NYLA 2014 Annual Conference Pre-Conference CE Programs

Wednesday, November 5

NYLA’s Continuing Education Committee (CEC) coordinates the presentation of these in-depth programs.  The topics require more time and attention than is possible in the standard conference program format.  We believe you will find the programs offered to be enticing and exciting.  Immerse yourself in a full day presentation or enjoy a half day program in the morning and/or afternoon. 


Using Your Outside Voice (FULL)


A Big Tent & A Full Toolbox: Building a Great Readers' Advisory Service (FULL)


Lost in RDA? Let SMART Show You the Way! (FULL)


Teaching Strategies for Active, Inquiry-Based Learning (HALF)


Creating Open Minds: Using Brainstorming Techniques to Lead to Innovation (HALF)


Flipped on Assessment! (FULL)


Digital Literacy Training (FULL)

Leadership & Management Academy (FULL)]

CE-A: Using Your Outside Voice

Sponsor: LAMS
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Everyone, from pages to the director, Friends and trustees, patrons, and politicians need to be loud, positive advocates for their libraries. We often focus on funding, but we need to shout about our services, get the word out about programs, talk tech. Too many people are still unable to make a connection between their needs and library offerings. How do we do that enthusiastically, positively, uniquely, respectfully? How do we ensure that libraries in every community are viewed as essential services? By positioning ourselves as such, we make advocating for operating budget, program needs, capital bond issues, fundraising efforts easier.

This program goes beyond a flyer and a blog post to explore how people PERSONALLY advocate with talking points, crib notes, unique places to advocate beyond community meetings, and a sign board.

Rebecca Lubin has only worked in public libraries for twelve years, but she has been involved in community outreach since she was five. As a young girl, she watched her mother launch a neighborhood newspaper and her father start a civic association in their hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Later in life, Rebecca took her love of community involvement and went on to earn degrees in urban planning from Vassar College and Cornell University. After a career in community planning, she realized that she wanted to be a librarian when she “grew up” and pursued her MSLIS at Syracuse University. She is currently the Assistant Director at the Voorheesville Public Library in Voorheesville, NY.

Mary Trev Thomas is the former Assistant Director of Bethlehem Public Library.  Recently retired, she remains a passionate advocate for libraries, and expects to have more time for advocacy in the community.

CE-B: A Big Tent & a Full Toolbox: Building a Great Readers' Advisory Service

Sponsor: RASS
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tips and tools for implementing a successful readers’ advisory service. This workshop will offer strategies for engaging adult readers and training staff to provide exceptional service. Additionally, you will learn about effective searching strategies, useful resource recommendations, and ideas for enhancing your library’s virtual presence to promote discovery, and for using social media to engage readers. Representatives from BookBrowse and Novelist will also join the presentation to discuss their newest features to support RA services at your library.
Sari Feldman is Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), a role she has held since 2003. Under Sari’s leadership, CCPL has been named a Library Journal 5-Star system for five consecutive years and consistently ranks as one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems. She currently is co-chair of the American Library Association’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group and is a past president of the Public Library Association (2009-2010). She was recently elected president of the American Library Association for the 2015-2016 term.
Hallie Rich joined Cuyahoga County Public Library as Marketing & Communications Director in 2012.  Prior to joining CCPL, Hallie served as senior consultant for BrownFlynn, an Ohio-based management consulting firm. She graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies.  She holds her Master of Science Degree in Positive Organizational Development from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and certificates in “Appreciative Inquiry in Positive Business & Society Change” and “Developing Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.”

A. Issac "Ike" Pulver is the Director of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. He has also worked as a Director at the Shaker Heights, Ohio, Public Library, Head of the Foreign Literature Department at Cleveland Public Library, a Manager of the Literature and Languages Division at the Queens Library, and as the fiction selector and adult programmer for the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Public Library. Ike is a past chair of the American Library Association’s Notable Books Council, which is charged with annually creating a list of the year’s 25 most noteworthy fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles and was a judge for the first Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, sponsored by the American Library Association and the Carnegie Foundation of New York. A frequent presenter on topics related to matching readers with books, Ike is also an adjunct faculty member of the Kent State University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where he has taught courses and workshops about serving adult readers.

CE-C: Lost in RDA? Let SMART Show You the Way!

Sponsor: SMART
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
This day-long workshop will provide an overview of the conceptual and organizational differences between AACR2 and RDA, as well as some of the prominent features of RDA. The bulk of the day will be spent in a close review of key RDA rules from Chapters 2 and 3, relevant to descriptive cataloging of "routine" monographic print resources, with hands-on cataloging practice in applying these rules. The day will close with an overview of access points for individuals and authority control implications in RDA.

John Myers
is Catalog Librarian at Union College’s Schaffer Library.  He currently serves as the CC:DA liaison to the MARC Advisory Committee, after previously serving as intern, voting member, and chair of CC:DA.  He is a regional trainer and speaker on introductory cataloging and on cataloging futures.

Note: You will need a laptop for this course.

CE-D: Teaching Strategies for Active, Inquiry-Based Learning

Sponsor: SSL
Half-Day PM 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Delivery of instruction needs to change; teachers are no longer the “sage on the stage”.  “No more talking heads!”   But, have you ever hesitated to try out a new teaching strategy with a class of students, in a professional development workshop, or with a class of adult learners in a computer literacy class? What if it doesn’t work?  What if the students don’t learn the skills that you are trying to teach?  Is it better to just tell them how to do the skill?

This workshop is designed to give you hands-on experience with a variety of teaching strategies that can engage students actively in critical reading and inquiry (adapted from Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke).  We will try out interesting strategies like carousel brainstorming, conversation questions, point-of-view annotations, reading a visual image, alternative perspective writing, save the last word for me, and synectics.  All of these strategies can be used quite effectively to teach the critical thinking and inquiry skills that students of all types and ages need to become independent learners.
Barbara Stripling was inaugurated as president at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  Stripling holds the position of Assistant Professor of Practice at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.  She previously served seven years as the director of School Library Services for the New York City Department of Education.  A member of ALA since 1977, she has served as a member-at-large of ALA Council from 1992–1996 and 1998-present. She also served on the ALA Executive Board (2001–2005) and is past president (1996–1997) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

CE-E: Creating Open Minds: Using Brainstorming Techniques to Lead to Innovation

Sponsor: NYLA-CEC
Half-Day AM 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
We are frequently asked to brainstorm ideas around new library services.  While our efforts are generally fruitful, learning how to do brainstorming can open our minds to an increased number of ideas and possibilities.  This interactive three-hour workshop is focused on teaching brainstorming techniques that can be used with library staff, trustees, and community members.  You will learn the rules of good ideation/brainstorming, as well as five different brainstorming techniques (mind storming, role-storming, opposites, the long list, and brand-storming).  You will engage in multiple brainstorming exercises in order to learn and experience the techniques.  
Results of the brainstorming activities will be compiled and shared with all of the participants through a public Google document.  Near the end of the workshop, you will be asked to select an idea that has been generated, craft it a bit more, then pitch the idea to the rest of the group.  This will allow you to understand how to take a crazy idea and turn it into something do-able.
You will be encouraged to ask questions throughout, especially about situations where brainstorming can be challenging (e.g., one person is very opinionated).  
Learning Objectives:  After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
•    Apply techniques that will lead to productive idea generation.
•    Lead an ideation activity with library staff and/or community members.
•    Teach others how to brainstorm effectively.

Jill Hurst-Wahl is an Associate Professor of Practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the director of both its library and information science & LIS with school media specialization programs.  In her daily work, she is frequently challenged to approach situations from a new perspective and to brainstorm solutions.  Jill is a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council and a former member of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries.

CE-F: Flipped on Assessment!  

Sponsored: NY3Rs
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Limited to 60 participants.
Keynote Speakers:
Rebecca Teasdale, Public Library Association Performance Measures Task Force Advisory Committee; Public Library Data Service Statistical Report Advisory Committee.
NJ Wolfe, Director, Gladys Marcus Library, Fashion Institute of Technology.
Panelists & Workshop Leaders:

Wendi Ackerman (SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library)
Sue Considine (Fayetteville Free Library)
Susan Currie (Tompkins County Public Library)
Nancy Greco (St. John Fisher College)
Mary Linda Todd (New York State Library).  
Assessment meets active learning! Following our introductory keynote speakers and panel discussion, facilitators will lead an active learning class organized around needs assessment, developing outcomes/logic model (including exercises), and next steps. How do you determine what to assess? How do you create outcomes? Then what?  Join us in the launch of the NY 3Rs Association, Inc.’s  Assessment & Outcome I2NY Initiative and take one step closer to becoming an assessment maven!  

Learning Outcomes:
1.    Obtain hands-on experience in the development of assessment activities and materials.
2.    Successfully collaborate in a flipped instructional model.
3.    Develop an assessment skill set.
4.    Identify opportunities for collaboration and continuing professional development.

About our keynote speakers:  

Rebecca Teasdale is a librarian, evaluator, researcher and trainer.  She has over 15 years of experience leading public libraries and assessing library effectiveness in Illinois and Oregon.  Rebecca currently serves on PLA’s Performance Measurement Task Force and Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report Advisory Committee.  She holds an MA in library science from the University of Iowa and a post-graduate certificate in program evaluation from the University of Minnesota.  She is currently a doctoral student in Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying the evaluation of public library services.  Rebecca believes that assessment is critical to libraries’ success and also a lot of fun.

Professor NJ Wolfe has been director of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Gladys Marcus Library since 2002.  Prior to joining  FIT, he served as director at Bergen CC  in Paramus NJ, Assoc. Director NYU Medical Center Library and various  health science libraries including Columbia University and Ohio State.  He has a varied library background including positions in hospital, school and public libraries around the US.  NJ holds a MS in Information Studies from Drexel  University. Well-acquainted with the process of assessment, Professor Wolfe used a systematic approach to assessment to transform the Gladys Marcus Library.

Digital Literacy Training

The training is a full day workshop and consists of two sessions, one on the digital literacy curriculum and one on how to teach adult learners. It is open to both librarians and library support staff who interact with the public.  There is no fee for registering for this program.

Digital Literacy Curriculum
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The strategy of the New York State Broadband Initiative is “to create more ‘e-citizens’ who are digitally literate and connected to affordable Internet access, so they can be full participants in the information age.” In support of this initiative, a set of digital literacy standards were approved in 2010, and a supporting set of exemplary skills were identified soon after. By early 2012, a full curriculum, based on these standards and skills, was developed and approved. The four modules comprising the curriculum are: Basic Computer Skills, Using the Internet, Communicating Online, and Introduction to MS Word. The morning session will introduce this curriculum and its accompanying resource materials, highlighting especially Basic Computer Skills and Using the Internet.

How to Teach Adults
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
In a recent survey of public libraries in New York, 78% responded that patrons under 18 had a working or advanced knowledge of computers and technology, 86% reported that patrons between 18 and 25 had working or advanced knowledge, and 83% reported that the 25-40 age group had basic to working skills. The potential population for digital literacy classes then will be primarily adults over 40. This session will explain the difference between adult and young learners, present a summary of the principles of adult education, and highlight tips and techniques that can be used in library workshops aimed at adult learners.

Mary Anne Waltz is currently the project manager and instructor for the NYLA Digital Literacy project. Since acquiring her MLS at Syracuse, she has worked in libraries at Syracuse University, the University at Albany, and RPI. She has been involved in digital literacy training since serving with the group of librarians at Syracuse whose job it was to help faculty make the transition from a card to an online catalog. Her current interests, in addition to digital literacy, include the role and potential of technology in the delivery of library services.

NYLA Leadership & Management Academy Program

This program is offered as part of the NYLA Leadership & Management Academy.  There is a separate registration fee required to participate in these programs. All participants must complete the application form found at nyla.org  Those already enrolled must register to participate.

L&MA: Facility & Building Management, Space Usage & Design
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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