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Campus Udates
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:30:30 PM »
Please put your campus updates in to this thread!

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Re: Campus Udates
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 10:42:53 AM »
After several months of searching, the Stephen B. Luce Library has hired a new director. Our new director, Kristin Hart, will be joining us in July. For the past 12 years she has managed library operations at Adelphi University's Manhattan campus library. We're excited to have her join us.

As for the rest of us, we are fully in summer mode (read: very busy working on numerous projects). Our training ship is on its way across the Atlantic and we've been posting updates from the Ship's Librarian to our blog and Facebook page, which is (as always) very popular with the parents.


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Campus Udates - Cobleskill
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2015, 12:00:59 PM »
The big news here is that we're going to be hiring again because *one of you* poached our practically-new Instructional Design Librarian. Given the imminent change in campus leadership (new prez starts July 1), we're not sure when the paperwork will get signed allowing us to start the search but it will be sometime this summer.

The expansion of Special Collections is moving quickly and it looks great. If no delays crop up it should be ready to show off by fall.

The Library hosted Cobleskill's first Student Research Showcase in April. It turned out great considering we only had about 3 weeks to pull it together. Many of the posters are now available in our digital repository. Speaking of which, we finally started our digital repository ( There's not a ton it yet but that will change over summer since we have an intern starting soon to help out with the project.


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Campus Updates _ TC3
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 01:20:30 PM »
Only one of us is heading off to Purchase for the conference.  The rest of us are staying here to continue work on our recent inventory, helping a cohort of summer students from the Dominican Republic, and preparing for a group of faculty who will be here for an intensive English language institute.  Plus tackling all those other summer project plans.

Tutoring services have been housed in different parts of the Baker Commons.  This summer, the math, science, business and accounting tutoring is moving upstairs (where the library is) to be co-located with writing tutoring.  So we're also rearranging our space and changing signs, web pages, etc..  It'll be really good - eventually.  ;)


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Re: Campus Updates - SUNY Adirondack
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2015, 01:24:11 PM »
The library staff received several acknowledgements at SUNY Adirondack’s annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Program on May 8, 2015: Library Division Chair Teresa Ronning, for 20 years of service; Library Assistant Bertha Belanger for 25 years of service; and Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller, for 20 years of service.  Joyce was also promoted to Distinguished Professor of Library Science, starting in the 2015-2016 academic year.  For photos, see:


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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2015, 02:28:40 PM »
None of us will be able to make it to Purchase this year but we hope to represent at Binghamton next year.

After compiling all of our stats for the spring, we were pleased to see that weekend head counts and gate counts were up 25% from Spring of 2014. Our two new additional dorm buildings may have something to do with the usage increase, but whatever the reason, we're glad to be busy.

Part-time reference librarian and cataloger Michele Asmus was recently recognized for 10 years of service at GCC.

Librarians Nicki Lerczak and Cindy Francis submitted a grant proposal to bring therapy dogs to the library for study week, and are waiting to hear if the proposal was approved.

Librarians Cindy Hagelberger, Nicki Lerczak, Sarah Karas, Rich Bartl, Michele Asmus, and technical assistant Stephanie Smith put together a presentation on customer service, complete with locally-produced videos depicting challenging patrons, for GCC's annual Mini Summit training days in May 2015.

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Jefferson Community College
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2015, 03:51:36 PM »
We do have some exciting news coming out of JCC! We're finally building our new Collaborative Learning Center. You can read about it hear.


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Re: Campus Udates
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2015, 05:11:42 PM »
Four of us here at Scholes/the College of Ceramics will be headed to Purchase this week, which is all but one to hold down the fort--looking forward to seeing everyone!

Renovations continue on the Engineering floor after our flooding issue this winter. We are on track to be complete by fall.

In other areas of the library, following SUNY ESF's hosting of the same exhibit, Scholes will be hosting a series of events surrounding the National Library of Medicine's "Harry Potter's World" exhibit. The introductory blog post is here:
We're planning a wide range of events, including a Horcrux scavenger hunt, opening reception, talks and lectures, live animal demonstration, student art exhibit, and closing Halloween Ball. Several local public libraries will also be participating with their own concurrent events.


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Re: Campus Udates - MCC
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 08:50:20 AM »
Several of us from Monroe Community College will be attending the SUNYLA Conference.  Personal Changes: The Library is in the midst of hiring a new assistant director.  The college itself will be welcoming a new Provost in July; this represents the first major change in divisional leadership for the library for a good 18 years.  Recently the college underwent a major reorganization and Library Services (and its upper administration) moved back with Academic Services. 

Now that the summer is here we are working on the backlog of projects that piled up over the busy Spring semester.  We are heavily involved in OER initiatives throughout the college.  In March. we hosted a college wide conference to introduce the topic to the faculty and get them excited about adopting open resources for their classes.  Several faculty have applied for and won internal grants to explore and implement OER.


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Stony Brook University
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 02:36:10 PM »
Research Forum
On May 7, Stony Brook University Libraries hosted a Lightning Talk Research Forum.  Library faculty presented briefly on their research and Selenay Aytac from Long Island University and Bruce Slutsky from New Jersey Institute of Technology led a discussion on their findings from “Published Librarian Research, 2008 through 2012: Analyses and Perspectives.”

From Special Collections & University Archives
1777 American Revolution-Long Island letter acquired
Special Collections has acquired a letter from December 1777 authored by Samuel Blachley Webb (1753-1807), an aide and secretary to George Washington. Days after this writing, Webb was captured by the British in Setauket and held for over three years. Blachley served during the Battle of Setauket (August 1777), the Battle of Long Island (August 1776), and crossed the Delaware with Washington during the Christmas day battle in 1776. He also wrote Washington’s order to distribute the Declaration of Independence and held the Bible on which Washington took his first oath of office.
Written two weeks before the Continental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge, Webb gives thanks in the letter dated December 5,1777, for his own winter supplies and discusses the failure, for want of troops, to take British-held Long Island. The attack had been delayed after Connecticut’s governor failed to replace troops sent to assist “General Washington” in Pennsylvania. Webb asks incredulously “are we with this handfull to offer Battle to three times our numbers – & they strongly intrenched” before laying out the unused battle plan and hints of future action.

Rare 1897 Map of Long Island acquired
A very rare, perhaps the first, dedicated road map of Long Island from the earliest days of the automobile has been acquired by Special Collections of the University Libraries. Published by Hyde & Company in June 1897, The Standard Road Map of Long Island documents Long Island’s roads at the dawn of the automobile age. Comprised of two sheets, it takes special account of the automobile, as it highlights in blue both major and well-made roads (“macadamized roads, well loamed boulevards and hard dirt roads”). The map includes secondary roads, trolley lines, railroads, and hotels. Barrier islands, including Fire Island, and marshy areas along the southern shore are also rendered with considerable precision. Stony Brook University Libraries has the largest collection of regional maps on Long Island.

Historic 1793 Document conserved
A historic letter regarding the Montauk Point Lighthouse, written in 1793 and housed in Special Collections of the University Libraries, has been conserved. In the letter, dated February 21, 1793, George Clinton, the first Governor of New York, writes to his friend Thomas Jefferson, who would later be elected as Vice President, about the transfer of land in Montauk, Long Island, New York to the United States of America. The Second United States Congress under president George Washington subsequently appropriated $20,000 on March 2, 1793 to build a lighthouse in Montauk.
The condition of the letter was fair when it was acquired. The medium was iron gall ink, which is acidic and can deteriorate paper. To stabilize and ensure its longevity, the document was cleaned, mended, humidified, flattened, and re-housed by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country.

Food and China’s Silk Road: Influences to and from the West
“Food and China’s Silk Road: Influences to and from the West,” a sold-out event co-sponsored by the University Libraries, was held Wednesday, May 6, in the Charles B. Wang Center. An engaged and enthused audience of students, faculty/staff, and community members gathered for a spirited lecture by historian Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman and a food tasting. Guests learned about the East-West cultural exchanges that occurred on the Silk Road through the medium of food, and sampled dishes prepared from recipes selected by Dr. Newman. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the annual cultural event.
Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman is professor emerita, Queens College, and the founder and editor of the award-winning magazine Flavor and Fortune, the first and only English-language quarterly about Chinese food and dietary culture. Dr. Newman has donated more than 4,000 Chinese cookbooks, culinary magazines, and related audio-visual materials to Special Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries. It is the largest collection of its type in the world. Dr. Newman has established an endowment for collection care and event programming.


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Re: Campus Udates - Albany
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 03:13:57 PM »
Dean and Director Search:

The Library Dean and Director search is under way.  The vacancy announcement can be seen here:  Please feel free to share with any qualified people you know who you think may be interested.  Application review will begin immediately, and applications should be submitted via the Isaacson Miller job ad:

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost:

We are pleased to welcome James R. Stellar, our new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  Prior to joining the University at Albany, Stellar served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and then as vice president for academic innovation and experiential education at Queens College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY).  Stellar earned his doctorate in biological psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed his post-doctoral studies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.


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Re: Campus Udates_SUNY Cortland
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2015, 08:19:29 AM »
A lot of things happening at SUNY Cortland:
- We have had numerous retirements, including Gretchen Douglas, Librarian and Computer Applications Instructor and Dawn van Hall, Technology and Imaging Specialist and Co-Coordinator of Native American Studies. After many years of distinguished service, they are sadly leaving us. They will be missed. We have also hired many new amazing people, including Brian Story, an Instructional Services Librarian. We are also in the hiring process of a new Computer Applications Administrator and Computer Applications Program Instructor.
- Our Information Literacy Instruction Program is working on a strategic plan, as well as implementing new and interesting programming and outreach.
- We are excited to be hosting traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine entitled Harry Potter's World, Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine coming later this summer. In addition, we are hosting a new rotating student art exhibit within the library.
-Other fun stuff....We have implemented a new EDS over the past year and over the summer we are planning an upgrade of libguides.