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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 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:31:29 AM »

Rebecca Hyams will be leaving the Stephen B. Luce Library on February 1st (following the SUNYLA Midwinter Conference) to take up the position of Web and Systems Librarian at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). She had started at Maritime in 2013 and has served as the SUNYLA delegate (among other things, including as President of SUNYLA from 2015-16) since then.

Chante Hope, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, will be taking over as Delegate.

June 13, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC (Annual) / Re: Campus Updates
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:53:11 AM »

After 12 years, Part-time Reference Librarian Geri Hebert handed in her notice of retirement from Maritime College. Geri had been working evenings and weekends for us, and had served as ship's librarian on several occasions. She also worked full-time as the Access Services Librarian at Bronx Community College (CUNY), which she is also retiring from. In her retirement she will be moving back to her home state of North Carolina. We wish her all the best.

Rebecca Hyams, who in the Library's transition period had been serving as the Interim Managing Director of the College's Center for Teaching Excellence, was asked to stay on in the role in an ongoing capacity.

The TS Empire State VI is currently off the coast of Europe. The ship docked in Puerto Rico in May where students from Maritime were joined from students from ESF and Albany to help in relief projects. Apparently, some of the guests from other campuses were a little surprised at how comfortable our students were with power tools! They recently spent three days in Mallorca and their next stop is Glasgow, where some of the crew and students will be switching out. This year we hired Kaitlyn Tanis, who is a recent MLS grad and she's serving onboard for the full cruise(!). You can follow our ship library blog here:

Otherwise, we're all in the full swing of summer projects including weeding, data cleanup, and planning for fall courses and events.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 22, 2018, 03:26:57 PM »
Rebecca Hyams, delegate

The biggest news for us is that our new Library Director, Corey Halaychik, joined us on March 5th. He was most recently at the University of Tennessee where he had been the Head of Acquisitions and Continuing Resources. We're very excited to have him on board.

Many of us are right now working on doing all of the preparation work that goes into Summer Sea Term, including finishing the inventory of items that was started before last year's cruise. We're also in the process of hiring the Ship Librarian(s) so they can get everything they need in order before May.

Though there's still a few loose ends to finish, Project Archivist (and Part-time Reference Librarian) Jannette D'Esposito just this week finished working on the finding aids for the college's early schoolships and student records. As part of her work she created records for individual students to make finding information on them and filling reference requests on alumni of our pre-SUNY days easier to find. The work was funded by the NYS Documentary Heritage Program. To see the fruits of her labor, the collections can be viewed here ( and here (

In preparation for the move to Alma, Digital Services Librarian Rebecca Hyams has been made a part of the LSP Migration Systems Working Group.

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:30:00 PM »
Rebecca Hyams, Delegate

A new Library Director has been hired! They will be starting in March, so I'll be able to share more details and fully introduce them for our next meeting. We're also going to be looking for Ship Librarians (as we do every year) soon.

We've all been very busy continuing to work on several large projects including a weed and rebuild of our 2nd floor circulating collection, revamping our LibGuides, better integrating library services into Blackboard, and working our way through several Archives-related grants. Most recently, we updated our Medium account with an update on our NYS Documentary Heritage Program grant, which can be found here:

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.)

November 3, 2017 Council Meeting @ Albany / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 03, 2017, 08:56:55 AM »

Since our last update, we had two more additions in our library. Chante Hope is our new Instruction and Outreach Librarian and Adele Merlino is our new Educational Technologist. Both came on and jumped right in and we're super happy to have both of them. Once the Library Director search (currently in progress) finishes we will go back to being fully-staffed for the first time since the end of February.

This year we had all 18 sections of the freshman seminar class LEAD 101 come to the library over the span of a week for library orientation, in an event we called "LEAD Week". We did a library scavenger hunt game (using Tompkins-Cortland's Library Quest format) and it went over really well.

We recently launched our ArchivesSpace site, allowing users to search our physical archival collections easily. Over the past year Annie Tummino has worked to get our legacy finding aids entered into the system, assisted by other members of the library staff and student workers. It can be viewed here:

September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Re: Campus Updates
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:30:39 AM »

We've have several comings and goings this summer. The biggest news is that Library Director Kristin Hart left us at the end of August to take a position as the Dean of Libraries at Queens College (CUNY). A search is underway for our next Library Director. While that search is ongoing, Annie Tummino is serving as our Interim Library Director and Rebecca Hyams is serving as the Interim Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Over the summer we hired Marty Zmijewski as our new Content Services Librarian. Marty had been working for us as a Part-time Librarian for the past year and a half and we're excited to see what he will do in this new role. To fill Marty's previous position we recently hired a new Part-time Librarian, Matthew Dineiro (who's first day is today actually). We've also hired a new Instruction and Outreach Librarian (who is starting next week) and a new Educational Technologist (starting in October). [I'll post more about them in our next update.]

The Stephen B. Luce Library has recently been awarded several grants, two to fund projects in the Archives and a SUNY IITG grant (in conjunction with the Humanities Department) to fund a Digital Scholarship initiative.

On May 9th the TSES Empire State VI departed Maritime College bound for New Orleans, Spain, Lisbon, Sicily, and Scotland. The library was sent off with a largely rebuilt collection and a whole new ILS for this voyage. We've been getting blog posts from them and posting them to our new ship blog:

Maritime College was just awarded an IITG grant, headed by Humanities professor John Rocco, to launch a digital scholarship initiative on our campus. The library faculty will be intimately involved in this project, which will include the forming of a faculty cohort and the integration of digital scholarship tools into spring semester courses. The grant also includes funding for the creation of a digital scholarship lab and funding towards establishing our own home for our digital archival materials and projects.

Educational Technologist Ian August has taken a position over at St. John's and left in early June. Instruction and Outreach Librarian Mona Ramonetti has taken another position and will be leaving Maritime at the end of June. We expect to have searches to fill both of their positions shortly. We're also in the process of filling our Content Services Librarian position and hope to have someone onboard soon.

At SUNYLA this year, Library Director Kristin Hart is participating in a pre-conference panel on library renovations, Archives and Scholarly Communications Librarian Annie Tummino is on a roundtable discussion on teaching with primary sources, and Digital Services Librarian Rebecca Hyams is speaking at the tech services lightning talk session on setting up the ship library's new ILS.

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.

March 10, 2017 Council Meeting @ Stony Brook / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 08, 2017, 03:52:49 PM »

Renovation finished on the Archives a few weeks ago! Right now we're in the process of moving all of our archival collections out of their temporary locations and into new compact shelving.

Speaking of our Archives, Annie Tummino was interviewed on News12 about last year's Snug Harbor project that went live earlier this year:

Acquisitions and User Services Librarian Katie Bram recently took a job with the New York City Department of Buildings as a Records Manager. We were really sad to see her go but wish her all the best in her new position.

Otherwise we've all been super busy keeping the ship running, so to speak.

January 27, 2017 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 26, 2017, 11:04:41 AM »

Maybe the better question to ask is "what *isn't* happening?" As usual we've been super busy here and have been making a lot of changes.

The Stephen B. Luce Library has extended its hours, and is now open until midnight every night. This was in response to student demand and is proving to be popular.

Work finished on the most recent phase of the Sailor's Snug Harbor digitization project, which was funded by a METRO grant. A new (and vastly improved) portal was launched to showcase the records and tell the stories of the men who lived there. Special congratulations go out to Jannette D'Esposito (who served as the Project Archivist) and Annie Tummino (who built the portal site). Their work can be viewed at

The renovation of the Library's archives is underway. Compact shelving will be installed in the coming weeks and then the moving of materials into the newly-renovated space will start. Once the renovation and move is complete, all of the archives and special collections will be housed in one space that will also include a work/reading area for archival materials.

We're also in the middle of several large simultaneous collection-related projects. The largest is a focusing of our Maritime Heritage Collection which is being helmed by Katie Bram. The goal is to have a comprehensive and focused collection on materials pertaining to the Merchant Marine and shipping industry.

We also recently had a shift in personnel to announce. Veronica Gaffney has been working in our library since November of 2013 in the position of Keyboard Specialist I. We were recently able to offer Veronica a new role as Technical Services Assistant, a position which she officially started earlier this month.

Also, expect to see an announcement soon as we look for Librarians to go on this year's Summer Sea Term. That should be going out in the next few weeks.

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 / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 18, 2016, 09:50:12 AM »

The Academic Success Center had its Grand Opening this past Monday (November 14th). Students and Faculty alike are very pleased with the space that includes an Active Learning Classroom, Study Lounge, and three group study rooms. All of the rooms can be reserved by members of the Maritime Community though the Library's website.

We posted pictures from the Grand Opening on our Facebook page:

As soon as final exams end Facilities will be returning to work on renovating our Archives. The internal walls were demolished over the summer, and they'll be back to do all the necessary work to make the space nice before the installation of compact shelving.

We're also about to undertake several more large weeding and inventory projects. Once those projects are done we hope to have additional space in the library for students to work and relax.

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