ReCap Online: The Newsletter of the Capital District Library Council
December 2016: Number 110

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In other news...

Just can't think of a new recommendation
for your next book discussion group?

Have you heard of BookBrowse?  It's an online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

Browse their content or sign up for their free newsletter.


New Yorkers for Better Libraries 
recently announced the winners of their 2016 Library Champion Award, reserved for state legislators who consistently advocate and stand up in the interest of New York's libraries.

Thank you to our regional legislators,  Senators George Amedore Jr. and  Hugh Farley,  and 
Assemblywoman Pat Fahy!

Pew Research Center Findings

American Reading Habits

"A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats."

Libraries 2016

"People see libraries as a safe place, a source of educational opportunity and trusted information, as well as a place to ignite creativity in young people." 

The  NY Council for the Humanities has been busy updating their brand, look, and name.  Now in their 40th year, they will be known simply as
Humanities New York.

Check out their gorgeous new website and don't forget to look through their Grant Programs.  

In 2016  Schenectady County Historical Society and the
Albany Institute of History and Art both received Action Grants for projects they're currently working on.

CD LC News
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

CDLC would like to extend a big thank you to all of our members who we had the fortune to interact with this year. 

Whether you took time out of your schedules to provide us with input for our Annual Survey, joined us at our  Annual Meeting, joined us as we visited legislators at the Capitol during Library Advocacy Day, served on a Committee, participated in a Workshop, or just sent us an email (the list is endless!), we appreciate your support and hope we have the opportunity to do even more in the next year!

Annual Meeting
2016 Annual Meeting
Service Spotlight

The Medical Information Services Program can help CDLC member libraries defer their health and medical information costs by providing them with funds for medical and health related Interlibrary LoansIf your library provides your patrons with medical/health ILLs that you have to pay for, you might be eligible to receive program funding to help offset that cost through MISP

Sound interesting? Contact Christopher Tosh for more information about joining or visit our website here.
Regional Collections...Local Connections

Book on route
Recently, CDLC's courier services helped facilitate the delivery of a donation of about 275 historic children's books. Schenectady County Public Library had removed the books from circulation and wanted to find a permanent home for the books. The perfect place for them turned out to be the Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature Collection located at the University at Albany's M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
Changes in the CDLC Board of Trustees

CDLC welcomes some new faces to our board. Rebecca Mugridge, Dean and Director of Libraries at the  University at Albany joins the board and fills the seat left vacant by  Louise Macuirles, of  GE Research Libraries who served on our board for the past 8 years.

We also say goodbye and thank you to  Michael Aikey, former director at the New York State Military Museum, who served CDLC as Board President and treasurer for a number of years.

Lastly, CDLC has a new Executive Board as an outcome of this year's Trustee Elections:
Susan Iwanowicz, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, President; Elissa Kane, Kane and Lekakis, Vice President; Tim Burke, Upper Hudson Library System, Treasurer; Eric Trahan, Mohawk Valley Library System, Secretary.
Member News & Events
New York Heritage Collection Highlight: " Schenectady, NY Street Scenes"
Front Street near North Ferry Street

Schenectady County Historical Society has published a new collection which includes photographs of businesses, churches and industries along the city's downtown streets, the bulk of which are around State Street, Schenectady's "main" street.  Additionally, they show the industrial development of the city, the historic Stockade neighborhood, the development of Erie Boulevard after the Erie Canal was filled in, and the city's expansion eastward.

New York Heritage Digital Collections is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and everyone else interested the people, places and institutions of historical New York State. The site provides immediate, free access to digital collections that reflect New York State's long history. This service is available through CDLC for our member institutions. 

For more information contact Susan D'Entremont.
Hard Work Pays Off

It's always nice to receive recognition for the things that just come naturally. Donna Winkelman, a medical librarian at Glens Falls Hospital, recently got a taste of what that was like when she became the recipient of a CARES-Excellence badge.  

"Donna went above and beyond the call of duty in her literature search for me! She is very knowledgeable, tenacious and diligent in her assistance. She utilizes outside resources to obtain requested articles. If Donna cannot find it, it doesn't exist! Donna is a HUGE asset to the organization and we are lucky to have her. Donna, thanks for your hard work. It is much appreciated."  -Lori Van Aken, Clinical Nurse Educator at GFH

Donna also received acknowledgment for her part in helping physician, S. Jorgensen research a chapter for  Braddom's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Albany Institute Wins Award

AIHA exhibit Did you know that perforated toilet paper was invented in Albany and the patent was awarded in 1871? It's true, and you can read more about it by visiting the Albany Institute of History & Art's The Capital Region in 50 Objects.  

This exhibit received the 2016 Award for Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network in recognition of the development of a Teacher Resource packet in which each lesson plan is based on an object displayed in the museum exhibition.
NYLA Council Election Results

The New York Library Association announced results of their 2016 Council Election in July with heavy representation from the Capital Region. 
  • Tim Burke, Executive Director, Upper Hudson Library System, will serve as President-Elect from Nov. 2016 - Nov. 2017 and then as NYLA President from Nov. 2017 - Nov. 2018
  • Jennifer Ferriss,  Assistant Director and Community Liaison, Southern Adirondack Library System, will serve as ALA Chapter counselor from 2016-2019
  • Jill Leinung, School Librarian, affiliated with the East Greenbush Central Schools, will serve as the School Councilor at Large from 2016-2019.
Congratulations to all from CDLC!
2017 NYLA Conference Open Call 

Plans are underway for generating the best possible content for the 2017 conference being held next November in Saratoga Springs! 

Deadline: December 31st 
Awards, Giveaways, Grants, & Discounts
Conservation Preservation Discretionary Online Grant
Deadline: January 13

The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials provides $500,000 each year for preserving materials in the collections of libraries, archives, historical societies and similar agencies. The grant awards for 2017-2018 will be limited to a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $40,000. 

The Conservation Preservation Discretionary Online Grant application for 2017-2018 is now available at If you do not currently have a user name and password to access the online application please go to

To learn more, contact Barbara Lilley, Conservation /Preservation Program Officer, New York State Library, Room 10B41, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230 or call (518) 486-4864.
Documentary Heritage Program Grant
Deadline: January 17

The Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) is a statewide program established by  law  to provide financial support and guidance to not-for-profit organizations that hold, collect, and make available New York's historical records. Funding is available to support projects that relate to groups and topics traditionally underrepresented in New York's historical record. 

The New York State Education Department's (NYSED) 2016-17 appropriation for DHP includes $92,000 for DHP Grants in the areas of Documentation and Arrangement & Description.

Webinars & Training Opportunities

CDLC members can request  free  access to one of our user licenses for a period of two weeks.

Take classes at your own pace when it's convenient for you!  Here's a sampling of classes Lynda offers:

Business Skills: Happiness Tips
Start your week off right. Get a new happiness tip every Monday to help you live a happier life.

Communication: Writing Technical Reports 
Learn how technical reports differ from other report types while figuring out what's needed to make reports as comprehensive as possible.
Designers both new and old can sharpen their skills and create more powerful work while covering a wide range of topics, from typography and layout to color and logo design.

Visit our webpage for more information.

Selection for Digitization
January 17
Price: $95/$75

Digital project planning begins with process of selecting what to digitize.

This webinar will examine selection from a variety of standpoints, including user needs, preservation, copyright, and more.

Webinar participants come away with an understanding of factors to consider when developing a digitization plan that will serve programmatic goals and objectives.

Teaching Skills for Librarians
January 30 - April 10 
Price: $650

The College of St. Rose in cooperation with the NYLA is offering a professional development course for librarians. This online course will engage students in: 
  • foundational skills for teaching and learning 
  • instruction about libraries and library skills
  • the technology used for teaching library skills
  • collaboration and selecting content.
The New York State Library has partnered with WebJunction to offer FREE online courses and webinars for ALL library workers and volunteers in NYS!

Wednesday, January 11 at 3 pm

Thursday , January 26 at 3 pm

Can't make it to a live session?  No problem!  WebJunction also has a vast archive of recorded webinars including:  Enhancing Your Library's Web Presence with WordPress or How Successful Libraries Thrive in Uncertain Times.