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Nov. 16, 2012 Council Meeting @SUNY IT, Utica / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 05, 2012, 02:37:39 PM »
In celebration of New York State Archives Month, The Hill Collection housed within the Library at SUNY Adirondack held an Open House on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2012.

The Hill Collection was the personal collection of local Fort Edward Historian, William H. Hill. Mr. Hill, born in Fort Edward in 1895, amassed a quantity of local historical information primarily from the Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties. He was an author of several books on local history. His collection was given to the library by his widow. It is available as a reference library for many out of print local history sources. The collection includes original imprints, letters, diaries, maps, scrapbooks and local history books.

Historian R. Paul McCarty was on-hand both days to host the Open House and answer any questions visitors had about the collection. The Hill Collection is currently open to the public during normal Library hours. For more information about the Hill Collection, please visit

The Hill Committee will fund the faculty compensation for the development of a New York State History course, to be offered for the first time in Spring, 2013.

Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller is chair of the Sabbatical Subcommittee of the college's Professional Development Committee. The subcommittee is charged with developing sabbatical criteria and a handbook for the college.

Joyce is also active with the college's Wellness Committee,  which recently started a walking contest for employees. Participants received a pedometer to track progress, and prizes are awarded for various distances walked.

Library director Teresa Ronning is on a task force looking at reducing costs of text books for students. She's also working on another task force to review the governance standing committees, and is Chair of the Administrative Affairs Committee looking at printing costs and improving the college web page.
Terry is also the Chair of the NYSHEI bylaws committee which will be drafting changes to the bylaws, because membership by SUNY libraries will no longer be a core service. SUNY campus membership in NYSHEI will be decided at the campus level, rather than as a group of 64 campuses.  NYSHEI is considering a partnership with NYLA to consolidate and strengthen advocacy for academic libraries.  Representatives from NYSHEI and NYLA will be meeting over the next six months to discuss this proposed alliance.

Librarians offered several workshops for faculty: Terry conducted faculty and staff workshops this fall on the COS grants and expertise database, which is made available to all SUNY campuses via the SUNY Research Foundation.

Joyce and distance learning coordinator Paul McLean offered workshops on linking to library database articles and videos with Angel. Joyce also offered workshop on the ebrary and Films on Demand databases, as well as the session "Google like a Librarian."

Sept 21m 2012 @SUNY Empire, Saratoga Springs / Adirondack Update
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:42:31 PM »
In July, the SUNY Adirondack Library added the LibAnswers service from Springshare. Librarians added over 100 questions to the knowledge base, and are promoting it as a 24/7 ready-answer service to students. Librarians are also using it as a way to list library policies, sources for specific research assignments and answers to often-asked questions about the campus in general. Students, staff and faculty have been readily using it. See the LibAnswers link on the SUNY Adirondack Library home page.

The new Wilton Center branch campus building, on Route 9 north of Saratoga Springs, has opened. Enrollments have been strong. 

Construction of student housing continued over the summer. The campus now has a new roundabout, replacing a congested three-way intersection near the new building. The dorms will open by the Fall of 2013. Details are available at

In celebration of N.Y.S. National Archives Month in October, the library's Hill Collection will host an open house on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. The Hill Collection contains historical materials from Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties, donated by the family of William Hart Hill. The collection is managed by historian Paul McCarty. Scholars from the Hill Collection Committee will greet visitors and answer questions.

June 6, 2012 @FIT, New York City / Re: Campus updates
« on: May 31, 2012, 04:31:40 PM »
Construction is well underway for dorms at the south end of the SUNY Adirondack campus. They should open by Fall semester, 2013. The new Wilton Center building in Saratoga County is almost done, in time to open this fall. More here:

The library will do an inventory of the circulating collection in June.

Library director Teresa Ronning attended "Hunters and Gatherers: Reshaping Community College Libraries for the 21st Century" at Onondaga Community College on March 6 and 7. This program, on redesigning library space, was hosted by JMZ Architects of Glens Falls. Terry will participate in the June 12 annual meeting of NYSHEI (N.Y.S. Higher Education Initiative) in Syracuse, as one of the public college representatives. She'll also attend New York 3Rs Academic and Special Libraries biennial meeting the next day in Syracuse.

Plans are underway to build dorms on the SUNY Adirondack campus, in time for the Fall semester, 2013. Details are available at:
Joyce Miller serves as the chair of the Sabbatical Subcommittee for the Professional Development Committee. The subcommittee is developing a sabbatical evaluation form, listing criteria and rationales, to be given to the Executive Committee of the College Assembly in late April.

Joyce is the liaison librarian for the college's International Education Committee. Faculty will be leading trips to Switzerland over spring break in March, to Glens Falls' sister city Saga City, Japan, in May, and to Florence, Italy in January 2013.

Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 10, 2011, 01:24:40 PM »
A series of colorful display panels with photos and a timeline of the college's history are now on display in the entrance hall of the library. ​The panels were created to commemorate the college's 50th anniversary,

Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller and a small team of birders put up six bluebird nesting boxes on campus in October. Eastern Bluebirds are New York State's state bird, and are voracious insect-eaters. They may help reduce insects in the college’s organic gardens as well on campus in general. The project was planned in coordination with botany professor Tim Scherbatskoy and facilities director Anthony Palangi. Southern Adirondack Audubon Society donated the boxes, poles and labor. A woodworking class in Bolton Landing created the boxes. For details about getting nest boxes for your campus, see Joyce's LibGuide, "Birds of New York State"

Reference Librarian Fran Sigurdsson organized a book display for November, which is New York State History Month. Books from her display for Banned Books Week in September was well-used by several English classes for their reading assignments.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in mid-October for the new Wilton Extension center in Saratoga County. The 32,500-square-foot building is three times larger than the current Wilton Center. Enrollment at the current building increased 35% in the last year, so the new building should accommodate that growth.  The college will lease the building, which should open for the Fall 2012 semester.

Joyce Miller coordinates the College Lecture Series, with talks by faculty members on a wide variety of topics. The Fall 2011 semester offered five presentations, on banned books, eastern Turkey, enjoying live theater, educator Alfie Kohn, and psychologist Erik Erickson and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno.   


Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Re: Campus Updates
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:08:22 PM »
SUNY Adirondack is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The festivities kicked off the weekend of Sept. 16-17 with fireworks, a homecoming day with a bike rally, craft fair, food at 1960s prices, art show, and music. Details are at . On October 8, the college will have a black-tie-optional Gala at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George. The Gala will benefit the ACC Foundation Scholarship Fund.

The library's "College History" LibGuide ( covers the founding, history and development of the college, with audio files, videos of interviews with people who were instrumental in the history of the college, listings and images of print material and more. The guide was created by Caitlin Sheldon, who interned at Adirondack in the spring and is now a part-time reference librarian at Schenectady County Community College. The SUNY Adirondack home page also links to this guide.

In an effort to boost retention, the library worked with the college counselors to establish a select set of textbooks to place on reserve. The counselors worked with the Division Chairs to identify core courses to begin this effort. The Bookstore staff provided the list to send to faculty and a discount making these available for students who are unable to purchase textbooks at the start of the semester.

Emily Goodspeed joined the staff as a part-time Cataloging Librarian in April, replacing Melitta White, who retired. Emily graduated from University at Albany with an M.S.I.S. in Library Services in 2008. She interned at the SUNY Adirondack Library during the Fall 2008 semester. She's very familiar with the campus because she was a student, graduating in 2004 with an A.S. in Liberal Arts before earning a B.A. in English from The College of Saint Rose in 2006.
"Deaf Resources" is now the 76th LibGuide on SUNY Adirondack Library's page. It was written by Joyce Miller in conjunction with the college's Accessiblity Services Office.


June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / Re: Campus Updates
« on: June 14, 2011, 01:48:25 PM »
From Adirondack:

- Emily Goodspeed joined the staff in April as our part-time Cataloging Librarian. She interned at our library about three years ago while earning her MSIS at UAlbany. She replaces Melitta White, who retired in March.

- Instruction librarian Joyce Miller was presented with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching for Senior Faculty at an awards ceremony in May. This is the first time a librarian has won this annual award.

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