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March 27, 2020 Council Meeting (VIRTUAL) / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: March 27, 2020, 09:38:18 AM »
With the shift to a virtual conference, we will be meeting soon (watch email for a Doodle poll) to figure out how to change our pre-conference session to a virtual format. If anyone would like to offer their services as a mentor, please contact Carrie at

January 10, 2020 Council Meeting @ FIT / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: January 10, 2020, 08:19:46 AM »
At our last meeting we discussed submitting a proposal for the annual conference as a pre-conference session Bootcamp style session. This was the most popular suggestion that came out of last year's session we held at the conference.

We would like to send out a survey to the membership prior to the conference to solicit feedback on what services/options they would like to see during this session. A few of our ideas include having 4-5 more experienced Librarians from a variety of areas and institution types to review 1-2 documents (that are prepared ahead of time) and offer Q&A session.

Our goal is to be as helpful to as many people as possible, so we would not be able to do a full portfolio review session.

Respectfully submitted,
Carrie Fishner, Chair

November 8, 2019 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:38:07 AM »
We are in the process of setting up a meeting to start planning a pre-conference session "Bootcamp" as came out of the session at last year's conference. We will also discuss other ways we can begin to provide mentoring or other services to our colleagues on this topic. This meeting should take place in the next two weeks.

If anyone else would like to join us in the planning/discussion phase, please contact Carrie at

We had a great session at SUNYLA 2019, with a lot of wonderful discussion. Several ideas came out of this session on moving forward, some include a bootcamp workshop, mentor program with the Professional Development committee, and helping to pull all of the SUNY/CC campus promotion policies together.

Look for communication from Carrie to those who volunteered to work with this committee in the next week.

Thanks, Carrie

Congratulations to Sr. Assistant Librarian Amanda Calabrese on receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship!

The Resnick Library is undergoing some physical changes this summer and fall as the cafe that was in the building has been moved, so the space is now being re-allocated. Designs are being looked at, and we hope to have a plan in place soon for a space that is both welcoming and better meets student needs.

Librarians Jenny Collins, Amanda Calabrese, and Carrie Fishner attended ACRL 2019 in Cleveland, OH. Carrie presented on a panel and a round table at the conference. Overall, the conference ROCKED, and there is an album cover photo to prove it!

Join us at the panel discussion session Friday June 14th at 10:45. This will be a great chance to ask questions and share your experiences with colleagues in all levels of the promotion and tenure process. The best thing about SUNYLA is the support we can provide to each other!

Reach out to Carrie Fishner ( with any questions.

March 15, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:25:15 PM »
The Promotion and Tenure Ad Hoc Committee met on 3/14/19 to clarify our charge and to create an action plan moving forward. After some discussion, we decided that our role is primarily that of mentoring our colleagues through the process of promotion and tenure. As such, we will seek to recruit more seasoned library staff who will be members of our pool from which those going through the process can reach out to.

We will also offer a session (either a panel or a SIG session) at SUNYLA 2019 as a group mentoring opportunity. We think it would be nice if this could become an annual session.

We also discussed working with UUP and the A48 committee if it is re-commissioned to collect examples of promotion and tenure policies across the SUNY libraries for reference (for our purposes this would purely be in the case of when campuses are reviewing their own policies or are looking to start discussions on making changes and wish to have ready access to what other libraries are doing).

The last item discussed was to present a resolution to the SUNYLA, which if passed would be presented to the Board of the SLC, to have all newly hired tenure-track librarians be given relevant information about the tenure and promotion process on their campus within a week of their appointment (see attached).

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:37:56 AM »
No updates at this time

November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Re: Campus Updates - Delhi
« on: November 02, 2018, 11:04:04 AM »
We held our first Library Con on October 16th and it was amazing! We had 390 students attend the event over the 4 hour period, and we are starting the planning for next year.

Instruction session requests are up, and students are using all library services. OER use on campus has also risen, and the overall program being led by the library staff is still gaining momentum.

The library staff joint Halloween costume this year was "Where the Wild Things Are".

November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Promotion and Tenure ad hoc
« on: November 01, 2018, 01:20:26 PM »
Hi all,
We are in the process of putting together a steering committee of sorts for this group. If you would be willing to participate on this group, please fill out this form with your information:

I had received contact information from a small group last spring who were willing to participate on this committee, and will be reaching out to them in the next week to find out if they are still interested.

Ideas for this group include collecting policies on promotion & tenure processes for librarians, seeing if we can work with the Personnel Policies committee to find out what the numbers are for librarian ranks across campus, providing review services for those putting packets together, and general sounding boards and support. We might offer workshops online and at annual conference on this topic if there is interest.

Carrie Fishner

Delhi's Resnick Library is undergoing a major building renovation, replacing all of our exterior windows and doors. This means that over the summer we are shifting collections and playing musical offices as we accommodate the window replacements. We are looking forward to no longer using our office window sills as winter time refrigerators however.

The Library has been able to add a lot of great new seating over the last semester, due to student requests. It has been in strong demand, and has been well received by students. Some of the latest programs that students enjoyed included March Madness of Books, Book Water Color Paintings, Bullet Journaling, and Harry Potter Wand Making.

Our newest library addition, Zander James, joined us Monday - his mom Elizabeth Santobuono was very happy to welcome him to the world and the rest of the staff is very excited to meet him! According to mom, he seems like a very chill little man, so far.

June 13, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC (Annual) / President's Report
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:26:14 PM »
I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for such a great year. There is a lot happening in SUNY Library-land right now. OER is taking off with a bang both nationally, and within SUNY, and our libraries are taking the lead in so many ways. I was just in Albany last week, and the eyes of the nation (and the world!) are on SUNY to see how we move forward with OER. The SLC has begun to find it's footing as our new guiding organization, taking over some areas from OLIS and SCLD, and I look forward to seeing more collaboration from them with SUNYLA. Many of librarians and library staff are heavily involved in the process of prepping for the new LMS and the migration from ALEPH to ALMA. We can expect some growing pains, but I think that everyone sees that this will be a win in the long run.

The annual conference is once again upon us, and filled with great content. While you are taking in all of the wonderful sessions prepared by your colleagues, don't forget to take a few moments to spend some time connecting and networking. One of the best parts of SUNYLA is forming those connections that allow you to bounce ideas off of a colleague from another campus, or reach out for advice on a proposal or review of your promotion packet. We have so many amazing members, and I am thankful to be a member of this organization.

Again, thank you for allowing me to represent you all this past year as your President. I look forward to continuing my involvement in the future, and know that the incoming Executive Board, led by President Elect Carol Anne Germain is going to lead the organization well.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / President's Report
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:09:33 PM »
I encourage anyone interested in running for an executive board position to reach out to VP/President Elect Carol Anne Germain to get your name on the ballot for April's elections. Being an active member of the SUNYLA leadership has been an amazing opportunity, and has led to some wonderful connections across SUNY. I hope to see a slate of candidates that represents all of the talents and diversity that we have across our libraries.

Planning for this year's annual conference is well underway. The conference committee has been doing a lot of work to prepare a program and activities to meet everyone's needs. We will be getting a first hand look during the meeting on Friday at the campus and facilities.

The spring SLC meeting will be held April 18-20th in Syracuse. Voting for new SLC Board Members is happening now, and is open through March 29th. Each campus gets one vote; I encourage you to speak with your directors to offer your opinions on the candidates.  The search for the SLC Executive Director is well underway, WebEx presentations will be happening next week. Everyone is invited to view and comment. Please see the SLC report for more details on all of the candidates.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / Re: Campus Updates - Delhi
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:58:33 PM »
Delhi has had a very active and successful year so far.

Katelyn Baroody joined us in August as our new Assessment and Instruction Librarian. While a NY native, Kate has lived most recently in New Orleans while completing her MLS from UB. Kate has jumped right in learning Delhi's assessment plan and helping to revitalize our library assessment projects. She has some great suggestions if you are attending ALA in June!

The Resnick Library has been working hard to re-assess space usage and student needs. We are adding a whole new collection of furniture to the silent study area of the library; have added new cubicles to our quiet study areas; and are constructing a new small group study room.

A student favorite program, March Madness of Books, was back this year with theme being Children's Picture Books. We are down to the final four, and our students have some strong opinions and are voting hard. We will know our winner at the end of next week.

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / President's Report
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:22:38 PM »
Hello 2018!

There has been a lot of preparation work going on throughout SUNYLA over the last few months. This year's SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference, Practical OER: Transitioning from Theory to Implementation, will be taking place on Friday February 2nd from 10am-3:30 pm. It looks like we have another great slate of programs, with some coming from out of state as well! Many of our libraries are heavily involved in OER on their campuses and this is a great way to highlight what is happening. This conference has grown quite a bit in the last few years, and is another feather for SUNYLA's cap on how we are supporting our library colleagues.

Our 2018 Conference Planning Committee has also been hard at work. This year's theme is "Throw Open Our Doors: Academic Librarians Open to New Experiences, Opinions, and Viewpoints", and the call for conference proposals went out a few weeks ago, with a deadline of February 9, 2018. Check out the conference website here for more information:

Patrick Callahan will be attending this week's meeting and providing updates from the SLC. Some of the current priorities there are the search for an Executive Director, and the LSP adoption/migration process. December's one day meeting in Albany provided many updates on these issues, and things appear to be moving smoothly. This year, the SLC will be having it's spring meeting separate from our annual conference - at last year's meeting we decided to shoot for a joined conference every other year. I will be attending the spring meeting in April.
Elections for SUNYLA will be coming up in April, so if you are considering getting more involved, I would encourage you to ask our current or prior E-Board members about their experiences, and to check out the duties on the SUNYLA website ( ). This year we will be electing a First VP/President Elect, 2nd VP/Conference Chair, and Secretary. Getting involved is a great way to expand your knowledge of the SUNY Libraries, create lasting relationships across SUNY, and to add to your own leadership skills. If you are not quite ready to jump in to the E-Board, please consider joining a standing committee.

I am very interested in the possibility of creating an ad hoc committee to help those who are preparing for and going through the promotion and tenure processes. As many of you realize, SUNY Librarians are lacking in getting colleagues to the full Librarian status. To achieve this we need to work to help each other, and I am putting out a call for those who would be willing to serve. This group would work to provide support, advice, and programming (through the conference or online) to help colleagues prepare their portfolios. If you are interested, please complete the form linked here:

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