Outreach, Engagement & Other Splendid Stuff

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Each June, LGBTQ folk and their allies take to the street for Pride Parades, honoring the 1969 Stonewall rebellion in Manhattan, considered by many to be the birth of the modern LGBTQ movement. That evening, when drag queens of color took to the streets to confront police with raucous showgirl kicklines, launched a new era of advocacy, education, and empowerment. June is also GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience.

How are you celebrating Pride at your library? Let us know, and share your pictures. Happy Pride month!

How We Doing?

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Each year, we send out the SALS System Use and Satisfaction survey to collect feedback on how we are meeting the needs of our member libraries, and to determine what services have been used in the past year. We ask that all libraries complete the survey no later than June 21, 2018.

The SALS staff and Board of trustees will use the information to create the 2019 budget and to begin to prioritize services starting in July of this year. Thanks to everyone for your time!

Sweet Smell of Success

Leah LaFera of Ulster Soaps led an Etsy Success Workshop at the Schuylerville Public Library as part of the Libraries Mean Business initiative. The packed class enjoyed learning tips and tricks to set up and drive traffic to their online stores.

We Live Here Now

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Crandall Public Library is one of fourteen sites nationwide chosen to display Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet, a national traveling exhibition exploring a global view of our changing environment, from June 2 to July 27, 2018. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programs and events for all ages, from The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health with Dr. Jay Lemery to Nitty Gritty Planet Earth with the Dirtmeister. For a full schedule of events, visit www. or call 518-792-6508.

Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Pam Frazier and the Crandall Public Library!

Congratulations Mechanicville District Public Library!

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The Mechanicville District Public Library took home the 2017 SALS's Library Program of the Year award. Last year, Director Michelle Duell launched a Farmer's Market on the library's front lawn, across the parking lot from the Senior Center and the city's food pantry. Not content with providing a place for local farms to sell their wares, she partnered with the police department to install raised beds, where the library grew produce to share with the food pantry. The Farmer's Market opened for the 2018 season on Monday, June 4. See you at the market!

Passport to the World

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The Cambridge Public Library hosted 50 kindergarteners from Cambridge Central School Kindergarteners at the library. They made bookmarks, and listened to a story about kindness! Each child left with a new book from our book sale room and a library cards. There are now 50 children in Cambridge who hold a passport to a world of limitless possibilities.

Hard Hats Welcome

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Big things are happening for the Galway Public Library! Director Deb Flint invites everyone to attend a Groundbreaking Ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Come visit the site of the new Galway Public Library, and see plans for the future.

Librarian Wanted

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The Schuylerville Public Library, awarded 3-stars by Library Journal, is hiring a full-time librarian.

This full-time position requires strong customer service skills, understanding and ability to work with people of all ages, with an emphasis on computer literacy and technology instruction. This position is supervised by the Library Director.

Responsibilities include: Group instruction, individual training, makerspace design, and development of coding programs for a range of ages. Other job duties include: reference, circulation, outreach, readers advisory, research instruction, and collection development. Some supervision over support staff and volunteers may be assigned.

Requirements: An accredited Master’s degree in Library Science is required as well as New York State Public Librarian Certification. Experience in technology instruction and makerspace concepts as well as fluency in Office programs is preferred. A true commitment to excellent patron and public service in a contemporary library setting is a must. Familiarity with Polaris automation software is a plus.

The successful candidate will work 40 hours per week, with a schedule consisting of day, evening and weekend shifts. Benefits include New York State Retirement, health insurance, and paid time off. This is a Civil Service position, therefore appointments will be made based on Saratoga County requirements. Salary range is $35,000-$39,000, based on experience.

To Apply

Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Caitlin Johnson, Library Director:

Or Caitlin Johnson

Schuylerville Public Library

52 Ferry Street

Schuylerville, NY 12871

Applications due by June 30, 2018.

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The Perfect Gift

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Wondering what the perfect gift would be for your favorite outreach consultant? Here's a hint: It leads the way to a rumbly tummy.


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Interested in learning to innovate, collaborate and lead? Take part in the Connecticut Library's EXCITE Transformation for Libraries program, an intensive team-based experiential learning program that will teach collaboration and innovation skills, result in programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training.

The learning is led by Jeanine Esposito from Innovation Builders, an organization with experience guiding organizations such as PepsiCo, United Health, and several public libraries to innovate new products and services and transform ways of doing business.

See the "EXCITE Journey" video featuring participants from the pilot project. Additional information is included below, in the project FAQs, and on the pilot project page.

The deadline to apply for the second cohort is June 14, 2018.

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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.

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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 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.

Shubert Library Excellence Award

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Michael Stoller, Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, announced today that applications are being accepted for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award and will be due on August 1, 2018. The 2018 Award Committee members are Colleen Sadowski (Chair), Emily Eich and Juan Rivera.

The Award will recognize a New York State library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users. As in past years, an award of $1,000, graciously donated by the Friends of the New York State Library, will be given to the winner along with a plaque at the annual New York Library Association conference in the Fall.

Projects nominated for the Award should document measurable progress in identifying user needs, taking steps to meet those needs, and evaluating the results. All types of libraries are eligible to apply (academic, public, school and special). Previous applicants are encouraged to apply, and previous winners of the Award may apply after 3 years.

For more information about the Shubert Award contact Paula Paolucci in the State Librarian’s office at (518) 474-5930 or Applications must be sent electronically and received by August 1.

Making Space for Active Learning in Your Library

Tuesday, June 12th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Transformation happens when a library reimagines and reconfigures its physical space so that community engagement shifts from passive to active. The fifteen libraries that participated in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project are proof of that. They learned and applied principles of active learning, placemaking and design thinking to create “smart spaces” where the community learns and creates together and strengthens social bonds. In this webinar, we’ll describe an innovative process that any size of library can follow to uncover community needs and translate those needs into flexible lively learning space. Hear about the real experiences of two project participants who transformed drab, underused spaces into hubs of activity and energy. It can happen at your library.

Demonstrating Library Impact with Data

Tuesday, June 12th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Are you a library leader who wants to demonstrate the impact that your library programs and services have in your community? Would you like to collect and use data to support your stories?

In this hour-long webinar, you’ll learn how to develop and implement an outcomes-based evaluation framework that is easy to manage and makes sense for your library. You’ll get the tools to design a logic model that will guide your data collection and set targets to show your success and inform learning. After attending this webinar, you’ll feel confident that you can use evaluation to improve your programs and services and report on impact in your community.

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

  • Describe why evaluation is important and be familiar with the different components of an evaluation framework.
  • Build a logic model for evaluating a program or service.
  • Use evaluation data to communicate impact.
  • Use evaluation data to make changes to programs/services.

This webinar is part of the Data Informed Public Libraries (DIPL) initiative that is being sponsored by the California State Library and implemented by Infopeople. This project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Plan to Succeed: The Basics of Library Project Management

Wednesday, June 13th, 2-3:30pm

28 Essex Street

Albany, NY

Librarians at all levels are increasingly called to manage projects small and large, from moving catalogs to moving an entire library. Plan to Succeed introduces you to the fundamentals of library project management so that you will be able to start any project with know-how and wisdom.

You will learn about the life cycles of projects and essential project management tools. You will learn the basics building effective project teams and explore case studies to identify successful strategies and common pitfalls.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to

  • Explain the project management lifecycle
  • Describe common project pitfalls
  • Describe key project management tools
  • Explain how to build and manage successful project teams
  • Identify critical communication strategies necessary for project management

Gary Wasdin is a senior consultant with DeEtta Jones and Associates. He has more than two decades of experience in libraries, nonprofits, and corporations as a transformational leader with expertise in staff development, organizational health, and project management. He is a former director of staff development for The New York Public Library and a former director of the Omaha Public Library.

Seating is Limited, and registration is required!

How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library

Thursday, June 14th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Stress - good AND bad - is a fact of human existence. As it turns out, laughter IS one of the best medicines! The physiological and psychological benefits of laughter and humor continue to be documented in the scientific study of laughter (gelatology). Even the simple act of smiling has been shown to improve mood and nurture a positive mental outlook.

This webinar will give you the skillsets necessary to teach both your library users and library staff a fun & effective way of managing the stresses of their day. Laughter-as-therapy in the library environment can be offered to library users of all ages.

At the conclusion of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the science behind laughter as a coping mechanism
  • Differentiate good stress (eustress) from problem stress (distress)
  • Explain the benefits of laughter yoga and the six components of a laughter yoga session
  • Learn numerous techniques to nurture their own personal sense of humor

Please join us for this fun and practical seminar, where together we will discover the fascinating world of laughter and its myriad benefits for you, your staff, and your library users.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone who would like to offer humor and laughter as a stress coping mechanism for their patron base, and as professional development for library staff.

Best Practices in Libraries & Community Partnerships

Tuesday, June 19th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Forsyth County Public Library is forging some cutting-edge community partnerships. In this webinar, program managers will discuss their goals, library’s mission, best practices, and lessons learned. The team will describe their partnerships with summer reading programs, Leap into Literacy, Literacy Forsyth, Mentor Me, and The Place. They will also address partnering with local universities and businesses. Finally, they will touch on obtaining local and state funding for these initiatives.

Creating More Effective Library Programs

Wednesday, June 27th, 10am

This is an online event.

Libraries are central to the health of our public lives. We know library programs that strengthen community and create the most impact always authentically address problems that matter deeply to a community. This session is a discussion around some of the most effective programs we've seen with libraries and library systems throughout the United States

InfoMingle Albany!

Thursday, June 28th, 3pm

College of Saint Rose Neil Hellman Library

InfoMingle at the College of Saint Rose Neil Hellman Library, followed by the Imbiblio happy hour!

Get to know your fellow librarians and library workers from the Capital Region at Infomingle, an informal gathering of information professionals! The soiree kicks off at 3 pm at The College of Saint Rose Neil Hellman Library (392 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203) with a “speed greeting” session when librarians and library workers from all different types of libraries can quickly discuss hot topics and discover ways to collaborate. The session will be followed by an optional tour of the library. Light snacks and drinks will be provided along with chances to win fabulous door prizes! For those who want to keep the conversations rolling, come to the Imbiblio happy hour after Infomingle.

Parking and Room Location: Parking is available in the LaSalle Lot on Western Ave with a parking pass. Guests can get a guest parking pass in advance here: You will need your car year, make, model, color and license plate number to get the pass. List the event as Library InfoMingle, and the St. Rose contact as Kate Moss.

The Neil Hellman Library is next to the campus center, but you must go into the campus to enter the building. A map of the campus is available here: The event will take place in room 106.

Imbiblio Happy Hour (pay your own way): The Point, 1100 Madison Ave, Albany.

Sponsored and organized by CDLC members, UHLS, MVLS, SALS, Skidmore College and The College of Saint Rose

Gale’s Easy To Use Usage Stats Analysis Tool

Friday, July 13th, 10am

This is an online event.

Gale will provide a 30-minute webinar about a tool to use to explore your database usage! This interactive and intuitive dashboard allows you to pull standard usage around sessions, retrievals, searches, etc. but also provides analysis for year over year usage, visual results and allows you to dig deeper; for example, you can see the search terms being used in your library, which can aid in collection development! Join us to learn more!