27 March 2007

St. Johnsville Fundraiser a Success

What do you get when you combine 48 extraordinary gift baskets, 61 dozen eggs, 58 pounds of pancake mix and over four hundred people? The result was a very successful Flapjacks and Fairytales pancake breakfast and theme basket raffle to benefit St. Johnsville’s Margaret Reaney Memorial Library.

Coordinated by library trustee Lois Thomas, last Sunday’s event included not only breakfast and baskets, but also face painting and storytelling for children and musical entertainment featuring guitarist Pat Clark and violinist Leo Milman.

Bob and Judy Fisher directed the cooking and serving, heading up an enthusiastic team of about twenty volunteers and library trustees. Starting at 8 AM, flapjacks were flipped without pause until all were fed. Trustee Thomas expressed the board’s gratitude for the wonderful show of support and thanked everyone for their attendance and participation. Plans are already underway for next year’s gala.

26 March 2007

Workshop - Genealogy Research

Beginning Your Genealogy Research at the National Archives
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: CDLC
Presenter: Jean Nudd, Archivist

Join CDLC for a fun, informative lunch-and-learn workshop that will show you how to get started with genealogical research at the National Archives. Full information is available here.

The cost of this program is $5, payable in advance or at the door. Bring your own lunch; CDLC will provide coffee, tea and cookies. Advanced registration deadline is April 11.

23 March 2007

Workshop - Library Security

Black Belt Librarians: Security that Works!
Date: Friday, June 1, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: MidHudson Library System, Poughkeepsie
Presenter: Warren Graham

Black Belt Librarians: Security that Works! presenter Warren Graham is nationally renowned as the "guru" of day-to-day library security procedures. This workshop is about realistic security procedure training and will be held in the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie). Target audience is front line staff, directors and security staff.

Key points will cover:

--Essential elements of a truly effective security plan.
--How to advise customers of rules in a way that will most insure compliance.
--How to recognize the levels of emotion that a customer may be in and how best to respond.
--Ten maxims of security no matter the size of your library.
--Easy ways to document your security and safety matters.

Cost of the workshop is $35. Please register using the MHLS Online Calendar.

NYLA - PLS Awards

The Public Libraries Section of NYLA is now accepting applications for the following awards:

Outstanding Public Library Building
There will be one award for a new or remodeled public library building in New York State. Emphasis will be placed upon those projects that demonstrate cost-effective solutions to space challenges as well as innovative usage of space and layout in the new library. The project must have been completed between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006. PLS will award $1000.00 plus a plaque to the winning library and may also name honorable mentions.

2007 Conference Scholarship Award
The award includes full conference registration, and up to $500.00 towards conference expenses. It also includes membership in NYLA if required by the individual. The winner is expected to attend the full conference, including the awards ceremony. Additionally, the winner will be asked to help with staffing at the PLS booth on the floor of the trade show.

L. Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship
This bi-annual award honors a library director who has given outstanding service to a community of 7500 population or less. (A professional degree is not a requirement.) Nominees are judged on personal and professional growth, quality oflibrary services provided, and initiative taken to reach underserved parts of the community. Nominations may be made by a library board member or library staff member. Each nomination must be accompanied by three letters of support from the community. The award is $1000.00, a plaque for the library, and inclusion on a plaque to be placed in the NYLA office. Attendance at the NYLA conference in Buffalo, October 18 & 19, 2007, is a requirement of acceptance.

The deadline to apply for all of these awards is June 29, 2007.

For more information and detailed application criteria, please contact Kevin Gallagher at thrall7@warwick.net or visit the NYLA web site.

15 March 2007

Storybook Sundae Fundraiser to be Held

The Johnstown Public Library is presently planning their annual Storybook Sundae fundraiser, which will be held Sunday, April 22, 2007, from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the Student Union. Tickets, which are available at the library, are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 2-10 years of age. Proceeds from the Make-Your-Own Sundae event and basket raffle benefit the Johnstown Public Library Building Fund.

A popular feature of the event is the storybook basket raffle, which will feature baskets filled and decorated by volunteers. Each basket contains at least one book and is appropriate for either children or adults. Baskets will be raffled at 2:30 PM following the social. The baskets are on display at the library and tickets may be purchased for $1 or they can be purchased at the social. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Anyone interested in donating a basket or purchasing raffle tickets may call the Library at 762-8317.

12 March 2007

Workshop - Library 2.0

Library 2.0: Becoming a User-Centered Library

Date: Thurday, May 17 OR Friday, May 18, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Thurs: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library (This session is FULL!)
Fri: Wm. K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie (This session is FULL!)
Presenter: Michael Stephens

This presentation will explore new technology trends and provide a roadmap toward becoming the "Hyperlinked Library," and focus on where library services and models are changing with the onset of Library 2.0, Web 2.0 tools and user perceptions of libraries. The Web has enabled us to connect in ways like never before. Users are creating content. Web 2.0, blogs, RSS, wikis, social sites enable us to make connections...to have conversations. What does the Read/Write library look like? How does it work? What trends are impacting library services and how have libraries adopted a 2.0 philosophy? As new technologies and services become available, how do we effectively plan in libraries? How do we plan to optimize staff, money, and time? How do we determine what's important? How do we move toward the models of user-centered service now known as Library 2.0? Blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts and the next big thing are included in this dynamic session.

This interactive workshop presented by Michael Stephens, author of the Tame the Web Blog and contributor to ALA's TechSource Blog, will offer insights for planning, projects, and detail the hot technologies libraries are grappling with today. Stephens is an instructor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

Cost: CDLC, MVLS, SALS, UHLS members: $15
All others (space available): $40
Cost includes lunch.
Registration is required with payment by Thursday, May 3, 2007. Registration for this workshop is CLOSED.

Workshop - Literary Programming

Authors Among Us: Literary Programming for Libraries

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a day of literary programming ideas to spark community interest in the library. Discover the value of this type of programming to your community, audience building, partnering tips, where to find program presenters, and funding ideas.
This workshop is free to MVLS members, $40 for all others. Cost includes lunch.
For a list of presenters and a registration form, click here. The registration deadline in March 29.

Secret Gems of the CDLC

The Capital District Library Council libraries are filled with collection gems, making them unique resources for our region. Does your library contain a particularly fascinating collection you’d like to showcase? Is your library a newer member of CDLC, and you’d like to tell others what’s in your collection? Are you a library student intern who is doing or has recently completed work on an interesting collection?

The CDLC Continuing Education Committee invites you to share your library’s gems with other members of the CDLC community, by taking part in the following pizza/poster session event:

“Secret Gems of the CDLC”
Tuesday, April 24th from 4:30-6:30
The CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany, NY

Read all the details here.

07 March 2007

Workshop - Winning Referendums

Ya Wanna Win?: How to Plan and Execute Library Referendum Campaigns

Date: Monday, March 12, 2007
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Presenter: Libby Post

Don't know where to start? Need to teach others how to do it? Frustrated with trying to develop a compelling message? Need help organizing? This workshop will give you the who, what, why, when and how of referendum campaigns.

Learn how to organize a referendum campaign including:
• Filling key positions
• Developing your message and getting it to the voters
• Answering the opposition
• Organizing phone banks and door to door canvassing
• Using IT to track your support
• Getting people out to vote.

Presenter:Libby Post, President of Communication Services, helped 28 out of 30 libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System win their referendum campaigns in 2005-06 through her innovative Library Campaign Training Institute. MHLS hired Post for its “Get to Yes” project. A seasoned campaign consultant, Post also has over 20 years of experience in not for profit branding, marketing, public relations and fund raising. She is now taking her electoral campaign experience and putting it to work for libraries and library systems.
This workshop is free to all NYLA members. Cost is $25 for non-members. No continuing education credit will be issued for this program. Register here. NYLA members can register online. Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 09.

01 March 2007

Grant Opportunity - Target Store grants

The Target Store Grants program will accept grant applications between March 1 and May 31, 2007, for programs taking place between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008. Grant projects must fall into one of three categories:

Arts Grants are awarded to projects that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for families to participate in cultural experiences.

Early Childhood Reading Grants support programs that promote a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age 9, to read together with their families.

Family Violence Prevention Grants support programs that strengthen families by preventing or reducing the cycle of family violence.

Grants average between $1,000 and $3,000. Applications must be submitted online.