30 June 2008

ALA and Radioshack Partner to Offer Free Programs to Libraries

ALA and RadioShack have announced a partnership to help educate citizens about the transition from analog to digital television that will take place in February, 2009. Through this partnership, RadioShack's 4,500 company stores and many of the 1,000-plus participating franchise stores will offer knowledgeable team members to 16,000 ALA public libraries to host educational sessions for library patrons.

Included in these sessions will be information about why the DTV transition is occurring, the benefits digital television offers television viewers, what people need to do in order to continue receiving over-the-air television broadcasts after the conversion occurs, and how to apply for up to two $40 government coupons per household to help reduce the costs of obtaining a digital converter box.

ALA members who wish to host a DTV transition presentation in their library may make a request directly through RadioShack's corporate offices. A library would need only to fill out a brief template form and email it directly to RadioShack. This is a great (and free!) program for libraries to offer.

Grant Opportunity - New York Newspapers Foundation

The Trustees of the New York Newspapers Foundation are seeking applications for funding of literacy development projects, with emphasis on programs assisting non-English speakers and functionally illiterate adults. Recent grants have supported community-wide reading projects, parent-child reading programs and library projects designed to help recent immigrants to develop reading skills.

Organizations wishing to apply for grants from the association and whose work is in keeping with its goals, are encouraged to supply a brief statement describing their work and a project budget to: Diane Kennedy, NewYork Newspapers Foundation, 291 Hudson Ave., Suite A, Albany, NY 12210.

26 June 2008

The RA Toolkit

Library Journal has compiled a fabulous list of readers' advisory resources to help you keep up with the hottest releases and the latest author news. Blogs, web sites, e-newsletters, and awards sites are all included. Check out this article.

Win Books

Your library could win a free copy of the newest in the Draw 50 series, Draw 50 Princesses!

This book teaches aspiring artists how to draw with ease by following simple, step-by-step instructions. Acclaimed author Lee J. Ames shows us how to draw an enchanting variety of beautiful princesses, including beloved favorites from fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White as well as princesses from around the world. In these pages you’ll also find a castle, a throne, Prince Charming, and much more. Even the youngest artists can make these elegant ladies look great. It’s easy to draw princesses when you do it the Draw 50 way.

Be entered to win a free copy of Draw 50 Princesses when you answer this question: How many books make up the Draw 50 series? (hint)

Please email your answer along with your address (sorry, no P.O. boxes) to library@randomhouse.com with the subject line, "Draw 50" to enter. Don't forget to include your address! (Offer open only to librarians in the U.S.)

24 June 2008

Teen Read Week 2008

October seems like a long way off, but it's not too early to register for Teen Read Week 2008, to be celebrated October 12 - 18. This year's theme is "Books with Bite @ your library." Why register? Your library can win all sorts of free goodies, plus you'll have access to ideas for program planning, publicity, suggested reading lists and more.

23 June 2008

Summer Reading Promotional Videos Available

CSLP is now allowing us to post the promotional videos for Catch the Reading Bug and Metamorphosis to various video sharing sites. And that makes it really easy for you to put the videos on your webpages or blogs. All you have to do is copy and paste! Visit the NYS Summer Reading web site for more information.

Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards

The 2008 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature were announced on June 18.

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). Stay tuned for more details but start planning now! Sample NFLW resources – press release, letter to the editor, proclamation, and bookmarks - are available from the FOLUSA web site.

(From the MHLS Bulletin, 06/24/08)

NYLA/Proquest Intellectual Freedom Award

The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is currently seeking nominations for the NYLA/ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award.

The NYLA/ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award is given to an individual or library for outstanding contribution to the principles of intellectual freedom in New York State. It is awarded at the annual NYLA Conference.

Nominees can be individuals or groups in New York State who have met and resisted attempts at censorship or have otherwise furthered the cause of intellectual freedom. Those submitting names for consideration for this award should provide the following information about the nominee: duration of the nominee’s support of intellectual freedom; incidents that are especially noteworthy; support from local and state organizations, community members, and others; relevant supportive data such as newspaper articles, letters of commendation, etc.; names, addresses, and phone numbers of two people who will be contacted to provide evidence and support for the nomination. Please note that members of NYLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee are not eligible for this award.

Click here for complete award details and a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2008.

New Bibliography of Great Early Elementary Reads

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a bibliography, “Great Early Elementary Reads,” featuring recommended book titles for children who are just learning to read and beginning to read on their own. The list is free to download, copy and distribute, and is available in full color or black and white.
The bibliography is broken down into two categories: “Starting to Read” and “Reading on My Own.” The books included were published between 2005 and 2008. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy. The titles were selected, compiled and annotated by members of the 2007-2008 ALSC School-Age Programs and Services Committee.

Grant Opportunity - Social Entrepreneurs Series Program Grants

In celebration of their groundbreaking Social Entrepreneurs Series, the PBS show Frontline/World, in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, will award grants of $500 plus supporting program materials to 40 public and academic libraries. The grant funds will promote the screening and discussion of one the series’ short documentary films on innovative social entrepreneurs around the world.

To be eligible, libraries must:

  • Host a screening and discussion of a FRONTLINE/World Series film, and
  • In partnership with local or regional organization engaged in issues of social entrepreneurship, host at least one related program (panel, lecture, forum or other format).

Applications must be submitted electronically by August 1, 2008. Click here for forms and full program details.

19 June 2008

Wii are Having Fun!

Wii workshop The first Wii Fun Program workshop was held today at the Fort Plain Free Library. Those libraries participating in Wii programming for older adults; Amsterdam Free Library, Fort Plain Free Library, Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum, Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville and the Rotterdam Branch of the Schenectady County Public Library received all the materials they will need to get their Wii Fun Programs up and running. Trevor Oakley, our Wii “guru”, instructed the group on the proper set-up of the gaming system and discussed some programming ideas. After some instruction came the fun! Some of the participants stepped up and tried their hands at baseball, doing both batting and pitching, and saw how easy it was to use and how much fun to play.

The Wii Fun Program, sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Library System and participating libraries, is made possible, in part, with Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

18 June 2008

Computer Recycling

The MVLS van was loaded up today with computer monitors, printers, and PCs, all headed for recycling. MVLS will accept equipment from our member libraries for recycling - just bring it to us, or if we are coming to you and have room in the van, we can take it back for you. We'll be making another recycling trip soon, so if you have any old equipment to dispose of, now is the time to get it to MVLS. Please contact Val at MVLS with any questions.

17 June 2008

Teen Spirit in the Library Webinar Archived

For those who missed this great webinar last week, it is now archived and available for viewing at any time. Moderated by Bill Schickling, President and CEO of Polaris Library Systems, presenters included:

  • Michele Gorman, Teen Service Coordinator for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC --- Your Teen Area as Their Third Space : Creating a Space Coole Enough to Call Their Own

  • Jen Maney, Manager of Virtual Library, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ --- Teen 2.0 : Using New Technologies to Tap into Teens

  • Christine Pearson, Web Designer/Developer, Fountain Hills Library Branch Manager, Maricopa County Library District, AZ --- An Online Oasis for Teens at Maricopa County Library District

  • Scott Nicholson, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies at Syracuse University --- The Intersection of Gaming and Libraries : Where are we, Where are we Going?

Note: Even though the webcast is archived, you still need to 'register' in order to view it.

Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

Empire Friends, the Library Friends Roundtable of NYLA, offers this award to honor a volunteer member of the library community or a group whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or friends organizations.

The nomination form can be found here. Nominations should include all relevant contact information, a description of the nominee's commitment to library service, and any supporting material. The deadline for nominations is July 17, 2008.

13 June 2008

Follow-up to Friends Workshop

As a follow-up to yesterday's workshop on friends groups, here are some additional resources that may be helpful to you.

by Sally Gardner Reed

edited by Sandy Dolnick

by Sandy Dolnick

by Mark Youngblood Herring

from the Empire Friends Roundtable of NYLA

by Adam Corson-Finnerty and Laura Blanchard

by Stephanie Gerding and Pamela MacKellar

by Sally Gardner Reed

by Lisa A Wolfe

by Preston F. Driggers

Other Resources:

Empire Friends, a Roundtable of NYLA

Fort Plain Grand Opening

Despite hot, humid, and stormy weather, the Grand Opening of the Fort Plain Free Library’s newly repaired/restored/and renovated quarters held on Sunday, June 8, was an unqualified success. Those in attendance viewed the first of many displays of Clinton Liberal Institute artifacts and memorabilia prepared by board member Eileen Chambers. Quite a few confessed that they had no idea that this co-ed preparatory military boarding school attended by the likes of Simon Lake, inventor of the submarine, had been located in Fort Plain at the end of the 19th century. In addition, they were able to view a Power Point presentation featuring some of the many photographs and postcards donated to the library by local historian Myron Saltsman. The images depicted the Old Erie Canal in Fort Plain and provided a wealth of easily understood information about the engineering marvel that made the village a prosperous commercial and transportation hub.

Visitors also commented on the new herb and perennial garden in keeping with the period of the house designed and planted by Sherri Byrne, owner of The Herb Cupboard. The garden will grow and change over the years adding to the attractiveness of the exterior. Also unveiled was a large landscape painted by local artist Joanne Resch that graces the Willett Street entrance to the building and welcomes residents and visitors alike to the facility and the community. The painting depicts the Mohawk River, Abeel’s Island, a packet boat traveling the Canal, and emphasizes the natural beauty of the area. Finally, all enjoyed a lovely assortment of snacks and refreshments prepared by library patron Donna Ahrens. For those who missed the Grand Opening, feel free to stop in during regular library hours for a tour of the facility. For pictures of the event, visit Fort Plain's Flickr site.

11 June 2008

"Wii" is here!

“Wii” will allow our senior patrons to have fun and enjoy being young at heart again. No, we are not installing the fountain of youth at our libraries but taking advantage of the new Wii system by Nintendo. MVLS has received a $15,000 grant for a 2 year program by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The libraries participating in the first year are the Amsterdam Free Library, Canajoharie Library, Fort Plain Free Library, Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville and the Rotterdam Branch of the Schenectady County Public Library. The second year participating libraries will be the Johnstown Public Library, Northville Public Library, Frothingham Free Library in Fonda, The Community Library in Cobleskill-Richmondville, the Schoharie Free Library and the Sharon Springs Free Library.

The Wii game was designed to be a more interactive version of the “usual” video games, but they have far surpassed that. In the quest for fun they have an additional quality, health benefits. The Wii games provide the opportunity for therapeutic qualities that can target gross and fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination and even a light cardio workout.

The media buzz around Wii has enabled us to pause and reflect on fun again and bring it to our senior patrons. The goal is to be able to encourage fellowship through library use while also honing in on innovative programming in what can be a seemingly rigid atmosphere. Yes, you can learn something new, regardless of age.

The LSTA grant will support the programming costs for older adults (those 55 years of age and older) by enabling the purchase of Wii consoles, games and digital cameras to photograph all the fun. We are excited about “Wii” and encourage trying it with your senior patrons, allowing them to enjoy the library in a new way. There will be an introductory grant workshop at the Fort Plain Free Library on Thursday June 19, 2008 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM for Year One grant participating libraries, but any interested parties are welcome to join us. To RSVP please call MVLS, 355-2010, and speak with Sue or Jen, or email Sue.

06 June 2008

MVLS Welcomes Intern

MVLS has a new summer intern, Jennifer Jones, from the University at Albany. Jen is finishing her Graduate degree in LIS and is looking forward to a new career in the field of Library and Information Sciences. She is very pleased to be placed at MVLS, as it will offer her the opportunity to see how a library system works from the operations level to the public’s view. Among other things, Jen will be assisting with the Wii grant project that will put her many years of working with seniors and in therapeutic recreation to good use.

Jen enjoys baking, music, art, travel and of course, reading. She looks forward to working with everyone and learning as much as she can to enable the beginning of her career path to be a positive one. Welcome, Jen!

Workshop - Drug Information for the Public Library

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Place: Albany College of Pharmacy, Lewis Library Classroom
Presenters: Sue Iwanowicz, Director of Library Services, Albany College of Pharmacy; Kim Mitchell, Reference & Education Librarian, Albany College of Pharmacy

Have you noticed more drug‐related reference questions at your library? You’re not alone. An estimated 45% of Americans now take a prescription drug at least once a month, and new drugs are entering the market at a higher rate than ever before. Meanwhile, drug information resources are vast, rapidly changing, and often highly specialized.

This workshop will offer you strategies and techniques for finding, selecting, and using the best resources to answer consumer health drug questions in the public library setting.

- Learn about the drug information landscape: prescriptions, over‐the‐counter, natural medicines, drug trials, and more.
- Get hands‐on experience identifying and using core print and freely available Web resources for consumer health drug questions.
- Receive take‐home materials including a reference binder and information for your patrons.
- Participate in a Q&A with a practicing pharmacist.
- Network with colleagues over refreshments.

Attendance is limited to 20 participants and is funded by an NN/LM grant. To register, email Kim Mitchell at ACP by June 17th.

03 June 2008

Workshop - Customer Service and Transforming Your Library

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Guilderland Public Library
Speaker: Karen Hyman, Executive Director, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative
Cost: $10 per person

Is your library any fun? How do you define what works? When do you know something needs to change? Hundreds of libraries are reinventing themselves with 12-step programs presented at previous PLA conferences. What’s stopping you? Come and answer the questions that could transform your library in 2008. Don't miss this fantastic workshop, brought to you by the Upper Hudson Library System.

Space is limited so register early. Checks should be made payable to Upper Hudson Library System. Contact Jo-Ann Benedetti at UHLS to register (jo-ann@uhls.lib.ny.us, 437-9880 ext 225.)

Library of Congress Traveling Exhibition for Small/Rural Libraries

The Library of Congress is planning to send a traveling exhibition to approximately 120 small rural libraries with active public libraries that are not close to a major population center. The exhibition will be sent at no cost to the library. They are looking for help to identify potential sites. The traveling exhibition, featuring facsimiles of American and World Treasures of the Library of Congress, is being funded through the generosity of the Rapoport Foundation. The exhibition is actually based on two very popular on-site exhibitions the Library had for a number of years, "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" and "World Treasures of the Library of Congress." They included extraordinary items from the collections that have broad appeal for the American public. The traveling exhibition will draw upon those exhibitions, would be easy to put up and take down, and would be designed to accommodate the space limitations in small libraries (minimal square footage needed).

The Library of Congress has further said that, "Regarding the square footage, our Interpretive Programs Office will be working with the sites on the configuration and space required...at this point we do not yet have a design underway. I can assure you, however, that "flexibility" will be key to the design process." LC will work with libraries and the available space they have to host the exhibit.

If your library might be interested, please send the name of your library and a contact person's name by Monday, June 9th to:
Tracy Tucker
COSLA Association Director
AMR Management Services
201 East Main St., Suite 1405
Lexington, KY 40507
P:: 859-514-9210
F:: 859-514-9166
E:: ttucker@AMRms.com

This could be a great opportunity for small libraries who generally cannot host other traveling exhibits due to their size.

(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for sharing this opportunity.)