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SUNYLA Council => Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT => Topic started by: AprilDavies on October 17, 2011, 11:44:06 AM

Title: Campus Updates
Post by: AprilDavies on October 17, 2011, 11:44:06 AM
Reply to this thread with your campus updates. Thanks!
Title: Re: Campus Updates for Jefferson Community College
Post by: Carleen Huxley on November 09, 2011, 09:13:36 AM
Jefferson Community College has seen many changes this past semester. After spending last year doing a somewhat "dry run" of integrating the Writing/Tutoring center and staff into our facilities, we are now pretty much fully integrated. We renovated our first floor, moved all our books (except for reference) to the second floor, making space for new furniture and collaborative meeting space on the first floor for students.  The tutoring staff also have brand spankin new cubicles and furniture, which we were rather jealous of at first but we've since gotten over ourselves. :-) Our library continues to thrive with high traffic and energized students and staff.
Title: Oneonta Update
Post by: flintopj on November 10, 2011, 01:05:33 PM
Oneonta has begun its Middlestates self-study and completed the Facilities Master Plan.  Both of the endeavors will guide the college over the next 5-10 years.  Our library director search has not yet begun, the advertisement is still in HR awaiting approval.  The hiring process of a new Reference librarian is continuing, we hope to have conclusion on that by the end of the semester.  We have joined the WNYLRC consortium for patron driven acquistions of e-books and are looking forward to seeing the results of that in the next 6 months or so.  Terri Rowe, IDS Borrowing Clerk, was awarded the SCRLC Resource Sharing Service award for this year.  We are preparing for our 24-hour service period in December and looking forwards to a new year!
Title: Re: Campus Updates for Optometry
Post by: Kadri on November 10, 2011, 01:21:49 PM
The Kohn Vision Science Library’s long awaited new Web site along with the College’s is online as a “soft” launch.  The new site was produced by an outside agency, making it difficult to have our vision of a practical site realized.  Unfortunately, we had to forego the home page search box, after help from many SUNY’s. 

Thanks to Maggie and OLIS, our reclamation project is being processed at OCLC as I write.

Optometry’s “campus” across the street, Bryant Park, is in full holiday swing with a free ice skating rink and boutiques.  Drop by next Wednesday after the Council meeting. 
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: millerjaACC on November 10, 2011, 01:24:40 PM
A series of colorful display panels with photos and a timeline of the college's history are now on display in the entrance hall of the library. ​The panels were created to commemorate the college's 50th anniversary,

Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller and a small team of birders put up six bluebird nesting boxes on campus in October. Eastern Bluebirds are New York State's state bird, and are voracious insect-eaters. They may help reduce insects in the college’s organic gardens as well on campus in general. The project was planned in coordination with botany professor Tim Scherbatskoy and facilities director Anthony Palangi. Southern Adirondack Audubon Society donated the boxes, poles and labor. A woodworking class in Bolton Landing created the boxes. For details about getting nest boxes for your campus, see Joyce's LibGuide, "Birds of New York State"

Reference Librarian Fran Sigurdsson organized a book display for November, which is New York State History Month. Books from her display for Banned Books Week in September was well-used by several English classes for their reading assignments.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in mid-October for the new Wilton Extension center in Saratoga County. The 32,500-square-foot building is three times larger than the current Wilton Center. Enrollment at the current building increased 35% in the last year, so the new building should accommodate that growth.  The college will lease the building, which should open for the Fall 2012 semester.

Joyce Miller coordinates the College Lecture Series, with talks by faculty members on a wide variety of topics. The Fall 2011 semester offered five presentations, on banned books, eastern Turkey, enjoying live theater, educator Alfie Kohn, and psychologist Erik Erickson and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno.   

Title: Re: Campus Updates for Binghamton University Libraries
Post by: alarrivee on November 10, 2011, 01:33:02 PM
Binghamton University has added another high-speed KIC scanner to assist library users with their research. It is located next to the other KIC scanner in the Bartle Library’s Information Commons.

Binghamton University Libraries welcomes new staff member, Matthew Tompkins, as the new Stacks Maintenance Coordinator.  Matthew will be taking over for Adam Basa who was promoted to Information Services Coordinator at the Binghamton University’s Science Library.

Skype™ is being added as another point of contact on the BU Libraries’ Ask Us Page-  A Research Help Skype™ Station has been setup at the BU Science Library to provide convenient access to Subject Librarians and screen-to-screen instruction. Library users can also make calls to the Libraries’ Skype™ account using their personal computers and Skype™ accounts.  

The Research and Instructional Services Team, in collaboration with the Instructional Services Committee would like to announce the release of their new Research Project Calculator: . This will help students calculate the estimated time needed for research assignments.

Binghamton University Library Staff updates:

Dean of the Libraries, John Meador, was invited to present at several locations around the world on the topic of “Building a Digital Library for Binghamton University.” Locations included: London, United Kingdom (September 6,2011); Manchester, England (September 7, 2011); Duesseldorf, Germany (September 8, 2011); Stockholm, Sweden (September 9, 2011); Hong Kong (October 28, 2011); and Singapore (October 31, 2011)
Dean John Meador also served as Convener for “Chronicle Tech Trends: Challenges for the Future "Unbundled" University,” 2011 Educause Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA (10-20-11)

Jill Dixon, Acting Director of Public Services, presented “How may I help you? Implementing the single service desk in libraries” at the 2011 New York Library Association Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Elizabeth Brown, Scholarly Communications and Library Grants officer, presented the session, “5 steps to using Open Access in the Classroom,” Friday, November 4th, as part of the program New concepts in teaching and learning: E-texts, open educational resources and more, sponsored by the SUNY FACT2 E-publishing Task Group. The Task Group was awarded a $3,000 Innovation Grant from FACT (Faculty Access to Computing Technology) to support the event. Elizabeth served as a co-PI on this project, which will be written up for a future submission to the Journal of Educational Technology Systems. The work of the Task Group was also featured in a recent article in Educause Review, Advisory Groups to Encourage Collaboration: A Case Study (

Julie Wang, Subject Librarian for Asian and Asian American Studies, co-presented with Luo Zhou (Duke Univ.), Dongfang Shao (Stanford Univ. ) on Sino-American Academic Library Forum for Cooperation and Development:  “Digitization, Dissemination and Intellectual Property Management”, Xiamen, China, Oct. 14, 2011.
Julie was also selected to attend 2011 International Workshop for Professional Librarians: Sinological Resources and Services, granted by National Central Library & Ministry of Education, from Oct. 17-21, 2011, Taipei, Taiwan
Title: Re: Campus Updates at Monroe Community College
Post by: mtimmons on November 11, 2011, 01:38:13 PM
The LeRoy V. Good Library at Monroe Community College has seen a lot of physical changes this past semester.  The ground floor reference collection has been intershelved with the upper floor circulating collection to make space for student centered collaborative work spaces.  We now have a very large open space, next to the sunny windows, for students group work.   

In October, the LVG Library hosted guest lecturer Dennis J. Woodyard, a former Emmy-nominated animation producer/director and storyboard artist with a wide range of experience in the animation field.  The title of his presentation was:  “My Time in TV Animation: Concept to Final Cut.”  Dennis also happens to be the Damon City Campus Library’s very capable Senior Library Clerk. 

As with the rest of SUNY, we are dealing with budget cuts.  Our material budget has been pared down meaning we had to make some hard choices in our latest serial renewals.  On a more upbeat note, our Vice President has offered the librarians travel funding to visit libraries & learning commons that have implemented new innovations in space design and information delivery.  Several of us have taken advantage of this offer to gain new perspectives as we move forward.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
Post by: AprilDavies on November 11, 2011, 06:36:17 PM
Things have both settled down and sped up at Cobleskill. They finally re-installed all the Library's network cabling so we got our computers back about a month after school started. The students are much happier and now have more time to complain about the shortened hours.

We've implemented a series of targeted mini-assessments using SurveyMonkey. One or two questions about hours, spaces, services, etc. They should serve as a nice supplement to the LibQual survey that we'll be running again in the spring.

We're participating in an ebook patron driven acquistions pilot organized by WNYLRC, along with several other SUNY libraries.

In campus news... the shared-president experiment has expanded. Cobleskill and Delhi are now sharing some VPs as well. For example, Cobleskill's VP for Institutional Advancement and Delhi's VP for Operations are each handling those functions for both schools now.
Title: Campus Updates- Niagara Co. Comm. College
Post by: Karen Ferington on November 14, 2011, 08:40:02 AM
All of the librarians are presenting a workshop for faculty called "Talking Turkey in the Library: What the Librarians Can Do For You and Your Students" this week just prior to Thanksgiving. Topics to be discussed include: LibGuides; Films on Demand; embedding links in Angel; tips on preparing library assignments; new IPads, Kindles, MacBooks, and laptops; online library tutorials; and our text messaging service for reference questions.
Title: Brockport
Post by: Logan Rath on November 14, 2011, 10:15:06 AM
We've been busy at Brockport, but there's not much news to report. Our search for an Instructional Design Librarian is still open on and we still have John Adams Unbound ( going on.  Our project of integrating the IT Help Desk with the Reference Desk (now aptly named the Information Desk) has gone over well.
Title: Campus Updates - MVCC
Post by: lcharbonneau on November 14, 2011, 10:23:23 AM
Our main library (Utica campus) will undergo some renovations during the upcoming holiday break with the building of three group study rooms and the reconfiguration of our lobby, circulation and information desks. 

MVCC is getting ready to host the ENY/ACRL Spring Conference on May 21st, 2012.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Christine Faraday on November 14, 2011, 12:58:44 PM
The A. Holly Patterson library at Nassau Community College has been very busy & is beginning work on the design phase of a library renovation.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Amanda Hollister on November 15, 2011, 12:17:25 PM
Not much news from SUNY Broome. Discussions are taking place about renovating the ground floor of the library that was damaged during the flood. The renovation/redesign is targeted to be concluded by Spring 2013.
Title: Campus Updates: Empire State College
Post by: disobedientlib on November 15, 2011, 02:36:57 PM
Not a ton of news here. Sara Hull is working closely with Student Services to create a new student "welcome to the online library" video. Sarah Morehouse is putting together a Copyright Roadshow and audiovisual tutorial series to increase awareness of copyright issues and best practices among ESC faculty and staff around the state, and Dana Longley completed gathering data from an online survey of faculty about their perceptions and needs in the area of student information literacy skills (75 responses received).
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Buffalo State
Post by: mcbridmf on November 16, 2011, 09:46:18 AM
Buffalo State Update

We are almost a full semester into Summon deployment and the feedback from our campus has been mostly positive. Students find the interface very easy to use.

Our president has been sending out an e-letter to the campus updating us on the work and accomplishments of our colleagues at Buffalo State.

The library recently purchased Google Chrome laptops for equipment rental.

We are rehabbing our primary classroom to make it conducive to active learning in the 21st century. Here is an example of one of the furniture options we have looked at