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October 8, 2021

Cheery Friday Greetings!
Please register for our virtual Annual Meeting on October 22 featuring Dr. Michael Stephens, NY State Librarian Lauren Moore and Dr. Anna Kelles (Assembly 125th)! We’ll also share some exciting new ESLN projects! There are a few hours remaining to nominate a colleague for an award. The 2021 Award Nomination Form 2021 Nomination Form is available here: (Word) (PDF).

Some of the Board, staff, and I have been at the virtual Camp Finance for the past few days. Sponsored by the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), it has always been held during the first part of October. I find it the most useful conference outside of the library world. It brings together non-profits from all over New York State to learn about everything from marketing and communication to strategic visioning and non-profit accounting principles. SCRLC has been a NYCON member for decades. They offer training and updates, and manage our Flexible Spending Account, and health insurance—all very helpful for a smaller non-profit.

Meanwhile…..it has been awhile since I’ve mentioned the statewide AskUs24/7 collaborative virtual reference service.
AskUs24/7 is one of the longest-lived collaborative VR services anywhere, dating from the early 2000’s. Last year, the service transitioned to Springshare’s LibAnswers. Some of you will already be familiar with LibAnswers—AskUs might be able to expand the hours that your service is available. Not using LibAnswers? Here is your opportunity!
Beyond the benefit of extended hours, collaborative VR can be less expensive than going it alone--especially for all those hours. Training is free and participating librarians hone skills using innovative technology. Reports and statistics are flexible, and there is also access to subject experts both locally, regionally, and nationally. As with interlibrary loan, collaborative VR can be used for evidence-based collection development.
For FY 2020-2021, there were 11,240 questions asked, a 122.6% increase over the previous year. SCRLC librarians participating in the service answered 10,206, both from their users and beyond, an increase of 165.9%. You may have noticed an increase with your individual chat/IM/VR reference services during the pandemic, as well.
AskUs 24/7 participants from our region are: Cayuga Community College, Cornell University, Houghton College, SUNY Broome, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Delhi, and Wells College. 
If you are interested in joining AskUs 24/7, feel free to contact me or AskUs 24/7 coordinator Caitlin Kenney (or 716-633-0705, ext. 115) for more information.
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director

School Library Journal

Examples from the article where the DDS is not inclusive:
"African American culture and history is located in groups of people (305), not American culture and history (973)."

"Christians make up approximately 30 percent of the world’s religious population, yet they make up 90 percent of the 200s (religion.)"

"Students searching for the 16 official languages of India find out that they are shoved into 495.9 (miscellaneous languages of southeast Asia.)"

"Kids looking for LGBTQ+ nonfiction books find out that they are shelved next to prostitution and pornography."
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You are invited to apply for a Museum/Library Partnership grant under the auspices of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program. The total amount of funding available to SCRLC members for this initiative is $47,727. Applications are due by October 22, 2021 and limited to $12,000.

These funds are being provided through the NY State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to strengthen library/museum partnerships at the regional and/or local levels. Here is the link to apply.


Accessibility for All! | Owego Pennsaver Press

Binghamton Homepage

CISA and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) remind users to continue to “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” during October—2021’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month!
In 2021, CISA and NCSA will focus on different outreach themes each week to include:
  • Be Cyber Smart
  • Phight the Phish!
  • Explore. Experience. Share. – Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
  • Cybersecurity First
 As part of the STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ national public awareness campaign, CISA is also sharing Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources to reduce cybersecurity risks and protect you online. CISA reminds users that cybersecurity is a proactive responsibility, and individuals and organizations should implement strong security practices to stay safer and more secure online.

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, October 12, 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, November 3, 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,
Ask the HR Expert: Leading Performance
October 18, 2:00-3:30pm

Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of timely, objective, and documented feedback on work performance.
55th Annual Membership Meeting
Friday,October 22, 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Stevens
Wholehearted Libraries: Meeting the Needs of Community

ILL: The Inside Story
Annual Resource Sharing User's Group Workshop
Wednesday,October 27, 1:00 - 4:30 pm

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!

CDLC (Capital District Council)
CLRC (Central Council)
LILRC (Long Island Council)
METRO (NYC Council)
NNYLN (Northern Library Network)
RRLC (Rochester Council)
SENYLRC (Southeastern Regional Council)
WNYLRC (Western Council)
#NYLA2021 Annual Conference & Trade Show
Virtual: Thursday, October 28th - Friday, October 29th
In-Person: Wednesday, November 3rd - Saturday, November 6th
Learn More and register Here! Early Bird Registration ends today, Oct. 8!

Empire State Library Network is sponsoring two programs at NYLA 2021:
Collective Power for Collective Good
Thursday, November 4, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Shared Vocabulary for a Supportive Workplace
Thursday, November 4, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Virtual & On-demand Programs featuring ESLN staff members:
How to Run an Effective Meeting
Thursday, October 28, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Promoting Historical Collections with Google Ads & Wikipedia (On-demand)
Now All Virtual!
Internet Librarian 2021 Discount
October 26-28, 2021
Discount Code: 21ES
NNLM has the following WebEx classes scheduled, 60 minutes, 1 CE. Visit the class pages for more information and to register.

October 19, 2021 @ 2EDT
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.
Jackie Stewart secured his third world title in 1971
with six wins prior to competing at Watkins Glen
This collection from the History Center in Tompkins County contains nearly 300 images of Ithaca buildings. It was created to help support HistoryForge and funded by a SCRLC RBDB grant.

General Store 201 E State Street-

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.