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January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / FACT2 Report
« on: Yesterday at 08:53:35 AM »
Please see attached report.


November 13, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / FACT2 Report
« on: November 13, 2020, 08:35:15 AM »

Here are some quick updates:
- The call for proposals for SUNY CIT Conference is now open
- I am serving on one of the Task Groups this year: Online Student Engagement and Support Models
- John Kane from SUNY Oswego is chair of FACT2 Advisory Committee

Please see the attached report for full details.

- Katie

June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / FACT2 Report
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:28:11 AM »
Report attached :)

March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / FACT2 Report
« on: March 27, 2020, 10:30:11 AM »
report attached :)

January 10, 2020 Council Meeting @ FIT / FACT2 Report
« on: January 10, 2020, 10:06:23 AM »

No new news for FACT2. Our next meeting is February 7th, 2020.

Katie Ghidiu

November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / FACT2 Report
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:33:12 AM »
The call for proposals for the CIT conference is open:
Proposals are due by December 31, 2019
CIT 2020 is  at SUNY Oswego May 26-29, 2020!

I attached a slideshow that Kim Scalzo, Executive Director of Open SUNY, presented to the FACT2 committee in October. It provides an overview of the new SUNY Online pilot program.

There is a new Task Group: Examining Pedagogy and Learning in Online Domains.
The charge is in the attached slideshow. Logan Rath is a member of the Task Group.

June 12, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga (Annual) / FACT2
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:26:34 AM »
FACT 2 Report

FACT2  put  on another successful CIT conference, this  year at SUNY Purchase:

The Council met  on April 12,  in Albany NY:
- Updates  from constituent groups,  including  newly  added student representative
- Met with SUNY Provost Tod Laursen
- Updates from SUNY System and Open  SUNY,  including SUNY  Online  and  PIF (Performance  Improvement  Funds)
- Task group updates from this year and discussion around  next  year
- Updates on  Flexspace and Coursera
- CIT Planning
- FACT2 Awards  report

Next meeting dates: July 31, Aug 1, 2019

March 15, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga / FACT2 Report
« on: March 15, 2019, 09:46:25 AM »
The FACT2 Advisory Council met on February 8th in Albany, NY.

- There was a lot of discussion around the Open SUNY whitepaper and the changes it proposes for online learning in SUNY. You can read the whitepaper here:
- Updates from the Open Pedagogy and Adaptive Learning task groups.
- FACT2 is thinking of rebranding. Right now it stands for SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2). Would keep the same acronym but change the T words.
- FACT2 has groups on Workplace for the campus reps and also the advisory council. If SUNYLA wants to utilize Workplace more or differently (we have a group) and needs help Kelly Williamson at CPD is the go-to person. Or let me know and I can contact her. 
- Registration is now open for CIT 2019 at SUNY Purchase:

Our next meeting is April 12, also in Albany, NY.

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / FACT2 Report
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:37:56 AM »
The next FACT2 Advisory Council Meeting is February 8th in Albany, NY. There are have been no Council meetings since the last SUNYLA meeting, so not much to report.

2019 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant applications are now open!
There are two informational webinars. You can register here:
The first webinar is today, but they will be recorded.
Applications are available here:

Several library and/or information literacy related projects have been funded in the past, and so this is a good opportunity to apply for funding for large, multi-campus projects. Email if you have questions.

November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / FACT2 Report
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:26:50 AM »
The FACT2 Advisory Committee met on Friday, October 17th in Albany NY. I shared information about the WGIL Lightning Talks and several members of the group were very interested in them and thought they might be of interest to the wider FACT2 community. I am to ask if we can share those on the FACT2 Workplace group? I'm happy to post them if it's okay with WGIL and SUNYLA! At the meeting, we also had a working lunch with the SUNY Provost to talk about his priorities for FACT2. He is especially interested in Adaptive Learning.

The FACT2 task groups have been set for next year, and are:
1. Adaptive Learning
2. Open Pedagogy

Please contact me at if you'd like to volunteer to serve on one of these task groups or could recommend someone at your institution to serve (could be a librarian, library staff, faculty, instructional designer, etc). There is still time to get involved!

Upcoming events:
FACT2 Symposium: Virtual Immersive Pedagogy
November 9, 2018
SUNY System Administration, Albany, NY
Learn more & register:
Fee:  $50.00

September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / FACT2 Report
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:58:05 AM »
The FACT2 Advisory Committee had our summer planning meeting in August. Our next meeting is October 17th, in Albany. We are working on finalizing themes and tracks for the 2019 CIT conference.

The FACT2 task groups have been set for next year, and are:
1. Artificial Intelligence
2. Adaptive Learning
3. Open Pedagogy

Please contact me at if you'd like to volunteer to serve on one of these task groups or could recommend someone at your institution to serve (could be a librarian, library staff, faculty, instructional designer, etc). There is still time to get involved!

June 13, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC (Annual) / SLC Update
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:31:34 AM »
Voting for three new SLC Board members was completed in March and new members announced at the SLC Spring meeting. Holly Heller-Ross and Tim Arnold rotated off the Board after completing three-year terms, and Patrick Callahan stepped off the Board a year early, due to his upcoming retirement. The following candidates were the top three vote-getters and new Board members:

Ken Fujiuchi, Head, Information Commons, Buffalo State University
Jenica Rogers, Director, Lougheed Learning Commons, SUNY Potsdam
Ben Rawlins, Library Director, SUNY Geneseo

As of the end of the SLC Spring Meeting, Patrick stepped down at SLC Chair, and I (Katie) stepped into that role. Ken Fugiuchi was selected by the Board as the new Vice Chair, and Jenica Rogers as Treasurer. A full list of SLC Board members can be found here:


I’m pleased to announce that Charles O’Bryan, Ph.D. has been appointed as the executive director for SUNY Libraries Consortium, beginning June 28, 2018.

His appointment was the result of a nationwide search. Special thanks to the SLC Executive Director search committee members, and especially to Holly Heller-Ross who served as the committee chair.

SLC Executive Director Search Committee
Holly Heller-Ross, Plattsburgh, Chair
Randy Gadikian, Fredonia               
Jessica Clemons, University at Buffalo
Rebecca Mugridge, University at Albany      
April Davies, Cobleskill
Elizabeth Orgeron, Cobleskill            
Cindy Olbrys, Binghamton University
Maureen Zajkowski, OLIS

Thank you to Binghamton University Libraries, who will be serving as Chuck’s home base. Chuck can be reached at and additional contact information will be posted to the SLC website and shared with the SUNY library community once he begins his role.

June 13, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC (Annual) / FACT2 Update
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:21:12 AM »
The annual Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) took place last month at SUNY Cortland.
Theme: Elevate Learning: Taking Education Higher
May 22 - 25, 2018
Videos of the keynote and featured speakers are now on the CPD website:
Keynote Speaker Barbara Oakley, Interim Provost Grace Wang, and Featured Speaker presentations Open for the Public: Practice for a Hopeful Higher Ed (Robin DeRosa), Excelsior Scholarship Reflections of Year 1 Implementation (Patricia Thompson), and The FLEXspace: A One-Stop Shop for Learning Space Design, Pedagogy & Community (Lisa Stephens).


The FACT2 task groups have been set for next year, and are:
1. Artificial Intelligence,
2. Adaptive Learning,
3. Open Pedagogy

Please contact me at if you'd like to volunteer to serve on one of these task groups or could recommend someone at your institution to serve (could be a librarian, library staff, faculty, instructional designer, etc). The composition of the task groups won't be set until August/September, so there is still time to get involved!


Save the Dates:

CIT 2019 – SUNY Purchase
May 28-31, 2019

FACT2 SYMPOSIUM: Virtual Immersive Pedagogy
November 9, 2018
8:30 am-4:30 pm
Zimpher Boardroom
SUNY System Administration
SUNY Plaza, Albany NY
The FACT2 Task Group on Mixed Realities invites you to a one-day symposium that explores the emerging role of virtual and augmented reality tools in the teaching-learning and research spaces. The day's events will focus on presentations and discussions about how these emerging tools are being used in academia today. In addition to presentations, there will be an open exposition period for posters and hands-on activities with mixed reality tools.

If you are currently using Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality tools in your teaching or research practice and would like to present, we encourage you to submit an abstract proposal using this application link:   Abstracts must be submitted by August 20th, 2018, decisions by September 30th.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / SLC Update
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:39:36 AM »
Patrick and Katie are both at other events today and cannot make the meeting.


SLC Spring Meeting
Registration now open through SUNY CPD:
April 18-20, Syracuse, NY
Open to all members of SLC institutions and invited guests

SLC Board
Voting is now open for two new members of the SLC Board. Each institution can vote once and should select two candidates.  Voting ends at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29.  Results will be shared the following week. A list of candidates is below:

Ken Fujiuchi, Head, Information Commons, Buffalo State University. Ken is well known in SUNY. He is very knowledgeable about all the issues SUNY libraries are currently grappling with, including OER, repositories, and library management systems. Ken is also an original thinker and problem solver and is very collegial. He will provide valuable insight and direction to the SLC Board. [Recommended by Marc Bayer, Director]

Jenica Rogers, Director, Lougheed Learning Commons, SUNY Potsdam. Jenica P. Rogers is the Director of the Lougheed Learning Commons at SUNY Potsdam. Jenica’s background in librarianship is in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. The Lougheed Learning Commons is a hub of non-classroom academic space which includes the College Libraries, College Archives, Lougheed Center for Applied Learning, College Makerspace, and Honors Program, and is dedicated to exploring and expanding the boundaries and intersections of traditional classroom instruction and applied learning activities. Jenica’s current professional interests are constantly expanding and all revolve around the intersections in higher education — the places that classroom learning, student identity, libraries, the internet, scholarly communication, and authentic experiences collide. As a member of the SLC Board, Jenica hopes to bring her experience with vendors, faculty, and higher education administration to the table, to advocate for solutions that actually solve our problems, not just push them off a few more years, and to add to the voices who represent the needs and the goals of the smaller libraries in our consortium.

Beth Orgeron, Library Dean, SUNY Cobleskill. As library dean at SUNY Cobleskill for the past nine years, I have served as a past chair of the former SCLD, participated in the advisory team that worked with Ithaka to develop the SLC, and most recently, I am serving on the search committee for the first executive director of the SLC. I have experience serving on an executive board (Four County Library system), and I have a keen interest in being part of growth and development of our new SLC. Also, I am available to travel as needed for meetings. Cobleskill is relatively centrally located and, I have the expressed support of my provost to take on this opportunity.

Cori Wilhelm, Interim Director of Library Services, SUNY Canton. Cori Wilhelm is the Interim Director of Library Services at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons. She earned her MLS at University at Buffalo and became an academic librarian in 2012. After serving as SLLC’s Assistant Director for 4 years, she became Interim Director in 2016. She serves as the OER Program Lead for her campus, and is currently working with her campus administration and faculty to get OER off the ground at Canton.

Ben Rawlins, Library Director, SUNY Geneseo. I have experience serving on a variety of different library related boards and teams. For example, I currently serve as a member of the IDS Project Advisory Council, IDS Project Admin Team, and SUNY OER Services Advisory Council. In my previous position as library director at Georgetown College (Ky.), I served as a member of the board of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA). I chaired the Special Libraries Section. I also served as a member of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) Library Directors and as a chair of this group before accepting my current position. These experiences and opportunities have positioned me to be an effective member of the SLC Board, and I welcome the opportunity to serve as a potential member of the SLC Board.

Executive Director Search
On behalf of the SUNY Library Consortium Board of Directors and the Executive Director search committee (Cindy Olbrys, Jessica Clemens, Rebecca Mugridge, Maureen Zajkowski, Randy Gadikian, April Davies, Beth Orgeron, and myself), I am very pleased to announce the finalist candidates for the SLC Executive Director position.
Charles  O’Bryan, Library Director SUNY Oneonta will be interviewing the afternoon of Monday March 26th and Mark A. Smith, Associate Dean of Libraries Alfred University will be interviewing Tuesday March 27th,  at Binghamton University. Their resumes (personal contact information redacted) are attached for your review.
Each candidate will offer an Open Presentation on the following topic: The SLC is a new consortia that will be inclusive of its members, SUNY and beyond.  What does it mean to operate as a consortia in the 21st century? How have consortia, especially in higher education or specifically to libraries, been able to affect positive change for our stakeholders? How might you define success in your role as our new SLC ED?
You are all invited to join the Open Presentations by WebEx  (these will be recorded) and also to provide feedback on the candidates.
(These links were sent out in the email)


March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / Ad Hoc Advocacy
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:24:02 AM »
Library Advocacy Day was February 28th, for more information, see here:

ALA's Annual National Library Legislative Day is being held in Washington, D.C. May 7 - 8, 2018.  For more information, see here:

No other updates from our last meeting.


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