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SENYLRC Matters March & April 2015: Volume 11, Issue 3

Volume 11, Issue 3

Welcome from Tessa Killian, SENYLRC's Interim Executive Director

Hello Members,

Right now, this month, is the time to show support ALL New York State libraries. Up until April 1st, Senators and Assembly members are negotiating the budget bill. Please take a few minutes to send a letter, an email, or make a phone call to state representatives and show support for your public library, school library, academic library, special library, or hospital library! State funds support Southeastern member libraries through several state aid programs:

  • Aid to library systems (SENYLRC!)
  • Regional Bibliographic Databases and Inter-library Resource Sharing
  • Hospital Library Services Program
  • Medical Information Services Program
  • Coordinated Collection Development Aid

Please read the full article below to learn about specific budget issues that matter to you, and how you can contact your local elected officials to let them know what they should do!

Tessa Killian, Interim Executive Director

Upcoming SENYLRC Events

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

At a glance:

  • Monday, March 23: NY3R's Webinar: RFID
  • Thursday, April 9: HRVH User's Group
  • Friday, April 17: The Library Freedom Project
  • Tuesday, April 21: ER&L Archives Viewing Get-Together
  • Thursday, April 30: Programming Languages Overview
  • Monday, May 18: MarcEdit Workshop with Terry Reese
  • Friday, June 5: The 48th Annual Meeting of the Council

View for all announced SENYLRC events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

Net Neutrality


Network Neutrality (AKA “Net Neutrality” or “Open Internet”) has dominated the news in recent months, but not everyone - even librarians on the front line of information exchange - is familiar with the concept. We wanted to provide you a simple breakdown of this important topic, including how Net Neutrality impacts the library world.

Further Information Here:

Net Neutrality is Net Neutrality?

The concept of an Open Internet is often referred to as “Net Neutrality.” Both terms reflect the idea that ISPs (‘Internet Service Providers,' such as Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner) are obligated to treat all Internet traffic in the same manner by providing consumers equal access to information and not throttling or blocking content to on the basis of “paid prioritization,” or “fast lanes.”

Paid Prioritization

Paid prioritization is a scenario wherein sites pay ISPs to rank their content more highly—allowing speedier access than is offered to those who do not pay the premium (thus the term “fast lanes”). As well, ISPs could easily block sites that express political opinions they do not agree with, as well as limiting access to competitor’s services. With paid prioritization, consumers could also face ‘bundled’ web content: for example, being made to pay separately for a ‘Social Media’ bundle (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), a ‘Streaming Video’ bundle (Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc.), and so on, rather than a flat rate for unlimited Internet access.

Common Carriers, Information Services, and Title II

On February 26, after receiving 4 million comments from the American public in support of Net Neutrality, the FCC voted 3-2 to preserve the principle of an Open Internet, classifying broadband service as a “common carrier” and therefore under the purview of Title II public utility regulations, protected from corporate manipulation. Prior to this vote, the Internet was considered an “information service” outside of FCC regulation and with no obligation for ISPs to provide equal access to all consumers.

What an Open Internet means for libraries

ALA President Courtney Young released the following statement in response to the February 26 FCC vote, capturing the essence of what this ruling means for all information-sharing stakeholders: "America’s libraries collect, create and disseminate essential information to the public over the Internet, and ensure our users are able to access the Internet and create and distribute their own digital content and applications. Network neutrality is essential to meeting our mission in serving America’s communities. Today’s FCC vote in favor of strong, enforceable net neutrality rules is a win for students, creators, researchers and learners of all ages."

-by Moshe Siegel, SENYLRC

HRVH User's Group

A Special Event for HRVH Users!

Upcoming CE @ Southeastern:

You put your files on HRVH, now what? Promote them, that's what!

Hudson River Valley Heritage logo

HRVH User's Group: Social Media

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Location: SENYLRC
Trainer: SENYLRC Staff & Nicole Semenchuk, Culinary Institute of America

Register here:

Who should go? HRVH contributors who want to have their digital holdings available to more students, historians, researchers and users! (Non-HRVH members are welcome to the first half of the program for a general social media overview.)

Come to SENYLRC for a broad overview of social media followed by an in-depth discussion about how HRVH users can take advantage of the brand new HRVH Tumblr account to promote your organization’s holdings. The outcome will be more access to your digital assets on web searches, Google Images, and more traffic will be driven back to your website!

On the agenda for the workshop:

General Social Media: Facebook Pages, TwitterPinterest, How to use hashtags

HRVH Tumblr: Creating Themed Days & Months, Collaborating for more exposure, Best practices for posts

Success stories from colleagues

Privacy Workshop

Calling all radical librarians!

Technology Training: Protecting Patron Privacy

You are not going to want to miss this!

Allocades for the project

SENYLRC is proud to host this event, and now that Alison Macrina has been named one of Library Journal's 2015 Movers and Shakers!

This is in addition to The Library Freedom Project being honored by the Knight News Challenge.

Digital Privacy Rights and Technology Training with The Library Freedom Project

Date: Apr. 17, 2015
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson - Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium at the Reem-Kayden Center for Science and Computation
Presented by: Alison Macrina, Watertown Free Public Library; Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts; Jessie Rossman, ACLU of Massachusetts

Cost: $15 for members, including members of other NY3R's Councils
$5 for students (register under your .edu email for the discount, or show ID at the event.)

Register here:

Alison Macrina, founder of the Library Freedom Project and Supervisor of Technology and Information Management at the Watertown Free Public Library, Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, and Mariko Hirose, staff attorney at the NYCLU, will present a workshop on issues of privacy and surveillance as they relate to libraries.

The following topics will be covered, with time for Q & A:
Kade Crockford: An introduction to current issues of surveillance and privacy, focusing on government and corporate surveillance. Kade will address how privacy rights fit into the greater mission of libraries as democratic institutions committed to intellectual freedom, and how surveillance threatens the core values of librarianship defined by the ALA Library Bill of Rights.

Mariko Hirose: A privacy rights primer for librarians covering federal, state, and local laws, and including tips on what to do in real-life library situations where privacy rights are threatened (eg receipt of a National Security Letter, police demanding search or seizure of library computers, etc).

Alison Macrina: A discussion and demonstration of practical tools for online privacy that can be implemented in library PC environments or taught to patrons in classes/one-on-one tech sessions, including browsers for privacy and anonymity, tools for secure deletion of cookies, cache, and internet history, tools to prevent online tracking, and encryption for online communications.

Read more about the project on Knight News Challenge.

Programming Language Overview

Calling all radical librarians!

Coding: All You need to Know

{but were afraid to ask!}

Don't Panic! You've got this!

Objectives for the class

Attendees will learn the following:

  • How to break down problems and use code to solve them.
  • Familiarity with a variety of languages and the strengths and potential of each one.
  • What skills are important to put on an RFP or job description.
  • How API’s fit into the picture.
  • Reasonable limits – when to call a pro!
  • How to make a worthwhile IT call.
  • Making the most out of tools like Drupal, LibGuides, and MarcEdit
  • How to decide what language to apply to solve specific problems.

Programming Language Overview for Librarians

Want to know more about the world of PHP, SQL, Ruby, Python, jQuery, or JavaScript?

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
Teacher: Joanna DiPasquale, Vassar College

Cost: $15 for members, including members of other NY3R's Councils, $20 for non-members

Register here:

Who should go? Librarians who want to be able to look under the hood, kick the tires, and gain confidence that they have the ability to solve their digital problems.

This workshop will cover some of the basics to help you learn what you need to know to improve your digital library, your website, or make better decisions about asking questions to find the answers that will take you where you want to go. If you are a cataloger or a technical services librarian, the skills you currently have for your job are similar to what you need to know to learn how to code. It’s okay if you don’t know everything about coding or programming!

Joana DiPasquale is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Vassar College where she works to create, maintain, and preserve the digital collections of the College and foster digital scholarship on campus. She holds degrees in history and mathematics and received her MA from New York University and her MLIS from Rutgers University.


*There will be a one-hour break for lunch (we will take orders for the deli or BYO)

MarcEdit with Terry Reese

Calling all radical librarians!

Attention catalogers who have been longing for an efficient way to manage, edit or analyze large groups of bib records, and those who already use MarcEdit!

What we will cover in this workshop

Working With MARC Data

  •     Breaking/Making
  •     Processing in Batch
  •     Handling Character Conversions
  •     Dealing with Errors

Working with Non-MARC Data

  •     Understanding MarcEdit’s XML Framework
  •     Adding New XML Functions
  •     Dealing with Delimited Data

MarcEdit and RDA

  •     Understanding the RDA Helper

Editing MARC Records

  •     Global Editing Functions
  •     Automated Tasks
  •     OAI Harvesting

Integrating MarcEdit with OCLC

  •     Batch Holdings Edits
  •     Working with Local Bibliographic Data Records
  •     Editing WorldCat in Real-Time

Linked Data and BibFrame functionality

MarcEdit with Terry Reese

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location: The William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie) in Loudonville, NY
Presented by: Terry Reese

Cost: $25 for members, including members of other NY3R's Councils, $30 for non-members

Register here:

This workshop will be a discussion about MarcEdit, a freely downloadable metadata software suite available at no cost on the Internet. You will learn how to edit large batches of records and discusses how your library might use MarcEdit to enhance your workflows. This will be a hybrid lecture/hands-on workshop.

Terry Reese is currently the Head of Digital Initiatives at The Ohio State University Libraries. He has been working on MarcEdit since 1999.

This workshop is jointly produced by Southeastern NY Library Resources Council and Capital District Library Council. All NY3R's members are welcome to register at the member rate.


News from Wilderstein


Saving Grace

Conservation Treatment of the portrait of Grace Sands Bowne, great grandmother of Margaret Lynch Suckley of “Wilderstein.”

The name on the stretcher of the oil on canvas portrait was clear: “Grace Sands.” A familiar family name, but the hair and clothing didn’t match the time period of either of the two Grace Sands in the family. The artist was unknown. Sections of the painting were flaking. Much of the painting seemed done by an amateur but the hands suggested a skilled painter. It was time for “Grace” to be moved higher on the treatment priority list to save her and perhaps to learn more about the history of the painting. An appointment was made for examination by conservator Hallie Halpern at Columbia County Studios in Chatham NY.

In the well-lighted conservation studio it was immediately apparent that consolidation of flaking paint was necessary to prevent further loss before the conservator could begin close examination and treatment. With the paint firmly attached to the support medium and flattened, the surface could be cleaned, old varnish removed and paint layers, losses and physical damage examined.

The cleaning and varnish removal process revealed that the painting had been badly damaged and over-painted. The paint in the areas of her face and dress was much thicker because the white paint of her dress had been over-painted and an arm added, hiding the dress under a red shawl. The red paint was chipped off revealing the original white clothing underneath which remained in good condition. The darker colors of the background and her hair were less resilient, softer and less stable. These darker areas had suffered more damage as had her neck and chin, probably due to a tear and possibly water damage.

After removal of the over-paint, a different Grace appeared with a simpler hair style, no red shawl, an arm visible through the diaphanous paint of her white dress and a simple dark background surrounding her. Losses were in-painted and it became more and more evident that she had been painted by a skilled artist. Comparison with a painting of her sister, Christina Sands, and other portraits in museums, provided convincing evidence that the two paintings were done by Ammi Phillips, probably around 1820 while he was living in Rhinebeck NY. Grace was revealed as was the painter.


Our friends at Wilderstien Historical Site have shared this story with us of the conservation work they did on one of the pieces in their collection. What a difference!

2015 Twila Snead Award

The 2015 Twila Snead Award for Excellence

Nominations will be open soon for the 2015 Twila Snead Award. We encourage you to start thinking about an individual, library, or library program that is deserving of recognition for their work.

Nomination Forms

Last year's award

The inaugural award was presented in 2014 to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum for Franklin, their virtual research room and digital repository with tens of thousands of items that are now accessible to the public.

The plaque that now hangs in the SENYLRC office and the award given to the FDR Presidential Library.

Criteria & Eligibility

The Board of Trustees of Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) has opened the nomination period for this year’s award. This award is designed 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, including 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:

  • Leadership in the creation of a new or enhanced service model that can be emulated by other libraries or cultural organizations.
  • Improvements in physical facilities that result in better services.
  • Creation of an innovative program or collection that enhances the lives of the organization’s constituents.
  • The development of a program that touches the lives of individuals who are otherwise underserved by their communities.
  • Provision of a service to the community that is not available from any other library, archive, cultural heritage organization or library system, or that is outside the organization’s primary mission or the individual’s job description and benefited the community in which the organization resides.

The Nomination Process:

  • A candidate, organization, or program may be nominated by a co-worker, an individual from the library profession who resides in the region, by a member of the community served by the organization, or can be self-nominated.
  • Nominations will be reviewed by the SENYLRC Award Recognition Committee, consisting of the SENYLRC executive director, two members from the Board of Trustees representing different library types, and one SENYLRC staff member.
  • Nomination forms will be available on
  • The award will be presented at the SENYLRC Annual Meeting in June.

The Timeframe:

  • Nominations will be accepted until April 24, 2015.
  • The SENYLRC Award Recognition Committee will make the announcement of the award in mid-May.

More information at:

Save the Date!

The Twila Snead Award will be presented at SENYLRC's Annual Meeting.

The 48th Annual Meeting of the Council will be held at Mount St. Mary College Library in Newburgh, NY on June 5, 2015

Wikipedia Class Summary

SENYLRC Members Learn aobut Wikipedia

On Tuesday, February 3rd, Dorothy Howard, Metro's Wikipedian-in-residence, visited Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) to teach members the ins and outs of editing Wikipedia.

After covering basics about Wikipedia styling and ground rules, Dorothy taught the attendees how to use their accounts to go in and start editing articles. Using the website's "sandbox" feature, everyone was able to create their first article. Once the class got comfortable, the next step was to make edits to live pages, and each person in the class either made improvements to the Wikipedia page about their hometown or their area of academic expertise.

The outcome of the class was that attendees felt empowered to go forth and make edits to pages that relate to their institution's holdings, and to teach colleagues how to do the same. These edits, in addition to uploading new content to Wikipedia Commons, will allow for better access to the digital assets these institutions have online.

Dorothy provided us with the following resources so we can master Wikipedia editing:
The SENYLRC Wikipedia Meetup Page:
Resources for future Wikipedia editing:
All about the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) Wikipedia adventures:
Follow what's new on Wikimedia NYC:
Follow Dorothy on Twitter: @DorothyR_Howard

Library Advocacy

What you can do today!

Here’s how to have an impact today:

Pawling Library

To jazz up their advocacy day presentations, The Pawling Free Library gave out a great handout that outlines how the library is an asset to the community, addressing questions about the changing nature and growing importance of libraries in the community. See below for the link.

There is still time to advocate for libraries in New York

In 2015 NYLA has announced the following Legislative and Budgetary Priorities: Data Sharing Button

Fully fund state library aid at $102.6M as mandated in New York State Education Law
Total funding in last year’s enacted budget was $86.6M. This places library aid at 1997 funding levels.

In this year’s Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposed flat library funding at $86.6M. He proposed an increase in education funding that could total 4.8%. Total education spending in last year’s (FY14-15) enacted budget increased 5.7%; library aid increased a meager 1.2%.

Taxpayer Access to Publicly-Funded Research ( A.1878 Hevesi)

Background: This legislation requires New York State funded research published in peer‐reviewed journals be made available online by the state agencies that underwrite such research. This bill would bring NYS in line with the federal standards employed by the National Institute of Health and the State of California. Currently, when publicly-funded research is published in peer-reviewed journals, libraries must expend public dollars for public and scholarly access.
Impact: This bill would eliminate the need for libraries to use tax dollars to pay for public access to publicly-funded research and would follow the federal model.

To make a good ask to elected officials, it helps to understand the state budget timeline.
Once the Governor issues his proposed budget in January the NYS Senate and Assembly develops their own take on what the budget should look like

  • Between now and April 1, when the budget is legally supposed to be completed, Senators and Assembly members negotiate to come to consensus over the budget bill
  • If the Senate and Assembly agree, they can increase aid for library funding
  • Library Advocates need to reach out to their legislators now so that when asked where their priorities lie through the committee structure of the NYS Legislature library aid in in the mix
  • Without their constituents speaking up, legislators will not give this issue the time and attention it deserves and library aid will remain flat at the Governor’s proposed level.

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News You Can Use

NY3R's WEBINAR: RFID, March 23, 2pm-4pm. Register here:

RFID is another of those technologies that have been slowly, but surely, moving into libraries. It is already used with regularity in large stores like WalMart; there is a good chance your local supermarket also uses RFID. At its simplest, it transmits data, e.g., barcode information, using radio waves. Libraries primarily use RFID to read the barcode labels on their materials. We’ll figure out what RFID is and how it works, look at companies and libraries that have implemented, and find out why others have not taken this step.

This event is sponsored by the NY3R's and is open to all SENYLRC members.

Assesment in Action

The Assessment in Action application has been extended to March 25, 2015.

See details here:

Assessment in Action Logo

Government-Funded research goes free!

In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took a giant step forward in enabling the public to obtain results of government-funded research. HHS released a comprehensive set of plans outlining how its agencies will expand access to the results of scientific research for the public.

Read all about it on the HHS website here!

Computers in Libraries - Discount code available

If you are a SENYLRC member planning on going to this year's conference, give us a call at (845) 883-9065 to get the discount code for $180 off the regular 3-day conference price!.

Your'e invited! ER&L Archives Viewing Party

ER&L 15 Anniversary logo_180X180 Viewing is better together! For those of you who could not view the 10th Annual Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference (ER&L) Conference during the live viewing, we are offering a one-day gathering to watch the archived videos together. This event is free to SENYLRC members.

Register here:

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC

Rockland SLS Newsletter

Rockland School Library System has a brand new newsletter! You can view the complete contents here:

If you don't get a chance to view the whole thing, you might like this exerpt from their piece on the Read-In!

"The 31st Annual Rockland Read-In took place on Friday, February 13, 2015. Results are currently being received by the system office.  Participants responded to the question, "How did your library celebrate the Rockland Read-In"?

"Summit Park ES, East Ramapo "Our students, staff and guests spent the entire day reading. The students wore their pajamas.  Visitors and staff wore red in celebration of Black History Month, National Heart Month and Valentine's Day.  Various breakfast foods and books to be shared were in the library media center. Over ninety visitors including politicians, members of our district administration, various members of our community and family members joined our school as we shared our commitment to reading". Emily Hernandez, LMS

"Pearl River MS, Pearl River "The Pearl River Middle School celebrated this year's Rockland Read-In by combining pajama day with their read-in.  The combination of cozy comfort and books made a perfect match and was a fun way to end the week."  Pamela Simboli, LMS

"Fleetwood ES, East Ramapo  "A selection of library books were available for those of our Guest Readers who requested one. Other Guest Readers brought in their own personal "favorite book" to read to our students. Our Guest Readers included many of the parents of our students, our Fleetwood Staff members, community members, as well as local officials and politicians, including District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, Sherriff Louis Falco, County Executive Ed Day, and a representative from Nita Lowey's Office." Maureen McNaboe, LMS

"Chestnut Ridge MS, East Ramapo "I organize a free book distribution the day before the Rockland Read-In. That way, our students all have something to read for the event.  The schedule was hectic but it was still a heart warming, meaningful day for our staff and our students." Colette Politzer, LMS


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

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Phone: (845) 883-9065