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.

Grant Opportunity - Best Buy Community Grants

Through the Community Grants Program, each Best Buy territory across the United States annually selects non-profit organizations that apply for grants to support programs and services that provide opportunities for young teens related to education, life skills, leadership skills or relationship development. Grants will average $5000-$7000 and will not exceed $10,000. Non-profits located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Distribution Center may apply.

Applications will be accepted online between May 15 and June 15, 2009, at http://www.easymatch.com/bestbuygrant . Grant awards will be announced in August.

20 April 2009

Workshop - The Future is Not Out of Reach: Change, Emerging Trends, 2.0, and Libraries

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library
Presenter: David Lee King, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS
Cost: $20 CDLC personal members; $25 MVLS member library staff; $45 all others

Change is good, but sometimes it is also hard. Emerging tech trends are also good, but sometimes the change needed to implement those emerging trends feels like scaling a mountain! David discusses the current social networking transformation taking place, and applies those changes to a library setting. Then David will discuss the changes a library needs to make to meet and participate in our new online, participatory world.

Registration is required by April 30. Get a registration form and complete details here.

(Co-sponsored by CDLC, MVLS, SALS and UHLS)

16 April 2009

NYLA Awards

May 30th is the deadline for nominations for two important New York Library Association statewide awards.

Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award:
This award is presented to an individual who is not an employee, trustee or group primarily affiliated with library information services and yet has made a significant contribution of these services to the people of New York State. Deadline for nominations - May 30, 2009.

Outstanding Service to Libraries Award:
This award is presented to an individual or group who has performed through their direct affiliation as an employee or trustee of a library or information service a significant contribution of these services to the people of New York State. Deadline for nominations - May 30, 2009.

Application materials for both awards can be found here.

15 April 2009

NYLA Poster Sessions and Diversity Fair

The New York Library Association is now accepting submissions for the 2009 NYLA Poster Sessions & NYLA Diversity Fair to take place at this year’s Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Complete details are located on the web.

WHAT IS A POSTER SESSION? A poster session is an opportunity for several presenters to share information about a research problem, project, or study with many colleagues by developing a table-top display on a set of poster boards. Several posters are available at one time with the presenters standing by their table to talk informally about the project with interested participants. The poster may include printed materials, graphics, and additional handouts. The session will last one and a half hours and presenters should remain close to their displays for questions and discussion during this time.

WHAT IS THE DIVERSITY FAIR? The NYLA Diversity Fair celebrates examples of diversity in the libraries of New York State and showcases possibilities for libraries who are in search of "diversity in action" ideas. Examples can include, but are not limited to, multilingual and multicultural programs, activities and services, creating and sustaining literacy (new and non-readers and other literacy issues), in-depth collection development projects, outreach services, service to people with disabilities, mobile library services, technology, and innovative services to other underserved or underrepresented communities. Presenters are encouraged to share their success stories, experiences and resources through poster presentations and informal conversations with colleagues. The Diversity Fair will last an hour and a half and presenters should remain close to their displays for questions and discussion during this time. Consider sharing your library’s/community organization's accomplishments and help inspire others interested in celebrating diversity!

NYLA colleagues are invited to submit proposals for either a Poster Session or the Diversity Fair at the NYLA Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Poster Sessions will take place on Friday, October 16 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. The NYLA Diversity Fair will take place on Thursday, October 15 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Proposals should be submitted on this form by May 5, 2009.

These proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Conference Program Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2009.

14 April 2009

ChiliFresh Trial

Beginning today, Tuesday, April 14, we will have a trial of the ChiliFresh review engine available in our Polaris PAC (Catalog). The ChiliFresh trial will last until May 9th.

ChiliFresh is a third-party product that allows users to rate books, write their own (moderated) reviews and to read reviews written by other people. ChiliFresh reviews and ratings (from 0 to 5 stars) appear on the left-hand side of the PAC entries, just below book jacket images. You can learn more about ChiliFresh at http://www.chilifresh.com/ .

During the ChiliFresh trial period, please forward any feedback regarding the product to jason@sals.edu. Jason will compile your comments and share them with the JA Council. The JA Council will decide about the purchase of ChiliFresh at their meeting on May 5th.

Thanks for your participation during this trial period.

09 April 2009

NYLA Snapshot Contest

During National Library Week 2009 on the days of April 12-18, librarians and library staff in New York State will take a wide range of photographs of librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that librarians do in a given day. We encourage you to be creative in taking photos that capture the essence of New York librarianship. Winners will be recognized on the NYLA website (www.nyla.org) and during the 2009 NYLA Annual Conference in Niagara Falls this October. Winners in each category will also receive a $50 gift certificate to be used to purchase items in NYLA's Fundraising Store or toward registration costs for the 2009 Annual Conference or for a NYLA Institute. For details, please visit http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1727 The contest starts on Sunday, April 12 and will run through Saturday, April 18.

08 April 2009

Joseph F. Shubert Award

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:

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.

07 April 2009

NOVEL Database Training

A NOVELny training schedule, including both online and in-person training (taking place at various locations around the state) has been established for the coming months.

Free training sessions are available for the new database offerings from Grolier (Scholastic) and ProQuest.

The schedule may be viewed on the Training page of the NOVELny site: http://novelnewyork.org/training.php#librarians

Online registration is available from the Training page.

The Training page also has links (under "Online Training Resources", near the top of the page) to training and support materials available from the various database vendors.