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.

Webcast - Nonfiction Spring 2010 Book Buzz

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at www.slj.com/SLJNonfictionSpring2010
Cost: Free!

There’s a lot of competition to get and keep the attention of young readers. When it comes to books, fiction is often thought to outshine nonfiction, though we know that's not necessarily true. The key is to find nonfiction books that dazzle, amaze, and have kids saying, "Wow! I didn't know that. I want to know more!" In answering their homework questions or simply addressing curiosity on a subject, the one thing kids don't want is a long, boring, drawn-out explanation, whether it's from you or a nonfiction book. And you definitely to provide them with reliable information that will support their research needs. Enthusiasm, fast facts, and cool, interesting information – that’s what our publishers want to provide with the titles featured in the SLJ Nonfiction Spring 2010 Book Buzz!
Register for this webcast at www.slj.com/SLJNonfictionSpring2010. Can't join in on April 13? Register now and you will get an email reminder when the webcast is archived and available for on-demand viewing at your convenience.

05 April 2010

New in the Professional Collection

Going Green : Creating an Environmentally Friendly Library [DVD]

NYLA Library Patron Survey

NYLA has asked that as many libraries as possible participate in a survey about library use. As you know, the Gates Foundation/IMLS report on national library usage was recently released. NYLA would like to get state and local statistics to coincide with the national data that we can then use in our advocacy efforts with the State Legislature.

NYLA is asking libraries to post and icon and a link to their survey on your public computer stations so your patrons can fill out the survey. Carol sent instructions to all MVLS library directors on Thursday. If you have lost the email, please let us know and we will resend.

01 April 2010

Advocacy Needed

As you know, the Governor proposed a $2.4 million cut in Library Aid in his 2010-11 Executive Budget. It would be the 5th cut in less than two years and would bring Library Aid down to $84.5 million and below 1998 levels.

Last week, the Assembly and Senate passed their Budget Proposals/Resolutions. The Senate proposal called for the full restoration of the $2.4 million cut and the Assembly proposal included a 40% or $960,000 restoration. The Legislature is on Passover/Easter Break until April 7th, but legislative staff are working to resolve the differences between the Assembly’s and Senate’s proposals to address the $9 billion state budget deficit.

So between now and when the Legislature returns, we need to fill their email boxes and fax machines with as many messages as possible. So please visit www.protectnylibraries.org and click on the Vote for Libraries button to send message.

New in the Professional Collection

Book by Book : The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs
Cindy Hudson