While the librarians of the Samuel C. Williams Library are always busy working with students, faculty and staff, we also find time to participate in professional events. Three of our librarians, including the Library Director, have been involved in statewide and local chapter conferences in recent months to share their knowledge of the field and their experience working at Stevens.
Linda Beninghove, Library Director
Linda Beninghove completed her doctoral studies in the Ed.D. program in Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ in August 2016. On November 4, she was an invited speaker at the Metropolitan New York Library Council STEM Special Interest Group Meeting on the topic of Management Trends in STEM Libraries, held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She also participated in the conference planning committee for the NJEDge Annual Conference in Princeton, NJ and served as co-judge for the conference poster sessions on November 17 and 18.
Courtney Walsh, Research and Instructional Services Librarian
Courtney Walsh presented a poster at the NJEDge Annual Conference in Princeton, NJ, on November 18, 2016.
The poster, titled “Using Online Research Guides with Undergraduates to Facilitate Academic Inquiry,” focused on the use of two course guides (Thermodynamics and Introduction to Science Communication) that she developed and presented to undergraduate students in instruction sessions that were planned in collaboration with academic faculty.
Her poster depicted examples of the different types of information (e.g. topical databases, embedded media, books and ebooks) that can be included in course guides.
For one of the classes (Thermodynamics), she conducted elementary citation analysis by reviewing students' citations for their final research paper in an effort to try to determine what impact library instruction had on the overall quality of sources chosen.
She also presented statistics related to the number of course guide views on the day of the class, throughout the semester, and to date, to demonstrate the potential ongoing value of course guides to facilitate academic inquiry beyond the initial presentation that took place in a classroom setting.
Romel Espinel, Web Services Librarian
Romel Espinel was a speaker at the Association of College & Research Libraries Delaware Valley Chapter symposium CritLib: Theory & Action at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA, on November 11, 2016. His presentation was entitled “Subverting Power: Let The Students Speak!” and discussed teaching college students how to evaluate information and take agency in the development of criteria for information sources.
Romel will also be presenting “Training Agents of Change: Critical Pedagogy in the Library Instruction Classroom” at the 2017 VALE / ACRL-NJ / NJLA-CUS Users' Conference to be held at Rutgers University on Friday, January 6, 2017.