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Over the summer the library has been working on two new group collaboration and study spaces. With fondness and to blend with the Group Learning Units. Located in the rear of the 1st floor, these spaces contain small conference tables, large screen LCD TVs, and white boards. Users of these spaces can connect their laptops to the LCD TVs for collaborative work. In fact, four laptops can be connected to each display at one time and you can easily switch which laptop is displayed with the touch of a button. writing a document, creating a PowerPoint or spreadsheet, or practicing a presentation, come to the library and use these spaces. Enjoy and let us know what you think! Our online suggestions form can be found at Chris Hebblethwaite New Catalog 2 New Reserves System and Pedagogy Interest Group 3 New Technology, Extended Loans 4 Library Assessment Team 5 Patron Driven Collections 6 7 Penfield Staff News 7 8 Ebooks and Textbooks 9 Upcoming Exhibits and Events 10 Hiroshima Speaks Travels 11 ILL Conference 12 Inside Issue 12: SUNY Oswego Issue 12 Fall 2010 @ Penfield


Last semester the library had the opportunity to beta test a new look and feel for our library catalog the database you search to find print books, e site. The new catalog offers many enhanced searching features: Want to easily limit your search by format? Click the format you want Books, CD, DVD, and others Misspell a word? The system will expand your search to more libraries and offer you a new, suggested spelling. Need to cite your source? Click the Cite This link Book you need is checked out? Click the Get It Soon button to request the item through Interlibrary Loan Want to search more than just our library? In one click, you can expand your results to either worldwide holdings or holdings in most SUNY and many other NY State academic libraries Want to look at the table of contents or read a few pages before you make a decision about a book? Now you can do just that with the view feature and table of contents display. The older version of the catalog has not disappeared, the Classic Catalog for easy renewal of library materials or to see a list of what you have checked out. We hope you will take a look at the new catalog and enjoy the new features Natalie Sturr Page 2 @ Penfield Penfield Adopts New Catalog Search Results Screen in New Catalog Main Search Screen for New Catalog


system. This system is made by the same software company that produces Illiad, our Interlibrary Loan system. The excellent service and record of innovation and customer service that brary loan services was one factor in the decision to move to Ares. The additional features that the new system provides will help us continue to improve electronic reserves. New features currently in place are: Patrons sign in with Laker Net ID Patrons have to sign in with course password only once Features that will be coming in the near future (although not Fall Semester) are: Direct Uploading of Reserves by Faculty will be in place by the spring of this year. Improved Reserves processing time with improved Ares workflow Shannon Pritting This summer, librarians who teach sections of first year writing library sessions formed a Pedagogy Interest Group (PIG) to discuss ways to engage students and to make library sessions lesson plans, and devised ways to make teaching single session library classes more active and meaningful for students. PIG members shared articles on teaching and are furthering the discussion via Angel, and will have follow up meetings to continue the discussion on improving classroom teaching. Shannon Pritting Page 3 Issue 12 Penfield Implements New Reserves System Pedagogy Interest Group Pedagogy Interest Group Members


We know that our patrons dislike getting overdue fines, but probably not as much as we dislike having to charge overdue fines, so Penfield has implemented two major improvements to help prevent patrons from getting fines. Have you ever wished Penfield Library would send you a reminder to return/renew your materials before items are due? We now provide this service via email. Courtesy notices are emailed out five days before regular circulating items are due. A link is provided in the email to click through and renew. New Loan Periods Penfield Library recently reevaluated loan periods. Student loan periods were changed from four to six weeks (42 days) for regular circulating items. The library hopes that the longer loan periods will help students avoid fines and use books for most of the semester as they develop research projects. All DVDs now have a two week loan period. Renew Books (and view Personal Circulation Information.) For all our borrowing policies online: Carol Carter Penfield has a growing collection of computing and media technology that will support your creative needs. In addition to our many laptop and desktop computers, we have digital camcorders and webcams for recording video, headsets and digital voice recorders for recording audio, and scanners for copying documents and images. Go to our Computer and Media Technology at the Library page ( circ/technology.html) to see a list of these items along with their locations and circulation periods. Yes, much of this technology you can take out of the building for 14 days! Please let us know what it is. Our online suggestions form can be found at suggestions/index.html Chris Hebblethwaite major improvements to help Page 4 @ Penfield Technology in the Library Penfield Lengthens Loans and Helps Prevent Fines


sessment Team to plan and establish an ongoing assessment program for the Library and to assist in developing assessment programs for particular areas of the Library. The Team members are Kathryn Johns Masten, Jim Nichols, Shannon Pritting and Karen Shockey. Our first task was to revisit the Library Mission Statement. We expect to have the new statement approved in the coming weeks. To give you a taste of what is coming, the title for the So now we will look for ways to document that we are in fact connecting our students to sources, services, and physical and online spaces in such as way as to promote learning. We are reviewing existing data in order to select a handful of top level indicators that show we are making the connections. Our door count, for instance, can help us monitor the traffic in our physical space. Our web site counter can do the same for our online space and also indicate that students are engaging with our physical and digital collections. This data will be supplemented with surveys and interviews in order to help us understand what the indicators might really mean, and allow us to identify specific strengths and areas for improvement. Also, targeted surveys will be used to learn more about experiences of specific groups with specific elements of our services. Finally, we will be pursuing the assessment of information literacy learning outcomes, in line acy through all majors. This will include the use of the Information Literacy Test (developed by James Madison University) as a benchmark and validation of our assessments of basic information literacy and assessments of advanced level information literacy in conjunction with departmental Program Reviews. James T. Nichols document that we are in fact connecting our students to sources, services, and spaces in such a way Page 5 Issue 12 Library Assessment Team Begins Work


During the past several months, Penfield Library has been a participant in a SUNY pilot project whose charge was to explore the concept of patron driven acquisitions. Ten SUNY campuses, ranging from the University at Buffalo to Mohawk Valley Community College embarked on a mission to begin to create one SUNY wide Research Collection. This collection will be accessible to all 64 campuses via Interlibrary Loan. This pilot has purchased over 600 titles with Penfield holding over 130 of these titles. The Collection Development/Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan departments worked on this project to fill requests from our students, faculty and staff. We received our requests via our interlibrary loan process using a new online tool called Getting It Systems Toolkit (GIST), ( ) developed by the Information Delivery Services Project at SUNY Geneseo. Patron driven orders have also been filled by a relatively small program at Penfield coordinated by our Interlibrary Loan department. We hope that these pilot projects will give us some data to evaluate the effectiveness of diverting some funds to support the research needs of our users in the future. Deborah Curry 600 titles with Penfield holding Page 6 @ Penfield Patron Driven Collections Word Cloud created by Pam Peters of Delhi from titles purchased by SUNY One Project.


As many are aware, Penfield is scheduled for needed renovations in the next few years. Last year, we selected the Sasaki Architecture firm to conduct our Program Study to identify current and future needs. Sasaki will be on campus this semester to conduct initial interviews of Library staff, students, faculty, and other stakeholders in the renovation process. If you have any form, which is on our homepage ( ). before the major renovations begin. The first floor lobby has two new Innovative Group Learning Units, which are already popular with stuHopefully this semester, the roof of the library will be repaired. As the third floor is our quiet study floor, and is popular among students who enjoy a place to focus free of distractions, we will be monitoring this project to ensure that we continue to offer a quiet area, whether that is the third floor or another area. Lastly, there is a project that will soon be underway to improve the basement of the Library. Much of the basement does not have reliable climate control, which prevents us from using much of it for storage of older materials. A new humidity control system will be installed to allow us to safely store research materials in the basement. Shannon Pritting Carrie Izzo joined the library January 21. She has been on campus since 1998 starting at Student Accounts. She worked in several departments before joining the library staff. She is currently the evening supervisor in Access Services. Carrie sees the library as vital to the campus community and truly feels part of a team that serves the campus. She enjoys the challenges of the new position. We are pleased by the sparkle Carrie adds to interactions with patrons and staff alike. Her upbeat personality and can do attitude is a wonderful addition to the library. making improvements to the Library before our major Page 7 Issue 12 Penfield Staff News


Sharon Cromie began working at the Periodicals/Media desk on March 15. Her previous position was with the Department of Health, and she also worked with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Access Services team. She has taken a lead role in new software implementation and training in the department. Joanne LaFontaine started at Penfield in Interlibrary Loan and Reserves on June 29. Prior to coming to Oswego, Joanne taught French for seven years. She earned her MLS in 2006 and recently worked at SUNY Potsdam. She continues to work as an evaluator for noted. Connie Sok began in September as an administrative assistant. Connie brings with her a variety of great experience as a computer technician, elementary school teacher, and small community coordinator. Sally Clark will be retiring this fall after 36 dedicated years at Penfield. In her career at Penfield, Sally has worked in Technical Services mainly as a Cataloger. Her talents and skills in cataloging will be sorely missed. placed books. As the lead clerk for various projects her enthusiasm, attention to detail and ability to work with others has been wonderful. In addition she has been instrumental in the training of students. She has been a joy to work with and will be missed by everyone. We wish her a very happy and relaxing retirement! Marion Green is retiring after almost 46 years at Penfield Library. She helped with the liwhich include: working as a guard who monitored people leaving to be certain the books were checked out; at the Reserve and Circulation Desk; in Cataloging; the Periodicals Media Department, Special Collections, and for the past six years, Interlibrary Loan. Marion graduated with her B.A. in Creative Writing from SUNY Oswego in 1999. She writes murder plays, short stories, and poetry. Some of her work has been presented by the Oswego Players. In 2007, Marion received her Certificate in Ministry through LIMEX, an extension program through Loyola Uniother interests Marion will be pursuing in retirement, she plans on travelling with friends. Page 8 @ Penfield New Library Staff Members (from left) Carrie Izzo, Joanne Lafontaine, and Sharon Cromie Penfield Staff News (cont.)


Page 9 Issue 12 Family and Friends Weekend Booksale Returns Every semester, more and more students ask us if we have textbooks for their classes. These questions come through the reference desk, Interlibrary Loan requests, and the Circulation Desk. Students are often overwhelmed by the costs of books for all of their classes. In response to the exorbitant price of books and the increasing requests by students, Penfield is piloting a textbooks on reserves program. We are using a small amount of money from our booksale to purchase books for some classes. Also, we have been requesting that Faculty place a desk copy on reserves for courses if possible. Many faculty have responded to requests by librarians, donating or lending books they are using for their courses. If you have a desk copy that you are willing to put on reserve, please contact your library liaison who will help you put the book on reserve. Shannon Pritting Textbooks On Reserve Pilot Program Penfield Library has recently acquired a new Ebook collection, Academic Complete by Ebrary. This collection offers access to over 50,000 ebooks from a variety of disciplines. Please take a look at the collection at: and let us know what you think! Penfield Library will once again hold a booksale on Saturday October 16th for Family and Friends Weekend. The booksale will run from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Penfield Subscribes to Major Ebook Collection


Penfield Library will host a number of exhibits and displays this year. September 26 th through October 15 th stack of books that have been banned or challenged at other libraries. In November 2010, the library hopes to show a student portrait exhibit. This exhibit will be Penfield Library may again host the annual Faculty Staff Exhibit in late January 2011. This (almost annual) event is open to all faculty and staff and demonstrates the variety of talent of our Oswego community Stay tuned for more information. A Quest Exhibit is in the planning stages. Penfield is also partnering with the Writing Across the Curriculum Program to display winners of the first annual Each student winner will receive a $50 prize, have his or her writing displayed at Penfield and on the Writing Across the Curriculum website, and be honored at a reception on Quest Day. Penfield Library currently has Read Posters on exhibit. For faculty and students who have not seen them, they are a treat. They contain pictures of faculty/staff/administrators holding their favorite books and a quote on the importance of reading. Many of us have seen celebrities on Read Posters..these are our celebrities. Deale Hutton Page 10 @ Penfield Upcoming Exhibits and Events at Penfield Read Posters of Richard Hughes and Susan Coultrap McQuin


Hiroshima Speaks an exhibit of 30 posters taken from actual photos of the bombing, is traveling to other venues after initially being on exhibit here. on display at SUNY New Paltz Sojourner Truth Library ( hiroshima ). From October 15 December 15, 2010, Hiroshima Speaks will travel to Bufffalo State Butler Library. During the exhibition at Penfield Library, students made 1000 paper cranes, which were sent to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The cranes were hung at the memorial this summer by a former SUNY Oswego students, Kosuke Kisaka. Deale Hutton Page 11 Issue 12 Hiroshima Speaks Travels Kosuke Kisaka hanging Crane at Hiroshima Peace Memorial A poster from the Hiroshima Speaks exhibit.

PAGE 12 Information Desk 315 312 4267 Circulation Desk 315 312 2560 Penfield Library Penfield and SUNY Oswego Host National Interlibrary Loan Conference This August, Penfield Library and SUNY Oswego hosted the two day Information Delivery Services (IDS) Conference. Over 225 librarians and staff attended the conference. Librarians from across the state and country travelled to share ideas and best practices about Interlibrary Loan. The conference was titled: The conference explored new ways to collections and ways that Interlibrary Loan and collection development can work together to use resources better. The IDS Project is a nationally renowned Interlibrary Loan initiative, The IDS Project ( ) works to share best practices, training, and to develop technological tools and resources that help improve resource sharing. Penfield Library has been an active member of IDS since its beginning. The IDS Search developed by a team of librarians semester. Other new technologies such as Getting It Systems Toolkit (GIST), which facilitates patron driven acquisitions, has been developed by the IDS Project, and subsequently adopted by Penfield Library. Shannon Pritting renowned Interlibrary Loan