SCRLC News

Sep 29, 2017
Tompkins County Public Library Community Read
Sherman Alexie's "Blasphemy" will be the Tompkins County 2017 Community Read. "Now in it's 15th year, the Community Read encourages readers to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title. A series of community conversations, book discussions and events are being planned in conjunction with the Read.
 
Google Search helps you find ebooks in your local library

A new Google search feature shows ebooks available at local libraries in the boxed-off section that appears above or next to the regular list of search results. For example, a search for "In the Woods" showed results in Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Four County library systems.
Call for Nominations - SCRLC Annual Awards
Nominating a colleague for an SCRLC award is one way to express your appreciation for your co-worker's accomplishments, and to brighten their day! The nomination process is easy. Think of whom you'd like to nominate and complete the form. Descriptions of the awards are also included.
Awards will be presented at SCRLC's Annual Meeting, which will be held on Friday, October 27th at the Seneca Falls Country Club in Seneca Falls. The deadline for receipt of the application is Friday, October 13, 2017, 4:30PM.
   
Libraries Respond
In the spirit of #LibrariesRespond, we feature weekly action items that positively contribute to the library community amidst environmental concerns, natural disasters, drug epidemics, political unrest and hate crimes. 
  • The New York Library Association announced a unique opportunity for New York libraries to step up as sustainability leaders in their community: The Sustainable Library Certification Program. This program assesses the "Tripe Bottom Line" of sustainability including social equity, environmental stewardship and economic feasibility. Join before the end of 2017 for a reduced fee.
  • Sign up for the Sustainability Initiative's monthly newsletter.
   
New York Heritage Image
George Stonebridge lifting Georgie up to the apple tree, 1902
October Focus: Leadership & Management
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." -Lao Tzu
 
Check out the following courses from lynda.com:
Any SCRLC member organization staff can use lynda.com for two weeks. To request access, contact jphilippe@scrlc.org.
The Director's Cup 
  
Cheery Friday Greetings!
 
Here in the final days of September-a month in which we have focused on career development--we continue to seek library science students and new librarians alike to complete a short survey.This will allow us to learn more about needs and how we can help. Feel free to pass the link on to those you know who might be interested-colleagues, library users, friends, etc. Thank you for your help!
 
On Thursday, Brian Hildreth, Executive Director of Southern Tier Library System; Sarah Glogowski, Executive Director of Finger Lakes Library System; Steve Bachman, Executive Director of Four County Library System, and I met to explore ways to have a deeper conversation with our legislators regarding libraries. We want to facilitate our member libraries and organizations of all types to learn more about the community issues in which our legislators are involved and to explore with them the intersections, i.e., how libraries connect with them on mutually important issues and areas of common interest. Tentatively we're looking at November 2018. Would you like to be involved in this newly organized Legislative Engagement Planning Team (LEPT) effort? Let Brian know!
 
After the LEPT meeting, SCRLC's Awareness & Advocacy Advisory Committee convened. Among the items discussed was the social justice plan, which SCRLC's Board of Trustees had tasked the Committee with developing. We also explored next steps regarding the Social Justice Summit including the six-month check up. Several respondents to the Summit evaluation indicated their willingness to contribute. Stay tuned! Jessica Philippe shared the Advocacy LibGuide on which she'd been working. Would you like to join the Committee? There is always room for more!
 
Lastly for this week, as you know, we have a Mango Languages subscription for the library workers in our member organizations. So far, sixteen of you have signed on to use it. Wellness is also important to us, contained in our guiding principles and in the goals of our Plan of Service (see the Leadership & Administration section). I recently stumbled across an article from the New York Times that combines language and wellness! Entitled How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language, it begins, "a new study reports that working out during a language class amplifies people's ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary. The findings provide more evidence that to engage our minds, we should move our bodies." So....contact Jessica Philippe for a Mango password and get on your way--literally!
 
Yours in partnership,

Upcoming Events
 
SEPTEMBER
 
OCTOBER
Educational Services Advisory Committee Meeting, 10/3
UNYOC/MLA Annual Conference, Syracuse, 10/25-10/27
Annual Meeting, Seneca Falls Country Club, 10/27
Board of Trustees Meeting, Seneca Falls County Club, 10/27
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