|The expansion of SUNYConnect
was in evidence at two recent conferences (SUNYLA and NAAUG). This influence is partially
measured by the growing number of SUNY libraries using the SUNYConnect LMS
(ALEPH500). Librarians and others at those institutions are also having a growing
influence on the greater ALEPH community. Within SUNY and around that international user
community, we're seeing SUNYConnect participants joining in and sharing their
experience and expertise.
SUNYLA 2003 -- Stony Brook, New York
That SUNYConnect cooperation was seen during the conference program. "Ideas that Make ALEPH More Patron Friendly: Changes Your Library Can Make," for instance involved presenters from four different types of SUNYConnect libraries. It was also seen in the Friend of SUNYLA Award that went to Andy Perry and Sandy Card of Binghamton. They were commended for "willingly and generously sharing their expertise with many other SUNY libraries" implementing ALEPH; providing "understanding and knowledgeable responses." Andy got this reporter's approval when he commented that "librarianship doesn't have to be a competitive sport." Sandy's remarks included the observation that "with the talented, diverse group of SUNY librarians [in SUNYConnect] there's no reason not to take a large leadership role in the future of ALEPH."
Also receiving a Friend of SUNYLA Award was Judith Adams-Volpe (Buffalo). "Hurrrah to Plattsburgh and Carla List-Handley for the granting the Distinguished Librarian rank to a 'front line librarian.'" Judy played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Distinguished Librarian rank.
The conference included good food, camaraderie, and lots of door prizes: thanks to conference planners, presenters and speakers for their efforts in making it a great conference. And FACT deserves special recognition for the grant monies provided by the Faculty Access to Computing Technology Group to the conference.
The SUNY influence at the conference also included participants from ten SUNY institutions. SUNY presentations included work done by OLIS' Maureen Zajkowski offering up her insights on planning and implementing a large consortial ALEPH implementation.
Conference attendees commented on "the great sharing and collaboration resulting from an increasing number of [ALEPH] customers." Those in Iowa City also received the benefits of commiserating with others over common sentiments, frustrations and challenges involved in ALEPH implementations, especially those involving a large consortium of libraries. Ex Libris leadership and staffers were well represented at the meeting, providing software demos and insights into the future directions of the company.