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February 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Meet with your regional legislators - Speak out for library funding
Join CLRC in Albany!

CLRC has chartered a bus to Albany and has scheduled appointments with regional State Assemblymembers and Senators. Join hundreds of state-wide colleagues. Tell your library's story.
 Schedule for the day
* 7:00 am - leave CLRC office with other pickup locations in Utica, Herkimer and Little Falls
* Morning appointments with legislators
* 12:00 pm - NYLA library rally in "The Well"
* Afternoon appointments with legislators
* 3:00pm - leave Albany
* 5:30 pm - arrive back at CLRC office

Cost for bus riders...
$20 for advocates
$10 for students
Snacks and water bottles will be available on the bus but lunch is on your own.

Driving yourself and meeting us there?
Please register (free) to receive an appointment schedule and information packet.

NYLA Advocacy Day website

More from the Governor's Executive Budget Proposal.....

Library Aid: $91.6M ($5M CUT) The proposed funding is $5M less than what was in last year's enacted state budget. This proposed CUT fails to acknowledge the crucial role libraries serve in our communities, and the contributions they make to our state's education system. Libraries ARE Education!  

Library Construction Aid: $14M ($20M CUT) As you know, the State Library Construction Aid program was originally cut by $20M in the FY2019-20 Executive Budget. However, thanks to our champions in the legislature, the Program was restored to $34M in the final days of the 2019 legislative session.


News & Notes
Notable items of mention from the library community
Christian Zabriskie and Lauren Comito
Librarians of the Year 2020

The Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Cicero recently launched a Curbside Holds Pickup Service. Patrons who have items on hold can pull into the designated parking spaces at the library, call the phone number on sign, and staff will bring their books out to their car. The service has been well received, especially by those with mobility issues. One older patron who utilized the service was concerned about slipping on ice during bad weather. “I’m afraid of falling, so I’m so thankful for this service,” she commented. For more information about Curbside Holds Pickup Service
Archival photos of the village of Ilion's urban renewal project and Ilion High School Yearbooks have been digitized.  These online resources became a reality at the Ilion Free Public Library after Mike Disotelle, of the library’s Seamans History Room, applied for and was awarded a CLRC access and digitization grant. 
Full article. 

Syracuse University Libraries’ is featuring a new 150th Anniversary exhibit of milestones titled “Let the reader emerge!” on the first floor of Bird Library from February 3 until mid-May. The exhibit focuses on the SU Libraries as an evolving and expanding learning space and highlighting the history of the most important buildings on campus, including the von Ranke Library, Carnegie Library, and Bird Library.  More info.

Interior of the von Ranke Library, circa 1900 Syracuse University Photograph Collection
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center

The Marcellus Free Library is in its third year of offering art classes to home-schooled students.  This past December during the Library's Holiday Open House, the Marcellus Community was treated to an Art Show by the students. These classes are offered once a week (two sessions) during the school year and are taught by staff member Stephanie Longo-Moncavage (pictured right).

Liverpool Public Library grand re-opening on January 24, 2020 

Senator May, Assemblywoman Hunter, County Executive McMahon, Jim Keib representing
Congressman Katko, Library Director Glenna Wisniewski and LPL Board members.

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
ALA Grant Opportunities

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Find detailed overview and application here.  

ALA is also calling for applications for $700 mini-grants to school, tribal, public, and academic libraries to design and implement programs using Google’s Applied Digital Skills resources. Find detailed overview and application here.
SIG: Early Career Professionals February Meetup – When Things Don’t Go as Planned
February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  CLRC Office, dinner provided

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

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

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. 

Elaine Cooper and Emily Moore, marching for the Dunbar Center, from the Beauchamp Branch Photodocumentation Project collection, courtesy of Onondaga County Public Library - Central Library

When Interstate 81 first came to Syracuse it displaced and disrupted a community that was already struggling with poverty.  As the Beauchamp Branch Photodocumentation Project demonstrates, the community was also rich in culture and spirit.  Many of the families who contributed photographs were black migrants from the South who came for a better life in Syracuse.  In the face of redlining and outright racism, they built community infrastructure on the southside of Syracuse.  Beginning in the 1960s, Interstate 81 construction had cascading impacts—demoralizing the community and exacerbating white flight to the suburbs.  Recently, the debate about the future of the highway has opened old wounds. One can hope that the reconstruction will be restorative and not disruptive to an already devastated community. 

 Regional Job Opportunities

A current list of open positions at member libraries
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