Continuing Ed Workshops - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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. 


Digital Respositories (PM)


Leading Library-Style: Discovering the Leader Within! (Full Day)


Build Your Common Core Compass with Nonfiction Resources (Full Day)


Planning for Disasters: The Nitty Gritty (AM)
Planning for Disasters: Developing a Written Plan (PM)
Supervising for Success (Full)


DIY Library Box (Full)
Leadership & Management Academy (FULL)
Digital Literacy Training (FULL)

Planning for Disasters

This pair of workshops is presented as two stand-alone programs that may be taken as a full day workshop.

CE A: Planning for Disasters: The Nitty Gritty

Sponsor: NYLA CEC
Half-Day AM Program (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
The workshop will cover techniques for coping with water disasters, such as drying books and documents. Supplies and materials needed, vendors, and identifying materials for special handling will be discussed. Michele Brown is a professional book conservator with experience in disaster planning and remediation, mold prevention and remediation, and care and handling of library materials.

CE B: Planning for Disasters: Developing a Written Plan

Sponsor: NYLA CEC
Half-Day PM Program (2:00 PM – 5:00PM)
The workshop will address disaster plans: how to create them and how to evaluate their effectiveness. Although disasters can take many forms (fire, water, loss of electricity) and scopes (regional, building, single room), disaster planning can minimize the damage and speed the response and recovery processes.  Participants will be given the skills needed to go back to their libraries and create a disaster plan.  Participants will also be given a disaster plan on a thumb drive that they can then use to adapt with information for their own institutions.  Michele Brown is a professional book conservator with experience in disaster planning and remediation, mold prevention and remediation, and care and handling of library materials.  

Michele Brown is head of Book Conservation at Cornell University, and a graduate of Fordham University. She received a certificate in Hand Bookbinding and Restoration from the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, England, in 1977. She has been involved in book conservation since 1977, and has been a contract conservator for Harvard University, Dartmouth College, the Boston Athenaeum, and the University of Vermont, as well as a book conservator at the Boston Public Library, before taking over the management of the book conservation operation at Cornell in 1995. She has taught numerous bookbinding classes and conducted many workshops on care and handling of library materials, disaster preparedness, and mold remediation. She is a member of the Guild of Book Workers, and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).

CE C: Digital Repositories

Sponsor: ASLS
Half Day PM  2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This workshop addresses key issues surrounding the creation, maintenance, and cultivation of digital repositories. Drawing on the latest literature, case studies, and personal experiences, speakers lead a discussion that covers planning the digital repository, selecting a methodology for its establishment, populating it with content, marketing it to the library's constituencies, and meeting the various challenges and questions along the way. Participants have the opportunity to bring their own experiences to bear, as well as engage in group discussions regarding how to get the most out of a digital repository.

Jim DelRosso is the Digital Projects Coordinator for Cornell University's Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library, where he is responsible for such projects as DigitalCommons@ILR, the digital repository for Cornell's ILR School. A digital librarian since 2009, Jim is also the President for the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and has served as the Communication & Social Media Chair for the SLA's Academic Division.

Amy Buckland is the eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator at McGill University Library, where she is responsible for scholarly communication, publishing initiatives, and making rare items from special collections available to the world through digitization. She loves information almost as much as Fluevog shoes, and thinks academic libraryland is ripe for a revolution. You can find her online at and in most social networks as Jambina.

CE D: Leading Library-Style: Discovering the Leader Within!

Sponsor: PLS
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Based on the premise that you don’t need a title to be a leader, this workshop is designed to enhance personal leadership skills while exploring real-world examples of how librarians – at every level - are leading change without losing sight of their core mission and values. Participants will reach a better understanding of their most significant values, identify their leadership orientation, and formulate personal initiatives as they prepare to take their leadership to the next level and enhance their contribution to their libraries’ growth.  All will walk away with a personal action plan for success.   

David Bendekovic, President, The B. A. David Company, and creator and facilitator of the nationally acclaimed Lead The Change leadership development event series.  He has over thirty years of practical experience in building and leading companies in highly competitive business and non-profit environments. David has also served as program director at the Leadership Institute and the Graduate School of Sales and Marketing Management at Syracuse University, as visiting instructor at the University’s Whitman School of Management, and as advisor/consultant for Student Agencies at Cornell University. Today, David serves as a visiting instructor at the University of Texas School of Information Studies and as program developer and lead instructor at the Pennsylvania Library Association Academy for Leadership Studies.

CE E: Build Your Common Core Compass with Nonfiction Resources

Sponsor: YSS
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Help your library shine as you build your knowledge base about the Common Core (CC) Standards.  Nonfiction is the magnetic center of CC implementation. Learn how to assemble resources that will attract attention and help prepare your patrons and students to appreciate all the features nonfiction has to offer.  Be ready for those parent and teacher questions about where to find informational text and field questions about text complexity.  Create the sparkle and fizz that nonfiction can be!
Each attendee is asked to bring 3 to 5 books that they feel represent quality nonfiction and an Internet ready device for the hands-on portion of this workshop.

Good Marc Quote:
“If the CC is anything, it is — or should be — a way to create more of these hot spots of knowledge — where kids learn enough to become curious, to want to know more, to ask new questions — then all of us work together to feed their hunger.”
--Marc Aronson - Nonfiction Matters Blog 12/21/11

Dr. Marc Aronson has over 30 years experience in the field of nonfiction as an award-winning author and editor of children’s and young adult nonfiction trade books, and as a professor at Rutgers University in the School of Communication and Information. He is a passionate advocate for nonfiction and writes an online column for School Library Journal titled “Consider the Source.”

Marc Aronson believes “that a nonfiction book is not just an illustrated text about a person or subject, it is also the result of a research and writing journey that can be a model for young people… His mission is to inspire young people to ask questions, to look around, behind, and inside of the stories the world tells us – whether that means being a detective, examining the clues history has left behind, or a reporter, telling the truth about the modern world.”

Sue Bartle has over 25 years experience in school and public libraries. She is currently the School Library System Director at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES. Sue is a grant writer, technology ebook/ereader program developer, and a Common Core Nonfiction advocate and consultant. Sue has been described as the librarian’s librarian – a compliment she takes seriously as she is always sensitive to the needs of those she works with professionally.  Her enthusiasm for nonfiction and commitment to developing ways that quality nonfiction can move to the center of the Common Core stage is contagious.

CE G: Supervising for Success

Sponsor: NYLA CEC
Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
If you are new to management or just looking for some answers to get your team working more effectively, this is the workshop for you.  We will look at leadership myths, the difference between managing and leading, establishing a productive environment, coaching & delegating, along with goal setting.  This is an interactive workshop with exercises designed to get you up on your feet and thinking.  You will leave with real action steps that you can use immediately.  This workshop is built around Situational Leadership and group development.  

Ted Baumhauer, with his Doctorate of Education in one hand and juggling props in the other, delivers a unique program that both entertains and teaches. Through the use of interactive games, energetic presentation style, and object manipulation skills, Ted creates a memorable learning program. Participants leave with new perspectives and ideas about leadership, teams, creativity, and how to be more effective.

CE H: DIY Library Box

Full Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
This hands-on workshop will introduce non-techy people to some very very cool technology. Participants who have very low exposure to computers and IT will build a wireless virtual library. The Library Box, an innovation by librarian Jason Griffey, acts as a wireless hub for a contained, self-sufficient library and file exchange. Urban Librarians Unite has used them to provide free e-book downloads in the subway but other uses abound including publishing local authors, project exchange spaces, and game play.

This workshop will expose technology neophytes to hardware and open source software solutions which will make them the envy of their “tech guys” when they get back. Not only will participants learn about the use of the Library Box but along the way they will find out about telnet, open source, and the command line.

There will also be an exploration of how to find free content and program around the library box as well as the opportunity to start your collection with the ULU Core Library of hundreds of rights free texts.

All participants will leave this training with a fully functioning Library Box and bragging rights that they are on the razor’s edge of the information revolution.

Damn the Man - Free Information Everywhere For Everyone!

The Library Box was originally created by Jason Griffey, and you can find more information about the project at

* A $50 materials fee in required in addition to the standard CE registration rates.

Lauren Comito is an Outreach Librarian for Queens Library where she helps people to understand and embrace technology as well as helping in job readiness and employment. She has recently been elected as and ALA Councilor at Large, and been appointed to the Committee on Library Advocacy. As the Director of Communications and Operations for Urban Librarians Unite she is a key figure in modern urban library activism and is willing to dress up as anything from a superhero to a ringmaster to a zombie if it will help libraries.

Christian Zabriskie is the CEO of Urban Librarians Unite, a 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, the coauthor of Grassroots Library Advocacy: A Special Report and a popular speaker and writer about library advocacy, graphic novels, and library service to diverse and at risk teens. Christian is an aggressive advocate for libraries in the community and a tireless warrior for any library at risk.

NYLA Leadership & Management Academy

Human Resources -9:00AM - 4:00 PM

This full day program will cover the essentials of Human Resource management.

9:00AM - 4:00 PM

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.