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Shared Resources, Legal Guidance & Libraries and Archives

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:25

A new article about the Ask the Lawyer service that is provided by WNYLRC as well as three other councils in New York State has been published in the Journal of Archival Storage by Hope Dunbar, archivist at Buffalo State College. During the fall, Hope interviewed both Stephanie Cole Adams, the attorney behind the Ask the Lawyer and Sheryl Knab, WNYLRC Executive Director who manages the service. To date over 60 questions have been asked of the Ask the Lawyer service from member libraries in the four participating regions. Thirty four of those questions have been added to the Recently Asked Questions (RAQ) page linked from the Ask the lawyer page at https://www.wnylrc.org/ask-a-lawyer/raqs

Here is the full citation to the journal article:

ARTICLE TITLE: Have a Legal Question Without the Resources to Get an Answer?
ABSTRACT: This article explores the Western New York’s Library Resources Council’s Ask the Lawyer Program. The program provides a timely model for local cultural heritage communities, such as archives, to collectively retain a lawyer in a non-representational capacity to answer both specific and hypothetical questions that arise as a result of their work.
JOURNAL: The Journal of Archival Organization (JAO), Taylor & Francis Online
AUTHOR INFORMATION: Hope Dunbar, Special Collections Archivist, SUNY Buffalo State College, dunbarhm@buffalostate.edu
KEYWORDS: Advisor, Archives, Archivist, Ask the Lawyer, Attorney, Attorney-Client, Collaboration, Cultural Heritage, Educational Corporation, General Counsel, Lawyer, Legal, Organization as Client, Retainer
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Archival Organization on 30/03/2018, available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/10.1080/15332748.2018.1443572

More Enclosures! Workshop

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:30

Last week, the WNYLRC Preservation Committee hosted a workshop on making your own archival enclosures. The session was held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, with Gabrielle Carlo from AK and Danielle Glynn from Roswell Park as the co-facilitators. Gabrielle and Danielle showed participants how to construct various types of enclosures using basic archival stock paper and some simple tools. After a demo, participants made their own four-fold and “peek-a-boo” enclosures, and saw the facilitators also make a separated enclosure for multiple objects. Gabrielle and Danielle went over some key archival terms related to preservation enclosures and offered some advice on specific storage questions posed by participants. This was a great hands-on session and everyone got to take away their own tools and some stock paper!

Landmark US Supreme Court Case Continues to Spark Historical Inquiry

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:25

Did you know, the landmark US Supreme Court case, Plessy v Ferguson, recently featured in a CSPAN segment, has ties to Western New York? The attorney representing the plaintiff, Homer Plessy, was a man by the name of Albion Winegar Tourgee. Tourgee was originally from Ohio and was a Civil War veteran. After a stint as a lawyer and judge in Reconstruction North Carolina, he eventually settled in Westfield, New York where he continued to practice law, author many books and articles, and ardently advocate for civil rights for African Americans until his death in 1905.  Tourgee’s papers remained in Westfield and eventually ended up at the McClurg Museum, home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society (CCHS). The physical collection of over 20,000 documents, including a substantial number relating to Tourgee’s work on behalf of the “Citizens Committee to Test the Constitutionality of the Railroad Car Act” (the group who organized Homer Plessy’s challenge to the segregationist laws) are being preserved and made available through the ongoing efforts of the CCHS.

In 2014, with a grant from the Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS), WNYLRC and the University at Buffalo’s Preservation  Department were able to digitize about 200 of the items in the collection, which can now be accessed through New York Heritage. The items include correspondence between Tourgee and the Citizens Committee, Tourgee’s personally typed oral argument he prepared for the Supreme Court hearing and, many letters from people across the country experiencing the inequalities, injustices and inhumanity of racism in the second half of the 20th century.

The CSPAN segment aired on March 19 and can be seen here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?440867-1/supreme-court-landmark-case-plessy-v-ferguson
There was also a brief clip featuring the original documents from Albion Tourgee’s oral argument on behalf of Homer Plessy in front of the Supreme Court justices, that was described by Trustee and Curator of the Chautauqua County Historical Society, John Paul Wolfe: https://www.c-span.org/video/?441547-2/albion-tourgees-oral-argument.

“Baking Music” with Raspberry Pi!

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:04

Hi everyone!

Here is a follow up from Jason “Jay” Barone, Manager at the Niagara Branch Library in Buffalo, who hosted and attended the WNYLRC Workshop on “Building Your Own Raspberry Pi” in January 2018. Led by Don Watkins (Library Trustee at the Blount Library in Franklinville and business entrepreneur engaged in many Open Access projects), people from school, public and academic libraries learned about the hugely powerful and versatile capabilities of the little device called Raspberry Pi!

Jay is using the Raspberry Pi he won (we raffled off several at the end of the session – but you can buy your own for less than $60), to get creative with Summer Reading programming – the theme this year is “Libraries Rock,” which could inspire music programming. In this vein, Jay tells us,

“This program is fantastic! We’ve been using our Raspberry Pi to develop STEM programs using the Scratch programming language, as well as creating music through code using the pre-installed Sonic Pi language and development environment!”

He added, “We’re also looking into creating our own on-demand arcade for the gamers in our community. The best part is that we can bring accessible and useful creative computing to our patrons of all ages and abilities, with programs that provide concrete results, like making your own song or creating your own animated short! These are just a few uses of the Raspberry Pi in libraries, but the sky is the limit!”

You can make Raspberry Pi a part of your library’s “recipe for success” in meeting different types of patron needs!

Submitted by:
~Jay Barone
Branch Manager
Niagara Branch Library
280 Porter Ave
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 882-1537

WNYLRC’s Erie Canal Exhibit Has Statewide Appeal

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:58

During the months of February and March 2018 the Erie Canal Exhibit, Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal, sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant that was awarded to the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), has been on display in the middle school library of the Adirondack Central School District, in Boonville, NY.

“Our students have had the opportunity to spend time learning some amazing facts from this exceptional, museum quality exhibit,” reports Kathleen Roberts, Library Aide at the School. “Delores Krutz used the exhibit as an assignment by bringing her 6th grade ELA students to the library to view and read the vast amount of information contained in the display through historical illustrations, lithographs, photographs, and richly detailed text. She turned this enrichment activity into a scavenger hunt with them searching for the answers to several key questions. By utilizing this method, it gave the students an exciting way to learn about the necessity and function of the Erie Canal. Having the display in the library also provided an out of classroom adventure, as we constantly seek to provide new and exciting learning opportunities for our students.”

Roberts stated, “Here in Boonville, NY, we live along the banks of the Black River Canal, and seeing this resource gave our students a way to connect our local history with that of the entire state of New York. The exhibit brought the rich canal history of our Central New York area to life. They could truly see how everything was centered upon canal life, and how our own area was an important piece of the overall trade and commerce of the great state of New York. ”

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to borrow and display this exhibit. We live in a rural area and it is refreshing when we are able to bring the world to our students. Many of them have never been to a museum and to share such a quality exhibit with them has been priceless. Many thanks go to Christi Sommerfeldt of the NNYLN for making this loan possible for us.”

Respectfully submitted by:
Kathleen M. Roberts, Library Aide
Adirondack CSD Middle School
8181 State Rte. 294
Boonville, NY 13309

More Enclosures! A Workshop Presented by the WNYLRC Preservation Committee

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:44

More Enclosures! A Workshop Presented by the WNYLRC Preservation Committee

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

You can register here: https://www.wnylrc.org/workshops/313

Danielle Glynn and Gabrielle Carlo will show attendees how to make your own, different kinds of enclosures that can save you from having to purchase more costly enclosures!

They will start with a review of the four-flap enclosure that Gabrielle taught at the first enclosures workshop, and will show attendees how to turn that enclosure into a three-flap enclosure, or peek-a-boo-type enclosure. They will also show attendees how to make a box with a lid out of folder stock, and how to store smaller items using remnants of folder stock.

Attendees can expect to learn how to safely store not only books that need extra attention, but also audio-visual materials and smaller objects. Folder stock and other tools will be provided.

Attendees may bring the following materials from their own collections that they can make an enclosure for, if they wish:
1. A single book, VHS, audiocassette, or something similar
2. A small collection of small items (pins, for example)

Folder stock and some other archival supplies will be provided for the hands-on activities. Attendees will take home their finished products!

Location: WNYLRC Training Center (www.wnylrc.org/directions)

Speaker Bios:

Danielle Glynn is the Archivist and Assistant Medical Librarian at the Edwin A. Mirand Library at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her M.A. in English from the University of Rochester and her Master of Library and Information Studies with a specialization in Archives from the University at Buffalo. She is currently working to establish an archives at the cancer center, including Dr. Mirand’s vast collection of historical materials. She has also worked for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system and the University at Buffalo Archives.

Gabrielle Carlo is the Archivist at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. She received her M.A. in Musicology from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and her B.A. in Vocal performance from Buffalo State College. Due to her interest in archives, libraries, and the importance of preserving history, she received her Master of Library and Information Science with a specialization in Music Librarianship and Archives from the University at Buffalo. Preserving the Gallery’s history not only fulfills a passion, but also contributes to the enhancement of the arts community in Buffalo. Aside from archival work, Gabrielle teaches Music History at Buffalo State College.

Masten Park High School Chronicles Now Online in New York Heritage!

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:19

A digitized collection of the earliest yearbooks of Buffalo’s second high school are now published for all to access at: https://nyheritage.org/collections/masten-park-high-school-chronicle-yearbooks. This project would never have come into being without the hard work and determination of Celia White, a professional librarian, who is also a volunteer archivist and alumna of City Honors, and whose experience in physical archives and digital libraries inspired her to pursue this project of making the school’s unique heritage available to everyone.

About the collection: The Masten Park High School Chronicles are paper-bound, semi-quarterly publications of Masten Park High School in Buffalo, New York. Four to six issues per year, 1900-1927, featured literary and journalistic writing of students, photos of sports teams and activities, advertisements for local business in Buffalo, and in the June issues, portraits of graduating seniors. A few issues are missing, as no copies were present in the physical collection held at City Honors School.

About the project: One hundred and six volumes, 1900-1927, were digitized. Each page can be viewed as an image, and the text of the yearbooks is fully searchable for names and other terms. The bound volumes were scanned at 300 ppi, 8 bit grayscale to produce uncompressed TIFF images, including covers, inside covers, and blanks. Pages were also scanned for text through Optical Character Recognition, which allowed all content, including names and dates, to be searchable and viewed as text.

Background: Masten Park High School was the second public high school in Buffalo, New York. It opened in 1897 on the East Side of Buffalo in the Masten Park neighborhood. By 1900, MPHS had enrolled over 1,100 students, as the population of Buffalo soared. A fire during the school day on March 27, 1912, which almost completely destroyed the building. At great cost, the school was rebuilt and reopened in 1914. The building is renowned for its architectural influences, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The yearbooks chronicle the students, staff and faculty of the school, and its famous Principal Dr. Frank Sheldon “Fearless” Fosdick. The building served as home to three more Buffalo Public Schools: Fosdick-Masten High School, Girls Vocational High School, and City Honors School.

About the partnerships: The Western New York Regional Library Council’s (WNYLRC) Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program (RBDB) provided the grant funding for this project.

New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, books, and more.

The Buffalo Public Schools Libraries is a member of WNYLRC.


Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:51

A message from Christine Waterman, President of SLAWNY:

The School Librarians’ Association of Western New York (SLAWNY) has recently become an Organizational Member of WNYLRC which will assist us in growing our organization. We are enthusiastic about this new relationship and had a wonderful SLAWNY membership meeting on February 6th at WNYLRC. We look forward to growing current relationships and building new relationships with other librarians, educators, and community members to support ongoing student learning and successes.

SLAWNY member meeting at WNYLRC, February 6, 2018

The School Librarians’ Association of Western New York (SLAWNY) mission is to lead school librarians in advancing the profession; to encourage, promote, and advocate the interests of school library programs and school librarians; and to ensure that each student becomes an active reader, responsible information-seeker, critical thinker and life-long learner.

New WNYLRC Member: The Buffalo Broadcasters Association

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:18

WNYLRC welcomes new member organization, the Buffalo Broadcasters! Rich Newberg, one of BBA’s co-founders and former TV news reporter, related to us the fascinating story of how the BBA got its start:

Rescuing WNY’s moving image history
By Rich Newberg (also reported in a Special to the Buffalo News)

Before I signed off on WIVB-TV for the last time, as 2015 came to an end, I was given an hour of air time to revisit my 46 years as a broadcast journalist. The memoir, “One Reporter’s Journey,” was a labor of love, but posed a challenge to me and my longtime colleague and friend Mike Mombrea Jr., who co-produced the piece. We had only a month and a half to navigate through terabytes of material that I had hoarded all those years.
In the newsroom, I was always the “go-to-guy” for fellow reporters who needed that one historic moment that would make their stories complete. Those moments lived inside my cassettes and I knew where to find them.
There was so much history stacked around my desk that on at least two occasions during my 37 years at ! Channel 4, the late General Manager Lou Verruto ordered that my cubicle be draped with yellow crime tape, warning staffers of potentially dangerous avalanches. Part of my collection of old scripts, tapes, and memorabilia once toppled into Jacquie Walker’s cubicle, smashing a glass candy jar with her name engraved on it. We’re still friends despite the incident, though she is apt to remind me that she no longer serves candy to our co-workers.

Mike and I were able to scan through all the big stories that defined my life as a newsman, selecting the nuggets of extraordinary events and people who, I believe, cried out for a curtain call. The passage of time allowed me to reflect on the meaning of each and every story and its place in Buffalo history.

Buffalo takes its history seriously. In fact, in the 1960s the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society began storing the daily news film from the three commercial TV stations, ending the practice of throwing out “yesterday’s news.” Walter Dunn, who ran the Society back then, was quoted as saying “It’s not up to us to decide what’s important. We just need to save it and let those in the future figure that out.”

A half century later, we’re finally ready to figure it out.
WIVB-TV General Manager Dominic Mancuso and parent company Nexstar have reaffirmed an earlier agreement allowing the Buffalo Broadcasters Association to digitize the station’s news film and early videotapes, which are now rapidly deteriorating on the shelf.
“It will allow students, historians, and others to explore the rich history of Buffalo through the eyes of local television newscasts, just as residents viewed it when it happened,” Mancuso said. “Reading about it is one thing, but actually being able to see it is so much more comprehensive an experience. We thought it was a great idea and were happy to re-launch the project.”

WIVB-TV has been a leader in honoring Buffalo’s colorful past. Some of my most gratifying years as senior correspondent were spent exploring the city’s roots in the civil rights movement,! our glory days as an industrial powerhouse, and the people whose actions exemplified “The City of Good Neighbors.”
When Channel 4 turned 50 in 1998, the staff treated viewers to a nostalgic journey back to the very first days of television in Buffalo. What a kick to see Ilio Dipaolo in the wrestling ring at the Aud, and Jack Kemp quarterbacking the Bills. Van Miller was a young kid from Dunkirk hoping he’d be accepted into living rooms across Western New York.

Bringing back Buffalo’s moving image history was meant to be. Thousands of reels of news film from Channels 2, 4, and 7 have been saved by rescuers on many occasions. Some broadcast industry veterans even sheltered the rare footage in their basements until warehouse space could be found. They understood that life, as captured through the lens of the photojournalist and the reporter, is the first draft of history.
Stories of rescues are legendary, says Steve Reszka, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.

“My favorite is how a high-profile Buffalo broadcaster went dumpster diving to save film that a station threw out because they didn’t have space for it,” he said. “Imagine the history that would have been lost.”
A decade ago, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association struck its first agreement with WIVB-TV and digitized all the news film aired in 1966, the first full year of reports that were saved in the archive. Chris Musial, who was the station’s general manager at the time, said, “We are the video archive. We’re the video memory keepers. Nobody else has that, and if we don’t do something about it, it’s lost.”

Losing the moving images from the 1960s would have been a pity for documentary producers like Susan Stern. Her late husband, Spain Rodriguez, was a product of that era, and became a nationally renowned “underground” cartoonist. He grew up in Buffalo, and, according to Stern, “was inspired by Buffalo’s multiracial bohemia of the 1950s and 1960s.” When she began writing the story of his life for television, Stern reached out to the Buffalo Broadcasters Association in search of video.

“Many people told me I would never find television footage of these pieces of American history, so when I learned that the Buffalo Broadcasters Association had saved original film footage from the ’60s, I was hopeful.”

She became “ecstatic” after the Association provided her with film footage of the Road Vultures Motorcycle Club, an outlaw group of bikers. Rodriguez once rode with that gang, although, according to Stern, he tried to steer members away from criminal activity! . The Buffalo clips will appear in “The Provocations of Spain Rodriguez,” Stern’s work in progress.

I began my own video memoir by telling viewers I wanted them to get to know me a little bit better, what made me tick as a newsman, and the lessons I learned from covering just about every aspect of life in Western New York. In the process, I got to know myself a whole lot better.

My hope is that the same will be true for all the people of Buffalo, as our moving image history comes to life. The defining moments in our collective journey could very well help us chart our future, and, at the very least, help us understand how we arrived at where we are today.

A Buffalo comedian recently lamented the fact that he is “talking proud,” but doesn’t know why. Hang in there, buddy. With the “click of a mouse” ! you will be able to call up just about any chapter in Buffalo’s storied history on your computer. Those exceptional Buffalo moments in time will be accessible using key words or names, just as you would conduct a Google search on any given topic.

The Buffalo story is about to be shared with the world, through the words and actions of its own citizens. That accomplishment alone will be a source of pride. Actually seeing how we weathered some of history’s greatest challenges should give us the knowledge and confidence that only comes with the gift of self-discovery.
Rich Newberg was a reporter and anchor at WIVB for more than 37 years until his retirement in 2015. He is a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

OERs – Not Just for Academics! By Cece Fuoco, School Library Systems Director – Staff Specialist at Cattaraugus-Allegeny BOCES

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:19

The Western New York Library Resource Council’s Shared Resource Committee recently hosted an Open Educational Resources (OER) conference at Hilbert College (see blog article posted November 7, by Lucy Bungo). Many of the topics related to audiences working in higher education. Academia has been receptive and proactive in sharing resources, and instructor-written textbooks no longer preclude those with limited financial resources from reading assignments and engaging in classroom discussions. However, there were a few attendees like myself who were curious to learn if OERs were applicable to k-12 school curricula.
Many New York public schools benefit from state aid making them capable of funding textbooks more cost-effectively than higher education institutions. However, not all public schools have budgets for providing sufficient technology or staff support that would enable them to access and use OERs. Nonetheless, I found the day to be engaging and highly informative with my notes to serve as a reference.
Upon returning from the conference, I was invited to speak with two of CA BOCES’ Career and Technical Education Centers where high school juniors and seniors are preparing to work in specific industries. After a review of resources, several teachers asked if there were online textbooks, resources for criminal justice, tutorials for welding and automotive technology. Remembering what I had learned at the OER conference, I was able to share http://www.ltcconline.net/greenl/oer/oerlistfromlistserve.htm which complements many areas of the curriculum, and https://www.oercommons.org/ which offers resources K-adult education with applicability to several BOCES’ classes.
Just recently, I was asked to consider purchasing an eTextbook for an instructor of automotive technology. A quick search revealed that the author offers a free version of the eTextbook. The instructor was thrilled, and I owe it to new knowledge gained at the OER conference!
If another OER conference is held, please consider visiting. (You just might find me “freely” sharing at a poster session).