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Workshops Archive - 2012

UHLS and MVLS present:

Where the Boys (and Girls) Are: Developing Effective Partnerships With Schools

The tweens, teens, and kids we see have another life - and a lot of it is
spent in schools. When public libraries and schools develop partnerships,
our shared values and unique competencies allow us to create projects that
make a difference! Come learn:

  • What's in it for us: why cooperate with schools
  • Understanding the school environment
  • Strategies for working successfully with schools
  • Overcoming barriers and resolving problems
  • "Possibilities showcase" - a look at many collaborative projects
    for all levels of effort

Presenters: Mary Fellows (Upper Hudson Library System) and Sue Rokos (Mohawk Valley Library System)

Where: William K. Sanford Town Library

When: January 20, 9-12, registration 8:30

Free to UHLS and MVLS; $45 to all others

Register by contacting Mary Fellows, 437-9880 ext. 228 or emailing mary@uhls.lib.ny.us

Upcoming program (For Upper Hudson libraries)

In preparation for the reality of a tax cap UHLS will be offering a program primarily targeted to the Association/Municipal libraries in the System to encourage them to consider the concept of re-chartering their library as a taxing district (school district or special legislative district). I arranged the program using the feedback from the targeted libraries, but I wanted to extend an invitation to all of our member library directors and trustees, should they be interested in attending this program. See the details below.

Creating a Sustainable Funding Solution for Your Library
Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System will present a 2 hour program which is designed to provide an overview of the various funding models for public libraries in NYS, things to consider when determining which model is right for your library, and an outline of the process for moving your library to one of these models. This program is recommended for Trustees and Library Directors of Association and Public (municipal) Libraries in UHLS.

Based on the feedback we received we will host two presentations of this program at UHLS on Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Please note - these two programs will cover the same information so there is no need to attend both programs.

Please RSVP to Heidi Fuge at UHLS to register for one of the two 7/26 sessions.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on 7/26. Please let me know if you have questions.


Timothy Burke
Executive Director
Upper Hudson Library System
28 Essex Street
Albany, NY 12206
ph. (518) 437-9880
fx. (518) 437-9884
em. tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us

Webinar: Customer Service @ the Library
Cultivating Loyal Library Customers

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

UHLS Large Meeting Room

For details click here (PDF).

Online Conference - Big Talk From Small Libraries

Date: 2/28/2012

Time: 10am - 6pm

Cost: No Charge

Below please find the description for an all day online conference focusing on the sometimes unique needs and activities of small libraries.
Registration is free for any library on your own (just visit the more details link at the end of the description) OR you can watch it with us! UHLS has registered for this conference and will be showing it in its entirety, in the large meeting room on 2/28 from 10am-6pm.

This conference is designed to be a drop-in program, so please feel free to log on or stop by based on what interests you in the conference program (which is also at the more details link below).

If you think you or anyone else from your library might attend at UHLS please RSVP to Tim Burke (tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us) before 2/28/12.

Conference Description:

We've been listening! A comment we've heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries. Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that. This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of our eight speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Topics will range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library. Eight presenters means eight hourly slots and eight topics. Come for the programs on what you're dealing with now or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you. Big Talk From Small Libraries will be broadcast online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference. This conference was organized and is hosted by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Small & Rural Libraries and Library Renewal. More details can be found @ http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/

Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

Date: March 8, 2012

Important -- Date change: Due to an expected severe winter storm, the SRP Planning Workshop has been postponed to its published snow date, Thursday, March 8. The location and schedule for the day will remain the same. **Please confirm your ability to attend on March 8 with Mary Fellows (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us). We apologize for the inconvenience.

Location: William K. Sanford Town Library in Colonie

Time: 9:00 (registration) - 3:30

Description: Announcing the eleventh annual Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop! Sponsored by Upper Hudson and Mohawk Valley Library System, this is a day of dozens of ideas about most every aspect of Summer Reading Program (SRP), including a performers showcase. If you need a SRP planning jumpstart, come join us! Our promise is that you will leave with your SRP at least half-planned - in your head, if not on paper! For more details and the registration form, see attached flyer (PDF).

Handouts and Resources:

A big thank you to all of the presenters who shared their expertise at the
2012 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop on March 8! Your generosity, hard work, and collaborative spirit make the day valuable for all who come.

Thanks also to Dave Cole and his crew at William K. Sanford Town Library who are always welcoming and helpful when we come to visit for the day!

Below are links to some of the resources shared during the workshop. Enjoy!

The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond
A Library Journal/School Library Journal Online Event

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
10:00 am-5:00 pm EDT

Where: UHLS

UHLS will provide snacks and a lunch for the event, so please RSVP if you intend to come. The online event is free to member libraries.

In 2011, librarians responded with “applause applause applause applause,” saying they were “bursting to discuss new ideas and initiatives inspired by the ebook summit.” This year, we take you beyond ebooks…

Library Journal and School Library Journal invite you to join us for our 3rd annual Ebook Summit, exploring how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating “e” into collections, catalogs and classrooms.

The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond brings together many of the foremost practitioners in ebooks and libraries to examine the current state of the digital library.

Details here

Early Literacy Double-Header

WORKSHOP STATUS: November 1 workshop postponed because of hurricane, which is making it impossible for speaker to travel. Workshop will be rescheduled ASAP. Participants will be notified and website updated.

Something Good for Everyone: Children as Learners and Adults as Partners in Multi-Age Storytimes

Thursday, September 6, Guilderland Public Library, 9:00 (registration at 8:30) -4:30 (lunch included)

Directions: www.guilpl.org

Libraries play a key role in giving young children a foundation for literacy and learning. Yet as modern life get busier, separating storytimes by age group may not always fit families' needs. The answer? Storytimes for newborn to 5 year-olds and their parents and caregivers.

Join us to learn how multi-age storytimes can offer children unique experiences and provide parents with messages and modeling to use in building a strong family learning environment. Discover strategies for success, refresh your child development knowledge, explore new storytime models, and learn how your early literacy-enhanced storytimes can become a catalyst for change in your community.

Hands-on practice included; please bring with you:

  1. Words to an action rhyme/fingerplay or action song.
  2. One book that works well for more than one age-group (0 - 18 months, 18 - 35 months, 3 - 5 years)

Saroj Ghoting is an early childhood literacy consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She has been a consultant for PLA and ALSC on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. Saroj is co-author of Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success and The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards.


Play at the Library: Creating Early Literacy Spaces That Invite Learning

Thursday, November 1, Schenectady County Public Library (Main), 9:00 (registration at 8:30) -12:00

WORKSHOP STATUS: The workshop on November 1 will take place as scheduled. Posted 10.29.12, 11:30 a.m.

Directions: www.scpl.org

Libraries have a new understanding of how our role in supporting lifelong learning begins with the very youngest child. Our challenge is to design spaces as well as activities to most effectively support learning for emergent leaders. Play is essential to children's healthy cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. When our early literacy spaces invite play along with reading, we model effective strategies for family literacy.

Come learn how to engineer a play space, incorporate play into existing children's spaces and activities at the library, and select appropriate active toys - on any budget.

Marisa Conner is Youth Services Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL). A primary focus of her work is creating active learning spaces designed to promote early literacy and school readiness in public libraries. Marisa was responsible for developing the learning components for the innovative Storyville installation at BCPL http://bcplstoryville.org.

Click here for a workshop flyer and registration form

Tweens, Teens and Libraries: Becoming BFF!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

William K. Sanford Town Library

The life of a 21st century tween is vastly different from our own adolescence. What do tweens love, hate, fear, and need from caring adults? National youth marketing expert Michelle Poris studied hundreds of young people to help libraries answer these questions and improve our service. Her answers may surprise you! In a lively and fast-paced presentation, Michelle will illuminate the lives of our tech-savvy tweens and young teens. You will leave with two or more ideas for making your library’s services to tweens and teens more effective.

Join us for Michelle’s presentation and more! Registration and details are here.



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