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Meet our Board Member – Jane Minotti

Jane MinottiJane Minotti, Director of Vendor Relations of UNYSLA, is Sr. Librarian at the NYS Department of Transportation Research Library. Jane became active in the Transportation Division of SLA when she began her career at NYSDOT. As a solo librarian, she supports the programs and activities of 900 employees in the Main Office in Albany, and outreach services to eleven regions statewide. Reference services can encompass literature searches on topics from pavement, construction practices, and historic construction standards to new research and technology in highway illumination, connected vehicles, responding to extreme weather events, and climate change.

Jane credits the SLA Transportation Division as a very active network providing resources, programming and support to its members; it has provided her with opportunities to participate in activities such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and the Transportation Research Board. Jane’s professional interests are reference, digitization and distribution of transportation research reports, and developing LibGuides in Transportation.

How did you get to where you are?

I was fascinated with libraries when I was growing up, and the World Book Encyclopedia, which my parents invested in. When it became time to choose a career, I decided I wanted to spend my professional life in a library setting. After graduating from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in English and working in a middle school / high school library in the North Country, I began graduate school at the University at Albany. Most of my career has been in public libraries in Vermont and NYS, in youth and adult services and library administration. While I found this to be very rewarding, the position at NYS Department of Transportation represented new challenges that I wanted to pursue. I have always believed that providing your customer with the best information empowers individuals, and that the library is a community center with a specific function. At NYSDOT, I really enjoy responding to a variety of requests, providing reference and research services, and collaborating on projects with colleagues in other transportation agencies.

How long have you been a member of UNYSLA?

I have been a member of UNYSLA since 2008.

What roles have you been involved in with UNYSLA and SLA?

I served a two-year term as Treasurer of the SLA Transportation Division from 2008-2010. I have served on several committees in the Transportation Division, recently working on a “Best Practices in Transportation Literature Searches” project published by the Transportation Research Board.

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

I encourage members to take advantage of the opportunities to get involved in UNYSLA. While the organization is benefiting from your contributions, you are also benefiting. Everyone has something of value to bring forth, and you will experience personal growth in the process of volunteering, sharing your expertise, and making new friends.

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Meet our Board Member – Stephanie JH McReynolds

Stephanie McReynolds is currently serving as president-elect of UNYSLA and is also the business and management librarian at Syracuse University Libraries, where she instructs students, faculty, and staff on how to find valuable information to support their research and scholarship, including information crucial to the successful completion of course projects and papers (such as business plans). She enjoys working with the SU community and often finds the many creative product ideas and business plans, fostered by a campus-wide spirit of entrepreneurship, to be intriguing and refreshing.

As UNYSLA president-elect, Stephanie is focusing on planning for the two UNYSLA conferences this year (one in April and one in the fall).

How did you get where you are?

Like many of my colleagues, I took a rather circuitous route to librarianship. After working for a number of years as a medical assistant in a podiatry practice while earning a BA in English from Saint Louis University, and becoming frustrated with my inability to land a job as a copy editor, I met with an academic advisor who suggested that I consider librarianship. Clueless, I replied, “That sounds really boring.” The advisor said, ever so graciously, “Actually, it’s not that boring. I was a librarian before becoming an advisor.”

After earning an MLS by completing the distance learning program offered by the University of Missouri at Columbia, I worked as one of two librarians at a small business college in St. Louis. We did anything and everything library-related, including cataloging, circulation, instruction, reference, collection development, website development, social media, and shelving. From this diverse experience, I learned that I especially enjoy working with faculty and students.

When I saw the SU business librarian job posting, I was excited by the prospect of using my business library experience as a strong foundation for focusing on the role of library liaison to the Whitman School of Management, while setting aside a number of the “hats” I had been wearing as one person on a two-person library team. After moving across the country and enduring nearly two snowy Syracuse winters, I still know that I made the right choice.

What roles have you been involved in with UNYSLA?

My current role as president-elect is the first position I have held in UNYSLA. However, I have served on various committees and held the positions of newsletter editor, membership chair, president-elect, and president in my hometown chapter—the St. Louis Metro Area Chapter.

How long have you been a member of UNYSLA?

About a year and a half. When I learned that I would be moving to Syracuse, one of the first things I did was to look up and join my new local SLA chapter. After experiencing the support and community of the St. Louis chapter, I knew that joining UNYSLA would be a great way to become better connected to my new colleagues throughout Central and Upstate New York.

What is your current role like?

This year, I’m focusing on planning the two conferences. The spring conference planning is well underway. So, my role involves a lot of event-related emails (and a few phone calls). It’s actually a lot of fun to see everyone’s suggestions and recommendations come together as this conference takes shape. Fortunately, in addition to the UNYSLA board, I now have two wonderful conference co-planners: Zari Kamarei and Sue Cardinal. Both are UNYSLA members and librarians at the University of Rochester (our conference location).

What is your favorite part of being a board member?

Everyone on the board has been very welcoming and supportive— what a great group of people! Also, board meetings are quite enjoyable. Past-president Linda Galloway hosted last year’s summer board meeting at her home, where we enjoyed good food and conversation, while also attending to important chapter matters. Anyone who is interested in potentially volunteering to serve on the board is encouraged to attend a board meeting to learn more about what is involved. I’m so glad I attended that summer meeting, which greatly informed my decision to run for president-elect.

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Meet our Board Member – Ruth Owens

Ruth_CardCatalog2Ruth Owens is the current treasurer of UNYSLA and an assistant librarian at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Because SUNY ESF is a small college with a small library, Ruth has many varied responsibilities. She manages interlibrary loan and acquisitions/collection development, provides research help (reference), teaches a one-credit information literacy course, and is the librarian liaison to the chemistry and engineering departments. Ruth enjoys connecting people to information whether that is through interlibrary loan, teaching, or simply answering questions. Her professional interests include public services, resource sharing, and information literacy. She holds a MSLIS from Syracuse University and a BS in zoology from Colorado State University.

How did you get to where you are?

Like others, it was no surprise that I became a librarian. I have been interested in libraries and science for as long as I can remember. In college I realized that I could combine both interests by becoming a science librarian when my biology class went to the library for class and the librarian introduced herself as the “biological sciences librarian.” While at library school at Syracuse University, I interned at Moon Library at SUNY ESF and made some great connections. Linda Galloway (UNYSLA past president) was (and still is!) a wonderful mentor as I was an intern. I worked at a few other academic libraries doing interlibrary loan and instruction before coming back to SUNY ESF in my current position.

How long have you been a member of UNYSLA?

I have been a member of UNYSLA since 2008.

What roles have you been involved in with UNYSLA and SLA?

Currently I am in my second term as treasurer. After 2016, I will have to pass the torch to another outstanding UNYSLA member.

What is your favorite part of being a board member?

I will echo what others have said and say that the other board members are amazing and we work well together. I enjoy being a part of planning conferences and meetings and helping others get connected to our group.

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

Please just jump right in. You are always welcome to our board meetings and if that sounds a little scary, please come to one of our fall or spring conference meetings and talk to one of us. One of the main reasons I got involved with UNYSLA is because I got to know other board members and they just said, “Hey Ruth, would you like to do….” There is almost always opportunity to get involved by helping out at a local meeting or joining a committee or running for an executive board position.

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Meet our Board Member – Linda Galloway

Linda Galloway, immediate past president of UNYSLA, is a subject librarian and bibliographer at Syracuse University. As the STEM bibliographer, Linda helps evaluate, select, and assess campus-wide resources to support scholarship and research at Syracuse University. Linda is also the subject specialist for biology, chemistry and forensic science. In this capacity, she provides discipline-specific outreach and helps instruct her constituents in the efficient use of available materials. Linda is passionate about connecting students, faculty, and researchers to the best information available by promoting the library’s resources and providing value-added content and collaborative services. Linda holds a M.S.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a B.S. in chemistry from Long Island University.

Linda’s professional interests include collection development, citation metrics and analysis, altmetrics and scholarly communication. She is an active member of the Special Libraries Association and the Pi Lambda Sigma Chapter of Beta Phi Mu. Linda presents her work frequently at conferences, workshops and webinars.

 

How did you get to where you are?

Like many of my colleagues, I was destined for librarianship. (Just ask my younger sister who had to sign books out of our mud-room “library”.) However, it took me quite a while to realize this! I have a B.S. in chemistry and was privileged to work for many years with biogeochemist Myron J. Mitchell. I went to the iSchool at Syracuse University for my M.S.L.I.S. and held a series of part-time library jobs until I landed a tenure-track position at SUNY ESF. In 2011 I moved over to Syracuse University and still enjoy a close professional relationship with my SUNY ESF colleagues (two of whom are UNYSLA board members). Elizabeth Elkins, emeritus library director at SUNY ESF, was a great mentor to me and helped me achieve the success and fulfillment I have in my career.

How long have you been a member of UNYSLA?

I have been a member of SLA and UNYSLA for 12 years. I am a member of this chapter, the Chemistry Division and the Science and Technology Division.

What roles have you been involved in with UNYSLA and SLA?

As past-president, I am in the third and final year of the presidency track. This is my second, non-consecutive term as president-elect, president and past-president. I have also held the secretary position and been the vendor relations chair. I am becoming more involved now on the association level as I am the secretary and 2016 conference co-planner for the Chemistry Division. I can’t imagine not being part of the UNYSLA board so will have to find some other duty to keep me engaged with the board beginning in 2016. They can’t get rid of me yet!

What is your favorite part of being a board member?

I really love working with the other board members – we have a smart, solid board who works very well together. We strive to connect librarians across our region with professional development opportunities by planning and hosting interesting and relevant programs twice per year. I am proud to be part of this service to the library community.

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

Come to our UNYSLA conferences and talk to any board member. We always welcome new (or seasoned) members into our mix. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer – from helping at a conference to joining our board. We also hold our board meetings the day before each conference and welcome interested members at the meeting or the dinner afterwards. Our summer board meeting is at my house in the Syracuse area, so if you would like some information, fun and camaraderie (and don’t mind a house full of pets), join us then! Just contact any board member for more information or advice on becoming involved with UNYSLA.

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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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