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.


Member Spotlight:

Getting to know: 

Rebecca Sloat
Coordinator, Distributed Technical Services, Serials Acquisitions Team Leader
Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ

  1. I grew up in Aurora, Colorado.  Living near the Rocky Mountains, I quickly learned which way was West.  Right and left, on the other hand, took a bit longer to sink in.
  2. My first job ever was as a cashier in the music store, Sound Warehouse.Keeping the cassettes (I’m dating myself) and CDs in alphabetical order fueled my organizational proclivities, and I learned a lot about helping customers, plus the discount was great. Shortly after, I added a part-time job at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences’ Center.  What stands out about that job was that I loved being on a university campus.  While I was there, I created an organized filing system for their architect, and filed radiation reports.
  3. How long have you been a Librarian? I finished my MLIS in May of 2012, but have been in my current position since 2004.  I coordinate the Distributed Technical Services’ department at Rutgers University.  We are responsible for serials and electronic resources’ acquisitions, holdings management, bibliographic pre and post-cataloging, as well as bindery and end-processing.  I am privileged to work in a great department with wonderful colleagues.
  4. What drew you to Librarianship or your particular area of specialization in Libraries? My mother took my sister and I to the library every week.  In Aurora, we had two branches:  the main branch was further from our house, so often we would make a stop at the branch nearest to us.  I can vividly remember using the card catalog there.  I loved the library, and the feeling of coming home with a stack of books to read.  Since I was a child, I thought working in a library would be the coolest thing.I never really spent much time thinking about how I ended up in Technical Services because in many ways, things fell into place for me.  When I moved to New Jersey (from Florida), I was hired as an Administrative Assistant to Tina Feick (now at Harrassowitz) of Blackwell’s Information Services.  I remember researching the company before my interview, and being thrilled that they serviced academic libraries.  Finally, I would be getting my chance to work near libraries! Eventually Swets merged with Blackwell’s, and my next goal was to get even closer to an academic library, preferably IN one.  A position opened at Rutgers, and I was hired by Gracemary Smulewitz in 2004.  The rest is history.
  5. What has been your most rewarding experience as a professional so far? I can’t really pinpoint a particular experience, but what I do find rewarding on a daily basis is working with talented staff and librarians.  In my position I get to collaborate with colleagues of all levels, and also help to cultivate others in my department.  To me, finishing projects, meeting deadlines, and seeing others grow and succeed is very rewarding.
  6. What are your favorite ways to stay on top of Library trends? I guess you could say I’m a lazy information gatherer when it comes to library trends.  I find journals and newsletters, and sign up to receive their emails.  This way, the latest is in my inbox, and I just need to click out to read something.  If a topic piques my interest, then I delve further.
  7. What are you most excited about or interested in currently (either at your institution or in the Library profession in general)?  I love the constant change.  It’s a challenge that stimulates the creative and strategic juices.  At Rutgers, we are getting ready to implement OLE, VuFind, and we are participating in Go-KB.  Being behind the scenes to make information accessible to faculty and students is the reason I look forward to coming to work every day.
  8. Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I... have four children: Riley is 14, Louis is 12, Jaden is 11, and the youngest, Alex, is 1.
  9. What do you find most valuable about your NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ membership? Right now, I’m discovering that getting involved with NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ is a great opportunity to see what others in New Jersey are doing, and gives us a chance to work collaboratively.  I’m particularly looking forward to the NJLA Conference this year.
  10. One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is…milk; to go with the thousands of boxes of cereal my family consumes on an annual basis.
  11. The best part of my day is when I arrive home, and my seventeen-month-old toddles over to me with a huge smile and his arms stretched wide for a hug.
  12. List your top five “Desert Island Books” (the five books you’d have to have if you were stranded on a desert island)?” Jane Eyre, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, And the Mountains Echoed, and Loving Frank.
NJLA 2015 Conference Registration Open

Think spring! The cold and snow will soon be gone and the NJLA Annual Conference will soon be here. So, why not start thinking about spending a few days down shore at the newly renovated Ocean Place Resort in convenient Long Branch, NJ?

Conference dates are Monday, April 20-Wednesday, April 22.

Registration for the conference is open!

You can register online or by downloading the print form and returning it to the NJLA Office

Don’t miss out on any of the Conference fun by staying over at the newly renovated Ocean Place Resort & Spa!

Lodging Information:  Ocean Place Resort & Spa One Ocean Boulevard Long Branch, NJ 07740 Room rate for NJLA Conference attendees is $169.00 for single or double occupancy, which includes resort fee but is subject to taxes.

To make a reservation, please call 1­-800­-411-­6493 and press 2 for reservations. All reservations must be made by April 5, 2015.

The College & University Section is sponsoring the programs listed below as well as co-sponsoring some pre-conference sessions. There are a number of excellent programs scheduled throughout the conference so be sure to check out the full schedule here: http://njlaconference.info/schedule

Title: College and University Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker: Edward Tenner. an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on technology and culture. His book Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences has been an international bestseller. His most recent book is Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology .See: http://www.edwardtenner.com/index.htm Timeslot: Wednesday, 12:30-2:20.

Title: On the EDGE of Their Seats: How to Give Amazing Presentations

Presenter(s): Amanda Piekart Primiano, Berkeley College, Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College. Timeslot: Tuesday 11:30-12:30

Title: 2015 Technology Innovation Awards Forum

Presenter(s): Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College and Romel Espinel, Stevens Institute of Technology. Timeslot: Tuesday, 3:10-5

Title: On the Edge of Discovery: Students and Web-Scale Searching

Presenter(s): Heather A. Dalal, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University Melissa A. Hofmann, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University Amy K. Kimura, Katharine Houk Talbott Library, Rider University. Timeslot: Wednesday 9-9:50 

Title: Which Citation Manager?--A Conversation Starter

Presenter(s): Mei Ling Lo, Library of Science and Medicine, Rutgers University-New Brunswick Roberta Tipton, The John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University-Newark. Timeslot: Wednesday 11:30-12:20

Title: A Reader's Adventures in Special Collections

Presenter(s): Edward Tenner, an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on technology and culture. His book Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences has been an international bestseller. His most recent book is Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology .See: http://www.edwardtenner.com/index.htm . Timeslot: Wednesday 2:30-3:20

Title: College and University Section Research Award and Forum

Presenter(s): Cynthia J. Coulter, chair, NJLA/CUS ACRL-NJ Research Committee, Hudson County Community College. Timeslot: Wednesday, 2:30-4:30

Title: Teaching Information Literacy with I-Learn Model

Presenter(s): Ma Lei Hsieh, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University Susan McManimon, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication, Rider University Sharon Yang, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University. Timeslot: Wednesday 3:40-4:30

Follow @njla_conf on Twitter and the NJLA Conference blog at http://njlaconference.info/blog to stay updated on all the Conference news! #NJLA15

NJLA 2015 Conference: CUS Luncheon Speaker

Edward Tenner is an independent historian of technology and culture affiliated with the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton, and with Rutgers University and the National Museum of American History. His books include the international bestseller Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences and Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology, of which Howard Segal wrote in Nature: “Tenner has become a worthy successor to such luminaries as business philosopher Peter Drucker, social critic Lewis Mumford and historian Lynn White in connecting technology’s past, present and future.”  Edward Tenner was executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press and gave one of the first courses on the history of information as a visiting lecturer at Princeton in 1990. He has also held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy.

Dr. Tenner received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, and has been a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Guggenheim Fellow. For more information, see: http://www.edwardtenner.com/index.htm  Timeslot: Wednesday, April 22, 12:30-2:20PM.


Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning
Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students? This webcast will discuss the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes.
The presenter will highlight a number of instructional technologies that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning while engaging in higher-order skills such as critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis of information. Webcast participants will engage in analysis of several tech tools and assessment techniques for use in varied instructional scenarios, including one-time class sessions, trainings, and workshops. Most of the techniques discussed will be applicable for assessing students both in-person and online. Each participant will receive an instructional technologies evaluation form that can be used to analyze the technologies highlighted in the session for use in their own teaching. This interactive webcast will share successful and easy to implement authentic assessment techniques and tools that will have students showing off their skills in no time.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will describe the characteristics of authentic assessment in order to successfully measure students’ information literacy skills.
  • Participants will compare and contrast instructional technologies in order to determine their usefulness for measuring student learning.
  • Participants will  discuss strategies for engaging students in order to maximize participation levels in library instruction sessions.

Presenter: Melissa Mallon, Director of Peabody Education Library/Director of Instruction & Liaison Services, Vanderbilt University

                                       This program will  immediately be followed  by a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m..  

Panelists:    Leslin Charles,  Instructional Design Librarian - Rutgers University Libraries; and
                    John T. Oliver-  is the Information Literacy Librarian at The College of New Jersey.

Participation:    1:45 registration
                          2:00 p.m. Webcast
                          3:30 p.m. panelists followed by short Q & A.

You may register for this event by logging into the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ website, and clicking the tab labeled 'Register' associated with this event (if you are not logged in you will not see the Registration Tab). Don't have an account on our website? You can register for an account here - http://cus.njla.org/user/register.     If you have problems with the registration process, please email oshead@mail.montclair.edu.

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.

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