Poster Sessions

I | Questions about Academic Librarians:  Factors Influencing Our Professional Identity
Shin Freedman - Framingham State University
Despite the fact that over 42% of academic librarians in the U.S. have faculty status with tenure, the identity of librarians is mistaken by our peers on campus and creates confusion for both sides and even ill feelings. Thus, academic librarian status (faculty or professional or staff) has been a contentious issue for many decades in the U.S. Why should we be concerned about and what does it matter how we are referred to? What are our interactions with the university community like? What will it take to gain equal footing or entrance to build mutually beneficial and collegial relations? What are the essential elements to understand and resolve in our effort for collaboration across the campus? This poster session for ACRL/NEC 2012 will examine the issues (resolved, unresolved, emerging) within the landscape of professional identity and faculty status/tenure for academic librarians using case studies from different university campuses.  The focus will be on developing, promoting and sustaining collegial relationships with administrators, faculty and library colleagues.  
Questions about Academic Librarians poster presentation

2 | Learning and Leading Together at the Library:  Building the Teaching Commons at UMass Amherst
Sarah Hutton - University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The Teaching Commons at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a concept, space and vision shared through a partnership between the University Libraries, Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and the Office of Information Technologies.  This poster session will review the historical development of this space, review current and future programming, and the sustainability of a completely shared project, and demonstrate the benefit of having the library as the epicenter of not only faculty research, but conversations and pedagogical development as well.

3 | Don't Tell Them; Show Them...with Jing and Snagit!
Carol Will - University of Massachusetts-Amherst
This poster session will illustrate how TechSmith's freeware, Jing (,  and nonfreeware Snagit ( can be used to quickly take screen-shots and short videos as well as demonstrate helpful ways in which to use this software for teaching purposes. Screenshot capturing, narrating videos, and how to email and post videos in under a few minutes will be demonstrated using Jing and Snagit. This poster session should help librarians think about the many ways in which to streamline showing patrons how to do certain tasks that are often difficult to convey over the phone.

4 | W. E. B. to Web: Digitizing the Manuscript Collection of W. E. B. Du Bois
Jeremy Smith & Abigail Baines - University of Massachusetts

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst has embarked on a journey to bring the entire manuscript collection of sociologist, historian, social activist and author, W. E. B. Du Bois into the 21st century. This digitization project will produce a free, online interface that will allow unlimited access to over 100,000 items of historical importance by keyword or selected field.  This poster-presentation illustrates the digitization project work flow from re-boxing and scanning, metadata creation and quality control, to presentation on the web in their digital collection interface; includes item examples, job descriptions, implemented standards, samples of MODS templates, quality control methods, and screen shots of online access to the digital collection.
W.E.B. to web poster presentation

5 | Go QRAZY with QR Codes in the Library!
Jen Ferguson, Northeastern University & Anne Woodrum - Brandeis University
Part presentation, part exploration, all QR codes!  Anne and Jen will showcase some ways they've used this elegant technology to improve access to both library and special collections resources.  They will demonstrate how to create quick, quantifiable QR codes to collocate disparate collections, shed light on the unique, and generate usage statistics in the process. Once your appetite is whetted by the possibilities, the presenters will walk you through the simple steps needed to make QR codes. Leave the session with a QR code of your very own.
QR codes poster presentation link

6 | Teaching Tools Sandbox Series @ Bryant University
Jenifer Bond, Phil Lombardi, Bob Shea – Bryant University
The Teaching Tools Sandbox is an expanded partnership between Krupp Library, the Academic Computing Department and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Bryant University to provide faculty training opportunities that introduce library services and new technologies in support of student engagement and teaching pedagogy. Each Teaching Tools Sandbox (30 sessions to date) promotes specific library services, academic technology solutions, and supplemental technology tools that can be incorporated into the classroom and takes the form of peer-to-peer workshops, where faculty co-present with Library and Academic Computing staff to raise awareness of existing services and encourage discussion of innovative teaching tools.  Topics have included e-readers, electronic course reserves, lecture capture options, streaming media, and free and open source tools for student interaction and classroom engagement. This program has created an informed faculty who are now users of and advocates for many of the tools and services available through the library and online. Each Sandbox is also captured and archived on a new Faculty Development website, in order to generate a body of on-demand training materials for the institution. This poster session will illustrate effective methods of breaking down barriers, identifying common goals, spreading the word about available products and services and share strategies for outreach, marketing, workshop design, and assessment.

7 | Student Workers Generate User-driven Mobile Library Service in 8 Weeks!
Nicholas C. Baker – Mount Holyoke College
Surveying the state of library web communications in the fall of 2011, Mount Holyoke College Library realized they needed some sort of mobile presence.  Using a core of interested student workers, they examined the state-of-the-art at 23 other institutions and reached out to their own student population for input.  The results were poured into a lightweight Javascript application to create a widget for the library homepage that doubles as a mobile portal.  During the student survey a senior lamented that she wouldn't be around to see the results.  Little did she know, the service would be launched just two weeks later!  As important as the mobile site is, the user-focus and quick response time really made the difference.

8 | Speed Databasing: A Learner-Centered Approach to Library Instruction
Rachel Blair Vogt & Carolyn Gamtso – UNH-Manchester
The future of higher education involves a move toward learner-based instruction. Teacher librarians can be a part of that future by collaborating with faculty to integrate a learner-centered information literacy program into their curriculum. Inspired by the "speed dating" phenomenon, the First Year Writing Library Instruction Plan at UNH-Manchester (NH) is a learner-centered, in-context, hands-on workshop that allows students to "get to know" the databases in a short amount of time, is directly relevant to an assignment, and allows them to walk away from the session with useful sources in hand. Our poster session will describe the evolution of “Speed Databasing,” the various iterations of the session in different courses, and the ways we have used student feedback to improve the lesson plan. We will also discuss how faculty and librarians at other institutions can collaborate to create such instruction plans.

9 | From Backroom to Classroom: How Metadata Units can become Partners with Faculty and Students
Alicia Morris & Alex May – Tufts University
The Miscellany at Tisch Library was originally designed as a Technical Services project to highlight recently discovered items from the Special Collections Department. In January 2011, a faculty member in the Classics Department and each student in her Medieval Latin class chose to work on a leaf according to his/her personal interests. As each student progressed in learning to decipher the hand or print of their leaf, surprising discoveries were made, which frequently impacted the description of the item-in-hand.  Metadata staff began working closely with Professor Beaulieu and her students. Over the course of the last year, a series of relatively small projects modeled on the Miscellany have raised Tisch Library’s presence at Tufts, and laid the ground-work for more ambitious work. This poster session will highlight some of the these projects and talk about the challenges and opportunities for cataloging and metadata services, and the importance of stepping out the backroom, and engaging users where they study, teach and learn.

10 | YBP, Library Liaisons, and Faculty Working Together for Collection Development
Lora Brueck - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
This poster will describe using YBP’s notification program for library liaisons to inform faculty of new books in their subject areas, with a seamless ordering process through Gobi3, and receipt of books shelf ready. With a small book budget, WPI must rely on faculty recommendations to keep their collection pertinent and up to date. The past two years, many departments have not spent their allocations.  Using YBP’s notification system, library liaisons are informed of new titles in their subject areas. They filter the new titles and forward the most appropriate to their departments for selection.  Faculty are able to keep up-to-date on new publications, keeping the collection pertinent and the ordering process through Gobi3 is seamless.

11  | U-Conn Library Instruction Assessment Pilot Project
Jennifer Lanzing & Anna Kijas – University of Connecticut

This session is a presentation of a pilot project for library instruction assessment at the University of Connecticut, and includes discussion of the development of assessment tools, the use of those tools in the classroom, and what was learned from the pilot project. The purpose of these surveys was not to assess literacy skills, but to instead collect primarily qualitative data about library instruction sessions to improve the quality of information literacy instruction offered by the library.
U-Conn Library Instruction Assessment Pilot Project poster presentation

12 | Instant Acquisitions!
Denise A. Garofalo & Vivian Milczarski - Mount Saint Mary College
Ever wonder if something you’ve heard about at a conference would work in your library? Mount Saint Mary College did just that beginning with a pilot project involving the Access Services, Collection Development and Cataloging Departments. They focused on reviewing web-form generated Interlibrary Loan Requests as candidates for acquisition rather than resource sharing. Their goal with Instant Acquisitions is to provide very fast turnaround, a high responsiveness to patron needs, and a guarantee of a more relevant and meaningful collection. The pilot was a rousing success and they are now in the first full year of implementation. This poster session will relate the discoveries, quirks, pitfalls and more!
Instant Acquisitions poster presentation