NMN at the Annual Conference

NMN Group Photo at NYLANew to NYLA? There are plenty of opportunities for you to network and meet fellow new NYLA members!

The New Member of NYLA has a strong presence at the NYLA Annual Conference that includes hosting the New Members Meet & Greet reception, sponsoring program sessions of interest to new members, and coordinating an information booth for new members.

Below are some in-person, virtual, and on-demand programs that NMN sponsored or co-sponsored for the 2021 NYLA Annual Conference. 



Virtual Programs

Transform Your Workday with Email Overhaul

Time: Thursday 10/28, Virtual Slot A: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  Sponsors: PLS LAMS, NMN
Is the daily onslaught of listserv messages, patron inquiries, vendor contacts, app reminders, and staff requests stressing you out? Have you tried, and failed, to achieve “inbox zero”? Learn six practical strategies leveraging little known features of several popular productivity and email apps to transform your chaotic email inbox into a tidy productivity powerhouse you’ll actually want to log into every day. Attendees will walk out of the session with an email and task organization system any staff member at any library can put into place right away to improve their stress levels at work, accomplish more across multiple job functions, present a professional image to the
community, and collaborate effectively with partners and colleagues.

How to Run an Effective Meeting

Time: Thursday 10/28, Virtual Slot B: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  Sponsors: LAMS, FLS, LTA, NMN, ESLN
Attendees will learn how to construct an effective meeting by deciding what structure will meet the meeting's needs. We will discuss when and if, using Robert's Rules of Order is necessary, and give a quick introduction into best practices when using that structure. Key meeting management tips will be introduced, including how to empower all meeting attendees to participate; communicate effectively with a large group; value the attendees' time; stay on task; tactfully end off-topic discussions; and finish meetings in a timely matter.

Supporting Local Businesses During/After Covid

Time: Thursday 10/28, Virtual Slot B: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  Sponsors: NYBLC, FLS, LAMS, NMN
Learn how during the pandemic, the Miller Business Center worked with local business organizations to promote economic development in the community. Discover how to connect with local businesses to market your business and reference services. Explore innovative techniques in collaborating with local business organizations. Reveal the myriad of ways your library can highlight local businesses, assist them in a time of crisis, and provide them with the resources they need to meet the challenges ahead.

Books for Dessert - Engaging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Time: Friday 10/29, Virtual Slot C: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Sponsors: LAR, NMN
A look at the Books for Dessert program, a book discussion group for adults with intellectual disabilities; a history of the program, an overview of our pivot to virtual meetings, and tips for starting your own group.

Collaboration Solutions for the Busy Librarian

Time: Friday 10/29, Virtual Slot C: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Sponsors: SSL, ASLS, NMN, RLRT
Single librarian in a school building? Limited availability during certain times of the day? Torn between teaching in two different grade levels because the classes are held at the same time? Hate to say no? This presentation will focus on tools and tips to collaborate with your teachers and provide your teaching services even if you cannot be physically present. This program will also help you to promote your services to hesitant colleagues. Tools include tutorial videos, online web tools, and integration of the LMS platforms.

POC Community Conversation with the NYLA Coalition

Time: Friday 10/29, Virtual Slot D: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Sponsors: CLWCRT, ESRT, LAMS, LGBTQIART, NMN
Join our community! Get an introduction to what the Coalition for Library Workers of Color Roundtable is all about in the open discussion for POC Community Conversation. Attend to build solidarity, network, and create a healing space. The discussion will be led by the Coalition’s President Emily Dowie and Vice President Elizabeth Portillo.

Understanding the Basics of Accessible Virtual Programs

Time: Friday 10/29, Virtual Slot D: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Sponsors: LAR, FLS, NMN, SMART, SRRT

Ensuring people of all abilities can access online and virtual programming and events is important as these become part of regular library service. This session will review tools and strategies for creating inclusive experiences in online environments.


On Demand Virtual Programs

Available On-Demand anytime the conference website is live, from November 1 - 30.

Diversity & Lifetime Learning in Art Programs


We will show how seniors of various cultures, can build community-wide harmony by sharing skills and memories of diverse childhood experiences through different art mediums worldwide.

Crash Course in Presenting at Virtual Conferences

Sponsors: NMN 
New to presenting at virtual conferences?  Let us walk you through locating presentation opportunities, crafting a compelling conference proposal, and executing an engaging online conference presentation with confidence.

Beginner's Guide to Being a Woman in Charge

This program will outline dos and don’ts and offer practical advice for women who are in new leadership positions (director, manager, department head, supervisor) or are interested in moving into a leadership role.

The Future of Comic Books for Libraries

The comic book medium has diverse content for all ages. How have comics progressed through the years, and how can libraries promote interest through their collections?

TRANSforming Libraries

Practical advice for evaluating and improving library service to trans and gender-nonconforming patrons, including programming, collection development, and community partnerships.

Library of Things 101

Sponsors:  PLS, MSRT, NMN, SMART
An overview of the five special collections circulated by the Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville and information to build similar collections at your library.

Graphic Design for Small Libraries

This session will provide an overview of graphic design basics to help market the library’s programs and services and engage community members.

Connected On-Demand Virtual Programs

Sponsors:  SMART, NMN
We created and delivered connected, on-demand virtual programs that have been popular with children and teens. This attracted new families to the library and maintained our existing relationships with families virtually.


In-Person Programs

Prioritizing Digital Equity When Everyone Says No

Time: Thursday 11/4, Program Slot #1: 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM  Sponsors: ULU, NMN, ESLN, PLS, SRRT, YSS
Digital equity has never been a simple problem; Covid-19 and its social and economic ramifications have added even greater complexity. How can libraries without large budgets respond to their communities’ needs in ways that derive maximum impact from limited resources? To take internet access beyond its building, Red Hook Public Library had to work with reluctant board members and dubious stakeholders who struggled to see the importance and possibilities of the project. Through a combination of research, persistence and strategy, we generated enthusiasm for digital equity projects by crafting wins for community partners. This presentation empowers participants to identify the types of obstacles to digital access in their communities and offers strategies for creative responses even smaller libraries can make.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolbox

Time: Thursday 11/4, Program Slot #2: 4:00 - 5:15 PM  Sponsors: LAMS, ESRT, LGBTQIART, NMN

In 2020 a group of library administrators from Nassau and Suffolk counties came together to address the issue of diversity, equity and inclusion in libraries. Together, they created a toolbox to empower libraries to give employees access to equal opportunities, no matter who they are or where they are from. Our goal is to educate, engage and create policies for staff, trustees and patrons to make libraries truly a place where everyone feels that they belong. The toolbox provides tips and templates to create policy, educate staff and trustees, and provide resources to help recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

Prioritizing Teen Engagement During A Pandemic

Time: Friday 11/5, Program Slot #3: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Sponsors: PLS, LGBTQIART, NMN, YSS

The New York Public Library is committed to providing impactful teen programming, but the COVID pandemic forced us to rethink our plans. Join us to learn about how we successfully engaged teens in the digital space, through our innovative Teen Reading Ambassadors program, and how these strategies can also be applied to in-person programming. Strategies reviewed will include: how to provide opportunities for teens to share their voice and creative ideas through magazine production, how to build an intentional mentorship program, and how to use digital tools for remote and hybrid learning. Also discussed will be the possibility of high-quality teen programming to mitigate increased isolation and negative mental health effects during social upheaval.

Creating Dandy Displays for Library Lovers

Time: Friday 11/5, Program Slot #3: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Sponsors: PLS, LGBTQIART, NMN, YSS

If you could have a conversation with a child, teen, student, teacher, or caregiver-what important details would you want to share about your library? Creating a display that is engaging, creative, fresh, and interactive is a great way to market your library and visually demonstrate the library's value to its community.  Displays promote the resources and programs available in both public and school libraries and serve to educate patrons on particular issues and/or topics.  A creative curated display can identify local or newsworthy events, or highlight new acquisitions or services offered.  Social media virtual displays expand your marketing reach.  Participants will get tips and tricks for ease and organization and will leave with new ideas and samples.

Lessons Learned from School Shutdown

Time: Friday 11/5, Program Slot #4: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Sponsors: YSS, NMN

Since March 2020, schools and families have panicked, scrambled, and experienced frustration.  However, amongst all this, there have been helpers, aha moments, and game-changing shifts in practice that should shape how we move forward in the future. This panel will share their suggestions and ideas towards achieving these goals. These voices will help transform planning in libraries as we move forward in a post Pandemic world.

Talking to Kids About Race

Time: Friday 11/5, Program Slot #5: 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Sponsors: YSS, ESLN, ESRT, NMN, PLS, SCLA, SRRT

Participants will gain a ready-to-implement program for their communities about engaging with children and their caregivers in crucial conversations about race.  The program includes simple, low-cost hands-on activities, lessons connected to popular books, and resources for extended learning.  Caregiver tips highlight preschool, school age, and teenage ranges for having conversations about race, current events, and how to create more inclusive environments.