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April 29, 2022
Cheery Friday Greetings,

Today I’m writing mainly about the Sustainable Development Goals, but I’ll also give a shout out to the entire recent Academic Libraries 2022 conference because so many of our members were involved in it! Karin Wikoff (Ithaca College), Jessica Philippe, and I were on the planning team, and many SCRLC members presented at it. Sustainability was one of the conference themes.
Nicole Eversley Bradwell, Director of Admissions at Ithaca College, provided an excellent keynote. One of the Ithaca College students participated on the student panel. Conference presenters included Mechele Romanchock, Director of Libraries at Alfred University; Ben Hogben, Access Services Manager at Ithaca College; Jeremy Pekarek, Archivist & Instructional Services at SUNY Cortland; Jenifer Phelen, Assistant Librarian, SUNY Cortland; and Jennifer Kronenbitter, Director of Libraries at Memorial Library, SUNY Cortland. Well done, all! We are working to get presentation recordings and slides up on the ESLN website.
But wait, there’s more!
Sustainability is in SCRLC’s mission statement and appears throughout our Plan of Service, comprising a couple of goal statements and also represented in our strategic directions. We offer a Sustainability Award each year. Mechele Romanchock received it a few years ago, and two of the other Academic Libraries 2022 presenters received it at our 2021 annual meeting--Binghamton University librarians Neyda Gilman, Assistant Head of Sustainability & STEM Engagement and Jennifer Embree, Sustainability Hub Coordinator & Subject Librarian.
For AL2022, Neyda and Jennifer presented a lightning talk, Growing through the Cracks: Adapting and Advancing Sustainability Initiatives in Academic Libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic It was a nice opportunity to learn more about their work and the Sustainability Hub. You can learn more about it via their LibGuide, as well.

Gerald Beasley, Cornell University’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian presented a program, How Will Libraries Deliver a Sustainable Future? Academic Library Actions: Top Ten (Actually Thirteen).

Gerald’s presentation focused on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. There are 17 of them:

#1 No Poverty
#2 Zero Hunger
#3 Good Health and Wellbeing
#4 Quality Education
#5 Gender Equality
#6 Clean Water and Sanitation
#7 Affordable and Clean Energy
#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
#9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
#10 Reduced Inequalities
#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
#12 Responsible Consumption
#13 Climate Action
#14 Life Below Water
#15 Life On Land
#16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
#17 Partnerships for the Goals

Gerald’s ideas included incorporating the SDGs into the library's strategic thinking/planning, advocating for them, developing inclusive metadata, and more. We also broke into small groups to discuss what we were doing or might do. For those not at the conference, he has been interviewed about the SDGs, e.g., here (Part 1); here (Part 2). Cornell hosted a webinar series on them, plus, you can find many of his writings and recordings on the Internet.

The SDGs are for all types of libraries.

The American Library Association’s Task Force on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’ webpage contains information and resources for libraries, which truly are key partners in this global work. See the fact sheet here. The webpage also contains links to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' (IFLA) resources.

At first glance, the SDGs can seem daunting; however, our members are helping to achieve them every day. Libraries help by providing credible information and resources. Any library that offers a food pantry, hosts free meals, helps a family obtain SNAP benefits, etc. is working toward Zero Hunger as well as Good Health and Wellbeing. Offering consumer health resources and information, yoga /exercise programs, healthy food programming, etc. works toward Good Health and Wellbeing.

The fact sheet offers more examples, and you will think of many more that your library is doing right now, or could be doing. One suggestion that came up in our group was to work on one SDG each month. That feels very doable and we could even do it as a region. What do you think? There is a Global Week of Action in September, and there have been weeks identified for various SDGs.

Some opportunities coming up:

There is a free IFLA webinar on May 10 on Climate Equity that may provide us with ideas.

The State Library sent a NYLINE message this week regarding the annual Screen-Free Week, May 2-8. According to the message, the week “offers many opportunities for libraries, schools, communities, and families to unplug and celebrate in whatever way works best.” It is a time to engage in activities, experiences, and learning that doesn’t involve a screen—and also to think about/work on the SDGs.

I will be on vacation that week though ironically, I planned to start the free Coursera class on the Global Sustainable Development Goals--my evening/weekend learning! If you would like to join me, check it out here—but maybe we should wait until May 9 to start! I am very interested in investigating pieces that SCRLC could coordinate/facilitate regionally.

Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director

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Next SCHOAM (special collections, historical organizations, archives & museums)
Wednesday, May 4, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Meeting ID: 715 709 544 | Call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC
Next Article Discussion Group: "'The Battle for the Soul of the Library" (NYTimes Opinion) & "The Battle for the Soul of the Library: A Response" (R.David Lankes)
Thursday, May 12, 12:00pm-1:00pm
(The BIPOC Community Call will be on hiatus until June 8.)
Universal Design for Libraries with Jonathan White
Monday, May 23, 1:00 - 2:15pm

Learn how to make your facilities more usable, safer, and appealing to people with a wide range of abilities throughout their life spans using universal design.
Raising Awareness, Eliminating Barriers, Changing Culture: Making the Arts More Accessible and Inclusive Online and Off with Gaelynn Lea
Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 - 2:00pm

Gaelynn Lea will discuss why disability education, coupled with inclusion in the arts are so important, and how the concept of Disability Pride can help transform our culture.
Join us for this webinar series exploring various services the Empire State Library Network has to offer. On the last Friday of each month at 10am, come meet ESLN staff and service providers.
Ask the Lawyer with Stephanie "Cole" Adams, May 27

Ask Us 24/7 with Caitlin Kenney
June 24

Academic Overdrive with Christi Sommerfeldt, July 29

Empire Library Delivery with Maria DeGaetano, August 26

Ask the HR Expert with Holly Nowak
September 30
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Perfect Your PowerPoint 365 Presentation with New Features
May 11, 3pm

20+ Glorious and Creative Ways to Find Free, Safe,& Legal Images
May 25, 3pm
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Events produced by the other councils are open for SCRLC members to attend!
Save the Date: July 13, 2022 for

Preparation, Information Literacy, Libraries, Academic Resources and 21st Century Skills for Transitioning from Secondary School to College

This year's topic: Accessibility In Education with Keynote Speaker Judith Heumann


Library Juice Academy Discount Code Available

Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development courses for librarians, archivists, and other staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills.

For 20% off all LJA courses, email jphilippe@scrlc.org
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See a related conversation about digital photos and HistoryForge at The History Center of Tompkins County
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Maypole Dance at the Belle Sherman School 1963

These four panels are now available for SCRLC members to borrow for one month at a time. Please fill out this form if you would like to host this exhibit.

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