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