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Resnick Library has been closed (physically) since the end of March, and will continue to be so through the summer.  We are looking at opening again in August, although no concrete plans have been set. We are still providing virtual services to students, faculty, and staff.

We have been engaging with patrons via Facebook and Twitter - using our word of the day posts that would normally be done in the building, Stress Less LibGuide to replicate our end of year programming, and a Peeps visit to the library.

Carrie Fishner (me) is co-presenting at the Tenure & Promotion Boot-camp for SUNYLA 2020 Annual Conference.
Amanda Calabrese achieved promotion to Associate Librarian, and Steve Dixon achieved promotion to Librarian.
Jennifer Collins was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.
Katelyn Baroody and Liz Santobuono presented "Wizards, Jedi, and Gamers, Oh My!: Library Con on a Limited Budget" at the virtual conference, Big Talk from
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June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / SLC Update
« on: June 16, 2020, 02:07:10 PM »
The SUNY Libraries Consortium held their spring meeting virtually last week, June 8-10th. Over the 3 days, topics covered ranged from discussion of library re-opening plans, future of the SLC, and the SLC Business meeting.

The SLC has worked with the SLSS and OLIS over the last month on 4 week planning sprints in several areas that address some of the more common concerns with library re-opening scenarios. These planning groups reported out their findings during the meeting on day 1, and then breakout groups discussed and added to the collected notes. All findings for these groups will be collected and shared on the SLC LibGuide (as well as recordings of some of the meeting sessions).

Day 2 focused on the future of the SLC and what the membership wanted to see from this organization. Themes that really stood out from these discussions were that there needs to be clear roles defined for SLC, OLIS, and SLSS. There were other specific asks, including ideas such as an orientation for new Directors, clear communication charts and channels, and perhaps developing a visual representation of the 3 organizations. Many also see the SLC as more of an advisory organization at this time. The SLC Board will take all of the feedback, and work on putting it together to bring back to the membership at the fall meeting, with possibly a few scenarios on how we might move forward. Other discussions on day 2 included the OCLC master agreement, and the CPC's charge and name being updated to better reflect how they envision moving forward in the future.

Day 3 was focused on sector meetings and the business meeting for the organization. Sectors met to discuss the last 2 days, and most discussions centered on re-opening plans and the future of the SLC. Sharing ideas and concerns, as well as the idea of "doing less with less". There was no new business for the meeting, new Board members and their terms were introduced, and those members of the board whose terms ended were thanked for their service.

Leaving the board: Curtis Kendrick, Katie Ghidiu, and Susan Lieberthal
Elected to 3 year terms on the Board: Christine Faraday, Alana Nuth, and Rebecca Mugridge
Elected to fill 2 year term on the Board: Jill Locascio
Remaining Board Members: Ken Fujiuchi, Carrie Fishner, Mark McBride
SLC Coordinator & Board Assistant: Jennifer Smathers

Board positions for next year:
      Chair - Carrie Fishner
      Chair-Elect - Rebecca Mugridge
      Secretary - Christine Faraday
      Treasurer - Jill Locascio

The Promotion & Tenure ad hoc committee will be presenting a Pre-Conference session, "Promotion & Tenure Boot-Camp" this afternoon as part of the SUNYLA 2020 Annual Conference. We have surveyed those attendees who registered prior to June 4th for the issues they most wanted to discuss, and tailored our topics to these. We have also recruited a number of other Librarians who will act as additional mentors during the session discussions and some who are willing to do 1:1 mentoring moving forward for attendees on portfolio work (Thank you!)

Looking ahead, we will continue to seek feedback from the membership on what resources they find most helpful and strive to provide these. One goal is to work on a repository of promotion and tenure guidelines from the SUNY state operated and community campuses (we know that there are some that have been gathered from other purposes in years past, but we would like to make this a searchable resource for all Librarians).

Carrie Fishner, Chair

March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / SLC Update
« on: March 27, 2020, 10:27:01 AM »
The SLC Board has met twice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We drafted a response supporting the ALA and ACRL statements on all libraries being closed, and have disseminated that to the SLC membership to use on their campuses as they see best.

We have also worked on a plan to get all campuses an online chat service so that as they move services online, they will have that option as a one time aid measure (there were 7 libraries with no chat options). We have worked with Springshare to be able offer LibAnswers, and hope to look at a consortia deal for next year.

AVON trial system wide going on - looking at how campuses respond - seems to be a lot of overlap with Kanopy and a lot of good content.

SLC spring meeting - we are looking at moving this to an online meeting, but over the same dates (June 8-10), stay tuned for more details.

There are 3 Board positions open - please consider running for a position. Nominations due by April 3rd to Katie Ghidou

Respectfully, Carrie

March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: March 27, 2020, 09:38:18 AM »
With the shift to a virtual conference, we will be meeting soon (watch email for a Doodle poll) to figure out how to change our pre-conference session to a virtual format. If anyone would like to offer their services as a mentor, please contact Carrie at

January 10, 2020 Council Meeting @ FIT / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: January 10, 2020, 08:19:46 AM »
At our last meeting we discussed submitting a proposal for the annual conference as a pre-conference session Bootcamp style session. This was the most popular suggestion that came out of last year's session we held at the conference.

We would like to send out a survey to the membership prior to the conference to solicit feedback on what services/options they would like to see during this session. A few of our ideas include having 4-5 more experienced Librarians from a variety of areas and institution types to review 1-2 documents (that are prepared ahead of time) and offer Q&A session.

Our goal is to be as helpful to as many people as possible, so we would not be able to do a full portfolio review session.

Respectfully submitted,
Carrie Fishner, Chair

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

Congratulations to Sr. Assistant Librarian Amanda Calabrese on receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship!

The Resnick Library is undergoing some physical changes this summer and fall as the cafe that was in the building has been moved, so the space is now being re-allocated. Designs are being looked at, and we hope to have a plan in place soon for a space that is both welcoming and better meets student needs.

Librarians Jenny Collins, Amanda Calabrese, and Carrie Fishner attended ACRL 2019 in Cleveland, OH. Carrie presented on a panel and a round table at the conference. Overall, the conference ROCKED, and there is an album cover photo to prove it!

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 / Re: Campus Updates - Delhi
« on: November 02, 2018, 11:04:04 AM »
We held our first Library Con on October 16th and it was amazing! We had 390 students attend the event over the 4 hour period, and we are starting the planning for next year.

Instruction session requests are up, and students are using all library services. OER use on campus has also risen, and the overall program being led by the library staff is still gaining momentum.

The library staff joint Halloween costume this year was "Where the Wild Things Are".

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

Delhi's Resnick Library is undergoing a major building renovation, replacing all of our exterior windows and doors. This means that over the summer we are shifting collections and playing musical offices as we accommodate the window replacements. We are looking forward to no longer using our office window sills as winter time refrigerators however.

The Library has been able to add a lot of great new seating over the last semester, due to student requests. It has been in strong demand, and has been well received by students. Some of the latest programs that students enjoyed included March Madness of Books, Book Water Color Paintings, Bullet Journaling, and Harry Potter Wand Making.

Our newest library addition, Zander James, joined us Monday - his mom Elizabeth Santobuono was very happy to welcome him to the world and the rest of the staff is very excited to meet him! According to mom, he seems like a very chill little man, so far.

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