SCRLC News

Dec 1, 2017
SUNY Cortland Papers added to NYS Historic Newspapers
The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history. Recently added titles from SUNY Cortland include The Hilltop Press (1942-1971),The Press (1972-1990) and The Dragon Chronicle (1990-current). If you have newspapers you would like to contribute to the project or you would like more information contact John Hammond at john@nnyln.org.
Join Our Google Group for Library Assistants!
This group is for library assistants in the South Central region of New York State. Its purpose is to bring us together as a community to discuss work-related issues and to share activities, events, articles, and ideas related to our profession. Click here to join the group.
-Jessica Philippe (SCRLC) & Judith Andrew (Ithaca College)
Discount Code for Computers in Libraries
Computers in Libraries 2018 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA, on April 17-19.
The Gold Pass will be available for the group rate of $599 (regular rate is $809). The Full 3-day Pass will be $339 (regular rate is $549). (No discount rates are available for the preconference seminars and workshops, unless purchased as part of a Gold Pass.) In addition, discount prices of $599 (regularly $749) on the Library Leaders Summit (includes all three days of CIL), and $129 (regularly $219) on the Internet@Schools Track are also available. To take advantage of the discount, register here.
Libraries Respond
In the spirit of #LibrariesRespond, we will feature weekly action items that positively contribute to the library community amidst natural disasters, drug epidemics, political unrest and hate crimes.
Email your member of Congress to support net neutrality protections before the FCC dismantles them.
New York Heritage Image
Women with Evergreen branches
December Focus: Work/Life Balance & Productivity
In The Library With the Lead Pipe
"It's supremely unhealthy, for both individuals and organizations, to try to be in bloom all the time"
"The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say NO to almost everything." - Warren Buffet
The Director's Cup 
As you know, SCRLC provides several electronic resources to the region. You can click here for a complete listing of them.
 
On behalf of the Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Services, (ACITS), I emailed a survey link on November 21 to each SCRLC governing member. The deadline for completion is December 15. 
 
Sent primarily to directors with the caveat to involve appropriate departments, we seek to understand the impact on our members if SCRLC were to eliminate any of the electronic resources. Depending on what is learned through the survey, ACITS may set up some regional meetings to explore the issues more deeply before making any recommendations to the SCRLC Board of Trustees. If you are a governing member and haven't heard about this survey, email me and I can let you know to whom it was sent, or give you the link to it.
 
Here is the challenge. SCRLC's budget does not grow enough to keep pace with increasing costs associated with electronic resources, insurance, and other costs. We pull in grant opportunities, e.g. Institute of Museum and Library Services Design 4 Learning award, Teaching with Primary Sources Primary Partners grant, Humanities NY Women's Suffrage Traveling exhibit, but at the end of the day, those grants are not a consistent stream.
SCRLC uses $111,450 of Regional Bibliographic & Data Bases (RBDB) Program monies and $19,158 of Medical Information Services Program (MISP) funds for a total of $130,608 to pay for the electronic resources. Governing members contribute an annual cost share ($110 for individual libraries; $550 for library systems) toward the subscriptions. The cost share contributes approximately $10,700.
We get statistics, but they do not tell the whole story and often obscure it. It often depends on how a resource is accessed and especially with the EBSCO products, whether or not the EBSCO's Electronic Discovery Service is used. That's why this survey is important-we want to assess what these databases mean to our members in order to help guide our future decision making with our electronic resource offerings.
 
What else do we want to do with RBDB funds? For one thing, we'd like to continue to offer more grant opportunities to all members. RBDB grants often fund digitization projects, which are important for getting our regional primary sources into the hands of learners everywhere. We might want to look at a traveling digitization lab to give our members access to the equipment they need to complete digitization projects. There may be other innovations that members want to explore, including those discussed at the recent Futures workshop with Miguel Figueroa of ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries.
What are your ideas? We hope that you include them on the survey.
Yours in partnership,
Upcoming Events
DECEMBER
Advisory Committee on Information Technology & Services, 12/4
Educational Services Advisory Committee, 12/5
Board of Trustees Meeting, 12/15, 9:30 a.m., SCRLC Office
JANUARY
Board of Trustees Meeting, 1/19, 9:30 a.m., SCRLC Office

 

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