31 March 2010

Grant Opportunity - Family Book Discussion Groups

Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents is the New York Council for the Humanities’ exciting reading and discussion program for families. Parents and their 9-to-11 year old children come together at their local library to discuss important humanities themes through shared reading. This program is available to all New York state public libraries and has been successfully implemented at a wide range of sites throughout the state.

The six 90-minute Together sessions are co-facilitated by a librarian (often the children’s librarian) and a local humanities scholar. Each session promotes lively intergeneration discussion focused on themes of American identity related to picture books and novels. The Council provides copies of the books and a stipend to cover all costs of the Together program.

Applications to host a Together series for Fall 2010 are due May 15, 2010 and are available at www.nyhumanities.org under the Discussion tab. The website guides you through the application process with forms, common questions, and follow-up documents. Please note that funds may not be available to fulfill all requests.

30 March 2010

Grant Opportunity - The History Channel's "America : The Story of Us"

The HIstory Channel has joined with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to encourage libraries to strengthen their communities’ interest in American history by creating themed exhibits and public programming to coincide with the broadcast of the upcoming series America: The Story of Us. This epic, 12-hour television event covering 400 years of American history will premiere on The History Channel on April 25.

A contest among local libraries throughout the entire U.S. will award a total of $35,000 in prizes to winning libraries for outstanding cross-platform exhibitions tied to American history. Libraries will be encouraged to develop public programs and community conversations on a variety of topics in American history. The History Channel will also provide all participating libraries with copies of America: The Story of Us once it's available on DVD.

Full information on this program, including the registration form, can be found at http://www.history.com/images/media/pdf/History_LibraryContest_FIN.PDF.

PLS Spring Conference - Advanced Registration Rate Extended

Date: April 29-30, 2010
Place: La Tourelle Resort and Spa, Ithaca, NY
Cost: $95 NYLA members, $125 nonmembers (before April 22); $115 NYLA members, $150 nonmembers (after April 22)


The Public Library Section of NYLA is pleased to announce the registration has opened for the Grow Your Library, Grow Yourself Spring Conference. Follow the link for complete conference information and registration forms.

16 March 2010

Grant Opportunity - Target Store Grants

The Target Store Grants program awards funds to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Together we're fostering a love of reading and encouraging children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Grant applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30, 2010, for programs taking place between September 1, 2010 and August 1, 2011. Grants are $2,000. Applications must be submitted online.

Craig Koste and Ray Murray Awards

The New York State Library Assistants' Association is seeking nominations for two awards.

The Craig Koste Award recognizes those library assistants who have distinguished themselves by their service to the NYSLAA organization and to the library assistants of New York on either a state or local level. A stipend of $100 will be given to the library of the winner of this award for collection development.

The Ray Murray Award is given to librarians, library directors, trustees, board members, and others who have contributed to the recognition and/or professional growth of library assistants.

To nominate someone for either award, please compile a packet including: your nomination letter, supporting letters, and any other pertinent documentation. Please include the name of the nominee's supervisor for notification. The deadline for the submission is March 31st of each year. Awards are presented at the NYSLAA Annual Conference in June. Please see the NYSLAA web site for complete information.

15 March 2010

Step Up to the Plate @your library Registration now Open

Season five of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open for librarian registration. The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Step Up to the Plate program teams up two American classics – libraries and baseball – to promote information literacy and the library as an essential information resource.

Librarians can now start the spring training season by visiting the program’s Web site to register for free promotional tools to help promote the program locally. Step Up to the Plate launches to the public on Monday, April 5, to coincide with the start of the 2010 baseball season.

Tools include program logos in both English and Spanish, a downloadable poster and bookmarks and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas. The first 100 libraries to register will receive a Jackie Robinson “History Lives” poster from ALA Graphics.

Step Up to the Plate @ your library encourages people of all ages to use the print and electronic resources available at their library to answer a series of trivia questions designed for their age group (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over). One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two in October to the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala event in Cooperstown, N.Y., including a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives. The program will run through Sept. 4, 2010.

12 March 2010

Workshop - Digitizing Audio

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Place: CDLC
Presenter: Mark Wolfe, Curator of Digital Collections in the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives at the University at Albany
Cost: $17 for CDLC Digital Collections participants and CDLC Personal Members; $22 for staff of CDLC member libraries; and $35 for non-members.


Join us for an introductory workshop on reformatting your audio collections (cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, etc.) . Digitizing your analog audio recordings allows them to be made available on the web. There are many other benefits, such as extending the life of fragile recordings and making them more accessible.

Workshop participants will learn the basics of digitizing audio. This knowledge is essential whether you choose to digitize material in-house or use a vendor. Topics that will be covered in this workshop include the benefits of digitizing audio collections, planning a project, equipment needed to digitize, audio reformatting software, metadata specific to audio reformatting, and storage and preservation considerations. The workshop will also include a demonstration of digitizing a cassette tape.

Complete information and a registration form is available at http://www.cdlc.org/pdfs/DigitizingAudioWorkshop3-10.pdf. The deadline to register is March 19.

11 March 2010

Win a visit from Katherine Paterson

The newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2010-2011 is Katherine Paterson, author of such critically acclaimed and popular classics as “The Bridge to Terabithia” and “Jacob Have I Loved.”

Paterson’s theme for her ambassadorship is “Read for Your Life,” and she will be carrying that message with her during her travels as National Ambassador.

Tell us what kind of event you would develop if Katherine Paterson were to visit. Also, tell us how you would promote the event and to whom. Describe the event and its promotion in detail in no more than 250 words.

The Center for the Book, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader — the CBC foundation — sponsors of the National Ambassador program, will choose one winner. It could be you!
E-mail your entry no later than midnight EDT on March 15 in a Word document attachment to cbc.info@cbcbooks.org.

Webinar - The Power and Pitfalls of RFID

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at www.LibraryJournal.com/ITGRFID
Cost: Free

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology offers a host of benefits to libraries - improved customer service, ergonomics, labor savings, and a more enjoyable experience for both patrons and staff - but only when things are done right. In this webinar, a panel will discuss the power as well as the pitfalls of RFID and share their experiences of libraries that discovered the power only after feeling the pain of the pitfalls.

Preregistration is required; register at thelink above. If you are unable to attend the webinar on March 16, registering now will give you on-demand access to the archived event for 12 months.

10 March 2010

Webinar - The Scoop on Series Nonfiction : What's New in 2010

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/560524147
Cost: Free

Following up on our very successful fall 2009 webinar on series nonfiction, Booklist's expert on the topic, Books for Youth associate editor Daniel Kraus, and representatives from select series publishers discuss what’s new for 2010 in this growing area of youth publishing.
Preregistration for this webinar is required. Register through the link above.

Webiner - Getting Grounded : Legal Issues Facing Libraries Offline in 2010

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/347/index.html
Cost: Free

Legal issues on a variety of situations facing libraries on the ground, from privacy to censorship to meeting rooms, are constantly changing.

Those attending the webinar will:
- Learn new case law critical to updating your meeting room policies
- Get an update on PATRIOT Act and how it affects your library
- Get items to consider when updating your privacy policy
- Learn about the latest challenges to library materials
Preregistration is not required, simply visit the link above beginning at 2:30 PM on March 11 to join the webinar. This webinar will be archived and viewable after the initial presentation.