Welcome to the brand new SENYLRC Matters, and its evolving look, designed to keep you informed of what's going on with libraries in the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Ramapo Catskill region.
In this issue:
2014 Annual Meeting: The 47th Annual Meeting of the Council will take place on Friday, June 6, 2014 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. [read more]
MSMC Procession of Books: One by one, 25 books passed through over 400 hands as a symbolic book chain officially opened the new library at Mount Saint Mary College on Thursday, January 30th. [read more]
The Twila Snead Award for Excellence Nominations Open: The Board of Trustees of Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new annual award to recognize an outstanding member library, cultural heritage organization, program, service, or staff member. [read more]
Computers in Libraries Conference: SENYLRC is proud to announce that through an arrangement with the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. we are offering a reduced rate for the Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference... [read more]
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TecHistory will be held at Marist College on Friday, March 21! Don't Miss Out!
Southeastern, in partnership with GHHN, is pleased to present a variety of presentations on Digital Humanities, Wikipedia, and an overview of the new exhibits at the FDR Museum and Libraries, and our very own HRVH. Registration information for the day-long conference is open at the GHHN site: http://www.greaterhudson.org/2014-annual-conference.html
The Conference will be held on Friday, March 21, 9am - 5pm at the Marist College Student Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Here is a brief overview of the sessions and break-out presentations, details on each session are available in the conference program (link above).
Keynote: Tom Scheinfeldt, Producer, Found History and Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut.
Session One, A: "A New Deal for a New Generation: Creating a 21st Century Exhibit on 20th Century History." Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. Sarah Malcolm, Archivist and Katherine Sardino, Museum Technician.
Session One, B: "Hudson River Valley Heritage." Jennifer Palmentiero, Digital Services Librarian, SENYLRC.
Session One, C: "The Cube and Somers Historical Society and FDR/Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Museum." Eileen McAdams, Sound & Story Project of the Hudson Valley.
Session Two, A: "Citizen Cartography at the New York Public Library." New York Public Library; Map Division, Mishka Vance, Library Technical Assistant/GIS Specialist.
Session Two, B: "Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection." Elyse Goldberg, Site Manager and curators Ronna Dixson and Amanda Massie.
Session Two, C: "The Cube - Nyack and Hudson River Maritime Museum." Eileen McAdams, Sound & Story Project of the Hudson Valley.
Session Three, A: "Kingston’s Bluestone Survey Project." Jack Braunlein, Preservation Specialist for the City of Kingston.
Session Three, B: "Wikipedia." Dorothy Howard, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Dorothy Howard, Wikipedian-in-Residence.
Session Three, C: "The Cube - New Rochelle." Eileen McAdams, Sound & Story Project of the Hudson Valley.
Funding for this conference is made possible through a National Leadership Grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council.
Registration page: http://www.greaterhudson.org/2014-annual-conference.html
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The 47th Annual Meeting of the Council will take place on Friday, June 6, 2014 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. We are pleased to announce that this year's guest speaker will be noted Roosevelt researcher F. Kennon Moody.
More details will be coming your way soon!
After the meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the newly renovated exhibits at the FDR Presidential Museum and Library!
Show and Tell: An Interlibrary Loan Unconference
SENYLRC’s Regional Interlibrary Loan Committee (RIC) is holding an interlibrary loan unconference. The same event will be held in two different locations. The first will take place on April 29, 2014, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Suffern Free Library (co-sponsored by the Library Association of Rockland County) and a second on May 6, 2014 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at SENYLRC. This program was originally scheduled for last fall and postponed due to the weather.
Registration for either event: http://www.senylrc.org/upcoming-senylrc-ce
The planning group met and selected the following topics for discussion:
Interlibrary Loan Policy:
Does your library have a written interlibrary loan policy? What issues were important to your library in developing the policy? Is the policy available on your library’s website or in paper? Why should your library have a policy for interlibrary loan? The Regional Interlibrary Loan Code and the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States include statements for having an available interlibrary borrowing policy. If your library already has an ILL policy, come to “Show and Tell” about your experience. No ILL policy at your library? Come to learn from your colleagues.
Difficult Interlibrary Loan Requests:
How much time do you spend on a difficult request? Bring helpful tips, suggestions and examples of useful sites to “Show and “Tell.” Is there a request that has you stumped? Bring it for help from your ILL colleagues.
Privacy and Interlibrary Loan:
Do you keep paper copies of ILLs placed for your patrons? How long do you keep them?
Comments from people that attended the previous unconference:
There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Topics: In addition to the topics listed above, what topics you would like to discuss at this or future ILL unconferences? Please email your suggestions to Judy Fischetti (email@example.com).
What is an Unconference?
If you have not heard of an unconference, the main difference between a regular conference and an unconference is that there are no paid speakers or trainers and everyone who attends is an active participant.
Everyone working in interlibrary loan in the region is welcome to attend and contribute to the discussion. If you are new to ILL, come to learn and ask questions. Do you consider yourself an “expert” in ILL? Then your attendance is very important. Come to answer questions and help others learn from your experience.
Questions? Call SENYLRC at (845) 883-9065.
The Suffren Free Library event is co-sponsored by the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC).
On yet another cold winter day, librarians from across the state had lively discussions with local senators and assembly persons. The topic of the day was restoration of funding for education law mandates.
Librarians representing the Mid-Hudson Library System and the Ramapo Catskill Library System were on hand to give our legislators first-hand accounts of why libraries are integral parts of our communities and what more we could do with restored funding.
If you did not make it to Albany on the 27th, there is still time to make your voice count! Take a look at the NYLA Advocacy Center for information on how you can take action. As we were told by Senator Gipson, when constituents call their elected officials, they do take notice. With that in mind, tell your patrons to call Governor Cuomo and ask for funding! Two minutes of at-home advocacy can make a huge difference.
One by one, 25 books passed through over 400 hands as a symbolic book chain officially opened the new library at Mount Saint Mary College on Thursday, January 30th. SENYLRC's Associate Director, Tessa Killian was on hand for the celebration and participated in the book chain, helping to move the selected titles from the old Curtin Memorial Library to the newly renovated Dominican Center. Although the day's weather was the windy cold typical of this winter, the event's volunteers spiritedly celebrated the opening, passing along ribbon-wrapped books that represent the college's dynamic collection. A bagpiper provided the background music.
The Board of Trustees of Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new annual award to recognize an outstanding member library, cultural heritage organization, program, service, or staff member.
The award is named in honor of Twila Snead, who was the Medical Library Manager at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY for twenty years. Twila was recognized for her exemplary work as a committed, innovative, solo librarian and leader who served her own institution with distinction and generously shared her passion, knowledge and technological skills with colleagues and the wider library community. She was constantly learning, advocating for resources and services, developing her technological expertise, and thinking creatively about advocacy and outreach. Her demonstrated professional commitment, hard work, and dedication to continuous improvement established the framework that inspired this award for excellence in librarianship.
This award is for members of SENYLRC. This includes individuals at any staffing level, organizations or programs created by member organizations.
Individuals, organizations or programs must achieve excellence in one or more of the following:
As an indication of the honor that SENYLRC bestows upon the winners, the recipient(s) will receive a commemorative award at SENYLRC’s Annual Meeting as well as the winner’s name inscribed on a permanent award which will be displayed at SENYLRC headquarters. The award will be available to be displayed at the library or cultural organization for a period of several months prior to its display at the SENYLRC headquarters. The recipient(s) will be invited to attend the Annual Meeting at no charge and, at their option, make a brief presentation.
The Nomination Process:
The Time frame:
Please download the nomination form (either .docx or .pdf form) and include a printed copy of the complete form with your packet.
Did you know that you can access your Lynda.com account from your mobile device?
That's right! Using your login from the SENYLC plan, you can use the great Lynda.com videos on your computer or any mobile device from their free app. All you do is use the same login for your 30-day lynda license.
We currently have licences available for members, you can visit our webpage here to register.
Christine Ladd-Franklin, Vassar College
Valentine's Day Card, Locust Grove collection
Williams Lake Polar Bears - Friends of Elting Library collection
The Missing Chapter: Untold Stories of the African American Presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley
SENYLRC is proud to announce that through an arrangement with the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. we are offering a reduced rate for the Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference, April 7-9, 2014, at the Hilton Washington, Washington DC.
By registering through the NY 3Rs Association, you will be eligible for the special rate of $299.00 for the 3-day event (if you register before March 7th Extended to March 14th!) That is a 40% savings off the regular conference registration cost of $499.00!
If your library is a member of a regional library council (SENYLRC), then you’re a member of the NY3Rs and eligible for a discount on the registration for this great conference!
Visit the Computers in Libraries 2014 conference page at Information Today’s web site for full conference program information.
No discounts are available for any pre- or post-conference workshops, nor are discounts available on daily rates.
Current opportunities in the Southeastern and surrounding area:
Part-time Library Assistant at the Newburgh Free Library
Posting Name: PtLibAsstProDept
Reply must be received in the Human Resources Office by 4 p.m. on March 20, 2014. Send a Letter of Interest (posting name must be included) to Mary Ellen Leimer, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, 124 Grand St., Newburgh, NY 12550
Programs and Outreach Job Description:
Newburgh Free Library
Part-Time Library Machine Technician
POSTING NAME: RE-POST PtLibMachTech
Reply must be received in the Human Resource Office by 4:00 P.M. on March 14, 2014
Distinguishing Feature of the Class:
The work involves the performance of moderately complex mechanical tasks on various types of library equipment (including, but not limited to, computer equipment), managing equipment use and machine maintenance. The work requires mechanical aptitude and the ability to train others (staff and public) in basic machine utilization. The work is performed under general supervision of a Librarian.
Typical Work Activities: (Illustrative Only)
Assists patrons and staff in basic use of computers and peripherals, photocopiers, microform machines, telephone systems, and other machines throughout the library;
Troubleshoots equipment problems;
Helps maintain equipment inventory;
Initiates service calls, interfaces with vendor service staff and maintains service histories for equipment;
Prepares basic machine usage instructions and signage.
Position is a 17.5 hours per week and may include nights and weekends.
Candidates must complete an approved application (which can be found at newburghschools.org under “Human Resources” tab) and submit a letter of interest (posting name must be included) on or before closing date to: Mary Ellen Leimer, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 124 Grand St., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Rockland Community College is seeking a part-time librarian to perform reference work and bibliographic instruction for 14 to 29 hours per week. Day and evening hours available.
Please send cover letter and resume to Jon Grennan, Library Director, Rockland Community College, 145 College Rd, Suffern, NY 10901 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(posted on 3/7/14)
The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is seeking a dynamic and creative library leader to become the organization’s next Executive Director. This individual will provide leadership and work with the CDLC Board of Trustees to articulate the vision of the Council to develop and deliver programs and meet member needs in a changing information service environment. See the full Job Descriptionfor additional details.
The Capital District Library Council is one of New York’s nine Reference and Research Library Resources (NY 3Rs) multi-type systems. Members of the NY 3Rs include individual libraries – academic, special, hospital, and public – as well as public and school library systems. CDLC facilitates information management, staff development, and resource sharing for the libraries of the ten-county Capital District region of upstate New York optimizing success through collaboration. CDLC promotes leading-edge reference and research resources to the region; strengthens cooperation among all types of libraries including museums and archives; facilitates communication among CDLC members and their staffs; and supports exploration and innovation in library services.
Required qualifications include an MLIS degree or equivalent; at least eight full years of post-Master of Library Science professional library experience, at least two years of which shall have been in an administrative capacity; a proactive, positive and professional attitude; demonstrated success in program development and implementation; demonstrated success in supervising and motivating staff; excellent verbal and written communications skills; flexibility and the ability to advance the organization in a changing information service environment; and possession of or eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian Certificate. Familiarity with current library trends and demonstrated involvement in professional organizations are preferred qualifications.
This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package and a starting salary of $80,000. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on March 21, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.