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Glogowski Named to Membership Committee

Maryruth GlogowskiMaryruth Glogowski, Associate Vice President for Library and Instructional Technology at Buffalo State College, has been named to the Membership Committee of the NYSHEI Governing Board. Ms. Glogowski joins Michael Stoller of NYU as the only non-Board members to serve on a committee and is the first person to serve on a committee who has never served on the Board.

Glogowski is a recognized leader in information technology since she entered the field in 1975 as a database searcher. She has chaired technology committees at the local, regional, and statewide level. She has published and presented on topics from cluster analysis to staff development and most recently Second Life. She is currently a member of the Nylink Council, an alternate to OCLC Members Council, and the Western New York Library Resources Council Board of Trustees. She served several years on the SUNY Learning Network Advisory Board. She has been active in the SUNY Council of Library Directors since becoming a director in 1994, chairing the SUNY Information Literacy Initiative and serving 2 years as secretary. She established the Buffalo State College Web site in 1995 and was the first campus Webmaster.

Tensions Mount in Albany

In a move that may serve as an dark portent of the coming state budget process, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno offered a stern criticism to his former budget director Abe Lackman.

Abe Lackman is the President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He is also a strong ally of NYSHEI, and was appointed by Bruno to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education.

Read the account of the New York Daily News.

Kramer Joins NOVELny Steering Committee


Jason Kramer, NYSHEI Executive Director, has been named a member of the NOVELny Steering Committee by State Librarian Janet Welch.

Beginning a three year term, Mr. Kramer will join the other committee members in defining and coordinating policy, planning and responsibility for the various initiatives of the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library pilot project.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to work on this important project of the New York State Library. This is a project strongly support, and an excellent opportunity to promote NYSHEI collaboration with its partner at the State Library and among its peers throughout the library community,” said Mr. Kramer.

John Reid Profiled

The Albany Times Union offers a brief profile of John Reid.

Mr. Reid is the current Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education, and Manny Rivera’s deputy as Assistant Secretary for Education on the Governor’s staff.

John has also been very supportive of NYSHEI. Not only was he a scheduled panelist at the 2007 NYSHEI annual meeting, but he as also shown conceptual support for our ARIA proposal.

Marketing @ Your Library

Marketing @ Your Library Workshop
Now Accepting Registration
Deadline October 11, 2007


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and University at Albany, State University of New York are accepting participant registration, for the Marketing @ Your Library Workshop with an application deadline of October 11, 2007. The workshop is an intensive one-day program intended to guide individuals in developing a marketing communications program for an academic library. The focus is on communicating with external audiences but involving internal audiences, e.g. staff, friends, and volunteers. The program emphasizes basic marketing concepts and skills that enable libraries to develop a customized marketing program. Time is also spent on learning about award winning marketing plans and activities successfully undertaken by academic libraries from across the country. In addition, information is provided about ACRL’s Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library® Award competition.

Workshop Instructors
The workshop instructors are: Ken Marks, Dean Emeritus of University Libraries, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and former chair of ACRL @ your Library Task Force and the ACRL Marketing Academic Research Libraries Committee. Dr. Marks has presented this highly acclaimed workshop to academic librarians located in the US, Europe and Asia; Mary F. Evangeliste, Training Coordinator-Information Commons, Undergraduate Services Team, University of Arizona, Main Library, Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Evangeliste was a member of the American University Libraries Team that was the 2005 recipient of ACRL’s Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library® Award; Frank D’Andraia, Dean and Director of Libraries, The University at Albany, State University of New York and chair, ACRL’s Marketing Academic Research Libraries Committee, as well as MARL Committee members Barbara Winters, Dean of Libraries, Marshal University, Huntington West Virginia and Cynthia (Cyndy) Pawlek, Associate Librarian of the College Dartmouth College.

Who Should Attend
The one day workshop is designed for librarians with an interest in developing a marketing plan or strengthening an existing marketing initiative. It is most appropriate for those who have direct responsibility for development and marketing efforts and for those individuals interested in developing programs to heighten user attention to selected library services and operations.

Date & Location

The workshop will be held Thursday, October 25, 2007, at the Science Library (Standish Room) of the University at Albany, State University of New York.

The registration deadline is Thursday, October 11, 2007.

The participation fee for this one-day ACRL/UA workshop is $100 per participant ($75 for ACRL, and ENY/ACRL members, as well as SUNY Library Personnel). This covers the cost of the program and instructional materials, and refreshments (morning coffee & treats, lunch and afternoon coffee and treats).

To Register Contact:
Anna Z. Radkowski-Lee
Library Personnel Officer
University Libraries – LI 111
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222
(518) 442-3574 phone
(518) 442-3567 fax

On Campus: Buffalo State


Maryruth Glogowski hosted a NYSHEI regional meeting in her Buffalo State College office on August 8, 2007.

Attended by Randy Gadikian of SUNY Fredonia, Sheryl Knab of the Western New York LRC, Frank Wojcik of SUNY Brockport, Andy Yeager of Medaille College, and Jason Kramer of NYSHEI, the regional meeting provided a forum for members and non-members to learn about current actions at NYSHEI.

The primary activity discusses were NYSHEI advocacy efforts focused on the recent White Paper on academic libraries role in economic and workforce development, the ARIA proposal, and how these initiatives support NYS objectives.

Importantly, the discussion turned toward exploring ways to include a broader range of the academic library community in steering NYSHEI.

The event was productive and the attendees provided many ideas for advancing NYSHEI in the months ahead.

White Paper on Economic Role of Academic Libraries

NYSHEI advocacy efforts were rewarded by the Commission on Higher Education when we became the first group invited to deliver a white paper. Though we were given a very short time frame to complete this work, we are gratified that the Commission’s Committee on Economic and Workforce Development has taken up a thorough analysis of this white paper.

The white paper promotes academic libraries as the essence of a statewide “information infrastructure” that supports job growth and retention in a modern, knowledge-based, entrepreneurial economy.

This line of argument has been well received by decision-makers in state government. Their support and advice has been invaluable.

By arguing the role of academic libraries in economic growth, NYSHEI has put academic libraries (and the funding issues that concern them) on the radar of state policy makers. This approach also puts NYSHEI libraries in position to pursue the exceptional funding sources the state extends to economic growth engines.

You can help in this NYSHEI advocacy effort.

Illustrative stories, additional data and demonstrative metrics will help us reach our advocacy goals. Please comment on this undertaking, share your stories and anecdotes, and alert us to any research that may be supportive.


Board Retreat 2007

The NYSHEI Governing Board held its 2007 retreat in Schoharie, New York. This bucolic setting gave us a chance to discuss the statewide environment in which NYSHEI operates and our priorities for the next year. Here is a short overview of the retreat.

1. We held a workshop on membership development to determine how we can enhance benefits to our current members and reach out to new members. We reconfirmed that our highest priority is advocacy. We committed to keeping members informed of the political developments in Albany and to increase our lobbying efforts upon behalf of the NYSHEI members. We ask member institutions to become involved by talking to their stakeholders and political allies about NYSHEI and its efforts to obtain state funding of high-end research database to help with economic development and workforce development. Our Executive Director will assist with those efforts by alerting members about our legislative agenda and informing members how they can help with the campaign.

2. The Board held a informal briefing and discussion with E. J. McMahon, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute of Public Policy, on economic development and libraries. He expounded upon the problems facing New York from the brain drain and the underachieving economy and discussed ways that an innovation economy coupled with a knowledge-based infrastructure could bring about economic expansion and workforce development. This will be useful for NYSHEI as it works with the Commission on Higher Education on ways to demonstrate how academic libraries contribute to economic and workforce development and how state funding of research databases could serve as a catalyst for great expansion of the innovation economy.

3. The Board gave approval to several initiatives to improve our effectiveness as an advocacy and membership organization:
a. We accepted our first “associate member” from a research organization with a mission similar to academic libaries. We encouraged the Membership Committee to look for other institutions who might be interested in joining us.
b. We strongly endorsed the “White Paper” and the “Policy Paper” that were developed by Jason Kramer and a small working group for the Commission on Higher Education. We believe that those papers will help sell our ideas to the decision-makers in Albany.
c. We discussed how NYSHEI can continue to expand its influence. We accepted an idea to work with other associations interested in libraries and higher education, including doing small partial sponsorship of coffee breaks and similar events at conference to increase our name recognition and exposure.
d. We discussed the possibility of engaging in a study of the economic impact of academic libraries in New York State as a way of showing legislators, the governor’s top staff and other state and regional stakeholders what academic libraries can do for business and the research community.
f. Finally, we applauded our Executive Director, Jason Kramer, for everything that he has done in his first six months of office to increase communication with the members, to expand the web site (, to promote NYSHEI as an organization, and to develop and advocate for NYSHEI’s top legislative agenda, the ARIA proposal for research databases ($15 million).

Please feel free to share your comments.

Gary Thompson
Siena College
2007 NYSHEI Chair