Books By Your Neighbors

Where would public libraries be without books? Especially dear to our member libraries are works by authors who live in their neighborhoods, so we’ve created a website to link local authors to their books in our library catalog.

Authors who live in New York’s Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren or Washington Counties, year round or seasonally, we need your help. If you aren’t listed here, email us your name, county of residence, and the title of one book in our library catalog, and we’ll add you to this list.


Library 2.0: Becoming a User-Centered Library


Registration is closed for both sessions.

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Friday, May 18, 2007 at the William Sanford Public Library in Colonie

Registration: 9:00 AM
Program: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This presentation will explore new technology trends and provide a roadmap toward becoming the “Hyperlinked Library,” and focus on where library services and models are changing with the onset of Library 2.0, Web 2.0 tools and user perceptions of libraries. The Web has enabled us to connect in ways like never before. Users are creating content. Web 2.0, blogs, RSS, wikis, social sites enable us to make connections…to have conversations. What does the Read/Write library look like? How does it work? What trends are impacting library services and how have libraries adopted a 2.0 philosophy? As new technologies and services become available, how do we effectively plan in libraries? How do we plan to optimize staff, money, and time? How do we determine what’s  important? How do we move toward the models of usercentered service now known as Library 2.0? Blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts and the next big thing are included in this  dynamic session.

This interactive workshop presented by Michael Stephens, author of the Tame the Web Blog and contributor to ALA’s TechSource Blog, will offer insights for planning, projects, and detail the hot technologies libraries are grappling with today. Stephens is an instructor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

This workshop is supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The workshop is a collaboration between The Capital District Library Council, Mohawk Valley Library System, Southern Adirondack Library System and Upper Hudson Library System

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