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Rosanne Humes

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Campus Updates
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:54:06 AM »
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Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 05:25:50 PM »
The Library is gearing up to hire a new instruction librarian as Fran Apollo will be retiring at the end of the semester. Whoever takes over will have serious shoes to fill.  Our 3-D Book Art Challenge is going well and it looks like we should have several good entries. Also going well is the current run of the LibQUAL+ survey. The response rate is gratifyingly high (probably due to the incentive prizes and good advertising). More Library news at:

Outside the building... the College is going through an Academic Program Prioritization process and it is quite likely that some programs will be phased out based on the Task Force's findings (2 Library people on the TF) though it is too soon to know for sure.  Now that the new lab addition to Wheeler Hall is done, the original part is offline for renovation. Work will soon begin on the new Ag building (the architect's rendering looks really cool).  There's other stuff happening but that's enough for now. :)

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Re: Campus Updates - Niagara County Comm. College
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012, 04:02:32 PM »
To celebrate National Library Week this year the librarians have invited all full and part-time faculty to attend a National Library Week Breakfast Reception on April 10th.  We are encouraging faculty to stop in for a bite to eat and a few moments to relax either before or after their morning classes. We plan to showcase our newest library resources and services at this event.  This reception is being held to celebrate the collaboration between teaching faculty and the library.

For our students we plan to offer various National Library Week "freebies" for them to take with them.  Several items from our college's Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Student Activities area are also being collected to be given away in a drawing.     

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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 09:49:27 AM »
The biggest news lately at JCC is that our campus will be getting dorms, probably breaking ground in about a year, to be completed by 2014. Exciting! Although we know this will change our role on campus so we're busy working on preparing that. 

We also just got a premium subscription to EasyBib (citation manager).  So far, it seems to be a hit with faculty and students.  However, we've been working some of our Writing lab tutors to host regular workshops on citation and using EasyBib, since it tends to do no one any good if students aren't able to identify what type of resource they need to cite.


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SUNY ESF - Moon Library news
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2012, 10:08:33 AM »
Our new librarian will be starting later this month - Jessica Clemons - is a SUNY ESF Graduate and is coming to us from the the College of Wooster Library.

Moon Library is now on YouTube. Via SUNY ESF TV on YouTube we have a series of videos called Library 411. These are being used in online library information literacy classes and for outreach to high school students. Check them out -
Citations, Bibliographies and Online Citation Generators
Searching for Journal Articles
Research Tips
Searching Library Catalogs
Moon Library tour

Moon Library was the location for 11th annual SUNY ESF environmental career fair. 72 Employers were set up in Moon Library and 450 students attended and most important networked! To check this out visit the following sites:

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Re: Campus Updates - Maritime College
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2012, 03:39:50 PM »
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Campus update 3/15/2012 – Kimmy Szeto

Constantia Constantinou (Library Director and Department Chair) was appointed to the distinction of Distinguished Librarian, a post which is both the highest faculty librarian rank in the SUNY system and only the fourth such appointment in SUNY history.  In January, Constantia coordinated an informational tour and presentation of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives held at Maritime College to the current leadership of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. Greg Murphy, the archivist for the Sailors’ Snug Harbor collection and part-time reference librarian for the Stephen B. Luce Library, was present and has completed an updated version of the finding aid for the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives. This is the first full update to the finding aid in over 35 years and incorporates significant additions to the collection, including manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs.  

With the assistance of Constantia Constantinou and Shafeek Fazal (Assistant Director and Head of Reference and Access Services), Kimmy Szeto (Cataloging and Metadata Librarian and FDLP Coordinator) successfully completed the Government Printing Office Public Access Assessment in February.

The Stephen B. Luce Library, Archives, and Special Collections have become a focal point of processing with leadership by Elizabeth Berilla (Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian), Jennifer O’Keefe (Circulation and Collections Coordinator), and Joseph Williams (Acquisitions Librarian). Not only are we waiting to receive feedback on a NYSED grant for the completion of a preservation survey, but we have also submitted an application for a DHP Collection Assessment grant that will specifically target our photographic collection.   Three graduate interns pursuing their MLS degrees at local institutions have been greatly helpful in the processing of special collections and alumni papers, as well as making updates to the institutional finding aid.
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Re: Campus Updates- Nassau Community College
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 09:41:51 AM »
As Rosanne Humes mentioned in an earlier email, SUNYLA member and NCC librarian Gerry Leibowitz passed away very suddenly on February 28th. We are currently working to establish a scholarship in Gerry's honor. We would like to thank everyone for the many condolence emails we received over the past week and a half. Your support is greatly appreciated.


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Re: Campus Updates - Geneseo
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2012, 11:08:53 AM »
In January, the GIST Team and IDS Project announced that the next generation of GIST tools have been released and are ready for customizing and streamlining your acquisitions, collection development, and interlibrary loan processes & workflow.

Several staff members from Tech Services are being trained in XML TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) to markup and enrich a digital text of Walden with scholarly annotations, links, images, and social tools that will enable users to create conversations around the text. The encoding project is the core of SUNY Geneseo's Digital Thoreau initiative (a partnership with the Thoreau Society and the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods).  As part of their training, staff spent 1.5 days in intense workshops led by Syd Bauman (Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship) and Kristen Case (University of Maine at Farmington, English Dept.), who visited the campus in February.  Syd will return to Milne in April with Julia Flanders, a colleague at Brown, to provide advanced training to the staff and other members of the Digital Thoreau project.

Joe Easterly has joined Milne as our new Electronic Resources and Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Kim Hoffman is teaching LIS 518 Reference Sources and Services  for UB at RRLC in Spring 2012.

Mark Sullivan's nomination proposal was accepted for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Innovation Studio. He intends to work on project-based learning that address the “thorny challenges” faced by Liberal arts colleges.

Bonnie Swoger will be taking over as the editor for the Geosciences Information Society (GSIS) Newsletter starting with the March Issue.  GSIS is the professional organization for librarians in the geosciences. She has also been busy writing, with a guest blog post at ACRLog ( as well as having begun to write database reviews for Library Journal, as a part of their eReviews series.  The reviews appear in most print editions of the magazine, and my reviews can be accessed online here: This latest opportunity came about as a result of writing on her personal blog, The Undergraduate Science Librarian at

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Re: Campus Updates- SUNY Delhi
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 11:19:53 AM »
Here at Resnick Library, we are currently in the process of hiring a new Reference & Instruction Librarian, and another search will begin soon for a new Acquisitions Manager. We are eager to fill these spots and bring some new people on board-- having two vacancies in an already small staff can be a bit challenging.

At the beginning of the spring semester, we purchased two human skeleton models for our nursing students to use in studying skeletal anatomy. One skeleton is fully articulated on a wheeled stand, and the other is disarticulated (basically a wooden case full of separate bones). Both skeletons will circulate as reserve items. We ran a little contest to gather suggestions for names for both skeletons, and received 59 entries! The library staff voted and the winners were Vincent (after Vincent Price, and Alice Cooper's real name) and Indiana Bones.


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Re: Campus Updates -- Potsdam
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2012, 01:25:58 PM »
New Hire
The College Libraries are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Andrews, the newest member of our librarian team.  Elizabeth comes to us from Cudahy Library at Loyola University Chicago and holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Elizabeth has also earned an MA in Humanities, focused on Cinema and Media Studies, from the University of Chicago. Elizabeth will be serving on the Information Literacy Instruction team, will be collection development liaison to several departments, and will be working on outreach projects to connect the Libraries and our users.

Archives in the News
An Example of an early Norman Rockwell illustration was recently found in SUNY Potsdam archives.  The full story, and photo of the illustration is available at the North Country Now website:

Position Announcement - Discovery Metadata Librarian
SUNY Potsdam seeks a service-oriented and intellectually curious librarian to serve as Discovery Metadata Librarian.  For full job description and qualifications, see

New Seminar Space: Occasional use limited-­‐projection classroom
Faculty have asked many times if there is a place they can use as a “home base” at times when they bring their classes to Crumb for in-class library research, and now the answer is “yes”. Crumb Library now has a revamped classroom with 16 movable student seats to accommodate any teaching or work style, a 55” tv on the wall that can be plugged into our DVD/Blu-ray player, a laptop, or campus cable tv, and chalk and white boards on the walls.

Weeding Project 2012
Collection Development Librarians and Technical Services staff are knee deep in a very large deselection project in Crumb Library.  Both books and print periodical collections are being heavily weeded to make room for a 2013 renovation.  Detail about the project are on the Weeding Project web page:


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Re: Campus Updates - Oswego
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2012, 02:07:20 PM »
Our newest librarian, Michelle Bishop, First Year Experience Librarian, will be starting in late April.  Our Middle States visit will take place in early April.  Penfield welcomed the Writing Center to the library in February.  In addition to holding writing tutoring sessions in the library they also have an office in our building. 


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Re: Campus Updates - Oneonta
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2012, 02:37:33 PM »
Oneonta is still in the process of both a Director search and a Reference/Instruction librarian search.  Hopefully, these will be concluded by the end of the semester.  Middlestates committees are wrapping up their work.  Discussions on restructuring the academic divisions continue with a consultant being hired to make suggestions. 

The Library will be celebrating National Library Week with a themed "Read-In".  The theme will be a book from your childhood.  We just completed our second Community Conversation, the Legacy of MLK.  We rolled out a new library website design in mid-January, a drastic change in style from our old site.  Our internal reclamation continues (over 250,000 books have been physically taken off the shelf and checked for accuracy and in about 40% of the cases "fixed" in some manner).  We have begun the re-cataloging of the collections in our Dewey Room (collections mainly used by the Education Dept.).  Physically, we are preparing for the move of the American/Latino Studies department (9 offices) coming into our space for at least two years during the renovation of their building.  We are also having the outside upper panels of the library walls repaired.  Are we busy? Yea - a little :o


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Re: Campus Updates - Genesee Community College
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2012, 02:49:33 PM »
The GCC community will be celebrating the installation of the college’s fourth President with the Inauguration of Dr. James M. Sunser, Ed.D. on May 5th.

The Library is sponsoring its 11th Annual Student Poetry Contest. Students are encouraged to submit entries of all types and lengths of original poetry. Winning poets will receive honors and awards at a ceremony on April 26.

College History Digitization project: The University of Buffalo’s graduate Spring 12 DLIS course LIS 563 (Digital Libraries) solicited proposals for projects to be added to the website. We applied to have materials from college Archives transformed into a page depicting the history of GCC, and were accepted. Librarians are working closely with a team of 4 graduate students assigned to our project.
Yannick Murphy, author of The Call novel, will visit GCC on March 22 as part of the annual A Tale for Three Counties area-wide library reading program. Keith Carlson, DVM presented A Day in the Life: Tales from a Large Animal Veterinarian in conjunction with the A Tale for Three Counties event on March 8th. Dr. Carlson related his veterinary experiences as his practice focuses on large (farm) animals.


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Re: Campus Updates - Monroe Community College
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2012, 03:34:12 PM »
As the Spring semester begins, the Monroe Community College librarians are busy working with the students and faculty on a variety of projects.  Pam Czaja is serving as an the embedded librarian in an on-campus Travel course, and also in an SLN online Health Education course; Mary Timmons is working on integrating literacy skills into the curriculum at the Applied Technology Center and the Public Safety Training Center; Alice Wilson and Deb Mohr are helping students with research for the Model UN conference in NYC.  

For the second year in a row MCC Libraries were partnered with Rochester City School District #15, The Children’s School of Rochester, to participate in the READ: Hope in Action project. Approximately 35 MCC student athletes, coaches, and librarians Deb Mohr and Lori Annesi traveled en masse to The Children’s School of Rochester for the Giant Read, the first segment of the READ: Hope in Action project. MCC students read Little Bear and the Marco Polo to a group of 45 enthusiastic first graders. The first graders were then given their own copies of the book to keep. Great fun was had by all!

The LeRoy V. Good Library continues to host its lecture series about a variety of topics. This Spring, the MCC Libraries’ very own Rick Squires will be presenting “Hollywood on the Genesee,” documenting the Rochester area’s long history of involvement with the film industry.  

The MCC Libraries is implementing True Serials, an electronic records management system.  We are using it to keep track of our serial subscriptions as well as providing the main web interface for databases access.    


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Re: Campus Updates - SUNY Adirondack
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2012, 03:37:39 PM »
Library director Teresa Ronning attended "Hunters and Gatherers: Reshaping Community College Libraries for the 21st Century" at Onondaga Community College on March 6 and 7. This program, on redesigning library space, was hosted by JMZ Architects of Glens Falls. Terry will participate in the June 12 annual meeting of NYSHEI (N.Y.S. Higher Education Initiative) in Syracuse, as one of the public college representatives. She'll also attend New York 3Rs Academic and Special Libraries biennial meeting the next day in Syracuse.

Plans are underway to build dorms on the SUNY Adirondack campus, in time for the Fall semester, 2013. Details are available at:
Joyce Miller serves as the chair of the Sabbatical Subcommittee for the Professional Development Committee. The subcommittee is developing a sabbatical evaluation form, listing criteria and rationales, to be given to the Executive Committee of the College Assembly in late April.

Joyce is the liaison librarian for the college's International Education Committee. Faculty will be leading trips to Switzerland over spring break in March, to Glens Falls' sister city Saga City, Japan, in May, and to Florence, Italy in January 2013.