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December 18, 2020
The SCRLC Office will be closed Thursday, December 24th through January 1st. We will reopen Monday, January 4th at 8:30 a.m. Have a safe and peaceful holiday. Our next newsletter will be sent to you on January 15th.
The SCRLC staff shared the books, tv shows, movies, music, and podcasts that we enjoyed this year. We invite you to share your favorites by clicking on the link to the Padlet below.

Cheery Friday Greetings!

The SCRLC Board of Trustees had their last meeting of the year today. Among the action items:
  • The Board accepted the Council’s 2019-2020 audit and 990 income tax report. Matt McSherry was on hand from by Port, Kashdin & McSherry to answer questions.
  • 2021 Officers: Jim Galbraith (Binghamton University)—President; Keturah Cappadonia (Southern Tier Library System)--Vice-President; Sarah Glogowski (Finger Lakes Library System)—Treasurer; Nicole Waskie-Laura (Broome-Tioga BOCES School Library System)—Secretary.
  • Facilities: SCRLC is investigating relocating its office to the Finger Lakes Library System building. It would be a more convenient accessible space for visiting members (both the building itself and parking), it would provide opportunities for collaboration, there would be convenient access to SCRLC’s digitization lab, and it should provide a cost-savings in the long run. The Board approved (with Sarah abstaining) obtaining cost-estimates for moving and renovating, and the on-going expenses of rent and utilities. The Board will make a final decision at their January 29 meeting. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or concerns.
The last time I mentioned that I'd report on some of the work of individual Committees. 
This past week, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee met. Among their activities:

  • Using a DEI framework, they reviewed the Mission, Vision, and Values document that the Plan of Service Design Team has been developing. Their suggestions will go back to the Design Team.
  • They discussed land acknowledgements and suggested that SCRLC create a template that all member organizations could use. We should seek approval through the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and pay (or make a donation) for their work.
  • The Committee finalized their 2020-2021 activities.
  • At the January meeting, the Committee will work through Dr. Kawanna Bright’s DEI Self-Assessment instrument. Also looming ahead will be working with the Plan of Service Elements. What are Elements you may wonder? Those are the various programs and services that we must address in the Five-Year Plan, as specified by the State Library. We have nine of them; some have components: Resource Sharing (components include Coordinated Collection Development, Union Catalog, Interlibrary Loan, Delivery, Digital Collections Access); Hospital Library Services Program; Professional Development and Training; Consulting and Development Services; Coordinated Services for Members (Digitization Services, Virtual Reference); Awareness and Advocacy; Communications among Members; Collaborative Efforts with Others; Leadership and Management. The current DEI Plan uses DEI as a framework to ensure that all SCRLC’s programs and services incorporate this core value.

A reminder that there are two more opportunities to share your thoughts and idea about Council programs and services via our regional conversations:

Monday, January 11, 11:00am-12:00pm: REGISTER HERE
Tuesday, January 12, 1:00-2:00pm: REGISTER HERE

Please have have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.

Yours in partnership,

Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
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Next Director's Meetup: Monday, January 25, 4:00pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95880178218 | Meeting ID: 958 8017 8218
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

Next All Member Meetup: Tuesday, January 5, 1:00pm
https://zoom.us/j/109469034 | Meeting ID: 109 469 034
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

Next Resource Sharing Meetup: Tuesday, December 22, 1:00pm  
https://zoom.us/j/109469034 | Meeting ID: 109 469 034
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

Next Special Collections/Local History/Archivists Meetup: Wednesday, January 13, 2:00pm
https://zoom.us/j/715709544 | Meeting ID: 715 709 544
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

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January 11, 11:00am
January 12, 1:00pm

View these events on the ESLN Continuing Education Calendar

January 8, 10:00am

January 11, 10:00am

January 14, 10:00am

Empowerment through Self Advocacy (NYLA Advocacy Fundamentals: A Virtual Series)
January 19, 9:00am

January 19, 1:00pm

January 21, 10:00am

January 21, 1:00pm

January 27, 10:00am

Wing It Project (Children's Programming) (LILRC)
February 2, 2:00pm

February 9, 1:00pm

February 10, 2:00pm

February 11, 3:00pm

February 12, 10:00am

Growing Genuine Community Support (NYLA Advocacy Fundamentals: A Virtual Series)
February 16, 9:00am

February 18, 2:00pm

February 23, 11:00am

From Your Hometown to Your Capital (NYLA Advocacy Fundamentals: A Virtual Series)
March 9, 9:00am
Send a request to jphilippe@scrlc.org for access to online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film and writing through Skillshare.
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). 
With fond love & best wishes for a happy New Year
Census 2020 Library Exhibit

Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal

Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State
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