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News from PLS

PLS invites you to join us in Lake Placid for an exciting and varied group of programs!  No matter if you are attending for the whole conference or coming for a day, we have something of interest.


  1. Head in to Lake Placid a day early for the full day CE 'Balancing the Books: Finance Basics for Librarians' - Tom Lawrence (Poughkeepsie Public Library District Director) and Lauren Moore (Pioneer Library System Executive Director) will help librarians without financial management training get a handle on financial statements and reports, what to expect from an audit, and more.  


  1. 'Local History for a New Generation' will be presented by Jim Davies of Albany Public Library, Ben Himmelfarb of White Plains Public Library, and Matt Malette of They'll help you encourage a new generation of history fans with social media campaigns, scavenger hunts, walking tours, musical performances of local murder ballads, and more.
  2. Don't forget to buy a ticket for Author! Author! that evening where you'll not only hear Will Schwalbe discuss his memoir The End of Your Life Book Club (book included with ticket) but you'll enjoy appetizers and an hour of open bar at Lake Placid Pub & Brewery.  


We've got a full day of programming for PLS members:

  1. During 'Social Outreach in a Digital World' Deanna DiCarlo of Upper Hudson Library System will present on social media for library advocacy and other uses of social media beyond program marketing and photo sharing.  A brief PLS membership meeting will precede the presentation so you'll also get a chance to see this year's award presentations.  Coffee and cookies will be served!
  2. In 'Not Just Another Concert Series' Michael Farley from Bethlehem Public Library and Sarah Clark from Albany Public Library will discuss new and different ways to use music in your programming including a Listening Party music discussion series and musicians writing and performing songs about the literature they love.  
  3. Rounding up our day of programming will be 'The Power of the Written Word' presented by Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System.  Kristi is a reviewer for Library Journal and Booklist and will be discussing how to let your writing muse out locally and nationally plus the effect that successful librarian-driven programs like LibraryReads can have on the next big thing.


  1. The Conference isn't over yet!  Meredith Powers, Dana Haugh, and Laura Costello (all from the EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University) will be teaching us how to make animated GIFs using your library's digital collections!  There will be a GIFmaking demonstration followed by a discussion of potential uses for community outreach and engagement.

Check out the conference information on NYLA's website for more information about all of these programs.  See you in Lake Placid!

- Alissa Maynard, PLS Conference Program Planner