The Northern New York Library Network was chartered in 1965 to develop research resources and encourage cooperative library projects within its service area, which encompasses Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties.  Here is a brief overview of some of its major projects:

The Network’s Annual Meeting featured Alison Macrina, Director of the Library Freedom Project. Her presentation focused on the surveillance culture and the effect it has on libraries.

Development of Research Resources: The Network assists libraries and cultural organizations in digitizing historical materials for inclusion on the statewide digital history site Over 100,000 items have been scanned, including high school yearbooks, scrapbooks, historical photographs, and manuscripts. The Network also loads local digital collections onto the Digital Public Library of America to give them increased visibility and utility.

The Network recently opened its Regional Digitization Center, which provides hands-on digitization assistance for libraries and cultural organizations in the region. Network staff provides instruction and project support, including metadata development and hosting of scanned materials on the statewide New York Heritage site. Last year, over 50,000 items were digitized over 400 hours of Digitization Center use.

Resource Sharing: The NNYLN supports regional resource sharing through administration of CCDA grants to university libraries, support of OCLC WorldShare and WorldCat for libraries in need of those services, and through the continuation of ICEPAC and ICICILL, which provide a platform for intraregional interlibrary loan. During the year, the regional catalog grew to 5,335,347 items, and ICICILL underwent several upgrades to make its use easier.  Additionally, the Network supported regional reference sharing by subsidizing to the statewide ASKUS 24×7 Virtual Reference Service.

Recipients of NNYLN Professional Development Grants and NNYLN Technology Services Improvement Grants presented their outcomes at the NNYLN Fall Meeting in Clayton


Professional Development: The Network is committed to professional education by providing a wide range of library and technology related training classes- in person or via webinar- designed to meet staff needs in an affordable and timely manner. Also, the Network provides free access to an extensive library of technology training videos through its subscription, which is available to all libraries in the region at no charge.

Janet Moore of the Potsdam Public Library was awarded the 25th Award for Excellence in Library Service. Pictured are the staff of Potsdam Public Library and Executive Director John Hammond

Support for Research: The Network continues to improve access to regional and statewide newspaper holdings through its New York State Historic Newspapers project, which recently added 1,242,876 newspaper pages and 112 titles to this fully searchable research database. Additionally, the NNYLN provides several research products to all kinds of libraries in the region- EBSCO Omnifile, Watertown Daily Times online, and FirstSearch WorldCat.

The presenters at our 2016 Annual Meeting. (L-R) Michelle Young - Clarkson University, Kelly Wilson - St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System, Karyn Norwood - Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Connie Holberg - Jefferson Community College, Jeff Mixter - OCLC, Matthew Corey - North Country Library System, and Ben Carman - Plattsburgh Public Library

Grants Programs: the Network has a robust grants program, including Technology Innovation Grants, Digitization Grants, Professional Development Grants, Student Worker Achievement Awards, and CE Training on Demand Grants. al Reference Service.

The NNYLN Offices in Potsdam, NY.

Empire State Library Network: Through its membership in the Empire State Library Network (ESLN), the Network was able to provide opportunities for statewide delivery (Empire Library Delivery), planning for the future (I2NY initiatives), professional development and conferences, and library advocacy.