2013 Program Descriptions


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Program Slot #3
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Curating Library Data, Big Data, Data Sets
Sponsor: ASLS
Collecting large amounts of complex data can help to assess your library's services for purposes of advocacy. This session will discuss the basics of "Big Data" and "Data Science" including the data that can be collected, how it is stored, and how it can be used.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Jill Hurst-Wahl, Syracuse University
Erin Bartolo, Syracuse University

Canadian Government Information: Knowing Our Neighbors *
Sponsor: GIRT
This program describes the Canadian government depository program and Canadian government information comparing it to U.S. government information.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Speaker: Edward Herman, State University at Buffalo, Lockwood Library

Creating a Thriving 21st Century Library
Sponsor: LAMS
This popular program returns with twenty-one more new examples of library innovations including customer service, facilities, technology, and more. LAMS Membership meeting at the beginning of program.  Refreshments will be served.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Kimberly Bolan, Kimberly Bolan and Associates
Rob Cullin, Evanced Solutions

Expand your Local Network!
Sponsor: NMES
Learn how to network with fellow librarians to achieve joint goals, brainstorm, learn, and have fun.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Speaker: Tatiana Bryant, The Desk Set

Legal Issues for Public and Association Libraries
Sponsor: PLS
This is a continuation of the PLS "Legal Issues" series.  Library law experts, Ellen Bach and Robert Schofield, will continue to develop our lay knowledge of the law.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Ellen Bach, Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna
Robert Schofield, Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna

Innovative Reference Services
Sponsor: RASS
This workshop will explore taking a proactive approach to reference by creating innovative service models including:  roving reference, reference outreach with local businesses and community groups, “rent a librarian” and interactive help desks.
Track: User Services
Speakers: Monica Kuryla, Fayetteville Free Library

Promoting Library Services Through Hispanic Media
In order to more effectively reach out to their Hispanic customers, many libraries are now working closely with Spanish language media outlets to get the word out to this community. A panel of library professionals and communications media representatives will share their experiences and ideas on reaching the Hispanic community through various media outlets.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Zoila Bofill, Queens Library
Javier Castaño, QueensLatino.com
Miguel Santos, National Grid

Rudi Weiss Lecture: IT Security for Librarians
Sponsor: SMART / ASLS
Learn ways to be more secure, how to stay safe online and secure your browser, PC, and other devices used daily and tackle some common security myths as well as network security.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Blake Carver, New York Power Authority Niagara Project


Family Literacy Night for the Community
Sponsor: SSL
Learn to plan, fund, market, and execute a reading event that community members of all ages will rave about!
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Kristina Pierce, Arcade Elementary School
Maria Muhlbauer, Pioneer Middle School
Stephanie Kosmerl, Pioneer High School
Elizabeth Brisky, Delevan Elementary School

Program Slot #4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Moving Friends’ Records to Cloud Storage
Sponsor: EFR
Turnover in officers and bulging file cabinets are two reasons to consider Web-based storage of your organization’s records.  Working with the library staff, volunteers are responsible for maintaining and storing many documents and records.  This basic overview of “cloud storage” will focus on ways Friends groups can archive membership and financial records, minutes of meetings, and photographs.  Cloud storage can also protect scanned copies of documents and records that should be maintained permanently including Articles of Incorporation, determination letters from the IRS for 501(c)(3) status, and insurance policies.  What should you be looking for before selecting a host company for your records?  What are the costs for cloud storage and how much storage do you need?  We’ll compare free online backup services, including Google Drive (Google Docs).  Questions abound: How easy is it to use the site and how difficult is it to administer?  Who will upload files? How “secure” are your files?  What kinds of customer support are available from the company?  Should you just stick with USB drives instead?  What should you still duplicate in paper?  Should you sell that filing cabinet in the next yard sale?
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Polly-Alida Farrington, PA Farrington Associates

Sparking a New Life for Refugees
A panel of experts will present their experiences working with immigrants and refugees in Utica, NY, and the impact on the community services and revitalization, from 1979 to the present.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Darby O'Brien, Utica Public Library
Kevin Marken, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

Same Information: Whole New Look
Sponsor: GIRT / BIRT
Help your patrons and students get the information they need on the Federal Government using Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids.  Give them the latest congressional details with Congress.gov.  The Government Printing Office (GPO) is upgrading Ben's Guide, its educational web tool.  The Library of Congress is transforming Thomas into Congress.gov to provide a more powerful search and, better ADA compliant display, along with ease of use across desktop and mobile devices. Enjoy learning how these two updated web resources can help your patrons get the primary resources they need and deserve in a whole new way.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Rosemary LaSala, St. John's University, Rittenberg Law Library
Astrid Emel, St. John's University, Rittenberg Law Library

You’re Reading WHAT?!?!
Sponsor: IFRT
A discussion of banned and challenged books along with some inspiring films to match.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Michael O’Neil, National Coalition Against Censorship


Everything You Wanted to Know About the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Laws…But Were Afraid to Ask
Sponsor: LTA of NYS
An overview of the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Laws will be offered, with emphasis on issues pertaining to libraries and boards of trustees.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Speaker: Robert Freeman, NYS Committee on Open Government

NYSED Virtual Learning Initiative
Come learn about NYSED's work in Virtual Learning over the past year, featuring a summary of recently funded Virtual Advanced Placement Programs.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Lawrence Paska, NYSED
John Brock, NYSED

Build Your Base. Grow. Support. Win.
Sponsor: PLS
Library Advocate Libby Post will bring you the best of PLA’s Turning the Page and other advocacy programs strategies for building your base of support so you can win.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Speaker: Libby Post, Communication Services

SMART Flash Talks & Membership Meeting
Sponsor: SMART
Come join your fellow SMART members as they share short and fast presentations on how technology is shaping their libraries concluding with a short membership meeting and roundtable discussions .
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: Rachel Jaffe, Binghamton University Libraries

Management and Activity Ideas for Storytimes
Sponsor: YSS / RSLP / SSL
Are your storytimes sometimes out of control? Try these tested techniques for calming and managing your young participants. These easy activities work well for children with or without special needs.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker: Don Sinton, Stepping Stones Learning Center


Program Slot #5
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Maker Spaces Spark Up Libraries
Sponsor: ASLS
Makerspaces have been created to empower and enrich library services and patrons' lives.  One of the new innovative uses of library spaces is sure to spark your imagination with new ideas. Makerspaces can be full of tools of all kinds.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Sue Considine, Fayetteville Free Library
Mark McBride, Buffalo State
NJ Wolfe, Fashion Institute  of Technology - SUNY

Beyond the Book Sale
Sponsor: EFR
If all your Friends large-scale volunteer endeavors revolve around book sales and other fund-raising events, think again.  Our panel will share what their groups are doing to involve their members and communities in other types of volunteer projects.  Friends can “Adopt-a-Shelf” to shelf read library materials, keeping them in proper order to help patrons and staff find the items they want; they can spruce up the children’s area with a mural and new furnishings; and they can raise funds and build a greater sense of community with a walk between two branch libraries.  Come share your own success stories.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Cindy Costa, Wadsworth Library
Ann Ryan, Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library
Deb Leary, Rochester Public Library/Arnett Branch

Making Your Own Leadership Opportunities
Sponsor: LAMS
How to create an opportunity for leadership… spark it yourself!  With speakers representing all three types of libraries, librarians will learn how to create opportunities for themselves to become leaders, even if they are not in charge!
Track: Administration & Leadership
Lauren Comito, Queens Library
Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove MS Library (pictured)
Gillian Thorpe, Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library

"Creating the Future":  A 2020 Vision Update
Sponsor: NYSED-NYSL Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, L.T.A. of N.Y.S.,
An update on “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State.” Discover what your colleagues have accomplished and share your own successes and challenges!
Track: Administration & Leadership
John Hammond, Chair, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries
Bernard Margolis, State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries

Get the Most for Your Money
Sponsor: RASS
Learn how to assess and reallocate budget funds to maximize your offerings.  This workshop takes an in- depth look at examples of the best use of your budget including collections, programming, and reference services.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Heather Matzel, Fayetteville Free Library

Americans with Disabilities Act and Libraries
Sponsor: RLSP / PLS
How libraries can meet and exceed the requirements of the 1990 ADA and its amendments(2008) so people with all types of disabilities can use their libraries to the fullest.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Speaker: Kleo King, United Spinal Association


HS2College, What’s IL’s Role?
Sponsor: SSL BIRT
Success in college begins long before the student gets there.  Teaching information literacy skills earlier and reinforcing them in the classroom often can contribute greatly to success in college.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker: Will Prout, McGrath Library, Hilbert College

Program Slots #5 & # 6
2:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries
Sponsor: SMART / ASLS
Back by popular demand, join technology experts from academic, public, and school backgrounds in a conversation about emerging technologies and trends in libraries.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Jenica Rogers, SUNY Potsdam
Leah Kraus, Fayetteville Free Library (pictured)
Alison Glass, Syracuse University
Tor Loney, University at Albany (pictured)

Create Active Learning Centers Anywhere
Sponsor: YSS
Learn how to create an enticing environment that supports creative play and learning opportunities for children of all ages, regardless of space or budget constraints.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker: Amanda Ellington, Lexington Branch Library, St. Mary's County

Program Slot #6
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Reaching Out to Younger Volunteer Friends
Sponsor: EFR / PLS
 Join EFR for a short annual membership meeting, including the presentation of the Dan Casey Library Advocacy Award honoring volunteers who have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations in New York State.  Our program will follow immediately.  What’s the average age of a member of your Friends group?  If everyone in your group is retirement age, who will follow the “boomers” as volunteers to help the library in 10 years?  Join in our discussion on how to attract younger adults to work on Friends initiatives.  Let’s go beyond trying to recruit them with social media.  Whether it’s a change in meeting times, offering tangible short-term jobs, maintaining a “family-friendly” environment with flexible schedules, or providing scheduling options for training volunteers who work full-time, there are many ways to reach out to younger volunteers.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Susan Klick, Friends of the Scottsville Free Library
Stephanie Heywood, Friends of the Mendon Public Library (pictured)
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System (pictured)

Taking ESOL classes to the next level. A panel of professionals will talk about their experiences conducting ESOL classes in their libraries.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Beth Donovan, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Carmen Navarro-Gao, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Steven Mahoney, New York Public Library

New York's Early Literacy Plan and You
Findings and recommendations for the implementation of the New York State Early Literacy Plan.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Karen Balsen, NYSED- NYSL, DLD
Elaine Meyers, Early Literacy Consultant

PLS Annual Meeting, Awards and Table Talks
Sponsor: PLS
Annual meeting, awards and “round-the-table talk” on topics such as policies, e-content, evaluating and hiring directors, problem patrons, and advances in technology.
Track: User Services
Speaker: Kathy Naftaly, PLS President

Malcolm Hill Lecture
Sponsor: PULISDO
The premise of the MH Lecture is to bring in a speaker (or speakers) from outside the field of librarianship to share ideas that will make a positive difference to libraries and librarians.
Track: User Services
Speaker: TBD

Rural Libraries "Table Talks"
Sponsor: RLRT
Join RLRT for "Table Talks"  small group discussions about simple, creative programs, advocacy, promotion and collaboration. Ideas and tips that can work even for the smallest libraries. Bring your ideas and share.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Angela Gonzalez, PennYan Public Library
Sarah Creveling, Penn Yan Public Library

Spark Your Advocacy to Ignite Support
Sponsor: SSL
Fallout from tax cap legislation is wreaking havoc in library staffing, but school librarians are an incredibly cost-effective, well-managed, collective resource.  Do we know how to communicate that to our communities?  Learn how a librarian and a foreign language teacher advocate for their thriving programs.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Tara Thibault-Edmonds, Rondout Central School District
Diana Zuckerman, Rondout CSD