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July 23rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

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Congratulations to CLRC’s member of a member, the Old Forge Library. The library turned 100 with a celebration last week.

You can just imagine the history of services the library has provided over the century to the rugged mountain men and women, the small winter population and exploding summer tourist and seasonal residents.

Next time you’re in the Adirondacks (or visiting Water Safari with the kids) stop by the library and wish them well on their next hundred years.

More from North Country Public Radio.

July 22nd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

This just in…

The New York Library Association announced the results of this year’s Council Election and two of CLRC’s finest are the winners!

Debby Emerson, CLRC Executive Director, has been voted in as the President-Elect from Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2015. Debby will then serve as NYLA President from Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2016.
Sue Kowalski, School Librarian, East Syracuse Minoa School District, was voted Councilor-at-Large and will serve from Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2017.

With Debby at the helm of the NYLA ship, we’re guaranteed smooth sailing during the rough times. And anyone who knows Sue, knows she does not need a megaphone when it comes to advocating for school libraries.

Here is what Debby and Sue said about NYLA in their campaign.

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Deborah Emerson

The New York Library Association (NYLA) is vital on multiple levels. It is our advocacy organization, the “voice of the library community in New York State”. As such, NYLA works tirelessly to support library-positive legislation and raise awareness among our legislators. But first and foremost, NYLA is our professional association. It is because of your involvement in NYLA that you can easily connect with your library colleagues from all over the state. You get to meet up with them in person at least once a year at the annual conference, and more frequently if you’re involved with any of the many sections or roundtables. These opportunities to network with others in the profession are invaluable. Through your NYLA connections, you know who to call when you need help or when you want to bounce a new idea off of someone. NYLA is a whole network of professional consultants at your beck and call.

Thanks to a former colleague who convinced me to join NYLA while I was still in library school, and another who convinced me that the RASS board needed my help, I’ve been involved with the organization for more years than I care to admit. I have held several positions on both the ASLS and RASS boards, am a member of the Continuing Education Committee and the Legislative Committee, and served two terms on NYLA Council. Each of these roles has been a learning experience and has contributed to my professional growth, helping to prepare me for my current position as Executive Director of the Central New York Library Resources Council. I look at the NYLA Presidency as a way to give back to the organization that has been so helpful to me throughout my library career.

As your president, I would do my best to make sure all library workers – and libraries – understand the value of NYLA. If they are not already members, I would encourage them to join; and if they ARE members, I would help them find ways to be more involved. By listening to our members and prospective members, and being able to answer the “What’s in it for me?” question, we can help NYLA become an even stronger and more effective organization.

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Susan Kowalski

Strong school libraries build strong students. It is our obligation, both personally and as a profession, to keep our stakeholders informed, educated, aware, and inspired by the impact of effective school library programs on teaching and learning. Advocacy through leadership and action will ensure that our partners fully comprehend how school libraries can empower success through literature, technology, and leadership. With the leadership of a certified full-time librarian, a school library program offers authentic and relevant connections to an entire school community. Effective school library programs are comprehensive, challenging, purposeful, integrated, and standards-based. They support academic excellence across all content areas, personal development, and prepare students to be career and college ready.

It will be my mission to align myself with partners in and beyond and the school library community to LEAD OUT LOUD and raise the level of awareness and advocate for the impact of strong school library programs run by a full time certified librarian.

I am the librarian at Pine Grove Middle School in East Syracuse, NY. I have been actively involved with NYLA, SSL, AASL, ALA through Executive Board Leadership (President SSL 2012), NYLA Council, numerous task forces, committees, projects, and events. Pine Grove Library was the recipient of the 2011 AASL National School Library Program of the Year and I was honored by ALA as an “I Love My Librarian” recipient in 2012.

CONGRATULATIONS to Debby and Sue.
Drop them an email to send wishes  or voice a concern.

And a hip-hip-hooray to our other elected representatives, as well!

July 17th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Cultural Heritage, News by Deirdre

Each year the National History Day (NHD) office selects a broad theme for the History Day contest. Students may choose any topic related to local, regional, national, or world history, as long as his or her research and conclusions clearly relate to the theme. Judges look for evidence that the theme has been adequately addressed in all History Day projects.

In Central New York, one of CLRC’s affiliate members and friends, the Onondaga Historical Association, works to recruit teachers and students to participate in NHD activities through CNY History Day. Last year, the OHA teamed up with CLRC to bring the message to school librarians, encouraging them to work with their teacher and student communities to generate increasingly more interest for this fun and inspiring event.

Coming this fall, we wanted to let you know of an opportunity to receive graduate credit in a new online course for teachers and librarians who are seeking to implement a project-based curriculum into their secondary classrooms using the framework of the NHD program! Participants will receive 3 credits from the University of San Diego upon completion.

Here are the details:

Course: Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework
Dates: September 15 to December 15, 2014
Cost: $600, includes tuition and materials

Additional Information can be found here.

Follow NHD on Twitter and on Facebook.

July 10th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, News by Debby

Register Today for OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services Training!

 

OCLC offers WorldCat Discovery Services training in multiple formats. Courses and resources are available at no charge to member libraries with a subscription to FirstSearch.  Libraries that use WorldCat Local are also welcome. Reserve your spot in one of these upcoming classes:

Searching & Configuring WorldCat® Discovery Services — This course provides an overview of WorldCat® Discovery Services, including a searching demonstration, migration information and a review of configuration settings for customizing features of WorldCat® Discovery.

This live online 2-hour session is offered several times per month.  Pick the date and time that is best for your schedule from the list below:

 

July 17, 2014 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET)

Searching & Configuring WorldCat Discovery

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/discovery/worldcat-discovery/courses/searching-configuring-wc-discovery/07172014.en.htmlto register.

 

July 22, 2014 (11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET)

Searching & Configuring WorldCat Discovery

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/discovery/worldcat-discovery/courses/searching-configuring-wc-discovery/07222014.en.html to register.

 

July 23, 2014 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET)

Searching & Configuring WorldCat Discovery

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/discovery/worldcat-discovery/courses/searching-configuring-wc-discovery/07232014.en.html to register.

 

Be sure to visit the WorldCat Discovery Services Training Resources page for additional tutorials, recorded sessions, and training updates. Also, bookmark the WorldCat Discovery Services Support page for quick access to documentation, release notes, and known issues.

 

Prefer to get started on your own? Go ahead and select the WorldCat Discovery Learning Paths that are right for you.

 

Questions or suggestions? Contact the OCLC Training Team.

 

We look forward to seeing you at a training class!

July 8th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

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The Northern Onondaga Public Library in Cicero will be receiving a new HVAC system thanks to the $114,000 secured in NYS construction funds by CLRC regional legislators, including Assemblyman Al Stirpe.

“We’re very grateful to our local legislators for their support of the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program” said Kate McCaffery, director at NOPL.

Read more in the Madison County Courier

July 8th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

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Pete Cioppa, Director of Technology Integration and Sue Considine, Executive Director.

Fayetteville Free Library (a CLRC member of a member) is a Fab Lab news headliner. They receive calls from libraries worldwide, asking for help in getting programs started. Sue Considine has a simple but targeted statement about libraries…”Our value is in the opportunities we offer.”

Pick up a copy of the local Eagle Bulletin or view it online. Then stop by the library and make something FABulous.

July 1st, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Anna

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Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, the New York State Military Museum now has a searchable database of over 37,000 names of New Yorkers who died during World War II.

Check the database.

The service member’s name, service number and branch of service is listed as well as, the date and how they died, where they are buried and information on the next-of-kin.

The Military Museum is located in Saratoga Springs. It holds New York military artifacts dating back to the Civil War as well as books, photographs and historic weapons.

Read more in the Madison County Courier.

June 26th, 2014 - Posted in Cultural Heritage, DHP, News by Deirdre

Cultural heritage organizations in the CLRC service area should be aware of changes that are taking place with regard to the DHP (Documentary Heritage Program). To wit, the New York State Archives is restructuring the service model for the DHP advisory program. The current program will effectively end on June 30, 2014.

What this means for CLRC’s DHP constituents (i.e. libraries, historical societies, and cultural heritage museums) is that the historical records advisory, consulting work, and training that CLRC conducts will no longer be supported by the New York State Archives in the near term.

Despite this, CLRC will continue to support full archival services to our membership. We will also provide limited support to nonmember historical societies and cultural organizations in order to help bridge the gap in service supported by the state. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide full, uninterrupted service to everyone as the loss of this DHP funding amounts to a significant hit. CLRC’s DHP mail-list will be renamed the “Cultural Heritage Services” list, to align with CLRC’s programming support and goals. Those who are currently subscribed to “cnydhp@clrc.org” will be transferred to “cnychs@clrc.org”.

For those that may need it, there will be some limited support provided by the New York State Archives during this transition, but please know that we at CLRC are committed to promoting continued regional collaboration and cooperation between all of our area library, archives and museum organizations. We will continue to work with you to ensure the continuity of the historical record here in Central New York.

For those organization who have not yet had a chance to do so, please fill our our Archival Services survey. These results will be reported to the state and could, conceivably, help shape the future of the DHP (and definitely will help us here at the Council).

Please note that this suspension of the DHP advisory service does not affect New York Heritage program participants, which is supported and will continue to be supported through an entirely different funding stream.

June 24th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Thanks to our advocacy efforts and the support of CLRC’s regional legislators, libraries in Madison County will receive monies for building improvements from New York State Construction Aid. (original post on June 17)

  • Hamilton Public Library will receive over $28,000 for historic preservation
  • New Woodstock Free Library was awarded over $5,000 to replace the building’s flooring
  • Oneida Library will use the $63,000 award for phase 2 construction of the new library building
  • Sullivan Free Library will receive over $4,000 to restore the columns and woodwork

Read more from the Desk of Assemblyman Bill Magee in the Madison County Courier.

June 23rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

B’ville Voices is a public art project sponsored by CLRC heritage member, the Erie Canal Museum, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. It was created from oral histories of Baldwinsville residents.

The Erie Canal Museum, City Lore and Echo partnered with the Village of Baldwinsville, the Baldwinsville Public Library, and the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse to create a trail of “memory-markers” highlighting first person stories, histories, and experiences of past and present Baldwinsville. Each marker is customized for the story or historical event.

The B’Ville Voices staff video-recorded interviews with thirty residents to learn about the town’s history. Stories were also shared at Town Hall meetings and the residents made recommendations about the placement and design of the markers.

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The team: artist Brendan Rose, Natalie Stetson, Damian Vallelonga, Molly Garfinkel, Steve Zeitlin, and Erie Canal Museum’s Dan Ward

Go to the B’ville Voices website to learn more or take a drive out to Baldwinsville and get history.

June 23rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

City Hall and Albany both came down hard on the Queens Public Library this week after its embattled chief executive, Thomas Galante, refused to open the organization’s financial records.

In Albany, a bill to reform the library’s governance was approved by the State Senate by a vote of 59-1 on Friday. The measure was previously approved by unanimous vote of the Assembly, and Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign it into law.

Introduced by state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Queens), the bill would reduce the terms of the library’s trustees to three years, from five. It also would empower the mayor and the Queens borough president, who together appoint half of the library’s trustees, to remove an appointee at will. And it would subject the library to the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

 

The bill would allow Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who championed the measure, to replace trustees who have rebuffed her demands to open the library’s books to the City Controller’s office and to suspend Galante from his $392,000-a-year post.

“I don’t want to remove members just to remove them, but I need for them to do the right thing,” Katz said Friday. “Taxpayers need to know the money they are spending on a great library system is being spent properly.”

The FBI and the city’s Department of Investigation launched probes of the library’s construction contracts after the Daily News revealed questionable expenditures by Galante, including a renovation of his executive suite that added a $27,000 private smoking deck.

The de Blasio administration’s budget deal with the City Council, reached Thursday night, granted the city’s three library systems just $10 million in new funding, far less than the $65 million they were seeking in order to restore full, six-day service at all branches.

The mayor’s office offered more money if the libraries agreed to open their books, two sources involved in the talks told The News. But when Queens library officials refused to do so, the administration limited the budget increase to just $10 million.

City Controller Scott Stringer, when asked Friday about the decision not to fund six-day library services, said he could “certainly understand an administration and a City Council that’s concerned with a rogue library president who thinks he’s bigger than everybody else.”

Stringer launched an audit of the Queens Public Library in January, following The News’ reports of Galante’s spending. The News also reported that Galante has been moonlighting for years as a consultant for a Long Island school district, a gig that pays him nearly $200,000 a year.

The Queens library system gets 85% of its funding from the city, but Galante has refused to allow Stringer to inspect every bank account the library maintains, prompting Stringer to take action in State Supreme Court.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWSDaily News broke the story of Queens Library boss Thomas Galante’s big-time spending.

“The leadership of the Queens library, including the trustees who voted against giving me the proper financial disclosures within the library, is an absolute disgrace,” Stringer added on Friday, pulling no punches.

“I think the president of this library has done everything in his power to keep away auditors. You have a president of the Queens library who, quite frankly, thinks he’s above the law.”

With Jennifer Fermino

jgonzalez@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/city-hall-albany-pass-queens-library-reforms-article-1.1838273#ixzz35TCckywe

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/city-hall-albany-pass-queens-library-reforms-article-1.1838273#ixzz35TC9J38c

June 17th, 2014 - Posted in News, Uncategorized by Anna

Our regional advocacy efforts have made an impact with local legislators. Seven libraries in the Mid-York Library System have received funds from New York State for library improvements.

Senator Griffo, a longtime library supporter said,“Many of our public libraries are in desperate need of renovations and upgrades. We need to make libraries accessible and enjoyable for all, which means building better access for those who are disabled, installing heating and air conditioning for comfort and providing Internet and other electronic technology to aid in learning.”

  • Dunham Public Library in Whitesboro will receive $9,247 to replace a portion of the roof.
  • Erwin Library in Boonville was given $23,870 to replace and renovate their roof.
  • Mid-York Library System will receive $52,509 to aid in their Phase II off-street parking project and make interior repairs due to flood damage.
  • Sherrill-Kenwood Free Library was given $3,885 to replace flooring and install a security system.
  • Thomas Memorial Library in Remsen will receive $7,313 to renovate and insulate the top floor of the building.
  • Utica Public Library has been awarded $86,839 for roof and gutter replacement.
  • Waterville Public Library will receive $10,853 to upgrade its HVAC system and more.

Read more from the Utica OD

June 17th, 2014 - Posted in News by Deirdre

CLRC-area libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) are sure to be affected by the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act which will become law on July 1, 2014.

The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) has created a document to help you understand how it might affect your organization. You may download this PDF document here.

The law address topics such as:

  • Meetings of the Board of Directors, Committees and Memberships Bodies
  • Employees on Boards
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Audits
  • Whistleblower and Prevention of Financial Abuse
  • Certificate Amendments, Mergers or Consolidations and Real Estate
  • E-Filings with the Attorney General

June 16th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Congratulations to Varinya Sheppard, newly appointed president of St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing.

Ms. Sheppard is an alumni of SECON (a CLRC member) and has been employed by it’s partner, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, (also a CLRC member) for 30 years.

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Read about Ms. Sheppard in the Madison County Courier.

June 16th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI) is seeking librarians, library staff, and library school students to review books, conferences/presentations, and computer applications. Our reviews are designed to provide library professionals with information about items containing new and innovative ideas to try in their libraries or in their professional development endeavors.

 

If you would like to be considered for a review assignment, please email a writing sample to Samantha Gust, Reviews Section Editor, at jolireviewers@gmail.com and indicate your subject area preferences (e.g., children’s librarianship, digital preservation, information literacy, innovation in general, marketing, etc.). JOLI is published twice a year and publishes an average of five reviews per issue, so it may take some time to receive an assignment if you are selected. If you responded to a previous call for review writers and are still interested, please respond to this call as we are updating our database.

 

Feel free to share this with colleagues who might be interested.

 

For more information about JOLI , please visit http://www.libraryinnovation.org.

June 12th, 2014 - Posted in News, Uncategorized by Claire

New York State’s libraries will be represented at the 2014 New York State Fair!

For the first time in many years, libraries will have a presence at the New York State Fair. The Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC), with support from the New York Library Association (NYLA), is coordinating arrangements for a library booth at this year’s Fair. This is an opportunity to promote all types of libraries, all across the state. It will give us a chance to talk about the variety of activities, programs and services available in our state’s libraries.

Volunteers from libraries all over the state are needed to help staff the booth. The dates of the Fair are August 21 – September 1, and the booth is staffed from 10 am – 10 pm daily. Volunteers are asked to  work a two-hour shift and there will be two people at the booth at all times. In exchange for two hours of their time, volunteers receive free admission to the Fair on the day of their shift, and a great purple t-shirt. Response has been great so far, but there are still plenty of shifts available. Prospective volunteers can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aacae28a2fc1-nystate.

Volunteers are welcome to bring items from their own libraries to hand out during their shifts, and talk to booth visitors about their library’s special events and programs. Our mission is to promote libraries in general, and we will have two activities taking place at the booth in support of that: a library trivia wheel and a “why do you use the library?” poll. But there’s no harm in highlighting your library while you’re there!

Detailed information about the activities and booth procedures will be provided to all volunteers.

Any questions about the State Fair booth effort can be directed to Debby Emerson, demerson@clrc.org or Anna Dobkowski, adobkowski@clrc.org.

June 11th, 2014 - Posted in News by Claire

New Onondaga County Civil Service Examination Announcement for Library Clerk I!  Exam date is August 16th and the application is July 1st.

“The work involves the performance of various routine library clerical duties using an automated circulation system as assigned in the operation of the library. No prior knowledge of library procedures is required; on the job training is provided.”

See here for the announcement: http://www.onlib.org/web/about/jobs/ads/Library_Clerk_one_00-271.pdf

 

June 11th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

CLRC and SCRLC are partnering to bring you the annual Resource-Sharing Workshop on June 19 at the SUNY Cortland campus. One of the presenters at the event is Philip Frankel, Intellectual Property Attorney at Bond, Schoeneck and King. He will be discussing this case among others. Come on down! Registration closes TODAY!

Posted to NYLINE on 6/10:
The Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a verdict today in Author’s Guild vs. Hathi Trust, a lawsuit levied against the full-text database on the grounds that providing digital copies of protected works violates authors’ rights. First tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2012, the case questioned whether HathiTrust’s efforts to “provide long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content” could be protected under the doctrine of fair use.

Today, a three-judge panel upheld the lower court’s ruling in HathiTrust’s favor. Presiding judges were Barrington D. Parker, John M. Walker, Jr., and Jose A. Cabranes.

While the lower court took a lofty argument in favor of fair use, the Second Circuit looked to a more technical definition of transformation. “Contrary to what the District Court implied, a use does not become transformative by making an ‘invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts,’” Judge Parker wrote for the Court of Appeals. “Added value or utility is not the test: a transformative work is one that serves a new and different function from the original work and is not a substitute for it.”

For analysis, take a look at this post by James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law at University of Maryland, which includes a breakdown of the factors for fair use in this case. The Courthouse News Service provides a detailed history of the case, as does the Electronic Frontier Foundation (who joined the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries in an amicus brief in support of HathiTrust).

A full text copy of the opinion is available at InfoDOCKET.

June 6th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

With so many libraries in the CLRC region, there’s always something new brewing in the news.

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The Colgate Libraries Spring 2014 newsletter is now available with an article titled Information Literacy is What Matters to Library Directors Nationwide, another on Communicating Visually, and information about Colgate’s special collections. Take a peek.

June 6th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

A visit to Crouse Hospital Library was the season finale of the 2013-2014 CLRC First Monday series and it was all we’d expect from a great cast.

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Kristine Delaney, the library’s director, gave a brief history of the Hospital and School of Nursing and the resources available to staff, students, and families.

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Ellen Owens, Coordinator of Education, spoke to the group about the projects and programs that students have worked on in partnership with the library.

Ellen also spoke about the spearhead grant awarded to Crouse from the NN/LM for the purchase of iPads. Nurses may borrow these from the library to use for their own or patient education.

The group was then divided, some stayed to view the library’s iMovies while the others went to visit the simulation “patients.”

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Here’s baby Hal. His chest moves up and down as he breathes, he can cry and flail his arms. Next to him was pregnant Noelle. She is programmed to simulate a birth. Nurses could perform a cesarean section or address any other complications of her childbirth. The monitors and patients are all controlled by a laptop. Pam Lowe, one of the nursing instructors, was a wonderful tour guide of the simulation rooms.

Crouse Library’s iMovies cover topics such as Magnet Recognition accreditation, relationship-based care and evidence-based learning practices.  World Views of Evidence-Based Practice, a professional nursing journal, will be publishing From Sacred Cow to Greener Pasture in an upcoming issue.

We were treated to veggie wraps and cookies (with chocolate!). What a way to end the first Monday in June. Have a safe and enjoyable summer. See you in October!

Check out CLRC’s Facebook page for more photos of June’s First Monday at Crouse.

June 5th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, News by Debby

CLRC Member libraries have asked numerous questions about the new OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. These free training sessions during the month of June may help you get some of your questions answered.

Register Today for OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services Training!

OCLC offers WorldCat Discovery Services training in multiple formats. Courses and resources are available at no charge to member libraries with a subscription to FirstSearch.  Libraries that use WorldCat Local are also welcome. Reserve your spot in  one of these upcoming classes:

Searching & Configuring WorldCat® Discovery Services — This course provides an overview of WorldCat® Discovery Services, including a searching demonstration, migration information and a review of configuration settings for customizing features of WorldCat® Discovery.

This live online 2-hour session is offered several times per month.  Pick the date and time that is best for your schedule from the list below:

June 11, 2014 (2:00 am to 4:00 pm ET)

Searching & Configuring WorldCat Discovery

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/discovery/worldcat-discovery/courses/searching-configuring-wc-discovery/06112014.en.html to register.

June 17, 2014 (11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET)

Searching & Configuring WorldCat Discovery

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/discovery/worldcat-discovery/courses/searching-configuring-wc-discovery/06172014.en.html to register.

June 19, 2014 (2:00 am to 4:00 pm ET)

Searching & Configuring WorldCat Discovery

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/discovery/worldcat-discovery/courses/searching-configuring-wc-discovery/06192014.en.html to register.

June 24, 2014 (11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET)

Searching & Configuring WorldCat Discovery

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/portfolios/discovery/worldcat-discovery/courses/searching-configuring-wc-discovery/06242014.en.html to register.

Be sure to visit the WorldCat Discovery Services Training Resources page for additional tutorials, recorded sessions, and training updates. Also, bookmark the WorldCat Discovery Services Support page for quick access to documentation, release notes, and known issues.

Prefer to get started on your own? Go ahead and select the WorldCat Discovery Learning Paths that are right for you. Questions or suggestions? Contact the OCLC Training Team.

We look forward to seeing you at a training class!

 

May 22nd, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, News by Debby

Come and Meet Some of Your Favorite Children’s Authors and Entertainers

LAST YEAR’S FAVORITES!

  • Matt McElligott
  • Joseph Bruchac
  • Kalli Dakos
  • Suzanne Bloom
  • Hope Marston
  • Sarah Ada
  • Justin and Gary Van Riper – Adirondack Kids series

NEW THIS YEAR!!

  • Terry Trueman
  • Vivian Vande Velde
  • Frank Cammuso
  • Christie Casciano

June 7, 2014 9:30 am – 3:30pm
Cape Vincent Elementary School
410 S. Esselstyne Street, Cape Vincent, NY
Admission is FREE!
Books will be available for purchase and author signing.
Last year marked the first ever Children’s Book Festival held in Cape Vincent. Once again a small group of volunteers, under the auspices of the Jefferson Lewis Library Association (JLLA) and the New York Library Association, has decided to host the second Book Festival “Reading on the River” to be hosted in Cape Vincent. The Festival will be geared to children from preschool through middle school. Students in communities outside of Cape Vincent are invited to attend as well. The event will take place at the Cape Vincent Elementary School on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9:30-3:30. Each author will do two presentations and three book signing sessions. Admission will be free, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
This promises to be a fantastic event that will promote early literacy. There is nothing like seeing the look on a child’s face when he or she gets to meet a favorite author in person. These authors are great speakers and always inspire children and parents to read more. Last year, this event drew over 200 children, parents and grandparents. We are expecting that this event will attract even more families in 2014. We hope to see you there.

 

May 20th, 2014 - Posted in News by Claire

Holy Trinity Seminary and Monastery, a CLRC Member, has recently been in the news for the new Foundation of Russian History Exhibit, Russian Word and Image.  The exhibit features clothing, silverware, religious items, and other artifacts from centuries of pre-Revolution history, saved by members of the post-Revolution Russian exodus.

CLRC’s Assistant Director & Regional Archivist, Déirdre Joyce, has visited Holy Trinity and worked with museum Director & Curator Rev. Vladimir von Tsurikov and Seminary Librarian Michael Perekrestov. She attended the grand opening of the exhibit on May 25th, which you can read more about from New Channel 2, WKTV Utica.

“We are honored to have helped the Foundation of Russian History in the past few years.  We’re delighted that the Foundation is sharing its treasures with the people of Central New York and we’re excited about the opportunities this museum brings to the community,” said Déirdre.

Over the last decade, CLRC has supported Holy Trinity with RBDB grant funding. Holy Trinity, with its thousands of uncatalogued rare and special materials, has used the RBDB awards to describe and provide access to these holdings.  They are also working on a digital collection to include in New York Heritage.

May 19th, 2014 - Posted in Advocacy, News by Claire

Here at CLRC, we’re always looking for good examples of library advocacy.  Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks have created a poignant advocacy video for the three public library systems in NYC for New York Magazine.

Over the last decade, book circulation at New York City libraries has jumped by 46 percent, annual visits by 59 percent, and program attendance by 88 percent. These figures are even more startling considering that budget cuts have forced the libraries to reduce both staff and hours. And this year, City Hall is essentially proposing no increases in aid. The city’s three library systems are petitioning the city for an additional $65 million, which they say will enable them to keep their doors open six days a week. This video offers a surprising look at how library branches in New York City have evolved into community centers, providing a whole array of services and programs.

So, what do you think?  What would the day-in-the-life of CNY libraries look like?

May 9th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

CLRC member library system, Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES, has some comings and goings and congratulations we’d like to share.

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On May 2, Library Media Specialist at LaFayette Junior Senior High School, Susanne Bang, was honored at the 26th Annual Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY) Outstanding Teacher Awards Banquet. Sue is only the third librarian in over twenty years to receive the award.

Administrator/Advocate of the Year focuses on those that celebrate and advocate for school libraries. This year, the awards luncheon will be held on May 14 and will honor Eric Larison, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at the Solvay Free Union School District and Thomas Piatti, Principal at the Chittenango Middle School.

And…congratulations to four CNY school librarians, Leslie Cartier, Lindsey Cesari, Sue Kowalski, and Heather Turner, who were published in the April edition of Knowledge Quest.

May 7th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

What’s a library without a computer these days? Or six or seven? Congratulations to one of CLRC’s member libraries on their recent upgrade!

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Thanks to Halyna Liszczynskyj, Director of Library Services at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, the Medical Library has received a $10,000 Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR).

The monies will be used to replace computers in the Medical Library and add laptops to the Residency Library at the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center.

May 7th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, News by Deirdre

CLRC-area information professionals stand to benefit from this exciting professional development opportunity taking place in Rochester in October.

Save the Date!

The Rochester Early-Career Information Professionals (RECIP) are excited to announce our first Leadership Summit.

This conference is open to information professionals from all types of libraries and will be free to attend through a generous gift from the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries. Join us to explore how you can develop the leadership skills you need for success, as your grow in your career.

Keynote speakers, Kathryn Deiss, Content Strategist for the Association of College and Research Libraries and renowned leadership consultant, and Kristen Totleben, the Modern Languages and Cultures Librarian at the University of Rochester, will share their model of developing a mentoring relationship.

Patty Uttaro, Director of Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library, will facilitate an interactive leadership skills workshop.

Additional programming will include a leadership panel of academic, public and school librarians, networking opportunities and more!

The Leadership Summit will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 9-4 in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester.

Registration will open in August. For conference updates subscribe to: and visit our website: rrlc.org/recip

This project/program is supported by a grant from the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries and the Fund’s administrator, the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, with the assistance of the Rochester Regional Library Council.

May 6th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

In the light of today’s Uncommon Core Conference…Central New York has shown it has dedicated educators and library supporters in all fields and of all ages.

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Jacob Renz, a Skaneateles High School senior, addressed his school board on the important place a school library holds in education and thanked them for their continued support.

District library media specialists also attended the meeting. They presented board members with mugs that read Your Library is the Common Core!

Read more about Jacob in the Skaneateles Journal.

May 6th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

The CLRC staff and member libraries extend congratulations to our member of a member – the Oneida Public Library recently celebrated 90 years of service to the Oneida city and county community.

April 27 was proclaimed “Oneida Public Library Day” by Mayor Smith. Patrons and friends of the library enjoyed birthday cake and had an opportunity to view newspaper articles about the library dating back to 1924.

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Read more from the Oneida Daily Dispatch HERE

May 5th, 2014 - Posted in Competency: Information resources, Continuing Education, Events, News by Debby

ProQuest has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for the month of May. Please see dates, times and registration information below.

eLibrary Elementary and NOVELNY
This one hour class covers the content, features and tips for using eLibrary Elementary as well as incorporating eLibrary Elementary into classroom curriculum. Learn how young readers can use the colorful graphical search interface to find answers they need from magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, audio/video files and web links that are safe and appropriate for elementary school studies. Your questions will be answered by an eLibrary Elementary training expert during this interactive session.
Wednesday, May 21
3:00 PM

Register here
or
Tuesday, May 27
3:00 PM
Register here

Gannett Newspapers for NY State NOVELNY
This one hour class on the Gannett Newspapers for NOVEL helps users find the news information that they need quickly, Learn how to navigate the new Proquest platform quickly to access top news stories from New York and around the world. Browse companies, products, individuals, obituaries and death notices to find ancestors, relatives and notable figures and more! Your questions will be answered by a Proquest training expert during this interactive session.
Wednesday, May 21
4:00 PM
Register here
or
Tuesday, May 27
4:00 PM
Register here

If you have questions about the webinars please contact ProQuest support (to submit questions online) or  call 1-800-889-3358.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported in part with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

May 5th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

The CLRC region recently lost a special library director. Jacque Empey, of the Jordanville Public Library in Herkimer county, passed away on April 29.

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A memorial donation to the library, P.O. Box 44, Jordanville, NY 13361, may be made in Jacque’s name.

http://www.thedailystar.com/obituaries/x2117364837/Margaretta-J-Jacque-Empey

April 29th, 2014 - Posted in Competency: Information resources, Events, News by Debby
Gale has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for the month of May. Please see dates, times and registration information below. The items with an asterisk are new webinars.


*Integrating eResources into the K12 Classroom
Tuesday, May 06, 2014, 7:00 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=920344642
This one hour online training webinar will instruct teachers and media specialist on how to integrate Gale eResources from NOVELNY into their daily classroom workflow. Practical instruction on how to incorporate eResources into lesson plans, class websites and practical projects will be discussed. Ideas discussed will be easily replicable in your school! We’ll also provide a sneak peek at the new Kids InfoBits experience! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.


*Kids InfoBits – New and Improved!
Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:30 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=920852526
Kids InfoBits will have a brand new look this Spring with lots of great new features! In this one-hour webinar we’ll explore all the new bells and whistles and show you how it’s going to make research for your younger users more engaging. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.


*Integrating eResources into the K12 Classroom
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 4:00 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=929658726
This one hour online training webinar will instruct teachers and media specialist on how to integrate Gale eResources from NOVELNY into their daily classroom workflow. Practical instruction on how to incorporate eResources into lesson plans, class websites and practical projects will be discussed. Ideas discussed will be easily replicable in your school! We’ll also provide a sneak peek at the new Kids InfoBits experience! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via the web conference; earphones or a headset are recommended. (Audio via a phone conference is not available.)


*Finding eResources for Public Library Programming
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 4:00 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=926236347
Looking for a great dessert? Try Culinary Arts Collection? Starting to plan your next great vacation? Start with Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection. Need an interesting centerpiece or jump start on your spring garden? Let Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection help! Doing a little work around your humble abode? See the Home Improvement Collection. In this one hour webinar we’ll take advantage of some of the InfoTrac Collections to help you and your patrons take advantage of these home and hobbies resources! Locate recipes, decorating ideas, gift ideas, holiday short stories, vacation guides, do-it-yourself tips and more. Attendees will also learn how to share the great content you find! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via the web conference; earphones or a headset are recommended. (Audio via a phone conference is not available.)


*Kids InfoBits – New and Improved!
Friday, May 15, 2014, 3:30 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=925574890
Kids InfoBits will have a brand new look this Spring with lots of great new features! In this one-hour webinar we’ll explore all the new bells and whistles and show you how it’s going to make research for your younger users more engaging. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.


*Advanced Tools in Gale eResources to Support Academic Librarians
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:00 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=925686309
This one hour session will focus on using the Advanced Tools in the Gale eResources from NOVELNY to explore more sophisticated search techniques, functionality to integrate content into course websites, and tools to support development of LibGuides. We’ll also discuss how to integrate guided tutorials from Gale into your instruction sites for students or faculty. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.


For other Gale webinars (Usage Portal, Admin Tool, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and PowerSearch) please see their main training calendar at http://solutions.cengage.com/gale-training/webinars/ .


If you have questions about the webinars please contact Gale at http://access.gale.com/noveltech/ (to submit questions online) or gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4).


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).



============ Questions about, or problems with, the NOVELny Databases program? Contact us at <nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov> or call the Help Desk at (877) 277-0250 Monday-Friday.

April 28th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Did you have a chance to get to the OnCenter in Syracuse on Friday to participate in the Declaration for the Right to Libraries rally? 

I heard that ALA President and local library guru, Barbara Stripling, made it loud and clear to the attendees (with a bullhorn) that libraries will stand firm and continue to change lives.

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Read the full story from syracuse.com.

April 28th, 2014 - Posted in DHP, News by Claire

Visit Beauchamp Branch Library tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 29th, for Sankofa Soul District Holistic Preservation Day.  

This event features exhibits and presentations from many local non-profit organizations, including CLRC members Onondaga Historical Association and the host, the Beauchamp Branch of the Onondaga County Public Library.
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April 24th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, News by Debby

NEDCC Offering FREE Webinars for Preservation Week

Pass the Word!
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REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE LIVE WEBINARS:

Preserving Family Collections – April 30, 2-4 PM Eastern

Beginner’s Guide to Digitizing Collections – May 1, 12:30 -1:30

 

VIEW THIS PREVIOUSLY RECORDED WEBINAR:
Preserving Your Digital Life: Tips for Saving What’s Important

 

FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: http://bit.ly/preswkweb

LEARN MORE about Preservation Week: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/preswk

 

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NORTHEAST DOCUMENT CONSERVATION CENTER

Andover, MA   www.nedcc.org

Preserving Cultural Heritage Collections Since 1973

 

 

 

April 23rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Deirdre

The following was distributed to NYLINE on 4/22:

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $48,577 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Collaborative Planning Grant to the New York State Library.  The grant, covering the period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, will support the development of a comprehensive statewide early literacy training plan that will enhance and improve the quality of public library early literacy and early learning programs. In the CLRC region, this program is sure to play a part in the efforts undertaken by system members at OCPL and Mid York Library System. The resulting training plan will be an integral component of New York’s new statewide early literacy program Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; and to support early career research. It also assists in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

“As the information needs of Americans have evolved, so has the work of American libraries and librarians,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program helps address these needs by supporting the professional development and education of a new generation of librarians.”

State Librarian Bernie Margolis said, “This $48,577 grant from IMLS will be instrumental in supporting the State Library’s planning work with an Advisory Group of early literacy experts and with numerous local, state and national partners.”

“The result of this year-long collaborative planning effort will be a sustainable and comprehensive statewide training plan for New York’s public library staff,” said Grant Project Director Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library.

The planned training will provide public library staff with skills and knowledge in areas such as community assessment, creation of library early learning environments, effective outreach strategies and the delivery of quality parent/caregiver education for diverse audiences. Parent/caregiver education will focus on reading readiness, but will also include science and math (STEM).

The plan will also include targeted outreach strategies to assist public libraries in reaching high-risk populations such as residents of high need school districts, minorities, immigrants and the rural poor. Effective evaluation design will inform the quality and practicality of the plan, and provide solid evidence of a change in the skills and knowledge of library staff and families participating in the training.

Implementation of the training plan will be ongoing and will provide local libraries with access to training, as well as to resources and materials that will strengthen the library’s role as a vital community hub for early learning and as a key community partner in serving parents, caregivers and young children.  

More information about Ready to Read at New York Libraries and this planning grant project is available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/earlylit/index.html or by contacting Grant Project Director Karen Balsen at kbalsen@mail.nysed.gov.

About the New York State Library

The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States for more than 195 years.  In its leadership role, the State Library works in partnership with the State’s 73 library systems to bring cost-effective, high-quality library services to the millions who use New York’s 7,000 libraries.  One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the State Education Department and is located in Albany, New York. To learn more, visit www.nysl.nysed.gov.

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, visitwww.imls.govand follow us on Facebookand  Twitter.

April 23rd, 2014 - Posted in DHP, News by Deirdre

An important, informative message from Preston Pierce, Regional Archivist at RRLC:

The current issue of New York Archives (the magazine of the Archives Partnership Trust) contains an important article for anyone interested in using local copies of census records, state or federal. It demonstrates that there are often discrepancies between the federal records available on-line and the records found at local county records repositories.

“Second-Chance Census” by Roger D. Joslyn should be on your must-read list!

However, there is one caveat. The article cites the guide to local census locations, “New York State Census Records, 179-1925″ (Bulletin 88) published by the State Education Department in 1988. The guide can be downloaded here from the State Library website as a pdf document.

That guide was compiled prior to the the implementation of the 1988 records management law at the county level. Most of the county copies of census records are listed as being in the custody of County Clerks. While they may still be Clerk’s records, the local copies of census records are actually located in the county records centers. In the case of Ontario County, that means that they are in a different building, several miles away from the County Clerk’s office, in a different town.

Check with your local County Clerk, County Historian, or Records Management Officer before checking out the census records in person! It will save time and reduce your parking frustrations.

In many counties, census and other records are available in digital format on-line.

In any case–as the article advocates–compare the available census versions to get the best information.

April 22nd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Get out those cameras and let’s try to spotlight a CLRC member library next year. But for now, take a look at the 2014 winners of the Gale Cengage contest held in honor of National Library Week.

Libraries are Beautiful Inside and Out

Best in Show took the $2500 prize and the each of the others received $500 for their libraries.

April 22nd, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

April 22, 2014 marks Earth Day, an International celebration in support of environmental preservation. Environmental stability branches beyond our parks and lakes. Libraries can make a positive impact on the environment as well. In February, the New York Library Association’s Council adopted the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries.

Library leaders have a mandate to ensure future access to economical library services.

The Resolution states, “Whereas, libraries who demonstrate leadership in making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change, respect natural resources and create healthy indoor and outdoor environments will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, increase the support for the library in their community; and reveal new sources of funding; therefore be it resolved, that the New York Library Association, on behalf of its members, recognizes the important role libraries can play in larger community conversations about resiliency, climate change, and a sustainable future.”

“Sustainability in libraries go beyond a new building, as this is not in the future for many libraries around the state,” Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director stated. “From energy and waste stream audits, to purchasing policies and technology implementation, every library in New York has an opportunity to think sustainably and promote the good choices they make every day that save public dollars and address healthy living.”

On this Earth Day, find out how your local library can be a partner, and help ensure a safer future for generations of library patrons to come.

To read the resolution in its entirety, please visit http://bit.ly/RFy2dh.

April 21st, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

Nominate a colleague or library today for one of these NYLA Awards:

Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award

The Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award recognizes a public library director who has developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library.

Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award

The Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a far reaching, sustained contribution to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the people of New York State or residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.

 

Outstanding Service to Libraries Award

The Outstanding Service to Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a significant, sustained contribution to the development, promulgation, growth or extension of library/information services to the people of NYS or to residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.

 

SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award

The SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that furthers the cause of intellectual freedom in New York State.

 

Applications are available at http://nyla.org/awards and are due by July 15, 2014. For more information, email NYLA Awards Committee Chair Carol Anne Germain at cgermain@albany.edu

 

NYLA Section & Roundtable Awards

NYLA ‘s sections and roundtables also offer scholarships and awards. http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=43&MenuKey=career

 

April 16th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

Liverpool Public Library held its Human Library event yesterday evening to a record number of patrons. For about twenty minutes each, you could borrow one or more of the seven “books” available at the library.

Let me tell you a bit about the books…

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RACHEL – Don’t Mess with the Girl in the Fabulous Footwear
This book was inspiring and a good resource on survivor attitude.



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DAN – Everything in the Pack on My Back
Wear a cozy pair of socks when you read this book.



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ANDREW - Terra…the Terra-ble and Terra-ific Earth
Dig into this book about dinosaur digs.



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DENNIS – Statue of Liberty: History from the Inside
A great read with lots of inside details.



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JOHN – Holding Political Office
This amazing book is sure to make you giggle.



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SAMRAJ – Once Upon a Hindu
A book to look at choices, especially this chapter.



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DEB – The Joy of Living with Herbs
Spice up your life with this great book.



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The overdue fines have been waived on these books. Thanks for checking them out!

Take a look at the CLRC website for more Human Library events held in April.

April 11th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Read the latest blog post from CLRC affiliate member, American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association.

Susan Hughes, former Regional Archivist at CLRC, and new Director at the Genealogical Association, urges us to start investigating stories behind our family heirlooms. How did they come into your possession? Who originally owned it? Susan also lists some resources to get you started.

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April 10th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Attention CLRC member libraries…access to WorldCat Resource-Sharing will end on May 19. You must begin using OCLC’s WorldShare ILL for all your lending and borrowing transactions by that date.

ILLiad users get a break. You do not need to make any changes to your ILL workflow.

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If you haven’t started using WorldShare ILL, the clock is ticking. Get started today!

April 10th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Debby

Preservation Week <http://www.ala.org/preservationweek> is a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), and will be held April 27–May 3, 2014.

Two free webinars will offered during that week: on April 29 affordable ways to preserve family keepsakes will be highlighted and on May 1, the session will cover the best ways to preserve scrapbooks. The webinars will each begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will last about one hour. Registration is required. To register and learn more go to ALCTS Events <http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents>.

The webinars are:

Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives <http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/042914> (Tuesday, April 29). Presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come. ALCTS thanks Archival Products <http://www.archival.com/> for sponsoring this webinar an supporting Preservation Week.<http://www.ala.org/preservationweek>

Preserving Scrapbooks
<http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/050114> (Thursday, May 1).
Presented by Melissa Tedone, conservator at Iowa State University Library.
Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. Learn about common problems with long-term preservation of scrapbooks and identify the most stable materials and bindings for new scrapbooks. ALCTS thanks Gaylord <http://gaylord.com/> for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

There’s still time to learn how to create a Preservation Week event at your library. The recording of the February 12, 2014 webinar, “How to Host a Preservation Week Event <http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/021214> ” is available at no charge any time.

Simple ways to celebrate include:

* Invite your patrons to watch one of the two live webinar sessions or the webinar recording (which will be made available immediately after)

* Download and print bookmarks
<http://www.ala.org/alcts/sites/ala.org.alcts/files/content/confevents/preswk/pdfs/bkmk_QuickTips14.pdf>
and flyers from our online Event Toolkit.
<http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/preswk/plan>

Be sure to share the details about your event by posting to our Event Map <http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/preswk/events-speakers> and Speaker Locator.

Or pose your most commonly asked preservation question to a preservation professional in our Dear Donia preservation advice column.
<http://www.atyourlibrary.org/passiton/dear-donia> Every question becomes an entry in our raffle for a free Document Preservation Kit from Hollinger Metal Edge.
<http://www.hollingermetaledge.com/modules/store/index.html?dept=1&cat=360>

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

April 10th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has officially proclaimed April 17, 2014 as Library Assistants’ Day in the State of New York.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr brought NYSLAA’s (New York State Library Assistants Association) proclamation to the legislature where it has passed through both houses. Thank you to CLRC’s Assemblymember William Magee (District 121) for his support. 

Senator Farley introduced the resolution on behalf of NYS LAs. He stated “The efforts library assistants put forth in ensuring the smooth operations of our libraries on a daily basis is to be commended. Please know that their dedicated service and professionalism is greatly appreciated.”

Thank you to CLRC’s regional senators for co-sponsoring the proclamation – Senator DeFrancisco, Senator Griffo, Senator Seward, and Senator Valesky.

Read the full proclamation here.

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April 9th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Debby
Scholastic has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for the month of April. Please see dates, times and registration information below.
 
April 22, 2014, 3:30pm
Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help inform NOVELNY users about Scholastic GO!’s program features and how to incorporate Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries. In this training they will focus on all eight of the online databases now available via NOVELNY, which include Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.

Please register at https://scholastic.webex.com/scholastic/onstage/g.php?d=657480472&t=a

Event password: spring
April 30, 2014, 3:30pm
Scholastic is hosting customized NOVELNY training sessions to help NOVELNY users optimize their use of Scholastic GO!’s resources to best support their Common Core instruction with students and in support of teachers. The session will focus on Common Core’s key aspects, ranging from Information Text and Vocabulary to Deeper Evidenced Based Research, Text Complexity and Point of View, and how best to incorporate these core objectives via Scholastic GO! into schools and public libraries.
Event password: spring
 
If you have any questions about the webinars please contact Scholastic at scholasticcustomersupport@scholastic.com or 1-888-326-6546 option 4.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported in part with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

April 9th, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

When you walk into La Casita you are immediately immersed in Latino culture with the over-sized artwork exhibit painted directly on the walls.

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Tere Paniagua, the Executive Director of the Cultural Center, welcomed the CLRC First Monday group with an hola and a tour.

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La Casita offers incredible resources for the community. It holds dual language classes, programs for children in music, dance, arts and tutoring. It has begun collecting oral histories – the Cultural Memory Archive, holds local cooking events and domino tournaments.

But the best part of our tour was learning about their library. The collection currently holds several hundred titles. The Center consulted with the Latin American Studies department at Syracuse University, as well as Bird Library, for some initial recommendations. Suggestions by users also builds on their collection. The children love biographies and use the library for reports and pleasure reading. Parents are heavy users of the library while waiting for their children participating in Center programs.

Currently, books cannot be checked out. CLRC is helping the center get on track with their cataloging. Once the project is complete, borrowing may be available in the future.

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Tere informed us that La Casita’s exposed beams were designed to replicate the interiors of homes constructed in rural areas of the Caribbean. It’s a lovely, open, colorful space. Stop by sometime and say hello. They are open from noon to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, 108 Otisco Street, in Syracuse’s near west end.

Going into its third year, La Casita Cultural Center’s mission is “to serve as the bridge between the Hispanic communities of Syracuse and Central New York and Syracuse University’s faculty, students, and staff. By offering the space and resources necessary for the development of collaborative sustainable programs, La Casita strives to enhance the local communities’ capacity for social change and civic participation in the region.”

From what we’ve seen, mission accomplished.

Check out La Casita’s Facebook page.

April 8th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby
Gale has scheduled the following webinars for NOVELNY databases for the month of April. Please see dates, times and registration information below. The items with an asterisk are new webinars.
 
Gale Usage Portal
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=926784373
The Gale Usage portal provides customers with fast, flexible access to usage statistics for their Gale database subscriptions. This site will give you the ability to create customized reports and save them for future use. In this web training, we will introduce this new tool and show you what type of reports are available to gather usage statistics on your Gale products. We will explore how to run reports immediately and schedule reports to be sent on a reoccurring basis. We will also cover how to manage the reports that you have schedule using the My Activities and schedules link.
 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 1:00 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=927567223
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4:00 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=928763091
Now an even more dynamic resource with a new interface and enhanced functionality, this online social issues resource is designed to meet the needs of public, school and academic libraries. Gale Opposing Viewpoints draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources, including selections from Bioethics for Students. The result is a dynamic online library of current event topics – the facts, as well as the arguments – of each topic’s proponents and detractors. Gale Opposing Viewpoint‘s unique features include Topic Overviews – frameworks that allow students to explore each topic’s many facets – and exclusive electronic access to Gale’s Information Plus reference series of statistics, government data, information on legislation and more. The Critical Thinking version supplements the acclaimed Gale Opposing Viewpoints with additional content and features that are curriculum focused. Learn how you can easily integrate 21st Century Skills into your instruction with this proven approach to learning.
 
*Libraries Mean Business
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:00 AM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=928597354
In this workshop, we’ll explore ways Business Insights: Essentials will help students with a business or marketing case study, entrepreneurs building and developing their business, and general researchers looking for company and financial information. Learn more about the content and enhanced functionality that enables librarians and researchers to delve deeper into business data with access to financial analysis tools, business associations, investment reports and market research reports. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.
PowerSearch
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=926927794
Gale’s newly enhanced PowerSearch platform is unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated, yet simple, solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference and primary source information. PowerSearch provides your patrons with access to all the Gale content in your library’s collection through one, single search query. The result is that you maximize usage of your Gale databases while patrons enjoy the time saved through a streamlined common user interface that can be customized to match their skill level and habits. This web-based training event will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the latest enhancements to the PowerSearch platform that were garnered from user and librarian feedback.
*Mobile Access and Gale Resources
Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:00 AM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=927089700
More and more, users are turning to their mobile devices to communicate, get directions, tell time, view the constellations, listen to their favorite tunes – let’s get them using library resources too! Gale’s Access My Library app allows users to access Gale resources provided by their library from anywhere! This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of searching Gale resources on your mobile devices using Gale’s free Access My Library app. You’ll discover ways to pull content from your Gale resources onto your device and take your research with you wherever you go. We’ll explore how to find and use the each of the available AML apps – Public, Academic, Special, and School (K12) editions. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Please note: This session’s audio will be provided via a separate phone conference.
Gale Admin Tool
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:00 AM
Please register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=920352514
The Gale Admin Tool is the new tool used to configure your Gale resources. This new tool will provide library administrators a web-based set of tools to support Gale subscription-based products. During this session you will get acquainted with the new administrator tool. Participants will learn how to manage patron access to the subscribed products via various authentication methods, customize product preferences, set up third-party links, configure custom database collections, manage eBook collections, and view usage reports. All participants joining the session should have administrative rights to customize their institutions resources.
If you have questions about the webinars please contact Gale at http://access.gale.com/noveltech/ (to submit questions online) or gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4).
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).

============ Questions about, or problems with, the NOVELny Databases program? Contact us at <nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov> or call the Help Desk at (877) 277-0250 Monday-Friday.

April 7th, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

U.S. House Budget Proposal Dismisses Role of IMLS

In a new budget released from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling released the following statement in response to Rep. Ryan’s budget (pdf):

“We were shocked to learn that Representative Paul Ryan recommended eliminating IMLS, the agency that promotes library services for the American public. We are disappointed by the House Budget Committee’s outright dismissal of IMLS, the agency that administers the primary source of federal funding to libraries. Libraries depend on the support they receive from IMLS to help patrons learn new skills, find job opportunities and access reading materials that they otherwise could not afford. More than $180 million has been appropriated to the Institute for Museum and Library Services through September 2014 to help libraries make information and services available to the citizens they serve.

In Rep. Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities. Just a few blocks from Rep. Ryan’s Wisconsin office, more than 716,000 visitors used the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin to access library computers and research databases, check out books and receive job training in 2013. The Institute of Museum and Library Services administered more than $2.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year to help Wisconsin libraries prepare young students for school and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Wisconsin residents. For example, the state reported that more than 215,000 children participated in summer reading programs at Wisconsin public libraries.

IMLS provides invaluable professional development opportunities to librarians across the country. As the director of school library programs for the New York City Department of Education, I witnessed the ways in which the IMLS-supported programs helped young students learn and discover new information. In recent years, IMLS provided professional training for New York City school librarians, who used their training they received to change the lives of children with limited access to books and technology.

Furthermore, the Institute has been a vital component in facilitating collaboration between federal agencies that relate to library services, such as the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Communication Commission and the Government Printing Office, among others. For example, the Institute has been instrumental in working with the U.S. Department of Labor so that libraries can be considered additional One-Stop partners for job-seekers.

Library funding support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services wields large returns in the form of literate and civically engaged communities. We hope that Congress will support the important role that the Institute for Museum and Library Services plays in supporting educated communities by rejecting the House Budget resolution.”

 

WhiteHouse.gov Petition

Calling on President Obama to take action, we petition the Obama administration to release a statement that funding libraries and museums is a core federal responsibility.

Add your name to the petition – click here.

 

April 4th, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Polaris Library Systems, an affiliate member of CLRC, has been acquired by the California company, Innovative. What happens next for our local public libraries?

According to the CEOs of both companies, it will be business as usual…but with bigger and better service and support with library technology.

Read the announcement and Q&A.

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April 3rd, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Syracuse University’s Human Library event on April 9 will pair books (people who will tell their histories, interests and experiences) with readers (people who want to learn about more about a topic).

iSchool students have developed an Android app that allows participants to search the “human book collection” and works with a website where participating libraries can input their event and book information.

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Read more about the app development here.  http://ischool.syr.edu/newsroom/index.aspx?recid=1611

April 3rd, 2014 - Posted in Events, News by Anna

27 inch, 52 inch or 108 inch! It’s always great to see libraries and library programming recognized on central New York television.

This past Monday, directors Scott Kushner (Lafayette Public Library) and Susan Morgan (Onondaga Free Library) had an opportunity to speak with the hosts of Bridge Street about the upcoming Human Library event taking place throughout the region in April.

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Participating libraries include, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse University, TC3 and the OCPL branch and suburban libraries (Onondaga Free, Soule, Mundy, Liverpool and Lafayette Public libraries).  Go to the CLRC website for dates and times.

We hope you’ll have a chance to check out a human book at one of these locations or consider an event at your own library.

Watch the Bridge Street video here.

April 1st, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby

For all intent and purpose, the FY2014-15 NYS Budget is now finalized.

 

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal cut Library Aid by $4M to FY2012-13 levels of $81.6M.

The Assembly proposed increasing the Executive’s proposal by $2M to $83.6M.

The Senate proposed increasing Library Aid beyond the Executive’s proposal by $8M to $89.6M.

 

As the three proposals were reconciled into a final budget, Library Aid has been set at $86.6M, an increase of $5M over the Executive Budget, and $1M above FY2013-14.  The $5M Legislative add to Library Aid is the largest since 2007 and the second largest in well over a decade.

 

The FY2014-15 Budget also once again includes $14M for the Library Construction Aid Program, and $1.3M for an MTA Payroll Tax Rebate.

 

Please take a moment to send a pre-drafted message of thanks to your elected representatives via NYLA’s Online Advocacy Center.

<http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=58&MenuKey=advocacy>

 

This victory in staving off Governor Cuomo’s proposed cut belongs to every member of the library community that took part in this year’s advocacy initiative.  From sending e-mails, to making phone calls, or attending Library Advocacy Day, the efforts of each of you were integral to assuring that Library Aid continued to increase again this year.

 

For NYLA’s complete reaction to the New York State FY2014-15 Budget – Click HERE.

 

April 1st, 2014 - Posted in News by Anna

Have you been following ALA President Stripling’s campaign for the right to libraries? Did you have a chance to read the recent article about her mission?

Barbara Stripling, from the Syracuse University iSchool (a CLRC member, in case you didn’t know) is passionate about libraries changing lives and will take all opportunities to pass the word.

Read the article here.  And pass the word.

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March 31st, 2014 - Posted in News by Debby
Thank you to all library advocates who took the time to contact their elected officials about the need for an increase to NYS Library Aid.

The budget which is likely to be passed today includes the $4 million that was cut by the Governor, plus an additional $1 million.  The legislature ultimately added $5M to library aid, for a total of $86.627. This represents an increase in funding from last year, and is the largest legislative add for libraries in several years. While this isn’t the $8M that was in the Senate budget resolution, it is a significant improvement over the Governor’s $4M cut. Also included was the usual $14M in the construction fund, and a $1.3M reimbursement on the MTA tax.

Your efforts made this possible. Thank you!