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November 2018



CLRC 2018 Annual Membership Meeting and Conference 

Congratulations to our award winners...   
Public Library of the Year 
Baldwinsville Public Library

Academic Library of the Year
Upstate Medical University, Health Sciences Library

School Library of the Year 
Herkimer Elementary School Library Media Center

Public Library All-Star 
Anne Debraggio, Director, Kirkland Town Library

Academic Library All-Star 
Abigail Smith, Senior Assistant Librarian, Upstate Medical University Health Sciences Library

School Library All-Star 
Tina Nabinger, Teacher Librarian, Minoa Elementary Library

And THANK YOU to our outgoing Board of Trustee members Jeff Wooldridge, Cristina Pope and Meg Van Patten, as well as, Carole Kupelian for her years of serving as Chair of the CLRC Legislative Committee. 

Director's Message


Thank you to everyone who attended our our annual meeting at Vernon Downs on October 25th. We officially launched the Ask The Lawyer service with our keynote speaker, Attorney Stephanie “Cole” Adams. CLRC is now accepting queries and I welcome any phone calls to answer any questions you may have about this great new service.  
Welcome to our new board members elected at the meeting - Juliana Chrysler, Rome Memorial Hospital; Nancy Howe, Baldwinsville Public Library; Kathryn McCauley, Mid-York Library System; Janet Park, Onondaga County Public Library; Kathleen Salsbury, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. I look forward to working with all of you. And thank you to our outgoing Board members for their service to the Council.
I’m sure you are all as anxious to know the results of the elections on Tuesday as much as we are here at CLRC. We are thankful for the years of support from Senators DeFrancisco and Valesky and can only hope that their replacements will continue to view libraries as an essential community resource. CLRC will continue to provide an advocating opportunity for libraries at our upcoming Legislative Breakfasts at Pine Grove Middle School and Mohawk Valley Community College. See below for more details. We will once again charter a bus to transport members to the Capital in Albany for Legislative Day on February 27th. Mark you calendars now.
I am looking forward to NYLA this week since it is a chance to see many of you in person between meetings, workshops, and luncheons. This is such a wonderful opportunity for us to network, learn new and innovative skills, and get in some social time. See you there!


 Grant Opportunities

Next CLRC Grant Application Deadline is December 31
Awarded quarterly to attend conferences or workshops.
See this quarter's award winners below.

CLRC New Initiative Grants
Awarded quarterly for outside-the-box programs

Grant Opportunity for Adult English Language Learners

ALA and Dollar General - deadline December 14

 Colleague Corner


Corrinnne Kushner has retired from the Baldwinsville Public Library where she has been Children's Librarian since 2001. Best of luck!

Professional Development Events

Webinar -  Online Security: It's More Than Passwords        
November 27

Workshop: We've Got the Numbers  
CLRC office
9:00 am - 12:15 pm       
November 28

Special Interest Group: Calling All Maker Enthusiasts  
Fayetteville Free Library
5:00 - 6:30 pm       
November 28

Workshop: Narcan Training 
Mid-York Library System office
10:00 - 11:00 am      
December 5

And don't forget about these resources...

Library Juice Academy
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PLEASE NOTE: As of December 19, CLRC will no longer provide access to as a member benefit. Changes to lynda's platform and licensing model will not allow CLRC to share licenses between our members.


President Roosevelt's motorcade in Syracuse from The Roosevelts Visit Syracuse collection, courtesy of SUNY Upstate Medical University

This collection documents several trips to Syracuse by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.  FDR cut his political teeth as New York State Governor (1929 - 1932), before his stint as President. He also had family in Central New York, including a cousin in Skaneateles who hosted a campaign event during his 1932 presidential bid. 

The photograph above depicts FDR’s motorcade traveling through Syracuse on his way to lay a cornerstone for what is now SUNY Upstate Medical University. With election day around the corner, it’s important to reflect on the history of American politics.  Our nation may feel especially divided at the moment, but our shared history can guide the way forward.


Bring The Erie Canal or Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits To Your Library
"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" and "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State." are panel exhibitions available for loan at your library or institution.  Contact Ryan Perry at if you are interested in hosting the exhibit.

 Medical Circuit Blog

Check out what CLRC's Medical Circuit Librarian has to say this month.

 Regional Job Opportunities

Executive Director - OCPL 
Access Services Librarian - Roberts Wesleyan College
P/T Library Clerk 2 - Marcy Correctional Facility
Adult Services & Technology Paralibrarian - Tully Free Library

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