Conference Information

Consultants Give Back: Open Office Hours

As a value-added bonus to the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference, a select number of library industry experts have volunteered their time to offer brief (20 minute) consultation sessions.

These 'office hours' will take place on:

Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, times vary by consultant at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.

You must sign up by Monday, November 10 using the links below.
You will receive a confirmation and the meeting information via the e-mail address you submit when signing up.
Slots are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

The following experts have agreed to participate:

Ron Kirsop, PMP: Productivity One-on-One

Thursday, November 14,  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals. Meet with Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System to discuss these phases and how certain project management methods can improve your organization's efficiency, communication, and decision-making.

Sign-up for a time slot with Ron Kirsop: Registration Closed


Mary Anne Waltz: State Aid for Library Construction

Thursday, November 14, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Meet with Mary Anne Waltz, Program Manager, State Aid for Library Construction at the State Library, to learn about the construction program and how to tailor an application for your library. Topics covered can include what is required of an application, what projects are eligible and what are not, and how to write an appropriate application narrative. Here’s how to fund those safety/accessibility/energy efficiency/modernizing/broadband projects your library needs.

Sign up for a time slot with Mary Anne Waltz: Registration Closed


Paul Mays: Construction Project Planning

Friday, November 15,  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
With over twenty years' experience Paul is an accomplished designer, presenter, and research specialist. His design process
incorporates diligent information gathering and creative insight to produce a thorough and precise building design, which places particular
emphasis on reflecting the community in which it is located. He is currently a Trustee for the Southern Adirondack Library System along with several other professional and civic organizations, and a Principal of Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP, a library design firm.

Sign up for a time slot with Paul Mays: Registration Closed


Geoff Kirkpatrick: Civil Service - SOLD OUT

Friday, November 15,  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
These sessions provide an opportunity to connect with the former chair of NYLA's Civil Service Task Force to pose your specific questions on all things Civil Service.

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