Details, Registration Announced for 2012 Academic Library Conference in NY

METRO members may be interested in attending the following conference. Note that registration discounts are available for NY3Rs, NYLA, and NYSHEI members. Please read on for complete details.  

Academic Librarians 2012
The Future is Now! Creatively Reaching and Teaching in Academic Libraries
June 12 & 13, 2012, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Value. Learning. Technology. Librarianship.  As with all libraries and organizations, we must constantly demonstrate our value to our stakeholders amidst the changes brought on us at an increasing rate by the technology that we and our students use.  Technology shapes our interactions with others, our learning techniques and styles, and our pedagogy; it can affect the way our value is perceived. This year’s conference explores value, community, collaboration, social awareness, and applications that enhance learning. How do we demonstrate the value of the academic library in this changing information environment? How do we reach and teach our students? How is information literacy being transformed? Is it possible to game to learn or learn to game? What is the new librarianship? We invite you to explore these issues with us!

Academic Librarians 2012 is brought to you by the NY 3Rs Association and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association; in cooperation with the New York State Higher Education Initiative. 


Roy Tennant, a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research, The Once and Future Academic Library. The academic library has for many years been considered the very heart of the university. Today that centrality is challenged by a new set of digital players and the rapidly changing needs of the organizations we serve. What are the challenges and opportunities we face today in remaining the heart of the university? How are some libraries reconfiguring their spaces, their services, and their staff to better serve the needs of the 21st century university? 

Dr. David Lankes, Associate Professor, Syracuse University, The Bad, The Good, and The Great. Bad libraries build collections; good libraries build services (after all a collection is only one type of service); great libraries build communities. In a time of great change and challenges to the very model of higher education, libraries must move beyond a focus on collections to a focus on communities. As new models of instruction (flipped classrooms, inquiry based instruction, etc.) and research emerge (interdisciplinary, large scale, collaborative, data driven), libraries find themselves well positioned - but only if they see their strongest assets as the librarians, not the materials librarians have organized. This talk will look to a new librarianship that moves past artifacts to knowledge and sets a new path.


Demonstrating Value and Building Relationships.

  • Lisa Hinchliffe, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). On Providing and Documenting Value: Dual Imperatives for Academic Libraries.  Academic librarians face a multitude of challenges in responding to user needs as well as economic, technological, and accountability demands. The dual imperatives of providing value to our users and then documenting that value can serve as touchstones we embrace today's possibilities and create tomorrow's realities.
  • Dr. Nancy Fried Foster, Anthropologist, Director of Anthropological Research, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester. Finding Information: A Relationship Thing. In studies of how undergraduates use the libraries at the University of Rochester (UR), we have come to see the central importance of relationships among students, their instructors, their friends and relatives, and librarians and other university staff. This talk will give a brief overview of the use of ethnographic methods at the UR libraries. It will then review results of recent projects on how students “learn the ropes” and what faculty expect of them, emphasizing changing relationships and the development of academic interests and competence. 

 21st Century Literacies. 

  • Camille Andrews, Learning Technologies and Assessment Librarian, Cornell University, Integrating 21st Century Literacies into the Curriculum. Information literacy, digital literacy, media literacy, visual literacy-what does it all mean and how do they relate? Camille will examine the intersection of current theories of information and other literacies and emerging work in digital media and learning and present some current and possible examples of integration of these 21st century literacies into the curriculum and beyond.
  • Trudi Jacobson: How Metaliteracy Changed My Life, My Teaching, and My Students’ Experiences. It has never been easy to attempt to teach students core information literacy competencies, but in the past there seemed to be a fairly stable information environment to grapple with. Today’s information world is amorphous and changing at the speed of light. How do we even keep up, let alone teach students? Might we rely on our students themselves to help bridge the gap? Hear how a teaching method, changing technology, and a revised conception of what constitutes information literacy came together to address the evolving needs of today’s students.
  • Kaila Bussert, Visual Resources Outreach Librarian, Olin & Uris Libraries, Cornell University; co-author of ACRL's Visual Literacy Standards, Visual Literacy in Higher Education: New Standards for 21st Century Learners. Visual literacy is essential for 21st century learners. While today’s college students live in a visually-rich, screen-based world, they are not necessarily prepared to critically engage and communicate with images and visual media in their academic work. To provide guidance for librarians and educators, ACRL developed Visual Literacy Competency Standards for a higher education and interdisciplinary environment. This presentation will describe the new standards, cover the connections between information and visual literacies, and provide examples of ways that the standards can be implemented in library instruction.

Gaming to Learn.

  • Chris Leeder. Game-based learning for information literacy.  Game-based learning has been the subject of much research, however its application to learning information literacy skills has been barely addressed. The BiblioBouts project explores this possibility through an online information literacy game that engages students in learning research and evaluation skills by competing against their peers to earn points and badges to win the game, while at the same time participating in a learning community through collaborative rating and peer review of the quality of sources. BiblioBouts enlists social gaming to teach information literacy skills to undergraduates while making learning relevant, motivating and fun. 
  • John Lester: Intersections of the Future: Gaming Technology, Virtual Worlds and the Web. John will share his experiences using gaming technology and virtual world platforms to augment education.  He will discuss future trends in specific gaming technologies such as Unity3d along with his work with ReactionGrid on web and mobile-based virtual world platforms. John will also explain common pitfalls when exploring virtual world technologies and highlight the unique affordances of virtual worlds when they are interwoven with existing social media and web-based educational content.
  • Dr. Jeremy N. Friedberg, Partner & Lead Developer, Spongelab Interactive,  Educating through simulations, game-based learning and the gamification of education. Over the past 40 years we’ve seen the enormous potential game-based learning offers  in professional communities from pilots to surgeons – specifically the ability to teach and assess critical thinking and creativity.  But making them work in classrooms in the main-stream education system is a huge challenge.  Aside from issues with hardware, network security, curriculum, and available time, the effective use of these tools is bound by traditional assessment techniques and the appropriate motivation and rewards to inspire learners.  This talk will focus on the design challenges of building educational games, the gamification of simulation, rewards and drivers, and benefits of game-based learning.  We’ll also look at the Spongelab Platform as an example of community-driven design and collaborative learning approaches. 


Syracuse University’s iSchool will host a late afternoon reception in Hinds Hall on  June 12th.  Refreshments and a Tech Sandbox will be available! 

Registration packets will also be available for those of you not staying in the dorms.


Academic Librarians 2012 is being held consecutively with the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI) annual meeting, In with the New. The first 30 people to register and attend the freeNYSHEI annual meeting will receive a $20 rebate off the price of the Academic Librarians 2012 conference! Two Conferences, One Trip!

Rates (new, lower rates for this conference!): 

Early Bird Registration (now through April 15):    $80   NYLA, NY3Rs,  or NYSHEI members*
Regular Registration  (April 16 and after):          $100  NYLA, NY 3Rs, or NYSHEI members*
Non-Members Rates:                                         $125
MLS/MLIS Students:                                            $25

*Most libraries in New York State are members of a NY 3Rs Council, either directly or through their library system. Your library need only be a member of one of the Councils for you to qualify for member rates. Contact any of the conference planners listed below or visit if you have any questions. To see if your library belongs to NYSHEI, visit 

TO REGISTER:  Visit (South Central Regional Library Council [NY 3Rs] is handling this year’s registration.)

Registration Deadline:  June 1, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Website and Twitter feed are coming soon!! Information about the conference, sponsors, and topics will be added continually.


The Sheraton Inn has reserved a block of rooms at the rate of $125+ tax  per room/single or $135/double.  (Be sure to bring your tax-exempt form if this applies to you.) To register with the Sheraton, call315-475-3000 or 800-395-2105 and reference “Academic Libraries 2012.”  Deadline for room reservations at this rate: May 13th.

Dorm Rooms: Dorm rooms are available at a cost of $48.75 for Tuesday night June 12th (price includes linens). 

If you will be reserving a dorm room, please pay when you complete the conference registration form.  If you will be staying at the Sheraton, you will pay separately for the hotel room.


Syracuse is easy to reach and beautiful in June!  The American Automobile Association of Western & Central New York features Syracuse in its Member Connection Spring 2012 issue. See the digital version at Syracuse can be reached by plane, train, bus, or car.


$10 per day for those staying on the dorms or commuting to campus; the Sheraton Inn charges $13 per night-- $25 up front and they refund $15 upon checkout.

Thanks to our generous sponsors:   EBSCO, Busca, EBL--Ebook Library, LYRASIS, NYLA’s Academic & Special Libraries Section, NY 3Rs Association, Inc.,  Spongelab, WALDO, and the Syracuse University’s iSchool! It is through their generous donations that we could reduce the cost of this year’s conference.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, it is not too late--please contact Mary-Carol Lindbloom @ ( 

Need more information? Contact any members of the planning team:  Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Debby Emerson (, Regan Brumagen (,  Marcy Strong (, or Justin Kani ( 


Camille Andrews is Learning Technologies and Assessment Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University. She is involved in instruction and information literacy-related initiatives as well as assessment for learning outcomes, technologies, and spaces. 

Kaila Bussert is Visual Resources Outreach Librarian in Olin & Uris Libraries at Cornell University. Her research focus is on visual literacy and the use of images and visual media in teaching and learning. She co-wrote the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards as a member of the IRIG Visual Literacy Standards Task Force. She has a M.A. in Middle East Studies and a M.L.I.S. from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Nancy Fried Foster is the Director of Anthropological Research at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries where she facilitates participatory design of eXtensible Catalog and other software and library projects. Dr. Foster supports similar projects at other US and international universities and teaches workshops on participatory design for the Council on Library and Information Resources. She co-edited the 2007 book, Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Jeremy Friedberg is a co-founder of and partner in Spongelab Interactive. The company employs unique educational strategies using 2D/3D environments and game-based learning integrated with intelligent feedback and assessment tools for the education market. With expertise in scientific content, programming, animation, and educational design, Spongelab is a leader in the Serious Games and education technology industry, producing both unique Spongelab products and offering custom production for science and education communities world-wide.  Through Spongelab, Jeremy has led the development of numerous science communication tools and educational games that have garnered international recognition with awards from the National Science Foundation, Journal of Science and a United Nation’s World Summit Award. Jeremy holds a Doctorate in molecular genetics and biotechnology from the University of Guelph. He has been involved extensively in both public and private scientific education programs, consults and designs for a number of textbooks and major interactive educational exhibits, and volunteers extensively in helping promote science education and science careers to high school students. Jeremy has been teaching at the university level since 1998.

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is the past-president of the Association of College and Research Libraries as well as co-chair of the association's Value of Academic Libraries Committee. Lisa is also coordinator for information literacy services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and associate professor for library administration. Lisa received her Master of Education and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Trudi E. Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian, is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University Libraries, University at Albany. Her interests focus on the areas of teaching methods, active learning, motivation, and collaborating with faculty members. She co-authored Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes (Neal-Schuman, 2004) and has co-edited a series of books about information literacy collaborations between teaching faculty and librarians with Dr. Thomas Mackey of Empire State College. She and Dr. Mackey are extending their work on information literacy as a metaliteracy, which was introduced in an article in the January 2011 issue of College & Research Libraries, into a book. Ms. Jacobson has become a strong believer in Michaelsen’s team-based learning, and tends to proselytize about it wherever she goes. She is the recipient of the 2009 ACRL/Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award and holds a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology, an MLS, and an MA in Liberal Studies.

R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean's Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, the director of the library science program for the School and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for librarians and their essential role in today's society and is the author of many books and journal articles. David also blogs at Virtual Dave…Real Blog. 

Chris Leeder is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His research interests focus on computer-supported collaborative learning and information literacy, particularly in creating online learning tools. He also works with the Wikipedia GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) initiative to encourage cultural institutions to make their collections available through Wikipedia.

John Lester is Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid, a software company developing 3D simulations and virtual world platforms.  His primary focus is collaborative learning, working with academic and business clients to develop immersive education environments. From 2005-2010, John worked at Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life.  At Linden Lab he led the development of the education and healthcare markets while evangelizing the innovative use of virtual worlds in research, training and distance education. Previously, John worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, creating online medical education and patient support communities while exploring the underlying neuroscience behind how people communicate and collaborate effectively. John has a background in neuroscience research and a deep interest in how to best design and use virtual world technology to enhance education, build collaborative communities, and augment the human mind. John is currently working on virtual world platform development in Unity3d, Opensimulator and Jibe, in addition to helping organizations with strategic planning in knowledge management and instructional design. He lives and works in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Roy Tennant is a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research, where he manages projects relating to technology, infrastructure, and standards. Previous employers include the California Digital Library and the University of California, Berkeley.  Roy is the creator and owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990.  His books include Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow (2008), Managing the Digital Library (2004), XML in Libraries (2002), Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial (1996), and Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade, where he still blogs, and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education. Roy is also a commercial whitewater river guide, treehouse builder, (the fourth in his backyard in the Sonoma Valley), husband, and the father of grown twin daughters now in college.