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We Went to the ACRL New England Annual Conference!

by Heather Walker-White on 2019-05-18T12:55:00-04:00 | Comments

Did you think we forgot about posting this week?'s just been another busy week!  Raise your hand if you think it's pretty quiet in a library, especially once most everyone leaves campus after Commencement.  Well, guess what...we're always working hard to improve our users' experience, whether it's access to our resources, research assistance, or providing space for the School of Business to host a Mindfulness Conference (yep, that happened here on Thursday and Friday!), there's always something going on in our world!  In fact, Summer can be one of our busiest times of the year...we never stop working for you.

In addition to all of the amazing information that was shared and learned at the Closure and Academic Meeting sessions during the week of May 5th, some Shapiro Library personnel also attended the Association of College & Research Libraries New England Chapter Annual Conference which took place in Portland, Maine on Monday, May 6th.  There were lots of great sessions, and we learned a lot, but...we also presented!

Heather Walker-White and Jessica Sheehan gave a panel presentation, The Path to CAF: Creating Pathways for Collaborations between Access & Technical Services, in which they discussed the reorganization of their departments, Access Services and Technical Services, from siloed units into the more unified Collections, Access, and Facilities department within the Shapiro Library.  Heather and Jessica presented on the vision for the creation of CAF, changes and collaborations during the first two years since the formation of CAF, and provided tips and insight to other organizations who may be looking to implement similar changes in their own work spaces.


The title slide to The Path to CAF presentation by Heather Walker-White and Jessica Sheehan  Slide from The Path to CAF presentation listing Collections, Access, and Facilities current scope


Karin Heffernan, Shana Chartier, and Joshua Becker presented a poster session, Truthquest! An Information Literacy Adventure, sharing the developmental process, goals, implementation, results, and thoughts for next steps from the first year of a brand new information literacy initiative, Truthquest!, and it's application in ENG 120 courses on campus.  Truthquest! is a self-guided tool that was created to facilitate self-paced learning and provide instructors greater flexibility surrounding information literacy instruction.  Our team of instruction librarians were innovative in their approach to bring information literacy to SNHU's largest-ever incoming class, and their poster session presentation allowed them the opportunity to engage with librarians about Truthquest! and how it might work for them at their own institutions.


Karin Heffernan, Joshua Becker, and Shana Chartier speak with librarians about Truthquest during their poster session at the ACRL New England Annual Conference.


Congratulations to all Shapiro Library personnel who presented at the ACRL NEC Annual Conference!

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