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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
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Professional Development Report
« Last post by KDnolan on September 16, 2021, 02:11:44 PM »
Ending a year long dry spell, The Professional Development Grants Committee has awarded 4 professional development grants since May 18th in the total amount of $1925.

We are currently reviewing another application.

We (myself, Jocelyn and Carrie Fishner) have also reignited discussions in regard to getting our mentor program back up and running. The current description of the program is for library professionals. Jocelyn has suggested we open the program up to include library school students. Our next step is to have further discussion at the next council meeting and see if anyone else is interested in being involved.
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Stony Brook University Campus Updates
« Last post by jenndevito on September 16, 2021, 01:54:34 PM »
There is a Call for Proposals out for our annual Open Access Symposium, Towards Equitable Knowledge Gathering and Sharing. The Symposium will be held virtually on October 28 and 29, 2021.

The Stony Brook University Libraries was honored to have been selected as one of a few institutions to host a 9/11 Memorial & Museum 20th Anniversary exhibit. The display, titled September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World, includes 14 posters and tells the story of the attacks using photos and first person accounts.

Staffing updates:
Meghan Sprabary, Manger, Music Library, moved back to Texas in July. Christopher Larson, Head of HSL Access Services, accepted a librarian position at a public library in Connecticut in August.

Stony Brook University Libraries is hiring! We are currently recruiting for Instructional Support Associate, Instructional Support Technician, Head of HSL Access Services, and Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services (library faculty).
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / President's report
« Last post by jireland on September 16, 2021, 11:56:35 AM »
Schedule of Council meetings 2021-2022
Nov. 12 @ Turning Stone 10am - to be discussed under old business
Jan. 21 @ SUNY Delhi 10am
March 25 @ Farmingdale State 10am
June TBD, during the week of the Annual Conference @ Farmingdale State College

Thank you to Karen Gelles and Farmingdale State College for hosting the 2022 Annual Conference. We are also excited to announce SUNY Maritime has agreed to host the 2023 Annual Conference. Thank you to Renae Rapp and her team for their advanced planning.

I had a meeting in July with Queens College graduate students, Gillian Rothchild and Angelina Anzalone, regarding how SUNYLA can better support library school students. Below are the main points from this meeting.
- Increase mentoring opportunities (further discussed under new business). I drafted a mentoring program outline. Will look for feedback and mentoring volunteers.
- SUNY Library job listing site with internship opportunities - being worked on
- Resume/cover letter writing workshop - tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15th; hosted by LIS sub-committee
- Library school student voice during Council meetings (also under new business).

During the June Council meeting it was recommended to invite Tim Stookesberry from SUNY Press to start a conversation on how SUNYLA and SUNY Press can collaborate. I contacted him and he agreed to attend today. Welcome Tim! He will be speaking under new business.

I attended a meeting discussing a possible SUNYLA DEI committee. We need to explore whether or not we want this as a permanent standing committee and further establish the mission and goals. To be discussed further under old business.

I attended a delegate enhancement sub-committee organized by Carol Anne Germain. We discussed reduced conference fees for delegates and other incentives that will be shared during the Membership report.
Respectfully submitted,
Jocelyn Ireland
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Re: Treasurer's Report
« Last post by cfishner on September 15, 2021, 10:46:53 AM »
The 2021 conference bank account currently has $7,212.45 in it. I will need to close that and get a check to you, Greg.
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« Last post by cfishner on September 15, 2021, 10:43:14 AM »
The Promotion & Tenure Ad Hoc committee hosted another successful pre-conference session during the Annual Conference in June. We had a great turn-out for a late Friday conference session, so thank you to everyone who attended. There was great conversation and questions, and we seemed to really be able to offer a lot of support to our colleagues through this program.

We are currently looking at the next steps we can take as a committee, beyond offering these programs at annual. We have been in talks with the Professional Development Committee and the LIS Student subcommittee of Membership to look at reviving the SUNYLA Mentorship program.

If anyone is interested in joining our small committee, please reach out to me - Carrie Fishner,

Respectfully, Carrie F., Chair
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Publications report
« Last post by AprilDavies on September 14, 2021, 11:11:53 AM »
SUNYLA Publications Committee Report
September 17, 2021

•   Call for submissions for October newsletter went out on Monday – Deadline=9/28
•   3 Member Spotlights on FB and Twitter so far
     -   the latest one (8/6) was seen by 801 people on Twitter, with 19 engagements; 73 on FB, with 7 engagements
•   Speaking of social media, we currently have 297 followers on FB and 310 on Twitter

•   The next newsletter issue after October is February 

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

Respectfully submitted,
April Davies
September 17, 2021 Council Meeting @ MVCC / Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« Last post by AprilDavies on September 14, 2021, 11:09:58 AM »
New faces @Cobylib:
We are pleased to be welcoming Freya Gibbon as our new Instruction Librarian & Reference Coordinator starting on Sept. 20

We are currently searching for a Circulation Supervisor (Clerk 2) as Cat Wise has left us for a position at SUNY Oneonta.
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