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November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« Last post by cfishner on November 08, 2019, 10:38:07 AM »
We are in the process of setting up a meeting to start planning a pre-conference session "Bootcamp" as came out of the session at last year's conference. We will also discuss other ways we can begin to provide mentoring or other services to our colleagues on this topic. This meeting should take place in the next two weeks.

If anyone else would like to join us in the planning/discussion phase, please contact Carrie at
November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / FACT2 Report
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu 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.
November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / LACUNY Update
« Last post by Rebecca Hyams on November 08, 2019, 10:27:38 AM »
(Sorry I can't be on the call this morning, we had a lot going on in my library today.)

LACUNY held its annual Grace-Ellen McCrann Lectures event on October 25th with 8 presentations given by library faculty from across CUNY. The presentations were well-received and covered a wide range of topics.

The 2020 LACUNY Institute will be held on May 8th at Bronx Community College. Calls for proposals will be forthcoming.

Many of the roundtables have been holding meetings in recent weeks including Cataloging, Privacy, Emerging Technologies, ILL, and Web Management.

While not directly related to LACUNY, CUNY now has a projected Alma launch date of August 3, 2020, so many folks are busy working on making that project successful.
November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / President's Report
« Last post by Bill Jones on November 08, 2019, 08:41:37 AM »

There's a possibilty that the January Council meeting may be rescheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020 due to a conflict.  I'll let you know as soon as the potential date change has been confirmed with the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Our other remaining Council Meetings are scheduled for:
March 27, 2020:  Mohawk Valley Community College
June 17, 2020:  Mohawk Valley Community College

Please remember (and remind your colleagues) that anyone within SUNY Libraries has a voice in SUNYLA and I highly encourage anyone willing and able to attend either in person or virtually.

On Tuesday, October 15th – Wednesday, October 16th, April Broughton (SUNYLA 1st Vice President) and I attended the SLC Meeting at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs.  This meeting was largely focused around contract negotiations with Elsevier, along with a SUNY sectors meeting, a discussion about alternative access, updates from SUNY Libraries Shared Services (SLSS) & the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), a small-group discussion about the future of SLC, and an SLC business meeting.  More details will be shared during today's Council meeting.

The SUNYLA Midwinter Conference 2020 planning is underway, led by Jill Locascio!  Jill will share more details during her report.

I've been working with Mary Timmons on a data analysis project regarding Librarian to student ratios and library budgets.  Katherine has granted me access to the server and I have already started by creating a database and tables, and I have a directory to place dynamic report templates.  More information will be shared during the Personnel Policies portion of our agenda.

Katherine Brent reached out to me and said that she would be interested in giving someone else the opportunity to serve as SUNYLA Web Manager.  Katherine has been serving in this role for nine years!  Here are the responsibilities that Katherine listed in her email:

* Updating the webpage content (the council page, conference pages, meetings & minutes, and newsletters are the most frequently needed updates)
* Maintaining the site's back end (Wordpress, forums)
* Credit card used for paying hosting, domain registration, and Zoom account (all reimbursed)
* Triaging some inquiries (mostly membership) that come into the email, usually by forwarding them to the current membership person or, if it's about payment, the treasurer
* Logan does the membership pages' maintenance and the conference registration page stuff, so coordinating structural changes with him to make sure those don't break

I'm personally interested in taking on this opportunity after I pass the torch to April Broughton in June 2020, and I have let Katherine know that I am interested.  If you'll have me, I'll need to be appointed by April and confirmed through applicable processes in the SUNYLA Bylaws.

Stay warm!
November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / OLIS Liaison Report
« Last post by KarenGardner-Athey on November 08, 2019, 08:30:39 AM »
SUNY Office of Library and Information Services
Report to SUNY Librarians Association 
Karen Gardner-Athey (
November 8, 2019

SUNY Library Services Platform (LSP)
•   Alma has moved to support;
•   SLSS/SLC met with ExLibris support managers and Content Operations Administrators
•   Many cases have been escalated, some because they have gone stale, others were cases where there were problems with linking;
•   Jennifer Smathers has joined the SUNY Shared Services Staff as SLSS Support Coordinator;
•   Central Discovery Index is coming soon;
•   Monthly LSP update webinar was held on October 30 at 2:00;
•   LSP FAQs are available;
•   Significant product documentation on Alma and Primo is available at the Ex Libris Knowledge Center (no logon necessary);

Open Educational Resources
SUNY OER Services recently received, as part of 2019-2029 OER funding requirements, reports from campuses of new OER course sections this academic year.  Sustained use is occurring across all sectors but significant growth is noted at Technology Colleges and University Centers.

SUNY OER Services recently launched its first OER Sustainability Cohort. The first workshop was held on October 24, 2019 in the Zimper Boardroom at SUNY Plaza.  IT was wonderful to see so many SUNY librarians actively participating and leading their campus OER efforts.  These cohorts will bring together 20 campuses over a two-year period to engage in conversation, reflection and action on how to sustain OER programs. More on OER sustainability is available at:

SUNY Libraries Consortium (SLC)

•   SLC Board Fall meeting was held on October 15 & 16. Discussions included Elsevier negotiations

•   Carey Hatch, Curtis Kendrick and Mark McBride presented to the Chief Academic Officers (CAO) meeting;  Presented on Elsevier Negotiations, Library Shared Services, OER activities
•   Full staff meeting to be held week of December 16 in Syracuse. Staff activities and future directions will be discussed;
•   RFI released last year, looking into the research/workflow/research lifecycle marketplace.  It coincided with the Open Access Resolution that was passed by the SUNY BOT;
•   Maureen Zajkowski, Wendi Ackerman, and Amelia Manders working with Michael Dane (contractor) to redesign the OLIS website.

Elsevier Negotiations (Science Direct)

•   Dec 18th, 2018 – Initial Meeting
•   Feb 25, 2019 – Vendor Cancelled Meeting
•   Feb 26, 2019 – Initial meeting with UC
•   March 18, 2019 – Requested information not received from Elsevier
•   April 8, 2019 – Present to Vice Presidents of Research
•   April 13, 2019 – UFS Spring Plenary
•   April 22, 2019 – Begin Town Hall Meetings
•   Jun 3, 2019 – Next Negotiation Meeting
•   Fall, 2019 - Another round of town halls?
•   Dec 2019 Contract Expires

Open Access Policy

•   Resolution was informed by actions of the Faculty Senate on open access and a system-wide task force;
•   This was a consultative process with System Administration receiving guidance and input from library deans, provosts, UFS, FCCC and others;
•   Draft resolution was sent to campuses for review and comments informed the final version with was presented by the Chancellor to the SUNY BOT;
•   Policy does not ask faculty, students, or staff to avoid publication in peer-review journals, monographs, etc., but to increase access to scholarly work;
•   State Operated campuses shall develop an Open Access Policy of their own, following faculty governance procedures;
•   Each Community College is encouraged to develop a policy of their own, that also follows faculty governance;
•   SUNY’s policy aligns with other universities and colleges’ open access goals;
•   Most federal funding requires open or public access to publicly funded research;

Open Access Repository Working Group

•   Purpose:  Develop Open Repository (hosted by Atmire) for Open Access content as a bridge to a future research workflow support platform

•   Members:

Wendi Ackerman, Upstate Medical
Darren Chase, Oneonta
Cathy Dwyer, University of Albany
Sarah Morehouse, Empire State College

•   Tier 1 Phase for 2019/2020
o   Support campuses that need to incorporate an Open Access policy but have no local infrastructure in place;
o   Can be implemented by March 2020 to meet the SUNY Board of Trustees resolution date for having Open Access policies in place;
o   Focus on development of workflows, services and support models;
o   Campuses have option whether to opt-in to shared environment.

SUNYConnect Information / Resources
•   For additional information about SUNYConnect, see our web site -
•   OLIS’ Footprints Service Request System
•   OLIS Support Portal
•   SUNYConnect union catalog

November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by Jenny Collins on November 07, 2019, 04:56:21 PM »
SUNY Delhi has had a busy fall. On October 27th we held our second annual Library Con (can't call it a comic con, thanks copyright trolling). We had vendors from the local Oneonta area game stores guiding students through games of Dungeons and Dragons, Lightening Talks given by faculty, a costume contest, an array of crafting activities and a demonstration on Cosplay from a local community member. Several student clubs were involved in the event as well as colleagues from the Oneonta Public Library who very kindly came and ran two escape rooms. Hats off to the phenomenal Liz Santabono (one of our great library clerks) and Librarian Kate Barody for the planning and decorating before the event. Our student attendance was excellent.

We're continuing to make strides further into OER and one of our librarians (Jenny Collins) is working with the honors committee to pass a new honors 100 course with heavy library research skill and information literacy focus.
November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Archivists Report
« Last post by Jenny Collins on November 07, 2019, 04:48:47 PM »
Nothing New to Report -- happy Friday everyone!
November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Treasurer's report
« Last post by GregB on November 07, 2019, 04:33:15 PM »
Hi everyone, we still have money! The bank account currently has $26,290, and paypal has $24,327.54, for a grand total of $50,617.54. I'm not sure if this is the most we've ever had, but it's close, so if anyone has good ideas that require money, this would probably be a good time to propose them!

The bank spreadsheet is attached, please let me know if  you have any questions!
November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Conference Chair / 2nd VP Report
« Last post by jireland on November 07, 2019, 03:09:47 PM »
Plans for the annual conference continue to progress smoothly. The planning committee minutes for October is available: The planning committee will be meeting again Friday, Nov. 15th, 10-11 through Zoom.

The keynote speaker has been identified. Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, winner of the 2019 ACRL Research/Academic Librarian of the Year award, has agreed to present the keynote address. She will be speaking on leveraging creativity to inspire and integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion values. Read about her scholarly contributions in ALA’s press release

The conference website is being created.

The logo is complete. Find it attached.

54 dorm rooms are reserved. The total cost for staying in the dorms for SUNYLA attendees will be $39 a night.

The SUNY Chancellor is not available to speak during the conference. Her office offered to send another representative to speak on her behalf.

Call for proposals will be sent either in December or January.

Save the date: the annual conference is June 17-19, 2020.

November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / NYLA Liaison Report
« Last post by wlwest on November 07, 2019, 09:06:08 AM »
News/reminders from NYLA:

2019 Annual Conference & Trade Show
Saratoga Springs, NY
November 13-16th

ASLS Speakeasy Sockdollager
(Academic & Special Library Section’s happy hour and membership meeting)
The Night Owl
Saratoga Springs, NY
November 13th
Registration link:

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