The following posters have been selected for the 2010 ACRL/NY Symposium. The committee received many excellent applications and thanks everyone who submitted a proposal.
James Cox, Paul Candon, Molly Stewart, and Judit Ward
Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University
Bibliometrics as Dialogue Between Librarians and Publisher
Librarians use bibliometric methods and tools from a library-centric perspective: does a journal meet the needs of the library’s users while also offering the best and most cost-effective information? If librarians rely on a limited number of bibliometrics to make subscription decisions, publishers are fairly or unfairly judged on these metrics regardless of academic quality or field-specific reputation.
The Center of Alcohol Studies Library was able to collaborate with the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs (JSAD) and, working with the managing editor, assessed the public/academic perception of JSAD through the use of various bibliometric tools. This unique experience afforded the Library the opportunity to get a more complex perspective on the usage and interpretation of bibliometric tools. The Library, along with JSAD, investigated a number of traditional and emerging bibliographic tools and complementary Web 2.0 applications. Bibliometric tools are widespread and varied, and careful analysis should be applied when interpreting them—both within a library and as a publisher. During research, it became evident that bibliometric tools are most useful when used in combination (triangulation, or similar approach) and when interpreted quantitatively and qualitatively (and with a grain of salt).
This practical approach to journal evaluation combines bibliometric methods and measures in pre-selected databases. Our findings are applicable for academic librarians who wish to design efficient workflows for decision making in collection development.
Brave New World: Redesigning Lehman College Library’s Website
Since today’s students are digital natives, they naturally expect more from an academic library website. Well-designed websites, virtual games, social networking as well as search engines are an integral part of their daily digital lives. Consequently, challenges faced during redesign of a library’s website are two-fold:
- Concepts of web usability must be applied. The website needs to be well organized and present its information and content in a user-friendly manner.
- The website needs to be visually appealing since it serves both as the virtual extension of the physical library, as well as a significant outreach tool promoting the Library’s and overall College’s reputation.
This poster describes the process of redesigning Leonard Lief Library’s website within a six-month timeframe. The following six steps are included:
- Evaluation – which includes assessing content of the old website
- Collaboration – library faculty, College Webmaster, etc.
- Wireframe design – encompassing beta-testing and feedback
- User Interface Design
- Website launch and marketing
- Future plans – in-depth usability testing, planning for Phase 2, mobile website, etc.
Maura A. Smale, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Library Department
Information Literacy Librarian
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Mariana Regalado, Associate Professor, Associate Librarian for Information Services
Brooklyn College, CUNY
On Beyond Surveys! Using Ethnographic Methods to Inform Design in Academic Libraries
Successful projects to redesign academic library services, resources, or facilities often begin by gathering data on user needs and preferences. While quantitative methods such as questionnaires are frequently employed to survey patrons about their library use, qualitative research offers additional insights into user behaviors. Qualitative methods, including ethnography, uncover more than what participants do in the library; they reveal how patrons find meaning in their experiences there. Through interviews, photo surveys, and time-tracking studies we can see and hear what students and faculty experience as they use the library. These experiences constitute a rich source of data that can inform research outcomes and practical recommendations alike. Ethnographic techniques have been profitably applied to library use studies, and many institutions–including the University of Rochester, Cal State Fresno, and the ERIAL Project in Illinois–have found qualitative data to be valuable in their design or redesign processes. This poster will share methods, results, and recommendations from a recent ethnographic study of library use at New York City College of Technology and Brooklyn College, CUNY. We will highlight the ways that qualitative studies can inform and enlighten us about our users and help to guide the design process in all areas of the library.
Matthew Flaherty, Instructor, Reference Librarian and Assistant Archivist
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Visual Literacy in the Classroom: Factors in Designing a New Library Workshop
Students are constantly in search of visual representations that support their research. Too often they turn to Google to pull an image from the web without critically analyzing it or providing proper credit to its creator. Finding Visual and Primary Sources is a new workshop offered at Hostos Community College that focuses on locating, accessing, evaluating, and using visual materials effectively in research. Instructors designed the workshop to reinforce key points of the library curriculum including core information literacy concepts, research strategies, database search techniques, and intellectual property and copyright issues. But rather than concentrating on familiar textual secondary sources, the workshop shifts focus to primary visual sources such as photographs, charts, works of art, and multimedia sources.
This poster session will focus on the workshop’s design and implementation by examining its different segments in terms of ACRL’s information literacy standards and the information seeking process. The presentation will break down the workshop’s structure to show how its content prepares students from a unique bilingual community college to become skilled consumers of information in an increasingly visual culture.
Mustafa Sakarya, Acting Director
Mercy College Libraries
Continuous Design: The Quest for Quiet Study Space
Small, academic libraries that are able to convert to a learning commons model are challenged to create adequate space and effective design to meet the demand for both traditional quiet, reflective, individual study and active, collaborative and socially engaged learning. Without adequate funding or space to expand either area, fiscally-challenged small libraries must stay in constant beta mode, and evolve toward these goals through creative, internal transformations staged over time.
This poster will present an illustrated story of the quest for quiet study space in the Mercy College Library, one of the casualties brought on from its rapid transformation into a Learning Commons in 2009. An outstanding success in terms of gate count and visibility but because of its small size, the MLLC with its new cafe and breathtaking view of the Hudson quickly became overcrowded and noisy with students “camping out” in the art gallery and any other corner they could find for quiet study.
The poster will use photographs and captions to present a narrative of solutions staged across the first year of the commons to address the problem, its order guided by the dynamics of continuous design:
- Behavioral: Signage and verbal/gestural cues and suggestions
- Technological: sound canceling headphones
- Programmatic: repurposing library classrooms for quiet study as needed
- Architectural: evaluating collections and appropriating book space to create a new quiet zone
The Ikea Effect: Ideology and Imagination in Swedish Academic Library Design
This poster session will demonstrate how the pedagogical, technological, and service environments exemplified by Swedish academic libraries can be as transformative to students as their physical environments. The Swedish culture has long been recognized for its state-of-the-art architectural and design principles; however, Swedish academic libraries have also long recognized the benefit that may be derived from the application of egalitarian principles to all manner of library environments including service, reference, and instruction. This poster will use pictorial examples taken during a research trip investigating Swedish libraries in order to demonstrate how the extension of principles such as Allemansrätten, or ‘everyman’s right,’ has allowed Swedish academic libraries to design innovative physical, pedagogical, technological, and service environments. Consequently, libraries provide students with unfettered access to materials, service, and technology.
This poster will provide visual examples of how Swedish ethical principles inform the design and policies of Swedish academic libraries and how this has, in turn, greatly enhanced their ability to cater to iGen students’ pedagogical and technological preferences. This poster will also illustrate how these design principles may allow American academic libraries to revision their own environments.
Stan Bogdanov, Instructional Multimedia Specialist
Mobile Apps Design Through The Eyes Of Adelphi Libraries
Adelphi University’s Mobile Web-App has successfully gone through several stages of development, culminating in a campus-wide application called AU2Go. What started as a web application, AU2Go will soon be translated into a series of native apps for a variety of mobile devices. In this poster presentation, we will explore the basics of mobile application design through the evolution of Adelphi’s Library App and AU2Go. We will learn about the importance of color, images, blocks, negative space, and branding when it comes to good and functional mobile design. Adelphi University’s process of development will be discussed and with it – the different methods used to get user feedback and suggestions. At the end, you will get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to mobile apps design and how you can create the collaborative environment needed to build a great app!
Amelia Brunskill, Mara Rojeski & Malinda Triller
Delicious but not nutritious: Why we stopped using Delicious for our databases page
In Fall 2009, we were excited to unveil our redesigned databases interface which used the social bookmarking site Delicious to store and display all of our database links and descriptions. Unfortunately, we soon began to receive a substantial amount of negative feedback on this new system from both students and faculty. A taskforce was assembled to review the page and determine how to best realign it with the preferences and habits of our users, and this review led to another redesign. This poster will discuss what went wrong (and right) in both redesigns, and why the newest version of this page is simultaneously a great success and a considerable compromise.
Please note that the deadline to submit a proposal has passed.