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October 2013

Emma Clark Library has several new teen programs this fall. Teen volunteers are spending the fall season knitting winter scarves for those in need. The scarves will be donated to The Long Island State Veterans Home. Also Teen volunteers from the Library visited a retirement community and provided tutoring services for residents on technical devices. The library plans to make this a regularly occurring program. Starting this school year, the library has begun a partnership with the junior high school where the library will bring a floating collection of young adult books to the school to give the students greater access to a wider variety of books and local teen volunteers are available at the library (1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month - except holidays) to answer computer questions and assist the public in learning how to use mobile devices including cell phones, tablets, and e-readers.

Annette Gernatt, Library Director of the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord, recently retired. A party was held on Aug. 30, in honor of her more than 30 years of service to the library. Click here for more.

Brian Hildreth, former director of the David A. Howe Public Library, is the new Executive Director of the Southern Tier Library System.

Lisa Karim, former Director of LaGrange Library, began as Director at the Simsbury Public Library in Simsbury, CT on July 15.

Pat Kaufman, Director of the Mahopac Public Library, is retiring at the end of October.

Charlie Kelly wrote the article, Take Charge of Your Professional Development, which was published in the September/October 2013 issue of Knowledge Quest.  It was co-written with Kelly Wertmuller.

Lowville Free Library held a Wine-Tasting and Dessert Night Fundraiser in recognition of the library’s 110th birthday celebration. Attendees enjoyed wine-tasting, homemade desserts, and live music. Jim Durkish, Lewis County Representative for Senator Griffo, was on hand to present the Lowville Free Library with a special citation in honor of its 110th year anniversary. He announced that Senator Griffo will request that a resolution on the library’s honorary milestone be brought before the State Assembly for vote at their next meeting. State Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush also sent a formal document of recognition.

Rebecca Lubin, formerly of the Albany Public Library Delaware Branch, is the new Assistant Director at Voorheesville Public Library.

Lisa Neumann, a recent MSIS Graduate, has joined the staffs of the Bethlehem Public Library as a Youth Services Librarian and the Guilderland Public Library as a Programming & Public Services Librarian, after twelve years as the Assistant Library Manager/Youth Services Programmer at the Menands Public Library. She is also currently employed at the Albany Public Library as a Youth Services Library Assistant.

Frank Rees has been appointed the new Director at the Saugerties Public Library.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System Coordinator for Library Sustainability, co-authored the chapter, “Sustainable Thinking: Passageway to Better Buildings, Budgets and Beyond,” featured in the new book from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) The Green Library – Die grüne Bibliothek: The challenge of environmental sustainability - Ökologische Nachhaltigkeit in der Praxis. The Clinton Community Library’s “Littlest Library in America,” aka the “book booth,” and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library’s cookbook sales at the Hudson Farmer’s Market are also featured in the book.

Rocco Staino is celebrating 3 years at The Huffington Post.

 Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian at Moon Library at SUNY ESF (on left in photo), received the NYASLS Academic and Special Libraries - Excellence in Library Innovation Award for her creation of an online information literacy course and online video tutorial series – Library 411

Ristiina Wigg, former Executive Director of the Southern Tier Library System, recently retired.

The following libraries were awarded National Leadership Grants by the Federal Institute for Museum and Library Services:

The Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority and the Center for Educational Pathways, will implement “Read! Write! Create!,” a literacy program focused on comic book creation, which targets families with children between the ages five and nine who reside in three public housing developments and the surrounding low-income neighborhoods. The program, which supports the goals of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading and addresses literacy skills in New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards, will reach 600 children and their caregivers over two years through a series of drop-in workshops.

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, with partner the Rockefeller University, will undertake initial planning for a proposed shared bioscience information resource center. The planning will include collaboration with university leadership and faculty to conduct surveys, form a committee, and organize discussions about the proposed center, resulting in a pilot program. This proposed digital center will bring together collections and content and will promote policies that allow access for others throughout the scientific community. Strong collaborations are a critical need when planning the future of science libraries at academic research institutions. The collaborations within this grant will generate new models, strategies, and relationships in order to best serve the changing need for access to information at science libraries.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) will use its grant to collect and analyze data on user experiences; identify opportunities for improvements; and design, test, and employ new tools, which will be made available to other libraries. The project addresses the need for evolving access as technology changes. The rapid transformation brought on by the electronic information age has a created a critical moment in which libraries across the country must find ways to ensure democratic access to books, ideas, and information, regardless of format. The project will be supported by a large group of partner libraries and technical advisors and is aligned with the Readers First movement, which is dedicated to ensuring that library patrons have access to both virtual and physical collections. NYPL will test innovative library policies and practices while adopting new technologies in order to create improved patron experiences, with the goals of building new audiences and increasing the use of electronic collections.

The Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology will consolidate knowledge of sustainable HVAC operation in libraries and demonstrate a field tested methodology by which libraries could achieve significant improvements to their systems’ energy efficiency without placing collections preservation at risk, using only their own internal staff and existing resources. IPI will work with three partner libraries to test and refine the methodology, which will be published at the conclusion of the project. Rather than emphasizing new equipment and controls, the techniques used depend on identifying the most significant opportunities for improved operation and applying risk-managed approaches. Additionally, facilities staff and collections care staff will work together in this model, taking incremental steps with measurable feedback on preservation quality and operating costs.

The Westchester Library System, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, ALA’s Public Programs Office, and AARP Foundation, will improve, expand, and sustain creative aging programs in public libraries and position libraries as community cornerstones for positive aging. Built on Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building model, this initiative reflects new scholarship on the benefits of social engagement and creative expression for healthy aging, employs nationally recognized best practices in arts education, and promotes partnerships between librarians and arts and community organizations. Through the new Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network, up to 150 librarians will participate in in-depth training, receive ongoing technical assistance, participate in a national peer network, and receive support to implement programs in their communities. The program will provide a practical, replicable, and sustainable approach for transforming library services for older adults to align with new knowledge, societal priorities, and collaborative practice.

Long Island University, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, and its partners the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Old Dominion University, was awarded a “Librarians for the 21st Century Grant.” The grant will be used on a project to prepare doctoral candidates with an interest in school library doctoral studies to become leaders in the school library field or at the university level. There is a critical need to provide content-specific curriculum for the next wave of school library university professors and leaders in this field, as no curriculum exists at the present time. The members of the partnership have developed curricula for four online doctoral level courses providing instruction in the area of school librarianship. The universities will form a cohort of not more than 21 candidates who will be admitted to the Ph.D. or Ed.D. Programs at their institutions.

Other Library News Around New York State

Tom W. Sloan has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System beginning on November 1.  He currently serves as Manager of Library Services for the City of Boca Raton, Florida.  His prior positions include Executive Director of the DuPage, IL Library System, Executive Director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, and Director of the State of Delaware’s Division of Libraries.

Constantia Constantinou, has been appointed Dean of Libraries at Stony Brook University, SUNY. She was previously Director and Department Chair at the SUNY Maritime College Library, Throggs Neck.

Melissa Goertzen was named E-book Program Development Librarian in Collection Development at Columbia University. She was previously Research Assistant at the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Anna Perricci, formerly a User Services Associate at ARTstor, was named Web Archiving Project Librarian at Columbia University.