Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Update

Submitted by Jennifer Rocco, SCLA Communications Committee Representative

We’ve added a Trivia Challenge portion to our newsletters.  All are invited to answer the question and email answers to Jennifer Rocco,
This month’s trivia question:

In a piece of Library Journal science fiction, C.A. Cutter once described a futuristic library from the year:(a) 1999
(b) 2000
(c) 1983
(d) 2017
(e) 2000

Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD)
Lauren Bernat, 2017 President, is pleased to announce that the 2018 Secretary will be Rachel Cecchini of the Comsewogue Public Library and Middle Country Public Library, and the Vice President/President Elect will be Alexander Blend of the Middle Country Public Library.  Thank you to all who voted and participated in elections this spring!  Please also note that RASD’s website has moved here.

Please save the date for our Annual Luncheon: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:00-3:00 p.m., at Painters’ Restaurant in Brookhaven.  The speaker will be Antonia Petrash, who will speak about Long Island’s participants in the Women’s Suffrage movement.

The RASD PR & Marketing Committee is seeking submissions for the 4th Annual SLMA - Suffolk Library Marketing Award, recognizing the best public relations marketing campaign by a public or academic library in Suffolk County.  Any department of a public or academic library in Suffolk County may submit an application with the details about a library marketing campaign that occurred entirely between September 16, 2016 and September 15, 2017.  Applications can be found on the RASD PR & Marketing Committee's webpageThe deadline for submission is September 15, 2017.

The Media Committee met on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at SCLS.  Topics included media shelving issues: storage space, where your non-fiction materials live, high fine rates for media (helping or hurting) and more.

The Electronic Resources Committee will meet on Friday, September 8, 2017 for a demo on
The CARE Committee will meet on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at SCLS from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The New Adult Committee will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Sachem Public Library (9:30 a.m. networking, 10:00 a.m. start).  The meeting will be on the topic of new adult collections, and the speakers will be Jessica Oelcher & Rebecca Goldstein.

The Reader’s Advisory Committee will next meet on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at SCLS and the topic is Mystery (regular, not cozy).  Coffee/tea at 9:30 a.m., meeting 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Computer and Technical Services (CATS)
Check out this great article co-authored by Chris DeCristofaro and Ellen Druda in Library Journal!  The Chatty Librarians: Podcasting

Support Staff Division (SSD)
Save the date for the Annual Safety Conference and Annual Membership Meeting on October 18, 2017 at Brentwood Public Library.  Among the presentations: Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Timothy Sini will be our keynote speaker, Homeland Security and SCPD will be in attendance and there will be a program on autism.  We will also host volunteer groups for participants to visit with during breaks.  Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Young Adult Services Division (YASD)
On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the YASD hosted a panel of YA librarians that discussed the best methods for building a strong Battle of the Books team, sharing tips for running Battle meetings, and sharing how they make Battle fun not just for the teens, but for the librarians too.  The panel consisting of Cara Perry, Michele Cayea, Brian Schwartz, Kathleen Kellenberger and Nanette Feder, had some great ideas that they shared with the audience including games that they play with their team members and that they even talk to their team members in a foreign accent just to make them laugh!  They explained how they ran their meetings and it showed that there is more than one way to run a successful meeting.  It was great for Battle coaches to see that they are not alone in some of the struggles that they face.  If you are interested in the notes from the meeting, please contact Casey Fehn.

The next YASD meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at SCLS.  The meeting is a Summer Recap Meeting that will be accompanied by inexpensive program ideas.  This is an opportunity for YA librarians to gather and discuss what worked for them over the summer and what they would not do again.  It is a great way to network and gain new program ideas.  With budgets being tight at the end of the year, the YASD will also provide a packet of inexpensive program ideas that can be implemented.  If you have any extraordinary programs that can be done on the cheap that you would like included in this packet, please send them to
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, SCLS will be hosting a meeting where you will discover the history and current trends of graphic novels in libraries with Dr. Lucia Cedeira Serantes.
On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the YASD will be hosting a meeting at Huntington Public Library where Michael Buono and Khan will discuss how to decide the best graphic novels to purchase for your library and how to keep up with what is trending in the world of comics.  After that, we will take a walk to Escape Pod Comics to see first-hand what this comic book store has to offer.  

Annual Dinner
Save the date for the SCLA Annual Dinner at Brentwood Country Club on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Excellence in Library Services (ELSA) Award
Know an outstanding library worker?  Someone who goes above and beyond to benefit their library and the community that it serves?  Think they deserve a nice plaque and gift card reward?  Then why don’t you nominate them for the Excellence in Library Service Award to show you appreciate them and all their hard work!  Whether they work at the library you work, the one where you live, or even at SCLS, it doesn’t matter.  Just fill out the application and collect two or more letters of recommendation containing at least 300 words explaining just what makes them so excellent.  That’s it!  If they are chosen by our committee, they’ll be honored at this year’s SCLA Annual Dinner in November.  Please send applications to Kate Regina, ELSA Chair, care of West Babylon Public Library by August 31, 2017.  Questions can be emailed to  

Fandom Outreach
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, we promoted STEAM in the library at SLIME.  Children got to play with gears and Snap Circuits with us!  
On Sunday, May 28, 2017, we traveled to Queens to play Geeky Mini Golf at BoroughCon.  BoroughCon is a brand new comic book convention and we hope to do more with them next year.  
Then on Thursday, July 27, 2017, we headed to Barnes and Noble in Lake Grove for their Pop Culture Day.  We did fandom panels such as How to Cosplay and a TARDIS Tissue Box Workshop.  We also had a storytime with one of our cosplay wearing librarians!
The Fandom Outreach Committee is starting to prepare for Long Island Doctor Who, November 10-12, 2017.  If you are interested in volunteering in this or any other future events, email Stefanie Gangone.   

Save the date for the 31st Legislative Breakfast at Sachem Public Library on September 15, 2017.

Scholarship Awards
SCLA offers two scholarship awards per year for library support staff and for library school students.  Deadlines to apply are approaching so click the links below for full information!

  1. Continuing Education Award for Library Support Staff
  2. Scholarship Award Supporting Librarian Students

Suffolk County Library Access Committee
Suffolk County Gang Intelligence Unit on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
As a follow up to the Gang Information Seminar in April, the Gang Intelligence Unit will be presenting a three hour seminar on the issue of gang violence.  This issue affects many of your communities.  Please join us to learn about the efforts of both the Suffolk County Sheriff and Police Departments, and the things you can do to address this issue in your community.  This presentation will be followed by a virtual presentation on Rave Mobile Safety.  This company provides various types of security options.

Healthcare Awareness through Library Outreach (HATLO) Meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The HATLO group brings together staff members from Suffolk County public libraries, representatives from healthcare organizations and service providers from across Long Island.  This partnership is designed to provide library staff with current healthcare resources for collection development and contacts for programming and planning.  All are welcome.

Veterans Resource Fair on Monday, November 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Visit SCLS to speak with representatives from various Veterans organizations and service providers.  Take this opportunity to gather information and schedule speakers for programming at your library.  Please note: this event is NOT open to the public.  This is geared towards library administration and staff.

Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC)

Public Library Directors Association (PLDA)
Fundraiser for New Yorkers for Better Libraries Golf Outing, North Fork Tour and Banquet Dinner at Great Rock Golf Course, Wading River on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

New Yorkers for Better Libraries (NYLIBS-PAC) is a political action committee formed in 2003 by New York library advocates who believe that increased state aid for libraries and library systems is essential so that library and information services can be sustained and improved for the people of New York.
For more information/registration form, click here!

Who Should Attend?

  1. Aspiring Library Leaders
  2. Friends of the Library and Library Foundation Members
  3. Library Trustees and Trustees Emeritus
  4. Library Clerks, Paraprofessional and Librarians and Administrators!
  5. Library Lovers

Why Attend?

  1. Network in a relaxed setting with your colleagues, directors, trustees and vendors.
  2. Support Library Legislation by raising funds for NYLIBS-PAC.
  3. Enjoy golf, wine, dinner with your colleagues, AND support library legislation.

What a great way to spend the day!
Thanks to your support, NYLIBS-PAC succeeded in securing increased NYS Construction Aid for libraries (over 2,000% in Suffolk County), over $7.6M of additional Library State Aid since 2011 and Library Exemption of the MTA Payroll Tax.

Members at Large
Save the date for the SCLA Fundraiser 5k at Holtsville Wildlife & Ecology Center in October 2017.