On-Demand Programs

Welcome to the 2020 NYLA Virtual Conference & Trade Show's Programming Catalogue – On Demand Programs! These programs will be available to view during the duration of the conference and will be available for viewing after the conference. Again, we send a big thank you to our 2020 NYLA Conference Curators for pulling together a plethora of programs that capture the expertise, talent, and diversity of our library community.  

Please Note: This year, we are offering programs that are broadcasted and on-demand throughout the duration of the conference. In the spirit of our theme "Strengthening Our Core" – each of our programs is categorized by their core value. 

Programming Catalogue Key

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📴 Historical Collections on the Digital Map


Program Description: Historical collections find new relevance and users when they are integrated with mapping technologies.  Most libraries and historical societies cannot afford to build or sustain sophisticated digital repositories on their own. We address this challenge by exploring collaborative projects that help cultural institutions share and interpret their collections visually through digital platforms. Three projects that use digital maps to help us visualize the past; Urban Archive is a technology nonprofit that partners with many NYC institutions to map historical images onto the contemporary city grid. HistoryForge uses transcribed census data and maps to visually explore Ithaca’s population over time. The Adirondack Experience uses NY Heritage Digital Collections and GoogleMaps to share its historical map collection. Learn about three projects that use digital maps to help us visualize the past.

Program Speakers:

 Ivy Gocker, Adirondack Experience



 Ryan Perry, Central NY Library Resources Council




 Ben Smyth, Urban Archive




 Julia Corrice, Cornell University




Michelle Isopo


📴 Classify Nonfiction with the Dewey Hybrid Model

Sponsor: PLS 

Program Description: Over the last decade, a number of school and public libraries across the United States have converted their nonfiction collections to a Dewey-Free model with valuable benefits to patrons and staff. Maybe you have considered such a project, but feared it would be a daunting and overwhelming endeavor. This program shows you how to plan, prepare, execute, and evaluate a nonfiction reclassification project. Although various models will be briefly discussed, the Dewey Hybrid Model will be highlighted. This approach bridges the gap between the concerns of abandoning Dewey and the desires of streamlining the existing fragmentation and bias we see in the Dewey Decimal Classification today. Program participants will receive a roadmap of actionable timelines, checklists, templates, and more!

Program Speaker: Halley Sutherland Zanconato, Mohonasen High School 


📴 Teens E-Sports and Your Library

Program Sponsor: PCRT 

Program Description: E-sports are at an all-time high in popularity, and many high schools have video game clubs where students coordinate their own video game tournaments. Listen to teens tell us how to get our own tournaments up and running and create even more inclusive teen library programming!

Program Speaker: Alexander Kiladitis


📴 Building a Library of Things

Program Sponsors: SMART / LHRT, NMN, PCRT, RASS, SCLA

Program Description: Adding non-traditional library materials to your collection can change your patrons’ expectations for the library and open a whole new level of service. Join a panel of librarians from across the state as they discuss the joys and challenges of implementing a Library of Things: circulating non-traditional library items such as fishing poles, metal detectors, power meters, maker kits, karaoke machines and other things you wouldn’t expect to find for loan at a library. Panelists will discuss their experience building and cataloging non-traditional collections and the logistical challenges of circulating them. Panelists will also reflect on lessons learned during the process and provide tips for libraries who may be considering building their own Library of Things.

Program Speakers: Kristina Ronald, Guilderland Public Library,  Heather Nelson, Guilderland Public Library, and Julie DeLaney, Smithtown Library 


📴 A New Way to RAC

Program Sponsors: SED/NYSL 

Program Description: Building on the success of the Vision Plan 2020,the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) is looking at a new way to improve library services in the near future with your input and help.

Program Speakers: Lauren Moore, New York State Librarian, New York State Library and Arlene Way, Chair, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries 


📴 Bringing Low Vision Services to Your Library

Program Sponsors: SED/NYSL 

Program Description: Learn how librarians at Westchester County Library System and Yonkers Public Library planned an executed the launch of VisionLab. VisionLab is a pilot program intended to pave the way towards more low vision services spread throughout Westchester County’s libraries. Staff will discuss the research process used to discover stakeholders, potential partners, and the state of low-vision services in Westchester County.  Attendees will also learn how the NYS Talking Book and Braille Library, TBBL, can be a valuable partner in providing reading materials to individuals who have difficulty reading standard print due to visual, physical, or reading disability.  TBBL staff will discuss eligibility for service, provide an overview of the program, and explain how to search and request audio and braille materials.

Program Speakers: Shawn Lemieux, NYS State Talking Book and Braille Library, Jane Bentley, NYS Library, Krishna Horrigan, Westchester Library System, and Alan Houston, Yonkers Public Library 

Intellectual Freedom

📴 Information and Media Literacy Skills for High School Students

Program Sponsors: ILRT / ESRT, SSL, SCLA

Program Description: Information and media literacy are critically needed for high school students. We will show how one librarian used an online course on the freedom of information to teach these critical skills to students.

Program Speakers: Elizabeth Hartnett, Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES, Janice Murray, Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES, Kelly Moses, Marcellus High School, and Roma Matott, Tilton School, House of Good Shepherd 



📴 Diversity Audit Academic Library Special Collection


Program Description: It is well known that the publishing industry is not representative of the diversity in our communities today. The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey by Lee & Low Books revealed that the publishing workforce is overwhelmingly white, with 79% of respondents indicating that they were white/Caucasian. This lack of representation factors into which titles and authors are selected to be published, and trickles in to influence the diversity of our collections. We must, therefore, be cognizant of these issues when selecting and evaluating our collections. Previously the librarians at Mount Saint Mary College tried to tackle issues of insensitive and inaccurate representation of different groups as we became aware of them. It wasn’t until 2019 after completing Library Journal’s online course about diversity auditing did we consider a more systematic approach. We developed our own strategy for auditing for diversity, beginning with the Curriculum Material Center’s juvenile fiction collection.

Program Speaker: Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College 


📴 Serving New Immigrants Beyond The Basics

Program Sponsors: ESRT / SCLA, SRRT, ULU, YSS

Program Description: Migrating to a different country itself is an overwhelming and challenging process where people have to deal with diverse cultures, perhaps a new language. Finding basic help during this difficult time can make a meaningful difference in an immigrant family’s life. Public libraries are there to provide them with the necessary information, programs, and services to build new connections and start a new life.  The participatory session explores different strategies of library services that are not limited to finding other languages books or ESOL  classes for all ages or bilingual story hour for kids but taking it further with programs like driving classes and book clubs in different languages, introducing snacks from different countries and more.

Program Speakers: 

 Indira Mukherjee, Queens Public Library 




Adriana Blancarte-Hayward is the Manager of Outreach Services for the New York Public Library. Connecting communities and partners with library services, resources and information is her passion. She is the former past-president of the REFORMA Northeast Chapter (2019-2020) and former past-president of the New York Library Association Ethnic Services Roundtable (2013-2014).  She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from The Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, and her B.S. in Information Systems Engineering from The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. She has been with The New York Public Library since 2005. A former Library volunteer and ESOL Library student, prior to her current position she was a library branch manager where she led an award winning team (New Dorp Library: Maher Stern Award for Service Excellence 2012, NYC Neighborhood Library Award Winner 2013). She is also an alumna of Coro's 2016 Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP)




Education & Lifelong Learning



📴 Storytelling Off the Page!

Program Sponsor: YSS 

Program Description: The Storymakers and Shakers program at the New York Public Library was developed for library staff to create simple yet versatile activities that use natural elements and props to retell countless stories for early learners and their caregivers. From boxes to butcher paper to canvas bags-get ready to make a story jump right out of the page! For both virtual and on-site programming.

Program Speaker: 

 Jessica Espejel, New York Public Library 





📴 Creating Immersive Experiences with ESIE and Archipelago

Program Sponsor: PLS 

Program Description: Visit Petra in Jordan! Tour a historic theater! View the stars during the day! All this is possible with ESIE – Empire State Immersive Experiences. The new WNYLRC platform for hosting 360 images and panorama tours was developed using an open source repository framework called Archipelago. ESIE supports eXtended reality content management including hosting, sharing, describing, exporting, tour building, and image enrichment. ESIE is a perfect fit for educational settings to provide learners with the ability to immerse themselves in culturally and historically significant environments. A WNYLRC virtual reality task group and the Archipelago development team at METRO provided expertise in metadata requirements, technical specifications and solutions, user experiences, and contributor parameters in the development of ESIE.

Program Speakers: Reed Jones, University at Buffalo, Allison Lund, Metropolitan New York Library Council, and Chris Hulsman, Buffalo State College


📴 Women's Leadership Panel: Dealing with Burn Out

Program Sponsor: NMN 

Program Description: A panel of women will discuss how to recognize, combat, and prevent job burn out, especially in light of this year's many curveballs.

Program Speaker: Arielle Hessler, John Jermain Memorial LIbrary 


📴 Retro Detectives and Gamifying History through Breakout Boxes

Program Sponsor: PLS 

Program Description: Through hands-on activities, presenters discuss how Retro Detectives utilizes breakout box games to successfully engage Brooklyn teens with resources that shed light on historic narratives and perspectives that are not emphasized in traditional educational contexts, including the histories of non-mainstream ethnic groups, women, and other communities. We’ll explain the process of designing Retro Detectives from genesis to implementation and evaluation alongside challenges and vetted best practices. Take a hand at solving one of our mysteries and walk away with tips and tricks for developing similar games at your own institution.

Program Speakers: Karen Keys, Brooklyn Public Library, Jennifer Hoyer, Brooklyn Public Library, Kaitlin Holt, Brooklyn Public Library, and Char Johnson, Brooklyn Public Library 


📴 Managing a Thriving Writers Group for Adults

Program Sponsor: RASS 

Program Description: The Corning Area Writers Group serves a diverse population of adults who write across multiple genres. With up to 23 members at a meeting, managing submissions for critique takes a little bit of strategy. Learn how a writer's workshop critique group runs, why it works, as well as the common challenges and how to handle them. The rewards of a thriving writers group are many, including built-in audiences for programs, library advocates, and building member resilience through community connections. Learn how to build more programs related to the writer's group and tips to keep costs down.

Program Speaker: Michelle Wells, Southeast Steuben County Library 


📴 Assessing Your Library’s Makerspace

Program Sponsor: MSRT 

Program Description: Since makerspaces appeared in the library more than a decade ago, these collaborative learning environments have grown substantially in number. As their presence has become increasingly common within our organizations, it is vital that we accurately assess their performance. The less-structured, occasionally freewheeling nature of makerspaces can make them notoriously difficult to evaluate. With that in mind, what kinds of data can we collect on our makerspaces, and what questions should we seek to answer?

Program Speaker: Nick Tanzi, South Huntington Public Library


📴 Empire State Center For The Book – Wild City: A Brief History of New York City in 40 Animals

Program Sponsor: Empire State Center For The Book/New York Library Club

Program Description: A conversation about the illustrated guide to 40 of the most well-known, surprising, notorious, mythical, and sublime non-human citizens of New York City, and a love letter to its surprising ecological diversity. From refugee parrots and prodigal beavers to gorgeous Fifth Avenue hawks and vengeful groundhogs, Wild City tells the funny, quirky, and memorable stories of forty of New York City's most surprising nonhuman citizens. This unconventional wildlife guide and concise environ-mental history of the Big Apple includes tales of the well-known, notorious, and legendary creatures who are as much New Yorkers as their human counterparts. A celebration of some of the city's most surprising residents and a love letter to this always-evolving metropolis, Wild City is an enchanting illustrated volume that is a must-have for every Big Apple devotee and animal lover.

Program Speakers: Tom Hynes and Rocco Staino, Director of Empire Center For The Book


📴 Empire State Center For The Book – Virtual Walking Tour of NYC Literary Landmarks  

Program Sponsor: Empire State Center For The Book/New York Library Club

Program Description: New York City is a place with hundreds of plaques, statues, and historic buildings. However, many New Yorkers never stop to take notice. During this time of social distancing and isolation, why not take the opportunity to take a virtual walking tour of some of New York City's Literary Landmarks?

Program Speaker: Rocco Staino, Director of Empire Center For The Book


📴 Academic Librarianship as a Second Career

Program Sponsor: ASLS 

Program Description: Whether your background was in teaching, science, or social work, or you are a public librarian who wants to make the leap to academic librarianship, we will discuss how to utilize and present your diverse experience into making yourself an excellent candidate for an academic librarian position.

Program Speakers: Amanda McCormick, University at Buffalo, Kimberly Plassche, University at Buffalo, and Giovanna Colosi, Syracuse University 


📴 Clap Back At Your Critics

Program Sponsors: SCLA / MPPRT

Program Descriptions: They may be strangers or people close to us, but we've all heard and seen them- people who don't know, don't care, or simply deny the value modern libraries bring to their communities.  These negative perspectives can wear away at public perception of libraries on both a local and national level, with serious consequences for our industry.  This session will help you determine when and how to address library haters and skeptics, and consider strategies and vocabulary to navigate interactions with those who have negative opinions about libraries in an attempt to shift or reframe detrimental perspectives.

Program Speakers: Nicole Scherer, Nassau Library System, Mike Morea, Gold Coast Public Library, and Robyn Gilloon, Lynbrook Public Library 


📴 Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Comics

Program Sponsors: ESRT / SCLA, SRRT, PCRT, YSS

Program Description: In libraries, we daily encounter refugees and immigrants as patrons, who view the library as a safe space. However, the political climate has sparked fear towards these groups. Libraries can inspire empathy and understanding towards New Americans, by providing and merchandising comics that document their experiences. Libraries also can assist in affirming New Americans’ intersectional identities by purchasing comics in other languages besides English, and ones that reflect their past and present experiences. In addition, with many ESOL Conversation Groups operating virtually, these sessions can benefit from utilizing comics.

Program Speaker:

Jo-Ann Wong, Queens Public Library 





📴 Congrats! You’re a Prison Librarian – Now What?

Program Sponsors: CORT / ESRT, PULISDO

Program Description: A panel of correctional facility librarians will share their experiences and how they are able to succeed at their job. Topics will include but are not limited to collection development, working with other facility staff, and programming. Leave the session feeling re-energized and ready to tackle the daily challenges that come with working in a correctional facility.

Program Speaker: Andrea Snyder, Pioneer Library System


📴 Visualizing A More Dynamic Annual Report


Program Description: It is vital, and sometimes mandated, for organizations to produce a document that shows how they are spending money and distributing their resources. Producing a comprehensive report of the library's yearly activity need not be an arduous task, and need not become the dreaded "wall of text." Thanks to modern, inexpensive publishing tools such as Canva, it is possible to create attractive and informative documents - even on a shoestring budget. Well-visualized data can be used for conveying information to key stakeholders such as: elected officials, patrons, and your wider community. In this workshop, we will talk about best practices for turning data points into visuals, software for creative reports, and printing options for the final product.

Program Speaker: Carolyn Bennett Glauda, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council 


📴 Shake Up That Staff Meeting!

Program Sponsors: LAMS / RLRT

Program Description: We've all been to that staff meeting: the one where you sit around quietly, staring at everyone else. No more! Join us for this session on making the most of your short time together and actively using your staff meeting minutes to build a tight-knit, cohesive team. Library manager Alexandria Abenshon will share her experience reshaping her staff meetings into “strategic sessions” in order to bring a fractured team together. Along the way, we’ll brainstorm activities, ways to incorporate other learning opportunities, and more!

Program Speaker:

Alexandria Abenshon, New York Public Library 





📴 Submitting and Preparing Engaging Conference Presentations

Program Sponsors: LAMS / NMN

Program Description: The ability to transform an initial concept to a full-fledged presentation delivered in front of an audience might seem like a daunting adventure for many professionals. This workshop is ideal for existing speakers seeking to brush up on their skills and expand their portfolios and anyone seeking to explore how public speaking might align with their aspirations. Topics to be discussed include: crafting an array of presentations, keeping lectures current and engaging, responding to conference proposal requests, and tips for delivering relevant content.

Program Speaker:

Joshua Taylor, New York Genealogical & Biographical Society 





📴 Create Genealogy Roundtables At Your Library

Program Sponsors: LHRT / RASS, RLRT

Program Description: Genealogists are a key patron in public libraries. How do we get them coming back? How can we help them? One way is through hosting a round-table where patrons learn, share information, and help others. This program will show you how to create a round-table, offer ideas for topics, and teach you how to find presenters in your community. Amanda Perrine has led a round-table at her library for over two years and will share her experiences with you.

Program Speaker:

 Amanda Perrine, Maxwell Memorial Library 





📴 Holistic Librarianship

Program Sponsors: LAMS / PULISDO, RASS

Program Description: Over the past 3 years, RHPL has developed a working model of holistic librarianship in which the library’s programs, services, and collections are inseparable from each other, from the community, and from the library’s very identity. In this presentation, RHPL staff engages participants in activities to redefine creativity in the workplace. Small group discussions will reveal how institutionalized notions of success and failure may be limiting their libraries’  potential and promoting burnout among staff. We’ll talk about where ideas and inspiration come from, how to prevent stagnation in programs and services, and ways to connect with community members who aren’t already library users. Participants will leave the session with flexible blueprints to help them try new things in their libraries.

Program Speakers:

 Amy Smith, Red Hook Public Library



 Dawn Jardine, Red Hook Public Library



 Paul Agne, Red Hook Public Library



 Renee Zhang, Red Hook Public Library 




Social Responsibility


📴 Organizing Media Literacy Activities for Prison Libraries

Program Sponsors: CORT / ILRT, PCRT, SRRT

Program Description: Correctional facility libraries are critical sites for adult media literacy education.  United States correctional facilities house nearly a quarter of the world's prison population, many of whom are released after decades-long sentences into a society whose patterns of media engagement are distressingly different from the media landscapes they experienced prior to their periods of incarceration. Over the past three years, more than a dozen graphic novel-based media literacy education program sessions have been successfully conducted within New York State maximum and medium-security prison libraries.  The goal of this presentation is to share information about how these sessions were conducted and explore ways media literacy advocates and prison librarians can organize and facilitate graphic novel-based media literacy activities.

Program Speakers: Drew Emanuel Berkowitz 


📴 Four Libraries, Four Gardens, Great Programs

Program Sponsors: START / SCLA

Program Description: This program will cover the bases on how to start a garden from scratch at your library, in both small and large spaces. Container gardening, direct sowing, and seed exchanges will also be discussed. Learn how to get community and staff buy in to ensure your garden lasts for years to come.

Program Speakers: 

 Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library





Janet Scherer, South Huntington Public Library 

 Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Uniondale Public Library





Rebecca Brown, Riverdale Branch – The New York Public Library



📴 Best Practices for a Friends Operated Bookstore

Program Sponsors: FLS / LTAS

Program Descriptions: Both seasonal and ongoing book sales run by volunteers continue to be the #1 fundraiser to support libraries’ extra needs. But what about a year-round retail shop or materials sold online? Don’t think your Friends group could scale up to this kind of in-library bookstore?  The Book Shop’s longtime manager will share his best strategies for gathering and processing donations. You will also hear how SSPL Friends report accomplishments within the organization that will help your own book sale efforts improve over time. Find out how to organize teams to sort, price, and manage the physical inventory for your book sale operations, whatever their size.

Program Speaker: 

 Jeff Budge, Saratoga Springs Public Library 




The Public Good

📴 The Great Give Back in Libraries

Program Sponsors: SCLA / LAMS, SRRT

Program Description: What began in Suffolk County in 2017 expanded to Nassau County in 2018, and then to a pilot state-wide year in 2019.  The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.  At this session, attendees will learn about The Great Give Back, its impact, explore examples of projects, and find out the easiest way to both get involved and implement the program at their library.  Hear from a few of the creators of the program who will share ways to market the event to your boards, fellow staff, and the community.  Let's come together to give back.

Program Speakers:

 Derek Ivie, Suffolk Cooperative Library System





Jennifer T. Fowler, Sayville Library




Darla Salva Cruz, Suffolk Cooperative Library System 





📴 Help Your Communities Avoid Scams

Program Sponsor: RASS 

Program Description: This session will provide an alert and means for librarians to help their patrons avoid scams and obtain critical financial literacy information. crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people each year. Do you serve new arrivals or people with challenges reading English? what about teens or older people? Military families? Everyone is a consumer -- and scammers target people from diverse communities. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has developed free tools for librarians at www.foc.gov/libraries and other tools for various audiences; they can help you help all of your patrons. FTC materials include eye-catching fotonovelas for Spanish speakers; lesson plans to help young people and new arrivals learn the basics of money management; and IndentityTheft.gov, giving victims a personal recovery plan.

Program Speaker: Robin Eichen, Federal Trade Commission 


📴 DIY Library Redesign

Program Sponsor: PLS 

Program Description: The Hauppauge Public Library recently moved. Our new space was designed for over eighteen months by library staff who worked without a space planner or architect. The speaker will describe the design strategies we employed and what we learned along the way. We were able to create a highly flexible space, dedicated to the user’s experience, and we believe you can too. Speaker

Program Speaker: Matthew Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library