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SENYLRC Matters November & December 2015: Volume 11, Issue 6

Volume 11, Issue 6

Welcome from Tessa Killian, SENYLRC's Executive Director

Resource Sharing has been a service provided by SENYLRC for our entire 48-year history as a regional multi-type library system. The council is committed to providing a mechanism for regional inter-system Interlibrary Loan.

What does this mean? This means that libraries can borrow (and loan) materials among different library types through this eight-county system. This network make it possible for public libraries to  borrow from college libraries and school libraries from public libraries, and so forth. It also provides an Interlibrary loan system for libraries that may not be part of larger systems (like OCLC). This service is called SEAL, which stands for South Eastern Access to Libraries.

The backbone of SEAL is a virtual union catalog, comprised of as many library catalogs as we can get our hands on. This service is free to your library, paid for with Regional Bibliographic Database Funds that Southeastern receives from the state.The only cost to the library is staff time to process loans and any delivery costs.

Since 2013 Southeastern staff has been working with a committee comprised of staff from member libraries to look at the future of SEAL. One of the questions we asked was, “Is regional interlibrary loan still important?” The answer was resoundingly, “YES, we need SEAL.”  So the committee began to investigate alternatives to the current platform.  Please take a look at Judy Fischetti’s article below on Changes in SEAL, where she explains in more detail the exciting changes ahead.

-Tessa Killian, Executive Director, SENYLRC

Upcoming SENYLRC Events

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

At a glance:

  • Tuesday, November 10: HRVH Unconference
  • Wednesday, November 11: SENLYRC Closed for Veteran's Day
  • Friday, November 20: Instruction Librarian SIG
  • Thursday & Friday November 26-27: SENYLRC Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, December 1: NN/LM Classes - Beyond an Apple a Day & Caring for the Mind
  • Tuesday, December 15: LibGuides Webinar
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016: Cataloging SIG
  • Friday, April 1, 2016: BIBFAME Basics
  • Friday, June 3: The 49th Annual Meeting of the Council at the Culinary Institute of America

View for all announced SENYLRC events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

Alice Graves

Alice Graves

Alice's Bio

Alice Graves is our new Hospital Library Services Program Manager. She coordinates all services related to both this program and the Medical Information Services Program, negotiates licenses for electronic resources and provides support to our member hospital libraries. Alice has worked in public, academic and museum libraries and is the editor of The Small Library Manager’s Handbook (MLA and Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

In addition to her work at Southeastern, Alice volunteers at the Byrdcliffe Guild’s Alf Evers library. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Chronogram and other print and electronic publications, and she loves the blues, the beach and movies.

HRVH Unconference

HRVH Unconference

We invite you to join your HRVH colleagues for a morning of sharing, learning, and networking!

Details on the Unconference

HRVH Unconference

Trainer: Jennifer Palmentiero
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
free for members

More info and registration at:

All participants will receive a certificate of completion for CE Credits

What will be covered in the HRVH Unconference

Register here:

Q. Why an unconference rather than a traditional user’s group meeting?
A. We’re using this format because it allows you to set the agenda!

At an unconference, participants choose their own topics and time frames for discussions. The full group starts the meeting together, and then breaks into smaller discussion groups. Over the course of a few rounds, individuals can change groups to join new conversations in order to discuss the topics that are the most relevant to them. At the end of the meeting, everyone regroups to share ideas and comments.
This is a great opportunity to discuss all things digitization with your peers. Do you want to discuss workflows, staffing or funding? Or share experiences working with vendors? Digitizing newspapers? Engaging your community through creative marketing and promotion? Working with your local K-12 community? The topic possibilities are endless!

The only things you need to bring to the unconference are questions to ask and ideas to share! There is no cost to attend the Unconference, all we ask that you please register!

Instruction Librarian SIG

Library Instruction SIG

Meet up with other SENYLRC member Instruction Librarians at Southeastern!

Registration Information

Date: Friday, November 20
Time: 1:00am - 1:00pm
Location: SENYLRC
Facilitator: Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College

Register here:

Library Instruction SIG

This lunchtime SIG will focus on assessment. There will be time to for participants to share challenges or successes that they have had with assessing student learning outcomes, and the year so far. If possible, bring assessments you have used to facilitate discussion. As the semester is coming to a close, it is also time for self-assessment, so everyone can start off strong in January.

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 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!)

Two classes from NN/LM

Beyond an Apple A Day & Caring for the Mind

National Network of Libraries of Medicine joins SENYLRC to bring you two FREE classes!

Beyond an Apple a Day

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Register here:

This class will be offered to public and hospital librarians with an interest in providing consumer health information services. It will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Creative ideas for health information outreach will also be discussed. Both these classes have been updated, so if you have taken it before, you will receive new information for 2015!

Caring for the Mind

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Register here:

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In this class, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

Registration Information for both classes

Location: SENYLRC Conference Room

Website for registration:

Both classes are presented at no cost for librarians in the Southeastern region, and for other NY 3Rs members.
Attendees will be given certificates for .2 credit hours for each class.
You can register for one or both classes.

LibGuides Webinar

LibGuides and LibAnswers Presentation

LibGuides & LibAnswers & LibAnalytics: Tools that help streamline and bring together the many facets of library services.

Details on the Webinar

LibGuides, LibAnswers, & LibAnalytics

Trainer: Jane M. Verostek, SUNY ESF - Moon Library
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Your Computer
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

More info and registration at:

About the Instructor

Jane M. Verostek is an Associate Librarian at Moon Library at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Jane has worked at SUNY ESF’s Moon Library as a librarian since June 1998. Prior to SUNY ESF she held positions at the Onondaga County Public Library System, the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), Gaylord/Polaris and the S.U. Law Library. Jane received a B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY ESF in 1992, a Masters in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1996 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries from Syracuse University in 2008.

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

Libraries have historically created print pathfinders, informational handouts, FAQ sheets, etc. to hand out at the reference desk, to give to library classes, guest lectures, etc. Learn how the LibGuides and LibAnswers software can help you move your handouts and services into an online and interactive environment. LibGuides and LibAnswers are terrific online tools that allow libraries to offer the same services to in house and off-site users. Whether you are helping someone at the reference desk, giving a library lecture or have patrons looking for assistance when the library is closed - LibGuides and LibAnswers can work together and connect to each other via embedded links/urls and provide excellent ways to effectively communicate with and educate library users. And LibAnalytics can help you electronically keep track of all the reference inquiries and traditional reference work done and give back detailed reports.

Come learn how SUNY ESF - Moon Library has improved and streamlined reference services on the public and staff side by using LibGuides, LibAnswers and LibAnalytics. Explore how these software tools can move certain services into a completely paperless environment, offer detailed guidance 24/7 to your campus community, re-energize traditional library services, improve outreach and at the same time - provide detailed statistics and reports to help with number crunching reference statistics and more!

In the summer of 2012 Moon Library at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry purchased licenses for Springshare’s LibGuides and LibAnswers software. This presentation will give real examples on how we use LibGuides,  LibAnswers and LibAnalytics.


Changes in SEAL

Changes are coming!

We are excited to announce that next year, SEAL – Southeastern Access to Libraries  will have a new virtual union catalog platform using Master Key software by Index Data. Requesting will be via email, and further processing of requests will be handled by libraries’ circulation systems, as most are already doing.

Why and how did SENYLRC come to this change?

The current SEAL uses software called Virtual Document eXchange (VDX) owned and supported by OCLC. A couple of years ago, OCLC began migrating interlibrary loan participating libraries to their new ILL service – WorldShare. OCLC announced that they will discontinue support for VDX customers by 2018.

In July 2013, theTechnology Review and Advisory Committee (TRAC) undertook a mission to "analyze the regional intersystem resource sharing issues and recommend an alternative (if needed) to OCLC’s VDX product that is the platform for the current SEAL ILL service." TRAC considered the resource sharing needs of libraries in the region, investigated many options and recommended an economical and simple method for interlibrary loan in the region.

The catalog and method are currently under development by Index Data and Zachary Spalding, SENYLRC’s Systems Manager.

TRAC and the Regional Interlibrary Loan Committee (RIC) members will beta test the new system in December 2015.

How and when can I learn to use the new version of SEAL?

Training will begin in the New Year. The two systems will overlap until the current SEAL system is phased out mid-spring. SENYLRC training opportunities will include webinars, online tutorials and in-person classes.

Regardless of size, libraries do not have all the materials needed by their patrons. SENYLRC is continuing in a long tradition of providing libraries in the Hudson Valley with a method to borrow from each other. If you are already a SEAL ILL System participant or a library new to regional resource sharing, we invite you to participate. There are no fees to use the service.

If you have questions about the current or future version of SEAL, please contact Judy Fischetti.

New Hires!

Howland Public Library

The Howland Public Library is pleased to introduce you to Amy Raff, their new Library Director. Raff was appointed on October 6th by the HPL Board of Trustees.

Raff brings with her over 15 years of public library experience. She most recently worked at Woodstock Public Library, where she served as Director from 2010-2015 and Assistant Director from 2000-2010. Prior to that she was the Library Director at Sarah Hull Hallock Library in Milton, NY from 1998-2000.Raff holds a Master of Library Science and Information Technology degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration from Long Island University. She earned her BA from the University of Oregon.
Raff is enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve the needs of Beacon City School District. “The Howland Public Library is positioned as a center of the community and contributes to the vibrancy of the city”, she says. “I am so looking forward to working with the staff, the board, the friends and the community – to create the future together.”

Rockland Community College

Rockland Community College welcomed a new director, Jinfeng Xia.

Jingfeng Xia took the position as the library director at SUNY Rockland in the summer of 2015. He came from Indiana University where he was a tenured associate professor in the school of informatics and computing. He taught for about eight years in library and information science, particularly in the areas of public service, scholarly communication, and information technology. His experiences in academic librarianship include professional jobs at Rutgers University libraries and the University of Florida libraries.

Jingfeng Xia received both his doctoral and Master’s trainings at the University of Arizona. His Ph.D. is in anthropology and his Master’s degree is in library science from an ALA accredited program. Originally from China, he received his bachelor’s degree in history and archaeology from Peking University in Beijing.

He can be reached at:


Dan Donohue recently joined the RCLS staff roster as the ILL/Technical Services Librarian. He has 25 years of experience working in public, K-12, special and higher education libraries.

Dan has just returned to the U.S. after spending two years at the National Defense College in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Previously, he was at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he was the Director of Library Systems.

His interest in libraries began when he got a library job at Columbia University where he eventually pursued his Master of Library Sciences (MLS) degree studies. He later became Library Director at the Thomas J. Shanahan Library at Marymount Manhattan College on the upper east side of New York City. From there, Dan became a Library Consultant with Ameritech Library Services (a previous iteration of SirsiDynix) and then transitioned to the Staff Specialist for Library Automation at the Dutchess County BOCES.

Dan’s work involvement in the Middle East began in 2009, when he applied for the job at Alfaisal University in Riyadh on a whim. During his two year contract period in the United Arab Emirates, Dan’s family stayed stateside.

Dominican College

Dominican College has two new hires, Ellie Horowitz and Judy Gitlin:

Judy Gitlin (left) is the Assistant Librarian for Technical Services. Judy graduated from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to Dominican College she worked at the libraries at New York Medical College and Fordham University.

Ellie Horowitz (right) is the Assistant Librarian for Information Literacy Services, and the Coordinator of the Learning Commons. Ellie is a graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute. She previously worked at the libraries at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and at Stevens Institute of Technology.


Learn about MailChimp on

Have you noticed something new with communication from Southeastern lately? We have moved our mailing list over to MailChimp, meaning that our CE announcements, news items, and other communications to the membership had a uniform look. It also allows us to track our email frequency so we're not bombarding you with information overload. In addition, it has some really cool features like A/B testing, where you can try out different subject headings and see which one leads to the most interaction.

If you're interested in learning more about how to use the service, see the video here, or view the whole MailChimp class on their website here:

For access to this video and all the others on, SENYLRC members can register for a 30-day license on our website here: video

Get your text correction on!

The News in HRVH Newspapers

What’s new in newspapers? Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) has been working with Hudson River Valley Heritage members who have collections of historical newspapers that they wanted to digitize, and we have recently uploaded lot of new content to

One of the best features of this site is that the newspapers are full-text searchable! The text is generated by software called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The technology that drives OCR is impressive and getting better all the time, but one drawback is that it is never 100% accurate. Accuracy depends on the quality of the original paper and/or the condition of the microfilm. But don’t fret, there is a really cool solution for faulty OCR, and it involves you!

SENYLRC licenses Veridian software as the newspaper platform. One of the features of Veridian is the ability to crowd-source the correction of inaccurate OCR. Anyone with internet access, an email account, and a minute or two of free time can become a text corrector.

Here is how you can join in the text-correcting craze!

  • Navigate to:
  • Click the “Register” button to create an account.
  • You will receive an email from Veridian confirming your registration. Click on the link in the email to activate your account and complete the registration process.
  • Login with your email and newly-created password.
  • Search or browse the site for content.
  • Once you are viewing a page or article you will see the image on the right and the OCR text on the left.
  • Click “correct this text” in the OCR text window.
  • The software will then open to text correcting mode and will guide you line-by-line through a column or article.
  • Make your corrections to the text.
  • Click “Save” when finished. Click “Next” to move on to next article or column.

The Hall of Fame

Don’t think you have time for text correction? Don’t worry; you will not have to commit to hours at a time. Pop over to the site while waiting for people to arrive at a meeting, or while on hold with your insurance company, or when you’re at the last few minutes of your day and you want to do one last productive thing. Every little bit helps the site get better, improves access to primary source material about the Hudson Valley, and helps researchers. If you keep at it, before you know it, you might be included in the Text Correctors Hall of Fame!

Use this news!

Upcoming class on Writing for Librarians

METRO is holding a great event at their NYC office:

Writing for Librarians, Part I - The Craft of Writing vs. Your Busy Schedule

Thursday, December 3, 2015
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
About the event: For many information professionals writing is not an option - we have to do it and we have to do it by a certain deadline on top of an already full workload. Whether it’s authoring internal or external reports, blog articles, journal articles or entire books, the pressure can be enormous, especially for those on tenure tracks or earning their income non-traditionally. Many freeze under that pressure, delaying writing and publishing to the 11th hour and sometimes never getting it done at all.  
register and more information here:

NY 3Rs Metadata Webinars

Upcoming webinars from the NY3R's:

Metadata Standards and Types, November 28, 2015, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Metadata Customization, Exchange, Transformation and Migration, December 14, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Metadata Relationships, January 19, 2016, 11:00am-1:00pm

Between newsletters, catch up with us on Twitter!

Dominican College Pop-up Library

To increase outreach to the Dominican College community, the Sullivan Library staff host a series of "Pop-Up Libraries" in buildings around campus. The purpose is to bring the library to students and faculty, and reach them at their point of need. Features of the pop-up library include: themed book displays, handouts advertising services and events, research help, and free promotional items. This event has been well-received by the College community and is a positive way to bring awareness to the Library.

Public Library Admin Certificate

Interested in earning a post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration? Many MHLS librarians participated in this program when it was offered several years ago, and found it to be of great value.

The Westchester Library System is considering hosting another round of the Public Library Administration Certificate Program offered through Long Island University. They are looking to gauge interest to see if they could get the needed 20 student minimum to offer the program.

Please review the program information below. If interested in participating, please contact Elise Burke at by November 15, 2015.

CFP - SUNYLA Midwinter

SUNYLA Midwinter Online Conference

DIY Toolbox 2.0: “We’re Going to Need a Bigger Box”

February 5, 2016

Show us more of your tools!

It can be hard to keep up with all of the new low cost and free technology tools that are being developed in this digital age. The SUNYLA Midwinter 2015 virtual conference featured some great DIY library tools and this year we’re looking for more!  The SUNYLA Midwinter Online Conference planning committee is seeking proposals describing your favorite free or low-cost tech tool(s) and how you’re using them in your library.  Last year’s presenters covered graphic design resources, OPAC item call number texting, Guide on the Side, Screencast-o-matic, Edmodo, and Weka. What favorite tools can you show us this year?  Share your experience with your colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 5, 2016.

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic.  Presentations should include a demonstration of how you’re using your tool(s), what you’ve learned that other librarians should know, and any positive/negative feedback that you’ve received.

Technology requirements:  Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone, quiet space for presenting, webcam optional

Accepting proposals until Monday, December 7, 2015.  Submit your proposal here:


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.

Got news to share with the members? Email at any time. New hires, retirements, projects, we want to hear from you!

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

Stone Ridge Library

Middletown Thrall Library

SUNY New Paltz - Sojourner Truth Library

Ulster BOCES School Library System

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Tuxedo Park Library

Newburgh Free Library

Astor Services for Children and Families

Sullivan County Community College

United States Military Academy Library

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Vassar College Library

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