31 March 2009

Workshop - Preserving Photographs and Documents

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Presenters: Tammy Gobert and Amy Rupert, RPI Archives
Cost: $5 (bring your own lunch; coffee, tea and cookies are provided)

Preserving documents and photographs takes a bit of planning, proper storage materials, and good environmental conditions. Learn about products and techniques which can prolong the life of your valuable materials – whether they are research collections or family papers. Contact information for archival suppliers and sources of preservation information will be distributed. Pre-register by April 17 at http://www.cdlc.org/pdfs/CALASpring2009Wkshp.pdf

30 March 2009

Library Assistant/Technician Training Program

The New York Library Association is again partnering with Schenectady County Community College to offer a Library Assistant/Technician Training Program from June 8th through June 13th. This is a non credit certificate program with classes held at Schenectady County Community College from 6-9pm Monday through Thursday and from 9 am to 4pm on Saturday. The program is subsidized by a grant from Senator Hugh Farley. Cost is $250.

MVLS will again support one person from each library to attend with a $200 grant. If someone on your staff is interested in attending, please contact Carol.

For details on the program go to: http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1469

18 March 2009

Workshop - Gaming in Libraries : A Playful Introduction

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Saratoga Springs Public Library
Presenter: Scott Nicholson, Syracuse University
Cost: $85 for NYLA members; $120 for non-members

Join Dr. Scott Nicholson, Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, in this day-long workshop about Gaming in Libraries. During this workshop, participants will learn:

- How libraries across the country are introducing gaming and policies that govern gaming
- What board, card, and video games might be appropriate for using in their library
- How to present these games in gaming programs for different age groups
- Ways to assess gaming programs
- How different types of games are played through hands-on activities

9:30 – 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 - 12:00 AM: Formal Program: - What is Gaming? How and why are libraries integrating gaming? - Different types of Gaming Experiences - Presenting and Assessing Gaming Programs
12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 PM: Orientation to the Library Game Lab of Syracuse and Hands-On Gaming Experiences

Full information and registration available here. Deadline to register is April 6.

17 March 2009

Webcast - Technology on a Shoestring : Big Tools for Small Budgets

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

More than ever, communities across the country are relying their local libraries for support in these tough economic times. From helping patrons convert old resume files to enabling military families to connect overseas, libraries are challenged with offering more services on smaller budgets. This one hour webcast will walk through over a half dozen free solutions that can help with some of the library’s toughest patron services challenges, including:
Zamzar – file conversion service
Drop.io/Senduit – file sharing services
Skype – free VOIP service
Delicious – social bookmarking application
Ning - online platform for user-created social websites and social networks
VoiceThread – collaborative multimedia application
Google Suite/Zoho – documents, reader, calendar, and more
ChunkIt! – web browsing tool
Register for this free webcast at www.libraryjournal.com/bigtoolspolaris. Can't make it on March 24th? Register anyway - webcasts are archived for 1 year, and can be viewed on-demand after the initial broadcast.

16 March 2009

Weedapalooza at Sharon Springs

Join us for our first Weedapalooza at the Sharon Springs Free Library on Thursday, April 9, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

We'll learn about weeding youth collections! Then, we'll immediately put to practice and help weed the Youth Collection at the library. And, we'll replenish your own collections with MVLS preview books (bring bags and/or boxes!)

Wear your old clothes, Mary Ellen will provide refreshments, and we'll have a blast! And when we're done, you can sign up for your very own library Weedapalooza.

Contact Sue Rokos, MVLS, 355-2010 ext. 226 to register or with questions.

Weedapalooza Starts Here!

In preparation for our first youthly Weedapalooza at Sharon Springs Free Library April 9, I am cleaning my office. Truly not because it has been likened to a toxic waste site. Or that the calendar still reads February (which I might add is identical to March until March 29 so I still have 2 weeks to change it!). So I have some timely and not so timely spoils to share with member library land. Let me know what you'd like! (Open to MVLS member libraries only) :

1. Picture books about friendship, hearts and flowers:
Budgie & Boo by David McPhail (two rabbits, see early for Spring!)
Will I have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen, newly illustrated by Ronald Himler
Two Bobbies: A true story of Hurricane Katrina, friendship, and survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethey
Love is a Good Thing to Feel by Barbara Joose
Hog Prince by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Trudy by Henry Cole
Do You Love Me? by Joost Elffers

2. Curious George poster

3. Fold over signs from Random House for: Fiction; Mystery: Historical Fiction: Fantasy: Nonfiction: Humor

4. River of Dreams: The story of the Hudson River by Hudson Talbott, in honor of NYS Quadricentennial

5. Easy Readers presented by Michael at last week's SRP Workshop:
Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets by Larua McGee Kvasnosky
Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels by Jamie Michalak
A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole by Wong Herbert Yee
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Chicken Butt! by Erica S. Perl

6. Bookmarks: (25 in each)
Shark Facts
Runaway Dolls
Catch Fly Guy!

7. Families Sing tattoos, brochures and 100 songs to know
(anyone having a musical event for Spring break/National Library Week? These would be great for that!)

8. Jay Mankita CD: Eat Like a Rainbow

and 9. A Penguin Classic Poster of Abe Lincoln.

Contact Sue at MVLS. We're happy to send these your way!

11 March 2009

Reading is Good For you!

Interesting article - thanks to Barb Madonna for the link.

Step up to the Plate @ your library

The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum have teamed up for Season Four of Step Up to the Plate @ your library®. This national program brings together two American classics – libraries and baseball – to promote information literacy and the library as an essential information resource.

Librarians can now visit the program Web site to register for free promotional tools to help promote the program locally. Tools include program logos in both English and Spanish and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas. The first 100 libraries to register will receive a Jackie Robinson “History Lives” poster from ALA Graphics.

Beginning National Library Week (April 12-18, 2009), when the program launches to the public, people of all ages will be encouraged to use the print and electronic resources available at their library to answer a series of trivia questions designed for their age group (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over) and inspired by the history and diversity of our national pastime. Questions will be available in both English and Spanish. The program will run through September 1, 2009.

One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two in October to the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala event in Cooperstown, N.Y., including a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives

09 March 2009

Virtual Lobby Day - Monday March 9

Can’t make it to Albany for NYLA Lobby Day tomorrow? That doesn’t mean you can’t participate!

Virtual Lobby Day will be Monday, March 9 (today!!) NYLA is hoping to get as many people as possible to send letters to their representatives today. This will make a great impression on legislators and staff as well as alerting them to our issues before we show up in person on Tuesday.

It’s easy to participate! Just go to www.mvls.info and click on the Contact Your Elected Officials button.

This will lead you through a simple process to contact your elected officials and let them know how you feel about libraries.

Numbers are important here, so let’s pass the word and get our families, friends, and patrons involved!

05 March 2009

NYSALB Trustee Institute

Date: Friday, May 1 - Saturday, May 2, 2009
Place: The Renaissance Hotel, Syracuse
Cost: $100-$135

Join trustees from across the state for the 13th Annual Institute hosted by the New York State Association of Library Boards. Complete conference agenda and registration information is available on the NYSALB web site.

04 March 2009

Webcast - Spring Book Buzz

Though we hope you'll all be at Lobby day on March 10, for those of you who cannot attend, tune in to this free webcast from 2-3 PM and discover the newest, hottest, must-have authors and titles for Spring! You’ll hear HarperCollins, Kensington, W.W. Norton and Random House as they discuss their top fiction and non-fiction picks for the season. This hour-long presentation is designed to help guide your collection development and selection decisions, as well as give you the inside scoop on author appearances, tours and reading group information.
There is no cost for this webcast, but you must register in advance. And good news for all you Lobby Day attendees who will miss this the first time around - the webcast will be archived for 12 months. Sign up now, and you'll be able to view it on-demand as many times as like.

03 March 2009

YSS Spring Conference

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Place: The Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua
Cost: $110 for NYLA YSS members, $145 for non members

Continually shifting, library services to children and teens are a succession of programs, services, books, and technology to meet the various needs of todays youth. The Youth Services Section invites youth specialists to join in the learning and excitement of their 34th annual Spring Conference on Friday, April 3, 2009. The conference will be held at The Inn on the Lake, 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua, New York.
Complete conference information can be found on the YSS web page. Registration deadline is March 26.

NYSLAA Conference

Library Assistants - Libraries Need You!
31st Annual New York State Library Assistants Association Conference
Dates: June 10-12, 2009
Place: Russell Sage College and RPI, Troy
Cost: $105 for NYSLAA Members, $130 for non members for full conference, including some meals

Library assistants, join your colleagues for a 2 day conference full of great workshops, networking, even a dinner cruise on the Hudson River! The 2009 conference will be held in nearby Troy; if you've never been able to attend a conference in the past because of hotel and travel costs, here's your opportunity to attend for the first time. Full conference information and registration forms can be found on the NYSLAA web site. Register by April 15 to take advantage of early bird rates. Donna Kuhner at Gloversville serves on the NYSLAA board, and would be happy to answer questions anyone has about the conference or NYSLAA in general.

New in the Professional Collection

by Ella W. Jones