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SENYCon: SENYCon 2021

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

About the event

On April 9, 2021 we celebrated six years of SENYCon, and our second virtual year!

SENYCon is an annual conference to highlight the unique talents and skills that are held by the library professionals in the Southeastern region. This event is made possible due to an outpouring of enthusiasm from our members, and the event is free for all Southeastern members. We hope you can join us! View materials from previous events, including the SENYCon 2021 Prequel, on this LibGuide.

Both academic and public libraries are represented, and the event was open to all. Please see all the recordings and program materials below. 


  • 9:45am-10am -- Welcome and introductions
  • 10:00am-10:25am -- Weeding as social justice, John Santana, Columbia-Greene Community College
  • 10:30am-11:00am -- Librarians and WikiData. A short tour, Rajene Hardeman, MHLS, Wikimedia and Libraries User Group, Wikimedia NYC
  • 11:05am-11:25am -- Public FAQs in LibChat, Jaclyn Savolainen, Dutchess Community College
  • 11:30am-12:00pm -- Lights, Camera, Edit! Quick Tips on Making Basic YouTube Videos, Veronica Reynolds, New City Library
  • ***Lunch break***
  • 12:50pm-1:10pm -- Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition - Disaster Planning for Libraries, Sarah Holsted, Southeastern
  • 1:15pm-1:45pm -- Shonen on a Shoestring: Cooperating to Attack Colossal Manga Series, Joanna Goldfarb, Ramapo Catskill Library System; Lisa Kochik, Newburgh Free Library; Katrina Hohlfeld, Valley Cottage Library
  • 1:45pm-2:05pm -- Digital Work Management with Asana, Jenny Chin, Clinton Community Library
  • 2:10pm-2:40pm -- Hiring for Change, Beth Zambito, Newburgh Free Library
  • 2:45pm-3:15pm -- Born Digital Pandemic Internship: creating a digital humanities internship utilizing critical librarianship, Chrissy O'Grady, SUNY New Paltz, Adrianna Martinez, SUNY New Paltz
  • (on demand) --  All Are Welcome Here: Creating a Drag Queen Story Hour, Cheryl Baker, Children's Librarian, Haverstraw Public Library

Weeding as social justice

Presenters: John Santana, Columbia-Greene Community College  

Program Title: Weeding as social justice

Time: 10:00am-10:25am

Program Description: You may not realize how many items in your collections feature sexist language, discredited claims, gender-specific language, and even racist imagery. At Columbia-Greene Community College we were stunned to discover just how many books were outdated - and not just in terms of the information carried within.

Librarians and WikiData. A short tour.

Presenters: Rajene Hardeman (MHLS, Wikimedia and Libraries User Group, Wikimedia NYC)  

Program Title: Librarians and WikiData. A short tour.

Time: 10:30am-11:00am

Program Description: 20 minutes to present. Ten minutes to provide follow-up suggestions for further Q&A and networking.

There is a global movement among “Wikibrarians” to show the value of Wikidata for librarians, whether building collections, employing linked data, monitoring citations or tracking authors and genres.  Utilizing Wikidata tools stretches from the very basic (adding entries) through technical data diving and exploratory visualizations. 

Fortunately, librarians across the globe are willing to share and teach the necessary skills for novices as well as those looking to manage complicated queries. 

This 20-minute presentation would sample brief case studies where librarians in both the U.S. and international libraries are managing Wikidata to their advantage. 

By canvasing contacts and their projects within three of my networking groups (IFLA Wikidata working group, Wikimedia NYC, and Wikimedia and Libraries User Group), I can provide a sampling of Wikidata implementations. The aim is to assemble and present a fast paced “tour” of how libraries are using Wikidata across the globe.

Follow-up online Q&A to engage attendees.

Public FAQs in LibChat

Presenters: Jaclyn Savolainen, Dutchess Community College, as prepared by Tina Kiernan, Dutchess Community College  

Program Title: Public FAQs in LibChat

Time: 11:05am-11:25am

Program Description: Besides the traditional AskUs24/7 policy page, Springshare allows for the creation of public FAQs.  DCC started creating FAQs and has found then useful for students and librarians alike.

Lights, Camera, Edit! Quick Tips on Making Basic YouTube Videos

Presenters: Veronica Reynolds  

Program Title: Lights, Camera, Edit! Quick Tips on Making Basic YouTube Videos

Time: 11:30am-12:00pm

Program Description: YouTube became a critical tool for libraries this year. Learn how to set up a simple, low cost studio that can be folded away, then make easy edits in iMovie and upload the results to YouTube with attractive thumbnails.

All Are Welcome Here

Program Title: All Are Welcome Here: Creating a Drag Queen Story Hour

Presenter: Cheryl Baker, Children's Librarian, Haverstraw Public Library  

The speaker has pre-recorded this video and will be available for Q&A at lunchtime.

Program Description: I ran the very first Drag Queen Story Hour held in the RCLS library system. In my presentation I want to give some tips about how to put together a DQSH program. I will talk about how to find a Drag Queen, how to select books, and what kinds of crafts are fun to do in your DQSH. I will also discuss what kinds of responses you might get from patrons and how to deal with questions and challenges.

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition - Disaster Planning for Libraries

Presenters: Sarah Holsted, Southeastern  

Program Title: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition - Disaster Planning for Libraries

Time: 12:50pm-1:10pm

Program Description: The presentation is the capstone to the Project RESILIENT webinar series funded through a grant from the National Library of Medicine. The goal of the grant was to provide library staff with the resources to be resilient in the face of job-related stress and to provide library staff with resources about preparing for and communicating during emergencies or disasters in libraries and in their communities. This presentation will highlight key lessons and resources from each webinar and include a resource guide that attendees can share with colleagues and patrons.

Project website:

Shonen on a Shoestring

Presenters: Joanna Goldfarb, Ramapo Catskill Library System; Lisa Kochik, Newburgh Free Library; Katrina Hohlfeld, Valley Cottage Library 

Program Title: Shonen on a Shoestring: Cooperating to Attack Colossal Manga Series

Time: 1:15pm-1:45pm

Program Description: Cooperative eBook purchasing has the potential to increase an individual library's "bang for their buck," and help better serve their patrons who read e-materials. However, some popular graphic novels, manga, and other lengthy series are hard to justify spending a huge chunk of a single library's funds to acquire en masse. By working with other libraries in a system, it is possible to split the cost for purchase of the complete run of titles, or coordinate which series to acquire in order to expand the borrower's options.

During Covid lock down, teen librarians throughout the Ramapo Catskill Library System did just that: cooperated and coordinated eBook orders to expand the RCLS Consortium manga collection. Presenters will share how the idea came about during a regional Teen Librarians meeting, how participating librarians worked together to decide which series to purchase, getting the word out to teens and other manga fans, and the impact of coordinated manga purchasing on the eBook collection and teen population.

Digital Work Management with Asana

Presenters: Jenny Chin, Clinton Community Library  

Program Title: Digital Work Management with Asana

Time: 1:45pm-2:05pm

Program Description: Organization is important in working efficiently and effectively in libraries. It helps reduce stress and allows you to have more time to tackle work that matters. Perhaps you already use some forms of digital management like online calendars or to-do lists -- but what happens when these simple tools don’t feel like enough? In this presentation, you will learn about the useful features of Asana, a popular project management application, to streamline routine tasks, and even manage complex projects. We will also go over the use of templates, collaboration with team members, as well as tips to help you get started successfully. No matter your position within an organization, getting organized is the key.

Hiring for Change

Presenters: Beth Zambito, Newburgh Free Library

Program Title: Hiring for Change

Time: 2:10pm-2:40pm

Program Description: What happens when long-time employees retire, and you need to fill a number of key roles while facilitating the change needed to move an organization forward? Hear about lessons learned from a hiring manager on how to create and communicate your vision and strategy for a sustainable staffing model that considers modern librarianship, community needs and inevitable staff turn-over in the face of long-held structures and culture within an organization. Opportunities and challenges inherent to the process of hiring with change in mind will be discussed, as well as the management and communication needed to make it work.

Born Digital Pandemic Internship

Presenters: Chrissy O'Grady, SUNY New Paltz and Adrianna Martinez, SUNY New Paltz

Program Title: Born Digital Pandemic Internship: creating a digital humanities internship utilizing critical librarianship

Time: 2:45pm-3:15pm

Program Description: This presentation is a reflection on the work of two early career librarians to establish a remote digital history internship during the Fall 2020 semester. This presentation will discuss the initial internship idea, pedagogy, successes, challenges, and things to consider moving forward.

The internship utilizes the trial version of Omeka, a digital collection publishing platform, to create an open digital conversation about undergraduate student experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The internship was developed in two parts: first by introducing the intern to concepts in critical librarianship, the digital humanities field and sustainable digital collection practices; and second by collaboratively shaping the internship based on student interest and personal impacts. While the initial scope of the internship was to focus on the pandemic, a priority in this program is student voice, the intern was particularly interested in expanding the scope of the project to include events and movements that occurred in 2020 including the Black Lives Matter movement, the environmental crisis, and the U.S. political election. The internship takes a critical theory approach to librarianship and digital history, allowing the intern to explore concepts of white supremacy, digital collecting, oral history, and representation.

Attendees will be encouraged to engage with presentation concepts through tiered reflective questions.

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