The following is a chronological timeline of the events and happenings of the Northern New York Library Network.


1967, 1968, 1969

November & December - Head librarians of the North Country have two meetings to discuss New York State's new 3Rs program and its scope. They decide to invite Dr. Guy Garrison of the Library Research Center in Illinois to do a survey of area library resources with an eye to the possibility of founding a 3Rs in this region. 

October 29th - NC3Rs is granted a provisional charter. The charter is granted to: Roger C. Greer, Warren McFerran, Mary G. Parker, M. Frances Breen, Reverend Richard S. Sturtz, Rose E. Waddell, Richard W. Lawrence, Jr., Marian C. Brickey, and Andrew K. Peters, and their associates and successors. The third such council in New York State to be chartered, it represents public, academic and special libraries in the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence. 

The first Council office is established in the library at SUNY Potsdam. Its first employee is an interlibrary loan clerk who works under the supervision of Associate Librarian Marion Hess.

The Council participates in FACTS, the facsimile Transmission Pilot Project sponsored by the N.Y.S. Bureau of Library Development. 

June - The Council sponsors the Summer Conference on International Inter-Library Cooperation, which is held in Potsdam. Seventy-five people, 13 of whom were Canadians, attend the meetings. A four-college delivery service, linking Canton and Potsdam for interlibrary loan purposes, is started. 

Historical Materials Relating to Northern New York, a union catalog edited by Glyndon Cole, is published. 

July 1 - The first executive director, Mrs. Elena Horton, takes office. 

October - The first Council newsletter is published. 

January - Microfilming of local newspapers is initiated under contract with the New York State Library. 

April - The Council office is moved to the campus of St. Lawrence University. 

May - A contract is signed with Will Rogers Memorial Hospital to provide medical information and interlibrary loan services for the medical community within the Council area. 

June - The Council sponsors a summer conference on "New Developments in Information Services." 

August - An interlibrary loan clearinghouse is implemented for the members of the Council; on that date all Council members centralize their requests through the Council office using TWX or telephone. 

September - A professional reference librarian, Leonard Meinhold, is added to the staff to verify requests and to forward them to member libraries or to NYSILL. 


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