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Collaboration Day 20192019-04-13T17:35:50+00:00

April 17 & 18, 2019

Join us for CNY’s Collaboration Day at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY! Collaboration Day is a free professional development event open to all library staff at CNY member institutions. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on April 18. Registration is required for this event.

Click this link for a downloadable Attendee Information Packet.

CNY and the Community Engagement Committee are thrilled to announce some very exciting additions to this year’s program:

  • Extended two-day event with training sessions on INN-Reach and Sierra Systems Administration provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
  • Keynote Speaker: Sarah Cohen, Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network (OTN)
  • Vendor showcase
Countdown to Collaboration!


CNY would like to thank our vendor sponsors for this year:

Collaboration Day 2019 Sponsors - Innovative Interfaces, Inc., ProQuest, Adam Matthew Digital, EBSCO, JSTOR, The Roper Institute, RapidILL, Ex Libris


Registration for Collaboration Day is now closed. Please email Sarah Probst with any questions.

April 17 – Schedule of Events

*schedule is subject to change

Time Event
9:00am – 10:00am Open Q & A Session with Mike McClellan, III Trainer
10:00am – 12:00pm Sierra Systems Administration training
2:00pm – 4:00pm INN-Reach training
4:00pm – 7:00pm CNY Committee Poster Session & Vendor Showcase
5:00pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception

April 18 – Schedule of Events

Time Event
8:30am – 9:30am Registration and continental breakfast
9:00am – 9:30am Welcome
9:30am – 10:30am Looking Forward
Pamela Jones – CNY Executive Director
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:00am ProQuest
11:00am – 12:30pm Still to be Filled: A Vision for Institutions in Open Education
Sarah Cohen – Managing Director, Open Textbook Network (OTN)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 1:45pm Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Tom Jacobson – VP, Executive Library Advocate and Strategist
1:45pm – 2:30pm Concurrent Facilitated Roundtable Discussions:
(1) Cultural Agility and Engagement at the Reference Desk
(2) Technical Services Workflows in Flux
(3) Reference Transactions in Archives/Special Collections
(4) Pick Up Anywhere Best Practices
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 3:30pm Report Outs from Roundtable Discussions and Closing
Sarah Faye Cohen
Sarah Faye CohenManaging Director of the Open Textbook Network (OTN)
Sarah Faye Cohen is the Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network where she direct operations and provides vision and leadership for an alliance of higher education institutions to achieve its mission of expanding access to open textbooks in support of a more open and affordable education. Her background in librarianship spans public and technical services and she has been part of library leadership at various types of institutions. Sarah is a graduate of Smith College and GSLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she was awarded the Rediger Award for Intellectual Curiosity. She is a two-time award winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

Mike McClellanSystems Trainer with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III)
I have been with Innovative since 2004. Prior to joining Innovative, I was head of Circulation for Minneapolis Public Library. In my Inn-Reach career, I had the great pleasure of traveling to Australia to do the initial training for their BONUS system; closer to home the initial training for the Ohio public Inn-Reach – Search Ohio and the Illinois Linkin System. Now learning Polaris and working with my first one of those joining Mel-Cat in Michigan. I live in Minneapolis with a wife, son, three cats and one leopard gecko. We enjoy University of Minnesota Women’s Hockey. Trying to enjoy the Minnesota Wild but they are making it difficult this year. Too much snow shoveling to get outside much this year but hoping to travel to France for the Women’s World Cup tournament in June. Hopefully the local airport will reopen by then.

Conference Hotel and Other Accommodations

Conference Hotel

The Desmond Hotel
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
518-869-8100 (local)
800-448-3500 (toll free)

Check-in: 4:00pm, Check-out: 12:00pm

Nightly discounted rate: $129.00, plus 14% tax. Be sure to provide your tax-exempt form and appropriate organizational fund payment method to eliminate the tax.

This room block will be held through April 2, 2019. Reservations may be made by calling either of the above listed numbers and referencing Block Code CNY or by booking through this link: Desmond – CNY Room Rate.

Hotel Cancellation Policy

Individual reservations may be cancelled up to 4:00pm the day prior to arrival without any penalties. Any cancellation after this time will be subject to a fee of one night’s room plus tax.


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout entire hotel
  • Airport accessibility with 24-hour complimentary shuttle
  • Multiple on-site dining options plus room service
  • Transportation to restaurants and shopping within the immediate area
  • Fitness facility, indoor pool, billiards room, business center
  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary newspapers in the lobby

Other Nearby Accommodations

Hotel Address Phone Distance to Venue
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany 216 Wolf Rd, Albany NY 12205 518-438-4300 0.5 miles
Hampton Inn Albany-Wolf Road (Airport) 10 Ulenski Dr, Albany NY 12205 518-438-2822 0.5 miles
Albany Marriott 189 Wolf Rd, Albany NY 12205 518-458-8444 0.8 miles
Red Roof Inn Albany Airport 188 Wolf Rd, Albany NY 12205 518-459-1971 0.7 miles


By Plane

Albany International Airport (ALB)
737 Albany Shaker Rd
Colonie, NY 12211
1.1 miles from venue

By Train

Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak
525 East Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144
12.5 miles from venue

Metropolitan Transportation
111 Washington Ave # 209
Albany, NY 12210
6.9 miles from venue