Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Update
Submitted by Jeri Cohen, SCLA President
Our first SCLA Board meeting of the year was held on January 15. We welcomed our newly elected board members and discussed our targets for the year.
An informational workshop on Suffolk County’s upper level civil service examinations is being held on February 3. These are the experience examinations for Librarian III, Librarian IV, Assistant Director and Director.
Planning continues for the bus from Suffolk County to Albany for Library Advocacy Day on March 2. The bus is already more than half full. SCLA will be partnering with other organizations to order baseball caps with an appropriate slogan.
Preparations for the Long Island Library Conference, to be held on May 5, are coming into the home stretch. All program slots are filled, and all vendor tables are spoken for.
The joint Nassau/Suffolk YASD meeting will be held on February 4, and will feature a panel about programming for tweens.
RASD’s Technology Information Forum held its first meeting of the year. The speaker was a student at Stony Brook University who spoke on free and low-cost programs available to teach teens to code. The New Adults Committee is offering a program on facilitating the start or return of young adults to college, featuring a speaker from Suffolk Community College.
The Long Island Library Resources Council is planning a gala for their 50th anniversary. Senator John Flanagan, Gerald Nichols and Joseph Price will be honored. The guest speaker will be Lawrence Levy, Executive Director, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. LILRC also has a full slate of educational programs planned for the spring.