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March 10, 2023


Cheery Friday Greetings!

Advocacy: We are still in the midst of library advocacy! As we all know, advocacy is an on-going process of relationship-building, a continual effort. Right now, however, is a crucial time of the year--the Senate and Assembly are developing their one-house budgets. It is important to remain in their hearts and minds as they enter the final weeks of negotiation—right up until the moment that the budget is finalized. Keep those communications going!


Library Advocacy Day in Albany was lower-key this year, partially due to the weather and also there were fewer advocates for all causes in the building. The legislators with whom I met said we had their support. Library workers have been doing a great job of getting legislators into their libraries—this is so important and makes a difference.


NYLA's Advocacy Center contains all the information that you need to continue your advocacy efforts. Letters, emails, phone calls—it’s all good! Together, we shall have a positive impact! Here is a summary of the $$ asks:


$147.1M for state library aid for libraries and library systems receiving direct aid (e.g., SCRLC);

$69M for public library construction aid -- a fraction (i.e., less than 5%) of what is needed across the state.


In addition to writing to your own legislators, please contact the Chair of the NYS Assembly’s Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, Carrie Woerner, and the Chair of the NYS Senate’s Libraries Standing Committee, Iwen Chu. They are strong library supporters. Check out Assembly Member Woerner’s video in support of libraries!

Also contact the Governor's office, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie. Senator Chu and Assembly Member Heastie are also library supporters.

Individual advocates can always donate to the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee to amplify their voices.

In other matters, see below to register for some new learning opportunities—Rebecca Albrecht Oling on the topic of Digital Accessibility for March 30 and Dr. Bryan Alexander on the Climate Crisis for April 12. We will also be scheduling two webinars with Dr. Kawanna Bright for May and June, as well as a few other events.

Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director


2023-2024 Digitization Grants

Our digitization grants are back with an updated application packet, found here. Governing Members and Affiliate Members are eligible to apply.

Applications are due April 14, 2023.

SCRLC can do the digitization for you, so reach out to Claire for a quote. You can apply for a digitization grant to pay SCRLC to do the work for you! Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES SLS did this to complete the recent collection of Weedsport School District yearbooks, as did Chemung County Library District for the Elmira City Directories.

Want to hear about more resources like our digitization grants? Click here to sign up for our SCHOAM newsletter for Special Collections, Historical Organizations, Archives and Museums. The newsletter is monthly and past issues can be found here.


Welcome to Hilary Westgate, the new Electronic and Media Resources Librarian at the college-formerly-known-as NY Chiropractic College, now Northeast College of Health Sciences.

Thank you to Seymour Public Library District for inviting us to their Representation Matters workshop this week. Librarians from Lansing, Moravia, Weedsport, Ithaca, Skaneateles and Auburn came together to learn about Seymour's recent diversity audit using Ingram's iCurate program and other templates. We also discussed How to Talk About Book Bans With Friends, Library Patrons, and More, a recent Book Riot article.

Lisa Carr

Have news? Please share it with us!


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!

March 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.- Rebecca Albrecht Oling

Digital Accessibility and Why it Matters

Rebecca Albrecht Oling is an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Accessibility

at Purchase College Library, SUNY.


March 31, 9:30am - Board of Trustees Meeting

Contact dcapalongo@scrlc.org if you are interested in attending.

April 12, 11:00am - Dr. Bryan Alexander

The Climate-Conscious Library: How Libraries Can Mitigate Climate Change and Save the World!

Bryan is currently a senior scholar at Georgetown University and teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program.


April 21, 11:00am - Academic Director's Meeting (Zoom)

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.

March 22 - Take Control of Your Email and Sanity with Gmail and Outlook

[3 pm ET for 1 hour]

April 12 - Discover New Features to Enrich Docs and Presentations

[3 pm ET for 1 hour]

April 26 - Create and Edit PDFs Using New Tools and Techniques

[3 pm ET for 1 hour]


Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development courses.

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

Archived Webinars

See SCRLC Webinars & ESLN Events on YouTube

Remembering Judith Heumann

It is with great sadness that we share news of Judith Heumann's death this week. She was an inspiration to all and improved the lives of many.

If you weren't able to watch it last year, watch our PILLARS 2022 Keynote: A Conversation with Judith Heumann - YouTube

Mrs. Raymond Brown training 'Watchers at the Polls' for 1915 election.

New York State Women's Suffrage Exhibition Collection

New Collection: History of Goulds Pumps: a Scrapbook Collection

Goulds Pumps built their first wooden pump in Seneca Falls in 1848. By the 1920s, Goulds Pumps was a household name, with ads in the Saturday Evening Post with illustrations by Norman Rockwell.  The company still exists and operates out of Seneca Falls, although it is now ITT Goulds Pumps. This scrapbook of newspaper clippings follows the company's development and community involvement.

New Collection: Schuyler County Agriculture and Industry

Schuyler County is known as a racing destination thanks to Watkins Glen, but it's also been a bustling location for salt production, a notable crane company, and a steel mill, besides many farms and other smaller companies found in this collection.

New Additions: Aerial Photography of New York State

Bill Hecht took his camera along on plane rides around New York State and shared his treasure trove of aerial photography with the Genoa Historical Association.  Recent additions include shots of the Thousand Islands, the Great New York State Fair, and many superb views of the City of Ithaca.

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