VALE Users’ / NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS Conference – Presentations
Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Strategic Planning: Promoting Our Resources, Promoting Ourselves. 
Busch Campus Center
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Schedule of Events

Morning Breakout Sessions
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

10:00 am – 11:00 am Welcome
Keynote Address: “Generation Shift Happens: Building the Library they need for their Future” Presentation available 
Stephen Abram, Vice President of Corporate Development, Micromedia ProQuest(Canada),
and Vice-President/President-Elect of the Canadian Library Association.
In March 2002 Stephen was named by Library Journal as one of the Top 50
people who are shaping the future of libraries and librarianship. He is
the immediate past president of the Ontario Library Association where he
planned and hosted two summits: on the Crisis in School Libraries and on
the vision for a provincial digital library. In June 2003 he received the
highest award of the Special Libraries Association, the John Cotton Dana
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm State of VALE — Users’ Q&A 
Judith Cohn and the Executive Committee (same as title link above)

a. Keynoter Follow-up
Stephen Abram

b. Chucking the Checklist: Teaching Undergraduates Web Site Evaluation through Promoting Peer Review, Comparison, and Corroboration
Marc Meola, TCNJ.

This session will address the current methods by which undergraduates are introduced to the evaluation of Web resources (“Checklist” approach) and will present an alternative model that includes peer review, comparison, and corroboration as methods for teaching Web site evaluation.

c. Jeopardy: The Information Literacy Tournament
Karen Topham and Shay Delcurla, Brookdale CC.

This session will demonstrate how the librarians introduced the information literacy core competency to the Brookdale faculty. Presenters will share the game and commercials designed for promotion, speak about the reactions of the BCC audience and detail some of the librarian/faculty collaborative efforts to integrate the competency into all academic programs

d. Managing Your Brand: Personal PR for the Average Librarian
Julie Still, Rutgers Camden.

This session will provide ideas to help participants to document their professional accomplishments and work experiences and to develop a plan to promote the important contributions made to their library and institution.

e. New Jersey Digital Highway: A Statewide Portal to New Jersey Cultural and Historical Resources
Grace Agnew, Rutgers New Brunswick.

The New Jersey Digital Highway (NJDH) is a statewide repository and collaborative portal among information providers in New Jersey, including libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, public broadcasting and schools. This presentation will focus on the design of the portal, progress to date, the key structural components, and the opportunities for active participation among the VALE community.

f. ILL Management Systems: Determining Which One is Appropriate for Your Operations and Local Service Goals
VALE Resource Sharing Committee, Judy Gardner, Rutgers New Brunswick, Chair.

The committee will present an overview of the new resource sharing environment. Panelists Jennifer Block, Princeton University; Julia Santiago, Ocean County College; Brian Beyer, Rutgers University; and Jackie Hill, William Paterson University, will discuss their experiences using the ILLiad, JerseyCat, ILL Manager, and Clio interlibrary loan management systems.

g. Publishing: An Authentic Learning Pathway: Make it YOUR Way
Patricia O’Brien Libutti and Martin Kesselman, Rutgers New Brunswick.

This workshop will present ways in which librarians should consider the many learning possibilities inherent in publication pathways. Analyzing personal traits, creative strengths and work experiences can help a prospective author’s learning pathway and publication options become more intended and constructed.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2 PM to 3 PM

a. Virtual Reference Update
VALE Reference Services Committee, Jane Crocker, Gloucester CC, Chair.

b. Science Databases for Academic Libraries: A Vendors’ Roundtable Discussion
Bruce Slutsky, NJIT on behalf of the VALE Electronic Resources Committee.

Academic librarians of all types use databases in science, technology and medicine. This session will include a presentation by database vendors who will explain the capabilities and applications of their specific products.

c. Marketing Your Library: Sharing Experiences and Resources
Vibiana Bowman, Rutgers Camden
Mary Martin, County College of Morris
Luis Rodriguez, Montclair.

This session will discuss ACRL’s Academic and Research Library Campaign, designed to help academic and research libraries strategically market themselves. Participants will be encouraged to share their own efforts in marketing an academic library and will take part in an exercise designed to help them begin to develop a strategic marketing plan aimed at first year students.

d. Transforming Library Services for the Digital Future: From Cataloging to Metadata ( HTML version ) ( Powerpoint version )
Rhonda J. Marker, Cataloging Department, Rutgers.
Ruth Bogan, Database Management and Catalog Portal Librarian, Rutgers

Librarians are perfectly suited to lead institutional digital initiatives as a result of their background, knowledge and skills in working on a variety of digital applications in their libraries. This session will suggest areas or projects at our institutions (outside the library) where the library staff’s expertise can be shared.

e. Super-Librarian or Super-Shusher: What Is In YOUR Mirror?
Patricia O’Brien Libutti, Rutgers New Brunswick
Susan Bissett, Union CCC
Ruth Hamann, Passaic County Community College

Images about our profession compel our attention, and may deserve some shaping. The panel will bring shared perspectives in three areas: literature, media and psychology. They will explore the varieties of professional experience that form the “Librarian Image” in our culture and in our practice.

f. Modifying an OPL Library Tutorial for Bergen Community College: The Pros and Cons
Barbara Alper, Annemarie Mascarenhas and Steven Perkins, Bergen CC.

This presentation will describe an information literacy tutorial designed at Bergen’s library. The self-paced instructional tutorial, Sidney, enhances student research and critical thinking skills while addressing the needs of various learning styles. Sidney can be found at

g. Beyond Information Literacy: What Comes Next? ( HTML verison ) ( Powerpoint version ) ( Bibliography – MS word document )
James W. Marcum, Fairleigh Dickinson, moderator

A debate is developing over whether information “literacy” definitions should be extended to embrace new competencies, or whether new models are needed. Proposals include media literacy, visual literacy, fluency with information technology, information communication technology literacy, and information competence. The goal is to elicit extensive audience discussion of the issue.