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SENYCon: SENYCon 2020

An archive of presentations, photos and documents from Southeastern's annual conference

April 3, 2020

The 5th Annual SENYCon, scheduled during the second month of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, was held virtually. Please see below for copies of the presentations, handouts, links, and videos.

Program of events

Intermission Slides

Effective Project Management Techniques

10:00am-10:20am  Lindsay Jankovitz, Marlboro Free Library

Learn the importance of creating a team contract and developing a project schedule, how to create mechanisms for transparency and accountability, how to use effective project communication strategies, and how to manage dysfunction when working in teams.

Secure Network Design for Small Organizations

10:20am-10:55am Zack Spalding, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council

This presentation will be help explain the basic building blocks of creating a secure secure network for smaller organizations.  Many Small organizations either don't have or can't afford larger commercial network solutions.  But this presentation will explain basic network design and show the audience how to start building a more secure infrastructure.

A Holistic Approach to Programming

11:00am-11:30am  Amy Smith, Dawn Jardine, Paul Agne, Renee Zhang, Red Hook Public Library

Our presentation is a half-hour, interactive session called "A Holistic Approach to Programming". Our intent is to help participants re-examine their approaches to program development. Participants will gain confidence and inspiration about their abilities to design and implement substantive content for community-centered programs.

The interactive elements of this program encourage participants to consider how their definitions of creativity, failure and communication are affecting their program development. Creativity is more than artistic skill; it can be a librarian’s tool to making connections between current events, community interests, or brainstorming sessions and exciting program content. We then turn to what constitutes a “failed” program. Our aim is to show them how “failure” is as much about stasis as it is about low attendance. Finally, we look at ways in which librarians participate in the communities they serve. We believe that genuine involvement fosters relationships that in turn provide the kind of communication that’s fundamental to developing effective programs.

Usability Studies Made Easy

11:30am-12:15am  Nancy Murillo and Deborah Canzano (Deborah Canzano is tentative), Orange County Community College Library

Have you ever wanted to conduct a usability study for your library website, but were afraid it would require too much time and/or resources?  This presentation will provide an overview of how our Library designed a simple, effective usability study following some basic guidelines.  We will offer tips on deciding what will work best for your needs and discuss the tools need to prepare, conduct and follow-up with the process. 

We will cover: How to prepare for the study. How to conduct the usability interviews. How to evaluate the results of the interviews. Implementing changes. Following up.  

SENYCon 2020


A playlist of the presentations

Couldn't be with us on April 3, 2020? View all of the presentations and the welcome video in a playlist here:

Tracking Outcomes in a Hospital Library: Win, Lose, or Draw?

1:00pm-1:20pm  Mary Jo Russell, Frank Appell, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital

In the world of health care, quality is the top outcome indicator and one that hospital administrators follow closely.  Does having a hospital librarian providing research services make a positive impact on the quality of care for patients?  In an attempt to answer that question, three hospitals in three different settings have embarked on a pilot outcomes study to provide data in support of our research services.  This presentation will outline the challenges of this pilot and present the data collected in the first quarter of 2020.

Advocating for School Libraries in Your Town

1:20pm-2:00pm  Jen Park, Ramapo Catskill Library System

September 2018 saw a new book checkout schedule for students in the Mahwah Public School system. The targeted population, elementary school students, were no longer allowed to check books out each week during their designated library visit. Instead, they were limited to checking books out every two or three weeks depending on the grade. In learning about this decision, Jen Park, a parent and professional librarian, questioned the reasoning and approached the elementary school administration, and, subsequently, the Mahwah Board of Education. After months of strategic planning, questioning, and making the issue known throughout the tri-state area by way of media, the checkout schedule was amended with additional benefits added.

This presentation will provide specific insight into the how's and why's of advocating for the school library system as well as advocacy for libraries in general. Participants will learn the timeline of events and gain insight into when it's appropriate to involve town parents, professional library organizations, and the media. Participants will receive examples of Op Ed pieces as well as instructions on how to engage with a Board of Education. Participants will become further aware that advocacy extends beyond their own institution-type (academic, public, school) and that as a team we can support information literacy on a larger scale.

Scanding in the Stacks

2:00pm-2:20pm  Rodney Hoffner, Mount Saint Mary College

In January 2019, Kaplan Family Library at Mount Saint Mary College undertook an inventory project with the goal to scan the main print collection of about 60,000 books by the end of August. This presentation will address a low-cost and easy way to scan book barcodes for the purpose of inventory and shelf reading. The method employs the use of a macro-enabled Excel spreadsheet along with a hand-held laser scanner and laptop. I will provide a step-by-step analysis of the procedure with the hope that others can recreate the process at their institutions.

Netflix & Learn

2:20pm-3:30pm  Fatoma Rad & Danielle S. Apfelbaum, Farmingdale State College

In late 2019, Disney+ and AppleTV entered the streaming media market. HBO Max and Peacock (NBC) are set to launch in 2020.  Despite the rapid proliferation of streaming media services, libraries have yet to identify a clear, legal pathway to acquiring and making digital content produced by these providers accessible to patrons. This session aims to start a conversation about what we, as librarians, can and should be doing to bring current and emerging streaming media services to the library. In this interactive session, the presenters will share their experience working with streaming media requests at their academic library. Presenters will engage participants in a lively discussion about the current and emerging streaming media services, licensing and accessibility issues in streaming media, and strategies for talking to frustrated patrons about the barriers to acquiring streaming media services and content.

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