: enlistment of talent, arrangement of content, copyright issues, and promotion.


2020 Conference Program