SUNYLA 2002: Tightropes, Tattoos and Bearcats
|"SUNY librarians provide a model for future
partnerships and cooperation". With those words, Buffalo State College Library
Director, Maryruth Glogowski welcomed the 200+ attendees to this year's SUNYLA Conference. The 34th Annual
SUNYLA Conference "Forming Partnerships - Building Communities" was held in
Buffalo June 5-7.
Evidence of such partnerships and communities was visible throughout the conference. The SUNYConnect initiative is one example. SUNYConnect Project Coordinator, Larry Randall presented a program entitled "SUNYConnect E-Resources: Walking the Tightrope." Among other topics, Larry discussed the role of the SUNY Library Contracts Advisory Team (SLiCAT) in evaluating and selecting databases and other electronic resources for use across all the SUNYConnect libraries. SLiCAT is comprised of SUNY librarians representing the various types of SUNY institutions. The partnership with Nylink (formerly SUNY/OCLC) for contracting/ licensing services was also discussed.
"The SUNY Union Catalog: Planning for the Future" was presented by OLIS staffers Laura Murray, Karen Gardner-Athey and Maggie Horn. They described the roles various SUNY working groups have played in formulating SUNY-wide components of the SUNYConnect LMS. These include universal borrowing guidelines, aspects of web opac design, and bibliographic control issues. The working groups were formed with help from SUNYLA and include SUNY librarians from around the system.
Binghamton presented a well-attended program: "Bringing up BearCat at Binghamton." Various Binghamton librarians described the process of partnering with the software vendor, Ex Libris and with the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services to implement the ALEPH system. This process involved parts of the entire University at Binghamton community.
This year's "Friend of SUNYLA" provided more evidence of partnerships with new communities. The award was presented to the Faculty Access to Computing Technology group in part for their inclusion of an Information Literacy track at their annual conference. "This was one of the most successful tracks in the last number of years. And FACT is very grateful to SUNYLA for this award," said Donald Coscia, SUNY FACT Advisory Committee Chairperson.
Thanks to the Buffalo State College community, conference planners and presenters for another good "SUNYLA." Just two questions:
Who was the big winner on the casino tour?
And which librarian offered up the most outside-the-stereotype trait at "The Tattooed Librarian" poster session?