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SENYLRC Matters November & December 2014: Volume 10, Issue 6

Volume 10, Issue 6

Welcome from Tessa Killian, SENYLRC's Interim Executive Director

Thank you to all of the volunteers who donate their time to the council committees and assist the staff in improving established council services and projects that are in development. For example, on Tuesday, October 1st, Laura Street and Jennifer Palmentiero held a focus group to identify ways to improve the New York EAD (Encoded Archival Description) pilot project to meet the needs of smaller organizations. By taking the time to organize this event, Laura and Jen gathered information that will make the New York EAD project even better!

We are busy planning professional development opportunities for staff at member libraries. In mid-November, Denise Garofalo of Mount Saint Mary College is presenting two classes on RDA. The first program, RDA Lite, is intended for public service library staff who need a brief primer on RDA and how it is going to affect the library catalog and the work that they do with patrons. The second class, Practical RDA, is for copy catalogers or other staff who catalog and need some assistance to enhance their existing skills. We designed these classes thanks to your input, because many members expressed an interest in learning more about this new cataloging standard.

Another professional development opportunity that was inspired by membership requests is the upcoming Unconference on Student Assistants, Interns and Volunteers. This session is an opportunity for you to talk with colleagues from the region about how to manage these highly valued workers.

In other continuing education news, we also renewed our license to for members. There are ten spots available for members to “borrow” for up to 30 days at a time in order to take online video tutorials on a variety of technology and business skills.

In other council news, we hired a full-time Office Manager, Moshe Siegel, in October. Next time you visit the Council, take a minute to come upstairs to meet Moshe and see the improvements he’s made to our office space.

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Moshe Siegel

New Office Manager at SENYLRC

Moshe Siegel started work as SENYLRC’s Office Manager this October. In addition to managing the day-to-day business of the council staff and grounds, he will be taking minutes at Board of Trustee meetings, assisting with council workshops and events, and functioning as member-liaison for New York State’s Coordinated Collection Development Aid Program. A graduate student in Pace University’s publishing program, Moshe’s interests encompass all things books. When he’s not in the office, it’s a safe bet that he’s reading, writing, or conducting research at the local library.

Moshe can be reached at or (845) 883-9065.

Moshe Siegel

RDA Classes

RDA Classes November 12 & November 19

Everything you ever wanted to know about RDA but were afraid to ask!

Public service librarians and copy catalogers, these workshops are for you!

Your real-life questions and issues are welcome, and you can register for either or both workshops.

Visit for more information on these and all of our upcoming workshops and programs.

RDA Lite

RDA Lite
presented by Denise Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
9am-12pm @ SENYLRC

Cost: $15 for members (including members of other NY3R's councils), $20 for non-members
RDA Lite is intended for public service staff who would like to better understand the changes they are seeing in their OPACs due to RDA, and to answer any questions they may have about RDA. Attendees are encouraged to bring any questions or issues with them to the session.

Register here:

Practical RDA

Practical RDA
presented by Denise Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
9am-12pm @ SENYLRC

Cost: $15 for members (including members of other NY3R's councils), $20 for non-members
Practical RDA is aimed at copy catalogers or anyone who does some cataloging work and would like to learn more about RDA and how it affects them. Attendees are encouraged to bring items, questions, issues, or examples with them to share during the session.

Register here:

Unconference on Student Assistants, Interns, and Volunteers


Got great help but don't know what to do next? This unconference will help you connect with colleagues that have been and are in the same situation.

Unconference details

Come join your colleagues from academic, public and school libraries, as well as cultural heritage institutions and archives! If you supervise student assistants, interns, or volunteers, or want to get better at managing these valued library laborers, join us! This program is designed to give you best practices for creating postilions, advertising, recruiting, interviewing and training.

With the assistance of a facilitator, we will establish an agenda for the unconference that will accomplish what you want to share and learn about this type of discretionary worker. Topics could include: what value does the job add to the person's education? or, what benefit do these workers add to the organization?

Target Audience: Participants are welcome from across the SENYLRC library, archive and cultural heritage community who work with student assistants, interns, or volunteers.

Facilitator: Betsy Cawley, Bard College

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014: 9am-12pm

Register Here! This event is offered at no charge for SENYLRC and other NY3R's Inc. members.


By popular demand!

Brush up your presentation performance skills at SENYLRC this winter!

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Do you want to make an impression with your next presentation?

Creating Powerful Presentations
Speaker: Polly-Alida Farrington, PA Farrington Associates
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (Snow date: January 21)
9:30 am-3:30 pm @ SENYLRC

Cost: $30 for members (including members of other NY3R's councils), $35 for non-members

Are you ready to add some pizzazz to your presentations? This workshop will help you create engaging presentations and deliver your message effectively and memorably. We'll look at the different elements of a presentation, including graphics, organizing your content, a variety of presentation tools and backup plans. You will learn ways to effectively engage your audience, discover low-cost and free resources for graphics to help you deliver your message, examine alternative presentation tools, learn basic principles of data visualization and select appropriate tools to make your next presentation more effective.

Register here:

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Instruction SIG

Come talk about everything discovery layers at the:

Information Technology SIG

When: Friday, November 21, 10am-12pm


Who should go? Librarians and library staff interested in information technology and systems
What will we discuss? Librarians working in Information Technology and Systems have to think like a library user to understand why discovery layers are necessary and think like a librarian to make web-scale discovery layers work! This SIG meeting is a networking opportunity for you to come together with colleagues from regional libraries and discuss discovery layers. The complexity of how the discovery layer works with a central index, what vendors are providing and what you are doing at your library.

Convened by: Rhonda Altonen, Barrytown College of UTS

Register here

Other SIG Topics

The next Special Interest Groups will be meeting in 2015. We will be featuring groups for:

  • Cataloging
  • Reference
  • Library Instruction
  • Digitization

If you would like to convene a group or have an idea for a SIG that isn't listed here, please contact Tessa at and we will work with you to get something going for next year!

New SUNY Sullivan Director

New SUNY Sullivan Library Director

Evangela Oates is the new Director of Library Services at SUNY Sullivan. Evangela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. She gained valuable and varied experience while working in libraries at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and more recently at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. She looks forward working with SUNY institutions and the surrounding colleges/organizations. 

Evangela Oates

New Staff at Barrytown College of UTS

New at UTS

In August, Nikitia Wilson joined Barrytown College of UTS as the new Library Technician for the Seminary Library at the NYC extension campus. Nikitia has been working on updating the student lounge and computer lab in the Seminary library, installing new PC's and rethinking the layout of the space to best benefit students. She is already developing and conducting IL and MSOffice workshops for faculty, staff, and students of the Seminary. Her previous teaching and assessment experience is a valuable asset to UTS, and has prompted invitations to several UTS committees.

Nikitia Wilson is all new!

The all new

Notice anything different at lately?


Hudson River Valley Heritage's website got a facelift!

  • This new design serves as a gateway to all the wonderful content you've come to know.
  • Main content sections including collections, exhibits and newspapers can be easily accessed from the home page.
  • We are also featuring resources for teachers with lesson plans utilizing primary sources.
  • The new layout is the result of a team effort including guidance and direction provided by members of the Digital Advisory Committee and implementation support by several members of the SENYLRC staff.
  • With the conclusion of the latest round of HRVH training sessions, new content and collections are on their way for the coming year!

News You Can Use

Empire State Digital Network

The Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) is making headway on their ambitious project to harvest New York's digital assests into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA.) They updated their progress in the most recent newsletter, including a shout-out to our own Jennifer Palmentiero, who is on the metadata committee and advisory committee member W. Mark Colvson, who is the Dean of the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz.

September NY3Rs Newsletter

The most recent edition of the NY3R's Newsletter has lots and lots of updates on the I2NY Initiatives!


NYLA's Library Advocacy Day

Save the date!

Wednesday, Feburary 25, 2015 in Albany, NY

Join with fellow library advocates from across New York State to speak up for libraries and library funding!

I2NY Update: Summit 2

Envisioning an Information Structure for New York State

The next I2NY Summit, sponsored by the NY3R's Association, Inc., is planned for May 11 and 12, 2015 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, NY. The I2NY Summit Planning Team is beginning its work on developing the agenda. More details, including registration and costs, will be avaiable soon on the NY3R's Association, Inc. website.

Looking for a good follow-up from the Aaron Schmidt webinars on assessing and improving your library's website? You can borrow a license from SENYLRC and take your learning to the next level!

Of the thousands of videos on, one that we recommend is Foundations of UX: Content Strategy. ("UX" stands for User eXperience.) This video will help you construct your web content so it delivers for your users. To view the full class or any of the other videos on the site, you can borrow a 30-day license from the SENYLRC registration page.


SENYLRC Matters is a group effort of input from SENYLRC's staff and is edited by Carolyn Bennett, Program Assistant for Communications

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