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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.

November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / TDG Report
« on: November 06, 2018, 12:24:56 PM »
The Midwinter Virtual Conference committee has convened and decided that this year's conference theme is going to be "Moving to Alma/Primo VE: Hindsight is 20/20." The conference will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 10:00 - 2:30 and as always is free.  The Call for Proposals will be coming soon.

Slack is still going strong at 103 members.  In the future I see it being a good place to talk about Alma stuff post implementation so participation is encouraged.

June 13, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC (Annual) / TDG Report
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:44:55 PM »
SUNYLA's first online election was a success!

We had a 61% participation rate (144/235 voters).

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / TDG Report
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:06:57 PM »
The mock election using Electionrunner was a success and the software does everything that we need it to do.  I recommend we move forward with purchasing it for the SUNYLA election. The cost for 300 voters is $29.

SUNYLA midwinter was on February 2 went well. We got a lot of great feedback from participants who like the set-up of the event. Overall we had 278 registered.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / Metro Report
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:03:21 PM »
Metro’s next symposium will be May 31 – June 1 and is titled: (Mis)informed: Propaganda, Disinformation, Misinformation, and Our Culture
They are currently accepting submissions for the symposium and will be through  Friday, April 13.

Learn more and submit a proposal at:

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / TDG Report
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:52:48 AM »
Virtual Conference:
The SUNYLA midwinter virtual conference, Practical OER: Transitioning from Theory to Implementation, is Friday February 2. For more information and to register (for free!) go here:

Online voting:
TDG has been looking into ways to make voting in SUNYLA elections easier and we may have found it. 
ElectionRunner ( is a service that is pay-per-election with the following payment plans:
•   20 voters is free
•   100 voters is $15
•   300 voters is $29

It offers the following:
•   Send the URL for the election out in an email
•   Pick a start and end date for the election
•   Send receipts that the vote’s been counted
•   Hide the results from the administrator until after the voting is finished
•   Multiple choice with options appearing randomly
•   Allows write-ins if we want
•   We can import voters in a CSV file

There are a couple of issues that we may need to discuss before deciding for sure:
•   We have to make sure we use the proper data formatting headings, etc.) when importing the CSV file
•   The Voter Identifier (Voter ID) is what can be considered as the Voter's "username". The voter will use this field when logging in to vote for your election. This field is not required, and if left blank a random value will be generated. A voter's Voter ID must be unique in your election.
•   The Voter Key is what can be considered as the Voter's "password". The voter will use this field when logging in to vote for your election. This field is not required, and if left blank a random value will be generated.

If anyone wants to take place in a mock election so we can see it in action on the free platform before purchasing I’ll take some volunteers.

The TDG Slack group is going strong at 99 members. Of that number there are probably only 10 of us who are active. I think that those of us who use Slack can attest to its efficiency and usefulness but the issue is that if you don’t already use it, it can be a little difficult to incorporate it into your daily workflow.  The people who have it installed as an app fare better because then it’s always running and you don’t have to remember to go “check” it.

I’ve looked into ways to send an email blast to everyone using Slack just so I can do monthly reminders/updates from within the platform but the two “apps” or “bots” I’ve looked into don’t seem to be sufficient.  One can only send emails to a maximum of 3 recipients at a time and also, you have to manually write each recipients email address.  The other one allows you to just @ the person who is on Slack that you want to email but only allows email to one person at a time.  If anyone else knows how to do this I’m all ears.

Additionally, I just wanted to remind those who are in the group that we have multiple channels so when you do log-in click on “channels” on the left hand side of the screen and you can see which channels you can join.

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