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I'm at the University Faculty Senate Meeting today and cannot give my report. We have two updates.

Mentoring: Another library school student was matched with a mentor.

The Professional Development Grants Subcommittee has recently approved a grant application from Hilary Wong, Instructional Services Librarian from SUNY Cortland to host the Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting in October.

There are three updates for the Professional Development Committee:

1. There is now a listserv for student training, SUNYLA-student-training-l. The listserv has been sent to SUNYLA-L has is also posted to the SUNYLA website (thanks, Bill!)

2. Two Excellence in Scholarship awards were given during the annual conference in June.  Rebecca Hewitt will continue to lead this initiative for the 2024 conference.

3. Our promotion and tenure group is moving forward with the collection of policies this year to create the repository, and will be formatting that call very soon.

I have a correction to Discounts for presenter are calculated using the member rate (even if the presenter is registering as a non-member). For this conference, the 25% presenter discount for a $100 member registration would be $25, even if the person registers as a non-member.

Things are progressing in our subcommittees:

1. You'll hear more about the awards during the luncheon tomorrow.
2. There are no updates for the mentor program, but you would like to be a mentor or if you know someone who would like a mentor, email Jocelyn at
3. There are no updates from the grants committee
4. The Promotion & Tenure group is presenting at the conference.
5. The survey about PD needs for professional staff has gone out and the responses are being analyzed by Jennifer, Adam and Logan. See Jennifer's report for more information. Our first event is a community conversation on 6/29 at 12pm on student training. Register at
6. Cori from CPD would like to share these two updates:
Thanks for checking in with me – If you don’t mind sharing these updates, that would be great!
6.1 The Library Leadership and Management Certificate was a success (18 people earned certificates, 80 successfully completed courses), and will run again next year.  We hope to get dates and details out soon.
6.2 The SUNY OER Summit will be Oct 11 and 12, 2023, and will be free and virtual.  The website is and we are currently accepting proposals for presentations.

Logan met with Cori Wilhelm who is looking to put some professional development in place for librarians. She will be conducting a needs assessment soon. We discussed the importance of keeping things low cost. If you have any ideas for professional development, please reach out to Logan at or Cori Wilhelm at

The SUNYLA Professional Development Grants Subcommittee recently awarded $750 to Anne C. Deutsch from SUNY New Paltz.  She will be facilitating a workshop at the 2023 WILU Conference in Montreal this May.

The committee has submitted a proposal for SUNYLA. They are coordinating with PPC to make sure they aren't doubling up on questions on their work.

Jocelyn received another request from a library school student looking for a mentor. She matched her up with one of our volunteers that mirrored her interests. If you are interested in being a mentor to a new librarian or library school student, please fill out the mentor profile form. If you have already submitted a mentor profile, you don’t need to do it again. I plan on reaching out to everyone that submitted a mentor profile in the next month or so to verify they are still interested and their information is accurate. So far, archives/special collections and cataloging have been some of the most popular mentoring needs. More information about the mentoring program can be found at:
The first call for nominations for the Mentor Award has gone out. The deadline for nominations is May 19, 2023. The award is $250/per recipient and winners are announced during the Annual Conference luncheon. Nomination letters can be sent to Jocelyn Ireland at

SUNYLA Mentor Award criteria
Mentorship support of one or more SUNYLA members to reach professional goals within a SUNY library.
Nominators must be a current SUNYLA member in good standing for at least 2 years.
Award recipients do not need to be SUNYLA members.
A nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s mentoring activities and how they have made an impact for at least one SUNYLA member’s library career.

Rebecca Hewitt currently has 3 people on her committee to help review the award. Expect a call for nominations soon!

Hi all!

The Professional Development Committee of the State University of New York Librarian’s Association seeks nominations for the 2023 Friend of SUNYLA award. The award is given to individuals or organizations that actively contribute to furthering the goals of SUNYLA and of SUNY libraries.

The criteria for the award are as follows:

Exceptional leadership in projects and initiatives that further the goals of SUNYLA and of SUNY libraries.
Members of SUNYLA will be considered based on their involvement in the organization in areas such as holding an office or providing exceptional leadership as committee chairs.
Library administrators will be considered based on their collaboration with librarians, their creativity, and their openness to new initiatives that further the goals of SUNYLA and of SUNY libraries.
Candidates from the public-at-large will be considered based on their collaboration with SUNYLA, their understanding of the mission of SUNY libraries, and their efforts to improve the quality of library services across SUNY.
Professional organizations as well as publishers, vendors, and other library-related commercial organizations will be considered given their active support of and collaboration with SUNYLA and SUNY libraries.
The SUNYLA Executive Board will review nominations and will select the recipient prior to the annual conference. The award will be given during the 54rd Annual Conference hosted by SUNY Maritime College.

Past recipients include: Judith Adams-Volpe, Mary Beilby, Sandy Card, Eleanor Carter, Ginette Chambers, Anne Commerton, Raney Ellis, Faculty Access to Computing Technology (FACT), Christine Haile, David Kreh, the New York State Library Assistants Association (NYSLAA), Andrew Perry, John Philippo, Janet Potter, Natalie Sturr, Ed Sullivan, Maureen Zajkowski, Wilfred Drew, the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), Carol Anne Germain, the SUNYConnect Advisory Council, Ed Rivenburgh, Gerald Leibowitz, Kim Davies Hoffman, NJ Wolfe, Nancy Williamson, Mark Smith, John Schumacher, Logan Rath, Dave Ritchie, Cerise Oberman, Rosanne Humes, EBSCO, April Davies, Rebecca Hyams, Shannon Pritting, Curtis Kendrick, and Bill Jones.

Please email a statement of your nominee’s achievements as they specifically address the above criteria no later than May 7, 2023 to:

Greg Bobish
University at Albany


January 20, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Professional Development
« on: January 19, 2023, 10:27:55 PM »
There are a few things happening in our committee!

Promotion & Tenure subcommittee will be sending out a letter requesting copies of promotion & tenure documentation. The goal is to create a repository.

The Grants subcommittee has no update at this time.

The Excellence in Scholarship subcommittee is recruiting members to review nominated works of scholarship. Anyone interested can contact Rebecca Hewitt ( There will be a call for nominations in March.

The awards subcommittee has no business yet.

Respectfully submitted,
Logan Rath

The PD committee has started to make some movement. I have emailed with the subcommittee chairs and have the relevant reports below:

The Promotion & Tenure subgroup has recently sent out a survey to the SUNYLA list soliciting feedback on the direction we should focus on, as well as any interested new members. You can still complete the survey through November 9th. Carrie will be sending out a poll to set up a meeting of the subgroup to review the survey results shortly after the survey closes to all members.

The mentoring program matched one early career librarian applicant with a technical services and promotions mentor in October.

The Excellence in Scholarship subgroup (Rebecca Hewitt) has been working on documents outlining the award for excellence in scholarship. She will provide a separate upload.

The Grants subcommittee would like to move to encumber $5000 additional dollars to fund grant activity. This is only an encumbrance, since our current encumbrance from last year was returned to the general fund. This would be a grand total of $7000 encumbered so far. Lisa Errico reports: There have been no new professional development grant applications since September.  The committee is thankful that more funds were monies were added to our balance.

The leaders of each of the subcommittees have been in touch and we will be meeting in October to determine how we want to operate going forward. Expect a larger update at the next council meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Logan Rath, Acting Chair

WGIL has been quiet since the last meeting. We did start two groups to prepare for Alma. The marketing group is being chaired by Amanda Lowe. The instruction resources group is being shared by Cyndi Tysick.

After some conversation, Carleen and I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to lead WGIL for the past few years and ask that a new chair/co-chairs are appointed going forward.

Logan and Carleen

March 15, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga / WGIL Report
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:27:13 AM »
We are recruiting more lightning round talks and discussing our name, but are not ready to share anything at this time.

On April 2nd at 10am there will be a Public Services Town Hall Meeting to discuss everything ALMA/Primo related for instruction & public services librarians.

We are also submitting our general education work to the SUNY General Education group that just developed a green paper.

November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / WGIL
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:22:15 AM »
Lightning talks are going well. You can see presentations at

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / SUNY UFS Awards & Programs
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:20:21 PM »
The committee has finished reviewing the SUNY Shared Governance Award and the Chancellor's Awards criteria for the next round of applicants. There were no substantial changes to the librarian guidelines.

The Committee will also be meeting in April to review CID applications.

This is my last year to serve on this committee (I've done 3 years which is the limit for any one specific Senate committee). SUNYLA will need to solicit librarians from state-operated campuses to apply to serve on the committee. I will reach out to the President-elect of SUNYLA and the committee chair of the Awards and Programs committee to make sure librarian representation remains part of the committee.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / WGIL Report
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:00:48 PM »
WGIL's blog ( has received a few new postings:

 * Pivot Instructional Focus from Search to Find and Use by Rebecca Hewitt (SUNY Polytechnic Institute)
 * Web Accessibility and WAVE by Tina Kiernan (Dutchess)
 * Teaching Information Literacy Skills Through Fake News, Bias, and Self-Reflection by Sara Karas (Oneonta)

Thank you to our newest authors. Have an idea you'd like to share with the group? Contact either Carleen ( or Logan ( We're always looking for any initiatives that anyone providing library instruction would like to see us do.

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / Awards and Programs
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:37:44 AM »
 The awards are programs committee will be looking over the guidelines for Chancellor’s awards at our next meeting on February 16. If you have any suggestions for changes to the  criteria for the Chancellor’s awards, please send them to me at

Current information:

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