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As part of SUNY Sullivan’s commitment to ensuring that all our constituents, faculty, students, staff and community members have access to high quality library services, we are making some improvements. As we join the growing list of academic libraries realigning services to address the literacy needs of 21st century community college library patrons, it is worth revisiting the data supplied in the library’s annual reports:

Artistic renderings of the overhauled space offer an exciting glimpse into SUNY Sullivan’s One-Stop Center.
Top: A view of the downstairs One-Stop Center.
Bottom: The remodeled library.

The new vision for the library includes a circulating collection of 26,000 print volumes, increased interlibrary loan services and greater access to eBook collections. Additionally, the reserve collection, one of the most popular services provided by the library, is being maintained, and we are adding a new service to our students by investing in a textbook collection for their use.

Library staffing will also transform to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Credential Librarians will focus on instruction, information literacy, developing Open Educational Resources, and maintaining the library’s digital and physical collections. Rather than a “big box” model with staff waiting at a counter, library staff will actively work with students to support measurable learning outcomes. In addition, all networked computer workstations around the college (~180), in the dorms (4 new) and in the field house (13 new) will be enabled as digital reference stations with live “chat with a librarian” capabilities. Patrons will be able to have books retrieved from our collections, and browse a large curated collection in the One Stop Center.

The existing space is undergoing remodeling to increase quiet study and tutoring spaces by 10 percent, upgrade student furniture and computer stations, and install eight charging stations. The new One Stop center will provide an easily navigable path for students to take from admissions to registration to increase our ability to support student access and success.

On a recent conference call with the SUNY system office, the staff on the call were supportive of our transformation and commented that we were not alone in these challenges.