ReCap Online: The Newsletter of the Capital District Library Council
August 2015: Number 97

Second Summit Moves Initiatives Forward

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Mon., Aug. 24th
Middleburgh, NY

Fri., Sept. 18th
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International Games Day @ your library is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that any library in the world can join for free!

All you need to do is have some sort of game-related activity in or around your library, on or around the official date, Saturday November 21. That's all!

 The games can be videogames on a library console, tabletop games, social games, party games, traditional folk games - whatever you think will work for your individual library and community.

Click here to register your library!

Or here for a press kit with promotional materials.

CDLC is Turning 50!

The Council received its provisional charter from the Board of Regents on June 26, 1966.

Add your voice to the story by sharing your memories and photos of CDLC for a special 50th anniversary newsletter.

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Do you know a librarian who improves the lives of the people in your community?

Why not reward them by nominating them for the I Love My Librarian award?
CDLC  News
What would you do with $500,000,000?

It's been a busy month at the CDLC offices! We started July by attending a NY3R's retreat where we met with staff from other councils and generated some great ideas that we hope will translate into benefits for you, our members. 

Our massive office clean up resulted in a number of under-used items finding new homes for which we send our sincerest thanks. 

We also welcomed an intern from SUNY's newly named College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Laurie Dreyer will be working with us throughout the fall semester as she gains a greater understanding of how library councils operate. 

Lastly, we started working with a Creative Advocate from The Regional Alliance for a Creative Economy (RACE) to generate some big picture ideas on how libraries in the Capital Region could benefit from $500 million in economic development money from the State. RACE will be gathering ideas and creating a proposal to present to the Capital Regional Economic Development Council for potential inclusion in the Upstate Revitalization Initiative application.  Learn more about this project here or here or send your big picture ideas to Kari Kakeh.
Ask Us 24/7

Did you know that as a member of CDLC your subscription to Ask Us 24/7 is currently subsidized?

This Internet-based virtual text chat service connects information seekers with librarians, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staffed by librarians from around the State during normal business hours, and after hours by librarians across various time zones, information seekers will be guaranteed to receive assistance from a librarian who can help.

Colleges including Sage, Schenectady County Community College, and the University at Albany are using it, so why not you? Find out more by contacting Sue Rahn.
Featured Poll

In an informal poll, we stated that CDLC was interested in sponsoring more social events and networking opportunities. In response to our question about timing, 73% of respondents preferred either Summer or Fall with the 24% asking for Spring events. Quite understandably only 3% would venture out in the winter!

Bobbi Ryan, director of the Dr. Best House and a recent speaker at the NY Heritage Participants' meeting earlier this month, invited us to visit. We're taking her up on the offer and are planning a roadtrip to view the Dr. George Best House and Medical Museum in Middleburgh on Monday, August 24th at 10:30 am followed by a social lunch at the Green Iguana, a local restaurant. Register here.

Member News & Events
The Great Hunger at the Irish American Heritage Museum

Originally created for the commemoration of the Great Hunger in the 1990s, this will be the first time this exhibit has ever been on display at the Museum's site in Albany. The exhibit, which opened on July 17th,  provides a historically accurate and candid portrayal of the causes and consequences of the great tragedy in Ireland's history.

New Director Named at Skidmore

Marta Brunner has officially started as the new head librarian at Skidmore College's Scribner Library.  Previously, Ms. Brunner was the head of Collections, Research and Instructional Services at UCLA.  Read more about the appointment here. Welcome, Marta, to the Capital District!
Annual Phelan Lecture to take place September 12th
CDLC is pleased to be working with The Rensselaer County Historical Society to co-sponsor Gender in the ArchivesThe 2015 Thomas Phelan Endowed Lecturewhich will take place Saturday, September 12th at Russell Sage College. Presentations by Dr. Karen W. Mahar, Professor of History, Siena College and Joshua Hauck-Whealton, Archivist at the Dudley Observatory will be followed by an optional luncheon and afternoon workshop on Demystifying the Archives.
Awards & Giveaways
The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award

The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award is given annually to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia in New York State. Named after the late Joseph F. Shubert, former State Librarian, the Award honors libraries or library consortia that have taken significant steps within the past two years to improve the quality of library service to users.

A number of CDLC members have been granted this honor in the past, including the Galway Public Library, The Southern Adirondack Library System, the Crandall Public Library, Albany Public Library, as well as the Mohawk Valley Library System.

All types of libraries are eligible to apply (academic, public, school and special). The application deadline for the award is August 15, 2015.

Free books of small press poetry and literature are available to NYS reading centers!

Art Resources Transfer's Poulin Project is a unique NYSCA-funded initiative dedicated to expanding access to the arts and literacy. 50 participating New York state libraries, schools, and alternative education centers will receive a box set of contemporary literature from small presses around the state, free of charge. The project supports New York State independent publishers including by introducing works by hundreds of contemporary writers and poets to new audiences.

If you believe your institution would benefit from receiving a box set of small press literature, please send an email to with subject title "2015 Poulin Project," listing your name, library/institution name, address, phone number, and whether your institution has participated in the past. You can expect to receive your set between the months of August and September.

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Conferences & Multiday Workshops
Library Marketing & Communications Conference

This conference is designed for library employees of any level who are involved in marketing, communication, public relations, social media, and outreach in academic, public, and special libraries. The sessions will explore issues that are important for this niche of library work, and the conference will include time for attendees to network and to discuss mutual challenges.

Dallas, TX
November 3-4
Regular Price: $299

ARSL: The Association for Rural & Small Libraries 2015 Conference

ARSL 2015 will be held at the beautiful Riverwalk Marriott in Little Rock, Arkansas Oct. 1-3rd,with pre-conferences and tours taking place Sept. 30th. 

This conference is completely dedicated to libraries that serve smaller and or rural populations with 500 library workers and supporters anticipated to attend!

Breakout sessions have been posted along with information about the key speakers including P.C. Cast, Josh Hanagarne,  and Zach Benedict. 

Little Rock, AR
October 1-3
Early Bird Price: $260/325
Regular Price: $325/400

Grants and Proposal Writing

Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.

Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including:
  • Documenting the need
  • Identifying the target population
  • Writing measurable objectives
  • Developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.
August 11: Common Mistakes and Finding Funding
August 18: The Proposal
August 25: The Budget and Finishing 
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenter: Kate Flewelling
3-4 MLA CE 

Webinars & Training Opportunities
The New York State Library has partnered with WebJunction to offer FREE online courses and webinars for ALL library workers and volunteers in NYS!

Because Advocacy Never Stops: New Tools for Taking Action takes place Thursday, August 13th at 2pm.

CDLC members can request free access to one of our user licenses for a period of two weeks.

To request access to through CDLC, please email Sue Rahn or visit our page for more information.

Incorporating Active Learning Into Your Teaching
August 19

9:00am - 4:00pm

Presenter: Brian Morgan, SUNY Geneseo

Instruction is an increasingly common component of library work, and one that often has to be learned on the job. Librarians who have been tasked with teaching library users how to use resources will benefit from this workshop as we explore ways to incorporate active learning into library instruction.

This class will teach you to:
  • Generate ways to creatively prepare and present classroom materials
  • Evaluate teaching and learning methods to select the best approach for given situations
  • Understand ways to increase student engagement and motivation

CDLC / NY3Rs members: $20.00 
Non-members: $25.00

Publisher Sneak Peek

August 6

1:30pm - 2:30pm


Dina Sherman, Director of School and Library Marketing @ Disney-Hyperion,

Lisa DiSarro, Director of School & Library Marketing @ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and 

Victoria Stapleton, Executive Director, School & Library Marketing at Little @ Brown Books for Young Readers 


Are you interested in children's and young adult books and can't wait to find out what new publications will be out this fall and winter?  Then join representatives from 
  • Disney-Hyperion
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Little, Brown
as they give you a sneak peak while leaving time to ask questions.

CDLC / NY3Rs members: Free!!!
Non-members: $5.00