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SUNY Morrisville is gearing up for the Great American Eclipse occurring on April 8th, 2024. A number of events are planned leading up to the eclipse and on the eclipse day itself.

March 1st:
Speaker Matt Fagan from the Syracuse MOST was on campus to talk about the eclipse at 5:30PM in Charlton Hall Room 125. This event was open to the students, faculty & staff, and the public. Event Page here: https://www.morrisville.edu/events/solar-eclipse-speaker-matt-fagan

March 25th:
Speaker event at the Colgate Visualization Lab & Planetarium.
Event page can be found here: https://www.morrisville.edu/events/2024/colgate-vislab-eclipse-presentation

April 8th: Eclipse Day

The moon will begin covering the sun at 2:09PM with totality at 3:24PM.

There will be tents set up in the Academic Quad giving away FREE solar eclipse glasses and pamphlets. Pamphlets will include information about the event and safe viewing information.

A scale model of the inner solar system will also set up in the Academic Quad.

Digital thermometers set up at tents to see temperature drops.

Live feed of the official NASA eclipse coverage.

Helioscopes set up for safe sun viewing without glasses.

Sunspot viewers will be set up as well.

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March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / President Report
« on: March 18, 2024, 10:58:20 AM »
Thank you to Charles Lyons, Justin Crossfox and the entire Buffalo State University team for hosting our council meeting on campus today. This is actually my first time on this campus and I am very much looking forward to seeing some of the facilities spaces we will be using during the Annual Conference.

Last month we had another amazing Mid-Winter Conference, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s Library Data themed event. A huge shout-out and thank you to the conference committee: Jennifer DeVito, Jennifer Jeffery, Bill Jones, Jill Locascio, Carrie Marten, and Jessica McGivney.

There have been two OLIS Advisory Board meetings since our last session.

Lastly, as I am sure you are all aware. We have a major celestial event occurring on April 8th (our annual conference theme may be themed after it). The solar eclipse’s path of totality will impact 20 of our sister campuses these include: Jamestown Community College, SUNY Fredonia, Eerie Community College, Buffalo State University, University at Buffalo, Niagara County Community College, SUNY Brockport, Genesee Community College, SUNY Geneseo, Finger Lakes Community College, Monroe Community College, Onondaga Community College, Upstate Medical, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Jefferson, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Plattsburgh, North Country Community College, and Clinton Community College. Whether you are in the path of totality or not, I am hoping everyone is providing some programming or involved with eclipse programming at your campuses. Come eclipse day it would be great to see everyone post on social media highlighting your activities. Be sure to include #SUNYLA! I will also point out that CLRC is providing solar eclipse grants upwards of $500 to help fund supplies and programming. The application deadline for this is (today) Friday, March 22nd.

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March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 13, 2024, 11:40:18 AM »
The SUNY Morrisville Library has been at the forefront of planning our 2024 Solar Eclipse events on and leading up to April 8th. On March 1st speaker Matt Fagan from the Syracuse Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) was on campus to talk about the eclipse. This event was free and open to the students, faculty, staff, and the public. Coming up on March 25th we will be providing transport to a private presentation at the Colgate Hung Visualization Laboratory (VisLab). The presentation titled Following the Shadow of the Moon: Scientific and Cultural Perspectives from around the Globe will allow students to explore their historical significance and learn about their profound impact throughout history. Finally on the day of the eclipse we will be out in our academic quad passing out free solar eclipse glasses, showcasing a scale model of the inner solar system, having helioscopes and sunspot viewers available, among a number of other amazing activities. We are hoping for a good show that day!


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January 19, 2024 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / President Report
« on: January 16, 2024, 10:05:30 AM »
Welcome back SUNYLA and a Happy New Year to you all!

Looking ahead for this semester we have our next council meeting on March 22nd, which will be held both online and in-person at Buffalo State. Then we conclude the academic year with our final council meeting on Wednesday, June 12th also at Buffalo State and kick off the 2024 SUNYLA Conference.

Library Advocacy Day is February 7th with a planned rally in Albany. A number of NYS Assembly and Senate members will be available to meet in-person and online that day. There are also free advocacy sessions being held for free at the Renaissance. Is anyone planning on attending?

SUNYLA has worked over the course of the past few months in advocating for the re-funding of NOVELNY. Through this process we have become increasingly aware of how little of a voice we currently have when it comes to politics and advocacy for our libraries in New York State. One suggestion that has come out of our meetings this past Fall is to strengthen our ties with other New York State associations and institutions. Recognizing the importance of collaboration and shared advocacy I reached out to the NYLA Council specifically to AnnaLee Dragon (Executive Director) and Lisa Kropp (President).

The three of us met and discussed options of SUNYLA joining NYLA as an organizational member. Some benefits that would come out of this include:

Associate Memberships for Individuals
Creation of an Academic Libraries Legislative Committee
Representation in Albany and Washington D.C.
Creation of an Academic Libraries Working Group
Professional Development Opportunities
NYLA Member rates at events

Most importantly this would provide us with some much-needed political clout and advocacy that our organization currently lacks. Anna and Lisa were extremely excited about the prospects of us joining, they are very much looking for me academic library involvement in the organization. I floated the idea of possibly inviting them to one of our upcoming council meetings to discuss our options.

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January 19, 2024 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 16, 2024, 09:52:28 AM »
A very short update for our campus. The SUNY Morrisville Library celebrated the end of the semester with free chair massages for students, free cookies and refreshments during finals week, and a Positivity Station that provided coloring pages, positive messaging, stress balls, tiny stuffed animal keychains, and candies.

The library is also gearing up to repost a reworked Library Director position. We have now been without a director for over a year.

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November 17, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / President Report
« on: November 14, 2023, 10:56:32 AM »
Just a few quick updates.

I want to thank Delegates for providing their campus updates in the forums, and for those who have not there is still time to do so. We love getting to know what you are all doing at your libraries!

The NOVELNY Task Force Meeting October 19th and OLIS Advisory Board Meeting November 13th provided some updates and action items for the continued issue of NOVELNY defunding. At this time there is a lot happening at the legislative level.
 
EIT Accessibility has been a hot topic of conversation lately with much of it based around higher education accessibility lawsuits, complaints, and settlements. In fact just a few weeks ago at the SUNY Library Director meeting, there was a presentation and lengthy discussion on EIT Accessibility lead by Rebecca Oling and Carli Spina. I felt strongly that this conversation was worth having with the SUNYLA Council so I invited Rebecca and Carli to present today during New Business covering EIT Accessibility issues we are facing, the support and role our libraries can play, and what our opportunities are.

As the end of the semester quickly races toward us, I want to wish everyone well as the final weeks of classes approach us. Throwing out some positive vibes onto you all to hopefully spread those vibes to your campuses and students. Which if you are like our campus is much more preferable than the COVID that is spreading.

Thank you all for your tireless work once again.

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November 17, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 13, 2023, 09:38:22 AM »
A short update this month from SUNY Morrisville.

Librarian Adam Mizelle attended the SUNY Conference Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ) in the Curriculum: Building a Community of Practice on November 3rd & 4th at the University at Albany. This conference brought aspiring DEISJ faculty together with seasoned DEISJ instructors and scholars who can share their expertise in teaching and learning, research, course development, and assessment of DEISJ content.

At the end of September the library once again proudly held its annual Le Brown Coye Exhibit. This year’s event titled Titan of the Crypt: Lee Brown Coye Art Exhibit is running from September 24th, 2023 to February 4th 2024. The exhibit embarks visitors on a journey into the dark and eerie realm of one of the most renowned macabre artists of the 20th century, Lee Brown Coye. Exploring a diverse selection of Lee Brown Coye's works, from his chilling illustrations for the works of H.P. Lovecraft to his haunting depictions of otherworldly creatures and supernatural scenes. This gallery display is in conjunction with Colgate University’s exhibit titled Tales of Terra: A Lee Brown Coye Retrospective where around 30 of Morrisville’s Coye works are being loaned for the event. Tales of Terra runs from September 21st, 2023 to March 3rd, 2024 at the Dana Arts Center Picker Art Gallery.

At the end of October the library held an amazing Halloween reception with students and faculty showing up in costume (Baldur’s Gate 3 characters were hot this year). A corner of the library was transformed into a small haunted house and everyone was treated to a spread of seasonal donuts, apple cider, candy, and coffee.

We have already started looking ahead to the end of the semester and planning for events for the students. The Massage Therapy Program students will be in again to provide free chair massages, and health services has already provided us with a wealth of goodies to give away at our Positivity Station. Students will also be provided free coffee, tea, and cookies during finals week provided by a CAB grant. It is hard to believe that the end of the semester is almost upon us!

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September 15, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / President's Report
« on: September 13, 2023, 10:01:15 AM »
Welcome back to another academic year!

First a huge shout out and thank you to Jennifer DeVito for all her work as SUNYLA president last year, and thank you for helping me prepare for this role.

We had another amazing conference at SUNY Maritime in June. Jillian Kehoe and her team did an incredible job putting the conference together and being our hosts for those three days. SUNYLA looks forward to the 2024 Annual Conference at Buffalo State College. Charles Lyons (2nd VP) will update us on those preparations.

Looking ahead we have decided to continue the trend of holding council meetings via Zoom. Exceptions will be for the March and June meetings which will be held at Buffalo State College as well as zoom. The SUNYLA Council meeting schedule for 2022-2023 is as follows:

• Friday, September 15 @10:00AM - Virtual
• Friday, November 17 @10:00AM - Virtual
• Friday, January 19 @10:00AM  - Virtual
• Friday, March 22 @10:00AM  - Buffalo State College and Virtual
• Wednesday, June 12 @10:00AM - Buffalo State College (Annual Conference) and Virtual

Our position statement regarding the elimination of funding for NOVELNY resources was sent out. I want to thank Jennifer DeVito (Past President) and Jill Locascio (1st Vice President) for all their help in drafting this document. The position statement was sent to the New York State Division of Library Services, specifically Lauren Moore (State Librarian), to Speaker Carl E. Heastie of the New York State Assembly, and to the Office of the Governor (Kathy Hochul). The statement is also now posted on the SUNYLA blog. Of those who the document was sent to only one response has been heard so far. Lauren Moore (State Librarian) responded saying it had been received thanking us for our position on the subject.
NOVELNY – NY Alliance of Library Services & Constituents
In mid-August Sheryl Knab, WNYLRC Council Chair, reached out to myself and constituents from around New York State to form a combined alliance in an effort to tackle the issues of the NOVELNY defunding. The first NYALS meeting with constituents was held on August 25th. Representatives from RICS (Regional Information Centers), BOCES, public libraries, and SUNY were present. Synopsis of discussion and next steps to be covered in Old Business.

• Sheryl Knab, Executive Director, Western New York Library Resources Council and Chair - New York Alliance of Library Systems
• Tessa Killian, Executive Director, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council and Chair - Empire State Library Network
• Maureen Clements, Associate Director of SUNY Library Services, SUNY OLIS
• Adam R. Saunders, Online Learning and Instruction Librarian, SUNY Morrisville and President of SUNY Library Association (SUNYLA)
• Kristine Kasbohm, Director - Canisius University and representing Private Academic Libraries
• Tom Lawrence, Director, Poughkeepsie Public Library District (Representing Central Public Libraries group)
• Scott Budelmann, Madison Oneida BOCES
• Michele LaVoie, Olean Public Library (representing Central Public Libraries)
• Esta Tovstiadi, SUNLY OLIS
• Chris Harris, Genesee Valley BOCES


An OLIS Advisory Board Meeting was held on September 11th, some highlights from the meeting included:
• An OLIS Strategic Plan update and roadmap
• OLIS annual report will be coming out this winter
• OLIS website update
• Updates to the ELD courier services and eBook ILL Pilot
• Updates to the Diversity Fellows Program
• NOVELny Updates/ task force creation
• Transition to the OLIS Advisory Board and updating of policies
• Updates to Interest Groups. IEC is now the Systems & Process Interest Group
• Development of a cataloging survey
• Alma/Primo VE five-year look back – Reflection and future plans

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September 15, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: September 12, 2023, 09:44:21 AM »
The SUNY Morrisville Library has been busy over the summer months and for the beginning of the fall semester. Systems Librarian Angela Rhodes has been promoted to Full Librarian. Congratulations Angela!
Our new Instruction Librarian Adam Mizelle is beginning his first full semester here at Morrisville and was voted in as a senator on our College Senate. Online Learning Library Adam Saunders began his tenure as the President of SUNYLA and joined the JED Committee on campus which focuses on student mental and suicide prevention and awareness. There are several ongoing searches that the library is involved in which include the Library Director and Administrative Assistant.

The bulk of the summer was taken up by the beginning phases of our library renovation project and collections weeding. In the spring 2023 semester we had formed the Library Renovation Task Force made up of a selection of representatives from the library, various support service areas, teaching faculty and administration. This task force reviewed potential architects for the project and made their selection. Over the course of the latter half of the spring semester and part of early summer architects reviewed the building and held meetings with campus stakeholders who would be using and occupying future office space. Our goal is to convert the library building into an academic success building, one which would house all areas of student support services.

The first action item as a part of this process was weeding and deselecting a large portion of the library print collection in order to make room for additional support service office spaces. To accommodate changes to the physical space & services offered, we have reduced the footprint of our print collection by roughly 40%. This will enable us to better meet the needs of our dynamic student body going forward. Starting June 5th we deselected 18,000 books in our fiction collection. These were selected based on the following criteria:
•   No use in 13 years
•   Not part of our Sheila Johnson, rare books, or local history collections
•   Not the last copy in SUNY
•   Not older than 1900 or newer than 2000 for publication year.
Then Starting June 26th an additional 15,000 books from the remainder of the collection were deselected.
The Library offered these materials to other SUNY systems and the campus community before the deselection process began. Upon finishing the second set of deselections the library shifted the collection in order to reduce the footprint of the second floor stacks. The library will be removing the empty shelving from the second floor during the winter break.

As the literal dust settled from our deselection process and the fall semester began the library once again offered its Library Lemonade Stand as a treat for freshman during move in day. Despite it being cold and rainy we still had a blast welcoming the new students and their families to campus.

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The results of this year’s election are:
1st Vice-President: Jill Locascio (SUNY College of Optometry)
2nd Vice-President: Charles Lyons (Buffalo State)
Treasurer: Leah Fitzgerald (SUNY Canton)

The 2022-2023 terms will begin at the end of the SUNYLA Annual Conference at SUNY Maritime (Friday).

The (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility Committee) IDEA Committee Creation Vote passed!
Thank you everyone for taking the time to vote in this year’s elections.


Jennifer DeVito and Adam Saunders hosted a second Delegates meeting on April 28th. Highlights of the meeting included the following:

-Review of the SUNYLA Delegate website and Delegate Toolkit. Thank you Delegates for all the feedback you provided!
-Discussion of Delegate representation at the conference. Jill came through and ordered us Delegate ribbons for name tags that same day. Thank you Jill!
-In-person delegate get together at the SUNYLA Conference. There was a lot of interest in doing a group dine out. Jill recommended Paddy’s on the Bay, a local pub/restaurant. An email went out to delegates confirming that we will have a dine out at Paddy’s on Wednesday, June 14th at 7:30PM.
-There was further discussion on use of the forums. Delegates provided a number of suggestions of alternative platforms that could be adopted to improve communication and collaboration: Slack, Discord, Groups.IO, etc

Looking ahead for next year we will plan on having another delegate meeting in August before the fall semester begins. Delegates were interested in some themed meetings during the year. One example being on putting together information for the newsletter. There was also some curiosity in having future newsletters based around a central theme. We will follow up with April Davies.

We will be holding a new member/1st SUNYLA conference meeting today (Wed. the 14th) at 5:30. If this is your first conference, you are a new member, a library school student, or you just want to stop in and say hello, please join me and your fellow new SUNYLA members.

Finally I am humbly looking forward to serving as your president for the next year.

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March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / 1st VP Report
« on: March 21, 2023, 11:25:19 AM »
Spring Elections

Nominations are still open for 1st Vice President/President-Elect, 2nd Vice President/Conference Chair, and Treasurer.  There has been some interest from several individuals already, but that does not mean they need to run uncontested! Any member current with their dues is eligible to run for a position. This year is also a Campus Delegate election year (odd numbered years). Delegates are free to serve consecutive terms with no term limits. Please email me at saundear@morrisville.edu if you are interested in running or encourage one of your colleagues.  The election will open in late April.

The position terms are as follows:

1st Vice President/President-Elect: The 1st VP serves a 3-year term.  The first year of the term they serve as 1st VP and are responsible for coordinating delegates, chairing the Nomination Committee, and helping the President as needed.  The second year of the term they assume the position of President and see to the running of SUNYLA and serve as the liaison to the SUNY Council of Library Directors.  The final year of the term they serve as Past-President and advise the President as needed.

2nd Vice President (Conference Chair): The 2nd VP serves a 1-year term and is responsible for organizing the next SUNYLA conference (2020) including overseeing the various committees.  The 2nd VP will serve as a liaison between the conference library and SUNYLA.

Treasurer: The Treasurer serves for two years, and may be re-elected.  The Treasurer receives, records, holds, and distributes all monies of the Association in accordance with Policy on the Expenditure of Association Funds; maintains a record of paid members and forwards names of Delegates to the Membership Committee Chairperson; prepares a written annual statement of accounts for Membership; and makes recommendations to the Council for changes in procedures, spending limits, and policies.

End-of-Year Delegate Meeting

An email was sent out to all delegates announcing another SUNYLA Delegate only meeting in late April/early May as a sort of end of the academic year wrap up and discussion session. It will also be an opportunity to reveal changes made to the Delegate section of the SUNYLA webpage based on feedback from the previous Delegates meeting. Please fill out the Doodle Poll regarding your availability for either April 28th, May 5th, or May 12th. All starting at 10AM.


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March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 21, 2023, 10:07:52 AM »
SUNY Morrisville welcomes its new Instructional Services Librarian Adam Mizelle. Adam comes to us from Widener University in PA where he was the Information Literacy Coordinator. His past experiences with IL coordination and the ACRL framework will be a great asset as he tackles the process of working with faculty on integrating the new GNED IL standards into their courses. Adam is a fan of fishing, music, and tabletop rpgs.

Systems Librarian Angela Rhodes presented at the annual SUNYLA Midwinter Conference. Her presentation titled From Scratches on Paper to Auto-Generated Pivot Tables: The Evolution of Reference Statistics at SUNY Morrisville, discussed the history of keeping reference statistics and the process that pushed the keeping of these statistics from one iteration to another as well as the kind of data the library is seeking now.

The Morrisville library is hosting a new library gallery exhibit by artist Mark Diorio. The exhibit titled The Last Portrait: Reflections at the end of life, is a photographic exploration into the remaining days of the narrative. Every person has a unique story, shaped by life's challenges and accomplishments. The end of life is just another chapter - our final challenge - and it provokes an equally unique response. The exhibit will be on display until April 11th.

Our 5th Video Game Bookclub is currently running! We are playing through Supergiant’s Hades and had our first and second discussion sessions on March 3rd and 21st. Our final discussion will be on April 7th.

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January 20, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / 1st VP Report
« on: January 19, 2023, 08:15:28 AM »
A short update for today.

Justin Crossfox (Buffalo State), Charles Lyons (Buffalo State), and I had a quick meeting earlier this week to discuss some preliminary planning for the SUNYLA 2024 conference tentatively being held at Buffalo State College. Justin and Charles are currently working out the logistics for hosting the conference.

Reminder that elections are in March. We are still looking for individuals interested in filling the Treasurer position. If you want to nominate yourself or someone else, or if you have questions about the positions, please contact me (saundear@morrisville.edu). https://sunyla.org/a-manual-of-duties-and-responsibilities/

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January 20, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 10, 2023, 01:32:21 PM »
SUNY Morrisville congratulated Christine Rudecoff, Director of Libraries, on her retirement on December 9th. Chris had been a member of the SUNY Morrisville community since 2007, starting as an Instruction librarian, and then moving into the seat of Director of Libraries in 2010. Chris had also been a strong advocate for barrier-free access to information and the use of Open Education Resources at SUNY Morrisville. As director, Chris always maintained a student first approach to the library, ensuring that its space and services evolved to meet student needs as technologies and information access trends changed over time.

The search for a new director has begun and Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian Angela Rhodes (rhodesam@morrisville.edu) has taken over as interim.

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November 4, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / 1st VP Report
« on: November 03, 2022, 09:07:21 AM »
Just a short update today.

Buffalo State College has informed us that it is interested in hosting the 2024 SUNYLA Conference. Plans for hosting are still tentative. Charles Lyons and Justin Crossfox are working with their campus as we speak to hopefully pull it off. More updates on this to come as well as who will be the conference planning chair and 2nd VP candidate. 

We are still looking for nominations for open Seats. 1st Vice President and Treasurer will be open in the spring. If you are interested in running or know someone who may be interested please let me know via email.

Thank you to all delegates for posting your campus updates! We love to hear all the news coming out of each campus.

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