A Message From the Director
Hi everyone, 
 
We hope you are well as you continue to reopen and re-imagine library services. We too are considering how our future services will look different. How can CDLC evolve to meet your ongoing needs? As we begin a new planning process, we will want to hear from you and will be asking for your input. Stay tuned.

In the short-term, we continue to provide resources that may be of interest:  


  • CDLC's Job Postings page has been rebuilt and now has a section for exam announcements and a page with information about searching for jobs and more. You can also now post a position directly using the form on the second tab.  

  • The other library councils throughout the state are opening many of their virtual programs to members of all library councils, including CDLC, during this pandemic time. See our Continuing Education and Events page.

  • For future planning, EBSCO is maintaining a spreadsheet with an overview of publishers and their pricing for 2021. Click “View the list” on this page. 
Worth a read: 

 
A new Mellon-Funded project at Ithaka S&R: Teaching with Cultural Heritage Online During the Pandemic
Connections
The 2020-2021 Executive Committee of the CDLC Board of Trustees was approved at the June Board meeting: President Eric Trahan, Executive Director, Mohawk Valley Library System; Vice President Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, University at Albany; Secretary Emily Spinner, Clinical Medical Librarian, Ellis Hospital; and Treasurer Tim Burke, Executive Director, Upper Hudson Library System.

Welcome to our newest committee member Brendan McCarthy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who is joining the Regional Automation Advisory Committee. View remaining committee vacancies.
Join us (online) in September for two exciting member tours: the Albany County Historical Association, Ten Broeck Mansion Virtual Tour is Friday September 25 from 11 am-Noon and the New York State Military Museum Virtual Tour is Tuesday September 29 from 11 am-Noon.

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.
The Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian Connect Virtual Conference is September 21-25. Use the discount code: ESLNVirtual for $50 off the ticket price.
Collections
We encourage you to continue to monitor the Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) Project for guidance on the safe handling of library materials and to sign up for their mailing list.
Join us online Tuesday, September 29 from 9 am-Noon for NOT Lost in Transition: Resource Sharing in Changing Times, a program we are offering with other library councils across the state.
 
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.
Member News
Congratulations to Mary Donohue, Library Director at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, on her retirement. A former CDLC Board member, Mary was active on her campus and in the library community, and is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. We wish her all the best.

Mark Lasek, who oversaw the libraries at Albany Memorial Hospital (now St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing) and Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, is now an Instructional Designer at Ellis Medicine School of Nursing. Mark was actively involved with CDLC and our Hospital Library Services Program. Congrats to Mark on his new position.

Public libraries were again featured in the Times Union: Libraries test new paths in measured re-openings. Enjoy the full article and be sure to read the first paragraph at a minimum!
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please get in touch with me or other CDLC staff members at any time. Happy September!

Kind Regards,