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October 15, 2022 through October 20, 2022
Syracuse, NY

Earlybird Registration Deadline: April 15, 2022
Advance Registration Deadline: September 15, 2022


Join NYLA for the 2021 Annual Conference in Syracuse, NY, November 3-6. This is the single largest gathering of the library community of New York State. Join us as we celebrate our conference theme this year: Libraries: We're All In!

Conference Registration

Pass Name Description
Single Day Registration - Thursday This plan includes: a badge, entry to all Thursday non-ticketed programs, and the Trade Show. All program listings for each day are tentative and are subject to change without notice. All ticketed events must be purchased seperately. This pass also includes access to the NYLA VIRTUAL conference - online October 28 & 29.
Single Day Registration - Friday This plan includes: a badge, entry to all Friday non-ticketed programs, and the Trade Show. All program listings for each day are tentative and are subject to change without notice. All ticketed events must be purchased seperately. This pass also includes access to the NYLA VIRTUAL conference - online October 28 & 29.
Single Day Registration - Saturday This plan includes: a badge, entry to all Saturday non-ticketed programs. All program listings for each day are tentative and are subject to change without notice. All ticketed events must be purchased seperately. This pass also includes access to the NYLA VIRTUAL conference - online October 28 & 29.
Pre-Conference CE Workshop ONLY Pass This pass is for those who are attending the Pre-Conference CE Workshops ONLY, and who do not intend on attending ANY other programs as part of the NYLA conference.
Special Event Only Pass This pass is for use by individuals who are purchasing special event tickets ONLY, and who will not be attending ANY conference programming. No conference badge will be issued with this pass.
VIRTUAL Conference ONLY Pass This pass includes: access to the NYLA VIRTUAL conference only - online October 28 & 29. No admission to any in-person NYLA conference events is included.


Event Name Date Time Description
CE-A: Confronting Burnout in Libraries (AM) CE-A: Confronting Burnout in Libraries: Fostering Mental Wellness, Boundaries, and Advocacy in the Library ProfessionSponsor: Public Library Section (PLS) Half Day AM | 9:30 AM 12:30 PM Library staff is dedicated to their positions and to the communities they serve, but what are we doing to take care of the mental health of the people who are staffing our library systems? Vocational awe, and the resulting consequence of burnout, were already prevalent terms prior to COVID-19. However, the pandemic has emphasized the need to closely examine how vocational awe is negatively affecting our library staff during a global health crisis, and the need for staff to set boundaries to preserve personal mental health. In this workshop, we will discuss what vocational awe and burnout are, how to practice mental wellness and creating professional boundaries, and how to advocate for your personal and professional wellbeing. Presenters:AnnaLee Dragon is currently the Director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library in Columbia County, where she has led the organization through a successful capital campaign and building expansion/ renovation over the last nine years. She received her MSIS from SUNY Albany in 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Roger Williams University. Ms. Dragon has experience at both large urban and small rural public libraries, having worked for several years as a Reference Librarian and a Branch Librarian at Albany Public Library before her tenure at Kinderhook. Her professional activities include Past President of NYLA-LAMS (Leadership & Management Section), the former Chair of the Mid-Hudson Library System Directors Association, the former Chair of the Columbia County Library Association, and an NYLA Legislative Committee/NYLA Council member.Michelle Stolicker is a clinical social worker and the EAP Program Supervisor for the OCM BOCES Employee Assistance Program which serves 40+ school districts in a 7-county area. She has more than 30 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families and integrates her knowledge of education, mental health, and substance abuse issues to help clients problem-solve, overcome personal issues and work toward positive personal and work experiences. Michelle regularly consults with district administrators regarding challenging cases and appropriate interventions. She has also developed more than 50 workshops on personal growth and wellness-related topics. Sarah Gluck has spent her career working in public libraries. From managing small 3-staff branches to working with a full, diverse team she is passionate about building staff confidence and morale and connecting with her community through public programming and outreach. Currently, Sarah is the Assistant Manager at Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center in Corona, Queens. Terry Kirchner joined the Westchester Library System as Executive Director in January 2009. In this role, he works with the 38-member public libraries to encourage and promote learning at all ages. His experience in various management positions at public and academic libraries spans over 30 years.
CE-B: Podcasting at your Library Nuts & Bolts (AM) CE-B: Podcasting at your Library Nuts & Bolts Sponsor: Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology (SMART) (AM) Half Day AM | 9:30 AM 12:30 PM This program will be based on the instructors experience with developing a podcast from the ground up from equipment to technique to production, editing, and publishing. This hands-on program will allow participants to see, touch and use the equipment. The only way to really learn is by doing and this program will be an experience in the facets of podcasting. The best part is that this tech and experience can be transferred to a patron service as well.Presenters:Chris DeCristofaro is the Technology Librarian who is the Department Head of The Studio, Sachem Public Librarys maker space. Chris is also the creator and co-host of The Library Pros a podcast about libraries and technology. Chris moderates a monthly tech meeting for librarians and IT professionals talking about makerspaces and tech. He is also the former President of the Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association. He is also co-author of the book Best Technologies for Public Libraries. Chris has been a librarian since 2002 and has spoken previously at NYLA, the Long Island Library Conference, Long Island Library Resources Council, and Computers in Libraries.Bob Johnson is the Director of Information Technology at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. Bob is an active member of the Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association. He has spoken at numerous seminars and organizations across the Northeast region, including NYLA.
CE-C: Financial FAQs for Nonprofits (PM) CE-C: Financial FAQs for Nonprofits Sponsor: Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) Half Day PM | 1:30 PM 4:30 PM What forms must be filed with the IRS? How do we handle sales tax? What are the rules concerning audits? What are the restrictions for fundraisers? Members of nonprofit boards often are looking for authoritative answers to financial questions. John C. Parcell IV, CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner, and accountant Nathan Wray will discuss the duties of boards to appropriately administer the financial aspects of a nonprofit, both Friends organizations and public libraries. Some Friends have nearly jeopardized their nonprofit status by failing to meet regulations that govern charity operations. If you are unsure of how to be compliant and properly manage your groups or librarys assets, our speakers will provide advice on how to implement governance policies needed by the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013, procedures for acknowledging donations, and financial reporting practices for 501(c)(3) organizations. Presenters: John C. Parcell IV, CPA, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant in Canton. He offers a comprehensive range of accounting services including auditing, bookkeeping, QuickBooks training, tax preparation, small business start-up, strategic tax planning, and consulting. John assists commercial businesses, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, and individuals and has served as an internal auditor for the Potsdam Public Library. John received his Associates degree in Accounting from SUNY College of Technology at Canton in 1992 and his BS in Accounting from Clarkson University in 1994. He has been licensed as a Certified Fraud Examiner since December 2004. Nathan B. Wray, EA has been practicing Audit and Accounting with the firm for nearly ten years as a Staff Accountant. He received his Associates degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton College in 2010, his BS in Finance from SUNY Canton in 2013. Nathan is also licensed as an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. Many of the audits that he performs are in the nonprofit sector.
ESLN Luncheon: Collective Power for the Collective Good Collective Power for the Collective Good: Empire State Library Network 12:00 PM 1:30 PM When power is concentrated in the hands of individual leaders, things can go very wrong. The Covid-19 pandemic put this in stark relief: administrators who chose to send library workers into buildings in the face of enormous health risk, staff fought back, organizing to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. It did not have to be that way. Sharing power in a democratic workplace can be better for everyone, inviting workers and bosses to collaborate on the big decisions that affect the institution and the communities they serve. Join a conversation about power in the library workplace and learn concrete strategies for building collective power for the collective good.Tickets are $39 per person.Speaker: Emily Drabinski, CUNY Graduate Center Library
Intellectual Freedom for Breakfast Intellectual Freedom for Breakfast:War and Censorship in the 21st Century 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Join World Socialist Web Site reporter Andre Damon for an in-depth examination of the nexus between war and censorship in the 21st century. "Over the past four years, major U.S. technology companies have vastly expanded their control over what their users can say and read. Responding to the demands of politicians that they stop "foreign meddling," Facebook, Twitter and Google have added tens of thousands of content moderators, and have admitted to directly manipulating their algorithms to promote some viewpoint and diminish others. These companies, originally functioning as "common carriers" -- impartially delivering communications of their users regardless of their content -- now work to directly shape the political discourse. What lies behind this transformation? Throughout history, war has always been accompanied by censorship, America has been at war during the entire 21 years of the new century. In 2018, the U.S. military national security strategy stated that "great-power conflict" against Russia and China is its primary objective. The preparations for a new war are bringing on new forms of censorship. " Presenter: Andre Damon, World Socialist Web SiteAndre Damon is a reporter for the World Socialist Web Site and widely recognized authority on internet censorship. In 2017, Damon broke the story of Project Owl, the change to Googles search algorithm that led to major reductions in search traffic to left-wing, anti-war, and socialist websites. The WSWSs reporting was covered in Rolling Stone and the New York Times.Google subsequently admitted to the existence of Project Owl and in congressional testimony, asked to name one high profile person or entity from a liberal ideology who you have censored, Google CEO Sundar Pichai named the World Socialist Web Site. Damons reporting of subsequent account removals by Facebook was reported in the Financial Times and was subsequently interviewed on Rolling Stones podcast.In 2021, in an article cited by government officials, leading scientists, and news agencies around the world, Damon brought attention to the fact that Michael R. Gordon, the author whose coverage led the US media to declare the wuhan lab theory credible, was a known serial falsifier who authored the discredited report with Judith Miller that Saddam Hussein sought to buy aluminum tubes for Iraq. Two articles written by Damon on the Wuhan Lab conspiracy theory were referenced by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR).
Library Crawl Explore Central Library in downtown Syracuse and Bird Library at Syracuse University on this transportation included library tour.
NYLA Annual Membership Meeting Learn about NYLA's activities from the last year while enjoying a continental breakfast.
NYLA Inaugural Celebration and Awards Banquet NYLA Inaugural Banquet7:00 PM 9:00 PM Join us for the farewell address of the 2021 NYLA President Claudia Depkin, the presentation of NYLAs major awards, and the inauguration of the 2022 NYLA President, Elizabeth Merkle.Tickets are $59 per person. One ticket is included with Full Conference Registration through the Early Bird Deadline.
NYLA Scholarship Fund-raiser NYLA Scholarship Fund-raiser Event 8:00 PM 10:00 PM | Three Lives Bar Our annual Scholarship Fund-raiser Event will be held at the Marriott Hotel featuring an open bar and live music. Proceeds from the event will support the NYLA Scholarship Fund-raiser, which provides financial support to enable interested and deserving students to pursue a Masters Degree in Library Science at an ALA-accredited library school in New York State. Each year, a recipient from each of New Yorks eight library schools is eligible for an award of $1,000 to cover
PLS Author! Author! Event PLS is thrilled to host author Christina Baker Kline. A #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train, and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her novels have received the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among other prizes, and have been chosen by hundreds of communities, universities and schools as One Book, One Read selections. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the NYT Book Review, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Psychology Today, and Slate. Her newest novel The Exiles is scheduled for release in July of 2021. It is a starred review in both Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. It has been described as monumental subtle, intelligent, and thrillingly melodramatic and both uplifting and heartbreaking. Tickets are $35 for NYLA members and $45 for non-members. To learn more about Ms. Kline go to http://christinabakerkline.com/
YSS - Ann Gibson Scholarship Reception YSS - Ann Gibson Scholarship Reception 8:00 PM 10:00 PM Join us for a reception to support the Ann Gibson Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
YSS Empire State Award Luncheon The Youth Services Section is pleased to present the 2021 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People to Brian Selznick. Brian Selznick is an award-winning author and illustrator of countless titles for young people. Hes perhaps best known for his books including The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck, and The Marvels. Selznick is also known for illustrating the 20th-anniversary edition of the Harry Potter series and won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration recognizing The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This is groundbreaking, as it marks the first Caldecott for a long book (and Hugo comes in at 533 pages, 284 pictures). Other awards include a 2002 Caldecott Honor, as well as the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Rhode Island Childrens Book Award, and the Christopher Award.