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  “These are going to be very hard cuts. We are going to feel the pain.”
                                                                             -Governor David A. Paterson
                                                                                                               DECEMBER 2008

                                                                                                                IN THIS ISSUE:

                                                                                                           •    BUDGET CUTS
                                                                                                           •    BY THE BOARD
                                                                                                           •    DIRECTOR’S NOTE
                                                                                                           •    CALENDAR
                                                                                                           •    ANNUAL MEETING
The time worn answer to this question is “ Librarians will do what they always do…..manage.” Will               WRAP UP
managing be enough this time? Aren’t we tired of just managing? The Governor has been quoted as            •    DHP NEWS & NOTES
saying that more and deeper cuts will have to be made in order for the State to continue to operate
with the 20% loss of revenue usually generated from Wall Street. He has since unveiled his proposal        •    NEWS YOU CAN USE
for budgets cuts and they include a shocking $20,000,000 reduction in library aid!

So what do we do? What are the choices? In our recent poll,27% of you told us that you would cut
hours, reduce staff, slash the materials budget, put new programs and projects on hold or eliminate
them. What more is there that can be done or is being done at your library? Are there areas that
haven’t been explored or ideas that may have been considered too drastic to implement a year ago?                Check CLRC
Will they have to be re-visited and re-worked to make them more palatable now?                                      and DHP
CLRC is always interested in dialogue, and what our community is doing. The Council has a                          Education
                                                                                                                  offerings @
Facebook page: if you have yet to join, now is the time because it is a great place to post ideas! (You
will need your own Facebook page to join.) While we are not advocates of the “continuing to do more                   cec
with less and less” school of librarianship, we may all need to share ideas during this crisis. You may
also post your thoughts to our listserv, CNYLIB-L.( If you are not subscribed you may contact Nancy
Howe.) While all ideas are not created equal, brainstorming often produces remarkable results! Ideas
about advocacy and how we give our message greater impact are really useful. Patrons, colleagues,               We want to hear
and trustees are all potential sources. How do we turn our patrons into our fiercest advocates and                  from you!
defenders? Most of all, how do we convince our legislators and                                                 What’s new at your
stakeholders that we are the most valuable resource in our                                                           library?
communities?                                                                                                      Send articles,
                                                                                                               announcements and
                                                                                                               items of interest to
“ After the government takes enough to balance the budget, the                                        or
taxpayer, has the job of budgeting the balance.”                                                                   fax them to
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     BY THE BOARD                                                      A UGUST 8, 2008 R EGULAR M EETING

       •    Penelope Klein announced that the meeting                  •    The 2007-2008 financial audit went well. The auditor will
            would proceed without a quorum. Board minutes                   present it at the next Finance, Executive and Board
            from May 22, 2008, financial reports and the                    meetings.
            check and deposit registers would be sent out              •    CLRC has a management intern from Syracuse
            for Board approval via email.                                   University’s iSchool. Kathryn Lulofs is working 150 hours
       •    Penelope reported that basic aid and RBDB                       for the Council.
            funds had been received with the anticipated 2%            •    The following slate of officers was presented for election
            cut. HLSP funds were expected to be cut by 2%                   to the Board:
            and MISP by 6%.The status of supplemental aid                           Darby O’Brien, President
            is uncertain.                                                           Lois Lemmer, Vice President
       •    In addition to her written report, Penelope                             Jeff Wooldridge, Treasurer
            reported CLRC has prepared a quote for virtual                          Sue Considine, Secretary
            reference for Syracuse University. Also,                                Paul Pflanz, Member at Large
            Syracuse University has agreed to host
            CONTENTdm for the Council.                                 •    The meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
       •    Nancy Howe reported that RBDB funds had
            been received and the 2009 RBDB applications
            are currently on the website.
       •    Penelope informed the Board that CLRC is ready
            to begin testing the system that will allow
            members to pay by credit card using PayPal.

                                                                                                                   Director’s Note
                                 I never imagined that I would be writing this note while facing a                   Refermation
                                 threatened 22% funding cut to libraries! These are depressing times
                                 indeed, especially as our usage is increasing significantly. Nancy and I                  2008
                                 traveled to Albany with several other librarians from our region -- a
                                 contingent from the Mid-York Library System, and Marilyn Laubacher and Meg Van Patten from the
                                 Baldwinsville Public Library – to attend the NYLA rally to protest the cuts. There were about 400
                                 librarians there, and we made our protests heard! What gratified me about the rally was the immense
                                 solidarity that we all felt. Librarians really care about the services that they provide and the rally made
that clear to all who heard us.
The rally ended, and we are back at work. The shouting is over; what do we do now? Should we keep up our advocacy?
Absolutely! It is essential that we follow up and ensure that our local legislators really hear our message. Now is the time for you
and all librarians to be heard! Public, school and academic libraries are under threat from Governor Paterson’s recommended cuts,
and your legislator needs to hear from you and your users Now! The Governor has chosen to single out the library community for a
disproportionate cut in funds, and we all have a responsibility to protest it. You can easily contact your legislator via the CLRC
CLRC will continue to advocate in any way it can. One of the best ways to advocate is to attend our Legislative Breakfasts on
December 5 or 12, or both! Registration is online and easy, and free!
               Despite this depressing situation, I want to wish you all the very best of Thanksgivings! Wasn’t it just summer ?!!

“Libraries will get you through times of no money, better that money will get you through times of
no libraries”                                                                                               Penelope J.M. Klein
              - Anne Herbert
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                       CLRC MEETING DATES 2008-2009


Wednesday, December 17, 2008           11:00 a.m.
Orientation of new Board Members       10:00 a.m.
Meeting will be followed by a
Holiday Lunch and
Ghastly Ornament Exchange!

February 25, 2009                      2:00 p.m.
Fayetteville Free Library

April 22, 2009                         2:00 p.m.
Utica Public Library

May 20, 2009                           2:00 p.m.
Proliteracy Syracuse

August 19, 2009                        2:00 p.m.
Witherill Library, Cazenovia College

October 1, 2009                        9:30 a.m.
Usually held at Annual Membership
Meeting location (TBA)
Meeting includes audit presentation
Luncheon and Annual Membership
Meeting will follow.

Location: CLRC
Finance at 2:00 p.m.; Executive at 3:30 p.m.
                                                                   Have all the meeting
Thursday,     December 11, 2008                                  dates at a glance…..Print
Thursday,     February 18, 2009                                   me off and Hang me up!!!
Wednesday,    April 15, 2009
Thursday,     May 14, 2009
Wednesday,    August 12, 2009
Thursday,     September 16, 2009 (includes audit presentation)
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          41ST Annual meeting 2008………..continued


                                                     Thank you

•   The CLRC 41st Annual Meeting was a great success due in large part to the hard work and generosity of a
    great many people. We want to thank everyone who contributed a basket, gift item or gift certificate for the silent
    auction. To those of you who bid and bid and bid, you’ll be happy to learn that we made $659.00 for CLRC’s
    Continuing Education programs. Thank you!
•   Tim Wiles of the Baseball Hall of Fame, not only gave a great presentation, but also brought along copies of
    his book “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” for purchase. Some of us did some early Holiday shopping!
•   John Faust and Jenette Gadziola and the staff of the Stanley Theater, who helped us set up and move
    tables, carry baskets and displays, and do just about anything else we asked of them, the volunteers who
    conducted guided tours of the beautiful theater.
•   Linda Irwin of Irwin’s Find Food for the delicious buffet luncheon.

And last, but by all means not least….CLRC’s own Anna Dobkowski, who spent hours on the phone, sent
innumerable letters to prospective Silent Auction donators, organized all the details of the auction to make it the
success it was, talked to caterers, arranged the parking, answered questions…….in short she was a one woman
cyclone of efficiency !

*Marilyn Laubacher is the winner of the free registration for next years’ Annual Meeting.

Refermation is published 4 times a year by the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) which serves libraries in
Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, and Onondaga counties. Penelope J. M. Klein, Executive Director; Nancy Howe, Assistant
Director; Susan M. Hughes, Regional Archivist; Judy Jones, Bibliographic Services Assistant; Anna Dobkowski, Administrative
Assistant. Refermation is edited by Judith E. Jones.
Refermation is distributed free to librarians in CLRC member libraries and library systems. Refermation is available
electronically at Information may be reproduced for library use. Contributions of news, articles, and mailing list
corrections or additions may be sent to CLRC, 6493 Ridings Rd., Syracuse, NY 13206, 315/446-5446, fax: 315/446-5590, or
Judy Jones. ISSN 0034-2920
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                                     DHP NEWS & NOTES

         DHP Advisory Committee Hosts Event Marking 20th Year of Program
        This year marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Documentary Heritage Program.
To celebrate this milestone, a special event was held on October 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, at the
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. Historical organizations from around Central New York
set up displays and provided information about their collections. The new online publication Guide
to Historical Organizations in Central New York was officially launched. Attending were local
government officials from around the region and representatives from libraries and museums
holding historical records collections. New York State Archivist Christine Ward and CLRC Executive
Director Penelope Klein spoke to those gathered, who were then treated to a presentation on the
history of the Canal Boat Museum by Joan DiChristina, followed by a tour of the grounds.
       Members of the DHP Advisory Committee who arranged the event are Michael Flanagan,
Onondaga Historical Association; Betsy Kennedy, Cazenovia Public Library; Linda Ryan,
Fayetteville Free Library; Bonnie Kisselstein, Lysander Town Historian and Baldwinsville Public
Library; Dick Williams, Kirkland Town Historian; and Susan Hughes, CLRC DHP.

  Oneida County Clerk Sandra DePerno chats with Dick Williams, Kirkland Town Historian and member of the DHP Advisory Committee,
                   while visitors enjoy the displays set up by historical organizations from around Central New York.

The Documentary Heritage Program, established in 1988, is a statewide program of the New York
State Archives designed to identify and make available New York’s historical records.
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                        DHP NEWS & NOTES... CONTINUED

                                                                                      Below New York State Archivist Christine
                                                                                      Ward discusses the history of the DHP and the
                                                                                      importance of preserving historical records.

Above Ed Kochian, Deputy Onondaga County Executive, and Gregg Tripoli,
Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association, assist Joan DiChristina with a
large framed historical photograph of the canal boat landing.

Above DHP Advisory Committee members
Bonnie Kisselstein and Linda Ryan pause for
a photo while greeting visitors to the event.

 Right A beautiful autumn day is perfect for a
 tour as Joan DiChristina leads a tour of the
 Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum’s
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                  DHP NEWS & NOTES... CONTINUED
     New in the LARC…
                                      Designing Archival Programs to Advance Knowledge
                                                    in the Health Fields. 1995.
                                Edited by Nancy McCall and Lisa A. Mix, archivists at the Alan Mason
                                Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

                               Because of the vast quantity of records being generated in the health
fields                  and the limited resources for archival preservation, archival programs must
resort to         new strategies for appraisal and selection. In this book, archivists Nancy McCall and
Lisa A. Mix bring together a broad range of specialists – including archivists, historian, science policy
experts, a clinician, a medical librarian and museum curator - to explore ways of balancing these
conflicting demands through reforms in collection development, collection management and user
services. They address a variety of special needs and challenges in the contemporary health fields,
from managing computerized records, to protecting confidentiality, while promoting the wider use of
clinical and scientific data in research. Throughout, they stress the importance of selecting and
maintaining materials so as to encourage the broadest intellectual use.
Two copies of this publication were generously donated by Jerriann M. Wilson, retired Director of Child Life and Child
Development Programs at The Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore. She continues to work as a volunteer in
their Archives Project and is member of the Child Life Council whose archives are housed at Utica College Library.

 And did you know...?
 As part of the DHP services, the lending library offers a wide selection of resource materials for
 administering a historical records program. Publications on topics such as appraisal, arrangement
 and description, creating finding aids, and preservation of archival collections may be borrowed for
 up to 4 weeks by any local individual or organization. To search the collection online, go to and click on “Library.”
 For not-for-profit (501(c)3) organizations in the CLRC region needing
 assistance to strengthen their historical records collections, the DHP
 offers free on-site visits. The Regional Archivist can help you with
 questions on arrangement and description, appraisal, care of your
 collections and other archival issues. Contact Susan Hughes for more
 information or to schedule a visit.
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                  DHP NEWS & NOTES... CONTINUED

               DHP Grants Deadline is February 2, 2009
    Grant information session to be held December 8 from 1:30—3:30 PM @ CLRC.
          DHP grants are designed to encourage more inclusive documentation of New York
State's history and culture by supporting projects that identify, survey, collect, and make
available important records relating to traditionally under-represented groups and topics. It is a
statewide program established by law to provide financial and technical support to nonprofit
organizations, including, but not limited to archives, libraries, historical societies and museums
and other organizations, that hold, collect and make available historical records. The New York State Archives, a unit of
the State Education Department, administers the program.
        Grant applications must be postmarked by February 2. Current grant-funded projects may begin July 1, 2009 and
must be completed by June 30, 2010. Grants will be available in amounts from $1,000 to $25,000.
          Several topical areas are available for projects. Such projects are supported to provide a more even historical
record in New York State. First level priority topics are: population groups in the 20th and 21st centuries; de-
industrialization and economic revitalization in the 20th century; the Word Trade Centers--attack, response, recovery; and
education policy. Second level topics priorities are mental health and environmental affairs.
         Learn how to apply for a DHP grant by attending the information session on December 8 at the CLRC. There is
no cost to attend, but registration is required. Go to to register. Additional information and a copy of the
grant application form are available at You may also contact Susan Hughes with questions.

                                             Web Site Spotlight

                                              The National Archives offers 1,200 historical photographs, maps,
                                              posters and document images online at
                                              Images are searchable by topic or related terms. Click on the
                                              image you’re interested in to read a transcription or learn more
                                              about it. Tags show categories for further images on each topic,
                                              such a immigration, the Revolutionary War, or animals. A search
                                              for “New York” yielded the arrest record of Susan B. Anthony for
                                              being “of the female sex” and voting (See Below ).You can also click
                                              on Create to produce a poster or movie using images from the site.

                                                    Arrested for Voting On November 18, 1872 a deputy U.S.
                                                    marshall arrested Susan B. Anthony for voting in the 1872
                                                    presidential election. She was indicted two months later for
                                                    voting illegally on November 5, 1872, “being then and there a
                                                    person of the female sex.” She was convicted in June and
                                                    sentenced to pay a $100 fine and court costs.
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                              N EWS YOU CAN USE

                        Onondaga Historical Association
                      Kid Stuff: Toys From Your Childhood!
                           Featuring the Nifty Fifties!
Davy Crockett, hula hoops, slinky toys, roller skates, Tom Swift, Cherry Ames, Howdy Doody, and
erector sets. What do these toys and characters have in common? They’re all from the Nifty Fifties,
of course, and they’re on exhibit at the Onondaga Historical Association. See all of these toys and
more during OHA’s latest toy exhibit which opened on November 20, 2008.

Kid Stuff: Toys From Your Childhood! is sure to bring back fond memories for all baby boomers who
experienced childhood during the 1950s. If you weren’t alive during the Nifty Fifties, the whole
family will certainly enjoy this exhibit of toys before the age of electronics.
Come see the toys that thrilled children in the ‘50s on Christmas morning—some still in their original
boxes—vintage photos of downtown Christmas shoppers looking for bargains, Santa checking out
the special toys he’ll deliver to all the good boys and girls, families gathered around the Christmas
tree unwrapping gifts and enjoying the holiday - fifties style. A 1950s Christmas tree exhibit is sure
to thrill everyone, even Ebenezer Scrooge!

So what are you waiting for? Kid Stuff: Toys From Your Childhood! opened on November 20, 2008
and closes on January 18, 2009. The exhibit is open during regular museum gallery hours:
Wednesday-Friday, 10am-2pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm. The exhibit also will be open
special hours, 5pm-8pm, the third Thursday of November, December and January.
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                 N EWS YOU CAN USE

 Presenting the 23rd Annual Gingerbread Gallery
      From November 28, 2008 through December 31st,

                      “Weighlock Building”
       the sweet smell of gingerbread fills the air
as we feature over 40 delightful confectionary creations
    on display in our Victorian Village storefronts.

                  Holiday Hours:
             Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
                     Sunday, 10am – 3pm
                   Closed December 25

               $5/adults; $4/senior citizens;
                $2/children 12 and under

             Visit Erie Canal Museum website

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