Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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Happy National Library Week!

This year, we can celebrate knowing that we are loved -- so much so that this year's State Budget includes a $1 million increase in library funding, bringing the total to $96.6 million. The good news doesn't stop there -- funding for the State Public Library Construction Aid has also increased to $34 million -- a $10 million addition to last year's budget. Take a moment and thank your representatives for their support of libraries, and the work we do in our communities.

Why do people love libraries? As highlighted in the IFLA Global Vision report shows, libraries are:

  • Dedicated to providing equal and free access to information and knowledge
  • Deeply committed to core roles in supporting literacy, learning and reading
  • Focused on our communities
  • Embracing digital innovation
  • Strong advocates for libraries at national and regional leader level
  • Aware that funding is our biggest challenge
  • Eager to work more collaboratively and develop strong partnerships
  • Desiring to be less bureaucratic and resistant to change
  • Proud to be guardians of the memory of the world
  • Attracting young professionals deeply committed and eager to lead

Thanks for doing great work in your communities every day. Library professionals rock!


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The Greenwich Free Library and Town of Ballston Community Library have found a use for old conference badges -- as museum pass holders! Patrons can borrow a museum pass and not worry about where to keep it -- the lanyard/pocket design makes display and usage easy.
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Libraries are business incubators -- a place where local businesses find support and services to help them be successful. SALS is supporting member libraries by providing an opportunity for every library in our system to have a Notary Public.

We are partnering with SUNY Adirondack to offer Notary Public classes. SALS will reimburse libraries that attend the SUNY Adirondack Notary Exam Preparation Class -- either the face-to-face classes or online, self-paced course. This opportunity is limited to 15 participants -- if you are interested in taking advantage of this program, you must let Erica know by April 12, 2018. Send an e-mail to

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

  1. Attend the Notary Exam Preparation Course at SUNY Adirondack
  2. Take the one-hour Notary Exam
  3. Secure a Notary Public License

In exchange, participating libraries MUST:

  1. Let Erica know they intend to participate
  2. Register with SUNY Adirondack & identify as part of the SALS group
  3. Pay for the class, registration, and license
  4. 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 9 am to 1 pm Thursday, May 3 at the Queensbury Campus. 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 through May 4 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 Friday, April 13. 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, or complete and submit the registration form. Remember to identify yourself as a SALS member.

Please note that you must complete all required components of the course, submit your paid bill and the course participation documentation to receive reimbursement from SALS. The deadline for submitting documentation for reimbursement to Erica is May 15, 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.

Teen Tech Grant

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As a means to prepare underserved teens for the tech-reliant jobs of the future, the Best Buy Foundation seeks local and regional nonprofit partners offering out-of-school time programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers. Programs should include hands-on learning opportunities and engage the youth in experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills.

For more information on Community Relations at Best Buy, visit:

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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, 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 for this award is July 1, 2018. This year’s award recipient will be announced at the FLS annual meeting in Rochester on Friday, November 9th at the NYLA Annual Conference.

Nominations must include all relevant information as per the application form. Make sure to describe the contribution of nominee (group or individual) to library service in detail; such as 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, at, or by mail 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.

Got Your GOAT

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Join your teen-serving library colleagues from three states for a FREE day of energizing ideas, problem hacks, and go-to colleagues! Not only will this be the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T.) teen librarian meetup, it is the first for librarians from eastern New York, western Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

We'll meet from 10 am to 3:30 pm Thursday, April 26, at the East Greenbush Community Library at 10 Community Way in East Greenbush, NY.

If your job includes a focus on teens, you’re invited!

Please BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch). We'll provide drinks, dessert - and an author Skype visit! Register here.

Power to the People

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Citizens of a democracy need information in order to make good decisions. What better place to begin than finding out what legislation your representatives are proposing? The Library of Congress makes it easy to find.

Archiving Grief

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In a depressing sign of our times, museums are figuring out ways to archive memorials for victims of mass tragedies.

Shop Til You Drop

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Everyone loves a sale -- especially when it's coordinated by the state! It's time for the annual NY GovBuy, a statewide government buyers event, provides practical training that enables purchasing officials to stay informed about relevant procurement related issues and more effective ways to meet fiscal challenges. This year's GovBuy will take place May 2 & 3rd

at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY.

The trade show will provide attendees an opportunity to visit exhibitors' booths to learn about the many goods, services, and technologies available. This event is sponsored by the Office of General Services (OGS), New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO), the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) and the State University of New York (SUNY). Registration is free but you must register to attend.

Free Art Books

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The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program invites you to place an order of free art books for your institution.

The D.U.C. distributes books on contemporary art and culture to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide. Books are brand new, free, and shipped at no cost. All public institutions of learning that self-define as underserved are eligible to participate.

If you are a new participant, visit the D.U.C.'s guidelines to get started.
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Apply now for a cash grant and resources to support library programming around "The Great American Read," the PBS series designed to spark a national conversation about reading.

The eight-part series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging the American public to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

Your public library could receive:

  • $2,000 to support programs and events related to "The Great American Read"
  • A DVD collection of the series with public performance rights
  • Opportunities to host private, pre-broadcast screenings at your library
  • A programming guide developed by ALA, PBS and librarian advisors
  • And much more

For more information:

Read the project guidelines
Preview the application (PDF)
Start your online application

Applications are due by April 17. Up to 50 libraries will be selected.

Questions? Contact ALA's Public Programs Office at

Earth Day

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NOVA's Case for Climate Change airs April 18th on PBS.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, yet widespread misunderstanding and misinformation have hampered the ability of individuals-politicians, and public alike-to understand and address the issue. In this 2-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the noise and help define the way forward. Why do scientists agree that our climate is changing and that human activity is causing it? How will it affect us, and when? What will it take to bend the curve of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes? Join scientists around the globe on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth and discover how they are finding that we can be resilient -- and even thrive -- in the face of enormous change.

Interested in screening this film for your community? Contact Gina Varamo at to register for a free screening kit.

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The Friends of Libraries Section is pleased to participate in NYLA’s Dewey Fellowship Award program. Each year, four Sections of NYLA are eligible to select a NYLA member to attend the Annual Conference, all expenses paid. The award is underwritten by the Lake Placid Foundation and will be awarded by FLS every other year. One Section nominee will be chosen. The recommended candidate’s application is ultimately reviewed by the NYLA Awards Committee. The fellowship award is then approved by NYLA Council.

The FLS Dewey Fellow are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • 3+ years of volunteer experience as a member of a Friends of the Library organization (e.g., an officer or committee chair of a Friends group; a former board member of NYLA’s Friends of Libraries Section);
  • A record of accomplishments as a Friends member; and personal involvement in activities to advance the library community (e.g., activism on the local or state level, service on FLS Executive Board, service on an FLS committee).
  • The applicant must be a personal member of FLS/NYLA or a member of a Friends group that is a current organizational member of FLS/NYLA. Current members of the FLS Executive Board are not eligible for the fellowship.

The FLS Dewey Fellowship Award will pay a maximum of $1,000 of the cost to attend the 2018 NYLA Annual Conference is November 7 - 10 in Rochester. Reimbursements include registration, a pre-conference continuing education seminar, tickets for various meal functions, lodging, and travel.

Applicants must file a completed application (Word Document) by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2018. Application packets should be submitted to Kitty Bressington, Coordinator, FLS Dewey Fellowship Award, c/o Linden Financial Consultants, 141 Sully’s Trail, Ste 7A, Pittsford, NY 14534 or e-mail: Any questions about the award may be directed to Kitty at this e-mail address.

The FLS Dewey Fellowship Award Committee will review all eligible applications and notify applicants of the final results in late summer 2018.

Starting or Expanding Immigration Services at Your Library

Tuesday, April 24th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate immigration services into the library? The New York Library Association (NYLA) will host a webinar about the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to share valuable information about their free online tool, which can be used to expand the capacity of your to provide people with self-guided immigration legal assistance. IAN will also discuss the ways libraries are currently using immi in its branches.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the importance of providing immigration services to their library communities;
  2. Understand the components and features of immi and be able to guide a person to the online resources; and
  3. Know the next steps to get immigration services set up at their libraries.