NYLA 2018 | Conference Program Descriptions

Thursday, November 8

Program Slot  #1, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM

Cultivating Empathy in Reference Services

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Mental health issues continue to dominate national conversations, including those in community services and education. This interactive program will examine what role empathy should have in reference services and explore essential questions including: what activities can librarians undertake to develop their empathy skills? How can librarians express empathy while also maintaining appropriate boundaries with their patrons? What does empathy look like in virtual reference services? In what ways are librarians already practicing empathy, and what can we do to grow and cultivate those practices?

Track: User Services
Ilka Datig, Nazareth College
Miranda Stefano, Hillside Children’s Center


Book Repair on a Shoestring

Sponsors: CORT / LAR, RLRT
Learn how libraries can prolong the usefulness of bound materials using several types of basic book repair techniques with limited help, small budgets, and minimal space. Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs are covered. This program is for circulating collections; conservation treatments on rare and special collections will not be discussed.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Leah Hamilton, Phelps Library and STEAM Lab Makerspace


Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws

Sponsors: LAMS / GIRT, PLS, SCLA
Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government, provides an overview of the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws and responds to questions. He has been with the Committee on Open Government since its creation in 1974. Freeman has addressed numerous government, public interest, and professional organizations, as well as students of law, journalism, public administration, and information science and policy.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Robert Freeman, NYS Committee on Open Government


Libraries and the Maker Movement Partner in STEAM

Sponsors: MSRT / PCRT, SCLA, SSL
Your local community is a treasure chest full of Makers – people who love creating, learning, and teaching. Find out how you can tap into this incredible resource to bring unique and engaging programming to your library. The Maker Movement takes advantage of our natural instinct to build with our hands, find new solutions to problems, and unleash our creative side. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is not just for kids! Make an impact on your library’s lifelong learning initiative with Maker activities for kids, teens, adults, seniors – and even those elusive millennials! We’ll have a hands-on activity or two to help get your Maker instinct stirring.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Dan Schneiderman, Maker Faire Rochester
Pat Rapp, Maker Faire Rochester


I'm a New-ish Librarian, Ask Me Anything!

Sponsors: NMN / SCLA, SSL, ULU
Still doing the library shuffle? Interested in how current and emerging leaders started their library careers? Come ask this panel  all kinds of questions about being a new/newish librarian in the wild world of libraries. Questions can also be submitted on Twitter using #nylanewbies

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Kelsey O'Brien,  Information Literacy Librarian at the University at Albany
Ben Himmelfarb, Local History Librarian, White Plains Public Library
Joe Burke, Director, Altamont Free Library
Michelle Montalbano, Senior Adult Librarian, Red Hook, Brooklyn Public Library

Gaming with New and Young Adults

Sponsors: PCRT / SCLA, MSRT
People of all ages love gaming, from board to video games. Learn how you can use them to attract teen, new adult, and other players to your library. Explore how you can reach these potential patrons, and the benefits of tabletop vs. electronic gaming programs and collections. Experienced librarians will discuss programming ideas, statistics, and lessons learned from their game programming experience.

Track: User Services
Tim Sicurella, Sayville Public Library
Khan DeRenzo, Port Jefferson Free Library

Branding Your Library to Achieve Success

Who are you as a library? If you don’t know, then you need to make finding out the answer your first priority. Establishing a brand identity does more than simply improve name recognition. When done correctly, it can inform the majority of the big decisions that you make as an organization, like strategy, programming, communication, and hiring. Learn more about how the Henrietta Public Library used their brand (and dinosaur mascot) to connect with their community and gain overwhelming support for a new library building. This presentation will provide you with concrete ways you can use your brand to create future success for your library.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Laura Lintz, Henrietta Public Library
Jennifer Barth, Henrietta Public Library

Accessibility in Your Library: Here's How

Sponsor: RASS
Beyond ADA regulations: from design principles to staff awareness, there's lots you can do to improve access for people with disabilities and enhance your library’s welcoming image for everyone. Learn why it is so important that your library do this, what impact your actions can have on people’s lives, and that making simple changes to improve accessibility does not have to make life difficult! We’ll explain the key role staff awareness and understanding of accessibility needs can play in providing equal access to information for persons with disabilities. Learn about Project ENABLE, a free online training resource designed specifically for librarians. Take home resources and strategies you can apply in your own library, regardless of budget limitations.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Mark Allnatt, Onondaga County Public Library
Leslie Pcolinsky, Syracuse University iSchool
Katie McGinnis, Syracuse University iSchool

The School Library Effect in NYS

Sponsors: SLSA / SSL
Dr. Joette Stefl-Mabry and Dr. Michael Radlick will share results of their research, The School Librarian Effect on Student Academic Achievement in New York State (2015-18). In this study, they investigated the effect of school librarians (SLs) on student outcomes by examining five years of data on certified SLs (staffing, scheduling, functions, instruction, operation and resources) on students’ ELA and math achievement. This is the first longitudinal study of school library effects using empirical analyses and replication across multiple years. The specific ways in which SLs effect changes in students, and what variables appear to strengthen that effect will be discussed.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Joette Stefl-Mabry, Ph.D., School of Education, SUNY Albany
Michael Radlick, Ph.D., CEO of Learning Technology Visions, LLC
Yenisel Gulatee, SUNY Albany, Doctoral Student
Shannon Mersand, SUNY Albany, Doctoral Student

Storytime for the Early Literacy Newcomer

Sponsors: YSS / SCLA, LAR
Anyone new to presenting a library storytime has asked the following questions: Which books should I read? Are crafts required? To puppet or not to puppet? But it's also important to ask: How am I helping to build early literacy skills? How can I engage parents and caregivers? What is a manipulative, anyway? This interactive workshop will address the components of a successful storytime as well as how to incorporate best practices for early literacy into programs and outreach. We will certainly also be talking about where to find the best songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. Thanks to user-friendly research and a wide variety of online resources, presenting a storytime that helps children get ready to read has never been easier.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Angela Newman, North Country Library System
Rebecca Donnelly, Potsdam Public Library


Program Slot #2 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Surveying and Accessing Endangered Media Formats

How many floppy disks are languishing in your archives? Do you know the exact quantity of VHS tapes or reel-to-reel film in your collections? If you don’t have an immediate answer, it’s time to consider surveying your endangered media formats. Staff from The Strong National Museum of Play will discuss how (and why) they took the leap into proactively identifying and assessing the unique endangered media formats (both digital and magnetic) held within the museum’s archives. Attendees will learn about the process of surveying collections, assessing their condition, and how this captured data can inform future digitization projects, as well as the outcome of The Strong's grant-funded Endangered Media Pilot Project.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Andrew Borman, The Strong
Hillary Ellis, The Strong
Julia Novakovic, The Strong


I Still Don't Want to Talk About It

Panel of library administrators from various libraries across the state will answer submitted questions from the participants in the audience.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Nick Buron, Queens Library
Lauren Comito, Brooklyn Public Library
Mary Jean Jakubowski, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Lauren Moore, Pioneer Library System
Amanda Perrine, Maxwell Memorial Library

Health Literacy in the Public Library

Sponsors: NYBLC / RASS, SCLA
Information poverty is real. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 12 percent of adults are proficient in health literacy. Come learn how we as librarians are able to make a difference when it comes to our patrons and sharpening their medical literacy skills. In the public library system, there are many different types of people in need of various types of information. In an age where information literacy is more important than ever, a subcategory called medical information literacy has garnered extreme significance. As librarians, we are able to make a difference when it comes to our patrons and their medical experiences. If we as reference librarians can work together to give patrons the information necessary to make way for preventive measures, we are one step closer to helping members of our communities become information literate when it comes to their health and wellness. Let us come together and have a conversation about how to develop the proper skills needed to aid our patrons in all their medical literacy needs.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Dana Tomlin, SUNY College at Old Westbury


Adult Programming: Beg, Borrow, Steal

Beg for help! Borrow supplies! Steal great ideas! Learn how to offer simple and engaging adult programs on a limited library budget. Participants will leave the session with over 50 low-cost, simple programs that they can implement in their library immediately. Passive programming ideas will be included. The second half of the session will be devoted to table talks with interactive crafts. Please bring an adult programming idea to share with the group.

Track: User Services
Jenny Shonk, Finger Lakes Library System
Brandi Rozelle, Waterloo Library and Historical Society


Engaging Your Community

New York State has libraries that serve communities that range from some of the smallest to some of the largest in the country.  We will discuss ideas and different approaches to help your library connect with local court systems, nonprofits, and other organizations in your community and how both your community and library can benefit. A question and answer period will provide an opportunity to share what is working in your own community and address specific challenges.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Brian Hasbrouck, Brooklyn Public Library
Thomas Vitale, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Uniondale Public Library


Genealogy Research on the Fly

Genealogy questions can be relatively intimidating, but they needn't be. This program aims to demystify the genealogy research process by breaking it down into a series of user-friendly reference and research techniques. Core interview strategies and family history concepts will be presented in-depth, followed by a rapid review of free online genealogy resources. Those in attendance will leave with a ready-to-implement genealogy reference toolkit and the confidence to help turn any patron's genealogy query into a soaring success.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Rhonda Konig, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library


Boosting Early Literacy Through Brilliant Partnerships

Sponsors: SED/NYSL
The New York State Library’s Ready to Read at New York Libraries initiative provides comprehensive early literacy training and support to public libraries across the state. This session will explore one of the key elements included in Ready to Read training: building partnerships! Join our panel to learn more about the important role local community partners can play in strengthening libraries’ early literacy services for children (from birth to age five). Gain multiple collaboration and outreach ideas that you can use in your library to foster sustainable partnerships. The session will also include an update of Ready to Read’s freely available toolkits and resources, and an update of the Supercharged Storytimes for All project.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Sharon B. Phillips, SED/NYSL
Amanda R. Latreille, AmaLat Consulting


Scratch Programming for All

Sponsors: SMART / MSRT, SSL, YSS
We designed a summer camp for teens to learn and create in Scratch. We filled the computer lab every time! We decided to branch out in different ways by developing classes for children, teens, adults, and intergenerational learning for all. See the process we went through to grow a Scratch presence in our community. Participants gained an opportunity to code and learned valuable life lessons about independent problem solving, group work, and working in a diverse learning setting. Ready to get the tools and resources necessary to create your own program?

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Mary Carrier, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library


Bringing Library Literacy to Classroom Teachers

Sponsors: SSL / LAMS, SLSA
Brooklyn Public Library’s Teacher Lab course and educator professional development programming has been successful at connecting teachers with the library and opening doors to community schools. Southeastern NY Library Resources Council launched a similar workshop series in 2017. Hear about the successes and challenges of creating library programming to connect directly with preK-12 educators in New York. Review fundamental library, research, and information literacy skills that librarians can model for educators. Learn the steps to offer certified professional development workshops for teachers out of your library, tips for marketing and evaluating your programs, resource allocation, getting buy-in from your administration, and more. Leave with a comprehensive plan to kickstart your relationship with educators in your school community!

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Amy Mikel, Brooklyn Public Library
Carolyn Bennett Glauda, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council


YSS Membership Meeting Featuring Bob Shea

Sponsors: YSS / SSL
Join us for a brief membership meeting followed by famous author Bob Shea. He seems nice. Bob will share unpublished work in a talk entitled, “Bob Shea at his Worst”. Bob Shea is the author and illustrator of over a dozen picture books including the Dinosaur vs. series and Ballet Cat series.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Bob Shea, Author/Illustrator