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Danielle Thomas became our new full-time Library Services Assistant this summer. She work daytimes at the circulation desk and is responsible for processing new books and maintaining course reserves. Danielle has worked at the SUNY Adirondack Library in a variety of roles, advancing from student to professional roles. Danielle worked as a student assistant at the SUNY Adirondack Library since her first semester in Fall 2015. In December 2017, she received her Associate's degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science from SUNY Adirondack. She then was hired as a staff person, as evening Library Specialist. In May, she graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. She joined the staff in July. Danielle plans to become a librarian, and ideally would like to work in a college environment.   

Reference Librarian Samantha Berry participated in the PRODiG ( Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth ) Committee for SUNY Adirondack from February to July. Sam offered the unique outlook of a college librarian in the drafting of this profile and proposal. The proposal was accepted. It will provide grant funds to assist the institution with paying the salary of eligible new faculty, as well as in other respects. PRODiG is a system-wide initiative for SUNY-affiliated New York State college campuses to increase success in recruiting and retaining students and faculty of color. The initiative required each SUNY campus to compile and submit a comprehensive profile of themselves, demanding both qualitative and quantitative data ranging from the racial makeup of the college’s service area, to the amount of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-focused professional development opportunities offered for faculty each academic year. The profile accompanied a proposal on how SUNY Adirondack would take its unique makeup into consideration and make strides in the realm of DEI.

Bailey Durham joined the staff as evening Library Specialist in September. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from SUNY Potsdam. She was previously a student worker in SUNY Potsdam’s Crumb Library circulation and interlibrary loan departments for three years. 

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For a second year, the University Libraries is partnering with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), Division of Information Technology (DoIT), and the Career Center on SBUHacks, a 24 hour hackathon held in the Melville Library. SBU Hacks will be held Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 September.

New employees: Christine Fena, Undergraduate Success Librarian; Kimberly Kennedy, Content Access & Discovery Librarian; Claire Payne, Web Services & Data Librarian; Sonali Sugrim, Head of Content Acquisitions & Services; Renae Rapp and Timothy Kohn, User Services Supervisors.
New roles: Mona Ramonetti, Head of Scholarly Communication; Clara (Yuet) Tran, Associate Librarian

Positions open:
User Services Supervisor (part-time)
Electronic Resources Librarian
Dean of University Libraries

Brockport: Mia Breitkopf resigned as Team Lead for Reference and Instruction in June, to take a job as Coordinator of Instruction and Research Services at St. John Fisher College. Diane Fulkerson began as Library Director of Drake Memorial Library on August 8th, coming from the University of South Florida.  Susan Perry retired from her position as Serials and ILL Librarian on August 22nd and will be providing support to all SUNY campuses via her new role with SLC beginning in September.  Erin Sharwell began her role as Head of Library Operations on August 1st, with responsibility for technical services, ILL, systems, circulation, and Brockport Downtown library services.

Van Wagenen Library’s annual Chili Cook-off is happening October 9th. Come be a taster if you're in the neighborhood.

We are preparing to search for a new Outreach and Public Services Librarian as Mandy Babirad has chosen to move to the public library sector.

ILL and Archives Librarian Katherine Brent is co-chairing SUNY Cobleskill’s Middle States Steering Committee. 

Instruction Librarian Don LaPlant’s flash fiction piece, “Safety”, was recently published by Mystery Tribune ( His short crime fiction has been published previously in Thuglit magazine and online in the Akashic Books Mondays Are Murder series.


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