29 November 2007

Libraries are "In"

According to Jessica Shaw’s “The Shaw Report,” getting a library card is “in,” while buying books online is “out” and reading in the bookstore is “so five minutes ago.” Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 30, p. 13 (from American Libraries Direct, 11/29/07)

28 November 2007

Grant Opportunity - Stewart's Holiday Match

Stewart's Shops matches individual donations made at their stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and distributes funds to local nonprofit agencies. Organizations that benefit children are eligible to apply for funds. An application can be downloaded at the Stewart's Shops web site. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2008.

American Literature quiz

How's your knowledge of American literature? Take this quick online quiz and find out!

Grant Opportunity - We the People Bookshelf

The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities would like to remind school (K-12) and public libraries to apply for the newest We the People Bookshelf. 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. A record number of 3,000 Bookshelf awards are now available! For the first time, library systems and districts may submit a single application onbehalf of up to 100 sites.

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.

20 November 2007

Workshop - Holiday Roundtable: What Works at Your Library?

Our December workshop will be held on Thurs., December 6, at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in Saint Johnsville. The workshop is a Holiday Roundtable. We have three topics on our agenda to start the discussion: An overview of Polaris Acquisitions; Reorganizing Your Library: Canajoharie's new genrefied collection; Schenectady's new email reference for libraries. We also need to discuss Netlibrary for the coming year, and, of course, any other topics you may have. The workshop will be at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville.

The workshop also features a holiday cookie exchange. Please bring 1-2 dozen cookies to eat and share. Our hostess, Dawn Lamphere will provide holiday containers for you to take home goodies.

Please let Kathy know if you will be attending.

15 November 2007

Grant Opportunity - ALA/ALCTS SAGE Support Staff Grant

Library Support Staff Travel Grants (six to be awarded) make it possible for library support staff to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The travel grants cover the expense of attending the conference, including airfare, three nights' lodging, and conference registration; up to $1,000 for each recipient. The 2008 Annual Conference will be held the last week in June in Anaheim, CA.

Applicants must have:

  • a full-time support staff position
  • a minimum of three years of experience in an area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development/management, preservation of library materials, serials)
  • not previously attended an ALA Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting

Applicants need not be members of ALA or ALCTS in order to be eligible. Application materials should be submitted electronically by November 30, 2007. Complete guidelines are available here.

08 November 2007

Workshop - Mock Caldecott/Mock Newbery Awards

Date: Friday, December 14, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System

Mark your calendars and start reading! UHLS is hosting a joint day of Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Discussions on Friday, December 14 at the Upper Hudson Library System, and MVLS libraries are invited! Mary Fellows will preside over the Mock Newbery Discussion from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. After a break for lunch on your own, Sue Rokos will preside over the Mock Caldecott Discussion from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Take this chance to sharpen your book discussion and evaluation skills. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the illustrator for the most distinguised American picture book for children. Both awards are restricted to authors/illustrators who are citizens or residents of the United States. After award and discussion introductions, we will break up into groups to discuss the mock nominees, then ballot for our winners.
Here's the list of Mock Newbery Nominees:

And for the Mock Caldecott:

While you're reading, think about:

  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Pros (Thumbs up!)
  • Reservations (Thumbs to the side or down)
  • Criteria: (1-5, 5=Newbery/Caldecott quality)
  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information (accuracy, clarity, organization)
  • Development of plot
  • Representation of characters
  • Representation of setting
  • Appropriateness of style
  • Appropriateness of tone

Sue has these titles available at the MVLS office if you would like to stop by or request! Let her know if you are able to attend one or both Mock sessions by December 10 at srokos@mvls.info.

Grant Opportunity - Documentary Heritage Program

All projects must focus on activities that document life in New York State. 1) Projects to identify, survey and plan for the systematic collection of records relating to underdocumented subjects, institutions or activities, particularly education policy; impact of the World Trade Center attacks; New York’s changing industries and new population groups; as well as mental health activities and environmental affairs. 2) Projects to arrange and describe historical records already in repositories or community organizations. 3) Projects to develop strategic plans for historical records repositories or not-for-profit community organizations. 4) Projects for regional documentation planning to identify underdocumented topics or activities.

ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit archives, libraries, historical societies and similar institutions in New York State and consortia or cooperating groups of such agencies, historical service agencies, colleges and universities, professional associations or other not-for-profit institutions or systems which provide services to historical records programs.

FUNDING: Amounts from $1,000 to $25,000, with a total of $100,000.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2008.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: New York State Archives, Documentary Heritage Program, Room 9C71, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230, call 518-474-6926 or e-mail dhs@mail.nysed.gov.

Grant Opportunity - Local Government Records Managament Improvement Fund

(Note: only municipal or school district libraries may apply for this grant.)

Three types of competitive grants are available: individual projects involving a single government; cooperative projects involving two or more local governments acting on one activity; and complex projects involving a single local government addressing extremely complex records management issues. Grants are available for inventory and planning, active records, inactive records, historical records, and educational uses of local government records projects. The State Archives encourages local government officials to attend one of the many LGRMIF grant application information sessions held in all regions of the state beginning in late summer and continuing through the fall. In addition, the Archives provides technical advice to local governments through its Regional Advisory Officers (RAOs).

ELIGIBILITY: Local governments, including but not limited to Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), cities, counties, fire districts, school districts, towns, and villages.

FUNDING: Single, up to $75,000; cooperative and complex, up to $125,000.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2008.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York State Archives, Grants Administration Unit, Room 9A81 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230. Call 518-474-6926, or e-mail archgrants@mail.nysed.gov.

07 November 2007

NYS Authors and Illustrators Wiki

A new wiki that features New York State authors and illustrators of books for children and teens is now available. This directory is a great programming resource for finding out who's nearby. The wiki is co-sponsored by the Youth Services Section and the School Library Media Section of NYLA. Check it out at http://nysauthorsandillustrators.pbwiki.com.

06 November 2007

New in the Professional Collection

Just added to the MVLS Professional Collection:

The Author Event Primer: How to Plan, Execute and Enjoy Author Events
by Chapple Langemack

Something to Talk About: Creative Booktalking for Adults
by Ann-Marie Cyr

05 November 2007

Internet Connectivity Survey

The deadline for completing the 2007 Internet Connectivity Survey is November 25. Libraries participating in the Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program MUST complete the survey in order to remain eligible for receiving their computer allotment as part of this program.

A national survey of public library computer and Internet access was mailed to public libraries in early September 2007. The study, funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and conducted by researchers from Florida State University’s Information Use Management and Policy Institute, is a three-year project that builds on research since 1994 on Internet connectivity in public libraries. Your participation in the survey provides public libraries, state library agencies, the ALA, policymakers, and others with extremely important data regarding public library computer and Internet access issues, what it takes to sustain public access computer and Internet services in your library, and the impacts of such public access services on the communities that your library serves.

The survey is web-based and has a total of 21 questions. It can be accessed at http://survey.pnmi.com/. You will need your state assigned Library ID code included in the survey announcement letter you received to initiate the survey. If you have lost that ID number, you can look it up on the survey site.

You can also view or print your responses to the 2006 survey at http://survey2006.pnmi.com/. That might make it easier to complete this year’s survey, particularly at it relates to budget questions. More information on this project is available at http://www.ala.org/plinternetfunding/. Thank you for taking the time to complete this important national survey.

02 November 2007

Dinner and a Movie Night in Guilderland

Join SLEEK, NYLA, CDLC, UNYSLA, and the Guilderland Public Library for dinner and a screening of the film Party Girl.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
Registration and networking - 5:30 PM
Buffet dinner (by Nicole's Italia restaurant) - 6:00 PM
Movie showing at 7:15 PM

Cost is $20, $12 for current SLIS students and retirees. Registration (payable to NYLA) is due to the NYLA office (252 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY. 12210-1800) by November 8.

01 November 2007

Photos from the Gaming workshop

Check out photos from today's gaming workshop at MVLS! Attendees got to try out baseball and bowling on a Nintendo Wii..... (Cathy from Schoharie is a super wii bowler!) Click on the picture to head to the MVLS Flickr page!