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August 2020
New Grant Opportunity From CLRC!!!  
As many of you have to redirect budget money for sneeze guards, face masks and gallons of hand sanitizer, the CLRC Board of Trustees has graciously approved funding of our new Crisis Response Technology Grants. These grants are to help support the purchase of equipment that will directly enhance the patrons experience while promoting social distancing and the safety of both employees and library users. We hope that this will help to alleviate some of the unexpected expenses that libraries have incurred to reopen to the public safely.  

At our CLRC office, we continue to be working on your behalf during this time. I hope you have taken the opportunity to participate in one of our Tuesdays At Ten sessions, and some of the great sessions presented by our “Ask The Lawyer” attorney Stephanie Cole Adams on legal issues related to opening your libraries to the public. You can see answers to these questions at the Ask The Lawyer Recently Asked Questions page. Many of the recent questions will answer your reopening concerns.  

As a reminder, the CLRC annual membership dues will be issued this month.  Please don’t forget to call on us if you have any questions or concerns. Our staff are available for consultation on many areas of expertise, and if we don’t know we will direct you to where you can get the answer you are looking for.  

Till next month…   Marc 
2020 CLRC Library Awards - Call for Nominations!

CLRC is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for two awards to be presented at our annual meeting in October of 2020!  

Library of the Year  
  • This will be awarded to one CLRC member library that has exemplified excellence in a variety of ways. Nominations must be self-submitted.  LIBRARY OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM  
Library Staff All-Star
  • This will be awarded to one staff member of a CLRC member library that has consistently gone above and beyond to change their library and community. LIBRARY ALL-STAR NOMINATION FORM
Save the Date for CLRC's 2020 Annual Conference
Join us Friday, October 16 with keynote speaker, New York State Senator Rachel May. Stay tuned for more details regarding the schedule and registration!  

Winners of CLRC's Library Awards will be announced at our annual conference. Nominations for Library of the Year and Library Staff All-Star awards are currently open and will close on Tuesday, August 31. Link to nomination form.
Want to present or show a poster at the conference? Submit a proposal now! We're looking for full 45-minute sessions or virtual posters. You may submit multiple proposals. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 4.  Submit proposals here



The Book Fair by Roger Moore, from the Kirkland Town Library Art Collection, courtesy of Kirkland Town Library

Libraries are among the most resilient institutions in their communities.  Their longevity is a direct result of librarians’ propensity to adapt and innovate.  While Roger Moore’s painting depicts an outdoor book sale, one can envision curbside pickup and social-distanced services evolving into the fair atmosphere captured here.  Absent the grim context, it would be easier to appreciate the spirit of resilience and innovation driving our response to COVID-19.

NEW GRANT ! ! ! ! Crisis Response Technology Grants NEW GRANT ! ! ! !
Awarded for unexpected challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic

New Initiatives Grant 
Awarded for outside-the-box programs

Professional Development Awards
Awarded to attend conferences and workshops

For the foreseeable future, Professional Development Award grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply at least two weeks prior to the event you would like the grant to support.  We'd also like to extend these grant opportunities to cover the attendance of virtual webinars, workshops, and conferences. 


Professional Development Award Recipients
New Initiatives Grant Award Recipients Final Reports OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITES

The online application for $14 million in FY2020/2021 State Aid for Library Construction Program capital funds is now open.    Libraries must complete and submit project applications online by the due date set by their public library system.   Public library systems must submit all system-approved applications to the New York State Library by Tuesday, October 6, 2020.  

For information and tips on how to successfully login and apply online for State Aid for Library Construction funds, please visit the State Library’s website

Please note that passwords expire periodically and may need to be reset. For username/password questions or help with login, please contact
The staff of CLRC would like to wish Norm Parry a happy retirement!  The New Woodstock Free Library has opened the search to replace Norm. Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2020. For more information please contact:  Charles B. Shatzkin, President New Woodstock Free Library.

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service was presented to Marilyn Cook, Technical Services Clerk in the college’s Donald G. Butcher Library.  

Scott Lipkowitz was recently appointed as Onondaga Free Library's new Digital Services and Technology Librarian.
CLRC LA SIG – Library Assistants & Support Staff Meet Up
August 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Webinar: Book Clubs – One Way to Connect in Times of Social Distancing
August 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

NYLA ASLS Briefinar Series - recurring event see all
August 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

METRO Webinar: Racism, Capitalism, and Libraries
August 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom

CDLC Webinar: Library Security
August 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

CLRC RS SIG – Resource Sharing Special Interest Group Meet Up
August 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

METRO Webinar: Privacy Audits at the Library
August 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom

ESLN Webinar: Academic Reopening Panel
August 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online via Zoom

SCRLC Webinar: Academic Libraries in an Extraordinary Time
August 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

Webinar: Learning About Cultural Humility & Implicit Bias – Understanding Our Responsibility
August 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

NYLA ASLS Briefinar Series - recurring event see all
August 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

NYLA ASLS Briefinar Series - recurring event see all
August 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

WNYLRC Webinar: What Libraries Need to Know to Survive a Ransomware Attack
September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online via Zoom

SAVE THE DATE  - registration coming soon
NOT Lost in Transition: Resource Sharing in Changing Times
September 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual User Workshop hosted by CLRC, SCRLC, CDLC and SENYLRC

New York Library Association Library Skills Academy - recurring event
October 8, 15, 22  @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLRC Office, 5710 Commons Park Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Library 2.020 Mini-Conference: Sustainability in Libraries
October 14 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Online Empire State Maker Faire
October 16 - October 17

The CLRC 2020 Annual Conference Goes Virtual
October 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:15 pm
Online via Zoom
 Regional Job Opportunities

View a current list of open positions in library services
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