The monthly newsletter of the New York 3Rs Association, Inc.
Responsive, Resourceful, Results
October 2014
Volume 3
Issue 10

I2NY Update: NY 3Rs $10,000 Grant Opportunity – Library as Publisher

The Jury is Still Out

… That is, the jury for the Library as Publisher Innovator Grant. Nine applications were received from every area of the state.  The jury – Jamie LaRue and Sarah Lippincott – have their work cut out for them.  Will one library receive the entire $10,000 grant award?  Will jurors instead aware a few smaller grants?  Most important of all:  What new, unique, and innovative ideas will we see as a result of this opportunity?  Stay tuned in November for the results!

I2NY Update: Enhancing Access
to Research Databases

The I2NY Work Group assigned the job of investigating the possibility of developing a statewide acquisitions cooperative to aggregate purchases for maximum discounts has identified many issues that require a good deal of investigation and discussion before they decide how to proceed.

In order to gather input at the practitioner level, the Work Group has designed and
disseminated a brief survey to help determine the best path forward on the issue of cost aggregation as a method of reducing e-resources costs.

Survey results are anticipated by mid-October.

I2NY Update: Communications Clearinghouse - Tell us what you think

One of the outcomes of the I2NY initiatives was to create a clearinghouse for initiatives and ideas, and sharing between and among libraries and archives. After much discussion among working group members on the best way to present this information, a web site was developed to inventory existing projects occurring at libraries and archives across the state., currently in beta, was populated with projects that the working group was aware of. The site was presented at conferences in Spring 2014, including a big data conference, the State University of New York Librarians Association (SUNYLA) conference, and the Academic Libraries Conference. Group members also began reaching out to individuals directly involved with the initiatives to verify information and to seek feedback. The site was developed to allow anyone working on a relevant initiative to contribute to the site.

We are seeking your feedback and comments about the site, and would like to know whether this format will meet the initial purpose it was intended for. Please visit and submit your comments to co-facilitators Kathleen Gundrum  and Mike Nyerges. There is also a contact form on the site. Thank you for your feedback!

I2NY Update: Library Assessment/
Return on Investment Initiative

I2NY Library Assessment/Return on Investment Initiative Launches!  Several learning opportunities relevant to libraries of all types will be offered in the next year, focused on the topic of library assessment.  It begins with this active learning class: Flipped on Assessment!  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
NYLA Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Hilton Inn
$35.00, limited to 60 participants. (Price includes lunch!)
Registration:  Note: If you have already registered for the NYLA Conference, you will need to contact NYLA directly at or 518-432-6952, ext. 104 to add this program. If you are not attending NYLA (though we hope you do!), you can still register for this event via the link provided above.   
Keynote Speakers:
  • Rebecca Teasdale, Public Library Association Performance Measures Task Force Advisory Committee; Public Library Data Service Statistical Report Advisory Committee. 
  • NJ Wolfe, Director, Gladys Marcus Library, Fashion Institute of Technology.
Panelists & Workshop Leaders:
Wendi Ackerman (SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library), Sue Considine (Fayetteville Free Library), Susan Currie (Tompkins County Public Library), Nancy Greco (St. John Fisher College), Mary Linda Todd (New York State Library).  
Assessment meets active learning. Following our introductory keynote speakers and panel discussion, facilitators will lead an active learning class organized around needs assessment, developing outcomes/logic model (including exercises), and next steps. How do you determine what to assess? How do you create outcomes? Then what--i.e., what do you do with this information and how do you present it to communicate your value and impact?
Learning Outcomes:
  • Obtain hands-on experience in the development of assessment activities and materials.
  • Successfully collaborate in a flipped instructional model.
  • Develop an assessment skill set.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and continuing professional development.
Audience:  Librarians/those responsible for assessment working in all types of settings.

For more information and to register go to: 

For more information about the Information Infrastructure in New York State (I2NY initiatives), visit           

I2NY Update: Staffing and Professional Development

The I2NY Innovative Staffing and Professional Development will reconvene soon. New task force members are welcomed. If interested, please contact Debby Emerson

I2NY Update: Empire State Digital Network

Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), New York’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is making steady progress toward it's goal of contributing at least 50,000 metadata records from New York institutions to DPLA by January 2015.

The project is now fully staffed and the ESDN team is working closely with digital collections liaisons from each region, as well as partners at the State Library and State Archives to establish the necessary workflows for ongoing content aggregation and communication with contributors.

ESDN staff will moderate a panel with several members of the ESDN Metadata Working Group at the NYLA Conference on Thursday, November 6th in Saratoga Springs.

For individuals interested in learning more and receiving updates on ESDN, we have a form we invite you to fill out with some basic information. The project will be posting more documentation in the coming months and will have a newsletter subscription option available soon.

I2NY Update: Summit 2: Envisioning an Information Structure for New York State

Save the date!  The next I2NY Summit, sponsored by the NY 3Rs Association, Inc., is planned for May 11 and 12, 2015 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs. The I2NY Summit Planning Team is beginning its work on developing the agenda.  More details including registration and costs will be available soon on the NY 3Rs Association website.  The planning team members are:
  • Karen Senglaup, University at Buffalo
  • Michelle Young, Clarkson University
  • Patty Uttaro, Monroe County Public Library
  • Shirley Bower, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mary Jean Jakubowski, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Jill Dixon, SUNY Binghamton
  • Pam Whiteley McLaughlin, Syracuse University
  • Jennifer Smathers, SUNY Brockport
  • Tessa Killian, Southeastern New York Library Resources Council
  • Debby Emerson, Central Library Resources Council
  • Sheryl Knab, Western New York Library Resources Council  

NYS Historic Newspapers

Over 3.2 million pages of NYS historic newspapers are on the NYH Historic Newspapers site. The new website has only been active since February of this year, and there have been 4,263,263 page views over 190,192 sessions. People visit the website each year to research family roots, community and church history, and to explore historical events from the "record of the day".

This is a growing site and recently four papers were processed from Cornell University: the American Journal, Ithaca Daily Journal, Ithaca Literary Gazette, and the Ithaca Journal representing over 9,000 pages from 1817 to the early 20th century.

We welcome more contributions. Contact John Hammond for more information. 

Continuing Education Update

Upcoming NY 3Rs Association classes include:
  • Risk Assessment for Emergency Preparedness, October 20, 12 noon - 2 pm
  • Disaster Planing, November 19, 12 noon - 2 pm
  • Assessing Risk to Digital Assets, December 3, 12 noon - 2 pm
These three classes are produced by the Northeast Document Conservation Center and delivered via webinar. To register go to

Three "Tech Topics" classes have been added to the calendar beginning in January. The instructor for all three classes is Christine Peterson. Anyone who has participated in a webinar taught by Christine will agree that it's time well spent. The exact time for each class has not been scheduled yet, but you might want to note these dates on your calendar:
  • Saving to the Cloud - Wednesday, January 21, 2015
  • Privacy and Social Networks - Wednesday, February 18
  • RFID - Monday, March 23

NYEAD Pilot Update

The NY EAD pilot advisory group (PAG) concluded its first year of testing and met at the end of July to discuss next steps and reflect on the progress of the group thus far. At this meeting, the group resolved the testing phase and concluded that – in fact – the index is a viable outcome and a variety of EAD documents can be gathered together in one centralized location in a way that enriches description and enhances the research process for the end-user.  These twin goals can be accomplished through a combination of style-sheet normalization and the creation of and training in some best practices for archivists working and producing finding aids in New York State. 

While the conclusion of the first year of testing left the group feeling confident in the product it is creating, it also revealed some additional questions that should be addressed prior to further development of the index.  In order to ensure that the widest variety of institutions (from the tiniest historical society to our very large research libraries) can benefit from this work, the group decided to develop “user stories”.  These stories would be the result of interviews and focus groups with dozens of institutions of all types and sizes from across the state that would inform the creation of this tool, ensuring a flexible and responsive end product.  This effort will be the main focus of the PAG’s efforts through Fall of 2014.  Please contact Deirdre Joyce ( or call 315.336.5446) if you would like to participate in this process.

New York Heritage Featured Collection

Sardinia Historical Society
The Sardinia Historical Society was formed Sept 11, 1973. It is a chartered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and currently has 147 members. The Society's museum is in the carriage house of the former Sardinia Baptist Church, now known as The Sardinia Meeting House, and is open May through October.
The Historic Postcards of Sardinia, NY, digital collection was created by the University at Buffalo's LIS 563 (Digital Libraries) Class, Spring 2011, in cooperation with the Western New York Library Resources Council and the Sardinia Historical Society.
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