NYLA 2019 | Conference Program Descriptions

Thursday, November 14

Program Slot  #1, 1:45 PM-3:00PM

Data-driven Collection Management
Sponsors: ASLS / SMART
This program will familiarize library staff with reports they can run to find information on how their collection and library are being used including analyzing items that circulate a lot, items that don’t circulate at all, and how much and how often their patrons are using their library cards.  With this information, libraries can distribute funds and space to support a collection that reflects their community’s demand for library materials.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Robert Drake, Assistant Director for Technology Operations, Nassau Library System
Casey Conlin, Library Sustainability Coordinator, Mid-Hudson Library System


Congrats You're a Prison Librarian!
Sponsors: CORT / RLRT
Being a prison librarian can feel very isolating. Join your colleagues for a moderated discussion that will allow for information sharing including best practices among panelists and participants. Both new and seasoned librarians will leave the session feeling reenergized and ready to tackle the daily challenges that come with working in a correctional facility.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Maren Kyle, Groveland Correctional Facility
Andrea Snyder, Pioneer Library System


Quiet Solidarity, Queer Storytelling, & Coffee
As a queer latinx, stepping outside the library space to inquire about the needs of LGBTQIA+ folks is important in representing the library as a safe space. For National Coming Out Day, a curated playlist of queer voices telling stories, allies showing solidarity, and nontraditional coming out processes played in NYIT's main library. Tailored to reflect the student population, this event represented a majority of people of color, from diverse backgrounds, over the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum, and the functionally diverse community. Hosting this event and having conversations about where the library can meet the queer community laid the groundwork for students of all backgrounds to feel safe and comfortable in the library space.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Adrianna Martinez, New York Institute of Technology

Take It or Leave It: What You Need to Know about Employee Leaves and Absences
Sponsors: LTA / LAMS, PLS
Everything you need to know about the Family and Medical Leave Act, NY’s Paid Family Leave Act, and the other leave-related legal obligations affecting your library and its employees.  Ensure that your policies, procedures, and practices are in compliance, before you face an issue.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Ellen Bach, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP
Robert Schofield, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP


Small Library, Big Partnerships
In 2025, three million job openings will go unfilled due to technical skills gaps, an inability to pass drug tests, and a lack of awareness that these opportunities exist. Libraries have the power to change these statistics by developing strategic alliances and providing innovative educational opportunities to meet the social, technical, and economic needs of our communities. Learn how to nurture unique, cross-sector partnerships, design new marketing strategies, and expand STEAM and technical classes to connect people to educational and workforce opportunities, while simultaneously increasing the library’s visibility and community impact.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Leah Hamilton, Phelps Library


Women's Leadership Panel: Conquering Imposter Syndrome
Sponsor: NMN
Also called impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience, imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and have consistent feelings of inadequacies. Many times they feel like a fraud, and that they don't deserve their position. Women are more likely to be victims of this negative thinking, and prevent us from realizing and appreciating our full potential. Come to this panel of strong women leaders in the field and hear their stories of overcoming this twisted thinking, and how they acknowledge and own their value and the value of their work.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Sandra Echols, 
Arielle Hessler, John Jermain Memorial Library
Others TBD

We SANG to Combat Generational Poverty
Sponsor: RASS
Learn why and how libraries can create a community information portal. In October 2015, key local government, social service, educational, religious, and businesses met to address generational poverty in the Southern Adirondacks. Operational silos within each organization stymied broad cooperation; few participants had knowledge of whom and what resources were regionally available; and state and county information databases were incomplete. The creation of a localized, granular database would best serve users in obtaining accurate, consistent, comprehensive, and unbiased public service resources. Staff at Crandall Public Library used their skills and collaborated with said parties to build SANG: a nimble, robust listing of connections to help the public to obtain impactful, timely assistance in the region.

Track: User Services
Kathy Naftaly, Crandall Public Library
Guinevere Forshey, Crandall Public Library


Publishing Successful eNewsletters: a Marketing How-to
eNewsletters are one of the most obvious tools for digitally marketing library services and resources to patrons, but it can often be a struggle to keep readers interested long enough to have them connect with your content. During this presentation participants will learn the best tips for increasing their eNewletter’s open and click rates, for creating fun and interesting content for their target audience(s), and learn how to make their writing and editing process more efficient and hassle-free.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno, White Plains Public Library

YSS Membership Meeting
Sponsor: YSS
YSS Membership Meeting featuring author, George O'Connor

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
George O'Connor, author


Program Slot  #2, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Expanding Correctional Services in the Public Library
From vision to practice: how the Queens Library expanded correctional services program in just a few years. This presentation explains the formation and implementation of the Library’s correctional services program, which now includes library services at two New York City facilities; in-house video-streaming visits between incarcerated patrons and their families on the outside; and OSHA-30 and other training and programs for patrons on probation and parole. Learn how the Library’s first Correctional Services Librarian and outreach staff create impactful programming.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Nili Ness, QueensPublic Library
Jill Anderson, Queens Public Library

Into the Trenches - Combating Controversy and Censorship
Controversy and censorship are nothing new to libraries. However, with social media providing a mask of anonymity for keyboard warriors, libraries increasingly confront situations where the programs they offer are being targeted for censorship. Library administrators and staff may find themselves facing off with irate patrons, protesters, and even dealing with violence. Using real experiences, we will discuss how to handle these situations, including how not to fight attempts at censorship with censorship. We will also cover interacting with the press, the local police and other community partners, and the critical importance of rallying the support of your trustees, staff, and even donors.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Michelle La Voie, Olean Public Library
Jennifer Stickles, Salamanca Public Library


Academic Librarians of Color Understanding the Game
Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships carefully and empathetically. Emotional Intelligence can be a difficult concept for librarians of color, especially in academia when they are typically the "minority" representative in the department. Learning how to say "no" and safeguarding their status can become a conflict while attempting to obtain tenure. Emotional intelligence can affect your performance at work, your physical and mental health, your relationships and social intelligence. Utilizing Emotional Intelligence skills can enhance your ability to listen, reflect and respond to constructive criticism; make better decisions (time-management), manage relationships and build networks; and stay calm when under pressure (all skills needed to successfully obtain tenure).

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Simone Yearwood, CUNY, Queens College
Sandra Michele Echols, Consultant


Academic Programs that Pop
Sponsors: PCRT / ASLS
Accio engagement! While many struggle to find creative ways to draw new students into the library space and capture their attention, the answer to doing so may be found in the pages of our collections. This presentation will show how works from popular culture can enhance a library event or breathe life into an otherwise mundane classroom assignment. Pulling from elements found in books such as the Harry Potter Series, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and the historical and literary figure Agent 355, librarians will learn ways to create on-campus events and in-class or distance learning assignments, while instantly collecting valuable assessment data using creatively designed programs that marry pop culture references with bibliographic instruction content.

Track: User Services
Kristen Cinar, Suffolk County Community College


PLS Membership Meeting
Sponsor: PLS
Join your colleagues and gather for an informal series of discussions on public library topics that have inspired and challenged us in 2019. Coffee and lite fare provided. We look forward to your feedback and seeing you there!

Track: Current Issues & Research
Sarah Clark, Voorheesville Public Library
Deanna DiCarlo, Albany Public Library

Kelly Yim, New York Public Library

An Internet Dark and Full of Terrors
Sponsors: SCLA / SMART
The Alt-Right Movement, Incels, SWATing, GamerGate, Doxing, Grooming and Revenge Porn, you've heard these buzzwords before, but what are these phenomena and why are they so dangerous? This panel discussion, composed of experts, casualties, and survivors will explain symbols of these movements.  Most importantly, we will empower librarians of all fields to spot these behaviors and help their patrons protect themselves from the toxic corners of the Internet.  Public, School and Technology librarians are especially encouraged to attend.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Michael Buono, Brentwood Public Library
Robyn Byrd, M.A., The Graduate School at Northern Illinois University
James Hartmann, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
James Hutter, Port Washington Public Library
Nicki Loder, Westhampton Free Library

Children's Authors as Writing Mentors
Sponsors: SSL / LAMS, SLSA, YSS
The Kids Need Mentors program was developed in 2018 by two children’s authors and two elementary teachers as a way to build literacy through mentor relationships between writers and young students. Authors and their mentees exchange videos, Skype chats, written work, and more over the course of a school year, often culminating in an in-person visit from the author, where possible.     This session will introduce the Kids Need Mentors program, share experiences from the program’s first year, and includes video conversations with program co-founders Ann Braden and Jarrett Lerner.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Rebecca Donnelly, Potsdam Public Library


Behavior Management in Early Literacy Programs
Sponsors: YSS / SSL
Many public librarians know the true pain of having a fantastic program ruined by misbehaving children or chattering parents. We’ll talk about some traditional classroom management methods as well as some strategies for managing behavior in a variety of spaces and situations. No single method is right for all personalities or situations. We’ll reserve ample time at the end of the session for discussion so that librarians can raise any specific concerns so that the presenter and the group can help brainstorm solutions.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Catherine Brenner, Bethlehem Public Library