The following posters have been selected for the 2011 ACRL/NY Symposium. The committee received many excellent applications and thanks everyone who submitted a proposal.
1. Presenter: Susan Mee, Global Education Librarian
RIT Libraries, The Wallace Center, Rochester Institute of Technology
Title: Outreach to International Campuses: Removing Barriers and Building Relationships
The Rochester Institute of Technology, located in western New York, strives to deliver the same quality library services to its students and faculty located across the globe as those living in the Rochester area. In addition to an array of distance courses and online programs, RIT also has international campuses located in Kosovo, Croatia and Dubai. A second campus in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, was launched this past September. Students at these campuses have access to the wealth of resources maintained by the RIT Library but are often unfamiliar with what is available and how to use those resources. Teaching and supporting students in the use of the available resources is a challenge considering distances and time zones, but also overcoming differences in culture can be an additional contributing factor impeding usage. Utilizing a blend of technology tools to provide real-time instruction; annual in-person librarian visits to the campuses; virtual library office hours; web-based tutorials; subject and course level library guides; multiple forms of communication; and library integration within courseware; all work together to reduce barriers and strengthen relationships, better serving RIT’s international campus populations – students and faculty alike.
Outreach to International Campuses
Title: CUNY Librarians in China
There is much to learn as librarians share experience and knowledge, and form professional and personal bonds, with our colleagues from around the world. This is exemplified in words and pictures by six CUNY librarians who, in 2010 and 201l, participated in month long librarian exchange programs, at Shanghai University and Shanghai Normal University, in China. Through evocative photographic images and descriptions, they will present and evaluate both practical and professional aspects of the program for the consideration of conference attendees.
Title: Open Access and Liberal Education: A Look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
In the post-Soviet era, libraries in the former republics have faced increasing budgetary challenges. In response to socioeconomic restructuring and the introduction of private enterprise, libraries have been forced to seek alternatives to commercial publishing and licensing models. This poster will present research findings regarding open access initiatives—including journals, repositories, and digital libraries—at research institutions in the countries of the South Caucasus. The poster will also define several “generations” of Internet filtering mechanisms employed by authorities in the region to restrict access to information resources. The poster will reflect how developing open models for scholarly communications is crucial to the strengthening of liberal education and civic participation in these aspiring democracies. Libraries, in their role as providers of and advocates for shared information, have a vital role to play in this mission.
4. Presenter: Natalia Gelber, Technical Services Librarian
C.W. Post Campus, LIU
Title: International cataloging community on the Web: a Case of Personal Cataloging/Metadata blogs
During the past decade weblogs became widely recognized as a part of the social software tools available on the global Web. Blogs transitioned from being simple link collection tool to the powerful online publishing and recordkeeping medium worldwide. Currently, blogging technology is successfully used by organizations and individuals alike in such fields as advertisement, commerce, education, and journalism. As a subset of the blogosphere, personal professionally focused blogs reflect individual’s choice to highlight various topics within the discipline. This poster session demonstrates the successful use of blogs by the international cataloging/metadata community in the professional communication and personal knowledge management areas. Using content analysis as a data collection strategy, the author examined authorship, dynamics and topical content of the 24 personal professionally focused cataloging/metadata weblogs authored by librarians from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Austria. The study identified seven main categories and over a one-hundred distinctive topics present in the topical content of the blogs. In addition to cataloging and metadata issues, bloggers addressed topics related to the librarianship in general, technology, Web 2.0, library services and operations, professional development, daily activities and personal lives. The posts related to the international adoption of RDA rules and the challenges faced by cataloging as profession were the ones discussed most often in the cataloging and metadata category. This research presents the first attempt to examine a subset of library blogs from a specific area of the librarianship.
Title: The Limitless Librarian: Research Assistance Anywhere
Motivated by the library building closing for a major renovation and inspired by the potential of mobile devices for education, librarians at Millersville University have redefined our approach to research assistance. Moving beyond a single central physical location, our new innovative, tiered model incorporates both physically and electronically embedded librarians as well as targeted face-to-face events. The distributed nature of our reality requires mobile, flexible, and “location-independent” technology solutions, including Google products for phone, text, and instant messaging; Jing for video; digital signage and touch-screen kiosks for way-finding; and i-pads for engaging with students. This poster will highlight the many techniques and technologies that make up our new research assistance model and demonstrate how they allow us to go beyond the building and reach out to students.
Title: Information for All: Leveraging the Blacklight Search-and-Discovery Layer to Increase International Use of Open Access Collections
In the current environment, even top-tier institutions are feeling the pinch of ever-increasing subscription prices—imagine, then, how much more difficult the situation is in developing countries, where funds are far more limited and very few have access to institutional collections.In response, libraries have supported open access initiatives, establishing open access journals and developing institutional repositories to make faculty and student research available beyond the confines of their campus.Yet even these initiatives cannot bridge the digital divide if collections are not discoverable on the open Web, through popular search engines from Google and Bing to Yandex and Baidu. At Columbia, we recently adopted Blacklight, an open-source search-and-discovery layer, to improve the findability of the resources in our research repository, Academic Commons. Blacklight is fully Unicode-compliant, so content can be displayed in vernacular scripts, further enhancing its discoverability. The results have been better than we imagined: following our relaunch, traffic from Asia and Africa increased 300 and 400%, respectively, and our international users generally spent longer on our site than American users, accessing more content.
Title: Reaching Out to International Students
The John Cotton Dana Library on Rutgers-Newark campus is beginning to design and implement additional library outreach programs specifically targeting the growing international student’s population. We start to provide workshops for international students focusing on learning library resources through hands-on exercises. The workshops are designed and taught by librarians who have personal experiences as being international students themselves before, hence understand the obstacles that most international students have especially when they are completely new to academic libraries in U.S. The learning environment in class is less stressful but rather more encouraging for international students to communicate with librarians, raise questions, and participate in discussion. We are also developing a library guide aggregating resources to help international students navigate through the complex library system. We plan to start an email Newsletter for International Students, which will highlight certain library resources or services, introduce new tools for organizing and managing information resources, discuss a hot topic on new trends in learning and research, and conclude with a section presenting contents contributed by international students themselves, such as their own library stories and learning experience. The newsletter serves the purpose of alerting international students with library resources, services, and tools more frequently, and helping them learn from each other’s experiences. Through these new initiatives, we hope to better understand their information needs, and better serve this unique group of library users.
Reaching Out to International Students
Title: EBooks Unbound
The landscape of ebooks is a rapidly changing world of technological advances mixed with traditional publishing models and a myriad of attempts in between to provide a service for a new age. This service is a crucial one, particularly given the need for increasing library resource access to support the continued expansion of global academic programs. This poster will present the current view of library vendor provided ebooks, such as Springer and NetLibrary, and also popular trade distributors, such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The presentation will compare and contrast services and features provided by these vendors, taking into account existing library services and changing patron needs, looking for ways in which libraries can lead this next-century digital fulfillment. Also, the presentation will describe new ways for libraries to provide discovery, delivery, and accessibility, noting the more popular and liberal features, and considering planned and current market features. Academic libraries have an opportunity to drive the future delivery and accessibility of ebooks, while staying relevant in a dynamic digital publishing world and becoming a key source for electronic books, and, in turn, this will help to provide the global access needed to support teaching and learning.