SCRLC News

Dec 13, 2019
SCRLC Holiday Closing
The SCRLC Office will be closed from December 24th through January 1st. We will reopen January 2nd at 8:30 a.m. Have a safe and peaceful holiday. Our next newsletter will be sent to you on January 10th.
Computers in Libraries Discount Available
Computers in Libraries will be held March 31st-April 2, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Register here for a discounted rate through the Empire State Library Network by 2/28.
Calls for Proposals
Are you looking for opportunities to present at local conferences?
  • The call for proposals for the upcoming Academic Libraries Conference is open until Feb. 28th. Submit a proposal on anything to do with user experience (web design, space design, service design, etc.) The conference is April 16 & 17 in Oswego.
  • It's already time to submit proposals for NYLA 2020! Deadline is Jan. 31st.
  • We will be hosting a summit at Binghamton University on all aspects of accessibility this coming July. Keep an eye out for the call for proposals for that as well.
Take Action
*We feature weekly action items that positively contribute to the library community.*'
Applications are open now for Library Freedom Institute, a one-of-a kind privacy-focused four-month program for librarians. LFI teaches librarians the necessary to thrive as Privacy Advocates; from educating community members to influencing public policy. At the close of the course, participants become part of the Library Freedom Project community, and continuing doing privacy work with an incredible group of peers.
LFI is free of cost, a five-hour commitment per week (including 1-2 hours in real time), and mostly online with one in-person weekend component. Application deadline is February 10, 2020. The next cohort begins in March 2020.
New York Heritage Image
Coasting
The Erie Canal & Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits
"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" is being hosted at Alfred University, Herrick Library until mid December and is available for hosting after that. The "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State" is on display at Steele Memorial Library in Elmira until December 19th.
Both exhibits also have complementary, detailed online exhibitions available.
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings!
Today was the final SCRLC Board of Trustees meeting for the year. Among the agenda items, the Board approved eight Information Technology and Digitization grant applications, totaling $35,085. The recipients are as follows:
 
Scholes Library of Alfred University -- $6,883 to digitize 114 hours of at-risk audio recordings on a variety of subjects relevant to the history of Alfred University, the College of Ceramics, and the region. Includes 20 tapes on the topic of "Voices of Native North America."
Cortland County Historical Society -- $3,245 to create metadata for the Brockway Motor Trucks Collection in New York Heritage.
Chemung County Historical Society -- $620 to digitize at risk oral histories from 1988-1990, documenting the local African-American community in Elmira.
Fenimore Art Museum Library -- $4418 to digitize Chenango County Newspapers.
History Center in Tompkins County -- $3,000 to digitize historical photographs, maps, and city directories from the city of Ithaca.
Seymour Public Library District -- $4,500 for a collaborative project with Cayuga Museum of History and Art to collect oral histories documenting historically oppressed groups in Auburn, NY, including African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities.
Wells College -- $8,325 to digitize the collection of the Howland Stone Store Museum. This collection includes materials relating to women's rights, the Underground Railroad, and the education of formerly enslaved people post-Civil War.
Yates County History Center -- $4,094 to digitize historical items held in nine rural townships underrepresented in the historical record of Yates County.
 
Congratulations to all of the recipients! It is with your help that SCRLC and the other Empire State Library Network councils can build robust resources like New York Heritage and New York State Historic Newspapers.
 
Prior to today's meeting, the Board had approved Tompkins-Cortland Community College as the provider of Bibliographic & Referral Center services for the next four years. Gregg Kiehl, director of TC3's library, provided the Board with an overview of BARC services and expenses.
 
The Board also approved the 2020 Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program budget, an overall budget amendment for the Council, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan, and the Slate of Officers for 2020.
 
Your Board president will continue to be Jim Galbraith (Binghamton University); vice-president, Mark Smith (Alfred University); treasurer, Sarah Glogowski (Finger Lakes Library System); and secretary, Nicole Waskie-Laura.
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
JANUARY
Educational Services Advisory Committee, 1/16
FEBRUARY
Library Advocacy Day in Albany, 2/25
SAVE THE DATE- Academic Libraries 2020 | The X Factor: Enhancing the Library Experience, 4/16-17
Oswego, NY
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