The Empire State Center for the Book has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 3, 2013 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
As its #GivingTuesday project the Empire State Center for the Book in partnership with the New York Library Association and Random House Publishers will be raising funds to distribute the book, Snowflakes Fall to libraries around New York in memory of the lives lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy. For every $1000 raised 100 books will be distributed to libraries in New York in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012.
Author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Steven Kellogg, who are longtime friends, were moved to collaborate on a message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Kellogg lived in Sandy Hook for thirty-five years—he raised his family there and was an active member of the community. From this collaboration came Snowflakes Fall, a truly inspiring picture book that is both a celebration of life and a tribute to the qualities that make each individual unique. The book’s words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow.
“As we approach the first year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, teachers and librarians are faced with the question of how to address the topic,” says Rocco Staino, director of the center. “This book is one way to discuss individuality and the renewal of life with children.” Those who are interested in joining Empire State Center for the Book #GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://givingtuesday.org/partner/empire-state-center-for-the-book/. Donations may be made at http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/donate/form.html
“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the
spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy
Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones,
friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”
The Empire State Center for the Book is the New York State affiliate of the Library of Congress national Center for the Book. It is committed to the book in all formats. Interests of the Center include the promotion of the culture of reading, literature, literacy, book arts, and book history throughout New York State. The Center will work with publishers, libraries, museums, educational institutions, scholars, authors, illustrators and other interested parties to enrich book culture for the people of New York.
“CAREER Q&A AUTHORS SPARK CAREER ADVICE DISCUSSION”
By Susan Hoover
On Thursday, Nov. 7th, the New York Library Club co-sponsored a book and panel discussion at CUNY Graduate Center to celebrate the release of the book Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career by librarians Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen. Sponsored by many other librarian organizations including METRO, ACRL, SLA and ARLIS, the panel featured the authors and a cross-section of contributing librarians with experience in many types of libraries – including academic, special, public and school – and offered an opportunity for the greater librarian community to gather to discuss career advice.
Markgren and Allen began writing together over ten years ago, co-authoring the popular advice column, “Career Q&A with the Library Career People,” now at http://librarycareerpeople.com. Though they met in-person only twice during that time, they successfully collaborated, including conducting a survey of librarians to inform their advice. Their book is a culmination of their work on the column thus far. The book’s structure roughly follows the path of a typical librarian career – from getting started, through middle career and even into retirement – and features Markgren and Allen’s advice as well as insightful sidebars from many contributor librarians.
The panel discussion was optimistic and motivational. Career suggestions offered by panelists and audience members included –
- Don’t limit yourself to just being interviewed. Ask questions of the interviewer so you can tell if the job is right for you.
- When seeking how your services can be useful to an organization, find the need.
- Maintaining an online presence (through LinkedIn or an e-portfolio of your work) takes effort and diligence but can enhance your branding.
- Even if you don’t manage people or resources, you can still be a leader. Leadership can exist at all levels. For more on an expanded concept of leadership, check out the book Leading from the Middle by John Lubans.
- Look at every job as an investment, i.e. “I made a little money and learned some skills here, made a little more money and learned some other skills there.” When you take on an extra project at work you can set a deadline for yourself and resolve, “In 18 months, I will get a promotion or another job.”
- Your experience as a librarian doesn’t have to end when you retire. If you wish, it can continue through volunteer work, mentorship and participation in ALA’s Retired Members Roundtable.
- Take advantage of the generous spirit of the librarian community – apply for awards, develop skills through classes and volunteer opportunities, receive and give mentorship. Go to events and network “because the people you meet will help you find your next job and the job after that and the job after that.”
A quote that Markgren read aloud from the beginning of the book best exemplifies the energizing, inspirational mood of the event –
“When you plan your career path and think about what you want to achieve and where you want to end up, you need to consider other life goals as well, such as your family, location, personality, and abilities. It’s kind of like writing a book: You need to figure out what you want to include, attempt to organize and make sense of the various parts, gather external data and information, and start writing. And don’t forget to give yourself a deadline. Panic may set in: Who are you to plan out your life and have such lofty aspirations, to think you can achieve your dreams? Our advice is to own it, live it, learn from your failures or setbacks, and keep going.
So what are you waiting for? Go. Get started already.”
For more information on the book Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career, visit http://books.infotoday.com/books/Career-Q-and-A.shtml.
In the pantheon of classic horror, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ranks as one of the first, and most memorable, monster tales ever told. And while it’s easy enough to pick up a new copy of the spine-tingling 1818 narrative from pretty much any bookstore, it’s now possible to pore over the original, hand-penned manuscript online. Read more…
Library Exhibits (NYPL)
The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time.
Our first books stir and shape us as few books ever again can. Goodnight Moon! Alice in Wonderland! A Wrinkle in Time! For three centuries and more, books made especially with the young in mind have served as indispensible gateways to literature, art, and knowledge of the world. And if, as adults,we find that our own childhood favorites remain as thrilling or funny or heart-stoppingly beautiful as ever, we should not be surprised. As W. H. Auden wisely observed: “There are no good books which are only for children.”
Today’s brightly packaged, increasingly globalized books for young people have complex roots in world folklore, Enlightenment philosophy, nationalist fervor, and the pictorial narrative traditions of Asian and Western art, among other sources. Collectively, they form a vivid record of literate society’s changing hopes and dreams, and of the never-ending challenge of communicating with young readers in the most compelling possible way.
The ABC of It draws on collections across the Library to present the literature for children and teens against a sweeping backdrop of history, the arts, popular culture, and technological change. The books and related objects on view reveal hidden historical contexts and connections and invite second looks and fresh discoveries. They suggest that books for young people have stories to tell us about ourselves, and are rarely as simple as they seem.
Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman. Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Inc., in memory of Ruth and Seymour Klein.
About the curator: Leonard S. Marcus has curated exhibitions on children’s books and their illustration at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where he is also a founding trustee; New School for Social Research; Vassar College Library; the Boston Athenaeum; Enoch Pratt Free Library; Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha); Katonah Museum of Art; and the Meridian International Center (Washington, DC). He has written numerous books about children’s literature and the authors and artists who create them, and his incisive book reviews appeared in every issue of Parenting magazine for 21 years.
How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world | Public Leaders Network | Guardian Professional
- Guardian Professional, Thursday 18 July 2013 09.19 EDT
The Global Librarian is a joint publication from two New York-based library organisations, the Association of College and Research Libraries (Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter) and the Metropolitan New York Library Council. It aims to highlight librarians around the globe who have taken active steps to reinvent themselves while reinvigorating their profession. We’ve picked five practical tips: Read more…
Members in the news: Rocco Staino and Danielle Lewis
reposted from School Library Journal October 11, 2013
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At NBC’s fourth annual Education Nation Summit this week, libraries were more visible than in the past. The event strives to engage the public in solution-focused discussion about improving education and preparing American students for the jobs of the future. This year, the summit tackled the question of “What It Takes” to outfit students for success in the classroom and beyond.
The event (#whatittakes) kicked off with Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library (NYPL), welcoming the event to “his home” from the steps of NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Erica Hill, co-anchor of the NBC program Weekend Today and host of the two-day event, also shared details about her experience as a parent volunteer in her son’s school library.
Librarians also were well-represented among the teachers and students gathered Sunday in the library’s Bartos Forum for a Teacher Town Hall meeting that was televised on MSNBC. Danielle Lewis, librarian and learning center specialist at Yeshiva University High School for Boys, was chosen to speak with Jenna Bush Hager, former first daughter and NBC correspondent.
“We are the most culturally diverse and under-appreciated individuals,” Lewis said of librarians. “We amplify the teachers’ voices and, together, we amplify the students’ voices.” Lewis was selected to attend the town hall because of her participation in NYPL’s Education Innovation Institute, a three-week teacher collaborative summer exploration program that exposes attendees to the resources of the library. The Institute also provides the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and curators on incorporating primary source materials into classroom instruction.
Although there were other school librarians at the town hall, Lewis said she felt that it was important that the librarian voice be heard, and approached Hager—whose mother, Laura Bush, was a librarian—to participate. Lewis told School Library Journal that she believes that librarians have the “magic bullet” for dealing with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Another shout-out for librarians came from David Coleman, president of the College Board, who, during his presentation on higher education, thanked all librarians for putting books into the hands of children.
However, not all exchanges during the event were complimentary.
At one point, Noah Gotbaum, member of New York City’s Community Education Council District 3, confronted Joel Klein, former NYC Schools Chancellor and current CEO of Amplify, from the audience. “You are not an educator,” Gotbaum said, questioning Klein’s motivation, and claiming that his involvement in education is solely now for profit. Amplify, a subsidy of Rupert Murdock’s News Corporation, is an educational company that is data- and tablet-driven.
Andrew Ross Sorkin, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box and moderator of panels on technology during the event, asked hard-hitting questions about the benefits and costs of technology. He said he fears that technology will result in less human interaction, and cited the potential theft of or damage to school-owned mobile devices as a cost concern.
A summit attendee questioned Steve Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, about his state’s lack of charter schools. He answered that he would rather use public money to improve public education.
An interesting comment came from Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil. In an interview conducted by Tom Brokaw, Tillerson said he supported the Common Core and President Obama, and was glad that the federal government was using the standards as a measure for its Race to the Top funding. “I’m going to look at the states using the Common Core for my work force,” Tillerson added.
Also during the Summit, NBC announced the launch of its digital Parent Toolkit, sponsored by Pearson and with the National PTA assisting in the development. The site aims to help parents find resources to guide them in their child’s education. It is organized by grade and has the ability for a parent to track their child’s progress.
“We were excited to have opportunity to be a part of the development of NBC’s parent toolkit,” Otha Thornton, National PTA president, told School Library Journal. “Our Common Core parent guides will be easily accessible to all parents so they can help develop more dialogues between parents and teachers.” The site is still under development but as of now, unfortunately, has little mention of the role of (and the resources available at) school and public libraries.
Pearson’s CEO John Fallon:
Strand and Toby’s Estate Coffee will set up shop in the Club Monaco store, 160 Fifth Avenue.
By JULIE SATOW
Published: October 15, 2013
Offer the coziness of a library, a cup of coffee or an Art Deco fireplace in a ladies’ lounge as a gateway to a shopping spree. That’s the new vision for Club Monaco, which is opening a sprawling flagship store on Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron district on Monday. Read more…
RSVP to the New York Library Club’s upcoming talk and tour of the Strand Bookstore (on Broadway) Tuesday, October 22nd at 6 PM.
At the June 18th meeting, Dr. Vee Herrington spoke to the Library Club about the development of the (formerly New Community College). It was particularly interesting because we were meeting in that space, and had an opportunity to experience it.
Dr. Herrington explained that because Guttman is an experimental school, she was brought in to develop a non-traditional library that would effectively serve its students and faculty. The Information Commons acts not only as a library (offering traditional reference and circulation services) but also as a student union, classroom, tutoring space, lunch room, and a space for creating multimedia group presentations (called “mediascapes”). Students easily accept the Information Commons as another classroom space, because all classrooms are equipped similarly to that space, with moveable furniture, wifi, and smartboards. Print books are provided with a small on-campus collection that is supplemented by other CUNY schools and NYPL. The Information Commons’s focus is on information literacy, rather than print collections; the students primarily use electronic resources for their research needs.
It was exciting to hear that all 300 students use the commons, which is open from 6am to 10pm. Students use the commons more than they use the computer lab or lounge. In fact, Dr. Herrington said it’s often crowded at 6:30am with students finishing homework while eating breakfast!
Guttman’s experimental learning model is exciting, with a librarian included as part of every instruction team. These teams include a faculty member, librarian, counselors (called student success advocates), and graduate coordinators (who help teach students skills like how to study effectively). It was exciting to learn about Guttman’s “unlibrary” (as Dr. Herrington called it) and its experimental instructional model. Hooray for an institution including librarians in its instruction teams!
Starr Hoffman, PhD