CLRC will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28.
Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend.
George Fisk Comfort (1833-1910), first dean of the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, was highly involved in the effort to establish the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and what is now the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.
The collection, dating from 1822 to 1956, includes correspondence, photographs, writings and other materials from George Fisk Comfort, his grandfather, father, wife, son and various other relatives. His father, Silas Comfort, a Methodist minister, was at the center of a controversial ecclesiastical trial after allowing the testimony of an African American to be used against a white parishioner in the 1830s. Comfort’s wife, Anna Manning Comfort, was a graduate of the first class from the New York Medical College for Women and the first licensed female practitioner in Connecticut.
Read more about the collection here.
The EAD finding aid is available at http://archives.syr.edu/
For more information on this collection, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New York State Library, teaming up with more than 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide, announced the launch of “Summer Reading at New York Libraries,” the 2013 New York State summer reading program. The annual program gives children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.
Through participation in summer reading programs, children can receive reading lists and participate in activities at their local libraries. At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.
According to New York State Library officials, 1.74 million young people statewide participated in last year’s summer reading program. It is the expressed hope of program coordinators at the New York State Library, Assembly and Senate that increased attention on the benefits of summer reading will result in expanded participation.
For more information about the importance of summer reading, please visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm.
State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. noted that summer reading programs allow students to maintain educational advances when not in school. “The Board of Regents and I encourage students across New York to participate in the summer reading programs at their local public libraries. As educators across New York work to implement the new Common Core Standards, it is important that students continue to read while school is not in session,” said Commissioner King. “The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program, supported by the
State Library in conjunction with our partners in the State Assembly and Senate, is a great way for students to work towards college and career readiness during the summer and stay academically sharp for the next school year.”
“Every parent and teacher knows how important reading is to the educational success of all students. It is the fundamental building block for every other subject and allows children to explore the world they live in. ‘Summer Reading at New York Libraries’ provides those who participate with a great opportunity to reinforce lessons learned throughout the school year while also having some fun. I hope all parents will visit their local library to take part in the summer reading fun,” said Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
“The summer reading program is a great resource for students,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “I encourage both students and parents to take advantage of this wonderful program that will operate in many libraries across the state.”
“Libraries are wonderful resources for families and I encourage everyone to visit their library this summer,” said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), chair of the Senate’s Select Committee on Libraries. “The State Summer Reading Program is a great way for students to enjoy their summer while also improving their reading and comprehension skills. Many libraries also offer special programs and events that are both fun and educational. Please support and visit your local library this summer – you’ll be glad you did!”
“The New York State Library’s summer reading program is fun for the whole family. It gives parents and children a great excuse to explore their library, enjoy great events, discover new books and improve their reading comprehension,” said Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan), chair of the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology.
Digital book authors are finding that signed books are powerful marketing tools and an effective way to connect with their fans.
Digital Book World has addressed this topic in a two part article.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced that 125 libraries and state humanities councils will receive programming grants of $3,500 – 4,500 to host a Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys reading and discussion series.
CONGRATULATIONS to Utica Public Library as one of the libraries selected to receive a grant.
For a list of the 125 selected libraries CLICK HERE.
The New York State Department of Civil Service has announced an examination for the Director of the State Library.
For details and information on how to apply to take the examination, please visit:http://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc/28-297.cfm
The application deadline is June 17, 2013.
The Director of the State Library is a senior policy and leadership position within the Education Department. The Director is be responsible for leading a team of professionals that ensure the stewardship and access of a collection of over 20 million items that are in a variety of formats.
The Director is responsible for leading a team of professionals that collaborate and support over 7,000 libraries statewide and ensure every New Yorker has basic access to library materials.
The mission of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) is to promote the protection of cultural property during armed conflict and provide an emergency response when needed.
The ALA Executive Board appoints a representative to serve on the Board of USCBS.
The representative will attend USCBS meetings (physical and virtual) and provide a report on USCBS activities to the International Relations Committee at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings, and alert the IRC to any actions for ALA from the USCBS during the year.
September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2015
The New York State Library recently announced the winners of the 2013 Teen Video Challenge for New York State.
Liverpool Public Library teens won the competition with their video titled Alice in the Maximum Potter Games.
New York State Assemblymember Sam Roberts was on hand for the award ceremony held on Thursday, May 16. Congratulations to the Liverpool teens!
Skip Prichard is a proven leader, with an outstanding record of accomplishment. He comes to OCLC most recently from Ingram Content Group Inc., which provides physical and digital services to the book industry, where he served as President and CEO from January 2008 through June 2012. He had joined Ingram Content Group in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer.
From October 2005 to April 2007, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning, an organization with 1,200 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He also held posts as General Manager and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at ProQuest from April 2003 to October 2005.
Prior to his work at Ingram and ProQuest, Skip held executive positions with LexisNexis, where as Vice President he provided business information and risk management solutions to global corporations, libraries and other organizations.
Skip has the leadership skills, the experience, commitment and energy to guide the cooperative during this particularly exciting time for libraries. He has guided global organizations through eras of significant innovation and growth. These experiences and his commitment to libraries will help us continue our work to move library services forward—in the cloud, on mobile devices and through the collaborative work of libraries and partners around the world.
Skip will succeed Jay Jordan, who will retire June 30 after 15 years as OCLC President and CEO. We all know how much Jay has meant to the cooperative. He has presided over a period of remarkable growth, innovation and global expansion at OCLC. His contributions to the OCLC cooperative, to libraries and to librarianship will have a lasting impact and have provided the cooperative with a strong foundation to continue to advance our mission. We are grateful for Jay’s leadership and dedication.
Jay’s continued leadership provided the OCLC Board of Trustees ample time to conduct a thorough executive search and we had a very strong pool of outstanding candidates. The board was guided in the search process by a three-member steering committee that included Larry Alford, former Board Chair, and Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries; Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas; and me. The entire board was very closely involved in this selection process, and I am grateful for their time and dedicated service.
We are very pleased that effective June 3, Skip Prichard will serve as OCLC President-elect. He will be on the Dublin campus for much of June, working closely with Jay and the OCLC Strategic Leadership Team during the transition. He will become OCLC President and CEO on July 1, 2013.
Skip plans to attend the ALA Annual Conference in June and the IFLA conference in August. His first order of business will be to meet with you, to listen, learn and engage with member libraries. I know you will be impressed with his energy and commitment to advancing the success of libraries and the mission of your cooperative.
As posted by Sandy Yee, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees on 5/16/13.
The Nominating Committee for the 2014 ALA Election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2014 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large.
The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2014 spring election.
The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2014-2015, as President in 2015-2016, and as Immediate Past President in 2016-2017.
The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning at the close of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2017 Annual Conference.
The ALA President and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA]. Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.
Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; fax; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form.
Nominations and forms must be received no later than August 16, 2013.
Nominations may be sent to any member of the 2014 ALA Nominating Committee:
Stephen Matthews, Librarian, Foxcroft School Currier Library, Middleburg, VA, (540) 687-4422
Nick Buron, Director, Community Library Services , Queens Library , Jamaica , NY, (718) 990-8545
John DeSantis, Cataloging & Metadata Services Librarian, Dartmouth College, Hanover , NH, (603) 646-0413
Nancy Everhart, Associate Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 644-8122
Adriene Lim, Dean, University Libraries, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, (248) 370-2486
Andrew Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC, Dublin, OH, (614) 764-6435
Eva Poole, Chief of Staff, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC, (202) 727-4919
Karen Schneider, University Librarian, Cushing Library, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA, (510) 436-1160
Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT, (860) 757-6510
Individuals who do not wish to go through the nominations process may run for office by petition. Petitions will be available from Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, Council Secretariat, ALA, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611 or during the 2013 Annual Conference or 2014 Midwinter Meeting.
Petitions require 25 signatures for names to be included on the 2014 ballot. Electronic petitions can also be created.
Deadline for filing petitions is January 31, 2014.
Reprinted from American Libraries Direct
Libraries are Laboratories for Deep Learning
The increasingly digital context brings challenges and opportunities for librarians, library staff, archivists, and museum professionals. New roles and the competencies required to perform them are evolving. One overriding role for all of us is that of the leader. The complexity of the changes we experience leads to many unfamiliar situations in which deep learning is necessary to successfully work through the problems and challenges. Scholar Warren Bennis calls these “crucible” experiences.
Libraries today are rich with such experiences. They are laboratories for deep learning. To keep pace with the changing needs and interests of our communities they also need to be workplaces that expect, cultivate, and support innovation. Today’s libraries require each of us to be a leader, whether by position held or by opportunity taken.
In late March, I served as a faculty member for the first Harvard Graduate School of Education Library Leadership in a Digital Age institute. I initiated the institute to address challenges we face as leaders in this new expanding context, and I led a session in which a group of about 100 participants had a lively discussion to identify future competencies. The framework for this discussion consisted of four general competency domains: conceptual or problem solving; specialist competencies; interpersonal skills; and self-management.
The conceptual domain includes such abilities as creativity and critical thinking, while the specialist area includes deep knowledge of a discipline and literacy. The interpersonal skills category includes communication, influence, and collaboration—all key for effective leadership.
Competencies in self-management, a relatively new competency framework, include risk-taking and a commitment to continuous learning and improvement.
To develop your future competencies, start by examining your current and emerging areas of responsibility. Take time to explore what is changing in your work and in your area of practice. Determine the key competencies for this work. Identify your strengths and build upon them. Identify areas for your development. Focus on not more than two or three key areas in which you are ready to commit to developing competence. Prepare and follow a leadership development plan.
Seek colleagues who will provide support, positive reinforcement, and guidance. Seek honest, specific feedback from trusted sources. Listen to this feedback with an open mind. Pay special attention to dissonant information. This can be an important source for new learning. Make a firm and unwavering commitment to learning and developing new areas of competence.
Adopt a practice of affirming your accomplishments. Take time to acknowledge and appreciate your achievements. Do this for others. Contribute to the learning and development of your colleagues. Recognize and take advantage of opportunities to learn and develop in your day-to-day workplace. See the library as your own laboratory for continual learning.
Through its divisions, offices, and chapters, ALA offers many programs in a variety of formats to support professional development. ALA members are often the first to identify and develop programs to address new areas of competence.
This August, ALA will present its first leadership institute, Leading to the Future (Completed applications and required attachments must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Central time on May 10.) The curriculum will include leading in turbulent times; interpersonal competence; power and influence; the art of convening groups; and creating a culture of inclusion, innovation, and transformation.
The success of the first Library Leadership in a Digital Age institute portends continuation of this program and bodes well for the ALA Leadership Institute as means to help more of us to be ready for the challenges we face.
Beginning Thursday, May 23, lynda.com will offer tips and tricks sessions to users, demonstrating how they can get the most out of the library of the high quality, professional instructional videos available for free through CLRC’s rotation licenses.
These 30-minute overviews will highlight useful features such as searching for courses, creating and sharing playlists, bookmarking, and earning certificates of completion
The lynda.com Client Services Team will present these sessions at two times on Thursdays. Please register using the following links:
- May 23 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. EST
- May 30 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. EST
- June 6 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. EST
- June 13 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. EST
- June 20 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. EST
- June 27 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. EST
The Great Gatsby author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, lived in Syracuse, New York as a young boy.
His ledger was recently discovered by a researcher working at the Onondaga Historical Association.
In the ledger, Fitzgerald wrote about his “Sarycuse” childhood memories, the apartments he lived in with his parents and the school he attended. He lived in Syracuse from the age of 4 to 7 when his father was transferred to Buffalo.
Read the full article by Sean Kirst in Syracuse.com.
23rd Annual Student Research Awards Entry Deadline: July 1, 2013.
The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12. A total of three awards will be given; one each for students in Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12
The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records held in historical repositories* in New York State.
For additional information, guidelines and entry form visit Student Research Award, NYS Archives.
Faculty members at Texas A&M and eight other colleges are testing CourseSmart, digital textbooks that allow them to track students’ progress. They can tell when students are skipping pages, failing to highlight passages or not opening the book at all.
The Empire Friends Library Advocacy Award was given to Dan Casey posthumously in 1995 and renamed the Dan Casey Award to honor the memory of one who worked as an effective library advocate for 41 years. Dan Casey, a resident of Solvay, NY, was known as “Mr. Library” for his tireless advocacy on behalf of libraries at international, national, state, county, and local levels. He paved the way for libraries in legislative and other government offices with his persistence in stating his belief in libraries and in better library services.
This EFR award honors a volunteer member or group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations.
Applications can be submitted by mail (three copies) to Betsy Sywetz, PO Box 957, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, or email to email@example.com.
The deadline is early this year: June 1.
Read more at the NYLA.org site
Google has a reputation of creating applications and just when people are buying into the idea, they cancel.
A blog appeared in the Washington Post a few weeks back about investing our time into these apps and then slowly losing our trust in Google when they change their minds. Read the article.
Visit the Google Graveyard and leave a flower on your favorite deceased app.
Two environmental studies students developed a program that will enable students to “borrow” a bicycle from Moon Library.
For a $20 annual fee, students will have unlimited access to the bikes.
The program will begin with the fall 2013 semester. Each bicycle has a small attached basket. Perfect for taking your borrowed books home.
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is accepting program, preconference and institute proposals for Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia and Annual 2014 in Las Vegas.
All of the details, including links to the proposal form and a quick FAQ, may be found here:
Proposals for all events are due MAY 15, 2013.
Questions? Contact Liz Markel.
Congratulations to the folks at the association for this recognition and for providing a valuable resource to the people of Onondaga County and beyond.
The special report issue of American Libraries on The State of American Libraries is available online.
Here is the link: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/33759128#/33759128/1
Currently, about 38% of the world’s population uses the internet.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently said that everybody in the world will be on the Internet within seven years. Do you agree?
St. John Fisher College announced that it will offer its doctoral program in Executive Leadership (Ed.D) at the Onondaga Community College (OCC) Regional Higher Education Center beginning in September 2013.
The program is designed for executives and managers in education, health care, not-for-profit, business, military, and government.
OCC Interim President, Meg O’Connell said, “Incorporating a doctoral-degree program, such as this, affords citizens the ability to earn their associate’s, their bachelor’s, their master’s, and now, finally, a doctoral degree without ever leaving Onondaga’s campus.”
Program information sessions are scheduled for May 22, June 19, and July 17 on the OCC campus.
Read more about this partnership in the Syracuse Business Journal.
ALA Annual Conference 2013
The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant was established in February, 2011 to honor the memory of the late Bob Asleson, one of the most creative and prolific executives in the information industry. The grant subsidizes attendance at either the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting or the Annual Conference. Each grant is in the amount of $1,500.00.
Candidates for the Master of Library Science degree in ALA-accredited programs are eligible to apply for this grant. Successful recipients are selected based on economic need and the quality of an essay written according to criteria set by the grant’s board of directors. To date, four grants have been awarded.
We would be pleased if you could inform your students and faculty about the availability of this grant. The essay subject for attendance at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois June 27 – July 2 is the following:
Collaboration for libraries has been a key component, but of late its importance has increased dramatically and continues to grow. For instance: collaboration with faculty to integrate library resources with curriculum or course development; serving as student support services; other institutions to support purchase of materials and/or preserve collections. Discuss the role collaboration has played recently.
Submission deadline is May 15, so we hope you will notify eligible candidates as soon as possible.
An advisor and guide to countless members of the profession, Bob’s 50-year career spanned both traditional and innovative technologies, from reference materials to CD-ROMs to online databases. He held presidential positions at several leading industry companies, while also serving on countless information industry organization boards.
This award is particularly appropriate as Bob was present at virtually every ALA conference from the mid-1960s through 2008. He regarded conferences as opportunities to connect with people — both established colleagues and new acquaintances — and to be exposed to the latest ideas and industry developments. It was said of him that “He never met a trade show he didn’t like.” This award helps provide the same exposure and experience for the selected students as they prepare for their careers in Library Science.
The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant is proud to have been granted 501(c) (3) status by the Internal Revenue Service so that all donations to it are fully tax-deductible. Complete details of the grant are available on the website at www.aslesongrant.org. If any additional information is required, please feel free to contact me directly.
We are excited to be able to support this grant honoring Bob Asleson — a dear friend and colleague — and we look forward to continuing to present these awards to deserving students for many years.
Iris L. Hanney
Chairman of the Board
Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant
Bernard A. Margolis, the State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, has officially endorsed the “Empire State Information Fluency Continuum.”
The “Empire State Information Fluency Continuum,” developed by the New York City School Library System, is aligned to the New York State Board of Regents Common Core Learning Standards. It provides a K-12 framework for library programs in an effort to provide students with the skills necessary to become independent readers and learners, and is a crucial tool for improving information literacy.
Margolis stated that the Continuum, ”has already become the standard which defines information literacy and helps to define the inquiry skills essential for student success,” and commented that he is, “pleased with the enormous effort demonstrated by the work of school librarians on the Information Fluency Continuum and honored to join those endorsing this essential effort.”
Margolis joins the New York Library Association, the School Library Systems Association of New York State, Inc. and many individual school library systems in his endorsement of the Information Fluency Continuum. He recommends that the Benchmark Skills for Grades K – 12 Assessments/Common Core Alignment receive the widest distribution. To view this document, visit: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/1A931D4E-1620-4672-ABEF-460A273D0D5F/0/EmpireStateIFC.pdf.
The Continuum is also now available through the State Education Department’s EngageNY website at http://engageny.org/resource/selection-of-authentic-texts-for-common-core-instruction-guidance-and-a-list-of-resources, where you can click on the link for NYS School Library Systems Association, https://nyslsa-schoollibrarians-elamodules.wikispaces.com/. EngageNY can now also be accessed through the NOVELNY website, http://novelnewyork.org/, and NOVELNY is accessible from EngageNY. In addition, the Continuum has also been posted to the State Library website at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/slssap/index.html
To read more about the State Librarian’s official endorsement of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/slssap/index.html. For more information, contact the Office of the State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Syracuse University School of Information (iSchool) library program faculty members have just been awarded $752,503 in grants from the 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
A $498,788 grant was awarded to Dr. Barbara Stripling, assistant professor of practice, to develop a new initiative, “PLUS-NY: Empowering Voices,” through the iSchool’s Master of Science-level Library and Information Science program. The program will prepare 15 current New York City teachers to become school library media specialists.
In addition, a $253,715 grant was awarded to Dr. Ruth Small, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor, to extend and enhance Project ENABLE, a program in the continuing education category. Project ENABLE is a partnership between the iSchool’s Center for Digital Literacy and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Dr. Small is PI on the project and William Myhill (BBI) and Renee Franklin Hill (iSchool) are co-PIs. Project ENABLE has focused on face-to-face and online training for school librarians to help them better design and implement their library and information programs and services for students with disabilities.
The complete story is at: http://ischool.syr.edu/newsroom/news.aspx?recid=1443
Preservation Week, “Pass It On!” will take place April 22 – 26 for local institutions across the country to celebrate with preservation-themed events in their own communities.
Sponsored by the American Library Association and partners that include the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The American Institute for Conservation, Heritage Preservation, and the Society of American Archivists, Preservation Week will highlight collections of all kinds, and suggest simple steps to help you make sure your treasures and memories last a lifetime and are passed on to future generations.
Amigos Imaging and Preservation Field Service (IPS) will be offering a series of free webinars to celebrate Preservation Week. Each one-hour webinar will focus on a different preservation topic. “These webinars will give a brief overview of a topic but more importantly, they connect people to the services that the Imaging & Preservation Service can provide to others,” says Gina Minks, IPS Manager. “I hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity!”
This week is National Library Week! Check out some of the things local libraries are doing, and please email uswith any other events going on!
Wednesday April 17th: National Library Week Open House
Visit Mundy Branch for our National Library Week Open House. Come and discover how we can help you and your family through our collections, digital resources and more. Our library is a great place to spend quality time and make connections. Communities matter @ your library.
Thursday, April 18th: An Evening with Author Garth Stein
A Special OCPL Program: An Evening with Author Garth Stein, held at 7:30 pm at Temple Adath Yeshurun, 450 Kimber Road, Syracuse. In celebration of National Library Week, author Garth Stein will speak and read from his best selling novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Made possible by the NYS grant secured by Senator DeFrancisco. Free Tickets available at the Service Desk at all OCPL libraries.
Saturday April 20th: National Library Week
Betts Branch Library is pleased to honor Laura Jane Tracy for almost 30 years of service to the Betts Branch Library.
Mrs. Tracy will receive the National Library Week Volunteer Award—an award given to a person who promotes and supports Betts Branch Library. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Wendy Ressler President, Board of Trustees at the DeWitt Community Library wrote a compelling letter to the editor of the Post Standard in Syracuse.
The deadline for submission for the Onondaga County Public Library’s Library Puzzler program is today, and the winners will be announced Friday, April 19th.
Dunham Public Library in Whitesboro is sponsoring a poetry contest. The final reception will be on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 pm in the Library’s Community Room. The contest winners will be announced and the winners will have the opportunity to read their poems.
This is National Library Week. It is a perfect opportunity to write your legislators and let them know how important libraries are to you and about the positive difference libraries make in your community. Libraries need your voice!
Although they continue to be busier than ever, many libraries struggle to maintain budgets, staff, and resources to serve the needs of their communities. Your message of support is important because state governments provide much needed funding for libraries. Without funding, libraries will be unable to continue making available all the resources they do (e.g., books, public access to the Internet, homework assistance) to your community. Like you, families, job seekers, small businesses, and students need their libraries.
If you agree with Walter Cronkite—“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”—take this opportunity to write now. Your message will make a difference, and your state library association has provided an easy and effective way for you to write your elected officials to let them know how much you value the libraries in your community. Here is that link:
Consider sharing a personal story about how your public, school, or college library makes a positive impact in your own community. For example, let your elected officials know how much your children depend on their school libraries to help them succeed in school, or explain how much you depend on your public library to connect you to information you need.
Please forward this message to your friends, family, and colleagues in your state. Ask them to take this opportunity to support libraries in their communities, too!
Thank you for advocating for libraries and library staff.
Plans are underway for the City of Oneida community to get a bigger, better library.
Currently, the Oneida Public Library has 7,800 square feet of usable space. The new building will more than double that area. Parking will increase from 18 spaces to 75 and a large meeting room is planned for hosting community events. The new library will be on one level, instead of the current three floors, making it fully accessible and compliant with ADA.
“People like our little library. It’s cozy,” says youth librarian Michele Ryan. “But we’d like to be cozy for a lot more people.”
Watch a YouTube video for the library’s campaign.
READ MORE from the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
EveryoneON is an ambitious new public service advertising campaign of the Advertising Council in partnership with Connect2Compete, the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a variety of other organizations including State Libraries.
Traditional ads and social media messages will raise awareness of the importance of being “connected”. Over 30% of all Americans have no internet access at home and limited access outside home. For many, library internet access is the ONLY access they have. For more information, visit: http://everyoneon.adcouncil.org/
Attempts to successfully “restore” library aid funds lost over the past years were successful! Thanks for the great effort by the library community to make this happen. Legislators were convinced to add $4 million to the previously funded $82 million. While every dollar helps, the hill remains steep on the way back to $102 million, the statutory funding target. Please take a moment to thank your Senator and Assemblymember for their support. Remind them (again) of the important service your library provides. Invite them to a library program. Invite them to tell a story to children.
The Federal Communications Commission raised the E-Rate program funding cap for 2013 by 1.8%. This increase (from $2.34M to $2.38M) provides an opportunity to distribute more E-rate funding for schools and libraries.
NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON LIBRARIES AND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY:
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has announced appointments to the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology.
Micah Kellner, Committee Chair, Manhattan’s “silk stocking” district
Thomas Abinanti, District 92 (Greenburgh/Westchester)
Barbara Clark, District 33 (Queeens)
Steven Otis, District 91 (Rye/Westchester)
Philip Palmesano, District 132 (Steuben, Schuyler, etc.)
**Samuel Roberts, District 128 (Syracuse)
Joseph Saladino, District 9 (Massapequa)
Michael Solages, District 22 (Valley Stream/Elmont)
Kenneth Zebrowski, District 96 (New City, Clarkstown)
SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES:
Senator Hugh T. Farley continues as Committee Chair
David Carlucci , District 38 (Rockland County)
William J. Larkin, Jr. , District 39 (Orange County)
Kenneth P. LaValle, 1st District (Port Jefferson)
Carl L. Marcellino, 5th District (Nassau & Suffolk)
Jack M. Martins, 7th District (Mineola/Long Island)
George D. Maziarz, District 62 (Niagara/Orleans County)
Patty Ritchie, District 48 (St. Lawrence)
**James L. Seward, District 51 (Milford/Otsego)
**David J. Valesky, District 53 (Syracuse/Oneida)
These Committees are the voice for library matters. Add them to your mailing and e-mailing lists. Invite them to your programs.
SUPREME COURT RULE:
The United States Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 (Kirtsaeng v. Wiley) that the “first sale doctrine” applies to libraries and library users.
There are 756 public libraries in New York State. Public and association libraries must be chartered (incorporated) and registered (licensed) in order to receive State or local public funds. For more information on chartering and registering go to: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/charter/index.html and http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/register/index.html.
The British Library has just launched a project to collect and preserve everything that is published online in Britain.
The archive will cover 4.8 million websites encompassing books and academic journals as well as alternative sources of literature, news and comment including popular blogs, web forums and social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.
The curators and experts from participating libraries have chosen 100 websites they judge essential to future generations.
Read more on the story here.
The March issue of the Harvard Business Review features an article by Jorge Cauz, President of Encyclopaedia Brittannica, about the end of the bound volumes.
Mr. Cauz tells us about the reasons surrounding the decision. Read the article HERE.
The next deadline for placing an order for the NY 3Rs consortial purchasing agreement with EBSCO Publishing is Friday, June 7th, 2013. Libraries may place an order in the EBSCOhost Collection Manager at any time but will not be invoiced until after June 7th. The discount is volume-driven, so the more libraries that sign up, the greater the potential discount will be.
EBSCO offers a library of 22 Subject Sets and 170,000 individuals titles that purchasing libraries will own into perpetuity.
To learn more about the NY 3Rs consortial eBook offer with EBSCO and to find instructions for purchasing, visit http://www.ny3rs.org/projects/ebsco-ebooks/.