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June 2020

As libraries are coping with how to open amid the Covid-19 pandemic we are yet again faced with another injustice to Black Americans. I hope that your library will look for ways to help your community heal and to educate that these atrocities have to end. If your doors are not yet open to the public, it is an opportune time to evaluate the diversity of your collections and to feature books that promote social equality, justice and peace.

I also highly recommend that you consider participating in the webinar Coronavirus and Communicable Disease in the Workplace on June 10 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Nellie Brown will help you understand how this virus lives and what you need to know about returning to work. I found this a fascinating event both professionally and personally.

May you realize health and peace in the coming weeks. 

- 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

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.  For the foreseeable future, we'd also like to extend these grant opportunities to cover attendance of virtual webinars, workshops, and conferences.


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

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is awarding grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Projects funded include those focusing on education, public programming, digital humanities, scholarly research, and preservation and access.  To apply please click here.   
Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering grants for Adult, Family and Youth Literacy as well as Summer Reading Programs.  Detailed information and applications for these grants can be found here.
OHM BOCES unveiled a remote eBook program.  As part of the O/H SLS, students from schools throughout the region are able to borrow audio and eBooks from school and public library collections.  Read more.

Baldswinville Public Library has started curbside pick up!  Pickup will be available: Monday: 9:30am to 7:30pm Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am to 4:30pm Saturday: 10:30am to 1:30pm BPL website


Leslie Cartier was named a 2020 Mover and Shakers, Change Agent by Library Journal. Leslie is a Teacher Librarian at the C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY. For more details about Leslie see the article in Library Journal here. Congratulations Leslie!


OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The project will draw upon the research to produce authoritative, science-based information on how—or if— materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors. Read more...
METRO Webinar: How To Be A Good Ally
June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Webinar: Coronavirus and Communicable Disease in the Workplace
June 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

WNYLRC Webinar: Boost Your Library’s Customer Service with Virtual Chat Reference
June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Virtual Continuing Education Focus Group
July 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

Webinar: Bystander Intervention Training
July 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

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

Come help CLRC prepare for their next Plan of Service!

CLRC is currently in the process of creating their next Plan of Service. In order to do that we’ll need YOUR feedback! We’ll be an online focus group for all of our members to discuss the past and future of continuing education offerings. Come join us to review events and workshops you’ve enjoyed and talk about what we could be doing better!

Those who attend will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card!

Virtual Continuing Education Focus Group
July 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

The first  CNY Maker Faire in Syracuse is scheduled for September 26th, 2020 at the SRC Arena. Please consider exhibiting, sponsoring, volunteering, or attending! For more information contact Marc Wildman,
What projects, programs, or research have you done lately that you've learned from, are excited about, or just need to share? We're looking for librarians, archivists, students, support staff, and others across all types of libraries, archives, and museums to share your experience in a lightning talk or poster at our annual conference in October of 2020.  Click here to be taken to the submission form.

Have an idea or presentation that's better suited to a panel discussion or longer format? Email Rebecca Kluberdanz at to discuss!

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. 

Creamery Delivery, from the DeRuyter Town History Postcard Collection, courtesy of Tromptown Historical Society

As the pandemic has settled into more of a long term reality, many aspects of our day-to-day lives have changed.  Changes in grocery availability and shopping practices have resulted in the resurgence of historical practices.  Sourcing from local farms and smaller outlets have become more prevalent.  Grocery delivery has become more popular, whether from local businesses or large corporations like Instacart.  While we may order from an app and groceries aren’t delivered by horse and sleigh, delivery from local sources brings many of the same benefits as it did one hundred years ago.  Fewer food miles and regional self-sufficiency strengthen our community.  It will be interesting to see how many of these activities continue as society reopens and re-stabilizes.

 Regional Job Opportunities

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