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The SLC Board is planning the spring meeting for June 6 & 7th to coincide with the SUNYLA Annual Conference this year.
A draft agenda is being developed, and will be forthcoming.

There are 3 seats on the SLC board that will be open for new members. A call for nominations will be coming out at the beginning of April, with elections to follow. To find out more about the board and the policies, please see this guide.

OLIS and CPD will be rolling out a new Leadership course next year, more information will be coming on that at the spring meeting. It is developed loosely off of the Sienna program and a few others.

The Elsevier/Science Direct Taskforce has been created and is working on the next renewal for the SUNY contract. SUNY Connect Taskforce is working on the EBSCO renewal as well.

Carrie Fishner

The Promotion & Tenure ad hoc committee will be looking to meet at the annual conference during the SIG/Committee meeting times, and will not be presenting this year.

We are hoping to gather some more information and ideas on what the membership would like to see from this committee and how we can be of service.

Members are always welcome, just let Carrie Fishner know you would like to be added to the committee list (

Carrie Fishner,

January 21, 2022 Council Meeting @ SUNY Delhi / SLC liaison report
« on: January 20, 2022, 10:02:47 PM »
The Board continues to have regular meetings, discussing items as needed and brought forward by the membership and from OLIS.

The Science Direct contract will be coming up for negotiation, there is a team that has been put together to work on it.

Cori Wilhelm has left Canton to begin working at OLIS as Program Manager. She is currently reaching to library directors and trying to meet with as many as she can to find out how libraries are doing, what they need/what obstacles they are facing, and how OLIS/SLS can best help.

There will be two positions opening up on the board this spring - nominations will open up in March. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a current Board member and we are happy to discuss the commitment.


The SLC fall meeting is Wed. Nov 17th 9-noon. The draft agenda is posted, with links

A few highlights: SUNY is moving away from Workplace and the SLC board is supporting the recommendation by OLIS and SLS to move the libraries back to Basecamp for now. SUNY has a few other options for the system they are working on moving forward, but we will wait until the kinks have been worked out.

The Board would like to meet concurrently with the SUNYLA conference again this year, as they were unable to last year.

There will be two spots on the board opening up this year, so please consider running for a position.

Submitted by Carrie Fishner

No report at this time

-Carrie Fishner, Chair

September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:43:14 AM »
The Promotion & Tenure Ad Hoc committee hosted another successful pre-conference session during the Annual Conference in June. We had a great turn-out for a late Friday conference session, so thank you to everyone who attended. There was great conversation and questions, and we seemed to really be able to offer a lot of support to our colleagues through this program.

We are currently looking at the next steps we can take as a committee, beyond offering these programs at annual. We have been in talks with the Professional Development Committee and the LIS Student subcommittee of Membership to look at reviving the SUNYLA Mentorship program.

If anyone is interested in joining our small committee, please reach out to me - Carrie Fishner,

Respectfully, Carrie F., Chair

The Promotion & Tenure ad hoc committee is sponsoring a Workshop during the annual conference on Friday afternoon at 3:30pm.

If anyone would like to join the committee, please email Carrie at Goals of the committee for the short term will be to identify next steps that will benefit the community, beyond offering the popular annual sessions during the conference.

June 16, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / SLC Update
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:48:32 AM »
The SLC Board is finalizing the agenda for the joint SLC and OLIS meeting to be held virtually on Thursday June 24th from 9am-Noon. There will be a first hour for updates, then sector break out meetings, followed by a third hour of large group discussion. Topics to be discussed include priorities of the SUNY Libraries and creating better lines of communication.

There is currently one open SLC Board position for which we are seeking nominations, due by Friday June 18th. This position is due to a Board resignation, and will be a 2-year seat to fill the remainder of the term. Nominations can be submitted here: 

The 2021 conference is off and running! We have 386 registered attendees (as of 9am this morning) with 8 vendors. It's not the conference we started out planning, but I am so proud of the work we have we done. I cannot thank enough the conference planning committee who has worked very hard to create a well planned and creative version of SUNYLA Annual conference, in virtual form. We hope one day you will come and visit us in person here at Delhi. We tried very hard to include as many of the traditions of the annual conference that we all know and love in this year’s virtual conference, and we hope that everyone will join in as much as you are able to do so.

A few highlights I’d like to point out – there is a conference virtual photo booth – please take pictures, and if you’re willing, share to the gallery! You may find your photo in future SUNYLA social media. It’s nice to see each other having fun and smiling, just like at our regular social events and networking.

Wednesday and Thursday evening, we do have social events taking place from 7-9pm – please stop in and check them out. There are two scheduled activities each night, as well as an open social room for networking and hanging out. Remember to thank EBSCO for supporting our social events, bring your koozie with you to Wednesday evenings events with your beverage of choice.

As always, we couldn’t make the conference as affordable as we do without our generous sponsors. Thanks to their support, we were once again able to provide a near-zero cost virtual conference this year.

Have fun, and we can’t wait to see you all in person again next year at SUNYLA 2022 at Farmingdale!

Carrie Fishner

Conference planning is moving along smoothly and we are well on our way.

We have a keynote, we will have a talk from the Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden - focusing on citizen science

Conference program acceptance letters have gone out, and presenters have until today to confirm they will be presenting. 32 breakout sessions, 16 lightning talks, and 6 workshops (formerly the pre-conference) sessions were selected.
The call for poster sessions has gone out, with a deadline for proposals of April 23rd.

Social event planning is well underway and there are a lot of great things planned! Although we will not be meeting in person we believe that we will be providing ample opportunity for networking and interaction both in and out of the sessions.

The conference website is live! We will be adding additional content as it is finalized.

Registration will go live at the beginning of May.

Carrie Fishner, Chair

March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC Update
« on: March 26, 2021, 09:22:39 AM »
Jennifer Smathers' contract with the SLC has ended, so she is not longer serving in her role part time coordinating for us.

Spring meeting planning is underway, please look for an announcement regarding this next week.

March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: March 26, 2021, 09:21:11 AM »
We will be presenting a 90 minute workshop at the annual conference, a "Re-booted Bootcamp" Friday afternoon. This year will feature some breakout rooms to split attendees for specific topics of interest.

January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:45:56 PM »
The Promotion & Tenure ad hoc committee is planning our next meeting for some time in the next 2 weeks. If anyone is interested in helping us, please let Carrie know at

The last two years we have presented at the annual conference. We are considering what our next steps are in providing resources and support to our colleagues across the SUNY Libraries moving forward.

January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC Update
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:43:38 PM »
The SLC Fall meeting was held Dec. 7-9th, with around 157 registrants/attendees. At the meeting there were a lot of updates from OLIS, the SLC Board, and the SLS. There was a real focus on making sure that participants were able to connect with colleagues, both through sectors and functional areas.

One of the main pieces of information included the change to the SLC Roles & Responsibilities, which was sent out to a vote to the SLC membership. The vote results were:
Yes - 28
No - 3
Abstain - 0

I have attached the new language to this report.
Approved board meeting minutes and other information can be found at this LibGuide:

There will also be coming changes to communication, OLIS (including SLS, SOAR, and SUNY OER Services) has decided to move away from listservs and will now be transitioning to SUNY Workplace. There will multiple channels established, and the spring semester will be used to help with this transition.

The planning committee met on December 14th, and after discussion of the results of the survey sent out to the membership, has made the determination to hold the 2021 annual conference in a fully virtual format.

Discussions are now focused on how to best meet the needs of attendees in the virtual format, drawing on the experiences from last year. We hope to keep a feeling of "local flavor" with the conference, as well as meeting many of the members' requests for fellowship and networking, as well as our traditional program of professional development.

Registration will be free for all SUNYLA members. Non-members will have a small cost, yet to be determined, but no more than $20.

Thank you to Adam Saunders for the design of this year's conference logo, to go with our theme of "From Seeds to Services: Growing the New Academic Library".

Call for program proposals has gone out. Proposals are due by Feb. 26th. Call for Poster presentations will go out in March.

Carrie Fishner, Chair

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