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08/08/2006
SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan Launches SUNYConnect
Online Library Access Now Provided Centrally To SUNY Campuses Photo Available

Contact: David Henahan, pr@sysadm.suny.edu
Office of Public Relations
State University of New York
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518-443-5311
www.suny.edu

Eric Bryant, bryaneri@hvcc.edu
Office of Communications and Marketing
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180
518-629-8072

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2006

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SUNYConnect Press Conference/Archived Web Cast

TROY – SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan today joined Provost Peter D. Salins, Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak, and students and faculty from Capital District SUNY campuses to launch SUNYConnect, which enables students and faculty from 60 SUNY campuses across New York State access to a shared online library.

"Connecting 60 libraries, more than 18 million volumes and thousands of electronic resources and digital images – all online – is a great accomplishment," said Ryan, who launched SUNYConnect with the click of a mouse inside Hudson Valley's Marvin Library, while students, faculty and staff looked on.

"The idea of a student at one of our comprehensive colleges, one of our colleges of technology, or one of our 30 Community Colleges, like Hudson Valley, having access to virtually all SUNY libraries will broaden our students' exposure to materials and enhance the resources our faculty and researchers have available to them," added Ryan. "SUNYConnect gives students and faculty in every corner of New York State the materials they need to enhance and improve teaching and learning."

SUNY Provost Salins said, "With this successful implementation of SUNYConnect, every student and faculty member is able to search every SUNY library from their desktop, anywhere, anytime. They can also make a simple online request for materials such as books, articles, videos and digital images to be sent to their campus library of choice, multiplying by millions the materials available to students and faculty at some of SUNY's smaller four-year schools and community colleges. While the enhancement to our smaller libraries will be insurmountable, even our larger ones will grow to include materials not previously available within them."

"Access to academic information from throughout the SUNY system just became more streamlined for our students and faculty," Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak said. "SUNYConnect will be a great benefit to students from around the SUNY system, but especially to those at community colleges, who can now quickly and efficiently access the collected media from throughout the system's diverse offerings."

Pam Peters, library director at SUNY Delhi and past chairwoman of the SUNY Council of Library Directors, said, "SUNYConnect is, at its heart, a gateway for all SUNY students to access virtually unlimited information resources anytime, anywhere. Whether that student be attending a community college or University Center, studying abroad, or working from home at 2:00 in the morning, the University's library is at his or her fingertips. SUNY libraries have always worked closely together to share resources; SUNYConnect takes that tradition of networking to the next level. Ultimately, this means our staff are better positioned to meet the needs of users, acquire and manage complex web-based resources more efficiently, and design new learning and study spaces on our campuses."

SUNYConnect utilizes Aleph 500 software and a SUNY-wide library catalog, which contains records for every item available in the 60 libraries. Additional technology allows SUNY faculty to request and deliver both physical materials (books, DVDs, etc.) and scanned copies of journal articles.

Delivery of requested materials between campuses will be guaranteed within 48-72 hours for most items. Universal borrowing relies upon a rich and comprehensive collection of print and electronic resources in SUNY libraries that are cooperatively developed, maintained and shared.

NOTE TO MEDIA: A video of Tuesday's event will be available to the media after approximately 1 p.m. The file will be posted at www.suny.edu and at www.hvcc.edu/news.

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 414,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu