31 August 2007

Inventions @ Your Library

Sue says:

Our local school is moving from a Winter/Spring Science and Invention Fair to holding it in November! This reminds me that our libraries might need some new books to pique the interest of kids and parents!

Take a look at some of these, which will appear on our next collaborative bookmark with the Schenectady Museum!

AND, Check out these Series:

(Source: LibrarySparks, Jan 2007)

Grant Opportunity - Let's Talk About It! Jewish Literature

Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office are accepting applications for grants to support Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature in public and academic libraries across the United States. Libraries that have not hosted a Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature series before are eligibile to apply for a $2,500 grant.
The application deadline is December 3, 2007.

Grant Opportunity - Underserved Populations Outreach Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Candlewick Press are pleased to announce “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved,” a one-time grant of $5,000 for a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations. The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSSPCC) will select the winner and may name up to three Honorable Mentions. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, speak English as a second language, are in a non-traditional school environment or a non-traditional family setting (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system and children in gay and lesbian families) and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs. Applications are available through the links above. Deadline to apply is December 3, 2007.

30 August 2007

Don't Throw Away Your Tax-Exempt Status

Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations will have a new filing requirement. It’s short, easy and electronic – it’s the new e-Postcard.

If you are a tax-exempt organization that normally has annual gross receipts of $25,000 or less and does not have to file Form 990 or 990-EZ, you must file the e-Postcard. The e-Postcard is due by the 15th day of the fifth month after the close of your tax year. So if your organization operates on a calendar year, the e-Postcard is due by May 15 of the following year.

What happens if you don’t file? You risk losing your tax-exempt status! If you think this new filing requirement may apply to your organization, go to http://www.irs.gov/eo for complete details and while you’re there sign up for Exempt Organization’s free email newsletter, EO Update, to receive up-to-date information posted on the charity pages of irs.gov.
(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for the info above.)

Library Street Teams

Looking for a new stategy in promoting your library programs AND using teen volunteers? Why not create your own library "Street Team?" Street Teams (what's a Street Team?) are used by bands and festivals to help promote their shows by placing fliers, posters, and more throughout communities. Grass roots organizations are now embracing them. Look for examples by googling "Street Teams", or check out your favorite small town band and festival's websites.

Your Library Street Team could distribute program fliers and posters to community businesses, organizations and schools. Their word of mouth publicity would get their friends, and then, their friends' friends, into your library as well. Plus, you'd get the benefit of their opinions quickly as they picked up the program fliers!

Of course, you wouldn't have to limit your Street Team to teens! This would also be a great way to utilize other adult volunteers to infiltrate their particular community organizations and business interests to spread the library word.

Try it out by placing an "ad" on your library blog or web page and share it with us in a comment here!

YALSA to Offer Four Online Courses

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering four online courses this fall: “Booktalks Quick and Simple,” “New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens,” “Reaching Teens with Gaming” and “YALSA Competencies Live.” “Booktalks Quick and Simple” and “Reaching Teens with Gaming” will run October 1 to October 31; “New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens” and “YALSA Competencies Live” will run October 1 to November 9.

Costs for each 4-week workshop range from $135 to $195; each 6-week workshop costs from $149 to $215. Since courses are online, participants can complete course activities at a time that fits with their schedules.

Summaries of each course as well as registration information are available on the ALA website. Registrations will be accepted through September 17.

24 August 2007

National Public Library Construction Needs Survey

If you have not already done so, please complete a very brief online survey regarding public library construction needs by August 31. The survey can be found here.

The results of this national construction survey will help to document the need for new federal funding for public library construction and major renovation. It has been more than 20 years since national data about public library construction needs has been collected and more than 10 years since federal funds were available to local public libraries for construction and renovation. More than half of New York State’s public library buildings are over 60 years old. Many buildings need to be replaced and many others require major renovations or additions. New York State’s public libraries and neighborhood branches have a documented $1.7 billion need for construction and renovation over the next five years and many libraries would greatly benefit from new federal assistance.

Please note that, for the purpose of this survey, the definition of "renovation" is more restrictive than as defined under the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program. The definition does not include the replacement of existing windows, doors, or roofs. Nor does it allow for expansion of parking lots or replacement of sidewalks. It does, however, include major upgrading or replacement of mechanical systems - HVAC, electrical, and plumbing - and lighting systems, the installation of elevators and ramps for physical accessibility, interior reconstruction, and major restoration of the exteriors of library buildings.

This national survey was developed by staff at the New Jersey State Library with input from all 50 State library agencies, the American Library Association and others. If you have questions about the online survey or need further assistance, please contact your public library system or contact Grace Kelly, Public Library Construction Program Manager, at the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development at gkelly@mail.nysed.gov.

Bad News for Reading....

A new poll reveals that 1 in 4 adults read no books at all in the past year.....
Read the article here.

23 August 2007

Workshop - Budgeting Beyond the Nuts and Bolts

Date: Thurs., October 4
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Place: NYLINK Offices
Instructor: June Garcia
Cost: $225 for NYLINK members, $275 for non-members (cost includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Join us for a fascinating look at budgeting, beyond the basics of revenue and expenditures. The program will consist of a morning presentation by known consultant and speaker June Garcia on budgeting challenges and opportunities; including budgeting for physical changes, budgeting for new service and how to approach your funding agency for new budget needs.

In the afternoon we will hear from a 4 person panel with a representative from an academic institution, a museum, a public library and a school library system. The panel will share some of their experiences with budgeting followed by break out group discussions.

Register online for this workshop here.

Grant Opportunity - Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nnprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for new readers, below grade level readers, and readers with learning disabilities. Your organization must belocated within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store. An application can be downloaded here. The application deadline in October 5.

Grant Opportunity - Lois Lensky Covey Foundation

The Lois Lensky Covey Foundation provides grants to public and school libraries serving at-risk children to purchase books. Grants range from $500 to $5000. The application is a very simple two-page form, which is available at NYLA's website. The deadline to apply is October 15.

21 August 2007

The Hollywood Librarian to be Screened Locally

For anyone who couldn't make it to the world premier of the documentary The Hollywood Librarian at ALA in June, you'll have a second chance to see the film. Two screenings of the film will take place locally during Banned Books Week (September 29 - October 6.) The 96-minute documentary is the first look at the real work and skills of the more than 60,000 librarians working in the U.S. The film provides a glimpse into this well-loved but little understood profession and will leave audiences with a new appreciation for a group of people who have been called “democracy’s heroes.”

Local screenings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 4 at 3:30 PM

Tickets will be required and admission will be charged for the general public (but librarians will be admitted free!) Please contact the host site for ticket information after September 15.

20 August 2007

Workshop - Managing Risk in Your Library

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Bethlehem Public Library
Cost: $85 for NYLA members, $125 for nonmembers

Managing Risk is an important role that every member of your library team can be part of.
This full day workshop will cover the follwing areas in depth:

  • General Safety - Will provide an overview of safety on the job and the impact it has on employees as well as the employer.
  • Violence in the Workplace - Gain an understanding of violence in the workplace, whether as the result of internal of external froces and its effects on safety and health; as well as ways to prevent and reduce violence in the workplace.
  • Proper Lifting Techniques - understanding body mechanics as it relates to lifting; understanding the stresses placed on the back when lifting incorrectly; learning how to avoid injury by using proper lifting techniques.
  • Workers' Compensation - Learn why the system was established; when and when not to file a claim; what is and is not a 'Workers' Comp' incident; and the impact of the recently enacted Workers' Compensation Reform Legislation on both employee and the employer.

Presenters: Speakers will be representatives from the NY State Insurance Fund as well as the 497 New York State Public Entities Safety Group.

Full workshp details and registrations forms are available on the NYLA website. The registration deadline is two weeks before the workshop date.

New in the Professional Collection

Just added:

Your Public Vote: A Jumpstart Guide to Success. created by the Mid-Hudson Library System as part of their 2005-2007 LSTA project, Getting to Yes.

15 August 2007

Science in the Summer in the Times Union

The Times Union newspaper featured MVLS' Science in the Summer programs on Friday August 10. Check out the story here.

13 August 2007

Book Sale Tips

Having a book sale? The Mid-Hudson Library System has a great list of book sale tips and resources.

Grant Opportunity - My Hometown Helper

Hamburger Helper’s MyHometownHelper.com will continue to support initiatives that help hometowns across America through the spring of 2008. Awards will be based on the merit of the project as well as its impact and support within the community. Examples of eligible projects include the purchase of playground equipment; books for schools, libraries, or literacy programs; supplies for local food banks; and tutoring or job training initiatives. All requests for funding must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization, municipal agency, civic organization, or public school. Applicants can request a one-time award ranging from $500 to $15,000. Applications will be accepted from August 1 to September 30, 2007, and February 1 to March 31, 2008. Visit the MyHometownHelper.com web site for an online application information. The application consists of a 250-word essay and basic information about the applying organization.

07 August 2007

NYLA Conference Registration

The Early Bird registration deadline for the 2007 NYLA conference is fast approaching! Register by August 15 to secure the best rates for this year's conference, to be held in Buffalo from October 17-20. Register online and save even more! And remember that MVLS has funding available to offset conference costs for one attendee from each member library. Contact Carol for information on receiving this funding.

Polaris Enhancements Voting

Member library input is again invited on enhancements to the Polaris system.

Complete the ballot with instructions for viewing and voting for enhancements that have been submitted by Polaris users nationwide. We will tabulate votes from MVLS and SALS users for Michele Largeteau, who is our voting representative to the Polaris Users Group. You are encouraged to talk with other staff about the enhancements.

The list of enhancements is available online on the Polaris Extranet. The user ID and password are the same as for the Polaris Extranet, and are available on the JA Intranet.

Please return your ballot by courier (MVLS), fax (355-0674) or email (mvls@mvls.info) to Kathy Insero at MVLS no later than Monday, Sept. 10, 2007. Polaris will respond to the enhancements at the Polaris Users Group Annual Meeting in October.

If you have any questions, please contact your system trainers.

06 August 2007

Workshop - Disaster Planning for Your Library

Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery
Director's Council to follow workshop

Last summer’s flooding in Montgomery County sent a strong message to all of us of the need for disaster planning before a disaster occurs. While a disaster plan is recommended for every library, frequently only after a situation occurs does the need become priority. This workshop will cover appropriate library planning as well as provide advice about what to do when a disaster strikes. Maria Holden, Head of Archival Services at the New York State Archives will provide information and advice on developing plans and answer questions.
Please register for this workshop with Kathy Insero.

Workshop - Trustee Training

Monday, Sept. 10 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Johnstown Public Library
Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10:00 AM - noon, Schoharie Free Library

Trustee training will be offered to MVLS member library trustees in September. Each session will discuss the role and responsibilities of the library trustee, and give an overview of New York’s library network, governance structure and legal requirements.

Topics covered will include:

  • how libraries are governed
  • your library as part of a statewide network - the roles of the Division of Library Development and the System
  • the responsibilities of trustees and boards
  • the director/trustee relationship

Trustees should pre-register for one of the above sessions by contacting Kathy Insero (355-2010 ext 221).

02 August 2007

NYLA/PLS Dewey Fellowship

The Publis Libraries Section of NYLA has the opportunity to nominate an individual for a Dewey Fellowship. This award covers up to $1,250 of the cost of attending the annual NYLA conference, plus a $100 gift certificate to the NYLA Store. The honoree will be acknowledged on the NYLA and PLS websites, at the annual conference, and in the NYLA bulletin.

Criteria for the Fellowship are:

  • Five or more years experience as a librarian
  • A record of accomplishment in the profession
  • Involvement in activities to advance the library community

If you are interested in submitting your name for consideration for this year's Dewey Fellowship, please submit your application to Carol Clingan. Application forms are available on the NYLA website under 'Awards and Scholarships'. Applications must be received by Friday, August 17, 2007.

MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group Meeting

The MVLS/SALS Polaris Users Group will meet on Tuesday, August 21 from 9:30 Am to noon at the Town of Ballston Community Library in Burnt Hills. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Dealing with bounced e-mail notices
  • Item specific requests
  • 3.3 upgrade schedule
  • Renewal issues
  • Patron registration issues
  • CybraryN issues
  • Generator questions

01 August 2007

Job Posting - Mid-York Library System

Mid-York Library System, a medium-sized 3 county cooperative public library system headquartered in Utica, NY, seeks an Assistant Director/Outreach Consultant to provide administrative support for general management of the System, with specific supervisory responsibility over 4 departments. The successful candidate will manage the system’s public relations, planning and evaluation activities, outreach projects, annual reports and construction grant programs. This person will coordinate system-wide special projects such as the Regional Read.

Candidate must have MLS degree from an accredited library school; New York State certification; several years experience in administration of system or large public library; or several years as a consultant in a public library system; or any other combination of training and experience sufficient to indicate ability to perform the job. Must possess driver’s license. Salary will be negotiated. Benefits include 24 days vacation, 1 sick day per month, 4 personal days per year, excellent health insurance, with dental and optical, and NYS retirement. No Civil Service. We are looking for someone who is flexible, creative, customer-oriented and innovative, with a good sense of humor. We want to have the new Assistant Director in place by December 10, 2007.

If this sounds like you, send your resume to Mary Lou Caskey, Director, Mid-York Library System, 1600 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY 13502 or mcaskey@midyork.org by August 31, 2007.