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September 15th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, Resources by Anna

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CLRC affiliate member, SU iSchool, is pleased to announce a first-of-a-kind massive open online course (MOOC) series. They will be partnering with IBM, Marist College and the Linux Foundation.

The great news…this course if free and open to anyone.
Enrollment is open until September 17. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

For details go to:http://ischool.syr.edu/contact/forms/ecsmooc.aspx

September 5th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Teens and Tech. The perfect combination. Here’s an opportunity to give Central New York youth access to new technologies. Help them (with a little help from Best Buy) to become interested and fluent in digital learning.

The Best Buy Foundation is dedicated to providing underserved teens with access to technology to build 21st century skills and bridge the digital divide.

The Foundation’s National Partnership program supports nonprofit organizations that create hands-on learning opportunities for under-served teens to engage them in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies.

The application deadline is November 1, 2014.

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September 5th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

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The Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records program provides support to explore ways to improve digital literacy and encourage citizen engagement with historical records.

The program supports projects that will:
* Develop partnerships among archives, historical records repositories, educational, and community-based institutions to provide educational opportunities
* Create or develop new online tools and applications, including mobile apps, to enhance public understanding and access to historical records
* Enlist “citizen archivists” in projects to accelerate digitization and online public access to historical records

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) expects to issue six grants between $50,000 and $150,000.

The application deadline is December 4, 2014.

September 3rd, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Let’s bring this exhibit to CNY!

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Based on a popular Smithsonian exhibition, Exploring Human Origins seeks to engage a wide spectrum of audiences in the complex field of human evolution research.

The opportunity is open to public libraries. Nineteen sites will be selected to host the 40-panel, 1,200-square-foot exhibition for four weeks each between April 2015 and April 2017.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays, and videos, Exploring Human Origins invites audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human — from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies — milestones that define the unique position of humans in the history of life.

Go to http://www.ala.org/programming/humanorigins for guidelines and application.

The exhibition is offered by the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Human Origins Program. It is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Applications are due by November 19, 2014

Contact ALA at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045, or email publicprograms@ala.org.

September 2nd, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Our academic neighbor to the south, Cornell University, is in the process (no pun intended) of collecting materials on craft brewing and microbreweries in New York State.

Cornell’s Rare and Manuscript Collections has an established Eastern Wine and Grape Archive and now plan to expand the barrels to beer. Do you have any items of interest for the collection?

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The public is welcome to visit the archive but materials do not circulate. It is located on level 2B of Kroch Library. Off-site materials must be requested in advance. Email rareref@cornell.edu or call (607) 255-3530.

Read more from the StarGazette

September 2nd, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Deirdre

The NY 3R’s Association, Inc. is happy to announce  that our reviewers for the NY 3Rs Library as Publisher Innovator Grant are Jamie LaRueformer director of the Douglas County (Colorado) Public Library and well-know library innovator and Sarah Lippincott, Program Manager, Educopia’s Library Publishing Coalition.

Don’t forget this interesting and unique grant opportunity!  We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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NY 3Rs $10,000 Grant Opportunity – I2NY Library as Publisher

 

The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. and its I2NY Library as Publisher Work Group are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014/2015 NY 3Rs Association Library as Publisher Innovator Grant.

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

Goal Statement

Libraries are changing their roles from transactional to transformational, and one of the areas in which this occurs is in publishing. Whether it is memoirs, family histories, children’s stories, scrapbooks, student journals, or faculty research papers – the web has made it easier for people to create and share content. To improve the quality of the content produced and thus improve its value to both the intended audience and our communities, creators need guidance. They turn to libraries for help with research, editing, proof reading, design and layout, publishing options, marketing, and much more.

 

The NY 3Rs Association, Inc., and its Information Infrastructure (I2NY) Library as Publisher Work Group, are seeking proposals from libraries and library systems for projects that will show the potential of “libraries as publishers”.

 

Applications must be submitted online, no later than midnight, September 30, 2014.

 

For complete information including Application Forms and Instructions, go to: NY 3Rs I2NY Library as Publisher Innovation Grant.

 

 

Key Dates

  • NOW  - Application materials available
  • September 30, 2014 - Applications due
  • October 2014 – Review of applications by jury of experts from outside of NYS
  • Late October, 2014 - Award notification
  • November 6, 2014 – NYLA Annual Conference, Announcement of Award winner(s)
  • October 2015 NYLA Conference – Award winners present on project(s)

August 26th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Good news for all of our Central New York academic and special librarians…the ASLS chapter of NYLA is offering nominations for two awards…but hurry, the deadline is August 31.

The ASLS Excellence in Library Innovation Award:
This award recognizes the achievements of an ASLS member who is creative, innovative and visionary in the field of academic or special librarianship. Attendance at the NYLA conference is required for acceptance of the award and plaque. Financial Support: $500 to support conference registration and travel expenses or a $500 cash award.

The ASLS / NY3Rs Special Project Grant:
This grant enables the recipient to pursue a special project at an academic or special library that benefits the recipients’ professional development as well as the strategic mission of the institution. Financial Support: $1500.

Full application information is available on the ASLS Awards website.

August 25th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Interested in traditional farm architecture, or as some of us refer to it…barns?

What about the history of the Oneida Indian Nation? The Loomis gang?

Take a look at the local history resources available through CLRC member, Butcher Library at Morrisville State College.

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August 22nd, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

What can you do with those old recordings that were donated by one of your library’s “supporters”?

The GRAMMY Foundation is dedicated to cultivating the understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture.

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The Foundation’s Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and individuals in the following categories:

  • Archiving and Preservation Projects – supports efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage through Preservation Implementation grants up to $20,000
  • Archiving and Preservation Projects – Assistance, Assessment, and/or Consultation grants of up to $5,000
  • Scientific Research Projects – provides grants of up to $20,000 for research on the impact of music on the human condition.

The deadline for letters of inquiry is October 1, 2014.

Contact Déirdre Joyce, CLRC’s Assistant Director/Regional Archivist, if you have questions about assessing your recorded donations.

August 22nd, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Anna

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The Family Resource Center at the Cancer Center is a service of the Health Sciences Library, one of CLRC’s “special” members. It is located on the first floor of the new Upstate Cancer Center and focuses on providing cancer and health information resources to patients and families.

For more information go to: http://library.upstate.edu/about/cancer.php

August 22nd, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Come on kids! Let’s take a trip to a central New York (academic, special, public) library!

The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students an opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom.

Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. (Parents, volunteers, after-school, Pre-K programs and childcare centers are not eligible.)

Funded trips may include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility.

Funds may be used from January 2015 until the end of the school year to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Online applications must be submitted by October 1, 2014.

See you at the library!

August 21st, 2014 - Posted in Events, Resources by Anna

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Banned Books Week 2014 runs from Sept. 21-27 and will focus on comics and graphic novels.

This year, the American Library Association (ALA) is inviting organizations to post their Banned Books Week events.

Central New York libraries are no strangers to this annual focus on books that have caused a ruckus.  Share your program ideas with fellow libraries.  Use this form.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by encouraging readouts, displays, and community activities designed to raise awareness of the threats of censorship.

The Banned Book week website includes resources and activity ideas. Take a look, get inspired and spread the word that any book is worth reading.

August 19th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

With all that is going on in the news lately, do you have patrons asking for information on the Ebola virus? Suicide or mental health issues?

The National Library of Medicine has released some great information on these topics that you may find helpful when helping your patrons.

MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola
The National Library of Medicine has created a new health topic page for Ebola. Access the page for information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and latest news about the 2014 Outbreak in West Africa.
Ebola (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1w12wZt

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.
The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. More information: http://1.usa.gov/1p65NSy

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
If you or someone you know is in crisis, there is help. Callers to 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will talk to a skilled, trained counselor, who will listen and provide information about local mental health services.
Calls are free and confidential.
More information about the Lifeline and advice to help yourself and others: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

August 15th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

This out in time to add to your lesson plan…

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The Library of Congress’ Civil Rights Act of 1964 Idea Book is now available to educators. The downloadable book presents dozens of unique primary sources from the Library’s collections that illuminate the unjust laws and practices that preceded the Act. The book also offers ideas to prompt critical analysis and informed debate by students.

In addition to photographs, posters and pamphlets, the Idea Book also features suggestions related to oral histories and provides links to oral-history interviews of leaders and activists.

For more information go to: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2014/14-142.html?loclr=rssloc

For more information on other LOC resources for teachers go to: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/

August 15th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Calling all CNY librarians – present and future!

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IMLS and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program support projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders, and supports early career research.

The program also assists in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

Application deadline is September 15, 2014.

August 14th, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Anna

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Hooray for CLRC member libraries making efforts to preserve their collections digitally!

This week, the Onondaga County Public Library and FamilySearch will begin partnering to digitally preserve over 40,000 historic titles from OCPL’s collections. The even better news is they will be accessible online at no cost to anyone.

The digitized records will include published family histories, local and county histories, directories, locality records, school yearbooks, Bible records, personal journals published before 1920, and published cemetery records.

OCPL’s Local History and Genealogy librarian, Holly Sammons, said, “Many of the items that will be digitally preserved are irreplaceable.” Thumbs up to the project!

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August 4th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

Thinking about lending iPads or Kindles in your library? Already doing so? A new report is out on everything you need to know. Primary Research Group has published the Survey of Tablet Computer Lending Programs in Libraries (ISBN 978-157440-298-8).

The 80-page study presents the results of a survey of 42 libraries with tablet lending programs or those just about to implement one. The report gives detailed data and commentary on how the programs were organized, financed and implemented and their impact on patrons and libraries.

The report answers questions such as:

  • How many tablets do libraries maintain for loan?
  • Which brands do they prefer and which are they planning to purchase in the future?
  • How much have they spent on their tablet lending programs and plan to spend?
  • Do they load their tablets with apps and how are they chosen?
  • How many tablets are lost to theft or negligence or accidents? What is the fine for overdue tablets?
  • What is the length of the lending period? What are the circulation figures for tablets?
  • What has been the impact on other library resources, such as a pre-existing laptop lending program or on use of the library’s eBook collection?
  • Which libraries do they view as models and what advice can they offer to peers?
  • What services or training are offered to library patrons about how to use the tablets?

Data in the report is broken out by library type (public library/public college/private college/special library), by size of library staff, and size of stock of tablet loaned and other variables.

For further information visit:
http://www.primaryresearch.com/view_product.php?report_id=487

July 28th, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Deirdre

 

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The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. and its I2NY Library as Publisher Work Group are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014/2015 NY 3Rs Association Library as Publisher Innovator Grant.  All CLRC members are invited to participate!

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

Goal Statement

Libraries are changing their roles from transactional to transformational, and one of the areas in which this occurs is in publishing. Whether it is memoirs, family histories, children’s stories, scrapbooks, student journals, or faculty research papers – the web has made it easier for people to create and share content. To improve the quality of the content produced and thus improve its value to both the intended audience and our communities, creators need guidance. They turn to libraries for help with research, editing, proof reading, design and layout, publishing options, marketing, and much more.

 

The NY 3Rs Association, Inc., and its Information Infrastructure (I2NY) Library as Publisher Work Group, are seeking proposals from libraries and library systems for projects that will show the potential of “libraries as publishers”.

 

Applications must be submitted online, no later than midnight, September 30, 2014.

 

For complete information including Application Forms and Instructions, go to: NY 3Rs I2NY Library as Publisher Innovation Grant.

 

 

Key Dates

  • July 28, 2014  - Application materials available
  • September 30, 2014 - Applications due
  • October 2014 – Review of applications by jury of experts from outside of NYS
  • Late October, 2014 - Award notification
  • November 6, 2014 – NYLA Annual Conference, Announcement of Award winner(s)
  • October 2015 NYLA Conference – Award winners present on project(s)

July 28th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program awards small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that will benefit the humanities.

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Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve:

  • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities
  • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets
  • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society
  • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines
  • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education incorporating both traditional and new media
  • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels
  • For more information contact the NEH office at odh@neh.gov.

    July 8th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

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    Children’s librarians! Bring a Together-Book Talk for Kids and Parents to your library.

    A few years ago I had the opportunity to facilitate one of these programs and what a great experience it was for the families! We shared dinner and had lively discussions over dessert.

    Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents is a reading and discussion program for parents and their 9 to 11 year-old children. The program is supported by the New York Council for the Humanities. Families come together at their local library to discuss important humanities themes through shared reading. This program is available to all New York State public libraries and has been successfully implemented in libraries in a wide range of communities throughout the state.

    The six 90-minute Together sessions are co-facilitated by a librarian (usually the children’s librarian) and a local humanities scholar. Each session promotes lively inter-generational discussion focused on themes of American identity related to picture books and novels.

    Copies of the books and a $1000 stipend to cover program costs are provided.

    Applications to host the series are available at www.nyhumanities.org/together.
    The deadline for the fall 2014 series is August 1, 2014.

    Attend an information webinar! These one-hour webinars are free and will introduce the Together program, review the application process, and give you the opportunity to ask questions. (To participate you will need a computer with an internet connection and a phone.) Webinars will take place on July 11 at 11:00 am and July 16 at 4:00 pm. Register here for a webinar!

    If you have any questions about the Together program, contact Erika Halstead at ehalstead@nyhumanities.org.

    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 30th, 2014 - Posted in Programming Ideas by Claire

    East Syracuse-based fine artist, Maria Rizzo, received the 2014 Individual Artist Commission Grant from the CNY Arts 2014 Decentralization Program to engage Onondaga County residents in an interactive art project that will promote nature appreciation and community involvement in artistic creation.

    How does this involve libraries?

    For the creation of the community Symbolic Tree, each Saturday morning for 7 months beginning in April, Maria Rizzo will set up a canvas in a participating library in Onondaga County and will invite its residents to sign up to participate in the painting process.

    The Symbolical Tree will be donated to the library hosting the exhibition at the end of the show.

    Read more about this art project on the artist’s blog.

    What can you do at your library?

    The Library as Incubator Project is a great place to start.  Library as Incubator promotes and facilitates creative collaboration between libraries and artists of all types, and advocates for libraries as incubators of the arts.  You can see a list of projects they’ve curated on their Resources for Librarians page: http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?cat=17

    June 27th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    Here’s an opportunity to show off all Central New York has to offer.

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support to organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.

    Support is provided for exhibitions, interpretations, and other programs and presentations.

    The application deadline is August 13, 2014.

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    June 25th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Claire

    We hear it all the time – it’s hard to leave your desk, it’s hard to find the spare moments, and it’s hard to get funding for continuing education sometimes.  In which case… why not check out some MOOCs?  Here’s a list of some offerings this summer, free and right up your alley:

    Tech skills:

    • The Data Scientist’s Toolbox
      July 7th – August 4th
      Instructors from Johns Hopkins University
      Get an overview of the data, questions, and tools that data analysts and data scientists work with. This is the first course in the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization.
    • Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps
      June 23rd – August 4th
      Instructors from University of London
      For anyone who would like to apply their technical skills to creative work ranging from video games to art installations to interactive music, and also for artists who would like to use programming in their artistic practice.
    • Getting and Cleaning Data
      July 7th – August 4th
      Instructors from Johns Hopkins University
      Learn how to gather and clean data from a variety of sources. This is the third course in the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization.
    • Instructors from Northwestern University
      June 30th – September 8th
      Instructors from the University of Washington
      Join the data revolution. Companies are searching for data scientists. This specialized field demands multiple skills not easy to obtain through conventional curricula. Introduce yourself to the basics of data science and leave armed with practical experience extracting value from big data. #uwdatasci

    Research:

    • Data Management of Clinical Research
      June 2nd – July 21st
      Instructors from Vanderbilt
      Learn critical concepts and practical methods to support research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination.
    • Reproducible Research
      July 7th – August 4th
      Instructors from Johns Hopkins University
      Learn the concepts and tools behind reporting modern data analyses in a reproducible manner.
    • Understanding Research Methods
      June 2nd – July 14th
      Instructors from the University of London & SOAS
      Our course enables students to develop their understanding of research methods, and confidence in designing a research project, choosing and executing appropriate methods, and assessing its intellectual/academic rigour.

    Continuing Education:

    • Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills
      May 27th – July 25th
      Instructors from the University of London & Careers Group
      Learn how to make effective decisions about your future career and how to take control of your professional development by honing your critical thinking and employability skills. Suitable for anyone undertaking some form of study, regardless of academic discipline, interests or employment background.

    Teaching:

    • Foundations of Virtual Instruction
      June 30th – August 4th
      Instructors from University of California Irvine
      Learn what it takes to teach a K-12 course online! Investigate the history of virtual education, explore innovative tools, and examine key issues related to K-12 virtual instruction.
    • Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills
      June 30th – August 4th
      Instructors from University of Melbourne
      Learn about ways to assess and teach new and emerging 21st century skills: we cover the nature of these skills, alternative methods of assessment, interpretation and reporting of assessments, and their implications for teaching.

    Happy Learning!

    June 20th, 2014 - Posted in Programming Ideas, Resources by Claire

    In June, East Syracuse Free Library is offering a program for kids called “Duct Tape Crafts.”  Aptly named, attendees will learn how to make wallets and purses using the decorative duct tape provided.  This program will be offered on June 25th, 2014.

     

    Other libraries in the country doing this include:

    Vestal Public Library (NY) – part of the Summer Reading program for teens 12 – 19, cell phone case & flower pens

    Los Angeles Public Library (CA) – limited to 10 teens grades 6 to 12, wallets & bookmarks

    Lewiston Public Library (ME) – teens and tweens 10 and up, key chains

     

    You can find some more inspiration around the web and in print:

    The Duct Tape Book: 25 Projects to Make with Duct Tape by Jolie Dobson, 2012

    45 Creative Duct Tape Crafts & Projects - tutorials for beach bags, messenger bags, purses, bracelets, beads, belts, hair bows, face masks, keychains, flowers, wallets, and more

    101 Duct Tape Crafts – notebooks, earrings, bows, rings, purses, bookmarks, and more

    A two-in-one iphone case / wallet: http://j9here.blogspot.com/2012/02/duct-tape-iphone-wallet.html

     

    June 20th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Claire

    The Rural Libraries Roundtable (RLRT) of NYLA is pleased to offer a Conference Scholarship to encourage rural librarians (professional degree not required) not a member of RLRT, to participate in the NYLA Conference this year.

    RLRT’s Statement of Purpose is as follows – The purpose of the NYLA Rural Libraries Roundtable is to enable librarians, library managers, friends and trustees of rural libraries to keep in touch with each other as well as assist NYLA in its mission and goals. This roundtable could potentially be of interest to libraries of all types including public, school, small urban branches, special and corporate, and small academic.

    Defining characteristics of “rural libraries”:

    • Limited service population
    • Limited budget
    • One-person/minimal staff
    • Geographically isolated
    • Other

    The award is $250.00, which includes full conference registration.   Award recipients are selected by the RLRT Scholarship Committee.  

    Eligibility Requirements:

    You need not be a current member of RLRT to apply.  Professional Degree is not required.  

    Application, in the form of a letter, must include:

    •             Why you wish to attend the Conference

    •             How you plan to integrate the experience into your work

    •             How you plan to share your experience with your fellow professionals

    •             How the award will influence your professional goals.

    Applicants must submit receipts, proof of reimbursement by other sources and a one page report on their experiences within 30 days, after the conference.

    Application deadline is July 18, 2014. To apply for a RLRT Conference Scholarship, please email a letter meeting the criteria outlined above to: pennykerfien@yahoo.com. Please put “RLRT Conference Scholarship” in the subject line. Questions may be sent to the same email address.

    June 20th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Claire

    The Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association is offering two awards, a Professional Development Award and the Ursula Poland Scholarship.  MLA members and students are encouraged to apply.

    Professional Development Award
    The Professional Development Award is intended to provide an opportunity for a librarian/information specialist to pursue a continuing education/professional development opportunity in the area of health sciences librarianship. The amount of the award is $500. One such award will be given per UNYOC membership year (Jan.-Dec.). Apply for the Professional Development Award by July 15, 2014.

    Ursula Poland Scholarship
    The Ursula Poland Scholarship is a scholarship for Masters in Library Science students to be used offset the cost of a course in a topic related to health sciences librarianship. Two scholarship awards in the amount of $500.00. As an added bonus, each awardee will receive a one-year membership in UNYOC. Apply for the Ursula Poland Scholarship by July 30, 2014.

    June 16th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives seeks proposals promoting the preservation and use of archival resources.

    The grant is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials with an emphasis on creating online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.

    Application deadline is August 27, 2014

    Go to: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/access.html

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    June 16th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Claire

    The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced two grant opportunities for Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations.  These grants can support exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; and book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues.

    Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation.  Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

    These grants tend to receive about 40-60 applications each, and award about 10-20% of them.  You can view past successful grantees and their projects here.

    June 9th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

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    The Rural Libraries Roundtable (RLRT) of the New York Library Association (NYLA) is pleased to offer a Conference Scholarship to encourage non-member, rural librarians (professional degree not required) to participate in the NYLA Conference this year.

    The conference will be held in Saratoga Springs on November 5-8, 2014.

    RLRT’s Statement of Purpose is as follows: The purpose of the NYLA Rural Libraries Roundtable is to enable librarians, library managers, friends and trustees of rural libraries to keep in touch with each other as well as assist NYLA in its mission and goals. This roundtable could potentially be of interest to libraries of all types including public, school, small urban branches, special and corporate, and small academic.

    The award is $250.00, which includes full conference registration. Award recipients are selected by the RLRT Scholarship Committee.

    Application, in the form of a letter, must include:
    • Why you wish to attend the Conference
    • How you plan to integrate the experience into your work
    • How you plan to share your experience with your fellow professionals
    • How the award will influence your professional goals.

    Applicants must submit receipts, proof of reimbursement by other sources and a one page report on their experiences within 30 days, after the conference.

    Application deadline is July 18, 2014.
    To apply please email a letter meeting the criteria outlined above to: pennykerfien@yahoo.com. Please put “RLRT Conference Scholarship” in the subject line. Questions may be sent to the same email address.

    June 6th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    Here’s an opportunity for a school or library in CNY to help support education, innovation or recovery in their community.

    The Office Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, government agencies, libraries, and schools that bring systemic change to communities across the United States.

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    The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories:

    * Giving Children Tools for Success category focuses on activities that give young people tools to succeed in school and in life through education and inspiration.

    * Building Capacity to Serve Communities category targets programs that help nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently through innovation and collaboration.

    * Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding category focuses on support efforts that help people and communities prepare for disasters and rebuild and recover when disasters occur.

    Application deadline is October 31, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.

    June 4th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    Do you know a CLRC regional non-profit that could use $3500?

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    The Central New York Community Foundation is now accepting applications from groups seeking admission into The Leadership Classroom (TLC) class of 2014-2015.

    TLC is a training program specially designed by the Community Foundation for grassroots community groups within Central New York. It is a unique opportunity to learn advanced leadership skills alongside other leaders in an interactive setting. Participants build skills in leading groups and projects, learn more about neighborhood resources and how to gather community support. Participants also build lasting relationships with and learn from other leaders who are also involved in neighborhood and community work.

    Enrollment in TLC is free of charge. Training sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., one Saturday per month, from October to June. Childcare assistance and meals are provided.
    After successful completion of the course, participating groups will receive a $3,500 grant to implement a community project.

    For more information or to download application. Deadline for nonprofit and grassroots groups wishing to apply is July 18, 2014.

    Questions may be directed to Olive Sephuma or call 422-9538.

    May 27th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    If you’re a CLRC member institution and missed the opportunity to take advantage of the RDA Toolkit discount offered last year, your in luck!

    The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. is again offering a 17% reduction in the cost of the Toolkit beginning with their August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015 subscription.

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    You’ll get 17% off the same access to the same product you’d receive by buying directly from ALA. You will be invoiced instead through CLRC.

    Current subscribers will continue with your existing subscription until it expires, and may then join the discounted consortial subscription automatically.

    To sign up, simply send an email with your institution’s name and the number of concurrent users you need to admin@ny3rs.org.

    A free trial is available between now and August 1 to anyone interested.

    Read more at http://www.ny3rs.org/rda-toolkit/

    May 14th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Stephanie

    We’ve added FOUR new books to CLRC’s LARC collection this week:

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    The Preservation Management Handbook

    This 4-part text covers fundamentals, collections, materials & objects, and media & material. As described in the forward to the book, this handbooks is “about planning and managing programs for the preservation of information resources in libraries, museums, and archives”.  This “one-stop reference” is geared towards smaller collections, but the concepts are scalable to any sized collection.

    On-Doing-Local-History-Third-Edition-e1399300964460 On Doing Local History

    This third edition of the classic book still includes Carol Kammen’s essays from the previous editions (1986 & 2003), but also new chapters on ecclesiastical history and enhancing the understanding of history through art and music.

    9780810887121 Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

    This book sorts though the three different aspects of digital preservation that a pragmatic approach to the topic should anticipate: management, technology, and content. It also touches on legal, interpersonal, and organizational considerations as well.

    Conceptualizing Conceptualizing 21st-Century Archives

    From the back of the book:

    Anne J. Gilland explores the shifts and divergences in archival discourse that technological developments have necessitated, facilitated, or inspired. Gilliland addresses the lessons the archival and recordkeeping fields can learn from their evolution about ideas tried and abandoned; which ideas are truly new, and which continue to hold good, regardless of technological shifts; and the ways in which archivists need to expand their thinking and practices to fulfill their global and local — “glocal”– roles

    Take a look at these and other LARC titles in our catalog. Want to check one out? Send us an email at info@clrc.org!

    May 14th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    Summer is almost here and your library’s side lawn or parking lot is calling out to host a movie night, a concert or story telling.

    OCLC and RedBox have partnered to bring you Outside the Box, a program to bring free entertainment to your community.

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    Application deadline is Thursday, May 15.

    Award winners will be notified by May 30…plenty of time to get the popcorn popping.

    May 6th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Claire

    Nominate an outstanding individual who’s made a difference in a Central NY library!

    Nominations are due July 15th for NYLA’s Outstanding Service to Libraries award, given “to recognize and honor 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.”

    Find the nomination form and further details here:

    http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=40&MenuKey=nomenucms

     

    May 6th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    CLRC and the Mid-York Library System recently partnered to bring two classes on teen programs to the region.

    By the numbers in attendance, it looks like serving our tweens and young adults are a hot topic. How about bringing a ComicCon to your library?

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    This article in Publisher’s Weekly is a great resource to get you started.

    April 26th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    Central New York winters are long and cold. Why not give your community something to look forward to when the snow melts?

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    The Tony Hawk Foundation funds the construction of new, quality skateboard parks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. Priority is given to projects that include local skaters in the design process.

    Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems or public projects.

    Application deadline is June 18, 2014.

    April 25th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    This past Wednesday, the Mid-York Library System and CLRC offered Creating a Digital Media Space for Today’s Teens.

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    If you missed the class, here are a few resources to get your teen services ideas flowing…

    * ALA YALSA report
    The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

    * Search-Institute
    40 Develpmental Assets

    * YOUmedia.org – for start-up and learning lab locations



    Diana Wendell from the Madison-Oneida BOCES SLS was on hand to encourage everyone to SAVE THE DATE.
    29th Annual School Library System Leatherstocking Conference
    October 28 – Vernon Downs Hotel

    The focus this year will be on STEM and Makerspaces and is open to staff from all types of libraries.

    April 25th, 2014 - Posted in Digitization, Resources by Anna

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    The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be deeply grounded in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history.

    The application deadline is June 11, 2014. Projects to begin January 2015.

    April 15th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    Central New York K-8 school librarians…sharpen your pencils. There’s money to be won.

    Application deadline is 11:59 pm this Friday, April 18!

    The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award is an annual award to a school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities (social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign language, and culture) during the prior school year.

    The award consists of (1) a $4,000 cash award; (2) a plaque; and (3) the promotion of the winner as a model program for other school libraries.

    Past winners and their inspiring programs are listed on the award website.

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    April 12th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    We were recently reminded at a CLRC First Monday event at the White Branch Library, about the important role our Central New York region plays in being a safe destination for immigrants from countries all over the world.

    The Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program: Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services is accepting application from institutions that make available quality citizenship preparation services such as:
    * instruction and naturalization application services
    * developing, identifying, and sharing practices in citizenship preparation
    * increasing the use of and access to technology in citizenship preparation programs
    * working with local libraries, which serve as vital resources for immigrant communities
    * engaging receiving communities in the citizenship and civic integration process

    Those eligible to apply for the grant include:
    * Independent school districts
    * Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
    * Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
    * Private institutions of higher education

    Application deadline is May 16. Awards range from $50,000 to $250,000.

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    April 9th, 2014 - Posted in Programming Ideas by Stephanie

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    Programming Inspiration is a weekly post to highlight, share, discuss, and build on the program ideas floating around in the CLRC region. This idea-sharing initiative originated with Hamilton Public Library Director Hilary Virgil along with a group of librarians who made a point of touring other libraries in the region. They came away inspired both about new programming ideas and reaching out to share these new ideas with their colleagues.

    If your library has a unique program to share, or if you have an idea that’s been kicking around in your head, let us know about it and we’ll showcase your idea! Discussion about the programs in the comments section below is highly encouraged.

     

    This week’s Programming Inspiration is the result of a collaborative effort: the Great Minds / Great Ideas Lecture Series held at both Cazenovia Public Library and Manlius Public Library. The series is funded by a generous Cazenovia College benefactor (Doris Webster Eversfield); the lectures are given at the two public libraries throughout the year by Cazenovia College Professors.

    This program yields some high quality adult programming; the professors are speaking about topics that they feel passionately about, and they are some of the most qualified people to do so. The fact that this is a series– that each library doesn’t have to scramble to negotiate and secure each presenter separately– means that the public can rely on a steady intervals of interesting and thought-provoking evenings.

    Previous events have included lectures on determination & motivation; the history of vaccinations; Noam Chompsky’s political work; and a discussion of Man’s Search for Meaning. The event calendar is available here: http://www.cazenovia.edu/news-and-events/annual-events/great-minds-great-ideas-lecture-series

    University/public library relationships are gaining in popularity, but are usually aimed at getting students access to public library materials. The college and library’s effort to give public library patrons  access to the university’s assets (faculty), in a structured way is novel (and inspiring!).

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

    Disaster could hit the Central New York region at any time. Governor Cuomo is offering a training program for anyone interested in being prepared, just in case.

    Local training will be held on April 12 from 10:00 am to noon at the Onondaga Community College campus

    You Must Register in Advance: http://www.prepare.ny.gov/

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    April 8th, 2014 - Posted in Events, Resources by Anna

    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) will be coming to CLRC later this month. The class is designed for public librarians and secondary school librarians, teachers, nurses, and counselors.

    From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

    April 24, 2014
    9:00 am to noon
    CLRC Training room, 6493 Ridings Road, Syracuse

    REGISTER HERE

    This hands-on class will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and discuss credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

    3 MLA CEs.

    Presenter: Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

    April 8th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    Are there any “smart” librarians in the CLRC region? Time to get recognized for those smarts.

    NYLA’s SMART (Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology) is seeking nominations for their 2014 awards. All nominations are due July 15, 2014.

    Ellen C. Rappaport Professional Achievement Award
    The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding professional achievements of a current or former member of the Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology (SMART). A recipient shall have been a member of the Section for a minimum of three years and shall have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas: acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, collection management, conservation/preservation, serials control, or automation. The recipient selected by the Section’s award committee will receive a plaque and award of $100 to be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference.

    Submit your nomination using this online form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Xor57042Uy18CtvwlOh7qaRftIiztax06Js0UiQ-qKc/viewform

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    The Teresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology
    Teresa Strozik exemplified leadership within the New York State library community through innovations in technical services. In 2009, the SMART Board created this award to honor Teresa and those who follow in her path.

    This award recognizes a current NYLA member for the innovative use of technology in a library or information setting. The recipient of this award is one who embraces new and emerging technologies by incorporating them into their work and/or programs. For the purposes of this award, technology may be defined as traditional library technologies (cataloging, ILL, ILS, etc.) or other technologies (websites, communication tools, etc.). The recipient selected by the Section’s award committee will receive a plaque and award of $100 to be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference. The recipient will also be asked to give a brief overview of his or her technology innovation during the NYLA Annual Conference.

    Submit your nomination using this online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LFaAzJKrv-RsZNvhs8-0eAyM0HuvahhMD65_BWHPaDY/viewform

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    The NYLA Dewey Fellowship Award
    The SMART section is one of three sections eligible this year for awarding the Dewey Fellowship Award to attend the NYLA Annual Conference in 2014. Dewey Fellows are chosen on a basis of the following criteria: 1) Five or more years of experience as a librarian, (MLS not required), 2) record of accomplishment in library profession, and 3) involvement in activities to advance the library community. The Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1000 of the cost of attendance at the NYLA Annual Conference. Additionally, each Dewey Fellow will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for use at the NYLA Store, and will be acknowledged on NYLA’s website, at the Annual Conference and in the NYLA Bulletin.

    Submit your nomination using this online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1k2Xpp-gfIQBKXPDlc9HdjSNsEYNcwBCmNdObp1e_3qs/viewform

    April 8th, 2014 - Posted in Events, Resources by Anna

    Do you have staff that is new to the NOVELNY databases? Would you like to refresh your own knowledge about New York newspapers, Common Core resources and more?

    ProQuest has scheduled the following webinars in April:

    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.
    Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:00 PM
    REGISTER HERE

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 3:00
    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.
    Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:00 PM
    REGISTER HERE

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4:00 PM
    REGISTER HERE



    Common Core and ProQuest Resources
    This one hour class will focus on the new Common Core standards and how they align to Proquest. With an emphasis on informational text, these standards require a focus on reading literacy across the curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, persuasion and analysis. The inclusion of primary sources and reference material and the addition of complex text that extends beyond the textbook can be found in Proquest resources. We have included essential questions and editorially created essential pages to provide context for learning. Our general reference databases provide an integrated model of literacy, a variety of integrated tools like lexiles for reading differentiation, My Analysis, graphic notecards and much more will be covered.
    Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:00 PM
    REGISTER HERE

    April 4th, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

    CLRC member libraries always have an eye out for available monies to enhance their programs and services. This opportunity just came into view.

    The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in seventeen states including New York.

    The Foundation focuses its grant making on libraries, educational institutions, hospitals and clinics in the targeted states.

    Grant applications will be considered only for major expenditures, generally between $50,000 and $100,000. Funds are intended to be used for capital projects, including equipment or endowments.

    The application must be postmarked by May 30, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to request the application materials online.

    April 1st, 2014 - Posted in Resources by Anna

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    CLRC libraries have three days to leap at the opportunity to apply for the Better World Books LEAP grant. Deadline is April 4.

    The Literacy and Education in Action Program (LEAP) funds literacy and educational non-profits and libraries for specific, high impact literacy projects.

    Projects should address the literacy needs of underserved populations in your community. And we all know some of our communities could use the help.

    BWB will fund the projects that have the “biggest bang for the buck.” $40,000 in funding is available; maximum grant amount per project is $15,000.

    To see last year’s winners or to apply, go to: http://www.betterworldbooks.com/custom.aspx?f=leap-libraries

    March 28th, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Deirdre

    The New York State Board of Regents Advisory Council for Libraries (RAC) met on March 26. One of the agenda discussion items included Youth Services recommendations as to how public libraries can support anti-bullying efforts. The NYSED Dignity Act for All Students Task Force has posted the updated Dignity for All Students Act Resource and Promising Practices Guide as a comprehensive guidance document to help support such efforts.

    Please feel free to share this guide with your colleagues across the region and beyond. It may also be downloaded here.

    March 24th, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, Resources by Deirdre

    As we approach March and the final month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, there are many excellent resources to help CLRC member libraries, their patrons, and their partners remain informed about accessing new healthcare options. Please read on for information on upcoming webinars and new tools, and feel free to share this message with others.

    Enroll America hosted a free, six-part webinar series, focused on effective outreach and enrollment strategies that can be implemented quickly and effectively in communities. All webinars were recorded and archived for those who may wish to review them on their own time.

    Click here to learn more or to access the archives.

    The Rural Assistance Center provides health and human services information for rural America. They have created a Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment topic guide tailored to rural communities. This guide can be accessed here.

    Are you aware of other resources that members of the library community would find interesting or useful to support patron understanding of the Affordable Care Act? Has your library developed new partnerships in response to this information need?

    Please join the Health Happens in Libraries team for a webinar on Thursday, March 27 at 2 PM Eastern to discuss your library’s experience! Registration for this free webinar is available here.

    Join the conversation on Twitter at #libs4health #cnylibs

    This post has been excerpted and adapted from recent DLD and WebJunction emails.

    March 12th, 2014 - Posted in News, Resources by Debby

    New York State Librarian, Bernard A. Margolis, announced today the soft launch of DaybyDayNY (http://daybydayny.org/), an early literacy website designed to engage families and very young children in reading, learning and public libraries.

    DaybyDayNY is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a new statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.

    DaybyDayNY is a virtual calendar with content that changes every day. This unique setup gives families with young children numerous daily activities and a story to read together. The story, provided each day by One More Story (http://www.onemorestory.com/), is in the form of an eBook that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. In addition, the website includes monthly activities, storytelling and nursery rhyme videos, rhymes for young children, craft activities for children and their caregivers, a link to “Find Your Public Library,” a New York State map of museums with activities for young families, health information, and reading lists. The website is designed to help parents and caregivers increase their young child’s cognitive skills and have fun together at the same time.

    We hope libraries and systems will promote the use of this website to all young families and caregivers. Information about linking from your library or system website to DaybyDayNY and promoting the website with community members and partners is available at (http://daybydayny.org/) and scroll to the bottom of the page to click on “Share This Site.”

     

    The New York State Library thanks the South Carolina State Library for providing the web structure and expertise that allowed us to model DaybyDayNY after the DaybyDaySC website. Additional help was provided by the Library of Virginia and the Idaho Commission for Libraries, both of which have created their own DaybyDay websites. In addition, the expertise of the Public Library System Youth Services Consultants has been an invaluable resource in perfecting the site for use statewide.

     

    DaybyDayNY is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

     

    Questions about DaybyDayNY may be directed to Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at kbalsen@mail.nysed.gov or 518-486-2194.

    February 28th, 2014 - Posted in DHP, Resources by Deirdre

    Attention CLRC libraries, archives, and museums, the PAG program is one of the few grants out there which can help equip you with the supplies (boxes, folders, etc.) you need to process your collections.  For tips and information on how to apply for this grant, please contact Deirdre Joyce, CLRC Regional Archivist.



    PRESERVATION ASSISTANCE GRANTS FOR SMALLER INSTITUTIONS

    GUIDELINES NOW AVAILABLE!

     

    The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions for more than a decade. These grants help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $6,000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, purchase of preservation supplies and equipment, training and workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Preservation Assistance Grants also support assessments of digital collections and education and training in standards and best practices for digital preservation, and the care and handling of collections during digitization. NEH does not fund digitization or the development of digital programs in this grant category.

     

    All applications to the NEH must be submitted through Grants.gov. See the application guidelines for details.

     

    The 2014 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are now available. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2014.

     

    See our feature article and interactive map of PAG awards across the country, up on our Web site now.

     

    Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are encouraged to apply. This year, we have added a special encouragement for applications from presidentially designated institutions (Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), and from Native American tribes with significant humanities collections.

     

    For more information, contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 and preservation@neh.gov.

    February 27th, 2014 - Posted in Programming Ideas, Resources by Deirdre

    The following information was distributed by the Department of Library Development on behalf of the New York State Library at the request of the National Health Care Decisions Day NYS Coalition — a statewide organization working to promote advance care planning for all New Yorkers.  

    CLRC members working with communities that could benefit from this information may consider some programming opportunities for the April 16 event.  If your library is or has created such a program, please let us know about it in the comments section below!




    Advance Care Planning Information for Libraries
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    National Health Care Decisions Day — April 16

    Patricia Bomba, MD, FACP, Chair
    Patricia Spreitzer, Member

    Benjamin Franklin recognized two matters in life are unavoidable: Death and Taxes. National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is observed annually on April 16th since 2008. The goal of NHDD is simple: “to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.  This year NHDD is celebrating the 7th annual event nationally. The NHDD NYS Coalition invites libraries across New York to consider joining in this effort.

    About Advance Care Planning

    What would happen if you experienced a sudden illness that prevented you from making your own medical decisions? How would you ensure that you receive the kind of care that you wanted? Would your family or loved ones know enough about what you value and believe to feel comfortable about making decisions about your care?

    Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of planning for future medical care in case you are unable to make your own medical decisions. Advance Care Planning assists you in preparing for a sudden unexpected illness, from which you expect to recover, as well as the dying process and ultimately death.

    As public libraries across New York State are a long-standing, recognized and respected community resource, NHDD hopes to engage libraries in the effort to achieve the following goal:

    To create a sustainable, statewide, community-based effort to promote awareness of advance care planning year-round and link with resources on Advance Care Planning that contain accurate and current information, which is easily accessible and available to all community members.

    Libraries can begin by learning more about NHDD using the following resources:

    Libraries can provide links to resources for NY residents for dealing with Advance Care Planning

    Libraries can maintain a copy of the following available advance care planning resources for public use:

    • Community Conversations on Compassionate Care (CCCC) Program, an award-winning program that combines storytelling with “Five Easy Steps” to promote conversations that help you complete your Health Care Proxy and Living Will.
    • Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Program, designed to improve the quality of care which seriously ill people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, and provides documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored pink form . Health care professionals will honor these wishes. MOLST is generally for persons with serious health conditions and the physician would not be surprised if the individual died within the next year.

    Libraries can participate in NHDD activities:

    • Include information on NHDD in your newsletter or other usual means of communication
    • Twitter – Follow @PatBombaMD and @KatieGOrem to receive and retweet information about NHDD
    • Facebook – Like the Compassion and Support page
    • YouTube – Link to the Compassion and Support YouTube Channel to share videos featuring real stories from New Yorkers
    • Contact NHDD NYS Coalition for volunteers who are available to staff an information table or provide facilitation for a community education program on advance care planning.  (See a list of trainers on the Online Trainers Regional Map.)

    Finally, Dr. Bomba, Chair of NHDD NYS Coalition and MOLST Statewide Implementation Team has offered to host a free webinar to explain, answer questions, and entertain suggestions pertaining to NHDD, the CCCC and MOLST programs.

     

    About NHDD NYS Coalition

    The NHDD NYS Coalition has been working diligently over the past 7 years to:

    • promote community awareness of the Advance Care Planning process
    • encourage individuals to choose a health care agent they trust to make medical decisions, based on what’s important to them, in the event they lose the ability to decide
    • talk to their health care agent, doctor, spiritual advisor, family and close friends about what is important, their personal goals for care and wishes concerning medical treatment.
    • complete a health care proxy
    • increase awareness of New York’s Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) and who should discuss MOLST with their physician

    For more information: Visit NHDD.org or contact Dr. Patricia Bomba at Patricia.Bomba@lifethc.com

    Note: the original announcement has been edited for length and clarity 

    February 21st, 2014 - Posted in Continuing Education, Events, Resources by Deirdre

    CNY libraries can take advantage of this FREE offering from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the second in the series.  For information about the first in this series, see our February 5 blogpost.


    Second Webinar in USCIS-IMLS Series for Public Librarians Scheduled for March 6

    USCIS representatives to discuss education resources, citizenship activities for libraries, and more

    Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continue their series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics with a second webinar on March 6.

    The USCIS Citizenship Education and Initiatives presentation will build on many of the topics discussed in the first USCIS-IMLS webinar held on February 4, 2014. Specifically, this webinar will highlight USCIS educational resources related to citizenship and the naturalization process, as well as information on how libraries can actively engage in citizenship-related activities and events.

    The webinar will also review USCIS resources designed to protect individuals from immigration services scams and discuss the types of assistance librarians can provide to immigrant patrons. It is not necessary to have participated in the first USCIS-IMLS webinar to participate in this session.

    Webinar: USCIS Citizenship Education and Initiatives

    Date and Time: Thursday, March 6, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST.

    Registration: Register by March 4thTo register, follow this link for the USCIS Public Engagement Division email alert service, and enter your email address. Once you have entered your email, click on the “Subscriber Preferences” tab and then select “Event Registration.” Please provide the additional requested information to complete your registration. You will receive the URL for the webinar and the conference phone line information from USCIS shortly after you register.

    This series was developed as part of a partnership between IMLS and 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. To find out more about the partnership, the webinar series, and archived webinar recordings and transcripts, visit the Serving New Americans page of the IMLS website.

    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.

    About U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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