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.

13 August 2008

Advocacy Alert - Ask Your Legislators to Reject Governor's Proposed Cuts to Library Aid

NYLA urges library advocates to ask their local state legislators to oppose any further cuts in Library Aid. The Governor imposed a 2% cut in library funding in the recently adopted 2008-09 State Budget and now wants the Legislature to approve a further 6% reduction. Libraries have already done their part and now its time for others to bear the burden. Use the “Become a Library Advocate” button on the MVLS web site to send a message to your legislators asking them to oppose any further cuts in Library Aid.

12 August 2008

Replace my Bookcart Contest

Has your booktruck seen better days? Are you jealous of your coworker's shiny and dent-free companion? Then send DEMCO a photo and a brief description of why your booktruck needs to be replaced and why a new one would make you the envy of all librarians! You've got until September 15 to submit your entries. Visit the DEMCO contest website for details.

10 August 2008

Grant Opportunity - WalMart Foundation State Giving Program

The Wal-Mart Foundation's State Giving Program awards grants at the state and regional level to programs that have a strong impact within the communities the company serves. Advisory Councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will determine how best to distribute State Giving Program funds. The program's priority funding categories include: Education, targeting the needs of underserved young people ages 12-30; Job Skills Training, specifically support services to help people improve their work-related skills; Health, with a focus on access to healthcare and the promotion of healthy lifestyles; and Environmental Sustainability, including recycling programs, outdoor classrooms, etc. The minimum grant size for this program is $5,000. The remaining application deadlines for this year are September 25 and December 19. Visit this website to submit an online application.

08 August 2008

Webinar - Taming Technolust: Planning in a Hyperlinked World

Date: Tuesday, August 26
Time: 11:00 AM - noon
Presenter: Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens offers ten steps for technology planning in our fast changing, ever-evolving information world. From "Letting Go of Control" to evaluation, this institute will offer ten practical tips for taming your organization's techno-problems.

This webinar is presented free of charge by the SirsiDynix Institute. Register online today - space is limited. You will need a computer with an internet connection, Internet Explorer 6 or higher, and speakers to participate in the webinar. You may also need to install Live Meeting software.

07 August 2008

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Librarians Contest

Smart Poodle Publishing in Hollywood, Florida, is sponsoring a writing contest for librarians. Entrants must submit an essay of up to 1,500 words describing what they wish everyone knew about librarians. For example, as Dani Vaughn-Tucker writes, “we’re not all bun-donning-sensible-shoe-wearing ladies garbed in black cardigans cradling a cat waiting to shush the first person who violates the ‘No Talking’ policy.” There are three prizes of $500, $100, and $50. The deadline to enter is December 1.

(From American Libraries Direct, 08/06/08)

06 August 2008

Workshop - What to do with those Tweens : Programs, Ideas and Solutions

Date: Monday, August 25, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Speaker: Maureen Ambrosino, Youth Services Consultant, Massachusetts Regional Library System
Cost: $30 for non UHLS libraries. Cost includes lunch.

Librarians all over the country are doing great programming for teens. But what about those tweens. kids ages 10-13? They're too 'cool' for elementary programs and too young for teen programs, so what do we do with them? Come hear about great programs you can offer in your library, find out why a tween advisory board can jump start your services, and get some strategies for dealing with this vital and important age group.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM -- Tween and teen advisory boards for small libraries
10:30 AM - noon -- Working with tweens
noon - 12:30 PM -- Lunch (included)
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM -- Activity and programming tips
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM -- Program sharing, Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM -- Tween and teen advisory boards for large libraries

You are welcome to attend one or both of the segments on tween advisory boards.

To register, please contact Mary Fellows at UHLS (518-437-9880 ext 228, email mary@uhls.lib.ny.us)

Workshop - Marketing for Public Libraries

Date: September 9-10, 2008
Time: 10 AM - 5:00 PM on Sept 9 ; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM on Sept 10
Place: Saratoga Springs Public Library
Instructor:Wayne Piper
Cost: $250 for PLA members; $300 for ALA members; $400 for non-members

The Southern Adirondack Library System is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to offer a two-day Marketing workshop at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This in-depth, interactive program will provide public librarians with the practical skills and knowledge they need to effectively plan and implement marketing initiatives at their libraries.

Participants in this two-day Marketing workshop will learn:

  • The importance of marketing the public library.
  • How to draft an outline of a marketing plan and link the marketing plan to the library's strategic plan.
  • How to develop a strategy to measure the success of the library's marketing efforts and evaluate the impact of marketing materials and methods.
  • How to select library products and services that meet community and customer needs.

Complete details about the workshop and registration forms can be found here.

05 August 2008

Workshop - Public Library Districts

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mohawk Valley Library System will host an informational workshop on Public Library Districts on Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Rotterdam Branch Library. Libby Post, President and CEO of Communication Services in Albany will present the workshop as part of her work as a consultant with the Division of Library Development. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Regents Public Library District Initiative and the basics of districts in New York State.

Ms. Post has worked successfully with libraries in New York in exploring options and achieving public library district status. She has also worked with the New York Library Association and the Mid-Hudson Library System, and recently worked with MVLS on the Telling Your Library Story LSTA grant.

Trustees and Library Directors are urged to attend. Your attendance does not indicate a commitment by your library to pursue this governance option, but is a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions.

Contact MVLS to register.

Author Leonard S. Marcus to Speak at University at Albany

Leonard Marcus, one of the foremost authorities on the history of children's literature, will discuss and sign his new book, Minders of Make-Believe, an animated first-time history of the visionary editors, authors, librarians, booksellers, and others whose passion for books has transformed American childhood and American culture. The program will be held on Thursday, October 23 at 4:00 PM in the Standish Room of the Science Library at SUNY Albany.

What should children read? Marcus tackles this three-hundred-year-old question that sparked the creation of a rambunctious children's book publishing scene in Colonial times. And it's the urgent issue that went on to fuel the transformation of twentieth-century children's book publishing from a genteel backwater to big business. Marcus delivers a provocative look at the fierce turf wars fought among pioneering editors, progressive educators, and librarians - most of them women -throughout the twentieth century. His story of the emergence and growth of the major publishing houses - and of the distinctive literature for the young they shaped - gains extraordinary depth through the author's path-finding research and in-depth interviews with dozens of editors, artists, and other key publishing figures whose careers go back to the 1930s.

Leonard S. Marcus began his publishing career with Awakened by the Moon, a widely acclaimed biography of Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown, and last fall Random House released Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way. Marcus, a consummate professional, capable of discourse on a wide range of topics, also possesses a wry wit, hinted at in the picture book he created with his wife, Amy Schwartz, Oscar : The Big Adventure of a Little Sock Monkey.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP to: Brian Keough,at bkeough@albany.edu or 518-437-3931. Sponsored by the University at Albany Libraries & the Marcia J. Brown Fund

04 August 2008

Grant Opportunity - Picturing America

Applications are now being accepted for Picturing America, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Applications may be submitted online through October 31, 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. Past recipients of the Picturing America collection are not eligible for a second award. Awards will be announced and distributed in early 2009.

Syracuse University Conducting Study

Dr. Ruth Small and her research team from Syracuse University are in need of volunteer librarians from public libraries in New York State who are willing to participate in a pilot research study in September 2008. Specifically, they are looking for librarians who have a strong knowledge of the adult services and resources in their libraries (e.g., adult services librarian, library director); only one per library please. They hope to get representation from a cross section of communities in New York State.

If you volunteer, you will be asked to complete an online survey that focuses on specific types of resources and services in your library and how they are used by patrons. The survey will take about 30 minutes.

All names and personal information will be kept strictly confidential. Group data will be reported and any individual responses included will be anonymous, with any identifying information removed. The survey will be available in early September. Results from the pilot study will serve as the basis for a broad, national study.

If you would be willing to participate, please contact Dr. Small at drruth@syr.edu no later than August 31, 2008.

01 August 2008

Grant Opportunity - NY Council for the Humanities

The NY Council for the Humanities awards Major Grants (up to $20,000) and Mini Grants (up to $2,500). Council grants are meant to provide financial support for public programs presented by not-for-profit organizations across New York State that bring humanities scholars and scholarship to a general public audience. Special consideration is given to projects that reach underserved populations; to projects that, without our funding, might not happen; and to organizations that need financial seed money so that they may secure long-term support from other sources.

The next Major Grant application deadlines, for up to $20,000, are September 15, 2008 and March 15, 2009 ; applications for Mini Grants, for up to $2,500, are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. To learn more about both grants programs, review eligibility, and see past awarded grants please visit nyhumanities.org/grants. For other inquiries, Council program officers are available for consultation via email or by phone at 212.233.1131.