NYLA 2019 | Conference Program Descriptions

Saturday, November 16

Program Slot  #7, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Tips for Engaging Friends as Partners
Do you worry that your current Friends group is not sustainable?  Are they struggling to grow membership and revenue?  Get started maximizing the potential of your Friends organization and your library.  Learn how the Friends of the Beekman Library were revitalized as a dynamic Friends group in partnership with the library staff and trustees.  Now with more than 60 members and having secured nonprofit status, they have increased their annual contribution to the library 178% in two years.  Volunteers want to get involved and make a difference with the investment of their time in a cause.  When you see a willing volunteer once and never again, what happened?  Get tips to identify, encourage, and coach volunteers to become an integral part of your library team.  Learn how open communication, clearly defined roles, thorough training, and one-on-one mentoring can ensure that the Friends will continue to thrive.  See how a strong volunteer group can increase membership and fundraising potential, build strong community partnerships, and contribute to the library’s future.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Carol Fortier, Beekman Library


ADHD, Neurodiversity, and the Benefits of -- WAITLOOK!
Sponsors: LAMS / NMN, ULU
Are you a library worker with ADHD? As a manager of neurodiverse employees, are you looking for strategies to support your employees' professional success? Join our own-voice presenters as they discuss techniques adapted from positive-behavior-interventions-and-supports (PBIS) and how these employees can be powerhouse workers in their libraries with the proper environmental support. Topics of discussion include: expert guidance on ADHD in the workplace, methods for staying on task with ADHD, using ADHD as an asset in a profession that's constantly changing, how ADHD can affect public service interactions with adults and children, and what strategies and environmental supports should be considered by organizations to promote success.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Lauren Comito, Brooklyn Public Library
Halley Eacker, University at Albany


Burning to ask any question about the LGBTQIA experience in a library? Whether it's about staff, users, programs or collections you can ask us - no holds bar.   We are a group of LGBTQIA individuals serving in different capacities in the New York library world. We are here to answer your questions and provide some perspective, and advice regarding LGBTQIA issues in libraries.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Thomas Vitale, Patterson Library
Valerie Acklin, Bellmore Memorial Library
Morgan Hoag, Albany Public Library

Pop Culture Programming for Adults
This program will discuss the importance of popular culture to public librarians. Including how librarians can create programs timed to ride the zeitgeist and get a good turnout, as well as, make the most of popular culture’s ability to connect patrons of different backgrounds through accessible media. This presentation will give examples of pop culture inspired programs ranging from discussion groups, and trivia nights to immersive pop culture experiences.

Track: User Services
Chris Morgan, Newburgh Free Library
Krista Miller, Poughkeepsie Public Library District


Evaluating a Learning Management System
Sponsors: SCLA / LAMS, SMART
Implementing a Learning Management System can seem daunting. Understanding the different platforms can help you decide not just if you should do it but what to use.  We will discuss the questions you should be asking yourself and talk about how we at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) answered the same questions.  Once you have decided on a platform, developing your courses can seem overwhelming . Hear what we have offered and how we have been able to develope courses.  (HINT: Borrowing from other systems and libraries is nothing new and often times allows you to focus on helping your users learn). We will brainstorm course content and discuss how audience members can structure courses for your institution, making online learning an affordable resource for any size institution.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Samantha Alberts, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Eileen Keller, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Using NOVELNY to Engage Your Community
Panelists will discuss how they use NOVELNY in unique ways by partnering with other libraries, supporting library programming or integrating it into their every-day workflow.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Amy Heebner, New York State Library, Divsion of Library Development
Frank Rees, New York State Library, Divsion of Library Development

Role of Librarians in College Readiness
We will discuss how librarians collaborate with teachers and one another to infuse information literacy and habits of minds into academic assignments and strong programming. Many students face multiple skill and knowledge gaps in their transition from high school to college because they face gaps in robust library instruction and access to high-quality resources. Our panel will discuss ideas for how librarians can work together to bridge these systemic inequities by becoming instructional leaders, advocates, and by forming strategic partnerships to support student success in college, the workforce, and as critical analyzers of information and media.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Christi Sommerfeldt, Northern New York Library Network
Carl Andrews, Bronx Community College
Melissa Balk, Thousand Islands High School

Leanne Ellis, New York City Department of Education
Stephanie Pritchard, SUNY Oswego

YSS Table Talks
Sponsors: YSS / SLSA, SSL
Join YSS for their popular annual Table Talks session. Rotate to different tables to learn about a variety of Youth Services topics for serving toddlers to teens. Get ideas for programming, summer reading crafts, and more.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Various speakers from public and academic libraries all over New York.  
Michele McColgan, Ph.D., Siena College
Patrick Masson, Open Source Initiative
Paul T. Agne, Red Hook Public Library
Amina Chaudhri, New City Library
Michael Balkenhol, National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Tess Wilson, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Program Slot  #7&8, 9:30AM-12:15PM

Share Your Story: Community Data and Conversation
Who do we serve? What stories are important to them? What issues can we solve together? In this interactive two-part session, our speakers will bring their expertise in community data curation and cultural organization to help participants understand sustainable data curation practices, develop strategies to powerfully connect with your unique community, and provide skill-building exercises around facilitating community conversations.

Track: User Services
Jennifer Garcon, University of Pennsylvania
Piper Anderson, Create Forward, New York University


Technology Petting Zoo (preceded by SMART Membership Meeting)
Robots! Virtual Reality! Artificial Intelligence! Learn more about these topics and see current technology in action. Table talks will begin after a (brief) SMART Section Meeting.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Edward Elsner, Oswego Public Library
Tia Felock, Capital Region BOCES
Joah Tang, Tompkins County Public Library

Program Slot  #8, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Programming for All Abilities
Libraries have a mission to serve everyone but, when it comes to programming, children, teens, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities are often overlooked. Many libraries would like to begin programs, but don’t know where to start. At the same time, families and caregivers are looking for opportunities for their loved ones, clients, and students, to socialize, learn and have fun in a public setting.   Based on both the Red Hook Public Library and Newburgh Free Library’s “All Abilities” programs, this presentation shows how to add programs for all age groups with cognitive disabilities without breaking the budget.  Whether it’s adding a monthly social hour, or developing regular adaptive story time, there are options for libraries of any size.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Amy Smith, Red Hook Public Library
Jason Thomas, Newburgh Free Library

Getting “Hard-to-Count” Immigrant Communities Counted in Census 2020
Public libraries will play an essential role in helping to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 census. Public libraries are important information sources for local communities across the country, and can help educate the public.  For the first time people will be encouraged to fill out their census form online.  Virtually all public libraries provide public internet access computers as well as public Wi-Fi and library staff need to be ready to help.  Communities with large numbers of recent immigrants face the challenge of overcoming a lack of trust of government entities from the members of these immigrant communities. A panel of professionals from government, non-profit, and library organizations will present strategies for addressing these concerns.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Jeffrey Lambert, Queens Library
Davis Erin Anderson, Metropolitan New York Library Council

Greta Byrum, Digital Equity Laboratory
Jeff Behler, NY Regional Office, U.S. Census Burea

Catching Unicorns with Programs for New Adults
Sponsor: RASS
Twenty-to-30-somethings seem to be absent from the library environment unless they are merely going into the children’s room with their kids in tow. This doesn’t have to be true. Creating targeted programming that serves as social time as well as either intellectual enrichment or goofy fun can make library programs attractive to the busy younger generation of adults. The adult librarians at the Valley Cottage Library created Adult(ish): a meetup for 20-to-30-somethings as a social outlet where people can meet and make friends, learn about library services, scratch a creative itch, and do things that were fun to do when we were kids. Most of these programs were created with little to no cost, have been focused on creating a friendly atmosphere, and have a dedicated group of regular attendees. Learn what has worked, what hasn’t, and what we’ve learned along the way.

Track: User Services
Katie Karkheck, Valley Cottage Library
Ashley Maraffino, Valley Cottage Library

Rolling With The Library
Sponsors: RLRT / MPRRT
Are you curious about bookmobiles? Do you want to up your outreach game? Come listen to a panel of three librarians whose innovative mobile vehicles help them get library services out into the community. Learn all the tips, tricks and info that can help you create your own mobile outreach programs. Featuring Four County's bookmobile, Rochester's Books by Bike Program, and NOPL's Pop-Up Library.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Jen Tolley, Northern Onondaga Public Library
Sarah Reid, Four County Library System
Bruce Tehan, Arnett Branch Library

Catching Killers with Consumer Genetic Information
Sponsors: SCLA
In April 2018, Joseph James D'Angelo was arrested as a suspect in the Golden State Killer case. DNA evidence collected at a 1980 crime scene finally shed light on the murderer's identity in early 2018 when investigators turned to GEDMatch, a service that allows users to upload and share DNA data obtained from consumer genetic tests. Consumer genetic testing, DNA collection, and familial DNA searching all raise ethical and privacy concerns. If investigators are using genetic genealogy to solve cold cases, where does that leave consumers?

Track: Current Issues & Research
Angela Hackstadt, Dewey Graduate Library, SUNY Albany


SSL Membership Meeting: Ethics, Moral Courage, and Librarians
The librarian’s code of ethics often competes with values in public schools. Virtues offer guidance in complex and ambiguous situations by emphasizing the excellence of personal character and the choice of acting with integrity. Significant for school librarians is when ethical action necessary for defending what is right and good becomes impeded by fear.  A qualitative phenomenological study with 12 middle school and high school librarians was used to gain insight into moral  courage and its practice, and to what extent perceived self-efficacy contributed to moral courage. Findings will suggest why this topic is important to the library profession.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Cece Fuoco, School Library Systems Director at CA BOCES


EcoLiteracy Fostering Librarian & Environmental Educator Collaborations
Sponsors: YSS / START
Richard Louv's book, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder" helps guide formal K - 12 and nonformal education settings (e.g., nature centers, museums, etc.). Collaborations between librarians and teachers and environmental educators stimulate children's interests and understanding of the environments where they live (homes to community), go to school, and play. Nature journaling is the primary tool with which students record observations, reactions, and feelings about their outdoor experiences, and use these journal records to express themselves (in words, drawings, paintings, photographs, videos, etc.), and share those expressions as broadly as possible. Attendees will receive a copy of the North American Association for Environmental Education's program planning guide/booklet, Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Frederick Stoss, SUNY University at Buffalo