This Friday (April 20): Annual Meeting registration deadline

Next Friday (April 27): Resource Sharing Symposium 
An Update from the Director 
Dear CDLC Members and Supporters,

Happy Spring?! We have some great events coming up and hope the weather cooperates!

The registration deadline is this Friday for CDLC's Annual Meeting, taking place May 10.  We look forward to welcoming you and and to hearing from our members.

CDLC's Committee on Resource Sharing has developed a fabulous program for the Resource Sharing Symposium next Friday, April 27 at Guilderland Public Library. In addition to a presentation on increasing your productivity, get updates from OCLC, ALA, CDLC and CDLC members. We also welcome speaker Stephanie Adams, an attorney we are working with on a new member service, Ask The Lawyer (see below).

This Spring CDLC is piloting WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer!" service. We have joined other regional library councils to bring you this service, focusing on copyright, not-for-profit, and library operations issues. Questions to an attorney can address a range of issues, from privacy of circulation records, to concerns about employee safety.  Hear more about this at our Resource Sharing Symposium and in upcoming announcements.
THANK YOU: F or your advocacy efforts supporting New York's libraries and library systems. CDLC relies almost entirely on state funding to provide staff support, services and resources. Through statewide library advocacy efforts spearheaded by the New York Library Association, t his year's enacted budget contains the first system aid increase since 2016 and includes $34M in public library construction aid. Thank our local legislators here  for their support (or come to our Annual Meeting, where several will be in attendance!)
Local Connections
Interest Group facilitators are organizing meetings and quality programs to offer engaging conversations on timely topics in their field!  
  • The Capital Area Library Assistants Interest Group held a workshop on Digital New York History
  • The Cataloging and Technical Services Interest Group presents an overview of the OCLC WorldShare Management Services on April 25
  • The Preservation Interest Group addresses book binding on May 22
  • The Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Interest Group recently met to discuss library assessment
  • The Scholarly Communications Interest Group discusses open access on May 17
Interest Group LibGuides are also being developed with meeting highlights and useful resources.  Register for any upcoming meetings.
JUST FOR FUN: I am part of a team, "Librarians in Cardigans," participating in a 5K in Mechanicville this Sunday (April 22) with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Runners and walkers, librarians and library supporters, will get together for a walk or run for a good cause. There's still time to join our team! Register here and choose "Librarians in Cardigans" as your team. 
Looking ahead, join us for these June events...

On Thursday June 14, CDLC is partnering with the Questar III School Library System to present a Symposium on Preparing Students for College Research. A panel of academic librarians will have a discussion with school librarians during this interactive program. All are welcome! 

Speaking of get-togethers, thanks to the team that's been planning the successful InfoMingles! The next social gathering, which brings together librarians and library staff in our region, will be at The College of Saint Rose on Thursday, June 28 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Details to come-mark your calendar!
MEMBER NEWS: There is a lot going on at the University at Albany libraries! Read more here. Also let me know what's going on your library!  
Shared Collections
Your libraries hold valuable and unique collections, as evidenced by the recent round of CDLC 2018 Regional Collections grant recipients! There are more collections to be digitized or cataloged and we are working with our Regional Automation Advisory Committee (RAAC) to offer a second round of Regional Collections grants this Spring. Watch for an announcement in May and consider submitting an application!
IN CLOSING: On a somber note, we offer condolences to the colleagues, friends and families of two library leaders we recently lost. We mourn the loss of State Librarian Bernie Margolis, who made his mark and impact on New York's libraries (and beyond) and always seemed to have a good time doing it. Bernie was a tireless advocate who always put libraries' interests above all. We were also sad to hear about the loss of our former colleague Herb Biblo, who recently retired from the Long Island Library Resources Council, where he served as Executive Director for 35 years. I first met Herb many years ago while exhibiting at the Long Island Library Conference for my former organization. I could not have predicted then that one day I'd be his peer and colleague. May their lights shine bright.  
Your comments and questions are always welcome.

Kind Regards,