Jul 5, 2019

NYLA Developing Leaders Program

NYLA is pleased to announce the Developing Leaders Program (DLP). This nine-month program (August - April), totaling 37.5 contact hours, will help participants explore and strengthen their leadership skills.

The program will be delivered via both in person and online courses. Participants will divided into groups to complete a team-based project.


New York State Historic Newspapers 

Now exceeds 9 million pages! This is in part due to various newspaper projects in the SCRLC region that have been funded using Regional Bibliographic Databases & Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program monies. NYSHN has had half a million sessions so far this year with 13.5 million pageviews. To see what newspapers from the SCRLC region have been added or will be included in the near future, visit our grant page! You can also search by county on NYSHN's opening page


Happy 110th Birthday, SLA! 

The Special Libraries Association, whose members work in corporate, museum, government, law, academic, hospital, government, non-profit, non-library settings, etc., was created 110 years ago this week. The effort was led by none other than John Cotton Dana. He is familiar to many of us through the American Library Association's John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award and SLA's lifetime achievement award--the John Cotton Dana Award!


Try Skillshare!

SCRLC members can have access to Skillshare, which offers online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film and writing. Send a request to for access.


Featured Class: Modern Leadership: Give & Get Honest Feedback at Work

Take Action

*We feature weekly action items that positively contribute to the library community.*


New York Library Association's Sustainable Library Certificate Program. A reminder that this program is available to New York State libraries and library systems. From their website: "Achieving the triple bottom line at your library can be daunting; our 12 category benchmarking system will guide you through environmental stewardship; economic feasibility; and social equity. As you progress through the Sustainable Library Certification Program (SLCP) you will:

  1. Create an organizational culture that asks the right questions about operational and outreach decisions
  2. Engage administration, staff, and board members in a new line of thinking and collaborating
  3. Inspiring your colleagues and community to join your efforts
  4. Reduce your greenhouse gases, energy intake, and waste output"



Nominate a librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award. Open through October 21st.

New York Heritage Image

Mare and colt grazing, 1914

From New-York Historical Society, Photographs of New York City and Beyond

The Erie Canal & Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits

"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" is being hosted at Broome County Public Library and "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State" is at Vestal Public Library.


Both exhibits also have complementary, detailed online exhibitions available.

The Director's Cup 


Cheery Friday Greetings!


I hope that everyone has had a nice 4th of July-and that you are having a nice long weekend if you're also off today!


South Central Regional Library Council operates under three different fiscal years-sometimes four depending on if we have a federal grant. Our operating fiscal year runs from July through June, as does the Medical Library Services Program. The Regional Bibliographic Databases & Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program is calendar year and the Hospital Library Services Program, April to March. I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we were working on all things annual, and it gets challenging when "annual" can mean different things depending on the program! We also continue to work on your individual benefits/contributions statements-we'll count everything that falls within our July – June operating year. We'll add a note about that in the information that goes out to you with the statement!


SCRLC's Plan of Service July 2021-2026 is expected to be due by March 31, 2021. Realistically that gives us a year and a half to create it. Actually, we are always working toward the next plan! Work on the 2021-2026 Plan began this past annual meeting at the Open Space Technology meeting. Ideas generated at that meeting, the last Board retreat, and the all-committee meeting are being carried forward to this year's Board retreat and our next annual meeting. Ideas will continue to be generated, and the future Design Team will weave the elements into the Plan of Service.


Would you like to be part of the Design Team? If yes, email me or phone 607-273-9106 ext. 203. We need representation from all types of SCRLC members, both governing and affiliate.


Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director

Upcoming Events



Board of Trustees Meeting, 7/12



New York for Better Libraries Fundraiser, 8/27



Legislative Appreciation Reception, 9/13



Online Book Discussion: How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, 10/3

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