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June 2014 | Volume 62 | Number 3

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A Message from the President...

2014 June e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Sara Kelly Johns

After returning from the Empire Collaborations’ week-long combined academic library conference’s first day,  I found a link to an Op-Ed piece on the relevance of libraries from my local newspaper. This was written not by a librarian, but Paul Grasso, the president and CEO of The Development Corporation in Clinton County (where I was raised).  Paul is a former colleague, not a librarian; I knew I would want to see this. To me, this post is priceless.

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FIT Library Boasts Exquisite, Rare and Primary Research Collections

Because of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Gladys Marcus Library’s exquisite, rare, and primary research collections, its unit of Special Collections and FIT Archives (SPARC) is known to those who study fashion and related subjects throughout the world.

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School Librarian Becomes an Art Detective

After years of wondering, Noel MacCary, a school librarian in Westerchester County, New York was able to prove the provenance of a large mural-like painting that has hung outside his library at Pequenakonck Elementary School. Through research, interviews with local residents and contacting experts he was able to prove that children book author and illustrator, Robert McCloskey was the artist. 

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The Role of Public Libraries in Enabling Open Government

By: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

On May 7 & 8 I was invited to attended the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) summit on the role of public libraries in enabling open government in Washington, DC., representing the New York Library Association. From CTG’s project web site: "State and local governments are exploring new ways to open their governments using technology to engage citizens, increase transparency and accountability. Such efforts provide new opportunities and challenges for public libraries as citizens turn to them for both access to and assistance in their interactions with government … An open government initiative will impact and can be facilitated or impeded by a community’s information ecosystem. Libraries can have a critical influence on an ecosystem and the success of such an initiative."

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Ninth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival an Epic Success!

By: Stephanie A. Squicciarini, TBF Founder & Director, Fairport (NY) Public Library

Thousands of teens came out to Nazareth College’s campus for a day of books, author presentations, writing and drawing workshops, and teen film Eastridge High School Lancers Marching Band Drumline leading the TBF Author Parade! Two Teen Design Contest Winners: Above, 2014 Limited Edition T-Shirt design, Below, Program Cover Design Contest festival showings. The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, known as TBF and in its ninth year, featured 30 authors from around the country including Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Paolo Bacigalupi, Joelle Charbonneau, Simone Elkeles, Ellen Hopkins, E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, G. Neri, Neal Shusterman, Andrew Smith, and Terry Trueman.

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An Interview with John Sexton

John Sexton has recently been appointed the director of the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, NY.  NYLA had the opportunity to sit down with John and ask him a few questions.

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NYLA Conference 2014

Planning for the 2014 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Saratoga Springs is in full swing. Save the Date for  November 5-8! The Conference Promotional Brochure will be arriving in your mailbox within the next several weeks.

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