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Southeastern News May & June 2017: Volume 13, Issue 3

Volume 13, Issue 3

Welcome from Tessa Killian, Southeastern's Executive Director

Hello Members,

This is our last newsletter before the 50th Annual Meeting of the Council on Friday, June 2, 2017 at SUNY New Paltz. It is also our last call for presenters to join us in the theme of this year's meeting: "celebrating the accomplishments of our members." 

Your presentation at the Annual Meeting can highlight your history, a signature program, or a notable achievement by you and your staff. Presentations can be in the form of posters or any portable visual aid. 

What kinds of content are we looking for? Here are some questions to get you thinking: 

  • What innovative projects or services are you offering?
  • Does your library or institution have any new or novel service or collection solutions?
  • Among all of your services, what receives the most outstanding feedback from your members or patrons?
  • What new technologies or services are unique to your institution?
  • Do you have sustainability initiatives?

Here are examples of presentations that have already been submitted and approved for the annual meeting: 

Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz: Bringing Students to the Museum
Mount Saint Mary CollegeLibrarians & First Year Experience Program: An Increasingly Positive Expereince
Sullivan County BOCES: March Book Madness
SUNY Dutchess Community CollegeLibGuides Best Practices
SUNY New Paltz: The Early Years of the Lesbian Herstory Archives: An Omeka Project
SUNY New Paltz: Formalizing the Database Subscription Request Process
SUNY New Paltz: Wading into the Stream: Evolving methods and strategies at Sojourner Truth Library to Provide Streaming Videos in Support of Pedagogy, Learning, and Research
SUNY Ulster Community CollegeRecent Events
USMA West PointOut of Many Comes One: A First Year Expereince
Vassar Brothers Medical CenterHow One Library Uses All of SENYLRC’s Services well as posters from Southeastern about our own history!

Your presentation can be as simple or as dynamic as you would like it to be. Please use this form to submit your presentation ideasIndividuals who present will be offered a discounted rate for lunch.

If you would like to attend and participate in, rather than give a presentation, you can register for the annual meeting here. The deadline for both poster presentation sign-ups and registration is Friday, May 19!

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?

Writing SIG

Special Interest Group for Writers

Southeastern's newest SIG - a writing group!

Registration Information

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 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 newest 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 recieve 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.

For SENYLRC and other ESLN members, there is no cost to register for this meeting.  

Web Literacy

Web Literacy Training Using Mozilla's Framework

Let's work together and stop the spread of misinformation

Details for registrants

Web Literacy Training Using Mozilla's Framework

Presenter: Davis Erin Anderson, METRO

Two dates and locations!

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Southeastern Conference Room

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Mid-Hudson Library System

What will be covered in the presentation

More info here:

Librarians and teachers are key to promoting information literacy as a vital 21st Century skill and helping to develop critical thinkers. In this class, we'll discuss key information literacy concepts, share the teaching activities already at play in your library, and create new activities to help reinforce the concepts for your users and patrons. This training will help you meet the growing need of the diverse audience using today’s online resources.

This class will also introduce Mozilla’s Web Literacy Framework, which was designed “To help people become good citizens of the web, …[focusing] on the following goals: 1) develop more educators, advocates, and community leaders who can leverage and advance the web as an open and public resource, and 2) impact policies and practices to ensure the web remains a healthy open and public resource for all.”

This introductory class is appropriate for public & academic librarians, teachers, and any educator who promotes information literacy.

Davis Erin Anderson is Community Engagement Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council. An SLA Rising Star and a 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Davis leads workshops on web literacy, digital fluency, and building community as an individual or as an organization. Along with Ray Pun, she is an editor of and author in Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Finding Work in Another Type of Library, published by Rowman Littlefield in 2016.

All participants will be given a certificate for CE Credit. Southeastern is a certified sponsor of CTLE credit from the New York State Education Department.

Cost: $25 for members, including ESLN members, and organizations in the region affiliated with members, $30 for out-of-state

NLM Classes

Two classes from Nation Network of Libraries of Medicine at Southeastern

Health information for educators!

Details for registrants

Two classes from NNLM / MAR

Presenter: Lydia Collins, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region

You can take one or both classes!

NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources

Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Southeastern Conference Room

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Southeastern Conference Room


About National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region:

NN/LM MAR supports collaboration, training, and funding opportunities for nearly 1,000 health centers, health departments, community organizations, as well as medical, public and school libraries throughout Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

What will be covered in the presentation

More info here:

    NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources

This presentation will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least six K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine
  • Locate lesson plans to supplement current curriculum/youth programming
  • Find resources for K-12 populations that can be used for homework help, research projects, and/or health and science programming

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

Body image, experimentation, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues important to teens as they experience many changes physically and mentally. Trusting adults and authority figures may not be easy for many teens. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. Seeking that help can be difficult. Those who work with teens will be provided with an introduction to teen health resources.

Participants will:

  • increase their knowledge about teen health issues and their difficulty getting credible, accurate health information
  • improve communication skills to use with teens during the reference interview
  • learn about and practice using a variety of authoritative websites designed for teens

All participants will be given a certificate for CE Credit. Southeastern is a certified sponsor of CTLE credit from the New York State Education Department.

Cost: $10 per class, $20 for both classes



You may not know it by its name—Medical Information Services Program—or its acronym—MISP—but you probably know what it is and how it benefits the residents of New York State. MISP subsidizes the costs of document delivery for all medical and health related topics, including consumer health, veterinary health and peer-reviewed journal articles. Whenever you have a patron who needs any medical or health related article or report, you can obtain it at no cost.

Simply use the ILL referral form found at Fill in the information, do the math problem to prove you’re not a robot, and usually your request is filled the same day. The Request Form is simple so it won’t take up much of your time, and it won’t cost you a penny. It’s a win-win!


Use this news!

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!

Design for Learning Online Conference Series

Learn how to take your library instruction online! The Design for Learning program (D4L) is pleased to announce a series of 4 free one-hour webinars in May & June. Each webinar will focus on a key area in the development of online library learning:
These topics are also the focus of a course module in the full D4L free online continuing education program. In each webinar, the lead instructor for that module will lead a discussion with a panel of program alumni to share top lessons learned for each topic. Alumni will also present their Capstone projects for the program: a unit of online instruction for their library, developed during the program.
Since 2015, the D4L program has been teaching library workers how to design instruction and teach online. Our first cohort began September 2015 and the second cohort began February 2016. They included participants from all types of libraries, subject specializations, and library experience levels, all over the country.
Based on their experiences, all content has been revised to make it freely available to the national library community, beginning in May 2017. This on-demand version of the program will allow self-selected, self-paced experience, for free, available through WebJunction.
Each webinar will share key strategies for developing online instruction for your library community, and will introduce you to the D4L WebJunction program in case you'd like to learn more and work through developing your own online project with the support of a community of practice.

Save the Date: Northeast Regional Digital Collections 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.


We are now accepting proposals for NRDCC and the CONTENTdm Users Group meeting. We need your participation to make this a great conference! Consider sharing your experience and expertise by submitting a program proposal for a conference session or poster session. The planning committee has created a list of potential topics of interest, but proposals on all relevant topics are welcome. Submit your proposal by May 31, 2017 for first consideration.

Suggested Topics

  • Accessibility and Access
  • CONTENTdm topics
  • Digital exhibits
  • Metadata
  • Digital Preservation
  • Rights and Licenses
  • Collaborative projects
  • Promoting use & re-use of collections
  • Digital collections management systems and repositories


Registration Cost:
The registration fee for NRDCC is $75
No charge for the CONTENTdm users Group Meeting
(both days of the conference include breakfast and lunch)

Where: Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel And Conference Center (easily accessible from NYS Thruway Exit 18, Amtrak, or Trailways)

View Event Page

NYSLAA conference

The New York State Library Assistants Association (NYSLAA) will be holding their annual conference in the Central New York area on June 7-9.
Two days of amazing sessions, an evening social mixer and the conference dinner at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo (open privately for conference attendees).
Registration closes May 8.

Deadline Extended! NYAC: Professional Development Grant

Great news: The deadline to apply for a grant to attend NYAC 2017 in Utica, NY has been extended to Thursday, May 4th at 5pm! Application forms and additional requirements can be found at the link below!

The New York Archives Conference, John A. Woods, and Larry Naukam will offer multiple $125 professional development grants in order to enable archives students, archivists, librarians, and others with archives or records management responsibilities to attend the conference.

Funds may be applied to travel, lodging, meals, workshops, or conference registration. Each recipient is required to attend both meeting days (June 8-9) and the Friday luncheon.

The 2017 New York Archives Conference will be held June 7 - 9th, 2017 at Utica College, in Utica, NY.

Questions and application materials should be directed to

Application materials and requirements can be found here:

Library 2.017 Mini-Conference: DIGITAL LITERACY & FAKE NEWS

We're excited to announce our second of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Digital Literacy+ Fake News," which will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This event is being organized in partnership with futurist Bryan Alexander, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists and presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. 

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this event.
This is a free event, being held online. 

to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

Health Quest Facebook page

Mary Jo Russell, librarian at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, was featured on the Health Quest Facebook page!

Albany County Supreme Court Library - Announcement

The Albany County Supreme Court Law Library, a.k.a Hon. Francis Bergan Law Library, welcomes a new staff member, Richard Mabee, and announces extended hours of operation.  The library is now open to the public five days a week, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, and is located in Room 406 in the Albany County Courthouse on 16 Eagle St. in Albany, New York.           

The Bergan Library has two public access computers with access to Westlaw, Lexis Advance and the Lexis digital eBook library in addition to the court’s extensive website at and Do It Yourself court forms which staff can help to navigate.  Print collections include New York statutes, regulations, caselaw, legal treatises, and the New York Law Journal.  All are welcome to visit the library, use the reading room collection, or conduct research on available legal databases.

For more information, please call the library at 518-285-8954 or email

Sustainable Libraries

MHLS Webinar: Sustainable Facilities: An Introduction presented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability on Tuesday, May 9th from 10:00 - 11:00 am. This workshop is appropriate for library directors and trustees who are tasked with maintaining a library facility that meets their community's needs.
Sustainable library facilities are the future. Learn the basic aspects of what comprises an environmentally sustainable facility, whether you are fine-tuning your existing building or planning a new facility.
In this webinar we will:
  • Identify the categories for consideration when assessing a facility's sustainability
  • Review certification programs that provide guidance and assurance about a facility's sustainability
  • Discuss where funds can come from to make a library facility more sustainable
Please register online for this event at Log-in information will be sent in advance of the event. 

USPTO seminar in Albany at the NYS Library

Patents & Trademarks: Get the Information you need to protect your Intellectual Property

Thursday, May 18, 2017  from 9:30am – 5::00pm

This program will be held in the Huxley Theater, located on the 1st floor of the Culture Education Center, Albany, New York.

Join us for this free seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators and legal professionals.  This all-day event, hosted by the New York State Library,  will be presented by Daphne Joseph and Spruce Fraser, librarians from the Patent and Trademark Resources Center Program of US Patent and Trademark Office.  You can attend one or more sessions or the entire day.  Registration is recommended.   

9:30 am  Sign-In and Registration Packets

10:00am - 10:15am  Welcome Stephanie Barrett, Sr. Librarian, New York State Library

10:15am - 11:30am Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets   Presented by Daphne Joseph, Librarian, PTRCP, USPTO

11:30am - 11:45am Break

11:45am - 1:00pm  Conducting a Preliminary Trademark Search Using USPTO Databases  Presented by Spruce Fraser, Librarian, PTRCP, USPTO

1:00pm - 2:00pm  Lunch (on your own)

2:00pm - 3:15pm Conducting a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Using USPTO Databases   Presented by Daphne Joseph, USPTO

3:15pm - 3:45pm   PubEAST and PubWEST Overview Presented by Spruce Fraser, USPTO

3:45pm - 4:00pm   Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm New York State Library Resources and Small Business Resources  Presented by Stephanie Barrett, Sr. Librarian, NYSL

TO REGISTER online go to  or e-mail   or call 518-474-2274. Please let us know if any reasonable accommodation is required (Americans with Disabilities Act) at least three business days prior to the program date. The New York State Library/Reference Services, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230 (518-474-5355); .  Join us on Facebook at .     


SENYCon 2017

See below for a summary of presentations and handouts from this event!

NYLA Sustainability Initiative

Claudia Depkin, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library

Casey Conlin, Poughkeepsie Public Library District

Following up on last year’s SENY-Con presentation, the NYLA Sustainability Initiative would like to provide an update on our exciting progress in the last year. We’ll cover the Road Map print and app editions, benchmarking tools that can be implemented now, and the kickoff of our training module Agents of Change at NYLA Annual 2017.

Teaching Tolerance

Lois Parker-Hennion, Tappan Zee High School

Looking for inspiration and support? Teaching Tolerance provides educational materials—from articles that make you think to presentations you can share. These resources are designed to help teachers improve their practice and turn K-12 schools, colleges, and public libraries into strong communities that welcome diversity, giving all people an opportunity to learn. In this workshop librarians will be introduced to the Teaching Tolerance website, its magazine, the free materials available to every school and library, the webinar series, and Perspectives for a Diverse America, literacy based curriculum that marries anti -bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core Standards.

Course Reserve Revival

Sarah Hughes, Dominican College

Rodney Hoffner, Dominican College

What started out as a simple organizational change in how books were physically arranged on shelves evolved into a reinvention of Sullivan Library’s course reserves service. Historically, the library had difficulty finding out what students needed each semester due to lack of communication from faculty and instructors.  Despite sending out multiple plea emails and creating an easy to fill out webform for placing reserve requests, faculty was still not biting. Aiming to please our students, we did the unthinkable. We approached the library bookstore asking for their master list of what faculty requested. The bookstore list along with the creation of student request form located at our circulation desk proved to be a winning combination.  The library was able to expand the niche collection that had largely been ignored. We found that students highly satisfied that we purchased expensive texts that they could not otherwise afford. Additionally, our reserves circulation stats have significantly increased. We will detail all the steps we took along the way, the unexpected challenges and how to approach staff members who have difficulty dealing with change to a collection’s organization.

Working Creatively

Working Creatively

Heather Gorman, Newburgh Free Library

In this training, emphasis will be placed on working as a creative process. Cultivating a creative process in our work life will allow us to change our work from an impersonal process to a personally innovative and inspired future. The topics we will cover: work process, automation verses analog, procrastination, collaboration, accomplishments, and acknowledgment.

Student Intensive Project: Hudson Valley Apples

Gretta Tritch Roman, Bard College

Mary Verrelli, Bard College

Noah Segal-Gould, Bard College

Arti Tripathi, Bard College

Emma Popkin, Bard College

Sahal Hussain, Bard College

Over two weeks during the winter break of 2017, five Bard College students (with the guidance of the Experimental Humanities Digital Projects Coordinator and the expertise of the Experimental Humanities Developer) conceived, designed, and built the content of an interactive website on the subject of apple cultivation in northern Dutchess County, New York: The students enriched their project, connecting it to place and their experience, by building relationships with local historians at Historic Red Hook as they worked in their archives, as well as a community of apple growers in Dutchess County, informally interviewing them on visits to their farms. The aim of this project began with the intent to provide a case study of economic changes in agriculture as they affected apple farming in northern Dutchess County. During the two weeks of the project's production, however, we realized how studying the cultivation of apples instead demonstrated the economic changes. In order to study the rise of apple crops in Hudson Valley agriculture, we traced a family tree of Red Hook family, the Fraleighs, the owners of Rose Hill Farm, from the 18th century to the present, alongside the history of apples as they emerged as an essential crop on Hudson Valley farms. Other features of the website include a database of 800+ apple cultivars, a scientific investigation of the historic process of cider making, and reflections on visits with local growers.

They want their baked potatoes loaded

Jen Park, Mount Saint Mary College

In order to further library outreach efforts to students outside the classroom, focus was placed on reaching out to Resident Assistants (RA) through Residence Life at Mount Saint Mary College. A program menu was created to promote possible presentation topics. Each topic showcased an aspect of the library’s services and/or collection. Program titles and details listed in a campy diner menu format were presented to new incoming RAs. Whereas previous outreach to Residence Life was met with little success, the semester following the inception of the program menu not only saw a sharp increase in RA-driven library programs, but also strong attendance at these programs. The presenter will showcase the program menu, discuss why the menu resonated with the RAs, provide the most popular topics, and touch upon current and future collaborations that have resulted from this creative approach.

Level Up: Gaming in the Library

Courtney Wimmers, Mid-Hudson Library System 

This presentation will inform viewers about popular games that may not be on their radar, how to start programs related to those games at their library, and why such programs are important and can benefit the communities they serve.

Subject LibGuides Best Practices

Tina A. Kiernan, Dutchess Community College

With the implementation of LibGuides v.2.0, it was apparent that a significant restructuring of our research guides was necessary to make use of LibGuides updated functionality. As such, the Ritz Library redesigned their home page to provide a single entry point to our resources and also developed a template for subject research libguides reflecting best practices, thereby giving the library, faculty, staff and most importantly, students more detailed resources at their fingertips.

This presentation will briefly review our new homepage and will take a step-by-step look at the subject-guide template as well as discuss the feedback garnered by our focus group study.

Repurposing Technology: Kiosks to Promote Library Events

Marla Gruner, SUNY Ulster County Community College

Tess Hartman-Cullen, SUNY Ulster County Community College

We are teaming up with faculty on specific research assignments. It began with a Western Civ project that requires students to find a specialized encyclopedia entry, a scholarly journal article and a biography. Students were required to have their sources verified by a librarian. This increased our quality contact time with students and gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our value in a tangible way to students and faculty. We are expanding this semester with the Human Services department. The best part about the project has been interacting with students who would not normally seek assistance from a librarian. Many of the Western Civ students have come back to ask for help on other projects as well. Anecdotally, we've heard that the grades on the project improved too.

Bard College & Digital Commons

Jeremy Hall, Bard College

A presentation on Bard College's use of Digital Commons as its institutional repository and the challenges that we have faced.

Your Library in (Less Than) 100 Objects

Stephan J. Macaluso, Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY at New Paltz

Katherine Zipman, Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY at New Paltz

Eddie Faro, Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY at New Paltz

Reflective, creative exploration of objects -- even the most ordinary objects -- can greatly enrich our thinking and embodied knowledge.  Manipulating, listening to, or watching an object closely can help you conceptualize ideas and develop metaphors; and stimulate new ways of understanding the world around you.  This arts-informed research practice, which draws from collage and found-object sculpture, can be a powerful way to build empathy with staff and with patrons.

In this presentation, participants will interact with ordinary objects in order to unpack SENYLRC’s new mission and vision statements, and develop a multi-layered concept map of words, phrases, metaphors and emotions.  This technique can be used to elicit user feedback for any library documentation or service, resulting in greater insights into whether what your library intends to say is what your patrons understand and value.

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

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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Vassar College Library

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