2016 Conference Program Descriptions

Thursday, November 3

Program Slot  #1, 1:30 PM-2:45 PM

EResource Licensing Made Easier

Sponsor: ASLS / ESLN
During the workshop, presenters will use the Liblicense Model License Agreement as the basis for discussion of individual licensing clauses.  Attendees will work in teams to spot the issues and areas of potential concern for their libraries in sample agreements. Attendees will acquire licensing tools, such as NISO’s SERU’s and the AALL Procurement Toolkit and Code of Best Practices for Licensing Electronic Resources. Workshop attendees will be invited to submit their biggest licensing challenges and best tips in advance of the conference using the hashtag #NYLALWQ. This will insure that attendees’ needs are met by the workshop. The presenters will monitor the hashtag leading up to the conference (and during the live session) to make sure all points are addressed.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
 Richard Kearney, William Paterson University
Tracy Thompson, NELLCO Law Library Consortium


Locked In, Libraries for Incarcerated Teens

Sponsor: CORT / SSL, NYBLC
LIT – Literacy for Incarcerated Teens - is the winner of the 2016 Empire State Center for the Book Literacy Award which is given to a not-for-profit organization whose literacy project delivers impact through partnership within the NYS library community. Jessica Fenster-Sparber is passionate about providing library services to incarcerated and detained youth.  When she arrived as Libraries and Literacy Coordinator at Passages Academy over a decade ago, there were no libraries or literacy programs. Claudio Leon joined Passages in 2008 as Library Assistant after four years of service in the U.S. Navy. He most enjoys putting technology into the hands of the Passages students and working in the community where he grew up.  Jessica and Claudio co-edit a blog, “What’s Good?”, and learn from and share good reads and library services insight with others whenever time permits.

Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Jessica Fenster-Sparber, Passages Academy - Belmont
Claudio Leon, Passages Academy - Belmont

Good Libraries: Insights from OCLC Research

Sponsor: ESLN
Title: Good libraries are never too neat, too dusty or too still: insights from OCLC Research    Libraries provide valuable reference services, tune their collections to meet the needs of their patrons, and adapt their spaces to new uses. And the users are well-served. Or are they? This session will explore trends and patterns in libraries and their environment as revealed by research undertaken by the OCLC Research and others.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speaker: Eric Childress, OCLC

Naked Librarianship

Sponsor: LAMS / PLRT
Patrons come from all walks of life and for many libraries are intimidating places. How can being your true self at work help facilitate deeper patron interactions? Can staff be more personal and approachable without divulging too much private information? Learn how to find your own line for privacy while still developing meaningful relationships with patrons.

Track: User Services
Lauren Comito, Queens Public Library
Kacper Jarecki, Queens Public Library - South Hollis


Support Coding and Computer Science Education Now!

With coding and computer science education high on the national agenda, learn how your library can do its part to support this critical 21st century skill area with resources you already have in place.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Susan Considine, Fayetteville Free Library
Brandy McNeil, New York Public Library
Stephanie Prato, Fayetteville Free Library


Library of America at 35

Sponsor: PLS / RASS
Approaching its 35th anniversary in 2017, the Library of America series now numbers close to three hundred volumes with more than nine million copies in print, and it is a fixture in public and university libraries, classrooms, and homes. This talk briefly traces the origins and creation of the Library of America, the importance of its nonprofit mission, and the evolution of the series over time before offering a few thoughts on the idea of a national canon today. Along the way it seeks to address commonly asked questions: Who decides what to publish, and when? Why have some famous writers not been included? And what kind of future does the Library of America have in the digital age?

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Brian McCarthy, Library of America


Developing Staff for Immigrant Reference Services

Sponsor: RASS / CE, PLS, LAMS
Through our partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Queens Library is providing its community libraries and external partners (and the wider library system as a whole ) with informational, educational materials and training resources on immigration, citizenship, and other immigrant-related information and services. Through this effort, Queens Library has begun educating librarians on immigrant services and the importance of digital literacy.  The Librarian Digital & Integration Gateway Project serves to enhance public services through informational and in-depth training on serving new Americans in the library system. This presentation will provide insight into the ongoing development and its outcomes, and how it can foster integration in other library systems nationally.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Diosdado Gica, Queens Borough Public Library
Mark Jamison, Queens Borough Public Library


Building Relationships and Connecting with Parents

Sponsor: SCLA / YSS
Youth services librarians are often very comfortable working with children of all ages, but often find it difficult forming relationships and designing services for parents. This workshop will cover ideas for programs, how to partner with outside agencies, tips for building relationships with parents, and so much more.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker: Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library

Success with Free Comic Book Day

Sponsor: SSL / SLSA, PCRT, YSS
The Albany High School Library has participated annually in Free Comic Book Day for the past five years.  Our participation and schedule of offerings has grown exponentially as well as student interest.  The initial outlay of expense for comic books annually has been approximately $200.  As this program has grown, collaboration with community partners including our public library, our nearby comic book store, local experts, and fans has increased.  Participants will see a profile of our success with this event. specifically with photos, videos, interviews with students, and examples of incredibly successful programming related to Free Comic Book Day.  Participants may decide to launch their own Free Comic Book Day event with ideas and support for planning or use this event to create a full day of programming around a meaningful event in their own community. Programming from years’ past has included: a candy sushi creation station, cosplayers in full comic book character costumes with cosplay presentations, video gaming stations, board game stations, and a super hero mask making station. Future programming ideas include a graphic novel author visit complete with a writer’s workshop that asks students to draft comic panels with concepts of sequential art embedded in comic books, manga, and graphic novels.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Alicia Abdul, Albany High School
Kristen Majkut, Albany High School


Program Slot #2, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM

Getting to Know Special Libraries

Sponsor: ASLS / ESLN
Special libraries and librarians have much in common with academic and public libraries, but also face unique challenges in serving institutions dedicated to specialized areas of study and collecting. Three special librarians from diverse libraries will discuss the unique and not-so-unique challenges and joys of managing special libraries, developing subject-specific collections, and serving communities that are united by an interest in a specific subject area, but also surprisingly diverse. They will also talk about the path they took to special librarianship. The libraries featured are the NYS Academy of Fire Sciences, the NYS Military Museum of Saratoga Springs, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Jim Gandy, New York State Military Museum
Jim Galbraith, The Corning Museum of Glass
Jai Blackburn, New York State Academy of Fire Science


Break into Your County Jail!

Providing services & resources to your county jail may seem like a daunting task, but it is doable with a bit of passion, persistence, and patience! Andrea Snyder, Heidi Jensen, and Valerie Lewis will share their experiences in navigating the bureaucratic red tape to get into their county jails, facilitating programming including book clubs, and providing resources and books to the inmates. Be inspired by their stories and learn best practices on how you too can promote libraries and their resources to inmates.

Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Andrea Snyder, Nassau Library System
Heidi Jensen, Pioneer Library System
Valerie Lewis, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Unpleasant Everyday Language, Microaggression

Patrons approach a service desk often skeptical and hesitant when they see someone "not like them." "Do you speak English?” "You look Indian/Chinese - you all look alike." "How did you get to the United States from your country?" "You don't look African - what language do you speak?" These statements are often heard but are not meant to be hurtful.  (Some staff are microaggressive, too!) They are curious statements and questions, but what is a staffer to do? How should you react? We will examine how microaggression has become a phenomena, and how to deal with microaggression @ the library.  Participants will engage in a brief exercise of providing samples of microagressive experiences, statements, and questions.  We will also:  investigate and understand why microaggression abounds;  learn what to look for in people other than their own race and culture;  learn to be non-judgmental;  learn to give effective and/but informative responses;  learn to be understanding and react benevolently.

Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Speaker: Wilma Kakie Glover-Koomson, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library


NYCRR Digital Archives

Locating versions of superseded NYS regulations in print can involve long and sometimes frustrating searches through this voluminous set.  The NYCRR Digital Archive contains replaced pages or "takeouts" from the looseleaf  New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York from inception in 1945 through 2001.  Approximately one million pages have been scanned and converted to searchable PDF's  in this collaborative project from the Charles B. Sears Library, University of Buffalo, the Appellate Division 4th Dept. Law Library in Rochester, and the New York State Supreme Court Library in Buffalo.

Track: User Services
Beth Adelman, Director, SUNY Buffalo Law School Library
Jeannine Lee, Director (Retired), New York State Supreme Court Library
Betsy Vipperman, Director, Appellate Division 4th Dept. Law Library
Andrew Kloc, Senior Law Librarian, Appellate Division  4th Dept. Law Library

Privacy, Anonymity, and More with Tor

Sponsor: IFRT
The Library Freedom Project and The Tor Project have joined efforts to help  protect internet freedom by introducing Tor into libraries. Tor is free  software and an open network that helps protect some of your privacy  when you use the internet. Tor Browser is the most popular way to use  Tor, and it is the only web browser that gives the user anonymity while  also preventing tracking and censorship. Relays make up the backbone of the Tor network, which is what powers the Tor Browser. Bringing Tor  Browser and Tor exit relays into libraries demonstrates our commitment  to a free internet and is a practical way to help the Tor network. Come learn how your library can use Tor!

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project
Nima Fatemi, The Tor Project


Training Guerilla Advocates

Urban Librarians Unite and EveryLibrary have been busy training Library Advocates for over four years, how can you learn to enable front line library staff to be effective advocates? Learn how to pull librarians  and library staff out of their shells and give them the tools they need to be loud, effective advocates for libraries.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Christian Zabriskie, Urban Librarians Unite
Lauren Comito, Urban Librarians Unite


Adult Literacy through Libraries Action Agenda

Sponsor: LAR / ESRT, CORT
One in six American adults struggles with basic literacy. What does this mean for library services? With funding from IMLS, a Library and Literacy Community of Practice was empowered to develop the Adult Literacy through Libraries Action Agenda. Agenda recommendations are intended to spur conversation, ideas, and action to integrate the public library with other services available to help adult learners improve their literacy and basic skills.  The recommendations span areas such as collection development, technology and digital literacy, collaboration and strategic partnerships, professional development, raising awareness and influencing policy, and sustainability. The presenters have just finished a year-long program working with libraries across the country to implement items from the Libraries Action Agenda.  Learn from this fresh experience and see what you can bring home to your community.

Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Alicia Suskin, ProLiteracy
Sarah Howell, ProLiteracy


Mapping A City: A Collaborative Project

Sponsor: PLS / RASS
Saratoga Springs celebrated its centennial as a city in 2015. To commemorate this anniversary, a group of Skidmore College faculty and students, the Saratoga Springs History Museum, the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Local History Room, the Saratoga Springs City Historian, and the Saratoga County Historian collaborated to present an exhibit at the history museum that told the story of the city through its rich collection of historical maps. The curatorial team for this two year collaborative project will share their experience in successfully working with their community partners. The map exhibit came about because of a recognized need to create a comprehensive inventory of historic maps of Saratoga Springs located in various collections throughout the city and at the Saratoga County offices. After a number of meetings to discuss strategy, the curatorial team came up with a list of maps to be considered for the exhibit.  In the Fall 2014, Professor Jordana Dym offered a class “Mapping the Americas” that worked with the selected materials, researched Saratoga Springs’ history, and prepared the story behind the maps.  In the spring of 2015, some of the class continued with the project helping to make the exhibit come to fruition. The class also created a website for the exhibit using maps digitized as part of the project.  http://ssmp.skidmore.edu

Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Teri Blasko, Saratoga Springs Public Library
Jordana Dym, Skidmore College
Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Saratoga Springs City Historian

Beer At Your Library!

In this presentation, you will learn how to plan and implement an educational, fun, and safe beer tasting program at your library. We will address how to meet NYS requirements for a beer/wine permit; how to supply your program with local community vendors; how to include community businesses/organizations to make your program relevant and successful; how to approach your board and involve them in the process and in the program; how to create a fun program that focuses on learning and is also safe and responsible.

Track: User Services
Ann Wemple, Guilderland Public Library
Kristina Ronald, Guilderland Public Library


Bridging the Gap in Information Literacy

Sponsor: SLSA / SSL
Discover how school library systems and regional partners are working together to foster collaboration between school librarians and their academic counterparts in support of information fluency. OCM BOCES SLS and CLRC have facilitated regularly scheduled collaborative conversations between librarians across the region in support of information fluency from Pre-K through higher education. This program will present the origins and structure of the group as well as the ongoing goals and accomplishments, including a crosswalk of the AASL Standards and the ACRL Frameworks. Discussion will cover best methods for facilitation and organization, as well as an exploration of strategic planning between school and higher education libraries as they continue to bridge the gap and prepare students for the next step.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Doreen Bergman, OCM School Library System
Matthew Kopel, Central New York Library Resources Council

Writing an Effective Technology Plan

Come to this session to learn best practices for writing a multi-year technology plan that will guide both librarians and administrators as decisions are made in these fast-paced yet economically challenging times.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Robert Drake, Mid-Hudson Library System

Kid Sized Software Development Teams

Sponsor: SSL / SLSA, SMART
Scratch, the visual programming tool built to introduce technology to kids, provides a platform for imagination, creativity, and problem solving.  Stringing scripts of code together, participants create computer games, stories, and animations.  Since 2012, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library has offered several types of Scratch programs for children in grades 3-8.  New this year, a six week after-school program for middle schoolers has added a dimension of collaboration and real life application.  This session discusses expansion to other age groups, curriculum, technology, and logistics required to offer a hands-on kid sized software development team experience for your young patrons.  Examples of the Code Crew’s software products will inspire you to launch a middle school coding club at your library today!

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Mary Carrier, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
Angela Strong, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library


YSS Membership Meeting featuring Eric Luper

Sponsor: YSS
Join us for a brief membership meeting followed by a presentation from author Eric Luper.  Mr. Luper is the author of two new series for younger readers as well as several young adult novels, including Bug Boy a racing novel set in Depression Era Saratoga Springs. 

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker: Eric Luper,