Friday, December 23, 2011

Regents Advisory Council for Libraries issues second draft of Creating the Future, a 2020 Vision

The New York State Regents Advisory Council for Libraries has released the second draft of Creating the Future, a 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State: Preliminary Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents. The deadline for submitting written comments about the second draft is February 15, 2012. Comments will inform the development of the final plan which the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries will present to the New York State Board of Regents in April 2012.

The widget below will lead library users to the new draft document and provide them with an opportunity to submit comments and improvement suggestions by email. Get a copy of the widget to put on your website HERE.

This second draft document reflects hundreds of comments submitted through November 2011. For more information about the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, please visit the State Library’s website.
Click here to read and comment on the RAC 2020 Vision plan; please send us your comments by 2/15/2012

Vacation Week Fun for Kids at APL

Looking for something fun — and free — to do with the kids during vacation? Visit APL for these great activities!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

APL Seeks RFPs for Customer Service and Library Usage Study

Albany Public Library is gearing up for a comprehensive Customer Service and Library Usage Study and has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking project proposals from qualified vendors. APL’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved issuing the RFP at its October meeting. The RFP was officially issued Dec. 19 and project proposals are due Jan. 18. The full RFP can be viewed here [PDF].

Library leaders expect the Customer Service and Library Usage Study to yield important data and analysis that will help them make decisions about several critical projects.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

NYLA Distributes $9,000 in Disaster Relief Funds to Libraries Damaged by Flooding

Last week, representatives of NYLA, including President Matt Bollerman, Past-President Marcia Eggleston, Deputy Director Jeremy Johannesen and Michael J. Borges, Executive Director, visited nine libraries to hand deliver $1,000 checks to help them with their recovery efforts. The libraries visited were in varying degrees of restoration, with some already done with repairs and open for business, while others were still weeks or months away from reopening.

Everyone who contributed to our Disaster Relief Fund enabled NYLA to provide this financial assistance to libraries in need. The fundraising efforts demonstrated that when the library community acts in concert we can make a difference.

See the list of libraries that received financial assistance or make a contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund.

Happy Holidays and thanks again for your support!

New York Library Association

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

CDTA Announces Holiday Service Schedules

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) announced that on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2011, service will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. On Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2011, service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. Regular weekday service will resume on Monday, December 26, 2011.

On New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2011, service will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. To help support Capital Region Stop DWI efforts, CDTA will offer free bus service at all regular bus stops from 8:00PM on New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2011 through 1:00AM on Sunday, January 1, 2012.

CDTA is also offering special Saratoga First Night transportation service on New Year's Eve. Attendees who show First Night buttons may ride for free on all regular Saratoga bus routes and the two special shuttle routes from 4:00 pm through 1:00am.

On New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012, service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. Regular weekday service will resume on Monday, January 2, 2011.

NX Northway Commuter service will not operate on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day as the holidays fall on the weekend when NX service does not normally operate.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Avoiding the presumed charms of the Electronic Book-Reading Gadget

The Vent: There are still substantial advantages to the old, nonelectronic book.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Tip of the Day: Reduce Holiday Waste

The holiday season includes many opportunities to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse items. Think about the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift. Cheaper, less durable items often wear out quickly, creating waste and costing you money. If you plan to send greeting cards, consider purchasing ones that are made of recycled paper, or save postage costs and reduce waste by sending electronic greetings. Consider these additional ideas to reduce waste, save money, and help the environment.
View all of the holiday tips. Tomorrow's tip will help you keep your holiday meals safe.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Summer Reading at New York Libraries Reaches 1.65 Million Children & Teens

December 12, 2011 - New York State Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey W. Cannell announced today that 1.65 million children and teens throughout New York State participated in “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” at their local libraries. This represents a statewide increase of almost 10% over 2010. Kids are reading for fun during the summer months and that summer reading is associated with academic success.
“During the summer…children and families made reading for fun a top New York State activity. Taking full advantage of what public libraries in New York State offer has resulted in record participation in ‘Summer Reading at New York Libraries,’” stated Cannell. “This involvement with reading during the summer months leads to better academic performance when children return to school in the fall.”
Research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes, and that reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses.
“Statistics point to the disappointing loss of learning that takes place when young people are not in school during the summer,” said Commissioner of the New York State Education Department John B. King, Jr. “The effects of summer learning loss are especially dramatic for students from high-needs communities. By providing summer reading programs, the State Library and public libraries throughout the State can provide young people and their parents with the tools necessary to ensure year-long learning success and cultivate a love of reading.”
For more information on the positive value of public library summer reading programs see “The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning” (
Thanks go out to all the public library systems and the public libraries that made “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” such a success in 2011. 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 six public library systems reported 15% or higher increases
in participation levels over 2010. Congratulations to these *Stars* and
to all the systems for a wonderful 2011 “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.”
*  Buffalo and Erie County Public Library *
*  New York Public Library*
*  Nioga Library System *
*  Queens Library *
*  Southern Adirondack Library System *
*  Westchester Library System *
For further information please contact Karen Balsen at 518-486-2194,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The New York State Library has posted copies of  written statements and testimony submitted for the Tuesday November 29 Assembly Public Hearing on funding libraries on the State Library's website at:

Click on the link "Other Testimony" to see 29 statements from libraries, library systems and library organizations across the State - from Brooklyn to Nyack, from Onondaga to Western New York.

The six hour public hearing was conducted by the New York State Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology which is chaired by Assembly Committee Chair Robert P. Reilly. 

The New York State Library, located in Albany, New York, is a program of the Office of Cultural Education within the State Education Department.

Two public meetings set on plans to shutter two downtown Albany offices

Downtown residents can weigh in on the potential closure of post offices in the Capitol and Empire State Plaza Wednesday at two separate meetings at the Albany Public Library.

The U.S. Postal Service, which is studying whether to close the two downtown facilities, will hold its first meeting on the potential closure of the Capitol post office at noon, with the second on the Empire State Plaza post office to follow at 2:30 p.m.

Both sessions will be in the large meeting room in the Albany Public Library on Washington Avenue.

Read more: HERE.

Monday, December 12, 2011


(Albany, NY) – The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) announced that on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 (weather permitting) it will provide STAR customers with free shuttle rides to the Capital Holiday Lights in the Park in Albany’s Washington Park as a thank you for their patronage all year. The shuttle tour has a limited number of seats available and is reserved on a first come, first served basis.

STAR customers who would like to make reservations for the tour can contact STAR at (518) 482-2022.

STAR is Special Transit Available by Request; a para-transit service offering transportation alternatives to people who are unable to use the CDTA fixed-route bus system because of a disability or impairment.

Customers who need more information regarding CDTA service can call the CDTA Customer Information Center at 482-8822 or visit Information operators are on duty 6am weekdays and 8:00am-6pm weekends and holidays. To stay connected with CDTA’s latest news visit or

Remember to call in to schedule free STAR Park Tour!

Main Library Hours to Change Next Year

Albany Public Library is changing the hours at the Main Library starting in January. In a plan approved last month by the Board of Trustees, the Main Library’s schedule will be reduced by six hours a week. The hours at the six branches remain the same.

“The revised 2012 budget approved by voters in July required us to make some unpleasant but necessary cuts, one of which is a small reduction in the operating hours at the Main Library,” said Executive Director Carol Nersinger. “Library managers carefully examined the usage patterns at the Main Library to determine how best to reduce a few hours a week with the least impact to our customers. We recognize that this change may be difficult for some, but it was necessary to help keep our costs in line and our budget down.”

Effective Jan. 3, the Main Library will be open:
Mondays — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesdays — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesdays — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursdays — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The new schedule for the Main Library reduces weekly service hours by a total of six: four hours on Thursday, one hour on Friday, and one hour on Saturday. The service hours on Sunday through Wednesday remain unchanged.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

CDTA Winter Weather Tips

When the weather turns bad, many people ride CDTA so they don't have to worry about driving. If you plan to take CDTA during a snow/ice storm, here's what you need to know:

Safety comes first

CDTA operators are trained to handle adverse weather conditions.

Some bus lines may be Rerouted

If a route has steep hills or other potential dangers, service may be rerouted until the roads have been cleared. Visit the service alerts page at or call 518-482-8822 to check whether your bus line is on a reroute. You can also watch for announcements on local TV and radio stations.

Buses may not be running on schedule

Snow and ice on the roads affects all traffic, so buses may experience delays during weather emergencies. However, buses should still arrive at regular intervals.

Preparation pays off

CDTA Supervisors will be at major transit transfer points throughout the region to assist riders. Here's how you can make your own preparations:

Wear high-visibility clothing.
Look for bus stops on clear, level streets.
Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Detours and road conditions are likely to delay your trip, but we're working to get you there safely.
Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the doors open before stepping off the curb.
Use handrails when getting on and off the us . Remember, stairs and aisles may be slippery from the snow.
It takes longer to stop in snow and ice, so give your driver extra notice when you signal to get off the bus.
Dress warmly and expect delays.
If there's no traffic going by your bus stop, walk to a stop on a sanded, busy street.
If your stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom where the bus can safely stop.
Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop; it can slide sideways in slippery conditions.

Where do I find the very latest information?

Check the website Service Alerts page or call the CDTA Hotline at (518) 482-8822 and a Customer Services Representative will give you the latest update.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Making TV Accessible

Recognizing the importance of television as a channel for the dissemination of public information, education and entertainment, ITU, in collaboration with partner G3ict, has released Making TV Accessible, a new digital inclusion report designed to help the millions of persons worldwide living with a disability that prevents them from fully enjoying the audiovisual content coming into their homes.
The report identifies the kinds of access services required by a range of persons with disabilities, along with different accessibility options. These include closed captioning and signing for the deaf, audio description and audio captions for the visually impaired, and accessible remote control devices for the elderly and those with reduced dexterity.
It also explains how access services are produced and delivered so that regulators and service providers can better understand the issues and costs, emphasizes the need to make target users aware of access services, and provides a checklist for accessible TV implementation.

Link to full report here.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


As the Holidays approach, remember the librarian on your shopping list with a gift from the NYLA fundraising store.

With many new items to choose from, there is something for everyone:

20% off your entire purchase when you spend $150 or more
25% off your entire purchase when you spend $300 or more

Sale END Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Is librarianship in crisis and should we be talking about it?

Librarians are worriers, and one thing we like to worry a lot about is the future of libraries.

Veronica Arellano however thinks that we should stop writing about it. Why? She gives several reasons...but concludes with

"Writing about the 'crisis' in libraries tries to elicit change out of fear, rather than a desire to better serve our communities. By continuing to write our own obituaries, we are dissuading enthusiastic, forward-minded young scholars, technologists, and community leaders from entering the profession by painting ourselves as stuck in the past and obsolete."

She has a point too much negativity in particular obituaries type predictions can be self-fulfilling.

More HERE.

Monday, December 05, 2011

The library weeding process

Ruth, who writes a blog at Artifact Collectors has just posted an interview with Holly Hibner, author of 'Awful Library Books' on her blog.
The interview is about the weeding process, the weeded books and what happens to them after they have been weeded.
Yopu can find it HERE, in part because I don't think the general public is aware that there IS a weeding process at libraries.

Sunday, December 04, 2011



IN-STORE - Saturday, December 10, 2011
ONLINE- Saturday, December 10 - Thursday, 15, 2011

Come support libraries that were damaged by Hurricanes Irene and Lee. Stop by Barnes and Noble at Mohawk Commons (Schenectady) anytime on Saturday, December 10 and use Bookfair ID 10622223 at the checkout when you make a purchase. A percentage of your purchase anywhere in the store, including the café, will be donated to the libraries by Barnes and Noble.

Join them for our special family events:

11 AM - Nancy Gifford, Children's Librarian, Schenectady County Public Library will be presenting a story time

1 PM - Making a jigsaw puzzle wreath with the Schoharie County Cooperative Extension

*In-store gift wrapping from 11-1 and 2-4?

For those who want to order online, use anytime between December
10 and December 15 and be sure to include Bookfair ID 10622223 at the end of the sale.

Barnes and Noble members and educators can use their discounts on eligible purchases in-store or online.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RRLC Linking Libraries Newsletter

The Rochester Regional Library Council publishes its newsletter Linking Libraries approximately four times a year. As part of RRLC efforts to "go green" it is no longer producing a paper copy, but is posting the newsletter to the website.
To read the December 2011 issue go HERE.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Real time world statistics. Us, by the numbers, in the world, and in the United States.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mid-Hudson Library System seeks Automation Coordinator

The Mid-Hudson Library System, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, is seeking an experienced librarian to lead and administer automation services to sixty-six public libraries, which serve communities ranging in population from several hundred to 70,000.

The Automation Coordinator, with a salary range of $56,000 to $61,000, is a member of the System’s senior management team and includes the supervision of a small staff. The position is responsible for ensuring the reliability and integrity of the integrated library system (ILS), which is Innovative's Millennium. The ILS is used by all sixty-six member libraries of the System and manages 300,000 patrons and collections of 2.4 million items. System-wide circulation totaled 4.7 million items in 2010.

The Coordinator will have the opportunity to lead the transition from Millennium to Innovative’s new ILS, Sierra, which is planned for the spring of 2013.

The Coordinator also assists member libraries in identifying, implementing and evaluating resource sharing standards, and developing and analyzing the effectiveness of the system-wide catalog.

The ideal candidate can provide evidence of strong customer service, effective written and oral communication, project management, and the ability to collaborate as well as lead. The ideal candidate treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; inspires and motivates others to perform well, and can meet challenges with resourcefulness and good humor.

There is a strong expectation that the individual appointed to this position will participate in local and regional workshops and conferences, and maintain a high level of professional recognition. Travel within the systems is required.

Minimum qualifications are a Master's degree (MLS, MIS) from an ALA accredited institution and two or more years of related full-time experience, including one year of supervisory experience. Personal experience and the supervision of others in cataloging and classification, LC authority control, the management of MARC records, and the application of AACR2 rules are essential.

Resumes, statements of interest, and lists of three professional references can be sent to until December 31, 2011. Review of candidates begins January 3, 2012.

Mike Nyerges
Executive Director
Mid-Hudson Library System
845.471.6060 Ext 217
Fax 845.454.5940

Saturday, November 26, 2011

ALA calls for Penguin Group to restore e-book access to library patrons

From November 22, 2011:

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the Penguin Group (USA), announced it was discontinuing the lending of new e-book titles to library patrons. In addition, library patrons with the Amazon Kindle e-reader will no longer be able to check-out any Penguin titles from libraries.

American Library Association (ALA) President-elect Maureen Sullivan released the following statement regarding the abrupt change in e-book access:

"Penguin Group's recent action to limit access to new e-book titles to libraries has serious ramifications. The issue for library patrons is loss of access to books, period. Once again, readers are the losers.

"If Penguin has an issue with Amazon, we ask that they deal with Amazon directly and not hold libraries hostage to a conflict of business models.

"This situation is one more log thrown onto the fire of libraries' abilities to provide access to books - in this case titles they've already purchased. Penguin should restore access for library patrons now."

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 60,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cyber Security is our Shared Responsibility

From New York's Libraries Information Network offers this advice from the Office of Cyber Security

1.Use Strong Passwords: Passwords should have at least eight characters and include letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers and special characters. It is important to maintain separate passwords for different accounts to reduce the likelihood of one password being compromised, which may make other accounts vulnerable as well. Developing good password practices will help keep your personal information and identity secure.

2.Limit the Use of External Devices
3.Avoid Phishing and Social Engineering Attempts
4.Be Cautious When Shopping Online
5.Limit the Use of Administrator Accounts
6.Update Your Software
7.Protect and Secure Mobile Devices
8.Enable Your Firewall
9.Use Anti-virus and Anti-spyware Programs
10.Secure Wireless Networks

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Lending Library Is for Kitchen Tools, Not Books

Have you ever gotten excited about a new recipe then realize it requires a special tool you don't own? It's not worth it to go buy a fancy new kitchen gadget just for one recipe — but it might be worth renting. That's why a Portland, OR, neighborhood plans to open a kitchen tool lending library.

More HERE.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Survey of Library Use of Cloud Computing

Primary Research Group has published the Survey of Library Use of Cloud Computing, ISBN 157440-191-2.

The report looks closely at how academic, special and public libraries are using cloud computing services and plan to use them in the future. The study gives detailed data about the use of specific services from Amazon, Google, DropBox and many others, as well as presenting an objective look at the benefits and costs of cloud computing, and the opinions of librarians on data security, cost, reliability, impact on staff time and other issues about cloud computing.

Just a few of the report's many findings are:

22.54% of libraries sampled use paid subscription software as a cloud computing service, including just 13.64% of libraries outside the United States.

Major cloud computing services have been used for hosting and/or distributing special collections by 2.82% of libraries in the sample.

63.04% of libraries categorize Google as trustworthy and 8.7% as highly trustworthy. The remaining 28.26% say that Google is usually trustworthy and none consider it untrustworthy.

66.67% of libraries agree that, while data and file losses are possible with major cloud computing services, these losses would not be any worse than those occurring with traditional storage systems.

Less than 3% of libraries currently use platforms as a service (PaaS), which enable end users to build their own applications online.

2.82% of libraries are considering using Rackspace in the future, including 5.56% of public libraries and 2.44% of academic libraries.

15.38% of libraries with budgets between $750,000 and $5,000,000 use server space rented from cloud computing services,

16.9% of libraries have adopted Google Apps as their default means of word processing.

The report's conclusions are based on data from 72 academic, public and special libraries predominantly from the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK. A pdf version of the report is currently available for $95.00 and a print version will be available on December 9, 2011. To view a table of contents, list of participants and excerpt, or to place an order in any format, visit out website at


Primary Research Group has published Library Use of eBooks 2012 Edition, ISBN 157440-184-X

The report looks closely at library eBook purchasing and deployment policies and includes data on overall spending, spending on particular products, the break down of spending between aggregators and individual publishers among thousands of other data points. The study include exhaustive information on library eBook purchasing plans in particular subject areas and for particular types of technologies.

Library Use of eBooks 2012 Edition also gives detailed data on current and future spending plans on tablet computers, eBook readers, edirectories, etextbooks, eAudio books and many other forms of eBooks. In addition the report examines information eBook issues relating to information literacy, cataloging, interlibrary loan, course reserves, consortium relations and use and other pressing issues in eBook development and deployment. The study is based on survey data from more than 90 public, higher education and special libraries.

Just a few of the report's many findings are that:

Libraries in the sample will spend a mean of $118,453 on e-books in 201l and anticipate spending a mean of $128,712 in 2012.

Libraries sampled have a mean of 3.62 existing e-book licensing contracts with individual publishers and e-book aggregators.

College libraries will renew a mean of 89.4% of their e-book contracts, while corporate and legal libraries will renew a mean of 67.78%.

Among public libraries sampled, a mean of just 0.5% of e-book orders are made direct from the publisher. In comparison, 35% of orders made by corporate and legal libraries and 32.22% of those from government libraries are made this way.

46.48% of e-book purchases by college libraries and nearly a quarter of those made by government libraries were made through library consortia.

Only 6.93% of libraries in the sample have ever developed a video to explain any facet of e-book use.

Libraries in the sample have MARC records for a mean 66.01% of e-books in their collections.

29.11% of libraries have taken some measures to integrate e-books searches into journal article searches.

27.63% of libraries in the sample say that patrons use e-books about psychology occasionally and 26.32% say that they use them significantly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project

As social media use has become pervasive in the lives of American teens, a new study finds that 69% of the teenagers who use social networking sites say their peers are mostly kind to one another on such sites. Still, 88% of these teens say they have witnessed people being mean and cruel to another person on the sites, and 15% report that they have been the target of mean or cruel behavior on social network sites.

Adult social network users are less likely to say they witness or experience this type of behavior, but they still report that it is prevalent: 69% of adults who use social networking sites say they have seen people be mean and cruel to others on those sites.

More HERE.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Library to get a hackerspace

The Fayetteville, NY Free Library is installing a hackerspace/fablab with 3D printers, CNC routers and other equipment, available free to the public as a community space for making. The project is led by librarian Lauren Smedley, who is basically MADE OF AWESOME.

More HERE.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A second chance to attend NYLA?

Unable to attend the 2011 NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs earlier this month? Library staff and trustees will find all of the State Library fact sheets, handouts and other current information about statewide library services and programs posted in one convenient location on the State Library’s website.

Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian encourages library staff and trustees to share this information with colleagues and with the public, as appropriate. Highlights include:

*Creating the Future – The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries disseminated a first draft of “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State; Preliminary Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents” in October. Some 125 people attended an open meeting at the NYLA conference to learn about and comment upon the initial recommendations. Written comments may be submitted up until November 15.

*Libraries and the Education Reform Agenda - Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King encouraged NYLA Conference attendees to visit “EngageNY, Our Students, Their Moment” (SED’s go-to site for technology and learning resources) to see the latest information related to implementation of the Common Core Standards. Commissioner King emphasized that libraries of all types have critical roles to play in helping New Yorkers of all ages be career and college ready.

*Resources for JobSeekers - The State Library now offers JobNow, which provides expert résumé help, real-time interview coaching, career and job search advice and an Adult Learning Center, in English and Spanish. JobNow and the Adult Learning Center are products of Brainfuse and all New Yorkers have access to them from home, work or the library through NOVELNY. Library staff will also find tips and resources on helping the unemployed and underemployed on the State Library’s Job and Career Information page.

*NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) is on Facebook! Check out the Facebook page and databases freely available to New York libraries and residents at NOVELNY. Use of NOVELNY continues to grow with 5,600 libraries participating statewide and more than 42 million searches in 2011. Tell us your library’s NOVELNY success stories!

*2012 Summer Reading at New York Libraries -- Dream Big - Read and Own the Night -- New York has teamed up with 49 other states in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Over 1.6 million young people participated in summer 2011 – a ten percent increase!

*2012 Teen Video Challenge – For teens ages 13 to 18. Eligible videos will be 30-90 seconds long and feature the teen’s interpretation of the 2012 Summer Reading at New York Libraries slogan, “Own the Night.” Winners will receive $275 and gain national exposure when their video is posted on the CSLP website, as well as another $150 for their library! Visit for more information and an entry form. Entry deadline is March 5, 2012.

*Research Library Digital Collections Put History on Parade! New Digital Collections of the New York State Library include a large array of 18th and 19th century historical materials from many subject areas, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Native American materials, and New York State laws and natural history. While books make up the core collection, Digital Collections also include primary source materials such as letters, diaries, and rare manuscripts as well as historic photographs, illustrations, maps, broadsides, drawings, and music scores. New York State government documents are also featured and include current 21st century materials along with rare 18th and 19th century documents.

*TBBL Digital Books And Players Are Popular! TBBL (Talking Book and Braille Library) Digital Books and Players continue to be distributed to new and registered borrowers who qualify for talking book services in New York State. Digital audio books are in high demand, and are sent FREE to eligible borrowers at their home or affiliated institutions, such as schools or health facilities. About 4,000 titles on digital cartridge are available from TBBL in Albany, and the collection is growing. Borrowers can now also download many more titles (over 20,000) from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download), which is a Library of Congress National Library Services website. Institutions and public libraries may also now apply for a BARD account.

*Do you need career information? Online graduate programs? Job listings, or opportunities for professional development? Click on for Professional Development and More. Click on the Calendar Menu to see upcoming training opportunities for library staff available across New York State.

*New York State Adult and Family Literacy Grants Awarded – The State Library is announcing grant awards made for 2011-2013. Projects in public libraries and public library systems focus on basic literacy for adults and early learning as well as success in school for families. Grant awards for Adult Literacy and for Family Literacy.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Citizens for Public Transportation meeting

Citizens for Public Transportation will meet on Wednesday, November 16th from 5:30 PM to 7:30PM, at the main branch of the Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, next to the County Courthouse, Troy, NY.
Bus riders are invited to come and state their concerns about issues of public transportation. Representatives of legislators at all levels are being invited and a representative of CDTA is planning to be present.

Friday, November 11, 2011

New JLAMS issue

The Fall 2011 issue of JLAMS, the peer reviewed electronic journal from the Library Administration and Management Section of the New York Library Association, is available on the LAMS web site.

If you think you might be interested in submitting an article to JLAMS, please send Richard Naylor an email at or give him a call at 518.810.0316 to discuss it. At the web site you can also find out how to submit articles, volunteer to be a Referee, and about other LAMS initiatives.

Articles in the issue include:

* How Copyright Theory Affects Practices: a Primer For Information Professionals by Robert Weiss and Katherine M. Shelfer

* RFID Materials Circulation and Handling: A Model for Improving Customer Service By Christine McDonald

* Digitizing Everything? Part II: Piloting Metadata Creation By Kimmy Szeto

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Library Hours in November

Please note these changes in the Albany Public Library's schedule:

Closed Thursday, Nov. 10, for staff development day. But OPEN Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Early closing at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Mozart in Albany

Hear Mozart by joint Presbyterian choirs Sunday, November 13, 3 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 362 State Street, Albany, NY. Read more HERE.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

5 Reasons To Support the Chicago (and Your Own) Public Library

From Gordon Dymowski's Blog THIS, Pal!

If you have been following the local news, you've heard that the Mayor is planning a series of budget cuts, including funding for the Chicago Public Library. Already, there's been a great outcry about it, with an online petition being circulated, and Chicago librarians are going all #OccupyWallStreet in response.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Face Painting for Kids on Oct. 31

Do your kids need some cool face paint to go with their costumes on Monday? Stop by the Main Library Children's Room (161 Washington Avenue) on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Kids can get their faces painted for free before heading out for trick-or-treating. Please register at 427-4310

NYS Library Family Literacy Library Services Grant Awards Announced

From New York's Libraries Information Network:

Family literacy library services will be expanded or newly offered through 91 public libraries, library branches and public library systems with the help of grants from the New York State Library, Deputy Commissioner for the State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education, Jeffrey Cannell announced. The projects total $234,745 in the first year and are beginning now or in some cases have begun already.

"New York State’s Family Literacy Library Services grants enable public libraries and public library systems to develop or expand their services to parents, caregivers and children," said Mr. Cannell. "Libraries will partner with schools and other community agencies to help parents provide early literacy experiences and activities that are crucial for children’s success in school and beyond."

Locally, $39,547 was awarded to Comics Connect: Using Graphic Novels to Boost Literacy. Eight libraries in the Mohawk Valley Library System and 13 libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System will collaborate with local schools and parent organizations. Graphic novels will be used with boys in grades 3-6 to build heightened interest in reading. The project will also increase library use and inform parents and educators about graphic literature through workshops, library programs, expanded collections and classroom kits.

More information on the NYS Family Literacy Library Services Program.
Contact Cassandra Artale, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library / Division of Library Development,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Drop Off Your Unwanted or Expired Medications this Saturday

Saturday, October 29, you can dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications at a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site. Find a drug collection site near you. If you can’t participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day, learn how to safely and properly dispose of unused medicines.

Monday, October 24, 2011

CNSE's NANOvember 2011

Be a part of CNSE’s month-long celebration showcasing the exciting world of nanotechnology and the global leadership of CNSE and NYS in the most important science of the 21st century!

Pre-register for NANOvember events.

Nano vs. Nature
Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn how nanotechnology innovations can protect life and prevent damage caused by Mother Nature. CNSE Vice President for Economic Outreach and Business Development Michael Fancher discusses nanoscale-enabled smarter and safer communities.

CNSE Community Day
Saturday, November 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Receive an up-close look at the world of nanotechnology as CNSE invites residents of the Capital Region, Tech Valley and NYS to tour CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex.

CNSE Community Lecture Series
Monday, November 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Discover the potential benefits of stem cell research done at the nanoscale while playing a bingo game with CNSE Associate Professor of Nanobioscience Dr. Janet Paluh.

CNSE Community Lecture Series
Monday, November 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the potential of nanotechnology, its growing impact on all facets of society, and the global leadership of CNSE and NYS with CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros.

Capital Region Nanotechnology Showcase
Saturday, November 19, 12 - 4:00 p.m.
CNSE and the Times Union Classroom Enrichment Program give high school students a chance to showcase projects that answer the question, “How is nanotechnology changing the world?”

CNSE Community Lecture Series
Monday, November 21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
A look inside the region’s strong history of innovation, the rapid development of New York’s nanotechnology economy, and expectations for future growth with CNSE Assistant Professor of Nanoeconomics Dr. Laura Schultz.

CNSE Community Lecture Series
Monday, November 28, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Discover the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and the leading-edge research being conducted at CNSE, including the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), with CNSE Vice President for Clean Energy Programs Dr. Pradeep Haldar.

NanoQuin World
Throughout the month of November, you can see firsthand how nanotechnology has become an integral part of everyday life by visiting CNSE’s unique informational display at Crossgates Mall in front of Brookstone, which showcases the numerous applications of nanotechnology know-how.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Theater of War

Theater of War to be Presented in Albany
Monday , October 24 ▪ 12:30 p. m. –3 p.m., at New York State Museum, Clark Auditorium ▪ FREE
The State Museum partners with SUNY Empire State College for a special presentation to raise awareness about the issues facing active-duty military and veterans, especially those who have endured combat situations, and to discover ways society can best respond to their needs. The three-part presentation includes readings from Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctet performed by several well-known stage and film actors, including Academy Award–nominee Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”); a panel discussion; and a town hall meeting.

The performance is free and open to the public; however, due to limited seating at the performance advance registration is requested.

New York State Education Department
New York State Museum • Cultural Education Center • Albany NY 12230
518 474-5877

Friday, October 21, 2011

Where Consumers Cut Back

Some of my colleagues were interested to know if there is research regarding where consumers cut back first, second, etc., when times
are hard. This is different than what one OUGHT to cut back in hard
times, for which I find oodles of examples; I was looking for what people

Where Would You Cut Your Household Budget First? (2007) is interesting but flawed, in that it reflects what people saw they would do if there were hard times. But at the time, things seemed rosy.

More useful were Psychology of Bad Times Fueling Consumer Cutbacks (2008) and Consumer Cutbacks: Temporary or Permanent? (2009), which reported on actual hard-times responses.

Also very helpful: Americans Cutting Back on Everyday Expenses to Save Money (Harris poll, 2011).

Addressing the issue from a different angle: 12 Things We Buy in a Bad Economy (TIME - 2011)

But THE treasure trove, if one takes the time to study it, is the Consumer Expenditure Survey from the US Department of Labor, especially the most recent multiyear table (2006-2010 PDF), as well as the ones for previous years, going back to 1981.

Thanks to Alisa Coddington, John Skutnik, Terese Mulkern Terry, and Chantal Walvoord for their wisdom.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

APL seeks Temporary Librarian I in Collection Management Services

Albany Public Library

Position Available: Temporary Librarian I, Collection Management Services

Job Description: The Collection Management Services Librarian I Temporary Position performs original and copy cataloging and adapt online records according to Upper Hudson Library System and Albany Public Library guidelines.

Required Skills and Abilities: a working knowledge of library technical services and procedures; and the ability to perform both independently and as a team member. Preference will be given to candidates with previous professional experience in library technical services and/or familiarity with the Horizon library automation system.

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.

Special requirement: Eligibility and application for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate at the time of appointment.

Work Schedule: Up to 37.5 hours/week, Monday – Friday

Supervisor: Head of Collection Management Services

Salary: $22.35 per hour

Application Deadline: Applications for this position will be accepted until filled.

Apply to: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to:

Human Resources Manager
Albany Public Library
161 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12210

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Checking Out" by librarian and archivist Shannon O'Neill

From the Sunday, October 16, 2011 NYT, page 9 Sunday Review:

Op-Art Checking Out

"Shannon O'Neill is an archivist and reference librarian at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. "

"AS a librarian and archivist, I am often asked if I believe that, one day, libraries will disappear. While the present situation for many libraries is difficult budget cuts, closings and furloughs I think that libraries will persist.

Libraries are always in a state of transformation: as the means of information production and consumption change, so do libraries. We exist to help you navigate complex systems of information, whether its the bureaucracy of the welfare system or a pile of dusty boxes filled with archival documents. This is an increasingly necessary service in a society that is ever more reliant upon data.

What has changed, and will continue to change, is the library's appearance. The way the library looks today is drastically different from the way it did 50 years ago. Many of the visual cues of library-ness are vanishing. When we moved to automated and integrated library systems, we no longer had a need for iconic items like card catalogs or stamps for due dates.

One of my duties as an archivist is to document history. Given this, I cannot help but preserve the library artifacts that I find."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Meet the School Board Candidates Forum today

The Albany City Council PTA and the League of Women Voters of Albany County are sponsoring a Meet the School Board Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 18th, 6:30-8:30pm, in the North Cafeteria at Albany High School.Please come and meet the candidates, Melissa Mackey, Ginnie Farrell and Sue Adler,and hear what they have to say. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Dan Wilcox

Monday, October 17, 2011

H. Carl McCall Appointed as Chair of SUNY Board of Trustees

Statement from Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher

"Few individuals have served New York State with such distinction and in so many capacities as the Honorable H. Carl McCall. As a former state senator, as New York State Comptroller, and as the state’s Commissioner of Human Rights, Mr. McCall has proven one of our most valued and admired public servants. And now, I’m proud to call him Chairman McCall as he assumes his new leadership role in the service of the citizens of New York State.

“At the same time, I want to express my sincere gratitude and admiration to Trustee Carl Hayden for his exceptional leadership during a particularly tumultuous and historic period in SUNY's history.

“The appointment of Carl McCall – a long-time member of our Board of Trustees – ushers in a new era of achievement for SUNY, and I commend Governor Andrew Cuomo for providing the state university with such a stalwart leader. In his new capacity, Chairman McCall will be able to give even greater force, wisdom, and vision to the task of making SUNY the most outstanding public higher education system in the country.

“Since his first days in office, Governor Cuomo articulated a clear vision for public higher education as a catalyst for New York’s economic recovery, and he has delivered on his promise. The governor proposed, helped pass, and signed into law landmark reform for New York's tuition policies, which will help SUNY maintain both quality and accessibility for years to come.

“Now, with the selection of Carl McCall to lead the Board of Trustees, Governor Cuomo has shown, once again, that his commitment to SUNY’s academic excellence and its role as an economic driver is for the long haul. We look forward to a fruitful partnership.”

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Publicatio​ns About Antibiotic Resistance and Generic Drugs

Antibiotic Resistance - Antibiotic drugs can save lives. But the more often you use an antibiotic, the more likely it is that germs will become drug resistant. Learn what you can do to minimize this problem.

Generic Drugs - A generic drug is a copy of a brand name drug, but it works the same and can save you money. Learn more about the effectiveness, appearance, and safety of generic drugs.

Discover personal health books, information on dieting and nutrition, medical problems, mental health issues, and more at Find more health publications to view online or order in print.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Free Online Training & Certifications for Job Seekers: Sign Up at Oct. 17 Event

Albany Public Library and its partners in ALLbany Online are providing free online training and free certification tests for up to 200 unemployed and underemployed people. Participants need to sign up for the free training/certification program on Monday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the small auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please call Albany Public Library’s Working Knowledge Public Computing Center at 427-4325.

More info HERE.

UGR History Project annual fundraiser features noted storyteller & musician

Eshu Bumpus, noted African-American storyteller and jazz musician, will be the featured performer at a fundraiser on October 29th to benefit the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. Bumpus weaves folktales with humor, history, mystery, and engaging physical characterization. He draws crowds wherever he performs, including 36 sold-out shows in 13 days at the Smithsonian Institution, and a memorable performance at URHPCR’s conference in April. Joining him for the musical portion are fellow renowned musicians Paul Arslanian, music director for UMass Amherst’s Dance Department, and Bob Weiner, a percussionist who has performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, and others.

“Eshu was a big hit at our conference in April, so we’re delighted he could
come back to Albany for our fundraiser,” said Mary Liz Stewart, co-founder of URHPCR. The Eshu Bumpus Trio will perform on Saturday, October 29th, 6-9 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, in Albany. The benefit includes hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and cash bar. Tickets are $40 in advance, or $50 per person / $90 per couple at the door. For more information or to order tickets, see, call (518) 432-4432, or mail a check or money order to URHPCR, P.O. Box 10851, Albany, NY 12201.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hospital Patients Can Now Choose Their Own Visitors

Patients in Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals now have the right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay and name a person of their choice to make medical decisions on their behalf, regardless of whether or not the person is a family member.

Learn more about the changes.

JAMES W. LOEWEN speaks at Siena College

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Siena College will sponsor a lecture by James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me. Loewen is a best-selling author, a leading critic of the teaching of history in our schools, and a lively and provocative speaker.

His topic will be, “Lies My Teacher Told Me About the Civil War,” his
emphasis will be on how popular myths about the Civil War influence
contemporary race relations.

Supporters of the Underground Railroad will likely be interested in what he has to say so we are sharing this announcement with you. The event is free and open to the public.





Renewable Energy Options for Your Home

You can learn more about renewable energy options for your home with these publications:
Guide to Renewable Energy - Homeowners may want to consider renewable energy options such as solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, and small wind systems.
Small Wind Electric Systems: A U.S. Consumer's Guide - The handbook provides consumers with information to help them determine whether a small wind electric system can provide all or a portion of the energy they need for their home or business.
More Publications on Going Green

Thursday, October 06, 2011

New CDTA schedules now available

New Schedules Effective November 13, 2011 for:

Trunk Routes

Route 6 - Second / Whitehall
Route 7 – Glenmont
Route 10 – Western Avenue
Route 11 – UAlbany Shuttle
Route 12 – Washington Ave
Route 13 – New Scotland Avenue
Route 18 – Delaware Avenue

Neighborhood Routes

Route 100 – Mid City Belt
Route 114 – Madison / Washington
Route 116 – Albany / Menands
Route 125 – Clinton / Sand Creek
Route 138 – Allen / Livingston

Commuter Routes

Route 712 – Harriman Campus / Patroon Creek
Route 734 – Hackett / Buckingham Pond
Route 737 – Corporate Woods / Airport

Sylvia Nasar at UAlbany

Sylvia Nasar, journalist and nonfiction writer
October 11 (Tuesday)
Reading — 7:00 p.m. [Note early start time], Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus

Sylvia Nasar, journalist and author, achieved international acclaim for A Beautiful Mind (1994), a biography of Nobel Prize-winning economist John Forbes Nash. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer finalist, the book was made into a 2001 film that received four Oscars including Best Picture. Nasar’s newest book is Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius (2011), a sweeping history of the invention of modern economics. A New York Times economics correspondent from 1991 to 1999, she currently holds the Knight Chair in Business Journalism at Columbia University.

Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Center for Institutional Investment Management

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A Celebration of Aimé Césaire

October 6 (Thursday)
Panel Discussion/Reading — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus

Poet of Martinique, Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) was a major voice of Caribbean literature, anti-colonial activism, modern French poetry, pan-African culture, and the historic “Négritude” movement. Members of the UAlbany community will celebrate Césaire’s poetry and mark the first complete and unexpurgated publication in English of his 1948 collection, Soleil cou coupé [Solar Throat Slashed], translated and edited by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman. Arnold will lead a discussion with UAlbany professor Eloise Briére and other faculty members on Césaire’s work.

Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Departments of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Latin American, Caribbean and U. S. Latino Studies; English; Africana Studies; and the NYS Writers Institute

Freeze warning in western Albany County, frost advisory in eastern Albany County

Freeze warning in effect from midnight tonight to 10 am EDT

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a freeze
warning... which is in effect from midnight tonight to 10 am EDT
Thursday for western Massachusetts... southern Vermont... and for
the eastern Catskills... the Mohawk and Schoharie valleys... the
southern and eastern Adirondacks... the Lake George Saratoga region
and the northern and central Taconics of east central New York..

* temperature... temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 20s
to lower 30s across the warned area tonight.

* Impacts... widespread below freezing temperatures will likely
result in a killing frost across the warned area... bring to an
end the 2011 growing season.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.
Frost advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 10 am EDT

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a frost
advisory... which is in effect from midnight tonight to 10 am EDT
Thursday for northwestern Connecticut... and for the capital
district... Mid Hudson valley and southern Taconics of east central
New York..

* temperature... temperatures will drop to between 33 and 36
degrees tonight across the advisory area.

* Impacts... areas of frost are likely to form tonight across the
advisory area... resulting in damage to sensitive outdoor plants
and crops if no measures are taken to protect them.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A frost advisory means that frost is possible. Sensitive outdoor
plants may be killed if left uncovered.

From HERE.

Ian Frazier at SUNY

Ian Frazier, humorist and nonfiction writer
October 5 (Wednesday)
Seminar — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus

Ian Frazier, is a leading American humorist, travel author, and staff writer for the New Yorker. Frazier has published two highly-praised and funny travelogues: Great Plains (1989), about his explorations of the American Midwest; and Travels in Siberia (2010), a current bestseller about Russia’s “Wild East.” The New York Times reviewer called the Siberia book, “an uproarious, sometimes dark yarn filled with dubious meals, broken-down vehicles, abandoned slave labor camps ... and ubiquitous statues of Lenin….” Frazier’s other recent books include Lamentations of the Father (2008) and Gone to New York (2005).

Friday, September 30, 2011

Find Government Forms Online

You can quickly find the federal form you need by searching or browsing by name, type, or agency. Find tax forms, postal service forms, and more.

Find government forms now.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

NYLA Disaster Relief Fund - Update

NYLA has created a page on its website which lists libraries impacted by flooding as well as more detailed information about who to contact at those libraries if you are interested in donating books, materials, or your time volunteering with cleanup activities.

So far NYLA has collected $4,400 in its Disaster Relief Fund to distribute to libraries who request financial assistance.

Barrett (WI)'s city budget proposal for 2012 would roll back library cuts

Here's a hopefully positive story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the mayor of the city and his proposals for the next budget regarding public libraries.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Capital Region's Cultural Heritage

New York State Assemblyman Jack McEneny will speak at a lunchtime program sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library on September 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. The program will take place in the Huxley Theater on the 1st Floor of the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany.

Assemblyman McEneny received his B.A. in history from Siena and was Albany County Historian. Widely known as an expert teacher and speaker on local history, and author of the illustrated book “Albany: Capital City on the Hudson,” he is a wealth of knowledge on the subject of cultural heritage in Albany and its environs.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information send a message to or call 518-474-5957.

A fundraiser luncheon for the Friends will be held at 12 noon before the talk. If you would like to attend, please register by September 22 using the above contact information. The cost of the lunch is $10.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Don't X Out Public Transit

Congressman John Mica Transportation Committee Chair is proposing a 35% cut in Federal funds to Mass Transportation, highway and bridges, So tomorrow there will be a press conference called Don't X Out Public Transit. CDTA and ATU 1321 invite you to join them in support American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Don’t X Out Public Transit Day to fight against transit cuts being proposed in Washington. Details as follows.

Don’t X Out Public Transit press event
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 2:00PM
CDTA Offices (Albany)
110 Watervliet Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

For more information regarding Don’t X Out Public Transit campaign, please visit

Thursday, September 15, 2011

OPWDD and CDTA Renew Partnership to Aid Local Homeowners with Disabilities

Program provides 24 months of free bus service to Capital Region residents

ALBANY, NY – Continuing their commitment to help individuals with disabilities live independently, the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) have announced 24 months of free unlimited bus passes to Capitol Region residents with disabilities who purchase a home through OPWDD’s Home of Your Own Program (HOYO).

The program is also open to income-qualified parents or legal guardians of people with developmental disabilities or mental illness, and to direct support professionals who provide care.

OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke said, “We are committed to giving individuals with disabilities the support and resources they want and need to be successful in their day-to-day lives. Owning a home is not for everyone, but for those who make that decision, having ready access to reliable public transportation opens up new opportunities. I thank CDTA for their partnership and commitment to help people with disabilities to fulfill their dreams of owning a home.”

CDTA Chairwoman Denise Figueroa said, “ ‘Our ‘Homeowner’s Transit Use Incentive Program’ helps individuals with disabilities to maintain their independence by offering easy and reliable access to employment, shopping centers and health institutions to conduct their daily routines and improve their quality of life. To help transition people to public transportation, our Travel Trainers are available through appointment to teach new customers how to ride the bus and plan a trip itinerary.”

CDTA has issued passes to about 100 homebuyers through “Transit Use Incentive Program” partnerships, since the programs began in 2005, and has distributed almost 5,000 passes to new homeowners 64 percent of whom say they will continue to ride CDTA after the free pass program expired.

The agreement, dubbed the “Homeowner’s Transit Use Incentive Program,” will provide free, unlimited access CDTA transit passes, as well as travel training assistance. CDTA “Travel trainers” assist people or groups to learn how to take a bus – specifically, helping them to plan their trip, reading and understanding route maps and schedules, getting on and off a bus properly, paying fares and purchasing passes, transferring to other buses, riding specific routes, and traveling independently and comfortably when riding a bus.

Through the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA)/Housing Finance Agency (HFA), first-time homebuyers with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses and their income-eligible parents or legal guardians can get a 30- or 40-year fixed rate mortgage at a low 4 percent interest rate, with100 percent LTV financing and down payment and/or closing cost assistance.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, be a first- time homebuyer, have an income and be credit worthy. OPWDD and the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) are the only agencies determining eligibility for participation in the HOYO program. All eligible borrowers are referred to M&T Bank, which oversees a mortgage product specifically designed to meet the needs of these target populations.

hrough a HOME grant from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), OPWDD assists first-time homebuyers with developmental disabilities or mental illness and their income-eligible parents or legal guardians with a variety of expenses, including down payments, closing costs or minor household repairs. Additionally, OPWDD is approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a housing counseling agency and HOYO representatives are certified by NeighborWorks America to provide pre- and post-homeownership counseling, financial education, credit counseling, foreclosure prevention, identity theft and predatory lending.

For more information about HOYO, people are encouraged to contact OPWDD at 1-866-946-9733.
For more information about CDTA services, visit

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Woman’s Home Had 2,000 Stolen Library Books ‘Everywhere’

Authorities searched the Vista, CA home of Maria Natar, 44, and found an estimated 2,000 books from Carlsbad and San Diego County libraries — most of which were about cooking, crafts, and animals.

“They were just everywhere, on shelves, in bins, stacks on the floor, just pretty much everywhere,” said police spokeswoman Jodee Sasway.

More HERE.

Flood Damaged Libraries - Contributions Needed

Below is list of libraries damaged by Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding. Donations are desperately needed. Visit to make a donation to NYLA’s Disaster Relief Fund, the proceeds will be distributed to affected libraries. The more donations we receive the more we can distribute to impacted libraries.
Moffat Library
Windham Public Library
Desmond-Fish Library
Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library
Starr Memorial Library
Phoenicia Library
Rye Free Reading Room
Schoharie Free Association Library
Middleburgh Public Library
Wells Memorial Library
Goshen Public Library
Wallkill Public Library

In addition, NYLA's online fundraising partner, CauseVox has agreed to create for free a fundraising website for one of the damaged libraries, it would look like this. So please contact Michael J. Borges (518-432-6952, ext. 101 or if you are one of the libraries on this list.

Plus every library should consider establishing an online fundraising presence and CauseVox is easy to use at very minimal cost. For more info , visit HERE.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Remembering 9/11 and How to Be Part of National Day of Service

"You can find – or create – local opportunities to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 at At that site, you’ll find everything from food drives and neighborhood cleanups, to activities that help honor our military, our veterans, and our first responders."

September Is National Preparedness Month’s Emergency Preparedness section has quite a few tools and resources that can help people with disabilities and others prepare for, and recover from, emergency situations and disasters. You'll also find information about the importance of including people with disabilities in emergency preparedness efforts - including planning for, responding to and recovering from a disaster or emergency.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Announcement Regarding Hurricane Irene from the state tax department

President Barack H. Obama has declared certain counties in New York State to be disaster areas as a result of Hurricane Irene. As a result of this declaration, Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox has postponed certain tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers in these counties who were directly affected by the storm.
The relief provided for in this notice applies to taxpayers directly affected by the storm in the counties of Albany, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Suffolk, Ulster, Warren, and Westchester. This includes taxpayers residing in or having their principal place of business in these counties. In addition, the relief will also apply to taxpayers directly affected by the storm located in any additional counties in New York State that are declared disaster areas and eligible for federal tax relief after this notice is issued. The relief will also apply to taxpayers directly affected by the storm in counties in other states that are declared disaster areas and eligible for federal tax relief.

See details HERE [PDF].

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

"It's a brave new world at the library" by Mark Sommer

From the Buffalo News, Sunday September 4, 2011, p A1, A9

Libraries locally and across the country are facing enormous challenges from the rapid advance of technology, changing community needs and increased use.

Yet, while they're being asked to do more during these economically hard times, their budgets and staffing have been slashed.

That's the case with the 37-branch Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system, which is struggling to serve its patrons and keep abreast of technological changes while coping with austerity measures.

'While usage has increased and the sophistication of the technology has increased, and the demand for assistance from library staff has increased, libraries have had to cut back on staffing, hours of opening, collections and technology because their budgets have been radically cut,' said Susan Kent, who consults with library systems nationally and internationally, including in Buffalo, where she is helping lead its Reimagine Campaign."

Another excerpt:

"The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system had 3.9 million patron visits in 2010, a 10-year high that continued a five-year trend.

At the same time, it has had its budget reduced by the state and, more dramatically, the county in recent years, resulting in 6.7 fewer weekly hours per branch, 45 fewer full-time staff and fewer acquisitions in 2011.
Full-time staff, which stood at 398 in 1995, is now 179.

'What concerns us is what is lost along the way,' said Tim Galvin, president of the librarians union. 'The quality of service we provide has been diminished, including the level of human interaction people are used to.'"

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

NYLA Collecting Donations for Flood Damaged Libraries in NYS

The New York Library Asoociation created a Disaster Relief fund several years ago (the last time there was major flooding) to collect donations from the library community and beyond to assist libraries damaged by floods and other natural disasters. So far NYLA knows of potentially two libraries that have been damaged by Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding – Keene and Wells Memorial Libraries. If you know of any other libraries, please let Michael Borges know.

NYLA can serve as collection point for donations and then distribute proceeds to affected libraries. To make a donation to NYLA’s Disaster Relief Fund visit HERE.

Labor for Your Neighbor

Governor Cuomo began a new program this weekend called "Labor for Your Neighbor," which encourages citizens to pitch in and help their fellow New Yorkers hit the hardest by Hurricane Irene.
The "Labor for Your Neighbor" program was created to build on the outpouring of support already expressed by New Yorkers and to stimulate even more neighbor-to-neighbor help on this long holiday weekend.
Through this program, individual New Yorkers can join Governor Cuomo and roll up their sleeves to help their neighbors take small steps toward recovery.
Click here for more information about the "Labor for Your Neighbor" program.
Volunteers will be shuttled into villages needing assistance and provided with appropriate equipment and supervision. New Yorkers who want to help by making a financial contribution to recovery efforts can do so by clicking the link above and donating through a centralized effort coordinated by the United Way of New York State.
Together, we will rebuild better and stronger than ever before.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Good News for Taxpayers in Arrears

From one of those nifty tax digests I receive regularly:

Individuals seeking a fresh start from overwhelming tax debts may now be eligible for relief under a new hardship provision in the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance's Offer in Compromise Program.

The new provision enables them to accept offers where collection in full
would cause undue economic hardship. Previously, the program was only
available in cases of insolvency or bankruptcy.

For more information, see the Offer in Compromise Reform web page and this PDF document.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Amazon Launches New Daily eBook Promotion

The Kindle Daily deal works much like Amazon Free Daily Android App. One book is chosen each day. Amazon discounts heavily the ebook and promotes the title on the Kindle facebook page as well as on Twitter.

More HERE.

Call for Proposals: “The UGR Turned On Its Head?"

The Eleventh Annual Underground Railroad Public History Conference
Organized by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc.

April 13 - 15, 2012 at Russell Sage College, Troy, New York

New research on the Underground Railroad, slavery, abolition and the 19th
century period has the potential to turn what we know about the Underground Railroad on its head. Old assumptions such as "There is little documentation of the Underground Railroad", "The UGRR was a string of safe houses to Canada" and numerous other ideas are challenged by new research and Interpretations.
New discoveries and interpretations will be the basis for 2012 UGR Public
History Conference. We invite proposals that address reinterpretations, new research, teaching using new research and show how that research can be used in delivering new celebrations of the story historically and contemporarily, as well as proposals other proposals related to the Underground Railroad in the past and its relationship with us today.

Possible questions to be considered:
• What documented detail can be gathered regarding UGRR activists
and freedom seekers in specific counties and communities?
• What was the role of David Walker, Benjamin Lundy and others
before Garrison in creating the radical abolitionist movement?
• How did the War of 1812 lay a framework for later escapes by the
• How does the story of the newsly re-discovered slave rebellion of
1811 in Louisiana relate to the Northeast or other parts of the country?
• What are the increasingly detailed accounts of UGRR figures such
as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, David Riggles, Harriet Jacobs and how can they be interpreted for better understadning of this history?
• How can we preserve the voices of the past and relate them to us

Proposals on related questions, not directly on this theme, are also

Proposals may be for a 60-minute panel session, workshop, cultural/artistic
activity, media production, poster, or other exhibit that addresses these
questions and this theme. When possible, activities should encourage audience interaction. Proposals should include: title, content description, type of presentation, names and contact information of presenters, target audience, and technology needs.

Proposals should be submitted by September 30, 2011
Via postal mail to URHPCR, PO Box 10851, Albany NY 12201 or via email to

For more information, visit or call 518-432-4432

Friday, August 26, 2011


The Heritage Emergency National Task Force offers the following advice
to museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies for protecting
collections and records from wind and water damage.


Here are some basic precautions to take if there is time and you can
undertake them safely. These are excerpted from the Emergency Response &
Salvage Wheel (© 1997, Heritage Preservation):

a.. Move vital records and high priority items away from windows and
below-ground storage into water-resistant areas. Avoid areas under
b.. Screw plywood over windows or use tape to reduce shattering.
c.. Verify location and procedures for shutting off water, gas, and
d.. Wrap shelves, cabinets, other storage units in heavy plastic
sealed with waterproof tape.
e.. Move outdoor objects indoors or secure in place.
f.. Take with you lists of staff, institutional and public officials,
insurance and financial data, inventory, emergency plan and supplies.
g.. Make preliminary contact with service providers for generators,
freezers, drying or freeze-drying services, and refrigerated trucking.
h.. Appoint a staff contact to give instructions on returning to


We hope you are not in the path of this terrible storm. But in light of
Irene's potential for destruction, you should be asking:

a.. Have we established a telephone tree for staff contacts?
b.. Do we know the first responders in our community?
c.. Is our disaster plan up to date? Our insurance coverage? Our
d.. Have we established priorities for salvaging our collections?
e.. Do we have contacts at salvage firms? Have we stocked emergency
f.. Do we know what preservation resources are available in our

Since 1995, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force has been working
to help cultural institutions safeguard their collections. Sponsored by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Heritage
Preservation, Inc., the Task Force is a partnership of 34 national
organizations and federal agencies. For more hurricane resources,
please visit:

George Rickey sculpture

The George Rickey sculpture installed at Academy Park by Albany City Hall will temporarily be removed in anticipation of high winds over the weekend. But don't fear - the sculpture will be back in a week for your viewing pleasure.

American Idol tour postponed

The American Idol Live! Tour 2011 originally scheduled for Sunday, August 28th has been rescheduled for precautionary reasons in anticipation of the weather resulting from Hurricane Irene. The new show date will be Sunday, September 4th at 7:00pm.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Half of Young Children in the U.S. are Read to at Least Once a Day

Many young children are getting a head start on acquiring the skills needed to read, as family members take time out of their day on a regular basis to read aloud with them, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. In 2009, half of children age 1 to 5 were read to seven or more times a week by a family member.

A series of tables, Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being (A Child's Day): 2009, uses statistics from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to provide a glimpse into how children younger than 18 spend their day, touching on subjects such as the degree of interaction with parents and extracurricular activities. These statistics are compared with those from earlier years.

While reading interactions are more frequent among families above poverty, reading interactions among low-income families have increased over the last 10 years. In 2009, 56 percent of 1- and 2-year-olds above poverty were read to seven or more times a week, compared with 45 percent below the poverty level. However, while parental reading involvement for children above poverty was not different from rates in 1998, it rose from 37 percent for those below poverty.

According to this latest look into the lives of children, more children are taking honors or advanced placement classes. From 1998 to 2009, the percentage of children ages 12 to 17 enrolled in gifted classes climbed from 21 percent to 27 percent.

Monday, August 15, 2011

SUNY Sustainability

The summer sustainability bulletin is now available. In this issue, learn about free home energy audits from NYSERDA, a local online farmer's market and how our bus fleet just got greener. Go HERE [PDF].

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Buffalo: "A stronger library will be able to enhance the region"

From the Buffalo News by Sharon A. Thomas, chair of the
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System board of trustees:

"There's been a lot of talk lately about the future of our libraries, and
I want to update you on discussions taking place that will stabilize and
revitalize the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Systems financial
footing. For 175 years, the library has encouraged lifelong learning
through free access to information a valued and valuable service that has
contributed to this communitys innovation and prosperity."

Read the rest HERE.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Undergroun​d Railroad kiosk

View the Underground Railroad kiosk that is on display at the Delaware Branch of the Albany Public Library. Text and images were provided by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. Funding was provided by Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, a program of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

What: UGR Kiosk
Where: Delaware Branch of the Albany Public Library
331 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY 12209
When: until the end of August, 2011
Hours: Monday - 12noon - 8pm
Tuesday - 10am - 6pm
Wednesday - 12noon - 8pm
Thursday - 12noon - 6pm
Friday - 12noon - 6pm
Saturday - 1pm - 5pm

If you would like the kiosk displayed at your institution or business, please contact Paul Stewart through to make arrangements.

Sunday, August 07, 2011


The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has announced, that the following service changes will go into effect over the next several weeks beginning on August 28, 2011.

Effective Sunday, August 28, 2011, the following service changes will go into effect.
•Routes 905 BusPlus, 355 Schenectady/Colonie and 1 Central Avenue, Route 5 services operating between downtown Albany and downtown Schenectady, will have more trips added in the morning and at night to enhance service reliability and improve connections.
•New schedules will be created for Park-N-Ride express services along Route 5 (Routes 530 Rotterdam Square Mall Express, 531 St. Luke’s Park and Ride Express, 532 Woodlawn Park and Ride Express) to provide better connections during peak commute hours.

Minor run time adjustments will be made to Route #280 (New schedule). The route will now operate every 50 minutes during mid day and evening hours to provide for better connections to trunk routes.

Effective Sunday, September 4, 2011, the 610 Shuttle will operate all trips as a fixed route only and will no longer perform deviations. All 610 Shuttle scheduled trips will serve all boarding/alighting on Old Wolf Rd, Metro Park Rd and Beltrone Living Center North Entrance. · Friday, August 26th will be the last day of service for Route #96 Rensselaer Rural.

Friday, September 2, 2011 will be the last day of service for Route #409 Clifton Park, Malta, Saratoga Springs shuttle.

For more info go here.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

The Marriage Equality Act

This document [PDF] explains that all marriages, whether of same-sex couples or different-sex couples, will be treated equally under all laws of the state. Accordingly, the Act applies to all taxes administered by the Tax Department as of the effective date of July 24, 2011.