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


September 22, 2023


Cheery Friday Greetings,

Last Friday's Board of Trustees meeting included various pieces of discussion, e.g., the bylaws and a matrix that had been developed to help identify what skills sets might be missing. The Board also approved the online version of the annual report, which means we can get to work on a more readable, concise one!

Our annual meeting is just 5 weeks away on Friday, October 27. Next week, we'll be sending out postcards to ensure everyone knows about the meeting. Two key pieces that governing members will be voting on: 1) the slate of new trustees; and 2) a bylaws revision. Biographies of the two candidates and the proposed bylaws will be posted early next week. Please note that all are welcome to the annual meeting, whether or not you are a voting member--the program will be amazing!

In addition to our annual meeting, there are several other events in the offing including the Resource Sharing Users Group on October 12, which brings together the resource sharing community for a day of learning and networking. Curtis Kendrick will join us on November 16 to discuss his Ithaka S+R issue brief on BIPOC recruitment. I hope you'll join the discussion--it is an important one. See below to register for those events and several others!

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began last week on the 15th, continues until October 15. How are you celebrating? Share your ideas and programs through this Padlet.

Saturday, September 30 is the National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. The National Native American Board School Healing Coalition has information about boarding schools and is offering a webinar on September 27. On September 30, the National Museum of the American Indian will host their 7th Annual Indigenous Peoples' Day Curriculum Teach-In. Registration is $20. The program looks amazing, in case you will be in the D.C. area!

Next edition of this News, we'll be in the final two days of Banned Book Week. Please send us your pictures and stories of how you are observing. Regarding book challenges--a reminder that there is legal information in the Ask the Lawyer Recently Asked Questions. Search "challenge" at the very top of the page.

I wish everyone a lovely weekend and first day of Autumn!

Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director


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The American Library Association president Emily Drabinski takes stock of why libraries have become epicenters of the culture wars


As shared on SCRLC's Facebook page:

Huntington Memorial Library hosted their first wedding for one of their library clerks. Congratulations to the couple and what a fun event for the library to host!

Penn Yann Public Library, a member of the Southern Tier Library System, has been busy distributing produce to the community.

The Cayuga Museum of History & Art is receiving $100K to support a comprehensive new exhibit on the history of Cayuga County.

Have news? Please share it with us!



This past week, Hotel Ithaca was the site of the Association of Public Historians of New York State annual conference. SCRLC's Digital Services Librarian, Claire Lovell, tabled at the conference and talked to attendees about New York Heritage and NYS Historic Newspapers. It was great to see so many familiar faces!

Mary Lovell and Dori Gottschalk-Fielding of Seymour Library, Andrea Renshaw of Chemung County Historical Society, and Eve Snyder of the History Center in Tompkins County presented on those three installations of HistoryForge. Be sure to check out HistoryForge if you haven't yet!

We joined a tour of Cornell's Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library, which included a great presentation by Cornell Archivist Evan Fay Earle and a Q&A with other library staff. See our recent Facebook post for the full album of pictures and captions.

Sophie Clough holding Archives Magazine

We saw Sophie Clough of Cortland County Historical Society, and she gamely held up the summer issue of New York Archives magazine, featuring her article called Hell No, We Won't Glow, which is based on CCHS's exhibit and digital collection.


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


Making Health Literacy Local

October 19, 10:00 - 11:30am



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

at the Museum of the Earth


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

Supercharge Your Productivity, Tech-Talk’s Favorite Tips for Success, Part 2

September 27 at 3pm

Creating Simple Tool Kits Using Three-Minute Tutorials

October 11 at 3pm

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

October 25 at 3pm

Turn Data Into Colorful Dashboards with Google's Looker Studio

November 15 at 3pm

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

November 29 at 3pm

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


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

NEW! NYS Historic Newspapers - Spotlight

on New Search Tools

with Chuck Henry

Woman at Jablonski's Potato Camp

Migrant Workers of Steuben County / Steuben County Historical Society

New Collection: Hanna-Barben Collection

This collection from the Canal Society of New York State includes dozens of photographs from inside the Gould's Pump factory in Seneca Falls. These are excellent examples of early 20th century local manufacturing. The collection was created a century ago to document the properties damaged by nearby canal construction and expansion.

New Collection: Historic Newfield Homes

Taken around 2005, these photographs of homes in Newfield were collected and annotated to include historical ownership information going back to the 19th century.

New Collection: Cayuga County Portraits

These photographs are taken from the general file of the Cayuga County Historian's Office and collectively show the variety of lives lived in Cayuga County. Subjects include Jerome "Brud" Holland, artist Frank A. Barney, politicians, factory workers, farmers, and activists.

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