RASS 2007 NYLA Annual Conference Highlights

The 2007 NYLA Annual Conference was held in Buffalo, NY, from October 17th to 20th, 2007. RASS offered a wide variety of programs including our Noted Author Luncheon, and of course lots of action at the RASS Booth. Below are listed all of our 2007 programs.


Meet the Author: Reggie Nadelson

Friday October 19th, 2007

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Come and meet journalist and documentary filmmaker Reggie Nadelson. Nadelson is the author of six previous novels: Red Hook, Disturbed Earth, Red Hot Blues, Hot Poppies,Bloody London, and Sex Dolls. Comrade Rockstar, her biography of Dan Reed, the American who became the biggest rock star in the Soviet Union, is under option to Tom Hanks. Her third installment in the New York trilogy of novels, Fresh Kills, is out in October.



RASS/LAMS Noted Author Luncheon 2007
Featuring Susan Cheever

Friday October 19th, 2007
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Susan Cheever is the best-selling author of 11 previous books, including five novels and the memoirs Note Found in a Bottle and Home Before Dark. Her current work, American Bloomsbury, provides a lively and insightful introduction to the personalities and achievements of the men and women who were seminal figures in America's literary renaissance. Her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Corporation of Yaddo, and a member of the Author's Guild Council. She writes a weekly column for Newsday and teaches in the Bennington College MFA program.

A special thank you to E*Vanced Solutions, Inc. for sponsoring this program

This program is co-sponsored by E*vanced Solutions, Inc.

For more information on getting tickets to the RASS Noted Author Luncheon, please contact the NYLA Office.

Past speakers at the RASS Noted Author Luncheon


RSS, Blogs and Library Service

Friday October 19th, 2007
2:30pm - 3:45pm

A "how to" session on the building and usage of blogs and RSS. This program will explore the social software tools that reach more users and improve library services:

Nancy Weiss, Queens Library
Bonnie Hodes, Queens Library
Michelle Misner, The New York Public Library


RASS-berries, Bagels, and Roundtables

Friday October 19th, 2007
8:00am - 9:15am

Join RASS leaders for a discussion on a variety of hot topics and NYLA 2007 programming. RASS Membership meeting to follow.

Speaker: Patti McCall RASS President; Donna Ciampa RASS Vice-President


RASS Best of Reference

Thursday October 18th, 2007
1:30pm - 2:45pm

An annual presentation of the best reference sources of the year, reviewed and selected by a committee consisting of the best and brightest reference librarians at The New York Public Library. 

Speakers: From The New York Public Library


Serving Diverse Communities: Adult Reference

Friday October 19, 2007
4:00pm - 5:15pm

A lively panel discussion: Providing reference services to communities that include a variety of ethnic backgroundsand English as a second language. Bring your questions and comments (or email them before the conference to paula.goings@queenslibrary.org) to a dynamic discussion of practical ways to serve your community in all its diversity and complexity. "Serving Diverse Communities" is your opportunity to have your questions answered, whether you're just starting to serve a new segment or your community or you're just wanting some inspiration for new ideas. 

Dale McNeill, Queens Library
Andrew P. Jackson, Queens Library
Lorda Garcia Febo, Queens Library
Logan Ragsdale, Queens Library


For Adults Only: Programming Tips and Tricks

Saturday October 20, 2007
11:10am - 12:20pm

Programming for busy adults can be tricky. Learn how to successfully attract adults to programs. Topics to be covered include using demographics and market research, finding talent, innovative program delivery, contracts and agreements, promotions and marketing, hosting and monitoring. No budget? No problem. Learn how to take advantage of community groups, cultural organizations, entrepreneurs, and business people who are just waiting for you to invite them in. Learn how to avoid costly and embarrassing mistakes. 

Speaker: Kathy Degyansky, Queens Library