NYLA 2017 | Conference Program Descriptions

Friday, November 10

Program Slot  #4, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
 

Choose Your Local Resources for Successful Fundraisers

Sponsors: FLS / LTA
An intrepid group of Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library descended into a moldy basement to discover a swollen shut barrister case containing a remarkably well-preserved, 120-year-old book. The illustrated limericks and portraits from the sketchbook of local resident Harold VanSantvoord are a community treasure. Reproduced prints are now made to order and sold with proceeds going to the Friends' support of the Library and its capital campaign.    The six annual Murder Mystery Parties at Newark Public Library were successful in ways that other fundraisers would not have been. The key was knowing the community and developing a cast of characters based on the popularity – or unpopularity – of their community profile, all in good-natured fun.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Elly Dawson, Victor Farmington Library
Warren Applegate, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library
Hollis Seamon, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library

 


Stalk Your Elected Officials

Sponsors: LAMS / SCLA, PLRT, PLS, SLSA, ULU, RLRT, FLS, YSS
You can't always convince decision makers that libraries are awesome, but we can help you convince them that libraries make a difference in something they really care about. Rather than saying "Hey, Libraries are great, you should support us," you can say "Hey, do you want a solution for those issues that are important to you? We already exist!" Learn to create a database of your local decision makers, what they care about most, and customized talking points, so you and your advocates can always be ready for that surprise advocacy moment.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Lauren Comito, Queens Public Library
Christian Zabriskie, Yonkers Public Library


 


Writing Local History

Sponsors: LHRT
Both of the local history programs featured in this program are based on helping local residents write or record personal histories for incorporation into general local history collections. Both programs leverage the unique knowledge people have of the area the libraries serve to enhance their value as a site of community memory. The Fulton Memoir Project is a local history program based on helping people write their stories. Extensive community outreach attracted authors from age 15 to over 100. Maute will share how they were able to attract and maintain participation, suggestions for ensuring a program's sustainable future, and why collecting and publishing memoirs fulfills a public library's mission. The Veterans Testimonial Project records and preserves local veterans' military experiences as part of the library's local history collection. Susman and Hartough worked closely with their teen department to make this a multi-generational program. They believe it is vital public libraries capture history and experiences that would otherwise be lost. This is NYLA Local History Roundtable's inaugural year, and we hope to provide programming updates at many NYLAs to come!

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Edna Susman, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Margaret Hartough, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Betty Maute, Fulton Public Library

 


The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Library Director

Sponsors: LTA
You've read the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State and taken advantage of local, state and online trustee training opportunities. What's next? Join Cassie Guthrie for a (mostly) light-hearted look at how what trustees do - and sometimes don't do - impacts their library directors and vice versa. Cassie will help provide a mirror with which trustees and library directors can view themselves and their actions, and a lens through which they can view their interactions with one another. This program will help strengthen the leadership skills of trustees and library directors and will help foster relationships.  The presentation will help improve communication, facilitate library directives, and it will help build a stronger foundation from which the library can operate more smoothly and more successfully.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Cassie Guthrie, Greece Public Library



 


Adventures in 3D Printing

Sponsors: MSRT / PCRT, SSL, SLLA
In 2013, the Community Library invested in its first 3D printer. Today, it has an active public printing service and conducts forty 3D printing programs annually. Learn how we got started, where our journey took us and the lessons we learned. There will be a discussion of both 3D printing and 3D scanning. This presentation will examine developing services for the public, creating interactive displays and conducting programs for children, teens and adults. We’ll address startup and ongoing costs and ways to mitigate them, with a focus on sustainability.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers:
Nick Tanzi, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library



 


Painless Branding For New Professionals

Sponsors: NMES
Worry about your professional online persona no more! Learn how to engage and attract potential employers with effective social media branding, cultivate best practices, avoid common pitfalls, learn essential professional etiquette, and more.  Sarah McFadden (Cornell Cooperative Extension, Rensselaer County) will provide savvy insight to help you land your dream library job.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Sarah McFadden, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County



 


Q & A with Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia

Sponsors: NYSED- NYSL, DLD
Come and participate in a question and answer session with New York State Commissioner of Education, MaryEllen Elia.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, New York State Education Department
Bernard Margolis, NYSED, NYSL
Dr. Colleen Sadowski, Chair, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries
Dr. Barbara Stripling, NYLA President
 


Making It Rain, Writing Killer Grants

Sponsors: PLS / RLRT, LAMS, YSS, SLSA
Write great grants that reviewers love! Making it Rain is a highly interactive workshop that hits the key concepts by putting you in the reviewer's chair. Attendees will learn tips and tricks for any grant, along with common pitfalls to avoid. We will discuss what reviewers are looking for with activities that reinforce writing from a reviewer's perspective. Discussion will include how to identify which grants to go for, using collaboration to strengthen your proposal, finding a grant to fit your program vs. developing a program to fit the grant, the importance of communicating with the granting agency prior to submission, and much more.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Eli Guinnee, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
Erica Freudenberger, Southern Adirondack Library System


 


TeleStory: Keeping Families Connected

Sponsors: RASS / ESRT, LAR
The program will look at how BPL’s TeleStory program connects families with incarcerated loved ones and offers supports -- from literacy to referrals for reentry services -- to incarcerated individuals, their families and their communities. The program will describe: the incarcerated and reentry populations and the particular barriers they face; how the TeleStory program works in concert with in-person jail visits; why public libraries are the ideal space for projects like TeleStory; how we envision the project developing our work with this most heavily marginalized population.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Nick Higgins, Brooklyn Public Library
Michael Carey, Brooklyn Public Library


RDA and You, Understanding the Essentials

Sponsors: SMART / ASLS, SLSA
Have you wondered why the records in your catalog look a little different? Why are there extra fields in the MARC record? This session is intended for librarians and library staff who would like to better understand the changes they are seeing in their OPACs due to Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new standard for descriptive cataloging. Attendees are encouraged to bring any questions or issues with them to the session. Participants will understand the history of RDA, comprehend the impact RDA has for the library user, and will be able to apply an understanding of RDA to identify RDA-compliant records in their catalogs.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Denise Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College



 


Youth Services Sustainability, Growing Our Own

Sponsors: YSS
Youth Services Departments work with parents, caregivers, and children every day - yet how often do we think of our work as being sustainable to the future of libraries? This presentation will introduce you to the basic concepts of sustainability in libraries, and will focus closely on how Youth Services Departments can play a vital role in helping their library be a leader in creating sustainable, resilient communities.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid Hudson Library System
Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library


 



Program Slot  #5, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
 

The Academic Library's Role in a Time of Educational Transformation

Sponsors: ASLS / ILRT
 Methodological and technological changes will continue to impact research practices across disciplines. The library’s academic support role is evolving no less. Roger will explore how libraries serve the changing needs of students, instructors, researchers, and the institutions.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Roger C. Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R



 


Bringing Friends Back From the Brink

Sponsors: FLS / LTA
Presenters represent a small library whose Friends group had been dormant for ten years, and a mid-sized library whose Friends group was adrift with no leadership. Presenters will discuss the value of incorporating a Friends group, where they turned for help, what documents are needed and how to complete them, how they worked with library administrators, where they find good leaders, and what they have been able to accomplish with great success since their groups came ‘back from the brink.’

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Kitty Bressington, Friends of the Avon Free Library
Anne Andrianos, Friends of Onondaga Free Library


 


Got Game? Programming with RPGs

Sponsors: PCRT / YSS, MSRT
Role playing games (RPGs) like Dungeons & Dragons boast fans of all ages. Learn how these games work, and how you can use them to attract teen, new adult, and other players to your library. Explore how you can reach these potential patrons by supporting RPG play. From providing meeting space, to rule books, formal library programs, 3D printing services, and more, discover what level of engagement is possible at your library. Investments for these ideas in terms of staff, time, and budget will be covered, as well as how to market these programs and services to the public and reach the gaming community.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Nick Tanzi, Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library



 


Breaking Down Barriers by Rethinking Fines

Sponsors: PLS / YSS, LAR
Rochester and Syracuse city libraries serve large numbers of people living in poverty, many of them children and teens. In Syracuse, 1/3 of children were unable to use the library because of outstanding fines; in Rochester 54% of children lived below the poverty level. Staff from both libraries will share information that led to eliminating fines for children and teens in mid-2016. Staff will discuss the climate that led to this decision, research that led to the decision, methods used to measure success, and will share stories from the front lines demonstrating the real impact this decision has had on our most vulnerable users.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Patricia Uttaro, Rochester Public Library
Katie Hayduke, Onondaga County Public Library System
Rebecca Maguire, Onondaga County Public Library System

 


Dealing with Social Media (in)Securities

Sponsors: SMART / SCLA
Are your social media platforms secure? Has your library embarrassingly liked its own posts on Facebook when a staff member meant to use a personal account? We will discuss strategies for dealing with the challenges and confusion presented when more than one staff member is using more than one device to post to the library’s accounts. Participants will gain an understanding of best practices for posting to social media for their organization, and will learn about some tools that will help streamline the library’s social media workflow and boost security at the same time.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers:
Karrie McLellan, East Greenbush Community Library
Laurie Dreyer, East Greenbush Community Library


 


Recruit, Retain, Repeat...Again

Sponsors: SSL / YSS, SLSA
The number of school librarians available is not keeping pace with the need. Enrollment in graduate programs leading to school media certification has substantially declined over the last decade, but school library vacancies are abundant throughout NYS. During NYLA 2016, participants noted many barriers to recruiting prospective school librarians and suggested courses of action. This session will provide an update on efforts since then. Participants will brainstorm additional ideas that can be used to recruit school librarians. Participants will also discuss possible advocacy efforts which might have a positive impact on the pathways to certification.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Jill Hurst-Wahl, Syracuse University
Barbara Stripling, Syracuse University


 


Connecting with Patrons in Poverty

Sponsors: ULU / PLRT, PLS, CORT, SCLA, LAR, ESRT & YSS
Learn how to create an outreach plan that targets different types of patrons in poverty, including the homeless and people who are of lower socioeconomic status. Learn effective communication skills and a deeper understanding of differences in communication styles. Gain an understanding of barriers created by poverty and how policies made in the library can contribute to those barriers.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Virginia Wescott, Troy Public Library
Anita Favretto, New York Public Library
Kim Mcmann, New York State Community Action Association


NYS Battle of the Books

Sponsors: YSS
A panel of speakers from across NYS will discuss Battle of the Books programs for children and teens. Panelists will discuss how their programs got started and how you can create one in your library, too! Battles range from being started in the last five years to being around for decades. Panelists range from being system representatives to librarians who created the program 100% grassroots.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy



Program Slot  #6, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Big Questions, Big Data and HathiTrust

Sponsors: ASLS / SMART
HathiTrust’s 15 million volume digital library enables collaborative data mining, collection management services, and copyright research. Furlough will discuss HathiTrust’s solutions to emerging challenges for libraries and digital scholarship.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Mike Furlough, HathiTrust


Immigration Assistance @ Your Library

Sponsors: ESRT / NYBLC
The current immigration climate (detentions, deportations, DACA, etc.) has made it more confusing for the immigrant and for the information providers, such as libraries to offer the relevant and valuable information necessary for legalization.  Libraries that provide immigration classes and assistance are at a loss as to the kind of materials and resource to give to patrons who seek assistance now.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Janice Owen, US Citizenship and Immigration Services


Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards

Sponsors: FLS / PLS, LTA
This discussion of nonprofit boards’ legal and fiduciary duties by the Pro Bono Partnership will help keep the Friends functioning effectively, using their charitable resources appropriately.  The Partnership’s Director of Education will update group leaders on recent changes to the New York State nonprofit laws so they can provide the best oversight they can.  Learn what documents should be kept in your ‘board book’, how technology can be used to conduct board business, and practical strategies for more effective board meetings.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Courtney Darts, Pro Bono Partnership



 


Preservation Crash-Course for Libraries and Archives

Sponsors: LHRT
Learn how to preserve your broken, battered, and fragile items for years to come using affordable tools and easy techniques. Bring your own books, letters, maps, postcards, or more for a sample consultation on preservation methods from the experts during the program. Tools and materials for paper mending, encapsulation, and minor book repairs will be provided for participants to explore based on their library collection needs. A brief presentation will outline how to evaluate and preserve items based on their place in the library collection, with the majority of the time dedicated to questions, sample products, and equipment demonstrations.  Handouts will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own sample materials to work on and bring back to their home libraries as examples for future reference when practicing these techniques.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Arielle Hessler, Stony Brook University
F. Jason Torre, Stony Brook University


 


Let's Get Graphic

Sponsors: PCRT / PLS
From comics to manga, learn how to incorporate graphic novels in your library! A panel of experts discuss their experience with collection development, censorship, education, and programming with graphic novels. Librarians with experience working with children, teens, adults, English language learners, and academic libraries share their advice on using graphic novels to serve their patrons. Learn how to develop a graphic novel collection, anticipate and overcome challenges, and how graphic novels can best serve your community.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Joshua Firer, Levittown Public Library
Rosemary Kiladitis, Queens Library
Michael Buono, Patchogue-Medford Public Library
Lissetty Thomas-Johnson, Brentwood Public Library
 


Malcolm Hill Lecture: Lifetime Communities, a Place for Libraries

Sponsors: PULISDO
As a leading figure in the "Lifetime Community" movement, Zachary will speak on the importance of placemaking and inclusive design with respect to libraries. He will address the following questions:   *What role can libraries play in developing communities for a lifetime?  *What new community partnerships can be developed?  *How can libraries take the lead in sustainability and livability principles?    In exploring these questions, Benedict will help us to envision the library as a "third place" for social engagement, personal fulfillment, and economic development in the community.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Zachary Benedict, AIA, LEED AP, MKM architecture + design



 


Day Adventures with Community Cultural Partners

Sponsors: RASS / ESRT, YSS, PLS, LHRT
Working together with local and regional cultural partners, such as museums, zoos, aquariums, park and nature preserves we can expand our patron's cultural literacy and give them a day adventure for free or reduced admission. Negotiating a simple memorandum of agreement for the price of marketing and materials to make your own passes can make this a quick reality. Let me walk you through the process and give you tips to a new and successful service that you can have up and running at your library in no time!

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Thomas Vitale, Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System



 


Rural Libraries for Non-Rural Librarians

Sponsors: RLRT / ESRT
Has a patron ever asked you to hold their newborn lamb while they pick out books? Is your patron base less than 100 people, most of whom you know by name? Do you avoid “book-to-movie” programs, because there’s no movie theater within 30 miles? Are you running an entire library on less than your local Highway Superintendent's salary? Welcome to the world of rural librarianship! Running a rural library can sometimes seem like an entirely separate profession, so if you've never worked in one and are curious about what it might be like, this program will provide an overview-- challenges, benefits and of course, common ground.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Emily Owen Hastings, Canton Free Library
Rebecca Donnelly, Potsdam Public Library


 


Librarians Mending Fences in a Divided Country

Sponsors: SCLA / PLS, IFRT, RRT, ESRT
Through discussion of different services and programs, and without specific political slant, presenters will highlight how librarians are successfully addressing the pressing issues popping up more and more within our communities since Election Day. Topics to be covered include tackling the anxieties of the archetypal "protest voter", the resultant fear of more moderate community members, and the overarching issues of media and digital literacy, as well as shared experiences of how librarians nationwide have mindfully shaped some of their professional activities toward confronting and alleviating such increasingly important matters.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Alex Andrasik, Penn Yan Public Library
Amanda Lowe, University at Albany


Build Your Digital Community Voice

Sponsors: SMART / NYBLC
Conference participants will engage in an interactive panel discussion aimed at exploring Brooklyn Public Library’s oral history project, Our Streets, Our Stories and BKLYN Mixtape, a podcast of local Brooklyn makers, tech folks, and artists. Take advantage of easily accessible forms of digital media to create and share fully functional visual and audio stories from your patrons and community members. We’ll talk about tools like SoundCloud, iTunes, Tumblr, and BKLYN’s website and social media platforms. Brooklyn Public Library, a system with 60 branches serving over 2.5 million residents, is well positioned to discover, record, and preserve these community stories. Our panelists will share practical tips for bringing out the best stories from patrons and will share ideas for attendees interested in launching or enhancing their own projects through podcast production.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers:
Taina Evans, Brooklyn Public Library
Phillip Bond, Brooklyn Public Library
Stephanie Elstro, Booklyn Public Library


 


BreakoutEDU in your Library!

Sponsors: SSL / PCRT, SLSA, ILRT
Join us to experience BreakoutEDU, the incredibly engaging learning game that is gaining worldwide popularity in schools. BreakoutEDU was inspired by the Escape Room phenomena around the world and is fun for all ages. Games can be used to teach any academic content, as team-building activities, or just for fun! In this session you will play a BreakoutEDU game with other attendees and using teamwork, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, troubleshooting, and communication you will problem-solve to try to beat the clock and break into the BreakoutEDU box. Come see why BreakoutEDU has teachers and students so engaged!    BreakoutEDU games can be used to teach any subject and encourage teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Amy Carpenter, Stillwater MS/HS
Courtney Sayward, WSWHE BOCES


 



Program Slot  #7, 4:15 PM-5:15 PM

Friends & Trustees Building Community When Disaster Strikes

Sponsors: FLS / LTA, FFRPL
The speakers will follow the FLS annual membership meeting.  Hurricane Irene struck in 2011, leaving five feet of water in the basement, destroying the mechanicals of the library.  When mold set in, the library was forced to evacuate the building.  Friends of the Library, trustees, staff, and other community volunteers moved the collection to a donated location.  After a design was approved for the renovation, the Friends executed a successful “Get Out the Vote” campaign that approved a $6.9 million bond to rebuild the historic building.  An unexpected benefit was the outpouring of community support for the library, which the Friends leveraged into ongoing financial sponsorship. The Friends' annual Meet the Authors Luncheon received additional support from contractors and other local businesses. The luncheon has attracted nationally-acclaimed authors and recently has raised over $3,000 annually.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Mary Ann Marrero, Friends of the Moffat Library
Christine Frisbee, Friends of the Moffat Library
Ruth Manyin, Friends of the Moffat Library
Kelly Lynch-Moloney, Friends of the Moffat Library
 


Helping Patrons Spot Fake News

Sponsors: IFRT / ESRT, NYBLC, PLRT, PLS, SCLA, SLSA, SSL, YSS
Do your own research. The phrase dominates the comments section of any controversial article, whether based on fact or fiction, scientific or conspiracy theory. However, many of those spouting the well-worn phrase have no idea what qualifies as research. This program will address ways to determine the fake from the reliable sources, as well as how to instruct patrons in doing so.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Laura Wolven, Orangeburg Library


Creating the Future:  Looking Beyond the 2020 Vision for Library Services in New York State

Sponsors: NYSED- NYSL, DLD
2020 is just around the corner!  What comes after 2020 for New York’s libraries and library systems? Join the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, State Librarian Bernie Margolis and other library leaders for a preliminary discussion about next steps in creating a sustainable future for New York’s library services.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Bernard Margolis, NYSED, NYSL
Dr. Colleeen Sadowski, Chair, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries


 


Creating a Warm and Inviting Library

Sponsors: PLRT
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The design and  layout of your library is an integral part in forming those initial opinions of your  visitors. In 2013, the Phelps Library recreated and rebranded itself, improving the  community experience and perception of the library in the most positive ways.  Learn tried and true methods for completely altering the interior design of the space,  all on a very small budget. From the colors on the walls and furniture choices and  placement to décor and repurposing existing fixtures, we will discuss low cost ways  to completely transform your space, help you find the space you need, and show you  how to make those spaces truly special.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Leah Hamilton, Phelps Library & Steam Lab Makerspace


Leadership Level Up! PLS Membership Meeting

Sponsors: PLS / LAMS, SCLA
Join PLS as we celebrate excellence in new library construction and librarianship and honor our annual award and conference scholarship recipients! Following the award ceremony, level up your leadership game with a lightning round discussion of key challenges and opportunities in our current professional landscape. Passionate about issues like sustainability, advocacy, literacy, and community engagement? This conversation is just what you need to spark your professional interests and concerns into action!

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Claudia Depkin, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
Erica Freudenberger, Southern Adirondack Library System
Evelyn Neale, Colonie Town Library
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
 


Effective, Strategic, Differentiated Outreach

Sponsors: RASS
This workshop introduces participants to use personas in the outreach process and identify target markets to provide concrete solutions for users’ needs. Effective outreach is built on the principle that not everyone cares about everything. Simply distributing posters or blasting social media ignores one of the central tenets of marketing: Differentiation.This workshop will begin by introducing participants to the use of personas in the initial outreach process. Groups of participants will use guided inquiry to define the real-world struggles of target audiences and identify real solutions to those problems that can be adapted for any institution. Participants will create a framework for developing outreach initiatives and growing partnerships that can be taken back to their institution and enacted immediately.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Amy Pajewski, Paul Smith's College
Meggan Press, Paul Smith's College


 


Academic Libraries & Pop Culture - CANCELLED

Sponsors: SCLA / YSS, PCRT, ASLS
 A panel of experts will discuss the role of pop culture in academic libraries, sharing their own experiences of bringing pop culture into their institutions and how it has worked so far. Our panelists will explore the relationship between pop culture and academia through discussion topics such as developing graphic novel collections, issues with censorship, working with faculty in the classroom, developing outreach initiatives, and more. Learn why pop culture DOES, in fact, belong in academia, and discover what you can do to bring it into your library!

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Claudia McGivney, Stony Brook University Libraries
Laura Costello, Stony Brook University Libraries


 


Rights Statements and Online Cultural Heritage

Sponsors: SMART / ASLS, ESLN, IFRT
In 2016, we learned that there are approximately 87,000+ rights statements in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). These statements are used to communicate copyright status and ability to reuse content. This is a confusing situation for users. Rightsstatements.org, an initiative of the DPLA and Europeana, attempts to ease this confusion by providing standardized rights statements that clearly indicate copyright status and use options. Attendees of this session will understand how a confusing rights statement will prevent an end user from being able to reuse online content. Attendees will learn about the 12 standardized statements created by the project and what they mean. In this session, participants will hear from digital collections managers who implemented these statements, and learn about strategies for implementation that could be applied to other digital collections or platforms. Attendees will learn how these statements are used in portals like DPLA and the Empire State Digital Network to promote reuse of content.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers:
Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO
Jennifer Palmentiero, SENYLRC
Laura Osterhout, RRLC

 


Inclusive Library versus a Diverse Library

Sponsors: SSL / SCLA, ESRT, YSS, ULU, IFRT, PLRT
While the emphasis on diversity in Children's Literature has been very important in noting that books should reflect the variety of readers in terms of race, culture, ability, interest, it tends to cause us to think of "other" whereas the word inclusive expands our thinking in terms of our similarities to all groups of people. We will examine in this workshop the criteria that makes a book inclusive, the universal traits that puts every reader into the story. The criteria we will discuss will be: literary quality, originality of text and illustration, the clarity and style of language, illustrations, design and format of material, and nonfiction subject matter of interest and value to young people.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Joyce Laiosa, University at Albany
Edith Ching, University of Maryland


 


Best Practices for Youth Councils and Teen Leadership

Sponsors: YSS / NYBLC, SSL
Are you interested in engaging teens in real work around policy, practice, or service at your library? Are you looking for a more authentic way to empower youth and put their ideas into action? Join us for this interactive workshop to discuss program models, best practices, and practical tools for taking your leadership programming to the next level. The session will begin with a case study of the BKLYN Library Youth Council, an initiative at Brooklyn Public Library, which is part of a city-wide initiative to involve teens in youth leadership councils. Learn best practices for youth development with a focus on youth councils, discuss how to turn this theory into practice, and examine models that will engage the youth.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Erin Shaw, Brooklyn Public Library
Karen Keys, Brooklyn Public Library