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September 16, 2022


Cheery Friday Greetings,


There are a couple of observances to highlight in this edition:

We celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on the 15th and recognizes the achievements and many contributions of those with Latinx/Hispanic American heritage. The site, which is hosted by the Library of Congress and supported by many other agencies including the National Archives, contains exhibits and collections, videos and audio materials, upcoming events, and a section for teachers. While some of the events are in-person, many are online.

Banned Books Week, celebrating the freedom to read, begins on Sunday, September 18. See below for a link to comprehensive information about banned and challenged books. National Geographic also published an article on the history of book banning in the United States. If you do not have an account, you may need to register to read it.

At their last meeting, the SCRLC Board of Trustees approved a statement on book challenges. It links out to some of the American Library Association resources for library workers and will be updated to include the New York Library Association’s intellectual freedom website when it is available. I’ve written earlier in the year on the topic of challenges, and would like to underscore the importance of the freedom to read as an underpinning of a democratic society.

In other news, welcome to Lourdes Hospital's new medical librarian, Robyn Fordyce. I had the pleasure of meeting with her this past week, onsite. It is great to be out and visiting our members again! If you would like us to visit, please fill out our online form!

The NYS Archives Partnership Trust’s Consider the Source Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge Program, which is sponsored in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, seeks a few teachers/school librarians to develop 1-2 lesson plans around local and regional digitized primary sources. Developers will be paid. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be, please contact me.  Thank you!

I hope that you enjoy the final weekend of summer!

Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director


For all things Banned Books Week - free artwork downloads, display ideas, information, research, etc. - visit https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

Ways to get involved: https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/activity

"Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us."


Congratulations to The Dormann library in Bath for receiving a Public Library Association Digital Literacy Workshop grant!

Congratulations to our Beth Cuddy of Auburn High School on winning NYLA School Librarian of the Year! This award is given to a librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service within the library community over the past 12–18 months. Librarians at any stage in their careers are eligible for this award.

View all council events on the ESLN Continuing Education Calendar
Events produced by the other councils are open for SCRLC members to attend!

From our BIPOC* Community Call Organizers: The 2022-23 academic year has started with kids in school once again, and Fall has begun – any color changes yet in your area? We also have Halloween coming up in a few weeks. How time flies! After a summer break it is time to restart our 2nd Wednesday of the month gatherings. Looking forward to seeing you all."  Wednesday, October 12, 12:00-1:00pm--look for more information on the scrlc-l listserv in the coming week!

*BIPOC -- Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color


Save the Date for our Annual Meeting. Friday, October 28, 10am-Noon. Featuring our digital equity discussion with Lauren Moore, NYS Librarian and our annual membership business meeting.

Effective Health Communication & Health Literacy: Understanding the Connection
Tuesday, September 20, 1:00 - 2:00pm

This webinar introduces the concepts of health literacy and health communication, outlines components of clear health communication, and identifies online resources from NLM, government agencies and other recognized resources for health literacy and health communication.
All the webinars in this series will be recorded and available here.

Join us for this webinar series exploring various services the Empire State Library Network has to offer.

Ask the Archivist, October 28, 10:00am

Ask the Archivist is a service for members of ESLN councils that provides answers to basic questions regarding archives and special collections. This is a pilot program that will be evaluated after July 2023.

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SCRLC members have access to the Tech-Talk Database, which offers an up-to-date library of technology and communication articles and videos.

Tech-Talk Webinars:

Stop Explaining Over and Over by Creating a Loom Video, September 28, 3pm

What Equipment Do You Need to Hold Comfortable Conversations in a Hybrid Program?, October 12, 3 pm ET

You CAN Edit and Create Eye-Catching Video on Your Phone, October 26, 3 pm ET



What Have You Been Dealt?: Resource Sharing User Group Workshop

Online - October 26 - 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development courses for librarians, archivists, and other staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills.

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

Farm on Pink Street in Bovina, NY on a misty day,1940.

Delaware County Historical Association

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Thanks to ARPA funding, Seymour Public Library in Auburn was able to partner with multiple cultural heritage organizations in Cayuga County. One of these was the Howland Stone Store Museum (which Wells College has also worked with for NYHeritage). The resulting Isabel Howland Collection from Seymour Library is a great collection that shows the struggle for women's suffrage and activism in the 1890s.

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