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September 2020
The CLRC 2020 Annual Conference Goes Virtual
Join us Friday, October 16 for our Annual Conference featuring keynote speaker, New York State Senator Rachel May!  Full conference schedule and registration information.

Want to show a poster at the conference? Submit a proposal now click here! You may submit multiple proposals. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 4.   
Access and Digitization Grants 
Have you been cleaning and discovering old things in your library as you have been closed? CLRC would like to know what you have lurking in your closet. We will soon be announcing the opening for the next found of Access and Digitization Grants. What do you have in your collections that you would like to have preserved or digitized. We can accommodate just about any material format either in-house, or have it outsourced.  

I encourage you to contact Ryan Perry our Digital Collection Librarian to discuss your project and how to best accomplish your goals. Ryan will be happy to help you in the application process. Remember that CLRC can furnish the labor required for your project so you don’t have to do it in house.  

On a personal note, I’d like to give a shout out to my former mentor and colleague Wendy Scott at the Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville. Wendy will begin a well deserved retirement in December. I thank her for teaching me how to run a public library with style and grace. We had a lot of fun. All the best Wendy!

Until next month - Marc

Southside School 1909, Minnie Gardner's 1st grade class, from the Christopher Collection, courtesy of Baldwinsville Public Library

Students and teachers return to school this fall under extraordinary circumstances.  Our education system has evolved in terms of pedagogy and technology since the students pictured here went through first grade.  With formidable challenges comes an opportunity for dramatic innovation. In the future, we’ll look back at this school year as an inflection point in the history of education.

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
Congratulations to Wendy Scott, Executive Director of the Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville on her retirement in September. Wendy presided over the planning and building of the new library building on Jamesville Road. The old library was located in Shoppingtown Mall. All the best Wendy!

Claire Ehrlich has been named librarian/instructor at Mohawk Valley Community College.  Previously, she served as coordinator of library instruction at Carl Sandburg College, in Illinois, and was assistant director of Hannibal Free Public Library, in Missouri.

Tarida Anantachai has been appointed Interim Head of the Department of Learning and Academic Engagement at Syracuse University Libraries effective July 1, 2020. Tarida succeeds Lesley Pease, former head of Learning Commons, who recently retired.

Valerie Prescott, Tech Services Librarian at Herkimer Community College has retired.

Angela Rhodes, Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian, has been awarded the SUNY Morrisville Distinguished Librarian Award.  Her exemplary service includes her involvement on SUNY-wide library initiatives in systems and cataloging, testing and implementing the SUNY Libraries’ new multimillion dollar Library Management System (LMS). She has worked at SUNY Morrisville since 2010.

Oneida Indian Nation Language Program Publishes Children’s Book in Collaboration with Madison-Oneida BOCES - read more

Denise Headd joins Fairmount Community Library as director of community relations.  She has six years of experience working in the library system.  Most recently, she worked as the chief development officer at Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.

Congratulations to Mike Poulin, Head of Collection Management and Professor in the Colgate University Library who retired August 31, 2020. Mike was a Past President of CLRC and we are grateful for his many years of service to the council.
Tuesdays at Ten!
September 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Gender Queer – A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
September 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

2020 Digital Services User Group Meeting (Virtual)
September 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

WNYLRC Webinar: Preservation Grant Writing – Tips and Guidance for Successful Preservation Project Proposals
September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom

RRLC Webinar: Libraries & Anti-Racism Training Series - Recurring
September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Webinar: Basic Book Repair for Libraries
September 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Online via Zoom

Third Thursday at Three – CLRC LA SIG Meet Up
September 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom

LILRC Webinar: Podcasting During a Pandemic
September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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

Webinar: Systematic Searching – Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency
September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

NOT Lost in Transition: Resource Sharing in Changing Times Virtual Workshop
September 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Virtual User Workshop hosted by CLRC, SCRLC, CDLC and SENYLRC
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

LILRC Webinar: 29th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future – Diversity, Democracy, Engagement
October 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Online via Zoom

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
Online via Zoom

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

RRLC Webinar: Libraries & Anti-Racism Training Series
October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

SENYLRC Webinar: They’re Just Not a Good Fit
October 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online via Zoom
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