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May 19, 2023

SCRLC will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.


Cheery Friday Greeting,

NOVELny. You may have heard whisperings in recent weeks about NOVELny ending.

Although there has not been a formal announcement from the NY State Education Department, the state librarian confirmed at a recent meeting with the Empire State Library Network directors that NOVELny will end on June 30, 2024 after 23 years of use and value to the learners and residents of New York State. They had hoped it would not come to this, but they did not receive the funding increase needed to continue it--they would have needed $2.6M+ . A workable solution was not found, and advocating for more funding was not successful. The Division of Library Development would support the service if funding were found, but it does not seem likely.

How do we support the libraries that depend on NOVELny, i.e., schools and some of the academics, and public libraries? What does this mean for the way we conduct advocacy for library funding?

There will be more information and opportunities for dialogue in the months ahead. We'll be discussing this with you in the coming months as we get on the road with field visits again.

SCRLC's Regional Electronic Subscriptions. The SCRLC Board of Trustees at today's meeting voted to keep EBSCO's Literary Reference Center and OCLC FirstSearch. Consumer Health Complete will be discontinued due to consistently low use (i.e., under 2900 sessions per year across the entire region) year after year. Instead, SCRLC will promote MedlinePlus.gov, which is freely availabile and tax-dollar supported. There are 58 languages available. Real-time training is scheduled for the Fall; meanwhile, checkout the recording of the Basic Health Reference and MedlinePlus from this past year. We will also be picking up a regional subscription to Niche Academy for the year as a pilot.

SCRLC Board of Trustees May 19 Meeting Highlights:

  • SCRLC’s Board of Trustees approved the 2023-2024 budget, based on the current year's figures.
  • At last October's meeting of the membership, a dues increase up to 3% each year for three years was approved. For 2023-2024, the Board approved a 3% increase. Because the dues structure was also changed, some members will actually be paying less.
  • The electronic resources cost-share will decrease for governing members due to the cancellation of Consumer Health Complete.
  • The Board approved several digitization grants, which will add materials to New York Heritage and New York State Historical Newspapers.More information on the specific grants awarded will be forthcoming.
  • The Board discussed some DEIJA initiatives including a series of BRAVE dialog to action conversations, workshop and celebrations topics, BIPOC undergraduate student internships, and an LIS student internship.

DEI Grant Opportunity: A reminder that SCRLC has funds available to consult with Dr. Kawanna Bright on DEIJ in your organization. Click here for more information and to apply. Your best chance at funding is to apply ahead of July 1. There is still time to register for Dr. Bright's second workshop, coming up on Monday at 1 p.m. See below!

This is the last edition of the News before the Memorial Day weekend. Please have a happy and safe one!

Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director


Welcome to the new Dean of Libraries at Binghamton University, Andrea Falcone! Read the press release.

Cortland County Historical Society recently received a Preserving America Grant from Americana Corner that they're using to preserve two schoolgirl maps from the 1820s.

Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library of the Southern Tier Library System received a grant from the ALA Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities program. Congratulations!

Finger Lakes Library System awarded twelve mini-grants to their members recently for great-looking outreach projects.

Congratulations to everyone whose budgets passed, including Cortland Free Library!

Stop by their circulation desk to buy this awesomely pun-derful t-shirt:

Cortland Free Library tshirt

Other successful votes this week include:

Arkport Public Library, Belfast Public Library, & Whitesville Public Library of the Southern Tier Library System;

Aurora Free Library, Hazard Library, Lamont Memorial Free Library, Philips Free Library, Powers Library Association, Ulysses Philomatic Library, Watkins Glen Public Library, & Weedsport Public Library of the Finger Lakes Library System;

Bainbridge Free Library, Fenton Free Library, Louise Adelia Read Memorial Public Library, Moore Memorial Library, Morris Library, New Berlin Library, Sidney Memorial Public Library, Vestal Library, & William B. Ogden Free Library of Four County Library System.

Have news? Please share it with us!

The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen is looking for a new Head Archivist. See this and other jobs on our jobs board:


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!

May 22, 2023, 1:00pm

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Series Part 2: Assessment - Implications and Applications for Library & Information Organizations


June 5, 2023, 2:00pm

Trauma-Informed Librarianship, Part 1: Essentials for Library Users


June 7, 2023, 11:00am

Lunch & Learn:

What is a Medical Librarian?


June 12, 2023. 2:00pm

Trauma-Informed Librarianship, Part 2: Essentials for Library Workers


New York State Library Assistants’ Association (NYSLAA)

42nd Annual Conference - June7-9, 2023

“Library Assistants: Create, Learn, and Explore in the Catskills"

More Info and Registration

LOGIN & PW: scrlc

SCRLC members can access Tech-Talk.com's great & up-to-date library of technology and communication tutorials.

Upcoming Tech-Talk Webinars:

How to Organize and Move Photos from your Phone to your Computer

Wednesday, May 17 at 3 pm

How to Create Gorgeous TABLES in a Word Document

Wednesday, May 24, 3 pm

Understanding Your Options in Cloud Storage and How to Find Your Files Easily

Wednesday, June 14 at 3pm


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

Child holding a Chicken. A young boy holds a chicken in his arms. He's wearing overalls and a wide straw hat while standing in a garden next to a house.

Delaware County Historical Association / Edna Benedict Collection

New (to us) Collections: Canal Society of New York State

The Canal Society of NYS has been a long-time contributor to NY Heritage through the Erie Canal Museum, which is located in Syracuse and therefore a CLRC member. The Canal Society recently purchased a church in Port Byron in Cayuga County and has joined SCRLC as an Affiliate Member. We're working with them right now to upload new materials, but we should also highlight the five collections they've shared over the last decade. These materials (the Gayer Collection, the Madden Collectionthe Horne Collection, the Soule Collection, and Barge Canal Construction: Middle Division) include views of Seneca County and Cayuga County and cover big topics like the building of the Panama Canal and, of course, the Erie Canal.

New Collection: Hornell Yearbooks

When Hornell Public Library joined SCRLC as an Affiliate Member through the Consider the Source project this year, they already had a Google Drive folder full of yearbooks scanned by a former staff member, Marie Dunn. We've copied those and uploaded them to NYHeritage so they're more findable and searchable. (Consider what you have in your own collection like this and send Claire an email!)

New Collection: Broome County Clubs

This collection from the Broome County Historical Society, which worked with us via the Broome County Public Library, includes photographs of young people in local chapters for national organizations, like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as Binghamton-specific organizations like History Hunters.

New Collection: Cayuga County Postcards

We helped the Cayuga County Historian's Office recently digitize dozens of postcards, many of which show rural and often underrepresented communities of Cayuga County, like Ira, Victory, and Locke.


Don't forget to celebrate your victories!

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