ENY/ACRL Election Slate 2021

Good afternoon ENYACRL members,

I am excited to announce the slate of candidates running in the 2021 election. Thank you to all of the members who are standing for election and to those of your who made nominations. Early next week, you will receive a ballot link for the election.

Vice President / President-Elect

Angela Hackstadt

Angela Hackstadt is the Subject Librarian for Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration and Law at the University at Albany. In this role, Angela assists students and faculty with research and navigating scholarly communications issues, provides reference service, and provides library instruction and outreach for her subject areas. She is wrapping up a term as Government Relations Chair of ENY/ACRL and is actively involved in ACRL and the Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS) of ACRL. Her research interests include scholarly communications and subject librarianship, data privacy, qualitative methods, and food law and policy.


Christina Huffaker

Christina Huffaker is the Coordinator of Access Services and the Data Science librarian at Utica College. She also serves the college through work in academic standards and honesty, copyright, and technology resources, and is a reviewer for the ALA Choice magazine.  Her current research focuses on linking open access content with commonly used internet sources. Christina is grateful for the learning, professional development, and networking opportunities provided by ENY/ACRL, and would be honored to help facilitate these opportunities as the Treasurer.

Heather Whalen Smith

Heather Whalen Smith is the Library Director at Cazenovia College’s Witherill Library in Cazenovia, NY.  Prior to her current role in library leadership, she was the Collection Development Librarian at SUNY New Paltz’s Sojourner Truth library.  Both positions required significant fiscal management. She has as also served as a member of CLRC’s Finance Committee since 2014.  It would be an honor to serve regional librarians and the ENYACRL as your Treasurer.

Communications Chair

Brenna Helmstutler

Brenna Helmstutler is the iSchool Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. She is also part of the Research Impact Team within the Libraries and the Experts@Syracuse/Pure faculty research profile system administrative team comprised of Libraries and Office of Research staff. Prior to joining Syracuse, she was a subject librarian and team leader at Georgia State University. She has been a member of the ENY/ACRL Program Planning Committee for three years. For two of those years, she served as a publicity coordinator for the committee, which translates well to the Communication Chair responsibilities. She has also been involved with ACRL as a discussion group lead and as a presenter. Brenna is excited by the opportunity to connect with ENY/ACRL members and the Board as Communications Chair.

Government Relations Chair

Jean-Paul Orgeron

Jean-Paul Orgeron is the Interim Head of Bibliographic and Digital Services at SUNY Oneonta. He has served on the ENYACRL Planning Committee since 2017. Jean-Paul leads the collection development team for the James M. Milne Library and is liaison to the departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Sciences. He also serves as treasurer of the non-profit Oneonta Trail Association, which coordinates outdoor activities with local city government. Prior to SUNY Oneonta, Jean-Paul was the Head of the Center for Library User Education at Tulane University. He holds a BA and MLIS from Louisiana State University and a PhD from Tulane. As Government Relations Chair, Jean-Paul would offer an unwavering commitment to the ACRL legislative agenda, in particular the Affordable College Textbook Act and the equity of access issues surrounding it. At SUNY Oneonta, Jean-Paul serves on the campus Open Educational Resources Advancement Group and recently moderated an ENYACRL webinar, Academic Libraries and Open Educational Resources.

Program Chair

Sarah Rhodes

Sarah Rhodes has been a Reference and Instruction Librarian at SUNY Oneonta since 2017. She joined ENYACRL shortly after her move to the Central New York area. Prior to her move, she worked at Genesee Community College in Western New York. Sarah has served on the programming committee since 2018, after she attended her first ENYACRL Conference. She has primarily focused on the proposal review process in the programming committee. Sarah has past experience with planning conferences for other professional organizations, including Council for Exceptional Children while working on her MLS in 2010-2012. Sarah has a vast background in programming. She served as a director of a museum for a year, where she successfully collaborated with other museums for a large multi-museum event. She has also put together many local events for the SUNY Oneonta campus community through the various committees she is involved in. Sarah has enjoyed her time on the programming committee and would be honored if elected to serve as chair.

Thank you,


Anne E. Rauh
Head of Collections and Research Services
Syracuse University Libraries

Spring 2020 Newsletter

ENYACRL Spring 2020 Newsletter

Annual Business Meeting

Dear ENY/ACRL Members,


Our business meeting for the membership is normally held during the Annual Conference. Since we made the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Conference this year, we will hold the meeting virtually on May 20, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.


Please register for the business meeting using this RSVP form   Instructions for virtual attendance will be sent to registrants.  We hope you can attend.  Click here for the meeting agenda.


Thank you,


Mary K. Van Ullen

Director of Collections

University Libraries

2020 Board Elections and Candidate Information

The following candidates are running for open positions on the ENY/ACRL Board. Ballots will be sent by email to all eligible members (i.e. current as of December 31, 2019). You will receive one email. Voting will be open through March 31, 2020.

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 Debbie Krahmer dkrahmer@colgate.edu.

Thank you for voting!

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Call for Proposals ENY/ACRL Spring Conference 2020

UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event has been cancelled.

The Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL (ENY/ACRL) is pleased to invite presenters to submit proposals for the upcoming 2020 Spring Conference “2020 Vision for the future: Open and Accessible.” There will be three different session formats for which interested persons may submit proposals: poster sessions, lightning rounds, and breakout sessions. Please see the information below for each session format.

Poster Sessions
Poster sessions are an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, research findings, projects, solutions to problems, or best practices. Posters will be on display throughout the day and presenters should be available to discuss their topics during two thirty-minute time slots.

Lightning Rounds
Presentations for the lightning round are limited to 5 minutes. There will be time for a general question and answer period after all presenters have finished. Topics should connect with the conference theme.

Breakout Sessions
In addition to lightning rounds and poster sessions, this year we are also offering ENY/ACRL members a chance to submit proposals to lead breakout sessions. Breakout session proposals should cover 45 minutes, can include 1-3 presenters, and should incorporate a combination of introduction/presentation and the facilitation of an interactive group discussion. Topics should address an aspect of the conference theme.

Submission Guidelines:
Please use the following link to submit your proposal: https://forms.gle/cCGnKSDFgTu8Gf1z7
If you have questions on any of the sessions, please contact the following people:
Sarah Rhodes – Sarah.Rhodes@oneonta.edu
Jean-Paul Orgeron – Jean-Paul.Orgeron@oneonta.edu

Deadline for all proposals is March 20th, 2020. Proposals received after this date may be considered if there is still space available for participation. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 3rd, 2020.