25 February 2010

2010 NYLA Poster Sessions & NYLA Diversity Fair

The New York Library Association is now accepting submissions for the 2010 NYLA Poster Sessions & NYLA Diversity Fair to take place at this year’s Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. Complete details are located on the web at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1180. The deadline for submitting for 2010 is midnight on Friday, April 30, 2010.

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

WHAT IS THE DIVERSITY FAIR? The NYLA Diversity Fair celebrates examples of diversity in the libraries of New York State and showcases possibilities for libraries who are in search of "diversity in action" ideas. Examples can include, but are not limited to, multilingual and multicultural programs, activities and services, creating and sustaining literacy (new and non-readers and other literacy issues), in-depth collection development projects, outreach services, service to people with disabilities, mobile library services, technology, and innovative services to other underserved or underrepresented communities.

These proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Conference Program Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by June 1, 2010. For any questions regarding the poster sessions or Diversity Fair, please contact: Johanna Geiger, Deputy Director (events@nyla.org)

24 February 2010

Delivery and Snow

A reminder that there will not be delivery to any MVLS library on days when Schalmont Schools are closed. We will notify libraries of changes to the delivery schedule on days when weather conditions are poor but Schalmont is open.

Grant Opportunity - Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges, improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $6000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, workshops and training, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Grants cover consultant fees, workshop registration fees, related travel and per diem expenses, and the costs of purchasing and shipping preservation supplies and equipment.

All applications to the NEH must be submitted through Grants.gov. See the application guidelines for details.

The 2010 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 18, 2010.

Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 and preservation@neh.gov.

18 February 2010

YSS Spring Conference

Date: Friday, April 9, 2010
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Holiday Inn, Wolf Road, Albany
Cost: $100 NYLA members and students, $135 nonmembers (before March 2) ; $110 NYLA members and students, $145 nonmembers (after March 2)

The Youth Services Section of NYLA is happy to announce the 2010 Spring Conference, Back to Basics. Visit the link for complete conference information and registration forms.

17 February 2010

Webcast - What's Up in YA Books 2010

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online at www.slj.com/SLJTeenSpringBooksPart2
Cost: Free!

There’s never too much of a good thing when it comes to hearing about the hottest new and forthcoming young adult titles! Our sponsoring publishers promise to deliver the best of the best of their Spring and Summer lists so you can get the jump on ordering what your teen readers will be demanding. You might even want to invite your teen readers to attend the webcast – a perfect way to kick off your next Teen Advisory Group meeting! Get ready to be informed and entertained by our presenters as they share their love of adult literature and give you the scoop on what’s new and in the pipeline for your teen readers!
Register for this webcast at www.slj.com/SLJTeenSpringBooksPart2 ; even if you're not available to view it on February 25. Signing up now will give you access to the archived version of the event.

11 February 2010

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

Applications for the new 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.

One $10,000 grant will be awarded in each of these categories:
· local Friends of the Library programs
· public/academic libraries
· urban libraries

The winners will also receive scholarships to NCFL's 2010 National Conference on Family Literacy that will take place April 11-13 in San Antonio, Texas.

The deadline to apply is March 3, 2010. To learn more about the award and to apply, visit www.famlit.org/BWB-library-award.

10 February 2010

Grant Opportunity - 2010 MVLS Community Connections Grants

MVLS is happy to offer 2010 Community Connections Grants to our member libraries. The purpose of the grant is to develop or enhance library services for people in the categories mentioned below in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties. It also serves to initiate or strengthen cooperation between member libraries and community agencies.

Libraries may request up to $1000. This competitive grant may be used to provide equipment, materials, or programs for people comprising the following categories:
- older adults;
- people with visual, mental, or physical disabilities;
- geographically isolated people;
- educationally disadvantaged people;
- people who are unemployed and in need of job placement;
- those confined to an institution;
- members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special services.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 1. Please contact Lois Gordon with questions.

2010 MVLS Award Nominations

The Mohawk Valley Library System Board of Trustees is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 Trustees Award and the 2010 Library Recognition Award. Both are presented at the MVLS annual dinner in May and include a cash award.

Established in 1975, the Trustees Award honors individual contributions of time and effort promoting libraries and furthering the work of a library or the system. Eligible nominees are trustees of member libraries or the system or other volunteers who have given outstanding services in developing library services in the region. Paid staff is not eligible. Nominations for the Trustees Award are accepted from trustees, system or library staff. The Award includes a framed certificate and citation, and $200 presented to the recipient's affiliated library or system to be used for the purchase of library materials.

The Library Recognition Award honors a member library for its achievements in one or more of the following categories:
- A new or continuing program demonstrating: “Excellence in Service.”
- “Sustained Outreach and / or Programming” efforts to reach an underserved and/or new customer population.
- “Innovative Services, Methods or Approaches” to improve library services in their service area.

Nominations may be made by trustees, library or system staff, or Friends of the Library members. The Award includes a framed certificate and citation and $500 to be used for library materials, programming, or to seed new services or programs.

Nominations for both awards are due on March 26, 2010. Nomination forms are available on the MVLS website and should be forwarded to the MVLS Awards Committee c/o Mohawk Valley Library System, 858 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, NY 12306.

09 February 2010

Webinar - Off the Shelf: Looking Beyond Libraries for Innovation and Inspiration

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/334/index.html
Cost: Free!
Presenter: Marshall Shore

This webinar will highlight places to look outside the library for creative points of view that can easily be adapted for libraries by using free resources to engage your community. Gain a fresh perspective on innovation and learn how other industries are dealing with it during tough times.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will be familiar with
- Non-library sources that provide insight to library issues
- use iTunes for library and/ or personal development
- At least two ways to engage the community in the library

This webinar will be of interest to librarians, library managers, and any member of the library community looking for cost-effective innovative ways to improve library services.

Visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/334/index.html beginning at 2:30 PM on February 16 to join the webinar. There is no need to pre-register.

08 February 2010

SnapShotNY - February 16, 2010

Mohawk Valley Library System is participating in SnapShotNY, a statewide effort to illustrate just how essential and busy libraries are. Using statistics, pictures, videos, and user comments, the New York Library Association will use this information to make our case to the state legislature about the value and need for libraries and against further cutbacks in aid.

We need your help!

On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, MVLS is asking all libraries and branches to keep statistics on:
· How many patrons visit your library
· How many people use your public computers
· How many reference questions are asked
· How many children participate in library programs (including school visits)
· How many adults participate in library programs
· Your total circulation for the day
· How many hits your website received
Please forward these statistics to MVLS by Monday, February 22, 2010 and we will send them to NYLA along with any digital photos you take on that day showing your library use.

Polaris statistics will provide the total circulation and, if your library is using Cassie or Cybrarian, the day’s total computer use can be easily pulled. The rest is simple statistics-keeping that can be used as a sample for your own advocacy efforts.

This information will be compiled and showcased on Library Lobby Day, Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in Albany.

MVLS is also sending posters to support the Libraries: Essential Campaign. The campaign is intended to mobilize library users to go to the www.protectnylibraries.org website and get involved in library advocacy. Please encourage your users, staff, friends, and yourself to sign the online petition at that address.

Grant Opportunity - Picturing America Programming Grants

The ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities are pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for public libraries that received the NEH’s Picturing America collection of American artwork. Grants of $2,000 will be distributed to 30 public libraries to support public programs that highlight the Picturing America collection. Applications will be accepted though March 31 at www.programminglibrarian.org/picturingamerica.

To be eligible, the proposed program or program series must feature humanities content and include use of the Picturing America collection. All programs must take place July 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011 and be open to public audiences. Some examples of eligible programs include: scholarly lectures, panel discussions, reading and discussion series, film viewing and discussion, poetry programs and exhibits. In June 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities will announce the 30 libraries selected to receive the programming grants. Libraries can find programming ideas and the online application at www.programminglibrarian.org/picturingamerica.

Picturing America, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided masterpieces of American art to more than 50,000 classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through the program, students and citizens gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art. For more information about Picturing America visit http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/.

07 February 2010

Webcast - SLJTeen Spring 2010 Book Buzz

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online at www.slj.com/SLJTeenSpring2010BookBuzz
Cost: Free!

Do you have teens clamoring for new books, more in a favorite series, or simply wanting something ‘good’ to read? There is a bumper crop of new titles on the way for Spring and Summer release, and our four sponsoring publishers can’t wait to tell you all about these exciting books. While some may deal with classic teen issues such as dating, school, drugs, family and sex, others are more for fun, or simply informative. Get a jump on what’s coming out for young adult readers by tuning into the SLJTeen Spring 2010 Teen Book Buzz!
Register for this webcast at www.slj.com/SLJTeenSpring2010BookBuzz; even if you're not available to view the webcast on February 11. Signing up now will give you access to the archived version after the event.

04 February 2010

Save the Date - Lobby Day is March 2

This year's Lobby Day at the State Capital in Albany will be on Tuesday, March 2. In light of recently proposed budget cuts, it is more important than ever that your library be represented there. MVLS will coordinate schedules with our legislators, and will share that schedule once it is completed.
This year we would like to hand our legislators "I love my library" coloring sheets - we have borrowed this idea and the sheets from the Mid-Hudson Library System, with their permission, who gave them to legislators last year with great success. The sheets can be printed from the MVLS website homepage. If you'd prefer we send you some, please let Sue know how many.

We'd like you to make them available to your younger patrons for coloring, either at a table with crayons/markers or a library program, or whatever works for you. Then, bring them with you on Lobby Day to hand to your legislator. Or, give them to your trustee to give on Lobby Day, or put in delivery for MVLS to take, by Friday, February 26.

Teen Tech Week 2010

Registration is now open for Teen Tech Week 2010, which will be celebrated March 7-13. Teen Tech Week 2010 celebrates the theme “Learn Create Share @ your library®,” which encourages teen creativity and positions the library as a physical and virtual place for safe exploration of the many types of technology available at libraries, including DVDs, music, gaming, video production, online homework help, social networking, teen workshops, audiobooks and more. Register today, and visit the Teen Tech Week 2010 web site for lots of ideas on celebrating TTW in your library.

03 February 2010

The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest

Teen fiction author Kay Cassidy created The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest to provide assistance to the many wonderful libraries facing staff reductions and budget cuts in today’s tight economy. This unique, trivia-based reading program offers teen and youth librarians year-round free programming and free prizes while also promoting a wide range of YA and MG/tween fiction. Participation is 100% free for everyone – authors, librarians, and readers alike. Kay funds the entire program as part of her Giving Back campaign.

More than 150 authors are currently participating, including many New York Times bestselling authors and winners or finalists of the Newbery Medal, Printz Award, National Book Award, and Edgar Award. Since launching in April, more than 200 libraries have already registered with more joining every week. The program has been promoted by librarians at library conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, featured on readergirlz and YPulse, and endorsed by several state library associations via a statewide announcement to all teen and youth librarians.

If you’re a librarian at a school or public library in the U.S. or Canada and are looking for ways to keep your kids and teens reading, The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest is here to help. Find out more details and register today!

01 February 2010

Webcast - Gadgets and Tools and Apps, Oh My!

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at www.libraryjournal.com/polaristechnologytips
Cost: Free!

It’s not easy to keep up with new technology. By the time you’ve learned about the latest free application or cool gadget, you discover there are dozens of new tools that could help your patrons and library staff. In this webcast, two tech savvy librarians, one public and one academic, will share some of their favorites. The lineup includes updates on search, communication, and graphics applications, as well as fun and useful gadgets for the library.
Register for this webcast at www.libraryjournal.com/polaristechnologytips; even if you can't view the webcast on February 9 signing up will give you access to the archived version of the event.