Jun 16, 2017
2017 Empire State Writing Competition Winner
The 2017 winner was Kelli L. Huggins for her paper titled "Death Rays: The Murder That Put X-Rays on Trial". The winning entry was judged for depth and quality of scholarship, originality of topic and treatment, and use of digital services as research resources.

Kelli L. Huggins' winning paper was published on ESLN's website and she was invited as a special guest at the New York State Archives Conference.

Kelli Huggins has worked as the Education Coordinator at the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, NY since 2013. She earned a Master's Degree in History and a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Delaware. Ms. Huggins also researches and writes on the history of human-animal interactions and agricultural history and has a special fondness for quirky topics in cultural history.
The Empire State Writing Competition was established to encourage original research and publication around cultural, social, and political topics of New York history utilizing the digital collections developed by the Empire State Library Network: NYS Historic Newspapers and New York Heritage, as well as by use of New York's many other scholarly resources.
Join the Community Change Agents Program
The Community Change Agent Program supports libraries that want to make a real, lasting, positive impact on their community. They are looking for a maximum of eight library-community partner teams, who will develop an impactful project and serve as sustainability mentors for future Community Change Agent cohorts. The program is 1 year, staring at NYLA 2017, with 4 in-person sessions, monthly calls, and weekly mentor check-ins. There is no cost for the program, and room and board will be covered for one of the sessions. If you want to improve your community AND you want to help other librarians improve their communities, please consider applying. For more information and to apply go here.
Call for Volunteers at the New York State Fair
The New York State Fair is August 23 through September 5 and NYS libraries will again host an exhibit booth.
Care to volunteer for a three-hour shift? Library staff from all types of libraries are welcome. Volunteers receive an admission ticket for the day (travel/parking is on your own) and if this is your first time, a purple tee shirt to wear at the booth in the Science and Industry Building. Volunteers are limited to two time slots. Follow-up information and volunteer orientation will be sent in early August.
New York Heritage Image
General View of Midway, Syracuse Fair, 1900
From Liverpool Public Library
June Focus: Health & Wellness
"Your body hears everything your mind says." -Naomi Judd

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation grant opportunity from the Department of Health and Human Services
"Each application should address only one of the three focus areas of the ECI program: opioid abuse; childhood/adolescent obesity; or serious mental illness."

'Engage for Health': A Program in a Box for Your Community
Free class from NNLM MAR
June 21, 1:00-2:00pm

*Just for fun: David Ortiz retires from baseball and becomes a librarian*
The Director's Cup 

Cheery Friday Greetings!

Last week I mentioned the residents' library in my uncle's long-term care facility. Over the weekend I came across an article on the nursing home of the future (quality of life, supporting opportunities for continued growth, etc.) and thought more about meeting library needs of our less young population ( I was going to say "aging," but we're all aging, right?). Services designed for older adult populations may seem like a topic primarily relevant to public libraries in terms of outreach to nursing homes, the homebound, and mobile seniors who continue to use the bricks and mortar library (see ALA's Keys to Engaging Older Adults at your Library), but it certainly goes beyond that to include our hospitals and academic institutions, e.g., hospitals providing consumer health information and health information literacy for older adults. Click here, here, and here to read more.

In the past, articles and reports suggested that Millennials job hop and would have several different careers (great for higher ed and vocational schools). The frequency with which that happens has been exaggerated according to an April 19, 2017 Pew Research report. And while more Boomers are remaining in the work force according to another Pew Research report, it's not everyone. The retired population may be the one pursuing different careers.

Indeed, those who retire are not hanging out on the porch rocking away their golden years (unless "rocking" means joining a band!). Instead, retirees continue to lead active, engaged lives full of learning - and an increasing number of them are going back to college to pursue an entirely different career. One of our colleagues who served on the SCRLC Board for many years, did just this. She was accepted into a four-year university art program, graduated in May, and is now an up-and-coming artist!

As older adult enrollment in degree programs becomes the norm, what does this mean for our academic libraries? ACRL has addressed this. How is your institution responding? Are you actively recruiting among the older adult populations? How is your library responding? Does your public library have an innovative program for seniors? Any hospital libraries helping to address health/information literacy? Are K-12 schools formally engaging with older adults? I would love to hear from you and would be happy to share the responses!
Yours in partnership,

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