Jun 26, 2020

-SCRLC Will be Closed Next Friday, July 3rd for the 4th of July-

Director's Cup

Cheery Friday Greetings!


Firstly, I must correct a date from last week: The 13th Amendment was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865-not 2865! My hope for the year 2865 is that they will look back on this period of history--845 years in their past--and determine that we were indeed, "good ancestors" as per Layla F. Saad-that we dismantled systemic racism and created a just, equal, equitable, and inclusive society in which all people thrived and continue to do so 1,000 years after the ratification of the 13th Amendment.


There will be an opportunity for folks interested in books, articles, and videos on the topic of racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and white supremacy to join a D-E-I-related online discussion series. We're going to begin on August 6, noon, with Ibram X. Kendi's book entitled How to Be an Antiracist. For those of you wanting to participate (SCRLC members and beyond), we could do this a couple of ways: 1) Read the book and come prepared to discuss the entire work, or 2) Read the first 4 chapters for August 6 (there are 18; it's 307 pages) and spend a month discussing. On August 13 we would do chapters 5-9; August 20, 10-14; and August 27, 15-18 and any other aspects of the book. I would like to hear from you regarding your preference. In September we'll continue with journal articles or a video, followed by a book in October-November. Please join our DEI special interest group-this is where the discussions between sessions can take place. Contact Diane Capalongo if you encounter any challenges in trying to join.


New York State has been in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic for 4+ months. While it would be great to have this behind us, wishful thinking does not make it so. Over half of the states are trending up, and it is only due to stringent measures that much of New York State entered Phase 4 today. We cannot get complacent. The REALM Project is looking at the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on various library materials. As far as I know, they are not researching its aerosol/airborne properties. That data is coming from other research groups, e.g., Kimberly A. Prather et al. publishing in the journal Science article and a more recent piece appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by Renyi Zhang et al.:


"Our analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic. This protective measure significantly reduces the number of infections. Other mitigation measures, such as social distancing implemented in the United States, are insufficient by themselves in protecting the public. Our work also highlights the necessity that sound science is essential in decision-making for the current and future public health pandemics."


An article published in Vox recently on the emerging longterm complications of COVID-19, as explained by Lois Parshley, reinforces the need to keep this deadly virus away from our organizations.


Lastly, beginning in July we are returning to a bi-weekly format for the News. We look forward to continuing to connect with you through our various member meet-ups.


I wish you a safe, peaceful, and reflective 4th of July.


Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director




Tompkins County Library Reopens for Curbside Pickup | WENY News


Capitalize Black and Indigenous | New York Times


Yale has an open course on African American History: From Emancipation to the Present



Member Status Updates- What phase are you in?

Let us know what phase you plan to reopen in on this Google Sheet and check the status of other organizations.


Zoom Meetups


Next Director's Meetup: Monday, July 13, 2:00pm | Meeting ID: 958 8017 8218

Or call in: 1-646-876-9923

Passcode: SCRLC


Next All Member Meetup: Tuesday, June 30, 1:00pm | Meeting ID: 109 469 034

Or call in: 1-646-876-9923

Passcode: SCRLC


Next Resource Sharing Meetup: Tuesday, July 7, 1:00pm | Meeting ID: 109 469 034

Or call in: 1-646-876-9923

Passcode: SCRLC


Next Special Collections/Local History/Archivists Meetup: Wednesday, July 1, 2:00pm | Meeting ID: 715 709 544

Or call in: 1-646-876-9923

Passcode: SCRLC

Answers to recently asked questions on the following topics:



Do you have a question during this unprecedented time? Ask the Lawyer!



Archived Webinars from SCRLC

Available on our YouTube Channel

Featured: Legal Considerations of Re-opening



Send a request to for access to online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film and writing through Skillshare.

Featured: Learn How to Motivate Yourself: Master Discipline and Get Things Done


Design4Learning: Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers

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 7 modules include: Orientation, Foundation, Diversity, Community, Content Creation, Course Management, & 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). 


Tech-Talk Database

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



Reading and Talking about Race: An Intro to ALA's Great Stories Club (Part 1: Deeper Than Our Skins) (ALA), 6/30



Ask An Archivist: Preservation of Born-Digital Materials (LILRC), 7/1

Big Disruptions Can Lead to Big Opportunities (METRO), 7/2

Disaster Planning & Policy Writing Workshop- 2-part Webinar (NNYLN), 7/6 & 7/13

Mapping with Collections: Understanding OpenStreetMap (LILRC), 7/7

Universal Design for Learning at Your Library (METRO) 7/8

Bystander Intervention Training (CLRC), 7/14

Graphic Medicine: Bridging Communication, Empathy, and Creativity in Librarianship (LILRC), 7/14

Making Space for Self: Techniques for Managing Mental Health at Times of Stress, Grief, and Loss (LILRC), 7/15

Seen But Not Read: Advocating for (School) Libraries (SENYLRC), 7/16

Ask An Archivist: Making Enclosures for Preservation (LILRC), 7/17

Cybersecurity for Librarians (CLRC), 7/22

MarcEdit with Terry Reese (SCRLC), 7/30


Strawberry Patch

From Merrick Historical Photographs

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