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
-PowerPAC
-Patron Services
-Circulation

Part II will cover the following functionality,

-Cataloging
-Acquisitions
-Serials

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.