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January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by jrfitzgerald on Yesterday at 01:10:32 PM »
January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / NYLA liaison report
« Last post by wlwest on January 24, 2019, 09:30:04 AM »
No Report
January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / SLC Report
« Last post by amlowe on January 18, 2019, 09:43:02 AM »
Posted on behalf of Chuck O'Bryan

•Creation of SLC Bylaws
       -A draft copy is currently circulating for comment amongst board members and will be sent to the SLC membership prior to approval.
•ExLibris ALMA migration
       -Campuses are extremely busy with all aspects of the ALMA migration.  OLIS has offered to take on and house the ALMA support staff that will be necessary to make the migration and adoption
       successful for all campuses. 
•Commercial Products--CPC (including video working group and science direct working group)
       -CPC meetings are held virtually and monthly.  Negotiations are ongoing between the Video Resources Working Group and Kanopy. Targets of the negotiations include lower prices for all
          institutions, as well as changes to the process that triggers a license.  Upcoming trials include Films Media Group, SWANK and AVON.
        -CPC’s Science Direct Working Group has completed round one w/ Elsevier for renewal or rejection or modification of the Science Direct Big Deal.  The next meeting will be near the end of
           February and will include Elsevier’s presentation of a new deal with accompanying usage data.
•Charges have been developed and staffing is being recruited to fill working groups for various SLC initiatives: leadership development, library technology.  Other groups in development will include
  open access, conference planning and other initiatives either identified through the SLC strategic plan or membership input.
•Collaboration with ESLN, NYS Library, CUNY, NYLA and school libraries are ongoing.
•Nominations are being accepted for one open board position and multiple working group openings.
January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / FACT2 Report
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu on January 18, 2019, 09:37:56 AM »
The next FACT2 Advisory Council Meeting is February 8th in Albany, NY. There are have been no Council meetings since the last SUNYLA meeting, so not much to report.

2019 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant applications are now open!
There are two informational webinars. You can register here:
The first webinar is today, but they will be recorded.
Applications are available here:

Several library and/or information literacy related projects have been funded in the past, and so this is a good opportunity to apply for funding for large, multi-campus projects. Email if you have questions.

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / WGIL Update
« Last post by Carleen Huxley on January 18, 2019, 08:38:38 AM »
Our WGIL Lightening Talks continue and seem to be maintaining interest. It's been great listening to all the awesome things our librarians are doing across SUNY.  The recordings for each session are posted on our WGIL blog:

Our next Lightening Talk will be Monday, January 28 at 10am with Christine Faraday, who will share her recent collaborative experience teaching a 1 credib LIB course with a Science Professor's SCI 101.

Also in the works is a possible forum of some kind where we can discuss Alma and it's impact on library instruction, etc.  We will definitely share more information about that when we know more.

Carleen Huxley
January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« Last post by cfishner on January 18, 2019, 08:37:56 AM »
No updates at this time
January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by leah on January 18, 2019, 08:34:27 AM »
Michelle Costello, Education and Community Engagement Librarian; and Tracy Paradis, Digital Collections & Archives Librarian, received a $3700 grant from the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries for their project proposal with Wadsworth Library in Geneseo, NY. Michelle and Tracy’s  "Growing a Maker Community"  project will fund a growing collaborative relationship between the library staff of SUNY Geneseo and Wadsworth Public Library in their work to establish and promote a maker community in their region.  The Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries is a fund which honors Harold Hacker, former director of the Monroe County Library System and founder of the Rochester Regional Library Council and Pioneer Library System.

One of the first events that is part of the "Growing a Maker Community" project is the Geneseo Maker Fest, which will be held March 30, 2019.  The Maker Fest is planned around engaging in three domains: physical, cognitive and performative.  Quoting from the Geneseo Maker Fest website: “From beginner to artisan, we encourage all stages of expertise and skill level to participate. Our goal is to expand the scope of what constitutes ‘Making’ with an emphasis on user engagement as well as to inspire attendees to join in the Maker Movement themselves. We particularly encourage interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making (or fixing!) things. The stations and activities at the event will be designed to emphasize user engagement and activity in the three making domains identified.”

Brandon West, Head of Milne Library Research Instruction, presented a poster at the Library Assessment Conference in Houston, TX, titled "Restructuring Reference Services Using Assessment Data" in December 2018. His project focuses on how Milne Library transitioned its reference services from a traditional reference desk to an office hours model. Under the new reference model, librarians offer 34 hours per week of drop-in reference time that can also be scheduled via LibCal. The number of student research consultations has increased 200%, while drastically reducing ready reference questions that are now triaged by student workers.

In January 2019, Tracy Paradis transitioned to a new role at Milne Library. Formerly a Research Instruction Librarian and liaison to Art History, Music, and Theatre & Dance, Tracy will be the Digital Collections & Archives Librarian. As a new member of the Collection Management department, Tracy will be responsible for creating new policies, workflows, and programming in support of digitizing Milne's extensive Special Collections and Archives. Congratulations, Tracy!

In the last quarter of 2018, the Milne Library website and several web applications underwent a redesign for Usability and Accessibility. The redesign was based on analysis of results from a Usability Study conducted throughout the summer of 2018 by Leah Root, Library Web Developer; Brandon West, Head of Research Instruction; and Alan Witt, Research Instruction Librarian. The Usability Study included a variety of student groups who tested common Library website tasks and provided feedback.  Leah Root also worked with an Accessibility analyst to ensure that web pages and web applications met WCAG 2.0 Accessibility standards for readability, visual contrast, and navigation with assistive technology. The Accessibility design effort improves information and resource access for students and for the community at large.
January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by Rebecca Hyams on January 18, 2019, 08:31:29 AM »

Rebecca Hyams will be leaving the Stephen B. Luce Library on February 1st (following the SUNYLA Midwinter Conference) to take up the position of Web and Systems Librarian at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). She had started at Maritime in 2013 and has served as the SUNYLA delegate (among other things, including as President of SUNYLA from 2015-16) since then.

Chante Hope, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, will be taking over as Delegate.
January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / OLIS Report
« Last post by KarenGardner-Athey on January 18, 2019, 07:49:12 AM »
SUNY Office of Library and Information Services
Report to SUNY Librarians Association 
Karen Gardner-Athey (
January 17, 2019

SUNY Library Services Platform (LSP)
•   ExLibris and LSP Project led Alma training was held December 11-14, 2018; thanks to Upstate Medical for hosting;
•   ExLibris has complemented the entire SLC migration staff for their migration efforts.  They are holding this group up as a model for other consortia;
•   Acquisistions Start up Task Force has been meeting regularly to immerse themselves in Alma Acquisitions and workflows;
•   Alma training documentation is being worked on by the various working groups;
•   Dates for In Person Alma training are being worked on and will be announced soon; a total of 5 one day sessions will be offered a various locations;
•   LSP update webinar will be held on January 18;
•   LSP FAQs are available;
Significant product documentation on Alma and Primo is available at the Ex Libris Knowledge Center (no logon necessary);
•   Stay up to date on developments via LSP website and/or the new sunylsp email list;

Open Educational Resources
•   September 1st Michael Daly began working for SUNY OER Services;
•   On December 6th, a SUNY OER Services meeting was held with staff; task assignments were discussed as was the review and funding of campus OER courses;
•   A Campus Champions meeting will be held at Suffolk County Community College on February 1st and 2nd; similar events are scheduled at other campuses;
•   Tony DeFranco and Michelle Beechey are now working full time for SUNY Open Services;

Open Access
•   Symposia regarding open access and the SUNY Open Access Resolution were scheduled for Buffalo (October 15th) and Stony Brook (October 26th);
•   An Open Access celebration was held at University at Albany on October 25th; OLIS staff were in attendance;

SUNY Libraries Consortium (SLC)

•   SLC Fall Meeting was held in Saratoga November 7- 8;
•   Jenica Rogers has accepted a new position at SUNY Potsdam and will step down from the SLC Board;
•   SLC bylaws are being developed to guide the work of the Executive Director, the Board and the organization;
•   The Commercial Products Committee (CPC) is working to establish a framework for moving the forward into commercial product evaluation and purchasing;

•   OLIS continues to work with the LSP project managers as part of the Alma migration;
•   OLIS is planning for Alma support. The plan is to have 3 – 4 support individuals in place by April, and to bring the total up to 8 by the Alma go live date June/July 2019.  All of this depends on the availability of qualified individuals.

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

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January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / President's Report
« Last post by cg219 on January 17, 2019, 09:02:27 PM »
President’s Report January 2019

As noted in the Membership Committee report, I am working with Bill Jones on delegate outreach initiatives. In our discussions, several ideas surfaced - 5-10% off annual conference; a special delegates meeting at the conference - similar to the new conference attendees; and a delegates-only raffle. 

Ophelia Morey from the University of Buffalo is on the SUNY Academic Programs & Awards committee for the 2018/2019 academic year. She has agreed to serve as our SUNYLA liaison. Once her term expires, we will need representation. 

I attended the fall SLC meeting in Saratoga. There was lots of discussion on the Alma migration and associated issues - workflow, support, etc. While there were vendor sessions, many of the directors were most concerned with Elsevier - some meetings with this vendor were scheduled for December.  SLC Bylaws are being developed.

Susan Lieberthal contacted me about the vacant SLC Board position: Nominations are being accepted to become a member of the SUNY Library Consortium Board for the remainders of a three year term which began spring 2018.  The term will run through to the spring meeting, 2021.  Please submit nominations and self-nominations by Thursday January 31, 2019.   Any questions, please contact Susan Lieberthal, SLC Secretary, at I strongly encourage SUNYLA members to nominate themselves or a colleague.

Library Advocacy Day is Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Does SUNYLA want a presence?

Next meeting: Onondaga Community College – March 22?, 2019
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