NYLA 2018 | Conference Program Descriptions

Friday, November 9

Program Slot #3 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Public Librarians Fostering College Student Success

Sponsors: ASLS / ILRT, SCLA
What is a librarian to do when a college student seeks help with academic work at the public library? Unless the library is a very large one, rich with suitable resources, the public librarian may struggle with how to proceed. Your presenters can help! One is from a suburban public library, with past work experience at community college libraries, having also served as an instructor for a credit-bearing university course; while the other is from a renowned community college library, with focus on administration, outreach, and information literacy instruction. Through their collaboration, learn techniques for guiding students to be successful not only with the academic assignment at hand, but, more broadly, to guide them to success on their academic journey.

Track: User Services
Virginia Payne, Irondequoit Public Library
Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College


Serving Refugees: Working Together as a Community

Maplewood Community Library collaborates with various community partners that serve refugees. Learn about the many programs and services that are available in the Rochester area for that vulnerable population.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Evanna DiSalvo, Maplewood Community Library


Wall Art: Brought to You by the Friends

Sponsors: FLS / LTA, ESRT
What a difference a mural can make, especially when it is designed and created together with your community!  The Plattsburgh Public Library and the Arnett Branch of the Rochester Public Library teamed up with numerous artists in their respective communities, embarking on extensive public wall art projects that solicited both ideas and labor from their patrons.  The results are dazzling and a testament to the power of creativity and vision. Collaborating with Outside Art, an organization working to make Plattsburgh an arts destination, the Friends of PPL helped facilitate the volunteer effort to make ceramic tiles by hand to create the “Read and Grow! Dream Garden” mural based on a children’s book.  This vast undertaking has been a catalyst to move the library toward the concept of a maker space.  For an indoor mural, Arnett Branch patrons gave suggestions as to destinations when asked “where will the library take you?”  Muralist Richmond Futch Jr. and two other Rochester artists also tackled the challenge of the building’s concrete façade, bringing colorful book panels to life.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Patricia Loughan, Friends of the Plattsburgh Public Library
Bruce Tehan, Arnett Branch Library
Richmond Futch Jr., Arnett Branch Library


Tactical Skills in Political Environments

Public, academic and school library leaders face a variety of political obstacles as we pursue our library's mission. How we think about and react to these obstacles is critical, especially when they come from those who fund us. This session will give guidance on framing and understanding your library's local political environment and offer practical tactics for leaders to use as they maneuver within it.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Cassie Guthrie, Greece Public Library


Starting a Digital Archive from Scratch

Sponsors: LHRT / SMART
The Yonkers Public Library recently undertook the development of a start-up digital archive for its community. Hear about the process, hurdles, funding, and much more, involved in building a start-up archive and then using said resources for other programs within the library. The revenue sensitive archiving system was built with a mindfulness of both back and front-end technology requirements. In addtition to providing a learning opportunity regarding the solutions available for digital archiving and an overview of the skills needed to run the system, participants will be provided with tips for conducting oral history interviews and storytelling. Methodologies for presenting and organizing large amounts of information in a cohesive manner will also be included.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Michael Walsh, Yonkers Public Library
Brandon Neider, Yonkers Public Library


Becoming a Young Professional

Sponsors: NMN / SCLA
Starting out in the library world can be tough, especially as a young professional. How does one juggle the typical challenges facing new professionals - landing a job, negotiating a salary, moving up through the ranks, networking, etc. - with making a splash in a new library? Gretchen Kaser, Director of the Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library, will delve into the idea of professionalism and how it relates to today's libraries. Young professionals will leave with a sense of empowerment for tackling their new roles. Kaser worked in marketing and sales support before moving into her first professional youth services position and, eventually, library administration. She regularly contributes to Public Libraries Online, where she addresses topics like professionalism in the library world, new library trends, and many of the debates surrounding online learning and MLS degrees.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Gretchen Kaser , Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library


The Line Between Service and Safety

Sexual harassment isn’t always easy to identify...except when it is. Though treated with more gravity than ever before, it is still rampant, still underreported despite the toll it takes on morale and health, and still, sometimes, challenging to name. Library workers exposed to inappropriate speech or conduct might wonder if what they have experienced is ‘actual’ harassment or ‘harmless’ unwanted, miscommunicated conversation - how can they assess these situations and effectively respond? Where is the line between patron-centered service and personal assertiveness, comfort, and safety? How can we firmly establish a culture of civility in our public spaces for everyone?

Track: Current Issues & Research
Nicole Scherer, Nassau Library System
TBD - Director, Nassau Member Library

Creating Dynamic Programming Through Community Partnerships

Sponsors: SCLA / MSRT
Is your library struggling to create dynamic programming that not only gets people through the door, but maintains their interest and participation throughout? Do you find that you never seem to have the resources or time to fully provide the kind of programming your patrons really desire? Our panel will teach you how to foster successful partnerships within your community in order to create powerful and engaging programs. Those in attendance will hear about the presenters' own collaboration success story, the basics of identifying the right community partners, and lessons learned when such partnerships didn't work out so well.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Tonia Burton, Rochester Public Library
Cara Rager, WXXI Education

Q&A with Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia

Come and participate in a question and answer session with New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia.

Track: Current Issues & Research
MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, NYS Education Department


Promoting Compassion Through Radically Inclusive Story Times

Sponsors: YSS / SCLA, ESRT, LAR
Librarians Amy Holland & Matt Krueger received a grant to create a story time series with the mission of promoting compassion and self-acceptance among parents and preschool-aged children. Guest presenters included a drag queen, a Muslim refugee, a U.S. Army veteran, and more. This presentation will explain th process with the aim of empowering librarians to create similar programs.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Mat Krueger, Irondequoit Public Library
Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library


Building Bridges Behind Bars

Sponsors: CORT / LAR, SCLA, PLS
Books for children appropriate for prison and correctional facility libraries will be discussed as well as program ideas that will foster communication and bonding between inmates and their young children.  Research shows that communication between incarcerated parents and their children reduces the children’s trauma and improves their social adjustment, as well as reduces recidivism for the parents. Librarians know that books can be the perfect tool for bridging barriers. In this case the barriers happen to be prison bars and the stigma associated with serving time and being a child with an incarcerated parent. This program will show that librarians working with inmates and families can play an active role in breaking the cycle of incarceration and low literacy, help educate parents to become their child’s first teacher, instruct parents in the use of children’s books, and help provide a respite from the stress of prison life.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Randall Enos, Ramapo Catskill Library System


Program Slot #4 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Improving Access to Special Collections

Focusing on the need for standardization, the efficiency of technology solutions, and the desire to build community engagement, the University of Rochester's Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation Department (RBSCP) has developed workflows to better address how collections are processed, how finding aids are created, and how to enhance online navigation. RBSCP staff will discuss their strategies for improving access and discovery of special collections materials and provide scalable options for exploring and implementing similar workflows in other libraries and archives.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Miranda Mims, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries
Marcy Strong, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries


Prisoner Express at Durland Alternative Library

Sponsors: CORT / LAR
Prisoner Express is an opportunity for incarcerated men and women to get access to information, educational tools, and a public forum for creative self expression. Program Founder and Director, Gary Fine, will speak about the history of Prisoner Express, how it helps communities and underserved populations, and how public libraries and correctional facility libraries can become involved.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Gary Fine, Prisoner Express at Durland Alternatives Library


Fundraising Without Book Sales

Sponsors: FLS / LTA, SCLA, RLRT
Tired of the book sale treadmill?  No storage for your book stock or fewer active volunteers to carry off a sale?  No problem!  The Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library develop a year-round calendar of fund-raisers big and small to provide support for their library.  The Friends have become very creative with alternative money-earning events that don’t involve a book sale.  A panel will describe their successes which include a community “trunk sale,” a fashion show and luncheon, and shopping events in partnership with local businesses.  Volunteers with The Foundation of the Seymour Library in Brockport are approaching their tenth “After Hours @ the Library,” a successful night out for community donors which includes wine and beer tastings, raffle baskets, and decadent desserts.  Find out how these groups put a new spin on making money and why.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Terri Dalton, Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library
Carolyn Hamil, Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library
Carl S. Gouveia, Seymour Library


Teaching Users to Engage with News

To battle "fake news" and misinformation in the press, we must do more than teach users how to effectively evaluate news sources; we need to teach our users how to consume and engage with the news in such a way that evaluating source content becomes second nature.  This presentation will explore some of the methods we have used to teach students to become successful news consumers, along with partnerships and programs we have formed in support of this effort.  We will introduce the concept of building an information portfolio and applying a new model of evaluation (FACTS) to assess sources at multiple levels.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Jennifer Freer, Rochester Institute of Technology
Lara Nicosia, Rochester Institute of Technology

Small Libraries, Big Data

Sponsor: LTA
Join us for an overview of acquiring and analyzing data to create meaningful library statistics. Statistics play an important role in a trustee’s ability to make informed decisions about performance and to convey value in their advocacy efforts. This class will cover where to find data, analyzing the data and recognizing trends, and presenting data to support your message.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Matthew Corey, North Country Library System
Dawn Vincent, North Country Library System


Discovery Through Literacy and Science

Sponsors: MSRT / YSS, ILRT, SSL
This participatory session explores strategies for nurturing confident, motivated learners by blending literacy and STEAM (science, technology, art and math) skills. Literacy is beyond reading and writing proficiency. Hands-on, self-directed, multisensory experiences blend naturally into a variety of program formats, be they story times, science, or craft programs. You don’t need sophisticated equipment or extensive expertise. Dollar Store supplies, creativity, and an adventurous spirit are the most critical components. Basic literacy paired with scientific inquiry provides children with the tools to explore, question, observe, hypothesize, and draw conclusions about the world around them, laying the basis for a lifetime of learning. 21st Century learners need multiple competencies in textual and STEAM education to thrive and develop into capable, informed citizens.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Indira Mukherjee, Queens Library
Lynn Cole, Queens Library
Mary Blieka, Queens Library


Active Hope and Restorative Justice

Sponsor: PULISDO
The Rochester schools  seek to disable the school to prison pipeline, reduce the need for policing and security in schools, and create opportunities for conflicts to contribute to learning, moral development, and empathy for all. The presenter will focus her talk and Q&A on the work the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is doing with young people in Rochester schools and elsewhere. She’ll be sharing their practices with a focus on three areas that promote community understanding and well-being.  First, she’ll talk about how adults can lead by healing and prioritizing relationships with other adults.  What we do teaches young people more than any curriculum. Next, she’ll talk about how we can work towards a consistent relational ethic for all of the spaces youth are in and how libraries can play a critical role in that effort. Last, Kit will talk about the issue of adultism and describe ways young people can lead and engage in inspirational and deeply meaningful ways, thus offering a new vision for other youth and adults too.The MK Gandhi Institute's work draws from Kingian and Gandhian Nonviolence, Nonviolent Communication, and Restorative Practices and stands in contrast to punitive models.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Kit Miller, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence


Advocacy for Rural and Small Libraries

Exactly what is advocacy and how can rural and small libraries harness its power? What are the challenges unique to library advocacy in these communities? Join us to hear experiences, ideas, and answers to your questions. The presenters include a library director, a board president, a public library system director, and a state senator's community representative.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn, Avon Free Library
Christine Ryan, Avon Free Library
Lauren Moore, Pioneer Library System
Annie Chwiecko, Senator Gallivan's Office

Kodu Together: Video Game Programming & Publishing

Imagine the possibilities when you combine coding with video game design. Kodu is free software featuring a visual programming language appropriate for both young children and young adults. It can be used to create video games and to publish them online. Take a tour of the software, learn how to get started, and examine best practices. Discover flexible options for introducing a wide range of ages to coding and video game design.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Nick Tanzi, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library


Building an Online Community with Instagram

Sponsors: SSL / SCLA, SLSA
Learn how to increase engagement on Instagram, what type of content is popular, and why engaging with other people’s accounts is necessary. See examples of positive online interactions with community members, and learn how to use Instagram to conduct successful library promotion and outreach. By creating an Instagram account and regularly interacting with people in the community, as well as local businesses and organizations, libraries can insert themselves into their patrons’ daily lives in a positive way.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Courtney Wimmers, Mid-Hudson Library System


Program Slot #5 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Building an Information Literacy Digital Badging Program

Sponsors: ASLS / ILRT, SSL
Digital badges are online, visual representations of a learner’s mastery of specific skills or concepts. We’ll describe possibilities for using digital badges to enhance information literacy instruction, share insights from our process of building a badging program at Monroe Community College, and provide an opportunity for participants to brainstorm applications of digital badging at their own institutions.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Anjali Parasnis-Samar, Monroe Community College
Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College


From Futuring to Innovation

Trend-thinking is a starting point for futuring – and can be a powerful tool for innovation. This session will have attendees consider different trends and how they might align with their professional values.Through minor modification of near-term trends or bold proposals for longer-term trends, we can play with the future and propose innovations that speak to the future of libraries.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Miguel Figueroa, American Library Association, Center for the Future of Libraries


Friends, Directors, and Trustees Make a Difference Together

Friends of the Library can be valuable members of the library team.  Trustees provide governance, the library director manages the operations of the library, and a Friends group provides an opportunity for citizen volunteers to give support and financial assistance.  All parties in this alliance need to understand both their well-defined responsibilities and the limits of their roles.  Frequent, clear, and open communication is the key to a successful partnership, along with joint planning sessions and establishing an operating agreement to address the needs and expectations of all.  Robust, positive relationships between these key players will impact customer satisfaction and achieve long-term goals, helping libraries to be strong and resilient.  Our panelists will discuss ways their Friends, directors, and trustees have worked together successfully and how they have reached compromise when conflicts have arisen.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Alyssa Tassone, Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library
Kaleb Wilson, Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library
Frank Sykes, Livonia Public Library
Amanda Travis, Northern Onondaga Public Library


A Guide to Free Legal Resources

A primer on legal research for non-law librarians, focusing on freely available resources.  Also discusses the fine line between "unauthorized practice of law" and "offering legal advice" (both prohibited) by librarians.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Andrew Kloc, Appellate Division Fourth Dept. Law Library

Nazis in the Library

Sponsor: IFRT
Imagine receiving a call from the National Policy Institute to reserve your meeting room or a Black Lives Matter group reserved the room and wanted to restrict access. What would you do? What would you do if a patron entered the library wearing an article of clothing that a staff member or others found offensive? What happens if your staff refuses to provide services to someone they find offensive? Are libraries neutral andopen to all? Join a lively and facilitated discussion examining the ALA Code of Ethics, Bill of Rights, and our core values.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Nick Buron, Queens Library
Patricia Uttaro, Monroe County Library System and Rochester Public Library
Sara Dallas, Southern Adirondack Library System


Getting Up to Speed in the Lead

Sponsors: LAMS / NMN
Getting up to speed in any new workplace is difficult, but even more so when you’re the new boss! Two library directors -- one a first-time director of a public library, and the other in their second position as director of an academic library -- will discuss their experiences taking new jobs at top levels, and lessons they learned along the way. Special attention will be given to the mistakes they have made and witnessed, and how you can avoid them when stepping up to take the helm in any new job.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Jessica Olin, Genesee Community College
Robert Conrad, Richmond Memorial Library


Collaborative Literary Projects: Telling Community's Stories

Sponsors: RLRT / LAR, SSL
In 2016 & 2017, library staff and community members in Penn Yan, NY, worked together on a local literature project that culminated in Buff & Vine, a unique publication steeped in the voice of their region. The partnerships they built and problems they overcame along the way offer informative insights into library-community collaborations. This program will recap the process of creating the book, propose ways that the model could be adopted in other localities, and suggest a measure of the value such a project returns to local writers and readers.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Alex Andraskik, Penn Yan Public Library
Bethany Snyder, Buff and VIne

Hacks for Better Library Service & Productivity

As computing power increases, more and more of the tasks we perform can be aided by software. Likewise, new developments in search and consumer expectations mean new opportunities to bring the library to the community’s attention. We’ll showcase some of our favorite free and low-cost tools for doing better outreach, increasing the library’s visibility, processing data, taking advantage of Google’s structured data, automating basic processes, communicating, and more. There will also be time allotted for people to share their own hacks and tips.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Casey Conlin, Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
Robert Drake, Naussau Library System


Exponential Impact of School Libraries

Sponsors: SSL / LAMS, SLSA
This give and take presentation will give participants a chance to hear and share about high impact practices in NYS school libraries from the perspective of research, students, and community members.  Using evidence to frame the presentation, audience members will hear about best practices, adaptable concepts, and ideas on how you can play a key role in shifting the status quo to increase impact in and through school libraries in their communities.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Sue Kowalski, East Syracuse Minoa School District


Conversation with a Bunch of Millennials

Confused by the modern social justice landscape? Just want to know what millenials are thinking? We aren't inscrutable, we swear! Explore the hottest topics hitting your feeds with a panel of millennials and learn how to engage in discussions about social justice without engaging in a voyeuristic dialogue or further alienating harmed groups.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Jhani Miller, Urban Librarians Unite
Anastasia Chiu, Stony Brook University
Christina Gavin, Herbert H. Lehman HS


Teen Volunteers Make Great Tech Tutors

Public librarians are often expected to have the time, resources, and ability to help patrons make sense of today's technological world. To enhance services offered to patrons and create positive inter-generational experiences, the Fairport Public Library put together a Teen Tech Tutor program. In this program, teen volunteers are available during weekly drop-in sessions to help patrons navigate smartphones, laptops, and tablets. These volunteers answer questions about email, social media, downloading ebooks/eaudiobooks, and more. This experience also helps teens fulfill volunteer requirements and reflects well on their college applications. The presentation will share the benefits and challenges of establishing a successful Teen Tech Tutor program. It will also cover best practices for attracting, training, and retaining teen volunteers.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Carly Dennis, Fairport Public Library


Program Slot #6 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

The Friendly Café Meet-Up
Sponsors: FLS / LTA, LAMS
Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with other Friends, exchange ideas, and make new contacts.  Over the past four years, the FLS Executive Board has invited regional Friends groups to talk shop with them after their in-person board meetings.  These meet-ups offer a chance for Friends that support libraries of all types to gather locally and discuss topics of interest, such as fundraising ideas, book sales, advocacy, membership, energizing volunteers, and programs and services that the Friends offer to their community.  FLS Board members serve as mentors and moderators for these casual conversations, sharing advice from their experience with Friends organizations from all across New York State.  Get tips on how you can work with other volunteers to establish this type of meet-up or council in your home library system.  Bring copies of membership brochures, program fliers, promotional pieces for your bookstore or book sales, and newsletters to share.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Randall Enos, Ramapo Catskill Library System
Kenya Malcolm, Friends of the Ogden Farmers’ Library
Bob Pacer, Friends of the Chili Public Library


Libraries are for Everyone

As institutions and community hubs, libraries should always be striving to be more inclusive and welcoming to ALL members of their community by providing a welcoming environment, resources, information and programming. This also includes providing learning opportunities and conversations so that community members can learn about each other and the world at large.  Andrea Snyder will share how the Pioneer Library System implemented a year long Libraries are for Everyone Campaign that included professional development opportunities for member library staff such as a poverty simulation, classes, and facilitated discussions. She will also share examples and lessons learned from the small and rural libraries that embraces the Libraries are for Everyone message and took it out into their communities. Practical ideas on how participants can scale and implement a campaign will also be shared.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Andrea Snyder, Pioneer Library System


Building Collaborations: Public Libraries and Historical Societies

Sponsors: LHRT / PLS
Public libraries and historical societies are unique organizations sharing some common goals, organizational structure, history, and, very often, supporters – as well as important differences. Through specific examples and stories, find out how Long Island’s public libraries have worked with historical societies to overcome contemporary challenges facing both organization types in order to bring new services to commonly served communities. Discussion of the detailed examples will focus on the circumstances that made certain partnerships possible and explore where similar ideas can work for other libraries, historical societies, and even other, similar community groups.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Peter Ward, Brentwood Public Library


Expanding Library Services with Social Workers

Sponsors: PLS / LAR, SCLA
For the past 15 years, a partnership with Family Service League of Suffolk County (FSL) has embedded a certified social worker into the Middle Country Public Library staff creating a one-stop access point for family/individual support services. Family Service League provides the expertise in outreach, crisis intervention, family needs assessment, case management, social work supervision, and counseling while Middle Country Library provides family engagement, programmatic and information resources. Through this work, the library has been able to identify and further address current community issues and needs. Learn how this deep partnership benefits families, individuals, the library, FSL, and the community.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Kristen Todd-Worm, Middle Country Public Library
Kathleen Deerr, Middle Country Public Library


Bold, Brave, and Leading the Way

Sponsor: PLS
The NYLA Sustainability Initiative has provided the library community with the Sustainable Library Certification Program, a cutting-edge certification program, the first of its kind in the country and the first class of Community Change Agents, an advanced leadership development immersion program. This panel will feature library leaders participating in both programs and provide you with first-hand stories of how their work is impacting not only their library but their community as well.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System


Crowdsource Your Library

Sponsor: SCLA
Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are fundamentally comprehensive ways of enlisting community assistance in the digital era. For modern libraries, matching the right crowdsourcing/funding tools with the needs of its community will not only help achieve immediate goals, but provide long-term direction and inspiration for future library/patron services. This program will show you how this vastly emerging resource of funds not only helps identify both community and library local and digital needs, but in essence may act as the very heart of such relationships moving forward.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Sara Fiore, Rogers Memorial Library
Samantha Alberts, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Terry Lucas, Shelter Island Public Library
Nola Thacker, Westhampton Free Library

Let's Talk 2030!

Join the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and other library leaders for a discussion of the next steps in creating a sustainable future for library services in New York State.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Michael E. Stoller, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries

Girls Who Code…Together

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization that is seeking to close the gender gap in technology through their fun and innovative program offerings.  Participants will be equipped to launch clubs at their libraries after attending. Buffalo’s Coding Camp is a week long event which helps kids develop an important skill. The first two days of camp are spent learning basics. After learning HTML and CSS, kids apply their new knowledge creating their own website.  How to create a coding camp for middle school students will be covered.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Betsy D. Rivera is a bilingual professional with over ten years of experience in education, student development, and advocacy. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Psychology from Hunter College as well as a Master's Degree in Adolescent Education from Pace University. Betsy has worked with many institutions and non-profit organizations, ranging from interactions with young children to business-oriented adults. Her love of education, technology, and global affairs has taken her to an array of countries around the world. She formerly taught at Future Business Learning in Panama, built a school with villagers in Haiti, and met with international decision makers in Switzerland. Currently, she is a Regional Partnership Coordinator for Girls Who Code, an educator for Generation Code, and a member of the United Nations Association.

Attracting Award-Winning Authors for Teens

Sponsors: YSS / SCLA, PCRT, SSL
Rochester is a magnet for teen authors. Here are just a few examples why.  Teen Book Festival just turned 13, Rick Riordan chose Rochester as a stop on his promotional tour, and every "Teen Read Week" since 2010 has seen area-wide promotion with a visiting author. The teen services librarians in the Rochester region are known for their nationally recognized Teen Book Festival, founded in 2006. More than two dozen authors arrive every May to be greeted by 2,500 teen readers. This long-term collaboration between school and public librarians has led to other projects for Teen Read Week in October for the past 8 years. In 2017, Rick Riordan came to Rochester for the first time when Rochester teens and librarians lobbied relentlesslyto be a stop on his Magnus Chase 3 tour. Our panelists will discuss how to find authors for in-person visits, obtain funding, reach out to fellow community collaborators, and the best practices when hosting award-winning authors.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Matt Krueger, Irondequoit Public Library
Deena Viviani, Brighton Memorial Library
Craig Marasco, Irondequoit Public Library