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This year the UFS Programs & Awards Committee will be looking at re-writing the guidelines for the Distinguished Librarian rank. Of over 1,000+ Distinguished (Teaching or Service or) Professorships, librarians have only had 5 total, with 2 currently active (Trudi Jacobson and Constantia Constantinou). This rank is for both community colleges and state-operated campuses. If you read the descriptions, you'll see that the Librarian one is antiquated and needs to be updated. Ophelia Morey from UB is also on the committee and we will be in charge of drafting something to take back to the committee.

Action Item for meeting:
Have council members submit names of anyone at full rank (Librarian or Professor) who would like to help us with this job.

Here's the current wording (for reference):
The Distinguished Librarian is conferred upon librarians whose contributions have been transformational in creating a new information environment by providing access to information, sharing or networking information resources, and fostering information literacy. The Distinguished Librarian rank honors and promotes the achievement of personal excellence, groundbreaking professional progress, and wide-ranging benefit to the academic community.

Academic Rank – Candidates must have attained the rank of full librarian or, for community colleges, the rank of full professor with clear and direct full-time responsibilities pertaining to library service.

Length of Service – Candidates must have completed at least five years of full-time service at the rank of full librarian (or full professor with direct library responsibilities at a community college) on the campus that recommends the appointment and at least ten years of service within the State University of New York.

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, but other paths include extended efforts toward forging alliances, networks, and cooperative programs that advance resource sharing and significantly improve access to information or enhance its usefulness to the community.

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 to engender and stimulate the "age of information." 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 navigation and effective use of the burgeoning information environment.

Candidates will have performed with excellence and innovation in the traditional areas of librarianship, such as technical services, services to the public, system or facilities design, or 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 academic professorial counterparts by the quality, vigor, and innovative nature of their thinking, their standards of performance, and the effectiveness of their initiatives.

Nov. 13, 2015 Council Meeting @ Cobleskill / FACT2
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:29:07 AM »
There is no report for FACT2, but there is a reminder: CIT Proposals are due in December. See for more information.

Nov. 13, 2015 Council Meeting @ Cobleskill / WGIL Report
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:27:30 AM »
There is no report for WGIL.

Sept. 25, 2015 Council Meeting @ Monroe Community College / Brockport
« on: September 25, 2015, 10:25:12 AM »
On July 16, Brockport welcomed its seventh president, Dr. Heidi R. Macpherson. Dr. Macpherson joins Brockport from the University of Wisconsin at LaCross. We have also just recently completed a search for our Online and Hybrid Learning Librarian. Mia Breitkopf will be joining the Drake Memorial Library on October 26th. Retirements over the summer included librarian Greg Toth, and Library Clerk 2 Diane Hoy. This summer, Logan Rath published one article (“Collaborating Around Critical Multiliteracies: A Formula for Success”) and contributed to the edited book, Metaliteracy in Practice (eds. Jacobson and Mackey) with a faculty member in the department of Education and Human Development. Wendy Prince and Pam O’Sullivan were awarded a $3000 grant from the ALA and National Endowment for the Humanities entitled “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” For this upcoming year, selected projects include beautification improvements on the Main Floor of the library, expanding offerings from our Makerspace.

Sept. 25, 2015 Council Meeting @ Monroe Community College / FACT2 Report
« on: September 25, 2015, 10:24:34 AM »
We had our planning meeting in July. We are still awaiting final word on the Task Forces this year. The Mobile Technologies Task Force will be continuing. Keep an eye on our freshly updated Web site for more info:

Dates to keep on your calendar:

November 6 the FACT2 Symposium -- Designing Access for All Learners. More information at:

CIT 2016 will be in Potsdam at the end of May. Specific dates are forthcoming.

Does Greg plan on running for treasurer again? (Please say yes, Greg)

March 13, 2015 Council Meeting @ Purchase / FACT2 report
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:39:06 PM »
We have an upcoming meeting April 30th, so there haven't been any big announcements since our last meeting.

Registration is now open for CIT in Geneseo (May 26-29):

March 13, 2015 Council Meeting @ Purchase / Brockport
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:34:35 PM »
Registration is still open for Publishing in Libraries ( on March 20th
Also, on April 10th, Brockport will be hosting the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) in our Special Events and Recreation Center (SERC). For more information:

On Friday, February 28th, Drake Memorial Library at The College at Brockport, hosted their second annual Comic Con.  The event ran from 9pm to 12:30am.  Over 160 students and community members attended.  The night began with a trivia game and finished with the announcement of the costume contest winner.
The student organizations were instrumental in making the Comic Con a success.  Late Night, an organization focused on providing students free, fun weekend activities, was our co-sponsor for the event.  Additional support for the event was contributed by the Brockport Gaming Association, Brockport Manga and Anime Club, Humans verses Zombie Club, LARPing Club and Dumbledore’s Army.  The clubs staffed the discussion panels, provided games, ran a concession stand and offered live demonstrations.
Rob Dumo, a comic book artist and a Brockport alumni, sold portraits, caricatures and copies of his original work Nightmare Unknown.  In addition, Rob provided an interesting panel discussion titled The Art of Comics.  Liz Pritchard, a Brockport student, sold posters and copies of her original comic, Paper Bag.  First Print Comics of Gates N.Y., offered a wide selection of material for both the casual and the serious comic book fans.   Student vendors provided a variety of creative items from colorful clay dragons to hand crocheted Moggles.
Comic Con is an event that promotes the library as more than just a place to study but as an active part of the campus community.    The event encourages students to view the library and its staff as being concerned with their needs and interests.

January 23, 2015 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:40:15 PM »
Mark your calendars:
-- Friday, March 20 ‘Library as publisher’ 1 day workshop at Brockport sponsored by SUNY COCID, Geneseo and Brockport
-- Sat and Sun., March 21-22, 9 am – 5 pm, Antique Appraisers Road Show to benefit Friends of Drake Library.

Staff Updates: Serials and ILL have combined. Susan Perry is now overseeing that department. Logan Rath has moved full time into Instruction and Reference.

Drake Library is in the process of getting a Makerspace. It's being installed as I'm writing this update! This new space will contain our 3D printers and allow for small group projects.

Also, thanks to a generous (and anonymous) donor the eight stained glass windows in the library are being restored by Valerie O'Hara of Pike Stained Glass. These windows are rare survivors of a much earlier era in our history, the "Normal" era. Established as a private academy in 1835, we became a state Normal school in 1867. From about 1910 to 1930 various graduating classes and other student groups donated stained glass windows to the school. There ended up being sixteen such windows, prominently displayed along the main corridor of the Normal School. In the late 1930s the old building was torn down and replaced by what we now call Hartwell Hall. The story is a little unclear, but eight of the windows at least were boxed up and stored in the basement of Hartwell. They were discovered there in the early 1970s and placed in the library at the urging of history professor Wayne Dedman.

January 23, 2015 Council Meeting @ FIT / FACT2 Report
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:31:57 PM »
Mark Your Calendars
Mar 2:       IITG Applications Due (Round 4)
May 26-29:   CIT 2015 -- Rising to Meet Our Challenges: Preparing for Global Success

Additional information attached.

--Logan Rath

November 14, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY Albany / Brockport
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:30:29 AM »
We've had a few notable events since the last council meeting. During Open Access Week we held an event to celebrate SUNY E-Text Authors: On October 30th, four library staff members participated in the Giant Read (see the attached news story). In physical space news we're getting a Makerspace at some point during the Spring semester. Lastly, our president is retiring at the end of the academic year. A search consultant has been hired and is overseeing the process.

November 14, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY Albany / FACT2 update
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:45:59 AM »
FACT2 liaison report for SUNYLA November 2014
Logan Rath, FACT2 liaison •

Upcoming events
May 26 - 29 • CIT 2015 @ Geneseo - CFP now open.

"Protect, Use and Share Content in Online Education" on 11/7/14.  Streaming links:
Part 1:
Part 2:

Task Groups
Competency Based Learning
Define Competency Based Learning ( Addendum – definition submitted to State Ed)
Identify impacts/benefits that Competency Based Learning will have on campuses, for SUNY, Accreditation & State Ed.
Complete an environmental scan of higher education institutions using Competency Based Learning (within the system and beyond)
Explore impacts on employees within workforce development
Explore the implications on faculty role within Competency Based Learning and how the role of faculty will evolve.

Interactive Content in Teaching & Learning
Explore and research the ways that interactive content affects teaching and learning.
Identify Innovative uses of Interactive content  and propose services and tools (open source & purchased) that enhance interactive engagement in teaching and learning for all stakeholders.
Provide faculty members with best practices and examples of pedagogically appropriate uses of interactive technologies.

Mobile Technology in Teaching and Learning Goals
Collect information on effective educational uses of mobile technology
Identify and disseminate information on pedagogical implications, effective practices and technology support
Assist campuses in transitioning to providing support of continuously evolving mobile technology, especially in a BYOD environment
Develop mechanisms for sharing best practices
Assist in developing a SUNY community of practice for users of mobile technology
Assist in developing a SUNY community of practice for those that support mobile technology
Identify and disseminate information concerning ongoing trends in the use of mobile technologies in education

New Task Group Proposal (led by Mark McBride)
Task Group: Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century
Charge: Look at the different models of scholarly publication in academe. Determine if any disciplines are more embracing of newer models of scholarly publications, especially as it relates to promotion and tenure and do an analysis of different models of Open Access publishing.

Innovative Instruction Technology Grants
Subcommittee worked with Provost Lavallee to create and refined the RFP in support of Power of SUNY Innovative Instruction and later Open SUNY.  Continues to play an instrumental role in support of proposal review.

SCAP Program
 Subcommittee worked with Office of the Provost for nearly 20 years in support of funds distribution and oversight of the Student Computing Access Program (SCAP).  Reviewed final reports and consolidated to report outcomes re: student computing and later mobile device experimentation and adoption.  (Program funding later supported launch of IITG).

FACT2 Awards
Subcommittee created an online process to review nominations for teaching excellence and instructional support in for Open SUNY.

System Updates
New provost: Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright
New Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Success: Dr. Paul Mathers
Responsible for leading the effort for 100,000 additional students
New Chief Financial Officer: Eileen G. McLoughlin
SUNYCON 2014 sessions available online.
POSAC minutes (Provost’s OpenSUNY Advisory Committee)
Affordable Learning Solutions (OERs)
New Network of Excellence: Teaching, Learning & Assessment
With $4 million in funding provided by the Research Foundation, SUNY has launched six Networks of Excellence. These are: SUNY 4E, SUNY Health, SUNY Brain, SUNY Materials & Advanced  Manufacturing, SUNY Arts and Humanities, SUNY Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Each network assembles scientists and scholars from the various SUNY campuses to collaborate in topic-specific, joint research programs to enhance the experiential learning of students. By bringing together the diverse expertise present on each campus into a collective network, SUNY can better position itself to become a national and international leader in research, competing for grants, and educating tomorrow’s workforce.

CIT 2015 • May 26 - 29, 2015 at SUNY Geneseo

Call for Proposals now open:
Themes and Tracks
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
21st Century Learning Environments
The Open Educator
Access, Completion, and Success
Keeping the Lights On: Infrastructure & Support

Session Formats
Presentations (30 mins.)
Panels (75 mins. <2 presenters)
Ignite Session (6:40 mins.)
Posters (90 mins.)
Birds of a Feather (75 mins.)
Special Interest Group (75 mins.)
Hands on Demo (75 mins. in a lab)
Pre Conference Workshops (3 hours and held on Tuesday)

September 26, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY IT / Re: FACT2 Update
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:06:39 AM »
FACT will have three task forces in the upcoming year:
1.     Mobile Technology in Teaching and Learning
2.     Interactive Content in Teaching and Learning
3.     Competency Based Learning

September 26, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY IT / FACT2 Update
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:17:48 PM »
Date/Time:         November 7, 2014             
Location:             SUNY Plaza Courtroom, Albany, N.Y.

As the State University of New York successfully increases its online educational opportunities, faculty and staff are sharing materials electronically to support new methods of delivering instruction and acquiring knowledge.  At times, questions arise about the electronic distribution of materials protected by copyright.  You are cordially invited to attend a Symposium to hear experts and to share your thoughts and experiences about the use of protected content in online education.  Speakers include:

Ø  Karyn Temple Claggett, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, United States Copyright Office

Ø  Robert Clarida, Partner,Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC

Ø  Members of the SUNY Counsel’s Office

Ø  Lenore G. Horowitz, Teaching Faculty of Informatics, SUNY Albany

Ø  Sarah Morehouse, Information Resources Coordinator, Empire State College

Ø  Carine Surdey, Senior Instructional Designer, SUNY Broome Community College

There will be ample time available for networking and sharing ideas with other attendees.
Cost:              $35  (includes morning beverages and lunch)

To register and to view the Symposium agenda, obtain hotel information, directions and additional information on speakers, please go to

CIT 2015 Tracks are shaping up to be:
   1. Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
   2. 21st Century Learning Environments
   3. The Open Educator
   4. Access, Completion, and Success
   5. Keeping the Lights On: Infrastructure & Support

September 26, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY IT / Brockport
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:16:54 PM »
A lot has changed at Brockport. First, Kristen Wallis joined the staff as a Clerk 1 in June 2014, and we opened a new academic building on campus Kim Myers, Digital Repository Specialist, was named a 2014 IR All-Star by Digital Commons’ vendor, bepress. Digital Commons IR All-Stars awards spotlight four individuals from the Digital Commons community who have demonstrated a unique, high-impact, and replicable approach to IR success, and have made a meaningful contribution to the scholarly communications community as a whole. Lastly, a little reorganization is happening with Susan Perry and serials overseeing ILL effective later this fall. Logan Rath will stay with instruction & reference.

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