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08 November 2011

2011 UNYSLA Award Winners

Our chapter is able to present two awards to worthy members each year: the Chapter Merit Award and the Student Merit Award.  At the recent Fall Meeting (October 14, 2011 at the Inn Complete in Syracuse, NY). I had the honor of presenting Jill Hurst-Wahl with the Chapter Merit Award and Alison Starkey with the Student Merit Award.

Jill_award_sm The Chapter Merit Award was created to honor and recognize individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Chapter. Typically, the Award is given to a Chapter member with an extended period of distinguished service, but others who have contributed significantly to the Chapter in other ways may also be considered.  By unanimous board agreement, Jill Hurst-Wahl was chosen for this award and for good reason. Jill has been active in SLA since 1990, serving in a variety of positions at the Chapter level, as well as the Leadership and Management Division, Information Technology Division and Baseball Caucus. Currently, she serves as a member of the SLA Board of Directors. Jill was recently selected to become the Director of the LIS program at Syracuse University’s iSchool for the coming year.
Alison_award_sm The UNYSLA Student Merit Award seeks to recognize and reward the active participation of student SLA members through their involvement in their Student Group activities.  Any SLA member who is also enrolled in a masters or PhD level library or information studies program. This year’s award went to Alison Starkey, of the University at Albany School of Information Studies.  Some examples of how she has revitalized the Student SLA Chapter at UAlbany include: increasing membership, expanding professional development opportunities for members and brought educators and practitioners together. She also organized social events, field trips and fund raisers.  Alison currently holds a Graduate Assistant program at the New York State Library Summer Reading Program.

Congratulations to our outstanding awardees!

Elaine M. Lasda Bergman
UNYSLA Past-President

25 October 2011

2011 UNYSLA Board Elections Are Open!

It is time to elect new board members for UNYSLA for the coming  year.  Voting will run from now until November 18th. We have a great slate of candidates this year, here is a little bit about each of them:

UNYSLA members can vote here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5NRJFSX

Jim_DelRosso Jim DelRosso is the Digital Projects Coordinator at Cornell University's Martin P. Catherwood Library. He has been a member of SLA and UNYSLA since 2007, and has written and presented frequently on the creation and support of digital projects and communities. Jim was a featured speaker at last April's UNYSLA meeting, when he discussed methods and practices of assessment for digital projects.
Since 2009, Jim has managed DigitalCommons@ILR, the digital repository for Cornell's ILR School. He has worked with the repository since 2006; it currently holds almost 15,000 documents, which have been downloaded over 3.5 million times. Jim is also a member of the SLA Academic Division,where he serves as Communication and Social Media Chair. Jim received his MSLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries in 2009.
JennaMayotte2012 Jenna is our current Secretary. She has worked as the business librarian at Syracuse University Library since 2008. She obtained her Masters of Library Science from the University of Illinois, while working at Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management in Chicago as associate vice president of Marketing. Prior to joining Atlantic Trust she held positions in communications and outreach for a non-profit electric utility association in Washington DC, supporting solar energy initiatives at the U.S. Department of Energy. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan, and currently serves on the executive committee of the local Sierra Club group.  In addition to her activities with UNYSLA, Jenna is a member of the College & University Business Librarians (CUBL) Section of the Special Libraries Association.
David_Colp David Colp is a sales consultant with Springshare. Prior to that, he was a senior business researcher at both Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his MLS from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. David lives in Saratoga Springs, and is a reader for RISE, WMHT's radio information service for the blind and print disabled in the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley.

18 October 2011

Syracuse Social, Tuesday, 25 October

Date: Tuesday, 25 October
Time: 2:30-4:30
Location: Hinds Hall, Katzer Room 347 Please note that the location of the UNYSLA-sponsored Social Hour(s) at the iSchool has changed. It will now be held in the iLounge.

Syracuse area librarians, you are invited to the Social Hour held at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) on the Syracuse University Campus.  As a component of our outreach to library schools, UNYSLA will be providing the refreshments.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information and parking information, please contact Linda Galloway.

17 October 2011

2011 Upstate New York Science Librarians Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the Upstate New York Science Librarians Annual Meeting.

When: Friday, November 4th, 2011
Where: St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York
Details: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/unysci/2011/2011-meeting.html

Registration fee is $15 and must be post-marked by Wednesday October 26, 2011. Current graduate students are welcome to attend.

The Upstate New York Science Librarians Group (NYSCILIB) is a loosely affiliated group of predominately academic science librarians in New York State. While we have identified ourselves with a general geographic region of the state, we are not bound by it, and we have had science librarians attend our annual get-togethers from as "far south" as Stony Brook University on Long Island. What ties us together are our interests in science librarianship and our interests in one another. There are no membership dues and no officers. We take turns hosting a meeting in the fall of each year.

15 October 2011

SUNY Albany Open Access

Open Access Week 2011 Events
The University at Albany University Libraries and Eastern New York Chapter Association of College and Research Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week 2011 with exhibits and a program of activities on the afternoon of Wednesday October 26.
Wednesday October 26
12:00 – 1:30pm
Brown bag lunch and discussion of open access
Science Library, Standish Room, 3rd Floor
Bring a lunch and the libraries will provide drinks.  Discussion moderator will be Irina Holden, Information Literacy and Science Outreach Librarian. R.S.V.P  Lorre Smith
2:00 – 3:30pm
“Open Science, Free software, and Citizen Astronomers” Dr. David Hogg
Science Library, Standish Room, 3rd Floor
Being open in scientific research -- sharing code and ideas before publication, for example--can yield huge direct benefits for scientific investigators.  This is most true when ideas are cheap but execution is expensive; these conditions are met in most (but not all) scientific fields.  One of the big side effects of extreme openness is that it makes it easy for outsiders (non-traditionally trained or self-trained) scientists to contribute meaningfully to research.  Dr. Hogg will give examples from work by his group. A reception will follow the talk in the Standish Room.
4:00 - 4:45
Tour of College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY) is a global education, research, development and technology deployment resource dedicated to preparing the next generation of scientists and researchers in nanotechnology.
R.S.V.P. Lorre Smith by October 21, 2011.

10 October 2011

45th Annual Meeting of the SCRLC Membership

When: Friday, 28 October 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Cooperstown Graduate Program Facility, 5838 State Road 80, next to the NYSHA Research Library
Registration deadline: Thursday, 20 October
For more information and to register: www.scrlc.org/2011AnnualMtg

Meeting Agenda
9:30-9:55 Registration
9:55-10:00 Welcome Remarks
10:00-11:45 Morning Keynote - Tom Peters & Panel Discussion, A Fish-Eyed View of eBooks and eReading
11:45-12:15 Business Meeting, Board of Trustees Election
12:15-1:00 Buffet Lunch & Awards Presentation
1:00-1:45 Bruce Markusen, Ghosts of Cooperstown
1:45 Reflections: Wrap-up

Tour of the NYS Historical Association Library - hosted by Wayne Wright, Head Librarian at NYSHA, immediately following the meeting.

08 October 2011

Webinar: Business Communication Skills for the Special Librarian

Business Communication Skills for the Special Librarian: Reporting Up in the New Normal Economy
Sponsored by BNA, Inc.

Date: Thursday, October 20th, 1:00 -2:30 Eastern Time
$15 - SLA members
$20 - Non SLA members
$60 - Site license for 4+ where at least one attendng is an SLA member
$75 - Site license for 4+ where none attending are SLA members

As the latest job reports continue to disappoint, we're all wondering how to improve or simply solidify our standing in this new normal economy.   The focus of this program is to provide all types of special librarians with business and reporting concepts, terminology, and business communication soft skills to help them stand out and stand strong within their organizations.

For more information and to register: http://www.bna.com/business-communication-skills-w12884903497/

04 October 2011

Last Call! eBooks and Libraries

Registration for eBooks & Libraries will be closing this Friday, 7 October!   
For more information on the day's events, directions, speaker bios, and student shadow instructions see the event's full description and Register online.

Please also join us at 6:00pm on Thursday, 13 October, for our semi-annual, Dutch-treat networking dinner at Carrabba's in Fayetteville.
RSVP to Allison Perry.

02 October 2011

Become a Student Shadow--Go to eBooks & Libraries for Free!

Apply now to be a student shadow and attend UNYSLA's eBook & Libraries event free of charge!

We are looking for students who would like to introduce our presenters and write a short article for the UNYSLA website.

Email the following information to Erin Pautler Rowley by 7 October:

  • Name
  • E-mail
  • School
  • Expected graduation date
  • SLA member (yes or no)
  • A brief paragraph (250 words or less) on your career plans and how shadowing at this meeting can help you achieve them.

Deadline for applying is Friday, 7 October.

01 October 2011

New Member Profile: Mia Breitkopf

Michelle (Mia) Breitkopf is a graduate student pursuing her MLIS at Syracuse University. A native of Palmyra, NY, she attended Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She has taught high school vocal music in Upstate NY and K-8 general music in Philadelphia, PA. Before moving to Syracuse with her husband, Mia worked in Philadelphia at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, which makes grants to cultural organizations and artists. Choral singing, reading fiction, and learning about cooking vegetarian are a few of Mia's favorite things to do.


22 September 2011

U of Buffalo November Symposium - Research Data

Save the date!

Research data: Management, access and control
a symposium sponsored by the University at Buffalo Libraries

Date: Monday, 14 November
Time: 9:00-4:00
Location: Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo

Featured speakers include:
Dr. Francine Berman, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
"Got Data? The Role of Digital Information in Shaping 21st Century Research"

Dr. Barry Smith, SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo
"Ontologies: What Librarians Need to Know"

Ms. Lisa Johnston, University of Minnesota Libraries
"The Libraries' Role in Research Data Management: A Case Study from the University of Minnesota"

Registration will open in early October.

19 September 2011

Schedule for eBooks and Libraries: Success All Around

eBooks and Libraries: Success All Around

Date: Friday, 14 October 2011
Location: Inn Complete, Syracuse, NY
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm

Registration closes Friday, 7 October

Discover the opportunities and challenges ebooks present to all types of libraries. Presenters from academic, public, medical libraries as well as an attorney will share their insight on staff training, technological challenges, collection development and digital copyright issues as they relate to ebooks.

8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Business Meeting
9:15-9:45 Networking Ice Breaker
9:45-10:45 eBooks and the public library: The promise & the threat
Julia Schult, Baldwinsville Public Library

The development of ebooks in the last decade, why they are suddenly on everyone's radar, and how public libraries have changed forever during 2011.
10:45-11:00 Break
Are libraries getting zapped by electronic reserves? The effect of old copyright laws on new technologies
Philip Frankel, Esq., Bond Schoeneck & King

Explore current copyright issues of interest to research universities and libraries.   Mr. Frankel will provide an overview of copyright law, specifically the doctrines of fair use and first sale and how these provisions of the Copyright Act impact library services in the electronic realm.  Discussion will be focused on the recent Georgia State University case challenging the use of electronic reserves by Georgia State, and the possible implications of this lawsuit on the widespread use of online reading rooms by academic libraries and university faculty as well as a discussion of new technologies that present novel copyright concerns.
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Leave the driving to them: Patron-driven acquisition of ebooks
Kate Cunningham-Hendrix & Charles Lyons, University of Buffalo

The landscape of eBook access models, content choices and platforms are changing with exponential speed. At the same time, library budgets continue to decrease. How can we keep up with this rapid change, make fiscally sound decisions and provide our users with what they need? The University at Buffalo Libraries have been exploring patron-driven acquisition (PDA) of eBooks as a way to address some of these issues amidst other experimental content and access models.

1:30-2:00 Consortial and ILL issues resulting from ebook adoption
Mike Poulin, Colgate University

Mike Poulin will present on the opportunities and challenges for small academic libraries in implementing eBooks. These resources expand the offerings to our users but also create difficulties in presenting them to our users in an organized manner. Additionally, they are impacting our ability to share materials between libraries. A ConnectNY pilot project in shared eBook acquisition will be discussed and its implications on interlibrary loan of materials.
2:00-2:15 Break

Ebooks in academic, medical, and public libraries
Charles Lyons, Mike Poulin, Julia Schult, and Virginia Young

eBooks from the perspective of medical, academic, and public librarians. This interactive panel will share their ebook stories and answer your questions.

Feel free to submit your ebook questions in person or via the registration form.

Register online today!


For more directions, speaker bios, and student shadow instructions see the event's full description.

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