31 March 2008

Workshop - Digitization: Is it for You?

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Time: 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: $5

Join the Capital Area Library Assistants for their spring 2008 Lunch and Learn program! This informative workshop will provide an introduction to the digitization of library resources. Presenters Susan D'Entremont and Dustin Wilder are heading up the Capital District Library Council Digitization Pilot Project and will share their knowledge and experience about this emerging field of interest. Bring your own lunch; coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

The registration deadline for this event is April 22. Registration fee is payable in advance or at the door. Use this form to sign up.

Workshop - Grants for Digitization and Preservation

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: $40 for CDLC members, $60 for nonmembers (includes lunch)
Instructor: Tom Clareson, Program Director for New Initiatives at Palinet

This one-day workshop focuses on preparing for and writing grants for digitization and/or preservation projects. Since most digitization and preservation grants are funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the session is based upon those particular granting entities' requirements. Developing proposals for state, local and foundation funding sources will also be addressed. The workshop includes matching your institution's project with the appropriate funding agency, and preparing to write a proposal. The majority of the day is spent covering the elements of a grant proposal and practicing writing and reviewing those elements.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:
-Understand how to establish a grants program
-Plan the grant proposal process including proposal writing, grant review and grant management
-Develop the elements of a grant proposal
-Match projects to funding sources

The registration deadline is Friday, April 11. Payment (checks payable to CDLC) must be sent along with your registration. The registration form can be found here.

Workshop - Oversize Archival Materials and their Preservation

Date: Friday, May 23, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: $15
Instructor: Christopher Sokolowski, Associate Paper Conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA

This workshop is an introduction to the preservation of oversize works on paper and other supports commonly found in archival collections. Typical examples of such works are architectural plans, posters, and wall maps. Their history and production will be discussed with a focus on the different ways they age. Strategies for safely handling and storing these works will be presented as well as a demonstration of basic repair techniques that the audience may employ. Mr. Sokolowski will also address what repair techniques should be avoided, when reformatting may be advisable, and when to call upon a professional conservator.

A registration form is available at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp and more information is available from Marianne Shepard at the NYS Library Division of Library Development (473-0700, mshepard@mail.nysed.gov)

24 March 2008

Summer Reading Program Links

Looking for all the links to handouts and program ideas from this years summer reading planning workshop? Look no further..... they're all here.

20 March 2008

Job Posting - Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum

The Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum is seeking applicants for a part-time library clerk for evenings and weekends.

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

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

For more information contact Leah LaFera 518-673-2314.

19 March 2008

Workshop - Library Volunteers

Are you finding and recruiting volunteers for your library? Elissa Kane, Director of Development for Albany Public Library, reports on data on the demographics for finding volunteers and new trends in using volunteers to enhance your library. She will be joined by Michael Burnett, Director of the Northville Library, for some specific experiences on training and working with volunteers.

Join us for an interesting and helpful program on Thursday, April 3 from 9:30 AM -11:30 AM, at the MVLS Service Center.

To help plan for handouts and refreshments, please let Kathy know if you plan to attend, email kinsero@mvls.info.

Ann Gibson Scholarship Award

Calling all future youth services librarians! It is time to apply for the Ann Gibson Scholarship. This scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually by the Youth Services Section of NYLA to honor the memory of Ann Gibson, a storyteller, librarian, and teacher who touched the lives of many. If you are currently enrolled in an MLS program, have completed at least 18 credit hours, and are directing your studies toward youth services in a public or school library, don't delay! There is money available to assist you! The 2008 application deadline is May 31.

Please see the YSS page on the NYLA web site for application information and eligibility requirements.

17 March 2008

Beta Phi Mu Travel Scholarship

The Beta Beta Iota chapter of Beta Phi Mu offers an annual award to support a University at Albany Department of Information Studies student or recent graduate (within the last 5 years) in travel to a professional conference or meeting.

In application for the award please submit a letter that includes the following:

1. Date (or expected date) of graduation; area of concentration of studies; whether you are employed full-time, employed part-time or not yet employed.
2. Why you wish to attend the conference;
3. How you plan to use the experience for your study or work.

The award amount is $250. Recipients need not be members of Beta Phi Mu. The winner will be announced at May graduation.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2008.

Send submissions to Carla Bengle, President, Beta Phi Mu, at Gloversville HS Library, 199 Lincoln St., Gloversville, NY 12078 or e-mail cbengle@gloversvilleschools.org.

16 March 2008

Grant Opportunity - NEH Preservation Assistance Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will award grants of upto $6,000 on a non-matching basis to support the preservation of materials in collections-holding organizations. A focus of this program is to promote preservation planning and preservation training within the country's smaller institutions. The application deadline is May 15.

Registration with Grants.gov is required and can take a couple of weeks so start this process now if you're interested.

Eligible Activities: General preservation and conservation surveys conducted by a preservation professional; Attendance at preservation workshops and training programs, now including training in best practices for digitizing collections; Consultations with preservation professionals to develop a plan to address a specific preservation problem, including digital preservation issues

The 2008 grant application and guidelines are available at NEH's website. Applicants will be asked to describe in detail the nature and significance of their collection. Call NEH to discuss your project and receive helpful tips for writing a successful application: 202-606-8570.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is a premier center for consultation and training on preservation and digitization of paper-based collections and photographs. NEDCC staff is available to support you in planning your grant application and in carrying out preservation surveys, on-site consultations, or preservation and digitization workshops. If you are interested in working with NEDCC to develop a proposal,please call the Center at (978) 470-1010, or email Angelina Altobellis, aaltobellis@nedcc.org.

14 March 2008

2008 Summer Reading Workshop

Over 60 people from MVLS and UHLS attended the 2008 Summer Reading Planning workshop at SCPL on March 13. Bugs, bugs, bugs were everywhere, and tons of ideas were shared. Check out some photos from the workshop by clicking the one on the left. Even more can be seen on Polly Farrington's Flickr page!

StoryTubes 2008 National Contest

StoryTubes is here! From New York to California, kids in Grades 1-6 are talking up their favorite books. You can too!

Along with a parent or guardian, kids make a 2-minute video about a favorite book; upload the video to YouTube; and visit to the StoryTubes website and send in the link to their uploaded YouTube video using the online Contest Entry Form.

Beginning April 1, videos becomes part of a national contest! Voting mania will then begin and happen each week in May! At the end of each week, one lucky contestant will win $500 in books. Their sponsoring organization (school, library or designated organization for home-schooled youth) will receive $1,000 in books.

Get all the rules and more info at the StoryTubes website.

Help Choose the Look of the 2009 World Book

Buying a new World Book Encyclopedia this year? You can have a say in what that set will look like on your shelves! First introduced in 1999, the Spinescape is World Book’s trademarked method of printing a unique image across the spine of the 22-volume set. Through March 31, you can vote for your favorite image from among four finalists. The winning Spinescape will appear across the spine of the 2009 edition of The World Book Encyclopedia, which will go on sale in August 2008. Vote today at http://vote.worldbook.com/.

13 March 2008

NYLA Lobby Day 2008

NYLA's 2008 Lobby Day was the most successful ever. There was a record turnout -- 1,008 library advocates descended on Albany in a day filled with energy, excitement and hope and 88 legislators joined us for our Lobby Day breakfast, met with advocates, and had their photo taken for the NYLA READ posters. And, MVLS' own Tim Rokos addressed a huge crowd at the NYLA Rally - great job, Tim!

Both the Senate and the Assembly have agreed that they will restore the $5 million that was not included in the Governor's budget. In a difficult year economically, our legislators have recognized the value of libraries and library systems.

Although the news is good, it is not a done deal. Incoming Governor Paterson must approve it and the Senate/Assembly must agree on how to pay for it. Your continued advocacy efforts are needed. Use the "Become a Library Advocate" button on the MVLS home page to contact your representative electronically and urge them to continue to support our libraries.

Johnstown to hold Storybook Sundae Fundraiser

The Johnstown Public Library will hold their 12th Annual Storybook Sundae fundraiser at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Sunday, April 6, from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM. Admission to the make-your-own-sundae event is $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children ages 2 to 10. The event will also feature a raffle of beautiful themed baskets. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and pictures of some of the baskets up for grabs can be seen on the Johnstown Public Library's blog. For more information or to buy tickets, call the Johnstown Library at 762-8317.

St. Johnsville Library to hold Fundraiser

The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville will hold their 3rd Annual Flapjacks and Fairy Tales fundraiser at the Masonic Temple on Bridge Street in St. Johnsville on Sunday, March 30, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 11, children under 5 are free.

the event will feature a pancake breakfast will all the fixin's, musical entertainment, face painting, storytime for kids, and a basket raffle. For more information, contact the Margaret Reaney Memorial library at 518-568-7822, or email mrml@telenet.net.

Job Posting - Middleburgh Library - Search extended

The Middleburgh Library is seeking to fill the position of Library Director. This position involves responsibility for library administration and programming. Duties include, but are not limited to, supervision of two library clerks and all volunteers, implementation of library policies and procedures, and selection of materials. The position reports to the library Board of Trustees.

Middleburgh Library is a small but growing library serving a rural, upstate population in Schoharie County. Visit the Village of Middleburgh (http://www.middleburghnyvillage.org/) and scenic Schoharie Valley (http://www.schohariechamber.com/).

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. MLS degree preferred. Library experience required for those without the degree, preferred for those with the degree.

Salary: Salary range is $18,000 to $20,000, depending on experience. Benefits are offered in addition to salary. Position is for 20+ hours per week.

Resumes will be accepted until the position in filled.

Mail to:
Middleburgh Public Library
PO Box 670
Middleburgh, NY 12122

Middleburgh Library
Sarah Beekman

04 March 2008

NYLA Poster Sessions

NYLA colleagues are invited to submit proposals for a poster presentation at the NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, November 7 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. A poster session is an opportunity for several presenters to share information about a research problem, project, or study with many colleagues by developing a table-top display on a set of poster boards. Several posters are available at one time with the presenters standing by their table to talk informally about the project with interested participants. The poster may include printed materials, graphics, and additional handouts. The session will last one hour and presenters should remain close to their displays for questions and discussion during this time. Proposals should be submitted on the attached form by April 30, 2008.

These proposals will be reviewed by a sub committee of the Conference Advisory Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2008.

Questions about the poster sessions should be addresses to Johanna Geiger, NYLA Deputy Director, at events@nyla.org.

03 March 2008

NYLA Lobby Day - March 11

Join MVLS staff for the annual NYLA Lobby Day, March 11 in Albany. Our message: Restore $5 million in Library Aid cut in 2008-09 Executive Budget; Support book aid for all libraries; Make the library and construction aid increases from last year permanent. Your help is needed to tell the library story to our state legislators.

The appointment schedule is as follows:
8:30 AM Legislative Breakfast - Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza Concourse
9:30 AM Assemblyman James Tedisco - LOB Room 933
10:00 AM Assemblyman Marc Butler - LOB Room 318
10:30 AM Assemblyman Peter Lopez - LOB Room 429
11:30 AM - Noon NYLA Rally - Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza Concourse
12:30 PM Assemblyman George Amedore - LOB Room 426
1:00 PM Senator Hugh Farley - LOB Room 412
1:30 PM Senator James Seward - LOB Room 917

If you or representatives of your library are planning to attend, please let Kathy Insero (kinsero@mvls.info) know. We will again provide transportation from the MVLS Service Center to Albany. It is critically important that legislators hear from their constituents of the need for this additional money to libraries. Only you can give that perspective.

Also, visit NYLA's Advocacy Center for talking points, statistics, and to contact your local officials electronically regarding library funding.

Grant Opportunity - Target Store Grants

The Target Store Grants program will accept grant applications between March 1 and May 31, 2008, for programs taking place between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009. Grant projects must fall into one of three categories:

Arts Grants are awarded to projects that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for families to participate in cultural experiences.

Early Childhood Reading Grants support programs that promote a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age 9, to read together with their families.

Family Violence Prevention Grants support programs that strengthen families by preventing or reducing the cycle of family violence.

Grants average between $1,000 and $3,000. Applications must be submitted online.