ReCap Online: The Newsletter of the Capital District Library Council
July/August 2016: Number 108/109

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In other news...
NYLA Creates Centralized
 CE/PD Calendar

Keeping up with the dizzying array of professional development opportunities can be a daunting prospect, but fear not!

NYLA's Continuing Education Committee has created a place for all library staffers to find out about what CE/PD is available, and for all library professional organizations to promote their programs in a single, accessible location.


*All events are reviewed by NYLA staff before being posted. Events should be for library professionals and the greater library community, and should not include patron programming.
Smithsonian Learning Lab Online

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access debuted the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a free online toolkit that enables everyone to find, customize, and share digital museum resources with others. The Learning Lab offers free digital access to more than a million diverse resources from across the Smithsonian.
Net Neutrality Wins in Court

"High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for web users. The decision affirmed the government's view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power and should be available to all Americans..." - The New York Times
Volunteers Needed for the NYS Fair Libraries Booth

Plans are underway for the 2016 New York State Fair Libraries Booth. This is the third consecutive year of showing fair goers from around the state just how amazing libraries are! 

Thursday, August 25 - Monday, September 5 

Science and Industry Building

A Perfect Summer Evening

Valley Cats Game
View from the 3rd baseline, courtesy of Gary Schwartz, RPI.

CDLC members enjoyed a night at the ball field as we gathered to watch the TriCity Valley Cats play the Vermont Lake Monsters. Unfortunately, Burlington took at bite out of the Capital District, but the Valley Cats will have their claws out next time.

Did you miss this event but would like to get together with other CDLC members for some social time?  Then join us for our next 50th anniversary event on Thursday, August 11th at the Albany Institute of History and Art, where you can enjoy some small talk, light fare, and a curated tour of their current exhibit, Masterworks: Paper.

Learn more about this event and register here!
Member News & Events
Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences joins New York Heritage
Pharmacy - Lower Hall - for Instruction

The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has published a collection from their archives which includes four sub-collections: the O'Brien Building Photo CollectionConglomerate Class PhotosCommencement, and the Alumni News & PostScript.  Click on any of the sub-collection links to view the collections.

New York Heritage Digital Collections is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and everyone else interested the people, places and institutions of historical New York State. The site provides immediate, free access to digital collections that reflect New York State's long history. This service is available through CDLC for our member institutions. For more information about New York Heritage, including information on how to join, contact Susan D'Entremont.
Experience Downtown Albany in Two Unique Ways

The Irish American Heritage Museum is offering Narrated Historic Horse Drawn Carriage rides through downtown Albany on Saturdays through August 13th at 11:00am and 1:00pm. These fine folks can also be found at Irish Heritage Day @ Saratoga Racetrack on Wednesday, August 10th.


The Albany Public Library, a member of UHLS, is offering running tours. They invite you to explore 2.5 miles of historic downtown Albany as a pair of running librarians lead you and a small group of participants on a narrated history run through the city! If you can comfortably run an 11 minute mile (5.5 mph) over 2.5 miles, you'll have no problem keeping up. They take three short breaks at historic points along the way and provide a digital audio player you'll hold while running containing a narrated audio tour.
State Education Department Announces $14 Million in Library Construction Grants

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced that the New York State Library, in partnership with New York's 23 public library systems, has awarded 173 State Aid for Library Construction Awards totaling $14 million. The awards are supported by capital funds appropriated in the FY 2015-2016 State Budget for the construction and renovation of public library and public library system buildings in New York State. The list of awards is now posted here

We're excited to share that $1.2 million of that money will go to fund projects at CDLC public library members. These libraries are members of the Mohawk Valley Library System, Southern Adirondack Library System, and Upper Hudson Library System.
  • Albany Public Library
  • Arvilla E Diver Memorial Library
  • Berne Public Library
  • Easton Library
  • Gloversville Public Library
  • Grafton Community Library
  • Greenwich Free Library
  • Guilderland Public Library
  • The Middleburgh Library
  • Pember Library
  • RCS Community Library
  • Rensselaerville Library
  • Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Schenectady County Public Library (Phyllis Bornt Branch and Literacy Center)
  • Schuylerville Public Library
  • Stephentown Memorial Library
  • Stillwater Free Library
  • Town of Ballston Community Library
  • Town of Lake Pleasant Public Library
  • Town of Westerlo Public Library
  • Voorheesville Public Library
For more information about the FY 2015-2016 State Aid for Library Construction awards, visit the State Library's website.

For information about the 2016 State Aid for Library Construction application process, libraries should contact their public library system.
Awards, Giveaways, Grants, & Discounts
NYLA Earlybird Registration Deadline
Deadline: August 19

Join NYLA for the 2016 Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, November 2-5. This is the single largest gathering of the library community of New York State. This year's theme is Strong. Strategic. Sustainable.

NYLA is pleased to announce that Garry Golden will present the 2016 Keynote Address: Tapping Your Inner Futurist: Libraries and the Future of Sustainable Communities.

Art Resources Transfer's 2016 Poulin Project is now available

The Poulin Project offers New York State libraries, schools, and alternative education centers a box set of contemporary literature from small presses around the state, free of charge. If you believe your institution would benefit from receiving one, please send an email with subject line "2016 Poulin Project"listing your name, library or institution name, address, phone number, and whether your institution has participated in the past.

Sets include 40-60 titles, recommended for an audience with a reading comprehension level of high school students or above. Contributing publishers this year include New Directions, Graywolf Press, Verso Books, and Roof Books. 

Art Resources Transfer's Poulin Project is a unique NYSCA-funded initiative dedicated to expanding access to the arts and literacy. The project supports New York State independent publishers by introducing works by hundreds of contemporary writers and poets to new audiences, and enables public libraries to diversify their collections.

PLACE: Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement: Environmental Literacy Through Climate Change Discussions
Deadline: August 9
The Califa Library Group is accepting applications for mini-grants to librarians in rural public libraries and under-resourced urban libraries who are interested in providing science-based adult programming focused on local weather challenges and threats.
The project, which is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will build your capacity to plan and facilitate science-based library programs in partnership with NOAA scientists. The library programs use videos and popular books to engage audiences and promote discussion.The professional development will include interactive webinars, online learning materials, peer support, and video case studies of similar adult STEM programs.
Participating libraries will receive program materials, a planning guide, marketing and promotional templates, and $1,000 for the three-part program series.
Through exploration and discussion, participants will become aware of online tools that can provide information for their own community, family and individual planning for extreme weather and other climate events.
Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress

The Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.

Conferences & Workshops
Outcome-Based Evaluation Workshop

This workshop is designed for staff from all types of library systems, member libraries and central libraries who are involved in programming activities, and new to OBE or in need of a review. 

Training modules will include a section on PLA's nationwide initiative Project Outcome.

The Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services defines OBE as follows: "sometimes called outcomes measurement, is a systemic way to determine if a program has achieved its goals."

Mid York Library System
Utica, NY
September 22-23
Price: FREE!

Scholarly Communications Unconference at NYLA

If you are an up-and-coming expert at your library in areas such as institutional repositories, open access, library publishing, and intellectual property or if you want to learn about these topics, please join us for this unconference on topics related to scholarly communications. 

The program is designed to be an informal exchange of ideas between participants where you have opportunities to discuss best practices as well as emerging initiatives and tools related to this burgeoning field. 

The featured speaker is Bryn Geffert, Library Director at Amherst College.

NLYA Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY
November 2
Price: $40

 Library Marketing & Communications Conference

The Library Marketing and Communications 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.

The price includes two full days of practical sessions, morning & afternoon beverage breaks, lunch, and organized networking opportunities.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Addison, TX
November 16-17
Regular Price: $369
Webinars & Training Opportunities

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

Take classes at your own pace when it's convenient for you!  Here's a sampling of classes Lynda offers:

Become a Project Coordinator
From project management basics to communication and meeting leadership, you'll learn how to keep project tasks and teams on track in the most efficient ways. 

Become an Online Instructor 
Whether teaching a graduate course, music lessons, or a how-to on YouTube, being able to create e-learning is a valuable skill. Get the skills you need to help others effectively learn in a way that allows them to choose the device they use, the time when they will learn, and even the learning pace.

Visit our webpage for more information.

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

Can't make it to a live session?  No problem!  WebJunction also has a vast archive of recorded webinars including: Data Visualization for the Rest of Us: A Beginner's Guide and Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots.