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January 13, 2023

SCRLC will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of the

Martin Luther King holiday.


Cheery Friday Greetings,


I hope that your 2023 is off to a good start. With January come many important observances and events.


January is Poverty Awareness Month, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16), National Day of Racial Healing (January 17), and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27).  

According to information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the official poverty rate in 2021 was 11.6 percent, i.e., 37.9 million people living in poverty. Rates increased for people 65 years and older from 2020 to 2021. The page includes links to various charts and resources including race and a poverty library. 


Here and around the world, more women and girls live in poverty than men and boys, according to information provided by UN Women.


Goal #1 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” Libraries are crucial community partners in this effort through their programs and services that include assisting job seekers, offering food pantries / distribution, and availing a plethora of books, materials, and resources in a multitude of formats for learning, dreaming, and engaging.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day followed by the National Day of Racial Healing is upon us this long weekend into Tuesday. A shout out to the various libraries who are planning events—we would love pictures and to know what special programs, exhibits, etc. you hosted.


Here in the Ithaca area, on Sunday, January 14, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center is hosting its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, featuring our new NYS Senate member, Lea Webb, who was also one of our presenters at the social justice summit SCRLC did in partnership with Binghamton University. Much more information and registration is available here.


The National Day of Racial Healing, which is hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, “was created with and builds on the work and learnings of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners. Fundamental to this day is a clear understand that racial healing is at the core of racial equity.” 


The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day because it is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony will be broadcast from the UN General Assembly Hall on the 27th; the theme is “Home and Belonging.” Click here for the broadcast; check the website for the specific time as the day approaches.

Have a good weekend.


Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director


Find all things Library Advocacy Day here!


Congratulations to Tompkins County Public Library for being awarded Downtown Nonprofit Partner of the Year by Downtown Ithaca!

Jill Dixon, Interim Dean of Libraries at Binghamton University, has accepted a new position as Dean of Libraries at West Chester University, which is located in West Chester, PA. Jill will remain at Binghamton until June 30. Congratulations, Jill!

Welcome Betsy Hartnett, the new School Library System Coordinator at DCMO BOCES.

Awards in Oneonta Congratulations to Marcela and her team at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society for earning three big grants recently: the NYSEG 2022 Economic Development-Small Business Customer COVID-19 Relief Program Grant, a 2022 Oneonta Community Initiative Grant from Destination Oneonta, and a 2022 Support for Organizations Grant from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA). These grants helped GOHS pay for salaries, building costs, and safety improvements.

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View all council events on the ESLN Continuing Education Calendar

Events produced by the other councils are open for SCRLC members to attend!

More SCRLC Events Coming in 2023!

SLI and ALA Sustainable Librarianship eCourse

**Registration is open through ALA eLearning!**

The Sustainable Libraries Initiative and American Library Association are offering a four week asynchronous eCourse, Sustainable Librarianship: Core Competencies and Practices, starting Monday, February 13th.


This course will address the critical role of libraries as active and intentional participants in building community resilience. This course will be instructed by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Sustainable libraries Initiative co-founder and Advisory Board President.


Registration: https://elearning.ala.org/local/catalog/view/product.php?productid=670


More Information: https://sustainablelibrariesinitiative.org/news/sli-partners-ala-ecourse

Computers in Libraries, Arlington, VA, March 28 - 30

Organized and produced by Information Today, Inc., this conference provides a unique, annual opportunity for library and information professionals from all over the world to gather together and discuss the myriad of ways technology impacts libraries and the people who use them. We look forward to welcoming you back to Arlington, VA this March 28 - 30 to learn, share, and celebrate the technologies and people that are shaping the future of libraries. SCRLC Member Discount Code: ESLN23

More Info and Registration

LOGIN & PW: scrlc

SCRLC members have access to the Tech-Talk Database, which offers an up-to-date library of technology and communication articles and videos.

Jan 25 - 10+ Cool and Challenging Techniques to Increase Your Excel Skills [3 pm ET for 1 hour]

Feb 8 - Reach More Members Using Two Marketing Tools: Part 1 - Email Lists

[3 pm ET for 1 hour]

Feb 22 - Become an Expert Communicator to Gain Respect and Avoid Conflict  [3 pm ET for 1 hour]


Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development courses for librarians, archivists, and other staff.

For 20% off all LJA courses, email dcapalongo@scrlc.org

Archived Webinars

See SCRLC Webinars & ESLN Events on YouTube

Ruins of Central Hotel, Oneonta, NY Burned Jan. 16,1910

Swart-Wilcox House Museum / Henry Wilcox Memorabilia

New Collection: Allentown Union School Collection

Thanks to Consider the Source digitization funding, one of our new members, Allegany County Historical Society, has a second collection, all about a rural school that has since dissolved. ACHS's executive director, Ron Taylor, attended school in Allentown and provided scanned yearbooks for us to upload.

New Collections: American Association of University Women - Oneonta Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

Made of yearbooks, correspondence and ephemera related to the American Assocation of University Women and the Daughters of the American Revolution in Oneonta, these collections were created by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society thanks to a digitization grant from SCRLC. The grant also helped GOHS greatly expand the Jessie Elvira Jenks Papers. Jenks was from Oneonta and wrote to her parents frequently in the 1890s as she attended the New England Conservatory of Music.

New Collection: Cayuga County Churches

The Cayuga Museum of History and Art uploaded dozens of pictures of churches, seen from inside and out, from around Cayuga County. Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, Universalist and other Christian denominations are represented, showing a variety of sacred spaces of the 20th century.


“While working in our archives, I found an old metal box. Inside was a long-forgotten roll of silent 8mm film marked ‘The Philippines 1942,’” Schnakenberg tweeted. “Excited at possibly discovering lost WWII footage, I sent it to specialists for care and digitization.” Read the story and watch the cute video here.

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