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
-PowerPAC
-Patron Services
-Circulation

Part II will cover the following functionality,

-Cataloging
-Acquisitions
-Serials

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:
Librarian Search
Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery
2 Erie Blvd.
Canajoharie, NY 13317