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Southeastern News November & December 2017: Volume 13, Issue 6

Volume 13, Issue 6


Dear Members,

By now you've probably heard about our festive gathering to celebrate Southeastern's 50th anniversary.

The event will be at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie on December 1, and full details are on our website: The deadline for ticket purchase is November 15, just over a week away.

Need a reason to register RIGHT NOW? Here are three great reasons to join us.

1) Guest Speaker Daniel Russell is a fan favorite among librarians. As the Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality & User Happiness at Google, he is a modern-day detective when it comes to internet searching. We chose him to culminate the celebration of our past 50 years because his keynote will be about the future of libraries.

2) Catering will be by Gourmet to Go (back by popular demand after feeding us at the 2013 annual meeting at Locust Grove). They have provided us with a delectable menu for dinner, including many local and seasonal treats.

3) Attendees will include past and present Trustees, committee members, and friends of the council. This is your time to catch up with colleagues you haven't seen in a while, and meet with librarians from all over the region. On behalf of the staff and Southeastern Board of Trustees, we look forward to seeing you at the gala.

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?

Southeastern services to members

Benefits for you

Southeastern Regional Interlibrary Loan Code:

We are pleased to announce that we have a newly revised ILL Code for the region! This year, Southeastern's Interlibrary Loan Committee (RIC) recommended that the region adopt the “Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States” with the “Explanatory Supplement” and attach a short document of regional specifications and exceptions. The region had opportunity to review the proposed document in the spring and comment. The Southeastern region has maintained a Regional Interlibrary Loan Code to govern interlibrary loan since the mid-1980s. RIC is charged with an annual review of the code.

This fall, RIC asked each of the eight library systems in the region to formally approve the document. This process is complete and the revised code is now regionally approved and available via Southeastern’s website at

New URL for CONTU Guidelines

Every interlibrary loan practitioner needs to be familiar with the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU) Guidelines. In addition to the U.S. law protecting the rights of copyright holders, the CONTU Guidelines help interpret the statutes of Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act. The Guidelines, previously available on the CNI website, are now found on the Digital Law Online website at

all about ELD

Empire Library Delivery

Attention Empire Library Delivery libraries: The ELD website is full of information you need for your use of ELD. For example, are you aware that you can find the roster of other participating ELD libraries? Use the label maker and find all of the information needed to create a label for shipping a book. Do you know what to do if your courier misses a delivery? Report missed stops through the “Report an Issue” form. ESLN Coordinator, Tina Broomfield, manages the day-to-day ELD and she uses this form to credit libraries for missed stops and make sure the courier does not charge us for stops they did not actually complete. Libraries should report the exact dates that were missed (10/27, 10/30, etc.). Are you low on supplies of blue bags? There is a form to request more bags for your library and you can specify the size of the bags that you need.

November holidays with no ELD service include Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving (November 23 – 24, 2017). The courier will not be observing Veteran's Day on November 10th. If libraries know that they will be closed that day, they should contact ELD by November 8th so that the courier will know that no service will be needed on November 10th.

 Libraries should let ELD know if their library will be closed for any Fall breaks. For instance, some academic libraries are closed the entire week of Thanksgiving. If a library is going to be closed on a day when they would normally receive an ELD delivery, they should complete the “Report an Issue” form to let ELD know that no stop will be necessary. At minimum, libraries should provide 48 hours advance notice. The full list of holidays is found on the ELD website.

For any questions or issues regarding ELD, click “Contact ELD” found at

Reference SIG

Reference Special Interest Group

Calling all reference librarians! There's now a SIG for you!

Registration Information

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Southeastern Conference Room
Facilitator: Beth Zambito, Newburgh Free Library

Reference SIG

This will be the first meeting of the Special Interest Group for Reference Librarians! The meeting is open to staff from all types: academic, public, hospital, special, etc. We will talk about the similarities and differences between different kinds of reference and get to the heart of the matter: best practices for getting patrons the materials they need. 

The discussion will be informal, and the agenda will be finalized by attendees based on what topics are of interest to the group. If you are new to Southeatern's SIG meetings or if you want to catch up, We have created a libguide so that you can view notes from previous SIG Meetings.

Registration is free for all members and affiliate members. (Members of members, and of other ESLN councils.) We hope you can join us!

High School to College Transition

High School to College Transition SIG

High school and college librarians are re-convening to talk college readiness!

Details for registrants

High School to College Transition Special Interest Group

Presenter: Lara Patel, SUNY Orange
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Southeastern Conference Room
free for Southeastern members and members of BOCES School Library Systems

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

The High School to College Transition group is 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, preparing for the second half of the school year, and follow-up from our previous meetings and workshops. Staff at any Southeastern member institution who work directly with students are welcome. 

Couldn't join us last time and want to catch up? Notes from the previous meeting are available on the SIG LibGuide here:

Library Support Staff SIG

Library Support Staff SIG

A Special Interest Group for Regional Library Support Staff!

Registration Information

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Southeastern
Convener: Amy Smith, Red Hook Public Library

Register here:

This event is free for all Southeastern members and affiliate members. (Members of members.) 

About the SIG

Register here

This is a meeting for support staff at academic and public libraries in the Southeastern Region to have an open conversation and to meet each other. The agenda and meeting topics are set by the SIG participants. We will be continuing the conversation we started at the last meeting, and discussion topics could include, and are not limited to:

  • Creating a networking opportunity for library staff that doesn't always have a chance to meet colleagues at other area libraries.
  • Facilitating a skill share so that library staff can learn about productivity tools, best practices and other things to help with their work.
  • Fostering a community to address on-the-job concerns and challenges with colleagues.
  • Updating each other on regional resource sharing.
  • How to address privacy concerns in the library.
  • Figuring out ways to bring better customer service ideals to our workplaces.
  • Sharing better ways to work with volunteers, students, and interns.
  • Trying to decide when and if to pursue further study in the field.
  • Advocating for more webinars, training, and regional classes as well as funding to attend them.

If you didn't make it last time, you are always welcome to join us this time! Notes from the previous meeting are on our SIG LibGuide here

Library Directors SIG

Academic Library Directors Special Interest Group

Meet up with other Academic Library Directors in the Southeastern region!

Registration Information

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018*
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Southeastern
Facilitator: Kari Mack, SUNY Ulster

*Snow date: Thursday, January 19

Register here:

Library Directors SIG

Academic Library Directors are welcome to join us for a special interest group meeting. The focus of this meeting will be a discussion about how the library's performance contributes to institutional effectiveness. We will use the ACRL publication, "Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research" to inform our discussion. There will also be time to brainstorm solutions to other common problems in library management as well as open networking time.

If you are interested in attending and would like to reference the meeting notes from the last SIG in January 2016, we will email a link to everyone who registers. If you are able to make it to this gathering, please register below. This meeting is for Southeastern members who are directors of academic libraries. Deputy and assistant directors who work in an administrative capacity at large institutions are also welcome. We look forward to seeing you here!

Register here

HTML and CSS for Library Professionals

HTML and CSS for Library Professionals

Customize your web pages and edit your colors!

Registration Details

HTML and CSS for Library Professionals

Date: Thursday, Feburary 8, 2018* 
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, 21 S. Elting Corners Rd. Highland, NY
Trainer: Robin Davis, Emerging Technologies Librarian, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

*Snow date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

More info and registration at:

About the class

Learn or review the fundamentals of HTML and CSS in the context of common library web services. We'll walk you through two projects: editing the look of a blog post and customizing a LibGuides interface. You'll be provided with easily editable bundles of code and step-by-step instructions. By the end of the workshop, you'll be prepared to implement customized interfaces and will have a better understanding of HTML and CSS basics. No prior experience is necessary.

Learning outcomes:

  • Use browser features to see how any webpage is built
  • Understand why HTML and CSS are used in tandem (structure + style)
  • Understand nesting and 10 basic tags in HTML
  • Understand web colors and 10 basic properties in CSS
  • Use HTML and CSS for inline editing and site design
  • Know where to find more info

The workshop is $25 for members (including affiliate members) and $40 for non-members.
All attendees will receive a certificate for CE Credit. CTLE credit is also available for NYS Educators.

SENY-Con Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals - SENY-Con 2018

Southeastern's premier annual event for members to share their work.

Apply here!

On Friday, April 13, 2018, Southeastern will host our third annual conference to highlight the unique talents residing at our member organizations.

Are you working on a presentation for a conference like NYLA or SUNYLA and want to give it a test run in front of a friendly audience? Did you already present something at a conference that would be of interest to a local audience? Do you want to share something you do at work - best practices - with others? Could you use a forum to practice your public presentation skills? We invite you to share your knowledge with your colleagues at SENY-Con 2018!

Using the online form, please let us know about your project, idea, or presentation, and a committee will decide which proposals will be selected to create the most diverse and engaging day. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, Friday, December 29, 2017.

Regional News

NYLA 2017

Going to NYLA's Annual Conference on November 8-11 in Saratoga Springs, NY? 

Don't forget to visit us at the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) at booth #81

Call for Proposals: SUNYLA Midwinter Conference

Call for Proposals SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference

SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference: Practical OER: Transitioning from Theory to Implementation

February 2, 2018

Everyone can agree that Open Education Resources are a good thing:  decreasing the cost of textbooks can make education more accessible for more people. The SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference planning committee is seeking proposals describing the ways that you’ve actually implemented OERs at your institution, and how the library has been involved with that process. Do you have great ideas about how to promote OERs to your faculty and colleagues? Have you created OER repositories or guides that you think could be used as a model for other schools? Do you have success stories about collaborating with faculty to make campus-wide OER a reality? Can you recommend best practices for making sure students can get print copies of material if they need it? Share your experience with your colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 2, 2018 (10:00am - 2:30pm).

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic.  Presentations should include a demonstration of how you’ve worked with OERs, 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 Friday, December 8, 2017.  Submit your proposal here:

Happening November 8 in Rhinebeck!

Ex-Libris The New York Public Library

This is Frederick Wiseman’s 43rd film, EX LIBRIS – THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY; it goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions of the world.

“Ex Libris rolls out like a collection of short films. If you aren’t that into this special event (maybe you just don’t dig slam poetry or watching kids build robots) sit tight because in a few minutes we’re moving on. It’s like watching Wiseman skip along through the stacks of all accumulated human knowledge.” – wrote Jordan Hoffman for The Guardian when he reviewed it at Venice Film Festival.
Wiseman, who received an honorary Oscar 2016, reveals the library as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning to 18 million patrons and 32 million online visitors annually. There are 92 library branches throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city. It is accessible, open to everyone and exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. The library is one of the most democratic institutions in America—all races, social classes and ethnicities are welcome and are active participants in the life and work of the library. The library strives to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities.

(US / 2017 / Directed by Frederick Wiseman)
unrated/3h 17 mins.

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!

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