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May-June 2014 SENYLRC Matters

Welcome to the May - June 2014 issue of SENYLRC Matters! To navigate this newsletter, you can click on the tabs above to jump between stories, or scroll down for a summary of what is going on in the council this spring. As always, if you have anything to add or any stories you would like us to cover, please send an email to Carolyn. We hope to see you all in person at the annual meeting, just a few weeks away on Friday, June 6!

Annual Meeting 2014

This year's meeting will be held on Friday, June 6th from 8:30am - 1:00pm at
The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY


You can help us have an accurate head count!
RSVP by Friday, May 30th

Annual Meeting Cost:
(This event is partially subsidized by SENYLRC)
SENYLRC Governing and HRVH Members - $20 per person
SENYLRC Non-members - $35 per person
Am I a member? Check our website here for your organization

Board of Trustees

Candidates for Election to SENYLRC’s Board of Trustees

Four candidates have volunteered to run for four open positions on SENYLRC’s Board of Trustees with terms commencing July 1, 2014. Two candidates will represent the academic library community, one represents the school library systems, and another represents the cultural heritage community.

One person from each SENYLRC governing member institution is eligible to vote for the candidates no later than June 2, 2014. The election ballot in this SurveyMonkey link:

The candidates for election to the SENYLRC Board of Trustees  are:

Representing the Academic Library Community:

Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli, Mount Saint Mary College, Library Director (up for election for a 2nd full 5-year term through 2019)


Sarah Canino, Vassar College Music Library (up for election for a 2nd full 5-year term through 2019)

Representing the Cultural Heritage Community:

Duane Watson, Curator, Wilderstein Historic Site (up for election for a 1st term through 2019)

Representing School Library Systems:

Rebecca Gerald, Dutchess BOCES School Library System Coordinator) (up for election to complete an unexpired term through 2015)

SENYLRC would also like to express its appreciation to James Cosgrove, Library Director of the Marlboro Free Library, who is leaving the Board after representing the cultural heritage community for the last two years.

Empire Collaborations - Registration Continues

Empire Collaborations –– Registration Continues

NY3Rs/NYLA ASLS Section Academic Librarians 2014


University at Albany (Uptown Campus), June 9 – June 13

Registration Continues for Empire Collaborations  (Academic Librarians 2014 & SUNYLA 2014)! To foster stronger academic library collaborations in New York State, the NY 3Rs Association, Inc., the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association, and the State University of New York Librarians Association (SUNYLA) are co-hosting a joint conference. This weeklong extravaganza of learning and networking is scheduled for June 9 through June 13, 2014 at the University at Albany.  Plans are underway and include some exciting guest speakers (including hint, hint Wicked, Barbara Stripling, Lee Rainie, Maureen Sullivan – and many others), a Thursday evening cruise along the scenic and historic Hudson River, a Friday Publishers Playhouse, and time to socialize and share ideas with your favorite colleagues (and new ones, too!).

Register and find information at http://empire2014.orgDeadline for Registration:  May 24, 2014.

Note: If you work in a library within New York State and are receiving this message, there is a 99% likelihood that you are a NY3Rs member (via your library or library system), and may also belong to NYLA. Student rates are also available, making it a great opportunity for future librarians to network, too! If you have questions regarding your NY 3Rs status or other questions about the conference, feel free to contact Mary-Carol Lindbloom at

Stay for a day or two, stay for the week! There are many registration options!


--the Empire Collaborations Planning Team


Woo Ju Memorial Library

The Woo Ju Memorial Library is part of the Buddhist Association of the United States, located in Carmel, NY. The library was established by Dr. C.T. Shen to commemorate his wife, Woo Ju Shen, for her 20 years of dedication to Buddhism. The library circulates materials offering information on Buddhism in a variety of formats in both English and Chinese and is open to all.

The Woo Ju Memorial Library.

The library is open to all visitors who have an interest in Buddhism. They have English books, Chinese books, Multimedia, Periodicals, Children’s books, and Reference books to support a diverse audience and function. The library currently holds approximately 3,500 books in Chinese, 1,500 books in English, 500 reference materials, 300 books in the kids collection, and 200 items in the multimedia collection.

You can contact them or find out more information about their library at

Columbia County Supreme Court Library

The Columbia County Supreme Court Library is located in Claverack, NY.

It is part of the 3rd Judicial District.

The librarian in charge is Laura Hankin, and the library is open

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
except State Holidays

For contact information, you can visit the Columbia County Law Library website.

New Program for Community College Libraries

SENYLRC will partner with five regional community colleges: Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster, on a one year program to expand usage of the health information sources from the National Library of Medicine. This is through an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Middle Atlantic Region (Del, NJ, NY and PA) at the University of Pittsburgh. The year-long project began in May and includes professional development for librarians and faculty to promote instruction for students studying to become health professionals. The outreach to faculty and students will take place during the 2014-2015 academic year through college specific plans which will target health professions students in general, but especially graduating students so they will be better prepared to transition to the workplace and support ongoing education and professional information needs.

May NY3Rs Newsletter

Click here to catch up on news from the other councils in the NY3Rs Association!

FCC & Net Neutrality

As we have reported on before, Net Neutrality is an important issue that will have real impact on library work. Please see the following announcement that Robert Hubsher posted on NYLINE recently:

The FCC wants to continue to hear from Americans across the country about the proposed rules for the Open Internet (net neutrality). There is an extended four-month public comment period opened on May 15 -- 60 days (until July 15) to submit initial comments and another 57 days (until September 10) for reply comments.

If you want to send an e-mail response to the FCC about the proposed rules you can do so via e-mail at: You can also file a comment using the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (Proceeding 14-28 refers to the Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet proposal): You can read the already filed comments at:

Librarian II Exam

Attention Librarians who are looking for Civil Service Placement!

Dutchess County Department of Human Resources has announced an open competitive exam for Librarian II.

Candidates must meet the following requirements on or before May 30, 2014: A Master's degree in librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department, and two years professional library experience subsequent to M.L.S.

If that interests you, the full details are in the .pdf below...

Download the PDF Here

Job Vacancy at MHLS

MHLS Automation Coordinator - Resource Sharing Services:The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) is seeking an experienced librarian to serve as Automation Coordinator in support of resource sharing services. The Coordinator's primary responsibilities are: (1) to work cooperatively with member libraries and vendors to administer the MHLS integrated library platform (ILP); (2) supervise Cataloging Services; (3) develop and maintain ILP, cataloging and related documentation; (4) and provide support and training to the staff of member libraries. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative in a collaborative decision making environment.   

MHLS supports an Innovative hosted Sierra ILP for 66 member libraries in 5 counties. The ILP provides access to more than 2.3 million items and annually performs more than 4 million circulation transactions. MHLS has been selected by Innovative as an early adopter for Encore 4.4. Cataloging Services provides copy and original cataloging, maintains more than 650,000 bibliographic records, and works with member libraries to implement local policy.

Minimum qualifications are:

  • Master's degree (MLS, MIS) from an ALA accredited institution
  • Two years of ILS/ILP experience;
  • Two years of cataloging and classification experience; and
  • Two years of supervisory experience.

Hiring salary for this full time position is $55,000-$60,000 with excellent benefits including New York State retirement; medical and dental insurance; and paid vacation and sick leave. To apply please submit a letter of interest addressing each minimum qualification and a resume to: Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Our local DPLA Community Rep

Congratulations to SENYLRC Member Anthony Hosmer of the Rockland BOCES School Library System, who will be working as a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) community rep! What do DPLA community reps do?

From their website:

DPLA Community Reps will:

  • Organize activities that promote DPLA as a portal, platform, or public option using DPLA materials;
  • Share materials and feedback from outreach efforts (blog posts, group notes, Storify stories, images, video, etc.);
  • Check in with DPLA staff about progress and share experiences via the DPLA Reps listserv;
  • Collaborate with DPLA staff and other Reps to plan and pursue new outreach initiatives;
  • Be willing to participate in speaking or event opportunities as requested by DPLA; and
  • Represent DPLA formally as an acknowledged Rep on our website and informally through various networks.

DPLA Community Reps will be selected based on their creative ideas, experience, and geographic distribution. If you are interested in applying, drop them a line at

Oh, the places your HRVH photo will go!

This is something pretty cool! A few weeks ago, Mary Jo Russell, the librarian at Vassar Brothers Medcial Center, got a call from a woman in New York who works for the talk show Katie starring Katie Couric. On April 15, Katie's guest was Chef Roble, who wanted to talk about his family heritage in the kitchen. In the 1960s, Chef Roble's grandfather was a chef at Vassar Brothers hospital, and a producer found a photo of him on HRVH. After getting permission from the hospital, the producers used a version of the photo from HRVH to illustrate their guest's history, and they added a credit to the hospital for the image.

VBMC Photo

 Photo from Vassar Brothers Medical Center featuring HRVH and the clip from Katie.

You can view the original photo here on HRVH.

Video from Katie Couric's show

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

This past February, we conducted a survey of librarians in the region to find out who is interested in having Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings on selected library-related topics. There were 45 of you who responded with a resounding YES! We are delighted to hear that you want to have these meetings and you are willing to help out and convene them! The SIG meetings will be led by librarians who work in the region and SENYLRC will help; choose topics based on your suggestions from this survey.

Starting at the end of June, and continuing throughout the summer months, the council will host several SIGs on various library-related topics. The first five topics are: Digitization, Reference, Information Technology, Instruction, and Cataloging. The purpose of these SIGs is to bring together staff from different member organizations with similar professional specialties so that they can exchange ideas and keep informed about current developments in their fields.

These meetings are listed on the Upcoming Workshops section of They are free to attend, but please register so that we can plan accordingly.

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
21 South Elting Corners Road | Highland, NY 12528
Phone: (845) 883-9065