VALE Users’ / NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS Conference
Friday, January 5, 2007

“Where Is My Library? – The Library in the Life of Students”
Busch Campus Center
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Schedule of Events

9:00 am – 10:00 am International Students’ Lounge
Registration / Coffee / Poster Sessions
10:00 am – 11:15 am Welcome
Keynote Address: Julie Todaro, Austin Community College
Topic: All Things to All People: The Well-Rounded Library in a Dog-Year, Flat World
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Morning Breakout Sessions
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Multipurpose Room
LUNCH – Sandwich buffet
Lunch Table Discussions

Update on NJ ACRL / NJLA CUS Activities: Nicole Cooke, Section/Chapter President
State of VALE: Judith Cohn, VALE Executive Committee Chair

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm International Students’ Lounge
Poster Sessions
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Morning Breakout Sessions
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

a. Keynoter Follow-up 
Julie Todaro, Austin Community College

b. Reclaiming the Quiet: Addressing Space and Noise Concerns in a Busy Community College 
Joan Dalrymple, Mark Thompson (Bergen Community College)

In response to results from the LibQUAL survey, the Sidney Silverman Library at Bergen Community College designed a comprehensive Noise Reduction Campaign to address problems in study areas, room layout and user behaviors. After conducting brainstorming sessions with staff and students and then some creative communications work with Public Relations, a comprehensive public relations campaign, “Reclaim the Quiet,” was launched in Fall 2005; which follow-up surveys in 2006 have shown to be a great success.

c. Accessing Electronic Resources: Users’ Expectations and Librarians’ Solutions 
Fengzhi Fan, Elizabeth Sosnowska, Yingting Zhang (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)

An in-house developed A-Z electronic journal listing and the highly customized OpenURL linking menus were made available to the University Libraries’ patrons as a result of the LibQual Survey.

d. What Do They Really Think of Your Library Instruction? 
Kate McGivern, Annemarie Roscello, Barbara Walcott (Bergen Community College)

This session describes a project undertaken to assess the faculty and students’ needs, desires, and satisfaction with the library instruction program. Surveys were distributed in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006 to 125 faculty members and 191 students. The results highlighted strengths and weaknesses of the program. The overall purpose of the assessment was to improve the library instruction program and comply with institutional and Middle States assessment requirements

e. Student Use of Library Physical Space 
F. William Chickering (Rider University)
Pat Denholm (Bergen Community College)
Zana Etter (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway)
Andrea MacRitchie (Union County College)
Nancy Madacsi (Centenary College)
Jim Marcum (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
Taras Pavlovsky (The College of New Jersey)

A panel of Library Directors from two and four-year VALE institutions will discuss ways of re-conceptualizing the Library’s physical space, services, and collections to better meet the needs and expectations of the Millennial generation.

f. “Slow Download and Dirty Mouse”: Using a Survey to Gather Student Comments and Suggestions 
Laura Kortz (New Jersey City University)

In October 2005, Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library at New Jersey City University surveyed students and faculty about their library usage. This session will present an overview of the survey process including how we designed and distributed the survey and focus on results and our response to the 908 student comments and suggestions received.

g. Sharing Information Literacy Materials: The Next Phase 
VALE Shared Information Literacy Committee
Anne Ciliberti (William Paterson University)
Richard Sweeney (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Davida Scharf (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Richard Kearney (William Paterson University)

This session will provide an outline of the possibilities for statewide collaboration in the development and sharing of information literacy materials, using the recently developed Database of Shared Information Literacy Materials as a point of departure for discussion.

h. Enhancing Students’ Discovery and Delivery Experience: Using JerseyCat for Unmediated Requesting 
VALE Resource Sharing Committee
Scherelene Schatz (Library Development Bureau)

This is an opportunity for VALE librarians interested in offering an unmediated request service to learn how it can be done in JerseyCat. Participants will learn how students and faculty set up user accounts, how to customize pickup locations and contact information, and how to streamline staff workflow.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

a. Where Are My Books? The Research Collections and Preservation (ReCAP) Model for Storage, Distribution and Access to Print Materials 
VALE Cooperative Collection Management Committee
Eileen Henthorne (ReCAP [The Research Collections and Preservation] Consortium, Inc.)

This session describes the Princeton Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP) facility, an innovative and collaborative model for distribution and delivery of library materials.

b. VALE-ability: A Virtual Media Center for Students and Faculty 
Jane B. Hutchison, Mark Sandford, Tony Joachim (William Paterson University)

The Digital Media Committee of VALE has offered to VALE members the ability to purchase streaming video licenses for Films Media Group content. William Paterson University provides video streaming through their online library catalog for students and provides faculty and staff with the ability to customize content for individual academic classes.

c. Pricing and Licensing of Electronic Resources: The Current Environment and Future Possibilities 
Richard Kearney (William Paterson University)

This session will provide an overview and analysis of the leading pricing and licensing models used by the major electronic publishers and database vendors, with attention to alternative models used by smaller organizations. An evaluation of the consortial approach to licensing e-resources and development of a licensing framework that can meet library needs while addressing the concerns of e-resource vendors will be offered, and the session will conclude with a group discussion in which participants will share their own experiences and recommendations for building a fair and sustainable licensing environment for electronic resources.

d. Serving Students Through Course Management Systems 
Tom Ceresini (PALINET)

Course management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, and WebCT are a natural place from which to serve students. Come to hear and share about the many ways the library can come to students through such systems.

e. Raising Library Awareness: A British Experience 
Jacqui Weetman DaCosta (The College of New Jersey)

This session describes the activities at a British university to promote library services and increase the level of support provided to new students. The presenter was formerly at the Kimberlin Library, De Montfort University in Leicester, England.

f. Can We Integrate Usage Data Analysis Into Collection Development? 
Jia Mi (The College of New Jersey)

Making a collection development decision based on the usage statistics is a tricky business. A common frustration with assessment is that a great deal of effort has been put into gathering and analyzing data only to find that the information is incomplete. New opportunities should be explored in order to maximize the utility of electronic resources usage data.

g. Technical Services at VALE libraries: a comparison between 2003 and 2006 
VALE Bibliographic Control & Metadata Committee
Juan Almodóvar (New Jersey City University)
Cathy Weng (The College of New Jersey)
Kathy Hughes (Montclair State University)

The topic will be the results of a Technical Services Functions Survey that we deployed during the month of September to all VALE libraries. We will compare the results of this survey with the results of a similar survey that we did 3 years ago and discuss the implications.

Poster Sessions

Poster Sessions – International Student Lounge
9:00 am – 10:am ; 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

VALE Libraries in the Life of New Jersey Distance Learners – Judy Gardner (Rutgers University) and Jan Skica (UMDNJ Stratford) for the VALE Resources Sharing Committee

OPAC as Outreach: Catalog Design Considerations – Melissa Hofmann and Heather Moulaison (The College of New Jersey)

MULibrary Through eCampus (Course Management System) – Ma Lei Hsieh (Monmouth University)

Cheng Library and the WPUNJ Campus Community: Campaigning for Collaboration – Kathy Malanga and Nancy Weiner (William Paterson University)

VALE Last Copy Suggested Guidelines – Mary Mallery (Montclair University) for the VALE Cooperative Collection Development Committee

New Jersey Knowledge Initiative: Update, Outreach, advocate– Susan Kaplan (New Jersey State Library)

My Chapter, My Section – Join Now! – Nicole Cooke (Montclair State University) and Bill Walker (Rutgers University) for NJ ACRL / NJLA CUS

WorldCat Collection Analysis Tool – Pat Murray (Fairleigh Dickinson, Teaneck) and Pamela Theus (William Paterson University) for the VALE WorldCat Collection Analysis Tool Users Group

NJ Courts – At Your Service for Legal Information – Betty Agin (Middlesex County Courts) and Henry Gozdz (Bergen County Courts)

Lunch Table Discussions

Table 1

Stepping up to the Challenge of Virtual Reference Ellen Parker, Atlantic Cape Community College and Laura Kortz, New Jersey City University

Does your library provide virtual reference assistance? Meet with colleagues to discuss the following issues:

Effective forms of non-verbal communication including interview techniques

Serving a diverse user population

Creating a well organized work area

Generating statistical reports

Table 2

Meeting the Demand – Our Students found our library and we’re open!  Christopher Lee, Seton Hall University

Listening and responding to students wishes for longer operating hours, our library responded by opening 24 hours.  We will discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of the first year of 24 hour operation. Possible topics we will cover such as promoting library services, student use of space and the social aspects of being open 24 hours.  We will look at the overnight statistics of a 24 hour library. Attendees will learn some of the pitfalls of opening 24 hours and some of the things they may want to plan.  Attendees should also leave with ways in which to gauge the success of a 24 hour library.

Table 3

The Use of Facebook and MySpace in Academic Libraries  Bruce Slutsky and Heather Huey, New Jersey Institute of Technology

MySpace and Facebook are now two of the most popular web sites used by college students.  Let’s try to communicate with students at their level and see if their perception of libraries and librarians has changed.

Table 4

Promoting the Library on/off Campus Eleonora Dubicki, Monmouth University

This discussion will provide an opportunity for librarians to discuss techniques that are being used to promote the library and library services to users – both on-campus and remote.

Table 5

How to Use JerseyCat for Unmediated Requesting: Enhance Your Students’ Discovery and Delivery Experience Scherelene Schatz, Library Development Bureau

This discussion will provide an opportunity for VALE librarians interested in offering their users an unmediated request service to talk about how it can be done in JerseyCat.  Participants will learn how students and faculty set up user accounts, how to customize pickup locations and contact information, and how to streamline staff workflow.

Table 6

Education Librarians: Serving our future teachers Sheila Kirven, New Jersey City University and Yvonne Roux, William Paterson University

Does VALEnj need a group specifically to meet the needs of Education and Curriculum Librarians?  This discussion group will explore interestin creating a committee or task force to identify current and future trends in serving pre-service and in-service teachers.

Table 7

The Librarian in the Life of Students outside the Library Richard E. Stern, Seton Hall University

We will share ideas on opportunities to raise the profile of the library through interaction with students outside our usual roles as information specialists.

Table 8

Student Use of Library Physical Space – Panel Follow Up Pat Denholm, Bergen County Community College

Follow up on panel presentation by VALE directors on re-conceptualizing Library space, services and collections to meet the needs of the Millennial generation. Participants will discuss ideas raised in the morning’s panel discussion and share their own ideas and experiences.

Table 9

Helping ESL Students Succeed: Book Clubs, ESL Collections and…. Elisabeth Oliu, Middlesex County College

New Jersey colleges are seeing an influx of students for whom English is not their first language. College libraries can be an important resource for aiding ESL students through programs, collections and instruction.