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Please use this thread to share any campus updates! Thank you!

On November 1, 2023, the Stony Brook University Libraries hosted a Human Library event where people volunteered to be “books” and visitors could “check out a book” and spend some time learning about that person’s experiences. The event was well attended and received.

Health Sciences Librarian Sunny Chung was featured in an article by the Network of the National Library of Medicine.

On October 19, 2023, the University Libraries hosted a nursing panel in honor of Filipino American History Month. Nerissa Balce, Associate Professor of Asian & Asian American Studies, moderated the panel. Other panelists included: Sofia Reyes, Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing; Director of Simulation Education,,Lani Blanco, Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing; Faculty Advisor for the Pre-Nursing Society, and Maria Bune, Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing; SBU Alumna. The event was held in a hybrid format and had more than 90 attendees.

On Friday, December 1, the University Libraries will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. The event will include a panel discussion followed by a reception.

Kate Brent:
News from the Van Wagenen Library at SUNY Cobleskill:

Our evening circulation supervisor has left us to take a new position outside SUNY.  The position is being searched.

The chili contest was a success!  Prizes were awarded for best tasting, hottest, and most unique chili.  Watch for future updates for Mac and Cheese is Love in February.

"Pause for Paws" therapy dogs return to the Library November 27, a reprise of their successful visit October 16.

Adam Saunders:
A short update this month from SUNY Morrisville.

Librarian Adam Mizelle attended the SUNY Conference Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ) in the Curriculum: Building a Community of Practice on November 3rd & 4th at the University at Albany. This conference brought aspiring DEISJ faculty together with seasoned DEISJ instructors and scholars who can share their expertise in teaching and learning, research, course development, and assessment of DEISJ content.

At the end of September the library once again proudly held its annual Le Brown Coye Exhibit. This year’s event titled Titan of the Crypt: Lee Brown Coye Art Exhibit is running from September 24th, 2023 to February 4th 2024. The exhibit embarks visitors on a journey into the dark and eerie realm of one of the most renowned macabre artists of the 20th century, Lee Brown Coye. Exploring a diverse selection of Lee Brown Coye's works, from his chilling illustrations for the works of H.P. Lovecraft to his haunting depictions of otherworldly creatures and supernatural scenes. This gallery display is in conjunction with Colgate University’s exhibit titled Tales of Terra: A Lee Brown Coye Retrospective where around 30 of Morrisville’s Coye works are being loaned for the event. Tales of Terra runs from September 21st, 2023 to March 3rd, 2024 at the Dana Arts Center Picker Art Gallery.

At the end of October the library held an amazing Halloween reception with students and faculty showing up in costume (Baldur’s Gate 3 characters were hot this year). A corner of the library was transformed into a small haunted house and everyone was treated to a spread of seasonal donuts, apple cider, candy, and coffee.

We have already started looking ahead to the end of the semester and planning for events for the students. The Massage Therapy Program students will be in again to provide free chair massages, and health services has already provided us with a wealth of goodies to give away at our Positivity Station. Students will also be provided free coffee, tea, and cookies during finals week provided by a CAB grant. It is hard to believe that the end of the semester is almost upon us!

Tina Kiernan:
DCC librarians have had a record semester for information literacy classes. At present, 70 classes have been taught or scheduled with faculty still submitting requests for classes.  Our Zine program has been gaining momentum, and we have welcomed aboard two new part-time Access Services clerks, Remy Naumann and Orianna Santiago.

The Ritz Library is also working with the Learning Commons to provide outreach to our residence hall students, and we’re collaborating with our Art faculty to bring a “pop-up” student art gallery to the library. 


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