EMPOWERING COMMUNITY THROUGH COLLABORATION

Committees and Working Groups

The Board of Directors is the governing body of ConnectNY.


2021-2022 Members

Violeta Ilik, Ex Officio Voting Director
Dean of University Libraries
Adelphi University
Betsy Cawley, Ex Officio Voting Director
Library Director
Bard College
Kristine Kasbohm, Ex Officio Voting Director
Library Director
Canisius College
Inga H. Barnello, Ex Officio Voting Director
Library Director
LeMoyne College
Becky Albitz, Ex Officio Voting Director
Library Director
Marist College
Steve Feyl, Ex Officio Voting Director
University Librarian
Pace University
Russell S. Abell, Ex Officio Voting Director
Director
Pratt Institute Libraries
Andrew White, Ex Officio Voting Director
Library Director
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Marcia Trauernicht, Ex Officio Voting Director
Director of Libraries
Rochester Institute of Technology
Loretta Ebert, Ex Officio Voting Director
Library Director
Siena College
Christopher Barth, Ex Officio Non-Voting Director
Director of the Library & Associate Dean
United States Military Academy at West Point
Andrew Ashton, Ex Officio Voting Director
Director of Libraries
Vassar College
Pamela Jones, Ex Officio Non-Voting Director
Executive Director
CNY (ConnectNY), Inc.

2020-2021 Members

Steve Feyl (Pace), Chair
Betsy Cawley (Bard), Vice Chair
Becky Albitz (Marist), Past Chair
Inga H. Barnello (Le Moyne), Treasurer
Marcia Trauernicht (RIT), Secretary
Pamela Jones, CNY Executive Director


Charge

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chair, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Executive Director serves as an Ex Officio non-voting member of the Committee.

Meetings may be called by the Chair or by any 3 members of the committee.

The Executive Committee maintains surveillance of the operations and affairs of the Corporation and is empowered to transact only such business as may be necessary between Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors, unless otherwise authorized by the Board.

Financial Duties

  • Oversees audits and the overall fiscal affairs of the Corporation.
  • Develops budget for approval by the Board.
  • Proposes policies governing the finances of the Corporation for adoption by the Board.
  • Endeavors to assure that all the Corporation’s institutional funds are deposited, invested, and withdrawn in a manner consistent with all applicable statutes, regulations, and contractual obligations, if any.
  • Assures that proper federal and state compliance and tax filings are submitted, and that any taxes due have been paid or, otherwise, addressed.
  • Periodically reviews the Corporation’s internal and financial controls, and the adequacy of the Corporation’s insurance coverage.
  • Responsible for strict adherence to the Audit Oversight Policy (By-laws, Appendix D)

Conflicts of Interest Duties

  • Responsible for strict adherence to, and enforcement of, the Corporation’s Board of Directors’ Conflicts of Interest Policy (By-laws, Appendix B)
  • Assures that proper policies and procedures are in place to ensure that all newly-received and annually-submitted Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statements, an unexecuted copy of which is annexed in the By-Laws as Appendix C, are promptly provided to the Chair and shall subsequently see to it that they are properly considered for auditing/financial review purposes.
  • Provides any case-specific Related Party Transaction reports, together with the minutes of any related meetings, to the Chair and makes available for annual audits/financial reviews.

Review of Executive Director

  • The Chair and/or the Executive Committee perform the annual performance review of the Executive Director.
  • The Chair and/or the Executive Committee oversee a compensation analysis of the Executive Director to run concurrently with the annual performance evaluation.
  • In order to determine the reasonableness of compensation as it applies to the Corporation, this compensation analysis shall confirm that:
    • the compensation to be authorized and awarded is reasonable for the services to be provided to the Corporation;
    • there is no relationship between any of the Corporation’s Directors or Officers and the Executive Director, or any other Key Employee(s) (if applicable), other than one of employment;
    • the Executive Director, or any other Key Employee(s) (if applicable), as appropriate, has met, or exceeded, performance expectations; brought value to the Corporation; and/or provided significant contributions to its growth and development;
    • no Director or Officer is a Relative of, or employed by the Executive Director, or any other Key Employee(s) (if applicable), as appropriate, or any entity in which the Executive Director/Key Employee(s) (if applicable) has/have, at least, a thirty-five percent (35%) controlling interest; and,
    • no Director or Officer has a material financial interest affected by the outcome of the compensation review.

2019-2020 Members

Christopher Barth, USMA, Chair
Andrew Ashton, Vassar College
Becky Albitz, Marist College
Pamela Jones, ConnectNY


Charge

Develops equitable models for funding projects, programs, and membership as needed. The Board Chair appoints the Committee, making appointments representative of the diversity of institutions within ConnectNY.

The Ad Hoc Financial Modeling Committee will:

  • Create equitable funding models for the e-book program to present to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Prepare various membership funding models for consideration by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to fulfill the ConnectNY Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Goal 5-2: Enact variable funding structures within the membership.

2020-2021 Members

Emily Doyle (Chair), Marist College
Kristina Bilello, Pace University
Jenifer Monger, RPI
Jennifer Chess, USMA
Pamela Jones, ConnectNY
Jill Tominosky, ConnectNY


Charge

Building on the work of the Community Engagement Working Group, this Committee will be responsible for creating opportunities for staff at all levels and various functions to come together to share ideas and generate recommendations for initiatives.

The Community Engagement Committee will:

  • Develop, schedule, and hold in-person meetings/conferences, and/or plan meetings in coordination with other conferences (e.g. ACRL, ALA, etc.) members may attend.
  • Develop, schedule, and hold virtual meetings for communication across institutions, especially for functional groups.
  • Explore the opportunity to sponsor a conference with appeal outside of CNY.
    • Timeline: September 2017 or later

2020-2021 Members

Nicole H. Scalessa (Chair), Vassar College
Missy Brown, Pratt Institute
Liz King, RPI
Alicia Mauldin-Ware, USMA
Pamela Jones, ConnectNY
Jill Tominosky, ConnectNY


Charge

The purpose of this committee is to further develop digitization practices and sharing of digital materials.

The Digitization Committee will:

  • Identify opportunities for grant funding for digitization and finding aid development.
  • Investigate venues such as EADC and DPLA to share digital materials.

2020-2021 Members

Dan Trout (Chair), RIT
Christina Blenkle, Pace University
Jessica Patterson, USMA
Arianna Schlegel, Vassar College
Pat Hults, ConnectNY
Pamela Jones, ConnectNY


Charge

Building on the work of the E-book Working Group, this Committee will be responsible for the overall management, budgeting, and assessment of the CNY e-book platforms.

The E-book Committee will:

  • Perform periodic reviews of vendor performance and user satisfaction.
  • Evaluate e-book platforms, publishers, and vendors and make recommendations to enhance the e-book program.

For more information about the E-book program, including current and past platforms, please see the Programs page.

2020-2021 Members

Tom Orrange (Co-Chair), Medaille College
Greg Murphy (Co-Chair/Ambassador), Pace University
Patricia Coward (Ambassador), Canisius College
Noreen McGuire (Ambassador), Pace University
Kate Laing, Bard College
Cindy Wolff, Pratt Institute
Pamela Jones, ConnectNY


Charge

The OER Steering Committee will develop the Affordable Learning Program, as well as manage the major program activities along with CNY staff. The Steering Committee may develop Working Groups to support and assess the program. One member of the Steering Committee must participate in each working group that invites members from outside the Steering Committee.

The OER Steering Committee will:

  • Plan logistics for OTN’s one-day information workshop to be held in Spring 2020.
  • Select two individuals to attend OTN’s Summer Institute as CNY’s OER Ambassadors.
  • Explore the opportunity to sponsor a conference with appeal outside of CNY.
  • Develop a program to support the “train the trainer” approach used by OTN and raise awareness and interest across CNY.
  • Develop at three-year plan with goals, objectives, and a timeline to achieve the overall goal of the program.
  • Participate in the OTN community through participation on the OTN community listserv.
  • Assess the program regularly and provide annual reports to the Board of Directors.

2020-2021 Members

I-Chene Tai (Chair), Le Moyne College
Jennifer Fairall, Siena College
Matthew Kochan, Canisius College
Pamela Jones, ConnectNY


Charge

The Shared Print Trust Management Committee manages and reports on the operations and projects of the CNY Shared Print Trust.

The CNY Shared Print Trust Management Committee will:

  • Assess the effectiveness of the shared print trust program;
  • Track developments and emerging trends in this field and share new ideas about best practices with the CNY community;
  • Coordinate and communicate retention and review decisions for each CNY Trust project;
  • Form sub-committees and/or project task forces as needed to work on specific projects and functions related to the CNY Shared Print Trust.

For more information about the Shared Print Trust Project, including current members and pods, please visit the Programs page.

2020-2021 Members

Nicholas Dease (chair), Pratt Institute
James Cho, Adelphi University
Amber Billey, Bard College
Deborah Tomaras, Marist College
Brenden McCarthy, RPI
Pamela Jones, ConnectNY


Charge

Develop shared practices for contribution of bibliographic records in the shared catalog, taking into consideration matters relative to both the user experience and the metadata structure.

Inga Barnello (Le Moyne)Goal Sponsor
Kathy Bucalo (Adelphi)
Heather Seminelli (USMA)
Bonnie Swoger (RIT)