Genesee Community Library Unveils New Website

Judith Sikora, Coordinator of Library Services and Librarian Nina Warren unveiled a redesigned Genesee Community College Library website to the Board of Trustees this evening. The new website features online access to hundreds of databases, web-based periodicals, sample research papers, explanations of library services, and an online "ask-a-librarian" feature.

Ms. Sikora and Ms. Warren noted that, since the Alfred C. O'Connell Library was renovated in 2000, in-person library usage has increased significantly. In addition, the growing student population and the rising popularity of Internet-based research has resulted in heavy use of online library databases. "The thing to remember about these online resources is that they're available at the Batavia Campus, they're available at our campus centers, and they're available to students at home," Ms. Warren told the Board.

The redesigned Library home page - includes links to popular functions, such as "Find Books and Media," "Find Articles and Periodicals," "Find Databases and Websites," "Instruction and Tutorials," and "Questions."

In other business on Monday, February 7th, the Board of Trustees:

•Observed a moment of silence in memory of founding trustee Anthony T. Zambito, who died recently. Trustee Melvin J. Wentland also offered his recollections of Mr. Zambito and his service to the College. "Fourteen years ago, I was appointed to the Board of Trustees and I met Tony Zambito … and he became my mentor," Dr. Wentland said. "Part of his responsibility was to be sure that trustees came on the Board with the right attitude, and he did all he could to help trustees do a good job." Dr. Wentland said that Mr. Zambito loved the College and spread goodwill throughout his 34 years of service. "Everywhere I went, people seemed to love Tony," he said. "We will all very deeply miss Tony, and we are all deeply fortunate to have called him a friend."

•Approved four bids for construction of the new student center: General Construction, Allied Builders, Brockport, $994,000; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Rochester, $230,613; Plumbing and Fire Protection, Thurston Brothers, Inc., Ontario, $109,000; and Electrical, Concord Electric Corp., Rochester, $124,900. Thirty-nine area firms submitted bids for the project. The total project cost, including construction, architect's fees, and other costs is $1,817,726.

•Approved two program name change proposals. The current Information Technology (A.A.S.) program will become the Computer Support and Operations (A.A.S.) program, while the End User Support Certificate will become the Help Desk Support Certificate. Some curriculum changes - designed to help students better meet the needs of employers - will also be implemented, according to James Bucki, Director of Academic Computer Technology Programs. The proposals will be forwarded to the State University of New York State Education Department for approval. The Board also approved the discontinuation of the Database Support Certificate program.

•Approved a series of technical changes to professional service positions for inclusion in the State University's directory of position titles.

•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Lisa Papke will join the Office of Financial Assistance as a Technical Specialist. Ms. Papke has been a member of the Business Office staff since 1989. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Genesee Community College and a B.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport. Dr. Steiner also reported that Judith M. Littlejohn will become Academic Support Assistant for Distance Learning. Ms. Littlejohn has served as a testing assistant in Genesee's Center for Academic Progress for five years.

•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that enrollment for the Spring 2005 semester currently stands at 4167, up 5% from the 3,968 students enrolled exactly one year ago. Spring enrollment is expected to reach at least 5,500 once all part-time registrations from the Advanced Studies program are recorded, Dr. Steiner said. Dr. George W. Walker, Vice President for Student Services, reported that the College had received 1,087 applications from prospective full-time students for the fall semester as of January 26. Applications for 2005 are running 26% higher than the 861 applications received one year earlier. The steep increase might be due to a growing number of students submitting early online applications, Dr. Walker said.

•Heard Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia Moore report that The BEST Center will receive the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's 2005 Innovative Enterprise Award at the Chamber's annual dinner April 16. The BEST Center provides a variety of training, educational, and conference services to business organizations throughout Western New York. "The BEST Center's job is to help area businesses boost productivity and profitability, and ultimately help strengthen the local economy," Dr. Moore said. "We deeply appreciate the Chamber's award, and we are committed to strengthening the depth and breadth of our service to the business community even further in the years ahead."