Friday, November 30, 2012

2013 HVLA Scholarship

After looking over our budget for the past few years, the board has decided to give back to its members by offering an annual scholarship to be used towards professional development. HVLA is all about creating opportunities for our members to grow as librarians, be it through our meetings, listservs, or events and this will be yet another way for us to not only gain new experiences, but to share those with our colleagues.

There will be two awards given, each for $1000. One will be awarded to a student enrolled in an accredited library school graduate program and one will be awarded to a school librarian, both of which will be used towards professional development. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 11 and the recipients will be announced on Monday, February 4. Once awarded, you will have until December 31, 2013 to spend it and you will report back on your experiences through a post on the HVLA blog. If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested, please fill out one of the forms below.

2013 HVLA Librarian Scholarship

2013 HVLA Student Sholarship

The following members make up this year's Scholarship and Grant Committee:

Kerry Roeder, Professional Children's School
Susan Levine, Browning School
Kathy Hartzler, Brooklyn Friends School
Elaine Kaufmann, Village Community School

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or any of the committee members.

Kerry Roeder

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Someday We'll Have a Mock Printz

This time last year, HVLA was pleased to nominate Someday My Printz Will Come for the Best New Blog Edublog Award. Now we are excited to announce that we are teaming up with the Someday bloggers—and HVLA members—Karyn Silverman (Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School) and Sarah Couri (Grace Church School) for a wonderful new event. Read on for the details from Karyn:

Are you waiting for a Printz? Or maybe you have your eye on one special would-be Printz?

Do you have a short list of 2012 YA titles you feel passionate about? Want to sit in a room with like-minded folks who may disagree dramatically when it comes to the specifics?

Well, it’s your lucky day! As many of you may know, Sarah Couri and I write the Someday My Printz Will Come blog over at School Library Journal, where we analyze Printz contenders and try to predict the winners. This year, we are adding a digital mock Printz to the blog, and also (this is the good part!) planning a live and in-person "HVLA members and friends" mock Printz.

The date for this event, open to all HVLA members and associates (so bring your colleagues, friends, neighbors, etc., as long as they read YA!), is January 13; the time and place are still TBD, but we are looking at a gathering (with food) followed by intense discussion.

However, we can’t discuss everything published this year, so we need to narrow the options down.

Over at Someday, we’ve had Pyrite Printz (that’s our catchy Mock Printz name. Pyrite = fake gold, which is, you know, fake, or mock. Get it? I think I just killed the joke) nominations open for a few weeks. We’re going to use the Someday platform to collect HVLA member nominations—head over to the blog and read the nominations thus far. If your top pick isn’t yet on the list, go ahead and write up a comment to nominate it.

Oh! But first, you may want to take a minute to refresh yourself about the actual Printz purpose, policies, and procedures.

Once the Pyrite nominations close, we’ll have an HVLA vote to determine the slate of titles we’ll be discussing on the 13th. In order to give everyone ample time to read the full shortlist (we’re thinking 7-10 titles), we have a tight turnaround on getting nominations in.

(Drat Thanksgiving and all that family time that distracted me from posting this last week!)

So think fast, because we’ll be closing the nomination list at Someday at midnight on Wednesday. We’ll get the list out to HVLA members to be voted down by Friday*, with the goal of finalizing the HVLA shortlist by Monday—and leaving us all just shy of 6 weeks to get caught up on our reading, marshal our arguments, and bribe our friends so ensure we land our Printz!

Need your memory jogged as to what the top titles have been this year? Sarah and I have a list of likely contenders here, but any 2012 book is fair game!

*This will not be the same as the general poll for the blog readers, so for those who are HVLA members AND regular Someday readers (you know who you are and you know we love you!), you’ll have two chances to try to get your books on the shortlists, and two different mock events to join.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sandy and my Information Drought

It's been four weeks since Sandy hit our area, and by now, we've all heard countless Sandy stories. At the time though, some of us found access to information scarce or difficult because of the power outages and intermittent cell phone service. My week without power began with the troubling feeling like something important might be announced—school closings, mass transit updates, power restoration plans—and I might miss it. Whenever I found cell phone service, I turned to twitter (specifically The New York Times Metro Desk) to hear from the outside world. 

Once the storm passed and the days without power stretched on, I’ll admit that there was something peaceful about being "off-the-grid," even though being without heat was not as pleasant. My husband and I played board games, we read by candlelight, and went to sleep when the sun went down. Friends with power invited us over for hot meals and showers, and we relied on them for information and news. In hindsight, the experience was a good reminder that access to information is a precious commodity, and it is important to be thoughtful about how and when we need to be plugged in. Turning off our devices every so often, stopping the constant stream of information, can remind us to thoughtfully seek out only the information that is most important to us, of the best quality, and from the most reliable sources. 

With this in mind, HVLA is hoping to use the interwebs for post-Sandy school library relief. We encourage all HVLA members to fill out this quick survey, so we can match schools in need with those offering resources. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

HVLA Fall Meeting REMINDER: November 28

Our Sandy-postponed fall meeting is coming soon! Details below:

HVLA in partnership with the New York City School Librarians Association and the McNally Jackson Bookstore.

We will gather at the McNally Jackson Bookstore at 4:30 pm for a brief HVLA business meeting. The McNally Jackson event will begin immediately following our meeting. This is an opportunity to share ideas over food and drinks, preview fall and winter titles, and meet-and-greet authors and illustrators.

McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
(between Lafayette and Mulberry)

Wednesday, November 28 @ 4:30 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, November 19, 2012

December Book Club

Thursday, December 6, 5:30pm

Elisabeth Irwin High School -- In the library!
40 Charlton Street
(between 6th Ave & Varick)

What We're Reading:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver