ReCap Online: The Newsletter of the Capital District Library Council
January 2015: Number 90

Wed., Feb. 25th: NYLA's Library Advocacy Day, Albany

Fri., Feb. 27th: NY Heritage/Digital Public Library of America presentation, CDLC

Mon., April 27th-Wed., April 29th: Computers in Libraries 2015 Conference, Washington, D.C.

Mon., May 18th: MarcEdit workshop, Colonie

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CDLC  News

Welcome Kariann Kakeh as CDLC's Member Outreach Librarian! Kari was most recently the Circulation Supervisor at Siena College, and also has experience at Albany Public Library and Montgomery Free Library. Kari holds an M.S.I.S. degree from the University at Albany. She will be overseeing CDLC's communications and be involved with supporting CDLC programs and activities. Kari looks forward to working with and getting to know our members. She can be reached at

CDLC is accepting applications for the 2015 
Regional Bibliographic Databases Program grants 
which may be used to support cataloging retrospective conversion projects or metadata projects. The deadline for submission is Fri., Feb. 27th. Additional information and an online application form are here. 

Thank you to all that responded to our request for input about the Direct Access Program recommendations. CDLC staff and committees are reviewing all comments to determine which recommendations to implement. 


Wed., Feb. 25th is NYLA's Library Advocacy Day. CDLC staff will be visiting with legislators throughout the day; if you would like to join us for all or part of the day, please email Kathleen Gundrum. NYLA is also offering several programs the previous day.  


Through the NY3Rs, CDLC is offering discounted rates for the Computers in Libraries 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. in April. To receive the discounted rate, use the priority code 153RS on the registration form

What is the Digital Public Library of America? Come learn all about it on February 27th at CDLC, when we welcome Kerri Willette, Empire State Digital Network Manager. Also hear from CDLC members Chris Hunter of miSci and Abby Stambach from The Sage Colleges about the terrific work they are doing with their digital collections. Registration information will be available soon.

Member News

Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy has joined New York Heritage.  The Historical Society's first digitized collection is the Edgar Holloway (1914-2008) Watercolor and Etchings Collection which consists of the artist's commissioned works to paint and document Troy and the surrounding area's architectural and industrial heritage.  The Reverend Thomas Phelan brought Holloway to the US from England for three summers of painting that resulted in over 70 watercolors and a number of etchings of buildings and sites at a time when many were threatened by demolition during Urban Renewal of the early 1970's. The whole collection of Holloway's art was acquired by an anonymous donor from Rev. Phelan's estate and donated to the historical society in 2006.  View Rensselaer County Historical Society's material


Speaking of the Rensselaer County Historical Society, they are currently featured in a display at Albany International Airport, giving credit to CDLC and the Documentary Heritage Program. Thanks for the mention!


Schenectady County Historical Society is hosting Finding Your Ancestors in Immigration and Naturalization Records on Sat., Feb. 7th at 2:00 p.m. Presented by Keren Weiner, admission is $5.00, or free for Society members. Following Weiner's presentation, Melissa Tacke, Librarian/Archivist at the Schenectady County Historical Society, will present "Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors: Resources in the Grems-Doolittle Library."


The Westerlo Public Library has received a Preserve New York grant from The Preservation League of New York State to complete a Historic Structure Report. "This is truly an honor, and I don't say that lightly," said Sue Hoadley, director of the Westerlo Public Library. "In the past decade, only two public libraries have received Preserve New York grants. The Historic Structure Report that we produce with this grant will allow us to document the historic development of our building, assess its current condition, and plan for the challenge of meeting modern needs in a historic facility."


Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director, Albany Public Library, has a new blog in the Times Union, with a goal to "remind everyone how essential libraries are to the Capital Region."

Of Interest

Siena College announces its 2nd Annual Leadership Institute for Academic Library Managers for 2015.  It is an intensive immersion experience of the general principles and best practices of management and leadership applied to academic library settings through readings, discussion, group work, and exercises. Taking place Sunday July 26 through Friday July 31, there is a limit of 16-18 people.  Go here for information, an FAQ, and the registration form

The NY3Rs and NELLCO (the New England Law Library Consortium) are co-sponsoring the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) Spring meeting, taking place at The Desmond Hotel in Albany April 26th-29th, 2015. ICOLC, in existence since 1996, is an informal, self-organized group currently comprising approximately 200 library consortia in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. The member consortia serve all types and sizes of libraries. Twice per year (once in North America, and once elsewhere in the world), ICOLC conducts meetings dedicated to keeping participating consortia informed about new electronic information resources, pricing practices of electronic information providers and vendors, and other issues of importance to directors, governing boards, and libraries of consortia. Although ICOLC is geared primarily toward library consortia, this international conference, held right in our back yard, may be of interest to our members. 

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