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SENYLRC Matters September & October 2015: Volume 11, Issue 5

Volume 11, Issue 5

Welcome from Tessa Killian, SENYLRC's Executive Director

Digitization is breathing new life into the "R" of SENYLRC's name: Resources!

Member libraries have been digitizing resources and adding them to HRVH and HRVH Historical Newspapers for several years. New contributions to these digital repositories have helped to create a tremendous database of resources that are freely available for anyone to use.

The council is dedicated to upgrading digitization tools on an ongoing basis and making the best technology available to members. As a result, users who are searching to find original primary sources - the resources of your institution - are better able to find what they need.

I highly encourage you to take a look at the newly uploaded content on both the newspaper site and Digital Public Library of America, which are featured in this issue.

As many of you start a new academic year, you may find some value to the primary sources included in these collections of historical materials. Or you may just enjoy searching to dig up lost local history, or signing up for an account to work towards being the top text corrector for Historical Newspapers!

-Tessa Killian
Executive Director

image source: The Irvington Gazette, 31 July 1908, page 5

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Upcoming SENYLRC Events

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

At a glance:

  • Wednesday, September 16: Library Website Usability and Design Class
  • Thursday, September 17: Board of Trustees Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 7: HRVH Update Webinar
  • Wednesday, October 14: eBooks: An Unconference
  • Thursday, October 15: Board of Trustees Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 21-Saturday October 24 NYLA in Lake Placid, NY
  • Friday, October 30: Train the Trainer: Serving Resume-Writing Patrons
  • Tuesday, November 10: HRVH Unconference

View for all announced SENYLRC events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

Website Usability Class

Library Website Usability & Design

Is your website working for your patrons?

Web UX with Carol Anne Germain

Library Website Usability and Design

Teacher: Carol Anne Germain, SUNY UAlbany
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
Cost: $15 for members, including all NY3R's members, $20 for non-members

More info and registration at:

All participants will receive a certificate of completion for CE Credits

About the User Experience Class

Register here:

For most libraries the Web page is the virtual gateway to access Web-based resources and services. It is essential that libraries engage in usability initiatives to ensure that users have positive and productive experiences with the site.  To create a quality website, developers need to be thoughtful about design and user experience.

Usability testing is a worthwhile endeavor, but can seem overwhelming, yet it is doable. Strategies of usability testing vary and include think-aloud protocol, card sorting, and using screen capturing software, to facilitate in-depth analysis of a user session. Through this program’s exercises, attendees will have an opportunity to develop and articulate usability initiatives for their respective institutions. This interactive workshop will highlight the basics of website design, usability testing, and strategies for conducting usability. 

Carol Anne Germain is an Information Literacy Librarian at the University at Albany. In this position, she teaches information literacy courses, participates in reference, and develops web-based instructional resources. Her research interests include Web usability, the persistence of URLs in academic resources, and information literacy. In 2012, Dr. Germain completed her Ph.D. in Information Science.

Nyack Library in DPLA

Nyack Library in Digital Public Library of America

The Nyack Library is the latest HRVH collection that is now in

Digital Public Library of America!

Nyack Library

Main Street in Piermont, NYMiss Esther Rose's fourth grade class, Upper Nyack, NY

Main Street in Piermont, NY and Miss Esther Rose's fourth grade class, Upper Nyack, NY

 Building the Tappan Zee Bridge: ProgressHook Mountain, Nyack, NY

Building the Tappan Zee Bridge: Progress and Hook Mountain, Nyack, NY

Nyack Library

These are just a few of their thousands of photos for you to enjoy! Visit all of Nyack's thousands of documents here:

First Church of Christ, Scientist; South Nyack, NY

First Church of Christ, Scientist; South Nyack, NY

Irvington Newspapers


Recently, we debuted an all new HRVH Historical Newspapers website. In the past few days, we added three new local papers to the site!

About these papers

The Irvington Gazette a go-to paper for vintage ads, hyper-local historic news, and Hudson River Valley history. The paper spans from 1907-1969, and documents details of the lives of people who lived, worked, and visited the village during that time. It is a perfect primary source for understanding what daily life was like during that time.

The Palisades was published from 1943-1946 at Camp Shanks, in Orangetown NY. This was the largest Army embarkation port in the United States during WWII. About 75% of the soldiers who participated in the D-Day invasion were processed at Camp Shanks before heading to Europe. After the war, the camp became Shanks Village and provided housing for veterans attending New York colleges and universities under the G.I. Bill. In 1956, the newspaper changed its name to The Shanks Villager and was published until 1953. Shanks Village closed in 1954.

Irvington Gazette

The Irvington Gazette (1907-1969) has been contributed by the Irvington Public Library.

The Irvington Gazette:

The Palisades & The Shanks Villager

The Palisades (1943-1946) and its successor, The Shanks Villager (1946-1953), have been contributed by the Library Association of Rockland County.

The Palisades:

The Shanks Villager:

Digitize your newspapers with us!

What is new on HRVH Historical Newspapers?

Our recent upgrade to the latest Veridan software means that the HRVH News site has a number of new improvements that will benefit both users and content providers. For instance, users now have full PDF viewing of pages & better searching. As always, we will help HRVH members digitize and preserve their newspapers with the most affordable and sustainable technology, at the best available quality.

In addition to the technical specifications, users that sign up for an account can: save searches with lists, share those searches with private lists, and improve the site by correcting the computer-generated text.

Do you have a collection that you want to share with the community? Digitization is a great way to get more access to hidden collections! Jennifer Palmentiero will be happy to answer all your questions and help walk you through the process and make decisions to work within your budget and your users' needs. You can email her: or call (845) 883-9065 x116.

eBooks Unconference

eBooks: An Unconference

Join your colleagues to update your e-savvy!

Unconference Details

eBooks: An Unconference

Guest Speaker: Nancy Grimaldi, EBSCO
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 9:30am - 12:30am
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
free for members, including all NY3R's members

More info and registration at:

About Unconferences, AKA “open space:” Participants choose their own topics and time frames for discussions. The group meets together, and then breaks out into smaller discussion groups. Over the course of a few rounds, individuals can change groups to join in new conversations. At the end of the meeting, everyone re-groups to share ideas and comments.

All about the eBook Conversation

The event will feature a presentation by Nancy Grimaldi of EBSCO. She will address answer your questions about ebook purchasing and management options for programs such as: individual, 1B1U, subject sets, loan-to-own, subscriptions, the new EBSCO app, and patron-driven-access (PDA).

Possible topics for the open space, or “unconference” include:

  • Problems and solutions with the discovery and access of eBooks.
  • Best practices for including eBooks in catalogs.
  • Cooperative projects in the area that are currently underway.
  • Choosing the best platforms, access models, and pricing structures.
  • Ideas for convincing service providers to create a consistent product.
  • Sharing favorite tools for managing eBooks.
  • Any other idea that you would like to bring to the table on this topic!

All participants will receive a certificate of completion for CE Credits

Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer: Serving Resume-Writing Patrons

Do you have the resume writing skills necessary to help your job-seeking patrons?

Train the Trainer with Ellen Mehling

Train the Trainer: Serving Your Resume-Writing Patrons

Teacher: Ellen Mehling
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
Cost: $15 for members, including all NY3R's members, $20 for non-members

More info and registration at:

All participants will receive a certificate of completion for CE Credits

About the Resume Class

Register here:

Many job seekers turn to the library for guidance in finding a job or changing their existing employment situation for the better. Do you regularly or occasionally assist patrons who are looking for work, and want to be able to advise them regarding their resume writing? This workshop will cover the basics of resume writing and provide tips and advice for serving patrons who are creating or improving their resumes, including some challenges you may encounter and how to handle them.

BONUS! You might pick up some tips along the way to improve YOUR resume...

Ellen Mehling has been advising job seekers, including the general public, information professionals and library school students, for ten years. Since 2009 she's been Career Development Consultant at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), where she writes a career column and Q&A each month, advises individual myMETRO members on their careers & job searches, and teaches workshops and webinars (among other things!) She is also a Job Information Resource Librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library

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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Pawling Free Library

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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Library Programs 2 Symposium

About the Symposium

Do you find yourself coming up short on good programming ideas?

Looking for creative program opportunities for your library, school or social group?

Want to meet some performers and presenters who can fill your programming void?

Answers to these question can be found at the
Second Annual Library Programs2Symposium
October 16, 2015 / 12:00 - 2:00 pm

University at Albany, Campus Center Ballroom

Second Annual Library Programs2Symposium

We are bringing new and innovative types of programming information to libraries, schools and other institutions across the Capital District region and beyond. This event features exhibits of programs from educational, entertainment, social, and cultural programming specialists. These informative displays will highlight presentations and demonstrations that will focus on education, entertainment, and cultural awareness, creating new programming opportunities to bring back to your institution. And it’s FREE.

This year's Programs2 Symposium includes over 50 presenters who offer a variety of programs, workshops, classes and demonstrations. We will also have fabulous door prizes and light refreshments.

Please go to our website for additional information:

Who is this “We”, anyway?

We are the University at Albany IST666 class for Summer 2015. We are all graduate students in the Information Science program at the University at Albany and will one day be planning our own educational programming at institutions similar to yours.

An RSVP would be nice (not necessary) either to (our instructor) or via the RSVP link at .

See you on October 16th!

Use this news!

Wyoming Webinar Website!

Looking to squeeze in some more CE over lunch? The good people at the Wyoming State Library have an ongoing list of free webinars for librarians. These classes are sponsored by organizations from all over such as state libraries, GrantSpace, WebJunction, and many, many others. Very cool!

Between newsletters, catch up with us on Twitter!

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.


SENYLRC members are welcome to participate in an online presentation and Q&A with Oliver Pesch of Ebsco about COUNTER, SUSHI and usage in the library, hosted by CLRC.

October 15, 12pm-1pm

Register here:

Read an eBook Day

(this item via MHLS) The purpose of 'Read an eBook Day' is to celebrate digital reading as a great way to connect readers with their libraries and authors they love. Given that September is Library Card Sign-up Month, Read an eBook Day is the perfect time to introduce all your new users to your digital collection! Libraries and users alike are encouraged to share what they're reading, how they are celebrating on social media and join the #eBookLove conversation. You can also send users to  for reading recommendations based on their favorite genres.

To help spread the word and get your community excited about the MHLS Digital Download collection at Here are some quick promotional ideas from OverDrive:

Issue a press release to your local news outlets. There is a template you can download at
1. Put a "Read an eBook Day" graphic on your library website and link it to the MHLS Digital Download collection at 3 graphics available:

2. Use these marketing materials to promote both inside and outside your community


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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