Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FACT2 Mobile Learning Survey (Spring '15)

The FACT2 Mobile Technology in Teaching & Learning Task Group has been charged with gathering information about SUNY campus use of mobile technology use. We are hopeful that you can help us with providing contacts on your campus. Optionally, also feel free to add detail on your campus activities. Thanks - in advance - for your help!

If you have questions, please reach John Kane @

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LIS Seminar Series, Spring 2015 : "That Twitter thing: Meaning and Method behind Micro-Blogging in Public Libraries" - Mary F. Cavanagh

"That Twitter thing: Meaning and Method behind Micro-Blogging in Public Libraries" 

Mary F. Cavanagh, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa

Engagement and participation are key concepts framing a large part of the social media discourse across many research domains (Lutz, Hoffmann and Meckel 2014). As quasi-government agencies public libraries increasingly value Twitter as it provides a freely accessible, low-cost structure for improved engagement, relationship-building and communication with a wide spectrum of library followers. The project, initiated in 2012, contributes to this work from the perspective of the public library organization. Highlights of a first phase - a national survey of public libraries' Twitter practices - are introduced in conjunction with findings from several pilot projects that explored techniques for studying library micro-blogging. This work then establishes a provisional theoretical framework from which to consider preliminary results of the first of three in-depth @publiclibrary case studies.

Mary F. Cavanagh is an Assistant Professor at University of Ottawa's School of Information Studies. Her areas of research interest include valuing the contemporary public library as institution, social media, practice-based approaches to information interactions and practices, and forms of organizing. Her current teaching interests are in areas of resource discovery, knowledge in organization, social media, and library marketing and advocacy.

Seminar to be presented
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Baldy 200G

9th Annual Fredonia Teaching & Learning conference

Call for Proposals: Fredonia's 9th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference
Moving Beyond Walls: Teaching Through Engagement
Monday, August 17, 2015

The 9th Annual State University of New York at Fredonia Teaching & Learning conference will focus on cultivating learning environments that strengthen student engagement and motivation. Higher education is undergoing monumental changes, including shifting student demographics and rapid technological change. Conference activities and presentations will provide an opportunity to reflect on where we are, where we came from, and where we are heading. As institutions look for ways to remain competitive while continuing to provide students with quality, affordable educational opportunities, this year’s conference aspires to serve as an opportunity for scholarly exchange and discussion, with the ultimate goal of improving student engagement and learning across disciplines.

We invite proposals for presentations for the following tracks:
  • Student Engagement & High Impact Teaching Practices
  • Engaging Students in a Virtual World: Technology Inside and Outside the Classroom         
  • New Media, Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship
  • Creating Quality Learning Environments
  • Diverse Students & Learning Strategies
  • Experiential Learning: Service Learning, Internships, Study Abroad, and Beyond
  • Forging Links Between Local and Global Communities
  • Fostering Creative Learning and Students
  • Strategies on Assessment
Concurrent Sessions (50 Minutes):

We encourage you to model good teaching in your session by including an interactive element that actively engages the participants in your session.

All proposals must include:

1. Names, positions, academic departments, and contact information for the presenter/s. The person’s name that appears first in the proposal will be considered the primary contact.
2. Title of concurrent session (not to exceed 12 words)
3. Session abstract:

a. 100 - 175 words for 40-minute presentation (10-minutes of Q&A)
b. In your session description, please include the expected outcomes of your session and the methods that you will use to foster participant interaction. If applicable, tie your proposal to the conference theme.

Preference will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following: Scholarship that challenges educators to think outside the traditional classroom environment, that is designed to captivate the mind of diverse learners, provide greater access, or facilitate student success; Projects that support or enhance Open SUNY initiatives; Development, application and assessment of innovative uses of instructional technologies to improve student engagement and learning; Creating and assessing opportunities for performance based learning through public or private partnerships; Immersion of students in alternative learning environments;  Development, administration, and assessment of professional development and ancillary services that support faculty innovation and student success

4. List audiovisual needs (computer, projector, etc.)

Proposal Submission:

Proposals may be submitted electronically at:

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, May 22, 2015 at Midnight

About the Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jason Ohler is a professor emeritus, speaker, writer, teacher, and cyber researcher. He is also a lifelong digital humanist who is well known for the passion, insight, and humor he brings to his presentations, projects and publications.

He has worked both online and in classrooms at home and internationally for over a quarter century helping students develop the new literacies they need to be successful in the digital age. He is a passionate promoter of “Art the Next R” and of combining innovation, creativity and digital know-how to help reinvent teaching and learning.

He is also an enthusiastic champion of the need for students to learn how to use technology wisely and safely, with awareness and compassion, so they can become informed and productive citizens in a global digital society. He has won numerous awards for his work and is author of many books, articles, and online resources.

Many call him a futurist, he calls himself a nowist, believing we have what we need now to create the kinds of communities we need to meet the challenges of the digital age with creativity and humanity. His current book, Digital Community, Digital Citizen, explores the issues of helping our students blend their digital and non-digital lives into one integrated approach to living. His previous book, Digital Storytelling in the Classroom, reminds us that he is first and foremost a storyteller, telling tales of the future that are grounded in the past.

“The goal is the effective, creative, and wise use of technology . . . to bring together technology, community, and learning in ways that work. And while we are at it, to have fun.”

Questions about the conference? Please contact:

Information regarding the conference can be found at:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Archives Matter: A Presentation by Kathleen Roe, President of the Society of American Archivists - April 15 | Daily Bulletin | Buffalo State

Archives Matter: A Presentation by Kathleen Roe, President of the Society of American Archivists - April 15
The SUNY Buffalo State E. H. Butler Library Charles Rand Penney Lecture Series, in association with the Canisius College Rev. Clayton J. Murray Archives Speakers Series, presents "Archives Matter: A Presentation by Kathleen Roe" on Wednesday, April 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium.
Archives are the essential evidence of the past, the individual and collective voice, the source of action and events, the thread and fabric of our society. Archives often occupy a hallowed but unclear role to people in our communities, universities and schools, places of business, and government. The archival community must effectively address several pressing issues in order to both safeguard the availability and use of the historical record and ensure that stakeholders and the public recognize the importance and value of archives. These issues include ensuring that a comprehensive historical record survives; concerns over “competition” for prestigious collections; threading our way through the complexities of electronic records; ensuring access to information; and the need for informed stakeholders and the general public to value and appropriately support the functions of archives. This talk will focus on these matters of concern to the archival community and the need for archivists to promote a strong understanding of why archives matter.
Kathleen D. Roe is president of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the oldest and largest national archival professional association in North America with over 6,200 members. In that capacity, she has challenged archivists to spend a “Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” by getting out of their comfort zones to focus on raising awareness and advocating the importance of archives. She is also the director of archives and records management operations for the New York State Archives, where she oversees programs providing services to state and local governments and nonprofit historical records programs around the state. Roe has served as president of the Council of State Archivists, the national association for state archives, and on various committees for SAA and regional archival associations. She has published and taught extensively in the areas of archival descriptive practices and advocacy for archival programs.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center’s galleries will be open to attendees preceding the presentation. Free parking will be available in the Burchfield Penney Art Center lot.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Registration is now open for SUNY CIT 2015

Registration is now open for CIT 2015 scheduled for May 26 –29 on the campus of SUNY Geneseo.

This year’s CIT features a Keynote from Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping students learn well and finish strong on education journeys.  An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world.

Don’t forget….register by May 10th and save $50 off the cost of your registration.  Register today!
Hotel Registration Reminder – Hotel reservations must be made now to obtain the special negotiated rates.  Go to the CIT 2015 website at for information on hotels available and the deadline to reserve your room. 

We look forward to seeing you at CIT 2015!