25 April 2008

NYLA Public Libraries Section Awards

The Public Libraries Section of NYLA is accepting applications for the following awards:

The Conference Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded annually to encourage public librarians or students in library/information science schools to attend the NYLA Conference, and to participate in conference activities. The award includes: full registration costs; and up to $500.00 towards expenses and NYLA membership if required.

Applications should contain the following: why you wish to attend the conference; how you plan to integrate the experience into your work; how you plan to share your experience with your fellow professionals; and how the award will influence your professional goals. The winner is expected to assist with staffing at the PLS booth and to attend the full conference. Deadline for applications: Wednesday, June 4th.

The Post-MLS Award: This is a new award of $500.00 to help defray the costs of an accredited course or seminar for individuals already holding an MLS degree. The course must be work-related, and demonstrate value to your professional growth. Deadline for applications: Wednesday, June 4th.

PLS Award for Outstanding Public Library Building - Renovation: Starting this year, there will be two building awards - one for libraries serving a chartered population of less than 20,000; one for libraries serving a chartered population of more than 20,000. Each award will be for $1000.00.

In 2008, the awards will be given for outstanding building projects involving renovation of an existing building. (In 2009 awards will be given for new construction, with a two-year "window" on projects, which will allow for submission of construction projects completed this year.)

Criteria will include: innovative design and use of space for serving library users, accessibility, consideration given for health, safety, and environmental issues, ease of maintenance, adaptability to changing needs, energy efficiencies, evidence of engaging the community in the process, and the cost-benefit of the project. Deadline for applications: Thursday, June 12th.

2008 Best Practices Award: This year's applications must focus on the best use of web technology to promote your library and its services. Details of the program, with appropriate links, should be submitted. All applications will be reviewed by the Awards Committee of the PLS Board. The winner will receive an award of $1000.00. Deadline for applications: Wednesday, June 4th.

All applications must be in electronic format. No paper applications will be accepted.

Applications for all awards should be sent to: Kevin J. Gallagher; Director; Middletown Thrall Library; thrall7@warwick.net.

24 April 2008

NYLA Oustanding Advocate of Libraries Award

NYLA's Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award is presented to an individual who maintains no primary affiliation of a library information service and yet has made a significant contribution of these services to the people of New York State. The deadline for nominations is May 30. More information and a nomination form can be found on the NYLA web site.

NYLA Outstanding Service to Libraries Award

NYLA's Outstanding Service to Libraries Award is presented to an individual or group who has performed through their direct affiliation as an employee or trustee of a library or information service a significant contribution of these services to the people of New York State. The deadline for nominations is May 30. More information and a nomination form is available on the NYLA web site.

21 April 2008

Library Assistant/Technician Training Program Offered

Library Assistant/Technician Training Program
One-Week Course
June 9 - 14, 2008

This certificate, non-credit program is sponsored by NYLA in cooperation with Schenectady County Community College. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from SCCC, the individual must take all four courses. MVLS will pay for one person from each of our libraries to attend these programs.

Introduction: Monday, June 9, 6 PM - 9 PM
This course introduces students who plan to work or are currently working in libraries to various aspects of library work. Attention is given to the development of libraries so that the student may be aware of what a library is, how it has evolved, and what types are found today. The current employment situation is also discussed.

Public/Circulation Services: Tuesday, June 10, 6 PM - 9 PM; and Thursday, June 12, 6 PM - 9 PM
An introduction to public services in libraries. This section covers circulation services and systems, reserve and special collections, shelving and stack maintenance, customer service, public relations, confidentiality, and security.

Technical Services: Saturday, June 14, 9 AM - noon
An overview of the technical processing services that are carried out in libraries. Students will be introduced to the procedures required to acquire, catalog, process, and preserve materials in all formats.

Reference: Saturday, June 14, 1 PM - 4 PM
An introduction to reference and information services in libraries. Topics include the organization of information, the reference question, and search strategies. Electronic reference products, trends in reference work, library/bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and types of reference materials are discussed.

Register online between April 4 - May 31 at http://www.sunysccc.edu/, or call Schenectady County Community College at 518-381-1315.

Workshop - Stories in Action: Promoting Early Literacy

Date: Friday, June 6, 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: East Greenbush Community Library
Cost: $85 for NYLA members; $120 for non-members
Presenter: Bill Gordh

This workshop will offer a range of dynamic stories and activities that will engage the children in any early childhood and early elementary setting. Drawing from Gordh’s new book, Stories in Action, (Libraries, Unlimited. 2006), we will explore folktale fingerplays, the art of storytelling and how to move stories into literacy building experiences for young children. Institute will also include retelling stories and working from picture books.

Topics covered to include:
1. Great stories to share
2. Literacy building activities grow from stories
3. Folktale fingerplays to share with children allowing them to become storytellers
4. Models for creative writing
Register online or print out a registration form on the NYLA website. The deadline to register is May 23.

15 April 2008

PLS Conference to be Rescheduled

The PLS Spring Conference scheduled for Friday, April 18 has been cancelled. The conference will be rescheduled later this year.

14 April 2008

Grant Opportunity - Wal-Mart Community Grant Program

The Wal-Mart Community Grant Program allows local nonprofit organizations, such as schools, youth programs, fire departments, and libraries, to hold fundraisers at their local Wal-Mart or Sam's Club. Through the Matching Grant Program, the store/club can elect to match a portion of the funds raised up to $1,000. Events held off the premises are also eligible for funding when a company associate is actively involved. Additionally, once each Wal-Mart or Sam's Club has met certain criteria in the Matching Grant Program each year, a second source of funding is awarded to the store/club to use in the community. These funds do not require a fundraiser to be held, instead the funds can be awarded directly to deserving organizations. To learn more about the program visit the website listed above or contact the Community Involvement Coordinator at the local Wal-Mart or Sam's Club.

11 April 2008

Fellowships Available for Lifelong Access Libraries Leadership Institute

Libraries for the Future (LFF) invites applications from prospective Fellows for its third annual Lifelong Access Libraries Leadership Institute, to be held July 27-30, 2008 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel HIll.

The Institute will introduce participants to Lifelong Access, a framework for working with active older adults that promotes learning and civic engagement. Lifelong Access offers an alternative to the predominant deficit-based model of aging by approaching this stage of life as an opportunity for individual and community renewal.

The Institute will focus on three primary areas:

(1) concepts and research underlying new approaches to working with midlife and older adults;

(2) promising practices in library services, including the Lifelong Access framework for new older adult services; and

(3) leadership skills in community librarianship.

The full cost of Fellows’ travel, tuition, and room and board for the Institute will be covered by LFF.

The application is available online and must be accompanied by a statement of support from the library director. Selection will be on a competitive basis. The deadline for submitting an application is May 5, 2008. Please visit our website (http://www.lifelonglibraries.org) for further details.

10 April 2008

Free DVDs

There is a group of fans of the TV show "Friday Night Lights" that has banded together in an effort to keep the show on the air. As part of their efforts, they are offering DVD sets of Season 1 and 2 of the show to public libraries across the country. MVLS has received season 1, and season 2 will be coming to us once the dvds are released later this month. Why not put your library on the list to get free sets as well? It's as simple as sending an email and promising to circulate, not sell, the sets. Check out http://www.savefridaynightlights.tv/libraries.htm.

Workshop - Bibliostat Connect

The New York State Library has scheduled a Bibliostat Connect software training workshop on Thursday, May 1, 2008, from 9:30 Am - 11:30 AM at the Schenectady County Public Library. Public library system staff, and library directors and/or staff who prepare statistical reports, presentations to funding sources and public relations materials should attend the training workshop.

At the workshop, participants will learn how:
  • the software works
  • to log on and navigate through the software
  • to make charts and graphs using the data
  • to import charts and graphs to PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets

There are a limited number of computers available at the training site. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers and wireless cards. Please register no later than Friday, April 25, 2008 by completing this online form.

08 April 2008

The L'Amour Centennial Offer

To celebrate the 100th birthday of the great frontier storyteller Louis L'Amour, Bantam Books is offering to send—upon request—a complimentary copy of the author's memoir, Education of a Wandering Man: The Centennial Hardcover Edition, to any free lending library in the U.S.A. Click here to request a free copy for your library.

07 April 2008

New in the Professional Collection

Just added:

Strategic Planning for Results
by Sandra Nelson

Helping Homeschoolers in the Library
by Adrienne Furness

Free Books!

In celebration of National Library Week, the Laurie R. King web site is giving away--to libraries--fifteen sets of the gorgeous Picador trade paperback editions of the first four novels in her Mary Russell series: The Beekeeper's Apprentice (included in the 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th century by the IMBA), A Monstrous Regiment of Women, A Letter of Mary , and The Moor. Readers of Laurie's blog and Virtual Book Club are being urged to nominate libraries, but there's no reason libraries can't nominate themselves! Anyone interested should send their favorite library's name and address to info@laurieking.com with the subject "Russell in Libraries." The deadline to enter is April 15 at midnight Pacific time, and the drawing will be conducted the next day.
(from PubLib 04/07/08)

Job Posting - Digital Library Field Trainer

The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is continuing a project designed to enhance the digitization knowledge and skills of council members. The project will involve expanding the number of participants in the digital library project in the CDLC service area. Participants in the digitization project will select material from their collections, scan the material (or outsource the scanning), create metadata for the scanned material, and mount the information on a web site maintained by CDLC using CONTENTdm software. As a part of the digitization project CDLC is looking for an individual to work with the Project Manager, and to provide training and consultation to project participants. The position will require 8-12 hours per week, and pay is $18 to $23 per hour depending on qualifications and experience. A full job description can be found here. Interested individuals should submit an application with references by April 18.

04 April 2008

Workshop - InterLibrary Loan Field Day IV

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: WSWHE BOCES, Gick Road Conference Center, Saratoga Springs
Cost: $20

InterLibrary Loan Field Day IV will be held on May 1 - registration deadline is April 24. Details of the program and registration information can be found here.

02 April 2008

Grant Opportunity - Historic Preservation Grant Program

This grant program is being offered through Preserve New York, which is part of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The Preservation League of New York State is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to protect and enhance the Empire State's historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods. The New York State Council on the Arts is the state's arts funding agency. The Preservation League and NYSCA have collaborated on this grant program annually since 1993. Projects which are eligible to receive funds include, but are not limited to: Historic structure reports for public buildings; historic landscape reports for municipal parks; and cultural resource surveys of downtowns and residential neighborhoods. Municipalities, including municipal housing authorities and housing development fund companies, and not-for-profit corporations and charitable organizations are eligible to apply.

Grants will range from $3000 to $15000 each. The deadline to apply is May 5, 2008. Visit the Preserve NY web site for more information and to request an application form.

01 April 2008

Workshop - PLS Spring Conference

Date: Friday, April 18, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Onondaga County Public Library
Cost: Free for PLS members; $85 for NYLA members who are not PLS members; $120 for nonmembers

The topic of this years PLS spring conference is increasing the visibility of your library. Speakers include Libby Post of Communication Services; Leah LaFera of the Canajoharie Library; and Brian Hildreth of the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville, NY.

We know it's short notice, but registrations need to be received by this Friday, April 4. So act now! Print out the registration form and send it in today! MVLS will coordinate transportation for anyone who would like to carpool.

Call for Trustee Nominations

Candidates are needed for the CDLC Board of Trustees. The Nominating Committee is seeking to add to the diversity of the Board by nominating non-librarians to run for at-large seats. Think about friends, neighbors, non-library colleagues (faculty, administrators, patrons), who might contribute their wisdom to the CDLC Board of Trustees. Please contact Jean Sheviak at CDLC (jsheviak@cdlc.org) with your suggestions by April 9th.

Too Much TV??

1,672. This is the number of hours of television per year watched by the average American.

TV Turnoff Week is April 21-27. This is a great promotional opportunity for the library! Help connect people with alternatives to TV during this week by advertising library programming in the context of TV Turnoff Week – have a board game night or a Bedtime Stories event. Or keep it simple with a display of books in the library with a poster about TV Turnoff Week.
(Thanks to the Mid-Hudson Library System for sharing this.)