Programming Catalogue


Welcome to the 2020 NYLA Virtual Conference & Trade Show's Programming Catalogue! 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

Broadcasted Programming: 📡 

Special Events: 🌟

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Special Events



🌟 📡 Keynote Address

Tune In: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Special Event Sponsor: NYLA 

Special Event Speaker: Rebecca Miller, Library Journal & School Library Journal 


🌟 📡 NYLA Membership Meeting

Tune In: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Special Event Sponsor: NYLA 


Confidentiality and Privacy

🌟 📡 Lunch & Learn: Privacy - Make it Happen!



Tune In: Thursday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Program Sponsors: IFRT / NMN, RASS

Program Description: Privacy is a core value of librarianship, but protecting and promoting this value often feels like an overwhelming and onerous undertaking. We have a professional responsibility to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our users' data and information regarding library use, and state laws may require libraries to safeguard patron privacy. However, there has been until now been a lack of practical guidelines for enacting concrete measures to protect privacy in the library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with the American Library Association, has sponsored the creation of Privacy Field Guides. During this interactive session, Erin Berman will discuss these guides, along with other privacy-protecting tools and best practices. Join us to discuss privacy concerns and ask questions in a judgment-free zone, and leave empowered to improve privacy measures in your library.

Program Speaker: 

 Erin Berman, Alameda County Library 






🌟📡  Resisting Achievement Culture



Tune In: Thursday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Program Sponsors: ESLN 

Program Description: Meredith Farkas achieved more by age thirty than she'd expected in her whole career, yet she always felt she hadn't done enough and didn't deserve accolades. She didn't realize at the time that she was chasing something that would never come from career achievement: a feeling of enoughness. Meredith will share the new path she forged when she stepped off the achievement treadmill and embraced a slower, more mindful, and gratitude-focused approach to work and life. She will discuss reflective practice, how to stave off burnout, how to decide when to say "no," and how library workers at any level of an organization can move the culture toward one that values all different kinds of contributions.

Program Speaker: 

 Meredith Farkas, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus 






🌟 📡 NYLA President's Forum

Tune In: 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Special Event Sponsor: NYLA 

Special Event Speakers: 

 Dr. Jennifer Cannell, St. John Fisher College 



Claudia Depkin, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library 





🌟 📡  Author! Author! –  Lester Spence

Tune In: 12PM - 1PM

Special Event Sponsors: YSS

Special Event Description: Lester Spence is a Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. An award-winning scholar (in 2013, he received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for his book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics) and teacher (in 2009, he received an Excellence in Teaching Award). He can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show.

Speak Event Speaker:

Lester Spence, Author and Professor of Political Science & Africana Studies