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The 2021 conference is off and running! We have 386 registered attendees (as of 9am this morning) with 8 vendors. It's not the conference we started out planning, but I am so proud of the work we have we done. I cannot thank enough the conference planning committee who has worked very hard to create a well planned and creative version of SUNYLA Annual conference, in virtual form. We hope one day you will come and visit us in person here at Delhi. We tried very hard to include as many of the traditions of the annual conference that we all know and love in this year’s virtual conference, and we hope that everyone will join in as much as you are able to do so.

A few highlights I’d like to point out – there is a conference virtual photo booth – please take pictures, and if you’re willing, share to the gallery! You may find your photo in future SUNYLA social media. It’s nice to see each other having fun and smiling, just like at our regular social events and networking.

Wednesday and Thursday evening, we do have social events taking place from 7-9pm – please stop in and check them out. There are two scheduled activities each night, as well as an open social room for networking and hanging out. Remember to thank EBSCO for supporting our social events, bring your koozie with you to Wednesday evenings events with your beverage of choice.

As always, we couldn’t make the conference as affordable as we do without our generous sponsors. Thanks to their support, we were once again able to provide a near-zero cost virtual conference this year.

Have fun, and we can’t wait to see you all in person again next year at SUNYLA 2022 at Farmingdale!

Carrie Fishner

Conference planning is moving along smoothly and we are well on our way.

We have a keynote, we will have a talk from the Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden - focusing on citizen science

Conference program acceptance letters have gone out, and presenters have until today to confirm they will be presenting. 32 breakout sessions, 16 lightning talks, and 6 workshops (formerly the pre-conference) sessions were selected.
The call for poster sessions has gone out, with a deadline for proposals of April 23rd.

Social event planning is well underway and there are a lot of great things planned! Although we will not be meeting in person we believe that we will be providing ample opportunity for networking and interaction both in and out of the sessions.

The conference website is live! We will be adding additional content as it is finalized.

Registration will go live at the beginning of May.

Carrie Fishner, Chair

March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC Update
« on: March 26, 2021, 09:22:39 AM »
Jennifer Smathers' contract with the SLC has ended, so she is not longer serving in her role part time coordinating for us.

Spring meeting planning is underway, please look for an announcement regarding this next week.

March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: March 26, 2021, 09:21:11 AM »
We will be presenting a 90 minute workshop at the annual conference, a "Re-booted Bootcamp" Friday afternoon. This year will feature some breakout rooms to split attendees for specific topics of interest.

January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:45:56 PM »
The Promotion & Tenure ad hoc committee is planning our next meeting for some time in the next 2 weeks. If anyone is interested in helping us, please let Carrie know at

The last two years we have presented at the annual conference. We are considering what our next steps are in providing resources and support to our colleagues across the SUNY Libraries moving forward.

January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC Update
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:43:38 PM »
The SLC Fall meeting was held Dec. 7-9th, with around 157 registrants/attendees. At the meeting there were a lot of updates from OLIS, the SLC Board, and the SLS. There was a real focus on making sure that participants were able to connect with colleagues, both through sectors and functional areas.

One of the main pieces of information included the change to the SLC Roles & Responsibilities, which was sent out to a vote to the SLC membership. The vote results were:
Yes - 28
No - 3
Abstain - 0

I have attached the new language to this report.
Approved board meeting minutes and other information can be found at this LibGuide:

There will also be coming changes to communication, OLIS (including SLS, SOAR, and SUNY OER Services) has decided to move away from listservs and will now be transitioning to SUNY Workplace. There will multiple channels established, and the spring semester will be used to help with this transition.

The planning committee met on December 14th, and after discussion of the results of the survey sent out to the membership, has made the determination to hold the 2021 annual conference in a fully virtual format.

Discussions are now focused on how to best meet the needs of attendees in the virtual format, drawing on the experiences from last year. We hope to keep a feeling of "local flavor" with the conference, as well as meeting many of the members' requests for fellowship and networking, as well as our traditional program of professional development.

Registration will be free for all SUNYLA members. Non-members will have a small cost, yet to be determined, but no more than $20.

Thank you to Adam Saunders for the design of this year's conference logo, to go with our theme of "From Seeds to Services: Growing the New Academic Library".

Call for program proposals has gone out. Proposals are due by Feb. 26th. Call for Poster presentations will go out in March.

Carrie Fishner, Chair

The SUNYLA 2021 conference committee has met twice so far to begin the planning for the annual conference. We have around 28 volunteers on the committee this year, thank you all for taking the time to help with this endeavor in what is surely a very busy and different year for everyone. The plan is for a hybrid conference, pivoting to fully virtual if the situation warrants.

There have been many tasks completed so far on the conference to-do list, including:
•   Set conference date: June 16-18, 2021
•   Setting a conference theme: SUNYLA 2021: From Seeds to Services: Growing the new academic library”
•   Reserving rooms and spaces on campus – working on finalizing costs for housing this week
•   Keynote TBD, committee had a great discussion about what we would like to see this year, and in general when we see/listen to a keynote.
•   Reserving housing on campus (Riverview Townhouses and Catskill Hall – will determine as we get closer to the conference dates if we still need both locations. A note that there is only one motel in Delhi, and the closest hotels are 30 minutes away in Oneonta.)
•   The committee has decided to send out a survey after Thanksgiving to gauge the ability of the membership to attend an in-person conference this year and to seek out what barriers/factors might be part of that decision making process. Please watch for this via the list.
•   Conference banking account is up and running (yay!)

If anyone with a design background would like to try their hand at designing a conference logo using the above them, please send it to Carrie at and the committee will be happy to consider it!

Next committee meeting will be held beginning of December. Once we have a logo, the conference website will go live soon after.


November 13, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: November 10, 2020, 12:44:01 PM »
Nothing new to report at this time.

If anyone would like to join our steering committee please let Carrie know (

September 18, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: September 18, 2020, 10:14:12 AM »
We had an excellent turn out for the Pre-Conference session at the virtual annual conference this past June, with around 60 attendees. Feedback was good - lots of great comments thanking us for the session and the information.

We will try and set up another committee soon now that the start of the semester has slightly settled down. If anyone would like to join the core group, please let Carrie know at We welcome anyone! It is a fairly light time commitment at this point.


We have made some progress on planning the 2021 Annual Conference to take place on the SUNY Delhi campus June 16-18, 2021. We are moving forward in planning an in-person conference at this time, with the understanding that we may need to have this be a hybrid or pivot to a virtual conference again.

Local Arrangements Chair: Katelyn Baroody

Rooms have been reserved, as have residence hall spaces.

We need to have in new business a motion to set aside the conference seed money so I can open the checking account.  We have sent a notice to campus that the conference is being planned (Dining, Facilities, etc...) but will need to start meeting with these offices for actual planning.

There is a call for those interested in joining the conference planning committee. If interested, please complete the linked Google Form, at the bottom of this message. If you have any questions, please reach out to Carrie or Katelyn.

Carrie Fishner,

Conference Planning Interest Form:

Resnick Library has been closed (physically) since the end of March, and will continue to be so through the summer.  We are looking at opening again in August, although no concrete plans have been set. We are still providing virtual services to students, faculty, and staff.

We have been engaging with patrons via Facebook and Twitter - using our word of the day posts that would normally be done in the building, Stress Less LibGuide to replicate our end of year programming, and a Peeps visit to the library.

Carrie Fishner (me) is co-presenting at the Tenure & Promotion Boot-camp for SUNYLA 2020 Annual Conference.
Amanda Calabrese achieved promotion to Associate Librarian, and Steve Dixon achieved promotion to Librarian.
Jennifer Collins was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.
Katelyn Baroody and Liz Santobuono presented "Wizards, Jedi, and Gamers, Oh My!: Library Con on a Limited Budget" at the virtual conference, Big Talk from
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June 17, 2020 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL (Annual) / SLC Update
« on: June 16, 2020, 02:07:10 PM »
The SUNY Libraries Consortium held their spring meeting virtually last week, June 8-10th. Over the 3 days, topics covered ranged from discussion of library re-opening plans, future of the SLC, and the SLC Business meeting.

The SLC has worked with the SLSS and OLIS over the last month on 4 week planning sprints in several areas that address some of the more common concerns with library re-opening scenarios. These planning groups reported out their findings during the meeting on day 1, and then breakout groups discussed and added to the collected notes. All findings for these groups will be collected and shared on the SLC LibGuide (as well as recordings of some of the meeting sessions).

Day 2 focused on the future of the SLC and what the membership wanted to see from this organization. Themes that really stood out from these discussions were that there needs to be clear roles defined for SLC, OLIS, and SLSS. There were other specific asks, including ideas such as an orientation for new Directors, clear communication charts and channels, and perhaps developing a visual representation of the 3 organizations. Many also see the SLC as more of an advisory organization at this time. The SLC Board will take all of the feedback, and work on putting it together to bring back to the membership at the fall meeting, with possibly a few scenarios on how we might move forward. Other discussions on day 2 included the OCLC master agreement, and the CPC's charge and name being updated to better reflect how they envision moving forward in the future.

Day 3 was focused on sector meetings and the business meeting for the organization. Sectors met to discuss the last 2 days, and most discussions centered on re-opening plans and the future of the SLC. Sharing ideas and concerns, as well as the idea of "doing less with less". There was no new business for the meeting, new Board members and their terms were introduced, and those members of the board whose terms ended were thanked for their service.

Leaving the board: Curtis Kendrick, Katie Ghidiu, and Susan Lieberthal
Elected to 3 year terms on the Board: Christine Faraday, Alana Nuth, and Rebecca Mugridge
Elected to fill 2 year term on the Board: Jill Locascio
Remaining Board Members: Ken Fujiuchi, Carrie Fishner, Mark McBride
SLC Coordinator & Board Assistant: Jennifer Smathers

Board positions for next year:
      Chair - Carrie Fishner
      Chair-Elect - Rebecca Mugridge
      Secretary - Christine Faraday
      Treasurer - Jill Locascio

The Promotion & Tenure ad hoc committee will be presenting a Pre-Conference session, "Promotion & Tenure Boot-Camp" this afternoon as part of the SUNYLA 2020 Annual Conference. We have surveyed those attendees who registered prior to June 4th for the issues they most wanted to discuss, and tailored our topics to these. We have also recruited a number of other Librarians who will act as additional mentors during the session discussions and some who are willing to do 1:1 mentoring moving forward for attendees on portfolio work (Thank you!)

Looking ahead, we will continue to seek feedback from the membership on what resources they find most helpful and strive to provide these. One goal is to work on a repository of promotion and tenure guidelines from the SUNY state operated and community campuses (we know that there are some that have been gathered from other purposes in years past, but we would like to make this a searchable resource for all Librarians).

Carrie Fishner, Chair

March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / SLC Update
« on: March 27, 2020, 10:27:01 AM »
The SLC Board has met twice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We drafted a response supporting the ALA and ACRL statements on all libraries being closed, and have disseminated that to the SLC membership to use on their campuses as they see best.

We have also worked on a plan to get all campuses an online chat service so that as they move services online, they will have that option as a one time aid measure (there were 7 libraries with no chat options). We have worked with Springshare to be able offer LibAnswers, and hope to look at a consortia deal for next year.

AVON trial system wide going on - looking at how campuses respond - seems to be a lot of overlap with Kanopy and a lot of good content.

SLC spring meeting - we are looking at moving this to an online meeting, but over the same dates (June 8-10), stay tuned for more details.

There are 3 Board positions open - please consider running for a position. Nominations due by April 3rd to Katie Ghidou

Respectfully, Carrie

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