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.

Public Library Administrator's Certificate Program

The Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is partnering with the Mid-Hudson Library System to offer a comprehensive management training program for public library administrators in our region. The core component of the project is the Advanced Certificate Program in Public Library Administration. Successful participants in this fifteen-credit post–MLS program will receive an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration recognized by the New York State Education Department.

Courses begin in September 2007 at the Albany Public Library. There are 5 courses, offered in 7-8 half-day sessions, tentatively scheduled for Thursdays September 6, 13, 27, October 4, 11, 25, and November 1. Cost is $900 per participant per course.

This is a great opportunity for librarians to prepare themselves for the challenges of public administration. Since the program began over ten years ago, over 90 people have completed the program.

For details and application information, please visit the Mid-Hudson Library System web site.

21 May 2007

2007 CDLC Walkabout

Join CDLC for the 2007 Walkabout - A walking tour of CDLC member libraries along New Scotland Avenue in Albany
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Parking available at Sage Colleges Albany Library
See the flyer for a list of sites on the tour and registration information.

Send your Job/Volunteer Postings to CDLC!

A message from Jean Sheviak at CDLC:

I have had several inquiries from people interested in temporary and/or part-time library positions. If you have or anticipate such positions, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know. Also provide contact information, please, so I can refer people to the right person.

And don’t forget – any position, whether full-time, part-time, or temporary can be posted on our job postings site. We’ve even had some volunteer request postings. We hear from the students at the library school that they consider it the best job postings site in the state. Send information to Jack at jbeadle@cdlc.org.

16 May 2007

Win an Author Chat with Victoria Foyt

In honor of summer reading, Victoria Foyt, author of The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond (HarperTempest) is offering five (5) free author chat session to libraries. To enter, send your name, library, library address, and email to info@raabassociates.com by Thursday, May 31, 2007 (5:00 p.m. ET). Five winning libraries will receive a free 30-45 minute chat session for up to 30 young people and the librarian and an autographed copy of The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond.

The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond fits wonderfullywith the Collaborative Summer Library Program themes, Get a Clue @ Your Library or YNK@Your Library, and many other mystery or game-based themes but this offer is open to all public libraries and school libraries that operate during the summer months. Winning libraries are asked to arrange for between 5 and 30 young people to chat with Victoria Foyt. The librarian will receive an autographed copy of TheVirtual Life of Lexie Diamond approximately three weeks prior to the chat. Participants should be familiar with the book although not everyone needs to have read it. The winning libraries are responsible for setting up an appropriate chat room and scheduling a mutually agreeable time directly with Victoria Foyt. Chats will be scheduled between July 16, 2007 and July 27, 2007. The author chat has no cash value and may not be transferred to another library.

The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond delves into the inner life of fourteen-year-old Lexie with profound insight into how the online world both amplifies and eases teenage alienation. Lexie has been described as“Holden Caulfield in the Age of the Internet” and the novel speaks to her generation in a powerful, unique voice, encouraging us to resist the nullifying effect of living like pets on a leash in "the Bubble" -- the fishbowl effect created by our planetary rulers. Visit www.lexiediamond.com to view the YouTube video and download a free reader’s guide to the book. TheVirtual Life of Lexie Diamond has been positively reviewed by Kirkus Reviews and Booklist and received a5-star rating from TeensReadToo.com.

Winners will be announced on June 5, 2007.

14 May 2007

New in the Professional Collection

The following titles have recently been added to the MVLS professional collection:

Gaming & Libraries : Intersection of Services, by Jenny Levine

Get a Clue @ Your Library : 2007 Collaborative Summer Library Program Manual

Managing Facilities for Results : Optimizing Space for Services, by Cheryl Bryan

Web 2.0 & Libraries : Best Practices for Social Software, by Michael Stephens (who we'll be seeing later this week!)

Check one out today!

Going to Northville

K.L. Going, author of teen fiction titles Fat Kid Rules the World and last year’s St. Iggy was in Northville last Thursday, sponsored by the Northville Public Library’s annual author visit program! The story of her journey there is the best part!

Michael Burnett, director of the Northville Public Library, introduced the program as the 15th annual author visit program for the public library! This annual visit began during the MVLS LSCA grant program “Books, Libraries and Students Team Up, or BLAST!” in 1993. Fifteen teen and children’s authors have found their way to Northville when the lake rises and spring appears each year. That was a good part, the continuation of a program that builds interest year to year, but not the best part!

K.L., or Kelly as she is more personally known, spoke Wednesday morning, May 9 to about 25 high school students in the Northville High School library. Kelly talked about her love of reading, and how her desire to read “more great fantasy fiction” led her to write a fantasy novel in high school. After college, she worked as a literary agent in NYC, which taught her the process of being published. Kelly showed the kids her high school novel, her rejection letters, acceptance letters, editor comments – in fact the writing process from start to published books. Included was fun information on the history of the covers of her novels! She ended her talk by reading from Fat Kid Rules the World and her children’s novel The Liberation of Gabriel King. It was good!

Kids swarmed around her after the talk, asking questions, checking out the letters, covers, her books in foreign languages, until the bell rang and the kids all disappeared. Was that the best part, her talk? The kids’ excitement? The kids’ disappearing? No!

The best part was and is how Kelly wound up in Northville, NY on a lovely day in May! It was Community Connections! Connections made in the public library last fall when a young mother came into the Northville Public Library and asked if the library owned a teen novel, Saint Iggy. “Why no,” said our library director, “but I can get it for you!” Further conversation elicited the fact that this young woman had gone to college and was a close personal friend of K.L. Going.

Then, in our library director’s brain came the CONNECTION:

Bingo! THAT was the best part.

Keep those conversations over books with patrons going! Who knows where they might lead?
(For more information, check out: http://www.klgoing.com/ )

01 May 2007

Public Library Construction Grant Workshops

The New York State Library/Division of Library Development, in conjunction with the Mohawk Valley Library System and Four County Library System, respectively, is sponsoring two workshops devoted to the Public Library Construction Grant Program. The workshops will focus on the application process as well as the legal and regulatory framework of the program in general. Applications for both the $14 million and $800,000 construction programs for 2007-08 will be available online on the New York State Library website in mid-May. Announcements will be made of their availability at the time of posting. The deadline for submission of applications to the State Library will be September 14, 2007. Any public library or public library system interested in submitting an application for a construction grant award in 2007-08 is encouraged to send at least one individual to one of the workshops. There is limited seating at both locations so early reservations are encouraged. The workshops will be held in June at the following locations:

Thursday, June 7, 2007
10:00AM - 1:00 PM
Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
For information, to reserve a seat, or for directions, please contact Lois Gordon at the Mohawk Valley Library System at lgordon@mvls.info.

Friday, June 8, 2007
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sidney Memorial Public Library
8 River Street, Sidney, NY 13838
For information, to reserve a seat, or for directions, please contact Paul Golaszewski at the Four County Library System at pgolaszewski@4cls.org.