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SENYLRC Matters July & August 2014: SENYLRC Matters July & August 2014

SENYLRC Matters July & August 2014

News for the Southeastern Region

Summer is our favorite time for catching up, planning and reflecting on the year behind us and the one to come. Also, this is a good time to relax with a book by your favorite lake, ocean, or pool!
This month, we're reflecting on how much fun we had at our annual meeting on June 6th at the FDR Library, planning for the year ahead with our new Board President, contemplating a new format for networking and idea sharing with our SIGS, and reviewing our policies to stay current with your needs.

As always, if you have any news, including new hires, promotions, ideas to share with your colleagues, or inspired ideas of how you make the SENYLRC membership, please email them over to Carolyn Bennett, so we can spread the word!


Board of Trustees

Welcome to our new President and newest board member!

At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Council on June 6, 2014, SENYLRC welcomed a new board member and a new President.

Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli has been sworn in as the President of the SENYLRC Board of Trustees. She is Director of the Mount Saint Mary College Library in Newburgh, NY, and has been there since 2006. Previously, she was the assistant library director at SUNY New Paltz for eight years. Earlier, she worked in marketing communications and investor relations for several investment firms. Barbara holds an M.L.S. from Syracuse University and a B.A. in linguistics from SUNY Albany. Before her Presidential term of service on the SENYLRC Board, she served on the Executive Committee as the Vice President and was also part of the by-laws committee and the planning committee. Congratulations to Barbara, and we look forward to her leadership and guidance in the coming years of her term as President.

SENYLRC also welcomes Duane Watson, curator at Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, NY. Duane's remarkable career has included work as an adjunct professor at New York University and Queens College teaching preservation. He also has worked professionally at the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society in conservation and preservation. In addition to his professional duties, he has served on SENYLRC's digitization committee and the Board of Directors for multiple organizations including Wilderstein, New York Preservation Archives Project, Northeast Document Conservation Center, and many more. SENYLRC Matters reported on his successful NEH grant at Wilderstein in February 2013.

Welcome, Barbara and Duane!


A message from Barbara Petruzzelli

"I’m honored and very pleased to be the new president of the SENYLRC Board of Trustees. This marks my sixth year on the Board, but I’ve been involved at Southeastern in one way or the other for more than 15 years. Through these activities, I’ve discovered the value of connecting with librarians in all different types of libraries. Though our settings and circumstances may differ, we can still learn from each other’s innovative ideas and creative approaches to common problems. 

This spirit of collaboration for the good of libraries throughout the region can be clearly seen in the efforts of SENYLRC and its Board. In the face of the challenges confronting all of us, Southeastern staff and my fellow Board members continually strive to focus on what Council members value most.  I look forward with great enthusiasm to what we can accomplish in the coming year."

A message from Duane Watson

"For the past 52 years, education, librarianship, library and archive preservation and historic preservation have been the focal point of my life.  During this period, it has been my good fortune to work with a wide variety of people in my fields and to teach and learn from students who brought as much to me as my classes gave to them. Contact with many of these students continues and has greatly helped me keep up-to-date in this rapidly changing information world. During these years, colleagues from SENYRLC have been of great support and inspiration as were others in the New York Library Association, the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists as well as  professional colleagues in all areas of preservation, librarians and archivists whose support, advice and friendship has been invaluable."

Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC)


Calling all librarian teachers...

You are invited to participate in a unique and exciting twist on the library education series: The Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC).

LILAC 3 consists of a series of online modules, in-person workshops and regional mentoring opportunities designed for new, retooling and pre-service librarians (from all types of libraries - school, public, special, academic) to gain confidence, perspective and practice in library instruction.  LILAC 3 is a partnership between several SUNY libraries and is funded in part by an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant. Now gearing up for its largest cohort (and its first statewide academy), LILACs Across New York will begin with a one-day, in-person workshop but then expand its participant cohort online, where all LILAC students will join from across NY regions.

The program will begin in August with an on-site, all-day regional workshop with professional trainers:

  • Tues, Aug 12 – Northern New York Library Network (Potsdam)
  • Wed, Aug 13 – Empire State College (Saratoga Springs)
  • Thurs, Aug 14 – Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (Highland)
  • Tues, Aug 19 – Rochester Regional Library Council (Rochester)
  • Wed, Aug 20 – South Central Regional Library Council (Ithaca)

LILAC participants will then work online in a series of learning modules, observe in-person and online library instruction sessions, and connect with online and in-person mentors. The eight-week course concludes with participants creating lesson plans and short tutorials that demonstrate what they have learned.  

The application closes July 18th If you know of someone from any type of library who would be interested in being a LILAC participant, please encourage them to apply or have them ask questions (Kim Hoffman; can also ask questions of your regional contacts for more local information.


From the Lilac Webpage...



Special Interest Groups

This past February, we conducted a survey of librarians in the region to find out who is interested in having Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings on selected library-related topics. There were 45 of you who responded with a resounding YES! We are delighted to hear that you want to have these meetings and you are willing to help out and convene them! The SIG meetings will be led by librarians who work in the region and SENYLRC will help; choose topics based on your suggestions from this survey.

The purpose of these SIGs is to bring together staff from different member organizations with similar professional specialties so that they can exchange ideas and keep informed about current developments in their fields.

These meetings are listed on the Upcoming Workshops section of They are free to attend, but please register so that we can plan accordingly.

Please note: The Digitization, Reference, and Information Technology SIGs were postponed, and will be re-scheduled later this summer. Thanks for your patience!

Cataloging Registration

Cataloging Special Interest Group Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 12: 10:00am-12:00pm


Who: Cataloging and Metadata Librarians

Convened by: Madeline Veitch and  Megan Coder, SUNY New Paltz - "We thought the gathering could serve as a forum for discussing changes in the cataloging landscape around RDA, new discovery tools, and shifting workflows."

Register here

The Twila Snead Award

Award presentation at the Annual Meeting

Board of Trustee member Kari Mack, presents the award to Lynn Bassanese of FDR Library

An up-close of the award

The Twila Snead Award

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council Presents the First Annual Twila Snead Commitment to Excellence Award Winner to: FRANKLIN – Access to the FDR Library’s Digital Collections

At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Council, SENYLRC announced the winner of the first annual Twila Snead Award for Excellence. It was given to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to honor the work the library has done in creating their new online virtual research room and digital repository, known as FRANKLIN. The repository features over 350,000 pages of newly digitized documents from the library’s collection that are now available to the global researching community.

“The SENYLRC Board of Trustees created this award in honor of Twila Snead, who was the Medical Library Manager at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY for twenty years. In her life and work, she was an inspiration to her colleagues, and for this reason, we wanted to recognize a member library, cultural heritage organization, program, service, or staff member for outstanding work. This kind of excellence exemplifies Twila’s dedication to continuous improvement in the service she gave to both her institution and the wider library community,” said John Shaloiko, Executive Director of SENYLRC.

The first annual Twila Snead Award was presented at SENYLRC’s annual meeting on June 6, 2014, coincidentally held at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. “It is a very special honor to receive the very first Twila Snead award,” said Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Library. As she accepted the award on behalf of the staff team that collaborated on making the repository a reality. She added, “Over 70 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for ‘the duplication of records by modern processes’ to ensure the long term survival and accessibility of our nation’s historical heritage. With the launch of FRANKLIN, the Roosevelt Library has taken a huge step in realizing FDR’s vision.” 

Recipients of the Twila Snead Award for Excellence receive a commemorative engraved award, and have their name added to a perpetual recognition plaque. OVID Technologies/ Wolters Kluwer/ Health Medical Research Division have generously sponsored creation of the plaque that is now permanently on display in the SENYLRC office in Highland, NY.

The award committee also gave honor to the nomination of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz, NY. The committee recognized the library for their extensive indexed collection of local history and records that are available to the public both in their physical space and online at

Annual Meeting Review

Photos from the Annual Meeting

John Shaloiko facilitates the passing of the gavel from outgoing Board President Stephan Macaluso to incoming President Barbara Petruzzelli.

Kirsten Carter and Sarah Malcom of the FDR Library demonstrate FRANKLIN to SENYLRC members.

John Shaloiko thanks outgoing Board Member Jim Cosgrove for his service.

Photos from the Annual Meeting

F. Kennon Moody delivers the keynote address about FDR and his Hudson Valley neighbors.

Jen Palmentiero and Tessa Killian of SENYLRC.

Mary Jo Russell introduces the Twila Snead Award

Annual Meeting re-cap

On a gorgeous sunny day, SENYLRC's Board of Trustees welcomed the membership to the 47th Annual Meeting of the Council, held at the beautiful Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY.

Stephan Macaluso, in one of his last actions as the SENYLRC Board of Trustees President, opened the meeting with introductions of the board members and the SENYLRC staff. Kathy Horodyski, who will be retiring from her position as Program Assistant this fall, was honored for her decades of service to the council. The minutes from the last year's meeting were approved, and we welcomed our new board member Duane Watson and our new president, Barbara Petruzzelli. Jim Cosgrove was recognized for his service to the board as he departs this year, and Mary Flad reported from the Trustee and Officer Nominating Committee.

After the business meeting, Mary Jo Russell introduced the brand new Twila Snead Award, and spoke about her colleague who inspired it. Kari Mack presented the award to Lynn Bassanese, who accepted on behalf of the FDR Library. After a short break, F. Kennon Moody, who works as an independent researcher, delivered the keynote address about FDR and his Hudson Valley neighbors.

The meeting ended with a catered lunch from Gourmet to Go, and self-guided tours of the spectacular new exhibits at the FDR Library. We are so grateful to all of our members who helped create another memorable annual meeting, and we look forward to seeing you next year at Mount Saint Mary College!  

News You Can Use

May NY3Rs Newsletter

Click here to catch up on news from the other councils in the NY3Rs Association!

One item of note from the July newsletter is that the NY3Rs and NYLA are teaming up to send librarians to the New York State Fair, and can use your help! To volunteer for a two-hour shift, you can sign up here.

Summer is the best time to learn something new! We welcome all SENYLRC members to sign up to borrow a free 30-day membership to in order to access their robust library of online videos!

(Limit two licenses per library, and proof of library employment may be required if we don't recognize your email address.)

GHHN Preservation Webinar

Managing and Providing Access to Digital Content

Presenter: Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, University of Kentucky Libraries
August 11, 2014

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This webinar will discuss management of and access to digital content over the long term. Effective management of digital content requires planning, implementation, and sustainability, and includes organizational aspects such as policy development and training, and necessary resources such as designated funding. Long term access to digital content is the purpose of digital preservation. Providing access addresses the concepts, roles, and challenges involved in making digital content accessible over time, not of providing real-time access in the present. This webinar will also include a wrap-up of the digital preservation principles discussed throughout the series, and will encourage participants to identify preliminary steps for digital preservation activities at their home institution.

Register Here

Job opening at Mount Saint Mary

Substitute Reference Librarian
Mount Saint Mary College
Substitute Librarian needed for reference service at Mount Saint Mary College Library. The position will fill-in as needed and does not have a set schedule or guaranteed number of hours.  Will provide research and technology assistance and supervise work-study students. M.L.S. (ALA accredited), knowledge of academic research resources, experience with common software applications, ability to learn new technologies, and proficiency with automated library systems required. $21/hr. Submit letter, resume, and names of three professional references via our online application form.
Mount Saint Mary College is located at 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, New York.  For more information about the college, please visit the MSMC website.  For more information about the MSMC Library, visit the library website.

Copyright for Educators and Librarians

Coursera is offering a MOOC that might be of interest to you - Copyright for Educators and Librarians.

The course syllabus covers four units:

  1. A framework for thinking about copyright.

  2. Authorship and rights.

  3. Specific exceptions for teachers and librarians.

  4. Understanding and using fair use.

Register for the course here!


Do you enjoy taboo subjects? If so you'll enjoy this! The Library Journal just released their annual Payday Salary.

Resource Sharing

ILL Updates

What is new in Resource Sharing?

In May of this year, The Regional Interlibrary Loan Committee performed a review of the Regional Interlibrary Loan Code and Procedures. One of the responsibilities of the committee, as noted in the code and procedures, is to review the documents at least once a year and make changes as needed. The documents cover intersystem sharing and govern interlibrary loan for our eight county - eight system region. All of the documents can be viewed on our website at

We encourage all members' interlibrary loan staff to take a look at these procedures. If at any time, you have a problem with the way interlibrary loan is working in the region or if you have a suggestion for a change to the procedures, Judy Fischetti welcomes you to email her at or give her a call at 845-883-9065 x15.

The Regional Interlibrary Loan Committee will then discuss the matter at their upcoming meeting in the fall. We would like to thank the members of the committee for their hard work on these projects.

Resource Sharing Committee

The Committee members are:

  • Judy Kuhns, Ulster Community College (Chair)
  • John Barrie, Dominican College
  • Thomas Berman, Nyack Library
  • Diane Darling, Marlboro Free Library
  • Pat Davis, Newburgh Free Library
  • Kathy Kurosman, Research Community-at-large (Board Liaison)
  • Darren Lanspery, Dutchess School Library System
  • Lauren Marcus, SUNY New Paltz
  • Robert Sorce, United States Military Academy
  • Tara Stohr, Mid-Hudson Library System
  • Judy Fischetti, SENYLRC Staff Liaison

MLA Annual Conference

A report from Patricia on MLA 2014

Patricia Carroll-Mathes, SENYLRC's Hospital Library Program Manager was among the 2000+ librarians who attended the annual five-day Medical Library Association annual meeting in Chicago this past May. New York State, with 99 registrants, was surpassed only the host state, Illinois, with its 127 registrations.

The Conference's official theme, "Building Our Information Future" was amplified in presentations Patricia attended such as Building the Future: Rejecting, Rethinking, Redoing, and Rejuvenating Medical Librarianship. The main question was "How do we maintain mission critical work within our budget?" The answer: “Survival means rejecting old service models, rethinking our roles, redoing our professional identity, and rejuvenating ourselves and our libraries." Other presentations addressed new and changing roles, even, the evolution of the librarian as superhero!

During her busy week, among the varied presentations and panel Patricia also learned new information about:

  • data management, open data
  • the efficacy of evidence-based medical instruction
  • support for basic science and clinical researchers
  • creating an evidence base for publicly accessible information
  • personalizing health communication
  • facilitating patient engagement
  • building a foundation for lifelong research
  • future technological practices s.

Medical libraries appear to be changing as fast as the healthcare environment. Stay tuned! If you want to hear more, you are welcome to contact Patricia directly at:

MLA Annual Conference

MSMC Open House

Mount Saint Mary College

The new periodical section on the second floor.

MSMC Hosts Open House for Library Community

Librarians, library staff, and educators in the SENYLRC region are invited to an Open House showcasing the new library at Mount Saint Mary College on Thursday, August 14, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Occupying newly renovated space in the historic Dominican Center building on the Mount campus, the library represents the latest in innovative and dynamic library design.

With stellar views of the Hudson River, the new library is a true living/learning community, including:

  • Traditional library resources and services
  • Exceptional variety of seating and workspaces
  • Technology-rich collaborative/study spaces
  • Flexible event space
  • Curriculum Materials Center
  • MSMC Writing Center
  • Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary
  • Dining
  • Three floors of student housing above the library

The MSMC library faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and lead tours, or you can explore the space on your own.  Access to one of the residence floors will also be available.

Guests can stop by any time, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The new MSMC president, Dr. Anne Carson Daly, will speak briefly at about 3 p.m.  A dessert buffet will be served.

RSVP by August 8, 2014 to Deborah Meissner at 845-569-3602 or Mount Saint Mary College is located at 330 Powell Avenue in Newburgh, NY.  Directions to campus.

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
21 South Elting Corners Road | Highland, NY 12528
Phone: (845) 883-9065