Webinars, New York Heritage, library news, and more.
April 23, 2021

Cheery Friday Greetings,

There are two main topics that I have for you today: Target Aid and Telehealth/Telemedicine.
Target Aid. In the April 9 News I’d indicated, "the budget also includes target aid--$23M ($5M Senate, $8M Assembly, $10M Governor) that can go to school districts, public libraries, and not-for-profit institutions." Here is more information.

Also known as “bullet aid” and sometimes "special legislative grants," this funding is available to libraries and library systems, as well as to school districts and nonprofit museums, historical societies, and other non-profits for specific projects.

According to the New York Library Association, funding requests should be submitted to their senator or assembly member regardless of the legislator’s affiliation (note that Democrats are in the majority in both houses). NYLA also indicates that awards have ranged from $500 to over $50K for projects such as programming, technology upgrades, and sustainability initiatives. SCRLC has had two of these awards over the years for its digitization lab.
NYLA has a template for requesting bullet aid on their website, located in the left-hand column under “The State Budget.” They recommend submitting your request by May 12.

Telehealth. SCRLC is investigating the role that libraries of all types might play in telehealth in our region. Telehealth/telemedicine is not a new concept, and some libraries were already exploring it prior to the pandemic.
The shutdown intensified the need for patients to connect with their health care providers remotely; Zoom appointments became increasingly common as the pandemic continued--at least for those having broadband access. Some health care providers have been using phones, but phones do not necessarily allow them to see the patient and can also be problematic in some areas. Indeed, the pandemic spotlighted just how profound the digital divide is in our communities, both rural and urban. 

Libraries are reopening with this gaping digital divide still intact in their communities, and as the need for health services--including mental health services, continues and even increases, offering a telehealth option at the library may help community members who otherwise would not have access to the services they need. It could also provide an opportunity to help our residents develop health information literacy skills, the absence of which can impact patient outcomes and quality of life.

Molly Brown, our outreach services librarian, and I will host a meeting in early May to explore the feasibility of a telehealth pilot project. Have you already implemented this in your library? We would love to hear from you!

If you would like to be part of the conversation, please contact Molly Brown or me and we can send you the link to the Doodle poll.

Yours in partnership,

Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director

Social Responsibilities & Libraries: Speaker Series

The Social Responsibilities Group of New York Library Association's Developing Leaders Program is sponsoring a series of 5 webinars exploring how libraries of all types and sizes embody ALA's definition of the core value: Social Responsibility.

Upcoming Sessions:
April 26, 11:00 am- Empowering Your Community
May 3, 2:00 pm- Diverse Views and Discussions in Library Programs
(featuring Heather M. Cook and Alex Andrasik, Penn Yann Public Library)
May 10, 11:00 am- Directors Decide: Public Statements After George Floyd's Death
(featuring Pauline Emery, Southeast Steuben County Library)

(featuring Brian Hildreth, Southern Tier Library System)


2021-2022 Technology and Digitization Grant Round Announced


New this year! If you have a great project you want digitized but no staff time or resources, you can use the digitization grants to pay SCRLC as a digitization vendor. We can get it done! Email Claire for details and a quote for your project idea.

We are happy to announce the availability of funds to support a round of technology and digitization grants! If you are a member of SCRLC--governing or affiliate--you are encouraged to submit a creative proposal to improve regional access and resource sharing through technology. Digitization projects are also encouraged, as they allow materials to be accessed regionally through New York Heritage, New York State Historic Newspapers, and the Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative.

For 2021-2022, applications are especially encouraged for:
●    partnerships increasing representation of and with communities that have been historically and
systematically oppressed;
●    geographically underrepresented communities in the SCRLC region;
●    innovative approaches to using digitized collections for projects such as walking tours, virtual tours, and HistoryForge participation.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the SCRLC office by Friday, April 30, 2021; send to Claire Lovell at clovell@scrlc.org. This application packet is available on our website, https://scrlc.org/Grant-Information.  

Is this your first time applying? Feel free to contact Claire with any questions.

On January 28, 2021, the Build America's Libraries Act (BALA) was introduced in the U.S. Senate, and it was also proposed in the House of Representatives this month. This piece of legislation is gaining momentum as Congress and the Executive Branch turn their focus on infrastructure spending.


BIPOC Community Call: Wednesday, May 12, 12:00-1:00pm
Meeting ID: 920 2647 1064
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: 963485

Next Resource Sharing Call: Tuesday, April 27, 1:00pm  
https://zoom.us/j/109469034 | Meeting ID: 109 469 034
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

Next SCHOAM (special collections, historical organizations, archives & museums) Call: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2:00pm
https://zoom.us/j/715709544 | Meeting ID: 715 709 544
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

If you would be interested in starting an LGBTQ+, or another affinity group, through SCRLC, contact jphilippe@scrlc.org.

Is your library open or closed- any changes?
Let us know if your library is open or closed in on this Google Sheet and check the status of other organizations.
As part of the new Ask the HR Expert service, there will be a series of webinars - all from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Topics and dates are:
  • May 17 - HR 101 (Registration open now!)
  • June 21 - Effective Selection
  • September 20 - Trust & Leadership
  • October 18 - Leading Performance

Registration is open for The PILLARS Symposium on July 7-9, 2021. This virtual event is presented at no cost by the Empire State Library Network in collaboration with the New York School Library Systems Association. with generous help from our sponsors. Attendees will be eligible for 16 CE/CTLE credits! Register now!
View all events on the ESLN Continuing Education Calendar
These events are free for SCRLC members to attend

CDLC (Capital District Council)
CLRC (Central Council)
LILRC (Long Island Council)
METRO (NYC Council)
NNYLN (Northern Library Network)
RRLC (Rochester Council)
SENYLRC (Southeastern Regional Council)
WNYLRC (Western Council)
Send a request to jphilippe@scrlc.org for access to online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film and writing through Skillshare.

Certificates of completion are available.
In addition to the weekly Tech-Talk newsletter, SCRLC members have access to the Tech-Talk Database, which offers an up-to-date, searchable library of technology and communication articles and videos. Look for the login information at the top of your weekly Tech-Talk newsletter or email jphilippe@scrlc.org.
A free instructional design training program available through WebJunction to enable library workers to transfer their in-person teaching skills to the online environment. The 7 modules include: Orientation, Foundation, Diversity, Community, Content Creation, Course Management, & Capstone.
D4L was developed in partnership among the South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, and the Empire State Library Network. It was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 
Census 2020 Library Exhibit

Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal

Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State
Whether you are actively looking for a job or just want to be prepared in uncertain times, SCRLC is offering confidential and objective resume and cover letter review, as well as interview coaching. Let us know what would help you feel prepared. Fill in the form and we will be in touch.