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Campus Updates
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:16:35 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2016, 11:09:51 AM »
Heather Shalhoub, Sara Hull, and Sarah Morehouse have been promoted to SL3 (Instructional Support Technician) and received the internal title change from Information Resources Coordinator to Librarian.

Lisa D'Adamo Weinstein took over as Dean of Academic and Instructional Services, which encompasses the library, instructional designers, academic support, disability services, and faculty professional development for online teaching.

The search for an Associate Dean who will be in charge of the librarians and instructional designers together continues and we hope to hire SOON. Dana and Heather are both on the search committee. On site interviews are taking place early next week. The focus really seems to be on the instructional designers, who are suffering much more without a director than we are. This will be interesting.

We are in the first steps of looking into reducing our reference hours. We currently cover 64 hours a week with 4 people, and we have Ask Us 24/7. We will probably maintain that schedule September through November and February through April, and cut them other times of the year. (Our students don't have finals, and we run six overlapping terms, so we have December/May LULLS unlike the rest of the world.)

I'm the co-chair of an ad hoc OER committee. Our first goals are to spread awareness about OER, address fears, catch and magnify any enthusiasm, and develop an inventory of what is being done and a directory of who is doing it. We also really want the college to join SUNY OER Services but we need to get our act together and get the suits to say yes.

One of the things the new Dean (Lisa) is doing is encouraging us to look for and apply to grants and do PROJECTS. She is also vastly more travel-friendly than we're used to. And she encourages experimentation within reason. This is so new to us... our reports may start getting much more interesting.

Dana Longley, Assistant Director for Library Instruction and Information Literacy, has published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, titled "Demand Driven Acquisition of E-books in a Small Online Academic Library: Growing Pains and Assessing Gains" (link to abstract:

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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016, 08:51:12 AM »

We are very nearly done with a major renovation to the first floor of the Stephen B. Luce Library! Since May the library has been under renovation to create the college's Academic Success Center (a technology-enhanced active learning classroom), a new office for our library director and one for an Academic Coach, three group study rooms, and another larger study space. As we speak they are installing ceiling tiles and preparing to install new flooring in preparation for a furniture delivery next week. This has all been a very exciting process and we're looking forward to seeing it finished!

Next up is an overhaul of our Archives. The demolition was done over the summer and we'll be up to having compact shelving installed over the Winter Break.

Other than that we've all been super busy on various projects and should have more to share in November.


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Re: Campus Updates - Adirondack
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2016, 11:32:49 AM »
News from SUNY Adirondack:

Summer renovations are now completed in the Scoville Learning Center, home to the college's library. The library's reference desk, all books, periodicals and DVDs are now on the top floor of the building. New blue, green and gray furniture, carpeting and paint have brightened up the area. The circulation desk remains on the main floor. The library formerly occupied both the main and top floors. The college's open computer lab moved from the ground floor to the main floor. The Center for Reading and Writing and the MECS (math, engineering, computer science) Lab are located on the far end of the main floor, and share a common entrance area.
Library clerk Julia Rounds retired in July after 30 years at the college. She supervised the work-study students, coordinated interlibrary loan services, and assisted at the circulation desk. A search is underway for her replacement.
Two part-time reference librarians also retired this summer: Marsha Gettig and Michele Gottlieb.
Two new part-time librarians have now joined the staff: Nora Burrows and Rickele Bello.
Rickele Bello is our new evening reference librarian. She has worked at the elementary level since graduating from Drexel University with a Masters in Library and Information Sciences in 2014. Her professional expertise has been children’s literature and digital literacy for grade K-5. Currently she spends her days building a library program at St. Mary’s - St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School.
Nora Burrows received her Master of Science in Information Science from the University at Albany, SUNY in May of 2016.  Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Berea College in Berea, KY where her primary instrument was flute and secondary was voice. She is continuing musical pursuits this semester as a member of both SUNY Adirondack’s Symphonic Band and Chorale. She also worked in several other libraries while pursuing her degrees. She currently volunteers at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls in the Teen Center.


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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2016, 12:18:12 PM »
The North and Central Reading Rooms in the Melville Library have been renovated and are open for business.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. and Dean Constantia Constantinou on Wednesday, 28 September at 2pm.  Both Reading Rooms boast study rooms and collaborative learning spaces, single service points with a combination of access services staff, reference librarians (in North Reading Room) and IT personnel, new furniture, technology, and more outlets than ever. 
The Central Reading Room features an event space in which an exhibit of Salvador Dali’s interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is on display.

The new North and Central Reading Rooms at Stony Brook University Libraries were recently honored with an award from FLEXspace, an open access repository featuring images and data of learning spaces.  Laura Costello, Head of Research & Emerging Technologies, received a sponsorship by Herman Miller Education and FLEXspace to attend the 2016 Designing Libraries Conference held in Calgary, Canada 18-20 September 2016. Read about her experience here:

Michael Huang, Librarian, Coordinator of the Office of Global Library Initiatives, presented “Transformation of academic libraries in China: Challenges, opportunities, and best practices” at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, June 23-28, 2016.

Daniel Kinney, Metadata/Authority Control Librarian, was the recipient of the 2016 Arnold and Judy Wishnia Award for his “dedicated service to UUP, Stony Brook University, and the Greater Community."

Claudia McGivney joined the Stony Brook University Libraries as the Head of Academic Engagement.  Claudia has experience as a reference librarian at Dowling College and Hofstra University.  She also served as the First Year Experience Coordinator at Dowling College. She holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, C W Post, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hofstra University and she is currently working toward a Doctorate in Education in Educational Administration from Dowling College. 

Upcoming events include:
STEM Speakers Series

Writers Series

Open Access Symposium 2016, 25 October 2016


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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2016, 01:25:39 PM »
Librarians Cindy Hagelberger and Nicki Lerczak were both promoted this summer. Nicki is now a full professor, and Cindy is an assistant professor.

Michelle Eichelberger’s article, “Academic technology confidence levels vs. ability in first-year traditional and non-traditional undergraduates,” co-authored with Bonnie Imler, was published in volume 34, issue 3 of Library Hi-Tech. Michelle and Bonnie have also been contracted to write a book about usability and discovery systems for the Innovative Libraries series for ABC-CLIO's Libraries Unlimited imprint, due to be published Spring 2017.

On June 9, Cindy Hagelberger presented a poster session entitled: Taking it outside: Interacting with librarians outside of their usual habitat! at the 2016 SUNYLA (SUNY Librarians Association) Conference held at SUNY Binghamton.  The poster described the library’s themed roving weeks which engage students outside the library with book displays and trivia contests celebrating, among other events, the release of the new Star Wars movie and the summer Olympics.

Year of UX: the library kicked off our Year of UX during the week of September 5. We’ve begun by conducting surveys at the campus centers and at the Batavia campus’s College Club Fair.  Over the 2016-17 year, we’re hoping to gather valuable information about how our students use our facilities, services, and resources.

Student Opinion Survey: The library was pleased to once again rank #1 out of 29 categories on the SUNY Student Opinion Survey for GCC for 2016. This year, the “Library Facilities” question was removed from the survey, but students ranked “Study Areas Throughout the College” as #3, and the library is a key campus study area.


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Campus Update-Cobleskill
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2016, 05:09:05 PM »
Things are a super hectic at Cobleskill right now. It's our centennial AND homecoming starts tomorrow. The crew from StoryCorps arrived today and are all set up in one of our study rooms to gather stories from alums, former employees (hint, hint Fishner), and anyone else with a Coby tale to tell. More info on our website:

Also, we had a new person start at the library today (in my department) so I've been trying to get started training her and everything in between meetings (I'm on the Middle States committee for our periodic review) and prepping the book sale which starts tomorrow.

In other news... the tutorials created by our Instruction librarian, Don LaPlant, are getting rave reviews. They are on our libguides site if you want to see.  We've received a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities to host a discussion group series celebrating the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize. Prof. Erik Hage has agreed to facilitate each discussion. A large portion of the Iroquois Indian Museum's research collection has moved into our newly renovated Archives & Special Collections space. We now house their monograph and pamphlet collection, and a portion of their journal collection will move over in the future.

See our fall newsletter for more goings on:


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Campus Updates: New Paltz
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2016, 05:10:10 PM »
2016 Ex Libris Northeast User Group Conference/Meeting on October 27-28, 2016:
New Paltz will host the 2016 Ex Libris Northeast User Group Conference/Meeting on October 27-28, 2016. This is a great opportunity to meet/network/learn with colleagues and Aleph ILS users from the region, such as CUNYs, NYU, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, UMass and other academic consortia. There are varieties of interesting topics (e.g., Tableau visualization and hands-on sessions). Hope you can join us and enjoy the scenic Hudson Valley autumn. Follow the link for more information:     

Other New Paltz updates:
Madeline Veitch, Lydia Willoughby, and intern, Jasper Campos have created a new zine website at that details all the updates to our zine library and zine-making materials for checkout. Watch for their zine workshop at SENYLRC coming in December.

Faculty-Staff Quiet Study Room: a new space that is reserved for faculty, staff, emeriti, adjunct faculty, and visiting faculty who wish to conduct quiet, individual work. The room provides a serene environment with comfy chairs, work tables, study carrels, and cubbies for temporary storage of personal materials. The perfect place to get some work done! Access to the room is controlled by a campus ID key-card system.

Personnel News:
Cheryl Morse has accepted the position of Dean's Office secretary. She comes to us from Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office and has a background in Landscape Design, Horticulture, Environmental Education and Plant Science. Cheryl loves to read, so what better place to work than a Library? 

Amber Melvin joined the library in August as our new Technology Assistant. Amber comes from SUNY Sullivan (which is SUNY New Paltz’s little SUNY sister). She has her degree in Computer Information Systems and is continuing her education in Information Security. She enjoys introducing new technologies to anyone who will sit still long enough! She’s happy to be a part of the New Paltz campus and looks forward to working with faculty and students in the coming years.

Alexa Murphy is starting this fall as a visiting reference and instruction librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library. Alexa received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and also has an M.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She is a Hudson Valley native, and comes to us from Tivoli Free Library, where she served as interim director. Before entering the LIS field, Alexa was a writer and editor in educational publishing for fifteen years.   

Kim Alessi has rejoined the staff after a brief stint across campus in Accounts Payable. She has taken on a six-month Temporary Assistant to the Dean role. She will take over responsibility for building issues, and will assist with other projects. We are very happy to have her back!

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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2016, 08:40:28 AM »
SUNY Delhi is thrilled to welcome Carrie Fishner as our new Director. Prior to her appointment as director Carrie worked at the Resnick library as out Outreach and Instruction librarian.

That's our big news for the semester. We're also preparing for what is shaping up to be a phenomenal Banned Books week. This year's theme is all Harry Potter based (thanks Alfred for your support and for letting us run with your amazing idea). We'll be having guest lectures from faculty, fund raising, games and more.

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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2016, 08:52:14 AM »
Nassau Community College
Acquisitions Librarian-extraordinaire Rosanne Humes was recently prompted to full professor!  ;D
NCC Library recently established a new student space on the first floor. This area also houses our new display shelves- filled with dvds, popular fiction and non-fiction books being used in our RDG/BEP program. Rosanne Humes and Lisa Errico have worked diligently to establish this new collection and clearly label each book to indicate if we also have the eBook and/or audiobook version available for student use.


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Re: Campus Updates - Albany
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2016, 11:29:56 AM »
Dean of University Libraries

Rebecca L. Mugridge has been appointed Dean of University Libraries, as of August 26. She had been acting as Interim Dean and Director of University Libraries since Mary Casserly’s retirement. Ms. Mugridge joined the University at Albany in January 2013, as Director of Technical Services and Library Systems.  She previously held positions at the Pennsylvania State University, Yale University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.  We will be conducting a search for the Director of Technical Services and Library Systems in the future.

Personnel Highlights:

New hires and promotions
Ms. Camille Chesley is joining the University Libraries as Reference Librarian and Subject Librarian for Journalism.  She received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was previously Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Montevallo. Her research interests include gaming and gamification in library instruction, information literacy assessment, critical librarianship, and diversity and inclusion in library and information science.

David H. Dickinson was hired as Interactive Media Center Training Specialist on July 28, 2016. David has an MA in Interactive Multimedia from Long Island University and a BA in Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership.

Cathy Dwyer was appointed Director of Scholarly Communications and Head, Dewey Graduate Library, effective July 14, 2016. In this role, Cathy will oversee scholarly communication and research data management initiatives, including the Libraries’ institutional repository, Scholars Archive. She will also provide administrative leadership, develop goals and objectives, and monitor progress for the Dewey Graduate Library.

Jennifer Moore was hired as part-time reference librarian on August 11.

Ms. Kelsey O’Brien is joining the Information Literacy Department in the University Libraries as senior assistant librarian. Kelsey received her MSIS from the University at Albany, and had come to us from Siena College. Her research and teaching interests focus on alternative credentialing, competency-based learning, gamification, and creative publication tools. Other areas of interest include scaffolded learning, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and addressing the affective needs of students during the research process.

Stephanie Sampsen was hired on May 5, 2016 as the Lending & Access Services Clerk, at the Science Library.

Lorre Smith, Subject Librarian for Sociology, Anthropology, Geography and Planning, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences retired in June.

Gregory Baron, Instructional Support Specialist, also retired in June.

Morissa McQuide resigned as the Evening Circulation Clerk at the University Library to pursue a graduate degree in international education at New York University.

John Heffernan resigned as the Evening Circulation Clerk at the Science Library to return to his former position with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Libraries Sponsor Visiting Scholar Librarian from China

In support of President Jones’s vision for internationalization, Yu-Hui Chen, PhD, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies initiated a collaboration between the University Libraries and the Center for International Education and Global Strategy to recruit librarians from overseas to attend its newly established Institute for International Visiting Scholars (IIVS). Dr. Chen developed a proposal for the Libraries to host an international visiting librarian for the Fall 2016 Semester. The program will allow the visiting librarian to gain an understanding of how American libraries operate by observing many facets of our operation and taking field trips to other libraries. In addition, the visiting librarian would take part in seminars and other cultural activities hosted by IIVS.

On September 12, the University Libraries welcomed its first IIVS visiting librarian, Ms. Rong Xiao. Ms. Xiao works at the Library of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, Sichuan. We believe that Ms. Xiao’s visit will provide both the library and the campus community with meaningful exposure to diverse perspectives. This, in turn, will enrich our learning environment. Additionally, this mutually beneficial program can further enhance the existing partnership between SWUFE and the University at Albany.

Renovation of Interactive Media Center

The University Library’s Interactive Media Center (IMC) was renovated over the summer months to facilitate the growing demand for IMC’s services, including equipment loans, and consultation and instruction. The IMC is the only place on campus that lends recording and presentation equipment to UAlbany students, faculty, and staff. Storage space was created to house the ever-increasing volume of equipment needed to support academic research and student activities.

The service desk was redesigned to accommodate lengthier interactions with patrons. An additional sitdown desk area with a double sided monitor was added and will be used to demonstrate how to use recording equipment and to assist students in using applications on Windows and Macs.

Upcoming events include:

Joseph LeDoux, September 27,
Joseph LeDoux is a world-renowned expert on the neurobiology of anxiety and fear. Director of the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU, he has helped to redefine the current understanding of those psychological states and their associated disorders. His new book is Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety (2015), an accessible, elegantly written guide to the history and science of his field.

Campus Conversations in Standish Speaker Series, September 28,
Dr. Julie Novkov, Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and also a professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will address "The Supreme Court's 2016 Term: Interesting Times" on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Access Day, October 25, 2016

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Re: Campus Updates
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2016, 10:33:26 AM »
Erie Community College (ECC), Delegate: Matthew Best

2016 brings many positive changes to the ECC libraries and some welcomed accolades. Additional changes extended throughout the entire college.

Over the summer, the ECC libraries began modifying the ways in which it offers library instruction and reference services. The libraries now offer fifteen-minute "mini" library instruction sessions in classrooms around the ECC campuses.  These “mini” sessions complement the fifty-minute sessions that continue to be held within the libraries. Additionally, ECC librarians deployed an online library instruction course via the Blackboard learning management system. This self-paced course enhances the libraries' distance learning resources. To receive enhanced reference services, ECC library users can now book appointments online for private hour-long consultations with librarians. This change reflects the decline of short ready-reference interactions at the libraries' public reference desks. Though ECC librarians are still present at public reference desks, the availability of scheduled private appointments has potential to increase user satisfaction.

2016 also brings staffing changes to the ECC libraries. Justin Cronise, former part-time librarian at ECC's North campus in Williamsville, NY, began a full-time librarian position at ECC South Campus in Orchard Park, NY. New hire, Keri Thomas-Whiteside received a full-time librarian position at ECC City Campus in Buffalo, NY and is scheduled to join the team this October.

On Septemer 30, 2016, the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) plans to present its 2016 Outstanding Library Program Award to the ECC libraries. WNYLRC granted this award based on the success of the ECC Libraries' Human Library programs held during 2015 and 2016. These programs brought together people from unique backgrounds in order to dispel stereotypes and prejudices, and encourage dialogue and understanding through conversation. The programs featured a series of guest speakers, living books, who spoke openly and honestly about their specific situations. The presentation of the award to the ECC libraries will be held in Ellicotville, NY and coincides with the celebration of WNYLRC's 50th annual meeting.

Over the summer, construction began on ECC's $3.1 million grant-funded Nanotechnology Building Annex at ECC North Campus in Williamsville, NY. Construction also began on the college's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) academic center at North Campus with a ceremonial groundbreaking on August 24. The $30 million state-, county- and college-funded project will provide approximately 57,000 square feet of new facility space for labs, prep rooms and support spaces for ECC's Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Science programs.

At the start of the Fall Semester, it was announced that ECC's President Jack F. Quinn, Jr. will retire following the school's 2017 commencement and the college will embark on a presidential transition plan. Quinn, a U.S. Congressman representing Buffalo from 1993-2005, presided over ECC since 2008.