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OLIS Liaison Report
« on: November 08, 2019, 08:30:39 AM »
SUNY Office of Library and Information Services
Report to SUNY Librarians Association 
Karen Gardner-Athey (
November 8, 2019

SUNY Library Services Platform (LSP)
•   Alma has moved to support;
•   SLSS/SLC met with ExLibris support managers and Content Operations Administrators
•   Many cases have been escalated, some because they have gone stale, others were cases where there were problems with linking;
•   Jennifer Smathers has joined the SUNY Shared Services Staff as SLSS Support Coordinator;
•   Central Discovery Index is coming soon;
•   Monthly LSP update webinar was held on October 30 at 2:00;
•   LSP FAQs are available;
•   Significant product documentation on Alma and Primo is available at the Ex Libris Knowledge Center (no logon necessary);

Open Educational Resources
SUNY OER Services recently received, as part of 2019-2029 OER funding requirements, reports from campuses of new OER course sections this academic year.  Sustained use is occurring across all sectors but significant growth is noted at Technology Colleges and University Centers.

SUNY OER Services recently launched its first OER Sustainability Cohort. The first workshop was held on October 24, 2019 in the Zimper Boardroom at SUNY Plaza.  IT was wonderful to see so many SUNY librarians actively participating and leading their campus OER efforts.  These cohorts will bring together 20 campuses over a two-year period to engage in conversation, reflection and action on how to sustain OER programs. More on OER sustainability is available at:

SUNY Libraries Consortium (SLC)

•   SLC Board Fall meeting was held on October 15 & 16. Discussions included Elsevier negotiations

•   Carey Hatch, Curtis Kendrick and Mark McBride presented to the Chief Academic Officers (CAO) meeting;  Presented on Elsevier Negotiations, Library Shared Services, OER activities
•   Full staff meeting to be held week of December 16 in Syracuse. Staff activities and future directions will be discussed;
•   RFI released last year, looking into the research/workflow/research lifecycle marketplace.  It coincided with the Open Access Resolution that was passed by the SUNY BOT;
•   Maureen Zajkowski, Wendi Ackerman, and Amelia Manders working with Michael Dane (contractor) to redesign the OLIS website.

Elsevier Negotiations (Science Direct)

•   Dec 18th, 2018 – Initial Meeting
•   Feb 25, 2019 – Vendor Cancelled Meeting
•   Feb 26, 2019 – Initial meeting with UC
•   March 18, 2019 – Requested information not received from Elsevier
•   April 8, 2019 – Present to Vice Presidents of Research
•   April 13, 2019 – UFS Spring Plenary
•   April 22, 2019 – Begin Town Hall Meetings
•   Jun 3, 2019 – Next Negotiation Meeting
•   Fall, 2019 - Another round of town halls?
•   Dec 2019 Contract Expires

Open Access Policy

•   Resolution was informed by actions of the Faculty Senate on open access and a system-wide task force;
•   This was a consultative process with System Administration receiving guidance and input from library deans, provosts, UFS, FCCC and others;
•   Draft resolution was sent to campuses for review and comments informed the final version with was presented by the Chancellor to the SUNY BOT;
•   Policy does not ask faculty, students, or staff to avoid publication in peer-review journals, monographs, etc., but to increase access to scholarly work;
•   State Operated campuses shall develop an Open Access Policy of their own, following faculty governance procedures;
•   Each Community College is encouraged to develop a policy of their own, that also follows faculty governance;
•   SUNY’s policy aligns with other universities and colleges’ open access goals;
•   Most federal funding requires open or public access to publicly funded research;

Open Access Repository Working Group

•   Purpose:  Develop Open Repository (hosted by Atmire) for Open Access content as a bridge to a future research workflow support platform

•   Members:

Wendi Ackerman, Upstate Medical
Darren Chase, Oneonta
Cathy Dwyer, University of Albany
Sarah Morehouse, Empire State College

•   Tier 1 Phase for 2019/2020
o   Support campuses that need to incorporate an Open Access policy but have no local infrastructure in place;
o   Can be implemented by March 2020 to meet the SUNY Board of Trustees resolution date for having Open Access policies in place;
o   Focus on development of workflows, services and support models;
o   Campuses have option whether to opt-in to shared environment.

SUNYConnect Information / Resources
•   For additional information about SUNYConnect, see our web site -
•   OLIS’ Footprints Service Request System
•   OLIS Support Portal
•   SUNYConnect union catalog