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Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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As May 15 draws near, Governor Cuomo has unveiled his plans to lift his New York on Pause Executive Order, allowing for some essential businesses to resume. The state has created a plan, New York Forward, detailing which regions and businesses can reopen, based on scientific data metrics related to COVID-19, and the ability for widespread testing and contact tracing to take place. The state has been divided into ten regions, and each has to meet specific criteria before beginning the phased plan of reopening. As of this writing, only three of the regions -- Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley -- may reopen.


While there is not currently any clear guidance from the state on which phase public libraries fall under, many libraries are hard at work on reopening plans. SALS is working on creating reopening guidance for our member libraries to provide a potential roadmap. We recognize the challenges faced by our libraries, which span two of the ten regions -- both the Capital Region (Saratoga, Warren & Washington counties) and the North Country (Hamilton County). New York State mandates that each business -- and this includes public libraries -- is required to have a plan in place to reopen that protects both staff and the public. There are many things to keep in mind when opening, in addition to maintaining a healthy workplace.


If your library is a member of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, reach out to them and find out if you are eligible to receive a Protective Personal Equipment kit they have created for local businesses. All libraries should work with their county's Department of Health to minimize the risks of transmitting COVID-19. If you have any questions, or need assistance crafting a reopening plan, get in touch -- we're here to help!


And finally, as lovely as it is to see everyone virtually once a week, I miss you! I know how hard it's been to navigate the perpetually roiling landscape we currently inhabit and want to hug you all and tell you what magnificent creatures you are. Since I can't do that, I'm sharing this terrific webinar my friend Beck Tench did for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Stillness in an Emergency, which reframes how we think about current circumstances. Stay well, be healthy, encourage happiness, and continue to rock.

Paycheck Protection Program Best Practices

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During a Zoom meeting organized by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, information and best practices about the Paycheck Protection Program were shared. If your library has applied for or received funding from the PPP, it is strongly recommended that:



  • Be fiscally prudent: The funding requested makes fiscal sense for your library. If you are unable to spend the money you received during the specified time frame, it could be construed as an unsound financial practice.
  • Prepare to be audited: Because the PPP can become a forgivable loan, libraries that have received funding should expect an audit. Keep transparent and clear records of how the money was spent, and open a separate bank account that is specifically for the PPP funds. That will limit the audit to the PPP bank account, and not the entire library.
  • Double-check your internal controls. Make sure that PPP funds aren't comingled with other library finances (and keep excellent records of how the money was allocated).
  • Be sure to talk with your attorney and treasurer -- and if you have regular auditors, include them in the conversations -- about how to handle PPP funds.



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Public WiFi Funding

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The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft will provide public WiFi access points for rural public libraries to install on or near library grounds, to extend their signals so more community members can benefit. Like PLA's DigitalLead and other programs, libraries in eligible counties can complete a simple application form to receive this equipment. Successful applicants will receive hardware to create new public WiFi access points using the library's current WiFi service and may also receive installation support and reimbursement of expenses (up to $500) for materials and promotion. In the SALS region, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties are eligible.

The application is open, and awards will be made on a rolling basis until resources are depleted. A list of eligibility criteria, award information, and application instructions are posted on the PLA and Microsoft Public Hotspot Micro Grant program. For more information, please contact Scott Allen, PLA Deputy Director, at sallen@ala.org.

Advocate for Digital Equity

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought long-overdue attention to digital inequity, which cuts across rural, urban, tribal, and suburban communities and affects students, families, adult learners, those who can work from home, and (increasingly) those who have lost their jobs. People are scrambling to figure out how to manage the now-virtual world.


As you may have read last week in the American Libraries’ blog, momentum is increasing in both the House and Senate. The “Emergency Education Connections Act” calls for funding for hotspots, routers, modems, and other connected devices such as laptops to be incorporated into the next COVID-19 relief package and funneled through the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program. Public libraries (as well as tribal libraries, K–12 schools, and tribal schools) would be eligible for funding.


We need your help to encourage forward motion and to remind Congress that public libraries are dedicated partners in the mission to support digital equity. ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy office has created a form to help you tweet directly to your Senators. Please take five minutes to tweet your Senators today.


Not on social media? No problem—send an email instead.

National Voter Registration Day

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Voter registration is more important than ever as states shift policies to respond to COVID-19. At the same time, social distancing prevents many voters from getting registered in their communities, at DMVs, and more. To find out how to get your community ready to participate in upcoming votes, become a partner, and promote National Voter Registration Day!

More Resources

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As we adjust to the changes in how we work and serve our communities, we've been organizing resources for our member libraries, but each day more become available, including:



  • The Capital District Library Council is making several virtual tools available to continue to build our professional skills, including Skillshare, which offers thousands of online classes in design, business, technology, photography, writing, and more! And Treehouse specializes in tech education with hundreds of courses, multiple learning tracks, interactive workspaces, quizzes, and coding challenges! Learn Presentation Skills, and more! Email Amy Hren to sign up for either service. Members can request access to our limited number of licenses, which will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis in two-week intervals.



Continue to do great work, stay healthy, and know that if you need anything, we're just a call or email away.

Meeting Community Needs

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To meet the needs of patrons experiencing homelessness, the South Pasadena Library installed ADA-accessible port-a-potties with handwashing stations.

What Comes Next?

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Virtual programming, call centers, food distribution sites -- public libraries have responded to the global health pandemic in a myriad of ways. As we move forward, what will we continue to do, and how will our institutions change?

I Live Here Now

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I've officially changed my Zoom status from pied-a-terre to permanent residence. To spiff up the place, the Interwebs got together and crowdsourced a bunch of cool, Harry Potter-related backgrounds to use so we never have to dust again.

Virtual Day of Dialog

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Library Journal's annual Day of Dialogue will be fully virtual and free to attend this year! Hear from more than 35 authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction and learn about more titles and trends from editors on our popular editors’ picks panel.


Visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys as well as other free resources and giveaways. Certificates of completion will be provided to submit for CE credits.


LJ is anticipating an unprecedented number of library professionals to attend the virtual DOD, so live sessions may be full during the day. But fear not! All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on-demand within an hour of their initial broadcast, and the entire event will be available on-demand until August 28.

Come Together

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The Capital District Library Council will be holding online meetings at 10 am Tuesdays to stay connected and engaged with your colleagues during this time of change.


Tuesdays at 10:00 am | https://zoom.us/j/309834807 | Meeting ID 309 834 807


To join any of the meetings by phone in New York, dial (646) 558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID for that day of the week.

Everybody Counts

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With everything that's going on, the Census may not be on people's radar. At this point, New York Stat's Census response rate lags behind the national average. Public libraries have an important role to play in promoting the Census and encouraging everyone to take part. Visit the Response Rate page to see how your community is responding to the Census.


Why are we pushing the Census in the midst of a global health pandemic? Because Census data plays a huge role in the allocation of federal funding to states, cities, and communities. NYS receives billions of dollars in funding each year, and this funding could be in jeopardy if there is an undercount.


The Census will also determine the number of seats that NYS holds in the federal House of Representatives is based on Census data. An undercount of NYS residents will mean that we lose seats in the House, which means our state will not be as well represented as it should be.


If you're looking for census resources, the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council has put together a LibGuide with the following information:



Please use your social media to help spread the word about the importance of completing the Census 2020. There are short videos that can be embedded, information that can be shared. Libraries in Warren County can share posts from the Warren County Complete Count Commission on Facebook and Instagram.

Celebrate Your Friends

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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 (FLS) 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.


To learn more about Daniel W. Casey and to find the nomination form, go to www.NYLA.org/Friends to the “Awards and Scholarships” page. The deadline to submit nominations for this prestigious award is Monday, June 1, 2020. This year’s award recipient will be announced at the FLS annual membership meeting in Saratoga Springs on Friday, November 6, 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 (press releases, promotional materials, etc.) electronically to Marie Bindeman, Coordinator, via email at mariebind1955@gmail.com, 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, please contact Marie Bindeman at mariebind1955@gmail.com or call 716-433-0548. Thank you for your interest!

IMLS CARES Act Grants

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services has two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


The CARES Act allocated funding to IMLS to enable libraries, museums, and organizations serving tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet-accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities. The $15 million available through these new grants follows previous phases of funding announced over the past few weeks.


The deadline for submitting applications to either funding opportunity is June 12, 2020, with award announcements anticipated in August.


IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries support museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.

Interested applicants are invited to attend free informational webinars to learn more:



The webinar will use GoToMeeting. Advance registration is required. Recordings will be made available on-demand on the IMLS website.


To apply for these grants, as well as to IMLS’s other available funding opportunities, please visit the IMLS website.

Propagating Promising Practices

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Providence Public Library and their partners are happy to announce that the Propagating Promising Practices project for adult learning and workforce development has launched a website and has hosted a webinar (recording) with details about the opportunity for six public libraries nationwide to pilot one of the project’s three practices: mobile learning, learning circles or Learning Lounges.


The project offers support that is particularly relevant in this time of remote services. The deadline to apply is May 15.


Applicants will be notified by May 29, 2020, of their acceptance.


Please see the application page for more information. You can submit all questions in this google form.

Libraries Lead With Digital Skills

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Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Google, to ensure that public libraries across the nation receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers, and businesses.


Tell us how your library is assisting job seekers and empowering small business owners with digital skills!


Select one of the Grow with Google resources to integrate into a new or existing outreach or virtual services and submit your idea via our simple application. Accepted libraries receive:

  • Funding – $2,000 with minimal application and reporting requirements, with the opportunity to receive an additional $3,000 bonus if your library is selected for a Spotlight Award (view more details).
  • Marketing support – ALA and Google can help get the word out about your program with social media guidance, marketing assets, and more.
  • Technical guidance – Have questions about curriculum resources or programs? Ask Google! Need some best practices in library programming? PLA is here to help!
  • A community of practice – Troubleshoot challenges and share ideas with other libraries that receive funding alongside ALA, PLA, and Google.
  • Advocacy tools – Use our impact evaluation tools and advocacy resources to create and sustain the digital skills plan for your community.

For full program details, review the requirements & eligibility and preview the application (PDF) questions to prepare your application.


Open applications include:

  • Virtual Library Services – now open to all eligible libraries in the U.S. to support continued programming during library closures and Covid-19 response efforts. Apply Now by June 1.

Questions regarding the application and process can be found on our FAQ page, or directed to the Libraries Lead Team at librarieslead@gmail.com.

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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

STEAM Equity Project

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Public library workers in rural communities are invited to participate in a project that will bring culturally inclusive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programming and exhibitions to their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations.


STAR Net needs creative library leaders who would like to work with us at the intersection of transforming library services, gender equity and cultural inclusion (especially with Latino families), STEAM learning, and positive youth development.


The Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL/SSI), the American Library Association (ALA), Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) and Education Development Center (EDC) invites you to learn more about our new STEAM Equity Project!


To APPLY NOW see ALA’s website to:


Twelve rural libraries will receive $15,000 to enhance STEAM offerings for their communities, three STEAM exhibitions, and more. Those interested in applying are invited to complete a brief, 15-minute Notice of Intent (NOI) about their community demographics and needs by July 20. The STEAM Equity project team will review submissions, and eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full project proposal in August 2020. Learn more and begin the application process online.

The initiative is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute (NCIL/SSI), the American Library Association (ALA), Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), and Education Development Center (EDC), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Learn All the Things!

Crisis Communication for Nonprofits

Tuesday, May 12th, 1:30pm

This is an online event.

The world of crisis communications has changed dramatically. People no longer wait for organizations to put together lengthy responses that explain and justify their actions. At the same time, without thoughtful, careful responses a crisis can grow worse with great velocity. “Crisis Communications for Nonprofits” will give organizations an actionable plan to properly and appropriately handle the unexpected.


Crisis communications consultant and interim chair at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University Michael Meath will lead a two-part online workshop designed to provide participants with a simple formula to follow to help preserve their organization’s reputation during its most critical hours. The second webinar will take place from 9:30 - 11 am Tuesday, May 19. REGISTER NOW


Learning Objectives:


  1. Discuss the circumstances and situations that can create a crisis or sensitive situation;
  2. Explain the techniques and processes that help mitigate crises situations, provide the proper level of engagement by the organization, and help its leadership communicate effectively at a critical time;
  3. Describe organization preparedness, approach, response during a crisis, and modified behavior following crisis situations;
  4. Discuss the key approaches to effectively managing the news media during sensitive situations.


About the presenter:


After serving as an adjunct professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and McMaster University in Ontario for several years, and a full time visiting assistant teaching professor in 2017-2019 at Newhouse, Michael Meath now serves as interim chair of the public relations department. He teaches courses in ethics, crisis communications, and public relations

Answers & Updates to Pressing Questions & Concerns about Public Charge, COVID-19 & Census Outreach for our Immigrant Communities

Wednesday, May 13th, 3pm

This is an online event.

This webinar will cover the latest updates to help our communities navigate questions around the intersection of immigration and current events. We will discuss immigrant access to services in light of COVID-19 and the new public charge rule, other impacts and options for immigrants given COVID-19 shelter-in-place policies, and Census updates and outreach strategies.

During this one-hour webinar, attendees will:
  • Learn about immigrants' access to care and safety net programs
  • Gain basic knowledge on what shelter-in-place closures impact immigration programs
  • Learn who is affected by the new public charge rules
  • Learn about updates to the Census timeline and outreach strategies

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels and volunteers who want to support all library patrons.

Erin Quinn is a Senior Staff Attorney based in San Francisco. Her work focuses on building the capacity of organizations and practitioners to assist immigrants.


Krsna Avila is a Special Projects attorney based in San Francisco and focuses on immigration enforcement issues, including state and local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration agencies in unlawfully deporting immigrants, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals advocacy.

Know Your Rights: Copyright Hacks for Librarians and Educators Webinar

Thursday, May 14th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Most people know librarians and educators have special rights under the copyright laws, but can they easily recite them? Join the league of people who can!


Presented by WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer" attorney, Stephanie Adams, this 90-minute, illustrated, live and interactive session will help you learn and remember the special rights of librarians, archivists, and educators. We'll cover the basics of copyright (what it protects), and then dive into how to use the exceptions built into the law to encourage the free flow of ideas, education, and scholarship.


Attendees will learn to rattle off the differences between Copyright Act Sections 106, 107, 108, 109, and 110 --and explore the implications of those exceptions on issues like purchasing and licensing-- in 90 fun and informative minutes.

Attendees can submit questions to be answered during this webinar during registration! Questions should be sent in by noon Monday, May 11.


Speaker:
Stephanie (nickname: Cole) Adams is an attorney. For over ten years, Ms. Adams was the in-house counsel at Niagara University, where she routinely conducted training in discrimination and workplace respect. She is now the owner of the Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC, in Buffalo. Cole staffs WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer" service.

Free to RRLC & ESLN Members. This webinar will be held on Zoom; registration is required. Please note that this webinar will not be recorded.

All attendees will have the option to request a certificate of attendance for one hour and 30 minutes of CE credit.

If you have any questions, contact Tina Broomfield, Carolyn Bennett Glauda, or Caitlin Kenney.

Working Together on Planning, Policy and Legal Issues for Reopening a Public Library: The Board, the Attorney and the Librarian

Friday, May 15th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Libraries across the country are in various stages in the process of reopening library facilities. It is critical that libraries and their boards work together with their attorney and others to ask legal questions, change policies as needed, anticipate, communicate, and prepare. We are pleased to be joined by the team from East Lansing Public Library in Michigan, who will discuss how they developed their guidelines, digesting information for insight and decisions, and communicating with stakeholders. Join us for the next in a series of conversations about planning for the reopening of libraries.

Expanding the Library's “Reach" through a Literacy Partners Program

Friday, May 15th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Interested in expanding your library’s “reach” into the community, specifically to bring the library to nontraditional library users? In 2015, the St. Charles (IL) Public Library’s (SCPL) Outreach Services team (David Kelsey, Dana Hintz, Lynda Spraner, Christine Steck) decided to transform engagement initiatives to local businesses, by enhancing SCPL’s Literacy Partners program. Literacy Partners feature good-condition and popular withdrawn library books, magazines, and audiovisual materials; patrons can keep materials and do not need to return them. Having expanded the program by 750% to include over sixty locations, SCPL’s Literacy Partners program has helped increase the library’s community engagement and serve individuals who would not normally visit the library. Discussion about how to successfully implement and maintain a Literacy Partners program in a post-COVID-19 will also take place.

Librarian Life Story – Developing Your Professional Narrative

Monday, May 18th, 2pm

This is an online event.


Librarians can use storytelling techniques to develop a professional narrative that can be used in the application, interviewing, marketing, and professional development processes. Once we know our own story and why we do what we do, we are better prepared to create a road map to further develop our careers and, perhaps, the profession as a whole.


In this workshop, participants will:

  • learn the basic elements of a good story and how it applies to their professional lives.
  • create their own professional stories.
  • try out their new stories in mock applications and interviews.

About the Presenter:

Kristin Charles-Scaringi’s story … so far: Kristin is the adult and teen services librarian at the Kingston Library, part of the Mid-Hudson Library System, where she has worked for almost eight years. Prior to becoming a librarian, Kristin was a journalist and public relations writer/editor. She loves to find ways to incorporate storytelling elements into her professional life as a librarian.

Psychological First Aid

Thursday, May 21st, 2pm

This is an online event.

Find out how to provide community stress management with Amy Nitza, Ph.D, LMHC, Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health SUNY, when she leads a webinar about Psychological First Aid.

This presentation will be in webinar format, with time for Q&A. It is for library workers of all types, inducing public, school, academic and special. These are presented free for members, affiliate members, and staff in the other ESLN council service regions.

Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Why and How

Thursday, May 21st, 3pm

This is an online event.

Often residential and day programs for people with developmental disabilities bring clients to their local public library to visit, however, these groups don't really engage with the library's many services or programs. Adults with developmental disabilities also come to the library on their own. Many times, individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are directed to youth services and not the adult departments which are more appropriate. This confusion could present a barrier to offering these patrons more than just a place to visit.


Would you like to offer programming for adults with developmental disabilities rather than just a place to visit? Join us for this one-hour webinar devoted to an exploration of a range of topics related to programming in your libraries for the adults with developmental disabilities in your community. Presenters Carrie Banks (Brooklyn Public Library) and Barbara Klipper (Autism Welcome Here grant) will cover the barriers and benefits of programming, best practices, and what is meant by a “culture of inclusion.” They’ll also leave you with some sample program ideas you can bring to your library. And, of course, there will be time for your questions and concerns to be voiced and addressed.


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

  • Be able to identify at least three things that keep many libraries from offering adequate programming and services to adults with developmental disabilities, as well as responses to those barriers
  • Be familiar with what is meant by a library “culture of inclusion” and how it supports programming
  • Understand the importance of involving self-advocates in planning and implementation, and of partnering with organizations in the community
  • Be able to identify at least three types of library programs that would be fun and interesting for an adult with developmental disabilities.

This webinar will be of interest to: Public library directors, adult services, outreach and programming librarians and library staff.


This webinar is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Lifelong Learning Continuing Education grant and Infopeople, the Califa training arm in collaboration with Syracuse University and Project ENABLE.

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times

Wednesday, May 27th, 2pm

This is an online event.

In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Facilitator: Madeleine Charney is a Research Services Librarian at UMass Amherst. She is co-editor of Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library: Supporting Resilience and Community Engagement (ALA, 2019)(link is external) and works passionately to support healthy climate-soil-people-food.

Charitable Planned Giving as a Fundraising Tool

Tuesday, June 9th, 2pm

This is an online event.

The Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association is pleased to a webinar, Charitable Planned Giving as a Fundraising Tool.


Taxes, annual appeal campaigns, and fundraising events are all essential parts of a library’s overall fundraising plan. But every library has a gap between annual projected income and the actual cost of daily operations. A frequently untapped source of long-term funding is charitable planned gifts. These unique legacy gifts are realized when a donor names the library as a beneficiary in their estate plans, helping to build an endowment fund to provide sustained income for the library over time.


After the webinar, attendees will be:


  • Capable of comparing the different approaches to raising funds for the library, with a focus on charitable planned gifts;
  • Able to apply tactics that will result in a foundation of donor support to help the library fulfill its mission and respond to community needs; and
  • Strategize ways to redesign fundraising activities to include legacy gifts and memorial contributions that benefit the library.


Participants will be invited to submit questions via chat during the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing on the NYLA website.


Maria T. Bucci is a fundraising professional with more than 30 years of experience raising funds for charitable organizations. She has been Development Specialist for Wood Library, an association library in Canandaigua, NY, since 2006. She has raised over $1.2 million for Wood Library's operating budget through an Annual Fund Drive, creates opportunities for donors to include Wood Library in their charitable giving plans, and helps to plan and carry out multiple fundraising events throughout the year. Maria also serves as the library's grant writer and played a supporting role in securing $4 million for Wood Library during its “New Chapter” capital campaign.


Suggested participants: Officers of Friends of the Library groups; board members of library foundations; public library trustees; public library directors/managers; any interested library staff member or community volunteer working with Friends organizations.


Cost and Registration: Registration is now open. Current personal and organizational members of the Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA) whose membership expiration date is beyond 6/9/20 may register at no charge. Elected officers of Friends Group organizational members who have been listed on the “Elected Officer Registration Form” on file with NYLA’s Director of Membership Services also qualify for free registration.


When registering, FLS members need their assigned user name and password to qualify for an “FLS Member Reg Pass” that will waive the webinar registration fee. Please note: FLS cannot be added to an existing NYLA membership in order to attend the webinar at no cost.


  • $25 for NYLA personal or organizational members.
  • $35 for those who are not yet members of NYLA.
  • Group registrations are available: $75 member rate /$99 non-member rate).


Interested participants may choose to join NYLA prior to registering for the webinar to receive the NYLA member rate.


A credit card is required for payment. Checks and purchase orders are not accepted. Problems registering online? Contact Membership Services at the New York Library Association, 518-432-6952, or e-mail membership@nyla.org. Registration closes 48 hours prior to the start time of the webinar.

Library 2.020: Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries

Wednesday, June 17th, 3pm

This is an online event.

This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries--as well as the many unique challenges that they face. A diverse array of keynote panelists and curated presenters will cover topics that will likely include:


  • Innovations to provide Internet access and training to rural patrons;
  • New ways that small libraries can offer services that the big urban libraries offer;
  • Taking community partnerships to the next level;
  • How workers from small and rural libraries can easily connect with each other to get ideas and keep innovating;
  • Novel ways to fund special programs;
  • Unique "Internet of Things" offers that are tailored to specific communities;
  • Safety, security, and ways to deal with emergencies when the sheriff's department is far away.

This event is being organized in partnership with Jim Lynch from TechSoup for Libraries, Kate Laughlin from the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, and The School of Information at San José State University.


This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded. REGISTER HERE to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.


Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.