30 December 2008

Workshop - Using Logic Models to Plan Programs and Write Grants

Date: Friday, January 30, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - noon OR 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Place: Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Presenter: Paul Mastrodonato, Nonprofit Works
Cost: $50 per person, includes materials, refreshments, and parking

This workshop offers a step-by-step process — from program design to evaluation — that can help your organization better plan its operations, and develop winning strategies to show agencies and funders why your organization deserves their support. Administrators, program directors, grantwriters and volunteers will find this course useful. Participants receive a logic model template in electronic format.

Topics include
- Getting your team to use a shared platform to plan and manage programs and projects
- Creating and stating a program’s outcomes, budget, activities and evaluation plan
- Communicating cost-benefit scenarios and your financial needs in meaningful ways
- Making the case for grants and other funding requests

Cost: $50 per person, includes materials, refreshments, and parking (inquire about group discounts)

Instructor: Nonprofit Works President, Paul Mastrodonato, has helped organizations plan programs and seek funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies for over 13 years.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

29 December 2008

NYLA Legislative Alert - 2009-10 Executive Budget Recap

The 2009-10 Executive Budget proposes a $18 million or 18% cut in Library Aid. This would bring Library Aid down to 1993 levels and is on top of two cuts (3%) in 2008 which reduced Library Aid from $102 million to $98.5 million. (This basically a repackaing of the same cut proposed on November 18th by the Division of Budget, that the Library Rally and other advocacy efforts help prevent.) In particular regarding Public Library Construction Aid, the $800,000 line item was eliminated, but the $14 million in borrowed funding for library construction remains intact. NYLA is working with Division of Library Development and the American Library Association to insure that a federal stimulus package for public works projects includes funds for libraries.

NYLA will be updating its Talking Points and 2009 Budget Priorities for use by library advocates in their meetings with legislators. An updated History of Library Aid, Library Circulation and Visitation Charts are already up on the NYLA website.

In addition, NYLA is looking for examples of how libraries have helped people find jobs, create new businesses, etc. NYLA would like to know if your library has a business or employment center (physical space dedicated for such use) or job assistance program, etc. Contact NYLA Exutive Director Michael Borges at director@nyla.org if you have information to share.

21 December 2008

Teen Tech Week Mini Grants

Through funding from Verizon Communications, Inc., the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA, will award up to 20 mini grants, consisting of $450 in cash and a Teen Tech Week prize pack, to members offering inventive activities, resources and programming for Teen Tech Week, March 8-14, 2009.

Visit www.ala.org/teentechweek to read the official rules and download the application form. This contest is open only to YALSA members. Applicants for the TTW Mini Grants must submit the official application form to the YALSA office at yalsa@ala.org by January 19, 2009. Winners will be notified the week of February 9, 2008. In addition to $450 cash for the winners’ TTW plans, they’ll receive a prize pack featuring Teen Tech Week items.

19 December 2008

Final Reading! for Mock Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards

At the Upper Hudson Library System January 9th YSAC meeting, to which our member libraries are invited, there will be a discussion of potential Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz award books. It won’t be quite the same as a Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery of previous years, but the better part of the meeting to discuss the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz contenders and do a straw vote to come up with our winners. Interested MVLS library staff are welcome to attend and help vote too!

Whether or not you can attend, you may want to prepare for the awards (announced January 26, 2009) by reading as many of the books as you can, which will alert you to the top books of the year and help with readers' advisory in your libraries. Mary Fellows, UHLS Youth Services Manager invites you to feel free to bring to the meeting other books that you think *should* be on the list. Although the committees consider all eligible books, Mary and I needed to limit our list to a manageable number and it’s been difficult, although we haven't come to fisticuffs over the lists!

So here are the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz lists.

Newbery contenders to be discussed:
1. Savvy by Ingrid Law
2. Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell
3. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
4. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
5. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
6. Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes
7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
8. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
9. Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
10. The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman

Caldecott contenders to be discussed:

1. In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, Ill. by Tricia Tusa
2. Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
3. A River of Words by Jennifer Bryant
4. Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus
5. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
6. The Day Leo Said I Hate You by Robie H. Harris, Ill. by Molly Bang
7. Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
8. That Book Woman by Heather Henson, Ill. by David Small
9. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek : A Tall, Thin Tale by Deborah Hopkinson, Ill. by John Hendrix
10. Twelve Terrible Things by Marty Kelley
11. What to do about Alice? : How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley, Ill. by Edwin Fotheringham,
12. We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
13. Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater, Ill. by D.B. Johnson
14. Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, Ill. by Matt Tavares
15. Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, Ill. by Ed Young
16. Silent Music by James Rumford
17. Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
18. How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
19. Sandy's Circus by Tanya Lee Stone, Ill. by Boris Kulikov
20. The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

Printz contenders to be discussed:

1. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
5. Nation by Terry Pratchett
6. Paper Towns by John Green

Happy reading!

18 December 2008

NYS Quadricentennial Essay Contest

The New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy are pleased to present a New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest for the 2008-2009 school year.

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York States 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay. Students have the opportunity to research early New Yorks Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade.

Libraries will be interested in supporting students' research by gaining knowledge of the topics, collaborating with social studies teachers, displaying reference materials related to the topic, and lending their wealth of research expertise to each child's success.

The deadline for competition submissions is March 1, 2009.

For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers and click on Contests in the left-hand menu. Questions? Please contact the Office of Statewide Programs at 607-547-1534 or statwideprograms@nysha.org.

03 December 2008

Calling All Referenda...

If you held a public library operating or budget referenda between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008, win or lose, let Library Journal know for the annual roundup in the March 15, 2009 issue. Fill out the online survey or print and send a pdf version by December 22: Referenda for Library Operating Funds, libraryoperating.notlong.com; Referenda for Library Building Funds, librarybuildings.notlong.com.
(from Library Hotline 12/01/08)

01 December 2008

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Program

Now that summer reading programs are over, you might be looking for a hook to keep your kids reading during the school year. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) could be just the thing for your tweens and teens, grades 5-12. YALSA has put together a terrific toolkit to make it easy for you, and fun for your readers.

Registration for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge is open via the Teen Read Week Web site's registration page. All libraries who register by July 31, 2009 will receive a free promotional poster to hang in their library featuring WWE Superstars Layla, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, and MVP. Readers are challenged to complete ten titles in their free time between Oct. 12, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2009, and must keep a log, which is part of the toolkit. When a reader submits a completed log, he/she will get a free subscription to the new WWE Kids Magazine. There is also a bookmark design contest, and winners at the local level will win a DVD from WWE. Fifteen regional bookmark winners (five each from grade categories 5 and 6, 7 and 8, and 9-12) will win $2,000 for their library and a trip to Houston to see WrestleMania 25. The grades 7 and 8 and 9-12 regional winners will also get the chance to compete to be the WrestleMania Reading Challenge National Champion. Check the Teen Read Week site for complete information.

Creation of a NYS History Reading List

The New York State Library is looking for input from local school and public librarians who work with youth for the creation of New York State history reading lists for pre-schoolers and school age children and teens. The reading list will be used as part of the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program and will be available to libraries and families statewide through the official SSRP web site.

The New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program (SSRP), the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (YSS), and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association (SLMS) are partnering with Explore 400 (Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial) to compile reading lists for children and teens that celebrate New York States history and culture. The reading lists will expand on all Explore 400 themes and, under the title of Explore New York, will cover historic connections statewide.

In addition to the reading lists, an addendum is being added to the official CSLP Summer Reading Program manual in New York State. This addendum will include ideas for incorporating New York State history into local Summer Reading Programs. The addition to the manual will be available both electronically and in print from the New York State Library.

Both the reading list and the addendum provide exciting opportunities to combine a unique statewide component with the 2009 SSRP themes of Express Yourself and Creativity.

The New York State Library thanks Starr LaTronica, Youth Services Manager at the Four County Library System, for introducing this project to both the YSS and SLMS Boards and gaining their enthusiastic support.

The creation of this list provides an opportunity for youth services librarians and school library media specialists to collaborate. Please volunteer to lend your expertise to this project which will encourage children to read interesting and fun books related to the 400 year history of New York.

To volunteer please send an e-mail with your contact information to: Karen Balsen, Coordinator of the NYSSRP (KBALSEN@mail.nysed.gov) and Lisa Pipia, Student Assistant in the Division of Library Development (LPIPIA@mail.nysed.gov)

We will get back to you with all the tools needed to get started sharing ideas, titles, and expertise.

27 November 2008

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, 2009.

25 November 2008

Thankfully...

Thankfully we have some giveaways to any member library that emails Sue (srokos@mvls.info) with a thankful request! If you have more than one, (because frankly we've not been getting many replies) number your requests! Open to MVLS member libraries only.

Here goes!
1. Paperback novelization of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"
2. In honor of the Twilight Movie, 2 Vampire Academy Novels ("Frostbite" and "Shadow Kiss" - both trade paperbacks)
3. "Igor" Movie Novelization - Paperback
4. The Despereaux Paperback Collection: 2 picture books; 2 easy reader; 1 novelization
5. "The Tale of Despereaux" Deluxe Movie Storybook
6. "Influence" by the Olsen Twins.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

GrantStation Webinar

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Time: 1:30 PM

The New York Library Association has teamed up with Grant Station to provide our Organizational Members access to GrantStation's online grant research service for FREE! Back by popular demand, GrantStation is offering their 2nd FREE webinar to help NYLA Organizational Members learn more about this exciting member benefit.

GrantStation is a set of online tools and resources to help organizations identify the appropriate funder for any given program or project. This resource is being offered to NYLA Members only. Learn how other libraries throughout the country are using GrantStation to help their patrons find the right grantmaker, learn how to write grant proposals, and manage grant awards. Cynthia M. Adams, CEO/President of GrantStation provides this 45-minute tour of the resources available, and can answer your questions to help you determine if you'd like to take advantage of this easy to use resource. There is no cost for this webinar. To register for this event go here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/7sobyl2z5kv7.

For further information, visit http://www.grantstation.com/ . Organizational members: to enroll with GrantStation, simply download and complete the form at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1201. Visit http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=503 to find out more about Organizational Memberships. In addition, all NYLA members will receive free of charge the GrantStation Insider, a weekly electronic newsletter that provides updated information on new funding opportunities, upcoming grant deadlines, and fundraising conferences and training.

Please contact Amanda Wing at NYLA with any questions (marketing@nyla.org; 518-432-6952 ext 105.)

24 November 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge

Can you find at least one supporter in your community - a trustee, Friend or avid patron - to write a letter to the editor of your local paper explaining why they are thankful for your library, the online catalog or delivery system in the next week? We bet you can!

It doesn't have to be a long letter - it can be short and sweet: "I'm thankful to my public library for (fill in the blank)." Help make things easy for your supporters by giving them the info about how to send in their letter: http://www.mvls.info/about/mediacontacts.html

Let us know how you make out!
(Thanks to Mid Hudson Library System for this idea.)

Grant Opportunity - Libri Foundation Books for Children

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books for Children program. The Foundation awards grants three times a year.

The librarian of each library participating in the Books for Children program selects the books her library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation. The 700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist have been judged as outstanding or highly recommended by recognized authorities in the library and education fields and have been published in the last 3 years or are classics. The guidelines and application can be found here: http://www.librifoundation.org/apps.html.

The Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, your library could receive up to $1,050 worth of new children's books (about 70 books). Local sponsors have five months (or longer, if necessary) after their library has been selected as a participant in the Books for Children program to raise the matching funds. Deadlines: Annually, January 15th, April 15th, and August 15th.

23 November 2008

Grant Opportunity - The Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will each receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, financial support to attend an orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials, an Organizer's Guide for developing and managing Big Read activities, inclusion of the organization and activities on the Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately four hundred organizations of varying sizes across the country will be selected for this cycle (September 2009 through June 2010.

The application deadline is February 3, 2009.

21 November 2008

Grant Opportunity - ICMA Public Library Innovation Grants

ICMA Public Library Innovation Grants, made possible through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are available to local governments that develop innovative ways to actively engage their public libraries in meeting specific community goals.

The grants will be anchored by a partnership between the office of the chief administrative officer (city, county, or town manager) and the public library, recognizing the importance of the manager/librarian partnership in creating and sustaining change and innovation. A series of leadership workshops and project coaching will help grantees solidify the partnership, ensure the short-term success of the project, and secure new resources to support the long-term use of libraries in addressing community priorities and issues.

ICMA will provide a total of $500,000 in Public Library Innovation Grants. Individual grants will range from $20,000 to $60,000. Only U.S. local governments and libraries are eligible to apply. Applications, guidelines, and a budget template are available at www.icma.org/publiclibrarygrants. Please contact Molly Donelan at mdonelan@icma.org for more information. Deadline: January 9, 2009, 5:00 p.m. EST

20 November 2008

Workshop - Getting Started with Digitization

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum
Presenter: Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist, CDLC

Join us as Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist for the Capital District Library Council, takes us through the basics of the digitization process and the first year of their pilot digitization project, CDLC Digital Collections.

The project's web site has recently been made available to the public at contentdm.cdlc.org and is also included in a brand new site, New York Heritage, at www.nyheritage.org, which includes materials from many other regions of New York State.

In addition to highlights of the these two sites, Susan will cover the basic process involved in digitizing materials, some policies to begin this process, copyright basics, and the difference between digitization and preservation.

Susan has been CDLC's Documentary Heritage Program Regional Archivist since 2000. Some of her previous positions include Collection Development Archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin and Archivist at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998.

Please RSVP to mvls@mvls.info or call Lois Gordon at 355-2010 x 233.

New E-Newsletter

Library Journal's latest free e-newsletter, Booksmack!, serves up high-impact reviews of street lit, genre fiction, and young adult reads for adults, along with readers' advisory, multimedia mashups, expanded prepublication info, and author profiles. Launched on October 2, the first issues have featured columns such as Books for Dudes; Movie Tie-In Madness : Bond, Button, and McCarthy; and 35 Going on 13 : Teen Books for Adults. Booksmack! is delivered to subscribers twice monthly on Thursdays. Sign up at libraryjournal.com/booksmack.

19 November 2008

Workshop - Teen Programs that Work

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM to noon
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: RoseMary Hannold
Cost: $15 for non-UHLS libraries

Come learn about fun and innovative teen programs that work in all libraries, big or small! RoseMary Hannold is the author of 5 books (4 of them about teen services) and numerous articles and websites. She is the series editor for Neal-Schuman's 'teens @ the library' series, and a well-traveled presenter. Register by December 3 with Mary Fellows at UHLS (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us, 518-437-9880 ext 228.)

NYLA Rally, 11/18/08

The Legislative Special Session ended yesterday with no agreement between the Governor and the state Legislature on futher mid-year budget cuts. NYLA's Library Rally at the Capitol yesterday, which brought 450 library advocates to Albany, showed state policymakers in a very visible, loud and forceful (but law abiding) manner, that the library community would not stand for any further cuts in funding. Thank you to all who attended the rally, and sent letters and faxes to your legislators. Your advocacy efforts do make a difference.

The Governor plans to release his 2009-2010 Executive Budget on December 16th, which will undoubtedly call for additional cuts in Library Aid. It is also still unclear when the remaining $26 million in undistributed Library Aid from the 2008-09 State Budget will be released. We will keep you informed of any developments in this ongoing budget saga.

Please keep up your advocacy efforts at this critical time. Invite local legislators to your library, meet with them in their offices, and promote all your great programs and resources through your newsletters, websites and blogs.

17 November 2008

Teen Tech Week 2009

Registration is now open for Teen Tech Week 2009, which will be celebrated March 8-14. TTW is about connecting teens with different technologies, especially those available through the library. Teens can literally press play on digital devices such as mp3 players, DVD players, gaming controllers and more. Press Play @ the library can be interpreted broadly to make it work for you in your own library. One way to interpret the theme is to emphasize the word "play." Play can be about teens creating and sharing their own content for the fun of it, like videos, music, and digital artwork. Play through games can be encouraged with tournaments, tech trivia contests, and video games. The theme can also take a more educational direction. Teens can "press play" on various digital devices to learn more about the world around them. They can press play to watch film documentaries, listen to an audiobook, get online homework help, learn a new language and more. Register today, and visit the Teen Tech Week 2009 web site for lots of ideas on celebrating TTW in your library.

16 November 2008

The Tale of Despereaux Sweepstakes

One lucky school and one library will each be awarded the Grand Prize of access to an advance screening of The Tale of Despereaux for 200 guests before it hits theaters this holiday season! Four runners up will receive Tale of Despereaux gift baskets. Enter online by December 1 (and make sure to invite Sue to your screening if you win!)

13 November 2008

Workshop - Emerging Technologies and Digital Cultures

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM to noon
Place: Union College, Schenectady
Presenter: Bryan Alexander, Director of Research, NITLE
Cost: $15 CDLC Personal Members; $20 CDLC Institutional Members; $40 non members


Cyberculture is advancing rapidly, with teaching and research constantly taking advantage of emerging technologies. Bryan will explore Web 2.0, gaming, and mobile computing in libraries and education. The morning program will conclude with a glimpse at emergent syntheses, such as Web 3.0, augmented reality, and new forms of storytelling. There is also an afternoon session, focusing on emerging technologies in academic libraries. The registration fee covers one or both sessions.

Complete information and a registration form is available on the CDLC web site; the deadline to register is November 25.

Every Child Ready to Read Kits Available

Our Every Child Ready to Read kits are ready to be checked out! Library staff and volunteers can use these conveniently packaged, easy-to-use kits that provide everything needed to conduct Every Child Ready to Read programs for parents and caregivers. To be trained or for a refresher in using these materials for parent/caregiver workshops, or for assistance in gathering resources, or working with local community partners to meet the needs of your community, contact Sue Rokos, MVLS, 355-2010, ext. 226, email: srokos@mvls.info.

Each kit has scripts for conducting parent/caregiver workshops, masters for handouts for parents/caregivers, posters, books and other audio/visual aids to help prepare staff and volunteers offer parent/caregiver workshops. Six different Every Child Ready to Read Workshop Kits are available. See them all, along with lots of other early literacy information and resources, here. Note that kits can be borrowed for 28 days, and borrowing is restricted to libraries and organizations in the MVLS service area.

12 November 2008

State Aid Cuts, November 18 Rally, and Advocacy Efforts

Governor Paterson released his proposed cuts today and libraries were front and center: Governor Paterson has proposed a $20 million cut to library aid - that's a 21% cut to library and system funding that has been static for a decade. Included in these cuts are Local Services Support Aid, Supplemental System Aid, and Construction Grants.

Did that wake you up?

Take action:

- Take 5 minutes out of your day today to send a letter through NYLA's automated faxing program - the letter is already written for you - it does not get any easier: just click the Contact Your Elected Officials button on the MVLS website.

- Take 5 more minutes to call your legislator. Here are some talking points:

  • Libraries have already contributed their fair share toward reducing the state's budget deficit. Library Aid has already been reduced twice this year from $102 million to $99 million.
  • Between 1998-2006, libraries and library systems received no increases, while other educational institutions received generous increases.
  • Library use is up dramatically in every community across the state. [use stats from your own library here - circulation, program attendance, door count, computer usage]
  • Library systems are the backbone of our libraries and information infrastructure. They are an example of how the library community has long been a champion and role model for regional cooperation, resource sharing and providing services in a cost-effective and efficient manner, that saves libraries of all types and their patrons money.

Nopw more than ever, we need PEOPLE to attend the Rally next Tuesday, November 18th at 1:00 PM in Albany. Please contact Carol to let her know you plan to attend. MVLS will coordinate carpooling for those who are interested in ride sharing.

Your voice matters - make sure it is heard. Thanks in advance for your time!

(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for the talking points.)

Library Furniture Auction

Since Crandall Public Library has recently completed a major renovation project, they will be auctioning off library furnishings that will not be needed in their new building. Items offered include bookcases, tables, chairs, office and computer desks, study carrels, and more. The auction will be held this Saturday, November 15 on the second floor of the library's temporary space at 221 Glen Street in Glens Falls. A preview of items begins at 10 AM, with the auction beginning at 2 PM. For more information contact Kathy Naftaly, Crandall's Assistant Director, at 518-792-6508 ext 288 or naftaly@crandalllibrary.org.

10 November 2008

National Gaming Day @ your library

Did your library receive the game Pictureka! from Hasbro? Are you setting up a game table on Saturday, November 15 and playing with the world? Let us know how it goes!

MVLS has received Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering games, via the Wizards Play Network, for your National Gaming Day @ Your Library 2008. Everything your member library needs to run a game with 15 participants is here. Let Sue (srokos@mvls.info) know if you would like to include the Wizards/Magic games in your National Gaming Day activities and she'll send you the games.

06 November 2008

CDLC Digitization Pilot Project

Congratulations to the Fort Plain Free Library and Middleburgh Library, whose digitization projects were accepted for the CDLC Digitization Pilot Project through a grant written by MVLS.

Fort Plain's project, Images of the Old Erie Canal, 1825 - 1918, in Fort Plain, come from the collection of Myron Saltsman, a lifelong collector. They provide a concrete and powerful sense of place in relation to Fort Plain and a feel for what life was like in this and many other small towns along the Canal. This collection is also significant in that the Erie Canal was opened in 1825 and enlarged twice, once in 1835 and again between 1905 and 1918. The collection is composed of photographic slides of photographs, drawings, sketches, paintings, and post cards.

Middleburgh's project includes the compilation of an Index of Family Bible Genealogical Records. It is unique to the Middleburgh Library and is composed of approximately 70 family bibles' records. The compilation was begun in the 1930's by Frances Spencer, first director of the library. The Bibles date from the 19th Century.

CDLC's first year of the project is part of the New York Heritage Digital Collection and can be viewed at http://www.newyorkheritage.org/. This is a portal to local history collections around the state.

05 November 2008

Webinar - What's the Buzz? : Word of Mouth Marketing for Libraries

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you want to promote new programs or keep patrons updated on longstanding services, word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing is the ticket to build awareness in your community and get people talking about your library in positive terms. WOM offers your institution and staff a low-cost way to identify and harness social networks that can be used to spread the library's message and service offerings.

Panelists include: Peggy Barber, Library Communication Strategies, Chicago; Ann McDonald, Library Marketing Associate, Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL; Katie Klossner, Community Relations Manager, Douglas County Libraries, CO.

Registration is required but the webcast is free. Even if you cannot view the webcast on November 18, register now, since webcasts are archived for 1 year and you can view it at a later date. To register, visit www.libraryjournal.com/ebsco.

04 November 2008

NYLA Rally to Protest Further Cuts to State Aid to Libraries and Library Systems

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place: Well of the Legislative Office Building, Albany

The NYS Legislature is holding a Special Session at the request of the Governor to consider $1.5 to $2 billion in further cuts to the 2008-09 State Budget. Library Aid has already been cut twice this year from $102 million to $99 million. Although we realize the state is facing difficult economic times, libraries and library systems have already done their part toward reducing the state’s budget deficit. Other sources of revenue should be explored and other state funded programs need to do their share to reduce the state budget deficit.

Please join MVLS at the rally. We will be taking the van from MVLS and are happy to provide rides and/or coordinate carpooling. Please contact Carol if you plan to attend. Remember that airport-like security measures are in place at the Legislative Office building.

In addition, NYLA has posted a letter on their website to send to the Governor and state Legislators urging them not to cut Library Aid again. Click on the Contact Your Elected Officials button on the MVLS website to help advocate for libraries.

Workshop - Press Releases and the Media in the 21st Century

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM -3:30 PM
Place: Arkell Museum, Canajoharie

Come for a great educational experience about communicating with the press and media in today’s world of email, text messages, and other high tech devices. Hosted by the Mohawk Valley Museums Consortium, this presentation is geared for museums, historic sites, tourism spots, and educational programmers. The panel will include: Tim Ruffunen, the Assignment Manager for Capital News 9; Bill Buell, reporter for the Daily Gazette; Dick Nilson, photo journalist for the Leader Herald; Joshua Thomas, editor of the Standard Courier; and the infamous radio personality Bob Cudmore. All will be available questions and answers following their presentations of the topic “How to Write Press Releases and Communicate with the Media in the 21st Century”. The workshop is free, and preregistration is not required.

For more information about please call Tricia Shaw at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site (518) 829-7516 or Andy Albertson at the Arkell Museum (518) 673-2314 X109.

02 November 2008

PLA Awards

The Public Library Association's awards program has been designed to honor those providing public library service whose vision and accomplishments are extraordinary and deserve recognition. PLA currently offers seven service awards and three grant opportunities. The deadline to apply for all awards is December 15, 2008. Awards include:

Allie Beth Martin Award honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge. A plaque and a $3,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1977 in honor of Allie Beth Martin. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.

EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. A plaque and a $1,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1991. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.

Gordon M. Conable Award honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The award consists of $1,500 and a plaque to be presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by LSSI.

A complete list of all PLA awards and award criteria can be found on the PLA web site.

31 October 2008

Free Books Available

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge (free shipping, too!) to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide. The DUC offers books, educational guides, posters, videos, CDs, DVDs and interactive materials about contemporary art, architecture, art history and cultural issues from museums, publishers and individual artists and writers. For public schools and libraries in NY State, The Poulin Project offers contemporary literature and poetry from NY based indepedent publishers. Visit the DUC web site at www.ducprogram.org to find desctiptions of the books offered and instructions as to how to place your order.

30 October 2008

Getting Ready for National Gaming Day

Is your library participating in National Gaming Day on November 15? Scott Nicholson, professor of information studies at the Syracuse University Library Game Lab, has prepared a tutorial video (18:24) for librarians to help plan for the occasion. Hasbro is sending a copy of Pictureka to all public libraries in the United States, and he demonstrates how to play it in this video. He also talks about other board games to consider and video game tournaments for the occasion. Lots of other gaming resources are listed on this page, too!

Congratulations Fort Plain!!

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission recently awarded the Fort Plain Free Library an Honorable Mention for the 2008 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence. The award honors and celebrates significant places of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and recognizes excellence in the implementation of the Erie Canalway Preservation andManagement Plan.

The 2008 Jury selected the library for Phase I of renovation and restoration to the facility, enabling it to serve as a welcome and visitor center for Erie Canalway Trail users, boaters, and other visitors to FortPlain. The jury commended the library for providing an “anchor” for the community as a central meeting place with “something for everyone,” including traditional library users, genealogical researchers, cyclists, boaters, and other travelers; preserving and showcasing the community and canal history of Fort Plain; contributing to local and regional economic and recreational revitalization plans; forging partnerships with neighboring towns to further expand visitor services; and inspiring renewed community pride.

2008 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence recipients included Canal Place in Little Falls and the School Street Hydroelectric Facility, Brookfield Renewable Power, in Cohoes. Historic Palmyra’s William Phelps General Store and Home in Palmyra also received an honorable mention. More information on both the Canalway and the Award of Excellence is available at http://www.eriecanalway.org/.

24 October 2008

Sunny Friday Afternoon Giveaway - Batter Up!

Yes it's that time again. Sue's got lots of new picture books with BATS in them! Both kinds! Let me tell you something about them, then you pick and tell me what your library would like to own (giveaway open to all MVLS member libraries.)

Swinging for the Fences, Hank Aaron and Me by Mike Leonetti, illustrations by David Kim
Inspirational baseball story - Mark, a little leaguer meets Hank Aaron, follows his advice and path to greatness beating Babe Ruth's records. Includes factual postscript.

Lots of pictures help introduce the baseball artifacts at the Smithsonian. Great for the junior baseball historian and the browser! Remember those baby shoes that your mother bronzed in your honor? Check out the baseball bronzings here.

Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella by David A. Adler, illustrated by Gordon C. James
I didn't realize that Roy Campanella was the first black man to integrate Major League baseball, and that he became a quadriplegic after a career ending car crash. An inspirational story.

The Longest Season by Cal Ripken, Jr., illustrated by Ron Mazellan
Wow. Losing 21 games in a row in 1988. Cal Ripken, Jr. was there, and describes how they kept going.

Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball by Sally cook and James Charlton, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
Lots of facts and stories and explanations of why are told in clips give the crazy history of baseball. Retro 1930 style comic illustrations help to give a wacky historic feel.

Pitching in for Eubie by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Pitching. Eubie "pitches" in to help her sister get to college. A heartwarming tale of a family working together, warmly illustrated by noted Coretta Scott King award winner, E.B. Lewis.

Bat's Big Game retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Eugenia Nobati.
Aesop's story about the game between the Animals and the Birds is retold through a game of soccer, with, what else, a bat who learns a lesson about team spirit in this retelling.

Big Brown Bat by Rick Chrustowski
A baby brown bat's story is told in this lovely picture book, perfect for sharing with older preschoolers and early elementary kids interested in how bats grow.

Email Sue, srokos@mvls.info and let us know!

21 October 2008

Grant Opportunity - Alibris Collection Award

The Alibris Collection Award is an annual grant of up to $3000 worth of books to an academic, public, special, or K-12 library supporting specific collection development projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the selected library.

The purpose of the Award is to help provide materials for libraries with replacement projects, retrospective collection development projects, or routine collection building needs.

Applications are due by December 1, 2008. Procedures for applying can be found here.

20 October 2008

Grant Opportunity - Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial

The New York Council for the Humanities is pleased to announce a host of special programs and initiatives in conjunction with the upcoming Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial (known as "the 400th") including:

Mini Grants of up to $2500 for the planning and execution of public programs related to the 400th.

Reading Between the Lines reading and discussion series focused on 400th-related themes.

Speakers in the Humanities 400th lectures available to New York State groups for a nominal fee.

To learn more about the 400th and the Council's key role in its celebration visit the 400th website.

Council 400th programming is supported by a "We The People" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

16 October 2008

Workshop - Storytime Skills

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie
Cost: Free for MVLS and UHLS library staff and volunteers / $15 all others


All thumbs with finger puppets? Flannelboard technique just doesn’t stick? Come develop new storytime techniques, hone your existing skills, or gather fresh ways to use your expertise. Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System bring the best outside and inside presenters together to demonstrate, teach, coach and facilitate sharing of key storytime skills. A must for anyone with minimal storytime training!

As a special feature, author/illustrator Jeff Mack (Hush Little Polar Bear, Rub-a-Dub-Sub, Boo Bunny, Hurry! Hurry!) will join us for the last hour with a presentation on picture books. Books will be available for signing.
Complete information is available here ; registration deadline is November 10.

15 October 2008

Webinar - The Everywhere Library : Strategies for Connecting with Busy Communities

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM

To become ingrained in the daily fabric of the community, libraries today must reach out and be visible where patrons live, work and play. Join this one-hour, interactive Webcast to learn about strategies and best practices for bringing the library to the community. Services to commuters, partnerships with local businesses, and virtual library services will all be discussed in this dynamic webcast. Registration is required, but the webcast is free. To sign up, visit www.libraryjournal.com/polaris.

14 October 2008

CALA Selling Raffle Tickets

The Capital Area Library Assistants group of CDLC is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a free class of your choice (subject to availability) from Microknowledge, Inc. of Latham, NY ($200 value!). All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will go towards the cost of hosting the New York State Library Assistants Association Conference in Troy, NY, June 10-12, 2009.

Microknowledge offers a wide variety of courses in programs and applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher; Visio, Photoshop, Vista, XP, Crystal Reports, Dreamweaver, XML, XHTML and many more. For more information on course offerings at Microknowledge, please visit their website at http://www.microknowledge.com/.

Tickets may be purchased by cash or check (payable to NYSLAA). Tickets will be on sale through November 17, 2008. The drawing will be held at the CALA Fall Workshop (held at CDLC). You need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10, or 8 for $20.

If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please contact Michele Matthews at prendm@rpi.edu.

07 October 2008

Vote!!

We as adults will get to vote November 4 for President. Why not give kids a chance to vote for their favorite storybook characters this month too? Pick some story characters as your candidates, make a poster, set up a display with your bookmates and/or books (remember I've an office full of bookmates (stuffed storybook characters) that am willing to loan for any displays), put a box and some voting forms, and let kids vote! You could even ask them to show their library card in order to vote. Present your results on November 4. Thanks to the Cloquet Public Library blog for the inspiration!

Today's SLJ Curriculum Connections talks about great election read alouds that we can present to our young patrons through storytimes and displays this month. Check that out too.

Finally, be one of the first six MVLS libraries to respond to this piece via email (srokos@mvls.info) and I'll send you one of the following from our review selections:

Presidents' Day by Anne Rockwell; pictures by Lizzy Rockwell
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio; pictures by LeUyen Pham
Duck for President, by Doreen Cronin, illustred by Betsy Lewin
Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells
What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Alice Roosevelt that is...)
La Rue for Mayor: Letter from the Campaign Trail by Mark Teague

06 October 2008

New in the Professional Collection

Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends
by Sally Gardner Reed

01 October 2008

Friends of Libraries Week - Win Money for your Friends Group

The Library Friends Roundtable of the New York Library Association – Empire Friends – won the Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) award for the best State Friends celebration of National Friends of Library Week 2007! The Empire Friends will use their award to “pay it forward” and offer $100 awards for the best Friends group celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week 2008 in New York State. National Friends of Libraries Week 2008 will be October 19-25. There will be three awards of $100 each for the best celebration by a small Friends group affiliated with a public library (fewer than 300 members), a large Friends group (more than 300 members), and a non-public library Friends group (school, college, university, or special library Friends).

Application details and forms can be found on the Empire Friends web site. All applications must be postmarked or emailed by November 14, 2008.

Grant Opportunity - Book Discussions for Kids and Parents

Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents is the New York Council for the Humanities’ exciting new reading and discussion program for families. Parents and their 9-to-11 year old children come together at their local library to discuss important humanities themes through shared reading. This program is available to all New York state public libraries and has been successfully implemented at a wide range of sites throughout the state.

The six 90-minute Together sessions are co-facilitated by a librarian (often the children’s librarian) and a local humanities scholar. Each session promotes lively intergeneration discussion focused on themes of American identity related to picture books and novels. The Council provides copies of the books and a stipend to cover all costs of the Together program.

Applications to host a Together series for Spring 2009 are due November 3, 2008 and are available at www.nyhumanities.org/discussion_groups/. The website guides you through the application process with forms, common questions, and follow-up documents. Please note that funds may not be available to fulfill all requests.

30 September 2008

Workshop - Records Management for Nonprofits

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - noon
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: $5
Presenter: C. Raymond LaFever, NYS Archives


Managing records in your not-for-profit organization can appear to be something that takes you away from your core mission, but well managed records actually can help you better carry out your organization's goals. (Note: This workshop is about dealing with your organization's OWN records (e.g. annual reports, membership correspondence, personnel records, event flyers, board meeting minutes), not historical records collected BY your organization.)

This presentation will include:
-What are records?
-Why do they need to be managed?
-Setting up a good filing system.
-Identifying which copy is the copy of record.
-Knowing when to retire your records.
-When and how to destroy records you know longer need.
-How to manage and preserve your historical records.

To register, send your name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone number & email address, along with a check for $5.00 made out to CDLC to:
Susan D'Entremont
Regional Archivist
Capital District Library Council
28 Essex St, Albany, NY 12206

Registration deadline is October 17, 2008.

28 September 2008

Webcast - Capturing Struggling and Reluctant Readers

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This informative webcast will bring together a panel of experts in reading, media center services, and children’s literacy, including school librarians, educators, and a representative from Capstone Press and Stone Arch Books to cover a range of processes, programs, and ideas that can bolster reading skills, comprehension, and literacy in the K-6 library and classroom.

Attendees will learn best practices to engage struggling and reluctant readers, discover multi-level reading resources for classroom and school library integration, and pick up techniques and programming ideas that will encourage the use of fiction and nonfiction. Time will be reserved for Q&A at the end of the webcast.

Who should attend: School librarians and library media specialists working with grades K-6, classroom teachers and reading specialists, and public librarians involved in children’s literacy programming and collection development. Register today at www.slj.com/reading. (Not available on the 8th? Register anyway, as the event will be archived and will be available for viewing for the next 12 months.)

27 September 2008

PLS Seeking Volunteers

Are you going to the NYLA conference in Saratoga this year? If so, consider volunteering a couple of hours of your time to help staff the PLS booth on Thursday November 6 or Friday November 7. This is a great way to meet new people, catch up with colleagues, and get more involved in NYLA, all at the same time! Please contact Virginia Papandrea at vpapandrea@rcls.org if you would like to volunteer.

26 September 2008

Friday Afternoon Giveaways

It's a rainy Friday afternoon, and seems like a good time to start a Friday Afternoon Giveaway!

Of course we have rules. You can only win once a month (luckily there are only four more days in September.) And you must be from an MVLS member library to win. Email Sue (srokos@mvls.info) with your answers!

1. Brand spanking just received copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book - This one won't go into the preview collections, because, well, it shouldn't go onto your library shelves. It's billed as an interactive journal - containing three sections with word balloons, mini-quizzes and more, some color cartoons, and then empty notebook lined pages. The first to name the wimpy kid and his best friend will be the winner. Did you know, there's a contest for your would-be comic artists - print off a flier at www.wimpykid.com/contest and publicize for ages 6-16! That comic contest winner will receive a visit to their library from Jeff Kinney.

2. Arc time. We have 15 of them to give away for sharing with tweens and teens at your library. The lot goes to whomever can tell me what arc stands for.

3. For the grownups. Louis L'Amour: A Memoir: Education of a Wandering Man with introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin, reissued 2008, orginially 1989, with 25 bookmarks designed to celebrate the Louis L'Amour Centennial all year long, AND a flier telling us how to use the works of Louis with reluctant readers. To the first person who can tell me the year Louis died.

4. For Madonna fans. To the first person who asks, The English Roses: Hooray for the Holidays, which includes collectible myenglishroses.net membership card!

And finally, 5. In 1974, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) created the Carter G. Woodson Book Award to “encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social science books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and relations sensitively and accurately.” We found two winners for 2008 on our preview shelf, Sophisticated Ladies: The Great Women of Jazz by Leslie Gourse, illustrated by Martin French, and Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Tell me who Carter was and they are yours!

24 September 2008

Three Apples Book Award - New Cycle Begins Now!

The 3 Apples Children's and Teen Choice Book Award cycle has been changed to coincide with the school year. Between now and October 20th, please have your students nominate their favorite book. ANY book can be nominated – even one that was nominated last year. Rest assured that any previous winner is not eligible to win again. Children ages 8-12 and/or in Grades 3–6 will nominate titles for the Children’s Choice Award. Teens ages 13+ and in Grades 7-12 will nominate titles for the Teen Choice Award.

Watch the delivery for a 3 Apples packet which includes: Instruction letter, Children's Poster, 3 sheets of nomination forms for children , Teen Poster, 3 sheets of nomination forms for teens

Please enter your nominations on the website before midnight on October 31st. The password is included in the instruction letter. Voting will close at 11:59 PM on the 31st.

After the 15 nominations for each award are announced in November by the Youth Services Section (YSS) of NYLA, MVLS will have two 3 Apples sites available on our online book tracking system. The 3 Apples Book Tracker will link the titles to the Polaris Catalog, and allow students to keep track of the titles they read as well as review them online.

Be sure to share this information with your colleagues at school!

23 September 2008

Banned Books Week

Is your library celebrating Banned Books Week, taking place this year from September 27 through October 4? Check out ALA's site for ideas on how your library can participate and support freedom to read.

22 September 2008

Free Early Literacy Handouts

Washington Learning Systems in Seattle has posted a new set of free parent-child early literacy materials, titled "On the Go". These materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. The new materials are designed to encourage parents to interact with their children while they are "On the Go" to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions. The materials include 14 activities as well as accompanying hints for each of the activities about how to modify the activities to meet the specific developmental needs of the child.

To download materials go to http://www.walearning.com/ and click on the purple button that says "Free Parent Education Handouts" on the home page. Look for the "On the Go" file to download the materials in PDF format.

21 September 2008

Start a Science Club at Your Library with Free Resources From PBS

Create some science buzz at your library by offering hands-on activities from the PBS kids show FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. The FREE Ruff Guide to Science will help you draw kids (ages 8-10) to your library for six science activities and a game that introduces them to exciting careers in science. This resource, designed with librarians in mind, includes tips on recruiting kids from your community (and managing the lengthy wait list), leader notes, kid direction sheets that can be photocopied, membership cards to start a weekly FETCH Club, and a list of related science books (selected by librarians) to feature so as to increase the circulation of your science collection. No television viewing is required and all activities use easy-to-find, inexpensive materials that wonÕt break your budget. This resource is especially of value to librarians working in public libraries, but could be equally useful at schools where librarians and science teachers collaborate.

To order your FREE copy to be mailed in fall 2008, send an e-mail to fetchnews@wgbh.org including your name, organization, mailing address (please indicate work or home address), email, and phone number.

19 September 2008

Free David Macaulay Webcast

MacArthur genius and Caldecott Medalist David Macaulay is beloved by teachers, librarians, and readers around the world for his ability to explain just about anything. Now he has turned his attention to the most complicated structure of all: the human body. Register today to watch David talk with middle-school students about his new book, The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body (available 10/07/2008). Participants viewing the webcast online can email questions for him to answer in real time. Macaulay will also discuss how he creates his books, his career, and other popular titles including The New Way Things Work, Mosque, Cathedral, and Black and White. The webcast will be held on Tuesday, October 7, at 10:00 AM, and is free. To register, and for more information on David Macaulay and his books, visit www.thewayweworkbook.com. After registration, you will receive guidelines for hosting and viewing the webcast.

17 September 2008

Best Small Library in America Award

Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America, co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in its fifth year, the award honors the public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

The winning library will receive a $15,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2009, Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2010 in Portland, OR, and a gala reception at the conference. Starting with the 2009 award year, two finalist libraries will be awarded with membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the PLA conference and the gala reception in 2010, and they will be given special mention in Library Journal.

Visit the award website for complete submission guidelines and eligibility requirements. All submissions must be postmarked by November 3, 2008.

16 September 2008

Workshop - By the Book: RA in a 2.0 World

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Place: Albany Public Library
Presenters: Nora Rawlinson and Jessamyn West
Cost: $50 (includes breakfast and lunch) ; $25 for students (student ID required)


Join Albany Public Library as we celebrate our fifth annual By the Book Readers’ Advisory Conference! This year, we’re looking forward as we explore readers’ advisory in a Library 2.0 world. If you’ve heard a lot of about Library 2.0 and would like to learn more about it and how it relates to readers’ advisory, please join us.
Our featured speakers will be Nora Rawlinson and Jessamyn West. Ms. Rawlinson is the co-founder and editor of Early Word, The Publisher Librarian Connection (http://www.earlyword.com), a website and blog aimed at collection development for public libraries. Ms. West is a consulting librarian whose work focuses on technology issues and how they relate to libraries. With an exciting sequence of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled, APL’s By the Book event is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their libraries.

A complete conference agenda and registration forms can be found on the APL website. Registrations must be received by Wednesday, November 5.

15 September 2008

Grant Opportunity - Verizon Foundation

The mission of the Verizon Foundation is to improve lives through literacy, knowledge, and a readiness for the 21st Century. The Foundation's funding priorities include: supporting literacy and K-12 education for children and adults, preventing domestic violence and helping victims gain independence, improving healthcare through technology, and educating parents and children about Internet safety. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000. Online applications may be submitted from January 1 through November 1, annually. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the Foundation's grant guidelines and application process.

14 September 2008

Children's Literature Connection Fall Symposium - The Art of the Book

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Hudson Valley Community College
Cost: $95 for CLC members; $120 for nonmembers (includes lunch)


The Children's Literature Connection, the English Department at Hudson Valley Community College and the Greater Capital Region Teacher's Center are pleased to present "The Art of the Book", our Fall Symposium. This year The Art of the Book, will encourage attendees to consider the many facets of the creative and practical creation of the literature we love, and utilize, so well.

To help bring that task off with skill and style, we are privileged to have as our main presenters Caldecott winning author/illustrator Mordecai Gerstein, author/poet and teacher guide creator Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, book publicist Jennifer Brown, and Matt McElligott, instructor of illustration, who will speak about the design, editing, dissemination and use of the book.

For more information, please contact Meg Seinberg-Hughes, CLC Co-President/Registrar at megrarian@hotmail.com or call 861-8076.

12 September 2008

SCP Featured in Schenectady Gazette Article

The Sunday, September 7 Schenectady Gazette newspaper featured a 1/3 page article on SCP reference librarian Bob Sullivan and the Schenectady Digital History Archive, a local history website he maintains. The article is on page 5 of section G, the Arts and Entertainment section. If you have the paper, be sure to check it out! And you can access the Schenectady Digital History Archive at http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/.

Monsters: New Picture Books Boys will Adore

Don't be scared to check out these new monsterish picture books, half of which are written by guys named Rex and half that are Rex-less.

Frankenstein Takes the Cake Which is Full of Funny Stuff Like Rotting Heads and Giant Gorillas and Zombies Dressed as Little Girls and Edgar Allan Poe. the Book, We Mean - Not the Cake by Adam Rex makes the perfect autumn wedding present for your librarian friends (especially because writing the title in the thank you note leaves little room to say anything else!). Well, the title says it all. Check out the headless horseman log. Check out the Peanuts and Poe satires. Filled with ghoulish poetry, cartoons, pictures, line drawing, paintings, you name it. Leave this one on the table for your teens to find. They and adults will appreciate it the most!

But for preschool and early grade school boys? Introduce parody to them through Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody, by Michael Rex. About as terrifying as the original, this bright and colorful story will be great read aloud for storytime! Remember to read with your calming inflections.

Then check out Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund, illustrated by Robert Neubecker. Another great one for storytime with bright, large and LOUD pictures. These monsters are using their machines carefully though, note the earplugs on the bulldozer driver.

And finally, local author Karen Magnuson Beil's new picture book Jack's House is finally out. Mike Wohnoutka uses large, bright acrylics to illustrate the tale, which is a clever retelling of the classic cumulative story using, what else, trucks and vans. Yes, they look monsterous big, and boys will love hearing this great read-aloud told from the perspective of the real builder, Max the Dog.

Check them out! They are rotating now in the newest preview collection.

11 September 2008

The Disconnected

Are any of these people in your library? Take a look at this article from Library Journal.

10 September 2008

Grant Opportunity - Great Stories CLUB

The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations. The program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. Its ultimate goal is to inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading. The program is built on partnerships between libraries and a variety of organizations that serve troubled teens, including juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth, and other agencies.

Applications for the current round of grants will be accepted online from September 9 through November 14, 2008. Award notification will take place on December 15, 2008; 230 grants will be awarded. Visit the Great Stories CLUB website for guidelines and application information.

The Great Stories CLUB is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah’s Angel Network.

Teen Read Week

Has your library registered for Teen Read Week? It's not too late! Register your library by the deadline (Friday, September 12) and you'll be eligible to receive freebies, plus you'll have access to ideas for program planning, publicity, suggested reading lists and more. This year's theme is "Books with Bite @ your library." Teen Read Week 2008 is celebrated from October 12-18.

More on National Gaming Day

Information on ALA's first National Gaming Day was posted previously (read the post here.) What wasn't mentioned was how to register your library to participate! Visit this link, complete a quick online survey, and you'll be all set. Happy gaming!

09 September 2008

Summer Reading Program Evaluations are due September 15!!

With the warm weather, it's hard to believe that summer programs are finally over! Please take a few moments, while it's still fresh in your mind, to complete our summer reading program evaluation and send, email or fax to Sue. (Don't have a form?? Contact Sue.) We really do listen to all your comments, suggestions, and feedback, so please tell us what you think! Plus, everyone who turns in an evaluation on time will be entered into a drawing of music and art related books to support next summer's program, Be Creative@your library (children) and Express Yourself@your library (Teens). Thanks for your help, and good luck!

Workshop - Family Literacy Programming

Date: Monday, September 29, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: Sue McCleaf-Nespeca, Kid Lit Plus Consulting
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)


Parents can make a real impact on kids’ adoption of literacy skills - and on how often you see those kids in your library. Learn about incoporating family literacy components - parental presence and involvement, interactive literacy activities, and parent education - into your programming. The focus will be on history and ecology programs. Please contact Mary Fellows at UHLS to register (437-9880 ext 228; mary@uhls.lib.ny.us); the registration deadline is September 24.

This is a project of Upper Hudson Library System, and is 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.

Library Journal's Annual Architecture Issue

If you have a building project completed between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008, make sure it is included in Library Journal's annual December Architectural Issue. Projects can be submitted online or on paper (online preferred.) Public libraries can complete the online submission form here, or print out a paper form. The deadline to submit your project is October 6.

08 September 2008

Website to Compare Libraries

The Library System Database website was noted in an article in Friday's Times Union newspaper. It is an interesting way to compare some basic statistics about your library with those around you. And.... it's easy to use!

05 September 2008

National Friends of Libraries Week

Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration! FOLUSA is coordinating the third annual national Friends of Libraries Week October 19-25, 2008. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Check out this web site for ideas on how you can participate. For more even resources on building and working with Friends groups, see this prior post.

03 September 2008

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 4,000 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 Picturing America. Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 2, 2008 through January 30, 2009. 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.

02 September 2008

Workshop - Conservation/Preservation Discretionary Grant Writing Workshop

Date: Friday, October 24, 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council

Grant Application Workshops will be conducted by the New York State Education Department, New York State Library, Division of Library Development, Conservation/ Preservation Discretionary Grant Program to assist prospective applicants in planning their 2009/2010 applications. The workshop is offered at no cost to participants.

This year the Conservation/Preservation Program will be moving to a web-based application. It is important that applicants attend this workshop to learn more about how this application will work.

The purpose of the New York State Discretionary Grant Program is to encourage the proper care and accessibility of research materials in the State, to promote the use and development of guidelines and standards for conservation/preservation practices, and to support the growth of local and cooperative preservation programs.

The Discretionary Grant Program provides modest financial support for projects that contribute to the preservation of significant research materials in libraries, archives, historical societies and other agencies within the State of New York, whether by conducting surveys, improving collection storage environments, reformatting or treating collections or other preservation activities described in the guidelines.

The workshop will include a review of the general guidelines and a step-by-step review of the instructions for preparing the application. Considerable time will be allowed for questions, and representative examples of successful (and unsuccessful) applications from previous years will be discussed.

Online registration for the workshop, as well as details on the Discretionary Grant program, are available on the NYS Library web site.

28 August 2008

National Gaming Day @ Your Library

On November 15, 2008, libraries across the country will participate in National Gaming Day- the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held! Kids will be able to compete against players at other libraries and see their scores in real-time online while playing at their local library. But gaming in libraries isn’t just about video games. Hasbro is donating a copy of its game Pictureka to every participating library so that we can set a record for the most number of people playing a board game at once! Want more information? Get it here.

New in the Professional Collection

Merchandising Made Simple : Using Standards and Dynamite Displays to Boost Circulation
by Jenny LaPerriere and Trish Christiansen


by Arlene Bielefield and Lawrence Cheeseman

These titles will be arriving soon... place your reserves today!

26 August 2008

Technology Planning in a 2.0 World

Here is a very nice article by Michael Stephens about technology planning that appears in the current issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly. What techno-state is your library in?

22 August 2008

Workshop - Photo Sharing with Flickr

Date: Thurs, Sept 4, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (Director’s Council to follow workshop – lunch can be ordered)
Place: The Community Library, Cobleskill

The workshop on Sept 4 will cover Flickr, the online photo sharing and management site. Geoff Kirkpatrick from the Bethlehem Public Library will lead the workshop. The workshop will cover: uploading photos to Flickr, the organizational tools available in Flickr, adding photos to blogs or web pages, and basic photo editing.

This is a hands-on workshop; we will be using the MVLS laptop lab, but will not have enough machines for everyone. So when registering, please indicate whether or not your library has a laptop (capable of accessing a wireless network) that you can bring to the workshop.

Prior to the workshop, you will need to set up a Flickr account for your library or yourself if you do not already have one (instructions on doing this will be sent after you register.) You will also need to bring photos to work with during the workshop, either on a CD or flash drive – MVLS laptops DO NOT have floppy drives.

Please register with Sharon by Thursday August 28.

Grant Opportunity - Bank of America/IMLS American Heritage Preservation Program

Bank of America is partnering with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide grants to small museums, libraries, and archives. This program is designed to fund the preservation of endangered and fragile collections of works of art, rare books, scientific specimens and historical documents (photographs, maps, deeds, etc.) held in the nation’s small and medium sized museums, archives and libraries. (See the previous blog post for complete grant information.)

To assist institutions planning to apply for a grant, IMLS will be offering technical assistance via audio conference call on Thursday, August 28 at 3:30 PM. To join, call 1800-603-9527 and enter conference ID 60868197.

21 August 2008

New in the Professional Collection

From Awareness to Funding : A Study of Library Support in America
A report to the OCLC membership by Cathy De Rosa and Jenny Johnson

If you're having a vote or planning a fundraising campaign this fall, make sure to check this one out!

19 August 2008

I Love My Librarian Award

Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded the American Library Association $489,000 to support the new Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Administered by the ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, the award will launch this year and will continue annually through 2013. The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

Nominations for public librarians run from August 15 through October 1. Nominees must be a librarian with a mster's degree from an accredited program, and currently working in a library in the US. Public librarians must be nominated by a library user. Visit the award web page for complete information.

18 August 2008

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 (click on Customers --> Polaris Users Group --> PUG 2008 Enhancements Lists). The user ID and password are the same as for the Polaris Extranet, and are available on the JA Intranet. Once you are logged in to the Polaris Extranet, you will see that every individual enhancement category has a number on the Polaris Extranet - that number should be entered on your ballot under the appropriate Polaris subsystem (there should be 4 numbers under each Polaris subsystem on the ballot when you are done).

Please return your ballot by courier (SALS), fax (587-5589) or email (jferriss@sals.edu) to Jennifer Ferriss at SALS no later than Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.

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

Accessibility Tipsheets Available

The ASCLA “Library Accessibility –What You Need to Know” toolkit series of fifteen tipsheets was developed to help librarians in all types of libraries understand and manage access issues. These issues include but are not limited to: patrons who have cognitive, mental, or emotional illnesses; patrons with learning and/or developmental disabilities; patrons with service animals; patrons needing assistive technologies and patrons with physical disabilities. Each tipsheet addresses a specific concern.

14 August 2008

Polaris Users Group Annual Meeting

Date: Thurs., October 2 - Sat., October 4, 2008
Place: Doubletree Hotel Syracuse

A meeting agenda and registration forms are available on the Polaris Users Group website. Registrations must be received by September 12, 2008.