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February 12, 2021
SCRLC Office Closed February 15th

The SCRLC office will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents' Day.

Wishing you all a Happy Lunar New Year, with peace and prosperity, and denouncing anti-asian racism in the year of the ox and beyond.

Cheery Friday Greetings,

The New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day is two weeks from today (February 26). Their website contains information regarding the day. As NYLA states, your voice during #LAD21 will benefit:

  • ALL NY libraries and citizens.
  • ALL libraries and systems which receive direct state aid.
  • Many libraries and systems receive indirect state aid in the form of cooperative services and shared programs from their library system.
  • Legislators who need to understand how libraries can help them.

We’ll be sending out more details next week regarding the legislative visits that are part of Library Advocacy Day.

Meanwhile, we can contact our legislators to take action regarding the cuts to state library aid and also to get all library workers included in Phase 1B of Covid vaccine eligibility.

In other happenings, SCRLC's advisory committees and Plan of Service Design Team continue to weave together the 2021-2026 Plan of Service. Thanks to all of you who contributed to it via participating in the various meetings or the membership survey. We expect to have a draft plan to share with you at the beginning of March. There will be a couple of weeks to comment, then the Board will need to approve it at their March 26 meeting, and finally it will be sent to the State Library by April 1.

I wish you a peaceful and restful Presidents’ Day weekend.

Yours in partnership,

Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director

About the cover School Library Journal chose for Black History Month:
Stop white centering | Anti-racism Daily

"Consider: How do you center the “benefits” of diversity, equity, and inclusion at your office? In your community? At your school? Does it align with centering the needs of those most marginalized or the white community?"

Historic newspaper titles from "History's Hometown" are now up and available on nyshistoricnewspapers.org, thanks to the work of Seymour Public Library District's Dori Gottschalk-Fielding and a 2019 RBDB digitization grant through SCRLC.

The newspapers include the Advertiser-JournalAuburn Daily AdvertiserAuburn Morning Dispatchand Auburn Weekly DispatchThe library worked with the Cayuga County Historian's office to digitize the only known remaining copies of these papers, some of which were extremely fragile paper issues held in the library's local history center.  

Of note, the Auburn Morning Dispatch described Harriet Tubman's March 1888 address to the local Non-Partisan Society, an organization that promoted the political education of women.

Congratulations to our member libraries who were grant recipients of Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries | (ala.org)

  • Afton Free Library (Afton, NY) -- Chenango - 4CLS
  • Cuba Circulating Library Association (Cuba, NY) -- Allegany - STLS
  • Interlaken Public Library (Interlaken, NY) -- Seneca - FLLS
  • Montour Falls Memorial Library (Montour Falls, NY) -- Schuyler - STLS
  • Newfield Public Library (Newfield, NY) -- Tompkins - FLLS
  • Phillips Free Library (Homer, NY) -- Cortland - FLLS
  • Prattsburg Free Library (Prattsburgh, NY) -- Steuben - STLS
  • Southworth Library Association (Dryden, NY) -- Tompkins - FLLS
  • Wide Awake Club Library (Fillmore, NY) -- Allegany - STLS

There is still time to apply for these grants. Deadline is March 4.

Some ideas from school librarians in Auburn:


NEW! BIPOC Community Call: Wednesday, March 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Meeting ID: 920 2647 1064
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: 963485

Next Director's Call: Tuesday, February 23, 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 Call: Tuesday, March 2, 1:00pm
https://zoom.us/j/109469034 | Meeting ID: 109 469 034
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

Next Resource Sharing Call: Tuesday, March 9, 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, March 10, 2:00pm
https://zoom.us/j/715709544 | Meeting ID: 715 709 544
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC

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.

February 17, 11:30am

March 12, 10:00am

A Silent Film Screening of The Lottery Man (1916) with an introduction from Barbara Tepa Lupack
March 31, 11:30am

View all events on the ESLN Continuing Education Calendar
These events are all free for you to attend.

Understanding the Budget: From the State to the Local Level
February 16, 9:00am

February 16, 4:00pm

February 17, 2:00pm

February 18, 2:00pm

February 18, 4:00pm

February 22, 2:00pm

February 23, 3:00pm

March 3, 11:00am

March 4, 4:00pm

March 5, 9:45am

March 5, 10:00am

From Your Hometown to Your Capital (NYLA Advocacy Fundamentals: A Virtual Series)
March 9, 9:00am

March 9, 2:00pm

March 11, 3:00pm

+SUNYLA 2021: From Seeds to Services: Growing the New Academic Library
Virtual conference hosted by SUNY Delhi
June 16-18, 2021
Deadline for workshop and presentation proposals: February 26, 2021

+If you are interested in attending the virtual Computers in Libraries Connect 2021 Conference on March 23-25 and would like $100 off the cost of your pass, please use the registration link and code below. There is no deadline, so you may use this discount through the event dates and you will be able to view the archives if you miss any live sessions.

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

Career Coaching
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.