RASS 2008 NYLA Annual Conference Highlights

The 2008 NYLA Annual Conference was held in Saratoga Springs, NY, from November 5th to 8th, 2008. RASS offered a wide variety of programs including our Continuing Education Program, Noted Author Luncheon, and of course lots of action at the RASS Booth. Please read below for a full listing of the programs that we offered and return to this page in March for a listing of our 2009 Conference programs.

CE-F: Positive Personal Change: How to Take a Positive Approach to Life and Work

Our world, our work, our families, and our lives are changing faster than ever, and our ability to effectively manage these changes is one of the most important skill sets we can ever seek to develop. People often, and understandably, react to life and work challenges with negativity. This presentation examines why people typically react negatively to those challenges, and teaches philosophical, psychological and behavioral strategies for surviving and thriving in a healthy, robust, and positive manner.

Mark Steinberg

Speaker: Mark Steinberg

RASS Noted Author Luncheon
Colum McCann

Colum McCann

Join RASS as we welcome Colum McCann to the Noted Author Luncheon. NamedEsquire magazine’s "Writer of the Year" in 2003, Colum is the author of last year’s international bestseller, Zoli. The story of a Gypsy poet and intellectual, the Washington Post called Zoli, “beautifully conceived and wonderfully told,” and the San Francisco Chronicle said of the novel, “his prose is just plain gorgeous.”

Colum is also the author of two collections of short stories and three other novels, including international best-sellers, This Side of Brightness and Dancer. In addition, he has written for numerous publications including the Irish Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica,Paris Match, The New York Times, the Guardian and the Independent.

His many awards and honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Irish Independent Hughes and Hughes Novel of the Year 2003, and the 2002 Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He was recently inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame. In 2004 Colum was a Fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His short film Everything in this Country Must, directed by Gary McKendry, was nominated for an Oscar in 2005.

Colum is currently working on a new novel, tentatively titled Utopia 74, as well as several screenplays.

Best of Reference

A presentation of the best reference sources of the year, as reviewed and selected by a committee consisting of the best and brightest reference librarians at Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library.

Jennifer Gellmann, Brooklyn Public Library
Rachel Bernstein, Brooklyn Public Library
Lauren Lampasone, New York Public Library
Jennifer Zarr, New York Public Library
Bibi Shakoor, Queens Library
Charlene Gwizdala, Queens Library
Hong Yao, Queens Public Library

RASS-berries, Bagels and Roundtables

Join RASS leaders for a discussion on a variety of hot “table talks”. RASS membership meeting to follow.

Donna Ciampa

Library Services for a New Age

Transforming libraries into centers for boomer learning and community participation.

Sabrina Waldron, Libraries for the Future
Amanda Latreille, Libraries for the Future
Mark Donnelly, Queens Library
Brigid Cahalan, New York Public Library

Wiki Technology as a Staff Empowerment and Information Sharing Tool

As baby boomer librarians retire, they are taking with them years of institutional knowledge. To capture it, NYPL’s staff is using wiki technology. They are creating a knowledge base so the new and remaining staff can easily learn the complexities of collections, policies, and procedures.

Paul Friedman, The New York Public Library
Matthew Sheehy, The New York Public Library

Library as a "Third Place"

Discover how changes in environmental awareness, learning techniques and user expectations affect the design and development of physical and digital library spaces. How can library spaces better accommodate and inspire their users? We will examine techniques to enhance library’s visual and physical presentation, assessment and marketing of library spaces, and the increasing use of library spaces for group study and social activities.

Arezoo Mohseni, The New York Public Library
Terry Kirchner, Butler Library Columbia University

Book Buzz: A Focus on First Novels

Representatives from the nation’s top publishing houses will showcase the new crop of debut novels and best first books. Publishing representatives from Random House and HarperCollins will be among the featured speakers.

Database for a Spanish Web Library

The Westchester Library System (WLS) has joined with six other public library systems (Brooklyn Public Library, Nassau Library System, New York Public Library, Queens Borough Public Library, Ramapo Catskill Library System, and Suffolk Library System) to develop and sustain a common database for a Spanish web library. Please join us to find out about this exciting collaborative initiative.

Robin Osborne, Westchester Library System
Rob Caluori, Westchester Library System

Digesting History: Using Cookbooks and Restaurant Menus for Research 

Do you want to find out why a restaurant menu can be a treasure trove for marine biologists studying fish populations? What do menus and historical cookbooks say about American history and culture? If you are intrigued by any of these questions, and if you count yourself among the steadily growing number of foodies, you must join us at this presentation.

Rebecca Federman, The New York Public Library