Month: March 2010

UB ALA Meeting Today

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We are nearing the end of the semester, but we still have a ton going on at ALA! We have a meeting today, March 31st, at 6:00 p.m in Baldy 553.

We will be discussing our up-coming Wine & Cheese Soiree, volunteer events, the new bookclub and a possible workshop to help you find a JOB! Also, we will be talking about ELECTIONS for next semester! If you want to be an integral part of a great organization, come to our meeting on Wednesday to find out more about a leadership position in next year’s ALA.

Hope to see you there!


Volunteering @ B&ECPL Audubon

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The librarians at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Amherst Branch at Audubon are currently looking for volunteers to help out at the BIG USED BOOK SALE they’ll be holding in April. This sale will run from Wednesday, April 7 to Sunday, April 11, and the librarians need volunteers to cover any of the open hours, usually in at least 2-3 hour shifts.

Sale Hours:
10 AM – 8 PM, Wednesday 4/7 and Thursday 4/8
10 AM – 4 PM, Friday 4/9 and Saturday 4/10
1 PM – 4 PM, Sunday 4/11

Volunteers won’t be working alone! The Audubon librarians are hoping to have at least 2-3 people on per shift, so this will be a great opportunity to share your love of libraries in the local area and meet some fantastic public librarians.

Audubon is the closest library to UB North Campus, located at 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228. If you haven’t already stopped in, you should definitely check it out. You can view their events schedule here.

If you’re interested in donating some time, please contact Jaqui McLaughlin at jaclyn dot a dot mclaughlin @ gmail dot com. Even if you can’t volunteer, please stop by and take a look at the books on sale!

SUNYLA 2010: An Information Odyssey

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SUNYLA, the State University of New York Librarians Association, will be holding their annual conference this year at SUNY Brockport from June 16-18. The theme this year is “An Information Odyssey”:

During this conference, we will explore how changes in the way information is generated, collected and disseminated have changed radically over the last 25 years. This has had a profound effect on libraries and library staff, and many have risen to the challenge, putting themselves in the forefront with innovative ways to incorporate and embrace these changes. Functions that were formerly outside the librarian’s scope of experience are now standard, from social networking to on-line learning.

This is another great networking and professional development opportunity right here in Western New York. Even better, SUNYLA is offering the Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship to fund the attendance of one currently enrolled MLS student. The scholarship covers all fees, including registration, travel (up $350), lodging, and meals. The application involves writing a short easy of <1000 words.

Learn more and keep up to date about the conference here.

Digital Humanities: Libraries and Repositories

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UB is holding a special event that could benefit from the attendance of a few library students. It looks like it’s going to be informative and useful (networking, anyone?). Read on!

Digital Humanities: Libraries and Repositories
12:00 – 2:30 PM, March 26, 2010 (Friday)
Special Collections Reading Room, 4th Floor Capen Hall
Free of charge; but registration is required (see below).
Sign in and light lunch 12 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Digital repositories – institutional (IR) or disciplinary – can provide
free and immediate access to scholarly work. UB has a new institutional repository, designed and organized by the University Libraries and now hosted by Computing and Information Technology (CIT). What should we put in it?

How can our repository support and encourage UB digital humanities
initiatives? What have other institutions learned that we can use? What concerns do scholars have about depositing their research and scholarly work in an institutional repository? What is the proper relationship between an institutional repository and disciplinary repositories? What roles should libraries and librarians play in these efforts and intersections?

Three prominent librarians will discuss these questions and answer “your” questions. Panelists are: Marilyn S. Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Chad Curtis, Librarian for Literary Studies and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities at New York University; and Shawn Martin, Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania.

Although free of charge, registration is required.
Please register at:
Registration ends Friday, March 19!

Upcoming RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians) Events

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 Nifty Technology for the 21st Century Librarian

COME AND SHARE…new gadgets that you or your students love, websites or tools that enhance your library program, new ways of using existing technology to engage students (SmartBoard with document camera and laptop with wireless connection provided) from 4-5:30 at Bay Trail MS 1760 Scribner Rd Penfield 14526

Thursday, March 18, 2010 Gaming in School Libraries

Using boardgames and computer games to meet support curriculum and meet AASL standards from 4-5:30 at St. John Fisher College 3690 East Ave 14618

April (date to be announced) RASL Social at Next Door restaurant 3220 Monroe Ave 14618

Thursday, May 13, 2010 RASL Annual Spring Banquet at Mario’s Restaurant 2740 Monroe Ave 14618 with author Daniel Kirk

Saturday, May 15, 2010 Teen Book Festival

Nazareth College Main Entrance at Shults Center 4245 East Ave 14618

Keep up to date on future events!

Meeting Tonight & Upcoming Bake Sale

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UB ALA will be meeting tonight, Monday March 1st, in Baldy 553 at 6 PM. Please join us as we get an update on our CPC project, discuss volunteering for the rest of the semester, and most importantly, finalize our Bake Sale to Help Haitian Libraries plans!

ALA Bake Sale to Help Haitian Libraries

Thursday 3/4, 9 AM to 5 PM, UB ALA will be holding our regular semester bake sale in the Baldy Lobby, but with an extra reason to stop by this Spring: 100% of the proceeds will donated to ALA’s Haiti Library Relief effort!

Like usual, every baked goodie bag will only cost $1.00. We’ll also have on sale books and totebags, if you still haven’t gotten yours. Or just stop by to chat with your UB ALA officers and fellow classmates!

If you love to bake, and want to help us out, we’re taking any and all baked good donations as well. Please wrap about a dollar’s worth of goodies in an individual package. Donations can be dropped off in the cataloging room (off the Baldy Lab in the basement) or at any time during the sale itself.

Anyone and everyone is welcome, so stop by, bring your friends, and let’s raise some money to help Haitian libraries get back on their feet!

Hope to see you all there!