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Our annual Chili Cook-Off is happening Oct. 3 here at the Library. Stop by and be a taster if you're in the neighborhood. Our big book sale will be going on at the same time so you can do some shopping too!

Serials & Systems Librarian Peter Barvoets was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Librarian.

April Davies, Head of Technical & Public Services, will be doing a poster session on adapting a weighted allocation formula to work for smaller libraries at the upcoming Charleston Conference.

We are in the process of hiring a new Tech. Services clerk and are hoping for an Oct. 1 start date.

The campus wrapped up new building projects with ribbon-cutting celebrations: 

SUNY Adirondack will open its new Culinary Center at in downtown Glens Falls this fall. The site includes a bake shop, a gluten-free restaurant kitchen, 100-person seating for a student-run restaurant, a liquor license and two standard classrooms for lecture-based courses. “The new space will be designed to educate and train the region’s workforce in the thriving local hospitality industry,” said Matt Bolton, instructor of culinary arts. “SUNY Adirondack has been increasing enrollment in our culinary arts program for the past few years, and I feel this move downtown will mean a boom in enrollment. The new building will allow us to grow the program’s enrollment and modify our degree offerings with unique occupational courses.” The ribbon-cutting for the restaurant, “Seasoned,” will be held on Sept. 26.

After almost almost two years of construction and disruption on campus, the entire Adirondack Hall complex is now open. Last fall, the southern end of this annex to the science building was opened. The rest of the Adirondack Hall complex opened this spring and summer. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 7. The original science building was renovated and now includes a 2,400-square-foot nursing simulation lab, as well as classrooms, labs, study rooms, tutoring spaces and offices.The 26,250-square-foot addition includes nine science laboratories, seven laboratory prep rooms, a greenhouse and aquarium, classrooms and seminar spaces. The Adirondack Regional Workforce Readiness Center, located on the north side in a new 13,250-square-foot addition, will encourage community partnerships and be an epicenter for regional business development and entrepreneurship. The large expandable Northwest Bay Conference Center has been home to several campus events, such as a professional development day for faculty, and a student open house and job fair.

Anne Matusiewicz joined the staff this fall as a part-time librarian. Anne received her M.S.I.S. from SUNY Albany in 2015, an M.A. in Medieval Studies in 2004 and a paralegal certificate in 2006. She also works at Schenectady County Community College's Begley Library. In her free time she volunteers at Crailo State Historic Site, does living history, and enjoys crafting and watching cult movies and British television shows.

The Stony Brook University Libraries will hold the 4th annual open access symposium, Values & Ethics in Open Access, on October 26, 2018. The event will feature keynote speaker Heath Joseph, the executive director of SPARC. More information and registration can be found at:

On September 14-15, the University Libraries, in partnership with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, hosted SBUHacks. More than 300 hackers spent time working on projects, playing games, and meeting representatives from sponsor companies such as Major League Hacks, Github, Softheon, Soylent, Google, and Broadridge. More information can be found at

The Southampton campus library hosted a talk by author Helen Harrison on Tuesday, September 11. She talked about her novel, An Accidental Corpse, which is based on events of August 11, 1956 which Jackson Pollock and Edith Metzger died in an automobile accident in East Hampton, NY.  The library’s next talk will be September 25th when author Mary Gabriel discusses her book, Ninth Street Women.

Interim dean announcement
Following the departure of Library Dean Constantia Constantinou, Shafeek Fazal, the Associate Dean for Library Technology, Discovery, and Digital Initiatives, has assumed new duties as Interim Dean of University Libraries, effective 1 August 2018. 

Jenny Collins:
SUNY Delhi’s library is enjoying great OER success this semester. Working with faculty from an array of academic disciplines, we have implemented OER in a number of courses. Notably, our nursing program is now using an OER textbook for all first year nursing students. With OER in place the nursing department has reported higher test scores and more engaged students, all of whom have access to the textbook. The department plans to expand their use of OER for the next semester. Librarians at the Resnick library continue to meet with faculty and work toward an expanded OER future on campus.

We’re also planning a series of in library events to improve student engagement. Activities are set for Banned Books week, Open Access week and the library will be running Library Con activity for students in October. It has been a busy but rewarding year thus far.


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