Professional Development Grant Awarded to Three CUNY Librarians

November 29, 2012 | News

The Library Association of the City of New York (LACUNY) Professional Development Committee has announced the recipients of the 2012 LACUNY Professional Development Grant. The Professional Development Grant is awarded to LACUNY members to participate in a library-related conference or meeting.

Anamika Dasgupta, coordinator of electronic resources, York College, will use the grant funds to attend the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference in January, 2012. At the conference she is interested in learning about the latest research in information-seeking behaviors, strategic evaluation and information use in teaching, research and professional practice. The new ideas that she gleans from the presentations will inform her work at the college, where she also provides reference and teaches information literacy classes that help students learn how to locate, evaluate and contextualize information.

“Very few pedagogical strategies are written for librarians, and the 2013 ALISE Conference will allow me to stay abreast of developments in this field and to disseminate what I learn to my colleagues at CUNY,” Professor Dasgupta said.

Joy Dunkley, access services librarian, Borough of Manhattan Community College, won for “Reserve (R)Evolution: the Hows and Whys,” which she presented at the Access Services Conference in Atlanta, Georgia last November. She spoke of BMCC Library’s unique textbook program, which provides at least one copy of each required text for the college’s 24,000 student population, and of how the program has evolved over its 30-year existence.

“The LACUNY grant was the first step in meeting the publication requirements for library faculty as it is my intention to publish on this topic,” said Professor Dunkley. “I was thrilled to be selected and deeply appreciate the assistance I received.”

Maura Smale, associate professor, New York City College of Technology, will present a panel session at the ACRL National Conference in Indianapolis in April, 2013. The panel,” Quest for Engagement: Innovative Library Instruction with Games-Based Learning,” includes Scott Rice from Appalachian State University and Mary Snyder Broussard from Lycoming College, both of whom use games-based learning in academic libraries.

“I very much appreciate receiving the LACUNY grant,” said Professor Smale. “I have been a member of the CUNY Games Network–a group of CUNY faculty and staff who use games in teaching—for four years now, and it’s an honor to bring our work and the work that I’ve done at City Tech to a national conference.”

LACUNY is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes, including, without limitation, the encouragement of cooperation among the libraries of the City University of New York, the stimulation of the professional growth of the librarians on their respective staff, and the promotion of the professional interests of the members of the association.