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Webinar: Customer Service @ the Library
Cultivating Loyal Library Customers


Wednesday, February 15, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

UHLS Large Meeting Room

For details click here (PDF).


Online Conference - Big Talk From Small Libraries

Date: 2/28/2012

Time: 10am - 6pm

Cost: No Charge

Below please find the description for an all day online conference focusing on the sometimes unique needs and activities of small libraries.
Registration is free for any library on your own (just visit the more details link at the end of the description) OR you can watch it with us! UHLS has registered for this conference and will be showing it in its entirety, in the large meeting room on 2/28 from 10am-6pm.

This conference is designed to be a drop-in program, so please feel free to log on or stop by based on what interests you in the conference program (which is also at the more details link below).

If you think you or anyone else from your library might attend at UHLS please RSVP to Tim Burke (tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us) before 2/28/12.


Conference Description:

We've been listening! A comment we've heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries. Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that. This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of our eight speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Topics will range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library. Eight presenters means eight hourly slots and eight topics. Come for the programs on what you're dealing with now or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you. Big Talk From Small Libraries will be broadcast online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference. This conference was organized and is hosted by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Small & Rural Libraries and Library Renewal. More details can be found @ http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/


Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

Date: March 8, 2012

Important -- Date change: Due to an expected severe winter storm, the SRP Planning Workshop has been postponed to its published snow date, Thursday, March 8. The location and schedule for the day will remain the same. **Please confirm your ability to attend on March 8 with Mary Fellows (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us). We apologize for the inconvenience.

Location: William K. Sanford Town Library in Colonie

Time: 9:00 (registration) - 3:30

Description: Announcing the eleventh annual Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop! Sponsored by Upper Hudson and Mohawk Valley Library System, this is a day of dozens of ideas about most every aspect of Summer Reading Program (SRP), including a performers showcase. If you need a SRP planning jumpstart, come join us! Our promise is that you will leave with your SRP at least half-planned - in your head, if not on paper! For more details and the registration form, see attached flyer (PDF).


Help Wanted

East Greenbush Community Library

Is looking to fill two part-time positions for

Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk

The position is for the following:

Must be able to work day and evening shifts. Every other full weekend shift is a must. Flexibility is a plus. This is a Civil Service position, which requires taking an exam when it becomes available.

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 $10.00 an hour. Contact Dawn Geurds, Head of Circulation, for further information. Applications due by Friday March 9, 2012.


ANNUAL AWARDS GUIDELINES AVAILABLE

The UHLS Administration and Services Committees have approved the Guidelines for the Trustee, Volunteer, Advocate, and Program of the Year Awards. Please note that the deadline for nominations for all of these Awards is Monday, March 19th.


CORE Trustee Training Program now available to all UHLS member libraries

UHLS is pleased to announce that our new CORE Trustee Training program is now available for all member library trustees. This program is a 90 minute session that covers the fundamentals of being a library trustee, including roles and responsibilities, NYS minimum library standards, oaths of office, open meetings law, board/director roles, etc. The program also emphasizes the CORE values of Community, Openness, Respect, and Ethics as they relate to the work of a library trustee.

This program is valuable for all currently serving library trustees regardless of their tenure on their board. There is real added value from having all of a library's trustees share the experience together (common ground understanding of these fundamentals, encouraging mentoring of newer trustees by the "old hands", etc.). UHLS also recommends that the Library Director be included when a member library hosts the program to encourage that same common ground understanding between the Library Board and the Director.

The CORE Trustee Training has been designed to be an "on demand" program that can be conducted at member libraries at a date and time that is most convenient for trustees to come together. Please contact Tim Burke (e-mail - tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library board.


Legal Services for the Underserved: Referring Public Library Patrons to Local Legal Resources

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Albany Public Library's 1st Floor Auditorium

161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

In these tough economic times, public library staff who work the reference/information desk are finding themselves more frequently referring patrons who need legal assistance and/or wish to conduct legal research. The workshop's speakers will highlight the resources and services provided by three local libraries and two legal services organizations. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after the presentations. Participating organizations:

Frances Bergan Law Library (Albany County Public Access Law Library) and the Supreme Court Library (Rensselaer County Public Access Law Library)
The Schaffer Law Library of the Albany Law School
The New York State Library
The Legal Project of the Capital District Women's Bar Association
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

Continuing Ed Contact Hours: 2 Contact Hours; Certificate provided.

Coffee and light refreshment will be served.

There is some free parking in our lot behind the library at the Elk Street entrance; there is also long-term metered parking along Elk Street. Elk Street is one-way; access Elk via Swan or Hawk from Washington Avenue. CDTA stops at Washington and Lark (next door to or across the street from APL). Google Maps.

Paraprofessionals/library assistants and MLS/MSIS graduate students are also especially welcome!

Please RSVP to Deanna DiCarlo by September 14th.
dicarlod@albanypubliclibrary.org
(518) 427-4301


Help Wanted

East Greenbush Community Library

Is looking to fill one part-time positions for

Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk

The position is for the following:

Must be able to work Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am-1pm and two weekends a month. Flexibility is a plus. This is a Civil Service position, which requires taking an exam when it becomes available.

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 $10.25 an hour. Contact Dawn Geurds, Head of Circulation, for further information. Applications due by Monday August 27, 2012.


The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond
A Library Journal/School Library Journal Online Event

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
10:00 am-5:00 pm EDT

Where: UHLS

UHLS will provide snacks and a lunch for the event, so please RSVP if you intend to come. The online event is free to member libraries.

In 2011, librarians responded with “applause applause applause applause,” saying they were “bursting to discuss new ideas and initiatives inspired by the ebook summit.” This year, we take you beyond ebooks…

Library Journal and School Library Journal invite you to join us for our 3rd annual Ebook Summit, exploring how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating “e” into collections, catalogs and classrooms.

The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond brings together many of the foremost practitioners in ebooks and libraries to examine the current state of the digital library.

Details here


Presentation: NYS & Local Retirement System

October 17, 2012 at 10am-12pm

Bethlehem Public Library Community Room

A representative from the NYS & Local Retirement System will be present on Wednesday, October 17th - 10am at Bethlehem Public Library.

The presentation will include information about the retirement system, participation, benefits and services, planning for retirement and how to get the maximum value from your retirement system membership. Question and answer time will be available during and after the workshop.

NYS & Local Retirement System members and non-members are invited.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please notify Tracey McShane at tracey@bethpl.org by October 10, 2012. Please provide your name, organization name and contact number.

Tracey McShane
Personnel Administrator
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-9314 x3004



Early Literacy Double-Header

WORKSHOP STATUS: November 1 workshop postponed because of hurricane, which is making it impossible for speaker to travel. Workshop will be rescheduled ASAP. Participants will be notified and website updated.

Something Good for Everyone: Children as Learners and Adults as Partners in Multi-Age Storytimes

Thursday, September 6, Guilderland Public Library, 9:00 (registration at 8:30) -4:30 (lunch included)

Directions: www.guilpl.org

Libraries play a key role in giving young children a foundation for literacy and learning. Yet as modern life get busier, separating storytimes by age group may not always fit families' needs. The answer? Storytimes for newborn to 5 year-olds and their parents and caregivers.

Join us to learn how multi-age storytimes can offer children unique experiences and provide parents with messages and modeling to use in building a strong family learning environment. Discover strategies for success, refresh your child development knowledge, explore new storytime models, and learn how your early literacy-enhanced storytimes can become a catalyst for change in your community.

Hands-on practice included; please bring with you:

  1. Words to an action rhyme/fingerplay or action song.
  2. One book that works well for more than one age-group (0 - 18 months, 18 - 35 months, 3 - 5 years)

Saroj Ghoting is an early childhood literacy consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She has been a consultant for PLA and ALSC on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. Saroj is co-author of Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success and The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards.

 

Play at the Library: Creating Early Literacy Spaces That Invite Learning

Thursday, November 1, Schenectady County Public Library (Main), 9:00 (registration at 8:30) -12:00

WORKSHOP STATUS: The workshop on November 1 will take place as scheduled. Posted 10.29.12, 11:30 a.m.


Directions: www.scpl.org

Libraries have a new understanding of how our role in supporting lifelong learning begins with the very youngest child. Our challenge is to design spaces as well as activities to most effectively support learning for emergent leaders. Play is essential to children's healthy cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. When our early literacy spaces invite play along with reading, we model effective strategies for family literacy.

Come learn how to engineer a play space, incorporate play into existing children's spaces and activities at the library, and select appropriate active toys - on any budget.

Marisa Conner is Youth Services Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL). A primary focus of her work is creating active learning spaces designed to promote early literacy and school readiness in public libraries. Marisa was responsible for developing the learning components for the innovative Storyville installation at BCPL http://bcplstoryville.org/storyville.

Click here for a workshop flyer and registration form



Tweens, Teens and Libraries: Becoming BFF!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

William K. Sanford Town Library

The life of a 21st century tween is vastly different from our own adolescence. What do tweens love, hate, fear, and need from caring adults? National youth marketing expert Michelle Poris studied hundreds of young people to help libraries answer these questions and improve our service. Her answers may surprise you! In a lively and fast-paced presentation, Michelle will illuminate the lives of our tech-savvy tweens and young teens. You will leave with two or more ideas for making your library’s services to tweens and teens more effective.

Join us for Michelle’s presentation and more! Registration and details are here.


Job Announcement: Library Director

The Nassau Free Library is seeking a new Library Director. Anticipated Vacancy will be in March 2013. The Nassau Free Library is an independent, not for profit library charted by the New York State Department of Education to provide library services to the Town of Nassau, NY.

The Library Director reports to a board of nine trustees and is responsible for an overall operation of a community library with a staff of eight and an annual budget of approximately $113,000.

This is a 25-30 hours per week position with vacation and paid sick leave. The position requires the following:

  • Bachelors degree
  • familiarity with library services
  • experience working with children
  • supervisory experience
  • strong organizational skills
  • community networking skills

Computer skills and knowledge of information systems a must.

The Nassau Free Library is focused on serving the greater Nassau community and providing excellent customer service. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to serving the community. Course work in library or information sciences and grant writing experience are preferred.

To apply please email resume and cover letter to director@nassaufreelibrary.org Attention: Nassau Free Library Search Committee.

Application submission deadline is December 14, 2012.

The Nassau Free Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


 

 

 

 

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