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Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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The nights have grown longer, the days colder, and the first snow has fallen. As we prepare to come together with friends, neighbors, and family to celebrate the many splendid things in our lives, I am reminded of Vu Le's reminder to not give thanks just on one day but to incorporate gratitude into our daily lives.


I am grateful for many things, not the least of which is the opportunity to work with the amazing libraries of the Southern Adirondack Library System, and to routinely exploit the infinite talents of my colleagues. Thank you for inspiring me every day with the work you to do help your communities thrive! Happy Thanksgiving!

From the Page to the Stage

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Vicki Plude, Director of the Fort Edward Free Library, has no problem getting teens to come to the library. For the past couple of years, she's organized theatrical events involving 30-some kids of all ages who rehearse for months, then put on a production at the local school. She's just wrapped up the 2018 show and is considering 1776 for 2019. Get your tickets now!

Certified Change Agents

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Christina Becker, Director of the Cambridge Public Library, and Carman Bogle, Mayor of Cambridge, were part of the first cohort of Community Change Agents to graduate from the New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative's program. Christina and Carman heard that their community didn't feel connected, and responded by launching a community newsletter, run jointly by the library, village, and local businesses. The Cambridge Public Library team was mentored by Margo Gustina, the Deputy Director of the Southern Tier Library System.


Congratulations for completing the year-long training, and for being named a 5-Star library by Library Journal!

Neither Rain Nor Snow

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Last Friday brought the first significant snow to Saratoga County, and with it, snowpeople eager to return overdue books that had recently thawed. Becky Fasulo, the Director of the Corinth Free Library, captured a frosty patron in the act.
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In 2016, SALS began its Libraries Mean Business initiative to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. We do this by providing funding for Notary Publics in each SALS's library, creating turn-key programs for member libraries on a variety of business-related topics, and developing a digital collection of e-books and e-audiobooks.


If your library has not yet taken part in the Notary Public Training program, or if you would like to have a second person take the training, now is the time to register for the next round.


SALS will cover the cost of one person from each member library to:



In exchange, participating libraries MUST:


  • Let Erica know they intend to participate
  • Register with SUNY Adirondack & identify as part of the SALS group
  • Pay for the class, registration, and license
  • Submit paperwork to be reimbursed -- including documentation indicating completion of the SUNY Adirondack class.


The Notary Public License Exam Preparation—Face-to-Face classes are four hours long. The next in-person class will be from 12:30 -4:30 pm Thursday, December 6 at the Wilton Center. The price of the class is $65.


  • All materials will be provided, and information about how to link to NYS Department of State licensing information, booklets and forms will be distributed.
  • The Notary Public exam will not be given during this workshop. There will be an 80-question practice exam.
  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Submit this with the paid bills to SALS for reimbursement.

The Notary Public License Exam Preparation Course online, self-paced, notary course is offered from September 5 through December 12 using the Angel learning system.


The Notary Public exam will not be given during this workshop. Information about the exam schedule will be available in the class. Registration for this course closes on Wednesday, November 21. The cost is $75.


Please identify yourself as a SALS member when registering to obtain documentation of online course completion to submit with a copy of the paid bill to SALS for reimbursement.


To register and pay for the course call 518-743-2238, e-mail conted@sunyacc.edu, or complete and submit the registration form.


Please note that you must complete all required components of the course and submit your paid bill and the course participation documentation to receive reimbursement from SALS. The deadline for submitting documentation for reimbursement to Erica is December 31, 2018. No reimbursements will be made after that date.


Support for this program comes from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program.

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ALA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.


Up to 16 grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator to check eligibility.


Read the project guidelines and apply online by Dec. 14, 2018.


ALA will host a free webinar at 1 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 24, for people interested in learning more about the American Dream grants. Register for the webinar here.


The American Dream Literacy Initiative strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners in their communities and across the country.


The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.


American Dream libraries build replicable programs, develop coalition-building strategies, and provide annotated lists of vetted resources for libraries across the country. ALA shares the libraries’ successes and strategies through the website, on webinars, and at state, regional and national conferences.


The American Dream Literacy Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. It is administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

Learn All the Things!

How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 1pm

This is an online event.

How many times have you arrived at a page and found your eyes glazing over when faced with long, wordy paragraphs? On the web people don’t read, they scan, skim and select. In fact, usability studies show that less is more — people don’t find information that is right in front of them when it’s buried in long paragraphs.


When it comes to email, communicating effectively is especially important, and the same guidelines for writing web content apply. With email, you also need to consider subject lines, who else to copy, and what outcome you are hoping for with each email you send.

In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age where people read most of your content on a screen. We’ll look at before and after examples, and attendees will get a list of resources for learning more.


At the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Have tips for keeping writing brief without omitting information.
  • Know the best practices for effective email communication in the workplace.
  • Have best practices for conveying instructions and making web links descriptive.
  • Be able to apply important design guidelines for text without changing the design of the entire website.
  • Be familiar with web accessibility guidelines that apply to writing style and understand why they matter.

This webinar will be of interest to: Staff from any type of library who write content for websites or email.

Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Charles Darwin said, "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." It has never been a better time to be a librarian—especially when we recognize and act on our power to help people in our communities build better lives through learning and literacy. To do that, our identity, our education, our organizations, and our work is changing. Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community.

This webinar is part of the Transformative Leaders series.

Presented by: Gina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer, and Thad Hartman, Chief of Staff, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (KS)

Community Conversations Across Neighborhoods: Dialogue-Driven Programming

Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 1pm

This is an online event.

In February 2017, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a Community Conversations pilot with the goal of further establishing branch libraries as key civic convening centers, providing space, information and quality discussion for communities to better understand and problem-solve around local issues.


Aligning with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, NYPL’s Adult Programming and Outreach Services (ORS) Office developed an original 11-month training program with staff from 16 branch libraries that resulted in a series of unique, community-led programs.


Program boundaries were kept flexible enough for branch staff to be able to design programs with their own diverse neighborhood communities in mind. Branches experimented with a variety of tactics to ensure community focus, including community issue voting boards, a public planning committee, community-mapping and final program sessions that invited attendees to discuss next steps.


Participants of this session will learn:

  • Best practices and lessons learned from NYPL’s Community Conversations programming
  • How to launch successful location-based Community Conversations initiatives that build partnerships and engage staff in new ways
  • Specific dialogue-driven program models that can be used as templates for programs in libraries across geographic locations

From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 9pm

This is an online event.

Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from a higher incidence of chronic illness, but they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.


Objectives


  • Increase knowledge of the unique nature of rural communities, including their attributes and challenges
  • Identify health information needs specific to rural communities
  • Become familiar with resources to address the health information needs of rural citizens
  • Identify potential community partners in rural communities

Library Programming for Adults, From Start to Finish

Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Adult programming at your library can bring the community together in meaningful ways but finding the ideal program and attracting the right audience can be overwhelming. This webinar will teach you to plan events and programs from start to finish, including identifying potential partners, getting community input, and successful marketing. Learn how to deliver quality, budget-friendly programs that will bring in the crowds without reinventing the wheel. From choosing dates and times to selecting events that get results, you’ll hear practical tips on everything it takes to launch adult programs your community will love.


Presented by: Cara Romeo, Assistant Library Director/Community Services Librarian, K. O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library (SD)

Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace

Tuesday, Jan. 15th 2019 at 3pm

This is an online event.

How do library administrators and managers foster a healthy, inclusive work environment so all employees can succeed? Unfortunately, individuals with diverse backgrounds and uniqueness are being subjected to subtle and overt bias in the library workplace due to the divisive climate in which we live. We have each been a part of the process; on either end of the bias whether we know it or not.


In this webinar, presenter Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.


At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Increase awareness of situations involving biases.
  • Identify different types of implicit bias challenges.
  • Develop an understanding of how to approach implicit biases.
  • Describe strategies and solutions to foster an inclusive work environment that may be applied within library workplace.
  • Apply best practices within library workplace to reduce implicit bias in recruiting, hiring and retention.

This webinar will be of interest to: Library administration, managers, staff, and human resource professionals who want to learn more about implicit bias to foster a healthy, inclusive work environment for all.