and Events Archive - 2009
Coordinated Outreach Minigrant applications have been posted. The application deadline is January 16, 2009.
Please keep in mind the following:
If you have questions, please contact Jo-Ann Benedetti at 518-437-9880 ext. 225
2009 Coordinated Outreach Minigrants
The guidelines and application form for the 2009 Coordinated Outreach Minigrants will be posted on December 1st, 2008. This year, there is $14,500 allocated to this program. Each library may apply for funding up to $1,500.
There has been a change this year in the number of applications each library may submit. A library may submit up to two applications, however, there will be a maximum of ONE grant awarded per library. Also, submitting more than one grant does not guarantee an award.
Application deadline is January 16th, 2009. Watch this space for updates.
Please contact Jo-Ann Benedetti at 437-9880 ext 225 if you have questions
PubMed for the Rest of Us: Searching Medical Literature for the Nonexpert
This class will cover basic and field searching, the journal browser; the single citation matcher; clipboard, history and other features. It will also cover how to obtain full-text articles. ... read more
On January 26, the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and a host of other awards honoring books and media for youth will be announced. In the meantime, we have our own discussions about the contenders! Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz discussion lists are now available. At the January 9th Youth Services Advisory Council meeting, we will spend part of the time discussing these books. Well also use the opportunity to deepen understanding of what high quality literature is and how we best reflect excellence and popularity in our youth collections. The meeting takes place from 10:00 noon at UHLS offices, with book review from 9:00 10:00 and 12:00 1:00, and teen services discussion group from 12:00 1:00 as well.
Black Belt Librarians:
Date: March 4, 2009
Click here for flyer and registration form.
Benedetti at 437-9880 x225.
Creating the 21st Century
Date: March 24, 2009
Click here for flyer and registration form.
Ritter at 437-9880 x222.
The guidelines are now available for the annual
Awards: Trustee of the
Program of the Year, Volunteer
of the Year, and Advocate
of the Year. The deadline for submitting Award nominations is
MARCH 16, 2009.
At your request we purchased credits for staff training with MicroKnowledge. Their website has descriptions of their course offerings, all of which are available to us as part of this arrangement. Your staff can take classes at MicroKnowledge or we can arrange for MicroKnowledge to come to your libraries or to UHLS for group instruction.
Rob Carle will manage this project. All requests for training should go through Rob, so we can distribute the credits as fairly as possible and keep track of the balance in the account. Although MicroKnowledge will be flexible, we should try to use all the credits during 2009.
Please contact Rob to schedule a class or if you have questions.
CPSIA and Libraries
No doubt youre all aware of the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) by now. This act, passed by Congress last August, seeks to decrease the levels of lead and phthalates in products intended for children under 12. It is scheduled to go into effect on February 10, 2009, and will be enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Currently, books are considered an unregulated product under similar laws. Under this new legislation, books, DVDs, CDs and other materials for children under 12 found in libraries will be subject to the same testing standards used for childrens toys and clothing.
We are watching this unfolding situation closely, as ALA, publisher groups, and others seek to make the CPSC aware of the huge impact this will have on libraries and the need to exempt books. We will send updates via email as we get new information.
In the meantime, here are a few statistics: around 450,000 items in UHLS libraries would be affected. Each of our 29 libraries would be obligated to remove all childrens materials from their shelves essentially closing their doors to children until the items could be tested. There are currently no mechanisms, and no certified testing sites, for books.
The financial and public relations costs for libraries would be huge. But the true impact would be felt by the thousands of children and families in Albany and Rensselaer Counties who depend on us for educational, informational, and entertainment needs. In these tough economic times, libraries have seen a major increase in users. How will parents explain to their children that they arent going to the library because the library doesnt have books for them?
More information as it becomes available.
CPSIA stay of enforcement
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has issued a stay of enforcement on CPSIA, at least as far as having to test for lead in books. The one year stay gives CPSC time to create guidelines and decide whether libraries will be exempted. More information is here.
What the rules may be for the audiovisual materials, toys, games, and other non-book items we use to make our childrens departments kid-friendly is less clear. The best course of action right now is to follow the issue but not take drastic action. A "wait and see" approach, in this case, seems wisest. Well keep you informed.
Powerful Partnerships Workshop
Mary Fellows and Jo-Ann Benedetti, UHLS managers and veterans of many partnerships, present a workshop on the topic on Wednesday, May 13 from 9:00 11:00 a.m. at UHLS offices.
Come learn to identify useful partners, cultivate effective partnerships, and detach from partnerships no longer serving you well. You will leave with three new partnerships to pursue and the know-how to develop them.
Free to UHLS members; register by emailing Mary Fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mary at 437-9880 ext. 228. Non-UHLS members cost: $15; email registration request to Mary Fellows and mail check made out to UHLS to 28 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206.
UHLS Annual Dinner Meeting
The UHLS Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on June 10th at the Albany Country Club. The Keynote Speaker this year will be Sister Anne Bryan Smollin. Sister Smollin is a very popular and well-known local celebrity and author who has given entertaining presentations all over the world on topics such as humor, laughter, joy, stress, interpersonal relationships, communication and motivation. The title of her presentation at the UHLS dinner will be Finding the Joy in the Moment. Five of her books are available in the member libraries: Jiggle Your Heart and Tickle Your Soul; Polish Your Soul and Spruce Up Your Heart; Tickle Your Soul; Live, Laugh and Be Blessed; and God Knows youre Stressed. Invitations to the Dinner will be sent out to all member library directors and trustees at the beginning of May. Tickets for the dinner will be $30 per person. Due to Sister Smollins popularity and entertaining style, we are expecting a large attendance at the Dinner. For further information, please contact Heidi Fuge at email@example.com or 437-9880 ext. 221.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has spelled out its enforcement policy for the new CPSIA law, as of February 6. Find it here: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09120.html
Terrific news is that the statement says CPSC will not impose penalties for distributing an ordinary childrens book printed after 1985.
The one year stay of enforcement is also still in place for manufacturers and importers of childrens goods.
What does this mean for you? My recommendations:
1. Time to weed. Any book you have printed before 1985 is 25 years old. It does not belong in your circulating collection. If your copy is still in good shape, then it hasnt been out enough to warrant keeping it. If it is a terrific book, there will have been a reissue, likely with a more modern, appealing cover. Send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the statistics you need to weed.
2. Before you purchase any new games or toys, verify with the vendor that they meet the CPSIA standards. Keep records. You might consider having the conversation via email so that you have a paper copy. It seems unlikely that CPSA would target libraries or you specifically for enforcement, but its smart to be reasonably diligent.
3. Hold off on making decisions about old toys and games or about existing audiovisual materials. We just dont have enough information yet on these and what the CPSC might actually exempt. Ive been talking to our vendors, and they are working with the manufacturers (studios). This part of the adherence to the law will get worked out; its just all going to take time. In the meantime, in the absence of any concrete reason not to, I suggest continuing to purchase audiovisual materials as you usually do.
As always, contact us with questions.
Watervliet Public Library Director
The Watervliet Public Library is in search of a part-time
library director who can work 20 hours per week. The candidate must
possess a public librarian degree/certificate; grant writing and fund
development are a high priority; be energetic, creative, and hard working;
be tech savvy; and possess strong computer skills.
Position available: Library
Director - Rensselaerville, NY
Title: Library Director
SPECIAL NOTE: A New York State Drivers License is required at the time of employment and for the duration of employment.
Hours of work: 20 to 30 hours per week in a combination of daytime, evening, and some Saturday hours.
Salary: Hourly wage commensurate with experience
To apply send resume, letter of interest, and 3 references by July 27th to:
Control Is Not A Dirty Word:
Effective Meeting Management
Date: August 20
Whether you are a seasoned manager seeking to hone your skills, a rising star taking on more work or volunteer responsibilities that include chairing meetings, or a victim of painful meetings preparing to act, this workshop offers practical help.
Presenter: Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth
and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System
Love Those T(w)eens! Delivering Great Service Whatever Your Resources
Thursday, September 17, 2009
UHLS Trustee Workshop
Date: September 24, 2009
(For library staff and trustees)
For directions to UHLS and a schedule of presentations
Town of Berne Public Library
The Town of Berne Public Library, Berne, NY, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System, is currently seeking a part-time Library Manager. The position is 10-12 hours a week (evenings and alternating Saturdays). Salary is $13.00/hr.
A 2 year college degree or 60 credit hours is required. Applicant should have good interpersonal and organizational skills. Previous library experience and computer skills are desirable.
Duties include: selection and purchase of books, DVDs and library supplies; attending library-related meetings; preparing monthly and annual reports; writing news articles for local and Town newspapers, and arranging library programs.
A resume and names of 2 references
(with their telephone numbers and addresses) can be mailed by Aug. 14,
2009 to :
CPSIA Update (4/10/09)
Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has introduced a bill to exempt ordinary books from lead limits within CPSIA. ALA is encouraging libraries to ask their representatives to sign onto the bill. More information here.
East Greenbush Community Library is looking to fill one full-time position for:
Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk
The position is for the following:
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, 1-9pm and every other weekend.
Are you a detailed and service oriented person? Are you energetic and like working with people? Are you able to multi-task in a busy environment? Possess savvy computer skills and have a high school diploma or GED? Run right over to the circulation desk and fill out a job application, because East Greenbush Community Library is looking for you!
Beginning salary is $12.25 an hour. Contact Dawn Geurds, Head of Circulation, for further information. Applications due by Friday October 16, 2009.
To apply for any job with the library you need to fill
out a civil service form:
Thursday, November 5, 2009
(Refreshments and registration at 8:30)
Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton St.
Come to our second annual round-up of tried and true storytime techniques! Develop new storytime techniques, hone your existing skills, or gather fresh ways to use your expertise.
Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System bring the best outside and inside presenters together to demonstrate, and teach key storytime skills. A special focus this year is flannel board stories, presented by local maven Debbie Sternklar. Youll leave the workshop with a flannel board and a story to tell with it!
As an extra treat from 12:00 1:00, we have Suzanne Bloom, author/illustrator of Geisel honor book A Splendid Friend Indeed. Suzanne will share information about her creative process and the ins and outs of making books. There will be books available for signing after her presentation. Find out more about Suzanne here: http://www.suzannebloom.com/
Please register for the workshop! It is free to MVLS and UHLS member library staff and volunteers. The cost for all others is $35. If youre part of MVLS or UHLS, register by emailing Sue Rokos at email@example.com. If you are not part of either system, email Sue to reserve your spot and then mail a check for $35 made out to MVLS to: Sue Rokos, MVLS, 858 Duanesburg Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306-1095.
Click here for directions to the workshop.
For further information, call Sue Rokos at 355-2010 ext. 226 or Mary Fellows at 437-9880 ext. 228. Hope to see you soon!
Job Opening - Albany Public Library
Computer Support Specialist Part Time
Job Opening - Cohoes Public Library
At the Upper Hudson Library System Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 10th, the following awards were announced:
LIBRARY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR (urban/suburban libraries): to the William K. Sanford Town Library for their FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. This program was presented in December 2008 to a large multi-ethnic, multi-generational audience. The librarys Youth Services Department invited members of the Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jewish and African American communities to show how they celebrated the holidays. Participants shared stories, offered ethnic foods, created handicrafts and explained the origins of their traditions, some of which have been passed down for millennia.
The Upper Hudson Library System commends the William K. Sanford Town Library for an innovative program that enhanced its services to the whole community.
LIBRARY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR (rural libraries): to the Berne Public Library for their LITERARY LUNCH. This program was presented in partnership with the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School and was designed to promote a positive reading environment for students during their lunch period. Books were selected and the students either read aloud or had chapters read to them and then discussed them. The participants were invited to a special movie night at the library as well as an evening art and drama event related to the book they read. This program brought many first-time users and their families into the library and opened a wonderful cooperative relationship with the school.
The Upper Hudson Library System commends the Berne Public Library for a creative program that involved a new community partner and reached many new patrons.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Stephanie Sampsen of the Berne Public Library. The Upper Hudson Library System commends Stephanie Sampsen for her volunteer work at the Berne Public Library. Her initial foray into volunteering grew out of curiosity as to the reason for the steady stream of parents and toddlers going into the library on Tuesday mornings. She discovered that it was Story Time and that the one-person staff was overwhelmed with children, parents, books and crafts, along with all of the other library work. She offered to help and soon became skilled at many aspects of running a small rural library: shelving books, answering the telephone, checking out materials, assisting with the public computers, answering reference questions, and rounding up enthusiastic toddlers. She became an integral part of the librarys services on Tuesdays.
The Upper Hudson Library System honors Stephanie Sampsen for all she has done to help the Berne Public Library, its staff and patrons.
LIBRARY TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR: Robert E. Ganz of the Guilderland Library. The Upper Hudson Library System salutes Robert E. Ganz for his work as a Trustee at the Guilderland Public Library. He has been both innovative and tireless in his work on behalf of the library and its projects. He convinced the Board of the value of the establishment of a Foundation to provide financial support for the library, was the initiator of the program to allow a student representative to serve on the Board of Trustees, and was the chair of the librarys Long Range Planning Committee.
It is Roberts leadership during a very challenging 2008 that deserves special recognition. He served as Board spokesperson during a series of contentious meetings with Town officials regarding commercial development of an area adjacent to the library. His expertise and personal commitment to the library and the community kept the discussions both civil and productive. He is an exemplary Trustee and is recognized as such by the Upper Hudson Library System.
CPSIA - Recommendations From Where We Sit Now
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is
a tough act to follow (literally!). It challenges us to define a way
of being professionally
The latest information, in the form of a letter responding
Based on what we know today, here are my suggestions for a way to proceed:
Continue (or start) to examine all books for children
ages 12 and under
Pre-1985 books you may wish to keep are Newbery or Caldecott
award winners. Choose to look on your pre-1985 Caldecott and Newbery
books as an "all ages" collection, and therefore exempt. (We
do know that they are often used by teachers and students, so that's
not a stretch.) Keep in mind the idea of making them a separate collection.
However, if the honor (not winner) books
Other pre-1985 that may merit a place on your shelves
Consider having a big book sale of weeded children's books
From now on, whenever purchasing any non-book item, ask
for a Certificate of
Begin keeping records of your non-book children's purchases
In case that day is looming, you might want begin planning
how to carve out
Do you have to do all of this? No. Do you have to do any
of this? No. CPSIA
Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth and Family Services
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