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09 March 2012

UNYSLA website has moved!

UNYSLA has moved our website over to the SLA Wordpress platform.

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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.

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.


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.

13 September 2011

2011 UNYSLA Student Merit Award

The UNYSLA Student Merit Award provides a $100 each year to an LIS student who is active in SLA or their student group. Nominations for the award will be accepted until September 20th.

More information and nomination form


Purpose of the Award:   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.

Eligibility for Nominations:  Any chapter member may nominate a student for the Merit Award.

Eligibility to receive the award:  Any SLA member who is also enrolled in a masters or PhD level library or information studies program.

Award criteria:  Award criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • increased SLA student memberships
  • expanded professional development opportunities both formal and informal; 
  • raised the profile of the SLA Student Group in their own school; on their own campus; or in the professional community; 
  • brought educators and practicing special librarians together; 
  • increased or enhanced the profile of special librarianship and/or the SLA within their academic or broader community.

Nominations will be ranked based upon clearly stated and documented quantitative and qualitative evidence. Be sure to clearly state the category of nomination and address the award criteria listed above.
Examples of demonstrated achievement include:

  • Membership promotions
  • Website development 
  • Discussion list management
  • Internships 
  • Mentoring programs 
  • Publications
  • Chapter/Division or Association-level involvement 
  • University or School committee leadership

09 September 2011

Save the Date! E-books and Libraries: Success All Around

E-books and Libraries: Success All Around
Date: October 14, 2011
Location: Inn Complete, Syracuse


We have a great set of speakers ranging from public and academic librarians to an attorney discussing e-books and the opportunities and challenges they present to all types of libraries. You will gain insight on staff training, technology challenges, collection development and digital copyright issues as they relate to e-books.

This exciting event will be held at the Inn Complete, Syracuse University’s own hidden treasure on the South Campus.  No need to worry about parking – there is plenty and it’s free.

Plan to attend the conference on October 14th.  Registration and detailed program information will be available soon.

See you at the Inn Complete!

Upstate New York Special Libraries Association

03 May 2011

Student Essay Contest Winner!

The winner of the UNY SLA Student Essay Contest is Deborah Cooper!

Deborah is enrolled via San Jose State University, online program.

Some of her ideas for how UNY SLA could actively engage library/information science students in the Upstate New York area included:

  • holding local casual get-togethers for LIS students;
  • hosting tours of special libraries in Upstate New York; and
  • creating an email newsletter just for student members.

Congratulations, Deborah!

25 April 2011

New Member Profile: Meredith Ship

Meredith Ship recently completed her MSc in Library Science from City University London and is excited about the opportunity to begin a career as an information professional. Meredith has a BA in English and French from Dickinson College.

After obtaining her BA, she attended the University of Denver Publishing Institute to learn about the publishing industry. In August 2008 she completed an internship at BOA Editions, Ltd. where she learned the ins and outs of working in a small publishing house. In addition to her time at BOA, she also worked as a Team Lead at Teavana - a company that sells loose-leaf tea. While at Teavana, Meredith honed her customer service skills as she contemplated the next step in her career. In 2009, she enrolled in the Library Science program at City University London and moved overseas for 13 months. In her free time, Meredith loves to travel, bicycle, hike, read, and cook.

21 April 2011

New Member Profile: Samantha Quell

Samantha Quell is completing her Master’s degree in Library & Information Science at SUNY Buffalo. She has a B. A. in art history from SUNY Oneonta.

Samantha spent four years as a work study student in bibliographic services at SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library, mostly managing online journal subscriptions. She also spent eighteen months as a book conservation intern at Syracuse University. These experiences led Samantha to the LIS field. She is currently interested in cataloging and building digital libraries. Samantha enjoys spending her free time reading, painting, making books and playing with her three-year old nephew.


03 April 2011

Toot Your Own Horn Preview - Jim DelRosso

“Plural of Anecdote: Assessing the Success of a Digital Repository” will be presented by Jim DelRosso at the April 8th UNYSLA meeting, "Toot Your Own Horn."  Here is a preview:

Anyone who's taken a stats class -- and plenty of other folks besides -- knows the danger of relying on unsupported anecdotal evidence. Yet the data available to us through our myriad assessment tools often proves ineffective or disconnected without the context provided by a strong narrative. This session will discuss how the Web & Digital Projects Group at Cornell University's Catherwood Library seeks to find a balance, using stories and data analysis to not only assess the success of DigitalCommons@ILR and their other projects, but also define what success means for those projects.

Interested?  See more details about "Toot Your Own Horn."


JimDelRosso_head-CopyJim DelRosso is the Web & Digital Projects Manager at Cornell University's Catherwood Library, home of DigitalCommons@ILR, the digital repository of Cornell's ILR School. He received an MSLIS from Syracuse University in August 2009, along with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries. His areas of interest are the creation of library communities in digital spaces, as well as the preservation and dissemination of digital resources

01 April 2011

Toot Your Own Horn Preview - Jill Hurst-Wahl

“Why Assessment Matters: Defining Your Results” will be presented by Jill Hurst-Wahl at the April 8th UNYSLA meeting, "Toot Your Own Horn."  Here is a preview:

The year is 2013 and your management has called you in to discuss your library’s impact.  Would you have the data needed in order to answer the questions (and perhaps concerns)?  To prepare you for conversations like that one, we will begin by discussing the options available for assessing your library’s services.  After that foundation has been laid, we will work together to understand traditional and creative methods for capturing the data you need.  Throughout the session, we’ll keep an eye toward those methods that you can implement now.

Interested?  See more details about "Toot Your Own Horn."

10hurstwahl_J95 Jill Hurst-Wahl is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and a member of SLA’s Board of Directors. Her teaching – including “Library Planning, Marketing and Assessment” - and consulting strive to help libraries and librarians be more visible and demonstrate their value. Those themes are also in her book with Ulla de Stricker entitled The Information and Knowledge Professionals Career Handbook: Define and Create Your Success.

30 March 2011

Toot Your Own Horn Preview - Sean Branagan

“Branding and Message Development” will be presented by Sean Branagan at the April 8th UNYSLA meeting, "Toot Your Own Horn."  Here is a preview:

Part 1: Branding is not about the logo or tagline

Many of us have been fooled: We have been taught to believe a brand is a logo or “mark” or cute tagline. These are assets of a brand. Using well-known successful brands as example, we will discuss the process of creating a brand key and how to use it to guide the development of brand assets: logos, colors, themes, taglines, campaigns, etc.

Part 2: The “Not-so FAQ”Methodology

With complex products, services and organizations, we developed the “No-so FAQ” process as a starting point for client message development. It is an iterative process, that goes wide and deep with a list of probing questions -- “not so frequently asked questions.” This Not-so FAQ is then used as the basis for ever-shorter narrative messages. The Not-so FAQ creates a basis for supported messaging, that’s clear, thoughtful, and meaningful to the market. It is a process the helps identify gaps and discrepancies that exist in how you think and talk about yourself.


Sean Branagan is a serial entrepreneur, technology marketer, consultant, educator and speaker on marketing, online and digital media and technology startups.

Sean is Director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is also CEO and eVangelist of Digital Vertical Marketing, a search and social media marketing firm serving companies in key vertical industries; founder and president of Communigration, Inc, a technology marketing firm working with companies worldwide; and General Partner of C3 Strategic, LLC, a management consulting and venture firm for early-stage tech companies.

Sean is a recognized expert in interactive marketing, primarily with technology and business-to-business companies. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Sean’s experience with the Internet and World Wide Web began in 1993 at a national super computing center. Since then, he has engaged in online strategy and interactive marketing for all kinds of organizations, including Bulova Watches, ClearBlue Technologies, Cutco Cutlery, The DuPont Registry, Global Marine Systems, Ltd., Indium Corporation of America, Lighthouse International, NaviSite, New Era Cap Company, Rack Room Shoes, Syracuse University, Time-Warner/Road Runner, Welch-Allyn, Wilton-Armetale, UTC/Carrier and Zogby International.

03 March 2011

Save the date: 2011 UNYSLA Spring Meeting

The Upstate New York Special Libraries Association proudly presents:

Toot Your Own Horn:  Measuring & Meeting Your Objectives


Date: 8 April 2011
Location: Maplewood Inn, Liverpool, NY
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm


Join us and explore library assessment and marketing.  Learn how to measure the value of your work, and how to effectively express that value to others.   

Proving your worth might just help you with your next promotion or achieving tenure.  Networking with your Upstate NY colleagues won’t hurt either! 

Registration details will be available soon!


01 March 2011

Win Free Student Membership to SLA!

Are you a library/information science student in Upstate New York interested in special librarianship?  Would you like to join the Special Libraries Association?

The Upstate New York Chapter of SLA is offering a FREE one-year membership to SLA and UNY SLA!

Send us your creative ideas on how UNY SLA can actively engage with library/information science students in the Upstate New York area who are interested in special librarianship. To see what UNY SLA currently does, visit our website at: www.unysla.org  

To enter:

  • Send a short essay with your creative ideas
  • Be sure to include your name, email, phone number, address, and the library/information science program in which you are currently enrolled
  • Send all the information above to erin.m.rowley@gmail.com

DEADLINE: April 1, 2011

Winners will be selected and notified by April 8, 2011

Please note: this contest is only open to students who currently attend a school or live in the Upstate New York area.

23 February 2011

President's Report: 2011 SLA Leadership Summit

By UNYSLA President, Amelia Birdsall

I left this year’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.  feeling great.  Three days in the company of smart, dedicated and fun information professionals left me feeling reinvigorated, and eager to get things done in our Upstate New York Chapter.  I spent much of the train ride home writing to-do lists and circling things in my notes, ready to get to work. 

This feeling isn’t a new one for me.   I usually feel this way when I leave an UNYSLA event.  No matter what our topic, at the end of the day I have new ideas to bring back to my office, and renewed energy about our profession.  Spending time with my SLA colleagues empowers me to think about my job and my professional life differently. 

The research shows that the more you put into your involvement in a volunteer-based organization, the more you get out of it.  With that in mind, I’d like to encourage you all to step-up your UNYSLA involvement this year.  Consider running for an elected position for 2012.  Join the board as a local area meeting planner or mentoring chair.  Or participate on one of several committees, like communications, vendor relations or membership.  Don’t feel that you have time for an official position?  Consider taking on a short term task, like coordinating carpooling to the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia or researching virtual meeting tools.   It’s time to revisit the kinds of programs and educational opportunities the Chapter provides.   Contribute to the chapter by providing your ideas on types and topics of programs you’d like to see.   Invest you energy into your local chapter, and I bet you’ll be rewarded with more energy in return. 

A few highlights from the Leadership Summit:

  • Web changes aplenty:  Expect to see some major revisions to SLA.org, putting resources you need and use right up front.  There will also be changes to unit (Chapter & Division) webpages.  An SLA committee has created a Wordpress template to unify the unit pages and make us look like we’re all part of the same organization!
  • Philadelphia 2011 is going to be pretty cool.  Not only is it super-close for our Upstate New Yorkers, keynote speakers Thomas Friedman and James Kane should be great.  If you haven’t heard of him, Kane is an expert on loyalty, and will also be working with one lucky chapter on a loyalty-related project.  
  • SLA President Cindy Romaine’s Future Ready 365 blog is dynamic and exciting.  We’re all invited to share a post on how we’re “future ready,”  preparing ourselves for what’s next in the information world.  It’s alignment in action.  


22 February 2011

2010 UNYSLA Business Meeting & Dinner




The transfer of the gavel from Elaine Lasda Bergman to UNYSLA's newest President, Amelia Birdsall.





Networking dinner at The Ginger Man.

Can't We All Just Get Along?: Conflict Management

By Alexandria Wisker

Dean Sue Faerman provded an excellent workshop for those who attend the Fall 2010 UNYSLA Meeting at SUNY Albany. Dean Faerman, the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at the school, discussed Effective Ways to Manage Conflict.

She began be addressing the fact that for many, the idea of confronting conflict is not an easy thing to do. Dean Faerman admitted that managing conflict is not something you can learn to do overnight, but that it can be done.  There is also information which can be gathered when manageing conflict, and often times a solid resolution can occur. This led to a discussion on how people with different experiences, ideas, backgrounds, etc. work together, more complete information and knowledge can be brought to the table, new ideas can be proposed, and higher quality decisions can be created. However, decision processed can take more time, individuals with expertise may not contribute, and consensus can become the overall goal, as opposed to making a good decision for the organization. Dean Faerman discussed that conflict can be good, as long as there is not too much of it.

Collaboration is one of the methods for solving conflict which she addressed. There are many steps in the process. They are:

  1. Face the conflict. (This can be the hardest step. Recognizing there is a conflict and being willing to address it are often times separate steps within themselves.)
  2. Plan to meet in a neutral environment.
  3. Allow each person a chance to state his or her personal feelings about and views of the conflict in a clear, non-threatening way. (Each person who speaks needs to speak with the other person completely listening. There should be no interruption. A distinction is that listening is not agreeing, it just means you are willing to listen.)
  4. Work to develop a mutual definition of the conflict in terms of needs. (What is actually going on?)
  5. Try to generate potential solutions.
  6. Each person should then identify some preferred solutions, thinking about why these solutions best meet their needs. (Are there potentially collaborative solutions already on the table?)
  7. Determine whether any of the preferred solutions coincide or what sorts of compromise are required to allow them to come to a mutually acceptable agreement.
  8. Once the solution has been identified, decide who will do what and when it will be done.

Another reason conflict occurs is because two people can see the same event in two completely different lights. Compounding this can be that expectations, rules, and behaviors were not completely outlined. Being aware of this can help make solving conflict easier. Ask, what are you expectations? What do you do and don’t expect? What do you see? By being clear about all of this, everyone’s position can be seen in a clearer light.

The ladder of inference was also discussed by Dean Faerman. It is a way that we go from an event occurring to an idea that may not be correct. (An example would be someone is late for a meeting and doesn’t say why. The end inference would be that the person could not be counted on because they are irresponsible.)

Ultimately, Dean Sue Faerman presented quite a lot of information in her two hour presentation. She gave information that will help lead to consensus building in many aspects of our work. It can take time and energy to create an answer which everyone has taken part in, but the result is worth it. Her information was valuable and will be used by all who were attendance.

Alexandria Wisker is currently in a dual masters program at SUNY Albany. She will be graduating in May 2011 with her MSIS and an MA in History. She received a BA in History from there in 2008. She is open to a lot of different library work, and is looking forward to working full time in the field.

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