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   December Newsletter
legislative updates
In-Person Legislative Breakfast
Western Region (Onondaga County) 
Friday December 9
8:30 am to 10:00 am
Northern Onondaga Public Library - North Syracuse
Registration is required

Eastern Region (Madison, Oneida, Herkimer Counties)
Friday, January 6
8:30 am to 10:00 am
Utica University - Gannett Library

Registration is required

happenings around the region
As part of Governor Hochul's Downtown Revitilization Initiative for the Mohawk Valley, $500,000 has been awarded to the Little Falls Library to increase accessibility of the library with a new elevator shaft and elevator and transform its underutilized third floor into community spaces for counseling, GED prep, tutoring.  Congrats!

Upcoming CLRC Special Interest Group Meetings
Second Tuesdays at Ten - December 13 at 10:00 am
Stay connected with others in your library community. Second Tuesdays is an opportunity to chat, discuss, and check-in with colleagues around the region.  Drop in to the ZOOM call to say hi, ask questions or provide updates.

Resource Sharing - December 14 at 10:00 am
CLRC has opened a communication network among our region's resource-sharing, technical and access services library staff through a Special Interest Group (RS SIG). Here to share our unique department workflows, challenges and concerns.

Library Assistants and Support Staff December 20 at 2:00 pm
CLRC's communication network for our region’s Library Assistants, Paraprofessionals and Support Staff. 

Colleague Corner 
Best wishes to Christine Rudecoff who is retiring as Director from SUNY Morrisville's Butcher Library. Thank you for your years of dedication to the students and faculty.

Thomas Mazza joined Coulter Library at OCC as Assistant Professor/Librarian. Welcome.

The Onondaga County Supreme Court Law Library has had some staffing changes.  Welcome to Erin Kovalsky, Principal Law Librarian and to her colleagues Leslie Stolins (Oneida) and Edward Bautista (Jefferson). And a happy bon-voyage as Ellen Fuller retires.

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) recently hired Amy McDonald as Reference and Access Services Librarian and Julia Dudley as Access Services Supervisor.

Welcome to Thomas Pettitt, the new Adult Services Librarian at Marcellus Free Library.

Le Moyne College says thank you and all the best to Tom Keays on his retirement. Welcome aboard to Christina Swendsrud, Research Services Librarian in History & Archives, Pauline Shostack, Systems Librarian and Barbara Scheibel, Temporary Reference Librarian.
list of open positions at regional libraries
Make Sure Your Colleagues Are Connected To CLRC

An important reminder to everyone that all employees of libraries in Onondaga, Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties are considered members of CLRC. Please make sure your colleagues are aware of this important organization and the individual services we offer.

Most important are our continuing education opportunities. CLRC offers an abundance of CE workshops and classes as well as pointing you toward other training from ESLN, DLD and other avenues.

Make sure your fellow employees know how to sign up for the CLRC listserve to view the many services and programs that CLRC has to offer. You can use our quick and friendly sign up form to be placed on our distribution list. 

Pass this on and get everyone on board. 

I wish everyone a blessed and healthy holiday.
 learning opportunities
Free for CLRC members: On-Demand Learning with Skillshare and Treehouse
Upcoming CLRC Event:
Starting from Where You Are - Becoming Anti-Isms
Webinar - December 6 at 10:00 am

Book Talk: Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them
Online - December 6 at 2:00 pm

Events offered by other ESLN Councils this month:
CDLC (Capital District)
LILRC  (Long Island)

NNYLN (Northern New York)
SENYLRC (Southeastern Region)
SCRLC (South Central Region)

Schuelke Makes It Snow in Series of Three Winter Scene Photos, from Schuelke Collectioncourtesy of Liverpool Public Library
These three photographs, taken by Theodore “Ted” H. Schuelke of his home during the winter of 1958, show a progression of snow falling. At first glance, it appears the amount of falling snow is increasing but when you take another look and at the height of the snow already on the ground, it seems something is off as the snow piles haven’t increased in size. Checking the descriptions, the first photograph reveals “Ted Schuelke adds falling snow to the winter view of his home… the falling snow is not readily apparent in this print.”

The second photograph tells “the appearance of falling snow has been added to the image,” and the third, “the appearance of heavily falling snow has been added to the image… and a person with a shovel has been added to the roof of the rear of the building.”

Without each description, what was once photographs showing different amounts of falling snow has turned into photographs showing added snow to each photograph. It's possible that Ted Schuelke, in attempts at capturing images of falling snow, decided to physically add snow to these photographs and a person shoveling snow. We may never know if that person was up on the roof shoveling snow or if they were added to the image.

Zooming in on the person, there is a white outline around them and the shovel. So, don’t always believe everything you see.

 Recently Answered Questions 

Take a look at the recently answered questions from your colleagues around the state. 
Ask the Archivist provides answers to basic questions regarding archives and special collections. P
lease use the Ask the Archivist Request form if you have a question.
CLRC provides this service to all members.

 Recently Asked Questions 

Take a look at the recently asked questions your colleagues from around the state were challenged with. You May use the Ask the Lawyer Request form to submit your question. CLRC provides this service to all members.
Health@CLRC is sponsoring its first ever book talk event on Tuesday, December 6th at 2:00 PM.

Dr. Seema Yasmin, author of Viral B.S: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them will join us to speak about the book and answer questions from attendees. The first 200 registrants receive a copy of Viral B.S, so there's no need to read the book ahead of the event. 
This virtual event is open to all regardless of affiliation or address, so please share with your networks and anyone else you think may be interested. The only restriction is: we cannot mail books to addresses outside the continental U.S. However, those outside the continental U.S. are encouraged to still attend the event! Please feel free to contact with any questions. Register and find additional information here:
help where you need it
CLRC New Initiatives Grant 
Awarded quarterly for innovative programs. Next deadline is December 31.

CLRC Professional Development Awards
Awarded to attend conferences and workshops
Accepted on a rolling basis.

These grants empower our member libraries and institutions to make resources available to a wider audience. 

An informational webinar on the application process will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at 1pm.  First-time applicants are required to either attend the webinar, view the recording, or schedule an individual consultation. Previous awardees are encouraged to reach out for a consultation.

Contact Ryan Perry, Digital Collections Librarian, with any questions at The deadline for applying for a grant is January 31.    

NNLM Health Information Outreach Award
Funding is intended to improve access to and understanding of accurate information about health. Preference will be given to projects that reach underrepresented, underserved, and minority communities.
Deadline to apply is December 15.

Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Book Award - New Writer Award and New Illustrator Award

Awards of $3,000 to an author and an illustrator to encourage and recognize emerging talent in children’s literature. Books must portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of the world.
Deadline to apply is December 31.

ProLiteracy Literacy Opportunity Fund
Aims to meet the needs of literacy organizations of all types and sizes so that they may effectively and efficiently provide services to students. Next deadline is January 3.

 NEH Preservation Assistance Grant
To help small and mid-sized institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities, improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. Deadline is January 12.

National Digital Newspaper Program
A partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress (LC) to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963. Deadline to apply is January 12.

ALA LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award
Award of $1,000 and a $500 travel stipend to acknowledge contributions to the development and augmentation of information literacy instruction. Preference will be given to low-cost creative and practical programs that can be duplicated in other locations. Deadline to apply is January 15.

NEA Big Read
Grants of up to $20,000 to school districts, libraries, and museums for community programs to promote reading. Programming period is September 2023 through June 2024. Deadline to apply is January 25.

ALA Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities Grant.
Grant to increase the accessibility of facilities, services, and programs to better serve people with disabilities. To be eligible, a library must be located in an area that’s more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area and with a population of 25,000 or less. Deadline to apply is February 28.

info and resources you could use
OCLC and 
OCLC wants to inspire more people to find, use, and value libraries as trusted resources for information on the web. They recently launched a digital ad campaign to encourage people to visit to explore thousands of libraries in one search. Since debuting their updated site in late August, they’ve seen more than 2 million clicks to library catalogs.

OCLC has also launched several new social media handles for on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. @SearchWorldCat
list of open positions at regional libraries
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