The following posters have been selected for the 2015 ACRL/NY Symposium. The committee received 37 excellent applications this year, and we thank everyone who submitted a proposal.

Aligning the Curriculums for College Success: High School and College Library Collaborations  | Carl Andrews, Bronx Community College

Many students enter college lacking the necessary research and critical thinking skills needed for academic success. A strong body of literature shows evidence that information literacy instruction at the secondary level enhances college readiness in freshman students. The author discusses the importance of curriculum development and the role academic libraries play in supporting college readiness. The research will review and cite successful high school and college partnerships, curriculum development initiatives, secondary information literacy instruction, and teacher professional development.

Breaking the Textbook Barrier: Improving Inclusivity and Access through Library Licensed e-Textbooks | Dana Ospina, California Polytechnic State University

Textbooks, a required expenditure for college students, have evaded economic correction for the past 4 decades, demonstrating instead an unabated and unmatched escalation in price. This unchecked inflation has resulted in a population of captive consumers reliant on, and suffering at the hands of, a publishing oligarchy. The situation is especially fraught for economically challenged students, many of whom must make the choice between purchasing textbooks and paying for other essentials. Academic libraries have not traditionally collected textbooks, but it is time to rethink this position as we strive to create ever more inclusive institutions. For the last two years, as part of a commitment to support affordable resources for students, Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo has been actively acquiring e-textbooks. This poster will visually articulate the e-textbook ecosystem Kennedy Library has created for our campus, including services, stakeholders, and outcomes.

Critical Perspectives in Social Justice: Initiatives of the MCNY Library | Kate Adler, Metropolitan College of New York

This poster will present several initiatives of the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Library, all pivoting around Social Justice. The history, pedagogy and population of MCNY – a school that grew out of the War on Poverty and social dynamism of the 1960s – provide a particularly salient context for this work. Since its founding in 1964, the school’s mission and curriculum have centered around a vision of Social Justice and Community Empowerment. These concepts are intrinsically connected to those at the heart of librarianship, and at the MCNY Library we are constantly exploring ways to bring this connection to the fore. The poster will examine both current and future projects in the areas of Critical Information Literacy and Collection Development, at MCNY’s Manhattan and Bronx campuses. These include two embedded instruction initiatives focusing on archives and on questions of social justice; a community archiving project; and special collections & displays.

Democracy in Library Website Design: Whose Voices Do You Want to Hear? | Laura Sullivan, Michael Providenti, Deborah Reichler, and Leslie Hammann, Northern Kentucky University

Libraries must provide equal access to their website content. It can be difficult for library users to sort through complicated and wordy descriptions on your site. By combining plain language and icons as visual representations for common, repetitive concepts, all in line with ADA standards, comprehension can be improved and researchers’ time can be saved.

Determining which words and images work best involves a process of user inclusion and engagement. By inviting our library users in for conversations, we begin to understand what they are looking for and how they look for it; what language they use and what they understand. But the value of the process is greater than gather user data; the reiterative process and open conversations create engaged users and collaborators in library planning. Moreover, these interactions help us to foster a better user experience. By implementing a democratic process that includes users, we can build stronger ties with our community.

The Global Dialogue Awareness Project (GADP): Faculty Development at Penn State Abington | Paula Smith, Penn State Abington

The Global Awareness Dialogue Program (GADP) is a faculty development initiative that was created in response to our growing international student body, which grew from 9 international students to 100+ at a commuter campus, in the span of 5 years. The library at Penn State Abington partnered with the Penn State Abington Office of Global Programs to deliver a series of seminars to faculty to improve our collective global understanding and competencies.

The GADP focuses on the educational systems of regions related to our international student population, as well as on topical issues such as technology or integrating internationalization into the curriculum. The program is structured to include pre-work in the form of scholarly and popular articles and videos, a guest speaker(s), a student panel, and a regional international dinner.

Supporting Learning from the Inside: Library Services for Jackson College Students in Prison | Stephanie DeLano Davis and Sarah Gebert, Jackson College

This poster presentation will share Atkinson Library’s journey in providing academic library services to students taking Jackson College (JC) courses at prison facilities in Jackson, Michigan. Engaging with the prison system to ensure students taking college classes have access to research materials exemplifies several of the American Library Association’s core values of librarianship: access, education and lifelong learning, the public good, service and social responsibility.

The presentation will outline the challenges, obstacles, successes and victories of seeking to open the doors of access to research materials to a population housed in an environment where restrictions and control are the necessary norm.

It will highlight crucial collaborations and demonstrate how a passion for service helped Atkinson librarians develop creative means of providing students in prison with high quality research materials to support their studies despite roadblocks and inconveniences.

Welcoming Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Users | Michael Waldman, Baruch College

Transgender people have been very visible in the news. Caitlyn Jenner’s transition was featured prominently, generating many discussions on the nature of gender. They have highlighted that gender might not be as fixed as we once assumed. The reality for many transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people however is often very different. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey reports 41% of transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their lives. Many also face issues of discrimination, refusal of service, and violence.
How can we make sure libraries are welcoming to TGNC people? This poster will illustrate some effective ways libraries can be welcoming by examining policy issues, space design, staffing issues and collections.

Grant, J.M., et al. (2011). Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Washington, DC: NCTE and NGLTF. Retrieved 8/28/15,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s