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November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:38:07 AM »
We are in the process of setting up a meeting to start planning a pre-conference session "Bootcamp" as came out of the session at last year's conference. We will also discuss other ways we can begin to provide mentoring or other services to our colleagues on this topic. This meeting should take place in the next two weeks.

If anyone else would like to join us in the planning/discussion phase, please contact Carrie at

We had a great session at SUNYLA 2019, with a lot of wonderful discussion. Several ideas came out of this session on moving forward, some include a bootcamp workshop, mentor program with the Professional Development committee, and helping to pull all of the SUNY/CC campus promotion policies together.

Look for communication from Carrie to those who volunteered to work with this committee in the next week.

Thanks, Carrie

Join us at the panel discussion session Friday June 14th at 10:45. This will be a great chance to ask questions and share your experiences with colleagues in all levels of the promotion and tenure process. The best thing about SUNYLA is the support we can provide to each other!

Reach out to Carrie Fishner ( with any questions.

March 15, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:25:15 PM »
The Promotion and Tenure Ad Hoc Committee met on 3/14/19 to clarify our charge and to create an action plan moving forward. After some discussion, we decided that our role is primarily that of mentoring our colleagues through the process of promotion and tenure. As such, we will seek to recruit more seasoned library staff who will be members of our pool from which those going through the process can reach out to.

We will also offer a session (either a panel or a SIG session) at SUNYLA 2019 as a group mentoring opportunity. We think it would be nice if this could become an annual session.

We also discussed working with UUP and the A48 committee if it is re-commissioned to collect examples of promotion and tenure policies across the SUNY libraries for reference (for our purposes this would purely be in the case of when campuses are reviewing their own policies or are looking to start discussions on making changes and wish to have ready access to what other libraries are doing).

The last item discussed was to present a resolution to the SUNYLA, which if passed would be presented to the Board of the SLC, to have all newly hired tenure-track librarians be given relevant information about the tenure and promotion process on their campus within a week of their appointment (see attached).

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:37:56 AM »
No updates at this time

November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Promotion and Tenure ad hoc
« on: November 01, 2018, 01:20:26 PM »
Hi all,
We are in the process of putting together a steering committee of sorts for this group. If you would be willing to participate on this group, please fill out this form with your information:

I had received contact information from a small group last spring who were willing to participate on this committee, and will be reaching out to them in the next week to find out if they are still interested.

Ideas for this group include collecting policies on promotion & tenure processes for librarians, seeing if we can work with the Personnel Policies committee to find out what the numbers are for librarian ranks across campus, providing review services for those putting packets together, and general sounding boards and support. We might offer workshops online and at annual conference on this topic if there is interest.

Carrie Fishner

June 13, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC (Annual) / President's Report
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:26:14 PM »
I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for such a great year. There is a lot happening in SUNY Library-land right now. OER is taking off with a bang both nationally, and within SUNY, and our libraries are taking the lead in so many ways. I was just in Albany last week, and the eyes of the nation (and the world!) are on SUNY to see how we move forward with OER. The SLC has begun to find it's footing as our new guiding organization, taking over some areas from OLIS and SCLD, and I look forward to seeing more collaboration from them with SUNYLA. Many of librarians and library staff are heavily involved in the process of prepping for the new LMS and the migration from ALEPH to ALMA. We can expect some growing pains, but I think that everyone sees that this will be a win in the long run.

The annual conference is once again upon us, and filled with great content. While you are taking in all of the wonderful sessions prepared by your colleagues, don't forget to take a few moments to spend some time connecting and networking. One of the best parts of SUNYLA is forming those connections that allow you to bounce ideas off of a colleague from another campus, or reach out for advice on a proposal or review of your promotion packet. We have so many amazing members, and I am thankful to be a member of this organization.

Again, thank you for allowing me to represent you all this past year as your President. I look forward to continuing my involvement in the future, and know that the incoming Executive Board, led by President Elect Carol Anne Germain is going to lead the organization well.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / President's Report
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:09:33 PM »
I encourage anyone interested in running for an executive board position to reach out to VP/President Elect Carol Anne Germain to get your name on the ballot for April's elections. Being an active member of the SUNYLA leadership has been an amazing opportunity, and has led to some wonderful connections across SUNY. I hope to see a slate of candidates that represents all of the talents and diversity that we have across our libraries.

Planning for this year's annual conference is well underway. The conference committee has been doing a lot of work to prepare a program and activities to meet everyone's needs. We will be getting a first hand look during the meeting on Friday at the campus and facilities.

The spring SLC meeting will be held April 18-20th in Syracuse. Voting for new SLC Board Members is happening now, and is open through March 29th. Each campus gets one vote; I encourage you to speak with your directors to offer your opinions on the candidates.  The search for the SLC Executive Director is well underway, WebEx presentations will be happening next week. Everyone is invited to view and comment. Please see the SLC report for more details on all of the candidates.

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / President's Report
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:22:38 PM »
Hello 2018!

There has been a lot of preparation work going on throughout SUNYLA over the last few months. This year's SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference, Practical OER: Transitioning from Theory to Implementation, will be taking place on Friday February 2nd from 10am-3:30 pm. It looks like we have another great slate of programs, with some coming from out of state as well! Many of our libraries are heavily involved in OER on their campuses and this is a great way to highlight what is happening. This conference has grown quite a bit in the last few years, and is another feather for SUNYLA's cap on how we are supporting our library colleagues.

Our 2018 Conference Planning Committee has also been hard at work. This year's theme is "Throw Open Our Doors: Academic Librarians Open to New Experiences, Opinions, and Viewpoints", and the call for conference proposals went out a few weeks ago, with a deadline of February 9, 2018. Check out the conference website here for more information:

Patrick Callahan will be attending this week's meeting and providing updates from the SLC. Some of the current priorities there are the search for an Executive Director, and the LSP adoption/migration process. December's one day meeting in Albany provided many updates on these issues, and things appear to be moving smoothly. This year, the SLC will be having it's spring meeting separate from our annual conference - at last year's meeting we decided to shoot for a joined conference every other year. I will be attending the spring meeting in April.
Elections for SUNYLA will be coming up in April, so if you are considering getting more involved, I would encourage you to ask our current or prior E-Board members about their experiences, and to check out the duties on the SUNYLA website ( ). This year we will be electing a First VP/President Elect, 2nd VP/Conference Chair, and Secretary. Getting involved is a great way to expand your knowledge of the SUNY Libraries, create lasting relationships across SUNY, and to add to your own leadership skills. If you are not quite ready to jump in to the E-Board, please consider joining a standing committee.

I am very interested in the possibility of creating an ad hoc committee to help those who are preparing for and going through the promotion and tenure processes. As many of you realize, SUNY Librarians are lacking in getting colleagues to the full Librarian status. To achieve this we need to work to help each other, and I am putting out a call for those who would be willing to serve. This group would work to provide support, advice, and programming (through the conference or online) to help colleagues prepare their portfolios. If you are interested, please complete the form linked here:

November 3, 2017 Council Meeting @ Albany / President's Report
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:07:39 PM »
I have to say that not a whole lot has changed since our prior meeting.

The next SLC meeting is in December, so I should have a report for our January meeting. There is still a lot of transition happening, but I hope to bring more information to January's meeting on this as well as information on the new LSP migration.

I encourage anyone who is interested in helping to plan this year's conference to reach out to our 2nd VP, April (Steenburgh) Broughton to join the committee. A successful conference takes a lot of work from many people.

September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / President's Report
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:42:40 PM »
Hello SUNYLA, welcome back to another great year!

The schedule of Council meetings is as follows for this year (running 10am-3pm):
   September 18 at Delhi
   November 3 at Albany
   January 26 at FIT
   March 23 at Finger Lakes Community College
   June TBD (week of June 11) at the Annual Conference

At the annual conference in June, there was a chance for the members of SUNYLA to meet with the current Board of the SLC. At this informal meeting some of the discussion was around what SLC could do for SUNYLA, and how SUNYLA could be active within SLC. We were asked to provide SLC with some ideas on how our organization would consider the SLC to be successful.

SUNYLA as an organization was asked to provide a representative to the SLC Executive Director search, a call went out to the members of the Council looking for a volunteer, as this is a search that will involve a lot of time. We should have this finalized by the meeting (hopefully).

Elections are over - we have some new officers joining us next year on the Executive Board.
April Steenburgh will be our new 2nd VP/Conference Chair and Carol Anne Germain is our new 1st VP/President Elect.  We also passed some changes to our bylaws.

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held at Finger Lakes Community College, the week of June 11, 2018.

On a fun note, SUNY represented at the ACRL Trivia night. We played well, and even came away with a consolation prize - the Golden Duck. You may find him traveling around through the delivery bags next year, he is quite keen on visiting all the SUNY schools.

March 10, 2017 Council Meeting @ Stony Brook / Vice President's Report
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:09:19 AM »
If you are interested in running for office, please let Carrie know ASAP so that ballots can be ready for the April election. We are going to be voting on the following positions:
    * 1st VP/Pres Elect: 3 year term
    * Treasurer: 2 year term
    * 2nd VP/Conference Chair: 1 year term, typically (but not always) at the campus where annual conference will be held

ACRL- there is a forum discussion (under General Topics) about meeting up at ACRL for those from SUNY who are going. We will try to plan a time where any who can make it can just all meet and hang out for a bit. We have many SUNYLA members attending, and several are presenting. Let's show our SUNY pride!

General Discussion / SUNY at ACRL 2017
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:03:56 PM »
Hi there!
I know many from SUNY are planning to attend ACRL 2017 in Baltimore this year. Let's connect and see if we can't set up a meet or two while we are all there!

January 27, 2017 Council Meeting @ FIT / Campus Updates
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:45:49 AM »
Please respond with the updates from your campus!

Include your name (as the submitter) and the campus name please in the report.

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