Take a Stand on the “Let Me Google That For You Act”

July 30th, 2014

For those incline to take action, this may be an important issue to on which to take a stand:  a bill introduced in Congress aptly called the “Let Me Google That For You Act”, has at its heart the result of doing away with the National Technical Information Service in an effort to “to streamline the collection and distribution of government information”.  Among the reasons given:  no one should pay for a document from the NTIS when 95% of those are available free elsewhere on the internet.  Read.

According to the Special Libraries Association blog, it is a matter of misunderstanding of the internet and its capabilities and urges its members to contact their senators.

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NY 3Rs Announces $10,000 Grant Opportunity – I2NY Library as Publisher

July 28th, 2014

The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. and its I2NY Library as Publisher Work Group are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014/2015 NY 3Rs Association Library as Publisher Innovator Grant.


Goal Statement

Libraries are changing their roles from transactional to transformational, and one of the areas in which this occurs is in publishing. Whether it is memoirs, family histories, children’s stories, scrapbooks, student journals, or faculty research papers – the web has made it easier for people to create and share content. To improve the quality of the content produced and thus improve its value to both the intended audience and our communities, creators need guidance. They turn to libraries for help with research, editing, proof reading, design and layout, publishing options, marketing, and much more.

The NY 3Rs Association, Inc., and its Information Infrastructure (I2NY) Library as Publisher Work Group, are seeking proposals from libraries and library systems for projects that will show the potential of “libraries as publishers”.

Applications must be submitted online, no later than midnight, September 30, 2014. 

For complete information including Application Forms and Instructions, go to: NY 3Rs I2NY Library as Publisher Innovation Grant.

Key Dates

  • July 28, 2014  - Application materials available
  • September 30, 2014 - Applications due
  • October 2014 – Review of applications by jury of experts from outside of NYS
  • Late October, 2014 - Award notification
  • November 6, 2014 – NYLA Annual Conference, Announcement of Award winner(s)
  • October 2015 NYLA Conference – Award winners present on project(s)



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We’re Home!!!

July 25th, 2014

The packing and unpacking are just about complete and we’ve arranged things to please our own personal aesthetics and we’re finally HOME!  Yes, WNYLRC is now open for business in our new locale on Genesee St. and as lovely a view as we had before, we have equally availed ourselves of a more natural setting and will enjoy the changing of the seasons through our windows.  We haven’t missed a beat service-wise either and are ready with anything you may need.  If you’re in the vicinity, stop by–4950 Genesee St.–but, if not before, then August 21st at our Open House and let us show you around.

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It All Happens on Tuesday

July 18th, 2014

WNYLRC’s new life in a new place begins this coming Tuesday, July 22nd, as we transport boxes, equipment and our own bodies down Genesee St. toward Transit Rd. to our new home.  From that time forward our address will be:

Western New York Library Resources Council
Airport Commerce Park East
4950 Genesee Street
Suite 170
Cheektowaga, NY 14225-5528
Hoping to see you at our Open House which we will be announcing shortly.  Looking forward to a new face!

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E-Rate Due For An Overhaul

July 14th, 2014

Those in schools and the library world know E-Rate like a relative you want to embrace for the good it bestows but wishes the gifts would keep up with the times.  Getting $5 in a birthday card in 2014 does not engender quite the feeling it did when you were 6 and could envision the toys you could buy with your savings.  E-Rate is vital for libraries to help with telecommunications costs as they struggle to be the mainstay in technology for so many.  Yet high-speed broadband access which any self-respecting provider needs to do business, is not forthcoming in current E-Rate thought.  Read what the director of the Washington office of ALA has to say about a proposed “modernization” plan for E-Rate.

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