SUNYLA Council > Sept. 25, 2015 Council Meeting @ Monroe Community College

Campus Updates

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Kay Hafner has joined the SUNY Adirondack Library staff as a part-time reference librarian.

Greer Hamilton is the new library specialist, covering the circulation desk evenings and weekends.

A descendant of Glens Falls founder Abraham Wing has donated a collection of family documents to the SUNY Adirondack Library. Some of the Wing Collection papers date back to 1717. The donation was arranged through Paul McCarty, the historian who coordinates the library's local history collection, the Hill Collection. Paul said that future plans call for the documents to be digitized and made available to the public. Details are available on The Chronicle newspaper's website: Wing Heir Gives Trove to ACC.

Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller participated in a birding trip to Northern Arizona in June. She wrote an article about the adventure, entitled "Her quest to see California condors in the Grand Canyon," published in the July 21 issue of the The Chronicle newspaper of Glens Falls.

- Joyce Miller
SUNY Adirondack

This will look familiar when you see the Newsletter.  :-)

The Alfred C. O’Connell Library has hired a new part-time circulation clerk, Marisa Covert, replacing previous part-time clerk Amy Westfall, who became our new full-time Sr. Library Clerk.

Librarians Nicki Lerczak and Cindy Hagelberger participated in the college’s bi-annual club fair on Tuesday, September 15, in order to support their New Age Circle Club and Literary Club, respectively.

Librarian Michelle Eichelberger and her co-author Bonnie Imler’s article “How do I send an Email?”: Technology Challenges for First-Year Students in the College Library” has been published in volume 33, issue 3 of Library Hi-Tech. Michelle was also promoted to Associate Professor, effective September 1.

Librarians Michelle Eichelberger, Cindy Francis, Cindy Hagelberger, Nicki Lerczak, are all serving on committees responsible for preparing materials for the college’s upcoming Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE) Accreditation Self-Study. Library Director Nina Warren is chairing the Standard 1: Mission and Goals committee, and is a member of the Steering Committee.

Erie Community College (ECC)

The ECC libraries welcome new part-time College Librarians Justin Cronise, Maria Lowe, and David Odem. Justin joined the ECC North Campus library staff in September 2015. In October 2014, Maria joined the ECC City Campus library staff and David joined the South Campus library staff.

We also welcome new Senior Library Clerks Tina Doud and Karen Bailey. Karen is serving as a circulation clerk at the ECC City Campus. Tina serves as the City Campus cataloging clerk. They joined the staff in September 2015.

In addition to new hires, new department chairs were selected for two of the ECC libraries at the end of the 2015 Spring Semester. Senior College Librarian Matthew Best is the new chair at ECC North Campus. Senior College Librarian Taheera Shaheed-Sonubi is the new chair at ECC South Campus.

The ECC libraries congratulate librarian Professor Katherine Hill on receiving emeritus status during the college's September 2015 Opening Day ceremonies. Katherine retired from her position at the ECC North Campus library in 2014. We wish her continued success and happiness in her retirement.

-Matthew Best
Erie Community College

Rebecca Hyams:

Since my last update we've had a lot of changes in our Library. We had a few staff departures, a bit of hiring, and one staff member from another department transfer into ours.

On the new (or not-so-new) faces front, we hired Jannette D’Esposito as our new Part-time daytime Librarian. Jannette has been a long-time intern and volunteer in our library and we’re pleased to have her officially join our staff. We are also in the process of hiring an additional Part-time librarian to fill another existing part-time vacancy.

Ian August, our campus Instructional Designer, officially moved into the Library department at the end of July. He was previously housed in our Global Business and Transportation (GBAT) department. Ian is currently in the final phases of migrating our faculty from Angel to Blackboard and oversees the LMS platforms for the entire campus.

Apart from all of the staff changes we’ve been super busy undertaking several projects to improve services for the Maritime community. Within a very short window we implemented Springshare’s E-Reserves module, which now allows us to make course readings available digitally. As part of that process we upgraded LibGuides to CMS so we could take advantage of the LTI integration with Blackboard and several other features.

We started a massive weeding of our Government Documents and Periodicals collections, and plan on looking much more closely at several of our other collections over the coming months. We’re also working on reevaluating many of our policies and procedures to make the library more user-focused.


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