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Web Site of the Week: Rich in Color

June 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Rich in Color is a resource for youth, librarians, teachers, parents, and teen mentors who are looking for new young adult (YA) fiction. The blog, maintained by a small team of teachers, writers, and book lovers, features recently released YA novels authored by writers of color and First Nations writers. The team at Rich in Color is committed to both publicizing books scheduled for release (maintaining an up-to-date book release calendar on the site) and to critically reviewing new books. Books of all genres are covered – including realistic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction – and often feature LGBTQA characters of color. As the site notes, “We believe that teens (and adults!) should be able to find themselves in the books that they love to read.” Readers will also find interviews and book lists by topic. [MMB]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016.

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Web Site of the Week: : SciStarter

June 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Citizen science is the idea that anyone, any citizen, can volunteer their time for the good of scientific research and discovery without having to be formally trained. SciStarter is the place to find and participate in citizen science projects, whether that be an extension of one of your current hobbies, like collecting data while bird watching (The Great Backyard Bird Count), or a fun educational activity to do with a child, like collecting bugs (Urban Buzz). As a repository for citizen science projects, the SciStarter Project Finder lets users search for projects and opportunities by type of activity, such as something to do exclusively online, or by topic, such as animals, geography, or health and medicine. There are also ways to limit your search by location, by free or low cost projects, or by projects suitable for students. Each entry includes general information about the project and a link to more information about how to participate. If you’re looking to contribute a project to the database, the For Scientists section of the website offers an easy way to add suggestions, while the blog discusses news and outcomes of current citizen science fueled projects. [MM]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

Library Board Minutes – May 2016

June 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Allegany County Library Board of Trustees

 

Minutes

 

Regular Meeting

 

May 11, 2016

 

South Cumberland Library – 4:00 p.m.

 

PRESENT:  Bill Devlin, Deb Hendrickson, Terry Michels, John Persons, Steve Sniderman, and John Taube.   

The meeting was called to order by Bill Devlin.

A motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of the April 13, 2016 meeting was made by Steve Sniderman seconded by  Deb Hendrickson and was approved.   

  • Review of Usage Statistics
  • Review of Income & Expense Report for the month of April 2016.
  • Review of Profit & Loss, Budget vs Actual Report for the Fiscal Year (YTD, July 1, 2015- April 30, 2016)
  • Review of Special Accounts

A motion to accept both the statistical report and the financial reports of April 2016 was made by John Persons seconded by  Terry Michels and was accepted.    

NEW BUSINESS

 

Washington Street Library is hosting Allegany County Chamber of Commerce After Hours reception

We are the host of the May 18, 2016 chamber after-hours reception from 5:30 to 7:30.  The Washington Street LIbrary will be decorated in a “Alice in Wonderland” theme.  Staff are planning numerous stations throughout the building to highlight the many services and activities you can experience at your library.    We have registered all Board members for this event.

Changes to Book Keeping Processes

With the rearrangement of administrative duties in January we have created the equivalent of an internal 2 person accounting department.  We approached our auditor and asked if we brought the book keeping functions back inside the department would we have sufficient separation of duties?  Their opinion was that we would and offered to answer any questions.   John Taube then spoke to Bernie Kahl of our bookkeeper, Turnbull, Hoover and Kahl notifying them of the change and requested a proposal for them to continue to complete the end of year work, but not the monthly book keeping duties.  The new processes will be effective on July 1, 2016 and will allow us to better track our income and expenses as well as reduce our monthly accounting fees.

Review Proposed Tuesday meeting day for Board meetings

John presented a draft of our FY2017 meeting schedule that changed our of Board meetings to  the 2nd Tuesday of the month as the standing date of our meetings rather than the 2nd Wednesday.    After  brief discussion, the Board agree to adopt the new schedule.  John will provide copies of the schedule at the June meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

South Cumberland Library Renovation –Update

We are finalizing the RFP and bid opening timeline so that work can begin in July 2016.

The South Cumberland Lego club is moving to the Washington Street Library during renovation.

We had 4 general contractors show up for our pre-bid meeting on May 3, 2016.  Only 2 of them had purchased drawings and specifications as of that date.

South Cumberland Library closing ceremony reminder is Friday May 27 at 4PM.

Pre-bid meeting on 5/3/2016.

Bids due on 5/24/2016.

Library closing ceremony 5/27/2016.

Library closes for packing 5/28/2016.

Renovation begins on July 5, 2016.

Friends of the Library groups – Update

The Friends letter to the editor campaign is proceeding with a letter a week during budget deliberation time.  

Washington Street Library Columns Restoration  – Update

Allegany County is interested in completing the columns restoration analysis and costs estimate study as soon as possible.   They have reached out to several firms seeking quotes to complete the work.  I hope a firm would be selected in early May.  Based on the analysis of the study, we would then determine the best course of action to get the actual restoration completed.

Discussion on FY 2017 Operating Budget Proposal

John updated the Board on considerations as staff refine the FY2017 operating budget. Items included:

  • The proposed County budget does not fully fund our $50,000 request, but adds $9500.  
  • The State appropriation is increased by $9868.  
  • To maintain staff at current wage rates will require an additional $32,000.
  • We are looking to reduce our accounting Services expenses from $12,000 to $4000.
  • We are not budgeting any rebuilding of special accounts.
  • We anticipate a $20,000 drop in revenue in fines from South being closed.  
  • This will be offset by decreased spending on collections for South.
  • We are budgeting for decreases in USF-eRate reimbursements.
  • Any fund balance will be set aside for unexpected expenses related to the South Cumberland renovation.

A full budget proposal will be delivered to the Board prior to the June 8, 2016 meeting, where we will adopt the operating budget for FY2017.

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPDATES

John reported that our annual Food for Fines day during National Library Week was a success gathering over 1400 pounds of food for the Western Maryland Food bank.

Next Board Meeting is June 8, 2016 at 4PM at the Frostburg Library

Web Site of the Week: Busy Beaver Button Museum

June 7, 2016 Leave a comment

Ever since pinback buttons were patented in 1896, buttons have been produced and worn for a plethora of reasons, from supporting a politician (e.g. the iconic I LIKE IKE buttons), to commemorating an event, to just showing off the pinner’s sense of humor. The Busy Beaver Button Museum exists to document this unique item of cultural expression. Readers may visit the museum in person, in Chicago, or browse the comprehensive online collection here. Categories include Ask Me, which includes the classic “Ask me about…” buttons, Self Referential, which includes buttons that reference the fact that they’re buttons, and Sports, Advertising, Political, Innovative, and other descriptive options. There is also a Fan Museum, which allows users to submit their own buttons, as well as browse the buttons of other fans. The News section features blog posts on the history of buttons, such as a great post on the history behind the right to vote, as depicted through buttons. Finally, readers will also find a wonderful book, A Very Brief History of Buttons, which can be viewed for free as a PDF. [MM]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

Web Site of the Week: American Birding Association

May 31, 2016 Leave a comment

The American Birding Association (ABA) is a non-profit with a two pronged goal: to support and educate birders and to protect birds. On the site, interested readers may like to begin with the ABA Blog, which is updated daily and offers posts about rare bird sightings, information on migrations, habitat alerts, and beautiful photographs of some of North America’s most delightful feathered friends. Birding enthusiasts might also find much to appreciate on the Birding News page, where they will find up-to-the-minute updates on bird activity in all 50 sates and around the world. The site also features numerous links to a variety of publications, events, conservation efforts, and other listings designed to help birders do what they love best. Finally, the Young Birders page offers a blog of its own, as well as a Facebook group and links to summer camps. In all, the ABA provides a stellar host of resources for birding enthusiasts from around the country. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

Web Site of the Week: An Invitation to Dance: A History of Social Dance in America

May 24, 2016 Leave a comment

This online exhibit from the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) traces the history and culture of social dance in the United States. For early Americans, as the introduction explains, social dance was a form of communication, an acknowledgement of rank and class, and a means of cultural expression. Dances came to 18th and 19th century America from France, England, Scotland, and Ireland, then mixed with one another to create new forms. In addition to the thorough introduction, readers may like to explore sections dedicated to Origins, Language, Types, Fashion, Opposition, and Etiquette, as well as a Bibliography for those interested in browsing the primary and secondary sources behind the exhibit. The Opposition section may be of special interest, as it features diatribes by founding Puritans such as Increase and Cotton Mather, George Whitefield, and others who objected to the spectacle of men and women engaging in the sins of carnality that were implied by “mixed” dances. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

Web Site of the Week: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

May 17, 2016 Leave a comment

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum virtually overflows with resources and information related to the 43rd president of the United States. Readers may like to begin by scouting the information contained within The President & His Family, before moving on to the fascinating archives contained within Photos & Videos, including a flip book of condolence materials that the United States received from citizens around the world in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition, educators will find much to appreciate in the Classroom Resources housed within the Teachers section. There are a number of Lesson Plans and a Primary Sources Toolkit, where students and teachers alike can learn about the analysis and use of primary sources. General readers and educators will both find much to appreciate on this comprehensive site. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

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