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2018 Symposium

  • Get involved with the 2018 Symposium! 01/19/2018   By Maria Schlanger I have been a member of the symposium planning committee for the last two symposia. I learned as much during the meetings as I did at the events. The discussions were lively. We had our first meeting today (1/19) and Gina Levitan, our chair, posed some prospective themes and they are fascinating. I won’t ...

Professional Development

  • Call for Presentation Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then – LIM College – New York, NY 03/26/2019 Call for Presentation Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then Theme: “Identity” When: Friday, November 1, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 Where: LIM College, Maxwell Hall, 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY Proposal Submission Due Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Date of Notification: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the ninth annual ...
  • Call for Proposals – MAPPING (IN)JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM DIGITAL THEORY + PRAXIS FOR CRITICAL SCHOLARSHIP – Proposals Due: Monday, April 15th 03/18/2019 CALL FOR PROPOSALS MAPPING (IN)JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM : DIGITAL THEORY + PRAXIS FOR CRITICAL SCHOLARSHIP Proposals Due: Monday, April 15th Symposium Dates: November 7th – 8th, 2019 Mapping (In)Justice is hosted by Fordham University’s Digital Scholarship Consortium and Office of Research in partnership with New York University and Columbia University. The symposium will take place at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus ...
  • LACUNY Call for Proposals – LACUNY Institute 2019: Students are Evolving, Are Libraries Adapting? 03/04/2019 LACUNY Institute 2019: Students Are Evolving, Are Libraries Adapting? Friday May 3, 2019 | LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) https://2019lacunyinst.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ Extended Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019 Extended Deadline for Poster Sessions: Friday, March 15, 2019 Submission Form:  https://tinyurl.com/LACUNY-Inst-2019-CFP  We invite proposals addressing this year’s conference theme, Students Are Evolving, Are Libraries Adapting? Today’s academic libraries face challenges to ...
  • Call for Submissions: 2019 PR Xchange Awards Competition – Deadline: April 1, 2019 01/11/2019 Sponsored by the Marketing and Communications Community of Practice Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) a division of the American Library Association (ALA) We’re thrilled to announce the call for the 2019 PR Xchange Awards Competition!!! Libraries everywhere are creating exciting promotional materials: newsletters, program announcements, annual reports, advocacy materials, fundraising messages, reading celebrations, and much more. Now is ...
  • Call for papers: Marketing Libraries Journal – Volume 3, Issue 2 (Summer 2019) – Rolling deadline 01/11/2019 Aim and Scope Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a peer-reviewed, independently published, open-access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities that libraries are engaged in. Our aim is to publish research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools ...
  • Developing a Vision & Cultivating a Career Path – May 3, 2018 07/18/2018 Developing a Vision & Cultivating a Career Path: An Event Co-Sponsored by the ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group and the Mentoring Program By Eliana Fenyes As a young professional, I often think about my career. Am I on the right path? How do I get where I want to go? When I arrived at the event “Developing ...
  • First Year Experience Discussion Group: New Student Orientation – March 17, 2017 03/02/2018 Carl Andrews (Bronx Community College, CUNY) and Mark Aaron Polger (College of Staten Island, CUNY) hosted the ACRL/NY First Year Experience Discussion Group Meeting on Friday March 17th at Mercy College’s Manhattan Campus. Attendees engaged in an enlightening discussion that touched on a variety of topics related to new student orientation.  Student centered teaching, embedded librarianship, ...
  • Developing a Creative, Focused, and Accountable Writing Practice – March 15th, 2017 04/26/2017 By Keith Muchowski A dozen or so librarians from around the New York City area met at the CUNY Graduate Center on March 15th, the day after the snowstorm, to discuss the rewards and challenges of the writing craft. Susanne Markgren and Linda Miles created and facilitated the event as members of the ACRL/NY Research and ...
  • Get- It- Done and Accomplish Goals: Work-Life Balance and Effective Time Management – Nov. 18, 2016 01/12/2017           Organized by Professional Development Committee of ACRL/NY and LACUNY Notes from the event, by Susanne Markgren  Dr. Roberta Brody, Professor GSLIS, Queens College, shared advice and tips on strategies and tactics for productivity and becoming “unstuck.” She emphasized the importance of finding a mentor and accountability partner, and carving time out of our schedules in order ...
  • “Talking the Talk: Persuasive Communication for Productive Initiative and Leadership in Academic Libraries” – June 9, 2016 10/19/2016 By Linda Miles On June 9th, an informal discussion forum was convened on the topic “Talking the talk: Persuasive communication for productive initiative and leadership in academic libraries.” Fifteen ACRL/NY members met for discussion, networking, and refreshments. Before the free-ranging discussion, each of four panelists spoke briefly about their research or experience on the topic. Robert ...
  • The World-Classiest Library: ACRL/NY Librarians Tour the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 05/27/2016 By Lauren Kehoe May 6, 2016 On an overcast Friday in April, fifteen librarians from the NY Metropolitan region visited The Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, many for the first time.  The tour was organized by Mayumi Miyaoka, a member of the ACRL/NY Professional Development Committee and a Reference Librarian/Archivist at St. Joseph’s College ...
  • Integrating Information Literacy into Assignments – February 20, 2016 04/28/2016 By Linda Miles Organized by ACRL/NY Instruction/Information Literacy Discussion Group On Friday, February 19, 2016, Dianne Gordon Conyers and Alexandra Rojas from CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College gave a presentation on a grant-funded seminar they facilitated for classroom faculty who wanted to integrate information literacy instruction into a research assignment. The Institute of Museum and Library Services grant was initiated ...
  • ACRL/NY Research and Writing as a New Librarian – November 20, 2015 04/28/2016 By Anne Deutsch Fifteen ACRL/NY members from the five boroughs and beyond made their way to New York City College of Technology (CUNY) late in the afternoon on Friday, November 20 to attend an ACRL/NY event to discuss “Research & Writing as a New Librarian.” The event was jointly sponsored by ACRL/NY’s Mentoring Program, and its New Librarians ...
  • ACRL/NY User Experience Discussion Group -November 10, 2015 04/28/2016 By Lily Sacharow A cozy group of college librarians met Tuesday at the CUNY Graduate Center to discuss issues related to “dark patterns” found in academic libraries, both on-site and online. Dark patterns are usually defined as user interfaces purposely designed to mislead. Though our group felt confident that most libraries are not intentionally tricky, we ...
  • Google NYC Office Tour – November 11, 2015 04/28/2016 Google tour 11112015 – slideshow
  • 2015 National Library Legislation Day 06/01/2015 New York Library delegates attend a day of legislative briefing as they prepare to approach congressmen on National Library Legislation Day. The 2015 National Libraries Legislation Day (the 41st annual NLLD) brought over 400 library supporters together on May 5th to advocate for libraries on Capitol Hill. Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library ...

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2017 Symposium Student Scholarship Winner – Tera Renae Kent 07/18/2018 By Tera Kent On December 1st, I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium as a student scholarship recipient. As a current MLIS student, preparing for a career as an academic librarian, I was excited to attend my first professional conference. Attending this symposium gave me the opportunity to hear the different perspectives of current ...
  • 2017 Symposium Student Scholarship Winner – Maria Shellman 01/19/2018 By Maria Shellman In December, I was given the opportunity to attend the ACRL/NY Symposium as a student scholarship recipient. The Symposium was my first professional development event since starting my M.S. in Library and Information Science program in August, and I was pleasantly surprised how well the Symposium aligned with the lectures, discussions, and assignments in ...
  • 2017 Early Career Librarian Awardee – Leah Airt-Atkinson 01/19/2018 By Leah Airt-Atkinson I began my career as a librarian in October of 2014 following an 8-year adventure in the United States Army. I have often felt paralyzing insecurity of being a new librarian as I negotiate spaces paved by the librarians who came before me and move into uncharted territory in a new career. My ...
  • 2017 Symposium Student Scholarship Winner – Dan Delmonaco 01/19/2018   By Dan Delmonaco All of the panels, speakers, and attendees at the 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium affirmed my choice to pursue academic librarianship and receive my graduate degree in library science. I think I was most inspired by the engagement of every single person in attendance. From the questions asked, the discussions during the breakout sessions, and the ...
  • 2016 Dr. Barbara Bonous-Smit Scholarship Winner – Elizabeth Jardine 04/07/2017 By Elizabeth Jardine I thank ACRL/NY for the privilege of attending its Annual Symposium,  Money & Power,  as a recipient of the Barbara Bonous-Smit Scholarship. This was my first ACRL/NY Symposium, and I hope to attend many more. There I saw librarians I only knew from social media. I listened to the engaging roster of speakers who ...
  • 2016 Early Career Librarian Scholarship Winner – Mandy Babirad 04/07/2017 By Mandy Babirad I attended the ACRL/NY Symposium in 2015 when I was visiting faculty.  Since then, I took a new tenure track position at an agricultural/tech institution. I was so ready to talk about money and power.  Some highlights for me were Gr Keer and Lana Mariko Wood’s presentation on peer review and its myriad ...
  • 2016 Student Scholarship Winner – Renee Walsh 02/08/2017 By Renee Walsh In early December I attended the ACRL/NY Symposium as a student scholarship recipient.  I graduated from Simmons College in Boston in December 2016 with my M.S. in Library and Information Science and am interested in working as an academic librarian.  Attending this event allowed me to better understand the discussions and issues of ...
  • 2015 Student Scholarship Winner – Paul Sager 04/28/2016 —By Paul Sager It was an honor to accept a student scholarship to attend the ACRL/NY’s annual symposium, held at Baruch College on December 4, 2015. The symposium’s goal was to examine the ALA’s Core Values in relation to academic librarianship. The organizers chose to highlight the values of social responsibility, democracy, education, and professionalism.  I found this ...
  • 2015 Student Scholarship Winner – Hannah Sistrunk 04/28/2016 By Hannah Sistrunk I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the ACRL/NY Symposium in 2015. Its engagement with ALA’s core values of social responsibility, democracy, education, and professionalism was invigorating. Throughout the program, participants inspired me to think beyond the hegemonic structures that govern institutions toward radical action through professional practice. A ...
  • 2015 Student Scholarship Winner – Christina Broomfield 04/28/2016 By Christina Broomfield Attending the 2015 Symposium was a valuable and informative experience — I am confident that I will carry forward what I learned into all of my professional endeavors from this point forward.  The theme of the Symposium, “Social Responsibility, Democracy, Education, and Professionalism,” initially appealed to me because I have not often had ...
  • 2015 Veteran Librarian Scholarship Winner – Antonia Olivas 04/28/2016 By Antonia Olivas The presentations and poster sessions at the ACRL/NY’s 2015 Symposium focused on “social responsibility” and what it means for academic librarians to be activists. They looked at how diversity in our libraries affects how democratic we can be (or are not) to our patrons and to each other.  Each session focused on diversity, equity, ...
  • 2015 Early Career Librarian Scholarship Winner – Adam Mizelle 04/28/2016 By Adam Mizelle I came because of #critlib. Here in the early stages of my reference and instruction career, I am still teaching myself to teach. After graduate school, I joined Twitter, following a long break from social media that began during the Myspace era.  Discovering the #critlib community was like a welcome-back gift. Their social justice emphasis helped ...
  • 2015 Student Scholarship Winner – Amanda Gantchev 04/28/2016 By Amanda Gantchev At the ACRL/NY 2015 Symposium I was exposed to mind-opening and lively (to put it lightly) discussion about inclusivity in the library and archive.  From the moment I arrived to the event’s conclusion, I felt an enormous sense of inclusion in a conversation, and support within a profession that, as I write, I have only ...

2017 Symposium

  • 2017 Symposium Student Scholarship Winner – Tera Renae Kent 07/18/2018 By Tera Kent On December 1st, I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium as a student scholarship recipient. As a current MLIS student, preparing for a career as an academic librarian, I was excited to attend my first professional conference. Attending this symposium gave me the opportunity to hear the different perspectives of current ...
  • 2017 Symposium Recap 01/19/2018 From Connections Editor: I have done a disservice to Miranda McDermott because I described her excellent blog as a “recap” but I couldn’t think of a better title. Ms. McDermott’s blog for NYPL both described what went on during the 2017 symposium and distilled the information in an interesting, cohesive manner. Here is a link to to her blog: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2017/12/18/acrlny-annual-symposium    
  • 2017 Symposium Student Scholarship Winner – Maria Shellman 01/19/2018 By Maria Shellman In December, I was given the opportunity to attend the ACRL/NY Symposium as a student scholarship recipient. The Symposium was my first professional development event since starting my M.S. in Library and Information Science program in August, and I was pleasantly surprised how well the Symposium aligned with the lectures, discussions, and assignments in ...
  • 2017 Early Career Librarian Awardee – Leah Airt-Atkinson 01/19/2018 By Leah Airt-Atkinson I began my career as a librarian in October of 2014 following an 8-year adventure in the United States Army. I have often felt paralyzing insecurity of being a new librarian as I negotiate spaces paved by the librarians who came before me and move into uncharted territory in a new career. My ...
  • 2017 Symposium Student Scholarship Winner – Dan Delmonaco 01/19/2018   By Dan Delmonaco All of the panels, speakers, and attendees at the 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium affirmed my choice to pursue academic librarianship and receive my graduate degree in library science. I think I was most inspired by the engagement of every single person in attendance. From the questions asked, the discussions during the breakout sessions, and the ...

2016 Symposium

2015 Symposium

  • 2015 The Radicalism is Coming from Inside the Library: Chris Bourg & Lareese Hall 04/28/2016 By Albert Tablante The 2015 ACRL/NY symposium began with a progressive talk from Chris Bourg, the Director of MIT Libraries, and Lareese Hall, the Architecture and Art Librarian for the MIT Libraries.  The discourse builds on the premise that radical changes within academic librarianship have developed in recent years.  The presenters acknowledge that this type of activism ...
  • 2015 Diversity as Democracy? Panel Discussion: Shawn Smith, Emily Drabinski, and Jen Hoyer (moderated by Haruko Yamauchi) 04/28/2016  Miranda McDermott and Paul Sager The panel discussion “Diversity as Democracy?” featured moderator Haruko Yamauchi and participants Jen Hoyer (Interference Archive), Emily Drabinski (Long Island University-Brooklyn), and Shawn(ta) Smith (Graduate Center, CUNY). Yamauchi asked the panelists to define diversity and to include specific examples of what they have done to increase diversity in their organizations. Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Instruction at LIU-Brooklyn, ...
  • 2015 Ione Damasco and Isabel Espinal (Panel Discussion Moderated by Starr Hoffman) 04/28/2016 By Elaine Provenzano The afternoon of the ACRLNY 2015 Symposium commenced with the shared perspectives of two academic librarians. In her presentation, “The Practice of Core Values: Academic Library Diversity Plans and the ACRL Diversity Standards,” Ione T. Damasco, Cataloger Librarian at the University of Dayton, presented the findings of her research on ACRL diversity standards and ...
  • 2015 Student Scholarship Winner – Paul Sager 04/28/2016 —By Paul Sager It was an honor to accept a student scholarship to attend the ACRL/NY’s annual symposium, held at Baruch College on December 4, 2015. The symposium’s goal was to examine the ALA’s Core Values in relation to academic librarianship. The organizers chose to highlight the values of social responsibility, democracy, education, and professionalism.  I found this ...
  • 2015 Student Scholarship Winner – Christina Broomfield 04/28/2016 By Christina Broomfield Attending the 2015 Symposium was a valuable and informative experience — I am confident that I will carry forward what I learned into all of my professional endeavors from this point forward.  The theme of the Symposium, “Social Responsibility, Democracy, Education, and Professionalism,” initially appealed to me because I have not often had ...
  • 2015 “Go, Grow… or Stay? The Imperative of Professional Development” A Talk by Jerilyn Veldof of the University of Minnesota Libraries at ACRL/NY’s 2015 Symposium 04/28/2016 by Paul Sager Jerilyn Veldof struck a unique profile at the ACRL/NY’s 2015 symposium on ALA core values as the sole speaker to address the values of education and professionalism. A series of earlier panelists had grappled with the question of diversity in academic libraries, so the day changed key dramatically when Veldof took the podium ...
  • 2015 Veteran Librarian Scholarship Winner – Antonia Olivas 04/28/2016 By Antonia Olivas The presentations and poster sessions at the ACRL/NY’s 2015 Symposium focused on “social responsibility” and what it means for academic librarians to be activists. They looked at how diversity in our libraries affects how democratic we can be (or are not) to our patrons and to each other.  Each session focused on diversity, equity, ...
  • 2015 Early Career Librarian Scholarship Winner – Adam Mizelle 04/28/2016 By Adam Mizelle I came because of #critlib. Here in the early stages of my reference and instruction career, I am still teaching myself to teach. After graduate school, I joined Twitter, following a long break from social media that began during the Myspace era.  Discovering the #critlib community was like a welcome-back gift. Their social justice emphasis helped ...
  • 2014 Scholarship Winner Essay: Dominique Bortmas 06/01/2015 By Dominique Bortmas, 2014 ACRL/NY Symposium Scholarship Recipient This past December, I was fortunate enough to receive one of four scholarships for the ACRL/NY Symposium. As a current MLIS student and staff member of the Florida State University Libraries, I was excited to attend my first professional librarian conference. Based on my prior knowledge of ACRL/NY ...
  • Help Us Plan the 2015 Symposium! 06/01/2015 ACRL/NY Symposium 2015 Mark your calendars now for the 2015 ACRL/NY Symposium, which will take place on December 4th. As your Symposium Committee Co-chairs, we’re excited to get started with the planning process, and would like to invite your participation for the upcoming year. The Committee meets 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at Mercy College-Manhattan, room ...

2014 Symposium

  • 2014 Micah Vandegrift: Scholarly Communication is People 06/01/2015 By Melissa Goertzen, Columbia University Libraries Micah Vandegrift, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Florida State University, delivered a lecture that highlighted the ways libraries can support the Open Access (OA) movement taking place in the academic community. The central thesis was that librarians need to take action and do Open Access instead of simply discussing it. He ...
  • 2014 Scholarship Winner Essay: Freya Yost 06/01/2015 By Freya Yost, 2014 ACRL-NY Symposium Scholarship Recipient The Open Access Symposium, held at Baruch College on December 5th 2014, was an inspiring forum with open-access enthusiasts from both in and outside the library. The lineup of speakers was particularly well curated, professionally diverse, and the presentations covered themes and challenges of implementing,doing, and teaching open ...
  • 2014 Birds of a Feather Session 06/01/2015 by Kathryn Shaughnessy, St. John’s University Libraries In keeping with “Open principles” of participation and community-building, this year’s symposium featured a “Birds of a Feather” session. This BOF approach asked symposium participants to suggest discussion topics throughout the day; after the keynote speech and panel presentations, the final topics were voted on, and subsequently topics were ...
  • 2014 Scholarship Winner Essay: Arden Kirkland 06/01/2015 By Arden Kirkland, 2014 ACRL-NY Symposium Scholarship Recipient The ACRL-NY symposium left me feeling invigorated, part of a warm and welcoming community ready to fight the good fight for open access. I was very pleased that Brett Bobley began our day with projects that share material culture, visual resources, and a range of research data beyond ...
  • Notes from an 2014 Emerging Leader: My Project and Experience 06/01/2015 by Kai Alexis Smith, MSILS I was a part of the American Library Association’s 2014 Emerging Leaders class. My group worked for six months on a template for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Our report is a compilation of recommendations for the creation of two types of virtual orientations: A webinar offered twice a ...
  • 2014 Brett Bobley: Some Thoughts on Libraries and the Digital Humanities in an Open Access Context 06/01/2015 by Albert Tablante, Information Literacy Instructor at ASA Institute of Business & Computer Technology. The first speaker of the day was Brett Bobley, the Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The title of the talk was Some Thoughts on Libraries and the Digital Humanities in an Open Access Context. Brett Bobley has ...
  • Greetings from the 2015 President! 06/01/2015 Welcome to the ACRL/NY community! Last December 5th, librarians from across the region and beyond gathered for the 2014 Annual ACRL/NY Symposium, “The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future.” In this special edition of the Chapter newsletter, you will find reports on the speakers, poster presentations, and other events of the day.  We are happy ...