Symposium 6 -November 15, 2014


The Division of Library and Information Science


The 6th DLIS Symposium

To the Community and Beyond:

New Media and Evolving Services in Libraries


Keynote: R. David Lankes, Syracuse University Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship

Saturday, November 15, 2014


St. John’s University-D’Angelo Center

Jamaica, NY


St. John’s University-DLIS◦8000 Utopia Parkway Jamaica, NY 11439◦(718) 990-6200


Libraries provide a wide range of services and information resources to their communities. In the current economic climate, communities require more assistance to help acquire skills and navigate job opportunities and government services. Libraries increasingly seek new ways to more effectively communicate and deliver their services to their communities. Larger institutions pool information resources into digital libraries, offering resources in a searchable database, increasing both the access and depth of available information.

The 6th DLIS Symposium explores these topics. It considers communication and service from both the public and academic library perspective. Practitioners discuss their approaches in terms of media and services. In addition, the role of the digital library is examined as a vehicle supporting the ‘larger’ community. Keeping with the tradition of showcasing student research, there will be a student ‘ignite’ session consisting of 2-3 minute presentations.

About the symposia.

The semiannual symposia bring together DLIS students, alumni, faculty, and information professionals for presentations, panels, poster sessions, and networking. The Symposia are held on Saturdays in November and April during the academic year from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Topics include digital humanities, social justice, social media, pop culture, youth services, community services, technology, connecting research to practice, among others.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15


Opening Remarks

James Vorbach, Director, Division of Library & Information Science

9:15 – 10:30


Panel Discussion: Connecting Communities through Training, Collaboration, & Service

This panel session will cover a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, 1) reaching out and interacting with the community using technologies (old and new), 2) providing in-service training to teachers to increase awareness of available digital resources, 3) meeting the information needs of underserved communities though programs integrating adult education classes, self-directed learning technologies, and case management support, 4) exploring the evolving role of the public library in addressing social service-related questions of library users as well as tailoring resources and programs for communities in need.

S. Michele Echols, Community Library Manager, South Hollis Branch, Queens Public Library

Michael Morea, Director, Gold Coast Public Library, Glen Head, NY

Jamie Papandrea, Director, Brookhaven Free Library, Brookhaven, NY

10:30 – 11:15


Student Research ‘Ignite’ Session

Students engage the audience in their research in 2-3 minute presentations.

11:15 – 11:30 Break


11:30 – 12:30


“Public” in the Broadest Sense: How every Librarian can use and contribute to the “Digital Public Library of America” project

The mission of the Digital Public Library of America (DP.LA) is to “bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and to make them freely available to the world.”   Librarians from every type of library have been key drivers in the success of DPLA as portal, platform and cultural treasure.   Join Community representative, Prof. Kathryn Shaughnessy, for an overview of DPLA and a discussion of the roles that all library and information professionals can play in both the use and the development of this international resource — through coding, content and community outreach, as well as through the promotion of digital humanities, scholarly communications, and ICT literacy.

Kathryn Shaughnessy, Associate Professor, St. John’s University Libraries


12:30 – 1:30 Lunch


1:30 – 2:45 Keynote Address

David Lankes, Syracuse University

2:45 – 3:00 Closing Remarks

Shari Lee, Assistant Professor, Division of Library & Information Science



YouTube playlist: 4 videos, approx. 4 hours total run time

Segment 1: Opening remarks & Panel Discussion

Segment 2: Student Research “Ignite” Session

Segment 3: “Public” in the Broadest Sense: How Every Librarian Can Use and Contribute to the “Digital Public Library of America” Project

Segment 4: “The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation.”