2007 Meeting

Friday October 26, 2007
Rochester Institute of Technology

Topics presented included those suggested at last year’s meeting:

  • Integrating library resources into courseware or library web sites
  • New technology tools and Web/Library 2.0
  • Faculty outreach and promoting online products and resources
  • Open access, institutional repositories and alternative publishing models Assessment
  • Working with first-year students

See photos from the meeting on Katie Clark’s Flickr page.


8:30-9:00am Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:15 Opening remarks – Chandra McKenzie, Assistant Provost and Director of RIT Libraries

9:15-10:00 When Do Two Fs equal an A?: Using Flickr and Facebook at Carlson Library. Katie Clark, Director, Science and Engineering Libraries, University of Rochester. Refer to: Carlson Library Flickr page for visuals.
What can a science library do to connect with students? What can a manager do to build staff cohesion? And have fun doing both? The answer is sign up for a flickr and facebook account. The Carlson Science and Engineering Library at the University of Rochester has had a library flickr account for a little over a year. We post pictures of student workers, study breaks, library events, exhibits, orientation activities, renovations, and puzzles. We were able to easily set up a rotating set of pictures for our homepage by linking to a flickr set. By joining groups such as “365 Library Days Project” and “Libraries and Librarians”, librarians around the country have seen the things we are doing in Carlson and vice versa. Students love to see themselves in pictures and we often export flickr pictures over to facebook. A personal facebook account has been used by the presenter to connect to students, library colleagues, as well as colleagues across the country. Hear a brief discussion about what weve done and decide for yourself whether two Fs can equal an A.

10:00-10:45 Library Instruction for Transfer Students. Fred Stoss, Associate Librarian, University at Buffalo.
Transfer Students library skills needs may be overlooked in many institutions. They were not on campus during the typical “Freshman Experience,” that most likely included some level of library research instruction. However, library research skills are generally expected to be of the same caliber as there peers who may have had some level of library instruction. The University at Buffalo provides library instruction specifically to transfer students and this presentation provides an overview of that experience.

10:45-11:00 Morning Break

11:00-11:45 Evaluating Collections & Saving Money: Old and New Tools. Ben Wagner, Sciences Librarian, University at Buffalo.
Tight budgets have forced all of us to take a closer look at our print and electronic resources. The University at Buffalo is aggressively using normalized impact factors, use statistics, publishing patterns of faculty, open access alternatives, and institutional metrics to evaluate our collections and allocation of funds. Last year we have developed a new allocation formula for subject funds and successfully completed a campus-wide journal title review coupled with an extensive faculty survey. The journal review identified a large number of little used titles and allowed us to swap them out for highly desired titles. On a broader level, we are looking at what mix of traditional A&I, full-text journal packages, and free search engines like Google Scholar and Scirus we should support.

11:45-1:00pm Lunch and Member Updates

1:00-1:45 Connect, Discover, Create With Encore: A New Way to Search the OPAC. Angelique Jenks- Brown, Science Reference Librarian, Binghamton University.
You may have heard about a new search interface called Encore. Well, this presentation will illuminate what is Encore, the searching features of Encore, and how it compares with infoLINK, Binghamton University Libraries catalog. I will also describe usability studies of Encore and what’s next for Encore at BU.

1:45-2:30 SubjectsPlus, Implementing an Open Source Subject Guide Application. Peter Tagtmeyer, Associate Science Librarian, Colgate University.
SubjectPlus is a web based application for listing and describing library resources in many formats according to subject. The application was originally called Pirate Source, and was developed by East Carolina University’s Joyner Library. Andrew Darby, Web Services Librarian at Ithaca College, acquired permission to modify the application’s code and release it under the GNU General Public License. Enhancements to the application include connections to a wider variety of library resources. This brief presentation will include a description and explanation of the application’s functionality and an overview of an instance of its implementation.

2:30-3:00 Annual Business Meeting

3:00-3:30 Tours
Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS)
Game Design and Development Lab (GDD)

2007 Planning Committee
Linette Koren, Roman Koshykar, RIT Wallace Library

Meeting Documents