This past year was another successful presentation year for us.

We intentionally presented less this year than last year (11 presentations as compared to 12; check out last year’s post here:

We made this decision for two main reasons:

  1. It gets expensive. As we’ve shared multiple times online, we are grateful to have our institution’s support, but we spend that money extremely quickly because conferences are simply expensive (and those costs seem to continue to rise).
  2. Our institution was in a period of transition. We had a new president joining the College (July) and while we typically miss extremely minimal days of work to attend conferences thanks to virtual conferences and weekend scheduling, we wanted to make sure that we were physically present on campus as much as possible.

One of the things we are very proud about is that despite presenting at less conferences, we presented more times at each conference we attended, so we were able to continue to promote our institution, Goldey-Beacom College, by sharing our work as much as possible while networking with others in our respective fields (and ultimately only presented 1 less presentation in 2019 as compared to 2018).

Also, we expanded the types of presentations we gave this year! In 2019 we gave our first workshop at the Charleston Library Conference and we were featured on a podcast together with Oregon State University’s eCampus Unit podcast, Research in Action.

So for 2019, here’s where and what we presented:


America Library Association (ALA)’s Mid-Winter Conference; Seattle

Rusty Michalak at ALA Mid-Winter 2019

Michalak, R. & Rysavy, M. (2019, January 26). A Tale of ILS migration: From SirsiDynix Symphony, to Folio (just kidding), to KOHA. ALCTS Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner Interest Group Lightning Talks – ALA Midwinter. Seattle, Washington.


Goldey-Beacom College’s Annual Research Symposium, Wilmington

Briana Daly presenting at GBC’s 2019 Annual Research Symposium

Daly, B, Michalak, R. & Rysavy, M. (2019, February 15). How practically useful is non-identifiable data? A case study examining two datasets: Database Searches & eBook downloads. GBC Research Symposium. Wilmington, Delaware. 


Association of College & Research Libraries Bi-Annual Meeting, Cleveland

Rusty Michalak, Trevor Dawes, and Monica Rysavy at ACRL 2019

Rysavy, M, & Michalak, R. (2019, April 11). Chinese Students’ Perceptions of electronic library services.  ACRL Annual. Cleveland, Ohio.


Jenzabar Annual Meeting, San Diego

Rysavy, M., Michalak, R. & Daly, B. (2019 May 30). They Actually Using the LMS? An Analysis of Faculty’s Usage of eLearning Course Tools and Features. Jenzabar Annual Meeting. San Diego, California.


Oregon State University’s Research in Action Podcast

Rysavy, M. & Michalak, R. (2019, June 3).  RIA #161: Dr. Monica Rysavy and Russell Michalak, MLIS on Finding a Research Partner ( Oregon State University ECampus Unit.

ALA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Monica Rysavy and Rusty Michalak at ALA Annual 2019 with
Trevor Dawes and Loida Garcia-Febo (American Library Association President for 2018-2019)

Michalak, R. & Rysavy, R. (2019, June 25). The Benefits and Challenges of Learning Analytics Afforded User Identification: An Analysis of Search Terms and eBook Downloads. ALCTS. ALA Annual Conference.Washington, D.C.

Michalak, R. & Rysavy, M. (2019, June 25). Analyzing eBook Usage Data: Shaping Collections and Guiding Library Services. ALCTS. ALA Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.


Charleston Library Conference, Charleston

Charleston Conference badges!

Michalak, R., Rysavy, M., & Daly, B. (2019, November). EBSCO EDS vs. Sci-Hub: Which do students’ prefer? Charleston Library Conference. Charleston, South Carolina. (Lightning Talk)

Michalak, R. & Rysavy, M. (2019, November). Documenting students’ research journeys: Students’ experiences searching with ProQuest Academic vs. Yewno’s Discover Platform. Charleston Library Conference. Charleston, South Carolina. (Concurrent Presentation)

McDonald, J., Levine-Clark, M., Faust, P., Dawes, T. A., Rysavy, M. & Michalak, R. (2019, November). Displaying your impact, protecting your patrons: Ethical use of library analytics to understand user success. Charleston Library Conference. Charleston, South Carolina.  (Panel).

Michalak, R. & Rysavy, M. (2019, November). Pivot Tables are easier than you think! Simple yet powerful data visualizations for librarians with Excel. Charleston Library Conference. Charleston, South Carolina. (Workshop).