2013 Conference Program Descriptions


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Program Slot #7
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Sparking Imagination Through Special Libraries
Sponsor: ASLS
Special Libraries are not all the same.  Join us to  learn about some libraries that have a special focus.
Track: Diverse & Special Populations
Cynthia VanNess, Buffalo History Museum
Christopher Bensch, National Museum of Play at The Strong
Dean Angle, WBFO – FM

Selecting Not to Censor
Sponsor: IFRT
This presentation will examine the sometimes problematic relationship between selection and censorship of materials. Several case scenarios will be presented for discussion of potential options and solutions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cases for discussion.
Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speaker: Valerie Nesset, State University of New York at Buffalo

Librarians as Political Animals
Sponsor: LAMS
Savvy library professionals know it's their job to be in the political game. Join an academic, public, and school librarian for a lively discussion highlighting how they integrate political thinking and skills into their day-to-day lives as library administrators, and why it's so important.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Cyril Oberlander, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo
Jeff Davignon, Walworth-Seely Public Library
Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove Middle School Library (pictured)

(Book) Talk Soup: A Recipe for Successful Reading & Discussion Programs
Sponsor: NY Council for the Humanities
Learn all about opportunities to build adult audiences with reading and discussion programs from the New York Council for the Humanities.
Track: User Services
Leah Nahmias, New York Council for the Humanities
Melissa Correia, Clifton Springs Library

Writing for the Web
Sponsor: RASS
This practical, hands-on workshop introduces the key principles of composing engaging content for the web and expanding your library's global presence through social networking media. During the workshop, participants craft their own posts for wikis such as blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter.
Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers: Shawn Donohue, New York Public Library

Libraries and Literacy Coalitions Essential Partners
Sponsor: RLRT
Learn how libraries collaborate with the Madison County Literacy Coalition. Over 60 county‐wide groups provide literacy services of all types: adult, early childhood, family, financial, digital, and health literacy.
Track: Current Issues & Research
Jay Dunn, Madison County Literacy Coalition
Betsy Kennedy, Cazenovia Public Library

Empire State IFC Masters Common Core
Sponsor: SLSA / SSL / SED
State IFC benchmark skills are aligned to the NY State Common Core to increase classroom consistency and assure career and college readiness.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Melissa Jacobs Israel, NYC School Library System
Leanne Ellis, NYC School Library System
Jennifer Henry, Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES School Library System

From Maps to Apps
Sponsor: SMART / RASS
Learn about the use and implementation of geo-based services (e.g. digital mapping tools) and how these tools change the ways we interact with information and place.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker: April Younglove, Rochester Institute of Technology

Program Slots 7 & 8
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM

YSS Table Talks
Sponsor: YSS
Spark your imagination with these brief, informative sessions on topics relevent to youth serving librarians, including crafts for summer reading, using iPads in story time, and many more.
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers: TBD

Program Slot #8
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

EBook Discovery, Finding Patrons Good eBook Reads
Sponsor: LAMS
Publishers have been finding books for libraries to buy for many years. Today, many large publishers refuse to sell and yet there are many undiscovered gems in the growing millions of titles published each year. Join us to learn how we can discover good ones for our patrons.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Amy Edelman, IndieReader.com
Chris Herpers, Overdrive Account Executive
Richard Naylor, Town of Colonie Library

Speed Mentoring!
Sponsor: NMES
Speed mentoring where students can sign up for 15 minute sessions each with 1 mentor and then they rotate sort of like speed dating. Each mentor would see 5 students.
Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Patti McCall, Univeristy of Central Florida
Tinamarie Vella, CUNY J-School

RASSberries and Cream: Featuring the Best of Reference
Sponsor: RASS
Join RASS leaders for a dynamic discussion on taking reference out from behind the desk, roving reference, and expanding your service model towards a more pro-active approach. Also explored will be ways to take reference on the road, partnering with community business, local events, and outreach. Membership meeting to follow. Coffee and desserts will be served.
Track: User Services
Speaker: Monica Kuryla, Fayetteville Free Library

New York Heritage Online For You
Sponsor: SMART / GIRT
Learn about how the cooperative New York Heritage Program is run to create a digital repository devoted to the state's history and  how its participating libraries have benefited.
Track: Technology & Digital Information
Karlen Chase, Western New York Library Resources Council
Claire Enkosky, Central New York Library Resources Council

NYLA-SSL Membership Forum
Sponsor: SSL
This forum will include a meeting for all current and potential members. We will discuss, make decisions, and plan how we can maximize the talents of our innovative members.
Track: User Services
Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove Middle School (pictured)
Karen Sperrazza, NYLA-SSL

New Library Disaster Responses
Sponsor: ULU
Traditionally libraries have responded to extreme weather and devastation by looking to how they can protect and preserve their buildings and collections. Increasingly, however, libraries are putting themselves on the front lines of disaster responses and focusing their energies on how to serve the immediate and critical needs of their public at times of crisis. Join this panel of first responder librarians as they share their wisdom and perspective on providing service in communities which have been wiped out.
Track: Administration & Leadership
Sharon Anderson, Queens Library
Catherine Caiazzo, Schoharie Free Library
Lauren Comito, Urban Librarians Unite
Christian Zabriskie, Urban Librarians Unite