Events, New York Heritage, library news, and more.


October 6, 2023


Cheery Friday Greetings and Happy October!

For SCRLC, October means all things annual—your cost-benefit summaries (sending out next week!), reports, and the annual meeting on October 27. This is our first in-person meeting since before the pandemic—we’re pretty excited to be back together in the same room! Before that, on October 12 the Resource Sharing Users Group meets for its virtual fall program. Please follow the links below to register for the events.

With the RSUG meeting next week, this is a great opportunity to mention some resource sharing-related services available through SCRLC.

Bibliographic & Referral Center (BARC) provides last-resort interlibrary loan (ILL) support and backup for SCRLC libraries without access to OCLC WorldShare or who have exhausted their other electronic ILL networks.

Medical Information Services Program (MISP) avails funds to pay for ILL requests that are filled by health sciences libraries including the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) resource libraries, e.g. Update Medical Center, U Mass, Yale, National Library of Medicine, etc.

South Central Onsite Reciprocal Access (SCORA).. We attempted to implement this program just prior to the pandemic, which impacted participation. Three libraries on the western side of the region participate and we’d like to see this expand to more libraries. Please consider signing up for it! You, as a lending library, are always in control of who can borrow. Similar programs have existed for decades in neighboring Councils. Such arrangements make libraries more accessible for serious and responsible users.

Traveling Exhibits. Pretty-much everything that the Council offers is connected to resource sharing in the wider sense, which brings us to the traveling exhibits. Collaboratively built, they couldn’t be easier to borrow—we deliver them to your desk and pick them up again!

Field Visits. One way that SCRLC is getting back together with members is via a round of field visits to listen and to learn. Diane Capalongo will be setting up most of the visits, but you are also welcome to contact us via the link.

Have a restful and nice weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director



Thanks to the advocacy of The History Center in Tompkins County, a bridge in Ithaca over Route 13 has been recently renamed Kirby Edmonds Bridge. Kirby Edmonds, who passed away in 2020, was a longtime educator and activist in Ithaca and was facilitator of SCRLC's Annual Meeting in 2019.

"Kirby's voice and thoughtful perspectives on equity and justice is preserved in [the History Center's] oral history archives, through a 2018 interview" (available on New York Heritage).

In case you missed it, our most recent Member Spotlight was with Emma Dailey, Director of Collections and Exhibitions of the Seward House Museum.

Congratulations to Diane Pamel, Library Director of the Southworth Library Association in Dryden (a member of Finger Lakes Library System) on being named Community Hero of the Month by the Tompkins Chamber! Diane was wonderful to work with during our ARPA projects, and the resulting collection on NYHeritage is great.

Geoff Starks, Director of Development and Outreach at Cayuga Museum of History and Art and Nellie Ludemann, Executive Director of Seneca Falls Historical Society, were on WSYR's Bridge Street program to talk about their collaborative event tomorrow: the Fashion History & Sustainability Symposium.

Have news? Please share it with us!



Thank you so much to our friends at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, who invited us to their professional development with the inspiring Dr. Debbie Reese at Ganondagan State Historic Site. It was a fantastic presentation and experience, and we are so appreciative!


Dr. Debbie Reese shared many resources. Among them, we'll highlight:


View events from all 9 Councils on the ESLN Continuing Education Calendar.

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

Annual Resource Sharing Users Group Meeting

Books Opening Doors: Prisons, Libraries and the Resources We Share

October 12, 1:00 - 4:00pm


Lunch & Learn: All About Ticks

October 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Making Health Literacy Local

October 19, 10:00am - 11:30am



Friday, October 27, 9:30am - 2:00pm

at the Museum of the Earth


Libraries Addressing Health Information and Disinformation

November 15, 11:00am - NOON


Article Discussion Group: "Changing the Racial Demographics of Librarians"

with Curtis Kendrick joining us to discuss his article

November 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm


SCRLC members can access's library of technology and communication tutorials.

Upcoming Tech-Talk Webinars

(always at 3pm)

Creating Simple Tool Kits Using Three-Minute Tutorials on October 11

From Still to Thrill: Create Moving Images That Will Bring Your Content to Life

on October 25

Turn Data Into Colorful Dashboards with Google's Looker Studio on November 15

Ten (10) Things You Can Do with the Google Photo App on November 29

Our colleagues are sponsoring programs and highlighting their work at the NYLA 2023 Conference, and we encourage you to check them out if you'll be there.

ESLN Luncheon | Building Power and Community During Crisis Times: The Work of Library Freedom Project

on November 2 at Noon

Disability Access for Digital Access on November 2 at 12:45pm

Make Real Connections with 24/7 With Chat Cooperative Reference 

on November 2 at 1:45pm

ESLN Showcase of Collaborative Resources Available to New York Libraries on November 3 at 11:00am

Industry Summit:

2nd Annual Upstate Rural Broadband Conference

on November 14, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Doubletree Inn, Binghamton

Register here.

Wine Tasting with Ron Gaczewski

A New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC fundraiser

on November 16, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before.

$100 and includes Wine Kit delivered to your door.

Register here.


Niche Academy offers

on demand webinars,

live webinars, and the opportunity for SCRLC members to create their

own tutorials. For more information, email [email protected]

Library Juice Academy

offers a range of online professional development courses.

For 20% off all LJA courses, email [email protected]

View archived SCRLC Webinars & ESLN Events

on YouTube


Change in a Volatile World: From Change Management to Change Readiness

with Steven Bell

Goulds Pump Workers

Hanna-Barben Collection / The Canal Society of New York State

New Collection: Family Histories from the Town of Caroline

Personal interviews, research notes, newspaper clippings, and transcribed book excerpts from an avid genealogist and local historian in rural Tompkins County.

Featured Collection: COVID Memory Project of Chemung County

Chemung County Historical Society's archivist, Rachel Dworkin, steadily added oral history interviews to this collection since CCHS began the COVID Memory Project 2020. Nearly three dozen interview recordings are now uploaded with transcriptions and photos, all representing a wide range of lived experiences during "unprecedented times."

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