Fall 2014 ACRL/NY Graduate Student Discussion Group meeting

Working with Graduate Students in your library? Interested in sharing information about meeting grad student needs in your institution? Wondering what others in the NY metro area are doing to provide services and spaces tailored specifically to these communities?

Join us for our fall 2014 ACRL/NY Graduate Student Discussion Group meeting. The meetings provide an opportunity to discuss ways to serve the graduate student population through instruction, outreach, specialized services, library space design projects, digital initiatives, and more. We mix short lightning talks from service providers, longer presentations, and plenty of time for discussion.

The meeting takes place:

Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Friday, December 12, 4:00-5:30pm

RSVP by emailing the GSDG co-chairs, Michael Handis (mhandis@gc.cuny.edu) or Scott Collard (scott.collard@nyu.edu). And if you’d be interested in doing a short (5-minute) briefing on an aspect of graduate student services at your institution, please tell us!

Find out more about the GSDG at our website, and watch our blog for updates about our program.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

Supporting Our Graduate Programs–A Successful Event

Yesterday, the GSDG held a regular meeting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on 40th Street. It was decided that “lightning talks” would be held where people would talk for 3 minutes about how their library was supporting graduate students. Questions and answers followed each presentation. Representatives from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan College, the CUNY Journalism School, and New York University spoke.

The highlight was the presentation by Bonnie L. Fong and Krista White from Rutgers University, who talked about the survey they did of their graduate students and what they learned.

A good (and informative) time was had by all.

Next GSDG meeting: April 23rd at the Journalism School

The next meeting of the ACRL/NY Graduate Services Discussion Group will be:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3-5 pm
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Room 442
219 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018

The title of the discussion: Supporting Our Graduate Programs

This meeting of the GSDG begins with lightning talks from members about the services their libraries offer to graduate students. We also hear about the Rutgers University graduate survey. Join co-chairs Michael Handis and Scott Collard for discussion and snacks!

RSVP by April 20th to Michael Handis (mhandis@gc.cuny.edu)
or Scott Collard (scott.collard@nyu.edu).

NOTE: Registration is required for security purposes. You must bring a Photo ID to gain access to the building.

Meet and Greet @ Bobst Library

The GSDG’s meet and greet meeting was held at Bobst Library on December 12, 2013 from 4-6. It was a great success, in no small part to Scott Collard, the co-chair who led the discussion.

Scott was able to excite and tease out ideas for what the 13 attendees wanted to see in future meetings. Wine, cheese, soft drinks, and other snacks overflowed as attendees got into the party mood and got down to deciding exactly what the GSDG would do in the near future.


Next Meeting May 14 at the Bard Graduate Center

Save the date! The next GSDG meeting will take place at the Bard Graduate Center on May 14 at3pm

During this meeting we will discuss several reports that have been published on the research behavior of graduate students specifically and upper level researchers in general. As librarians who work with graduate students what can we learn from these recent reports and how can we structure our outreach, reference, and instruction services to reflect this new information.

Prior to the meeting be sure to read:

Researchers of Tomorrow: The research behavior of Generation Y doctoral students (a joint study commission by JISC and the British Library)

Other recent studies include:

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Chemists (Ithaka S&R)

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians (Ithaka S&R)

Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship (Kress Foundation and Roy Rosenweig Center)


This meeting is open to ACRL/NY members. If you are not a member of ACRL/NY join now!


RSVP to Amy Ballmer, aballmer@gc.cuny.edu

Met Publications Digitization Program panel, Jan 17

This may be of interest – nothing specifically to do with Graduate Services, but interesting nonetheless! Amy

Please join us on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 3:30 pm for a program on the digitization of publications from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Two complementary digitization projects have already made more than 1,300 Metropolitan Museum of Art publications available online. In October 2012, the Museum launched MetPublications, a major online resource that offers in-depth access to the Museum’s renowned print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting. Beginning with nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present, this new addition to the Met’s website is produced by the Editorial Department and the Department of Digital Media. Gwen Roginsky, Associate Publisher and General Manager, and Amy Liebster, Assistant Coordinator for Online Publications, will speak on this project, and will also discuss plans for Phase Two.


While Editorial tackled more recent titles, Watson Library focused on the earliest Museum publications, and has separately digitized an additional 700 publications, including all known publications from 1869-1923, along with a selection of later titles. Robyn Fleming and Dan Lipcan, Assistant Museum Librarians, will speak about this project and discuss Watson Library’s continuing effort to digitize all Metropolitan Museum publications through 1963.


Presentations will include discussion of practical matters such as selection of material, rights issues, and working with Google for the Editorial side of the project, and using CONTENTdm from the library side.


Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Study Room in the Uris Education Wing on the south side of the museum. Please enter the museum by the ground floor doors at 81st Street, not the main stairs at 82nd, and take the long corridor out of Burke Hall. Buttons will be distributed at the door.  A reception will be held in the Reading Room of Watson Library following the presentations.


RSVP: Please reply by Monday, January 14, to  nancy.mandel@metmuseum.org with “Digital Publications” in the subject line. You can also RSVP on the ARLIS/NY website if a current member.

12/11 Meet ‘n Greet Summary

A group of sixteen librarians from academic, museum, and public libraries attended the Meet ‘n Greet and discussed a variety of topics including assessment, outreach, and space planning.

Ideas for the next GSDG meeting were also suggested:

  • Successful collaborations between librarians, students, professors
  • Survey tool show and tell
  • Tour of an innovative library space.

Stay tuned!