29 November 2011

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21 November 2011

Workshop - Best of the Best 2011

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM - noon
Place: MVLS


Join us for our annual look at favorite titles from 2011. 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.

10 November 2011

Job Posting - Director, Johnstown Public Library (search reopened)

The Johnstown Public Library seeks an energetic Library Director with strong supervisory skills and the ability to oversee a dynamic community-minded operation. The position, vacated by the director retiring after 32 years, requires a candidate with strong communication skills and service ethic. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to community outreach, long-range planning experience, fiscal management, and the ability to adapt as circumstances change. Exploration of alternate governance and funding may take place in 2012.



The Civil Service examination announcement and community and library profile, including a complete job description and minimum requirements, are available at the following link: http://www.fultoncountyny.gov/departments/pdf/LibraryDirectorI-11011.pdf


Applications, resumes, and a minimum of three references should be submitted to the Fulton County Personnel Department, 1 East Montgomery Street Johnstown, NY 12095. As a municipal public library, membership in the NYS Retirement System is required.

09 November 2011

Workshop - Reading Up : Adult Books for Young Adults

Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Time: Check in 12:30 PM, workshop 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Crandall Public Library
Presenter: Beth Gallaway
Cost: $15 per attendee

Come discuss the appeal of adult books for youth, hear and share book talks for adult books to suggest to teens, and learn about YALSA's Alex Awards, a honor given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18.


Complete information and the online registration form is here. The deadline to register is November 21.

Workshop - Legal Issues for Libraries

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: MidHudson Library System, 105 Market St, Poughkeepsie
Presenters: Robert Schofield and Ellen Bach, attorneys with Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP
Cost: $25 per attendee

This workshop is appropriate for library directors and trustees who are interested in an overview of legal issues for public libraries in New York State.

Topics to be covered include:
• Property Tax Cap & Libraries
• What are the Issues, What Laws Govern?
Includes: authorities and governance, powers of trustees, Public Officers Law, funding, elections and more!
• Freedom of Information Law & Open Meetings Law
• What to Do if You’ve Been Sued



Presenters Robert Schofield and Ellen Bach, attorneys with Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP, are the attrneys for many libraries in New York and were honored in 2010 by the New York Library Association with the Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award.

Please register for this event online at http://calendar.midhudson.org

04 November 2011

Workshop - Early Literacy Skills

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Guilderland Public Library
Presenters: Mary Fellows, Sue Rokos, and local author/illustrator Matt McElligott
Cost: Free for MVLS and UHLS member library staff ; $25 all others

National emphasis on early literacy and the parent’s role in preparing children for reading success is increasing. As funders and government agencies focus more resources on early literacy, public libraries need to develop staff skills and early literacy-based services to position the library as a key player.


In this workshop, you will learn about research-based practices to help young children develop the skills they need before they learn to read. Included:



  • An introduction to the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library®, a program based on the five early literacy practices of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing



    • A preview of the ECRR workshop for parents and caregivers


    • Creating early literacy and learning spaces in your library

Please register by November 10 by following this link: http://bit.ly/rpdYj3

Send check, payable to UHLS, Upper Hudson Library System, 28 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206. For further information, contact: Mary Fellows, UHLS, 518-437-9880 x228, mary@uhls.lib.ny.us

17 October 2011

Webinar - Teaming up with Teens at your library

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free


What is the absolute best avenue to getting teens involved and engaged at your school or public library? How can you encourage them to be peer reader advisors and library advocates in the community? There is no better way to go than offering opportunities for active and involved teen library participation. In this webinar, you will explore ways teens can take part in your library, such as advisory groups, volunteering, short-term projects that use teen's special skills, and partnering with adults. You’ll also get tips on planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluating teen participation.


Preregistration is required for this webinar, and can be done through this link.

11 October 2011

Webinar - Innovative Use of Skill-based Volunteers in Public Libraries

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online
Cost: Free


There is a growing number of younger members of our communities who are highly skilled with technology and the internet but view local public libraries as nice community amenities with little relevance to their world. There is also a notable increase in semi-retired, computer literate, actively engaged Baby Boomers. These two groups can be tapped to become the new volunteer base for libraries. By engaging these "new volunteers," libraries are helping to build vibrant sustainable community support for their library. This webinar identifies the critical issues and plan of action necessary to engage skilled-based library community volunteers.

Preregistration is required for this webinarand can be done through this link.

04 October 2011

Webinar - Using Smartphones as a Marketing and Programming Tool

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/using-smartphones
Cost: Free

Smartphones are quickly becoming the number one resource for American’s to access the information they need. With the proliferation of technology advances, it’s not always easy to keep up with the latest trends or understand how to master the technology to use it effectively and efficiently. This webinar will focus on the use of smartphones and its application to the library’s marketing and programming needs. This one-hour webinar will:


  • Present an overview of smartphone basics


  • Review specific marketing opportunities that you can incorporate in your work


  • Identify how to make your programming smart through media and technology


  • Demonstrate how one library blended marketing and programming through their teen center


  • Receive online resources that can assist you with next steps


By the end of this webinar you’ll have the basic knowledge needed to move forward in utilizing smartphones in your marketing efforts and programming that will engage your community.

This webinar will be of interest to library staff involved with marketing, programming and teen projects who are looking for new ways to connect with their community.

Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/using-smartphones on October 12 to join in.

28 September 2011

PLA Awards

This year PLA of offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries. Nominate your colleagues or libraries for one of the nine awards before December 1, 2011.


  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.


  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library.


  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator, and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.


  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.

  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community.


  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee, or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC.


  • Highsmith Library Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.


  • Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services.


  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming.

    The PLA Award Nomination Form is open until Dec. 1, 2011. An award jury appointed by the PLA President will review each nomination. Winners will be announced in February 2012. Awards will be presented at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, contact the PLA office, (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA or by email pla@ala.org.
  • 27 September 2011

    Schoharie in the News

    Schoharie, still working to rebuild after damage left behind by Hurricane Irene, has gotten some wonderful press over the last couple of days.

    The Times Union did a great story on the Schoharie Library's cleanup efforts on Sunday, September 25. That article is here. Kudos to library director Cathy Caiazzo for being a fabulous representative for the library.

    And on Monday, September 26, David Letterman appealed to his viewers nationwide to send support to the town. Letterman featured the Village of Schoharie on his show in November, 2002, bussing nearly half of the Village's population to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City where The Late Show is filmed. That video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHd1BoOeN-0

    Webinar - Beyond the Norm : Building a Culture of Creativity and Innovation in Libraries

    Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2011
    Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/beyond-norm
    Cost:
    Free

    In order to succeed in the 21st century, library workers and leaders will need to embrace new ways of doing business and reaching our users. Doing this requires embarking on a comprehensive, dynamic, and ongoing process of reinvention, beginning with an intentional and imaginative effort to design, develop, and implement new ways to serve and connect with our users.

    In this webinar, we will examine models for innovation used within the private sector and explore their relevance to libraries. Everyone has a role in charting the future for libraries and each of us has a responsibility for helping build a culture of creativity and innovation within our libraries.

    At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will have:



    • Concrete ways to foster creative ideas and innovation within their libraries


    • Seen real-life examples of libraries building cultures of innovation


    • Plans to encourage creativity and innovation in their own libraries


    This webinar will be of interest to all library staff interested in building or supporting within their libraries.

    Please note: Be sure to download the webinar workbook before the presentation begins!

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/beyond-norm on October 5 to join in.

    26 September 2011

    PLA Conference Registration Open

    Housing and registration are now open for the Public Library Association’s Conference, to be held March 13-17, 2012 in Philadelphia.

    Visit the PLA conference web site for information about registration, conference programming, special events, travel, and everything the conference and Philadelphia have to offer.

    25 September 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Conservation/Preservation Discretionary Grants

    The Conservation/Preservation Discretionary online grant application for 2012-2013 is now available at: https://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants. If you do not currently have a user name and password to access the online application, please go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp/index.html.

    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 2012-2013 will be limited to a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $40,000.

    Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, December 2, 2011.

    Questions about the program should be addressed to:

    Barbara Lilley
    Conservation/Preservation Program Officer
    New York State Library
    Room 10B41, Cultural Education Center
    Albany, NY 12230
    (518) 486-4864
    preservation@mail.nysed.gov

    22 September 2011

    Workshop - The Future of Youth Services is Here

    Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (workshop begins at 9:30 AM)
    Place: Rotterdam Branch, SCPL
    Presenter: Linda Braun
    Cost: Free for MVLS/UHLS member library staff; $25 per library (not per person) all others

    In August 2011 the web turned 20. In those 20 years the tools and resources for librarians working with teens and tweens have changed dramatically. So too have the ways in which teens and tweens interact with libraries. In this interactive session, led by Linda W. Braun, you'll find out what is and should be happening in services to tweens and teens today and where teens and tweens and libraries are headed tomorrow.

    Register online here.

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

    Webinar - Great Group Reads

    Date: Friday, October 7, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free


    October is National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association. Celebrate the month and its Great Group Reads program at this Booklist webinar. Join popular readers'-advisory expert Kaite Mediatore Stover to hear about her long experience running and blogging about library book groups as she moderates a panel that includes Great Group Reads selection committee chair Rosalind Reisner and Great Group Reads titles publishers Workman-Algonquin and Penguin. Leave the webinar with programming ideas, tips, and recommendations for your own National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads celebrations.

    Preregistration is required and can be done through this link. 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.

    21 September 2011

    Webinar - Connecting Community : Why a Public Library is an Essential Component to its Survival

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Librarians of today must engage and connect more deeply with their communities. Now more than ever, both parties are dependent on one another to be able to survive in a difficult economy. We must actively connect, consult, and collaborate with members of the community in order to build and strengthen those relationships.

    Preregistration is required and can be done through this link. If you are not able to make the live webcast of Connecting Community: Why a library’s public is an essential component to its survival, register now and you will get an email notification from Library Journal after the event when the webcast is archived and available for viewing at your convenience.



    Webinar - The Scoop on Series Nonfiction

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    An hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Lerner, Creative Company, Black Rabbit, Amicus, and Norwood House.


    Preregistration is required and can be done through this link. 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.

    08 September 2011

    Authors Among Us Programs Cancelled

    The Middleburgh Library was damaged by Hurricane Irene and is closed until further notice. The short fiction workshops scheduled to be held in Middleburgh as part of the Authors Among Us series on September 10, 17, and 24 have been cancelled.

    25 August 2011

    Webinar - 10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries

    Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Place: Online at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/406997026
    Cost: Free

    You’ve probably heard that big budget and policy changes are afoot in Washington, DC – and perhaps that constituent voices are more important than ever. In fact, advocacy is the buzz word du jour – but does the word itself resonate with library supporters who are not already engaged in grassroots activities? What does “advocacy” mean, and how does it translate into action? Library trustees, members of friends groups, librarian advocates, and library supporters of all kinds can do many things to make advocacy a meaningful word. Join this webinar to learn about ten easy actions, including writing personalized letters, building coalitions in your community and even using social media outlets to help develop and deliver your message. If America’s libraries are going to survive these difficult times, we need your voice – and your action.


    You must pre-register for this webinar, and space is limited. Visit http://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/4069970526 to sign up.

    23 August 2011

    Webinar - Worse than Death? Public Speaking for Library Staff

    Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free


    Public speaking is often listed as one of the top fears people experience. Some even rate it more frightening than death! As library staff, we may be called upon to speak in a variety of contexts, such as promoting library services in the community or providing a training workshop.

    Material for this webinar was drawn from interviews conducted with library leaders, membership in organizations such as Toastmasters, and experience in a variety of public speaking contexts, from teaching communication skills workshops to presenting speaker introductions. Recent research provided in this webinar will offer new techniques and insights that can help most people improve their public speaking abilities.

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

    •A barrier to effective public speaking and at least one strategy for overcoming that barrier.
    •At least five practical tips for speaking effectively in front of any audience.

    This webinar will be of interest to anyone from the library community looking for ways to improve their public speaking skills.

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/worse-death-practical-tips-public-speaking-library-personnel beginning at 2:30 PM on August 25th to join in.


    19 August 2011

    Amsterdam Free Library to Host Library of Congress Exhibit

    A Library of Congress traveling exhibition - mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck - will visit the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street in Amsterdam, on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24. The exhibit, which will feature fascimilies of many of the Library of Congress' most popular treasures, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days. Amsterdam in the only library in NY scheduled to host this exhibition.

    More information about the exhibition is available on Amsterdam's website at http://www.amsterdamfreelibrary.org, and on the Library of Congress' website at http://www.loc.gov/gateway.

    28 July 2011

    Registration Open for National Gaming Day 2011

    Registration is officially open for National Gaming Day to be held this year on November 12. By registering your library now you could receive 4 free board games (available while supplies last). Full details on the event are available at http://ngd.ala.org/.

    26 July 2011

    Workshop - Library Funding District Options

    Date: Saturday, September 17, 2011
    Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Place: Canajoharie Library
    Presenter: Libby Post, Communication Services
    Cost: Free for MVLS member library staff, trustees, and Friends ; all others, $25 per person

    This workshop will detail the different types of library funding districts, how they stabilize library funding and what libraries can do to create these districts.


    Visit http://www.mvls.info/ for complete information and to register.

    This workshop is made possible, in part, with Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    21 July 2011

    Job Opening - Director, The Community Library, Cobleskill

    The Community Library located in Cobleskill, New York is a medium sized library serving the Cobleskill Richmondville School District. The Library has recently been restored and serves a growing population of patrons. The library is seeking a dynamic, experienced individual for a full time director.

    The successful candidate will be the primary contact for external and internal relations and inquiries regarding the library, will oversee the management and supervision of the library and its personnel, community relations, facilities and collection management. The position requires collaboration with professional and volunteer leadership as well as patrons on a daily basis.

    Major responsibilities include:
    * Manages library office, patron services and the library collections
    * Supervises building services and administrative oversight for all personnel.
    * Supports and develops library programs for the community
    * Administers and manages the Library budget cooperatively with the Trustees
    * Cultivates relationships and collaborates with the Board of Trustees.
    * Provides timely professional guidance and information to the Trustees
    * Serves as the primary contact for outside vendors and contractors
    * Attends Board of Trustees meetings
    * Represents the Library at appropriate professional and state organizations
    * Is the “face” of the Library with Cobleskill Richmonville District.

    Qualifications:
     Master’s degree in Librarianship or Library Science from accredited college or university
     Must be eligible for or possess a New York State public librarian’s professional certification
     Has sufficient experience to perform the responsibilities of the position
     Acceptable review by the Schoharie County Civil Service Office
     Provide a satisfactory current background check.

    For a complete job description and information about the application process, please see the Shoharie County Civil Service site at http://www.schohariecounty-ny.gov/CountyWebSite/Personnel/JobAnnouncements.jsp or contact: Schoharie County Personnel Department, P.O. Box #675, Schoharie, NY 12157, (518) 295-8374. E-mail : civilservice@co.schoharie.ny.us

    Please note: Completed Application for examination must be submitted no later than August 31, 2011.

    20 July 2011

    Webinar - Howdy Partners! Don’t Be a Lone Ranger : Building Community Partnerships to Augment Adult Services

    Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Being the Lone Ranger might look fun on TV, but in the library it may lead to staff burnout and limited programming. Forming strong community partnerships will help you achieve more with less. Library users will experience richer services, and library staff will gain support from the community.

    At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

    • Know how to build community partnerships to augment Adult Services
    • Understand differences between cooperative, collaborative and strategic partnerships
    • Be able to identify potential partnerships in diverse communities including rural, large urban, affluent, and those with few or limited resources.


    This webinar will be of interest to staff in any size public library, regardless of staffing levels.

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/howdy-partners beginning at 2:30 PM on July 27 to join in.

    19 July 2011

    Webinar - I Didn’t Know the Census Bureau Did That! Finding and Using Data from Lesser Known Censuses and Surveys

    Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Did you know you can find . . .

    • Where the best county is to look for a job in your field - - complete with the recent number of new hires and starting salaries?
    • How many businesses are owned by women in your area?
    • A thorough explanation of poverty (including poverty thresholds, the surveys that collect poverty data, and the best survey to use for each purpose)?
    • How to determine the best site location for a business, blending demographic data for a community with economic data?
    These and other scenarios will be explored in the step-by-step online exercises provided to participants. We will review the three main demographic programs – the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Population Estimates Programs – and then explore other Census programs like Local Employment Dynamics (LED), Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE), County Business Patterns (CBP), Survey of Business Owners (SBO), Economic Census, and the Census of Governments.

    This webinar will be of interest to all types of libraries, reference desk staff, and others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data, as well as individuals preparing and writing grants.

    NOTE: This entire presentation will consist of “hands-on” exercises with Census Bureau datasets. It will make use of data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey as well as other Census Bureau programs to solve real-life problems. A PowerPoint handout will be provided for reference purposes only. We strongly recommend that you print the handouts in advance. (Handouts can be accessed here.)

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/i_didnt_know beginning at 2:30 PM on July 26 to join in.

    18 July 2011

    Job Opening - Director, Johnstown Public Library

    The Johnstown Public Library seeks an energetic Library Director with strong supervisory skills and the ability to oversee a dynamic community-minded operation. The position, vacated by the director retiring after 32 years, requires a candidate with strong communication skills and service ethic. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to community outreach, long-range planning experience, fiscal management, and the ability to adapt as circumstances change. Exploration of alternate governance and funding may take place in 2012.

    The Civil Service examination announcement and community and library profile, including a complete job description and minimum requirements, are available at the following link: http://www.fultoncountyny.gov/departments/pdf/LibraryDirectorI11007.pdf


    Applications, resumes, and a minimum of three references should be submitted to the Fulton County Personnel Department, 1 East Montgomery Street Johnstown, NY 12095. As a municipal public library, membership in the NYS Retirement System is required.

    Webinar - Killer Collections : Libraries Beyond Books

    Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Do print books alone meet the diverse needs of your community? How can library staff manage the logistics of non-traditional library materials, like guitars and eReaders? How can partnerships help with funding and/or implementation of these new collections? Are you interesting in engaging a new segment of your community? By introducing Killer Collections, featuring non-traditional items like seeds, guitars, programming kits, and eReaders, your library can better meet the ever-changing needs of your users.

    After this one-hour webinar, attendees know ways to:

    •identify needs in community for non-traditional collections
    •implement lending policy and loan rules for non-traditional collections
    •identify potential community partners who can help make your non-traditional collection a reality

    This webinar will be of interest to public and school library staff, Youth Services staff, and anyone seeking to engage their community with new and innovative collections.

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/killer_collections beginning at 1:30 PM on July 21 to join in.

    04 July 2011

    2011 NYLA Diversity Fair and Poster Sessions

    The New York Library Association is now accepting submissions for the 2011 NYLA Diversity Fair & Poster Sessions to take place at this year’s NYLA Annual Conference, November 3-4, in Saratoga Springs, NY. Complete details are located on the Diversity Fair and Poster Sessions Web Page. The deadline for submitting an application is August 1, 2011.

    If interested in participating in the Poster Sessions/Diversity Fair, please fill out the application form and send via email to events@nyla.org.

    01 July 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Best Buy Community Grants Program

    The Best Buy Community Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations that are located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or distribution center. Grants averaging $4,000 to $6,000 will promote programs that provide opportunities for young teens in the areas of learning, life skills, and leadership. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide youth with access to opportunity through technology, serve a diverse population, build skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13-17), show positive results against a demonstrated community need, and reach at-risk children in working families. The grant application process will open on July 1 and close on August 1, 2011. Visit the Best Buy website to review the program guidelines.

    30 June 2011

    Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

    This award, given by the Empire Friends Roundtable of NYLA, honors a volunteer member or a group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations.

    The nomination form is available online at http://www.nyla.org/page/efr-awards-and-scholarships-371.html. Please list all relevant information (nominee and sponsor contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address). Describe the individual or group’s contribution to library service in detail.

    Please send the completed nomination form and three copies of relevant supporting materials, press releases, etc. to Betsy Sywetz, PO Box 957, Richfield Springs, NY 13439 (These materials will not be returned). The deadline to submit nominations is July 25, 2011.

    For more information, call (315) 858-4321 or e-mail bsywetz@yahoo.com.

    27 June 2011

    MVLS Summer Hours

    Beginning this week, MVLS will be open from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 AM -1 PM on Friday. Please note the change from last year. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, September 6.

    16 June 2011

    Webinar - Preventing Staff Burnout

    Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you concerned about your staff’s ability to handle more and more work without relief? Are you worried that your staff are becoming more critical, less flexible, and unhappier? Work is stressful, and getting more so every day. Library managers and staff need to be aware of the difference between stress and burnout, which is actually unhealthy and dangerous. There are ways to prevent burnout, including making changes in the work environment as well as self care. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of burnout and what to do about it.

    This webinar will be of interest to anyone who wants to keep themselves and their staff from burning out.

    Webinars are free of charge and preregistration is not required. Visit http://infopeople.org/training/preventing-staff-burnout on June 22 to join in.

    15 June 2011

    Webinar - The Census, American Community Survey, part 1

    Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    In response to a need for updated demographic data available more frequently than every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau launched the American Community Survey (ASC) nationwide in 2005. While the Decennial Census counts the nation’s population, the ASC describes who we are and how we live.

    Community-level data covering topics from ancestry to veteran status, health insurance to school enrollment are now updated annually. Learn how to retrieve these data in this interactive webinar, which will feature a demonstration of the Internet data access tool, American FactFinder. Participants will “learn by doing” and create ACS data tables and profiles. Learn how to help your users help themselves to this rich dataset by discovering its scope and ease of use.

    This one-hour webinar will be of interest to all types of libraries, reference desk staff, and others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data, as well as individuals preparing and writing grants.

    Please Note: The Census: American Community Survey, Part 2, will be presented on Tuesday, July 26 at 3:00 PM.

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is not required. Simply visit http://infopeople.org/training/American_Community_Survey on June 21 to join in.

    08 June 2011

    NYLA PLS Awards

    The Public Library Section (PLS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA) is now accepting nominee applications for three award categories:

    L. Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship
    This award honors a library director who has given outstanding service to a community of 7,500 population or less. (A professional degree is not a requirement). Nominees are judged on personal and professional growth, quality of library services provided, and initiative taken to reach underserved parts of the community. It is given by the PLS bi-annually. Nominations may be made by a library board member or by a library staff member. Each nomination must be accompanied by three (3) letters of support from the community. The award is a $1,000 check, a plaque for the library, and inclusion on a plaque to be placed in the NYLA offices. Attendance at the NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs in November 2011 is a requirement of acceptance. Complete details of the award can be found here.


    Outstanding Public Library Building/Renovation Awards
    Two building awards are given. One will be given to a project in a community serving of 20,000 population or less; the other to a community serving more than 20,000 population. Nominees are judged on innovative design and use of space for serving library users, accessibility, consideration given for health, safety and environmental issues, ease of maintenance, adaptability to changing needs, energy efficiencies, evidence of engaging the community in the process, and the cost benefit of the project. The renovation must have been completed between January 1st and December 31st 2010. Previous library winners are ineligible. Each award is a $1,000 check, and a plaque for each library. Attendance at the NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs in November 2011 is a requirement of acceptance. Complete details of the award can be found here.

    Annual Conference Scholarship Award
    Two awards are given to encourage public librarians now in the field or students in accredited library schools to participate in PLS or NYLA activities. An individual need not be a current member of PLS or NYLA to apply. Each award is for a maximum of $1,000 which includes full annual conference registration, travel to the conference and return, another conference-related expenses, as well as membership in NYLA and PLS if the selectee(s) is not already a member. The selectee(s) are expected to attend the annual conference including the awards ceremony. Additionally, the selectee(s) will be asked to help with staffing the PLS booth at the conference. Applications for the Annual Conference Scholarship Award are in the form of a letter from the applicant. Complete details of the award can be found here.

    The deadline for all award nominations/applications is Thursday, June 30th, 2011. Send all application/nomination materials to James Keller, 310 Nanny Hagen Road, Thornwood, New York 10594. You may also send materials electronically to jamesakeller@hotmail.com. Please indicate the name of the award in your communications.

    Webcast - Libraries are Essential : Building an Ongoing Connection

    Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online at www.libraryjournal.com/essentialconnection
    Cost: Free

    We all know that in these tough economic times, libraries have a great value proposition for their communities. The challenge comes in making sure the library’s story is told in a meaningful way. One of the best ways to do this is though strong connections to the community and its organizations. Join NoveList and Library Journal to hear just how libraries are building these ongoing connections and how they have benefited from those relationships.


    Preregistration is required ; sign up at this link. Register even if you cannot attend the event on June 14, and you will be able to access an archived version.

    01 June 2011

    Webinar - Copyright Law Update 2011: Ebooks, Google Books, Patron Requests and New International Developments

    Date: Thursday, June 09, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Copyright issues are more important to libraries now than ever before. After this one-hour webinar, attends will have:

    •a basic understanding of the copyright and licensing issues that impact libraries’ use of ebooks
    •an update on copyright developments of interest to public, school, and academic libraries
    •an understandable glimpse at the international front, where copyright negotiations of keen interest to libraries are moving at an unusually accelerated pace
    Please note: Attendees should have some familiarity with basic copyright practices.

    This webinar will be of interest to library staff who confront copyright issues with ebooks and their licensing, making digital copies for interlibrary loan and e-reserves, and international trends, including those involving services to the blind and visually impaired.

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Visit http://infopeople.org/copyright_law_update beginning at 2:30 PM on June 09 to join in.

    14 May 2011

    Workshop - Future Ready : What is the New Normal and What are Customer Expectations?

    Date: Friday. June 3, 2011
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Place: Courtyard by Marriott, 11 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs
    Presenter: Stephen Abram
    Cost: $85 for NYLA members, $120 for nonmembers

    OK, the future is here. What is the new normal and what are customer expectations? These expectations are not driven by what libraries want to provide or tradition. They are driven by the new ecology of the web and big players like Facebook, Bing, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, Google and more. Is your library ready? Are you offering both 'hot' and ‘cool’ information delivery? Are you paying as much attention to the experience of the library as you do to the transactions? At this Institute, you will understand the top social, demographic and technology trends for libraries, and be better prepared to plan your library's response to changes in our sector. Are you future ready?




    Complete information can be found here.

    11 May 2011

    Webinar - Cross Training for a Flexible Staff

    Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Are you wondering how to provide great customer service while caught in a hiring freeze? And how will you handle upcoming staff retirements and medical leaves? Cross-training sounds like a great solution—but how will you decide which jobs to pick—and where will you find the time to do it? Library managers and staff have to be flexible in order to provide the services customers want with the staff resources available. Cross-training staff provides flexibility, along with opportunities for staff to learn and grow. There’s more than one way to cross-train effectively.

    This webinar will be of interest to anyone who wants to be part of a flexible and knowledgeable library staff, including those who manage and train staff.


    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Visit http://infopeople.org/training/cross-training to join in beginning at 2:30 PM on May 17.


    Webinar - Coping with Information Overload

    Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Presenter: Sarah Houghton-Jan
    Cost: Free

    Are you tethered to a ringing telephone? Feel the need to acknowledge every email? Are your social networks mismanaging you? We all know what information overload is but so few of us know how to manage it so it doesn't manage us. Join this webinar to learn quick and easy principles for dealing with information overload, including organization skills, how to filter your input, time management, and stress management.

    Discover ways to manage your email, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, IM, SMS, telephone, and more. Come away with a plan for tackling your own virtual or physical pile of overload.

    Learn practical approaches for managing the different information media in your life. Make that virtual pile of work disappear faster than you can say, "I love libraries."

    This webinar will be of interest to all library staff looking for ways to organize the vast amounts of information they receive from various sources.

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Visit http://infopeople.org/training/information-overload beginning at 2:30 PM on May 18 to join in.

    10 May 2011

    Workshop - Frankenbooks : Understanding the eBook Opportunity

    Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011
    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Courtyard by Marriott, 11 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs
    Presenter: Stephen Abram
    Cost: $85 for NYLA members, $120 for nonmembers

    Do e-books change everything or are they just the same as print? Not by a long shot. What are the opportunities and what enhancements might we expect? Is this the final straw for libraries or the biggest opportunity since the web? You will learn the answers to these questions, reframe your knowledge of the e-book opportunity for libraries, and learn about major competitor trends in library collections for strategic planning.


    Complete information can be found here.

    28 April 2011

    Webinar - Winning Grants

    Date Wednesday, May 4, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online

    Cost: Free

    Wondering how to get started writing grants for your library? Grants can support the changing needs in your community while your library budget is flat or shrinking. This grant webinar will be easy to understand, motivating, fun, and full of valuable tips. Learn how to quickly locate grant opportunities, find out what funders are looking for in a successful grant proposal, and discover real library grant success techniques from librarians just like you. Practical advice, easy grants for beginners, partnership ideas, and valuable resource lists will be shared. You’ll be excited, motivated, and ready to win grants for your library! Presented by Stephanie Gerding, nationally known library consultant, trainer, and author on grants, training, and technology topics. Use the link above to register. *You will be sent a registration confirmation email and a reminder email the day prior to the event.

    25 April 2011

    Workshop - Readers' Advisory

    Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Place: Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library
    Cost: Free for MVLS member library staff; $25 all others
    Presenter: Neal Wyatt


    Are you finding that you have a never-ending to-read pile? Would you like to save time when working with readers’ advisory? Would you like to learn how to keep track of titles so you can better serve your patrons?

    Join us as Neal Wyatt, nationally recognized readers’ advisory consultant and Library Journal columnist, offers practical tips to keep up with readers, improve answers to patron requests, and whittle down that to-read pile.

    Only a few spots remain in this workshop. Visit http://www.mvls.info/news/Wyattregistration.htm to register.


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

    18 April 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Build-a-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation

    The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada that enhance the quality of life for children, families, and pets. The Foundation’s grant categories include children's health and wellness, domestic pets, and literacy and education. Individual project grants as well as organization program grants are provided. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. For 2011, the Foundation will accept grant requests from March until October. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines for each of the grant categories and submit an online application.

    17 April 2011

    Grant Opportunity - BJ's Charitable Foundation

    Established with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities BJ’s serves, the mission of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply. The foundation reviews grant applications on a quarterly basis. Visit www.bjs.com/charity for complete information.

    14 April 2011

    Webinar - Working with Your Workforce Center

    Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Place: Online

    Cost: Free

    Workforce Centers operate with myriad local, state and federal funding streams to support the unemployed, but not every job seeker qualifies. Learn how this impacts your library patrons and what libraries can do to make better connections for our customers. Representatives from Anoka County, Minnesota will describe how the Job Training Center and the Anoka County Library forged an innovative collaboration to make sure every door is the right door for job seekers. Registration is required for this webinar. Use the link above to sign up.

    04 April 2011

    Webinar - Teen Literature Update 2011

    Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Are you wondering:

    •What the latest thing in YA literature is?
    •Who are the emerging authors, and the ones falling out of favor?
    •What are the best resources for evaluating books for YAs?
    •If graphic novels are just comic books in disguise?
    •If reading online is really reading?

    The world of young adult literature is an inherently dynamic one and one that, in the last decade, has become among the most active in publishing. Each new publishing season brings a plethora of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation. Keeping up with all of these changes and the new titles flooding the market can be a full-time job. This webinar will help students identify new trends and the best new titles and resources for collection development.

    At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will be familiar with current:

    •Trends informing the dynamic field of young adult literature
    •YA Fiction - both novels of realism and genre fiction - that are "first selections" for YA collections
    •Non-fiction for both recreational and classroom use
    •Graphic novels and comics
    •Useful resources for collection development

    This webinar will be of interest to both public and school library staff with young adult collection development responsibilities.

    Webinars are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply click here beginning at 2:30 on the day of the event and join in. Webinars are archived for viewing after the original broadcast on the infopeople.org website.

    31 March 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Banned Books Week Event Grants

    Applications are now open for the 2011 Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. Four grants in the amount of $2,500 and $1,000 grants will be given to organizations in support of “Read-Outs” or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2011). Applications for the grants will be accepted through May 13, 2011, and the announcements will be made the week of Aug. 1, 2011. Banned Books Week 2011 will be held Sept. 24-Oct.1, 2011.

    28 March 2011

    Workshop - Throw the Bums Out : A Weeding Workshop for Packrats, Wouldchucks, and the Rest of Us

    Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Place: Upper Hudson Library System
    Presenters: Jo-Ann Benedetti and Mary Fellows, UHLS
    Cost: $10 for non-UHLS library staff


    Weeding is hard. It's time-consuming, intellectually challenging, physically taxing, and sometimes dirty. That's enough to put weeding last on many librarian's To Do list.

    Come learn to:
    * Overcome your reluctance to weed
    * Establish practices for keeping up with weeding
    * Make informed decisions about each item in your collection
    * Judiciously dispose of weeded items

    Contact Mary Fellows (518-437-9880 x228 or mary@uhls.lib.ny.us) to register.

    18 March 2011

    Grant Opportunity - LEAP Grants

    Better World Books has announced the availability of $75,000 in funding for LEAP Grants (Literacy and Education in Action Program.) The initial grant pitch requires only a short 2-page project overview. The deadline is short on this (initial pitch is due March 25) but it's an easy process to start off. The application and complete grant information is here.

    17 March 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Conservation Preservation Discretionary Grant Program

    The Conservation Preservation Discretionary online grant application for 2011-12 is now available at https://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants. If you do not currently have a user name and password to access the online application please go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp/index.html.

    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 2011-2012 will be limited to a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $40,000.

    Questions about the program should be addressed to:

    Barbara Lilley
    Conservation/Preservation Program Officer
    New York State Library
    Room 10B41, Cultural Education Center
    Albany, NY 12230
    (518) 486-4864
    preservation@mail.nysed.gov

    Workshop - Security for Historical Collections

    Date: Monday, April 11, 2011
    Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls

    “To Preserve and Protect” is a collaborative training initiative sponsored by the New York State Archives, the New York State Historical Records Advisory Board and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. It is comprised of free workshops in each region of New York State. Security expert Mimi Bowling has developed interactive curriculum on archival security, preparing participants to take immediate action to strengthen their local security programs. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

    Topics include risk awareness; insider theft; facility design and security technology; security of information systems; working with vendors and contractors; research room management and design; developing institutional security policies; procedures and post-theft response; additional topics as requested by participants.

    To register, please email Bturner@mail.nysed.gov or call 518-473-0130. Early registration is encouraged and appreciated; only 25 seats available. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyshrab.org/about/about_projects_security.shtml.

    Grant Opportunity - Libri Foundation

    The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books for Children program. The Foundation awards grants twice a year.

    Eligible libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget (usually less than $40,000) and serve a population under 10,000. The guidelines and application can be found here: http://www.librifoundation.org/apps.html.

    The Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, your library could receive up to $1,050 worth of new children's books (about 70 books). Local sponsors have five months (or longer, if necessary) after their library has been selected as a participant in the Books for Children program to raise the matching funds. Deadline: April 15th.

    16 March 2011

    Webinar - Social Media, Libraries and the Law

    Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011
    Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Social Media services are some of the latest tools libraries use to communicate with their users.

    •Does your library have Facebook, Twitter and Flickr accounts?
    •Do you understand their terms-of-service, and know what may be negotiable?
    •Do you create content for your library's social media sites?
    •Do children use your social media sites?
    •Does your library have a social media policy?

    In this one-hour webinar, you will:

    •learn some copyright pointers, including two important steps you can take to protect your library from secondary liability if users post copyright-protected content in the comments sections.
    •understand what you may delete, and what you shouldn't delete without a lawyer's advice.
    •look at privacy issues of special concern with children.
    •see a sample policy that you can use as a starting point.

    This one-hour webinar will be of interest to Public Service staff, Library Administrators, all staff contributing to social media, and individuals responsible for creating library policies.

    Webianrs are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required. Simply click here beginning at 2:30 PM to join in. Webinars are archived for viewing on the infopeople.org website.


    07 March 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Target Store Grants

    The Target Store Grants program awards funds to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Together we're fostering a love of reading and encouraging children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Grant applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30, 2011, for programs taking place between September 1, 2011 and August 1, 2012. Grants are $2,000. Applications must be submitted online.

    02 March 2011

    Library Signage

    There's a great article in the February 1, 2011 issue of Library Journal that addresses a common problem in our libraries - the lack of neat, effective, consistent signage. If your library has 17 random signs scotch taped to your front door, if you have pictures of cell phones/burgers/sodas with red x's through them pasted on your walls, you should check out this article along with a few others (links below.)

    Signs of Good Design by Aaron Schmidt (LJ, 02/01/2011)

    Signage : Better None than Bad by Leah White (American Libraries, 07/12/2010)

    Library Signs, Good and Bad (Swiss Army Librarian blog, 04/24/2008)

    Good Example of Effective Signage (Swiss Army Librarian blog, 01/11/2011)

    Flickr Group for library signage

    15 February 2011

    Webinar - Teens, Tweens and Social Networking

    Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/441/index.html
    Cost: Free

    We often have assumptions about how teens and tweens use the Internet. But:

    • Are those assumptions true?
    • Should your library have a MySpace or a Facebook account? Both?
    • How about Twitter?
    • What about cellphones?

    Learn the answers to these questions and many more, as well as discovering how your library can effectively engage with young people in social media.

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

    • identify the main social networking sites being used by young people
    • name at least one obstacle to reaching this age group via social media
    • identify at least 3 tasks for which young people use their cell phones

    This webinar will be of interest to public libraries, teen and youth services staff.

    Preregistration is not necessary for this webinar, simply visit the link above beginning at 2:30 PM on Febryary 23 to join in. If you can't attend the day of the event, the archived version is available at the same link the following business day.

    14 February 2011

    Webinar - ADA Update

    The ADA Update webinar has been rescheduled to this Wednesday, Febryary 16, at 3:00 PM. Here is the original posting about this webinar, preregistration is not required.

    Advocacy Day

    The following is a revised schedule of appointments for Advocacy Day on March 1.

    9:30 AM - Assemblyman Marc Butler - Room 318 LOB (GLV, JOH, NOR)
    10:00 AM - Assemblyman Jim Tedisco - Room 404 LOB (SCP)
    10:30 PM - Assemblyman George Amedore - Room 718 LOB (AMS, CAN, FON, FTH, FTP, SCP, STJ)
    11:00 AM - Assemblyman Peter Lopez - Room 429 LOB (COB, MID, SHO, SHS)
    11:30 AM - NYLA Rally - Meeting Room 6
    12:30 PM - Senator Hugh Farley - Room 706 LOB (AMS, CAN, FON, FTH, FTP, GLV, JOH, NOR, SCP, STJ)
    1:00 PM - Senator James Seward - Room 403 Capitol (COB, MID, SHO, SHS)

    With the Governor's proposed 10% cut to library aid in the 2011-2012 budget, it is critical that we have a big turn-out on Advocacy Day. MVLS will provide carpooling to Albany that day. If you are interested in carpooling, please let Kathy Insero know as soon as possible; the van will leave MVLS at 7:40 AM on March 1.

    08 February 2011

    Advocacy Day

    MVLS has confirmed appointments for Advocacy Day on March 1 with several of our legislators. Scheduled appointments as of 02/07 are:

    9:30 AM - Assemblyman Marc Butler (GLV, JOH, NOR)
    11:00 AM - Assemblyman Peter Lopez (COB, MID, SHO, SHS)
    12:30 PM - Assemblyman George Amedore (AMS, CAN, FON, FTH, FTP, SCP, STJ)
    1:00 PM - Senator James Seward (COB, MID, SHO, SHS)

    We have yet to finalize appointment times with Senator Hugh Farley (AMS, CAN, FON, FTH, FTP, GLV, JOH, NOR, SCP, STJ) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (SCP). More information will be forthcoming. With the Governor's proposed 10% cut to library aid in the 2011-2012 budget, it is critical that we have a big turn-out on Advocacy Day.

    Snapshot NY

    MVLS strongly urges your library to participate in this year's Snapshot NY week, documenting a day in the life of your library. This is a wonderful tool in showing the use and value of libraries in their communities. NYLA would like to increase the number of participating libraries this year. The purpose of the initiative is to provide the public, administrators, state and local funders with both factual data and testimonials that detail the essential nature of libraries to our communities, schools and colleges.

    MVLS libraries are asked to keep their statistics on Tuesday, February 15. (If this day does not work for your library, please choose another day that week and still participate.) Once again, if you need help inputting your statistics onto the website, MVLS staff is willing to help.

    The www.protectnylibraries.org website has been updated and awaits your participation by collecting the info/testimonials and filling out the online survey. The deadline for submitting the information/photos/videos is February 23rd, which will give NYLA a week to collate the info and have it ready for Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 1st.

    MVLS is also working on getting appointments for Library Advocacy Day. The Governor has proposed a 10% cut to library aid in his 2011-2012 budget, so we need you to make a special effort to join other MVLS representatives on March 1. It is very important that we have people from all counties in our region at the meetings with their state representatives. You are the best people to tell the stories of how valuable your library is to your community. We will again be arranging carpooling from MVLS.

    07 February 2011

    Nominations to the MVLS Board of Trustees

    The MVLS Board of Trustees is now soliciting trustee nominations from Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties. Members of the Mohawk Valley Library System Board of Trustees are elected at our annual meeting in May. This year, trustees will be elected from Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie counties. There are two seats open for Montgomery County, one to fill an expired term and a one year election to fill a current vacancy.

    A memo explaining duties and requirements for System trustees and a nomination form has been sent to all member library directors and board presidents, as well as to all current MVLS board members. Please contact Carol Clingan (cclingan@mvls.info) if you have any questions or need another copy of the memo or nomination form. Nominations should be submitted to Carol by March 25, 2011.

    01 February 2011

    Grant Opportunity - WalMart and Sam's Club Giving Programs

    WalMart and Sam's Club Giving Programs award grants to local nonprofit organizations, including libraries, that are working to create opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in the communities WalMart and Sam's Club serve.

    The minimum grant award amount is $250. Application are accepted from February 1 through December 1. To learn more about the program visit the website above and contact the Community Involvement Coordinator at the WalMart or Sam's Club store nearest you.

    31 January 2011

    Webcast - YA Alert : New Teen Titles for 2011

    Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Young adult literature remains one of the most exciting areas of the publishing world, and it’s challenging to keep up with the latest news and books. In this information-packed Booklist Publications webinar, attendees will learn about the year’s hottest YA releases. Booklist’s Young Adult editor Gillian Engberg will be joined by publishing representatives who will fill you in on their leading teen titles for spring and beyond. Sponsored by Egmont USA, Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Walker Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and Disney Book Group.

    Preregistration is required for this webinar. Sign up at this link. 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.

    30 January 2011

    PLS Spring Conference

    Date: Friday, April 15, 2011
    Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Place: Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY
    Cost: $30

    The Public Libraries Section of NYLA announces its 2011 Spring Conference. Featured speakers this year are Diane McCulloch and James Keller. Diane will be hosting sessions on Personal Branding and Dynamic Meeting Skills. James will be teaching about Increasing Library Relevance Through Branding and Using Performance Metrics for Success.

    Full conference information including lodging information and a registration form can be found here.

    27 January 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Let's Talk About It : The Civil War

    The ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are now accepting applications for “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a reading and discussion program in America’s libraries. Public libraries are invited to apply online through April 19 by visiting www.ala.org/civilwarprograms.

    Just in time to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” follows the popular Let’s Talk About It model, which engages participants in discussion of a set of common texts selected by a nationally known scholar for their relevance to a larger, overarching theme. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from NEH to the ALA Public Programs Office.

    In June, 50 public libraries will be selected to host the reading and discussion series and receive support materials from NEH and ALA. The program grant includes:
    A $2,500 grant from NEH to support program-related expenses.
    • Twenty-five sets of three titles: including “March” by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006), “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2002) and a forthcoming Civil War anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography, and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.

    • Promotional materials, including posters, bookmarks and folders, to support local audience recruitment efforts.

    • Training for the library project director at a national workshop, where they will hear from the project scholar, expert librarians and organizers and receive a program planning guide, materials and ideas.

    “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” is supported by NEH’s We the People initiative, which aims to stimulate and enhance the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. More information including project guidelines and the online application are available at www.ala.org/civilwarprograms.

    25 January 2011

    Teleconference - Free Content for Library Collections

    Date: Friday, February 4, 2011
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Place: Online at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/dupage.htm
    Cost: Free

    The Internet offers a treasure trove of free resources that can greatly expand the range of information and services that libraries can offer their patrons. But it's not always easy to find the best information to meet users' needs. In this program, Michael Galloway, Manager, Digital Collections for ipl2: Information You Can Trust, and John Mark Ockerbloom, editor of The Online Books Page, will give a tour of some of the millions of books, magazines, journals, and informative web sites that can be accessed online for free.

    Preregistration is required. Sign up by following the directions at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/dupage.htm. College of DuPage teleconferences are provided at no charge to New York's library community by the New York State Library and are supported in part with funds provided through the Library Services Technology Act.

    24 January 2011

    Webcast - Libraries are Essential : Providing Core Services for Readers

    Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online at www.libraryjournal.com/novelistcoreservices
    Cost: Free

    Libraries are often a community hub, the place where everyone is welcome and where everyone can not only find the information they need, but also seek solace and support. In short, libraries are an essential part of any thriving community. In this first of a three-part series of webcasts on the essentialness of libraries, Robin Nesbit, Sharron Smith, and Duncan Smith explore the value of readers’ services and best practices for conveying that value to the community.

    Providing Core Services for Readers is first in the three part Libraries are Essential series of webcasts.

    Registration is required for this webcast. Sign up at www.libraryjournal.com/novelistcoreservices. If you are not able to make the live webcast of Libraries are Essential: Providing Core Services for Readers, register now and you will get an email notification from Library Journal after the event when the webcast is archived and available for viewing at your convenience.

    11 January 2011

    Workshop - Expanding Connections : Online Outreach

    Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011
    Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Place: MVLS Service Center
    Instructor: Polly Farrington

    Are you taking advantage of all the online opportunities to connect with your customers and community? Does your library website serve as a virtual branch, providing easy 24/7 access to information and education resources? And most important, does it provide ways to easily connect with the most important library resource - YOU and your staff? This hands-on workshop will give you a chance to explore how to take your library's online presence to a new level via your webpage, blogs, social networking tools & more.

    Polly Farrington will present :"Expanding Connections: Online Outreach", which will teach participants to implement activities suggested at Libby Post's January "Going Viral" workshop. Come and work with Polly personally to learn or improve your online skills. The MVLS Laptop Lab will be available for your use; or bring your own laptop.

    This LSTA grant will pay $25 to each MVLS library that attends and returns follow up evaluations for workshops for this grant project.

    Space is limited! Register using this online form. Sign up early to ensure your spot, but no later than Tuesday, February 1. 2011

    * 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.

    07 January 2011

    Webinar - ADA Update : Revised Regulations for Disability Acommodations for the Public

    Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/502/index.html
    Cost: Free

    •Has your library recently added ebooks, podcasts, or other new electronic resources?
    •Are you planning a renovation? Just finished one?
    •Working to redesign your library website?
    •Is that marmoset really a legally designated service animal?

    Some of the newly revised American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations take effect on March 14, 2011, and more are in the works. Libraries face new challenges and requirements for meeting both the spirit and letter of the law.

    At the end of this webinar, attendees will understand the new ADA:

    •accommodation requirements for libraries for users with disabilities
    •federal regulations that redefine "service animals"
    •standards for electronic resources, including websites
    •accessible building design
    •grievance procedures

    An overview of the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Government will also be presented.

    This one-hour webinar will be of interest to library staff involved with accessibility issues, involved in building renovation projects, or working with special needs library users.
    There is no preregistration required for this webinar. Simply visit the link above beginning at 2:30 PM on February 16 to join in. Webinars are archived on the Infopeople website and are available for viewing after the original broadcast date.

    05 January 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Wish You Well Foundation

    The Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Organizations with a 501 (c) 3 are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed approximately 4 times per year. Requests for funding generally range from $200 to $10,000. Application forms and complete program information is available here.

    03 January 2011

    Velma K. Moore Award

    The Library Trustees Association of New York State (LTA) is seeking nominations for the 2011 Velma K. Moore Award to be presented at the Trustee Institute, April 29 & 30, 2011 in Albany.

    The Velma K. Moore Award was established in 1962 to honor the memory of Velma Moore, wife of former NYS Lt. Governor Frank C. Moore. From 1947 until her death in l1961, Velma actively worked to improve library service in New York State. A member of LTA from its establishment, she also served two terms as its president.

    The award is presented annually at the LTA Trustee Institute and carries a cash prize of $1,000 which is given to the recipient's library of choice. The award is granted to an individual or group of individuals who has made exemplary contributions to the development of library services in New York. Nominees may include trustees, a community member, staff or any group of library supporters. Please note that current LTA directors are NOT eligible and former LTA directors cannot be nominated for the award until one year after leaving their service on the LTA board.

    Criteria for evaluating nominees includes service to local, county, system or state libraries which advances the effectiveness of these libraries; service in areas of legislation or other support that advances library causes; promotional services through publishing, speaking or involvement in professional or lay library groups or organization; service to state or national library organizations; and/or service on state study committees.

    Nominations may be submitted by e-mail or mail. The official e-mail address for nominations is: rreissig@librarytrustees.org. Please put Velma K.. Moore Award in the subject line. Submitting nominations to any other e-mail will not be accepted. You may mail nominations to: Rita Reissig, 360 Castle Street, Geneva, NY 14456.

    Deadline for nominations is February 15, 2011. The letter of nomination must include the following for the nominee: name, address, telephone number.