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March 15, 2012 @Empire, Saratoga Springs / Brockport
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:17:53 PM »
Brockport is in the process of a new search for a Systems/Assessment librarian. This is a continuation of our search from the Fall. Also, Brockport has made great progress with Digital Commons, thanks to Kim Myers, our Repository Specialist and Bob Cushman, Head of Library Technology.

Logan Rath is teaching LIS 523, User Education, in the University at Buffalo's online program.

Also, Drake Library hosted "Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience."  This exhibit was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life. More information at http://brockport.libguides.com/emma

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SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee/SUNYConnect Finance Committee
November 16, 2011

The SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee had it’s first meeting via conference call on Oct. 31. As mentioned in the President’s Report, the SCC approved going forward with the Emerging Library Services program that CPD & OLIS have been working on. During the discussion, Mary Donohue (SCLD Chair) asked if we could use SUNYLA’s ad hoc Continuing Education group that Logan is chairing as the starting point for developing the meat of the program and bring in some SCLD people so it would be a joint effort. Logan and I were both in on that call and thought that was a good approach. I mentioned that Logan had asked me to get him a co-chair which prompted a suggestion that we use someone from SCLD in that role. Again, Logan and I both liked the idea.

The SCC also charged the Shared Collections taskforce with looking at ways to make SUNYOne pilot into a system-wide program, with the SUNYConnect Finance Committee looking at the money side.

The chairs of the various taskforces created during SCLD’s fall meeting also reported on their progress. Of particular interest is the Assessment group chaired by Melissa Peterson. She reported that they think it is essential to work with WGIL (though she wasn’t quite sure how to pronounce it) on the info lit angle. Also, the Shared Collections chair Connie Holberg asked for some non-director participants and I shared her request with the SUNYLA listserv. Most of the chairs also indicated that they wanted to get some team members from outside the usual SCLD group but weren’t sure of the best way to do it. (As mentioned in the President’s report, the SCLD chair asked for SUNYLA’s help on this and several librarians have stepped up already.)

The SUNYConnect Finance Committee will have it’s first meeting via conference call in the next 2-3 weeks. Constantia Constantinou is chairing the group. The SFC’s immediate charges are to consider: various options for the future of LAND since the current contract will expire in June 2012; and a financial plan for SUNYOne.


Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies
(Thanks for writing this, April!)

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Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT / Brockport
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:15:06 AM »
We've been busy at Brockport, but there's not much news to report. Our search for an Instructional Design Librarian is still open on http://www.brockportrecruit.org/ and we still have John Adams Unbound (http://www.brockport.edu/library/jau) going on.  Our project of integrating the IT Help Desk with the Reference Desk (now aptly named the Information Desk) has gone over well.

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Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Brockport
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:36:06 PM »
Lots of changes:

Lori Lampert has announced her retirement after 30 years of service. Debby Ames was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Kim Myers will be taking a one-year assignment working with Digital Commons from bepress. During this time, Logan Rath will be overseeing Interlibrary Loan in addition to student employees at the Information Desk.

Brockport will be displaying the John Adams Unbound exhibit in October. We have also combined our IT and Research Help at what is called the Information Desk. We held a virtual orientation using ANGEL content rather than an in-person meeting. As previously mentioned, Brockport has signed an agreement with bepress to establish a Digital Commons repository.  Additionally, the Library is planning for a massive renovation and 30,000 square feet expansion including a new main entrance on location.

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June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / SAC report - no report.
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:15:20 PM »
There is no SAC report.

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June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / Brockport
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:14:12 PM »
We're merging our Reference Desk and IT Help Desk students into one cohort that will be trained on both sides. Logan Rath will be managing the students come fall. Jennifer Little received tenure and promotion to Associate Librarian.

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March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / Brockport
« on: March 10, 2011, 08:02:16 PM »
So much is going on! Most recently, there's been a change in delegates (today). Logan Rath is now the new delegate for SUNYLA, replacing Charlie Cowling.

Brockport is merging its walk-up IT Help Desk and the Reference Desk. We're playing around with furniture and still figuring out the best way to accomplish this.

We are circulating two iPads on a short-term check out with extended-use through a reservation / webform. Circulations have not high, so we might be extending the loan period longer than 2 hours. Logan Rath and Jennifer Little are heading up this project. We have recently offered workshops on Zotero and are exploring the use of Adobe Connect Pro in virtual workshops. Logan Rath is heading up this project. We're also rolling out document imagining through Banner. Pat Maxwell is heading up this project.

In December we had a division wide LITS (Library, Information & Technology Services) gadget expo involving several vendors and a plethora of gadgets. This was organized by Pat Maxwell. We plan on repeating this in Fall 2011.

We will be celebrating Faculty who have published work from 2005-2010 on April 8th in the afternoon.

We have hired a new evening supervisor, Wendy Prince. Our secretary is now Mary McGonigal. Robin Glazier is now with the Dean of the School of The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We have also gained a Library Clerk 2, Cheryl McCarty replacing Lin Becker who is now a Secretary I in the Office of Advancement.

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March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / Re: 2nd VP Report
« on: March 09, 2011, 08:11:14 PM »
Could the non-member registration rate be set (both student non-member and professional non-member) to at least the price of member dues ($30) plus the registration cost of the conference? The conference is our major draw for dues, and without it there's not much of a hope in getting people to join SUNYLA?
Thanks,
Logan

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March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / SAC Report
« on: March 09, 2011, 08:07:14 PM »
There is a proposal to transform the  SUNYConnect Advisory Council (SAC) to the SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee (SCC).  The intent is for SCC to function as an “operations” oriented group, responsible for coordinating, providing input, and tracking progress on all SUNYConnect related activities. Unlike SAC, which reported directly to the Office of the Provost, SCC will serve as a standing committee of SCLD and report directly to the Executive Board. Additional details will still need review and will be explored at SCLD's April meeting: Will the composition of the group change? Will they still coordinate the SUNYConnect Financial Plan?  How will they coordinate with other SCLD task-forces/working groups?

At one meeting, it was decided that SAC will renew Aleph through 2016 and focus on Electronic Resources.

Respectfully submitted,
Logan Rath
SUNYLA Liaison to SAC

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September 10, 2010 @ Onondaga / SAC Update
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:57:25 PM »
SAC Update

The "Power of Tuesdays" webinar series has ended, and input has been compiled and turned over to the SCLD Executive Board (Maryruth Glogowski) on August 2nd.  The summary is now available online at http://scld.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/power-of-tuesday-summary/.

The SCLD will be discussing this at their fall meeting in Corning on September 29th.  Following that, a strategic plan will be drafted and read by a group of readers including Cristina Pope (Upstate) and a SUNYLA member. We will be working closely with Mary Donohue, the SCLD Vice Chair/Chair Elect.

• Polls indicate that library staff would like an update Webinar in December, and that will be scheduled.
• It is expected that The Power of SUNY Libraries will be ready in January.

Also, it has been mentioned that SAC and SCLD perform much of the same work, and perhaps the structure of the organization needs to change. 

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June 16, 2010 @ Brockport / President's Report
« on: June 12, 2010, 10:07:28 AM »
Hello Everyone,

This upcoming conference will mark the end of my leadership within SUNYLA.  We have made several advances this year, and I hope that you haven't been too pained along the way.  We've accomplished a lot as well.  We now have a unified technology group, and several people paid for the upcoming conference via PayPal.  We have also selected a slate of officers for the upcoming year, and I have faith that your new executive board will be great.  Thank you for the opportunity you've given me this past year to lead you.

As far as SUNYLA business, there is not much new to report.  I hope you are all participating in the Power of Tuesday library strategic planning webinars that were jointly planned by SUNYConnect Advisory Council (SAC), SUNY Council of Library Directors (SCLD) and SUNYLA with assistance from OLIS and CPD.  The results will be shared with you before the first council meeting of the upcoming year.

I look forward to seeing many of you this coming week at SUNYLA 2010: An information odyssey.  The location of our Council Meeting will be the Kiefer Room, Drake Memorial Library at 10am.

Respectfully yours,
Logan

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General Discussion / Re: Strategic Plan
« on: April 09, 2010, 04:05:01 PM »
After hearing back from several people, I've sent the above document on to the Strategic Planning email address.

Thanks, everyone.

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General Discussion / Re: Strategic Plan
« on: April 09, 2010, 12:55:45 PM »
Dear Strategic Planning Group:

I would like to take a moment to write you on behalf of librarians SUNY-wide.  We have read the strategic plan, and are excited about several of the plan’s aspects.  Phrases like “knowledge economy” (p. 3), “human inquiry” (p.5), and “collaboration makes our expertise more powerful” (p. 6), have always been at the core of libraries, especially within SUNY.  We see information literacy (the ability to effectively interact with information, in any form, to solve needs or problems) at the core of all these SUNY values; however, we also saw no mention of libraries or librarians.

SUNY libraries are one constituency within the University that has worked towards “partnerships and alliances, both within and outside the SUNY system,” to quote the Strategic Plan Draft (p. 6).  The chancellor has noted, in a letter to the SUNY library community dated February 16, 2010 that libraries provide “a baseline of library services and needed economies of scale” as well as a belief that “SUNY library cooperative efforts are… an exemplar for other such endeavors around the State University of New York.”  It is for these reasons that we formally request a mention of SUNY libraries within the Strategic Plan.

Lastly, we do understand that the Strategic Plan is a document in draft form, and that you are soliciting comments from the community at large.  We firmly believe that through inclusion of a mention of SUNY libraries in the Plan, the value of our current contributions and unique collaborations will become the exemplar for collaborations SUNY-wide.  Thank you so very much for your time.

Respectfully,


Logan Rath, MLS
President, SUNYLA

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General Discussion / Strategic Plan
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:47:55 PM »
Hello SUNY Library Community:

Some people have expressed concerns over the lack of SUNY Libraries being mentioned in the Strategic Planning document.  However, the document clearly states that it is outwardly focused.  Attached is the Library Access Working Group final report that was used to generate portions of the strategic plan.

I am not in the mindset of complaining to the Chancellor.  What I would like to do is work collectively to come up with CONSTRUCTIVE criticism that explains the way we fit into aspects.  Simply asking to have our names be listed as part of the document does not get us any further than we are at this very moment.

By using the reply feature, please list the places in which you would like to see the library community mentioned.  By Tuesday, April 6,  I would like to incorporate all of these into something succinct that I can pass onto the Council for endorsement before submitting to the Strategic Plan Team.

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