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Monday, 06 February 2017 13:18

NYLA Advocacy Day 2017

Your Voice Matters! SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARIESWednesday, March 1st Shared schedule of appointments and general information coming soon!Sign Up Today CDLC members are encouraged to join MVLS, SALS, and UHLS Member Library staff, trustees, Friends and patrons of all ages to attend Library Advocacy Day in Albany sponsored by the New York Library Association (NYLA). Help legislators understand how much people care about libraries by packing their offices at every appointment. With dozens of legislators to meet with we need lots of people to come and show their support. Your attendance can make a BIG impact. Directions & Parking: http://bit.ly/1gEvi7k Map of the Empire State Plaza: http://bit.ly/1TlZ8SD Shared Schedule of Appointments Advocacy Day Tips Meet with your NYS representatives in Albany to make the case that Libraries ARE Education! and should receive funding increases and infrastructure investments that respect our role in the community. We have two big items to advocate for this year: Increase State Library Aid Proportionally with Increases in Education FundingNew York State Education Law requires Library Aid for FY 2017-2018 to be $102.6M. Total state funding in the FY2016-17 enacted budget was $95.6M, placing library aid at 2006 funding levels. More than $111M in statutory State Library Aid has been withheld since FY2007-2008. More information Library usage…
Friday, 06 January 2017 16:26

CALA 2016 Award Winner Announced

CALA, the Capital Area Library Assistants, have announced that Ms. Lisa Warner, Library Assistant at the East Greenbush Community Library, is the winner of their 3rd annual CALA Outstanding Service Award. Nominees for the award must be individuals who have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to service to their library, the library community and the library profession. The successful nominee transcends the normal definitions of excellence, going above and beyond the parameters of their job description to demonstrate exceptional leadership, innovation and problem solving. It is intended to recognize the importance of support staff in the library profession while keeping with CALA’s goal To enhance a professional image of library support staff within the library community. In their letters of support for her nomination, Lisa’s colleagues cited the diligence and care with which she accomplishes her tasks and her willingness to go above and beyond the regular workday to finish her assigned duties in a timely manner. The letters also cited the work she has done in her community, both for our profession (at NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day), for the American Cancer Society and especially her work raising awareness for traumatic brain injuries. In addition, the letters of nomination characterized Lisa as someone with a positive attitude who…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 16:44

RBDB 2016 Grant Recipients

CDLC is excited to announce the recipients of the CDLC 2016 Retrospective Conversion, Metadata and Digitization grants. These grants provide an opportunity for libraries, museums and historical societies in our region to make their undiscovered collections accessible for all to discover and enjoy. Congratulations to the recipients and thank you for making your unique collections available! Grant recipients are: Albany Public Library, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS), for cataloging eighty maps of Albany residing in their local history collection. Darrow School, a member of the Questar III School Library System, for preserving documents in the Darrows Archives, to create finding aids for the collection and to provide access to these documents by digitizing each one in order to share the collection with the wider local, state, and worldwide community. Guilderland Public Library, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS), for digitization and creation of metadata for two previously undocumented collections using CONTENTdm software. One collection includes 21 photographs of structures in Guilderland, most of which no longer exist. It also includes early views of United States Highway 20, dating back to when it was an unpaved thoroughfare. Hudson Valley Community College for cataloging photographs, yearbooks, handbooks,…
2016 NYS Historic Newspapers Grant Recipients The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is pleased to announce the recipients of a pilot grant for participation in the NYS Historic Newspapers, a site that provides free online access to a wide range of New York newspapers. CDLC offered this grant opportunity to member libraries in our ten-county region as a way to increase access to and visibility of their collections. The 2016 Grant Recipients are: The Greenwich Free Library, a member of the Southern Adirondack Library System, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $7,900* to digitize 171 years of the Washington Journal, spanning 1842-2013. RCS Community Library, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,100* to digitize 123 years of the Ravena News-Herald, spanning 1873-1996. Schenectady County Public Library, a member of the Mohawk Valley Library System, in partnership with the Schenectady County Historical Society, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $3,400* to digitize 50 years of the Schenectady Reflector, spanning 1835-1885. *All grant amounts are approximate, depending on production costs. This pilot grant program was extremely competitive with 12 member libraries requesting almost $300,000 to…
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