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November 2020
2020 CLRC Library Award Winners

This year's award winners were announced and honored at CLRC’s
annual membership meeting, held virtually, on Friday, October 16th.  

2020 Library of the Year: SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library
During the COVID-19 shut down, the library staff opened a computing classroom to safely provide training to new clinical and nursing staff. The Library staff also partnered with the Onondaga County Public Library to 3D print 1,000 face shields for the hospital. The Library was one of the first to reopen in Central New York, and provided advice to area libraries on how to safely reopen to the public.

2020 Library Staff All-Star: Barbara Panarites
Pine Grove Middle School Library - E. Syracuse Minoa
As a Teacher Aide, Barbara is an instrumental force at Pine Grove Middle School, taking on projects to promote the school library and community. She organizes school events such as Bookapalooza, Teen Book Fest, Battle of the Books, LitFest and Library Advocacy Day. She also provides technical support for the school’s Chromebook program. Her students and co-workers very much appreciate her energy and humor. 
Welcome New Board of Trustees Members
Three members were elected to the CLRC Board of Trustees for 2020-2025 
  Travis Olivera
  Hamilton Public Library

   Allison Comes

   Systems Librarian 
   O²CM BOCES School Library System

  Courtney Asztalos
  Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator

  Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University

For the full list of CLRC Board members visit our website at:


Have a minute or two to fill out a questionnaire on CLRC services?

Over the next several months, CLRC will be developing our Plan of Service for 2021-2026 and we are asking for input on what our member libraries will be facing and contemplating over the next few years.

Delphi Falls (waterfall), from the JC Perry Collection, courtesy of the Town of Pompey Historical Society

In August 2018 a new park opened to the public in Madison County.  Delphi Falls had previously been privately owned, its splendor inaccessible.  A retired Syracuse University professor generously funded the purchase of the park land—making it possible for everyone to appreciate.  When John Calvin Perry made the above painting in the late 1800s, it’s unclear whether the falls were publicly accessible.  However, the Town of Pompey Historical Society, as the newest contributor to New York Heritage, has made Perry’s works accessible to all.  In these tumultuous times, we should take a collective moment of respite in the shared splendor of natural and artistic beauty.


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.  CLRC is also extending these grants to cover the attendance of virtual webinars, workshops, and conferences. 

The American Library Association and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Up to 16 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator.
Read the project guidelines and apply online by Friday, January 29, 2021.
ALA will host a free webinar at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for people interested in learning more about the American Dream grants. Register for the webinar here
2020 Teen Video Challenge Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Teen Video Challenge celebrating Summer Reading and “Imagine Your Story!” 

Seventy-two video entries were received nationwide this year, which is certainly impressive with most schools and libraries closed down and Summer Reading programs switching to a virtual format. And the winners are...

Shamika Kanitkar
Bookish Tales: Rapunzel’s Library Adventure

Ava Lazar and Julian Schenker
Finding a Story

Molly Graiff
North Greenbush Public Library, New York
The Places I Can Go

Avery Casey
Your Story

Gabriel Yorty
ESLN @ NYLA: Resisting Achievement Culture
November 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Online

ESLN @ NYLA: The Lemonade of Crisis Response
November 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Online

Understanding Homeschooling in New York State and the Role Libraries Play
November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Online via Zoom

Second Tuesdays at Ten
November 10 and December 8 @ 10:00 am -11:00 am - Online via Zoom

Third Thursday at Three - LA and Paraprofessional SIG
November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

New York State Library Digital Equity Webinar Series
November 12,19 and December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

NYLA Advocacy Fundamentals 
November 24 and December 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am 

SMART Goals - How-To, Hands-On Working Session
December 10@ 10:00 am - 11:30 am 
LILRC Webinars
Developing Collaborative Partnerships in Academic Libraries
November 11 @ 10:00 am -11:00 am

Ask an Archivist - Rolled Documents Dos and Don'ts
November 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Effective Project Management
November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Graphic Histories
November 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Recruiting for Diversity
November 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

How to Build an Anti-Bias Library
December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
METRO Webinars
Capitalizing on OER for Equity in PK-12 – Finding and Using Open Teaching and Learning Resources
November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Broader than Broadband – Brooklyn Public Library’s Digital Equity Strategy
December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NNYLN Webinars
Workplace Wellness - COVID Edition
November 18, December 9 and January 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Raising Your Level of Librarian Faculty Collaborations
December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RRLC Webinars
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources
November 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Science
November 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Libraries & Anti-Racism Training Series
November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
SCRLC Webinars
Communications- Stemming the Tide
November 11 @ 10:00 am -11:30 am

Communications- Being Understood
November 19 @ 10:00 am -11:30 am
WNYLRC Webinars
Live Chat Reference Service - Excellence Amid Challenging Times, Part 1&2
November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Communications- Stemming the Tide
November 11 @ 10:00 am -11:30 am

Communications- Stemming the Tide
November 11 @ 10:00 am -11:30 am
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