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Carleen Huxley:
Please respond to this thread with your campus updates.

Patrick Patterson:
SUNY Potsdam has just finished on campus interviews for a new president and the name of the top candidates has been passed along from the college.

In February the Director of the Libraries Jenica Rogers gave birth to her first child. Gwyneth Winter Capen was born on February 21st  weighing 7 lbs and 1.9 oz, and was 20 inches long.

In January the Crumb and Crane Library each added a new piece of furniture accommodating both computers and printers.  The furniture is from Kl and is called Wireworks. 

With some restructuring of the college the Instructional Technology Center (ITC) has become part of the libraries. Paula Willard, the instructional Support specialist has joined our staff.  The ITC still remains in another building on campus.

Our big project right now is organizing a Human Library event for April 10.  See our site at  We have benefitted from the guidance of Pauline and Angela at OCC.

Once all the access and authentication questions have been resolved, we will be launching a collection of Axis360 ebooks and audiobooks.

Van Wagenen Library is in the midst of a search for an Instructional Design Librarian. On campus interviews will probably be in April.

Visiting Information Literacy Librarian Katie DeRusso presented at the recent 3Ts conference in Geneseo.

The college has begun the process of finding a new President. Someone should be named, and maybe even be in place, by this time next year. In other campus news… both the new Ag & Natural Resources building and a new dorm are opening in the fall; the CMS migration from Angel to Moodle is underway; one of our goats gave birth to quintuplets last week, 5 is unusual but them being adorable is not (

Rebecca Hyams:
Maritime Update

Just this week we had a new part-time librarian, Jessica Patterson, join our staff. We are now back to having a full staff ashore.

We just put out a posting looking for ship librarians to go on Summer Sea Term 2014. Information about the position can be found here: .

In the library we recently hung two paintings of the school's original training ships, the St. Mary's and Newport. They were bequeathed to us by George Marshall, whose grandfather, Christopher Mardsen, had served as an executive officer on the ships. More information about the paintings (and pictures) can be found on our blog here:

Elsewhere on campus, Dr. Timothy Lynch was hired as our new Provost and started in January, leaving northern California for very snowy New York. We're also in the middle of a presidential search, and hopefully a new president will be hired in time for the summer.


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