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Congratulations to President-Elect, Virginia Young and new UNYSLA Officers!

Congratulations to President-Elect, Virginia Young and new UNYSLA Officers!

On October 5, 2018, current UNYSLA President Ruth Owens transferred the gavel to President-Elect, Virginia Young. Congratulations, Virginia, and best of luck on behalf of UNYSLA!

Election results for officer positions beginning in 2019 were also announced on October 5. New UNYSLA officers are:

Erin Rowley, President-Elect
Sarah Siddiqui, Treasurer
Amy Slutzky, Director of Vendor Relations

Congratulations to you all!

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Medical Information Research Professional, Health Sciences Library St. Luke’s Medical Library (Utica, NY)

The Medical Librarian position is responsible for the day-to-day running and maintaining of library and information resources used by the physicians, administration, hospital personnel, and community at the St. Luke’s Medical Library and Faxton Campus Consumer Library. This position will provide reference, research, database searching, Interlibrary Loan, assist with budget, collection development, library development and marketing, quality, I-Care and other projects as assigned. Supervision of one part-time Library Technician at the Faxton Campus Consumer Library. This position reports administratively to the Director, Library Services.


  • ALA accredited MLS (Master of Library Science)
  • One year of professional experience in medical or health sciences library
  • Experience using MEDLINE, CINAHL databases, DOCLINE, OCLC Interlibrary Loan systems and other biomedical databases
  • Knowledgeable in medical, nursing and pharmaceutical terminology
  • Experience working with physicians, residents, students, health personal, administration and public

See the complete job listing here.

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UNYSLA Librarian Happy Hour (and Business Meeting) in Syracuse

Mark your calendars for the annual business meeting of Upstate New York Chapter of SLA on October 5th at 4 pm.  This meeting will be held virtually (stay tuned for Zoom information) and will cover what is happening in our Upstate chapter including results of the upcoming chapter election (vote here:, opportunities to help build your network of special librarians in your area, and preliminary details about our Spring 2019 conference.  This is a great opportunity for members to attend our chapter meetings with the ease of remote participation.  RSVP is appreciated by September 28th to Ruth Owens (

After the business meeting, the chapter is also having a happy hour at Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge in downtown Syracuse (Armory Square neighborhood) from 4:30-7 pm.  Appetizers will be provided, drinks are on your own.  The happy hour is open to all librarians and graduate students of library schools from across New York.  So come on down to the Armory Square neighborhood and network with other librarians and future information professionals!

UNYSLA Business Meeting:  
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 4-4:30 pm

Librarian/Information Professional Happy Hour:  
Location: Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge, 321 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse NY 13202
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 4:30-7 pm

We hope to see you there!

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Happy Hour to follow UNYSLA Business Meeting in Syracuse

Happy Hour to follow UNYSLA Business Meeting in Syracuse

Special Libraries Association of Upstate New York (UNYSLA) is hosting a happy hour at Al’s Wine and Whiskey bar after the virtual business meeting on October 5th from 4:30 to 7pm. Graduate students, librarians, and information professionals from the area are encouraged to come and socialize while enjoying tasty appetizers and drinks (cash bar). We hope to see you there!

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Student Shadow Adrienne Canino Reflects on the 2018 Spring Conference

Student Shadow Adrienne Canino Reflects on the 2018 Spring Conference

Upstate New York Special Library Association Annual Conference, 2018

The 2018 UNYSLA Annual Conference, Lead From Where You Are, was an exciting opportunity for a soon to be librarian to spend a day as a student shadow. I wish to express my deep gratitude to the UNYSLA Board for the opportunity to spend a whole day connecting with fellow librarians and learning about leadership skills for any position. A major theme of the day was the ‘other’ things a person needs to know to move up in their professional career:  motivation, reflection, and a sense of humor came through clearly.  The presentations also covered tools and topics, and presenters and audience members alike did not hesitate to have the complex and sometimes difficult discussions about leadership.  Being a part of it was a pleasure, and gave me a foundational understanding of leaders in today’s changing library world.

Leadership Roles Today

The conference began with an apt presentation on motivation (we all also had coffee and snacks thanks to the sponsors- well motivated were we!). Rochelle Mazar, Assistant Dean of Academic Engagement at River Campus Libraries of University of Rochester, delivered session titled “Kindling the Spark of Motivation.” This presentation was not only about motivation, but about how motivating a team comes from the leader’s frame of mind. Assistant Dean Mazar gave valuable insight on “re-framing” the role of a leader, librarian, or team member can be an important step in motivating.  It was also a discussion on being aware of when to intervene with a class, team or project, remembering the context of the situation, and knowing that the only thing we can control sometimes is ourself.

Soft skills for leadership

Many of the speakers gave great examples of the ‘other’ , soft skills, any of us can cultivate to improve our ability as leaders. Jan Fleckenstien, Director of Syracuse University Law Library, told many insightful (and entertaining) stories of her early career. She wove a story of how every experience, whether it was dealing with an overflowing bathroom or learning a brand new technical skills as the head of a department, built her skills and honed her leadership to be a powerful skill set.


Another skill I would consider a ‘soft skill’ for leadership is self-awareness. I do not refer to the ‘touchy-feely’ kind, though I believe that has a place in a work-life balance. Instead, I mean the kind that Jill Hurst-Wahl urged us to use in thinking about our goals and reach.  Professor Hurst-Wahl, president of Hurst Associates and Professor of Practice at Syracuse University, presented on goal-setting for productivity and provided insight about how to REALLY make s-m-a-r-t goals. Many of us have heard about setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound, and so may have overlooked the value of this talk. However, through gentle, slightly self-deprecating humor and insight, Professor Hurst-Wahl pushed the audience to think through the process of how to genuinely apply yourself to each step, and know yourself enough to gauge what achievement can be for you.

Tools for leadership

Being a student, I may have appreciated taking home a worksheet on goal-setting more than the average attendant. There were many other ‘tangible’ takeaways from this conference as well. The goal setting session provided a real framework for pushing my professional development, and Fleckenstien’s presentation left me with the very applicable advice to find a mentor and explore open opportunities when they came.  But haven’t we all had an evaluation experience with a supervisor or as a supervisor that we wish had gone better?

One of the sessions I had also been looking forward to the most was set to address this very tool: Chris Miller’s presentation on feedback. Christian Miller is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the Catherwood Library of Cornell University, and his talk was enlightening and enheartening. He brought a new lens to feedback for many in the room, and covered how necessary feedback is, how the compliment sandwich is not the best way to go, and the importance of incorporating feedback into your workplace culture.

Leadership: not just one day at a conference

As the day began to wrap up, the presentations and discussions lent themselves to a close examination of where library leadership is now and where it is going. The final presentation was co-presented by Lindsay Cronk, Head of Collections Strategies at University of Rochester, and by Linsey Rae, Science and Engineering Outreach Librarian at University of Rochester.  Titled ‘Lean Back: Methods of Collaborative Leadership’, this presentation used a feminist framework to discuss the many challenges facing libraries today, including leadership blindspots, and how the path forward will be about balance. With many candid prompts and statistics, and by building in the feminist pink diamond framework, this presentation provided food for thought and stepping stones for action about the future of leadership.  More than the presentation itself, the discussion that followed and surrounded the topics at hand were embraced by the audience and brought up an important discussion that the library world needs to have.

This conference provided multiple powerful messages for a library-student to bring home: collaborative leadership, motivation and re-framing, feedback and goal-setting. I must say again how grateful I am to have been given the opportunity to attend and meet the excellent presenters and sit alongside insightful professionals. As my career moves forward, I feel confident that I have more tools now to carve a balanced approach.


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Congratulations to our 2018 UNYSLA Student Merit Award Winner, William Sheppard!

William Sheppard was presented with the 2018 Upstate New York SLA (UNYSLA) Student Merit Award at the UNYSLA Spring meeting on April 13, 2018. Will is a Reference Assistant at the Catherwood Library at Cornell University. He holds a BA in Politics from Oberlin College, OH and is currently pursuing a Masters in Library Science from San Jose State University. Prior to working at Cornell, he was an Instructional Support Assistant at SUNY Cortland and a Library/Media Technician at Prince George’s Community College, MD.

Will has been active with Upstate New York SLA Chapter since 2015, quickly getting involved and joining the board as Webmaster in 2016, then taking on the role of Treasurer in 2017 with skill. He’s been able to puzzle out the new QuickBooks system and end of year financial reporting doing an excellent job. He is also involved with the San Jose State University Student Chapter.

His colleagues praise him for becoming active in the UNYSLA board as a student.  He handles questions and problems extremely quickly, professionally and in a calm and reassuring manner. He is friendly and easy to work with, always willing to lend a hand and offer his opinion.  As an example of his dedication to UNYSLA, he is still willing to help out our new webmaster Natalie LoRusso with duties as they arise even though he has stepped down from his role as the chapter’s webmaster. We will miss his help and expertise when he moves to North Carolina in June.

The Upstate New York SLA (UNYSLA) Student Merit Award is solicited for every Spring.  More details can be found at


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Registration is now closed for UNYSLA’s Spring Conference: Lead From Where You Are

Lead From Where You Are

Date: Friday, April 13th, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: VISTA Collaboratory, Carlson Science and Engineering Library, University of Rochester. 160 Trustee Rd, Rochester, NY 14642 (map)

Registration is now closed. See you in Rochester!

Map and Parking

For the main event, parking will be in a campus lot, and more detailed information will be sent to attendees who have paid for parking before the conference. Attendees will need to stop at the information booth on Wilson Blvd to be given a parking pass and directions on where to park. A map of the University of Rochester River Campus is here.

Hotel Information

Click here for a list of hotels less than five miles from the University.

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