Feb 17, 2017
SCRLC Office Closed Monday
The SCRLC Office will be closed Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day. We will reopen Tuesday, February 21 at 8:30am.

Save the Date - ACRL Roadshow - Research Data Management 
Save the date to join us in Syracuse Wednesday, May 24th for the ACRL Roadshow Workshop: "Building your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work." For more information, please see the Roadshow's webpage. Registration information to follow. For questions please contact Trevor Riley, Jessica Clemons, or Elizabeth Brown
2017 Horizon Report on Higher Education Released 
The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition. Watch the video summary.

Bus to Albany for Advocacy Day
Finger Lakes Library System will be making their yearly visit to Albany on Wednesday, March 1st to meet to with legislators in person about prioritizing Library Aid in this year's budget. If you are able to attend, please join us! It is critically important that we show up to convince them that libraries are education, and the more people we have, the stronger our message will be. As always, FLLS will provide free transportation and will prepare everyone with talking points and other useful data and tips. It's a great opportunity to build a lasting relationship with your representatives.
Please pass the word to staff, trustees, volunteers, and patrons. In order for us to reserve the correct size bus, please let us know as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, February 24th. Sign up here.

Pickup Schedule
6:00 AM: ITHACA, Wegmans Parking Lot
6:15 AM: DRYDEN, Southworth Library
6:30 AM: CORTLAND, P&C Fresh Parking Lot
Important Points
  • You must bring a photo ID if you are 16+! We'll be going through metal detectors and bags will go through an x-ray machine.
  • We will provide snacks and water on the bus, but lunch is on your own. You're welcome to bring your lunch or get something in one of the cafeterias.
  • Talking points, etc. will be provided on the bus. Please bring business cards if you have them, as they will save you time when signing into meetings.
Many, many thanks for donating your time to join us! It is so important for your legislators to meet you in person, and it goes a long way in convincing them that libraries matter!
Questions? Email Kristi Downham, FLLS State Programs Coordinator, or call 607-273-4074 x228 

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New York Heritage Image
Manhattan: the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island, 1898
February Focus: Advocacy & Diversity
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
The Director's Cup 
Good Friday Afternoon, 
Yesterday I attended NYLA's Town Hall meeting on Advocacy, featuring Jeremy Johannesen, Mike Neppl, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. They provided an overview of the legislative landscape and laid out a strategy to get back the $4M in library aid that the Governor has removed from his 2017-18 budget--and to increase it beyond the current level of $95.6M. Full funding is $102.6M; if inflation were taken into account, this figure would be $131.25M. Collectively over the last 10 years, nearly $111M has been lost from library aid.

Some advocacy "to-do's" and considerations:
  • Libraries ARE education. NYLA and NYALS (the NY Alliance of Library Systems, which includes SCRLC) are pushing for full funding and at the very least for an increase proportional to increases in education.
  • Keep writing and calling your representatives, the Governor's office, and the leadership. NYLA will also be uploading a letter to the editor to use as a template.
  • Find 21 people to use the online advocacy center so they can do this, too!l
  • Attend Library Advocacy Day on March 1. The library community must have a robust showing of strength that day. Kudos to Diane Capalongo for scheduling meetings with every one of our legislators! We would love to have you join us.
  • The Twitter hashtag is #NYLALAD17.
  • Posters: "Nothing says advocacy like a rally poster!" There will be a DIY poster station on Library Advocacy Day at noon in the "Well" of the Legislative Office Building. The talking points and statistics on the NYLA website are a great source of inspiration. Share your ideas via hashtag #NYLALAD17. NYLA will have supplies on a first-come-first serve basis.
  • A couple of graphs illustrating the history of library aid and the impact of unfunding are sobering and effective. 
  • Advocacy is an unending task. Advocacy is about developing relationships. SCRLC will be working with the region's public library systems to set up local meetings and events "off-season." Front line staff are also key to "everyday advocacy."
  • Stories: SCRLC needs your help! One activity listed in our Plan of Service is "to collect concerns, statements, and anecdotes to be used in advocacy efforts." We need your stories to share, i.e., specific examples of how SCRLC's programs and services help you and your users. If you are a hospital, has a health care provider changed a treatment course because of online access to the New England Journal of Medicine, OVID, etc.? If you use New York Heritage, how have the digitized items helped your users? Did full-text OmniFile help you write a business plan? Please let me know. Thank you!
Yours in partnership, 
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