Jan 5, 2018
New York Heritage Website Relaunched
The New York Heritage Digital Collections website has been relaunched with a new look and navigation system:
With the new front end, users are able to more effectively search and browse through institutions and collections. We have also added additional contextual information to collection pages to enhance users' understanding of the materials.
Please give us general feedback via this survey. If you notice any specific problems with the site, we encourage you to fill out a bug report. For more information about adding your own collections, contact Julia Corrice.
Reviewing 2017
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People skating and sledding on the ice mountain at the bottom of the American Falls
January Focus: Library Futures & Innovation
"We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims." -R. Buckminster Fuller
Take a look back at 2017 with the links above and then consider some innovative ideas for 2018:
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings,
As we head hopefully and optimistically into a brand new year (and yes we can!)-because after all, there are 52 brand new weeks and 365 days to accomplish amazing things for our communities--it is also the season to reflect on the year that has just ended.
In Pew's Key Trends Shaping Technology in 2017 and American Libraries' 2017 Year in Review there were some intersecting elements including "fake news," harassment, and discrimination. I'm not sure why AL didn't include the fight for net neutrality.
Among the disturbing array of topics (i.e., most of them), there were some bright spots including that IMLS funding was restored and increased, Harry Potter turned 20, and entire communities viewed the solar eclipse together at the library. Book Club Central debuted and the Office of Intellectual Freedom turned 50. Pew's look back included driverless cars, how Americans watch TV, and the future of work. While we may be a ways off from having driverless vans delivering books, libraries are offering streaming services that are in line with how an increasing number of people watch programs, movies, series, etc.
SCRLC creates an annual report (two of them!) reflecting our fiscal year (July-June) and we also will begin work on the yearly calendar-based cost/benefit analysis for each member organization.
As I reflect on 2017 with gratitude for being able to work at the Council, our accomplishments include the social justice summit of July held in partnership with Binghamton University. We will be following up on the Summit in the weeks ahead. Two days ago, Library Journal p
ublished in its BackTalk a piece by Mirco Tonin, "Do Librarians Discriminate?" The results were disturbing but provide a reality check on the road to inclusion and truly having libraries that are for everyone.
The Women's Suffrage traveling exhibit was also a high point of the year. It took much effort to pull it together--it is now booked into 2019! It is visually stunning and contains wonderful information. If you are interested in booking, contact Julia Corrice. We are now gearing up for national suffrage in 2020!
In 2017, the Design 4 Learning online learning how to teach online program was added to WebJunction.To facilitate even wider access, the course materials will be added to Syracuse University's institutional repository. Syracuse was our academic partner. ESLN was our other partner. So far, 444 people are currently registered and working in the various modules through WebJunction. 18% (78) of those registered are more than 25% complete. Ninety-two participants are from New York State. We also have a few international folks working through them.
Those are but three of many accomplishments for 2017!
In 2018, SCRLC will look into job restructuring to ensure we're aligned with the current needs of the membership. That 2018 will be a year of increased advocacy activities is a given. We need to stave off cuts to library aid and seek an increase. We'll be conducting an educational services needs assessment, following through on the electronic resources survey, and possibly changing the Hospital Library Services Program.
Despite the worrisome trends and stories of 2017, we of the library community can create our own future for 2018. Libraries are positioned to lead their communities through the haze of "fake news," model inclusiveness for all, and be that space where all community members go to learn, feel safe, and to dream-in the bricks and mortar building and the virtual one, too!
Stay safe and warm this cold weekend!
Yours in partnership,
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