Monday, June 30, 2008

New York State Public Library Construction Needs Total $2.2 Billion


The 2009-2013 "Estimated New York State Public Library Construction Needs" survey is now complete and is available on the New York State Library’s website here.

This important document provides an overview of the anticipated construction and renovation needs for public library and neighborhood branch facilities for the next five years. Libraries and systems report planned or needed construction projects totaling more than $2.2 billion.

Facility limitations can diminish the quality of service that libraries provide to their communities and inefficient buildings can rob libraries of vital fiscal resources that could be used for program and collection enhancement. A 2006 State Library survey of public libraries and systems found that more than 30% of the libraries participating in the survey were not fully accessible to patrons with disabilities, 38% did not have sufficient space to house their collections, and 42% lacked sufficient space for public access computers.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Action Matinees

Come to the Main Library for four movie matinees, all at 2 p.m.:

Monday, June 30:
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
starring Noah Wylie

Tuesday, July 1:
The Mummy
starring Brendan Fraser

Wednesday, July 2:
National Treasure
starring Nicholas Cage

Thursday, July 3
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
starring Nicholas Cage.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pine Hills branch news

From Elissa Kane:

Hurry up and wait! The furniture is in, the books are on the shelves and the wiring has been installed for the public computers, but without doors, the Pine Hills Transitional Library at the Elks Lodge on South Allen Street hasn't opened for business.

But the good news is the doors have finally arrived in the State of New York! The unforeseen delay in the delivery of the doors from the manufacturer was a result of the dramatic increase in gas price - the shipper would not transport anything but a full truck, hence the delay in receiving them.

We certainly imagine your frustration about not having the Pine Hills library up a running after announcing last month the new location. We too were hoping to have a seamless transition.

We're terribly sorry for the delay and invite you check out the Bookmobile when it's at a location near you, our other locations in North Albany, Delaware, Howe at South Pearl Street and of course the Main Library.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rezsin's Review!

The grande dame of the local peace and environmental movements, Rezsin Adams, reviews China Road: A Journey Into The Future Of A Rising Power by Rob Gifford.
Rezsin is a longtime member of the national board of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association and a frequent traveler to China.
Stop into the Main Library for the Friend's weekly program on Tuesday, July 1 at 12:15.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008



Commissioner of Education Richard P. Mills has announced the appointment of Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, as Acting State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries following the retirement of Janet Welch earlier this month.
The announcement was made at the June meeting of the Board of Regents.

Jeffrey Cannell has served as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education since his appointment in March 2007. The New York State Library, the State Archives, the Office of Educational Television, and the New York State Museum comprise the Office of Cultural Education.

During Cannell’s tenure as Deputy Commissioner, the legislature approved new funding for public library construction grants, increased aid for library systems, and increased school library materials aid.
Mr. Cannell has led development of a plan to establish safe and secure storage for New York’s historic and cultural treasures and has worked to secure funding for curriculum based education programs in Museums and other cultural institutions.

He has worked with the Board of Regents to secure more support for outreach and educational programs provided by New York’s public television stations and to expand the NOVELny pilot project into a Statewide Internet Library.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Cannell was Director of the Albany Public Library and had an extensive career in library administration. He served before that as Director of the Wayne County Public Library in Goldsboro, North Carolina; Manager of the Cliffdale Branch of Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Branch Manager of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Bookseller for a number of enterprises; and Reference Librarian at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature and a Master of Library Science, both from the State University of New York at Albany.

A search is currently underway to permanently fill the position of New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries.
Candidates are being sought and qualified individuals are urged to apply. For information on the position and how to apply, go to the New York State Education web site.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

100 Awesome YouTube Vids for Librarians

Librarians should no longer be thought of as fuddy duddy types with long dusty cardigans or pince-nez dangling around their necks. These days, public librarians and academic librarians are on the cutting edge, dedicated to bringing their resources and their patrons into the 21st century with technology. Librarians are also bloggers, IT professionals, database managers, technology mavens; and these YouTube videos and tutorials are just for them. Watch these vodcasts and recordings to learn about new library tools, interesting literacy campaigns and outreach programs, and even hysterical videos about library stereotypes that are circulating on the Internet.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Garage Bands in The Garage!

Meet APL behind the library, that's right, in the garage on June 27th at 6PM for the Ben Karis-Nix and the Scientific Maps. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs!

See you there for the second in the award winning series of summer concerts!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Friends extend

We will extend our talks and reviews through August.

Legends & Legacies

Join Don Hyman as he presents "Uptown Stars, Chocolate Celebrities". Between 1950 and 1959, some of the most prominent African-American entertainers in the 20th Century resided in Harlem - Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte.
Sunday, June 22nd, 2PM, Main Library

Memo to the President-Elect

Shawn Morris, President of the Albany Common Council, will review Madeline Albright's Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore
America's Reputation and Leadership. Join the Friends on June 24th at 12:15 for 45 minutes of provocative insights.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Open Book New York

"New Yorkers should know where their tax dollars are going. Open Book New York is part of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s effort to promote more openness in government and give taxpayers better access to the financial workings of government."

"Easy-to-use online search tools identify spending for 113 State agencies and public authorities and display more than 60,000 State contracts. These tools will help you find out how much state government spends on everything from travel and employees’ salaries to telephones and consultants. You can also search State contracts in real time to see who is doing business with the State."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Carl strock

If you're from the Capital District and you haven't heard of Carl Strock, you haven't been reading the Daily Gazette!
Join the Friends on Tuesday, June 17th at the Main Library for their weekly (12:15) gathering for light refreshments, discussion and insights into The View From Up Here.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Troy Food and Film Festival. June 28-29, 2008.

Save the date....The Troy Food and Film Festival will be a fabulous party on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 –29, in Troy. Sponsored by the Troy Community Food Coop and Troy Cinema, this will be a weekend brimming with attention to food and films. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a celebration in Barker Park (3 St. and State St. in downtown Troy) with food, music, performance, and events for children. Later, at 7pm that evening, films for foodies will be shown at the Arts Center, including some by local filmmakers. The Troy Cinema and Visual Arts Group will also show the runaway successful short documentary The Real Dirt on Farmer John which has garnered so far 31 awards worldwide. Next day, the celebration will continue with a fundraising Sunday Brunch at the Martinez Gallery at noon. Look for more information on the festival, see the Troy Community Food Coop’s web site ( and the Troy Cinema and Visual Arts Group's web site—

Intellectual Freedom Award

The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is seeking nominations for the NYLA - ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award.

The Award recognizes an individual, group of individuals or organization engaged in activities which have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom in the State of New York.

The deadline for submitting nominations is July 31, 2008.

The link to the NYLA - ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award web page.

The nomination criteria.

The link to download the nomination form (in PDF format).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Quotations About Librarians

From The Laughing Librarian. See also the sidebar to the right for humor about
Libraries & Librarism
Books & Reading
Knowledge & Information
Internet & Computers

Some other librarian-centric quotes, from the BUSLIB listserv:
"I'll have to admit that he's a very competent scholar." [said Belgarath.] "Isn't he just a librarian?" Garion asked, "somebody who looks after books?"
"That's where all the rest of scholarship starts, Garion. All the books in the world won't help you if they're just piled up in a heap."
-Fantasy writer David Eddings in "King of the Murgos"

"Librarians are the secret masters of the universe. They control information. Never piss one off." --Spider Robinson

"My family never talks about library standards. And every time I try to steer the conversation that way, they make me feel like a nerd." - Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim." -- Linton Weeks (Washington Post article, 13 January 2001, p. C01)

"If I could've made close to the same amount of money I made in modeling in a library, man, you would not be able to pry me away from there." - Paulina Porizkova, May 1, 2008

"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians." — Monty Python skit

"I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book." - Groucho Marx

"Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind." - Richard Powers, In The Gold Bug Variations p.35, 1991.

Madam Librarian
What can I do, my dear, to catch your ear I love you madly, madly Madam Librarian...Marian Heaven help us if the library caught on fire And the Volunteer Hose Brigademen Had to whisper the news to Marian...Madam Librarian!
What can I say, my dear, to make it clear I need you badly, badly, Madam Librarian...Marian If I stumbled and I busted my what-you-may-call-it I could lie on your floor 'Till my body had turned to carrion....Madam Librarian.
Now in the moonlight, a man could sing it In the moonlight And a fellow would know that his darling Had heard ev'ry word of his song With the moonlight helping along.
But when I try in here to tell you, dear I love you madly, madly, Madam Librarian...Marian It's a long lost cause I can never win For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin Any talking out loud with any librarian Such as Marian.....Madam Librarian."

Harold Hill from "The Music Man" as cited here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

2008 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region June 21-August 10, 2008

The 72nd EXHIBITION BY ARTISTS OF THE MOHAWK-HUDSON REGION will be presented by the Albany Institute of History & Art from June 21 through August 10, 2008. Established in 1936, the MOHAWK-HUDSON REGIONAL is one of the longest running regional exhibitions in the country. This annual, juried exhibition occupies a major role in the history of contemporary art activity in the Upper Hudson Valley. The juror for the 2008 REGIONAL will be the internationally renowned American sculptor, Joel Shapiro. Highlighting the work of many of the artists working within a 100-mile radius of Albany, the exhibition rotates every three years among the Albany Institute, the University Art Museum at the University at Albany, and the Hyde Collection. The REGIONAL has become a barometer of contemporary art as well as a means of support for emerging and established artists in our community. Many local arts patrons and businesses provide cash prizes and gift certificates that the juror awards to selected artists. This recognition is essential to the growth and vitality of the arts in the Capital Region.

Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Tel: 518.463.4478

Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: Noon-5:00pm

Tuesday: Registered groups only
Closed Mondays & Major Holidays

Where I've Been

Laid up in a semi-comfortable chair.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

2008 Hidden City House and Garden Tour

The annual Hidden City House and Garden Tour will take place this year on Thursday June 19, 2008 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Visit homes, gardens and courtyards in the downtown Albany neighborhoods of Center Square and Hudson/Park. Ticket prices are:

$15 per person if prepaid prior to June 12th. Purchase prepaid tickets by calling 436-5618 or online at

$20 per person June 13th-18th. Purchase tickets in person at Ben & Jerry's, 250 Lark Street (cash or check only), or at Historic Albany Foundation, 472 Madison Avenue (check or charge only).

$20 per person June 19th (day of event).
Purchase tickets or pick up prepaid tickets at Ben & Jerry's, 250 Lark Street, 5pm-8pm.

For more information, call 436-5618 or 465-0876 x 10.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

NYLA Proposed Information Literacy Standards

A NYLA Task Force on Information Literacy Standards has completed its work and the Task Force's recommendations have been approved by the NYLA Council and is now posted on the NYLA website at for further input from the library community.

These proposed Information Literacy Standards will then be sent to the State Education Department and the NYS Board of Regents for their consideration and hopefully adoption.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Alive at Five. Summer 2008

Albany's free Thursday night summer concert series begins on June 5. Thursdays 5:00-8:00 p.m. Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve. Rain Site: Corning Preserve Boat Launch (under the 787 overpass). 434-2032

The summer 2008 schedule is:

June 5
Classic Rock Night

FEATURING: Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX

June 12
Beach Night
FEATURING: The Ventures
OPENING BAND: Rocky Velvet

June 19
Oldies Night

FEATURING: Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone
OPENING BAND: New York Players

June 26
Singer/Songwriter Night

FEATURING: Joan Osborne

July 10
American Idol Night

July 17
Disco Night

FEATURING: Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge

July 24
Zydeco Night
FEATURING: Terrance Simien
OPENING BAND: Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers

July 31
Groove Night


August 7
Local Latin Night

FEATURING: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

August 14
Irish Night (plus FIREWORKS!)

FEATURING: The Prodigals



Celebrate Fathers’ Day by hearing a new interpretation of an old story in this 90-minute walking tour to be held on Sunday, June 15 in downtown Albany. Historic Capital Region Underground Railroad abolitionists and freedom seekers will be featured in this tour that begins at 1pm at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. Join independent researchers Paul and Mary Liz Stewart to hear about and celebrate the stories of Capital Region residents who engaged in the 19th century national movement of civil disobedience known as the Underground

Railroad movement while visiting documented locations where these activists walked, lived, and worked. Dad's walk free of charge. Cost is $7 for those walkers 16 years and older. Walkers under 16 years are free, Further information is available by calling 518-432-4432 or visiting

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to researching, celebrating, and preserving the story of the Underground Railroad in the Capital Region with an emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers.

Monday, June 02, 2008



The 2008 report of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the Board of Regents on the needs of New York’s libraries and library systems is now online.

The report highlights the Council’s discussion of the impact of the two percent across-the-board cut to New York State’s Library Aid Program. Citing that the cut amounts to approximately $1.9 million of the $94 million ongoing Library Aid Program, the Council expressed concern that New York’s libraries would be able to offer fewer books, fewer programs, and shortened hours to New York’s library users.

The report also outlines the Council’s recommendations to the Board of Regents for 2009 budget and legislative priorities for libraries.
This includes:
* $5 million in state funding for the New York Digital Collection
* $20 million for the Public Library Construction Grant Program
* $10 million in Aid to Library Systems
* An increase to $10 per pupil in School Library Materials Aid
* State funding for the Statewide Summer Reading Program, Early
Literacy Programs, and English as a Second Language Programs-$7 million
* State funding for Library Book Aid, Statewide Trustee Training and Support, Library Services for the Disabled, and Saturday hours for the State Library and State Archives-$12.05 million
The recommendations presented to the Board of Regents include a new proposal for a New York Digital Collection Initiative. The Initiative is a collaborative project involving libraries, archives, historical records repositories, museums, public broadcasting, and other partners.
It will incorporate the NOVELNY pilot project/Statewide Internet Library. The purpose of the Initiative is to promote the use of digital technologies to broaden and enhance access to information available from local, regional, and New York State cultural education institutions.
More information about the Digital Collection Initiative is available

Please contact Lucretia McClure, Chairperson, New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries with any questions concerning the Council’s 2008 report to the Board of Regents.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Join in on Saturday, June 7 from 9am - 1pm for the first grounds clean up of the year! The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany needs your help to get ready for spring. If you can, bring gloves and tools, but most importantly, bring yourself!

Refreshments will be provided. Call 518-432-4432 with questions or email to