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January 2020


Get ready to advocate for library funding in 2020
with these upcoming events...

Advocacy Essentials: Connect and Communicate
February 12
TWO LOCATIONS - CLRC office and MYLS office

This training incorporates elements of ALA’s Advocacy Academy and will empower library staff with skills to tell their library’s story and connect it to the priorities of patrons, community members, and elected officials. Participants will develop actionable plans for strategic engagement with decision makers across a range of platforms, and be prepared to advance NYLA’s advocacy agenda with a unified voice.

Presenters: Megan Cusick, ALA  
                    Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA

 10:00 am-12:0
0 pm

 2:00 - 4:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, February 25
NYLA Advocacy Day in Albany
CLRC will once again charter a bus to take library advocates to meet with regional legislators and decision makers at the State Capitol. $10 for students. $20 for adults. Registration coming soon. 

Happy 2020!  

Wow, a new decade ahead, and a lot of things already happening:  

Congratulations and welcome to Christian Zabriskie as the new Executive Director of the Onondaga County Public Library system.  Christian is a founder and Executive Director of Urban Libraries Unite and was recently named Library Journal’s 2020 Librarian of the Year.  He previously worked in the Yonkers and Queens library systems. Welcome Christian.  

ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia is two weeks away and librarians are encouraged to join the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) and EveryLibrary, a non-profit, national political action committee for libraries at a Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians.  The event will be held Friday, January 24, in front of the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) Administration Building, 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, from 12:30 to 1:00pm. APPS, the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools is also supporting the rally.

Be sure when you are talking with your local legislator that you remind them every school in New York deserves a certified librarian to teach our children.  

The Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) is offering paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming.  

Do you have a pile of old newspapers in your storage closet at your library. If so, please reach out to us. We have digitization and access grant funding available to turn those brittle old newspapers to accessible digitized collections for everyone.    

Many more things are coming in the new year. Stay tuned!

- Marc

News & Notes
Notable items of mention from members and others 
On December 17, Lydia Wasylenko received Syracuse University Libraries Assembly 2019 Distinguished Service Award,  Read the full article here.


A new Library Media Center opened in December at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.  The state of the art facility consists of shared academic and social space. The project upgrade has been in works for many years and was finished by a collective group effort from students, the administration, and teachers. Read more.

Syracuse University, LISSA students attend NYLA's annual conference in November

This past holiday season the Utica College Library set up a "Mitten Tree" to collect gloves/mittens, hats, and scarves to donate to the Young Scholars program. As you can see from the heavy branches, the project was a huge success! 
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
ALA Grant Opportunity – Libraries Transform Communities Engagement

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.  
Webinar: DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library
January 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

SIG: Early Career Professionals January Meetup – Healing Burnout with Self Care?
January 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Northern Onondaga Public Library Brewerton Library Branch, 5440 Bennett St Brewerton, NY 13029

Connecting with Parents and Caregivers in Your Community with Early Childhood Alliance
January 16 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Salina Free Library – OCPL, 100 Belmont St. Mattydale, NY 13211 United States

Design Thinking: Taking Your School Library Website to the Next Level
January 17 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
OCM BOCES – Cayuga Conference Room, 110 Elwood Davis Road Liverpool, NY 13088

SIG: CNY Digital Inclusion January Meetup
January 29 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Location:  CLRC Office

NNYLN Webinar: Primer on Legislative Visits
January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online webinar

Workshop: Book Repair @ Bird Library!
February 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Free – $10
Syracuse University, Bird Library 222 Waverly Avenue Syracuse, NY 13244
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. 

Utica Professional Gathering, from the Public Square Collection, courtesy of Holland Patent Free Library

Public squares serve as blank canvases for communities.  As such, efforts to enact urban renewal often focus on expanding public spaces.  Retrospectively carving open areas out of dense cities brings untold challenges. When communities have the foresight to set aside land as they are established, they leave room for their potential.  The village of Holland Patent demonstrated such foresight in 1798, when they set aside “seven and [one] half Acres as a Public Square for the use of the Inhabitants on the Patent.” Usage of their public square has invariably changed over time, from pasture to meetinghouses and monuments.  What hasn’t changed is the square’s function as a communal blank canvas.  

 Regional Job Opportunities

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