Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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About a month ago, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as part of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce's Stronger Together campaign. In addition to a lovely photo, the library was able to amplify its opening and its ongoing partnership with the Chamber. Kudos!

In other news, the latest findings from the REALM project have been announced. The third round of tests studied how long COVID-19 could live on materials like Talking Book cassettes, DVDs, storage bags, storage containers, and even plexiglass. Results show that after five days of quarantine in an unstacked configuration, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detected on the storage bag (flexible plastic) or the DVD. The storage container (rigid plastic), plexiglass, and the USB cassette all showed detectable virus at five days. (The study only measured up to five days). As with everything related to this pandemic, we are still in the learning phase.

Meanwhile, in Switzerland, it's snowing chocolate. If I'm slow to respond to email, you know why!

Books for All

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Do you have patrons that have difficulty reading standard print due to a visual or physical disability? Find out how to provide state-of-the-art library services at 10 am on Thursday, August 27, when Jane Bentley, the outreach librarian at the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL).

The TBBL is a free library service for residents in upstate New York who have difficulty reading standard print due to a visual or physical disability. It provides free circulation of audio and braille materials through the US Postal Service, access to playback equipment and accessories, and the ability to instantly download audio and ebraille titles through a program called Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).

Please register for this webinar. All registrants will receive a GoTo Meeting invitation.

Word Up

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I was this many days old when I learned the editor function in Microsoft Office products can help your writing be more inclusive.

Everybody Counts: Final Push for Census

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The verdict is in. New York is falling behind other states when it comes to getting a complete count for the census. The majority of the state has fewer people counted than in the 2010 census, which results in losing political representation and less funding for critical services. Now that the federal government has changed the deadline to respond, we need to mobilize to ensure your communities are counted.

If you have questions about the 2020 Census or need help promoting it, let us know!

Anti-Racist Training

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The Junior League of Schenectady & Saratoga has partnered with the Proctors Collaborative and Samaritan Counseling to create the Capital Region Anti-Racism Community Training Initiative. They will be launching an Allyship Institute Training Series in September.

Pave Paradise

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About one half of Jones Hill Wood in Buckinghamshire, the inspiration for Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox, will be taken down to allow for a thruway. Be prepared for hijinks!

Wait for It

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Ocean Vuong is the latest author to take part in the art installation, Future Library. The brainchild of artist Katie Paterson, all contributing authors will submit work that won't be read until 2114, when they will be printed on the 1,000 trees outside of Oslo that have been planted for this project. Vuong's work will be one of 100 titles unveiled in 94 years. Place your holds now!
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Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is an ALA pilot program made possible by support from a private donor. The program supports public and academic libraries in efforts to engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis.

The goals of this project include:

  • Raising awareness and providing accurate information about the climate crisis to the public through libraries
  • Designating libraries as Climate Resilience Hubs, positioning them to provide ongoing public education and community support during extreme weather events
  • Engaging library staff in local partnerships and environmental justice efforts that emphasize bottom-up organizing, shared community leadership, and the centering of those most impacted by climate change, particularly communities of color and underserved communities
  • Creating space in libraries for communities to engage in conversation, mobilize for the initiation of sustainability policies and practices, and build more resilient communities
  • Identifying and documenting relevant, replicable programming models for future national distribution

ALA will select twenty-five (25) public and academic libraries to receive a Resilient Communities grant.

Applications open online: July 1, 2020
Deadline for submission: August 28, 2020 by 11:59 pm (CDT)
Award notification date: September 21, 2020

Library Shark Tank

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Is your library a player in economic development? Do you have an idea on how your library could contribute to job creation, entrepreneurship, and nonprofits -- but you could use a little funding to get started?

@ the Table is the inaugural pitch competition of the Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference (ELC). Libraries will be invited to pitch ideas or initiatives to stakeholders in economic development. The focus of the pitches is how a library can support local economic development, job creation, workforce development, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, small businesses, or innovation in general.

Submissions should be specific about the target population, the problem addressed, resources available or needed, and the service provided or value added. Submitters should pretend their audience is local community partners, not fellow librarians.

Five finalists will have up to five minutes to pitch their idea or initiative live and online to a panel of economic development professionals and the ELC 2020 attendees. The first place library will receive $2,000. $500 will be awarded to both the second place winner and the audience choice winner. EBSCO is the generous sponsor of this competition.

Jennifer Hensel at Launch Greensboro will be providing pre-recorded best practices for all contestants, as well as one-on-one consultations with the five finalists before the live pitching takes place.

The competition will take place live online at 3 pm EST Thursday, November 12. Registration for the ELC will be free.

Apply by: Friday, September 25, 2020 at 5pm Eastern.

Learn All the Things!

How to use “WELL” Design Principles to Address Covid-19 and Create Healthier Libraries

Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 2pm

This is an online event.

The changes we see certainly impact our community, economy, workplace and our peace of mind. Many communities may or may not be faced with the notion of going back to offices, schools, and public facilities. If your community is one preparing for a ‘re-opening,’ this webinar discusses WELL design principles that will help you tackle tough space problems related to the pandemic while also making your library healthier for the long haul.

Concepts of WELL design directly address the physical challenges created by the pandemic with space configuration, flexible furniture arrangements, new technology and adjustments to building systems. However we will go beyond the physical and discuss how WELL design principles can improve patrons sense of wellbeing, safety and ability to relax and focus.

Helping Students Succeed During COVID-19

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 3pm

This is an online event.

This webinar will examine how public libraries across the country are helping students, their parents, and teachers succeed in the new world of distance learning. We will look at popular educational websites and reading resources as well as examples of videos designed to help Spanish-language speakers access the library's resources. We will also discuss how one library continues to provide class visits during stay-at-home and will learn about "pandemic pods." We will even share how some libraries are helping families deal with food insecurity due to school closures.

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

  • Feel more confident in their ability to help students, parents, and teachers succeed in a distance learning environment.
  • Learn how other public libraries nationwide are helping students, parents, and teachers succeed in a distance learning environment.
  • Consider this current crisis as an opportunity to work more closely with teachers and schools.

This webinar will be of interest to all public library staff who work with students, families and teachers

Towards a Mindful Practice in Library Work

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 3pm

This is an online event.

In this webinar, you will learn about mindfulness from a practitioner (Mimosa Shah) and a scholar (Beck Tench) who have spent the last five years collaborating on how to practice mindfulness in libraries with integrity and resilience. We will move beyond the common understandings and examples of mindfulness, looking from both a critical and optimistic points-of-view. We will discuss what mindfulness is, why we might practice it, and how to do so, with a special focus on library-specific issues.

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

  • Understand the mindfulness movement across history and wisdom traditions
  • Understand the varied reasons why we might practice mindfulness and what the consequences of those practices might be
  • Gain exposure to the wide range of mindfulness activities, including ideas about how to create their own
  • Consider mindfulness from scholarly and practitioner perspectives

This webinar will be of interest to: all library workers that have a curiosity/tendency towards mindfulness.

Webinars are free of charge. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event.

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Engaging Millennials as Friends Volunteers.

Wednesday, Sep. 23rd, 2pm

This is an online event.

Reaching across generations to recruit younger volunteers to actively participate in the work of Friends organizations is challenging. But it is doable and vital to the continued success of volunteer support groups for libraries. Millennials are eager to join in and give their time and energy to causes they are passionate about. Come discuss ways Friends can coordinate, collaborate, and promote opportunities for young adults that are both social and make a difference in the community. Get suggestions on how to target and make connections with these potential volunteers who are motivated to make their community a better place by using their skills and expertise to meet the needs of 21st century library patrons.


Tess Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region, and Madeline Jarvis, Adult and Information Services Manager at the Marion (Iowa) Public Library. Tess and Madeline authored a book, All Ages Welcome: Recruiting and Retaining Younger Generations for Library Boards, Friends Groups, and Foundations, a toolkit for libraries on engaging Millennials.

This professional development opportunity is open to all. Registration is open on NYLA’s website: > Career Resources > Continuing Education > NYLA e-Institute Webinars.

The webinar is $25 for NYLA personal or organizational members (who are not members of FLS) and $35 for those who are not members of NYLA. Group registrations are available ($75 member rate /$99 nonmember rate). A credit card is required for payment.

As a member benefit, the primary contact person and group volunteers of Friends Group organizational members who are listed on the “Friend Group Volunteers Registration Form” on file with the NYLA Finance & Administration Manager and personal FLS members may participate at no cost. The FLS/NYLA membership must be current at the time of registration, with the membership expiration date beyond the date of the webinar.

What Libraries Need To Know To Survive A Ransomware Attack

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Ransomware (software that blocks access to systems until money is paid to the attacker) can be disruptive and expensive. For some libraries it can be catastrophic, though it doesn’t have to be. Planning and preparation are key to surviving a ransomware attack. This presentation will focus on cybersecurity needs to help libraries protect their systems from ransomware.

Participants will learn the steps to take at your institution to ensure that you can survive a ransomware attack. The presentation will cover plans, tools, and techniques that can help lower the risk of a ransomware attack, regardless of your budget.

Registrants will be emailed with the Zoom link one day prior to the meeting. This workshop will not be recorded.

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