Thirteenth Annual Users’ Conference
Thursday, January 5, 2012

“Brave New Librarian: Meeting Challenges and Embracing Change”

Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ

Schedule of Events

9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration / Coffee / Poster Sessions
International Lounge
10:00 am – 11:15 am Welcome

  • Richard Kearney, VALE Users’ Conference Committee
  • Mark Thompson, President, NJLA College and University Section / ACRL NJ Chapter

Organizational Updates

  • Norma Blake, State Librarian, New Jersey State Library
  • Mark Thompson, President, NJLA College and University Section / ACRL NJ Chapter
  • Taras Pavlovsky, VALE Executive Committee

Keynote Address

  • Brian Mathews, Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  Libraries – “Startup Style: Elements of an Entrepreneurial Librarian

Multipurpose Room

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Morning Breakout Sessions (room locations printed on program insert)
12:20 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch – Sandwich Buffet
Multipurpose Room
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Poster Sessions
International Lounge
1:40 pm – 2:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions I (room locations printed on program insert)
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions II (room locations printed on program insert)
3:30 pm Conclusion of Conference

Morning Breakout Sessions

11:30 am to 12:20 pm
Note: Breakout Session room locations can be found on the program insert.


B01. VALE Open Source ILS Project: An Update

Anne Ciliberti, William Paterson University
Marianne Gaunt, Rutgers University

The goal of the VALE OLS Project is the creation of a single-instance shared library system for all VALE libraries. One of the desired outcomes of such a system would be the seamless sharing of resources across all participating libraries. This system would enable all users (faculty, students, staff and public) of VALE participating libraries to discover and obtain resources from any library to meet their information needs. In this session, the co-chairs of the VALE Open Source ILS Steering Committee will provide an update on the overall progress of this project, and open the floor to questions.

B02. Keynote Speaker Follow-Up Session
Brian Mathews, Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Libraries
You are invited to continue the conversation with our Keynote Speaker in an informal exchange session.
B03. Adaptive Learning Systems: An Academic Library Role?

Greg Fallon, Passaic County Community College
Richard Sweeney, New Jersey Institute of Technology

This session will provide an adaptive learning systems presentation (Knewton, ALEKS, Cognitive Tutor, etc.) followed by a participant discussion of outside class potential roles for academic libraries. Adaptive learning software is built with artificial intelligence and marketed among schools and colleges. Sometimes called machine tutoring, adapted learning is not just programmed learning.

B04. UMDNJ Mobile Initiative: What Went Wrong and Ended Up Right!

Stephen Modica, UMDMJ
Jenny Pierce, UMDMJ
Lisa Price, UMDMJ
Betty J. Swartz, UMDMJ

UMDNJ University Libraries’ first mobile initiative started in 2010. This session will review the timeline from the creation of the mobile working group, to finding funding, the purchase of devices, and finally distribution to four campuses. We will use the story of the unexpected challenges and final successes as a way to increase awareness of issues surrounding new technology and large institutions, including hospital security, staff comfort, mobile device security, institutional purchasing and finally, that it is possible to incorporate mobile and emergent technologies into medical libraries. We will end with a review of where we are today and future plans.

B05. Meeting Challenges by Embracing Change: Creating and Implementing an Information Literacy Curriculum Map

Leslin Charles, Berkeley College
Matthew Regan, Berkeley College

Having demonstrated the value of Information Literacy to faculty and administrators and engaged students in the proper access, use, and documentation of information via our Library Liaison Programs, we at Berkeley College encounter a new challenge. With limited staff, a burgeoning student population, and constantly evolving curriculum, how can we ensure that students are receiving a systematic/hierarchical set of Information Literacy competencies? By creating and implementing an Information Literacy Curriculum map, which provides a cohesive delivery of Information Literacy skill building across the curriculum. This session will address the creation, structure, and implementation of an Information Literacy Curriculum map.

B06. Utilizing Usage Data to Develop an Ebook Collection: Strategies and Considerations

Forrest Link, The College of New Jersey
Yuji Tosaka, The College of New Jersey
Cathy Weng, The College of New Jersey

In an effort to ascertain where future eBook purchases would be most appropriate, librarians at the TCNJ Library ran reports on Voyager to generate lists of heavily-circulated monographs, heavily-browsed monographs, and monographs for which there was repeated ILL demand. These lists were submitted to major eBook aggregators to identify which titles were also available as eBook equivalents. The resulting matches were then examined by subject and by publication date. An analysis of these data highlights areas where eBook collecting would most effectively meet user needs. This presentation will describe the study methodology, data analysis and findings.

B07. The Proof is Out: How They Really Do Research

Beth Bloom, Seton Hall University
Marta Deyrup, Seton Hall University

The presenters will discuss the preliminary results of their research, which was funded by a $15,000 Google grant. The investigators are using state-of-the-art technology to document undergraduate student research techniques at Seton Hall University, and also to measure the effect librarian intervention has on student research performance. The session will include examples from some of our video and sound recordings. The presenters will then open up the discussion to allow the audience to share their own experiences, as we look for suggestions on how to best use the results of our research in order to improve our instruction program.

B08. Move Into the Cloud, Shall We?
Sharon Q. Yang, Rider University
Cloud Computing is both a trend and technology to deliver software (SaaS) and hardware as a service, not as a product. It involves a centralized data center, virtual server space, and secure transfer of data over the internet. The alleged advantages of cloud computing include low cost to own, agile updates, and openess, to name a few. Library system vendors are now beginning to offer cloud computing options. For instance, Ex Libris will release Alma early next year. It is an Integrated Library System with a discovery layer based on cloud computing. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) also offers virtual servers for cloud computing and charges customers by the hour; other vendors offer similar services. If this phenomenon continues for the next several years, librarians will face the decision of whether to move into cloud computing sooner or later. This presentation will explain cloud computing in simple, easy-to-understand language. The discussion will focus on the pros and cons of moving into cloud computing for libraries.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions I

1:40 pm to 2:30 pm
Note: Breakout Session room locations can be found on the program insert.


B09. VALE Open Source ILS Project: System Demo

Grace Agnew, Rutgers University
Guy Dobson, Drew University
Ann Hoang, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Christopher Sterback, Rutgers University
Kurt Wagner, William Paterson University
Yongming Wang, The College of New Jersey

The goal of the VALE OLS Project is the creation of a single-instance shared library system for all VALE libraries. One of the desired outcomes of such a system would be a shared discovery layer that fully supports the education and research workflows of the users at each participating institution in a manner that is consistent and understandable. The VALE OLS Implementation Team (VOIT) is currently identifying one or more finalist candidates for a shared discovery layer to support discovery and fulfillment of user information needs. In this session they will demo their work thus far.

B10. Embracing Change at the Reference Desk: Data Collection Methods and Tools in New Jersey Academic Libraries

Natalie Borisovets, Rutgers University
Denise Brush, Rowan University
Pat Dawson, Rider University
Maria Deptula, Berkeley College
Jennifer Heise, Drew University
David McMillan, Caldwell College

In 2009, the VALE Reference Committee conducted a survey which determined that the traditional reference desk is still the primary means of delivering reference help in academic libraries. Based on the result of this survey, the Committee decided to find out what type of information is collected during reference transactions. In February 2011, the Committee sent a short questionnaire to academic library directors asking about methods and technologies used for collecting data about reference encounters and how this information was used. One of the goals for this quick collection of information was to help evaluate and possibly recommend a reference data tool or service provider to VALE libraries. After the presentation of the results, a group of panelists will discuss the understanding of what makes a reference transaction, the tools used for collecting data, and a variety of reasons given for collecting the data.

B11. Librarians Adapt: Open Access, e-Science/e-Research and Data Services

Bonnie L. Fong, Rutgers University
Minglu Wang, Rutgers University

It is not enough to simply monitor changes in the research environment. Librarians must embrace these changes, adapt, and actively demonstrate their new knowledge and value to user communities. This session focuses on two developments. It will discuss how librarians can draw attention to the open access movement and other related issues (e.g., author rights, knowledge sharing) by celebrating Open Access Week. It will also discuss the larger vision of e-Science/e-Research and the specific steps that a library can take, such as multi-faceted data services. Collaboration within the entire library system and even external support are both possible and important.

B12. The Implementation and Application of CORAL: An Open Source ERM System

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

The growing shift to electronic resources has greatly increased access to information, but it also poses many challenges in electronic resources management. Flexible and affordable Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS) are needed. Our presentation will focus on the implementation and application of CORAL (Centralized Online Resources Acquisitions and Licensing), an open source ERMS developed at the University of Notre Dame. We will also discuss our experience with CORAL’s modules (Resources, Licensing, Organizations, and Usage Statistics), as well as the impact of the ERMS on acquisitions, workflows and staffing at the College of New Jersey Library.

B13. Building a Better LibGuide

Claire Clemens, The College of New Jersey
Sharon Whitfield, The College of New Jersey

Sharon Whitfield, Emerging Technologies Librarian, and Claire Clemens, Education Librarian, teamed up to review LibGuides for a showcase chapter in a forthcoming book. In this session Sharon and Claire will present their criteria for best practices in educational and technological design of LibGuides. They will share their experience and recommendations as members of the LibGuide Standardization Committee at The College of New Jersey, where they worked to unify the look and navigation of LibGuides. Details will be provided on how to add LibGuides to course management systems, enabling embedded librarianship and point of need service.

B14. What Have You Collected for Me Lately?

Kathleen Hughes, Montclair State University
Sulekha Kalyan, Seton Hall University
Lisa Rose-Wiles, Seton Hall University
Pamela Theus, William Paterson University

Most often, libraries report circulation statistics for the entire collection, which reflects on past collection development policies. This project looks at circulation of recently purchased material, which reflects on current collection development policies.

B15. “What Is ISBN?”: The Student Side of the Story of an Online Catalog
Jianrong Wang, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs) are well organized and informative. In this electronic age, however, OPACs seem to lag behind other information providers such as Google. Users shy away from them because of their complexity. A usability test was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the Richard Stockton College Library’s online catalog. Using Camtasia, a screencasting software, first-hand information on students’ search behaviors were captured and analyzed. The student side of the story tells how they search, where they stumble, and what information is important to them. With this information, OPACs can be improved to better support students’ learning.
B16. Want Greater Success in Students’ Research Efforts? Get a Little R.E.S.P.E.C.T!

Martin J. Crabtree, Mercer County Community College
Denise Kreiger, Mercer County Community College
Pamela A. Price, Mercer County Community College

Information literacy is an integral part of the Mercer County Community College curriculum, particularly courses requiring students to research a given topic and write a research paper. While undertaking research can be a daunting task for students, often their end product – the research paper – may be lacking and disappointing to instructors. We will present approaches, tools, and strategies that integrate the research process with our newly enhanced Library Information Literacy program that is aligned with the “Information Literacy Progression Standards.” This approach maximizes student outcomes as faculty and librarians collaborate together on the research assignment and the information literacy class.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions II

2:40 pm to 3:30 pm
Note: Breakout Session room locations can be found on the program insert.


B17. VALE Open Source ILS Project Collaboration: Benefits and Challenges

Judy Matthew, William Paterson University
Bruce Slutsky, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Pamela Theus, William Paterson University
Cathy Weng, The College of New Jersey

The goal of the VALE OLS Project is the creation of a single-instance shared library system for all VALE libraries. The development of this project requires collaboration between the Steering Committee and other VALE Committees – BCMC (Cataloging), Resource Sharing, Reference Services (ILS interface), and CCM (Collection Management). In this session, representatives from these committees will talk briefly about what they are doing to support the VALE OLS development. They will highlight any challenges or issues that they see with the OLS, and contrast that with the potential benefits.

B18. Special Users, Special Needs: Designing an Instructional Toolkit for Research Assistants at a Research Library

Kate Scherler, Rutgers University
Molly Stewart, Rutgers University
Judit Ward, Rutgers University

This presentation will share the Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS) Library’s experience with creating a specialized resource aimed at assisting library users new to research. Using LibGuides, the instructional toolkit provides an overview of the research process, including search tips, troubleshooting for finding online articles, an introduction to reference management software, and scholarly publication how-to’s. Known as RAT (Research Assistant Toolkit), the resource was developed by CAS librarians with the intention of combining technology and staff to reach out to the Center’s new undergraduate and graduate assistants, as well as post-doc and faculty members new to the university.

B19. Developmental Grantsmanship: Collaboration with the Campus Research Office

Patricia Bender, Rutgers University
Roberta Tipton, Rutgers University
Ann Watkins, Rutgers University

Two librarians and a grants specialist describe an ongoing collaborative project to provide support for grant writers on the Rutgers-Newark Campus. This project has grown to include graduate education and faculty and staff support as well as undergraduate scholarship searching and community outreach. The librarians expand their roles as teachers and information consultants into the grantsmanship arena, while the grants specialist expands her own teaching and consultation roles to reach her target audiences in new ways. The term “developmental grantsmanship” is used in this context to mean fostering grant researching and writing expertise in both neophytes and seasoned academics.

B20. From RDA to Semantic Web: A Progess Report

Marilyn Quinn, Rider University
Sharon Yang, Rider University

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is being developed in order to help libraries and related organizations create bibliographic metadata for the Semantic Web. Why do we librarians care about the Semantic Web? This presentation will explain RDA and its relationship to the Semantic Web in simple terms along with live demos of Semantic Web technologies. The emphasis will be on controversies, promises, and progress since the June 2011 decision and report by the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee, which provided a critique of RDA and a roadmap for changes and additional work prior to implementation. The targeted audience is any librarian who wishes to understand and discuss the impact of RDA on their libraries. The audience will also get some basic ideas as to how RDA fits into the larger picture of the Semantic Web.

B21. Too Hot to NOT Touch: Students Editing Wikipedia Get Firsthand Experience with How It Does and Doesn’t Burn Them

Terrence Epperson, The College of New Jersey
John T. Oliver, The College of New Jersey

Wikipedia is widely used by students – even in academic writing – despite repeated warnings by teachers, librarians and professors about the potential for bias, inaccuracy and insufficiency. As part of a research- and writing-intensive seminar course called “The Anthropology of Cyberspace,” first-year students were asked to critique and then edit Wikipedia entries. This assignment gave students firsthand experience with how Wikipedia content is created and refined, and we analyze the information literacy competencies they learned and demonstrated while doing so.

B22. Ebook Licensing and Interlibrary Loan: An International Perspective
Janice T. Pilch, Rutgers University
Interlibrary lending provisions in ebook licenses are a contested issue. Interlibrary loan of ebooks does not take the form of traditional lending, and ILL licensing provisions for ebooks are based on different legal concepts than the copyright provisions that govern the lending of print books. Beyond discussion of the possibilities for ebook lending between libraries within the U.S., interesting questions arise concerning the future of international interlibrary loan within the landscape of copyright law and global licensing practices.

B23. Web Laboratory: Redesign as an Opportunity for Experimentation

Heather Cook, Bergen Community College
Yolanda Sheppard, Bergen Community College

When it came time for our library to think about redesigning our website, we wanted to take an experimental approach and explore an alternate means of creating a library website. Our goals: low maintenance, flexibility, easy updating, and small learning curve. To accomplish this we embraced open source software and cloud resources. The new website is a pilot project this year so we can gather feedback from the college community. This session will demonstrate our new website and discuss the challenges, decisions, and our general experience in this endeavor.

B24. Innovations in Library Instruction Focusing on Students in Architecture and Visual Arts

Maya Gervits, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Susan O’Connor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

This presentation will discuss innovative directions in library instruction attempting to engage diverse learning styles, especially for students in architecture and visual arts. It will focus on how libraries can support curriculum using both commercially available and specifically designed tools: web based tutorials, LibGuides, course-management systems, digital repositories, textual and image databases, as well as various Web 2.0 applications.