30 November 2010

Grant Opportunity - Stewarts Holiday Match

Stewart's Shops matches individual donations made at their stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and distributes funds to local nonprofit agencies. Organizations that benefit children are eligible to apply for funds. An application can be downloaded at the Stewart's Shops web site. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2011.

23 November 2010

Webinar - Re-Energizing Your PreSchool Storytime : New Ideas for Busy Children's Staff

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

It's Monday morning, AGAIN! Time to get your storytime ready for the week. Ho Hum. You could always recycle a previous storytime or... you can jazz up your repertoire with new fingerplays, flannels, puppets and book suggestions.

Try something new!
• Learn how to use Readers Theater and bring your story alive with the help of your audience. A dramatic read aloud of a story is great for children's communication skills, collaboration skills and learning to use expression.

Make better connections with storytime parents!
• Set up a "Stay and Play" after your storytime. Learn how to plan developmentally appropriate activities and share early literacy information with your participants.

Save time!
• We sure don't have enough. Let this webinar help you refresh your love of storytime and provide you with new material. You won't have to spend time planning, just get out there and try out these fresh new ideas!

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will learn about:
• New examples of traditional storytime elements; including puppets, fingerplays, books, flannels and music
• Readers theater; bring your stories to life with the help of your audience
• "Parent Patter" – a technique your storytime parents will appreciate
• "Stay and Play" – an innovative approach on how to extend your storytime fun

This webinar will be of interest to storytime presenters and others engaging in preparing and presenting programs for children.

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/452/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.

Online Conference - Serving the 21st Century Patron

Date: Wed & Thurs, December 1-2, 2010
Time: 12 PM - 5:00 PM both days - join only the sessions you want
Place: Online
Cost: Free

WebJunction's second online conference is coming December 1 & 2, 2010. Topics will focus on the changing needs, approaches, challenges and opportunities related to customer service in your 21st Century library. Browse the conference program, consider attending the conference with others in your library or region as an online conference cohort, and register now for this FREE 2-day event!

Preregistration is required for this event ; click here to sign up.

21 November 2010

Webinar - Top Tech Trends for the Non-Technical

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

When it comes to technology, the gap between "I can't believe the library has that!" and "I can't believe the library doesn't have that!" is getting shorter and shorter. Even if you're not a techie at heart, you probably agree that staying abreast of new tech tools and techniques is an important part of providing relevant library service. But isn't there some easy way to keep up with all the changes without bogging down in impenetrable details or permanently ruining what's left of your work/life balance?

The answer, of course, is yes! Just spend an hour with Joan Frye Williams, Infopeople's own trend spotter and tech explainer extraordinaire. Joan will bring you up to speed on what's hot, what's not, what you can just ignore, and what you need to know to stay in the mainstream. She'll describe the technologies that are most likely to change the way you work, and how you can prepare for those changes. She'll also point you towards the best technology investments for people with limited time and dollars.

Joan promises to deliver a technology update that is both painless and practical. Don't miss it!

This one-hour webinar will be of interest to staff in all types of libraries

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/434/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.

17 November 2010

Webinar - Young Adults Deserve the Best : Using Competencies to Serve Teens in Your Library

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

The current generation of teens is the most ethnically diverse and technologically plugged-in ever. Is your library ready to serve them?

YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth play a key role in everyday service to young adult patrons. Join Sarah Flowers, YALSA President-elect and author of Young Adults Deserve the Best: Putting YALSA's Competencies into Action, to discuss practical ways to promote and apply the competencies to ensure quality library service to the teens in your community.

Preregistration is required for this event ; click here to sign up.

11 November 2010

Webinar - Libraries Build Community

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Some view the public library as a central purchasing and distribution center of books, movies, and music. Today, that content is increasingly digitized and consumed on gadgets carried in our homes, backpacks, purses and pockets. Distribution remains germane and yet, libraries are well positioned to extend beyond the limits of this role, to facilitate what John Seeley Brown and Paul Duguid called the social life of information. Social media technology presents libraries with new opportunities to enhance and extend the distribution model, to empower and engage patrons to build relevant and vibrant communities via the library. Moderator Chrystie Hill and presenters Helene Blowers and Nancy Dowd will engage you in a discussion of how public libraries build community with technologies and programs, new and old. Join us for this special webinar presented in collaboration with ALA TechSource.

Preregistration is required for this event, click here to sign up.

09 November 2010

Webinar - Writing a Library Behavior Code

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

Libraries are more aware than ever before of who the sexual offenders are in their communities. What are the legal rights of the offenders, and the obligations of the library? What should the library do when someone is soliciting for charity, or selling services or products on library grounds? How much notice and appeals should be given to a library user, when asking him to leave for two hours? For six months?

During this webinar, we will:
•Review elements of enforceable patron conduct codes – (FEND off lawsuits!)
◦Free Speech (focus on behavior, not speech)
◦Equal enforcement
◦Notice of policy to library users
◦Due process (appeals)

In addition, information and guidance will be presented on:
•Handling solicitations or sales on library grounds
•The legal status of sex offenders in the library
•Due process – how much notice and appeals should you give?

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will learn about:
•Elements of enforceable library behavior codes
•Sex offenders' rights and responsibilities in the library
•Handling solicitation and harassment problems by library users

This webinar will be of interest to staff at both public and academic libraries.

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/430/index.html starting at 2:30 PM to join in. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day after the webinar at http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived.



04 November 2010

Workshop - Best of the Best 2010

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - noon
Place: MVLS

Join us for our annual look at favorite titles from 2010. Come as early as 8:30 AM to select children's and teen preview books. Register for Best of the Best using this online form.

Director's council will follow the workshop. Lunch can be ordered.

03 November 2010

Grant Opportunity - Alibris Collection Award

The Alibris Collection Award is an annual grant of up to $3000 worth of books to an academic, public, special, or K-12 library supporting specific collection development projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the selected library.

The purpose of the Award is to help provide materials for libraries with replacement projects, retrospective collection development projects, or routine collection building needs.

Applications are due by December 1, 2010. Procedures for applying can be found here.

01 November 2010

Workshop - Mockarena : Evaluating the Best Books of 2010 for Children and Teens

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: Upper Hudson Library System
Presenters: Mary Fellows, UHLS and Sue Rokos, MVLS
Cost: Free for MVLS and UHLS library staff ; all others $15

Boost your collection development knowledge and polish your reader’s advisory skills with this UHLS/MVLS workshop. You'll hear bookflashes for the best books of the year. Then we'll enter the arena for discussions and mock elections for the Caldecott, Newbery, Geisel, Sibert, and Printz Awards. We’re planning on examining six books in each category, with the exception being eight titles in Caldecott.

Here is the second list of titles in each category. See this previous post for List #1.

Mock Caldecott Nominations:
Art and Max by David Wiesner
Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Red Nose Studio
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Mock Newbery Nominations:
Crunch by Leslie COnnor
A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
Mirror Mirror : A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by Josee Massee

Mock Geisel Nominations:
Can I Play, Too? by Mo Willems
Pete the Cat : I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin ; illustrated by James Dean
What If? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Mock Sibert Nominations:
Ballet for Martha : Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan ; illustrated by Brian Floca
The 'Extraordinary' Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringam
Sit-In : How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Mock Printz Nominations:
Incarceron by Cathering Fisher
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
The Firefly Letters : A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle

Mark your calendars and register now using this online form! MVLS and UHLS libraries may register for free; all others $15.00. Contact Sue Rokos, srokos@mvls.info for more information.