Dec 9, 2016
Elmira College News
Liz Wavle-Brown is retiring at the end of December as Dean of the Gannett-Tripp Library at Elmira College, a position she has held since September 2004. Liz's previous positions include Associate Director at the Ithaca College Library, 1998 - August 2004, Head of Technical Services at Elmira College, 1983 - February 1998, and Public Services Librarian at Elmira College, from 1980 - 1982. Liz has been actively involved in South Central Regional Library Council from the beginning of her career at Elmira, serving on several SCRLC committees over the past 36 years including the BARC Advisory Committee, the Resource Sharing Advisory Committee, the Compensation Review Task Force, and, the Personnel and Finance Committees of the Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Board from 2003-2008, serving as Board President from 2006-2008. Most recently, she was a member of the Plan of Service Design Team. Over the years, Liz attended hundreds of SCRLC workshops and meetings, which helped in her own professional development. She especially enjoyed attending resource sharing meetings, long before fax machines, dial access, cup modems, and the Internet - which provided an opportunity to get to know the great people at member libraries, to exchange tips and best practices, and to enjoy a great meal with friends at a local restaurant following the meeting. In addition to her SCRLC service, Liz served as the first President of the Chemung County Library District, and as President of the Steele Memorial Library Foundation. Liz and her wife Mary will be relocating to their home town, Cortland, NY and look forward to snow-birding in Florida, spending time with their young grandchildren, families, and friends, searching for treasures at antique and thrift stores, and catching up on reading (lots of reading) with books borrowed from the local library! Congratulations and best of luck, Liz!
Ask Us 24/7 Virtual Reference Program 
Ask Us 24/7 is a virtual chat service that connects people with reference librarians and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.The service uses OCLC's QuestionPoint. Ask Us 24/7 is a cost-effective way to avail a librarian to your students/users/members when you cannot be there. Librarians from 60 libraries and library systems around New York State staff the service; librarians outside NYS and from OCLC's backup service answer questions when the New York State librarians are unavailable (i.e., virtual reference librarians do go home at night!). Participation fees and responsibilities vary by size and type of library. Examples of pricing: Libraries having materials budgets less than $50,000 pay $230. Those with budgets between $100K and $249,999 pay $410; those between $250,000 and $499,999 pay $650. Academic libraries with a student FTE population under 2,000 contribute 2 hours per week. Public libraries serving a population under 5,000 contribute one hour per week. Staffing is optional for school librarians, though one hour per week is recommended. Training and refreshers are available for current and future partiicpants. Contact Mary-Carol Lindbloom for more information, including the complete fee and participation schedules.

uters in Libraries 2017
March 28-30, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Call for Proposals- NYLA Annual Conference 2017
The process for generating the best possible content for the NYLA conference is a multi-step process that begins early.
An open call for program proposals is issued to the NYLA membership, and the library community at large. Submit your proposals with this online form.
The program proposal submission deadline is Saturday, December 31, 2016

Don't have a complete proposal in mind, but would like to suggest a topic of speaker? Let us know! 2017 NYLA Conference Program Topic & Speaker Suggestion Form
Want to see what others have suggested? Click HERE
Looking for other ideas? The suggestions received as part of the 2016 Conference Satisfaction Survey are available - Click HERE

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