Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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The New York State Complete Count Commission has announced the Complete Count Commission Hearings to gain public input and hear from Census experts and advocates. Each meeting of the Commission will be open to the public and webcast. If you have not yet submitted testimony, consider participating in an upcoming hearing. Two hearings remain:

Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m.

Queens Borough Hall

120-55 Queens Blvd

Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Tuesday, May 7, 10 a.m.

Rockefeller Institute of Government

411 State St

Albany, NY 12203

To learn more about upcoming census efforts, the New York State Library is hosting a FREE live webinar-- Preparing Libraries for the 2020 Census: Digital Security, Privacy and Access - at 3 pm Tuesday, May 7.

Digital access to the 2020 Census at New York’s public libraries will be a major factor in achieving a fair and accurate count in New York State. To build capacity and technical support at libraries, and to ensure that libraries are able to preserve patron privacy during the digital census, the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School has made tools available to help libraries implement best digital security practices for the 2020 Census. The webinar will provide an overview of the available tools and show how libraries can start preparing now for the 2020 Census.

Nifty Fifty

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Half a century ago, two momentous occurrences took place: We managed to land astronauts on the moon, and the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library was founded. The decades have flown by, and now the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library is 50 years old, and has lots of reasons to celebrate!

Sustainable Steps

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The Hadley-Luzerne Public Library is encouraging voters to take part in an upcoming election at the end of June to recharter as a school district public library. This would be the first step toward establishing sustainable funding, ensuring the future of the library.

Civic Engagement

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Within hours of the Mueller Report being made public, the Hudson Falls Free Library had a copy printed and available for patrons to read -- a timely response to a national obsession. Kudos to Kay Hafner and her team!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Adult Programming

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What? You haven't yet signed up for Adultprogrampalooza? Be sure to reserve your spot from

9 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday, May 8, at the Crandall Public Library for a full day of workshops, discussion and an unconference on celebrating the work we do to support lifelong learning in our communities.

Janie Hermann (Princeton Public Library, NJ) and Mallory Arents (Darien Library), two of the best adult programming librarians in the country, and the founders of the American Library Association's Programming Librarian Interest Group, will provide tips and tricks to set up a robust calendar of programs that will attract a wide range of adult – even 20-somethings!

We’ll break for lunch, then resume the fun in the afternoon with an Unconference, where the topics and discussion will be determined by the participants. The day will end with Erica will share her experience of creating adult programs on a tiny budget to meet the needs of a rural community. Register by May 1 to take part in this continuing ed bonanza!

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Last chance in this round to receive Notary Public training.

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 and Notary Public Exam and registration. Libraries will only be reimbursed after the Notary Public Exam has been completed.

The Notary Public License Exam Preparation—Face-to-Face classes are four hours long. There is one in-person class:

  • 9:30 -1:30 pm Friday, May 10 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.

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.

Please note that you must complete all required components of the course and submit your paid bill, course participation documentation and proof of completed and passed Notary Public exam to receive reimbursement from SALS. The deadline for submitting documentation for reimbursement to Erica is May 31, 2019. 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.

Everybody's Everyday Work

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Big news: Our request for additional funding for the 21st Century Engagement & Communication Skills training series has been approved!

There will be two opportunities to take part in our next session, Navigating Diversity to Create Inclusion.

  • 9 am – 12 pm Wednesday, May 15 @ the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus (640 Bay Road, Queensbury) - Adirondack Hall 140
  • 1 to 4 pm Wednesday, May 22 @ the Wilton Center of SUNY Adirondack (696 Route 9, Wilton) - room 216

These sessions will cover the following objectives/topics:

  • Understand the role of diversity, inclusion, and communication in the workplace
  • Learn to navigate changing demographics and communities to include all individuals
  • Discover how to spark engagement of individuals across a range of perspectives
  • Recognize micro-aggressions and bias, and develop strategies to address and minimize workplace impact
  • Uncover best practices to promote inclusiveness
  • Develop strategies and tools to help you implement D&I best practices in your library

The registration deadline is 10 am Monday, May 13; there is a maximum enrollment at each location of 26 participants.

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!

Shop til You Drop!

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The New York State Office of General Services (OGS), New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO), State University of New York (SUNY), and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services of

New York State (BOCES) are pleased to invite you to participate in 2019 NY GovBuy.

This year’s event will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 – May 1, 2019 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and the Albany Capital Center in Albany, New York.

This event gives procurement and purchasing professionals from state agencies, local governments, public authorities, public benefit corporations, public and private schools, and not-for-profit/volunteer organizations the opportunity to receive valuable procurement training all for free and the chance to connect with vendors and other purchasing professionals.

To take part in this opportunity, register at

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.

Legal Eagles

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Did you know New York State judiciary law mandates a designated public access law library be open in each county? In most counties, a designated Public Access Law Library is conveniently located in or near the county courthouse and in other counties, a public library fulfills that role.

Public Access Law Libraries provide the public with access to legal information, including print and digital resources as well as assistance in using it. To find a Public Access Law Library near you, visit:

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The Capital District Library Council has added two online training opportunities for ongoing professional development, Skillshare, and Treehouse.

Skillshare offers thousands of online classes in design, business, technology, photography, writing and more! Here's one on Wordpress for Beginners - Build a Pro Website in less than 50 minutes.

Treehouse specializes in tech education with hundreds of courses, 39 learning tracks, interactive workspaces, quizzes, and coding challenges! Learn Digital Literacy or HTML Basics.

As members of CDLC, all SALS libraries can request access to the limited number of licenses, which will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis in two-week intervals. Time may be expanded if there is no waitlist.

These services are not intended for library patrons or the general public. To get started, e-mail Amy Hren to sign up!

How Do I Love Thee?

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Watch this interview with Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, and have the best day ever.

Sleep Tight

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Up all night tossing and turning? Settle in, and enjoy Neil Gaiman's rendition of the classic, Dr. Seuss's Fox in Socks.


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Thanks to a group of tenacious Dartmouth students, the Library of Congress will eliminate the subject heading "illegal aliens." The students were able to argue successfully that the term was a racial slur. The new Library of Congress subject headings will be "non-citizens" and "unauthorized immigration."

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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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

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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!

Moving Past Triage—Real Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

Thursday, May 2nd, 1pm

This is an online event.

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. And rural America is harder hit by the epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what’s being done right now to reverse this devastating trend? We talk to three leaders with different vantage points who share the same goal—stop this epidemic. Our guests on this free webinar are: Anne Hazlett, senior adviser for rural affairs White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Lisa Roberts, a public health nurse who watched the epidemic unfold in Ohio, ground zero in the epidemic; and Tina Stride who channeled grief and loss into action, starting a nonprofit in West Virginia that gets people into treatment.

Libraries Connecting You to Coverage: Health Literacy

Tuesday, May 7th, 2pm

This is an online event.

As part of its ongoing work to support the public library’s role in creating healthy communities, the Public Library Association is taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This free webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop community partnerships to broaden the scope of a healthy community.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify the needs for promotion, education, and outreach around health literacy;
  • Take advantage of free resources and tools to assist libraries in providing accurate health information; and
  • Explore strategies for advocacy and developing partnerships to create a healthier community.

PLA's health insurance education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, is part of a national partnership made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst. REGISTER NOW!

CELEBRATE. SERVE. COLLABORATE: Partnership as a strategy for immigrant engagement

Tuesday, May 7th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Demographic projections suggest that the U.S. is headed toward a minority-majority population. Around the country, libraries are adapting their approaches and services in order to create more welcoming environments for immigrant and refugee communities. The upcoming Decennial Census in 2020 will offer insight into current demographic realities in the U.S., and public libraries around the country are at the forefront of the demographic shift.

In this webinar, Jessica Moore, Immigrant Program Specialist with The Indianapolis Public Library, will discuss strategies for creating a more welcoming, inclusive library. We’ll look at the challenges that libraries face connecting with this shifting population. We’ll also look at how strategic partnerships can help libraries overcome challenges in order to fulfill their role as public service institutions.

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

  • Identify strategies for the inclusion of immigrant communities in programs and services.
  • Identify potential new partners to improve engagement of immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Identify opportunities for growth and recognize areas of success.

Fuel for Active Bodies: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods

Wednesday, May 8th, 2pm

This is an online event.

According to a report by the USDA, approximately 23.5 million people in the US live in food deserts, areas located more than a mile from a market or store that sells fresh produce, whole grains, and other foods essential to a balanced diet. Learn more about the issue and how communities are working to increase access, via walking and active transportation, to healthy food in their own backyards.

The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum

Tuesday, May 14th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Deaths from opioid-use disorders (OUDs) have become a major drug issue in the United States. OUD deaths have risen by 430 percent since 1999; and today nearly 70 percent of drug overdose deaths involve opioids (CDC 2018). However, mortality has increased at a much faster pace in rural versus urban areas, increasing by 185 percent in large central metro areas, 693 percent in micropolitans, and 725 percent in noncore/rural areas (CDC 2017). Further, the crisis is in constant flux as the type of opioids have changed. The so-called first wave included prescription opioids starting in the late 1990s, followed by heroin second wave in 2010, and the current third wave that include synthetic opioids and mixes of all three drugs. Our analysis seeks to identify OUD mortality clusters by type of drug at the county level; and to describe the socioeconomic and spatial correlates of these clusters. Using restricted mortality data from NCHS-CDC from 1999 to 2016 for counties in the contiguous U.S., we employ latent profile analysis to class counties into unique OUD mixtures using Bayes posterior probabilities. We then model membership in these classes using multinomial logistic regression with socioeconomic correlates taken from secondary data sources. We identify several epidemic clusters (prescription opioids, heroin, and emerging heroin) and two syndemic clusters involving multiple opioids. Regression analysis suggests certain classes are driven by four trajectories: the rural left behind, polarized large cities, declining micropolitans, and suburban drug use.

This session will be presented by Dr. David J. Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Peters has research, teaching, and extension appointments at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies. Dr. Peters has published in top-tier journals in rural sociology, agricultural economics, and criminology. He has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (SCC and NRT), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (AFRI), and the National Institute of Justice.

After the Big One: Navigating Disaster Recovery for Cultural Institutions

Tuesday, May 21st, 8:30am

University at Albany, Science Library/Standish Room

The University at Albany, University Libraries, the Capital District Library Council, the NY Capital Region Alliance for Response, and the New York State Education Department are offering a half-day seminar “After the Big One: Navigating Disaster Recovery for Cultural Institutions.” We will share real-life experiences recovering from large-scale events, what happened, and what we learned. Our goal is to help make your emergency plans more meaningful and effective when the aftermath demands more than available expertise and resources.

Keynote speaker, Janet Gertz, Columbia University, will describe her recent experience with severe library flooding; representatives from the NYS Office of Cultural Education and Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to address how DHSES and FEMA operate, and the role of the New York State Library and Archives; guests from Delaware County recounting first-hand recovery from three major flooding events; and finally an expert from the Occupational and Environmental Health Center of New York to speak to the importance of safety during response.

The cost is $10/person.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library

Tuesday, May 21st, 3pm

This is an online event.

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to provide mental health information at their libraries effectively. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

NLM resources covered in this class include MedlinePlus, Drug Information Portal, DailyMed, and Pillbox as well as other NIH and freely available authoritative resources. This is a variable credit class. The number of CE credits is tied to how much time and effort is expected of the learner to complete the class. Please check the scheduled instance for the actual number of credit hours offered.


  • Gain awareness of mental health issues.
  • Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information.
  • Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases.

Is That Real? A Crash Course in Verifying Online Content

Wednesday, May 22nd, 3pm

This is an online event.

Dive into the tools and skills that you and your patrons need to verify the authenticity of user-generated content, and learn how to create engaging fact-checking investigations that will empower learners to detect and debunk misinformation online. News Literacy Project (NLP) covers topics such as developing keen observation skills that help detect images circulating in a false context; using reverse image searches to find the origins of a digital image; using webpage archivers to explore deleted or changed content; and using Google Street View to explore and confirm details of locations around the world. This webinar will help you boost your own skills and give you confidence to help patrons evaluate their sources, too. The session will also include a brief overview of NLP’s work with public libraries and strategies for adapting its resources for non-school settings.

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.