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Campus Updates
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:02:56 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2016, 10:33:13 AM »
From: Jennifer DeVito

The renovation of the North Reading Room (Science & Engineering Library) is complete (with a few finishing touches still to be done).  The room opened on 23 May (see pictures  Patrons are enjoying the space which features lots of natural light, new furniture and working spaces for all types of study styles.
The renovation work continues in the Central Reading Room. That space closed on 23 May and work is expected to be completed in the early fall.

The SBU Libraries have a new STEM web page to provide easy access to all of our STEM resources and to connect you to our expert librarians in the sciences, technology, and the health sciences. This site provides easy access to STEM ejournals, the most useful databases, research guides, and information on scholarly communications issues for researchers. Learn about our STEM librarians and contact us if you need assistance with your research or course assignments.

Jay Levenson, ILL Clerk in the Access Services department, has won the 2015-2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. This award recognizes classified employees who demonstrate superior performance and extensive service to the campus and the SUNY-system.  In addition to his responsibilities in resource sharing and at the service desk, Jay serves as the advisor to the Native American Student Organization (NASO). In July, he worked with Professor Madeline del Toro Cherney (Anthropology) to create a presentation for ANT 203 class in which he portrayed a Mohawk scout discussing Mohawk heritage.  He also organized a library program in connection with NASO in honor of Native American History Month. We are extremely proud that Jay has been recognized for his excellent work!

Matthew Still joined the Stony Brook University Libraries as the new Head of Southampton Library.  Matthew comes to the Stony Brook University Libraries faculty from Babylon Public Library, where he was Head of Support Services.  In that capacity, Matthew was responsible for overseeing the Technical Services, Circulation, and Information Technology departments.  Previously, Matthew was a Visiting Assistant Librarian at Stony Brook University Libraries and an Adult Reference Librarian at Babylon Public Library.  He holds an MLS from Queens College and a BA in History and Secondary Education from St. Joseph's College.

Dana Haugh is the new Web Services Librarian at Stony Brook University Libraries.  Dana is very involved with emerging technologies in libraries and brings experience in web development, design and marketing, along with blogging and social media skills.  Her recent librarian positions were at Teachers College at Columbia University and at Queens Public Library.  She has published in sources such as Journal of Electronic Librarian Resources and Serials Review, and most recently co-authored a book chapter titled "Pedagogy and Protyping in Library Makerspaces."  Dana earned her MLIS from Queens College and is an alum of Stony Brook University with a B.A in English Literature.  She received the "John Milton Digital Library" award from Digital Liaisons Panel, ASIS&T Conference in 2014.  Please join me in welcoming Dana to SBU Libraries.

Victoria Pilato has joined our team as the Digital Projects Librarian starting May 12th.  Victoria comes to Stony Brook University Libraries from Frick Art Reference Library where she was the Assistant Digital/Metadata Librarian and Digital Projects Coordinator.  Her core responsibilities were to create, maintain, and exhibit digital collections, working with various systems including Omeka and Google Open Gallery. She also worked at LIU Post Library on various digital initiatives with the William Randolph Hearst Archive.  Victoria earned her MSLIS from the Palmer School at LIU and a BFA in Printmaking from SUNY College at Buffalo.  She holds certificates in Archives and Rare Books & Special Collections, and for completing the CopyrightX course at Harvard Law School. 

Chris Sauerwald is our new Multimedia Resources Specialist. Chris brings to us over 15 years of experience with multimedia operations in academia, including university and private school settings.  Since 2004, he has been at the Y.A.L.E School in Cherry Hill, NJ where he moved through the ranks as Multimedia Instructor, then as Multimedia and Communications Specialist and most recently as Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications.  Prior to that, Chris served as Instructional Support Specialist at Temple University.  He earned a Bachelor's degree from the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, with a concentration in digital video, graphic design, and multimedia.  Please welcome Chris to SBU Libraries team.

William Blydenburgh is the Manager of Southampton Library. William is an Instructor of English at Suffolk Community College and previously served as the Library Systems and Services Manager at Dowling College. William holds a bachelors and a masters degree in English and has studied abroad in New Zealand.

Susan White, Head of Serials and Electronic Resource Management for the University Libraries, retired effective May 26, 2016.  Susan started her SBU career in 1985 in the Cataloging unit, cataloging a variety of materials, gradually focusing on collections for both AV and Music. She eventually moved to the Music Library, tasked with tackling an enormous backlog of sheet music, which she systematically whittled down to a manageable number of items. In 2003, Susan moved to the East Campus to join the Health Sciences Library, filling the much needed role of cataloger. She was also tasked with implementing the HSL acquisitions module of Aleph. Within a few years, Susan was promoted to become the Head of Electronic Resource Management in the HSL, a recognition of her adaptability and leadership skills. Most recently Susan was named the
Susan lead the two most recent exhibitions in the HSL. " Health Care Instruments -- Past and Present" and "Dental Instruments -- Past and Present"  She was a recipient of President's Award for Team Achievement in 2004.  We wish Susan all the best in this next chapter of life!

Lis Pankl, Head of Academic Engagement, has made a decision to be closer to her family out west by accepting a position with the University of Utah's Marriott Library as Head of Graduate and Undergraduate Services. Lis came to Stony Brook University Libraries from Kansas State University Libraries where she was the Graduate and Faculty Services Librarian.  Previous to that, she worked as Humanities Librarian and Instruction Librarian at Kansas State.  While at SBU Libraries, Lis worked with teams of faculty and staff, students and the University's leadership to develop the vision of the SBU Libraries Academic Engagement and strategic directions. Best wishes to Lis!

We continue to recruit for a number of positions.

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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2016, 09:07:32 AM »

Construction is happening! ;D! In the week following Graduation and the Ship's Departure our Facilities department was in the Library with demolition tools and took out several plaster walls in the 2nd bay of the Library. (Instructional Designer Ian August has been temporarily relocated along with the Center for Teaching Excellence to the Director's Suite.) The 2nd bay will become an active learning classroom and be used by the Academic Success Center. Some small group workrooms are also being built alongside the space. Next is gutting the space that houses our Archives to open up the space and put in compact shelving.

By the end of this phase of renovations we also hope to have some new, more comfortable furniture in the lounge area at the far end of the library where we removed some shelving over the winter break. The space has become popular for events and students looking for a place to relax.

To accommodate all of the construction some of our collections are "off-line" and in boxes. We put our new student workers through their paces very quickly once they joined us in May and they were a big help in packing and moving boxes of books to other areas of the library. We expect to have the collections (Reference and large parts of our Special Collections) back up for the Fall semester.

If you're interested in our renovation planning process, Kristin Hart and Katie Bram will be presenting a session at SUNYLA on Thursday morning called "Collecting and Using Data for Space Design".

In addition to all of the work related to construction, everyone's in full-on summer project mode here and keeping quite busy.


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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2016, 09:39:11 AM »
Instructional Design Librarian Don LaPlant is co-presenting a preconference session about the Guide on the Side pilot project.

Circulation Manager Brendan Aucoin graduated from UAlbany’s MSIS program in May. Congrats Brendan!

Joshua Rimmer is our new Night Circulation Supervisor. A graduate of Drexel’s MSIS program, he’s also helping out with reference and various tech services projects. Recent Coby grad Dawn Ladanye is also working for us as a Night Circ Supervisor, part-time. Dawn is currently trying to choose which library school to attend.

April’s SUNY Undergrad Research Conference went well. Many of the presentations are available in our Digital Repository:

As part of the College’s centennial celebration, the library is planning a StoryCorps oral history project for Homecoming this fall.


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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 09:08:56 AM »
From Michelle Eichelberger

Librarian Cindy Hagelberger will be presenting a poster session at SUNYLA on Thursday.

Part-time circulation clerk Jess Scheuerman has been accepted for the MLIS program at UB, starting this Fall.

Librarian Nicki Lerczak was thanked in the acknowledgments section of the recently published eighth edition of the MLA Handbook.  Nicki was one of a small group who offered feedback on both an early draft of the book as well as on the book’s design.