Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons

Associate Librarian

Library

Education

CUNY Queens College, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Linguistics (Adult TESOL & Multilingualism), minor language concentrations:  Spanish, French & Latin; expected June 2017

CUNY Queens College, Master of Library & Information Science (MLS), concentrations in Academic Librarianship, Archives & Records Management

CUNY Queens College, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spanish Linguistics & Literature, minor language concentration: French

Iona College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Spanish; minors in French & Secondary Education (7-12) with a concentration in Bilingual Education

Courses Taught

  • Library Research & Information Literacy Sessions*
  • Tailored to professional topics in academic support departments
  • Customized to research assignments in academic courses
 
  • Library Workshops
  • Online citation management systems:  Zotero and Mendeley
  • Ebooks
  • Plagiarism
  • Organization and management of information sources (e.g., print, electronic, media, etc.)

 

  • Research Consultations*
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Student
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Liaison to the following:
  • School of Education
  • CAMINO Bilingual Program, School of Continuing & Professional Studies (SCPS)
  • Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

       *Scheduled upon request.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

          Presentations

    • Using music to lower the affective filter while energizing adult  English language learners (ELLs), paper presented at the Annual Conference for ESOL Educators and Program Administrators 2016, Co-sponsored by  the English Language Studies Program at the New School and the Literacy Assistance Center, the New School, October 29, 2016. (blind review).
    • Library, museum, archival & historical societies: Resources for emerging bilinguals (EBs), paper presented at the ConnTESOL Annual Conference 2016, October 22, 2016, Sheraton Hartford South, Rocky Hill, Connecticut. (blind review).
    • Developing blended learning in library instruction to cultivate research and critical thinking skills in the undergraduate student population, paper presented at the Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2016, September 30 - October 1, 2016, Savannah, Georgia. (double-blind peer reviewed).
    • Forensic information literacy: The CSI Approach to inquiry and scholarly communication, paper presented at the Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2016, September 30 - October 1, 2016, Savannah, Georgia. (double-blind peer reviewed).
    • Google vs. library databases: Cultivating research and critical thinking skills in the undergraduate student population, Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference (ER&L) 2016, paper co-presented with Kanu A. Nagra, Ph.D., AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, April 3-6, 2016. [Two-step peer review process: 1. Online community vote (blind); 2. Review process by conference committee (blind)].
    • Our library can help you! Using multicultural elements from TESOL for non-native speakers of English, paper presented at the Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2015,  September 25-26, 2015, Savannah, Georgia.  (double-blind peer reviewed).
    • Beyond library resources: How to implement integrated learning across the curriculum with information literacy components using hybrid delivery, paper presented at the Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2014,  October 10-11, 2014, Savannah, Georgia. (double-blind peer reviewed).

         

          Invited Talks

    • Fun with "ambition idioms." Presented to International Students (ISs) enrolled in the English Language Institute (ELI), Queens College, the City University of New York, Flushing, NY.  December 8, 2016. [Multi-part series on Information Sources for EFL/ESL].
    • Unscrambling sentences with conjunctive adverbs. Presented to International Students (ISs) enrolled in the English Language Institute (ELI), Queens College, the City University of New York, Flushing, NY.  December 2, 2016. [Multi-part series on Information Sources for EFL/ESL].
    • Conjunctive Adverbs in an Argumentative & Persuasive Essay.  Presented to International Students (ISs) enrolled in the English Language Institute (ELI), Queens College, the City University of New York, Flushing, NY. November 29th, 2016. [Multi-part series on Information Sources for EFL/ESL].
    • Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 11.4: Post-Civil War Era, ca. 1865-1900 --The Reconstruction Era, ca. 1863-1877.  Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders, Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY. November 15, 2016.
    • Websites as information sources: APA Style -- In-text citations and references.  Presented to International Students (ISs) enrolled in the English Language Institute (ELI), Queens College, the City University of New York, Flushing, NY. November 18th, 2016.  [Multi-part series on Information Sources for EFL/ESL].
    • Using information sources in essay writing:  Summarizing and more on citing sources.  Presented to International Students (ISs) enrolled in the English Language Institute (ELI), Queens College, the City University of New York, Flushing, NY, November 4, 2016. [Multi-part series on Information Sources for EFL/ESL].
    • Using information from sources: Direct quotes, plagiarism, APA citations, and paraphrasing. Presented to International Students (ISs) enrolled in the English Language Institute (ELI), Queens College, the City University of New York, Flushing, NY, November 1, 2016. [Multi-part series on Information Sources for EFL/ESL].
    • Language, culture, & thought: the Safir-Whorfian Hypothesis. Co-presented with Mingma Lama, Janette Sarmiento, and Sandy Morris-Pryce. Department of  Linguistics & Communication Disorders, Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY, May 18, 2016.
    • Thematic Unit Plan for English language learners (ELLs): 1750-1914 the Age of revolutions, industrialization, and empires; based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and College and Career-ready Anchors (CCRA). Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders, Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY, March 29, 2015.
    • Academic library resources & services for English language learners (ELLs), presentation given to Adult ELLs who were completing their last non-credit ESL course and transitioning to credit courses the following semester, English as a second language (ESL) program, NCC Library, Norwalk Community College (NCC), Norwalk, CT, March 5, 2015.
    • Are some languages more difficult to learn than others?  Co-presented with Shelly Lekhraj, Mingma Lama, Lila Laizinou, Janette Sarmiento, and Sandy Morris-Pryce. Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders, Queens College, the City University of New York, Flushing, NY, December 7, 2014.
    • Applied linguistics: Information & scholarly sources. Presentation delivered to undergraduate students preparing their education portfolios for NYSED & NYC Board of Education and other accrediting educational organizations. Department of Linguistics & Communications Disorders, Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY, December 4, 2014.

       

         Moderator: Panel Discussions

    • Do you know what they don't know?  How students conduct research. Peggy L. Nunn and Min Tong, University of Central Florida. Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2016, Savannah, Georgia, September 30, 2016.
    • Visual literacy: Knowledge generation and the academic library. Chris J. Miko, Ph.D. Bowling Green State University. Georgia International Information Literacy Conference  (GIILC) 2016, Savannah, September 30, 2016.
    • Confident or not: How students explain their confidence regarding research abilities. Andrea Brooks, Northern Kentucky University.  Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2015, Savannah, Georgia, September 25, 2015.
    • Challenges in the digital environment: Assessing students’ attitudes about information searching.  Doris Van Kampen-Breit, Saint Leo University; Rachel Cooke, Florida Gulf Coast University. Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2015, Savannah, Georgia, September 25, 2015.

    • The core 4 assessment test bank:  One-stop shopping for information literacy assessment!   Rachel Cooke, Rachel Tait-Ripperdan, Kim Reycraft, Steve Rokuseka;  Florida Gulf Coast University; Georgia International Information Literacy Conference (GIILC) 2015, Savannah, Georgia, September  25, 2015.

         

          Lightening Talks

    •  Expanding library services to accommodate graduate students and adult learners,  Academic & Research Libraries-New York (ACRL-NY), Graduate Services Discussion Group; Bobst Library, New York University (NYU), April 23, 2014.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    • Professional Experience and Memberships
    • Academic and Research Libraries(ACRL, National)-American Library Association (ALA): member, 2017-present.
    • TESOL International Association: member, 2016-present.
    • Academic Research Libraries-New York (ACRL-NY): member, 2000-present.
      • Selected Activities:
        • Graduate Services Discussion Group: Member, 2013-2014.
        • Electronic Resources Discussion Group: Participant, 2012-2013. 
    • New York Technical Services Librarians (NYTSL): served as treasurer, secretary, and member, 2007-2013
      • Selected Activities:
        • NYTSL Annual Reception: Reception Co-chair, 2008-2012; Treasurer, 2012-2014.
        • NYTSL Annual Program: Served on board & assisted in organizing these events, 2008-2013.
    • Waldo Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO): Technical Services Committee (TSC)--served as chair, secretary, and member, 2000-2012.
      • Selected Activities
        • WALDO Systems Planning Committee: Co-cordinated migration, trainings staff, and pre-migration implementation for the WALDO-Koha Open Source Project, with James Gelarden, MLIS, 2007-2013.
        • WALDO TSC Chair: Presented overview of the WALDO-Koha Open Source Project emphasizing "next-gen" features in web-based integrated library system (ILS), Koha (e.g., Public Opac, Jaspercat; Three back-end modules: Administrative, Cataloging, & Circulation).  Walsh Library, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, May 2009.
        • WALDO Systems Planning Committee: Co-coordinated migration, training, and pre-migration implementation with Maire Duchon, MLS, M.A., and Thomas O'Connor, Ph.D.,CFC, 2002-2004.
        • WALDO TS and ad hoc WALDO Systems Planning Committees, Member. Co-hosted webex training sessions on the Endeavor's (ExLibris) Voyager ILS with John Garino, MLS, Assistant Director of Systems, St. John's University Libraries, to participating WALDO library members.  Walsh Library, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, February 2004 & May 2004.

    • Professional Certifications
      • New York State (NYS) Public School Permanent Teacher Certification: English, French and Spanish (grades 7-12).
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Funded Honors, Awards, and Grants
      • Faculty Resource Network (FRN), New York University (NYU), 2014-2015.
      • Manhattan College sabbatical, 2014-2015.
      • International Association of Lasallian University Leadership (IALU). Fellowship. Rome, Italy, May-June, 2012.
      • Collegium on Catholic Intellectual Life. Fellowship. University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, May 2010.

     

  • Other

          Service 

    • Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CELT) at Manhattan College: Faculty Development Day
      • Hello!  Is anyone out there? Connecting the isolated academic through interdisciplinary opportunities. Co-presented with Heidi Laudien, Ph.D., Jessica M. Wilson, Ph.D., Fengyun Wu, Ph.D., & Shawn Ladda, Ed.D.  CELT Faculty Development Day, August 21, 2014.
      • Libraryland: Where to build research relationships with your students.  Co-presented with Amy E. Handfield, MLS, MFA. CELT Faculty Development Day, August 23, 2013.
      • Library research guides [(LRGs); LibGuides] and What's new in the library ebook collections.  CELT Faculty Development Day, August 23, 2013.

        

    • Center for Academic Success (CAS) at Manhattan College:  Professional Development Talks
      • The Nuts & bolts of library ebook collections.  Center for Academic Success (CAS). Professional development presentation to College faculty and administrators, Spring 2013.
      • Library research guides [(LRG); LibGuides]. Center for Academic Success (CAS). Professional development presentation to College faculty and administrators, December 5, 2012.
      • Library research guides (LRGs): Using LRGs in peer tutoring. Center for Academic Success (CAS), October 3 and 5, 2012.

    • LaSallian Mission
    • International Association of Lasallian University Leadership (IALU) Conference in Rome, Italy.
      • Bilingual Program: English/Spanish
      • Casa Generalife (Lasallian Christian Brothers Headquarters), Rome, Italy, June 3-June 16, 2012.
      • IALU Co-presenters (fellows): Provost William Clyde, Ph.D., Dean Constantine Theodosiou, Ph.D. (School of Science), Gwendolyn Tedeschi, Ph.D. (School of Business), Bernadette López Fitzsimmons (Library)—Manhattan College’s role within the International Higher Education Network of Lasallian Universities
        • Emphasis on higher education in today’s global environment
        • Bilingualism/bicultural and multilingual/multiculturalism in higher education citing NYC as an example
        • Equity in higher education among all socioeconomic levels throughout the worldpoverty issues that influence education at all levels
        • Improvement of networking channels in the IALU universities throughout the world
        • Campus Presentation:   November 15, 2012
        • Rome Presentation:       June 5, 2012.

     

    • Manhattan College Committees
    • Council for Faculty Affairs (CFA):  Library Faculty representative, Spring 2017-present.
    • Advisory Committee on Campus Security (ACCS):  Faculty representative (Presidential appointment for one-year term), 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
    • Library Search Committees
      • Digital Humanities Librarian, Spring 2017.
      • Assistant Director for Technical Services, Spring 2016.
      • Assistant Director for Reference and Instruction, Spring 2016.
      • Temporary Part-time Reference Librarian, Committee Chair, Spring 2016.

     

    • Professional Development
    • Academic and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference 2017, Baltimore, MD, May 2017.
    • Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA, and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff (online training), February 17, 2017.
    • Diversity Benefits for All Employers (online training), February 15, 2017.
    • CELT Faculty Development Day, August 25, 2016.
    • Connecticut Information Literacy Conference 2016, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, June 3, 2016.
    • Academic and Research Libraries-New York (ACRL-NY) Symposium, Baruch College, NYC, NY, December 3, 2015.