Oct 4, 2019
2020 Technology and Digitization Grant Application Packets Now Available
SCRLC members are encouraged to submit creative and innovative proposals to improve regional access and resource sharing through technology. Digitization projects are also encouraged, as they allow materials to be accessed regionally through New York Heritage, New York State Historic Newspapers, and the Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative.
For 2020, applications are especially encouraged for:
  • projects involving oral history
  • partnerships increasing representation of and with communities that have been historically and systematically oppressed.
Applications must be completed and submitted electronically to the SCRLC office by Friday, November 15, 2019; send applications and questions to Julia Corrice at
2020 RBDB Grant Application (.docx) (PDF)
Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners!
The following awards were presented during SCRLC's annual business meeting on October 4th:
Library Worker of the Year, Sarah Shank, Interlibrary Loan, Borrowing Coordinator, Ithaca College. Sarah was described as "a consummate professional who ably manages an increasing workload with efficiency and a customer-service orientation." She also serves as a mentor for new ILL staff at other libraries and presenting at the annual IDS conference. 
Sustainability Award: Mechele Romanchock, Director of Libraries, Alfred University for their Library Plant Giveaway, which reuses the plastic Keurig cups for plants to welcome back students. They use the plant giveaway to bring students into the libraries to meet staff and learn about library services. Staff members set up a table with library literature and take turns working on it. Read more about their program here.
Best Video of the Year (the "Tubie"): Chemung County Library District for the Twin Tiers Mini Maker Faire promotional video, entitled Libraries MAKE Communities! View it here.
Announcing South Central Onsite Reciprocal Access (SCORA) Program Beginning January 1, 2020
SCRLC is pleased to announce SCORA-the South Central Onsite Reciprocal Access program.
Developed in conjunction with the Resource Sharing Advisory Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees, SCORA is a program designed to help serious library users obtain information at their point of need. It enables them to create a library account and check out circulating materials from participating libraries, in person. It does not replace existing reciprocal onsite agreements-it increases the opportunities for users to borrow onsite from a larger number of libraries. Relationships are between individual libraries.
The SCORA manual, which includes complete information about the program, as well as the borrower registration form and participating library sign up link are available here.
We need libraries to sign on as lenders. You can complete the application form . We have heard informally from several members that they would like to participate. It is a good-will program that helps our community of serious library users and researchers who are in good standing. Similar programs have been available in surrounding Councils (Rochester and Western) for decades. In fact, archived SCRLC Board meeting minutes from 1973 indicate a discussion about reciprocal borrowing, mentioning that Rochester had such a program. It works so well in the other library Councils that they do not track use. Generally, if a library participates as a borrower, they should be willing to participate as a lender, but participants may not be able to offer the same level of service, e.g., a high school library, corporate research center, etc.
Questions? Contact Molly Brown at or 607-273-9106. Sign up for the webinar on Monday, October 28, 10 AM. You do not need to wait for the webinar to sign up, though! In fact, we'd like everyone to sign up as soon as possible so that we can upload a chart showing all of the participants!
SCRLC Receives $15,000 Legislative Grant from Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
The "bullet aid" grant includes funds to update the Council's digitization equipment, including a professional book scanner and software and some "on the road" portable items that can be lent--a document scanner, digital camera, and a laptop with scanning software. Many thanks to Assemblywoman Lifton!
College Students Just Want Normal Libraries
Schools have been on a mission to reinvent campus libraries-even though students just want the basics. Continue reading......
New York Heritage Image
Football game, Ithaca College passing against West Chester
The Erie Canal & Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits
"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" is being hosted at Alfred University, Herrick Library starting 10/7 and "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State" will be hosted by Corning Community College, Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library starting 10/9.
Both exhibits also have complementary, detailed online exhibitions available.
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings!
First of all, congratulations to our award winners, mentioned above! It is always so much fun to present the awards--and to watch the winning "Tubie!"
Two new Board members were elected at the annual business meeting--Marge Kappanadze (Elmira College), who will fill the at-large seat and Dr. Kristin Dade (Cornell University), elected to the lay/non-librarian one. The addition to the Bylaws was also approved at the meeting.
The day had begun with the strategic planning workshop, led by Kirby Edmonds. After lunch, participants reviewed the suggested activities and directions identified at last year's annual meeting, as the Board had done at their July retreat. Participants "dotted" their priorities. We used flip charts to accomplish this--we are determining how to include those of you who were not at the annual meeting, in this process. The information gleaned from this activity will be turned over to the Plan of Service Design Team.There is still time to join this effort--we need representatives from our various types of member organizations--including affiliate historical societies. Let me know if you are interested.
As we approach the end of this year and look forward to 2020, we have a fair amount of initiatives on our table--SCORA, described above, the preservation needs assessment that will be distributed this fall, a Digital Public Library of America pilot, a robust continuing education schedule under development, a CE needs assessment survey in early spring 2020, and the creation of a new five-year plan of service. Plus we are a partner in the Carpentries IMLS project.
The SCRLC News is going to move to a biweekly distribution schedule. Publishing the SCRLC News biweekly" will enable us to stay in regular communication with you, disseminating important information about SCRLC and beyond--while ensuring that we have the capacity for some of the additional projects.
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
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