Welcome to the NIOGA Library System Outreach Blog!

February 22, 2010

This was created to help in disiminating all the information I receive and hear about in my travels and hope this will make it easier for NIOGA member libraries to stay updated on outreach related information. Please comment and let me know what you think or share your ideas…and thanks for visiting!

Jennifer Morris, NIOGA Outreach Librarian

About Outreach Services

Outreach Services are mandated by the New York State Department of Education as a way to provide library services to target populations who are most in need and who often are not regular library users.

NIOGA targeted outreach populations:

  • Individuals who are 65+ years old
  • Individuals with visual, physical, or developmental disabilities
  • Residents of institutional facilities
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Individuals with an educational disadvantage
  • Job Seekers
  • Individuals who are geographically isolated
  • Incarcerated individuals and individuals with criminal records

The NIOGA Library System is a non-profit cooperative library system serving the public libraries in three counties. The library system takes its name from the counties that it serves – Niagara, Orleans and Genesee. The system, which consists of twenty-one public libraries, is one of twenty-three similar systems in New York State. It receives most of its financial support through the New York State Department of Education. The NIOGA Library System, which was chartered in 1958, helps to provide improved informational services to all residents of its three county area.

  • Mission Statement – The mission of the NIOGA Library System is to extend and improve library services to the residents of Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties by assisting local libraries in meeting the information needs of their communities through leadership, education, inspiration, and enhanced resource sharing (Adopted September 1994)
  • Vision Statement – The vision of the NIOGA Library System is to guide the member libraries through the 21st century by continuous research and implementation of appropriate services and technologies (March 2001).

For more information about the NIOGA Library System, please visit http://niogalibrary.org/nioga/info.htm

New York State’s Public Library Systems brochure


For Outreach Services questions, Large Print and Playaway group loans, or to request gaming equipment (DDR, Guitar Hero III & Wii) please contact:

Jennifer Morris

Outreach Librarian

Phone: 716-434-6167 x29

Fax: 716-434-8231

Email: jmorris@nioga.org

To request all other audio/visual equipment, including Bi-Folkal Kits please contact:

Kathy Horner

Senior Library Clerk

Phone: 716-434-6167 x28

Email: khorn@nioga.org





Audiobooks, E-readers and Accessibility

December 1, 2009

News Release from the National Federation of the Blind

Universities Will Not Deploy Kindle DX as Textbook Reader


Orleans Transit Service

September 25, 2009

George Todd, the new Regional Manager for the Orleans Transit Service gave a presentation at the NY Connects Orleans County meeting yesterday.  Due to my poor note-taking during his talk, I copied some information from the Orleans County website

OTS is one of six regional properties that provide public transportation to the general public, individuals with disabilities and to various Human Service Agencies in the respective region. OTS operates under the umbrella of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA).
In addition to its Loop Service in Albion and Medina, OTS offers the residents of Orleans County a County-Wide Demand Response Service Monday through Friday. The service provides those individuals who have limited access to private transportation more flexibility to schedule shopping, appointments (doctor, dentist, etc.) and any other visits throughout the County. To make a reservation, residents must call OTS 24 hours prior to the date and time they wish to be picked up. The fare is $3.00 per one-way trip.

More information, including schedules and maps are available on the Orleans Transit Service website.

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier

September 15, 2009

The presenter at Monday’s Lockport Human Services meeting was Daniel Neal from Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, a non-profit, community-based service agency that provides residential and support services to adults and youth over 18.  Below are just two of the many programs offered that he talked about.


A club for people who suffer from a serious mental illness. The purpose is to help individuals participate as full citizens in their community and to provide an environment that is conducive to personal development and growth. Day program offers vocational skills training and life skills enhancements. Evening program develops social skills through recreational participation. Both day and evening programs offer meals and transportation.

Future Visions Clubhouse

344 Walnut Street

Lockport, NY 14094



The Drop In Center Program is designed to provide 24 hour face-to-face support to individuals experiencing mental and emotional difficulties, that without supportive crisis intervention may result in emergency room treatment, or possible hospitalization.  The Drop In Center provides support for consumers beyond traditional service hours.

Drop in Center

344 Walnut Street (rear of the building)

Lockport, NY 14094


My New Favorite Website

August 21, 2009


News Release from Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. and Goodwill Community Foundation:

GCFLEARNFREE.ORG Shows Increase in Online Learning During Tough Economic Times

Raleigh, NC- GCFLearnFree.org has always offered computer and life-skills training 100% free. We’ve had over 650,000 learners take advantage of this opportunity over the years. But during this recent rough economic time, we are seeing a dramatic increase in people signing up for online classes and taking our self-paced tutorials.

This year alone we’ve accommodated over half a million visitors on our English and Spanish sites. In 2009, we’ve already awarded over 1,500 Continuing Education Units in our online classes, which is 65% more than last year at this time. Among our Top 10 tutorials are Computer Basics, Microsoft Excel, Word, and Internet Basics.

Not surprisingly, our Career Development tutorial also continues to be in the Top 10. In this tutorial, learners can get tips on writing resumes and what to expect in an interview as well as other job-seeking strategies.

GCFLearnFree.org’s motto is, “Learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free.” Our program lives up to this motto by offering various ways of learning. Our self-paced tutorials allow a learner to step through a tutorial at their own pace on their own time. Our online classes are for learners who want more structure with guidance from our on-line instructors. At the completion of a class a Certificate of Completion and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.

GCFLearnFree.org is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to offer CEUs for these classes. No matter which path a learner chooses, they are able to access all of our materials 24 hours a day at no charge.

We receive regular feedback from users such as, “I loved this class…it was difficult and challenging for me but a real sense of accomplishment followed every ‘Assignment’.” Another user commented, “I really enjoyed the class. Thank you for giving us a place where we can improve our skills for better employment.” And yet another wrote, “I believe that this website is a truly valuable tool. I recommend it to people all the time as a way to learn. The best part is it’s free!!” These are just a few of the testimonials that speak volumes, letting us and others know that we continue to have an impact on the local and global community.

For additional information on the learning opportunities offered by GCFLearnFree.org visit http://www.gcflearnfree.org/.

ABOUT GCFLearnFree.org- GCFLearnFree.org, formerly GCF Global Learning, is owned by the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc. (”GCF”) and operated on behalf of GCF by Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. (GIENC). GCF launched its website in 1999 and quickly began to share our free curriculum with learners all over the world. We believe that quality, innovative education helps people improve the quality of their lives. And through our computer, technology, and life skills training, our learners acquire the skills they need to do this.

Literacy Grant

August 21, 2009

From the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL):

The Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award will reward and enhance family programming in library settings. The three $10,000 grants awarded each year will connect more families to their local libraries and expand their literacy efforts in new and innovative ways.

One winner will be chosen from each of the three following categories: local Friends of the Library programs, public/academic libraries and urban libraries.

Free Webinar this Thursday: Understanding the ROI of Social Media

August 12, 2009

Date & Time: Thursday, August 13, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: Online

You understand how to track the success of your programs, but when it comes to social media you’re at a loss. How do you show that this new technology is something worth the staff time invested? If you are interested in implementing a social media program (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Digg) but are unsure how to measure the impact or know what success looks like, attend this free TechSoup Talks webinar. Kami Griffiths will interview John Haydon and Chris Garrett to learn more about the impact we can expect to see from these tools, how it can be tracked, and how to adapt to get the most return on your investment.

This webinar is best suited for people new to social media or interested in learning how they can talk about this topic with their Board or Executive team. This will not discuss the specific tools or how they work, but will focus on how to measure their impact. For an overview of social media, watch this TechSoup Talks webinar: Basics for Beginners: Getting Started with Social Media Tools.