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.