Call for Proposals: SUNYLA Annual Conference 2018

SUNYLA 2018: Throw Open Our Doors: Academic Librarians Open to New Experiences, Opinions, and Viewpoints

Finger Lakes Community College

June 13-15, 2018

Call for Proposals

Deadline for workshops and presentation: February 9, 2018

There has been a lot of talk about “open” lately — open educational resources, open pedagogy, open access, etc. At the SUNYLA 2018 Annual Conference, we will delve into the concept of openness through the more general terms of openly welcoming new ideas, campus partners, materials, and strategies into our libraries. Please join us at Finger Lakes Community College on June 13-15, 2018, as we explore how our academic libraries are pushing the boundaries beyond books and databases and opening new territory both within and beyond our walls.

We invite all SUNY and non-SUNY librarians and staff to submit proposals for pre-conference workshops and conference presentations in the following tracks:

  • Reference and Instruction
  • Cataloging and Technical Services
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Systems and Technology
  • Collection Development
  • Public Services and Interlibrary Loan
  • Professional Development
  • Management and Leadership
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Scholarly Communication

If you are not sure which track your presentation would fit into, submit your proposal anyway and we will determine which track would best suit your idea.

Please submit proposals here: Call for Proposals.  If you are submitting proposals for multiple workshops or presentations, please fill out a separate form for each.

Deadline for workshop and presentation proposals: February 9, 2018

Pre-conference Workshops

When?  Wednesday, June 13th

Length of Time?  90 minutes

Questions?  Contact:  Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz  

Conference Presentations

When? Thursday, June 14th and Friday, June 15th

Length of Time?  45 minutes

Questions?  Contact:  Rebecca Hyams,

For information on expense reimbursement, please refer to the Guidelines for the SUNYLA Annual Conference Expenses.

January Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be held January 26, 2018, at FIT.  The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Minutes and the agenda, as well as reports, are available on the forums.

If you will be attending lunch at the meeting, please fill out the RSVP form:

Meeting location, parking information, and a Zoom link for the online participants will be available soon.

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.