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January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / SUNY Geneseo Milne Library Positions Available
« Last post by leah on January 30, 2018, 04:09:12 PM »
Milne Library has two new positions open: Research Instruction Librarian, and Head of Collection Management.   The Research Instruction Librarian job description is here: , and the Head of Collection Management job description is here:
January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates - Albany
« Last post by rnous on January 26, 2018, 11:51:00 AM »
Strategic Planning
The University is currently working on drafting an updated strategic plan. The University Libraries has been holding meetings, discussions, and brainstorming sessions to develop a strategic plan based on the University’s framework. We are currently in the process of developing a draft plan.

SUNY LSP Migration Working Groups
Our campus contacts on the migration working groups are:
SMSP – Nancy Poehlmann (co-chair)
Data Migration – Wendy West (chair)
Access Services – Jeff Goldstein
Electronic Resources – Jan Waterhouse
Training – Jan Waterhouse (chair)
Discovery – Rebecca Nous
Analytics – Kabel Stanwicks

The Information Literacy Department has been experimenting with new teaching methods this year using BreakoutEDU's immersive game kits. Inspired by "escape rooms" that have gained popularity in recent years, the kits consist of a box that students "break into" by solving clues to unlock five different types of locks. Trudi Jacobson and Kelsey O'Brien have worked closely with a lecturer in the Writing and Critical Inquiry program, a required course for first year students, to implement the game as a team-building exercise at the start of the semester (an article about the experience will be published in a future issue of C&RL News). Implementations have also included a zombie apocalypse-themed version of the game and a research-oriented version for an Information Literacy class.  The department provided an in-service for UAlbany librarians who might be interested in using BreakoutEDU in their own classes, and plans to keep experimenting with new applications of the kits during the spring semester.

New Single Service Desk
On September 21, 2017, the University Library opened a single-service desk for patrons. The new desk provides a home for Circulation, Reference, and ITS Help services. Previously, library users had to visit separate desks for certain services—for example to the Circulation desk for checkout and return of laptops, and to the Reference Desk for research guidance. "This project assisted us in streamlining our services, as well as enhanced the space on the University Library's first floor," said Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the desk and was well attended by the university community.

Up and Comer Award - Amanda Lowe
Amanda M. Lowe, Outreach and Marketing Librarian, was one of twenty people (nationally) to be recognized with an Up and Comer award through ATG Media - an umbrella group that includes the Charleston Conference, Against the Grain, and a new series of short, open access ebooks – this past November. The Up and Comer award is intended for librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession. Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries and they seek to innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks. They are recognized as the future library leaders and change makers. Amanda will be featured in the December/January issue of Against the Grain and is scheduled to speak in an up-and-coming podcast series.

Personnel Updates
We recently welcomed two new employees to the Libraries. Amanda McGown joins us as Library Systems Desktop Support Technician in Library Systems. Steven Hunter joins us as a Lending and Access Services Clerk at the University Library.

Selected Publications & Presentations
Craig Gibson and Trudi E. Jacobson, “Habits of Mind in an Uncertain Information World.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, v, 57 no. 3, 2018, pp. 183-192.

Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson.  Metaliteracy: Reflective and Empowered Lifelong Learning. Literacidad y Vida Cotidiana Conference. Guadalajara, Mexico. November 24, 2017.

Trudi E. Jacobson, John Delano, Linda Krzykowski  Laurie Garafola, Meghan Nyman, and Holly Barker-Flynn. “Transfer Student Analysis and Retention: A Collaborative Endeavor.” Reference Services Review, v. 45 no. 3, 2017, pp. 421-439.

Kelsey L. O’Brien, Michele Forte, Tom Mackey, and Trudi E. Jacobson, “Metaliteracy as Pedagogical Framework for Learner-Centered Design in Three MOOC Platforms: Connectivist, Coursera and Canvas.” Open Praxis, v.9 no. 3, 2017, pp. 267-286.
January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / FACT2 Update
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu on January 26, 2018, 10:21:10 AM »
FACT2 Council Meeting
Next council meeting scheduled for February 2, 2018.

Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG)
Round 7 (2018-19) RFP and Grants Administration Site Open
Deadline March 4, 2018 11:59 pm
There is an orientation session today, that is being recorded, and a Q&A Webinar on February 6, 2018. Links to register on website.

Open SUNY Summit
4th Annual Open SUNY Summit, February 28 - March 2 2018
New York City at the SUNY Global Center
John Seely Brown will be the keynote speaker. A great program of speakers and activities are planned. A special guest appearance of the SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson is planned.
Registration is open to both SUNY and Non-SUNY participants.  Registration fees are listed on the 'Cost/Payment Info' tab.
Check for Summit news, status, and updates.
Renamed from Open SUNY COTE Summit to Open SUNY Summit

FACT2 Symposium
The SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2) offerrf a one-day Symposium on Micro-Credentials - Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs.

The concept of the credential is a transnational, interdisciplinary signal of capability and skill.  Micro-Credentials are competency-based and show proof of specific learning achievements.  Across SUNY's 64 campuses there are examples of institutions developing and implementing both credit and noncredit micro-credentials that respond to student and industry demands.  This Symposium, organized by the FACT2 Task Force on Micro-Credentials, is designed to provide information to participants on why you might consider adopting a micro-credential program, and how you may do so effectively. 

Topics include:
Micro-Credential Basics
Micro-Credentials at Work within SUNY
Lunch - Networking with FACT2 Task Group members
Lessons Learned and Obstacles to Overcome in Badging
Credit vs. Non Credit Micro-Credentials
Micro-Credential Curriculum Assessment
FACT2 Task Group on Micro-Credentials Tasks, Deliverables & Timelines

Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) 2018
Elevate Learning: Taking Education Higher
SUNY Cortland
May 22 - 25, 2018
This year’s theme Elevate Learning: Taking Education Higher  is supported by the following tracks:
Immersive Learning - Today’s learning can happen anyplace and at any time. Tomorrow's learners will have additional tools to engage with content. How are we leveraging immersive tools, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, experiential learning, project-based learning, or other environments outside of the traditional classroom? Share your experiences with implementing any immersive learning technologies or techniques.
Designing for the Future – What are the latest trends, apps, and gear for engaging learners? How do you design for the future of education? What drives your decisions about teaching the learners of tomorrow?
Sustainable Innovation - How do we scale and transfer our evidence-based successes? How do we build upon the success of innovative instructional initiatives (such as IITG, OER or COIL projects)? Share how your innovations impacted learning, student engagement, student enrollment, or recruitment and retention efforts at your campus.
Leveraging Evidence – How are we using evidence to influence decisions that improve learning? How is your campus effectively using data, competency-based learning, micro credentialing, or evidence-based practices to guide decisions about courses, programs, delivery methods, or the student experience?
Opening Doors – How is your campus opening doors to include all learners? How are you welcoming international, adult, first-generation learners, and Excelsior Scholarship recipients? How are you engaging with OERs and Universal Design for learning practices? What opportunities lie ahead and what challenges remain?
Proposals for presentations were due December 31st, 2017, and are currently under review. Registration to open later this spring.
January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Ad Hoc Advocacy
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu on January 26, 2018, 09:53:57 AM »

The Ad Hoc Advocacy Committee was formed in January 2016, in response to the SCLD Strategic Plan. The idea was to work with the SCLD to support the advocacy objectives in the Strategic Plan.

This is what SCLD had identified as their charges: 

SCLD will advocate for SUNY Libraries, promoting the value of libraries within SUNY and state-wide.   
3.1.   SCLD will develop a marketing strategy and public relations plan.
3.1.1.Write an elevator speech for value of SUNY libraries 
3.1.2.Develop a plan to meaningfully engage SUNY Administration at Spring 2016 meeting
3.1.4.Obtain a SUNY Libraries web presence on the website 
3.2.1.Inventory the roles libraries are currently taking on their campuses with Open SUNY 

In January 2016, we opened up a call for SUNYLA members interested in serving on such a committee. The response was good, with 12 librarians volunteering to be a part of the committee. We were ready to partner with SCLD on their advocacy plan.

Ultimately, in 2016 and 2016 SCLD reorganized into SLC and the partnership never got off the ground. However, there has been continued interest from both groups in greater advocacy efforts.

My recommendation is to reform the Ad Hoc Advocacy group and to work with the new SLC on advocacy efforts. Due to changes to my work (currently serving as interim library director and also vice-chair of SLC) I won’t be able to dedicate the time to this that it deserves. I would like to put out a call for a new chair and members interested in serving on this committee with the following charge:

Partner with SLC to advocate for SUNY Libraries, promoting the value of libraries within SUNY and state-wide.   

When there is a new committee chair in place, I would step down from the Ad Hoc Advocacy committee.

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Awards and Programs
« Last post by Logan Rath on January 26, 2018, 09:37:44 AM »
 The awards are programs committee will be looking over the guidelines for Chancellor’s awards at our next meeting on February 16. If you have any suggestions for changes to the  criteria for the Chancellor’s awards, please send them to me at

Current information:
January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Archivists Report
« Last post by Jenny Collins on January 26, 2018, 09:36:13 AM »
Nothing to report.
January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / WGIL Report
« Last post by Logan Rath on January 26, 2018, 09:33:51 AM »
WGIL has one item to report. Our blog is now up: Thanks to our first three authors: Sarah from Oneonta , Dana from ESC, and Nicki from GCC.
January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Treasurer's Report
« Last post by GregB on January 25, 2018, 03:20:19 PM »
Hi everyone! We have 14426.22 in the bank account, and 10648.09 in paypal, for a total of: 25074.31. So we're doing fine, see attached spreadsheet for details. Note: I've attached only the 2017 annual report here, because the 2018 report so far only includes 3 membership payments.

I can also report that I've submitted our 2017 e-postcard to the IRS stating that we normally make less that 50,000/year, and it has been accepted, so that takes care of our tax reporting duties for the year.

Please let me know if there are any questions!

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by Rebecca Hyams on January 25, 2018, 12:30:00 PM »
Rebecca Hyams, Delegate

A new Library Director has been hired! They will be starting in March, so I'll be able to share more details and fully introduce them for our next meeting. We're also going to be looking for Ship Librarians (as we do every year) soon.

We've all been very busy continuing to work on several large projects including a weed and rebuild of our 2nd floor circulating collection, revamping our LibGuides, better integrating library services into Blackboard, and working our way through several Archives-related grants. Most recently, we updated our Medium account with an update on our NYS Documentary Heritage Program grant, which can be found here:

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / NYLA liaison report Jan 2018
« Last post by wlwest on January 25, 2018, 11:43:57 AM »
In addition to the following report, the NYLA ASLS President, Jessica Clemons, would like some feedback on what SUNYLA would like to see from NYLA/ASLS.  If you would like to send your thoughts and comments to me I will compile them to send to Jessica.  Thanks!  Wendy

ASLS report to NYLA Council, January 2018

Communication is being streamlined and updated. New board members are have been added, the website is accurate, and people have been removed from the board listserv as appropriate.

The 2017 NYLA conference was very strong, with excellent evaluations from ASLS sections.     
Conference programming for 2018 is off to a strong start.

Legislative Committee rep will be Matthew Kopel. Previous rep could no longer continue in her role.

Academic Library Summit from last fall is being synthesized, shared, and discussed for future actions.

2018 Academic Librarian conference happening in Ithaca in October, Marcy Strong and Laura Osterholt are representing ASLS.

ASLS is on sound financial footing. We will be contributing to Library Advocacy Day.

New projects for the group
            Rebranding ASLS to have a more professional image
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