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September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Re: Conference Chair report
« Last post by karengelles on September 17, 2021, 09:57:28 AM »
Conference will be June 8-10, 2022.
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Conference Chair report
« Last post by karengelles on September 17, 2021, 09:56:07 AM »
Spaces at Farmingdale State College are booked for SUNYLA 2022.
I have Carrie Fishner's timeline of necessary activities.
I will send out a call for conference committee participation next week.
-Karen Gelles
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Personnel Policies Committee Report
« Last post by mtimmons on September 17, 2021, 09:18:52 AM »
Personnel Policies Committee Report

Update on the Exit Survey
The PPC had a very successful SIG meeting at Annual. 
-We discussed including spaces for narratives.  We discussed the idea of capturing personal stories of the 'why' - why library workers leave their positions.
-Heather Stalter and I have been working on adding this preliminary feedback.
-Heather is making contact with James Neal, an expert on exit surveys
-We are getting a working group together to review the re-drafted survey

The areas we will be seeking feedback to expand / incorporate into the survey are:   Work environment, Compensation and benefits, Job duties, Personal reasons / factors.

Respectfully Submitted,
Mary Timmons
Chair PPC
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / LACUNY Update
« Last post by Rebecca Hyams on September 17, 2021, 09:05:53 AM »
Hi there everyone!

I can't make it this morning and my update is really brief. The LACUNY Executive Board isn't meeting until *next* Friday so there aren't any changes from last time. All of our meetings for the fall at least will be remote and they're just starting to plan the 2022 LACUNY Institute (date, time, and place TBD).

LACUNY Officers 2021-22:
Jeffrey Delgado (President)
Nelson Santana (VP/President-Elect)
Nandi Prince (Secretary)
Matthew Dineiro (Treasurer)
Derek Stadler and Leila Walker (Urban Library Journal Editors)
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Web Manager Report
« Last post by Bill Jones on September 17, 2021, 09:05:33 AM »
Web Manager report:

-- Session recordings from the 2021 SUNYLA Conference were up weeks after the conference! 
---- Sessions page: 
---- YouTube Playlist:
-- Blast from the Past:  SUNYLA Midwinter 2017 recordings were found and posted on the SUNYLA website:
-- I received a virtual cookie from April Davies for sending her the link and password to the SUNYLA Logos webpage:
-- SUNYLA website updates continue as needed.  If you find outdated information, please let me know so it can be fixed.  Sending things to is the fastest way to get something updated.

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Jones
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / VP Report
« Last post by jenndevito on September 17, 2021, 08:18:48 AM »
I want to thank you all for this opportunity to serve as the SUNYLA 1st VP.

I will be contacting the campus delegates about ways we can promote SUNYLA activities on the campuses. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

We have elections in March for the positions of 1st VP, 2nd VP, and secretary. If you are interested or have any questions about the positions, please contact me ( 

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer DeVito
Stony Brook University
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / TDG
« Last post by jlocascio on September 17, 2021, 08:15:51 AM »
The planning for the 2022 Midwinter Virtual Conference will begin in the next couple of weeks so we can find a theme and put together a call for proposals that will go out by mid-November so be on the look out for any emails to the listserv regarding that!
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Membership Development Committee
« Last post by cg219 on September 17, 2021, 07:57:56 AM »
Here are the latest membership stats for September 2021
Current members: 386
Lifetime Members: 44
Student members: 104
Delegates: 57

Membership dipped a bit after the conference, which is normal. Special thanks to delegates for keeping up with members. And to the student subcommittee - when the connections are made, I can see a big sign up.
The SUNYLA LIS Student subcommittee
Three liaison relationships have been officially established and information about student membership and SUNYLA have been sent out. These schools are UB, UAlbany, and The Palmer School.

A non-members survey has been sent out to both UAlbany and UB students. The purpose of this survey is to see if students are aware of our organization and are interested in joining. Joan will be sending out this survey to Palmer School shortly.

We are interested in creating a student mentoring program. Jocelyn has drafted a document outlining what such a program would look like (attached) .

The subcommittee will be meeting on 9/20 to discuss liaison connections and planning two events: a resume/CV writing workshop and academic librarians panel (Future Librarians Day). We will probably start looking for volunteers to get involved with these events shortly.

Delegate Enhancement Subcommittee
The SUNYLA Delegate Enhancement Subcommittee met again in August.  Still working on ideas, including reduced rates for conference attendance and other motivators, such as meeting attendance incentives. Our next meeting is on October 8, 2021. All are welcome.

Carol Anne
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / UUP Liaison Report
« Last post by Danharms on September 16, 2021, 06:41:31 PM »
UUP Liaison’s Report
Dan Harms, Liaison

Statement by Fred Kowal on working with Kathy Hochul as NY Governor:

Statement on the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccine Directives for State Employees, Health Care Workers

UUP will be engaged in contract negotiation talks soon.

Alissa Karl is the new Vice President for Academics. I look forward to working with her.

The last round of contractual money to address salary compression is scheduled for December.

1)   To what degree is your campus using the SUNY Telecommuting Policy to allow library employees to telecommute?
2)   Has telecommuting come up in the hiring or retention of employees?
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / OLIS Liaison Report
« Last post by Susan Perry on September 16, 2021, 03:52:10 PM »
Updates from Mark McBride, Senior Library Strategist, and Carey Hatch, Interim Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost.

-- Elsevier agreement for Science Direct is set to expire December 2022.
Based on feedback from the SUNY Shared Collections Committee (SSCC), Tim Arnold, chair of SSCC and Director of Libraries at Jamestown Community College, joined with Shannon Pritting, Esta Tovstiada, and Mark McBride, for a conversation with the 4 university centers to get their perspectives on how the current agreement is supporting their needs.

-- The SSCC is considering an offer from Oxford Press for the OED and will present to the entire community for consideration. OLIS intends on offering a subsidy, if campuses agree to participate in the offer.

-- The Provost’s Office has convened a large group to act as the advisory council for the new SUNY Digital Learning Environment (DLE). SUNY Libraries are being represented by Katie Ghidiu from Monroe Community College and Cynthia Tysik from UB.

-- Nearly all campuses have successfully implemented their OA policies. Albany and SUNY Poly are the only holdouts. They should be expecting communication shortly, seeking a status update.

Updates from Shannon Pritting, SUNY Library Services Director

-- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Forces and Initiatives
There are multiple SUNY Library task forces related to DEI:
o   Professional Development
o   Collections
o   Teaching and Outreach/Information Literacy
o   Policies
o   Buildings and Spaces

16 SUNY members are attending the DeEtta Jones Inclusive Managers’ Toolkit as a cohort to provide support for DEI and leadership development:

-- SLS is providing onboarding services for new staff at campuses. Thus far, there have been 5 staff who are working directly with SLS staff to get oriented to SUNY Library systems and processes, with coordinated training and support for these new staff.

-- SUNYConnect
A Task Force is preparing for the next SUNYConnect agreement.
Meetings with Sector leadership are happening, led by task force members.
An open Community update is happening on 9/22 -
A survey was conducted, with all but a few campuses responding.

-- The SLS continues to review e-resources for accessibility.  If campuses would like a resource reviewed, please let us know (request form and reviews are at:

-- Access to Deque University has been restored.  Please contact your EIT officer for access.
SUNY is suggesting courses and training within Deque and mapping them to roles in the library.

-- SUNY is working with ProQuest and ExLibris to begin testing whole ebook ILL lending using Ebook Central, Alma, and Primo in the near future.

Submitted by Susan Perry
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