27 September 2007

Fort Plain Under Construction

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Construction is underway at Fort Plain, and you can follow their progress through photos posted to Flickr! Check out the Fort Plain blog for updates, and visit their Flickr account to see pictures as the construction progresses. Click on the photo here to link to their Flickr page.

Job Posting - Canajoharie Library

The Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum is seeking applicants for a part-time library clerk. Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-5:00, and some weekdays required.

Duties include: Staffing library/museum desk, checking in/out library materials, shelving books, selling museum admissions and gift shop items.

Applicants should have a good working knowledge of computers and have an excellent customer service attitude.

Send resume and letter of interest by US mail or email by October 12th to:

Leah LaFera
Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum
2 Erie Boulevard
Canajoharie, NY 13317

21 September 2007

State Proclaims Library Friends Week

The New York Library Association is pleased to announce that the week of October 21-27th has been proclaimed Friends of Libraries Week by Governor Spitzer at the request of the State Legislature. A National Friends of Libraries Week was initiated last year, but this is the first time that the State of New York has officially commemorated the week.

There are 754 public libraries in New York State serving over 9 million library card holders (51% of the state's population). Many of these libraries have Friends groups that help raise both public awareness and financial support for their libraries. The public support and financial contributions garnered by these Friends groups help their libraries in providing enhanced programming, purchasing new equipment and technology, and sponsoring special events.

Libraries and Friends groups all over New York State are urged to check out the many suggested activities, sample press releases and proclamations on Friends of Libraries USA’s web site.

Workshop: Re-Inventing the Customer-Centered Library

Date: Friday, October 26, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: Karen Hyman, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative
Cost: $25 for non-UHLS libraries (if space available after Oct. 5)

Learn how:

  • To see your library from the customer’s point of view
  • Develop and implement the culture, policies, services and environment that
    support a customer-centered library
  • Focus on user needs/expectations and service opportunities
  • Operate your library for the convenience of the customer
  • Make customer service a way of life

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.)

Educator Savings Week at Borders

From Wednesday, September 26 through Tuesday, October 2, librarians, teachers and anyone else working in the education field can save 25% off the list price of books, CDS, DVDs and more at Borders. Proof of educator status is required. Special receptions are being held in Borders stores on Friday, September 28 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Visit the Borders website for more information.

18 September 2007

Grand Opening of The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of the new Arkell Museum at Canajoharie this Sunday, September 23, from 12:30 PM to 6:45 PM. A full day of events is planned, including storytelling, crafts, and hot air balloon rides (weather permitting.) A full schedule of events is available on the new Arkell Museum website. Of course, attached to the museum is the newly renovated and expanded Canajoharie Library, fully recovered from last year's flooding. Please stop by this weekend and see the wonderful changes that have taken place in Canajoharie.

Grant Opportunity: IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is intended to provide small and medium-sized libraries and museums with essential resources needed to improve the condition of their collections. The Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries' special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The Bookshelf will be distributed free of charge to 2,000 institutions. Applications must be submitted online during one of two application periods. The first runs through November 15, 2007; the second runs from March 1 through April 15, 2008.
Complete information and application forms can be found here.

(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for sharing this.)

Workshop: Coping with Those Teens

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Mohawk Valley Library System
Presenter: Chris McGinty, Youth Services Librarian, Bethlehem Public Library
Preview books to be distributed beginning at 8:30 AM!
Director's Council to follow workshop; lunch will be provided.

Let's talk teens! In your library after school, on weekend.... or NOT in your library as the case may be. How to get them, keep them, and keep your sanity!
RSVP to Sue Rokos by October 2.

Workshop: By the Book Readers' Advisory Conference

Date: Thurs., November 15 - Fri., November 16, 2007
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM on Friday
Place: Albany Public Library
Presenters: Neal Wyatt and Michael Gannon
Cost: $65, includes breakfast and lunch on 11/16

Join Albany Public Library as we look toward the future of readers’ advisory in our fourth annual By the Book conference. Our featured speakers will be Neal Wyatt, Collection Management Librarian for Chesterfield County Public Library, Chesterfield, VA, and Michael B. Gannon, Associate Director for Administrative Services for Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Hyattsville, MD. With an exciting slate of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled for Friday, November 16, APL’s By the Book is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their home libraries.

Neal Wyatt will discuss reading maps, a recent cover topic in Library Journal, and she’ll also lead afternoon breakout sessions designed to give you hands on experience with this new and exciting RA tool. Reading maps offer librarians a varied and wider range of options for connecting readers with books that go beyond the traditional appeal factors.

Michael B. Gannon will share with us his advice for making the most of book covers when offering readers’ advisory services to readers. We’ll also look beyond providing readers’ advisory for very popular genres like mystery and romance: Mr. Gannon, also the author of Blood, Bedlam, Bullets, and Badguys: A Reader’s Guide to Adventure/Suspense Fiction, will lead an afternoon breakout session on reaching out to readers of adventure and suspense fiction.

Explore one of the most in-demand new genres, urban fiction, with Albany Public Library’s own urban fiction RA expert Scott Jarzombek, Branch Librarian. Plus we’ll expand our breakout sessions to include children’s and young adult RA with Jendy Murphy, Head of APL’s Gerald D. Jennings Children’s Library.

Attendees at this year’s event are invited to join us Thursday night for refreshments and a chance to share the “Best of the Book Groups.” Bring your favorite book group title and tell us why it worked for you! The $65 registration fee also includes breakfast and lunch on Friday, November 16; student registrations are $25 (student ID required).

Registrations must be received by Wednesday, November 7. For a full conference schedule, registration forms, and directions to APL, visit the website.

13 September 2007

New Science Database Available

The New York State Library has added a new databse to the list of offerings available through NOVEL. The newly added Science Reference Center contains full text articles on topics including: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, physics, science & society, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also assists teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

The Science Reference Center has been added to all member library database pages, under Magazines, Journals and Newspapers, Encyclopedias, and Homework Help.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

Sue says:

As we all grapple with finalizing our summer reading program statistics (and sending them off to the appropriate people!!), think about how to use them for some positive followup promotion! I was given the "Library Kidspages: Free Programs for Youth and Families at the Madison Public Libraries Fall 2007" newsmagazine, and highlighted on the back pages was a message, with a message:

Thanks for Your Support!

The 2007 Summer Library Program, Get a Clue, has been a huge success. Our summer readers had a great time and are returning to school with strengthened reading skills. We'd like to thank our community partners for making the 2007 Summer Library program so successful. A big thank you goes out to Rocky Rococo's Pizza, Noodles & Company, the Madison Mallards, Overture Center for the Arts, the Department of Public Instruction, the Goodman Pool, the South Central Library System, Christa Dubill and the Channel 27 News, and the Friends of Madison Public Library. Thanks for a wonderful summer!

What a great way to not only thank your sponsors, but credit your library for supporting education, and begin to gather support for next year! Don't you think that other news channels and community organizations will want to get in on the action next summer??? Start now!

11 September 2007

Grant Opportunity - We the People Bookshelf

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the fifth We the People Bookshelf project. Part of the NEH's We the People initiative, the Bookshelf is a grant program created to encourage young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history.

This year’s theme is Created Equal. Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 10, 2007 through January 25, 2008. In spring 2008, NEH and ALA will select 3,000 libraries to receive the Created Equal Bookshelf. Those selected will be required to use the Bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities. A list of titles included in the Bookshelf and a list of programming ideas are available on the grant website.

07 September 2007

Workshop - Marketing Made Simple

Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie
Cost: $60 for non-MHLS libraries

MHLS is pleased to announce that Peggy Barber will be coming to MHLS to do a workshop on simple and effective marketing techniques. Focusing on Word-of-Mouth Marketing and Tips for Promoting Online Resources this day long workshop should give you loads of simple and efficient tips to bring back to your co-workers, fellow board members and Friends to help get the word out about your library and all it has to offer.

Peggy Barber was formerly the Associate Executive Director for Communication for the American Library Association (ALA). She established the ALA Public Information Office, Public Programs Office and the ALA Graphics program, including the widely known "Celebrity Read" poster series. She worked to implement the universal library logo that appears on streets and roads across the country. Her current work as a consultant is focused on marketing and communication support for libraries.

Register now for what promises to be a valuable day! Participants will learn techniques for:
· Word-of-mouth marketing
· Promoting databases
· Delivering the message

Register online through the Mid-Hudson Library System calendar. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Workshop - Endowing Your Library

Endowing Your Library: Using Local Community Foundations to Endow Your Library
Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie

Looking for a streamlined way to connect big donors with your library? An endowment fund provides community members with a clear opportunity to make a long-term investment in your library. This workshop will explain the ins and outs of setting up an endowment fund for your library using a local community foundation. Representatives from two libraries that currently have funds with their local community foundation will join us to share their experience.

This workshop is appropriate for library administrators, trustees and Friends from any size library, and will be facilitated by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS with Andrea Reynolds and David Ringwood of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County.

The workshop will cover:
·Endowment basics
·Accountability in the investment of tax dollars - the benefits of using a Community Foundation

Register online through the Mid-Hudson Library System calendar. There is no charge for this workshop.

05 September 2007

PLA Conference Registration Open

Registration opened today for the 12th PLA National Conference, to be held in Minneapolis March 25-29, 2008.

Visit the PLA conference web site for information about registration, conference programming, special events, travel, and everything the conference and Minnespolis have to offer.

Letters About Literature Contest

Entry forms are now available for the 2008 Letters About Literature contest. The NY Center for the Book welcomes entries from readers in grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12 living in New York state. Readers enter the contest by writing a letter to an author expressing the way(s) in which the author's book has influenced them.

The contest officially runs from September 1 to December 14. Entry forms are now available online on the New York Center for the Book web site. First place winners at the NY State level move to a round of judging at the national level. Winners at the State level receive Target gift cards; winners at the National level receive Target gift cards and grants for their libraries ranging from $1000 to $10,000.

Additional information is available on the Library of Congress Letters About Literature web site.