15 December 2010

MockArena Results

The results are in from MVLS and UHLS’s joint MockArena held Thursday, December 9, 2010 at UHLS.

Drum Roll please:

Randolph Caldecott Medal:
Art and Max by David Wiesner

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: 3 way tie between
Can I Play, Too? by Mo Willems
Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch by David Catrow
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean

John Newbery Medal:
Countdown by Deborah Wiles

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Award:
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down written by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Michael L. Printz Award:
As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

Live Webcast of the Real Awards
The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live webcast of its Youth Media Awards. The number of available connections for the Webcast are limited and the broadcast is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online visitors can view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements. Those interested in following the action live should bookmark http://alawebcast.unikron.com .

The Youth Media Awards will begin at 10:45 a.m. EST on Jan. 10, 2011, but visitors should be able to begin logging on to the Webcast at 10:30 a.m. EST.

13 December 2010

Workshop - Going Viral : Communicating with NonTraditional Library Users

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Place: MVLS Service Center
Presenter: Libby Post, Communication Services

You may consider that everyone in your community knows about how essential a service your library is; but does everyone know? What about those non-traditional library users, the ones who use your resouces from their home computers but rarely physically enter your library? How do you communicate with them to gain their support?

Libby Post, President of Communication Services will present :"Going Viral - Communicating with Non-Traditional Library Users", which will enable participants to embrace social networking and other new strategies to communicate with your technologically savvy younger adult patrons. The January 6 workshop will include introduction to the topic with follow up implementation activities for a year two workshop to be held in January 2012.

This LSTA grant will pay $25 to each MVLS library that attends and returns follow up evaluations for workshops for this grant project. Please register using this online form by Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

This workshop is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

09 December 2010

DEMCO Gamer Gear $5000 Grant

If your library registered to participate in ALA's National Gaming Day 2010, you are eligible to submit an entry to win DEMCO’s awesome Gamer Gear Shopping Spree. If you win, you will get $5,000 to spend with them to enhance your game programs. Find more information and the application on the DEMCO site. Entries are due by December 15.

08 December 2010

Webinar - Introduction to Digital Preservation

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Digital preservation is a phrase that is thrown about frequently in the archives and library world. And, responsibility for saving our era from being known as the "Digital Dark Age" has fallen to us. But, do you really understand what it means and is required to preserve digital objects? Join us for this 2-hour online webinar for an introduction to terms, concepts, and some methods for beginning your institution's foray into this important and challenging area. Expert presenters from the State Library of North Carolina's Digital Information Management Program
include Lisa A. Gregory, Digital Projects Liaison; Jennifer Ricker, Digital Collections Manager; and Amy Rudersdorf, Director, who also presented during WebJunction's recent Digitization & Preservation Symposium.

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

07 December 2010

Grant Opportunity - Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to create neighborhood excellence in the communities served by the bank in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. While local community priorities determine how funding is allocated, grants typically fall into four main categories: Community Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Each of the company's markets, in partnership with local community leaders, sets specific target areas of interest within these major categories. There are no deadlines for grant applications. Visit the company's website to access the priorities for local funding in each region.

01 December 2010

Webinar - Turning Customers into Champions : Marketing as a Team Sport

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: FREE

In this age of Twitter, Facebook and texting, there is still no substitute for good old-fashioned person-to-person communication. The commercial world knows this and is placing renewed emphasis on this basic strategy. Libraries should, too!

The good news: We can afford it-and do it even better than they can!

Whether you want to promote a particular service or advocate for increased funding, word-of-mouth marketing is simply the best way to get your message to the people who need to hear it. Learn what it takes with Peggy Barber and Linda Wallace, authors of "Building a Buzz: Libraries and Word-of-Mouth Marketing" (ALA Editions, 2010)

By the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will be able to:

•Understand and apply basic word-of-mouth marketing techniques
•Understand the importance of getting everyone on the staff involved
•Share key techniques with their colleagues

This one-hour webinar will be of interest to Library administrators, managers, including branch and project managers, and front-line staff with an interest and/or responsibility for marketing.

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar - just visit http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/444/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.