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Southeastern News May & June 2018: Volume 14, Issue 2

Volume 14, Issue 2



Join us for a Retirement Party in honor of Judy FischettiDear Members,

Southeastern's Resource Sharing Librarian, Judy Fischetti, is retiring at the end of June. We are celebrating Judy and her 40-year career as a librarian -- and you are invited to the party! Many of you know Judy as the regional interlibrary loan expert and mainstay of SEAL since 1999. Please join the staff and trustees in honoring our esteemed colleague. We will have light refreshments, a toast to Judy, and music.

If you plan on attending, RSVP online here.

Warm Regards,

Tessa Killian

Upcoming Southeastern Events

Keep scrolling down the newsletter for details on each of these events.

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View for all announced Southeastern events on our upcoming events webpage

What is happening at Southeastern?

Annual Meeting 2018

Annual Meeting 2018

Registration is now open for
Southeastern's 51st Annual Meeting

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Registration Information

Registration Deadline is May 25!
Southeastern's 51st Annual Meeting
Friday, June 1st from 9:00am - 1:00pm
This year's meeting will be held at
Vassar College, Villard Room in the Main Building

Event Details

Featuring James LaRue, Director Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association and Executive Director, The Freedom to Read Foundation, who will present a keynote presentation on Intellectual Freedom, Social Justice, and the Signs of the Times.

Intellectual freedom is one of the core values of librarianship. But it hasn’t always been so. And it has been facing new challenges lately. Today, not only books are challenged. Libraries, schools, and universities have been attacked for their programs, exhibits, displays, and even databases. How should today’s librarians navigate a world in which there is both support for social justice, and profound attempts to silence dissent?

Schedule of Events:

9:00am  Continental breakfast, registration, and vendor displays
9:30am  Welcome remarks by Tessa Killian, Executive Director, Southeastern
9:45am  Business meeting, committee recognition, and Twila Snead Award presentation by Mary Ellen Leimer, Board of Trustees President, Southeastern
10:45am Keynote Presentation by James LaRue “Intellectual Freedom, Social Justice, and the Signs of the Times”
12:00pm  Lunch & networking opportunities
1:00pm  Optional Tours of Vassar College

Accommodations for the meeting have been made possible in part by our generous sponsors:


Accessiblity and Acronyms

Web Accessibility Tips

You might have heard a lot about web accessibility recently. From alt text to better color contrast, many of us are working on making our web pages easier for everyone to use. If you want to learn more of what you can do to help with improving your online presence, we put together a playlist of videos from that will get you started.

You can find that Modern Accessibility playlist here:

In order to view these videos and all of the thousands of other training videos on Lynda, Southeastern members can sign up for a 30-day license using the online form here.

Not sure what we're talking about? View a sample video, Accessibility on iOS and Android, below.

Long Time Lurker...

Hello from Southeastern!

You may have noticed that over the course of the past year, we've been quietly changing the way we talk about ourselves. We are well aware that "Southeastern New York Library Resources Council" is just about the longest organization name any of us know. Moreover, we concede that "SENYLRC" is an unwieldy acronym. (For the record, it's verbalized as seny-LURK). Going forward, we invite you to join us as we simply call ourselves "Southeastern."

One of the priorities of our most recent plan was to consider re-branding ourselves and possibly changing our name. Not many organizations are blessed such a literally descriptive moniker as ours! After weighing our options, we chose to stick with our 50-year-old birth name. However, we have decided to shed the acronym and its associated lurker-ness. Yes, you'll still find us at, and email us, and our acronym persists on signage and commemorative rocks and reams of stationery and other places. We are well aware that old habits die hard, so we don't mind if "SENYLRC" lurks for a while longer. But whenever abbreviation is needed in the future, we will simply refer to ourselves by our first name. 

One other thing -- next time you see us at a conference or event, don't be taken aback if you hear us say we're from "Southeastern Library Council" -- we're still lin New York, and we still provide resources. We just want to speed up the process of introducing ourselves. 

As always, we remain yours,

The Southeastern Staff

InfoLit SIG

Information Literacy Instruction SIG

A blurred picture of attendees at a previous SIG meeting.


A discussion for academic librarians who teach.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

10:30 - 1:30

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council Conference Room

Convener: Jen Park, Mount Saint Mary College

About this meeting

This lunchtime SIG will focus on a topic about Library Instruction. We will meet over lunch (BYO or join us for a deli order.) At this meeting, we will reflect on success and failure stories from the past academic year, and we will look to the coming year by focusing on measures of assessment as they relate to the learning outcomes. As always, the specific agenda will be up to the participants.

NOTE: The Information Literacy Instruction (InfoLit) SIG was formerly known as the Bibliographic Instruction SIG.

For Southeastern and other ESLN members, there is no cost to register for this meeting.

Educator Lab

Educator Lab: High School to College Transition

Educator Lab: High School to College Transition — a three-day event!

Registration Details

Southeastern, in conjunction with Dutchess, Ulster, & Orange-Ulster BOCES Presents:

Educator Lab: High School to College Transition

Date: Tuesday, June 26 - Thursday, June 28
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: FDR Museum & Mount Saint Mary College
Event co-sponsors: Dutchess BOCES, Ulster BOCES, Orange-Ulster BOCES

These workshops will take place over three days. Attendees can come to one, two, or all three of the classes. See full class descriptions below.

Hudson Valley Resources
Tuesday, June 26, 9:00am - 4:00pm
@FDR Presidential Library and Museum
Hyde Park, NY

Information Literacy
Wednesday, June 27, 9:00am - 4:00pm
@FDR Presidential Library and Museum
Hyde Park, NY

Research Proficiency
Thursday, June 28, 9:00am - 4:00pm
@Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave, Newburgh, NY

Classes are $30 each, or $75 for the entire series. Lunch is included.

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council is a certified sponsor of CTLE credit through the New York State Department of Education. Each class is 6 hours.

Register here:

and on the Dutchess, Ulster, Orange-Ulster or Sullivan site.

Registration Deadline is June 4, 2018!

Event Information

These Information literacy and research proficiency workshops will use active learning techniques to introduce classroom teachers to a wide range of free teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st century classroom. The classes will be taught by college and school librarians to provide educators with a solid foundation for teaching students how to be more information literate and how to use research in action so they are prepared for college.

These workshops will take place over three days. Attendees can come to one, two, or all three of the classes.

Who is the audience for these workshops?
Any 6th-12th grade classroom teacher who assigns research projects.

6/26/2018 Archival Resources in the Hudson Valley:
Learn about the network of local primary sources, many of which are unique to our region. You will learn about how use archives and government resources in school projects and how to incorporate websites like Hudson River Valley Heritage into lesson plans.
This workshop will be held at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY
6/27/2018 Information Literacy:
Understanding effective search on Google and Wikipedia, website evaluation, copyright, plagiarism, citing sources, and how to incorporate Empire State Information Fluency Continuum and other standards in assignments that foster critical thinking.
This workshop will be held at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY 

6/28/2018 Research Proficiency:
What is expected in a current college research assignment, how to create good research questions, time management, achieving an understanding of how to incorporate the library’s catalog, databases, and lesser-known services into effective research. This class will be held in a college library and will cover hands-on activities that you can apply to your own school’s library and other academic libraries in the Hudson Valley.
This workshop will be held at the the Mount Saint Mary College Library in Newburgh, NY

The workshops will include ongoing work on an annotated bibliography of resources that attendees can use in support of an instructional unit or objective. All participants will receive a binder of handouts for use in classroom instruction.

Reference SIG

Information Literacy Instruction SIG

Reference Special Interest Group Meeting July 18, 2018 and an image of a patron reading books that are flying around him.


A discussion for librarians who help patrons get what they need.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

9:30am - 12:30pm

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council Conference Room

Convener: Beth Zambito, Newburgh Free Library

The meeting is open to staff from all library types: academic, public, hospital, special, etc.

About this meeting

This will be the third 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 what they need. Discussion will focus on print and online reference collections and resources, as well as statistics and tracking reference questions.

The discussion will be informal, and the agenda will be finalized by attendees based on what topics are of interest to the group.

For Southeastern and other ESLN members, there is no cost to register for this meeting.

Regional News

Academic Libraries 2018 Conference

Save the Date!

The Library is Open: Academic Libraries 2018 Conference

October 11 & 12, 2018 | Hotel Ithaca, Ithaca, NY

Trends in higher education are introducing open learning, Open Educational Resources (OERs), educational commons, and other notions of openness in academic communities. To meet these needs, academic libraries are reimagining their spaces, collections, technologies, and services to position themselves for a future that is more open. What has your library done to become more open?

If you have any questions about a proposal, please contact: Amber Amidon by email at or by phone at (315) 268-4454.


Visit the Academic Libraries Conference page for more information, including a tentative schedule and list of invited speakers. We look forward to seeing you there!


Academic Libraries 2018 is sponsored by the Empire State Library Network, New York Library Association's Academic and Special Libraries Section, and the Eastern NY Association of College & Research Libraries.

40th Annual Conference of NYSLAA

Registration for the 40th Annual Conference of the New York State Library Assistants' Association ends soon! 

All library staff are welcome to attend this great event that will be held June 6-8, 2018 in Corning, NY.  Meet and share ideas with library staff from around the state, and learn a new thing or two! 

Final registration is due by May 11 


Employment Opportunities on the Southeastern 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!


Mini-Conference on Blockchain and the Information Profession

The Second annual Library 2.018 mini-conference: "Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 7th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This is a free event, being held online.

This event is being organized in partnership with Drs. Sue Alman and Sandra Hirsh from the San Jose State University School of Information as part of their IMLS-funded investigation of the potential uses of blockchain technology for the information professions.

Speakers will include: Dan Blackaby, Todd A. Carpenter, Frank Cervone, Christina Cornejo, Miguel Figueroa, Patricia C. Franks, PhD, CA, CRM, IGP, Toby Greenwalt, Jason Griffey, M Ryan Hess, Amy Jiang, Stacey Johnson, Bohyun Kim, Heather A. McMorrow, Eric Meyer, Robert Norton, Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca, Ravi Singh, and Link Swanson.

2018 New York Archives Conference

Registration for the 2018 New York Archives Conference is now open!
The conference will be held at SUNY Albany, June 6-8, 2018.
Conference information, the program, and registration can be found here:

Come hear our plenary speaker Thomas Ruller, the State Archivist present on the future of archives in New York state and its initiatives. This year’s Thursday evening reception will take place on the 4th Floor of the New York State Museum, where attendees can take free rides on its historic carousel, built in 1912 by the Herschell-Spillman Company based in North Tonawanda, NY. Additionally, there are permanent exhibits of New York State history to view during the reception.

Two workshops will be held on Wednesday. The Society of American Archivists will host the DAS course, Tool Integration from Pre-SIP to DIP and the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) will host Identification and Preservation of Photo Collections.

NYAC is excited to offer sessions on Preservation and Management of Born Digital Records; Next Generation Historians; Poster sessions will take place on Thursday afternoon. More information on sessions can be found in the program. 

This year will feature a Mentorship Luncheon on Thursday, hosted by DHPSNY, registration required..

Be sure to check out the Local Arrangement Blog for details on campus locations, places to stay if the dorm life isn't for you, and more!  

Join us for intellectual and professional development, networking, food, and fun at NYAC in Albany, NY!


SUNYLA 2018: Throw Open Our Doors: Academic Librarians Open to New Experiences, Opinions, and Viewpoints

Finger Lakes Community College
June 13-15, 2018

There has been a lot of talk about "open" lately -- open educational resources, open pedagogy, open access, etc. At the SUNYLA 2018 Annual Conference, we will delve into the concept of openness through the more general terms of openly welcoming new ideas, campus partners, materials, and strategies into our libraries. Please join us at Finger Lakes Community College on June 13-15, 2018, as we explore how our academic libraries are pushing the boundaries beyond books and databases and opening new territory both within and beyond our walls.

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Library Skills Academy

The Library Skills Academy, formerly the Library Assistants Training Program, is coming to a new location!

NYLA Headquarters, Guilderland, NY

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

The cost for the program is $215 for NYLA Members and $255 for NON-NYLA Members.
All materials and lunch each day are included in the registration fee.

Space is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis.

 For more information and to register click here.

There are two scholarships available for this program for diverse applicants – contact for details.

What is the Library Skills Academy?

This high level program is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in public and academic libraries. To receive a certificate, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program.

The course is offered on the same day over the course of three weeks (e.g. three consecutive Tuesdays), and each class is six hours long.

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Southeastern News is a group effort of input from Southeastern's staff and is edited by Carolyn Bennett Glauda, Member Services Librarian for Education and Outreach.

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