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Sept 21m 2012 @SUNY Empire, Saratoga Springs / CAMPUS UPDATES - Cobleskill
« on: September 17, 2012, 07:57:00 PM »
We are pleased to welcome Helene Gold as our new Information Literacy Librarian. Helene got her MLS from UAlbany and an MEd in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. She was formerly Instructional Services Librarian at Eckerd College in Florida and Director of Education for the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association.

Now that all our interior construction is done, the College has started a huge landscaping project around the Library and down the central core of the campus. Navigation will continue to be challenging for the next couple of months.

In addition to the multi-campus PDA ebook pilot through WNYLRC, we are also playing with Kindles this year. They've been loaded with recent, high-demand popular reading titles to start with. Future purchases will be chosen partly through user feedback, including through the Library’s Facebook page.

Our Fall Book Sale starts Sept. 28th and runs through the end of October (or until we run out of things to sell, whichever comes first). Stop by and shop if you’re in the area.

See our newsletter if you want to know more:

Sept 21m 2012 @SUNY Empire, Saratoga Springs / CAMPUS UPDATES
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:38:39 AM »
Please reply to this thread with your campus updates. Thanks!

June 6, 2012 @FIT, New York City / SCC/SFC report
« on: June 01, 2012, 11:17:42 AM »
From the SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee... they have endorsed the plan for the Emerging Technologies (or whatever it's being called now) certificate that Logan has been working on. They'd like SUNYLA's endorsement as well (which we may have already given at the March meeting, I don't remember).

From both SCC and the SUNYConnect Financial Committee... the SUNYOne project is a go as an opt-in and prices have been set for the various campuses. 12 have committed so far.

There are other things that have been under discussion but my brain can't seem to get a firm grasp on them at the moment. Hopefully, my co-liaison to SCC (Logan) will chime in if there's something important that I've missed.

Distractedly submitted,
April C. Davies

June 6, 2012 @FIT, New York City / Re: Campus updates - Cobleskill
« on: June 01, 2012, 11:01:56 AM »
Reference/Instruction Librarian Fran Apollo retired May 31st. The search for her replacement is in progress and we hope to be done by the end of June. Fingers crossed.

Our recent LibQual run was smooth and very successful. We got a great response rate.

June 6, 2012 @FIT, New York City / President's Report
« on: May 31, 2012, 07:25:43 PM »
Below and attached...

SUNYLA President’s Report
June 6, 2012

My final report as your president will be brief. Here’s what’s been happening since our March meeting:

• We’re going from the island of Manhattan to the shores of Lake Erie… SUNYLA 2013 will be at Buffalo State!  Ok, the campus is a couple of miles inland but you get the point. I think it’s going to be great (no pressure, Mark). I’ve never been to Buffalo so I’m excited to see what it has to offer.
• We got another question from University Faculty Senate regarding the Distinguished Librarian rank. This time it was about using “a record of administrative work” to make the case for DL, especially considering the higher level of administrative responsibilities that librarians typically carry compared to non-library faculty. I gave them my take on the issue and ran it past the Council via email as well. Everyone seemed satisfied with where we are but I’m sure UFS will be in touch again if need be.
• We heard back from the SUNY Board of Trustees about our concerns regarding Presidential searches and they did not do what we suggested. I shared this with the Council via email and there was a bit of discussion. --> This is clearly something for Rosanne’s to-do list for the coming year.
• NYSHEI contacted me about establishing an official collaborative partnership with SUNYLA. The Council had some preliminary discussion via email and everyone was generally favorable to the idea. Several people suggested talking about it in person so I had Carleen add it to the agenda for this meeting.
• The New York State Library contacted library groups across the state, including SUNYLA, requesting input on their LSTA Five-Year Plan. I ran the draft past the Council and no one had anything to share so we did not send them any comments. I looked it over and it seems like a decent plan.
• I attended the SCLD Spring Conference April 18-20 in Cooperstown. Several things worth noting for the group. First, I talked with Ed Rivenbergh about establishing a liaison relationship with IDS and he loved the idea. He wanted to hold off on the details until the new IDS director is on board sometime this spring/summer (another thing for Rosanne’s list). Next, I spoke with the SCLD executive board and SCLD membership in general about the task forces formed this past fall. Some have been very productive but some have languished terribly and I got a few complaints from SUNYLA members. SCLD wasn’t happy about how those groups were doing either and it looks like things have been tightened up and revitalized going forward. I sent a fresh call for participation to the SUNYLA list in May. Lastly, there was quite a bit of discussion about NYSHEI. SCLD is not happy with NYSHEI right now and is seriously questioning whether to continue SUNY’s participation. Our membership fees to NYSHEI are part of the SUNYConnect core charges so SCLD has the power to yank financial support, besides just saying that their libraries won’t be members anymore. How this development impacts SUNYLA’s decision regarding the aforementioned partnership with NYSHEI will need to be part of our discussion.

Action items for meeting:
• NYSHEI partnership discussion
• Officer travel for 2012-13, request allocation of $1000 for the year

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

March 15, 2012 @Empire, Saratoga Springs / President's Report
« on: March 09, 2012, 04:07:17 PM »
Below and attached.


SUNYLA President’s Report
March 15, 2012

My term as president is nearly at an end, just a few more months to go. Part of me will be glad to hand the responsibility off to Rosanne and part of me feels like I’m just getting into the groove. One thing is certain, I’m looking forward to next month’s elections. There’s something about helping to choose the next round of leaders that I just flat out like. I know, I’m weird.

Here are some highlights from the last few months:
•   Discussion at the Nov. meeting led to the Council crafting a letter to the SUNY Board of Trustees about the inclusion of librarians on presidential search committees. I am pleased to report that the BoT responded in a timely fashion and indicated that the guidelines are "under review and [our comments] will be given serious consideration during the process." Now we just have to wait and see whether they make the changes we requested and complain loudly if they don’t.
•   A related discussion at the Nov. meeting concerned the rank of Distinguished Librarian and it not being included in the call for nominations letter from the SUNY Provost, which led to it not being included at individual campuses. The Council decided to send a letter about this as well. I decided to hold off on until spring so I could catch the tail end of this year’s cycle and the gear up for next year’s. It now looks like we won’t need to send a letter at all and I’ll tell you why. The chair of the University Faculty Senate Programs and Awards Committee emailed me to ask about the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship and the Distinguished Librarian rank. They had concerns about why they weren’t getting many nominations and wondered if the requirements needed to be adjusted. I sent her background on previous discussions within SUNYLA and mentioned the DL rank not being in the letter. The response… "please be assured that the Provost's letter next year WILL mention the DL rank for Librarians.  Your comment about the problem is greatly appreciated and the Awards Committee moved quickly to correct that mistake." So you know, I offered to bring their original question to the Council for fresh discussion but they were happy with what I had sent them for now. I left the door open for them to ask again. I’ll forward the email exchange to the Council list rather than posting it here.
•   The 2nd draft of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries plan came out and they incorporated several of the ideas we submitted in round 1. The Council found no significant problems with the new draft so I sent them a letter saying how much better it was, thanks for listening to us, etc.
•   I attended the NYSHEI Summit on Advocacy for Academic and Research Libraries Dec. 8 in Albany. It was interesting hearing what other library groups are up to, especially the ones outside of SUNY.
•   The SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee (SCC) has had a couple of conference calls (Dec.14 & Feb.3) and is having a face-to-face meeting the day before our meeting. There have been discussions of: SUNYConnect policies and MOU; reports from the various task forces; how to position libraries to meet the Chancellor’s goals for shared services and 'systemness'; LAND; etc. Nothing earth-shattering has happened as a result of any of this effort as yet. Holly Heller-Ross (Plattsburgh) has agreed to co-chair with Logan on the continuing education issue. It looks like the SUNYOne pilot will make the jump to actual program as a 'coalition of the willing' rather than a SUNY-wide effort. Preliminary contribution amounts went out for discussion just last week.

Coming attractions:
•   SCLD Spring Conference April 18-20 in Cooperstown (+ SCLD-EB/SCC meeting morning of April 18)
•   SUNYLA Annual Conference in June!!

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

March 15, 2012 @Empire, Saratoga Springs / Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:25:50 PM »
The Library is gearing up to hire a new instruction librarian as Fran Apollo will be retiring at the end of the semester. Whoever takes over will have serious shoes to fill.  Our 3-D Book Art Challenge is going well and it looks like we should have several good entries. Also going well is the current run of the LibQUAL+ survey. The response rate is gratifyingly high (probably due to the incentive prizes and good advertising). More Library news at:

Outside the building... the College is going through an Academic Program Prioritization process and it is quite likely that some programs will be phased out based on the Task Force's findings (2 Library people on the TF) though it is too soon to know for sure.  Now that the new lab addition to Wheeler Hall is done, the original part is offline for renovation. Work will soon begin on the new Ag building (the architect's rendering looks really cool).  There's other stuff happening but that's enough for now. :)

Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:36:17 PM »
Things have both settled down and sped up at Cobleskill. They finally re-installed all the Library's network cabling so we got our computers back about a month after school started. The students are much happier and now have more time to complain about the shortened hours.

We've implemented a series of targeted mini-assessments using SurveyMonkey. One or two questions about hours, spaces, services, etc. They should serve as a nice supplement to the LibQual survey that we'll be running again in the spring.

We're participating in an ebook patron driven acquistions pilot organized by WNYLRC, along with several other SUNY libraries.

In campus news... the shared-president experiment has expanded. Cobleskill and Delhi are now sharing some VPs as well. For example, Cobleskill's VP for Institutional Advancement and Delhi's VP for Operations are each handling those functions for both schools now.

Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT / President's Report
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:15:01 PM »
Below and attached.

SUNYLA President’s Report
November 16, 2011

Things have felt hectic since our September meeting. I don’t know if they really were or if I’m just ready for Thanksgiving Break. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to SUNYLA-wise:

Various things with the SUNY Council of Library Directors (SCLD).
*  SCLD Fall Meeting Oct. 5-6 in Utica. As anticipated, strategic plan implementation, the content fee proposal, and the future of NYSHEI were discussed quite a lot. We did break out sessions on various strategic plan issues which led to the formation of several taskforces. Different approaches to a possible content fee were debated and one of those taskforces is working on it. The directors present were mostly in favor of NYSHEI continuing but had questions as to what its purpose should be going forward. SCLD passed a resolution asking the NYSHEI board to reassess their goals. Also at the fall meeting-- the SUNYOne final report was submitted and SCLD endorsed establishing a system-wide program based on the pilot. The Shared Collections taskforce has been charged with looking at ways to make that happen, with the SUNYConnect Finance Committee looking at the money side.
*  SCLD Exec Board conference call Oct. 26. In addition to follow-up discussion of the fall meeting there was also discussion of the 1st draft of the Regents Advisory Council’s new plan. Everyone was please that academic libraries actually got more than a passing reference this time. In LAND news, it was also reported that the 3Rs are working on getting an RFP out for delivery service to replace current model.
*  SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee conference call Oct. 31. The main thing from this first SCC ‘meeting’ was that we approved going forward with the Emerging Library Services program that CPD & OLIS have been working on. During the discussion, Mary Donohue (SCLD Chair) asked if we could use SUNYLA’s ad hoc Continuing Education group that Logan is chairing as the starting point for developing the meat of the program and bring in some SCLD people so it would be a joint effort. Logan and I were both in on that call and thought that was a good approach. I mentioned that Logan had asked me to get him a co-chair which prompted a suggestion that we use someone from SCLD in that role. Again, Logan and I both liked the idea.
*  Recruiting SUNYLA people to work on SCLD taskforces. Most of those taskforces that were created at the fall meeting will include non-directors and Mary asked me to invite participation via the SUNYLA listserv. At the time I’m typing this, more than a dozen people have responded. (Let’s hear it for getting input from the people that turn ideas into reality!)

Attended the NYLA Conference Nov. 4 in Saratoga Springs. My SUNYLA mug (logo facing out) was never far from my hand all day long. I made a point of talking to several vendors (I actually did have an interest in their products, I’m not that wily) and asking casually if I’d be seeing them at the SUNYLA conference in June. Also talked to librarians from all over about how great we are. I don’t know if my goal of strengthening the connection between SUNYLA and NYLA was achieved but I hope so.

Response to RAC. Thanks to some great input from the rest of the Council, I think we are submitting a well-stated, targeted set of suggestions to the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. (Assuming it gets approved which I’m sure it will.)  I hope that when the revised draft comes out we’ll find that they’ve given due weight to our ideas. If not, we’ll let them know about it when the next comment period opens (in February I learned while at NYLA).

At our September meeting, Mark McBride (SUNYLA’s liaison to FACT2) said that the head of that group would like to come to one of our meetings. I invited her a couple of weeks ago but haven’t heard back as yet.

Here’s what on my upcoming schedule so far:
* SCLD Executive Board meeting Dec. 7 in Albany
* NYSHEI Summit on Advocacy for Academic and Research Libraries Dec. 8 in Albany
* SUNYLA Council meeting in March (Albany area, date & location TBD)
* SCLD Spring Conference April 18-20 in Cooperstown

*  Deciding the date and location for March meeting. I’m debating between March 15 at UAlbany (the day before the 3Ts conference at the same location) and March 23 at either UAlbany or another site in the Albany area. I’d like to get the opinion of the Council.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT / Campus Updates
« on: October 17, 2011, 11:44:06 AM »
Reply to this thread with your campus updates. Thanks!

Two files attached. Lisa & Maureen said that they will be bringing copies to Cortland.

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Re: Archives Ad Hoc Committee Report
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:44:13 PM »
sounds like a variation on the old 'three men walk into a bar' jokes.  :)

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / AGENDA
« on: September 20, 2011, 04:13:21 PM »

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« on: September 15, 2011, 02:21:46 PM »
Fran Apollo is heading to Monmouth, NJ Sept. 23-24 to present at the Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology (ACToP) Conference, along with Dr. Amy Corbett. Their session is entitled “General Psychology Research Papers and Increased Information Literacy Skills: A Collaborative Project.” 

Van Wagenen Library will be hosting its annual afternoon of games on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 3-6pm in honor of National Gaming Day.

Construction in the Library is almost done at long last. A few odds and ends (like network cabling!) are all that remain. The place is much more open now and there’ve been a lot of improvements to basics like lighting and bathrooms. People now have a little less time to enjoy the improvements though, we had to start closing earlier because of cuts to our student worker budget.

We had an interesting start to the school year thanks to all the flooding. The Library itself sustained no damage beyond a couple of roof leaks. SUNY Cobleskill is also part of the new shared-president experiment. We're now sharing Dr. Candace Vancko with Delhi. Most everyone seems to be cautiously optimistic at this point. We're trying to take a proactive approach by talking with the librarians at Delhi about ways to leverage the collaborative work our libraries already do.

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / President's Report
« on: September 15, 2011, 02:02:49 PM »
Attached and below.



SUNYLA President’s Report
September 23, 2011

Several things have occupied my attention since our June meeting:
•   Working with N.J. Wolfe to secure FIT as the 2012 conference site. I’m glad we’ll be downstate again and I think Manhattan will prove to be a great location.

•   Working with SCLD. The SCLD Executive Board has had two conference calls since June. The main topics of discussion have been strategic plan implementation, the content fee proposal, and the future of NYSHEI now that ARIA has been killed. SCLD will be meeting October 5-6 in Utica and I imagine these items will be discussed in much greater detail then.

•   Appointing people to various things. It feels like there were a lot of them but it was only four, some of which still need formal approval: Sarah Morehouse (2nd VP, already approved); Kimmy Szeto (LACUNY Liaison); Logan Rath and myself (SCC/SFC liaisons); Logan Rath (Continuing Ed ad hoc).

•   Listening and talking. There are some interesting things happening in our libraries and in SUNY as a whole. Some good, some not so much. In particular, the “Campus Alliance Networks” initiative has people nervous and wondering what this will mean for their campuses and their libraries. Here at SUNY Cobleskill, so far, it means sharing a president with Delhi. For Cobleskill, for now, this is a good thing. That doesn’t mean that the same arrangement is good for other schools. That has to be assessed at those schools. In my personal opinion, there are some problems, many of which stem from how this whole thing was handled by SUNY. For the libraries, again using Cobleskill as the example since that’s where I am, we’re trying to be proactive and make sure that any cooperative efforts come from us and not from administration. Which brings me to something that came up in conversation with a librarian from a different campus the other day… SUNYConnect is being used as an example of the good that can come from cooperation, as well it should. However, the thing that has made SUNYConnect a success is that it came from us. It came from the libraries and our desire to provide the best possible service and resources to our users, and if we saved money in the process, great. SUNYConnect did not come from campus or SUNY administration saying that we need to cut costs and here’s what you’re going to do. If SUNY wants to hold us up as a shining example of cooperative effort leading to collective good, then they should actually follow our example. Make it easier for us to work together rather than mandating how we do so and you’ll get a much better result.

So, what’s coming up in the next few months? Here’s what I know of so far:
•   SCLD Fall Meeting Oct. 5-6 in Utica
•   NYLA Conference Nov. 4 in Saratoga Springs (I’m only going for one day but I plan to carry my SUNYLA travel mug around with me all day!)
•   Meet with you lovely people again Nov. 16 in Manhattan :)
•   NYSHEI Summit on Advocacy for Academic and Research Libraries Dec. 8 in Albany

•   Confirm appointments
•   Funding for officer travel (forgot to do this in June, oops)

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies

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