Continuing Ed Workshops - Wednesday, November 7, 2012

NYLA’s Continuing Education Committee (CEC) coordinates the presentation of these in-depth programs.  The topics require more time and attention than is possible in the standard conference program format.  We believe you will find the programs offered to be enticing and exciting.  Immerse yourself in a full day presentation or enjoy a half day program in the morning and/or afternoon. 


Directors, Board Leadership Begins with You! (AM)
Policy Handbook Boot Camp (PM)


Grant Writing for Your Library (PM)


RDA: What’s It All About: the Foundations and Possibilities (AM)
RDA: The Cataloging Nitty Gritty (PM)


"Hands-on" Google Tools Workshop for Public and School Librarians (SATURDAY, November 10, 2012 – 2:30PM - 5:30PM)


Getting to the Core: Libraries and the Common Core Standards (AM)
Storytelling for All (FULL)
Copyright Boot Camp for Librarians (PM)


Leadership & Management Academy (FULL)
Digital Literacy Training (FULL)


Directors, Board Leadership Begins with You!

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM / LAMS / 3 Contact Hours
Tips, tricks, and best practices for problem solving, strategic planning, and working with trustees in a positive environment. Session includes a personality test to help directors see issues from both sides of the boardroom table.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System (pictured) 
Merribeth Advocate, Mid-Hudson Library System

Policy Handbook Boot Camp

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM / LAMS / 3 Contact Hours
Sponsor: LAMS
Learn about the critical importance of policies in libraries and come away with a framework you can use to create the effective policies that your library needs.

Gerald Nichols, Long Island University Palmer School of Library & Information Science  
Ellen Bach, White Osterman & Hanna, LLP  
Robert Schofield, White Osterman & Hanna, LLP


RDA: What’s It All About: the Foundations and Possibilities

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM / SMART / 3 Contact Hours
We have all been discussing RDA (Resource Description and Access) and FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) for quite some time. But what is currently happening, and what can we hope to see in the future? Both catalogers and non-catalogers will get valuable insight and information from this half-day session which will look at what is currently in place and where RDA may be headed in the next few years. Created to replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition (AACR2), RDA goes beyond previous standards, providing a new guideline for cataloging all resources, including the ever-expanding variety of digital resources. It is organized along and places a stronger emphasis on helping users find, identify, select, and obtain information resources they want, with the possibility of supporting both current interfaces as well as future ones more similar to modern-day search engines. This new standard will support the clustering of and connections between bibliographic records to better indicate the relationships between their corresponding resources.

Attendees of this workshop will come away from this session knowing:
1. What is RDA?
2. What differences will appear in the catalog as we transition from AACR2 to RDA?
3. What is the intended new functionality and usability of RDA records?
4. How will the new standard impact library catalogs, librarians, and patrons?

John Myers, Catalog Librarian, Shaffer Library, Union College

RDA: The Cataloging Nitty Gritty

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM / SMART / 3 Contact Hours
This half-day session looks at differences between RDA and AACR2 as well as at the specific changes catalogers can expect to see when RDA is adopted. This session has been designed for those who catalog and expect to be affected by this change. The cataloging community has been discussing RDA since the beginning of the century.  After a lengthy development process and a functional test in 2011, the Library of Congress has now decided to adopt RDA, which will impact us all in our shared cataloging environment.  Now is the time to begin learning the new 21st century cataloging skills.

Catalogers will be introduced to and discuss the following:
1. RDA and AACR2 examples of differences in records.
2. RDA tools and LC support for the transition to RDA.
3. When to update records to RDA and when to leave them as they are.
4. When and how should my organization transition to RDA?
5. Information on future training and developments.

John Myers, Catalog Librarian, Shaffer Library, Union College


Grant Writing for Your Library

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM / RASS / 3 Contact Hours
Grant awards are critical in the professional lives of librarians and library directors and managers. Our proposal-writing workshop is team-taught by expert grant writers who understand what can make a proposal more competitive and more likely to be accepted.

This highly interactive workshop engages participants to learn how to write winning grants. The following topics will be covered:
• The essential components of a grant proposal package.
• How to customize a proposal to match a grant writer's interest.
• How to initially approach a funder.
• The differences between government and foundation proposals.
• How to report on a grant's progress and impact.
• How to develop working relationships with grant writers.
• What to do if your proposal is denied (don't give up!)
• The behind-the-scenes decisions that determine proposal acceptance and denial.

Denise Clark (pictured left) has been a grant writer and manager for more than 17 years at Queens Library. She has secured more than $100 million in grant funds for literacy/education, health, arts, capital, youth development, workforce development, and micro-enterprise programs, domestically and internationally.

Maureen O’Connor (pictured right) was a program officer at the New York State Library responsible for state and federal grants and coordinated outreach services. She continues to serve as Queens Library’s Senior Advisor on Educational Services and Workforce Development and is also a library consultant. 

Mary Linda Todd, Library Development Specialist II, is the leader of the State Library’s Technology and Resource Sharing Services Team in the Division of Library Development. Ms. Todd has written successful grant applications and has managed a variety of grant programs at both the federal and the state levels. She is currently the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) coordinator for the State Library and manages multiple grant programs involving LSTA funds. She is also serving as the project director for the State Library’s recently awarded $9.5 million federal BTOP grant project:


"Hands-on" Google Tools Workshop for Public and School Librarians

Saturday, November 10
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM / SSL / 3 Contact Hours
Google has tools for all librarians. DOCS - an online word processor, use Docs/Drive to collaborate & edit in “real time”; add links, insert images; add comments; see revision history; upload other files you’ve created. Invite collaborators to view and edit; share with a select group or “publish” for the entire World to see. For Public librarians Docs/Drive is useful for intra-library tasks and co-authoring documents. School librarians can use it for home/school connections. FORMS - create customized online surveys, questionnaires, quizzes, book requests, research requests, more. Users fill out Forms in browsers; see results instantly in spreadsheets and colored summary charts. SPECIAL FEATURES - interactive features for finding information, doing research, and accessing topics on the WEB. These are powerful research tools for students and library patrons.

Carol is an award-winning educator who taught for 33 years. She is a “Google Apps Certified Trainer,”  “Google Certified Teacher,”  “Google Apps For Education Regional Leader-Eastern States,” Smithsonian Laureate, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Master Teacher of Technology. She is a recognized speaker at national and statewide conferences, and is often a “featured speaker.” She presents keynotes to entire school districts and offers “hands on” training for schools, school library systems, and educational conferences throughout the United States. Her focus is the integration of technology into the curriculum and libraries.

Carol has also offered workshops for various library conferences and organizations: NYLA, SLMSSENY, CASL (CT Assoc. Of School Librarians), CLA (CT Library Association), Orange Ulster BOCES and Sullivan BOCES School Library Systems, South Central Regional Library Council, Champlain Valley School Library System, and others.


Getting to the Core: Libraries and the Common Core Standards

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM / NYLA CEC / 3 Contact Hours
What are the Common Core Standards? What do they mean for libraries? Our panel of experts will discuss the Common Core from several different perspectives. All schools across the state are adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Curriculum and lesson plans are being re-written to align with the educational shift. Teachers and librarians are collaborating on an inquiry-based learning approach, and academic and K-12 librarians are exploring best practices for working together to ensure students develop critical information literacy skills. With this shift to informational text and inquiry-based learning, libraries will naturally become critical resources for students and teachers.

John Brock, Associate in School Library Services, NYS Library

Jim Belair, Monroe 2 BOCES Manager-Library Group
Jim is a member of the Rochester Regional Library Council’s Directors Advisory Committee and recently presented a workshop entitled “Common Core for Academic Librarians”.

Mary Ratzer, formerly from the Shenendehowa Central Schools in Clifton Park.  She has been designing and facilitating professional development and doing embedded coaching across New York with the Common Core and librarian/teacher collaboration. Her work is based on instructional design that melds inquiry and the Common Core.

Nancy Greco is the Instruction and Archives Librarian at Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College, in Rochester.

Storytelling for All

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM / NYLA CEC / 6 Contact Hours
Join storyteller Jeannine Laverty for a day that will be fun and filled with learning.  She will present techniques that will allow beginners and experienced tellers alike to enhance their skills.  Whether your audiences are children, teens, or adults, you can bring storytelling alive by attending this workshop. Class size is limited to allow for maximum participation so be sure to sign up soon for a great experience.  Further info will be provided upon pre-registration.


Jeannine Laverty has been telling folktales since 1979 when her work teaching English as a second language to immigrants in New York City showed her firsthand how the U.S. is made up of cultures from all the countries of the world.  Her school residencies and museum performances for children have been awarded funding from the NYS Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Institute for the Humanities.  Laverty has taught weekend workshops in storytelling for adults at Sagamore and other Adirondack sites since 1980.  This work has led to her love of telling stories from Adirondack writers. She also performs as part of the storytelling ensemble, SweetLand Storytellers. In 1999, she received the Leadership Award for the Northeast Region from the National Storytelling Network. 

Copyright Boot Camp for Librarians

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM / NYLA CEC / 3 Contact Hours
 A primer session on copyright basics with an emphasis on digital media, current issues, and topics of particular relevance to librarians. You will gain a fundamental grasp of copyright principle, understand current copyright issues, appreciate the tensions between the needs/missions of libraries and the demands of copyright-based industries, and develop a realistic and pragmatic approach to copyright.

Paul Rapp, The Law Office of Paul C. Rapp   

Paul Rapp is an intellectual property lawyer and writer who lives and works in Housatonic, MA.  Rapp teaches art and entertainment law at Albany Law School and MCLA, writes the column “Rapp on This” for Metroland, and appears regularly on WAMC’s “VoxPop” program as a copyright expert.  Rapp is on the advisory boards of WAM Theatre and Shout Out Loud Productions and is president of the board of the Berkshire Community Radio Alliance.  He’s also the drummer for the band Blotto. 


NYLA Leadership & Management Academy Programs
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

These courses are offered as part of the NYLA Leadership & Management Academy.  There is a separate registration fee required to participate in these programs. All participants must complete the application form found at

Time Management and Organizational Skills

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
This course will instruct attendees on managing time effectively, developing strategies for allocating time wisely, prioritizing tasks, and creating a process for controlling time spent on tasks and responsibilities.

Wayne Piper, library management consultant-should his title be capitalized?

Conflict Resolution and Team Building

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
This course will develop skills toward understanding and managing conflict in the workplace and delve into how to motivate and create a collaborative work environment for employees.

Wayne Piper, library management consultant

Digital Literacy Training

The training is a full day workshop and consists of two sessions, one on the digital literacy curriculum and one on how to teach adult learners. It is open to both librarians and library support staff who interact with the public.  There is no fee for registering for this program.

Digital Literacy Curriculum

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The strategy of the New York State Broadband Initiative is “to create more ‘e-citizens’ who are digitally literate and connected to affordable Internet access, so they can be full participants in the information age.” In support of this initiative, a set of digital literacy standards were approved in 2010, and a supporting set of exemplary skills were identified soon after. By early 2012, a full curriculum, based on these standards and skills, was developed and approved. The four modules comprising the curriculum are: Basic Computer Skills, Using the Internet, Communicating Online, and Introduction to MS Word. The morning session will introduce this curriculum and its accompanying resource materials, highlighting especially Basic Computer Skills and Using the Internet.

How to Teach Adults

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
In a recent survey of public libraries in New York, 78% responded that patrons under 18 had a working or advanced knowledge of computers and technology, 86% reported that patrons between 18 and 25 had working or advanced knowledge, and 83% reported that the 25-40 age group had basic to working skills. The potential population for digital literacy classes then will be primarily adults over 40. This session will explain the difference between adult and young learners, present a summary of the principles of adult education, and highlight tips and techniques that can be used in library workshops aimed at adult learners.

Mary Anne Waltz is currently the project manager and instructor for the NYLA Digital Literacy project. Since acquiring her MLS at Syracuse, she has worked in libraries at Syracuse University, the University at Albany, and RPI. She has been involved in digital literacy training since serving with the group of librarians at Syracuse whose job it was to help faculty make the transition from a card to an online catalog. Her current interests, in addition to digital literacy, include the role and potential of technology in the delivery of library services.

Library Trustees Association (LTA) will be sponsoring a program for trustees on Saturday, 11/10/12, Developing "Your Role" as a Trustee.  The fee for just this course is $25.