NJLA College and University Section

The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries, also the College and University Section of the New Jersey Library Association, works to enhance the effectiveness of academic and research librarians. We provide opportunities for professional development, continuing education, and networking. There are a number of active committees covering a wide range of library interests allowing librarians to tailor their involvement to their own professional and personal interests.


2014 Research Award Winner and Forum Presenters

It is the pleasure of the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Research Committee to announce the winner of the 2014 Research AwardDavida Scharf, Director of Reference and Instructional Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Van Houten Library, for her chapter “College Students as Wikipedia Editors: New Pathways to Information Literacy,” in Successful Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Research (Scarecrow Press, 2013), edited by Marta Deyrup and Beth Bloom of Seton Hall University.

Please join us in congratulating Davida! A formal presentation of the awards will take place at the College and University Section’s luncheon on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, during the NJLA Annual Conference at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.  Davida will be presenting on her exciting work engaging students during the Research Award Forum later in the afternoon. A review of her chapter can be found in the November 13th issue of Library Journal: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/11/reference/wiki-literacy/.

The Forum (2:30-4:30) will also feature two presentations of research in progress. Heather Dalal and Art Taylor (Rider University) will present “Student Evaluation of Internet Information Sources and Information Literacy Standards: Results from a Student Survey.”  Jenny Pierce, Lisa Price, Kevin Block, Micki McIntyre, and Jan Skica (Rowan University) will present “Incoming Health Science Students Views on Technology and Libraries.”

Registration information for NJLA 2014  is online at: http://njlaconference.info/  The early registration deadline is May 13th.


Melissa A. Hofmann, Co-chair, Research Committee
Bibliographic Control Librarian, Rider University

Karen Pifher, Co-Chair, Research Committee
Branch Director, Peapack & Gladstone Library, Somerset County Library System

NJLA 2014 Conference Registration is Open



NJLA 2014 Conference Logo

All the planning is done.  The programs are set and the registration is now open for the NJLA Conference 2014 at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City!  So get those registration forms in now.  We have terrific speakers at the conference. They include our President’s Program featuring Helen Klein Ross who will discuss libraries in the world of social media on Monday evening. Our Keynote for Tuesday is Steve Berry, NY Times Bestselling Author and our Keynote on Wednesday is Nate Hill, Assistant Director, Chattanooga Public Library and  the co-chair of the Digital Public Library of America’s Marketing and Outreaching  Committee.

 The entire conference program  online at: http://njlaconference.info/schedule

You can register online at: http://fs19.formsite.com/njla/form19/index.html

or download the registration form at: http://njlaconference.info/sites/njlaconference.info/files/njla14WebRegFormfinal_0.pdf




Free ACRL Webcast and Panel Discussion: Dress your Data for Success- April 29th
The NJLA College & University Section / ACRL-NJ is hosting this free national ACRL webcast at the Scholarly Communication Center, 4th Floor,  Alexander Library, College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ on 4/29.
Assessment has become a ubiquitous activity in all areas of librarianship, and a key component of assessment projects is effectively communicating data and outcomes to library administrators and stakeholders. However, many practicing librarians have had little to no formal training in data analysis and presentation. This live, interactive webcast focuses on data visualization strategies and best practices that will ensure clear and accurate communication of quantitative assessment results. 

The presentation will provide an introductory overview of quantitative data visualization and will highlight selected best practices. Topics will include a summary of available visualization tools, tips on successfully leveraging color, and a few points relating to visual perception. Participants will be introduced to some of the key principles of graphical integrity and design promoted by major thinkers in the field, such as Edward Tufte and Stephen Few. A section of the presentation will be devoted display methods.  Most of this discussion will focus on charts and graphs, but it will also cover when using a table is more advantageous. The scope of the chart discussion will include a description of the major chart types (bar, line, pie, scatter, etc.), their appropriate uses, and some areas where chart designers should remain vigilant lest they distort or obscure the data. The audience will be engaged through the interactive polling and chat features.  For example, direct requests for audience feedback are planned for some of the points relating to perception, comparing chart types, and clean design practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to identify several best practices for data visualization.
  • Participants will be able to apply basic principles of color theory in the creation of their visualizations.
  • Participants will be able to understand the appropriate uses for the major chart types,  select the best types to showcase their data, and avoid common charting pitfalls that distort the data.

Web Presenter: Tricia Clayton, Collection Services Librarian, Georgia State University

We are also very pleased  to have a panel discussion prior to and following the webcast. 

1 p.m. Registration
1:15 Panel Discussion
Panel participants:
Anselm Spoerri
 Anselm Spoerri has a PhD from MIT and is a Lecturer / Assistant Professor at the School of Information & Communication at Rutgers University. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of information visualization, data fusion and multimedia interfaces.
Minglu Wang Minglu Wang received a Master's Degree in Sociology from China and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. She was a Digital Library Fellow at the University of Iowa.She is currently a Data Services Librarian at John Cotton Dana Library of Rutgers University. She teaches workshops on the use of varied statistical software packages, helps individual faculty or graduate students solve their data analysis problems, provides consulting on data management, and conducts data analysis and visualization for faculty, research centers, and other departments on the Rutgers-Newark campus.


2 p.m. Webcast

3:30 Wrap-up Discussion


You may register for this event by logging into the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ website, and clicking the sign-up tab/link associated with this event (if you are not logged in you will not see the Sign-up link). Don't have an account on our website? You can register for an account and sign-up for this event at the same time by visiting this link -- http://cus.njla.org/user/register.


Parking will be available in the lot behind the Gymnasium on College Avenue and in the Parking Deck next to the library.  Because  it is a group event, no individual passes will be necessary.


If you have problems with the registration process, please email oshead@mail.montclair.edu.

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