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Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT / FACT2 Report
« on: November 16, 2011, 09:39:20 AM »
FACT2 Report November 16th, 2011
submitted by Mark McBride

The task groups have been hard at work and their work can be viewed on the FACT2 website. Link to the FACT2 Task Groups

The ePub group held a conference on Friday November 4th in Syracuse. Feedback was very positive. If anyone attended and has feedback it would be nice if they could submit something to the SUNYLA Newsletter.

CIT 2012 will be held at Stony Brook on May29th - June 1st.

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Merger of CIT & SUNYLA
« on: September 23, 2011, 02:59:26 PM »
This forum is designed to solicit feedback on the possible merger of CIT & the SUNYLA conferences.

I will start by asking a few questions?

1. Who regularly attends both the SUNYLA & CIT conferences?
2. Can you see both conferences running together during the same week, but on different days?
3. How do you merge the conferences without SUNYLA losing its identity?

Let's talk.


Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Info. Lit. Task Force
« on: September 23, 2011, 12:57:14 PM »
Information Literacy Task Force

In the Spring of 2010 a task force was created by the SUNYLA Council to take a look at Information Literacy Assessment across our 64 campuses. The initial purpose of the task force was to attempt to collect the assessment instruments and tools used on all the campuses. Then president Angela Weiler asked me to chair the group and Dunstan McNutt for SUNY Delhi agreed to help me in constructing the vision and direction of the task force.

We decided to break the task force into four groups. The groups are as follows and forgive me if I have not mentioned everyone’s name involved.

SUNY Information Management Competency Team:
Members: Dunstan McNutt, Alice Harrington Walker, Jim Nichols, Carleen Huxley
TEAM GOAL: To ensure SUNY standards and Middle States (MSA) are on the same page. Will look at the Guidelines for the Approval of State University General Education Requirement Course, Information Management competencies and make suggestions on changing the competencies. It would be useful to compare these to the Middle States standards for Information Literacy to address overlap, and to broaden our assessment efforts to meet both the SUNY-wide requirements and those of our accrediting body.

This team has completed their tasks and have compiled data showing the disparities between what Middle States requires and what SUNY is looking to in the Information Management competencies.

General Information Literacy Assessment Team:
Members Karen Shockey, Penny Bealle, Kathie Flynn, Michael Daly, Dana Longley, Michelle Toth
TEAM GOAL: Will look at each institution within SUNY and find out what they do to measure general information literacy skills. If they pay for an assessment, build their own, or use some other instrument for measurement. Also, they will approach the institutions that build their own assessments and ask if they will be willing to share. Also, this team will detail how the assessments are administered.

This semester all SUNY libraries will be contacted and asked to share their experience with information literacy assessment. A representative from the task force will call and ask you a few questions about assessment on your campus and have a conversation about what your campus has used, is using and what they plan to use to assess students information literacy skills. 

Disciplinary Specific Assessment Team:
Members: Rebecca Oling, Darcy Gervasio and Kimberly Detterbeck, Wenli Gao
TEAM GOAL: Will contact institutions (based on their response to the Gen Info Lit team's survey regarding discipline specific assessments) and ask if/how they build assessments geared towards specific disciplines or if they use some other assessment tool to measure student information literacy skills within a subject area. This team will also detail how the assessments are administered.

This team will reach out to the institutions that have discipline specific assessments for information literacy and see how they are administered, if they feel it has been successful  and ask if the campus would be willing to share the tool

Development & Metadata Team:
Members: Logan Rath
TEAM GOAL: This team (of one right now) is responsible for collecting the assessments and making the instruments searchable via a repository that is accessible to everyone in SUNYLA.

The hope is that the task force will complete its goals by SUNYLA 2012 and present its conclusions at our annual conference.  From there, we will start to construct the repository.

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / FACT2 Report
« on: September 22, 2011, 08:58:50 PM »
Sorry for being late with my report:

1. FACT2 has made many updates to their website. You can check them out at
2. CIT 2012 will be at Stony Brook. This year's theme is The Power of Connections. Dates to be announced.
3. The first round of proposals have come in from the Provost Incentive Grants. This year, with very short notice, there were 14 proposals. Applicants will be notified by September 29th.
4. A new task group has been added to the council, The Intellectual Property Task Group. They will join E-Publishing Task Group and the Learning Environments Task Group.


Mark McBride

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Re: Campus Updates - Buffalo State
« on: September 22, 2011, 08:51:07 PM »
****Shannon don't use this for newsletter. Lisa Forrest will be sending you something****

1. Buffalo State launched the Serials Solutions product Summon. We have received very positive feedback from the campus.
2. Our president was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. He will stay on and work during his treatments. A note; September is prostate cancer awareness month.
3. We have purchased iPads and Motorola Zooms for checkout in our equipment loan. We will be adding Google Chrome laptops next semester.
4. We are doing major campus renovations, one of the renovations will be our main library instruction classrooms. We are looking at many 21st century classroom designs.

June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / Re: Campus Updates
« on: June 13, 2011, 03:28:50 PM »
Buffalo State College

Maureen Lindstrom, Associate Director of the Information Commons applied and has earned the status of Full-Librarian.

E.H. Butler Library has purchased the Serials Solutions product Summon and launched it in the the first week of June.

We have purchased LibGuides and will be transitioning from SubjectsPlus to LibGuides.

June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / FACT2 Report
« on: June 13, 2011, 03:25:37 PM »
CIT 2011 was held at SUNY Oneonta May 25-27. The keynote was Joan Getman from USC and both Provost David Lavallee and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher came in person to speak with us. At the conference the three task groups, Learning Environments, Teaching and Learning and e-Publishing gave their yearly reports. Both the Learning Environments and Teaching and Learning task groups made significant progress this year. The e-Publishing group has been asked to speak to the NYS Legislature about the future of the textbook in SUNY.

FACT2 will be holding its summer strategic meeting in Albany at the end of the month (June) in Albany. There will be a host of new opportunities to get involved with FACT2 because the provost has pinpointed a few topics we need to look closely at. One of the them could be copyright & fair use. I will send information when it is available, but I think SUNY librarians should consider becoming involved in my of these initiatives.

Respectively submitted by Mark McBride

March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / FACT2 Report
« on: March 09, 2011, 01:56:27 PM »
FACT2 Council Update
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

1.   Registration for CIT 2011 is open. It is being held in Oneonta, NY at SUNY Oneonta, May 24-27. The cost of the conference is $250.00, if you register by May 8th you can get the early registration discount of $200.00. This is the 20th anniversary of CIT and the keynote is Joan Getman from USC.
2.   Three task groups have been formed the, E-Publishing Task Group, chaired by Mary Jo Orzech SUNY Brockport, Learning Environment Task Group, chaired by Joseph Moreau SUNY Oswego & The Teaching and Learning Subcommittee, chaired by Grahan Gynn from Stony Brook. The Task Groups were formed with the support of Provost Lavalee’s Office and have been charged with looking into how to better initiate contact across SUNY and provide support to each other across the state. Our next Council meeting is at the end of the month in Albany where each group will update the council and solicit feedback from the council.

Respectively submitted,

Mark McBride

March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / Re: Campus Updates-Buffalo State
« on: March 09, 2011, 12:08:30 PM »
Buffalo State College

1. We have signed the contract with Serial Solutions and will deploy Summon discover service by the end of the Spring.
2. We have been testing RefWorks on campus and have received excellent feedback from students. We are still supporting Endnote.
3. Maryruth Glogowski has taken a leave of absence for medical reasons and we hope to see her return in the next 30 days.

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / Re: Campus Updates - Buffalo State College
« on: November 17, 2010, 12:06:52 PM »
Buffalo State has purchase BePress and it has gained enormous attention from our faculty. BePress, which stands for Berkley Press, was "Founded by professors in 1999, Berkeley Electronic Press publishes peer-reviewed electronic journals and develops software for the next generation of scholarly publishing. The bepress journals collection, ResearchNow, redefines what scholarly journals can do today, with fast and high quality peer review at sustainable prices. The bepress open-access Institutional Repository platform, Digital Commons, is the world's leading hosted Institutional Repository, featuring an innovative suite of publishing and software services.

Our chief archivist Dan Dilandro won the WNYLRC award for Excellence in Library Service.

It was announce that our CIO Voldemar Innus will be stepping down in January and his replacement would be Don Erwin, currently our senior associate vice president for information services and systems.

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / FACT2 Minutes 11/19/2010
« on: November 17, 2010, 11:57:52 AM »
FACT2 Minutes attached

September 10, 2010 @ Onondaga / FACT2 Council Minutes
« on: August 31, 2010, 10:16:42 AM »
August 25, 2010 FACT2 Meeting Notes

Meeting called to order at 12:06 pm. Attended by: Judi Basinksi, Graham Glynn, Greg Ketchum, Craig Lending, Mark McBride, Joe Moreau, Nancy Motondo, Mary Jo Orzech, Lisa Raposo, Kim Scalzo, Lisa Stephens, Karen Volkman, Leanne Warshauer, Frank Yunker.

Agenda: Brief discussion of CIT Conference track descriptions that received some comment after initial listserv sharing. Joe Smith's retreat notes were circulated on Elluminate & the listserv for reference. CIT Keynote Update:

    * Our first keynote choice was not available within our budget.
    * Lisa will reach out to our second choice.

CIT Conference track title and description conversation.

    * Discussion began with making sure our tracks fit the FACT2 mission.
    * Discussion was around the Pedagogy Unplugged track. Early listserv reaction indicated concern that the title might be considered "anti-technology" in light of CIT history, can we soften the tone?
          o Craig and Graham agreed to take the discussion offline to refine the title.
    * The Council also recommended a title shift from "Managing Communication Overload" to Balancing on the Tightrope: Managing Technology Overload.
    * Discussion of remaining track content and number of tracks. Some thought of consolidation followed by consensus to keep as originally described.
    * The track descriptions need to be turned into Nancy Motondo by Sunday August 29th. Nancy will compile and provide to the Council for one last opportunity to comment prior to the September 1st deadline.

Next meeting:

Friday, September 17th from 1-3pm via conference call.

Agenda and connection details will be forthcoming via the listserv.

June 16, 2010 @ Brockport / FACT Minutes
« on: June 14, 2010, 11:53:06 PM »
FACT minutes attached.

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