NYLA 2018 | Conference Program Descriptions

Saturday, November 10

Program Slot #7 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Ins and Outs of Professional Collaborations

Knowledge sharing and networking are vital to professional growth in librarianship. Opportunities for growth can be found in both formal and informal settings, inside and outside of the library. This collaborative presentation will share the stories of the BBBL (Bunch of Busy Business Librarians), an informal networking group that became an enriching professional development opportunity, and the Stony Brook University Libraries’ Colloquium Series, an internal library lecture series that has successfully fostered collaborations and generated interest in librarian-led initiatives on campus. The program will consist of a brief presentation from each group about the logistics, lessons learned, and the benefits of the collaborations, an opportunity for each panelist to talk about their experiences, and a Q&A session where attendees can ask their own questions of the panel members.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Alan Witt, SUNY Geneseo
Jennifer Freer, Rochester Institute of Technology
Mia Breitkopf, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Nancy Greco, St. John Fisher College
Robert Berkman, University of Rochester
Dana Haugh, Stony Brook University

Jamie Saragossi, Stony Brook University 


Literacy Success for the Entire Family

Following the migration trends of immigrants in search of jobs, and a welcoming community that also satisfies their ethnic needs, most participants in ESL and literacy programs require lessons tailored to their skills and needs. They need to be able to belong, and to embrace the community in which they live, in order to make effective and meaningful economic, cultural, and educational contributions to society.  Libraries are proven conduits in the learning process. Adaptive community programs that embrace all should also be able to offer effective ESL programs that work. The first presentation will recommend planned, hands-on, and effective programs that are mindful of ethnic and cultural practices and needs. Our second presenter, brings parents who are English language learners together in a social activity with their children. Offering a bilingual story time is a great way to reach diverse populations and enhance dual language literacy. This program will give you resources and tips on how a Bilingual Children's Librarian serves the Hispanic population in the city of Rochester, starting with story time but encouraging parents to take advantage of other library services including ESL classes, job services, and more.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Wilma Glove-Koomson, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
Rosa Diaz, Lincoln Branch, Rochester Liibrary


Budgeting Skills for Public Library Managers

Sponsors: LAMS / RLRT, PLS
For a librarian, a first-time position as a director or manager can come with budgeting and financial analysis responsibilities that were not covered in their training. In this program, participants will learn core concepts and practical skills to develop budgets and budget forecasts to help library boards and staff make sound decisions.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Chris Finger, Geneva Public Library


Breaking Out of the Rut

Sponsors: LAR / SSL, PCRT
Escape rooms are gaining in popularity across the world, and for good reason.  These collaborative puzzles combine the teamwork and excitement of sports with the intellectual challenge of puzzles, and they are fun for all ages.  This program will showcase ways to create inexpensive escape room experiences for school and public libraries without breaking the bank.  Participants will work together to experience a game and will learn practical tips for creating their own escape room games. These games are great for teen nights, fundraisers, family events, and teaching curriculum, and they provide a unique way to collaborate with other agencies.  Examples will be given for a variety of situations.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Mary Zdrojewski, Scio Central School

Libraries and the LGBT+ Experience

Life in rural, conservative towns can come with many challenges for the LGBTQIA community. As public librarians we can do our part to create a safe, inclusive space for this invisible minority group. Librarians from the Olean Public Library and Cuba Circulating Library will discuss how they have increased LGBT collections, created programs such as the Rainbow Alliance and Spectrum for LGBT teens, and trained staff on how to respectfully service the community. This presentation will also touch briefly on the experience of LGBT staff in rural libraries.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Jennifer Stickles, Olean Public Library
Tina Dalton, Cuba Circulating Library


Libraries Fostering Entrepreneurship Through Technology

Sponsors: SCLA / MSRT, SMART
Most libraries have policies strictly prohibiting patrons from using their space as a place of business, but these lines have recently become significantly blurred via the emergence of Makerspaces. As more and more patrons continue to utilize their library's free Makerspace services as a means of manufacturing product, libraries are faced with the difficult task of continuing to meet the needs of the community without becoming a source of free labor or hindering the entrepreneurial spirit of the patrons. This program focuses on how libraries can make this essential adjustment on administrative, technological, and personnel levels to best meet the needs of the modern-day library user.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Chris DeCristofaro, Sachem Public Library
Nick Tanzi, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library

James Hutter, Port Washington Public Library


Libraries Respond to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Engage with library leaders and learn how New York State libraries are responding to the opioid overdose epidemic.  This panel discussion will include representatives from public, school, and academic libraries.  An overview of the state level perspective and resources available from the New York State Library will also be presented.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Frank Rees, New York State Library, Division of Library Development
Thomas Vitale, Chautauqua-Cattaragus Library System
Matt Pfisterer, Middletown Thrall Library


Internet Archive Saving 78s for Everyone

Sponsors: SMART / ASLS, SCLA
Archive of Contemporary Music’s Great78 project digitized almost 100,000 78rpm records. Audio expert George Blood started with ARC/Internet Archive’s 60,000 sides and is now working with library collections. Director B. George will provide an overview of the process from securing donations and shipping fragile material through to providing universal access. Discover spectacular audio gems and the collectors who saved them. ARC wants to assist other libraries and archives in preserving their materials while giving collections new life online.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
B. George, ARChive of Contemporary Music / Internet Archive


Reeling in Readers

Sponsors: SSL / SCLA, LAR, YSS, SLSA
As librarians who serve young adults we strive to provide collections that will engage and satisfy a wide variety of needs and wants, but still our circ stats compete with sports, academics, social media, and gaming.  This program has two parts. The first focuses on creating interactive, hands on displays that will draw in middle and high school students to your library and get them talking about your books and your space.  The second is aimed at creating interactive book talks that engage students so that they are participants.  Teens respond to being a part of the lesson and these book talks have students involved.  You will leave this program with practical  ideas you can put in use immediately.  In addition, you will have access to a website that organizes thematic book talks and display ideas so you can refer back to and add to if you wish in the future.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Britt Buckenroth, New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School


Program Slots 7 & 8 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Engage Your Community by Communicating Your Impact

Sponsors: FLS / LTA, LAMS, LAR
This is a double-session workshop; participants are requested to attend the entire time through the two program slots, with a short break.  You know your library’s programs and services are significant assets to the community, but how can you better communicate that value and connect with current and future patrons?  While the importance of social and digital media continues to rise, traditional broadcast and print media remain effective methods for reaching large audiences – and they don’t require paid advertising!  Broadcast journalist and public relations consultant Megan Mack will explore the best tools and practices for engaging your community.  From press releases, newsletters, and social media strategies, to pitching to journalists in a variety of media, you will learn how to customize your approaches for shaping and sharing your library stories. Hands-on exercises will be incorporated with group discussions and brainstorming.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Megan Mack, WXXI Public Broadcasting
Peg Glisson, Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library


Program Slot #8 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Get Smart About Smartphones

Learn positive approaches to teaching patrons about smartphones. The focus will be on teaching the logic of devices. Concepts such as Wi-Fi connection, app downloads, permission settings, storage management, personalization and file transfer will be covered as well as program ideas for your library.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Brian DiNitto, Central Library of Rochester


Embedding Library Lessons in a Bilingual Course

This presentation will discuss how to embed bilingual (Spanish/English) scaffolded library lessons in a three-credit Spanish-language-assisted undergraduate course during learners’ first college semester. These bilingual embedded lessons help native Spanish speakers acquire language skills in English as they learn academic content and develop information literacy and research skills. The speaker will provide examples of these lessons which employ multicultural teaching techniques. The presentation will discuss how library lessons introduce learners to educational technologies, internet resources, and library collections. The presenter will speak to the importance of differentiating activities that engage advanced bilingual learners with sophisticated search strategies and using more complex reading materials. Participants will be able to adapt lesson plan templates, tutorials, and handouts in teaching non-native speakers of English (NNE).

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons, Manhattan College

20 Ways to Make a Difference

WEB: The Maker Movement is a movement of people, not of things. Kids can "make" a difference with their minds, their hearts, and their hands. Learn about simple, low cost ways that children can help local organizations through community service making opportunities. Library programs can be modified and replicated to accommodate specific age groups and funding backgrounds.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Kristina Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School

We Still Persist - Women's Leadership Panel

Sponsors: NMN / LAMS, SCLA, CORT
Join your colleagues in a discussion on leadership at all levels and other challenges affecting women in the profession. Q&A format.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Barbara Kay Stripling, Syracuse University/NYLA Immediate Past President
Gail Brown, Manager  of Youth & Family Services & Early Literacy Specialist, Voorheesville Public Library
Annalee Giraldo, Director, Kinderhook Memorial Library
Jill Dugas Hughes, Director, East Greenbush Community Library

Pop Culture in Academic Libraries

Sponsors: PCRT / NMN, SCLA
A panel of experts discuss the role of pop culture in academic libraries. Learn from their experiences bringing pop culture to their institutions. Panelists will explore the relationship between pop culture and academia through discussion topics such as developing graphic novel collections, issues with censorship, working with faculty in the classroom, and developing outreach initiatives. Learn why pop culture DOES belong in academia, and discover how you can bring it to your library.

Track: User Services
Caroline Fuchs, St. John's University
N. C. Christopher Couch, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Andrea Kingston, Monroe Community College
Shari Lee, St. John’s University

Escape Room Hacks for the DIY Librarian

Sponsors: PCRT / SCLA, SSL
What’s with the escape room trend? While planning escape room programming can seem overwhelming,  librarians have everything needed to create  fun and challenging escape rooms for our patrons. Don’t believe us? Come learn how to turn everyday items into props and puzzles that will impress your patrons and give them a truly memorable experience. Break away from the cards and learn how you, yes YOU, can easily create an immersive event that involves teamwork, strategizing, and good old-fashioned sleuthing without breaking a sweat, or the bank. Attendees will learn the importance of story creation, how to easily make your own puzzles, props, and decoders, and learn tips and tricks on pulling off the best, most immersive escape room you can on a budget.

Track: User Services
Arielle Hessler, Stony Brook University
Kristen Cinar, Suffolk County Community College

Reference & Adult Services Master Conversation

Sponsor: RASS
The RASS Board held a Master Conversation in April 2018. Based on what we learned from that, we will discuss the current state of library reference and whether the moniker "Reference and Adult Services Section" still reflects our members' interests.  We will also have a conversation where we will attempt to answer questions like: How best can the Reference & Adult Services Section of NYLA serve the librarians who we represent? How have Reference and Adult Services changed in the past 10-20 years, and what kind of training or events should we be initiating for librarians?  Besides reporting out the results of our Master Conversation, we would like input from RASS members about what they want from the section, and what kind of professional development is needed for current and future librarians.  Librarians will learn from the discussion with their fellow professionals about opportunities for professional development, as well as opportunities for leadership within NYLA and the professional community.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Julia Schult, Baldwinsville Public Library


Libraries Supporting Local Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Sponsors: SCLA / MSRT, RLRT
Strong local businesses and economies are signs of a healthy community, and a healthy community can often suggest the presence of a strong library. So what can your library do to help foster and maintain these mutually beneficial ties? This program will show you the best means of reaching and serving your library's business community. Presenters will offer specific guidance on everything from information resources to programming, special events, marketing, and outreach. Detailed examples of their own experiences, as well as those from librarians nationwide, will also be shared. Attendees can expect to leave well-equipped with the information and guidance necessary to immediately implement within their own community upon returning home.

Track: User Services
Elizabeth Malafi, Middle Country Public Library
Sal DiVincenzo, Middle Country Public Library


Changing Beliefs Through Teacher Leadership

Sponsors: SSL / SLSA
SSL Membership meeting with guest Dr. Jen Cannell. Librarians have a powerful voice as leaders in their school, district, and  profession. How are we doing at meeting the leadership challenge presented through our roles as both instructional leaders and change agents? Have we been intentional in our practice as teacher leaders or do we constantly find ourselves reacting to the crisis of the day? Participants will reflect on their own  leadership qualities and how best to use their strengths to continue changing beliefs through teacher leadership.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Dr. Jennifer Cannell, Capital Region BOCES


YSS Table Talks

Sponsors: YSS / PCRT, SSL
Roundtable discussion and hands-on activities about programming and services for children and teens. Participants will be able to choose three different Table Talks during the course of this workshop. Topics include Summer Reading 2018 Crafts, Working with Tweens, Raising a Reader, VolunTeening @ Your Library, Create Your Own I Spy Page, and Teen Program Tips.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Jenny Abbott, Victor Farmington Library
Chrissie Morrison, Mechanicville District Public Library
Tonia Burton, Monroe County Library System
Laura Panter, Sachem Public Library