Conference Brochure
Inform, Inspire, Ignite!

Spring Conference 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015
Islandia Marriot Long Island
Islandia, New York

 Check out the conference brochure here (pdf).

Find handouts and conference presentations here.

This year's keynote address will be given by Pam Sandlian-Smith.                         

Pam Smith 

Our luncheon speaker will be Matt Phelan.

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Pam Sandlian-Smith

As Director of Anythink Libraries, she has worked with a collaborative team to reinvent libraries in Adams County, Colorado. Anythink has been awarded the IMLS 2010 National Medal of Honor for innovating library services and the 2011 John Cotton Dana award and the Library Journal 2011 Landmark Library Award.  Pam was awarded the 2012 Charlie Robinson Award for innovation and risk taking in public libraries and was the Colorado Librarian of the year in 2010. Previously, she was the Director of the West Palm Beach Public Library, and the Manager of Children’s Services at the Denver Public Library. She enjoys traveling, writing, cooking Italian, walking her great Pyrenees, Buddy Einstein Doodle and inventing libraries that help people fall in love with libraries and reading.


Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the award-winning graphic novels The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, and Bluffton. His latest books include his first picture book as both author and illustrator, Druthers (Sept. 2014), and Miss Emily by Burleigh Mutén (March, 2014). Matt lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.


Handouts and Presentations

The Importance of Play in Early Literacy Learning  Presenters: Amanda Pendzick & Jessica Servello, Youth Services Librarians, Middle Country Public Library

How to Be a Leader Presenters: Joyce Laiosa, Adjunct Professor, University of Albany; Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System

LBYR Book Buzz Presenter: Victoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group)

Better Together: School & Library Partnerships Presenters: Erin McCann, Children’s Librarian, The Smithtown Library-Commack Branch; Cathy Masrour, School Media Specialist, Smithtown High School West

No Makerspace Required Presenters: Catherine Brenner & Victoria Russo, Public Services Librarians, Bethlehem Public Library; James Matias, Technology Manager, Middle Country Public Library; Stephanie Prato, Director of Play to Learn Services, Fayetteville Free Library
No Makerspace Required Presentation
Lego Handout (pdf)
Project Runway Handout (pdf)

Bridging the Gap: Tweens to Teens  Presenters: Julie Ann Korpi, Children’s Librarian, Montauk Public Library; Maggie Moloney, Children’s Librarian, The Smithtown Library-Nesconset Branch; Chrissie Morrison, Tween and Teen Librarian, East Greenbush Community Library; Terry Rabideau, Children’s Librarian, White Plains Public Library; Amanda Schiavulli, Education and Outreach Librarian, Finger Lakes Library System; Nick Tanzi, Head of Digital Services, MasticMoriches-Shirley Community Library
Improv Games Presentation- Korpi (Pdf)
Volun-tweens -Moloney (pdf)

Mutt-i-grees® in the Library  Presenters: Sara Fade, Teen Services Librarian, Middle Country Public Library; Julie DeLaney, Head of Community Relations, The Smithtown Library; Kay Hammerson, Mutt-i-grees Program Manager, North Shore Animal League America

Tips N Tricks for Explosive Marketing and Outreach Presenters: Gail J. Brown, Youth and Family Services Librarian, Voorheesville Public Library; Mary Beth Earley, Head of Youth Services, Albany Public Library

Babies are Bookin’ It: Reader’s Advisory and Collection Development for Birth to Three Presenter: Rachel Payne, Coordinator of Early Childhood Services, Brooklyn Public Library
Presentation and Resources

Story Walk:™: Infusing Literacy in Your Community Presenters: Leticia Cotto, Branch Manager, Hartford Public Library; Rajranie Busgith, Early Literacy Librarian, Hartford Public Library; Lina Osho-Williams, Children’s Librarian, Hartford Public Library
Presentation (pdf)

Open Doors to the Universe- No Science Experience Necessary Presenters: Sue Rokos, Assistant Director/Youth Services Coordinator, Mohawk Valley Library System; Nancy Gifford, Children’s Librarian, Schenectady County Public Library

Inclusion for All Presenter: Lisa Joy Walters, Special Needs Specialist

New Directions for Summer Learning @ Your Library Presenters: Lisa G. Kropp, Youth Services Coordinator, Suffolk Cooperative Library System; Lorraine Squires, Head of Teen Services, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library; Stephanie Prato, Director of Play to Learn Services, Fayetteville Free Library; Andrea Vaughn Johnson, Coordinator School Age Services, Youth and Family Services, Brooklyn Public Library
Lisa Kropp Presentation (pdf) Early Learning Reading and Play Log (pdf)
Lorraine Squires Presentation (pdf)
Stephanie Prato Presentation (pdf)
Andrea Vaughn Johnson (pdf)

Your Library: Every Day on Display  Presenter: Christina Ryan-Linder, Youth Services Librarian, Finkelstein Memorial Library

iCan: Integrating iPads and Apps into Youth Programming Presenters: Renee McGrath, Manager of Youth Services, Nassau Library System; Emily Farrell, Head of Children’s, Westbury Memorial Public Library; James Hutter, Head of Technology, Westbury Memorial Public Library; Larissa Simonovski, Young Adult Librarian, Merrick Library; Nadine Buccilli-Spano, Children’s Librarian, Locust Valley Public Library.
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