ReCap Online: The Newsletter of the Capital District Library Council
May 2015: Number 93

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DPLA reaches a new milestone of over 10 million records with the help of more than 87,000 items from digital collections across New York State!

During the past year, CDLC and NY Heritage have been collaborating with the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), a NY3Rs initiative, to facilitate the sharing of digital collections from member institutions to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). In April, ESDN contributed a first batch of 87,000 metadata records from New York State's cultural heritage institutions to DPLA - including more than 11,000 records from the following CDLC member's NY Heritage Collections!
For more information about how you can get involved, contact Susan D'Entremont, Archivist & Digital Project Manager at CDLC.
Starting in May, CDLC's website will feature an informal poll in order find out more about our members.  Take a minute to visit every month and tell us what you think. We hope to turn your responses into helpful infographics which we'll share in the following ReCap.
Terry Reese is coming to the Capital District to teach a MarcEdit Workshop on Monday May 18th at the William K. Sanford Town Library. This full day workshop is only $25 for CDLC members and includes lunch. If you're looking for an efficient way to manage, edit, or analyze large groups of bib records, then this workshop is for you. Seats are filling up, so don't wait to register!

Member News
4th Annual History Faire
will take place at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library on Saturday, May 16, from 10:00am-2:00pm. This family event is hosted by Heritage Hunters genealogy and local history group. The Faire offers programs, activities and displays for the entire family. Local historians and historical societies will highlight their collections. Korean War Veterans and the National Park Service will be represented. Local book vendors will sell historical books and local authors will autograph books. Children can take a "passport trip" through the History Faire, create a hand print family tree or make a family crest. For information call (518)587-2978, e-mail
Personnel News

Michael Maloney has been named librarian/archivist at the Schenectady County Historical Society's Grems-Doolittle Library. Congratulations, Michael!

Kristen Majkut and Alicia Abdul, library media specialists at Albany High School's Library & Media Center, have joined the blogosphere. Follow them on The Times Union's Books Blog.

Carol Ann Desch, coordinator of Statewide Library Service, New York State Library, is the 2015 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, which is named after former ASCLA Executive Director Cathleen Bourdon. Carol was instrumental in reviving the new Library Consultants Interest Group and in developing the Library Consultant's Code of Ethics, both of which have added to the overall strength of ASCLA. Desch will receive a citation.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. 
Tell us more about staff happenings at your institution
Grant & Award Opportunities
National Endowment for the Humanities announces new "Common Heritage" grant program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced a new grant program, called "Common Heritage," that will bring to light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements across the country and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity.

NEH invites historical societies, libraries, archives, museums, colleges and other local institutions to apply for the Common Heritage grant program, the first federal grant program of its kind. Grants will support day-long events, organized by community cultural institutions, in which members of the public will be invited to share materials important to their family or community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, family letters, and works of art.

The NYLA SMART (Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology) Board  seeks nominations

Ellen C. Rappaport Professional Achievement Award to recognize the outstanding professional achievements of a current or former member of SMART.

The Teresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology recognizes a current NYLA member for the innovative use of technology in a library or information setting.

The SMART Fellowship Award recognizes a Technical or Computer Services Librarian who is looking to gain professional benefits from the continuing education and professional contacts with librarians and vendors provided by attendance at the NYLA Annual Conference.

All nominations must be received by June 15, 2015.  To find out more about these awards or to nominate someone, please visit their website.

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Webinar and Training Opportunities

Join Cengage Learning as they offer web training on the Gale products brought to you through NOVELNY. There are options to register for live training sessions or to learn at your own pace by viewing the recorded sessions. Click here to see the full list of webinars.

Gale also offers a host of great video tutorials on their products like InfoTrac and Books and Authors.  Find the full list of Gale tutorials here.

The New York State Library has partnered with WebJunction to offer FREE online courses and webinars for ALL library workers and volunteers in NYS!

Workforce Literacy: Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community takes place Wednesday, May 6th at 2pm.

CDLC members can request free access to one of our user licenses for a period of two weeks.

To request access to through CDLC, please email Sue Rahn or visit our page for more information.

Of Interest!
Registrations is open for the ENY/ACRL Spring Conference!

Building Supportive Organizational Cultures in Libraries will be held on Tuesday, May 19th at Binghamton University.This year's conference will focus on a number of topics related to the various support systems and development issues facing both libraries and individual librarians. There will be engaging presentations, a varied choice of breakout sessions, poster presentations, fast-paced lightning rounds, opportunities to meet with vendors, and informal conversations with colleagues.

Keynote presenters this year are Mary Ellen Davis, Executive Director of ACRL, and Jessica Olin, Director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College and author of the Letters to a Young Librarian blog.

Conference details are available on the ENY/ACRL web site on the Spring 2015 Conference page.
It's never too late to learn something new

The University at Albany's Department of Information Studies is offering a fully online course on Visual Resources Management this summer taught by Hemalata Iyer. This is a 3-credit graduate course offered in a four week summer session, May 26 to June 19, 2015. There are no prerequisites for this course.

IST 610, Visual Resources Management, addresses the knowledge and competencies required by the visual resources profession. This course is concerned with the management of visual resources, such as images, photographs, moving images, cultural objects and the like. Provides the necessary background to work in art libraries, museums, special collections, and institutions where information professionals are responsible to oversee and manage image/visual resources collections.

Please contact Kathy Gurney, for further information on registering for this course.
MedlinePlus gets a facelift

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en espaņol released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel. 

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en espaņol uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  Go to MedLine's announcement page for more details.

Security Solutions: To Preserve & Protect

May 1st 

Westchester County Archives, Elmsford


May  4th

Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie


9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Presenter: Mimi Bowling,      Consulting Archivist  


GHHN Member: $45.00   Non-member: $55.00



These workshops are supported by a grant from the New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Discretionary Program

Stories, Artifacts, Images Sought For Erie Canal Exhibit


The New York State Museum's curators are currently seeking stories, objects, and images for an upcoming exhibition "New York's Erie Canal: Gateway to the Nation", planned for 2017.

To submit a story, object, or photograph for consideration in this exhibition, please contact Brad Utter, Senior Historian and Curator by July 1, 2016, at (518) 474-4002 or via e-mail at
Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action

Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624

May 28th

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presenter:Sharon Mader, Dean of Library Services, at the University of New Orleans

RRLC / NY3Rs members: $15.00 

Non-members: $65