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Carleen Huxley

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Campus Updates
« on: August 14, 2013, 11:24:33 AM »
Delegates, please post your campus updates to this thread.

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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013, 12:57:49 PM »
We've hired a part time library clerk, Brooke Hartle.  Brooke began with us as an intern and, over the summer applied and was accepted to Syracuse Universities Masters in LIS program.  At the moment she helps out at the reference desk, covering the hours our librarians are unable to because of other responsibilities (committee meetings, library instruction, etc).  We love having her!

We also have another intern with us for the Fall, Brittani Ellis.  Brittani is currently finishing off her degree at Potsdam in English Literature. 


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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2013, 01:08:00 PM »
SUNY Old Westbury

Hi All, there is nothing new here at Old Westbury.  We have two librarians that have become embedded instructors in upper level courses: sociology and business. The library's renovation is ongoing and is already a few months behind.



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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 09:47:54 AM »
We've wrapped up a busy 2.5 weeks of hosting our active learning game, the Quest, that we offer to composition courses for students to learn about a range of library and support services available in the Baker Commons. 

We're participating in the Tompkins County/Cornell University 2013 Community Read.  We've distributed copies of When the Emperor Was Divine, have scheduled a pizza and discussion lunch, and are organizing a trip to Cornell University to view associated art and special collections exhibits.

We continue to treat patron requests for recent publications as "purchase on demand." After the first year, we find we're adding a fairly even mix of academic and leisure reading, for an even mix of faculty/staff and student patrons.

We now have four TVs in the Baker Center (3 in the Library) for displaying slideshows to promote services, feature ebook acquisitions, and supplement book displays.


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Re: Campus Updates - SUNY Adirondack
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 01:19:25 PM »
The SUNY Adirondack community welcomed our new president, Dr. Kristine Duffy, in July.

The new SUNY Adirondack residence halls opened in late August, and 380 students have moved in. Capacity is 400 students.

The library staff and the English Division's Center for Reading and Writing spearheaded a collection of "fun reading" books (mysteries, popular authors) for the resident students to give them a break from academic reading. The books will be available in the game room of the residence hall for students to read and swap.

SUNY Adirondack will be joining several other SUNY schools who feature various collections on SUNY's Digital Repository, Dspace. About 400 images will be loaded featuring SUNY Adirondack's Campus Art Collection. Cataloging librarian Emily Goodspeed worked on this project.   

Mike Herman is interning at the SUNY Adirondack Library as part of his library and information studies degree at University of Buffalo. He will be updating the library's policies and procedures manual.

This summer, the library staff worked with others on campus to redesign the library's web page. See the result:   

Library division chair Teresa Ronning has joined the board of the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

SUNY Adirondack Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller is a new board member of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. She is also the group's new newsletter editor. She will be presenting a talk, "Trinidad and Tobago: Where South America Meets the Caribbean," about her trip to that island nation last winter to the group on Sept. 25.

Joyce also went to Bali, Indonesia, in May and early June with a group of 27 students and faculty, through the college's active International Studies program. They learned about Balinese music, dance, culture, anthropology, history, art, ecological issues, wildlife, and visited Hindu temples and a live volcano, among many other activities. Upcoming International Studies courses are going to Japan, Guatemala and Ireland.

The College Lecture Series will offer three lectures this year by SUNY Adirondack faculty. Joyce Miller coordinates the series for the college's Professional Development Committee. 
The Library Research Methods course, LIB187, is being offered online through ANGEL for the first time. It is taught by librarian Marsha Gettig.

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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2013, 09:30:13 AM »
In the last few months there have been a lot of changes at the SUNY Maritime College Library.

This August, we saw the hiring of two new librarians. Mona Ramonetti is our new Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian and Rebecca Hyams is our new Cataloging/Metadata Librarian. Both are graduates of Queens College's MLS program. Rebecca previously worked at Nassau Community College and replaces Kimmy Szeto as our campus delegate.

Our library's Director, Constantia Constantinou, will be leaving us at the end of September to take a position as the Dean of University Libraries at Stony Brook. Constantia has been with us since 2001 and it saddens us to see her go. We wish her all the best in her new role on the other side of the bridge. In the interim, our Assistant Director, Shafeek Fazal, will serve as Interim Director.

In August, we were also awarded a $6,222 grant from the New York State Documentary Heritage Program to arrange and describe a portion of our Marine Society Collection, one our two special archival collections.

We have also been quite busy. All of our librarians have been working with the freshmen leadership seminar (LEAD 101) sections by providing library orientation and instruction. These students will see us again later in the Fall for more detailed library instruction in their English courses. We have also been working extensively with graduate students in the Global Business and Trade (GBAT) department. This coming weekend (September 21st) is Homecoming, and we will be recording alumni stories for our ongoing oral history project.

Additionally, Reference Librarian Michael Messina has been a member of the planning committee for Manhattan’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center Pat Parker/Vito Russo Library which is merging with the Center’s Archives and moving into a new location, with plans to  re-open in October 2013.


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Re: Campus Updates - Brockport
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 11:52:02 AM »
We've hired a new full-time reference and instruction librarian, Laura Dumuhosky (formerly at GCC). We are quite pleased to have her.

Look for the SUNYLA salary survey in your e-mail around October 1st.
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Re: Campus Updates - Monroe
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2013, 03:35:21 PM »
SUNYLA Newsletter October 2013

In June, Mark McBride was appointed as Director, Library Services for the MCC Libraries. Mark most recently served as Coordinator of Library Instruction for the E.H. Butler Library at SUNY Buffalo State.  
Jennifer Reisch has started a semester-long practicum at the LeRoy V. Good Library. Jennifer is a library school student at UB and plans to graduate in December.
Assistant Director Kate Jenkins has left MCC for a position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; we wish Kate the best of luck.  

The libraries are busy with events bringing faculty and administrators into the library to give presentations.  Currently we are hosting MCC’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael McDonough and Professor Charlie Clarke of the Psychology Department for a discussion on banned books: You Can’t Read That!: Banned Books Under Discussion.  

Upgrades and expansions to the libraries:
The purchase of a new building for the downtown campus has finally happened.  After an extensive search and months on negotiations, MCC will be moving its downtown Damon City Campus to a new home about a mile from the current campus.  The downtown campus has had some 480% growth in the past 15 years; we are targeting 2017 for a move-in date.  
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Niagara County Community College
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2013, 03:51:15 PM »
We had a busy summer preparing for several student-related services to move to the library and be located on our 2nd (Main) floor. About 2/3 of the former library space on the Main floor will be occupied by tutoring labs and other student services as of Spring 2014.  We were busily weeding our collections to make space for this transition as we re-located the Periodicals, Media, Children's Literature, and several offices to the 3rd and 4th floors.  We now have many workers in the library every day as the former library space is being renovated for the new occupants. There is still a lot of work for the library staff to do as follow-up to the summer weeding project, but we are tackling it one day at a time. A large computer lab (60 work stations) is no longer in the library causing concerns for our students and the library staff. We are currently helping our patrons find the materials and services that had to be re-located over the summer.

On the positive side, we welcomed two new part-time reference librarians this fall: Diane Balcom and James Trinder.


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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2013, 12:57:16 PM »
SUNY Oneonta here. Nothing much new with us. We are currently planning a renovation project on our 3rd floor for Summer 2014. It was supposed to happen this past summer, but we lost funding at the last minute. By all accounts, we do have funding for the project right now.

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Onondaga Community College
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2013, 01:00:04 PM »
The Mathematics Department at Onondaga piloted the first open-access digital textbook on campus for their MAT113 – Contemporary Mathematics course. The math coordinator for the pilot credited the move in part to Angela Weiler’s dogged persistence in disseminating Open Access/Digital Textbook materials and updates to the faculty.

On Wednesday, May 1st, Jeff Harr presented volume 18 of his “Albums That Shook the World” series ( “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel). An encore presentation followed on May 10.

At the SUNYLA conference in June, Pauline Lynch Shostack gave a presentation titled “Everyone Has a Story to Share: Hosting a Human Library Event” and was a panelist at a presentation titled “Be Kind - Unwind: Finals Week Stress Relief @ Your Library”.

On July 1, Onondaga Community College welcomed a new president, Dr. Casey Crabill, former president of Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, N.J.  Coulter Library professional staff met with Dr. Crabill on September 23 to welcome her and talk about related topics.

Angela Weiler had a review of the U.S. Copyright Office web site published in the September, 2013 issue of CHOICE magazine.

Pauline Shostack is organizing a “Ghost Hunters Library Orientation” on Thursday,  October 3 from 7 – 9:30 pm. Students will solve challenges involving themes of graveyards, ghosts, and library resources to learn more about Coulter Library.


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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2013, 03:22:54 PM »

Ruth Owens has been hired as a new Assistant Librarian at Moon Library. Ruth started over the summer and will be teaching ESF 200 Information Literacy, handling InterLibrary Loan, doing reference and acquisitions.

Nan Clark has been hired as a new Circulation Manager. Nan started over the summer and she will be overseeing our many student workers and the Circulation Desk.

In August 2013, Steve Weiter, Director of Libraries, Ruth Owens, Assistant Librarian and Heidi Webb, Instructional Support Technician attended the 2013 IDS Project Conference.

Jessica Clemons, Assistant Librarian was appointed as the Membership and Marketing Chair for the Map and Geospatial Information Roundtable (MAGIRT) of ALA. This is a two-year term and will conclude June 2015.

Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian is the 2013 recipient of the NYLA New York Library Association - ASLS Academic and Special Libraries Excellence in Library Innovation Award.

Over the summer – 2013 Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian was an invited speaker at the S.U. iSchool 20 Years of Distance Education Celebration. As a member of the very first distance class in the S.U. MLS program Jane spoke of her experiences and the differences in how it has been for her to take online classes 20 years ago and again in 2013 all over at S.U. and

Starting this Fall – 2013 Moon Library started using SpringShare’s LibAnalytics to track/record all reference/reserve statistics.

Also starting this Fall – 2013 Moon Library is starting to check out bikes via the SUNY ESF Bike Library.


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Re: Campus Updates - Cobleskill
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2013, 03:45:57 PM »
We stole Katie DeRusso from North Country Community College to be our Visiting Information Literacy Librarian. She's great.

A 40th Anniversary edition of The Library Cookbook goes on sale next week, just in time for Homecoming. The current library building opened in 1973 and we decided to celebrate with food. Shocking, I know.

The college has a new Acting President, Deb Thatcher. Dr. Thatcher has been SUNY Cobleskill's Provost for a number of years. Dr. Candace Vancko is back to running just one college at a time and I'm sure Delhi appreciates having her full attention once more.

SUNY Cobleskill will soon be on the Schoharie County Quilt Barn Trail. A quilt block will be painted and placed on one of the campus barns. The library has been hosting a contest to choose the colors for the design.

For other news, see our fall newsletter:


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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2013, 04:14:15 PM »
Hello everyone!

We've hired a Digital Services Librarian in January (me) and librarian Cindy Yochym is now full-time adjunct.

Katie Sacco and I attended SUNYLA a few months ago and Scott Richmond and Kerrie Wilkes attended ACRL. Katie got a book chapter published in the book Revolutionizing the
Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future.

We participated in the Big Read (Call of the Wild), which included distributing copies of the book and having events all over the area, and are gearing up for next year's (Emily Dickinson).

And on campus we're happy to welcome a new Provost, Dr. Terry Brown.

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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2013, 04:41:55 PM »
New Paltz campus update

Sojourner Truth Library’s Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, Acquisitions and Book Repair departments moved into newly renovated spaces over the summer. The new library office is located on the Concourse entrance level, opposite to the library entrance. The new space has all new furniture, carpeting, windows and network infrastructure.
STL is conducting a librarian search to fill the position of collection development/acquisition. Web link to the posting: