SCRLC News

Jan 10, 2020
SCRLC Closed Monday, January 20
The SCRLC office will be closed Monday, January 20th in oberservance of Martin Luther King Day.
From the Pew Research Center
South Central Onsite Reciprocal Access (SCORA) Program
SCORA began on January 1, 2020. 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. Sign up today!
Click here for more information about the program.
Click here to participate in it.
Click here to view SCORA informational webinar.
 
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Libraries Webinars
Does your library or cultural organization seek strategies to become more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible? Then check this Medical Library Association-sponsored webinar, featuring Shannon Jones and Beverly Murphy, editors of the book Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success (Medical Library Association Books Series). To view the recording, click here.
The next recording of the webinar series, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt, is also available for viewing. It is entitled "Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections." To access the recording, please click here. This webinar series is being underwritten by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
Although both the MLA webinar and AAHSL/NNLM series were developed for the health sciences library community, the information presented is relevant for all types of organizations. 
Last 2 Days of the Electronic Resources Trial
A reminder that if you are a governing SCRLC member, we need your help in evaluating several electronic resources. The initial email was sent to governing members on 12/17. If you did not receive the email and would like to participate in the evaluation process, please email me for the links. What's going on (in case you didn't receive the initial email):
  • SCRLC's electronic resources can be accessed by all governing members.
  • Because we have such a wide-ranging membership, the resources that we offer are of varying relevance, depending on the library/organization type.
  • Periodically, SCRLC's Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Services reviews the Council's electronic resources offerings.
  • At July's Board retreat, it was suggested that SCRLC consider subscribing to resources that would be useful to our members and at the same time reflect our core values as a library organization. (See our online Plan of Service, Guiding Principles, page 7). Our values include diversity/equity/inclusion as well as continuing education for library workers.
  • After several months of negotiations, in mid-December SCRLC began a trial of relevant resources and developed a quick follow-up survey.
  • The trial runs through January 12, 2020.
  • We need as many SCRLC members participating as possible. Who are the governing members? Basically, all the public and school library systems and their members, colleges and universities, hospitals, and other special libraries/museums. The SCRLC member directory is located here. If you are a non-governing SCRLC member, you are still welcome to participate in the trial!
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 co-hosting a summit with 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.*'
ALA's Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. Deadline to apply is February 3, 2020.
New York Heritage Image
Brook scene in winter with birch and fence
The Erie Canal & Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits
"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" is available for exhibit; if you are interested in hosting this exhibit the sign up link is below. The "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State" will be on display at New York Chiropractic College during the month of February.
Both exhibits also have complementary, detailed online exhibitions available.
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings,
I hope that your 2020 is off to a great start! Even though the weather has been up and down, it is nice to see the light returning and the days noticeably lengthening each week!
2020 is the year that SCRLC will develop its new five-year Plan of Service. The Design Team will be meeting in late February or early March (those of you who have volunteered--look for a Doodle poll soon!). The Empire State Library Network (ESLN)-comprising the nine multitype Councils-has been working on a strategic plan/"field guide" this past year. It should be completed in February; I expect that it will inform our own strategic plan to an extent.
We still need representation on the Plan of Service Design Team from museums, historical societies, and schools. The time commitment will not be extensive, i.e., the first meeting will be held in person and include lunch. Subsequent meetings are most likely to be remote-around one hour per month, March through January/early February with sometimes a bit of work between meetings.
SCRLC members may have noticed a bunch of surveys from us recently-electronic resources trials, the need for temporary library workers, and a preservation survey released just yesterday. If you did not receive the links or emails, let me know. The electronic resources trial ends in two days' time, so there is still a bit of time remaining to participate and evaluate.
In other activities, I am in process of scheduling field visits, so let me know if you would like one! It is an opportunity for me to learn about your needs, projects, successes, and challenges-and for you to find out more about SCRLC's programs and services.
A reminder to please look at our calendar for upcoming events, including the Census workshops (January 24 and February 3), Library Advocacy Day in Albany (February 25), and the Academic Libraries Conference (April 16-17).
As always, please feel free to call or drop me a line if you have questions about what SCRLC might be able to do for or with your organization!
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
COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES DISCOUNT
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.
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