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January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Metro Report
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:47:33 AM »
Instead of their annual conference, METRO is trying something new this year and is hosting a series of symposia to discuss pressing issues in our field, starting with a day-and-a-half long conversation on Libraries in the Context of Capitalism. This event takes place on Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2.

For more information and to get tickets go to

November 3, 2017 Council Meeting @ Albany / TDG Report
« on: November 01, 2017, 01:32:13 PM »
The CFP for the annual SUNYLA midwinter virtual conference has just gone out.  This year's theme is "Practical OER: Transitioning from Theory to Implementation".

We're seeking 15-20 minute long presentations that address how OERs have been implemented at your institution, and how the library has been involved with that process.

The conference will be held Friday, February 2 from 10am - 2:30pm.

We are accepting proposals until Friday, December 8, 2017.  Proposals can be submitted here:

Also, we will need to move our Zoom subscription from the IDS account to TDG's in January.

Our Slack site has been seeing some activity so go check it out if you haven't in a while:

If you haven't joined yet but would like to follow this link:

September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / TDG report
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:24:14 PM »
The TDG Slack site is slowly gaining members and momentum.  I've started sending monthly updates which provide a brief recap of things that have taken place across the channels. Participation is encouraged!

I spoke to Heidi Webb about the best way of integrating the LSP implementation team with TDG's Slack since there is a lot of overlap. We already have an LSP channel but there will be a lot more people involved with the LSP implementation than there are involved in TDG (i.e. people who are not in part of SUNYLA).  Do we want to have a fairly liberal joining policy for the TDG Slack so there are more opportunities for people interested in discussing the LSP?

There has been conversation related to moving SUNY elections online.  Angela Galvan who is no longer with SUNYLA started a Google Doc (and passed it off to Logan Rath) with some brainstorming ideas this has been shared and is also posted on Slack. I contacted Qualtrics (which was one of the options mentioned on the Google Doc) to see what kind of options they could give us regarding an account that would provide what we needed and they would certainly fit the bill but I'm not sure if we would be able to afford it but we can discuss.

September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Metro report
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:23:12 AM »
Metro has settled nicely into their new building is back to providing a variety of innovative programming: various workshops, trainings, and SIG meet-ups. If you have an interesting workshop you’d like to lead there, they are interested in hearing your proposal.

In addition to updating their space, Metro has also updated their web presence, mailing list, and SIG structure.  SIG’s are now announced on  Also, Metrocon will be no more as Metro is instead moving to hosting a series of symposia discussing issues in the field.

From their website:

"In 2018, METRO will host a series of symposia to discuss pressing issues in our field, starting with a day-and-a-half long conversation on Libraries in the Context of Capitalism. Taking place at METRO on Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2, this event seeks to unpack the tensions that exist for libraries and archives as cost centers in a neoliberal economic climate.
We’re now accepting presentation proposals on facets of library & archives work as it currently exists within a market economy. Ideas for presentation topics include but are definitely not limited to:

•   Economic systems and their effects on libraries
•   Information as a commodity
•   Student loans and the LIS field
•   The ethics of unpaid internships
•   Money, social power, and class

Please submit your presentation proposals by midnight on Friday, October 13.

We are also seeking individuals who would like to join our planning committee for this event. In addition to reviewing and selecting proposals to be presented day-of, you’ll be asked to provide feedback on how we might build interaction and dialogue into this event. We’re offering a small stipend; please apply here by Friday, September 15".

Check out for details.

June 14, 2017 Council Meeting @ Stony Brook (Annual) / TDG report
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:14:19 AM »
We’ve simplified the sign-up process for the Slack group.  Instead of emailing back and forth with me, you just have to go to  That address is also available in the TDG section of the SUNYLA website.

A lot of members of SUNYLA have indicated interest in moving SUNYLA elections online in order to make things easier and hopefully encourage more “turnout”.  Angela Galvan from Geneseo spearheaded this effort and created a Google Doc to look into some options.  A channel in TDG Slack group will be created to further look into this.  All feedback is welcome.

Since Slack itself only provides push notifications to people’s desktops which is not ideal for many, I am planning to send weekly (or bi-weekly or monthly) email notifications to the general channel just to keep people aware of the group’s activity if they do not have a habit of checking in regularly.

June 14, 2017 Council Meeting @ Stony Brook (Annual) / Metro Report
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:13:15 AM »
Metro has opened their new facility at 599 11th Ave.  It’s a fantastic space and they are looking forward to utilizing it in innovative ways that grow the community.  They had a welcome reception on Thursday June 1.  There are going to be a lot of new interesting things going on there.

You can read more about their re-launch on their newly updated website:

January 27, 2017 Council Meeting @ FIT / TDG Report
« on: January 26, 2017, 10:19:18 AM »
The TDG Slack group is slowly growing.  There have been some good conversations and information sharing and I encourage all members to check in periodically to see what’s going on and I further encourage current members to participate and non-members who are interested to join (send me an email (

The SUNYLA midwinter virtual conference: Library Hacks:  Reuse, Repurpose, and Remix; will be held on Friday, February 10th. The registration link for the SUNYLA midwinter virtual conference was just sent out to various listservs and we have some great presentations lined up this year (

As always, this conference is free.

November 18, 2016 Council meeting at Albany / Metro liaison report
« on: November 16, 2016, 02:22:35 PM »
Things have been fairly quiet lately with Metro and I am guessing that is due to the fact that they are in the middle of a move from the Union Square area up to 45th st and 11th ave.

November 18, 2016 Council meeting at Albany / TDG Report
« on: November 16, 2016, 02:20:44 PM »
Planning for the annual Midwinter Virtual Conference is underway.  This year’s conference is Library Hacks:  Reuse, Repurpose, and Remix and will be held on February 10, 2017.  We issued our call for proposals last week and are accepting them through Monday, December 12.  I encourage anyone considering it to make a submission. 

Our Slack group is going strong with 44 members and 9 channels.  The more people post, the better it works, so post away!

September 23, 2016 Council meeting at Geneseo / TDG Report
« on: September 19, 2016, 09:25:34 AM »
The TDG slack group is up and running.  There are currently 9 channels:

•   #summon
•   #aleph
•   #eds
•   #ezproxy
•   #general
•   #midwintervirtualcon
•   #random
•   #springshare
•   #techservicessig

We are off to a great start with some good conversation taking place. I hope more people will participate and current members will participate more because it’s a really great resource and way to converse, commiserate, and crowd source solutions to tech issues. 

On that note, planning for the Midwinter Virtual conference will probably commence within the next month so keep your eyes open for announcements.

On Saturday, April 16 I represented SUNYLA with flyers in hand at the ALLN career day at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). It was a collaborative effort of the member organizations of the Archives and Library Leadership Network and BMCC. The event was success; attendance was high and there were great presentations from various members of the community about possible librarian career paths. 

March 11, 2016 Council Meeting at Binghamton / Metro Liaison Report
« on: March 04, 2016, 11:40:59 AM »
On 2/16 I attended a joint ALLN/SLN meeting at Metro where which we came up with meeting topics for the rest of 2016 and discussed a career day event to cap off National Library Week in April.

I will be representing SUNYLA at the ALLN career day even which is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and will be announced as a collaborative effort of the member organizations of the Archives and Library Leadership Network and BMCC.

March 11, 2016 Council Meeting at Binghamton / TUG/TDG Report
« on: March 04, 2016, 11:39:56 AM »
The transformation from TUG to TDG is moving along.  The Facebook group is holding strong at 45 members. 

Nov. 13, 2015 Council Meeting @ Cobleskill / TDG November Report
« on: December 08, 2015, 11:30:32 AM »
The TDG Facebook group is up and running.  We currently have 37 members.  No discussion has happened yet but hopefully that will change soon.

Anyone interested in joining can do so by visiting the following link:

January 23, 2015 Council Meeting @ FIT / Metro 3R's liaison report
« on: September 29, 2015, 12:17:50 PM »
Not much new to report, quiet summer.  There is a joint ALLN/SLN (student leadership network) meeting on 10/27 which will talk about the ins and outs of event/conference planning that I will attend.

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