July 14 & 15, 2016   *   Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


The rapid evolution of academia and libraries in recent years has caused upheaval. But that evolution is creating opportunities for much more freedom and mobility. Freedom from the physical library has allowed librarians to embed themselves in classrooms and collaborate with campus constituencies. Freedom from physical collections has allowed librarians to widely share information and champion open access. There is more freedom than ever to be library scientists and experiment with new learning techniques and technologies, and to play an active role in shaping a new library culture.  Join us for the discussion, dialog, networking, and learning!


Agenda for Thursday, 7/14

1:00pm       Concurrent workshops

3:30pm       Registration opens; Visit with Vendors

4:00pm       iSchool reception and tours

6:00pm       Dinner and Jill Hurst-Wahl’s Keynote

Post Keynote—Movies & Networking in the Dorms


Agenda for Friday, 7/15

9:00am       Steven Bell’s Keynote

10:15am     Reaction Panel & Communication Conversation

11:45am     Lunch; Vendors

12:30pm       Open Educational Resources Panel

1:30pm       Break

1:45pm       Institutional Repository Panel

2:45pm       Wrap Up

Student Presentations. After the program, please join the new iSchool students for their remaining presentations at Bird Library, Peter Graham Commons. They will be presenting until 4 p.m.

Preconference Workshops

Developing and Implementing the New ACRL Framework of Information Literacy

Schine Student Center 304 ABC

Presenters: Sara Quimby and Lisa Czirr, SUNY Cortland

The ACRL Board in February 2015 accepted the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This new framework greatly diverges from the old set of standards that instruction librarians have grown quite accustomed to. Where the old standards specifically laid out clearly-defined numbered learning outcomes, the framework “frames” pedagogy and faculty conversations into a set of principles and concepts. So, where do we go from here? This workshop delves head first into the framework. Through a combination of presentations and activities, we will walk from threshold concept, to learning outcomes, to specific-disciplinary outcomes, to one-shot session implementation. Using SUNY Cortland as one possible road to take, this workshop will engage participants by working through the process our faculty is currently undertaking in order to engage each other, our students, academic department faculty, with these new “frames.”

Conference Location

Schine Student Center
303 University Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

Room: Schine 304 ABC.


Syracuse University’s iSchool will host a reception in Hinds Hall on July 14th, beginning at 4 p.m. Tours of the iSchool, Maker Space, and Bird Library’s Special Collection will also be available.

343 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244

Syracuse University iSchool

Shine Student Center

Keynote Speakers


Jill Hurst WahlJill Hurst-Wahl, Associate Professor of Practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies & Director of the M.S. Library and Information Science Program.  You’re Free to Roam the Campus. We’ve heard the refrains of eliminating the reference desk, embedded librarians, and the like.  We also hear of the need to get out into our academic communities.  Yet meeting our community members where they are – not where we are – is still a challenge.  If we’re free to move about the campus and deliver services outside of the library, what do we need to do to truly make it happen?

Steven BellSteven P. Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services, Temple University.  Thinking Like Ford: Designing Future-Proof Libraries. Car makers are doing well. The industry is leveraging technology to offer sophistical products that achieve continuous improvement. Despite today’s success some manufacturers are looking ahead to a world where other forms of transportation may dominate. Ford Motors is a good example in that it looks to the future where it is in the “mobility business” and that means more than just manufacturing traditional internal combustion engine vehicles or even new electric or driverless models. What can librarians learn from the example being set by Ford and other organizations that are imagining how they will continue to thrive in a future world that may no longer need what it offers today? Can we envision bookless libraries? How do we define our business in a way that will be as relevant 100 years from now as it is today? In this presentation, Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University Libraries, will delve into what it means for librarians to “think like Ford”, sharing design thinking as a tool libraries can use to proactively navigating a world of changing demographics, advanced technology and community member expectations for better libraries.

Panel Discussions

Keynote Reaction Panel

Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library Association

Curtis L. Kendrick, Dean of Libraries, Binghamton University

Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian

Dr. Loriene Roy, Professor and Graduate Advisor, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Syracuse University

Open Educational Resources

Presenters: Mark McBride, Trudi Jacobson, and Karen Gardner-Athey

This panel will offer an overview of Open Educational Resources (OER) and their importance to education.  Karen presents an introduction to OERS; Mark discusses his mission to make OERs a major component of higher education as well as the importance of librarians to the OER process and Trudi talks about her work as a professor who creates OERs and how her students have used and manipulated OERs in her courses.

Institutional Repositories 2016

Maureen P. Walsh. Untethering Scholarship: Institutional Repositories and the Research Lifecycle.  Maureen will discuss her experience as an academic librarian supporting research and scholarship and the role institutional repositories play in the research lifecycle.

Bridget Bower will describe Ithaca College’s experience, which after many years of conversations about an IR, decided in the summer of 2015 that this was the year. They selected Digital Commons from bepress and began to implement it, in what was largely a one-woman implementation.

Harrison W. Inefuku presents Cyclone Pride: Gamification and other avenues to high faculty participation in institutional repositories. Lack of faculty interest or contributions to an institutional repository is often cited by repository managers as a significant challenge. Three years after launching, eight departments at Iowa State University had over 50% of their tenured and tenure-eligible faculty contributing publications to their institutional repository, in disciplines ranging from Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering to World Languages and Cultures. These high rates of participation were achieved without an institutional open access mandate. This presentation looks at the gamification of the institutional repository—stoking interest by tapping into athletic and regional rivalries—and other techniques used to successfully encourage faculty to utilize their institutional repository.

About the Speakers

Steven Bell

Steven BellSteven Bell is an academic librarian who studies, writes and speaks about higher education, leadership, design thinking and user experience and educational technology. He’s a co-founder of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community. He writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, “From the Bell Tower” and “Leading From the Library”. He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design” and the author of the edited book Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to http://stevenbell.info

Bridget Bower

Bridget Bower has been the College Archivist at Ithaca College since 1988 (28 years if you are doing the math!–note: her calculations, not ours ). In addition to her work in the archives, Bridget is also a reference librarian and is the liaison librarian for the History Department. She holds a BA from Swarthmore College, and MA from the Earlham School of Religion and an MLS from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Prior her service to Ithaca College, she was the College Archivist at Earlham College.

Lisa Czirr

lisaLisa Czirr is the Teaching Materials Center Librarian at SUNY Cortland. She is responsible for the curriculum materials center that supports Education students with PreK-12 materials and is the liaison and library instructor for the Education programs. Prior to the academic world, she worked in the public library setting.

Karen Gardner-Athey

Karen Gardner-Athey is the Training Coordinator and Open Educational Resource (OER) Professional Development Facilitator at the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS).  She received her MLIS from UCLA and a MS from Syracuse University.  She also has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Training the Trainer from the Education Department at Elmira College. She has been with the OLIS for the past 15 years where her primary focus is library systems training and support as well as OER activities. She has been an online instructor of COTE OER courses for the past year.

Jill Hurst-Wahl

Jill Hurst WahlJill Hurst-Wahl, Associate Professor of Practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies & Director of the M.S. Library and Information Science Program.  You’re Free to Roam the Campus. We’ve heard the refrains of eliminating the reference desk, embedded librarians, and the like.  We also hear of the need to get out into our academic communities.  Yet meeting our community members where they are – not where we are – is still a challenge.  If we’re free to move about the campus and deliver services outside of the library, what do we need to do to truly make it happen?

Harrison W. Inefuku

Harrison InefukuHarrison W. Inefuku is the Digital Repository Coordinator at Iowa State University, where he works with faculty, staff, students and administrators to increase the visibility and impact of Iowa State research and scholarship. He has published and presented on outreach for institutional repositories, social justice and diversity in scholarly communications, and the application of archival theory and practice to repository management. Harrison received his Master of Archival Studies and MLIS from the University of British Columbia, and has a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Visual Culture from the University of the Pacific.

Trudi Jacobson

Trudi JacobsonTrudi Jacobson, MLS, MA, is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany Libraries. Her latest book, edited with Tom Mackey, is Metaliteracy in Practice  (ALA Editions, 2016), preceded by their Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacies to Empower Learners (ALA Editions, 2014). Previously, they co-edited four volumes on library/faculty information literacy collaborative endeavors. She, along with colleagues from the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative, has developed and been using an open digital badging system to teach metaliteracy/information literacy. She received the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year award in 2009, and was co-chair of the ACRL Task Force that developed for the Information Literacy Framework (2012-2014).

Jeremy Johannesen

Jeremy JohannesenJeremy Johannesen, Executive Director New York Library Association (NYLA). Having served a Deputy Director of NYLA from 2005 – ‘08, Johannesen left to lead the NYS Alliance for Arts Education.  Jeremy returned to NYLA in 2012, assuming the role of Executive Director.  Johannesen holds his BS in Arts Education from the College of Saint Rose, and is an active leader in Cub Scout Pack 232.

Curtis L. Kendrick

Curtis KendrickCurtis J. Kendrick recently joined Binghamton University as the new Dean of Libraries.  He is formerly the university dean for libraries and information resources at the City University of New York.  Before joining CUNY in 2004, Kendrick served as director of access services at Columbia University Libraries, assistant director of the Harvard University Library, head of the circulation and reserves department at Stony Brook University, and assistant to the director of libraries at Oberlin College. Curtis has published frequently in library journals and presented at national conferences on topics that include library management and services, collaborations between school and university libraries, off-site storage issues, and the role of technology in the modern library. In addition to his Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College he has an MBA from Emory University and a BA from Brown University.

Bernard A. Margolis

Bernie MargolisBernard A. Margolis began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009. Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Mr. Margolis administers the New York State Library, including the Research Library, the Division of Library Development and the Talking Book and Braille Library. In partnership with the state’s 73 library systems, the State Library delivers library services to 19.4 million people served by New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.

Mark McBride

Mark McBride is the Director of Library Services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY and Chair of the SUNY Council of Library Directors. He is an Open Education advocate and believes in the unfettered access to content for all learners. His research interests are in OER and the impact they have on learning. Mark has thoroughly researched learning spaces both formal and informal, and has spearheaded initiatives to renovate facilities making them more conducive to collaborative and active learning.

Sara Quimby

sara-quimby-webSara Quimby is the Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator at SUNY Cortland. She coordinates a robust Information Literacy program with first year students, as well as in the disciplines. With an academic background in art history and philosophy, she is also liaison to Art, Philosophy, and Communication Studies departments. 

Loriene Roy

Loriene RoyLoriene Roy, Loriene Roy was born and raised in northern Minnesota. She is Anishinabe,  enrolled on the White Earth Reservation (Pembina Band),  a member of the  Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Dr. Roy received an MLS from the University of  Arizona and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently Professor and Graduate Advisor in the School of  Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches  graduate  courses in reference, library instruction, and social/cultural constructs of information. She served as 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association. Currently she is a member  of  the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board, Freedom to Read  Foundation Board of Trustees, StoryCorps Tribal Library Advisory Board, and Design4Learning: 21st Century Online Learning for Library Workers Leadership Team. She has received numerous  professional awards, most recently the 2015 Distinguished  Service Award,  American Indian Library Association; 2014 Library School Alumni  Association  Distinguished Alumnus Award, Graduate School of Library and Information  Science, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and the 2014  Sarah  Vann Award, ALA Hawai’i Student Chapter at the University of Hawai’i Manoa  Library & Information  Science Program. She has given over 600  presentations  at venues around the world and has numerous publications.

David Seamen

David SeamanDavid Seaman is Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University. David came to Syracuse after library leadership positions at Dartmouth College, The Digital Library Federation, and the University of Virginia. He has lectured and published extensively in the fields of humanities computing and digital libraries, and for many years has taught at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.

Maureen P. Walsh

Maureen WalshMaureen P. Walsh is Associate Processor and Institutional Repository Services Librarian at The Ohio State University where she manages the Knowledge Bank, The Ohio State University’s Institutional Repository. She is actively involved in the DuraSpace open source community as a member of the DSpace Steering and Leadership Groups and the Co-Chair of the DSpace Community Advisory Team.



Sheraton Inn at Syracuse University has reserved a block of rooms at the rate of $140+ tax per room/single.  Be sure to bring your tax-exempt form if this applies to you. To register with the Sheraton, call 315-475-3000 or 800-395-2105 and reference “Academic Libraries 2016 Conference.” Deadline for room reservations at this rate: June 13th.

Dorm Rooms: Dorm rooms are available at a cost of $48.75 for Thursday night July 14th. Linens are an extra $11.75. They include a pillow, blanket, sheet set, and towel.

If you will be reserving a dorm room, please pay when you complete the conference registration form.  If you will be staying at the Sheraton, you will pay separately for the hotel room.


Syracuse is easy to reach and beautiful in July!  Syracuse can be reached by plane, train, bus, or car.

Please note that taxi service in Syracuse is limited and a bit pricey. We suggest you calculate your rate in advance.


$10 per day for those staying in the dorms or commuting to campus ($25 up front and they refund $15 upon checkout); the Sheraton Inn charges $14 per night, automatically posted to the guest room folio.

Code of Conduct


ESLN & ASLS strive to support an open exchange of ideas within a safe and respectful environment. We value your attendance at the Academic Librarian conference, and are dedicated to providing a positive event experience for all participants. We want all of our professional development events to be welcoming, supportive, and comfortable for all participants.

Participation in discussions and activities should be respectful at all times. All are expected to exercise tolerance of the perspectives and opinions of all present and use discretion with photographs, recordings, and sharing.

We do not tolerate harassment in any form. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, conference organizers may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. Event organizers will assist participants in contacting building/venue security or local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. If you are being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event organizer immediately. 

(Adapted from ACRL/NY)



Academic Librarians 2016 is brought to you by Empire State Library Network, NYLA’s Academic & Special Libraries Section, and the Syracuse University’s iSchool! It is through their generous donations that we could reduce the cost of this year’s conference.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, it is not too late–please contact Mary-Carol Lindbloom @ (mclindbloom@sclrc.org).

EBSCO Information Services

Thanks to the conference planning team:

Debby Emerson, Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC)

Kristen A Gallant, SUNY Binghamton

Karen Gardner-Athey, SUNY Office of Library & Information Services

Kathleen Gundrum, Capital District Library Council (CDLC)

Mary-Carol Lindbloom, South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC)

Jessica Brooks Philippe, SCRLC

Marcy Strong, University of Rochester

Gail Wood, SUNY Cortland