Re-Imagining the Basics – 2015 Westchester Library Association Annual Conference – Friday, May 8 – Tarrytown, NY

Keynote by Mary McDonagh Murphy, an independent film and television writer/producer whose current projects include a documentary about the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, called Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird.

College Libraries section sessions are:
Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making: The Rutgers University Art Library LEGO Playing Station: In September of 2014, the Rutgers University Art Library implemented a LEGO playing station to help stimulate creativity and innovation within the libraries. This presentation will address the creation, implementation and impact of this project and the ways in which the LEGO station allowed students to learn more about libraries and information literacy. Presented by Megan Lotts, who is the art librarian at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She serves as Chair of the Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) Undergraduate Experience Team as well as the RUL Advisory Committee on Library Services for Persons with Disabilities. She seeks alternative ways to assess ephemeral experiences and happenings.

Going Beyond the Numbers: Learning More about Your Users with Ethnographic Research: Joelle Thomas will discuss how a group of University of Connecticut librarians applied ethnographic research methods to learn more than what website logs could tell them. By applying a variety of research methods, including observation, interviews, focus groups, and “workspace monologues,” they created a rich portrait of how their undergraduates interact with the library and conduct research. Joelle Thomas is the User Experience & Media Technologies Librarian at the University of Connecticut. She has written and presented on user experience with academic library e-resources, using massive analysis to inform collection decisions, and using ethnographic methods to gain insight into undergraduate research behaviors.

Session descriptions available at: http://www.westchesterlibraryassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/WLA-2015-Conference-Brochure.pdf

Schedule available: http://www.westchesterlibraryassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/2015-SCHEDULE-OF-CONFERENCE-EVENTS-2015.pdf

Registration available: https://docs.google.com/a/wlsmail.org/forms/d/1stcGBYvsHNFAhBc0pIzzypOtR5oRlbfm2u4QUQsrPRo/viewform

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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