Volume 1 Number 3
|SUNY Librarians & Library Staff Working Together|
In Her Own Words
Earlier this year the editors of this publication pondered SUNYergy's sub-title. "SUNY Librarians Working Together" -- doesn't quite slide right off the tongue. More importantly that sub-title would hint at excluding essential members of the SUNY libraries -- a paraprofessionals, library clerks and other key personnel. We'll continue to rely on these essential staff members in the context of SUNYConnect and the successful future of all of our SUNY libraries. Grammatical issues not withstanding, the editors felt that "SUNY Libraries Working Together" conveyed that notion of libraries as living organizations fueled by a variety of folks with and without the MLS degree.
A symbol of this sentiment is seen in the SUNYConnect/SLAM presentation made at this year's New York Library Assistants' Association Conference. NYSLAA's 21st annual conference was held in Rochester New York on June 9,10,11, 1999. Larry Randall (SUNYConnect Project Coordinator) and Maureen Zajkowski (SLAM Project Manager) presented the program. They provided overviews of the projects: current status, future goals, and next steps.
"We were very pleased with the turnout at our NYSLAA session," Maureen reported. "The participants seemed quite interested, and they asked some insightful questions."
This is heartening news. The success of projects such as implementing the new SUNYConnect LMS or integrating SUNYConnect databases into a library's services depends upon all members of the SUNY library community working together.
"LAIP has demonstrated that SUNY libraries of differing missions, needs and sizes can work successfully together among themselves and with other SUNY-wide activities," (from presentation materials for the NYSLAA conference). Additional conferences at which Larry and Maureen have presented include the SUNY Librarians Association Annual Conference and the Eastern New York ACRL Conference.
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