Sessions at SUNYLA 2013 on Wednesday 12th June Preconferences & Diversions

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    At 12:00pm to 6:00pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

  • Paddling History/Eco-Tour [Filled]

    by David Ritchie

    • Cost: $30/person, payment due on arrival.
    • Attendees: This diversion is currently full.

    This outstanding river paddling eco-tour will last 3-4 hours and be conducted by one of the area's experienced paddle tour experts. Tour will include natural areas and possibly include the Buffalo grain mills from the water – urban archeology and history combined – depending on river access and available parking. Bring your camera (though it's your responsibility) for some unforgettable pictures. Cost includes a spot in a two-person canoe or tandem or solo kayak, paddle, and PFD (personal flotation device, aka “life vest”).

    • Numbers: Additional others may bring their own canoe or kayak, paddle, & PFD but the cost for the guide and tour is still $30, plus you will be responsible for transporting your boat to and from the put-in location for the paddling tour, and SUNYLA cannot be liable for storage, damage, or theft of your boat or accessories while on your vehicle or at the Buffalo State campus. That said, your boat locked to your car rack should be safe enough at the campus residence halls’ parking. However, there IS space at the library (no joke!) for storing a few personal boats during the conference if you are concerned about that. Let us know if you’re bringing your own boat!
    • Carpooling: Participants will carpool from the Buffalo State campus to the put-in location, so please let us know if you are willing to drive and how many other people your vehicle can transport.
    • Dress: Dress appropriately for canoeing in sun, overcast, or if light rain should fall during the tour, and wear sneakers or slip-resistant sandals.
    • Bad weather: Trip will be canceled if it is already raining at the 1pm time of departure from Buffalo State campus. A canceled trip will include refund of most of the individual's tour fee.

    Questions? Dave Ritchie, SUNY Cortland, david.ritchie@cortland.edu, 607-753-2818

    At 12:45pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

  • University at Buffalo Libraries Tour

    by Kathleen Quinlivan

    Cost: Free

    Time: 1 pm – 4:30 pm (approx.)

    We’ll carpool (or possibly use a campus shuttle) to travel across town from Buffalo State to the University at Buffalo North Campus. This 3-part tour will visit:

    • The UB Libraries’ Annex – built in 2006 to relieve overcrowding of book stacks in the UB Libraries, this off-site storage facility features high-density shelving to house nearly 1.5 million volumes.
    • Special Collections - home to one of the world’s largest collections of poetry first editions, “little” literary magazines, and the SUNYLA archives.
    • History of Medicine Collection – located in UB’s Health Sciences Library, this unique collection includes leech jars, tonsilitomes, and so much more!

    Join us for an enjoyable afternoon!
    Kathleen Quinlivan, University at Buffalo Libraries, kquin@buffalo.edu, 716-645-1326

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

  • PC1. Librarians’ Secret Identity as Instructional Designer (ID): Mission Possible? (3 hours)

    by Michelle Costello, Corey Ha and Kimberly Davies Hoffman

    Are you currently involved in planning lessons toward information literacy efforts? Do you use technology in your teaching to actively engage students in the learning process? Do you collaborate with professors to connect their specific content to non-disciplinary concepts/skills (e.g., information literacy)? If you answered yes to any of these, you might be a secret ID agent without even knowing it. In this hands-on workshop, we will expose your inner ID, setting you on a course where existing skills align with the greater mission of promoting and assisting faculty in the creation of learning environments that are collaborative, engaging and technologically rich. Your mission - should you choose to accept - will include brainstorming, group work, self-reflection, discussion, and scenario-based problem solving.


    • Identify existing instructional design aptitudes and skills that translate librarianship to pedagogical consultant
    • Using pre-existing ID activities, brainstorm ways in which to build capacity and recognition for instructional design efforts across campus
    • Develop a plan for library-based instructional design that considers individual campus cultures, institutional partners and key library colleagues

    At 1:30pm to 4:45pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In BUTL 208, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

  • PC2. Unleashing the Power of the Pad: Utilizing Mobile Technology to Enhance Library Service

    by Mike Magilligan and Jennifer Whittaker

    In this pre-conference workshop SUNY Canton librarians will discuss their experience with incorporating mobile technology into the information delivery process. Canton’s iPad program has opened up alternative avenues for library staff, teaching faculty and students as they explore new models for teaching and learning. This interactive workshop will address the innovative programing and opportunities that iPads allow for transcending traditional models of library outreach, such as mobile reference, digital humanities, statistics recording, and interlibrary loan. Reflecting on their experiences with iPads in an academic library Jennifer and Mike will show you how to unleash the portable possibilities.


    • Mobile technology as an avenue for improving library services.
    • The inherent shortcomings in mobile technology.
    • Collaborative capabilities that iPads offer.

    At 1:30pm to 3:00pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In BUTL 314, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

  • PC3. Do you hunger for games? Gamification and Information Literacy Instructions

    by Amanda Mitchell

    Gamification is the process of engaging users by turning ordinary tasks into games. Teachers and librarians have long been using games to make learning more fun and interactive, but this session will focus on the particular challenges of games for one-shot information literacy instruction. We will explore specific games used in library instruction at SUNY Delhi and how they have been received by students. Participants will also have an opportunity to test some games themselves and learn to design their own.


    • Learn the basic principles of gamification
    • Experience actual game play and logistics for several examples of games
    • Receive a template for designing their own games

    At 3:15pm to 4:45pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In BUTL 316, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

  • PC5. How to Edit & Proofread: Techniques, Tips, & Tricks

    by Sheryl Kron Rhodes

    With the increasing interest in publishing services in libraries, library blogs, & other forms of public writing, the need for enhanced communication skills is apparent. Yet most of us never learned many grammatical fundamental, & there are few places that actually teach how to edit & proofread. This 90-minute workshop addresses this gap. The differences between editing & proofreading are briefly discussed. Techniques to increase efficiency in editing are presented. The bulk of the presentation consists of commonly found errors & explanations of how to correct them. Additional resources as takeaways are included as well. Questions & discussion are encouraged!


    • The differences between editing & proofreading
    • Techniques to increase efficiency in editing & proofreading
    • Common grammatical errors to watch for & how to correct them

    At 3:15pm to 4:45pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In BUTL 318, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

  • Membership Social

    Wednesday night social at the Campus House

    At 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday 12th June

    In Campus House, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State