Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Library Staff's Favorite Books

On December 6, the library folks gathered for a staff development day. As you might imagine with a room full of library employees, the discussion navigated towards books... the good, the bad, the notorious and, of course, their favorites. So, in the spirit of the season, they shared their favorites with our community through a display at the front desk of the main library.


Come by and check them out! (Literally!)

Here's a sneak peak at your librarian's "top ten or so" in Fiction, Nonfiction and Children's and Youth/Teen Literature:

Fiction:

Rule of the Bone
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
Factotum
The Golden Bottle
The Great Gatsby
Good Omens
Neverwhere
Ghost Orchid
To Glory We Steer
Dharma Burns

Nonfiction:

Band of Brothers
How to Talk Dirty and Influence People
Practicing Peace in Times of War
Salt House
Rats: How the World's Most Notorious Rodent Clawed It's Way to the Top
Touching My Father's Soul
A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest
The Edge of the Bed: How Dirty Pictures Changed My life
Confessions of an Economic Hitman


Children's and YA Literature:

The Hotel Cat
Big Golden Book of Elves and Fairies
The Little House on the Hill
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
The Black Stallion
Uncle Wiggly and His Friends
TTYL
Charlotte's Web

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dear Library Advocate (from NYLA)

If you have not already done so, please contact the Governor to request him to maintain level spending for library operating and construction aid (i.e. not cut Library Aid). This may be your last opportunity to impact the formation of the Governor's 2008-09 Executive Budget.

The Governor will give his State of the State Address on January 9th, where he will provide broad outlines for his budget and legislative goals for 2008.

On January 22nd, the Division of Budget will release the Governor's 2008-09 Executive Budget to the public. So please act now!

Remember Tuesday, March 11th is Library Lobby Day, please make every effort to attend.

Visit www.nyla.org and click the "Contact Your Elected Officials" button to send letter to Governor Spitzer or send your own letter - see sample below.


Hon. Eliot Spitzer
Governor
New York State
Executive Chamber
State Capitol
Albany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Spitzer:

I am writing to urge you to maintain current levels of state aid for library systems and public library construction and make it permanent.

You were the first Governor in over a dozen years to mention libraries in the State of the State Address and backed those words up by including increased funding for library systems ($8 million) and public library construction ($14 million) in the 2007-08 State Budget and I thank you for that.

The library community waited eight long years before finally obtaining an increase in state aid for library systems and public library construction. Between 1998 and 2006, library aid remained stagnant and was even cut by $4.5 million in 2005.

The modest increase in operating and construction aid are greatly appreciated and needed. In several cases, they arrived just in time to permit library systems to sustain their full range of operations. These funds have benefited libraries, schools and communities, like my own, by enhancing both the services and facilities available to library patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.

However, libraries cannot initiate long-term service improvements using these funds without a firm commitment from the state that these funds will be available in subsequent years to sustain those improvements. That is why I urge you to maintain current levels of state aid for library systems and public library construction and make it permanent.

The increase in funding has provided hope to the over 9 million New Yorkers with library cards, that our state finally has leadership that values the contributions that libraries make to our information-based economy, to the flourishing of our democracy and to society’s insatiable need for information and life-long learning.

I also urge you to amend the Contracts for Excellence initiative to permit increased funding for the purchase of books for school libraries (increase in Library Materials Aid from $6.25 to $10 per pupil) as well as hiring school library media specialists in these high need school districts.

Thank you for your continued support for libraries and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Events Calendar for December 24-30, 2007

Monday, December 24

Tuesday, December 25

Wednesday, December 26

Thursday, December 27

Friday, December 28

Saturday, December 29

Sunday, December 30

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Far East on Western Avenue

The Chinese Collection at Pine Hills Branch

In the Capital Region area, there are nearly five thousand Chinese and Chinese-Americans and more are joining our community every day. With this growing population in mind, the Albany Public Library has established a collection of Chinese materials at the Pine Hills Branch.

Librarian Xiaofei Li, who has worked at the Branch for the past four years, manages the collection of approximately one thousand books, sixteen magazine subscriptions and three hundred Chinese language movies. "This is the biggest popular collection of Chinese language materials in Upstate New York, and we are adding to it all the time," says Li. One of the most popular categories in the collection is the children's collection. "Parents who have adopted children from China are taking out the books, and so are people who speak Chinese fairly well but want to work on their Chinese."

Xiaofei hosts a weekly discussion group for immigrants called "Connecting With America." Attendees include immigrants from many countries including Korea, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Africa and India. The group meets every Friday at 4:30PM at the Pine Hills Library. For information, call Xiaofei at 482-7911 or visit the APL website.

Get to Know Your Computer in December!

Computer training continues at the main library and all of our branches! Get to know your computer better by joining us for our trainings. This training is offered throughout the year and is free to Albany residents. Pre-registration is strongly suggested as there are technological limitations for these classes.
Below are the upcoming trainings for December. Check out our monthly newsletter for training information throughout the year.

Pine Hills Branch
Call 482-7911 to register
INTRODUCTION TO WORD PART I
Learn the basics of word processing. Find out how to create, edit and format simple documents using Microsoft Word. Basic computer and mouse skills are required.
Friday, December 21, 10:30 to 11:30AM
INTRODUCTION TO WORD PART II
A continuation of Introduction to Word Part I. Learn some of the additional features of Microsoft Word, including how to cut and paste. Previous MS Word experience required.
Friday, December 28, 10:30 to 11:30AM

Monday, December 17, 2007

Snow emergency in Albany

Usual alternate side regs suspended.

Effective at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 cars should be parked on the even side of the street for 24 hours. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 cars must park on the odd side of the street for 24 hours.

Additional parking is available during the snow emergency at the following locations:

Arbor Hill/Sheridan Hollow

1. Parking Area, Arbor Hill Softball Field (N. Lark St.)

2. 230 Colonie St. (playground lot)

3. 178 Colonie St. (playground lot)

4. 124 Second St. (playground lot)

5. Ten Broeck Mansion (parking lot & sidewalk west end)

Pine Hills

1. Ridgefield Park (on Partridge St.)

2. Woodlawn Park Little League

3. Waterson Park (Westland Hills) Enter On Colvin Ave.

4. Washington Park (all roadways and parking areas)

South End

1. Krank Park Area

2. Franklin St. (between Schuyler & Bassett Sts. - east side)

3. Lincoln Park (all interior roadways & parking area)

Center Square/Mansion

1. 77 Philip St. (playground)

2. 88 Philip St. (playground)

3. Orange St. Parking Lot Below Lark St. - Park Sidewalks

4. OGS East Garage (corner of Madison Ave & Eagle St) This location is only available on a case-by-case basis. To see if this location is approved for parking contact the department of general services at 434-2489 (CITY) once a snow emergency has been declared.

North Albany

1. N. Second St & N. Third St. (dead ends above Pearl St.)

2. Parking area across from N. Albany Post

West End

1. Bleecker Stadium (parking area & roadways)

2. North Side of Livingston Ave. lot (opposite Judson St.)



For more information, call 476-SNOW

Sunday, December 16, 2007

New York’s 2007 Statewide Summer Reading Program Reaches 1.35 Million Children & Teens

State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Janet M. Welch announced last week that over 1.35 million children and teens throughout New York State participated in the 2007 New York State Summer Reading Program at their local libraries. This represents a statewide increase of 10% over 2006 and is on target for the participation goal of 1.5 million by 2010. Kids are reading for fun during the summer months and that summer reading is associated with academic success.

Studies have shown that children who read during their summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes. The New York Statewide Summer Reading Program website links to studies that support the value of summer reading.

"When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers," said Janet M. Welch. "The summer reading program is particularly important to children in less economically advantaged families where books might not be readily available. This program can be an effective tool in helping to close the achievement gap between rich and poor."

Thanks go out to all the public library systems and the public libraries that made the Statewide Summer Reading Program such a success in 2007. New York's public library system youth and teen services consultants offered training and technical support, and library staff and volunteers in New York's public and association libraries provided the programming and resources that made kids want to join the fun.

This year five public library systems reported 15% or higher increases in participation levels over 2006. Congratulations to these *Stars* and to all the systems for a wonderful 2007 Summer Reading Program.

PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS WITH 15% OR HIGHER INCREASES IN PARTICIPATION:

* Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System *
* Four County Library System *
* Queens Library *
* Southern Tier Library System *
* Suffolk Cooperative Library System *

MORE NEWS ON SUMMER READING....

The Board of Regents 2008 - 2009 budget and legislative initiatives for libraries includes a request for $1 million to support the growing New York State Summer Reading Program and its contributions towards academic success and increased literacy among school age children throughout New York State.

For 2008, "Catch the Reading Bug" and "Metamorphosis @ Your Library" are the New York Statewide Summer Reading Program themes.
For information please see this
or contact Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist and Coordinator of Statewide Summer Reading Program, New York State Library, kbalsen@mail.nysed.gov or 518/486-2194.

For more information on Regents budget and legislative initiatives for
2008 - 2009, please see the “New York Library Initiative” Web Site:
www.nysl.nysed.gov/fundingproposals/

Friday, December 14, 2007

Be an advocate for library funding

The legislative process for the NYS budget for 2008-09 has begun. The Governor is preparing his budget and will release it on January 22, 2008.

Last year, the Governor and Legislature included $8 million additional funding for library systems and $14 million for public library construction. However, that funding was ONE TIME ONLY. If that funding is to become permanent, it needs to be included in the Governor’s budget.

Your help as a library advocate is needed NOW, to let the Governor know the importance of funding for libraries. NYLA has made it easy for you to do this. Please go to the NYLA website - www.nyla.org - and click on "Become a Library Advocate" to send a fax to the Governor.

Last week, more than 300 of library advocates did this. Please join them!
***
SAMPLE MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNOR

I am writing to urge you to maintain current levels of state aid for library systems and public library construction and make it permanent.

You were the first Governor in over a dozen years to mention libraries in the State of the State Address and backed those words up by including increased funding for library systems ($8 million) and public library construction ($14 million) in the 2007-08 State Budget and I thank you for that.

The library community waited eight long years before finally obtaining an increase in state aid for library systems and public library construction. Between 1998 and 2006, library aid remained stagnant and was even cut by $4.5 million in 2005.

The modest increase in operating and construction aid are greatly appreciated and needed. In several cases, they arrived just in time to permit library systems to sustain their full range of operations. These funds have benefited libraries, schools and communities, like my own, by enhancing both the services and facilities available to library patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.

However, libraries cannot initiate long-term service improvements using these funds without a firm commitment from the state that these funds will be available in subsequent years to sustain those improvements.
That is why I urge you to maintain current levels of state aid for library systems and public library construction and make it permanent.

The increase in funding has provided hope to the over 9 million New Yorkers with library cards, that our state finally has leadership that values the contributions that libraries make to our information-based economy, to the flourishing of our democracy and to society’s insatiable need for information and life-long learning.

I also urge you to amend the Contracts for Excellence initiative to permit increased funding for the purchase of books for school libraries (increase in Library Materials Aid from $6.25 to $10 per pupil) as well as hiring school library media specialists in these high need school districts.

Thank you for your continued support for libraries and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future

TO WRITE TO THE GOVERNOR
Governor Eliot Spitzer
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224


TO EMAIL THE GOVERNOR
http://161.11.121.121/govemail

Citizens for Public Transportation

Two outstanding speakers will attend the next meeting of Citizens for Public Transportation: Rocky Ferraro, Executive Director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), and Chris O'Neill, Senior Transportation Planner for CDRPC. They will address important issues of urban/suburban planning. Christina Younger of CDTA will also be present.

Time: Wednesday, December 19th 7:00 PM
Place: Albany Public Library, Washington Ave. near Lark

Email Lucille at: citizensforpublictransportation@hotmail.com

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Women's Book Discussion

At The Howe
Monday, December 17th @ 6:30
howe
Have you read Zane or K'wan's latest books? Are you dying to talk about your favorite new books? Well, then join us at the Howe on Monday the 17th for a lively book discussion.

Call us at 472-9485 for more information.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Albany Symphony Orchestra Preview

Thursday, December 13th, 12PM

Vanguard-Albany Symphony will present Conductor David Alan Miller in a preview lecture discussing the Friday, December 14th Albany Symphony Orchestra concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The concert will feature Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "unfinished" and Schostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.

Get to Know Your Computer in December!

Computer training continues at the main library and all of the branches! Get to know your computer better by joining APL for trainings. This training is offered throughout the year and is free to Albany residents. Pre-registration is strongly suggested as there are technological limitations for these classes.
Below are the upcoming trainings for December. Check out the monthly newsletter for training information throughout the year.

Main Library
Edgar Tompkins Computer Lab
Call 427-4303 to register
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET
Learn the basics of navigating the World Wide Web. Basic computer and mouse skills required.
Wednesday, December 12, 10:30 to 11:30
INTRODUCTION TO WORD PART I
Learn the basics of word processing. Find out how to create, edit and format simple documents using Microsoft Word. Basic computer and mouse skills are required.
Wednesday, December 19, 10:30 to 11:30

Delaware Branch
Call 463-0254 to register
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET
Learn the basics of navigating the World Wide Web. Basic computer and mouse skills required.
Friday, December 14, 10:30 to 11:30AM

Howe Branch
Call 463-1581 to register
OPEN LAB
Come practice newly learned computer skills in the computer lab. The instructor will be present to answer questions and provide assistance as you work on your own projects.
Tuesday, December 19, 11AM to 12PM

North Albany Branch
Call 463-1581 to register
OPEN LAB
Come practice newly learned computer skills in the computer lab. The instructor will be present to answer questions and provide assistance as you work on your own projects.
Wednesday, December 19, 11AM to 12PM

Pine Hills Branch
Call 482-7911 to register
INTRODUCTION TO WORD PART I
Learn the basics of word processing. Find out how to create, edit and format simple documents using Microsoft Word. Basic computer and mouse skills are required.
Friday, December 21, 10:30 to 11:30AM
INTRODUCTION TO WORD PART II
A continuation of Introduction to Word Part I. Learn some of the additional features of Microsoft Word, including how to cut and paste. Previous MS Word experience required.
Friday, December 28, 10:30 to 11:30AM

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Third Annual Appeal Begins!

Can We Count on You?

Five state-of-the-art libraries are about to begin construction thanks to the might generosity of the voters of Albany.
We invite you to share your enthusiasm for the momentous community support generated for this historic library project by contributing generously to this year's Annual Appeal.
Your gift to the Annual Appeal ensure that library customers will find everything they have come to expect in excellent libraries - robust collections, ample computers, welcoming spaces, engaging programs and great service.

So, look for Appeal information in the in the mail, online and at all of our libraries. We thank you!

Donations to the Library Appeal can be sent to the Albany Public Library Foundation, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210. Credit card contributions can be processed by calling 518.427.4346

Monday, December 10, 2007

Renovation Designs for the Pine Hills Branch

Public meeting Monday, December 10 at 6 PM

Held at the Pine Hills Branch, 517 Western Ave.

Join Us!

The plans for the renovation projects (Pine Hills, Howe and Delaware) have reached 60% completion and the library staff and design team from Collins and Scoville are currently meeting to develop preliminary furniture and shelving layouts as well as discuss the details of the service desks and all other program needs. As a member of the community, we invite you to participate in the progress and see the current designs.

Subject: The Supreme Court

Tuesday, December 11 12:15 pm
Speaker: Steven Gottlieb, President, New York Civil Liberties Union - Capital Region Chapter. His latest book is Morality imposed--the Rehnquist Court and Liberty in America. He is well known for his work on the Supreme Court, Constitutional Theory and Election Campaign Law. He was educated at Princeton and Yale law schools and is on the faculty of Albany Law School.

BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVE 2008-2009 BUDGET PROPOSAL

The Board of Regents approved a budget proposal for libraries for 2008-2009. The proposal includes two parts - the New York Library Initiative, and an item in the State Aid to Schools Proposal.

The total request for libraries from the Board of Regents, including both the New York Library Initiative and the State Aid to Schools item is $57.3 million. The proposal is broken down as follows:

NEW YORK LIBRARY INITIATIVE:

* New York’s Statewide Internet Library - $10 million annually to
fund a permanent Statewide Internet Library to serve higher education, research and development, business and industry, and students. This would include $2.5 million for library systems to assist their member libraries in using new technologies. A pilot project funded with federal dollars can be seen at www.novelny.org.

* Libraries and Systems: Partnerships that Build Capacity - $11
million annually, including the continuation of the $8 million in 2007
- 2008 library systems aid to enable local libraries to benefit from cooperative ventures, including shared catalogs, collections, and cost effective technical services and a $3 million increase to all library programs to ensure that the $100 million total aid to libraries keeps
pace with inflation. In addition, the Regents proposal includes
$750,000 annually to strengthen local accountability through training and support programs for governing boards and trustees.

* Public Library Construction - $20 million annually to repair
library buildings and provide energy efficiency and accessibility for people with disabilities with funding for renovation and construction.

* Growing Readers @ the Library: Raising Academic Outcomes - This
includes: $5 million annually for cooperative early literacy programs for youngsters birth to age 5; $1 million annually to expand summer reading programs in libraries; $800,000 annually to provide more support for library materials and services for the blind and physically disabled; $750,000 annually to open the State Library and State Archives to the public on Saturdays.

STATE AID TO SCHOOLS PROPOSAL:

* Increase School Library Materials Aid from the current $6.25 per
pupil to $10 per pupil.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Library Advocate Alert

As you may know, the state is potentially facing a $4 billion plus deficit in the next fiscal year starting April 1, 2008. The NYS Division of Budget is currently working on putting together the 2008-09 Executive Budget, which the Governor is scheduled to release on January 22nd

In order to preserve the gains libraries have made over the past few years, the New York Library Association is asking library advocates to contact the Governor in support of keeping the increases in Library Aid ($8 million) and Public Construction Aid ($14 million) in his proposed 2008-09 Executive Budget.

NYLA is also urging the Governor to amend the Contracts for Excellence Initiative to permit increased funding for schools to purchase books and to hire school library media specialists in high need school districts.

Visit www.nyla.org and click on "Become a Library Advocate" button to send a fax to the Governor. Also NYLA's full 2008 State Budget Priorities are listed under Headlines.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Librarians Rule!

If any of you are wondering why, in the age of Google books, we need subject headings, here's a good PDF article on the topic.

This article was recommended to a librarian friend of mine. It is long, but worthwhile (and easy to read).

The Sojourner Truth Story Performed at APL

On Monday, November 26 at 7:00 pm at the Main Library, Rashid Hamzah will stage a play based on his book I’ll Have My Child Back: The Sojourner Truth Story. The book and the play celebrate the life of this inspirational woman and shows her struggles and victory over tremendous odds. Sojourner Truth used the American system of justice and challenged the fairness of the American privileged class. It is the story of how she won freedom for her son from a state where slavery was still legal.

When his son chose to research Sojourner Truth for a Black History Month assignment, Rashid became so fascinated with the life of this courageous abolitionist that he wrote a book about her. I’ll Have My Child Back: The Sojourner Truth Story was published in 2003. In the preface of the book Rashid thanks APL Librarians Mary Coon and Scott Jarzombek for their valuable help. “The Albany Public Library is a wonderful place to write and do research. I learned word processing at the library. Their computer classes are great. My book wouldn’t have been done without the library,” he said.

Growing up in Arbor Hill, Rashid, now 57, remembers his first library experiences at the Pruyn Branch of the Albany Public Library. He remembers the wonderful time he had reading The Lord of the Rings as part of the library’s after school reading club. He went on to study television production and is in the process of writing a screenplay on Sojourner Truth. His goal is to someday bring this story to the big screen.

Rashid is an Elder of the Masjid As Salaam Mosque, located near the Main Library. He says the children that attend the Mosque are great users of the library. About his lifelong dedication to the library, Rashid had one final thought, “The first word of the Koran is Iqra, which means Read.”

To find out more information on The Sojourner Truth Story performance call John Cirrin, Public Information Officer, at 427-4344.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Events Calendar for November 12-18, 2007

Monday, November 12

Tuesday, November 13

Wednesday, November 14

Thursday, November 15

Friday, November 16

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Friends of APL Honor Author Frankie Y. Bailey


The Friends of Albany Public Library will honor Frankie Y. Bailey, as Author of the Year for 2007 at their annual Book & Author Luncheon on Saturday, December 1 at 12 noon at the Main Library. In for YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED ON MONDAY, released in April of this year, Professor Bailey continues to weave the tale of African American university professor and crime historian Lizzie Stuart as she comes face-to-face with her long lost mother, Becca. Following threads from her earlier cases, Lizzie uses her keen investigative abilities to research her own family's past and uncovers a web of murder and mayhem centered around her other. As the pursuit of Becca runs from the gangster-led Chicago of the 1960s to modern, pre-Katrina New Orleans, Lizzie rattles the wrong people, jeopardizing her interracial relationship with homicide detective John Quinn while putting her own life in danger. Ultimately, Lizzie learns that some things are better buried in the past.

You Should Have Died on Monday is the fourth novel in her mystery series featuring crime historian Lizzie Stuart. Frankie Y. Bailey is also the author of Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction, which was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America 1992 Edgar Award for Criticism and Biography. She is the co-author of "Law Never Here": A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice, and co-editor of Famous American Crimes and Trials and Media
Representations of September 11th. Ms. Bailey has been on faculty in
the School of Criminal Justice at SUNY Albany since 1990. Her research focuses on criminal justice and American popular culture/mass media and social history, with emphasis on issues of race/ethnicity, class, and gender. Her fiction gives her an outlet to explore issues of race, class, gender, and justice that reaches beyond the classroom and academic journals.

The Luncheon at 12 noon is $15 and the lecture at 1:00pm is free of charge. To make a reservation for lunch, send a note with payment to the Friends of Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210, leave a message at 427-4333, or e-mail at friendsofapl@yahoo.com.

Monday, November 05, 2007

STAR Rebate Deadline Extension

The following was recently posted to the state tax department Web site. Listed below is a brief description, followed by a link to the document.

Acting New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Barbara G. Billet announced that Gov. Eliot Spitzer recently signed legislation extending the deadline for homeowners to apply for their 2007 Middle Class STAR Rebate Program check from November 30 to December 31.

In addition, Acting Commissioner Billet also said that reminders about the program will be sent to about 600,000 property owners statewide who have yet to apply for their rebate check.

To view the entire document and rates please visit here.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Events Calendar for November 5-11, 2007

Monday, November 5

Tuesday, November 6

Wednesday, November 7

Thursday, November 8

Friday, November 9

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Events Calendar for October 29-November 4, 2007

Monday, October 29

Tuesday, October 30

Wednesday, October 31


Thursday, November 1

Friday, November 2

Saturday, November 3

Sunday, November 4

Friday, October 26, 2007

Funding for Libraries

From ALA Office:

On Tuesday, October 24th the Senate passed the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which contains funding for several library-related programs. The House passed a bill in July. Conferees will meet to reconcile the differences in the bills.

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: The Senate passed bill contains $171,500,000 for the Grants to State Library Agencies program within the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Please contact your Senators and Representative and tell them to support the Senate passed funding level.

Funding for Selected Programs

FY 2008 House/FY 2008 Senate

Library State Grants

$167,500,000/$171,500,000

Native American Library Services

$3,638,000/$3,817,000

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

$12,375,000/$12,375,000

Recruitment of Librarians for the 21st Century

$23,760,000/$23,760,000

Administration total for IMLS

$12,021,000/$12,917,000

Talking points:

Please bring the total for the LSTA state program from House-passed funding level of $167.5 million to Senate passed funding level of $171.5 million to allow full implementation of a 2003 law to provide a more equitable distribution of state formula grants. In 2003, all of the states and Congress agreed that the base should be doubled to help even the playing field for the small states while ensuring that large states don't face an undue burden to achieve that. Currently, all funding increases to the state program go to the base, and not to population increases for the large states.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

By The Book: Map for the Future

By The Book: Map for the Future – A Readers’ Advisory Conference Albany Public Library, Albany, NY November 15-16, 2007

Join Albany Public Library as we look toward the future of readers’ advisory in our fourth annual By the Book conference. Our featured speakers will be Neal Wyatt, Collection Management Librarian for Chesterfield County Public Library, Chesterfield, VA, and Michael B. Gannon, Associate Director for Administrative Services for Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Hyattsville, MD. With an exciting slate of programs for professional and paraprofessional staff scheduled for Friday, November 16, APL’s By the Book is designed to give attendees real-world readers’ advisory tips and techniques that they can implement in their home libraries.

Neal Wyatt will discuss reading maps, a recent cover topic in “Library Journal,” and she’ll also lead afternoon breakout sessions designed to give you hands on experience with this new and exciting RA tool. Reading maps offer librarians a varied and wide range of options for connecting readers with books that go beyond the traditional appeal factors.

Michael B. Gannon will share with us his advice for making the most of book covers when offering readers’ advisory services to readers. We’ll also look beyond providing readers’ advisory for very popular genres like mystery and romance: Mr. Gannon, also the author of Blood, Bedlam, Bullets, and Badguys: A Reader’s Guide to Adventure/Suspense Fiction, will lead an afternoon breakout session on reaching out to readers of adventure and suspense fiction.

Explore one of the most in-demand new genres, urban fiction, with Albany Public Library’s own urban fiction RA expert Scott Jarzombek, Branch Librarian. Plus we’ll expand our breakout sessions to include children’s and young adult RA with Jendy Murphy, Head of APL’s Gerald D. Jennings Children’s Library.

Attendees at this year’s event are invited to join us Thursday night for refreshments and a chance to share the “Best of the Book Groups.” Bring your favorite book group title and tell us why it worked for you! The $65 registration fee also includes breakfast and lunch on Friday, November 16; student registrations are $25 (student ID required).

Registration must be received by Wednesday, November 7, 2007. For more information, go here or contact Amy Maurer McLaughlin, Head of Readers’ Services, mclaughlina@uhls.lib.ny.us, 518-427-4349.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Events Calendar for October 23-29, 2007

Monday, October 22

Tuesday, October 23

Wednesday, October 24

Thursday, October 25

Friday, October 26

Saturday, October 27

Monday, October 15, 2007

Food Banks-Striving to End Hunger

Location: Main Library Begins: 12:15 pm (Tuesday, October 16, 2007)
Description: Tuesday, October 16 12:15 pm Speaker: John T. Evers, Executive Director, Food Bank Association of NY Subject: Food Banks-Striving to End Hunger.

Events Calendar for October 16-22, 2007

Monday, October 15

Tuesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 17

Thursday, October 18

Friday, October 19

Saturday, October 20

Sunday, October 21

Saturday, October 13, 2007

POSITION AVAILABLE

ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY
TEMPORARY -- FULL TIME - LIBRARIAN I - REFERENCE DEPARTMENT
10-11-07

General Statement of Duties

Under the supervision of the Head of Reference Services this position provides library services to the public at the main branch of Albany Public Library.
* *
*Classification: *Librarian I (Full time temporary appointment)
*Job Description: *This is a hands-on, customer service position that involves working with library customers to satisfy their information needs. The position provides full reference service and instruction/assistance in computer use to all user populations. Other duties for professional staff include collection development responsibilities, the development and presentation of library programming, and other tasks as assigned.
*Required Skills and Abilities: *A familiarity with current library trends and technologies; strong oral and written communication skills.
Tact and courtesy when dealing with the public and coworkers is essential.
*Minimum Qualifications: *Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications:
Graduation from a registered college or university accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the NYS Education Department to grant degrees with a Master's Degree* in Library Science, Information Services or equivalent.
*Minimum qualifications are in accordance with New York State Education Department Division of Library Development.
*Work Schedule: *Combination of day, evening and weekend hours totaling 37.50 hrs. per week.
*Supervisor: *Head of Reference Services.
*Salary: * $20.40 hour
*Deadline: *Until filled* *

*Apply to: *
Marjorie Reinhart, Human Resources & Finance Manager
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
reinharm@uhls.lib.ny.us
Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is strongly and actively committed to increasing diversity within its organization.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Citizens for Public Transportation meeting

Citizens for Public Transportation will meet Wednesday, October 17th, 7:00 PM, at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, between Lark and Dove.

Guest Speaker: Donald Lavada, Director of Marketing and Economic Development for NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority).

A representative of CDTA will attend.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Searching for books by the colour of the cover

How accurate would searching by the average colour of a book cover actually be? As one person wrote: "That is just the single most off-the-wall and simultaneously useful thing I've seen in a long time." (And yes, the source is British.)

Check out color fundamentals, especially the psychology of color.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Book Review: Against the Day



Location: Main Library
Begins: 12:15 pm, Tuesday, October 9 12:15 pm
Book Review: Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
Reviewer: Robert Sharkey, writer and nationally published poet

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Events Calendar for October 8-14, 2007

Monday, October 8

Tuesday, October 9

Wednesday, October 10

Thursday, October 11

Friday, October 12

Sunday, October 14

Saturday, October 06, 2007

New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness

From the New York State Library via NYLINE:

The New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness, referred to on page 8 of his State of the State' address on January 3, 2007, was established by Governor Eliot Spitzer with executive order number 11 on April 23, 2007. The Commission is charged with reporting a plan to "consolidate New York's multiple layers of local government."

Details just released by the Commission are available online at here. Materials released by the Commission will also be collected in New York State Library's digital media management system. A final report will be issued in 2008.

Friday, October 05, 2007

League of Women Voters Health Care Reform Program

SECOND LWV HEALTH CARE REFORM PROGRAM
Tuesday, October 9, 7-9 p.m.
in the McChesney Room of the Schenectady Public Library
corner of Liberty and Clinton, Schenectady

Courtney Burke, Policy Analyst at the Rockefeller Intitue of Government will present some of the current proposals before Congress, as well as proposals being advanced by presidential candidates. Discussion will follow.

The Presidential primary in New York State is less than 6 months away. Health Care Reform is one of the most important issues facing our country and on the minds of voters. An estimated 47 million Americans are without health insurance. About as many others are underinsured. In 2004, Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School published a study showing an estimated 50% of personal bankruptcies followed a medical crisis. Of those who filed personal bankruptcy, 75% had health insurance.

What are the most important aspects of reform being proposed by presidential candidates and legislators? How do these proposals differ? What can be done to assure that meaningful reform is on the agenda of the next President?

The program is free and open to the public.

The Fall Festival of Books

The Children’s Literature Connection and the English Department of Hudson Valley Community College present:
The Fall Festival of Books, C.L.C.'s 4th annual greeting/selling/autographing celebration of children’s literature. School and public librarians, educators and the general public are invited to meet authors and illustrators, buy their books and chat as books are autographed. Professionals are encouraged to speak with authors about school visits, and hear about exciting upcoming projects. It’s a great time to think about unique holiday gifts, too.

This year, for the first time, the authors will have the opportunity to showcase their work via individual presentations. This year, authors will include:
Sylvie Kantorovitz (Wickstrom), Matt McElligott, Karen Beil, Kyra Teis, Alexandra Siy, Rose Kent, Eric Luper, Thomas Styles, Marlene Newman, Liza Frenette, Daniel Mahoney, Peter Marino, and Bob Hervey.

In addition, there will be a door prize. Attendees qualify for a free author visit from award winning writer Jennifer Armstrong.

This is a free event; no registration is required. Free parking is available. For directions to HVCC’’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center, go here.

For more Fall Festival info, visit: the Children's Literature Connection.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Digest of Education Statistics, 2006

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

The 42nd in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest’s primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Downtown Albany: October 2007

From the Downtown BID:

Columbus Day
Albany's 16th Annual Columbus Parade & Italian Festival takes place October 6th, recognizing the contributions and the heritage of Italian-Americans. The parade through the streets of Albany concludes with a fantastic family festival in Washington Park. For details, click here.

Albany Tulip Festival Named One Of The Top 100 Events in North America
The City of Albany's Tulip Festival has been named as one of the American Bus Association's Top 100 Events in North America! For a complete list of the top 100 events in North America, click here.

New Business Development Package
The Downtown Albany BID's newly updated Business Relocation & Development Package is now available online, with comprehensive information on Downtown Development, Empire Zone Benefits, Tech Valley Investments, Market Data and much more. Print copies will be available October 10. Click here to request a print copy.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Book Review: Poems From Guantanamo


Location: Main Library
Begins: 12:15 pm (Tuesday, October 2, 2007)
Description: Book Review: Poems From Guantanamo, The Detainees Speak by Mark Salkoff
Reviewer: Dan Wilcox, poet, writer, publisher and one of the “Three Guys From Albany” poetry group.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Events Calendar for October 1-7, 2007

Monday, October 1

Tuesday, October 2

Wednesday, October 3

Thursday, October 4

Friday, October 5

Saturday, October 6

Sunday, October 7

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Albany Public Library and the NYCLU Celebrate Your Right to Read

Banned Books Week is September 29 to October 6

On Saturday, October 6, at 2:00 pm, Albany Public Library, in partnership with the New York State Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter, celebrates America’s freedom to read! The program, which will be held at the Main Library, 161 Washington Ave., will feature local actors and community leaders will read from books that have been banned or challenged in America. Local poets also will be reading selections from their own works and NYCLU members will discuss current challenges to intellectual freedom and free speech. The readings will take place in the large auditorium of the Main Library.

Now in its 26th year, Banned Books Week calls Americans’ attention to the fragile nature of the First Amendment, which is under constant onslaught by censors and those who would control what citizens read and think.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Association of American Publishers. It is also endorsed by the Center for the Book, a program of the Library of Congress.
For more information on Banned Books Week go here.

For more information on the program at Albany Public Library contact the library’s Public Information Officer, John Cirrin at 427-4344.

Friday, September 28, 2007

LIBRARIES STRAINED BY INTERNET USE

Public libraries are straining to keep up with the demand for Internet access from students and job seekers who don't have it at home.

"The study, Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006-2007, reported on a survey of thousands of public library branches and library focus groups held in Delaware, Maryland, Nevada and Utah.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and ALA, the study found that more than 73 percent of libraries say they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities."

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sputnik

From BUSLIB:

For the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957, the New York Times has published a series of articles in the Science Times series The Space Age.

NASA offers a timeline, links to primary documents, and more, while and other primary docs are available from the NARA/Eisenhower Library.

NewspaperArchive.com offers tens of thousands of FREE full text, full image articles on various topics organized into special collections. Articles are PDFs. Each collection has a timeline. They also offer most of their database of over 70 million articles for free to K-12 schools.

NewspaperArchive publishes a daily newsletter with articles
about that day in history.

Finally, What's That Sound?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Women and Books 2007

June 2007:
The average American woman who belongs to a social network spends about $500 a year on books. That should make her a fairly important customer, someone the book publishing industry watches carefully and knows well. Unfortunately, little is known about her book-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviors.

(Free registration required for the full report.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fact Sheet: Department of Justice Actions on FBI Use of National Security Letters

This is from March 2007, but still relevant:

Source: U.S. Department of Justice
“The Attorney General commends the work of the Inspector General (IG) in uncovering serious problems in the FBI’s use of National Security Letters (NSLs). The Attorney General has told the Director of the FBI that such mistakes will not be tolerated and has ordered the FBI and the Department to restore accountability and to put in place safeguards to ensure greater oversight and controls over the use of national security letters.”

Monday, September 24, 2007

Its National? Punctuation! Day

Sorry. It's National Punctuation Day!

Read more.

Critics Right and Left Protest Book Removals

The federal Bureau of Prisons is under pressure from members of Congress and religious groups to reverse its decision to purge the shelves of prison chapel libraries of all religious books and materials that are not on the bureau's lists of approved resources.

Outrage over the bureau's decision has come from both conservatives and liberals, who say it is inappropriate to limit inmates to a religious reading list determined by the government.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/21/us/21prison.html.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Events Calendar for September 24-30, 2007

Monday, September 24

Tuesday, September 25

Wednesday, September 26

Thursday, September 27

Friday, September 28

Friday, September 21, 2007

REGENTS APPOINT FOUR NEW MEMBERS TO REGENTS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON LIBRARIES

At their September 10-11 meeting in Albany, the New York State Board of Regents named four members to the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC). The one reappointed and three new members include the following individuals:

Timothy Johnson, Librarian for Africana Studies, Anthropology & Food Science, New York University Libraries Term of Office: October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2012 (reappointed to a full term after serving an unfulfilled term)

Gerald Nichols, Director, Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management, Long Island University Term of Office: October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2012

Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates, Ltd., Syracuse Term of Office: October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2012

Sara Kelly Johns, Library Media Specialist, Lake Placid Middle/Senior High School Term of Office: October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2010 (filling an unfulfilled term)

The Regents, the State Education Department, and the library community in New York State thank the two outgoing RAC members who have served full five-year terms and are not eligible for reappointment:

Mr. Irving Toliver, Director, Human Services Department, Town of Huntington

Dr. Karen Patricia Smith, Professor, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries is the oldest continuing Regents advisory council. Its 12 members advise the Board on issues concerning library policy, collaborate with the officers of the State Education Department in developing a comprehensive statewide library and information policy, and make recommendations to the Regents for implementing library programs and initiatives. The Council is broadly representative of libraries and statewide constituencies served by the New York State Library.

For more information on RAC and a listing of all the current members, go here.

Batgirl was a librarian


But that's no way to treat library books!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dole's Heart Delight Recall

The Dole recall covers this area.

What Libraries Are

There's a conference for academic libraries being held November 1-2 in Saratoga Springs. I want to note the theme of the conference is taken from the Talis White Paper in which four principles are addressed:
The library is everywhere;
The library has no barriers:
The library invites participation;
The library uses flexible, best-of-breed systems.

Don't think of libraries as just the buildings, but as the services provided.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

FILM: The Hollywood Librarian

Sneak Preview Showing: October 3, 2 pm
Tri-City Premiere : October 3, 7 pm -9 pm
At the Guilderland Public Library

They have more cardholders than Visa, and more outlets than McDonald's: MEET THE LIBRARIANS.

If you've always wondered exactly what librarians do all day, then join us for the Tri-City Premiere screening of the documentary, The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film.

Using the "hook" of Hollywood motion picture clips, the film gives you a chance to peer into the world of librarians: the skill and passion it takes, the real lives and work of U.S. librarians, challenges of book censorship, and - most troubling - the pressures of declining library funding.

Deborah Andersen, Associate Professor at the University of Albany's College of Computing and Information, will lead a discussion after the evening premiere. The screening, scheduled in conjunction with the celebration of Banned Books Week, is also a fundraiser for the Library.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors. Librarians and Library students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Adult Reference desk. The Hollywood Librarian is appropriate for audiences young adult and older.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Events Calendar for September 17-23, 2007

Monday, September 17

Tuesday, September 18

Wednesday, September 19

Thursday, September 20

Friday, September 21

Saturday, September 22

Sunday, September 23

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The SKILLs Act

From the New York Library Association:

Dear Library Advocate,

The ALA Government Relations Office is asking ALA Chapters (NYLA) to reach out to the library community to urge them to contact their Congressional representatives in support of including the SKILLs Act as part of the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

The SKILLs Act would require a highly qualified school library media specialist in every school. The House Education and Labor Committee will be considering reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind legislation starting on September 24th.

ALA is requesting that you contact your Congressional representatives to either ask them to be a co-sponsor of the SKILLs Act (there are currently no NY representatives as co-sponsors) and support its inclusion in the NCLB legislation.

Below are talking points you can use in your letter to your Congressional representatives. Visit here to email your letter to Congress.

SKILLs Act Info and Talking Points

* Requires school districts, to the extent feasible, to ensure that every school within the district employs at least one highly qualified school library media specialist in each school library;
* Defines highly qualified school library media specialists as those who have a bachelor's degree and have obtained full state certification as a school library media specialist or passed the state teacher licensing examination, with state certification in library media in such state;
* Establishes as a state goal that there be at least one highly qualified school library media specialist in every public school no later than the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year;
* Broadens the focus of training, professional development, and recruitment activities to include school library media specialists;
* Ensures that funds will serve elementary, middle, and high school students;
* Requires books and materials to be appropriate for and engage the interest of students in all grade levels and students with special learning needs, including English language learners.

Talking Points

* Multiple studies have affirmed that there is a clear link between school library media programs that are staffed by a school library media specialist and student academic achievement. Across the United States, research has shown that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, get better grades, and score higher on
standardized test scores than their peers in schools without libraries.
* Academic Librarians: School libraries are KEY to ensuring college readiness.
* Public Librarians: School library media specialists give students the skills they need to utilize your library to its fullest extent.
* Long regarded as the cornerstone of the school community, school libraries are no longer just for books. Instead, they have become sophisticated 21st century learning environments offering a full range of print and electronic resources that provide equal learning opportunities to all students, regardless of the socio-economic or education levels of the community - but only when they are staffed by school library media specialists trained to collaborate with teachers and engage students meaningfully with information that matters to them both in the classroom and in the real world.
* Only about 60 percent of our school libraries have a full-time, state-certified school library media specialist on staff.
* With limited funding and an increased focus on school performance, administrators are trying to stretch dollars and cut funds across various programs to ensure that maximum resources are dedicated to improving student academic achievement.
* Because NCLB does not highlight the direct correlation between school library media specialists and increased student academic achievement, library resource budgets are increasingly being used to mitigate the effects of budgetary shortfalls.