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August 2013 | Volume 61 | Number 4

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A Message from the President...

2013 August e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Carol Anne Germain

In the last number of years, New York has experienced its fair share of severe weather conditions, ranging from tropical storm Irene to Superstorm Sandy. We have had ice storms, heat waves, flash flooding, Nor’Easters, tornados and much more. Many New York libraries have encountered these weather-related catastrophes and suffered amazing devastation.  

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StarWalk Kids Media Provides Quality eBooks for Public Libraries

By: Liz Nealon

Award-winning children’s author Seymour Simon has always been a trendsetter. His full-color, photo essay science books for elementary-aged kids were among the first and most sophisticated for that age group, and they continue to be extremely popular today. So it’s not surprising that when Simon decided that he wanted to get into the eBook business, he did it in a big way. Or as he puts it, “I wanted my eBooks to be on the best possible platform, so I built it!”

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East Greenbush’s Adventures in App Building Using Appsbar

By Karrie McLellan, Head of Digital Services, East Greenbush Community Library

When the East Greenbush Community Library began considering mobile solutions, it was clear we needed a mobile website, but what about an app?  I could create a mobile website, but app development requires a different skillset.  Without access to staff or volunteers with app coding skills, or funds to hire a firm, the app was put on indefinite hold.

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Brooklyn Public Library Launches Mobile App, New Tech Resources for Patron

By: David Woloch, Executive Vice President of External Affairs

Recently, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has undertaken a number of new technology initiatives to improve service for our patrons. This spring, BPL released its first mobile application for on-the-go access to the library’s collection. The free “My BPL” app, available for both iPhone® and Android™ devices, allows users to complete a variety of tasks on their cell phones, from placing holds and renewing materials to saving to-read lists and searching the catalog. It also offers more innovative features, such as full GPS/mapping functions to help patrons locate nearby libraries and the option to scan ISBNs to search the library’s collection. App users can also discover new books to borrow by browsing recent arrivals, “just ordered” books and The New York Times Best Sellers lists. Additionally, patrons can see how many of their holds are ready for pickup, check their fine balances and view overdue books. 

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NYLA Annual Conference

September 25-28, 2013
Niagara Falls, NY

Registration is now open for the Annual Conference!  You can receive Advanced Registration discounts through August 30th.  Choose from over 70 workshops and a vairiety of special events tailored to your interest!  This year, we are proud to announce best-selling author Alice Hoffman as our Keynote Speaker!  Authors Harold Schechter, Pauline Chen, Brian Castner and WIll Schwalbe will also be speaking at various special events.

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Save the Date!

Save the date for Library Advocacy Day, which will be held next year on Thursday, February 27th in Albany, NY.  Stay tuned for more details!

Digital Literacy Workshops

More 2013 dates have been added for digital literacy training   To register for any of these sessions, click here. For more information, contact Mary Anne Waltz, project manager and trainer, at or 518-432-6952 x106, or visit

Guilderland, NY
August 12, 2013
NYLA Office

Niagara Falls, NY
September 25, 2013
Niagara Falls Conference Center

Canandaigua, NY
October 15, 2013
Pioneer Library System