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January 20, 2023 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / 2nd VP/Conference Chair Report
« Last post by jkehoe on March 24, 2023, 04:12:11 PM »
Keynote Speaker confirmed: Megan Lotts, Rutgers University.

Logo contest: winning design by Laura Andrews

Call for proposals coming soon!

Committees meeting monthly. Chairs meeting bi-monthly. Next full conference planning meeting: March/April
November 4, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / 2nd VP/Conference Chair Report
« Last post by jkehoe on March 24, 2023, 04:08:52 PM »
Thank you to the planning committee and those who volunteered to chair:
Local Arrangements: Laura Andrews/Danielle Apfelbuam
Programming: Dana Sinclar/Beth Carpenter
Conference General: Beth Carpenter
Vendor Relations: Carrie Fishner
Registration: Logan Rath

Conference theme: SUNYLA Sets Sail: Academic Libraries Charting the Future
Logo Content Coming soon!

Requesting $5000 in seed money.
September 16, 2022 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / 2nd VP/Conference Chair Report
« Last post by jkehoe on March 24, 2023, 04:05:49 PM »
First full conference planning committee meeting scheduled for 9/21. Committee chairs TBD.
MAC building reserved for full conference
G/H Dorm (with Air Conditioning!) reserved for full conference
On Campus Parking - available for free, permits will be provided.
March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / 2nd VP/Conference Chair report
« Last post by jkehoe on March 24, 2023, 03:25:28 PM »
Committees interested in meeting during the conference (currently slated for 4-5pm on 6/14) please let me know so I can be sure to book classroom space for your group.

Discussion on registration rates: should we raise rates for the conference to break even/not go into the red? Discussion results:
Members: $100; Non-members: $150; Day rate: $70 (members), $100 (non-members); student full conference: $70

Linen rental is no longer available through Maritime conference services. Discussion: should SUNYLA purchase? Discussion results: Bring your own linens.

Website will be update with a  list of recommend items to bring with you, and some "area" hotel recommendations and information on public transportation and best driving routes.
The Ritz Library would like to welcome Rich Kovarovic, our new Assistant Librarian who started in February. 

Assistant Librarian, Tina Kiernan, attended the first meeting of Communities of Practice for the Advancement of Library Instruction (COPALI), held in Rochester, NY.  She is participating in the evidence-based practice track.

March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / Campus Updates - Potsdam
« Last post by franckcr on March 24, 2023, 11:08:55 AM »
The SUNY Potsdam Director of College Libraries resigned unexpectedly on February 8th.  Wish us luck.
March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by esimmon4 on March 24, 2023, 10:59:23 AM »
The library staff at GCC has welcomed a new Collection Development librarian, Barb Biljan. Barb has over 25 years of experience working in academic libraries in Minnesota, Arkansas, Washington state, and Colorado. Barb previously worked at the Alfred C. O’Connell Library as a part-time reference librarian and is excited to return to GCC in her new role as Collection Development & Library Systems Platform Administrator. Her most recent position was at Medaille University where she served as a faculty librarian on both the Rochester and Buffalo campuses. She received her BA in English from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota and her MA in Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The staff is navigating plans to move offices and integrate the Learning Center (tutoring) into the library in the next academic year, tentatively slated for Fall of 2023 but dependent on renovations by Buildings & Grounds.

We are currently looking for a PT Reference Librarian.
March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by Morgan Bond on March 24, 2023, 10:09:21 AM »
SUNY Oswego updates:

Open forums for Presidential candidates are underway, so far 2 have been held.

We also have three tenure-track librarian searches underway: Access Services Librarian, Cataloging and Government Documents Librarian, and Digital Collections Librarian.

Penfield Library's massive 3-5 year collection review project has begun in preparation for it's upcoming remodel. More details about the project can be found on the libguide:
Logan met with Cori Wilhelm who is looking to put some professional development in place for librarians. She will be conducting a needs assessment soon. We discussed the importance of keeping things low cost. If you have any ideas for professional development, please reach out to Logan at or Cori Wilhelm at

The SUNYLA Professional Development Grants Subcommittee recently awarded $750 to Anne C. Deutsch from SUNY New Paltz.  She will be facilitating a workshop at the 2023 WILU Conference in Montreal this May.

The committee has submitted a proposal for SUNYLA. They are coordinating with PPC to make sure they aren't doubling up on questions on their work.

Jocelyn received another request from a library school student looking for a mentor. She matched her up with one of our volunteers that mirrored her interests. If you are interested in being a mentor to a new librarian or library school student, please fill out the mentor profile form. If you have already submitted a mentor profile, you don’t need to do it again. I plan on reaching out to everyone that submitted a mentor profile in the next month or so to verify they are still interested and their information is accurate. So far, archives/special collections and cataloging have been some of the most popular mentoring needs. More information about the mentoring program can be found at:
The first call for nominations for the Mentor Award has gone out. The deadline for nominations is May 19, 2023. The award is $250/per recipient and winners are announced during the Annual Conference luncheon. Nomination letters can be sent to Jocelyn Ireland at

SUNYLA Mentor Award criteria
Mentorship support of one or more SUNYLA members to reach professional goals within a SUNY library.
Nominators must be a current SUNYLA member in good standing for at least 2 years.
Award recipients do not need to be SUNYLA members.
A nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s mentoring activities and how they have made an impact for at least one SUNYLA member’s library career.

Rebecca Hewitt currently has 3 people on her committee to help review the award. Expect a call for nominations soon!

Hi all!

The Professional Development Committee of the State University of New York Librarian’s Association seeks nominations for the 2023 Friend of SUNYLA award. The award is given to individuals or organizations that actively contribute to furthering the goals of SUNYLA and of SUNY libraries.

The criteria for the award are as follows:

Exceptional leadership in projects and initiatives that further the goals of SUNYLA and of SUNY libraries.
Members of SUNYLA will be considered based on their involvement in the organization in areas such as holding an office or providing exceptional leadership as committee chairs.
Library administrators will be considered based on their collaboration with librarians, their creativity, and their openness to new initiatives that further the goals of SUNYLA and of SUNY libraries.
Candidates from the public-at-large will be considered based on their collaboration with SUNYLA, their understanding of the mission of SUNY libraries, and their efforts to improve the quality of library services across SUNY.
Professional organizations as well as publishers, vendors, and other library-related commercial organizations will be considered given their active support of and collaboration with SUNYLA and SUNY libraries.
The SUNYLA Executive Board will review nominations and will select the recipient prior to the annual conference. The award will be given during the 54rd Annual Conference hosted by SUNY Maritime College.

Past recipients include: Judith Adams-Volpe, Mary Beilby, Sandy Card, Eleanor Carter, Ginette Chambers, Anne Commerton, Raney Ellis, Faculty Access to Computing Technology (FACT), Christine Haile, David Kreh, the New York State Library Assistants Association (NYSLAA), Andrew Perry, John Philippo, Janet Potter, Natalie Sturr, Ed Sullivan, Maureen Zajkowski, Wilfred Drew, the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), Carol Anne Germain, the SUNYConnect Advisory Council, Ed Rivenburgh, Gerald Leibowitz, Kim Davies Hoffman, NJ Wolfe, Nancy Williamson, Mark Smith, John Schumacher, Logan Rath, Dave Ritchie, Cerise Oberman, Rosanne Humes, EBSCO, April Davies, Rebecca Hyams, Shannon Pritting, Curtis Kendrick, and Bill Jones.

Please email a statement of your nominee’s achievements as they specifically address the above criteria no later than May 7, 2023 to:

Greg Bobish
University at Albany

March 24, 2023 Council Meeting @ SUNY Maritime / SILC report
« Last post by jireland on March 24, 2023, 09:38:19 AM »
Good morning,

Recordings and presenter slides are available for the SILC Instruction Showcase that was held in January:

Community Conversations:
- We held a community conversation in March on integrating library services into Brightspace. We do not record community conversations, but here are the notes from the discussion:
- Our next community conversation is April 13 at 3:00. The Zoom link will be shared over the listserv. The discussion will center on professional development and sharing recommendations for trainings.
- The May community conversation will be May 25 at 3:00. There will be a common read and discussion on building an inclusive environment.

Respectfully submitted,
Jocelyn Ireland
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