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These brief and informal, "come as you are" gatherings will cover a variety of topics, including tips on providing reference service in our new environment, discussion about the latest in technological trends, and strategies for handling a variety of reference encounters.

Some of these seminars will feature our resources, highlighting additions to our print collection or exploring changes to our electronic database repertoire. These forums are casual and are designed to promote professional development, advance scholarly discussion, and give us all an opportunity to share ideas and develop strategies for enhancing service to the LIU Post community. All are welcome.

Ultimately the success of the Brown Bag Series depends on your participation.

If you have an interesting idea or would like to discuss an issue please contact Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at (516) 299-4145 or mboyd@liu.edu.


Coming Brown Bag Events



TBA - To Be Announced



Past Brown Bag Events


November 25, 2014 - See it. Save it. Sort it. Cite it! - Introducing Zotero Citation Management Software
Time: Tuesday, November 25th, from 12:30 to 1:25
Presenter: Professor Kathleen Burlingame
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag workshop on how to use Zotero, a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your sources - improving the efficiency of your research and saving you time! Comparable to RefWorks and other citation management programs, Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. This hands-on workshop will cover installing the Firefox plugin, adding PDF documents, and other special features such as file sharing and integration with Microsoft Word.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true Brown Bag please feel free to bring your lunch. Please RSVP using this form or to Kathleen.Burlingame@liu.edu and include comments or questions.


June 19, 2014 - LibGuides CMS V2.0
Time: Thursday, June 19th from 12:00 to 1:00
Presenter: Robert Battenfeld
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

We're migrating to LibGuides CMS V2.0, and it's time to get together to talk next steps. Now that we've all had the chance to do some spot maintenance on our individual LibGuide accounts, Rob Battenfeld would like to lead a discussion on what's next and what we can all expect to encounter within this new framework.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true Brown Bag, please feel free to bring your lunch.


May 8, 2014 - LibGuides Content Management System
Time: Thursday, May 8th from 12:30 to 1:30
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Brown Bag on LibGuides' Content Management System (CMS). Professor Robert Battenfeld will be demoing the recently acquired CMS component of LibGuides (version 1). This feature enhances LibGuides' functionality and helps you to manage large amounts of content. Features of the CMS system include: everything from access restrictions, to user permissions, APIs, granular customization options, surveys/forms tool, etc.

LibGuides CMS also allows for better organization of content which will help patrons find relevant content much easier. On the back-end, the "Groups" function will help in managing large amounts of content and multiple users. It also provides access controls and limitations which can be applied to groups, to individual guides, or to the system as a whole. As an added bonus, LibGuides CMS users can password-protect individual documents inside guides. Other enhancements brought about by a pending upgrade to LibGuides CMS, version 2 will be discussed.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true Brown Bag, please feel free to bring your lunch.


May 1, 2014 - See it. Save it. Sort it. Cite it! : Introducing Zotero Citation Management Software
Time: Thursday, May 1st from 12:30 to 1:25
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag workshop on how to use Zotero, a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your sources - improving the efficiency of your research and saving you time! Comparable to RefWorks and other citation management programs, Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

This hands-on workshop will be presented by Professors Kathleen Burlingame and Robert Battenfeld and will cover exporting your RefWorks data files into Zotero, installing the Firefox plugin, and other special features such as file sharing and integration with Microsoft Word.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true Brown Bag, please feel free to bring your lunch.


April 2, 2014 - Credo's Information Literacy Course Module
Time: Wednesday, April 2nd at 12:30-1:30
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag Webinar featuring Credo's Information Literacy Course Module. This tool is marketed as something which can be utilized as a ready-to-use (stand-alone) course, or to supplement existing courses and instruction sessions.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag please feel free to bring your lunch.


January 7, 2014 - SPSS Statistics
Time: Tuesday, January 7th at 10:30-12:00
Presenter: Dr. Nancy Marksbury, Deputy CIO, LIU Post Information Technology
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

This hands-on training session will feature instruction on using SPSS for research and will cover software basics including: entering data, simple charts, and data summaries. Those who plan to attend, as well as all other library faculty, are encouraged to take part in this survey created by Nancy. The survey is designed to generate data which will be manipulated by those who attend the session and is being compiled solely to serve as the statistical basis for the training session.

Light refreshments will be served, but, in the spirit of a true brown bag, you should feel free to bring your lunch.


November 18, 2013 - User-Driven Acquisitions: A Report on LIU Libraries' PDA Pilot
Time: Monday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m
Presenter: Professor Kathleen Burlingame
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag program featuring an overview of Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA), an ebook purchasing model that provides instant access to a vast pool of digital content while also reducing overall expenditure by only charging for actual use. Professor Burlingame will explain how this model is changing the way libraries develop and manage their ebook collections in order to better meet the needs of researchers while also making budget spending more cost-effective.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag you should feel free to bring your lunch.


October 24, 2013 - Using Scopus: Creating Publication and Subject Alerts
Time: Thursday, October 24th at 12:30 p.m.
Presenters: Selenay Aytac and Robert Battenfeld
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Are you interested in learning how to create publication and subject alerts in Scopus? If so please join us for a hands-on training session featuring instruction on how to create publication and subject alerts that will automatically email you when an author's publication, keywords, affiliations or other search criteria appear in the Scopus database. You will be able to connect to the citation, download the citation, and full text (when available) from the alert of Scopus.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature. It includes over 19,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers and offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, and medical and social sciences fields as well as the arts and humanities disciplines.

For more information on this database please consult our Library Guide at: http://liu.cwp.libguides.com/scopus

During the training session you will learn the most effective ways to create publication and subject alerts in this database.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag please feel free to bring your lunch.
Questions? Comments? Contact Selenay.Aytac@liu.edu or Robert.Battenfeld@liu.edu.


September 26, 2013 - Resource Description and Access (RDA)
Time: Thursday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Natasha Tomlin
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag program featuring an introduction to Resource Description and Access (RDA). RDA represents a shift in cataloging practice, and many believe that RDA is better suited to the digital environment and will vastly improve the user experience by heightening the discoverability of materials and collections.

Professor Tomlin's presentation will help us to understand how this new cataloging code will affect you and your library users. Tomlin's presentation will center on changes in the OPAC record display, as well as new content in the cataloging record.

The program is free and open to all - light refreshments will be served. However, in the spirit of a true brown bag, feel free to bring your lunch.

Please RSVP to Natasha Tomlin at Natalia.Tomlin@liu.edu


May 23, 2013 - Business Information Sources
Time: Thursday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Beth Mezick
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Could you use a refresher on business information sources? Please join Beth Mezick for this Library Brown Bag session. The program will provide an overview of information literacy instruction provided for College of Management (COM) courses here at Post and introduce the resources used for this instruction, as well as for answering business reference questions. With Beth on sabbatical in the spring of 2014, this program will prepare you to support the COM while she is away.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag please feel free to bring your lunch.

If you have questions, or to RSVP, please email Beth Mezick at Elizabeth.Mezick@liu.edu


December 3, 2012 - Scopus
Time: Monday, December 3 at 12:30
Presenters: Selenay Aytac, Eduardo Rivera, and Robert Battenfeld
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Are you interested in learning how to find the number of papers that cite your work? If so please join us for a hands-on training session featuring instruction on how to use the Scopus database. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature. It includes over 19,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers and offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, and medical and social sciences fields as well as the arts and humanities disciplines. During the training session you will learn the most effective ways to search this database.

  • Step-by-step instructions on navigating Scopus.
  • Techniques for finding research relevant to your interests.
  • Information on how to conduct cited reference searches.
  • Instruction on how to perform a search which will match an organization with all its research output

More information about Scopus can be found at http://liu.cwp.libguides.com/scopus. Questions about the program should be directed to Selenay.Aytac@liu.edu, Eduardo.Rivera@liu.edu, or Robert.Battenfeld@liu.edu who will be presenting the workshop.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag please feel free to bring your lunch.


April 19, 2012 - LinkSource
Time: Thursday, April 19th at 10:30
Presenter: Professor Rob Battenfeld
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag presentation on LinkSource. Professor Rob Battenfeld will lead a discussion on maximizing and troubleshooting EBSCO's LinkSource. LinkSource is an OpenURL link resolver which is available through our online database collection and allows users to connect from the citations in one database, to the full-text in another maximizing efficiency and making best use of our full-text collections. If you have recently experienced an issue with a LinkSource link, bring the search steps with you and we'll troubleshoot the problem.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be served - but in the spirit of a true brown bag please feel free to bring a snack.

For questions about the Library Brown Bag Program, please contact Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at 516 299-4145.


February 16, 2012 - Camtasia Studio
Time: Thursday, February 16th at 12:30
Presenters: Professor Eduardo Rivera
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us Library Brown Bag demonstration of Camtasia Studio, a comprehensive software package which is designed to assist you in recording, editing, and publishing online tutorials and video presentations. Professor Rivera will also touch on uploading your finished product to the My LIU Video Streaming Service.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.


November 28, 2011 - Unique Databases for Scholarship and Publication
Time: Monday, November 28th at 12:00 noon
Presenters: Professor Rob Battenfeld and Dr. Selenay Aytac
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag presentation highlighting several unique databases for scholarship and publication. These scholarly publishing resources will support your teaching and research and are available through the LIU Post Library. The Brown Bag will focus specifically on Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities, the MLA Directory of Periodicals, and Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from ISI's Web of Knowledge. Cabell's provides acceptance rates, review processing information, manuscript guidelines, and publication information. The MLA Directory of Periodicals contains information on over 6,000 journals and book series. JCR gives impact factors which are typically used to measure research influence at the journal and category levels.

A hands-on session will follow the presentation and will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore these tools.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.


December 17, 2010 - Copyright, Fair Use, and the TEACH Act
Time: Friday, December 17, from 1:30-2:30
Presenters: Selenay Aytac and Laura Manzari
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

The presentation will provide an overview of The "Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act" (the TEACH Act) and its implications for online instruction at LIU Post. The TEACH Act was signed into law in 2002 and expands and clarifies the terms and conditions on which accredited, nonprofit educational institutions may use copyright protected materials in online education without permission from the copyright owner and without payment of royalties.

Light refreshments will be served, but in the spirit of a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.


December 3, 2010 - Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities and Journal Citation Reports
Time: Friday, December 3, from 10:00-11:00
Presenters: Selenay Aytac and Robert Battenfeld
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for a Library Brown Bag spotlighting scholarly publishing resources to support your teaching and research available through the LIU Post Library. The presentation will feature Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities and Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from ISI's Web of Knowledge. Cabell's Directories provide acceptance rates, review processing information, manuscript guidelines, and publication information. Journal Citation Reports gives impact factors which are used to measure research influence at the journal and category levels. JCR also shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. A hands-on session will follow the presentation and will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore these tools as they are applied to their specific discipline.


November 12, 2010 - Redesigning Today's Public Services: Focus on Reference
Broadcast date: Friday, November 12, from Noon to 1:30 EST
Presenter: Marie L. Radford, Ph.D.
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

"Marie Radford, Ph.D., just back from Reference Renaissance 2010 in Denver, Colorado, and co-editor of Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends will talk with you about re-designing library public services, focusing on reference. The program will explore how reference services are evolving by incorporating new technologies, modes of delivery, and new staffing models. And how do we assess this new style of reference service? Marie Radford, is an Associate Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey's School of Communication & Information and a leading library consultant." A College of DuPage Press library teleconference.


September 24, 2010 - Libraries & the Mobile Technology Landscape
Broadcast date: Friday, September 24, from Noon to 1:30 EST
Presenter: Joe Murphy
Location: Library Instruction Lab, room 220

"Joe Murphy will provide an overview of the emerging landscape of information engagement through mobile technology. He will introduce the major mobile technologies and outline their usage as well as the cultural shifts that accompany their introduction into information society. Joe will lead us through an exploration of the opportunities for libraries to implement mobile technologies to enhance or supplement traditional services and collections, and will explain how libraries can most strategically engage these tools as well as the mobile culture. We will discuss the real world changes this means for libraries and the new skills we may have to learn in this evolution. At the conclusion of this session we will all be familiar with how to best meet this shift towards mobile technologies in our libraries." A College of DuPage Press library teleconference.


May 12, 2010 - The 2010 Computers in Libraries Conference and LibGuides
When: Wednesday, May 12th from 11:00 to 12:00
Where: LIU Post Campus, Library Room 220

Angela Cornwell, Electronic Resources/Distance Learning Librarian will be on hand to present some of the highlights from the Computers in Libraries Conference she attended in April. She will also introduce LibGuides, an online management system for creating, searching, and presenting library guides that she recommends the library purchase. You can find information about LibGuides at: http://www.springshare.com/libguides/

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. However, in the spirit of a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.


April 23, 2010 - The Devil Is in the Details: Strategies for Solving Linkage Problems to Our Online Resources
Date: Friday, April 23, 2010 from noon to 1:30 EST
Presenter: Rob Battenfeld
Location:Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Please join us for this upcoming Brown Bag which promises to help you to reduce stress and become more successful at assisting our students in accessing our full-text resources. You will leave this program with a variety of tips, tricks and tools to help you problem solve some of the most commonly experienced difficulties in linking to our full-text resources. Feel free to bring and/or share any recent unsuccessful encounters in accessing full-text and Rob will try and help us to understand what went wrong.

Light refreshments will be served but in the spirit of a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.


April 9, 2010 - Technology Trends in Libraries: Tools, Skills, Staffing, Training
Broadcast date: Friday, April 9, 2010 from Noon to 1:30 EST
Presenters: Eric Lease Morgan and Marshall Breeding
Location:Library Instruction Lab, room 220

Librarians know that the target of keeping technology current is always moving, and budgets are static at best. Each year, College of DuPage teleconferences dedicates one program that takes a look at future technology trends and gives librarians an important basis for their planning efforts. Libraries are both adopters and innovators, and are increasingly looking beyond the library environment for technological innovations and solutions.

This teleconference will address the current status of technology in the library and explore future technological trends as more information sources - and people - migrate to online environments. Eric Lease Morgan, Head of the Digital Access and Information Architecture Department, University Libraries of Notre Dame, and Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University and Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, will explore libraries' technology future.

Light refreshments will be served but in the spirit of a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.


March 12, 2010 - Information Literacy Education: A National Overview
Broadcast date: Friday, March 12, 2010 from Noon to 1:30 EST
Presenters: Dr. Lisa Stock, Dr. Jean Donham and Dane Ward
Location:Library Instruction Lab, room 220

When President Barack Obama declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month, Information Literacy received national attention. The declaration stated: "In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them." He asked "people of the United States to recognize the important role that information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact."

In this context, Lisa Stock, Dean of Learning Resources at College of DuPage, Jean Donham, Associate Professor in School Library Studies at the University of Northern Iowa Division of School Library Studies and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dane Ward, Dean of Public Services at Illinois State University's Milner Library, will give a background briefing on the working standards and assessments for national literacy and open a dialog on what librarians can do to strengthen efforts to encourage and build information literacy efforts not only in your own library, but in concert with your colleagues around the country.

Light refreshments will be served but in the spirit of a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.


March 6, 2009 - 360 Search
The Library's TERC (Technology & Electronic Resources Committee) would like to get together to discuss and help familiarize you all with the newest addition to our electronic arsenal - Serial Solutions 360 Search.

360 Search is a federated product designed to assist students and researchers in searching across multiple interfaces at once. Our main goal in implementing this product is to help users to make better use of the databases we license.

Presently, we are looking to enlist your assistance in experimenting with the functionality of the interface. We are planning to survey users of 360 Search throughout the Spring Semester so that we can receive greater input on how to more fully harness the power of federated searching here on the LIU Post Campus.

Please come - your input and professional expertise are needed to assist us in enhancing the value of this research tool. Light refreshments will be served - but, in the spirit of a true brown bag, please feel free to bring your lunch.
Friday, March 6, 2009, from 11:00-12:00 in the Library Instruction Lab, Library Room 220


September 26, 2008 - Clickers in the Classroom: Using Student Response Systems to Promote Active Learning
Ingrid Wang, librarian and Coordinator of Technology and Information Services at our Brooklyn Campus will be on hand to lead a demonstration and discussion on Student Response Systems (SRS's) also known as "clickers". Clickers are student-held transmitters that work with classroom receivers to record student answers to short questions, capture student opinions, and help instructors quickly assess whether students understand the main points of the day's class instruction. Clickers have become standard equipment in many college classrooms because of their ability to provide a more active learning environment and appraisal of student learning.
Coffee and light refreshments will be served. However, in the spirit at a true brown bag feel free to bring your lunch.
Friday, September 26, 2008 from 11:00 to 12:00, Library Room 220


June 18, 2008 - Got Game? : Libraries and Games
Dona McDermott will lead a discussion on the use of games in library instruction. Game Studies have indicated that there is a genuine interest in and potential for libraries and librarians to use games for instruction. Two of the games discussed will be Library Bingo (it's not the old folks version in the church basement) and the Cephalonian Method. Let's get together to explore this topic further and talk about how we might tap into our users' interests in games to teach library and research-related theory. Come and get your game on!
Wednesday, June 18 from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Library Instruction Room, Lib 220.


April 11, 2008 - Trends, Fads or Folly: Spotting Library Trends That Matter
In surveying the library landscape and the technological trends that impact this landscape, it's easy to identify new technologies that "could" be used by libraries to improve or enhance service. This program will explore some of these trends like patron-created folksonomic cataloging (del.icio.us, LibraryThing, and the new breed of OPAC's), libraries and librarians in virtual environments (such as Second Life), and provide an update on libraries and social networks (MySpace and Facebook). The main focus of the presentation will be a discussion on the extent to which libraries need to quickly incorporate these new technologies into their programming. Or rather, "Just because you can do it... does that mean that you should?"

Friday, April 11, 2008 from 12:00 to 1:00, Library Instruction Lab, Room 220

Please arrive a few minutes early as the program will begin promptly at noon. Coffee and a light refreshment will be served. However, in the spirit of a true brown bag, feel tree to bring your lunch. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please RSVP using this form.

All are welcome to this College of DuPage Teleconference that is co-sponsored by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library and the Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

Questions? Contact Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at 516-299-4145 or by email at MaryKate.Boyd-Byrnes@liu.edu. Palmer school students may wish to direct their inquiries to Laurie Murphy at 516-299-2866 or by email at Laurie.Murphy@liu.edu.


March 13, 2008 - Moodle and DSpace
Moodle is an open source course management system. Moodle effectively assists educators in creating online learning communities. DSpace serves as an online repository system for the academic community. DSpace enables the archiving, storage, indexing and redistribution of research materials and publications in an online commons. Learn how to use these technologies to better serve the information needs of librarians, faculty and students.

Presented by Hao Zeng and the Digital Initiatives Department: Catherine Larkin, Department Head; Donna Graziose, Digital Technician; and Michelle Raczkowski, Librarian.

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by 3/11/08: clarkin@liu.edu.

Library Instruction Lab, Thursday, March 13, 11:00 a.m.


March 12, 2008 - Webcast: Plagiarism and Turnitin
The LIU Post Library will be holding a webcast on Turnitin.com. It will focus on best practices in using Turnitin effectively to prevent and detect plagiarism. In addition, this online meeting will also demonstrate how to use this database on the WebCT platform. By simultaneously broadcasting this session at the Brooklyn Campus Library, we will be able to share experiences online with our Brooklyn colleagues.
  • If you would like to attend this session, please RSVP to Amrita Madray at ext. 2833 or email her at amadray@liu.edu:
       Where: Bibliographic Instruction Lab - Library Room 220
       When: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
       Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • If you are unable to join us in the library, you can take part (all you need is a computer and telephone) by following the instructions below:
       Meeting Number: 750 607 624
       Meeting Password: turn100
  • To join the online meeting, or to see more information:
       1. Go to https://turnitin.webex.com/turnitin/j.php?ED=95861542&UID=491705362
       2. Enter your name and email address.
       3. Enter the meeting password: turn100
       4. Click "Join".
  • To join the teleconference only:
      Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 866-469-3239
      Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 650-429-3300
      Toll-free dialing restrictions: http://www.webex.com/pdf/tollfree_restrictions.pdf


March 7, 2008 - Library Spaces: Future Need
What is one of the most difficult-to-solve constraints concerning delivering library services? Space! Join three experts as they discuss making the most of current library spaces. The panelists will address design and function in all types of libraries, and explore creative ways of configuring current and future library spaces to meet new services. The discussion will feature some of the more innovative library spaces today.

Alan Kirk Gray, Assistant Director of Operations for the Darien (CT) Public Library, brings together a panel of prominent architects to discuss how the use of space can reflect the role of today's libraries. Mr. Gray has consulted on the development of appropriate, innovative library spaces, and is currently responsible for the planning and construction of a new Darien Public Library building. Elisabeth Martin and Jeffrey Hoover, noted architects whose focus is on library planning and design, will join Mr. Gray in an enlightening conversation.

Please arrive a few minutes early as the program will begin promptly at noon. Coffee and a light refreshment will be served. However, in the spirit of a true brown bag please feel free to bring your lunch. Space is limited, for questions or to reserve your spot contact Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at 516 299- 4145 or by email at MaryKate.Boyd-Byrnes@liu.edu or Laurie Murphy at 516 299-2866 or by email at Laurie.Murphy@liu.edu.

This College of DuPage Teleconference is co-sponsored by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library and The Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

Library Instruction Lab, Friday, March 7, from 12:00 to 1:30


November 19, 2007 - SmartBoard
Please join us on for a hands-on demonstration of SmartBoard presented by Emily Walshe. The SmartBoard is an interactive whiteboard for computer projected presentations. This introductory session will focus on how to apply this technology for bibliographic instruction: from mobile setup to colorful toolkits to sophisticated applications for saving and sharing your work.
Please RSVP by Friday, November 16th.
Library Instruction Lab, Monday, November 19, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


October 18, 2007 - RefWorks
Please join us for a demonstration of RefWorks, a web-based tool for managing your citations. Presented by Rob Battenfeld, this introductory session will focus on database basics, including creating your own personal RefWorks account, importing citations, and generating formatted bibliographies.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 15th.
Library Instruction Lab, Thursday, October 18 from 11:30 - 1:00.


May 11, 2007 - The Relevance of Libraries in a Digital Age: Library Challenges & Opportunities
All are welcome to join us to view this College of DuPage teleconference.
"James G. Neal, the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, will assemble a panel to discuss the future relevance of libraries as we know them. The digital age has been with us long enough to make some practical predictions of how traditional roles of libraries will change in information selection, acquisition, synthesis, navigation, dissemination, interpretation and archiving. New responsibilities in information aggregation, publishing education, research and development and policy advocacy will be explored. It promises to be a lively and provocative session."
Please arrive a few minutes early as the program begins promptly at noon. Coffee and a light refreshment will be served, however feel free to bring your lunch. For questions, please contact Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at mboyd@liu.edu
Library Instruction Lab, Friday, May 11, 12:00 - 1:30


May 10, 2007 - Ask SirsiDynix about Rome
SirsiDynix has announced a plan to release a new integrated technology platform called Rome. This release is slated to take place sometime late in 2008. Unfortunately, this shift on the part of our vendor raises serious questions and concerns regarding their intentions to support Horizon now and in the future. As a result, we strongly encourage librarians and interested others to attend a webinar given by SirsiDynix. This webinar will provide us an opportunity to begin exploring the impact of this change on our library.
Please arrive a few minutes early as the program begins promptly at 10:00.
Library Instruction Lab, Thursday, May 10, 10:00 - 11:30


April 27, 2007 - Library Education: Facing New Realities
"A forum on the issues that face LIS Programs and their impact on practitioners was held at the Seattle ALA meeting. Taped highlights of the forum will be part of this live webcast from College of DuPage. The webcast will use these presentations as a point of departure and focus on ideas that will ensure that library educational programs remain vibrant and are responsive to the needs of practitioners. We know you will find it thought-provoking.
Co-sponsored by ALISE and ALA's Committee on Education, the Seattle forum, moderated by Don O'Connor, Chair of COE, featured brief presentations by:
  • Michael Gorman, immediate past president of ALA
  • Leslie Burger, current ALA president
  • Loriene Roy, president-elect
  • Tom Leonhardt, chair of COA
  • John Budd, ALISE president
The College of DuPage webcast will be co-hosted by Richard Dougherty and Mike Jackson. Guests will be:
  • Dan O'Connor, chair of COE
  • John Budd, President of ALISE
  • Jan Sanders, Director, City of Pasadena Public Library
  • Janice Simmons-Welburn, Dean of Libraries, Marquette University"
Please arrive a few minutes early as the program begins promptly at noon. Coffee and a light refreshment will be served, however feel free to bring your lunch. Space is limited, so please RSVP. For questions, please contact Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at mboyd@liu.edu
Library Instruction Lab, Friday, April 27, 12:00 - 1:30


April 19, 2007 - Refworks Workshop for Faculty
This session is designed to support faculty in their teaching, learning, and research by introducing RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic management tool that makes creating bibliographies or citing resources quick and easy work. RefWorks allows users to generate their own personal bibliographic database by importing references from text files or online databases into personal accounts. These references can then be integrated into papers and can also be used to format bibliographies.
The workshop is hands-on and will feature:
  • An Introduction to RefWorks
  • Creating a RefWorks Database
  • Importing References into your Database
  • Managing your References
  • Generating Footnotes and Bibliographies
Coffee and a light refreshment will be served. However, in the spirit of a true Brown Bag please feel free to bring your lunch. Space is limited, so please RSVP. For additional information, please contact Rob Battenfeld at x2165 (Robert.Battenfeld@liu.edu) or Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at x4145 (mboyd@liu.edu)
Library Instruction Lab, Thursday, April 19, 11:30 to 1:00


April 13, 2007 - The Best from the Web
Please join us for a College of DuPage teleconference.
When: Friday, April 13th from 12:00 to 1:30
Where: LIU Post Campus, Library Room 220
Presenters: Kelly Watson, Debra Kakuk, Ameet Doshi
Program Description: "Love it or hate it, the Internet is often a librarian's best friend - assisting us in serving our patrons and many times helping us do our jobs better. However, as the World Wide Web continues to grow at an exponential rate and many of us feel overwhelmed, have you ever wished that everything could be simpler? Do you sometimes long for a list of web sites that would get you through the most challenging of workdays? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then The Best from the Web is for you. Kelly Watson and a panel of experts have compiled a toolkit of the best the web has to offer library workers. Learn about web resources that will assist you in your everyday job, whether you work at a public desk or behind the scenes in tech services. Leave this session with your 'best of the web' toolkit and make your job of providing the best information for your patrons easier."

Please arrive a few minutes early as the program begins promptly at noon. Coffee and a light refreshment will be served, however feel free to bring your lunch. Space is limited, so, for questions or to RSVP, please contact Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes at mboyd@liu.edu


March 23, 2007 - Library Transformation: Making It Happen
All are welcome to join us to view this College of DuPage teleconference. Noted librarians will discuss library transformation, not as an abstraction or buzzword, but as something real with hard, practical ideas on what is necessary to make it happen. They will spell out what needs to happen in terms of facilities, budgets, staffing, management and leadership to make transformation a reality. The speakers are:
In keeping with the spirit of a true brown bag, please feel free to bring your lunch to the program. Coffee will be served. Please RSVP to mboyd@liu.edu.
Library Instruction Lab, Friday, March 23 from 11:45 - 1:30


January 18, 2007 - RefWorks
All are welcome to join us for a demonstration of RefWorks presented by Rob Battenfeld and Mellissa Hinton. RefWorks is a web-based tool for managing your citations. This hands-on session is unique in that it will focus on database basics from a user's perspective. It will include information on creating your own personal RefWorks account, importing citations, generating formatted bibliographies, and provide you with tips on how to deal with issues that arise as a result of the dark side of RefWorks. Please RSVP by Monday, January 15th. Email your reply to mboyd@liu.edu.
Library Instruction Lab, Thursday, January 18, 10:00-12:00.


February 9, 2006 - Camtasia Studio
John Pirraglia and Danny Delahanty will demonstrate this comprehensive software package that is designed to assist you in recording, editing, and publishing online tutorials, interactive quizzes, and video presentations. Please RSVP to this hands-on demonstration by February 8 to mboyd@liu.edu.
Library Instruction Lab, Thursday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.


December 8, 2005 - The Cedar Swamp Historical Society Web Project
Catherine Larkin, Head of the Digital Initiatives Department, and Donna Marciano, Digital Technician, will discuss their work with regard to this historic collection. The Cedar Swamp Collection is comprised of approximately 1,100 items including a variety of important 18th and 19th century paper-based materials. Among the highlights are American Revolutionary and Civil War documents, rare maps and atlases, and illustrated song sheets, as well as letters, journals, and books from some of Long Island's founding families. The original documents from the Cedar Swamp Historical Society are housed in the Special Collections Department of our library. The aim of this project is to identify and preserve the most important pieces of this collection and make them available to the research community.
Library Instruction Lab, Thursday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.


November 2, 2005 - New Service Initiatives for the Library Liaison Program
Jean O'Neill-Uhl, chair of the Library Liaison Program Committee, will lead a discussion designed to exchange ideas, discuss experiences, and focus on recent service enhancements that will provide each of us with increased opportunities for collaborating with our respective departments.
Library Instruction Lab, Wednesday, November 2, 11:00 a.m.


April 13, 2005 - Conducting Business Research
If you're not too taxed, join us for a demo and discussion on conducting business research. Martha Cooney and Beth Mezick will lead the forum and have tailored their presentation to include discussion on tackling some of your most troubling questions. Topics will include tracking down financial filings and other company information. For a great return on your investment, be sure and attend this informative seminar on business research.
Library Instruction Lab, Wednesday, April 13, 11:30 a.m.


February 2, 2005 - Engaging Students in the Learning Process
Please join us on Wednesday, February 2nd, for a Library Brown Bag. Professor Joseph Piro from the School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and featured faculty of the Faculty Technology Resource Center, will be on hand to share his teaching methods for engaging students in the learning process. His discussion will touch on a number of topics including: incorporating active learning into the classroom, classroom management techniques, ideas on how to more fully connect with students, as well as a variety of other principles and best practices.
Library Instruction Lab, Wednesday, February 2nd, 11:00 a.m.


December 8, 2004 - Finding and Preventing Plagiarism
With the enormous amount of content that is available on the Internet and elsewhere, and the ease with which this material can be copied, the Library has developed webpages that will assist faculty in Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism. In conjunction with these pages, the Library is holding a session for faculty in the Library's Instruction Lab on Wednesday, December 8th. In the session and webpage, Plagiarism: A Guide for LIU Post Faculty, you will find steps to take in detecting plagiarism as well as steps to take in proving that plagiarism has occurred. To bring plagiarism to the attention of your students, please direct them to Students' Guide to Preventing and Avoiding Plagiarism that presents a definition of plagiarism, states the LIU Post policies on plagiarism, offers tips to students on how they can avoid plagiarism, and details the consequences of plagiarism. If you are interested in attending the session, please contact, Amrita Madray at extension 2833 or email amadray@liu.edu. If you cannot attend, we will be happy to arrange an individual session for you. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Department at extension 2305.
Library Instruction Lab, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


October 13, 2004 - Making the Connection: Maximizing Your Liaison Experience
Please join us for a discussion on how to maximize your liaison experience. The library's Liaison Program was designed to facilitate an ongoing partnership with teaching faculty. Liaisons answer questions about the library and inform faculty about library services, programs, and resources.
Some of the intended goals of the program are to:
  • Identify faculty perceptions and needs
  • Increase the student and faculty use of the library
  • Improve the quality of library collections
Jean O'Neill-Uhl, chair of the Library Liaison Program, will be on hand to lead the discussion and present ideas to assist you in making your liaison connection a success.
Library Instruction Lab, 11:30 a.m.


March 26, 2004 - Meeting the Information Needs of the Learning Disabled
Please join us to discuss and exchange ideas on how to better meet the information needs of the learning disabled. Mithilda Stucke, the Director of the Academic Resource Center, will lead the discussion and offer strategies on helping students who learn differently maximize their learning experience. Topics for discussion include working with dyslexic students, as well as outlining and exploring some of the auditory and visual processing disabilities we might encounter in the classroom. We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be a focused and informed discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Library Instruction Lab, 2:00 p.m.


Feb 27, 2004 - Revisiting the Print Collection
This gathering will give each of us an opportunity to share ideas and highlight some of the real gems in our respective print collections. Please bring at least one of your favorite print titles, either from your department's collection, or, perhaps, from a neighboring department and share some of the reasons why you find this title useful. We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be a practical and enlightening discussion.


Feb 06, 2004 - Real Time Reference : Converting the Web Surfer into a Library User
Please join us for our first Brown Bag when we will chat about the virtues and vices of Virtual Reference. Beth Mezick has been exploring the feasibility of Live Reference and will be available to share her expertise and impressions of this recent service initiative. We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be an enlightening discussion.



T-Time for Technology

Each semester, Library faculty and staff come together for tea and talk on current topics relating to our collective mission - issues that affect our daily work practices and strategic service initiatives. "Tea time" changed to "T-Time" in 2002 to reflect the technological orientation of our discourse, such as "The Wherewithal of Wireless" and "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind: Notes on Database Utilities."

All persons on campus are invited to attend T-Time. Look for postings on this site for future programs. For more information, contact Emily Walshe at (516) 299-4141or emily.walshe@liu.edu.


Coming T-Time Events


TBA - To Be Announced



Past T-Time Events


June 9, 2004 - The Modern Scribe: A Discourse in Duplicating Data
"Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long" ~Ogden Nash~
Our Spring 2004 T-Time will focus on the pragmatics of library photoduplication. You'll get answers to you questions about "sleep mode" and the ever-illusory card systems. From bound book to sound byte, we'll get a nuts-n-bolts orientation on the current provisions for library duplication; get the skinny on existing policies that direct or printing and data-capturing practices (Adobe, ProQuest, and others); and discuss future initiatives for better assisting students and faculty in the effective transference of printed and online information. Please R.S.V.P to extension 2305 or libref@cwpost.liu.edu by Friday, June 4th.
Library Instruction Laboratory, Wednesday, June 9, 10:00am-12:00nn


Dec 10, 2003 - Chance Favors the Prepared Mind : Notes on Database Utilities
Did you know that our library currently offers over 200 general and specialized databases and that 56 have been added over the last six months? In this high-tech, hunt-n-peck world, consortia subscriptions wax and wane; vendors aggregate their electronic products; students scream for full-text; and librarians try to keep up with amorphous information products and services. Join us for this colloquial discussion. Among the database utilities we pay for, how are we using them? How are we teaching them? What hidden features might our serendipitous adventures reveal? This symposium will include the following topics:
  • Finding Online Versions of Our Journals, Larry Kirschenbaum
  • WebSpirs ERIC, Jackie Elsas
  • Ebsco Topic Search, Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes
  • First-Things-FirstSearch, Emily Walshe
  • Gale Literary Index, Amrita Madray
  • Literature Resource Center, Mara Rosenthal
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Wendy Roberts
  • Grove Dictionary of Art, Cathy Larkin
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, Richard Rapecis
  • Business and Company Resource Center, Dona McDermott
  • Hoover's Online, Martha Cooney
Library Instruction Room, 10:00 a.m.


April 29, 2003 - Moola for Schoola: Grant Writing for the Academic Library
Development Officers and grant writers-in-residence, Daniel Leidl and Kitty Rocket, led a seminar in grant writing basics. They focused on identifying relevant grant-funding institutions, developing an appropriate timeline for projects, writing a compelling inquiry letter, components of an energetic proposal, and grant support guidelines and protocols.


November 6th, 2001 - Wherewithal of Wireless
Since we are one of the first college campuses on Long Island with wireless connectivity, we thought this would be a timely topic for T-time. Ali Atieh, LIU Post's Chief Information Officer, will speak to us on the freedom and portability of wireless and the exciting prospects for teaching in traditionally unwired locations (such as the Great Lawn).



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