NYLA 2019 | Special Events

Wednesday, November 13

Local Tours

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Franklin Community Center
Visit the Franklin Community Center and help organize, stock, and freshen up the food pantry. This is a free event, but space is limited. To learn more about the Franklin Community Center, visit franklincommunitycenter.org

Library Crawl
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Pickup Saratoga Hilton
Spend a couple of hours visiting, exploring, and learning about unique and innovative programs at a school, academic, and public library near Saratoga Springs! The tour will depart from and return to the Saratoga Hilton. Tickets are $15 per person and include transportation.

ASLS’s Speakeasy Sockdollager
5:00PM - 7:30PM | The Night Owl
Get out your glad rags and ankle on over to the Academic & Special Library Section’s happy hour and membership meeting at The Night Owl! The Night Owl is a dimly lit cocktail bar in the heart of Saratoga offering a fantastic variety of on-tap cocktails, as well as mixed drinks made with daily prepared bitters, syrups and ingredients from local farmers’ markets. With hidden passages behind bookcases that lead to a salon with relaxed lounge seating, there is a feel of mystery, heightened by the soft, golden glow of candle light and Art Deco sconces. Take on light fare from Tatu, a Yucatecan-style Mexican restaurant on the floor above and have a giggle water on us! We will have a brief membership meeting at 7:00 pm so you can know your onions and help craft ASLS’s vision for 2020 and beyond.

CORT Annual Dinner
7:00 PM | Bailey's Resturant
Join members of the Correctional and Outreach Resource Team (CORT) for their annual gathering and dinner.
Tickets are $35 per person.

PCRT Trivia Night
7:00 PM - ? | Location TBA
How well do you know your pop culture trivia? Only the strong will win prizes! There will be apps for everyone, though. Bring your own team (hoard, initiative, or army) or get matched up with one.
Tickets are $5 per person, available at the door.

YSS - Ann Gibson Scholarship Reception
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Jacob & Anthony's American Grille
Join us for a dessert reception to support the Ann Gibson Scholarship Fund. We will have raffles, free desserts, and a cash bar. Location: Jacob & Anthony's American Grille, 38 High Rock Avenue (just steps from the conference!)
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Thursday, November 14

NYLA Annual Membership Meeting
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Open to all NYLA members.
Pre-registration is required.

New to NYLA? Start Here!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Welcome to NYLA! If you want to learn about library advocacy, how to become more involved, or have ever wondered what the organization does for libraries, please join us.

Uncovering Privilege & Addressing Microaggressions
Sponsor: Empire State Library Network
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Examine the notion of privilege, including how privilege and unconscious bias create barriers for patrons, staff, and community, and how these barriers and interactions can play out in microaggressions. This workshop introduces the concept of privilege as a social justice concept and explores how to identify and begin to address microaggressions in the library. Tickets are $39 per person.


Briana Jarnagin is the Program Coordinator, Community Engagement in the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services at the American Library Association. In this role, she provides programmatic support for recruitment and retention efforts through expertise in community engagement, including communicating across diverse groups, event management, and engaging ALA membership in leadership opportunities and professional development tools. Briana is a member of the 2019 Chicago cohort of the Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps, serves on the National Diversity & Social Justice Committee for the Latina-founded organization Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., and previously interned with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. She holds a BA in geography with minors in sociology and geographic information science from Northeastern Illinois University.
Kristin Lahurd is Interim Director of ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS). Kristin and her team create programs and resources that promote recruitment and retention for the field of librarianship and best practices in serving underrepresented communities. She also coordinates ODLOS’ continuing education efforts, including workshops and webinars on topics surrounding equity, diversity, inclusion, literacy, and outreach. Kristin brings to the position several years of work in education, including roles as a literacy coach, English teacher, and reading teacher in the middle grades. Prior to her work in public schools, Kristin held positions in public health and social service. She has master's degrees in education and public health and a bachelor's degree in English.

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” (screening)
Sponsor: Library Access Round Table (LAR)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Join us for a screening of this film that chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cut-ting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease.  This film informs the LAR program “Trauma Happened.  What Next?”   Friday 11/15 - 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM. This is a free event.

PLS Author! Author!
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLS is thrilled to host author Madeline Miller. Tickets are $35 for NYLA members and $45 for non-members, and include appetizers and cocktails.

The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number one New York Times bestseller, is currently short-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award. It was also given The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award (adult books of special interest to teen readers), and the 2018 Elle Big Book Award. Madeline's essays have appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Telegraph, Lapham's Quarterly and NPR.org. She currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To learn more about Madeline please go to www.madelinemiller.com.

New Members of NYLA – Meet & Greet
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Saratoga Hilton
We welcome all NYLA members, new and old, to come mingle, eat free food, and network with other professionals. There will be free appetizers and a cash bar. Bring your friends (they won't be sorry).
This is a free event.


NYLA-Dewey Scholarship Fund Benefit Event
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | National Museum of Racing
Our annual Scholarship Fund Benefit Event will be held at the National Museum of Racing.  The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is committed to the preservation and promotion of the history of Thoroughbred racing in America and honor the sport’s most accomplished participants in the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.  Learn more about the venue at racingmuseum.org  Proceeds from the event will support the NYLA-Dewey Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to enable interested and deserving students to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library Science at an ALA-accredited library school in New York State.  Each year, a recipient from each of New York’s eight library schools is eligible for an award of $1,000 to cover tuition costs and related expenses. Tickets are $50 per person.

NYLA After Dark
Sponsor: Urban Librarians Unite
10:00 PM – ?
Join Urban Librarians Unite for the spookiest NYLA event ever. This year’s after dark is dedicated to hauntings, ghosts, frights, and fears. Tell us about that one time when you were sure something otherworldly happened, share the legend surrounding your personal haunted library, describe that one night on a dark country lane when you knew there was something behind you. We want to hear your scariest story full of atmosphere and fear! Your donations will help support all the work that ULU does including: library advocacy, the Urban Librarians Conference, refugeelibraries.org, and all the work we have been doing to support unaccompanied minors. We will be rocking a campfire vibe with cozy drinks, low light, and scary stories. Come out, support ULU, and bring a friend to walk you home to keep the terrors away.

Friday, November 15

Skidmore and Back Again Fun-Run
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Approximately 3.5 miles
On this out and back run, you will take a slightly hilly 5k course around the Skidmore Campus.  We will pass mansions reflecting Victorian architecture from the 1870s to the turn of the twentieth century as well as the newly built Palazzo Riggi that will be decorated for the holidays.  Sidewalks, bike lanes, and soft gravel paths will keep us all safe, but since this is a pre-dawn event, headlamp and reflective gear is suggested.
Registration for this event is $8 per person.  Proceeds to benefit the NYLA Sustainable Thinking & Action Round Table (START).

LAMS Leadership Luncheon: Public Access, Social Justice, and Leadership Distribution
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Administrators and facilitators of libraries and community media centers are responsible for creating spaces for people to access community, resources, education, and opportunities. We are simultaneously managing operations, performing direct-service, confronting systemic injustice, and evolving to bridge the growing economic and digital divide. How do we cultivate a culture of empowerment, creativity, and equity within our roles and relationships in ways that impact systems-level change? Tickets are $39 per person.

Nasha Taylor is the Community Engagement Director at PhillyCAM, Philadelphia's Public Access TV and Community Radio Station. Her role is to strengthen its membership and programming while deepening community media's social impact in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. She has prior experience in grassroots community organizing, youth development, education, community and economic development, digital inclusion, and nonprofit program management. Nasha grew up in Binghamton, NY and earned her Bachelor’s in Communications and Media at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Find PhillyCAM online @PhillyCAM or www.phillycam.org. Find Nasha online on LinkedIn @NashaTaylor or email nasha@phillycam.org.

RASS Noted Author Luncheon
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
In an ever-changing world, much about the profession of librarianship has not changed. Andrew Jackson will center his message around the need for inclusion and diversity and attempt to dispel some of the myths as well as give some insight as to how we can incorporate more inclusivity going forward. Tickets are $39 per person.

Andrew Jackson is an Activist librarian, library consultant/advisor, and award-winning published author and essayist. Among his awards and honors, he was a recipient of the 1999 BCALA Library Advocacy Award; Queens Public Library’s Lamplighter of the Year Award; 2007 BCALA Professional Development Award; 2011 NYLA Outstanding Service to Libraries Award; 2012  BCALA/DEMCO Award for Excellence in Librarianship, and BCALA’s 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation. Recognized for his community service and extensive outreach, he presented Black history talks with inmates on Rikers Island and other NYC correctional facilities over a 14-year period and served as a consultant/advisor to libraries in New York, North Carolina, and Florida. Andrew also mentors numerous graduate students and young librarians across the country. Today, he is an adjunct professor of Black Studies at York College and teaches Library Science at Queens College.

YSS Empire State Award Luncheon
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
The Youth Services Section is pleased to present the 2019 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People to Bryan Collier. Tickets are $39 per person.

Books were a huge part of Bryan Collier’s life as a child in Pokomoke, Maryland, and he’s remarked that while he enjoyed the stories, what he really loved was the pictures. At home and school, his passion for art was encouraged, and he developed a unique style, effortlessly melding collage and watercolor. In 1985, Bryan was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York City as part of their national talent search, and graduated with honors. He is a passionate advocate for the arts, and worked for years as the program director at Harlem Horizon Studio and Harlem Hospital Center, with a mission towards providing self-taught artists work space and materials. Over his illustrious career, Bryan’s work has won numerous awards. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient, a six-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award recipient, and a three-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award recipient. He has created beautiful and iconic imagery for books including Uptown, for which he was named the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award recipient, Rosa, Dave The Potter, Martin’s Words, I Too, Am America, and Trombone Shorty.  His work is unique, stunning, and unforgettable.

ASLS Presents: “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” (a documentary)
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google.  Join the film’s director and producer Jason Schmitt for a Q&A following the screening, to be moderated by NYLA President Michelle Young. This is a free event.

NYLA presents Battle Decks!
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Improv meets public speaking: courageous volunteers tackle a live presentation based on PowerPoint slides that they have NEVER seen before.  Hilarity will ensue.  This is a free event.

NYLA Inaugural Banquet
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for the farewell address of the 2019 NYLA President Michelle Young, the presentation of NYLA’s major awards, and the inauguration of the 2020 NYLA President, Dr. Jen Cannell.
Tickets are $59 per personOne ticket is included with Full Conference Registration through the Early Bird Deadline.

Saturday, November 16

Intellectual Freedom for Breakfast: The Power to Inspire: Comics, Community, & The Future of Intellectual Freedom
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
In the intellectual freedom community, our job is to change the world one mind at a time. How can the stories we share, the spaces we make, and the programming we create make a positive difference in the lives of the patrons we serve? Drawing from his experiences defending comics and graphic novels, Charles Brownstein discusses how library professionals can be motivational thought leaders in creating a culture of empathy, respect, curiosity, and intellectual freedom. Tickets are $29 per person.

Charles Brownstein is the Executive Director of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization providing legal aid, advocacy, and education related to the comic field's First Amendment rights. He also serves as chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, and president of the Freedom to Read Foundation.