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March 2020

Approximately 50 administrators, trustees, library staff, library users and students representing school, academic and public libraries in the CLRC region attended NYLA Advocacy Day in Albany on February 25.

We met with fifteen regional assembly members and senators throughout the day to discuss the proposed budget cuts and to rally for increased funding and legislation for trustee training, equal access to school libraries and librarians, e-book licensing and the 2020 census.  

Our yellow scarves showed our solidarity. Our conversations showed our serious commitments. Thank you to all who attended, NYLA for hosting and to the Albany decision makers for taking the time to hear our message.   


Please join us in congratulating the hard-working staff and volunteers of the New Woodstock Free Library for being named CLRC’s 2020 Library of the Year.  Pictured above Norm Parry, Library Director, stands proudly with the award banner.  

This library profoundly demonstrates dedicated service to the community it serves.  The area surrounding the library is mostly rural and has the lowest income average and literacy rate in Madison county.  New Woodstock Free Library is one of only a handful of libraries serving this very large rural population. 

The New Woodstock Free Library has brought ‘culture to the country’ with continuous exhibits and events presenting arts, entertainment , and information. Currently on exhibit is a fascinating display on the Ukraine/Slavic regions containing museum quality pieces. 

The library has also partnered with an adjoining township to provide library materials through the town hall to under-serviced areas at little cost.  Their innovative method is a model for improving rural access to libraries across the state.

The high level of service and dedication of the entire staff is very inspiring.  These devoted individuals strive to provide excellent service to their patrons every day.  These efforts are evident, this library is a true heart of this community, where people can achieve their goals at any stage in life, and has made a meaningful difference to many.

2106 Main St, New Woodstock, NY 13122
(315) 662-3134

The Syracuse University Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) is organizing an informal conference, a Day of Filling in the Spaces (FITS).     While people from all backgrounds are invited to participate, we are particularly interested in hearing from library professionals. Day of FITS is an opportunity to share your experience, expertise, and passion with students preparing to enter the library field, as well as the rest of the Syracuse community.    You could present a poster, lightning round talk, or a longer presentation. The call for proposals is now open. Please submit proposals HERE. Proposals will be accepted until Saturday, March 7th.      The 2020 Day of FITS will take place on Saturday, April 4th, from 10 am - 2 pm (breakfast and lunch provided), in Hinds Hall, located on Syracuse University’s main campus. If you have questions, email us at  We look forward to seeing your submissions! 
New Initiatives Grant Awarded for outside-the-box programs

Professional Development Awards - Awarded to attend conferences and workshops


Professional Development Award Recipients
New Initiatives Grant Award Recipients Final Reports
Annual Writing Contest for Teachers

Writing Contest Brochure & Application  

Oz-Stravaganza 2020 Website
New York Data Carpentry Library Consortium Spring 2020 Workshop
March 5 + 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Location: Port Watson Mini Conference Center 131 Port Watson Street Cortland, NY 13045

Spring 2020 Librarians’ Night Out
March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  The Inn Complete, Skytop Road Syracuse, NY 13210

SIG: Early Career Professionals March Meetup – When Things Don’t Go as Planned
March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  Liverpool Public Library – Sargent Meeting Room, 310 Tulip Street Liverpool, NY 13088

Workshop: Hands-Free Story Hours – How to Imagine and Reimagine Folk and Fairy Tales for Storytelling Sessions
April 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Free – $10.00
Location:  Mid York Library System 1600 Lincoln Ave Utica, NY 13502

Syracuse LISSA Day of FITS 
Saturday, April 4 @ 10 am to 2 pm - Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Location:  Syracuse University 343 Hinds Hall Syracuse, NY 13244

Workshop: Librarian Life Story – Developing Your Professional Narrative
April 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:  Liverpool Public Library 310 Tulip Street Liverpool, NY 13088

New York Library Association Library Skills Academy
June 3, 10, 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  CLRC Office

Skillshare offers online classes in design, business, technology, photography, entrepreneurship, film, and writing. 
Treehouse has online classes in HTML, databases, WordPress, digital literacy, Python, and more. 

Broaster Helpy Selfy, from the Village of Manlius Collection, courtesy of Manlius Library

Now that self-service stations are common in many industries, the novelty of the concept has diminished.  ATMs, vending machines, and self-checkout at grocery stores—all make simple transactions more autonomous for customers and staffing more efficient for businesses.  When Cook’s restaurant in Manlius introduced their “Helpy Selfy,” they felt the need to print instructions on the wall to guide customers through the process. Cook’s idea was not necessarily new, though it was still novel.  Vending machines have been around since the First Century, but the industrial era began the proliferation of the concept.  Now, companies like Amazon are eliminating cashiers entirely in their Go Grocery stores.  Will we have to explain cashiers to future generations raised on self-service? 

 Regional Job Opportunities

A current list of open positions at member libraries
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