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March 21, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY Albany / FACT2 report
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:57:31 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm writing this report after attending the ILLiad conference and as such will not be with you tomorrow. Here is some of the important news from FACT2 (

CIT2014 (May 27 - 30, 2014 @ Cornell) registration is open! Register at The keynote speaker is Daphne Koller, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University; Co-Founder and co-CEO, Coursera. Her talk is entitled "The Online Revolution: Learning without Limits." Dr. Nancy Zimpher and Dr. Elizabeth Bringsjord will also be speaking.

Respectfully submitted,
Logan Rath

November 20, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY FIT / Education Ad-hoc Report
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:41:11 AM »
This is a short one --

Today is the deadline for proposals for the electives. We'll be reviewing submissions and getting this program off the ground in spring!

Logan, Sarah and Holly

November 20, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY FIT / FACT2 Report
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:36:00 AM »
There's much going on in the FACT2 ( world. Here are the salient announcements:

CIT: May 27-30, 2014 (see
Theme: Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear: Reflection, Innovation, and Learning<br />

Two awards are in the works:
    1. Award #1:FACT2 Excellence in Instruction using Technology
    2. Award #2:FACT2 Excellence in Instructional Support for Teaching with Technology</li>

Task Groups (see for this year have been established:
    1. Online Accessibility Task Group
    2. Learning Analytics Task Group (LATG)
    3. Experiential Education

Respectfully submitted,

September 20, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY Onondaga / IDS Update
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:07:04 PM »
Three quick things:

1. Approximately 160 people gathered in Syracuse from July 31st - August 2nd for the All Region User Group as well as the IDS Project Conference.

2. Mark Sullivan, Bill Jones, Micquel Little, Shannon Pritting, Chris Sisak, Adam Traub and Maureen Zajkowski published a book chapter in Mergers and Alliances: The Wider View (Advances in Librarianship 36). It can be found at

3. IDS is getting ready for the fall user groups. They will be:
 - Western: Tuesday, October 22nd @RRLC
 - Eastern: Monday, October 21st @FMCC
 - Metro: October 29th & October 30th @ Metro New York Library Council

Respectfully submitted,

Logan Rath

September 20, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY Onondaga / FACT2 report
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:12:34 PM »
The FACT2 met in Albany July 31 - August 1st. I could not attend in person, but do have an update of the most salient events:

1. Plans were made and committees were formed to work on CIT2014.
2. The 2014 Task Groups were formed:
    a. Learning Analytics Task Group will continue on
    b. Online Learning and Experiential Education
    c. Online Learning and ADA Compliance

Respectfully submitted,
Logan Rath

September 20, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY Onondaga / ILST Update
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:00:33 PM »
The ILST Call for Proposals received an incredibly low number of proposals (4), so the team went back to the drawing board and decided to put out a call for nominations for presenters. I've attached it here and you will see a more polished version once it is available online.

I'd like to reserve a few minutes during "New Business" to brainstorm a list of possible presenters.


June 12, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY Buffalo State / IDS Report
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:47:18 PM »
The IDS Combined Regional User Group will be July 31 followed by the Annual Conference on August 1st and 2nd. For more information, see

Also, IDS will be updating the ALIAS Licensing Database again this summer. Many thanks to all the volunteers!

About IDS
The IDS Project is a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative within New York State whose members include public and private academic libraries, the New York Public Library, and the New York State Library. The Project is based on a strong sense of community among its members and a unified collection perspective. The major goal of the Project is to continually implement and objectively evaluate innovative resource-sharing strategies, policies and procedures that will optimize mutual access to the information resources of all IDS Project libraries. Member libraries sign annual contracts committing to a common set of performance standards. There is an annual membership fee of $700.

As libraries continue to face tightening budgets, resource sharing becomes an increasingly important service. A 2008 recipient of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award, the IDS Project offers a resource sharing model that can help libraries maintain efficient and effective information delivery services for their users. The IDS Project is committed to providing improvements to the entire resource sharing community through the ongoing development of innovative tools and promotion of best practices.

The Innovative Library Services through Technology Certificate is accepting proposals. You can either submit a proposal to teach one of the core courses or develop an elective.

The Joint Committee (SCLD/SUNYLA) on Innovative Library Services through Technology invites course proposals for the new Innovative Library Services through Technology Certificate program. We are looking for courses designed for librarians, library clerks, other library employees, technology support specialists, instructional technologists and instructional designers. Courses should develop participant expertise so that they can lead projects that establish innovative library services, and lead outreach programs for departmental faculty and student support centers that promote integrated library services.

To learn more about the program, including format, program framework description & outcomes, and the link to submit, go to:

Proposals are due July 15, 2013.

Jan. 17, 2013 Council Meeting @SUNY New Paltz / ILST Update
« on: January 15, 2013, 02:20:25 PM »
The committee met, and is continuing to finalize things with CPD before sending out any calls for proposals. Our next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2013.

A draft of the ILST Certificate Program has been completed by Holly Heller-Ross, Sarah Morehouse, and Logan Rath. Please see attached.  We will be posting the CFP soon, pending approval by the Council and a conference call on December 6th.

The date proposals are due will likely be pushed back to give more time to submit proposals.

Action Items:
1. Discussion on Program & CFPs.

March 15, 2012 @Empire, Saratoga Springs / SCC Liaison Report
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:31:25 PM »
The SCC is having a meeting the day before the SUNYLA meeting, so I'll have updates then.

The taskforce I'm working on has renamed it's potential product to the Innovative Library Services through Technologies Certificate
Attached please find the working draft.

SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee/SUNYConnect Finance Committee
November 16, 2011

The SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee had it’s first meeting via conference call on Oct. 31. As mentioned in the President’s Report, the SCC 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.

The SCC also charged the Shared Collections taskforce with looking at ways to make SUNYOne pilot into a system-wide program, with the SUNYConnect Finance Committee looking at the money side.

The chairs of the various taskforces created during SCLD’s fall meeting also reported on their progress. Of particular interest is the Assessment group chaired by Melissa Peterson. She reported that they think it is essential to work with WGIL (though she wasn’t quite sure how to pronounce it) on the info lit angle. Also, the Shared Collections chair Connie Holberg asked for some non-director participants and I shared her request with the SUNYLA listserv. Most of the chairs also indicated that they wanted to get some team members from outside the usual SCLD group but weren’t sure of the best way to do it. (As mentioned in the President’s report, the SCLD chair asked for SUNYLA’s help on this and several librarians have stepped up already.)

The SUNYConnect Finance Committee will have it’s first meeting via conference call in the next 2-3 weeks. Constantia Constantinou is chairing the group. The SFC’s immediate charges are to consider: various options for the future of LAND since the current contract will expire in June 2012; and a financial plan for SUNYOne.

Respectfully submitted,
April C. Davies
(Thanks for writing this, April!)

June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / SAC report - no report.
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:15:20 PM »
There is no SAC report.

March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / SAC Report
« on: March 09, 2011, 08:07:14 PM »
There is a proposal to transform the  SUNYConnect Advisory Council (SAC) to the SUNYConnect Coordinating Committee (SCC).  The intent is for SCC to function as an “operations” oriented group, responsible for coordinating, providing input, and tracking progress on all SUNYConnect related activities. Unlike SAC, which reported directly to the Office of the Provost, SCC will serve as a standing committee of SCLD and report directly to the Executive Board. Additional details will still need review and will be explored at SCLD's April meeting: Will the composition of the group change? Will they still coordinate the SUNYConnect Financial Plan?  How will they coordinate with other SCLD task-forces/working groups?

At one meeting, it was decided that SAC will renew Aleph through 2016 and focus on Electronic Resources.

Respectfully submitted,
Logan Rath
SUNYLA Liaison to SAC

September 10, 2010 @ Onondaga / SAC Update
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:57:25 PM »
SAC Update

The "Power of Tuesdays" webinar series has ended, and input has been compiled and turned over to the SCLD Executive Board (Maryruth Glogowski) on August 2nd.  The summary is now available online at

The SCLD will be discussing this at their fall meeting in Corning on September 29th.  Following that, a strategic plan will be drafted and read by a group of readers including Cristina Pope (Upstate) and a SUNYLA member. We will be working closely with Mary Donohue, the SCLD Vice Chair/Chair Elect.

• Polls indicate that library staff would like an update Webinar in December, and that will be scheduled.
• It is expected that The Power of SUNY Libraries will be ready in January.

Also, it has been mentioned that SAC and SCLD perform much of the same work, and perhaps the structure of the organization needs to change. 

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