31 posts categorized "Members"

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.

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.


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

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

Have you voted SLA elections yet?

Voting is open!  SLA members vote for the President-Elect, Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect, and Directors.  Find out more about the candidates on the SLA website.

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.


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 September 2010

Results of SLA Board of Directors vote

 The 2010 election for the Board of Directors of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) drew a record turnout, as more than 27 percent of members helped elect five new members to the organization’s governing body.

When the polls closed at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on 29 September, the election results were announced, as follows:

  • President-Elect: Brent Mai
  • Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: Ulla de Stricker
  • Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Richard Huffine
  • Directors: Jill Hurst-Wahl and Sara Tompson

The five newly elected board members will begin their terms on the SLA Board of Directors on 1 January 2011 and will participate in their first board meeting during the association’s annual Leadership Summit later that month in Washington, D.C.    (Read the full press release)


Congratulations Jill Hurst-Wahl!
Jill Hurst-Wahl is president of her own consulting firm, Hurst Associates, Ltd., where she works directly with information professionals and their organizations. She previously was a corporate librarian for two organizations, Corning Inc. and Manning & Napier, and since 2001 has been teaching at Syracuse University, where she is now an assistant professor of practice in the university’s School of Information Studies.

Jill is a member of SLA’s Information Outlook Advisory Council and has chaired the Second Life Workgroup (2008) and the Association Networking Committee (2001-2003). In the Upstate New York Chapter, Jill has held several positions, including business manager, president (1998-1999), archivist, and chapter liaison to the Syracuse University student group. Jill is currently a member of the Information Technology Division, the Leadership & Management Division, and the Baseball Caucus and serves the IT Division as its professional development chair.

29 September 2010

Last day to vote for SLA Board of Directors

Today is the last day you can vote for candidates for SLA Board of Directors. We hope you will have a moment to learn more about the candidates (including Upstate NY’s own Jill Hurst-Wahl).

Find out about the candidates:

Polls close at 5:00 E.D.T. 

Vote online!

08 September 2010

Vote for SLA Board of Directors

The SLA e-vote system for the 2011 SLA Board of Directors Election is now open. You will be able to cast your online ballot through 5:00 p.m. EDT on 29 September 2010.

Voting Instructions:

  1. Go to the SLA evote system at http://www.sla.org/evote
  2. Log in to the system using your SLA UserID and Password
  3. Click on the ballot name -- "2011 SLA Board of Directors Election"
  4. Review the board candidates and positions up for election
  5. At the bottom center of the ballot, click on the "Click to Continue" button 
  6. Review the choices for each position, then check the box for the candidate of your choice 
  7. Click the "Click to Continue" button 
  8. Review your selections, then click the "Vote" button 
  9. You have now completed the voting process. Congratulations!

If you have any questions regarding the election, or would like to request a print ballot, contact the e-vote information center at evote@sla.org or +1.703.647.4950.

We welcome your participation!

18 August 2010

SLA elections coming up!

The SLA Board of Directors election is less than a month away. The election will run 8-29 September. We hope you will have a moment to learn more about the candidates (including Upstate NY’s own Jill Hurst-Wahl).

Find out about the candidates:

05 August 2010

UB Graduate Student Presents Poster at SLA Annual Conference

In June, University at Buffalo graduate student, Elaine Dean, had the opportunity to present a poster session at the SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Below she describes her experience:

Last summer was my first time attending the SLA Annual Conference and I enjoyed every minute of the experience.  This year I was eager to return, especially since I was presenting a poster for the first time.            

The poster, titled “Developing a User Instruction Workshop on PubMed,” was a collaborative effort between myself and Kerry Cotter.  We are both Graduate Reference Assistants at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library, and we had the opportunity to develop and teach the workshop during the Spring 2010 semester.  Based on the experience we created the poster to present at the Graduate School of Education Student Research Symposium in May.  Following the presentation I was encouraged to present the poster at other conferences and I chose to submit it to the Social Science, Academic, Education, and Museum, Arts, & Humanities Division Joint Poster Session for the SLA Annual Conference this summer.

I felt that the poster was well received at the conference and it was a wonderful experience.  I was thrilled by the number of people who stopped to speak with me and their positive comments regarding the poster and the workshop format.  Many were interested in learning more about PubMed and the materials created for the workshop.  I also received some suggestions for follow up work and further evaluation of the workshop’s success that I may try to pursue in the future.  The supportive environment was very encouraging and makes me more inclined to continue looking for opportunities to present professionally in the future.  I really enjoyed learning about projects that others are involved with and am excited to pursue other opportunities in the future.  I was able to attend the conference because I received the DBIO travel stipend and I am extremely gratefully for their support.
  Elaine at SLA

14 July 2010

New Member Profile: Wendy Quinn-Decatur

Wendy Quinn-Decatur is the Assistant Librarian at Albany Molecular Research, Inc. in Albany, NY.  She has been in her current position since 2008.  Wendy has a BA in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S.I.S. from the University at Albany.  Wendy serves on the board of the Reference and Adult Services Section of the New York Library Association as the Noted Author Chair.  She is also a member of several committees through the Capital District Library Council.

In addition to the management of special libraries, she is interested in cataloging and interlibrary loan.  In her free time, Wendy enjoys reading, running, cooking, and taking care of her two dogs, a pug and a toy poodle.

14 April 2010

Just What is an Unconference Anyway?

By Alexis Mokler

While I have never attended an “unconference”, I have spent the last five years attending conferences held by UNYSLA, NYLA, etc. I originally dreaded the idea meeting in a room full of strangers to talk about topics that were entirely new to me as a 1st year library school student and later as a 1st year librarian. I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me.

Over the years, I have met some of the brightest, most interesting, and in some cases, well-connected librarians and information professionals in this country. At the UNYSLA Fall 2009 conference in Syracuse, I discovered that Janice R. Lachance, SLA’s CEO, and I grew up in the same small town in Maine!

If you are still unsure as to whether this will benefit you, read on for more information on Unconferences. 

Read on...



Alexis Mokler, UNYSLA Director, Membership & Recruitment

Continue reading "Just What is an Unconference Anyway?" »

28 March 2010

Student Opportunity at UNYSLA Spring Meeting

  • Do you have trouble speaking in front of a crowd?
  • Do you talk too fast and say the words “uh”, “um”, and “sooo” every ten seconds?

Then this is the right conference/unconference for you!

In the morning, we will discuss presentation and communication skills. The afternoon will be an unconference, a chance for you to discuss the issues that are important to you and to learn from peers and professionals in your industry.  

Apply now to be a student shadow or note taker and attend free of charge. We are looking for students who would like to introduce our presenters and write a short article for the UNYSLA website. We are also looking for students that are interested in taking notes during our unconference sessions.

Deadline for applying is April 16th.

Download Student Shadow Application (PDF)

08 February 2010

New Member Profile: Nell Aronoff

Nell Aronoff is in the midst of her second semester in the Library & Information Sciences program at SUNY Buffalo. Nell attended the University of Rochester and has a B.A. in political science and a minor in studio art.

She spent two years in Richmond, V.A. working for a national non-profit health care organization. Her desire to work in an academic arts library or special library, especially in the museum field, led her back to school to pursue her MLS. Besides going to school, Nell enjoys watching movies, printmaking, baking, and traveling.

Nell Aronoff

20 January 2010

Registration for SLA 2010 Annual Conference Now Open

Registration and housing are now open for SLA 2010!

Lagniappe (that's New Orleans-speak for something extra): New Orleans has some of the best bargains among major conference cities, with great prices on hotel rooms and world-class cuisine. And with more than 250 sessions, panels, and keynotes; endless networking and sharing opportunities; and the high-octane INFO-EXPO hall (where you can learn about new products and technologies), this is one conference you can't afford to miss!

The Early Bird conference registrations fee SAVES you money. Make your plans today to be in New Orleans for SLA 2010. Register Now!

Conference Hotel Accommodations
Discounted rooms for SLA 2010 will fill up quickly. Make sure you reserve your space today in one of the conference hotels through the official SLA Housing Office.

UNYSLA website has moved!

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We welcome your questions and comments.