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This page contains news and events of the Upper Hudson Library System. To see news and events of the member libraries, please go directly to the libraries' web sites.



Library Advocacy Day


Please find the schedule for UHLS for our participation in the 2018 Library Advocacy Day here. The date is next Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Note that there is additional information on the schedule related to parking, security, transportation, etc.

The UHLS group (we'll be joined by reps from CDLC and some of the local school library systems) will start off from NYLA's "Base Camp" (LOB 120, same place it was last several years for you "advocacy veterans").

Our group will follow the attached schedule throughout the day and people can feel free to "plug in" to the schedule as best fits their own needs and schedule. If you would like to participate in just the meetings with your electeds, or can just make it in the morning, or just the afternoon, or you just want to attend the rally, etc. that's all just fine, because ... any participation makes a difference and all is sincerely appreciated!

All of NYLA's statewide messaging information and materials are available on the NYLA website here.

UHLS will provide packets as "leave behinds" at each meeting from both UHLS and NYLA. We also encourage member library attendees to bring along any material from their library that they want to share as part of our advocacy message. If your library is participating in the "Real People, Real Dollars" project, please bring along those pictures to share at legislative visits (and don't forget to post them in the NYLA Google Drive folder here).

Please share the attached schedule with anyone in your library community who may be interested in attending Advocacy Day - staff, trustees, friends, patrons, etc. all are welcome. If anyone has questions or concerns about Advocacy Day or the UHLS schedule, please have them contact Tim Burke.

The entire NY Library community thanks you in advance for your participation.



UHLS Libraries Get Mobile App

We've got a brand new way to access library resources! Public libraries in Albany & Rensselaer counties now offer an app called UHLS Mobile, available for free in both Android and Apple app stores.

The app features include the ability to search the UHLS catalog; check the status of a library card account; place physical items (such as books, CDs and DVDs) on hold so they can be picked up at the library; discover and access digitally distributed items like ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines; and connect users to other information such as library hours and program calendars. The app even can scan the ISBN barcode of any book to see whether our libraries own a copy of a specific title—and place a request for that book right away. Download UHLS Mobile today and take us with you wherever you go this summer!

Full press release is here.



NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley receives the 2017 William Meredith Advocate Award for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries.

UHLS honored recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate Award. The full award citation read as follows:

The Upper Hudson Library System salutes Senator Hugh T. Farley for his long and distinguished service to New York State’s library community. As a member of the New York State Senate for more than 40 years, Hugh Farley was a true champion of libraries. He served as both the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries and the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries. He sponsored every significant piece of library legislation for the last four decades and his tireless advocacy for library funding has resulted in nearly $3 billion in state library aid, more than $175 million in public library construction aid, and tens of millions of dollars in other grants to libraries. Hugh Farley was “the voice of libraries” in the New York State legislature. The Upper Hudson Library System honors Senator Hugh T. Farley for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries, which have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of generations of New Yorkers.”



Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries Making a Difference in Their Communities

Albany, NY (June 15) -- The Upper Hudson Library System held its 56th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY on Wednesday, June 14. UHLS Board President Tara Ricard said, “The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual dinner and awards program.”

At the event the following awards were presented:

2016 Library Volunteer of the Year Award

Presented to Alan Dai - William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie)

As the creative force behind THREE successful STEM-themed youth programs offered at the library, Alan has devoted countless hours to the library. He developed the Cyber Kids program which teaches coding skills to elementary students. This very popular program has been offered multiple times in the last three years and has graduated 80 kids to date. He created a Teen Techies program for the library that provides teen tech assistance for older adults and has recruited and trained a group teen helpers to insure sustainability of the program. Earlier this year Alan planned and presented a website design program for tweens as a Spring Break program at the library. And all of this was accomplished before he graduated high school!!

2016 Library Trustee of the Year Award

Presented to Antonio Booth - RCS Community Library (Ravena, Coeymans, Selkirk)

Assuming the Presidency of the Board only six months after becoming a Trustee in 2012, Antonio stabilized and then revitalized the RCS Library Board. As the direct result of his strong and decisive leadership, the library was able to relocate to a new facility, conduct a successful bond referendum to purchase the new building, manage a successful Director search, and improve the working relationship with the municipal government…all in the span of four years!

2016 Adult Library Program of the Year Award

Presented to the Troy Public Library for “Muslim Journeys: An Introduction to Islam”

This multi-part program series began with a reading and discussion group at the library co-facilitated by a librarian and a local Imam. The group read and talked about the experiences of Muslims in contemporary American society and sought to foster a broader understanding and a mutual respect among people of different cultures in the Troy community. The second phase of the program was a series of presentations delving into the basic tenants of Islam; a brief history of the religion; and an examination of Islam in the modern world. The capstone session was a visit to a local mosque to observe a prayer service and to participate in a roundtable discussion with members of the Muslim community.

2016 Youth Library Program of the Year Award

Presented to the Albany Public Library for “Beat Bots”

Beat Bots was a multi part program designed to introduce teens to robotics and the science behind it. Serving a group of 20-40 Albany teens, this program introduced participants to robotics engineering, coding, 3D printing, and mechanical assembly and testing…all to create robots that danced! Each participant started with a robotic kit purchased with Legislative grant from Assembly Member Pat Fahy, to build their “Beat Bot”. Once completed, the teens choreographed dance routines to perform with their Bot. The dance routines were then performed at several public events, allowing the teen designer/dancers to show what they learned about science and about their dance moves!

In addition to a framed certificate, each award winner received a cash award for their home library to help support future community building efforts. “We are very pleased to be able recognize the wonderful things happening in our libraries. They are all making a real and positive difference in their communities every day,” said UHLS Executive Director Tim Burke.



Antonio Booth, RCS Community Library Board President, presents recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley with the 2017 William Meredith Advocate Award for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries.


UHLS was also very pleased to honor recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate Award. The full award citation read as follows:

“The Upper Hudson Library System salutes Senator Hugh T. Farley for his long and distinguished service to New York State’s library community. As a member of the New York State Senate for more than 40 years, Hugh Farley was a true champion of libraries. He served as both the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries and the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries. He sponsored every significant piece of library legislation for the last four decades and his tireless advocacy for library funding has resulted in nearly $3 billion in state library aid, more than $175 million in public library construction aid, and tens of millions of dollars in other grants to libraries. Hugh Farley was “the voice of libraries” in the New York State legislature. The Upper Hudson Library System honors Senator Hugh T. Farley for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries, which have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of generations of New Yorkers.”


Along with the awards, the UHLS Board of Trustees recognized the long and dedicated service of two of its trustees. LouAnne Lundgren of Poestenkill is stepping down from the Board after 14 years of service representing small libraries in Rensselaer County. Philip Erlich of Rensselaer is leaving the Board after 23 years of service representing medium size libraries in Rensselaer County. Both were presented with a resolution of appreciation from the UHLS Board and were named UHLS Trustee Emeriti.

For more information about the award winners, the Upper Hudson Library System, and the important work done by all of the public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties, please contact Tim Burke at (518) 437-9880 x222 or tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us.




Youth & Family Programs Calendar

Children’s, tween, and teen programs in UHLS libraries are now more accessible than ever! Libraries in Upper Hudson Library System have pooled their programs in one program calendar, available at http://events-ys.uhls.org/. Users can search by date, location, or age categories.

Public libraries offer scores of activities during summer months to interest kids and teens in reading and help them combat “summer learning loss.” Kids who don’t read much over the summer can lose significant skills and return to school behind their peers. The joint program calendar makes finding a fun, free library event in UHLS libraries for children easy for parents.

  • Access the joint youth services program calendar here.
  • See a list of local public libraries here.
  • More about summer learning loss and libraries here.


CORE Trustee Training Program now available to all UHLS member libraries

UHLS is pleased to announce that our new CORE Trustee Training program is now available for all member library trustees. This program is a 90 minute session that covers the fundamentals of being a library trustee, including roles and responsibilities, NYS minimum library standards, oaths of office, open meetings law, board/director roles, etc. The program also emphasizes the CORE values of Community, Openness, Respect, and Ethics as they relate to the work of a library trustee.

This program is valuable for all currently serving library trustees regardless of their tenure on their board. There is real added value from having all of a library's trustees share the experience together (common ground understanding of these fundamentals, encouraging mentoring of newer trustees by the "old hands", etc.). UHLS also recommends that the Library Director be included when a member library hosts the program to encourage that same common ground understanding between the Library Board and the Director.

The CORE Trustee Training has been designed to be an "on demand" program that can be conducted at member libraries at a date and time that is most convenient for trustees to come together. Please contact Tim Burke (e-mail - tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library board.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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