2016 Annual Users’ Conference

The 17th annual VALE / NJ ACRL / NJLA CUS Users’ Conference, “Library as Locus: Energizing your Campus Community”, will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016, at Rutgers University, Busch Campus Center in Piscataway, NJ. Please join us for this opportunity to learn and share new innovative library resources and services and most importantly to network with your colleagues.

Registration will open in December 2016.

Conference Location

Busch Campus Center
Rutgers University
604 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway NJ 08854-8002
Phone: 732-878-0280

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 – 11:00 am Welcome and Keynote Speaker – Multipurpose Room
11:10 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions I
12:10 am – 1:00 pm Breakout Sessions II
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch – Multipurpose Room
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Announcements and Organizational Updates – Multipurpose Room

  • Mary Chute, State Librarian
  • Elizabeth Leonard, NJLA College and University Section/ ACRL NJ Chapter
  • Joe Toth, VALE Executive Committee
2:10 pm – 2:55 pm Breakout Sessions III
3:05 pm – 3:55 pm Lightning Talks/Posters – The Cove
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm Post-Conference Networking / Dessert Reception / Committee Recruitment – Multipurpose Room

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be displayed throughout the day. Poster sessions provide an opportunity for individual librarians and/or libraries to share graphic representations of current research, programs or creative solutions to library problems. Poster Sessions Presenters are available during the scheduled time (at registration and available during lunch starting at 12:40 pm) to present posters, answer questions, and give away handouts relating to the sessions. Poster sessions presentations will be posted online as soon as they become available.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference on January 15, 2016.

Elizabeth Leonard and Amanda Piekart, Co-Chairs
Users’ Conference Planning Committee

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Dan Russell, Senior Research Scientist, Search Quality & User Happiness at Google. At Google, Dan conducts field & lab studies of Google use patterns and sense making behaviors leading to a better understanding of real-world searcher behavior. His goal is to comprehend how people use large and complex collections of information in useful ways. He is also the head of the team that creates materials to teach people how to search. For more information about Dan and his work, please seehttps://sites.google.com/site/dmrussell/.

Dan spent the last 30 years researching how people use technology to learn. He earned both a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer science from the University of Rochester.

We are honored to welcome Dan as our 2016 Keynote Speaker.


Poster sessions will be displayed throughout the day. Poster sessions provide an opportunity for individual librarians and/or libraries to share graphic representations of current research, programs or creative solutions to library problems. Poster Sessions Presenters are available during the scheduled time (at registration and available during lunch) to present posters, answer questions, and give away handouts relating to the sessions. Poster sessions presentations will be posted online as soon as they become available.

Breakout Sessions I

11:10 am to 12:00 pm


B01. Keynote Speaker Follow-Up Session
Daniel Russell (Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality & User Happiness, Google)
You are invited to continue the conversation with our Keynote Speaker in an informal exchange session.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory
B02. Playing Triple-A Ball with the Faculty: Advocacy, Access, and Authority in Library Liaison Activity
Angela Camack (Mercer County Community College)
The library liaison is key in helping the library function and be recognized as an important part of the college community, and in developing communication within the community.   Advocacy – marketing and promotion of our collection and services to the college community Access – open and comfortable two-way communication between librarians and the faculty Authority – claiming and demonstrating our expertise in collection development and information literacy   These are important elements in library liaison, marketing, and other interactions with the college. The 3 A’s help improve communication, establish efficient means to obtain input from the college for improving the collection and library services, and establish the library’s place as an important part of the college.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory
B03. Reading Together: Creating Sustainable Garbology Programs

Sarah Hoskins (Rowan University)
Samantha Kennedy (Rowan University)

At the start of the 2015 academic year, members of Rowan University Campbell Library’s reference department, marketing office, and Digital Scholarship Center worked together to develop innovative programming to support the school’s common reading assignment. Before beginning their freshman year, all new students were required to readGarbology by Edward Humes. The library participated by joining faculty discussion groups, creating a Libguide, leading student dorm talks, organizing a field trip to a landfill, and hosting a trivia night. Accomplishing these tasks required new partnerships with the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion and the Student Center. Library staff supplemented the activities with displays and specialized collection development. In previous years, the library had no involvement with the common reading assignment, so the high level of activity represents an unprecedented level of community involvement. The partnerships formed to support Garbology programming can be leveraged for future ideas and projects.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B04. Loci Communes: Integrating Special Collections into Instruction

Jesse D. Mann (Drew University)
Mary Alice Cicerale (Drew University)

For eight years, I have been incorporating Drew University’s excellent Bible and Book of Common Prayer collections into my course on the History of Reading in Drew’s Doctor of Ministry program. This integration of Special Collections into teaching, a growing trend at Drew, has energized librarians, faculty members, and especially students. Students uniformly mention the visit to Special Collections as a highlight of the course. In this breakout session, I will discuss the mechanics of and the rationale for this integration and suggest ways in which others could use this and related models to energize their own communities in uncommon ways.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B05. Applying Data Visualization into Library Decision Making

Yongming Wang (The College of New Jersey)
Jia Mi (The College of New Jersey)

As more and more library data is collected and analyzed, effective data visualization is an important tool in the decision making process. It allows decision makers to quickly examine large amounts of data, expose trends and issues efficiently, exchange ideas with key players, and influence the decisions that will ultimately lead to success. Our presentation will use one of the most popular free data visualization applications, Tableau Public, to present and analyze our library data, and to show the potentials of the general method and the specific tool in data visualization.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B06. Discovery as Panacea: Is EDS a Solution?

Beth Bloom (Seton Hall University)
Marta Deyrup (Seton Hall University)

Following up on the session, “The Truth Is Out…How They Really Search,” at which the presenters reported on their Google-funded study of how students do online research, this session will include tapes of students who are instructed to do online research but who must start by using the library’s discovery system before proceeding to Google or any venue of their own choice. The presenters found eight major problems in the students’ research habits: reliance on Google, confusion within the library website, problems finding and articulating keywords, lack of Boolean understanding, impatience with longer texts, preconceived conclusions and solutions to research questions, abandonment of hierarchical thinking, and confusion between research structures. These issues will be discussed in detail. The presentation will include visual examples of student online research behaviors in the form of screen recordings (done with full IRB and student approval). The session will include suggestions on how to help students solve some of these problems; however, the main objective of the session will be to share these research results with other public service librarians and faculty, in order to work together to find ways to help students find more successful and efficient ways to do online research. The presenters will allot time for audience feedback and discussion.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians

Level: Intermediate

B07. Short-term Loans of E-books as an Adjunct to ILL

Forrest Link (The College of New Jersey)
Bethany Sewell (The College of New Jersey)

Taking advantage of the fact that e-books can be purchased and made available to patrons very quickly (usually in just few hours), TCNJ Library ran an experimental program whereby ILL requestors were offered the option of a short-term loan of an e-book where such was available. We were interested in learning how our patrons would respond to the option and whether such a plan was economically viable.

This session will describe the creation of the ILL/Acquisitions workflows we devised for the program and share the results of the experiment.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B08. Enhancing Resource Discovery with VuFind

Daisy DeCoster (Saint Peter’s University)
Hao Zeng (Saint Peter’s University)

Discovery search tools have the advantage of creating a one-stop search option that reaches across a variety of resource collections: from the library catalog to periodical databases to in-house research guides. After finally implementing a popular Web-scale discovery service, we were initially pleased to offer this convenience to our students; however, we were not completely satisfied with the user interface, which combined all results in a single list. The open source VuFind discovery layer, configured to a three-column display, has proven to be a useful solution for creating a discovery experience that meets our user needs. This presentation will demonstrate our VuFind interface and suggest how the three-columned results foster an understanding of “Information Creation as Process.”

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

Breakout Sessions II

12:10 pm to 1:00 pm


B09. VALID Project Update – Sharing the Common, Enabling the Unique

Kurt Wagner (William Paterson University)
Taras Pavlovsky (The College of New Jersey)

This break-out session will feature an update on the VALE Academic Libraries Information Discovery (VALID) project provided by VALE OLS Steering Committee (VOSC) co-chairs Pavlovsky and Wagner. They will review the planning efforts of the past year, focusing on the ongoing development of the VALID Project Organizational Infrastructure and Business Plan. They will present a VALID Value Proposition in the context of the project’s potential benefits not only to VALE but also in support of workforce development and economic advancement throughout New Jersey. In addition, they will provide an update on the OLE library management system. The presentation will conclude with an open discussion of how VALE members may participate and a general question and answer session.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B10. But I’m a Librarian! Planning an Academic Conference on Your Campus

Zara Wilkinson (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Julie Still (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Academic librarians are expert organizers of events from workshops to book talks, but what about academic conferences? Library-organized conferences can create opportunities for students, strengthen valuable campus connections, create good publicity, and establish the library as a location of exciting interdisciplinary scholarship. In May 2014, two Rutgers University-Camden librarians organized Buffy to Batgirl, an academic conference on women in science fiction and fantasy. Held over two days on the Rutgers-Camden campus, the conference attracted over 150 people from the Philadelphia and South Jersey area, the rest of the United States, and three other countries. In this program, the Buffy to Batgirl organizers will describe the conference-planning process from start to finish, including basic logistics, the distribution of a call for papers, and the receipt and consideration of over 80 proposals. Attendees will receive practical advice from librarians who have engaged and energized their campus with a unique academic conference.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B11. Establishing Your library as the Center of Campus: Cultivating Partnerships to Foster Engagement and Market Research-Focused Programs

Joan M Serpico (Rider University)
Tiffany Davis (Mount Saint Mary College)
Jen Park (Mount Saint Mary College)
Derek Sanderson (Mount Saint Mary College)

Creating a strong presence on campus in order to leverage the library as a central location for programming, scholarship, and research entails creating partnerships on campus through outreach activities as well as marketing materials. Through these partnerships and programs, libraries have established themselves as the center for all research-based activities. Kaplan Family Library at Mount Saint Mary College has partnered with various divisions on campus in order to showcase faculty and student research efforts through presentations, luncheons, and informational sessions. Likewise, Rider University Libraries have established themselves on campus through outreach activities that demonstrate the importance of the library in achieving department goals. For both libraries, this has provided the leverage needed to execute new programs with buy-in from all departments and divisions on campus. After attending this breakout session participants will: * come away with examples of outreach activities and collaborative, research-focused programs * be able to rally support from departments and divisions at their institutions to create similar programming * see examples of marketing techniques proven effective for our institutions * be able to showcase research-based promotional programs

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B12. Library Synergies Across Campus: Implementing the MISO (Measuring Information Services Outcome) Survey

Mary Mallery(Montclair State University)
Jody Caldwell (Drew University)
David Consiglio (Bryn Mawr College
Joshua Wilson (Brandeis University)

The Measuring Information Service Outcomes (MISO) Survey is a web-based quantitative survey designed to measure how faculty, students, and staff view library and computing services in higher education. The scope of the MISO Survey includes library, IT services, and instructional design, and the survey instruments are customizable to target your institution’s service assessment needs. The members of this panel session will discuss the planning and collaborations experience of two VALE libraries as they implement the MISO Survey in 2016, and members of the national MISO Survey Project Team will answer questions about the survey and discuss other libraries’ experiences in the past five years.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B13. Engaging the Public Through Student-Curated Exhibits
Cassie Brand (Drew University)
This session will discuss the use of students in curating exhibits. It will look at the evolution of student-curators at Drew University Library, moving from assistants, to small exhibits, to full student-curated exhibits. This has been a successful form of both outreach and instruction, as it involves students with the materials and gives them practical skills for the future. Students working on exhibits learn about the materials and promote the materials to their friends, as well as learn more about the work of the library.   The session will end with practical tips and suggestions for integrating students into exhibit curation for other institutions. It will look at the ways in which students have been instructed and mentored to create professional-level exhibits using students.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory
B14. The (Mostly) All Purpose Library Instruction Assessment: A One Month Pilot
Cara Berg (William Paterson University)
For a month at the busiest part of the academic year, instruction-wise, the Cheng Library at William Paterson University piloted a (nearly) universally used assessment on all upper level undergraduate courses. The assessment measured student confidence and knowledge of the library session while looking at the learning outcomes used in each session.   The presentation will discuss the results of that assessment and its implications for future use in instruction. ​Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Intermediate
B15. The E-book Ecosystem Ebb and Flow. How is it Working?

Gracemary Smulewitz (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Elizabeth Sosnowska (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Did you notice that the e-book market has been doing a dance? Can you keep up with so many business and resource sharing models? How do you handle faculty requests for new monographs — are subject matters considered? Are you taking advantage of the publishers’ direct offerings and/ or consortial contracts? Are PDAs/DDAs on the rise or decline? Are approval plans still viable models? What does evidence-based mean in the monograph environment and how do monograph collections and subscriptions fit in? Has monograph purchasing/leasing turned into a pyramid structure?   The VALE Electronic Resources Committee is inviting all interested colleagues for a discussion about the challenges of the acquisition for scholarly monographs and their role in supporting academic programs. Please join us for a conversation about these issues as we explore what is being offered and how it is being received by the community. The last 10-15 minutes of this program will be a discussion on what models attendees would find most preferable.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

Breakout Sessions III

2:10 pm – 2:55 pm


B16. Cultivating the Energy of Faculty and Students in Digital Initiatives: A Stockton Story

Eric Jeitner (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)
Jianrong Wang (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)
Stephanie Sussmeier (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)
Gus Stamatopoulos (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)

At Stockton University, what began as a volunteer librarian effort to digitally preserve archives and special collections materials has grown into the standing Digital Preservation Team. The team engaged with faculty and students, resulting in new, online collections that are rich in the documentation of local history. This presentation describes how we forged these new relationships, how we collaborated to design and create the collections, and where these endeavors are taking us next. This model can be replicated by small- to medium-sized libraries.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B17. Online Research Profiles: Helping Faculty Make their Research More Visible on the Web

Charlie Terng (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Davida Scharf (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

A professional online presence allows scholars to increase the visibility of their publications, to identify new colleagues and potential collaborators worldwide, and to increase the reach, impact, and citations of their work. At NJIT library, a new service works directly with researchers to construct and maintain their profiles on the various platforms. Learn how librarians are uniquely qualified to guide faculty in creating and managing their publications list, to use reference management software, and to leverage services such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, Scopus, ORCID, and the NJIT faculty webpage to enhance their online identity on multiple platforms. Discover the benefits and pitfalls encountered in implementing this service.

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

Level: Introductory

B18. Library as Place with You in Focus

Maria Deptula (Berkeley College)
Laurie McFadden (Berkeley College)
Susan Van Alstyne (Berkeley College)

As traditional services universally have been on a decline, more academic libraries are focusing on providing the place to support student success with a variety of new approaches. In addition to providing the collections and space, over the past several years, Berkeley College libraries have evolved to encourage creative learning interactions. Attending to the needs of our community (through library programming, student advisory councils, educational games and instruction), frequently in partnership with other academic departments, Berkeley College libraries offer the space and resources that encourage student cooperation and learning.   While each of our nine campuses provides services to a diverse student population, levels of success for our initiatives vary by campus. This presentation will highlight our experiences with a variety of activities offered, challenges we encountered, and best practices we have learned.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians

Level: Introductory

B19. Build Your Own Technology Toolkit: Create Awesome Outreach that Energizes Your Campus Community

Bonnie Lafazan (Berkeley College)
Jessica Kiebler (Berkeley College)

In order to empower their campus communities, librarians must use unique and innovative ways to reach their users through well-planned programs, events, services and other outreach activities. Attention-grabbing technology tools will motivate any audience! Participants in this session will learn successful strategies to creating an effective workflow from the planning stages to post-event publicity and assessment that incorporate free technology tools including websites, apps, and more. By equipping themselves with a technology toolkit that allows them to create dynamic deliverables and to use interactive tools, librarians will be more productive, convey messages dynamically, and generate valuable community interactions.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B20. SHARE the Info: Spreading Health Awareness with Resources and Education – a NN/LM Funded Program

Yini Zhu (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Mina Ghajar (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Ermira Mitre (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Stephen Modica (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Despite the availability of various online patient education resources, the majority of physicians have not incorporated them into practice. The SHARE Program’s objective is to reach out to our community of physicians, faculty, students, nurses, and patients and their families to raise the awareness of consumer health information available through the National Library of Medicine and the Health Sciences Libraries at Rutgers University.

An NN/LM Health Information Awareness grant was awarded to support the SHARE program that offers weekly tables at the New Jersey Medical School and the University Hospital where demonstrations and trainings are being conducted on how to use NLM’s MedlinePlus, Drug information, HealthyNJ, and other consumer health resources and library services. A specially-designed SHARE Card, and instructional and health literacy materials are distributed at each session. IRB approved evaluation forms and log sheets are being collected to assess participant feedback. Resulting data are being analyzed as they are collected.

Intended Audience: Library Administrators
Intended Audience: Public Service Librarians

Level: Introductory

B21. Incorporating Federal Social Media Accounts into Reference and Instruction: Tips, Tricks, and Potential Pitfalls
Caitlyn Cook (Ocean County College)
Many federal agencies have embraced social media as an effective tool for outreach and in so doing, have created new and highly valuable reference resources. Despite this successful adoption, however, long term problems in preservation and retrieval are already apparent. This presentation seeks to introduce librarians to some of the federal government’s social media initiatives, discuss simple ways to incorporate them into reference and instruction activities, and outline some of the potential problems on the horizon.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory
B22. Controlled Chaos: Energizing Your Instruction with Active Learning
Megan Dempsey (Raritan Valley Community College)
Ensure that your instruction classroom is a locus of learning by energizing your lessons with more activity and less lecture/demonstration. This session will help you embrace “controlled chaos” by understanding how to structure activities, group work, and handouts so that you can actively engage students with your learning objectives without losing control of the lesson. Specific strategies, lesson plans, worksheets, and activities will be shared and participants will leave with practical ideas to get immediately started with active learning. This session is geared towards librarians who have had minimal or no instruction training but want to energize their teaching with new ideas and techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring a lesson plan, PowerPoint, or learning objective to workshop during the session.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B23. Proactive E-Resource Licensing: Educating Ourselves and Our Vendors Through Negotiation
Richard Kearney (William Paterson University)
Whether leased or purchased, almost all e-resources sold to libraries are subject to license agreements that establish the terms and conditions under which users, uses, rights, and responsibilities are defined. For library staff who acquire and manage e-resources, every license offers an opportunity to advocate for users through negotiation and to seek terms that are practical, sustainable, and consistent with library mission and culture. Similarly, every negotiation can be a learning experience that empowers staff to educate vendors about our needs. Libraries of any size can also benefit from the education and support infrastructure built in the last two decades by the profession itself, including the LIBLICENSE Project and other initiatives. Using several examples, this session will examine some key features of e-resource licenses, situating them in the context of contemporary academic library and consortial environments, fair use doctrine, and emerging issues. Participants for this session are strongly encouraged to bring their own examples and experience to the discussion.Intended Audience: All Librarians
Level: Introductory

B24. Library as Locus: How Institutional Repositories Advance the Impact of Your Faculty’s Scholarly Output

Patricia H. Dawson (Rider University)
Sharon Q. Yang (Rider University)

Published studies demonstrate that open access promotes the usage and impact of scholarly publications. Libraries are interested in advancing the impact of faculty’s research in their institutions. Therefore institutional repositories are built aiming at open access to full-text contents. The presenters conducted preliminary research on US institutional repositories and studied the policies and procedures. Most repositories require authors to obtain copyright permission for full-text article submissions. There are numerous methods that authors can use to regain some of their rights to their publications. These methods will be discussed along with checklists that can be provided to authors before submitting manuscripts. In addition, other resources that can be useful to faculty who obtain grants from funding agencies and policies regarding the publication of results will be discussed.

Intended Audience: All Librarians
Intended Audience: Library Administrators
Intended Audience: Systems Librarians

Level: Introductory

Poster Sessions 2016

The poster sessions provide an opportunity for individual librarians and/or libraries to share graphic representations of current research, programs or creative solutions to library problems. Poster Sessions Presenters are available during these scheduled times (at registration 9:00 am to 10:00 am and from 3:05 pm to 3:55 pm) to present posters, answer questions, and give away handouts relating to their sessions.


P01. Weeding Politics-Related Book Collections in Academic Libraries

Lisa DeLuca (Seton Hall University)
Erin Ackerman (The College of New Jersey)

This poster will review findings of a recent study titled “Weeding Politics-Related Book Collections in Academic Libraries.” This survey was administered in Summer 2015 and asked academic librarians nationwide about their opinions and actions regarding removing books for political science and related disciplines (including, but not limited to, legal studies, international studies, public policy, and public administration) from the library collection for withdrawal or transfer. Collection development practices from colleges and universities across the U.S. were collected and used to suggest best practices for political science collection development.

P02. Automating Library Study Room Signouts in One Easy Step
John Hinchcliffe (Bloomfield College)
The Bloomfield College Library has seven study rooms available for individual or group study on a first-come, first-served basis. The Library replaced a (time- and labor-intensive) paper-based system of signing these rooms out to students with a simple automation: assign a book barcode to each room, and then check them out in the ILS. This poster session will discuss the transition issues, the time-saving upsides, and some surprising student reactions.
P03. 2016 Technology Innovation Award
Siobhan McCarthy (Montclair State University)
The 2016 NJLA CUS/ACRL Technology Innovation Award is here! Discover what exciting innovations are being developed in New Jersey’s academic libraries. We welcome nominations and self-nominations to be considered for the annual Technology Innovation Award. Winners and nominees will be invited to give a presentation at the 2016 NJLA Annual Conference during the Technology Innovation Forum.
P04. Assessing the impact of Government Documents and Data Information Literacy Instruction on Life-Long Learning and Student Success
Darren Sweeper (Montclair State University)
This poster focuses on assessing the impact of Government Documents and data information literacy instruction on life-long learning and student success for graduate students in the Masters of Public Health program at Montclair State University. Using a multi-modal assessment process that included measuring the outcomes of one-shot information literacy classes, combined with embedded online research guides, and one-to-one research appointments with the Government Documents librarian. This project sought to demonstrate the relevance of data information literacy instruction while promoting life-long learning using government documents with students in the Community Health Education Concentration. The project also demonstrates the value of the Federal Depository Library Program’s collections and resources. Data Information Literacy (DIL) is an emerging field that teaches skills and establishes competencies that are essential for librarians who are interested in acquiring knowledge in data management and curation as well as in assisting students conducting statistical research and data analysis.
P05. A set up for success: Academic libraries in the infrastructure of science

Judit Ward (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
William Bejarano (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

The poster calls attention to important roles special and academic libraries can assume in their fields as integral parts of the infrastructure of science, spanning researchers, journals, libraries, professional societies, and specialized databases. The Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS) Library has shifted its role from a passive repository of knowledge to an active participant in the missions of CAS. Besides essential library services, the CAS Library collaborates in research on an international scale, focusing on the values, needs, and commonalities of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug organizations via mapping the field with tools of information science. Graduate assistants from SC&I are also involved. They gain invaluable experience during their internship in the CAS Library, collecting data and documenting existing functions and activities. The international presence of CAS and its scholarly journal, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (JSAD), is also beneficial for Rutgers.

P06. Cura Personalis by Way of a Therapy Dog

Hao Zeng (Saint Peter’s University)
Daisy DeCoster (Saint Peter’s University)

In 2011 the Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey began hosting a therapy dog on the first floor of the library during exam periods. This poster session will showcase the value and utility of a therapy dog program through the framework of the Jesuit concept of “cura personalis,” or care for the whole person. Methods of assessment include recent survey results from students and faculty. Research on the emotional, psychological, and physical effects of animal assisted therapy (AAT) will be addressed. In addition, we will reflect on our collaborative experience administering the pet therapy program and display creative methods of marketing this initiative.

P07. BIBFRAME — It’s All About Community: Library Data Out of Information Silos and Into the World

Jianrong Wang (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)
Cathy Weng (The College of New Jersey)

BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework) Initiative is the foundation for the future of bibliographic description. It is designed to integrate with and engage in the wider information community and still serve the very specific needs of libraries. BibFrame (LC BibFrame website) is currently being developed to replace MARC- an outdated data model that is not interoperable with other web data. Using linked data technologies, BibFrame will purposefully and effectively integrate library data into the Web community for maximum discovery and access. The goal is to sustain the relevance of library data and also to increase library visibility. Moving beyond MARC towards BibFrame is an unavoidable trend. This poster will introduce the basics of BibFrame and the BibFrame model. The vision of BibFrame and suggestions for how libraries can participate in this revolutionary movement will also be illustrated.

P08. Teach and Tell: Access Services’ Role in the Big Picture
Yini Zhu (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Within the library, Access Services staff stand at the convergence of users and services and are armed with core functional skills. Despite this, they have traditionally played a passive role in patron-centered outreach. Our objective is to see if Access Services could move into an active role in the bigger picture of promoting library services to enhance academic learning and research. This project demonstrated that Access Services can go far beyond its traditional, passive desk functions. The success of the project built confidence and motivation among the staff to take on more active roles in patron-centered activities in the future, with multiple project ideas now currently in the pipeline. The “Teach and Tell” project elevated Access Services to get involved in the bigger picture of enhancing academic teaching, learning, and researching.
P09. Building Community: Design By & For Users

Aileen Bachant(Rowan University)
Deborah Gaspar(Rowan University)

Campbell Library of Rowan University recently hosted an Open House to welcome students to a new, useful space that they helped design. This was a celebration of a shared project. Users offered input into the design of the refreshed Reference Reading Room via meetings, surveys, and whiteboards. We listened and added some fun to the design.

New carpet and furnishings were coordinated with fresh, vibrant paint colors. To inspire creativity and innovation each of the four group study rooms features a different color scheme.

The vivid colors of the space became the perfect theme for the Open House. Bright floor stickers led students to the event, posters and handouts inviting users also echoed the colors. The day included a different learning activity in each group study room and participants received a set of earbuds in their choice of vibrant colors.

P10. Hype: Creating, marketing, and maintaining a new library contest series

Christy Goodnight (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)
Eric Jeitner (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)

From idea formation to formalized series, we will show you a timeline of how to create a new contest for your library, the marketing process, and what goes into developing a new contest series. We will also look at collaborating faculty and staff and various departments and initiatives on campus to participate and promote your contests. Starting with brainstorming your idea to producing marketing tools for outreach to students and the campus community to tying into essential learning outcomes and the university’s mission, we will walk you through our path to creating our new oration/speech/spoken word contest series called BLOC – Bjork Library Oration Contest which will take place every semester. Our first contest’s theme was “Hail to the Osprey” oratory from US Presidents and our poster will follow along with the everything that went into the production of this new series.

P11. Symposium on Open Access: Perspectives in Biomedical and Health Sciences

Yingting Zhang (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Judy Cohn (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Laura Bowering Mullen (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Matt Badessa (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Jackie Mardikian (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Aletia Morgan (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Elizabeth Sosnowska (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

To celebrate the International Open Access Week with the theme of “Open for Collaboration”, Rutgers University Libraries’ Health Sciences Libraries and the Office of Research and Economic Development took this opportunity to hold an Open Access Symposium in October 2015 to promote a newly implemented University’s Open Access Policy. This poster will address how the OA Symposium Planning Group worked together to organize and publicize the symposium, what we learned from the event, and how we will apply the experience and lessons learned to planning future events and services. The symposium consists of two similar events held on two different campuses on successive days for the ease of health sciences faculty’s travel. Each symposium features a keynote speaker and a panel to address research visibility, impact, value and collaboration. This project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

P12. A Library Exhibits & Events Committee: Create and They Will Come
Jaimie D. Donnelly (Georgian Court University)
Answering the need for an organized in-house committee to offer educational events and displays, the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library at Georgian Court University founded an Exhibits and Events group in early 2014. The committee consisting of both librarians and library assistants, has produced dozens of educational and exciting presentations and events. This poster will outline all attributes of the committee from creation of purpose statement to examples of events.
P13. I-Learn Model vs. Traditional Model for Information Literacy Instruction

Ma Lei Hsieh (Rider University)
Sharon Yang (Rider University)
Susan McManimon (Rider University)

For two summers in a roll in 2014 and 2015, two librarians and a faculty member at Rider University used a new information literacy teaching model I-LEARN, developed by Dr. D. Neuman of Drexel University, to teach information literacy to students in the Educational Opportunity Program. Different from the traditional mode, I-LEARN focuses on using rather than seeking of information. The researchers used control and experimental groups to determine if student learning outcomes are different between the two groups. This presentation will introduce the concept of I-Learn and discuss the findings. The audience can be any librarians who are interested in exploring new way of teaching information literacy.

P14. Chinese Corner: From Library to Classrooms
Xue-Ming Bao (Seton Hall University)
Seton Hall University Library established a Chinese Corner in September 2014 through a donation of 300 books, DVDs and CDs as well as funds for management and promotion of the project from China Hanban, and coordination of China Educational Publication Import and Export Corporation (CEPIEC). Located in the Library’s multifunction floor, it contains 300 donated books and other added books for a total of 594 items. According to the 2014-15 circulation statistics, 76 titles have been checked out for 183 times (a 30% circulation rate). The Library recruited graduate students of Asian Studies to reach out to the Chinese language classes, to provide tutoring, and to create video clips of American students learning Chinese. This poster shows how Library Chinese Corner connects to classrooms.
P15. Applying the New Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to Library Instruction
Mark Ferguson (College of St. Elizabeth)
On February 2, 2015 the ACRL Board introduced “The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education”, a collection of six core concepts providing a far more complex and theoretical understanding of the nature of information and research than has previously been recognized. These concepts, in brief, are: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual, Information Creation as a Process, Information Has Value, Research as Inquiry, Scholarship as Conversation, Searching as Strategic Exploration. While providing a philosophically rich foundation for information literacy, questions remain about how these concepts can be applied to information literacy programs currently being offered. Discussion is going on regarding this topic. My poster presentation would define these six core concepts, and provide documentation on how they have been received in the academic community. Finally, I will offer a selection of ideas on how the framework can be applied to the information literacy programs offered in the College library setting.
P16. Improve Library Instruction with Usability Testing Data
Catherine Baird (Montclair State University)
Usability testing has become a commonplace practice in many academic libraries and this is a very good thing! However, there is much more to be learned from the usability testing data we are collecting and analyzing. Not only can it help us improve our users’ online experience as they engage with our website and search tools, but it can tell us much about how our students search, what motivates their choices and ultimately, it can guide our information literacy instruction to be even more successful. This poster will examine the results of several months of usability testing data gathered at Montclair State University and their implications for information literacy instruction. Although there is a substantial literature in web usability and in information literacy, there is surprisingly little cross-over except for testing the usability of online information literacy tutorials.
P17. Lounging About—Creating a Graduate Student Lounge in the Library
Sebastian Derry (Seton Hall University)
In an effort to provide graduate students with their own space on campus to work and socialize, Seton Hall University Libraries (in partnership with the Stillman School of Business and The College of Education and Human Services) designated space within the library for a new Graduate Student Lounge, for the Fall of 2015. This poster will provide an overview of this pilot project and a summary of key findings.
P18. Gaming in an Academic Library: Hosting a Super Smash Brothers Tournament at Hudson County Community College

Devlyn Courtier (Hudson County Community College)
Jonathan Cintron (Hudson County Community College)

This poster session will demonstrate how gaming can have a role in academic library programming by featuring Hudson County Community College Library’s experience hosting a Super Smash Bros Tournament. The Smash Brothers tournament was held in three parts, one at our North Hudson Campus, and two at the Main campus as part of the Library’s Fall 2015 Makerspace programming activities. Our poster will show the process of hosting this tournament, along with the logistics required to organize the event. Activities such as generating publicity, establishing tournament rules, and addressing campus Wifi connectivity issues will be discussed in detail. This session will also provide a forum to discuss HCCC’s experiences with others institutions who are considering creating similar programming at their own college and university libraries.

P19. Call for Nomintions & Submissions for the 2016 NJLA/CUS ACRL-NJ Research Award & Forum

Cynthia Coulter (Hudson Community College)
Gracemary Smulewitz (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

To recognize excellence in the research efforts of New Jersey librarians, the Research Committee of the NJLA College and University Section (CUS) and the ACRL New Jersey Chapter seeks nominations and submissions for its annual Research Award & Forum to honor the best published (Award) or ongoing (Forum) research completed by a New Jersey librarian during the past year. Recipients are invited to give a brief presentation of their research/project during the informal ceremony, to be held at the NJLA 2016 conference.

P20. Energizing NJ Academic Librarians: ACRL NJ/NJLA CUS

Erin Ackerman (The College of New Jersey)
Kate Hossain (Bergen Community College)
Lynn Schott (Bergen Community College)

Where do you draw your professional energy from? Come learn how NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS can serve as your locus for ideas and inspiration! As the professional and advocacy organization for NJ academic librarians, NJ ACRL/NJLA-CUS strengthens the abilities of its members to energize their libraries and campuses. Through its programming and publications, NJ ACRL encourages innovation and community within the academic library and broader NJ library communities. Professional relationships and networks are created and sustained through involvement with NJ ACRL/NJLA-CUS. Membership helps support professional excellence through advocacy and professional development. Through this poster, attendees can learn more about the benefits of NJ ACRL/NJLA-CUS membership and learn about becoming more involved.