24 April 2007

NYLA Award Nominations

The New York Library Association is accepting nominations for the following awards:

Outstanding Service to Libraries Award

This award is presented to an individual or group that has made a significant, sustained contribution to the development, promulgation, growth or extension of library/information services to the people of NYS or to residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.
This award recognizes an individual or group that has made a far reaching, sustained contribution to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the people of New York State or residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.

Complete award criteria and nomination forms can be found on the NYLA web site. The nomination deadline for both of these awards is May 30, 2007.

17 April 2007

Northville to Host Author

The Northville Public Library will host KL Going, the award winning author of books for children and teens. Going will present a program for Grades 9 - 12 at the Northville Central School on May 9.

Going's first book Fat Kid Rules the World was named a Michael Printz honor book by the ALA. Her other publications include The Liberation of Gabriel King and Saint Iggy. This fall, her new middle grade novel The Garden of Eve will be released, and she is working on her next teen novel.

16 April 2007

Lifelong Access Libraries Institute

Can your library do more to engage active older adults?

There's still time to apply! Extended Application Deadline: April 20, 2007

Enrich Your Work with Active Older Adults at the Second Annual
Lifelong Access Libraries? Leadership Institute
Date: July 29-August 3, 2007
Location: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Applicants now have an extra week to apply to this exciting opportunity.

All costs for travel, tuition, and room and board for the Institute will be covered by ALC.

Participants will be selected from across the United States. Mid-career librarians with a demonstrated interest in reaching out to older adults are encouraged to apply.

To download an application and access information on the 2006 Institute program agenda, fellow profiles, and video clips visit our Lifelong Access Libraries Leadership Institute website.

Applicants should direct questions and Institute inquiries to:

Sabrina Waldron
Program Associate, Lifelong Access Libraries
Americans for Libraries Council
27 Union Square West, Suite 204
New York, NY 10003

13 April 2007

National Library Week

Next week is National Library Week. Now is a great time to write letters to the editor of your local papers in support of libraries and all the great things they do.

MVLS maintains a list of media contacts on our website. ALA provides sample letters to the editor in both English and Spanish on their website.

Please take the time to speak out for libraries.

Sharon Springs Trustee Honored

Congratulations to Jean Bakkom, winner of the Community Service Award presented by the Captain Christian Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is a national DAR award recognizing “worthy residents from a variety of walks of life for unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, and citizenship endeavors, or in environmental conservation,” according to the Chapter.

Jean was honored for her work for the Sharon Springs Free Library. She was nominated for the award by Harriet Berard, DAR member and trustee of the Community Library in Cobleskill and MVLS. Harrie Washburn, former Mayor of Sharon Springs, was also honored for his assistance in acquiring the old bowling alley.

The presentation noted that “Jean has served on the Sharon Springs Free Library Board of Trustees and spearheaded the movement to have the library budget put on the ballot to receive town funds for support. She resigned as President to become the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the purchase of the old Bowling Alley building and the renovation of it to use as a library. Jean continues to be active in the fundraising for renovations of the building. She has also served on the Mohawk Valley Library System Board of Trustees.”

Pictured above (l to r): Priscilla Davis, DAR Vice Regent and Program Chair; Harrie Washburn; Jean Bakkom.

11 April 2007

Computer Books

The following appeared on the Publib discussion list today.

I review computer guides for LJ. So, I have several stacks of books here, published between 2005-2006, that need to leave my house. These are not galleys, but actual published copies. I'll mail one box of these books to each of three public libraries, no strings attached (although a donation receipt would be nice). If interested, e-mail cmedia@lisjobs.com by April 24 with the following info:

- Contact name, e-mail, and physical library address
- One paragraph on why your library could use a box of computer books
- A couple of subject areas you could particularly use (e.g., Windows XP, A+ certification, podcasting)

The three libraries selected will be notified by May 1, and I'll ship out the books via media mail in early May. Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues.

Rachel Singer Gordon
Webmaster, LISjobs.com / Consulting Editor, ITI Books

06 April 2007

Workshop: Telling Your Library Story

Telling Your Library Story: Marketing Library Services
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Johnstown Public Library
Presenter: Libby Post, Communication Services

The Telling Your Library Story: Marketing Library Services workshop is the opening program for this year’s LSTA grant. The workshop will focus on developing, learning how to craft, and then presenting your own library message to promote your library’s value to your local community. We’ll also learn the basics of talking to your local press/media! Workshop participants will work together to begin the process of determining local campaign and local marketing projects.

What comes next for the Telling Your Library Grant? You’ll return to your library and finish your message for your own campaign! Then, Libby will work with us to fine tune your message. We’ll decide on a printed format that fits your campaign, which Communication Services will print and you’ll distribute to your community. Along the way we’ll have some pre and post surveys for you to use in your community that will indicate how they were touched by your campaign.

All libraries need to send at least one participant to this workshop as required by the Telling Your Library Story grant!

Libby Post, president of Communication Services offers a diverse range of services specifically designed to help libraries communicate with their constituents and ensure long-term success. Their innovative Library Campaign Institute, offers training programs that gives libraries the skills they need to successfully communicate their issues to voters in order to win critical public referendums. Training includes campaign planning, message development, communication with constituents and Get Out the Vote efforts.

Telling Your Library Story, a collaborative project of the Mohawk Valley Library System and member libraries, is 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.

Frommer's 2007 Library Display Contest

Participate in the 2007 Frommer's Library Display Contest by building a display of Frommer's travel materials in your library. Send in the entry form and pictures of your display, and your library could win a visit and travel talk by Arthur Frommer himself! Three runners up will receive 50 Frommer's travel guides of their choice. The entry form can be found here and you have until September 30 to enter. For inspiration check out last year's winners.

Grant Opportunity - Preservation Grants for Smaller Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities is offering Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions to help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges, improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $5000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, and workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Grants cover consultant fees, workshop registration fees, related travel and per diem expenses, and the costs of purchasing and shipping preservation supplies and equipment.

All applications to the NEH must be submitted through Grants.gov. See the application guidelines for details. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2007.

Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 and preservation@neh.gov .

05 April 2007

Library Assistant/Technician Training Program Offered

Library Assistant/Technician Training Program
One-Week Course
June 11 - 16, 2007

This certificate, non-credit program is sponsored by NYLA in cooperation with Schenectady County Community College. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from SCCC, the individual must take all four courses.

(This program subsidized by a grant from NYS Senator Hugh Farley.)

Introduction: Monday, June 11, 6pm - 9pmThis course introduces students who plan to work or are currently working in libraries to various aspects of library work. Attention is given to the development of libraries so that the student may be aware of what a library is, how it has evolved, and what types are found today. The current employment situation is also discussed.

Public/Circulation Services: Tuesday, June 12, 6pm - 9pm; and Thursday, June 14, 6pm - 9pmAn introduction to public services in libraries. This section covers circulation services and systems, reserve and special collections, shelving and stack maintenance, customer service, public relations, confidentiality, and security.

Technical Services: Wednesday, June 13, 6pm - 9pm; and Saturday, June 16, 9am - NoonAn overview of the technical processing services that are carried out in libraries. Students will be introduced to the procedures required to acquire, catalog, process, and preserve materials in all formats.

Reference: Saturday, June 16, 1pm - 4pmAn introduction to reference and information services in libraries. Topics include the organization of information, the reference question, and search strategies. Electronic reference products, trends in reference work, library/bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and types of reference materials are discussed.

Register online between April 4 - May 31 at http://www.sunysccc.edu/, or call Schenectady County Community College at 518-381-1315. A full brochure about this program can be found here.