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Last updated January 11 , 2010

January 2010

January News
Announcements
Library Related Courses
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Awards, Grants and Scholarships
Resources
Future Events


Announcements
Letter from Francene Costello

January 4, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

2010 - A new year, a new decade, a new beginning for the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System! On December 16, 2009, the Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Cooperative Education appointed Pam Berger as the new Director of the School Library System.

Pam Berger is known to many of you through her numerous presentations both at our own School Library System, as well as statewide, nationally and internationally. Pam brings her joy and enthusiasm to the profession of school librarianship. In addition to her numerous workshops, Pam is known for her writings, including a soon-to-be released book, Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning in a Digital World.

For myself, I would like to thank each of you for your support and encouragement over the years. This position has enabled me to meet many wonderful and capable librarians who use their knowledge and compassion every day to encourage their students through a maze of information. More importantly, your friendship has enabled me to enjoy my time with you.

Best wishes for a year that holds many blessings for each and every one of you.

Sincerely,

Francene C. Costello
        Director
        Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System


2009 - A Challenging Year for Libraries and Library Programs
A Year-end Message from Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries

Needless to say, 2009 has been a tough year. Can we look for any good news amidst the budget cuts, library branch closings, layoffs and economic disasters? The good news is that the economic downturn has accelerated the already existing trend of increased library use. Public library circulation in New York increased by 9 million to 155.8 million and public library visits increased by 4.3 million to 117.2 million in 2008 and both are expected to continue to rise dramatically in 2009 and 2010.

The bad news of course is that many libraries and library systems across the nation are facing decreased government support. Despite the tough times, through cooperation and collaboration, the New York State Library and our library, library system and many other partners across the state, the nation and the globe accomplished a great deal in 2009.

Facing tighter budgets, the library community continues to do more with less. Together, we have again met or exceeded many of our goals and have much for which we are proud.

It has been a year of remarkable accomplishments and numbers do tell the story.

For example, with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the State Library sponsored - The Magic of Broadband and Libraries - in June 2009. More than 300 library leaders, trustees and public influencers came together to discuss strategies for attaining a vision where New Yorkers have free access to 100 mbps broadband connectivity at every public library building in the State.

Another memorable highlight was the September 2009 visit of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands to the State Library in celebration of the Quadricentennial. The Dutch government provided 200,000 euros ($190,000) to support the State Library’s critically acclaimed New Netherland Project for the next three years.

Other selected highlights include:


Common Core Standards - ELA and Mathematics

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with ACT, the College Board, and Achieve are leading the Common Core Standards Initiative to develop a core set of academic standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York is one of 51 states and territories that have joined this Initiative. The Board of Regents material on these standards can be found at http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2009Meetings/December2009/1209emsca1.doc.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative Toolkit Web site provides important background information about the process of developing these new Standards and the time line for adoption http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html. Included on this website are the videotaped message from State Education Commissioner David Steiner and the Common Core Power Point.

These new draft standards are scheduled to be released shortly. Two public surveys will be posted, one for Mathematics and one for ELA on the Common Core Web site. There will also be state-wide public forums on these new learning standards. More information will be available once the surveys are available.


WWC: "Accelerated Reader" for English Language Learners

Identifying the best ways to educate students who have a limited range of speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in English is a subject widely debated among educators and school leaders.

The latest report from the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) looks at the effectiveness of "Accelerated Reader" on improving the English language literacy and academic achievement of elementary and middle school students who are English language learners.

The WWC examined the research on "Accelerated Reader" and identified 13 studies that were published or released between 1983 and 2008 that looked at the effectiveness of this curriculum on English language learners’ reading and math skills. None of these studies meet WWC evidence standards. Therefore, conclusions may not be drawn based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of "Accelerated Reader" on English Language Learners.

To view the full report please visit: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/english_lang/accreader/.


Comments Requested for FCC Proposed Rules: Children and Media

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on a proposed regulation on empowering parents to help their children take advantage of the opportunities offered by evolving electronic media technologies while at the same time protecting children from the risks inherent in use of these technologies. The Commission asks for comments about the extent to which children are using electronic media today, the benefits and risks this presents, and the ways in which parents, teachers, and children can help reap the benefits while minimizing the risks of using these technologies. It also asks about the effectiveness of media literacy efforts and about how the Commission can assist with efforts being made by other Federal agencies that are addressing similar issues.

To read the full “Notice of Inquiry” soliciting comments, click on the following link: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-94A1.pdf. Comments are due January 25, 2010; reply comments are due February 22, 2010.

Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/ or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments.


NEA'S Read Across America

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its fourteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources. NEA's Read Across America Day, NEA's national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by brining together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! http://www.nea.org/readacross/.


Regents Advisory Council Proposes New Commission On NY Libraries

Citing the dire fiscal struggle of New York’s libraries in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and evidence that library usage by the people of New York has increased dramatically, the members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries have urged the Board of Regents to make state and federal funding for libraries a Regents priority budget and legislative item each and every year. The Council’s 2009 annual report to the Regents, which includes this recommendation and others related to strengthening New York’s libraries is now posted on the Council’s webpage at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2009rept.htm. The 2009 report also highlights the need for all schools in New York State, including elementary schools, to have school libraries and certified professional librarians. For more information, please visit the State Library's website at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html.

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Library Related Courses

LIS Online Career Fair Scheduled for January 12, 2010

Are you a new library school graduate – or mid-career and looking for a change? Are you wondering how to improve your career skills or ready to try a certificate program? Looking to refresh your resume? Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services invite you to join them for the first annual LIS Online Career Fair. Join them online in OPAL on Tuesday January 12, 2010 for an exciting day of learning how to start or to rejuvenate your library career in tough times! The day will kick off at 11 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. There will be a choice of a variety of informational and interactive programs available.

The conference keynote speaker is Rachel Singer Gordon, webmaster of LISjobs.com, the largest library career site and job database and consulting editor at Information Today Inc., Books Division. Rachel’s talk, “Career Building in a Down Economy,” will help librarians focus on what they can do to keep themselves moving forward professionally in a down economy. While professional literature discusses what librarians can do to help their communities and patrons, it does not give much information as to what librarians can do to help themselves. Rachel will address the ways in which the economy affects librarians professionally, how to control reactions and frustration, how to deal proactively with current events, and how to move forward effectively in tough economic times.

Other speakers include: Christi Confetti Higgins, Sun Microsystems; Cindy Hill, Hill Information Consulting; Morgan Cadwalader, Alliance Library System; Kitty Pope, Alliance Library System; Barbara McFadden Allen, Career on Institutional Cooperation; Meredith Farkas, Norwich University; Rose Chenoweth, Alliance Library System; Jim Rettig, University of Richmond; Marianne Steadley, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science and more!

For more information on this conference, check out http://liscareerfair.org. The cost of the one day online event is $29 for graduate library students; $39 for librarians; and for a group, the price is $79.

For more information, please contact Lori Bell at ALS at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com or Tom Peters at TAP Information Services at tapinformation@yahoo.com.


Training On the Go! - Online Courses Available from NYLA

Online training is again possible with Training on the Go!

The New York State Library and the New York Library Association have partnered together to provide online training covering a variety of library-related skills for all library staff.

WebJunction is the provider for Training on the Go! Training participants can only enroll in one course at a time. Access codes are good 12 months from the date of issuance and can be used to register for one course (maximum 1 credit value of $40) from WebJunction. Courses range from office productivity (i.e. Microsoft Office, web development software) to grant writing, communications and other library management skills.

Access codes cost $15 for NYLA Members (processing fee waived) and $25 for non-Members. Please visit http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1291 for additional information about this Professional Development opportunity or to purchase the discounted codes through NYLA.

Please feel free to contact the NYLA Office at info@nyla.org with any questions you may have about Training on the Go!

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Conferences, Workshops and Events

Librarians as Learning Specialists - Allison Zmuda
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES
School Services Building, North Conference Room
200 BOCES Dr., Yorktown Heights, New York 14710

Seize this opportunity to learn from the dynamic Allison Zmuda, the author of Librarians as Learning Specialists, The Competent Classroom, and Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement.

Zmuda will explore the increasing number of job descriptions in schools for learning specialists with the accompanying difficulty in effectively leveraging these roles to positively affect student learning. Grant Wiggins' foreword of her book Librarians as Learning Specialists emphasizes the relevance of learning specialists is grounded in their ability to deliver results on mission-critical measures. This workshop incorporates quotations, exemplars, and findings from experts in both mainstream and librarian-focused education literature. It will provide accessible and credible arguments for any library learning specialist charged with improving your library's ability to improved student achievement.

The workshop is sponsored by the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System in collaboration with the School Library Systems of Putnam/Northern Westchester, Yonkers City and New York City. This AASL Institute is partially funded through the joint sponsored effort of the LSTA grant program entitled: School Librarians as 21st Century Leaders and a collaboration all 41 School Library Systems in New York State http://slsa-nys.org with support from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds (LSTA), awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2010
Fee: $25.00 (Continental breakfast and lunch included)

To attend this conference, please go to My Learning Plan at http://www.swboces.org/cpd. Click on "My Learning Plan" on the left sidebar. Type "Library" in the Search box and then click on "View Now." Scroll down to view workshop offerings. For information contact Janet Jamal at 914-345-8500 x122 or jjamal@swboces.org.


Webinar Training for Gale Titles

Get the most out of your Gale products by attending a free training Webinar. Uncover tips and tricks so you and your students can make the most of your subscription products. A few of these Webinars are:

Sign up for these free Webinars. To view Gale's entire calendar of training Webinars, please visit: http://www.attendeenet.com/gale_training.


The 2009-2010 College of DuPage Teleconference Series

The New York State Library has arranged a statewide license on behalf of New York's 7,000 libraries and library systems for the 2009-2010 College of DuPage teleconference series. This year's theme is: Library Futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve.

Future programs to be held:

More information is available on registering for College of DuPage webinars at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/dupage.htm.


The Celebration of Teaching & Learning
March 5 & 6, 2010 — Hilton New York
Where Knowledge Meets Inspiration

The current list of speakers for this year's Celebration of Teaching & Learning can be found at http://thirteencelebration.org/blog/speakers/speakers/108/, and more speakers are being added every day. You will be inspired by the internationally renowned voices that will once again make the Celebration of Teaching & Learning the premier professional development conference.

In addition to Lisa Henson and Bobby McFerrin, there will be Steve Spangler," the science guy" from THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW; David Rose, founder and CEO of the Center for Applied Special Technology; Diane Ravitch, historian and education author; Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor; Franklin Chang Diaz, former NASA astronaut; and Alan Blankstein, founder and president of the HOPE Foundation. These are the latest names for the 2010 lineup that will invigorate the discussions around Early Childhood Education, English Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.

The CHASE Multimedia in the Classroom Awards have returned as they celebrate their fifth year of making a difference in schools! These Awards hail creativity and collaboration between teachers and students through the use of technology. Open to all K-12 teachers in the tri-state area (NY, NJ and CT), submissions are encouraged by January 11, 2010, to compete for cash prizes for schools and to attend the Celebration as a guest of CHASE - visit the website at http://thirteencelebration.org/ to learn more.

Don't forget to visit http://thirteencelebration.org/ often to register, for breaking news, access to valuable public television resources, opportunities to engage with the education community and more.

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Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Invites 2010 "Coming Up Taller Award" Nominations

Deadline is January 29, 2010.

APPLICATIONS: The New York State Library urges libraries that provide after school, out-of-school, or summer arts and humanities programs for under-served children and youth to self-nominate or seek nomination within your community for the Coming Up Taller award. Not many applications have been received at IMLS from libraries. IMLS wants to encourage libraries to apply.

2009 LIBRARY WINNER: For 2009 the Tag Teen Program at the Elsie S. Hogan Community Library in Wilcox, AZ was honored. The group visited IMLS to express their appreciation and they enthusiastically encourage libraries to apply for the award.

BACKGROUND ON THE ARIZONA PROJECT: In the TAG (Teen Advisory Group) Teen program, teens plan content for three issues of TAG Magazine per year, then write, edit, design, layout, distribute, and fund them through advertising sales. A monthly theme is woven with education workshops, field trips, and fun get-togethers. The magazine created a forum for teens involved in the arts and writing in the rural community of Wilcox. A high quality magazine that all area teens can enjoy was the result. Project coordinators report that in the process, teens explored their creativity in art and writing, learned self-confidence and interpersonal skills and became empowered to strike out in new directions that were only dreams before. In addition to the magazine, the year-round program features workshops, speakers and discussions.

For further information, eligibility and the nomination form go to http://www.pcah.gov/cut/2010CUTNominationApplication.pdf.


NYSRA Charlotte Award

The New York State Reading Association's (NYSRA) Charlotte Award is a biannual children’s choice book award. In 2008, over 11,000 votes were cast by students in NYS schools for their favorite books from ballots in the primary, intermediate, and young adult categories. Voting for the 2010 award is underway and will continue until April 2010. Please visit the NYSRA website at: http://www.nysreading.org/Awards/charlotte/index.html.


IMLS National Leadership Grant program

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency's 2010 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency's website at http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/102809b.shtm. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2010. For the past 12 years, the National Leadership Grants program has been the capstone program for IMLS, providing the agency's highest level of support for innovative projects that provide important research, tools, and models for library and museum programs across the country. Grant Amounts range from: $50,000 to $1,000,000 with up to $100,000 for planning grants.


20 MLS Scholarships with e-Government and Digital Government Information Focus

The Center for Library and Information Innovation http://www.liicenter.org/Center_for_Library_%26_Information_Innovation/Home.html at the iSchool at the University of Maryland College Park in partnership with the Government Information Online Initiative and the University of Illinois at Chicago, is accepting applications for 20 Master of Library Science (MLS) scholarships. The scholarships are for a new online MLS program focused on e-government services and digital government information.

Applications are due by February 1, 2010, and the program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2010.

For more information, see www.liicenter.org/libegov.


Grants are Available for Using Local Government Records in the Classroom

Grant funding is available from the New York State Archives for educational projects that use local government records. Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Awards: Applications may be submitted for up to $75,000 for an individual project involving one local government or $125,000 for cooperative projects involving two or more local governments. In the 2009/2010 grant cycle, the average grant award for educational uses projects using local government records was $9,200.

Deadline: Grant applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00PM on, or postmarked by, February 1, 2010. The grant cycle begins on July 1, 2010 and ends on June 30, 2011.

Grant guidelines and application forms: www.archives.nysed.gov, click on Grants and Awards, click on Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund, and Educational Uses of Local Government Records; or call (518) 474-6926; e-mail archgrants@mail.nysed.gov.

After reviewing the guidelines, applicants are strongly urged to contact Julie Daniels at jdaniels@mail.nysed.gov, or at (518) 473-8495 to discuss project ideas and planning.


2009 Shubert Library Excellence Award Winner Announced

The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries is pleased to announce that the 2009 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award has been awarded to the New York City School Library System, New York City Department of Education for their project entitled, “Tween to Teen.”

As explained in their application by Project Director Judith Schaffner, the New York City School Library System’s “Tween to Teen” program for New York City middle school libraries focused on the social and emotional issues confronting middle school students which often interfere with academic success. The School Library System offered a grant opportunity aimed to facilitate the exploration of these social and emotional issues through the use of carefully selected fiction and nonfiction titles in book discussion groups and in the library collection. Each of the 113 school library grantees received $1,800 worth of books, including 10 copies of each of three titles for a book discussion group, one copy each of 32 highly reviewed and relevant fiction titles, and one copy each of 55 related nonfiction titles. In addition, each school library media specialist and a cooperating teacher, social worker or guidance counselor received training from the School Library System on how to conduct a successful book discussion, along with a professional book about book discussion groups for their library’s professional collection. Project results show that some 65,000 middle school students now have access to 13,447 books through the participating school libraries. Student book club participants gained confidence and felt empowered to seek advice and help on issues ranging from bullying to divorce and parental conflict. More information about this outstanding project, including the lists of recommended book titles, can be found on the New York State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html.

Runner-up for this year’s Shubert Award was the Western New York Library Resources Council for their project entitled, “Ask Us 24/7.” This project is a cooperative virtual reference service open to all New York State libraries which allows library patrons to chat with a librarian to get research assistance. The cooperative nature of the service means that each participating library staffs the virtual reference desk for a certain number of hours per week, while their patrons have access to the service all day, every day.

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries 2009 Shubert Award Committee (consisting of Sam Simon, Chair; Ellen Bach and Sara Kelly Johns) was enthusiastic in its decision to honor the New York City School Library System’s submission as an excellent example of “the spirit of the Shubert award”. Ms. Kelly Johns presented the award to Ms. Schaffner at the 2009 New York Library Association Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. The award includes a $1,000 check, made possible by EBSCO Information Services and the Friends of the New York State Library. Sheryl L. Knab, Executive Director of the Western New York Library Resources Council, was also presented with a plaque in recognition of the “Ask Us 24/7” project.

The Joseph F. Shubert Excellence Award is given annually to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia in New York State. The Award honors libraries or library consortia that have taken significant steps within the past two years to improve the quality of library service to users. For more information about the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award and the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html or contact the Office of the State Librarian (518) 474-5930.


3 Apples Book Award Nominations

The 3 Apples Book Award nominations are in and it's time to start reading!

The 3 Apples Book Award was developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure and to give the readers of New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books. The award is divided into 3 sections: Young Readers in grades PreK-2 (ages 3-8), Children in grades 3-6 (ages 8-12) and Teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13+). Brochures for each section of the award are available on the 3 Apples Web site at http://www.3applesbookaward.org. Included on the Web site are short annotations for each title as well as information about the timeline of the award. Students may vote on the top 15 nominated titles beginning in April, 2010.


Distribution to Underserved Communities (DUC) Library Program

The DUC Library Program distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city public libraries, public schools and alternative reading centers. To browse titles or place an order, visit http://www.ducprogram.org/.

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Resources

Revised School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) Rubric

The revised School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) rubric, to help inform school library program improvements that support student achievement, has been posted to the SED Web site at http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/library/SLMPE_rubric/home.html.


Federal Stimulus Funding

The New York State Library has developed a website to help libraries prepare their applications for federal stimulus Internet broadband funds for an anticipated funding round in 2010 as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) or Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP).

The website is found at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/btop/.

The website contains a wide variety of links to information available from both state and federal agencies, in addition to national organizations such as ALA. Also included is state-specific information such as New York’s Broadband Strategy Plan and connectivity data about New York’s public libraries.

The website will be updated as new resources become available and information is released concerning the next BTOP/BIP funding round.


Talking Book and Braille Library

A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) at the State Library. TBBL has transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, and has also begun the first distribution of "new" digital machines and the first downloading of online talking books. Thousands of readers (listeners) will be receiving new (much smaller and lighter weight) machines on which to play books and magazines. This important service is available free to anyone who cannot read ‘normal’ print or who cannot hold a book. It is easy to get signed up. If you know of individuals who would benefit from this great service, visit the TBBL web pages at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm

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Future Events

Events to put on your calendar for the days and months ahead

GOTCHA! Getting Kids Excited About Non-Fiction

Monday, January 11, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY


2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 15-19, 2010
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Librarians as Learning Specialists - Allison Zmuda

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
School Services Building, North Conference Room,
200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 14710

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December 2009

December News
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Library Related Courses
Conferences, Workshops and Events
Awards, Grants and Scholarships
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Announcements
1.5 Million New York Kids Love Summer Reading at the Library

New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis announced that for the second consecutive year, over 1.5 million children and teens enjoyed a summer of reading fun and learning by participating in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program at 1100 local libraries and neighborhood branches. Participation in summer reading programs at New York libraries has grown a phenomenal 440% since 2000.

Mr. Margolis congratulated and thanked public library staff across New York State for the wonderful job each library did in meeting the 2009 summer reading needs of the families, children, and teens in their communities.

Mr. Margolis explained, “Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the ‘summer slide’ in children’s reading achievement. Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills.”

Mr. Margolis also thanked the public library systems for partnering with the State Library and the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to help local libraries make the 2009 summer reading season a resounding success. New York's public library system youth and teen services consultants offered training and technical support to library staff and volunteers who in turn provided the exciting programming and resources that made kids want to join the reading fun.

The New York State Library, public library systems and public libraries are committed to helping every child and family have access to books and educational activities at their local library during the summer months. With that commitment in mind, Mr. Margolis announced that beginning with 2010 the name of the statewide program will be changed to “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.” This new name relays the important message that New York’s libraries are the place to go for summer reading. Please watch for e-mail updates over the coming months for “Summer Reading at New York Libraries, 2010.”

“Summer Reading at New York Libraries” is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and 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.

For the summer reading participation chart and other information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/resource.htm or contact Karen Balsen, Coordinator of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, New York State Library, kbalsen@mail.nysed.gov or 518/486-2194.


IFLA World Library and Information Congress
76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
10-15th August 2010 Gothenburg, Sweden
Call for Papers
Libraries for Children and Young Adult Section and School Libraries and Resource Centers Section

Congress theme: Open Access to Knowledge – Promoting Sustainable Progress

Session Theme: Partnerships between Public Children’s Libraries and School Libraries

Keynote speaker – the theme of this paper would be strategies for cooperation between public libraries and school libraries. It would include the reasons that both types of libraries should work together for reading and learning. The Keynote Speaker Paper should be no more than 60 minutes in duration.

Case studies – these papers could reflect programs involving any of the stakeholders in libraries and schools (teachers, librarians, parents and students). Papers on programs involving all types of public libraries and both primary and secondary schools are welcomed.

Papers can be written and given in any of the official IFLA languages (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish), but abstracts should be submitted in English.

Proposals for Case Study Papers must include the following and must be in English:

a) Title of proposed presentation
b) Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 300 words)
c) Name(s) of presenter(s)
d) Position or title of presenter(s)
e) Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
f) E-mail address
g) Telephone/fax numbers
h) Short biographical statement regarding the presenter/s

15 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference, followed by 5 minutes of discussion; the full written paper is not to be read.

The Sections have requested Simultaneous Translation for the Session.

Proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2010 by email: karen@usher43.karoo.co.uk and viviana.quinones@bnf.fr

Please note: All expenses incurred for attending the Gothenburg conference are the responsibility of the authors whose papers are accepted. Authors/presenters are expected to attend the World Library and Information Congress and present their papers in person.

The Review Committee will evaluate all submitted materials and successful applicants will be notified by February 12, 2010.

Full accepted papers must be between 3000 and 6000 words in length and are due by March 26, 2010 so that translations can be organized and must be an original submission not published elsewhere.

All papers will be published on IFLANET.

For additional information please contact:

Mrs. Karen Usher MCLIP, Hon. FCLIP
Chair of IFLA: School Libraries and Resource Centers Section
Librarian, Eric Fell Learning Resource Centre, South Hunsley School
MELTON
North Ferriby
East Yorkshire
HU14 3HS

(44) 1482 875208

karen@usher43.karoo.co.uk
library@shunsley.eril.net


Invitation to Participate in a New Project - Libraries for Children and Young Adults

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Section on Libraries for Children and Young Adults invites participation in a new Sister Libraries Project.

U.S. libraries and library colleagues, please visit the Section Project Site http://www.ifla.org/en/libraries-for-children-and-ya/projects to learn more about this truly exciting initiative.


Call for Professional Development Proposals

Do you have an idea for a great conference or continuing education program? Would you like to share your knowledge and experiences with your professional peers? The New York Library Association (NYLA) is seeking proposals for professional development programs, specifically programs for 2010 NYLA Institutes, NYLA Pre-Conference Continuing Education Programs and 2010 Conference Programs. In order to be presented as part of the 2010 NYLA Annual Conference, programs must be endorsed by and sponsored by one of NYLA’s Sections, Roundtables or Committees.

To submit a professional development proposal, please complete and submit the printed or online form by December 10, 2009. The complete form is also available for download at:

http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/NYLA_Professional_Development_Proposal_Form.pdf

or the form may be completed electronically at:

http://www.nyla.org/index.php?section=forms&form=profdev

Program proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis, but those wishing to be considered for the 2010 NYLA Annual Conference must be submitted by December 10, 2009.

Due to the high volume of submissions only those programs which have been accepted for presentation will be notified.

For questions please contact:

Johanna Geiger, Deputy Director
New York Library Association
6021 State Farm Road
Guilderland, NY 12084
518-432-6952 Ext. 102
events@nyla.org


Study about LIS Online Graduate Students in the 1990s

Cherri Shelnutt, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, would sincerely appreciate your help as she conducts research for her dissertation on "An Exploration of the Experiences of Pioneering Online Library and Information Science Graduate Students: A Mixed Methods Study of Students in the 1990s."

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this mixed methods study is to explore and describe the experiences of students as they participated in LIS online graduate courses in ALA-accredited programs and schools across the United States and Canada during the 1990s. This study will contribute to a greater understanding of the student experience in early LIS online graduate courses in the 1990s.

What is the target audience for this research?

Persons who took at least one LIS online graduate course in an ALA-accredited program or school during the 1990s are invited to participate.

Has this research been approved?

This research has been granted "Exempt Status" by the Texas Woman’s University Institutional Review Board. This means that this research is: "involving cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement tests, surveys, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior" in which participants cannot be identified, including “anonymous surveys.”

Please note that there is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all e-mail, downloading and internet transactions.

If you would like to read more about the study and participate, please go to the project website at www.lisonline1990s.com which includes a link to the SSL-enabled online survey. Once you click on the survey link, you will be able to begin the questionnaire. When you have completed it, you may click ‘Submit’ to submit the survey.

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Library Related Courses

New Online MLS Degree Program at the University at Buffalo

The Department of Library and Information Studies at SUNY’s University at Buffalo is pleased to announce the initiation of an MLS online degree program, with courses beginning in fall 2010. The MLS degree program is accredited by the American Library Association. The online program was developed to serve the needs of off-campus students preparing to enter public, academic, and special libraries--with an emphasis on reference services. Students will be part of a 24-student cohort and will enroll in two courses each semester and one course in each of two summer sessions, for a total of six courses each year. They will follow a prescribed program of study but have the option to substitute up to two three-credit courses from Buffalo's MLS course offerings for any of the online program courses (with the exception of the Department’s required core courses). Students accepted into the program should plan to complete the 36-semester hours degree in Master of Library Science in two years. Faculty in the department and well-qualified, experienced practitioners will teach the courses. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early since there are only 24 spaces. For more information on the program go to http://gse.buffalo.edu/online/mls.

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Conferences, Workshops and Events

Critical Issues in Library Funding - A New Webinar Series from Library Media Connection (LMC)

Learn to "tell the story" about your library simply and effectively. This series of webinars will give you valuable insight into today's funding challenges and opportunities. Acquire skills in collection analysis and development, finding resources, and networking to build funding alliances...and gain confidence to grow your library program!

The Webinars are approximately 60-75 minutes and will include ample time for questions. You'll also be able to hear your colleagues' thoughts as well during the Q & A. To participate in these webinars, all you need is a relatively fast Internet connection and a phone. You can participate live online or asynchronously. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion after each session.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.plcelearning.com/District/LI/?p=ev&q=id=93.

Also check out the regular LMC@The Forefront Fall 2009 Webinar Series at http://www.linworth.com/lmc/?page=new_hot_stuff.


GOTCHA! Getting Kids Excited About Non-Fiction
Monday, January 11, 2010
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Southern Westchester BOCES
2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford NY

Through practical experience booktalking to thousands of kids, School Library Journal columnist Kathleen Baxter, the ‘Nonfiction Booktalker,' feels that nonfiction can be the key to getting kids to read. Participants will be motivated and energized as they acquire a practical repertoire of dozens of booktalks and books that appeal to kids. Ms. Baxter will share her enthusiastic approach to the joy of reading and provide practical approaches for success in connecting boys and books.

This program is partially funded through the joint sponsored effort of the LSTA grant program entitled: School Librarians As 21st Century Leaders and a collaboration of all 41 School Library Systems in New York State http://slsa-nys.org with support from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

PRESENTER - Kathleen Baxter is a native of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in On the Banks of Plum Creek. Ms. Baxter is a children’s literature consultant and author, having spent many years as a teacher and librarian. Kathleen is the author of four Gotcha booktalking books from Libraries Unlimited including the new Gotcha for Guys! Kathleen has presented at numerous seminars and conferences throughout the United States.

For information contact Janet Jamal at 914-345-8500 x122 or jjamal@swboces.org.


Facing Accessibility Design Challenges in Your Library Facility? Break Down the Barriers!
Friday, January 15, 2010 - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland Street, Suite 1, Boston
(in conjunction with ALA’s Midwinter Meeting)

Are you looking for low cost, high impact ways to make your library fully accessible? Are you wondering how to incorporate physical and information accessibility into your strategic plan or a future building renovation or expansion?

Patrons are coming to libraries in record numbers, discovering the wonderful resources available there. Let us help you create a space that will accommodate all of these patrons, including those with functional differences.

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), together with the Institute for Human-Centered Design (IHCD), is hosting “Breaking Down Barriers: Best Practices in Universal Design for Libraries”, an important workshop where you’ll gain practical knowledge about creating a library that is accessible for all. This unique event will be held Friday, Jan. 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at IHCD, 200 Portland Street, Suite 1, Boston, in conjunction with ALA’s Midwinter Meeting.

At this event, you’ll:

To register for this event, go to www.ala.org/midwinter where it can be found listed under Institutes and Ticketed Events in the online registration form for ALA Midwinter at www.ala.org/midwinter. Use Event Code “ASC2” when registering by mail.

Not attending the Midwinter Meeting? Don’t worry—you can register for just this event at www.ala.org/midwinter. Select “Institutes and Ticketed Events Only” as your registration type, then add “Breaking Down Barriers” to your event list on the following page.

For more information on this event please contact Liz Markel at lmarkel@ala.org at the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).


Librarians as Learning Specialists - Allison Zmuda
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES
School Services Building, North Conference Room
200 BOCES Dr., Yorktown Heights, New York 14710

Seize this opportunity to learn from the dynamic Allison Zmuda, the author of Librarians as Learning Specialists, The Competent Classroom, and Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement.

Zmuda will explore the increasing number of job descriptions in schools for learning specialists with the accompanying difficulty in effectively leveraging these roles to positively affect student learning. Grant Wiggins' foreword of her book Librarians as Learning Specialists emphasizes the relevance of learning specialists is grounded in their ability to deliver results on mission-critical measures. This workshop incorporates quotations, exemplars, and findings from experts in both mainstream and librarian-focused education literature. It will provide accessible and credible arguments for any library learning specialist charged with improving your library's ability to improved student achievement.

The workshop is sponsored by the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System in collaboration with the School Library Systems of Putnam/Northern Westchester, Yonkers City and New York City. This AASL Institute is partially funded through the joint sponsored effort of the LSTA grant program entitled: School Librarians as 21st Century Leaders and a collaboration all 41 School Library Systems in New York State http://slsa-nys.org with support from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds (LSTA), awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2010
Fee: $25.00 (Continental breakfast and lunch included)

To attend this conference, please go to My Learning Plan at http://www.swboces.org/cpd. Click on "My Learning Plan" on the left sidebar. Type "Library" in the Search box and then click on "View Now." Scroll down to view workshop offerings. For information contact Janet Jamal at 914-345-8500 x122 or jjamal@swboces.org.


The 2009-2010 College of DuPage Teleconference Series

The New York State Library has arranged a statewide license on behalf of New York's 7,000 libraries and library systems for the 2009-2010 College of DuPage teleconference series. This year's theme is: Library Futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve

Future programs to be held:

More information is available on registering for College of DuPage webinars at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/dupage.htm.


Free Web Courses at ProQuest: SIRS, eLibrary, CultureGrams and More

ProQuest's professional training team hosts free, online webinars nearly every school day—go to http://inter.viewcentral.com/events/cust/calendar.aspx?cid=proquest&lid=3&p_event_category3=K12 to access the calendar.

These webinars can help library media specialists, teachers and administrators get the most out of their SIRS, CultureGrams, ProQuest, and eLibrary research solutions—and learn more about ProQuest's other digital learning subscriptions. (View all school training resources, including recorded demos and videos at http://www.proquestk12.com/trainingsupport.shtml.)

Click a link below to view the current schedule and to register. Seats are limited.

FREE Courses

The webinars cover after-school hours within several time zones. All you need is a computer, a phone and one hour. Interested in a custom web course (or on-site training) for your school or district? Contact your local ProQuest trainer today.


The Celebration of Teaching & Learning
March 5 & 6, 2010 — Hilton New York
Where Knowledge Meets Inspiration

The current list of speakers for this year's Celebration of Teaching & Learning can be found at http://thirteencelebration.org/blog/speakers/speakers/108/, and more speakers are being added every day. You will be inspired by the internationally renowned voices that will once again make the Celebration of Teaching & Learning the premier professional development conference.

In addition to Lisa Henson and Bobby McFerrin, there will be Steve Spangler, "the science guy" from THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW; David Rose, founder and CEO of the Center for Applied Special Technology; Diane Ravitch, historian and education author; Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor; Franklin Chang Diaz, former NASA astronaut; and Alan Blankstein, founder and president of the HOPE Foundation. These are the latest names for the 2010 lineup that will invigorate the discussions around Early Childhood Education, English Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.

The CHASE Multimedia in the Classroom Awards have returned as they celebrate their fifth year of making a difference in schools! These Awards hail creativity and collaboration between teachers and students through the use of technology. Open to all K-12 teachers in the tri-state area (NY, NJ and CT), submissions are encouraged by January 11, 2010, to compete for cash prizes for schools and to attend the Celebration as a guest of CHASE - visit the website at http://thirteencelebration.org/ to learn more.

Don't forget to visit http://thirteencelebration.org/ often to register, for breaking news, access to valuable public television resources, opportunities to engage with the education community and more.

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Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Letters About Literature Contest Announced by New York Center for the Book

The 2010 Letters About Literature contest is now open and New York Center for the Book director Pamela McLaughlin is encouraging students in grades 4-12 to enter. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the New York Center for the Book, in partnership with Target.

To enter the contest, students write a letter to their favorite author, living or deceased, describing how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. "Students really enjoy this contest and those who read their letters can readily see how literature influences and inspires young people. I hope thousands of New York students will participate this year," said McLaughlin of the program. A winner from New York State, Jared Dauman of Chappaqua, won a national honorable mention at Level 2 in the 2009 contest. Read his and other winning letters at http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/winning_letters.

There are three levels of participation: Level 1 for grades 4, 5 and 6, Level 2 for grades 7 and 8, and Level 3 for grades 9 – 12. First, second, and third place winners for each level are selected by a panel of judges in New York State. First place winners receive a $100 prize from the New York Center for the Book and a $50 Target gift card. Second place winners receive a $50 prize and third place winners receive $25. First place winning letters also advance to the national competition, where two national winners and four national honorable mentions are selected at each level. National winners receive a $500 gift card and national honorable mentions receive a $100 gift card, provided by Target.

Target also awards a $10,000 reading promotion grant to the school or community library of each national first place winner. National honorable mention winners receive a $1,000 grant for their school or community library.

The deadline to enter the contest is December 12, 2009. State winners will be announced in May 2010. More information about the contest and entry forms are located at http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/how_to_enter.

Target sponsors "Letters About Literature" as part of its national reading initiative, "Ready. Sit. Read!," which is aimed at fostering a love of reading among children at an early age.


Call for Shirley Olofson Memorial Award applications to attend ALA Annual

Are you looking for funds to help pay for your trip to ALA Annual 2010 in Washington, D.C.? Apply by December 15, 2009 for the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and you may receive a $1000 check to help defray the cost of attendance!

Applicants must:
1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT
2. Be active in the library profession
3. Show promise or activity in the area of professional development
4. Have valid financial need
5. Have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences

To apply, please visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/awolofson/Shirley_Olofson_Award.cfm.


Give Your School Library a Technology Makeover
Acer's School Library Technology Makeover Contest

Acer and Intel are accepting nominations for Acer's School Library Technology Makeover Contest which will award 10 new Acer Aspire Timeline notebook computers, valued at nearly $10,000, and two all-in-one desktop computers to a deserving school library.

For more information, go to https://usspringpromo.acer.com/Campaign/SchoolLibraryMakeover/index.htm?LS=Intel.


State Library Awards History Research Residencies

The New York State Library has awarded six grants for research in New York State history in 2009 through the Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Research Residency Program in New York State History and Culture.

Four grants were awarded through funds provided by a trust fund endowment created by a bequest from the estate of Anna K. Cunningham.

The Cunningham fund was established in 1997 to benefit scholars using the unique collections of the New York State Library to study the history of New York. The funds celebrate the sisters’ lifelong interest in the study of New York State history. Anna Cunningham (1906-1996) was Supervisor of Historic Sites of New York State, as well as serving on the boards and councils of many state and national historic preservation organizations. Mary Cunningham (1917-1986), whose personal papers are among the collections of the State Library, held various executive positions in the New York State Historical Association, was a founder and the first editor of American Heritage magazine, and was a founder of the Yorkers program for teaching and involving young New Yorkers in the State’s history. Through generous support from the Doris Quinn Foundation, the New Netherland Institute and the New York State Library made two additional special Cunningham grants of $2500 each for specialized research in Dutch-related documents and printed materials at the New York State Library.

Grant recipients in the 2009 Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Research Residency Program in New York State History and Culture are:

Nancy Siegel
Associate Professor of Art History
Towson University
Carlisle, PA
Project title: To Elevate the mind: female instruction, women artists
and the Hudson River School.

Margaret Lasch Carroll
Asst. Professor of English
Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Project title: Influence of 19th century Bishop John McCloskey and 20th century Gov. Martin Glynn on the Irish ethnicity and Attitudes of Albany, NY.

Robert Chiles
University of Maryland
Project title: The gubernatorial administration of Alfred E. Smith and its importance to U.S. political development In the years preceding the New Deal.

Susan Ingalls Lewis
SUNY New Paltz
Project title: Research for a college text book on the history of New York State.

The 2009 Cunningham-Quinn fellows are:

Kim Todt
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
Project title: Transformation of the Mercantilist system from 1630 through 1790 in New Netherland and Colonial New York.

Andrea Mosterman
Boston University
Project title: Sharing Spaces in a new world environment: African-Dutch contributions to North American Culture.

Four Cunningham residencies and one Cunningham-Quinn residency are awarded annually by the New York State Library. A second Cunningham-Quinn residency was awarded for 2009 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Dutch era in American colonial history. More information on the research residencies and how to apply for the 2010 Cunningham and Cunningham-Quinn research residencies can be accessed online at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/researchres.htm.


20 MLS Scholarships with e-Government and Digital Government Information Focus

The Center for Library and Information Innovation http://www.liicenter.org/Center_for_Library_%26_Information_Innovation/Home.html at the iSchool at the University of Maryland College Park in partnership with the Government Information Online Initiative and the University of Illinois at Chicago, is accepting applications for 20 Master of Library Science (MLS) scholarships. The scholarships are for a new online MLS program focused on e-government services and digital government information.

Applications are due by February 1, 2010, and the program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2010.

For more information, see www.liicenter.org/libegov.

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Resources

National History Education Clearinghouse - A Free Resource for Teachers

Teachinghistory.org is the central place online for U.S. history education and it's FREE! Each month the NHEC enewsletter features amazing resources for K-12 American history teachers, including lesson plans and online primary sources. The enewsletter is a great way to learn about all of the resources teachinghistory.org has to offer. This is just a preview! Sign up here - http://teachinghistory.org/subscribe - to receive the NHEC enewsletter.

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Future Events

Events to put on your calendar for the days and months ahead

Council Meetings for 2009-2010

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
SW BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Subsequent meetings TBA

Elementary Librarians Meetings

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY

Middle/Secondary Librarians Meetings

Thursday, December 10, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY

GOTCHA! Getting Kids Excited About Non-Fiction

Monday, January 11, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY


2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 15-19, 2010
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Librarians as Learning Specialists - Allison Zmuda

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
School Services Building, North Conference Room,
200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 14710

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November 2009

November News
Announcements
Conferences, Workshops and Events
Awards, Grants and Scholarships
Resources
Future Events


Announcements
National Day of Listening - StoryCorps on November 27, 2009

Libraries of all kinds are invited to participate and to share information about the upcoming event: StoryCorps' National Day of Listening on November 27, 2009. (Day after Thanksgiving)

Libraries can visit http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/ to download a free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/participate/# with step-by-step interview instructions, equipment recommendations and great questions.

There are several other ways libraries can get involved in the National Day of Listening:

* Distribute StoryCorps' Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/participate/# and encourage patrons to conduct their own Do-It-Yourself recordings with a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving.

* Provide recording equipment and a quiet recording space for people to record National Day of Listening interviews at your library.

* Download StoryCorps' Community Service Toolkit http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/participate/# and host a National Day of Listening event using the StoryCorps' event guide.

* Utilize StoryCorps' online support materials http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/stations/, such as web-banners, logos, customizable web text and Facebook fan button.

* Post the National Day of Listening flyer included in the Community Service Toolkit on your library's community bulletin board.

* Incorporate StoryCorps Education Toolkit http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/participate/ into your library's existing education programs.

* Recommend the book: Listening Is an Act of Love as a book club selection for the month of November. http://www.storycorps.org/book

* Let the StoryCorps' representative listed below know what other text or support materials your library or members might need in order to help them get involved in the National Day of Listening this year.

Sacha Evans
StoryCorps
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
646.723.7020 x200
http://www.storycorps.org

Help StoryCorps record more stories from communities like yours throughout the United States http://www.storycorps.org/donate

Join StoryCorps' Facebook Fan Page http://facebook.com/storycorps


Consumer Information for School Libraries

In August 2008 Congress passed legislation titled “The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.” The legislation sought to protect children (specifically age twelve and under) from the dangers associated with products containing unreasonable levels of lead, by imposing lead standards and testing requirements. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was charged with enforcing the legislation.

On August 26, 2009 CPSC released its final rule on children’s products confirming that libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under the law. Later this fall the CPSC will release a Statement of Policy to address the treatment of older children’s books.

A fact sheet prepared by the New York State Library is available at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/youthsvs/index.html. Updates will be made to the fact sheet as they become available from CPSC.


Update on Google Book Settlement

The New York Library Association joined the Open Book Alliance (OBA) see http://www.openbookalliance.org/, a coalition of organizations and companies seeking changes to the Google Book Settlement. NYLA supports efforts to making books more searchable, readable and downloadable, but believes the settlement was deeply flawed and benefited only a select few libraries who have signed their own deals with Google. For this reason, NYLA working with other members of the Open Book Alliance sought changes to the Google Book Settlement that would insure competitive pricing, improve access to all types of libraries and protect patron privacy. NYS Librarian Bernie Margolis also sent a letter to ALA voicing similar concerns with the deal.

The U.S. Dept. of Justice filed objections with Federal District Court Judge Denny Chin, who is overseeing the settlement case, that reflected many of the concerns raised by the Open Book Alliance. As a result of this outpouring of concern from author and library organizations, the U.S. and foreign governments, the parties to the Google Book Settlement are going back to the negotiating table to rework the deal.

The Federal Judge gave the parties until November 7th to address the concerns raised. Although it is good news that the original flawed deal is dead, the short time frame to revise the settlement and the lack of input from library representatives to the revision process is not a good sign. NYLA agrees with the Open Book Alliance that an issue of this magnitude should be dealt with in an open forum with the participation of all affected parties.

NYLA will continue to work with the Open Book Alliance and other groups to insure that any revised settlement addresses the concerns of the library community.


NYSED/School Library Services Summit Action Steps

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York Library Association (NYLA) http://www.nyla.org/, the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=52, and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) http://www.slsa-nys.org/, co-sponsored a two day School Library Services Summit, June 29 - 30, 2009. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations to support increased student achievement within the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development. The Summit resulted in twelve mutually agreed upon action steps. These action steps are posted at http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/library/summit. NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a regular basis. NYSED is grateful for the ongoing collaboration with NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA to accomplish these action steps and to build upon this work by partnering on future educational initiatives.


African American History in United States History (Student Survey)

The Amistad Commission and the State Education Department are seeking your input regarding the ways you learned about African American History in your elementary, middle, and high school education. Specifically, they are hoping to learn about how topics such as, the African slave trade, slavery, the post Civil War African American experience, the civil rights movement and the contributions of African Americas are taught in United States history classes across New York State.

You are invited to complete this brief survey, which contains only 13 questions. The first few questions ask a little about yourself to better understand your individual background as it relates to the information you are providing.

The student survey is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=KNUH04RygiZlSzLrLfJsPg_3d_3d.


Call for Professional Development Proposals

Do you have an idea for a great conference or continuing education program? Would you like to share your knowledge and experiences with your professional peers? The New York Library Association (NYLA) is seeking proposals for professional development programs, specifically programs for 2010 NYLA Institutes, NYLA Pre-Conference Continuing Education Programs and 2010 Conference Programs. In order to be presented as part of the 2010 NYLA Annual Conference, programs must be endorsed by, and sponsored by one of NYLA’s Sections, Roundtables or Committees.

To submit a professional development proposal, please complete and submit the printed or online form by December 10, 2009. The complete form is also available for download at:

http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/NYLA_Professional_Development_Proposal_Form.pdf

or the form may be completed electronically at:

http://www.nyla.org/index.php?section=forms&form=profdev

Program proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis, but those wishing to be considered for the 2010 NYLA Annual Conference must be submitted by December 10, 2009.

Due to the high volume of submissions only those programs which have been accepted for presentation will be notified.

For questions please contact:

Johanna Geiger, Deputy Director
New York Library Association
6021 State Farm Road
Guilderland, NY 12084
518-432-6952 Ext. 102
events@nyla.org

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Conferences, Workshops and Events

America in Iraq: An Archaeological Perspective: Yale Babylonian Collection Centennial Celebration
November 14-15, 2009
Yale University, New Haven
Contact Hours: 15
Fee: $95 [includes one lunch]

Join the Yale University Centennial Celebration of its Babylonian Collection with additional presentations from IHARE in art, film, music, texts and history. Learn about the origins of archaeology in what became Iraq in the 20th century, the fundamental concepts of the ancient Mesopotamian cultures, and the efforts underway to preserve the city of Babylon. In addition to the presentations by the Yale faculty, participants also will hear from the World Monuments Fund and the archaeological experiences of an American soldier stationed in Iraq.

Saturday

Peabody Museum [location of the Egypt program last April]
9:00 Welcome and program overview: Peter Feinman, IHARE
9:15 Archaeology in Iraq, 1840-1909: Peter Feinman
10:30 Archaeology in Iraq, A Soldier?s Experience: Darrell Pinckney, DCP Artifact Preservation, Cleaning, Stabilization & Consolidation
11:30 Teaching Mesopotamia I: Peter Feinman
     This session will introduce the names and time periods likely to be mentioned in the afternoon presentations.
12:30 Lunch at the Museum

Linsley-Chittenden Hall, Room 101
1:30 Yale and the Babylonians, 1909: Benjamin Foster, Yale University
2:00 They Wrote Against Clay: Panbabylonianism: Steven W. Holloway, American Theological Library Association
2:45 Sherlock Holmes in the Yale Babylonian Collection: Marc Van de Mieroop, Columbia University
4:00 Babylon and Hollywood: Karen Polinger Foster, Yale University
4:15 The Fall of Babylon: scenes from Intolerance by F.W. Griffith (1916)

Sterling Memorial Library
5:30 Exhibition tours of "Treasures of the Yale Babylonian Collection" and "From Nineveh to New Haven"
6:30 Dinner: on own
8:00 From the Euphrates to the Nile concert, Saybrook College Orchestra, Battell Chapel Music and Mesopotamia

Sunday

Peabody Museum
9:00 Teaching Mesopotamia II: Peter Feinman
10:15 Babylon Today, Saving a City: Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President, World Monuments Fund
11:00 Wrap Up: Peter Feinman

Reservations have been made at the Super8 in West Haven for $58.49/night plus tax for a double, the same as for the Egypt program last spring.

The registration is available at http://www.ihare.org/programs_teacher2009.html. If you need a form immediately, a PDF form can be emailed to you.

IHARE is an authorized provided of PDPs in MA and CEUs in CT

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Dr. Peter Feinman
Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education
PO Box 41 Purchase, NY 10577
914-933-0440
feinmanp@ihare.org
www.ihare.org


Webinar Training for Gale Titles

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Uncover tips and tricks so you and your students can make the most of your subscription products. A few of these Webinars are:

Sign up for these free Webinars. To view Gale's entire calendar of training Webinars, please visit: http://www.attendeenet.com/gale_training.


Albany Public Library: Readers' Advisory Conference 2009
By The Book: RA in a Dynamic World
A Readers' Advisory Conference
Albany Public Library, Albany, NY
November 13, 2009

Join Albany Public Library (APL) as they celebrate their sixth annual "By the Book Readers’ Advisory Conference."

The featured speaker is Cynthia Orr, winner of the 2004 American Library Association Margaret E. Monroe Award for service to adults and an editor of The Reader’s Advisor Online (http://www.readersadvisoronline.com/blog/index.php??ws=WS_RA&as=blog%2findex.php&token=DB94780B0561741E0C75BB3AF91B526E) , a website and blog aimed at readers’ advisory and collection development for public libraries. With an exciting sequence of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled for Friday, November 13th, APL’s By the Book event is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their libraries.

Cynthia Orr has over 30 years of experience with four different library systems in the areas of collection development, public service, management and readers’ advisory service. She is the former Collection Manager at Cleveland Public Library and has also been Fiction Selector and Director of Technical Services at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio. She teaches Readers' Advisory Services for Kent State University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Ms. Orr is a member of the advisory board for Libraries Unlimited's The Reader's Advisor Online, and editor of its blog as well as a consultant for OverDrive.

Cynthia Orr will begin the morning session with a presentation on what library professionals should know about the reading habits of the public. Ms. Orr will also present an afternoon session on how to stay current in a rapidly changing environment and lead a breakout session about the future of readers’ advisory.

Attendees may choose to participate in two breakout sessions. Other topics, each led by APL staff, include conducting readers' advisory on the move, readers' advisory for children if you are not a children's librarian, and going Dewey-free. These sessions are designed to give attendees the opportunity to discuss current issues with colleagues facing the same challenges.

Librarians, library school students, and paraprofessional staff are all invited to "By The Book: RA in a Dynamic World." The fee for registration is $65.00 (includes lunch). Student registrations are available for $25 (student ID required).

Registration must be received by Friday, November 6, 2009.

For more information, visit www.albanypubliclibrary.org/readers/raconf or contact Amy Maurer McLaughlin, Program Manager, mclaughlina@uhls.lib.ny.us, 518-427-4349.


New NYLA Institute: Books Kids Will Sit Still For

The New York Library Association (NYLA), In conjunction with St. John's University Division of Library and Information Science, is pleased to announce the newest Regional Institute offering to be held in the NYC area this December:

Books Kids Will Sit Still For: A Look at Some Recent Children's Books for Grades PreK - 6 and How to Use Them across the Curriculum
Saturday, December 5, 2009
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
St. John's University Saval Auditorium | NYC (lower Manhattan)

Judy Freeman will share her 2009 favorites in children's books, an eclectic and indispensable assortment of compelling read-alouds for children. She will demonstrate a variety of motivational, practical techniques to link literature with storytelling, book talking, reading aloud, creative drama, music, writing and illustrating, comprehension and higher level thinking skills, and other across-the-curriculum activities that bring children to books.

This fast-paced full-day show-and-tell workshop is a quick literature blast for school and children's librarians or anyone who works with children.

Schedule for the Day:

8:30 - 10:00 LANGUAGE ARTS: Books about Books / School Stories / Reading & Writing
10:00 - 10:20 Break & Book Look
10:20 - 10:30 MORE LANGUAGE ARTS: Writing Prompts / Poetry / Reader's Theater
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch & Book Look
1:00 - 2:00 BOOKS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
2:00 - 2:10 Break & Book Look
2:15 - 3:00 FANTASY FICTION / ONCE UPON A TIME: Using Folk & Fairy Tales

About the Presenter:

Judy Freeman (www.JudyReadsBooks.com) is a well-known consultant, writer, and speaker on children's literature, storytelling, and all aspects of librarianship. She is a visiting lecturer at the School of Information, and Library Science at Pratt Institute in New York City, where she teaches courses on children's literature and storytelling. A former school librarian, she gives conferences, workshops, speeches, and performances throughout the U.S and the world for teachers, librarians, parents, and children, and is a national seminar presenter for ER (Bureau of Education and Research). Judy served as a member of the 2000 Newbery Committee and the 2008 Siebert Committee.

Judy's book, Once Upon a Time: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and Readers' Theater with Children in Grades PreK-6 (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), won the 2009 Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award. Her mega-books, Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3 (2006) and its popular companions Books Kids Will Sit Still For: The Complete Read-Aloud Guide (1990), and More Books Kids Will Sit Still For (1995), are indispensable resources for literature-based classrooms and libraries. Judy also writes the yearly The Winners Handbook, based on her Winners Workshops, reviewing her top 100 children's books of the past year. Judy writes several online book review columns, including "Desperate Librarians" for the online database NoveList, and "What's New" for School Library Journal's Curriculum Connections. Her latest and most exciting project is writing the children's book reviews and other content for author James Patterson's spectacular website for parents, teachers, librarians, and kids: www.ReadKiddoRead.com, which was named one of ALA's Great Web Sites for Kids for 2009 and won the first annual Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation in 2009.

Registration Note:
Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Registration is completed when your payment arrives at NYLA. You will be contacted by NYLA only if the workshop is filled.

This full-day workshop is $100 for NYLA members and $130 for non-members.

Promotional flier and registration form (pdf) http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/I09_Books.pdf

Register Online (credit card required) http://nyla-omc.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/events/ConferenceList.html?Action=Find_Events&Time=

Contact the NYLA Office with questions about this program 1-800-252-6952 Ext. 102.

Directions: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=St.+John's+University+Saval+Auditorium,+101+Murray+St.,+New+York,+NY+10007&ie=UTF8&hq=St.+John's+University+Saval+Auditorium,&hnear=101+Murray+St,+New+York,+NY+10007&ll=40.752459,-73.989143&spn=0.149286,0.264015&z=12&iwloc=A


Alliance Library System and LearningTimes Offer Handheld Librarian 2

More than 2000 people attended the first Handheld Librarian Conference in July 2009 which featured a wide array of collaboration, learning and networking activities focused on Mobile Library Services.

The Handheld Librarian 2 will continue the dialog with a 2-day online conference scheduled for February 17-18, 2010 and is now accepting registrations at http://www.handheldlibrarian.org. The program - sponsored by Alliance Library System, and LearningTimes - will include a series of wonderful keynote and featured speakers collection of available resources, discussions boards, and access to the recording of all live events for one year after the conference. More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide mobile services as handheld use increases.

The conference will feature three exciting keynote talks:

Registration for the conference is $69 per individual or $119 for a group. LIS students can register for $29. LIS students need to contact Lori Bell, Alliance Library System, at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com for a coupon code to register for the $29.

“With the avalanche of new mobile devices and applications, the Handheld Librarian 2 online conference will be a golden opportunity for library land to cost effectively learn how to reach a whole new audience,” said Kitty Pope, ALS Executive Director.

The Handheld Librarian II will also include the real-life experiences of libraries and information professionals. We are now soliciting presentation proposals highlighting current, evolving and future issues in mobile library services. To submit a proposal for the conference, go to http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/call-for-proposals/. Proposals are due November 15 and you will be notified by January 1, 2010 if your proposal has been accepted.

For more information on the conference, go to the conference site at http://www.handheldlibrarian.org. If you have questions, please contact John Walber at LearningTimes at john@learningtimes.net or Lori Bell at Alliance Library System at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com.


The Art of Fundraising and Grant Writing: An Online Conference
November 19, 2009

In these tough economic times with travel budgets being cut, librarians need an inexpensive and efficient way to continue their education. Libraries are also relying more and more on fundraising and grant writing. Alliance Library System and LearningTimes are hosting and SirsiDynix is sponsoring “The Art of Grant Writing and Fundraising” on Thursday November 19. The conference program will offer a number of programs for beginners through intermediate and advanced levels of all aspects of grant writing and fundraising. The day will kick off at 10 am Central time/11 am Eastern time and run through 4:30 pm Central/5:30 pm Eastern.

Keynote speakers include Peter Pearson who is President of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in Minnesota. This organization is unique in that it is both a Friends Group and a Foundation. The organization has assets of approximately 12 million dollars at its disposal. Pearson recently spoke at ALA and will discuss how the economy is or isn’t affecting fundraising and basics to keep in mind for success at fundraising. Kitty Pope, Executive Director of the Alliance Library System, is the second keynote speaker. She will speak on grant writing and how in today’s world, it takes a team to plan and implement successful grant writing and projects. No longer is grant writing done by one person; now successful grant projects require the support of the entire organization and staff on all levels with various expertise to see a successful grant from start to implementation of and reporting on the project.

Other speakers include: Lisa Valdez from San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science; Chuck Thomas, IMLS; Stephanie Gerding and Pam McKellar, authors of the grants for libraries blog; Tari Hughes, Nashville Public Library Foundation; Tom Peters, TAP Information Services; Allison Miller of the Internet Public Library; and a variety of other highly qualified speakers.

For more information on this conference and to register, check out http://www.fundraisingconference.org. The cost of the one day online event is $69.00. For a group, the price is $99.00. If this registration fee is a hardship, please contact Lori Bell at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com for a discount coupon of $20 off registration price. Library students can attend for free – contact Lori Bell for information.

This workshop is part of a three event series offered by Alliance Library System and LearningTimes. The second online event on Handheld and Mobile Library Services will be a two-day conference offered on February 17th and 18th, and the third is a conference on Innovation to be offered on May 12th. Keynote speakers for the Handheld event include Joe Murphy, Yale University. Keynote speaker for the Innovation conference is Helene Blowers of Columbus Ohio Metropolitan Library. Discounts are available for attending all three. To attend all three conferences as an individual is $150 and for groups is $199. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.learningtimes.net/fundraisingconference/register/.

Other Program Highlights

Winning Grants for Libraries 101: Discover the confidence and knowledge you need to successfully win library grant funding. Find out where to easily locate grant opportunities, learn a step-by-step method for writing grant proposals, and hear about real library grant success stories. Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar, experienced on both sides of the grant process and authors of books and articles on library grants, will provide practical advice, ideal for librarians who are new to grants.

Strategies to Secure Private Sector Grants: Lisa Valdez will talk about how to develop a grant seeking strategy for your library that includes private sector grants. How can you find private foundations and corporate giving programs that are interested in libraries? How can you identify funders that may be interested in your project? What are the first steps you need to take in approaching a private funder? What makes a grant proposal more compelling to a private funder? How can you tailor each application to target the funder’s specific interests? If you’re intimidated by the grant seeking process or wonder how to get started with private sector grants, this workshop will provide ideas and encouragement.

Individual and Planned Giving Strategies: Chris Watkins will provide a program that takes a step-by-step approach to building a giving pyramid, starting with your broadest base of support and narrowing to your strongest donors. Strategies will be discussed with examples of successful practices and suggested additional resources.

Project Management: Alison Miller will share methods and ideas on project management from project start up through project sustainability and evaluation. She will also share information that will help with project success and identify some obstacles and solutions for project fluency.

Fundraising in Libraries a Panel Discussion: Join experts from libraries across the country for a discussion of issues relating to fundraising for libraries. Panelists will discuss issues libraries face when developing and implementing fundraising campaigns and programs; sustaining library fundraising initiatives; how library fundraising differs from other fundraising; tips for successful programs; library fundraising in difficult economic times, etc.

Current Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant Opportunities For Libraries: Chuck Thomas will provide an overview of IMLS grant programs and categories of funding for libraries. The presentation will include information on eligibility, the review process, highlights of some recently funded projects, and current trends and areas of emphasis in the competitive discretionary grants programs. Time will be reserved for questions from the audience.

Evaluating Grant-Funded Projects and Writing Final Reports: Tom Peters will discuss strategies, tips, and pitfalls of evaluating grant-funded projects and writing final reports. The strategy for evaluating a grant-funded project should be formulated as soon as possible. Try to determine which data sources, both quantitative and qualitative, will be need to assess the success and impact of the grant-related activities, outputs, and outcomes. Speak with as many members of the project team, the users, and other stakeholders as possible. The final report should focus on the project, its successes and shortcomings. If appropriate, draw conclusions and make recommendations that highlight how the grant-funded project sits within the broader environment of associated problems and opportunities.

Watch the program website at http://www.fundraisingconference.org for program information as it develops.


ProQuest Training Sessions

As part of the New York State Library's commitment to provide training for the NOVELny databases, Deborah Bergeron, Manager for Customer Care and Account Development K12 will provide two workshops on the use of the ProQuest databases on Monday, November 23rd from 8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. These hands-on sessions will be held at the Regional Information Center, 44 Executive Blvd, Elmsford, NY 10523.

School library media specialists are asked to bring a teacher/partner to these workshops to work on a collaborative lesson plan involving the multiple resources available though the ProQuest online databases.

Please contact Janet Jamal at the School Library System by phone 914-345-8500, ext 122 or e-mail jjamal@swboces.org regarding your attendance at either of these sessions.


Librarians as Learning Specialists - Allison Zmuda
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES
School Services Building, North Conference Room
200 BOCES Dr., Yorktown Heights, New York 14710

Seize this opportunity to learn from the dynamic Allison Zmuda, the author of Librarians as Learning Specialists, The Competent Classroom, and Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement.

Zmuda will explore the increasing number of job descriptions in schools for learning specialists with the accompanying difficulty in effectively leveraging these roles to positively affect student learning. Grant Wiggins' foreword of her book Librarians as Learning Specialists emphasizes the relevance of learning specialists is grounded in their ability to deliver results on mission-critical measures. This workshop incorporates quotations, exemplars, and findings from experts in both mainstream and librarian-focused education literature. It will provide accessible and credible arguments for any library learning specialist charged with improving your library's ability to improved student achievement.

The workshop is sponsored by the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System in collaboration with the School Library Systems of Putnam/Northern Westchester, Yonkers City and New York City. This AASL Institute is partially funded through the joint sponsored effort of the LSTA grant program entitled: School Librarians As 21st Century Leaders and a collaboration all 41 School Library Systems in New York State http://slsa-nys.org with support from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds (LSTA), awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2010
Fee: $25.00 (Continental breakfast and lunch included)

To attend this conference, please go to My Learning Plan at http://www.swboces.org/cpd. Click on "My Learning Plan" on the left sidebar. Type "Library" in the Search box and then click on "View Now." Scroll down to view workshop offerings. For information contact Janet Jamal at 914-345-8500 x122 or jjamal@swboces.org.


No-Cost Training in November for eLibrary, SIRS, CultureGrams and ProQuest Research Tools...
Nov. 2009—Got an hour? ProQuest trainers are waiting, online...

The professional training team hosts free, online webinars nearly every school day—don't miss out.

Their team can help you, teachers, and administrators get the most out of their SIRS, CultureGrams, ProQuest, and eLibrary research solutions—and learn more about our other digital learning subscriptions. (View all school training resources, including recorded demos and videos.)

Click http://inter.viewcentral.com/events/cust/calendar.aspx?cid=proquest&lid=3&p_event_category3=K12 to view the current schedule, then sign up. Seats are limited.

The webinars cover after-school hours within several time zones. All you need is a computer, a phone, and one hour. Interested in a custom web course (or on-site training) for your school or district? Contact your local ProQuest trainer (http://www.proquestk12.com/training.shtml#contacts) today.


LMC@The Forefront: Announcing Their Fall 2009 Webinar Series
A Brand New Series of "Must-Attend" Professional Webinars for Fall 2009

LMC@The Forefront is bringing an exciting lineup for Fall 2009. These popular live, web-delivered professional development workshops provide an excellent and affordable opportunity to explore critical issues in school library and education practices with esteemed authors and education practice innovators.

The Webinars are approximately 60-75 minutes and will include ample time for you and your colleagues to ask questions. You'll also be able to hear your colleagues' thoughts as well during the Q&A. To participate in these Webinars, all you will need is a relatively fast Internet connection and a phone.


For more information and to register, visit their website at http://www.plcelearning.com/District/LI/?p=ev&q=id=92.

Also, be sure to check out their NEW "Critical Issues" Webinar Series, School Library Funding: Making Your Case Effectively!, at librarymediaconnection.com.

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Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Call for nominations

Library Journal's ninth annual Movers & Shakers will profile 50 or more up-and-comers from across the US, Canada and internationally who are innovative, creative and making a difference. Let them know who you think should be included. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2010 will celebrate the new professionals moving our libraries ahead.

Here's the link for the form: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA606274.html?nid=2671&rid=#reg_visitor_id&source=title

Nominations are due November 9.


Applications for School Library Media Section - New York Library Association Awards

Applications for the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Award categories include:

For current members of SLMS/NYLA

Application deadline: November 17, 2009.
All application/nomination criteria and forms are available online at: http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=609


Letters About Literature Contest Announced by New York Center for the Book

The 2010 Letters About Literature contest is now open and New York Center for the Book director Pamela McLaughlin is encouraging students in grades 4-12 to enter. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the New York Center for the Book, in partnership with Target.

To enter the contest, students write a letter to their favorite author, living or deceased, describing how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. "Students really enjoy this contest and those who read their letters can readily see how literature influences and inspires young people. I hope thousands of New York students will participate this year," said McLaughlin of the program. A winner from New York State, Jared Dauman of Chappaqua, won a national honorable mention at Level 2 in the 2009 contest. Read his and other winning letters at http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/winning_letters.

There are three levels of participation: Level 1 for grades 4, 5 and 6, Level 2 for grades 7 and 8, and Level 3 for grades 9 – 12. First, second, and third place winners for each level are selected by a panel of judges in New York State. First place winners receive a $100 prize from the New York Center for the Book and a $50 Target gift card. Second place winners receive a $50 prize and third place winners receive $25. First place winning letters also advance to the national competition, where two national winners and four national honorable mentions are selected at each level. National winners receive a $500 gift card and national honorable mentions receive a $100 gift card, provided by Target.

Target also awards a $10,000 reading promotion grant to the school or community library of each national first place winner. National honorable mention winners receive a $1,000 grant for their school or community library.

The deadline to enter the contest is December 12, 2009. State winners will be announced in May 2010. More information about the contest and entry forms are located at http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/how_to_enter.

Target sponsors "Letters About Literature" as part of its national reading initiative, "Ready. Sit. Read!," which is aimed at fostering a love of reading among children at an early age.


20 MLS Scholarships with e-Government and Digital Government Information Focus

The Center for Library and Information Innovation http://www.liicenter.org/ at the iSchool at the University of Maryland College Park in partnership with the Government Information Online Initiative and the University of Illinois at Chicago, is accepting applications for 20 Master of Library Science (MLS) scholarships. The scholarships are for a new online MLS program focused on e-government services and digital government information.

Applications are due by 1 February 2010, and the program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2010.

For more information, see www.liicenter.org/libegov.

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Resources

New York State Library Training Calendar

The State Library’s Library Development staff has developed a new on-line “New York Library Careers Information Calendar”. It can be viewed at: http://librarycareersny.org/calendar.html.

It is devoted to listing upcoming training and professional development activities for librarians across the state. It will include the widest range of training from “free” Webinar to multi-session training programs and continuing education offerings of our state’s library schools, statewide library associations and public library, school library and 3Rs systems. Ideas to improve this new service are welcomed.


AASL Announce Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new resource for school library media specialists and their teacher colleagues. The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top twenty-five Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL. The Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning were named so because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration. All sites are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Valuable information on each site, including tips for effective classroom use are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/bestwebsites.cfm


Updated MLA, APA, and Chicago Style Reference Guides

The service, EasyBib.com, provides free and premium citation generation and management services in the latest editions of MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. Today, because of its intuitive design, over 15 million students a year use EasyBib, making it the reference manager of choice amongst students.

Given the many requests over the past school year, the premium institutional product, EasyBib School Edition, has been re-introduced and revamped. Free trials of EasyBib School Edition are currently being offered as well as personal webinars and demos to educators. To learn more and request a trial go to: http://www.easybib.com/products/bib4school.

Also, at the various librarian and ALA conferences attended this year, MLA, APA, and Chicago style reference guides have been made available, and due to their popularity, they have been posted online. These guides have recently been updated to explain the new rules of MLA 7th edition and APA 6th edition, as well as provided examples. You can find them at: http://www.easybib.com/librarians.


Welcome to ProQuest Trials

It's that time of year again...so just to make sure we get a jump start for next year's renewals, here are your ProQuest trials:

ProQuest Career & Technical Education
ProQuest Professional Education
CultureGrams
eLibrary
eLibrary Curriculum Edition
eLibrary Elementary
SIRS Discoverer with Webfind
SIRS Issues Researcher
SIRS Knowledge Source Bundle
SIRS WebSelect
SIRS Government Reporter
SIRS Interactive Citizenship Bundle
SIRS Interactive Citizenship - Government
World Conflicts Today
History Study Center
SIRS Decades: 20th Century American Sources
SIRS Interactive Citizenship - World Affairs
Ethnic NewsWatch
SIRS Renaissance
eLibrary Science
ProQuest AP Science
ProQuest Central - K12
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Hartford Courant
ProQuest Historical Newspapers - K-12 Edition: All Historical Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers - K12 Edition: Black Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers - K-12 Edition: New York Times
ProQuest Learning: Literature

The trial is now active, and it runs from 10/26/2009 to 12/24/2009.

To log in to your trial, go to: http://trials.proquest.com/ptc?userid=3153962. For the password, please contact Janet Jamal at jjamal@swboces.org or 914-345-8500 ext. 122.

If you have any trouble accessing products from your trial access page, please contact Technical Support at 1-800-889-3358 or 1-734-761-4700, ext. 2513, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 AM to midnight EST, or via email at tsupport@il.proquest.com.

For search assistance, call 1-800-521-0600 extension 2820, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST.

The ProQuest website offers additional resources, such as product information, email notification list signups, and title lists. You are invited to visit them at http://www.proquest.com.


ProQuest Resources

You can go to ProQuest Online Tools at http://www.proquestk12.com/ to find the following resources and more:

SIRS Spotlights - http://www.proquestk12.com/bulletins/09NOV/spots.shtml

eLibrary® - http://www.proquestk12.com/productinfo/elibrary.shtml

ProQuest® Platinum - http://www.proquestk12.com/productinfo/pq_platinum.shtml

CultureGrams™ - http://www.proquestk12.com/productinfo/culturegrams.shtml


Kindersite Has Added Educational Games for 7 to 12 Years

The Kindersite http://www.kindersite.org, that already has 100s of games, songs and stories targeted at 2 to 7 years (for introduction to technology) and 5 to 13 (for ESL and EFL) has been expanded .

A new directory targeted at 7 to 12 year olds has been added, with direct links to Educational Games. You will be able to locate the new section from the Image link at the top of the Home page, Educational Games.

The new content includes:

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Future Events

Events to put on your calendar for the days and months ahead

Interpretation: Media Literacy and the Curriculum
Thursday, November 5, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

2009 AASL Annual Conference
"Rev Up Learning @ Your Library

November 5 - 8, 2009
Charlotte, NC

ProQuest Training Sessions

Monday, November 23, 2009
8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M
Regional Information Center, 44 Executive Blvd, Elmsford, NY 10523

Council Meetings for 2009-2010

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
SW BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Subsequent meetings TBA

Elementary Librarians Meetings

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY

Middle/Secondary Librarians Meetings

Thursday, December 10, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY


2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 15-19, 2010
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Librarians as Learning Specialists - Allison Zmuda

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES,
School Services Building, North Conference Room,
200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 14710

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October 2009

October News
Announcements
Conferences, Workshops and Events
Awards, Grants and Scholarships
Resources
Future Events


Announcements
Katonah Museum of Art: Educators' Open House

Preview the Katonah Museum's exhibitions, receive educational materials and catalogues, and learn how the Museum can become a resource for Learning Standards in visual and language arts. Held annually in the fall and spring. Information can be found at http://www.katonahmuseum.org/education/teachers/.

EDUCATORS' OPEN HOUSE: "Picturing" the Civil War Era Tuesday, October 27, 4-7 p.m., free, light refreshments

Bring American history to life with art, objects, poetry, and picture books. Join the educators' tour of BOLD, CAUTIOUS, TRUE: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era (October 18, 2009 - January 24, 2010) with supporting pre-and post-visit materials; then enjoy two guest presentations. Hackley Lower School Librarian Michael Clark will introduce his use of picture books for older readers to expand social studies curriculum. John Jay Homestead's Bethany White will share her teaching strategies using DBQs with primary sources such as letters, photographs, and paintings. Learn about KMA collaborations, opportunities for student exhibitions, and preview The Art of Contemporary Puppet Theater (February 28 - June 13, 2010.)

Please RSVP (914) 232-9555 ext. 0; education@katonahmuseum.org


SLMS 2010 - Call for Workshop Presenters

The Eastern New York School Library Media Association (ENYSLMA), an affiliate of SLMS/NYLA, is looking for presenters and workshop topics for the SLMS 2010 conference to be held April 29 - May 1, 2010 in Albany, NY.

Please consider sharing your expertise with your colleagues The application to submit a workshop proposal is on the SLMS 2010 website at http://www.enyslma.org/slms2010.

Applications are due by October 23, 2009. Please direct any workshop inquiries to ENYSLMAconf@gmail.com.


Call for Speakers - Internet@Schools East

Presenters are now being sought for the Internet@Schools East 2010 conference, to be held in Arlington, Virginia, April 12-13, 2010. Sponsored by MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine, the conference covers practical and timely technology-related topics and technology-based tools and resources for K-12 media and technology specialists. It is held in conjunction with Computers in Libraries 2010.

If you're somehow keeping up in this era of change - policy change, technology change, funding change, and more - that the K-12 education community and all media and technology specialists find themselves in, if you're keeping your programs at the forefront as your school or district ramps up in these difficult and fluid times to equip all students for life in the 21st century, please consider volunteering to share your ideas, insights, and successes with colleagues at Internet@Schools East 2010.

All speakers receive a full, complimentary registration to the Internet@Schools East 2010 and Computers in Libraries 2010 conferences, plus great recognition from their peers. So think over your latest success stories or technology ventures and go to http://www.infotoday.com/I@SE2010/CallForSpeakers.shtml.

The deadline for proposals is October 9, 2009.

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Conferences, Workshops and Events

Poetry in The Branches National Institute
Friday, November 6 - Saturday, November 7, 2009
Poets House - 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

Want to enrich the poetry resources and programming in your library? Join the staff of Poets House and guests, keynote speaker Mark Doty, winner of the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry, and brilliant, engaging faculty poets Dave Johnson and Tina Chang, for a weekend that has been described as "... very human, very open, very expanding and inspiring."

Beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and continuing through Saturday afternoon, participants will be immersed in the rich world of poetry - http://poetshouse.org/librariespitbntl.htm. At Poets House you will learn how to reach out to and empower your patrons through poetry. Explore their 50,000 volume poetry library and find resources for developing your library's poetry collection. Connect personally with guest poets. Leave the weekend with a practical poetry plan for your library and lots of nuts-and-bolts information to help make that plan a reality.

Questions? Contact Marsha Howard, Poetry in the Branches Coordinator, at 212-431-7920 x 2213 or marsha@poetshouse.org.

Full information is available on their web site, www.poetshouse.org, where you can also learn much more about the amazing resource that is Poets House! Need help with Institute registration fees? Ask about scholarship assistance.


Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action
Monday, October 19, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
$150/person

From single lessons to project-based units, library media specialists and teachers can collaborate to bring the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner to life. These standards challenge educators to design experiences for students that provide the foundation for learning throughout life. In this interactive workshop participants develop instructional activities that fit any library schedule (from fixed to flexible) and level. Educators learn how to integrate interactive technology and assessment to transform students into active and reflective learners who are empowered to think and create on their own.

Explore the newly developed AASL Benchmarks (Grades 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12) and their relationship and integration into 21st century student learning.

Presenter: Pam Berger, a library consultant with 20 years of school library experience, is publisher and editor of Information Searcher and an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University iSchool. Ms. Berger has spoken to audiences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa and is the author of four books and numerous journal articles on literacy and technology. Ms. Berger's blog, Infosearcher at http://www.infosearcher.com, offers updates on new resources, strategies and tips on developing 21st century literacy.

For questions regarding this workshop, please contact Janet Jamal at jjamal@swboces.org or 914-345-8500 ext. 122.

Registration Deadline: October 13, 2009


Cengage Learning
Monday, October 27, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

The School Library System is sponsoring a workshop on the curriculum connections available through Cengage Learning resources. Whether these resources are digital or hard copy, Cengage provides a wealth of materials that supports the K - 12 learning environment. On October 27, 2009 from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. at 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, New York, Amy Moulton of Cengage Learning will demonstrate and explain the use of online databases and e-books.

Following the presentation, there will be a group discussion on the use of e-books within the region. The School Library System is interested in developing a pilot project involving e-books. Come and bring your experiences and questions!

Please contact Janet Jamal at jjamal@swboces.org or 914-345-8500 ext. 122 regarding your attendance.


Interpretation: Media Literacy and the Curriculum
Thursday, November 5, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
$150/person

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, critically evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms. Media can be broadly defined to include books, newspapers, magazines, radio television, movies, videos, billboards, recorded music, video games, and the Internet.

In its current context media literacy can be considered as empowerment (stressing critical thinking and production skills); more materials are now aimed at schools and teachers. The empowerment model emphasizes the political, social, and economic implications of media messages and stresses the importance of using media effectively and wisely.

This workshop is designed for teachers, school library media specialists and support staff at all grade levels who are interested in using media literacy in their classroom curricula. The principles are based on the concept of weaving media literacy training into the curriculum whenever and wherever possible throughout the school year.

Presenter: Chris Sperry is the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp, a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College. It provides materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels. Mr. Sperry has over 30 years of teaching experience including courses in visual sociology and media production. He is the author of numerous curriculum kits including Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns, Media Construction of the Middle East, Media Construction of War, and Soviet History through Posters, and Economics in U.S. History. He earned the 2008 NCSS Global Understanding Award, and was the 2005 National PTA and Cable Leaders in Learning award winner for media literacy.

For questions regarding this workshop, please contact Janet Jamal at jjamal@swboces.org or 914-345-8500 ext. 122.

Registration Deadline: October 22, 2009


Webinar Training for Gale Titles

Get the most out of your Gale products by attending a free training Webinar.

Uncover tips and tricks so you and your students can make the most of your subscription products. A few of these Webinars are:

Literature Resources from Gale - November 3, 2009 - 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. OR November 16, 2009 - 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Biography Resource Center - November 4, 2009 - 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Health Solutions - November 4, 2009 - 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Cross-search Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, Something About the Author Online and Literature Criticism Online
- November 5, 2009 - 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. OR November 12, 2009 - 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Grzimek's Animal Life - November 5, 2009 - 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. OR November 9, 2009 - 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. OR November 12, 2009 - 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) - November 12, 2009 - 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. OR November 17, 2009 - 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Sign up for these free Webinars. To view Gale's entire calendar of training Webinars, please visit: http://www.attendeenet.com/gale_training.


Albany Public Library: Readers' Advisory Conference 2009
By The Book: RA in a Dynamic World
A Readers' Advisory Conference
Albany Public Library, Albany, NY
November 13, 2009

Join Albany Public Library (APL) as they celebrate their sixth annual "By the Book Readers’ Advisory Conference."

The featured speaker is Cynthia Orr, winner of the 2004 American Library Association Margaret E. Monroe Award for service to adults and an editor of The Reader’s Advisor Online (http://www.readersadvisoronline.com/blog/index.php??ws=WS_RA&as=blog%2findex.php&token=DB94780B0561741E0C75BB3AF91B526E) , a website and blog aimed at readers’ advisory and collection development for public libraries. With an exciting sequence of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled for Friday, November 13th, APL’s By the Book event is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their libraries.

Cynthia Orr has over 30 years of experience with four different library systems in the areas of collection development, public service, management and readers’ advisory service. She is the former Collection Manager at Cleveland Public Library and has also been Fiction Selector and Director of Technical Services at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio. She teaches Readers' Advisory Services for Kent State University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Ms. Orr is a member of the advisory board for Libraries Unlimited's The Reader's Advisor Online, and editor of its blog as well as a consultant for OverDrive.

Cynthia Orr will begin the morning session with a presentation on what library professionals should know about the reading habits of the public. Ms. Orr will also present an afternoon session on how to stay current in a rapidly changing environment and lead a breakout session about the future of readers’ advisory.

Attendees may choose to participate in two breakout sessions. Other topics, each led by APL staff, include conducting readers' advisory on the move, readers' advisory for children if you are not a children's librarian, and going Dewey-free. These sessions are designed to give attendees the opportunity to discuss current issues with colleagues facing the same challenges.

Librarians, library school students, and paraprofessional staff are all invited to "By The Book: RA in a Dynamic World." The fee for registration is $65.00 (includes lunch). Student registrations are available for $25 (student ID required).

Registration must be received by Friday, November 6, 2009.

For more information, visit www.albanypubliclibrary.org/readers/raconf or contact Amy Maurer McLaughlin, Program Manager, mclaughlina@uhls.lib.ny.us, 518-427-4349.


The Art of Fundraising and Grant Writing: An Online Conference
November 19, 2009

In these tough economic times with travel budgets being cut, librarians need an inexpensive and efficient way to continue their education. Libraries are also relying more and more on fundraising and grant writing. Alliance Library System and LearningTimes are hosting and SirsiDynix is sponsoring “The Art of Grant Writing and Fundraising” on Thursday November 19. The conference program will offer a number of programs for beginners through intermediate and advanced levels of all aspects of grant writing and fundraising. The day will kick off at 10 am Central time/11 am Eastern time and run through 4:30 pm Central/5:30 pm Eastern.

Keynote speakers include Peter Pearson who is President of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in Minnesota. This organization is unique in that it is both a Friends Group and a Foundation. The organization has assets of approximately 12 million dollars at its disposal. Pearson recently spoke at ALA and will discuss how the economy is or isn’t affecting fundraising and basics to keep in mind for success at fundraising. Kitty Pope, Executive Director of the Alliance Library System, is the second keynote speaker. She will speak on grant writing and how in today’s world, it takes a team to plan and implement successful grant writing and projects. No longer is grant writing done by one person; now successful grant projects require the support of the entire organization and staff on all levels with various expertise to see a successful grant from start to implementation of and reporting on the project.

Other speakers include: Lisa Valdez from San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science; Chuck Thomas, IMLS; Stephanie Gerding and Pam McKellar, authors of the grants for libraries blog; Tari Hughes, Nashville Public Library Foundation; Tom Peters, TAP Information Services; Allison Miller of the Internet Public Library; and a variety of other highly qualified speakers.

For more information on this conference and to register, check out http://www.fundraisingconference.org. The cost of the one day online event is $69.00. For a group, the price is $99.00. If this registration fee is a hardship, please contact Lori Bell at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com for a discount coupon of $20 off registration price. Library students can attend for free – contact Lori Bell for information.

This workshop is part of a three event series offered by Alliance Library System and LearningTimes. The second online event on Handheld and Mobile Library Services will be a two-day conference offered on February 17th and 18th, and the third is a conference on Innovation to be offered on May 12th. Keynote speakers for the Handheld event include Joe Murphy, Yale University. Keynote speaker for the Innovation conference is Helene Blowers of Columbus Ohio Metropolitan Library. Discounts are available for attending all three. To attend all three conferences as an individual is $150 and for groups is $199. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.learningtimes.net/fundraisingconference/register/.

Other Program Highlights

Winning Grants for Libraries 101: Discover the confidence and knowledge you need to successfully win library grant funding. Find out where to easily locate grant opportunities, learn a step-by-step method for writing grant proposals, and hear about real library grant success stories. Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar, experienced on both sides of the grant process and authors of books and articles on library grants, will provide practical advice, ideal for librarians who are new to grants.

Strategies to Secure Private Sector Grants: Lisa Valdez will talk about how to develop a grant seeking strategy for your library that includes private sector grants. How can you find private foundations and corporate giving programs that are interested in libraries? How can you identify funders that may be interested in your project? What are the first steps you need to take in approaching a private funder? What makes a grant proposal more compelling to a private funder? How can you tailor each application to target the funder’s specific interests? If you’re intimidated by the grant seeking process or wonder how to get started with private sector grants, this workshop will provide ideas and encouragement.

Individual and Planned Giving Strategies: Chris Watkins will provide a program that takes a step-by-step approach to building a giving pyramid, starting with your broadest base of support and narrowing to your strongest donors. Strategies will be discussed with examples of successful practices and suggested additional resources.

Project Management: Alison Miller will share methods and ideas on project management from project start up through project sustainability and evaluation. She will also share information that will help with project success and identify some obstacles and solutions for project fluency.

Fundraising in Libraries a Panel Discussion: Join experts from libraries across the country for a discussion of issues relating to fundraising for libraries. Panelists will discuss issues libraries face when developing and implementing fundraising campaigns and programs; sustaining library fundraising initiatives; how library fundraising differs from other fundraising; tips for successful programs; library fundraising in difficult economic times, etc.

Current Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant Opportunities For Libraries: Chuck Thomas will provide an overview of IMLS grant programs and categories of funding for libraries. The presentation will include information on eligibility, the review process, highlights of some recently funded projects, and current trends and areas of emphasis in the competitive discretionary grants programs. Time will be reserved for questions from the audience.

Evaluating Grant-Funded Projects and Writing Final Reports: Tom Peters will discuss strategies, tips, and pitfalls of evaluating grant-funded projects and writing final reports. The strategy for evaluating a grant-funded project should be formulated as soon as possible. Try to determine which data sources, both quantitative and qualitative, will be need to assess the success and impact of the grant-related activities, outputs, and outcomes. Speak with as many members of the project team, the users, and other stakeholders as possible. The final report should focus on the project, its successes and shortcomings. If appropriate, draw conclusions and make recommendations that highlight how the grant-funded project sits within the broader environment of associated problems and opportunities.

Watch the program website at http://www.fundraisingconference.org for program information as it develops.


Interview with Chair of Upcoming NY Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education Conference

The Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) in New York State, a nonprofit organization of concerned parents and teachers designed to promote the education and welfare of gifted and talented youth, will hold its annual conference at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on October 23 and 24, 2009.

The conference, titled, "A World of Promise: Gifted Students as Global Citizens," will bring together educators, policymakers, parents and advocates for the gifted from across New York state for a stimulating, thought-provoking two-day conference on issues, ideas and trends in gifted and talented education.

The conference is presented jointly by AGATE and the C.W. Post Campus, which is located at 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A), Brookville, N.Y.

Workshops will address topics such as "Global Rock Stars: Building a Community of Learners," "Hurried and Ignored: How Pressure to Perform and NCLB Mandates are Failing our Gifted and Talented Population," and "If the World is Flat, Why Not School? Fostering Intercultural Understanding and Integrated Learning Through the International Baccalaureate Programme."

Parents will have the opportunity to meet other parents of gifted and talented children and share their experiences and opinions. There will also be a raffle and an awards luncheon for gifted students and teachers of the gifted.

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Awards, Grants and Scholarships

There Is Still Time for Library Users to Nominate Librarians for
the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times
"I Love My Librarian Award"

Nominations are still open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9th and are being accepted online at www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominees will be judged by a selection committee based on quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources and commitment shown in helping library users.

In 2008, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded the American Library Association (ALA) $489,000 to support the award, which will continue annually through 2012. The award continues in the tradition of one The New York Times presented from 2001 to 2006.

Last year, more than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian, and 10 librarians received the award. For more information on last year’s winners, visit ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

The award is administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.


Poetry Out Loud - High School Recitation Contest

The New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) http://www.nysaae.org is now accepting registrations for the 2009-10 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. This contest, for high school aged students, provides a new and exciting channel for learning in English Language Arts classrooms by inviting the dynamic aspects of classic world literature and charismatic public speaking into English classes.

Poetry Out Loud was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to encourage high school students to read a wide range of literature, building an understanding of texts and the world around them. This contest helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Additionally, Poetry Out Loud satisfies NCTE and NYS English Language Arts Standards.

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins in the classroom. Through January 14th, classroom and school-level competitions will take place across the state. Winners from school-level competitions will advance to regional competitions, with winners from the regionals then competing at the NY State Finals (to be held in Albany, NY.) The state-level winner then moves on to the National contest in Washington D.C. and a chance to win $20,000.

Register your school to participate now! Upon registration, teachers will receive dynamic teaching tools that will foster students’ excitement about literature and poetry recitation, including sample lesson plans, audio CDs of poets reciting their works, publicity materials for school competitions, and a DVD of winning student performances from the 2009 National Finals.

A statewide non-profit organization, NYSAAE is committed to protecting and strengthening arts education through advocacy, information dissemination, and professional development. These services are provided to constituents across New York State to ensure that students receive an education that is rich in all of the arts. NYSAAE programs serve teaching artists, arts educators, classroom teachers, cultural organizations, school administrators, parents, professional organizations, and community members across the state.

For more information , and to register, visit http://www.nysaae.org/appinfo.htm or contact Sharon Scarlata, POL Program Coordinator at sharon@nysaae.org or 518-486-7328.


Letters About Literature Contest Announced by NY Center for the Book

The 2010 Letters About Literature contest is now open and New York Center for the Book director Pamela McLaughlin is encouraging students in grades 4-12 to enter. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the New York Center for the Book, in partnership with Target.

To enter the contest, students write a letter to their favorite author, living or deceased, describing how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. "Students really enjoy this contest and those who read their letters can readily see how literature influences and inspires young people. I hope thousands of New York students will participate this year," said McLaughlin of the program. A winner from New York State, Jared Dauman of Chappaqua, won a national honorable mention at Level 2 in the 2009 contest. Read his and other winning letters at http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/winning_letters.

There are three levels of participation: Level 1 for grades 4, 5 and 6, Level 2 for grades 7 and 8, and Level 3 for grades 9 – 12. First, second, and third place winners for each level are selected by a panel of judges in New York State. First place winners receive a $100 prize from the New York Center for the Book and a $50 Target gift card. Second place winners receive a $50 prize and third place winners receive $25. First place winning letters also advance to the national competition, where two national winners and four national honorable mentions are selected at each level. National winners receive a $500 gift card and national honorable mentions receive a $100 gift card, provided by Target.

Target also awards a $10,000 reading promotion grant to the school or community library of each national first place winner. National honorable mention winners receive a $1,000 grant for their school or community library.

The deadline to enter the contest is December 12, 2009. State winners will be announced in May 2010. More information about the contest and entry forms are located at http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/how_to_enter.

Target sponsors "Letters About Literature" as part of its national reading initiative, "Ready. Sit. Read!," which is aimed at fostering a love of reading among children at an early age.


3 Apples Book Award Nominations

Each year students in the three Book Award age groups nominate their favorite books creating 3 statewide ballots of fifteen of the most popular titles.

Visit the 3 Apples Book Award web site: http://www.3applesbookaward.org/ to learn more about the 3 Apples Book Awards and to find nomination forms. Encourage students to nominate their favorite books.

Librarians only may access the voting system to submit students' nominations by October 31st!

The 3 Apples Award Committee will tabulate the nominations and post the 3 ballot lists in November.

Next, students need to read at least 3 titles from their ballot list and be ready to vote in April.


AASL Awards Open with More than $50,000 in Opportunities

The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) awards program is offering more than $50,000 in awards in 2010 to AASL members.

AASL, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. It advocates for excellence, facilitates change, and helps develop leaders in the school library media field.

AASL's ten awards recognize excellence and showcase promising practices in the school library media field in categories that include research, collaboration, leadership and innovation. Awards recognize a job well done, validate the work members do every day in their library, and acknowledge excellence in multiple areas of school librarianship. The 2010 applications can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards.

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Resources

New AASL Toolkit Helps Parents become Advocates

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a new resource on its website, the Parent Outreach Toolkit, created to help school library media specialists educate and garner support from parents. The toolkit asks the question, "How can parents help their child succeed in this changing global economy?" The answer: by equipping every school with a full-time certified school library media specialist.

The AASL Parent Outreach Toolkit helps parents understand what they can do to help ensure their child’s school is staffed by a full-time certified school librarian who is uniquely trained in helping students, teachers, and other school and community leaders develop the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes that are crucial to their success. To view the full toolkit, visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/toolkits/parentoutreach.cfm


H1N1 Flu Resources

Information about the H1N1 Flu Virus for students and parents has been added to the New York State Library's web page "H1N1 Information for Libraries": http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/h1n1/index.html.

The newest addition is "Know What To Do About the Flu -- Information for Students and Parents." This information is relevant specifically to students and their parents or care givers from the State Education Department, local school districts and the New York State Department of Health. To directly access this document see: http://www.health.state.ny.us/publications/7226.pdf.

For those who have not yet taken a look at the main page: "H1N1 Information for Libraries," http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/h1n1/index.html, please note:

Questions, comments or suggestions of resources to add to the State Library's H1N1 web page should be addressed to Cassandra Artale, New York State Library / Division of Library Development, 518/474-1479 or cartale@mail.nysed.gov.


Teachingbooks.net
Online Subscription Database for K - 12

Participants in the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System will continue to receive free access to teachingbook.net for the third year. This online database is a collection of K-12 multimedia author and book resources. It is applicable for students in grades K - 12 and provides a wealth of information in a variety of curriculum content areas.

The Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System in cooperation with School Library Systems throughout New York State has purchased a license to TeachingBooks.net for everyone associated with the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System. This license allows free access and use to TeachingBooks.net from school, home or the library for the entire school community.

TeachingBooks.net is a diverse and constantly growing online collection of author programs and K-12 book-related materials.

Available online, anytime, all TeachingBooks materials facilitate the discussion and integration of books throughout the K-12 curriculum.
Learn more at:

If you need assistance in accessing this database, please contact Janet Jamal at the School Library System office, 914-345-8500, ext. 122 or jjamal@swboces.org.


EBSCO and Salem Press - Special Book Offer

Salem Press recently became part of the EBSCO Publishing family. Not only is Salem Press a high quality reference publisher of books for schools, but they have also been a long time partner of EBSCO’s.

To celebrate this new relationship and to introduce Salem Press to those of you who may not be familiar with it, a special offer is being extended to EBSCO customers who have not previously purchased the following Salem Press titles. In addition, Salem Press will provide a free online component with the purchase of any of these titles listed below through December 31, 2011.

The Solar System:

ISBN: 978-1-58765-530-2

July 2009 · 3 volumes · 1,056 pages · 8"x10" · $364 USD List Price

Available through Oct. 31, 2009: $250 USD

Essential coverage of all major aspects of Earth's solar system, from every feature of the major planets to their satellites, small bodies, interplanetary phenomena, and cosmological context. Designed to meet the needs of both general readers and students, this set covers 180 major topics on Earth's solar system as it is understood from the latest perspectives.

For more information go to: www.SalemPress.com/isbn/978-1-58765-530-2

Great Athletes:

ISBN: 978-1-58765-473-2

September 2009 · 13 volumes · 5,036 pages · 8"x10" · $1,020 USD List Price

Available through Oct. 31, 2009: $695 USD

The largest and most comprehensive collection of sports biographies published in a single reference work - organized so libraries can select only the sports they want. Subsets of this extraordinary work are available by subject area: Football, Baseball, Olympic Sports, Basketball, Golf & Tennis, Boxing & Soccer, Racing & Individual Sports.

For more information go to: www.SalemPress.com/isbn/978-1-58765-473-2

Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century:

ISBN: 978-1-58765-512-8

May 2009 · 5 volumes · 1,800 pages · 8"x10" · $399 USD List Price

Available through Oct. 31, 2009: $275 USD

The five volumes of Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century examine individuals from all over the world who gained significance as composers, performers, instrumentalists, vocalists, and teachers. These are the people who have shaped the history of a number of musical genres, including blues, classical, country, gospel, jazz, Latin, musical theater, opera, punk, rap, reggae, rock, and many more.

For more information go to: www.SalemPress.com/isbn/978-1-58765-512-8

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact EBSCO at information@ebscohost.com.


Free Resources: Library of Congress' New Multimedia Website Aimed at Readers

The Library of Congress has announced the launch of a new multimedia website offering resources from throughout the Library designed to encourage the reading of books and to interest users in learning about the authors and illustrators who create them.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is offering this site, Read.gov (www.Read.gov), as part of its mission to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries.

A highlight of Read.gov is the exclusive story The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Its first episode will debut and be read by its author, Jon Scieszka, during the National Book Festival. Scieszka is the acclaimed author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, the creator of the website Guys Read (www.guysread.com/), a nonprofit literacy organization, and the Library’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The first episode is illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, who is the artist for Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series, among other books.

Other authors and illustrators participating in The Exquisite Corpse Adventure are M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Steven Kellogg, Megan McDonald, Gregory Maguire, Fred and Patricia McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, and Chris Van Dusen.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a project of the Center for the Book and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org). NCBLA, in collaboration with the Butler Center for Children’s Literature at Dominican University, will also offer an online educational center on its website to accompany the "Exquisite Corpse."

Read.gov will offer "audience" pages designed specifically for Kids, Teens, Adults and Educators, and Parents. These pages will contain resources such as webcasts in which authors discuss their latest works, digitized classic books with extraordinary illustrations such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Poe’s The Raven, and educational resources for parents and teachers. There will also be a Books & Beyond Book Club, based on the author presentations of the Books & Beyond series sponsored by the Center for the Book. The Book Club will be hosted on Facebook.

The Center for the Book (www.loc.gov/cfbook) was established by Congress in 1977 "to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries." With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading.

Source: The Library of Congress, www.loc.gov

This article is reprinted from MultiMedia & Internet@Schools which can be found at http://www.mmischools.com/.

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Future Events

Events to put on your calendar for the days and months ahead

Council Meetings for 2009-2010

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
SW BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Subsequent meetings TBA

Elementary Librarians Meetings

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY

2009 NYLA Annual Conference & Trade Show

October 14 - 17, 2009
Niagara Falls, New York

Middle/Secondary Librarians Meetings

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY


Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action
Monday, October 19, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

Cengage Learning - Online Databases
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

Interpretation: Media Literacy and the Curriculum
Thursday, November 5, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

2009 AASL Annual Conference
"Rev Up Learning @ Your Library

November 5 - 8, 2009
Charlotte, NC

2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 15-19, 2010
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts

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September 2009

September News
Announcements
Conferences, Workshops and Events
Awards, Grants and Scholarships
Resources
Future Events


Announcements

Welcome Back

We hope each of you has enjoyed your summer and is ready to "kick-off" the 2009 - 2010 school year with our "infamous" Ice Cream Social. (As in past years there will be a selection of refreshments in the "low caloric" range.) Scheduled for September 29th at the School Library System Office, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY 10523 from 3:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M., this is an opportunity to meet and greet both new and returning colleagues as well as learn of planned activities for the coming year.

As our first official duty for 2009 - 2010 we would like to welcome the following school librarians to their new positions:

Amanda O'Neill - Woodlands High/Middle School - Greenburgh Central Seven
John Goehring - Graham School - Greenburgh-Graham
Bria Judkins - Hackley School
Rosemarie Scutero - Louis M. Klein Middle School - Harrison UFSD
Mary Knopp - Westlake High/Middle School - Mt. Pleasant Central UFSD
Ralph Lauricella - Graham Elementary School - Mt. Vernon City Schools
Marianne Tozzo - Traphagen Elementary School - Mt. Vernon City Schools
Lisa Santoiemma - Daniel Webster Magnet School - New Rochelle City Schools
Linda Cohen - Osborn Elementary School - Rye City Schools

Three workshops have been scheduled for the fall. The content focuses on our interaction with students in a 21st century learning environment. These workshops afford each of us an opportunity to become active advocates for programs that will enhance our own professional development. For more information about these workshops, please go to Conferences, Workshops and Events.

2009 - 2010 will also bring changes to the School Library System as I will be retiring effective January 5, 2010. As we plan for this transition we need your assistance in making the School Library System responsive to your needs in 2010 and beyond.

Please contact Janet Jamal, 914-345-8500, ext. 122 or jjamal@swboces.org regarding your attendance at our Annual Meeting/Ice Cream Social on September 29th.


Union Catalog for the Southern Westchester School Library System

In order for the Southern Westchester BOCES Union Catalog to be an important resource for System participants, it must reflect the current holdings of our school libraries. After much discussion on the options for achieving this goal, it was decided to mount a new Union Catalog, using Open Source Software. As a result of this project, point-to-point interlibrary loan requests could be handled electronically. This feature allows school librarians greater access to a wider variety of resources, while decreasing the time spent in securing the materials. For those librarians who have not yet forwarded their records, we are requesting submission by September 30, 2009.

Each automated school library should forward its MARC records either (a) electronically via e-mail or (b) downloaded to a disc. If you need directions or have other questions or need additional information, please contact Judy Robinson either by telephone, 345-8500, ext. 158 or e-mail, jrobinson@swboces.org.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this project. The outcome will benefit all our members.


ALA calls on Department of Education to Highlight School Librarians as States Prepare to "Race to the Top"

The American Library Association (ALA) recently filed comments to the Department of Education regarding the Race to the Top Fund, a competitive one-time grant program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that aims to encourage and reward states that are leading education innovation and reform.

The ALA’s comments highlighted the need for the Secretary of Education to strongly acknowledge the important role that school libraries play in a student’s education and to encourage states submitting proposals for Race to Top Funds to include resources for school libraries. The comments also called for an increase to the number of school libraries served by a state-licensed school librarian.

“State statistics consistently show that schools with a school library staffed by a state-licensed school librarian produce better test scores. More importantly, these schools produced well-rounded students that are prepared to function in a global society,” American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Cassandra Barnett said.

“A school library staffed by a state-licensed school librarian adds another classroom to the school and another teacher to help boost achievement scores, help struggling readers, and teach the 21st-century skills that are so critical to a student’s education.”

Article can be found at http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=3567.


NYLA Joins Open Book Alliance
DIVERSE COALITION UNITES TO COUNTER GOOGLE BOOK SETTLEMENT
Library Scholar Peter Brantley and Antitrust Expert Gary Reback Spearhead Open Book Alliance to Protect Consumers and Competition in the Emerging Digital Book Market

On August 26, 2009 Librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies announced the formation of a coalition that will counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form. The proposed settlement is between Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors’ Guild. Approval of the settlement plan currently is pending before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The deal is also currently being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department on antitrust grounds.

“Just as Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press more than 700 years ago ushered in a new era of knowledge sharing, the mass digitization of books promises to once again revolutionize how we read and discover books,” said Open Book Alliance co-chairs Peter Brantley and Gary Reback in a blog post at http://www.openbookalliance.org. “But a digital library controlled by a single company and small group of publishers would inevitably lead to higher prices and subpar service for consumers, libraries, scholars, and students.”

“The public interest demands that any mass book digitization and distribution effort be undertaken in the open, grounded in sound public policy, and mindful of the need to promote long-term benefits for consumers rather than those of a few commercial interests,” continued Brantley and Reback.

Brantley is a director of the non-profit Internet Archive and Reback is a noted antitrust attorney who serves as counsel at the firm Carr & Ferrell, LLP.

Members of the Open Book Alliance include:

The Alliance will work to inform policymakers and the public about the serious legal, competitive, and policy issues in the settlement proposal.

In 2005, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Authors’ Guild filed suit against Google, objecting to the company’s mass digitization of millions of books on copyright violation grounds. The parties privately settled for $125 million and devised a scheme that would permit Google to charge libraries and consumers for access to the digitized books. Under the deal, Google, the Authors Guild and the AAP would gain significant new powers to control the fledgling market for digital books.

The New York court considering the settlement has established a Sept. 4 deadline for submissions on the settlement and indicated it planned to make a final decision on Oct. 7.

Following are quotes from some members of the Open Book Alliance on their concerns about the proposed settlement:

“The library community in New York is concerned by the ramifications of this settlement on libraries, their patrons and the common good. Access, affordability and patron privacy issues are key concerns of ours that we do not believe have been adequately addressed so far. A public policy issue of this magnitude should be not be handled in this matter, but by Congress in a deliberative and open format that allows for greater input from concerned parties and the public.” -- Michael J. Borges, Executive Director of the New York Library Association.

“We look forward to the day when a completely electronic, searchable, and universally accessible repository of digital books brings untold value and knowledge to individuals, organizations and libraries. In the meantime, we are greatly concerned about Google’s efforts here, and we believe that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) must look into the full ramifications of this settlement on issues of copyright, access, affordability and privacy.” – Janice R. Lachance, CEO, Special Libraries Association.

The Open Book Alliance will add its voice and those of its members, to other organizations and noted individuals who have publically expressed concerns about the settlement.

The Open Book Alliance can be found online at http://www.openbookalliance.org, and on Twitter @OBAlliance.

Click http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/OBA_Press.pdf to download the pdf of this Press Release

Click http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/OBA_Blog.pdf to download the Blog post by Peter Brantley & Gary Reback


Invitation to a Community Forum on the Statewide Educational Technology Plan

The New York State Board of Regents is dedicated to closing the gaps in student academic achievement along the lines of income, race and ethnicity, language and disability and to keeping up with the growing demands for still more knowledge and skill in the face of increasing competition in a changing economy. A key strategy to address these two challenges is the development of a statewide educational technology plan for the University of the State of New York (USNY), New York’s interconnected system of educational services.

The Regents have developed a mission, vision, and six goals for educational technology statewide. These are located at http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/edtech/. As part of the final development of a technology plan, a series of public forums will be convened throughout the State, in order to provide the Regents and the State Education Department with a representative sampling of stakeholder recommendations on the action steps needed to achieve the goals.

The Regents want to encourage all New Yorkers with an interest in transforming learning and teaching through technology to participate.

Locally the forum will be held on:

October 8, 2009 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights 10598
James Langlois, District Superintendent
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
Contact: Jennifer Delvecchio at Jdelvecchio@pnwboces.org
or (914) 248-2330
by October 1, 2009

RSVP to the designated contact is requested, if you are planning to attend. When you RSVP, please indicate whether you will need any reasonable accommodations.


CPSC Issues Rule Regarding Lead Standards; More Guidance To Come for Libraries

As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons. On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released. In the rule, CPSC confirmed that libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under the law. CPSC also announced its intention to release a Statement of Policy specifically providing guidance for libraries with regard to the treatment of older children’s books that could potentially contain lead. According to conversations with CPSC officials, that Statement of Policy should be released within the next several weeks.

While awaiting the Statement of Policy, ALA recommends that libraries take the following actions. If a library is aware that any children’s book does indeed contain lead above the legal limits or otherwise presents a danger to children, it should remove it from public access, for instance by moving it to the non-circulating collection. We would also ask that if libraries do learn of any books containing lead to please let the ALA – Washington Office know so that we might share that information with other libraries. When the Statement of Policy is released, we will promptly notify our members.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director of the ALA Office of Government Relations at jmcgilvray@alwash.org or 1-800-941-8478.


Censorship Exhibit Available for Banned Books Week

The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship is an association of 22 educational and community organizations (16 are public libraries and professional library organizations). The purpose of the Coalition is to defend challenges to the First Amendment rights of school and public libraries when there are efforts by individuals or groups to censor books and other materials.

In planning an exhibit for Banned Books Week in the fall, you might wish to consider displaying the new edition of their exhibit, “Censorship in Schools and Libraries.”

The 2009 edition of the exhibit presents 32 illustrations of censorship, each one approximately 11" x 14" with accompanying text that is 11" x 14." The history of censorship in public schools and libraries highlights incidents of censorship that have occurred nationally during the last 150 years. Included are descriptions of the censorship of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, In the Night Kitchen, The Catcher in the Rye, and the novels of Judy Blume and Chris Crutcher. The censorship of Susan Patron’s novel, The Higher Power of Lucky, which was awarded the Newbery Prize, is in the new edition. U.S. Supreme Court decisions including the landmark Island Trees book banning case are part of the exhibit.

Quality copies have been reproduced which may be readily presented on posters or bulletin boards in your library and then retained by you as a reference source. If your space is limited, it is suggested that you rotate the incidents of censorship during the time the exhibit is on display. Excerpts from the exhibit are on the web site www.the-licac.org. Click on Exhibits, "Censorship in Schools and Libraries" (for a description of the exhibit) and then Selected Cases. You may order the exhibit by e-mail or sending a purchase order to the LI Coalition Against Censorship, PO Box 296, Port Washington, N.Y.11050. The cost of the exhibit including mailing charges is $40.00. Payment is requested by check within 30 days after you receive the exhibit. If you need any additional information their e-mail address is coalcen1@verizon.net or call (516) 944-9799.

Note – The last day to place your order in time for Banned Books Week is Tuesday, September 15th.


NOVELNY Use Continues to Climb in 2009

Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries has announced that New Yorkers searched the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library ( http://www.novelnewyork.org/ ) over 35.5 million times since July 2008. This represents a 20 percent increase in the number of searches over the prior year.

NOVELNY is a "virtual library" that connects New Yorkers in every community to state-of-the-art online information without regard to economic, geographic or physical barriers. This convenient online library includes a wide variety of full-text resources - books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference resources and is available to New York State residents at no cost.

New Yorkers can access NOVELNY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by logging on with a public library card or with a New York driver's license or non-driver ID. Over 5,600 libraries across the State now participate in this statewide pilot project, which is coordinated by the New York State Library located in Albany, New York.

The NOVELNY pilot project is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds provided to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Conferences, Workshops and Events

Discovery Education Streaming
Using Multimedia in the Classroom to Impact Instruction
Friday, September 25, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
$20/person

You've heard the term in the media, trade publications and staff development workshops. Even Congress is talking about it. But what are "21st Century Students" and what makes them different from the student of a decade ago? Their brains are developing in a different way. They are processing information differently than any students before them. They learn new skills in entirely new ways. They have skills that many adults cannot conceptualize or with which they are not comfortable. By understanding the students we are teaching, as well as what preparations they need to be successful in the future, teachers can adjust their methods of instruction to better meet the needs of these students.

Students were born into an age where information on nearly every topic was only a few keystrokes away. Consumers across the globe and students in classrooms now interact with content in a fundamentally different way than five years ago. Academic success can no longer be defined as the recitation of facts and figures. Instead, the degree to which our students access global expertise, engage with content, and create meaning becomes important as the criteria of a new age.

Join our presenters from Discovery Education to lo learn how we, as educators, can engage those students who, in a matter of minutes, can watch a video, text a friend and have a conversation, all at the same time. See examples of how today's technologies - from calculators to the web, from music files to Discovery Education streaming and video-on-demand - can and should engage a new generation of students.

Explore the steps for education to move beyond the Information Age.

Topics include:

For questions regarding this workshop, please contact Janet Jamal at jjamal@swboces.org or 914-345-8500 ext. 122.

Registration Deadline: September 21, 2009


Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action
Monday, October 19, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
$150/person

From single lessons to project-based units, library media specialists and teachers can collaborate to bring the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner to life. These standards challenge educators to design experiences for students that provide the foundation for learning throughout life. In this interactive workshop participants develop instructional activities that fit any library schedule (from fixed to flexible) and level. Educators learn how to integrate interactive technology and assessment to transform students into active and reflective learners who are empowered to think and create on their own.

Explore the newly developed AASL Benchmarks (Grades 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12) and their relationship and integration into 21st century student learning.

Presenter: Pam Berger, a library consultant with 20 years of school library experience, is publisher and editor of Information Searcher and an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University iSchool. Ms. Berger has spoken to audiences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa and is the author of four books and numerous journal articles on literacy and technology. Ms. Berger's blog, Infosearcher at http://www.infosearcher.com, offers updates on new resources, strategies and tips on developing 21st century literacy.

For questions regarding this workshop, please contact Janet Jamal at jjamal@swboces.org or 914-345-8500 ext. 122.

Registration Deadline: October 13, 2009


Interpretation: Media Literacy and the Curriculum
Thursday, November 5, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
$150/person

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, critically evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms. Media can be broadly defined to include books, newspapers, magazines, radio television, movies, videos, billboards, recorded music, video games, and the Internet.

In its current context media literacy can be considered as empowerment (stressing critical thinking and production skills); more materials are now aimed at schools and teachers. The empowerment model emphasizes the political, social, and economic implications of media messages and stresses the importance of using media effectively and wisely.

This workshop is designed for teachers, school library media specialists and support staff at all grade levels who are interested in using media literacy in their classroom curricula. The principles are based on the concept of weaving media literacy training into the curriculum whenever and wherever possible throughout the school year.

Presenter: Chris Sperry is the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp, a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College. It provides materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels. Mr. Sperry has over 30 years of teaching experience including courses in visual sociology and media production. He is the author of numerous curriculum kits including Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns, Media Construction of the Middle East, Media Construction of War, and Soviet History through Posters, and Economics in U.S. History. He earned the 2008 NCSS Global Understanding Award, and was the 2005 National PTA and Cable Leaders in Learning award winner for media literacy.

For questions regarding this workshop, please contact Janet Jamal at jjamal@swboces.org or 914-345-8500 ext. 122.

Registration Deadline: October 22, 2009


Webinar Training for Gale Titles

Get the most out of your Gale products by attending a free training Webinar.

Uncover tips and tricks so you and your students can make the most of your subscription products. A few of these Webinars are:

Literature Resource Center - September 15, 2009 - 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

History Resource Center: US & World - September 16, 2009 - 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Literature Resources from Gale - September 22, 2009 - 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Biography Resource Center - September 22, 2009 - 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Global Issues in Context - September 23, 2009 - 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Sign up for these free Webinars. To view Gale's entire calendar of training Webinars, please visit: http://www.attendeenet.com/gale_training.


Poetry in The Branches National Institute
Friday, November 6 - Saturday, November 7, 2009
Poets House - 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

Want to enrich the poetry resources and programming in your library? Join the staff of Poets House and guests, keynote speaker Mark Doty, winner of the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry, and brilliant, engaging faculty poets Dave Johnson and Tina Chang, for a weekend that has been described as "... very human, very open, very expanding and inspiring."

Beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and continuing through Saturday afternoon, participants will be immersed in the rich world of poetry - http://poetshouse.org/librariespitbntl.htm. At Poets House you will learn how to reach out to and empower your patrons through poetry. Explore their 50,000 volume poetry library and find resources for developing your library's poetry collection. Connect personally with guest poets. Leave the weekend with a practical poetry plan for your library and lots of nuts-and-bolts information to help make that plan a reality.

Questions? Contact Marsha Howard, Poetry in the Branches Coordinator, at 212-431-7920 x 2213 or marsha@poetshouse.org.

Full information is available on their web site, www.poetshouse.org, where you can also learn much more about the amazing resource that is Poets House! Need help with Institute registration fees? Ask about scholarship assistance.

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Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Constitution Day Poster Contest Open to K-12 Students

Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17, 2009, with your K-12 students using the Constitution Day Poster Contest. To enter, students must design a colorful, handmade poster explaining how they benefit from the freedoms embodied in the Constitution. Attendees are encouraged to view The Kansas-Nebraska Act exhibit at the National Archives at Kansas City prior to the presentation.

The Constitution Day Poster Contest attracted contestants from 26 states last year. Each winner will receive recognition and theater-size copies of his or her poster. This year's Kansas City metro area winners will be honored in a special ceremony at the National Archives at Kansas City.

Entry forms are available at the National Archives in Kansas City and at Johnson County (KS) Library youth desks. For more information or a contest entry form, visit the Gov Doc Kids Group wiki http://www.govdocs4children.pbwiki.com.

Sponsored by the Gov Doc Kids Group: Kansas Government Documents Roundtable, Johnson County (KS) Library, Muskingum College, Visiting Librarian Service (OH), The National Archives at Kansas City, Kansas State University, Wichita State University & University of Kansas. National Corporate Sponsor: http://www.constitutionfacts.com, Naperville, IL.

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Resources

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program Announces the 2009-10 Inventory of Brand New Art Books

The Distribution to Underserved Communities (DUC) Library Program distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city public libraries, public schools and alternative reading centers. To browse titles or place an order, visit http://www.ducprogram.org/.


September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month during September with the Kids! @ your library® Campaign. The online tool kit, at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/initiatives/kidscampaign/kidstoolkit.cfm, provides ideas and templates that you can adapt to showcase materials and resources in your library.


Free resources are also available at the official site for Library Card Sign-Up Month: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/initiatives/kidscampaign/index.cfm.

The Association for Library Service to Children, Public Awareness Committee (PAC) wants to hear about your success! Share program ideas and resources by adding content to the Kids! @ your library® Campaign wiki at: http://wikis.ala.org/alsc/index.php/Main_Page. They would also like to hear if you have used resources from the Campaign tool kit. Please add content directly to the wiki or email information to Bethany Lafferty, PAC Member, at balaff12@yahoo.com.


NewYorkHeritage.org Adds Collections

The New York Reference & Research Library Resources Councils (3Rs) Association has added sixteen more online collections to its collective digital heritage web site, www.NewYorkHeritage.org. The site now connects more than 200 digital collections from around the state, contributed by libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions, and builds on existing digital repository services administered by each of the nine 3Rs.

New materials include the Historical Portraits Collection from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Elmira College's Mark Twain Archive, the New York Historical Association's Murder Pamphlet Collection Exhibit , early Robert Montgomery materials housed at the Trinity-Pawling School Collection, Alfred University's Image Archives, Rochester Medical Museum and Archives, NYU's Abraham Lincoln Brigade Collection, images from the Onondaga Nation at the Liverpool Public Library, folk art collections at the Crandall Public Library Folklife Center, the Steinmetz Collection of Schenectady, the Almquist Green Lakes Collection housed at the Fayetteville Public Library, and many others from around the state. For an up-to-date list of collections and contributors, please go to www.NewYorkHeritage.org.

Additionally, the "Tools of History" regional digitization site, created by the South Central Regional Library Council, has been added, as have been the Rochester Regional Library Council's Finger Lakes-Genesee Valley Heritage and the Capital District Library Council Digital Collections regional sites.

A variety of materials can be found among the New York Heritage Digital Collections, including photographs, postcards, correspondence, manuscripts, oral histories, yearbooks and newspapers. Many kinds of institutions from New York State have partnered to make this project possible, including public, academic and school libraries, museums, archives and historical societies. The power of collaboration is what makes this new service possible.

Participants to New York Heritage Digital Collections are committed to enhancing the site by adding both content and contributing institutions on a regular basis. The goal of the project is to eventually connect one thousand collections and one million items from throughout New York State. All institutions interested in participating in the project are encouraged to contact the 3Rs organization that serves their region.

The New York 3Rs Association is a partnership among New York’s nine reference and research resource systems. The New York 3Rs was incorporated in 2003 to further the ability of those systems to provide statewide services. The members of the New York 3Rs Association are: the Capital District Library Council, Central New York Library Resources Council, Long Island Library Resources Council, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Northern New York Library Network, Rochester Regional Library Council, Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, South Central Regional Library Council, and Western New York Library Resources Council.

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Future Events

Events to put on your calendar for the days and months ahead

Discovery Education Streaming
Using Multimedia in the Classroom to Impact Instruction
Friday, September 25, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

Annual Meeting
Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 29, 2008
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
SW BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

Council Meetings for 2009-2010

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
SW BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Subsequent meetings TBA

Elementary Librarians Meetings

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY

2009 NYLA Annual Conference & Trade Show

October 14 - 17, 2009
Niagara Falls, New York

Middle/Secondary Librarians Meetings

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Southern Westchester BOCES, Elmsford, NY


Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action
Monday, October 19, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

Cengage Learning - Online Databases
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

Interpretation: Media Literacy and the Curriculum
Thursday, November 5, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
S. W. BOCES, 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY

2009 AASL Annual Conference
"Rev Up Learning @ Your Library

November 5 - 8, 2009
Charlotte, NC

2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 15-19, 2010
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts

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