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.