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August 2009

:: Important News

:: Teen Services

:: Web Resources

:: Shipping Update


Important News

Mark Your Calendar!

A discussion meeting for the County Coordination Plan- which establishes the annual priorities for the use of County Coordination Aid in 2010-is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1 at 11:00am in Classroom A, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Main.  We do not yet know how much the County Coordination Aid allocation will be cut. Keep an eye out for more details as this meeting approaches.



Vendor Discounts on Library Material Orders

Susan Hudak, Tina LaMark and Mike Nangia negotiated new purchasing agreements for all libraries with Baker & Taylor, Ingram Library Services Inc.  and Midwest Tape. The Ingram and Midwest discounts are the same as the past two years. These discounts are generous considering the difficult financial times vendors are facing. The new agreements became effective July 1, 2009. The Ingram agreement is for two years and carries through June 2011. The agreements are posted to the District Services Web site under Directories and Resources, Discounts.  The details are password protected. Please contact Phyllis DiDiano by phone at 412.622.3140 or email for the password.



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Save the Date

The August Teen District Services Meeting will be held on Friday, August 28 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library.  The focus of the meeting will be crafts and multigenerational programming.  Come with your ideas and questions!  We will also discuss Teen Summer Reading, favorite books for teens and much more. Hope to see you there!  RSVP to Karen Brooks Reese by email at Brooks1@carnegielibrary.org or call 412.578.2599.    


Collection Corner

School is starting soon. What better way to get in the mood than with one of these great school stories?

Spotlight on Professional Development

A new school year means new school visits!  But, really, who has time to write dozens of booktalks from scratch?  Try one of these resources for ready-made booktalks.

Nancy Keane's Booktalks Quick and Simple
: Hundreds of booktalks written by librarians from around the country, arranged by author, title and subject.    

Novelist: Not only a great reader's advisory resource, Novelist contains very well written booktalks for both teens and tweens.

Random House Booktalks:  Looking for a booktalk for a book published by Random House? Be sure to check the publisher's website!    

Scholastic Booktalks:  Scholastic knows that booktalks are "one of the most effective ways to get kids reading," so they make dozens of booktalks available on their website! They even give explicit permission to adapt them as needed. 

Web Resources 



The CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries has been revised and updated by Jeanette Larson. This manual provides an easy-to-follow system, called CREW, for continuously reviewing and weeding your library collection.  This resource and others are available to download by clicking on the link above.  Lisa Dennis, Coordinator Children's Collections, CLP, wants to call attention to the fact that this edition includes suggestions specifically on CREWING Children's Materials.  In addition, weeding reference resources are covered and guidelines for timely weeding of all the Dewey classes.


Reading Reduces Stress  

David Lewis, Ph.D., directed a research study recently for Mindlab International at the University of Sussex, UK, where he found that reading a book for just six minutes reduced heart rate and measurable stress by 68%.  Playing video games lowered stress levels by only 21% and left heart rates racing.

Dr. Lewis says, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation. This is particularly poignant in uncertain economic times when we are all craving a certain amount of escapism. It really doesn't matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author's imagination. This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness."   

Of course, we already knew this! Read more about the study in The Telegraph.



Shipping Update



There has been no 'summer recess' in shipping!  Numerous items continue to move through our location.  Shipping has increased 10% from this time last year.  From January through June, 2,273,602 items were handled.  This includes mail, opera trunks, boxes, distributions and the many materials being sent to and returned by customers.  Some of those materials are being sorted through the automated system. However, many other items must still be sorted manually.  If you have any delivery issues, such as items coming to you that you should not have received, please contact Tina LaMark and/or Perry Munyon. We need to know about any issues in order to ensure materials are correctly sorted and delivered!  


ILL Update

In 2008, Interlibrary Loan received 46,428 requests and supplied 21,043 items.  The Interlibrary Loan staff also borrowed 12,938 items on behalf of all libraries, out of the 20,464 requests received.  While staff make every effort to obtain materials, because some items are rare or the owning libraries charge a fee, not all requests can be filled.  If there are any ILL issues, please contact Tina LaMark and/or Laura Perrier - we are always happy to hear from you and work with you or your customers in trying to obtain materials from outside our consortium.



Commonwealth Libraries   



Funding Resources   
Recently Diana Megdad, Keystone Fund Facilities Advisor, sent out a
useful list of numerous funding resources for public libraries via email.        


Keystone Grants

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was the only ACLA library to submit a Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund grant this year.  Unfortunately, the opportunity to apply for Keystone grants in 2010 will not be extended. The application process will not be available again until 2011. More information will be coming soon from Diana Megdad, Keystone Fund Facilities Advisor.   

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)                                                           

IMLS recently issued a 138 page report to State Library agencies about the services provided through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants. Catalyst for Change: LSTA Grants to State Program and the Transformation of Libraries Services to the Public focuses on the services provided through LSTA; the single largest source of federal funding for the nation's libraries and the only library grant program that requires state-wide planning. IMLS conducted the study to inform the American public, the Administration, Congress and the library community about the program's contributions.
Based upon the data, IMLS identified three broad strategies advanced by Grants to States programming: human capital development, library services expansion and access and development of the information and technology infrastructure.  The report also provides a description of the LSTA program, a discussion of local factors that affect state program plans, a review of program activities nationwide and an analysis of program expenditures.