Consultants Give Back: Open Office Hours

As a value-added bonus to the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference, a select number of library industry experts have volunteered their time to offer brief (20 minute) consultation sessions.

These 'office hours' will take place on:

Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, times vary by consultant

at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.

You must sign up by Monday, November 6 using the links below.
You will receive a confirmation and the meeting information via the e-mail address you submit when signing up.
Slots are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

The following experts have agreed to participate:

Paul Mays: Construction Project Planning

Thursday, November 9,  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
With over twenty years' experience Paul is an accomplished designer, presenter, and research specialist. His design process
incorporates diligent information gathering and creative insight to produce a thorough and precise building design, which places particular
emphasis on reflecting the community in which it is located. He is currently a Trustee for the Southern Adirondack Library System along with several other professional and civic organizations, and a Principal of Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP, a library design firm.

Sign up for a time slot with Paul Mays - SOLD OUT


Claudia Depkin: Civil Service

Thursday, November 9,  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM / Friday, November 10, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

These sessions provide an opportunity to connect with the chair of NYLA's Civil Service Task Force to pose your specific questions, and make suggestions for future Task Force actions.

Sign up for a time slot with Claudia Depkin - SOLD OUT


Ellen Bach & Robert Schofield: Legal Issues

Thursday, November 9,  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ellen Bach is an attorney with Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna LLP of Albany, New York.   Ms. Bach has provided a full range of legal services to libraries and library systems across the State for more than a decade.  She has successfully litigated on behalf of libraries in several notable cases involving legal issues of first impression, developing favorable precedent enhancing libraries’ ability to obtain stable, increased public funding.  In addition, on a daily basis she works with libraries on personnel, construction, policy, litigation and legislative matters critical to providing library services.

Robert Schofield is a partner in Whiteman Osterman & Hanna’s Labor and Employment Law, Education, and Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Practice Groups.  His areas of expertise include public sector labor and employment issues, education law, and general litigation, as well as State Court practice.  Mr. Schofield has been with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP since 2000.

Sign-up for a time slot with Ellen Bach & Bob Schofield - SOLD OUT

Submit your question to Ellen & Bob - CLICK HERE  Pre-submission of quesitons is a requirement for participation.


Evelyn Neale: Effective Communication

Thursday, November 9,  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Evelyn Neale is an experienced and innovative leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Combining her passion for leadership with her background in information and education, Evelyn has worked with organizations to create viable and innovative teams, trained statewide both virtually and in person and inspired successful change.

Sign-up for a time slot with Evelyn Neale - Registration Closed


Ron Kirsop: Productivity One-on-One

Friday, November 10,  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet with Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System to discuss reviving your overwhelmed productivity system. He will help by reviewing your current workflow, suggesting specific methods that focus on setting priorities, working with you to create action plans, and offer advice on establishing a habitual review process so you keep ahead of your todo list. 

Sign-up for a time slot with Ron Kirsop - Registration Closed