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