30 December 2009

Grant Opportunity - Coming Up Taller Award

The New York State Library urges libraries that provide after school, out-of-school, or summer arts and humanities programs for under-served children and youth to self-nominate or seek nomination within your community for the Coming Up Taller award. Not many applications have been received at IMLS from libraries. IMLS wants to encourage libraries to apply and has let us know that they are aware libraries offer wonderful programs for this population. Last year's winner was a teen program from a library in Arizona.
Complete details can be found here http://www.pcah.gov/cut/2010CUTNominationApplication.pdf. The deadline to apply is January 29, 2010.

Webinar - 21st Century Reference Collections

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: Online https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/695319699
Cost: Free

Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist's Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group of library and publishing experts as they talk about how the traditional reference collection is being transformed. Panelists include David A. Tyckoson, Associate Dean, California State University Henry Madden Library; and representatives from Encyclopaedia Britannica, M. E. Sharpe, World Book, and ABC-CLIO.

16 December 2009

Arthur Slade Virtual Author Visit

A guest post from Sue!

Back in September, I was trolling emails on my favorite listserv discussion source of teen books, Adbooks (you too can sign up here) when I saw this email from author Arthur Slade: Arthur Slade will be giving free "Hunchback Assignments", half hour visits using Skype or iChat. These visits include a presentation on the series, discussion of Victorian history, how to write, and time for Q&A and prizes for the winning classrooms.

Prizes? Author visit? I hit reply, and within 20 minutes I’d heard from my new best friend Art that I’d won. Joy oh bliss. Of course, MVLS doesn’t have a local kid audience available, so I asked member library teen core staff if anyone would be interested in receiving our prize. Two replied immediately, I checked with Art, and he graciously said he’d conduct two virtual visits for us.

Not only that, but he also explained how our libraries could take part in virtual visits using Skype.

Our First Assignment on the Hunchback Worldwide Virtual Tour (his Stop #3) was in Canajoharie. Leah LaFera, intrepid librarian, arranged for the Canajoharie School’s 5th grade class to have the Arthur Slade Virtual Chat on Friday, November 20 (read the news here). Leah reported “Our students were excited and looking forward to Arthur's visit. The students were thrilled to meet such a cool author and they got to be on video (a big deal for them.) Many students had prepared questions ahead of time and Art enthusiastically answered all of them with equal attention.“ Afterward, Art reported on the event on his blog.

Assignment Number Two brought the Hunchback Worldwide Virtual Tour to the Woodlawn School in Schenectady December 7, 2 p.m., through the efforts of Kaela Wallman, librarian at the Woodlawn Branch of the Schenectady County Public Library. Kaela said “The 6th graders were prepared with great questions and even some brave students came up with questions on the spot. I was impressed with their behavior, interest and insight.” The temperature was 30 degrees in Schenectady, it was 40 degree below zero in Saskatchewan. Did it matter?? No, because Art and all the students were warmly situated in front of webcams in their separate countries, on different sides of the North American continent.

Thank you Art! for making author visits possible through our public libraries. Thank you Leah and Kaela! for pioneering virtual author chats in your libraries. Now that the ground is broken and I’m an expert, let’s bring more authors to kids this way. As I find opportunities, I’ll be (virtually) knocking at your doors.

14 December 2009

Grant Opportunity - Mighty Cause/Read Kiddo Read Teen Program

Here's an opportunity for a teen librarian to win $2,500 for your library by showing off what you do to make kids passionate about reading. Sponsored by Asset Based Thinking for Teens and James Patterson’s James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read, the program will donate $2,500 to a library for creating a program that sparks the passion for reading in teens.

1) Teen librarians are invited to submit a program plan by Dec. 31, 2009.
2) The top ten programs will be selected by a panel of judges. Each library will receive a Kodak Vid Camera to document the program.
3) One grand prize winner will be selected to win $2,500.

For more specifics, click here.

07 December 2009

NYLA YSS Spring Conference Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to encourage continuing education in the field of youth services by funding participation in the annual YSS Spring Conference. In addition to having the full registration fee of the conference paid, the recipient will receive a reimbursement for lodging and meals allowance in an amount up to $250. The 2010 YSS Spring Conference will be held on April 9th at the Holiday Inn at Wolf Rd. in Albany. Application deadline for this opportunity is December 15. A complete description of the award and application materials are available on the YSS web site.

03 December 2009

New in the Professional Collection

Building a Buzz : Libraries & Word-of-Mouth Marketing
Peggy Barber and Linda Wallace

Amazer Wall Units

You saw them at our Story Skills workshop, and now we've got them for your libraries!

Through a $3000 grant from the GE Elfun Society, MVLS has purchased twelve Amazer Wall Units in three sizes to be placed in twelve member libraries and/or branches. These Amazer wall units to be placed on the wall or shelf stack at toddler/preschool height, will offer educational and interactive play experiences for toddlers and preschool aged children. They are easy to clean with no loose parts and meet infection control standards. Importantly, they are space-saving products for even the smallest of areas. The Amazer wall units offer open ended play for your smallest patrons; the children influence direction and speed while playing, and gravity vectors, and momentum are playing partners. This initiative, offered to our member public libraries, will increase public awareness – particularly among parents, families and children – of the value and importance of science literacy for their smallest children’s future, and the value of learning science for science’s sake, by allowing children to practice science and math standards as fun activities at a very young age in the library.

If your library would like a unit, please let Sue know by December 16 (355-2010, ext 226 or srokos@mvls.info) the unit size, preferred color (if the full size), and your ability to install the unit (units are screw-mounted - for full installation instructions, contact Sue). If more libraries desire the units than number we have available this year, we will hold a lottery. Units will arrive mid-December.

There are three sizes of units:
- 5 Amazer Full size units sized: 23"w x 2"d / 19 lbs
(2 Purple on Speckletone, 1 Purple on Maple, 1 Blue on Red, 1 Yellow on Blue)
- 5 Junior Amazer units sized: 18"w x 2"d / 12 lbs
- 2 Mini Mazer units sized: 16"w x 2"d / 6 lbs
The Elfun Society is providing small donation plaques to attach next to them.

Each library receiving a unit will be responsible for completing a short followup questionnaire in Spring 2010, for comments about your experiences with the Amazer units; what you learned, how it was used, and why it was valuable. If successful, we will request more units in 2010 for our other member libraries and branches, if desired.

Let Sue know if you have any questions!

30 November 2009

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, 2010.

19 November 2009

Workshop - Black Belt Librarians

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library
Presenter: Warren Graham
Cost: Free for MVLS member library staff/trustees. Lunch will be provided.
*Registration is open only to MVLS member library staff/trustees.

Warren Graham is a nationally renowned expert on day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for 25 years, having spent 17 years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, NC, developing and overseeing its program.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Essential elements of a truly effective security program
• How to inform patrons of rules in a way that will most ensure compliance
• How to recognize levels of emotion that a patron may be in and strategies on how best to respond
• Easy ways to document your security and safety matters

Please register for this program with Janice Martin at SCPL, 388-4544.

(This program is funded by the SCPL Board of Trustees, SCPL Friends of the Library, and MVLS.)

17 November 2009

Webcast - Christian Fiction Book Buzz

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time: Noon - 1:00 PM
Place: Online at www.libraryjournal.com/christianfiction2009
Cost: Free

It may seem simple, at first, to categorize Christian fiction. Most readers would agree that there is a core of biblically-based attitudes, values, and actions, and likely there would be very little, if any, profanity, sex or violence. But there are as many subgenres in Christian fiction as there are in popular fiction – from cozy mysteries to legal suspense to fantasy. Many libraries are seeing an increased demand for Christian fiction with more readers looking for inspirational and uplifting stories and finding good writing in newly discovered places, contributing to the cross-over appeal of this growing genre.

Join four leading publishers for this one hour webcast which will feature over 60 new and forthcoming titles in all Christian fiction categories for adults and young adults. Register at www.libraryjournal.com/christianfiction2009, and even if you can't attend the webcast on Thursday, you'll have access to the archive for 12 months.

05 November 2009

Grant Opportunity - Preservation Needs Assessment Program

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is seeking applicants to participate in its Preservation Needs Assessment Program. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of subsidized preservation needs assessments for $350. The funding also covers the assessor’s travel expenses.

Completing a Preservation Needs Assessment is a key first step in developing a preservation plan for institutions. The preservation needs assessment process encompasses a general evaluation of the institution's preservation needs for their collection(s): environment (temperature, relative humidity, pollution and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security, and disaster preparedness; collection storage, handling, exhibition, and treatment; and preservation planning. The site visit consists of a review of the site, an examination of the collection(s), and interviews with relevant staff. The written report provides observations, recommendations, and resources to serve as a guide in the development of a comprehensive preservation plan for the collection. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is a valuable fundraising tool.

Eligibility: Institutions with paper-based humanities collections that are available to the public on a regularly scheduled basis and that have national or regional significance are encouraged to apply. Additional eligibility requirements are on CCAHA’s web site in the Service/Surveys/Consultation section at http://www.ccaha.org/services/surveys-consultation.

Application Process and Deadline: Application forms and additional information about the Preservation Needs Assessment Program can be found at http://www.ccaha.org/services/surveys-consultation.

All applications must be received by Friday, December 4, 2009.

If you have questions or want to discuss the suitability of this program for your institution, please contact CCAHA’s Preservation Services Office, call (215) 545-0613, go to www.ccaha.org or email pso@ccaha.org.

04 November 2009

Workshop - What's New in YA Literature

Date: Monday, December 7, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Place: BOCES Gick Road Training Center, 27 Gick Road, Saratoga Springs
Presenter: Kathleen Odean
Cost: $35

In this lively one-day workshop with area school and public librarians, Kathleen Odean will introduce the best recently published books for teens in grades six through twelve. She will share practical strategies and tips for promoting and evaluating the best books for teens. There will be opportunities to share ideas and favorite titles with each other. Register by November 23 through the form, located here.

01 November 2009

Webinar - Sweet Talk : Romance Fiction in the Library

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: Online https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/354863994
Cost: Free

Romance is hot . . . in the library, that is. Join Donna Seaman, Booklist's romance fiction editor, and a panel of librarians, authors, and publishers to discuss the state of the genre—in public libraries and in the marketplace.
Register for this free webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/354863994

27 October 2009

Webinar - Helping Job Seekers in the Library

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/313/index.html
Cost: Free

Your library has been helping the unemployed and underemployed (aka job seekers) in your community for a long time. However, the declining economy over the past year has dramatically increased the demands on library staff, services, and resources. Would you like to learn about some successful programs in other libraries? Do you wonder if there are some new ideas you could try for getting patrons started? Would you like to know the resources other libraries recommend to job seekers? Are you interested in partnerships but feel unsure who to talk to?

This webinar will help you by introducing three successful programs, giving you a fresh look at getting started in helping job seekers, providing information about some "best resources", and exploring agencies and organizations you may consider partnering with.
To attend this webinar, just visit the link above on November 10 starting at 2:30 PM. There is no need to preregister for this webinar.

Webinar - Emergency Preparedness Basics for Libraries

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (note: registration lists time in Central time, so says 2-3 PM)
Place: Online http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/emergencybasicslibraries/index.html
Cost: Free

Join Dr. Julie Todaro, Dean of Austin Community College Libraries as she gives library staff a short list of essentials associated with emergency management for the library. Julie will share tips from her book, Emergency Preparedness for Libraries, published by Government Institutes in August 2008. Julie's book offers libraries a tool for examining various emergency and disaster scenarios. It is unique in its emphasis on how library management may prepare for and respond to foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Register for this free webinar by clicking on the link above.

26 October 2009

Contact Your State Legislators

As you may know, the Governor has proposed mid-year budget cuts to close a $3 billion budget deficit. The proposal includes a 10% across the board cut to all state aid programs like Library Aid, which will result in a $3.3 million reduction in funding for library services. School Aid will be cut by 4.5%.

The proposed $3.3 million reduction in Library Aid is on top of the $8 million cut imposed back in April and the $3 million cut sustained last year. If the proposed cuts are approved, it will reduce Library Aid to $88 million or 1998 level of funding. With library usage continuing to increase and people of all ages depending on libraries to improve their literacy, computer and internet skills and the unemployed using libraries to search for new careers and employment, now is not the time for further cuts for library services.

Please contact your state legislators to ask them to reject the Governor’s proposed cuts. Libraries have already done their fair share towards reducing the state’s budget shortfalls, other alternatives need to be used before asking the library community to take further cuts. These proposed cuts impact all types of libraries and library systems, public, college, schools, etc.

Go to www.nyla.org or www.mvls.info and click on Library Advocate icon to send fax/email to your state legislators.

22 October 2009

DK's Open Me Up Sweepstakes

From the creators of the award-winning Pick Me Up and Do Not Open comes Open Me Up—a full-throttle tour of the human body! From now through December 1, enter to win a set of DK's top fall titles. Fill out the quick form here for your chance to win!

21 October 2009

Grant Opportunity - Romance Writers of America

The Romance Writers of America Library Grant is designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of romance fiction, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses.

Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/plaawards/romancewritersgrant/index.cfm for complete information and to link to a grant application form. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2009.

20 October 2009

Workshop - Basics of Archives

Date: Friday, November 13
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls
Presenter: Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist
Cost: $22, includes lunch

This workshop is an introductory course aimed at people who work with historical records but are not trained archivists. It is especially helpful to staff and volunteers at small institutions. Complete program description and registration form is available at http://cdlc.org/pdfs/BasicsArchivesWorkshopRegistration.pdf. The registration deadline is November 5.

19 October 2009

Workshop - Energy Smart Students Workshop for Librarians

Dates and Locations:
Friday, October 23, Saratoga Springs Public Library
Friday, December 4, William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Are you interested in teaching children and families to be energy smart? Increase your energy IQ in this interactive, hands-on program! Explore energy basics – energy forms and sources, energy efficiency, and renewable energy – and learn techniques for integrating energy into educational programs for students in Grades K-6.

These FREE workshops are open to school and public librarians and offer the following:
- FREE curriculum aligned to the New York State Learning Standards
- FREE posters, student worksheets, and annotated bibliography materials
- Professional development credit
- Refreshments
- Substitute stipends for school librarians

Additionally, once you’ve attended a workshop, you gain access to additional resources & opportunities:
- FREE Energy Smarts newsletter
- Applications for $500 education grants
- Teacher and student competitions
- On-line resources and access to information on what is new and exciting in the world of energy!

For more information, contact 1-877-NY-SMART option 6 or info@nyess.org. To register, please visit http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/WorkshopDetails.aspx?type=Course&co=15

Open Meetings Law

On May 12, 2009, Governor David Paterson signed Chapter 26 of the Laws of 2009 (A3169/S2754) An Act to Amend the Public Officers Law in Relation to Requiring Posting of Notice of Meetings on the Internet. The Committee on Open Government of the New York State Department of State has indicated that this new statute applies to all entities that are subject to Open Meetings Law. This includes all types of libraries.

The legislation amended Article 7 of the Public Officers Law related to Open Meetings, by adding a new subdivision 5 to Section 104 which is about public notice. Subdivision 5 requires that in addition to one or more public sites previously designated, that notice of the time and place of any upcoming meeting of the library board must be posted conspicuously at least 72 hours in advance on the library's website.

- The text of Article 7, Public Officers Law, Section 104 (5) can be found at: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/openmeetlaw.html
- The text of Chapter 26 of the Laws of 2009 (A3169/S2754) can be found at: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A03169

Workshop - Storytime Skills

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library
Presenters: Debbie Sternklar and author Suzanne Bloom
Cost: Free to MVLS and UHLS member library staff and volunteers; $35 all others

Come to our second annual round-up of tried and true storytime techniques! Develop new storytime techniques, hone your existing skills, or gather fresh ways to use your expertise.

Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System bring the best outside and inside presenters together to demonstrate, and teach key storytime skills. A special focus this year is flannel board stories, presented by local maven Debbie Sternklar. You’ll leave the workshop with a flannel board and a story to tell with it!

As an extra treat from 12:00 – 1:00, we have Suzanne Bloom, author/illustrator of Geisel honor book A Splendid Friend Indeed. Suzanne will share information about her creative process and the ins and outs of making books. There will be books available for signing after her presentation. Find out more about Suzanne here: http://www.suzannebloom.com/.

Please register for the workshop! It is free to MVLS and UHLS member library staff and volunteers. The cost for all others is $35. If you’re part of MVLS or UHLS, register by emailing Sue Rokos at srokos@mvls.info. If you are not part of either system, email Sue to reserve your spot and then mail a check for $35 made out to MVLS to: Sue Rokos, MVLS, 858 Duanesburg Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306-1095.

18 October 2009

National Friends of Libraries Week

National Friends of Libraries Week begins today and runs through October 24. If your library has a Friends group, be sure to thank them for all they do for your library.

13 October 2009

Webcast - Doing More With less: Training Up in Tough Economic Times

Date: Tuesday October 20, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online

Cost: Free

Gate counts keep going up, but staff levels are not. Patrons’ technological needs are increasing as many have lost their jobs and access to computers at the same time. Older patrons with little computer experience are finding that many insurance and financial forms need to be completed online. Is your staff ready to serve?

Library employee training budgets aren’t exactly getting fatter either, often forcing staff to just learn on the job or stagnate. And what about new hires? Are they expected to have already learned about your library’s technology as part of their education?

A group of training experts will discuss how ‘training up’ library staff can help stretch and boost the level of technological customer service your library can offer to patrons, and to the library itself. The webcast will also cover Web 2.0 tools and applications that make training sessions, documents and support readily accessible and available on-demand, 24/7. From academe, we’ll hear how one library school program is preparing its students for high touch high tech careers in our public, school, special and academic libraries.
Register today at www.libraryjournal.com/polaristrainingup. Register even if you can't view the webcast on October 20th; your registration will allow you to access the archived webcast for 1 year.

05 October 2009

Workshop - Recruiting and Managing Your Volunteers Effectively

Date: Monday, November 2, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: East Greenbush Community Library
Cost: $85 for NYLA members, $125 for nonmembers
Presenter: Peggy Wadsworth, Training Coordinator, Chester County Library System

Engaging volunteers in libraries is a credible way of enhancing the delivery of library services. Volunteers in libraries present new challenges. Essential to meeting these challenges are planning, commitment, supervision and training.

Trustees, management and staff must recognize the value of volunteers and develop systems and processes that allow these benefits to flourish.

This workshop will provide tools and information libraries can use to
- Develop policy
- Design volunteers position guides
- Structure interviewing and placement processes
- Develop training and orientation processes for volunteers
- Provide sound supervisory strategies
- Develop ongoing recognition of volunteers
Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Registration is completed when your payment arrives at NYLA. You will be contacted by NYLA only if the workshop is filled. This will be a hands-on workshop. Registration closes 14 days prior to the workshop. Registraion and complete information at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=141.

02 October 2009

Grant Opportunity - Family Book Discussion Groups

Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents is the New York Council for the Humanities’ exciting reading and discussion program for families. Parents and their 9-to-11 year old children come together at their local library to discuss important humanities themes through shared reading. This program is available to all New York state public libraries and has been successfully implemented at a wide range of sites throughout the state.

The six 90-minute Together sessions are co-facilitated by a librarian (often the children’s librarian) and a local humanities scholar. Each session promotes lively intergeneration discussion focused on themes of American identity related to picture books and novels. The Council provides copies of the books and a stipend to cover all costs of the Together program.

Applications to host a Together series for Spring 2010 are due November 1, 2009 and are available at www.nyhumanities.org under the Discussion tab. The website guides you through the application process with forms, common questions, and follow-up documents. Please note that funds may not be available to fulfill all requests.

30 September 2009

Libraries Still Checked Out

There was a nice article on our Fulton County libraries in the Leader-Herald last week. Read the full story here.

National Gaming Day - November 14

Hundreds of libraries across the country will join ALA to celebrate the second annual National Gaming Day@your library on November 14. During National Gaming Day, public, school, and academic libraries will offer a variety of in-person gaming activities, including a national video game tournament. Players of all ages and experience levels will be able to see how they rank on local, regional, and national leaderboards. Librarians - you can now register for NGD2009! This will put your location(s) on the national map and allow you to request free donations if you're one of the first 1,000 libraries to sign up. Hurry and register now, since registration will be closing in mid-October in order to get the games shipped to you. Sign up each of your branches separately if you want each one to receive its own game. Lots more information and idea will be coming at http://ngd.ala.org/, so check in often!

29 September 2009

Webcast - Connecting with Nonfiction: Techniques and Title Tips for Young Readers and Teens

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online www.slj.com/ConnectingWithNonfiction
Cost: Free!!

We've all been hearing it—want boys to read? Give them nonfiction. Looking for success with reluctant readers? Try nonfiction. Looking for enrichment for gifted students? Nonfiction is a good bet. What are some ideas to help you incorporate nonfiction into your work with students and teachers? You’ll get the answers you need on how to make these connections with your teachers and students in the Connecting with Nonfiction webcast. We’ll be giving you the scoop on some of this year’s hottest nonfiction titles. Titles you will be sure to want to have on hand. Join our panel of experienced professionals for a look at the latest trends in children’s and teen nonfiction publishing and a discussion of best practices that can boost your confidence in this expanding area of patron and student interest. The webcast will also include a discussion of distinguished titles in several areas of nonfiction that every librarian will want to know about and have on hand.
Remember that webcasts are archived for 1 year ofter they are initially presented, so even if you can't make it on October 1, registering will give you access to the webcast on-demand in the future. Sign up at www.slj.com/ConnectingWithNonfiction.

17 September 2009

Pimp My Bookcart 2009

Need an idea for a program? Put together a group and enter the Pimp My Bookcart contest, sponsored by Smith System and Bill and Gene, the guys from Unshelved, the comic strip devoted to libraries. Your library could win fabulous prizes, including new bookcarts and Unshelved gift certificates. For inspiration, check out the winners from prior years. There's even a special Kids Cart category, for carts created by kids in middle school or younger.

Visit the contest web page for all the details and instructions on how to enter. Deadline for entries is October 31st, 2009.

Workshop - By the Book Reader's Advisory Conference

Date: Friday, November 13, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Albany Public Library
Cost: $65 ($25 for students); cost includes lunch
Presenter: Cynthia Orr

Join Albany Public Library as we celebrate our sixth annual By the Book Readers’ Advisory Conference! In 2009, we’re continuing to expand our skills and understanding of readers’ advisory in an ever-changing world.

Our featured speaker is Cynthia Orr, winner of the 2004 American Library Association Margaret E. Monroe Award for service to adults and an editor of The Reader’s Advisor Online, a website and blog aimed at readers’ advisory and collection development for public libraries. With an exciting sequence of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled for Friday, November 13th, APL’s By the Book event is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their libraries.

Complete information can be found at http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/readers/raconf/. Registrations must be received by November 6.

16 September 2009

Webinar - George and Joan on Taking Your Ideas to the Next Level

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presenters: George Needham and Joan Frye Williams
Cost: FREE!! (And you don't even have to pre-register!)

You have a terrific idea for improving your library's service. You excitedly share this fantastic new idea, only to have your enthusiasm deflated by picky questions, managerial indifference, or passive/aggressive resistance from your colleagues.

No matter how good your ideas are, if you don't present them in a way that can be discussed and understood by the people who can make them happen, they won't be implemented. You'll be left frustrated. And your community will never experience that terrific new service.

This webinar will describe techniques that prepare library staff members at any level to present new ideas effectively. Participants will learn how to: Demonstrate how your idea fits in with other organizational goals and practices; Improve your empathetic skills, "think with someone else's brain," and anticipate how ideas will be received; Identify the people who can assist you in carrying your ideas to reality; Face resistance squarely and overcome objections; Improve presentation skills so that a good idea won't be lost in a substandard delivery.

This webinar will be of interest to any members of the library community who wish to see their ideas move forward. The tips and techniques covered here will also be useful to those who need to coach others in how to present their ideas more effectively.

Join in at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/328/index.html on September 29, or visit that ame link the next day to view an archived version of the webinar.

15 September 2009

Webcast - YA Book Buzz

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online : www.schoollibraryjournal.com/YABookBuzz2009
Cost: Free

Today’s tweens and teens are enjoying a greater variety of young adult fiction than ever before – paranormal page-turners, coming of age tales, manga masterpieces and stories from the edge of the universe and beyond – there really is something for everyone. Our panelists will be presenting the best of their Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 titles, and you might find out about some favorites that are back-in-print or now available in paperback. Guaranteed, the YA Book Buzz 2009 will entertain you, inform you and have you creating a ‘to buy’ list for your tween and teen collection.

The webcast is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.schoollibraryjournal.com/YABookBuzz2009. If you are unable to view the webcast on September 24, registering now will provide access to the archived presentation for 12 months.

Grant Opportunity - We the People Bookshelf

The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities are now accepting applications from school (K-12) and public libraries for the newest We the People Bookshelf. Part of the NEH's We the People initiative, the Bookshelf is a grant program created to encourage young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history. Library systems and districts may submit a single application on behalf of up to 100 sites.

This year’s theme is A More Perfect Union. Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 8, 2009 through January 29, 2010. In April, 2010, NEH and ALA will select 4,000 libraries to receive the A More Perfect Union Bookshelf. Those selected will be required to use the Bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities. A list of titles included in the Bookshelf and a list of programming ideas are available on the grant website.

14 September 2009

Registration Open for PLA 2010

Registration for PLA 2010, the 13th National Conference of the Public Library Association (PLA), opened on Sept. 8, 2009. Hotel reservations are also being accepted. PLA 2010 will be held March 23-27, 2010 in Portland, Ore.

To register and request housing for PLA 2010, or to download registration and housing forms, visit www.placonference.org. Popular events such as preconferences, tours, and author luncheons are expected to fill up quickly. A special early bird rate is available for PLA members who register by Dec. 16, 2009. All other advance registrations must be received by Feb. 19, 2010.

Offered biennially, the PLA National Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. The conference includes more than 150 top-quality continuing education programs, preconferences, talk tables, social events, author events, networking opportunities and a bustling exhibits hall.

11 September 2009

Workshop - Reinventing the Customer Centered Library

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie
Cost: $40
Presenter: Karen Hyman, Executive Director, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative

Karen's 12-step Reinventing Your Library programs have been a feature at every Public Library Association Conference since 2000 and have been presented at library conferences, staff days and trustee workshops in 37 states/provinces in the US and Canada.

After attending the program you will make customer service a way of life in your library:
- See from the customer's point view.
- Focus on user needs/expectations and service opportunities.
- Develop and implement the culture, policies, services and environment that support a customer centered library.
- Operate your library for the convenience of the customer.

Come away with new ideas and at least 5 things you can start immediately to make your community want to love your library (more).

Register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/.

10 September 2009

Workshop - Identity Theft

Date: Monday, September 21, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: $5

Presenter: Chris Hollister, Investigator at the NYS DMV

Identity theft is an ever changing, evolving animal. This presentation will identify some of the cases we are seeing and provide definitions of the types of identity theft, how to protect yourself and what you should do if you become a victim. Bring your lunch; we will provide coffee, tea and cookies.

Register by Monday September 14 at http://www.cdlc.org/pdfs/CALAFall2009Workshop.pdf

Webinar - The Scoop on Series Nonfiction

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE!!

Need help engaging reluctant readers, promoting reading success, and keeping your library relevant in this era of accountability? Attend “The Scoop on Series Nonfiction” and come away with a wealth of information and ideas for enhancing your collection and engaging young readers with series nonfiction. Booklist youth editors will moderate as four top series nonfiction publishers—Lerner Publications, ABDO Publishing Company, Norwood House Press, and Cherry Lake Publishing—share their expertise and introduce a selection of their fall titles. Webinar participants will also get a sneak peek of Booklist’s October 1 Series Nonfiction Spotlight, including a focus on a new trend: series nonfiction for early primary children. Reserve your spot today at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/688105115.

09 September 2009

101 Best Genealogy Websites

We all have folks in our libraries looking to trace their family history. This 10th annual roundup of noteworthy genealogy websites honors 10 categories of 10 noteworthy sites each (plus one to make 101). The Family Tree Magazine editors have tried to encompass more Web 2.0 sites that are paving the way for changes in online genealogy over the next 10 years. Check out http://www.familytreemagazine.com/101for2009/ for the full list of sites, including a nice printable version you can post in your genealogy section.

08 September 2009

Grant Opportunity - State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a State Farm-funded program, provides grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each for service-learning projects that address the issues of environmental responsibility, natural and societal disaster preparedness, driver safety, financial education, and accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap. The primary applicant should be either an educator who currently teaches in a public K-12, public charter or higher education institution; or a school-based service-learning coordinator whose primary role is to coordinate service-learning projects in a public, charter or higher education institution. 501 (c)(3) nonprofits are eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to actively interact with students in public K-12 schools.

The number of grants to be awarded will depend on the number and quality of requests received. However, at least one service-learning project will be funded in each of the thirteen State Farm zones. All applicants will receive funding decisions by the end of January. The funding timeline is from February 2009 through February 2010.

Info: For more on the funding opportunity, please visit www.statefarmyab.com/apply.php. The application deadline is October 2.

03 September 2009

Webcast - From the Page to Your Ears: The Making and Dissemination of an Audiobook

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online : www.libraryjournal.com/bbcaudiobooksamerica
Cost: Free

An audiobook is an intense marriage of creative forces between author, narrator, director and publisher. How does a book make it from a printed work to a CD, Playaway, or Digital Download? What challenges do narrators, directors, and publishers face in bringing audiobooks to fruition? How does technology impact audiobook production and distribution? What role do libraries play in determining which titles are made into audiobooks and what formats are available? Get a peek into the surprisingly complex, incredibly detailed, and fiercely passionate world of audio publishing. Author Julia Spencer-Fleming and Suzanne Toren, the exclusive narrator for her popular Millers Kill mystery series, will discuss these issues and more with producer Dan Hypes for a look at the ups, the downs, and the drama of making an audiobook.

The webcast is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.LibraryJournal.com/bbcaudiobooksamerica. If you are unable to view the webcast on September 15, registering now will provide access to the archived presentation for 12 months.

02 September 2009

Workshop - Love Those T(w)eens!

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Guilderland Public Library
Cost: FREE to MVLS/UHLS member libraries; $35 all others

Whether you work with tweens, teens, or both, you’ll want to come hear the latest on tween and teen services. Our experienced presenters will cover their topics using a minimum to maximum approach: how to achieve results with minimum resources, and how to go all out! Whatever the level, you’ll learn how to build the relationship, build the resources, and build the programming that makes your library a t(w)een-friendly place. Michael Winerip, author of Adam Canfield of the Slash, Adam Canfield Watch Your Back! and the upcoming Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter (publishing in October) will be our guest t(w)een book author.
Contact Sue (355-2010 ext 226) to register.

01 September 2009

Grant Opportunity - Great Stories CLUB Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the theme and book titles for the next round of Great Stories CLUB grants. Funding was provided for this program by Oprah's Angel Network.

Launched in 2005, the Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) is a book club program designed to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through books relevant to their lives. All types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a Great Stories Club grant. Potential organizations for Great Stories CLUB partnerships include juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth and other agencies. 265 libraries will be awarded grants in 2009.

Electronic applications for the reading and discussion series will be accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 2 at www.ala.org/greatstories.

20 August 2009

I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations open today for the 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 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 will be accepted from August 17 through October 9. 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.

16 August 2009

Grant Opportunity - ALSC Light the Way

The “Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved” grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. A $3000 grant will be awarded to a library with exceptional outreach to underserved populations.

The grant is administered by the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSSPCC) of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The Committee’s function is to speak for special population children and their caregivers; these may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who are in non-traditional family settings (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system, and children in gay and lesbian families), and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs.

The successful grant applicant will describe a program or service that will address one or more of the above special populations. The winning project should be well thought-out, doable, appropriate to the target population, and easily replicated by other libraries.
The grant application is available online here. Applications must be received by November 1, 2009.

15 August 2009

Support the Creation of The Snowy Day Postage Stamp

The U.S. Postage Stamp Citizen's Advisory Committee, the group that decides what subjects are chosen for our country's commemorative postage stamps, is considering celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the publishing of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This book is not just an American classic beloved by generations of children and parents around the world; it is also the book that broke the color barrier in mainstream American children's book publishing.

It takes three years for the subject of a postage stamp to be considered, accepted and developed. The fiftieth anniversary of The Snowy Day is in 2012. Help us gather signatures to send to the Citizen's Advisory Committee to let them know how welcome this stamp would be to families and educators across the country.
You can add your name to the stamp petition by visiting http://ezra-jack-keats.org/petition_page/.

14 August 2009

Grant Opportunity - Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants of $500 to public libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. In the past, minigrants have funded creative programs including multi-cultural portrait projects, bookmaking, intergenerational journals, etc. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. The application deadline is September 15, annually. The application form and complete guidelines are available on the Foundation's web site.

13 August 2009

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 September 4, 2009.

RASS Outstanding Public Service Award

This award is sponsored by the Reference and Adult Services Section (RASS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA). The award honors a librarian or library support staff member who is a NYLA/RASS member and has made a significant contribution to Reference and/or Adult Services in New York State.

The award provides full conference registration and $200 toward conference expenses for the 2009 Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. Self-nominations are welcome.

The complete award guidelines and application form can be found on the NYLA/RASS web site. The deadline for applications in August 28, 2009.

12 August 2009

Webcast - Mystery Book Buzz

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online : www.libraryjournal.com/mysterybookbuzz2009
Cost: Free

Mystery fiction is high on the list of public library patrons - and the genre is as broad as it is deep. While detective fiction may be the most popular form of mystery fiction, there are dozens of other variations which keep these avid readers returning to the library again and again, including thrillers, cozies, romantic suspense and good old police procedurals. Library foot traffic is up all around the country and so is circulation. Help your library patrons escape momentarily from the stress and anxiety of the current economic situation by filling the library shelves with the latest titles from their favorite mystery writers!

Panelists include representatives from several major publishing houses, including Poisoned Pen Press and HarperCollins. Wilda Williams, fiction editor for Library Journal, will moderate. The webcast is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.LibraryJournal.com/mysterybookbuzz2009. If you are unable to view the webcast on August 26, registering now will provide access to the archived presentation for 12 months.

06 August 2009

Workshop - Collections Repair for Smaller Libraries and Archives

Date: Tuesday, Sept 15 - Wednesday Sept 16, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM both days
Place: Science Library, SUNY Albany Uptown Campus

Presenters: Karen E.K. Brown (B.F.A., M.A.C., M.L.I.S), Preservation Librarian, and Ann Carroll Kearney (B.F.A., B.A., Fulbright Recipient) Collections Conservator, University at Albany Libraries
Cost: $200 (includes lunch both days and a basic repair toolkit to take home)

The Capital District has countless libraries, archives, museums and historical societies with amazing collections that are used for all kinds of research and programming. Books are circulated, maps are scrutinized, photographs are handled, and prints and ephemera are exhibited. But what about the physical condition of some of these materials? What can be done to stabilize holdings so they can be safely handled?

This two-day introductory workshop will help staff of small to medium size libraries, archives and historical societies become familiar with materials and basic methods for safe and effective paper repair. The focus is on techniques for general collections that do not require expensive equipment and supplies.
Attandance is limited to 15. Registration and payment is required by August 28. Find a registration form here.

23 July 2009

Sterling Publishing 60 Year Sweepstakes

Help Sterling Publishing celebrate their 60th Birthday by entering for a chance to win 60 books for your library. All it takes is your name and email address. Contest ends this Friday, July 24, so enter now! http://www.sterlingpublishing.com/librarians/60-year-sweepstakes

15 July 2009

Workshop - Planning and Management of Buildings

Date: September 16-17, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on 9/16; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM on 9/17
Place: Saratoga Springs Public Library
Presenter: Cheryl Bryan
Cost: $250 for PLA members; $300 for ALA members; $400 for nonmenbers

Planning a building that meets the various needs of your library and patrons is a difficult and time-consuming task that requires specialized skills and knowledge. Learn the principles of building planning and management in this intensive two-day workshop. By the end of the Planning and Management of Buildings workshop, you will be able to:

- Assess the current condition of your building.
- Develop a list of building maintenance and operation procedures, and monitor performance of maintenance personnel.
- Plan a building improvement project, present planning documents, and develop a communications plan to keep stakeholders informed throughout a project.
- Follow the correct procedures when hiring architectural, engineering, and consultant assistance in assessing or improving your building.
- List technology planning needs and associated building requirements.
Visit the PLA Web site for complete course curricula, fees, and to register. Please contact PLA at pla@ala.org or 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA if you have questions. This course is part of PLA's Certified Public Library Administrator Program.

14 July 2009

Workshop - Effective Meetings

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM - noon (coffee at 9:00 AM)
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenter: Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services, UHLS
Cost: $15

Meetings are a fact of work life. Meetings can advance understanding and informed decisions – or feed frustration and waste time. In “Control Is Not A Dirty Word: Effective Meeting Management,” Upper Hudson Library System presents a workshop in which you will learn how to:

o Determine when to hold a meeting
o Design a meeting to get the outcome you want
o Keep the meeting on track by managing difficult personalities, conflicts, and interruptions
o Positively influence productivity of meetings you are attending but not running

Whether you are a seasoned manager seeking to hone your skills, a rising star taking on more work or volunteer responsibilities that include chairing meetings, or a victim of painful meetings preparing to act, this workshop offers practical help.

To register, please email Mary Fellows at mary@uhls.lib.ny.us or call her at 518-437-9880 ext. 228. Registration deadline is August 18.

13 July 2009

New Mohawk Valley Events Website

Leah at Canajoharie shared this with me:

There is this great new site for goings on in the Mohawk Valley: http://www.mohawkvalleyguide.com/ They do a nice job and have an events calendar that anyone can post to. This is a great way for libraries to get the word out about summer reading programs and events.

Thanks for sharing, Leah!

12 July 2009

NYLA Conference 2009

The Early Bird registration deadline for the 2009 NYLA conference is fast approaching! Register by July 21 to secure the best rates for this year's conference, to be held in Niagara Falls from October 14-17. And remember that MVLS has funding available to offset conference costs for one attendee from each member library. Contact Carol for information on receiving this funding.

NOVEL Database Training

Two free online training sessions on Gale's Health and Wellness Resource Center database have been scheduled. All libraries receive this database as part of the NOVEL program. Sessions will be held:
Tuesday, July 14, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday, August 3, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Preregistration for these sessions is NOT required. You will simply need to connect to the webinar a few minutes prior to the training start time. Information on connecting can be found here.

10 July 2009

Festival of Writers in Rensselaerville

The Rensselaerville Library and the Rensselaerville Meeting Center are going to host a three day Festival of Writers to benefit the Rensselaerville Library from July 31, 2009 through August 2, 2009. There will be events for everyone to enjoy, including a street festival and movie screenings (with the authors of the books upon which the movies are based, and a children’s festival. There will be workshops and discussions with many celebrated writers including William Kennedy and Andy Rooney. Some of the other celebrated writers include Molly O’Neill, Bill Logan, Dan Hofstadter, George Pendle, Natalie Bober, H.B. Gilmour, Deb Lucke, Stephen O’Connor, Helen Benedict, Lance Morrow, Tudson Talbott, returning guest writer Owen Sheers, and others.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets are required for many portions of the event. Registration forms and complete information can me found on the Rensselaerville Library's website, here.

07 July 2009

PLS Awards

Deadlines have been extended on the following awards. New deadline is July 31.

The Public Library Section of NYLA announces the following awards:

NYLA Dewey Fellowship
Dewey Fellowships are awarded to three NYLA members, selected by designated Section, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. Dewey Fellows are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:1) five or more years of experience as a librarian
2) record of accomplishment in the library profession3) involvement in activities to advance the library community.Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1250 of the cost of attendance of the 2009 NYLA Annual Conference. Additionally, each Dewey Fellow will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for use at the NYLA store, and will be acknowledged on NYLA's website, at the Annual Conference and in the NYLA Bulletin. Deadline: July 31, 2009

Outstanding Public Library Building Awards
There are two awards of $1000 each ; one award will be given to a construction project in a community serving less than 20,000, one award will go to a project in a community serving over 20,000. The 2009 awards will be given for new construction projects (not building renovations). All projects must have been completed by December 31, 2008 for consideration in the 2009 award cycle. Deadline: July 31, 2009

L. Marion Moshier / Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship
This award is named in honor of two New York State library pioneers who nurtured the growth of small libraries. This award honors a public library Director who has given outstanding service to a community of 7,500 or less. Award recipients are selected by the PLS Board upon the recommendation of the PLS awards committee. The award includes $1,000, a plaque for the library and inclusion on a plaque to be placed in the NYLA office. Attendance at the NYLA conference is a requirement of acceptance. Deadline: July 31, 2009

Continuing Education / Post MLS Grant for up to $250 toward the cost of participating in continuing education or post-MLS study (four awards per year -- deadlines are June 1, October 1, December 1, and February 1).

Please visit the PLS website at http://www.nyla.org/pls for more information and application instructions.

24 June 2009

Books About Reading Books

(From Sue, who is now returning these books to the libraries from whence they came.)

I've been reading parts of some reading books for teachers and librarians that I think have value in what we do and how we interact with kids, and promote reading!

"The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child" is by Donalyn Miller, 2009.

Ok, I've had this book checked out for over a month. I've started it about 6 times. (maybe have had 2 months??) Today, at lunch thought would give one last chance before returning it (because have had about 2 months) and opened in the middle. I'm in the middle of chapter "Cutting the Teacher Strings" and finally the book has awakened me. I guess I needed to cut to the chase and see her examples rather than read the first 1/3 with the philosophy. A sixth grade teacher, she "requires" her students to read 40 books a year. And explains what happens during that road, and she reacts and respects and gives kids the chance to be turned onto reading. Practical examples with snippets of advice in between (I still haven't read the first half btw). And an exemplary bibliography of all the books she has in her classroom at the end. If you've listened to Nancy Pearl's thoughts on creating readers and respect in book advising, this is Pearl in action in a school. (I've got a 9th and a 5th grader, and hearing the stories of teachers in her book really resonates.) I'm returning it so someone else can take a turn! (oh and she has a blog: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer/ The June 22 entry has a great entry on summer reading.

You ask why I'm reading these books on the right book for the right reader for the right times? Because it's summer, and I've been setting up online summer reading programs for our members, and every year at this time I start thinking about prizes for reading and what works and requirements and the purpose of the program to begin with and how to make it easy and fun for kids to participate and find the books that they REALLY would like to read and enjoy, no matter their level. I'm also trying to discover ways that will keep the kids coming into the library to get books, and teachers do have a captive audience during the school year!

Then, I discovered Teri S. Lesesne. I interlibrary loaned from the Sage College Library her "Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers" from 2006 and read it, (since obviously didn't have the ability to renew it for 2 months!). Of course, being a skinny book helped! Again, this book is from the captive school professional perspective, but it does have lots of great lists and tidbits of information. (Both Miller and Lesesne are proponents of actually asking kids what and why they read (and don't read) certain books, and respecting their answers.) By tidbits of information, she lists post reading activities, facts, and the every important least favorite post reading activities. And there's a fantastic booklist at the end, for tweens/middle school students.

Again, fascinating reading. I have a better understanding of kids' reading, and how to approach them in a public library setting. Or the friends of my kids that I keep shoving books onto. My next chore is to figure out how to suggest them to teachers for their summer reading. Any ideas? Let me know how you do it!!

21 June 2009

Workshop - Book Repair

Date: Thursday, August 5, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place: CDLC Headquarters, 28 Essex St., Albany
Presenter: Kary Barth, Kapco Library Products
Cost: $5 (CDLC personal members); $10 (MVLS library staff)

This workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but the presenter will be addressing specific common repairs such as: tipping in loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages.
Registration is limited to 25 people. Complete a registration form by July 24.

19 June 2009

Congratulations to Dawn Lamphere

The following is excerpted from an article that appeared in The Leader-Herald on May 8, 2009:

"The Montgomery County Bar Association has recognized St. Johnsville's Margaret Reaney Memorial Library director, Dawn Lamphere, with the Liberty Bell Award.

The aware is given annually by local bar associations in conjunction with Law Day to honor outstanding citizens in the local community.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph M. Sise, bar association president, presented the award.

Sise noted the many programs and services offered by the library for people of all ages and interests, a news release said."

"Lamphere, who lives in St. Johnsville with her daughter Davida Capece, will mark her 32nd year as library director June 1."

Congratulations, Dawn!

18 June 2009

Teens' Top Ten Downloadable Bookmarks

YALSA now offers downloadable bookmarks (PDF file) featuring the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten nominees for librarians to distribute to teens at their libraries. The bookmarks feature the 25 titles nominated for this year’s list of favorite books. Teen readers are encouraged to read the nominees throughout the summer, then vote for their favorite titles starting August 24. The online poll closes on September 18, and winners will be announced in a webcast during Teen Read Week, October 18–24....

16 June 2009

Joseph F. Schubert Award

Reminder - Deadline is June 30
Applications are now available for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, which recognizes the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia of New York State.

The Award will recognize a library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users. This year, the award of $1,000 is co-sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and The Friends of the New York State Library.

For a copy of the application form and information on the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, please go to:http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/award/index.html

Projects nominated for the Award should document measurable progress in identifying user needs, taking steps to meet those needs, and evaluating the results. Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply, and previous winners of the Award may re-apply after 3 years. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2009.

Science in the Spring Programs Featured on School Website

The Science in the Spring program held in Gloversville on May 13 is currently featured on the Gloversville Enlarged School District's website. Check out http://www.gloversvilleschools.org to read the story.

04 June 2009


6/1/09 Volunteer Luncheon
6/1/09 Volunteer Luncheon,
originally uploaded by norlib.

Congratulations to Virginia Conover, named Northville Public Library's Volunteer of the Year! Virginia is a former member of the Northville and MVLS Boards. Pictured: Virginia Conover, and Northville Lbrary Director Michael Burnett.

03 June 2009

Great New Websites for Kids

The Great Web Sites for Kids committee has selected 19 sites as a 2009 Great Web Site for Kids. These sites have been added to the Great Web Sites for Kids page. Great Web Sites for Kids are those considered the best web sites for ages birth to 14, outstanding in both content and conception. As applied to web sites for young people, “great” should be thought to include sites of especially commendable quality, sites that reflect and encourage young people’s interests in exemplary ways. For the full list go to the website: http://www.ala.org/greatsites.

02 June 2009

Free Gaming in Libraries Course

Gaming guru Scott Nicholson from Syracuse University is teaching a month-long course on gaming in libraries. Anyone can participate by viewing the daily lecture on YouTube (sessions are 10-15 minutes long), and through a discussion group hosted at ALA Connect. Best of all - it's free. Get all the details at the course blog, http://www.gamesinlibraries.org/course/

28 May 2009

Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

This Empire Friends Roundtable of NYLA award honors a volunteer member or group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations.

The nomination form can be found at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=57. Please list all relevant information (nominee and sponsor contact information – including mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses). Describe the individual’s/group’s commitment to library service in detail. Send three copies of the nomination form and relevant supporting materials, press releases, etc. to Judith Kharbas, 53 Bright Oaks Dr., Rochester, NY 14624, or email
jdkharbas@rochester.rr.com by July 24, 2009. (These materials will not be returned). For further information call 585-247-8416 or email jdkharbas@rochester.rr.com. The deadline for nominations in July 24.

21 May 2009

YALSA SummerSlam

Put a little muscle into your summer reading program by signing up for the SummerSlam Reading Jam, a pilot project from YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment. The first 500 libraries to sign up for the project will receive 25 mini-posters from WWE (each poster is numbered). Pass them out to any patrons between the ages of 10 and 18 who check out at least two books between June 24 and July 16. Two of your patrons could win a trip for two to WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event in L.A. this August, and your library could win $1,000 for materials for the teen and tween collection. Full details, including the official rules and how to register, are available on the YALSA website.

20 May 2009

Grant Opportunity - Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to create neighborhood excellence in the communities served by the bank in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. While local community priorities determine how funding is allocated, grants typically fall into four main categories: Community Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Each of the company's markets, in partnership with local community leaders, sets specific target areas of interest within these major categories. There are no deadlines for grant applications. Visit the company's website to access the priorities for local funding in each region.

Workshop - Play, Move and Sing

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: MidHudson Library System, Poughkeepsie
Presenter: Sukey Molloy
Cost: $25 for non-MHLS libraries (includes lunch)

This program is good for library staff working with children, ages 1 – 5 who want to take part in a fun, active and thought provoking workshop in action based learning for library and pre-school environment.

The workshop will cover:

  • Creating fun and interactive circle activities
  • Designing developmentally based circle time curriculum
  • Learning terms and facts related to movement and the developing brain
  • Learning new lap rides, finger plays, movement stories
  • Learning how to include rhythm, kinesthetic previews, and visual cues
  • Enhancing story book & felt board activities, and more

Register online for this workshop.

19 May 2009

Webinar - Securing Major Gifts

Polaris Library Systems is hosting a series of free webcast events about fundraising in challenging economic times. Whether you're a seasoned fundraiser or just getting started, this series of 1-hour webcasts provides tips, tools, and techniques to maximize your fundraising efforts in today's economy. Webinars are presented by Ron Barrows, founder and owner of the Barrows Group, a consulting firm specializing in capital campaigns, feasibility studies, and fundraising strategies.

The third webinar in this series, Securing Major Gifts, will be held on Tuesday, June 2, from 2 PM - 3 PM. Register online for this webinar here.

The first two webinars have already taken place. The first, Reevaluating Fundraising in Today's Economy, can be replayed at any time by visiting http://www.polarislibrary.com/. The second, Beyond Governance - Using your Volunteer Board as a Resource, will be available for replaying shortly at the same web link.

18 May 2009

Gaming Survey

Did your public library run a gaming program in 2008 (we know many of you did!)? Did you have Chess, Scrabble, Computer games, Console games or ANY other type of gaming as a library program? Please take a few minutes to share your gaming data with the Library Game Lab at Syracuse University. Data collected from this survey is used to understand how libraries are using gaming, as well as to secure grant funding. The survey (available here) is open until May 31.

PLS Awards

The Public Library Section of NYLA announces the following awards:

NYLA Dewey Fellowship
Dewey Fellowships are awarded to three NYLA members, selected by designated Section, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. Dewey Fellows are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
1) five or more years of experience as a librarian
2) record of accomplishment in the library profession
3) involvement in activities to advance the library community.
Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1250 of the cost of attendance of the 2009 NYLA Annual Conference. Additionally, each Dewey Fellow will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for use at the NYLA store, and will be acknowledged on NYLA's website, at the Annual Conference and in the NYLA Bulletin. Deadline: June 29, 2009

Outstanding Public Library Building Awards
There are two awards of $1000 each ; one award will be given to a construction project in a community serving less than 20,000, one award will go to a project in a community serving over 20,000. The 2009 awards will be given for new construction projects (not building renovations). All projects must have been completed by December 31, 2008 for consideration in the 2009 award cycle. Deadline: June 29, 2009

NYLA Conference Scholarships
NYLA/PLS is pleased to offer two (2) Conference Scholarship awards to encourage public librarians now in the field, or students in library school, to participate in NYLA or PLS activities. Each award maximum is $1300.00, which includes full conference registration, travel or other conference related expenses and membership in NYLA and PLS if the winner is not already a member. Additionally, the winner will be asked to help with staffing at the PLS booth at the conference. The winner(s) is expected to attend the annual conference including the awards ceremony. Award recipients are selected by the PLS Board upon the recommendation of the PLS awards committee. Deadline: June 29, 2009

L. Marion Moshier / Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship
This award is named in honor of two New York State library pioneers who nurtured the growth of small libraries. This award honors a public library Director who has given outstanding service to a community of 7,500 or less. Award recipients are selected by the PLS Board upon the recommendation of the PLS awards committee. The award includes $1,000, a plaque for the library and inclusion on a plaque to be placed in the NYLA office. Attendance at the NYLA conference is a requirement of acceptance. Deadline: June 29, 2009

Continuing Education / Post MLS Grant for up to $250 toward the cost of participating in continuing education or post-MLS study (four awards per year -- deadlines are June 1, October 1, December 1, and February 1).

Please visit the PLS website at http://www.nyla.org/pls for more information and application instructions.

13 May 2009

Wii: Year 2 is Here!

Wiiiiiiii! It’s time for Year 2! Year 2 gives MVLS a $14,730 grant from 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 Johnstown Public Library; Northville Public Library; Mt. Pleasant Branch, SCPL; Middleburgh Library; Schoharie Free Library; and Sharon Springs Free Library will be presenting and promoting Wii fun programs for adults aged 55 and older throughout their communities.

The Year 2 introductory grant workshop will be held at the Northville Public Library on Thursday June 11, 2009 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, and any interested parties are welcome to join us. Consultant Trevor Oakley will lead us through set up, playing, troubleshooting and take-down. To RSVP please call or email Sue, 355-2010, ext. 226.

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.

The Wii Fun Program, sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Library System and participating libaries, 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.

Playaway $100,000 Giveaway

Enter now for your chance to win a 15-title Playaway collection with bestselling titles, including new releases! Entries will be accepted beginning May 1st, 2009. Three sets of 15 Playaways will be awarded every day from June 1 to July 10. This Sweepstakes is open to authorized employees of a U.S. Public Library System. One entry per person. Daily winners will be announced June 1st - July 10th at playawaylibrary.com.

12 May 2009

Graphic Novels for Grade School Kids

From Sue:
Summer’s coming and what better time to invest in timely reading materials (read: comics/graphic novels) for the kids (read: boys especially) in your lives (I mean libraries)!

I had a question yesterday about good graphic novels especially for those boys in grades 2-3.

The Graphic Classroom Blog has great lists and descriptions especially appropriate for the grade school classroom, which means it’ll be good for your libraries too. The list is from 2008, so read on for newer titles!

The SLJ blog Good Comics for Kids lists up to date information on all sorts of comics for kids – sign up for the rss feed here too! I am.

And of course, Ingram lists top picks for 2008 and BWI has 279 titles posted. Many of these comics are ageless, get new copies and kids will just start reading them over again. The new Jellaby just came out and I’m sure that kids will want to return to the first one, just as they will with Bone which just put out the final volume nine. Amulet, Book 2 should be out soon too, so be sure to get new copies of book one.

Of course it’s spring, almost summer, 2009! Where to look for reviews of the new stuff? Here’s a review blog from the horse’s, I mean 8 year old boy’s mouth, courtesy of parent - take a look at this one when you’re in need of fresh comics. And don’t forget about PW – (we should have taken a road trip to the Kids Comic Con last month in the Bronx), SLJ, Booklist, Voya – they all have graphic novel reviews too! And let me know when your new comics and graphic novels arrive, Tim and I will be over!

07 May 2009

Adult Programmer's Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Do you schedule programs for adults at your library? Come to discuss your successes and failures. Share examples of unusual or innovative programs and special events. Bring samples of program publicity and contact information for presenters or perfomeers you've liked.

Register by June 1 with Natalie McDonough (371-8622, nmcdonough@sals.edu).

05 May 2009

Middleburgh Quilt Show

From Sue:

May 2, Saturday morning. Lovely day to drive Middleburgh for the, I hope, first annual Middleburgh Library Quilt Show with accommodating husband. Middleburgh's blog said they'd have 100 quilts for this fund raiser. Where would they put them all??? Quilts were attached to all the shelves, (explaining why the library was closed for the event) and instead of a sea of books, there was a sea of quilts! Quilts were on the end caps, over computers and displays. It was gorgeous. And I found out what former Middleburgh Library Director Mary France is doing with her spare time (see photo!) The children's room had, of course, children's quilts. After perusing the two vendor rooms (after all what is a quilt show without vendors?) We then walked over to the Library's Best House, home of two country doctors in Middleburgh over 100 years http://www.mvls.info/lhg/besthouse/index.html which was filled with antique quilts, an added attraction being a walk through both floors of the house, just gorgeous. What a great way to host a library fund raiser! Now to reserve those quilt books I saw there......

30 April 2009

Free Brown Bag Lunch - Gaming the Library

Date: Thursday, May 21
Time: noon - 1:00 PM
Place: East Greenbush Community Library

Recently libraries have begun to support the gaming nation. ALA’s Library Technology Reports have devoted at least two issues to the topic of gaming in libraries and many libraries have begun to host gaming sessions. Games played in libraries included computer games, board games and others. Even museums are exploring the issue of using games to reach and educate users.

Have you hosted a successful gaming program? Did you attend a great session on how to set up gaming at your library and want to share what you learned? Are you interested in exploring the topic? Think it is a great idea or a bunch of hooey? Then come to this free brown bag lunch to meet and talk with your colleagues. Please remember to bring your lunch and ideas.

For more information and to register please click here: http://nylink.org/events/bbl_ss09.cfm

23 April 2009

Grant Opportunity - Target Store Grants

The Target Store Grants program will accept grant applications between March 1 and May 31, 2009, for programs taking place between October 1, 2009, and September 30, 2010.

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.