SUNYLA Council > Nov. 16, 2012 Council Meeting @SUNY IT, Utica

Campus Updates

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Carleen Huxley:
Delegates, please add your campus updates to this thread.

In celebration of New York State Archives Month, The Hill Collection housed within the Library at SUNY Adirondack held an Open House on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2012.

The Hill Collection was the personal collection of local Fort Edward Historian, William H. Hill. Mr. Hill, born in Fort Edward in 1895, amassed a quantity of local historical information primarily from the Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties. He was an author of several books on local history. His collection was given to the library by his widow. It is available as a reference library for many out of print local history sources. The collection includes original imprints, letters, diaries, maps, scrapbooks and local history books.

Historian R. Paul McCarty was on-hand both days to host the Open House and answer any questions visitors had about the collection. The Hill Collection is currently open to the public during normal Library hours. For more information about the Hill Collection, please visit

The Hill Committee will fund the faculty compensation for the development of a New York State History course, to be offered for the first time in Spring, 2013.

Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller is chair of the Sabbatical Subcommittee of the college's Professional Development Committee. The subcommittee is charged with developing sabbatical criteria and a handbook for the college.

Joyce is also active with the college's Wellness Committee,  which recently started a walking contest for employees. Participants received a pedometer to track progress, and prizes are awarded for various distances walked.

Library director Teresa Ronning is on a task force looking at reducing costs of text books for students. She's also working on another task force to review the governance standing committees, and is Chair of the Administrative Affairs Committee looking at printing costs and improving the college web page.
Terry is also the Chair of the NYSHEI bylaws committee which will be drafting changes to the bylaws, because membership by SUNY libraries will no longer be a core service. SUNY campus membership in NYSHEI will be decided at the campus level, rather than as a group of 64 campuses.  NYSHEI is considering a partnership with NYLA to consolidate and strengthen advocacy for academic libraries.  Representatives from NYSHEI and NYLA will be meeting over the next six months to discuss this proposed alliance.

Librarians offered several workshops for faculty: Terry conducted faculty and staff workshops this fall on the COS grants and expertise database, which is made available to all SUNY campuses via the SUNY Research Foundation.

Joyce and distance learning coordinator Paul McLean offered workshops on linking to library database articles and videos with Angel. Joyce also offered workshop on the ebrary and Films on Demand databases, as well as the session "Google like a Librarian."

Hi all!

SUNY Delhi is busy getting ready for the end of the semester! We extended our library hours on Fridays and Sundays so we are now open 102.5 hours every week!

Amanda Mitchell, Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian, participates in our Common Hour Committee which hosted a program about the state of the world, the country, and Delhi 100 years ago. This was a well-attended program celebrating our 100th anniversary. A follow-up article was written in our campus newspaper about the history of the library (we started out on the loading dock in the dairy building!).

Collaboration with History faculty has been extremely successful and materials have been ordered to strengthen this component of our circulating collection.

Pam Peters, our director, states that the e-textbook pilot is progressing nicely. More updates to come!

A continuous challenge has been regulating our study rooms. Large groups of students, suspected to belong to unrecognized frats, have been asking for passes to our study spaces (some of which contain parts of our collection) in the evening hours. We are receiving complaints that these groups are too loud and/or they are disrespecting the physical space by leaving their garbage around. Our library staff is currently brainstorming what measures we can employ to ensure that students have access to these spaces while trying to prevent disturbances to the study environment. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

We just finished a 'Pimp our Book Drop' contest. The winning design will replace the tired green paint job, probably over winter break. I'll make sure some pics get sent in for the newsletter.

The landscaping work around the Library is coming along and SHOULD be done by Dec. We hope to have some music events out on our new plaza this spring. On the north side of campus, foundation work is almost done on the new Ag building. This is a big project and isn't due to be finished until 2014.

Moon Library is currently in the process of searching/interviewing/hiring a part time Library Clerk 2 position and also a full time Instructional Support Technician (Library Technician).

On Friday October 5th Moon Library officially opened its’ new quiet study room. Thanks to the donation of an ESF alumni - our old current periodicals room was transformed into a comfortable quiet study room with new lighting and carrels.

Moon Library was just the host location this week on November 12th for the ENY/ACRL Brown Bag session
E-books:  Here today, gone tomorrow?  Moon Librarians Jane Verostek and Steve Weiter attended.

Jane Verostek gave a workshop at the CLRC Central NY Library Resources Council on LibGuides and LibAnswers on Friday October 19th.

Jessica Clemons, Jane Verostek and Moon Library intern Jocelyn Boice attended the Upstate NY Science Librarians at Syracuse University Friday, October 26, 2012. Jane Verostek was one of the presenters – her session was: LibGuides and LibAnswers: Your Answer for Connections with Students and Faculty 24/7.

Jessica  Clemons – Assistant Librarian at Moon Library was accepted into the Emerging Leaders Program. Jessica will be attending ALA and ALA Mid-winter this year in various parts of the U.S. sponsored by these organizations.

Steve Weiter – Director of Moon Library just returned from the Charleston Conference.

Jane Verostek – Associate Librarian at Moon Library just returned from the NYLA Conference. She gave two Pecha Kucha presentations – one on QR Codes and another on LibGuides and LibAnswers.


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