Greetings from the 2013 ACRL/NY President

carrieWishing all of our members a happy, peaceful beginning to another busy academic year. Our annual symposium, “The Library as Knowledge Laboratory” will be held on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus. Anice Mills, the 2013 Symposium Committee Chair, has a terrific program planned with incredible speakers who will explore how libraries are actively working to support knowledge creation, and addressing challenges such as demands for new formats, open-source tools, and digital repositories. Keynote speaker Susan Gibbons, University Librarian at Yale, will open the day with an overview of the challenges and how academic libraries are responding. She will be followed by a panel session, “Lab Culture: Incubating Digital Initiatives,” featuring speakers from NYU, Columbia, METRO, and NYPL. After lunch, we will Adam Rogers of North Carolina State University, and Tom Scheinfeldt, University of Connecticut. Space is limited and registration closes Monday, November 25th, so register now to ensure your place.

ACRL/NY has been exceptionally busy this year bringing our members innovative new programs and rigorous analysis relevant to academic librarians in all disciplines. This fall, we produced a joint-publication, with METRO (The Metropolitan New York Library Association), of The Global Librarian. Members of the Editorial board are Jason Kuscma (Executive Director, METRO), Caroline Fuchs (Immediate Past President, ACRL/NY and Associate Professor, St. John’s University), Lisa Chow (Web Analyst, Brooklyn Public Library), Sandra Sajonas (Business and Career Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library) and myself. Chapters, written by practicing librarians in a variety of fields, cover topics relating to librarianship in a global environment across disciplines and libraries. Order your e-book or print edition today.

ACRL/NY is pleased to continue and expand our Mentoring Program for 2013. Mentors and mentees with library-related interests are teamed up based on expertise and need. Mentoring is a benefit for ACRL/NY members only. For further information, contact Susanne Markgren, Mentoring Program Coordinator at acrlnymentoring@gmail.com , ACRL/NY’s Professional Development Committee, under the leadership of Barbara Bonous-Smit, has been busy coordinating educational programs with other library organizations throughout the metropolitan New York area, providing exceptional professional development opportunities for our membership. Our active Discussion Groups are vital components of our thriving membership. I encourage every ACRL/NY member to reach out to the chairs of these groups to get involved in relevant discussions about our profession.

A sincere thank you also goes to all the members of the ACRL/NY Executive Board. Because of their professionalism and enthusiasm, our Chapter continues to grow and to help foster a rich dialogue among academic librarians in the Greater New York Metropolitan area. I am honored to work with each and every member of the board.  On behalf of ACRL/NY, I would like to wish you all a very happy upcoming holiday season! I look forward to seeing you all at the Symposium on December 7th. Please introduce yourselves!

Contact me to become a more active member in our organization in 2014

Carrie Netzer Wajda, 2013 ACRL/NY President

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