Fall 2018 Newsletter!

ENYACRL Fall 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Please enjoy the Spring 2018 ENY/ACRL Newsletter!

2018 Election Results!

Our 2018 elections closed on March 31.  The results are as follows:

Program Chair/VP/President-Elect

  Anne Rauh (Syracuse University)


 Towanda Mathurin (SUNY Westchester Community College)


  Mary Van Ullen (University at Albany)

Membership Chair

  Esta Tovstiadi (SUNY Potsdam)

Additionally, the proposal to split the Program Chair/VP/President-Elect into two seperate positions passed.  Next year’s election cycle will reflect this change.

Thank you to all who participated in the elections and to all members who voted.

The newly elected members will begin their term immediately following the Spring Conference Data, Libraries and Justice on May 22 at Colgate University.  Hope to see you there!

2018 Spring Conference Registration Open!

ENY/ACRL Spring 2018 Conference Registration is now OPEN!
“Data, Libraries, and Justice”
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 – Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
This year’s conference explores the ways in which libraries and librarians are working to bring to support data literacy and privacy education. Please join us to explore this theme, and learn more about what you can do in your library to address data privacy concerns!
Speakers Include:
  • Yasmeen Shorish, Data Services Coordinator and Associate Professor at James Madison University, “Valuing Privacy in a Surveillance Society.”
  • Melissa Morrone, Supervising Librarian in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library, “What happens when I log off? Data Privacy Literacy in the Library.” 
  • Joshua Finnell, Associate Professor and Head of Research & Instruction, and Andy Pattison, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colgate University, “Endangered Data & Environmental Justice in Upstate NY.”
$40 for current ENY/ACRL members, $55 for non-members (which includes a 1-year membership!). Payment is available by check or by card/PayPal.
All are welcome!

2018 Board Elections and Candidate Details

The following candidates are running for open positions on the ENY/ACRL Board. Ballots for positions with more than one candidate will be sent by email to all eligible members (i.e., current as of December 31, 2017). You will receive one email per contested position. Voting will be open through March 31, 2018.

Information about each candidate follows. Please join the Board in thanking all of them for their support of the organization.

If you have questions about the voting process, please contact Allie Larson, alarsen@siena.edu.

Thank you for voting!

Program Chair/VP/President-Elect

Anne Rauh,
Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University

My name is Anne Rauh and I am excited to be running for running for Vice President/President Elect/Program Chair of ENY/ACRL. I joined ENY/ACRL in 2011, shortly after moving to Central New York and after attending my first ENY/ACRL conference at Mohawk Valley Community College; I joined the conference planning committee on which I have served continuously since 2012. Through the 2017 conference, I was responsible for vendor support and during that time, I increased vendor funding of the event substantially. The result of that has been increased professional development awards to ENY/ACRL members as both conference raffle awards and grants from the organization.

Prior to my role at Syracuse University, I worked at University of Wisconsin-Madison where I was also active in the local ACRL chapter. I served for two years as the co-chair of their multi-day annual conference and developed exciting conference agenda that satisfied the interest of academic librarians throughout the state. I have also served on the conference planning committee and executive committee of the Engineering Librarians Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, chairing a four-day conference in Seattle, WA.

If elected to this position, I would be honored to bring my conference planning experience to our organization and to foster the ENY/ACRL community that has benefited me so much.



Mary Van Ullen
Director of Collections, University at Albany

Mary Van Ullen is the Director of Collections at the University of Albany. She believes in the value of ENY/ACRL to enrich the professional lives of its members, from affording networking opportunities with local colleagues to offering affordable, high quality regional programming.  Past involvement with ENY/ACRL included membership on the 2015 Library Innovation Award Committee and service on the Local Arrangements Committee for the Fall 2001 and Spring 2013 Conferences. As Secretary, she has enjoyed working with colleagues on the Board and Chapter members, and she hopes to continue serving in that role.



Towanda Mathurin
Public Services Librarian, SUNY Westchester Community College

Towanda Mathurin is a Public Services Librarian at SUNY Westchester Community College and graduate of CUNY Brooklyn and Queens College. Prior to her tenure at Westchester Community College, she served developing communities as a Young Adult Librarian within The New York Public Library. In addition to providing reference and information literacy instruction, she manages the Library Circulation Department, is the Library Department Committee Chair and served as Conference Chair for the Westchester Library Association, and a prior SUNYLA Delegate. In these roles, she was also responsible for overseeing cash flow and reporting. In 2015, she also developed her accounting knowledge and skills by earning a certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship from Westchester Community College. In seeking your support as treasurer for ENY/ACRL Mathurin looks forward to ensuring fiscal responsibility and risk management to maintain a positive cash flow.


Membership Chair

Brenna Helmstutler
iSchool Librarian, Syracuse University

Brenna Helmstutler has been the Librarian for the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University since 2017, after working as a team leader and subject librarian at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta from 2004-2017. She has prior national ACRL experience as a convener for the ULS Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group and as a member of the LLAMA Membership Committee. In addition to library instruction, collection development, and research support roles for the iSchool, she is on the SU Libraries Social Media Team. Her research interests include scholarly impact and iSchool librarianship.


Etsa Tovstiadi
Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian/Sr. Assistant Professor, SUNY Potsdam

Hello! My name is Esta Tovstiadi and I am the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at SUNY Potsdam, where I am also the campus ENY/ACRL Liaison. I came to SUNY from CU Boulder this past summer, and although I am new to ENY/ACRL, I have served on committees for NASIG, ER&L and NISO, and I think that my experience with these organizations will be an asset in the Membership Committee Chair position. If elected, I’d love to see the Committee grow our organization and find innovative ways to connect and serve our membership.