A Message From the Director
Hi everyone, 

We hope you are doing well as we enter a new season. 

At CDLC, we are preparing for our next Plan of Service, which defines the services and programs we will provide for the time period 2021-2026. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it just a bit challenging these days to plan for next month, let alone the next five years! However, this gives us something to focus on: reimagining library services for the future and determining how we can provide relevant programs to you as we serve our communities in new and redefined ways.

Over the next several months, we will be working with a Plan of Service committee and will be asking for your input via online forums and member surveys. What decisions will you be facing? What are your aspirations, especially in these times? 

As a starting point, we invite you to share your thoughts using this form. 

On behalf of CDLC, stay healthy, safe and warm over the next several months.
Welcome Historic Cherry Hill as a CDLC member! Located in Albany, Cherry Hill was built in 1787 and their collection includes “more than 70,000 items-decorative arts and furnishings, books, diaries, documents, clothing, bedding, photographs, and other objects reflecting daily life-all related to the family that lived here between 1787 and 1963.” They have also contributed their first collection to New York Heritage: Historical African American Experiences at Cherry Hill. We look forward to working with their staff to make both their physical and digital collections more visible and accessible.
The CDLC Board of Trustees has an at-large vacancy to fill for the remaining two years of a five year term, expiring June 30, 2022. Per our bylaws, “In the event of a vacancy on the Board during an unexpired term, a successor trustee shall be elected by the remaining trustees to serve out the remainder of the term.” To learn more, or if you are interested in being considered, please contact me.
Join us online on Tuesday, October 20 at 10:00 am (that’s tomorrow!) to tour the Shea Learning Center at Russell Sage College, which includes the 9,000 volume Donahue Poetry Collection

Contact Amy Hren if you are interested in presenting an online tour of your library to CLDC members.
We are hosting an online meeting for Capital District Area Solo Librarians this Thursday, October 22 at 10:30 am, where solo librarians can discuss issues and make connections. We are considering making this a standing interest group if there is interest. Register here.  

We encourage communications and connections within our membership and we offer many subject-specific email lists that you can participate in. View the lists that we offer and sign up for these lists on our new Communications LibGuide. 
CDLC is partnering with our auditing firm over the next several months to pilot an Ask the Accountant service. Similar to the Ask the Lawyer service, general questions can be submitted and CDLC will fully subsidize this service during the pilot. If there is interest and funding available, we will explore offering this service beyond the pilot.
Our interest group meetings are underway and we welcome new and returning interest group co-facilitators: 

  • For High School to College, Stephanie Ross at Hudson Valley Community College joins Kerrie Burch at Questar III SLS as co-facilitator
  • For Cataloging and Technical Services, Becky Fried at Union College joins Nancy Poehlmann at the University at Albany as co-facilitator
  • For Reference Instruction and Outreach, Deanna DiCarlo at Albany Public Library joins Johanna MacKay at Skidmore College as co-facilitator
  • Our Preservation Group continues to be co-facilitated by Anne Kearney and Karen Kiorpes at the University at Albany
  • Capital Area Library Assistants continues to be chaired by Lisa Poli at Hudson Valley Community College
Thank you to all of our facilitators!  

We invite you to join any upcoming interest group meetings.
Worth a Read (regardless of what type of library you work in): Survival Strategies for Corporate Librarians, Part 1
The latest news from the Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) Project: they have published the results of the fifth round of laboratory testing for infectious COVID-19 virus on four fabrics and leather—materials commonly used for bookbinding, upholstery, and crowd control.
Academic libraries were notified that the 2020-2021 Coordinated Collection Development Aid online applications are now available and that the deadline for electronic submission of the application is December 8. Libraries are encouraged to submit their forms as soon as possible. Academic libraries use these funds to collect material in specific subject areas.

The Capital New York Alliance for Response has a new website that provides resources in response to emergencies affecting our collections. They are also offering a four-part webinar series on building a disaster plan. 
The New York State Library is offering a Discretionary Grant Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials for preserving materials in the collections of libraries, archives, historical societies and similar agencies. The grant awards are limited to a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $40,000. The deadline is November 20.
Just For Fun: Albany Public Library is offering a Halloween-themed online trivia night on Friday, October 23 at 7:00 pm. This is just one of the many creative programs shared at a recent Reference, Instruction and Outreach (RIO) Interest Group meeting. See RIO’s Resource page for more ideas. Enjoy!
Member News
Congratulations to Krista Robben on being named Director of the Library at Maria College. Krista formerly served as a librarian at Maria College, and is a member of CDLC’s Committee on Resource Sharing. 

Best wishes and happy retirement to Sue Rokos, Assistant Director/Youth Services Consultant at Mohawk Valley Library System. We wish Sue all the best and thank her for her support of CDLC during her 30 years at MVLS.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Stack, Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, for receiving a 2020 Award for Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. The award is in recognition of Elizabeth, “ who joined the Irish American Heritage Museum in April 2018 and shepherded it through a major move and renovation, increasing their digital output and special events.”
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please get in touch with me or other CDLC staff members at any time. Wishing you a safe and healthy Fall season!

Kind Regards,