LiSUG 2008 Conference Sessions

LISUG 2nd Annual Conference – 2008 SUNY IT

A. Taking Advantage of YouTube

Presenter: James Gordon (SUNY Buffalo)
Getting your presentations into YouTube and YouTube into your presentations.

B. Serials Solutions – Link & Search

Presenter: Cliff Gilley (Serials Solutions)
An opportunity to meet and discuss questions, issues, and other related topics with the Product Manager for the Serials Solutions 360 Link OpenURL link resolver. An overview of some of the deep features of 360 Link, as well as a discussion of the features and benefits of 360 Search, the Serials Solutions federated search offering.

C. Database Authority using Server Side Includes

Presenter: Logan Rath (SUNY Brockport)
This presentation will teach the value of using server-side includes to manage database titles and URLs. This is an alternative to using a database management model and works without PHP or ASP scripting.

D. Top-Shelf Service on a Utica Club Budget

Presenter: Matthew Smith (Sullivan County Community College)
Got budget? Not us. Using free software and maximizing services we already pay for the library introduced three new services and two service enhancements in the past year. Learn how easy it is to do and benefit from what we learned from these new services and service enhancements. Specific topics covered: chat reference; blogs/RSS feeds; Google Custom Search; Serials Solutions & local holdings; ILLiad/IDS.

E. Collection Development Toolbox: Using State-of-the-Art Tools to Build Library Collections

Presenter: Kevin McCoy (Suffolk County Community College)
Librarians have always found ways to maximize their budgets and justify what they purchase. There are various software programs that can make your collection development decisions easier. This workshop will show how to use Aleph statistic reports, Resources for College Libraries Analytical Tool, Books in Print database, and Baker & Taylor’s review sources to help you determine how to spend you shrinking library collection development money.

F. PLIFs Driving You to Drink? – Tips and Tricks for Success in Getting Patron Records into Aleph

Presenters: Dave Ritchie (Cortland), Andy Perry (New Paltz)
With version 18 have come some changes in both routines for loading patron files and the methods for diagnosing problems. This session will cover routines for loading PLIFs in the SUNY shared-server environment, how to use the log file and the output report to diagnose error messages, and how to fix the problem records (or tell someone else what to fix in them)! Bring your thoughts and issues- we’ll include time for discussion.

G. Clean Out the Cobwebs: Rethinking Your Web Presence with Joomla CMS


Presenter: Mark A. Smith (Alfred Ceramics)
Rethinking your web presence? Want to get the cobwebs out and add some Web 2.0 functionality? With a little elbow grease and a fresh mind set you can simplify your life and add vitality and functionality to your library web by using a free, open source, Joomla Content Management System. Joomla CMS base functionality offers a compelling feature set for those who are willing to take the plunge. These functions include (but are not limited to): RSS syndication, polls, blogs, calendars, newsfeeds, breadcrumbs, news flashes, random images, user ratings, stats, multiple levels of authoring/ administration, and more. This presentation will be a discussion of our successful experience in developing the library site at Alfred Ceramics along with a demonstration of selected functional modules. Discussion and brief demos will include: a tour of the user and administration interfaces, benefits of the system, requirements for acquiring and serving, considerations for planning and design, adding/managing content, modifying templates, and adding functionality. Come and see if there is something here for you.

H. A Witch’s Brew? Emerging Technologies for Enhancing the Potency of Library Instruction

Presenters: Heather Whalen Smith (New Paltz), Mark McBride (Buffalo State), Dana Longley (Empire State College), Logan Rath (Brockport), Justina Elmore (Geneseo)
Interested in learning about how screencast software, blogs, and other collaborative software applications can be used to deliver or enhance library instruction? The Emerging Technology Committee’s panel will be dedicated to discussing the use of software to in-person and distance learning.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:Brewing up Access and Delivery to Reach Users: Convergent Library Services and Systems

Speaker: Cyril Oberlander (SUNY Geneseo)
This presentation combines practical tips and vision to share strategies for transforming library services such as acquisitions, discovery, document delivery and resource sharing. Focusing on user behavior, service trends, and the future of request processing, attendees will be encouraged to mash up collections and space, services, technologies, and workflows. Participate in evaluating or implementing transformative ideas and shape next steps.

I. IDS: Article Licensing Information Availability Service

Presenter: Mark Sullivan (SUNY Geneseo)
The Article Licensing Information Availability Service, or ALIAS, is a new system that is integrated with Atlas Systems’ ILLiad and allows for the production of unmediated article requests. The presentation will start with the initial concept and work through to the current version.

J. CUFTS: Open Source ERM and More

Presenters: Andy Perry (New Paltz), Bill Drew (TC3)
The open source CUFTS system was implemented at New Paltz and TC3 to fill the need for electronic resource management. Bill and Andy will demo the system and discuss pros and cons.

K. Usability Test of a New Library Website at Indiana University

Presenter: John Gottfried (SUNY Old Westbury)
The author of this study, now a Librarian in the SUNY system, examined usability and overall reaction to a new Library web site at the Indiana University campus at Indianapolis (IUPUI).Researchers administered a form of protocol analysis in which 30 library computer users completed a set of 10 common tasks on the Library web site. Results indicated that the site worked effectively overall and did what it was designed to do, but many users had trouble with specific functions, such as finding and retrieving articles, particularly in electronic format. Users were also surveyed for their preferences and reaction to the web site. Overall, satisfaction with the new site was very high, though particular areas (such as electronic articles and online subject guides) where deemed difficult to find and use by many participants.

L. Perspectives on E-books After Spending the Summer with a Kindle

Presenter: Mark Ludwig (University at Buffalo)
User perspectives of the Amazon Kindle book reader. Advantages and disadvantages of the Kindle over other e-book formats. Possible implications and uses of the Kindle for libraries.

M. Getting Buy-in for New Technology Projects

Presenter: Jenica Rogers-Urbanek (Potsdam) Location: G135 Donovan Library 2.0 technology is described as participatory, social, transparent, and customizable. How does that affect project management for 2.0 projects? How do you get buy-in for these projects which may be radically different from ‘how we’ve always done things’? I will offer some tips and ideas for gathering support and educating library leaders and colleagues about new technologies and projects.

N. EZproxy: Putting Your Money Where Your Proxy Is

Presenter: Michael Mulligan (SUNY Upstate Medical University)
SUNY Upstate Medical University, like all other SUNY institutions, is facing budget cuts that affect our subscriptions to online journals, databases and electronic books. This talk will show how we are making the most of our EZproxy servers to make more informed decisions on what to cut. We will also show how we are using our EZproxy servers to recommend titles to our customers.

O. Customizing Web Content Using Google Maps

Presenters: Nancy Cannon, Kay Benjamin (SUNY College at Oneonta)
Google has made it simple to create customized maps in which you can combine (aka mashup) maps with data, sound, text, images, video, web links, and more. The possibilities of things to combine and ways to utilize Google Maps are limited only by your imagination. This session will provide a demonstration of how to create a Google map and will feature some potential applications for library web sites.

P. Federated Searching: Giving Users What They Want

Presenters: Justina Elmore, Michelle Costello, Tom Ottaviano, Bonnie Swoger (SUNY Geneseo) Location: Kunsela Auditorium During the 2008 Spring and Summer sessions, SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library explored, purchased, and implemented federated searching to provide its students with the ability to simultaneously search library catalogs and article databases. MultiSearch, launched this Fall, utilizes the WebFeat federated search product. Join us to discuss our process of product evaluation, selection, implementation, promotion, and integration into library instruction.


Maureen Zajkowski (OLIS) will briefly discuss ongoing Aleph support issues. General discussion of these and whatever other issues attendees wish to bring forward will follow.