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Elaine Lasda Bergman Receives 2016 UNYSLA Member Merit Award!

Elaine Lasda Bergman Receives 2016 UNYSLA Member Merit Award!

Elaine Lasda Bergman was presented with the 2016 Upstate New York SLA (UNYSLA) Chapter Member Merit Award at the UNYSLA conference on October 21, 2016.  For those that don’t know Elaine, she is the Subject Librarian for Social Welfare, Gerontology, and the Dewey Library Reference collection at the Dewey Graduate Library at the University of Albany.  She holds a B.A. in History from the SUNY College at Oswego, an M.L.S. from the University at Albany, and Master’s-level Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science from Syracuse University.

Sue Cardinal, the Awards Chair quoted Susan Kendrick who worked closely with Elaine.  “Her entire spirit, collaborative nature, and intelligence is infused into everything she does and her efforts have benefitted so many in the information profession. In the past few years alone, she has arranged UNYSLA webinars on open data, big data, and altmetrics, bringing librarians up to speed on these emerging areas of research. She’s built relationships and partnerships between UNYSLA and other SLA Divisions such as Social Sciences and Transportation. She has also developed UNYSLA partnerships with organizations outside of SLA such as NYLA and SUNYLA. As PR Chair she designed the UNYSLA brochure and the UNYSLA bottle openers, which were a big hit. What’s more, she’s always been incredibly willing to help with UNYSLA program planning and execution.”

A member since 2001, she has performed many roles in UNYSLA.  Currently, she is the Local Area Meetings Coordinator in Albany.  Other roles that she has held are Public Relations Chair, Nominations Committee Chair, Mentoring Chair, President, Awards Chair, Local Area Meetings Co-chair, Membership Committee Chair and Secretary. She was a founding convener of the Data Caucus.

Elaine embodies everything that is great about information professionals and being a part of a professional association. To say she is deserving of this award is an understatement and it is delightful to see her amazing efforts recognized.   Congratulations Elaine!

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Allison Perry to Receive Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award

Allison Perry to Receive Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award

It is my honor to announce that Allison Perry has won our Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award. While Allison was unable to attend our fall conference on October 16, her receipt of the award was announced then, and she will be officially presented with the Member Merit Award at our conference in the spring.

Allison Perry is one of the most dedicated members that UNYSLA has ever seen. She has served on our Board in multiple capacities, including stepping in as President-Elect during a difficult time in our Chapter’s history. She did a wonderful job, and stepped up to be a truly excellent President for our Chapter. She took on the traditional past president’s role as Nominations Chair, but then went beyond tradition to take on being Awards Chair, and then ran to serve as the Director, Membership & Recruitment, the position she holds today.

Allison has been a constant source of leadership for our chapter, and has also always stepped up to do the hard work necessary to keep UNYSLA strong. Whether it’s conducting membership polls or volunteering her time and effort to ensure that our conferences run seamlessly, Allison has always makes sure that things get done, and done well.

Allison Perry has earned the Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award many times over. We wish she could have been with us at the fall conference to receive it, but we are all looking forward to presenting it to her come spring.


Jim DelRosso

UNYSLA Awards Chair

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Syracuse Area Librarians/LIS Mixer on April 28

Syracuse Area Librarians/LIS Mixer on April 28

Please come and chat with library colleagues at an informal social get together scheduled for:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
5-8 p.m.
Sitrus on the Hill, Sheraton Syracuse University
801 University Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210

Appetizers will be provided.  A cash bar and additional food is also available for order.

This event is co-hosted by Eastern New York/Association of College and Research Libraries ; Upstate Special Libraries Association; Beta Phi Mu; Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) at Syracuse University; and the Mentoring Team at Syracuse University Libraries.

No rsvp required.  Free 2-hr parking in the Sheraton Garage for Sitrus guests – get your parking ticket stamped at the front desk.

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Registration Coming Soon!

Registration Coming Soon!

A Look at Library Spaces *

Date: Friday, 17 April 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Carlson Library on River Campus at the University of Rochester, NY (map)

Join UNYSLA for lively presentations and a panel discussion on academic, public, and special library spaces!

Key note speaker and Vice Provost and Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester Mary Ann Mavrinac will share her vision for an innovation hub in the library. We will also tour the VISTA Collaboratory. Our speakers include Ken Bolton, Research Librarian at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, who will talk about how the Marriott Student Learning Center (a social learning space that replaced book stacks and a reference desk) has impacted library services; Wendy Quinn-Decatur, Associate Librarian at Albany Molecular Research, Inc., who will give us an overview and look towards the future for the library space and collection at AMRI; and Peter Wehner, Associate and Senior Architect at Passero Associates, who will talk about the decision-making process and design plans for the new Irondequoit Public Library.

Registration and detailed schedule will be available soon. We hope to see you there!

*Note the slight change in title.

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Meet our Board Member: Susan Kendrick

As part of UNYSLA’s Board Member profile series, we take a look at Susan Kendrick…

Susan Kendrick, is the current UNYSLA chapter president. She is a business librarian at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. A typical workday involves assisting students, faculty, and staff with finding information sources and creating research strategies. In addition, Susan oversees collection development for the graduate business program works collaboratively with other librarians across campus to maximize access to business resources across campus.

How did you get to where you are?

My undergraduate degree is in studio art. College was a blast and I’ve had some great art related jobs, but I realized it wasn’t going to work for me long term. I always loved working in libraries and getting people in touch with the information they need so getting a MLS made sense. The business subject area was a bit of a change for me, however I like that businesses tend to be on the cutting edge of what is happening and the more I learned about business information the more I liked it. The students are great as they all want to make a positive difference in the world. My library colleagues and the faculty are wonderful to work with and very intelligent and driven.

How long have you been a member of UNYSLA?

About 8 years.

What roles have you been involved in with UNYSLA?

My first active role in UNYSLA was as a co-editor for the bulletin (We still made a PDF bulletin at that time.) After a few years, the board wanted to move away from a PDF/print bulletin and to a blog format. SLA had just started up an organization-wide Typepad account for chapters and divisions and I managed the move from our old website and bulletin to the blog. I became the “Communications Chair” which is sort of a combination of webmaster and bulletin editor, responsible for working with the Communications Committee members to keep content on the site up-to-date and creating registration pages for events. The Communications Committee has had some great volunteers over the years and one of them, Heidi Webb, is now the Communications Chair. About a year and a half ago, I decided I wanted to try one of the leadership roles in UNYSLA so I ran for President-Elect.

What do you do in your current UNYSLA role?

I’m just rotating off of President-Elect, where I was responsible for organizing the spring and fall conferences. We did one on competitive intelligence and one on open access. Both were tons of fun and we had fantastic speakers. Now, Stephanie McReynolds is President-Elect and she has already started the planning for the spring program. I’ve rotated into UNYSLA’s president role which is more about communication between SLA HQ and the chapter, presiding over UNYSLA board meetings and working with the board to make any decisions, and assisting other board members in their roles. Unlike the President-Elect position, I won’t be focusing all my energy into the two conferences, but rather spreading it out over the entire chapter over the year.

What is your favorite part of being a board member?

Working with the rest of the board and members. We have such a fantastic board. Everyone on it is so great to work with–friendly, funny, and motivated. It’s a great mix.
It’s also great to meet the student shadows. I love seeing the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the meetings.

What advice do you have for those who may want to get involved?

Come to one of our board meetings the day before our conferences. All members are welcome and you don’t have to do anything. You can just watch and see what happens. This may give you a good idea of how you can contribute gradually so you don’t overextend yourself and you can find a role that plays to your strengths. Often these may be volunteering for the Communications Committee or helping out with local events.

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Registration Open! – Altmetrics are here: Are you ready to help your researchers?

Registration Open! – Altmetrics are here: Are you ready to help your researchers?

Altmetrics are here: Are you ready to help your researchers?

Scholarship is changing, along with the ways we measure impact. This presentation will explore altmetrics and the crucial role librarians have in helping researchers navigate these changes. We’ll discuss emerging practices in Open Access, web-native research, and impact measurement via altmetrics.

When: January 8, 2015; 3:00 pm EST
Presenter: Stacy Konkiel from Impactstory
Cost: UNYSLA members – free; SLA members – $5; non-members – $10

For all the latest information visit:

Register at:


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Ben Wagner recieves the 2014 Member Merit Award

Ben Wagner recieves the 2014 Member Merit Award

During the recent fall conference, the Board of UNYSLA was delighted to acknowledge the significant contributions that Ben Wagner has made to UNYSLA over the years by awarding him the 2014 Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award.  This award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement and service to SLA and the Chapter and honors chapter members with a record of distinguished service in the organization and the association.  Congratulations, Ben!

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UNYSLA Board Election 2015

UNYSLA Board Election 2015

The Election for the Board of the Upstate NY Chapter of SLA is now live. The open positions and the candidates for each are as follows:

Candidate(s) for President – Elect

Stephanie JH McReynolds, Syracuse University
Stephanie JH McReynolds is new to the area, having relocated last year in order to accept the business librarian position at Syracuse University Libraries, but she is not new to SLA. She has served the St. Louis Chapter as newsletter editor, membership director, president-elect, and president. Stephanie is looking forward to the prospect of continuing her SLA service and getting to know local SLA members better by planning UNYSLA conferences as president-elect.

Candidate(s) for Treasurer (2015-2016):

Ruth Owens, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Ruth Owens is the interlibrary loan and acquisitions librarian at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She also teaches information literacy and is the liaison to the chemistry and engineering departments. Ruth received her MSLIS from Syracuse University and has a BS in zoology from Colorado State University. She has been a member of SLA since 2008 and treasurer for the Upstate New York Chapter since 2013.

Candidate(s) for Director, Vendor Relations

Jane Minotti, Department of Transportation
Jane Minotti is the Sr. Librarian at the NYS Department of Transportation Research Library, Albany, has been a member of UNYSLA since 2008. Jane served as Treasurer of the Transportation Division of SLA in 2009 and 2010, and Chair of the Eastern Transportation Knowledge Network in 2010. She is actively involved in activities within the transportation library community.

Check your email for a link to the ballot. If you have any questions or did not receive the ballot, contact Jim DelRosso, Nominations Chair (

Voting will close at 5PM on October 14, 2014.

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