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Southeastern News January & February 2017: Volume 13, Issue 1

Volume 13, Issue 1

Welcome from Tessa Killian, Southeastern's Executive Director

Hello Members,

The 50th Annual Meeting of the Council will be on Friday, June 2, 2017 at SUNY New Paltz. The theme of this year's meeting is "celebrating the accomplishments of our members." In the spirit of our ongoing collaboration, we are inviting all our members to a poster presentation at the event with the purpose of sharing your organization's accomplishments.

Posters do not have to be strictly "posters," they can be any portable visual aid to highlight your history, a signature program, or a notable achievement by you and your staff. This is an distinctive opportunity to share your story as well as learn about other libraries, archives, cultural heritage institutions, and special collections in the Hudson Valley.

What kinds of content are we looking for? Here are some questions to get you thinking: 

  • What did your library look like in 1967 compared to today?
  • How did your students or patrons learn about your collections?
  • How were the books cataloged?
  • What services does your institution offer that bring you the most pride?
  • What services meet the needs your students or patrons the most? Special collections? Digitization?
  • What new technologies or services are unique to your institution?
  • Do you have sustainability initiatives that you can share?

For those spring chickens out there - if your organization was established after 1967, we encourage you to join as well! How have you evolved since your founding? What do you look forward to when your Institution reaches 50 years? 

Your presentation can be as simple or as dynamic as you would like it to be.

Southeastern will be joining in the celebration as well with posters describing our history of regional resource sharing, digitization and the progression of the council’s member services.

When you have something in mind, please use the following form to hold a spot at the meetingTake note that this sign-up is separate from the event registration, which will be opening in the spring. Participants in the poster presentation will be offered a discounted rate for lunch.

Also coming up this year: We will end the year with a celebratory gala on December 1, 2017 at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. Details coming soon!

Warm Regards,

Tessa Killian, Executive Director

Upcoming Southeastern Events

Keep scrolling down the newsletter for details on each of these events!.

At a glance:

View for all announced Southeastern events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

SENY-Con 2017 Applications

Apply today!

We want you to be part of SENY-Con 2017!

Submit your proposals here! On Friday, April 21, 2017, Southeastern will host our second annual conference to highlight the unique talents residing at our member organizations. Are you working on a presentation for a conference like NYLA or SUNYLA and want to give it a test run in front of a friendly audience? Did you already present something at a conference that would be of interest to a local audience? Do you want to share something you do at work - best practices - with others? Could you use a forum to practice your public presentation skills? We invite you to share your knowledge with your colleagues at SENY-Con 2017! Using the form here, please let us know about your project, idea, or presentation, and the best proposals will earn a spot at SENY-Con.

Proposals are due Wednesday, February 17, 2017.

We are looking for:

  • Presentations from 20-60 minutes
  • Group or individual presentations
  • Library-related programs
  • Presentations on productivity, management, or any other skill share
  • Tech solutions
  • Cultural heritage presentations
  • Your great ideas!

The bottom line:
If you're a member, and you're doing something cool at work...
Share it at SENY-Con!
Apply here:

Advocacy Alert!

NYLA's Advocacy Day is March 1!

Join us at NYLA's Library Advocacy Day: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017

Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. 

Together our efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid since 2011

New York State Library Aid

NYS Library Aid FY 2017-2018 - Needs Your Support!

Governor Cuomo is finalizing his Executive Budget proposal, and NOW is the time to SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARY FUNDING!

We have not gotten any assurances that library funding is secure. In 2014, the last legislative election year, Governor Cuomo cut $4M in library aid as a negotiating tactic with the legislature. Library aid is again subject to these same negotiating tactics. The $4M in extra funding we worked so hard to get during last year’s budget is uncertain at best. This is unacceptable.

TAKE ACTION NOW and tell the Governor that library aid should be INCREASED, not CUT. State Education Law mandates Library Aid be $102.6M for the upcoming year – current funding of $95.6M is inadequate, let alone a cut back.

Send your message to the governor!

Take a few seconds - tell Governor Cuomo NO MORE CUTS TO LIBRARY FUNDING!

Use NYLA's  pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2017-2018 Budget.

After you submit your name and address you will have the opportunity to view and EDIT the pre-drafted letter.  The system determines your elected representatives based on your address, and submits your message directly to their inbox.

Use this news!

NYLA 2017 Conference

Believe it or not, it is time to begin the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference Program Proposal Process:

2017 NYLA Conference Program Proposal Submission Form

The program proposal submission deadline is Friday, January 13!

Don't have a complete proposal in mind, but would like to suggest a topic of speaker?  Let NYLA know! 2017 NYLA Conference Program Topic & Speaker Suggestion Form

Want to see what others have suggested?  Click HERE Looking for other ideas?  The suggestions received as part of the 2016 Conference Satisfaction Survey are available - Click HERE

Computers in Libraries Discount

Discounts are available for Southeastern members by using the code "SEN17" You can also get the discount by using the following link to register:

2017 YSS Spring Conference Scholarships

Apply today for one of the scholarships to attend the 2017 YSS Spring Conference on Friday April 28, 2017 at the Ithaca, New York! There are two scholarships available. Each of the scholarships is designed to cover registration fees and up to $250 reimbursement for hotel charges, meals, and transportation costs for attending the conference. Don't delay -- the deadline for the application is February 1, 2016.

The purpose of Spring Conference Scholarships is to encourage continuing education in the field of library youth services by participating in the annual YSS Spring Conference. Two awards are given annually. The first is the New Member Spring Conference Scholarship. It is given to a new member of our profession. The second is the Lisa C. Wemett Spring Conference Scholarship. It is given to a highly motivated established librarian who has had a significant impact on youth and youth services in her/his community

The planning committee's goal with this year's theme, Out of the Box, is to help our fellow youth library professionals find trends, practices and programs that will work for them, their library and their communities. We have a great lineup of programs ready for those new to the profession as well as seasoned librarians, from forming community partnerships to grant writing to STEM and STEAM programs, and much more!

How do you apply? For your convenience, a web page has been set up with all of the details.

YSS 2017 Spring Conference Scholarship Page

2017 YSS Spring Conference Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

2017 YSS Spring Conference Registration Page

Scholarship questions? For further information contact:

  • Hannah Baumgartner
  • YSS Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Gates Public Library
  • 902 Elmgrove Road
  • Rochester, NY 14624
  • (585) 247-6446

Get it at the Library!

Cool tech alert: 

This Chrome extension provides links to your library when you browse books on Amazon!

Has anyone used this? If it works, it sounds like a great way to get more circulation. 

Mainstreaming Open Access Monographs - A Free Webinar

January 31, 2017

2:00 PM Eastern 
Mainstreaming Open Access Monographs 
Publishers, vendors, and libraries endorse and fund many open monograph publishing activities, but even as books make their way into open access, digitally-native formats, they frequently remain invisible to end users, or at least hard to find. Often, library management systems and distribution platforms surface only paid electronic or print versions of a book without any indication that an open access version exists. How then do open access monographs achieve the visibility and influence of traditionally published books?
Join ACRL and Choice for a discussion of these issues and others around open monograph discoverability and distribution from the perspectives of publishers, vendors, and libraries.
Panelists include representatives of the University of Michigan Press, GOBI Library Solutions, and Oberlin College Library.

Systematic Review Workshops in Syracuse & NYC

CLRC & METRO, with support from NN/LM MAR and in partnership with The Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for Systematic Review workshops in NYC and Syracuse.
Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians provides information professionals with foundational knowledge about systematic reviews and an opportunity to engage in high-level discussions about involvement in such projects. The course runs on a flipped classroom model where didactic material is presented in an asynchronous online format over a period of two weeks and is followed closely by an intensive two day in-person workshop. Through a series of learning activities designed to stimulate thought and discussion, participants develop a toolkit of resources and strategies, as well as an action plan, to help foster greater involvement in systematic reviews at their institution.
  • This course is accredited for 20 MLA CE credits. 
  • Online Component (All participants): April 3-16, 2017
  • New York, NY: April 17-18, 2017
  • Syracuse, NY: April 20-21, 2017
  • Cost: $100
  • Each two-day workshop (NYC & Syracuse) is limited to 25 participants.
This project has been funded in whole or in part by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.
Preference will be given to applicants working at institutions based in New York State.
Deadline for Applications is Tuesday, January 17th at 5pm
For additional information, please contact Angela Thor:

#1lib1ref campaign

Hello Library Partners,


We are beginning to prepare for the #1lib1ref campaign, where we Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia.Building on the success from last year, the 2017 campaign will run from January 15 through February 3, 2017. And we need your help!


Wikipedia’s strength is in the references that support it; the Wikipedia community doesn’t want members of the public to just “trust Wikipedia.” Wikipedia is an ever changing source of information. Learning how to critically evaluate Wikipedia is a key skill. Librarians are in a perfect position to dispel myths and use Wikipedia as a case study for teaching information literacy skills; however, it can be hard to teach these skills without experience in Wikipedia’s content creation process.


#1lib1ref is the library community coming together to examine Wikipedia critically, while also giving that most precious birthday gift: a citation. We hope the experience of #1lib1ref can provide the tools and assistance to help librarians integrate Wikipedia into the broader research landscape.


We are looking for partners who can:


If you are interested, please check out the campaign page at and respond to this email to let us know how you would like to get involved.



The Wikipedia Library Team

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Employment Opportunities on the SENYLRC Job Board

We frequently post jobs that are open in the region. If you haven't visited lately, check out the Employment Page on our website. And if you know of an open position from Intern to Director, please email it to us at, and we will be happy to post it for you!

Grant Writing SIG

Grant Writing SIG

Network and collaborate with other grant seekers!

Details for registrants

Grant Writing Special Interest Group

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017*
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Southeastern Conference Room
Special Guest: Eric Roth, Manager of Grants & Organizational Funding, Mohonk Preserve
*Snow Date: Friday, January 27, 2017

free for Southeastern members and affiliates of Southeastern members

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

All are welcome to our newest Special Interest Group! This group will convene for members to discuss grant writing for proposals that are in progress, just getting started, or not yet found. The discussion will depend on the needs of the group, and we will work together to brainstorm ideas including, but not limited to:

  • resources for finding grants
  • techniques for writing grants
  • collaboration opportunities
  • referrals to grant writing services

Participants are invited to bring their works in progress for peer-to-peer evaluation and advice. We will be joined by fellow librarian and archivist Eric Roth, Manager of Grants & Organizational Funding, Mohonk Preserve. 

Southeastern's Special Interest Groups are designed to help our area members expand their network of contacts and colleagues in the area. We encourage members to join with others in the community to exchange ideas and keep themselves informed about their professional specialties.

High School to College Transition

High School to College Transition SIG

High School and College Librarians meet up here!

Details for registrants

High School to College Transition Special Interest Group

Presenter: Laura Patel, SUNY Orange
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017*
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
*Snow Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Location: Southeastern Conference Room
free for Southeastern members and members of BOCES School Library Systems

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

The High School to College Transition group is focused on letting high school and college librarians share their experiences with each other. The goal of this group is to help high school librarians prepare students for college, and for academic librarians to gain a better idea of where students are coming from and how they can help.

Through conversation, this SIG will work to ease students’ transition between high school and college. The agenda will be set by the group. Topics of discussion could include college readiness, the first-year college experience, enhancing critical thinking, working with college programs in the high school, preparing for the 2017-2018 school year, and follow-up from our previous meeting. Staff at any SENYLRC member institution who work directly with students are welcome. 

Couldn't join us last time and want to catch up? Notes from the previous meeting are available on the SIG LibGuide here:

Bibliographic Instruction SIG

Bibliographic Instruction Special Interest Group

Instruction Librarians will meet at Mount Saint Mary again in February!

Registration Information

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Kaplan Family Library at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh
Facilitator: Derek Sanderson, Mount Saint Mary College

Register here:

Info for the Instruction SIG Meeting

Register Here:

This lunchtime SIG will focus on a topic about Library Instruction. By popular demand, we will meet again at the Kaplan Family Library at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY to discuss the timely topic of Information Literacy. We will meet over lunch, (BYO or you can pick up something at the campus store) and after the meeting, you are welcome to tour the library facility. 

If you would like a refresher on the conversations the group has had so far, you can find notes from the last meeting on the LibGuide here: Even if you couldn't attend previous meetings or haven't been able to participate in a while, we encourage you to join us this time and meet your colleagues!

For SENYLRC and other ESLN members, there is no cost to register for this meeting.  

Catalogers SIG

Catalogers Special Interest Group

Meet up with other Southeastern member Catalogers at SUNY Ulster!

Registration Information

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SUNY Ulster: Macdonald DeWitt Library, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Facilitator: Marla Gruner, SUNY Ulster

Catalogers SIG

This meeting is for anyone who works in either cataloging or metadata. Catalogers from member libraries, systems, and other organizations meet to talk about their shared challenges and to help each other problem-solve. All levels of catalogers are encouraged to participate to share knowledge and network with colleagues.

The special feature for this month's meeting will be a site visit to SUNY Ulster to learn more about their cataloging facility. In addition to a small tour and discussion, we will meet to have our regular discussion, so please come prepared to ask any questions that you might have, challenges you are working on, or information from conferences you have been to recently. 

This event is free for members, including members of other ESLN councils. 

You can view the details of the previous Cataloging SIG on our SIG Libguide here.

Getting Published Workshop

Getting Started… and Published: A Hands-on Workshop for Librarians

Does the idea of publishing your own material sound exciting, yet intimidating too?

Details for registrants

Getting Started… and Published: A Hands-on Workshop for Librarians

Presenter: Jennifer Kegler, SUNY Brockport
Date: Monday, April 7, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
$25 for members, $35 for non-members

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

Would you like to spend a few hours with someone who once felt that way but successfully turned several projects and ideas into peer-reviewed published articles and book chapters?  

Come to this interactive workshop and get inspiration to take your own ideas and research and publish them. Using your regular job duties, interactions with patrons, continuing education opportunities and grant-writing experiences you can generate new ideas for research articles and write about them. Whether you have someone to work with or want to write alone, we will discuss the pros and cons of each, as well as ways to keep organized and creative while writing. We will identify various publishing outlets, including traditional journals and open access titles, and discuss your rights as an author. Learn how to create your own online presence and use your institutional repository (if available) as well as Google Scholar and ORCID. Bring your ideas and your pens or laptops, as we spend time brainstorming, writing, and encouraging each other to just get it done!    

Jennifer Little Kegler has published journal articles regarding information literacy instruction, faculty collaboration with librarians, and cognitive learning theory and online library research guides. She has presented at the state and national level, including the biennial ACRL conferences. She is a Reference Librarian and the Library Instruction Coordinator at the College at Brockport, SUNY, where she has worked since 2005. 

All participants will be given a certificate for CE Credits
Cost: $25 for members, including other ESLN members & $35 for non-members

Member Newsletters

News roundup from our membership

Reading our class evaluations, we have noticed a handful of requests from members for more information on newsletter writing. With that in mind, we thought you might be interested in seeing what your colleagues across the region are doing with their news. The following links are to a selected group of SENYLRC member newsletters and blogs. (The newsletters are links on the left, and the blogs are in RSS feeds, featuring the most recent post.)

If we missed yours and you would like it included on this list, please send an email to Moshe.

News from SUNY Sullivan

SUNY Sullivan welcomes Gregory Carr, our newly hired Public Services Librarian, to campus. A recent transplant from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries, Greg brings a wealth of experience in research instruction, assessment, and information literacy, having served as a First-Year Seminar Coordinator for the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the College of Urban Affairs. 

Additionally, he served in various capacities at the University of Alabama, where he earned his Master of Science, Library and Information Science.   His research interests (and publication/presentation history) are digital literacy, learning spaces and pedagogy, and design of first-year instruction program.

Mid-Hudson Library System

Finkelstein Memorial Library

Newburgh Free Library

Sullivan County Community College

Orangetown Historical Museum Archives

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

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