April 21, 2014

2013-14 Council on Libraries, Information Systems and Computing (LISC)
April 21, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attendance: Elizabeth Gaffney, Chair; Debra Dickerson; Mary Casserly; John
Delano; Dave Mamorella; Nancy Poehlmann; Christine Haile; Evgeny Dikarev;
Susanna Fessler; Eliot Rich
1. Approval of Minutes
The March 3, 2014 minutes were unanimously approved.
2. Committee Reports
There were no reports for this meeting.
3. Report from CIO– Christine Haile
Chris reported that the new Data Center is progressing and is now in the
commissioning stage. This is the point where the architects make sure
everything is in working order. If all goes well, the Certificate of Occupancy
will be the end of May; and the move will begin in June and into the summer.
Research computing equipment will be moved first, starting the week of June
9th or 16th. ITS has started communication with the researchers and the rest
of the campus will follow. Service interruptions during this transition will be
inevitable. Interruptions include turning off of servers for about one to three
days potentially. ITS will communicate the service interruptions to the
campus to help minimize its impact. The Office of the CIO is scheduling an
information session on the new Data Center on Wednesday, May 7 th for the
ITS has received funding to replace the oldest PC’s in the Information
Commons. The purchases are in place and ITS is now working on the
deployment plan. CAS will be the recipient of the some of the hand-me-down
The ETEC Facility planning meetings have started, starting with the Mesonet
process. Mesonet will include up to 120 automated weather stations
statewide. ITS will be advising on data transmission.
4. Report from Dean of the Libraries, Mary Casserly
Associate Director for Public Services – The Libraries’ new AD for Public
Services is Debora Cheney. Debora started on April 1st. Debora comes to us
from the Libraries at Penn State where she was the Larry and Ellen Foster
Communications Librarian and the Head, Library Services to the World
Campus/Penn State, which is their online campus.
LISC Meeting
April 21, 2014
ScienceDirect License Renewal – The Doctoral Sector Library Directors
met with Elsevier on March 28th at which time Elsevier presented several
pricing options and starting the process of determining whether any of these
are workable. The most affordable option is renewing the SUNY-wide
license, but it remains to be seen if all the other SUNYs (including
community colleges) are interested in continuing to participate and whether
they can afford to do so. The SUNY Library Directors will be meeting the
week of April 28th to discuss their options. The Elsevier contract does not
end until January 1, 2015.
Student Advisory Board – The last meeting of the Libraries’ Student
Advisory Board is April 22, 2014. This is the second year of the board, and
we are very pleased with the feedback we have received from it. We would
like to expand the board to include more undergraduates next year and
expanding the grad students to non-library students. We’re in the process of
trying to figure out how to do that. If any of the LISC members have any
ideas, please let Mary know.
Update on Institutional Repository (IR) – The decision has been made to
move the newly created (and still a pilot project) from SUNY’s DSpace to
Digital Commons, a system that is hosted by bepress. This repository will
showcase content created by members of the UAlbany community. There
will be a link to the repository from the library’s homepage and the IR will
contain information on copyright so that faculty members can check to see
which versions of their published articles they have the right to add to the IR.
The subscription to Digital Commons includes an editorial management
system which some faculty who edit journals may want to use.
5. Adjournment
Elizabeth announced that she will be stepping down as Chair of LISC, and a
new chair will be elected before the beginning of fall.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next
meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2014.