28 February 2008

ALA Washington Office Debuts Legislative Scorecard 2007

ALA members often inquire as to how their Members of Congress voted on issues of particular importance to libraries. In response, the ALA Washington Office has created the Legislative Scorecard.

Covering votes from 2007, the scorecard lists several key pieces of federal library-related legislation that ALA supported, and places a check mark beside the names of the Senators and Representatives who sponsored those bills.

If you find that your Members of Congress have sponsored several of these measures, use the Legislative Action Center to send them a note of thanks! Likewise, if your legislators have supported few or even none of these bills, send them a note expressing your support of libraries!

(From the ALA Washington Office blog, District Dispatch)

27 February 2008

Workshop - Construction Grants

The New York State Library is offering five workshops in April and May 2008 for public libraries and library systems interested in applying for a 2008 Public Library Construction Grant.

The workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. State Library and library system staff will provide detailed information about grant requirements and the application process. Library staff and trustees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the grant program and proposed projects during an open question and answer period.

The closest workshops for MVLS libraries are:
  • Wednesday, April 23 at Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls (to register, contact Elaine Baker at SALS, ebaker@sals.edu or 518-584-7300 ext. 209)
  • Thursday, April 24 at Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie (register online via the Mid-Hudson Calendar)

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets creates and distributes official NPM posters, free of charge, to librarians, teachers, and booksellers each year. To request a 2008 poster for your library, complete the brief online form. You can also find tip sheets for librarians, including ideas for in-library displays, community outreach, collection development and programming.

2008 For Dummies Display Contest

Here's a chance to win between 20 and 50 For Dummies books for your library. Build a display between January 17 and March 31, submit photos of your efforts along with an entry form by April 1, and your library could win! Display materials and graphics are available to help you get started. Click here to learn more and to download an entry form.

Fundraising Opportunity - Spring Spin

The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George are offering a unique fundraising opportunity for non-profit groups. Spring Spin, held over two weekends in May, gives ticketholders a full day of rides, shows and attractions for the best price of the season! Your organization sells tickets for $19.99, and keeps $5 from each ticket sold. There is no cost for organizations to participate. Full details of this program can be found at the Spring Spin website.

Craig Koste and Ray Murray Awards

The New York State Library Assistants' Association is seeking nominations for two awards.

The Craig Koste Award recognizes those library assistants who have distinguished themselves by their service to the NYSLAA organization and to the library assistants of New York on either a state or local level. A stipend of $100 will be given to the library of the winner of this award for collection development.

The Ray Murray Award is given to librarians, library directors, trustees, board members, and others who have contributed to the recognition and/or professional growth of library assistants.

To nominate someone for either award, please compile a packet including: your nomination letter, supporting letters, and any other pertinent documentation. Please include the name of the nominee's supervisor for notification. The deadline for the submission is March 31st of each year. Awards are presented at the NYSLAA Annual Conference in June. Please see the NYSLAA web site for complete information.

26 February 2008

NYSALB 2008 Trustee Institute

The New York State Association of Library Boards will hold its 2008 Trustee Institute on May 2 and 3 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. This two day institute includes programs and speakers on working with library Friends groups, board leadership, green buildings, and more. Trustees who attend can earn credit toward becoming a NYS Certified Trustee.

Information on all programs and registration forms can be found on the NYSALB web site.

20 February 2008

2008 3 Apples Book Award Winners

With great excitement, the Youth Services (YSS) and School Library Media (SLMS) Sections of the New York Library Association (NYLA) announce:

The 2008 3 Apples Book Award, a New York State Children's Choice Award, goes to Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (Random House).

The 2008 3 Apples Teen Book Award, a New York State Teen Choice Award, goes to A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer (HCI).

Thank you to all the librarians who promoted this award and to the students who voted and participated in the awards process through their school and public libraries.

Please note that nominations for the next Children's Choice and Teen Choice Award will begin in September of 2008.

New Women's Day Initiative

Where is the best place to go to find reliable and accurate information about your health? The answer is @ your library.

From now until May 11, Woman’s Day magazine, in conjunction with ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, is collecting stories on how its readers have used the library to improve a family member’s or their health.

The magazine announced the initiative in its March issue, where it asks its readers aged 18 and over to submit their stories in 700 words or less. Stories can be sent to womansday@ala.org. Up to four of the submissions will be featured the March 2009 issue of Woman’s Day.

Librarians can promote this initiative locally by downloading sample promotional materials from The Campaign for America's Libraries’ Web site. Sample tools include a press release, newsletter copy and Web button.

19 February 2008

Flickr and LC

Check out this great use of Flickr by the Library of Congress.....

Grant Opportunity - Save Our History

The Save Our History Grant Program, developed by the History Channel, provides funding to support collaboration between history organizations and schools or youth groups on projects that teach children about their local heritage and actively engage them in its preservation. For example, projects might focus on the history and/or preservation of a building, historic site, historic collections, or an historic event that is important to the local community. Funds are provided for primary research, physical preservation or clean-up efforts, historical documentation, archaeological or architectural studies, oral histories, and efforts to register a site for local, state, or national landmark status. The application deadline is June 6, 2008. Visit the website listed above for program details and online application guidelines.

15 February 2008

Grant Opportunity - Let's Talk About It: Love and Forgiveness

The ALA Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Fetzer Institute's Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, is now accepting applications for "Let's Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness," a theme-based reading and discussion program. The deadline for applications is July 15.

"Let's Talk About It: Love and Forgiveness" will follow the well-established ALA reading and discussion series format "Let's Talk About It," using classic and contemporary literature to explore stimulating and relevant themes.

Following a competitive application process, 30 public libraries will be selected to receive:
* A grant of $2,500, to be used to support program costs and scholar honoraria.
* Program materials, which include introductory literature and essays on each of the themes, selections for additional reading and template promotional materials.
* Training for the library project director at a national workshop, where they will hear from the project scholar, expert librarians and organizers and receive a program planning guide, materials and ideas.

Successful applicants will be notified of their status by the end of August. For more information on "Let's Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness," visit www.ala.org/letstalk or www.loveandforgive.org.

13 February 2008

2008 Joseph Shubert Award

The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award is given to individual libraries and to library consortia in New York State to recognize achievements that improve the quality of library service to their users. Libraries and library consortia of all sizes are eligible to apply.

Application materials and more information can be found on the NYS Library web site. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2008.

12 February 2008

Best of the Best

The weather forced us to cancel last week's workshop, but you can find Carol and Sue's Best of the Best 2007 lists on the MVLS web site. Check them out here, along with lists from prior years.

05 February 2008

Workshop - Summer Reading Program Planning

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008 (snow date Thursday, March 20)
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library
Cost: Free for MVLS libraries; UHLS libraries $15/person; all others $35/person (cost includes lunch)

Come catch the reading bug with us, and plan for your 2008 summer reading program! Food, fun, and prizes await! Registration is required by Friday, March 7. Registration information can be found here. Contact Sue with questions.

04 February 2008

Grant Opportunity - Picturing America

Applications are now being accepted for Picturing America (SM), a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Applications may be submitted online through April 15, 2008.

In order to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture, Picturing America brings some of the nation’s greatest works of art into school classrooms and public libraries. Successful applicants will receive a set of forty high-quality reproductions of American masterpieces, a teachers resource book and additional educational resources. Public, private, parochial, and charter schools and home school consortia (K-12), as well as public library systems and school districts, are invited to apply. Awards will be announced in May 2008 and distributed in September 2008.

It's All About Books!

MVLS has added a new page to its website. It's All About Books! can be found on the MVLS resource page. In addition to all things "bookish" for young and old on our site, we have added Book Discussion Guides based on previous book discussions. These include a summary of the book, information on the author, book discussion questions and commentary by NYSCA facilitators. The list of our books available for borrowing is also posted.

You'll also find links to Best of the Best Books, BookTalk, Reader's Advisory information, MVLS's Online Reading Tracker and Book Lists & Awards.