Call for Proposals: SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference

SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference: Practical OER: Transitioning from Theory to Implementation

February 2, 2018

Everyone can agree that Open Education Resources are a good thing:  decreasing the cost of textbooks can make education more accessible for more people. The SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference planning committee is seeking proposals describing the ways that you’ve actually implemented OERs at your institution, and how the library has been involved with that process. Do you have great ideas about how to promote OERs to your faculty and colleagues? Have you created OER repositories or guides that you think could be used as a model for other schools? Do you have success stories about collaborating with faculty to make campus-wide OER a reality? Can you recommend best practices for making sure students can get print copies of material if they need it? Share your experience with your colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 2, 2018 (10:00am – 2:30pm).

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic.  Presentations should include a demonstration of how you’ve worked with OERs, what you’ve learned that other librarians should know, and any positive/negative feedback that you’ve received.

Technology requirements:  Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone, quiet space for presenting, webcam optional

Accepting proposals until Friday, December 8, 2017.  Submit your proposal here:

November 3 Council Meeting

The next SUNYLA Council meeting will be Friday, November 3, at the University at Albany.  The agenda, draft minutes, and reports are available on the forum (

The meeting will be on the downtown campus in Draper Hall 246.

If you will be attending in person, register ASAP so enough parking passes can be requested, and for a headcount for lunch:

Lunch and parking details to follow.

Virtual attendance will also be possible; watch for an email with the Zoom links.

September 18 Council Meeting

The September 18, 2017, meeting of the SUNYLA council will be held at SUNY Delhi in Bush Hall.  The meeting will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you will be attending in person and partaking of the catered lunch, please sign up with this link:

If you are attending in person, you will receive a temporary parking pass via email.

Virtual meeting options are available:

  • Via Zoom:
  • Via iPhone one-tap : US: +16465588656,,887304813#  or +16699006833,,887304813#
  • Or via Telephone: US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833; Meeting ID: 887 304 813.

Council Meetings for 2017-2018

Here are the 2017-2018 SUNYLA Council meeting dates.  Additional details for each meeting will be available closer to the date.

  • September 18 at Delhi
  • November 3 at Albany
  • January 26 at FIT
  • March 23 at Finger Lakes Community College
  • June TBD (week of June 11) at the Annual Conference

SUNYLA 2017 Registration Open

Registration for SUNYLA 2017 is now open!

Register via the conference website.

SUNYLA 2017: The Global Library: Diversity through Collections, Spaces, & Services

Stony Brook University, SUNY

June 14-16, 2017

There is no time like the present to celebrate libraries as institutions supporting inquiry and access to information while exploring opportunities for inclusivity in our research and practice.  

On June 14-16, 2017 join us at Stony Brook University for the SUNYLA 2017 annual conference where we will come together to share and learn about  the diverse ways we meet users’ needs in our collections, spaces and services.

See the program and scheduled sessions. Session descriptions will be posted shortly.

Rates for SUNYLA 2017*:

  • $100 for members
  • $140 for non-members
  • $60 for LIS students
  • $60 members/$70 non-members single day registration

The deadline to register for this year’s conference is May 20, 2017 May 23, 2017.

*New Registration System: This year we are trying a new registration system that we hope will simplify things. The new system uses a different payment gateway, and the form looks different from last year. Our new system should automate a lot of the manual work that was done in the past.

*Member Rate: You must be a current (2016-2017) member of SUNYLA in order to receive the member rate for registration. This means that if you are not currently a member, you must join SUNYLA and wait for your membership to be processed before registering for the conference at the member rate. To receive the member discount, you must enter the appropriate code in the Member Discount field on the registration form. You can obtain the code by filling out the form at The code will be emailed to you if your membership is current. Again, it is imperative that your membership renewal is completely processed before you register for the conference.

*Presenters: For information on reduced rates for presenters, please refer to the Guidelines for the SUNYLA Annual Conference Expenses. You will have a coupon code emailed to you once registration is open.

Don’t forget to see if you are eligible for a scholarship! Sylvia Chu Memorial Scholarship and Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 21, 2017.

If you have any registration concerns please contact Logan Rath:

Tour of Special Collections & University Archives, Wednesday, June 14, 6:00pm-6:30pm

Tour of the Stony Brook University Libraries Special Collections & University Archives. Unique materials include American Revolutionary War-era letters written by George Washington, 17th and 18th century maps of Long Island, and rare books, including the The Nuremberg Chronicle published in 1493. Limited to 15 people. Sign up at registration.

International Culinary Tour Dinner – Thursday, June 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join us on Thursday, June 15, for dinner in our beautiful, new East Side Dining space for an “International Culinary Tour Dinner” – a food lover’s trip around the globe.

There will be an abundance of tasty treats from 5 regions around the world to tempt your palate:  Italy & the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Latin & South America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. There will also be a chance to watch the chefs in action! Make sure to bring your sense of adventure…and your appetite!

Cost for Thursday night dinner: $25

Behind the Scenes – Staller Center for the Arts

Thursday, June 15, 2:30-3:30pm, Staller Center

Join us for an informative, guided “Behind the Scenes” tour of Long Island’s premiere arts venue, the Staller Center for the Arts. The Staller Center is the home of the prestigious Stony Brook Film Festival, now in it’s 22nd year, as well as spectacular stage performances featuring world renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Patti LuPone, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, and many many others!

While there is no charge for this event, space is limited to 40 people. Please sign up at registration. Meet in the Staller Center lobby.