NYLA 2019 | Lightning Round Presentations


Thursday, November 14, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lightning Round is a presentation methodology in which 28 slides are shown for 15 seconds each (7 minutes in total).  It is an opportunity for several presenters to share information about a research problem, project, or study with many colleagues by developing slide show presentations.  Presenters may include printed materials or handouts, so long as the presentation remains under 7 minutes.

You can learn more about the Lightning Round process here.

Group 1: School/Academic & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy

Room: Alabama

Collaborative Nature of School Libraries and the School Library System
Carl Vitevitch, Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Library System
An overview of ideas on how School Libraries and the School Library Systems across the state collaborate with our colleagues in  the Public Libraries and College Libraries across the state.

“Discover a New Approach: Learn about the Transforming Teen Services Project in NY State!”
Sharon B. Phillips, New York State Library,  Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Shauntee Burns, New York Public Library
Have you heard about Connected Learning or Computational Thinking and don’t know where or how to start? Come learn about how the national YALSA Transforming Teen Services program is addressing that – what the program is, how it can help you serve your teen population, and how you can get involved!   Connected Learning and Computational Thinking are hot topics in libraries and schools, but can seem very intimidating. You are already doing both in your programming, even if you don’t realize it! Learn what YALSA trainings are available and how to bring those trainings to your area. YALSA’s Transforming Teen Services: Train the Trainer initiative is working to empower library staff to more purposefully create these sorts of opportunities in their programming and better advocate for themselves and their community’s teens.   New York is participating in the second phase of this nationwide initiative, and we are excited to implement a plan for offering training in Transforming Teen Services/T3 to library staff around the state. Join us to hear more about the basics of T3, how the plan will be carried out in New York state from fall 2019 through June 2021, and how this will improve youth services across the state!”

Later Literacy: Engaging Teens in Books and Stories
Karen Keys, Brooklyn Public Library
Early literacy, early literacy, early literacy! Do you work with teens? Are you sick of hearing about talking, writing, reading, playing, and singing for the under 5 set? Award-winning YA author Jason Reynolds has shared that he was 17 before he read a book cover to cover. It’s time to focus on later literacy and practices that will engage youth in books and stories.

Up All Night! Bringing 24/7 chat reference services to a small academic library
Presenter: Liz King & Emily Thomas, RPI Libraries
How this small academic library went from providing minimal reference services to providing students with 24/7 chat with a reference librarian - from start to finish in three months!    This lightning round presentation will provide an overview of the process of bringing Ask Us 24/7 Chat to an academic library that did not have the staffing resources to offer traditional reference services. Presentation will include an overview of all steps of the process: Assessing current reference services, researching available chat services; pitching new services to current staff and administration; partnering with a library and chat consortium; navigating the procurement process; setting up a new account; determining library policies; implementing the service and providing access through the libraries' web site, OPAC, EDS, and webforms; utilizing Surveys, Scripts, and Qwidgets (oh my!); promoting to students, faculty, and staff; communicating changes to staff; planning internal training, schedules, and workflows; and ultimately determining metrics to measure success.    Bottom line: with the right tools, partnerships and staff (minimum one dedicated person) your academic library can provide 24/7 access to chat services with a reference librarian.

Group 2: Outreach & Partnerships

Room: Broadway 1

Introducing MSC...
Presenter: Peter J. Nastasi, New York State Library (Manuscripts and Special Collections)
What is the Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC) unit of the New York State Library? What does MSC collect and how can its resources benefit you? In this introduction to MSC, audience members will come away with a better understanding of this important unit of the New York State Library and how to access its resources.

The Road to Decode Leads to the Library
Presenters: Marion Waldman & Faith Borkowsky, Teach My Kid to Read
What if your child couldn’t learn to read? Reading struggles are common, and according to The International Dyslexia, dyslexia affects one in five children. A recent report by The Ann E. Casey Foundation found that 65 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in reading. As part of our mission to help all kids learn to read, Teach My Kid to Read has launched The Road to Decode, enlisting libraries and librarians to provide parents and educators with information and resources. First and foremost, we are encouraging libraries to have decodable books available for emergent and struggling readers. The goal of this programming is to help librarians be better resources for parents of all readers, and to help more children learn to read. The program has currently rolled out in three library systems, several individual libraries, and a handful of libraries in other states. This presentation will showcase the program features, review results to date, and discuss possibilities to expand throughout New York State to help more children reach proficiency levels in reading, and explore whether community awareness can influence educational change in literacy.

Reaching out to Local Daycares
Presenter: Elizabeth Thompson, Catskill Public Library
Outreach to local daycares has many benefits. It promotes literacy and the joy of reading to children at a very young age. Daycare story times can incorporate stories, songs, crafts, and more. Daycare outreach is also an excellent way to promote the library and potentially bring in new patrons. Young ones should be encouraged to sign up for library cards. Parent workshops are an excellent opportunity when working directly with daycares. It is a great idea to promote early literacy tips and library card signups during the workshops. When performing outreach to daycares, the teachers and administration should be involved in workshops and other activities. With each visit, you can provide a collection of books to the teachers/caregivers related to the current topic they are teaching. When reaching out to daycares and beginning the partnership, make sure to get teachers signed up for a library card and let them know about all the resources the library offers.

Every superhero sometimes needs a sidekick: A mental health initiative at HWS
Presenter: Emily Underwood, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
As the awareness of mental illness grows nationwide, efforts are being made at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to increase awareness and understanding of the mental health issues that affect the student population. This lightning round will showcase a library initiative to provide mental health information to students in new (yet familiar) ways with three primary goals: 

Utilizing the library’s libguides, a librarian at Hobart and William Smith Colleges created a consumer health information-focused guide to highlight various mental illnesses and provide resources to help students work through them. Additionally, the library acquired a number of books recommended by the colleges’ counseling center, and created a bookmark to place in these books pointing students to both campus resources as well as the library’s research guide.  Feedback from the counseling center about the new research guide, acquisitions, and bookmark have been positive. Results regarding student use of these resources are forthcoming as the semester begins in the coming weeks. While awaiting impact results, the hope is that by providing information on a traditionally taboo topic using familiar tools, students will feel empowered to seek the help they deserve. This initiative aims to unite our SUPER students with the sidekicks they sometimes need.

Group 3: User Services

Room: Broadway 3

Anatomy of a Naturalization Record: Assisting Users in Mining Records for Genealogy Gold
Presenter: Reba Weatherford & Catherine Sheehan, St. John's University Division of Library and Information Science
Introduction  Genealogical and family history research are a popular source of user reference questions and workshop requests in public libraries. In reference services and courses, these subjects are typically approached by recommending specific databases for sources of information. While this approach is valid, it can lead patrons to a breadth of information that lacks depth in content.  Materials and Methods Used and Results  Our research proposes a document-based model of approaching genealogical sources and services that emphasizes the information gleaned from records that can open up family history research to areas not covered by a single database. Using records from the soon to be digitized collection of naturalization papers held by the Queens County Clerk’s office, this research explores the ways in which a single record can be interpreted and broken down in order to explore other genealogical sources with emphasis on a more investigative mode of family history research.  Conclusions  By using specific documents from the collection, as well as academic articles for broad understandings of the records, this research shows by example the wealth of sources and collections that can be mined for family history research using information obtained from a single record.  References  Naturalization Service Petition, Declaration, and Record. 1794-1953. Queens County Clerk’s Office Archives. Jamaica, NY.  Acknowledgments  The work for this research was completed while interning at the Queens County Clerk’s Office under the site supervision of Raymond Weaver and the department supervision of Dr. Kristen Szylvian.

Got Hit by a Bus? Don't Leave Your Successor in the Lurch, Create a Director's Manual
Presenter: Deborah Podolski, Farmingdale Public Library
Creating a director's manual that compiles all the important information to help your successor run your library on day one. Steps to compile the things library directors do and know.

Board Management
Presenter: Jessica Pacciotti, Perry Public Library
10 minutes of tricks for managing your board members. Quick oversight in identifying the usual board 'characters' and tips on each personality type.

Library of Things
Presenter: Roger Reyes, Suffolk Cooperative Library System &  Nola Thacker, Westhampton Free Library
A Library of Things encompasses items not previously associated with libraries for patron use. When Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) began making a variety of items available for check-out by the member public libraries in 2015, including green screens, virtual reality systems, movie screens, mug makers and popcorn machines, those libraries in turn generated programs to enable patrons to explore new technologies, provided value-added offerings to existing programs and expanded program and community outreach. Through this partnership with SCLS, individual libraries have been inspired to start their own versions of a Library of Things, adding items ranging from jigsaw puzzles to hand-crank weather radios to gaming consoles and more to their collections.  This forward thinking approach to collection expansion facilitates the creation of programs to engage patrons in new ways and to reach patrons who may not have been aware of the range and scope of library services.

Underestimating Comics (in Libraries!)
Presenter: Patrick Holt, Durham County Library
Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is the most engaging, most influential text for readers, creators, scholars, and librarians who want to dig deeper into this unique, multi-modal art form, but it it's also only one of many perspectives. Unfortunately, very few of us have read beyond McCloud, limiting the way we conceive of this lively and diverse body of work, and limiting the way we serve our comics-reading patrons in the process. This presentation will give audience members a peek into the vast world of comics theory and will make the case for for libraries' role in broadening our culture's understanding of comics and graphic novels.