NYLA 2021 Conference & Trade Show | Conference Program Descriptions (In-Person)



Thursday, November 4th

NYLA Annual Membership Meeting, 8:00AM-9:00AM 

Open to all members. Pre-registration is required. 

Keynote Speaker, Robert Kolker 9AM-10:15AM

Open to all members. For more information please scroll up and click on the Keynote Speaker button. 

Program Slot #1, 1:45 PM-3:00 PM

Correctional Facility Library Table Talks 
Roundtable discussion about programming and services for correctional facility libraries. Participants will be able to choose three different Table Talks during the course of this workshop. Topics will include collection development tips, passive programming, and access to materials.
Track: CORT
Andrea Snyder, Pioneer Library System


Inspiring New Voices in Libraries
This panel discussion is filled with fresh voices and perspectives on library services, ranging from augmented and virtual reality program offerings; teen podcasting; outreach to Spanish speaking families; social justice programming; creating communication channels for BIPOC staff members; building engagement through the library's social media accounts, and more! This is the perfect program opportunity for those interested in re-engaging their own passion for libraries by seeing firsthand how some of the newest workers in our field are already making a difference in their communities.
Track: LAMS
Kenji Kaneshiro, Harrison Public Library
Emily Dowie, Greenburgh Public Library



Tiffany Raymond, Louis Jefferson Long Library, Wells College



Tia Felock, Capital Region BOCES, School Library System



Georgina Rivas-Martinez, South Huntington Public Library



Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library





Engaging Patrons through a Library Podcast
During the pandemic, many libraries shifted from being content providers to becoming content creators. Learn how to add value to your library’s resources by creating a podcast which will allow you to market your services and connect with your community and patrons during a time when it is needed more than ever. Join the podcasters at Middle Country Public Library as they discuss the ways you can create an educational and entertaining podcast, what equipment and software they use, how they produce shows, and how they were able to continue to record weekly during the lockdown.
Track: MPRRT
Salvatore DiVencenzo, Middle Country Public Library



Sara Fade, Middle Country Public Library



Nicole Rambo, Middle Country Public Library





A New Way to RAC
Building on the success of the Vision 2020 plan, RAC (Regents Advisory Council on Libraries) is looking at newer ways to improve services.  This program will include a discussion and we need your input.  The RAC Vision Plan 2020 presented strategic directions for New York's libraries and library systems and was developed in partnership with the state's library community.  It provided a clear vision of what excellent libraries should look like, and affirmed the ongoing value of the library system.
Lauren Moore, New York State Library
Nate Hill, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries



Prioritizing Digital Equity When Everyone Says No
Digital equity has never been a simple problem; Covid-19 and its social and economic ramifications have added even greater complexity. How can libraries without large budgets respond to their communities’ needs in ways that derive maximum impact from limited resources? To take internet access beyond its building, Red Hook Public Library had to work with reluctant board members and dubious stakeholders who struggled to see the importance and possibilities of the project. Through a combination of research, persistence and strategy, we generated enthusiasm for digital equity projects by crafting wins for community partners. This presentation empowers participants to identify the types of obstacles to digital access in their communities and offers strategies for creative responses even smaller libraries can make.
Track: ULU
Amy Smith, Red Hook Public Library



Dawn Jardine, Red Hook Public Library




Program Slot  #2, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM

CANCELED-Digital Equity and the Incarcerated Student
As education increasingly moves online, the opportunities to learn remotely have broadened;  yet for many populations, significant barriers still remain. Education has a significant impact on the recidivism of formerly incarcerated students, though their access to education is limited due to both their physical and digital isolation. Professionals that work with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students in New York State will discuss the challenges they face serving these students, what the future holds, and little victories.
Track: CORT
Matthew Cassidy, Woodbourne Correctional Facility



Shared Vocabulary for a Supportive Workplace
On-the-ground employees, management, and trustees serve their libraries with passion, dedication, and creativity—but often see things very differently. How do dedicated people with very different emphases have meaningful discussions about workplace conditions? How can they develop shared methods to address the needs of the library as budgets, community needs, and services change? Join us for a dive into ten legal tips to promote, anticipate, and meet employee needs in your library. The session is designed to be equally useful to employees, management, and trustees.
Track: ESLN
Stephanie "Cole" Adams, The Law Office of Stephanie Adams (LOSA), PLLC






The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolbox
In 2020 a group of library administrators from Nassau and Suffolk counties came together to address the issue of diversity, equity and inclusion in libraries. Together, they created a toolbox to empower libraries to give employees access to equal opportunities, no matter who they are or where they are from. Our goal is to educate, engage and create policies for staff, trustees and patrons to make libraries truly a place where everyone feels that they belong. The toolbox provides tips and templates to create policy, educate staff and trustees, and provide resources to help recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
Track: LAMS
Kelly Harris, The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton



Trina Reed, Levittown Public Library





De-escalation and Library Security, a Street Perspective
As libraries try to find a balance between safety and accessibility the discussion of security in libraries has become more nuanced and complex. One approach is to use Community Engagement Teams instead of traditional security or policing to de-escalate conflict before it begins. These Community Engagement Teams get to know the community, become aware of what is happening on the street level, are aware of trauma-informed services, and come from a shared background of the people that use the library. Their informed understanding of library users heads off conflict before it begins, and they become a part of the community library at the community level.
Timothy Jennings-Bey, UnBEYlievable Enterprises, Corp



YSS Table Talks 
Join YSS for their popular annual Table Talk session.  Table Talks are 15-minute presentations on a variety of Youth Services topics for serving toddlers to teens.  Get ideas for programming, community partnerships, summer reading activities, and more.  Choose three.  Topics include: SRP Crafts; Girl Scouts at Your Institution; New & Upcoming Elementary Books; and the Pied Piper winner-Fractured Fairy Tales Virtual Escape Room. More topics to be announced.
Track: YSS
Margaret Martin, Onondaga County Public Library
Charlie Kelly, Rochester City School District
Katie Brand, Smithtown Library
Jessica Leviness, Smithtown Library
Chrissie Morrison, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

CANCELED New Members of NYLA - Meet & Greet 5:30PM-7:30PM

Join with fellow new members of NYLA to explore ways to engage. Open to all. Sponsored by the by the New Members of NYLA (NMN). This is a free event.