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SENYLRC Matters July & August 2016: Volume 12, Issue 4

Volume 12, Issue 4

Welcome from Tessa Killian, SENYLRC's Executive Director

Hello Members,

Southeastern has many opportunities for summer learning! In the newsletter below, you will see options for several different classes, Special Interest Groups and training for SEAL 2.0 (both online and in person). We hope you have time to join us for an event, either in person or virtually!

When you're not working on professional development, we wish you enjoyable summer fun too!


Tessa Killian, Executive Director 

Upcoming SENYLRC Events

See the newsletter below for the details and registrations, or our calendar on the right.

At a glance:

View for all announced SENYLRC events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

Library Space Classes

ReThinking your Library Space & MakerSpace Introduction

Two Classes to Help you Enhance and Update Your Library Space!

ReThinking Your Library Space

ReThinking Your Library Space with Shannon Mersand & Sheri McNair

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 9:00am-12:00pm

Register here:

Thinking about changing your library space but don’t know where to begin? This workshop will help jump-start those creative juices by exploring how other libraries have been rethinking and reinventing their library spaces to engage patrons and support 21st Century learning. The class will cover concrete, money-conscious strategies that you can implement in your existing spaces, and grant and funding options available to help out with these changes. Explore innovative ideas for creating learning opportunities for your students, as well as touch on MakerSpaces in libraries.

Expected Outcome:
-Participants will learn multiple ideas and strategies to enhance and revamp their library spaces.

MakerSpace Introduction

MakerSpace Introduction with Shannon Mersand & Sheri McNair

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Register here:

Exploring the educational theory behind making and Makerspaces. Learn what types of thinking are supported when we allow patrons to engage in hands-on inquiry based problem solving. Explore a variety of products that can be used in Makerspaces, supporting design thinking and creativity at any age.

Expected Outcomes:
- Participants will describe connections between learning theory and making and Makerspaces.
- Participants will describe the types of thinking used in making and Makerspaces.
- Participants will interact with a variety of products that are a perfect fit for Makerspaces.

Registration Information for both Classes

Location: SENYLRC Conference Room

Per Class Cost: $20 for members, including other ESLN members, $25 for non-members
Both Classes Cost: $35 for members, including other ESLN members, $40 for non-members
PLEASE NOTE: Member rates are for organizations and individuals who are directly members of SENYLRC or their local regional council.
Unsure if that's you? Check your SENYLRC membership here:​

More info and registration at:

*There will be a one-hour break between classes to order lunch from the deli or BYO

About Shannon Mersand & Sheri McNair:

Shannon Mersand is a School Media Specialist and Instructional Technologist who offers a variety of Professional Development opportunities. She is an inspirational educator who works with school's to increase students engagement and achievement by effectively utilizing technology in the classroom.

Sheri McNair is the head of library services for her district, overseeing the library curriculum instruction grades K-12. In addition to teaching information literacy and technology integration at the high school, she also serves on the district’s technology team and the inquiry facilitation team. She has taught many technology integration/social media professional development classes to teachers and fellow librarians, and is in the process of transforming the existing traditional high school library space into a 21st Century Learning Commons.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion for CE Credits

SEAL 2.0 Training

Webinars and an in-person class training:

SEAL 2.0 is here!

SEAL 2.0 is here! In order to get you up and running on the new technology, SENYLRC will be offering three free webinars and a training class. Although there will be some crossover information between the two trainings, you are welcome to attend either or both the webinars and the in-person training.

About SEAL 2.0:
Regardless of size, libraries do not have all the materials needed by their patrons. SENYLRC is continuing in a long tradition of providing libraries in the Hudson Valley with a method to borrow from each other. Southeastern Access to Libraries or SEAL is the current platform for regional interlibrary loan comprised of a virtual union catalog and electronic interlibrary loan system. SENYLRC will soon have a new platform for SEAL. If you are already a SEAL ILL System participant or a library new to regional resource sharing, we invite you to participate. There are no fees to use the service.

SEAL Webinars

Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Date: Tuesday, August 2
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Date: Monday, August 8
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Online, we will mail you the URL after you register
Trainer: Judy Fischetti, SENYLRC

Register here:

SEAL in-person Training

Date: Wednesday, August 17 (this class is now full) 

Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SENYLRC
Trainer: Judy Fischetti, SENYLRC

Register here:


More to come...

(These are the first sessions - more will be coming in the fall!)

Institutional Repositories Class

Open Access and Institutional Repositories

More information about Institutional Repositories, Scholarly Communications and Open Access.

Details for registrants

Institutional Repositories and Open Access

Presenter: Megan Wacha
Date: Monday, August 22, 2016
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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:

(More details about this class will be coming soon!)

Megan Wacha is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the City University of New York’s Office of Library Services. Prior to joining CUNY, she served as the Research and Instruction Librarian for the Performing Arts at Barnard College and held positions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections. Megan holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

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

High School to College Transition

High School to College Transition SIG

A unique opportunity for high school and college librarians in the Hudson Valley to meet with each other.

Details for registrants

High School to College Transition Special Interest Group

Presenter: Rebecca Gerald, Coordinator, School Library System, Dutchess BOCES
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
free for SENYLRC members and members of BOCES School Library Systems

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

We invite you to join us for the second meeting of one of our newest Special Interest Groups - High School to College Transition, a group 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, and enhancing critical thinking, and working with college programs in the high school.

Cataloging SIG

Cataloging Special Interest Group

This meeting's special topic: Metadata in Practice

Registration Information

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC
Facilitator: Jennifer Palmentiero, SENYLRC

Convener: Denise Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College

Register here:

Info for the Cataloging SIG Meeting

Cataloging Special Interest Group Meeting - Focus on Metadata!

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.

In addition to our regular discussion, this meeting will feature a presentation by Jen Palmentiero about metadata. 
Dublin Core, MODS, EAD and VRA Core are some of the common metadata standards used today to describe information resources. Jen will provide an introduction to these and other metadata standards and their application in libraries, archives and museums. Directly following her presentation, we will have an open discussion with the agenda to be set by the attendees. If you can join us, please register below.

The Annual Meeting Recap

The 2016 Annual Meeting

We would like to thank everyone who was able to join us for the 49th Annual Meeting of the Council. Almost 100 members, guests, and staff came together to talk library innovation, network, and hear keynote speaker Maxine Bleiweis. As if that wasn't good enough, we enjoyed a gourmet lunch at the CIA! We look forward to announcing the details of the 50th Annual Meeting in the coming months. 

For more on the day and to see featured photographs, please visit our website here:

The Twila Snead Award Winner in the Daily Freeman

One last thank you to our sponsors

We could not have had such a great meal without help from:


Use this news!

Academic Librarians Conference

July 14 & 15 at Syracuse University

More information here:

The rapid evolution of academia and libraries in recent years has caused upheaval. But that evolution is creating opportunities for much more freedom and mobility. Freedom from the physical library has allowed librarians to embed themselves in classrooms and collaborate with campus constituencies. Freedom from physical collections has allowed librarians to widely share information and champion open access. There is more freedom than ever to be library scientists and experiment with new learning techniques and technologies, and to play an active role in shaping a new library culture.  Join us for the discussion, dialog, networking, and learning!

Last Chance to Save 17% on the RDA Toolkit!

The Deadline is July 15, 2016

*Existing ESLN Subscribers MUST actively renew.

Click here to sign up or renew

NYLA 2016 Conference

Reminder: Registration for NYLA 2016 in Saratoga Springs is now open!

November 2 - 5, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY
The Saratoga Hilton


Register for the NYLA 2016 Annual Conference

Register before the August 19 Early Bird Deadline and SAVE $40!

Don't want to wait for your Conference Promotional Brochure to arrive in the mail? Download it here!

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!

New York State Fair

In just a few short months, Central New York will be hosting the great New York State Fair. 
The Fair runs Thursday, August 25 through Monday, September 5.  
We are asking for volunteers from all types of libraries to staff the New York State libraries booth for a two-hour shift. The booth will be located in the Science and Industry building. You will receive an admission ticket for that day (travel/parking is on your own) and if this is your first time volunteering, a bright purple tee shirt advocating libraries.
Volunteers are limited to two time slots. Follow-up information and volunteer orientation will be sent in July.  
This is our third consecutive year
​ having a presence at the Fair. W
ith your help, it will be amazing!​  
If you cannot participate, please consider a DONATION to offset the cost of the booth.

Fall Into Books Conference

Friday, October 28 - Registration is now open!

Held annually, Fall Into Books brings together school and public librarians from eight counties within the Hudson Valley. This collaborative event features book discussion sessions -ranging from picture books to young adult, author presentations, a book sale and a beautifully catered lunch. This full day event has brought together school and public librarians for a day of literacy, discussion, networking and insight for more than 15 years.

Find your park, historic site, museum Gain a classroom

Explore historic sites, museums, and parks near you. Experience programs and resources available to bring K-12 subject matter to life, foster a sense of community, and encourage conversation about cultural, ecological, and social issues. Workshops, extended field experiences, tours, tips for paying for student visits plus friends, food, & fun.

July 26-28. See details in the flyer below and online here:

Between newsletters, catch up with us on Twitter!

Member Newsletters

News roundup from our membership

When we hear from you in 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.

Mid-Hudson Library System

Finkelstein Memorial Library

Middletown Thrall Library

Tuxedo Park Library

Newburgh Free Library

Astor Services for Children and Families

Rhinebeck Historical Society

Pawling Free Library

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

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United States Military Academy Library

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Vassar College Library

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SENYLRC Matters is a group effort of input from SENYLRC's staff and is edited by Carolyn Bennett Glauda, Member Services Librarian for Education and Outreach.

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Phone: (845) 883-9065