2014 Conference Program Descriptions

Friday, November 7

Program Slot #3
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Visual Storytelling: Infographics in the Library

Sponsor: ASLS / SSL
Infographics have become an almost ubiquitous sight on the Internet and across social media platforms. In addition to being a simple visual representation of information, a successful infographic should tell a story. A well thought out and designed infographic can make complex concepts and data sets easy to understand. This presentation will explore the elements of a successful infographic, including topic selection, layout, and use of design elements. An overview of available inforgaphic tools will also be provided. The session will conclude with a discussion of the use of infographics in libraries for marketing and instruction, among other things.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Cary Gouldin, SUNY Albany


Hudson Valley Prisons: a History

Sponsor: CORT
David L. Miller had a 30 year career with NYS DOCCS, beginning as a teacher and ending as Superintendent of Eastern CF in Ulster County.  His book, Punishment Enough: a Different Approach to Doing Time, includes his perspective, that of inmates, and that of cultural program volunteers, often with a focus on library-related programs. Each prison discussed has an interesting history and each was built to reflect a different correctional philosophy. An article about Superintendent Miller's interest in prison history can be found at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/12/nyregion/proud-prison-documents-its-past-act-preservation-invitation-look-inside.html
Track: Current Issues & Research
Speaker: David L. Miller, Author & retired Superintendent of Eastern Correctional Facility

Just Say Yes!

Sponsor: LAMS
For the past several years, libraries have been challenged by an ever changing informational and technological landscape. We’re faced with developing strategies for things like web design, social media, and marketing, as well as other areas new and unfamiliar to many libraries. Leaders are often faced with making decisions about projects they may not fully understand. So how do we convince decision-makers to say “yes” to these types of initiatives?  In this session, Bizzle will provide techniques for approaching decision-makers in ways that will not only help them understand the strategies, but also become champions of them as well. Whether you’re a staff member working with your department head, a department head working with administration, or an administrator seeking board approval, learn how to discuss these projects, their costs, and their impact in ways that will help your library leadership Just Say Yes!
Track: Administration & Leadership
Ben Bizzle, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library

Advanced Trustee Training (Beyond Your Average Boot Camp)

Sponsor: LTA of NYS
This popular program is updated and revised for 2014. Developed by Dick Strauss and originally entitled " Basic Trustee Training (Not Your Average Boot Camp), it has been presented across the state. Having been revised to address deeper trustee concerns, it will be co-presented by Joe Eisner. Trustee fundamentals will be covered, but the session will also address more advanced trustee concerns, including issues like liability and minimum requirements.  Specific questions will be solicited in advance and addressed during the presentation.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Dick Strauss, LTA
Joe Eisner, LTA

Sustainable Thinking

Sponsor: NYLA Program
Join the “sustainable thinking” movement! The infusion of the core value of sustainability into our organizations – in every area of operations, not just facilities – will help lead to choices, partnerships and messages that will positively impact the future of our libraries. There are advantages to be gained on many fronts by adopting and developing a sustainable thought pattern, including funding, public perception, and library worker satisfaction.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
Matt Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library

PLS Annual Membership Meeting with Speaker Michael Stephens

Sponsor: PLS
The Public Libraries Section will host its annual membership meeting to include an opening speech from Michael Stephens from San Jose State University and “Tame the Web.” Michael will offer an abstract from his PLS sponsored 2014 NYLA Conference program with White Plains Public Library Director Brian Kenney. PLS will also present awards, scholarships, recap 2014, and set the tone for 2015.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Michael Stephens, San Jose State University / “Tame the Web”
Sara Dallas, Southern Adirondack Library System
Brian Hildreth, Southern Tier Library Sytem


Rethinking Library Space: What Happened to the Reference Desk and Shelves?

Sponsor: RASS / ASLS
As libraries turn to digital collections and user habits change, traditional collections and service desks may be occupying more space than necessary. Learn how to reclaim and re-purpose shelf space and service points in order to better meet the needs of your community.
Track: User Services
Karen Vermut, Queens Library
Ruth Herzberg, Queens Library
Lisa Chaudhuri, Le Moyne College


SMART Membership Meeting and Flash Talks

Sponsor: SMART
Membership meeting for the SMART section, followed by SMART-hosted flash talks (Pecha Kucha).
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers: TBD

Find the Common in Common Core

Sponsor: SSL / SLSA
The need for libraries is even greater since the introduction of the Common Core Learning Standards.  School libraries are in high demand, but often it is difficult to supply the high quality resources that teachers struggle to find.  Parents are dazed by the changes and challenges facing their children.  Public libraries are witnessing droves of teachers, students, and families looking for resources and assistance.  What can public librarians do to market their services and help teachers, students, and parents manage the instructional learning shifts? How do we connect the school day experience with the public library mission?  The key is communication and collaboration.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Joyce R. Laiosa, Adjunct Professor, University at Albany
Christina Menetti, Voorheesville Middle School, Clayton A. Bouton High School


Teen Cons

Sponsor: YSS
What does it take to put on a teen science fiction and fantasy convention at your library?  Rose Burdick will share lessons learned from working with local teens, community partners, and the media to create a successful event that will bring in new patrons and stir the imagination of regular library users.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker: Rose Burdick, Maxwell Memorial Library


Program Slot #4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Library to Learning Commons

Sponsor: ASLS
This presentation will discuss the involvement of workflow, merging, and enhancing services within libraries and how services are enhanced by being in a learning center commons.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Regina Vertone, Sage Colleges
Mark McBride, Monroe Community College


Road to Citizenship@Your Library

Sponsor: ESRT
Literacy Volunteers of Westchester/Rockland CEO, Pat Rajala, and LVWRC VP of Curriculum and Training, Elaine Giardino, will talk about a successful library literacy partnership and lead a discussion of why and how libraries can and should provide literacy and citizenship instruction to the growing numbers of immigrants in all our communities.  Libraries are perceived as welcoming and nonjudgmental. More and more libraries are building library traffic through the provision of nontraditional services, including English for Speakers of Other Languages programs that segue into citizenship preparation. Libraries can support outreach to various community groups, and can offer a wide variety of programs targeted to new arrivals including citizenship drives, multi-lingual legal clinics, and others. A wide variety of nonprofits have been funded to offer these services free of charge in New York Stat, and libraries can be primary movers in convening these agencies in the service of their communities.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Patricia Rajala, Westchester/Rockland Literacy Volunteer, CEO
Elaine Giardino, Westchester/Rockland Literacy Volunteer

Redefining Literacy in the Age of the Image CANCELLED

Sponsor: FILM
The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens by Stephen Apkon has a Foreword by Martin Scorsese.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux  (2013)  We live in a world awash in images. The recent technological revolutions in video recording, editing, and distribution are more akin to the development of moveable type than any other such revolution in the last five hundred years. And yet, most of us are not aware of the grammar of visual communication, the coded messages of its style, or the practical components of its production. We are largely, in a word, illiterate.  In The Age of the Image, Apkon draws on the history of literacy, on the science of how storytelling works on the human brain, and on the value of literacy in real-world situations, and argues that now is the time to transform the way we teach, create, and communicate so that we can all step forward together into a rich and stimulating future.  This session will help you learn to identify the value of literacy in real-world situations (including on the job at your library.) It will transform the way you work in your library through programming and partnering with other institutions/organizations. It will also encourage you to be more mindful of your teaching and communication practices. Storytelling is an underlying influence of new media and technology. Attendees will deepen their understanding about the “grammar” and the structure of visual communication, learn how to successfully tell stories and understand that stories are different when we watch them, as opposed to reading them.  Steve will guide us in this exciting age and show us how libraries can harness this new realm of visual literacy to shape our patron experiences and library programs.  Steve will provide resources so that we too can change the world.  He will be signing books after the presentation.  For more information, please visit Steve’s website: http://www.theageoftheimage.com/  “Steve Apkon is one of the leading visualists and educators of the day, and this sumptuously-detailed and profound new book should be required reading for anyone who thinks about how to effectively communicate in this new world of screens.” Jonathan Demme, Academy Award-winning director.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Stephen Apkon, Founder and Former Executive Director of The Jacob Burns Film Center & President of Big 20 Productions


Q & A with Commissioner King

Question and answer session with New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Dr. John B. King, Jr., Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York
Bernard Margolis, State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, NYSL


Walk Your Precinct and Activate Your Library Advocates

Sponsor: PLS / EFR
Are you looking for new ways to engage and activate advocates for your library? We will explore a range of innovative options to energize, focus, and improve your library advocacy efforts while learning how to put proven techniques that political campaigns use to reach voters to work. Come and learn how librarians who see themselves in a new, more politically savvy way recognize that they are “the candidate”.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Speaker: John Chrastka, EveryLibrary


Malcolm Hill Lecture: How Libraries Develop Sustainable Communities
Sponsor: PULISDO
As part of NYLA’s recent commitment to encourage libraries to see themselves as sustainable organizations, this workshop explores the unique potential libraries possess for playing an active role in developing more sustainable communities. Through the practice of regeneration, the development of library staff, facilities, and programs serve as effective instruments for transforming community vitality – for sustaining life.  There are two complementary dimensions to such a regenerative approach:     
    • Regenerative Design at its entry level is the process for reversing systemic damage/decline (environmental, socio-economic) and creating the basis for self-renewing systems health.  
    • Regenerative Development is a continual process that builds the capacity, capability, and will of stakeholders to serve as co-designers and active participants in the continual evolutionary transformation of their unique place.    
The workshop is designed to experience regenerative living systems thinking and for seeing the role that each of us play in sustaining life in our unique communities. It begins with a highly interactive set of short experiential exercises, followed by a discussion of how natural systems provide guides for whole systems transformation – for seeing patterns of interrelationships that help us shift our thinking from “doing less damage” to regenerating self-renewing systems health. Following this conceptual overview, frameworks for engaging such an approach wlll be discussed, along with case study examples that ground this approach in concrete reality.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Speaker: John Boecker, 7 Group

Creating Excellent Programs Through Community Engagement

Sponsor: RLRT / SCLA / RASS
Exceed expectations at your library by harnessing the power of community. Tap into a wealth of expertise to develop programs, build networks, and develop support (and funding) for your library. Two rural librarians lend their experience to this very subject.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Susan Carver, Fairview Public Library
Erica Freudenberger, Red Hook Public Library


Digital Badges: Recognizing Skills, Experience, Knowledge

Sponsor: SMART / RASS
Explore the concept of digital badging, earning badges, and integrating them into activities.  Take away an understanding of an alternative assessment that will provide faculty, community leaders, and technologists the opportunity to give and recognize skills, experience, and knowledge.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Amy McQuiggle, SUNY Empire State College


Social Media Tools YS Librarians Use

Sponsor: YSS / SSL
Come hear the panel discuss how to use social media tools, including Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter and Weebly, for communication, programming, and sharing with tweens, teens, and each other.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Amy Peker, Castleton Public Library
Stephanie Kogler, Albany Public Library
Siobhan Webber, Albany Public Library
Frieda Toth, Crandall Public Library


Program Slot #5
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Obstacles to Good Customer Service

Sponsor: ASLS
Let’s face it, we have all attended sessions or seminars on what makes for good customer service, user experience, strong library patron relations. But we don't always follow through using these techniques. This session will be an interactive dialogue to discuss the realities of working in a library environment that hinders optimal customer service practices and share ideas on how to overcome those obstacles.
Track: User Services
Speaker: Elaine Lasda Bergman, SUNY Albany


Get by with a Little Legal Help for Your Friends

Sponsor: EFR / LTA / PLS
What legal issues most concern your Friends group? The Pro Bono Partnership, Inc., provides free legal service to nonprofit groups in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Their tag line is “Volunteer Attorneys Strengthening Nonprofits and Our Communities.”  Our speaker is attorney Maurice K. Segall, director of the New York program of the Pro Bono Partnership, www.probonopartner.org.  Bring your questions on general concerns for 501(c)(3) organizations such as sales tax, ballot initiatives, incorporation, fundraising, and fiscal reporting requirements.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Speaker: Maurice K. Segall, Esq., Pro Bono Partnership


Clueless About World Languages Collections? We can help!

Sponsor: ESRT / CORT
Participants will walk out with resources, knowledge, and a network of professionals who will assist them  throughout their development of their world language collection.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Libby Romero, Brooklyn Public Library
Maria Fung, New York Public Library
Alexandra Gomez, New York Public Library

Clive Thompson Talks Tech

Sponsor: LAMS
Critics say that computers, smartphones, and Glass signal the end of human intelligence as we know it. Clive Thompson’s new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better posits a different theory. Thompson explores the nature of the Internet, public thinking, and the collaborative intelligence that is gained when computers and people work together. An engaging and witty presenter, he will also be available for a book signing after the program. Clive Thompson is a New York Times contributing writer and columnist for WIRED Magazine.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Speaker: Clive Thompson, WIRED Magazine

Ready to Read at N.Y.S. Libraries (Phase 2)

During 2013, the New York State Library completed the research phase for creating a statewide early literacy plan- Ready to Read at N.Y.S. Libraries.  This presentation will report out on the current status of the program and where we are headed in the future.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Karen Balsen, NYSED- NYSL
Elaine Meyers, Early Literacy Consulatant

You Can Do a Book Festival

Sponsor: RLRT / SCLA / RASS
Panelists will discuss their experiences describing what they have done to organize a successful book festival. Leona Chereshnoski and Carole Kupelian have implemented small local book festivals. Ellen Rubin, author of the Book Festival Organizers Toolkit, has organized statewide as well as regional and local book festivals.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Ellen Rubin, Empire State Center for the Book, 2014 NYLA Conference Chair
Carole Kupelian, NYLA, JLLA  & RLRT
Leona Chereshnoski, Ret. School Librarian, Osceola Public Library, JLLA & RLRT


Opening Creativity: MakerSpaces for Youth Libraries

Sponsor: SSL
Have you ever wanted to start a MakerSpaces program but aren’t sure where to start? In this session, three school librarians share their models for low-cost after-school MakerSpaces programs in their school libraries. Topics covered will include activity ideas, equipment and supplies, recruiting volunteers, funding considerations, program promotion, and more. Although these programs take place in elementary and middle school libraries, this presentation will be applicable to all youth libraries. Encourage creativity and exploration in your library patrons!
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Rebecca Buerkett, L.P. Quinn Elementary School
Ana Canino-Fluit, Rochester Christian School
Gail Brisson, Trumansburg Elementary and Middle Schools


Program Slots #5 & #6
2:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Hyperlinked Learning Experiences at Public Libraries: MOOCs & Beyond

Sponsor: PLS
This presentation will explore emerging models of connected, open learning - offered for free - with great potential for staff and the public. Can we support students of all kinds in Massive Open Online Courses? What's the potential for professional development and lifelong learning when courses can gather the best of the best in a field and offer experiences and exploration anywhere? This two part program slot will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Michael Stephens, San Jose State University / “Tame the Web”
Brian Kenney, White Plains Public Library


Providing Outstanding Service with Assistive Technology

Sponsor: RLSP PLS
Learn how technology can improve library service to people with disabilities. Hear from peers and experts and try out some of the most library-friendly technology.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Speaker: Valerie Lewis, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Program Slot #6
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Academic Resources at the New York State Library

Sponsor: ASLS
Join us as State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis, and Research Library Director, Loretta Ebert, provide an overview of the New York State Library’s unique collections, programs, and services of particular interest to academic and special libraries.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Speaker: Bernard Margolis, New York State Library


Friends-Operated Bookstores

Sponsor: EFR
Join EFR for a short annual membership meeting, including the election of members of the Executive Board and the announcement of the Dan Casey Library Advocacy Award honoring volunteers who have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations in New York State.  Our program will follow immediately.  Our panel discussion will concentrate on “brick and mortar” bookstores run by volunteers to raise funds to support their libraries’ extra needs.  Bonnie Shannon, Book Sales Chair for The Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library, will discuss the Friends decision to open a storefront operation in 2013 after many years of successful booksales.  Bonnie will cover their considerations, the planning process, and cautionary tips in the start-up of a new store.  The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library support the public library situated in the renovated Erie Railroad Station in the heart of downtown. Their used bookstore is located in the former freight house just steps from the library’s entrance.  Run completely by volunteers, the operation offers donated materials for sale three days a week, earning significant revenue to support the library’s collections and equipment needs.  Bruce Swenson, Bookstore Manager and Vice President of The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, will share their history and the resounding success of their business.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Bonnie Shannon, The Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library
Bruce Swenson, The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library

21 More Ideas for 21st Century Libraries

Sponsor: LAMS
This popular program returns with twenty-one new examples of library innovations in customer service, space planning, technology and more.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Kimberly Bolan Cullin, Kimberly Bolan and Associates
Rob Cullin, Evanced Solutions

Funding Innovative Projects at Your Library

Sponsor: NYCftH
Join the New York Council for the Humanities, and several NY libraries to hear about their innovative public programs that were recently supported through the Council's Project Grant program. From the council, Lauren Kushnick, Manager of Grants and Technology, will talk about available grants, eligibility, and the council's goals for project support.  Presenters include Karen LaRocca-Fels, Library Director at the Cornwall Public Library, and Liz Hudson, Assistant Director at the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation. In addition to learning more about their programs, they'll share lessons learned about fundraising for public programs, and grant writing tips for libraries. We encourage you to bring your project ideas and grant writing questions for this engaging session.
Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Lauren Kushnick, New York Council for the Humanities
Karen LaRocca-Fels, Cornwall Public Library
Liz Hudson, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation

Developing an e-Strategy: Digital Reference and Virtual Branches

Sponsor: RASS / SMART
Learn the dos and don'ts of building a 21st century reference collection from librarians in the field. Successfully create a balance between physical materials and the increasing demand for digital resources. Learn tips on how to maximize your budget, strategies for assessing your collection including weeding and storage of print materials, and create opportunities for patron discovery of digital content. Roundtable discussions to follow – share your virtual branch stories and find solutions to your library’s challenges with digital reference.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Jane Kessler, UAlbany University Library
Carol Anderson, UAlbany University Library


Metadata and Description: Rudi Weiss Speaker

Sponsor: SMART
Librarians and library users are no strangers to metadata. We will look at what metadata is, its importance for the library and its users, and consider the role of metadata librarians and why they are poised to take over the information universe.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Rachel Jaffe, University of California, Santa Cruz


Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching, Productivity

Sponsor: SSL / YSS
There's no turning back! We love our mobile devices and apps, and they're not going away. Our students have them, we have them, and we need to figure out how they fit into the learning environment. Panelists will share their favorite apps and offer practical tips about putting them into action. Come discover how apps can engage students and support creativity, collaboration, productivity, and critical thinking skills.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Polly-Alida Farrington, PA Farrington Associates
Melissa Jacobs Israel, New York City School Library System
Nicole Waskie-Laura, Broome-Tioga BOCES School Library System


Raising a Reader Baby Shower

Sponsor: YSS
Albany Public Library's Raising a Reader Baby Shower invites expectant parents and parents with infants and toddlers to experience an afternoon of the best hospitality the library has to offer.  At the event, participants attend a storytime showcase, take part in literacy-based shower games, sign up for baby-related raffle prizes, visit with professionals from various youth and family services community agencies, and take a family portrait with a professional photographer.  The program encourages parents to return to the library for more early childhood programming.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Jaimee Meyer, Albany Public Library
Lisa Neuman, Albany Public Library

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