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June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / LACUNY Report
« on: June 17, 2020, 08:54:38 AM »
The 2020 LACUNY Institute, which had been scheduled for May at Bronx Community College was postponed until 2021. Those that submitted proposals were given the option to keep the session for consideration for next year.

It was decided, and approved by the LACUNY Council that officer elections would be suspended this year, citing COVID among other things. All previously-approved Travel Grants were also extended by one year in light of the current climate.

LACUNY has established a Mutual Aid Network to distribute one-time grants of $200 for any CUNY Library faculty or staff member who requests support. The initial funding comes from postponing this year's LACUNY institute.

The editors of Urban Library Journal are currently accepting submissions for a special issue on Urban Libraries in a Pandemic. Submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words and will be subject to a scholarly peer review. For more information please contact the editors at and with general questions or recommendations.

March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / LACUNY Report
« on: March 27, 2020, 09:39:48 AM »
Hi everyone, from my apartment in the Bronx! I apologize, but I have two other meetings scheduled up against this one this morning, so I won't be in this meeting.

The LACUNY institute, that had been scheduled for early May, has been postponed for obvious reasons. They have not decided on a new date yet, but when that's available we will let everyone know. They are, however, offering refunds to anyone who already registered if they don't plan on attending the event whenever it may be held.

Three recipients from CUNY libraries were selected to receive travel grants of the $600 each. The recipients are Colleen Bradley-Sanders (Brooklyn College), Junior Tidal (City Tech), and Jeffrey Delgado (Kingsborough).

And then in not-LACUNY but CUNY libraries news, our Alma migration is still going ahead as scheduled. We just had to move all of our training to online training. Also, Polly Thistlethwaite has been named Interim University Dean for Library Services. We have been assured that a search will take place for permanent person in this position.

January 10, 2020 Council Meeting @ FIT / LACUNY Update
« on: January 10, 2020, 10:19:04 AM »
[Sorry I won't be there today, I got my dates mixed up... :'(]

The LACUNY Dialogues are taking place on February 28th at the Graduate Center. The theme this year is "Old Traditions vs New Imperatives: Subject Liaisons in Today’s Academic Library".

The LACUNY Institute is currently accepting presenter proposals. The theme is "Ending the Library Stereotype: Non-traditional practices for the 21st-century". This year's Institute will be held on May 8th at Bronx Community College.
More information:
To submit a proposal:

Our next regular board meeting will be February 14th.

November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / LACUNY Update
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:27:38 AM »
(Sorry I can't be on the call this morning, we had a lot going on in my library today.)

LACUNY held its annual Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures event on October 25th with 8 presentations given by library faculty from across CUNY. The presentations were well-received and covered a wide range of topics.

The 2020 LACUNY Institute will be held on May 8th at Bronx Community College. Calls for proposals will be forthcoming.

Many of the roundtables have been holding meetings in recent weeks including Cataloging, Privacy, Emerging Technologies, ILL, and Web Management.

While not directly related to LACUNY, CUNY now has a projected Alma launch date of August 3, 2020, so many folks are busy working on making that project successful.

September 20, 2019 Council Meeting @ SUNY Geneseo / LACUNY Update
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:08:33 AM »
LACUNY had its first Executive Council meeting of the year last Friday at the Graduate Center.

The 2019-2020 Officers are:
President- Ian McDermott (LaGuardia)
VP- Jeffery Delgado (Kingsborough)
Secretary: Wanett Cylde (City Tech)
Treasurer: Ryan Phillips (Baruch)

The call for proposals just went out for this Fall's Grace-Ellen McCrann Lecture series, that will take place on October 25th at the Graduate Center. The Lectures will be followed by the Fall Membership meeting.

This year's LACUNY Institute will be at Bronx CC in the Spring. More information, including the theme will be forthcoming.

Currently there is only one editor for the Urban Library Journal (Derrick Stadler, LaGuardia) as the other editor had stepped down. There was a lot of discussion in the meeting about what to do going forward as it is currently an elected, two-year term position. For the time being LACUNY will look to recruit someone to serve out the rest of the existing term. LACUNY is looking into updating its bylaws to change the editor positions to appointed (rather than elected) positions to help with continuity. (Currently, both editors have terms that end at the same time, which had been identified as a challenge.)

There was also talk at the meeting about the LACUNY Roundtables. There has been interest from members in reviving the Library Faculty Mentoring, Privacy, and Web Management Roundtables. So far, calls have gone out on CULIBS (our listserv) to find people who may be interested in Web Management and Privacy.
(I'm the person who put the call out for Web Management, and the interest was strong, so we'll likely have a meeting later this semester.)

Lastly, there was discussion about what, if anything, LACUNY could do or say to lessen the burden of Alma Migration. Those of us in the room who are working closely with it basically just asked that the folks that won't really be affected by the migration to be understanding and patient because it's happening next Summer and those of us affected need to prioritize migration and training. (CUNY has been using Primo for several years, so this primarily affects access services and technical services folks as the front-end interface is staying the same.)

The next EC meeting will be on October 11th.

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / [Final] SCFC Report
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:19:38 PM »
The SCFC is dead! Long live the SCFC!

I attended the December SLC meeting, and at the end of the Commercial Products Committee presentation I asked Curtis Kendrick (chair of that committee) if the CPC replaced all or part of the SCFC (as the charges seemed to be overlapping), to which he replied "what is the SCFC?"

And with that, it sounds like that committee is officially no more. It does raise the question of where the parts of the SUNYConnect service that don't fall under the CPC jurisdiction will go, but it appears as though the committee is formally disbanded. (John was there and can maybe elaborate a little more.)

March 10, 2017 Council Meeting @ Stony Brook / SCFC Update
« on: March 08, 2017, 03:53:30 PM »
Again, no update. I'm on standby to hear if this committee will continue to exist.

January 27, 2017 Council Meeting @ FIT / SCFC Update
« on: January 26, 2017, 08:55:27 AM »
SCFC has not met so there is nothing to report

(As an aside, I am curious to see what the future of this committee is once the new SLC structure is established.)

November 18, 2016 Council meeting at Albany / SCFC Liaison Report
« on: November 18, 2016, 08:54:32 AM »
I haven't heard anything on the SCFC front since the last meeting. I expected there to be a meeting last month when SCLD met but I didn't hear anything.

(I'm actually wondering if they realize I'm still the liaison...I did have to keep reminding them last year that while I was no longer the SUNYLA Liaison to SCLD I was continuing on SCFC because the terms are different.)

September 23, 2016 Council meeting at Geneseo / Campus Updates
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:16:35 AM »
Please place your campus updates here:

September 23, 2016 Council meeting at Geneseo / SCFC Liaison Report
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:15:24 AM »
SCFC has not met since the summer started. I suspect there will be a meeting in October during the SCLD Fall Meeting, so I should have an update for our next Council Meeting.

Has it been a year already? This is already my final update as SUNYLA President! This has been a great year for us and I'm proud to have presided over the organization for the past year.

I'm pleased to announce the incoming board:
Bill Jones (Geneseo)- President
Carrie Fishner (Delhi)- 1st VP/President-Elect
Jennifer DeVito (Stony Brook)- 2nd VP/Conference Chair
Amanda Lowe (Albany)- Secretary
Greg Bobish (Albany)- Treasurer

Following the conference I will move into the role of Past-President (Ex-Officio).

The two Bylaws changes on our election ballot also passed. TUG has officially been renamed the TDG (Technology Discussion Group) and the Publication Committee's charge has been broadened to include social media and other forms of communication.

As voted at the last council meeting, SUNYLA 2017 will be held at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY on June 14-16, 2017.

Bill and I attended the SCLD Spring Meeting in Albany held on April 19-21. A lot of the meeting was devoted to updates on their Strategic Plan initiatives and work with the Ithaka S+R Consultants. (SCLD has contracted with Ithaka S+R to give a report on SUNY Libraries, though I think it is a little murky right now if Ithaka is giving advice about SCLD or SUNY Libraries as a whole because I've heard both.) I've summarized the ELD discussion in my SCFC report. Shannon Pritting also gave an update about the ILS Review process, which the ILS Review Group will be giving on Wednesday as a Pre-Conference session. (I can't elaborate much more on the forum here about that as the discussion is SUNY-Confidential, but if you are interested and can't attend the session on Wednesday, it will be recorded.)

At the council meeting we will vote to approve a new chair for the Professional Development Committee and new liaisons to FACT2 and LACUNY.

I hope to see many of you around at Binghamton this week! I hope everyone coming enjoys the conference!

After much debate both within SCFC and within the larger SCLD group the vote to peruse a new contract with ESLN (formerly known as the NY3Rs) to continue ELD delivery passed! (The current contract ends in December with no more renewals, so a new contract must be negotiated.)

There were several points of contention in this discussion. Some directors felt that it was more beneficial for their libraries to no longer participate in ELD (or drop service levels down from 5x/week). Some suggested that every library negotiate their own ELD service with ESLN if they wanted to keep the service. The directors were then reminded that ELD was part of the core SUNYConnect package and that meant they couldn't just elect to not pay for that part unless they then also took a vote to remove ELD from the core package. While some directors didn't feel they were getting their money's worth, others pointed out that paying for ELD through SUNYConnect made it possible for them to participate in physical resource sharing which was a huge benefit to them and their patrons. By the end of a very long debate it was these directors that ultimately won out and the resolutions were passed.

In the end the resolutions SCFC proposed that SCLD passed were (taken right from the SCLD Business Meeting Minutes):
•   Keep delivery as a core service on the recharge schedule. (service will continue as stated in current contract).
•   Creation of a SUNY Libraries Task force to work with ESLN and other willing partners to determine a sustainable service model for delivery of goods to NYS libraries.
•   Determine a new financial model to assess and charge for ILL delivery.
•   As we look into a new ILL delivery model include features that include better system for tracking.

March 11, 2016 Council Meeting at Binghamton / SCFC Liaison Report
« on: March 10, 2016, 04:42:35 PM »
The main issue the SCFC is looking right now is of renewing/handling the ELD Contract. Right now SUNYConnect pays for ELD service (and then campuses pay via recharge). However, a few things have lead to a reevaluation of what we're doing for the ELD contract:

-There is no cost savings to SUNY for us to all go in together, our rate is the same whether we contract with ESLN or go through SUNYConnect.
-In fact, there is the possibility for SUNY System to add an additional overhead charge on contracts handled by System instead of the campuses individually. (Though, if SUNYConnect sets a contract it can be worked out to have campuses pay individually for service at the negotiated rate.)
-ELD now allows for pricing based on the number of days a library receives delivery service, and there are a few campuses that claim they'd like to cut back the number of days they receive service to save money

So the SCFC is sending a survey out to the directors to get feedback as to how we should proceed in renewing the contract. Our contract is currently good through 12/2016 and we have the option to extend that through to 6/2017 to get the budgets in order if there are changes to how payment is done.

We likely will have another meeting in April during the SCLD Spring meeting in Albany.

March 11, 2016 Council Meeting at Binghamton / President's Report
« on: March 09, 2016, 11:42:11 PM »
My brain is a little fried from two days of ILS Vendor demos, but let's see what I can cover:

There are a few points of business to take care of:

1) I've attached the proposed bylaws change for the artist soon-to-formerly-be-known as TUG. The proposed change is to change the name of the committee from TUG (Technology Users Group) to the TDG (Technology Discussion Group).
1a) On that note, I've also attached proposed language changes for the manual of responsibilities as per the discussion at last June's council meeting. The additional changes now reflect the proposed name change.

2) We have at least one committee chair and two liaisons that have informed me they will be stepping down from those at the end of their terms in June. We will vote to approve each of the new chairs and liaisons at the June meeting. If you are a liaison or committee chair and your term is ending and you wish to step down, please let me know so we can add it to the list of positions to vote on.

3) We have a lock on a site for the 2017 SUNYLA Conference. I'll have more details to announce at the meeting because we need to vote to approve the site.

As for updates:
Bill and I will be attending the SCLD Spring meeting at the Courthouse in SUNY System Administration, April 19-21. They super packed the agenda including time with the SUNY Provost, updates from the ILS review team, and updates on their Strategic Plan. SCLD has signed a consulting agreement with ITHAKA S+R to help determine best future steps for SUNY Libraries and the consulting team will be making the rounds to find out what we need from each other and from the system.

(And as an aside, I realize I've mentioned the ILS Review Team twice in this update, as I've just returned from the meetings John referred to in his report. We will be doing a Pre-conference session at SUNYLA this year to share everything with those who are interested. That's not actually related to my role as SUNYLA President...)

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