Apr 3, 2020, 12:00 am
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings,
I hope that this edition of the News finds you healthy and safe! Thank you for choosing to spend a few minutes with us!
Some of you have dropped in for our community meet-ups, SCRLC-LIVE. We love spending time with our members and guests from outside the region! If you have a few minutes on a Tuesday afternoon, please join us! They are from 1-2 p.m.--feel free to drop in at any point. Login details are provided below.
The information regarding COVID-19 continues to expand-as does help to mitigate the economic effects that it is having on organizations and individuals. This past week, the federal CARES Act was signed into law. This Act aids organizations--including libraries, historical societies, museums, and other cultural organizations-by providing such assistance as the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The application period for PPP opened today. This happened so quickly that banks are scrambling to get the application process in place. There are several good sources of information about the CARES Act and the other assistance available to organizations. Here are a few:
On the federal level, the US Dept. of the Treasury.
For assistance for individuals affected, visit the CARES Act section of the NY State Department of Labor website.
Also, a word about the state budget-see below for the statement from the New York Library Association. In the budget that was passed last night, cuts to library aid were held to $2.5M, which is a 2.59% cut over the current year--$94.1M instead of $96.6M. It could have been so much worse, though we do not know when and how much funding will actually be received. It is just too early to know the impact of the pandemic crisis on our economy.
I wish you a nice weekend-hopefully there will be some rays of sunshine to accompany us on our walks, runs, and hikes-and other outside activities that can be safely enjoyed!
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director

SCRLC Community
SCRLC-LIVE! Zoom Meetups & SCRLC Member Status Updates
  • We will be hosting open Zoom meetings each week. Drop in and chat with colleagues around the region and beyond!
Tuesdays at 1:00pm
Join us here: | Meeting ID: 109 469 034
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923
  • Resource Sharing Meetups: Fridays at 1:00pm | 924 611 225
    Or call in: 1-646-876-9923
  • Special Collections & Local History Librarians/Archivists Meetups: Wednesdays at 2:00pm | 715 709 544
    Or call in: 1-646-876-9923


  • Check on the status of other organization's and update your own on this Google Sheet.

News Items
NYLA 2020 - 2021 NYS Budget Statement
State Library Aid: $94.1M
"As you know, Governor Cuomo proposed $91.6M Library Aid in this year's Executive Budget, a $5M cut from last year's enacted budget. With the support of our friends in the Senate and Assembly, who were given the difficult responsibility of determining reductions across the budget, we secured $2.5M. The FY2020-21 enacted budget for State Library Aid will be $94.1M."
State Public Library Construction Aid: $14M
The Governor proposed a $20M cut in capital funding – from $34M back to $14M. Despite the efforts of thousands of library advocates, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic made the reinstatement of this program unworkable. As the state regains its fiscal health, our hope is to see this program grow once more.
Budget Adjustments
The Governor, in partnership with the Department of Budget, will review the State's revenue and expenditures throughout the year (three periods). If deemed necessary, the authority has been granted to the Governor to make budget adjustments. Any changes would require notice to the Legislature.
Prevent Zoombombing
Some people have been "Zoombombing" trying to disrupt meetings on Zoom and other platforms. 
Click on the Zoom Settings Tab and do these things to keep it from happening to you:
  1. Disable "Join Before Host"
  2. Enable "Co-Host" to assign extra moderators
  3. Disable "File Transfer" to stop digital virus sharing
  4. Disable Participant Sharing
  5. Disable "Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin"
This article also has some more information on securing your Zoom meetings. is a searchable directory of over 4,600 cultural institutions across the state, including museums, science centers, and libraries, and is home to a robust statewide events calendar. Profiles have already been created for every public library system and individual member library in New York State, and can be customized and updated at any time via secure login. To receive login information for your profile, please send an email to Share, promote and find library events through this directory.
IMLS Receives $50M

Distance 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

Online Exhibits
Census 2020 Library Exhibit
Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal
Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State

New York Heritage Image
Boys fishing in the Bronx River, NY
From Scarsdale Public Library - Scarsdale Photographs and Slides
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