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Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Update

Submitted by Jennifer Rocco, SCLA Communications Committee Representative

Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD)
The CARE (Career and Resource Exchange) Committee of RASD, a division of SCLA, hosted a speaker from Job Corps on February 16, 2017 at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) in Bellport.  Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.  For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.  Ms. Torelli talked about the criteria and enrollment process for the program as well as how to identify potential candidates.  Professional development hours were awarded.
The Electronic Resources Committee hosted a meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Islip Public Library on digital educational resources.
The PR & Marketing Committee will be offering “How to put on a Database Fair at your Library or Take one on the Road” on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at SCLS.  Coffee and networking will start at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will take place from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Computer and Technical Services (CATS)
The Technology Information Forum (TIF) held on March 2, 2017 with special guest, Barbara Turney, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes and Noble at Smithaven.  Barbara demonstrated many products that B&N sell that can be used for maker spaces, with a focus on children and teens.  Many of the items that will be demonstrated are on the New York State contract.  After Barbara finished her presentation, a round table discussion ensued.

Young Adult Services Division (YASD)
On February 2, 2017 Suffolk and Nassau Counties held their annual joint YASD Meeting at SCLS from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  The meeting focused on ways to build your career.  A panel of librarians spoke about how they used their skills as adjunct professors, book reviewers, conference presenters and committee members to boost their careers.
The Annual Fran Romer Booktalk Workshop was held on March 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the Brentwood Public Library.  This year the theme for the workshop was “Stories Retold” and the guest speaker was YA Author of The Grimm Legacy Series, Polly Shulman.  It was a wonderful meeting filled with discussions of titles focused on retelling as well as a delicious catered lunch.  Raffles, book purchases and signing concluded the workshop.

Library Directory Associates (LDA) Award
The LDA Award provides recognition to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to libraries on Long Island, be they librarians, trustees, support staff, friends of the library, vendors or publishers.  The award is sponsored by SCLA and NCLA and was founded by LDA Publishers in 1978.
We invite all SCLA members to consider nominating an individual for this award.  For a copy of an application and brochure, please visit the SCLA website.  Copies of the brochure also will be sent to SCLA members.  The LDA Award will be presented at the Long Island Library Conference on May 4, 2017.  Applications may be submitted through March 20, 2017.  Please send them to:

Paula Bornstein
Lindenhurst Memorial Library
1 Lee Avenue
Lindenhurst, New York 11757

The SCLA sponsored a bus for no charge for a one-day round-trip ride to Albany to participate in Advocacy Day on March 1, 2017.  Suffolk Cooperative Library System also provided an Advocacy Day 101 class for those interested in learning more about the day.
SCLA has the following committee positions open:

Scholarship Committee:
- Advertises and publicizes the SCLA Scholarship and the SCLA Continuing Education Award for Library Support Staff to all members of SCLA, member libraries of SCLS, library schools and other potential qualifying candidates.
- Selects a candidate for each award from those who have met eligibility requirements and have completed the application process.
- Notifies all applicants of their status, including those who did not win either of the awards.
- Notifies the recipients of each award.
- Collects donations for the Scholarship Award.
- Runs the raffle at the Annual Dinner.
- Presents awards to winners at the Annual Dinner.

Student Outreach Committee:
- Provides informational packets and membership forms to local library schools and colleges such as Dowling, Five Towns and Stony Brook University.
- Offers programs to schools in the form of class visits and orientation visits as needed/requested.
- Acts as a liaison to the schools and any Suffolk Libraries looking to set up library visits.

Long Range Planning / Marketing Committee:
- Develops and maintains a long range plan for SCLA.
- Oversees and reviews progress toward meeting these goals and objectives.
- Makes recommendations to the SCLA Executive Board regarding future direction.
- Makes recommendations to the SCLA Executive Board and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee regarding amendments to the SCLA Constitution.
- Develops media campaigns.
- Prepares press releases.
- Coordinates specific information for dissemination to the public.
- Develops ways to increase new SCLA/NYLA membership.


If interested, please contact Jose Hernandez-