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SBU celebrated Open Access Week with a number of events and culminating with the third Open Access Symposium.
The Symposium included keynote speakers Elliot Harmon, Activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education at SPARC as well as panel discussions on various aspects of open access.  Mark McBride, SUNY OLIS, participated on panel discussion on Open Access Policy and OERs.

On October 24th, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon was held at the Stony Brook University Libraries. Students from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric worked on Wikipedia resources related to disability studies, mental health, ethnic/minority and marginalized peoples, and the LBGTQ* community. Libraries Darren Chase, Jamie Saragossi, and Laurel Scheinfeld were on hand to help students use the library’s resources to support their edits.

Stony Brook University Libraries announce the opening of the Max Fink Papers and Digital Collection. The Max Fink Digital Collection, a subset of the papers, includes nearly 7,000 items (20,000 pages) of Dr. Fink’s original notes on experimental psychiatry, outgoing letters to colleagues, professional writings, and an autobiographical memoir completed in 2017.

Prize-winning journalist, author, and historian Bill Bleyer presented “Long Island Naval History in Wartime, with an emphasis on World War I” on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Special guests in attendance included residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home, Stony Brook, NY.
This program was part of New York Archives Week and World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Librarian Bob Tolliver, Head, Science & Engineering, was invited to speak at the American Geosciences Institute’s (AGI) Leadership Forum as part of a panel on issues of concern to the geosciences. Bob spoke on the importance of access to data and information in the geosciences including research and data produced by federal agencies. Following the Leadership Forum, Bob attended AGI’s Geosciences Congressional Visits Days (Geo-CVD). The Geo-CVD started with a workshop on communicating with Congress and preparation for the following day’s visit to Capitol Hill. Bob prepared for the visit with the three other attendees from NY, including geoscientists from Columbia University, the University of Rochester, and the Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca. The following day, the NY group meet with the offices of our two state senators, the four house representatives from their districts, and staff members of the Environmental Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee to discuss the importance of geoscience funding and access to data and research produced by our federal science agencies. The Geo-CVD was a great opportunity to learn about communicating with our government about issues in science and education.
Laurel Scheinfeld joined Stony Brook University Libraries on October 19, 2017 as the new Health Sciences Librarian.

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Wilhelm-Chapin to Memorial Library as our newest instructional designer (

Marla Hairston, our senior student supervisor, received the great honor of becoming a "campus champion" (

Visiting Librarian, Annette Enrnst (known affectionately by local children as Ms. Annette), ran “Tricks, Treats, and Tales” for Cortland area families. The event included tales, crafts, a library parade, puppets, and of course treats.

The English Education club, led by Valerie Guzman, one of our amazing student assistants, held a Spookathon in the library. Club members read excerpts from Harry Potter, Goosebumps, and other spooky short stories like Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" to spread literacy and a love for reading. They had a crafts table for children to make their own masks, color Halloween pages, and decorate  cupcakes.

Library Spaces
Our Interim Library Director, Jennifer Kronenbitter, is working hard to meet the needs of our students. She has approved our annexation of recently vacated office space to make two more group study rooms.

The library also has a new collaborative learning space, with four wall-mounted flat-screen monitors, individual white boards, and easily movable chairs The space will be used by librarians to promote active learning and information literacy.

Tech Services
The library is part of the 2nd reclamation process organized by SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) to review our current procedures as preparation for the migration to  ALMA and Primo in July 2019.

Library Division Chair Teresa Ronning is the lead person for Open Educational Resources at SUNY Adirondack. The library division will adopt parts of the SUNY OER publication The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook in our LIB187 course and update the course name and learning outcomes.

The college is participating in 4DX, Four Disciplines of Execution. The library division is taking part. For the fall semester, we are practicing the process of reporting  "WIG (Wildly Important Goals) sessions" in the 4DX portal. In the spring, our weekly sessions will focus on one Wildly Important Goal. Less than 20% of one's time is expected to be spent on the WIG. More about 4DX can be read on the Franklin Covey website:

Adam Saunders:

Librarians Angela Rhodes, Mandy Babirad, and Adam Saunders were at the Journey into Literacy conference at SUNY Potsdam alongside associate professor Wyatt Galusky, and presented a session titled Exploring Literacy Through a Video Game “Book Club”. The session went extremely well, with participants that were eager to learn about this unique new strategy to engage students with literacy techniques. Along these same lines the librarians also hosted their second Video Game Book Club in October. This time we explored the indie title Brothers a Tale of Two Sons.


At the end of October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first novel in the Harry Potter series (Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone), the library hosted a read-a-thon of the first book.  The goal was to try to read the whole novel out loud in one night! A number of faculty and campus administration took on the task of reading 30-60 minute segments of the book, including the campus head brewer Micheal Coons and Dean/Associate Provost Paul Griffin.

The library is celebrating writing with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the National Academic Writing Month (PhD2Published) events and displays. In addition on Thursday, November 30th in the Morrisville Library Reading Room there will be a write-in: a night of camaraderie, sweat, and tears as local writers make their final push to finish their writing before midnight. A collection of writing guides, notable authors, and inspirational material will also be on display throughout the month.

An exhibit showcasing art created by veterans & their supporters will be on display November 9 - January 5. Titled Serving: Before, During and After, an opening reception will be held on November 9 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library gallery.


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