Tales from a Web Librarian


Last week, Stony Brook University had the pleasure of hosting the SUNYLA 2017 Annual Conference. I was a member of the local planning committee and responsible for designing the logo, website, and conference program (all viewable here). It was an awesome 3-day event filled with amazing speakers, lots of food, and great networking opportunities!

This was my first SUNYLA conference and it definitely won't be my last. Like NYLA, it's much smaller than the national conferences, which means you really have the opportunity to connect with your cross-campus colleagues. I had such a wonderful time meeting everyone and learning about some of the innovative and incredible work that's happening across New York. 

On Wednesday (June 14), I attended a great pre-conference workshop by Anne Larrivee, from Binghamton University, on the ArcGIS tool Story Maps. Story Maps combines authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content, making it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell a story. After learning about the tool from Anne and poking around on the website, I will definitely be devoting some of my summer to creating some Story Maps. 

Wednesday night was the SUNYLA Social with wine/beer and small bites! It gave everyone an opportunity to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting.

Thursday was jam-packed with great sessions, including a presentation about determining the legitimacy of publishers, by Darren Chase, Clara Tran, Claudia McGivney, and Bob Tolliver; and Lisa Raposo's session about the SUNY Learning Commons.

I gave a presentation that afternoon on website redesign and tools for effectively branding your digital presences. Click on the photo below to see my slides!

Redesigning & Refining Your Web Presence

SUNYLA 2017 Annual Conference

Afterward, we all headed over to the Wang Center for the poster session, raffle, and cocktail hour. I had five posters in this poster session (lots of projects!), all viewable here.

Victoria Pilato, Darren Chase, and I presenting our posters on Crowdfunded Research and Open Access models. @SUNYLA 2017

Victoria Pilato, Darren Chase, and I presenting our posters on Crowdfunded Research and Open Access models. @SUNYLA 2017

Friday morning I had the pleasure of moderating two wonderful presentations - one by Victoria Pilato & Ching-jung Chen, and one by Darren Chase & Shafeek Fazal.

I had a great time at this year's conference and am definitely looking forward to next year!