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Hi from SUNY Delhi!

Many of us have been busy with conferences this Spring. Our library director, Pam Peters, attended ACRL, I attended LOEX and ACRL-NEC, library staff are attending a conference next week, and Amanda Mitchell will be attending and presenting at SUNYLA. Check out her session on gamification in the context of library instruction sessions! Here's a link to her session description:

We've been pretty busy with weeding activities and collecting/reviewing assessment data. Our Spring mini-surveys were successful and our responses from an end of the semester Faculty survey have been helpful. We hope to launch a series of focus groups to gather more qualitative data in the Fall.

Have a lovely conference everyone!

Megan Welsh

March 22, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY Buffalo State / SUNY Delhi update
« on: March 11, 2013, 09:40:20 AM »
Hi, all!

We have some exciting new developments at SUNY Delhi that I'd like to share:

1. We recently subscribed to LibraryH3lp in order to strengthen our virtual chat reference service. With the adoption of this service, we have integrated text reference capabilities and have received several texts from students and faculty already! Feel free to text us at (607) 333-7477.

2. Delhi has subscribed to LibGuides and so far we have three live subject guides! Visit them at Feel free to contact us with comments and suggestions.

3. Our new mobile website is live! Visit it by accessing our URL on your mobile device:

4. In collaboration with our Health and Counseling Center on campus, an exhibit entitled "The Lives they Left Behind" has been installed on the first floor of the library. Exhibit panels and a video explain the lives of institutionalized patients, shedding light on the tragedy of how mental illness was and, in some places, is still dealt with. Visit the exhibit's website for more information:

Megan Welsh
Reference and Instruction Librarian
SUNY Delhi

Hi, all!

I hope you enjoyed the holidays!

First of all, thanks to those of you who responded to my questions about study room use and policies. Your feedback was helpful in gaining an understanding of the different ways study room use is regulated throughout the state. Our staff has decided to establish and advertise more explicit expectations for students to follow in our study rooms and we are also more committed to enforcing these expectations consistently.

Our Library Assessment Team is preparing to distribute mini-surveys throughout the Spring semester. These will include a traditional multiple choice survey as well as a more experimental "draw us a picture of your experiences" type survey! We look forward to sharing how these surveys are received by the student body.

Over the Winter Break, library staff have been busy clearing out our Archives Room (which most certainly needed to be organized and weeded) in order to make space for a Career Services employee. Materials from this room have been placed in archival boxes and will enter storage.

That's all for now!

Megan Welsh
SUNY Delhi

Nov. 16, 2012 Council Meeting @SUNY IT, Utica / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 11, 2012, 07:10:26 PM »
Hi all!

SUNY Delhi is busy getting ready for the end of the semester! We extended our library hours on Fridays and Sundays so we are now open 102.5 hours every week!

Amanda Mitchell, Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian, participates in our Common Hour Committee which hosted a program about the state of the world, the country, and Delhi 100 years ago. This was a well-attended program celebrating our 100th anniversary. A follow-up article was written in our campus newspaper about the history of the library (we started out on the loading dock in the dairy building!).

Collaboration with History faculty has been extremely successful and materials have been ordered to strengthen this component of our circulating collection.

Pam Peters, our director, states that the e-textbook pilot is progressing nicely. More updates to come!

A continuous challenge has been regulating our study rooms. Large groups of students, suspected to belong to unrecognized frats, have been asking for passes to our study spaces (some of which contain parts of our collection) in the evening hours. We are receiving complaints that these groups are too loud and/or they are disrespecting the physical space by leaving their garbage around. Our library staff is currently brainstorming what measures we can employ to ensure that students have access to these spaces while trying to prevent disturbances to the study environment. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

Sept 21m 2012 @SUNY Empire, Saratoga Springs / Re: CAMPUS UPDATES
« on: September 14, 2012, 03:35:12 PM »
SUNY Delhi

Hi everyone! Below is a quick update on our summer at SUNY Delhi!

Bradley Post began working as the new Acquisitions Manager and I (Megan Welsh) have been appointed as the new Reference and Instruction Librarian. I have also assumed the responsibilities of being the SUNYLA delegate from Delhi.

Our library department, consisting of 7 library personnel, engaged in a staff retreat where we reflected on the accomplishments and challenges of last year and developed a list of short and long term goals for the upcoming year and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled as we may be seeking advice from you on the listserv!

The biggest challenge we faced since the beginning of classes has been excessive printing by students, congesting our print queue and stressing our technical staff and paper resources. Thanks to those of you who responded to my email on the listserv about this problem. We are also still navigating the challenge of limited library instruction classrooms use due to campus renovations.

Points of pride:
1. Receiving exemplary commendation from Middle States visiting team and high ratings on Student Opinion Survey
2. Notable acquisitions: Vincent and Indiana Bones (skeletons for the Nursing students to check out)
3. Provided over 200 photos from archives for Centennial web site launch.
4. Built computer lab in upper level of library due to academic building renovation elsewhere on campus, a space we hope to reclaim end of spring semester.

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