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SUNYLA Council => Jan. 17, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY New Paltz => Topic started by: Carleen Huxley on December 26, 2012, 04:11:59 PM

Title: Campus Updates
Post by: Carleen Huxley on December 26, 2012, 04:11:59 PM
Dear Delegates,

Please add your campus updates to this thread.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - SUNY Delhi
Post by: MEWelsh on January 07, 2013, 03:01:47 PM
Hi, all!

I hope you enjoyed the holidays!

First of all, thanks to those of you who responded to my questions about study room use and policies. Your feedback was helpful in gaining an understanding of the different ways study room use is regulated throughout the state. Our staff has decided to establish and advertise more explicit expectations for students to follow in our study rooms and we are also more committed to enforcing these expectations consistently.

Our Library Assessment Team is preparing to distribute mini-surveys throughout the Spring semester. These will include a traditional multiple choice survey as well as a more experimental "draw us a picture of your experiences" type survey! We look forward to sharing how these surveys are received by the student body.

Over the Winter Break, library staff have been busy clearing out our Archives Room (which most certainly needed to be organized and weeded) in order to make space for a Career Services employee. Materials from this room have been placed in archival boxes and will enter storage.

That's all for now!

Megan Welsh
SUNY Delhi
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: millerjaACC on January 09, 2013, 01:22:52 PM
Cataloging librarian Emily Goodspeed is developing an online presence for the SUNY Adirondack art collection, working with art history professor Rebecca Pelchar. The art collection database, currently on Microsoft Access, will be moved to SUNY's Digital Repository, Dspace (

On Dspace, each SUNY campus is its own "community"; each community can have its own "collections" and "sub-communities".  Emily is currently setting up a community with help from John Schumacher of SUNY OLIS. Many SUNY schools are now on Dspace (

Reference librarian Frances Sigurdsson is developing a mobile site for the SUNY Adirondack Library, using LibGuides' Mobile Site Builder. We'll debut it in the Spring 2013 semester.
Title: Re: Campus Updates-- Binghamton University
Post by: alarrivee on January 11, 2013, 10:04:33 AM
Binghamton University's Spring Semester begins January 28th, we look forward to the students return.

Some things worth mentioning:
BU's Special Collections was featured is Binghamton University's Discover-e site:
This article highlights some of the unique Civil War-related materials in BU's Special Collections.

A task force is currently collecting data on our Primo Discovery System, 'Find it'
Title: SUNY Jefferson Campus Updates
Post by: Carleen Huxley on January 11, 2013, 12:57:14 PM
David Lankes is coming to our campus on Wednesday January 16 to present our Start-up Day keynote address titled Learning Spaces Now and in the Future.  He will also be hosting an afternoon visioning workshop focusing on our future collaborative learning center.

We are also launching our EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) “Search Almost Everything” (find the link on the library homepage ). We have guest access set up so non-JCC users can try it.

Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: alvin.dantes on January 11, 2013, 02:11:28 PM
Hello from SUNY Oneonta.

Our former Head of Access Services, Pamela Flinton, has taken a position at Goucher College near Baltimore, MD. She will be sorely missed and we thank her for her work over the years. We wish her the best of luck in her new position. Into the void she left now sits myself, Alvin Dantes, former technology development librarian. I will be taking over her title and many of her duties. What will be done with the position that I vacated has yet to be determined.

Also, Nancy Cannon has returned from her sabbatical during which she investigated missionary activity in Papua New Guinea culminating in a book, to be self-published, titled: The Enga People: Papua New Guinea, 1955: Photographs and Letters of Norma Lenschow, Lutheran Medical Missionary, With Commentary by Nancy S. Cannon.
Title: News from SUNY ESF
Post by: verostek on January 14, 2013, 09:35:33 AM
Here is the news from SUNY ESF. - Jane Verostek - Associate Librarian - Moon Library

New Staff

Moon Library had two new staff additions in December 2012.
Joanne LaFontaine joined the staff at Moon Library as a Library Clerk 2.
Heidi Webb joined the staff at Moon Library as our Instructional Support Technician. Welcome to Joanne and Heidi.


Bonnie Charity, Circulation Manager of F. Franklin Moon Library, is retiring at the end of January 2013. Bonnie began her tenure at ESF in 1995 as a Clerk 1 in the Circulation Department and very quickly advanced to a Library Clerk 2 and then to her current position of Library Clerk 3 in 1998. In addition to managing the Circulation Department in Moon Library, Bonnie has also served on numerous campus committees and is currently serving as Vice President for the campus CSEA Local 647. Bonnie has received several awards for her contributions to ESF including, an award for outstanding service from the Undergraduate Student Association in 1999, The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service in 2011 and most recently, in December 2012, the CSEA Employee Recognition Award, which is awarded in recognition of commitment and dedication to making ESF a great place to work. To quote Bonnie on her job here at ESF, “I love my job; I believe I have the best job on campus,” which puts her in conflict with ESF’s President, Neil Murphy, who thinks HE has the best job on campus. Bonnie will be retiring to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida with her husband Jim.

Professional Activities

•   Jessica Clemons, Assistant Librarian has been accepted into the ALA Emerging Leaders Program, 2013 cycle. The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian did two Pecha Kucha presentations at the NYLA conference in Saratoga in November 2013. The first presentation was: QR Quick Response Codes: A free and innovative way to re-energize your library! And the second presentation was: LibGuides & LibAnswers: Your answer to moving to the online environment your users expect!

Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian gave a workshop to librarians and graduate students on how to Use LibGuides and LibAnswers in October 2012. The workshop was sponsored and held at the CLRC Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse. Jane gave the same presentation – also in October 2012 to librarians attending the Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting in Syracuse.

Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian was nominated to and voted onto the Board of CLRC – the Central New York Library Resources Council.


In November 2011 Moon Library received a generous donation from The Unsworths  - Robert E. (’84 FRM – SUNY ESF) and Lisa (’84 Syracuse University) to transform the library’s current periodicals room into a dedicated quiet study room. After a year of remodeling - on Friday October 5, 2012 Moon Library held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of the new quiet study room. The room now has new study carrels, new lighting and new paint colors that are very much appreciated and heavily used by SUNY ESF students and faculty. To note the current periodicals were moved to our main stacks area right before the run of bound periodicals.

Out with the old in with the new for the new year! In January 2013 Moon Library replaced 24 metal carrels that were original to the library when it was built in 1968.  The new carrels are more inviting, comfortable and always filled with students looking for a private area to study.
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: posulliv on January 14, 2013, 03:48:46 PM
Logan Rath, MS, MLS, Instruction & Resource Sharing Librarian, has completed his second Master’s Degree (Information Design & Technology) through SUNYIT. His thesis project explored the creation of a knowledge base to collocate best practices at the intersection of teaching and technology.

We're beginning the search for a reference librarian to fill a position that has been vacant for over a year.

The new liberal arts building on campus, right next to the library, is progressing.

We have a Library Advisory Committee which has met a couple of times, to "provide advice to the Library administration concerning information services needed by faculty, students, and staff in teaching, learning and scholarship".
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Antonia on January 15, 2013, 09:11:27 AM
Old Westbury

Happy New Year! We are still in the process of the library renovation. Also, our Education Librarian will be demonstrating a class she taught in the fall as an embedded librarian for an upper level course. I will have more information for our next update.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - New Paltz
Post by: Kristy Lee on January 15, 2013, 04:53:19 PM
New Paltz    Kristy Lee

The Sojourner Truth Library welcomes Anne Deutsch as the new Reference and Instruction Librarian. After earning her MLS from CUNY Queens College, Anne moved to Minnesota where she worked as a Librarian at the Brooklyn Park Campus of Rasmussen College. She designed and taught Information Literacy and Research Skills courses at both Minneapolis Community & Technical College and Rasmussen College.  Anne is excited to be back in New York and to join the SUNY New Paltz team.

STL librarians Colleen Lougen and Valerie Mittenberg are to present ‘Where to Publish: Tips and Strategies for Untenured Faculty’ with Art History Professor Reva Wolf at the Faculty Winter Forum – a roundtable discussion forum with teaching faculty in the Honors Center and the Teaching and Learning Center of New Paltz.

Since the launch of LibAnswers, Reference Librarian Matthew Laudicina has provided training to all librarians and student assistants on LibAnswers. Matt also created a searchable database of FAQs from the campus community.

Stephan J. Macaluso has been serving as the president of the Board of Trustees of the Southeastern New York Library Resource Council since June 2012.  SENYLRC's board is currently implementing a strategic plan, and developing assessment initiatives designed to enhance services to over 100 libraries and systems in the Mid-Hudson region.  SUNY library directors Kari Mack (Ulster) and Jon Grennan (Sullivan) also serve on the board.

The Lending iPads have been very popular since the loan period changed to 7 days. Students use the iPads for many different purposes and projects. To fill some of the heavy demands, we are expanding the iPad lending program to add an extra bundle of 10 iPads in the Spring Semester.

A Blackboard Collaborate ‘virtual’ library field trip was organized for Mrs Susan Guerrette’s 7th Grade Computer Applications class of Van Wyck Junior High School (Wappingers Central School District) on November 5th. The 7th graders and STL librarians were thrilled and fully enjoyed this joint venture. The young students were able to experience the Blackboard web conferencing application in action. The day-long ‘field trip' allowed five classes to participate. Several of the students were able to interview SUNY New Paltz’s host librarians about their career choices.  
Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: KimmySzeto on January 16, 2013, 10:34:57 AM
Maritime College
Campus Update by Elizabeth Berilla

The librarians of the Stephen B. Luce Library did well representing Maritime College in print and presentations throughout the fall semester.  Constantia Constantinou (Library Director and Department Chair) joined colleagues from Columbia University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, the American Museum of Natural History, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the New York Botanical Gardens, and St. John’s University in a December 2012 roundtable discussion on “Mapping the Future of the Academic Library.”  As part of a larger body of research by the Gensler Firm, this discussion developed feedback on the future of academic libraries, roles of librarians, and the library as a physical and virtual space.

Kimmy Szeto (Cataloging and Metadata Librarian) was published in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship in late 2012 as well.  His review can be found through the following citation: “Musicking Online: Organizing Reference Sources in the Digital Age,” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 24:3, 2012.  Amongst other institutions, Kimmy’s review joins those from Brigham Young University, Harvard, and Rutgers.

Elizabeth Berilla (Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian), Kimmy Szeto, and Joseph Williams (Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian) represented Maritime College at the rescheduled 2012 METRO Annual Conference on January 15.  Their briefing, “Three Books to the Wind: Reflections of Three Ship Librarians Aboard the EMPIRE STATE VI,” reviewed their unique experiences and challenges while serving as the ship’s librarian during the Summer Sea Term cruises of 2010 and 2012. 

Changes have been swiftly afoot at the Stephen B. Luce Library since the close of 2012.  Updates to the Library’s physical facilities include the addition of a digital processing room, complete with a Bookeye 4 scanner.  The librarians are still becoming acquainted with all of its features, which can be applied for Interlibrary Loan services, archival processing, researchers, and exhibits.  In the digital world, the Stephen B. Luce Library has adopted LibGuides for subject- and project-specific resources for students, staff, faculty, and researchers.  Our guides can now be found at

The librarians of the Stephen B. Luce Library wish fair winds and following seas to Jennifer O’Keefe (Coordinator of Circulation and User Services), who departed Maritime for England in December 2012.  Coming on full time as her replacement is Gregory Murphy, who has filled the post of Part-Time Reference Librarian during the evenings and weekends since 2008.  Greg has additionally served as the project archivist on the Sailors’ Snug Harbor collection.  Welcome aboard, Greg!
Title: Re: Campus updates - SUNY Potsdam
Post by: hebertm3308 on January 16, 2013, 02:58:42 PM
1. New staff hires were announced this week:
Linda Hansen begins this week in as our adjunct Reference Librarian. She will be working about 10 hours per week, evenings and Sundays. Linda is joining us as the next step in a varied career in libraries, including work as a library manager, skills trainer, and instructional designer, most of it international in Australia and the Middle East.

Paula Tufo will be starting on Wednesday, February 6 as our Clerk 2 in Collection Building with responsibilities in Acquisitions and Interlibrary loan.

2. SUNY Potsdam College President John Schwaller announced his resignation on November 27th, effective July 31, 2013.   Daily Courier news article here:   We expect to have an announcement soon regarding an interim president.

3. SUNY Potsdam and Canton are exploring the possibilities of "shared services" for cataloging.  Meetings are being held by administrators, directors and staff to explore the feasibility of having Potsdam catalogers do copy-cataloging for Canton's new acquisitions.  

4. SUNY Potsdam Computing and Technical Services has decided to do away with our proprietary Meeting Maker calender service, and is moving forward with the implementation of the open source Sogo software, campus wide.  The College Libraries is a heavy user of the calendar software, and with a Jan. 21 cut-over date, library staff are scrambling to learn how to implement the software for not only work/meeting schedules, but also how to manage rooms, equipment and the reference schedules. SoGo email is also being rolled out to students, although staff and students will still be able to use other email clients and web software.

5. Library faculty are please that the renovations to staff offices on the 2nd floor of Crumb Library are complete.  New office furniture was delivered during the holiday break.  The furniture includes new ergonomic adjustable desks so that the height of the desk can be easily changed.  Staff can either stand or sit at their computers as they work.