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

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Special Events



🌟 📡 Keynote Address: Disrupted but Determined

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

Special Event Sponsor: NYLA 

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

Rebecca T. Miller is Group Publisher of Library JournalSchool Library Journal, and The Horn Book. Born a twin and raised in a large family in the rural West, her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of Library Journal. In 2020, Miller was named Group Publisher, after a seven-year tenure as Editorial Director of LJ and SLJ. She guides the strategy and operations for these core library brands and is deeply involved in exploring the trends affecting patrons, libraries, and the library ecosystem. Among her accomplishments, Miller collaborated with the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation to create the annual Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize for public libraries, which carries a $200,000 purse; initiated the LJ Index of Public Library Service (America’s Star Libraries); and envisioned and launched the ongoing New Landmark Libraries project. Under her leadership, LJ and SLJ have won a number of FOLIO Awards and honorable mentions for editorial coverage and design. Miller is the coeditor with Barbara A. Genco of Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal (2016) and Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal (2015). Miller served for six years on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, two as president. Currently, she is a New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative cocreator and a trustee and treasurer of the Great Neck Library, NY. Prior to LJ, she worked at Utne Reader. She has a BA from DePauw University, IN, and an MSLIS from New York’s Pratt Institute.

Keynote Description: A year like no other brings new urgency to embrace the full meaning of "resilience." Miller will consider how the COVID-19 public health crisis, the ensuing financial free fall, and the intensified fight against social injustice shape the evolution of libraries and the communities they serve.


🌟 📡 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 





🌟 📡  PLS Author! Author! featuring Lester Spence

Tune In: 12PM - 1PM

Special Event Sponsors: PLS

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






🌟 📡  Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People

Tune In: 12PM - 1PM

Special Event Sponsors: YSS

Special Event Description: The Youth Services Section is pleased to present the 2020 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People to Rita Williams-Garcia. Writing was a huge part of Rita Williams-Garcia’s life as a child.  She dates her writing career from the age of four when she was making up rhymes and adventure stories about her sister, her brother, and herself.  She remarked that in kindergarten while her classmates colored pictures, she always asked for a pencil and paper to write stories.   Her mother’s encouragement of her “tall-tale-telling” was critical and pushed her to pursue her dreams of writing.  Rita sold her first story to Highlights magazine at age 14, sold another to Essence magazine six years later while a student at Hofstra University, and ten years later published her first book, Blue Tights, which can still be found in libraries today.  Rita encourages aspiring writers and young readers to follow their dreams, despite adversity, as they will learn and grow along the way. Known for their realistic portrayal of teens of color, Williams-Garcia’s works have been recognized through numerous awards. She is a three-time National Book Award Finalist recipient and a three-time Coretta Scott King Author Award recipient.  Her novel, One Crazy Summer, in addition to receiving these two awards, also won the Newbery Medal Honor Award and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.  She was also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor for her novel Like Sisters on the Homefront.  She served on the National Book Award Committee for Young People’s Literature and on the faculty at Vermont College MFA Writing for Children and Young People.

Speak Event Speaker:

Rita Williams-Garcia