Fall Brown Bag Lunch Series 2014: Communicating Our Value as Librarians

Since 2007, the ENY/ACRL Brown Bag Lunch Series has provided a great opportunity for librarians within a region to get together informally for lunch, discussions, and networking.  This year’s theme is “More Than Just Book Buyers: Communicating Our Value as Librarians,” with separate events focusing on related subtopics ranging from leveraging on-campus collaborations to connecting our libraries to the value of higher education in order to effectively communicate our institutional value.  This year we are delighted to present four brown bags at a variety of institutions, offering our members from across our region multiple options to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from their local areas.  Many thanks to Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam, Mount Saint Mary College, SUNY Geneseo, and Union College for generously volunteering to host this year’s slate of events!

Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam (jointly-hosted event at Clarkson University)
Date/Time: Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:00am-1:30pm
Location: Clarkson University, Educational Resources Center (ERC), 1504 Presidents Conference Room
Hosts: Marianne Hebert (SUNY Potsdam) hebertm@potsdam.edu and Michelle Young (Clarkson) myoung@clarkson.edu
Title: When Worlds Collide: Is Work/Life Balance Just a Fantasy?
Description: Calling all librarians and library staff from all types of libraries! Let’s get together and discuss what it means to have (or not have) work/life balance in all kinds of library settings.  We will discuss readings, brainstorm ideas on how to achieve balance, and set goals!  A suggested readings list (3-4 articles) will be emailed to those who RSVP.  Readings are recommended (but not required) to provide background for discussions.  Please bring your lunch.  Beverages and a snack will be provided.
Directions/Parking: Parking passes and a campus map will be emailed to those who RSVP.
RSVP:  RSVP to myoung@clarkson.edu by October 22nd, midnight.
Mount Saint Mary College
Date/Time: Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Dominican Center Room 218, Kaplan Family Library at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY  12550
Description: A conversation about the value of librarians, touching on how collaborating and networking on campus can demonstrate and communicate our value to our campus.
Directions/Parking: Directions are available at: https://www.msmc.edu/library/about_us/map_and_directions.be (building 13 on the map)  Contact Campus Security and Safety (http://www.msmc.edu/Student_Services/security__safety, 845-569-3200) for temporary parking permit and Information (located in Hudson Hall, building 18 on map above).
RSVP: Please contact Denise Garofalo (denise.garofalo@msmc.edu) by Friday, October 24, 2014, if you are planning to attend.
SUNY Geneseo
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: SUNY Geneseo, Milne Library, Room 109
Description: In order to communicate our value, we first need to determine it. This discussion will focus on the methods we use to determine library value. Bonnie Swoger and Kim Hoffman from SUNY Geneseo will describe some methods underway to make connections between library services and student success. We encourage others to bring examples of methods (qualitative or quantitative) they have used to determine the value of their libraries.
Directions/Parking: Visitors can park in the Visitors’ circle off of College Street. Directions and a campus map are available here: http://www.geneseo.edu/about/directions.
RSVP: Please RSVP by contacting Bonnie Swoger at swoger@geneseo.edu.
Union College
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Union College, Phi Beta Kappa  Room, Library 2nd floor
Description: Librarians Values: Discuss the value of librarians’ contributions to higher education in context of the ongoing debate about the value of higher education itself. The library will provide beverages and snacks.
Directions/Parking: Use this link for directions to the Union College Campus:  http://www.union.edu/maps/index.php.  We recommend Seward Place lot, which is near St. Anthony’s church and is a 3-5 minute walk to the library.
RSVP: Please register by emailing Raik Zaghloul at zaghlour@union.edu.

ENY/ACRL Fall Newsletter

The ENY/ACRL Fall Newsletter is now available! This issue includes a letter from the president, a call for board nominations, and dates/locations for the Fall Brown Bag Lunches and the Spring Conference. Our members have also contributed a number of articles!

  • Engaging First-Year Students at Syracuse University Libraries, Abby Kasowitz-Scheer and Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz
  • Library Stress Relievers Help Ease Student Anxieties During Finals Week, Dr. Ray L. Morrison
  • The Path to Full Participation: Increasing the Number of First-Year Experience Information Literacy Sessions, Jennifer Little Kegler
  • [Re]Defining Instructional Design, or: Qualities to look for in Your New Instructional Design Librarian, Jese Buell
  • Build on Your Marketing: Host a Library Expo for your Campus!, Michelle L. Young
  • Librarians Play a Key Role in the Assessment of Freshmen Critical Thinking Skills, Melissa Jadlos
  • Using Existing Residential Networks to Promote the Value of the Library, Ben Andrus and Anne Larrivee
  • Update on Le Moyne College’s “Assessment in Action” Project, Kelly Delevan
  • Supporting Hamilton’s Strategic Initiatives: Tailored Instruction and Outreach For a Diverse Student Body, Kristin L. Strohmeyer

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Call for newsletter articles!

We are starting to gather content for the fall newsletter! If you are interested in writing an article, contact Kathryn Frederick, Communications Chair, by September 1st. Articles can be brief write-ups or longer explorations of a topic. For examples, see previous issues in our newsletter archive.

Please consider sharing what you’ve been working on or thinking about with your ENY/ACRL colleagues!

Registration is open for the Spring 2014 conference!

Setting Out on the Right Path: Academic Libraries and the First Year Experience
Monday, May 19, 2014
State University of New York at Oswego
Oswego, NY

This year’s conference will explore the First Year Experience (FYE) and its evolving relationship with academic libraries.

Please join us for engaging presentations, a varied choice of break-out sessions, fast-paced lightning rounds and informal conversations with colleagues. The keynote address will be given by one of the leading experts of FYE, Colleen Boff, Professor and Associate Dean of University Libraries at Bowling Green State University.

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ENY/ACRL Spring Newsletter

The ENY/ACRL newsletter is now available! This issue includes information about the Spring Conference (Monday, May 19th at SUNY Oswego), calls for presenters and nominations, and the slate of candidates for our upcoming election.

  • ENY/ACRL 2014 Board Candidates – p.2
  • Call for Nominations: ENY/ACRL Library Innovation Award – p.4
  • Empire State Digital Network and the DPLA – p.6
  • Infographics + Annotated Bibliography = Adding Fun to the Equation – p.9
  • Call for Lightning Round and Poster Session Presenters – p.12
  • Update from the New York State Higher Education Initiative – p.13
  • ENY/ACRL Brown Bag Discussion: Libraries and MOOCs – p.14
  • Notes from the Field – p.16

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