Thursday, May 30, 2013

Random Hack of Kindness at Albany

On Saturday June 1st, Albany will join the National Day of Civic Hacking with a Random Hack of Kindness Event:

In this event we will join pioneering citizens across the United States blazing new trails for social innovation in an event of unprecedented scope. Nearly one hundred teams across the country, supported by more than 20 government agencies, will come together with a common purpose: to invent new applications that leverage open, public data for the common good. This is the National Day of Civic Hacking.



We will meet at the State University of New York at Albany
Social Science Building, Room SS 134 (NOT Science Library, SLG020)


From 9am to 4pm,
You are welcome to join at any time and stay as long as you want.


Being a Hackathon, this is an open space for you to join, bring your own ideas and meet with like-minded people. Below are some of the activities that we anticipate to perform:

• Mobile Project for Emergency Responders
• Learning Raspberry Pi
• Hacking the Google Chromebook
• Google maps / Open maps
**Attendees will get Amazon server gift certificates for $100!**

More Details at this Google Doc. Under the title ‘Who is Coming’, please add your name so that we can keep track of who will be participating.

For any questions or concerns please contact Luis Ibanez at

Organized by Luis Ibanez and UAlbany ASIS&T Student Chapter

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Oldest complete Torah found in library

ROME — An Italian expert in Hebrew manuscripts said Wednesday he had discovered the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225. It was right under his nose, in the University of Bologna library, where it had been mistakenly catalogued a century ago as dating from the 17th century.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Quote: the reference interview

“Experienced reference librarians know that the original question put to them by a user is rarely the real question."

William Katz, Introduction to Reference Work, Volume 2 (1992)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Albany Public Library Closed Memorial Day Weekend

All APL locations are closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. APL will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, May 28.

John Davis Elected APL Trustee

John Davis was elected to the APL Board of Trustees in the May 21 vote.

According to the unofficial results, Davis received 1,952 votes and Jose Lopez, the other candidate, received 530 votes.

Davis will be sworn in as library trustee within the next few days. He will serve for two years (the unexpired portion of the late Mimi Mounteer’s term).

The next APL Board of Trustees meeting is Tuesday, June 11, at 5:30 pm at the Howe Branch.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Director of the (New York) State Library, Open-Competitive Examination

28-297, Director of the State Library

For full announcement

Evaluation of Training and Experience To Be Held During
August 2013

Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By June 17, 2013

Minimum Qualifications
On or before August 31, 2013, you must have a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited institution; AND eight years post degree professional library experience. Five or more of the eight years must have included management experience involving fiscal, program planning, and policy responsibility in a research, academic, or library system setting with a collection of at least one million items.

Friday, May 17, 2013 Visit Your Library!

Most of us have fond memories of making trips to the local library when we were kids. Do you remember sitting with a bunch of books trying to decide which you would choose to leave with that day? Do you recall the grownup feeling you got when you handed the librarian your card to check them out? Times have changed and many people read digital books, but there is still something special about a trip to the library. Give your kids the gift of that special memory and visit the library with them:

Ask a Librarian - Library of Congress

Find a Library Near You

Library of Congress for Teachers

Library of Congress' Classroom Materials

Presidential Libraries and Museums for Teachers

World Digital Library

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Position Announcement: Assistant Library Director, Albany Public Library

Assistant Library Director IV

Albany Public Library is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, experienced professional for the position of Assistant Library Director IV. In this position, the Assistant Library Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for supervision of public service departments and library security, and assisting with facilities management, grant writing, and development.

Additional duties include:
recommending policies and procedures, interpreting and negotiating contracts, recommending and implementing new programs and services, representing the library at community meetings and public events, participating in department
budgets, and participating in recruitment and selection of library staff.

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 and six (6) years of paid full-time professional library experience in a library of recognized standing, one (1) year of which must have been in an administrative** capacity over a complex operation.
*Minimum qualifications are in accordance with New York State Education Department Division of Library Development.
**Administrative capacity is defined as spending the entire workweek planning, organizing, budgeting/allocating funds, staffing and communicating.


Eligibility and application for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate at the time of appointment.
This is a provisional Civil Service position.
A Civil Service examination will be required before permanent appointment in accordance with Civil Service laws and rules.
The salary is competitive with a generous benefit package.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application review will begin on June 10, 2013.
To apply send resume, letter of interest, and the names and contact information for 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 committed to increasing diversity within its organization.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Clarification of HBR Article Acces Policies in EBSCO

Annette Buckley, Research Librarian for Business at UC Irvine Libraries wrote on the BUSLIB listserv last week:

Over the past few weeks I conducted investigative work on the issues of both the 'popular 500' Harvard Business Review articles, plus general permalinking access to HBR content. How?

I tracked down live administrators at both the Harvard Publishing and EBSCO Motherships, and I just got the final words back from them today! They said some important things, so I wanted to tell you all ASAP (as evidenced by this Friday night email).

Because this required a lot of back-and-forth, I dolled up the communications up in a PDF file to make the process of reading-an-email-thread as painless as possible. I would just attach said file, but listserv don't always like that. Also, I'm shamelessly curious about quantifying the level of interest among my librarian brethren, so here's a url instead where you can download it. Feel free to distribute the url:

Sharing is caring!

Monday, May 06, 2013

Social Media library conference presentations

The Texas Library Association had its Annual Conference last month and the Special Libraries Division hosted a couple of presentations you might be interested in.

Karen Landolt, who is the Director for the University of Texas' HireTexas Interview Center, presented Social Media for Career Advancement.

Laura Young of Austin Ventures did a new version of 50 Apps in 50 Minutes.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Agenda for Friends annual meeting 22 May

The Friends of Albany Public Library, Inc.
Agenda for Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 7:00 pm

Meeting in the Auditorium of the Albany Public Library--Main Library


President: Paul Hacker
Vice President: Bill Dufur
Corresponding Secretary: Judi Baum
Recording Secretary: Jonathan Skinner
Treasurer: Nancy Dover

Election--Nominations for the Board:
For the term ending in 2016:
David L. Colchamiro
Robbie Halley
Janet Jones
Peter G. Sokaris
Willie Mae Spencer

For a term ending in 2014 (to replace L. Tucker):
Lois Parsons

For Honorary Membership:
Eleanor Billmyer
Leonard Tucker (promotion, leaving a vacancy)

George Held Award

Speaker: Valerie Temple, Local Poet

Friday, May 03, 2013

Resources for Your Family During Tough Financial Times

The normal events of the week can be enough of a struggle—getting the kids off to school, paying the bills, making sure you have dinner on the table, and lots of things in between. But when times are tough or you’re facing unexpected expenses, caring for your family’s needs can seem overwhelming. Use these tips from’s special Help for Difficult Financial Times section to find resources from the government that can make things a little easier:

• If you’re having trouble with housing expenses, it’s important to be able to spot scams and know how you can avoid foreclosure before it happens. There are also a variety of programs to help you stay in your home or find a temporary place to live.

• We all want healthy and happy families, but emergencies can come out of nowhere. Even if you don’t have insurance, your family can still get medical care, including health care options in your local community.

• It can be hard to leave your little ones at daycare while you go off to work or are job hunting. has resources to help make this tough decision easier, helping you decide what type of child care you can afford and what kind of environment is best for your children.

• Your kids can help the family save money too. Use these fun comics from to explain to kids of all ages how some simple chores and tasks can save your family money over time. Educating your kids about saving money while they’re young can help them better understand finances for the rest of their lives.