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April 23rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Deirdre

The following was distributed to NYLINE on 4/22:

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $48,577 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Collaborative Planning Grant to the New York State Library.  The grant, covering the period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, will support the development of a comprehensive statewide early literacy training plan that will enhance and improve the quality of public library early literacy and early learning programs. In the CLRC region, this program is sure to play a part in the efforts undertaken by system members at OCPL and Mid York Library System. The resulting training plan will be an integral component of New York’s new statewide early literacy program Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; and to support early career research. It also assists in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

“As the information needs of Americans have evolved, so has the work of American libraries and librarians,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program helps address these needs by supporting the professional development and education of a new generation of librarians.”

State Librarian Bernie Margolis said, “This $48,577 grant from IMLS will be instrumental in supporting the State Library’s planning work with an Advisory Group of early literacy experts and with numerous local, state and national partners.”

“The result of this year-long collaborative planning effort will be a sustainable and comprehensive statewide training plan for New York’s public library staff,” said Grant Project Director Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library.

The planned training will provide public library staff with skills and knowledge in areas such as community assessment, creation of library early learning environments, effective outreach strategies and the delivery of quality parent/caregiver education for diverse audiences. Parent/caregiver education will focus on reading readiness, but will also include science and math (STEM).

The plan will also include targeted outreach strategies to assist public libraries in reaching high-risk populations such as residents of high need school districts, minorities, immigrants and the rural poor. Effective evaluation design will inform the quality and practicality of the plan, and provide solid evidence of a change in the skills and knowledge of library staff and families participating in the training.

Implementation of the training plan will be ongoing and will provide local libraries with access to training, as well as to resources and materials that will strengthen the library’s role as a vital community hub for early learning and as a key community partner in serving parents, caregivers and young children.  

More information about Ready to Read at New York Libraries and this planning grant project is available at or by contacting Grant Project Director Karen Balsen at

About the New York State Library

The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States for more than 195 years.  In its leadership role, the State Library works in partnership with the State’s 73 library systems to bring cost-effective, high-quality library services to the millions who use New York’s 7,000 libraries.  One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the State Education Department and is located in Albany, New York. To learn more, visit

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visitwww.imls.govand follow us on Facebookand  Twitter.

April 23rd, 2014 - Posted in DHP, News by Deirdre

An important, informative message from Preston Pierce, Regional Archivist at RRLC:

The current issue of New York Archives (the magazine of the Archives Partnership Trust) contains an important article for anyone interested in using local copies of census records, state or federal. It demonstrates that there are often discrepancies between the federal records available on-line and the records found at local county records repositories.

“Second-Chance Census” by Roger D. Joslyn should be on your must-read list!

However, there is one caveat. The article cites the guide to local census locations, “New York State Census Records, 179-1925″ (Bulletin 88) published by the State Education Department in 1988. The guide can be downloaded here from the State Library website as a pdf document.

That guide was compiled prior to the the implementation of the 1988 records management law at the county level. Most of the county copies of census records are listed as being in the custody of County Clerks. While they may still be Clerk’s records, the local copies of census records are actually located in the county records centers. In the case of Ontario County, that means that they are in a different building, several miles away from the County Clerk’s office, in a different town.

Check with your local County Clerk, County Historian, or Records Management Officer before checking out the census records in person! It will save time and reduce your parking frustrations.

In many counties, census and other records are available in digital format on-line.

In any case–as the article advocates–compare the available census versions to get the best information.

April 22nd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Get out those cameras and let’s try to spotlight a CLRC member library next year. But for now, take a look at the 2014 winners of the Gale Cengage contest held in honor of National Library Week.

Libraries are Beautiful Inside and Out

Best in Show took the $2500 prize and the each of the others received $500 for their libraries.

April 22nd, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

April 22, 2014 marks Earth Day, an International celebration in support of environmental preservation. Environmental stability branches beyond our parks and lakes. Libraries can make a positive impact on the environment as well. In February, the New York Library Association’s Council adopted the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries.

Library leaders have a mandate to ensure future access to economical library services.

The Resolution states, “Whereas, libraries who demonstrate leadership in making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change, respect natural resources and create healthy indoor and outdoor environments will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, increase the support for the library in their community; and reveal new sources of funding; therefore be it resolved, that the New York Library Association, on behalf of its members, recognizes the important role libraries can play in larger community conversations about resiliency, climate change, and a sustainable future.”

“Sustainability in libraries go beyond a new building, as this is not in the future for many libraries around the state,” Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director stated. “From energy and waste stream audits, to purchasing policies and technology implementation, every library in New York has an opportunity to think sustainably and promote the good choices they make every day that save public dollars and address healthy living.”

On this Earth Day, find out how your local library can be a partner, and help ensure a safer future for generations of library patrons to come.

To read the resolution in its entirety, please visit

April 21st, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

Nominate a colleague or library today for one of these NYLA Awards:

Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award

The Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award recognizes a public library director who has developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library.

Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award

The Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a far reaching, sustained contribution to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the people of New York State or residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.


Outstanding Service to Libraries Award

The Outstanding Service to Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a significant, sustained contribution to the development, promulgation, growth or extension of library/information services to the people of NYS or to residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.


SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award

The SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that furthers the cause of intellectual freedom in New York State.


Applications are available at and are due by July 15, 2014. For more information, email NYLA Awards Committee Chair Carol Anne Germain at


NYLA Section & Roundtable Awards

NYLA ‘s sections and roundtables also offer scholarships and awards.


April 16th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

Liverpool Public Library held its Human Library event yesterday evening to a record number of patrons. For about twenty minutes each, you could borrow one or more of the seven “books” available at the library.

Let me tell you a bit about the books…

RACHEL – Don’t Mess with the Girl in the Fabulous Footwear
This book was inspiring and a good resource on survivor attitude.

DAN – Everything in the Pack on My Back
Wear a cozy pair of socks when you read this book.

ANDREW - Terra…the Terra-ble and Terra-ific Earth
Dig into this book about dinosaur digs.

DENNIS – Statue of Liberty: History from the Inside
A great read with lots of inside details.

JOHN – Holding Political Office
This amazing book is sure to make you giggle.

SAMRAJ – Once Upon a Hindu
A book to look at choices, especially this chapter.

DEB – The Joy of Living with Herbs
Spice up your life with this great book.


The overdue fines have been waived on these books. Thanks for checking them out!

Take a look at the CLRC website for more Human Library events held in April.

April 11th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Read the latest blog post from CLRC affiliate member, American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association.

Susan Hughes, former Regional Archivist at CLRC, and new Director at the Genealogical Association, urges us to start investigating stories behind our family heirlooms. How did they come into your possession? Who originally owned it? Susan also lists some resources to get you started.

Pomeroy Crest

April 10th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Attention CLRC member libraries…access to WorldCat Resource-Sharing will end on May 19. You must begin using OCLC’s WorldShare ILL for all your lending and borrowing transactions by that date.

ILLiad users get a break. You do not need to make any changes to your ILL workflow.


If you haven’t started using WorldShare ILL, the clock is ticking. Get started today!

April 10th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Debby

Preservation Week <> is a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), and will be held April 27–May 3, 2014.

Two free webinars will offered during that week: on April 29 affordable ways to preserve family keepsakes will be highlighted and on May 1, the session will cover the best ways to preserve scrapbooks. The webinars will each begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will last about one hour. Registration is required. To register and learn more go to ALCTS Events <>.

The webinars are:

Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives <> (Tuesday, April 29). Presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come. ALCTS thanks Archival Products <> for sponsoring this webinar an supporting Preservation Week.<>

Preserving Scrapbooks
<> (Thursday, May 1).
Presented by Melissa Tedone, conservator at Iowa State University Library.
Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. Learn about common problems with long-term preservation of scrapbooks and identify the most stable materials and bindings for new scrapbooks. ALCTS thanks Gaylord <> for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

There’s still time to learn how to create a Preservation Week event at your library. The recording of the February 12, 2014 webinar, “How to Host a Preservation Week Event <> ” is available at no charge any time.

Simple ways to celebrate include:

* Invite your patrons to watch one of the two live webinar sessions or the webinar recording (which will be made available immediately after)

* Download and print bookmarks
and flyers from our online Event Toolkit.

Be sure to share the details about your event by posting to our Event Map <> and Speaker Locator.

Or pose your most commonly asked preservation question to a preservation professional in our Dear Donia preservation advice column.
<> Every question becomes an entry in our raffle for a free Document Preservation Kit from Hollinger Metal Edge.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

April 10th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has officially proclaimed April 17, 2014 as Library Assistants’ Day in the State of New York.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr brought NYSLAA’s (New York State Library Assistants Association) proclamation to the legislature where it has passed through both houses. Thank you to CLRC’s Assemblymember William Magee (District 121) for his support. 

Senator Farley introduced the resolution on behalf of NYS LAs. He stated “The efforts library assistants put forth in ensuring the smooth operations of our libraries on a daily basis is to be commended. Please know that their dedicated service and professionalism is greatly appreciated.”

Thank you to CLRC’s regional senators for co-sponsoring the proclamation – Senator DeFrancisco, Senator Griffo, Senator Seward, and Senator Valesky.

Read the full proclamation here.


April 9th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Debby
Scholastic has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for the month of April. Please see dates, times and registration information below.
April 22, 2014, 3:30pm
Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help inform NOVELNY users about Scholastic GO!’s program features and how to incorporate Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. In this training they will focus on all eight of the online databases now available via NOVELNY, which include Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.

Please register at

Event password: spring
April 30, 2014, 3:30pm
Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help NOVELNY users optimize their use of Scholastic GO!’s resources to best support their Common Core instruction with students and in support of teachers. The session will focus on Common Core’s key aspects, ranging from Information Text and Vocabulary to Deeper Evidenced Based Research, Text Complexity and Point of View, and how best to incorporate these core objectives via Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries.
Event password: spring
If you have any questions about the webinars please contact Scholastic at or 1-888-326-6546 option 4.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported in part with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

April 9th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

When you walk into La Casita you are immediately immersed in Latino culture with the over-sized artwork exhibit painted directly on the walls.


Tere Paniagua, the Executive Director of the Cultural Center, welcomed the CLRC First Monday group with an hola and a tour.


La Casita offers incredible resources for the community. It holds dual language classes, programs for children in music, dance, arts and tutoring. It has begun collecting oral histories – the Cultural Memory Archive, holds local cooking events and domino tournaments.

But the best part of our tour was learning about their library. The collection currently holds several hundred titles. The Center consulted with the Latin American Studies department at Syracuse University, as well as Bird Library, for some initial recommendations. Suggestions by users also builds on their collection. The children love biographies and use the library for reports and pleasure reading. Parents are heavy users of the library while waiting for their children participating in Center programs.

Currently, books cannot be checked out. CLRC is helping the center get on track with their cataloging. Once the project is complete, borrowing may be available in the future.


Tere informed us that La Casita’s exposed beams were designed to replicate the interiors of homes constructed in rural areas of the Caribbean. It’s a lovely, open, colorful space. Stop by sometime and say hello. They are open from noon to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, 108 Otisco Street, in Syracuse’s near west end.

Going into its third year, La Casita Cultural Center’s mission is “to serve as the bridge between the Hispanic communities of Syracuse and Central New York and Syracuse University’s faculty, students, and staff. By offering the space and resources necessary for the development of collaborative sustainable programs, La Casita strives to enhance the local communities’ capacity for social change and civic participation in the region.”

From what we’ve seen, mission accomplished.

Check out La Casita’s Facebook page.

April 8th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby
Gale has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for the month of April. Please see dates, times and registration information below. The items with an asterisk are new webinars.
Gale Usage Portal
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 PM
Please register at
The Gale Usage portal provides customers with fast, flexible access to usage statistics for their Gale database subscriptions. This site will give you the ability to create customized reports and save them for future use. In this web training, we will introduce this new tool and show you what type of reports are available to gather usage statistics on your Gale products. We will explore how to run reports immediately and schedule reports to be sent on a reoccurring basis. We will also cover how to manage the reports that you have schedule using the My Activities and schedules link.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 1:00 PM
Please register at
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4:00 PM
Please register at
Now an even more dynamic resource with a new interface and enhanced functionality, this online social issues resource is designed to meet the needs of public, school and academic libraries. Gale Opposing Viewpoints draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources, including selections from Bioethics for Students. The result is a dynamic online library of current event topics – the facts, as well as the arguments – of each topic’s proponents and detractors. Gale Opposing Viewpoint‘s unique features include Topic Overviews – frameworks that allow students to explore each topic’s many facets – and exclusive electronic access to Gale’s Information Plus reference series of statistics, government data, information on legislation and more. The Critical Thinking version supplements the acclaimed Gale Opposing Viewpoints with additional content and features that are curriculum focused. Learn how you can easily integrate 21st Century Skills into your instruction with this proven approach to learning.
*Libraries Mean Business
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:00 AM
Please register at
In this workshop, we’ll explore ways Business Insights: Essentials will help students with a business or marketing case study, entrepreneurs building and developing their business, and general researchers looking for company and financial information. Learn more about the content and enhanced functionality that enables librarians and researchers to delve deeper into business data with access to financial analysis tools, business associations, investment reports and market research reports. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
Please register at
Gale’s newly enhanced PowerSearch platform is unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated, yet simple, solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference and primary source information. PowerSearch provides your patrons with access to all the Gale content in your library’s collection through one, single search query. The result is that you maximize usage of your Gale databases while patrons enjoy the time saved through a streamlined common user interface that can be customized to match their skill level and habits. This web-based training event will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the latest enhancements to the PowerSearch platform that were garnered from user and librarian feedback.
*Mobile Access and Gale Resources
Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:00 AM
Please register at
More and more, users are turning to their mobile devices to communicate, get directions, tell time, view the constellations, listen to their favorite tunes – let’s get them using library resources too! Gale’s Access My Library app allows users to access Gale resources provided by their library from anywhere! This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of searching Gale resources on your mobile devices using Gale’s free Access My Library app. You’ll discover ways to pull content from your Gale resources onto your device and take your research with you wherever you go. We’ll explore how to find and use the each of the available AML apps – Public, Academic, Special, and School (K12) editions. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.
Gale Admin Tool
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:00 AM
Please register at
The Gale Admin Tool is the new tool used to configure your Gale resources. This new tool will provide library administrators a web-based set of tools to support Gale subscription-based products. During this session you will get acquainted with the new administrator tool. Participants will learn how to manage patron access to the subscribed products via various authentication methods, customize product preferences, set up third-party links, configure custom database collections, manage eBook collections, and view usage reports. All participants joining the session should have administrative rights to customize their institutions resources.
If you have questions about the webinars please contact Gale at (to submit questions online) or or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4).
Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

============ Questions about, or problems with, the NOVELny Databases program? Contact us at <> or call the Help Desk at (877) 277-0250 Monday-Friday.

April 7th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

U.S. House Budget Proposal Dismisses Role of IMLS

In a new budget released from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling released the following statement in response to Rep. Ryan’s budget (pdf):

“We were shocked to learn that Representative Paul Ryan recommended eliminating IMLS, the agency that promotes library services for the American public. We are disappointed by the House Budget Committee’s outright dismissal of IMLS, the agency that administers the primary source of federal funding to libraries. Libraries depend on the support they receive from IMLS to help patrons learn new skills, find job opportunities and access reading materials that they otherwise could not afford. More than $180 million has been appropriated to the Institute for Museum and Library Services through September 2014 to help libraries make information and services available to the citizens they serve.

In Rep. Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities. Just a few blocks from Rep. Ryan’s Wisconsin office, more than 716,000 visitors used the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin to access library computers and research databases, check out books and receive job training in 2013. The Institute of Museum and Library Services administered more than $2.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year to help Wisconsin libraries prepare young students for school and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Wisconsin residents. For example, the state reported that more than 215,000 children participated in summer reading programs at Wisconsin public libraries.

IMLS provides invaluable professional development opportunities to librarians across the country. As the director of school library programs for the New York City Department of Education, I witnessed the ways in which the IMLS-supported programs helped young students learn and discover new information. In recent years, IMLS provided professional training for New York City school librarians, who used their training they received to change the lives of children with limited access to books and technology.

Furthermore, the Institute has been a vital component in facilitating collaboration between federal agencies that relate to library services, such as the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Communication Commission and the Government Printing Office, among others. For example, the Institute has been instrumental in working with the U.S. Department of Labor so that libraries can be considered additional One-Stop partners for job-seekers.

Library funding support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services wields large returns in the form of literate and civically engaged communities. We hope that Congress will support the important role that the Institute for Museum and Library Services plays in supporting educated communities by rejecting the House Budget resolution.” Petition

Calling on President Obama to take action, we petition the Obama administration to release a statement that funding libraries and museums is a core federal responsibility.

Add your name to the petition – click here.


April 4th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Polaris Library Systems, an affiliate member of CLRC, has been acquired by the California company, Innovative. What happens next for our local public libraries?

According to the CEOs of both companies, it will be business as usual…but with bigger and better service and support with library technology.

Read the announcement and Q&A.


April 3rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Syracuse University’s Human Library event on April 9 will pair books (people who will tell their histories, interests and experiences) with readers (people who want to learn about more about a topic).

iSchool students have developed an Android app that allows participants to search the “human book collection” and works with a website where participating libraries can input their event and book information.


Read more about the app development here.

April 3rd, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

27 inch, 52 inch or 108 inch! It’s always great to see libraries and library programming recognized on central New York television.

This past Monday, directors Scott Kushner (Lafayette Public Library) and Susan Morgan (Onondaga Free Library) had an opportunity to speak with the hosts of Bridge Street about the upcoming Human Library event taking place throughout the region in April.


Participating libraries include, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse University, TC3 and the OCPL branch and suburban libraries (Onondaga Free, Soule, Mundy, Liverpool and Lafayette Public libraries).  Go to the CLRC website for dates and times.

We hope you’ll have a chance to check out a human book at one of these locations or consider an event at your own library.

Watch the Bridge Street video here.

April 1st, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

For all intent and purpose, the FY2014-15 NYS Budget is now finalized.


Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal cut Library Aid by $4M to FY2012-13 levels of $81.6M.

The Assembly proposed increasing the Executive’s proposal by $2M to $83.6M.

The Senate proposed increasing Library Aid beyond the Executive’s proposal by $8M to $89.6M.


As the three proposals were reconciled into a final budget, Library Aid has been set at $86.6M, an increase of $5M over the Executive Budget, and $1M above FY2013-14.  The $5M Legislative add to Library Aid is the largest since 2007 and the second largest in well over a decade.


The FY2014-15 Budget also once again includes $14M for the Library Construction Aid Program, and $1.3M for an MTA Payroll Tax Rebate.


Please take a moment to send a pre-drafted message of thanks to your elected representatives via NYLA’s Online Advocacy Center.



This victory in staving off Governor Cuomo’s proposed cut belongs to every member of the library community that took part in this year’s advocacy initiative.  From sending e-mails, to making phone calls, or attending Library Advocacy Day, the efforts of each of you were integral to assuring that Library Aid continued to increase again this year.


For NYLA’s complete reaction to the New York State FY2014-15 Budget – Click HERE.


April 1st, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Have you been following ALA President Stripling’s campaign for the right to libraries? Did you have a chance to read the recent article about her mission?

Barbara Stripling, from the Syracuse University iSchool (a CLRC member, in case you didn’t know) is passionate about libraries changing lives and will take all opportunities to pass the word.

Read the article here.  And pass the word.


March 31st, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby
Thank you to all library advocates who took the time to contact their elected officials about the need for an increase to NYS Library Aid.

The budget which is likely to be passed today includes the $4 million that was cut by the Governor, plus an additional $1 million.  The legislature ultimately added $5M to library aid, for a total of $86.627. This represents an increase in funding from last year, and is the largest legislative add for libraries in several years. While this isn’t the $8M that was in the Senate budget resolution, it is a significant improvement over the Governor’s $4M cut. Also included was the usual $14M in the construction fund, and a $1.3M reimbursement on the MTA tax.

Your efforts made this possible. Thank you!

March 28th, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Deirdre

The New York State Board of Regents Advisory Council for Libraries (RAC) met on March 26. One of the agenda discussion items included Youth Services recommendations as to how public libraries can support anti-bullying efforts. The NYSED Dignity Act for All Students Task Force has posted the updated Dignity for All Students Act Resource and Promising Practices Guide as a comprehensive guidance document to help support such efforts.

Please feel free to share this guide with your colleagues across the region and beyond. It may also be downloaded here.

March 24th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

NYLA is pleased to announce once again that they have partnered with BookExpo and will be present as an exhibitor this year. As a NYLA member, you are entitled to discounted passes!

For $20 off a 3-day BEA pass OR $10 off a 1-day BEA pass, please register at

In addition to the discounted passes, NYLA is offering a FREE bus down to the BEA on Friday May 30th.

The bus will be departing from Albany, with additional stops in New Paltz and West Nyack, arriving at the Javits Center around 9am.  It will depart from the Javits at 6 pm.

The transportation schedule will be as follows:

Albany, NY – 5:30am

Crossgates Mall in the Macy’s overflow lot, upper level West End.

New Paltz, NY – 7:00am

Park and Ride Commuter Lot, southside of Rt. 299 at the New Paltz toll Plaza (Exit 18)

West Nyack, NY – 8:15am

Palisades Mall, Lot J (Palisades Center Ring Rd. across from Home Depot)

To register for the bus, please fill out the brief registration form here.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. And be sure to visit NYLA at Booth #2364!

March 18th, 2014 - Posted in 3Rs Association, Inc., News by Deirdre

As part of its Information Infrastructure for New York (I2NY) initiatives, the NY 3Rs Association is pleased to welcome Kerri Willette as the Empire State Digital Network Manager. ESDN, managed by METRO in partnership with the NY 3Rs Association, is the NYS “service hub” for the Digital Public Library of America.

As a member of the NY 3Rs Association, Inc., CLRC joins with its partners across the state in welcoming Kerri

Below is the announcement from METRO:


Metropolitan New York Library (METRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerri Willette as New York’s first Empire State Digital Network Manager, beginning March 24, 2014.

As Empire State Digital Network Manager (EDSN), Willette will be responsible for coordinating activities of the Empire State Digital Network, a statewide service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). ESDN is being administered by METRO in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

“I am very excited for this opportunity.” said Willette. “METRO and NY 3Rs are in a prime position to expose and promote the state’s many unique and valuable collections to a vast audience through DPLA. I’m thrilled to be a part of that process!”

Willette will assemble a team that will include metadata and technology specialists to provide the core services needed to bring New York’s digital collections into the Digital Public Library of America. Descriptions for these open positions will be available for applicants in April on the METRO website.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to kick off the first year of this project with such a talented digital libraries project manager with experience in a wide range of institutions,” said Jason Kucsma, METRO Executive Director. “Kerri’s acute understanding of the opportunities (and challenges) inherent in rolling out a statewide digital initiative like Empire State Digital Network will be essential to the success of this program launch and establishing a solid foundation for long-term sustainability.”

“The Empire State Digital Network addresses one of the nine priorities that emerged from our Information Infrastructure for New York (I2NY) work, and we’re pleased to Welcome Kerri to New York to help increase access to our state’s rich digital cultural heritage.” said Kathy Miller, Director of Rochester Regional Library Council and President of NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

Willette brings twelve years of experience working with digital collections and content in academic, museum, and consortial settings. Most recently, Willette was Emerging Technologies Librarian and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Her career has included metadata creation and digital project work at various institutions in Chicago including DePaul University Libraries, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago.

About Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a nonprofit member services organization serving more than 260 libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage nonprofits in New York City and Westchester County. METRO has an almost 50-year tradition of providing a range of programs and services to its members, including grants, consultative and digital services, collaborative initiatives, and professional development and training.

About NY 3Rs Association, Inc

Comprised of the nine Reference and Research Resources Councils, including METRO, the NY 3Rs Association brings together New York’s libraries and archives in the public, academic, school, research, hospital, non-profit and corporate sectors in order to ensure equal access to information for all New Yorkers.

Fostering collaboration within each region and across New York State, the NY 3Rs Association, provides a range of capacity building services for its more than 7,000 member libraries and archives — continuing education, electronic resources, information services to the healthcare community, consulting, digitizing, information technologies, and advocacy.

March 13th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

A few weeks ago, library supporters headed east (or north or south) for NYLA’s annual Library Advocacy Day in Albany. For the Central New Yorkers, it was a day of surprises, successes, lots of great appointments and one disappointment.

meg barclay

Librarians, trustees, students and Meg’s cookies started arriving at the CLRC office around 5:30 AM, yes AM, only to find an empty spot in the parking lot where the bus should have been…and Criss Angel was not one of the riders.

After an acceptable amount of fidgeting, a few of our wonderful librarians offered to carpool to Albany and made it in time for some of the morning legislative appointments. Hooray! Thank you to Mike McLane, Scott Kushner and Jennifer Hartsig for their dedication to the cause. The rest of us (including 8 children) waited for the late bus.

The day went well with legislative meetings scheduled every half hour, visiting Assemblymembers, Senators and aides from our four-county region.

Did you know that Assemblyman Sam Roberts is an 8th degree black belt in karate? He ranked #1 in New York and New Jersey, top ten in the US and Canada and won a world championship? One of the little girls on the trip told Mr. Roberts that her sister could beat him in karate any day. He stood up (all 6’4”) and said, “Are you sure?”


The day’s finale was with a rally of all the library supporters. Senator Farley, longtime supporter, spoke on the importance of everyone’s efforts. Applause. Assemblyman Thiele spoke about his commitment to the library community as he begins his role as the Assembly Library Committee Chair. Applause. Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director, thanked everyone for coming to Albany. Applause.

And we all give a big thanks (and more applause) to Sue Kowalski and the Pine Grove Middle School students. Not only were they patient bus riders but they got the crowd excited with their surprise banner.


Go to CLRC’s Facebook page for more photos.

Reminder: National Library Legislative Day is May 5 in Washington, DC.
Read more about the event here:

March 12th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Central New York librarians are an under-recognized group of hard-working, dedicated, passionate people. Let’s change that!

If someone you know in Cicero, Clay, Manlius, Fabius, Pompey or Tully (Assembly District 127) has done outstanding work and needs a big pat on the back, why not nominate them for the Assemblyman Al Stirpe Women of Distinction Award?

Hurry. Nomination deadline is Saturday, March 15.


March 12th, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Debby

New York State Librarian, Bernard A. Margolis, announced today the soft launch of DaybyDayNY (, an early literacy website designed to engage families and very young children in reading, learning and public libraries.

DaybyDayNY is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a new statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.

DaybyDayNY is a virtual calendar with content that changes every day. This unique setup gives families with young children numerous daily activities and a story to read together. The story, provided each day by One More Story (, is in the form of an eBook that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. In addition, the website includes monthly activities, storytelling and nursery rhyme videos, rhymes for young children, craft activities for children and their caregivers, a link to “Find Your Public Library,” a New York State map of museums with activities for young families, health information, and reading lists. The website is designed to help parents and caregivers increase their young child’s cognitive skills and have fun together at the same time.

We hope libraries and systems will promote the use of this website to all young families and caregivers. Information about linking from your library or system website to DaybyDayNY and promoting the website with community members and partners is available at ( and scroll to the bottom of the page to click on “Share This Site.”


The New York State Library thanks the South Carolina State Library for providing the web structure and expertise that allowed us to model DaybyDayNY after the DaybyDaySC website. Additional help was provided by the Library of Virginia and the Idaho Commission for Libraries, both of which have created their own DaybyDay websites. In addition, the expertise of the Public Library System Youth Services Consultants has been an invaluable resource in perfecting the site for use statewide.


DaybyDayNY is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Questions about DaybyDayNY may be directed to Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at or 518-486-2194.

March 11th, 2014 - Posted in Advocacy, News by Debby

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6 in Washington DC. The Briefing is scheduled for Monday, May 5 and for first time NLLD advocates there will be an advocacy training session on Sunday, May 4 (3:00pm to 5:00pm). Here is a link to the NLLD web page:

Registration for NLLD is open, here is the link the registration information web page:

Robert Hubsher, Ramapo-Catskill Library System, serves as New York State’s coordinator. He will be scheduling the appointments with our Senators within the next couple of weeks (they do not like us to make these appointments too early). He will also be scheduling appointments with the following Representatives, who cover the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) service area. If any of these people cover any portion of your service area, let Robert know and he will include your group in those meetings: Nita M. Lowey (District 17); Sean Patrick Maloney (District 18) and Christopher P. Gibson (District 19).

Each region will be responsible for scheduling appointments with their Representatives. You should make an effort to coordinate your appointments with other library systems if the legislators constituencies overlap your service areas. This will assure that only one meeting is arranged with these legislators. In the CLRC region, please contact Anna Dobkowski ( if you are planning to attend and would like appointments arranged.
Although the legislative agenda for NLLD has not been set, there are some issues that we are following and will likely be part of our advocacy efforts (you may also want to contact your federal legislators now about items 2 and 3 below):

1. asking legislators to increase funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants – the President’s budget proposal cuts $2 million from this funding compared to last year. LSTA funds are used to support NOVELny and the operation of the Division of Library Development (DLD).

2. at this time we are asking legislators to co-sponsor the USA Freedom Act (Senate bill 1599 House bill 3361), by the time we get to Washington we may be shifting our focus on getting legislators to vote for this bill.

Background information about the USA Freedom Act:
This piece of legislation is intended to end bulk collection of telephone metadata, prevent bulk collection of Internet metadata, and permit companies to report publicly on the number of FISA orders and National Security Letters they have received and complied with, and the number of users (or accounts) whose information was sought under those orders and letters.

The bill would also require the government itself to make additional disclosures about the intelligence surveillance it conducts. It would also establish a process for declassifying significant opinions issued by the FISA court and create an Office of the Special Advocate charged with arguing for privacy at the FISA Court.

The bill would also require the government itself to make additional disclosures about the intelligence surveillance it conducts. It would also establish a process for declassifying significant opinions issued by the FISA court and create an Office of the Special Advocate charged with arguing for privacy at the FISA Court.

For your information, in case you are asked – Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill, the FISA Improvements Act, that also addresses NSA spying. ALA does not support this bill as it would codify the worst aspects of bulk data collection. The USA FREEDOM Act is a stronger bill and continues to garner bipartisan support in both chambers.

To contact your legislator now click on the link below:

3. Currently, we are asking legislators to co-sponsor the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). We do not have any bill numbers at this time and by time we get to Washington our focus may have shifted to encouraging legislators to vote the bills.

Background information about IAL:
The IAL program funds a grant program for underserved school libraries. This program is important because school libraries, and the librarians who work in them, are the primary source in K-12 schools for reading, digital literacy training and the related education needed for students to gain the skills to function in careers and higher education in the digital age.

IAL could be included in the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
It’s important for this legislation to pass so IAL can become a permanent program and not subject to the whims of the year to year appropriations process.

To contact your legislator now click on the link below:

4. Net Neutrality, although there is currently no legislation dealing with this matter, we are anxiously monitoring this issue because without net neutrality Internet access for libraries, schools, small businesses and not-for-profits would be adversely affected. The telecommunication companies could decide to manage Internet traffic, giving priority to some customers and not others. Eliminating net neutrality would irreparably damage the open web.

We need your help to carry our message to our legislators. Please make an effort to join us in Washington D.C. We need a strong New York delegation to show our our legislators that libraries are an important part of our democratic society and we need their to help to protect our freedoms and support our libraries.

Our state coordinator will be sending out more information about NLLD as soon as it becomes available.

See you in Washington D.C.!


March 4th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

CLRC members are partnering for the health of the patron.

Students from Hamilton College are helping patrons at the Utica Public Library with their health insurance registrations. They call themselves the Hamilton Healthcare Network.

Under the Affordable Care Act, everyone was required to have health insurance by January 1st. With the extension, people can still buy and exchange health plans through the end of March without penalty.

The students are at UPL on Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm throughout March. Pass the word.

Read more from the Utica OD here.

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March 4th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Debby

Greetings Library Advocates,

On Tuesday, March 4, Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 6 2014, NYLA is encouraging Library Advocates from across New York State to go old-school, pick up the telephone, and CALL their elected representatives and tell them of your support for Library Aid.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Use NYLA Online Advocacy Center Online Directory to look up your elected representatives (enter your zipcode, click on ‘go’, click on their names, then click on the ‘Contact’ tab for the phone number).
  2. Call the number and read the script below.
  3. Use the Online Reporting Form to report your calls to NYLA.

Phone Script:

“Hello, this is <your name>, I am a constituent of <Legislator’s Name>, and a patron of the <your local library>. I am calling today to voice my support for Library Aid in the 2014-15 New York State Budget.

Please tell <Legislator’s Name> to reject Governor Cuomo’s move to cut library aid by $4M, and to fully fund library aid at $102M mandated in education law.

Every dollar the state allocates to library aid, community libraries provide patrons with services that would cost $7 in local taxes to provide.

I love my library and I vote.  Thank you.”

Web Version.

The FY2014-15 New York State Budget is being finalized NOW and your voice counts in influencing the process!

On the off chance you haven’t already done so, you can still send in your e-mail of support as well:

Take Action NOW!

Governor Cuomo has proposed $81.6M in Library Aid, which removes the additional $4M provided by the Legislature in the 2013-14 Budget ($85.6M).

This represents a 4.7% cut in Library Aid!

Click the link – Click ‘Take Action’ – Enter Your Name & Address – Click ‘Send Message’

The entire process takes less than two minutes, and it makes a difference!

Click here to send your message of support for Library Funding NOW!

Thanks to you all for your efforts – every voice is needed in our fight to restore full funding for libraries.


March 1st, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna


CLRC member institution, Masonic Medical Research Laboratories, was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the Mohawk Valley Regional Development Council. The monies will be used to purchase a genetic sequencer to continue research in inherited cardiac arrhythmia such as SIDS.

Congratulations and keep up the great work. Read more.

March 1st, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Just in time for a central New York St. Patrick’s Day.

Syracuse University Libraries has received a significant donation of materials from the estate of Irish writer, Padraic Colum.


Thanks to Eric D. Sherman (class of ’91), the donation includes books, manuscript notebooks and correspondence letters from Jack Yeats, W. Somerset Maugham, Thornton Wilder, and others.

Read more

February 18th, 2014 - Posted in News by Stephanie

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission is proposing a new grant program for “Access to Historical Records”. According to NHPRC’s blog, the program will seek to  fund the following types of projects:

  • Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats
  • Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio and visual formats

More information about the grant deadlines, amounts, and more on their blog here.

The NHPRC staff will be holding a webinar regarding this new grant opportunity on Wednesday, February 19th at 2pm at this URL: . The access code is 6503625.


February 18th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2014

Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisition in Modern Libraries

A book edited by

  • Kathleen Sacco (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
  • Scott Richmond (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
  • Sara Parme (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
  • Kerrie Fergen Wilkes (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA)

To be published by IGI Global:
For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series.

The Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for
uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.

The Digital Humanities is an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. Digital humanities embrace a variety of topics, from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets.
Digital humanities (also known as DH) currently incorporates both digitized and born-digital materials and combine the methodologies from traditional humanities disciplines and social sciences with tools provided by computing (such as data visualization, information
retrieval, data mining, statistics, text mining) and digital publishing.

Objective of the Book
Research in the digital humanities relies on knowledge of datamanagement and on collaboration across a range of disciplines. Libraries and Library Professionals are situated to be both supporters and participants in digital humanities research.
This publication will bring together current research in the discipline of digital humanities, focusing on the role of libraries and library staff in the research, creation, and dissemination of the

Target Audience
The book will be an asset to librarians navigating the beginnings of a digital humanities project as well as a guide for researchers in the DH process exploring potential partnerships with libraries.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Overview of DH and current scholarship
-Role of librarians in DH
-Role of libraries and research centers in the DH process
-Digital methods and modes of knowledge acquisition
-Research methodology
-Current pedagogy
-Role of libraries in supporting the DH instructor
-Future directions in the discipline

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2014, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 15, 2014 about the status
of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit
This publication is anticipated to be release in 2015.

Important Dates
*February 28, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline*March 15, 2014:
Notification of Acceptance
-April 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission
-June 30, 2014: Review Results Returned
-August 30, 2014: Final Chapter Submission
-October 15, 2014: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be sent to:
Sara Parme, M.L.I.S.
Daniel A. Reed Library
SUNY Fredonia
280 Central Ave.
Fredonia, NY 14063

February 17th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

The department of civil service has announced the first exam for this title since (I think) 2007.

Application deadline is March 19

Test will be given May 3-4

Everyone who is looking for a library job in NY state should consider applying, including those with MLS degrees who are looking for entry level positions. Salary for this grade starts at $32, 653.

Probably not as high as most MLS graduates want to start, and perhaps a paraprofessional title is not what new library school grads have in mind.  However, given the current job market it beats a sharp stick in the eye.

AND there are jobs at this title, or otherwise restricted to civil service grades, for which I and other SUNY library directors would dearly love to hire qualified MLS-holding candidates.  But if you aren’t on the lists we can’t even consider you. It will likely be a long time before this test is offered again. So I encourage those seeking employment to take this exam, and get on the list.  It creates a few more options for your career and job search.


February 11th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, News by Debby

Call for Poster Session Proposals

Getting to the Core in CNY: How Cultural Educators Can Align with the Standards

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 9:00 am – 3:15 pm

NYSUT Building, 4983 Brittonfield Parkway, East Syracuse, NY

As part of this regional conference for cultural educators, librarians and other outreach educators, the planning committee is seeking poster session presentations.

Do you have a successful partnership with a K-12 classroom teacher? A collaborative effort that is working really well? Have you taken steps to align your curriculum with the new Common Core standards? This is an opportunity to highlight best practices from your library, museum, school, gallery, historical association – you name it!

Poster sessions will be displayed during the lunch break. We hope that people will network, chat with their colleagues, and learn about other organizations’ experiences.

To submit a proposal, please send an email to with the following information:

  • Title of the poster session
  • Presenter(s) name(s)
  • Institutions represented
  • A brief description of the project being highlighted (200-250 words)
  • A paragraph indicating why your poster session will be of interest to librarians or cultural educators

Poster sessions applications are due by February 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, March 14, 2014.

This event is supported by the New York State Department of Education, and planned by a local committee that includes representation from the following organizations:

Center for International Studies, Cornell University
Central NY Library Resources Council
Madison-Oneida BOCES School Library System
Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute
Onondaga County Public Library
Oswego BOCES School Library System
South Central Regional Library Council

February 11th, 2014 - Posted in 3Rs Association, Inc., Continuing Education, Events, News by Debby

The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. is seeking presenters for the Pecha Kucha session. This is a fast-paced presentation format, using 20 slides at 20 seconds each, making a 6 minute, 40 second talk. We would like to know what your library (academic, public, special) is doing with Big Data, and hear about your successes as well as lessons learned. Send your proposal (title and brief presentation description) to by Friday, February 28th. If your proposal is accepted, you will be eligible to register for the conference at half-price! (Only $60 instead of $120).

Register for the conference and see full details at

February 7th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

CLRC members partnering for literacy.

RMH Book Donate
Thank you to the employees and medical staff of Rome Memorial Hospital! They raised $535 to support the Rome City School District Mobile Library Initiative.

Two hundred and twenty six books were purchased for the third grade reading level.

Maybe one of those 3rd graders will grow up to be a librarian someday.

Read more HERE.

February 6th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Deirdre

Promoting Scholarly Communications Through Open Access Journals

Keynote: Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Libraries and Faculty Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication .

When: Friday, March 28, 2014. 8-3:30pm

Where: The Eagle’s Lookout, SERC, The College at Brockport, State University of New York

What: A one-day conference focusing on raising awareness of issues in scholarly communication, sharing best practices in faculty and student use of open access publishing and more.

Who should attend: Students, faculty, instructional designers, librarians and anyone interested in open access publishing and scholarly communication.

Cost: $10 for students, $30 for faculty/staff. SUNY CPD points accepted.

Registration is now open at the conference website!


Sponsored by the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Program and The College at Brockport

February 4th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby
   The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University is
pleased to announce our newest graduate scholarship award, the 25%
Tuition Award for Library Employees. This award was created to assist
those with experience working in library settings as they move toward
the professional ALA-accredited degree and advanced skillsets needed
to pursue their passion in librarianship. To be eligible for this
award, individuals must be admitted to the iSchool’s MS in Library &
Information Science (LIS), MS in Library & Information Science –
School Media (LISSM), or graduate Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
in Data Science program and have worked for one or more years in a
library or library setting.

Students enrolled in the iSchool’s MSLIS, MSLIS-SM and CAS in Data
Science programs and receiving this award can complete their degree
online, on campus (or a blend of both), full- or part-time.

The Syracuse iSchool is pleased to be celebrating 20 Years in Online
and Distance Education and maintains our #1 ranking in Information
Systems for Library and Information Studies (US News and World

The Syracuse iSchool is proud to support librarianship and the
development and continued education of our highly valued, professional
library staff throughout the community. For more information about our
graduate programs for information professionals and to learn more
about the 25% Tuition Award for Library Employees visit:

February 3rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

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Herkimer County Community College welcomes Fred Berowski, as the new Director of Library Services, replacing Drew Urbanek.

Fred received his MLIS from the University at Albany. Before coming to Herkimer College, Fred served as reference librarian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, in charge of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center, and as part-time reference librarian at Herkimer.

He has served on the editorial and writing staff for numerous publications, and is a credited author in the book Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The staff and members of CLRC are looking forward to working with you!

January 30th, 2014 - Posted in News by Claire

Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, are the candidates for the 2015-16 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Sari Feldman received her BA in English from SUNY Binghamton before earning her MLS from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. From 1984 to 2006, she was an adjunct faculty member for the Syracuse University iSchool (where current ALA president Barbara Stripling is an assistant professor).

Feldman was the director of OCPL’s Beauchamp Branch Library in Syracuse’s South Side, according to iSchool professor Ruth Small, who recently wrote:

“What impressed me right away when I first met Sari was her deep commitment to library services that meet the needs of its community and to making sure all members of that community had access to its resources and programs. One example of that, I remember Sari going door to door throughout the library neighborhood, proactively surveying community members on what they needed from their library and then taking that information to make major changes and additions to the library’s programs, resources and services to meet those needs.  ”


Feldman was appointed Assistant Director of OCPL before moving to the Cuyahoga Public Library System, one of the top-rated public library systems in the country.

Read more about both candidates from the ALA press center

January 29th, 2014 - Posted in Advocacy, News by Deirdre

We LOVE NY Libraries!

CLRC counts on state aid to support the programming we do for our constituents.

This year, the Governor has proposed $81.6M in Library Aid – while not a cut from last year’s proposal, it does not include the $4M added by the legislature in last year’s enacted budget. Though this was not a cut targeted specifically at library aid – the Governor failed to include all of last year’s legislative program adds in this budget – this does break with years-old precedent. Also included was $1.3M MTA Tax reimbursement and $14M for the library construction aid program – the same allocations as last year.



The Executive Budget is not yet finalized – the Governor can include additional funding by submitting an amended budget in the four weeks, so the time to take action is NOW.  NYLA provides you with a quick and easy means of showing your support. Follow the link below, click on ‘Take Action’, edit the supplied advocacy message as you like, enter your name and address, and hit ‘send message’. Your message will automatically be delivered to Governor Cuomo.


Click Here:

NYLA’s Legislative Action Center

Do not forget to make your voice heard on Library Advocacy Day on February 26, 2014 in Albany.   Sign up for the bus here.

Sign up for CLRC’s Advocacy Training here.

January 29th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

This could have an impact on academic libraries throughout the CLRC region.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, or, Middle States) is looking for feedback on the proposed revisions to the Characteristics of Excellence, the MSCHE accreditation standards. If you work in a college or university in an area that comes under Middle States jurisdiction, have or know of a child who attends one of the affected schools, or care about the future of higher education, add your comments to an online survey by January 31 or take the opportunity to attend a town hall meeting scheduled at one of several locations in the region throughout the spring of 2014, and be sure your voice is heard.

The Middle States standards set the bar for the accreditation of colleges in five states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If adopted, the new standards will shape what higher education looks like in four of the eight Ivy League universities, the top two largest U.S. colleges as measured by enrollment, nine Historically Black Colleges, and the first college in the United States dedicated to the education of the deaf, among so many others. The number of students who will be affected is extraordinarily large and diverse. In contrast, the number of standards by which Middle States will measure a school is dramatically shrinking to half the number established the last time the standards underwent a comprehensive review.

According to the MSCHE, “[i]n response to extensive feedback from member institutions and experienced peer evaluators, the Steering Committee attempted to streamline the standards, eliminate redundancies, and focus on clarity and brevity.” What Middle States has done in the process of streamling their standards is to eliminate any mention of libraries from the new plan and entirely eliminate a carefully crafted integration of the teaching work librarians do from the “Educational Offerings” of a college or university (current Standard 11), the “General Education” goals of in institution (current Standard 12) and any “Related Educational Activities” a school was designed to offer (current Standard 13).

The long journey academic librarians have taken to reshape instruction in research to reflect the goals of information literacy, and further, to bring academic institutions on board so that they might understand the broadened role libraries have to play in higher education has been purpose-driven, far-reaching and effective. According to the American Library Association (ALA), when it last looked, each one of the six accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation includes “language in their Standards that stress the importance of teaching [information literacy skills] abilities in colleges and universities.”

Unfortunately, since ALA did its review of the most widely accepted accreditation standards in 2011, some things have changed. What Middle States is moving towards in its proposed new and briefer guidelines, may be, in fact, part of an unwelcome trend in a backward direction.  The most recent Western Association of Schools and CollegesHandbook of Accreditation, published in 2013, leaves information literacy out of Standard 2, “Achieving Educational Objectives Through Core Functions” and only implies the existence of a library in Standard 3, “Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Sustainability.”

As higher education in the United States moves into a period of a fuller integration of pedagogy with technology, a time where researchers struggle to find their way through the onslaught of an information overload (be it a uniquely modern problem or not), and every college administrator from the president on down is quick to remind faculty of the increasing calls for accountability, will libraries continue to be counted?  Libraries and the work librarians do must remain central in every institution of higher education.  Let your voice for libraries be heard.  Respond to the MSCHE survey today.

January 23rd, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna


Archival Empires: From the Northern Forests, Down the Hudson, Along the Erie Canal, Across the Southern Tier

June 4-6, 2014
Binghamton University

The 2014 New York Archives Conference (NYAC) Poster Session Committee is now accepting proposals. Deadline for receipt of proposals is March 15, 2014.

Eligibility for Submitting a Poster Presentation Proposal:
• Anyone working in a position as archivist or historian for a repository containing historical records in New York State.
• Individuals working in New York State who are significantly involved in arrangement and description, reference services, digitization or other technology-based projects,
preservation/conservation of paper or electronic material, etc., in a professional archival setting.
• Students attending a graduate program that includes a concentration in Archival Studies (or Library Science or Information Studies program with significant archival coursework) within NYS.
• The work of joint authors is also acceptable.

Poster Presentation Content:
• Content topics of interest to archivists and local historians, including but not limited to archival theory and practice, practical solutions to problems in archives, new initiatives (especially
electronic collections or electronic access) in the world of archives, advocacy, etc., are appropriate.
• Content topics may also include such work as the use of historical records collections for research and/or educational purposes.
• Poster presentation content should be directly appropriate for use by and of interest to conference attendees.

Submission Instructions and Deadlines
Send completed proposal form (available on the New York Archives Conference website and email it as an attachment to Nicole C. Dittrich or mail to:

Nicole C. Dittrich
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

For more information, contact Nicole C. Dittrich.

Please note: for those who wish to promote or inform others regarding their archives, collections, activities, etc., please contact Nicole prior to May 31, 2014.

January 21st, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna


$51 million has been given to AFRL in Rome as an increase to its 2014 federal fiscal budget. The additional monies bring the current annual budget to $187.3 million.

CLRC regional Congressman Richard Hanna said,”My approach to Rome is that the best defense is a good offense. With the new Federal Aviation Administration test site, we’re doing more than maintaining what we have. Now we’re growing and adding missions. We’re building synergies to make us stronger.” Griffiss Airport in Rome has been designated as a test site for civilian drones.

Click here for AFRL’s library catalog.

Read more from the Utica OD here.

January 21st, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Congratulations to one of CLRC’s eastern region members!


The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) has awarded a grant of $250,000 to the Cardiac Research Institute at Masonic Medical Research Laboratory.

The award will be used to purchase a genetic sequencer, allowing for continuing research in inherited cardiac arrhythmia syndromes, such as sudden infant death syndrome.

The monies from REDC will be matched with funds raised through local donations, grants and foundations such as the American Heart Association.

Keep up the great work you do!

Read more from the Utica OD.

January 16th, 2014 - Posted in News by Stephanie

In an article today for Wired Magazine, Syracuse University School of Information Professor and ALA President Barbara Stripling stepped into the debate on Monday’s ruling which struck down net neutrality. In her article, Stripling mentions the consequences to education, and the impact on those (libraries, businesses, and individuals) unable to pay for the inevitable premium service charges for increased internet access:

Protecting net neutrality and considering its effect on libraries isn’t just a feel-good sentiment about education and innovation, however. Network neutrality is actually an issue of economic access, because those who can’t afford to pay more for internet services will be relegated to the “slow lane” of the information highway.

Read the full article here.

January 16th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News, Resources by Anna


Get those creative bubbles fizzing!

It’s never too early to think about summer sunshine in the middle of a central New York winter. And it’s never too early for libraries to think about their summer reading programs for children & teens.

Go to the State website for dynamite information and program ideas.

January 14th, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Deirdre
Grolier Online is now available statewide via geolocation.  No username or password will be required as long as the user is located in New York State.
Please see for the geolinks for the Scholastic, ProQuest and Gale databases.  Choose “Direct Database URLs” and enter your library’s Gale location ID.  The Scholastic and ProQuest databases will be listed at the bottom under “Non-Gale Databases.”  If you do not see links for your library for either ProQuest or Scholastic please use the contact information on the support page to contact the appropriate vendor.

Please update your Scholastic, Gale and ProQuest links to the new geolinks on the page above so that your patrons will not need to use usernames/passwords, library cards or driver licenses.  If you update the links and geolocation is not working please contact Gale

For other access questions please contact the NOVELNY Help Desk at or 1-877-277-0250 (518-486-6012 local).

This message was originally sent from the Department of Library Development to NYLINE on 1/14/2013.


January 13th, 2014 - Posted in Advocacy, News by Debby

NYLA has announced that the 2014 NYLA Library Advocacy Day has been rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014.  This change is deemed necessary in order to allow for the maximum impact of our advocacy efforts.  The original date has been scheduled as a Senate-only session day, as per the 2014 Session Calendar, which was released late last week.


Both the Library Advocates Rally and the NYers for Better Libraries Annual Gala will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.


The traditional pre-advocacy day professional development offerings will now take place POST-advocacy day, on Thursday, February 27.


Please watch for further details and developments.

January 13th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News, Resources by Deirdre
Along with the other councils in the NY 3Rs Association, Inc, CLRC is pleased to offer a reduced rate for the Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference, April 7-9, 2014, at the Hilton Washington, Washington DC. By registering through the Association, you will be eligible for the special rate of $299.00 for the 3-day event (if you register before March 7th). That is a 40% savings off the regular conference registration cost of $499.00!  You can visit the Computers in Libraries 2014 conference page for full conference program information.

To receive the discounts, go to the the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. to sign up to receive the discount code. No discounts are available for any pre- or post-conference workshops, nor are discounts available on daily rates.

January 10th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

Sue Considine, Director of the Fayetteville Free Library, has been invited to serve on a review panel for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Program (LB21). Sue is also an active member of ALA, NYLA, PLA, and METRO, and has served on several CLRC committees. The IMLS panel will meet in Washington, DC in February. This panel will review and make recommendations on the proposals received under all project categories of the program.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program funds projects that develop faculty and library leaders, recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, conduct research on any area of library and information science by tenure-track, untenured faculty in graduate schools of library and information science. It also supports projects that seek to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

Peer review is at the foundation of the IMLS grant-making process, and it is a great honor to be invited to serve as a reviewer. Congratulations to Sue!

January 9th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna


The New York Newspapers Foundation awarded grant money to five Utica area institutions, including three CLRC members (hooray!) for programs to improve literacy in the Mohawk Valley.

Congratulations to:

* Utica Public Library received $10,000 to purchase tablets, apps and accessories for its Technology for Toddlers program.

* Mohawk Valley Community College received $10,000 to fund the 2014 summer Reading Rockets Program, a four-week literacy program for fourth grade students.

* Ilion Free Public Library received $1,000 to purchase books for the Summer Reading Program. Participating students, ages 2 to grade 12, will each be given a book to build their home libraries.

Read more from the Utica OD:

January 8th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Hip Hip Hooray!


Of the top ten most-wired, on-the-cutting-edge-of-technology colleges and universities in the United States (according to Unigo), two are from the Central New York region.

Congratulations to Colgate University and Hamilton College for ranking 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Unigo says that Colgate “recently installed a new campus wireless system called ARUBA, and it was one of the first colleges to introduce an independent computer science program.” 

And Hamilton’s “recent graduates have been recruited by tech heavyweights like IBM, Google and Apple.”


Take a look at the Unigo website for more rankings.

January 7th, 2014 - Posted in Advocacy, News by Debby

NYLA is holding its fifth annual “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library” initiative Monday, January 13, 2014 through Friday, January 31, 2014. The past SnapShotNY programs have been incredibly successful with over 60 libraries participating. Let’s try and double that number for 2014!

Take pictures. Record short videos. Let everyone in NY know why our libraries are so essential.

Pictures and videos are worth thousands of words. But, nothing speaks about how essential libraries are like statistics. You know the drill—collect statistics for one day in your library.

  • Patron visits
  • Number of public computer sessions
  • Reference questions answered
  • Number of children at programs (including school visits as well as library-sponsored programs)
  • Number of adults at programs
  • Total circulation for the day
  • Website hits

NYLA will once again use Survey Monkey to collect your statistics. To make it easier to participate, you can pick any day (hopefully one that is statistically relevant) between the 13th and 31st  for your libraries to join in this event.

You can download and print flyers to place around the library asking people to go to and tell us why their library is so essential. We’ve gotten some great stories in the past and hope to collect a whole new crop this year.

The deadline for submitting statistics, pictures, videos and user testimonials is Friday, January 31 — you can send your photos as you take them. 

The purpose of SnapShotNY is to provide tangible proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to our communities, in our schools and on our college campuses.

NYLA will be making the Survey Monkey link available shortly and will post flyers to put up in your library. Photos should be sent directly to

Remember, the deadline is January 31st. NYLA will need a few days to compile everything for Library Advocacy Day, Thursday, February 27 in Albany.

Please contact Jeremy Johannesen,, with any questions.