ReCap Online: The Newsletter of the Capital District Library Council
June 2015: Number 95

Members Can Receive Discounted Access to the RDA Toolkit!
Deadline to apply is July 15th
Mon., June 1st
CDLC. Please note workshop is full. 

Wed., June 3rd - Fri., June 5th
Purchase College, SUNY

Wed., June 10th

Wed., Oct. 21st - Sat., Oct. 24th
Lake Placid, NY

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Now is the time to sign up for the discounted RDA Toolkit.

Through the NY3R's Association, Inc., CDLC members receive a 17% discount on access, better than the ALA rate. Sign up by clicking here!

Pricing and more information about the discounted group purchase of the RDA Toolkit can be found at In addition, a free trial is available between now and July 31st to anyone interested. 

Deadline to participate in the group purchase of the RDA Toolkit is Friday, July 15th.

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Rahn at CDLC
Save the Date!

CDLC is pleased to announce that we are co-sponsoring the 8th Annual Library Assistant's Day Regional Conference in Syracuse on Thursday, October 1st. The 2015 fall event will feature speakers on a wide range of professional development topics for paralibrarians from all types of libraries. These topics will include:
  • Safety and Security in the Library
  • Leadership Skills
  • Better Searching Skills
  • Helping Patrons with Medical Inquiries
  • Marketing your Library on Social Media
  • Cataloging: The Breakdown of a MARC record
We will share more information as plans proceed.  Hope to see you there!

Member News and Events
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Electric City Comic Con 
will take place at the Schenectady County Public Library, Saturday, July 11, from 10:00am-4:00pm. Attend the keynote presentation with the author of the popular G-Man comics Chris Giarrusso, panels and workshops for parents, kids, teens, adults and educators, enter the Costume Contest, or just meet and purchase books from talented comic book authors and illustrators.

Click here for a schedule of events or here for a guest list to find out who'll be there!
Personnel News
Sue Rahn, Jean Sheviak, Sister Rose Hobbs, and Susan D'Entremont at HMLA's annual dinner.
Sister Rose Hobbs, Library Director at Maria College, will be retiring at the end of June. Before becoming the Director of the Library, Sister Rose used her Master's Degree in Education to teach elementary and high school.  She then moved on to become a vice principal of Mercy High School. Eventually, she earned her MLS and joined Maria College in 1991 becoming Director in 1999. 

Over the years, Sister Rose has served on a number of CDLC committees and we are very appreciative of her interest and commitment to our organization and wish her all the best!

Jo-Ann Benedetti of Upper Hudson Library System will be retiring on May 31st after 11 years as their Information and Outreach Services Manager. She has played a huge role in the growth and development of e-content for UHLS member libraries while also working with UHLS's resource sharing component and delivery.

At CDLC, Jo-Ann also sat on a number of committees including RAAC and chairing the CORS committee. Previously, Jo-Ann held positions at Albany Medical College's Schaffer Library of Health Sciences and Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls.

Evelyn Neale has been named Library Director of the William K. Sanford Town Library. Previously, Evelyn held the position of Library Director of the  East Greenbush Community Library, also an UHLS member.
Kimberly Bramfeld is the new Library & Arts Program Manager at Capital Region BOCES as of June 17, 2015. She has worked in school libraries in grades K-12 in a variety of settings from rural to urban and everywhere in between. Kimberly is eager to begin her new position and feels that advocating for school libraries is paramount.

Richard Naylor is retiring on May 31st after 31 years at The William K. Sanford Town Library, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. He began his career there as an Assistant Director and seven years ago became their Library Director. Read more about Richard on

Susan Zappen will be retiring at the end of the month as Associate College Librarian for Collections at Skidmore College. Susan joined the Lucy Scribner Library in 1995 as head of technical services and in 2001 stepped into her current role.  In 2006, she was named Librarian of the Year by the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Librarians (ENY/ACRL).

Susan has also worked with CDLC closely over the years, serving as chair of the Coordinated Collection Development Committee, and currently a member of our Board of Trustees.  

Also College Librarian Ruth Copans of Skidmore College, Library Director Bob Mayo of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Mary Casserly, Dean and Director of the State University at Albany Libraries, will all be retiring by the end of the summer. Congratulations and best wishes to all! 
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Webinars & Training Opportunities
The New York State Library has partnered with WebJunction to offer FREE online courses and webinars for ALL library workers and volunteers in NYS!

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.

Building Communities of Practice: A Workshop for Meeting Facilitators


June 19

1:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter: Davis Erin Anderson, METRO


Convening a great meeting isn't a talent, it's a skill! Hone yours at Southeastern and learn to lead a Special Interest Group (SIG) and other meetings.


This half-day session will focus on the skills needed to execute a great gathering while covering the nuts and bolts of crafting your gathering, including discovering topics, and selecting speakers.  


SENYLRC / NY3Rs members: $15.00 
Non-members: $20 







 The Northeast Document Conservation Center has provided access to their newly revised online textbook, Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections.
This free resource provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program.

What's new?
+ Improved navigation to course content
+ Expanded care and handling guidelines for audiovisual collections
+ Updated discussion of digital preservation & copyright
+ Additional resources on emergency preparedness and risk management

A Productive Board of Directors 


June 26
9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Paul Mastrodonato, Nonprofit Works


 Nonprofit boards of directors vary widely. Most spend time helping their organizations be more effective, but few give the same attention to how the board could do its job better. A truly effective board understands its role and responsibilities in the context of the entire organization, and is willing to monitor its own performance on a regular basis. 

CDLC members: $65 
Non-members: $75