A Message From the Director
On behalf of CDLC, we hope that you are managing as well as you can. We have decided to follow the Governor's recommendation and close our physical office space (now through April 3) at which point we will reassess our situation. During this time, staff will work from home and be accessible via email and voicemail.
 
We encourage you to review our COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates and Information page , which includes a list of program cancellations and changes . If you have any additions, please let us know.  
 
Presently, all meetings and events scheduled through April 3 have been cancelled or postponed. We are also postponing our Resource Sharing Symposium, originally scheduled for April 22 (we will be in contact with those who have registered). We are making determinations concerning the status of meeting and events beyond these dates, while following recommendations issued by state and federal authorities.
 
We will continue to communicate any changes as the situation evolves and update our website as needed. We are available if you need assistance with anything.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Stay safe and be well.
I'm sharing a few other updates below.
The Ask the Lawyer service had two recent questions that may be of interest: one addresses COVID-19 and part-time pay . The other is about re-assigned authorship of LibGuides .
Connections
At the February CDLC Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Kimberly Mitchell, Interim Library Director at the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, as a CDLC Board Member. Kim is filling a vacant seat through June 2023. She is the current Chair of our Committee on Resource Sharing and one of the original facilitators of our Scholarly Communications Interest Group. I look forward to working with Kim in this new capacity. Welcome to the Board, Kim!

The CDLC Board of Trustees represents member institutions and the community at large. This year, there are two at-large Trustee positions that members will elect. If you or someone you know may be interested in serving as a Trustee, please submit a Statement of Interest to me by March 31 or contact me with any questions.
Of Interest: The International Consortia of Library Consortia (ICOLC) has released a Statement on the Global COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Library Services and Resources to help publishers and other content providers understand how the current global COVID-19 pandemic affects the worldwide information community and to suggest a range of approaches that are in the mutual best interest of libraries and the providers of information services.
Collections
CDLC recently announced the recipients of the CDLC 2020 Regional Collections Grants which provide an opportunity for members to make their undiscovered collections accessible for all to discover and enjoy. Recipients are: Albany County Historical Association, Hart Cluett Museum/Historic Rensselaer County, Historical Society of the Town of Chester, Irish American Heritage Museum, Maria College, Mechanicville District Public Library, miSci, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Schenectady County Historical Society, Siena College, Troy Public Library, Union College - Adirondack Research Library. These grants are made possible through funding by the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program (RBDB). 

Earlier this month, we kicked off our 20 Libraries in 2020 Tour at Skidmore College's Scribner Library. We enjoyed a tour, learned about their GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research, and discussed library spaces and collections with their Ethnographer. It was interesting to learn about potential roles for information professionals. Read more here. Thank you to Skidmore College for hosting us and to all that attended. All upcoming tours will be rescheduled.

The Pember Library in Granville, a member of the Southern Adirondack Library System , provided the 10 millionth page to NYS Historic Newspapers. It was in the February 6th 1964 issue of the Granville Sentinel . Congrats!
Member News
The Irish American Heritage Museum recently relocated to 21 Quackenbush Square in Albany. Their new location is larger and will allow them to showcase the contributions that Irish immigrants have made to America. CDLC works with the Museum to make their library collection broadly accessible.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. We wish you all the best and hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards,