Thursday, October 11, 2018

1:00 pm Registration Opens, Afternoon Workshops
3:30 pm Tours, TBD
5:00 pm Reception with cash bar
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Invited Speaker: Arthur Eisenberg
8:00 pm After events, TBD

Friday, October 12, 2018

7:30 am Breakfast
8:25 am Opening Remarks
8:30 am Invited Speaker: April Hathcock
9:30 am Breakout Session 1
10:30 am Morning Break & Posters
11:00 am Breakout Session 2
12:00 pm Lunch Buffet & Posters
1:00 pm Lightning Talks
2:00 pm Breakout Session 3
3:00 pm Invited Speaker: Gerald Beasley
4:00 pm Wrap up; Closing Remarks; Raffle


Ohio’s New Approach to Assigned Textbooks

In 2017, OhioLINK embarked on a series of initiatives (collectively referred to as “Affordable Learning Ohio”) to help lower the cost of course materials for students attending Colleges and Universities across the state.  In addition to OER initiatives and promoting library acquired content as course content alternatives, OhioLINK embarked on a series of negotiations that resulted in a group of statewide “Inclusive Access” text book deals with the 5 major text book publishers. This workshop will cover the details around the construction of the deals, how they work, and what OhioLINK has learned from the process.


Amy Pawlowski


Thursday at 3:30pm

Tour of Cornell’s Mann Library shipping container/makerspace
Walking tour of The History Center in Tompkins County


Friday early morning, before conference

Local gorge tour, location TBD


We will post updated tour info here as we get closer to the conference


photo of Arthur Eisenberg Arthur Eisenberg is the Legal Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.  Over a career at the NYCLU that has spanned more than 40 years, he has litigated extensively around issues of free speech, voting rights, race discrimination and education. He has been involved in more than 20 cases that were presented to the United States Supreme Court, representing either direct litigants or amici curiae.  The cases included those involving the questions of whether Wisconsin engaged in unconstitutional, political gerrymandering when it drew its legislative district lines. (Gill v. Whitford (2017)); whether the Defense of Marriage Act was constitutional (United States v. Windsor (2013)); whether a state violated the fundamental right to vote when it denied voters the right to cast write-in ballots (Burdick v. Takushi (1992)); whether a school board violated the First Amendment in removing ten books from its high school library (Island Trees Union Free School District v. Pico (1982)). Eisenberg is the co-author, with Burt Neuborne, of the Rights of Candidates and Voters (2nd ed. 1980).  He published an essay on issues of faith and conscience, in the book, Engaging Cultural Differences (2002), on military tribunals in It’s a Free Country (2002); on school reform and the State Constitution in A Quality Education for Every Child (2009); and on free speech and Occupy Wall Street in Beyond Zuccotti Park (2012).  He has also published law review articles on a range of topics including essays on Lani Guinier (Review Essay: The Millian Thoughts of Lani Guinier, New York University Review of Law and Social Change (1995)); on Robert Bork (Repaid In The Coin Of A Controversialist: The Bork Nomination Process, University of Cincinnati Law Review (1990)); on campaign finance reform (Civic Discourse, Campaign Finance Reform, and the Virtues of Moderation, Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature (2000)); and on censorship of the arts (The Brooklyn Museum Controversy and the Issue of Government-Funded Expression, Brooklyn Law Review (2000)).  


photo of April M. Hathcock

April Hathcock is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. She received her J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in librarianship, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others. She is a 2018 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, as well as the author of the article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS” and the blog At the Intersection, which examines issues at the intersection of feminism, libraries, social justice, and the law.



Gerald Beasley was recently appointed the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, effective August 1, 2017. He formerly held leadership positions in Canada as Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta (2013-2017) and University Librarian at Concordia University, Montreal (2008-2013). He has also led the Avery Architecture & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University (2004-2008) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture Library (1999-2004). Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Beasley has a Masters’ Degree in Library Studies from University College, London, and in English Language and Literature from Oxford University.


I Didn’t Even Know Librarians Did That: A Faculty and Librarian Teaching Partnership

In this presentation we seek to define and explore the multitude of ways that faculty members can improve their students’ course experiences through collaboration with their university librarian(s). We discuss the evolution of our partnership and the ways that the education librarian has been able to foster and support meaningful online and F2F activities, opportunities, and interactions between students and the library. Such teaching moments are of particular importance in our partnership’s context because the faculty member works with preservice and inservice teachers who are expected to work closely with librarians in their professional settings.

Kate Colantonio-Yurko

Logan Rath






Steps towards openness: Advocating for Open Educational Resources in a multinational college

Touro College and University System is present in 4 countries across 30 schools, serving over 18,000 students. This structure has many positive aspects, but also offers challenges when it comes to outreach. This presentation will cover the efforts of a library in the Touro College New York division to advocate for Open Educational Resources, more specifically, open textbooks. To achieve this goal, we collaborated with Touro librarians across the world, scheduled meetings with higher administration, department chairs, and faculty, planned and administered surveys, and even scripted elevator speeches.

Juliana Terciotti Magro

Sara Tabaei






No More Same as it Ever Was: Redefining the Subject Librarian Role

Being a subject librarian in 2018 is worlds apart from its bibliographer iteration, and the days of conducting all interactions face-to-face and only assisting faculty and students with their research by finding library resources are practically obsolete. The presenter will review the evolution of the subject librarian and discuss newer ways of connecting with departments through activities such as online services and scholarly impact.

Brenna Helmstutler






Openness and Usability at Academic Special Collections in the NY Capital Region

As a student of library science, with a vested interest in both libraries and academia, I can provide a unique perspective on academic libraries as both a user and as a librarian. I have visited and examined many institutions of higher learning in the area of SUNY Albany (including UAlbany, Hudson Valley CC, Russell Sage, and Siena) and taken note of the usability, accessibility, and preservation practices at the special collections. In this presentation I would present my findings and talk about the trends I have noticed regarding the openness of special collections.

Jessica Hoffman






Opening the Archives for 21st Century Access: SUNY Cortland’s Story

Making a special collections and primary resource materials more open to users becomes extremely important, especially when those materials can highlight a significant event. SUNY Cortland celebrates its Sesquicentennial in 2018 with a look back at 150 years. In anticipation of increased interest, Memorial Library began reimagining its Archives in 2015 by relocating its collection to new and more accessible location, (re)processing the collection, welcoming users by appointment, and creating various methods of digitization to reach a wider audience. Opening access to the College Archives over the past few years has taken it from the closet to the desktop.

Richard Powell

Jeremy Pekarek

Janet Ochs


Embrace the Informal: Rethinking the Library’s Campus Partnerships
On every campus there are hidden opportunities that are perfect for a library collaboration. Learn how to recognize and propose unique, informal, and symbiotic connections with departments across campus. Practical examples that incorporate the library staff, space, and resources will inspire you to get out and explore the untapped potential on your campus.

Kate Bellody





Opening up to Concurrent Enrollment
Through its College Now program, Tompkins Cortland Community College enables high school students to earn college credits while they are in high school and without requiring trips to campus. The high school students in these courses have access to our library resources and services to complete their coursework successfully. Their teachers also have access to our resources, and are encouraged to use our materials for course content and assignments. Hear about how the library has opened itself up to these population and developed services to support the students, teachers and librarians at participating College Now schools.

Susanna Van Sant






Open-Ended and User-Focused: Design Thinking for Library Management
Design thinking methods are a huge asset to any library leaders. In the age of open-ended publishing, one must be an open-ended thinker. Learn the basics of design thinking and consider how they might be used to guide your projects and teams to success. Encounter new resources for designing user-centered solutions.

Samantha Ann Mairson






We hear you loud and clear! Integrating student voice into library programming
In 2013, The Middle States Commission on Higher Education hailed the Mercy College Library as a “Significant Accomplishment” for using students in continuous quality improvement in its physical spaces. We openly embrace student ideas and assistance for:
• Employing students to create graphic design signage and a promotional chocolate “Infobar”
• Curating social activist content for a 90 inch lobby monitor
• Displaying student artwork and research posters
• Designating a 20 foot dry-erase “Feedback Wall” to solicit student responses
• Deploying annual surveys on space, service and resources
The talk will provide an overview of our robust integration of students in library space programming.

Mustafa Sakarya


Hotel Ithaca
222 S. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Hotel Ithaca has reserved a block of rooms for the conference. Call 607-272-1000. The room rate is $149 per night; the Group ID is #3358. There is limited free parking at the hotel both for overnight guests and commuters. There is also a parking garage across the street ($7 per day, max) and free parking on the street a few blocks from the hotel.

Beyond cars and carpooling, regular and express buses run between NYC and Ithaca. Newark offers direct flights, arriving in Ithaca at 12:09 p.m. (perfect timing for the 11th!); they depart from Ithaca at 7:30, which leaves time to enjoy an early dinner at one of Ithaca’s many restaurants.



Planning Committee:

  • Amber Amidon, Clarkson University
  • Laura Harris, SUNY Oswego
  • Lisa Hoover, Clarkson University
  • Lynne Kvinnesland, Colgate University
  • Alison Larsen, Siena College
  • Mary-Carol Lindbloom, South Central Regional Library Council
  • Laura Osterhout, Rochester Regional Library Council
  • Jessica Philippe, South Central Regional Library Council
  • Kabel Stanwicks, SUNY Albany
  • Marcy Strong, University of Rochester
  • Angela Thor, Central NY Library Resources Council
  • Marc Wildman, Central NY Library Resources Council


Conference Sponsors:
The Academic Libraries Conference is a biennial one and a half day conference open to all academic library professionals. It is sponsored by the Empire State Library Network, the New York Library Association’s Academic & Special Libraries Section, and the Eastern New York chapter of ACRL.


Opening Up the Definition of ‘Librarian’: Redefining the Librarian Skill Set
When you apply for non-library jobs as a librarian, it is often vital that you become adept at defining or reframing the skills gained in library schools and positions. Hear a former technology librarian, instructional designer, blackboard specialist, and current science librarian explain how she was able to redefine the skills of library school to adjust to a changing employment climate. Many of the pedagogical, managerial, and technological skills learned in library school apply to non-library jobs. This discussion-based session will help participants gain the confidence they need to apply for jobs which may not perfectly fit their degree.

Jenna Pitera






The Empowered Internship: Opening Up the Curriculum
Interns at Milne Library complete a Canvas Course introducing them to library culture, theories, and practices, then edit the course for relevance, correctness, and effectiveness. This presentation will demonstrate the course and talk about the lessons learned from implementation.

Alan Witt






It’s an Honor to Be Here:  Librarian Outreach to an Undergraduate Honors Program
Academic librarians are always considering new opportunities to connect with their academic communities. This poster will outline an ongoing library outreach program to the Honors Program at Nazareth College. Elements of the program include a Freshman orientation workshop on interdisciplinary library research, membership on the Honors Advisory Board, and attendance at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in 2017. Best practices and recommendations for starting an Honors outreach program will be included.

Ilka Datig






Open and Secure: A Look At Information Security in Librarianship
Designed as a primer on information security management, this research aims to bridge librarianship to its IT counterparts and guide academic libraries to probe deeper into issues of privacy, security and authorized access.

Samantha Ann Mairson






The Inflatable Librarian:  enabling student creativity with media and technology
The Mercy College Librarians have opened-up and expanded their roles by developing three different technology based programs that encourage student learning and engagement beyond traditional text. Our “poster librarian” manages our professional poster production service, working with students to develop effective and well-constructed research posters for exhibit at local and regional symposium. Our “3D librarian” has accelerated use of our new makerspace, working with faculty to integrate 3D printing into curriculum, and with students to build robotic devices. Our “digital story librarian” works with students to develop their media skills, in the creation of powerful digital stories, in all disciplines.

Mustafa Sakarya

Tesse Santoro






Opening SU Libraries to Online & Distance Students
With 31 percent of post-secondary students now taking at least one online course, academic libraries have increasingly sought ways to support online and distance students and the faculty who teach courses online. Let’s chat about some of the opportunities and challenges that Syracuse University Libraries has experienced when trying to serve the online community, along with other ideas that we hope to implement in the near future, and your own experiences and ideas as well.

John Stawarz






Expanding Digital Collections at Binghamton University Libraries
At Binghamton University there are efforts to expand the Libraries’ digital collections. Through digitization projects, the Libraries preserve and make accessible recordings of university music recitals and other digitized Special Collections materials, including photographs and diaries, via a digital preservation system (Rosetta). The Libraries also use an IR (Digital Commons) and Omeka to manage and promote digital collections created by faculty and departments on campus including photograph collections and the University Art Museum collection. More recently, the Libraries have begun developing an online virtual exhibit, Centre for the 1960s, which will feature oral histories from prominent figures of that time. This poster will give an overview of the creation and curation process for these unique digital collections, in general, and we will highlight and display a few of the collections that are on each of the different platforms.

Erin Rushton

Amy Gay


We strive to support an open exchange of ideas within a safe and respectful environment. We value your attendance at the Academic Libraries 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)