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June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / Cobleskill-Campus Updates
« on: June 13, 2011, 02:57:38 PM »
Construction, construction, construction. The Library is closed for the summer as they finish up our renovations and 3 of the surrounding buildings are also being worked on. The College finally hired a new CIO, Jim Dutcher from SUNY Orange. Our recent Middle States accreditation visit went pretty well, no big surprises in their evaluation.

June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / 1st VP Report
« on: June 12, 2011, 01:39:26 PM »
Attached and below

SUNYLA 1st VP Report
June 15, 2011

Activities since the March meeting:
1.   Finalized the Delegate Toolkit. Now online at Enhancements such as an events calendar have been requested. I’ll leave that to our incoming VP and the Web Manager to work out. Personally, I think some sort of widget would be a good approach.
2.   Attended SCLD Spring Conference (in Cooperstown) along with Angela. A lot of time was spent on possible action items for the new strategic plan. Another hot topic was the reconfiguration of the SUNYConnect Advisory Council (SAC). I think the resulting structure should work well and I’m very pleased that SUNYLA will continue to have a place in it.
3.   While at SCLD, I had some good discussions with Mary Donohue (the new SCLD Chair) and some of the other directors regarding the role their subordinates (for lack of a better term)— realizing that this is where the next batch of directors are going to come from, that we are the on-the-ground experts that will have to make their plans work, etc. While the relationship between our two groups has occasionally been strained in the past, I’m glad to say that there seems to be a growing openness in SCLD with regard to voice of the rank and file. 
4.   Which brings me to an opportunity for cooperation. Through Logan Rath, SUNYLA has been approached by the UB Library School about partnering “with the SUNY Librarians Association to devise or amplify a continuing education program for SUNY librarians.” I’ve had some email discussions with Logan, Angela, and Rosanne and we all agree that this has potential. Angela suggested bringing SCLD into the mix and Mary Donohue was enthusiastic about the idea when I contacted her. It’s part of the reason that she’ll be visiting our meeting at the conference.

Being 1st VP this past year has interesting to say the least. A lot of people have asked me if I’m looking forward to being President. My answer remains the same—maybe. Some days I can’t wait to get going and some days I can’t believe I let myself get talked into it. All in all, I think it will be good. We’ve got a great group of people on the Council and in SUNYLA as a whole. Working together, I really do think it will be good.

ACTION ITEM FOR THE MEETING: Discuss the UB continuing ed idea and decide how we wish to proceed.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / SUNY Libraries Strategic Plan
« on: June 10, 2011, 10:04:07 AM »
Mary Donohue (FMCC, chair of SCLD (SUNY Council of Library Directors)) will be visiting our meeting. One of the things she's going to talk about is the new SUNY Libraries 3-year Strategic Plan, approved April 15th at the SCLD Spring Conference. "The Power of SUNY Libraries: A Strategic Plan for 2011-2014" was developed by SCLD, with input from SUNYLA, OLIS, and other library stakeholders. Feedback from the "Power of Tuesdays" 2010 Webinar series was also incorporated.

A pdf of the plan is attached.

March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / Re: 2nd VP Report
« on: March 10, 2011, 12:00:02 PM »
That reminds me... do we know where the 2012 Conference will be yet?

March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / Campus Updates-Cobleskill
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:57:37 AM »
Library construction is paused until summer. They built the new instruction classroom and expanded the instructional technology training room upstairs, we moved the children's collection and did some other rearranging. Next is the other half of the top floor plus the main entrance, circ area, and the public areas on the main floor. All of which means that 99% of the collection will have to be moved out for the summer to accomodate the work. Ack! Other campus construction continues nicely. The new Environmental Science & Technology building (houses the biomass project and other related stuff) is open. The new lab wing on the science building should be done this summer and the new Ag building will get started soon (the design is really cool).

Temple Grandin will be visiting campus in May to speak at the NYS FFA Convention. The College is sponsoring a public event at Albany’s Palace Theatre on May 4. Tickets are $12 (in person at the Palace Theatre’s box office, thru, or by phone at 800-745-3000 (handling fees apply to Ticketmaster and phone purchases).

ESPNU and ESPN2 cameras will be in Cobleskill next month! SUNY Cobleskill is hosting the Northeast Qualifier for the Collegiate and Professional Series of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® lumberjack competition on April 29 & 30. The College will also have a team in competition.

Cobleskill has hired a new Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs-- Deborah Thatcher, formerly provost and dean of faculty at Lees-McRae College in North Carolina.

March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / 1st VP Report
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:18:48 AM »
Below and attached.

SUNYLA 1st VP Report
March 7, 2011

Since our November meeting I’ve mostly been working with my fellow SUNYLA delegates. Some highlights:
1.  Held online chat sessions via EtherPad ( in December and February. Both were primarily about the Delegate Toolkit, a rough version of which is now online. The second chat generated a lot of feedback on that rough version all of which was passed on to Web Manager Katherine, who may very well have finished tweaking things by the time of our meeting.
2.  We had some technical difficulties with the first chat because the regular version of EtherPad limits to 16 participants. Who knew? I upgraded us to a Pro account and everything seemed to go smoothly the second time. Other SUNYLA groups besides the delegates can use the account. I set up the Web Manager as an admin user on the account for now, let me know if you want any others.

I’ve also been recruiting people to run for SUNYLA office. At the time I’m writing this, we have no candidates for 1st VP/President-elect.

Coming up, I’ll be attending the SCLD Spring Conference (in Cooperstown) along with Angela. Strategic planning will be the main item on the agenda, though issues related to the Nylink shutdown are sure to come up in discussion.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / Re: 2nd VP Report
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:52:21 PM »
I like the theme!

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:47:45 PM »
Construction is progressing. We got the librarian offices and the workroom back just last week. Next up is half of the top floor, followed by everything that hasn't been done yet (which is half the building). Summer ought to be fun.

The Library continues to co-sponsor the Community of Scholars lecture series. The second one of the semester is happening this afternoon... "Carlin in Composition: The Use of Stand-Up Comedy in the English Composition Classroom."

We're in the process of hiring a new Provost. The first of the finalists will be on campus next week.

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / Campus Updates
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:39:23 PM »
Reply to this message with your updates. Thanks!

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / 1st VP Report
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:38:11 PM »
Report below, and attached.

SUNYLA 1st VP Report
Nov. 19, 2010

Since our September meeting I’ve been working on a number of things related to the SUNYLA delegates, which can be a bit surreal since I am one. Activities of note:

1.  Making sure delegates are listed as such online. A dozen or so (including myself) were not listed as delegate in the membership directory. I forwarded those names on to Membership Chair Wendy West and she graciously (and quickly) fixed them. The campus directory lists delegates as well and also needs updating. That information has been forwarded to Web Manager Katherine Brent (and may very well be fixed by the time you read this). 

2.  Setting up online chats. Email discussions led to the idea that we have regular online chat sessions. We’ve narrowed down schedules somewhat and are currently using a Doodle poll to pick a date/time for our first chat.

3.  And during that chat session we will be discussing the Delegate Toolkit. Carleen Huxley, Tracy Paradis, and Mary Timmons have pulled together the main elements and come up with some good enhancements. We’ll see what happens during the chat but I think it should be ready for Katherine to create this new part of our website fairly soon.

4.  Speaking of Katherine and web and delegates… I discovered that the updates to the delegates section of the Manual of Duties & Responsibilities that were approved in Nov. 2009 never made it to the website. I gave the info to Katherine and she got it fixed right away.

5.  The other thing coming up on the delegate front is getting all the delegates paid. There are several whose memberships are not current. Wendy and Treasurer Greg Bobish have verified the list and I will be contacting each of the delinquent delegates soon (if I haven’t already by the time you read this).

Also since our last meeting, I attended the fall meeting of the SUNY Council of Library Directors (SCLD). Most of the time was devoted to strategic planning discussions. It was interesting and occasionally quite fruitful. President Angela Weiler was there as well of course and I’m sure will have more to say in her report.

Coming up, NYSHEI (New York State Higher Education Initiative) is holding their 2nd “Summit of the Academic and Research Library Community” in December. I’ll be there representing SUNYLA and I believe one other officer is attending as well, probably Angela.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

September 10, 2010 @ Onondaga / Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:58:30 AM »
Administrative reorganization on campus has led to our Dean now running First Year Programs and the Exploratory Program in addition to the Library and Academic Support. (We're contemplating one of those gps implant things so we can find her. If it's good enough for the pet dog...)

In August, April Davies (me) spent a wonderful, challenging week at Harvard for the 2010 Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

We have a new Circ/ILL Clerk, Jeffrey Barnes. Jeff is replacing Brendan Aucoin who has moved on to pursue a Master's degree in English Lit at Univ. of Vermont.

Due to construction, the Library will NOT hold it's annual fall book sale. Speaking of construction... it's crazy here but we finally have a/c and bathrooms.

The Library's fall newsletter is online if you want more Coby info:

September 10, 2010 @ Onondaga / 1stVP Report
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:39:25 AM »
Report below, and attached.

SUNYLA 1st VP Report
Sept. 10, 2010

Two main things are on the horizon just now.

1.  Working with delegates:  I want to work on fostering communication amongst the delegates and between that group and the Association as a whole. One key element for this will be finding out what the delegates want from SUNYLA, as pertains to that role, and then seeing how I can help make that happen. A good start was made last spring with an online delegate discussion so I’m optimistic about the possibilities.

2.  SCLD fall meeting:  I’ll be attending the upcoming SCLD meeting along with our new president. I’ll be standing in for Cobleskill’s Dean as well. Between the two roles, it should be an interesting experience. I hope to pick up some good information for SUNYLA and our members.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

June 16, 2010 @ Brockport / AGENDA
« on: June 14, 2010, 06:13:20 PM »

June 16, 2010 @ Brockport / Re: Campus Updates
« on: June 14, 2010, 10:46:54 AM »
Cobleskill Highlights

Construction continues. The next phase is due to begin mid-August.

Katherine Brent will be presenting a poster session on reusable book bands for ILL at the conference. Stop by and give her a hard time.

The campus is in the midst of an organizational shake-up. It's not yet clear what impact this will have on the Library but initial indications are somewhat positive.

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