This was my first time at a professional library event. Coming into the symposium, I was most interested in hearing Susan Gibbon´s keynote speech and the panel discussion. In the end, I found myself most drawn to one of the poster sessions. Susan Gibbon´s speech was interesting because it highlighted innovative projects like Yale University´s personal librarian program and the University of Rochester´s parent orientation, both which ultimately draw students into the library and inform them of the library´s services. The panel members also offered fresh perspectives on the digital projects underway at their respective organizations.
However, as a library student specializing in Digital Libraries I have had many opportunities to plan in-class projects I might never realize, but the hands-on experience I do have comes in the form of scholarly communication projects. The poster presentation that stood out to me was “The Curious Transformation of the Culminating Student Project Process at Purchase College, SUNY,” in which student projects were archived using Moodle. The only experience I have is through using Rutgers University´s repository, so this made for a good comparison.
Overall, I am very glad I was able to attend the symposium because it offered insight on how new technologies can be used within the sphere of the library. I learned about exciting projects that I knew very little about before, like makerspaces and 3D printers, and I got to meet library professionals from the New York area and beyond.
Lauren Gallina, Rutgers University
Lauren Gallina expects to graduate from Rutgers University in May 2014 with her MLIS and a specialization in Digital Libraries. Lauren currently works as a Reference Assistant at Rutgers and as a Technical Services Assistant at the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium.