May 31, 2019

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Steel Memorial Library Teen Space Grand Opening |


Now-open Tompkins Center for History and Culture celebrates region's past and future | The Ithaca Voice

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Customer First video from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

New York Heritage Image

Boy and cow in Freeville, 1906

The History Center in Tompkins County

The Erie Canal & Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits

"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" is moving to the Cortland Historical Society and "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State" will be hosted at the NYAC Conference (St. John Fisher College).


Both exhibits also have complementary, detailed online exhibitions available.

The Director's Cup 


Cheery Greetings,


It has been a short week but a busy one! Council staff attended the sexual harassment training at Finger Lakes Library System. Everyone in our organizations-library and otherwise-management, staff, volunteers-needs to undergo SH training by October 9. If you missed the training offered in May at Finger Lakes Library System or Four County Library System, you will be able to tune into our webinar on June 12. Register here.


SCRLC is also planning a workshop on sexual harassment investigations for managers and supervisors, to be scheduled in September. This will answer the question, "Someone has reported an incident to me. What do I do now to properly investigate?"


On Wednesday, I attended the Diversity Roundtable at Ithaca College. The theme was Focusing our Diversity Lens. There were over 200 people in attendance, including folks from the library world! Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change at Ithaca College, spoke on "From Baby Boomers to Gen Z, We Don't Always Agree on Diversity." There were many concurrent workshops in the morning and afternoon-always so challenging to choose among them! Lunch was a working lunch. We discussed a few questions surrounding a video clip of Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. It was a fantastic conference, the next one will be two years from now, and in the meantime, there were some great ideas for SCRLC programming around D-E-I.


Yesterday (Thursday) I had an opportunity to attend the Developmental Disabilities Awareness conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Gaelynn Lea, keynoted in the morning and performed some of her amazing music later in the day. After the conference, she and I discussed libraries and accessibility. There are the ADA components libraries incorporate into their design, but once inside, do you feel welcomed and included? Because there are so many types of developmental disabilities, Gaelynn suggested inviting a wide range of people to this discussion to ensure that D-E-I truly includes everyone.


The NYLA, SCRLC & You conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion in librarianship is happening on June 5. There may be a seat or two left in case you've not had an opportunity to sign up for it.


Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director

Upcoming Events



NYLA, SCRLC & You: A conversation about diversity and inclusion in librarianship, 6/5

Online Book Discussion: The Library Book, 6/7

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment in Your Library (Webinar), 6/12

HLSP Advisory Committee, 6/25

Resource Sharing Advisory Committee, 6/26


Internet Librarian 2019 Discount: Register here using the code 19ESLN.

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