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New Member Profile: Jane Minotti

Jane Minotti is Librarian at the NYS Department of Transportation Research Library, where she began working in October 2007. The Library is located in the DOT Main Office in Albany, and provides library services to eleven regions throughout the state. Prior to DOT, Jane spent her career in public libraries, and was Director of the Sand Lake Town Library in Averill Park before making the switch to a special library. Currently serving as Transportation Division Treasurer, she enjoys and benefits from networking with colleagues in SLA’s Transportation Division.

Jane earned her MLS at University at Albany and received her BA in English from SUNY Potsdam. In her spare time, she likes to knit, read, spend time outdoors, and plays cornet in the Averill Park Community Orchestra.

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New Member Profile: Beth McCalister

Beth McCalister is currently employed by Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, in Buffalo, New York, working as a library assistant in the Information Resources Center. Working in a corporate library has given Beth an entirely new perspective — for which she is grateful — on libraries and librarians and she looks forward to being an active member of UNYSLA.

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Candidates for SLA-Upstate New York Chapter Executive Board

The Upstate New York Chapter of SLA has three executive board positions open for the next term. These positions are President-Elect, Secretary, and Director, Membership & Recruitment.  Candidates for these positions are listed below along with brief, candidate-submitted biographies.

Information regarding voting in the election will follow soon.


PRESIDENT-ELECT (unopposed)

Three-year commitment (President-Elect 2010; President 2011; Past President 2012); leader of the Upstate New York Chapter.

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Farewell and Good Luck Kirsten Hensley

UNYSLA wishes a fond farewell and good luck to Kirsten Hensley. Kirsten was an active member of UNYSLA assisting with posting job openings to the Web site and most recently aiding in the redesign of the new UNYSLA site. Her dedication, inventiveness and overall good humor were invaluable in the Web site redesign process and she will be missed. We wish her and her family well with their new life out west! Kirsten

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Nominations for UNYSLA Executive Board (Deadline 12 August)

The Upstate NY Chapter of SLA is seeking candidates for the UNYSLA Executive Board. Candidates, once elected, will assume office on January 1, 2010.


Positions Available:

  • President-Elect (1-year term; 3-year commitment – The President-elect position will serve on the Executive Board for three years.  Year one is President-elect, then s/he assumes the position of President in year two, and in year three becomes Past President.)

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Call for Nominations: UNYSLA Chapter Member Awards

There’s still time to nominate a deserving student or chapter member for the 2009 UNYSLA Student and Chapter Merit Awards.

Email materials by September 1, 2009 to:

Elizabeth Brown
2009 UNYSLA Awards Chair
ebrown@binghamton.edu
phone: (607)777-4882

The Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award was created to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement and service to SLA and the Chapter and honor chapter members with a record of distinguished service in the organization and the association. Nominees must be a current member in good standing the in the association currently OR hold membership for at least two consecutive years prior to the award date.

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Member Spotlight: Ben Wagner

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Ben Wagner, Sciences Librarian in the
Science and Engineering Library of the Arts & Sciences Libraries

Our own Ben Wagner has authored an article on Impact Factors.  Percentile-Based Journal Impact Factors: A Neglected Collection Development Metric is available in the Spring 2009 issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

In addition to being a Sciences Librarian at the Arts & Sciences Libraries, University Libraries, University at Buffalo–SUNY, Ben is the secretary of the UNYSLA Executive Board.

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UNYSLA member wins SLA video contest!

Noni Korf Vidal is a member of UNYSLA and is the student winner of SLA’s “Information Professional of the Future” Video Contest.

“Regarding my video, I wanted to respond to the theme (the informational professional of tomorrow) in a way that showed that the skills and personal attributes that would be useful in the future are
similar to those we need today, and needed in the past. I also wanted my piece to be humorous, and poke fun at some expectations.” -Noni Korf Vidal

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UNYSLA is the upstate New York chapter of SLA. We provide professional development programming and networking opportunities for special librarians and information professionals.

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