PLA (Public Library Association) Division
Hello, I just purchased an Oculus Rift (CV1) for my teeny public library in Canaan VT. It arrived promptly, along with an Alienware computer to run the device. It is awesome. I'm wondering if anyone knows of other public libraries with one, or the Vive. I've just started running public programs with it, and will soon take reservations once I find a place for it. I'm interested in following along with other libraries' approaches, recommend games, apps, programs, etc. if anyone can point me in the right direction.
Alice M. Ward Memorial Library
Canaan VT 05903
Excited to announce Steve Sheinkin is the 2016 winner of the Empire State Award!
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Press release available here:
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) will be hosting a Mini-Social/Happy Hour at PLA 2016 in Denver on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at the Denver Wrangler (1700 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203).
Appetizers will be provided; Cash bar with Thirsty Thursday drink specials!
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708520126026983/
If you're attending PLA we hope you'll join us! Invite your friends! All are welcome!
Peter Coyl, Deb Sica and Ann Symons
Chair, Chair elect and Past Chair
DIRECTOR-OLEAN, NY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Direct the public library in a small city in the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York. The Olean Public Library Board of Directors seeks an exceptional leader who demonstrates commitment to the public library’s excellent legacy of service to the local community. The successful candidate will have the skill and experience to plan and implement new services and programs, fostering community support and a shared vision for the Olean Public Library. With a dedicated staff of 25 and a $1.2 million annual operating budget, the Library serves the 16,000+ residents, as well as the surrounding area, circulating 140,000+ items annually. The library serves as the co-central library, along with the James Prendergast Library in Jamestown, NY, of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, one of the 23 public library systems in the State of New York.
Olean, located in the Southern Tier of New York State along Interstate 86, serves as an economic, educational, medical, and retail center of southwestern New York. St. Bonaventure University and the Jamestown Community College/Olean campus are located nearby. Abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation exist for all-season activities, including hiking and skiing. The cost of living in this region is very reasonable, allowing individuals and families to make the most of their economic resources.
Responsibilities. The Director reports to a seven-member Library Board of Directors. Primary responsibilities of the position include:
· Develop the library budget and supervise the expenditures of library funds and the collection of library revenues
· Apply for and administer grants
· Develop and evaluate plans for library services, evaluating the effectiveness of the library’s services and programs in relation to the changing needs of the community
· Review and/or develop policies and procedures for the operation of the library
· Supervise the work and training of library personnel
· Administer personnel policies; recommend appointments, transfers, promotions, dismissal and staffing patterns of personnel
· Represent the library before governmental agencies and community groups in seeking financial resources for the library
· Supervise the maintenance of library property and recommend repairs, alternations and new construction
· Administer the purchase and selection of library materials
· Recommend and administer marketing and public relations programs
· Keep informed of professional developments through attendance at and participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and reading professional materials.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree, eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate, and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible post-master’s library experience. Supervisory experience is preferred.
Compensation. The minimum salary for the position is $60,000 (with additional compensation for experience and qualifications) with an excellent benefits package.
For further information, contact the search committee at email@example.com. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter, resume, and three professional references as PDF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on February 29, 2016.
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Nominate your library or colleague for a PLA award tonight!
Nine PLA service awards and grants highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Consider nominating yourself, a colleague, or your library today! The deadline to apply for PLA 2016 Service Awards and Grants is December 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM Central. To submit an application or nomination, please login to the PLA Awards Online Application.
Winners of the DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant may use the funds to travel to PLA 2016: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/demconewleadersgrant
The Seattle Digital Youth Think Tank, was presented Oct 16-17, 2014, by the University of Washington iSchool. Sponsored by the IMLS, Microsoft Research, Facebook, the King County Library System, the Seattle Public Library, and other tech companies, over 80 multi-disciplinary experts from research, practice, policy, and industry gathered to: 1) analyze our understanding of digital youth; 2) identify persistent gaps in knowledge; and 3) define a shared path towards addressing those gaps. The resulting white paper addresses the digital youth landscape, identifying future service and research directions.