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Students Give SUNY Canton Number One Rankings in Statewide Satisfaction Survey

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

SUNY Student Opinion SurveyResults from a 2018 SUNY Student Opinion Survey have placed SUNY Canton first in a host of categories related to academics, advising, career services, health services and facilities.

The survey is administered every three years to students at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers. It assesses satisfaction in more than 60 areas, and the college took the top spot in 14 SUNY-wide categories. The survey also compiled results from students in the seven technology-sector institutions, and SUNY Canton placed first in an additional 26 areas.

SUNY Canton’s number one rankings among the 27 state-operated colleges and university centers are:

  • Academic advising in a students’ major
  • Availability of faculty outside class
  • Career services
  • Assistance with finding employment during school
  • Study areas
  • Classroom facilities
  • Course-related laboratories
  • Tutoring services
  • Class size
  • Access to computers and related technology
  • Library resources
  • Library services
  • Health services
  • Counseling services

Students tell the camera that SUNY Canton is number 1!

The college’s additional number-one rankings among its peer tech-sector schools are:

  • General academic advising
  • Non-teaching staff respect for students
  • Faculty/instructor respect for students
  • Residence hall services and programs
  • Campus center/student union
  • General condition of buildings and grounds
  • Athletic and recreational facilities
  • Financial aid services
  • Quality of instruction
  • Availability of general education courses
  • Course registration process
  • Availability of online courses
  • Computing support services
  • College computer network
  • Intercollegiate athletic programs
  • Student government
  • Recreation and intramural programs
  • Guest speakers outside class
  • Educational programs regarding alcohol and substance abuse
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Student input in college policies
  • Your social support network on campus
  • Services to support off-campus and commuter students
  • Services to support transfer students
  • Intra-campus transportation
  • College bookstore services

“This year, SUNY Canton received more number-one rankings than ever before, and I am incredibly proud of the effort our entire campus has put forth to earn these scores,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Student feedback is the most important measure of our success, so it’s gratifying to see we’re continuing to excel in areas that we traditionally have held first-place rankings in, such as library services and tutoring, while also earning top scores in new areas, such as academic advising in a major, availability of faculty outside of class, course-related laboratories, and access to computers and related technology.”

Fred Saburro tutors a student in the Mathematics lab.

Many of the college’s recent initiatives align with the categories in which SUNY Canton received the highest rankings, notably classroom and lab facilities.

“We debuted a state of the art Digital Studio/Game Design Lab last fall, which is an environment unlike any other on campus. It’s a high-tech space where students from diverse programs—Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and Technological Communications—can come together to learn, innovate, and bring their ideas to life.”

Other facility enhancements include a “flex classroom” where lectures are broadcast live and recorded for later viewing. Students have the option of attending class in person or online, which is particularly important for non-traditional and commuter students who may have family and career obligations.

Students studying in Southworth Library

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

“The Student Opinion Survey results reflect the college’s mission to help students achieve their full potential both personally and professionally,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “These scores show our strong commitment to their success.”

In the wellness area, the Davis Health Center and the Counseling Center both received SUNY-wide first-place rankings.

“Our counseling and health services departments provide exceptional care to students without them having to step foot off campus,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Both areas are staffed with professionals poised to meet the needs of our students during their most trying times.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking (and second-place ranking SUNY-wide) in the off-campus and commuter support services category intersects with an effort to provide new opportunities for students to participate in activities virtually. More than 60 campus events were live-streamed last year for those unable to attend in person, and a new varsity esports team allows online students to compete remotely. The Office of Career Services, which placed first SUNY-wide, held online professional clothing and job fairs.

“We have found that enhancing offerings for online students actually benefits all students,” said Bish. “From streaming and capturing events to hosting interactive programming, we have provided opportunities for everyone to engage with campus life at times that are convenient for them.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking in financial aid services coincides with the college’s successful implementation of the Excelsior Scholarship program, which benefitted more than 150 students last year.

SUNY Canton Library Doubles Textbook Loan Program

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

SUNY Canton is doubling its textbook loan program in an effort to offset the cost of attending college.

“Our Southworth Library Learning Commons has an extensive collection of textbooks held on reserve for students who cannot afford to purchase them,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “This year I’ve doubled their budget, from $6,000 to $12,000, to help further reduce financial barriers to education.”

A student gathers books from the textbook reserve section of the library.

Desire A. Manning, a SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons student employee from Stony Point, taking out materials from the college’s vast textbook reserve collection.

 

The cost of textbooks has risen by 73 percent over the past decade, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Almost a third of students reported that they had used their financial aid to pay for textbooks, which can lead to financial insecurity during their education. “Economic hardship is one of the reasons students withdraw from college,” Scheidt said.

The current collection includes textbooks for almost every single major, and almost all the textbooks for general education courses. The provost said 71 percent of courses have a text on reserve at the library. The library loaned items from its reserve text collection more than 12,000 times during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Students study at various tables in Southworth Library.

The Southworth Library Learning Commons recently underwent a major renovation that created more student study space overlooking the campus.

“We try to purchase the books that will have the greatest potential financial impact,” said Southworth Library Director Cori Wilhelm. “We purchase books for high-enrollment courses with the most expensive texts. We also try to purchase as many eBooks as we can.”

Some, but not all, courses may require ownership of a text. Many students have been able to check out one of the reserve copies for a couple of hours and complete their studies. Other students check out the texts and then go on to purchase or rent them from the school bookstore.

The library also loans cameras for use in the Criminal Investigation and Graphic and Multimedia Design program. Students can also check out computers, iPads, phone chargers and calculators from the circulation desk.

Wilhelm and former college Librarian Rachel Koenig authored a chapter in the book “Textbooks in Academic Libraries: Selection, Circulation, and Assessment” titled Basically Everything I Need, I Know the Library Has it: A Case Study of SUNY Canton’s Textbook Program.

The textbook loan program and innovative technology offerings are among the reasons the Southworth Library earned number one rankings in the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, which compares student satisfaction at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers.

The textbook loan program began more than 10 years ago at the Library. It has received funding from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant and the Canton College Foundation. Library employees and college faculty members have also purchased and donated books for the program.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

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 Canton Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas.

The survey, which evaluates the 27 state-operated SUNY colleges and university centers, is conducted every three years and assesses student satisfaction in more than 50 areas. SUNY Canton earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services.

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“We’re extremely gratified that our students highly value our exceptional resources,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We’re committed to ensuring their success, and these results—evaluated by the students themselves—prove it.”

The Southworth Library Learning Commons has most recently enhanced the laptop and iPad loan program; integrated Quick Response Codes, video and podcasts to meet patron needs; and expanded hours during exam periods.

“The Southworth Library Learning Commons is a focal point of engagement for the campus community,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “It is rich in academic resources, including our Tutoring Center, which offers both professional and peer tutors who support our students’ academic needs.”

The survey also measured SUNY Canton against six peer technology-sector institutions: Alfred State, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Maritime. SUNY Canton took the top spot in 13 areas, one of which was the quality of the college’s laboratory facilities.

tutoring

“The college’s state-of-the-art nursing, veterinary technology, engineering technology labs, as well as the newly constructed Business Learning Center, are just a few examples of facilities that support hands-on, applied learning, which is a hallmark of SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D.

Another area that students ranked first among technology-sector schools was SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services, which offers a number of resume writing, interview and networking workshops, as well as individualized coaching for those who are entering the work force. In addition, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the office brought nearly 100 local and regional employers to campus to recruit students for job opportunities.

“We like to begin working with first-year students in developing their resumes and creating a plan,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman. “They continue to use our services throughout their academic career to obtain summer jobs or internships that enhance their educational knowledge. All these experiences prepare our students to begin their professional careers.”

Career Fair

Within the academic arena, students praised the availability of online courses, ranking the college first in the technology sector. Over the past several years, SUNY Canton has enjoyed increased growth in online course enrollments, due in large part to expanded course offerings. This year the college’s online programs were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“SUNY Canton’s online courses offer the same high-quality instruction as a traditional classroom setting,” added Mott. “In addition, our Summer Session and Winterterm courses help students finish in four years, which supports SUNY System-wide goals for access and completion.”

Additional areas that earned the top spot in the survey when compared to technology-sector schools included athletic and recreational facilities, health and wellness programs, religious and spiritual programs and social media presence.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Hosts Spring Application Days

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton invites prospective fall 2014 students and their families to learn more about the College and receive assistance with submitting their application.

Spring application day events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in French Hall. Guests will have the opportunity to talk with current students, admissions counselors, financial aid representatives and career service experts.

“Applying for College can seem overwhelming, especially for first-time students,” said SUNY Canton Director of Admissions Bruce L. Smith. “We offer application day events to assist students with the process and introduce newcomers to the College. Our customer-service driven staff members want to help students make the process as easy as possible.”

There is an application fee of $50. Refreshments will also be provided. For more information, or to register, call (315) 386-7123. Walk-ins are welcome!

In addition to the application days, SUNY Canton will host a Spring Open House event April 25. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/admissions/open_house.html

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Veterans Honored and Thanked at SUNY Canton’s Living History Ceremony

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

SUNY Canton welcomed more than 30 World War II veterans and thanked the servicemen and women for protecting American freedoms at Friday’s Veterans’ Living History Ceremony.

There was an audience of about 200 family members, friends and area politicians to support the former service personnel.

Charles W. Smith, a former 10th Mountain Division soldier from Plattsburgh speaks with Command Sgt. Major Thomas W. Geddings from Fort Drum.

Charles W. Smith, a former 10th Mountain Division soldier from Plattsburgh speaks with Command Sgt. Major Thomas W. Geddings from Fort Drum.

The event was punctuated by the first public viewing of a 20-minute slideshow with a soundtrack of oral histories from World War II veterans collected by Michael T. Magilligan, assistant librarian at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“I couldn’t believe how willing these brave men were to let me into their homes and share their lives with me,” Magilligan said. “I didn’t just interview them, they’ve become my friends.”

Magilligan began recording the stories of North Country veterans in June and made copies of their old photographs. “When you hear these stories told to you by the people who were there it’s as if you are right beside them,” he said.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert J. Kasulke addresses the audience at the event.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert J. Kasulke addresses the audience at the event.

The accounts retold ranged from storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, The Battle of the Bulge and attacks against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater from approximately 70 years ago.

The assistant librarian will be adding all of the digital content to a database at the Southworth Library Learning Commons. They will also submitted to the Library of Congress and the New York State Veterans’ History Museum in Saratoga.

As part of the ceremony, the SUNY Canton Veterans Association and retired Major General Robert J. Kasulke presented each veteran with a SUNY Canton challenge coin. Challenge coins are typical given in the military to prove membership, award special achievement and enhance moral. At SUNY Canton, the Veterans Association issued the coin as a symbol of pride and camaraderie, according to William J. Fassinger, the faculty advisor for the student club.

Other representatives included Daniel L. Kaifetz, director of North Country Honor Flight, an organization dedicated to transporting veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their sacrifices. Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Geddings was representing Fort Drum at the event.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton to Honor WWII Veterans at Nov. 8 Living History Celebration

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Otis Van Horne

Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor holds up his military portrait from 1945. Van Horne was one of approximately 30 World War II Veterans to provide oral histories for the College’s Living History project.

The storied bravery and valor of North Country World War II veterans will be retold at SUNY Canton in honor of Veterans Day.

The College will be holding a Veterans’ Living History Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. It will be highlighting the recorded accounts of soldiers who served in all branches of the military in many notable battles. The Ceremony is free and open to the public and there will be a reception following the presentation.

“It’s our honor to recognize the brave soldiers who served during the war that permanently changed the world, and influenced our entire culture,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “These men stormed the beaches of Normandy and witnessed the horrors of Nazi concentration camps. They struggled against German occupation in France and beyond. Then, they came home and went about their lives in Northern New York.”

The event was created as a way to celebrate Veterans Day at the College and to spread the word about an ongoing project to collect oral histories from area veterans through the Southworth Library Learning Commons, according to Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan.

“The project started when I was talking to a co-employee who has an 87-year-old neighbor who dropped out of high school to join the military,” Magilligan said. “I ended up interviewing 33 veterans from around the North Country. I feel as though I’ve captured the true experience of American servicemen during the Second World War.”

Many of the veterans Magilligan interviewed will be attending the event. Selections from their interviews, and photos they shared will be shown in a multi-media presentation assembled by the assistant librarian.

Each of the interviews will be housed on a database at SUNY Canton to provide future generations with a comprehensive understanding of World War II and how it

impacted the home front. The recordings will also submitted to the Library of Congress and the New York State Veterans’ History Museum in Saratoga.

Kenneth D. Kirkey, Massena, who was a radio operator and a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army selected for a secret mission, relayed his experience for the project. Kirkey was the last one out of his plane as it was shot down. “We were sent into Normandy two days before D-Day [June 6, 1944],” Kirkey recounted to Magilligan. “We had carrier pigeons and radios half the size of a table.”

Mike Magilligan and Otis Van Horne

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan interviews Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor about his experiences serving during World War II.

In another account, Charles H. Alexander of Canton, who served in the U.S. Navy relayed his experience ferrying soldiers to and from the beaches of Normandy on Landing Ship, Tank (LST) vessels. “It’s scary at first, the first day or two, the first two or three trips. There’s a lot of combat going on,” he said. “But it kind of moves away. You get used it. You get calloused.”

Arnold Newkofsky, Canton, was a gunner on an LST for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. Newkofsky said that when he heard the alerts he’d rush to his weapon and point it at the sun, waiting for Japanese planes to descend upon them. “Everyday was D-Day,” he said.

Magilligan has recorded many other accounts portraying many vivid and intensely personal remembrances from numerous fronts and battles, including those by SUNY Canton Alumni Frank J. White, Canton, (class of 1938) and Otis E. Van Horne, Canton (class of 1942). Van Horne also taught in the Electrical Construction program at the College.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Gives Questions to Answers on Jeopardy!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Cori Wilhelm will appear on NBC’s Jeopardy! game show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 on WPTZ.

The story has widely circulated the local media and has been the subject of many conversations at the College. Wilhelm participated in the game show and was filmed in August at the SONY Lot in Culver City L.A. She has been limited about what she can say about the show until after the broadcast.

Alex Trebeck and Cori Wilhelm

Cori Wilhelm pictured with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebeck. Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

“I can’t wait until it airs so that I can talk about it openly with my friends and co-employees,” the Assistant Librarian said. “The attention has been a bit overwhelming, but I appreciate the support. It’s great to know how many people are supportive and are planning on watching.”

She said she began studying during the qualification rounds, but studied a lot more, and harder, when she got the call to be a contestant. She used an online database of old Jeopardy questions to prepare.

“It’s hard to study in advance, because you don’t know what’s on the show,” Wilhelm said. “But being a librarian, I help students do research all the time. It keeps me fresh and gives access to a lot of topics.”

The Assistant Librarian had previously taken online qualification tests and had auditioned to be on the show twice, after receiving encouragement of her friends and family.

Wilhelm is a graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton Central High School in 2000, earned her undergraduate degree in History from St. Lawrence University in 2003, a master’s in Education from SUNY Potsdam 2005, and another degree from the University at Buffalo in library science 2011. She began working in SUNY Canton Office of Admissions in 2006, and started her current position in 2012.

 

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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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.