2022 ENY/ACRL Conference Information

The conference date is quickly approaching! Here is all of the information is one place, with more details forthcoming.

To see the schedule, go here.

To access a downloadable PDF of the schedule, go here.

To find out about the masking requirement, go here.

Parking for the conference will be available in the Irving Garage, which is next to the conference location, the Dineen College of Law. A parking map of SU North Campus which includes Irving Garage and the Dineen College of Law is available here.

2022 ENY/ACRL Conference Schedule

Theme: Resetting the Table: Inclusive Learning & Librarianship

Tuesday, May 10

Syracuse University College of Law

8:30 am – Registration with continental breakfast

9:00 am – Welcome by President

9:15 am – Keynote Speaker, William Myhill 

Presentation Title: Understanding Disability in the Library and Creating Inclusive Services

Presentation Abstract:

The keynote will critique our conceptualizations of disability toward a more inclusive understanding of the lived experience disability. Findings from and implications for higher education are reviewed. Takeaways for providing more inclusive library programs and services are presented.

Presentation Summary:

The presenter critiques how disability has been excluded throughout history and conceptualized as often in need of charity or cure. The present-day experience and reality of disability in higher education for the field of librarianship is reviewed. The then talk moves toward a more inclusive understanding of the lived experience disability and how this shift in understanding is necessary. The presenter concludes by offering the field strategies for providing more inclusive library programs and services.


William designed and presently teaches (part-time) IST-564 Accessible Library & Information Services for the Syracuse University (SU) iSchool incorporating Universal Design for Learning principles. He has worked in the fields of education and law over 30 years, collaborating with and providing services for diverse individuals with disabilities and cultural/linguistic differences through extensive research, teaching, and advocacy. He has a lifetime of personal experience with disability. Previously, in collaboration with the iSchool’s Center for Digital Literacy, William was co-PI for Project ENABLE (2010-15), where he co-developed and taught its curriculum and resources for creating inclusive library programs. As Director of Legal Research and Writing at SU’s Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) (2005-2018), William oversaw the Institute’s disability law and policy research initiatives, and supervised law student research and writing across numerous BBI projects. Presently and since February 2018, he has been serving as the University’s Interim Director & ADA/503/504 Coordinator in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

William is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association – an organization of dedicated disability civil rights attorneys and scholars – and served on its Board of Directors (2011-2017). Formerly, William served as a special education teacher, facilitating, implementing and assessing individualized education programs for children with a range of disabilities, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea. He has published widely on disability issues.

10:15 am Breakout session

11:15 am – Break and Posters and Vendors

11:45 am – Lunch

12:30 pm – Business Meeting

12:45 pm – Keynote Speaker, Nicole Thomas

Presentation Title: Critical Librarianship: Empowering Students through Inclusive Instruction

Presentation Abstract:

Teaching information literacy is an act of social justice. Librarians are in a critical position to transform the information seeking behavior of an increasingly diverse student population. How can librarians embrace their responsibility to educate beyond core search techniques and encourage students to take ownership of their learning? We must first acknowledge and understand oppressive power structures within our society, education system and profession. Additionally, as we recognize our positionality as educators, we can begin instilling agency in each student to learn how these structures impact scholarly research. As students realize their position in the scholarly conversation, they become critical of their information sources. Dismantling oppressive power structures in scholarship is the desired outcome of inclusive learning. This can be achieved by valuing diverse forms of expertise to increase the visibility and acceptance of marginalized voices.


Nicole Thomas is a Student Support & Engagement Librarian at SUNY University at Buffalo. Nicole engages undergraduate, international and transfer students through inclusive information literacy. She teaches through a social justice lens and has been actively implementing Critical Information Literacy principles into library instruction. Nicole’s work includes current service on the University at Buffalo President’s Advisory Council on Race (PACOR) Curriculum & Pedagogy Subcommittee and UB Libraries’ Equity and Social Justice Advisory Group (ESJAG) Hiring Committee.

1:45 pm – Lightning Rounds

2:15 pm – Break and Posters and Vendors

2:45 pm-  Breakout Session

3:45 pm –  Concluding Remarks by President

4:00 pm  – Library Tour

4:15 pm – ENYACRL Board Meeting

2022 ENY/ACRL Conference: Masking

As of April 19th, 2022 Syracuse University is at a Blue Level for their masking. For attendees of the conference, that means that masks will be required to be worn throughout the day. Registrants will be notified the day prior to the conference via email about masking status on campus. However, at this time, it is likely that level will continue through May 10th, 2022. So, please be prepared and bring a mask with you for the day.

Incoming Officers Elected

Congratulations to our incoming officers!

Christina Huffaker Swendsrud (Secretary)

Lauren Puzier (Membership Chair)

Wendy West (Vice President/President-Elect)

Their terms will officially begin in May after the Annual Conference.  (If you have not already done so, register here for the conference!)

ENY/ACRL Election Slate 2022

Here are the slate of candidates for this year’s ENY/ACRL Board Elections. A huge thank you to the candidates for their willingness to serve! ENY/ACRL members will receive a ballot link for voting on Monday April 4th. This link will be a Qualtrics link, so please be on the lookout for it. We recognize that the past few years have been difficult for all of us, so we’d like to thank you all for your continued support.


Christina Huffaker Swendsrud is the Reference Services Librarian for History and Archives at Le Moyne College. She is also a reviewer for the ALA Choice magazine and served as the ENY/ACRL Chapter Secretary during the 2021-2022 year.

Prior to joining Le Moyne College, she was a Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Access Services at Utica College, where she served on a college senate committee as secretary, in addition to the extensive record-keeping and written communication required in her role as a department head. She has also been involved in the creation and responsible for the documentation of several library-wide and library committee planning projects.

Christina is grateful for the learning, professional development, and networking opportunities provided by ENY/ACRL, and would be honored to help document, record, and communicate the Chapter’s activities as Secretary. 

Membership Chair

Lauren Puzier is the User Experience Librarian at the University at Albany. Her research interests include incorporating new and emerging technologies in higher education, user-centered and service design, and reference services. Before joining the UAlbany Libraries, she was the Acting Head Librarian for the New York Library at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Lauren has past experience with serving in membership departments and committees for other professional organizations including New York State United Teachers, College Art Association, ACRL/Arts, and the Art Libraries Society of North America.

Vice President/President-Elect

Wendy West is the head of the University Library’s Resource Management Department at the University of Albany.  She has worked at the University since 1987. Ms. West holds an M.L.S. from University at Albany and a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University.  Her professional service experience includes program planning for American Library Association (ALA) annual preconference events in 2017 and 2018, chairing the State University of New York Librarians Association’s (SUNYLA) 2014 annual conference, Eastern New York ACRL Chapter (ENY/ACRL) Program Chair 2019/2020-2020/2021, various ALA Award Juries, and has served as an ALA/ALCTS mentor.