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November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:47:45 PM »
Construction is progressing. We got the librarian offices and the workroom back just last week. Next up is half of the top floor, followed by everything that hasn't been done yet (which is half the building). Summer ought to be fun.

The Library continues to co-sponsor the Community of Scholars lecture series. The second one of the semester is happening this afternoon... "Carlin in Composition: The Use of Stand-Up Comedy in the English Composition Classroom."

We're in the process of hiring a new Provost. The first of the finalists will be on campus next week.

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / Campus Updates
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:39:23 PM »
Reply to this message with your updates. Thanks!

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / 1st VP Report
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:38:11 PM »
Report below, and attached.

SUNYLA 1st VP Report
Nov. 19, 2010

Since our September meeting I’ve been working on a number of things related to the SUNYLA delegates, which can be a bit surreal since I am one. Activities of note:

1.  Making sure delegates are listed as such online. A dozen or so (including myself) were not listed as delegate in the membership directory. I forwarded those names on to Membership Chair Wendy West and she graciously (and quickly) fixed them. The campus directory lists delegates as well and also needs updating. That information has been forwarded to Web Manager Katherine Brent (and may very well be fixed by the time you read this). 

2.  Setting up online chats. Email discussions led to the idea that we have regular online chat sessions. We’ve narrowed down schedules somewhat and are currently using a Doodle poll to pick a date/time for our first chat.

3.  And during that chat session we will be discussing the Delegate Toolkit. Carleen Huxley, Tracy Paradis, and Mary Timmons have pulled together the main elements and come up with some good enhancements. We’ll see what happens during the chat but I think it should be ready for Katherine to create this new part of our website fairly soon.

4.  Speaking of Katherine and web and delegates… I discovered that the updates to the delegates section of the Manual of Duties & Responsibilities that were approved in Nov. 2009 never made it to the website. I gave the info to Katherine and she got it fixed right away.

5.  The other thing coming up on the delegate front is getting all the delegates paid. There are several whose memberships are not current. Wendy and Treasurer Greg Bobish have verified the list and I will be contacting each of the delinquent delegates soon (if I haven’t already by the time you read this).

Also since our last meeting, I attended the fall meeting of the SUNY Council of Library Directors (SCLD). Most of the time was devoted to strategic planning discussions. It was interesting and occasionally quite fruitful. President Angela Weiler was there as well of course and I’m sure will have more to say in her report.

Coming up, NYSHEI (New York State Higher Education Initiative) is holding their 2nd “Summit of the Academic and Research Library Community” in December. I’ll be there representing SUNYLA and I believe one other officer is attending as well, probably Angela.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

September 10, 2010 @ Onondaga / Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:58:30 AM »
Administrative reorganization on campus has led to our Dean now running First Year Programs and the Exploratory Program in addition to the Library and Academic Support. (We're contemplating one of those gps implant things so we can find her. If it's good enough for the pet dog...)

In August, April Davies (me) spent a wonderful, challenging week at Harvard for the 2010 Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

We have a new Circ/ILL Clerk, Jeffrey Barnes. Jeff is replacing Brendan Aucoin who has moved on to pursue a Master's degree in English Lit at Univ. of Vermont.

Due to construction, the Library will NOT hold it's annual fall book sale. Speaking of construction... it's crazy here but we finally have a/c and bathrooms.

The Library's fall newsletter is online if you want more Coby info:

September 10, 2010 @ Onondaga / 1stVP Report
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:39:25 AM »
Report below, and attached.

SUNYLA 1st VP Report
Sept. 10, 2010

Two main things are on the horizon just now.

1.  Working with delegates:  I want to work on fostering communication amongst the delegates and between that group and the Association as a whole. One key element for this will be finding out what the delegates want from SUNYLA, as pertains to that role, and then seeing how I can help make that happen. A good start was made last spring with an online delegate discussion so I’m optimistic about the possibilities.

2.  SCLD fall meeting:  I’ll be attending the upcoming SCLD meeting along with our new president. I’ll be standing in for Cobleskill’s Dean as well. Between the two roles, it should be an interesting experience. I hope to pick up some good information for SUNYLA and our members.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

June 16, 2010 @ Brockport / AGENDA
« on: June 14, 2010, 06:13:20 PM »

June 16, 2010 @ Brockport / Re: Campus Updates
« on: June 14, 2010, 10:46:54 AM »
Cobleskill Highlights

Construction continues. The next phase is due to begin mid-August.

Katherine Brent will be presenting a poster session on reusable book bands for ILL at the conference. Stop by and give her a hard time.

The campus is in the midst of an organizational shake-up. It's not yet clear what impact this will have on the Library but initial indications are somewhat positive.

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