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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

Ask the SCORE Business Mentor Program is Now Available to WNYLRC Members!!

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:19

Whether you manage a large, multi-unit library system, or a small library with only a handful of staff members, chances are you’ve encountered situations where you wished you could get some advice before deciding on a course of action. Well, now there is help through WNYLRC’s new Ask the SCORE Business Mentor program; a partnership between WNYLRC and the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of SCORE.
Libraries, like any other business organization are always experiencing challenges with different aspects of organizational management, whether it is related to budget, personnel, policies, infrastructure, customer service, marketing or other aspects of business growth and development.
SCORE is a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and provides free and confidential business advice through its network of professional business volunteers. Like WNYLRC’s Ask the Lawyer program, our members can begin the process of getting advice on a number of topics by filling out an online form on the WNYLRC website at https://www.wnylrc.org/ask-the-sbm. The form and program description are found by clicking on the “Programs” tab at the top of the WNYLRC website homepage.
Through this process, you can ask your question, which will be directed to a SCORE volunteer who is an expert in the subject of your query. You will be provided with a written response, and may even request further assistance such as direct email communication, online chat or even a face-to-face meeting with the SCORE volunteer mentor. There will also be a “Recently Asked Questions” (RAQ) section on the WNYLRC website where you can search for answers to your questions that may have already been provided.
The SCORE business mentors are experienced in all aspects and stages of business, from start to growth of your existing organization. WNYLRC members now have the opportunity to get guidance and support with the everyday operations of their libraries and library systems! According to the SCORE website, small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth. Here is your opportunity to improve your library operations, so go ahead, Ask the SCORE Business Mentor!

What Does a Cap and Gown Say About a Graduate?

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 17:12

Hi everyone,

Each month, the New York Heritage website features a specific collection from each of the seven currently contributing regions. For the month of May, we selected the Commencement Ceremony Programs Collection from the Henrietta Lewis Library at Niagara County Community College as the featured collection from the Western New York region.

May is generally college graduation month, so we thought this would be a fitting collection to highlight. For those of you who have a graduate in the family or are working at an institution where graduations will be taking place, we discovered some information in this collection that may be of interest: https://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16694coll90/id/10/rec/1

The very first commencement program (1965) in this collection has a short story (on the final page) about the origins of academic dress for commencement ceremonies, dating back to medieval England! The color and design of the three basic elements: cap, gown and hood, can reveal the institution a person graduated from, what field of study they were graduating in and what level of degree (bachelor, master, doctorate). For the genealogist, this can possibly mean additional clues about a family member, if an image of the graduate in dress exists, even if the image is black and white (the cut of the gown sleeves, for example, have meaning)!

So, happy graduation month everyone and thanks to NCCC for their great collection!!

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.