Outreach and Advocacy SIG Meeting: Faculty Outreach Strategies - Success Stories and Uphill Battles

We know that faculty can be our advocates when we provide library services to students. Faculty can help relay valuable information to their students about the library. We strive to develop positive working relationships with them so that we can help promote the library and librarians as vehicles for promoting student success in College.

This meeting will include the following lightning presentations as well as an open discussion.


Sarah Ward, Assistant Professor & Outreach Librarian
Hunter College, CUNY
Faculty Speed Dating

Instead of another basic orientation in which faculty are overloaded with information, Hunter College Libraries partnered with other college-wide faculty resources to host an event called "Cornerstones for Teaching & Research: Stories from the front lines" in Fall 2015. The event was set up like speed dating in an effort to encourage active participation by attendees and encourage interaction among all the participants - presenters AND attendees. I'll share a bit about the event, some outcomes, and some feedback from faculty.

Janet Bunde
New York University
Taking it to the Dorms: Working with Faculty Fellows in Residence

This year I piloted a program to work with Faculty Fellows in Residence (FFIRs) to bring information about the archives and the history of the institution to students where they live. I hope to expand this program in the next academic year.

Nicole LaMoreaux and Lauren Gavin
LIM College
“Make it Work!” Successful faculty outreach and collaboration strategies at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library

The LIM College Library has partnered with faculty in a variety of ways. In this presentation, our librarians are hoping to discuss two ways in which we were successful. The Librarians developed better subject collections for textiles though biannual surveys which highlighted areas to collect. Additional methods to support the collection included project specific bibliographic instruction sessions, invitations to observe final presentations and textiles faculty requiring students use two books for their term papers.  We initiated a partnership with professors that organize core classes in order to offer student scholarships to attend the annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference.

Mark Aaron Polger, Assistant Professor & First Year Experience Librarian
College of Staten Island, CUNY
Partnering with Faculty In Revising the Curriculum for First Year College Composition Course

The English department at the College of Staten Island (CUNY) is revising their curriculum (of their First Year College Writing Classes) by removing the research component.  Upon learning of this change, the FYE librarian proposed to partner with the English department and develop a more conceptual lesson plan, as an alternative to the traditional workshops. A draft lesson plan was developed that addresses the concepts of evaluation.  The FYE Librarian worked with 4 class sections and piloted the revised workshops. This presentation will discuss how the library took the opportunity to partner with the English department during a curriculum change.

Kate Angell and Susan Thomas
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus
Faculty Partnerships to Develop the Creation of Zines in Library Instruction Classes

For the past few years we've reached out to teaching faculty to incorporate zine making into their curriculum by partnering with the English and Social Work Departments to teach students the history of zine culture including pamphlet publishing and the alternate press as well as demonstrate the zine making process. Students are required to create a zine in lieu of a final research paper. Students come to the library with their instructor for a workshop session taught by the two of us, and they are exposed to zines made both by former LIU students and zinesters outside of the university.

Elaine Provenzano, Assessment and Marketing Librarian
Manhattanville College
What is a Research Question and How Do You Answer It? A Tag-Team Approach

Elaine Provenzano and Patrick Redding, Associate Professor of English, at Manhattanville College, presented the outcomes of a three-year collaborative initiative at the CIC Workshop in Information Fluency: English and American Language and Literature in Louisville, Kentucky, March 2016. Elaine will give a brief synopsis and share some successes and challenges of their ongoing efforts.


Other questions we will address include:

  • How do we get buy-in from faculty and what methods can we employ to reach out to them?
  • How can we partner with faculty in promoting Information Literacy classes, better develop our subject collections, and promote all our library services and resources?  

We hope to have a lively discussion on best practices, and we hope to discuss different outreach strategies used to communicate our value to faculty. We invite you to join in on the discussion and to bring your successful (and not so successful) outreach methods to the table. We want to hear from you!


Organized by Mark Aaron Polger and Carl Andrews, co-conveners of METRO's Outreach and Advocacy Special Interest Group.

Eventbrite - Outreach and Advocacy SIG Meeting: Faculty Outreach Strategies - Success Stories and Uphill Battles


Thu, May. 26, 2016
noon - 2 p.m. America/New_York


METRO Training Center
57 East 11th St, Fl 4
New York, NY 10011
United States