31 December 2007

Who's Using Libraries?

You might be surprised........

27 December 2007

Grant Opportunity - MVLS Community Connections Grants

MVLS is happy to offer 2008 Community Connections Grants to our member libraries. The purpose of the grant is to develop or enhance library services for people in the categories mentioned below in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties. It also serves to initiate or strengthen cooperation between member libraries and community agencies.

Libraries may request up to $1000. A total of $4000 is available for the program. This competitive grant may be used to provide equipment, materials, or programs for people comprising the following categories:
- older adults;
- people with visual, mental, or physical disabilities;
- geographically isolated people;
- educationally disadvantaged people;
- people who are unemployed and in need of job placement;
- those confined to an institution;
- members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special services.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 23. Please contact Lois Gordon with questions.

Cobleskill's Renovation Almost Complete!

Check out a nice article about Cobleskill's renovation project. (from the Times Journal)

YSS Spring Conference Scholarship

Dying to go to the YSS Spring Conference, but lacking the funds? Here's your chance! The YSS Spring Conference Scholarship is awarded to encourage continuing education in the field of youth services. It is available for YSS/NYLA members who are currently working library professionals, paraprofessionals, matriculated graduate library students, or others involved in fields related to youth services (storytelling, writing, illustrating). The scholarship covers the basic conference registration fee and lodging and travel expenses up to $250.00. The deadline to apply has been extended until February 1, 2008.

Grant Opportunity - Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants Program

The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Applying organizations must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store. The 2008 application deadline is February 5.

Workshop - Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Awards

Date: Rescheduled - Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System

See the previous blog post for all the information and titles!

NYSALB Velma Moore Award

The Velma Moore Award was established in 1962 to honor the memory of Velma Moore who worked as a very effective library activist from 1947 to her death in 1961. The award carries a $750 stipend to be donated to the library or library service of the award winner's choice. The award will be presented at the NYSALB Trustees Institute next spring.

Think about library community volunteers, library staffers, in fact anyone whom you believe has made an important difference to our library community, or who has traveled that extra mile to make things significantly better and/or more effective for our libraries. Submit a one page nomination letter with relevant information that describes the individual's commitment to library service. Include his or her name, phone number, and email address and send to the Velma Moore Award Committee at kls823@rochester.rr.com or mail it to Karen Achilles, 4477 Snug Harbor, Geneva NY 14456. The deadline for submission of this prestigious annual award is February 15, 2008.

13 December 2007

If you liked The Kite Runner....

To coincide with the December 14 release of "The Kite Runner," the film adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), created a list of companion titles.

"The Kite Runner" details the friendship between two Afghani boys against the backdrop of the extraordinary events that have taken place in Afghanistan in the past twenty years. "The Kite Runner" was named one of YALSA's 2004 Alex Award winners, which honor adult books with specific teen appeal. Given the book's popularity among young adults, YALSA's Booklist Taskforce created a list of ten similar books to recommend to teens. Check out the list here.

12 December 2007

New in the Professional Collection

Just added:

Going Places with Youth Outreach: Smart Marketing Strategies for Your Library
by Angela B. Pfeil

Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Will Love
by Diane Briggs

Human Resources for Results: The Right Person for the Right Job
by Jeanne Goodrich and Paula M. Singer

Mark Your Calendars......

MVLS is pleased to announce that the 2008 Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 7 at the Arkell Museum (Canajoharie Library). Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

29 November 2007

Libraries are "In"

According to Jessica Shaw’s “The Shaw Report,” getting a library card is “in,” while buying books online is “out” and reading in the bookstore is “so five minutes ago.” Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 30, p. 13 (from American Libraries Direct, 11/29/07)

28 November 2007

Grant Opportunity - Stewart's Holiday Match

Stewart's Shops matches individual donations made at their stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and distributes funds to local nonprofit agencies. Organizations that benefit children are eligible to apply for funds. An application can be downloaded at the Stewart's Shops web site. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2008.

American Literature quiz

How's your knowledge of American literature? Take this quick online quiz and find out!

Grant Opportunity - We the People Bookshelf

The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities would like to remind school (K-12) and public libraries to apply for the newest We the People Bookshelf. Part of the NEH's We the People initiative, the Bookshelf is a grant program created to encourage young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history. A record number of 3,000 Bookshelf awards are now available! For the first time, library systems and districts may submit a single application onbehalf of up to 100 sites.

This year’s theme is Created Equal. Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 10, 2007 through January 25, 2008. In spring 2008, NEH and ALA will select 3,000 libraries to receive the Created Equal Bookshelf. Those selected will be required to use the Bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities. A list of titles included in the Bookshelf and a list of programming ideas are available on the grant website.

20 November 2007

Workshop - Holiday Roundtable: What Works at Your Library?

Our December workshop will be held on Thurs., December 6, at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in Saint Johnsville. The workshop is a Holiday Roundtable. We have three topics on our agenda to start the discussion: An overview of Polaris Acquisitions; Reorganizing Your Library: Canajoharie's new genrefied collection; Schenectady's new email reference for libraries. We also need to discuss Netlibrary for the coming year, and, of course, any other topics you may have. The workshop will be at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville.

The workshop also features a holiday cookie exchange. Please bring 1-2 dozen cookies to eat and share. Our hostess, Dawn Lamphere will provide holiday containers for you to take home goodies.

Please let Kathy know if you will be attending.

15 November 2007

Grant Opportunity - ALA/ALCTS SAGE Support Staff Grant

Library Support Staff Travel Grants (six to be awarded) make it possible for library support staff to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The travel grants cover the expense of attending the conference, including airfare, three nights' lodging, and conference registration; up to $1,000 for each recipient. The 2008 Annual Conference will be held the last week in June in Anaheim, CA.

Applicants must have:

  • a full-time support staff position
  • a minimum of three years of experience in an area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development/management, preservation of library materials, serials)
  • not previously attended an ALA Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting

Applicants need not be members of ALA or ALCTS in order to be eligible. Application materials should be submitted electronically by November 30, 2007. Complete guidelines are available here.

08 November 2007

Workshop - Mock Caldecott/Mock Newbery Awards

Date: Friday, December 14, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System

Mark your calendars and start reading! UHLS is hosting a joint day of Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Discussions on Friday, December 14 at the Upper Hudson Library System, and MVLS libraries are invited! Mary Fellows will preside over the Mock Newbery Discussion from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. After a break for lunch on your own, Sue Rokos will preside over the Mock Caldecott Discussion from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Take this chance to sharpen your book discussion and evaluation skills. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the illustrator for the most distinguised American picture book for children. Both awards are restricted to authors/illustrators who are citizens or residents of the United States. After award and discussion introductions, we will break up into groups to discuss the mock nominees, then ballot for our winners.
Here's the list of Mock Newbery Nominees:

And for the Mock Caldecott:

While you're reading, think about:

  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Pros (Thumbs up!)
  • Reservations (Thumbs to the side or down)
  • Criteria: (1-5, 5=Newbery/Caldecott quality)
  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information (accuracy, clarity, organization)
  • Development of plot
  • Representation of characters
  • Representation of setting
  • Appropriateness of style
  • Appropriateness of tone

Sue has these titles available at the MVLS office if you would like to stop by or request! Let her know if you are able to attend one or both Mock sessions by December 10 at srokos@mvls.info.

Grant Opportunity - Documentary Heritage Program

All projects must focus on activities that document life in New York State. 1) Projects to identify, survey and plan for the systematic collection of records relating to underdocumented subjects, institutions or activities, particularly education policy; impact of the World Trade Center attacks; New York’s changing industries and new population groups; as well as mental health activities and environmental affairs. 2) Projects to arrange and describe historical records already in repositories or community organizations. 3) Projects to develop strategic plans for historical records repositories or not-for-profit community organizations. 4) Projects for regional documentation planning to identify underdocumented topics or activities.

ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit archives, libraries, historical societies and similar institutions in New York State and consortia or cooperating groups of such agencies, historical service agencies, colleges and universities, professional associations or other not-for-profit institutions or systems which provide services to historical records programs.

FUNDING: Amounts from $1,000 to $25,000, with a total of $100,000.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2008.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: New York State Archives, Documentary Heritage Program, Room 9C71, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230, call 518-474-6926 or e-mail dhs@mail.nysed.gov.

Grant Opportunity - Local Government Records Managament Improvement Fund

(Note: only municipal or school district libraries may apply for this grant.)

Three types of competitive grants are available: individual projects involving a single government; cooperative projects involving two or more local governments acting on one activity; and complex projects involving a single local government addressing extremely complex records management issues. Grants are available for inventory and planning, active records, inactive records, historical records, and educational uses of local government records projects. The State Archives encourages local government officials to attend one of the many LGRMIF grant application information sessions held in all regions of the state beginning in late summer and continuing through the fall. In addition, the Archives provides technical advice to local governments through its Regional Advisory Officers (RAOs).

ELIGIBILITY: Local governments, including but not limited to Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), cities, counties, fire districts, school districts, towns, and villages.

FUNDING: Single, up to $75,000; cooperative and complex, up to $125,000.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2008.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York State Archives, Grants Administration Unit, Room 9A81 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230. Call 518-474-6926, or e-mail archgrants@mail.nysed.gov.

07 November 2007

NYS Authors and Illustrators Wiki

A new wiki that features New York State authors and illustrators of books for children and teens is now available. This directory is a great programming resource for finding out who's nearby. The wiki is co-sponsored by the Youth Services Section and the School Library Media Section of NYLA. Check it out at http://nysauthorsandillustrators.pbwiki.com.

06 November 2007

New in the Professional Collection

Just added to the MVLS Professional Collection:

The Author Event Primer: How to Plan, Execute and Enjoy Author Events
by Chapple Langemack

Something to Talk About: Creative Booktalking for Adults
by Ann-Marie Cyr

05 November 2007

Internet Connectivity Survey

The deadline for completing the 2007 Internet Connectivity Survey is November 25. Libraries participating in the Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program MUST complete the survey in order to remain eligible for receiving their computer allotment as part of this program.

A national survey of public library computer and Internet access was mailed to public libraries in early September 2007. The study, funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and conducted by researchers from Florida State University’s Information Use Management and Policy Institute, is a three-year project that builds on research since 1994 on Internet connectivity in public libraries. Your participation in the survey provides public libraries, state library agencies, the ALA, policymakers, and others with extremely important data regarding public library computer and Internet access issues, what it takes to sustain public access computer and Internet services in your library, and the impacts of such public access services on the communities that your library serves.

The survey is web-based and has a total of 21 questions. It can be accessed at http://survey.pnmi.com/. You will need your state assigned Library ID code included in the survey announcement letter you received to initiate the survey. If you have lost that ID number, you can look it up on the survey site.

You can also view or print your responses to the 2006 survey at http://survey2006.pnmi.com/. That might make it easier to complete this year’s survey, particularly at it relates to budget questions. More information on this project is available at http://www.ala.org/plinternetfunding/. Thank you for taking the time to complete this important national survey.

02 November 2007

Dinner and a Movie Night in Guilderland

Join SLEEK, NYLA, CDLC, UNYSLA, and the Guilderland Public Library for dinner and a screening of the film Party Girl.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
Registration and networking - 5:30 PM
Buffet dinner (by Nicole's Italia restaurant) - 6:00 PM
Movie showing at 7:15 PM

Cost is $20, $12 for current SLIS students and retirees. Registration (payable to NYLA) is due to the NYLA office (252 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY. 12210-1800) by November 8.

01 November 2007

Photos from the Gaming workshop

Check out photos from today's gaming workshop at MVLS! Attendees got to try out baseball and bowling on a Nintendo Wii..... (Cathy from Schoharie is a super wii bowler!) Click on the picture to head to the MVLS Flickr page!

29 October 2007

Pied Piper Award

The Pied Piper Award, administered by the Youth Services Section of NYLA, recognizes excellence in the creation of promotional materials for a library program, or the creation of an individual program that promotes service to the young people of New York State Libraries. Submissions for the 2008 award must have been created between January 1 and December 1, 2007, and the application must be received by December 5, 2007.

26 October 2007

Grant Opportunity - Conservation/Preservation Grants

The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research materials provides $500,000 each year for preserving materials in the collections of libraries, archives, historical societies and similar agencies. There is a strong competition for the $500,000. The grant awards in 2008/09 will be limited to a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $30,000.

Applications must be received in the NYSL's Division of Library Development office by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 7, 2007. Questions about the program can be directed to Barbara Lilley, 518-486-4864, blilley@mail.nysed.gov.

25 October 2007

Grant Opportunity - Speakers in the Humanities

Launched in 1983, the Speakers in the Humanities program brings the best in humanities scholarship to thousands of people at hundreds of cultural organizations in virtually every corner of New York. To host a lecture in your town, just select a topic, contact the Speaker, and apply for funding through the Council. Speakers events must be open to the public and free of charge. If your application is successful, the Council covers the cost of the Speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses. Newly added are lecture topics supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative (see this previous post for information on applying for the We the People Bookshelf Grant.) Speakers in the Humanities applications for the 2008 calendar year are currently being accepted.

Grant Opportunity - Alibris Collection Award

The Alibris Collection Award is an annual grant of up to $3000 worth of books to an academic, public, special, or K-12 library supporting specific collection development projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the selected library.

The purpose of the Award is to help provide materials for libraries with replacement projects, retrospective collection development projects, or routine collection building needs.

Applications are due by December 1, 2007. Procedures for applying can be found here.

Baker & Taylor Young Author Writing Contest

Baker & Taylor is launching a writing contest for kids ages 12 and under to create an original story based on our famous cat mascots, Baker and Taylor! Here’s the best part: The winner of the writing contest will have their story published! Red Cygnet Press, our publisher partner in the contest, will use the winning Baker & Taylor entry and will pair your story with illustrations by a “rising star” illustrator that they will identify to create a picture book for children ages 3 – 7. The finished product will be published by Red Cygnet Press and distributed through Baker & Taylor like any other picture book you’d find in a bookstore or library.

Full details on this contest and a printable contest flyer are available on the B&T website.

23 October 2007

MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group

The MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group (SMUG) will meet on Monday, November 5, 9:30 AM, at the Johnstown Public Library. Please RSVP to Deb Callery (518-762-8317) at Johnstown if you plan to attend.

12 October 2007

Workshop - Gaming in the Library

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: Coffee at 9:00 AM; workshop 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Place: MVLS Service Center
Presenter: trevor Oakley, Teen Services Librarian, Guilderland Public Library

Let's talk Gaming in the library! Come learn what games are (electronic and non), the importance of games and how to use them in your library, and how to add games to your library's collections. RSVP to Sue Rokos by October 30.

More Congratulations!

Congratulation to Barb Madonna, Director of the Gloversville Public Library. Barb was recently elected Secretary of the Public Libraries Section of NYLA.

10 October 2007


Congratulations to MVLS' Lois Gordon, who has been selected as a 2007 Dewey Fellow representing the Public Libraries Section of NYLA.

Dewey Fellowships are awarded to three NYLA members, selected by designated Section, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. Dewey Fellows are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
1) five or more years of experience as a librarian,
2) record of accomplishment in the library profession, and
3) involvement in activities to advance the library community.

The Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1250 of the cost of attendance of the 2007 NYLA Annual Conference. Additionally, each Dewey Fellow will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for use at the NYLA store, and will be acknowledged on NYLA's website, at the Annual Conference and in the NYLA Bulletin.

02 October 2007

Fall Festival of Books

The Children's Literature Connection and the English Department of Hudson Valley Community College present The Fall Festival of Books, Saturday October 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at HVCC Bulmer Telecommunications Center, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy.

The Fall Festival of Books is C.L.C.'s 4th annual greeting/selling/autographing celebration of children’s literature. School and public librarians, educators and the general public are invited to meet authors and illustrators, buy their books and chat as books are autographed. Professionals are encouraged to speak with authors about school visits, and hear about exciting upcoming projects. It’s a great time to think about unique holiday gifts too.
This year, for the first time, the authors will have the opportunity to showcase their work via individual presentations. This year we are happy to announce that our authors will include:
Sylvie Kantorovitz (Wickstrom), Matt McElligott, Karen Beil, Kyra Teis, Alexandra Siy, Rose Kent, Eric Luper, Thomas Styles, Marlene Newman, Liza Frenette, Daniel Mahoney, Peter Marino, and Bob Hervey.

In addition, we are pleased to announce a fantastic door prize! Attendees qualify for a free author visit from award winning writer Jennifer Armstrong.
This is a free event, no registration is required. Free parking is available. Directions to HVCC’’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center are available here.

This event is sponsored by the CLC and the HVCC English Department.

For more Fall Festival info, visit www.childrensliteratureconnection.org Or e-mail Janice Toomajian (jwt@nycap.rr.com)or Meg Seinberg-Hughes (megrarian@hotmail.com).

27 September 2007

Fort Plain Under Construction

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Construction is underway at Fort Plain, and you can follow their progress through photos posted to Flickr! Check out the Fort Plain blog for updates, and visit their Flickr account to see pictures as the construction progresses. Click on the photo here to link to their Flickr page.

Job Posting - Canajoharie Library

The Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum is seeking applicants for a part-time library clerk. Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-5:00, and some weekdays required.

Duties include: Staffing library/museum desk, checking in/out library materials, shelving books, selling museum admissions and gift shop items.

Applicants should have a good working knowledge of computers and have an excellent customer service attitude.

Send resume and letter of interest by US mail or email by October 12th to:

Leah LaFera
Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum
2 Erie Boulevard
Canajoharie, NY 13317

21 September 2007

State Proclaims Library Friends Week

The New York Library Association is pleased to announce that the week of October 21-27th has been proclaimed Friends of Libraries Week by Governor Spitzer at the request of the State Legislature. A National Friends of Libraries Week was initiated last year, but this is the first time that the State of New York has officially commemorated the week.

There are 754 public libraries in New York State serving over 9 million library card holders (51% of the state's population). Many of these libraries have Friends groups that help raise both public awareness and financial support for their libraries. The public support and financial contributions garnered by these Friends groups help their libraries in providing enhanced programming, purchasing new equipment and technology, and sponsoring special events.

Libraries and Friends groups all over New York State are urged to check out the many suggested activities, sample press releases and proclamations on Friends of Libraries USA’s web site.

Workshop: Re-Inventing the Customer-Centered Library

Date: Friday, October 26, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: Karen Hyman, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative
Cost: $25 for non-UHLS libraries (if space available after Oct. 5)

Learn how:

  • To see your library from the customer’s point of view
  • Develop and implement the culture, policies, services and environment that
    support a customer-centered library
  • Focus on user needs/expectations and service opportunities
  • Operate your library for the convenience of the customer
  • Make customer service a way of life

For more information and to register, contact Jo-Ann Benedetti at UHLS, 437-9880 ext 225.

(This program is funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the NYS Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.)

Educator Savings Week at Borders

From Wednesday, September 26 through Tuesday, October 2, librarians, teachers and anyone else working in the education field can save 25% off the list price of books, CDS, DVDs and more at Borders. Proof of educator status is required. Special receptions are being held in Borders stores on Friday, September 28 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Visit the Borders website for more information.

18 September 2007

Grand Opening of The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of the new Arkell Museum at Canajoharie this Sunday, September 23, from 12:30 PM to 6:45 PM. A full day of events is planned, including storytelling, crafts, and hot air balloon rides (weather permitting.) A full schedule of events is available on the new Arkell Museum website. Of course, attached to the museum is the newly renovated and expanded Canajoharie Library, fully recovered from last year's flooding. Please stop by this weekend and see the wonderful changes that have taken place in Canajoharie.

Grant Opportunity: IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is intended to provide small and medium-sized libraries and museums with essential resources needed to improve the condition of their collections. The Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries' special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The Bookshelf will be distributed free of charge to 2,000 institutions. Applications must be submitted online during one of two application periods. The first runs through November 15, 2007; the second runs from March 1 through April 15, 2008.
Complete information and application forms can be found here.

(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for sharing this.)

Workshop: Coping with Those Teens

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Mohawk Valley Library System
Presenter: Chris McGinty, Youth Services Librarian, Bethlehem Public Library
Preview books to be distributed beginning at 8:30 AM!
Director's Council to follow workshop; lunch will be provided.

Let's talk teens! In your library after school, on weekend.... or NOT in your library as the case may be. How to get them, keep them, and keep your sanity!
RSVP to Sue Rokos by October 2.

Workshop: By the Book Readers' Advisory Conference

Date: Thurs., November 15 - Fri., November 16, 2007
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM on Friday
Place: Albany Public Library
Presenters: Neal Wyatt and Michael Gannon
Cost: $65, includes breakfast and lunch on 11/16

Join Albany Public Library as we look toward the future of readers’ advisory in our fourth annual By the Book conference. Our featured speakers will be Neal Wyatt, Collection Management Librarian for Chesterfield County Public Library, Chesterfield, VA, and Michael B. Gannon, Associate Director for Administrative Services for Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Hyattsville, MD. With an exciting slate of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled for Friday, November 16, APL’s By the Book is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their home libraries.

Neal Wyatt will discuss reading maps, a recent cover topic in Library Journal, and she’ll also lead afternoon breakout sessions designed to give you hands on experience with this new and exciting RA tool. Reading maps offer librarians a varied and wider range of options for connecting readers with books that go beyond the traditional appeal factors.

Michael B. Gannon will share with us his advice for making the most of book covers when offering readers’ advisory services to readers. We’ll also look beyond providing readers’ advisory for very popular genres like mystery and romance: Mr. Gannon, also the author of Blood, Bedlam, Bullets, and Badguys: A Reader’s Guide to Adventure/Suspense Fiction, will lead an afternoon breakout session on reaching out to readers of adventure and suspense fiction.

Explore one of the most in-demand new genres, urban fiction, with Albany Public Library’s own urban fiction RA expert Scott Jarzombek, Branch Librarian. Plus we’ll expand our breakout sessions to include children’s and young adult RA with Jendy Murphy, Head of APL’s Gerald D. Jennings Children’s Library.

Attendees at this year’s event are invited to join us Thursday night for refreshments and a chance to share the “Best of the Book Groups.” Bring your favorite book group title and tell us why it worked for you! The $65 registration fee also includes breakfast and lunch on Friday, November 16; student registrations are $25 (student ID required).

Registrations must be received by Wednesday, November 7. For a full conference schedule, registration forms, and directions to APL, visit the website.

13 September 2007

New Science Database Available

The New York State Library has added a new databse to the list of offerings available through NOVEL. The newly added Science Reference Center contains full text articles on topics including: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, physics, science & society, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also assists teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

The Science Reference Center has been added to all member library database pages, under Magazines, Journals and Newspapers, Encyclopedias, and Homework Help.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

Sue says:

As we all grapple with finalizing our summer reading program statistics (and sending them off to the appropriate people!!), think about how to use them for some positive followup promotion! I was given the "Library Kidspages: Free Programs for Youth and Families at the Madison Public Libraries Fall 2007" newsmagazine, and highlighted on the back pages was a message, with a message:

Thanks for Your Support!

The 2007 Summer Library Program, Get a Clue, has been a huge success. Our summer readers had a great time and are returning to school with strengthened reading skills. We'd like to thank our community partners for making the 2007 Summer Library program so successful. A big thank you goes out to Rocky Rococo's Pizza, Noodles & Company, the Madison Mallards, Overture Center for the Arts, the Department of Public Instruction, the Goodman Pool, the South Central Library System, Christa Dubill and the Channel 27 News, and the Friends of Madison Public Library. Thanks for a wonderful summer!

What a great way to not only thank your sponsors, but credit your library for supporting education, and begin to gather support for next year! Don't you think that other news channels and community organizations will want to get in on the action next summer??? Start now!

11 September 2007

Grant Opportunity - We the People Bookshelf

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the fifth We the People Bookshelf project. Part of the NEH's We the People initiative, the Bookshelf is a grant program created to encourage young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history.

This year’s theme is Created Equal. Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 10, 2007 through January 25, 2008. In spring 2008, NEH and ALA will select 3,000 libraries to receive the Created Equal Bookshelf. Those selected will be required to use the Bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities. A list of titles included in the Bookshelf and a list of programming ideas are available on the grant website.

07 September 2007

Workshop - Marketing Made Simple

Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie
Cost: $60 for non-MHLS libraries

MHLS is pleased to announce that Peggy Barber will be coming to MHLS to do a workshop on simple and effective marketing techniques. Focusing on Word-of-Mouth Marketing and Tips for Promoting Online Resources this day long workshop should give you loads of simple and efficient tips to bring back to your co-workers, fellow board members and Friends to help get the word out about your library and all it has to offer.

Peggy Barber was formerly the Associate Executive Director for Communication for the American Library Association (ALA). She established the ALA Public Information Office, Public Programs Office and the ALA Graphics program, including the widely known "Celebrity Read" poster series. She worked to implement the universal library logo that appears on streets and roads across the country. Her current work as a consultant is focused on marketing and communication support for libraries.

Register now for what promises to be a valuable day! Participants will learn techniques for:
· Word-of-mouth marketing
· Promoting databases
· Delivering the message

Register online through the Mid-Hudson Library System calendar. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Workshop - Endowing Your Library

Endowing Your Library: Using Local Community Foundations to Endow Your Library
Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie

Looking for a streamlined way to connect big donors with your library? An endowment fund provides community members with a clear opportunity to make a long-term investment in your library. This workshop will explain the ins and outs of setting up an endowment fund for your library using a local community foundation. Representatives from two libraries that currently have funds with their local community foundation will join us to share their experience.

This workshop is appropriate for library administrators, trustees and Friends from any size library, and will be facilitated by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS with Andrea Reynolds and David Ringwood of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County.

The workshop will cover:
·Endowment basics
·Accountability in the investment of tax dollars - the benefits of using a Community Foundation

Register online through the Mid-Hudson Library System calendar. There is no charge for this workshop.

05 September 2007

PLA Conference Registration Open

Registration opened today for the 12th PLA National Conference, to be held in Minneapolis March 25-29, 2008.

Visit the PLA conference web site for information about registration, conference programming, special events, travel, and everything the conference and Minnespolis have to offer.

Letters About Literature Contest

Entry forms are now available for the 2008 Letters About Literature contest. The NY Center for the Book welcomes entries from readers in grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12 living in New York state. Readers enter the contest by writing a letter to an author expressing the way(s) in which the author's book has influenced them.

The contest officially runs from September 1 to December 14. Entry forms are now available online on the New York Center for the Book web site. First place winners at the NY State level move to a round of judging at the national level. Winners at the State level receive Target gift cards; winners at the National level receive Target gift cards and grants for their libraries ranging from $1000 to $10,000.

Additional information is available on the Library of Congress Letters About Literature web site.

31 August 2007

Inventions @ Your Library

Sue says:

Our local school is moving from a Winter/Spring Science and Invention Fair to holding it in November! This reminds me that our libraries might need some new books to pique the interest of kids and parents!

Take a look at some of these, which will appear on our next collaborative bookmark with the Schenectady Museum!

AND, Check out these Series:

(Source: LibrarySparks, Jan 2007)

Grant Opportunity - Let's Talk About It! Jewish Literature

Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office are accepting applications for grants to support Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature in public and academic libraries across the United States. Libraries that have not hosted a Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature series before are eligibile to apply for a $2,500 grant.
The application deadline is December 3, 2007.

Grant Opportunity - Underserved Populations Outreach Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Candlewick Press are pleased to announce “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved,” a one-time grant of $5,000 for a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations. The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSSPCC) will select the winner and may name up to three Honorable Mentions. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, speak English as a second language, are in a non-traditional school environment or a non-traditional family setting (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system and children in gay and lesbian families) and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs. Applications are available through the links above. Deadline to apply is December 3, 2007.

30 August 2007

Don't Throw Away Your Tax-Exempt Status

Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations will have a new filing requirement. It’s short, easy and electronic – it’s the new e-Postcard.

If you are a tax-exempt organization that normally has annual gross receipts of $25,000 or less and does not have to file Form 990 or 990-EZ, you must file the e-Postcard. The e-Postcard is due by the 15th day of the fifth month after the close of your tax year. So if your organization operates on a calendar year, the e-Postcard is due by May 15 of the following year.

What happens if you don’t file? You risk losing your tax-exempt status! If you think this new filing requirement may apply to your organization, go to http://www.irs.gov/eo for complete details and while you’re there sign up for Exempt Organization’s free email newsletter, EO Update, to receive up-to-date information posted on the charity pages of irs.gov.
(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for the info above.)

Library Street Teams

Looking for a new stategy in promoting your library programs AND using teen volunteers? Why not create your own library "Street Team?" Street Teams (what's a Street Team?) are used by bands and festivals to help promote their shows by placing fliers, posters, and more throughout communities. Grass roots organizations are now embracing them. Look for examples by googling "Street Teams", or check out your favorite small town band and festival's websites.

Your Library Street Team could distribute program fliers and posters to community businesses, organizations and schools. Their word of mouth publicity would get their friends, and then, their friends' friends, into your library as well. Plus, you'd get the benefit of their opinions quickly as they picked up the program fliers!

Of course, you wouldn't have to limit your Street Team to teens! This would also be a great way to utilize other adult volunteers to infiltrate their particular community organizations and business interests to spread the library word.

Try it out by placing an "ad" on your library blog or web page and share it with us in a comment here!

YALSA to Offer Four Online Courses

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering four online courses this fall: “Booktalks Quick and Simple,” “New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens,” “Reaching Teens with Gaming” and “YALSA Competencies Live.” “Booktalks Quick and Simple” and “Reaching Teens with Gaming” will run October 1 to October 31; “New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens” and “YALSA Competencies Live” will run October 1 to November 9.

Costs for each 4-week workshop range from $135 to $195; each 6-week workshop costs from $149 to $215. Since courses are online, participants can complete course activities at a time that fits with their schedules.

Summaries of each course as well as registration information are available on the ALA website. Registrations will be accepted through September 17.

24 August 2007

National Public Library Construction Needs Survey

If you have not already done so, please complete a very brief online survey regarding public library construction needs by August 31. The survey can be found here.

The results of this national construction survey will help to document the need for new federal funding for public library construction and major renovation. It has been more than 20 years since national data about public library construction needs has been collected and more than 10 years since federal funds were available to local public libraries for construction and renovation. More than half of New York State’s public library buildings are over 60 years old. Many buildings need to be replaced and many others require major renovations or additions. New York State’s public libraries and neighborhood branches have a documented $1.7 billion need for construction and renovation over the next five years and many libraries would greatly benefit from new federal assistance.

Please note that, for the purpose of this survey, the definition of "renovation" is more restrictive than as defined under the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program. The definition does not include the replacement of existing windows, doors, or roofs. Nor does it allow for expansion of parking lots or replacement of sidewalks. It does, however, include major upgrading or replacement of mechanical systems - HVAC, electrical, and plumbing - and lighting systems, the installation of elevators and ramps for physical accessibility, interior reconstruction, and major restoration of the exteriors of library buildings.

This national survey was developed by staff at the New Jersey State Library with input from all 50 State library agencies, the American Library Association and others. If you have questions about the online survey or need further assistance, please contact your public library system or contact Grace Kelly, Public Library Construction Program Manager, at the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development at gkelly@mail.nysed.gov.

Bad News for Reading....

A new poll reveals that 1 in 4 adults read no books at all in the past year.....
Read the article here.

23 August 2007

Workshop - Budgeting Beyond the Nuts and Bolts

Date: Thurs., October 4
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Place: NYLINK Offices
Instructor: June Garcia
Cost: $225 for NYLINK members, $275 for non-members (cost includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Join us for a fascinating look at budgeting, beyond the basics of revenue and expenditures. The program will consist of a morning presentation by known consultant and speaker June Garcia on budgeting challenges and opportunities; including budgeting for physical changes, budgeting for new service and how to approach your funding agency for new budget needs.

In the afternoon we will hear from a 4 person panel with a representative from an academic institution, a museum, a public library and a school library system. The panel will share some of their experiences with budgeting followed by break out group discussions.

Register online for this workshop here.

Grant Opportunity - Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nnprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for new readers, below grade level readers, and readers with learning disabilities. Your organization must belocated within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store. An application can be downloaded here. The application deadline in October 5.

Grant Opportunity - Lois Lensky Covey Foundation

The Lois Lensky Covey Foundation provides grants to public and school libraries serving at-risk children to purchase books. Grants range from $500 to $5000. The application is a very simple two-page form, which is available at NYLA's website. The deadline to apply is October 15.

21 August 2007

The Hollywood Librarian to be Screened Locally

For anyone who couldn't make it to the world premier of the documentary The Hollywood Librarian at ALA in June, you'll have a second chance to see the film. Two screenings of the film will take place locally during Banned Books Week (September 29 - October 6.) The 96-minute documentary is the first look at the real work and skills of the more than 60,000 librarians working in the U.S. The film provides a glimpse into this well-loved but little understood profession and will leave audiences with a new appreciation for a group of people who have been called “democracy’s heroes.”

Local screenings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 4 at 3:30 PM

Tickets will be required and admission will be charged for the general public (but librarians will be admitted free!) Please contact the host site for ticket information after September 15.

20 August 2007

Workshop - Managing Risk in Your Library

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Bethlehem Public Library
Cost: $85 for NYLA members, $125 for nonmembers

Managing Risk is an important role that every member of your library team can be part of.
This full day workshop will cover the follwing areas in depth:

  • General Safety - Will provide an overview of safety on the job and the impact it has on employees as well as the employer.
  • Violence in the Workplace - Gain an understanding of violence in the workplace, whether as the result of internal of external froces and its effects on safety and health; as well as ways to prevent and reduce violence in the workplace.
  • Proper Lifting Techniques - understanding body mechanics as it relates to lifting; understanding the stresses placed on the back when lifting incorrectly; learning how to avoid injury by using proper lifting techniques.
  • Workers' Compensation - Learn why the system was established; when and when not to file a claim; what is and is not a 'Workers' Comp' incident; and the impact of the recently enacted Workers' Compensation Reform Legislation on both employee and the employer.

Presenters: Speakers will be representatives from the NY State Insurance Fund as well as the 497 New York State Public Entities Safety Group.

Full workshp details and registrations forms are available on the NYLA website. The registration deadline is two weeks before the workshop date.

New in the Professional Collection

Just added:

Your Public Vote: A Jumpstart Guide to Success. created by the Mid-Hudson Library System as part of their 2005-2007 LSTA project, Getting to Yes.

15 August 2007

Science in the Summer in the Times Union

The Times Union newspaper featured MVLS' Science in the Summer programs on Friday August 10. Check out the story here.

13 August 2007

Book Sale Tips

Having a book sale? The Mid-Hudson Library System has a great list of book sale tips and resources.

Grant Opportunity - My Hometown Helper

Hamburger Helper’s MyHometownHelper.com will continue to support initiatives that help hometowns across America through the spring of 2008. Awards will be based on the merit of the project as well as its impact and support within the community. Examples of eligible projects include the purchase of playground equipment; books for schools, libraries, or literacy programs; supplies for local food banks; and tutoring or job training initiatives. All requests for funding must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization, municipal agency, civic organization, or public school. Applicants can request a one-time award ranging from $500 to $15,000. Applications will be accepted from August 1 to September 30, 2007, and February 1 to March 31, 2008. Visit the MyHometownHelper.com web site for an online application information. The application consists of a 250-word essay and basic information about the applying organization.

07 August 2007

NYLA Conference Registration

The Early Bird registration deadline for the 2007 NYLA conference is fast approaching! Register by August 15 to secure the best rates for this year's conference, to be held in Buffalo from October 17-20. Register online and save even more! And remember that MVLS has funding available to offset conference costs for one attendee from each member library. Contact Carol for information on receiving this funding.

Polaris Enhancements Voting

Member library input is again invited on enhancements to the Polaris system.

Complete the ballot with instructions for viewing and voting for enhancements that have been submitted by Polaris users nationwide. We will tabulate votes from MVLS and SALS users for Michele Largeteau, who is our voting representative to the Polaris Users Group. You are encouraged to talk with other staff about the enhancements.

The list of enhancements is available online on the Polaris Extranet. The user ID and password are the same as for the Polaris Extranet, and are available on the JA Intranet.

Please return your ballot by courier (MVLS), fax (355-0674) or email (mvls@mvls.info) to Kathy Insero at MVLS no later than Monday, Sept. 10, 2007. Polaris will respond to the enhancements at the Polaris Users Group Annual Meeting in October.

If you have any questions, please contact your system trainers.

06 August 2007

Workshop - Disaster Planning for Your Library

Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery
Director's Council to follow workshop

Last summer’s flooding in Montgomery County sent a strong message to all of us of the need for disaster planning before a disaster occurs. While a disaster plan is recommended for every library, frequently only after a situation occurs does the need become priority. This workshop will cover appropriate library planning as well as provide advice about what to do when a disaster strikes. Maria Holden, Head of Archival Services at the New York State Archives will provide information and advice on developing plans and answer questions.
Please register for this workshop with Kathy Insero.

Workshop - Trustee Training

Monday, Sept. 10 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Johnstown Public Library
Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10:00 AM - noon, Schoharie Free Library

Trustee training will be offered to MVLS member library trustees in September. Each session will discuss the role and responsibilities of the library trustee, and give an overview of New York’s library network, governance structure and legal requirements.

Topics covered will include:

  • how libraries are governed
  • your library as part of a statewide network - the roles of the Division of Library Development and the System
  • the responsibilities of trustees and boards
  • the director/trustee relationship

Trustees should pre-register for one of the above sessions by contacting Kathy Insero (355-2010 ext 221).

02 August 2007

NYLA/PLS Dewey Fellowship

The Publis Libraries Section of NYLA has the opportunity to nominate an individual for a Dewey Fellowship. This award covers up to $1,250 of the cost of attending the annual NYLA conference, plus a $100 gift certificate to the NYLA Store. The honoree will be acknowledged on the NYLA and PLS websites, at the annual conference, and in the NYLA bulletin.

Criteria for the Fellowship are:

  • Five or more years experience as a librarian
  • A record of accomplishment in the profession
  • Involvement in activities to advance the library community

If you are interested in submitting your name for consideration for this year's Dewey Fellowship, please submit your application to Carol Clingan. Application forms are available on the NYLA website under 'Awards and Scholarships'. Applications must be received by Friday, August 17, 2007.

MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group Meeting

The MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group will meet on Tuesday, August 21 from 9:30 Am to noon at the Town of Ballston Community Library in Burnt Hills. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Dealing with bounced e-mail notices
  • Item specific requests
  • 3.3 upgrade schedule
  • Renewal issues
  • Patron registration issues
  • CybraryN issues
  • Generator questions

01 August 2007

Job Posting - Mid-York Library System

Mid-York Library System, a medium-sized 3 county cooperative public library system headquartered in Utica, NY, seeks an Assistant Director/Outreach Consultant to provide administrative support for general management of the System, with specific supervisory responsibility over 4 departments. The successful candidate will manage the system’s public relations, planning and evaluation activities, outreach projects, annual reports and construction grant programs. This person will coordinate system-wide special projects such as the Regional Read.

Candidate must have MLS degree from an accredited library school; New York State certification; several years experience in administration of system or large public library; or several years as a consultant in a public library system; or any other combination of training and experience sufficient to indicate ability to perform the job. Must possess driver’s license. Salary will be negotiated. Benefits include 24 days vacation, 1 sick day per month, 4 personal days per year, excellent health insurance, with dental and optical, and NYS retirement. No Civil Service. We are looking for someone who is flexible, creative, customer-oriented and innovative, with a good sense of humor. We want to have the new Assistant Director in place by December 10, 2007.

If this sounds like you, send your resume to Mary Lou Caskey, Director, Mid-York Library System, 1600 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY 13502 or mcaskey@midyork.org by August 31, 2007.

31 July 2007

Polaris 3.3 Webinars

Polaris is offering webinars to introduce new features of Polaris 3.3. JA will be subscribing to these webinars; any MVLS/SALS member library staff may attend. There are two parts and both will be offered at the Town of Ballston Community Library in Burnt Hills only. They will be on August 15th and 16th. Please RSVP to Michele Largeteau. (NOTE: These are repeats of the sessions held in early July at MVLS and SALS.)

Introduction to New Polaris 3.3 Functionality - Part I and II
Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16, 2007
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Part I will cover the following functionality,

-Staff Client
-Patron Services

Part II will cover the following functionality,


30 July 2007

Grant Opportunity - Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants of $500 to public libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. In the past, minigrants have funded creative programs including multi-cultural portrait projects, bookmaking, intergenerational journals, etc. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. The application deadline is September 15, annually. The application form and complete guidelines are available on the Foundation's web site.

25 July 2007

Polaris Users Group Annual Meeting

Date: Thurs., October 4 - Sat., October 6, 2007
Place: Doubletree Hotel Syracuse

A meeting agenda and registration forms are available on the Polaris Users Group website. Registrations must be received by September 7, 2007.

Some highlight of this year's meeting:

  • PUG attendees have been invited by Onondaga County Library (a new Polaris customer and PUG member)to the Banned Books Read-A-Thon and reception on Wednesday night.
  • Our keynote speaker (and session presenter) is Tim Spalding of LibraryThing.
  • Thursday will be "Polaris Day" with Polaris staff hosting sessions on what's new, what's coming, enhancements, etc.

24 July 2007

Workshop: Tech for Youth

Tech for Youth: Connecting to Children and Teens through Technology
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: MidHudson Library System, Poughkeepsie
Presenter: Linda Braun
Cost: $25 for non-MHLS libraries before Aug. 1 / $30 after Aug. 1

In order for libraries to be attractive and relevant to young people and provide quality service to them, library staff must be familiar with the latest technology and how it can be put to use in libraries. In many cases, the new technologies will make the job of serving local youth easier and more efficient. In this workshop you'll find out how others are connecting with youth via technology and how you can do it, too.
This workshop will cover:
  • Social networking (including microblogging and social sites like MySpace), wikis, blogs, and podcasts
  • Programs and services that use these technologies
  • How to market what you are doing using current and emerging technology

Register online through the MHLS web calendar.

2007-2008 Construction Grant Programs

State Librarian Janet M. Welch announced recently that for the second year in a row, the New York State Legislature has provided a special $14 million allocation for public library construction in New York State. These capital funds are separate from, and in addition to, the annual $800,000 local assistance funds appropriated for 2007-08.

The 2007-08 construction programs are similar but not identical to the 2006-07 programs which resulted in 201 grants for the $14 million program and 71 grants for the $800,000 program throughout the state.

Public libraries or public library systems may apply for a construction grant for the purpose of site acquisition (purchase of land with an existing building), or for the construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of a library building. The grant can fund up to 50% of the cost of an eligible project. Routine maintenance is not fundable under the public library construction program.

Application materials for both the $14 million and $800,000 programs are available on the State Library's website. They include the grant application and instructions, budget forms, an application checklist, a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, and information on the allocation of funds throughout the state.

Please note that local libraries must work with their public library system and submit their applications to the system before they will be reviewed by the State Library. The deadline for receipt of applications at MVLS is Wednesday, August 1. The MVLS Plan for Administration of State Aid for Library Construction is available on our website.

Questions about the construction grant program can be directed to Lois Gordon or Carol Clingan at MVLS.

20 July 2007

Workshop: Connecting Boys with Books

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: Michael Sullivan
Cost: $25 for non-UHLS libraries (if space available after Aug. 15)

Boys are failing to read at an alarming rate. Libraries are not solving the problem because boys are not a presence in libraries. Find out how we lose boys, and why, what the consequences are for boys, and what we as librarians can do to save boys from lives as non-readers. Michael Sullivan brings more than fifteen years experience as a Children’s Librarian and Library Director, storyteller, chess teacher, and author of the book Connecting Boys With Books (ALA , 2003) and The Fundamentals of Children’s Services (ALA , 2005). He will share practical, proven, and sometimes off-beat suggestions on how to turn boys into life-long readers.
For more information and to register, contact Jo-Ann Benedetti at UHLS, 437-9880 ext 225.
(This program is funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the NYS Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.)

17 July 2007

Hudson Valley Conference on Boys and Reading

On August 23, Michael Sullivan will be speaking at the Dutchess BOCES on Rt. 44 in Poughkeepsie. Sullivan is a nationally recognized speaker, librarian, author and passionate advocate for boys and reading. He will discuss the huge negative impact poor literacy has on young males and offer creative suggestions to schools, libraries and parents for nurturing a life-long love of reading in this population.

The schedule is as follows:
  • Morning session (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM): Boys, Reading and the Culture of Literacy (for school administrators, library directors and staff)
  • Afternoon session (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM): Connecting Boys with Books (for public and school librarians)
Registration: There is a fee of $25 per session for non-MHLS libraries. Register online through the MHLS Online Calendar.

This series of programs is being jointly sponsored by MHLS, Dutchess and Ulster BOCES School Library Systems, Dutchess BOCES Educational Resources Division and the Mid-Hudson Principals' Center. For further information, contact MHLS Youth Services Coordinator, Margaret Keefe at 845.471.6060 x35.

05 July 2007

Free Literature Books from the Poulin Project

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) is pleased to announce the 2007 Poulin Project! We hope you will participate in this unique program that distributes literature books to libraries, schools, hospitals, and community centers in New York State completely free of charge.

The Al Poulin Jr. Independent Publishers Development Project² is run by the DUC in collaboration with The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in honor of the late poet, translator and founder of BOA Editions, Ltd.

The project supports independent publishers from New York State by introducing the work of hundreds of contemporary writers and poets to new audiences, while also helping local libraries to diversify their collections. BOA Editions, Ltd is just one of the many publishers that donate new books on literature, poetry and essays each year. Below is a list of a few recent contributors.

Poulin Project books are distributed in standard sets of approximately 40 titles. We recommend them for an audience with a reading comprehension level of high school students or above. These volumes arrive within a short period of time because they are less labor intensive to process than the hundreds of customized orders for art books from the DUC.

For more information about the Poulin Project or the DUC Library Program, please visit our website.

03 July 2007

New in the Professional Collection

Just added:

Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service by Michael Casey and Laura Savastinuk

Looks like a great resource!

NYLA/ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award

The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is currently seeking nominations for the NYLA/ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award.

The NYLA/ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award is given to an individual or library for outstanding contribution to the principles of intellectual freedom in New York State. It is awarded at the annual NYLA Conference.

Nominees can be individuals or groups in New York State who have met and resisted attempts at censorship or have otherwise furthered the cause of intellectual freedom. Those submitting names for consideration for this award should provide the following information about the nominee: duration of the nominee’s support of intellectual freedom; incidents that are especially noteworthy; support from local and state organizations, community members, and others; relevant supportive data such as newspaper articles, letters of commendation, etc.; names, addresses, and phone numbers of two people who will be contacted to provide evidence and support for the nomination. Please note that members of NYLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee are not eligible for this award.

Click here for complete award details and a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 27, 2007.

29 June 2007

Toolkit for New Immigrants Available

Public libraries are each eligible to receive one free copy of the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit from the Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Toolkit can help libraries begin or enhance collections for immigrants. It includes immigration and civics publications, handbooks, ideas for use, and multimedia tools. These toolkits will be distributed on a first come-first served basis. Copies are limited--additional copies may be purchased through the Government Printing Office in the future. Libraries may order the Toolkit directly from the website: http://www.citizenshiptoolkit.gov

27 June 2007

Pimp My Bookcart Contest II

Need an idea for a teen program this summer? Put together a group and enter the Pimp My Bookcart contest, sponsored by Highsmith and Bill and Gene, the guys from Unshelved, the comic strip devoted to libraries. Your library could win fabulous prizes, including new bookcarts and Highsmith gift certificates. For inspiration, check out last year's winners (one from Albany Public got an honorable mention!)
The official rules:
  • Contest is open to libraries, schools, bookstores, businesses and anyone with a bookcart that needs a little something extra.
  • Any materials can be used to pimp your cart, pre-bought or home-made accessories are acceptable, just be creative.
  • To submit, e-mail pictures of your pimped-out bookcart (front, back, and sides) to Bill & Gene (unshelved@overduemedia.com).
  • By sending in your picture, you agree to let us post your entry on the site and reprint as needed.
  • Bill and Gene will pick the winning entries.
  • Deadline for entries is October 31st, 2007 so get pimping!

St. Johnsville Library Featured in WMHT Production

On Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm, WMHT will premiere a new, locally produced series entitled, It's an Age Thing: Our Communities. This program, which will be broadcast every Wednesday night for 13 weeks, offers feature stories from around our community and expert interviews that highlight the creative and caring ways people in our Capital District are making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens. In addition to its 7:30 PM Wednesday timeslot, the program will reair on Saturdays at 4:30 PM and Sundays at 7:30 PM.

The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville will be featured in this new series. The segment featuring the Reaney Library will air July 4 (7:30 PM), July 7 (4:30 PM) and July 8 (7:30 PM).

Trustee Emeriti Named

The Mohawk Valley Library System Board of Trustees is proud to announce the election of two Trustee Emeriti for the system board. In recognition of their tireless work on behalf of MVLS and the member libraries, Virginia Conover and Harold Wusterbarth have been named Trustee Emeriti.

This honor is given to MVLS trustees who have served ten years or more and made major contributions to the system. They function as resources to the board and do not have voting privileges.

Congratulations and thank you, Virginia and Harold!

25 June 2007

Workshop - Public Library Districts

A number of system-wide workshops on Public Library Districts have been scheduled this summer, including one in our neighboring Mid York Library system. Conducted by Richard Panz of Webster, NY, consultant to the New York State Library, the workshops are supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Workshops are scheduled for:
Wednesday, July 18 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Mid-York Library System
Monday, July 23 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System
Thursday, August 9 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ramapo Catskill Library System

Further information, directions to each site, and registration information is available on the NYS Library website.

24 June 2007

Polaris 3.3 Webinars

Polaris is offering webinars to introduce new features of Polaris 3.3. JA will be subscribing to these webinars; any MVLS/SALS member library staff may attend. There are two parts and both will be offered in two locations – at MVLS and at SALS. They will be on July 5th and 6th and Polaris tells us that they will be repeated again in August, though those dates are not yet available. Please RSVP to Kathy Insero for the MVLS site or Nancy Bowen for SALS. Space is limited, please register early.

Introduction to New Polaris 3.3 Functionality - Part I and II
Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6, 2007
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Part I will cover the following functionality,

-Staff Client
-Patron Services

Part II will cover the following functionality,


Free Furniture!

Before you take off for the summer, you might be interested to know that Niskayuna High School will be excessing a considerable amount of library shelving and furniture. Some in excellent condition and some well worn. Charlie McCambridge says: "a good nonprofit library home (school, public, academic or special) is desired for this shelving and furniture. There's enough shelving (primarily 82" single and double-faced stacks) to house over 18,000 volumes, a number of light oak single-place study carrels, computer desks and varieties of tables. It's all safe and was used by students here until last Wednesday. Inspection is welcomed, but call before you come. We won't charge, but we don't deliver, either. No cash, but you do have to carry!!! I hope to have a complete list of items by early next week." In the meantime, if you have questions or are interested, please contact Charlie McCambridge directly at 518-382-2511 x4341, or e-mail him at cmccambridge@niskyschools.org.

13 June 2007

Job Posting - Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery

The Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery seeks a full -time librarian to oversee the operation of the library for the Mohawk Valley community of Canajoharie, NY. The librarian will be responsible for library operations including acquisitions, collection maintenance, circulation, reference and public programs.

The Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery is a multi-purpose arts and cultural organization that, as a part of its mission, is an association library serving the population of the Canajoharie Central School district. The larger organization is an art and history museum, and sponsor of general arts programming. The librarian, under the supervision of the Director, is responsible for library services.

Canajoharie is a small, rural community in the middle Mohawk Valley of upstate New York. Village population is 2,200. Service area population is 6,286.

Requirements: MLS degree (or equivalent) OR significant progress toward a library degree and library experience.

Salary $32,000. Partial health and retirement benefits are offered.

Apply to:
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Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery
2 Erie Blvd.
Canajoharie, NY 13317

30 May 2007

MVLS Annual Dinner 2007

Congratulations to Emily Henry and the Sharon Springs Free Library, winners of the 2007 MVLS awards. Awards were presented at the MVLS annual dinner on May 23.

Emily Henry, Board President of the Schoharie Free Library, received the 2007 MVLS Trustee Award. Emily was honored as ‘the library’s best advocate and ambassador’ for her years of service as Board President, Trustee, and Director of the library. Her tireless dedication in fundraising, hands-on work and leadership to make the library a vital and growing institution in Schoharie were applauded.

Mary Ellen Wolfe, Director of the Sharon Springs Free Library, accepted the 2007 Library Recognition Award for the ‘Teens Making a Change – TMAC’ program that developed a teen advisory board and been the impetus for teen programming and involvement in the programs of the library. T-MAC benefited the Sharon Springs community by offering safe and fun activities and the opportunity to become directly involved in decision making for their library. It has brought teens from both the Sharon Springs and Cherry Valley communities together, forging new friendships and more opportunities for educational and social experiences in this rural area.

Also honored at the annual dinner was Terri Flower for her 20 years of service at MVLS.

Congrats to Dawn!

Congratulations to our own Dawn Lamphere, who will be celebrating 30 years as Director of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville this Friday. A reception will be held in the library from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Dawn was featured in a wonderful Schenectady Gazette article this week.