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Workshops Archive - 2009

PubMed for the Rest of Us: Searching Medical Literature for the Nonexpert

Date: January 16, 2009

Location: UHLS

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Description: This class will cover basic and field searching, the journal browser; the single citation matcher; clipboard, history and other features. It will also cover how to obtain full-text articles. (3 CE credits)

Contact: Jo-Ann Benedetti at 437-9880 x225.

Black Belt Librarians:

featuring Warren Graham

Date: March 4, 2009

Location: Guilderland Public Library

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Description: Warren Graham is nationally renowned as an expert of day - to - day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for twenty-five years, and he spent the last seventeen years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, developing and overseeing their program. Some of the areas he will address are:

  1. Essential elements of a truly effective security program;
  2. How to inform patrons of rules in a way that will most ensure compliance;
  3. How to recognize levels of emotion that a patron may be in and strategies on how best to respond;
  4. Ten maxims of security no matter the size of your library;
  5. Easy ways to document your security and safety matters.

Click here for flyer and registration form.

Contact: Jo-Ann Benedetti at 437-9880 x225.

Reference Rx: Case Studies in Consumer Health

Date: March 20, 2009

Location: UHLS

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Description: This class will ask participants to use the resources they learned about in the previous four classes to answer actual consumer health reference questions and to share their approaches to such questions with others in the class. (3 CE credits)

Contact: Jo-Ann Benedetti at 437-9880 x225.

Creating the 21st Century Library:
An Introduction to Building, Renovating, or Expanding Your Library

featuring Frank X. Craine, AIA and Diane Abate

Date: March 24, 2009

Location: Guilderland Public Library

Time: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Description: Frank X. Craine, AIA is a Partner, and Diane Abate is a Senior Architectural Designer at the firm of Peter Gisolfi Associates located in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Together they have over 30 years of collective experience working with libraries and academic clients in the private and public sectors. Mr. Craine was a key member of the design team for the new Darien Library in Connecticut, which is scheduled to be the first Gold LEED-certified library in New England. He and Ms. Abate are currently working on the feasibility study for expanding the Guilderland Library. Some of the topics they will address are:

  1. What to consider when planning a library renovation or expansion.
  2. Choosing the right design team for effective collaboration.
  3. Finding funding sources for your project.
  4. Finding cost-effective ways to incorporate Green building strategies.

Click here for flyer and registration form.

Contact: Philip Ritter at 437-9880 x222.

Powerful Partnerships Workshop

Presenters: Mary Fellows and Jo-Ann Benedetti, UHLS managers and veterans of many partnerships

Date: Wednesday, May 13

Location: UHLS

Time: 9:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Description: Come learn to identify useful partners, cultivate effective partnerships, and detach from partnerships no longer serving you well. You will leave with three new partnerships to pursue and the know-how to develop them.

Contact: Free to UHLS members; register by emailing Mary Fellows at mary@uhls.lib.ny.us or call Mary at 437-9880 ext. 228. Non-UHLS members cost: $15; email registration request to Mary Fellows and mail check made out to UHLS to 28 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206.

Control Is Not A Dirty Word: Effective Meeting Management

Date: August 20

Upper Hudson Library System

Time: 9:30 – 12:00 (refreshments and registration at 9:00)

Description: Meetings are a fact of work life. Meetings can advance understanding and informed decisions – or feed frustration and waste time. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine when to hold a meeting
  • Design a meeting to get the outcome you want
  • Keep the meeting on track by managing difficult personalities, conflicts, and interruptions
  • Positively influence productivity of meetings you are attending but not running

Whether you are a seasoned manager seeking to hone your skills, a rising star taking on more work or volunteer responsibilities that include chairing meetings, or a victim of painful meetings preparing to act, this workshop offers practical help.

Presenter: Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System

Free to UHLS member library personnel; others $15. To register, please email Mary Fellows @ mary@uhls.lib.ny.us. If a check is required, please make it payable to UHLS and mail it to UHLS, Attn: Mary Fellows, 28 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206. Registration deadline: August 18th.

Love Those T(w)eens! Delivering Great Service Whatever Your Resources

Thursday, September 17, 2009

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (refreshments at 8:30 a.m.)

Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY (518) 456-2400

Presented in collaboration with Mohawk Valley Library System

Whether you work with tweens, teens, or both, you’ll want to come hear the latest on tween and teen services. Our experienced presenters will cover their topics using a minimum to maximum approach: how to achieve results with minimum resources, and how to go all out! Whatever the level, you’ll learn how to build the relationship, build the resources, and building the programming that makes your library a t(w)een-friendly place. As a special feature, we will have a t(w)een author join us for the last hour. Stay tuned to find out whose autograph you will add to your collection!

Workshop is FREE to MVLS and UHLS members; $35 for all others. Please register by emailing Mary Fellows at mary@uhls.lib.ny.us. If you are a non-UHLS member, follow up with a check made out to UHLS and mailed to: Mary Fellows, UHLS, 28 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206.

For further information, contact Mary at 437-9880 ext. 229, or Sue Rokos, MVLS at 355-2010 ext. 226, srokos@mvls.info.

UHLS Trustee Workshop

Date: September 24, 2009

To: Member Library Trustees and Directors

From: Philip Ritter, Executive Director

You are cordially invited to attend our Fourth Annual Trustee Workshop on Thursday, September 24, 2009. The format and topics we are offering are based on suggestions from the attendees at our Workshop last year.

We will be returning to the popular Albany Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road and are very pleased to have Kathy Miller, Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Library Council, Jennifer Morris, Director of the Pioneer Library System, and Libby Post, President of Communication Services, as our presenters. All three are very well-known and well-respected in the library world. They will present two concurrent programs from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Dinner will be one of the Marriott’s delicious Buffets and will be served at 7:30 PM with concluding remarks at 8:30 PM.

More information and registration form here (PDF).

Deadline for registrations is September 10th.

Storytime Skills

Thursday, November 5, 2009

9:00 – 1:00

(Refreshments and registration at 8:30)

Schenectady County Public Library

99 Clinton St.
Schenectady, NY 12305-2083

Come to our second annual round-up of tried and true storytime techniques! Develop new storytime techniques, hone your existing skills, or gather fresh ways to use your expertise.

Upper Hudson Library System and Mohawk Valley Library System bring the best outside and inside presenters together to demonstrate, and teach key storytime skills. A special focus this year is flannel board stories, presented by local maven Debbie Sternklar. You’ll leave the workshop with a flannel board and a story to tell with it!

As an extra treat from 12:00 – 1:00, we have Suzanne Bloom, author/illustrator of Geisel honor book A Splendid Friend Indeed. Suzanne will share information about her creative process and the ins and outs of making books. There will be books available for signing after her presentation. Find out more about Suzanne here: http://www.suzannebloom.com/

Please register for the workshop! It is free to MVLS and UHLS member library staff and volunteers. The cost for all others is $35. If you’re part of MVLS or UHLS, register by emailing Sue Rokos at srokos@mvls.info. If you are not part of either system, email Sue to reserve your spot and then mail a check for $35 made out to MVLS to: Sue Rokos, MVLS, 858 Duanesburg Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306-1095.

Click here for directions to the workshop.

For further information, call Sue Rokos at 355-2010 ext. 226 or Mary Fellows at 437-9880 ext. 228. Hope to see you soon.


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