Jul 7, 2017
CORRECTION to Alfred State College News
Joseph Petrick, who has been serving as Interim Director since January, has been appointed Director of the Hinkle Library at Alfred State College--not at Herrick, as previously reported. Hinkle Library is at Alfred State College; Herrick Library is at Alfred University. In any case, we off our congratulations and best wishes to Joe!

Cindy Buerkle has been hired to serve as the School Library System Coordinator for DCMO BOCES. Welcome, Cindy!

Spectrum Digital Education Grants are Available
Is Spectrum (formerly Time-Warner) available in your community? Are you a 501(c)(3) organization? If yes, the Spectrum Digital Education Grant ( may be for you! The program "supports nonprofit organizations that educate community members on the benefits of broadband and how to use the Internet to make their lives better." FAQs and criteria for applications are provided on the website. Grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000. Deadline to apply: August 11, 2017.

WANTED: Advisory Committee on Information Technology & Services (ACITS) Members!
ACITS provides a forum to discuss ideas, exchange of information, and set mutual goals regarding library and information technology and services for all types of libraries in the South Central Regional Library Council region. Members advise the staff and SCRLC Board of Trustees on matters of information technology and services. They also recommend new programs, services, and changes to SCRLC's electronic subscriptions or existing programs and services pertaining to technology. Being part of an SCRLC advisory committee is a great way to network with colleagues and to impact regional and statewide programs. Click here to learn more. If you are interested in joining ACITS, contact Julia Corrice or Mary-Carol Lindbloom.

Digitization Internship Opportunity Fall 2017
South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) is pleased to offer a 150-hour internship opportunity for MLIS students interested in gaining experience in the area of digitization. One internship spot is available for the Fall 2017 term. The intern will create and edit digital collections under the supervision of SCRLC's Digital Services librarian, and work on supporting digitization project documentation and evaluation. Training will be provided, as well as a modest stipend. Activities include:
  • Assisting in the selection of materials to digitize.
  • Training and/or overseeing the scanning of documents.
  •  Assigning metadata to digital objects and/or collections.
  • Converting, uploading, and editing files in CONTENTdm.
  • Creating tools and programming for outreach and marketing initiatives for digital projects, such as the New York Heritage Digital Collections' Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration and Erie Canal Centennial projects.
  • Developing assessment plans for digitization projects.
  • Working with SCRLC website and LibGuides to provide improved online resources and access to digital collections.
The intern will ideally have had some coursework or experience with digitization and be able to work independently and as a team; good attention to detail is also essential. They will also need the ability to travel to member libraries as needed, usually with the digital services librarian. A modest stipend will be available (the exact amount is contingent upon the receipt of program funds).

If you are interested in pursuing this internship opportunity at SCRLC or would like more information, please send your resume to Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Executive Director,

Keep track of your Continuing Education with "My CE"
The SCRLC My CE summary allows registered users to keep professional education records for re-certifications and performance reviews in one convenient location. Information entered into the CE Summary will be available for as long as you want to use it.
When you are logged in, each time you register for an SCRLC event, your CE Summary page will automatically add the new event. Your summary will show the name of events, links to event pages, credit hours earned, and dates of the events.
In the Summary you can also add or delete CE no matter who sponsored the event. You can include descriptions and notes for each event, and you may print or export your records. If you don't have an account and would like to register, go to our website, click login, then register.
New York Heritage Image
Ethel Magaw Hassler, William Gray Hassler, Belle Hassler Welty, and James and Walter Welty having a picnic, undated (ca. 1913-1914)
July Focus: Marketing & Communications
"Your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room." -Jeff Bezos

New from

Writing Under a Deadline
Interpersonal Communication

Any member organization staff can use for two weeks. To request access, contact
The Director's Cup 

Cheery Friday greetings to you!

July's educational focus is on marketing and communication. As I sit here in anticipation of a phone interview with Campus Reform regarding our Social Justice Summit (there is still time to register for it, by the way!), my mind is on communicating with the press.

When I lived in Missouri, I was the Communications Chair for the American Association of University Women--Missouri. One time I chaired a panel discussion on communicating with the media. Panelists included representatives from the St. Louis NPR station and St. Louis Dispatch newspaper. Their advice works well for AAUW chapters and libraries/library systems alike.
  1. Get to know your local media people. They are usually really cool folks and can be wonderful allies.
  2. If you are contacted out of the blue, do not feel that you need to talk to them that second. Arrange for a time that enables you to prepare while honoring their deadline.
  3. Can you email your answers?
  4. If you're not familiar with the news source, do your research. What is their angle? What does the reporter interviewing you usually write about? These days you might want to scope out Media Bias/Fact Check.
  5. Develop talking points and stick to them while allowing your conversation to flow.
  6. Breathe!
  7. Sometimes it is possible to get an advanced copy to correct any glaring inaccuracies.
  8. If what you say or write gets misinterpreted, you may be able to submit a correction via the news source, a letter to the editor, Twitter, etc.
  9. News moves fast. If the interview goes amok and there isn't an opportunity to correct, the media will soon be on to the next thing. The planet will continue to spin! Learn from it and think about what you will do to be more effective the next time.
Yours in partnership,

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