Bordonaro Publishes Book

Karen Bordonaro, Liaison / Teaching and Learning Librarian at Brock University, has recently published a book that explores library and language learning in higher education.

The Intersection of Library Learning and Second-Language Learning: Theory and Practice considers the professional practices of librarians and language instructors in working with international students and intends to help develop learning in both areas.

Additional information about the book can be found at:

Fall Conference Review

The fall WNYO ACRL conference in West Henrietta focused on publishing and research in the library profession. It featured entertaining and informative sessions such as a primer on reviewing books, an analysis of library science manuscripts submitted for publication and an address on the importance of research in librarianship. The fall conference also offered a wide selection of poster sessions and some lively discussions between presenters and attendees.

Samantha Gust from Niagara University started the morning with a look at book reviews. She gave tips and pointers on the process of writing and publishing book reviews and included many humorous anecdotes from her personal experiences as a reviewer.

Chris Hollister from the University at Buffalo followed with an analytical look at manuscripts submitted to a professional library science journal. Hollister outlined some of the common problems with research articles submitted for publication. He broke these down in measurable categories and showed the audience the leading reasons why submissions failed to get published in a journal for which heis the editor. He is currently finishing up research on this topic and hopes to have it published soon.

Michael Ridley of the University of Guelph was the closing speaker. Ridley made a compelling case for changing the culture of the academic librarian and moving away from the traditional service role and embracinga research role. He advocated moving out of the library and into the halls of academia. He thought that many of the libraries services could be handled by clerical workers leaving the librarian time to concentrate of research in a more coordinated manner.

The spring conference will pick up on themes explored during this conference so please join us!

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Interested in serving on the board for WNY/O ACRL?

We are preparing the slate of nominations for the election of 2014/2015 officers.  Currently, we have some vacant positions, but we are hoping to fill all positions for next year.  Some information on positions is available on the Chapter website. If you have questions on what is required on any of these, feel free to contact Jennifer Kegler, and she will give you a description.

If you wish to be nominated, please send Jennifer ( a message giving your name and position that you are interested in. The positions that need to be filled are listed below.  If you know of someone who you think might be a good candidate, please ask them to contact Jennifer, OR give her their contact info, and she will contact them directly.

WNYO ACRL Open Board Positions

*Vice President/President Elect

(3-year commitment = 1st year VP, 2nd  President, 3 Past President)

Required: membership in ACRL National Division of ALA

*Treasurer & Membership Chair (2-year)

*Vice Programs Chair

(2-year commitment; 1st year as Vice-Chair, 2nd as Chair)

*Councillor (2 – 1-year positions)