DIY Toolbox 2.0: We’re Going to Need a Bigger Toolbox

February 5, 2016 (10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Welcome to SUNYLA’s third Midwinter Online Conference.  SUNYLA aims to keep SUNY Librarians informed of the latest tools/tricks of the trade – whether it be through a conference, committee, user group or program that we run for SUNY. This conference aims to appeal to all librarians, with topics ranging from reference tools, to data management, to marketing, and beyond.

I want to thank the members of the committee for responding to my call and for doing such a great job!

– Committee Chair and SUNYLA President Rebecca Hyams, SUNY Maritime

SUNYLA’s Midwinter Online Conference Committee:

  • Michelle Eichelberger, Genesee CC
  • Rosanne Humes, Nassau CC
  • Bill Jones, SUNY Geneseo
  • Jill Locascio, SUNY Optometry

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Session 1 (10:00am-10:30am)

Do You Kahoot?: Easy Engagement and Assessment in the Classroom

Bridget Doloresco and Melissa Langridge, Niagara University

Do you find it difficult to collect evidence of knowledge gained during your instruction sessions? Do you get frustrated by the inability to provide feedback to your students once the one shot is over? This session is for you!

Session 2 (10:30am-11:00am)

Presentation Pizzazz with Piktochart

Dawn Wing, Suffolk Community College

Looking for an exciting presentation alternative to PowerPoint? Piktochart is an easy-to-use online presentation tool where users can deliver information using sleek and attractive graphics. This tool will interest student and faculty presenters who would like to share their research findings in a fun and visually-appealing way.

Session 3 (11:00am-11:30am)

Library Alerts Using Constant Contact

Ginger Trow, SUNY Delhi

Looking for quick ways to inform your user segments about valuable programs and services, and raise the visibility of your library? Don’t call it SPAM, call it email alerting! Find out how and why to consider cheap or free email programs to reach your audiences, key considerations, Mailchimp vs. Constant Contact, how to get started with email alerting, and other marketing tips for gaining attention and holding the interest of your audiences.

Session 4 (11:30am-12:00pm)

Digitize It Yourself!: A Method of In-House Digitization

Amanda M. Shepp, Marion H. Skidmore Library

Make in-house digitization of materials a snap with the DIY Digitization Chamber!  In this session, step-by-step instructions will be given on how you can build your own DIY Digitization Chamber, along with a demonstration of how it is used, and examples of finished digital images created using the Chamber process.  The DIY Digitization Chamber is perfect for smaller institutions with limited budgets that want to create digital content, institutions with rare or fragile materials that need to be digitized in-house, and institutions with collections of 2D and 3D objects.  Come see how easy creating digital objects can be!

Session 5 (1:00pm-1:30pm)

Using Trello for Project Management

Sarah McCleskey, Hofstra University

Trello is a great (free) project management tool for over-committed librarians juggling multiple responsibilities. Using Trello to visualize the work you need to accomplish will help you set priorities and realize achievable goals.

Session 6 (1:30pm-2:00pm)

Using Slack for Better Team Communication

Andrew Colgoni, McMaster University

This presentation will introduce Slack and its functionality, explain how McMaster’s library services team has used it, including staff impressions. Discover how you can simplify communication and introduce transparency in your library. Slack is a software tool that combines elements of email, instant messaging, file-sharing, scheduling, and potentially a lot more.