SUNYLA Discussion Forums

SUNYLA Council => March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC => Topic started by: amlowe on March 13, 2018, 03:22:51 PM

Title: Campus Updates
Post by: amlowe on March 13, 2018, 03:22:51 PM
Please post your campus updates here
Title: Campus Update - Cobleskill
Post by: AprilDavies on March 21, 2018, 01:16:55 PM
The big news is we're hiring for a new faculty position, Public Services & Outreach Librarian:

We'll also be looking for a new Tech Services Clerk as Cindy Maguire just accepted a new job at Glens Falls Public Library.

Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Danharms on March 22, 2018, 09:47:29 AM
Cortland Update
Jim FitzGerald

SUNY Cortland Memorial Library officially hired a full-time, permanent Archivist! Jeremy Pekarek is the Archivist & Instructional Services Librarian at SUNY Cortland. Jeremy has worked for Cortland for a little over a year as a Visiting Assistant Librarian and recently accepted the full time appointment of archivist on campus. He officially began his appointment in the first week of February.  He attended Syracuse University School of Information Studies where he received his MLS and CAS in Cultural Heritage and Preservation. Before that he attended SUNY Oswego receiving an MA and BA in US History. Previously Jeremy completed a number of internships at various archives and museums in New York State. Jeremy is looking forward in continuing to grow with SUNY Cortland through teaching opportunities, committee work, research, and historical preservation.

One of our instructional designers, John “AJ” Scognamiglio, has moved to Worchester, MA to accept a position at Becker College. If you know him and miss him, don’t worry. He’ll be at CIT this year.


Many of our librarians are busy drafting proposals for programs and events to support SUNY Cortland’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations. We’re 150 years old!


We have added new high definition monitors, glass white boards, and new carpeting to most of our group study rooms.


We have added a few digital resources to our collection:
•   SUNY Cortland Student Newspapers, The Hilltop Press (1942-1971),The Press (1972-1990) and The Dragon Chronicle (1990-2013) can now be accessed online through the NYS Historic Newspapers project
•   New Database: Periodicals Archive Online
•   New Database: American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodical Collection
Title: Re: Campus Updates - SUNY Geneseo, Milne Library
Post by: leah on March 22, 2018, 02:25:52 PM
SUNY Geneseo
Leah Root, delegate

Milne Library won the The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

"In an ACRL newsletter story, Ann Campion Riley, chairperson of the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and vice provost and university librarian at the University of Missouri, noted that Milne’s “strong commitment to open access to scholarship and educational resources, their Summer Library Research Academy, and work with local high schools,” highlighted the strength of its programs as described in its application. The application provided comprehensive supporting information in five categories: Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership; Research Instruction Program; Outreach and Community Engagement; Experiential Learning; and Responsiveness to the Community.

According to Library Director Ben Rawlins, the award is the highest that an academic library can achieve. In winning the award, Geneseo becomes the first SUNY library to earn the award, and also the first member institution in COPLAC.

Rawlins noted that a majority of library staff members were involved in the award nomination process, including librarians Brandon West, Dan Ross, Sherry Larson-Rhodes, and Alan Witt who edited and assembled the application materials. In addition, the application included multiple letters of support from faculty, staff, students and administrators at Geneseo and across SUNY. "

Read more here:


Alana Nuth has accepted the position of Head of Collection Management at Milne Library, and will be joining us on June 28, 2018.


We have added two new databases to our collection of resources: Web of Science, a scientific citation indexing service;  and HeinOnline, which indexes legal history and government documents, and includes the  National Survey of State Laws.


Milne Library hosted another successful *Hour of Code* community workshop for youth in February. Spearheaded by SUNY Geneseo staff members  Dr. Kirk Anne, and Education and Community Engagement Librarian Michelle Costello, the workshop is part of the *The Hour of Code* global movement, which introduces kids to computer science, inspiring them to learn more, break stereotypes, and empowers them to solve challenging problems.  More information about *The Hour of Code* is at


Milne Library helped celebrate the 3rd annual National Book Review Month this February. Students in SUNY Geneseo Professor Lytton Smith's classes submitted book reviews via the NaRMO website ( ), built by Milne Library Web Developer Leah Root.

Title: Re: Campus Updates
Post by: Rebecca Hyams on March 22, 2018, 03:26:57 PM
Rebecca Hyams, delegate

The biggest news for us is that our new Library Director, Corey Halaychik, joined us on March 5th. He was most recently at the University of Tennessee where he had been the Head of Acquisitions and Continuing Resources. We're very excited to have him on board.

Many of us are right now working on doing all of the preparation work that goes into Summer Sea Term, including finishing the inventory of items that was started before last year's cruise. We're also in the process of hiring the Ship Librarian(s) so they can get everything they need in order before May.

Though there's still a few loose ends to finish, Project Archivist (and Part-time Reference Librarian) Jannette D'Esposito just this week finished working on the finding aids for the college's early schoolships and student records. As part of her work she created records for individual students to make finding information on them and filling reference requests on alumni of our pre-SUNY days easier to find. The work was funded by the NYS Documentary Heritage Program. To see the fruits of her labor, the collections can be viewed here ( and here (

In preparation for the move to Alma, Digital Services Librarian Rebecca Hyams has been made a part of the LSP Migration Systems Working Group.
Title: Re: Campus Updates - Delhi
Post by: cfishner on March 22, 2018, 08:58:33 PM
Delhi has had a very active and successful year so far.

Katelyn Baroody joined us in August as our new Assessment and Instruction Librarian. While a NY native, Kate has lived most recently in New Orleans while completing her MLS from UB. Kate has jumped right in learning Delhi's assessment plan and helping to revitalize our library assessment projects. She has some great suggestions if you are attending ALA in June!

The Resnick Library has been working hard to re-assess space usage and student needs. We are adding a whole new collection of furniture to the silent study area of the library; have added new cubicles to our quiet study areas; and are constructing a new small group study room.

A student favorite program, March Madness of Books, was back this year with theme being Children's Picture Books. We are down to the final four, and our students have some strong opinions and are voting hard. We will know our winner at the end of next week.