27 November 2008

Grant Opportunity - Stewart's Holiday Match

Stewart's Shops matches individual donations made at their stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and distributes funds to local nonprofit agencies. Organizations that benefit children are eligible to apply for funds. An application can be downloaded at the Stewart's Shops web site. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2009.

25 November 2008


Thankfully we have some giveaways to any member library that emails Sue (srokos@mvls.info) with a thankful request! If you have more than one, (because frankly we've not been getting many replies) number your requests! Open to MVLS member libraries only.

Here goes!
1. Paperback novelization of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"
2. In honor of the Twilight Movie, 2 Vampire Academy Novels ("Frostbite" and "Shadow Kiss" - both trade paperbacks)
3. "Igor" Movie Novelization - Paperback
4. The Despereaux Paperback Collection: 2 picture books; 2 easy reader; 1 novelization
5. "The Tale of Despereaux" Deluxe Movie Storybook
6. "Influence" by the Olsen Twins.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

GrantStation Webinar

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Time: 1:30 PM

The New York Library Association has teamed up with Grant Station to provide our Organizational Members access to GrantStation's online grant research service for FREE! Back by popular demand, GrantStation is offering their 2nd FREE webinar to help NYLA Organizational Members learn more about this exciting member benefit.

GrantStation is a set of online tools and resources to help organizations identify the appropriate funder for any given program or project. This resource is being offered to NYLA Members only. Learn how other libraries throughout the country are using GrantStation to help their patrons find the right grantmaker, learn how to write grant proposals, and manage grant awards. Cynthia M. Adams, CEO/President of GrantStation provides this 45-minute tour of the resources available, and can answer your questions to help you determine if you'd like to take advantage of this easy to use resource. There is no cost for this webinar. To register for this event go here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/7sobyl2z5kv7.

For further information, visit http://www.grantstation.com/ . Organizational members: to enroll with GrantStation, simply download and complete the form at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1201. Visit http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=503 to find out more about Organizational Memberships. In addition, all NYLA members will receive free of charge the GrantStation Insider, a weekly electronic newsletter that provides updated information on new funding opportunities, upcoming grant deadlines, and fundraising conferences and training.

Please contact Amanda Wing at NYLA with any questions (marketing@nyla.org; 518-432-6952 ext 105.)

24 November 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge

Can you find at least one supporter in your community - a trustee, Friend or avid patron - to write a letter to the editor of your local paper explaining why they are thankful for your library, the online catalog or delivery system in the next week? We bet you can!

It doesn't have to be a long letter - it can be short and sweet: "I'm thankful to my public library for (fill in the blank)." Help make things easy for your supporters by giving them the info about how to send in their letter: http://www.mvls.info/about/mediacontacts.html

Let us know how you make out!
(Thanks to Mid Hudson Library System for this idea.)

Grant Opportunity - Libri Foundation Books for Children

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books for Children program. The Foundation awards grants three times a year.

The librarian of each library participating in the Books for Children program selects the books her library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation. The 700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist have been judged as outstanding or highly recommended by recognized authorities in the library and education fields and have been published in the last 3 years or are classics. The guidelines and application can be found here: http://www.librifoundation.org/apps.html.

The Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, your library could receive up to $1,050 worth of new children's books (about 70 books). Local sponsors have five months (or longer, if necessary) after their library has been selected as a participant in the Books for Children program to raise the matching funds. Deadlines: Annually, January 15th, April 15th, and August 15th.

23 November 2008

Grant Opportunity - The Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will each receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, financial support to attend an orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials, an Organizer's Guide for developing and managing Big Read activities, inclusion of the organization and activities on the Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately four hundred organizations of varying sizes across the country will be selected for this cycle (September 2009 through June 2010.

The application deadline is February 3, 2009.

21 November 2008

Grant Opportunity - ICMA Public Library Innovation Grants

ICMA Public Library Innovation Grants, made possible through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are available to local governments that develop innovative ways to actively engage their public libraries in meeting specific community goals.

The grants will be anchored by a partnership between the office of the chief administrative officer (city, county, or town manager) and the public library, recognizing the importance of the manager/librarian partnership in creating and sustaining change and innovation. A series of leadership workshops and project coaching will help grantees solidify the partnership, ensure the short-term success of the project, and secure new resources to support the long-term use of libraries in addressing community priorities and issues.

ICMA will provide a total of $500,000 in Public Library Innovation Grants. Individual grants will range from $20,000 to $60,000. Only U.S. local governments and libraries are eligible to apply. Applications, guidelines, and a budget template are available at www.icma.org/publiclibrarygrants. Please contact Molly Donelan at mdonelan@icma.org for more information. Deadline: January 9, 2009, 5:00 p.m. EST

20 November 2008

Workshop - Getting Started with Digitization

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum
Presenter: Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist, CDLC

Join us as Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist for the Capital District Library Council, takes us through the basics of the digitization process and the first year of their pilot digitization project, CDLC Digital Collections.

The project's web site has recently been made available to the public at contentdm.cdlc.org and is also included in a brand new site, New York Heritage, at www.nyheritage.org, which includes materials from many other regions of New York State.

In addition to highlights of the these two sites, Susan will cover the basic process involved in digitizing materials, some policies to begin this process, copyright basics, and the difference between digitization and preservation.

Susan has been CDLC's Documentary Heritage Program Regional Archivist since 2000. Some of her previous positions include Collection Development Archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin and Archivist at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998.

Please RSVP to mvls@mvls.info or call Lois Gordon at 355-2010 x 233.

New E-Newsletter

Library Journal's latest free e-newsletter, Booksmack!, serves up high-impact reviews of street lit, genre fiction, and young adult reads for adults, along with readers' advisory, multimedia mashups, expanded prepublication info, and author profiles. Launched on October 2, the first issues have featured columns such as Books for Dudes; Movie Tie-In Madness : Bond, Button, and McCarthy; and 35 Going on 13 : Teen Books for Adults. Booksmack! is delivered to subscribers twice monthly on Thursdays. Sign up at libraryjournal.com/booksmack.

19 November 2008

Workshop - Teen Programs that Work

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM to noon
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: RoseMary Hannold
Cost: $15 for non-UHLS libraries

Come learn about fun and innovative teen programs that work in all libraries, big or small! RoseMary Hannold is the author of 5 books (4 of them about teen services) and numerous articles and websites. She is the series editor for Neal-Schuman's 'teens @ the library' series, and a well-traveled presenter. Register by December 3 with Mary Fellows at UHLS (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us, 518-437-9880 ext 228.)

NYLA Rally, 11/18/08

The Legislative Special Session ended yesterday with no agreement between the Governor and the state Legislature on futher mid-year budget cuts. NYLA's Library Rally at the Capitol yesterday, which brought 450 library advocates to Albany, showed state policymakers in a very visible, loud and forceful (but law abiding) manner, that the library community would not stand for any further cuts in funding. Thank you to all who attended the rally, and sent letters and faxes to your legislators. Your advocacy efforts do make a difference.

The Governor plans to release his 2009-2010 Executive Budget on December 16th, which will undoubtedly call for additional cuts in Library Aid. It is also still unclear when the remaining $26 million in undistributed Library Aid from the 2008-09 State Budget will be released. We will keep you informed of any developments in this ongoing budget saga.

Please keep up your advocacy efforts at this critical time. Invite local legislators to your library, meet with them in their offices, and promote all your great programs and resources through your newsletters, websites and blogs.

17 November 2008

Teen Tech Week 2009

Registration is now open for Teen Tech Week 2009, which will be celebrated March 8-14. TTW is about connecting teens with different technologies, especially those available through the library. Teens can literally press play on digital devices such as mp3 players, DVD players, gaming controllers and more. Press Play @ the library can be interpreted broadly to make it work for you in your own library. One way to interpret the theme is to emphasize the word "play." Play can be about teens creating and sharing their own content for the fun of it, like videos, music, and digital artwork. Play through games can be encouraged with tournaments, tech trivia contests, and video games. The theme can also take a more educational direction. Teens can "press play" on various digital devices to learn more about the world around them. They can press play to watch film documentaries, listen to an audiobook, get online homework help, learn a new language and more. Register today, and visit the Teen Tech Week 2009 web site for lots of ideas on celebrating TTW in your library.

16 November 2008

The Tale of Despereaux Sweepstakes

One lucky school and one library will each be awarded the Grand Prize of access to an advance screening of The Tale of Despereaux for 200 guests before it hits theaters this holiday season! Four runners up will receive Tale of Despereaux gift baskets. Enter online by December 1 (and make sure to invite Sue to your screening if you win!)

13 November 2008

Workshop - Emerging Technologies and Digital Cultures

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM to noon
Place: Union College, Schenectady
Presenter: Bryan Alexander, Director of Research, NITLE
Cost: $15 CDLC Personal Members; $20 CDLC Institutional Members; $40 non members

Cyberculture is advancing rapidly, with teaching and research constantly taking advantage of emerging technologies. Bryan will explore Web 2.0, gaming, and mobile computing in libraries and education. The morning program will conclude with a glimpse at emergent syntheses, such as Web 3.0, augmented reality, and new forms of storytelling. There is also an afternoon session, focusing on emerging technologies in academic libraries. The registration fee covers one or both sessions.

Complete information and a registration form is available on the CDLC web site; the deadline to register is November 25.

Every Child Ready to Read Kits Available

Our Every Child Ready to Read kits are ready to be checked out! Library staff and volunteers can use these conveniently packaged, easy-to-use kits that provide everything needed to conduct Every Child Ready to Read programs for parents and caregivers. To be trained or for a refresher in using these materials for parent/caregiver workshops, or for assistance in gathering resources, or working with local community partners to meet the needs of your community, contact Sue Rokos, MVLS, 355-2010, ext. 226, email: srokos@mvls.info.

Each kit has scripts for conducting parent/caregiver workshops, masters for handouts for parents/caregivers, posters, books and other audio/visual aids to help prepare staff and volunteers offer parent/caregiver workshops. Six different Every Child Ready to Read Workshop Kits are available. See them all, along with lots of other early literacy information and resources, here. Note that kits can be borrowed for 28 days, and borrowing is restricted to libraries and organizations in the MVLS service area.

12 November 2008

State Aid Cuts, November 18 Rally, and Advocacy Efforts

Governor Paterson released his proposed cuts today and libraries were front and center: Governor Paterson has proposed a $20 million cut to library aid - that's a 21% cut to library and system funding that has been static for a decade. Included in these cuts are Local Services Support Aid, Supplemental System Aid, and Construction Grants.

Did that wake you up?

Take action:

- Take 5 minutes out of your day today to send a letter through NYLA's automated faxing program - the letter is already written for you - it does not get any easier: just click the Contact Your Elected Officials button on the MVLS website.

- Take 5 more minutes to call your legislator. Here are some talking points:

  • Libraries have already contributed their fair share toward reducing the state's budget deficit. Library Aid has already been reduced twice this year from $102 million to $99 million.
  • Between 1998-2006, libraries and library systems received no increases, while other educational institutions received generous increases.
  • Library use is up dramatically in every community across the state. [use stats from your own library here - circulation, program attendance, door count, computer usage]
  • Library systems are the backbone of our libraries and information infrastructure. They are an example of how the library community has long been a champion and role model for regional cooperation, resource sharing and providing services in a cost-effective and efficient manner, that saves libraries of all types and their patrons money.

Nopw more than ever, we need PEOPLE to attend the Rally next Tuesday, November 18th at 1:00 PM in Albany. Please contact Carol to let her know you plan to attend. MVLS will coordinate carpooling for those who are interested in ride sharing.

Your voice matters - make sure it is heard. Thanks in advance for your time!

(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for the talking points.)

Library Furniture Auction

Since Crandall Public Library has recently completed a major renovation project, they will be auctioning off library furnishings that will not be needed in their new building. Items offered include bookcases, tables, chairs, office and computer desks, study carrels, and more. The auction will be held this Saturday, November 15 on the second floor of the library's temporary space at 221 Glen Street in Glens Falls. A preview of items begins at 10 AM, with the auction beginning at 2 PM. For more information contact Kathy Naftaly, Crandall's Assistant Director, at 518-792-6508 ext 288 or naftaly@crandalllibrary.org.

10 November 2008

National Gaming Day @ your library

Did your library receive the game Pictureka! from Hasbro? Are you setting up a game table on Saturday, November 15 and playing with the world? Let us know how it goes!

MVLS has received Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering games, via the Wizards Play Network, for your National Gaming Day @ Your Library 2008. Everything your member library needs to run a game with 15 participants is here. Let Sue (srokos@mvls.info) know if you would like to include the Wizards/Magic games in your National Gaming Day activities and she'll send you the games.

06 November 2008

CDLC Digitization Pilot Project

Congratulations to the Fort Plain Free Library and Middleburgh Library, whose digitization projects were accepted for the CDLC Digitization Pilot Project through a grant written by MVLS.

Fort Plain's project, Images of the Old Erie Canal, 1825 - 1918, in Fort Plain, come from the collection of Myron Saltsman, a lifelong collector. They provide a concrete and powerful sense of place in relation to Fort Plain and a feel for what life was like in this and many other small towns along the Canal. This collection is also significant in that the Erie Canal was opened in 1825 and enlarged twice, once in 1835 and again between 1905 and 1918. The collection is composed of photographic slides of photographs, drawings, sketches, paintings, and post cards.

Middleburgh's project includes the compilation of an Index of Family Bible Genealogical Records. It is unique to the Middleburgh Library and is composed of approximately 70 family bibles' records. The compilation was begun in the 1930's by Frances Spencer, first director of the library. The Bibles date from the 19th Century.

CDLC's first year of the project is part of the New York Heritage Digital Collection and can be viewed at http://www.newyorkheritage.org/. This is a portal to local history collections around the state.

05 November 2008

Webinar - What's the Buzz? : Word of Mouth Marketing for Libraries

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you want to promote new programs or keep patrons updated on longstanding services, word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing is the ticket to build awareness in your community and get people talking about your library in positive terms. WOM offers your institution and staff a low-cost way to identify and harness social networks that can be used to spread the library's message and service offerings.

Panelists include: Peggy Barber, Library Communication Strategies, Chicago; Ann McDonald, Library Marketing Associate, Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL; Katie Klossner, Community Relations Manager, Douglas County Libraries, CO.

Registration is required but the webcast is free. Even if you cannot view the webcast on November 18, register now, since webcasts are archived for 1 year and you can view it at a later date. To register, visit www.libraryjournal.com/ebsco.

04 November 2008

NYLA Rally to Protest Further Cuts to State Aid to Libraries and Library Systems

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place: Well of the Legislative Office Building, Albany

The NYS Legislature is holding a Special Session at the request of the Governor to consider $1.5 to $2 billion in further cuts to the 2008-09 State Budget. Library Aid has already been cut twice this year from $102 million to $99 million. Although we realize the state is facing difficult economic times, libraries and library systems have already done their part toward reducing the state’s budget deficit. Other sources of revenue should be explored and other state funded programs need to do their share to reduce the state budget deficit.

Please join MVLS at the rally. We will be taking the van from MVLS and are happy to provide rides and/or coordinate carpooling. Please contact Carol if you plan to attend. Remember that airport-like security measures are in place at the Legislative Office building.

In addition, NYLA has posted a letter on their website to send to the Governor and state Legislators urging them not to cut Library Aid again. Click on the Contact Your Elected Officials button on the MVLS website to help advocate for libraries.

Workshop - Press Releases and the Media in the 21st Century

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM -3:30 PM
Place: Arkell Museum, Canajoharie

Come for a great educational experience about communicating with the press and media in today’s world of email, text messages, and other high tech devices. Hosted by the Mohawk Valley Museums Consortium, this presentation is geared for museums, historic sites, tourism spots, and educational programmers. The panel will include: Tim Ruffunen, the Assignment Manager for Capital News 9; Bill Buell, reporter for the Daily Gazette; Dick Nilson, photo journalist for the Leader Herald; Joshua Thomas, editor of the Standard Courier; and the infamous radio personality Bob Cudmore. All will be available questions and answers following their presentations of the topic “How to Write Press Releases and Communicate with the Media in the 21st Century”. The workshop is free, and preregistration is not required.

For more information about please call Tricia Shaw at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site (518) 829-7516 or Andy Albertson at the Arkell Museum (518) 673-2314 X109.

02 November 2008

PLA Awards

The Public Library Association's awards program has been designed to honor those providing public library service whose vision and accomplishments are extraordinary and deserve recognition. PLA currently offers seven service awards and three grant opportunities. The deadline to apply for all awards is December 15, 2008. Awards include:

Allie Beth Martin Award honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge. A plaque and a $3,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1977 in honor of Allie Beth Martin. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.

EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. A plaque and a $1,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1991. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.

Gordon M. Conable Award honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The award consists of $1,500 and a plaque to be presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by LSSI.

A complete list of all PLA awards and award criteria can be found on the PLA web site.