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SUNYLA Council => Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland => Topic started by: Carleen Huxley on August 10, 2011, 02:17:44 PM

Title: Campus Updates
Post by: Carleen Huxley on August 10, 2011, 02:17:44 PM
Reply to this thread with your campus updates.
Title: Re: Campus Updates and SUNYLA Newsletter
Post by: shannon.pritting on September 02, 2011, 04:52:22 PM
Unless you indicate that you do not want me to, I'll  automatically use your campus update for the SUNYLA Newsletter.
Shannon Pritting, Co-Editor
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Niagara C.C.C.
Post by: Karen Ferington on September 15, 2011, 09:59:08 AM
   The H.G. Lewis Library welcomes Nancy Kennedy as our new Library Division Chair.  Nancy has served as Technical Services Librarian for many years.  She will continue with her work in cataloging while serving as chair.  The acquisitions work will now be done by Jeanne Tuohey, Reference Librarian.  We are having our part-time librarians fill in at reference to accommodate this transition.
   New technology is appearing almost every week as we reap the benefits of a large technology grant.  We recently received:  9 iPad 2s; a 16-iPad charging cart/syncing unit for storage; 15 new laptops; 6 MacBooks; and 5 Kindles.  We are in the process of working out procedures for purchase and downloading titles for the Kindles.
   In Spring/Summer 2001 we got several new media stations for viewing/listening, as well as digital cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders.  Some of this equipment is primarily used by our Digital Media students, but all of it does circulate. We also have new computers and work stations in our Reference area. So there are lots of exciting new toys around and patrons are using them.
   We now have a subscription to the entire Master Academic Collection of streaming videos from Films on Demand starting in September 2011. Last semester we only had the Humanities/Social Sciences Collection.  Because of the high amount of usage and requests from faculty and students, we decided to expand the amount of titles available on streaming video. New this year is the fact that the videos have been re-encoded to allow playback on our library iPads, as well as on the iPad Touch or iPhones used by many of our patrons.
Karen Ferington, Delegate
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: kathleenquinlivan on September 15, 2011, 10:37:46 AM
SAVE THE DATE!   For a symposium sponsored by the University at Buffalo Libraries:


   When: Monday, November 14, 2011

   Where: University at Buffalo's Center for Tomorrow

   9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


   Featured speakers include:

Francine Berman / Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
"Got Data? The Role of Digital Information in Shaping 21st Century Research"

Barry Smith / SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo
"Ontologies: What Librarians Need to Know"

Lisa Johnston / University of Minnesota Libraries
The Libraries' Role in Research Data Management: A Case Study from the University of Minnesota

More information will be sent out via SUNYLA-L in early October, so stay tuned!


H. Austin Booth was named Vice Provost for University Libraries, effective August 5, 2011. Ms. Booth joined the UB Libraries in 1997 and previously served as director of collections and co-director of the university’s Arts & Sciences Libraries.  She was named interim associate vice president for the UB Libraries in June, 2010, and has overseen several new initiatives designed to improve delivery of information resources. She has also focused on increasing the number of locally-created digital collections and developed an e-book purchase-on-demand program as well as a collaborative purchase-on-demand program across SUNY.

Lori Widzinski is the newly-appointed Head, Multimedia Collections and Services. Her duties include managing the Arts & Sciences Multimedia Center on the North campus and the Digital Media Resources Center located in the Health Sciences Library on the South campus.

Sciences librarian A. Ben Wagner’s article, “Tips from the Experts: Searching Inorganic Substances in SciFinder,”was published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (Winter 2011). Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) invited Ben to serve as the featured guest presenter for a webinar that will focus on the use of SciFinder’s substance search options to locate inorganic compounds and related information. The webinar will be broadcast at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. (Eastern) and will be available for on-demand viewing after Sept. 27th in CAS Learning Solutions:

Sharon Murphy, subject librarian and liaison with the School of Nursing, has received her 5-year renewal for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Distinguished Member Level from the Medical Library Association. Congratulations, Sharon!

The inaugural issue of UB Libraries Today ( received a “Best of Show” award in the Calendars/Newsletters (Print) category from the Library Administration and Management Association of the American Library Association. The award recognizes outstanding efforts in the area of library public relations.

Title: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
Post by: AprilDavies on September 15, 2011, 02:21:46 PM
Fran Apollo is heading to Monmouth, NJ Sept. 23-24 to present at the Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology (ACToP) Conference, along with Dr. Amy Corbett. Their session is entitled “General Psychology Research Papers and Increased Information Literacy Skills: A Collaborative Project.” 

Van Wagenen Library will be hosting its annual afternoon of games on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 3-6pm in honor of National Gaming Day.

Construction in the Library is almost done at long last. A few odds and ends (like network cabling!) are all that remain. The place is much more open now and there’ve been a lot of improvements to basics like lighting and bathrooms. People now have a little less time to enjoy the improvements though, we had to start closing earlier because of cuts to our student worker budget.

We had an interesting start to the school year thanks to all the flooding. The Library itself sustained no damage beyond a couple of roof leaks. SUNY Cobleskill is also part of the new shared-president experiment. We're now sharing Dr. Candace Vancko with Delhi. Most everyone seems to be cautiously optimistic at this point. We're trying to take a proactive approach by talking with the librarians at Delhi about ways to leverage the collaborative work our libraries already do.
Title: Campus Updates: Empire State College
Post by: disobedientlib on September 16, 2011, 09:18:06 AM
As the college migrates to a new content management system, the Online Library has successfully launched it's new, streamlined home page. With accessibility and ease of navigation in mind, the new home page represents a next step in student-centered, minimalist design.  The library is also in the middle of it's fourth full year of offering hands-on, live Elluminate workshops on basic information skills to it's students and plans to expand their offerings in the near future.

In September, evening and weekend librarian Ian Hertz started his new position at Winston Salem State University as their new Business Librarian. We wish him the best as he moves to warmer climes!
Title: News from SUNY ESF including an open position
Post by: verostek on September 16, 2011, 09:41:33 AM
*Penelope Klein has joined Moon Library this Fall as a part time librarian. Penelope’s main responsibility is providing reference services.
*Flora Nyland, the SUNY ESF - Moon Library Archivist is retiring after nearly 30 years of service in November 2011.
*Due to budgetary considerations, it is expected that the Moon Library Archives position will remain unfilled for the next few years.
*SUNY ESF continues to celebrate our 100 year anniversary
*An exhibit created by the Onondaga County Historical Society is currently on display in Moon Library.
*Based on feedback from our users - Moon Library has continued making improvements for students/library users and this Fall added a BookScan Station and a second public copier.

*********Moon Library currently has an opening for an Assistant Librarian.*********
This is a Twelve-month, Full-time, Tenure-track position. Deadline for applications is October 8th For more information about the position, qualifications and to apply online visit this site -

Responsibilities include:
In addition to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for an Assistant Librarian, the following knowledge skills and abilities may also be required:

Interact with researchers; negotiate and analyze research questions and determine most appropriate resource(s) to address the question; construct complex research strategies to facilitate patron research.
Utilize numerous complex research resources such as online catalogs and databases, finding aids, reference sources, technical manuals, etc. to perform job responsibilities.
Create finding aids for library materials.
Interact with researchers and provide consultation on appropriate technologies to accomplish research goals.
Track, compile, analyze, and interpret non-financial statistics.
Participate in library-wide planning and serve on campus-wide committees and task forces.
Active professionally and contributes to developments in the field.

Required Qualifications:
MLS degree from an ALA-accredited Library Science program and library or related work experience.
Knowledge of trends and services in academic libraries to support research programs.
Experience providing reference/instructional services in an academic library setting, teaching experience, or knowledge of instructional methods.
Knowledge of current and emerging trends in instruction and information technologies.
Experience in developing tutorials and learning objects.
Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with faculty, students, and academic administrators.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
General knowledge of library catalogs and related tools/resources including databases and Internet resources; directional and customer service skills.
Ability to use independent judgment, effective organizational and time management skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with MS Office, Access, Internet, Email.
Prior academic library experience.
A second Masters degree in a STEM subject area.
Proficiency with technical protocols and systems specific to libraries such as MARC, DCRM, HTML, etc.
Knowledge and skills required to support Scholarly Communications efforts of the Library and the College.
General knowledge of discovery and delivery tools including Voyager, Encore, ILLiad, bibliographic records and call numbering systems.
Experience with LibGuides and RefWorks or similar tools
Excellent customer service skills.
Digital technology skills.
Some experience with the creation of metadata.
Data manipulation skills

Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: mcnuttdc on September 16, 2011, 12:10:44 PM
Just in time for the fall semester, the Library Assessment Team (LAT) completed its working draft of the second triennial report. The report provides an overview of the library’s assessment efforts over the last three years, covering circulation patterns and database usage, reference and instructional services, as well as user satisfaction. We were pleased to find a number of areas of improvement, especially in terms of our data-gathering efforts, and we created an action list to guide our assessment activities moving forward. If you are interested in receiving a final draft upon its completion, please contact Dunstan McNutt at

Aside from the typical flurry of activity that comes with the beginning of another academic year, there is not much else to report. SUNY Delhi was spared the worst of tropical storms Irene and Lee, but many of the surrounding communities were not as fortunate. There are a number of volunteer opportunities for those that are interested, and a great deal of information is available through the MARK Project, a rural development organization for the Catskills region. The following link provides information on flood recovery efforts:
Title: Re: Campus Updates - SUNYIT
Post by: grimesb on September 16, 2011, 03:05:02 PM
The library is still going through some physical changes.  The furniture for the new first floor computer area could not be delivered until the first week of classes.  This delayed the electrical and cable work and we are almost ready to install the computers.  The Learning Center tutors have not yet set up shop in the Learning Center area of the building.  We hope they will begin soon.  We have been hosting the First Year Seminar classes and have seen more of the freshmen than usual this year as a result. 

We, too, are sharing our president with another campus, Morrisville State College.  Unlike Cobleskill, we have been asked not to be proactive in seeking out the librarians and others at Morrisville.  We have been asked to wait until we are contacted by them as we want to be sensitive to their feelings.  We remain optimistic that this can be a great relationship.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: millerjaACC on September 16, 2011, 04:08:22 PM
SUNY Adirondack is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The festivities kicked off the weekend of Sept. 16-17 with fireworks, a homecoming day with a bike rally, craft fair, food at 1960s prices, art show, and music. Details are at . On October 8, the college will have a black-tie-optional Gala at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George. The Gala will benefit the ACC Foundation Scholarship Fund.

The library's "College History" LibGuide ( covers the founding, history and development of the college, with audio files, videos of interviews with people who were instrumental in the history of the college, listings and images of print material and more. The guide was created by Caitlin Sheldon, who interned at Adirondack in the spring and is now a part-time reference librarian at Schenectady County Community College. The SUNY Adirondack home page also links to this guide.

In an effort to boost retention, the library worked with the college counselors to establish a select set of textbooks to place on reserve. The counselors worked with the Division Chairs to identify core courses to begin this effort. The Bookstore staff provided the list to send to faculty and a discount making these available for students who are unable to purchase textbooks at the start of the semester.

Emily Goodspeed joined the staff as a part-time Cataloging Librarian in April, replacing Melitta White, who retired. Emily graduated from University at Albany with an M.S.I.S. in Library Services in 2008. She interned at the SUNY Adirondack Library during the Fall 2008 semester. She's very familiar with the campus because she was a student, graduating in 2004 with an A.S. in Liberal Arts before earning a B.A. in English from The College of Saint Rose in 2006.
"Deaf Resources" is now the 76th LibGuide on SUNY Adirondack Library's page. It was written by Joyce Miller in conjunction with the college's Accessiblity Services Office.

Title: Brockport
Post by: Logan Rath on September 16, 2011, 04:36:06 PM
Lots of changes:

Lori Lampert has announced her retirement after 30 years of service. Debby Ames was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Kim Myers will be taking a one-year assignment working with Digital Commons from bepress. During this time, Logan Rath will be overseeing Interlibrary Loan in addition to student employees at the Information Desk.

Brockport will be displaying the John Adams Unbound exhibit in October. We have also combined our IT and Research Help at what is called the Information Desk. We held a virtual orientation using ANGEL content rather than an in-person meeting. As previously mentioned, Brockport has signed an agreement with bepress to establish a Digital Commons repository.  Additionally, the Library is planning for a massive renovation and 30,000 square feet expansion including a new main entrance on location.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Optometry
Post by: Kadri on September 16, 2011, 04:59:06 PM
Tina Perez, Serials and Document Delivery Services Manager, has completed creating a Print Journal database in Serials Solutions, showing volume holdings coverage as well.  Tina added separate Microform Journal and Audio Journal databases.  Now patrons will see from the Serials Solutions Journal Portal whether Kohn Vision Science Library owns a particular issue of a journal, either online or in print, before asking for it via Interlibrary Loan.  As mentioned before, we thank the SUNY’s who helped us with their experience and advice in this process.  

Construction for the Center for Student Life and Learning continues.  Optometry has launched a Major Gifts Campaign, “The Vision and The Promise,” to support the education, research, and clinical work of the College.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: alarrivee on September 16, 2011, 05:00:25 PM
Binghamton University Libraries welcomed two new staff members in July. Marian Stern joined as a Technical Services Assistant and Carrie Blabac-Myers is our new University Downtown Center Library – Reader Services Coordinator.  In addition, Adam Basa was promoted to the Science Library –Information Services Coordinator and Jill Dixon was appointed Acting Director of Public Services.

Due to the Binghamton floods, the University Downtown Center will potentially be closed for the remainder of the academic school year, the Downtown Center Library’s collection has been temporarily shifted to the Science Library. Continue to check the Binghamton University Libraries website for any other updates.

The Binghamton University Libraries showcased their Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection with speaker, Associate Professor, Janet Klein, Ph.D. and tours of the collection during homecoming weekend, September 23rd in the Glen G. Bartle Libary.

The Binghamton University Libraries participated in the annual campus-wide University Fest. Library volunteers Ronnie Goldberg, Julie Wang, Holly Patterson, Juan Denzer, Jill Dixon, and Anne Larrivee spoke to over 300 students and community members.

The Binghamton University Libraries has added a new high-speed KIC scanner, located next to the Reference Collection, to assist students and faculty with their research.

iPads are now circulating in the Binghamton University Libraries, more information can be found on the libraries website.
Ben Andrus, Anne Larrivee and Jill Dixon, subject/reference librarians, co-presented In with the new: Training new hires under a restructured framework at the 2011 SUNYLA Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh, June 2011.

Angelique Jenks-Brown and Jill Dixon, subject/reference librarians, co-presented the poster session, Engineering a Collaborative Information Literacy Partnership, at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., June 2011.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Geneseo
Post by: tlparadis on September 19, 2011, 02:31:57 AM
Summer was its usual busy time with the formation of several new teams organized to streamline and manage professional travel, assessment, and user services.We continued our team development with a “Teaching with Technology” series over the summer exploring services such as Webdoc, Voki, MindMeister, and Adobe Connect. The Teacher Education Resource Center has undergone a major refresh of collection. A new “nook”- a space to interact with the collection and work on projects - and the Imaginarium, - a creative space which contains a die-cut machine, die-cuts and assorted materials for creating projects - have been established.

We have opened the Digital Media Lab (DML) which provides the ability to create and edit video and audio materials, podcasts and interactive web sites, using professional-level equipment and software for both Mac and PC computers. For details, see:

An online tutorial for PSYC 251 (Intro to Behavioral Research Methods) that was developed in January 2011 and sparked the initiative of Milne Library's new created Instruction Design Team of Kim Hoffman, Michelle Costello, and Corey Ha has been awarded PRIMO recognition - ACRL'sPeer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online -

The link for Kim Hoffman and Michelle Costello's ACRL presentation that was mentioned in the May newsletter, "One good turn deserves another: Arming instruction librarians with the necessary arsenal" has been posted:

Congratulations to Kim Hoffman, who has been promoted to full Librarian as of September 1st. This follows in the wake of her becoming our new Coordinator of Instruction and Reference Services. Rich Dreifuss retired in June after several years of dedicated service. We are currently conducting on-site interviews for two positions: Business Manager and Electronic Resources & Digital Scholarship Librarian. Coleen Hopkins has transferred to the Service Desk team from Tech Services.

Over the summer, Justina Elmore was married in a beachfront ceremony and Kate Pitcher welcomed Cordelia, her first daughter and sister to big brothers Griffin and Silas, on August 28th. Brandon Priddy, Service Desk/ Student Training Manager, has acquired his MLS in the Spring and left Milne. A new intern, Sherry Rhodes, has joined us for the Fall semester.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: kathrynmasten on September 19, 2011, 09:15:04 AM
New staff at SUNY Oswego -- Emily Thompson will be joining Penfield as our new Learning Technologies Librarian on October 3rd.

Building improvements included replacement of our roof, carpets and elevator during the summer.  New opening time 7:45am during the semester and quick print stations so students can easily print what they need.  We continue work on renovation planning for the library.

New mobile site:

For more details see our Fall newsletter
Title: Re: Campus Updates Oneonta
Post by: flintopj on September 19, 2011, 09:44:15 AM
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta campus was spared much of the flooding damage recently experienced by others due to our location in the hills of the city.  As you know though, much of the surrounding county received extensive damage.  This made travel to and from campus a bit dicey for a few days!  Our thoughts are with our sister campuses that did not fare so well.

Alvin Dantes and Andy Perry have developed a mobile website for our library information.  You can check it out at 

Our campus continues to undergo personnel changes.  The new interim director, Mary Lynn Bensen, began her duties on July 1st.   Our new Provost, Dr. E. Maria Thompson began her duties in July 18th.  We are also in the process of recruiting for a reference and instruction librarian.

We have started a pilot using SWANK videos.  Running into issues with accessibility and maintaining proper access to meet licensing requirements.  Currently we have decided to have the link posted to the course e-reserves in Angel.  This is not ideal, but keeps them from being open to the public at large.
Title: Campus Updates - Onondaga
Post by: Angela Weiler on September 19, 2011, 10:53:27 AM
Greetings from Onondaga!

John Spencer, long time Senior Media Development Specialist at Coulter Library, retired in May of 2011. After interviewing a number of individuals, the search committee chose Dennis Thoryk to fill the position, and he started at Coulter Library on August 29 . Dennis was formerly Student Engagement Initiatives Coordinator and adjunct instructor in computer studies at Onondaga.

Pauline Lynch Shostack developed a SCVNGR library orientation trek that the campus community can complete through a mobile phone app, text messaging, or completing a paper challenge sheet. SCVNGR is a game where you go places and do challenges to unlock badges and earn points. Participants who complete all the challenges in Coulter Library's Trek by Thanksgiving break will be entered in a drawing to win prizes. 

Jeff Harr attended a “Getting to Know RDA [Resource Description and Access]” workshop on Tuesday, September 20th. RDA will supplant AACR2 [the current rules governing cataloging] beginning in 2013. Jeff will also be attending the National Association of Research Administration [or NCURA] annual conference in Washington, DC November 3 – 9.

Pauline Lynch Shostack’s presentation proposal titled “Grown Ups Just Want to Have Fun! Library Play Programming for College Students of All Ages” has been accepted by the ACRL-ALA presentation committee. Pauline will give her presentation at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Angela Weiler was appointed to the editorial board of Public Services Quarterly (Haworth Press). Angela also had a book review published in CHOICE magazine in August of 2011 (Starting Your Career As A Freelance Writer, by Moira Allen).

Coulter Library is [finally] live with ILLiad borrowing! ILL clerk Cathy Bauer has been quickly learning the ins and outs of ILLiad borrowing, and Coulter’s public ILLiad interface is now available to patrons. Many thanks to Christine Sisak of Nazareth College, our extremely patient and knowledgeable IDS Project mentor.

Jeff Harr will present “Albums That Shook the World, volume 12: “Who’s Next” by The Who” on Friday, October 14th @ 11:15.

Title: Campus Update - Fredonia
Post by: Scott.Richmond on September 19, 2011, 02:50:01 PM
The reference collection and the reference area underwent a much needed transformation over the summer.  New titles, both print and electronic, have been added while numerous items have been moved to the circulating collection.  The reference collection now resides on low-shelving, creating a more user friendly space that showcases our collection. 

Additionally, print magazines and journals, once shelved behind the circulation desk, are now located at the end of the reference area, in the main portion of the library.  In addition to our scholarly titles, we’ve added favorites such as Newsweek, Wired, MS, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone.

Reed Library has installed new study spaces equipped with outlets and whiteboards.  Five Research Islands are located on the first floor scattered among the stacks, while two more are located in the music library.

"Fredonia for St. Jude," an S.A. group which raises money for the St. Jude Children's Research Foundation, donated their first place prize of eight iMacs to Reed Library.   Four iMacs have been installed by the reference desk while the remaining four have been installed in the music library

Reed Library has revamped its Library Instruction classroom to be a dual-use facility for both Library Instruction classes and Professional Development Center events. The library instruction space was recently updated with 24 new laptop computers for student use during library classes. The classroom computers additionally will be available for hands-on technology training sessions sponsored by the PDC. A portion of the classroom space also has been outfitted for PDC events featuring roundtable and small group discussions, with internet and projection available. Due to the high volume of library classes and PDC events, the space is not open for other uses at this time.

   All music circulation functions including reserves, media and headphones have been relocated to the main circulation desk on the library’s main floor.
Our Big Read author is Edgar Allan Poe.  We will be reading the short stories and POEtry of Poe in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  Planned events include activities at public libraries  throughout the two county region; Mat Johnson, author of Pym: A Novel will be giving a talk titled “Pym: Poe’s Gauntlet” at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on October 27th at 7:30;  and a county-wide POEtry contest for all ages is underway.

Title: Re: Campus Updates - Potsdam
Post by: hebertm3308 on September 19, 2011, 05:22:12 PM
SUNY Potsdam (Marianne Hebert - Delegate)

New initiatives this year:

* Created a new Technology Help Desk near the Reference Desk (Staffed by a library systems professional and student workers from the campus IT department). It is designed to assist students with printing, logging into accounts, setting margins in Word, etc.  We are hoping it provides better service and free up librarians to assist with research questions.

* This Fall we launched two new Honors program Internships.  The reference intern will be trained to serve as a research peer mentor.  The mentor will assist students with locating research materials, and navigating the library's resources.  The second intern will provide assistance coordinating our Bregman Book discussion series.


* Library renovations nearly done – Collection Building area has new ceilings, lighting and walls, and a new ADA compliant handicapped access door and area has been retrofitted to the building.  

* Revamped Information Literacy tutorials have been revamped in Moodle, as the campus is migrating from Blackboard by the end of Spring semester.

* On Sept. 8th, the College Libraries hosted its 6th annual Library Expo.  The event is held for incoming freshmen to help orient them to the library building, services and friendly staff.  Over 311 freshman participated this year.

* The Search for a User Services Librarian (Instruction, Reference and Outreach) is well underway.  We hope to have the position filled by January 2012.
* Edward Komara received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities in May 2011.

* Matt Francis was recently hired as the new College Archivist.   Matt received his M.A. in public history from Wright State University in 2008.  Most recently he worked as an Assistant Archivist at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, 2008-2011.

* Senior Assistant Librarian Dan Newton has left SUNY Potsdam for a position at Scottsdale Community College in his home state of Arizona.  
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Christine Faraday on September 20, 2011, 11:11:32 AM
Nassau Community College
Congratulations go out to two Nassau librarians that were promoted this fall. Rosanne Humes, Acquisitions, has been promoted to Associate Professor and Linda Gorman, Reference, has been promoted to Full Professor.

NCC just completed our participation in a five year Title III Grant Project. Under the distance learning component of this grant, the library was asked to offer a series of faculty workshops that introduce an array of online resources that would support distance education courses. From the spring of 2008 through early fall 2011, the NCC library offered over twenty-five workshops on a variety of resources including:, Films on Demand, Federated Searching, EBSCO databases and LibGuides.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Monroe Community College
Post by: mtimmons on September 20, 2011, 01:50:44 PM
The Monroe Community College libraries had one retirement this summer. Long time librarian, and SUNYLA member, Ellen Mancuso retired but is still actively involved with the college community and is enjoying having time to pursue more outdoor activities.  Congratulation Ellen!  We will miss her.
The libraries have been very busy this summer with space reorganizations.  The Damon City Campus Library has merged with the Electronic Learning Center, a large computer lab adjacent to the library, to form the Damon City Campus Learning Commons.   We are now an open, collaborative space with an aim towards integrating technology into the learning process in a seamless environment.  

The LeRoy V. Good Library has opened up its floor space to make room for more student study areas by removing the bound periodical shelves.  Some of the periodicals are now being housed in closed storage while a lot more are just being weeded and discarded.  Also, a new student technology help desk was established within the LVG Library to assist students with login, e-mail, word processing , etc. issues.  

In spring 2011, Library Student Advisory Committee (LSAC) collaborated with a number of student clubs and departments to create a variety of colorful bookmarks to promote MCC Libraries to the college community. The bookmarks are based on the American Library Association (ALA) @ Your Library campaign for America's libraries.  We had a lot of fun with the students gathering props, posing and getting feedback on the project.  
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: KimmySzeto on September 20, 2011, 02:34:04 PM
Maritime College (Kimmy Szeto - delegate)
Campus update 9/23/2011

Michael Russell, USCG (Ret.), and our own Part-time Reference Librarian Brendan Curley served on board TS Empire State VI as our Ship’s Librarians for our two Summer Sea Terms. Mr. Russell has since returned to private life, and Brendan is now at Pace University. Part-time Reference Librarian Kate Adler moved on to begin master’s studies at CUNY Graduate Center. Our circulation clerk Johanna Devlin retired after over 10 years at the library and over 30 years of service at SUNY.

This fall, we welcome three new staff members: Beth Silberstein and Julia Furay, part-time reference librarians, and Jennifer O’Keefe, Coordinator of Circulation Services.

Kimmy Szeto, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian and SUNYLA delegate, was appointed to the SUNY Faculty Senate Operations Committee.

The reference and bound periodicals collections were weeded this summer. And then we wonder why the shelves are still completely full. The government documents collection shifted its focus to more electronic resources until additional space becomes available.

Joseph Williams, Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian, co-authored with David E. Woolwine from Hofstra University the article “Interlibrary Loan in the United States: An Analysis of Academic Libraries in a Digital Age,” which appeared in Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve. This study examines the rates and practices of interlibrary loan in the United States and its impact upon American academic libraries within the last decade.  In addition, Joseph has published the article, “Seeking a Safe Harbor: The Acquisition and Reconstruction of Fort Schuyler by the New York State Merchant Marine Academy” in the Bronx County Historical Society Journal.

Following her Fulbright sabbatical term in the spring, our director Constantia Constantinou presented her research in collaborative librarianship at the Qualitative and Quantitative Measures in Libraries International Conference in Athens, Greece.  She also secured funding for one Greek Cypriot and one Turkish Cypriot to visit the United States for a first-hand experience of the collaborative process for inspiration in the development of their own National Library Consortium in Cyprus.

On September 7, 2011, we welcomed Captain Robert H. Pouch for his presentation “September 11, 2001: Response and Rescue on New York Harbor.”  Captain Pouch was a first responder and directed marine evacuations and logistics in the New York harbor for first three days of the tragedy on board Pilot Boat New York. Photographs from his private collection are on display in the library lobby alongside additional resources on security and the maritime community.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - MVCC
Post by: lcharbonneau on September 21, 2011, 08:50:23 AM
Alana Verminski  joins our staff working as part-time librarian.  Alana recently returned to Central New York after receiving her Master’s Degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  She will assist us in maintaining our Facebook page for the MVCC Libraries as well as working to enhance other outreach efforts.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Cultural Series will present Maya Angelou as the keynote speaker of its Fall 2011 season.  Dr. Angelou will appear Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in the 2,800-seat field house at the new Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center, becoming the first Cultural Series act to appear in the newly completed showcase building on MVCC’s Utica campus.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: CindyFrancis on September 21, 2011, 09:07:05 AM
Dr. James Sunser became GCC’s 4th president on August 1, 2011 succeeding Dr. Stuart Steiner, who retired after 44 years of service to Genesee, including 36 years as president. Dr. Sunser has served at Onondaga Community College for the past 23 years, most recently as Vice President for Continuing and Extended Learning.

Anita Whitehead, Reference Services Librarian, received the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

GCC has begun its institutional process to prepare our 5-year Periodic Review Report. Library Director Nina Warren is serving as a Standards Task Force Chair, and Instructional Services Librarian Nicki Lerczak is serving on a task force.

Cindy Francis coordinated the third annual “Weed & Feed” event with Nursing faculty and staff. Print and Media Collections were reviewed for currency and title suggestions were noted. Library staff and faculty then shared a pizza luncheon and exchanged ideas for better utilizing resources. The library appreciates the Nursing faculty for their assistance and commitment to providing a current and comprehensive nursing collection. 

Michelle Eichelberger worked closely with the college's webmaster this summer to roll out the college's new branding identity and to completely redesign the library website. Other technology upgrades include replacement of all our student PC workstations with new units (Windows7 and Microsoft Office 2010.) With this update, the library offers all of the same computer programs as in the college’s main student computer lab.

GCC is experiencing increased enrollment in many of its programs which has increased the demand for instructional resources on Reserve. Utilizing Perkins funding, Cindy Francis worked with Nursing and Biology faculty to acquire new science models to support BIO, Polysomnography, Vet Tech and Nursing courses. Models include a second human skeleton, human circulatory system, heart models plus various cow, pig, dog and horse anatomical models.

Summer Break facilities improvements included significant projects to shift, remove, strut and reconstruct shelving in Reference, Circulating, Career and Reserve areas, to redo numerous areas including a computer pod, the south main reading room, and to convert the former Copy Room into a study room. Changes to book stacks and the reading room both created more space for student work and improved support for our large format Art books.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: GregB on September 21, 2011, 03:54:53 PM
Lots of activity at UAlbany over the summer:

Trudi Jacobson, a University at Albany Libraries faculty member and Head of the Libraries’ Information Literacy Department,  has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Librarian. Ms.Jacobson is nationally known for her scholarship in the field of information literacy instruction. Her theoretical and applied works have established her  reputation as an authority on how individuals recognize the need for, find, evaluate, and use information. Many of her publications are acclaimed as seminal works, transforming our understanding and teaching of information literacy. Her many refereed articles, nine books, and numerous book chapters, papers, and conference proceedings, as well as her presentations at national conferences, serve as a history of the transformation of librarians as agents for the development of critical thinking, research, and lifelong learning skills.

Ms. Jacobson has held many leadership positions in national professional organizations. She has chaired numerous Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section committees, as well as ACRL’s Information Literacy Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Urban Library Journal Advisory Board and was editor of the Public Services Quarterly (2004-2011.) She is also past member of the Research Strategies editorial board. In 2009 Ms. Jacobson recieved the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year Award, the highest honor conferred by the ACRL Instruction Section.

Ms. Jacobson earned three degrees from the University at Albany, a B.A., an M.L.S. and an M.A. in Liberal Studies. She is the recipient of the 1998 University at Albany School of Information Science and Policy Alumni Award and the secretary of University at Albany’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter. She is married to John Vallely, a librarian at Siena College.

Ms. Jacobson is only the fourth librarian to be promoted to the SUNY Distinguished Librarian rank.

The University at Albany University Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week 2011 with exhibits and a program of activities on the afternoon of Wednesday October 26.  The libraries have received the generous support of University Auxiliary Services and The Eastern New York Association of College and Research Libraries in order to offer a moderated discussion of open access isssues, a presentation on open access/open science by “radically open scholar Dr. David Hogg of NYU, and a tour of the College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering. Please direct questions to Lorre Smith,

In January 2011 the University at Albany Libraries rolled out CitationFox, a new online citation tool designed to help users find the correct format of citations in either APA or MLA style. This collaborative project between the Information Literacy Department and the Systems Department is innovative in its structure, presentation, and comprehensiveness. Many online citation guides provide only some examples of citations and are far from comprehensive, but CitationFox includes over 900 nodes for entries which include templates for the general forms for both print and online formats, numerous citation examples, and any notes needed to clarify details. CitationFox, available at (APA) or (MLA), has been well received and is becoming one of the most frequently viewed sources on the University Libraries' website. In June Carol Anne Germain, Daryl Bullis, and John Pardvila presented a poster session of CitationFox at the 43rd Annual SUNYLA Conference in Plattsburgh and in July CitationFox was added to the ACRL PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online) database. CitationFox has also been recently added to the California State University’s MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) database. Please feel free to browse this utility and encourage users to link to the site.

Daryl Bullis and Lorre Smith have written an article, “Looking Back, Moving Forward in the Digital Age: A Review of the Collection Management and Development Literature, 2004-2008.” to be published in October, 2011 in Library Resources and Technical Services 55.4

Gerald T. Burke and Carol Anne Germain have co-edited a new book, Information Literacy through the Streets of Hollywood. (Library Instruction Publications, 2011).  It is number 10 in the Active Learning Series.  For more information go to

Yu-Hui Chen presented a research poster entitled “Shaping Perceptions of University Library Web Site via Information Literacy Instruction” at the ALA 2011 Annual Conference.  She also delivered a presentation based on this research at the EBSS Research Forum at the same conference.

Yu-Hui Chen and Mary Van Ullen published an article entitled “Helping International Students Succeed Academically Through Research Process and Plagiarism Workshops.”  College and Research Libraries, May 2011, 72(3), 209-235.

Yu-Hui Chen and Carol Anne Germain collaborated with Abebe Rorissa, a teaching faculty member at the Department of Information Studies, to publish an article entitled “Defining Usability: How Library Practice Differs from Published Research.”  portal: Libraries and the Academy, April 2011, 11(2), 599-628.

Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Cayuga CC on September 21, 2011, 04:00:53 PM
Cayuga Community College, Auburn and Fulton NY

Margaret Devereaux, Instruction and Assessment Librarian, has been appointed as the Interim Director for the libraries at Cayuga Community College (Bourke Memorial Library  in Auburn and the Fulton Campus Library in Fulton). Judy Campanella, Fulton Campus Librarian, has been appointed as the Interim Association Director at the Fulton Campus Library. We have hired two part-time Instructional Technologies Librarians for this academic year. Leah Galka will be working at the Fulton Campus. Leah received her Master of Library Science degree from Syracuse University in May 2009. Lisa Hoff will be working at the Auburn Campus. Lisa received her Master of Library Science degree from Syracuse University in May 2011. Both Leah and Lisa will work with the library’s information literacy program. We are very excited about the addition to our team of Leah and Lisa.

Other exciting news for our Fulton Campus is unfolding. The Fulton Campus is in the planning process of expanding and will be moving to a new location. The Library will be gaining more square footage and will continue to be part of the Learning Commons. The Library, Academic Support Center, and computing center are all located in the Learning Commons. The official move to our new place is planned for the fall 2012 semester.

Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: MSCLibrary on September 22, 2011, 09:14:48 AM
SUNY Morrisville

In June, Wenli Gao, Assistant Librarian for Instructional Services, presented “Teaching from LibGuides: Engaging Students with Activities and Embedding Other Media” at the ACRL/New England Library Instruction Group Annual Program, Exploring Creativity in Information Literacy, in Lowell, MA.

Working with the Norwich Campus AmeriCorp group, Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian Angela Rhodes presented a week-long series of technology and information literacy workshops for Chenango County residents.  Topics ranged from introductions to Microsoft office applications to effective internet searching and social and professional networking tools.

The art of Leigh Yardley are on display on the main floor of the Library through the month of September.

Together with the campus gaming club, the Library offered board games during the Mustang Weekend.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Danharms on September 22, 2011, 10:09:42 AM
SUNY Cortland has welcomed John Scognamiglio to our Instructional Technology and Design Services staff.  He's been working to train our faculty during the campus transition to Blackboard.

The library will be hiring a consultant to look at reference service.  The consultant has yet to be named.

Ellen McCabe has brought an exhibit showcasing the works of Maurice Sendak to our building.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Buffalo State
Post by: mcbridmf on September 22, 2011, 08:51:07 PM
****Shannon don't use this for newsletter. Lisa Forrest will be sending you something****

1. Buffalo State launched the Serials Solutions product Summon. We have received very positive feedback from the campus.
2. Our president was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. He will stay on and work during his treatments. A note; September is prostate cancer awareness month.
3. We have purchased iPads and Motorola Zooms for checkout in our equipment loan. We will be adding Google Chrome laptops next semester.
4. We are doing major campus renovations, one of the renovations will be our main library instruction classrooms. We are looking at many 21st century classroom designs.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Amanda Hollister on September 23, 2011, 09:00:06 AM
SUNY Broome was closed for a few days during the flood.  When we returned to campus, it was to find that most of the campus had been spared the flooding, except for the Learning Resources Center, where the library and student support services are.

The ground floor of the building was flooded with 1/2 a foot of water and has to be gutted.  Student support services, which was on that floor has been relocated to the library reference area, group study rooms, archives, conference room....a tight fit, but it's working!

To help the students that lost their textbooks during the flood, the library has significantly increased the number of textbooks on reserve with help from BCC faculty.

At this point the chaos has mostly settled down, and it's now time to start picking though the soggy book returns.

Amanda Hollister
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Potsdam
Post by: hebertm3308 on November 15, 2011, 07:17:41 PM
The Search for a User Services Librarian is moving forward with on-campus interviews. 

The College Libraries has been given the go ahead to hire a previously frozen Librarian position.  Work has begun on identifying needs and crafting a job description.

The renovations for the Collection Building (Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan) work area are complete, and new office furniture has been installed.

The College Libraries has embarked on a project to overhaul the library web pages.   User testing, web page redesign and content rewrite are nearly complete.  We anticipate the “unveiling” before the beginning of the Spring semester.   To facilitate the redesign, the College Libraries implemented BaseCamp Project Management software, which includes a calendar to keep our tasks on target, and an interactive space for planning the project, and ability for staff to weigh in with comments.
Title: SUNY ESF Campus Update
Post by: verostek on November 15, 2011, 08:17:48 PM
This fall SUNY ESF - Moon Library is in the midst of our search for a new librarian.

In other exciting news - this Fall SUNY ESF - Moon Library received a monetary donation from a SUNY ESF alum. The money has been earmarked to create a quiet study room. We are in the process of researching furniture such as chairs with pull up table tops, study carrels and other quiet room needs, etc.

- Jane Verostek - SUNY ESF Delegate