Thursday, December 31, 2009

Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007

Washington, DC- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the release of a new research brief, Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007. The brief identifies important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment and explores service differences in urban and rural communities.

A comparison of more than 11 years of Public Library Survey data suggests that service changes in U.S. public libraries are having an impact on visitation and circulation, as record numbers of people now use public libraries nationwide. Several findings from the survey include:

* The availability of Internet terminals in public libraries rose sharply between 2000 and 2007, increasing by 90 percent on a per capita basis. This dramatic increase is one example of the way U.S. public libraries are expanding their range of services to meet patron demand.
* Between 1997 and 2007, per capita visits to public libraries increased nationwide by 19 percent. During the same period per capita circulation increased by 12 percent. This growth in demand for library services occurred even as people increasingly turned to the Internet to meet other information needs.
* The study identified very different trajectories between urban and rural communities for select service trends, highlighting the importance of local context for identifying patron needs and improving services.

Future research from the Office of Policy, Planning, Research and Communication will examine library services in a variety of different contexts from small towns and remote rural areas to central cities and suburbs. This type of placed-based analysis can provide important insight into the impact libraries have on their communities, while building a stronger, evidence-based platform for planning library services to meet local needs.

To read the research brief please go here.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about
the Institute, please visit

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Library Hours

All locations of the Albany Public Library will closed by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2009, and closed all day Friday, January 1, 2010.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Soft opening for Delaware Branch; party to follow

The new Delaware branch at 331 Delaware Avenue had its "soft" opening yesterday. The Grand Opening Celebration will be Saturday, January 9, 2010.

The party runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Join us for the opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m., plus special events. Refreshments generously provided by hospitality sponsor Price Chopper.

Welcome to Albany 2030

Information about the City of Albany's first comprehensive planning project.
This site will be your source of information for the Albany Comprehensive Plan Update process. We are calling this update process “Albany 2030: Your City, Your Future” because the City of Albany is asking for your vision for your city in 2030, and for your ideas of how to achieve that vision. The Comprehensive Plan will be based upon citizen ideas and input and will connect the City’s existing plans and actions in various neighborhoods and districts into a plan for the City as a whole. This site is one way to get information and to participate in the Albany 2030: Your City, Your Future process. Explore the site to Learn, Share, and Participate!

The Albany 2030: Your City, Your Future Kickoff Community Forum will be held on January 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2010. These three identical events will run for approximately three hours each day (specific times tbd) and will provide participants the chance to discuss Albany's future with their fellow Albany residents and begin to come together around a vision for the City's future. This Forum will use state-of-the-art technology to help synthesize the results of conversations, and allow each person's voice to be equally heard.
Although you can also provide thoughts and ideas online prior to the Forum, please plan on attending one of the Forum sessions and providing your input!

Monday, December 28, 2009

High Check Out Limits

12 accused of filching from Prince George's library shelves, $90,000 in texts resold to bookstores and online, state's attorney says

By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Prince George's County (MD) grand jury has indicted a dozen people on felony theft charges, accusing them of collectively stealing almost $90,000 worth of books from county public libraries, authorities said yesterday.

In a news conference in front of county library headquarters in Hyattsville, State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said the alleged thieves weren't looking to expand their intellectual horizons. The suspects pilfered the books to line their pockets, reselling them to bookstores or on the Internet, Ivey said.

Many of the stolen books are college textbooks, which sell for as much as $200 apiece, Ivey said.

"It's a fair amount of money if you can move enough books," Ivey said.

Books were stolen from 12 of the county's 18 public library branches, officials said.

Investigators think at least three of the alleged thieves were working together and are trying to determine whether the group was bigger, said a law enforcement source...

The 12 suspects are all from Maryland... Ivey and other law enforcement officials said the alleged thieves obtained library cards using their real names, checked out large numbers of books, then sold them instead of returning them. None of the stolen books have been recovered, Ivey said.

"This is a theft from a public trust that all of us take advantage of, especially college students," Ivey said.

Most of the books were checked out between November 2008 and last July, authorities said.

The thieves took advantage of the fact that the county library system allows individuals to check out as many as 75 items -- books, DVDS and CDs -- at a time, officials said...

Camila Alire, president of the American Library Association, said libraries across the country experience theft on a daily basis, "but not to the extent of what's happened in Prince George's County."

Detective Anthony Guerreiro of the Hyattsville Police Department initiated the investigation into the Prince George's thefts in January after a librarian reported suspected thefts, officials said...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

America’s Most Literate Cities

Central Connecticut State University released a ranking of America’s Most Literate Cities 2009.

Drawing from a variety of available data resources, the America’s Most Literate Cities study ranks the largest cities (population 250,000 and above) in the United States. This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources.

One can argue the criteria, but it is interesting.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Albany Public Hours

All locations closed Thursday and Friday, December 24 & 25.
Regular hours resume Saturday, December 26.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Save the Albany YMCA meeting

You may have heard or read that the Downtown Albany YMCA on Washington Avenue is in danger of being closed by the Capital District YMCA board. A neighborhood-based coalition is organizing to save this vital community resource. There will be acommunity meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5th at 6:00pm in the big room at the Main Library on Washington Avenue. Parking in the rear off Elk Street. Please attend and make it clear we are committed to preventing the closing of our YMCA. The more support demonstrated with presence and voices at this meeting, the bigger and clearer message it will send!

The coalition is calling for a task force of stakeholders to study the issues that have lead to this decision and come up with a plan to keep the Downtown Y open.

Here are some other ways you can help: Go to the Save the Albany YMCA Facebook page. While there, you can join the more than 400 people who have already signed on, read the comments and get updates. You can also find a link to an on-line petition to show your support to the Y management, and you can contact us to get copies of a paper petition that you can circulate in your place of worship or neighborhood. You can also find contacts to volunteer for any of the many tasks that organizing requires.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Hollywood Librarian

Attention: All Librarians & Friends of Librarians

"The Hollywood Librarian" is now available on DVD! (In English with optional French and Spanish subtitles)

Order a copy here.

After showing The Hollywood Librarian, numerous audience members came up to me to ask how they could get their own copies to show at their libraries and library schools. The film struck such a chord with them that they strongly felt that it must be seen by others, not only by those in the field, but by lay people as well.
-Tracey Simon, Lynbrook (N.Y.) Public Library

This first full length documentary film to focus on the work and lives of librarians gathers hundreds of examples of librarians and libraries from Hollywood - from Sophie's Choice to the Desk Set and on to The Shawshank Redemption. As the website blurb says - "some [are] positive, some negative, some laughable and some dead wrong".
Interviews with dozens of real librarians are interwoven with these make-believe portrayals, opening up discussion on the things we, as a profession, care about - from the value of reading to intellectual freedom.

As the film unfolds, we will meet the dedicated children's librarian, the witty library director, the high-tech corporate librarian, the smart medical librarian, and the dedicated cataloger. We visit a prison literacy program, an elementary school library and a town faced with the most severe library crisis in decades. We will show the challenges created by shrinking financial support and increased
materials costs. We will encounter older librarians who have witnessed the explosion of technology and younger librarians, who were born into the information age. We will travel to large library systems with dozens of staff and visit small libraries with one librarian working alone.

For more information please visit

Friday, December 18, 2009

National Center for Education Statistics

If you're looking for a source of education-related statistics, visit the Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

NCES is part of the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. It is the primary organization that collects, analyzes, and reports on education-related data in the United States. NCES reports complete statistics on the condition of American education and education activities internationally.

In addition to education statistics, NCES also provides other tools, such as the ability to search for schools, colleges, and libraries, or use the college navigator to identify schools that best meet the user's criteria.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

And now for something completely different

You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence. That's been the main reason for our policy of hiring wild animals as librarians. - Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

State Librarian's Update #7

State Budget: What a shocker! After months of press reports demonstrating and lauding increased library use around the state and the critical library role helping people in hundreds of ways to deal with today’s economic challenges, the final “Deficit Reduction Plan” included a 12.5% cut in the remaining library state aid programs! This means a cut of just under 5% of this year’s State Aid to Libraries budget. Over twenty months time library aid support has been reduced from $102 million to $87 million -- now equal to funding support in 1998. The 12.5% reduction was part of across-the-board cuts to a wide range of local assistance programs including social services, health care, aging, mental hygiene, transit and higher education. While libraries were not singled out for these cuts, their impact on the
library community is substantial and for some, devastating! While I know there are many points of view on the matter, it should be noted that some believe that these cuts were necessary to avoid raising taxes and fees and will result in saving jobs as well as “reforming government”. One State Senator wrote to his constituents,
describing the legislative actions as reducing the deficit “without tax-hiking mid-year school cuts”. He added, “ is no time for celebration”.

So…what is it time for!? Turn your concerns into action. Communicate with your legislators. Tell them your stories. Be sure that your customers know of the impact of these funding cuts and know how to contact their elected officials. Rather than closing your doors, I suggest something more in keeping with our commitment to service like turning your lights and computers off for a day AND REMAINING OPEN to
the public. Can we use this as a further chance to educate our local officials as well as legislators about our programs and how indispensable they are? Can we demonstrate that libraries of every type are tools for economic recovery? Can we turn the lemons into lemonade? I actually like brownies better than lemonade. Can we turn the lemons into brownies?!

ARIA Setback: Legislation to support the use of economic development funds to assist research and academic institutions in purchasing expensive and specialized database resources was vetoed by the Governor. Despite overwhelming legislative support, the ARIA legislation will not become law. The Governor, in his veto message, welcomed the idea and appears supportive of discussions to incorporate the ARIA proposal into next year’s budget. The New York State Higher Education Initiative
(NYSHEI) will be pushing hard to move the concept forward.

Broadband Stimulus Funding: We still are waiting to learn if the two federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant requests from the State Library/State Education Department will be funded. With a huge number of applicants for funds for both ‘Public Computing Centers’ and ‘Sustainable Adoption’ programs, it is no surprise that the feds have delayed any announcements. The beginning of November was the latest announcement target. Now we have learned that it could be
as late as February 2010. We appreciate your patience. In the meantime, we are assessing whether we should gear-up for a Round Two funding application. We do not yet know what the criteria or requirements will be. The New York State Library has developed a website to help libraries preparing applications for federal stimulus broadband funds for anticipated funding in 2010. If we apply for Round Two funds, we will want to again apply for a statewide initiative. Please tell me if you are interested in participating. More fun awaits.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Helps: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new grant to the New York State Library of $947,517 on December 1. The State Library will use these foundation funds to execute a statewide broadband plan to improve and maintain Internet connections in 70 eligible local libraries. New York has partnered with the foundation since early 2009 to develop strategies for
upgrading and sustaining Internet connections in public libraries beyond 1.5 mbps, as well as raising federal E-rate participation rates among libraries. New York was one of seven states with a high number of libraries without high-speed Internet access that were struggling to increase their bandwidth for customers.

Risk Taking: The popular and business press is filled with discussion about ‘risk’. The genesis of this I am sure is the perilous economic times in which we find ourselves. It might also be the concerns about the impact of the H1N1 strain of the flu, or the ever-present concerns about terrorism. Clearly we live in a world with risk. What is there to learn from this discussion about risk for the world of libraries? Are libraries at risk? Should we be taking more risks? The latest Harvard
Business Review (October 2009) might give you some insights from the business/management world perspective about risk. Read ahead for a librarian’s perspective. From the library world view, most people see the intersection of libraries and politics as the riskiest. This intersection occurs every time a library places an issue on the ballot for public election. The remarkable news is that an assessment by the Library Development staff at the State Library shows that over the last three years 97.7% of ALL library election requests were positively
approved by voters. (See here for the full statistic review). This is phenomenal! Library budgets, budget increases, building projects and the creation of library districts have all been approved. I hope that every public policymaker is aware of the deep support for libraries from voters in diverse communities around the
state. I know of no other community institution which commands this level of support ….and respect. Of course, this is also informative for library boards and trustees considering public votes. Simply stated, there is not much risk. Go for it!

In libraries one of the other major threads around the topic of risk is concern for the preservation and conservation of collections. We are losing our patrimony as our collections age and our resources do not keep pace with the requirements for storage, conversion to other formats (including digitization), and preservation. And, of significant note, is the loss of the records of the formative years of the latest technology revolution. Many of the records of the Internet (the world’s largest and most extensive copy and distribution machine) are already gone. How can we better deal with this risk? Awareness is a key part of the education process. Are there collaborative ways of dealing with the serious work at hand? You might want to review the results of a recent survey of New York cultural institutions concerning their preservation needs which will shape a new statewide preservation plan.

New York State Center for the Book: I am very pleased and excited that the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book under the wonderful leadership of John Cole has given the nod for the New York State Center for the Book to move from its long-time home at the Syracuse University Libraries to a new roost at the New York Library Association. Suzanne Thorin, University Librarian, and Pamela McLaughlin, Director of
Communications and External Relations and Executive Director of the Center for the Book, have given great support to the Center at Syracuse.
As the Center for the Book moves, it joins NYLA’s initiative to create the Empire State Book Festival. The first festival will be April 9th and 10th, 2010 at the Empire State Plaza adjacent to the New York State Library in Albany. This is a great synergy and affords the chance for a broad statewide celebration of books, writers, readers, publishers, librarians and all who care about books. Mark your calendars for April 9th and 10th. Over 60 authors have already signed on to be part of the
1st Annual Empire State Book Festival. Congratulations and thanks to Michael Borges and NYLA for these important initiatives.
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL): A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library at the State Library. Not only have we transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, but we have also begun the first distribution of “new” digital machines and begun 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, please contact TBBL. Contact via telephone is (518) 474-5935 or toll free at
1-800-342-3688 or e-mail: If you are a resident of New York City, please contact the Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library at (212) 206-5400; TDD: (212) 206-5458; email: or if you live on Long Island, contact: Long Island Talking Book Library (LITBL), phone: (631) 286-1600; TDD (631)
286-4546. .

Libraries and Elections: I recently presented testimony at a legislative hearing hosted by the Assembly Committee on Elections joined by the Committee on Education and the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology. We are fortunate to have the Assembly’s only professional librarian, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman, (Brooklyn-D) serving as the Election Committee Chair. She was joined by Library
Committee Chair Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and for a brief time by Education Committee Chair Catherine T. Nolan as well as other committee members. The focus of the hearing was the impact of the shift from lever style voting machines to the new technologies for voting being required by the federal government. Of course, libraries are the locations used in many communities for voting and at least are usually the site for the library’s own elections. While I shared concerns about the cost implications of the new technology for libraries, I also volunteered all
of the state’s libraries for a job in which we successfully participated decades ago: helping to educate voters to the new technologies for voting. Gauging by the reactions to my testimony, some people were surprised that I would volunteer libraries for this critical civic education role. I was pleased with the opportunity to share the belief and practice that an informed citizenry is essential to democracy
and is the very reason that a vibrant, well supported system of libraries is required for our democracy to operate and flourish. You will be hearing more about the changes in how we vote and I hope that every library can be a place where citizens can get reliable information on voting - and more!

Details, Details: The devil is in the details is an often-noted phrase to alert us to the numerous requirements for effective living. This is intended to be a friendly reminder about some of the details that are part of the world of New York’s public library operations. You will find much of this information in the “Library Trustee Handbook” which is available on the State Library’s website.

● Trustees of ALL public (but not association) libraries, whether appointed or elected, must take oaths of office and file paperwork within thirty days to verify their oath-taking (see here for more details).
● Notices of public and association library board meetings must be publicly posted (including online) at least 72 hours before a meeting is set to begin (see here for
more details on open meetings law).
● Library board meetings must be open to the public except for a few circumstances under which a closed session can be held.
● Library charters (legal incorporation), issued and approved by the Board of Regents, must be reflective of actual service areas and governance structure.

All Library Boards should have up-to-date bylaws and ensure that the library is in compliance with minimum standards (CR 90.2).

New York Kids Do Love Summer Reading: I was so excited to see that 1.5 million young people participated in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program! Many thanks to those of you who worked so hard to make this happen. Working with our public library system partners, there are several surprises in store for Summer 2010 including a new “brand” for Summer Reading at New York Libraries and an online registration system. Something fun to look forward to in the New Year!

Reading for the Holidays: We are fortunate to live in a state where over 170 languages (based on the latest U.S. Census) are spoken every day. The diversity of language and culture is also reflected in a wide range of spiritual and religious beliefs with this time of year being the focus of celebration and ceremony for those of many faiths. I share with you my wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season filled with every good wish for yourself and those you love. I want to encourage you
to extend the tradition of reading to all your holiday festivities. Read a story. Tell a story. Read aloud to your children and friends or invite them to read to you. If your holiday traditions do not already include reading or storytelling, you can start that tradition now. Reading enriches lives and is a gift without cost. Happy holidays!

Bernard A. Margolis
State Librarian
New York State Library

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NYS Library Public Services Assistant Position

Position Announcement at the New York State Library

The Public Services Assistant will work with the general public in the Electronic Reference Station (ERS) area of the New York State Library assisting individuals in searching the Library’s online catalog, the Internet, and the Library’s many online databases. The candidate will also assist in the evaluation of databases, which may include helping to draft instruction sheets. Other duties can include assisting in updating the Internet bibliographies on the State Library’s web site and working with publishers to keep the e-journal list updated.

Qualifications, Hours & Compensation

Positions are open to matriculated SISP graduate students. Students can work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week. Attendance is flexible within the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

The rate of pay is $13.00 per hour.


The ERS is on the public floor and requires being able to work with a wide variety of members of the general public including children as well as experienced researchers. There are over 100 different databases available at the ERS that require the use of over 30 different types of software. ERS staff must be able to assist patrons in whichever databases are appropriate to answer their questions. They, working with the Reference Desk staff, are the primary staff who assist the public in using the Library’s electronic resources.

Established in 1818, the New York State Library is one of the oldest and largest state libraries in the nation and the only state library to qualify for membership in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
It ranks among the top 125 largest libraries in the United States and Canada.

The State Library is a modern public research facility for the government, people, and libraries of New York State.

To Apply
For further information contact Stephanie Barrett or Jane Pinder by e-mail at or by telephone at (518) 474-2274.

Part-time Library Assistant Position Albany Public Library

Albany Public Library
Part Time Position Available
Library Assistant - Branch Services Department

*Note: This position will be filled as a PROVISIONAL Civil Service appointment. The appointee will be required to qualify for permanent appointment to this position when the next classification test is offered.

General Statement of Duties: Under the supervision of the Head of Branch Services provides library services to the public in the branch services department.

Classification: Library Assistant

Job Description:
Employees in this classification in the Branch Services Department routinely participate in the following activities: provides assistance to customers using the public computers including routine computer usage and printing questions, provides directional assistance in the use of library facilities and collections, answers and directs telephone calls, reserves requested materials, and performs various stack maintenance tasks related to the collection. In addition to these routine activities, Library Assistants may also be involved with the promotion the use of library materials through displays, planning and conducting programs under the supervision of higher-level staff in the department, and providing instruction to the public in the use of library resources and other tasks of a similar nature as necessary. On the job training is provided under the supervision of higher-level staff.

Required Skills and Abilities: This position requires strong interpersonal skills, particularly tact and courtesy in dealing with the public and coworkers, basic computer skills, a working knowledge of general library operations, the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, flexibility in work schedule, a good sense of humor, and a positive work attitude. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree.

Work Schedule: A combination of day, evening and weekend hours totaling
18.5 hrs. per week is required.

Supervisor: Head of Branch Services
Salary: $15.64 per hour
Deadline: Until filled
Apply to: Patrice M. Hollman, Head of Branch Services for Bach, Delaware and Howe
331 Delaware Avenue
Albany, NY 12209

Albany Public Library is an AA/EO institution and is strongly and actively committed to increasing diversity within its organization.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Citizens for Public Transportation Meeting

Citizens for Public Transportation will meet Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 PM at the Albany Public Library, Washington Avenue. Albany County Supervisor Michael breslin has been invited to attend and address current bus concerns.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, Melvil Dewey!

How one library pioneer profoundly influenced modern librarianship.

SLA Name Will Stay: Alignment of Association to Continue

Alexandria, Virginia, December 10, 2009- The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced the results of its association-wide vote on a new name today. Voting in record numbers, SLA members failed to approve a proposal to change the organization’s name to the Association for Strategic Knowledge Professionals. 50 percent of those members eligible to vote participated in the referendum, with 2071 voting yes and 3225 voting no.

“The active discussions, online and in local meetings, are a testament to the passion and commitment that knowledge and information professionals feel towards their association and their profession,” said Gloria Zamora, SLA 2009 President. “This level of engagement will help make SLA and its members more effective advocates for the information profession in the years ahead.”

The name change proposal stemmed from the findings of the Alignment Project, an intensive two-year research effort aimed at understanding the value of the information and knowledge professional in today’s marketplace and how to best communicate that value. “Our name will remain,” Zamora continued, “but we will go forward with developing opportunities for our members to use the Alignment findings to demonstrate their contributions to the organizations that employ them.”

“Information and knowledge professionals are critical assets to the organizations that employ them, yet their contributions and capabilities are too often underestimated,” said SLA CEO Janice R. Lachance. “The findings of the Alignment Project research will guide SLA in developing services and programs that will more successfully position these professionals in the marketplace and attract the recognition and compensation they deserve.”

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves about 11,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic, and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. For more information, visit us on the Web at

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers

From the Global Information Industry Center:

In 2008, Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day. Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes. These estimates are from an analysis of more than 20 different sources of information, from very old (newspapers and books) to very new (portable computer games, satellite radio, and Internet video). Information at work is not included.

We defined "information" as flows of data delivered to people and we measured the bytes, words, and hours of consumer information. Video sources (moving pictures) dominate bytes of information, with 1.3 zettabytes from television and approximately 2 zettabytes of computer games. If hours or words are used as the measurement, information sources are more widely distributed, with substantial amounts from radio, Internet browsing, and others. All of our results are estimates.

Previous studies of information have reported much lower quantities.

Monday, December 07, 2009

What a Party!

Oh, yeah, I was THERE!!

From Stephanie Simon, Albany Public Library

The Pine Hills neighborhood welcomed the new library with open arms Saturday. Despite the snow that fell throughout the day, the library was packed with people all afternoon. Customers of all ages explored the fully renovated library, worked on the 24 public access computers, checked out the 50,000 materials, and marveled at the interior design and architectural features.

The celebration found neighbors of all ages nibbling on refreshments, enjoying musical entertainment, hearing welcoming remarks from library and city leaders, and watching a ribbon cutting ceremony by Pine Hills story time children.

It was a wonderful event and everyone at the library wishes to thank the Pine Hills community for its ongoing and enthusiastic support!!

Now that we have one library open, there are still four more to go. The next neighborhood library in line -- the Delaware Branch Library at 331 Delaware Avenue -- is expected to open to the public later this month. The Delaware grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, January 9. Stay tuned for more details!

Friday, December 04, 2009

First Friday Comes to Main

Another cool event this weekend -- a First Friday author reading/signing, concert, and art reception at the Main Library from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

Local author Vincent Zandri will read from his new book Moonlight Falls and then switch gears to play drums with his band the Blisterz. The event also features travel photography by Gene Damm from his journeys through China and Tibet.

The after-hours First Friday event at the Main Library is free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

NORAD sees Ol' St. Nick when he's sleeping, knows when he's awake.

Children of all ages are now able to track Santa live through a variety of social media services and OnStar, thanks to updates to the North American Aerospace Defense Command's annual Santa tracking public service.

New this year, children and the young-at-heart can track Santa through mobile devices and the Internet via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and OnStar. To follow Santa on these Web sites, users should type @noradsanta into the search engine. Dedicated Santa trackers who are also OnStar subscribers can follow the jolly old elf in their vehicles by pushing the blue OnStar button to get status reports on Santa’s whereabouts.

The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site,, is now live and features holiday games and activities that change daily. The Web site is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese. On Dec. 24, the Web site will stream videos, captured by NORAD “Santa Cams,” from cities along Santa’s journey.

More here: NORAD enhances Santa tracking abilities.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Upper Madison Neighborhood Tree Lighting

What: Upper Madison Neighborhood Tree Lighting
Followed by a reception at Pine Hills ES

When: Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Where: In front of Center Square Police Station, on "the Point"

Who: Pine Hills ES Chorus and PTA; Pine Hills, New Albany, and Manning Blvd. neighborhood associations; Upper Madison merchants

Why: Celebrate the holidays with neighbors and community school

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


(Part I, plus Hallelujah Chorus)

Saturday December 5 at 3 PM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 21 Hackett Blvd, Albany

Bring your score or borrow one!
Susan Harwood, soprano
Erica Sparrow, mezzo
Douglas Schmolze, tenor
Stephen Dahlin, bass
Edward Heffron, organ
Steven Rosenberry, conductor

Admission $10. Reception following.

Further information 463-2257. Plentiful free parking. Wheelchair accessible.