Students presented poster projects, like this one for the Fayetteville Free Library, that outlined a new service idea for area libraries. More photos available on Flickr.

By: Diane Stirling
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Teams of library information science graduate students showcased the projects they completed this semester in conjunction with partner libraries and a library software company to develop plans for new library services. 

Their work was the culmination of studies this semester in IST 613, the course “Planning, Marketing, and Assessing Library Services.” The group of 39 students illustrated their efforts at a poster session and exhibit showcase last week at Syracuse University’s Bird Library.

The experience is valuable for students and for participating community organizations noted Jill Hurst-Wahl, Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the MS in Library and Information Science program at the School of Information Studies.

“This class allows students to do something that will have an impact on a library, by thinking through a new service idea,” she noted. In addition, the poster session informs members of the library community about what future members of the profession are thinking. Many come in order to be inspired by the ideas and the enthusiasm in the room. When we see what these students envision, you see a bright future for our libraries.” 

The student projects and their community partners included:

  • “Full STEAM Ahead”/Onondaga Free Library
  • “Prepare for Life”/Salina Library
  • “The Dunham Slam”/Dunham Public Library
  • “Oral History Project”/Fayetteville Free Library
  • “Makerspace”/Granby Elementary School
  • “Hamilton Teen Space”/Hamilton Public Library
  • “Citizen Historian”/Cazenovia Public Library
  • “Social Gaming Club & Social Storytime Soiree”/Fayetteville Free Library
  •  “Family Space”/Solvay Public Library
  •  “Delphi”/Polaris Library Systems