College & University Section

Library Instruction Palooza

From ESL and computer training to information literacy instruction, education in libraries helps to create an information literate society equipped with the tools to speak knowledgeably and freely. In a workshop format that will include short presentations, roundtable discussions and tech tool lightning talks, we will explore the topics of community assessment, presentation skills, student engagement, identifying propaganda/fake news and marginalized voices or opinions, transforming lessons into higher order thinking skills and more.

CUS Luncheon

In the Know: The ACRL National Update!
Interested in learning about the latest ACRL research projects and member resources? Cheryl Middleton, 2017/18 ACRL President, will present a brief overview of the work the ACRL Board and member committees are engaged in on behalf of our members and our profession. After the presentation, there will be a short time for questions. Participants will leave the session with awareness of the work ACRL and have references to follow-up on for additional information.

Reference Librarians Speak Freely

How much are you really using your reference collection? What kind of reference services are you offering? The term ‘reference’ encompasses everything from finding a phone number to in-depth thesis research. How does the title ‘Reference Librarian’ change with today’s fast paced, mostly digital world? How can you promote your library and your skills? Librarians from public, academic, school and special libraries discuss their experiences in today’s information environment with open conversation to follow.

Digitization on a Dime

Digitization is often seen as an expensive prospect for institutions who want to share their archival and historic material online with the public, but this doesn't always have to be the case. This session will discuss low-budget strategies to handle digitization while ensuring quality. The session includes specific examples with tips and tricks on when to splurge and when to pinch your pennies.

Technology Innovation Forum

Join academic librarians from around NJ as they showcase the innovative technologies in development and being implemented in their college and university libraries. Featured presenters include the winners of the 2018 Technology Innovation Award, announced at the NJLA Awards Reception on Thursday evening.

The Accidental Instruction Librarian: A Panel of Public and Academic Librarians Who Teach

Instruction in libraries is an essential function, and librarians of all backgrounds -- reference, technology, public and academic -- can wind up teaching, many without any formal instruction training and without any expectation that they would be expected to teach. How do librarians become comfortable and confident instructors? This panel of public and academic librarians will discuss their experiences from instruction novices, without formal training during their MLS experience, to their roles as librarians who teach.

Technology: Speak Confidently

HTML, CSS, jQuery, DOM, WYSIWYG?! Is this gibberish? Would you like to be able to speak confidently about web technology? Interested in trying out your own web design? Understanding how websites work is a great start to creating your own. Become a power user with a foundational knowledge of the web, and get the most out of a WYSIWYG editor by venturing into the source code. This session is for technophobes and technophiles alike.

Maximizing Your Academic Library’s Social Media Efforts to Engage or Reach Your Audience

Social media marketing and outreach for academic libraries can be challenging, yet can be a valuable tool in engaging and reaching our audiences. Join us as we discuss utilizing various social media platforms to expand the reach of your message to your community. We will discuss developing a Social Media Plan, implementation strategies, creating effective campaigns and posts, and tips and tricks to get the most of your efforts.

Educate Freely with Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available educational materials that can save students money and allow faculty to have academic freedom and greater flexibility over their course content. This session will help you understand the basics of OER, the variety of options available to faculty, and how OER can improve students’ educational experiences. We will also share strategies for persuading faculty and administrators at your institution to explore, implement and fund OER initiatives.


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