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Please see the attached draft agenda for the June Council meeting and draft meeting minutes from the March 26, 2021 Council Meeting.
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SILC Report
« Last post by westb on March 26, 2021, 09:35:50 AM »
SILC held it's first antiracist pedagogy workshop on March 18, 2021 about misinformation and implicit bias. We had 34 attendees and received a very positive response. The recording of the workshop will be placed on the SILC Blog in the near future.

SILC has two more antiracist pedagogy workshop this semester: Thursday, April 15 and Thursday, May 13 from 2:00pm–3:30pm. The workshop on April 15 will be an introduction to critical information literacy.

We will be facilitating a SUNYLA Preconference Workshop at the 2021 annual conference. It is titled "Critical Information Literacy: Steps Toward Becoming Antiracist in our Libraries." We hope you attend!

We held community conversations in February & March 2021. The February conversation was BYQ: Bring Your Questions (to ask the group) and we talked about the controversies surrounding the Media Bias Chart created by Vanessa Otero in March. Our next one is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 1-2pm.

The committee is still developing the open access ebook about library outreach. More on that in the months ahead!
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / 2nd VP/ Conference Chair Report
« Last post by cfishner on March 26, 2021, 09:29:02 AM »
Conference planning is moving along smoothly and we are well on our way.

We have a keynote, we will have a talk from the Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden - focusing on citizen science

Conference program acceptance letters have gone out, and presenters have until today to confirm they will be presenting. 32 breakout sessions, 16 lightning talks, and 6 workshops (formerly the pre-conference) sessions were selected.
The call for poster sessions has gone out, with a deadline for proposals of April 23rd.

Social event planning is well underway and there are a lot of great things planned! Although we will not be meeting in person we believe that we will be providing ample opportunity for networking and interaction both in and out of the sessions.

The conference website is live! We will be adding additional content as it is finalized.

Registration will go live at the beginning of May.

Carrie Fishner, Chair
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / FACT2 Report
« Last post by Katie (DeRusso) Ghidiu on March 26, 2021, 09:26:04 AM »
Report is attached!
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / SLC Update
« Last post by cfishner on March 26, 2021, 09:22:39 AM »
Jennifer Smathers' contract with the SLC has ended, so she is not longer serving in her role part time coordinating for us.

Spring meeting planning is underway, please look for an announcement regarding this next week.
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Promotion & Tenure ad hoc
« Last post by cfishner on March 26, 2021, 09:21:11 AM »
We will be presenting a 90 minute workshop at the annual conference, a "Re-booted Bootcamp" Friday afternoon. This year will feature some breakout rooms to split attendees for specific topics of interest.
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / UUP Liaison Report
« Last post by Danharms on March 26, 2021, 09:16:11 AM »
UUP Liaison’s Report
Dan Harms
March 26, 2021

UUP was instrumental in its advocacy for getting statewide workers vaccinations on a widespread basis.

The stimulus money from the federal government is most welcome, but statewide advocacy efforts are still important, and this is a critical time for reaching out.

We’re already prepping for the next round of contract negotiations. Please contribute your views when you get the opportunity.

I’ll give an update on my explorations of librarian salaries and compression money.

Statement by Fred Kowal on the March 16 Attacks

Statement on the COVID-19 Vaccinations

Call for Expanded Access and Diversity

Get involved:
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Web Manager Report
« Last post by Bill Jones on March 26, 2021, 09:07:20 AM »
A lot has happened since my last Web Manager report:

-- I split up the individual video presentations from the 2021 Midwinter Virtual Conference recording, posted them to YouTube, and updated the SUNYLA Midwinter webpage:

-- Moments after emailing 1,100+ people that the presentation recordings and webpage were live, I noticed that the SUNYLA website would no longer update changes made in Wordpress, and none of the updates I had made to the Midwinter webpages (and emailed everyone about) had updated.  I took about 3 hours to solve this issue, and it was solved by flushing the Dynamic Caching through the Siteground interface (where our site is hosted).  Thank you to the chat help at Siteground.

-- At the beginning of February, Alana Nuth let me know that she wasn't able to upload any documents to the forum.  After investigating, I found that users weren't able to download documents from the forum either.  There was a problem with the documents path in the Simple Machines Forum settings and it had somehow broken on its own.  This one took a lot of prayer to fix.

-- I enabled https on the SUNYLA website

-- I renewed our Siteground license on March 2, 2021 to host the SUNYLA website for one year for $179.88

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Jones
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Professional Development
« Last post by KDnolan on March 26, 2021, 08:59:08 AM »
Lisa Errico submitted an item to the newsletter committee last month. If you didn't see it, its content is below.

Thank you Lisa for your efforts!

Professional Development Grants: Support for your Virtual Professional Development!
--Lisa Errico, PDGS Chair, Nassau Community College

Even though the COVID-10 pandemic has put a damper on travel to professional conferences and events, there are still some great opportunities for professional development. Although we have seen an increase in free virtual conferences, there are still some events and elearning programs that require a registration fee. Why not apply for a SUNYLA grant to cover the cost?

In the past, Professional Development Grants have helped fellow SUNY librarians reach the national and global stage by attending, networking, and presenting at a wide variety of conferences/programs. Now SUNYLA can support the same activities, virtually. Consider these upcoming virtual events:

ACRL 2021 Conference (April 13-16)
ACRL eLearning (online courses)
ALA Annual Conference 2021 (June 23-29, 2021)
Charleston Conference (November 1-6, 2021)
Learning and the Brain Education Conferences
   The Science of Teaching During a Pandemic (February 20, 2021)
   Teaching Purposeful Brains (April 17-18, 2021)
LOEX  2021: Online (May 11-14, 2021
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (May 25-28, 2021)

SUNYLA’s grants program is used to reimburse members for expenses associated with professional growth activities when other funding sources are not available. SUNYLA members in good standing qualify. Learn more about the SUNYLA Professional Development Grants Program and download the application at:
March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / Re: Campus Updates
« Last post by Jenny Collins on March 26, 2021, 08:58:50 AM »
The Resnick library at Deli is continuing to offer an array of services to students through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Librarians are also busy at work to prepare for the SUNYLA 2021 virtual conference.
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