LSTA FY2010-2012 Service Improvement Projects

with abstracts and contact information
approved through March 31, 2012

Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga
BOCES School
Library System

Technology for Learning

This School Library System will sponsor a series of training workshops with a variety of emerging technologies relevant to the K-12 learning environment as defined through a needs assessment survey, with topics on podcasting, screen casting, deep web, and cloud computing. Training will take place through an embedded coaching model where the tech trainer goes to the school library and works one-on-one with the media specialist as a mentor for the development of new technology skills and practices based on their localized curriculum.

Linda Fox (518) 464-5104
lfox@gw.neric.org

$10,940

Brooklyn
Public Library
(BPL)

Virtual Reference Enhancement Project

This project will increase the library’s capacity to meet the needs of Brooklyn residents for reference assistance via chat and email and telephone access. Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will augment reference services and enable the library to respond to more requests via email and chat and telephone access.  Virtual reference and user support training for BPL library staff will be scheduled throughout the system to allow more staff to participate in virtual chat and information support services in a virtual forum for reference, as well as other library services.

Richard Reyes-Gavilan (718) 230-2199
r.reyesgavilan@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

$70,800

Broome-Tioga BOCES School Library System

Credibility, Information, and Science: Integrating Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in the STEM Curriculum in Broome and Tioga Schools

Pairs of K-12 teachers and school media specialists will have the opportunity to work as teams with experts and coaches from Project Look Sharp! to increase teachers and media specialists collaboration on classroom projects and materials in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content areas that will ultimately allow students to develop the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce content through such formats as personal media, communication, and emerging technologies. This is a collaborated project among four BOCES School Library Systems (Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES, Broome Tioga BOCES, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES).

Kathryn C. Bertrand (607) 766-3730
kbertran@btboces.org

$10,940

Buffalo & Erie County
Public Library System

Web 2.0 Technologies: Educating Adults and Seniors

Obsolete mobile computer labs will be updated to provide state-of-the-art technology training venues throughout Erie County. A series of classes will be conducted to explain and promote the use of Web 2.0 technologies. The digital outreach classes will be heavily promoted for use with updated “CyberTrains” (mobile technology centers), and classes will also be conducted at B&ECPL libraries in their computer training centers.

Carol Ann Batt (716) 858-7191
battc@buffalolib.org

$34,800

Buffalo City School
Library System

Learning and Literacy: Buffalo City Schools

This School Library System will work in partnership with school districts to provide a themed project to enhance professional development for Library Media Specialists, focusing on empowering girls through reading, following the previous year’s emphasis on boys.  The project will also include a professional development workshop series with several other topics: the changing landscape of digital copyright, a program on reading for every child and a follow-up program on “Guys Read” with teacher and writer, John Scieska. The target audience is school media specialists, teachers, and administrators.

Kai D. Lewis (716) 816-3966
kdlewis@buffaloschools.org

$10,940

Capital District Library Council

CDLC Digital Collections: A Collaborative Digitization Project

The CDLC Digital Collections project will be expanded to add at least eight institutions to the twenty-one institutions who have already contributed digitized material. This project will result in improved knowledge about digitization among library staff in the capital region and increased public access to these institutions’ unique resources. Support for the addition of field training at member libraries is planned in order to provide more comprehensive digitization assistance and engage staff who could not attend training off-site.

Susan D’Entremont (518) 438-2500
susan@cdlc.org

$32,668

Cattaraugus- Allegany
BOCES School
Library System

Learning and Literacy: Cattaraugus & Allegany Counties

Building readers using new strategies for school-based author exploration has been a long-term priority of library media programs.  This project will continue to develop media specialist skills in promoting reading with girls, following a previous program focused on boys. Special demonstration programs will promote improved selection tools and reader participation strategies.  The target audience is school media specialists, teachers, and administrators. The project will also focus on a professional development workshop series on preserving copyright in a digital era.

Mary Ann Hebert (716) 376-8206
maryann_hebert@caboces.org

$10,940

Cayuga-Onondaga School Library System

Credibility, Information and Science: Integrating Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in the STEM Curriculum.

This collaboration seeks to develop strong relationships between media specialists and teachers in science, engineering, technology and math. The project will develop digital content to help students learn the benefit of research using authoritative sources and new technology formats.  In this project, 10 library media specialists (LMS) pair with 10 science teachers to create curricular projects. The two-year project will begin at the secondary level and at the elementary level. The projects will be mentored and shared for commentary and feedback through video conferences with participants.  Evaluations measuring student engagement, value of training on teaching practice, etc. will be conducted through pre- and post-project interviews. Students will develop the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and produce communication through formats such as personal media, communication, and emerging technologies. This is a collaborative project among four BOCES School Library Systems (Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES, Broome Tioga BOCES, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES).

Ann C. Voorhees (315) 253-0361 x5215
avoorhees@cayboces.org

$10,940

Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC)

Continuing Education and Training for Today’s Librarians

This Resources Council will implement a blended learning program for a diverse array of system member staff. Both on site and distance education strategies will be employed to reach the various user groups within the Council, including teaching and library staff at three regional cooperative education programs. For this group, teaching modules based on the digital repository maintained by this resource council, at CNYHeritage.org, will be demonstrated in workshops at their scheduled fall conferences to promote the cultural heritage and use of the repository. Additional classes using technology will be planned for library assistants. New workshops for medical library staff will be held in Year One along with a Gadget Fair and NOVELny training.

Nancy Howe (315) 446-5446
nhowe@clrc.org

$32,668

Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
(CCLS)

Trainer-in-a-Box

The purpose of this project is to teach the skills needed to upgrade websites with interactive Web 2.0 technologies and to use Microsoft Office software at a basic level or above. Member libraries will incorporate newly developed skills into the performance of their library-related job duties, and offer training for the public on a variety of new technology and computer topics.

Megan Disbro (716) 484-7135 x251
mdisbro@cclslib.org

$22,800

Clinton Essex Franklin Library System

Small Libraries Mean Business

Though an active partnership with the Small Business Development Center, libraries will expand reference collections and information services for small business owners, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and special populations seeking to establish or research opportunities for business growth. Library staff will receive training on the use of data and demographic statistics for use in assessing start-ups and small business opportunities.

Julie Wever (518) 563-5190 x18
wever@cefls.org

$22,800

Clinton-Essex-Herkimer
BOCES School
Library System

SEARCH for Success

This is a collaborative, multi-system project designed to simplify user access to resources in the OPALS (online open-source public access library system) catalog. Users will have a single user name and login access to all available system resources.  Through collaboration, the school library systems will leverage funding to create a new portal which will federate local and statewide searches of all resources including those in NOVELny. The project is also intended to provide reliable database usage statistics and more seamless searching which students will be able to utilize to improve their research results. Easy access to high quality online resources will make it more likely that school media specialists and teachers will use the new SEARCH module and instruct students to use authoritative databases available through the OPALS catalog in the information research process. Incorporating this SEARCH capability will provide the “one step inquiry” that is so important to today’s information seekers.

Jennifer Henry (518) 561-0100 x361
henry_jen@cves.org

$10,940

Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego (DCMO)
BOCES School Library System

21st Century Librarians & Learning: Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Counties

Many school media specialists expressed a concern for the need to learn what 21st century skills comprise the current trend in education and, more importantly, what they mean to their student end-users. Through a series of workshops and trainings over two years, the project will strive to enhance and remediate skill sets and their applicability to library instruction. Year One sessions will target Google Tools, copyright, e-readers, and the future role of library media staff in schools. All school media specialists and their support staff from member districts will be invited to participate in the trainings.

Charles O’Bryan (607) 335-1371
obryanc@dcmoboces.com

$10,940

Dutchess
BOCES School Library System

Building Leadership Among Library Media Specialists

Eight or more webinars will be presented throughout the school year, coordinated by Linworth Publishing, to help media specialists sustain a current knowledge of library resources. Topics will include reading selection alternatives and strategies using Graphic Novels, Intellectual freedom, Web 2.0 tools, technology projects, guided research practices and the opportunity to present research as information discovery to elementary students.

Rebecca Gerald (845) 486-4840 x3061
e-mail: Rebecca.gerald@dcboces.org

$10,940

Eastern Suffolk School
Library System

Taking It On the Road

The Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Library System covers a wide area with 242 schools and 180,000 students. Expanded on-site training to help teachers and library media specialist staff become more active users of the NOVELny resources and the Virtual Reference Collection are the key elements of this training initiative. A series of roving presentations will allow the trainer and/or school library system director to meet with district personnel in the 51 school districts spread throughout eastern Long Island.

Gail Barraco  (631) 286-0891
gbarraco@esboces.org

$10,940

Erie 1 BOCES School
Library System

Learning and Literacy: Cattaraugus & Allegany Counties

Building readers using new strategies for school-based author exploration has been a long-term priority of library media programs.  This project will continue to develop media specialist skills in promoting reading with girls, following a previous program focused on boys. Special demonstration programs will promote improved selection tools and reader participation strategies.  The target audience is school library media specialists, teachers, and administrators. The project will also focus on a professional development workshop series on preserving copyright in a digital era. Collaboration among the School Library Systems will help create a regional platform for participants working with School Library Systems Plans of Service in recognition of many parallel national and statewide standards.

Carol Tauriello (716) 821-7070
ctauriello@e1b.org

 $10,940

Erie 2-Chautaugua-Cattaraugus BOCES School Library System

Learning and Literacy: Erie 2 BOCES

Building readers using new strategies for school-based author exploration has been a long-term priority of library media programs. This project will continue to develop media specialist skills in promoting reading with girls, following a previous program focused on boys. Special demonstration programs will promote improved selection tools and reader participation strategies. The target audience is school library media specialists, teachers, and administrators. The project will also focus on a professional development workshop series on preserving copyright in a digital era. Collaboration among the School Library Systems will help create a regional platform for participants working with School Library Systems Plans of Service in recognition of many parallel national and statewide standards.

Susan M. Bartle (716) 672-4371 x2022
sbartle@e2ccb.org

 

$10,940

Finger Lakes Library System

Training Wheels - Taking Learning on the Road

This project consists of two critical components: advancing the technology skills of library staff and providing mobile workshops as library system outreach to member libraries. Expected results include training on patron privacy; tools needed to keep abreast of practical Web research methods, enhancing libraries technology capabilities to meet user information needs, and continuing efforts to increase the knowledge and skills of member library staff in working with new library technologies for the purpose of greater patron interaction with staff.

Jan Aguirre (607) 273-4074 x236
jaguirre@flls.org

$22,800

Four County Library System

Training for Technologies of the 21st Century

This project encompasses a two-year educational program for library directors, staff, and trustees. Through training, library staff will develop their knowledge and use of recently developed technologies and software which impact libraries, especially services reflecting user interest and demand. Through a coordinated series of formal workshops, classroom offerings, product demonstrations, and individual learning activities, the instructional activities will provide library staff and leaders with a knowledge of and familiarity with a variety of new products and services.

David Karre (607) 723- 8236 x301
dkarre@4cls.org

$22,800

Franklin Essex School
Library System

SEARCH for Success: Franklin Essex School Library System

This project is part of a collaborative, multi-system effort to build a new search module for the OPALS (online open-source public access library system) among member libraries. The school library systems will leverage funding to create a new portal which will federate local and statewide searches of all resources including those in NOVELny. This has been coined as “one-stop shopping” to help successful navigation of many database resources simultaneously. The project is also intended to provide reliable database usage statistics and more seamless searching which students will be able to use to improve their research results.

Donna M. Hanus (518) 483-1697
dhanus@mail.fehb.org

$10,940

Genesee Valley BOCES School
Library System

School Librarians as Instructional Leaders

This project underscores the need to use assessment data to carve out new learning content in the school library program and to provide data-determined library instruction to support student achievement. Helping school library media specialists recognize their role in engaging students and improving student and school performance extends the school library leadership role. Building on the value of computing and instructional technology as target performance indicators highlights the value of school media specialists in the school community. An institute for teachers and school media specialists will be the capstone for Year One activities in the grant.  Other activities will include presentations on DataMentor, collaboration in instructional design, and designing measures of school library effectiveness.

Christopher Harris (585) 344-7942
cgharris@gvboces.org

$10,940

Jefferson-Lewis School
Library System

Search for Success:  Jefferson–Lewis County

This project is part of a collaborative, multi-system effort to build a new search module for the OPALS (online open-source public access library system) among member libraries. The school library systems will leverage funding to create a new portal which will federate local and statewide searches of all resources including those in NOVELny.  This has been coined as “one-stop shopping” to help successful navigation of many database resources simultaneously. The project is also intended to provide reliable database usage statistics and more seamless searching which students will be able to use to improve their research results.

April L.R. Bliss (315) 377-7350
abliss@boces.com

$10,940

Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC)

Long Island Memories: The Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC) Regional Digitization Program

Several Long Island information repositories, including those at historical societies, libraries, museums, and newspapers, will continue to expand the digitization of visual and oral records of Long Island, effectively building a digital collaborative. The Long Island Memories project will help provide improved patron access to Long Island’s varied history, culture, government, and its growth through commerce and industry. A variety of textual, graphic, and digital audio formats will be supported.  LILRC will provide training workshops to develop the skill of librarians and those working with historical materials to participate in the process of digitization for collections.

Virginia Antonucci-Gibbons (631) 675-1570 x204
vantonuc@lilrc.org

$42,430

Madison-Oneida School
Library System

Search for Success

This project is part of a collaborative, multi-system effort to build a new search module for the OPALS (online open-source public access library system) among member libraries. The school library systems will leverage funding to create a new portal which will federate local and statewide searches of all resources including those in NOVELny.  This has been coined as “one-stop shopping” to help successful navigation of many database resources simultaneously. The project is also intended to provide reliable database usage statistics and more seamless searching which students will be able to use to improve their research results.

Diana Wendell (315) 361-5661
dwendell@moboces.org

$10,940

Metropolitan
New York
Library Council
(METRO)

Education and Access: Engaging Technologies to Improve Library Services

This project includes a three-tiered approach toward helping libraries and librarians use traditional and emerging technologies to manage the challenges inherent in a rapidly changing technological landscape. The first tier, “Do It Yourself,” is based on the 23 Things Project, a self-directed online educational opportunity focusing on information technology and programming skills. The second tier uses LibGuides, a software platform, to provide centralized access to research, case studies, and best practices in traditional and emerging areas of librarianship. The third tier promotes access to educational and research information resources through a cooperative digitization initiative with the Internet Archive. Building new virtual library services and user education are two prominent outcomes this initiative hopes to achieve.

Dottie Hiebing (212) 228-2320
dhiebing@metro.org

$48,894

Mid-Hudson Library System

Building Your Base Online

This project will work to create a baseline understanding among member libraries on the effective use of Web 2.0 technologies to “grow” online communications with the public. Building Your Base Online will build on the lessons learned through the previous Building Your Base grant programs while  incorporating social networking to maximize libraries effectiveness in reaching out to their community and help library administrators integrate these techniques into their overall plan of service.

Merribeth Advocate (845) 471-6060 x254
madvocate@midhudson.org

 

$34,800

Mid-York
Library System

Success with Social Networking

The purpose of this project is to inspire, encourage and train library staff to use social networking and text messaging in order to engage library users and potential users, especially teens and young adults, ages 15-29. The intended results are to increase the use of social networking by libraries and to promote library services, especially NOVELny databases, a test preparation database, and library events.

Wanda Bruchis (315) 735-8328
wbruchis@midyork.org

$22,800

Mohawk Valley Library System

Taking the A Train: Meeting 21st Century Library Needs

The Mohawk Valley Library System will provide professional development opportunities for member library staff, trustees, and volunteers to explore, learn, and experience innovative developments in information technology and library services. By developing their skill levels, participants will be as technologically adept as many of their patrons and develop the expertise to deliver enhanced services through a variety of media both in and outside of the library.

Sue Rokos (518) 355-2010 x226
srokos@mvls.info

$22,800

Monroe 1 School Library System

School Librarians as Instructional Leaders

In conjunction with Monroe 2 School Library System, this project will engage teachers and librarians in assessing the needs of students and developing library instruction to support improved performance outcomes for students.  Library media and school personnel will attend a training institute, presentations on data driven curriculum efforts in instructional design and programs on assessment practices for library media instructional effectiveness.

Glen Huot (585) 383-6622
glen_huot@boces.monroe.edu

$10,940

Monroe 2-Orleans
BOCES School Library System

Instructional Leadership School Librarians Developing SMART (Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) Goals

School media specialists will learn about instructional design, effective pedagogy, assessment and data driven collaboration. The experience and knowledge gained from the project’s regional staff development programs will improve librarian/teacher partnerships with the ultimate goal of improving students learning outcomes. Through data analysis and assessments, school media specialists will become aware of the achievement trends within their district and will be able to identify learning gaps within their building.

Joan A. Brown (585) 349-9099
jbrown@monroe2boces.org

$10,940

Nassau
Library System

Career Connections

Nassau Library System will establish job clubs in four member libraries. The clubs, which will be facilitated by professional career counselors, will provide critical support, guidance, and job search skills for job seekers throughout Nassau County in the familiar setting of the public library. The development of more focused career support for the unemployed and many special populations in Nassau County libraries supports active partnerships with area-based Department of Labor “One Stop” centers and private sector employers.

Elizabeth Olesh, (516) 292-8920 x237
elizabeth@nassaulibrary.info

$46,600

Nassau
(BOCES) School Library System

Navigating Internet Safety @ Your Library

Recognizing the need for a curriculum focusing on ethical use of computing, school media specialists will participate in a series of workshops to better understand the responsibility of schools in providing access to web-based resources for instruction. The basis for the curriculum will be the New York State Model Schools Internet Course, supplemented by guidelines from the American Association of School Librarians and the Standards for 21st Century learners. In Year One, seven workshops designed to integrate the safe use of resources in curriculum are scheduled for school media specialists throughout the service area. The school library system web site will promote the resources and workshops created for this program.  Materials purchased for school media specialists will include the resource Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World.  First year evaluation surveys will allow the curriculum and workshops to be revised in anticipation of Year Two professional development activities.

 

$10,940

New York City School
Library System

NYC Digital Citizenship Program

In the first year of this two-year project, a team of six school library media specialists and school library coordinators will develop a digital citizenship curriculum and model lessons for use with all student populations, including 1.1 million students living in poverty without the benefit of computers or connectivity in the home. The project will help students and school media specialists use digital resources constructively and creatively within the classroom to help students navigate in a global digital culture and to contribute to this environment in a responsible way as digital citizens. In Year Two, the curriculum will be assessed and refined for distribution to all school media center staff in conjunction with technology tools for digital content creation.

Barbara Stripling (212) 374-2524
bstripling@schools.nyc.gov

$42,400

NY Metro Ref. Res. Council

Listed under Metropolitan New York Library Council

 

New York
Public Library (NYPL)

Becoming an Age-Friendly Library: Enhancing Technology Services to Older Adults

A partnership project with a city initiative- “A City for All Ages” – and a NY Academy of Medicine project entitled “Age-Friendly New York City” will build digital literacy and outreach services. NYPL Technology Services will offer “hi-touch” hands-on training throughout the city to help older patrons use new virtual services.

The project will design web access and guides for older adults on the NYPL website for reserves, renewals and computer appointments.  There will be eight ten-week courses in each year of this two-year project for patrons in which materials and texts purchased through the grant will be given to the participants. Additional half-day workshops will include skills workshops on health and well-being, Internet safety and workforce skills. Several technology-related lectures will be presented to librarians and older adults at 11 locations to make them more comfortable with digital environments, social networking, computer selection and purchase.

Brigid Cahalan  (212) 930-0674
bcahalan@nypl.org

 

$70,800

Nioga
Library System

Technology Training

This project will use a technology trainer to provide system- wide training for member library professionals and trustees to learn the process of developing and maintaining a web presence. Some 200 staff, directors and trustees are targeted for training. An emphasis on using interactive tools with patrons and for internal communication, such as Virtual Reference via chat, will help advance the technology skills and communication outreach for this largely rural group of member libraries.

Lisa Erikson  ( 716) 434-6167
leric@nioga.org

$22,800

North Country Library System

Professional Development Courses

This training initiative plans to increase staff knowledge of digital technologies in the face of constantly evolving technology environment and the demands of 21st Century library patrons. Training on computer operations, networking, authentication, wireless systems, and the adept use of computer peripherals and software applications, including hands-on workshops, will enable librarians to acquire the skills needed to support patron demands. Additional classes for serving the public on genealogy will promote the use of subscription resources and satisfy the need for greater access to ancestry research resources.

Amy Starr Degnan (315) 782-5540
adegnan@ncls.org

$22,800

Northern
New York
Library Network

Newspaper Digitization Project 2

This project plans to continue the development of a digital archive for historical newspapers from northern New York cultural repositories. The Northern New York Library Network’s Historical Newspapers digitization project has enhanced the opportunity for global access to a select and rare set of newspaper resources.  The project will enhance the scope and utility of the newspaper project, improve the research and learning experience of the users of this resource, and permit the library network to respond to requests by users for more digitized newspapers. An ongoing emphasis on the importance of collaborative planning function for digitization projects will help sustain this ongoing digitization initiative.

Bridget Doyle (315) 265-1119
doyle@nnyln.org

$32,668

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison School Library System

Search for Success: Oneida-Herkimer

This project is part of a collaborative, multi-system effort to build a new search module for the OPALS (online open-source public access library system) among member libraries. The school library systems will leverage funding to create a new portal which will federate local and statewide searches of all resources including those in NOVELny.  This has been coined as “one-stop shopping” to help successful navigation of many database resources simultaneously. The project is also intended to provide reliable database usage statistics and more seamless searching which students will be able to use to improve their research results.

Pat Skelly (315) 349-9099
pskelly@oneida-boces.org

$10,940

Onondaga- Cortland- Madison School Library System

School Library System Portal to Web 2.0 Services

This project plans to create a more interactive website that serves as a model for the area on user collaboration. Enhancing the system website to incorporate information broadcasting is planned. As envisioned, the site will become a portal for professional development activities such as online learning webinars, chat and greater regional use of calendaring tools which will serve 64,000 students and 395 school library media specialists and teachers.

Judi Dzikowski  (315) 433-2665
jdzikowski@ocmboces.org

$10,940

Onondaga County
Public Library (OCPL)

Website Enhancement Initiative

Several new virtual library services are planned in this system-wide project to provide better access to library resources. Four libraries still lacking websites will be targeted for training and the development of a web presence. A consulting web developer and trainer will work with member library staff on the best practice for website content management. Additionally, the system will procure online talking picture books (TumbleBookLiibrary) and integrate new reader advisory resources through BookLetters–-a software application, to further engage patrons in new virtual library services.

Kathryn Whitney (315) 435-1897
kwhitney@onlib.org

$34,800

Orange-Ulster School
Library System

Building Leadership Among School Library Media Specialists

The Library System will offer a series of eight to ten professional development opportunities as webinars to provide staff with up-to-date strategies for working with special populations and those with limited literacy skills. Topics will include guided inquiry, building readers using collections, and teaching and learning in a digital world.

Lynn Miller (845) 781-4360
lmiller@ouboces.org

$10,940

Orleans-Niagara BOCES School Library System

Learning and Literacy: Orleans/Niagara

Building readers using new strategies and school-based author exploration has been a long-term priority of library media programs.  This project will continue to develop media specialist skills in promoting reading with girls, following a previous program focused on boys. Special demonstration programs will promote improved selection tools and reader participation strategies.  The target audience includes training for school librarians, teachers, and administrators. The project includes a professional development workshop series on preserving copyright in a digital era, Intellectual freedom and other topics.  Collaboration among regional School Library Systems has made this collaborative initiative possible.

Molly Thomson (716) 731-4176 x3750
molly@onboces.org

$10,940

Oswego County BOCES School Library System

SEARCH for Success: Oswego Board of Cooperative Educational Services

This project is part of a collaborative, multi-system effort to build a new search module for the OPALS (online open-source public access library system) among member libraries. The school library systems will leverage funding to create a new portal which will federate local and statewide searches of all resources including those in NOVELny.  This has been coined as “one-stop shopping” to help successful navigation of many database resources simultaneously. The project is also intended to provide reliable database usage statistics and more seamless searching which students will be able to use to improve their research results.

Marla Yudin, (315) 963-4363
myudin@oswegoboces.org

$10,940

Otsego-Northern Catskills
BOCES School
Library System

Credibility, Information, and Science: Integrating Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in the STEM Curriculum

K-12 teachers and school media specialist teams will engage in a two-year project to integrate the content areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with media literacy and digital resources. Students will develop the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce communication through formats such as personal media, communication, and emerging technologies. This is a collaborative project among four BOCES School Library Systems (Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES, Broome-Tioga BOCES, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES).

Suzanne Feldberg (607) 652-2091
sfeldberg@mail.oncboces.org

$10,940

Pioneer
Library System

Empowering Patrons with Evergreen

The Pioneer Library System will migrate to an open source Integrated Library System platform, entitled Evergreen. This conversion will enable system members to prioritize loan requests for member institutions and patrons, while still allowing out-of-system requests to be filled. Additional Readers’ Advisory tools will become fully functional within the catalog to support comments by users on new titles or collections.

Kimberly Iraci (585) 394-8260
kiraci@pls-net.org

$22,800

Putnam/Northern Westchester
School
Library System

Click, Create and Collaborate: North

This project places the school media specialist in a leadership position – supporting teachers and students as they learn the new 21st century tools for information literacy. Offered as competitive mini-grants, twenty school medial specialists from each library system will form a learning community of teams and participate in two full-day workshops focusing on the use Web 2.0 tools to support teaching and learning. Teams will collaborate via webcam on Skype and on Ning; a social networking site, to create videos with students using a flip camera. A website consultant will support teachers and students in the use of new technologies and design and maintain a content repository, a wiki, and other digital resources created for this project.  After- school collaborative tutorial sessions online and onsite will support student and teacher learning.

John P. Monahan (914) 248-2392
jmonahan@pnwboces.org

$10,940

Queens Borough Public Library

Public Library Administration and Management Program

This advanced certificate training program for selected Queens’ librarians partners with the Palmer School of Library and Information Management at Long Island University to better prepare library staff for managing facilities, staff targeting services for special diverse populations. Ten libraries will receive support through the training program and subsequently report the impact of the training on library services and library patrons.

Maureen O’Connor (718) 990-0796
Maureen.O’Connor @queenslibrary.org

$70,800

Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)

"New" Guides to Premium Resources

A software tool - Community Guides - will be purchased to develop improved use and access to NOVELny and other database resources for member library staff and patrons. By creating subject-specific resource guides, on the web and also in print, patrons and staff will have a comprehensive user resource at their fingertips. Training will be provided to libraries on the value of this resource in support of NOVELny and for use in outreach to new user populations.

Robert Hubsher  (845) 343-1131
rhubsher@rcls.org

$34,800

Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC)

Libraries Exploring New Ideas and Technologies

The priority of continuing education for staff has generated a training schedule with diverse speakers and activities, ranging from digitization training to a children’s literature symposium. The variety of training will suit the mixed composition of the member libraries and satisfy the professional development needs created by turnover and the increasing dependence on changing library services.  Several workshop sessions that afford hands-on experimentation with new technology tools will enable staff to answer research questions on databases, e-readers, social networking tools, and resource-sharing.

Deborah Emerson  (585) 223-7570
demerson@rrlc.org

$32,668

St. Lawrence- Lewis BOCES School Library System

SEARCH for Success: St. Lawrence-Lewis County Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

This project is part of a collaborative, multi-system effort to build a new search module for the OPALS (online open-source public access library system) among member libraries. The school library systems will leverage funding to create a new portal which will federate local and statewide searches of all resources including those in NOVELny for  “one-stop shopping” to improve the inquiry/search process. The project is also intended to provide reliable database usage statistics and more seamless searching which students will be able to use to facilitate the use of authoritative tools for better research results.

Allison S. Wheeler (315) 353-6684
awheeler@sllboces.org

 

$10,940

Schuyler-Steuben Chemung-Tioga- Allegany School Library System

Read Away with Playaways

Creating equal access to digital resources for all member libraries comprised the governing idea for this technology-based project. As new digital resources have been developed, school media centers’ utilization hinged on having the appropriate equipment to take advantage of changing technologies. Through school library media staff training and improved deployment of technology resources, school media specialists will be able to provide greater access to the digital audio books in the system’s collection. These tools are especially promising for guided reading instruction, review and support for differentiated instruction with different types of students.

Stephanie Wilson (607) 739-3581
swilson@gstboces.org

$10,940

South Central Regional Library Council

21St Century Libraries/Library Systems –Plan! Innovate! Transform!

This training program will constitute an effort to provide greater access to professional development across a wide range of training interests and needs. The training will include opportunities to explore Second Life as a device for remote collaboration. Demonstration programs supporting the use of the Tools of History digital collaborative and the adoption of e-readers are planned. A one-day conference on social media with a noted author, and additional programs on reference services using text messaging are also planned.

Nora Hardy  and Mary Carol Lindbloom (607) 237-9106
Nhardy@scrlc.org and mclindbloom@scrlc.org

$32,668

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council

Special Library Catalogs and Integrated Library System  Project

In this two-year project, libraries will migrate existing library catalogs to an open source integrated library system. The conversion will provide special libraries with an online public access catalog with networked circulation, serial, and acquisitions data modules. Training and implementation will take place in Year One with additional conversion and system enhancements in Year Two. Assessments will include patron feedback and usage statistics.

Tessa Killian (845) 883-9065 x14
killian@senylrc.org

$32,668

Southern Adirondack Library System

Continuing Education for Library Managers

Extending library services to new and diverse populations through community partnerships in recognition of changing service area demographics constitute the starting point for this grant initiative. Additional staff training on homeless, battered, indigent, and other populations will help libraries to provide needed library services to these diverse groups. Member libraries will use census demographics to identify the special populations in their service areas.

Jill Ryder 518-584-7300 x216
jryder@sals.edu

$22,800

Southern Tier Library System

Innovation Libraries

This project will explore ways to sustain a library community through online programming and technology. A consultant will be retained to work on innovation with member libraries and patrons. Related training will be coordinated by a project liaison and supported by extensive development of new web resources in conjunction with community partners and events. The initiative also plans to evaluate technology needs and provide training for library staff and community residents.

Ristiina Wigg (607) 962-3141
wiggr@stls.org

$22,800

Southern Westchester School
Library System

Click, Create and Collaborate South

This project places the school media specialist in a leadership position – supporting teachers and students as they learn the new 21st century tools for information literacy. Offered as competitive mini-grants, twenty school media specialists from each library system will form a learning community of teams; participate in two full-day workshops to learn how to use Web 2.0 tools to support teaching and learning. Teams will collaborate via webcam on Skype and on Ning; a social networking site, to create videos with students using a flip camera. A website consultant to support the use of new technologies will design and maintain a content repository, a wiki, and other digital resources created in this project.  After- school collaborative tutorial sessions online and onsite will support student and teacher learning.

Pam Berger (914) 345-8500
pberger@swboces.org

$10,940

Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Improving Library Service Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Suffolk County’s many libraries and changing rural character have created a need for continuous assessment of the source data to determine each member library’s chartered service area. The project will use an outside consultant to provide up-to-date and detailed mapping using a geographic information system to determine the boundaries of library service areas, as well as areas unserved by library charters. Map data available from Google will be used as the interface for Suffolk residents seeking library cards and information on their libraries.

Diane Eidelman (631) 286-1600
diane@suffolknet.org

$46,600

Sullivan
(BOCES) School Library System

Building Leadership Among School Library Media Specialists

Following a needs assessment and low enrollment in onsite professional development programs, this school library system has chosen to redirect professional development to online technology sources via webinars. In each year of the two-year project, eight to ten webinars will be offered on a variety of topics selected after polling library media specialists about their training needs.  Webinar resources and coordinating print materials from Linworth Publishing to support the online instruction will be distributed to participants. Extended access to webinars for viewing will be followed up by online forums and evaluations of the series.

Lynn Miller (845) 292-0246
lmiller@scboces.org

$10,940

Syracuse City School
Library System

Inquiry in the School Library Leads to Instructional Rigor and Relevance

Following an assessment of professional development needs, a curriculum committee developed a pilot project for technology integration in the social studies curriculum. A consulting librarian plans to facilitate two professional days for elementary and secondary faculty and school media specialists, working together to create a team-based inquiry learning project for students. The resulting lesson plans will be distributed to faculty and posted on the Syracuse City School Library Website portal. Outcomes for this project will be measured by a self-assessment evaluation and other qualitative data.

Patricia C. Vilello  (315) 435-4218
pvilello@scsd.us

$10,940

Ulster School Library System

Building Leadership Among School Media Specialists

Following a needs assessment and low enrollment in past year professional development programs, this school library system has chosen to redirect its continuing education programs to online sources via webinars. In each year of the two-year project, 8-10 webinars will be offered on a variety of topics selected after polling library media specialists about their training needs.  Webinar resources and coordinating print materials from Linworth Publishing to support the online instruction will be distributed to participants. Extended access to webinars for viewing will be followed-up by online forums and evaluations of the series.

Danielle Yoemans (845) 255-1402
dyeomans@ulsterboces.org

$10,940

Upper Hudson Library System

Tell Me About It: An Intergenerational Digital Storytelling Project

Ten member libraries within the library system plan to use podcasting technology to create an intergenerational project serving seniors and teens. The project will develop oral histories to provide a rich resource, allowing older adults to “fulfill” their role as community historians and to allow youth to use podcasting as a self-realization and awareness tool to help bridge an understanding with other age groups. Library staff will also receive training in the development of podcasts. In Year 2 additional formats and showcases for the stories and podcasts will be developed.

Jo-Ann Benedetti (518) 437-9880 x225
Jo-ann@uhls.lib.ny.us

$34,800

Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES School Library System

Credibility, Information and Science: Integrating Thinking and Media Literacy into a STEM Curriculum

Engaged learning using digital tools is a priority in this grant project, along with building stronger relationships between school media specialists and teachers in science, engineering and technology, to forge collaborative student lesson plans using digital technologies and e-resources from authoritative sources. Consultant trainers from Project Look Sharp will serve as coaches for ten paired sets of library media specialists and   science teachers to create curricular projects. The first-year content development will be at the secondary level, followed by second-year work with elementary level teachers and school library media specialists. The project supports media literacy and critical thinking standards which address the ability to analyze, access, evaluate and produce content-based communication and learning through formats such as personal media, e-communication vehicles, and emerging technologies.  The projects will be mentored and shared for commentary and feedback through video conferences with participants.  Evaluations measuring student engagement, value of training on teaching practice, etc. will be conducted based on pre- and post-project interviews.

Jane O’Brien (607) 257-1551
jobrien@tstboces.org

$10,940

Washington- Saratoga-Warren-  Hamilton-Essex School
Library System (WSWSHE BOCES)

Information Infusion for 21st Century Students

Forty-five school library media specialists will be involved in collaborative lesson planning to engage students in projects using emerging technologies and content creation. Two consultants will work at schools to help embed technology skills in new learning projects and to build higher learning discriminations using new forms of media to build student and teacher competencies in using these communication tools. Projects using e-books and NOVELny data resources will help sustain users’ knowledge of these types of e-resources, while adding new technology applications in screencasting, the deep web, and cloud computing. Opportunities for students and teachers to explore these alternate technology and networking tools as communication and data-sharing vehicles have been designed to address the e-literacy and technology mandates in development at state and national levels.

Paige Jaeger (518) 581-3704
pjaeger@wswheboces.org

$10,940

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES School
Library System

School Librarians as Instructional Leaders

The goal of this grant is to improve the instructional skills of school media specialists within the member libraries. School media specialists will learn about instructional design, effective pedagogy, assessment, and data driven collaboration. The experience and knowledge gained from the project’s regional staff development programs will improve school media specialist/teacher partnerships with the ultimate goal of improving student learning outcomes.

Judy Marsh (315) 332-2100
jmarsh@wflboces.org

$10,940

Westchester Library System (WLS)

GED (General Equivalency Degree) Connect

This library system has identified a need to build a literacy skills program for students seeking a high school equivalency diploma. Services for special adult populations lacking reading skills and English proficiency will be developed through the library system for use in all member libraries. A GED webportal will help students locate the resources and support needed to complete their GED. The project will be developed with the assistance of a consultant and library system staff and evaluated via survey by the community partners who refer students/learners to the site.

Robin Osborne (914) 231-3237
rosborne@wlsmail.org

$34,800

Western New York Library Resources Council

Ensuring A Digital Future: Preserving WNY Legacy’s Usability

The primary goal over the course of the two-year grant is to secure the future of Western New York Legacy by developing safeguards for existing and future digital content. The first objective is to develop a system to back up, store, and organize the primary WNY Legacy data. The second objective is to enhance the region’s understanding of digital preservation practices and also determine whether the proposed system has potential to become a preservation repository.

Laura Osterhout (716) 633-0705 x116
losterhout@wnylrc.org

$32,668

Yonkers City School
Library System

NOVEL and Virtual Reference Training

The school libraries of Yonkers are fortunate to have many district and state-supported virtual tools to promote student scholarship. Among these, the constant is NOVELny, which contains a wide-base of subscription database resources. Librarians in the district have requested the continuation of training on virtual resources as a means of maintaining their ability to help students navigate the varied interfaces these tools present. Monthly after-school workshops have been planned to address these needs. 

Dr. Nancy Keating (914) 376-8181
libserv@westnet.org

$10,940

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