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June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / Re: Campus Updates - Delhi
« Last post by cfishner on June 17, 2020, 10:42:01 AM »
Resnick Library has been closed (physically) since the end of March, and will continue to be so through the summer.  We are looking at opening again in August, although no concrete plans have been set. We are still providing virtual services to students, faculty, and staff.

We have been engaging with patrons via Facebook and Twitter - using our word of the day posts that would normally be done in the building, Stress Less LibGuide to replicate our end of year programming, and a Peeps visit to the library.

Carrie Fishner (me) is co-presenting at the Tenure & Promotion Boot-camp for SUNYLA 2020 Annual Conference.
Amanda Calabrese achieved promotion to Associate Librarian, and Steve Dixon achieved promotion to Librarian.
Jennifer Collins was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.
Katelyn Baroody and Liz Santobuono presented "Wizards, Jedi, and Gamers, Oh My!: Library Con on a Limited Budget" at the virtual conference, Big Talk from
    Small Libraries
June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / FACT2 Report
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu on June 17, 2020, 09:28:11 AM »
Report attached :)
June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / TDG
« Last post by jlocascio 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) / LACUNY Report
« Last post by Rebecca Hyams on June 17, 2020, 08:54:38 AM »
The 2020 LACUNY Institute, which had been scheduled for May at Bronx Community College was postponed until 2021. Those that submitted proposals were given the option to keep the session for consideration for next year.

It was decided, and approved by the LACUNY Council that officer elections would be suspended this year, citing COVID among other things. All previously-approved Travel Grants were also extended by one year in light of the current climate.

LACUNY has established a Mutual Aid Network to distribute one-time grants of $200 for any CUNY Library faculty or staff member who requests support. The initial funding comes from postponing this year's LACUNY institute.

The editors of Urban Library Journal are currently accepting submissions for a special issue on Urban Libraries in a Pandemic. Submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words and will be subject to a scholarly peer review. For more information please contact the editors at and with general questions or recommendations.
June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / 1st VP Report
« Last post by asteenburgh on June 17, 2020, 08:25:37 AM »
This is a pretty short report, with apologies.

Started working with Carol Anne on the delegates database/membership campaign (following up on the 2020 Delegates Health Check), that project will transition to the incoming 1st VP.

All new members were emailed earlier this month and were encouraged to both register for conference and to attend the new members/first time attendees meeting. I had a few new members follow up with me.

June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / OLIS Liaison Report
« Last post by KarenGardner-Athey on June 17, 2020, 08:17:41 AM »
SUNY Office of Library and Information Services
Report to SUNY Librarians Association Council
Karen Gardner-Athey (
June 17, 2020


•   OLIS has been holding regular webinars focused on COVID-19 issues;
•   OLIS sponsored 12 “4 Week Sprint” groups that addressed a variety of topics.

Elsevier Negotiations (Science Direct)

•   SUNY and Elsevier have reached a new agreement on access to 248 core titles from the ScienceDirect database.
•   SUNY faculty will receive a 10% discount on article processing charges (APC) for publishing open access work in Elsevier journals.

Activities related to the SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR)

Soft roll out over summer 2020 with EDT/selected collections
•   Update
o   Campuses with EDTs in the current SUNY Digital Repository have been contacted (these are campuses that do not have local repositories)
o   Atmire has been notified of what collections to copy into SOAR
o   Waiting on feedback from Atmire
•   Develop workflows and metadata templates
•   Prepare materials related to OA promotions and copyright
•   Help determine problems to be addressed
•   Develop support models
•   Have formal promotion campaign ready by Open Access Week scheduled for week of October 19, 2020
•   Have package of materials ready for distribution (FAQs, etc.); identify were materials will be available for campus use
•   Plan for a webinar
•   Develop messages to stakeholders
•   Define message
•   Ensure message can be customized for campus use and various campus audiences – senior admins, dept. chairs, faculty, librarians, students

OLIS Resources:
•   Footprints, the OLIS Service Request system has been replaced by Team Dynamix. The OLIS link is found at:
•   For additional information about SUNYConnect, see our web site -

June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / Conference chair/2nd VP
« Last post by jireland on June 16, 2020, 07:14:57 PM »
SUNYLA 2020 is our first virtual annual conference. It is certainly not what I envisioned when I first started planning the conference, which was supposed to take place at Mohawk Valley Community College, but the planning committee and I made the best out of a difficult situation and produced an event we can all be proud of.

Final numbers
548 total people registered
271 of which identified as this being their first SUNYLA conference
Total expenses = $6952.13
Total income from registration and sponsors = $10,015
Net gain = $3062.87

Conference presentations are taking place on Zoom’s webinar platform. We purchased five tracks to handle five consecutive sessions. There will be one person on each track all day to serve as the coordinator/host. They will promote presenters and moderators as panelists and then change their role back to attendee after their presentation. Social events, SIGs, the annual meeting, and two workshops are taking place over Zoom meetings to allow for more collaboration/participation among attendees. Jill Locascio volunteered to be the tech support contact.

Presentations will be recorded and shared through YouTube. PDFs of slides will also be available to those registered.

Don't forget to visit the virtual posters posted to the conference website.

Every presenter and moderator attended a “trial run” with the chair to review the webinar platform, test equipment, and go over what they can expect on the day of the conference.

Two separate programs were created. One for the open web and one for those that registered. The one made only for registrants has links to sessions.

I would like to say a big thank you to ...
Carol Anne Germain for organizing and communicating with sponsors, and for assembling and mailing over two hundred swag care packages.
Alana Nuth for being so much help communicating with presenters.
Andrea Kingston for serving as poster lead.
Jodi Oaks for assigning and communicating with moderators.
Our very generous sponsors. After we changed to virtual, I was worried about how much support we would receive since there wouldn’t be a physical vendor area, but we are extremely fortunate to have such great companies that support our libraries.
Logan Rath for being a huge technology support and handling registration.
Bill Jones for being a constant source of support and guidance.
Steve Frisbee, April Broughton, Bill Jones, Rebecca Hewitt, and Becky Burke for serving as track coordinators.

Respectfully submitted by someone that needs a vacation after Thursday,
Jocelyn Ireland

June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / President's Report
« Last post by Bill Jones on June 16, 2020, 03:49:12 PM »
Hello, SUNYLA!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve as your President for the last year!  Despite the disruption we've all encountered because of COVID-19, we've accomplished a lot this year.  Our membership is growing, we had our biggest Midwinter Virtual Online Conference ever, and I finally got around to making those SUNYLA t-shirts!

I'm really looking forward to this year's annual conference and interacting with attendees through Zoom Webinar and Zoom Meeting.  This year may not be in the same format as our in-person conferences, but I'm optimistic that the feeling of collegiality and community will shine through the program.  Interestingly enough, I received an email from one of the members of the planning team for the ALA LITA Forum to see how we put together this year's conference.  I tell you what, the world is watching.  I hope you all find the conference inspiring and meaningful, and that you take this opportunity to expand your network.

Thanks again for the opportunity to serve SUNYLA, and I look forward to working with all of you in the future.

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Jones
June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / UUP Liaison Report
« Last post by Danharms on June 16, 2020, 03:38:08 PM »
UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms, Liaison to UUP

UUP Releases Guidelines to Re-Open SUNY Campuses

Statement from Fred Kowal on the Resignation of Chancellor Johnson

Statement from Fred Kowal on Supreme Court Ruling Protecting Gay and Transgender Workers

Fighting Racial Injustice

If our members lack PPEs that the college cannot or will not provide, please get in touch with us to see if any can be purchased.

UUP is encouraging any temporary employees who have not received an appointment letter for the coming year to apply for unemployment, so they can be ready for swift budgetary changes.

Advocacy, to both state and federal legislators, will be very important in this upcoming year. Go to to learn about our legislative agenda and how you can help.

UUP is keeping an eye on a few situations regarding intellectual property from faculty, with administrations insisting that people sign over rights for online summer courses.
Caterina Reed joined the University Libraries as Instructional Support Associate in Acquisitions starting June 1, 2020. Caterina recently completed her Master's degree in Information & Library Science from SUNY-Buffalo and also holds a Master's degree in English from Stony Brook University. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook. Caterina's previous work experience includes Acquisitions Assistant at Adelphi University and Administrative Coordinator at the Montessori School at Old Field in Setauket.

On April 16, 2020, Abigail Streeter joined the Stony Brook University Libraries as the new Electronic Resources Librarian. Abigail’s most recent position was as a Library Media Specialist for Tonawanda City School District. At Tonawanda High School, she has managed the library program for the school, including collection development, instruction, and management of periodicals and electronic resources. Previously Abigail worked for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Education Service. Abigail holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Science in Sports Management from Niagara University.

Vanessa Mitchell started on April 30, 2020 as one of our Part Time Supervisors in the Access & User Services department.. Vanessa holds a Master's Degree from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor's Degree from St John's University. Her past experience consists of managing a Medical Aesthetics Spa and before that she was working as an office manager for Medrite Urgent Care. Over Vanessa's career she has been awarded certifications in CPR, AED, and is a Certified Phlebotomist.

Keith Krejci retired on April 29, 2020. Keith started his career at Stony Brook University in 1982 in the Printing Services Department as a machine operator. A few years later, he was promoted to floor supervisor where he assisted with the trials and decision-making on new printing equipment to better serve the University. Starting in 1989, he became a CSEA Union shop steward and helped bring about a much-needed ventilation system and safer working conditions in the Print Shop.
In 2002, Keith joined SBU Libraries as a Senior Library Clerk and has staffed almost every branch of the Libraries, assisting patrons with patent and other searches.  He helped digitize the entire collection of College of Engineering & Applied Sciences Technical Reports which are now in ContentDM.  He assisted with the migration of the Computer Science collection into the Science & Engineering collection, and was actively involved in the 2016 North Reading Room renovation. We wish Keith a happy retirement!

Anastasia Chiu has resigned their position as Cataloging & Metadata Librarian to pursue a new career opportunity at NYU. Anastasia’s last day on the job was May 1. Anastasia joined the Libraries in June 2017 bolstered the Cataloging and Metadata Services department’s migration efforts by co-organizing the department's self-training, by gathering information on SUNY-level policies and activities, and by implementing many of SUNY’s policies at the institutional level. They were the primary cataloger for music scores and physical-format audio and video recordings, and contributed strongly to the department's efforts to reinstate Stony Brook Libraries' status as a contributor to the prestigious Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging. Anastasia also co-authored Developing a Residency Program: A Practical Guide for Librarians, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2019. We extend our best wishes to Anastasia.
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