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. Azuree Agnello of West Babylon Public Library won last month’s trivia challenge.
This month’s trivia question:
Who was the first to claim to have created a catalog of all the books in the world?

(a.) Gutenberg
(b.) Conrad Gessner
(c.) Jorge of Burgos
(d.) Ptolemy

Division of Academic and Special Libraries (DASL)
DASL will have its newest meeting on November 14, 2017 at Suffolk County Community College, Grant Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 139.  They’ll be planning upcoming events, including the 2017 Annual Luncheon.  Those interested in attending can email DASL President.

Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD)
Annual Luncheon & Meeting
RASD’s first annual Luncheon & Meeting on October 3rd, at Painter’s Restaurant in Brookhaven was a success.  Antonia Petrash, a retired library director and member of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, gave a presentation on women suffragists, focusing on Long Island women who were vital to obtaining the right to vote for New York State women and then women across the United States.  RASD intends to host the annual meeting as a luncheon again in 2018.  Look for information by July 2018!
CARE Committee
The CARE Committee has a new website!
The CARE (Career and Resource Exchange) Committee’s next meeting will be held on November 16th at SCLS.  Dave Sullivan from the Family Service League will speak about the Flexible Employment Program.  This program provides vocational services to individuals with disabilities and is sponsored by the NY State Department of Education ACCES-VR.  The program offers diagnostic evaluations and teaches computer skills, interviewing, job search skills, development skills and placement.  The organization also offers aftercare support and vocational counseling.  The Family Service League serves people with mental health conditions, developmental disabilities, substance abuse issues, legal histories and physical disabilities.  Please join us for coffee at 2:00 p.m., followed by the presentation at 2:30 p.m.
Health Concerns Committee
The Health Concerns Committee will hosted their Annual Health Concerns Breakfast on Monday, November 6th at SCLS.  The 2017 topic was cardiovascular disease.  Speakers included Dr. Gasparis, Director of the Stony Brook Vascular Center and Dr. Tassiopoulos, Director of the Stony Brook Center for Vein Care.  Each attendee earned two CEU’s.
Media Committee
The Media Committee met on October 16th at SCLS.  Melanie Cardon-Leathers presented her digitization project at Longwood Library and its extensive online local history collections.  She offered suggestions for those looking to create a digital project, and how to obtain new additions to a local history collection from members of the public.  Ellen Nasto from Suffolk Cooperative Library System also discussed their work with digitization projects and their new Story Corp lending bundle.  Following there was a discussion of ways to successfully handle spacing issues for media storage and media fine rates.

Computer and Technical Services (CATS)
CATS held a Technical Services Round Table discussion on Tuesday, November 7th.  The discussion was an open forum for anyone working in Tech Services to share techniques or materials that help make their job easier.
TIF Committee
TIF hosted a joint Nassau/Suffolk technology meeting at Smithtown Library's Kings Park Branch on Thursday, November 2nd.  The topic was technology in libraries.
On December 7th, CATS and TIF will have their Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the SCLS auditorium.  There will be a light breakfast served.  Guest speaker Rebecca Stavick from DoSpace Omaha will be appearing via video teleconference.  She will talk about DoSpace, a privately funded public makerspace, successful things they’re doing and will even give a walking tour with their "Dual Robot".  There is no fee to attend.  

Support Staff Division (SSD)
SSD held their Annual Safety Conference and Membership meeting on October 18th at Brentwood Public Library.  Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Timothy Sini was the keynote speaker.  Homeland Security and SCPD were in attendance and there was a program on autism.  SSD also hosted volunteer groups for participants to visit with during breaks.

Young Adult Services Division (YASD)
In October, the YASD teamed up with SCLS to host a two-part program on Graphic Novels in the Library.  Attendees discovered the history and current trends of graphic novels in libraries with Dr. Lucia Cedeira Serantes in the first class.  The second class was held at the Huntington Public Library and Michael Buono and Khan DeRenzo spoke about graphic novel trends and the best ways to select graphic novels.  Following the meeting attendees walked to Escape Pod Comics for a tour.  
In November, the YASD will be hosting a meeting called “Dealing with Teens in Difficult Situations.”  A representative from Long Island LGBT Network and a representative from the Response Crisis Center Hotline will be discussing ways that you can help teens who are going through a rough time.  They will also provide local resources that librarians can use to assist these teens.
The YASD will host their Annual Luncheon on Thursday, December 7th at Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue from 12:00-3:00 p.m.  We will be enjoying a delicious lunch as we learn from YA author Gae Polisner.  Her books will be for sale and she will be available for autographs following lunch.  There will be raffles, the winners of the 2017 Librarian Awards will be announced and the 2018 YASD Board will be introduced.  Registration and nomination forms will be sent out via email and they can also be found on the YASD Blog.

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.

Civil Service
Are you taking the Librarian 3 and 4 Exams?  Are you taking the Assistant Director or Director Exams?  SCLA will be offering a workshop on how to enter your experience for the exam.  Information will be emailed to you.  For more information contact Kristen Todd-Wurm.

The 31st Legislative Breakfast, held at Sachem Public Library on September 15th was a success!  The Committee thanks the membership for their support and the Sachem Public Library for hosting.

Suffolk County Library Access Committee
Veterans Resource Fair for Library Staff will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Each Veterans organization will have an informational table.  The goal of this event is for you to come and meet with representatives from various Veterans service providers.  All of these organizations and agencies will have information on the types of programs and services they offer and would like to have a presence in your library in order to better serve your community.  While gathering information for your patrons, please talk with the organization/agency representatives about programming ideas for your library.  Please note: This event is NOT open to the public.  It is geared toward library staff so please share with your colleagues.  No registration is required and two CEU’s will be given to attendees!

Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC)
Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) 3rd Annual Conference will be held on December 1, 2017 at Stony Brook University with Keynote speaker Nancy Tomes, Ph.D.  The topic is “Nuisance or Necessity?  Historical Perspectives on the ‘Informed’ Patient”.
Today it is widely accepted that patients need to be more actively engaged in their own treatment, but the extent to which they can and should participate in medical decision making is a matter of debate.  In particular, the “Medical Googler” who arrives at the doctor’s office with information acquired from the internet may be greeted with suspicion.  In this talk, Professor and Historian Nancy Tomes will put current debates over these “e-patients” into historical perspective.  Drawing from her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), Nancy will show that the fundamental issues involved in today’s debates over how patients use the internet are by no means new.  All are welcome to attend!  This conference is particularly relevant to medical, community outreach and reference librarians.  For more information please click here or contact Mark Navins at 631-675-1570 Ext. 207.

Public Library Directors Association (PLDA)
Dear colleagues,
We just wrapped up our 11th Annual Public Library Director's Association (PLDA) Golf Outing, East-End Tour and Banquet Dinner.  Participant support has helped us raise almost $15,000 for New Yorkers for Better Libraries.  Through dedication and continued efforts of sponsors and library professionals, PLDA is able to sponsor activities that give a voice to libraries all over New York State.
This annual event is a unique networking opportunity to bring together library professionals, the vendors we do business with, local legislators and community leaders who love their Long Island libraries.  Save the date for next year’s Golf Outing, East-End Tour and Banquet Dinner tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Great Rock Golf Club.  Please join us to play the course, tour the vineyards or just join us for dinner next year. 
If you have any questions about the work we do or additional ways to support public libraries, email me at: or call 631-363-6133, Ext. 12.
With kindest regards,
Mike Firestone & Kelly Harris
Co-Chairs, PLDA Golf Committee