SCRLC News

Sep 7, 2018
906_Pool.barn.jpegSCRLC Annual Meeting Registration Now Open
Wednesday, October 24th, 10:00am - 3:00pm for SCRLC's Annual Meeting to be held at the beautiful Tremen Center in Newfield, NY. Carol Henderson, Director of Wells College Long Library, will guide participants through an Open Space Technology meeting to help us plan for our futures.
Details and registration here.
Fall Member Exhibitions
Alfred State Hinkle Library | Jeanne's Genes: honors the work of artist Jeanne Ehmann
Binghamton University | 3 new exhibits:
  • Treasures from the Earth: Archaeology Through a Feminist Lens
  • From Leeches to CRISPR: A History of Pharmaceuticals
  • Data Visualization: Contributions and Insights from the "Museum of Cognitive Art"
Bright Hill Press | Word and Image Gallery Exhibit Opening - Bremer Family Show
Cornell University Olin Library | Visit the Cornell Shipping Container Portal
Delaware County Historical Association | Calendar of Events...scroll down for September
Fenimore Art Museum | Current Exhibitions
Greater Oneonta Historical Society | Upcoming Events: Oneonta Photographers, 1850-1930
The History Center in Tompkins County | The Webbs: A Tompkins County Family Online Exhibit
Huntington Memorial Library | Current Artist on Display - June Tyler
Hyde Hall | Daily tours through October 31st
International Motor Racing Research Center | Legendary Cars on display, September 6-9
SUNY Cortland | Dowd Gallery Exhibition: Form and Forever
Yates County History Center and Museums | Exhibits
Resource Sharing Subsidies Available
SCRLC has funding available to reimburse some interlibrary loan charges incurred in lending materials to the SCRLC region. We will subsidize some lending costs for individual member libraries and library systems based on an evaluation of the information you provide in this application and a review of your annual ILL statistics. 
To receive full consideration for a subsidy award: 
1. We need your ILL statistics for the previous year (July 2017-June 2018). If you have not completed and submitted your annual ILL statistics from this period, please do so. If you need a copy of the form, contact me at the email below. 
2. Please complete the very brief and easy online application form.
The deadline to apply for a subsidy award is September 20, 2018.
If you have any questions about the subsidy, the application process, your annual ILL statistics, or this form, please contact mclindbloom@scrlc.org.
Take Action
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.
**Sign up your library to host a livestream of the Drawdown Learn event at the Omega Institute on October 19th.
New York Heritage Image
Dunbar Center Workers
The Erie Canal & Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits
"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" is headed to Wells College and Sidney Memorial Public Library will be hosting "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State." Both exhibitions will be there until September 28th. 
Both exhibits also have complementary, detailed online exhibitions available.
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings,
Labor Day weekend seemed full of more intersections than usual. 
I continued to read Siva Vaidhyanathan's Antisocial Media How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy for today's online book discussion. (I'd recommend it, though there are no clear answers as to what we should be doing about Facebook and other social media avenues--except to be mindful that our data is stored and that to make sure we are reading news sources from all sides to avoid being in a filter bubble or echo chamber, and do some fact-checking-and unplug sometimes!).
I also spent some of the weekend finishing SCRLC's annual report to the State Library, while reviewing our Plan of Service and current work plan.
"How does the book intersect with the report?" you might wonder.
Antisocial Media referred to a 2017 Pew Study suggesting that 67% of Americans get some of their news from social media. Yep (though I read other sources, too, of course). I was reading the book on my Mac's Kindle app, taking a break from the report, when a post come in from a Brasilian friend – a picture of their national museum going up in flames.
As the museum article in Wired says, "fire doesn't heed history. It doesn't care about posterity or culture or memory. Fire consumes everything and anything, even if that thing is the last of its kind." My friend subsequently posted pictures of researchers carrying papers from the burning building, trying to salvage what they could. Lifetimes of work. Twenty million items gone altogether-including library materials and archives. The Wired article mentioned the possible loss of audio recordings and documents of extinct, indigenous languages.
Anthropologist Antonio Carlos de Souza Lima was interviewed on NPR a couple days later. The Museum held his archives and 38 years of his research on Brasil's indigenous cultures. Ari Shapiro, the NPR interviewer asked, "Was any of it digitized? Does any of it exist online?" The response from Dr. Souza Lima was, "no. no. You see, Ari; we never had enough money." It is very sad and his anger is that it could have been prevented with better funding for retrofitting the building and digitizing and preserving the materials.
New York Heritage is access and discovery through digitization, but it is not preservation. SUNY Albany has a useful discussion on the difference between digitization and preservation. Our region's cultural heritage needs both. This year (2018-2019), the Digitization Advisory Committee will be "exploring regional digital preservation needs and potential services. Seek funding opportunities if available and feasible." We're also going to be doing a test with Archivematica. The tragedy that happened in Brasil hits so close to home-we need to take whatever measure we can to prevent that from happening in our cultural organizations. The regional preservation needs assessment will be heading your way in late 2018 or early 2019. Please be thinking about your own needs and fill out that survey when it is available.
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
September Education Theme: Marketing & Communications
"Your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room." -Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon
Upcoming Events
SEPTEMBER
New York State Legislative Appreciation Reception, 9/14 @Tompkins County Public Library
Educational Services Advisory Committee, 9/18 @Corning Museum of Glass, Rakow Library
Board of Trustees Meeting, 9/21 @Binghamton University
OCTOBER
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS 9/8! The Library is Open: Academic Libraries Conference 2018, 10/11-12 @Hotel Ithaca
SCRLC Annual Meeting & Board of Trustees Meeting,10/24 @The Tremen Center
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