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.