Upcoming Events

E.g., 01/22/2020
E.g., 01/22/2020
Event Description Date Time Location
Annual Report - Open Lab

Have you ever wished that you could get an immediate answer to a question while you were working on your annual report?  Well, now you can!  Work on your library's annual report during the open lab and get hands-on assistance and answers to your annual report questions.

01/22/2020 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Oswego Public Library
Annual Report - Open Lab

Have you ever wished that you could get an immediate answer to a question while you were working on your annual report?  Well, now you can!  Work on your library's annual report during the open lab and get hands-on assistance and answers to your annual report questions.

01/23/2020 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Lowville Free Library
Human Resources 101

This class is designed to help employees new to the human resources field.  Topics include NYS and Federal labor law review, the employee life cycle from recruitment to legal termination, social media guidelines, compensation, benefits and more.  Instructor Lisa McCarty is the HR Director at River Hospital in Alexandria Bay and an adjunct instructor at Jefferson County Community College in their Human Resource Certification Program.

01/24/2020 9:00 am to 1:00 pm North Country Library System
Annual Report - Open Lab

Have you ever wished that you could get an immediate answer to a question while you were working on your annual report?  Well, now you can!  Work on your library's annual report during the open lab and get hands-on assistance and answers to your annual report questions.

01/28/2020 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
Primer on Legislative Visits - WEBINAR through Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN)

In preparation for Library Advocacy Day, the Primer on Legislative Visits Webinar will outline the legislative players and process, explain why contact with legislators is important, and share how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up on legislative visits.

Learning Outcomes:

    * Gain knowledge on how an idea can become a law and who is involved.

    * Know how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up on legislative visits.

    * Understand the importance of participation in the legislative process for libraries in NYS, other organizations, and daily life.

Presenter: Jery Y. Huntley

This is a free event, however, registration is required.  For a full description and to register, click here.

Note: This event is through the Northern New York Library Network.

01/30/2020 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm NNYLN (Northern New York Library Network)
Patron Notifications on Overdue Items [Webinar]

This webinar will: 

     *show staff where to go to see if and when notices have been mailed to patrons on overdue items  

     *show patrons that they can go to their account and see which items are up for renewal or overdue. 

Make sure to log in 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to start.  If you have any questions please contact me.  

You can join the webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking on the link below on October 15th.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/494319829

If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted to the NCLS website for viewing at a later date. 

02/11/2020 9:30 am to 12:30 pm North Country Library System
Digital Census Preparation Training

These sessions are for libraries who have decided to be part of the community-wide effort to ensure a complete count during Census 2020.  This training explores ways to provide digital and non-digital pathways to Census participation for your patrons or community.  Modules in this session include public-facing FAQs, reference interview materials, physical space security, holistic IT, secure participation kiosks, and more.

Register here: https://senylrc.regfox.com/digital-census-preparation-training-watertown

*Registration is free, and made possible by funds granted from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.  The statements made and views expressed, however, are solely the responsibility of Empire State Library Network.  

Lunch is included.
 

02/18/2020 9:30 am to 4:00 pm North Country Library System
Imagine Your Story: Summer Reading @ Your Library

During this half day workshop, we’ll explore how to incorporate this year’s CSLP theme into your summer programming, take a closer look at marketing tools and strategies that can help you promote your program to families, and brainstorm ways to collaborate with community partner.  Discover NCLS tools that an support your programming, and get inspired to try something new during our idea swap.  Lunch will be provided, and the first 25 libraries to sign up will get a yard sign!

03/05/2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm North Country Library System
Imagine Your Story: Summer Reading @ Your Library - Videoconference

During this half day workshop, we’ll explore how to incorporate this year’s CSLP theme into your summer programming, take a closer look at marketing tools and strategies that can help you promote your program to families, and brainstorm ways to collaborate with community partner.  Discover NCLS tools that an support your programming, and get inspired to try something new during our idea swap.  Lunch will be provided, and the first 25 libraries to sign up will get a yard sign!

03/05/2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Oswego Public Library
Imagine Your Story: Summer Reading @ Your Library - Videoconference

During this half day workshop, we’ll explore how to incorporate this year’s CSLP theme into your summer programming, take a closer look at marketing tools and strategies that can help you promote your program to families, and brainstorm ways to collaborate with community partner.  Discover NCLS tools that an support your programming, and get inspired to try something new during our idea swap.  Lunch will be provided, and the first 25 libraries to sign up will get a yard sign!

03/05/2020 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
JAB Meeting

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

03/12/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm North Country Library System
JAB Meeting - Video Conference

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

03/12/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Oswego Public Library
JAB Meeting - Video Conference

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

03/12/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
DO Meeting

This meeting of the Director's Organization is a video conference meeting held at 3 sites.  Please make sure to register under the correct site.

03/12/2020 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm North Country Library System
DO Meeting - Video Conference

This meeting of the Director's Organization is a video conference meeting held at 3 sites.  Please make sure to register under the correct site.

03/12/2020 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Oswego Public Library
DO Meeting - Video Conference

This meeting of the Director's Organization is a video conference meeting held at 3 sites.  Please make sure to register under the correct site.

03/12/2020 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Potsdam Public Library
Planning a Library Construction Project

If you’re thinking about a building project but aren’t sure where to start, we’ll walk you through our public library construction planning rubric.  It will help library staff and trustees evaluate mechanical systems as well as library spaces in order to promote comfort learning and engagement with a focus on developing active learning and collaborative spaces.  Evaluation of spaces using the rubric will provide library staff with a starting point to evaluate existing spaces and systems as well as begin conversations between library stakeholders to address spatial needs and challenges.

03/17/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm North Country Library System
Planning a Library Construction Project - Videoconference

If you’re thinking about a building project but aren’t sure where to start, we’ll walk you through our public library construction planning rubric.  It will help library staff and trustees evaluate mechanical systems as well as library spaces in order to promote comfort learning and engagement with a focus on developing active learning and collaborative spaces.  Evaluation of spaces using the rubric will provide library staff with a starting point to evaluate existing spaces and systems as well as begin conversations between library stakeholders to address spatial needs and challenges.

03/17/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Oswego Public Library
Planning a Library Construction Project - Videoconference

If you’re thinking about a building project but aren’t sure where to start, we’ll walk you through our public library construction planning rubric.  It will help library staff and trustees evaluate mechanical systems as well as library spaces in order to promote comfort learning and engagement with a focus on developing active learning and collaborative spaces.  Evaluation of spaces using the rubric will provide library staff with a starting point to evaluate existing spaces and systems as well as begin conversations between library stakeholders to address spatial needs and challenges.

03/17/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in Your Organization [WEBINAR]

Both organizations and individuals face cybersecurity challenges daily.  Our webinar will help you:

* Identify your organization’s “Crown Jewels”

* Protect what’s important

* Be able to detect security problems

* Always be prepared!

 

03/17/2020 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm North Country Library System
Your #LibraryStory: Engage Your Community by Communicating Your Impact

You know the programs and series provided by your library are valuable assets to the community, but how can you better communicate that value and connect with current and future patrons?  While the importance of social and digital media continues to rise, traditional broadcast and print media remain effective methods for reaching large audiences.  This presentation will explore the nest tools and practices for engaging your community.  From press releases and newsletters, to social media strategies, to pitching to journalists in a variety of media, you will learn how to customize your strategy for shaping and sharing your library stories.  This presentation will also include hands-on exercises that incorporate group discussions and brainstorming. 
 

04/20/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm North Country Library System
Your #LibraryStory: Engage Your Community by Communicating Your Impact - Videoconference

You know the programs and series provided by your library are valuable assets to the community, but how can you better communicate that value and connect with current and future patrons?  While the importance of social and digital media continues to rise, traditional broadcast and print media remain effective methods for reaching large audiences.  This presentation will explore the nest tools and practices for engaging your community.  From press releases and newsletters, to social media strategies, to pitching to journalists in a variety of media, you will learn how to customize your strategy for shaping and sharing your library stories.  This presentation will also include hands-on exercises that incorporate group discussions and brainstorming. 
 

04/20/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Oswego Public Library
Your #LibraryStory: Engage Your Community by Communicating Your Impact - Videoconference

You know the programs and series provided by your library are valuable assets to the community, but how can you better communicate that value and connect with current and future patrons?  While the importance of social and digital media continues to rise, traditional broadcast and print media remain effective methods for reaching large audiences.  This presentation will explore the nest tools and practices for engaging your community.  From press releases and newsletters, to social media strategies, to pitching to journalists in a variety of media, you will learn how to customize your strategy for shaping and sharing your library stories.  This presentation will also include hands-on exercises that incorporate group discussions and brainstorming. 
 

04/20/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
DIY Step by Step: Infographics & Newsletters

Infographics and newsletter are essential to engage patrons, volunteers, and politicians in the success of your library  However, creating engaging infographics and newsletters can be a very daunting task.  In this class, you will learn how to utilize the programs already on your computer and FREE online websites to create professional projects.  Learn the pros and cons of free, per download or subscription-based graphics.  Please bring basic statistics about your library (patron visits, checkout numbers, programming number, etc.) as you will be able to create a simple infographic during class with step by step instructions.
 

04/20/2020 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm North Country Library System
Crisis Communications for Nonprofits - Workshop through Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN)

Crisis communications consultant and interim chair at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University Michael Meath will lead a free workshop designed to provide participants with a simple formula to follow to help preserve their organization’s reputation during its most critical hours. 

The world of crisis communications has changed dramatically.  People no longer wait for organizations to put together lengthy responses that explain and justify their actions.  At the same time, without thoughtful, careful responses a crisis can grow worse with great velocity.  “Crisis Communications for Nonprofits” is a free workshop that will give organizations an actionable plan to properly and appropriately handle the unexpected.

Registration required.  Lunch included.

Presenter: Michael Meath

This is a free event, however, registration is required.  For a full description and to register, click here.

Note: This event is through the Northern New York Library Network.

05/14/2020 10:30 am to 3:00 pm NNYLN (Northern New York Library Network)
Library Management for Directors

Calling all library directors—or anyone interested in becoming one!  Round out your existing skill set with this introduction to library management

We’ll cover the core skills you’ll need to recruit and manage staff, understand your role in library governance, develop policies that align with best practices, and make sure the library is telling its story to the community and to legislators.  We’ll also address important planning topics, such as assessment of library services, budgeting and developing a strategic plan.

There will be plenty of support materials and worksheets available to help you put your new skills into action.  Join us!
 

05/19/2020 9:30 am to 4:00 pm North Country Library System
Library Management for Directors - Videoconference

Calling all library directors—or anyone interested in becoming one!  Round out your existing skill set with this introduction to library management

We’ll cover the core skills you’ll need to recruit and manage staff, understand your role in library governance, develop policies that align with best practices, and make sure the library is telling its story to the community and to legislators.  We’ll also address important planning topics, such as assessment of library services, budgeting and developing a strategic plan.

There will be plenty of support materials and worksheets available to help you put your new skills into action.  Join us!
 

05/19/2020 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Oswego Public Library
Library Management for Directors - Videoconference

Calling all library directors—or anyone interested in becoming one!  Round out your existing skill set with this introduction to library management

We’ll cover the core skills you’ll need to recruit and manage staff, understand your role in library governance, develop policies that align with best practices, and make sure the library is telling its story to the community and to legislators.  We’ll also address important planning topics, such as assessment of library services, budgeting and developing a strategic plan.

There will be plenty of support materials and worksheets available to help you put your new skills into action.  Join us!
 

05/19/2020 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
Searching in Workflows and Enterprise

We’re excited to present a day of learning!  Find the items you seek with tips & tricks from Pam and Caitlin!  Pam will discuss stop words and Boolean operators and how they affect searching, as well as going over best practices when searching Workflows.  Caitlin will give an overview of how to use the catalog, helpful hints and tips, as well as fun features.
 

05/27/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm North Country Library System
Introduction to the NYS Construction Grant program

This workshop will provide an introduction to the NYS Public Library Construction Program, including an overview of the grant requirements, project eligibility, the application process, and the grant award timeline.  Join us to discuss your library’s proposed construction project and whether this program can help your library to meet those needs. 
 

05/27/2020 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm North Country Library System
Introduction to the NYS Construction Grant Program - Video Conference

This workshop will provide an introduction to the NYS Public Library Construction Program, including an overview of the grant requirements, project eligibility, the application process, and the grant award timeline.  Join us to discuss your library’s proposed construction project and whether this program can help your library to meet those needs. 
 

05/27/2020 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Oswego Public Library
Introduction to the NYS Construction Grant Program - Video Conference

This workshop will provide an introduction to the NYS Public Library Construction Program, including an overview of the grant requirements, project eligibility, the application process, and the grant award timeline.  Join us to discuss your library’s proposed construction project and whether this program can help your library to meet those needs. 
 

05/27/2020 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
JAB Meeting

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

06/23/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm North Country Library System
JAB Meeting - Video Conference

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

06/23/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Oswego Public Library
JAB Meeting - Video Conference

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

06/23/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Potsdam Public Library
:Libraries and Legal Issues

The popular Ask the Lawyer service which is sponsored by the Empire State Library Network is staffed by Buffalo attorney Stephanie (“Cole”) Adams, who first developed a deep connection to libraries working as a page, then clerk, at her hometown library in New Hartford, NY. Ms. Adams went on to work at the libraries of her Alma Maters, Hampshire College, and SUNY Buffalo School of Law.  She served for over 10 years as the in-house counsel at Niagara University, in Niagara Falls, NY.  An attorney admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of New York, Ms. Adams has extensive experience with the issues confronting information professionals.  Ms. Adams works closely with WNYLRC and other library councils to craft useful replies to member library questions.  Stephanie will spend the day at the NCLS office in Watertown conducting workshops and hosting an open forum Q & A session.  We’ll put out a call for any legal questions you may have before the big event.

*Time to be determined 

06/30/2020 9:00 am to 3:30 pm North Country Library System
JAB Meeting

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

11/18/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm North Country Library System
JAB Meeting - Video Conference

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

11/18/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Oswego Public Library
JAB Meeting - Video Conference

The Joint Automation Board (JAB) meeting is used to discuss and vote on changes that pertain to the Sirsi automated libraries.  

11/18/2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Potsdam Public Library