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CRD Conference Corner Volume 3

October 2, 2018

pala 2018With less than two weeks away until the annual PaLA Conference we here at It’s Academic are continuing our preview of CRD-sponsored sessions available at the conference.  This week we are taking a look at a topic familiar to many of us, as well as a topic that is breaking new ground for academic libraries.

Title: There’s Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself…and Negative Faculty Feedback: Building Relationships with Faculty through Weeding.

Presenters: Ronalee Ciocco, Director of Library Services, U. Grant Miller Library/Washington & Jefferson College
Samantha Martin, Research & Collections Librarian, U. Grant Miller Library/Washington & Jefferson College
Beth Miller, Copyright & Subscription Services Librarian, U. Grant Miller Library/Washington & Jefferson College
Jacqueline Laick, Systems Librarian, U. Grant Miller Library/ Washington & Jefferson College

Abstract: To prepare for a library renovation we were tasked with reducing our library’s collection by 30%. In order to complete this project we knew that we would need to collaborate closely with our faculty to obtain their support. With more than 20 years since a significant weed had occurred, and none of the faculty or staff having participated in a weeding project of this scale, this was a new undertaking for all! Join us for this discussion-based session as we share what worked for us and what we wish we had done differently. While our session will be focused on our experience in an academic library, the importance of relationship building and clear communication when it comes to major projects will be applicable to all types of libraries.

Time: Monday, October 15th 2:00pm-3:15pm

Title: Game On! Building Successful Tabletop Game Collections in Academic Libraries

Presenter: Emily Hardesty, Instructional Services Librarian, Lycoming College

Abstract: Progressively more academic libraries are building their own tabletop game collections to cater to a booming trend amongst their patrons. Board, card, and dice games also appeal to faculty because certain games can stimulate critical thinking and promote teamwork. This session will explore how Snowden Library at Lycoming College started a tabletop game collection. Learn about how our small academic library promotes and assesses our collection, and we’ll share our plans for supporting our institution’s curriculum with games, as other libraries have already done. You’ll be able to walk away with ideas for starting a game collection at your own library.

Time: Monday, October 15th 10:30am-11:45am

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