SUNYLA Council > Nov. 13, 2015 Council Meeting @ Cobleskill

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Library Division Chair Teresa Ronning participated in a roundtable discussion at the annual symposium, "Power in Partnership: A Symposium for High School and College English Teachers." The event was sponsored by the college's English Division on Oct. 23 at SUNY Adirondack's Wilton campus. The panel presentation, "Moving Beyond the Stacks: Librarians and Teachers and a New Collaboration," was attended by more than 60 area high school teachers, school and college librarians. The symposium focused on how to better prepare high school students for college.

SUNY Adirondack received a $9.7 million award from the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grants. This funding will enable the college to build the Adirondack Regional Workforce Readiness Center, a 10,000 square foot addition to two existing buildings. A press release issued by Gov. Cuomo's office said that "plans call for the building to include:
- Business Central, a 'one-stop' solution center to connect businesses with prospective employees, career readiness partners and other resources used to help small business grow
- Healthcare Simulation Labs, a local training center for Nursing and healthcare workers that leverages SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Plattsburgh’s new R.N. to B.S.N. articulation program
- Lyme disease research and testing labs in partnership with the German company InfectoLab
- Expanded and enhanced facilities for the college’s growing Office of Continuing Education and their workforce training and personal enrichment programs.
High-capacity, adaptable conference and training space for college and community functions and events."

Reference and Instruction Librarian Joyce Miller, college president Dr. Kristine Duffy and a group of business faculty attended the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) annual conference in Houston in mid-October. The theme was "Cultivating An Entrepreneurial Culture." Joyce attended in her role as the Business Division's Liaison Librarian. The conference brought together over 400 NACCE members to share entrepreneurial best practices. The conference promoted the concept that entrepreneurial mindsets can be applied not only to business courses and entrepreneurship centers but also to freshman orientation courses and developmental programs. The team attended in preparation for the new workforce readiness center.

- Joyce Miller, SUNY Adirondack

The Scholes Library at the College of Ceramics is hiring a Public Services and User Experience Librarian! You can read about the position on our blog, among other places:

This is a 12 month, non-tenure track position, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming a new public services librarian into our number. Review begins on November 16th and continues until the position is filled. Feel free to share this or our HR link:

Additionally, Art Librarian Eva Sclippa has been awarded the 2015 Public Relations and Exhibitions Award by the South Central Regional Library Council for the Harry Potter's World event series, which wrapped up this October.

The 2016 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC), which will be hosted here at Cobleskill on April 15, is seeking proposals: Registration will open on Dec. 1. For more information on SURC2016:

Cobleskill is also welcoming the SUNYLA Council on Nov. 13. Parking passes and campus maps are available from SUNYLA Secretary Carrie Fishner or from April Davies (me).

The Library is pleased to announce that Cathy Wise, currently of SUNY Oneonta, will be joining our team as Circulation Supervisor starting next week! This will allow Gina Brady to finish moving from Circulation to Tech Services. Gina is replacing Barb Ruland who had the nerve to retire this summer. A search is currently open for a new Library Secretary since Pat Larkin also up and retired last month. Then we can move on to replacing our other Tech Services clerk, the also recently retired Dawn Freisatz.

In other personnel news, Brendan Aucoin has moved from being in charge of Moodle support to being our Circulation Manager. This has allowed Katherine Brent to take over Archives & Special Collections and to add more Systems and Web duties. This in turn allows Peter Barvoets to take on more responsibility for projects such as the Digital Repository.

Rebecca Hyams:

The Stephen B. Luce Library is currently seeking applications for an Archives and Scholarly Communications Librarian! This is an entirely new position for our library and we're looking forward to having a new member on our team in the coming months. This is a Tenure-Track 12-month appointment. Details about the position and the application are here:

The Library recently purchased a campus-wide New York Times license to allow our users to access the Times via their campus email addresses for the year. We've also purchased a handful of devices to loan to faculty that they can use to create content for their online courses, including drawing tablets, webcams, microphones, and an HD camcorder.

The Stephen B. Luce Library was awarded a METRO Digitization Grant to digitize additional materials in our Sailors Snug Harbor archival collection. Part-time Librarian Jannette D'Esposito will also be serving as the project archivist. We also recently received a donation from the Class of 1955 that we will be using to purchase a collaborate workstation for our students.

We've also started a massive weeding and shifting project on our first floor, which houses our Reference and Periodical collections. We're hoping to clear quite a bit of space that can be repurposed to better serve our students.


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