Libraries in the Limelight at CIT 2001
New CIO at Albany
SUNY OLIS Wants You!
Link to the SUNYConnect Committees
Kudos to the SUNYLA 2001 conference organizers. Corning Community College
hosted an excellent conference this June. Special activities in special settings abounded:
wine tasting, planetarium shows, after hours museum access, live music and lots of
The conference planners had so many giveaways that two sessions of prize drawings were
held. Bottles of wine, gift certificates, books, chocolate, etc, etc. just kept coming.
One OLIS staffer received a large hint that he should do more cooking: an apron as well as
a Corningware casserole as prizes.
This year's conference had a large number of Chu Scholarship winners. It's good to see
the new members of the SUNY library community at the conference. Remember next year, prior
to conference time, the scholarship monies
for first time attendees.
Here are just a few of the highlights from this year's conference:
The Keynote Address was offered up by Elaine Didier, Dean of Kresge Library at Oakland
University, Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Didier's speech was entitled "The Leadership
Challenge: Changing the Way We Do Business".
The ALEPH Track
Librarians from Binghamton, Fredonia, Oswego and SUNY OLIS presented well received
programs on implementing the SUNYConnect LMS (ALEPH500). Future implementers of
ALEPH learned useful basics of what the project involves, were able to hear the
experiences and reactions of their colleagues that have come before them, and acquired
some satisfaction with the sentiment "hey, if they can do it, so can we".
Minimally, everyone learned that "STP" (switch to production) is more than just
a motor oil additive.
Sandy Card and Abigail Bordeaux (Binghamton) emphasized some of these very
points in their first presentation slide:
People, in and out of SUNY, determine the
success of a SUNYConnect LMS implementation. "We've thoroughly enjoyed the people from Ex
Libris", Sandy reported.
Fredonia was the first SUNYConnect library to STP. While their experience has
not been totally positive, and there are still kinks to work out, Fredonia is upbeat.
"It's a wonderful system", Vince Courtney told program attendees.
SUNY OLIS wants to extend thanks to everyone whose hard work went into providing the
"ALEPH Track" at the 2001 conference. The spirit of sharing, SUNYConnect-style,
Friends of SUNYLA
Natalie Sturr, Systems Librarian, Penfield Library, State University College at Oswego.
We won't list Natalie's entire resume here. See http://www.buffalostate.edu/~library/sunyla/biography.html
for some additional detail. Natalie was involved in three different SUNYLA presentations
at this year's conference. And in the SUNYConnect LMS sharing category, please see http://www.oswego.edu/library/dept/exlibris/
Ginette Chambers, Director of Faculty Awards and Development, SUNY System
Ms. Chambers was instrumental in shepherding the new Distinguished Librarian rank, seeing
this to fruition through three different SUNY chancellors.
Congratulations to Natalie and to Ginette. And our thanks, once again to all the
conference presenters and organizers on a useful and fun conference.
AWARD for EXCELLENCE in LIBRARIANSHIP
Congratulations to the 2001 recipients of the Chancellor's Award for
Excellence in Librarianship:
Otis A. Chadley, Albany
Laura B. Cohen, Albany
Nancy Bren Nuzzo, Buffalo (University Center)
Elaine L. Downing, Oneonta
Katherine B. Majewski, Delhi (now NLM)
Elizabeth Gulacsy, Alfred Ceramics
Mary Anderson Ochs, Cornell
Lorraine C. Weberg, Fashion Institute
Inger Curth, Jefferson Community College
Nancy Williamson, Nassau Community College
Barbara Kobritz, Tompkins Cortland Community College