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.

 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.