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New York Makes a Splash at PLA Conference

The NYLA Librarian Locator Satellite recently detected a migration of a large number of its members to the state of Indiana.  Upon closer examination we determined the reason must have been the Public Library Association Conference held in Indianapolis from March 11-15.

New York’s own Jennifer Ferriss, bibliographic database specialist with Southern Adirondack Library System in Saratoga Springs, was a member of the Conference Program Subcommittee, while many other New Yorkers presented programs.  Here are some New Yorkers who presented, along with a description of their program.

How to Ruin Your Library's Reputation in 10 Easy Steps!: PR Essentials

Rebekkah Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System

Alienate your users, your community AND key stakeholders! Unfortunately, it’s easier than you may think! Learn the fundamentals of publicity and awareness raising—from the inside out; effective ways to cultivate positive word-of-mouth in your community; and how to communicate when and where it matters most—in the library, in writing, and online.

Throw Out the Map: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries

Rebekkah Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System

Many outsiders question the viability of today's libraries in light of rapid technological advances. While change is inevitable, what may need to change the most is how you think and talk about what your library is and why it exists. The attitude you have about the existing situation will help you see opportunities to move your library forward and secure operating funds.

Crafting Excellence: Using Research to Build the Best User Experience

Barbara Genco, retired Brooklyn Public & Editor, Collection Management, Library Journal

UX is the buzz, but what does it mean in practice? And what do public library patrons really want from their libraries? Two public library leaders and a noted UX consultant in conversation with Rebecca Miller, the Editor of the LJ/SLJ Public Library Patron Profiles research series, tackle the topic of how to effectively marshal research data to find out just how patrons experience our libraries and what we can do to make the experience even better.

Serving Patrons with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Anne Moore, Reference librarian, Schenectady County  Public Library

Over five million Americans are already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and this number will increase as Baby Boomers age. Libraries can play an important role in enriching the lives of diagnosed people, using stimulating and engaging materials already in their collections. Library staff with successful programs, including one that was awarded a Carnegie-Whitney grant, as well as professionals in the Alzheimer’s field will suggest ways your library can serve this often forgotten population.

What’s the Future for Libraries and Teens?

Chris Shoemaker, President-Elect of YALSA/Director of the Rye Free Reading Room in Rye, NY

Serving teens in 2013 is not the same as in 2003 or even 2010. What’s a library to do? Find the answers in this ConverStation about the results of YALSA’s year-long IMLS project on the future of libraries and teens, http://ala.org/yaforum. Come talk about what teens want and need and how YOU and your library can make sure that they get it.

Creating Dynamic Community Service Models the Queens Library Way

Thomas W. Galante, Queens Library, Queens Library
Kelvin Watson, Director E-Content Services and Strategy, Queens  Public Library
Tara Lannen-Stanton, Workforce Development Coordinator, Queens Library

Dynamic community service hubs offer an array of innovative services including digital resources and multi-generational, multi-lingual programs provided by a team of librarians, educators, and social-work professionals. Learn how you can create this community-based service model in any size library.

Difficult Decisions and Tough Times: Policy Survival Tips

Sara Dallas, Director, Southern Adirondack Library System
Lauren Moore, Assistant Director, Pioneer Library System
Amanda Travis, Member Library Liaison, Onondaga County Public Library

Policies can either be a lifeline for library staff if written well or cement boots if they are non-existent or poorly written. Using real life experiences and role playing, the panel will discuss the need for good policies that meet your library's mission. Policies discussed may include disruptive patrons, arrested employees, unattended children, and conflict of interest.

Storytime Goes STEM: Integrating Math and Science into Early Literacy Programs

Rachel Payne, Coordinator, Early Childhood Services, Brooklyn Public Library
Lynn Cole, Interactive Exhibits Supervisor, Queens Library, Children's Library Discovery Center

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (a.k.a. STEM) are everywhere and librarians may be sharing STEM concepts in preschool programs and not even realize it. Through lively discussion and dialogue, participants will discuss STEM concepts in favorite preschool storytime books, brainstorm parent tips to share in programs that promote science and math at home, and share math and science activity ideas with each other. Please come prepared to share your ideas and learn from your colleagues!

Friends Enrich Libraries while Enriching Lives

Camille Barrett, Community Relations Manager, Queens Library

A representative from Queens Library, New York, N.Y.,  discusses how Friends groups can make a difference in your library. At Queens, Friends advocate to elected officials on behalf of the library and collaborate with library staff on building renovation/construction as well as programming and services. Come bring your examples of best practices that incite constructive collaboration with community stakeholders.

How to Ruin Your Library's Reputation in 10 Easy Steps!: PR Essentials

Renee McGrath, Manager of Youth Services, Nassau Library System

Today’s autism rates are 20 times higher than in the 1980s. This increase has profoundly changed who we serve in libraries. Library staff aren’t always aware of those on the autism spectrum which can make serving this population a challenge. This session will provide library staff with specifics on understanding autism; tips on providing the best customer service; specific programming examples, and will also introduce emerging technologies.