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[August 25, 2006]

SUNY Integrates Sixty Campus Libraries; Downstate Takes Leadership Role
The State University of New York’s new SUNYConnect program linking 60 SUNY libraries is a great boon to students and faculty, says Dr. Richard Winant, chairman of the SUNYConnect Advisory Board and director of the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
SUNY Connect users can now access a list of statewide electronic information resources through an agreement between the libraries and the SUNY Provost’s Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS). A multi-year effort to create a central catalog of all SUNY libraries holdings has been completed. Students and faculty are able to borrow print materials from this catalog through interlibrary loan.
“When you consider that the holdings of the SUNY libraries include more than18 million volumes—and the entire Library of Congress has 20 million—you get some idea of the scope of this project, “ said Dr. Winant, who is also dean for academic information access at Downstate. “I am thrilled to be part of a group of librarians, university administrators, and the OLIS staff that has accomplished what we have to date.”
The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn alone offers more than 200 databases, 3000 electronic full-text journals, more than 75 electronic books, an historical archive, and a constantly expanding collection of additional resources.
The 12-member SUNYConnect Advisory Council that Dr. Winant chairs was established to manage the project and develop greater access to electronic resources.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, Staten Island, or Queens, serving the area’s more than three million people.