The CLRC 2020 Annual Conference Goes Virtual!

Join us Friday, October 16 for our Annual Conference featuring keynote speaker, New York State Senator Rachel May!

Virtual Conference Schedule:

10 to 10:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks

10:15 to 11 a.m.: Keynote Address from New York State Senator Rachel May

Senator Rachel May represents Central New York’s 53rd District, which includes most of the City of Syracuse, parts of Onondaga and Oneida counties, and all of Madison County. She chairs the Senate Committee on Aging and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, and is a member of the committees on agriculture, elections, environmental conservation, higher education, and Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

As a freshman legislator, Senator May was instrumental in passing transformative legislation, including comprehensive election reforms, tenant-centered housing reforms, unprecedented criminal justice reform, and the nation’s most ambitious climate legislation. She worked hard to bring the people of Central New York into the process of decision-making in Albany, by holding a record number of legislative hearings in and focused on the region, including hearings on the Climate Leadership and Community Preservation Act, rural broadband, farm labor rights, health care for all, and upstate nursing home issues during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, she has brought her downstate colleagues to Central New York for roundtables on opioid addiction treatment and prevention, minority and women-owned businesses, and childcare and child welfare. She also sponsored and passed into law a bill to create the first regional STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) school for Central New York, which is currently under construction in the City of Syracuse.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, she has been a vigorous supporter of home care workforce initiatives, expanded funding for in-home care programs, the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, and nursing home accountability. She has sponsored bills to create a Reimagining Long Term Care Task Force, authorize a family caregiver tax credit, and create a home care jobs innovation fund to support workforce growth.

A resident of Syracuse, Senator May had a successful career in higher education prior to running for public office. She started out as a professor of Russian language and literature at Stony Brook University, where she was a proud member of UUP, before earning tenure at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She moved to Syracuse in 2001 and retrained in ecology and sustainability, becoming director of sustainability education at Syracuse University.

Senator May earned a master’s degree from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship and a Ph.D. in Russian language and literature from Stanford University. She also earned a master’s degree from SUNY-ESF. She and her husband, a professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, have one daughter who recently graduated from Cornell University.

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Virtual Outreach – Socially Distant but Still Reaching Our Community

Join us for a panel who will discuss their experience with virtual outreach during this time of closed doors and social distancing. We’ll discuss their initial responses, successes and failures over the past months, what they consider their best practices, and what they envision for the future.

Panelists Include:

  • Nancy Howe – Assistant Director, Baldwinsville Public Library
  • Sheryl Soborowski – Librarian, Olean Public Library
  • Mary Zawacki – Executive Director, Schenectady County Historical Society

12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch Break!

1 to 1:45 p.m.: Lauren Moore, the New York State Librarian, will discuss resources available to us from the New York State Library. Stay tuned for more details!

2 to 2:15 p.m.: Business Meeting & Library Awards! See below to learn more about the nomination process.

2:30 to 3:15 p.m.: CLRC New Initiatives Grant Recipient Lightning Talks!

  • Biking by the Book
    • Jennine Bloomquist Librarian, Camden Middle School
  • Nature Backpacks for Library
    • Carol Johnson Branch Manager, Onondaga County Public Library
  • Stop Motion Video Creative Animation
    • April Bliss & Kim Rudwall Dunham Public Library
  • Art in Conversation
    • Erin CassidyAssistant Director of Technology, Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville
  • New Media: The Silent Generation
    • Mary Klucznik – Library Media Specialist & Teacher, Chittenango High School

The CLRC Annual Conference is open to library staff across New York State!

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