15 December 2010

MockArena Results

The results are in from MVLS and UHLS’s joint MockArena held Thursday, December 9, 2010 at UHLS.

Drum Roll please:

Randolph Caldecott Medal:
Art and Max by David Wiesner

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: 3 way tie between
Can I Play, Too? by Mo Willems
Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch by David Catrow
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean

John Newbery Medal:
Countdown by Deborah Wiles

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Award:
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down written by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Michael L. Printz Award:
As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

Live Webcast of the Real Awards
The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live webcast of its Youth Media Awards. The number of available connections for the Webcast are limited and the broadcast is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online visitors can view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements. Those interested in following the action live should bookmark http://alawebcast.unikron.com .

The Youth Media Awards will begin at 10:45 a.m. EST on Jan. 10, 2011, but visitors should be able to begin logging on to the Webcast at 10:30 a.m. EST.

13 December 2010

Workshop - Going Viral : Communicating with NonTraditional Library Users

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: MVLS Service Center
Presenter: Libby Post, Communication Services

You may consider that everyone in your community knows about how essential a service your library is; but does everyone know? What about those non-traditional library users, the ones who use your resouces from their home computers but rarely physically enter your library? How do you communicate with them to gain their support?

Libby Post, President of Communication Services will present :"Going Viral - Communicating with Non-Traditional Library Users", which will enable participants to embrace social networking and other new strategies to communicate with your technologically savvy younger adult patrons. The January 6 workshop will include introduction to the topic with follow up implementation activities for a year two workshop to be held in January 2012.

This LSTA grant will pay $25 to each MVLS library that attends and returns follow up evaluations for workshops for this grant project. Please register using this online form by Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

This workshop is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

09 December 2010

DEMCO Gamer Gear $5000 Grant

If your library registered to participate in ALA's National Gaming Day 2010, you are eligible to submit an entry to win DEMCO’s awesome Gamer Gear Shopping Spree. If you win, you will get $5,000 to spend with them to enhance your game programs. Find more information and the application on the DEMCO site. Entries are due by December 15.

08 December 2010

Webinar - Introduction to Digital Preservation

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Digital preservation is a phrase that is thrown about frequently in the archives and library world. And, responsibility for saving our era from being known as the "Digital Dark Age" has fallen to us. But, do you really understand what it means and is required to preserve digital objects? Join us for this 2-hour online webinar for an introduction to terms, concepts, and some methods for beginning your institution's foray into this important and challenging area. Expert presenters from the State Library of North Carolina's Digital Information Management Program
include Lisa A. Gregory, Digital Projects Liaison; Jennifer Ricker, Digital Collections Manager; and Amy Rudersdorf, Director, who also presented during WebJunction's recent Digitization & Preservation Symposium.

Preregistration is required for this event, click here to sign up.

07 December 2010

Grant Opportunity - Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to create neighborhood excellence in the communities served by the bank in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. While local community priorities determine how funding is allocated, grants typically fall into four main categories: Community Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Each of the company's markets, in partnership with local community leaders, sets specific target areas of interest within these major categories. There are no deadlines for grant applications. Visit the company's website to access the priorities for local funding in each region.

01 December 2010

Webinar - Turning Customers into Champions : Marketing as a Team Sport

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

In this age of Twitter, Facebook and texting, there is still no substitute for good old-fashioned person-to-person communication. The commercial world knows this and is placing renewed emphasis on this basic strategy. Libraries should, too!

The good news: We can afford it-and do it even better than they can!

Whether you want to promote a particular service or advocate for increased funding, word-of-mouth marketing is simply the best way to get your message to the people who need to hear it. Learn what it takes with Peggy Barber and Linda Wallace, authors of "Building a Buzz: Libraries and Word-of-Mouth Marketing" (ALA Editions, 2010)

By the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will be able to:

•Understand and apply basic word-of-mouth marketing techniques
•Understand the importance of getting everyone on the staff involved
•Share key techniques with their colleagues

This one-hour webinar will be of interest to Library administrators, managers, including branch and project managers, and front-line staff with an interest and/or responsibility for marketing.

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/444/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.

30 November 2010

Grant Opportunity - Stewarts 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, 2011.

23 November 2010

Webinar - Re-Energizing Your PreSchool Storytime : New Ideas for Busy Children's Staff

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

It's Monday morning, AGAIN! Time to get your storytime ready for the week. Ho Hum. You could always recycle a previous storytime or... you can jazz up your repertoire with new fingerplays, flannels, puppets and book suggestions.

Try something new!
• Learn how to use Readers Theater and bring your story alive with the help of your audience. A dramatic read aloud of a story is great for children's communication skills, collaboration skills and learning to use expression.

Make better connections with storytime parents!
• Set up a "Stay and Play" after your storytime. Learn how to plan developmentally appropriate activities and share early literacy information with your participants.

Save time!
• We sure don't have enough. Let this webinar help you refresh your love of storytime and provide you with new material. You won't have to spend time planning, just get out there and try out these fresh new ideas!

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will learn about:
• New examples of traditional storytime elements; including puppets, fingerplays, books, flannels and music
• Readers theater; bring your stories to life with the help of your audience
• "Parent Patter" – a technique your storytime parents will appreciate
• "Stay and Play" – an innovative approach on how to extend your storytime fun

This webinar will be of interest to storytime presenters and others engaging in preparing and presenting programs for children.

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/452/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.

Online Conference - Serving the 21st Century Patron

Date: Wed & Thurs, December 1-2, 2010
Time: 12 PM - 5:00 PM both days - join only the sessions you want
Place: Online
Cost: Free

WebJunction's second online conference is coming December 1 & 2, 2010. Topics will focus on the changing needs, approaches, challenges and opportunities related to customer service in your 21st Century library. Browse the conference program, consider attending the conference with others in your library or region as an online conference cohort, and register now for this FREE 2-day event!

Preregistration is required for this event ; click here to sign up.

21 November 2010

Webinar - Top Tech Trends for the Non-Technical

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

When it comes to technology, the gap between "I can't believe the library has that!" and "I can't believe the library doesn't have that!" is getting shorter and shorter. Even if you're not a techie at heart, you probably agree that staying abreast of new tech tools and techniques is an important part of providing relevant library service. But isn't there some easy way to keep up with all the changes without bogging down in impenetrable details or permanently ruining what's left of your work/life balance?

The answer, of course, is yes! Just spend an hour with Joan Frye Williams, Infopeople's own trend spotter and tech explainer extraordinaire. Joan will bring you up to speed on what's hot, what's not, what you can just ignore, and what you need to know to stay in the mainstream. She'll describe the technologies that are most likely to change the way you work, and how you can prepare for those changes. She'll also point you towards the best technology investments for people with limited time and dollars.

Joan promises to deliver a technology update that is both painless and practical. Don't miss it!

This one-hour webinar will be of interest to staff in all types of libraries

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/434/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.

17 November 2010

Webinar - Young Adults Deserve the Best : Using Competencies to Serve Teens in Your Library

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

The current generation of teens is the most ethnically diverse and technologically plugged-in ever. Is your library ready to serve them?

YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth play a key role in everyday service to young adult patrons. Join Sarah Flowers, YALSA President-elect and author of Young Adults Deserve the Best: Putting YALSA's Competencies into Action, to discuss practical ways to promote and apply the competencies to ensure quality library service to the teens in your community.

Preregistration is required for this event ; click here to sign up.

11 November 2010

Webinar - Libraries Build Community

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Some view the public library as a central purchasing and distribution center of books, movies, and music. Today, that content is increasingly digitized and consumed on gadgets carried in our homes, backpacks, purses and pockets. Distribution remains germane and yet, libraries are well positioned to extend beyond the limits of this role, to facilitate what John Seeley Brown and Paul Duguid called the social life of information. Social media technology presents libraries with new opportunities to enhance and extend the distribution model, to empower and engage patrons to build relevant and vibrant communities via the library. Moderator Chrystie Hill and presenters Helene Blowers and Nancy Dowd will engage you in a discussion of how public libraries build community with technologies and programs, new and old. Join us for this special webinar presented in collaboration with ALA TechSource.

Preregistration is required for this event, click here to sign up.

09 November 2010

Webinar - Writing a Library Behavior Code

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

Libraries are more aware than ever before of who the sexual offenders are in their communities. What are the legal rights of the offenders, and the obligations of the library? What should the library do when someone is soliciting for charity, or selling services or products on library grounds? How much notice and appeals should be given to a library user, when asking him to leave for two hours? For six months?

During this webinar, we will:
•Review elements of enforceable patron conduct codes – (FEND off lawsuits!)
◦Free Speech (focus on behavior, not speech)
◦Equal enforcement
◦Notice of policy to library users
◦Due process (appeals)

In addition, information and guidance will be presented on:
•Handling solicitations or sales on library grounds
•The legal status of sex offenders in the library
•Due process – how much notice and appeals should you give?

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will learn about:
•Elements of enforceable library behavior codes
•Sex offenders' rights and responsibilities in the library
•Handling solicitation and harassment problems by library users

This webinar will be of interest to staff at both public and academic libraries.

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/430/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.



04 November 2010

Workshop - Best of the Best 2010

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - noon
Place: MVLS

Join us for our annual look at favorite titles from 2010. Come as early as 8:30 AM to select children's and teen preview books. Register for Best of the Best using this online form.

Director's council will follow the workshop. Lunch can be ordered.

03 November 2010

Grant Opportunity - Alibris Collection Award

The Alibris Collection Award is an annual grant of up to $3000 worth of books to an academic, public, special, or K-12 library supporting specific collection development projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the selected library.

The purpose of the Award is to help provide materials for libraries with replacement projects, retrospective collection development projects, or routine collection building needs.

Applications are due by December 1, 2010. Procedures for applying can be found here.

01 November 2010

Workshop - Mockarena : Evaluating the Best Books of 2010 for Children and Teens

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenters: Mary Fellows, UHLS and Sue Rokos, MVLS
Cost: Free for MVLS and UHLS library staff ; all others $15

Boost your collection development knowledge and polish your reader’s advisory skills with this UHLS/MVLS workshop. You'll hear bookflashes for the best books of the year. Then we'll enter the arena for discussions and mock elections for the Caldecott, Newbery, Geisel, Sibert, and Printz Awards. We’re planning on examining six books in each category, with the exception being eight titles in Caldecott.

Here is the second list of titles in each category. See this previous post for List #1.

Mock Caldecott Nominations:
Art and Max by David Wiesner
Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Red Nose Studio
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Mock Newbery Nominations:
Crunch by Leslie COnnor
A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
Mirror Mirror : A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by Josee Massee

Mock Geisel Nominations:
Can I Play, Too? by Mo Willems
Pete the Cat : I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin ; illustrated by James Dean
What If? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Mock Sibert Nominations:
Ballet for Martha : Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan ; illustrated by Brian Floca
The 'Extraordinary' Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringam
Sit-In : How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Mock Printz Nominations:
Incarceron by Cathering Fisher
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
The Firefly Letters : A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle

Mark your calendars and register now using this online form! MVLS and UHLS libraries may register for free; all others $15.00. Contact Sue Rokos, srokos@mvls.info for more information.

31 October 2010

Webinar - Serving the Young Adult Population : It's Not Just About Video Games

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Need to develop or improve your library services to youth? This webinar will provide you with a basic primer on how to attract and keep young adults interested in your library services and programs and how to create an atmosphere of inclusion comfortable for you, your staff and your local young adults. Join Jill Jarrell, librarian, author and web content consultant, and Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer at Harford County Public Library, to learn about materials and tactics that can help bring the reluctant reader back into the library and how to create a safe and welcoming space for your young adults.
Preregistration is required for this event, click here to sign up.

29 October 2010

Webinar - Emergency Succession Planning

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/420/index.html
Cost: Free

Succession planning is something that most of us think about as a long-term process with mid- to distant-future outcomes. But what happens when:

• your Assistant Director suddenly announces her early retirement, effective in two weeks?
• a key department manager unexpectedly moves out of state?

Succession planning is a form of risk management, and in order to be effective, particularly in an emergency situation, the process should start before you need it. During this interactive session, webinar participants will learn how to create an emergency succession plan for critical library positions, including being able to identify the positions for which such a plan is needed and being able to assess your library’s risk of losing key staff.

To get the most out of this presentation, be sure to download handouts in advance and be prepared to work on a plan during the webinar.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will have created an Emergency Succession Plan for one position. They will also be able to:

• define the steps needed to create an emergency succession plan.
• identify the positions for which an emergency succession plan is needed.
• create an emergency succession plan for a critical library position.
• assess the risk of losing key staff.

This webinar will be of interest to staff in all types of libraries, those involved in library leadership, library directors, human resources and training and development staff, and members of Boards of Trustees will benefit from this webinar.

This webinar is free of charge and required no preregistration. Visit the link above beginning at 2:30 PM on November 2 to join in.

28 October 2010

Grant Opportunity - Family Literacy Library Services Program

The online application for the New York State Family Literacy Library Services Program is now open to public libraries and public library systems in New York State. Applications will be accepted through Friday December 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

The New York State Family Literacy Library Services Program helps libraries provide family literacy services to children and their parents or caregivers. Family literacy projects in libraries teach parents and caregivers how to nurture literacy skills in very young and school age children. Libraries that focus on family literacy provide materials and programming that encourage interest in reading and literacy-related activities. Instructional workshops and literacy-rich environments in the public library will help expand family use of the library. Priority for funding is given to projects that include partnerships between libraries or library systems and community organizations. In previous years successful partnerships have been established with schools, preschools, weekend and summer learning programs, museums, public television, historical societies, environmental centers, agencies and cultural organizations.

FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/familylit/index.html
NOTE: You may access the online application through this page.

DIRECT LINK TO THE FAMILY LITERACY LIBRARY SERVICES ONLINE APPLICATION:
https://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants/index.jsp

TO APPLY FOR A USER NAME AND PASSWORD:
http://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants/ldgext/litRegistration.do

Grant Opportunity - Adult Literacy Library Services Program

The online application for the New York State Adult Literacy Library Services Program is now open to public libraries and public library systems in New York State. Applications will be accepted through Friday December 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM. New York State's Adult Literacy Library Services grants help libraries offer services which will improve adult literacy on the job and in the home. The grants encourage libraries to become community literacy leaders and to strengthen partnerships among local literacy providers.

ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/literacy/index.html
NOTE: You may access the online application through this page.

DIRECT LINK TO THE ADULT LITERACY LIBRARY SERVICES ONLINE APPLICATION:
https://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants

TO APPLY FOR A USER NAME AND PASSWORD:
http://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants/ldgext/litRegistration.do


27 October 2010

Webinar - Strategic Reality Check

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/458/index.html
Cost: Free

Times change and plans need to change with them. If your library has experienced a significant budget, staffing, or management upheaval, you should probably take a fresh look at your strategy.

We’re all familiar with planning processes that take months to develop and require endless meetings. There is another path.

The Strategic Reality Check is a process developed by consultants Joan Frye Williams and George Needham to assist libraries in moving quickly to revise and update their strategic plans.

This focused, pragmatic process consists of four parts:

• Community check-in: What is important to your community? How does the community see itself and its future?
• Service assessment: Where are you now? What are you telling yourself and what are you telling the world? Does the service you provide match the goals set out in your public statements?
• Guiding principles: What makes your library tick? What motivates you? What criteria should inform day-to-day decision making about policies and services?
• Recommendations: Where do you go from here? What course corrections will enable your library to align itself more effectively with your community? How will you sustain this strategy into the future?

This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the Strategic Reality Check, suggest ways your library might tune up its plans, and serve as an introduction to the full day Infopeople workshops on this process that George and Joan will be leading in December. It will be of interest to directors and other top administrators in all types of libraries. The webinar is also suitable for branch managers and library board members.

Webianrs are free of charge and no preregistration is required. Just visit the link above beginning at 2:30 PM on October 28 to join in.

Webinar - Rural Library Funding Opportunities

The ALA Washington Office will host a webinar to assist rural libraries with pursuing funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at 2 p.m. EST October 29.

Cheryl Cook, the Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture; Carla Anderson, the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of e-Copernicus, a Washington consulting firm expert in broadband; and Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer for the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Office of Library Service, will participate.

The presenters will discuss the three USDA programs with funds available for rural libraries – the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, the Communities Facility program and the Community Connect program.

Click here (https://ala.ilinc.com/perl/ilinc/lms/register.pl?activity_id=xyvbmfs&user_id) to register for the webinar.

22 October 2010

Workshop - Digitizing Historical Photographs

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time: 9:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Place: Schenectady County Public Library - Central Library
Cost: Free

The NYS Archives is offering this free workshop and since they have space available, they are opening it to the library community.

This workshop will:
* address what you can digitize and why you should do it
* present the scanning process and the creation of the metadata for the scanned item
* discuss how you can use digitized photographs
The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Register by calling 798-5717 or visit http://iarchives.nysed.gov/WorkShops/workshopsDetailServlet?id=1532&cat=0.

21 October 2010

Webinar - The New Medline Plus

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

MedlinePlus.gov has a completely new look and design, plus some worthwhile new content that will appeal to users. You will appreciate the quality and reliability of the site; your users will appreciate being able to easily find understandable health information that is just right for them.

This one-hour webinar will:

•showcase all of the content areas you need to know
•demonstrate useful search strategies
•provide tips on finding appropriate materials to meet the needs of your patrons, no matter their age or situation.

You'll really like the new ways you can access MedlinePlus – on cell phones or mobile devices and even on Twitter. We will throw in some surprises that everyone will love!

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

•fully understand the depth of content of the new MedlinePlus.gov website
•be able to identify quality, understandable health information that is easy to read
•confidently recommend unique resources and multilingual health information for special populations in the community
•be able to suggest new ways of accessing MedlinePlus content
This webinar will be of interest to all library reference staff who provide health information to the public.

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/366/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.

05 October 2010

Workshop - MockArena : Evaluating the Best Books of 2010 for Children and Teens

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenters: Mary Fellows, UHLS and Sue Rokos, MVLS
Cost: Free for MVLS and UHLS library staff ; all others $15

Boost your collection development knowledge and polish your reader’s advisory skills with this UHLS/MVLS workshop. You'll hear bookflashes for the best books of the year. Then we'll enter the arena for discussions and mock elections for the Caldecott, Newbery, Geisel, Sibert, and Printz Awards. Awards. We’re planning on examining six books in each category, with a possible exception being ten titles in Caldecott.

Here is a list of the first three titles in each category for you to begin checking out. Watch for List #2 November 1!

Mock Caldecott Nominations:
City Dog, Country Frog, by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

Mock Newbery Nominations:
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Mock Geisel Nominations:
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin
Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch by David Catrow
Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker: A Toons Book by Geoffrey Hayes

Mock Sibert Nominations:
Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery ; with photographs by Nic Bishop
Sir Charlie Chaplin by Sid Fleischman

Mock Printz Nominations:
As Easy As Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

Mark your calendars and register now using this online form! MVLS and UHLS libraries may register for free; all others $15.00. Contact Sue Rokos, srokos@mvls.info for more information.

30 September 2010

Teen Read Week

Join libraries around the world who will celebrate Teen Read Week 2010, October 17-23! Want some help enticing teens with new books that will enthrall them? Add these fresh new titles to your Teen Read Week displays!

Deborah Wiles's Countdown (2 copies)
Lucy Christopher's Stolen (3 copies)
Scholastic's Ultimate Guide to Football (2 copies)

I also have these advance reader's copies that would make fine Teen Read Week raffles or giveaways.

Erin Bow's Plain Kate (3 copies)
Blue Balliett's The Danger Box (3 copies)
Matthew Kirby's The Clockwork Three (3 copies)
Michelle Zink's Guardian of the Gate (2 copies)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Prince of Mist (1)
Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red (1)
Sydney Salter's Swoon at Your Own Risk (1)
Adam Rex's Fat Vampire (1)
N.H.Senzai's Shooting Kabul (1)
Janni Lee Simner's Thief Eyes (1)
Leah Cypess's Mistwood (1)
Karen Healey's Guardian of the Dead (1)

And while not teen I have these children's advance reader's copies to give away:

Cynthia Lord's Touch Blue (2 copies
Sherri Winston's President of the Whole Fifth Grade (1)
Allen Williams' The Witches' Kitchen (1)

Just email Sue (srokos@mvls.info) and I'll divide them up and send them out to you!

Workshop - 2011-2012 Conservation/Preservation Grant Application Workshop

Date: Friday, October 29, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Capital District Library Council
Cost: Free

Grant Application Workshops will be conducted by the New York State Education Department, New York State Library, Division of Library Development, Conservation/ Preservation Discretionary Grant Program to assist prospective applicants in planning their 2011-2012 applications.

The Discretionary Grant Program provides modest financial support for projects that contribute to the preservation of significant research materials in libraries, archives, historical societies and other agencies within the State of New York, whether by conducting surveys, improving collection storage environments, reformatting or treating collections or other preservation activities described in the guidelines.

The workshop will include a review of the general guidelines and a step-by-step review of the instructions for preparing the application. Considerable time will be allowed for questions, and representative examples of successful (and unsuccessful) applications from previous years will be discussed.

Register for this workshop online at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp/workshop.htm

22 September 2010

Workshop - Book Repair

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Rotterdam Branch Library
Presenter: Kary Barth, Regional Sales Manager, Kapco Library Products

This workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but we will be addressing specific, common repairs: re-inserting loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages. The workshop will be hands-on, and is appropriate for library staff or volunteers that want to extend the life of their collections.

Each participant is asked to bring:
- one or two paperback books, preferably new or new-like, to demonstrate covering techniques ;
- a hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers ;
- a stapled book or magazine ;
- one hardbound book that needs repair ;
- a “naked” hardbound book; i.e., a hardbound book that does NOT have a book jacket cover ;
- a pair of scissors.

Each participant will be provided with a free sample packet of materials.

Attendance is limited to 25 people. Please register using this online form (complete one form per attendee.)

16 September 2010

Grant Opportunity - Walgreens Corporate Contribution Program

The Walgreens Corporate Contribution Program supports nonprofit organizations in local Walgreens communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides grants to organizations that focus on: access to health and wellness in their communities, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief. Health is the company's major area of focus, with priority given to programs that address the health needs of community residents. The company also accepts sponsorship or promotional marketing requests. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the company’s website for application procedure information.

13 September 2010

Grant Opportunity - Great Stories CLUB Grants

The ALA Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the theme and book titles for the fourth round of Great Stories CLUB grants. Electronic applications for the reading and discussion series will be accepted Sept. 13 through Nov. 19 at www.ala.org/greatstories. Funding was provided for this program by Oprah's Angel Network.

The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations through books that are relevant to their lives. All types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a Great Stories Club grant. Potential organizations for Great Stories CLUB partnership include juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth and other agencies. Complete details of the program as well as the book titles selected for this year's theme can be found at www.ala.org/greatstories.

12 September 2010

Grant Opportunity - Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award

Applications for the 2011 Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award are now available! Through this opportunity, NCFL and Better World Books will reward and enhance existing family programming and expand literacy-building practices of families in library settings. The three $10,000 grants awarded each year will connect more families to their local libraries and expand their literacy efforts in new and innovative ways.

The deadline to apply is midnight EST on November 12, 2010. One winner will be chosen from each of the three following categories: local Friends of the Library programs, public/academic libraries and urban libraries. The winners also will receive scholarships to NCFL’s 2011 National Conference on Family Literacy which will take place April 3-5, 2011 in Louisville, KY.

Click here to apply now!

08 September 2010

NOVELny Training

The New York State Library is pleased to announce online training sessions ("webinars") relating to the database titles recently added to the NOVELny statewide database program. These sessions will be conducted by a trainer from Cengage-Gale. They are offered at no charge to all types of libraries and will last approximately one hour.

The following sessions have been scheduled:

"An Introduction to Searching on Cengage-Gale," with emphasis on the Academic OneFile, General OneFile, and Health Reference Center Academic databases:

Friday, August 20, 11:00 am ET.
Monday, September 20, 12:00 noon ET.
Monday, September 20, 4:00 pm ET.

Instructions for participating in any of these webinars is available at: http://novelnewyork.org/galeinstruct.htm. No pre-registration is required.

07 September 2010

Webinar - Using Technology to Move Your Small/Rural Library Forward

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Feel overwhelmed with new technology? Not sure how your small or rural library can take advantage of new and not-so-new technology? Don’t feel you have time to keep up with keeping up? Then this webinar is for you. Presenters will discuss best practices for using technology to keep your library connected and up to date. They will also share some of the latest and greatest sites and technology best suited for a small or rural library. You’ll also receive some expert guidance to better evaluate and assess these tools for your library system and your customers, with a focus on small and rural library environments.

Registration is required. Sign up online here.

01 September 2010

Webinar - The Rural Library Trustee : Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

How do library trustees get trained? How are director and trustee roles defined to ensure a healthy library organization? How are trustee relationships cultivated both in and outside the library circle? Join us on September 14, 2 pm Eastern, for a webinar exploring these and other questions related to library trustees that will provide you with practical ideas and tactical strategies to support and advocate for your library organization as a trustee, or library director in a small or rural community.

Registration is required. Sign up online at this link.

31 August 2010

Webinar - Love and Magic : Trends in Romance Fiction

Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/771534386
Cost: Free

Romance fiction is all about love and magic, from a bewitching first kiss to the paranormal realm of vampires, werewolves, and lovers from other worlds. Discover the full spectrum of paranormal romance books and audiobooks, from classics to upcoming titles, from chills to laughs, in lively, cutting-edge presentations aimed at collection development and readers’ advisory.

Preregistration is required. Sign up at the link above; even if you cannot attend the live presentation, you should still register for the webinar in order to be notified when an archive is available for viewing.

30 August 2010

The 39 Clues Live Webcast

For the first time ever, all seven of The 39 Clues authors unite to answer kids' most pressing questions in a LIVE webcast event! Tune in as the New York Times bestselling group of author-agents inspire readers with behind-the-scenes information on the Cahills, provide insight into their favorite parts of the Clue hunt, and even reveal explosive new information. Visit www.the39clues.com/accessgranted for more information and to view the live webcast at 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, August 31st. The webcast is free to all, and will be available as a replay immediately following the event.

29 August 2010

I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations are now open for the 2010 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations run through September 20 and are being accepted online at http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.cfm

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. Visit the website above for details.

27 August 2010

Voting Now Open for Teens' Top Ten

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens to get out the vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual poll at www.ala.org/teenstopten. Voting is open now through Sept. 17.

The 26 nominees for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten are available at www.ala.org/teenstopten, along with a toolkit for librarians to promote the Teens’ Top Ten to the young adults visiting their libraries.

Teens’ Top Ten allows teens to vote for their favorite books each year—it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens. The 2010 nominations were chosen by 15 teen book groups from across the United States.

The final 2010 Teens’ Top Ten list will be announced in a webcast during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23, 2010.

26 August 2010

Grant Opportunity - Make a Change Closer to Home

Pepsi Beverages Company and Price Chopper Supermarkets are teaming up to help consumers “Make a Change Closer to Home." The companies are donating a total of $30,000 to be awarded to local organizations who want to make a difference in their communities.

Beginning Aug. 26, residents of participating states in which Price Chopper has stores may submit an idea as to how they would spend $2,000 to improve their neighborhoods. Applicants, who meet the eligibility requirements, can submit their ideas at www.pricechopper.refresheverything.com through September 28.

The first 300 ideas received will be reviewed by Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation. The top 15 ideas will be awarded a $2,000 grant to bring their ideas to life. Grant winners will be announced October 26 on the www.pricechopper.refresheverything.com website. Applicants and customers are encouraged to spread the word and submit an idea to make a difference in their communities.

Grant Opportunity - Dollar General Literacy Foundation Waiting List Reduction Grants

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Waiting List Reduction Grants provide funding to adult literacy organizations to address student waiting list reduction efforts. Nonprofit organizations must provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance in the areas of Adult basic education, General educational development (GED ) diploma preparation, or English as a second language.

Click here to apply for the 2010 Dollar General Literacy Foundation Waiting List Reduction Grant. Deadline to apply: September 30, 2010. Grant Announcement: December 14, 2010. Maximum grant amount: $10,000

22 August 2010

Playaway Marketing Materials

If your library collection includes Playaways, check out the new Circulation Station website, just launched by Findaway World, the makers of Playaways. The website is a one-stop shop for Playaway marketing materials, from bookmarks and shelf tape (just pick what you want have have them shipped FREE to your library), to press release templates and brochures that can be customized with your library's individual message.

Findaway World is also offering libraries a chance to win $10,000. Order some of those free promotional materials, take a picture of them being used in your library, and send it in by September 30. All the details are on the website above.

18 August 2010

Grant Opportunity - NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.

Both planning and implementation grants will be awarded. The maximum award for planning grants is $40,000, for up to two years. Grants can be made for up to five years for implementation projects, with a maximum award of $400,000. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of NEH funds.
Applications for this program must be submitted via Grants.gov. Before using Grants.gov for the first time, each organization must register with the website to create an institutional profile. Once registered, your organization can then apply for any government grant on the Grants.gov website. If your organization has already registered and you have verified that your registration is still valid, you may skip this step. If not, please see the Grants.gov checklist to guide you through the registration process. We strongly recommend that you complete or verify your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline, as it takes time for your registration to be processed. If you have problems registering with Grants.gov, call the Grants.gov help desk at 1-800-518-4726.

Draft Proposals (optional): Program staff recommends that draft proposals be submitted at least six weeks before the deadline. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date. Final applications must be received by Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time), Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

17 August 2010

Webinar - Fantastic Fall Fiction for Youth

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/530880610
Cost: Free!

Temperatures will soon be starting to drop, but fall reading is hot! Autumn ushers in some of the most exciting youth fiction titles of the publishing year, and this free Booklist webinar will give you a head start on books to watch for from our sponsors, Egmont USA, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Albert Whitman and Company. Middle-school librarian Cindy Dobrez will offer tips on using fiction in library programs and getting kids hooked on reading. Join us for an hour that will get you ready for a new season of reading!

This webinar will be archived and e-mailed to all registrants. If you cannot attend the live presentation, you should still register for the webinar in order to be notified when the archive is available for viewing.

12 August 2010

Job Opening - Director, Community Library

The Community Library in Cobleskill, NY seeks a director due to an upcoming retirement. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2010. The population served by The Community Library is approximately 13,500 with a circulation of 46,300 and a holding of 31,300 items. The staff includes the director and 3 FTE with a budget of $247,350. The library is a part of the Mohawk Valley Library System in upstate NY.

The library director is responsible for the operational management and supervision of all areas and aspects of the Library and reports to the Board of Trustees. The salary range is $38,500-$48,500 commensurate with experience. The benefit package includes NYS retirement system membership. The applicant must have a Master’s Degree in Library Science from a school accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the NYS Education Department as well as NYS Public Library Certification, demonstrate the ability to work with the automated system, and possess a background in existing and emerging technology. He/She will also be required to pass a NYS civil service examination for Library Director.

Interested applicants, please submit a letter of interest which includes your primary area of expertise and the specific contributions you would make, as well as a detailed resume and three professional references. The deadline for applications is September 3, 2010. Send to: Personnel Committee, The Community Library, PO Box 219, Cobleskill, NY 12043. No phone inquiries.

11 August 2010

Workshop - This Ain't Your Mama's Library! Creating a New Generation of Library Services for a New Generation of Library Users

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place: Guilderland Public Library
Cost: Free for MVLS and UHLS library staff ; all others $45
Presenter: Michele Gorman, Teen Services Coordinator, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC


Join us for the UHLS/MVLS collaborative September Workshop where we focus on serving tweens and teens in the library.

This Ain't Your Mama's Library! Creating a New Generation of Library Services for a New Generation of Library Users will:
- Explore the connections between youth development and library services
- Find out the hottest trends in guerilla marketing (including social media) to better reach teens in your community
- Learn how to how build collections and develop programs to serve diverse adolescent populations (at-risk, homeless, GLBT, urban teens, and non- and reluctant readers)

The registration form is available here. Registration deadline in September 10.

09 August 2010

Rural Libraries Roundtable Library Photo Contest

The Rural Libraries Round Table of the New York Library Association invites you to participate in our 'The Library: YOUR story starts here' photo contest to coincide with the theme of this year's NYLA conference!

At this year's conference from November 2nd-6th in Saratoga Springs, the RLRT will display photo submissions at our trade show booth. Conference attendees will vote for the photo that best tells the story of a small or rural library. The photo could be a great captured moment at a program, a unique feature of your building, a happy patron, a person learning to read, etc. The more creativity and originality, the better! The winner of the photo contest will receive a beautifully framed, quality version of their submitted photo as well as prizes from library vendors.

Submit photos for the contest (.jpg files please, max. size 2MB) to Amy Degnan at adegnan@ncls.org by October 8, 2010. Feel free to contact Amy with any questions about the contest.

04 August 2010

Grant Opportunity - New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials

The Conservation Preservation Discretionary online grant application for 2010-2011 is now available at https://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants. The program has moved to an online application process. In order to have access to this online grants system, institutions must first register for a user name and password. To do this go to our web site and click on the link to the Online Grant System Account Registration Form to register to receive a user name and password.

The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials provides $500,000 each year for preserving materials in the collections of libraries, archives, historical societies and similar agencies. The grant awards for 2010-2011 will be limited to a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $30,000. The 2010-2011 application due date is 5:00 p.m. August 27, 2010. Complete information about the grant progam can be found at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp/index.html.
(Grant Application workshops to aid prospective applicants in planning their 2011-2012 grant applications will be held this fall. Locally, a workshop will be held at the Capital District Library Council on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. You may register for this free workshop at any time at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp/workshop.htm)

NYLA-SirsiSynix Intellectual Freedom Award

The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is seeking nominations for the NYLA - SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award. The Award recognizes an individual, group of individuals or organization engaged in activities which have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom in the State of New York. The deadline for submitting nominations is August 31, 2010. The nomination criteria and a list of past recipients of the award can be found on the NYLA - SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award web page at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1131

29 July 2010

Grant Opportunity - Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is pleased to announce our 2011 National Grant competition. The Foundation's grant-making program seeks to develop or expand projects designed to support the development of literacy skills for adult primary care givers and their children. A total of approximately $650,000 will be awarded.

In order to be considered eligible for a grant, an organization must meet the following criteria:
· The organization must have current nonprofit or public status and have been in existence for two or more years as of the date of the application
· The organization must have maintained fiscal accountability
· The organization must operate an instructional literacy program that has been in existence for at least 2 years and includes one or more of the following components: literacy for adults; parent education; pre-literacy or literacy instruction for children pre-k to grade 3; intergenerational literacy activities (Parent and Child Together Time [(PACT]).

Applications must be received by September 20, 2010. See the Foundation's website for complete details.

28 July 2010

National Gaming Day 2010

Libraries can now register for National Gaming Day 2010, which will take place on Saturday, November 13! This year, North Star Games is donating a free copy of its game Wits & Wagers Family to the first 1,000 U.S. libraries that register, so hurry and fill out the form now! This new version removes the betting chips and includes questions that can be used in any library or school.

Registering will also get your location on the national map we'll be promoting to both the public and the press. Does your library plan to participate in the national Rock Band and/or Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournaments? Be sure to register so we can work with you ahead of time to get everything in place and tested.

Webinar - Job Information in Libraries and the Workforce System

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Place: Online at http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=1661 Registration is required
Cost: Free!

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) invests in resources and services to support national and local workforce development needs. ETA staff will join us for a 90-minute webinar to provide an overview of the public workforce system and present the electronic tools most helpful to library staff who assist unemployed workers. Attendees will learn how to direct patrons to the right tools for their needs and to find local Workforce System partners. The presentation will also include an online tour of the O*NET System, CareerOneStop.org and America's Service Locator and including Occupational Crosswalks, job search/resume preparation and State Job Banks and Labor Market Information. Pre-registration is required; sign up using the link above.

14 July 2010

Your Library By The Numbers

(from the Tame the Web blog)
Emily Lloyd writes:

"My coworker Marni came up with a great idea for one of our lobby bulletin boards: a display called “Eden Prairie Library by the Numbers.” Illustrated with photos taken in the branch, it includes stats like how many returns the library checks in every day (roughly 4000), how many storytimes we offer per week (8), how many items were checked out from our location last year (1,333,427), how many years the library has been part of the community (35), etc. The display was really popular with both patrons and staff–nice for patrons to see, in these strained economic times, exactly how much the library does in the community, and a good reminder to staff that we’re actually pretty amazing."

What a super way to visually show the value your library provides to your community. And pretty easy to put together, too! I'm sure most patrons have no idea just how many holds you fill or how many people use your public computers on a daily basis. Please share pictures if anyone does a similar display.

10 July 2010

Webinar - TechTrends from ALA 2010

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Time: 2:30 PM -4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free!

Join us for a look back at ALA Annual Conference from a library technology perspective. Our panel of experts will analyze and discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference.
Register for this free webinar at https://ala.ilinc.com/perl/ilinc/lms/register.pl.

06 July 2010

PLS Awards

Deadlines have been extended on the following awards. New deadline is July 16.

The Public Library Section of NYLA announces the following awards:

Best Practices Award
The Best Practices Award, given in even years, recognizes the use of web technologies to promote libraries and library services. The award includes $1,000 and a plaque for the library. Attendance at the 2010 NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs is a requirement of acceptance.

PLS 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 2010 awards will be given for building renovation projects (not new construction.) All projects must have been completed by December 31, 2009 for consideration in the 2010 award cycle.

PLS Conference Scholarship Awards
NYLA/PLS is pleased to offer two Conference Scholarship awards to encourage public librarians now in the field, or students in library school, to participate in NYLA or PLS activities. Each award maximum is $1000.00, which includes full conference registration, travel or other conference related expenses and membership in NYLA and PLS if the winner is not already a member. Additionally, the winner will be asked to help with staffing at the PLS booth at the conference. The winner(s) is expected to attend the annual conference including the awards ceremony.

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.

05 July 2010

Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award

The Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award, established in 2010, comes with a $1,200 prize and is given to a public library director who during the past two years developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library by:
- Demonstrating the value and importance of their public library to community leaders and local government officials.
- Enhancing the image of the public library through an innovative public relations program publicizing the resources and services in multiple media formats.
- Developing new programs and services to attract users and non-users.

Evidence of success would include the following:
-Increase in library usage through such measures as circulation figures, attendance statistics, library cardholders, etc.
-Increase in financial support in the regular budget and/or in gifts and contributions from the community.

Nomination Form and supporting documentation must be submitted to the NYLA Office by August 30th.

17 June 2010

Legos @ the Library

Looking to donate your old Legos for a good cause?!

The Mohawk Valley Library System is looking for donations of any unwanted Legos your family may have around the house to start Legos @ the Library building programs for kids of all ages in all public libraries in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.

We would like to begin hosting Lego building programs starting in August, but we are in dire need of Lego blocks. If you have some Lego blocks that your children have outgrown consider donating them to the library. We will need a large amount of Legos as we expect this to be a very popular program. The Legos do not have to be a complete set; we can use any size Legos and Duplos.

For more information, please contact Sue Rokos, 355-2010 at the Mohawk Valley Library System.

08 June 2010

YALSA's Great Ideas Contest

Do you have an idea to:
- make YALSA’s awards and booklists into household names?
- ensure young adult and school librarians have access to important research?
- help YALSA better advocate for quality library services for every teen in every library?
- develop continuing education or career services that librarians need?
- engage YALSA’s current membership and recruit new members?

Great ideas like yours will help YALSA achieve the goals laid out in its most recent strategic plan (A PDF version of the Strategic Plan is available at http://tinyurl.com/7llvm2) Your ideas could also win you $250.

All current YALSA members and official member groups, including committees, juries, taskforces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards are eligible to apply. Send your application (Word doc) to yalsa@ala.org as a single attachment no later than July 15, 2010.

07 June 2010

Webinar - Creating Inviting Low-Cost Teen Spaces

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/286/index.html
Cost: Free!

Creating special spaces in libraries to encourage teens to meet in a safe and stimulating environment is an exciting and challenging project. But have you asked yourself:
- Do I have space for this in my library?
- Where would I put it?
- How much will it cost?
- How do I feel about gaming?
- What's wrong with sitting in a chair at a table?
- What can I do to control noise?
- What would a teen space look like? How can I get them to participate in planning their space?

In this webinar, participants will:
- Evaluate current service for teens;
- Share ideas about programs for teens;
- Take a virtual tour of new teen spaces;
- Learn how to create an ambience that appeals to teens;
- Review seating, signage, acoustics, finish materials and
- Share tips that promote teen involvement;
- Discover the practicalities and pitfalls of creating spaces for teens.

This webinar will be of interest to public librarians, library planners, architects, teen advisory boards or anyone planning or updating teen spaces in their library.

No preregistration is needed. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/286/index.html beginning at 2:30 PM on June 16 and join in.

06 June 2010

Joseph F. Schubert 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 sponsored by 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:http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/award/index.html

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 July 30, 2010.

03 June 2010

NYLA Awards

June 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 - June 30, 2010.

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 - June 30, 2010.

Application materials for both awards can be found here.

27 May 2010

Webinar - Now Hear This! Audiobooks A to Z

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/580194507
Cost: Free!

In this informative hourlong webinar, Booklist Media editor Sue-Ellen Beauregard and school librarian, Booklist columnist, and Booklist Online audiobook blogger Mary Burkey will be joined by representatives from Books on Tape/Listening Library, BBC Audiobooks America, and HighBridge Audio for an exciting discussion of audiobooks from A to Z, including the latest titles featuring popular readers, how to integrate audiobooks into book club promotions and discussions, finding backlist and crossover titles that fit the bill for summer listening, and much, much more.

Thw webinar will be archived, so even if you can't watch on June 8, register now for access to the archive.

12 May 2010

Friends Group Survey

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) is conducting a survey to compile information about all types of Friends groups across the country to share the results back with groups like yours. In addition, we ask for feedback about the services and resources ALTAFF provides to our members and affiliates. Your feedback will help us develop future materials and resources to help your Friends group succeed.

The survey should be completed only one time per Friends group by the person with the most knowledge of your Friends group. This may be a member of the Friends board, a paid staff member (library or Friends group), or the library director. Click here to begin the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact ALTAFF Director of Marketing and Communications Beth Nawalinski at bnawalinski@ala.org or by phone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161. Results will be posted on the ALTAFF website at http://www.ala.org/altaff in the summer of 2010.

11 May 2010

Microsoft Word and Excel 2007 Training

Dates:
Thursday, June 10: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM at MVLS
Thursday, June 10: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM at MVLS
Thursday, September 2: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM at CAN
Thursday, September 2: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM at CAN


MVLS will be offering training on Microsoft Word and Excel 2007 as part of this year's LSTA grant. We will be offering 4 sessions, all with the same content. It is presumed that attendees will already have a basic understanding of the functions of Word and Excel. This training is designed to educate users on the new features and changes that are in the 2007 versions of the software - these are not introductory trainings. Sessions are appropriate for staff who use Word/Excel themselves, and for any staff who fields questions about features of these products from the public. Training will be provided by professional trainers from MicroKnowledge Computer Training and Consulting in Latham.

These will be hands-on sessions, with a maximum of 12 participants per session. At this time, we can accomodate a total of 2 people per library/branch. If you wish to send more than 2 people to these sessions, please complete a form for them and they will be placed on a waiting list. We will do our best to accomodate everyone.
Register online via the form at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDFJcE5KaVJDM2pnX3hhVVpBQ01Fa3c6MQ. Contact Sharon or Sue with questions.

This training is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

10 May 2010

Grant Opportunity - Best Buy Community Grants

The Best Buy Community Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations that are located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or distribution center. Grants averaging $3,000 to $5,000 will promote programs and services that provide opportunities for young teens in the areas of education, life skills, leadership skills, and relationship development. Special consideration will be given to programs that serve a diverse population, build skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13-18), show positive results against a demonstrated community need, and reach at-risk children in working families. The grant application process will open on June 1 and close on July 1, 2010. Visit the Best Buy website to review the program guidelines.

05 May 2010

Webinar - Organization 2.0

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/639816138
Presenters: Meredith Farkas and John Blyberg
Cost: Free!

How do organizations need to be structured to successfully implement 2.0 initiatives? Why do so many 2.0 initiatives fail? In this webinar, Farkas and Blyberg will consider what it takes for libraries to implement 2.0 technologies successfully and what common mistakes/pitfalls to avoid. Q&A after the presentations.

This is a free webinar, but preregistration is required at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/639816138.

28 April 2010

Webinar - Crime Fiction, Past & Present

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/393991482
Cost: Free!

Need help tracking down the best crime fiction titles for collection development or readers’ advisory? Join us for an informative hour-long webinar, moderated by Keir Graff, Booklist Online Senior Editor, on all things mystery, from little-known gems of the genre to today’s newest trends and titles. Mysteries—solved!
Register for this free webinar today at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/393991482.

26 April 2010

Grant Opportunity - Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation focuses resources on creating neighborhood excellence in the communities throughout the United States where the bank does business. While the priorities of specific company communities drive how funding is used, giving at the local level typically falls into the following four generic categories: Community Development/Neighborhood Preservation, Education and Youth Development, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the bank’s website to access the online application information.

22 April 2010

MVLS Loan Program

At the April 15, 2010 meeting of the Mohawk Valley Library System Board of Trustees, a loan program was approved to assist member libraries in upgrading staff computers.

We recommend that libraries financially plan to replace computers on a 3-4 year schedule; we understand that some libraries find this financially difficult and often have only one staff computer. This program will help libraries make this critical purchase.

The workstations (micron 365s) purchased when we migrated to Polaris are at the end of their lives. Older equipment is harder to support and eventually reaches the point where replacement parts and patches to address security issues become difficult or impossible to do. It is time to replace your old staff computers.

Our program permits a library to replace one staff workstation. MVLS will pay for the computer with the library repaying MVLS in monthly payments over the course of the next two years interest free. The library can formally request participation in the program via a signed letter from the director or board president. Equipment will be ordered through the Joint Automation project group order (done quarterly) unless there is a reason for placing the order more quickly. The Joint Automation Project negotiates competitive pricing for pcs through group ordering; staff sets up the equipment and loading essential software and virus and malware protection. Those safeguards protect the entire network.

The SALS board approved a similar loan plan for SALS libraries needing to replace a staff computer.

If you have questions, or would like to utilize this program, please contact Carol.

21 April 2010

Teen Read Week 2010

Teen Read Week 2010 will be celebrated Oct. 17-23, with a theme of Books with Beat @ your library. Registration is now open! Visit www.ala.org/teenread to sign up and find publicity tools, planning ideas, and be entered to win one of over 300 prizes.

For the first time, YALSA will offer Teen Read Week Mini Grants, which award 10 mini grants of $450 and $50 in Teen Read Week products to librarians to offer programs, services or events for Teen Read Week. Applications must be sent electonically by June 1, 2010. Get all the details here.

20 April 2010

Grant Opportunity - Prime Time Family Reading Time

Applications are currently available for PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME®, an award-winning reading, discussion and storytelling series offered by PRIME TIME FAMILY READING, Inc., an affiliate of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Based on illustrated children's books, PRIME TIME —now in its 19th year—is designed to help low-income, low-literate families bond around the act of reading and talking about books. It models and encourages family reading and discussion of humanities topics and aids parents and children in selecting books and becoming active public library users.

Statewide organizations, including state libraries, state humanities councils, centers for the book and library associations, as well as library systems outside Louisiana, are invited to apply. Proposals in response to this opportunity will be accepted through an online process. Links to the proposal guidelines and online application site are accessible from www.leh.org/html/primetime_neh_expansion.html. The receipt deadline for applications is Friday, May 28, 2010.

19 April 2010

Daniel W. Casey Advocacy Award

The Empire Friends Roundtable of NYLA is soliciting applicants for their annual Daniel W. Casey Advocacy Award presented annually at the NYLA conference. The award honors a volunteer group or member of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations. Previous winners have included Harold Wusterbarth from Schenectady, as well as local friends groups. Why not yours? Deadline for nominations is July 23, 2010. The nomination form is available at: www.nyla.org/roundtables.

15 April 2010

Webinar - Gadgets : Personal Electronics for Your Library

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Online
Presenter: Jason Griffey
Cost: Free!

Patrons are checking personal electronics out, asking for content to load on them, and seeking librarians' technical advice. In this webinar, Griffey will examine current popular gadgets, talk about upcoming gadgets, and answer a few common questions about the best way to deal with gadgets both personally and at the library.

The webinar is free, however pre-registration is required. Sign up today at this link.

14 April 2010

NYSLAA Annual Conference

Date: June 9-11, 2010
Place: Corning, NY
Cost: $110-$145


You do not need to be a NYSLAA member to attend the conference. To learn more about the conference, visit the NYSLAA website at http://nyslaa.org/conference.html Registrations accepted through May 5th!

12 April 2010

Grant Opportunity - Adult Book Discussion Groups

Reading Between the Lines (RBTL) is the NY Council for the Humanities' book discussion program for adults who want to explore humanities topics in depth. Each series involves four conversations centered on thematically linked books and is facilitated by a humanities scholar. Reading Between the Lines is hosted by museums, historical societies, libraries and community centers statewide. Apply by June 11, 2010 for programs to be held in Fall 2010. If your library has already hosted a Reading Between the Lines series, you are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $1000 to support future reading and discussion group activities. The deadline for the $1000 grant program is June 18. More about Reading Between the Lines...

08 April 2010

2010-2011 NYS Public Library Construction Grant Workshops

All events are free and registration is open to all public library and system staff and Board members, as well as other interested parties in New York State. The major topic at each workshop will be the 2010-2011 New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program application process. There is limited seating at each of the workshops, so register early to assure a seat.

The closest workshops to our service area are:

Thursday, April 22, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie

Friday, April 30, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Mid-York Library System, Utica

Wednesday, May 5, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls

Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Online webinar

Visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/workshop.htm for directions and registration contacts for each site.

07 April 2010

Workshop - Financial Literacy training : How to Provide Basic Information and Resources on Personal Finance to the Public

Date: Monday, April 19, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Albany Public Library, Main Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany
Presenter: Melinda Burns, Director of Adult Education, Wildwood Programs
Cost: Free

This seminar, in a train-the-trainer format, will provide tools for you to help patrons and consumers with basic information on

· Budgeting
· Banking
· Saving
· Using credit wisely
· Preventing identity theft

Learn how to help people be smart about their money and how to handle different economic situations and levels of understanding. The seminar is based on the Money Menu, developed by Wildwood Programs and United Way of the Capital Region’s CA$H Coalition.

Please RSVP by April 12th with your name, organization, contact information, and number of people attending, to Meg Maurer at Albany Public Library, maurerm@uhls.lib.ny.us , or 427-4328.

Workshop - ILL Field Day

Date: Monday, May 3, 2010
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:45 PM
Place: WSWHE BOCES, Gick Road Conference Center
Cost: $20 (includes lunch) ; $17, CDLC personal members

See http://cdlc.org/pdfs/10ILLFieldDayAgendaReg.pdf for a registration form and detailed agenda for ILL Field Day 2010. Registrations must be received by April 28.

06 April 2010

Grant Opportunity - Greater Hudson Statewide Conservation Treatment Grant Program

The Conservation Treatment Grant Program, administered by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network in association with the Museum Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. The work must be performed by, or under direct supervision of, a professional conservator.

Individual grant awards will not exceed $7,500. A total of approximately $120,000 is available in 2010. Matching funds are not required.

Eligible activites include: Conservation treatment of works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints, or photographs), paintings, textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic and decorative objects.

For complete information and guidelines, visit http://www.greaterhudson.org or E-mail: info@greaterhudson.org. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2010.