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August 2012: eBooks, Apps and Your Digital Future

This issue will focus on the ever popular topic of eBooks, our uphill battle with the publishers and a closer look at how some libraries our utilizing eReaders and Apps in their lending practices.

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A Message from the President...

August 2012 e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Matt Bollerman

Jeremy Johannesen has been appointed as the New York Library Association Executive Director. The Council was impressed with Jeremy’s experience in running a membership organization, his advocacy efforts and his vision for NYLA’s continued success and made the decision on June 18. I look forward to watching his success now and in the future.

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eBook Access and Discovery: Providing Access to “Mega-Hit” Titles

by  Leah Kraus, Director of Web Services, Fayetteville Free Library

As a librarian, providing timely access to popular new books is always a challenge.  Lately, it seems like there is constantly a new “mega hit” series that every patron is desperately trying to get their hands on, whether it be the Lisbeth Salander series two years ago, the Hunger Games series last year, or the 50 Shades series this year. The extreme popularity of certain titles leaves us in a quandary – do we buy heaps of print copies, only to be left with 20 copies of the same (now outdated) book filling up our shelves in a year’s time? Do we buy additional copies of downloadable eBooks from vendors like Overdrive, at prices many times greater than what a print book would cost?  How do we provide access to the most in-demand titles without making our users wait for 6 months or more, and alienating them in the process?

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SUNY Oneonta’s Students Interact with Library via Mobile Websiteasic Fundraising Strategies for Libraries

By Alvin Dantes, Technology Librarian Milne Library

James M. Milne Library at SUNY Oneonta developed a mobile website to allow our patrons to interact with the library from their cell phones and other devices. The home page contains a catalog search at the top, and links to hours, floor plans, contact information, LibGuides, news, interlibrary loan, and databases that are formatted for mobile screens. The links are wrapped in bright thumb-sized images to take full advantage of smartphone touchscreens.

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It’s an APPealing Time @ Levittown Public Library

By Laura Hoffman,  Assistant Director & Lori Caniano, Reference Librarian

The Levittown Public Library (Levittown, NY) recently began offering a library app to patrons, which gives pertinent information such as hours, directions, contact information, and a calendar of library programs.  It also provides access to the library catalog, library website, downloadable books and audio books.  In addition, the app directs patrons to social media feeds, Facebook, and Twitter.  The Adult, Young Adult and Children’s Departments each have their own page to post information of interest to patrons as well as a place to keep other information, such as booklists.

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On the Library/eBook Publisher Problem

By: Richard Naylor, Director, William K. Sanford Town Library

What to do about our ebook/publisher problems? Our general strategy seems to have been to try to explain why publishers are making a mistake and thereby solve the problem through dialog. Being generally kind and gentle creatures, we librarians are only acting according to our general nature.

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NYLA Annual Conference

Early bird deadling for registration is August 17, 2012.  Rates will be increasing after this date!

The event will be held November 7th-10th in Saratoga Springs. Scheduling and registration details on 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show website!  You can also download the Promotional  Conference Brochure by clicking here.

Teaching Skills for Librarians

A Professional Development Course Offered in Collaboration with the College of Saint Rose

The course will be predominately online, featuring both instructional modules and a culminating workshop.  The modules will engage students in the development of foundational skills for teaching and learning for librarians; delivery of Instruction about libraries and library skills; use of technology for teaching and information resources for teaching library skills; and the need for collaboration in selecting content for effectively teaching library skills.  The culminating activity will provide students with instructional “tools” and practical applications for their teaching. 

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Registration deadline is August 31.



Library Assistant/Technician Training Program

This certificate, non-credit, one-week program is sponsored by NYLA in cooperation with community colleges around the state. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from the college, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program. 

Programs are coming up in Westchester September 10-16 at Westchester Community College.

For more information or to register, please click here.