26 February 2009

NYLA Lobby Day - March 10

NYLA Lobby Day is just a week and a half away. And we still need you!! MVLS has set appointments for all of our state representatives; all that remains is a good turnout from our libraries to bring the library message to them.

Breakfast reception starts at 8:00 am; Rally at 11:30 am. Both in Meeting Room 6

Appointments are:
9:30 AM Assemblymember Marc Butler
10:30 AM Assemblymember Peter Lopez
11:00 AM Assemblymember James Tedisco
12:30 PM Assemblymember George Amadore
1:00 PM Senator Hugh Farley
2:00 PM Senator James Seward

When we talk with these officials and their staffs, they look to see people who live within their districts in attendance. We need you there.

Please let Kathy know if you are planning to attend. Limited space is available in the MVLS van so let her know if you would like to carpool.

Grant Opportunity - Gaming

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services is seeking applications from public, school and academic libraries interested in developing and implementing innovative literacy gaming services for youth ages 10-18. This program is part of ALA’s Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative funded by Verizon.

Ten $5,000.00 grants will be awarded to libraries clearly demonstrating creativity, capacity, sustainability and a strong commitment to literacy-related gaming services. In addition, the winning libraries will receive ongoing support and technical assistance from a team of nationally recognized library gaming experts. Winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 12-18. The grant application is available online at http://librarygamingtoolkit.org/rfp . All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Friday, March 20.

Grant Opportunity - Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges, improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $6000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, workshops and training, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Grants cover consultant fees, workshop registration fees, related travel and per diem expenses, and the costs of purchasing and shipping preservation supplies and equipment.

All applications to the NEH must be submitted through Grants.gov. See the application guidelines for details.

The 2009 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 14, 2009.

Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 and preservation@neh.gov.

Workshop - Positioning your Library as an Essential Service: Marketing, Advocacy & Development

Date: Monday, March 9
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Holiday Inn, Wolf Road, Albany
Presenter: Libby Post, Communication Services
Cost: $65 for NYLA members; $85 for non members ; free for those attending the NYLIBS-PAC Fundraiser that evening

In these challenging economic times, it is even more important to position your library as an essential service. After all, when the economy shrinks, library usage skyrockets. Learn some new techniques, pinpoint what will work for your library and position yourself for success.
Full info and to register - click here.

25 February 2009

Craig Koste and Ray Murray Awards

The New York State Library Assistants' Association is seeking nominations for two awards.

The Craig Koste Award recognizes those library assistants who have distinguished themselves by their service to the NYSLAA organization and to the library assistants of New York on either a state or local level. A stipend of $100 will be given to the library of the winner of this award for collection development.

The Ray Murray Award is given to librarians, library directors, trustees, board members, and others who have contributed to the recognition and/or professional growth of library assistants.

To nominate someone for either award, please compile a packet including: your nomination letter, supporting letters, and any other pertinent documentation. Please include the name of the nominee's supervisor for notification. The deadline for the submission is March 31st of each year. Awards are presented at the NYSLAA Annual Conference in June. Please see the NYSLAA web site for complete information.

24 February 2009

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets creates and distributes official NPM posters, free of charge, to librarians, teachers, and booksellers each year. To request a 2009 poster for your library, complete the brief online form. You can also find tip sheets for librarians, including ideas for in-library displays, community outreach, collection development and programming.

23 February 2009

Grant Opportunity - Save Our History

The Save Our History Grant Program, developed by the History Channel, provides funding to support collaboration between history organizations and schools or youth groups on projects that teach children about their local heritage and actively engage them in its preservation. For example, projects might focus on the history and/or preservation of a building, historic site, historic collections, or an historic event that is important to the local community. Funds are provided for primary research, physical preservation or clean-up efforts, historical documentation, archaeological or architectural studies, oral histories, and efforts to register a site for local, state, or national landmark status. Eligible applicants must partner with a local elementary, middle, or high school, or an organization that provides educational programming for children of similar ages. The application deadline is June 5, 2009. Visit the website listed above for program details and online application guidelines.

22 February 2009

Grant Opportunity - Preservation League of NY State

The Preservation League of New York State is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to protect and enhance the Empire State’s historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods. The New York State Council on the Arts is the state’s arts funding agency. The Preservation League and NYSCA have collaborated on this grant program annually since 1993. Examples of eligible projects for this grant program include: historic structure reports for public buildings; historic landscape reports for municipal parks; and cultural resource surveys of downtowns and residential neighborhoods. In 2009, the Preservation League especially encourages projects that advance the preservation of architecture and landscapes of the recent past, preserving historic bridges and transportation corridors including rural roads, canals, and related structures. Project should also focus on preserving and continuing to use historic municipal buildings and supporting Main Street revitalization.

ELIGIBILITY: Municipalities and not-for-profit organizations.

FUNDING: A total of $96,400 is available, with individual grants likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000 each.

DEADLINE: May 4, 2009.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the League’s regional directors of Technical and Grant Programs: Eastern New York, including New York City and Long Island, Erin Tobin, 518-462-5658, or Central and Western New York, includingSouthern Tier, Tania Werbizky, 607-272-6510; or visit the Preservation League of New York State’s Web site: www.preservenys.org.

20 February 2009

Workshop - Introduction to Wordpress

Date: Tuesday, April 14. 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: HFM BOCES, Johnstown
Presenter: Luke Charde
Cost: $85 for NYLA members, $125 for non-members

Chances are, you have heard of WordPress, the popular blogging software. WordPress is the behind-the-scenes software that runs literally millions of blogs - and it’s Open Source. It easy setup and word processor-like editing allows people who may not be tech geeks to have beautiful websites and to focus on producing content without having to worry about using complicated web software.

This one day workshop will teach you to:
- edit general configurations
- write posts and pages- import images and media
- change the contents of the sidebar
- use plug-ins
The registration deadline is March 31. Complete program information and registration forms can be found here.

17 February 2009

Storybook Sundae Fundraiser to be Held in Johnstown

The Johnstown Public Library is planning their 13th annual Storybook Sundae fundraiser, which will be held Sunday, March 22, 2009, from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the Student Union. Tickets, which are available at the library, are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 2-10 years of age. Proceeds from the Make-Your-Own Sundae event and basket raffle benefit the Johnstown Public Library Building Fund.

A popular feature of the event is the storybook basket raffle, which will feature baskets filled and decorated by volunteers. Each basket contains at least one book and is appropriate for either children or adults. Pictures of all the baskets can be seen on Johnstown's Flickr page. Baskets will be raffled at 2:30 PM following the social. The baskets are on display at the library and tickets may be purchased for $1 or they can be purchased at the social. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Anyone interested in donating a basket or purchasing raffle tickets may call the Library at 762-8317.

Workshop - Black Belt Librarians

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Guilderland Public Library
Presenter: Warren Graham
Cost: $25, which includes breakfast and lunch

Warren Graham is nationally renowned as an expert of day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for 25 years, and has spent the last 17 years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library fo Charlotte and Mecklenburg Counties in NC, developing and overseeing their program.

Areas to be addressed in this workshop 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 have and how best to respond ; Ten maxims of security no matter the size of your library; Easy ways to document your safety and security matters.

Contact Jo-Ann Benedetti at Upper Hudson Library System (jo-ann@uhls.lib.ny.us, 518-437-9880 ext 225) to register for this program.

Workshop - Creating the 21st Century Library : an Introduction to Building, Renovating, or Expanding Your Library

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Place: Guilderland Public Library
Presenters: Frank X. Craine, AIA and Diane Abate
Cost: $20, includes refreshments and light supper

Frank X. Craine, AIA is a Partner, and Diane Abate is a Senior Architectural Designer at the firm of Peter Gisolfi Associates, located in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Together they have over 30 years of collective experience working with libraries and academic clients in the private and public sectors. Mr. Craine was a key member of the design team for the new Darien Library in CT, which is scheduled to be the first Gold LEED-certified library in New England. He and Ms. Abate are currently working on the feasibility study for expanding the Guilderland Public Library.

Some topics they will address are: What to consider when planning a library renovation or expansion; Choosing the right design team for effective sollaboration; Finding funding sources for your project; Finding cost-effective ways to incorporate green building strategies.

Contact Phil Ritter at Upper Hudson Library System (phil@uhls.lib.ny.us, 518-437-9880 ext 222) to register for this program.

16 February 2009

Grant Opportunity - Jenny's Heroes Community Grant Program

Talk show host and philanthropist Jenny Jones has announced that she will donate an additional $1 million to continue her Jenny's Heroes community grant program. The Jenny's Heroes program awards grants to individuals who submit the best ideas for tangible, lasting community projects. Jenny's Heroes provides grants of up to $25,000 each to fund projects that promise long-term community benefits. Through the fifty grant recipients so far, funds have been used to provide items and services such as library books, school computers, and coats for children in domestic violence shelters. The program's focus is primarily on smaller communities where fundraising can be difficult. The application is online, and is VERY brief (600 characters to describe your project.) There is no specific deadline to apply.

Fundraising Opportunity - Spring Spin

The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George are offering a unique fundraising opportunity for non-profit groups. Spring Spin, held over four weekends in May, gives ticketholders a full day of rides, shows and attractions for the best price of the season! Your organization sells tickets for $19.99, and keeps $5 from each ticket sold. There is no cost for organizations to participate. Full details of this program can be found at the Spring Spin website. (Register soon, as tickets are distributed to organizations in mid-March.)

13 February 2009

Grant Opportunity - Preservation Needs Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment Programs

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is seeking applicants to participate in its National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant-funded Preservation Needs Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment Programs. Through funding from the NEH, CCAHAis able to offer a limited number of subsidized preservation needs assessments and vulnerability assessments for $350. The funding also covers the assessor's travel expenses. Application forms and additional information about the Preservation Needs Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment Programs can be found at http://www.ccaha.org/services/surveys-consultation

Preservation Needs Assessment Grant Awards

This survey is a key first step in developing a preservation plan for institutions. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is a valuable tool in fundraising. 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 disasterpreparedness; 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.

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. Additional eligibility requirements can be found here.

Vulnerability Assessment Grant Awards

A vulnerability assessment is a necessity for developing an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. The surveyor will complete a one day on-site consultation, analyzing collections management policies and procedures; facilities and building location; environmental conditions; security and fire protection; pest and mold control; and weather and geographic risks. The written vulnerability assessment report will provide observations, recommendations, and resources to serve as a guide in the development of an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for the collection and the institution. In addition, CCAHA staff will review any subsequent disaster planning documents and make suggestions for the successful implementation of the plan.

Eligibility: Small to mid-sized institutions with humanities-based collections of regional or national significance in the Mid-Atlantic region (PA, NJ, DE, MD, NY, DC, VA, and WV). Additional eligibility requirements can be found here.

Application Process and Deadline:

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

All applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

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

Grant Opportunity - Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants

The Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants program awards funding to nonprofits that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. Applicant organizations must provide assistance in adult basic education, general education diploma preparation, and/or English for speakers of other languages. The Dollar General Family Literacy Grants provide funding to family literacy service providers. Applicants to both programs must either be a 501(c)(3) organization, a K-12 private or public school, a college or university, or a public library. Applicant organizations must reside in and provide direct service within Dollar General's 35-state market area and be located within twenty miles of a Dollar General store. Visit the Dollar General Web site for program guidelines, grant zone map, and store locator. The deadline to apply is MArch 4.

11 February 2009


Congratulations to Barb Madonna, Director of the Gloversville Public Library, who was recently recognized by the Gloversville Central Council Parent-Teacher Association as a Founder's Day honoree. Check out the news story here.

10 February 2009

Workshop - Summer Reading Program Planning

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009 (snow date Thursday, March 12)
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library
Cost: Free for MVLS libraries (assuming LSTA grant accepted); UHLS libraries $15/person; all others $45/person (cost includes lunch)

Be creative, expressive AND plan for your 2009 summer reading program! Create your own theme-related costume and win a prize! Food, fun, jokes and even more prizes await! Registration is required by Friday, February 27. Registration information can be found here. Contact Sue with questions.

05 February 2009

College of DuPage Teleconference

Date: Friday, February 13, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM

The New York State Library has arranged a statewide license on behalf of New York's 7,000 libraries and library systems for the 2008-2009 College of DuPage teleconferences. The next program title is Targeting the Ages: Programming that Hits the Mark. In this program we will look at some of the innovative programming libraries today are creating to meet the evolving needs of their patrons. We will also provide a basic primer for anyone who has always wanted to plan a program, but didn’t know where or how to begin.

For further information about the teleconference and how to register, visit the State Library’s web site at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/dupage.htm

04 February 2009

Children's Books Get One-Year Stay from Anti-Lead Law

Librarians can breathe a sigh of relief in the wake of a one-year stay of enforcement on having to test for lead in books geared to youngsters under the age of 12. The extension until February 10, 2010, puts an end to the nightmare scenario envisioned by some in the library community of having to either ban children from their facilities or cordon off the book collections in youth services areas until federal regulators concede that children's literature complies with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

The January 30 announcement came only days after several representatives of the Consumer Product Safety Commission heard the concerns of the publishing industry during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Afterward, CPSC General Counsel Cheryl Farley reassured libraries that they did not have to take any action at this time, ALA Washington Office Associate Executive Director Jessica McGilvray reported January 22.

Acknowledging the burden of imposing a testing mandate before there are definitive laboratory procedures for children's books, the January 30 notice indicated that such previously unregulated items might receive "appropriate relief" from testing and certification if the publishing industry "provide[s] the additional information requested by our staff in a timely manner."

Nonetheless, Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff cautioned, "This announcement is not an end to this problem. Since we know children's books are safe, libraries are still askingto be exempt from regulation under this law." She went on to assure the library community that ALA "will continue to work with members of Congress and the CPSC to ensure that a year from now, this matter is resolved once and for all, and America's libraries remain open and welcoming to children."

03 February 2009

Workshop - Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy in Your Library

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time: noon - 4:00 PM
Place: Saratoga Springs Public Library
Presenter: Michele Gorman, Teen Services Coordinator, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)

Michele Gorman is the Teen Services Coordinator for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in Charlotte NC. In addition to her job as the Teen Services Manager, Michele serves on the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Board of Directors and is a freelance writer and renowned national speaker, certified by YALSA as a “Serving the Underserved” Trainer. She is the “Getting Graphic” Columnist for Library Media Connection and a “Teenage Riot” columnist for School Library Journal. Michele’s books include Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids, Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens, and Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How to Do It Manual, 3rd Edition.

A general youth services/summer reading planning workshop will be held from 9:00 AM - noon; cost is the same if you wish to attend the whole day. Please register via this online form no later than Friday, February 27, and send checks payable to Southern Adirondack Library System to SALS, attn Jennifer Ferriss. Contact Jennifer with questions.

02 February 2009

Grant Opportunity - Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust

The Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust has announced the availability of small grants (under $5,000) for school and public libraries seeking to offer innovative programs that promote reading for pleasure for young adults. There is no specific deadline to apply. Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications that feature new or creative programs will receive special consideration over those simply seeking funds for collection development or for a book discussion group.

An application is available online and should be sent to:
Julian L. Lapides, Esquire
Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust
807 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21210-5281

01 February 2009

Workshop - Copyright for Digital Projects

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Presenter: Peter Hirtle, Intellectual Property Officer, Cornell University Library
Cost: $40 for CDLC members, $60 for nonmembers (includes lunch)

This workshop will include:

  • introduction to basic copyright law
  • fair use and public domain issues
  • methods for assessing the copyright status of materials
  • issues associated with particular formats

The deadline to register is March 24. Full information and registration available here.