Hello World Tech & Youth Services

Cardboard Boat Race

The time has arrived. By Friday, June 22nd we would like at least 9 libraries to commit to having a boat in the race. The cost for each entry is $40--payment isn't due until the day of the race.

Building a Boat: Ideas From Schuylerville Library.

  1. Imagine the design of your boat--some might make a prefab using card stock
  2. Collect your cardboard
  3. Re-imagine your design
Build your frame and tack it together
Flip it over and seal the bottom/hull
Flip it over, inspect, cover the bow, then wrap it length wise.
Then seal the interior. Two schools of thought a taped interior adds waterproofing but adds weight and reduces speed.

Holy Duct Tape Batman. But honestly it took Jenny 40 minutes and 3 spools of duct tape to cover her boat.

Some things to look out for.

Things to know:

  • These builds seem to work best with teams of 2 or 3.
  • You will need to bring a paddle or make friends once you're there to borrow a paddle.
  • You will need a life jacket, but they can be rented at the event.
  • You can build your boat at the event between 8am-11am, but you will need to BYODT (Bring Your Own Duct Tape)


We've all seen it kids sitting at the computer for hours play something on Roblox but it looks like something good has come from Roblox...

Roblox launched Roblox Education, an initiative to produce free curriculum for educators and summer coding camps. Roblox hopes the program will spark new creativity in the 60 million kids who utilize their platform and encourage students to pursue careers in coding. In addition, Robolox and Universal Brand Development are launching a Creator Challenge that will help kids learn how to program by creating Jurassic World-inspired video games, with lessons ranging from modifying the topography of a landscape to testing the effects of implementing new game mechanics.

I'll try and test it out this week but from a cursory glimpse it looks like a promising tool for those interested in teaching game coding.

Sustainability in Youth Services

What's it made of? Where does it go at the end of its life?

Earlier last week we began the conversation about how to make green purchasing decisions easier when planning for the summer reading program. Look for more information in the June NYLA Sustainability Initiative e-Newsletter! Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/2ms60AI

Talking points in general for vendors

  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

from https://living-future.org/declare/declare-about/

Best of the Best Materials--YALSA

Have you checked out our 2018 Best of the Best materials yet? Find tons of free marketing materials like logos, bookmarks, spine labels and more that feature our top ten lists and award-winning titles! You can use these lists to promote the year’s best in YA with your teen patrons. And the top ten lists are great to recommend to your teens summer reading!

The General Data Protection Regulation: What Does It Mean for Libraries Worldwide?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a binding European Union (EU) law governing data protection and privacy for citizens and residents of the EU and the European Economic Area, will go into force on May 25, 2018. GDPR, a robust privacy framework, aims to give more control to individuals over their personal data. Businesses and others collecting data must ensure that full disclosures are made and consent is freely given by the individuals whose data is being collected...

You can read the full PDF here: http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/IssueBrief_GDPR_May2018.pdf

  • Breach Notification: Companies must notify users within 72 hours of a data breach.
  • Right to Access: Everyone has a right to their own information. If requested, personal data must be turned over, free of charge, in an electronic format.
  • Right to be Forgotten: If there is information about you online that is harming you then you can request to have it removed. Companies will have to take into account the public interest in the information.
  • Data Portability: Companies need to provide your personal information to you in a commonly used and machine readable format that can be transferred to another service.
  • Privacy by Design: When designing services (e.g., websites, apps), businesses must consider how to keep user information protected. It should be built into the design, not an afterthought.
  • Data Protection Officers: All companies must assign someone to be responsible for overseeing their data protection strategy and compliance with GDPR requirements.
“What in the world does this have to do with me, isn’t this just a EU regulation?”

Well, yes and no.

Don’t go and hit the panic button at your library if you are not in compliance.

Don’t go and hit the panic button at your library if you are not in compliance. Those of us who only serve patrons living in the United States do not have to follow these regulations. However, GDPR effects many of our library vendors who have customers in the EU. That is why you’ve seen many of them updating their policies and procedures to be in compliance with the new regulations.


The state has announced their OnLine Registration Software for this summer. I havn't tried the software yet, but I'll give it a go this week and report back.

See the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readsquared.htm for information and to submit a request for a READsquared site for your library.

Training sessions are scheduled as follows and will all be recorded for viewing again at a later date, or for those who are unable to attend. Library staff will be able to select a training session when signing up through the READsquared portal at the link above.

  • 06/08/2018 10:30 AM EDT
  • 06/12/2018 4:00 PM EDT
  • 06/14/2018 10:30 AM EDT
  • 06/19/2018 10:30 AM EDT

SALS System Use and Satisfaction Survey 2017

This survey contains a variety of questions to gather data to determine the use, value and satisfaction of SALS current services and possible future services.

Feel free to skip questions when you have no knowledge of or opinions about those services. Questions marked with an asterisk must be answered.

It should take less than 10 minutes to complete.


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