ACRL/NY 2017 Symposium, December 1 2017

The Mission: The Academic and Research Library in the Twenty-First Century Information Environment


8:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast, registration, and poster sessions

9:00 – 9:15 – President’s address and ACRL/NY business meeting

Haruko Yamauchi, President, ACRL/NY

9:15 – 9:20 – Opening remarks

Thomas Keenan, 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium Chair

9:20 – 10:15 –  Keynote

David Magier, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, Princeton University

“Collecting, Collaborating, Facilitating: New Dynamics in the Role of Content in the Research Library’s Evolving Mission”

10:15 – 10:30 – Break and poster sessions

10:30 – 11:50  – Moderated panel: The distributed execution of the twenty-first century   academic library mission

Galadriel Chilton, Director of Collections Initiatives, Ivy Plus Libraries
Working in a complicated, organic, evolving ecosystem that is today’s library collections environment, the Ivy Plus Libraries Collection Development Group is working towards collective collections across the partnership. This presentation will explore why this deep collaboration is necessary, what initiatives and programs are currently underway, and the highlights and challenges Galadriel has observed in the first 1.5 years as the inaugural Director of Collections Initiatives for Ivy Plus Libraries.

Julia Glauberman, Instructional Outreach Librarian, Binghamton University Libraries
The vast majority of the literature on citation management software focuses on making comparisons and providing recommendations. Even articles that go beyond Consumer Reports-style product reviews lack any critical analysis of the relationships between libraries and the vendors who design and sell citation management tools or organizations that support open source alternatives. This presentation will address the various roles that librarians play in their relationships with this subset of vendors, explore the financial value of the citation management software industry, and share the results of a recent survey of 300+ academic librarians on their experiences supporting citation management tools.

Pamela Jones, Executive Director, ConnectNY
ConnectNY is a diverse group of private academic libraries working together to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative
initiatives and coordinated activities. Founded in 2002 with five member
institutions, the organization has grown to include 19 member institutions. Pam
will talk about the history and evolution of CNY over the past 15 years, including how the consortium has developed a robust e-book acquisition program, created a shared print trust, and developed a strategic plan focused on cooperative endeavors.

Beth Posner, Head of Library Resource Sharing, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Interlibrary loan services enable librarians to provide library users with invaluable access to information. Since no library can afford to collect all the information that local users might need, librarians at even the largest of research libraries can provide more people with more access to more information by lending, borrowing and sharing resources. Of course, this service comes at a cost (to both suppliers and requesters). It can be time consuming and labor intensive. However, librarians can control and share these costs by using technology to automate processing, charging reasonable processing fees, joining consortia, creating reciprocal agreements and participating in coordinated collection development. In these ways, librarians can better support libraries and their collections and serve all library users and society.

11:50-1:00 – Lunch and poster sessions

1:00-2:00 – Breakout sessions

  1. The academic and research librarian as content expert and research advisor
  2. Undergraduate education, information literacy instruction, and crises of authority in the contemporary information world
  3. The twenty-first century academic/research library mission and professional library and information education

2:00-2:15 – Break and poster sessions

2:15-3:25 – Moderated panel: Rescue mission: Adapting to preserve endangered content in the twenty-first century information world

Christina Bell, Humanities Librarian, Bates College
Bates College, a small liberal arts college in Maine, has one of the most complete, circulating collections of children’s picture books featuring people of color. An analysis showed that LCSH and traditional cataloging did not adequately represent the content of the books, and review of literature and media sources show librarians, teachers and parents alike struggle to identify diverse titles. Bates created a database based on this collection, The Diverse BookFinder, to connect the research work of faculty, the accessibility of library collections, and the discoverability of this specific knowledge to wider audiences and bring more diverse titles into the hands of readers. This presentation will discuss the management of a circulating collection of children’s books in a college library, how it is used by students and faculty for teaching and research, and the work of creating an online database to identify diverse titles. I will highlight ways in which a small, non-research library is collaborating with students, faculty, and members of the public to utilize a local collection to address questions of national interest around diverse books.

Debora Cheney, Assistant CIO for Assessment and User Engagement, The University at Albany
For many years, academic libraries have provided significant leadership and expertise in preserving newspapers. This role has ensured that libraries preserve newspapers. However, changes in news production and distribution are making it more difficult and challenging for libraries to preserve news content. Today, the news is de-constructed from the print page and even the webpage may not capture all of today’s news. Changing readership patterns and expectations that news is always available has increased researcher, student, and faculty expectations that news content will be readily accessible for use in teaching, learning, and research. Still, defining what content should be preserved and what is accessible for teaching and research is increasingly complex. At the same time, news content is now of growing interest to researchers and used for a variety of research methodologies. Text mining, for example, is no longer associated with the newspaper page and requires expertise about news content. Taken together, these many changes may require libraries to take on new or different roles and responsibilities related to news content—beyond preservation. This paper will explore some of the roles libraries can play in the new news environment.

Rachel King, Media Librarian, LIU Brooklyn
Daily journalism has traditionally been preserved by libraries in the form of newspapers and magazines housed in library periodicals department. Now that most journalism is published online and libraries generally only have access via temporary subscriptions, libraries are prevented from doing traditional preservation work (e.g., storing copies locally). News organizations, too, have a limited ability to engage in preservation activities. (According to a Missouri School of Journalism study, nearly half of all publishers of digital news have experienced a “significant” loss of online content.) In the future, this lack of locally-based preservation may lead to a shortage of early-21st-century primary source material for historians. This talk is predicated on the idea that personal digital archiving is a key digital literacy for all citizens, and a skill set that librarians should make a particular effort to teach to journalists. The presenter will offer specific examples and learning outcomes based on a webinar she created for a national organization of professional journalists.

Kate Wittenberg, Managing Director, Portico (ITHAKA)
As a community, we understand that the substantial and growing investment that publishers, libraries, and scholars are making in digital object creation requires a commitment to protect the content for the long term. While producers and curators of digital content recognize that they need to be thinking about preservation, they may wonder what steps they should take to protect their content, and what they can do to make digital collections “safe enough”?
Answers are complex, and dependent upon the type and needs of the content or collection, the content owners, the users, and the organization. These questions provide a useful starting point to consider various short- and long-term preservation options, which can be placed along a continuum that begins with near-term protection and concludes with full, long-term preservation. In considering preservation plans, it is important to begin with an understanding of the key issues, what is at stake, and the options for moving forward with an effective strategy. This presentation will explore the critical questions, the pros and cons of possible approaches, and some of the future challenges we will face in preserving complex and dynamic born-digital content.

3:25-3:45 – Closing remarks, raffle, and door prizes