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SUNYLA Council => June 6, 2012 @FIT, New York City => Topic started by: Carleen Huxley on May 21, 2012, 04:14:29 PM

Title: Campus updates
Post by: Carleen Huxley on May 21, 2012, 04:14:29 PM
Please add your campus updates to this thread.
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: Karen Ferington on May 30, 2012, 09:16:29 AM
Niagara C.C.C.

We are busy this summer preparing to send part of our collection of books and media to the new Hospitality and Tourism Center being built in Niagara Falls, NY.  The former Rainbow Mall is being renovated to accomodate our Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Tourism programs slated to begin operations there in September 2012. 
Also our Vice-President of Student Affairs, Bassam Deeb, has accepted a position as President of Trocaire College in Buffalo beginning this fall.

Karen Ferington, Delegate 
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: Amanda Calabrese on May 30, 2012, 11:34:45 AM
I am pleased to announce the names of two new staff members at SUNY Delhi! Our new Acquisitions Manager is Brad Post, and our new Reference & Instruction Librarian is Megan Welsh, who is finishing up her MLIS at University of Denver. We are very excited to have them on board.

Due to the renovation of another building on campus, an additional computer classroom was built in the library during the mid-semester break. Now that summer is here, we have been busy moving things out of the new classroom space and trying to rearrange furniture to compensate for the loss of quiet study space. We have created a new, more inviting area for our leisure reading materials, and we are doing some heavy weeding of VHS tapes and older reference books. If you're interested in withdrawn items, keep an eye on your e-mail; we'll be offering these up soon.
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: CindyFrancis on May 31, 2012, 08:32:10 AM
Genesee Community College

Reference Services Librarian Anita Whitehead retired May 18th and Cindy Hagelberger, our part-time cataloger, was hired for this position starting June 1st. Cindy came to GCC in 1996 as a part-time Reference Librarian and has had many roles in the library since then. We are happy to welcome Cindy to her new position.
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: Antonia on May 31, 2012, 11:44:27 AM
SUNY Old Westbury

We are busy preparing for the library renovation. Phase one should begin shortly. We are in the process of removing old books, changing some of the reference collection to circulation, removing periodicals that are available online as well as removing old VHS videos.
Classes are not being scheduled in the library for the summer and fall.
Before the semester ended our business librarian, Curt Friehs did offer workshops for our business databases and another workshop in conjunction with career services, which were viewed as successful.

Antonia DiGregorio, Delegate
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: millerjaACC on May 31, 2012, 04:31:40 PM
Construction is well underway for dorms at the south end of the SUNY Adirondack campus. They should open by Fall semester, 2013. The new Wilton Center building in Saratoga County is almost done, in time to open this fall. More here:

The library will do an inventory of the circulating collection in June.
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: alarrivee on June 01, 2012, 10:15:30 AM
Leslie Vega will be joining Binghamton University Libraries as the new Visual Arts Librarian. Leslie was formerly working as the Collections Management Assistant at the Carnegie Museum of Art and earned her MLS degree from the Pratt Institute.

Elizabeth Brown, the Scholarly Communications and Library Grants Officer, gave a presentation on research analytical data at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego. The symposium, Libraries and Institutional Research Evaluation, was taped and made available as streaming presentations with the talk, Finding the Future located at

During the 2012 Eastern New York Association of College and Research Libraries (ENYACRL) Conference, in Utica, NY, Rachel Jaffe, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, Benjamin Andrus, Sociology and Education Librarian, and Julie Wang, Asian and Asian American Studies Librarian presented a poster titled,  “Going global: New frontiers in academic librarianship.”
Title: SUNY Jefferson Campus updates
Post by: Carleen Huxley on June 01, 2012, 10:42:06 AM
We've had a busy semester and just completed our 2012 Information Literacy Assessment which went well. We wasted no time once spring semester ended to start inventory of our collection.  I think we're all looking forward to the summer break, which is usually slow and sluggish and gives us plenty of time to catch up and complete projects. 
Title: Re: Campus updates - Cobleskill
Post by: AprilDavies on June 01, 2012, 11:01:56 AM
Reference/Instruction Librarian Fran Apollo retired May 31st. The search for her replacement is in progress and we hope to be done by the end of June. Fingers crossed.

Our recent LibQual run was smooth and very successful. We got a great response rate.
Title: Re: Campus updates - SUNY Potsdam
Post by: hebertm3308 on June 01, 2012, 01:55:49 PM
SUNY Potsdam Campus update

Several small construction projects are planned for the Summer: Archives HVAC will be replaced, Basement leaks will be investigated and repaired, and the handicap ramp/loading dock will be replaced. The Archives Reading room was recently renovated and now has better wireless access, more seating and better access to electrical outlets.

A Clerk 2 (Acquisitions Department) has been hired with a start date of June 18. The search for a Meta-Data Discovery Librarian is well underway.  Discussions are continuing between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam for a shared services position for InterLibrary Loan.

Jenica Rogers (Library Director) has been appointed as Chair of the Bicentennial Celebration Planning Committee.  Bicentennial celebrations are being planned for 2015-2016.

All materials (books, periodicals, videos and government documents) in the "Stacks" collections will be shifted this Summer, and all collections on the lower level will be moved to the 2nd floor.  This is in preparation of a renovation project scheduled to begin in 2013/2014.  

Recent campus announcement from President Schwaller regarding a Shared Services position: "SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have appointed the first chief financial officer to serve both campuses, as part of their ongoing shared services strategy. Natalie Higley has been selected as the Vice President of Business Affairs and Administrative Services for both institutions. She will begin service on July 1."
Title: Re: Campus updates Oswego
Post by: kathrynmasten on June 01, 2012, 04:14:18 PM
Michelle Bishop joined Penfield in April as our First Year Experience Librarian. 

Our director search was completed and we are happy to report that Barbara Shaffer is our new Director.

A rennovation of Penfield's front lobby/entrance area will take place in late summer or early fall.

We have digitized campus commencements from 1992-2006 and several Safe Haven oral histories from some of the refugees from Europe who were placed in an internment camp at Fort Ontario during World War II.
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: Susanna on June 01, 2012, 04:41:43 PM
Tompkins Cortland Community College

Bill Drew retired on May 11 and as of May 14 Susanna Van Sant became the full time, temporary Acquisitions and Collection Management Librarian.  A formal search for a permanent hire will be conducted later this summer.

We're in the home stretch of a significant weeding project to review books that had not circulated in 10 or more years.

An inventory of the full collection is under way.

We've added more Nooks and mp3/audio players (Fuzes and iPod touches) to our circulating collections and we expect to be circulating iPads in the fall.

The College web site is undergoing a redesign and the Library's new pages will be ready for the fall semester.
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: Danharms on June 01, 2012, 05:13:06 PM

The consultant's report, "Evaluation and Suggestions for Reference and Instruction Services" and accompanying plan were released in May for comments from the campus.  This comment period will extend until the fall semester.

The Teaching Materials Center librarian position has been placed on hold, pending the completion of the comment period on the report.  In the meantime, Lisa Czirr has been appointed Interim TMC Librarian.

Title: Re: Campus updates SUNYIT
Post by: grimesb on June 04, 2012, 10:20:03 AM
This past semester, Shared Services has been a focus on our campus and at Morrisville State College.  The Library was one of several initiatives studied for shared services.  Barb Grimes served on the SUNYIT Shared Services Committee and was heavily involved with the library initiative.  Librarians at SUNYIT and Morrisville identified three short-term areas where the two campuses could share library services and developed ways of making this happen.  These ares were: shared virtual reference service on Saturdays, a shared library tutorial created by librarians at both colleges and the SUNYIT instructional technologist, and a shared library director.  Morrisville State College librarians had decided to eliminate reference services on Saturdays due to low usage about two years ago.  SUNYIT has reference service coverage on Saturdays. The shared virtual reference service was initiated in April and uses freely available chat software (Meebo) and Google Docs to facilitate information sharing and documentation of usage data.   We will continue this through next year to see how valuable and how well used it is.  The tutorial collaboration began in early May and uses Google Docs and Skype to help us create the Captivate product.  This project should be completed this week.  Hopefully, this will be the start of more joint collaborations.  When our shared services committees looked at sharing a library director, it was decided that it was not a priority at this time.  However, SUNY Provost Lavallee revealed a realigned administrative structure that both campuses learned about on May 23.  According to a new SUNYIT/MSC organizational chart, Morrisville State College's library director, Chris Rudecoff, will also be SUNYIT's library director.  To say this was a surprise to the librarians on both campuses, would be an understatement.  We have received no details or timeline.  This was only one of several organizational changes at SUNYIT and MSC that will be necessary to shift resources from administrative to instructional support on our campuses.  The final report is due to the Chancellor on July 15.
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: Caroline Buff on June 04, 2012, 03:57:22 PM
Schenectady County Community College

Sarah McFadden was hired as a part-time reference librarian this spring.  Sarah previously interned at Begley Library, and we are happy that she is now working here!

Caroline Buff is giving a demonstration of Ask Us 24/7 at CDLC in Albany on Tuesday, June 26, 9:30am. 

We are in the midst of a large weeding project, to make way for future library renovation.  There is much construction elsewhere on campus.  Student housing is due to be completed by the start of fall classes, as is the new music wing.  Due to construction, the library will be closed for part of June, with library services being offered from a location elsewhere on campus. 
Title: Re: Campus updates
Post by: Scott.Richmond on June 05, 2012, 08:17:52 AM
This summer, Reed Library is undergoing several building maintenance and renovation projects.  In addition to these projects, the Reed Library faculty and staff are beginning the initial discussions for space planning for the new academic commons, which should be underway by the beginning of the next academic year and should be complete within five years. 
Title: SUNY ESF Campus Update
Post by: verostek on June 05, 2012, 10:37:18 AM
This summer has started out as a busy one here at Moon Library - SUNY ESF.

Moon Library just purchased a license to LibGuides – Here is our new LibGuides site

We also just purchased a license to LibAnswers and plan to spend this summer populating the software with frequently asked Questions and Answers to prepare us for the upcoming fall semester.

The reference librarians at Moon Library now have two iPads to use to assist with reference. Plans are underway to make the most of these when the fall semester starts.

Jessica Clemons, Assistant Librarian at Moon Library was a presenter at the 2012 LOEX conference in May 2012. Title of presentation: Reaching Modern Students Through Amazing Screencasts

Steve Weiter, Director of Libraries at SUNY was the moderator and Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian at Moon Library was a presenter at the 2012 ALLUNY Association of Law Libraries of Central New York Spring Institute at the Syracuse University College of Law in May 2012.
Title of presentation: QR Codes: Linking Your Library Users to Information.
Title: Re: Optometry update
Post by: Kadri on June 05, 2012, 03:54:48 PM
Dear Colleagues,

As mentioned before, I will be retiring at the end of July.  When a replacement is announced, you all will be notified.  If the person were to come from outside SUNY, I will make sure that she/he is introduced to SUNYLA.  This organization is like a big family, individually and collectively always ready to help. 

Although this year's conference is in my backyard, I'm not able to attend.  I wish you all a successful and, above all, fun meeting!

Best wishes,
Title: Re: Campus updates - Oneonta
Post by: flintopj on June 06, 2012, 07:54:38 AM
Late in submitting this, but I was really hoping for some good news to report.  We've been notified that a candidate for library director has accepted the Director position, unofficially, that has been vacant since December of 2010 - keep your fingers crossed for us!  

Nancy Cannon is starting a 6-month sabbatical this summer to work on a history research project. We are about to start our third attempt to hire a new reference librarian, permission to conduct another search was given recently.  

Anne McFarland has worked with an intern and Alvin Dantes to create a digitized collection of WWII letters found in our special collections that were written by previous students in the war to faculty members here on campus at that time.

Lots of renovation on campus.  The library has seen an influx of 9 offices, most of which are to be only 2-year residences.  That's about it from Oneonta.  Sorry I will not be there in person, but I will attend the Council meeting via Eluminate.