CLRC members are partnering for the health of the patron.
Under the Affordable Care Act, everyone was required to have health insurance by January 1st. With the extension, people can still buy and exchange health plans through the end of March without penalty.
The students are at UPL on Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm throughout March. Pass the word.
Greetings Library Advocates,
On Tuesday, March 4, Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 6 2014, NYLA is encouraging Library Advocates from across New York State to go old-school, pick up the telephone, and CALL their elected representatives and tell them of your support for Library Aid.
Here’s what to do:
- Use NYLA Online Advocacy Center Online Directory to look up your elected representatives (enter your zipcode, click on ‘go’, click on their names, then click on the ‘Contact’ tab for the phone number).
- Call the number and read the script below.
- Use the Online Reporting Form to report your calls to NYLA.
“Hello, this is <your name>, I am a constituent of <Legislator’s Name>, and a patron of the <your local library>. I am calling today to voice my support for Library Aid in the 2014-15 New York State Budget.
Please tell <Legislator’s Name> to reject Governor Cuomo’s move to cut library aid by $4M, and to fully fund library aid at $102M mandated in education law.
Every dollar the state allocates to library aid, community libraries provide patrons with services that would cost $7 in local taxes to provide.
I love my library and I vote. Thank you.”
The FY2014-15 New York State Budget is being finalized NOW and your voice counts in influencing the process!
On the off chance you haven’t already done so, you can still send in your e-mail of support as well:
Take Action NOW!
Governor Cuomo has proposed $81.6M in Library Aid, which removes the additional $4M provided by the Legislature in the 2013-14 Budget ($85.6M).
This represents a 4.7% cut in Library Aid!
Click the link – Click ‘Take Action’ – Enter Your Name & Address – Click ‘Send Message’
The entire process takes less than two minutes, and it makes a difference!
Click here to send your message of support for Library Funding NOW!
Thanks to you all for your efforts – every voice is needed in our fight to restore full funding for libraries.
CLRC member institution, Masonic Medical Research Laboratories, was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the Mohawk Valley Regional Development Council. The monies will be used to purchase a genetic sequencer to continue research in inherited cardiac arrhythmia such as SIDS.
Congratulations and keep up the great work. Read more.
Just in time for a central New York St. Patrick’s Day.
Syracuse University Libraries has received a significant donation of materials from the estate of Irish writer, Padraic Colum.
Thanks to Eric D. Sherman (class of ’91), the donation includes books, manuscript notebooks and correspondence letters from Jack Yeats, W. Somerset Maugham, Thornton Wilder, and others.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission is proposing a new grant program for “Access to Historical Records”. According to NHPRC’s blog, the program will seek to fund the following types of projects:
- Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats
- Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio and visual formats
More information about the grant deadlines, amounts, and more on their blog here.
The NHPRC staff will be holding a webinar regarding this new grant opportunity on Wednesday, February 19th at 2pm at this URL: https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=86503625 . The access code is 6503625.
Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2014
Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisition in Modern Libraries
A book edited by
- Kathleen Sacco (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
- Scott Richmond (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
- Sara Parme (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
- Kerrie Fergen Wilkes (State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA)
To be published by IGI Global: http://bit.ly/HSNq0O
For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series.
The Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for
uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.
The Digital Humanities is an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. Digital humanities embrace a variety of topics, from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets.
Digital humanities (also known as DH) currently incorporates both digitized and born-digital materials and combine the methodologies from traditional humanities disciplines and social sciences with tools provided by computing (such as data visualization, information
retrieval, data mining, statistics, text mining) and digital publishing.
Objective of the Book
Research in the digital humanities relies on knowledge of datamanagement and on collaboration across a range of disciplines. Libraries and Library Professionals are situated to be both supporters and participants in digital humanities research.
This publication will bring together current research in the discipline of digital humanities, focusing on the role of libraries and library staff in the research, creation, and dissemination of the
The book will be an asset to librarians navigating the beginnings of a digital humanities project as well as a guide for researchers in the DH process exploring potential partnerships with libraries.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Overview of DH and current scholarship
-Role of librarians in DH
-Role of libraries and research centers in the DH process
-Digital methods and modes of knowledge acquisition
-Role of libraries in supporting the DH instructor
-Future directions in the discipline
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2014, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 15, 2014 about the status
of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com.
This publication is anticipated to be release in 2015.
*February 28, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline*March 15, 2014:
Notification of Acceptance
-April 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission
-June 30, 2014: Review Results Returned
-August 30, 2014: Final Chapter Submission
-October 15, 2014: Final Deadline
The department of civil service has announced the first exam for this title since (I think) 2007.
Application deadline is March 19
Test will be given May 3-4
Everyone who is looking for a library job in NY state should consider applying, including those with MLS degrees who are looking for entry level positions. Salary for this grade starts at $32, 653.
Probably not as high as most MLS graduates want to start, and perhaps a paraprofessional title is not what new library school grads have in mind. However, given the current job market it beats a sharp stick in the eye.
AND there are jobs at this title, or otherwise restricted to civil service grades, for which I and other SUNY library directors would dearly love to hire qualified MLS-holding candidates. But if you aren’t on the lists we can’t even consider you. It will likely be a long time before this test is offered again. So I encourage those seeking employment to take this exam, and get on the list. It creates a few more options for your career and job search.
Call for Poster Session Proposals
Getting to the Core in CNY: How Cultural Educators Can Align with the Standards
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
NYSUT Building, 4983 Brittonfield Parkway, East Syracuse, NY
As part of this regional conference for cultural educators, librarians and other outreach educators, the planning committee is seeking poster session presentations.
Do you have a successful partnership with a K-12 classroom teacher? A collaborative effort that is working really well? Have you taken steps to align your curriculum with the new Common Core standards? This is an opportunity to highlight best practices from your library, museum, school, gallery, historical association – you name it!
Poster sessions will be displayed during the lunch break. We hope that people will network, chat with their colleagues, and learn about other organizations’ experiences.
To submit a proposal, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Title of the poster session
- Presenter(s) name(s)
- Institutions represented
- A brief description of the project being highlighted (200-250 words)
- A paragraph indicating why your poster session will be of interest to librarians or cultural educators
Poster sessions applications are due by February 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, March 14, 2014.
This event is supported by the New York State Department of Education, and planned by a local committee that includes representation from the following organizations:
Center for International Studies, Cornell University
Central NY Library Resources Council
Madison-Oneida BOCES School Library System
Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute
Onondaga County Public Library
Oswego BOCES School Library System
South Central Regional Library Council
The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. is seeking presenters for the Pecha Kucha session. This is a fast-paced presentation format, using 20 slides at 20 seconds each, making a 6 minute, 40 second talk. We would like to know what your library (academic, public, special) is doing with Big Data, and hear about your successes as well as lessons learned. Send your proposal (title and brief presentation description) to email@example.com by Friday, February 28th. If your proposal is accepted, you will be eligible to register for the conference at half-price! (Only $60 instead of $120).
Register for the conference and see full details at http://www.ny3rs.org/educational-opportunities/event-registration/?action=evregister&event_id=24
CLRC members partnering for literacy.
Thank you to the employees and medical staff of Rome Memorial Hospital! They raised $535 to support the Rome City School District Mobile Library Initiative.
Two hundred and twenty six books were purchased for the third grade reading level.
Maybe one of those 3rd graders will grow up to be a librarian someday.
Read more HERE.
Keynote: Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Libraries and Faculty Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication .
When: Friday, March 28, 2014. 8-3:30pm
Where: The Eagle’s Lookout, SERC, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
What: A one-day conference focusing on raising awareness of issues in scholarly communication, sharing best practices in faculty and student use of open access publishing and more.
Who should attend: Students, faculty, instructional designers, librarians and anyone interested in open access publishing and scholarly communication.
Cost: $10 for students, $30 for faculty/staff. SUNY CPD points accepted.
Registration is now open at the conference website! http://bit.ly/oajp14
Sponsored by the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Program and The College at Brockport
pleased to announce our newest graduate scholarship award, the 25%
Tuition Award for Library Employees. This award was created to assist
those with experience working in library settings as they move toward
the professional ALA-accredited degree and advanced skillsets needed
to pursue their passion in librarianship. To be eligible for this
award, individuals must be admitted to the iSchool’s MS in Library &
Information Science (LIS), MS in Library & Information Science –
School Media (LISSM), or graduate Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
in Data Science program and have worked for one or more years in a
library or library setting.
Students enrolled in the iSchool’s MSLIS, MSLIS-SM and CAS in Data
Science programs and receiving this award can complete their degree
online, on campus (or a blend of both), full- or part-time.
The Syracuse iSchool is pleased to be celebrating 20 Years in Online
and Distance Education and maintains our #1 ranking in Information
Systems for Library and Information Studies (US News and World
The Syracuse iSchool is proud to support librarianship and the
development and continued education of our highly valued, professional
library staff throughout the community. For more information about our
graduate programs for information professionals and to learn more
about the 25% Tuition Award for Library Employees visit:
Herkimer County Community College welcomes Fred Berowski, as the new Director of Library Services, replacing Drew Urbanek.
Fred received his MLIS from the University at Albany. Before coming to Herkimer College, Fred served as reference librarian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, in charge of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center, and as part-time reference librarian at Herkimer.
He has served on the editorial and writing staff for numerous publications, and is a credited author in the book Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The staff and members of CLRC are looking forward to working with you!
Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, are the candidates for the 2015-16 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).
Sari Feldman received her BA in English from SUNY Binghamton before earning her MLS from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. From 1984 to 2006, she was an adjunct faculty member for the Syracuse University iSchool (where current ALA president Barbara Stripling is an assistant professor).
Feldman was the director of OCPL’s Beauchamp Branch Library in Syracuse’s South Side, according to iSchool professor Ruth Small, who recently wrote:
“What impressed me right away when I first met Sari was her deep commitment to library services that meet the needs of its community and to making sure all members of that community had access to its resources and programs. One example of that, I remember Sari going door to door throughout the library neighborhood, proactively surveying community members on what they needed from their library and then taking that information to make major changes and additions to the library’s programs, resources and services to meet those needs. ”
Feldman was appointed Assistant Director of OCPL before moving to the Cuyahoga Public Library System, one of the top-rated public library systems in the country.
CLRC counts on state aid to support the programming we do for our constituents.
This year, the Governor has proposed $81.6M in Library Aid – while not a cut from last year’s proposal, it does not include the $4M added by the legislature in last year’s enacted budget. Though this was not a cut targeted specifically at library aid – the Governor failed to include all of last year’s legislative program adds in this budget – this does break with years-old precedent. Also included was $1.3M MTA Tax reimbursement and $14M for the library construction aid program – the same allocations as last year.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
The Executive Budget is not yet finalized – the Governor can include additional funding by submitting an amended budget in the four weeks, so the time to take action is NOW. NYLA provides you with a quick and easy means of showing your support. Follow the link below, click on ‘Take Action’, edit the supplied advocacy message as you like, enter your name and address, and hit ‘send message’. Your message will automatically be delivered to Governor Cuomo.
Do not forget to make your voice heard on Library Advocacy Day on February 26, 2014 in Albany. Sign up for the bus here.
Sign up for CLRC’s Advocacy Training here.
This could have an impact on academic libraries throughout the CLRC region.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, or, Middle States) is looking for feedback on the proposed revisions to the Characteristics of Excellence, the MSCHE accreditation standards. If you work in a college or university in an area that comes under Middle States jurisdiction, have or know of a child who attends one of the affected schools, or care about the future of higher education, add your comments to an online survey by January 31 or take the opportunity to attend a town hall meeting scheduled at one of several locations in the region throughout the spring of 2014, and be sure your voice is heard.
The Middle States standards set the bar for the accreditation of colleges in five states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If adopted, the new standards will shape what higher education looks like in four of the eight Ivy League universities, the top two largest U.S. colleges as measured by enrollment, nine Historically Black Colleges, and the first college in the United States dedicated to the education of the deaf, among so many others. The number of students who will be affected is extraordinarily large and diverse. In contrast, the number of standards by which Middle States will measure a school is dramatically shrinking to half the number established the last time the standards underwent a comprehensive review.
According to the MSCHE, “[i]n response to extensive feedback from member institutions and experienced peer evaluators, the Steering Committee attempted to streamline the standards, eliminate redundancies, and focus on clarity and brevity.” What Middle States has done in the process of streamling their standards is to eliminate any mention of libraries from the new plan and entirely eliminate a carefully crafted integration of the teaching work librarians do from the “Educational Offerings” of a college or university (current Standard 11), the “General Education” goals of in institution (current Standard 12) and any “Related Educational Activities” a school was designed to offer (current Standard 13).
The long journey academic librarians have taken to reshape instruction in research to reflect the goals of information literacy, and further, to bring academic institutions on board so that they might understand the broadened role libraries have to play in higher education has been purpose-driven, far-reaching and effective. According to the American Library Association (ALA), when it last looked, each one of the six accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation includes “language in their Standards that stress the importance of teaching [information literacy skills] abilities in colleges and universities.”
Unfortunately, since ALA did its review of the most widely accepted accreditation standards in 2011, some things have changed. What Middle States is moving towards in its proposed new and briefer guidelines, may be, in fact, part of an unwelcome trend in a backward direction. The most recent Western Association of Schools and CollegesHandbook of Accreditation, published in 2013, leaves information literacy out of Standard 2, “Achieving Educational Objectives Through Core Functions” and only implies the existence of a library in Standard 3, “Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Sustainability.”
As higher education in the United States moves into a period of a fuller integration of pedagogy with technology, a time where researchers struggle to find their way through the onslaught of an information overload (be it a uniquely modern problem or not), and every college administrator from the president on down is quick to remind faculty of the increasing calls for accountability, will libraries continue to be counted? Libraries and the work librarians do must remain central in every institution of higher education. Let your voice for libraries be heard. Respond to the MSCHE survey today.
“Archival Empires: From the Northern Forests, Down the Hudson, Along the Erie Canal, Across the Southern Tier”
June 4-6, 2014
The 2014 New York Archives Conference (NYAC) Poster Session Committee is now accepting proposals. Deadline for receipt of proposals is March 15, 2014.
Eligibility for Submitting a Poster Presentation Proposal:
• Anyone working in a position as archivist or historian for a repository containing historical records in New York State.
• Individuals working in New York State who are significantly involved in arrangement and description, reference services, digitization or other technology-based projects,
preservation/conservation of paper or electronic material, etc., in a professional archival setting.
• Students attending a graduate program that includes a concentration in Archival Studies (or Library Science or Information Studies program with significant archival coursework) within NYS.
• The work of joint authors is also acceptable.
Poster Presentation Content:
• Content topics of interest to archivists and local historians, including but not limited to archival theory and practice, practical solutions to problems in archives, new initiatives (especially
electronic collections or electronic access) in the world of archives, advocacy, etc., are appropriate.
• Content topics may also include such work as the use of historical records collections for research and/or educational purposes.
• Poster presentation content should be directly appropriate for use by and of interest to conference attendees.
Submission Instructions and Deadlines
Send completed proposal form (available on the New York Archives Conference website http://www.nyarchivists.org/nyac/) and email it as an attachment to Nicole C. Dittrich or mail to:
Nicole C. Dittrich
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
For more information, contact Nicole C. Dittrich.
Please note: for those who wish to promote or inform others regarding their archives, collections, activities, etc., please contact Nicole prior to May 31, 2014.
$51 million has been given to AFRL in Rome as an increase to its 2014 federal fiscal budget. The additional monies bring the current annual budget to $187.3 million.
CLRC regional Congressman Richard Hanna said,”My approach to Rome is that the best defense is a good offense. With the new Federal Aviation Administration test site, we’re doing more than maintaining what we have. Now we’re growing and adding missions. We’re building synergies to make us stronger.” Griffiss Airport in Rome has been designated as a test site for civilian drones.
Click here for AFRL’s library catalog.
Congratulations to one of CLRC’s eastern region members!
The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) has awarded a grant of $250,000 to the Cardiac Research Institute at Masonic Medical Research Laboratory.
The award will be used to purchase a genetic sequencer, allowing for continuing research in inherited cardiac arrhythmia syndromes, such as sudden infant death syndrome.
The monies from REDC will be matched with funds raised through local donations, grants and foundations such as the American Heart Association.
Keep up the great work you do!
In an article today for Wired Magazine, Syracuse University School of Information Professor and ALA President Barbara Stripling stepped into the debate on Monday’s ruling which struck down net neutrality. In her article, Stripling mentions the consequences to education, and the impact on those (libraries, businesses, and individuals) unable to pay for the inevitable premium service charges for increased internet access:
Protecting net neutrality and considering its effect on libraries isn’t just a feel-good sentiment about education and innovation, however. Network neutrality is actually an issue of economic access, because those who can’t afford to pay more for internet services will be relegated to the “slow lane” of the information highway.
Read the full article here.
Get those creative bubbles fizzing!
It’s never too early to think about summer sunshine in the middle of a central New York winter. And it’s never too early for libraries to think about their summer reading programs for children & teens.
Go to the State website for dynamite information and program ideas. http://www.summerreadingnys.org/
Please update your Scholastic, Gale and ProQuest links to the new geolinks on the page above so that your patrons will not need to use usernames/passwords, library cards or driver licenses. If you update the links and geolocation is not working please contact Gale atGale.Consortium.Installs@
NYLA has announced that the 2014 NYLA Library Advocacy Day has been rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014. This change is deemed necessary in order to allow for the maximum impact of our advocacy efforts. The original date has been scheduled as a Senate-only session day, as per the 2014 Session Calendar, which was released late last week.
Both the Library Advocates Rally and the NYers for Better Libraries Annual Gala will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
The traditional pre-advocacy day professional development offerings will now take place POST-advocacy day, on Thursday, February 27.
Please watch nyla.org for further details and developments.
Sue Considine, Director of the Fayetteville Free Library, has been invited to serve on a review panel for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Program (LB21). Sue is also an active member of ALA, NYLA, PLA, and METRO, and has served on several CLRC committees. The IMLS panel will meet in Washington, DC in February. This panel will review and make recommendations on the proposals received under all project categories of the program.
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program funds projects that develop faculty and library leaders, recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, conduct research on any area of library and information science by tenure-track, untenured faculty in graduate schools of library and information science. It also supports projects that seek to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.
Peer review is at the foundation of the IMLS grant-making process, and it is a great honor to be invited to serve as a reviewer. Congratulations to Sue!
The New York Newspapers Foundation awarded grant money to five Utica area institutions, including three CLRC members (hooray!) for programs to improve literacy in the Mohawk Valley.
* Utica Public Library received $10,000 to purchase tablets, apps and accessories for its Technology for Toddlers program.
* Mohawk Valley Community College received $10,000 to fund the 2014 summer Reading Rockets Program, a four-week literacy program for fourth grade students.
* Ilion Free Public Library received $1,000 to purchase books for the Summer Reading Program. Participating students, ages 2 to grade 12, will each be given a book to build their home libraries.
Read more from the Utica OD: http://www.uticaod.com/article/20140107/NEWS/140109637#ixzz2pqFfqUsS
Hip Hip Hooray!
Of the top ten most-wired, on-the-cutting-edge-of-technology colleges and universities in the United States (according to Unigo), two are from the Central New York region.
Unigo says that Colgate “recently installed a new campus wireless system called ARUBA, and it was one of the first colleges to introduce an independent computer science program.”
And Hamilton’s “recent graduates have been recruited by tech heavyweights like IBM, Google and Apple.”
Take a look at the Unigo website for more rankings.
NYLA is holding its fifth annual “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library” initiative Monday, January 13, 2014 through Friday, January 31, 2014. The past SnapShotNY programs have been incredibly successful with over 60 libraries participating. Let’s try and double that number for 2014!
Take pictures. Record short videos. Let everyone in NY know why our libraries are so essential.
Pictures and videos are worth thousands of words. But, nothing speaks about how essential libraries are like statistics. You know the drill—collect statistics for one day in your library.
- Patron visits
- Number of public computer sessions
- Reference questions answered
- Number of children at programs (including school visits as well as library-sponsored programs)
- Number of adults at programs
- Total circulation for the day
- Website hits
NYLA will once again use Survey Monkey to collect your statistics. To make it easier to participate, you can pick any day (hopefully one that is statistically relevant) between the 13th and 31st for your libraries to join in this event.
You can download and print flyers to place around the library asking people to go to www.protectnylibraries.org and tell us why their library is so essential. We’ve gotten some great stories in the past and hope to collect a whole new crop this year.
The deadline for submitting statistics, pictures, videos and user testimonials is Friday, January 31 — you can send your photos as you take them.
The purpose of SnapShotNY is to provide tangible proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to our communities, in our schools and on our college campuses.
NYLA will be making the Survey Monkey link available shortly and will post flyers to put up in your library. Photos should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, the deadline is January 31st. NYLA will need a few days to compile everything for Library Advocacy Day, Thursday, February 27 in Albany.
Please contact Jeremy Johannesen, email@example.com, with any questions.
On January 17th, the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. (of which CLRC is a member) will sponsor another presentation of the webinar, Digital Public Library of America: What does it mean for libraries?. Following Amy Rudersdorf’s informational presentation about the DPLA, Jason Kucsma of the Metropolitan Library Council will answer any questions you have about New York’s new service hub, the Empire State Digital Network, which will be administered through the METRO and the NY 3Rs Association, Inc.
The DPLA Service Hubs are state or regional digital libraries that aggregate information about digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions within their given state or region. Each Service Hub offers its state or regional partners a full menu of standardized digital services, including digitization, metadata, data aggregation and storage services, as well as locally hosted community outreach programs, bringing users in contact with digital content of local relevance.
You can watch a recording of Amy’s December 12th, 2013 presentation here: http://www.scrlc.org/data/12-12-2013_DPLA.mp4
To read more about the Empire State Digital Network and its progress, please visit http://www.ny3rs.org/projects/empire-state-digital-network/
The New York State Archives has announced the grant deadline for 2014-15 Documentary Heritage Program Grants. All materials are due by Monday, March 3, 2014.
The 2013-2014 Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) Grant Application Guidelines and Forms are available on the New York State Archives for reference so that potential applicants can begin to prepare their applications for 2014-2015 grant projects. Check the webpage regularly (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) for the 2014-2015 DHP Grant Application Guidelines and Forms.
IMPORTANT: Prequalification requirement for all grant applicants
New York State has implemented a new statewide prequalification requirement for not-for-profits applying for grants. In order to be eligible to apply, all New York State grant applicants (including DHP grant applicants) are required to prequalify using the New York State Grants Gateway. The pre-qualification registration process requests information about organization’s capacity, legal compliance, and integrity. This process may take up to a few weeks to complete. It is advised that you begin the prequalification registration process immediately if you are considering applying for a 2014-2015 DHP Grant.
New York State has implemented a new statewide prequalification requirement for not-for-profits applying for grants. In order to be eligible to apply, all New York State grant applicants are required to prequalify using the New York State Grants Gateway. The pre-qualification registration process requests information about organization’s capacity, legal compliance, and integrity. This process may take up to a few weeks to complete.
News for all CNY Libraries…
Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, recently announced the preliminary selection of e-resources for NOVELNY’s collection beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
The databases listed below will be freely available to over 5,600 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit http://www.novelnewyork.org.
If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link on the website or contact the NOVELNY Help Desk toll-free at 877-277-0250.
The databases will be available through geoIP authentication (also referred to as geolocation). Geolocation is a method to allow or disallow a user access to a database based on his/her geographic location as determined from their IP address. If a patron is accessing the databases through a library website or the NOVELNY portal while in New York he/she will be able to enter the database without entering a username/password, library card number or a driver license number.
*Business Insights: Essentials (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 3,900 magazines and journals, nearly 25,000 industry reports, nearly 11,000 company histories and nearly 500,000 company profiles.
ELEMENTARY LEVEL GENERAL PERIODICALS
*eLibrary Elementary (ProQuest): Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.
*Kids InfoBits (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.
*Encyclopedia Americana (Scholastic): Articles include links to further readings, a bibliography, selected full text articles, web page links, and links to related articles. Includes maps, flags, tables and illustrations.
*The New Book of Knowledge (Scholastic): Resource for middle grade students that includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.
*Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (Scholastic): Resource for upper middle school students through adults that includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary. Articles can be grouped by lexile level and are aligned to standards.
*La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (Scholastic): Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective. Includes timelines, maps and an events calendar.
*Amazing Animals of the World (Scholastic): Resource for elementary school students that includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
*The New Book of Popular Science (Scholastic): Resource for middle and high school students that includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine. Also includes photos, maps and technical illustrations.
*America the Beautiful (Scholastic): Resource for elementary and middle school students that includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
*Lands and Peoples (Scholastic): Resource for middle and high school students that includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.
*Academic OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 13,000 peer-reviewed journals covering a wide variety of subjects. Full text is available for over 6,000 journals.
*General OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 13,000 popular magazines and periodicals covering a wide variety of subjects. Full text is available for over 6,000 magazines and periodicals.
*Health Reference Center Academic (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains almost 3,000 magazines and journals covering medicine, health and nursing, over 2,500 topical overviews, and videos of medical procedures.
*Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning): This database, which develops research skills and promotes issue awareness, information literacy and critical thinking, will support the new Common Core Curriculum Standards adopted by New York State. It contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Students of all levels will benefit from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.
*Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest): Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
*InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 1,100 newspapers, 33 of which are New York State newspapers.
*National Newspaper Index (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains indexing of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.
*New York State Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning): Subset of InfoTrac Newsstand which contains 33 New York State newspapers, including the Albany Times Union, New York Times, Newsday, Buffalo News, Post-Standard (Syracuse), Watertown Daily Times, Times Herald-Record (Middletown) and others.
Please note: the New York State Education Department’s EngageNY website, which includes information on New York State’s P-12 Common Core Learning Standards, is also linked from the NOVELNY website.
Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st Century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Confused about copyright? Tweet us your questions on Jan. 7th
Can you legally photocopy pages from that textbook? Can students legally remix music for school assignments? What does fair use mean, and how can it be applied in the school library or classroom? If you are a school librarian or educator who is confused by copyright law, you’re not alone. School principals, superintendents, educators and librarians have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject.
On January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST, school leaders will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during an interactive tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Participants can submit questions and take part in the free tweetchat by using the #k12copylaw hashtag.
As part of the tweetchat, Russell will offer clear guidance on the ways that principals, superintendents, teachers and librarians can legally provide materials to students. Additionally, Russell will discuss scenarios often encountered by educators in schools, such as using digital works in the classroom and students’ use of information found on the web. Russell is also the director of the American Library Association’s Program on Public Access to Information.
Tweetchat participants will learn about:
- Fair use
- Copyright law in the digital age
- Copyright exploitation in schools (i.e., incidents when copyright industry groups exploit school staff under the guise of copyright law compliance)
Russell is the author of Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators, a book that teaches educators how to fully exercise rights such as fair use while making decisions that are both lawful and best serve the learning community. To receive a 10% discount on Complete Copyright (20% for ALA members), use the coupon codeCC2014 before January 15, 2014.
In addition to being the director of the American Library Association’s Program on Public Access to Information, Russell speaks frequently at state, regional, and national library conferences about the intricacies of copyright law.
The interactive social media event will be hosted jointly by AASA: The School Superintendents Association, the American Library Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Participate in the free tweetchat by using #k12copylaw on January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST.
Libraries in the CLRC region take heed of this great opportunity.
A letter from SU iSchool’s Jill Hurst-Wahl…
Dear Upstate NY Library Professional,
I am seeking projects for the spring semester of IST 613 – Planning, Marketing and Assessing Library Services – at the SU iSchool. Student teams need to work with area libraries during the spring semester to develop plans for new library projects, products or services.
What do the students do? The students research how other organizations have planned, marketed and assessed projects similar to yours and produce a literature review. Then they create a project plan for your endeavor, taking into account what they have learned about your organization (e.g., staffing, etc.). After the project plan is complete, they work on a marketing plan and finally an assessment plan. Each document is reviewed by the professor and modified based on the professor’s input and additional information gathered by the students. The format of the documents follows the format outlined in the syllabus, which may include more information than you would require, and ensures that the students have thoroughly considered the details.
Note that the students are required to do all of the documents in the paragraph above. They cannot just do a marketing plan, for example.
What don’t they do? It is important to note that the students do not implement the project. They are responsible for developing the plans for the project. Some of the students may be available to help with implementing the project afterward as part of an internship.
What will your library receive? At the end of the semester, you will receive a project plan, marketing plan, assessment plan and literature review for your project. This material is then yours to implement as-is or tweak to further meet your needs. Some libraries have used these plans in order to obtain funding from the library’s board of directors or other sources.
What would be your time commitment? During the first four weeks of the semester (Jan. 16-Feb. 14), you – or your appropriate staff member – would need to spend approximately one hour with the student team, at your facility, discussing your project idea. (Each team will contain 2-4 students.) At this meeting, you would need to tell them what you have in mind and any parameters that they should be aware of. After that, the students may need to contact you by phone or email to ask any clarifying questions. At the end of the semester, you would need to attend the last class on Thursday, April 24 (5-7:50 p.m.), where every student team will present a poster on their semester-long projects. At that time, you would receive the plans that the students have developed for you.
While you may want to review all of the plans in-depth during the semester, it is not part of the commitment that I am seeking from you. In other words, I want the impact on you to be fairly low during the semester.
With all of that in mind, my estimate is that the time commitment — including coming to class — would be approximately 7-10 hours.
What services have students developed plans for in the past? Some services that students have developed plans for include:
Circulating bake ware collection
Bicycle lending program
Little Free Libraries
Summer reading programs
Gaming programs – for youth or intergenerational groups
Book clubs for adults, students, and pre-K children
Outreach & orientations
Library art programs
Computer recycling program
Library fundraising event
Music events in the library (coffeehouse)
What projects you might want them to work on is only bounded by your imagination.
You have an idea! What do you do next? Please email the following information to email@example.com:
Name of your library
Address of your library
5-6 sentence description of the project. What do you envision the end result of the project being? What are you trying to achieve?
Name, phone number and email address of the person on staff who will be able to answer specific questions about the project
Please note that I will only accept a maximum of two (2) ideas from your library. If you have more than two ideas, please send me the ones where you believe you will benefit the most from the students’ work. (Overall, I anticipate that 12-15 project ideas will be worked on by the students during the semester.)
If you’re unsure if your project would be a good one for our students, then let’s find time to talk about your idea and see if it would work.
We’re looking for projects from public, school, academic and special libraries, as well as library consortia. After the class starts on January 16, students will review the projects ideas and select the projects they want to work on. Once the selection process is complete, I’ll let you know who has selected your project. If your project is not selected, I’ll try to connect you with an intern.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for your help!
Jill Hurst-Wahl | School of Information Studies
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, M.S. Library and Info. Science &
LIS with School Media Specialization Programs
208 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244
t 315.443.1070 e firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for more proof of the ROI of public libraries? This month, the Martin Prosperity Institute released a report of the economic impact the Toronto Public Library has had on its city. (more…)
The CLRC offices will be closed for the holidays, beginning on Tuesday, December 24. We will return on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
During this time, both CLRC’s Executive Director, Deborah Emerson, and Assistant Director, Deirdre Joyce, will be checking email periodically.
The Weekly Update will resume on Tuesday, January, 7.
From all of us at CLRC, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Good news for central New York students!
CLRC member library, Onondaga Community College (OCC), is offering another 2+2 program. Students who earn their associate degree at OCC can transfer to SUNY Potsdam with junior status, to complete their bachelor’s degree.
The 2+2 agreement covers OCC degree programs that include music, computer science, childhood education, and criminal justice. And over fifty degree programs at SUNY Potsdam that include biology, business, mathematics, and physics.
OCC has similar agreements with Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, St. John Fisher College, University at Buffalo, and SUNY Alfred.
Following up a great First Monday at White Branch of OCPL, we hope that some CLRC members will consider submitting proposals for this active and modern conference.
Urban Librarians Conference – April 11, 2014 at the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
John Burke of Miami University in Ohio sent out a survey in October and November of this year in preparation for his book, Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians to be published in 2014. He had 143 respondents, half of which are public librarians. The responses, while limited in the sample size, do tell a few interesting things. (more…)
The Onondaga County Public Library is accepting open competitive exams for Librarian I and Librarian III positions. Both are $15 to apply and both are due by January 7th, 2014.
Click here for the Librarian I exam information.
Click here for the Librarian III exam information.
By finishing these exams, you will join a list of eligible applicants for Librarian I or Librarian III open positions, so do the paperwork now and be prepared!
“Idi u biblioteku” – “Di den thu vien” – That’s what you first hear on the streets. At least the streets around Onondaga County’s White Branch Library. “Go to the library.”
White Branch is the go-to place for literacy information, socializing or a quiet corner for people new to this country, city and the north side. The library was buzzing on December 6 when a group of CLRC member librarians, iSchool students and staff visited White Branch for our monthly First Monday event.
Branch Manager, Renate Dunsmore began our afternoon with a presentation of ALL (and believe me, there’s a lot) that the library does for its patrons and the community. She gave us a rundown of the immigration wave. Currently, most of the immigrants and refugees arriving in Syracuse come from Myanmar, Bhutan and Somalia.
The library is planning to make their signage in multiple languages. So if your skill is writing in Somali or Burmese, give the library a call.
White Branch offers a literacy computer lab, GED tutoring, ESL classes, English language conversation groups, the Road to Citizenship program, after-school homework help and a literacy volunteer and social worker who come in weekly to refer patrons to services. The library works with local organizations to provide medical translation help and partners with local schools to enhance their programs.
And if that isn’t enough…
the library has a HUGE community presence. They participate in local festivals, parades, the Earth Day cleanup, World Refugee Day and Community Dialogue to End Racism.
The diverse cultures and languages bring communication snags but the staff always works it out with picture pointing, charades or asking other patrons to translate. Approximately 80% of White’s patrons are non-English speaking.
For the 20% of American-born patrons, the library is there for a good book, a good program or computer time to fill out a resume or write the next novel.
Renate tells us her staff is compassionate and civic-minded. We saw the smiles on the patrons’ faces and the helping hands of the staff. The library is a very comfortable place to be.
White Branch has the smallest collection of the OCPL libraries but the highest circulation turnover. Quality vs. quantity. The children’s section is color-coded by reading level, the teens love manga, and patron-run programs are a hit. The library is a safe haven for the after-school hours. And on Saturdays, kids get together to play games and visit with their friends.
A few months back, the children wrote letters for a time capsule. It was buried in the library’s unused coal chute with plans to keep it warm for twenty-five years. What will the local population look like then? What will be the role of the library be then? Will some of the children be librarians themselves? Maybe we can hold First Monday at White Branch in December of 2038.
Congratulations to Angela Thor, CLRC’s Medical Circuit Librarian, for recently completing 24 hours of Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) coursework to receive her Level ll certification.
Medical librarians, public librarians and allied health professionals are eligible to participate in the program. CHIS helps keep professionals current in the consumer health information field by providing access to new resources and ideas.
For more information on the certification program visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/chc/
You may reach Angela by email or call the office at 315-446-5446.
The trustee boards of all twenty of the Onondaga County Public Library districts have approved a $35 annual fee for out-of-county residents, allowing them to borrow books and movies, reserve items and use the computer. The fee will go into effect on January 2.
County Executive, Joanie Mahoney, disagrees with the proposed fee although some of her opposing issues have already been addressed by the libraries. For example, students who attend a school or college in Onondaga County will not be charged.
Did you know approximately 4 million items are loaned by the OCPL libraries each year?
Central New York communities read in a BIG way! So why not consider a community-wide reading event in yours?
The Big Read program supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.
Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Unfortunately, K-12 and school districts are not eligible but partnering is encouraged.
Applications are now being accepted. Seventy-five communities will be chosen for the September 2014 through June 2015 reading period. See the book catalog for reading choices.
Click here for more information on the application process.
CLRC challenge: let’s try to get everyone in our four-county region to get out there and read!
New York State will be giving out $45 million in Vital Access/Safety Net Provider Program grants to 37 facilities over the next three years.
CLRC member, Rome Memorial Hospital, will receive over $855,000 because of its vital role in providing health care to elderly and low-income patients.
The grant may be used to improve community care by expanding hours and services and by expanding care into rural areas.
When you think about champions of intellectual freedom, who comes to mind? Do you know someone in the CLRC region or beyond, personally or professionally, who deserves recognition for their dedicated work?
Why not nominate that person (or organization) for the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.
Past recipients range from Amnesty International (for their approach to Banned Books Week), public librarians who organized book clubs for students to read books with “more mature themes” than they were allowed to read in school, individuals who returned censored art work to galleries from which they had been removed, to a bookstore refusing to breach the privacy of their patrons.
For details about these and other award winners over the past four decades please see the Immroth Award recipients list.
Nomination deadline for your intellectual freedom champion is February 14, 2014.
Go to: http://www.ala.org/ifrt/awardsfinal/Immroth_Award/immroth
For more information, contact OCPL Executive Director, Elizabeth Dailey.
Some news about one of CLRC’s little-known members…
Three hundred books on Russia were gifted to Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville by the Solzhenitsyn House which is part of the State Institution of Culture in Moscow.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, first Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Rev. Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), the rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, and Rev. Archpriest Vladimir Tsurikov, director and curator of the Russian History Foundation, traveled to New York City to accept the donation on behalf of the Seminary.
Contact Father Vlad if you’re curious about the collection at HTS.
Find thousands of thought-provoking pro/con arguments in Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way to develop critical-thinking skills.
December 2, 10-11am: Register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=927914063
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December 9, 10-11am: Register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=923106622
Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Have you recently upgraded to the newest iPhone? What do you plan to do with all those past models sitting in your drawer? Why not donate them to a great cause?
Senator John DeFrancisco has launched a campaign to collect old phones. The phones are sent for recycling and in return, the money received is used to buy calling cards for military men and women.
Drop off locations:
The Rome Research Site Tech Library announces that its implementation of EOS.Web is now complete. The migration to the EOS International product took less than 30 days! Librarian Bill Drew says much of the credit goes to EOS International for having such a great product and support staff including implementation manager Edwin Antonio and the help desk personnel. Bill is currently tweaking the library's data and working with circulation transactions from his old system to bring them up to date in EOS.Web. The new catalog is at https://elibweb89.eosintl.com/A94029/OPAC/Index.aspx
Maxwell’s youth services librarian Rose Burdick has just completed a program that makes Summer Reading seem like a walk in the park! Camillus Con, the first-ever anime and science fiction fan gathering in Camillus, spearheaded by teen library volunteers, was held Saturday, July 27.
Bree Argiro and Anissa Croft, seniors at West Genesee High School, thought volunteering at a local library would be a good way to fulfill their senior year service requirements. The two girls spent a few weeks learning their way around the library, shelving books, and assisting where needed. Then Burdick had the great idea of asking her teen volunteers to come up with an idea for a new project.
Anissa and Bree often attend conventions (“cons”), such as Tora-Con in Rochester, NY and knew this would be a perfect project for Camillus teens.
A fan gathering is a convention for people who are interested in various “fandoms”— anime, webcomix, card games such as Magic, TV shows such as Dr. Who and Sherlock, movies such as The Avengers—to come together for a day of discussion, contests, shopping, and just plain fun.
As a student in middle school, Anissa discovered the graphic novel section in the school library. She was fascinated by the art form but didn’t know anyone who shared her interest. Fan networks and conventions such as Tora-Con helped her find many kindred spirits.
“So many kids think they’re alone, that there’s no one here for them,” said Croft during the planning stages of the con. “A gathering like the one planned at Maxwell will let them connect with so many others. It’s a good way for them to find their own little community.”
From the start, the Maxwell teens did most of the work for Camillus Con. An invitation via Facebook brought 20 volunteers to an organizational meeting in April. They designed a logo, sent out fliers, spread the word through social media, invited vendors, and educated the library staff about fandoms, cosplay, and Tumblr. As word of Camillus Con spread through local print media, school newsletters, Facebook and Tumblr pages, and community signage, registration grew. The greatest jump happened immediately after a television interview on Bridge Street, a local news magazine on Syracuse’s ABC-television affiliate, four days before the event.
Argiro, Croft, and the rest of the core group of planners were not without more established help. Youth services librarian Burdick and library director Katy Benson provided organizational expertise and agreed to close the library for a day to give attendees a safe place to gather. Skaneateles Library and the Camillus Town Shop lent sound equipment, and the Camillus First United Methodist Church was a second venue for panels and vendors. New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco secured a grant for Burdick that covered equipment and food purchases and speaker fees.
Senator DeFrancisco, a noted friend to Onondaga County libraries, toured Camillus Con with aide Lindsay Bednarczyk. He was clearly impressed by the scope of the teens’ endeavor and commended them on their vision and hard work. While not familiar with all the shows and comics represented at the con, he promised to try to catch up. When told that Supernatural would be a good choice, although “a bit scary,” DeFrancisco quipped, “So is politics!”
Maxwell Memorial Library is located at 14 Genesee St., in the village of Camillus. For more information, call (315) 672-3661, visit online at www.maxwellmemoriallibrary.org, or drop by the library. Become a fan of Maxwell on Facebook to see upcoming events and library news and more. Go to the website to see the calendar of upcoming events and register for events.
- Press release from August 1st, 2013, by Rena Brower of Maxwell Memorial Library
Central New York libraries are helping children succeed.
A $5,000 grant from the New York Newspapers Foundation was awarded to Utica Public Library to help in continuing their successful tutoring program.
For the past five years, the library has provided elementary and middle school tutoring, using retired and current Utica City School District teachers. The grant will support approximately 220 hours of free literacy tutoring.
The New York Newspapers Foundation provides grants for programs designed to improve reading literacy. For more information, contact Diane Kennedy, assistant Secretary-Treasurer, New York Newspapers Foundation, 291 Hudson Avenue, Suite A, Albany, N.Y. 12210 or call 518-449-1667.
Anyone who has been listening to their local public radio station during these last few weeks may have caught the series that the Innovation Trail project has been doing on refugees and their contributions to Central New York cities.
A few weeks ago, the focus was Utica and the important role that the refugee community has played there in revitalizing and rebuilding that city. Of course, librarians have long recognized the potential of these communities and have traditionally played an important role in reaching out to new immigrants (either as refugees or more traditional immigrants).
To this end, librarians have developed lots of resources and practices, many of which can be accessed here through ALA’s “ilovelibraries” project.
In Syracuse, OCPL’s White Branch has long been engaged in efforts to reach out to their immigrant community. How are you engaging immigrants in your libraries? Tell us in the comments section below!
Think about tapping into this webinar series being offered by IMLS.
New Federal Webinar Series Explores Immigration Resources for Public Librarians
The first webinar is December 12, 2013
Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the first in a series of four free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship issues. The webinar series was developed as part of a broader effort through a federal partnership between IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics.
The first webinar, entitled Immigration and Naturalization 101, will take place December 12 from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST.
The webinar will include a question-and-answer session and will cover
- basic immigration procedures and benefits,
- the role librarians can serve, and
- new online resources for librarians on the USCIS website.
- Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director;
- Rachel Ellis, Branch Chief of Customer Access Branch in the Public Engagement Division, USCIS; and
- Haleh Holly Taghavi, Management and Program Analyst in the Public Engagement Division, USCIS.
To participate, go to this Blackboard Collaborative Meeting Room at the time of the webinar. You may listen using your computer’s speakers, or dial 1-866-299-7945 and when prompted, enter the passcode 7434925#.
To sign up for updates about upcoming webinars and additional immigration and citizenship resources, register your email address at the USCIS website here.
The series will comprise four quarterly webinars in all, covering such immigration topics as the naturalization process and test, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and USCIS systems such as E-Verify and the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS).
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Library Journal recently published a state by state index of United States libraries and their ranking based on expenditures vs. services.
Three CLRC member libraries made the 2013 Star Libraries list!
- Elbridge Free Library
- Fayetteville Free Library
- Manlius Library
Creativity and hard work are what libraries are all about. Congratulations.