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SENYLRC Matters September & October 2016: Volume 12, Issue 5

Volume 12, Issue 5

Welcome from Tessa Killian, SENYLRC's Executive Director

Hello Members,

Last year we conducted a survey, as part of our strategic planning process, to ident
ify how the council can better meet the needs you have in your libraries, historical societies and museums. One of the things you told us is that you look to Southeastern for opportunities to network with your colleagues regionally. In order to meet this need, the council is offering additional networking and social opportunities for our members. Last week we had a birthday party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the debut of Hudson River Valley Heritage ( At the end of September we are co-sponsoring a tour and lecture featuring the collection of book conservator Mindell Dubansky at Bard College. Both of these events are mentioned in this newsletter.                      

If you have an exhibit at your organization that you think other museum, archive, or library staff would enjoy seeing, please let us know and we can work with you to arrange and co-sponsor an event. Or if you have ideas for other events, let us know. Field trip, perhaps? So far, we've had great enrollment and positive feedback for these opportunities.

Tessa Killian, Executive



Upcoming SENYLRC Events

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

At a glance:

  • Friday, September 30: "Blooks" Tour and Talk
  • Wednesday, October 5: Mental Health Issues in Libraries
  • Monday, October 24: WORKSHOP: Getting Your Writing Published
  • Tuesday, November 1: Bibliographic Library Instruction SIG (at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh)
  • Wednesday, November 2: Scholarly Communications Unconference at NYLA
  • Wednesday, November 2 - Saturday, November 5: NYLA Conference
  • Monday, November 14: Great Customer Service with Maxine Bleiweis (registration opening soon...)

View for all announced SENYLRC events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

Mental Health Class

Understanding Library Patrons with Mental Health Needs

Mental health problems impact all libraries, learn how to be an effective resource for patrons.

Details for registrants

Understanding Library Patrons with Mental Health Needs

Presenter: Janet Caruso, Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
$10 for members, $15 for non-members

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

Mental Health Issues in Libraries is the beginning of a discussion about potential strategies for library staff serving the public who may have mental health needs. This presentation was created and presented to NYLA – Public Librarians section, staff of the Greater Poughkeepsie Public Library District, and public librarians from the Mid-Hudson Library System. The content is appropriate for staff at all library types in the Southeastern Region, as we are all likely to encounter and have a need to understand and help people with mental health needs. In addition to library patrons, the materials can help with understanding the needs of volunteers, supervisors, friends, family members, etc.

This class will provide an overview of available resources, as well as information about further study and additional trainings for library staff.

Janet Caruso is a librarian and director at Mental Health of America of Dutchess County, located in Poughkeepsie.

All participants will be given a certificate for CE Credits

Cost: $10 for members, including other ESLN members & $15 for non-members

Getting Published Workshop

Getting Started… and Published: A Hands-on Workshop for Librarians

Does the idea of publishing your own material sound exciting, yet intimidating too?

Details for registrants

Getting Started… and Published: A Hands-on Workshop for Librarians

Presenter: Jennifer Kegler, SUNY Brockport
Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
$25 for members, $35 for non-members

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

Would you like to spend a few hours with someone who once felt that way but successfully turned several projects and ideas into peer-reviewed published articles and book chapters?  

Come to this interactive workshop and get inspiration to take your own ideas and research and publish them. Using your regular job duties, interactions with patrons, continuing education opportunities and grant-writing experiences you can generate new ideas for research articles and write about them. Whether you have someone to work with or want to write alone, we will discuss the pros and cons of each, as well as ways to keep organized and creative while writing. We will identify various publishing outlets, including traditional journals and open access titles, and discuss your rights as an author. Learn how to create your own online presence and use your institutional repository (if available) as well as Google Scholar and ORCID. Bring your ideas and your pens or laptops, as we spend time brainstorming, writing, and encouraging each other to just get it done!    

Jennifer Little Kegler has published journal articles regarding information literacy instruction, faculty collaboration with librarians, and cognitive learning theory and online library research guides. She has presented at the state and national level, including the biennial ACRL conferences. She is a Reference Librarian and the Library Instruction Coordinator at the College at Brockport, SUNY, where she has worked since 2005. 

All participants will be given a certificate for CE Credits
Cost: $25 for members, including other ESLN members & $35 for non-members

Customer Service & Fundraising Classes

Customer Service & Fundraising Classes

Maxine Bleiweis is back by popular demand for two classes:

Customer Service and Fundraising!

Customer Service

Getting Closer to the Patron without Sitting in their Laps:

Date: Monday, November 14, 2016, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut St. Spring Valley, NY

Register here:

Are your library patrons experiencing the best service when they walk through your doors? Times have changed and so must libraries. Listen to tips, take a look at the world around us, hear our speaker share personal experiences--good and not-so-good--and leave with a new way of thinking about customer service.

Good customer service policies come from two places - top-down directives from management, and experience from staff on the front lines. But sometimes management directives don't work, and staff members feel like their ideas are not heard. With that in mind, this workshop is open to library workers at all levels and we are offering an incentive for management and staff to come together! In a special deal for SENYLRC and other ESLN member libraries, if you attend with a second person from your member institution to this workshop, we will give that person $10 off their registration fee! (The second (or third, or fourth...) person can register separately at any time under the "second person" listing in the drop-down menu.)


Patron, Can You Spare a Dime?

Date: Monday, November 14, 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut St. Spring Valley, NY

Register here:

As a public library director, Maxine Bleiweis knew that income streams had to diversify in order to keep a budget in balance. That required shedding any discomfort for and lack of experience in fundraising. Bleiweis will be presenting a workshop to show how it can be energizing, affirming and successful. Focusing on both the broad picture and the finer details, you will hear how she raised millions of dollars and what she learned as she managed capital campaigns, galas and individual giving through bequests and donations.

Registration Information for both Classes

Location: Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut St. Spring Valley, NY

Register here

Cost for the classes:

Customer Service Morning class, member, including other ESLN council members - $30
Customer Service Morning class, non-member - $40
Customer Service Morning class, second person from an institution - $20

Fundraising Afternoon class, member, including other ESLN council members  - $30
Fundraising Afternoon class, non-member - $40

Both classes, member, including other ESLN council members  - $45
Both classes, non-member - $55
Both classes, second person from an institution - $35

All attendees will receive a certificate for CE Credits

SEAL 2.0

SEAL 2.0 Rollout

SEAL 2.0 is here!

SEAL 2.0 is here!

Fifty two libraries signed up to use SEAL 2.0 ILL System and staff are placing requests to each other. Kudos to the Rosendale Library for filling the first request in the new system.

Eight training webinars and training classes have already occurred. More classes are scheduled to be held at various locations in the region between now and October 19, 2016. Staff from regional libraries are welcome to register to attend. Sign up for a class and learn all about SEAL and regional interlibrary loan participation.

Attention libraries using ILLiad! We are developing procedures for libraries using ILLiad to use SEAL 2.0 and will provide training soon.

About SEAL 2.0

SENYLRC is continuing in a long tradition of providing libraries in the Hudson Valley with a method to borrow from each other. Southeastern Access to Libraries or SEAL is the current platform for regional interlibrary loan comprised of a virtual union catalog and electronic interlibrary loan system. SENYLRC now has a new platform for SEAL. 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.

Check out the new SEAL 2.0 here:

SEAL Webinars

SEAL in-person Training

Register here:

Monday, September 19, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Cairo Public Library
15 Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY 12413
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Morning Class: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Afternoon Class: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ramapo Catskill Library System
619 RTE 17M, Middletown, NY 10940
Friday, September 23, 2016
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

479 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Hudson Area Library
51 North 5th St., Hudson, NY, 12534
Thursday, September 29, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Finkelstein Memorial Library
24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, New York 10977
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Kent Public Library
17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512


Zines Workshop

Zines at Your Library: Engaging Patrons as Readers – and Authors

Help inspire aspiring creative writers in your library!

Details for registrants

Zines at Your Library: Engaging Patrons as Readers – and Authors!

Presenters: Madeline Veitch & Lidia Willoughby, SUNY New Paltz
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016*
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC Conference Room
$10 for members, $15 for non-members

*Snow Date: Wednesday, December 7

More info and registration at:

What will be covered in the presentation

Register here:

What is a zine? In short, a self-published booklet created to share ideas - whether that's your thoughts on racism in America, stories from your trip out West, or instructions for how to make a mean chili. Want to invite your patrons to become zine readers - and authors?!

This hands-on workshop will dive into the what, why, and how of getting zines into your library. We'll explore the significance of zines in creating space for community dialogue and discuss some of the nuts and bolts of creating a zine collection. We'll look at various models for zine libraries and zine programming from public and academic libraries alike, and do some in-session planning for how you might use zines to solve a need or problem in your library. We'll also roll up our sleeves and learn some techniques for creating zines - from writing, cutting, and pasting to photocopying and stitching final copies in a variety of sizes and layouts!

Lydia Willoughby is a Research and Education Librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz. Madeline Veitch is a Research, Metadata, and Zine Librarian at SUNY New Paltz. Along with zine library interns and campus zinesters, Lydia and Madeline head up instruction, programming, and collection development for the SUNY New Paltz Zine Library.

All participants will be given a certificate for CE Credits

Bibliographic Instruction SIG

Bibliographic Instruction Special Interest Group

A very special meeting with a guest speaker and a new location!

Registration Information

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Kaplan Family Library at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh
Facilitator: Derek Sanderson, Mount Saint Mary College

Guest Speaker: Judy Capurso, SUNY Ulster

Register here:

Info for the Instruction SIG Meeting

Register Here:

This lunchtime SIG will focus on a topic about Library Instruction. We are shaking things up for this month's meeting! We will begin with a presentation by Judy Capurso, Instruction Librarian at SUNY Ulster and recipient of the 2016 Twila Snead Award. She will talk about the one-credit Information Literacy class that she leads and how it has developed over the years. We are also going to have a change in venue, thanks to our hosts at the Kaplan Family Library at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. We will still meet over lunch, and after the meeting, you are welcome to tour the library facility. 

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 previous meetings or haven't been able to participate in a while, we encourage you to join us this time and meet your colleagues!

For SENYLRC and other ESLN 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!)


DHPS NY Press Release

DHPSNY Begins Serving New York State’s Libraries and Archives


September 6, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (September 6, 2016) – Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) is a statewide program established to support the vast network of non-government, unique library and archival repositories that safeguard New York’s historical records.

With the launch of DHPSNY’s website,, qualifying New York organizations can apply for free training and services, including archival needs assessments, preservation and conservation surveys, and strategic planning guidance. Applications are now available, and recipients of DHPSNY’s planning and assessment services will be selected by a competitive review process led by an advisory committee of library, archives, and conservation professionals. 

DHPSNY also offers free education programs for eligible institutions, including a series of webinars and a number of one-on-one workshops delivered to locations throughout the state. The first webinar is September 15th at 2 PM and has been designed specifically for organizations to learn more about DHPSNY’s services and this five-year initiative to systematically document, preserve, and make accessible historical records cared for by the state‘s collecting institutions.

The website will soon feature more resources to encourage interaction between organizations, including a message board and comprehensive online directory of New York’s libraries and archives. In addition, DHPSNY is developing a mentorship program designed to educate as well as build relationships among repositories in the state.

DHPSNY will also lead a documentation planning project for the state of New York. The resulting plan will enrich New York’s historical record by helping repositories throughout the state to identify, survey, collect, and make available historical records relating to under-documented groups and topics.

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York is a collaboration between two long-running New York state programs dedicated to service and support for archival and library research collections throughout the state: the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program and the New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Program. DHPSNY is a program of the New York State Education Department, with services provided through a contract with the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts.

Contact: Jason Henn, Communications Assistant


SENYLRC hosts DHPSNY workshop

SENYLRC is proud to host

"Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics"


Tuesday, November 15th

(registration opening soon)!

"Blooks" Tour & Talk


Blooks: The Art of Books that Aren't

It's a SENYLRC Evening Out!
You're invited to join us for a social event featuring the collection of book conservator Mindell Dubansky at Bard College.

Friday, September 30, 2016

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Library

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

"Blooks" are objects that look like books, but contain a secret world within. Mindell Dubansky, head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation, Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is displaying her unique and world-renowned collection at Bard College this fall. SENYLRC members are invited for an evening out to tour the collection and hear a talk about Ms. Dubansky's work.

Light refreshments and soft drinks will be served.

If you can make it, please RSVP to Tessa:


                   Examples of some of the Blooks that will be on display:

HRVH turns 10!

HRVH turns 10!

Hudson River Valley Heritage turns 10!

SENYLRC officially launched the Hudson River Valley Heritage (HRVH; website at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Council. The success of HRVH is owed to the countless members of our community who have contributed their time, expertise and collections to the effort. The end result is an amazing resource for students, teachers, researchers and the public.

On Friday, September 9th, friends of HRVH gathered at the SENYLRC office to take a fun stroll down memory lane and celebrate our shared accomplishment. Guests were treated to refreshments, a birthday cake and a slide show featuring photos going as far back as 2001 when the planning for regional digitization began. It was also an opportunity for SENYLRC staff to share some new initiatives that will further support our digitization partners in sharing their unique and valuable collections with the world.

It was a wonderful afternoon! SENYLRC is truly grateful for our supportive and dedicated HRVH community. We look forward to the next ten years!

HRVH Fun Facts:

  • HRVH hosted 2,000 files contributed by 10 organizations when we launched in 2006. Today there are almost 55,000 files contributed by over 60 organizations.
  • HRVH resources have been featured in books, magazines, scholarly articles, TV shows, documentary films, and used in a myriad of interesting ways.
  • HRVH had over 322,000 visits and almost 5.5 million page views in 2015-2016.

If you’d like to learn more about HRVH and find out how SENYLRC can help you provide wide access to your archival and special collections, please contact Jen Palmentiero ( or 845-883-9065 x116).

HRVH 10th Birthday Gallery

NYLA Unconference

Scholarly Communications Unconference at NYLA

Scholarly Communications Unconference at NYLA
sponsored by:

Unconference Info

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY
featured speaker: Bryn Geffert,
Library Director, Amherst College

If you can only make it for this event, you don't have to register for the NYLAConference to attend the Scholarly Communications Unconference!

About the Unconference, and why you should attend!

If you are an up-and-coming expert at your library in areas such as institutional repositories, open access, library publishing, and intellectual property or if you want to learn about these topics, please join us for this unconference on topics related to scholarly communications. The program is designed to be an informal exchange of ideas between participants where you have opportunities to discuss best practices as well as emerging initiatives and tools related to this burgeoning field. A team of facilitators will work with participants to plan topics to be examined throughout the day, which will feature lightning presentations and three blocks for topical discussions.The featured speaker is Bryn Geffert, the Library Director at Amherst College (pictured at right). Dr. Geffert will give a presentation on "launching a new publishing venture."

Possible themes for the unconference will be decided by participants, and could include:

  • open access publishing, tools, and initiatives
  • intellectual property (copyright)
  • institutional repositories and digital commons
  • management of research data
  • library publishing
  • service providers

Participants are encouraged to share lightning presentations -- Proposals will be solicited from registrants for brief lightning talks on topics pertaining to scholarly communications such as open access, library publishing, data management, institutional repositories/commons, etc.

Questions about the unconference? Contact Tessa Killian, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council:


Registration on the NYLA page

(sign up for this specific event is not on the first page of the online registration form. First, choose the day(s) you plan on attending NYLA, then select any special tickets you want (if applicable for the day you are attending) then select "ESLN - Scholarly Communications Unconference (FULL DAY)")

Cost: $40 for event, which is partially underwritten by ESLN.


Use this news!

NYLA 2016 Conference

Reminder: There's plenty to do at NYLA 2016, including the ESLN Unconference on Scholarly Communication!

November 2 - 5, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY
The Saratoga Hilton


Register for the NYLA 2016 Annual Conference

What's in it for academic librarians? A lot, actually!

Here is a selected list of offerings of relevance to academic librarians. The program includes many other events and networking opportunities in addition to the following highlights for academics. Please note: There is a special rate for four or more people registering from the same organization. 

Note: You can attend the preconference CE events (e.g. ESLN's Unconference) without registering for the full conference, though we hope that you'll stick around!

Keynote: Garry Golden: Tapping your Inner Futurist: Librarians and the Future of Sustainable Communities.


  • Scholarly Communications Unconference, Empire State Library Network (ESLN)
  • HTML & CSS Building Blocks of Web Design, Jaclyn McKewan, Western NY Library Resources Council
  • Library Freedom Project, Alison Macrina, Director of the Library Freedom Project


  • E-Resource Licensing Made Easier; Richard Kearney, William Paterson University; Tracy Thompson NELLCO Law Library Consortium
  • Good Libraries: Insights from OCLC Research. Eric Childress, OCLC Research (sponsored by ESLN) Library of America at 35. Brian McCarthy, Library of America.
  • Unpleasant Everyday Language Microaggression. Wilma Kakie Glover-Koomson, Haverstraw Kings Daughters Public Library NYCRR Digital Archives (Panel with law librarians)
  • Privacy, Anonymity, and More with Tor. Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project; Nima Fatemi,
  • Tor Project Mapping a City: A Collaborative Project. Teri Blasko, Saratoga Springs Public Library; Jordana Dym, Skidmore College; Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Saratoga Springs City Historian Bridging the Gap in Information Literacy, Doreen Bergman OCM School Library System; Matthew Kopel, Empire State Library Network
  • Winning Support using Logic Models Paul Mastrodonato, Nonprofit Works Can you Learn to be a Visionary? Dr. Terry Kirchner, Westchester Library System
  • Connecting Community Through Human Library Events, Abby Kasowitz-Scheer and Tarida Anantachai, Syracuse University Libraries; Pauline Lynch Shostack, Onondaga Community College; Jake Hare, Liverpool Public Library
  • Update on 2020 Vision Plan: Creating the Future, Claudia Depkin, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries; Bernard Margolis, State Librarian & Assistant Commissioner for Libraries
  • Mobile Applications in Academic Librarians, Kathleen Kasten, Laura Costello, Jamie Saragossi, Stony Brook University Libraries
  • Open Educational Resources Introduction and Analysis, Steven Ovadia, CUNY LaGuardia Community College
  • In the Library of the Future, Dr. Daniel Russell, Google Transgender Competency. Byrgen Finkelman and Renate Hartman, Affirming Transgender Rights; Alex Hoag, Albany Public Library
  • Rudi Weiss Memorial Lecture: Data Visualization. Alison Langmead, University of Pittsburgh
  • Walking the Open Access Talk, Jill Cirasella, CUNY; Amy Buckland, University of Chicago.
  • Get Fancy with your Library Data. Elaine Lasda Bergman, SUNY Albany
  • Friends of Academic Libraries; Charles Cowling, SUNY Brockport; Amy Pass, Sage College Greg Lukianoff, author & attorney:
  • Intellectual Freedom for Breakfast: The Freedom to Speak, the Freedom to Think: Defending the Marketplace of ideas at American Colleges and Universities.

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!

Welcome, Becky Albitz!

A new Library Director for Marist College:

Becky Albitz was recently appointed as the Director of the James A. Cannavino Library at Marist College.  Albitz comes to the Hudson Valley with 26 years of library experience, most recently as the Associate College Librarian for Collection Management at Bates College in Lewiston ME. Prior to Bates, Albitz was the Media Services Librarian at the University of Iowa, the Media and Performing Arts Librarian at NYU, Head Librarian at Penn State Shenango, and the Electronic Resources and Copyright Librarian for Penn State.  She holds a BA in film and English from the University of Rochester, an MA in film from Penn State, an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, and a D.Ed. in Higher Education from Penn State.

Between newsletters, catch up with us on Twitter!

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

Tuxedo Park Library

Newburgh Free Library

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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