February 23, 2024



Cheery Friday Greetings,

There are a couple of reminders to pass along for today:

SCRLC's Educational Survey

Our biennial educational survey guides our planning of learning opportunities. Your ideas and input are crucial to this process. The deadline to complete the survey is March 1. Truly, it will just take a few minutes. Click here for the Education survey--you'll have another opportunity, below--it is just that important! :)

We have had strong attendance at our solar eclipse series, which is designed to help libraries and cultural organizations prepare for the April 8 total eclipse. See the recordings and upcoming events here. We also look forward to co-hosting two important film programs-- Dorothy Cotton Institute's Move When the Spirit Says Move on March 21 and Civil Warriors on May 22. Planning for a few other events including our DEI grant wrap-up with Dr. Kawanna Bright (May 30) is underway. At the last Board meeting, book banning programming came up as an on-going need.

We also need your input on what is relevant to you. What skill set(s) do you need to develop? A refresher on reference interviews? Collection development? A management series (and what topics?)? Safety? Tell us in the Education survey! Thank you so much!


Thanks to everyone who has reached out to their legislators in support of libraries and library systems! There is still time, if you have not had a chance. Indeed, the one-house budgets will be released by early March, which is why it is especially important to contact legislators right now, as they are crunching figures.   

It is really easy to send a letter to your legislators via the New York Library Association's website-- click here, enter your information, and you will receive suggested text to personalize and send. Their Advocacy section also contains everything you need to know about the state budget and legislative priorities.

Yours in partnership,


Mary-Carol Lindbloom

Executive Director


Congratulations to Hilary Wong at SUNY Cortland for receiving a grant to host the Upstate New York Science Librarians meeting in October.

Congratulations to Lucy Yang upon her retirement after thirty years of dedicated service to the Tompkins Cortland Community College Library! As TC3's Coordinator of Information Delivery Services, Lucy has been the point person for SCRLC's BARC (Bibliographic & Referral Center) services and instrumental in the fast delivery of interlibrary loan items. She has also served simultaneously on SCRLC's Resource Sharing Advisory Committee and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility Advisory Committee. Lucy, we wish you a happy retirement and are really going to miss you!



on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility

Binghamton University Libraries has received the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity Award (LEAD) from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The LEAD Award honors academic libraries’ programs and initiatives that encourage and support DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) across their campus. These include, but are not limited to research, technology, accessibility, exhibitions and community outreach. 


You have until March 1st to fill out the 5-minute Education survey. All respondents have a chance to win 1 of 2 Bookshop.org $25 gift cards.


The History Center in Tompkins County & Tompkins County Public Library

February 15

Mary-Carol, Christine, and Claire visited with Ben Sandberg, Executive Director of the History Center in Tompkins County. Pictured above are Ben, Christine, and Mary-Carol.

Mary-Carol and Claire also visited Tompkins County Public Library. Pictured above are Mary-Carol, Head of Circulation Kate DeVoe, Director Leslie Tabor, and Adult Services Department Head Jeremy Jordan.

Waterloo Library & Museum

February 21

Mary-Carol and Claire met with Waterloo Library & Historical Society Executive Director Cyndi Park-Sheils. This organization is unique in New York for being a truly joint public library and museum (which are chartered by separate NYS departments). They're planning a $5,000,000 renovation on the 1883 building on E. Williams Street, with intentions to sell the current Memorial Day Museum building a block away.


Apply for up to $5,000 from us, your friendly neighborhood library council, for your digitization project. Partnership amounts are up to $8,000. Our most common grant awards are for microfilmed newspapers for NYS Historic Newspapers or for us to digitize yearbook collections for NY Heritage - but we're open to new and different projects, e.g., 360 ones! Grant information and applications available here (scroll down to mid-page). Grants are due April 12.

If you need a quote or have any questions, reach out to Claire at clovell@scrlc.org.


Eclipse Soundscapes & Dark Skies

March 4, 3pm

Lunch & Learn- Graphic Medicine: Engaging communities in health literacy

March 13, 11am

Move When the Spirit Says Move movie screening & facilitated discussion

In person at Dryden's Southworth Library

Livestreamed to other library locations, including Groton Public Library

Registration will be opening soon

SAVE THE DATE! March 21, 6pm

Raven Steals the Sun: Native American Eclipse Stories

Storyteller Perry Ground (Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation) brings Native American Sun and Eclipse legends to life in this engaging and interactive presentation for all ages.

This event will be streamed live from the Tompkins County Public. Click on the link above to register for the in person program.

Click here to register for the live stream on Zoom.

March 25, 10am

Resource Sharing Users Group Meeting at Finger Lakes Library System

SAVE THE DATE! April 24, 9am - 3pm

Events produced by the eight other library councils in the Empire State Library Network are open for SCRLC members to attend.

Robert's Rules of Order Training (CLRC)

February 28, 10am

Homeschoolers and the Public Library (ESLN)

February 29, 10am

Free and Low-Cost Library Programming (LILRC)

March 6, 11am

Know the Path, Avoid the Pitfalls: Arranging Contracts for E-Resources (ESLN)

March, 7, 10am

Loida Garcia-Febo on the Freedom to Read (NNYLN)

March 8, 11am

Trauma and Censorship in the Library (CLRC)

March 14, 2pm

Universal & Trauma-Informed Design (CLRC)

March 18, 2pm

Grant Writing 101: How to Write a Winning Grant (CDLC)

March 19, 10am

Using AI in the Library (LILRC)

March 21, 10am

Building Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, February 28, 2pm

Five Critical Skills to Lead an Organization- and How to Master Them, March 6, 2pm

The Joy of Getting Unstuck

February 28, 3pm

Canva: Create Concept/Mind Maps to Visually Plan Complex Topics

March 13, 3pm


Meet Regional Observatories and Science Organizations was presented on Monday, February 12, 2024 by

  • Drew Deskur, Director, Kopernik Observatory and Science Center
  • Dennis O'Connell, Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society
  • Dr. Joshua Thomas, Director, Alfred University's Stull Observatory
  • Ali Jackson, Director of Programs & Partnerships at Ithaca's Sceincecenter


CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) March. A crowd of people, both Black and white, stand outside the CORE office.

African American Community of Broome County

NEW COLLECTION: Chenango Forks Yearbooks

Jessica Seaver, School Library Media Specialist at Chenango Forks Middle and High Schools, applied for one of our digitization grants last year through Broome-Tioga BOCES SLS's membership in SCRLC. The yearbooks list middle school and high school students dating back to 1944 (but not including any recent or current students).

NEW COLLECTION: Lantern Slides of the College of Ceramics

These lantern slides from Alfred University Libraries are fascinating! These were slides used in College of Ceramics lectures between 1880 and 1940, and cover kiln construction, material science, art history, design, and daily student life.

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