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February 2014 | Volume 62 | Number 1

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A Message from the President...

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

Stand Up for Libraries: Participate in Library Legislative Day. $4 million dollars that we worked hard to get added to last year’s state aid disappeared in this year’s Governor’s budget in a year that is supposed to have more available state funding. WHAT? New York’s citizens need stronger, more vital libraries; cutting back those funds is a step back that we cannot let the legislature take.


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Ten New York Libraries Receive Grants from NEH for Muslim Awareness

Briarcliff Manor Public Library, College at Brockport, Drake Memorial Library at SUNY Brockport, Hostos Community College Library (Bronx), New York City College of Technology Library (Brooklyn), East Meadow Public Library, Crandall Public Library (Glenn Falls), Mt. Kisco Public Library, Clinton Essex Franklin Library System (Plattsburgh), Saranac Lake Free Library and Utica Public Library are among the 125 recipients of The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), programming grants of $3,500 - 4,500 to host a Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series featuring some of the materials included in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The selected sites represent 54 public libraries, 47 academic libraries, 11 community college libraries and 13 state humanities councils in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

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Wikipedia Institutional Partnerships in New York City

By Dorothy Howard

The number of cultural heritage institutions, libraries, and archives in New York that are editing Wikipedia has been growing at an ever-increasing rate thanks to locally organized GLAM-Wiki (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Wikipedia) activities. The GLAM-Wiki movement, inaugurated by librarians Liam Wyatt at the British Museum in 2010, is a project to promote cultural heritage professionals to add the research, citations, and digitized resources to Wikipedia. The key impetus of the project: to promote public access to institutional resources and contribute freely licensed images to the public domain.

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Major Owens Remembered
 

With the death of Major Owen on October 21, the New York Library Association lost a friend and advocate. The 12 term former congressman from Brooklyn was 77 and was often referred to as the “Librarian in Congress” because he once was a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

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A New "Pearl" on Staten Island
 

The Mariners Harbor Library designed in the shape of an oyster to reflect the maritime history associated with Mariners Harbor, has recently become the 88th branch of The New York Public Library system.  ith the death of Major Owen on October 21, the New York Library Association lost a friend and advocate. The 12 term former congressman from Brooklyn was 77 and was often referred to as the “Librarian in Congress” because he once was a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

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Library Advocacy Day

Join with fellow library advocates from across New York State as we converge on Albany to speak up for Libraries and Library Funding on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26!  Click here for details!


 


Upcoming Webinars

Real Books and Real ConversationsHow to Organize a Human Library in Your Community
Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Human Library program was pioneered in Copenhagen in 2000. In 2010, Toronto Public Library piloted an adaptation of this program to great success. Whether you are a large or small library system, come learn how to organize a Human Library program for your community.

The Lone Librarian: Making the Most of Your Resources
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This webinar will address time management issues and help solo librarians prioritize tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed. The webinar will also address strategies for advocating for their library, managing/effecting change where they might not have direct control, building networks, and getting the job done with the resources available. 

Gamification in Libraries
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Does the idea of points and badges as a way of attracting library use sound appealing?  Explore what gamification is and the core elements of reward-based gamification.  He'll then talk about some of the risks of using rewards, and present another path designed for long-term change known as meaningful gamification.   Learn about when rewards are appropriate and when they are dangerous and how to add a gameful layer to library services that will keep patrons returning long after the gamification is gone.