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Keeping Track of Contact Hours at WNYLRC

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:38

Are you keeping track of the workshops you attend at WNYLRC?

You can access previous workshops you attended by logging into your member profile on WNYLRC.org.

Once you log in, click on your name at the top of the page and select “My Account”. You will be taken to a page with your profile and account information. On the left hand side, you will see a menu listing “My Profile”, “My Workshops”, “My Webinars”, “Workshop Policies”, and “Change Password”.

Click on “My Workshops”, and you will see a list of all the workshops you have attended at WNYLRC, with the date and time, and an option to print your certificate.

If you didn’t sign into the workshop when attending, the certificate may not be present. It is important to sign in when attending any workshop so that we may verify your presence and you receive credit for attending.

Learn more about our professional development services and find more information about receiving continuing education credits. Some classes and seminars are eligible for CEUs. The certificates you view and print from your WNYLRC profile are certificates of attendance. To request CEU credits, fill out this form.

New York Times Highlights Local Landmark (And Its Library and Librarian!)

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:23
Pagoda at Lily Dale, (ca. 1907, courtesy Joe Nickell Collection, Center for Inquiry Library, New York Heritage)

A recent issue of the New York Times introduced readers to the fascinating and unique Lily Dale Assembly in Chautauqua County. Times writer, Caroline Tompkins delved into past and current activities and people that have shaped the Spiritualist community since its inception in 1879; referencing the Fox Sisters (who are acknowledged with beginning the Spiritualist Movement despite later being discredited), Susan B. Anthony (who regularly visited the community), and more recent mediums and visitors who make up the ebb and flow of life in this tiny, tucked away spot along Cassadaga Lake – which, despite its small geographic size is actually probably the largest center for religious Spiritualism in the world!

Towards the end of the piece, you might recognize the person in the photo described as “Gorgeously tattooed and a with a spray of pale blue hair…” who is none other than Mandi Shepp, Library Director for the Marion H. Skidmore Library at Lily Dale! Mandi, as the article states, has accomplished so much to reinvigorate and bring life (pardon the unintended pun!) to this very special library. Mandi is also an active member of WNYLRC, having just finished a term on the Resource Sharing Committee and currently leading the Continuin Education Committee (with Co-Chair Erien Weller at B&ECPL), in launching WNYLRC’s first ever Unconference taking place on October 5, 2018!

The link to the article is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/style/lily-dale-mediums-spiritualism.html



WNY STEAM Conference at Daemen College

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:57

Come join fellow educators at the 2018 WNY STEAM Conference: Building Buffalo And Beyond, held this year at Daemen College on August 6th.

Discuss the nature of STEAM education in K-12 schools of all types: private, public, and charter. Sessions are led not just by K-12 teachers, but by college and university professors, librarians, and other STEAM industry professionals. You will learn that “building” has many meanings and with STEAM, you will see how these different meanings connect multiple fields. Link together science, technology, engineering, art, and math to create a more unified region in Western New York.

On August 7th, as part of your conference registration, you can sign up for a variety of immersive experiences in Western New York, including a special educator’s tour of the Darwin Martin House, a visit to the Central Library’s Launchpad, and a special preview of the new Children’s Museum, located at Canalside.

Learn more about the 2018 WNY Steam Conference.
View conference session descriptions and schedule.
Register for the conference.

Improving Cultural Access: Exploring the Challenger Community News Archive

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:31

Everyone is invited to attend a presentation on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium to see Marcella Griffin, Buffalo State graduate student in nonprofit administration, and Heather Gring, Burchfield Penney archivist, present Griffin’s current project.

Griffin has been working on organizing and archiving material from the Challenger Community News. The Challenger Community News is a Buffalo paper with a focus on the African American community, and was founded by Former Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, Calvin Kimbrough, and John Moore in 1963, an especially significant year in the Civil Rights Movement. 2018 is the Challenger’s 55th year in print, and it is the largest circulating Black newspaper outside of New York City, with a wide readership stretching from Buffalo to Rochester to Syracuse.

Griffin will give an overview of her project, titled, “Improving Cultural Access: Exploring the Challenger Community News Archive” and speak about the cultural impact of the Challenger Community News in her presentation on Thursday.

More information about the presentation

Source information about the Challenger Community News’ history

City Of Buffalo Public Library Branches Awarded Rotary Club Grant!

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:44

Great news! The Rotary Club of Buffalo recently announced the recipients of the Major Grant program: the City of Buffalo Public Library Branches. The $116,675 grant will be used towards improving the children’s spaces in the Crane (Elmwood Ave.), Dudley (South Park Ave.), East Clinton (East Clinton St.), East Delavan (East Delavan Ave.), Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. (Jefferson Ave.), Niagara (Porter Ave.), North Park (Hertel Ave.) and Riverside (Tonawanda St.) branches. This grant will help make these children’s spaces more inviting, and support the creation of the Rotary Reads Kids Club project.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo has long been a supporter of public libraries in the community. In particular, the club focuses on improving education and has given support to a number of organizations that promote learning and literacy in all ages. With Rotary Reads Kids Club, the club and the libraries are in partnership to encourage lifelong reading, discovery, and curiosity in children as well as provide a safe, welcoming place for children and families to read together.

Read about the project as announced by the Rotary Club of Buffalo and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries.

For More Information:   

Katharine Smith, Rotary Club of Buffalo, 716-839-3696
Joy Testa Cinquino, Library, 716-858-7182

Albright-Knox at Google Arts & Culture

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:15

A recent collaboration between Google Arts & Culture, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and over 30 institutions from seven different countries has brought to life the works of artist and revolutionary Frida Kahlo. The accessible online exhibition, “Faces Of Frida”, features over 800 works of art and includes sketches, drawings, and letters by Kahlo. You can read and view these works for free, take a guided tour of her famed home in Mexico City, La Casa Azul, and even explore the cultural significance of her clothing.

As part of the online exhibition, you can view and read about “Self-Portrait With Monkey” which was painted by Kahlo in 1938 and bequeathed to Albright-Knox in 1966. Staff at Albright-Knox Art Gallery worked with GA&C to create the in-painting contextual story, which was researched and written by Holly E. Hughes, Godin-Spaulding Curator and Curator for the Collection at the Albright-Knox, and Emily Mangione, Albright-Knox Art Gallery Assistant Editor.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery was approached by Google Arts & Culture in June 2017 to collaborate on a special project commemorating Frida Kahlo. They were also asked by GA&C to share artwork from their collection, including portraits, so they could be part of the “search with your selfie” feature on Google Arts & Culture (the app allows you to upload your selfie in order to match you with a portrait and find your “fine arts doppelgänger”). Holly E. Hughes, along with other staff members, selected 77 works of art from Albright-Knox’s collection to be included in Google Arts & Culture. They created high resolution images of these works and researched, wrote, and translated contextual information for each artwork that was then shared with Google. Each artwork was translated into at least 3 different languages (English/Spanish/French) and additional translations were included depending on the nationality of the artist.

Additional artwork will be added by the end of 2018, thus bringing to people all over the world art from the wonderful collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which includes works by Jackson Pollack, Vincent van Gogh, Mark Rothko, and of course, Frida Kahlo.

Take a look at this great project, and many thanks to Kelly Carpenter, Digital Assets Manager, for sharing information about this project with us!

Google Arts & Culture: Faces Of Frida

Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Google Arts & Culture