Fourteenth Annual Users’ Conference
Friday, January 4, 2013

“Demonstrating Value for Every User”

Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ

Schedule of Events

8:30 am – 10:00 am Registration / Breakfast – International Lounge
9:00 am – 10:00 am Poster Sessions – International Lounge
10:00 am – 10:50 am Breakout Sessions I
11:00 am – 11:50 am Breakout Sessions II
11:50 am – 1:10 pm Lunch – Multipurpose Room
Poster Sessions available during lunch starting at 12:40 pm
1:10 pm – 2:20 pm Organizational Updates and Featured Speaker – Multipurpose Room

  • Dr. Ellie A. Fogarty, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Breakout Sessions III
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Post-Conference Networking / Dessert Reception / Committee Recruitment – Multipurpose room

Breakout Sessions I

10:00 am to 10:50 am


B01. VALID Project Update – Project Planning and Implementation Milestones

Marianne Gaunt, Rutgers University for VALID Steering
Anne Ciliberti, William Paterson University for VALID Steering
Grace Agnew, Rutgers University for VALID Implementation
Guy Dobson, Drew University for VALID Implementation
Ann Hoang, New Jersey Institute of Technology for VALID Implementation
Christopher Sterback, Rutgers University for VALID Implementation
Kurt Wagner, William Paterson University for VALID Implementation
Yongming Wang, The College of New Jersey for VALID Implementation

The Steering Committee and Implementation Taskforce will present reviews of their work in 2012. Steering will project their plans for the coming year and Implementation will demonstrate their current work using Amazon Web Services cloud hosting environment and the discovery tool (user interface) that they are recommending be adopted for the project.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B02. Presence and Value of Mobile Apps in the New Jersey Academic Environment

Maria Deptula, Berkeley College
Romel Espinel, Stevens Institute
Lawren Wilkins, Hudson County Community College

According to the 2012 Pew Research Center report, 67% of 18-24 year olds use smart phones, many of them use these devices as their primary computers. It’s essential for academic librarians to stay current with the world of mobile tools. In this session, we will explore the New Jersey academic libraries’ presence in the mobile environment. A variety of mobile reference tools as well as library vendors’ mobile apps will be introduced. The goal of this presentation is to assist academic librarians and encourage them to promote these valuable mobile tools in order to improve students’ abilities to conduct research.

Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians
Level: Introductory

B03. Where are Librarians Learning the Skills Necessary to be Competent and Effective Teachers?

Nancy Becker, Caldwell College
Leslin Charles, Berkeley College
Marlene Doty, Berkeley College
Heather Dalal, Rider University
Nicholas Jackson, Bergen Community College
Leslie Murtha, Atlantic Cape Community College
Lynee Richel, County College of Morris
Katherine A. Wiggins, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Where are librarians learning the skills necessary to be competent and effective teachers? Recent research reveals a critical disconnect between the skills new academic librarians need and LIS curricula. Westbrock and Fabian (2010) conducted a survey to find where librarians perceived they obtained the skills listed in the Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. Most felt it should be in library school however most felt they got the training on the job. Members of the Vale Shared Information Literacy Committee have noticed this disconnect in their own graduate training and experience and wish to reach out to local graduate schools in the area to make current MLIS students aware of the importance of taking a course in instruction (user education/instructional design) while in library school. The panel includes Nancy Becker (representing a SLIS professor), Marlene Doty of Berkeley College, (representing a hiring manager), Heather Dalal (representing an instruction librarian),  representing recent SLIS grads: Nicholas Jackson, and Kate Wiggins. Our goal is to discuss the problem, potential solutions, and to seek feedback from the Vale Community at large.

Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians
Level: Introductory

B04. Considering the Value of Usage Data for Better Collection Strategies

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

TCNJ Library has undertaken a study to closely examine ILL book requests, new titles purchased, and circulation statistics with the aim of finding their correlations in various subject areas. The goal of this study is to use these data to assess the library collection and help develop collection strategies that will improve service and deliver better value to our patrons. This presentation will showcase our study methods and reveal our analysis in its local context. We anticipate that the presentation will prompt attendees to consider the usefulness of their local usage data in making collection decisions.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate

B05. Using Faculty Perspectives on Information Literacy to Build Students’ Research Skills

Jeff Donnelly, Georgian Court University
Eleonora Dubicki, Monmouth University
Pamela Price, Mercer County Community College
Gary Schmidt, Ocean County College

Discover how you can utilize academic faculty’s perceptions of information literacy to bring about institutional change in programs to build students’ research skills. This presentation outlines a multi-institutional research study on information literacy to discover how faculty view information literacy and to what extent they incorporate the skills into the learning outcomes for their courses. Join the conversation with panelists on building relationships with academic faculty and administrators through a variety of information literacy programs and outreach.

Intended Audience: Library Administrators
Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians

Level: Intermediate

B06. Enhancing Access to Electronic Resources by Implementing Google Scholar and E-Books in Our Link Resolver

Elizabeth Sosnowska, (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)
Yingting Zhang, (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)

Google Scholar is being used with increasing frequency by scholars. It not only searches references available in PubMed but also retrieves other resources that are not included in this and other frequently used medical databases. Enabling Google Scholar in our link resolver improves our users experience in finding clinical and other scholarly information. E-Books are becoming a norm for our users wanting to find book information quickly. Activating e-books in our link resolver improves the management of the e-books collections, and most importantly, it makes it easier for our users to find and retrieve information included in the books we license. This session is intended to demonstrate these enhancements and how they better serve our users.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate

B07. Analyzing E-books

Bob Egan, Raritan Valley Community College
Shirley Horbatt, Kean University
Haymwantee Singh, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Richard Sweeney, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Many of our libraries have ebook collections acquired by various methods – subscription, PDA, and purchases. This session will discuss how we are analyzing the use of these collections, including the percentage of our budgets that are expended, and circulation patterns among print and e-books.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate

B08. Taming the Scheduling Monster: Happy Librarians, Happy Patrons

Katherine McGivern, Bergen Community College
Annemarie Roscello, Bergen Community College

This program will discuss issues related to scheduling that plague every library and describe how one academic library instituted a two level self-scheduling system and created an antidote to the plague. First, librarians scheduled library instruction requests to meet their own preferences for time of day, classroom and instructor. Second, librarians chose when to schedule time at the reference desk, based upon pre-determined time slots. The choice of tool will not be discussed as it is really the act of self-scheduling that is important for adding value to the work culture which in turn makes for a more productive workplace.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate

Breakout Sessions II

11:00 am to 11:50 am


B09. VALID: Reference and Resource Sharing Update

Joseph Deodato, Rutgers University
Judy Matthew, William Paterson University

Representatives from the Reference Services and Resource Sharing Committees will present their progress on the VALID project. Reference Services will discuss the identification and ranking of discovery layer features and the development of a scoring rubric to guide product evaluation and selection. Resource Sharing will discuss the VALID borrowing period, patron validation and plans to address the remaining charges.

Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians
Level: Introductory

B10. Scaffolding Information Literacy for the Online Student

Leslie Murtha, Atlantic Cape Community College
Regina Van Epps, Atlantic Cape Community College

Professional (ACRL) standards for supporting distance learning programs require that students have access to resources and services, including user education, that is comparable to on-campus access. Using a blended model of research instruction, the presenters are developing a suite of self-paced tutorials to be used in online classes in combination with embedded reference services.  Developed collaboratively by the campus librarian and a member of the faculty, and designed for integration into course syllabi, the tutorials cover key concepts and skills that connect information discovery, selection, and critical thinking. Further development will be informed by student reactions and assessment of learning.

Intended Audience: Library Administrators
Level: Introductory

B11. Easy and Effective Classroom Management for Everyone
Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College
Today, most librarians are expected to teach, regardless of their role in the library. Many of us were never trained to teach or taught how to manage a classroom. Effectively managing a group of students can be accomplished with a few tricks up your sleeve, an understanding of how to handle controlled chaos, and strategies for pulling their attention back to you. This session will provide practical classroom management techniques for librarians whose primary role is not instruction but who are expected to teach. With effective classroom management, you demonstrate your value to the curriculum by improving your teaching effectiveness.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B12. Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) pilot project at Bergen Community College

Joan Liu-DeVizio, Bergen Community College
Edith Sirianni, Bergen Community College

In September 2011, Sidney Silverman Library, Bergen Community College, launched a Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) pilot project, using Ebrary as the vendor and YBP as the PDA service provider. The goal of the project is to build a “patron-centric” collection to offer support for BCC Paramus and the recently opened Meadowlands campuses. This session will examine the first year of this project and the rationale behind our decisions. Acquisition’s profiles, workflow, vendor communication, lessons learned and unexpected challenges that we encountered will be shared. There will be a 20 minute question and answer period at the end.

Intended Audience: Collection Development Librarians
Intended Audience: Technical Services Librarians

Level: Intermediate

B13. The Value of a General Education and Information Literacy Marriage

Heather Cook, Bergen Community College
Dr. Judith Davis, Bergen Community College
Joan Dalrymple, Bergen Community College
Annemarie Roscello, Bergen Community College

Academic librarians are faced with the challenge of conveying to faculty the value of information literacy skills among students and the importance of integrating IL into the curriculum. The state’s new requirement to integrate IL throughout general education programs was the catalyst for turning this challenge into an opportunity for librarians at Bergen Community College when the chair of general education came to them for help reviewing and revising 184 syllabi. The session will include discussions of process, results, software utilized, and achieving buy-in from stakeholders. This successful collaboration has laid the groundwork for sustainable IL assessment efforts at BCC.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate

B14. Exploring the Effects of Discovery Services on Library Instruction

Melissa A. Hofmann, Rider University
Kenneth Kauffman, Rider University
Lisa Rose-Wiles, Seton Hall University

Academic libraries are increasingly investing in discovery services to facilitate access to a wide range of content from a single search. While this “Google-like” approach to searching a wide world of information may be easy and familiar for digital natives, it poses a challenge to methods of library instruction that have traditionally focused on selection of appropriate databases, careful construction of search terms, and use of controlled vocabulary. In this session we will present the instructional experiences and responses of three academic libraries that have recently adopted EBSCO Discovery Service, and invite other librarians to share their experiences.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate

B16. Academic Libraries and Copyright Law in the Digital Age

Robert Congleton, Rider University
Sharon Yang, Rider University

As more and more library resources become available in electronic format, libraries need to know much more about digital copyright law and how it applies to academic library activities. In this presentation we will discuss the concept of fair use, reproduction or display of a work, and preservation issues, and the rights or limits libraries have under copyright law in the United States. We will briefly compare U.S. copyright law with the copyright laws of select European nations to show the diverse approaches used worldwide. Examples of policies and procedures worked out at Rider University and other higher education institutions will be used to illustrate the various ways copyright has been addressed in academic libraries in the United States and Europe. Library managers will get some basic knowledge about copyright law in digital age and various ways it has been addressed.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

Breakout Sessions III

2:30 pm to 3:20 pm


B17. Featured Speaker Follow-Up Session
Dr. Ellie A. Fogarty, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
You are invited to continue the conversation with our Guest Speaker in an informal exchange session.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory
B18. VALID Project Update: Cooperative Collection Management and Bibliographic Control, and Metadata

Pamela Theus, William Paterson University
Cathy Weng, The College of New Jersey

Two VALE committees, Cooperative Collection Management (CCM) and Bibliographic Control and Metadata Committee (BCMC), will report on findings and progress to date. There will be time for discussion about moving these parts of the VALID project forward.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate

B19. Serving the Developmental English Population: Merging Information Literacy and Critical Thinking Learning Objectives
Mark Thompson, Middlesex County College
Developmental curriculum success rates are still too low. By partnering, English faculty and librarians can better serve the needs of developmental reading and writing students. By integrating student learning objectives from both information literacy and critical thinking, library and classroom sessions reinforce one another. For example, reading skills (comprehension and inference) are necessary in screening search hits and reading article abstracts. Critical thinking is used in selecting and then integrating source material into the student essay. Examples of revised syllabi and lesson plans, along with passages from sample successful papers will be presented.

Intended Audience: Library Administrators
Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians

Level: Intermediate

B20. Determining the Most Appropriate Type(s) of Assessment in Library Instruction
Bonnie Fong, Rutgers University
There are many ways in which assessment can be done in relation to library instruction. The most appropriate method of assessment depends on a number of factors. These factors will be discussed along with an overview of the multitude of assessment possibilities for librarians. The presenter will provide details on the various types of assessment she has done in the past and based on her experiences, offer her perspective on what she believes works best in different scenarios. The audience will be invited to participate in this discussion and share their own views on determining appropriateness in library instruction assessment.Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians
Level: Intermediate

B21. Libraries in Transition: From Integrated Library Systems to Library Services Platforms
Sharon Yang, Rider University
Library automation is going through changes. Libraries are on a cross road. Twenty years ago, integrated library systems (ILS) migrated from mainframe to client/server architecture. Today the trend indicates a system migration to the cloud. The concept of integrated library system is outdated and the new generation of library systems is on the horizon. They even have a new name – library services platforms (LSP). The Library services platform is a Web-based, clientless system in the cloud with advanced set of features from searching to managing electronic/digital collections. This presentation will review some of the new cloud-based systems such as Alma (Ex Libris), Intota (Serials Solutions), Worldshare Management Services (OCLC), Sierra (Innovative Interfaces), and possibly others. The discussion will focus on the functions that the old ILS does not offer. The targeted audience will be anyone who wants to know the latest development in library systems and get prepared for changes.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B22. Student Learning of Information Literacy Skills Under Three Pedagogies

Michael Carlin, Rider University
Patricia Dawson, Rider University
Melissa Hofmann, Rider University
Ma Lei Hsieh, Rider University
Megan Titus, Rider University

Rider University librarians collaborated with class faculty in engaging students in the research instruction sessions to learn IL skills more intensely using three teaching strategies: assign students to preview the class research guide with a graded quiz; an interactive learning component; and teaching multi-sessions. A different pretest and posttest were used for measuring student learning outcomes. The goal was to discover if students in these groups outperformed their peers in a control group on IL learning proficiencies in order to gauge which teaching strategies are most effective in IL instruction.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B23. An Innovative Home-Grown E-Resource Search and Discovery Tool – New QuickSearch@UMDNJ
Fengzhi Fan, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
The presentation will cover the local development efforts evolving from a limited three separate search boxes (developed in 2009), to a single search box which provides a unified search interface and richer user experience. The new Quick search features an article search which is fully and smoothly integrated with PubMed, a book & journal search for all licensed electronic materials, a discipline searching/browsing option, as well as a unique federated clinical search for all major licensed clinical tools. There are also many discovery and user-friendly features such as auto-complete, an embedded alternative catalog search, clinical content filters, and popular journals/articles recommendation based on UMDNJ usage data. Session participants will discover how smoothly openURL services and various data sources can be integrated into the search and discovery processes. Implementation detail as well as some sample code will be provided. Our online resources usage have been boosted significantly ever since its successful launching on August 1, 2012. We will demo benefits/potentials of the new Quick Search and explore some possible further enhancements.

Intended Audience: Library Administrators
Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians
Intended Audience: Systems Librarians

Level: Intermediate

B24. Managing and Enhancing Access to E-books
Jia Mi, The College of New Jersey
After years of development efforts and high expectations, eBooks have become popular among academic users. Academic libraries are gradually building their eBook collections into valuable resource for their users. Based on the survey conducted on eBooks, users regard convenience, accessibility and enhanced functionality as the primary benefits of eBooks. Providing instantaneous access to eBooks has become a task. This presentation will discuss how and where the access should be provided, how to manage increasing eBook collection, and how to provide enhanced access for the eBooks without MARC records via linking services, etc.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory