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ASLS at the 2018 NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show

November 7-10, 2018

Rochester, N.Y.


Thursday, November 8

Program Slot  #1, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM

Cultivating Empathy in Reference Services

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Mental health issues continue to dominate national conversations, including those in community services and education. This interactive program will examine what role empathy should have in reference services and explore essential questions including: what activities can librarians undertake to develop their empathy skills? How can librarians express empathy while also maintaining appropriate boundaries with their patrons? What does empathy look like in virtual reference services? In what ways are librarians already practicing empathy, and what can we do to grow and cultivate those practices?

Track: User Services
Ilka Datig, Nazareth College
Miranda Stefano, Hillside Children’s Center



Program Slot #2, 4:00 PM- 5:15 PM

Surveying and Accessing Endangered Media Formats

How many floppy disks are languishing in your archives? Do you know the exact quantity of VHS tapes or reel-to-reel film in your collections? If you don’t have an immediate answer, it’s time to consider surveying your endangered media formats. Staff from The Strong National Museum of Play will discuss how (and why) they took the leap into proactively identifying and assessing the unique endangered media formats (both digital and magnetic) held within the museum’s archives. Attendees will learn about the process of surveying collections, assessing their condition, and how this captured data can inform future digitization projects, as well as the outcome of The Strong's grant-funded Endangered Media Pilot Project.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Andrew Borman, The Strong
Hillary Ellis, The Strong
Julia Novakovic, The Strong


Friday, November 9

Program Slot  #3, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM

Public Librarians Fostering College Student Success

Sponsors: ASLS / ILRT, SCLA
What is a librarian to do when a college student seeks help with academic work at the public library? Unless the library is a very large one, rich with suitable resources, the public librarian may struggle with how to proceed. Your presenters can help! One is from a suburban public library, with past work experience at community college libraries, having also served as an instructor for a credit-bearing university course; while the other is from a renowned community college library, with focus on administration, outreach, and information literacy instruction. Through their collaboration, learn techniques for guiding students to be successful not only with the academic assignment at hand, but, more broadly, to guide them to success on their academic journey.

Track: User Services
Virginia Payne, Irondequoit Public Library
Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College



Tactical Skills in Political Environments

Public, academic and school library leaders face a variety of political obstacles as we pursue our library's mission. How we think about and react to these obstacles is critical, especially when they come from those who fund us. This session will give guidance on framing and understanding your library's local political environment and offer practical tactics for leaders to use as they maneuver within it.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Cassie Guthrie, Greece Public Library




Program Slot  #4, 11:00 AM-12:15PM

Improving Access to Special Collections

Focusing on the need for standardization, the efficiency of technology solutions, and the desire to build community engagement, the University of Rochester's Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation Department (RBSCP) has developed workflows to better address how collections are processed, how finding aids are created, and how to enhance online navigation. RBSCP staff will discuss their strategies for improving access and discovery of special collections materials and provide scalable options for exploring and implementing similar workflows in other libraries and archives.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Miranda Mims, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries
Marcy Strong, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries



Teaching Users to Engage with News

To battle "fake news" and misinformation in the press, we must do more than teach users how to effectively evaluate news sources; we need to teach our users how to consume and engage with the news in such a way that evaluating source content becomes second nature.  This presentation will explore some of the methods we have used to teach students to become successful news consumers, along with partnerships and programs we have formed in support of this effort.  We will introduce the concept of building an information portfolio and applying a new model of evaluation (FACTS) to assess sources at multiple levels.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Jennifer Freer, Rochester Institute of Technology
Lara Nicosia, Rochester Institute of Technology


Program Slot  #5, 2:15 PM-3:30 PM

Building an Information Literacy Digital Badging Program

Sponsors: ASLS / ILRT, SSL
Digital badges are online, visual representations of a learner’s mastery of specific skills or concepts. We’ll describe possibilities for using digital badges to enhance information literacy instruction, share insights from our process of building a badging program at Monroe Community College, and provide an opportunity for participants to brainstorm applications of digital badging at their own institutions.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Anjali Parasnis-Samar, Monroe Community College
Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College



Saturday, November 10

Program Slot  #7, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM


Ins and Outs of Professional Collaborations

Knowledge sharing and networking are vital to professional growth in librarianship. Opportunities for growth can be found in both formal and informal settings, inside and outside of the library. This collaborative presentation will share the stories of the BBBL (Bunch of Busy Business Librarians), an informal networking group that became an enriching professional development opportunity, and the Stony Brook University Libraries’ Colloquium Series, an internal library lecture series that has successfully fostered collaborations and generated interest in librarian-led initiatives on campus. The program will consist of a brief presentation from each group about the logistics, lessons learned, and the benefits of the collaborations, an opportunity for each panelist to talk about their experiences, and a Q&A session where attendees can ask their own questions of the panel members.

  Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development

  Speakers: Alan Witt, SUNY Geneseo
   Jennifer Freer, Rochester Institute of Technology
   Mia Breitkopf, The College at Brockport, State University of New York


Nancy Greco, St. John Fisher College
Robert Berkman, University of Rochester
Dana Haugh, Stony Brook University




Internet Archive Saving 78s for Everyone

Sponsors: SMART / ASLS, SCLA
Archive of Contemporary Music’s Great78 project digitized almost 100,000 78rpm records. Audio expert George Blood started with ARC/Internet Archive’s 60,000 sides and is now working with library collections. Director B. George will provide an overview of the process from securing donations and shipping fragile material through to providing universal access. Discover spectacular audio gems and the collectors who saved them. ARC wants to assist other libraries and archives in preserving their materials while giving collections new life online.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
B. George, ARChive of Contemporary Music / Internet Archive




Program Slot  #8, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Embedding Library Lessons in a Bilingual Course

This presentation will discuss how to embed bilingual (Spanish/English) scaffolded library lessons in a three-credit Spanish-language-assisted undergraduate course during learners’ first college semester. These bilingual embedded lessons help native Spanish speakers acquire language skills in English as they learn academic content and develop information literacy and research skills. The speaker will provide examples of these lessons which employ multicultural teaching techniques. The presentation will discuss how library lessons introduce learners to educational technologies, internet resources, and library collections. The presenter will speak to the importance of differentiating activities that engage advanced bilingual learners with sophisticated search strategies and using more complex reading materials. Participants will be able to adapt lesson plan templates, tutorials, and handouts in teaching non-native speakers of English (NNE).

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons, Manhattan College

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