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Campus Updates
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:15:21 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 12:14:03 PM »
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.


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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 09:50:16 AM »
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.


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Re: Campus Updates - SUNY Adirondack
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 06:16:04 PM »
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:

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 09:21:10 AM »

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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Re: Campus Updates - Albany
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 09:29:09 AM »
UAlbany Campus President
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez was appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees as the 20th president of the University at Albany in June 2017. He took office in September 2017. If you’re curious to learn more about him, there is a really nice welcome message, along with highlights from his past experience here:

Campus Conversations Speaker Series
Dr. Mathias Vuille, a prominent scholar on past, current, and future climate change in the tropics, will present on "Toward Mountains Without Snow and Ice: How Climate Change will Transform our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century." Wednesday, November 8, 12:35-1:30, Science Library Standish Room. All are welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.
Additional information is available at:

UAlbany celebrated Open Access Week with a 1 day program. Featured speakers included:
Johan Rooryck, former editor of Elsevier’s Lingua and current editor-in-chief of Glossa, who led the entire Lingua editorial board’s resignation, and went on to form Glossa as a fair open access alternative.
Darren Chase & Shafeek Fazal, Stony Brook University, who detailed the development of SBU's Open Access Policy.
Elaine Lasda & Julie Slichko, UAlbany, who discussed the partnership between the University Libraries and Information Technology Services to create a model for professional development in facilitating the adoption of OERs in online courses.
Complete program information, including recorded presentations, will be made available through our institutional repository:

Personnel news
Jan Waterhouse has come on board as the Director of Technical Services and Library Systems. She is currently participating on a couple of the SUNY LSP groups, so you may already have met or spoken with her. Angela Hackstadt has been hired as our new Subject Librarian for Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, and Law. Alyssa Panetta has joined the Library Systems department as a part-time, temporary web developer.
The search for the User Experience / Web Design Librarian is ongoing, and we will be advertising a full-time permanent web developer position shortly, so be on the lookout for that vacancy announcement.
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Re: Campus Updates - Delhi
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 02:10:55 PM »
Delhi welcomed Katelyn Baroody to our staff in August as our new Assessment and Instruction Librarian.

For Halloween, the library staff chose to all dress to a theme, and we had a great day. (Pic available by request)

We have been working closely with our Provost and students to take a hard look at space utilization within the building, and to format a plan to add more quiet and small group study spaces to what is primarily an open floor plan.


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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 09:03:28 PM »
Library Dean Beth Orgeron is currently in Philadelphia for the Educause conference.

April Davies (me) leaves for the Charleston Conference this weekend. April is part of the Acquisitions working group for the Alma migration and is representing SUNYLA on the search committee for the SLC (SCLD) executive director.

The Library's annual chili cook-off was a hit once again. Librarian Peter Barvoets took the prize for Most Unique and one of the student assistants in the Circ department (Katie, culinary major) won Best Tasting. Voting was by the tasters, we had nothing to do with them winning.  :)

Our annual book sale continues until Thanksgiving break. Come visit and do some shopping. I'll even give you a SUNYLA discount.

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2017, 08:56:55 AM »

Since our last update, we had two more additions in our library. Chante Hope is our new Instruction and Outreach Librarian and Adele Merlino is our new Educational Technologist. Both came on and jumped right in and we're super happy to have both of them. Once the Library Director search (currently in progress) finishes we will go back to being fully-staffed for the first time since the end of February.

This year we had all 18 sections of the freshman seminar class LEAD 101 come to the library over the span of a week for library orientation, in an event we called "LEAD Week". We did a library scavenger hunt game (using Tompkins-Cortland's Library Quest format) and it went over really well.

We recently launched our ArchivesSpace site, allowing users to search our physical archival collections easily. Over the past year Annie Tummino has worked to get our legacy finding aids entered into the system, assisted by other members of the library staff and student workers. It can be viewed here:


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SUNY Geneseo Campus Updates
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2017, 04:37:31 PM »
Milne Library has partnered with the College’s Computing and Information Technology Department and Wadsworth Public Library in Geneseo to develop a workshop series designed to engage the community in computer coding. The program involves teaching SUNY Geneseo students how to use various types of technology, including the Oculus Rift, littleBits, 3D printing, and computer coding, and having them design workshops to deliver to the community.

The programming is specifically geared toward young women and introduces creative ways of incorporating technology into STEM subject areas.  Participants also get a chance to hear more about how Geneseo staff, faculty, and students are using these tools and technologies in their work and in their classes.

Congratulations to two staff members accepting new roles in Milne Library:  Bill Jones, formerly IDS Project Creative Technologist, is now Milne's Digital Resources and Systems Librarian; and Dan Ross, who is now Milne's Head of Access Services.

OER News: To date, Milne’s Open SUNY Textbooks initiative ( has published 20 books, representing faculty from 10 SUNY institutions. The texts have been downloaded over 260,000 times, used in high-profile massive open online classes (MOOCs), and remixed with other online open material. The books are consistently rated 4 or higher out of 5 on the Open Textbook Library site, a catalog of peer-reviewed, open textbooks used internationally.