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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:

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / WGIL Report
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:33:51 AM »
WGIL has one item to report. Our blog is now up: Thanks to our first three authors: Sarah from Oneonta , Dana from ESC, and Nicki from GCC.

I attended the planning meeting in September and since that time I've been working with the Programs and Awards Committee on the criteria surrounding the Conversations in the Disciplines call for proposals that will come out. I will forward that call to the SUNYLA list once it's available.

As an ongoing reminder, SUNY is interested in increasing its number of Distinguished Librarians. However to do that it requires a good base of individuals at either Librarian (state ops) or Professor (community colleges). Full Professors can be nominated by their campus for the Distinguished rank. The current guidelines are listed here:


November 3, 2017 Council Meeting @ Albany / WGIL Report
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:23:11 PM »
WGIL has started the process to set up a WordPress site to share information relevant to information literacy instruction (lesson plans, learning activities, etc). We're currently recruiting members to generate content and we've worked with Katherine Brent to set up the site.

Logan had a conversation with Dr. Gwen Kay (University Faculty Senate President) and shared the work we did in 2013 surrounding SUNY General Education for Information Management. General Education will (hopefully) be revised in the next 3-4 years.

The Committee thoroughly revised the Distinguished Professors Policies and Procedures for 2017-2019 and forwarded its recommendations to the Provost’s Office.

The recommendations for criteria relating to Distinguished Librarian are:
Criteria for Selection – The scope of librarianship extends beyond the library's physical walls to the opening of limitless electronic networks and to the fostering of information literacy and skills in navigating the information universe.  Through such endeavors, librarians create a new place and new roles for themselves in the academy.  Librarians demonstrate unique talents and skills as faculty who promote and facilitate access to information for the widest community and assist all sectors of the community to make informed judgments about the nature and quality of the information they seek, find, and use.

The pathways to the rank of Distinguished Librarian are many and diverse.  To attain the rank of Distinguished Librarian, a candidate must exhibit all of the following qualities and levels of accomplishments.
•   Candidates must have made contributions to the profession of librarianship that are of national or international significance.
•   They must have achieved stature and distinction beyond their own library, beyond their own college or university, and indeed, beyond SUNY to offer leadership.  They may achieve this stature and distinction through formal scholarship, research, and publications,  or other paths including  forging alliances, creating resources of networks, or shifting the understanding of core precepts of the field. In all cases, the impact of the contributions of candidates must be transformational.  Candidates' achievements at this level must have contributed to transforming the profession of librarianship and the work of librarians.  Candidates must have broken boundaries, expanded potentials, and engendered positive change in academe.
•   Candidates must have demonstrated leadership in realizing the potential for access to world-wide information resources, in changing the nature of information seeking, and/or designing or developing systems which facilitate the creation, navigation, access, and effective use of the burgeoning information environment.
•   Candidates will have performed with excellence and innovation in a domain of librarianship, including but not limited to information and knowledge creation, resource sharing, information  literacy, data management,  technical services, services to the public, system or facilities design, or leadership of administration.
•   Candidates' careers will be models for librarians and will provide inspiration to their colleagues.  They will have earned the respect of members of the information professions as well as their  professorial counterparts by the quality, vigor, and innovative nature of their thinking, their standards of performance, and the effectiveness of their initiatives.

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