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March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: March 21, 2023, 07:00:53 PM »
Resource Sharing Update--
Empire Library Delivery (ELD) Q&A Sessions:
Hello, everybody. The Empire state Library Network (ESLN) has completed the RFP process for a new Empire Library Delivery (ELD) contract. The new contract will go into effect on July 1, 2023. Pricing information for ELD under this new contract was sent to library directors on March 10, and libraries need to notify ESLN of their desired level of ELD service under the new contract by March 31. In order to help libraries make decisions about ELD, SLS will be holding two open Q&A sessions on Thursday, March 23 at 1:00pm and Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00pm. Registration links are below.

[Thursday, March 23:]

Tuesday, March 28:

These sessions will not be recorded. If you are unable to attend either session and you have questions about ELD, please submit a ticket to

Tim Jackson

Spotlight on SUNY Libraries: Continuing the Textbooks in Libraries Conversation
Thursday, April 20, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Details and Registration:

Full events calendar -

Website updates are continuing -
Report any issues, dead links, etc., by submitting a ticket:

Submitted by Susan Perry

January 20, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: January 19, 2023, 10:26:01 AM »
OLIS / SUNY Library Services recognizes Shannon Pritting for his years of service, and countless contributions! He leaves big shoes to fill.

Effective 1/26/23, Shannon will serve as Director of Library Services, Open and Digital Learning Assets, at Empire State College. Please join us in wishing him well!

Program Manager updates - Cori Wilhelm -

-- New listserv for everyone in SUNY Libraries – to join, send a blank email to:

-- SLC Listserv will be discontinued

-- OLIS website updates in progress

-- Next Spotlight presentation will be Feb 9: Mentoring on a Shoestring
Details and Registration: 

Links at our blog post,

SLS Associate Director updates - Maureen Clements -

Please visit our new Website at

Report any issues, dead links, etc., by submitting a ticket:

Submitted by Susan Perry

November 4, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: November 02, 2022, 09:43:39 AM »
Hi all,
I'm sorry to miss the meeting on November 4.

OLIS welcomes Dr. Catherine Stollar Peters, Associate Director of Assessment and Data Analysis. Catherine joined our team on September 28.

Upcoming events-

11/7/22 - Anti-Racism Immersion Program: Conversation with CC/Tech Directors

11/7/22 - Anti-Racism Immersion Program: Conversation with Comprehensive Directors

11/9/22 - Spotlight on SUNY Libraries: Faculty Information Literacy Workshops for Authentic Core Competency Assessment

11/15/22 - Reaping Resources for Recommenders: Working with LibGuides, MarcEdit, and Other Simple Tools

11/30/22 - Scholarly Communications Community Group Meeting

For a full list of recordings of SLS webinars and training, visit this link:

Susan Perry

September 16, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: September 14, 2022, 11:37:16 AM »
August-September OLIS Update Presentation to SUNY Libraries
Friday, 9/16 @ 3 pm

SUNYConnect eBook Program: Director's Listening Session
Monday, 9/19 - 11 am

Scholarly Communications Community Group Meeting
Wednesday - 9/28 - 10 am

SUNY Library Services full event calendar:

Susan Perry
September 14, 2022

Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, will be leaving his position at OLIS/SUNY on June 24.
Best wishes to Mark, and many, many thanks for his long-time advocacy for SUNY libraries!

SUNY System Administration will advise us on the new organizational structure, moving forward.

Event calendar for SUNY Library Services may be found at:

Upcoming events:
Spotlight on SUNY Libraries: Active Learning Strategies - Transforming One-shot Sessions - June 14
Update for OCLC / ALMA Data Sync - June 15

Susan Perry
June 7, 2022

Hi, all,
Please register to attend the SLS Monthly Update webinar on March 30, 2022 - 1 p.m.

Susan Perry


January 21, 2022 Council Meeting @ SUNY Delhi / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: January 20, 2022, 06:33:12 PM »

OLIS welcomes Cori Wilhelm as Program Manager.

With new bulk upload capability, we're looking to see whether campuses have untapped digital objects they're interested in promoting.

SUNYConnect Task Force recommendations were approved by the SLC Board.
Register for update session on January 27.

ScienceDirect Renewal Task Force had first meeting with Elsevier.

SUNY Library Services monthly update on January 25.

== SUNY Library Services Update ==

SUNY’s Workplace migration by end of year (SLS transition 11/19/21)

SLS Blog for important updates - / subscribe via email

No plans to migrate SUNYLA Workplace group

SUNYConnect Task Force – presentation at SLC meeting 11/17/21

OCLC datasync – new process begins 11/15/21

Whole ebook ILL - pilot project with ProQuest

Analytics Office Hours beginning January 2022

SUNY-specific leadership institute for librarians - early 2022 (tentative) - managed via CPD/SAIL 

DEI activities -

Inclusive Initiatives Panel Webinar on November 19, 2021, from noon to 1pm: Join members of the SUNY Libraries DEI Task Force Lauren Jackson-Beck, Cristina Pope, Lisa Socci, Mustafa Sakarya, and Katie Ghidiu to hear about the inclusive initiatives they've implemented at their libraries.

16 people are taking the 10-week Inclusive Managers’ Toolkit course with DeEtta Jones, finishing up the week of November 15th.

DEI Group is developing a toolkit to be delivered in spring 2022.

SUNY is pairing with ESLN on a pair of webinars plus a workshop with Kawanna Bright in February and April, 2022. More information as it is available.

Report from scholarly communication meeting on 11/2:

This past summer the OLIS sent out a survey to the library community and hosted a feedback session to gauge interest in how OLIS could support community-building related to scholarly communications within the SUNY libraries. One of the ideas for building community was to host monthly Zoom meetup for interested people. The first meetup was held on 11/2. Participants split into four breakout rooms to discuss topics of interest to the groups. The next meeting is scheduled for 12/7 at 10 am. This meeting will focus on digital scholarship/pedagogy/humanities. Mark McBride and Tony DeFranco (OLIS) will share a brief presentation and lead a discussion. If your campus is doing work in this area, please feel free to contribute by sharing your experiences, ideas, challenges and solutions. To register: 
== OLIS System Provost Update ==

SUNY BoT has passed the new General Education Standards. Of particular interest to libraries, there are new competencies for information literacy (replacing the old information management framework). These are applicable to all students pursuing a SUNY undergraduate degree. The resolution directs the Chancellor or designee to work with campus leadership and faculty to implement local general education and undergraduate degree program requirements that are consistent with the SUNY General Education Framework, effective fall 2023 for A.A., A.S., and all baccalaureate degree programs and no later than fall 2024 for A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree programs.

Digital Learning Environment (DLE) implementation-- SUNY awarded the contract to Brightspace; all SUNY campuses going live on D2L. OLIS is regularly consulted as we were the first organization to migrate campuses to a single instance, multi tenant digital technology solution (ALMA/Primo). Katie Ghidiu from MCC and Cindi Tysik from UB represent SUNY Libraries on the DLE advisory council.

SUNY will soon begin negotiations with Lumen Learning on a new contract to continue efforts with the OER Services. Of note, the OER availabile through OER Services is directly aligned with the General Education Standards. There will be future communications coming out on that shortly.

At the Fall SLC meeting there will be conversations about renewing the existing Elsevier contract. Stay tuned for information on that.

Also, in bittersweet news, Maureen Zajkowski will be retiring from SUNY on December 22. Maureen has provided a steady hand for a number of years in OLIS and she will be missed.

Susan Perry - 11/11/21

September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: September 16, 2021, 03:52:10 PM »
Updates from Mark McBride, Senior Library Strategist, and Carey Hatch, Interim Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost.

-- Elsevier agreement for Science Direct is set to expire December 2022.
Based on feedback from the SUNY Shared Collections Committee (SSCC), Tim Arnold, chair of SSCC and Director of Libraries at Jamestown Community College, joined with Shannon Pritting, Esta Tovstiada, and Mark McBride, for a conversation with the 4 university centers to get their perspectives on how the current agreement is supporting their needs.

-- The SSCC is considering an offer from Oxford Press for the OED and will present to the entire community for consideration. OLIS intends on offering a subsidy, if campuses agree to participate in the offer.

-- The Provost’s Office has convened a large group to act as the advisory council for the new SUNY Digital Learning Environment (DLE). SUNY Libraries are being represented by Katie Ghidiu from Monroe Community College and Cynthia Tysik from UB.

-- Nearly all campuses have successfully implemented their OA policies. Albany and SUNY Poly are the only holdouts. They should be expecting communication shortly, seeking a status update.

Updates from Shannon Pritting, SUNY Library Services Director

-- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Forces and Initiatives
There are multiple SUNY Library task forces related to DEI:
o   Professional Development
o   Collections
o   Teaching and Outreach/Information Literacy
o   Policies
o   Buildings and Spaces

16 SUNY members are attending the DeEtta Jones Inclusive Managers’ Toolkit as a cohort to provide support for DEI and leadership development:

-- SLS is providing onboarding services for new staff at campuses. Thus far, there have been 5 staff who are working directly with SLS staff to get oriented to SUNY Library systems and processes, with coordinated training and support for these new staff.

-- SUNYConnect
A Task Force is preparing for the next SUNYConnect agreement.
Meetings with Sector leadership are happening, led by task force members.
An open Community update is happening on 9/22 -
A survey was conducted, with all but a few campuses responding.

-- The SLS continues to review e-resources for accessibility.  If campuses would like a resource reviewed, please let us know (request form and reviews are at:

-- Access to Deque University has been restored.  Please contact your EIT officer for access.
SUNY is suggesting courses and training within Deque and mapping them to roles in the library.

-- SUNY is working with ProQuest and ExLibris to begin testing whole ebook ILL lending using Ebook Central, Alma, and Primo in the near future.

Submitted by Susan Perry

June 16, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / OLIS Report
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:11:07 AM »
OLIS Portal


The OLIS is interested in how we can support community-building related to scholarly communications within SUNY libraries.
One solution we are exploring is offering services to help bring interested people together, by providing tools for communication channels, sharing content, and conducting (virtual) meet-ups.
We developed a brief survey to gauge interest in this type of initiative. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.
If interested in this initiative, please complete the survey by July 1, 2021:
Feel free to answer anonymously. Thanks in advance for your time and input!


SUNY was provided with funding from EBSCO for DEI initiatives. Supported by this funding, SUNY will be planning professional development related to DEI over the course of the next year, in partnership with the Empire State Library Network. The members of this advisory committee will help make decisions about professional development activities. Additionally, there may be opportunities for some limited additional group work related to DEI such as creating a repository or toolkit about DEI work happening in SUNY libraries. This advisory committee will help make decisions about any potential group work in DEI in SUNY libraries over the next year.
Deadline for Expressing interest is 6/18/2021

Library Leadership

SUNY Library Services

Primo VE Training Survey
Feedback is requested from those in ALL library roles about their comfort level with Primo VE.
Goal of the survey is to gather ideas for future training, including webinars, FAQs, etc.

Alma/Primo VE training sessions-

June 23 + June 30: Alma Acquisitions Analytics
Part 1 -
Part 2 -

August 10: Fiscal Year Rollover for Community Colleges

More summer sessions will be announced soon!

To submit a service ticket, and for general questions/comments, email

SUNY LSP & Discovery HQ

SUNY Libraries Institutional Leads

SUNY OER Services (SOS)

Mike Daly has taken a position outside of SUNY.

We'll be opening up discussions about the future of the program, and the direction campuses would like to see the services move.


A new version of DSpace (v7.0) was announced at The Open Repositories Conference   The major features include a completely new User Interface based on Angular, enhanced REST API, redesigned submissions and workflows, and a new configurable entities object model which allows for storing relationships between Items.  The core contributors to the development of the new release are Atmire, 4Science and LYRASIS with additional contributions from the Duraspsce Community -  The slides and video from the OR2021 Conference announcing the new version are available at these links (slides, video Note: the DSpace update in the video begins at minute 19:00).  A release schedule is yet to be announced.

Wendi Ackerman and Maureen Zajkowski completed an initial update of the Repository pages at; more updates as this work progresses.

For questions on:
SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR) – email
SUNY Digital Repository (SDR) – email


Susan Perry

March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: March 26, 2021, 08:20:37 AM »
OLIS Report
March 26, 2021

OLIS Portal

SUNY Library Services--

SLS has been working on an Invitation for Bids to create system-wide agreements for library resources that many SUNYs already subscribe to. SUNY is now working with 8 different vendors to develop system-wide contracts that will realize savings for content that SUNYs will be renewing, and will potentially save significant time on activities related to procuring, licensing, and paying for content.   

Next monthly update is Friday, April 9, 2021, at 12 PM.
Connection info here:
Recording will be posted.

Current training offerings include Alma's new MD Editor series, SUSHI Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks, and Accessibility Exception Review Process Overview.
Details are available at our master calendar -

To submit a ticket, and for general questions/comments, email

SUNY OER Services (SOS)--

Two new OER courses/modules now available in SUNY’s Ready to Adopt Catalog -
College Physics (OLI) -
Student Cognition Toolbox (OLI) -

Want to learn more about SUNY’s OER partner, OLI?
Sign up for an introductory workshop -

Can't make the workshops but still interested? Schedule a 1-1 consultation today!

Recruitment for Fall 2021 for faculty and librarians to participate in the no-cost critical reflection faculty development program, Lumen Circles is underway.  Indicate your interest early – spots are limited.

Watch this short video to learn more about Lumen Circles -

New for Fall 2021 is a circle focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Wendi Ackerman and Maureen Zajkowski are updating the Repository pages at; more updates as this work progresses.

For questions and more information contact Maureen Zajkowski

Maureen is available for consultations regarding the development of collections and workflows. She'll assist in the review of overall structure, and introduce you to the basics of adding metadata and content.


January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:23:57 PM »
OLIS Liaison Report - Susan Perry

OLIS Portal -

Several of our electronic discussion lists and Basecamp groups will be migrating to SUNY’s Workplace, during the month of January. Effected groups will be notified; expected completion date is 1/31/21. Workplace training sessions will be offered.

OLIS First Quarterly Update 2021 is scheduled for January 26 - 1 pm. Register at

= SUNY Library Services =

Fulfillment Network: We are investigating/implementing a fulfillment network in Alma/Primo. This would allow SUNY users to request materials from any SUNY to be picked up at any participating SUNY library. Additionally, the system handles drop off anywhere services. The project kicks off in January, and is expected to end in a go-live date of Fall 2021.

Shared Ebook DDA: Many campuses are participating in a shared program that is being managed at a group level, and will result in ebook purchases that provide access to all in the group, but using a “multiplier,” reducing overall costs for the group.  Initial groups are focusing on Nursing titles, and then targeted high-quality publishers who cover a variety of subject areas.

The SLS released an invitation for bids for over 800 products commonly subscribed to by SUNY libraries. Bids are due on 2/1/21, with SUNY working from February to May to develop agreements for content. This project will greatly increase the amount of system-wide library content agreements, and reduce duplicate procurement work across the system.

The SLS has been working with a group of library staff over the past six months on the SUNY Library Accessibility Cohort. This cohort has included professional development and collaborative efforts, one of which is the creation of an Accessibility Repository ( with reviews of VPATs and top-level testing of resources.  Currently, the cohort is focusing on reviewing widely subscribed content, and has completed 21 out of an anticipated 80 products. Keep an eye out for presentations coming up to provide an update on the cohort’s activities.

16 libraries are now borrowing articles via Alma. The SLS has been working with low-volume campuses to migrate from ILLiad to using Alma for their primary resource sharing system.

Next monthly update is Friday, January 15, 2021, at 11 AM. Recording will be posted. 

November/December training sessions focused on usage statistics, the new Metadata Editor, eresources troubleshooting and submitting good support tickets.

Please visit our training calendar, for a full list of upcoming webinars.

To submit a ticket, and for general questions/comments, email

= SUNY OER Services (SOS) = 

Save the date and time! Friday, February 12, 2021 from 12n-1, SUNY Press, SUNY OER Services and SUNY Center for Professional Development are hosting a webinar panel of SUNY faculty who will offer best tips/strategies for creating/authoring OER textbooks and courses.

New OER available at include:

Financial Accounting (Online Homework Manager)
Public Speaking (Waymaker)
Learning to Learn Online (OLI)
Abnormal Psychology (coming March 2021)

Remember, SUNY OER Services is always available to help campuses, libraries, librarians and faculty. Reach us at


Information on both repositories available at

For questions and more information contact Maureen Zajkowski -

November 13, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / OLIS Report
« on: November 12, 2020, 11:33:15 AM »
OLIS Report
November 13, 2020

OLIS Portal

== SUNY Library Services ==

SLS staff are working on a project to reduce duplication of efforts across our 60 campuses, related to procurement and contract management for library subscriptions. We’re working collaboratively with SUNY campuses, the SUNY Shared Collections Committee (formerly CPC), SUNY System-Wide procurement, the NYS Office of General Services and Office of the NY State Comptroller, and vendor and publisher partners. The SLS intends to release an invitation for bids soon, and has submitted single-source exemption requests to encourage and facilitate more efficient procurement going forward. We hosted a kick-off meeting in early November, and have created a Basecamp for discussions related to this project. There will be further webinars and updates as the project continues.

Alma analytics was upgraded on 11/8/20. Primo analytics is scheduled for 11/22/20. They will now run on OAS (Oracle Analytics Server).

50 libraries have resumed Alma physical resource sharing. ELD has resumed service for the NYC hub, upon request. 16 libraries are now borrowing articles via Alma.

36 CDI audits have been completed for campuses.

Two campuses are piloting ProQuest’s Rialto product, for item selection and acquisition workflow.

Next monthly update will be presented at the SLC Fall Virtual Meeting, Dec. 7-9.

Please visit our training calendar, for a full list of upcoming webinars.

To submit a ticket, and for general questions/comments, email

== SUNY OER Services (SOS) ==

This fall a record number of SUNY faculty and students are using courses and platforms available at
As a reminder these are at no cost to SUNY campuses, faculty and students and offer another means by which SUNY provides equitable access to higher education.

New courses that will be available soon:

Public Speaking (Waymaker)

Financial Accounting (OHM)

College Physics (OLI)

SUNY campuses have begun using SUNY Digital Repository (SDR) as a place to store and share locally based OER.

SOS is proud to partner with the new SUNY Press imprint, 64 ink in providing faculty and students additional options for reliable offline access to OER.

== Repositories ==

While Open Access Week 2020 is now over, OLIS provided resources are still available at

SUNY Digital Repository

2 campuses have recently expressed interest in adding OER content.

SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR)

8 campuses are in production.

4 have expressed interest and are testing the application.

Information on both repositories available at

For questions and more information contact Maureen Zajkowski

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Submitted by Susan Perry

September 18, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / OLIS Liaison Report
« on: September 17, 2020, 12:23:53 PM »
Hi, All--
Latest OLIS news attached!

Check out our new and improved Website/portal:

If you would like to join SLSS Basecamp (SLC/HQ), please let me know.
Here's the description/purpose:

SUNY/SLC Headquarters (HQ)
SLC-wide announcements and stuff everyone needs to know about the LSP implementation for institutional leads, working group members, OLIS, and more.


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