ACRL/NY Invites Members to a Webcast on November 13 from 2:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m.

ACRL/NY Professional Development Committee Presents an ACRL Webcast on

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Developing Programs for Undergraduate Researchers

When: Tuesday, 11/13/2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST)

ACRL National and ACRL/NY members can register for free by Nov 11

QUEENS Webinar viewing: Host: Prof. Kathryn Shaughnessy Phone : 718-990-1454

LOCATION: St John’s University Libraries, 8000 Utopia Parkway, St. Augustine Hall, Room 307



Please register by 11/11, and bring picture ID to gain access to Library Building.

About the Webcast

Undergraduate research is often conflated with standard end-of-semester research papers, but in fact, undergraduate research is one of several high-impact educational practices identified by George Kuh and the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and is increasingly seen as a vital part of the undergraduate experience. Research helps students connect the dots between their interests, general education courses, writing requirements, and major coursework, and increases learning, retention, enrollment in graduate education, and engagement in future work.

The library can become part of the core infrastructure of the undergraduate research experience. Library research programs can be from any discipline, can be interdisciplinary, can be any high-impact format, and can reflect upon an institution’s own history, traditions, and tensions.

Our presenters will discuss the process, issues, and ultimate practice recommendations from three of the case studies covered in their recent ACRL book, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices: developing archival literacy and conducting original research in the archives at Purdue, subject specialized data management at Carleton College, and first year undergraduate research experiences at the University of Oklahoma. Presenters will engage the audience with open questions and polls to invite participation and information sharing about undergraduate research.

Learning Outcomes

  • Attendees will be introduced to three different kinds of research programs for undergraduate researchers and discuss how they were implemented and recommendations for incorporating them at your library.
  • Attendees will gain new ideas and tools for building faculty relationships, developing programs for undergraduate researchers, and collaboration with librarians in their organizations.
  • Attendees will be invited to share their own experiences with collaboration and instruction for undergraduate researchers and discuss new methods and strategies.

Who Should Attend

Instruction, scholarly communication, and/or subject liaison librarians; archivists, undergraduate research coordinators, faculty


Tracy B. Grimm is Associate Head of Archives and Special Collection and Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration at Purdue University Libraries’ Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.  As Hilton Archivist, she is responsible for the management and development of flight and space exploration collections—including the Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong papers. In collaboration with Purdue faculty she developed and co-teaches a History archival research seminar and also instructs individual archival literacy instruction sessions. Tracy has published on donor relations and documentation planning. Her current interest is in the nexus of digital humanities, archives, and re-imaginings of the undergraduate research experience and its support structures in order to increase student participation and success.

Norm Medeiros is Associate Librarian at Haverford College (PA) where he oversees the collection management and metadata services division of the Libraries. Norm has been active in the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) for many years, serving as its president for the 2015-2016 term. He has been co-Director of Project TIER  with Richard Ball since they launched the initiative in 2013.

Tim O’Neil is the Assistant Director of Special Undergraduate Enrichment Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he oversees the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program that provides funding and support to student and faculty partnerships for research, scholarly and creative projects in all fields of study. Prior to joining the staff at CU Boulder, he served as the Undergraduate Research Coordinator at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, where he managed the Freshman and Wentz Research Scholars programs and collaborated with the Edmon Low Library to develop undergraduate research programming for the campus community. He is an active member in the Council on Undergraduate Research and an advocate of integrative practice in the promotion of information literacy and academic inquiry between academic libraries and research offices.

Matt Upson is the Director of Library Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Services at Oklahoma State University. He enjoys finding opportunities for innovative instruction and interaction with students, and recently co-authored a comic book on basic library research and information literacy skills titled Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Matt has published and presented on the topics of student outreach, comics and library instruction, and multimodal literacy.


Merinda Kaye Hensley, Co-Editor, is associate professor and digital scholarship liaison and instruction librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She provides leadership for the educational initiatives in the Scholarly Commons, a digital scholarship center that serves the emerging research and technology needs of scholars in data services, digital humanities, digitization, and scholarly communication. Merinda has taught for the School of Information Sciences at Illinois, LIS 590AE: Information Literacy and Instruction and Practice. She is active in the ACRL, having served as Chair of the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, Chair of the Instruction Section (2017–2018), and as a member of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force, which wrote the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Merinda presents nationally and internationally on her research, incorporating scholarly communication into information literacy instruction, developing research support and publishing services for undergraduate researchers, and improving teaching skills of new librarians.

Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Co-Editor, is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University. She provides leadership for scholarly communication programs and services, including Digital Commons @ IWU. She works with students, faculty and staff to provide guidance on authors’ rights, copyright, and open access. As Managing Faculty Co-Editor of the Undergraduate Economic Review, she works closely with students on the publishing process. She provides research consultation, collection development and instruction to a number of departments. She is active in the Association of College and Research Libraries, and her research interests include library publishing, undergraduate research and scholarly communication programs at liberal arts colleges.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.

Questions and Contact :

Please contact Chair, ACRL/NY Professional Development Committee for any questions and information:

Dr. Kanu A. Nagra, Chair ACRL/NY PDC
Associate Professor
Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY