Programming Suggestions for the 2018 Conference

from the 2017 Conference Satisfaction Survey

"What topic(s) / speakers(s) would you like to see offered at a future conference?"

(In no particular order)

  1. "Construction Grants - the online portal, requirements, other organizations affiliated and their role (DASNY, DEC, SHPO, etc.)
  2. Annual Reporting - NYS DLD Annual Report, Comptroller's Report, Tax Cap, 990s, Annual Report to the Community, etc."
  3. I prefer presentations on staff training and advocacy.
  4. Instructions for promoting contemporary poetry during National Poetry Month?  Could come from NYC's Poet's Houses ""Poetry in the Branches"" program, or from Chicago's grant-funded Poetry Foundation.
  5. More children's based topics
  6. Topics on building a YA collection, more on social justice in the library setting
  7. more information about library education opportunities
  8. A member or members from ALA's Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Office to discuss grant opportunities and ways to implement those grants in communities; or someone who has successfully implemented a program  the office supports.
  9. More about social justice. Would like to see more programming that turns a critical eye at the profession itself and its lack of diversity.
  10. Human resources - dealing with new issues like paid family leave act
  11. Department Management Strategies
  12. Library Programming out of the box
  13. Managing MakerSpaces
  14. Dealing with confrontation/setting boundaries in a public library
  15. Environmental programming in libraries
  16. Digital Arts programming; engaging w. Artists to create programming
  17. I would like to see a program about the unique role of Science Fiction and Fantasy in libraries.
  18. Civil Service, development of job descriptions and evaluations
  19. Additional management theories; how to motivate staff, speakers who have turned their library around and what they did to do it. Technical speakers such as the podcast speakers who brought materials and handouts that explained what was needed to start your own podcasts without spending an inordinate amount of money. The research was done for us.
  20. managing multiple projects
  21. more on productivity
  22. negotiating for yourself/knowing your value
  23. contracts elements/process (for administrators)"
  24. More presenters with specific grant opportunities
  25. Branding of my library, Designing marketing materials, etc...
  26. I think workshops on dealing with the mentally ill and/or difficult patrons are always relevant.
  27. More topics for library management related to human resources/managing people and developing those skills.
  28. Book repair
  29. Other systems experiences or thoughts on rethinking fines.
  30. I would love to see more on connecting patrons with other services or having relationships with social workers in the library. I think it could be extremely useful information.
  31. Continue to offer topics regarding fake news and social media at future conferences.
  32. Jill Bourne, Director of Libraries for the City of San José and Director of San Jose Library (academic and public)... or perhaps another staff member from the library who could speak the the merged model and perhaps involvement with the city.
  33. How to better interact with fellow staff members. Ideas for staff development that would indicate the "type" of individual, how they think, how they react and how to get along with them.
  34. How to get more people to show up for programs, marketing, that sort of thing.
  35. More in depth workshop re: opioid epidemic in libraries. More social media / website - advanced workshops.
  36. Advocacy issues/ working with library boards/ staff management and training
  37. More on archives, preservation, and conservation. Both in terms of digital and physical preservation.
  38. Other DOCCS programs
  39. More presentations concerning public library issues: reference, security, problems with teens, etc.
  40. How to make change in your library without support from above
  41. Pop-Culture programming for kids
  42. Geocaching with the library
  43. More on intellectual freedom.
  44. Programs that address the needs/challenges of urban/inner city libraries.
  45. I'd like John Myers to give an update on RDA now that a new version of the toolkit is coming out.
  46. Open discussion of challenges/solutions to common children's programming problems.
  47. Building online educational presence
  48. How to better serve immigrants and improve leadership skills.
  49. More sessions for those entering the field.
  50. More for what the Friends can do for the library and how to keep the Friends to continue to grow.
  51. Open Access, Ask Us/Springshare, Koha
  52. Local history projects being that I am working on one at my library and patrons are interested in local history.
  53. Plenty of YA/teen and tween programs, Anything about library programming.
  54. Readers' advisory
  55. Beating management burnout; What do library board really want from their director?; Wearing multiple hats without losing your mind; Wellness for staff and management
  56. More on patrons in poverty; illegal drug awareness for librarians (regarding overdoses in libraries, Narcan, etc.). Rural issues, always.
  57. Innovative non librarians and librarians who are doing something different.
  58. Sustainable aspects, like funding, for libraries. Future of communities and sustainability
  59. More on rural libraries, serving the underserved, and social issues.
  60. Workshops on instruction.
  61. Different teen programs, newsletter tips
  62. Nuts and bolts: Digital Services Training Plans
  63. Big Ideas: Partnerships across library types
  64. More programs of a practical nature
  65. More on community assessment and engagement.
  66. Fake News again since I did not get to attend.
  67. How to reach the "invisible" patrons
  68. security, personnel - reasonable accommodation/performance coaching
  69. More topics on children's programming.
  70. Customer service in academic libraries, working with students workers on projects
  71. A workshop of how to manage board/director relationships
  72. Topics: gaming, book arts Speaker: Arielle Hessler
  73. Getting Young Adults to Read.  More on Fake News and media/social media evolution.
  74. Continued discussion on funding options for libraries; re-visioning your library space & how to make it happen;  & topics geared toward smaller, low-staff libraries.
  75. A discussion regarding online instruction and teaching for librarians. Employment with publishers - part-time or full-time. Ideas to use librarian skills outside the library to supplement income.
  76. Navigating NYS civil Service.
  77. A look at collections such as DVDs, Art, Travel and trends.
  78. directors/psychologists/anthropologists who speak about staff challenges
  79. More panels about multicultural programming.
  80. Topics related to older adults.
  81. Early Literacy and Youth programming suggestions
  82. Issues in access, i.e. affordable sign language interpreting and how to find and set up descriptive movie services, etc.. 
  83. How to manage friend/board relations; more on successful vote campaigns; motivating staff/libraries; library system specific training;
  84. interested in legal issues, policy development, personnel, civil service, facilities management
  85. a little more for catalogers
  86. More management information, see prior comment
  87. I'd like to see genealogy programs discussed.
  88. Attracting diverse and dynamic students to LIS programs; alternative pathways to certification for marginalized populations
  89. more on digital services and projects, local history, archvies
  90. I would love a longer session on legal resources for patrons.
  91. Speakers focused on benefitting and reaching patrons
  92. Collection Management and readers advisory.
  93. Scholarly communication, open access... also how can public libraries and school librarian help in the OER movement and how can we help them?
  94. A presenter (Misha Marvel) from Hunger Solutions NY on why/how to offer free summer lunches for children at public libraries.
  95. for sure anything of time management, goals, planning, implementing change, tips for "new" staff, and an orientation or welcome reception for first timers
  96. More on Human Resources or Legal Issues
  97. Leisure reading collections in academic libraries.
  98. Public/academic library partnerships.
  99. Staff retention and/or being short-staffed
  100. Programming
  101. Time Management
  102. Deeper dives into librarians core values.
  103. virtual and augmented reality for programming
  104. Public relations, community engagement, circulation, transitioning personally from one type of library to another (e.g. academic to public), collection development, advanced reference skills
  105. Practical, hands on tech trainings
  106. prevailing wage, wicks law, civil service
  107. Fiduciary topics, good leadership practices, methods for connecting to your community.
  108. The crash course in book repair session would have benefited from being a longer CE course, with an opportunity to do some hands-on work.
  109. more library management topics.
  110. Working with a public that doesn't share your ethnicity/serving a diverse community with a non-diverse staff
  111. hands on coding workshops for non computer programmers
  112. make or break session (taking apart non-working gadgets to see what is inside)
  113. Active Shooter/Security
  114. More about managing employees and opportunities for NY librarians
  115. Technical skills for smaller institutions who have to do it all alone on a shoe string
  116. Digital projects planning, emerging technology
  117. Practical applications of RDA and Linked Data, cross-training support staff
  118. How the profession is changing. What skills should librarians develop and improve?
  119. Effective team building.  Anything on staff training.  Would love to see the Malcolm Hill Lecture speaker as a keynote.  
  120. More technology
  121. crash course for new library directors
  122. Engaging teens, staff training
  123. Design help/ideas for an existing space. Maybe some more gaming programs. Best practices and experiences with them.
  124. More of budgeting for rural libraries.
  125. Dealing with harassment from patrons, more outreach, and bookmobile services.
  126. More management training
  127. John Chrastka  or PC Sweeney
  128. A session on how municipal politics can affect libraries.
  129. More on legal, taxes, 501(c)3 status, etc.
  130. More on how a trustee can advocate for the library and help it to work more with/in the community.  More on how to cope with a director who falls short so that we can encourage and guide them to improve.
  131. Maybe something geared toward library techs like myself.
  132. Floating collections
  133. I would like to see more about working in a board and changing the culture of a board.
  134. Personal security, more on serving differently-abled patrons, how to recruit trustees
  135. Program promotion/ marketing strategies
  136. Staff Development: training non-tech-savvy staff; getting buy-in for the organization; improving communication
  137. Music-related themes.
  138. Crisis Management
  139. Programming for adults
  140. A full-length session on Libraries and the Opioid Crisis vs. just a lightening round.
  141. Liked that some speakers discussed political issues in a (mostly) non-partisan way.
  142. I loved the "I don't want to talk about it" program last year, I hope to get to one of those again.
  143. More speakers from public health and criminal justice systems on areas of service and overlapping interest.
  144. Advocacy, fine free, collaboration opportunities