Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - jlocascio

Pages: [1] 2 3
January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / TDG Report
« on: Yesterday at 09:30:20 AM »
Registration is open for the 2021 SUNYLA Virtual Midwinter Conference:
Looking Forward: Creative Library Responses to Crises

Friday, February 12, 2021 (10:00 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. EST)

Cost of Attendance: Free to all!

Register at:

November 13, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Metro report
« on: November 12, 2020, 02:16:43 PM »
Metro is leaving their HQ and is going virtual.  From their website:

"The compounding crises of the pandemic have necessitated difficult changes across the library world, including here at METRO. We have decided to leave METRO’s midtown Manhattan headquarters behind, and transition to become a completely distributed, remote-first service agency. We made this decision because of a 22% reduction in library system funding from New York State and a loss of revenue from activities we used to hold in our space."

However, they plan to continue to bring most of their programs and services virtually:

"Without the overhead costs of rent and related infrastructure, METRO will be able to offer more and better services by delivering those services in new and innovative ways. Our new digital grant program, Equity in Action, will grow as we are able support applicants with more funding. You’ll see us invest more in Archipelago repository services, resource sharing programs, delivery services, and more. Look for METRO pop-up events as we emerge from the current public health crisis, and in addition to our growing digital workshops and symposia, you can expect METRO staff to bring training and programming opportunities directly to our member’s spaces as well."

See for the full story.

November 13, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / TDG Report
« on: November 12, 2020, 02:12:24 PM »
We just sent out our Call for Proposals for the 2021 Midwinter Virtual Conference.  This year's topic is:

Looking Forward: Creative Library Responses to Crises

As information professionals, we’re always learning and innovating to provide exemplary service. Even so, the past year has been a shock for libraries. The challenges we faced sparked creative responses and solutions among our colleagues, some implemented suddenly and others evolving gradually, as our understanding of the crisis changed. Some changes were made library by library, others across consortiums or libraries working together. We’re interested in hearing how your library, consortia or library community has responded -- either to this year’s COVID-19 crisis or other emergency library-related situations.

Possible session topics might answer these questions: 

Has your library leveraged any particular technology, tool, or service in response to the COVID-19 or other library crises?

As you think about that future time relative to now, are there any changes to your services that you want to keep or abandon?  If so, what and why? 

What did you try that you have since decided was not worth the effort and why?  Have your decisions informed any other initiatives?   

How did you evaluate your efforts differently, and is the evaluation tool worth keeping?

Has your library cut a costly resource due to budget constraints and found an inexpensive replacement?

Come share your experiences with your supportive and non-judgmental library colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 12, 2021 (10:00am - 2:30pm EST).

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic. 

Technology requirements:  Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone, quiet space for presenting, webcam optional

Accepting proposals until Friday, December 11, 2020.  You do not need to be a SUNYLA member in order to attend or present at this free conference.  Please submit your proposal here:

Please consider submitting a topic!

September 18, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Metro Report
« on: September 18, 2020, 07:59:57 AM »
Metro continues to offer a wide variety of online webinars, discussions, and events to its members.  One in particular that may be relevant is their Data Privacy + Web Conferencing Software event which will take place on Monday, September 21 from 1-2.

To register for that and to see the full event calendar please visit their website:

September 18, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / TDG Report
« on: September 18, 2020, 07:55:37 AM »
Planning for the 2021 Midwinter Virtual Conference will soon be underway so keep an eye out for announcements - as the planning committee may be seeking volunteers.

June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / TDG
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:27:02 AM »
We used Electionrunner again for our SUNYLA election this year and we had 37% response rate (101 out of 273 eligible voters participated) which is down from 43% last year (61% the year before).

June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / Metro Report
« on: June 16, 2020, 01:44:05 PM »
Metro continues to remotely host webinars and community calls.

An example an upcoming one is
"How to Become an E-book Sleuth" on June 23.

See the full events calendar at the following link:

March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / Metro
« on: March 27, 2020, 01:40:11 AM »
As of Monday, March 9, METRO has closed indefinitely as they attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In the meantime they are offering remote events like “Managing a Branch Library From Home” as well as “Moving Library Instruction and Reference Services Offsite”

Check out for more details.

Additionally, they have established a Slack related to Covid-19 discussion and what it means for libraries, etc.

 They also have started a weekly community Zoom chat as well

March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / TDG
« on: March 27, 2020, 01:39:46 AM »
The 2020 Midwinter Online Conference was another smashing success. We ended up with 1,143 registrations and 767 unique viewers - which far surpasses previous years.

We had many inquiries about how to watch the recordings from those who were unable to attend live. 

Those recordings and the recordings of all of the previous Midwinter Online Conferences are available on the SUNYLA website.

Here is a direct link.

Some of these sessions may be a good opportunity for professional development while folks are working remotely.

January 10, 2020 Council Meeting @ FIT / Metro report
« on: January 07, 2020, 02:19:03 PM »
Nothing to report at this time.

January 10, 2020 Council Meeting @ FIT / TDG Report
« on: January 07, 2020, 02:18:44 PM »
Registration for the 2020 SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference kicks off this week.  The conference is FREE to attend and will be held on Friday, February 7 from 10:00-3:10. The theme is "Life After Migration:  Making Alma and Primo work for Everyone." This year's call for proposals yielded the highest number of submissions by far and it was extremely difficult to pick only 8 so we are excited about the content of and variety among the different presentations.

Register here:

Conference sessions here:

June 12, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga (Annual) / Metro Report
« on: June 11, 2019, 04:05:26 PM »
Nothing to report.

June 12, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga (Annual) / TDG Report
« on: June 11, 2019, 04:04:50 PM »
TDG will be meeting at SUNYLA during the SIG/Committee meetings at 4:45 on Wednesday, June 12.  We will be discussing the role of TDG and our Slack channel in a post go-live Alma/Primo world.

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Metro report
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:34:41 AM »
Nothing to report at this time.

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / TDG Report
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:34:23 AM »
The SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference, Moving to Alma/Primo VE: Hindsight is 20/20, will be taking place Friday, February 1 from 10 - 3:30. We are anticipating that this will be a very well attended conference, as institutions from other countries have reached out asking if it will be recorded (it will!). The conference sessions consist of presentations from a variety of people who have implemented Alma/Primo VE who will share what they learned in the process and each session focuses on a different area of Alma/Primo VE.  We are very excited to bring this free conference back for another year.

Registration links can be found here:

And also on the SUNYLA website, which includes a full run down of the sessions.

Pages: [1] 2 3