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January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by erinsharwell on January 15, 2021, 10:09:53 AM »
Erin Sharwell has accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania and will be stepping down as delegate, new delegate TBD.
November 13, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / LACUNY Update
« Last post by Rebecca Hyams on January 15, 2021, 09:57:58 AM »
There's not too much new going on down here with LACUNY right now. The main thing right now is continuing the planning for the LACUNY Institute where there's been a lot of discussion about registration costs (as in, should there be any?) and Zoom logistics. If a CFP goes out (they did offer those who sent proposals last year to stay under consideration for this year) I'll send it over.

Also, the next LACUNY Dialogues will take place on February 19th in the afternoon. The theme is: '“Can you all hear me...I think you muted yourself”: Learning to Work in a Remote Age and Staying Sane'.
January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: UUP Liaison Report
« Last post by Danharms on January 15, 2021, 09:31:42 AM »
More data for the meeting.
January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / TDG Report
« Last post by jlocascio on January 15, 2021, 09:30:20 AM »
Registration is open for the 2021 SUNYLA Virtual Midwinter Conference:
Looking Forward: Creative Library Responses to Crises

Friday, February 12, 2021 (10:00 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. EST)

Cost of Attendance: Free to all!

Register at:
January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by esimmon4 on January 15, 2021, 09:27:54 AM »
Alfred C. O'Connell library is welcoming Jessica Hibbard as Associate Dean – Library and Academic Support Services. Jessica is not a librarian but has worked as a Campus Center dean for over ten years. She brings a positive energy and strong admin experience to the library, and we're happy to have her.
We have been offering virtual services but also have been open M-F 9-4 and will continue those hours. We will be resuming our Course Reserves services for the Spring semester.

January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / FACT2 Report
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu on January 15, 2021, 08:53:35 AM »
Please see attached report.

January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Personnel Policies Committee Report
« Last post by mtimmons on January 15, 2021, 08:39:49 AM »
Personnel Policies Committee Report

We are working on updating the Exit Survey. 
At this point the draft survey is getting very long I try to incorporate the input I received. 
I am looking for a few volunteers to offer suggestions on ways to make the survey more user-friendly and / or perhaps change the platform (currently it is in Google Forms). 
If you, or someone you know, would like to be a part of this endeavor, please contact me
Respectfully Submitted,
Mary Timmons
Chair PPC
January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / President's Report
« Last post by cg219 on January 14, 2021, 06:49:02 PM »
President's Report January 2021

Happy New Year! Hope everyone is safe, healthy, and  happy.

On December 11, we hosted the virtual happy hour - Holiday Ugly Sweater event. Thanks to Jill for the Zoom coordination. It was several hours of fun and there was a request to host a regular Zoom happy hour.
I contacted the SUNYLA Archivist for an update, since there has been little communication in that area. There is a report.

Review of the Mentor Award (under Old Business)
The Wind Beneath Our Wings Award (WBOWA)

Mentors are vital for the professional growth of library professionals.  This award honors and encourages the efforts and dedication of individuals in the library field who have demonstrated exceptional commitment with mentoring members of SUNYLA. It acknowledges support a SUNYLA member received to expand their knowledge and expertise within the library and information field.

Award criteria

Eligibility for the Award acknowledges mentorship support of one or more SUNYLA members to reach professional goals within a SUNYLA library.

Nominators must be a current SUNYLA member in good standing for at least 2 years.

Award recipients do not need to be SUNYLA members.

A nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s mentoring activities and how they have made and impact for at least one SUNYLA member's library career.

We had one comment regarding Bylaw Draft (under Old Business) :
I am curious about this in the bylaws:
3.3 Student membership is available to individuals enrolled at least half-time in a library or information science program, provided they are not eligible for another membership category. After leaving school, the former student member may renew SUNYLA membership as a first-time member. 
>>> Why not eliminate the "at least half-time" language? 

Carol Anne
January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Membership Development Committee Report
« Last post by cg219 on January 14, 2021, 05:06:38 PM »
Here are the latest membership stats for January 2021

Current members: 390
Lifetime Members: 36
Student members: 94
Delegates: 56

SUNYLA  membership has remained steady.

Due to Covid and working off-campus conditions, physical checks to SUNYLA will take some time to process. At this point, deposits should all be up-to-date, as per the Treasure's report. Most of membership is paid via PayPal.

The SUNYLA LIS Student subcommittee was convened with many interested members! Amanda Lowe agreed to serve as the chair.  First Meeting report

1.   Current committee membership: Amanda Lowe (chair), Jocelyn Ireland, Fred Stoss, Mechele Romanchock, Joan Cook, Melissa Netzband, and Keri Thomas Whiteside.

    a.   If you are interested in joining this committee, please reach out to Amanda Lowe (
2.   During this meeting we discussed who would be a direct liaison with each library school   
    a.   University at Buffalo - Amanda
    b.   Syracuse - Fred/Keri
    c.   Pratt - Mechele
    d.   UAlbany - Jocelyn
    e.   Palmer School - Joan
    f.   St John's - Melissa
    g.   Queens - [vacant]
    i.   If membership has any direct connections with anyone within these schools, please reach out with contact information or anything else that may be helpful for the school liaisons.

3.   Carol Anne shared list of current student members

4.   Committee discussed ways of interacting with student membership and decided that we should survey students that are currently members as well as students that could be potential members before we start planning any programming, etc.
    a.   Keri agreed to work on drafting a survey
    b.   Jocelyn agreed to work on drafting an email
    c.   Committee decided to wait to send anything out to students until the start of the spring term.

5.   Committee would like to request a small starting budget of $150, with the hopes that we can use it for future programming endeavors after the return of survey results

6.   The next meeting is on January 22nd, 2021

Carol Anne
January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« Last post by cfishner on January 14, 2021, 04:45:56 PM »
The Promotion & Tenure ad hoc committee is planning our next meeting for some time in the next 2 weeks. If anyone is interested in helping us, please let Carrie know at

The last two years we have presented at the annual conference. We are considering what our next steps are in providing resources and support to our colleagues across the SUNY Libraries moving forward.

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