Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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Congratulations to the Waterford Public Library for its successful budget referendum! I'm happy to report that all of our member libraries that have gone out for funding in 2017 have been successful -- proof of the wonderful work you're doing in your communities. This week, the Galway Public Library has both a budget and a building proposition on the ballot -- I'm looking forward to celebrating your win on June 14th!

In other news, it's time to get busy and save the Internet.

Yes, the magical place where we can watch pandas eating popsicles, has come under attack. There's still time to don your superhero cape and weigh in on the FCC's recent decision. The public comment period is open until July 17, 2017, and a Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality on July 12 -- sign up now and tell all your friends -- the Internet must be free!

What's going on at your library? Send me a note: or get in touch and I'll come visit!

Coming Correct(ional)

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Meet Don & Heather, the wonderful librarians at the Washington County Correctional Facility, a medium security prison, and Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison. They've created libraries that meet the needs of their patrons, vaulting numerous administrative hurdles along the way -- including not having access to the Internet, and having to hand write ILL requests. They work alone, without colleagues to bounce ideas around.

They've requested a list of popular YA authors & titles of great reads for their patrons -- please send me suggestions that I can compile and get to Don & Heather. And if you have donations from popular YA series that you won't be using in your library, please send them to Cindy Mirra at SALS, so we can complete their collections.

Wanted: Library Clerk 2, Great Meadow Correctional Facility

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The Great Meadow Correctional Facility seeks a resilient, friendly, self-starter for Library Clerk 2, an open competitive Civil Service position. This position works with Heather, an awesome Correctional Facility Librarian, to provide library services.

Minimum qualifications:

  1. High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma and one year of clerical experience or
  2. 30 college semester credit hours, with at least nine credit hours in any combination of the following: Library / Information Science, Computer Applications, or Information Studies.

Submit resumes to:

Great Meadow CF

PO Box 51

Comstock, NY 12821

Attn: Personnel 518-639-5516, ext. 3600

They Came, They Saw, They Mingled

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What happens when a couple dozen information professionals get together? Lots of fun!

The first Saratoga Infomingle drew a lively crowd of all types of librarians -- academic, public, school, system, and special libraries were all represented. We had a chance to meet our colleagues, hang out and get to know each other in an informal, speed greeting session.

Lorie from Saratoga Springs Public Library led a tour of the library's Saratoga Collection, giving everyone a chance to marvel over historic pieces and fabulous first editions -- including an Ogden Nash with a limerick to Frank Sullivan.

A small, dedicated band headed to the Henry St. Taproom to continue the conversation. Thanks to all who came out -- and stay tuned for the next Infomingle!

Borrow All the Things!

At the Town of Ballston Community Library, there's a lot to do, and cool stuff to borrow.

I had a chance to hang out with Jennifer Richard and Karen DeAngelo last week, and saw their many collections -- cake pans, board games and even auxiliary cables. They have an artistically gifted circ staff that makes customized signage, and are a pick-up location for patrons who use Field Goods for their produce. They've hosted blood drives and paint & sips (though not at the same time), to great acclaim. If you're in the neighborhood, drop in and check out the renovations, completed in 2016.

Little Library, Big Dreams

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All of our good thoughts are with Galway Public Library for its budget referendum on Wednesday, June 14 -- both for a modest budget increase and a new building. In the meantime, library director Deb Flint and her talented crew are up to lots of good stuff -- including partnering with the Galway Food Pantry to offer early literacy programs. Mary Lynn Kopper gave Deb & I a tour of the pantry when I visited, and to our delight, we discovered that they have a large, beautiful room with lots of windows, a bathroom, and even a small kitchen. I can't wait to see what happens next!
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SALS is partnering with WSHWE BOCES to host an Adult Literacy meet-up from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 16, in Glens Falls. Krista Conrick will give us a tour of an adult literacy classroom, and share some ideas of how we can create adult literacy stations at public libraries. We're inviting area stakeholders, and will spend some time identifying resources and talking about ways to get started with an adult literacy program at your library.
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Take a moment to big up yourselves by applying for the 2017 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, given to a New York State library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users. An award of $1,000, donated by the Friends of the New York State Library, will be given to the winner along with a plaque at the annual New York Library Association conference in the Fall.

Projects nominated for the Award should document measurable progress in identifying user needs, taking steps to meet those needs, and evaluating the results. All types of libraries are eligible to apply (academic, public, school and special). Previous applicants are encouraged to apply, and previous winners of the Award may apply after 3 years.

Applications are due August 1, 2017.

For more information about the Shubert Award and the application form, visit or contact Paula Paolucci in the State Librarian’s office at (518) 474-5930 or via e-mail at

Applications must be sent electronically and received by August 1.

Plan Ahead

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Before you know it, National Voter Registration Day will be upon us! NVRD is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate libraries' commitment to democracy, by registering people to vote.

This year the big push will take place September 26, 2017 -- a great chance to remind everyone that in order for democracy to work, we all have to get involved.

Learn Stuff

Effective Online Outreach: Tools and Tactics for Connecting Communities and Collections

Thursday, June 29th, 3pm

This is an online event.

How did a small two-person library capture national media attention, become a focus of high-profile museum exhibits, and generate 13 million views of its online photos in just a few years?

They built on a framework of eight values to drive innovative services and greatly enhance the information-seeking experience of their users. With a combination of free and low-cost web tools, savvy marketing, and innovations borrowed from archives and museums, Kenn Bicknell embarked on an aggressive digitization and outreach program to push information out to his constituents in creative, engaging ways. Find inspiration and practical ideas that can breathe new life into your collections and keep libraries front and center in users' lives.