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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.

November 18, 2016 Council meeting at Albany / UFS Awards Report
« on: November 18, 2016, 08:51:26 AM »
Ophelia and I are close to having a final draft to bring forth to librarians. If you're still interested in being in on the discussion about Distinguished Librarian, please contact me at

September 23, 2016 Council meeting at Geneseo / WGIL Report
« on: September 23, 2016, 10:02:29 AM »
1. An update to the Guidelines for the Open SUNY Information Literacy Portal<>, that now include an emphasis on a file format rather than a specific software.

Here's a listing of objects currently in the portal:

Creating Search Strategies for School of Nursing
Molly Higgins, Stony Brook University

Finding Books and eBooks for Research
Theresa Zahor, SUNY Farmingdale

Finding Quality Sources with Google
Dawn Wing, Suffolk Community College

Library of Congress Classification: How books are organized in Academic LIbraries
Angelique Jenks-Brown and Aleshia Huber, SUNY Binghamton

Locating and Analyzing a SWOT Report
Theresa Zahor, SUNY Farmingdale

Using Search Everything to Locate Journal Articles
Theresa Zahor, SUNY Farmingdale

Flash Tutorials
Boolean Operator Tutorial
Adam Saunders, Morrisville State College

Identifying Sources Tutorial
Adam Saunders, Morrisville State College

Website Evaluation Tutorial
Adam Saunders, Morrisville State College

Sample Annotated Bibliography and Guidelines
Judy Capurso, Ulster County Community College

2. Teaching & Technology Unconference<> is happening October 17th at Brockport. Registration is $25 per person and includes a breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack, plus coffee. Our keynote speaker is Jenica Rogers who will talk about Applied and Engaged Learning.

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