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SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Becomes Evolutionary Case Study

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons is the subject of a new article about evolving beyond books and collections.

Former Library Director Michelle L. Currier and current Director Cori Wilhelm recently published “Examining the Case of an Academic Library’s Student-Focused Patron-Satisfaction Approach to Organizational Transformation for Student Retention,” in the Library Leadership & Management Journal.

Southworth Library

SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons – The college’s library has become more than just a repository for books and has become a hub of campus life, according to new research by two SUNY Canton faculty members.

The article serves as a case study and chronicles the library’s transformation into a completely student-centered space. All of the growth was inspired by listening to and then responding to student patrons’ requests.

“In the span of a few years, we saw the library change from a minimally-used resource to a hub of campus life,” Currier said. “The article examines how the quality of student relationships with libraries factor as critical variables in overall satisfaction and retention.”

Students study on the top floor of Southworth Library.

Study Time at Southworth – Students study on the top floor of SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons during finals week.

In 2012, the Southworth Library Learning Commons earned a number one ranking among its peer technology sector institutions. In 2015, it was the highest rated library in the entire SUNY system. Both rankings were established through the SUNY system-wide Student Opinion Survey.

Wilhelm said that the library had undergone numerous overall renovations that made the building more attractive and modern during the past several years. The building’s staff also expanded hours to meet the schedules of the students.

Glenesha Harris uses a loaner laptop between book stacks.

Book Work – Glenesha Harris, a SUNY Canton Individual Studies major from the Bronx, uses one of the Southworth Library’s loaner laptops in a quite space among the book stacks.

“We’ve expanded our popular textbook loan program, which allows students access to textbooks that they may not be able to purchase,” Wilhelm said. “This past year, our Provost [Douglas M. Scheidt] provided additional support for the program, and we saw usage increase as a result.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners Honored at SUNY Canton Commencement

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

SUNY Canton will be honoring four faculty and staff members alongside nearly 900 graduates at its 108th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Among those receiving special recognition this year are:

  • Michelle CurrierMichelle L. Currier, director of library services, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service for helping to transform Southworth Library Learning Commons into one of the best libraries in the SUNY System. Among other improvements, Currier has increased the library’s technology offerings by adding iPads, expanding the electronic textbook collection and increasing the number of circulating laptops. She has engaged students through the use of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud. Currier has also met student requests for expanded library hours on weekends and 24-hour availability during midterms and finals. As a result of improved customer service, the library won the prestigious Joseph F. Shubert Excellence Award from the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, in addition to becoming the highest-ranked library as determined by students in the SUNY-wide student opinion survey.
  • William JonesAssociate Professor William T. Jones, J.D., received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Jones teaches in the Business Administration and Legal Studies programs and is also the chair of the Business Department. He has become one of the college’s top advocates for Native American students. He helped orchestrate the first-ever round table discussion with members of the Six Nations tribes to help envision and guide the creation of a Haudenosaunee University. He is the faculty advisor for the new Native American Student Association and the men’s soccer team. Jones’ educational and professional careers have been built on public service. Prior to joining SUNY Canton, he held faculty positions at SUNY Oswego, was a law enforcement officer with the Sackets Harbor Police Department, was a New York State certified police instructor and a corrections officer.
  • Umesh KumarAssistant Professor Umesh Kumar received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his role as a collaborative scholar. Kumar teaches in the Finance program and recently advocated for and assisted with the design of the college’s Business Learning Center, which employs new technology to help students analyze stock market data in real time. He’s held in high regard for helping students develop a comprehensive understanding of the financial industry. He also led the creation of the Investment Club, which has allowed more than 600 students to gain real-world investing experience. He has won four awards from the Academy of Business Research with collaborator Brian K. Harte, Ph.D. Together, they have presented research related to retirement investing and the financial implications of corporate crime. His work has also been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Climate and Development, the Journal of Future Markets, and the Global Finance Journal.
  • Di ParaProfessor Diane J. Para, Ph.D., received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to her faculty position, Para is the director of the Sports Management and Health and Fitness Promotion programs. She was nominated by her peers for this award for enriching athletic and academic experience for students during her 27-year career at the college. Prior to her academic career, Para served as the college’s athletic director and helped lead the transition from a two to a four-year athletic program. She was a member of the design team for the college’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center and was instrumental in advocating for facility improvements such as a new turf field, baseball field and softball field. She earned the SUNY Canton President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2007.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s Commencement, visit www.canton.edu/commencement.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Wins Prestigious Shubert Award

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons has been recognized for their innovative programs with the 2013 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award.

Student using iPad

Corrine C. Kimble, a SUNY Canton Liberal Arts student from DeKalb Junction uses one of Southworth Library Learning Commons’ iPads.

The award is given annually by the New York State Regents Advisory Council to recognize the achievements of libraries and library consortia in New York State. Named after the late Joseph F. Shubert, former state librarian, the award honors organizations that have taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to users.

“We are very pleased and humbled to receive the 2013 Shubert Award,” said Library Director Michelle L. Currier. “I believe it is a significant testament to the creativity, energy and commitment of the Southworth Library Learning Commons staff, and especially the strong team effort toward transforming our services and spaces over the past few years.”

Students gathered around laptop.

Rita Okeke, a SUNY Canton Liberal Arts student from the Bronx, and Abigail Ofori, a practical Nursing student from the Bronx, work together on one of the laptops available for loan at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The library has spearheaded multiple initiatives recently to enhance the College’s academic environment, including expanding hours and employing cutting-edge technology.

“It was great to learn how nimble and responsive an academic library can be,” said the awards committee in a statement. “[Southworth] library was able to expand its hours to 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., as well as staying open 24/7 during exam periods. The library department combined with the tutoring department to become one, library-based learning center for all students on campus.”

Southworth has also incorporated innovative technology to meet patron needs, such as supplementing their laptop loan program with an iPad loan program and utilizing Quick Response (QR) codes to help students access online periodicals, databases or e-books.

Student using augmented reality technology.

Nash W. Bessette, a SUNY Canton Liberal Arts student from Canton, checks out augmented reality posters on display around the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The award, which will be presented in September, includes a gift of $1,000 supplied by the Friends of the New York State Library. Past winners have included the New York Public Library, the New York City School Library System and the Albany Public Library.

The Shubert Award comes on the heels of a 2012 opinion survey where students ranked the Southworth Library Learning Commons highest for providing resources and services when compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Learning Commons Librarians Integrate Innovative Technology

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Library faculty are using QR codes, augmented reality, video and podcasts to expand resources and engagement.

Posters can speak to SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons users through a mobile device.

Librarians have hung up placards around the library that automatically link to videos recommending reading suggestions. Visitors hold their mobile phone or other device in front of the displays to automatically link to the presentations.

Librarians with iPad

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman recently recognized Southworth Library Learning Commons faculty for integrating mobile technology. Pictured are Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan, Hoffman and Assistant Librarian Jennifer Whittaker.

Additionally, the librarians have integrated Quick Response (QR) codes in sections of the library to help patrons access online periodicals, research databases or an e-book service.

“Our exceptional librarians have been instrumental in enhancing the academic environment on this Campus,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Innovative projects such as this one are at the cutting edge of scholarly development incorporating the use of the latest technologies.”

The librarians are using iPads for mobile access, allowing them to bring the library’s resources into the classroom and locations around campus. They can access various databases to aid in research and demonstrate what the library has to offer.

“Our library faculty are helping more students from more locations,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, who oversees the library.

Within the past few years, the College has supplemented their laptop loan program with an iPad loan program. Students can check out an iPad the same way they would a book to use within the building. “We’ve been able to expand on our iPad loan program in ways I never thought possible,” said Michelle Currier, director of library services. “Fasten your seat belts, there is more to come.”

Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan has used available technology and software such as Apple’s Garage Band, iMovie and the online resource SoundCloud to help students present their own scholarly work. He used this software to record student poetry during National Poetry Month.

Magilligan and Assistant Librarian Jennifer Whittaker recently presented their projects at the SUNY Librarians Association annual conference in June. Together, they taught attendants how to accomplish the mobile innovations. By the end of their presentation, the librarians at the conference  session could make their own videos and podcasts using available, and in most cases, free software and web services. Their presentation was well received and other Libraries may look to SUNY Canton as a model for innovation.

“Our hope is that other SUNY Colleges and Universities can adopt similar strategies and enjoy similar successes,” Magilligan noted.

In a recent Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons scored highest for providing resources and services when compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges. The success was attributed to many of the student-centered innovations adopted within the past few years.

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About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Hire Joint Interlibrary Loan Specialist

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Glen BogardusIn the most recent step toward the goal of greater shared services, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have selected Glen R. Bogardus to provide interlibrary loan (ILL) support to both campuses.

“We are very much looking forward to capitalizing on Glen’s considerable experience managing the ILL process, with an eye toward advancing our own unique library-services mission,” said SUNY Canton Director of Library Services Michelle Currier. “In our successful, student-focused learning commons environment, we are committed to providing forward-thinking, responsive service in support of our students’ needs.”

Bogardus received his bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and has previously worked for both Southworth Library at SUNY Canton and Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library at SUNY Potsdam during his career. Most recently, he was charged with managing the SUNY Potsdam interlibrary loan department’s workload, which involved more than 10,000 loan requests per year.

“The most exciting thing about our shared Interlibrary Loan Specialist is that the addition of this position to our staff will allow SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to do more than we’ve been able to do before,” said SUNY Potsdam Director of Libraries Jenica Rogers. “Instead of focusing on only the day-to-day efforts of providing great ILL service to our users, we’ll both be able to look ahead and figure out which emerging technologies will be best for our users.”

Both colleges will not only see a cost savings by sharing this position, but it will also allow them to collaborate on new ways to improve information delivery to students.

Glen Bogardus

Glen R. Bogardus, the new shared interlibrary loan specialist, pulls books at Southworth Library Learning Commons and logs them on an iPad.

“This position isn’t about filling a staffing gap, it’s about creating the capacity for us to look forward, and find new things to try for our students and faculty,” Rogers added. “So, with the ILL specialist in place, our two ILL offices should be able to evolve faster, adapt more flexibly, and experiment more often.”

“The joint SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, IT/Library shared services team meetings, and the continued support and efforts of Carey Hatch, SUNY’s vice chancellor for library and information services and associate provost for Office of Library and Information Services, were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition,” said Currier.