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Darcy Gervasio

Coordinator of Reference Services (Associate Librarian)

I am the Coordinator of Reference at the Purchase College Library. I also serve as the subject liaison librarian for Anthropology, Economics, Gender studies, Global Black Studies, Language and Culture, Media Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.  

As a liaison, I participate in collection development, reference, and library instruction to make sure students, faculty, and staff have access to the library resources they need for their classes and projects and understand how to use them.

As head of reference services, I manage the Reference DeskText a Librarian, and Ask Us 24/7 Chat. This includes scheduling, staffing, collecting usage statistics, and ensuring the overall quality of the Library’s Ask a Librarian services.

Research Interests

  • Mobile/virtual reference
  • Slow assessment
  • Critical information literacy
  • Library-community outreach & social activism
  • Fake news/misinformation

Publications

Gervasio, Darcy I., Oling, Rebecca, Rind, Patricia. “Masculinities: A Feminist Perspective: A Hybrid Course Built from Scratch.” Gender Issues and the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources, edited by Carol M. Smallwood and Lura Sandborn, McFarland, November 2017. View on publisher’s site.

Gervasio, Darcy I. “Fake News and the Myth of Library Neutrality.” Informed Librarian Guest Forum. The Informed Librarian Online, 1 November 2017. Web. View Online.

Gervasio, Darcy I. “Slowing Down Assessment: Resisting the ‘Cult of Efficiency’ to Create Meaningful Library Assessments.” Informed Librarian Guest Forum. The Informed Librarian Online, 1 June 2016. Web. View Online.

Gervasio, Darcy I. “Redefining Virtual: Leveraging Mobile Librarians for SMS Reference.” International Journal of Digital Library Systems 4.2 (2014): 44-69. Web. 25 Nov. 2015. doi:10.4018/IJDLS.2014070104. View Abstract and Excerpt.
*Note: the July-December 2014 issue was actually published in November 2015.
 

Gervasio, Darcy, Detterbeck, Kim, and Oling, Rebecca. “The Slow Assessment Movement: Using Homegrown Rubrics and Capstone Projects for DIY Information Literacy Assessment.” ACRL 2015: Creating Sustaining Community, Portland OR, March 25-28, 2015. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, March 2015, 721-731. Web. View PDF.

Gervasio, Darcy, Ecklund, Angela, and Ress, Arieh.Library Research for the 99% : Reaching Out to the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” Urban Library Journal. 19.1 (2013): 1-6. Web. View Fulltext

Nielsen, Tom, Gervasio, Darcy (contributor), et al.Takin’ It To The Streets: myMETRO Researchers Bring Library Science Skills and Expertise to NYC Communities.” The Global Librarian. New York: ACRL/NY & METRO, 2013. Print. Fulltext and More About “The Global Librarian”

Gervasio, Darcy, Ecklund, Angela, and Ress, Arieh Climate Change Impacts: An Annotated Bibliography for Occupy Wall Street. New York: Metropolitan New York Library Council, 2012. View Project Online at METRO Library Council  or View on Google Docs

Deppman, Jed, and Gervasio, Darcy.On Writing in the Style of Emily Dickinson.” The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin. 17.2 (2005): 3-4. Print.  View PDF (Best viewed in Chrome).

Presentations / Conferences

Gervasio, Darcy. “What’s New in Fake News Detection: Do Automatic Detection Apps Really Work?” METRO Symposium: (Mis)informed: Propaganda, Disinformation, Misinformation and Our Culture. Metropolitan New York Library Council, Manhattan, NY. 1 Jun. 2018
Slides: View online.

Gervasio, Darcy,  Hinchcliffe, Lisa,  Caulfield, Michael, and Udell, Jon. “Alt-facts, Fake News, and Misinformation: Fact-checking and Media Literacy Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond.” Invited panel moderated by Heather Staines. Charleston Library Conference 2017. Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC. 9 Nov. 2017.
Slides: View on conference website.

Carlin, Emily and Gervasio, Darcy. “Don’t Take the Clickbait: How to Lead a Fake News Teach-in.”  Invited webinar. Credo Reference. Virtual presentation. 16 Aug. 2017.

Carlin, Emily and Gervasio, Darcy. “Media Literacy in the Post-truth Era: Arming Our Patrons Against the Scourge of Fake News.” Invited workshop. Metropolitan New York Library Council. Manhattan, NY. 14 Jul. 2017.

Carlin, Emily and Gervasio, Darcy. “Response and Solutions at SUNY Purchase Library (Fighting Fake News).” Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO) Panel on Librarianship and Information Literacy in the Post-Truth Era, Fordham University, Bronx, NY. 13 Jun. 2017.

Moderator/Facilitator. Hewitt, Rebecca. “The Pyramid of Evidence: Engaging students with an active learning exercise on authority.” SUNYLA Annual Conference, Purchase College, Purchase, NY. 5 Jun. 2015

Ecklund, Angie, Gervasio, Darcy, Ress, Ari. “Research for the 99%: A People’s History.” myMETRO Special Interest Group. Metropolitan New York Library Council, New York, NY. 2 Jun. 2015.
Slides: view on Slideshare.

Gervasio, Darcy, Detterbeck, Kim, Oling, Rebecca. “The Slow Assessment Movement: Using Homegrown Rubrics and Capstone Projects for DIY Information Literacy Assessment.” ACRL National Conference 2015, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR. 27 Mar. 2015.
Slides: view on Slideshare.

Detterbeck, Kim, Gervasio, Darcy, Oling, Rebecca, Sciangula, Marie. “Partnering Panthers: Library & TLTC Collaboration at Purchase to Re-envision Processes, Engage Educators, and Enhance Learning.” CIT 2014. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 30 May 2014.
Slides: view on Slideshare.

Detterbeck, Kim, Gervasio, Darcy, Sciangula, Marie.  “From Creation to Preservation: Transforming the Culminating Student Project Through Collaboration,” METRO Library Council Annual Meeting. Baruch College, New York, NY.  15 Jan. 2014.
Slides: view on Slideshare.

Detterbeck, Kim, Gervasio, Darcy, Sciangula, Marie.  “The Curious Transformation of the Culminating Student Project Process.” ACRL/NY Annual Symposium, Baruch College, New York, NY.  6 Dec. 2013. Poster presentation.

Ecklund, Angie, Gervasio, Darcy, Ress, Ari. “Research for the 99%: Bringing Academic Research to Occupy Wall Street.”  ALA Annual Conference 2013, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. 29 Jun. 2013. Poster presentation.

Detterbeck, Kim, Gervasio, Darcy, Oling, Rebecca. “Putting Assessment in its Place: Creating and Implementing a Campus-wide Information Literacy Rubric.” CIT 2013. SUNYIT, Utica, NY.  23 May 2013. 
Slides: view on Slideshare.

Ecklund, Angie, Gervasio, Darcy, Ress, Ari. “Library Research for the 99%: Reaching Out to the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” LACUNY Institute 2013: Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City. John Jay College, New York, NY.  5 Apr. 2013.
Slides: view full presentation on Prezi or see still slides on Slideshare.

Gervasio, Darcy.  “Liaison Librarian Roles from Coast to Coast.” University of Wisconsin Libraries, Madison, WI. 31 Jan. 2013. Virtual panel discussion.

Ecklund, Angie, Gervasio, Darcy, Ress, Ari. “myMETRO Research Projects Lightning Session– Research for the 99%: Working with Occupy Wall Street.” METRO Annual Conference. Baruch College, New York, NY. 15 Jan. 2013.

Gervasio, Darcy. “Going Mobile: LibAnswers SMS Module and the Mobile Reference Librarian.”  SpringyCamp 2012: Focusing on User Experience. Virtual Conference. 8 Nov. 2012.
Recording & Slides: view recording from SpringShare or view slides only on Slideshare.

Ecklund, Angie, Gervasio, Darcy, Ress, Ari. “MyMetro Researchers Pilot Project: Occupy Wall Street Group.” MyMetro Researchers Project Presentations. Metropolitan New York Library Council, New York, NY. 2 Jul. 2012.

Gervasio, Darcy, Markgren, Susanne, Massar, Leah. “Uncovering Undiscovered Needs: Using Mobile Librarians & Technologies to Provide Point-of-Need Services.” SUNY Library Association Annual Conference 2012. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY.  7 Jun. 2012.
Slides: view on Slideshare.

Detterbeck, Kim, Gervasio, Darcy, Oling Rebecca. “SUNYLA Information Literacy Task Force Update.”  SUNY Library Association Annual Conference 2012.  Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY. 8 Jun. 2012. Panel discussion.

Gervasio, Darcy. “Teaching When Technology Fails.”  Engaging the Student: Classroom Management and Active Learning. Bibliographic Instruction Special Interest Group. Metropolitan New York Library Council, New York, NY. 21 Mar. 2012.
Slides:
view on Slideshare.

Gervasio, Darcy. “Mobile Reference, Mobile Librarians.” RUSA MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Services Panel. ALA Midwinter Conference, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX. 21 Jan. 2012.
Slides: view on Slideshare.

Bryan, Virginia, Gervasio, Darcy, Steinmann, Emilie. “Skype-Based Reference: A Study and Pilot Project.” Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference. Kalahari Hotel, Wisconsin Dells, WI. 4 Nov. 2010.
Slides: view on Slideshare.