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September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Re: Campus Updates - SUNY Geneseo
« Last post by leah on September 24, 2018, 12:45:44 PM »
New Library Staff, Librarian promotions, awards, and innovative tools were in abundance at Milne Library over the past summer.

A warn welcome to our new Head of Collection Management, Alana Nuth. Alana comes to Milne Library with an extensive background in collection development, acquisitions, and electronic resources from her work at University of Vermont Libraries, Burlington, VT.   Alana also worked in electronic resources management as well as reference and instruction. 

A warm welcome to our new Scholarly Communications Librarian and liaison to Sciences and Mathematics, Jonathan Grunert. Jon’s background includes experience in the sciences and with instruction at Colorado State University–Pueblo and Virginia Tech. Jon is excited about working with faculty and students in exploring publishing opportunities and promoting research.

Congratulations to  Michelle Costello, Education and Community Engagement Librarian; and Brandon West, Head of Research Instruction Services for receiving promotions from Senior Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian. 
Michelle Costello’s ongoing work with Wadsworth Library in the Village of Geneseo earned Milne Library the Pioneer Library System Outstanding Collaboration Award. The Pioneer Library System is a New York State chartered, cooperative public library system serving the forty-two public libraries in Ontario, Wyoming, Wayne and Livingston counties, including Wadsworth Library.  The award will be presented to Michelle on October 10, 2018, at the Pioneer Library System annual meeting. Kudos and congratulations to Michelle Costello for her dedication to collaboration!
The IDS Project recently won the 2018 Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award.  The Milne Library-borne IDS Project was recognized for innovative contributions to resource sharing at the American Library Association 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in June 2018.

Milne Library once again helped to prepare AOP's Summer Program students for their academic life by guiding them in a short research project that included a poster session.  This year’s AOP Poster Session was held August 1, 2018.

Students created posters with their research findings on a topic related to the theme of civic engagement and the ideas contained in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Faculty, Staff, and the community were invited to view the posters and chat with the students about their research.

On September 4, 2018, Milne Library launched the OER search tool, OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search).  OASIS gathers more than 155,000+ records from 52 different sources that have been carefully selected in collaboration with SUNY OER Services.  OASIS was developed with the goal of making the discovery of open content easier.  Some of the features of OASIS include the ability to limit search results by license, type, subject, source, and reviews available.   Users can also suggest new sources to be added to the catalog and/or share items of interest through email.  There is also a search widget that can be embedded in any website.  Currently, there are already 165 institutions across the country using the search widget.

For questions, comments, and/or feedback on OASIS contact Bill Jones ( and Ben Rawlins (
September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / NYLA liaison report Sept 2018
« Last post by wlwest on September 21, 2018, 08:47:04 AM »
ASLS wanted to remind everyone about their upcoming events:

This year's Academic Libraries Conference:

The Library is Open: Academic Libraries Conference
Dates: October 11 &12
Location: Ithaca, NY

for more information:

2018 NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show
Dates: November 7 - 10, 2018
Location: Rochester, NY

For more information:
September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Re: Campus Updates - Albany
« Last post by rnous on September 21, 2018, 08:08:25 AM »
Virtual PAWS (Personalized Assistance With Searching) Pilot Program
The University at Albany Libraries has seen an increase in the number of one-on-one research appointment requests made by students.  This fall, the libraries’ Virtual PAWS Committee (Personalized Assistance With Searching) will be rolling out a soft launch of a pilot program to bring our one-on-one research consultations to our growing number of online and distance students.  We expect the program will help us provide a personal, face-to-face, service through online video conference software, giving our distance students the same opportunity to sit down with a librarian and discuss research strategies. The pilot will help us identify practical strategies and benefits of using video and screen-sharing in reference consultations.  The committee is collaborating with colleges and departments that offer fully online degree programs to reach out to enrolled students. Over the past year, librarians Camille Chesley, Sue Kaczor, Amanda Lowe, and Lauren Puzier have reviewed, recommended and initiated the training for and organization of the program and look forward to reporting on its results.

Can you hear me now? Audio Preservation with George Blood
The University at Albany Libraries has invited George Blood to give a workshop for our regional cultural institutions, scheduled for Thursday October 18, 2018. It will begin with an outline of the inherent vices and deterioration vectors of audio media. After this refresher, the presentation will work with a model RFP (Request for Proposal) and SOW (Statement of Work) to give attendees the information they need to proceed with preservation and digitization of this essential and unique part of our collective memory.

For more information and to register, visit the CDLC website, or click

New and Improved Metaliteracy Badging System
With generous support from Dean Rebecca Mugridge, Kelsey O'Brien and Trudi Jacobson have been working on a revamped version of the Metaliteracy Badging System. Originally created by educators from across the SUNY System, this instructional resource has been implemented with over 2,000 students at UAlbany, and seeks to empower learners to be mindful consumers and creators of information. Students who successfully complete the required components have the opportunity to earn four digital badges that may be shared on an e-portfolio or professional network: Master Evaluator, Digital Citizen, Producer & Collaborator, and Empowered Learner. The multimedia site includes original and openly-resourced content that can be assigned to meet particular course needs. Our ultimate goal is to make the resource open for use by any SUNY institution. We are excited to launch the new and improved site later this fall, which will allow customized learning plans and mapped progress toward the earning of each badge. In the meantime, the content of the site has been archived and may be previewed here: Please feel free to reach out to Kelsey O'Brien if you're interested in learning more:

Personnel News
This summer, the Libraries welcomed a host of new people to our team. Alyssa Panetta joined the Libraries as Web Developer/Designer. Alyssa held this role part time since last summer, but recently transitioned to a full time position. Lauren Puzier, formerly the Library Reference & Projects Librarian at the Dewey Graduate Library, was hired as our new User Experience Librarian. We welcomed Rachael Haines, our new Library Budget Officer. Leah Darcy joined the Innovate, Make, Create Center as the Audio, Video Equipment Lending Assistant. Jason Cromie is the newest member of the Discovery Services team in Technical Services.

September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / FACT2 Report
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu 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!
Congratulations on your retirement, John!  You will be missed!  Have fun  8)
September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / 1st Vice President Report
« Last post by BillJones on September 20, 2018, 10:51:34 PM »
Hello, SUNYLA!

Thank you all very much for the opportunity to serve again as your 1st Vice President.  I’m honored to be serving SUNYLA through my second three-year commitment, and I’m excited for our organization’s potential for growth and change as we migrate to our new Library Services Platform, Alma.

Over the month of October, I’ll be reaching out to campus delegates to make sure that SUNYLA has an up-to-date delegate roster, and to ask a few short questions on how SUNYLA can better meet the needs of its member libraries.  Please feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions or if you have any ideas about how I can better serve SUNYLA in my role as 1st Vice President.

Respectfully yours,
Bill Jones
September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Treasurer's report
« Last post by GregB on September 20, 2018, 03:51:59 PM »

All is well! We have $10,898.83 in the bank and $14,957.33 in paypal, so we're keeping things pretty much steady. See attached spreadsheet for details and see you all tomorrow!

September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Archivists Report
« Last post by Jenny Collins on September 20, 2018, 03:48:40 PM »
Nothing to report at this time.
September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by Jenny Collins on September 20, 2018, 03:48:09 PM »
SUNY Delhi’s library is enjoying great OER success this semester. Working with faculty from an array of academic disciplines, we have implemented OER in a number of courses. Notably, our nursing program is now using an OER textbook for all first year nursing students. With OER in place the nursing department has reported higher test scores and more engaged students, all of whom have access to the textbook. The department plans to expand their use of OER for the next semester. Librarians at the Resnick library continue to meet with faculty and work toward an expanded OER future on campus.

We’re also planning a series of in library events to improve student engagement. Activities are set for Banned Books week, Open Access week and the library will be running Library Con activity for students in October. It has been a busy but rewarding year thus far.
September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / President's Report
« Last post by cg219 on September 20, 2018, 02:55:18 PM »
A New Year Welcome SUNYLA!

Schedule of SUNYLA Meetings for 2018-2019
Albany  - September 21 University Library Cobb Room (main campus)
Delhi - November 11/2
FIT - January  18
March – TBD
June TBD (week of June 12) at the Annual Conference

SUNYLA Annual Conference 2019
Onondaga Community College has graciously agreed to host next year's conference.
The 51st annual conference is scheduled for June 12 through June 14, 2019.  April Broughton, Carrie Fishner, Rebecca Hyams, Lisa Hoff, and I had campus visit/virtual meeting to coordinate conference details. Mohawk Valley Community College has expressed interest in sponsoring the 2020 conference.

Charles O’Bryan is the new Executive Director of SLC. He will be participating in our meetings as the SLC representative (formally Patrick C.). The next SLC meeting is November 7-8. I spoke with him about collaborations with a focus on leadership initiatives.

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