2016 NYLA Pre-Conference Continuing Education Workshops

NYLA’s Continuing Education Committee (CEC) coordinates the presentation of these in-depth programs.  Immerse yourself in a half or full day program that provides an opportunity to explore a topic in a way that is not possible in the standard conference program format.

You can still register onsite for CE Workshops

CE-A: Libraries: A Powerful Platform for Change

Seats remain available

Sponsor: LAMS
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Libraries are a powerful platform for positive change in the lives of those we serve. We can change the world, one library at a time! The NYLA Sustainability Initiative is working to create leadership and provide tools to mobilize libraries to think and act sustainably. Raise your awareness and be inspired to own your role as a sustainability leader in your community! Our goal: ensure that New York’s communities thrive, bounce back from disruption, and are infused with a new and better life for everyone. Libraries can lead the way!

This workshop will combine the conceptual with the practical. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of “sustainable thinking” and how it can help library leaders find a path forward that will position the library as a community leader, create mutually beneficial partnerships, and inspire future investment in the library. Practical, real world tools developed by NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee members will be shared to ensure you will have the resources to:

  1. Make the Case for Sustainability
  2. Plot Your Road Map for Real Change
  3. Benchmark Your Library’s Actions
  4. Become an Agent of Change in Your Community

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
Matthew Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library
Erica Freundenberger, Red Hook Public Library
Rebecca Miller, Library Journal and School Library Journal
Richard Naylor, William K. Sanford Public Library (retired)

CE-B: Library Freedom Project

Seats remain available

Sponsor: NYLA-CEC

Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Librarians, learn the best ways to protect your patrons from online threats to privacy! Join us for this special all-day event with Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project. Alison will begin the day by talking about new and emerging surveillance threats, from corporations, government agencies, and criminal hackers. She'll then review some resources from the ACLU on understanding our privacy rights and responsibilities, and will close with an in-depth discussion and demonstration of technical tools to help patrons take back their digital privacy in the information age. Alison will cover ways to bring these tools into the library - whether installing them on library PCs or teaching them in computer classes - and how to stay up-to-date on privacy matters.  

Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading.

CE-C: Activate, Collaborate, and Engage: Transforming Your Community Through Health Outreach @ Your Library

Seats remain available

Sponsor: RASS
Half-Day AM: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Description: The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative focuses on helping libraries strengthen their roles within the communities they serve. This CE will begin with an introduction and discussion of health outreach in libraries.
Participants will:

  1. Gain awareness of free and reliable health information resources from the National Library of Medicine
  2. Be provided health outreach and program ideas and receive ready–to–use materials from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region
  3. Learn how they can be proactive about creating a culture of health for their users, within the ALA LTC framework
  4. Leave with resources to begin health outreach implementation at their library

Lydia N. Collins is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) serving DE, NJ, NY, & PA. In her role, she has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs. She focuses on NLM resources and increasing access to consumer health information, directed toward staff in public libraries, school libraries, and community-and faith-based organizations, as well as K-12 health and science educators and the general public.


CE-D: HTML & CSS Building Blocks of Web Design

Seats remain available

Sponsor: SMART
Half-Day AM 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thanks to platforms such as Drupal, Wordpress and LibGuides, it’s easy to create a webpage today without knowing any HTML. But it’s still a valuable skill to have for customization or just creating a simple page. In this beginner class you’ll learn Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the basic languages that almost all webpages use. The instructor will guide the class through hands-on exercises in creating HTML files and seeing how the code you type results in a webpage that the user sees. We’ll learn about the various HTML/CSS tags, proper format and syntax, and the different uses for the two languages. In addition, we’ll learn how HTML files are stored on a webserver and delivered to the user. No prior experience with HTML or CSS is necessary. If possible, participants should bring a laptop or tablet to this workshop.

Jaclyn McKewan is the Digital Services Coordinator at the Western New York Library Council, where she manages the Ask Us 24/7 chat reference service and oversees digitization projects. She created her first website just for fun, in 1998, and has been using HTML ever since, both at work and home.


CE-E: Grant Writing

This workshop is SOLD OUT

Sponsor: NYLA-CEC
Half-Day PM: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Whether you are writing grants yourself or working with your library’s grant writers, the ability to understand grant writing and communicate the efficacy of your programs are important skills for any librarian to have. In this course, you will learn about the basics, including vocabulary, of grant writing and how to effectively write about the needs, activities, goals, and outcomes of your programs.

Tara Lannen-Stanton, Queens Borough Public Library
When Tara Lannen-Stanton isn't trying to keep her precocious cats from wreaking havoc in her home, she herds metaphorical cats as the Assistant Director of the Job & Business Academy at Queens Library. Tara integrates library values with a deep investment in the community. She is always looking for new ways to leverage library resources and grant funding to improve the lives of her patrons.

CE-F: You Can Do It: Code Clubs

This workshop is SOLD OUT

Sponsor: SSL
Half-Day PM 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Despite the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be 1 million open computing jobs in the U.S. by 2024, only 1 out of 10 schools in the U.S. teach computer science to K-12 students. Even students who might not want to go into a career in computers will gain computational thinking skills and a deeper understanding of the world around them. Those who were once labeled loners will now have a place to belong.

Kids need time out-of-school to learn and practice computer science skills at their own pace and in line with their own interests. But with so many programming languages, and the varying skill levels of both staff and learners, how can you get started?

We’ll demonstrate the many free online resources available and share tips and tricks that have worked for us in our successful Code Clubs.  Participants will leave able to advocate for and start a CodeClub for their own 21st Century Learners.

Participants will:

  1. Experience learning activities designed to demonstrate how to code and program
  2. Learn about digital literacy, computer science, and programming languages
  3. Be empowered to participate in and advocate for the incorporation of computer science into the curriculum
  4. Know about many of the free online resources that teach coding, programming, and robotics
  5. Choose resources that are best for their own Code Club participants
  6. Develop strategies for marketing, promoting, and evaluating their Code Clubs for students     
  7. Learn how to structure club time according to students’ needs

If possible, participants should bring a laptop or tablet to this workshop.

Julia Hannibal, William Floyd Middle School
After receiving her Master’s from Syracuse University School of Information and Technology, in 2007, Julia began working as a middle school librarian at the William Floyd District.  Julia has taught continuing education classes with the William Floyd School District, Dellecave, and Endicott College in Massachusetts. She lives on the south shore of Long Island with her husband and kids and has been known to cheat at cards.


Lorraine Squires, Head of Teen Services, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Lorraine has been a Teen Services librarian for 17 years, and the head of Teen Services at MMSCL for seven. She has served on several ALA YALSA committees, most recently the taskforce to update Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Library Staff Working with Teens, and been a substitute adjunct professor for the graduate LIS program at Queens College. She lives on the north shore of Long Island with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a mind-boggling number of gadgets and charger cords.

Scholarly Communications Unconference

Seats remain available

Sponsor: ESLN
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sponsored by Empire State Library Network (ESLN)
Cost: $40 (Underwritten by ESLN)

If you are an up-and-coming expert at your library in areas such as institutional repositories, open access, library publishing, and intellectual property or if you want to learn about these topics, please join us for this unconference on topics related to scholarly communications. The program is designed to be an informal exchange of ideas between participants where you have opportunities to discuss best practices as well as emerging initiatives and tools related to this burgeoning field. A team of facilitators will work with participants to plan topics to be examined throughout the day, which will feature lightning presentations and three blocks for topical discussions. Possible themes could include: open access publishing, tools, and initiatives (for example, LEVER), intellectual property (copyright), institutional repositories and digital commons, management of research data, library publishing, and service providers.

Lightning Presentations: Proposals will be solicited from registrants for 10-20 minute lightning talks on topics pertaining to scholarly communications, including, but not limited to, the following: open access, library publishing, data management, or institutional repositories/commons.

Keynote Speaker:
Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the College, Amherst College and Founder of Amherst College Press.


NYLA Leadership & Management Academy

This workshop is SOLD OUT

This program is offered as a part of the NYLA L&MA. A separate program application and registration fee apply.  See nyla.org for details.

Facility & Building Management, Space Usage & Design
Sponsor: NYLA-L&MA
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The maintenance and management of your physical space can be a daunting task.  The program focuses on providing a working knowledge of the systems that make your library building work and how best to implement an ongoing maintenance program.  The course also addresses approaches for both large and small scale renovation projects.