2014 Annual Conference and Trade Show:
Open Libraries, Open Minds

November 5-8, 2014
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Hilton/Saratoga City Center

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The Annual Conference and Trade Show, held each October/November around the state, is the largest state library association conference held on the East Coast. Offering a wide variety of programs, special events, networking opportunities, and vendor displays, the NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show offers educational opportunities for all segments of the library community from library staff to trustees.


2014 Program Presentations

The following presentations are available for download:

Open SUNY Textbooks
Creating Open Minds: Using Brainstorming Techniques to Lead to Innovation
Creating Open Minds
Structuring for Success
Empire State Digital Network and DPLA Part 1
Empire State Digital Network and DPLA Part 2
Empire State Digital Network and DPLA Part 3
A Big Tent & a Full Toolbox: Building a Great Readers' Advisory Service:

Bringing New Technology to Old Stories
Bringing New Technology to Old Stories - Sound and Story
Creative Aging in America's Libraries: A National Leadership Project
Developing an E-Strategy: Digital Reference and Virtual Branches
Marketing Your Library's Best Features
Patron Driven Acquisitions and Beyond
Rethinking Library Space - What happened to the Reference Desk and Shelves?
Rethinking Library Space: Weeding Presentation
You Can Do a Book Festival!
After School Parties, Games, and Clubs
Social Media Tools YS Librarians Use

Teen Cons in Your Library
Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching, Productivity
Finding the Common in Common Core: Fostering Collaboration Between Teachers, Schools & Public Libraries
Libraries As a Digital Creation Hub

Read to Read at New York Libraries: an Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program

Friends of Libraries Section Programs


2014 Conference Keynote Speaker

Thursday, November 6
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

NYLA is proud to announce our 2014 Keynote Speaker, Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Maryland. The institute teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing community challenges, improve their own effectiveness, and do their work in a way that makes communities stronger. Click here for more information.

2014 Conference Programming is now Available!

Wednesday, November 5 Continuing Ed Workshops

Thursday, November 6

Friday, November 7

Saturday, November 8

Conference Programs Listed by Sponsor

Conference Programs Listed by Track

Program Tracks

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Trade Show Reception

Join us for a beautiful afternoon on the Trade Show Floor sampling olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Saratoga Olive Oil. Saratoga Olive Oil has been named one of the top 5 stores in the world for Olive Oil, so this is a can’t miss tasting being held on November 6 from 3:00pm-4:00pm

Thank you to our Sponsors!















The conference programmers are representatives from all the sections, roundtables, and committees that make up NYLA. It is their hard work that results in the conference as you know it. Many thanks to each and every conference programmer.

2014 Conference Chair

Ellen Rubin - ellenbr47@gmail.com

Section Programmers        

ASLS Academic & Special Libraries Section - Justin Kani 
LAMS/CE/Lunch Leadership & Management Section - Lauren Comito
PLS Public Libraries Section - Brian Hildreth
RASS/CE/Lunch Reference & Adult Services Section - Matt Delaney
SMART/CE Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology - April Steenburgh
SSL/CE Section of School Librarians - Mary Ann Karr
YSS/Lunch Youth Services Section - Lee Ricci
SCLA Suffolk County Library Association - Todd Schlitt

Roundtable Programmers     

BIRT Bibliographic Instruction - David Titus   
CORT Correctional Outreach Resource Team -  Judith Doyle   
EFRT Empire Friends - Lisa Wemett
ESRT Ethnic Services - Tracey Allen
FILM - Finding Inspation in Literature & Movies - Z
GIRT Government Information - Rosemary Lasala       
IFRT Intellectual Freedom - Scott Jarzombek
NMES New Members -  Elizabeth Portillo
RLRT Rural Libraries - Leona M. Chereshnoski   
RLSP Library Services to Special Populations - Brigid Cahalan   

Affiliate Programmers

NY3Rs New York 3Rs Association - Nora Hardy   
LTA Library Trustees Association - Tim Gavin
PULISDO  New York State Public Library System Directors - Tim Burke   
SED / NYSL State Education Department/NYS Library - Mary Beth Farr   
SLSA School Library Association - Mary Ann Hebert   
ULU Urban Librarians Unite - Lauren Comito   
Council for the Humanities - Leah Nahmias
Center for the Book - Rocco Staino   
CE Committee - Meg Van Patten   
New York City Black Librarians Caucus - Trina Reed

Future NYLA Conferences

2015: Lake Placid, October 21 - 24 Celebrating our 125th Anniversary!

2016: Saratoga Springs, November 2-5

2017: Saratoga Springs, November 8-11

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