An Update from the Director 
Dear CDLC Members and Supporters,

Happy September! We look forward to seeing you this fall, whether it's at a committee or interest group meeting or a CDLC or member event. Here are a few items worth reviewing:  
Join us for a Member Showcase the afternoon of Thursday, October 19th at Guilderland Public Library. Thanks to Guilderland for hosting us, and to our speakers from The Darrow School, Ellis Hospital, Guilderland Public Library, Irish American Heritage Museum, Maria College and Schenectady County Historical Society. 
Regional Collections
There are so many cool collections in this region! On a recent visit to Maria College's library, we had the honor of meeting Steve the Skeleton and seeing Maria's "anatomy cafe." Does your library have a unique collection? Email Susan D'Entremont if you may be interested in participating in a program highlighting unique collections. 
I'll be talking with someone at Sustainable Collection Services about GreenGlass, a collection development tool, and am also talking with reps. from Empire Shared Collection. Are these resources of interest? Should we explore developing a coordinated collection development model regionally? Our Collection Development Committee will be discussing this topic in the future and I invite you to send me your thoughts and observations on this topic-I'd love to hear from you!  
Local Connections
Our interest groups are off to a great start! We had good conversation at the inaugural Scholarly Communications Interest Group meeting and over the next several weeks our Library Assistants; Cataloging and Technical Services; Preservation; and Reference, Instruction, and Outreach groups are getting together. Register for the meetings on our website under upcoming events or by viewing our calendar.  
I recently stopped in to the Dewey Library at the University at Albany (ah the memories...does this image look familiar?) to drop CDLC information off to Elaine Lasda for an event the University Libraries was hosting for faculty. It was great to catch up with her-she reminded me of our drives out to Syracuse many moons ago when we were on the board of NYLA's Academic and Special Library Section-it's one more example of how interwoven the local library community is. We've come full circle, and I'm excited to welcome Elaine to CDLC to present Using Library Data on Tuesday, September 19th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Join us if you can.  
Members are planning some great events too: 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute presents the Carl Westerdahl Library Symposium: The Post-Digital Library on Tuesday, September 12th from 9:00 am- noon in Studio Beta at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI. Topics will include the intersection of library materials and linked data, narrative, game theory, and augmented reality. 
The University at Albany presents Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization on Friday, October 27th. This conference brings together researchers in diverse areas of specialization whose commonality is the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, including irreplaceable artistic and historical collections, buildings, and important local, national, and international sites. Register here.
 
REMINDER: The Northeast Regional Digital Collections Conference takes place at Best Western Inn and Conference Center in Kingston on Wednesday, September 27th with opportunities for digital collections creators and curators to network, share best practices, participate in workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage. The conference will be held jointly with the CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting on Thursday, September 28th.  Registration closes September 15th. 
FINALLY: We welcome Lesley Lloyd, Library Services Consultant at OCLC (and formerly with EBSCO, if the name sounds familiar), to present a general OCLC update on Thursday November 2nd from app. 9:00 am-noon. It's tentatively at CDLC and we are looking for another venue. If you have that date available for a capacity of up to 50 people and are interested in hosting this event please get in touch with me. Thank you!
Your comments and questions are always welcome.
Wishing you a wonderful fall season!

Kind Regards,