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June 28, 2019

Headquarters News

Janice Dekoff, Executive Director

Koha Upgrade this Saturday, June 29th!

Reminder that we are being upgraded to Koha version 18.11 this Saturday, June 29th after 9pm.
Some new features that we will be getting with this upgrade include:
  • Addition of last viewed patron button
  • Pending checkout notes will display on the home page
  • Addition of email receipts for account payments and account writeoffs
  • Addition of payment types (e.g. Cash, Check, Credit Card)
  • And more!!
After the upgrade, remember to clear your browser cache on each computer that you use the staff client on.
How to clear the cache in Firefox
How to clear the cache in Google Chrome

NYS Library Construction Aid
Are you considering applying for NYS construction aid this year?  Reach out to Jan now to discuss your project and schedule a site visit.  Libraries will be given the chance to present projects to the CCLS Board for consideration on July 27.  You must have a site visit before July 27, schedule one now!

Member Library News
New Programs at the James Prendergast Library

Sensory play in the Makerspace – starting June 24, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:30 we’ll be running sensory play in the Makerspace, with STEAM-themed play for ages approximately 6 and under, and their caregivers. This program will run during Summer Reading, ending August 16. Our year-round storytimes continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30.  
Nature program with Roger Tory Peterson Institute – starting June 25, on Tuesdays at 2:00 the library will host a nature-themed storyhour and nature walk, run by staff from the Institute. This always popular program is open to all ages!

Friday, June 28                     10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, June 29                10 am – 2 pm
Monday, July 1                     10 am – 7 pm
Tuesday, July 2                     10 am – 7 pm
Wednesday, July 3                10 am – 8 pm
Friday, July 5                        10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, July 6 (Bag Sale) 10 am – 2 pm
Adult and Children’s Books, Movies, Magazine, Puzzles and More
System Staff News

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and the First Steps on the Moon – July 20, 1969
  1. Create an event to watch the live webcast of the anniversary.  This live webcast is brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program.
Webcast Information
Date/Time: July 15, 2019 | 4:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST
Webcast URL:
  1. Share the STEM Activities available at this link - (scroll to the bottom) - Moon Mythbusters - Penny Moon investigation - Earth’s Bright Neighbor - How Far is the Moon – and more.  Plus a Marvel Moon comic book.
  2. Find more STEM activities at the Universe of Stories STEM Activity Clearinghouse -
                                          A Summer Event for kids and adults alike!

Summer Reading Elevator Speech
Memorial day is around the corner, and for those of us who work in children’s services at public libraries, this means Summer Reading. Traditionally, summer is a time we encourage children to read (often for prizes),  help children meet their page-total goals, and ramp up our child-centered program offerings. It’s one of the most fun, exhausting, and rewarding times of the year to be in this field. Because of this focus in children, it’s also an excellent time to advocate for services to children and their families. We have a myriad of positive stories to share, as discussed in a blog post from last summer, and often a willing and eager audience in the many families that visit our libraries.

Sharing our stories is vital.  It is even more vital in light of the 2018 OCLC report From Awareness to Funding.  

According to the report,  the belief that “libraries just aren’t as important in kids’ lives as they once were” has risen from 24% of respondents in 2008 to 36% of respondents in 2018.  In the same vein, those who see the library as “an excellent resource for kids to get help with homework” has fallen from 71% in 2008 to 51% in 2018.

The rise in the perception of the library’s irrelevance to children’s lives is startling.  We are still providing the essential services we were a decade ago, and expanding our offerings and partnerships all the time.

In my library, and libraries across the country, we don’t simply offer readers advisory and prizes during the summer. We have free snacks and lunches, free tutoring, and free camps on top of our more traditional programming. These initiatives provide children most in need access to services traditionally filled by schools when those schools close for break.  We are meeting a vital need in the community. Feeding children who would go hungry is not irrelevant or unimportant. It is quite the opposite.

We know our services are just as vital as they ever were. So how do we lower that 36%?   One ways is through summer advocacy.

Before you dust of your trusty Summer Reading elevator pitch, be sure to look at the breadth of services you offer and the positive outcomes those services have for children. Summer is not simply about books and reading goals.

Everyday Advocacy has a great formula for an elevator speech. You can find it here.  

“I help [target audience] [verb phrase] at the library so that [proven, expected positive outcome for target audience.]”

When someone at the grocery, park, or community council meeting asks “what do you do,” don’t just say “I’m a children’s librarian.” Talk about some of the amazing programs and services you will be offering your youngest patrons this summer. Try “I help children get a nutritious meal in order to combat childhood hunger and thus lessen the summer achievement gap.”  Practice your elevator speech. Summer will be here before you know it, and, if your library is anything like mine, you won’t have a shortage of fantastic initiatives about which to speak.

Bridgid Gallagher-Sauter, Advocacy and Legislation Committee

Valle’s idea – “I help children stay engaged with reading and learning during the summer to help prevent the ‘summer slide’ – losing some of what they learned in school last year.”


June 29: 9pm KOHA UPGRADE

July 16: 
Library Day at Chautauqua Institution: LIBRARY PERSONNEL, TRUSTEES and VOLUNTEERS may obtain a free Library Day Pass (good from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and complimentary Main Lot Parking on Library Day.

Friday, July 19 State University of New York at Fredonia
 Identifying the materials in archival collections and understanding how to prioritize preservation is an integral part of collections care and management. Audiovisual materials can present particularly challenging issues and require specialized skills for appropriate care. This workshop will address the different types of audio, video, and film media most frequently found in collections, discuss each format’s associated preservation risks, and introduce methods of prioritization. In addition, the steps that drive a successful audiovisual digitization project from start to finish will be outlined and discussed. Hands-on activities will give participants the chance to use what they have learned, and will provide opportunities for discussion of real-life challenges faced by those responsible for the stewardship of audiovisual materials.
Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics
Presenters: Anastasia Matijkiw, Program Manager, DHPSNY
Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY
Times: Registration: 9:15 am – 9:30 am; Program: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
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Valle Blair, Youth Services,  Delivery, Interim Outreach Coordinator x230 
Wendy Crawford, Processing and ILL x250
Janice Dekoff, Executive Director x 228
Megan Disbro, Digital Services x251
Kathy Gustafson, Business Office x254
Carolyn Hughesman, ILS Specialist x259
Mike Jones, IT Manager x257
Chris Spink, Technical Services Supervisor x248
Jackie VanOrd, Tech Services and Deposits x250

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