Call For Chapter Proposals: Thriving as a Mid-Career Librarian (ACRL edited book)

Book Title: Thriving as a Mid-Career Librarian: Identity, Advocacy, and Pathways

Edited by Brandon K. West and Elizabeth Galoozis

There’s a lot of advice out there for new librarians, and for librarians at all career stages looking to become leaders or administrators. But what about the rest of us? The mid-career stage often brings more questions than answers: How do we continue to grow professionally if we don’t want to move upward? How do we make decisions about whether to stay at an institution (or in the profession) or go? What strategies do we use to sustain ourselves amidst burnout, constant change, wage compression, or even boredom? How do we navigate cultures of white supremacy and hierarchy? We often have conversations about these topics informally, but there are few meaningful resources for this particular stage of a librarian’s career.
This book will explore the different contexts in which mid-career librarians are working. Not all librarians in the same career stage, or even in the same library, are grappling with the same issues or will make similar decisions. Most often, leadership is touted as the only path for the mid-career librarian, but not everyone is interested in or capable of pursuing these types of positions. For this reason, this book will offer strategies and practical advice for navigating mid-career, based on different roles in libraries, positionalities, and identities, as well as the need to serve as one’s own advocate long-term. This book is for librarians interested in thriving in their mid-career, written by those who have been there and who are there now.
We are seeking chapters on a variety of mid-career perspectives and experiences. For more details, examples of chapter topics, and how to submit a proposal, visit The deadline to submit a proposal is January 8, 2021.

September’s SILC Community Conversation

This month, the SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee invites you to think out side the box about central library services and consider what if we did things differently?  This month’s conversation will begin with gentle chair yoga and breath work. It is recommended to use a chair without arms or wheels, but it’s not necessary. 

We look forward to another engaging conversation Wednesday, September 23, 1-2 via zoom. 

For the Zoom url, email Megan Benson at

SILC Fall 2020 Book Club

Come join the SILC’s book club for the fall semester, as we read Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race. We’ll host monthly Zoom discussions starting September 30th, engaging in thoughtful conversations covering Race in America and integrating anti-racist pedagogy for library instruction. The conversation will also be extended to our Facebook page, allowing members to post articles and reflect on the chapters we have read.  

If you are interested, please sign-up to register– you will receive a personal invitation to our Facebook page and discussion questions prior to each meeting. 
SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee Book Club Sign-Up
We also ask (if you’re shopping online) that you purchase the book through Bookshop, an online bookstore that financially supports independent bookstores. 

For more information, please contact Don Simmons Jr. don.simmonsjr[at]

Save the Date: August Community Conversation

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As we near the start of the semester, you may be like us – feeling anxious or nervous, or perhaps your motivation just isn’t there. Join us for August’s SILC Community Conversation, We’re Gonna Be Fine: Motivation and Self-Preservation for Fall 2020. 

Once we’ve aired some of our concerns and anxieties, we plan to create a list of resources and ideas for self-preservation. Be prepared to share anything that’s helping you get through these unusual times (social media accounts, playlists, routines, plants, recipes, etc.). 

We’ll be meeting on Zoom, August 20, 1-2 p.m.  Email mbenson[at] for the link.

SILC Ed Tech Showcase Recordings

Hello, SUNYLA! Here are the recordings from SILC’s First Annual Ed Tech Showcase held on August 10 & 11, 2020. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended!

Double-click on a video to view it in a full window.

FlipGrid presented by Becky Leathersich (SUNY Geneseo)

View the slides from Becky’s presentation.

GooseChase presented by Fatoma Rad (SUNY Farmingdale)

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View the slides from Fatoma’s presentation. Visit the GooseChase website.

Instagram/IGTV presented by Sarah Rhodes (SUNY Oneonta)

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View the IGTV Help page. Sarah did not use slides in her presentation.

Zotero Citation Manager presented by Logan Rath (SUNY Brockport)

View the slides from Logan’s presentation.

Parlay Ideas presented by Megan Benson (Binghamton University)

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View the slides from Megan’s presentation.

Google Forms presented by Danielle Apfelbaum (SUNY Farmingdale)

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View the slides from Danielle’s presentation.

You’re Invited to SILC’s Ed Tech Showcase

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The SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee is kicking off the start of the 2020/2021 academic year with an Ed Tech Showcase that will help inspire you with some new tools and ideas to try in your library or classrooms in the upcoming semester. 

Each session will be held via Zoom. Email westb[at] for the link. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

  • 11:00am-11:45am: Flipgrid (assessment tool) with Becky Leathersich (Geneseo)
  • 12:00pm-12:45pm: GooseChase (scavenger hunt tool) with Fatoma Rad (Farmingdale)
  • 1:00pm-1:45pm: Instagram/IGTV (student engagement) with Sarah Rhodes (Oneonta)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • 10:00am-10:45am: Zotero & Mendeley (citation management) with Logan Rath (Brockport)
  • 11:00am-11:45am: Parlay Ideas (discussion management) with Megan Benson (Binghamton)
  • 12:00pm-12:45pm: Google Forms (for customized IL instruction) with Danielle Apfelbaum (Farmingdale)
  • Sessions will be recorded and placed on the this blog.

Call for Proposals: SILC Ed Tech Showcase

With the fall semester right around the corner, the SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee (SILC) is hosting an Ed Tech Showcase on August 10, 11, and 12, 2020 (from 10:00am to 2:00pm EST) via Zoom. The showcase will feature up to 12 technology demonstrations that last ~45 minutes in length. Our intention is to record these sessions and place them on this blog for your reference.

SILC is soliciting proposals from members interested in sharing an educational technology tool or program they have found helpful for engaging students in information literacy in virtual or face-to-face environments. Submit a proposal by completing this Google form by Monday, August 3, 2020.

There will be a schedule of events with Zoom links sent out to the SUNYLA-L discussion list once the schedule is finalized.

Any questions can be directed to westb[at]

Thank you,

Megan Benson (Binghamton)

Holly Kuhl (Cayuga CC)

Don Simmons Jr. (Westchester CC)

Brandon West (Geneseo)

Join us for a SILC Community Conversation on July 22

The SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee will be holding an informal community conversation next week on Wednesday, July 22 from 1-2pm via Zoom. We plan to discuss active learning strategies for synchronous and physically-distanced instruction. If you have examples of how you have promoted active learning in one of these contexts, we’d love to hear about it! 

We will not be recording this meeting, so that participants can feel comfortable speaking frankly about any concerns they might have.

Email westb[at] for the Zoom meeting link.

We hope to see you there!