Library Reorganization and Realignment of Library Services: January Update : The College at Brockport

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Library Reorganization and Realignment of Library Services: January Update

Drake Library engaged in a collaborative reimagining of our department. Our teams are: Fulfillment, Assessment, Systems, & Technology; Information Literacy; Collections & Discovery; and Scholarly Communications & Special Collections

Drake Library is in the midst of a migration to a completely new Library Services Platform, Alma, as part of a SUNY-wide implementation to go live in July 2019. This new LSP continues to bring a myriad of changes behind the scenes as well as changing responsibilities for library staff.

Highlights from our four newly formed teams:

Information Literacy

Conducted user-testing and released a faculty-friendly Information Literacy page. Schedule Library Instruction sessions by clicking the link below or from the library’s main page, as shown. Continues to update and revise services for the future and will be seeking additional faculty feedback later this spring.

Fulfillment, Assessment, Systems, & Technology

Launched a Blackboard-based training module for circulation student workers and hired Dana Laird as Clerk III, overseeing circulation. FAST is deeply involved with the ALMA implementation at Brockport, as well as leading SUNY-wide training.

Collections & Discovery

Continues the massive about of work required to prepare for the migration to ALMA. Started, with FAST assisting, a shifting project on the Top Floor of Drake. The project will integrate Oversize, Reference, and the Main book collection into the same section. The team is always looking to improve the content of the library collection and your access to it.

Scholarly Communications & Special Collections

The Rose Archives has become the new home of many files from Allen. Mary Jo Orzech is returning from her sabbatical and conducting faculty OER focus groups in February. An Open Access for Journal Articles CELT Luncheon session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th at 12:30 in Edwards 100B. The College Senate Resolutions can now be found in Digital Commons. Kim Myers will be retiring mid-spring.

All teams are employing Drake Library’s values of Purposeful Innovation, Empathy, Inclusivity, Intellectual Freedom, Leadership, and Respect in their day-to-day activities.

The overall goal of the reorganization is for Drake Memorial Library to offer sustainable services while being a better place to both learn and work. Look for opportunities over the next year for providing input on how you and your students use library services and resources.

Collectively the library is striving to realize our mission to “Empower our intellectual community to excel in the discovery and creation of knowledge, art, and scholarship.”

We will continue to communicate to keep you updated on new library services and workflows. Please direct any questions to Jennifer Smathers,



Jennifer Smathers, Interim Library Director,


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