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Southeastern News July & August 2017: Volume 13, Issue 3

Volume 13, Issue 3


Dear Members,

Southeastern recently made some changes to our bylaws that will positively impact members as well as members of library systems:

  • Staff from public and school libraries can become involved in Southeastern committees or other networking programs and special interest groups. These benefits were previously reserved for governing members only. 
  • Any member or member of a member school or public library system will be charged the same rate for professional development programs, regardless of member, or library type.
  • We have added a membership category for individuals who wish to join the council. This membership option is for students, retired library staff, or individuals who are not currently employed in an area library and wish to attend programs, join in networking opportunities, or become involved in committees.  Individuals can apply for membership online here or download this form for membership.
  • We are offering OCLC ILL services for up to 25/per year referrals at no cost. See article in the newsletter.

All these changes as well as our standard member benefits are outlined on the benefit chart on our website.  

Another change that the board made was to increase membership dues by 3% for 2017-2018 and for the next three years. Membership dues were last increased in 2013-2014.  For governing members, dues will go up by $18 at most. For HRVH members dues increase by $7. Fees for Southeastern services were not increased. We anticipate that the state aid and state grants will be static this year, which means that we will see the same amount as last year, so the slight dues increase will help our revenue.

Thank you and we look forward to assisting you in our new fiscal year. 

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?

Resource Sharing News

Resource sharing updates

See below for updates on ILL, Delivery, SEAL, a new Resource Sharing Special Interest Group and more...

Interlibrary Loan Membership Benefit

Southeastern will process 25 interlibrary loans per year for a governing member at no cost to them. Southeastern recognizes that interlibrary loan continues to be an important service provided by libraries.  One application of this benefit could be for a library that finds their interlibrary loan department short staffed and temporarily needs backup.  Another application could be for a library or library system that no longer subscribes to OCLC WorldShare ILL system. This means that Southeastern staff will process 25 requests at no cost for the ILL processing for the library or library system and their members. If more than 25 requests are needed, Southeastern will process them for $10.00 per request. Lending fees charged by OCLC lending libraries are not covered.

Southeastern will continue to process OCLC requests for hospital libraries for no fee and with no limits imposed on the quantity of requests. The cost is covered by the Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP).

Any library in the region needing medical interlibrary loans can submit them to Southeastern for processing at no cost for the ILL processing or for lender fees. The Medical Information Service Program (MISP) funds received by Southeastern from NY State cover the cost of obtaining medical information.

For more information about the benefits for members, visit the Governance page on our website. For questions about Southeastern’s resource sharing services, email or call Judy Fischetti (845) 883-9065 ext. 115.

Empire Library Delivery for MHLS and RCLS

We are pleased to announce that Mid-Hudson and Ramapo Catskill Library Systems are continuing to use the Empire Library Delivery (ELD). Last year, Empire State Library Network (ESLN) sponsored a pilot project that gave member libraries the opportunity to try using ELD. Regional academic and public libraries shipped materials back and forth to each other. The pilot project is over and both public library systems will continue to use ELD. Other public library systems across the state are also participating. See the ELD website for the complete roster visit the delivery page on the ESLN website.


Last summer, libraries in the Southeastern region began using SEAL 2.0 ILL System. So far, 1,683 requests were placed by Southeastern regional academic, hospital, public, school and special libraries.  We are excited over the high fill rate for the requests which is 73% or 1,224. All regional libraries are welcome to join the SEAL ILL System and participate. The system is easier to use than the previous SEAL system and takes about one to two hours to learn. For a pre-recorded video and a user manual to get you started, visit the SEAL page on our website or contact Judy Fischetti.

Regional ILL Code

The Southeastern region has a Regional Interlibrary Loan Code to govern interlibrary loan among libraries in the region. In the past, the region has used a unique code that only applied to the region. This spring, the Regional Interlibrary Loan Committee (RIC) proposed adopting the American Library Association’s “Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States” with a one page cover sheet listing regional exceptions and specifications. The document was submitted to the region for review and comments. RIC met this week and considered the comments made about the document. The document is now finalized and will be sent early fall to all eight library systems for approval.  

Special Interest Group (SIG) for Resource Sharing and Interlibrary Loan

Are you interested in a SIG on resource sharing? What’s a SIG? It is a group of librarians and library staff that get together once or maybe more times to discuss a topic they have in common. Members of the Regional Interlibrary Loan Committee are interested in meeting with colleagues to discuss resource sharing and interlibrary loan topics. We are beginning to plan the meeting. However, we could use some help. If you are interested in being a co-convener or a planner for the meeting, please contact Judy Fischetti (845) 883-9065 ext. 115. Thank you.

Catalogers SIG

Catalogers Special Interest Group

Meet up with other Southeastern member Catalogers at Southeastern!

Registration Information

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Southeastern Conference Room
Facilitator: Tara Stohr, Mid-Hudson Library System

Catalogers SIG

Webinar group viewing party! At this meeting, we will start by watching a presentation online and then we will use the content of the presentation to inspire our discussion. Watch this space for an announcement when we have chosen the webinar topic. 

This meeting is for anyone who works in either cataloging or metadata for any part of their job. 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.

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

Writing SIG

Special Interest Group for Writers

Writers are meeting up again in August - you are welcome to join!

Registration Information

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm


Facilitator: Anne Deutsch, SUNY New Paltz

Register here:

Info for the Instruction SIG Meeting

Register Here:

Do you want to meet with supportive colleagues and motivate each other to get a writing project started or completed? This Special Interest Group is a meeting for our community to gather and discuss works in progress or works that have yet to be started. The focus will be on work-related writing, including articles, chapters, grants, and marketing materials. Attendees can volunteer to give or receive constructive feedback on works in progress or ideas for new projects. All Southeastern members and affiliate members are welcome to attend, and diverse opinions, views, and projects are welcome.

This event is free and open to Southeastern members, affiliate members, and members of other ESLN councils. 

Library Media Literacies for Educators

Teaching Educators what Librarians can do!

Please share the link to this class with any educator you know!

Date: Monday, August 14, 2017 - Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Southeastern & Mount Saint Mary College

These Information literacy and research proficiency workshops will introduce educators to a wide range of free teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st century classroom. The classes will be taught by college and school librarians to provide educators with a solid foundation for teaching research techniques that are necessary for their students’ future.
These workshops will take place over three days. Attendees can come to one, two, or all three of the classes.

Day 1: Information Literacy

8/14/2017 Information Literacy:
Topics covered include: Understanding effective search on Google and Wikipedia, website evaluation, copyright, plagiarism, citing sources, and how to incorporate Empire State Information Fluency Continuum and other standards in assignments that foster critical thinking.
Carolyn Bennett Glauda, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
Ellie Horowitz, Dominican College
Gina Shelton, Dominican College
Kimberly Hooper, John Jay High School

Day 2: Research Proficiency

8/15/2017: Research Proficiency

Topics covered include: What is expected in a current college research assignment, how to create good research questions, time management, achieving an understanding of how to incorporate the library’s catalog, databases, and lesser-known services into effective research. This class will be held at the Mount Saint Mary College Library in Newburgh, NY and will cover skills that you can apply to your own school’s library and other academic libraries in the Hudson Valley.
Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College
Denise Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College
Derek Sanderson, Mount Saint Mary College
Jen Park, Mount Saint Mary College

Day 3: Archival Resources in the Hudson Valley

8/16/2017 Archival Resources in the Hudson Valley:
Topics covered include: Learning about the network of local primary sources, many of which are unique to our region. You will learn about how use archives and government resources in school projects and how to incorporate websites like Hudson River Valley Heritage into lesson plans.
Jeffrey Urbin, FDR Presidential Library
Jennifer Palmentiero, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
Susan Stessin-Cohn, Town of New Paltz

Registration Details


Classes are $30 each, or $75 for the entire series. Lunch is included.
Southeastern NY Library Resources Council is a certified sponsor of CTLE credit through the New York State Department of Education. Each class is 6 credit hours.

These workshops were inspired by and created in collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library’s Teacher Lab.

Indispensable Libraries

Indispensable Libraries

Sustain your library by telling a great story

Registration Details

Indispensable Libraries

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, 21 S. Elting Corners Rd. Highland, NY
Trainer: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System

More info and registration at:

About the class

Library leaders must be proactive to ensure the future of their library. From program and service design, to messaging and advocacy it has never been more important to get it right.  This workshop will combine an introductory lecture to the topic along with an active learning activity to help drive home the urgency around this issue and to help attendees begin their own strategic thinking on the topic.

Learning objectives:

  • Embrace the importance of the mantra "Community First"
  • Articulate the "why" behind the "what"
  • Advance with confidence into the unknown

The cost of the workshop is $10 for members and affiliate members, and $40 for non-members
All attendees will receive a certificate for CE Credit

Ask The Lawyer

New Service - Ask the Lawyer

Southeastern announces a new service - Ask The Lawyer. Please see below for details. 

Ask The Lawyer

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council has acquired the services of an attorney to offer members timely input on intellectual property, digital rights management, vendor contracts, and other legal issues that can impact library operations. Questions sent to Ask the Lawyer will be reviewed by Southeastern staff, and sent to counsel for responses. This project is being offered in collaboration with the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC).

Southeastern members are eligible to participate as are member library systems and their member libraries. To submit an inquiry to the Southeastern’s Ask the Lawyer service, use the form below. Prior to completing the form, please check the Recently Asked Questions (RAQ) on the WNYLRC website. Another library may have already asked the same question.

The form will be reviewed by a Southeastern staff member and the lawyer.  Responses and answers may be provided in several formats:
•    a memo shared with all members if the issue is pertinent to more than one member library,
•    a training session if the issue is pertinent to a group of member libraries or library type,
•    an addition to the "Recently Asked Questions (RAQ) " on the WNYLRC web site, or
•    a memo shared only with the member library requesting the information and the Southeastern staff person who manages the service.

About the Lawyer

About the Lawyer 
The attorney for this service is Stephanie ("Cole") Adams, who first developed a deep connection to libraries working as a page, then clerk, at her hometown library in New Hartford, NY. Ms. Adams went on to work at the libraries of her Alma Maters, Hampshire College, and SUNY Buffalo School of Law. She served for over 10 years as the in-house counsel at Niagara University, in Niagara Falls, NY. An attorney admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of New York, Ms. Adams has extensive experience with the issues confronting information professionals. Ms. Adams works closely with WNYLRC and other library councils to craft useful replies to member library questions.

Ask the Lawyer is a service to the Western New York Library Resources Council.  It is not legal advice to any organization other than the WNYLRC and Southeastern, who utilize the service to provide general guidance, updates, forms, and training events in aid of their members.

Ask the Lawyer Request Form


Please keep in mind that the Ask the Lawyer service is not legal advice to your organization. Always alert officers at your institution if a lawsuit is threatened, or if a matter is so specific or critical that your own institution’s attorney should be involved. Provide as much information as possible when completing the form. If you have documentation that would assist the attorney in answering your inquiry, you may upload files at the bottom of the form. Note that the form cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

Data Management for Librarians

Data Management for Librarians

Learn how to make data work for you!

Registration Details

Data Management for Librarians

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, 21 S. Elting Corners Rd. Highland, NY
Trainers: Alisa Surkis & Kevin Read

More info and registration at:

About the class

The course will provide context on the research process and cover best practices in data management, issues around the storage and preservation of data, the current climate around data sharing, and tools to assist researchers. The format will be a mix of lecture, a hands-on case study, and group exercises.

Alisa Surkis is the Head of Data Services and the Translational Science Librarian. The Data Services unit provides support for research data management and data visualization, maintains an institutional data catalog, and serves as a locus for education on collecting, managing, analyzing, visualizing, and sharing data.

Kevin Read is an Assistant Curator at the NYU School of Medicine. He is the lead of the NYU Data Catalog Project, an index of datasets generated by NYU researchers and local experts for large publically available and licensed datasets.

The cost of the workshop is $10 for members and affiliate members, and $40 for non-members

Participants will receive 4 MLA CE credits.

Library Assessment Class

Assessing Student Use of the Library with Ethnographic Methods

Get a deeper understanding into how students use your library.

Registration Details

Assessing Student Use of the Library with Ethnographic Methods

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Location: Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, 21 S. Elting Corners Rd. Highland, NY
Trainers: Maura Smale, New York City College of Technology, CUNY and Mariana Regalado, Brooklyn College, CUNY

More info and registration at:

About the class

This is an interactive workshop on ethnographic methods and analysis for library assessment.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods and results
  • Be familiar with the steps of qualitative data analysis, including transcribing, coding, and analyzing data
  • Understand the strengths and challenges of several ethnographic research methods in order to determine their usefulness for library assessment

Mariana Regalado and Maura Smale have previously collaborated on research and publications including the forthcoming Serving Commuter Students in Academic Libraries and Digital Technology as Affordance and Barrier in Higher Education

The cost of the workshop is $25 for members and affiliate members, and $40 for non-members

All attendees will receive a certificate for CE Credit

Use this news!

Northeast Regional Digital Conference & CONTENTdm User Group Meeting

The Northeast Regional Digital Collections Conference (#NRDCC) will take place at the Best Western Inn and Conference Center in historic Kingston, NY on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The conference will provide opportunities for digital collections creators and curators in the region and beyond to network, share best practices, participate in workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage. The conference is being organized by the Empire State Library Network. The conference will be held jointly with the 2017 CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting, sponsored by OCLC, on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The CONTENTdm meeting will include a discussion of migrating from self-hosted CONTENTdm sites, a CONTENTdm product update, and presentations from CONTENTdm users.

Register here

Fall into Books

Wednesday, October 25. Details here

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, a keynote speaker covering a current library related topic, an author presentation and book signing 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.

ACRL Framework Roadshow

Save the Date—Thursday, October 26, 2017!

Engaging with the ACRL Framework Roadshow is coming to the Hudson Valley!

Marist College, with the support of Vassar College Libraries, Stevenson Library at Bard College, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, and ConnectNY, is hosting this day-long workshop focusing on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Registration information will be available shortly.  The cost for the program is $100. For a description of the Framework Roadshow go to

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Becky Albitz (

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!

Survey Says: Millenials can be found at the library! (But you knew that...)

Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

"All told, 46% of adults ages 18 and older say they used a public library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months – a share that is broadly consistent with Pew Research Center findings in recent years."

Library Discount Program for Internet Librarian

The Internet Librarian Conference will be held on October 23-25 in Monterey California. Southeastern members can receive discounted registration by using the Code "SEN17" or by following this link to the Conference Registration

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.

Mid-Hudson Library System

Finkelstein Memorial Library

Middletown Thrall Library

Tuxedo Park Library

Newburgh Free Library

Astor Services for Children and Families

Sullivan County Community College

Rhinebeck Historical Society

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

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United States Military Academy Library

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

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Phone: (845) 883-9065