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March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / Membership Development Committee
« Last post by cg219 on March 21, 2024, 09:28:59 PM »
Here are the latest membership stats for March 2024
Current members: 302
Lifetime Members: 56
Student members: 58
Delegates: 58

Membership has remained steady but still low for student memberships. We’ll work on messaging to recruit more. Thanks to the delegates for helping with membership.

The Student Subcommittee  - The Future Librarians Day is planned for Friday April 26. Amanda Lowe will be sending out a sign-up sheet on Friday March 22. It is hoped that the promotion of this event will lead to a boost in student membership. Also looking to schedule some "summer" workshops in May on cover letter/resume writing, as well as interviewing.

Carol Anne
SUNYLA 2024 June 12-14 at Buffalo State

Conference website:

Tentative schedule of events:

Review of proposals for presentations, workshops, and lightning talks is complete. Notifications will go out shortly.
Call for posters will go out next week.
Registration opens mid-April.

Most campus spaces are booked. Waiting for quote from campus.

Discussion of proposed registration fees. Should we increase fees by $10 or similar small %? These are last year:
SUNYLA member: full conference $100
Non-member, full conference: $150
SUNYLA member, one day: $70
Non-member, one day: $100
Library School Student: $70 (full conference)
Dorms: $30 (no linens provided, we’re reserving 70 rooms)

Wed Jun 12 from 4 to 5pm is reserved for SIG’s and committees that may want to meet. How to get the word out?
March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / MVCC update
« Last post by jireland on March 21, 2024, 05:41:33 PM »
MVCC Utica campus library is excited to welcome back Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, ordained Tibetan Buddhist Monk, to create a ceremonial sand mandala based on the theme of compassion from April 15-18.

For the month of February, there was an interactive "I Love my Library Because" bulletin board in Utica.  Visitors wrote what they love about the library. See attached picture. Thank you to the front desk staff and librarian Kristen VanValkenburg for putting that together.

We recently hired a new library clerk. Welcome Elaine Ojeda!

We will have more updates for the next newsletter! :)
March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / SILC Report
« Last post by jireland on March 21, 2024, 05:20:11 PM »
The February Community Conversation centered on assessment in library instruction. We discussed assessment methods, such as surveys, evaluating student artifacts, standardized tests, one minute papers, observation, and online tutorials. We also discussed the gains we can realistically expect from a one-shots. The overall opinion was one-shots primarily impacted the affective domains, in particular improving student’s feelings of comfort with library services and confidence in research. In order for long term learning gains to be made, repeated practice and elaboration is needed. Handouts and videos can help with spaced reminders of one-shot objectives.

Upcoming Community Conversations:

Charged Topics and Uncomfortable Conversations in the Classroom
Friday, March 29,  9:00-10:00 A.M.
Questions to consider for March's conversation:
1. Is tension in the classroom something you avoid?  When can it be productive, or necessary?
2. How do you handle sensitive/divisive topics in the classroom (if students bring them up as research topics/if it comes up in sample searches/talking about fake news, etc)?
3. Does politics have a place in the library instruction space?
4. How do you make your classroom feel like a safe space?
5. "Trauma-informed instruction" is a concept that is gaining more traction in teaching spaces; how does it affect library instruction?

Bridging the Information Literacy Gap from High School to College: Partnering with our K-12 Colleagues
Friday, April 19, 9:00-10:00 A.M.
We're looking forward to welcoming speakers from Broome-Tioga BOCES and SUNY Stony Brook to start the discussion.
Join the Info Lit listserv for SILC events and Zoom links, or just email either SILC co-chair.

Submitted by: Jocelyn Ireland,
March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / Publications report
« Last post by AprilDavies on March 21, 2024, 02:21:53 PM »
SUNYLA Publications Committee Report
March 22, 2024

•   February newsletter was published on time!
•   Committee briefly discussed reintroducing theme issues—agreed we’d have to be clear on scope and logistics before starting
•   Social media update: 326 followers on FB; 299 on Twitter/X

•   Call for May newsletter will go out next month

Current members:
Justin Cronise  (Erie)
April Davies, chair  (Cobleskill)
Jennifer DeVito  (Stony Brook)
Aleshia Huber  (Binghamton)
Jill Locascio  (Optometry)
Amanda Lowe  (Albany)
Tracy Paradis  (Geneseo)
Susanna Van Sant  (TC3)

Respectfully submitted,
April Davies
March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / 1st VP
« Last post by jlocascio on March 21, 2024, 01:15:35 PM »
The SUNYLA Council election is coming up in a little over a month. I am happy to report that we have candidates for all offices but additional candidates are always welcome to join the field as well. We will be electing the following positions: 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President/Conference Chair, Secretary. If you have any interest in running and have not already reached out to me feel free to do so at:

See the following web page for more information on the duties of each of these offices:

On a different note, as Chair of this year's Midwinter Online Conference I'm happy to report that on February 2nd we had another successful conference! There were many great presentations that shared cool ways of working with library data. Our final numbers were as follows:
1177 registered
724 unique viewers
1290 total users
524 maximum concurrent users

The conference recordings/slides have been posted at and on our YouTube page. I'd like to thank the entire planning team for their hard work in making this conference happen year after year!
March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / NYLA Update
« Last post by ckenney on March 21, 2024, 10:25:54 AM »
Interested in being part of NYLA Council but missed the nomination deadline? You can still petition for candidacy until April 15th. NYLA is looking for a Councilor-At-Large representing Academic or Special Libraries. This is a 3 Year term that begins Nov 2024 and ends Nov 2027. You must be a NYLA member. You need 25 signatures from active NYLA members submitted to C at on or before April 15th to be placed on the ballot. Download your petition at

NYLA Advocacy News:
Join the spring advocacy in-person event SPRING ON THE HILL on Tuesday April 23 in Albany NY. This is a full day of educational programming featuring speakers including Stephanie Cole Adams (Ask The Lawyer), Frank Rees (NYS Division of Library Development), Max Prime (NYLA), and Lisa Varga (Virginia Library Association & Library Journal Librarian of the Year 2024). Register here:

My colleagues at ESLN teamed up with SUNY OLIS to produce a 2 day workshop called Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM Into Your Liaison Work. July 16 and 17, held virtually. Presented by Christina Chan-Park & Laura Palumbo for ACRL. $100/seat. More info and register here:
March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / Treasurer's Report
« Last post by fitzgeraldl on March 21, 2024, 09:29:17 AM »
Hello everyone!

I have attached the updated Treasurer's Report. We have $10,566.03 in the bank and $39,255.55 in PayPal for a total of $49,821.58.

If you have any questions please email me at

We are sad to announce that former interim Dean of the University Libraries Shafeek Fazal passed away. Shafeek joined the Stony Brook University Libraries in 2014 as the Associate Dean for Library Technology, Discovery, and Digital Initiative. From 2018-2022, he also served as the Interim Dean. He was an advocate for our library and a kind and supportive colleague. He is dearly missed.

SBU Libraries staff news:
We welcome Louis Rodriquez as an Evening Weekend Supervisor in Access & User Services.

Caterina Reed is now the Academic Engagement Librarian. Caterina has worked at the Stony Brook University Libraries since 2020 as an Instructional Support Associate in the Content Acquisitions and Services. She started in her new role on February 8, 2024.

Congratulations to Sunny Chung, Health Sciences Librarian, who was recognized by the Medical Library Association as a Rising Star.

The University Libraries hosted an event to promote the strengthening of research skills in high school students. The Ready for Success Summit was held on March 15.
March 22, 2024 Council Meeting @ Buffalo State / Re: Cobleskill Update
« Last post by Kate Brent on March 20, 2024, 04:45:21 PM »
Here at Cobleskill, the library hosted a midterm "Pause for Paws" therapy dogs session at last week and will have another the week before finals.

Our monthly Saturday Crafternoons continue, with the next on April 13.

Cobleskill will see only 97% totality for the eclipse, but we will have programming for it rain (NASA live stream) or shine (telescope set up for solar observation).  Hopefully it is "shine," because we also have some eclipse glasses to give out to students.

All our events are viewable on our shiny new events Libcal that our e-resources librarian, Faye Starman, created:
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