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.