In honor of the late Grace-Ellen McCrann (CCNY), LACUNY sponsors an annual Grace-Ellen McCrann Lecture series to spotlight research by LACUNY members.
Kimberly Abrams (City Tech) - Electronic Resource Management with YOURLs.
Hyperlink management is critical to website functionality because a site with dead links is not operable for the end user. In order to streamline this workflow, an open source, short link manager called YOURLs was implemented. Long proxied URLs are shortened into compact readable formats on a hosted domain. With YOURLs, URL updates for existing resources can be done in one place, negating the need to update all instances of a URL on different platforms: this includes the library’s Drupal content management system, and LibGuides. Short links are easier to remember and can be used to promote resources on social media, email, and printed material.
William Blick (QCC) - Infinite Narratives: Librarians as Authors, Libraries as Inspiration
Librarians have unique insights into the world, and very often have fantastic imaginations. Libraries have always been the source of inspiration for many films, novels, and short stories. The objective of this lecture is to show the librarians who have also created wonderful literature, while simultaneously showing the library as a source of information. Librarian/ Authors include Lewis Carroll Madeleine L' Engle, and Jorges Luis Borges.
Yoko Inagi Ferguson (City College) - Cultural study of Citation Practices and Academic Integrity in Japanese Academic Institutions
My ongoing research project focuses on the history and philosophy of citation practices and standards in Japan, as well as the role of Japanese faculty and librarians in teaching those standards. While there are some studies on the Western history of bibliographical citations, materials on the Eastern practices are scarce, especially in English. As a faculty librarian at an academic institution serving a diverse group of students and scholars, it is my responsibility to provide clear guidelines to help them understand the importance of citations and academic integrity. However, what is missing from these guidelines is an understanding that citation standards and practices, and notions of academic integrity, can differ from one culture to another, making it challenging for students from other cultures to adjust.
Trevar Riley-Reid (City College) - When YOU Are in Charge: Reflections on Managing Staff in the Library
I "fell" into being a manager of 5 full-time and 20 part-time staff of circulation at City College. I had never been a manager before but I was a high school teacher and club adviser to students in the past. My talk will focus on some of the effective management techniques I've had to develop since taking this position. I am working on an article about this. My hope is that even if someone isn't a manager now, they might be at some point and can use these ideas to make the experience a smooth one.
Tony Doyle (Hunter) - Personal Information as Property
Information technology has radically altered flows of personal information, threatening privacy. That information, once digitized, is routinely amassed and rigorously analyzed, enabling third parties to make novel and sometimes unnerving inferences about our preferences, vulnerabilities, and future behavior. A plausible response is to treat personal information as intellectual property, requiring those profiting from its collection and analysis to compensate data subjects for the privilege. “Propertizing” personal information would raise the price of collection, meaning that less of it will be analyzed and shared, with potential gains for privacy.