Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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It's been a busy couple of weeks.

Director Sara Dallas and I traveled to Albany to testify before the Complete Count Committee for Census 2020 on the need for funding to support public libraries. While people are encouraged to complete the Census online, paper surveys will also be available.

We've been learning all the things:

  • More than 60 library folk have turned out (so far) to take part in our 21st Century Communication & Engagement Skills workshops
  • More than 40 programming librarians from three library systems converged at the Crandall Public Library for Adult ProgramPalooza

Not content to rest on our laurels, we held our Annual Meeting, and nearly 200 people turned out to celebrate a great year. Just when we thought things couldn't get any better, ten of our member libraries had successful budget referendums!

But wait, there's more: Plans are underway to kick-off the 2019 Fresh Food Collective, we have more workshops coming up, and it's getting time to launch this year's summer reading program, A Universe of Stories.

Phew! Strap yourselves in -- 2019 will continue to be a wild ride as we do our best to help you learn, grow, and create resilient communities.

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We're delighted to report that ten of our member libraries had a successful budget referendum on May 21st. Congratulations to:

  • Argyle Free Library
  • Ballston Spa Public Library
  • Bancroft Public Library
  • Cambridge Public Library
  • Corinth Free Library
  • Greenwich Free Library
  • Easton Library
  • Schuylerville Public Library
  • Stillwater Public Library
  • Richards Library

Budget referendums are the first step to creating sustainable libraries that support their communities. If your library has not had a public budget referendum, or is considering one, get in touch and we'll help make it happen.

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.

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!

New Computer, Who Dis?

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The Joint Automation group has announced the deadline for the 2019 computer order.

All order forms should be e-mailed as an attachment to The subject should contain your library’s 3 letter code (E.g. “XYZ - 2019 Beginning -Year Group Order”). This makes it much easier to separate actual orders from questions.

Once your order has been received and processed, we will send you an e-mail confirmation. This may take a day or two depending on current workloads.

If your monitor(s) are more than 10 years old please contact us so we can assist you in finding the correct adapter(s). The port types have changed on the newer computers, and may require an adapter to connect to old monitors.

The deadline for this order is Friday, May 24, 2019.

A Little Help for Our Friends

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The Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association is holding two regional workshops this spring. The workshops are open to all interested parties (community volunteers, library administrators and staff, and library trustees) who work with existing Friends groups or are considering starting a volunteer support group for their library.

Participants do not need to be members of FLS. Due to limited space, registration is required with the host system, but there is no charge to attend. Participants from libraries outside these systems are welcome to attend these sessions.

Getting Started: Creating and Supporting a Friends Group for Your Library is being sponsored by the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, May 31. The workshop will be held at UHLS headquarters, 28 Essex Street, Albany NY 12206. This presentation focuses on the benefits of gathering community volunteers to support a library’s programs and services. The workshop uses a checklist to develop a Friends of the Library group: recruiting helpers for a steering committee, determining the Friends’ mission, expanding their membership, and growing the leadership to sustain an active organization. Libraries with existing Friends groups have also found this workshop helpful as a review of their current practices and to glean ideas for growing their membership base. To allow for further networking, the System is offering a lunch following the workshop. For further information, contact Natalie Hurteau, Manager, Adult & Outreach Services, at

Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group will be co-sponsored by the Central NY Library Resource Council (CLRC) and the Friends of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, June 7. This workshop will be held at the Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, DeWitt NY 13078. Continuing to develop your library’s Friends group is vital to sustaining the organization long-term. The workshop provides tips on membership recruitment and volunteer engagement. Networking within the community and constantly sharing the Friends’ message will revitalize the organization’s core supporters and help to maintain the group’s crucial advocacy work for the library. Registration opens May 1 through the Central NY Library Resources Council’s online calendar at For further information, contact Rebecca Kluberdanz, Continuing Education & Emerging Technologies Librarian, CLRC, at

Information is also on the FLS web page,, under Events.

Opportunities Abound: Grants, Awards & More

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Interested in attending this year's Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference but not sure where to find the funds to attend? Consider applying for a scholarship for the 2019 Fall Conference.

This year, there are four scholarships for first-time attendees.

  1. The Dr. Bernard Vavrek scholarship is for current library school students.
  2. The Founders scholarship is for current ARSL members who have been working in the library profession for 5 years or less.
  3. The Ken Davenport Scholarship is for current ARSL members who have been working in the library profession for 6 to 10 years
  4. The Angel scholarship is open to current ARSL members who have been working in the library profession for any length of time.

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm Central Time on May 24, 2019.

For questions about the process or trouble with the application form, contact

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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!

Measuring the Success of Health Programs and Services

Wednesday, May 29th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Public libraries are critical to their community’s health, serving as a go-to resource for individuals to access current and reliable health information. Public library staff have a deep understanding of the unique needs of their communities and the value of serving their patrons’ health needs. Now all they need is the data to prove just how valuable those services are. In this webinar, participants will learn how Project Outcome’s new health survey will help public libraries measure the success of health programs and services. Participants will also discover helpful resources and training tools to enhance their health services.

The Project Outcome health survey was developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), dedicated to advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health. To learn more, visit

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Know resources and training tools to help create and improve health services at their library;
  • Understand how to measure the outcomes of their health-related programs using Project Outcome’s new health survey; and
  • Be able to apply survey data for decision making and action.

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.

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.