Supporting Innovation in Liberal Arts Education

Photo By: Flickr User Interact Egypt – Play Innovation

Milne Library’s very own Mark Sullivan has been accepted by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) as a member of their Innovation Studio Team.  The Innovation Studio offers a format for librarians, information technologists, and others from across the NITLE Network to “tackle thorny challenges facing liberal education.”  The Innovation Studio is charged with producing cutting-edge solutions to critical issues in liberal education and a group of entrepreneurial, knowledgeable leaders who are prepared to build a strong future for liberal education.

Mark Sullivan is perfect for this role and we’re excited to see how this project develops!  As part of the Milne Library Management Team, he has worked to find solutions for maintaining and improving the Library’s level of service in a declining budget.  He’s our secret weapon and “man behind the curtain” for the IDS Project’s systems, the Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) and the open journal system (OJS).  When asked what Mark perceived as a current “thorny issue” he stated that the rising cost of journals is having a big impact on all aspects of the library’s budget.  He thinks we should address this issue with Open Access Journal Systems.

Mark Sullivan, newly-minted member of NITLE’s Innovation Studio

Mark is imaginative and often sees alternatives that others do not.  He is comfortable taking the lead or being a team player and has strong research skills, especially in technology and law (for which he has a J.D.).  Milne Library is fortunate to have had him as the Systems Administrator for twelve years; his responsibilities have included designing and writing several web and desktop applications and the traditional server maintenance.  In January, 2011, Mark became the Chair of the ITS Department in Milne Library, and two of his biggest weaknesses are chocolate and puns!

We should also mention that CIT’s Kirk Anne has also had his proposal accepted for the Innovation Lab! You can read more about both SUNY Geneseo tech wizards here on the Innovation Studio’s blog.

2011 Peace Poetry Contest

Peace. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Samantha Celera

On May 12th of this year, the winners of the 2011 Genesee Valley Peace Poetry Contest shared their poems at SUNY Geneseo’s Alice Austin Theater. Nearly 900 poems were submitted by children in public and private schools of the Genesee valley in grades K- 8.

Check out the original post with video on the Geneseo English Department News blog!

Ed Rivenburgh Awarded National Recognition for IDS Project Work

Former Milne Library Director Ed Rivenburgh is the winner of the 2011 Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award, a recognition of his vision and efforts in creating an improved system of resource sharing among libraries in New York State.  The IDS (Information Delivery Services) Project, whose aim is to increase efficiencies in interlibrary loan, has become a model for libraries throughout the state and nation.

Since his retirement from SUNY Geneseo in December, Ed has been able to devote even more of his time, talent and energy to his position as IDS Project Director.  He will receive the award at a ceremony this June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Read the full story here.

Librarians Hoffman and Costello Earn Prestigious ACRL Award

Kim and Michelle at LILAC
Kim Davies Hoffman, left, and Michelle Costello

The Association of College and Research Libraries has selected Milne Instruction Librarians Kimberly Davies Hoffman and Michelle Costello to receive its 2011 Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award for their work in developing the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC). The award is given each year in recognition of a project demonstrating “creative, innovative or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming.”

The LILAC project, which ran from January through May 2010, was a regional effort that provided intensive training, observational experiences, reflection through writing, and teaching practice to K-12, community and college/university librarians.

Hoffman and Costello will receive a certificate and $3000 prize at the the American Library Association’s annual conference this summer in New Orleans.

 

 

Geneseo Professor wins Barricelli Prize

Gene Stelzig, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo

Eugene Stelzig, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo, has been awarded the 2010 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Book Prize for the year’s most distinguished contribution to Romanticism studies.  Nominations are made by publishers and an international committee of scholars makes the decision. He will receive a commemorative plaque at the annual meeting of  The International Conference on Romanticism (ICR) in Montreal next October.

Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany

Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Life Writing is a critical and biographical study which demonstrates that Robinson is an important nineteenth-century life writer.

In addition to nearly forty articles on romantic and modern literature and autobiography, Professor Stelzig has published books on Wordsworth (1975), Hermann Hesse (1988), and Rousseau and Goethe (2000), and has edited a collection of articles on Romantic Autobiography in England (2009). He has also published poetry (including Fool’s Gold: Selected Poems of a Decade, 2008) and translations of German poetry as well as several autobiographical essays.

Geneseo Distinguished Educator Awards nominations due

The Ella Cline Shear School of Education has established the Geneseo Distinguished Educator Awards to recognize outstanding alumni educators, including librarians, who have made a profound impact on individual students, schools and communities. With over 13,000 educator alumni, Geneseo graduates make a difference throughout New York State and the entire nation.

Who is eligible: SUNY Geneseo graduates who work or have worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, school psychiatrist, librarian, administrator or staff member who impacts the daily lives and educational experiences of K-12 students. The awards may be conferred upon retired educators or posthumously.

Who may nominate: Superintendents, principals, vice principals, deans or department chairs (may nominate up to two qualifying education professionals per year).

Deadline: Nominations must be postmarked by March 23, 2010. Click here to download nomination instructions and form.

Award recipients will be honored at a complimentary champagne reception under the tent at Summer Reunion 2010.

Congratulations to our 2009 PowerPoint Contest Winners

Congratulations Yolanda Gonzales and Stephanie Aquilina.

Their MS PowerPoint presentation on Building A Community Supported Market was chosen as this year’s winner of Milne Library’s 2009 Student PowerPoint Presentation Contest.

This presentation highlights their Summer 2008 WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) experience, Geneseo’s Community Supported Market, and the many reasons for foodsharing and eating locally.

Congratulations! These students will share a $50 prize.

Kate Pitcher Awarded RRLC Scholarship

Milne Library’s Kate Pitcher was recognized at the Rochester Regional Library Council’s 42nd Annual Membership Meeting as this year’s winner of the RRLC scholarship to attend the Association of Research Librarians Leaderships Institute.

This $1,000 scholarship is to be used to attend the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Management Skills Institute I: The Manager. The ARL Library Management Institute is held each summer at SUNY Albany. During three intensive days, participants in this basic Association of Research Libraries core-learning event explore essential aspects of effective leadership and management.

Congratulations, Kate!

Congratulations to our PowerPoint Contest Winners

Congratulations Dan McConvey, Dan Lilly, Dilek Canakci and Larkin Kimmerer.

Their group MS PowerPoint presentation on Chinese Peasants was chosen as this year’s winner of Milne Library’s 2008 Student PowerPoint Presentation Contest.

The group used many of the new features found in MS PowerPoint 2007 and incorporated many different graphical forms to display their information. Good use of animation and templates along with clever layouts and good image manipulation left viewers wondering what would appear next.

Congratulations! These students will share a $50 prize.

See the original announcement.

See the winning PowerPoint here:

Kim Davies Hoffman receives Chancellor’s Award

Kim Davies Hoffman, who began working as a reference and instruction librarian here at Milne Library in 1999, has been awarded the 2007 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. In addition to impressive work in all areas of librarianship including one-on-one reference service, Davies Hoffman has done her best work in the area of library instruction. She has developed superb instruction methods, continually experimenting to respond to changing classroom environments, changing information technology, and changing student populations. Davies Hoffman has made a name for herself in the library world and has raised the reputation of Geneseo and our library, but more importantly, she skillfully guides SUNY Geneseo students so that they critically examine information sources and become aware of their own growth as critical thinkers.

Dr. Ellen Kintz, a professor in the Anthropology department with whom Davies Hoffman has collaborated extensively, nominated her.

Sue Ann Brainard, reference and instruction librarian, also nominated Ms. Hoffman for the award, and other librarians, faculty, and students wrote in support of her nomination.

Nominees for the award need to meet several criteria:

  • Skill in librarianship
  • Service to SUNY Geneseo
  • Service to the profession
  • Scholarship and professional growth

Kim’s contributions to the field include her work with professors to integrate library instruction into their courses, teaching and writing.

Congratulations to Kim for earning this prestigious award!