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November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / President's Report
« on: November 08, 2019, 08:41:37 AM »
Hello SUNYLA!

There's a possibilty that the January Council meeting may be rescheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020 due to a conflict.  I'll let you know as soon as the potential date change has been confirmed with the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Our other remaining Council Meetings are scheduled for:
March 27, 2020:  Mohawk Valley Community College
June 17, 2020:  Mohawk Valley Community College

Please remember (and remind your colleagues) that anyone within SUNY Libraries has a voice in SUNYLA and I highly encourage anyone willing and able to attend either in person or virtually.

On Tuesday, October 15th – Wednesday, October 16th, April Broughton (SUNYLA 1st Vice President) and I attended the SLC Meeting at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs.  This meeting was largely focused around contract negotiations with Elsevier, along with a SUNY sectors meeting, a discussion about alternative access, updates from SUNY Libraries Shared Services (SLSS) & the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), a small-group discussion about the future of SLC, and an SLC business meeting.  More details will be shared during today's Council meeting.

The SUNYLA Midwinter Conference 2020 planning is underway, led by Jill Locascio!  Jill will share more details during her report.

I've been working with Mary Timmons on a data analysis project regarding Librarian to student ratios and library budgets.  Katherine has granted me access to the server and I have already started by creating a database and tables, and I have a directory to place dynamic report templates.  More information will be shared during the Personnel Policies portion of our agenda.

Katherine Brent reached out to me and said that she would be interested in giving someone else the opportunity to serve as SUNYLA Web Manager.  Katherine has been serving in this role for nine years!  Here are the responsibilities that Katherine listed in her email:

* Updating the sunyla.org webpage content (the council page, conference pages, meetings & minutes, and newsletters are the most frequently needed updates)
* Maintaining the site's back end (Wordpress, forums)
* Credit card used for paying hosting, domain registration, and Zoom account (all reimbursed)
* Triaging some inquiries (mostly membership) that come into the web@sunyla.org email, usually by forwarding them to the current membership person or, if it's about payment, the treasurer
* Logan does the membership pages' maintenance and the conference registration page stuff, so coordinating structural changes with him to make sure those don't break

I'm personally interested in taking on this opportunity after I pass the torch to April Broughton in June 2020, and I have let Katherine know that I am interested.  If you'll have me, I'll need to be appointed by April and confirmed through applicable processes in the SUNYLA Bylaws.

Stay warm!
Bill

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September 20, 2019 Council Meeting @ SUNY Geneseo / President's Report
« on: September 19, 2019, 09:51:48 PM »
Hello, SUNYLA!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your SUNYLA President again!  I am incredibly humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve you in this role.

Our upcoming meeting schedule for the year is as follows:

November 8, 2019: University at Albany (changed from Nov. 15)
January 17, 2020: Fashion Institution of Technology
March 27, 2020: Mohawk Valley Community College
June 17, 2020: Mohawk Valley Community College

Thank you to everyone who made SUNYLA 2019 such a successful and inspiring conference.  There were many excellent conference sessions, conversations, connections, and meals had at SUNYLA 2019, in addition to a great keynote by Jason Schmitt (known for his documentary, "Paywall:  The Business of Scholarship").  You can find that documentary on YouTube at this link:

https://youtu.be/HM_nWsdbNvQ

At SUNYLA 2019, Thursday night’s dinner included catered Dinosaur BBQ, homemade ice cream by Gannons Isle Ice Cream, and many fun games including a life-sized Scrabble board, an Escape Room, and a putt-putt miniature golf course in the library!  Each golf hole had a special theme, and I especially liked the Dr. Seuss themed golf hole and the glow-in-the-dark portion of the course through the library stacks.  At the Thursday night dinner, the Friend of SUNYLA Award was presented to SUNY Shared Library Services Platform Director, Shannon Pritting.  I’m very much looking forward to SUNYLA 2020 at Mohawk Valley Community College, led by SUNYLA’s 2nd Vice President/Conference Chair, Jocelyn Ireland.

A shout out and congratulations to everyone going live on Primo and Alma!  This was a challenging process, and we all managed to get there together.  Thank you to everyone involved!

On Thursday, September 19th, I met with April Broughton to discuss Vice President responsibilities and a few internal projects for the future (please see their post):

http://sunyla.org/forums/index.php?topic=900.0

Last year, Carol Anne and I created a set of Google Drive folders to contain various Toolkits for Executive Board members.  This year, I started filling in some of the Toolkits with documents that I have created in the past, including an agenda for the Annual Conference New Member Meeting, a template for the Conference Lunch welcome speech, the Delegate Health Checklist, and other helpful documents.  I found it very helpful to talk about roles and responsibilities with April Broughton in order to identify which information would be most helpful to include in these folders.  We will continue to fill in these Toolkits with more information as we move forward.

I will be attending the SUNY Libraries Consortium meeting on Tuesday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 16 in Saratoga Springs, NY with April Broughton.  This meeting has a full agenda (please see attached - login required).  We will report out what we learn from the meeting at our next Council Meeting on November 8th at UAlbany.  I hope to see you there!

Respectfully yours,
Bill Jones

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Hello, SUNYLA!

- Elections for 1st VP, 2nd VP, and Treasurer were conducted in May using the electronic ballot (thank you, Jill Locascio!). Congratulations to April Broughton (1st VP – Finger Lakes Community College), Jocelyn Ireland (2nd VP – Mohawk Valley Community College), and Greg Bobish (Treasurer – University at Albany).  New officer terms begin following the conference on Friday June 14th.

- I will be hosting a New Member/1st-time Attendee gathering at 5:30pm (just before the Membership Social) on Wednesday, June 12th in the Coulter Gallery.  If this is your first SUNYLA Conference, you should come (psst… you get a goodie bag)!

- Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the 1st Vice President for a second time this last year, and I look forward to serving as your SUNYLA President in the year ahead!

- Meeting dates and locations for next year will be coming soon.  Stay tuned to the sunyla-l listserv.

Thank you,
Bill Jones

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March 15, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga / 1st Vice President Report
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:29:43 PM »
Hello, SUNYLA!

It's that time again - the Nomination Committee is seeking nominations for 1st Vice President/President-Elect, 2nd Vice President/Conference Chair, and Treasurer.  Any member current with their dues is eligible to run for a position.  Please let me know by emailing jonesw@geneseo.edu if you are interested in running for any of these positions or please encourage your colleagues who are looking to expand their leadership endeavors.  Elections are typically in April and will be held by electronic ballot.

The position terms are:

1st Vice President/President-Elect:
The 1st VP serves a 3-year term.  The first year of the term they serve as 1st VP and are responsible for coordinating delegates, chairing the Nomination Committee, and helping the President as needed.  The second year of the term they assume the position of President and see to the running of SUNYLA and serve as the liaison to the SUNY Council of Library Directors.  The final year of the term they serve as Past-President and advise the President as needed.

2nd Vice President (Conference Chair):
The 2nd VP serves a 1-year term and is responsible for organizing the next SUNYLA conference (2020) including overseeing the various committees.  The 2nd VP will serve as a liaison between the conference library and SUNYLA.

Treasurer: 
The Treasurer serves for two years, and may be re-elected.  The Treasurer receives, records, holds, and distributes all monies of the Association in accordance with Policy on the Expenditure of Association Funds; maintains a record of paid members and forwards names of Delegates to the Membership Committee Chairperson; prepares a written annual statement of accounts for Membership; and makes recommendations to the Council for changes in procedures, spending limits, and policies.

More information on each of these positions can be found at:  http://sunyla.org/a-manual-of-duties-and-responsibilities/

Thank you,
Bill Jones

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January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / 1st Vice President Report
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:41:27 PM »
Hello, SUNYLA!

Elections are coming up in March for the following positions:

-- 1st Vice President
-- 2nd Vice President
-- Treasurer

Also, thanks to everyone who responded to the SUNYLA Health Check I sent out a while back.  I received responses from most delegates, and I have reached out to all of the campuses who did not respond.  We almost have a full delegate roster!  I'm waiting to hear back from a few campuses that are in the process of selecting a new delegate.

I received some interesting comments and questions from the Health Check that I'm posting here in the forum to discuss during the Council meeting.  I'll add the answers to these questions in the comments section of this post later.


Comment 1:
-- We have had some issues with memberships. SUNYLA seems to have departed from the summer membership renewal and moved to individual reminders - but most members are not aware of these changes. Also a few people have lost access to the list-serv - can someone check that all members have access?

Comment 2:
-- What types of news and updates I should relay to my Library colleagues? (e.g., committee news, positions available, conferences)
-- How often to share the news? (e.g., I don't want to annoy people with too many updates, or end up in a spam bucket :)   
-- What would be preferred method of delivery? (e.g., a periodic message to my home Library listserv, an agenda item at a Library Staff meeting, et cetera) 

Comment 3:
-- I am unable to log into sunyla.org and don't know what (to do).

Comment 4:
-- I'd love a review of what responsibilities are expected of a delegate

Comment 5:
-- I've been [this campus's] delegate for almost 2 years, and I've never attended a council meeting in person, except the June conference meeting.  My workday is too crazy to even consider taking a day off for such a meeting.  What am I missing?  I participate online to the extent possible, but never past noon.  I would love to travel and work closely with more SUNY colleagues, but at this time I'm the only librarian present during the day at my institution.

Comment 6:
-- Dues? That was one of my questions - how do I know who owes dues?

Comment 7:
-- I really love the sharing and community at SUNYLA. I love seeing what libraries all across NY are doing, and (of course) like having a platform to share all the amazing things that our Library is doing.


Thank you!
Bill Jones

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November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / 1st Vice President Report
« on: November 01, 2018, 11:35:05 PM »
Hello everyone!

On Thursday, November 1st, I sent an email to each campus delegate with a link to a Google Form to help make sure that our delegate list is up-to-date and to provide an opportunity for delegates to share information and ask questions about SUNYLA.  The form should take about three minutes (or less) to complete, and can be found at this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/C77YE9mkIeuoIUkw2

I will be closing the form at the end of November.  If you are a delegate, please fill out the form as soon as you can.

Thank you!
Bill Jones

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September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / 1st Vice President Report
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:51:34 PM »
Hello, SUNYLA!

Thank you all very much for the opportunity to serve again as your 1st Vice President.  I’m honored to be serving SUNYLA through my second three-year commitment, and I’m excited for our organization’s potential for growth and change as we migrate to our new Library Services Platform, Alma.

Over the month of October, I’ll be reaching out to campus delegates to make sure that SUNYLA has an up-to-date delegate roster, and to ask a few short questions on how SUNYLA can better meet the needs of its member libraries.  Please feel free to reach out to me at jonesw@geneseo.edu if you have any questions or if you have any ideas about how I can better serve SUNYLA in my role as 1st Vice President.

Respectfully yours,
Bill Jones

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September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / IDS Project Liaison Report
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:42:34 AM »
IMPORTANT!: 

Due to the increasing number of libraries using IDS Logic, IDS Project is now using LibAnswers to collect trouble tickets and questions regarding IDS Logic.  In the past, libraries have emailed Bill Jones directly for support.  In order to provide better support for IDS Logic, additional support personnel will now be answering your questions.

All questions emailed to Bill Jones regarding IDS Logic will now be forwarded to LibAnswers.  In your best interest and for a faster response, make sure that you send your IDS Logic inquiries to the following email address:

logic@idsproject.libanswers.com

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The IDS Project Online Mentor Institute begins today!  We have five Mentors-in-Training and they will be participating in the course until the end of the year.  Graduating mentors will be announced at next year’s conference.

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The IDS Project is excited to invite attendees to our Fall User Group Sessions!  A day of training, discussion, and collaboration can aid in the essential service we provide to our students and patrons. We encourage all Interlibrary Loan/Resource Sharing staff that work daily to provide resources to other libraries and from other libraries to attend and immerse yourself in the IDS Project community.  The agenda and registration link will be posted very soon.

Dates & Locations:

Western User Group
Tuesday, October 3rd at Syracuse University

Eastern User Group
Thursday, October 12th at Colgate University

Metro User Group
Tuesday, November 7th at SUNY Optometry

*Lunch will be provided.
 
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The Annual IDS Project Conference was held on Thursday, July 27th, and Friday, July 28th at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY and was well received by attendees.  Peter Bae of Princeton University gave the keynote presentation for this year’s conference.  There were 131 attendees from 82 different institutions, including 20 out-of-state institutions.  Those out-of-state institutions were:

Auburn University Libraries
Claremont Colleges
Clark University
Colorado State University
Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College Library
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette College
Middlebury College
Millersville University
North Carolina State University
Princeton University
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Library
University of Arizona
University of Connecticut
Villanova University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Worcester State University

Next year’s conference will be held at Utica College in Utica, NY.

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Registration is open for the IDS Project Conference!

The IDS Project's 13th Annual Summer Conference is Thursday, July 27th and Friday, July 28th at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY. This year's conference theme is Steering the Future, Together and approximately 200 attendees are expected.

This year's conference is packed with information and training regarding exciting new technologies and strategies for information access, resource sharing and acquisitions/collection development. Session tracks include ILL/DD, Technology, and Collection Development. You can choose to follow an entire track or choose individual sessions from across each track. All library professionals are encouraged to attend regardless of affiliation with IDS Project.

REGISTRATION: http://www.idsproject.org/conferences/2017/registration.aspx
 
CONFERENCE AGENDA: 
https://idsprojectconference2017.sched.com

CONFERENCE COST: $175 Registration Fee.

The Spring Regional User Group meetings were recently held at Hobart & William Smith Colleges (Western), University at Albany (Eastern), and College of Optometry (METRO).  Practitioners were given the opportunity to learn about updates in Empire Library Delivery, the ILLiad Check-up Challenge, the Electronic Delivery Utility, and updates on Tipasa.  Resources can be found for each region at http://idsproject.org/usergroups.aspx

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Hello SUNYLA!

I can’t believe that this is my final update as President!  It sure is amazing how fast time moves.  Thank you all for your support.

I'm pleased to announce the incoming board:
Carrie Fishner (Delhi)- President
Carol Anne Germain (Albany)-1st VP/President-Elect
April Steenburgh (FLCC)- 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 one Bylaws change on our election ballot also passed.  As stated on the ballot, the Bylaws change was:

Membership would like to change the structure for when we collect membership dues. Dues are currently collected conference-to-conference. With the proposed change membership would reflect a calendar year and dues would become due on the date of starting membership yearly. This change may eliminate confusion and generate goodwill.

Chosen through electronic vote, SUNYLA 2018 will be held at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY in June 2018.  Specific dates to follow.

I hope to see many of you around at Stony Brook this week and that you have an awesome time at the conference!

Respectfully yours,
Bill

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Planning for the Spring Regional User Group meetings is underway and we are planning on having the Western User Group meeting at Hobart & William Smith Colleges on Thursday, May 18th, and the Eastern User Group meeting on Thursday, May 25th at SUNY Albany.  The planning team is still in the process of selecting a location for the METRO User Group meeting.  Stay tuned at http://idsproject.org/usergroups.aspx

Next week, IDS Project will be presenting a poster session at the OCLC Resource Sharing Conference.  The following IDS Project mentors and staff will be present for the presentation:

-   Nancy Abashian (Binghamton University)
-   Jennifer Acker (Hudson Valley Community College)
-   Saleena Au (Adelphi University)
-   Timothy Jackson (University at Albany)
-   Bill Jones (SUNY Geneseo)
-   Jay Kibby (The College of St. Rose)
-   Micquel Little (Claremont Colleges Consortium)
-   Michael Mulligan (SUNY Upstate Medical University)
-   Melissa Perez (University of Texas at San Antonio)
-   Beth Posner (CUNY Graduate Center)
-   Christine Sisak (Nazareth College)
-   Mark Sullivan (SUNY Geneseo)
-   Elise Thornley (Binghamton University)
-   Simone Yearwood (Queens College)

More information on the IDS Project Annual Conference is forthcoming.

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March 10, 2017 Council Meeting @ Stony Brook / President's Report
« on: March 09, 2017, 07:43:30 PM »
Hello SUNYLA! 

Just a few things to report:

1.   We’re still looking for a 1st Vice President, a 2nd Vice President (SUNYLA Conference Chair), and a Treasurer for next year.  If you are interested in running, please let Carrie Fisher (fishnecj@delhi.edu) know!  If you know anyone that would be interested in running, please encourage them to contact Carrie.
2.   We had our third successful SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference in February!  Jill Locascio will be providing more information about this conference in her report.  The videos should be up on the website next week.
3.   Patrick Callahan, the Library Director at SUNY Purchase, is serving as the SUNY Libraries Consortium liaison for SUNYLA (for the short term) until an official liaison is appointed.  Please join me in welcoming Patrick in this new role!
4.   During lunch at the last SUNYLA Meeting at FIT, there was a discussion about having a SUNYLA Mascot.  Dawn Wing of Suffolk County Community College offered her artistic talents and created three different mascots for us to take a look at and potentially select.  Please take a look at Dawn’s excellent work (attached to this message)!
5.   The New York Library Association (NYLA) emailed me about SUNYLA selecting two representatives to take part in their Summit being held on Friday, June 9th in Albany.  Please see the message below:

The New York Library Association (NYLA) leads, educates and advocates for the advancement of the New York Library community. NYLA and the Academic & Special Library Section (ASLS) are hosting a one-day Summit to better understand the needs and concerns of New York State’s academic, research and special libraries.

This letter is to invite SUNYLA to appoint and register two representatives, duly-appointed to speak for your group, to attend the Summit.

The Academic, Research and Special Library Summit 2017 will take place, Friday, June 9, 2017 in the Capital Region. A hotel room block for Thursday, June 8 is being coordinated, as is an informal dinner option. While there is no registration fee to participate in the Summit, unfortunately we are unable to cover travel and lodging expenses.

The delegates from each invited group will have an opportunity to share strengths, opportunities, and challenges to fulfilling their given mission, propose strategies to identify which of these are common or possibly systemic, and offer collaborative strategies to build on common strengths and lessen or eliminate challenges. Particular attention will be given to those concerns that may be addressed via legislation at the state level.

Summit participants will also work toward the development of a white paper commenting on the status of Academic, Research and Special Libraries in New York State. This report would provide a snapshot of the community based on collectively agreed upon benchmarks. The intent in creating this paper is to formally document the immense value of our strong and rich mix of academic, research and special libraries in New York State.

Please register your group’s delegates using the online form by Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Jones (SUNY Geneseo)

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January 27, 2017 Council Meeting @ FIT / IDS Project Liaison Report
« on: January 26, 2017, 11:40:33 PM »
The IDS Project Online Mentor Institute recently graduated four new mentors!  These skilled individuals will be available to help member libraries with finding solutions regarding ILL Workflow and with IDS Logic enhancements.  These new mentors are:

Workflow Specialist:
-  Elise Thornley

Logic Specialists:
-  Saleena Au (Adelphi University)
-  Tim Jackson (University at Albany)
-  Heidi Webb (College of Environmental Science and Forestry)

IDS Project recently launched a new initiative to make it more convenient for member libraries to reach out to mentors through LibChat.  Mentors will be staffing the LibChat tool Monday through Friday between 10am – 11am and 2pm – 3pm.  This chat feature can be found on the IDS Project website under the member login box.  Members may also submit help tickets through the Libchat function when mentors are not staffing LibChat.

The IDS Project Conference is planned to be held at Union College in Schenectady, NY on July 28th through July 29th.  More details to come!

IDS Project Online Learning Institute Update:

The Spring 2017 course registration opened in December and almost all courses filled within a few days.  Seats are still available for the Purchase On Demand course.  If you know someone who would be interested in taking this free four-week course, please encourage them to attend!  Registration for the Purchase On Demand course can be found at:  http://idsproject.org/OLI/RegistrationPOD.aspx

Course offerings for the Spring cohort are as follows:

Borrowing 101: 1/30 – 2/20
Stats and Assessment: 1/30 – 2/20
Workflow Analysis: 2/6 – 2/27
Copyright 101: 4/3 – 4/24
Purchase on Demand: 5/1 – 5/22
Lending 101: 5/8 – 5/29

We are hoping to have similar course offerings in the Fall.  For more information, please visit:  http://idsproject.org/OLI/index.aspx

Planning for the Spring Regional User Group meetings is underway and we are planning on having the Western User Group meeting at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and the Eastern User Group meeting at SUNY Albany.  The planning team is still in the process of selecting a location for the METRO User Group meeting.  Stay tuned at http://idsproject.org/usergroups.aspx

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January 27, 2017 Council Meeting @ FIT / President's Report
« on: January 24, 2017, 11:04:54 PM »
Welcome everyone to 2017!  The New Year came upon us quickly and we’re already in the midst of the Spring 2017 semester.  This New Year brought upon many changes at my home institution and I would imagine that similar exciting changes happened at your own campuses.

SUNYLA has been busy over the past few months. The 2017 Conference Planning Committee is hard at work reviewing proposals, setting the schedule, handling local arrangements, and doing all tasks needed to ensure a great conference in Stony Brook in June. The theme of this year’s conference will be “The Global Library:  Diversity through Collections.”  Thank you to Jennifer DeVito and the SUNYLA Planning Committee for their hard work in pulling together so many important details to ensure another excellent conference.  This year’s SUNYLA Conference will be especially interesting since the newly formed SUNY Libraries Consortium (known as the SLC) will be overlapping with our conference, offering an opportunity for extended collaboration across administrators, faculty, and support staff alike.

Beyond preparations for our Annual Conference, the Midwinter Virtual Conference planning team has also been active in assembling another great assortment of virtual conference sessions.  This year’s theme is “Library Hacks:  Reuse, Repurpose, and Remix.”  Members of this team include:  Michelle Eichelberger (Genesee), Rosanne Humes (Nassau), Rebecca Hyams (Maritime), Bill Jones (Geneseo), and Jill Locascio (Optometry).  This free conference is available to all regardless of their affiliation with SUNYLA and will offer up to five hundred seats.  Recordings of presentations will be available after the conference.  More information can be found at:  http://sunyla.org/sunyla-midwinter-2017/

Registration for this conference is open at:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/d3dc4e934bde4e10dc2040ba88984b7b

As you may have heard, Mark McBride (former Director at Monroe Community College) has accepted the Library Senior Strategist position for the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and started this position on Thursday, January 19, 2017.  I am confident that Mark will help lead SUNY Libraries to new levels of excellence.  Mark was (and still is) a strategic facilitator in the transition from SCLD to the newly formed SLC (mentioned above).  For your reference, members of the new SLC Board and the Transition Team will include the following individuals:

SLC Board
Patrick Callahan (Chair)
Curtis Kendrick (Doctoral Colleges & University Centers)
Christine Rudecoff (Colleges of Technology)
Evangela Oates (Secretary)
Holly Heller-Ross (University Colleges)
Timothy Arnold (Community Colleges)

Transition Team
Curtis Kendrick, Binghamton (Chair)
Katie Bram, Maritime
Connie Holberg, Jefferson
Randy Gadikian, Fredonia
Karen Gelles, Farmingdale
Brenda Hazard, Hudson Valley
Rosanne Humes, Nassau
Eunkyung Lee, Oneonta
Susan Lieberthal, Suffolk
Charles Lyons, Buffalo
Heath Martin, Stony Brook
Mark McBride, OLIS Rep
Sarah Morehouse, Empire
Rebecca Mugridge, Albany
Joe Petrick, Alfred
Cristina Pope, Upstate Medical
Werner Sbaschnik, Old Westbury
Mark Smith, NYSCC @ Alfred

In the near future, SUNYLA will need to make a decision on how we want to affiliate our organization with SLC and I encourage our membership to pay close attention to the growth and solidification of SLC.  It is of utmost importance that our decision is mutually beneficial to both organizations.

As we move closer to our Spring elections, I do urge anyone out there who may be interested in running for SUNYLA office to consider doing so.  While serving as the 1st Vice President and as the SUNYLA President, I have had the privilege to learn more about the inner workings of SUNY and SUNYLA, develop relationships with SUNY Directors, and extend my skills in leadership by coordinating SUNYLA events and representing SUNYLA in various arenas.  This year we will be holding elections for 1st Vice President/President-Elect, 2nd Vice President/Conference Chair, and Treasurer. Current 1st Vice President, Carrie Fishner, will be overseeing the election this year. If you are considering a run for office please contact her at fishnecj@delhi.edu.  More information on the responsibilities of these positions can be found on the SUNYLA website.

One of my main priorities as SUNYLA President is to try to increase SUNY Library involvement with SUNYLA. If you’re not already on a committee, consider joining one! Our committees are involved in various activities and are a great way to get involved and work with other librarians across SUNY.  From my own personal experience, I believe that participating on committees and volunteering in library networks (like SUNYLA) are the best way to make new connections, share your expertise, and market yourself.  Get out there!  If you’re interested in participating, here are some of our committees and their chairs:

•   Membership Development:  Carol Anne Germain (Albany)
•   Professional Development:  Kim Myers (Brockport)
•   Publications:  April Davies (Cobleskill)
•   Technology Discussion Group:  Jill Locascio (Optometry)

Another way to get involved is to attend our SUNYLA Council meetings.  The meetings are open to all SUNYLA members and can be attended both in-person or virtually. The remaining SUNYLA Council meetings are scheduled as followed:

•   Friday, March 10, 2017:  SUNY Stony Brook
•   Wednesday, June 14, 2017:  SUNY Stony Brook

I hope that this New Year brings a renewed hope and prosperity to all, and I look forward to working with everyone to find ways to even better serve our membership and our library communities.

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Jones (SUNY Geneseo)


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November 18, 2016 Council meeting at Albany / IDS Project Liaison Report
« on: November 18, 2016, 12:05:39 AM »
IDS Project had multiple Award Winners this month!

Congratulations to Kate Ross and Kourtney Blackburn of St. John Fisher College for winning the Charleston Fast Pitch Competition! This Competition was open to all who were in the process of developing new, innovative, and implementable ideas to improve their academic libraries or related organizations. The intent of the competition is to showcase innovation in library information management and to award the most deserving examples of innovation.

Kate and Kourtney won this award for their work with IDS Project on developing the Coordinated Collection Development API. This tool connects different systems together through a hosted web interface, which provides the data required for multiple library departments to use in order to begin to achieve coordinated collection development.

Shannon Pritting and Michael Mulligan were also recognized for their efforts in this project by receiving the NYLA SMART Theresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology at the NYLA Conference held in Saratoga Springs this month!


A recent publication through the Geneseo Scene (online version) was recently produced about IDS Project surpassing 100 members!  To read this publication, please visit:

https://www.geneseo.edu/news/geneseo’s-award-winning-ids-project-now-comprises-100-libraries


IDS Project Online Learning Institute Update:

The Fall 2016 cohort is close to wrapping up and registration for Spring 2017 courses will open soon.  These courses are free and open to all resource sharing practitioners.  We are offering our Borrowing, Lending, and Copyright courses, along with three new courses including Workflow Analysis, Statistics and Assessment, and Purchase on Demand.  Please see the tentative schedule below for when these courses will be held:

Borrowing: 1/30 – 2/20
Lending: 5/8 – 5/29
Copyright: 4/3 – 4/24
Workflow Analysis: 2/6 – 2/27
Stats and Assessment: 1/30 – 2/20
Purchase on Demand: 5/1 – 5/22


The Regional User Groups were successfully held at Ithaca College, Union College, and the SUNY College of Optometry.  Attendees learned about the resource sharing capabilities of Ex Libris Alma, the IDS Article Gateway, the updates from OCLC on shifting to the new ILL platform, and also received a recap of the IDS Project Conference held at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in July 2016.

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