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

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