Poster Session - Tuesday, April 25th

  • Pop UP Story Time in the Parks: Teaming up with Local Government
    • Candace Worrell, Cherry Hill Public Library
    • The Cherry Hill Public Library (CHPL) collaborated with the Cherry Hill Recreation Department during the summer of 2016 to present Pop Up Story Time in the Parks. On Friday mornings during the summer (July 8-Aug 12, 2016), CHPL children’s librarians, Candace and Alia, traveled to six preselected parks chosen by the Recreation Department. Cherry Hill Township is a large community, spanning 24 square miles with 31 playgrounds located in various neighborhoods across the township. The parks were chosen to highlight some of the less frequented parks. Because Cherry Hill is a larger town, the library isn’t on everyone’s daily commute, which can be discouraging to residents who live further away. By teaming up with the Recreation Department, CHPL was able to bring the library out into the community and reach residents from all over the township, including many non-library users. Teaming up with other departments in local government is something that every library can do. It’s easy to focus all of our efforts within the library and forget that we are a part of a larger organization. When different departments work together, everyone in the community benefits. Pop Up Story Time in the Parks is a perfect example of local government and public libraries working together.
  • Citation Analysis as a Lens on Collections and Community
    • Jenifer Gundry, Princeton Theological Seminary Library
    • For four years, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library has undertaken an annual citation analysis project. In this work, the library examined the sources cited in a random sampling of faculty publications and doctoral dissertations
      published the preceding year. Citation analysis has provided the library with a unique lens on both the collection and the community, highlighting: 1) what types of sources faculty and doctoral students actually use in their published works; and 2) how many cited sources were available to researchers via the library’s collections. Citation analysis has pointed to some interesting patterns that the library has not been able to capture with other methodologies. Citation analysis confirms that the library’s collections provide high levels of support to the community’s current research interests. However, citation analysis has also uncovered a surprising lack of diversity in cited source types that points to the need for the library to increase promotion, access, and research skills training in finding sources beyond books and journals. This poster would illustrate the citation analysis process, provide an overview of findings over four years, and offer
      suggestions to other libraries considering experimenting with a citation analysis project.
  • Embracing Change: Trading Library Collections for Learning Spaces
    • Kerry Chang FitzGibbon and Eric Jeitner, Stockton University
    • In response to emerging technologies and the change in user learning behaviors, librarians at Stockton University reassessed our priorities and embarked on the task of changing the role of our library from a provider of information to a facilitator of learning. The poster illustrates how we reclaimed library spaces to create a learning commons that supports a variety of learning activities.
  • Moving Beyond Our Box: Our Journey from Classroom to Committee
    • Stacy Brody, Kristen Matteucci, and Samantha Rice, MI students at Rutgers University
    • Students participating in NJLA’s 2016-2017 Committee Internship Program (CIP) share their experiences, including the benefits of the program and projects on which they worked. The interns also discuss how their involvement has shaped their perspectives of the New Jersey library community and highlighted the importance of NJLA’s leadership throughout the state.
  • Fill Up That Calendar: Great Reoccurring Children's Programming
    • Shaunterria Owens, Belleville Public Library and Information Center
    • While standalone events such as author visits and presentations can attract crowds, reoccurring programs are what keep your regular patrons engaged with your library. This poster session features some tried and true programming events that are inexpensive and will draw patrons week after week.
  • Harnessing Teen Volunteers for Your Makerspace
    • Morgan Taylor, Glen Rock Public Library
    • With this poster, I will present innovating ways in which teens can be helpful and instrumental in running makerspace activities for all ages. The poster will include ways to manage volunteer hours using digital tools, ways to inspire them to get involved, and training.
  • Library Heroes
    • Michael Stirm, Atlantic County Library System - Pleasantville Branch
    • "A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people." - Andrew Carnegie . The great philanthropist's words still ring true today. Perhaps now more than ever, the world needs real heroes. Librarians, this poster session argues, are in a unique position to fill the role of heroes in their communities. Examples of heroism in the Atlantic County Library System will be featured to inspire and stimulate discussion on this topic.
  •  Reach out to Be Reached
    • Elby Wang and Tierney Miller, Cherry Hill Public Library
    • The “2017 Chinese New Year Celebration” is an innovative cultural education event hosted by the Cherry Hill Public Library. A successful outreach effort during the planning stages strengthened and created new connections with the local community. Firstly, our program gained the support of the local mayor, who attended in order to greet and honor the community. Secondly, we provided performance opportunities for student folk dance and martial arts groups from two nonprofit, volunteer-run Chinese language schools. Hands-on activities, such as making dumplings & egg rolls, Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, and games gave patrons an interactive experience. Lastly, the event brought several first-time patrons into our library from nearby towns through the power of social media marketing. This program not only attracted the participation of local and nearby communities, it also strengthened connections with local public authorities (government), non-profit organizations (schools) and a diverse audience (the public).
  •  Growing Minds: A Story Time Garden
    • Heather Marquette and Carolyn Oldt, Gloucester County Library System – Logan Branch
    • For the past 5 years my library has incorporated growing a garden with our story times. We hold a week of story times devoted to learning how a garden grows from seeds to table. Children leave with their own seeds planted in a biodegradable container able to plant at home. The garden is planted every May and during story times through out the summer children take turns watering, helping to weed and picking the vegetables we grow. We plant cherry tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, herbs and pumpkins. Each year our attendance gets bigger and everyone gets to plant. My session would outline how to start a garden program, the costs, using volunteers to help maintain and
      variations to make a garden work with any size available. I will display pictures of the garden, books that we read during story times and crafts that went along with the program. This program is very hands-on learning for the children and a great way to introduce healthy eating habits. We have gotten nothing but positive feedback from parents who have attended this program.
  •  Slime Time at the Library: Slime-Making as a Children's Library Program
    • Emily Macleod, Bloomingdale Free Public Library
    • This poster session will outline details about Slime Time, a four-week children's program at BFPL, and provide suggestions for implementing similar programs at other libraries. Slime Time participants explore the art and science of slime-making by creating a different variation of slime, putty, or goop each week. It's the perfect introduction to basic chemistry in a fun and creative way!
  •  Thinking Beyond the Box About Accessibility in Library Purchasing Practices for E-Resources: A Case Study at an Academic Library
    • Kerry A. Falloon, CUNY – College of Staten Island
    • The purpose of this poster is to discuss the responsibility of library purchasing agents, i.e., acquisition, collection development or e-resource librarians, to understand current disability law and how to apply current mandates when initially evaluating, acquiring, and/ or maintaining electronic resources. The College of Staten Island (CSI) Library subscribes to over one hundred and sixty different electronic resources, some through CUNY libraries consortia efforts
      and others through campus level collection development (C.D.) practices. After an accessibility statement was added to a the library’s new C.D. policy, a concerted effort started at the CSI library to start collecting Voluntary Product
      Accessibility Templates (VPATs) from current and new vendors and to create a VPAT repository using CORAL, an open-source ERM. Other relevant tools will be discussed, in particular, the use of WCAG 2.0 guidelines to help evaluate
      digital resources for Section 508 compliance. The benefits and downfalls of these accessibility tools will be analyzed as well as the attempt to integrate them into a practical solution that can be used by libraries, i.e., a description algorithm or
      rubric to determine whether to purchase or maintain an e-resource. The concept of universal design (UD) will also be discussed and how to incorporate UD into better purchasing decisions for digital products. Overall, this poster will
      introduce various accessibility evaluation tools and present a case study on an academic library’s attempt to create a practical solution to C.D. decision-making regarding the accessibility of e-resources.
  •  The Long-Distance One-Shot Presentation
    • Joe Louderback, DeVry University
    • The delivery of library instruction as an online librarian presents a unique set of challenges. Hear about some of the lessons learned from a relatively new distance librarian (and colleagues), including avoiding dead air and managing the
      ever-present threat of tech fails.

Event Time: 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm