64 posts categorized "Events"

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.

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.

13 September 2011

Ask the Copyright Experts - 2011 Fall Webinar

Ask the Copyright Experts - Fall Update
Date: 14 September 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Price: No Charge for SLA Members

Presenters: Adam Ayer (LicenseLogic), Frederic Haber (Copyright Clearance Center), Lesley Ellen Harris (Copyrightlaws.com), and Keith Kupferschmid (SIIA)

This interactive session will explore recent developments in the copyright and licensing arena. The presentations and panel discussions always prove to be interesting and informative. Bring your questions!

Who Should Attend: Information professionals around the world who oversee the use and sharing of content (regardless of format) in highly collaborative business environments.

Find out more at SLA.org and look in Click University for upcoming webinars.

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 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.

28 March 2011

Student opportunity to attend SUNYLA Conference

Financial assistance is available for a library school student to attend the annual SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) conference at SUNY Plattsburgh, from June 15 – 17, 2011. The purpose of the Scholarship is to offer an introduction to academic librarianship, provide professional growth opportunities and encourage involvement with SUNYLA.

The Scholarship is a voucher covering:

  • Travel (maximum $350) and lodging costs
  • Registration fees
  • Conference meals

You qualify if you are currently enrolled in a New York State ALA accredited MLS program or its equivalent.

To apply:
Write an essay of no more than 800 words on the following topic: The 2011 conference theme is Shared Borders: Collaborating for Success.  How can academic libraries and librarians collaborate with one another to better meet the evolving needs of their users?  Please discuss specific ideas for potential collaborative efforts and how you expect them to succeed in today's information environment.

The essay will be judged on both content and the logical, literate development of your essay.

Deadline is April 15, 2011, and the recipient will be notified by May 6, 2011.
Please e-mail as an attachment (.doc or .pdf) to Wendi Ackerman ackermaw@upstate.edu

16 March 2011

Want to share a ride to the UNYSLA Spring Meeting?

14 March 2011

Registration is open for "Toot Your Own Horn: Measuring & Meeting Your Objectives"

Register here for UNYSLA’s Spring Meeting,  http://sla-divisions.typepad.com/unysla/registration/

Toot Your Own Horn: Measuring & Meeting Your Objectives

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

We will be joined by Jill Hurst-Wahl (Syracuse University), Jim DelRosso (Cornell University) and Sean Branagan, (Syracuse University) to 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 fees include a buffet lunch:

SLA Members: $55

Non-members: $65

Students: $30

Maplewood Inn

400 Seventh North, Liverpool, NY 13088 (map)
Main: (315) 451-1511
Toll Free: (866) 318-9937

A small block of rooms is available at a special UNYSLA rate of $79 + taxes (Business Class is $89 + taxes) for April 7. Reserve soon to take advantage of this great rate!  Please mention SLA when you make your reservations for these rates.

Hope to see you there! 

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!


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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