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.