#CritLit Collective

Our successful event was attended by students and faculty who discussed the article “Building a Critical Culture: How Critical Librarianship Falls Short in the Workplace” by Jennifer A. Ferretti. Facilitated by Erin Mustard, people shared their perspectives and experiences with critical librarianship, its successes and its limitations.

BANNED: A Virtual Banned Books Read-Out & Discussions on the Freedom to Read – 9/30/2021 – 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST

9/30/2021 – 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST – BANNED: A Virtual Banned Books Read-Out & Discussions on the Freedom to Read 

Presented by: SCARLA, LISSA, and Rutgers–New Brunswick Libraries

As part of Banned Book Week, you are invited to BANNED: A Virtual Banned Books Read-Out & Discussions on the Freedom to Read on September 30 at 5:30pm EST. In addition to “flash-talks” from SC&I faculty on censorship and free speech, this virtual open mic-night will also give participants the opportunity to read from, listen to, and celebrate their favorite banned/challenged books. All kinds of texts are welcome, as are all languages! Please note that read-out performances will be limited to 2 minutes each, so choose your excerpt wisely.

Check out the banned books libguide from this event last year: https://libguides.rutgers.edu/bannedbooks

Want to participate but don’t know what to read? The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has published lists of the most challenged books since 2001, and they can be found HERE.

However, no read-out participation is required! Even just tuning in to listen can be a radical act in the celebration of banned books, freedom of speech, and speaking truth to power.

#CritLib Collective Discussion – 3/31/2021 – 7:00 PM

3/31/2021 – 7:00 PM  – #CritLib Collective Discussion

Join SCARLA for our first session of #CritLibCollective, a space where students, faculty, and librarians can gather for informal discussions on important topics related to critical librarianship. For our inaugural session we are reading Danya Leebaw and Alexis Logsdon’s article “Power and Status (and Lack Thereof) in Academe: Academic Freedom and Academic Librarians” from the open access, open peer reviewed journal In The Library With The Lead Pipe. The article can be accessed here: http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2020/power-and-status-and-lack-thereof-in-academe/.

NJLA-CUS/ACRL-NJ Executive Board Panel Discussion – 2/24/2021 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

2/24/2021 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – NJLA-CUS/ACRL-NJ Executive Board Panel Discussion

Interested in academic librarianship? Curious about ways that you can get involved in the field while still in school? SCARLA is excited to host a panel discussion with officers of the NJLA-CUS/ACRL-NJ executive board. Learn more about the organization, the roles of its committees, and how, even as students, we can get involved.
Join us Wednesday, February 24th at 7pm EST via Zoom.

A Conversation with Dr. Nicole Cooke on Social Justice in Librarianship -12/8/2020 – 7:00 PM

12/8/2020 – 7:00 PM – A Conversation with Dr. Nicole Cooke on Social Justice in Librarianship

A three time Rutgers alum, Dr. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor of the School of Information Science in the University of South Carolina’s College of Information and Communication. She has experience in public, medical, and academic libraries, and her research and teaching interests include critical cultural information studies, fake news/misinformation/disinformation, and diversity and social justice in librarianship, focusing on how to integrate them into LIS education and pedagogy.


October 4, 2017 Meeting

5:50 to 6:20 PM in Room 323 of the SC&I Building. 

In this joint meeting with LISSA, we host guest speaker Rebecca Sandoval. Rebecca Sandoval is currently Technical Services Manager for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) where she oversees acquisitions, cataloging, and periodicals operations for 10 branch libraries and two reading stations. She started her career in libraries working at Blackwell’s Information Services (a serials subscription agent that later merged with Swets Information Services). In 2004, she moved into academia as the Coordinator for the Distributed Technical Services department at Rutgers University Libraries where she managed a department who worked with serials, electronic resources, holdings, bibliographic management, and government documents. During her time at at RUL she also completed an MLIS at Rutgers’ SC&I.


All MI students are warmly invited to the NJLA College and University Section(CUS)/Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) NJ open meeting. This is an especially important networking event for those of you who are contemplating a career in academic libraries.
Date: Friday September 8, 2017
Time: 10 am – 12 noon
Location: Alexander Library (Teleconference Lecture Hall)

NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Reference Services Committee Workshop

On April 6th, SCARLA is co-hosted the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Reference Services Committee’s workshop entitled “The New Reference Librarian.” Librarians, faculty, and other LIS students discussed and explored topics related to academic reference service through a series of Round Table discussions and Lightning Talks.

SCARLA Metadata Panel

Announcing the 2016 Metadata Panel!
SCARLA has assembled a panel of metadata librarians and professionals from our very own Rutgers University Libraries who will introduce themselves and answer YOUR questions! Featuring the talents and expertise of:

  • Rhonda Marker, Repository Collection Librarian and Head of the Scholarly Communication Center
  • Aletia Morgan, Data Preservation
  • Isaiah Beard, Digital Data Curation
  • Yu-Hung Lin, Metadata Librarian for Continuing Resources, Scholarship, and Data

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm SCI 323 (3rd floor conference room) 4 Huntington Street, New Brunswick NJ
Can’t join us in person? Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/391809621 You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll-free): 1 866 899 4679 Access Code: 391-809-621

January 2016 Meeting
SCARLA invites you to our next meeting. It will be Thursday January 21 at 5:50pm in room 323 of the SC&I Building, 4 Huntington Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Pizza will be served. Details to join via Go-to-Meeting below.
SCARLA January Meeting
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 5:50 PM – 6:20 PM EST
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States +1 (646) 749-3129
United States (Toll-free): 1 877 309 2073

Access Code: 620-683-189

Playing in the Archive: The Linked Jazz Project

Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. | SC&I Meeting Room (CI-323)
Cristina Pattuelli, Associate Professor, Pratt InstituteThis presentation will provide an overview of the Linked Jazz project with a focus on its development phases, from the creation of linked data from textual materials to the building of applications for visualizing the data as social networks. Linked jazz will serve as a case study to share the lessons learned in experimenting with Linked Open Data technology for digital cultural resources and ultimately contribute to build best practices for the LODLAM (Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums) community.The Linked Jazz Project investigates the potential of Linked Open Data (LOD) to enhance the discovery and visibility of digital cultural heritage materials. LOD technology is applied to digitized archival collections of jazz history to reveal the rich network of relationships between jazz artists. The project has progressed in an iterative and experimental fashion through the design and the development of new methods and applications for linked data development that include data extraction from textual primary sources, data curation through mapping and authority work and data crowd sourcing.
Refreshments following the lecture.
*** Cristina Pattuelli is an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute where she teaches courses on knowledge organization, cultural heritage and human information behavior. Her current work explores the intersection between cultural heritage and information access, description and design. She is the director of the Linked Jazz Project, an investigation into the application of Linked Open Data technology to cultural heritage resources.  She consults with libraries, archives, and museums on similar and related projects.
(co-sponsored by SC&I, SCARLA, SOURCE, and the Digital Humanities Initiative)

Panel on Outreach in Academic Libraries

Tuesday, March 25th | 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. | SC&I Conference Room (Rm 323)

Libraries offer some amazing resources and services for students, faculty, and the surrounding communities, but what good are they if no one knows about them? Outreach can be a critical part of any librarian’s job, including academic librarians. At this panel you’ll hear from several academic librarians and their efforts to connect with their related constituencies. Many of the ideas discussed will also have applicability in any kind of setting, so please join us even if you think you might work in special, public, or school libraries. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there! Speakers include:

  • Megan Lotts, Art Librarian, Rutgers University
  • Amanda Piekart, Information Literacy Instructional Designers, Berkeley College
  • Bonnie Lafazan, Library Director, Berkeley College
  • Heather Dalal, Instruction & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Rider University

Embargoes and Open Access: a Colloquium

Wednesday, December 4th | 7pm; reception at 6pm | Alexander Library, Fourth Floor Auditorium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

This past summer, the American Historical Association produced a statement that “strongly encouraged graduate programs and university libraries to adopt a policy that allows the embargoing of completed history PhD dissertations in digital form for as many as six years.”  This policy has sparked conversation regarding open access, embargoes, institutional repositories, publishing, and tenure requirements.This discussion, co-sponsored by Rutgers MLIS program, Rutgers University Libraries, NJLA-CUS/ACRL-NJ and SCARLA, will bring together diverse viewpoints in what is sure to be a spirited debate. Participants include: 

  • Rhonda Marker, head of scholarly communications at Rutgers
  • Kevin Mulcahy, humanities librarian at Rutgers
  • Peter Mickulas, editor at Rutgers University Press
  • Alex Holzman, director of Temple University Press
  • Mike Diaz, executive director of marketing for ProQuest
  • Ashley Falzetti, Ph.D. candidate in Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers

SCARLA at NJLA Conference

We presented a poster at the 2013 NJLA conference. Read Cassidy’s wrap-up post and see our poster.

Rutgers MLIS Career Fair

Friday, April 19th at 5 p.m.

SCARLA has put together a panel to address many of the questions students may have about the job search process for academic and research librarians. All are welcome to this event. The scope will be broad, and useful for those interested in academic or research libraries, special libraries, corporate libraries, and archives.

Our speakers will include:
Marianne Gaunt
Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian/Library Administration
Marianne will discuss how a large University where librarians have faculty status conducts job searches and interviews.
Mary George
Senior Reference Librarian for Humanities & Social Sciences at Princeton and Bobray Bordelon, Librarian of Economics and Finance at Princeton
Mary will discuss what hiring committees look for at their institution.
Jeremy Darrington
New Political Science Librarian at Princeton
Jeremey will discuss the different things he learned from interviewing for different academic jobs
Elizabeth Leonard
Director of the Berkeley College Libraries
Elizabeth used to be a professional resume reviewer, so she will tell us the dos and don’ts of a good resume.
Nancy Weiner
Reference Librarian and Coordinator of User Education at William Patterson
Nancy will discuss how getting involved in professional organizations is critical for academic library jobs.

Library Use Instruction panel sponsored by NJLA-CUS

March 5, 7 p.m., SC&I Faculty Lounge
You’re on your way to becoming a librarian, but did you know you’re probably becoming a teacher too?

Most librarians will teach in some component, whether it’s a large class at an academic or public library, a one-on-one client training session, or with an interested patron at the reference desk.  But recent research reveals a critical disconnect between the skills new academic librarians need and LIS curricula. Westbrock and Fabian (2010) conducted a survey to find out where librarians obtained the skills listed in the Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. Most felt they should have gotten them in library school, however most got their training on the job.Do LIS graduates lack learning theory/teaching skills because schools don’t emphasize those skills in the curriculum?  Are students not interested or aware?  Panelists will discuss their views on teaching on the job, what their own experience was in library school, and ways that students can get some teaching theory and experience while still in school.  Audience participation in the discussion is encouraged. Panelists:

  • Heather Dalal, Assistant Professor-Librarian at Rider University
  • Lisa DeLuca, Librarian at NJIT
  • Kate Scherler, Librarian at Passaic County Community College
  • Judit Ward, Director of the Center of Alcohol Studies Library at Rutgers University

2012 NJLA Annual Conference in Atlantic City

Members of SCARLA presented a poster at the conference on June 5th and 6th. Check out Kelly’s photos of the conference on PhotoBucket.

WordPress Workshop Friday November 9, 2012

For those of you who missed the hands-on workshop led by Steve Garwood, Director of Instructional Design and Technology, here’s a link to get you started with WordPress. Thanks Steve!

Panel Discussion: Professional Organizations 101

October 23, 2012

Have questions about professional organizations? Don’t know which to join? How to join? How to participate? Find out how to get involved and network your way to a library job! If you missed this event, you can watch the video recording on YouTube. The speakers were:

  • Karen Klapperstuck, current NJLA President
  • Janet Weiss of the Special Library Association
  • Lisa DeLuca, Membership Chair for the College and University/ACRL section of NJLA
  • Nancy Kranich, Founder and Chair of the ALA Center for Civic Life Advisory Committee and former President of the ALA

Statistical Workshop Series at Alexander Library (2012)

There will be a series of workshops on the use of the statistical programs R, SAS, and SPSS held in IHL- 413 in Alexander Library on the following Thursdays:
  • October 4th – Statistical Techniques (SAS)
  • October 11th – Graphics (SPSS)
  • October 18th – Data Manipulation (R)

There will be an introduction to each program from 1:00-2:30, and the workshops will run from 3:00-4:30. The introduction is recommended if you have never used the programs before. The workshops are being conducted by Ryan Womack, Data and Economics Librarian. Tutorials are available on the libguide.