Webinars, New York Heritage, library news, and more.
November 5, 2021

Cheery Friday Greetings at the end of another busy week!
RBDB. Yesterday, the technical amendment S6511/A702 that moves the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program (RBDB) funds into our operating budget was signed by Governor Hochul. This will mean less red tape while we continue to fund electronic resources and grants (digitization and information technology)!
ARPA. We continue to develop our American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant application, which is due later this month. Follow the link above for more information about the program. The site also contains a link to the upcoming digital inclusion webinars. The digital inclusion component supports libraries’ efforts to “reach residents through internet hotspots, accessible Wi-Fi, and digital content and related resources, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development needs.”
The public library systems are honing in on their projects, and there is some funding for region-wide work, e.g. the intersection of digital justice and disability justice; training digital navigators to work with recent immigrants and refugees; working with prison reentry programs; developing digital literacy skills among older residents. If you would like to discuss or have ideas about how any of these potential opportunities might work in your community, please contact me.
There are several exciting library-museum projects to include in the library-museum partnership component, and there is room for a couple more.
The six school library systems have done an excellent job of tying the e-materials they will purchase with their designated funds to the Regent’s DEI initiative and framework. Books and materials are specifically listed as a way to address the need for inclusive and culturally responsive teaching and learning.
NYLA. The New York Library Association’s in-person conference has also been happening in Syracuse this week. It was odd to be together with more than a handful of people at the same time! It will be interesting to see the attendance figures.
The keynote speaker was journalist Robert Kolker, author of the New York Times bestseller, Hidden Valley Road, the story of a family with 12 children--half who have schizophrenia--and the important advancements in our understanding of mental illness that was brought about by the family’s willingness to undergo research. I look forward to reading the book. Future online book read? Stay tuned!
There were not the usual number of sessions, but there were still a lot of opportunities, and everything I attended was excellent. Kudos to Jessica Philippe, program curator for the ESLN luncheon and program!

The luncheon speaker, Emily Drabinski, author and interim Chief Librarian of the CUNY Graduate Center Library, spoke on Collective Power for Collective Good, discussing how the sharing of power in a more participatory, collaborative workplace and decision-making process is better for everyone.
Stephanie Cole Adams of Ask the Lawyer presented Shared Vocabulary for a Supportive Workplace. She looked at the power dynamic concept, protecting whistleblowers, the need for self-care/drawing the right boundaries to create a supportive environment, ethics, workplace dysfunction, homeostasis/institutions that can’t change, symptom-bearers, setting norms, and placing people first. She also said that there is no risk so great that we can’t get enough insurance to mitigate it, so never let the threat of a lawsuit get in the way of doing what you need to do.
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
Emily Drabinski
Stephanie Cole Adams

Located at the revitalized Stanley A. Milner Library, PÎYÊSÎW WÂSKÂHIKAN (Thunderbird House) is an inspiring dedicated Indigenous space that is built for ceremony and gatherings. PÎYÊSÎW WÂSKÂHIKAN works with local Elders and Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous organizations to offer programming that is welcoming to Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, including language programming, cultural and land-based teachings, intergenerational programming, and a space for smudging and reflection.

The Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives team at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Library’s Literary Initiatives Office and an advisory group of educators (members of the National Council on the Social Studies, the National Council for Teachers of English, and the National Indian Education Association), has just launched a guide to support teachers in the use of the “Living Nations, Living Words” project. The project encompasses an ArcGIS story map and an online poetry collection that includes the work of 47 contemporary Native poets.
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Congratulations to The History Center in Tompkins County for receiving $36,721 in American Rescue Plan for Libraries and Museum funding.

BIPOC Community Call: Wednesday, November 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Meeting ID: 920 2647 1064 | Call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: 963485
Next Resource Sharing Call: Tuesday, November 9, 1:00pm  
Meeting ID: 109 469 034 | Call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC
Next SCHOAM (special collections, historical organizations, archives & museums) Call: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Meeting ID: 715 709 544 | Call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Passcode: SCRLC
If you would be interested in starting a special interest or affinity group through SCRLC,
Davinci Resolve - A Powerful and Free Video Editing Tool
Wednesday, November 10, 3:00pm
Secrets for Working with New Office Templates
Wednesday, November 17, 3:00pm
Best Tips for Using Graphics in Word & PPT (Basic & Inter)
Wednesday, December 1, 3:00pm
Best Tips for Working in Excel (Basic & Inter)
Wednesday, December 15, 3:00pm

More info and registration (username & pw: scrlc)
Careers and Job Hunting Strategies Beyond the L in LIS (library and information science)
Monday, November 15, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

View all council events on the ESLN Continuing Education Calendar
Events produced by the other councils are open for SCRLC members to attend!
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 library of technology and communication articles and videos. Login info. is at the top of the weekly newsletter, or email jphilippe@scrlc.org.
Throughout September, 1996 SCRLC members were attending...

Introduction to the Internet with SCRLC's Lesli LaRocco
"The Internet is being talked about everywhere: on television, in magazines, in newspapers. Television and radio commercials regularly give the URL (or Web location) of Internet sites. If you don't have an Internet connection, or if you haven't gotten comfortable using it yet, all of this publicity seems to imply that everyone is in on it--except for you.

Publicity about the internet seems to fall into two catagories: promises of a wealth of information at your fingertips, or dire warnings about the subversive or pornographic information so easily available to anyone of any age. Politicians are beginning to write laws to govern--or is it censor?--the Internet. Seldom, however, are you treated to an explanation of what the Internet is, how it works, and why you would want to have something to do with it."
Lesli LaRocco, Jean Currie, and Senator Seward
at the Finger Lakes Library System 1998.
We've finished the design and printing of the companion physical exhibit. These four panels are now available for SCRLC members to borrow for one month at a time. Please fill out this form if you would like to host this exhibit.


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.