Grad Services Meet n Greet 12/11 4-6 p.m.

Are you a librarian for Graduate students? Are you interested in sharing and learning about programming and instruction ideas? If so, join the ACRL/NY Graduate Services Discussion Group for snacks and discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center. It will be an open discussion, but topics will include:

  • Scholarly Communication and digital scholarship
  • MA vs PhD programming, outreach, and support
  • Graduate initiatives on a small and large scale
  • Planning for Spring Graduate Services Discussion Group program

This meeting is open to all – no need to be an ACRL/NY member. RSVP to Amy Ballmer, Co-Moderator, Graduate Services Discussion Group,




Providing Instructional Services: Four Case Studies

This upcoming event may be of interest to GSDG members:

Providing Instructional Services: Four Case Studies

Date: Friday, November 9, 2012

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Providing effective library instruction often relies on matching instructional methods and formats to specific groups of users with varying research needs.  This panel session will include speakers from four different institutions.  Each speaker will talk about how their instructional program addresses the distinctive needs of their respective constituencies.  They will address topics such as the different formats in which they provide instruction, how instruction is marketed at their institutions, and any instructional innovations they have attempted or implemented.

The panel presentations will be followed by a question and answer period where the audience will be invited to share their experiences and observations.

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Study Room in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education 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.

Reception: A reception will follow in the Thomas J. Watson Library.  We ask that you kindly check your coat and bag at the museum entrance before coming to the library.

RSVP: Please reply by November 2nd to with “Providing Instructional Services” in the subject line.

—- About the speakers: —-

Scott Collard, Coordinator, Social Sciences Collections and Graduate Student Services; Librarian for Education and Linguistics, Bobst Library, New York University.  Scott coordinates the activities of the Social Sciences team and the Graduate Student Working Group.  This group implements cross-cutting instructional and research services for graduate student populations across NYU, deploys an outreach and communication plan for graduate students, and caretakes graduate student spaces and space planning in the library.

Caitlin Kilgallen, Associate Library Director, School of Visual Arts.  In addition to assisting the director in the overall management of the library, Caitlin supervises the head of reference services, two circulation managers, and the periodicals/reference librarian.  She is part of a team of three librarians tasked with teaching, outreach, communication and assessment of the library instruction program.  She is currently overseeing pilot programs involving e-reserves, library liaisons, and library instruction.

Barbara Rockenbach, Director of the Humanities and History Libraries, Columbia University Libraries.  Barbara works with a team of humanities librarians to support the research, learning and teaching needs of faculty, students and staff at Columbia.  As a part of this support, she is planning an expansion of a Digital Humanities Center to support emerging research trends with new tools and methods.

Deborah Vincelli, Electronic Resources and Instructional Services Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In addition to managing the acquisition of subscription e-resources, Deborah is a member of the Instructional Steering Committee, which oversees the library’s instructional programs.  She also participates in the Museum Research Staff Instruction Program, which provides training to the museum’s curatorial, conservation and research staff on the use of library resources.

Meeting and Tour of Research Commons at NYU’s Bobst Library

The Graduate Services Discussion Group (GSDG) of ACRL/NY is a forum for librarians who work with graduate student populations to discuss how to customize and do outreach to graduate students in all disciplines. Join co-chairs Michael Handis and Amy Ballmer for snacks and discussion about working with this special population followed by a tour of the new graduate student spaces at Bobst Library by the Graduate Services Librarian Scott Collard.

RSVP by February 6th to Michael Handis (

or Amy Ballmer (

Scott Collard to speak at first meeting

Scott Collard, the Social Sciences Collections Coordinator and Graduate Student Services Coordinator at New York University, will speak about how NYU supports graduate research. Mr. Collard received his MSLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in General Studies in the Humanities (Early American History and Literature) from the University of Chicago.

Besides graduate outreach, Scott administers the library’s virtual reference services and is the liaison to the Education and Linguistics programs. A member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Mr. Collard chairs the Membership and Orientation Committee of the Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section. His research interests focus on the graduate student service and space design; the intersection between technology and research services; and user-centered design and customizability.

This meeting is being co-sponsored by the Bibliographic Instruction Special Interest Group of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). It will be held at the METRO offices, 57 East 11th Street, 4th floor in Manhattan on November 9th from 10 am to noon.

If you plan to attend, please email one of the GSDG co-chairs, Michael Handis ( or Amy Ballmer (

Mission Statement

The following is the Mission Statement for the GSDG:

The Graduate Services Discussion Group of ACRL/NY (GSDG) meets to discuss how to customize and do outreach to graduate students in all disciplines.  How does graduate student needs in libraries differ from those of undergraduates?  Services to graduate students is a specialization in academia, particularly in libraries.  This group will provide a forum in which to discuss ways to serve the graduate student population through instruction, specialized services, and digital initiatives.

New Discussion Group for Graduate Services

At the ACRL/NY executive board meeting on June 10, the board voted unanimously to approve a motion by Michael Handis to create a new discussion group for library services for graduate students.  The new group, the Graduate Services Discussion Group, will be co-chaired by Michael Handis (, Associate Librarian for Collection Management at the Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center, and Amy Balmer (, Senior Assistant Reference Librarian also at the Mina Rees Library.

It was felt that services in libraries to students always focus on undergraduates with graduate students being the “invisible” users who rarely have the same needs as undergraduates.  Also, most literature on student services focuses on the undergraduate population.  It is hoped that the events that the Graduate Services Discussion Group (GSDG) holds will help draw attention to the needs of graduate students as well as facilitate discussion on how to service this diverse population.

The first meeting of the Graduate Services Discussion Group (GSDG) will be held in the fall.