Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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As we approach the halfway point of our year, it's time to take stock of what we've done and plan for the coming six months. We've made it through our Annual Reports, finished the Library Moon Walk, secured funding for our 21st Century Communication & Engagement series of workshops, and partied down at our Annual Meeting.

We now ask you, our wonderful members, to take some time and reflect on 2018, and let us know how we're doing by completing the SALS System Use & Satisfaction Survey. The survey is available to all library directors, staff, trustees, and Friends of the Library to complete. We take what you say seriously -- this year's series of workshops is based on the feedback in last year's survey -- so please take some time to let us know how we can best help you continue to grow and thrive. Please complete the survey by Friday, June 14.

As always, if you need help, just ask!

Annual Meeting

SALS's 61st Annual Meeting was held on Monday, May 20. Nearly 200 library folk turned out to celebrate a great year -- our libraries are stronger than ever and continuing to create great initiatives that meet the needs of our communities. We had a chance to recognize three SALS staff for their service, laud the Crandall Public Library for it's Southern Adirondack Network Guide, and the Cambridge Public Library, Greenwich Free Library, and Schuylerville Public Library for their Better Readers Adult Literacy collaboration. Frederick Baily, a Trustee of the Galway Public Library, was named the Outstanding Trustee of the Year for his work in securing funding for the new library. Thanks to all who joined in the fun!

Rise & Shine

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The Pember Library & Museum is putting the final touches on its elevator addition, making the building ADA accessible. The addition has been crafted from the same quarry stone used on the library when it was built in 1909. Director Ardyce Bresset invites everyone to the grand opening celebration at 10 am Saturday, June 15.

Preventing Harassment

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The next session in the 21st Century Skills series will focus on Preventing Harassment. As with previous workshops, there will be two sessions:

  • 1 pm to 4 pm Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804 – Adirondack Hall 140
  • 9 am to 12 pm Thursday, June 6, 2019, from at SUNY Adirondack Wilton Center, 696 State Route 9, Wilton, NY 12866 – room 216

This training will address harassment prevention in the library setting. Participants will be able to discuss, analyze, and apply skills and strategies related to:

    • Creating workplaces and community gathering spaces that are free of harassment and intimidation
    • Establishing clear policies and procedures for averting and managing sexual and other harassment, intimidation, and threats to safety
    • Recognizing the role of employees, community members, and other stakeholders in preventing and responding to harassment

All library staff are welcome to attend these workshops free of charge, thanks to a generous grant from SUNY Adirondack and underwriting from SALS.

Register for a session here:

Meet All the People

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Calling all information professionals! Network with your colleagues and catch up on the latest news from Capital Region academic, public, school, and special libraries during the June 12 Infomingle, from 3 to 5 pm at the Lucy Scribner Library at Skidmore College. Be ready to share your triumphs (and failings, if you like), meet lots of super smart library folk, and have fun. We'll have time to chat; mingle, a tour of the Scribner special collection, and even an escape room designed by the fabulous Leah LaFera.

All are welcome to join in the festivities!

Afterward, retire to Jacob & Anthony's for an Imbiblio Happy Hour.

Infomingle is a collaboration between the Capital District Library Council, Skidmore College, the Southern Adirondack, Mohawk Valley, and Upper Hudson Library Systems. There is no fee to participate, but for planning purposes, please register.

Everybody Counts

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The American Library Association has released the Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

The Guide contains practical information to assist library staff in addressing potential patron and community requests regarding the upcoming 2020 Census. The Guide includes:

* basic information about the Census process;

* highlights of new components in the 2020 Census, such as the online response option;

* frequently asked questions;

* a timeline of key Census dates;

* contact information and links to additional resources.

ALA teamed with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality to develop the Guide, with support from ALA's 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force. ALA plans to provide additional resources for library practitioners in the months leading up to Census Day on April 1, 2020.

The Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census is available for free download. Want to know even more about the census? Consider attending a session at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries in September.

Most Valuable Card in Your Wallet

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Thanks to your library card, taking in culture is easier than ever. A new partnership between SALS and SPAC provides a 20% discount for ten performances when people show their library card! Enjoy the ballet, chamber music, and Japanese drummers. See you at SPAC!

Opportunities Abound: Grants, Awards & More

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Employees of libraries that serve small, rural or tribal communities are invited to participate in a one-day media literacy training at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., for a significantly reduced rate. Registration for the training is open now.

The reduced rate, made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will allow a limited number of staff from small and rural libraries to attend “Media Literacy at Your Library Training” for $20 per person. The regular ALA member rate begins at $150. (Participants need not be ALA members to get the reduced rate.)

“Media Literacy at Your Library Training” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The preconference workshop is offered as part of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference (June 20 to 25).

In this intensive one-day preconference, participants will:

  • Be trained in the media literacy curriculum developed by Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy
  • Learn how they can empower patrons to recognize fake news
  • Work with other libraries to brainstorm and develop program ideas
  • Develop a media literacy program plan for their library using Human-Centered Design methods
  • Receive a certificate of completion

This preconference is suited for any library employee who works with adult patrons.

Registration instructions are available under conference Ticketed Events page under “PPO (Public Programs Office)” or add Event Code “PPO1” to your conference registration bundle. To take advantage of the reduced rate, enter discount code ”MEDIA20”.

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines a rural community as one that is more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area and a small library as an institution with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less. Reduced-rate recipients must fit one of these criteria.

Participants may register for the workshop as part of their conference registration or as a single session. For assistance with registering for the workshop, contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 312-280-5045 or

Celebrating Randy Enos

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The New York Library Association's Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) Executive Board is proud to announce a brand new scholarship named for its President Emeritus Randall Enos. The scholarship will provide $500 each for two FLS members to attend the NYLA Annual Conference in odd-numbered years.

Applications are now being accepted for 2019. The Enos Scholarship will be given to two members of FLS to attend the NYLA Annual Conference this year. Applicants must be active in a local Friends of the Library group. One scholarship will be awarded to a first-time attendee at the conference and the second award will go to someone who may, or may not, have previously attended.

The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Please direct questions to

Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award

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Would you like an opportunity to honor an active library supporter, Friend or Friends of the Library? The Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award is sponsored by the Friends of Libraries Section of NYLA. Given annually since 1993 (through the precursor of FLS, the Empire Friends Roundtable), the award honors a volunteer member or group from the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends of the Library organizations.

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, July 1, 2019. This year’s award recipient will be announced at the FLS annual membership meeting in Saratoga Springs on Friday, November 15th, at the NYLA Annual Conference.

Nominations must include all relevant information outlined on the application form. Make sure to describe the contributions of the nominee (group or individual) to library service in detail; including positions held, years of service, accomplishments, successful fundraisers, etc.

Please submit the nomination form and all supporting materials (clippings of press releases, promotional materials, etc.) electronically to Marie Bindeman, Coordinator, via email at, or mail three copies to Marie Bindeman, 5498 Hartford Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Paper copies sent by mail will not be returned.

If you have any questions, contact Marie Bindeman at or call 716-433-0548. Thank you for your interest!

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Library Journal‘s annual award for the Best Small Library in America, made possible by sustaining sponsor Baker & Taylor, was founded in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. It honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

The winning library will receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalist libraries will be awarded $1,000 each—thanks to Baker & Taylor. All three will be featured in the September 2019 issue of Library Journal and online.

The winner will also be highlighted at the 2019 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference and will receive a scholarship to attend and the opportunity to speak there.


  • A public library serving a community with a population of 25,000 or less as of the most recent U.S. Census.
  • A branch or mobile outreach initiative that serves a distinct population of 25,000 or less, even if it is part of a larger town, county, or district library system. The prize monies must be used only for the benefit of the population under 25,000.

Nominators are encouraged to reach out for guidance while developing nominations: Contact Meredith Schwartz at


Learn All the Things!

The Public Library’s Role during Elections: Voter Education in the Age of Misinformation

Tuesday, June 4th, 2pm

This is an online event.

In a time marked by uncertainty, the public library is in an extraordinary position as one of society’s most trusted institutions. Public libraries can leverage that trust to be at the forefront of voter education as we head into what will be one of the most watched presidential elections of our lifetimes. Voter education reflects the needs of an often divided and overwhelmed citizenry. It also addresses the changing landscape of information gathering and dissemination, while encouraging people to engage directly with community, state, and national issues of concern. This presentation will equip librarians to gather user-friendly information from reliable and nonpartisan sources, allowing libraries to offer an invaluable, evolving resource tailor-made for their communities. By exploring resources—everything from a glossary of common terms used during elections to campaign finance information—this webinar will help librarians gather the most useful information in addressing their community's needs.

Latina/o Engagement: Case Studies to Connect Your Community

Thursday, June 6th, 12pm

This is an online event.

Trust and relationship building are at the core of community engagement. Trust in libraries blooms when we bring services outside of the library, build relationships with residents and organizations, and foster change agents by leveraging resident assets. Using a school district partnership, formation of a Latina/o community group, and development of library programming as case studies, the speaker will present strategies to connect your Latina/o communities. The presentation includes challenges, barriers, and successes.

This webinar is a follow-up to one presented in October 2018, "(Re)Building Latina/o Outreach: Steps to Engaging Your Community."

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Due to platform capacity, only the first 100 attendees to log in will be able to attend the live webinar. After the webinar, however, all registrants will receive a link to the webinar archive.

Copyright for Librarians in 2019

Friday, June 7th, 9am

99 Clinton Street

Schenectady, NY

Join us for an informative program presented by Stephanie "Cole" Adams, the attorney for CDLC's Ask the Lawyer service.

In any given day, a librarian may be asked to: make inter-library loan copies, decide if a back-up copy of an aging book can be made, determine if items can be scanned for a database, create ADA-accessible material, make a fun parody video to promote the library, and weigh in on if a professor can show a movie in class. Whoa...who knew an MLS would need to double as a law degree? Join us for a practical and interactive session covering the latest developments at the vertex of libraries and copyright law. Long on practical tips and (mostly) short on legalese, we'll tackle common issues and work through the most up-to-date issues copyright law is presenting to librarians.

Location is Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library, 99 Clinton St, Schenectady NY

Participants may submit questions for the presenter by using the box on the registration form or emailing the questions to Susan D'Entremont at Questions must be submitted by May 30, 2019, to give the presenter time to research the best answer.

Supporting Stories: Legal Guidance for Oral History Projects

Friday, June 7th, 1:15pm

Schenectady County Public Library

Join us for an informative program presented by Stephanie "Cole" Adams, the attorney for CDLC's Ask the Lawyer service.

Oral histories are some of the most direct, experience-based components of culture, and each project has unique challenges and legal considerations. Is there an approach that can use the law to serve the project? Organized to cohere with the Oral History Association's "Statement of Ethics," this session will cover not only issues like image release, copyright, and project ownership but also the legal considerations at each phase of project development: concept building, interview methods, grant application and contracts, partnership and collaboration agreements, insurance and employment/independent contractor issues. Your questions are welcome!

Location is Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library, 99 Clinton St, Schenectady NY

Participants may submit questions for the presenter by using the box on the registration form or emailing the questions to Susan D'Entremont at Questions must be submitted by May 30, 2019, to give the presenter time to research the best answer.

Getting to the Heart of the Community Through Discovery

Tuesday, June 11th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Community discovery is a process of forging vital and ongoing connection between the library and its community members. The more people are involved in planning and programming, the more they are invested in the success of the library. While many libraries collect community input primarily through surveys, there are other, more interactive and interpersonal tools that can uncover the heart and aspirations of the community. Explore tools and strategies that start meaningful conversations and foster collaborative engagement on everything from strategic and space planning to programming. Learn how you can join your library and your community at the heart.

Hooray for Freedom! Part One: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Intellectual Freedom in the Library

Thursday, July 11th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Privacy, confidentiality, and intellectual freedom are core values of librarianship that are easy to agree with, but difficult to implement. Hooray for Freedom! will help you assess your professional practice, give you the legal and ethical context to support democracy in your library, and help you identify practical ways to implement improvements.

In this webinar, learners will:

• Gain familiarity with the legal undergirding of intellectual freedom in libraries.

• Recognize methods that help shrink the gap between ethics and practice for libraries of any size.

• Learn strategies to use in real-time situations related to the legal and ethical foundations of library practice.

Hooray for Freedom! Part Two: Developing Policies in Support of Ethical Practice

Thursday, Aug. 8th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Building on part one, Hooray for Freedom! Privacy, Confidentiality, and Intellectual Freedom in the Library, this webinar will help you assess your library’s current policies and procedures within a legal context, and help you draft specific policy language. We’ll explore considerations for libraries of all sizes in order to codify the library profession’s values for our institutions.

In this webinar, learners will:

• Increase understanding of the language in, and policy implications for, the 1st and 4th Amendments.

• Learn how to translate legal opinion into policy considerations for libraries.

• Recognize how to avoid policy drafting traps by maintaining focus on mission and purpose.