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Please note: In response to the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and issuance of employee travel moratoriums by many CNY institutions, Collaboration Day and the OTN Training Workshop have been rescheduled for June 16 & 17, 2020. These events will still be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Syracuse. Please contact the CNY office with any questions.

On behalf of the Community Engagement and OER Steering Committees, ConnectNY is thrilled to announce Collaboration Day 2020 and the Open Textbook Network (OTN) Training Workshop! These events will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Syracuse, NY on June 16 & 17, 2020. Collaboration Day and the OTN Training Workshop are free* to attend for staff at CNY member institutions. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.

* – Please be advised: If you register and either no-show or do not provide notice of cancellation 14 days prior to the event, an invoice of $100/per registered day will be sent to your institution.

Countdown to Collaboration!


Collaboration Day

This year’s Collaboration Day will be centered around equity, diversity, and inclusion, and particularly how those values relate to OER and OA. We are delighted to have Nancy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director at OhioNET, as our keynote speaker on this timely and important topic!


OTN Training Workshop

In October 2019, CNY announced our membership in the Open Textbook Network (OTN). As part of membership orientation and support, the OTN team puts on a “train-the-trainer” workshop; we are excited to be holding this important event in conjunction with Collaboration Day! From OTN:

“The OTN’s train-the-trainer workshop will increase participants’ familiarity with the nuances related to the issues around open textbook adoption; strengthen presentation capacity for future open textbook workshops; and enhance open textbook program development.
Typical attendees at our trainings are campus leaders who would return to their local campus to give workshops, convene meetings, or have conversations to advance open education locally. These are representatives from the library, centers for teaching and learning, instructional design or e-learning, Academic Affairs, etc. It is not uncommon for us to see bookstore representatives, campus leadership, or faculty at these events.”

Attendance at the OTN Workshop is limited to 50 guests, so make sure to register early!

Events Schedule

*Schedules subject to change.


Tuesday, June 16th – Collaboration Day*

Time Event/Activity
8:30am – 9:30am Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 9:30am Welcome
Pam Jones, CNY Executive Director
9:30am – 10:00am CNY’s New Strategic Plan
Pam Jones, CNY Executive Director
10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:15am OER Steering Committee Discussion
Topic TBD
11:15am – 12:00pm Library Services: What Works and What Doesn’t
Kristina Bilello, Pace University & Emily Doyle, Marist College
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch provided by CNY
12:45pm – 1:00pm Platinum sponsor address
1:00pm – 2:00pm Keynote: Not Another Diversity Talk: A Different Approach to DEI
Nancy Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director
2:00pm – 3:00pm Dessert Reception with poster session and vendors
3:00pm – 4:00pm Networking Tables: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Member Libraries
1. Access Services, Samuel Cochrane (Medaille College), facilitator
2. Reference and Instruction, Emily Doyle (Marist College), facilitator
3. Archives & Special Collections, facilitator TBD
4. Technical Services, Barbara Biljan (Medaille College)
4:00pm – 4:30pm Wrap-up and Report Outs from Networking Tables


Wednesday, June 17th – OTN Training Workshop*

The below agenda is a sample provided by OTN for your reference. A CNY-specific schedule will be available by mid-February.

Time Event/Activity
9:00am – 9:45am Welcome, Introductions, & Workshop Goals
9:45am – 10:30am Identifying obstacles to open textbook adoptions
10:30am – 10:45am What does a successful program look like?
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:30am The Open Textbook Library in-depth
11:30am – 12:15pm Workshop training on “Making the Case”
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch provided by CNY
1:00pm – 2:15pm Workshop training on student success
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 3:30pm Developing programs on your local campus
3:30pm – 4:00pm What do I do now?



Please note: If you register and either no-show or do not provide notice of cancellation 14 days prior to the event, an invoice of $100/per registered day will be sent to your institution.



Event Hotel

Embassy Suites Hotel – Syracuse
6646 Old Collamer Road South
Syracuse, NY 13057
phone: 315-446-3200
fax: 315-437-3302

check-in: 3:00pm
check-out: 11:00am

Due to the postponement of Collaboration Day and the OTN Training Workshop, the CNY office is currently working with Embassy Suites to reserve a block of hotel rooms for the new dates. Hotel information and discounted reservation will be available again soon! A message will be sent to all CNY listservs when hotel reservation is available!


Other Area Accommodations

For your convenience, additional nearby hotels are listed below. Click on the hotel name to go to their booking page. CNY has not negotiated any special rates with these hotels.

Hotel Name Address Phone Distance to venue
Courtyard by Marriott 6415 Yorktown Circle
East Syracuse, NY 13057
315-432-0300 0.3 miles
DoubleTree by Hilton 6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057
315-432-0200 0.6 miles
Ramada by Wyndham 6555 Old Collamer Road South
Syracuse, NY 13057
315-760-6300 0.4 miles
Days Inn by Wyndham 6609 Thompson Road
Syracuse, NY 13206
315-437-7292 1.1 miles



By Air

Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)
1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13212

Distance to venue: 10 miles

By Rail

Syracuse Amtrak Station
1 Walsh Circle
Syracuse, NY 13208

Distance to venue: 5.6 miles

Presenter Bios

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, OhioNET
Nancy S. Kirkpatrick
Executive Director and CEO, OhioNET

Nancy Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director and CEO of OhioNET. As a recovering attorney who traded barristers for bibliophiles, she has been facilitating and mediating conversations for individuals and organizations for as long as she can remember. Nancy was introduced to Appreciative Inquiry principles in 2018, was immediately hooked, and has adopted them in a variety of ways even as she continues to learn more. AI principles inform her facilitation services, her organizational leadership style, and her life.

Nancy is currently meeting members and partners across the region and getting to know the Ohio library landscape, while also focusing on the growth and development of OhioNET. Prior to moving to Ohio, she served as Associate Director of MCLS, where she primarily worked with national and international publishers to negotiate and manage a $28 million-dollar portfolio of electronic resource group licenses for member libraries of all types. Before moving into consortia work, Nancy was the Director of Library Services at Marian University in Indianapolis. She had the privilege of tripling the library’s collection budget and hiring staff to support the Marian University College of Osteopathy, which opened in 2013.

Always the educator, Nancy taught Academic Library Management for the Department of Library and Information Science program at Indiana University’s School of Informatics (Indianapolis campus) for several years. Recent speaking engagements have included the 2018 ALA Spectrum Institute, the 2019 ICOLC North American Conference and the 2019 State Library of Ohio’s ILEAD programs on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Drake University, a Juris Doctor from the TC Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She also has two pretty cool kids – Noah, a senior at Saint Louis University and Madeline, a freshman at Michigan State University. Her hobbies include growing her fountain pen collection, knitting, and using Pinterest to learn how to DIY all the projects in her house.