Why should ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS attend the 2016 NJLA Conference?

There's Never Been a Better Time to Attend NJLA!

The 2016 NJLA Conference is loaded with programs tailored to the needs and interests of college and university librarians. This year, the sessions sponsored and co-sponsored by the College and University Section are spread throughout the Conference, with a choice of two pre-conferences on Monday, six programs on Tuesday, and another six on Wednesday. Below are just some of the sessions sponsored by the College and University Section. If you would like to see all of the programs sponsored by your section, go to the "Schedule" tab and select and apply the College and University Section as your filter.

Experience the full Conference for three days of professional development, networking, and learning All Together Now.

MONDAY (Preconference)

Open to All: ADA Compliance & Beyond at Your Library --      Libraries want - and need - to provide access to everyone, but how do we make our spaces welcoming for people with disabilities? “Open to All” is about serving people with special needs at your library. This preconference will address etiquette & communication, highlight programs and services geared toward people with impairments, ways to make reasonable accommodations in programs for a general audience, a review of ADA guidelines for buildings, outreach ideas and input from patrons. (Monday, 1-4:30PM)

It's Always Been Done That Way: The Conundrum of Us Versus Them (and What We Can Do About It, Maybe) --   The commonly heard refrain “It’s Always Been This Way!” can infuriate even the most level-headed innovators in librarianship. Can this phrase ever be a useful tool in libraries? If not, why is it so pervasive? Join Bryce Kozla, reformed “pearl clutcher” and “change agent”, to discuss how to be successful with the skills we bring to the table; and how we can work together to foster a workplace that is overtly kind and effective. (Monday,1-4:30)


·Essential Disability Services for Libraries --          Providing accommodation for staff and patrons with disabilities is not just a humanitarian gesture, it is the law. Yet some of our users make unreasonable demands for adjustments to our library equipment, policies, and services. In this session we will review best practices for staff training, technologies, communication and collaborations related to planning for disabilities accommodations in all types of libraries. (Tuesday, 9-9:50am)

·Calling All Gamers! Game Night in the Academic Library --      Do your students say there’s “nothing to do” on campus? Are students reluctant to come into the library? Looking for an innovative way to connect with outside companies and other campus departments? Georgian Court University Library collaborated with the Office of Student Life, Career Services and an international video game company to establish "Gamers Night at the Library." Learn tips for planning and marketing, along with the library's goals and expenses, and student reactions. (Tuesday, 9-9:50am) 

·Six Years After RDA: Projects, Initiatives, Trends and Directions --                  This presentation will discuss what remains to be done before bibliographic data will become Linked Data and part of the Semantic Web. The basic concepts of the Semantic Web and Linked Data will be explained, and projects such as BIBFRAME Editor, Libhub Initiative, schema.org(link is external) (link is external), BIBFLOW, MarcNext, and BIBFRAME Scribe will be discussed. First-hand experience will be shared. The presentation will also talk about the challenges for the next five years in RDA cataloging, including incorporating BIBFRAME Editor into libraries. (Tuesday, 11:30-12:20pm)

·Awesome Outreach by Academic Libraries --        It is essential that all kinds of libraries work “all together now” for the benefit of all constituents! Attend this panel session to hear about three academic libraries successful outreach activities: a Lego project, a high school partnership and a story hour; and how they are collaborating outside their library walls. Participants will be inspired for new ways to reach their own communities in order to better market their services (Tuesday, 3:10-4:00pm)

Fundamentals of Preservation Care --        Part 1: Book Repair Demo: Over time, books can become loose in their hinges, which can result in the hinge breaking altogether. Two solutions to the broken hinge problem will be demonstrated. 2. Presentation: The Fundamentals of Managing Preservation Efforts in Libraries: A brief history of preservation and what it consists of, and how to start a program or develop what you have. The role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, to extend the useful life of collections will be discussed. (Tuesday 4:10-5:00pm)


·MARCedit Creator Q&A --             Terry Paul Reese, Jr., Head, Digital Initiatives at The Ohio State University, will lead a session on MarcEdit, a metadata editing suite available to librarians. The program has and will continue to evolve to meet the past, present, and future metadata needs of the library community. MarcEdit presently includes a very rich feature set targeted at making metadata translation and editing easier for both the beginner and advanced users. (Wednesday 9:00-9:50am)

·Will Librarians be Ready When Professors and Students Move from Print Research Papers to Multimedia Presentations? --          Scholarly communication with a print format has long roots, but it is being replaced by multimedia formats including peer-reviewed video journals. This program explores the academic library implications as multimedia presentations and formats move to become research products by students and professors. Such a change challenges what it means for a researcher to be a productive scholar and for a student to be an educated person. Is the era of the research paper ending? (Wednesday 11:30-12:20pm)

·College & University Luncheon --   The College and University Section is pleased to welcome Terry Paul Reese, Jr., Head, Digital Initiatives at The Ohio State University, as our luncheon speaker for 2015. He will discuss strategic initiatives related to the development and implementation of the Libraries’ digital libraries infrastructure. The luncheon program will also feature formal presentation of the College and University Section's Distinguished Service Award, the Research Award, and the Technology Innovation Award. (Wednesday 12:30-2:20pm)


College & University Section Research Award Forum -- To recognize excellence in the efforts of NJ librarians, the Research Committee of the NJLA College & University Section and the ACRL NJ Chapter presents an Award & Forum program. The Award is presented for research published in the previous year by a NJ librarian. The Forum presents research conducted by a NJ librarian, whether published or not. Awards & Forum submissions are selected on a competitive basis by the Committee. (See past awards: http://cus.njla.org/content/research-award-history-and-winners (Wednesday 2:30-3:20pm)

·2016 Technology Innovation Awards Forum --     This forum features presentations from the winners and nominees of the 2015 Technology Innovation Award, which honors a librarian or group of librarians for innovative use and application of a technology in a New Jersey academic library. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished leadership in developing new technologies for academic libraries. See past award winners on the Technology Committee's site here: http://cus.njla.org/content/technology (Wednesday 3:40-4:30pm)


We'll see you there!

Mary Mallery and the 2016 Conference Committee