Mar 19, 2020
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Greetings,
I hope this edition finds you healthy and safe. I had started writing this days ago, and then the proverbial dog--in the shape of a computer-- ate my homework! It is probably just as well because our world is changing so fast that it is better to start afresh today.
One thing that does not change is our commitment to you, our member, and finding new ways to support you during this non-ordinary time. This news are two pieces we'd like to share.
1. We need your help to create a spreadsheet to enable you to know which SCRLC members are available, doing interlibrary loan (at least electronic articles), etc. Anyone with this link should be able to add to it. If you'd rather email the information to us to include, that is ok, too! Email it to Diane Capalongo.
2. On Tuesdays, beginning the 24th at 1 p.m., we are going to offer SCRLC Live! -- a community drop-in room via Zoom for you to connect with each other and SCRLC, too. It is a way to check-in, share information, maybe tips and strategies, experiences, and to support each other as a community. Danna, our fiscal services manager, has been at telecommuting for decades and can offer pointers about working remotely. Let's talk! See below for the Zoom Room link.
Truly, a bright spot in this crises is how our libraries and cultural organizations continue to connect with their communities despite being closed. Libraries offer electronic resources that help our learners. They provide the general public with credible resources about this very pandemic we are facing. Some libraries are lending hotspots to their users who are on the wrong side of the digital divide. Investing in more hotspots that have unlimited, multi-provider plans is ideal. Several libraries and cultural organizations are offering remote events and highlighting virtual exhibits. E-books for pleasure help us escape from the present reality for awhile.
We have been attempting to schedule a couple of programs. Although Academic Libraries 2020 was canceled, the ACRL Project Outcome workshop is moving online--we're just not sure of the date yet-possibly early June. We are also planning a one-day program focused on the ADA, which turns 30 in July. We are hoping to have Gaelynn Lea as a keynote and a performer. If you do not know Gaelynn, she won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert a few years ago and speaks on disability rights as well as performs amazing music. She is offering two home concerts this weekend-Friday and Sunday. The schedule and more information is here. I think that the times listed are in CDT. There are other virtual collections and exhibits features below--and of course, my personal favorite, the Cornell bird cams! The pond/feeder cams provide background sounds of nature to work to. Check them out!
Please stay healthy, stay safe! I hope to "see" you on Tuesday!
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director

COVID-19 SCRLC Member Status Update
Check on the status of other organization's and update your own on this Google Sheet.

Zoom Community Meetups: SCRLC-LIVE!
We will be hosting a standing Zoom meeting room on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm if you would like to drop in and chat with colleagues around the region. Join us here: | Meeting ID: 109 469 034
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923
Do you need to meet remotely with members of your organization? Email if you would like to schedule a meeting time using our Zoom account.

Online Exhibits
(all traveling exhibit are on hold for the next month)
  • Census 2020 Library Exhibit
  • Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal
  • Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State
Taking census, ca. 1920. Source: National Photo Company Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress Online Catalog
On Demand Learning
Available on our YouTube Channel
Note: This recording is for SCRLC members only. Please do not share it beyond our network. Thanks!
Send a request to for access to online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film and writing through Skillshare.
A free instructional design training program available through WebJunction to enable library workers to transfer their in-person teaching skills to the online environment. The program's 7 modules include: Orientation, Foundation, Diversity, Community, Content Creation, Course Management, and Capstone. 
D4L was developed in partnership among the South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, and the Empire State Library Network. It was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 
In addition to the weekly Tech-Talk newsletter, SCRLC members have access to the Tech-Talk Database, which offers an up-to-date, searchable library of technology and communication articles and videos. If you would like access to the database, look for the login information at the top of your weekly Tech-Talk newsletter or email

Here are some answers to recently asked questions regarding COVID-19:
Do you have a question during this unprecedented time? Ask the Lawyer!

Take a Break
Step away from the news.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology |
Connect with Corning Museum of Glass from your Couch: A Guide to Our Digital Offerings

Upcoming Events
Resource Sharing Advisory Committee (via Zoom), 3/24
CANCELLED- Academic Libraries 2020 | The X Factor: Enhancing the Library Experience, 4/16-17
Oswego, NY
Educational Services Advisory Committee(via Zoom), 4/21
SAVE THE DATE- July 16 & 17

New York Heritage Image
Maple Sugar S. Alley's gathering, pouring
(The History Center in Tompkins County)
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