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March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 22, 2024, 07:27:54 AM »
Delhi's library partnered with our Center for Student Leadership and Engagement during the first week of the semester to hold a "Book Fair" - we provided free books and fun little items as giveaways. Set up like an old-school book fair, students were able to come in and browse and take one book and a couple small items (like bookmarks and pens). The event was a huge success and is being planned again for next spring.

The library participated in the campus How To series of talks with Librarian Carrie Fishner presenting "How not to be TRAAPed in Research"

We are also planning some eclipse events for the campus, although we will only be at 97% totality. Librarian Carrie Fishner has been on the SCRLC Eclipse Task Force as well.

We are looking ahead now to end of the semester events including Therapy Dog visits, our next is scheduled for March 29th, and more Stress Less activities after that throughout April and May.

Carrie Fishner, Delegate

From the Professional Development Committee and its subcommittees:

A call for nominations for the Mentor Award was released ( Nomination letters can be addressed to the “SUNYLA Mentor Award Review Committee” and sent to Jocelyn Ireland, Any questions about the Mentor Award can be sent to the same address. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 17, 2024.

Another request for a mentor through the Mentor program was also received. A match was made. Anyone interested in a mentor or being a mentor can go to

The Excellence in Scholarship Award had an excellent inaugural year, and we would like to look at reauthorizing the award.

A call has gone out for Friend of SUNYLA nominations, but none have been received yet. The info is on the website if anyone didn’t get the email:

The deadline is extended until we actually get a nomination.

The Professional Development Grants Subcommittee awarded another grant in February.  Adam Mizelle, Instructional Services Librarian from SUNY Morrisville received a $700 grant to cover the cost of courses for SUNY's CPD Inclusive Teaching and Learning Certificate Program from May to September of this year.

The Promotion & Tenure Subcommittee will be meeting during the Annual Conference (as a SIG or committee depending on the conference structure). Delegates please also be on the lookout for an email asking you to help gather your campus' policies on promotion & tenure for a repository.

Carrie Fishner (on behalf of Logan Rath)

January 19, 2024 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 19, 2024, 09:09:21 AM »
What's been happening at SUNY Delhi:

End of semester Stress Less programming was well received, with visits from our Therapy Dog partners some of the highlights (as usual)! Also enjoyed were making snowman-themed gifts and a tiny art show.

The library's circulation desk received a new look over the Dec/Jan break to make it more accessible for all patrons. We are still working out some logistics, but it looks good and gives the whole area a nice new look!

With the departure of a librarian mid-semester in the fall, Delhi has decided to enter into a contract with SUNY Shared Library Services for systems and e-resources support. We are excited to to work together on this aspect of library support - and this will free up the librarians on campus to focus on student academic support initiatives.

The Resnick Library received money in the SUNY Transformation Funds to expand our current Reserve Textbook program, and have begun to do that this spring. We are excited to see how this will impact student behaviors and retention.

We are looking forward to a busy semester as the campus is in the midst of several administrative searches (including Presidential) and we hope to be able to keep up with our regular programming schedule (perhaps adapted) with our current staffing.

Carrie Fishner, delegate

November 17, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates - Delhi
« on: November 17, 2023, 09:28:11 AM »
Delhi's Resnick Library hosted our 5th LibraryCon - Villains event in October to great success. Over 250 students attended over the course of the evening. Campus collaborators and community partners helped provide a variety of activities for our students including a caricature artist, speakers, raffle prizes, crafting, demos of tabletop games and mini-fig painting, and more. We are starting the planning process for next year's event.

Library Instruction has seen a marked increase this semester, librarians have conducted nearly as many sessions this semester as all of last academic year.

E-Resources Librarian Sarah Meisch-Lacombe has left Delhi to pursue an opportunity outside of the SUNY system. We wish her well. We are awaiting word on whether or not we can search for this position. This puts the library down 2 Librarians.

Steve Dixon, Librarian, has published multiple book reviews in Library Journal over the last several months, including one for "Serving Patrons with Disabilities: Perspectives and insights from people with disabilities", which he says should be required reading for all library professionals.

Carrie Fishner is working on the planning for our end of semester activities, including Night Against Procrastination and Stress Less Activities (including the student/staff favorite visits from our therapy dog friends).

Carrie Fishner, delegate

September 15, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: September 15, 2023, 08:45:43 AM »
SUNY Delhi has been bustling! We welcomed our largest class of incoming students in 6 years, and the library has been feeling it. Study rooms are full, the computer stations are busy, and reference questions and instruction sessions are already up in numbers.

The library participated in Welcome Weekend by offering a Make Your Own Button station using weeded books and magazines and had over 30 students stop by during the Sunday picnic - many who stayed and hung out socializing to make new friends.

Library staff are getting ready to host the 5th annual LibraryCon on October 18th - this year's theme is "Villains".

Carrie Fishner, Delegate

March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 10, 2023, 10:30:39 AM »
SUNY Delhi has just had our Middle States re-accreditation visit, and the Resnick Library was commended on several points.

Sarah Meisch-Lacombe will be taking on a new role within the library, her new title will be Electronic Resources and Assessment Librarian. We are excited for her to take on this new opportunity here with us.

Librarians Carrie Fishner, Sarah Meisch-Lacombe, and Professor Peter Brusoe presented "Building Campus Partnerships Through LibraryCon" at ALA's LibLearnX Conference in January. Planning for next year's LibraryCon is already underway.

Planning for spring activities and programs to support students as they approach end of semester projects and finals are underway.

-Carrie Fishner, Delegate

January 20, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 20, 2023, 09:56:07 AM »
Delhi held a very successful Stress Less event over the last two weeks of the fall semester for students. Once again, the therapy dog visits were some of our most well attended.

The Librarians are meeting with the English Faculty to partner on how to meet the new SUNY GE Information Literacy requirement for the fall; we are hoping that we can find a good balance for the library involvement.

Director Carrie Fishner and Librarian Sarah Meisch-Lacombe will be presenting at LibLearnX in New Orleans next week on a joint program titled "Building Campus Partnerships with LibraryCon", unfortunately their co-presenter Dr. Peter Brusoe will be unable to join them in person.

January 20, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC liaison report
« on: January 20, 2023, 09:51:21 AM »
This is likely my last report as liaison, as the membership voted after the fall meeting in December to dissolve the organization.

The SLS and OLIS will be reaching out to work with SUNYLA on how to incorporate some of the needed professional development and networking aspects that the SLC membership desired.

Carrie Fishner

November 4, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 03, 2022, 10:21:29 AM »
The Resnick Library at SUNY Delhi was excited to host our 4th annual Library Con (this year it was the Totally 90's Library Con) on October 19th. We welcomed over 200 students into the library for our event during the evening. Students met therapy dogs, participated in a costume contest, escape room, made some crafts, listened to great talks from some of our faculty on topics such as "Fads of the '90's" and "Final Fantasy", played games, and got to get their own customized trucker hat. Our book bundle raffle prizes were highly sought after. We can't wait to host our 5th annual Con in October of 2023 - that one will be villainous!

The fall semester has busy with an uptick in requests for library instruction, including our popular virtual Library Orientation Escape Room. Additionally, library staff have been changing out displays to keep up with campus events and themes, such as the Campus Semester Read of "Callings" and the activities that are surrounding this book.

Banned Books Week was celebrated by focusing on the importance of First Amendment rights and how censorship can affect everyone in a community this year. The display and books chosen for it were a big hit.

We are still searching for an Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian - please feel free to share this posting with anyone you know who may be a good candidate!

November 4, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC liaison report
« on: October 31, 2022, 04:58:54 PM »
I am sorry I can't be at the meeting today.

The SLC Board has released its recommendation for the Future of the SLC. This was sent out to the SLC listserv on Friday, Oct. 28th. It will be discussed at the Virtual Fall SLC on Thursday December 1st at 3:00pm. Each campus will be given one vote after the meeting to determine how to proceed (by Dec. 16th), voting instructions will follow the meeting.

To summarize the recommendation:
The SLC Board recommends that we dissolve the SLC for the following reasons:
   •   This structure is no longer effective in accomplishing the work of the SUNY Libraries.
   •   The SLC was created to have a budget/dues, a bank account, an Executive Director, and perhaps additional staff. It currently has none of these, with no clear path or appetite
         for adding them.
   •   Widespread fatigue, focus on individual campus matters, and understaffing make it difficult for many of us to find the time and energy to run an independent organization.
   •   Supporting the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and SUNY Library Services (SLS) is the most efficient way to participate in the work of the SUNY Libraries
        without unnecessarily duplicating efforts. OLIS/SLS already has a team of paid staff devoted to making the SUNY Libraries the best they can be. We see no reason to continue
        overcomplicating things with additional organizational layers.

Additionally, the SLC President Brian Sullivan (Alfred, Ceramics) has a question for SUNYLA. The SLC recognizes that SUNYLA already does a large amount of professional development, collaboration, and networking (and very well!) - how could we help support and build on that in terms of where the SLC ends? Would it be possible to add Director gatherings as part of the SUNYLA conferences (maybe a SIG in admin or leadership?) Also, how can we try to encourage more Directors to participate in SUNYLA, with the absence of the SLC?

Carrie's thought - we have already done a lot to build this area up over the last eight or so years (in terms of Director involvement), but it could always be better. I think that adding a Directors/Admin meeting on to the conference would be a great step.   (sorry I can't be at the meeting today!)


September 16, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: September 16, 2022, 10:30:33 AM »
The Resnick Library participated in several orientation events as we welcomed new and returning students back to campus. The start of the semester has been a busy one (Yeah!) as students have been engaged and back on campus and in the library.

Delhi is in the middle of a search for a new Electronic Resources & Systems Librarian. We hope to have someone onboard for the start of the spring semester.

Library staff are busy planning for our 4th annual LibraryCon to take place on October 19th this year - with a fun 90's theme addition. We'll share some photos in the next update.

September 16, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC liaison report
« on: September 16, 2022, 10:23:53 AM »
Supplemental election occurred to fill the 2 board positions:
Pam O'Sullivan from Brockport and Keri Thomas-Whiteside from Erie CC have been elected - Congratulations!

They join the other board members:
•   Brian Sullivan, Alfred-Ceramics (Chair)
•   David Schuster, Binghamton
•   Erin Rowley, Buffalo
•   Donna Berryman, Buffalo
•   Shannon Pritting, OLIS

The board will be looking at investigating the future of the SLC this year with the goal of presenting their recommendation to the greater community in the coming months.

The SLC spring meeting took place in a hybrid environment yesterday (June 7th).

The morning was spent with updates from OLIS and SLS and the SLC Board. In the afternoon there were presentations on the DLE migration and on the Women in Technology initiative from Holly Heller-Ross. The remainder of the afternoon was spent on the topic of whether or not the SLC should continue to be an organization. Sectors met and held discussions and then the whole group reconvened to share back and discuss as a whole. The consensus was that the entire membership would need to come to a vote, but that there should be time and investigation on a few points first. The vote will be called at the fall meeting in November. In the meantime, there will be a special election for one Board position that has been opened up and for one position that will be added - these will be specifically held for Community College/Tech sector and Comprehensive College seats. This is to round out the Board as the current make-up with the new incoming members is all Doctoral campuses from Binghamton and Buffalo.

Minutes from the Board meetings this year can be found at the SLC LibGuide:
Minutes from the spring meeting will be added in the next week.

Carrie Fishner

The committee has not met recently.

After the last Council meeting it was decided that the committee would become a sub-committee under the Professional Development committee, and move from a stand alone ad hoc.

The committee will work on redefining our charge and developing a list of priorities and goals for the next year. Those attending the SUNYLA conference may meet in person during the SIG time to start this conversation, however the committee will be convening in August to start this discussion officially. If anyone is interested in joining please reach out to Carrie Fishner (

We had our 3rd annual (after a 2 year hiatus due to COVID) Library Con on April 24th. The event was well attended and feedback from attendees was positive, with many asking about our next event. We are already planning for next fall!

Librarians Carrie Fishner and Sarah Meisch-Lacombe partnered with History Professor Terry Hamblin's New York History class to develop an interactive display and exhibit on immigration pertaining to New York and its residents in April and May. Students developed an exhibit, a LibGuide, a poster, and an interactive map for campus community members.

Steve Dixon has a forthcoming article for Library Journal on building a collection around soccer.

Scholarly Communications Librarian Jenny Collins has been working closely with several nursing faculty to develop new OER offerings in the department, including a revised edition of the Death and Dying textbook.

The Resnick Library is excited to welcome Kate Fitz-Henry who will be joining our team in July as the new Electronic Resources & Systems Librarian.

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