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Rebecca Albrecht Oling

Associate Librarian

Director of Digital Accessibility

As Director of Digital Accessibility and a certified professional in accessibility core competencies (CPACC), it’s my goal to provide leadership, guidance, collaboration, coordination, and support for stakeholders across campus with regard to training and accessibility issues. I work directly with faculty partners to review existing courses to identify accessibility-related design revisions, especially when it comes to making the most use of our robust electronic Library collections. I also work to develop workshops, training materials, and resources to support faculty, students, and staff in creating and using accessible digital materials. As part of the more traditional librarian duties, I coordinate and assess streaming for films used in our courses and research.

Research Interests


  • Universal Design and Accessibility
  • Advocacy
  • Instruction (both in libraries and in rare disease/nonprofit settings)
  • Assessment and Instructional Design
  • Digital Humanities
  • Restoration Drama


Gervasio, Darcy, Rebecca Oling and Patricia Rind. “’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 Smallwood, McFarland & Company, 2017.

Oling, Rebecca. “Dental Student Awareness: Boston University.” PatientWorthy. (June 2017)

Edwards Paul, Jasmine Graham, Rebecca Oling and Kate Frantz. “Patient Educator Presentation in Dental Education: Reinforcing the Importance of Learning About Rare Conditions.” Journal of Dental Education. 80.5 (2016): 533-41.

Oling, Rebecca, Kimberly Detterbeck, and Darcy Gervasio.“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.

Oling, Rebecca, and Will Zrnchik International Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation via The Giving Library. Houston: Giving Library, 2013. 

Oling, Rebecca, and Marie Sciangula. “Learning to Leverage: Using Moodle to Enhance F2F Interaction in One-Shots.” LOEX Quarterly. 38.3 (2012). 

Landor, Blake, Doreen Simonsen, Rebecca Oling, Richard Bleiler, Jeanne Pavy, Steven Harris, Liorah Golomb, Leslie Bussert, and Peter Melton. “Katrina in Literature Bibliography.” American Library Association Conference. 2011.

Oling, Rebecca. “Egging Us On! Spring’s Balancing Act.” Info Career Trends (2007).

“Dead on Arrival: How to be Dead On and not Dead Wood when starting out” (co-authored with Leah Massar). Info Career Trends January 2007.

Albrecht, Rebecca. “Sheri Webber: Profiles in Membership.” ACRL Connections. 20.4 (2002): 4-5.

Albrecht, Rebecca, and Sara Baron. “The Politics of Pedagogy: Expectations and Reality for Information Literacy in Librarianship.” Journal of Library Administration. 36.1 (2002): 71-96.

Albrecht, Rebecca, and Sara Baron. “The Politics of Pedagogy: Expectations and Reality for Information Literacy in Librarianship.” Information Literacy Programs: Successes and Challenges . 2002.

Hagedorn, Linda Serra Sound Instruction: Ready to Use Classroom Practice. Eds. Rebecca Oling. California: Rapid Intellect, 2001.

Albrecht, Rebecca WALDO CiteSite: a guide to the citation of electronic resources., 2000.

Albrecht, Rebecca. “ALEX Catalog of Electronic Texts by Eric Lease Morgan.” Electronic Resources Review. 10.3 (1999): 122-126.

Presentations / Conferences

Oling, Rebecca Purchase College; Claire Payne Stony Brooke University; Shannon Pritting, SUNY Library Shared Services; Carli Spina, Fashion Institute of Technology “Distributed DIY: A Consortial Accessibility Cohort in New York State” Digital
GLAM Spaces Conference. 11/10/2021.

Oling, Rebecca and Carrie Marten. “Improving our Access Game: ensuring curated e-content is discoverable in Alma/Primo VE” ENUG (ExLibris Northeast User Group) conference 10/26/2021. 

Oling, Rebecca, Michelle Eichelberger and Carli Spina. “Understanding and Reviewing E-resource Accessibility” SUNYLA 2021

Oling, Rebecca, Colleen Lougen, Noah Roth, Claire Payne, Adam Saunders. “SUNY Library Accessibility Cohort Panel Discussion: Update Part 2” SUNY Library Services SLS 2/1//2021

Oling, Rebecca, Nazely Kurkjian, Shannon Pritting, Carli Spina, Barbara Scheibel, Yvonne Kester, and Michelle Eichelberger. “SUNY Library Accessibility Cohort Panel: Update Part 1” SUNY Library Services SLS 2/8/2021

Oling, Rebecca. “Creating Digital Allies: Engaging students in accessibility” (Accepted Panel) 2020 Digital Equality Conference. March 19, 2020 Syracuse. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

Oling, Rebecca. “Lightning Reminders: Partnering with Patient Organizations.” Rare Disease Research Symposium 2019. Purchase College. Purchase, NY.

Oling, Rebecca, Amanda Roth, Teressa Keenan, and Liz Johns. “Accessibility and Online Learning Objects: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL).” American Library Association National Annual Conference 2019. Washington, DC.  See also coverage in CRLNews. 

Oling, Rebecca, Danielle Apfelbaum and Derek Stadler. “Beyond the Library: Cross-Campus Collaborations in Support of Faculty Teaching, Research, & Scholarship” ACRL New England Chapter 2019. Portland, Maine.

Locasio, Jill, Jennifer Parker, Sophie Forrester, Laura Harris, Rebecca Oling. “SUNY Libraries and Accessibility: A Panel Discussion.” SUNYLA 2018. Finger Lakes Community College.

Oling, Rebecca, David Parker, Cory Tucker and Tom Humphrey “Examining Streaming Video Cost-Per-Use across DDA and Subscription Aggregation at Multiple Institution Types.” Charleston Library Conference. Charleston, 2017.

Frantz, Kate, Jasmine Graham, Rebecca Oling, Paul Charles Edwards. The Patient Educator Presentation in Dental Education. National Organization for Rare Disorders Rare Disease and Orphan products Breakthrough Summit. Washington, DC, 2017.

Oling, Rebecca, Maaike Oldemans, Jennifer Kroenbitter and Valerie Mittenberg. “Navigating the Stream: A Best Practice Roundtable.” SUNY Librarians Association Annual Conference. Binghamton, 2016.

Oling, Rebecca, Kimberly Detterbeck, and Darcy Gervasio. “The Slow Assessment Movement: Using Homegrown Rubrics and Capstone Projects for DIY Information Literacy Assessment.” Association of College and Research Libraries Annual Conference. Portland, 2015.

Frantz, Kate, Jasmine Graham, Paul Charles Edwards, and Rebecca Oling. “The Patient Educator Presentation in Dental Education.” American Dental Education Association. Conference. Boston, 2015.

Oling, Rebecca, Kimberly Detterbeck, Darcy Gervasio and Marie Sciangula. “Partnering Panthers: Library & TLTC Collaboration at Purchase College to Re-envision Processes, Engage Educators, and Enhance Learning.” SUNY CIT (Conference on Instruction and Technology). Cornell Ithaca 2014.

Oling, Rebecca, Kimberly Detterbeck, and Darcy Gervasio. “Putting assessment in its place: creating and implementing a campus-wide information literacy rubric.” SUNY CIT (Conference on Instruction and Technology). SUNYit Utica 2013.

Oling, Rebecca and Kim Detterbeck. “Who are you Embed With? How Faculty Can Benefit from Embedding a Librarian in their Courses.” Panel Presentation with Kathleen McCormick and Laura Ricciardi. SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies – CIT. SUNY Stonybrook. May 2012.

Oling, Rebecca. “The Inch that Counts: Liaison Work, Outreach and the CMS” Invited Presentation to Plymouth State College. August 2011.

Oling, Rebecca and Marie Sciangula. 2011. “Interactive Online Activities and Assessment to Enhance F2F Interaction–a Practical Guide”. SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies - CIT. SUNY Oneonta. May 2011.

Invited Presentation to Mercy College Libraries “The Inch that Counts: Liaison Work and the Academic Library” December 1st, 2010.

Invited Workshop for Ramapo Catskill Library System “Reaching out and around the table: Serving Persons with Disabilities,” September 28th, 2010.

Presentation with Marie Sciangula for 4th Annual SUNY Fredonia Teaching & Learning Conference “Moodle Surfing: Making the Most of Shifting Environments to Redesign Relationships,” August 16, 2010.

“Accidental Assistive Techie: This Could Be You!” Poster Session New York Library Association. October, 2009.

Oling, Rebecca, and Richard Cohen. “Strong at the Broken Places: interviews with Richard Cohen,” July 13 2008. WABC National Radio.

Coordinated Screening of “High School” to prepare for Frederick Wiseman’s arrival at commencement. Speaker, Gregory Taylor. Spring 2008

Guest Lecturer. Serving Diverse Populations course LIU. 2007-2008

“Absence Brings Us Closer: The Hidden Benefits of Virtual Reference.” Presented at LACUNY Institute. May, 2007.

“Googled Out? How New Search Tools and Features Can Help” Regional Partnership of Schools and Colleges Annual Teachers Workshop Day, March, 2007.

Coordinated with WCC workshop on “Understanding the Millennials,” May 2006.

“Lifting the Hood on Search Engines” Regional Partnership of Schools and Colleges Annual Teachers Workshop Day, April 2005.

“Commitment Sans Straight Jackets: Local Institutions Helping Schools” Regional Partnership of Schools and Colleges Annual Teachers Workshop Day, March 2004.

“Assessment of Teaching and Learning in Today’s Libraries” Westchester Library Association, May 2002.

“Pedagogical Platforms - Library Schools and the Future of Instruction” WILU New Brunswick, May 2002.

“The WALDO CiteSite: Teaching Electronic Citation without the Chaos.” Catholic Library Association, April 2002.

“The Changing Professional Development Needs of Teaching Librarians” Academic Library Association of Ohio, October 2001.

“CopyCats: Recognizing and Preventing Online Plagiarism” Regional Partnership of Schools and Colleges Annual Teachers Workshop Day, April 2001.

Guest Speaker: “Getting Published”. NYLA annual conference (New Members Roundtable invite), October 2000.

“Learning Theory and Its Applications in Library Instruction,” NJLA and ACRL/NJ College and University Section, User Education Committee day-long workshop/retreat, August 2000.

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: negotiating information literacy and information overload with incoming students,” LOEX-of-the-West, June 2000.

“Pre-college Outreach,” LACUNY Institute 2000 on Information Literacy: Laying the Foundations, May 2000.