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

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

UNYSLA Spring Conference: 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!

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Past President Stephanie McReynolds Receives the UNYSLA Chapter Merit Award.


Stephanie JH McReynolds was presented with the 2017 Upstate New York SLA (UNYSLA) Chapter Member Merit Award at the UNYSLA business meeting on September 22, 2017. Stephanie is the Business & Management Librarian at Bird Library at Syracuse University. She holds a B.A. in English from Saint Louis University, an M.A. in Library Science from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Stephanie has been active in with Upstate New York SLA Chapter since 2013, quickly getting involved and joining the board as President Elect in 2015 then President in 2016, and Past President and Nominations Committee Chair this year. Prior to this she was active in the SLA St. Louis Metro Area Chapter, also as president of that chapter. She has held leadership positions since joining in library school in 2005.

Her colleagues praise her for her mentorship abilities and attention to details. She keeps us all focused on the tasks on hand and making sure all is as it should be. She planned several excellent conferences with the board and has recently revised our procedures. Will Sheppard says that “Stephanie has been a vocal advocate for SLA to stand up for issues of importance to our profession. She cares deeply about the association and its membership and it’s fitting that we recognize her for the time and effort she has contributed to the well-being of the association.”

Congratulations, Stephanie!

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Congratulations to President-Elect, Ruth Owens!

Congratulations to President-Elect, Ruth Owens!

On Friday, September 22nd, current UNYSLA President Zari Kamarei transferred the gavel to President-Elect Ruth Owens. Congratulations, Ruth, and best of luck on behalf of UNYSLA!

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UNYSLA Business Meeting followed by Happy Hour in Syracuse

UNYSLA Business Meeting followed by Happy Hour in Syracuse

You’re invited to the annual business meeting of Upstate New York Chapter of SLA on September 22nd at 4 pm. This meeting will be held virtually and will cover what is happening in our Upstate chapter including the upcoming chapter election, opportunities to help build your network of special librarians in your area, financial standing and details about our Spring 2018 conference. This is a great opportunity for members to attend our chapter meetings with the ease of remote participation. RSVP is appreciated by September 15th 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 5-7 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, September 22, 2017
Time: 4-4:30 pm

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SLUSH at Bar Argos!

SLUSH at Bar Argos!

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 16th at 5pm! 

Bar Argos is located within the Argos Inn in downtown Ithaca at 408 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

If you haven’t been, Bar Argos offers great atmosphere and an exciting, unusual cocktail menu.

It’s located within walking distance from campus, and there is a small parking lot.

Come toast with us!

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Student Shadow Emma Rogers Recaps on the Spring Conference

UNY/SLA’s 2017 Spring Conference – Government Data: By the People, for the People

Thank you again for allowing me to participate as a shadow student in UNYSLA’s spring conference Government Data: By the People, For the People. I made many wonderful connections and gained valuable insight into the challenges libraries face in the age of mass data.

The first speaker was Paul Bern from Syracuse University who presented the topic of Government Data and Data Security. Professor Bern’s topic covered threats to public data from the late 1700s onward. Although there were several points of interest for me during his presentation, one concept that recurred throughout the course of the day was the concept of Margin of Error. This concept, from what I gathered, was that data has been manipulated either purposely or mistakenly since the beginning of humanity for personal, sometimes nefarious purposes when the context or whole of the information is not included in the results. A fascinating discussion ensued regarding the role of librarians as instructors on the concept of margin of error.

After the first presentation I introduced Blair Tinker, a research specialist for GIS from the University of Rochester. Tinker discussed the history and evolution of census data mapping and questions to keep in mind when conducting a reference interview. Some of the questions Tinker recommended asking included: what the results will be used for, if the user is willing to put in time and effort to locate the correct set of data or if something more general is needed, will they use it in the future, and what sort of time restraints exist. Tinker warned that physical boundaries on maps have changed over time, so results may not always be available or correct. I enjoyed learning more about online mapping tools that Tinker uses regularly or has used in the past. The number of options to gather information from census data seemed endless.

I introduced the next presenter, Leah McEwen from Cornell University, who discussed the topic of Mining Public Data for Lab Safety. McEwen explained the necessity for risk assessment in laboratory protocols, and argued that a similar protocol for libraries could be implemented for users. I enjoyed listening about PubMed Safety, and how similar safety measures in the application could also be used to alert library users. I had just recently learned more about the semantic web, so trying to picture the future of the application and the concepts that could be taken away from it was particularly appealing to me.

The last presentation was by Jim DelRosso from Cornell University on Data Rescue. DelRosso spoke about his experience and knowledge on preserving data and websites, and why it has recently become a necessity. He explained national effort and those of Cornell University to preserve data for faculty and graduate students and the protocols they have in place. Although I had heard of data rescue events, this presentation was eye-opening for me because I had not known of the different aspects involved in such a process.

The conference ended with a panel discussion that included Jim DelRosso, Stephanie Jacobs, Sarah Prenovitz, and Sue Cardinal. Cardinal had prepared several intriguing questions about the various experience each panelist had with preserving data, and there were also several questions from the audience. One of the highlights of the discussion was about the collection of public data for the purposes of selling it such as, which gathers census records but charges users. It was agreed upon that it was a charge for using their services, but there were other means of finding that information. Another highlight was the rekindling of the conversation over who is responsible for educating the public on the concept of the margin of error and protecting personal information. One solution that seemed popular was to implement a course for students to learn about data protection and comprehension, although situations regarding intrusion of personal information may vary in degrees and context.

Overall, this was a very exciting and informative experience for me. I would highly recommend to any student interested in attending a conference to join a UNYSLA conference. This experience allowed me valuable insight into the opinions of librarians across the state, and to learn more about topics that I am sure will surface in the near future.


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Registration is now closed.

Registration for UNYSLA’s spring conference: Government Data: By the People, For the People is now closed. See you in Albany!

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SLUSH at The Watershed

SLUSH at The Watershed

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, January 29th at 4pm and SLUSH at the Watershed!

The Watershed is a recently-opened bar and gathering space that offers tea, coffee, cocktails, local beer, wine, and a modest food menu, plus a free library of their own.

The Watershed is located at 121 MLK Jr. Street Ithaca, NY 14850.

Come toast the New Year with us!

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