28 September 2011

PLA Awards

This year PLA of offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries. Nominate your colleagues or libraries for one of the nine awards before December 1, 2011.


  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.


  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library.


  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator, and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.


  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.

  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community.


  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee, or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC.


  • Highsmith Library Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.


  • Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services.


  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming.

    The PLA Award Nomination Form is open until Dec. 1, 2011. An award jury appointed by the PLA President will review each nomination. Winners will be announced in February 2012. Awards will be presented at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, contact the PLA office, (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA or by email pla@ala.org.
  • 27 September 2011

    Schoharie in the News

    Schoharie, still working to rebuild after damage left behind by Hurricane Irene, has gotten some wonderful press over the last couple of days.

    The Times Union did a great story on the Schoharie Library's cleanup efforts on Sunday, September 25. That article is here. Kudos to library director Cathy Caiazzo for being a fabulous representative for the library.

    And on Monday, September 26, David Letterman appealed to his viewers nationwide to send support to the town. Letterman featured the Village of Schoharie on his show in November, 2002, bussing nearly half of the Village's population to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City where The Late Show is filmed. That video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHd1BoOeN-0

    Webinar - Beyond the Norm : Building a Culture of Creativity and Innovation in Libraries

    Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2011
    Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
    Place: Online at http://infopeople.org/training/beyond-norm
    Cost:
    Free

    In order to succeed in the 21st century, library workers and leaders will need to embrace new ways of doing business and reaching our users. Doing this requires embarking on a comprehensive, dynamic, and ongoing process of reinvention, beginning with an intentional and imaginative effort to design, develop, and implement new ways to serve and connect with our users.

    In this webinar, we will examine models for innovation used within the private sector and explore their relevance to libraries. Everyone has a role in charting the future for libraries and each of us has a responsibility for helping build a culture of creativity and innovation within our libraries.

    At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will have:



    • Concrete ways to foster creative ideas and innovation within their libraries


    • Seen real-life examples of libraries building cultures of innovation


    • Plans to encourage creativity and innovation in their own libraries


    This webinar will be of interest to all library staff interested in building or supporting within their libraries.

    Please note: Be sure to download the webinar workbook before the presentation begins!

    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/beyond-norm on October 5 to join in.

    26 September 2011

    PLA Conference Registration Open

    Housing and registration are now open for the Public Library Association’s Conference, to be held March 13-17, 2012 in Philadelphia.

    Visit the PLA conference web site for information about registration, conference programming, special events, travel, and everything the conference and Philadelphia have to offer.

    25 September 2011

    Grant Opportunity - Conservation/Preservation Discretionary Grants

    The Conservation/Preservation Discretionary online grant application for 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 will be limited to a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $40,000.

    Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, December 2, 2011.

    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
    preservation@mail.nysed.gov

    22 September 2011

    Workshop - The Future of Youth Services is Here

    Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (workshop begins at 9:30 AM)
    Place: Rotterdam Branch, SCPL
    Presenter: Linda Braun
    Cost: Free for MVLS/UHLS member library staff; $25 per library (not per person) all others

    In August 2011 the web turned 20. In those 20 years the tools and resources for librarians working with teens and tweens have changed dramatically. So too have the ways in which teens and tweens interact with libraries. In this interactive session, led by Linda W. Braun, you'll find out what is and should be happening in services to tweens and teens today and where teens and tweens and libraries are headed tomorrow.

    Register online here.

    This workshop is supported in part by Federal Library Services & Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    Webinar - Great Group Reads

    Date: Friday, October 7, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free


    October is National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association. Celebrate the month and its Great Group Reads program at this Booklist webinar. Join popular readers'-advisory expert Kaite Mediatore Stover to hear about her long experience running and blogging about library book groups as she moderates a panel that includes Great Group Reads selection committee chair Rosalind Reisner and Great Group Reads titles publishers Workman-Algonquin and Penguin. Leave the webinar with programming ideas, tips, and recommendations for your own National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads celebrations.

    Preregistration is required and can be done through 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.

    21 September 2011

    Webinar - Connecting Community : Why a Public Library is an Essential Component to its Survival

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    Librarians of today must engage and connect more deeply with their communities. Now more than ever, both parties are dependent on one another to be able to survive in a difficult economy. We must actively connect, consult, and collaborate with members of the community in order to build and strengthen those relationships.

    Preregistration is required and can be done through this link. If you are not able to make the live webcast of Connecting Community: Why a library’s public is an essential component to its survival, 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.



    Webinar - The Scoop on Series Nonfiction

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Online
    Cost: Free

    An hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Lerner, Creative Company, Black Rabbit, Amicus, and Norwood House.


    Preregistration is required and can be done through 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.

    08 September 2011

    Authors Among Us Programs Cancelled

    The Middleburgh Library was damaged by Hurricane Irene and is closed until further notice. The short fiction workshops scheduled to be held in Middleburgh as part of the Authors Among Us series on September 10, 17, and 24 have been cancelled.