Spring 2014 Conference Schedule

Setting Out on the Right Path: Academic Libraries and the First Year Experience

May 19, 2014 at SUNY Oswego.

8-9 Registration

9 – 9:15 Introduction

  • Jane Kessler, ENY/ACRL President
  • Dr. Lorrie Clemo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Oswego

9:15 – 10:15 Keynote: Understanding the First Year Experience: An Avenue to Explore Trends in Higher Education

Colleen Boff, Professor and Associate Dean of University Libraries, Bowling Green State University

Regular examination of the issues and research related to the First Year Experience (FYE) is a priority for most administrators in higher education. A great deal of time, energy, funding and research are funneled into programs for first year students as a means to recruit and retain students in an increasingly tight market. As a consequence, there is much librarians can learn from the examination of these efforts made nationwide. Whether a librarian works exclusively with first year students, upper division students, graduate students or behind the scenes in technical services, paying attention to FYE developments is critical to speaking the same language as the rest of those who work in higher education. Peering through the FYE window has the potential to illuminate new paths to connect with and reach all students on campuses more effectively.

10:15 – 11:00 Vendors and Coffee

11:00 – 11:45 Lightning Round Presentations

11:45 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:00 Breakout Sessions

2:00 – 2:45 Posters and Coffee

2:45 – 3:30 Panel Discussion: Connecting With Today’s First Year Students

  • Michelle Bishop, First Year Experience Librarian, SUNY Oswego
  • Lisa Forrest, Director of Research and Instruction Services, Hamilton College
  • Joyce Miller, Reference and Instruction Librarian, SUNY Adirondack (view presentation)

The panel discussion features three experienced academic librarians sharing how their libraries connect with first year students.  Among the topics discussed will be Hamilton College’s “Your Personal Librarian” program, SUNY Oswego’s outreach to the residence halls, and SUNY Adirondacks’ orientation activities. Come hear our colleagues share their experience.

3:45 Tour of  the Library