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Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Update

Submitted by Jennifer Rocco, SCLA Communications Committee Representative

We’ve added a Trivia Challenge portion to our newsletters.  All are invited to answer the question and email answers to Jennifer Rocco.

Computer and Technical Services (CATS)
Thursday, May 11, 2017 CATS is having their second joint Nassau/Suffolk Technology Roundtable.  It was a great success two years ago so they thought they’d would bring it back.  Bring your questions, share your stories and see how they do it on the "OTHER SIDE" of the border!  As always, it's 9:30 a.m. for coffee, tea and refreshments and 10:00 a.m. for the meeting.  Whether you are an information technology professional, librarian, clerk or a person interested in technology, consider joining us at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library in Dix Hills!

Support Staff Division (SSD)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, SSD is hosting an Advanced Microsoft EXCEL class at Suffolk Cooperative Library System from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Using Microsoft Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet program, learn advanced features including vLookup, data validation and much more.  Prerequisites: Computer Kindergarten and 1st Grade, Introduction and Intermediate Excel.

Young Adult Services Division (YASD)
On April 22, 2017 the YASD assisted SCLS with Authors Unlimited 6 by completely running the morning activities portion of the event.  “Minute to Win It” style games were set up for teens and their families to play as they waited for the Author Panel to begin.  This is a free event that is open to teens and their families and eight different YA authors were in attendance.  The “Minute to Win It” games were a big success, with many kids enjoying some friendly competition with friends and even their parents.  

Excellence in Library Services (ELSA) Award
It’s that time of year again! The ELSA Award Committee is now taking nominations for the 2017 Excellence in Library Service Award. Know a librarian, clerk, page, custodial worker, director or any other library worker who goes above and beyond their job description to make their library and their community a better place? Nominate them! What better way to show your appreciation for what they have done.  To do so, download and print out the Award brochure found on the SCLA website. Fill it out with the proper information and send it in with at least two letters of recommendation of no more than 250 words expressing why you’re nominating them. Submissions are due by August 31st, 2017 and can be sent to Kate Regina c/o West Babylon Public Library. Any questions can be sent to

Fandom Outreach
On April 22 and 23, the Fandom Outreach Committee represented the Suffolk County Libraries at LIGeek.  LIGeek is a science fiction convention that has programming related to books, movies, gaming and anything that is fan-based and was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge.  This year Fandom Outreach ran workshops such as Captain Planet’s Earth Day Craft where kids created art using recycled materials, Ollivander’s Wand Making, Cartoon Trivia, Honey I Shrunk My Fandom (kids crafted Shrinky Dinks based on their favorite characters), and we borrowed SCLS’s mini golf set to play a Geeked-out style of Mini Golf.  We also ran a panel, The Geek Kid’s Guide to Life with actor Robert Mukes of Outlander and Game of Thrones.  We spoke to kids and parents about the challenges of being a geek in a non-geeky world.  For both days of the convention, we had a table set up with library swag and Hogwarts House buttons for people to take so they could represent their house in our Battle the Houses panel!  We also created a cosplay fix station for cosplayers in need of costume repairs, which was very well received.  Professional balloon artist and programmer Derek Muterspaw, of, spent the weekend at our table creating balloon art for all ages and also ran his famous Twist-a-Story show for the kids!

Library Directory Associates (LDA) Award
Congrats go to Peter K. Ward, recipient of the 2017 LDA Award!  Currently the director of Lindenhurst Memorial Library, he also previously served as director of both the Smithtown and East Islip public libraries.  For over 30 years, Mr. Ward’s contributions to the public libraries of Suffolk County have included:
* A campaign to create the largest special library district of New York State at Smithtown Library
* His commitment to library legislation efforts, including lobbying for additional state aid
* His two terms of service as president of the Public Library Directors Association of Suffolk County
* His service as the Civil Service Committee chair for Suffolk County Library Association
* An enthusiastic drive to mentor new library directors in the education of their trustees in the best practices for library boards
* Pioneering in the use of social media and technology tools to promote libraries and engage library users
Professor Art Friedman will present the award to Peter Ward at the Long Island Library Conference on Thursday, May 4th.

Thank you for advocating for libraries!  Your hard work and commitment stopped $9,000,000 of library funding from being cut from the state budget proposed by the Governor and was key in the legislature adding $5,000,000 for library construction and improvement projects.  We hope you will join in remaining vigilant for other threats to shared library services, such as the President's proposed elimination of the Institute for Museum and Libraries Services.  Elimination of the IMLS would mean a loss of more than $8,000,000 to the New York State Library, which in turn would mean:
* No more Library Service and Technology Grants
* The elimination of funding for NYS Summer Reading Programs
* The cancellation of NOVEL NY databases (such as Opposing Viewpoints)
We thank you all for your dedication and hope that you will continue to advocate by staying informed and engaged.  To continue do so, please sign up for the NYLA Advocacy Alerts and ALA Advocacy Alerts.

Long Island Library Conference
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Melville Marriott.  
Library Media Specialist Kimberly-Celeste “K.C.”  Boyd, MA, MEd, MLIS, will be giving the keynote address, “Don’t Fit In, Stand Out!” for the 2017 Conference.  K.C. Boyd is the Lead Librarian for East St. Louis School District #189 in East St. Louis, IL.  She is also a doctoral student and Adjunct Professor of Library Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.  Boyd is a second-generation educator and holds master’s degrees in Library Information Science, Media Communications and Education Leadership.  Her commitment to serving marginalized African American children, young adults and school communities is evident in every project she takes on.

NCLA, SCLA members $60.00
Non-member $70.00
Student    $30.00
Same Day Registration $80.00

Suffolk County Library Access
Free classes will be offered at Suffolk Cooperative Library System:
SEE FOR YOURSELF Assistive Technology and Resource Fair for People Living with Vision Loss
Friday, May 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
This year three Suffolk County Public Libraries will be hosting a table at the fair to highlight their library’s accessible programs and services.  We encourage all library administration and staff to visit during the day.  We recommend that you leave at least an hour and a half in order to visit with all of the exhibitors.  Many of the exhibitors will have assistive technology that will make your library more accessible to people living with vision loss and to people with learning disabilities.  As many of the visitors to the fair are seniors, we also plan to have resources for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as a couple of products for people living with hearing loss.  
(HATLO)  Healthcare Awareness through Library Outreach Meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The goal of the HATLO Committee is to bring together public library staff and representatives from various healthcare-related county agencies, non-profit organizations and service providers to discuss effective methods of sharing up-to-date healthcare and health literacy information, in order to assist libraries with programming ideas and collection development resources.

SCLA has the following committee position 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.

If interested, please contact Jose Hernandez