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Grace-Ellen McCrann Lecture Series

In honor of the late Grace-Ellen McCrann (CCNY), LACUNY sponsors an annual Grace-Ellen McCrann Lecture series to spotlight research by LACUNY members.

2023 LACUNY Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures/Fall Membership Meeting

Friday October 20, 2023, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Online via Zoom

This year's presenters are:  

"How Do They Really See Us?: An Analysis of Faculty Perceptions of Academic Librarians as Teachers" - Mark Aaron Polger (CSI)

"The BMCC Library Information Literacy Program’s Asynchronous Research Toolkits" - Elizabeth ArestylAnthony BishopChristopher Lopez, and Sharell Walker (BMCC)

"How Two Teaching Library Professionals Experienced Action Research: From Embracing the Participation in a Professional Learning Community to Delving into Autobiographical Narrative Writing" - Maria Kiriakova (John Jay) & Joan Kelly Castro (Guttman)

"Planning for Imminent Renovations at City College’s Cohen Library" - Sean O'Heir (City College)

"GPS Mindset and Creating a Mindset Supportive Classroom by using a Social Annotation Tool" - Madeline Ruggiero (Queensborough) 

"Mexican Teachers’ Reactions to the 2023 National Textbook Program Prohibitions and Burnings" - Eric Silberberg (Queens)

"A Legacy of Latinx/e Visual Artists: The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Arts (MoCHA) Collection at Hostos Archives" - Jorge Matos Valldejuli (Hostos)

2022 LACUNY Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures / Fall Membership Meeting

Friday, November 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online via Zoom 

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Uncovering 100 years of Dominican Music: A History of Dominican Music in the U.S. - Jhensen Ortiz (CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, The City College of New York) 

Considering Data Privacy and Safety: Emergency Remote Learning and Beyond - Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi (Bronx Community College)

“No Talking About the Baby:” Pregnancy, Birth, and Mothering in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir - Julie Turley (Kingsborough Community College)

Perspectives of the STEM faculty on the ACRL Framework in a Community College - Christine (Mi-Seon) Kim (Queensborough Community  College) 

GIS & Librarianship: Building the Brooklyn Health Map - Sheena Philogene (Brooklyn College) 

Share Alike! Join Us on Our OER Journey - Jennifer Newman (Hunter College) & Sarah Ward (Hunter College) 

 Advancing Equity with Library Resource Sharing (Work in Progress) - Silvia Cho (CUNY Graduate Center) 

How Implementing Social Annotations in the Classroom can Support Community College Students - Madeline Ruggiero (Queensborough Community College) 

What Are They Saying About Us: Examining how Faculty Advocate the Library to their Students - Mark Aaron Polger (College of Staten Island)

2021 LACUNY Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures / Fall Membership Meeting

Friday, November 19, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Online via Zoom 

  • A Phenomenological Study of Academic Librarians’ Understanding of their Teacher Identity- Mark Aaron Polger- College of Staten Island.
  • When was this book borrowed?! Looking at Long Overdue Books- John DeLooper- Lehman College
  • Prison Librarianship and LIS Schools: Is There a Career Path? - Patrick Raftery- John Jay College
  • It’s Meaningful Work, But It’s Really, Really Hard: Librarians’ Understanding of their Work with Families Experiencing Homelessness- Vicki Terrile - Queensborough Community College.
  • Research as Inquiry: Verifying Voices of Queens through OERs - Madeline Ruggiero- Queensborough Community College
  • Teaching for Success: Promoting Research Inquiry Practices with Students- Vanessa Arce Senati & Katelyn Angell- Lehman College

2019 LACUNY Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures / Fall Membership Meeting

Friday, October 25, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

CUNY Graduate Center, rooms C201 & C202

  • Elvis Bakaitis, Graduate Center: A (Mini) History of Bluestockings Bookstore
  • Linda Miles & Kate Lyons, Hostos CC: Gamifying Media Literacy Instruction
  • Lee Ann Fullington, Brooklyn College: Pick out the jams: Curation and independent record shops
  • Joan Jocson-Singh and Julie Turley, Lehman College & Kingsborough CC: Snare Drum at My Womb: The Role of Rock and Heavy Metal Mothering
  • Kate Angell & Elvis Bakaitis, Graduate Center: Advocating Open
  • Nicole Williams, Bronx CC: Expansion of Cinematic Racial Character Tropes: The White Tour Guide
  • Madeline M. Ruggiero, Queensborough CC: Words to Images the Paintings of Carlo Levi
  • Amy Beth, Guttman CC: Cultivating Practitioner Intersections: Social Scientists, Architects, and Librarians

2018 LACUNY Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures / Fall Membership Meeting

Friday, October 26, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

  • Frans Albarillo (Brooklyn) American-Style Research a study of cultural perceptions of libraries and educational transitions
  • Robin Brown (BMCC) Claiming our space: A quantitative and qualitative picture of disabled librarians 
  • John Carey & David Donabedian (Hunter) Collection development in Armenian academic libraries: A conversation with librarians and faculty
  • Anne Hays (CSI) Liaising by listening: LGTBQ student usage of the library
  • Miriam Laskin (Hostos) Rocket your research: Hostos Library's one-on-one research consultation program
  • Ajatshatru Pathak & Sarah Johnson (Hunter) Use and awareness of reference management software among community college students
  • Ryan Phillips (Baruch) Evolving company disclosure: Environmental, social, governance data and reporting

2017 LACUNY Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures / Fall Membership Meeting

Friday, December 08, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Limitations of the Gender Field in the Name Authority File - Kimberly R. Abrams, Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, City Tech
  • Utilizing Effective Collaboration Strategies to Implement New Academic Systems - Anthony Bishop, Assistant Professor of Instructional Design/Librarian, BMCC
  • Researching Fashion: What They Wore and How it was Made - Wanett Clyde, Adjunct Reference and Digital Outreach Librarian, Graduate Center
  • Teaching Humorous Accounts of Fake News – and Why They're Not so Funny -  Lane Glisson, E-learning and Instruction Librarian / Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Library Information and Resource Sharing: Transforming Services and Collections - Beth Posner, Associate Professor, Head of Library Resource Sharing, Graduate Center

  • Why Connecting Underrepresented College Students to Public Libraries Matters - Maureen Richards, Assistatnt Professor and Electronic Resources Librarian

  • Archival Curation at the Graduate Center Library: From Display to Collaborative Exhibition - Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Assistant Professor, Head of Reference, Grad Center

2016: December 9, New York City College of Technology

Electronic Resource Management with YOURLsKimberly Abrams (City Tech)

Infinite Narratives: Librarians as Authors, Libraries as InspirationWilliam Blick (QCC)

Cultural study of Citation Practices and Academic Integrity in Japanese Academic InstitutionsYoko Inagi Ferguson (City College)

When YOU Are in Charge: Reflections on Managing Staff in the LibraryTrevar Riley-Reid (City College)

Personal Information as PropertyTony Doyle (Hunter)

Zine Author’s Attitudes about Inclusion in Public and Academic Libraries - Anne Hays (College of Staten Island)

2015: December 17, Bronx Community College

Researching Queen of The Underworld, a Biography of Sophie LyonsBarbara Gray
Roger H. McDonough: Librarian, Politician and HistorianRobin Brown
Lau Kar Leung and the Shaw Bros. Studio in Hong KongEric Pellerin
Bronx Faces and VoicesJanet Butler Munch
The Architecture of Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum and Patient Experience in the 1860’sLeslie Ward
Counter culture: A Brief Oral History of Independent Record ShopsLee Ann Fullington
Mission work, Conversion and the Italian Immigrant in Turn-of-the-Century New York City: the Story of the Anson Phelps Stokes Italian Free LibraryAlexandra de Luise
The Preservation MomentJeffrey Kroessler
Studies in the history of anthropology in the United StatesJay Bernstein
African American Diaspora in the Island of Hispaniola: From Oral History to Written HistoryReabeka King
When It Turns Out the Subject of Your Study has PlagiarizedAmy F. Stempler
Women and the policing of criminal abortion services in Progressive Era New York CityEllen Sexton

2014: December 11, 2014, LaGuardia Community College

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