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ASLS at the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show

November 8-11, 2017

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Thursday, November 9

Program Slot  #1, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Fighting for Libraries, Fighting for Librarians

Sponsors: ASLS / ESLN
The core values of librarianship are often at odds with corporate efforts to improve efficiency and extract value from workers. Articulating the challenges posed by corporatization to libraries can help librarians locate sites of potential resistance. Organizing as library workers to fight for wages and benefits offers a concrete way to fight back against corporate incursions.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Emily Drabinski, Long Island University


Successfully Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER)

Sponsors: ILRT / ASLS, SMART
How can OER be implemented successfully? Panelists from SUNY OER explore the challenges of this question, including the role of the librarian, instructing faculty, and student responses to OER. Successful OER scale-up and full OER degree programs are a reality in SUNY and there is a strong foundation of system-wide services, experience mentors, and best practices available to support a rapidly increasing number of OER initiatives.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services, SUNY College at Geneseo
Mike Daly, Fulton Montgomery Community College
Leah Galka, SUNY College at Buffalo
Andrea Kingston, Monroe Community College

Program Slot #2, 2:15 PM-3:15 PM

Passports@Your Library

Sponsors: GIRT / ASLS
Speakers from the Regional Passport Agency (US Department of State) and Passport Acceptance Facilities libraries in New York State will talk about how to become a Passport Acceptance Facility, what is involved in being a Passport Acceptance Facility, and their experiences as Passport Acceptance Facilities.

Track: User Services
Julie DeLisle, Chatham Public Library
Kristine Knapp, Buffalo Passport Agency
Sarah Potwin, Niagara Falls Public Library


Git and GitHub For Libraries

Sponsors: SMART / ASLS, NMES
Many non-coders are discovering how helpful Git and Github can be for any sort of distributed workflows. People have used Github for free personal webpages, project documentation, collaborative writing, or even home repairs. While Git can be unintuitive, it is a surprisingly simple and effective tool to manage changes and share documents among a large group of collaborators. Participants will gain knowledge of the typical uses of Git and Github for project planning and metadata version control. They will understand how to start and update a Git repository with basic Git commands, the Github desktop application, or just through a browser. Participants will also learn how to submit pull request to identify issues in other projects, and gain an overview of potential uses of Github Pages. Learn how to pull, clone, and fork your way to better collaborative projects. Computers or coding skills are not required, but participants are invited to bring a laptop for some hands-on introduction. Throughout the presentation, live examples will be shown for multiple skill levels, and participants will be invited to try some simple steps themselves, or just follow along with the presentation.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Gregory Wiedman, University at Albany, SUNY
Mark Wolfe, University at Albany, SUNY

Program Slot #3, 4:15 PM-5:15 PM

Medical Humanities in Academic Libraries

Sponsors: ASLS / IFRT
Descriptions of medical humanities programs are analyzed using text mining and visualization in order to illuminate opportunities for library collaboration.  Drawing from diverse institutions, the presenters offer concrete examples of library services, collections, and spaces to support research and creative work in this diverse field.  These innovations can be extrapolated to inform the challenges posed by other kinds of interdisciplinary research and programs, as librarians provide guidance to scholars who seek to “choose [their] adventure” in this and other developing fields.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Kathleen Kasten, Stony Brook University Libraries
Jamie Saragossi, Stony Brook University Libraries


Librarians Learning Online to Teach Online

Sponsors: NYBLC / ASLS
Online instruction provides libraries of all types a way to reach a wider audience with increased opportunities for learning. In order to be successful, library workers must develop new skills to provide high quality instruction online. This presentation will introduce Design for Learning, an IMLS-funded series of free self-paced online modules for library staff to learn how to teach online through a well-rounded approach specific to library instruction. Receive online teaching tips and examples of how each of the modules builds on the others to work toward a final project, so that all learning is immediately applied to a real community: Orientation, Instructional Design, Technologies, Diversity, Community Engagement, Social Media, and the final Capstone project.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Arden Kirkland, Design for Learning Program, SCRLC
Mary-Carol Lindbloom, South Central Regional Library Council

Friday, November 10

Program Slot  #4, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

RDA and You, Understanding the Essentials

Sponsors: SMART / ASLS, SLSA
Have you wondered why the records in your catalog look a little different? Why are there extra fields in the MARC record? This session is intended for librarians and library staff who would like to better understand the changes they are seeing in their OPACs due to Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new standard for descriptive cataloging. Attendees are encouraged to bring any questions or issues with them to the session. Participants will understand the history of RDA, comprehend the impact RDA has for the library user, and will be able to apply an understanding of RDA to identify RDA-compliant records in their catalogs.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Denise Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College


Program Slot  #5, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

The Academic Library's Role in a Time of Educational Transformation

Sponsors: ASLS / ILRT
 Methodological and technological changes will continue to impact research practices across disciplines. The library’s academic support role is evolving no less. Roger will explore how libraries serve the changing needs of students, instructors, researchers, and the institutions.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Roger C. Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R



Program Slot  #6, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Big Questions, Big Data and HathiTrust

Sponsors: ASLS / SMART
HathiTrust’s 15 million volume digital library enables collaborative data mining, collection management services, and copyright research. Furlough will discuss HathiTrust’s solutions to emerging challenges for libraries and digital scholarship.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Mike Furlough, HathiTrust

Program Slot  #7, 4:15 PM-5:15 PM

Academic Libraries & Pop Culture

Sponsors: SCLA / YSS, PCRT, ASLS
 A panel of experts will discuss the role of pop culture in academic libraries, sharing their own experiences of bringing pop culture into their institutions and how it has worked so far. Our panelists will explore the relationship between pop culture and academia through discussion topics such as developing graphic novel collections, issues with censorship, working with faculty in the classroom, developing outreach initiatives, and more. Learn why pop culture DOES, in fact, belong in academia, and discover what you can do to bring it into your library!

Track: User Services
Claudia McGivney, Stony Brook University Libraries
Laura Costello, Stony Brook University Libraries


 Rights Statements and Online Cultural Heritage

In 2016, we learned that there are approximately 87,000+ rights statements in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). These statements are used to communicate copyright status and ability to reuse content. This is a confusing situation for users., an initiative of the DPLA and Europeana, attempts to ease this confusion by providing standardized rights statements that clearly indicate copyright status and use options. Attendees of this session will understand how a confusing rights statement will prevent an end user from being able to reuse online content. Attendees will learn about the 12 standardized statements created by the project and what they mean. In this session, participants will hear from digital collections managers who implemented these statements, and learn about strategies for implementation that could be applied to other digital collections or platforms. Attendees will learn how these statements are used in portals like DPLA and the Empire State Digital Network to promote reuse of content.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO
Jennifer Palmentiero, SENYLRC
Laura Osterhout, RRLC


Saturday, November 11

Program Slot  #8, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM


A+ Customer Service for Libraries

Sponsors: ASLS
Customer service is a key skill for any position in a library. But many customer training programs fail to grasp the unique aspects of library service. The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library tackled this problem by creating and implementing its own set of guidelines and official training program: A+ Customer Service. Attendees of this session will learn about A+ Customer Service and its components, interact with a variety of customer service scenarios, and take away ideas for how to develop similar programs for their own libraries.

Track: User Services
Erin Weller, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library


Program Slot  #9, 10:45 AM-11:45 AM

Improving the workplace through staff development

Sponsors: ASLS
Staff development is an on-going process in any successful organization. The capacity to work together and feeling valued impacts client engagement and overall success of the organization. Growth is important to function as a cohesive team but making it happen is another story. This session explores the pathway pursued at Clarkson University, challenges, successes, and ideas for future progress.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Michelle Young, Clarkson University


Relevant, Responsive & Resilient Change Management

Sponsors: LAMS / ASLS, ESLN
Libraries need to be viable, vital and visible in order to inspire future investment of funding and good will. The Albany Public Library has been a testing ground to translate a proven business methodology called LEAN Six Sigma into a development strategy for public libraries, the Change Management Model (CMM). CMM harnesses one of the most powerful resources available to leadership - the wisdom of those who work at the front line everyday with patrons. CMM builds sustainable solutions to pressing problems while strengthening teamwork in the library and encouraging an iterative mindset to result in a continuous improvement culture for your library.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
Mary Coon, Albany Public Library
Mary-Ellen Pichè, Albany Public Library



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