Thanks for Attending SUNYLA 2015!

If you attended the SUNYLA 2015 Conference, please take a few minutes to fill out our evaluation form and let us know how we did. Your feedback will enable us to better plan and execute future conferences and tailor them to meet your needs. We really appreciate it!

Conference Evaluation Form


Preparations are underway!

Conference Preparations

Hi folks.  We are getting ready for everyone’s arrival next week.  Today we were cleaning; thanks to Eileen, Joe, Valencia, Anwarul, Leah, Mark and Erik for helping!  We got a few things in yesterday and today, and we are expecting more early next week.  Hope everyone is getting excited for a really great conference.  We are looking forward to having everyone here.

We also will be sending out periodic emails regarding conference details.

  • One change already, dorm check-in will be in the LIBRARY, not the dorm.  Email me if you have any specific questions
  • I also emailed the parking pass to everyone who’s email I have, please contact me if you did not get that email

Where are the parking passes????

Several of you have already asked for a parking pass for the conference.  I just wanted to let you know that we are just waiting for our campus events coordinator to come through with this.  As soon as we have it we will send it out to everyone, along with the details of where to park.  Not to worry, you will have it before the conference, and we will have extras at registration if you forget to print one out and bring it with you.

Never attended a SUNYLA Conference? See if you are eligible for the Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship.

Attend your first professional conference – all expenses paid!

The SUNY Librarians Association ( invites you to join us at our annual conference in June and to apply for the Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship, which covers the cost of travel, lodging, registration fees and conference meals.

The conference will be held June 3-5, 2015 on the Purchase College, SUNY campus. The theme of this year’s conference – The Art of Librarianship – reflects the fact that librarianship is not just a profession — it’s an art. Successful librarianship combines professional knowledge, skills, and experience with creativity, curiosity, passion, imagination, and vision.

If you are considering a career in academic librarianship, this is a great opportunity network with a welcoming group of highly collegial and collaborative SUNY Librarians from all over the state, as well as sit in on conference sessions to learn about the current issues and innovations in academic libraries.

The winner may choose to stay on campus (most conference participants take advantage of on-campus housing) or in a hotel (maximum $350.00) and will be provided a liaison to the conference to help settle in and meet people.

To apply, submit an essay of no more than 800 words on the following topic:

Combining what you have learned in your library classes with your experiences as a student using an academic library, please write about a major challenge currently facing libraries and your ideas about meeting that challenge. Don’t be afraid to be creative!

Suggested topics: Changing/adding services, utilizing technology, social media, the physical environment, role of librarians, funding, etc.

The essay will be judged on the following criteria:

• Originality and creativity, uniqueness of perspective in answering the question
• Degree to which the question was answered
• Strength of support for the hypothesis or ideas presented
• Overall essay quality

Scholarship site URL:

The essays are due on or before May 8, 2015 and recipients will be notified by May 15, 2015. Send submissions to Kim Myers For more details about the conference visit SUNYLA 2015 Conference website


So have you considered the Sylvia Chu Memorial Scholarship? Conference presenters, a requirement has changed!

Sylvia Chu Memorial Scholarship

Financial assistance is available for new SUNYLA members to attend the annual conference. The Scholarship aims to encourage involvement with SUNYLA and to provide opportunities for professional growth for its members. The Award is a voucher covering: Registration fees, Conference meals, and one pre-conference continuing education session

You qualify if:

  • You have not been a SUNYLA member for more than three consecutive years
  • You have paid current year’s dues
  • You are not a session presenter (poster session presenters and moderators are eligible)

This requirement has been waived for 2015, and will be permanently addressed post conference.

  • You have never received a Sylvia Chu Scholarship

To apply: Please provide a letter (one to two pages) highlighting why attending a SUNYLA conference will benefit your professional development and email it by May 8, 2015 to:  Kim Myers,

The Sylvia Chu Scholarship Committee will review the letters and present awards by May 15, 2015.

To learn more about Sylvia Chu please visit the website.