The CDLC Annual Meeting and Luncheon takes place Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Shaker Ridge Country Club (Note new date). Please mark your calendar and plan to join us! 
An Update from the Director 
Dear CDLC Members and Supporters,

" We partner with members to strengthen library service through education, shared collections, and local connections."
I'm excited to share our new mission statement, approved by the CDLC Board of Trustees at their November 2017 meeting. We will use this to guide the direction of CDLC by ensuring that members are offered a variety of forums and programs for their professional development, by highlighting and creating awareness of the diverse physical and digital collections in our 10-county region, and by offering tools, resources and forums to connect you to your regional colleagues. 
Local Connections
We offered some new programs this Fall and welcomed many familiar and new faces, whether it was at the Member Showcase at Guilderland Public Library; the InfoMingle coordinated by Skidmore College and our public library systems at Schenectady Public Library; the follow-up discussion at Union College on the Post-Digital Library and projects RPI Libraries are working on; or other events we hosted. The recurring theme at each event was making local connections: a public librarian meeting an academic librarian for the first time; the librarian at a historical society seeing how they might collaborate on a project a hospital library; and retired members of CDLC's library community offering their perspective. 

Our interest groups are going strong! All are welcome to attend these casual forums for members to exchange ideas. Each meeting might have a specific topic or there may be a general discussion. Review a list of upcoming meetings here and be sure to mark your calendars and register.
UPDATE: One place to connect locally is the CDLC Annual Meeting which takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2018. We moved the date from May 22 (as previously announced) to avoid conflicting with the ENY/ACRL Spring Conference taking place at Colgate University. Many CDLC members plan or attend this conference and we didn't want to conflict with their date (or miss out on attending their conference!).  
Shared Collections
It's time to dig into your collections-physical or digital-to see what undiscovered treasures you have that might be made accessible to the CDLC community and beyond. We are doing a call for grant applications in January, inviting members to apply for grants to catalog or digitize collections, including retrospective conversion of physical collections and digitizing images and newspapers. Start planning now!
As you may know, a service we provide through our larger network of Empire State Library Network (ESLN) is Empire Library Delivery, which supports statewide delivery of physical library materials for participants. ESLN is hiring a part-time Delivery Services Specialist to serve as a liaison between ELD users and the courier. This position will be housed at CDLC. If you know someone with terrific customer service skills who is looking to work with libraries, please encourage them to apply. Here's the job posting.
Speaking of delivery, your collections get a lot of use regionally and move through the area via a complex web of courier systems, detailed on our delivery page. Members not using ILLiad rely on CDLC's ILL eForm, which enables members to request items from each other directly. Emily Wager and Joe Thornton worked with our Committee on Resource Sharing to provide updates to the eForm, including an "Update Status" button and an eForm Request log. You can read all about it here.
MOVIE ALERT: Thanks to one of our members for telling me about the film "The Public." Written and produced by Emilio Estevez, it takes place in a public library and was just selected to open the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. You can watch the trailer here
In summary, CDLC works with you to facilitate local connections and to make your collections accessible and visible. This is reflected in our new mission statement. It's apparent at our Interest Group meetings and recent events. It's evident in the work of the CDLC Committees and the projects they are exploring for bringing members and our collections together. How can we connect you locally? What can we do for you? More questions then answers, but I'd love to hear from you.  This is just some of what we will focus on in the New Year. 

On behalf of the staff at CDLC, we wish you an enjoyable and peaceful holiday season!

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

Kind Regards,