Afternoon Sessions

Session H | UMass-Amherst Open Education Initiative: A Grant Incentive Program for Faculty to Create Free Textbooks
Matt Sheridan (UMass-Amherst), Charlie Schweik (UMass-Amherst) and Sarah Hutton (UMass-Amherst)
To combat the rising cost of textbooks, the University Libraries and Provost funded ten $1,000 grants for faculty who would replace their current textbook with one that would be openly accessible and free. The end result of this program will see nearly 700 students affected by these new textbooks for a recurring savings of over $72,000. In this session the challenges and opportunities of using open educational resources and library materials to replace traditional print textbooks will be discussed from a faculty point of view, as well as this program’s impact on the student learning experience. Librarians will also have an opportunity to learn how this program was developed and marketed, as well as how the library stands to benefit.
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Session I | “Well, of Course Students Will Love Them!” An Ethnographic Study of Undergraduates and e-Books.
Diane Klare (Wesleyan University), Lorraine Huddy (CTW consortium), Rob Walsh (Trinity College), Kathleen Gehring (Connecticut College)
The CTW consortium designed an evaluation process using ethnographic techniques for their pilot patron driven acquisition (PDA) program with e-books. This process would provide all three institutions with an opportunity to ask undergraduate students on each campus about their understanding, discovery, and use of e-books. Results from these interviews across all three schools will be discussed, including students’ overall reactions to e-books, how they find and use them, and possible future directions for academic e-books and their role in libraries as the market evolves.
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Session J | Teaching Faculty to Embed Library Resources and Services into Online Classrooms
Gary Atwood (Springfield College)
Students are becoming more accustomed to finding course content like lectures and assignments online.  What about library resources?  The Reference Librarians at Springfield College volunteered to teach faculty how to use the college’s new LMS (Learning Management System) and built tools that faculty could easily embed into their courses.  This presentation will outline how this training program was used to push the idea of embedding library resources and services into online classrooms and show examples of some of the library tools created by librarians so far. 
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Session K | Rejuvenating Reference Services for 21st Century Learning
Melinda Malik (Merrimack College), Lyena Chavez (Merrimack College), Donna Maturi (Merrimack College)
Learn how bold and visionary ideas led to McQuade Library’s very own “renaissance” in reference services and explore how their new vibrant blended model of service delivery and redesign of library spaces enabled them to meet the needs of the community.
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Session L | The Future of Information Literacy – ACRL’s Competency Standards Revisited
Elizabeth Berman (University of Vermont)
For the past decade, ACRL’s "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" have defined information literacy as a “set of abilities requiring students to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” The standards also transformed the way in which we teach and assess information literacy. But are these standards still relevant? Based on the work of the ACRL task force charged with reviewing these standards, this session will present a landscape view of the current information ecosystem, highlighting curricular and research trends in higher education and the expectations of college graduates and lifelong learners. Topics addressed will include: new models for information literacy; a re-evaluation of core competencies and learning outcomes; and the role of complementary and interacting literacies. Participants will dialog about and be able to respond to the task force's position on the future of information literacy.
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Session M | Hey! Great to Run into You: Embedded Librarians Forging Partnerships across Campus
Caro Pinto (Hampshire College) & Rachel Beckwith (Hampshire College)
In an age of limited resources, questions about the future of academic libraries, and anxieties about the future of librarianship, now is the time for librarians to forge strategic partnerships with students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Current literature and online conversations call for librarians to create and sustain these relationships by embedding themselves on campus in new and unexpected ways. This session will address these innovative relationships and collaborations where,  as embedded librarians in the trenches, Hampshire College’s librarians will weigh in on how they support the college's experimental education.  They will describe how they sustain successful curriculum-driven collection development, nurture partnerships with first year programs to do outreach and support first year students, and incorporate the digital humanities into practice and teaching to expand the role of the library on campus.
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Session N | "The Role of Academic Librarians in the Curricular Aspect of Sustainability
Madeleine Charney (UMass-Amherst)
It's hard to ignore the explosion of academic courses and programs related to sustainability, a movement with far-reaching environmental, economic, and social dimensions. As seasoned consolidators and distributors of information, librarians play a vital role in supporting sustainability across the curriculum. Natural "systems thinkers," librarians also bring a unique voice to sustainability groups on campus. Included will be survey and interview responses from librarians across the U.S. who are instrumental in shaping sustainability at their institutions. Participants will leave with practical ideas and inspiration for interfacing with sustainability initiatives on their campuses as well as reaching out to like-minded library colleagues. Learn how you can help shape the future!
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