SCRLC News

Feb 9, 2018
Webinar on Primary Sources at the Fenimore Art Museum Library
SCRLC is offering a webinar series highlighting the region's cultural organizations and their primary sources. Learn about the collections and opportunities available and tour the updated History Unbound LibGuide. The first webinar in the series focused on The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library and you can watch the recording right here.
NOVELNY Expands Database Offerings for 2018-2019
NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) is a freely available electronic resource access project that enables residents of New York State and the 5,900 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELNY to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers and other references, from the following e-resources:
Business: Business Insights Essentials (Gale, a Cengage company)
General Periodicals: Academic OneFile (Gale); General OneFile (Gale)
Elementary Level General Periodicals: Kids InfoBits (Gale)
Secondary Level General Periodicals: *NEW* Research in Context (Gale)
Encyclopedia: *NEW* Encyclopedia Britannica (Britannica Digital Learning, a division of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.): Includes Britannica School, Britannica Academic and Britannica Escolar.
Health: Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)
Issues: Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)
Newspapers: InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale)
If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link on the website or contact the NOVELNY Help Desk toll-free at 877-277-0250.
Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st Century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
February Focus: Advocacy (Take Action)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
In the spirit of #LibrariesRespondwe feature weekly action items that positively contribute to the library community amidst natural disasters, drug epidemics, political unrest and hate crimes.
New York Heritage Image
Coolidge Cobblestone Octagon House, Madison County
From the Octagon Houses Collection
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings, everyone!
 
Today we have a guest columnist with a New York State advocacy update-Sarah Glogowski, Executive Director of Finger Lakes Library System in Ithaca. Thank you Sarah, for permitting me to include your remarks in today's Director's Cup.
 
"On Wednesday, February 7th, I took part in the NYLA Town Hall Advocacy Update webinar. This is the second year that NYLA had a webinar to prep library advocates for Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 28. Led by NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen, the webinar also had Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Mike Neppl, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy speaking as well.
 
"The Town Hall gave a basic overview of the budget situation library systems are facing this year. As you are aware, New York State has a deficit of $4.4 billion, so the budget process the legislators are currently working on is trying to deal with that deficit. An important factor to consider is that even though libraries were cut 4%, other state funded organizations were also, so there will be many services and organizations trying to ask for increased funding too. One section of the Town Hall that was particularly frustrating to hear was Mike Neppl's predictions that the State will be facing a $6 billion deficit in 2019 and a projected $8 billion deficit in 2020, meaning this is a multi-year issue facing library funding.
 
"NYLA's advice is strength in numbers. They would like to see Advocacy Day packed with thousands of library supporters throughout the State. FLLS has record number of libraries attending this year and almost every one of our 33 libraries will be represented by either directors, staff, trustees, patrons, or children. The Town Hall also reminded library advocates that if they can't make it to Advocacy Day, the next best thing to do is to fill out the advocacy email alerts that either we or NYLA send out. You can also make phone calls to your elected officials and write letters.
 
"One thing to keep in mind is that legislators are only in Albany from January until the end of June. These first months are spent crafting the budget. Once the budget is passed in early April, they then move on to drafting and introducing legislation until June. We have been hearing from both the State Library and NYLA that the budget will probably be slightly late this year, but it is not likely to drag on for any great length of time. Once the budget is passed, we still have advocacy work to do for NYLA. Net neutrality is an issue not only nationally, but also to our New York State patrons. NYLA will be sending out net neutrality wording soon to help guide conversations with your elected officials. NYLA also will be asking for equitable access to school libraries and librarians to help our youngest learners and library patrons."
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By the way, there is still room on the bus to advocacy day in Albany on February 28 to visit our legislators. Diane has scheduled most of our visits. Regional buses are available. Register here for the bus from Finger Lakes Library System. Southern Tier and Four County share a bus. You can register here if closer to STLS or contact Sherry Gorman if closer to 4CLS. Here is the STLS/4CLS bus itinerary.
If you are an SCRLC member (but not a public library system member--you'll work directly with your public library system) please let Diane Capalongo know so she can add you to our visits.
 
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
FEBRUARY
MARCH
Educational Services Advisory Committee, 3/6
Board of Trustees Meeting, 3/16
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SAVE THE DATE- 4/13 for Active & Engaged Libraries: A Follow Up to the Social Justice Summit
 
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