2015 NYLA Pre-Conference Continuing Education Workshops

NYLA’s Continuing Education Committee (CEC) coordinates the presentation of these in-depth programs.  Immerse yourself in a half or full day program that provide an opportunity to explore a topic in a way that is not possible in the standard conference program format.

CE-A: Balancing the Books: Finance Basics for Librarians

Sponsor: PLS
Full Day, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Many librarians, particularly those working in administration or acquisitions, have jobs that demand budgeting and accounting know-how. Many of these same librarians have little to no financial management training. This CE aims to address some of these gaps. Topics to be covered include the purpose of various financial reports, how to read financial statements, what kind of general accounting principles apply to different types of libraries, budgeting strategies, what to expect from an Office of the State Comptroller audit, and other questions from library staff who have an MLS but sometimes feel that they need an MBA. The day will include small group sessions broken down by library type.

Tom Lawrence has been the Executive Director of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District since 1995.  During his tenure with the Library District, he has supervised various fundraising activities, including an annual appeal.  Prior to his work in Poughkeepsie, Tom worked with the library systems in Connecticut and coordinated the merger of two systems into the Western Connecticut Library Council.  He also has professional experience as a library master planner and building consultant.  Tom holds a BA from the College of St. Rose in Albany and an MLS from the University of Oklahoma.


Lauren Moore is the Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System, a cooperative system in western New York serving 42 small and rural libraries.  She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee.


CE-B: So You Want to Make a Makerspace: Practical Tips, Tricks, Strategies, & Solutions for Bringing Making to Your Library

Sponsor: NYLA-CEC
Full Day, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
At NYLA Annual 2014, the first annual NYLA Makers Showcase served as an opportunity for informal information and idea sharing regarding the state of making, STEM learning, and entrepreneurship in libraries across New York State.  An overwhelming number of attendees expressed that they are in the process of starting a maker’s club, applying for a making grant, developing a makerspace, or exploring possibilities around making at their libraries.  Questions about making in libraries have shifted, no longer revolving around the “whys” but instead focusing on very specific “how’s,” and “then what’s.” Come to this daylong session to get those “how’s” answered and to learn how easy it is to “make the making” at your library! Find out more about what one public library has learned since identifying making as a core part of their mission over four years ago.  Get hands-on training on maker technologies you can use with your users!

The session will start with an interactive lecture, featuring a continuous dialogue with the audience and opportunity for Q&A. Following this, participants will breakout into discussion groups focusing on the following areas: 1) Funding and Resources 2) Technologies 3) Skills, Staffing, and Training and 4) Programming.  Finally, the participants will then “do making.” They will break into smaller groups and rotate through 30-minute hands-on lessons, selecting 3 of the following activities: 1) 3D design basics (design a keychain); 2) 3D printer basics (print a keychain); 3) 3D printer maintenance (level the print bed and change the filament); 4) DIY Electronics; 5) Mini Instructables Club; and 6) Little Makers. The day will culminate with an introduction to robotics with a fun and engaging group Lego Robotics challenge (suitable for total beginners!) Participants will gain knowledge about the strategies other libraries have employed in bringing making to their libraries and communities of users. Participants will also gain skills that can help them implement similar initiatives at their libraries, including technical skills related to 3D printing, design, electronics, and robotics.

Leah Kraus is the Director of Community Engagement and Experience at Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) in Fayetteville, NY
Pete Cioppa is the Director of Technology Integration
Mike Cimino is the Technology Integration Specialist
Heather Matzel is the Director of Patron Services
Susan Considine is the Executive Director at the Fayetteville Free Library.
The entire team has worked over the past several years to develop maker programs and spaces at the FFL, the first library to develop a dedicated makerspace within its walls. Their areas of focus pertaining to making include creating access to transformative technologies, recruiting, training and retaining volunteers, budgeting and reallocating resources, developing policies and procedures, facilitating staff and community-led maker clubs, classes and programs, and staff and patron training.


CE-C: A Pathway to Normalcy: Libraries Partnering with Emergency Planners to Build Greater Community Resilience

Sponsor: NYLA-CEC
Half Day Morning, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Is your library ready for the next disaster or major service disruption?  Has your library partnered with emergency planners to build greater community resilience?  If you answered no to either of these questions, then this preconference is for you.

•    attendees will be provided simple takeaway tools, including a one page disaster plan, to improve library preparedness
•    emergency planners will speak about ways libraries can assist them in planning activities
•    representatives from New York libraries who have dealt with a major service disruption will share their ideas and lessons learned

Finally, attendees will hear about follow-up award opportunities from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) that can be used to aid emergency preparedness & response activities in their communities.

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, will facilitate the session.  A former New Yorker (1981-1991), Dan has been facilitating NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response workshops and summits nationally since 2007. In the past three years, he has worked with state libraries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Dan will be joined by a panel of emergency planners and librarians.


CE-D: Professional Writing for Librarians

Sponsor: ASLS
Half Day Afternoon, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Get motivated to turn your creative ideas into articles for library journals and identify appropriate publishing opportunities. Discover ways to generate research ideas through regular job duties, patron interactions, coursework, and grants. Learn how to create a consistent online presence on Google Scholar, ORCID, and/or your institutional repository, where you can also keep track of all types of scholarly work. Bring your own topics or drafts, and we will work on them together.

During this session prospective authors will learn how one librarian wrote and published articles as a sole author, co-author, and with a group of authors. Creative opportunities and projects abound in and around the library; the hard part is converting these projects into publishable material. Learn how to take ideas and projects and publish them as scholarly articles for library journals. Identify publishing opportunities: both "traditional" journals and open access titles and peruse helpful publishing resources.

Jennifer Little Kegler is a Reference Librarian and the Library Instruction Coordinator at the College at Brockport, SUNY, where she has worked since 2005.  She held similar positions at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, and Taylor University, IN.  She has presented at state and national conferences and published journal articles regarding information literacy instruction, librarian/faculty collaboration, cognitive learning theory, library research guides, and reading comprehension on e-textbooks. She has served in state and regional associations, most recently as the Publications Chair for SUNYLA.


CE-E: VolunTeens 101

Sponsor: YSS
Half Day Afternoon, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
In this CE, we will cover both formal and informal VolunTeen programs.  The formal program will include standardized training, a standardized/online shift calendar, an online shift tracker, and procedures for finding substitutes. The informal program will cover typical tasks that only require on-the-job training and allow for flexible scheduling - perfect for school libraries.  Even if you have never had a VolunTeen program at your library, you will leave with the knowledge and templates necessary to start a program of your own. You will learn several methods to recruit VolunTeens, the most effective way to train large groups of VolunTeens, how to best track and motivate participation, how to successfully manage your VolunTeens without losing your mind, and how to retain VolunTeens from year to year.

Chrissie Morrison is the outgoing Past President of the Youth Services Section of NYLA and the Tween & Teen Librarian at the East Greenbush Library. In addition to her frequent presentations for library systems and associations within NY State, Chrissie has written articles about teen programming and VolunTeens for YALSA and VOYA, and was even selected to present at the Missouri State Library's Teen Summer Reading Workshops. (By the time of the conference, she’ll be the former Tween & Teen Librarian at East Greenbush.)


NYLA Leadership & Management Academy Program

This program is offered as a part of the NYLA Leadership & Management Academy.  A separate program application and registration fee apply.

Human Resources

Sponsor: NYLA-L&MA
Full Day, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Issues relating to personnel, benefits, employment law, civil service basics, and more.

Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers - CANCELLED

This workshop has been cancelled; we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  For more information or to change your registration to another CE workshops, please contact Lois Powell at membership@nyla.org.