Feb 7, 2020
Digital Preservation Survey Deadline Extended
Win an Amazon Gift Card
SCRLC's Digitization Advisory Committee has designed a survey to gather important information from our members regarding Digital Preservation at their organizations. We are hoping for feedback from you even if you do not currently have any digital preservation initiatives at your library/museum/organization.
This survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and you may need input from IT or Digital Collections staff members. Fill out the survey here: Even if you aren't sure that your organization has not undertaken digital preservation initiatives in the past, it is important we have your input.
All survey takers can enter their name at the end of the survey for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! We will be doing two drawings when the survey closes on Friday, February 142020. Please complete the survey before February 14 for your chance to win!
Pew Research Center on Online Privacy
Americans prefer to keep certain information about themselves outside the purview of online searches, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in June 2019
SCRLC Office Closed February 17th
The SCRLC office will be closed Monday, February 17th in observance of President's Day.
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NYLA's Library Advocacy Day - Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Their efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid since 2011.
Can't make it to Albany on Tuesday, February 25 for Library Advocacy Day? Not to worry! There are many other ways you can contribute to the effort and speak out for libraries.
Click here for information including tweets and pictures!
New York Heritage Image
Thomas Moran (born 2/13/1837) at the gate of his garden in East Hampton
Traveling Exhibits Available for Hosting
Census 2020 Library Exhibit is on display at Broome County Public Library.
Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal
Sign up here to host the exhibit.
Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State is on display at New York Chiropractic College during the month of February.
Sign up here to host the exhibit.
Visit Ask The Lawyer to view its database of 90+ questions focusing on copyright, digitization, policy, management, privacy, ADA, and more! During 2019, 66 inquiries from the 8 participating Councils were sent to Ask The Lawyer.
Do you have a question? Ask the Lawyer!
The Director's Cup 
SCRLC's Board of Trustees met today despite the inclement weather. Yay for remote teleconferencing capability! Usually under the circumstances we'd postpone a meeting, but there were a couple of very time-sensitive agenda items. Thanks so much to the Board, Danna, and Diane for their participation across the miles of snow and ice.
Among the items approved at today's meeting were some imminent TIAA additions. The Board also approved a change to SCRLC's work week, moving from 37.5 to 35, effective July 1, 2020. The recommendation, which came from the Personnel Committee, was based on management and medical research as well as on trends in other libraries and library systems. SCRLC needs to remain competitive. Compensation stays the same.
This change also helps to ensure better work-life balance, though the "work-life balance" phrase has been called into question over the past few years. Even if the concept is called work-life integration or harmony as some suggest, it misses the point that work is not separate from life. Maybe it is best thought of as a practice of wellness. Indeed, if we practice the eight elements of wellness in the workplace, (emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, spiritual, and social) which are so nicely outlined on ALA's Allied Professional Association's Wellness site, it seems to me that we are working in balance with the other aspects of our lives.
Stay safe and warm out there!
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
p.s. I am in process of scheduling field visits. At the end of January I visited Hartwick College, SUNY Oneonta, Huntington Memorial Library, and Otsego-Northern Catskill's School Library System. If you would like me to visit your organization, please let me know!
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