Empire Collaborations, University at Albany, SUNY

Barbara Stripling (ALA President)
Libraries are a bridge to the future. ( Center of Learning and Discovery)
We need to teach the skills of creation beside the tools of creation.
We need to offer:
Guidance (curation, pathways, tookits)
Creativity and Production (spaces, tools & technology, entrepreneurship)
Reference IS a teaching position/experience.
Becoming literate in a networked age requires hard work, regardless of age. (The Social Lives of Networked Teens.)

Website Usability (Emily Mitchell, SUNY Oswego)
  • Web analytics: Google analytics, crazy egg – data visualization
  • Short 1 on 1 with students: What’s the most recent thing you’ve done on the library website? What’s something we should not change about the library website?
  • Librarians – do a survey first, then have a meeting-
  • Card sorting – have students come in and do it.
  • 1st click testing.
  • Think aloud testing.
  • Make a schedule and stick to it!
Video Tutorials
Brendan West and Emily Thompson, SUNY Oswego

Information Literacy Instruction Ideas
Carlos Arguelles, CUNY
  • Collaborative projects: annotated biblilography, both librarian/faculty look at.
  • Need to write objectives/learning outcomes for course
  • How do we assess the final product for info lit skills?
(Cope, Sanabria, Furay, Stempler, CUNY)
  • Main idea: Focus groups with faculty in a particular department : What does a student need to know after they graduate, specific to their discipline? What do faculty call infor lit? What are the research processes in your discipline?
  • Like the grant idea I did at USC Aiken, meeting with each department. We could have focus groups with questions for our matrix and then how to work across SUNY.
  • Could also write a grant for the transcripts of the focus groups and/or for the faculty themselves.
  • Need to “sell” that they are going to get something out of the process.
  • Librarians work as Curricular consultants
  • Idea: Assess a particular group of students (EOP, Delta, Honors, track them, with a rubric, New Paltz had done that through their gen ed board)

Maureen Sullivan (former ALA President)
  • What’s working? What are our strengths? What do we each contribute?
  • (What are the problems?) What opportunities exist? What changes would we like to see?
  • Focus discussions on “deeper learning”
  • We are all “adults in development”
  • Embrace the role of the learner
    • Community of learners
    • Focus on my own development of learning
    • What do I do that really gives meaning and purpose? What rewards and satisfies me?
    • Make opportunities to demonstrate the value of our work.
    • Create opportunities for leaders at all levels.
    • Recognize that change creates opportunities to learn.
    • Focus on what is most important (Goleman’s book)
    • Am I in the place where I can do my best work?

Faculty & Data Management (U of R)
Data Lifecycle (
Engagment: An information problem: Has to flow between departments and faculty and students)
Working with Data
Evidence-based research and data-driven decision making
Data has your back: What am I advocating for?
--How can I use data to support the effort?
Middlebury College no longer has a MISO, they split back into 2 separate depts., Library and IT,

Common Core
To support local schools; research, get resources for them if you can.
Go to school board meetings. Email librarians a the local schools.