Call for Lightning Round and Poster Session Presenters

The Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL invites presenters for Lightning Rounds and Poster Sessions at its Spring Conference, “Setting Out on the Right Path: Academic Libraries and the First Year Transition,” which will be held Monday, May 19, 2014, at SUNY Oswego in Oswego, NY.  This meeting will focus on the first year transition experience, including connecting with first year students, integrating information literacy into first year curricula, technical services in support of the first year transition, etc.


* Presentations are limited to 5 minutes!!   Share a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs related to any and all forms of supporting the first year transition: for collections, public services, internal work, IT, cataloging, outreach, metrics, what works, what doesn’t, etc.   Presenters must be available to discuss their topics between 11:00–11:50am.


Poster sessions are an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, research findings, projects, solutions to problems, or best practices.  Posters should relate to the conference theme of the first year transition.  Posters will be on display throughout the day.  Presenters must be available to discuss their topics from 2:00–2:30pm.

Proposals should include:

  • Presenter’s name (If there is more than one presenter, choose one person to be the contact.)
  • Institution
  • Contact information including phone number, fax number, e-mail, and mailing address
  • Title of presentation
  • Technology, electricity and space needs
  • Summary description of less than 250 words


Send Lightning Round proposals to:

Anne Larrivee,
Binghamton University Libraries
P.O. Box 6012
Binghamton, NY 13902


Send Poster Session proposals to:

Tarida Anantachai,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210

Deadline for proposals is March 10, 2014. Proposals received after this date may be considered if there is still space available for participation. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by March 31, 2014.

We look forward to seeing you in May at SUNY Oswego!

Spring Conference – Save the Date!

The 2014 ENY/ACRL Spring Conference will be held on Monday, May 19th, 2014 at SUNY Oswego. The theme for the conference will be “Setting Out on the Right Path: Academic Libraries and the First Year Experience.” Colleen Boff, Professor and Associate Dean of Libraries at Bowling Green State University, will present the keynote. The day will also include a panel discussion, breakout sessions, lightning rounds and posters. Check this site for additional details, including registration and lodging information. Hope to see you in Oswego!


Download the ENY/ACRL 2014 Conference flyer in PDF format.

ENY/ACRL Library Innovation Award

Are you aware of an ENY/ACRL librarian who has worked on an innovative project? Or a member library that has done something innovative?   Nominations for the ENY/ACRL Library Innovation Award are welcome.  If you know of someone or a team deserving of the award, please consider a nomination. The individual or team receives a plaque and a $500 honorarium at the ENY/ACRL spring conference.  Individuals and at least one team member must be members of ENY/ACRL.
Full information about the award, including the nomination form, is available here.

The nomination deadline is March 15, 2014.  Please consider nominating an individual or team. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Thanks to those who agreed to serve on the selection committee:

If you need additional information, please feel free to contact ENY/ACRL Past-President Tasha Cooper (, or any member of the Library Innovation Award Selection Committee.

Upcoming Elections

During the Spring of 2014, the Eastern New York Association of College and Research Libraries (ENY/ACRL) will have an election for the following executive board members:

Vice President, President Elect & Program Chair
Three year term; responsibilities include coordinating the conference and programs (first year), leading the organization as President (second year), and in the third year, serving as Past President and chairing the Nominations & Elections Committee, among other activities

Two year term; responsibilities include taking minutes for Board meetings and participating in Board activities, among other activities

Two year term; responsibilities include handling the organizations’ finances and participating in Board activities, among other activities

Membership Chair
Two year term; responsibilities include processing new memberships, maintaining the membership database and participating in Board activities, among other activities

We welcome nominations for these positions. If you are interested, know of someone who might be interested, or have questions please let us know. The nomination deadline is February 1, but we would love to hear from you by December 20. One other way to get is involved is to be part of the program committee. Please let us know if that is of interest.

Thanks very much,

Tasha Cooper, Past-President
John Cosgrove, Nominations & Elections Committee member
Katherine Moss, Nominations & Elections Committee member

Event at Empire State College: Developing Metaliterate Learners

On behalf of Empire State College and The University at Albany, State University of New York, we are pleased to invite you to one of the State University of New York-funded Conversations in the Disciplines.  The topic for this Conversation is Developing Metaliterate Learners: Transforming Literacy across Disciplines.

The colloquium will be held on Friday, December 13 from 8:30 to 4:30 at SUNY Empire State College, Center for Distance Learning, 113 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Conversation will be divided into two sessions – a morning session, which will focus on the topic of metaliteracy and how it relates to a variety of disciplines, and an afternoon session, which will focus on developing the metaliterate learner from the student perspective.   To round out this perspective, undergraduate and graduate student speakers will join academic panelists.

This event is free, but space is limited.   We hope you will join in this important and timely discussion.  The deadline for registration is Monday, December 2, 2013. To view the conference schedule, please go to

To register, please email Debra Conklin at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Debra Conklin, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College ( or Trudi Jacobson, University at Albany (