Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Update

by Jeri Cohen, SCLA President

The Long Island Library Conference will be on May 5 at the Melville Marriott.  A full day of programming is scheduled, and registration is still open.  Check the program at

Computer and Technical Services Division (CATS)
The monthly Technology Information Forums have been on a variety of interesting events. In January, Alex Boris presented a variety of sites to teach coding to YA patrons.  As a computer science major at Stony Brook University and library employee, he brought a unique perspective to the discussion. Attendees also discussed how to utilize the staff’s special skills and talents to further the library’s goals.
February’s topic was “In the Age of Google, Does the Library get Shelved?”  The meeting kicked off with a discussion of an article written by Steve Barker from the Wall Street Journal in January.
In March, the meeting was held at the newly renovated Longwood Public Library. The topic was “Patron/Librarian Tango: the one-on-one tech dance”.
April’s discussion will center around the evolution of libraries into community centers and what role Information Technology plays in that evolution.  As always, there will be a roundtable discussion following the formal meeting – bring your ideas, thoughts, issues and questions.

Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD)
Three libraries were honored for outstanding marketing campaigns at last year’s Annual Dinner.  The libraries were Patchogue-Medford, Connetquot and Smithtown.  The RASD PR & Marketing Committee held a meeting to present the marketing plans submitted for the award won by Patchogue-Medford. The Annual Local History and Genealogy Program Showcase is set for April 21.  Long Island Reads will be on April 10 at Stony Brook University and will feature author Jodi Picoult.  This is a ticketed event. The Annual MOSAIC breakfast will be on May 10.

Young Adult Services Division (YASD)
YASD is planning a Town Hall meeting for May 11 so members can get to know the YASD board and share their ideas and suggestions. The Annual Fran Romer Memorial Conference was held in March.  This year’s theme was diversity in YA literature and the featured speaker was award-winning author Jason Reynolds.  The event included lunch, book sales, book signing and raffles in addition to breakout discussions of teen books featuring diverse characters.  63 people attended the Joint Suffolk/Nassau YASD meeting on Tween Programming in February.

Support Staff Division (SSD)
The SCLA Support Staff Division held its Annual Roundtable at the Brentwood Public Library in March featuring a presentation by Glenn Poveromo on “The Power of Visualization: Imagine/Visualize/Believe”. Check the SSD webpage for upcoming computer classes and meetings.

Division of Academic and Special Libraries (DASL)
DASL is holding an Academic Invitational at Suffolk County Community College on April 8. The Annual Luncheon, held at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in December, was a great success. The unseasonably warm weather allowed the participants to enjoy both the indoor and outdoor exhibits at the museum.

Committee News

The SCLA Legislative Committee is pleased that the bus to Albany was completely booked.  All advocates received an “I Love Libraries” hat courtesy of SCLA, NCLA and PLDA.  

The Fandom Outreach Committee sponsored a presentation in February, “From Marvel to Doctor Who and Star Wars: How to Bring the Fandom Community into your Library”.  The speaker was Ken Deep, showrunner for LIGeek and LIWho Conventions.

In February, the SCLA Civil Service Committee sponsored a workshop on completing the high-level librarian and director examinations.  SSD members assisted, providing food and set-up, sign-in and recruitment of new SCLA members.  48 people attended.