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Untethering the Academic Librarian

When/Where: July 14-15, 2016, Syracuse University
Early Bird Registration Rate: $80/person ($100 May 24+)
Library Science Students: $25 ($10 if attending only the evening of the 14th)
Payment: Check, PayPal, or Credit Card
Housing Information: Dorm rooms available!

Introduction: 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.

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July 14

Workshops 1:00 p.m. (see below for descriptions)
Registration 3:30 p.m. (packets for those attending workshops will be available before 1:00)
iSchool Reception/SU Tours 4:00 p.m.
Dinner/Keynote 6:00 p.m. Jill 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.

July 15

Keynote 9:00 a.m. Steven P. Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services, Temple University. Thinking like Ford: Designing Future-Proof Libraries.

Panel Discussions:

Futures-Keynote Reaction Panelists:
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:
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.

Pre-conference Workshops:

Developing and Implementing the New ACRL Framework of Information Literacy

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.”

Digital Preservation Basics

Kristen Gallant, Laura Evans, and Erin Rushton, Binghamton University
Is your institution considering a digital preservation program? The questions of ‘what degree of preservation should be made,’ ‘who should be doing preservation,’ and ‘what standards and tools are necessary’ can be overwhelming for those institutions in the early phases of preservation. If you would like to learn more, please attend the Digital Preservation Workshop to hear about the basics of digital preservation, common concerns and questions, and available resources.

Questions? Contact Mary-Carol Lindbloom at

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