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SENYLRC Matters May & June 2016: Volume 12, Issue 3

Volume 12, Issue 3

Welcome from Tessa Killian, SENYLRC's Executive Director

Hello Members,

Southeastern’s 49th Annual Meeting takes place on June 3, 2016 at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.

The meeting is in the Marriott Pavilion, where you can see a mural featuring the work of 16th century Italian artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (as seen here on the right), and conclude your day with Italian cuisine at the Ristorante Caterina De' Medici!

The keynote speaker at this year’s meeting is Maxine Bleiweis, a retired librarian, now consultant. Maxine will talk about her unique perspective on leadership and how she cut through barriers and ceilings she didn’t even know existed. Maxine envisions libraries to be “part Apple Genius Bar, part MIT Lab, and part Chautauqua.” 

We invited her so you could hear the perspective of an innovative library leader who Connecticut’s governor, Dannel Malloy said, “has transformed the library from a place to borrow books into a hub of community activity.”

In addition to the keynote, the networking, and the great breakfast and lunch, you also have an option to enjoy a very unique campus tour. The CIA campus tour visits the spaces on campus where you can see students working in the kitchens and working classrooms. 

I hope to see you there! - Remember, register by May 20, the event is almost full!

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:

  • Monday, May 16: High School to College Transition SIG
  • Tuesday, May 17: HLSP Marketing Class
  • Friday, June 3: The 49th Annual Meeting of the Council
  • Friday, June 17: Bibliographic Library Instruction SIG
  • Tuesday, June 21: Copyright SIG
  • Monday, July 18: Making the Most of Your Library Space
  • Tuesday, July 26: Cataloging SIG
  • Coming This Fall: A CE series on Library Publishing!

View for all announced SENYLRC events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

The Annual Meeting

Deadline approaching!

Reminder: Annual Meeting registration closes on Friday, May 20!

There will be no day-of tickets available!

The 2016 Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 49th Annual Meeting of the Council!

at the Culinary Institute of America, Marriott Pavilion & Ristorante Caternia De'Medici in Hyde Park, NY

Schedule of events:

  • 8:00am Continental breakfast, registration & vendor displays
  • 9:05am Welcome remarks by Tessa Killian, Executive Director, SENYLRC
  • 9:30am Business meeting, committee recognition, and Twila Snead Award presentation by Barbara Petruzzelli, Board of Trustees President, SENYLRC
  • 10:15 Keynote speaker: Maxine Bleiweis
  • 12:30pm Lunch at Ristorante Caterina De'Medici & networking time
  • 1:00pm Optional tours of the Culinary Institute of America

Annual Meeting Postcard

This event is partially subsidized by SENYLRC and our sponsors:


  • SENYLRC Governing and HRVH Members - $25 per person,
  • Non-members - $40 per person
  • Tours - $6 per person

RSVP by Friday, May 20

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

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: Monday, May 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 our brand new SIG - 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.

Bibliographic Library Instruction SIG

Instruction Special Interest Group

Work with other instruction librarians to prep for next year!

Registration Information

Date: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: SENYLRC
Facilitator: Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College

Register here:

Topics for this month's meeting

This lunchtime SIG will focus on a topic about Library Instruction. This month's meeting will focus on resource sharing, and is an opportunity to share what you know and to learn from your peers. This month's meeting will focus on prepping for the 2016-2017 school year. Bring ideas for Freshman orientation, Literacy Instruction classes, and new assessment ideas. If you are working on something new, your peers may hold the answer you’ve been searching for!

If you would like a refresher on the conversations the group has had so far, you can find notes from the last meeting on the libguide here: Even if you couldn't attend either of the previous meetings, we encourage you to join us this time and meet your colleagues!

For SENYLRC and other ESLN members, there is no cost to register for this meeting.  
Bring your own lunch, or share a group order from the deil (please bring cash!)

Register here:

Copyright SIG

Copyright Special Interest Group

Join the conversation about copyright and intellectual property at Southeastern!

Registration Information

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC
Facilitator: Tessa Killian, SENYLRC

Register here:

What is the Copyright SIG?

Let's talk about copyright! There are so many new and lingering questions for us when it comes to working with copyright law and intellectual property in real-world scenarios. We don't want fear or wrongful information to prevent us from helping our patrons do their most creative work. In order to best understand our needs and options, this special interest group will meet to share ideas, questions, success stories, and challenges.

The agenda will be set by participants, and possible topics could include:

  • how does copyright apply to our nascent publishing operation?
  • can I digitize this?
  • at what point do we need to call in a lawyer?
  • at what point should we avoid calling in a lawyer?
  • what special rules exist for libraries and educators?

We encourage anyone working with copyright to register for this SIG. In the special interest group format, both newbies and experts will be able to share and learn from each other. This meeting is open to all types of SENYLRC members, as well as other ESLN members from other regions. 

Register here:


First Annual SENY-CON (A SENYLRC Member Conference)

SENY-Con was a rousing success!

Zine folding

The slate of presenters:

On Friday, April 15, over a dozen presenters visited SENYLRC to share their skills, great ideas, and projects for the first ever SENY-Con. You can visit our SENY-Con LibGuide to get more information on presentations, photographs, and tweets from the day's activities.

Use this news!

MakerSpace Boot Camp

#Lemonade LibGuide


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!

A new trend in libraries

Between newsletters, catch up with us on Twitter!

Registration is now open for the 2016 New York Archives Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 New York Archives Conference, to be held June 8-10 in Plattsburgh, NY!

Come hear our Plenary Speaker, Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, discuss “Documenting, Preserving, and Increasing Accessibility for New York’s Archival Institutions: The Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services Initiative.” 

Choose from our two workshops: one that will focus on Records Management for Non-Profits; and the SAA DAS certificate workshop, “Copyright Issues for Digital Archives.”

Register separately for the DAS workshop through SAA at 

Confirmed NYAC members are eligible to receive a DAS course registration discount off the SAA non-member rate. Use this code when registering: CIDA25  

We are offering enlightening sessions on the uses of labor records, processing large acquisitions, collaboration between nonprofits to increase access to collections, the evolution of the NYS Newspaper Project, making family-held collections available to the public, trends in grant funding approach and methodology in NYS, careers in archives, an update of the work of the Empire State Digital Network and the Digital Public Library of America, digitizing archival collections, an overview of a Hidden Collections Grant project, and the wide array of genealogy uses and tools. Three roundtables will be offered, covering EAD, funding and grants, and a return of the very popular speed-mentoring roundtable. 

Join us for light hors d’oeuvres and conviviality at our Thursday evening reception. 

Wrap up the conference at the concluding luncheon with Cecilia Esposito, Director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Galleries, who will speak about “Provenance, Authentication, and Record Retention in a Museum,” focusing  on the Museum’s Rockwell Kent Collection and Kent material deposited at the Archives of American Art.

There is still time to apply for a professional development grant for the conference. The application deadline is May 18th at 5pm. See the details and application materials at 

Join us for intellectual and professional development, networking, food, and fun
at the NYAC conference at SUNY Plattsburgh! 

Find the program and register for the conference and SUNY Plattsburgh residence hall lodging at

The deadline for booking residence hall lodging is June 1st.

Additional information is in our local arrangements blog, available at 

Questions?  Contact the NYAC Chair, Michael Martin (, or the Co-Chair, Debra Kimok (

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

Sullivan County Community College

Orangetown Historical Museum Archives

Rhinebeck Historical Society

Rockland County BOCES School Library System

Marist College Library

Museum Village

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